Archive for June, 2012

 

The French Open – Where Fairy Tale’s & Dream’s Are Realised!

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Every year we see upsets and history making results on the ATP World Tour and the women’s equivalent the WTA Tour, but when it comes to upsets and historic performances in Grand Slam tournaments the French Open at Roland Garros is the event where fairy tale’s and dream’s are realised more than any other.

I’m not sure whether it’s the romance of the tournament or the fact that Paris is the city of love, but whatever the reason the red clay courts at Roland Garros always seem to throw us one or two names every year that enjoy a fairy tale run at these championships, this year the woman who is enjoying the fairy tale ride and without question a “dream” tournament is the 25 year old Italian Sara Errani, the Bologna native has reached her first ever Grand Slam singles final after defeating current US Open champion Sam Stosur in the semifinals, regardless of whether Errani defeats Maria Sharapova to become champion she has already capped off a fantastic two weeks in Paris by teaming up with regular doubles partner and Fed Cup team mate Roberta Vinci to win their first Grand Slam doubles title.

It’s certainly been stuff that dreams are made of for Errani this past fortnight and her success continues a regular tradition at Roland Garros of players who unexpectedly prosper on the red dirt in Paris, Belgian David Goffin was the fairy tale story in the men’s singles this year, the baby faced 21 year old fell in the final round of qualifying but was awarded a spot in the main draw more »

 

Patterns begin to emerge…

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

When you’re into the second week of a Grand Slam, certain patterns start to emerge that you may have noticed in previous years, or may be quite new…

1. Novak Djokovic will always go further than most people believe. He may be number one in the world right now but people still have an enormous question mark over his ability to play on clay. Not only is it not really the surface a Serb growing up on hard courts can excel on, he has also struggled in recent years with a series of illness – such as allergies, hayfevers etc – that have rendered him a teary-eyed and sneezing wreck. Even this year, after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in a nail-biting match under Paris drizzle, there’ll still be a lot of umm-ing and ahh-ing over whether he’ll show the same impressive form as the other tournaments. Personally, I think he’s on to a winner this year, but he has to have his big break on a the clay Grand Slam.

2. Andy Murray will lose. No, this is not his year. Yes, I’m sure it’s because of his back. No, I don’t think he’ll ever win at Rolland Garros. Not with all those Spaniards and French out there, who grew up on clay. Yes, I believe that he will eventually be muscled out of the top 5 if he keeps going the way he is, and soon.

3. There’ll always be a shocker in the women’s. Actually, you could say that about pretty much every tournament nowadays. This year, there have been quite a few. Serena Williams didn’t even get started befo more »

 
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