Archive for June, 2015

 

Stan & Serena Crowned Champions In Paris

Monday, June 8th, 2015

Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions at the end of a fantastic two weeks of tennis at Roland Garros in Paris, Wawrinka’s win over the world No.1 and pre-tourney favourite Novak Djokovic was somewhat unexpected, however there were clear signs throughout the fortnight that Stan the man was playing at a similar level to when he won the 2014 Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal, Williams on the other hand struggled to get her ‘A’ game going throughout the event and a virus also kept the world No.1 from performing in peak condition from about the third round onwards, both players claimed the respective silverware for winning their respective events in Paris, but each player achieved success in completely different ways.

Wawrinka lost in the first round of the French Open last year and most would have scoffed at the thought of Stan adding another Grand Slam title leading into the tournament at RG in 2015, although Stan clearly enjoys playing on the red dirt, his lead up performances before the French Open left a lot to be desired, however this proved to be a positive thing for Stan as he came into the tournament completely under the radar with many tipping him to be bundled out before the quarter-finals, he started well in round one and never looked back, Wawrinka stated himself that he felt things all coming together when he arrived in Paris and started practicing on the famous clay courts of Roland Garros, nobo more »

 

Safarova Earns Her Shot At A Maiden Grand Slam Title

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Lucie Safarova will play her first Grand Slam singles final in Paris on Saturday when she will square off against the world No.1 Serena Williams to see her earns the right to be called the women’s Roland Garros champion for 2015, Safarova has not dropped a set throughout the entire tournament and she displayed her new found belief in dispatching defending champion Maria Sharapova in the fourth round before beating another former champion in the form of Ana Ivanovic in the semi-finals, the 28 year old Czech left hander has also made the final of the women’s doubles competition with her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands to complete a memorable two weeks in Paris.

Now that Lucie has made the big dance, can she go one step further and beat Williams in the French Open final to end a remarkable two weeks of tennis for the Czech, she has two main things going in her favour right now, first of all Serena is still suffering the effects of being ill with the flu which has to affect the 19-time Grand Slam champion’s preparation for the final surely, secondly, Safarova is in the form of her life right now and she just has to focus and maintain it for one more match, however going against Lucie is the fact that Serena holds a 8-0 head to head record against her and Williams’ experience of being in a final some 23 times previously will surely count at some stage throughout the match.

The biggest thing Safarova needs to have going into the final is self belief, Lucie has to first believe  more »

 

Tsonga Earns Star Billing In Paris

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the toast of the town in Paris at the moment, the 30 year old Frenchman has continued his dream run in the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros by ousting the 5th seed Kei Nishikori in a five-set quarter-final, Tsonga has had an injury plagued season so far in  2015 but the popular native from Le Mans has put all that behind him by blazing his way to the semi-finals of his home event for the second time in his career, it remains to be seen whether Jo-Willy has what it takes to progress through to his second ever Grand Slam final but the Parisian faithful will certainly be spurring their man on loudly and proudly in an effort to get him across the line.

Tsonga will square off against the 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the French Open semi-finals after the Stanimal brushed aside his friend and No.2 seed Roger Federer in a rather one-sided quarter-final clash, Wawrinka defeated Federer in straight sets to end the Swiss maestro’s hopes of another deep run at Roland Garros, the last four match-up between Tsonga and Wawrinka should be a colourful and entertaining match for the French crowd to really get their teeth and voice into, could the Parisian crowd play a significant role in helping Jo become the first Frenchman to make the big dance in Paris since Henri Leconte back in 1988, perhaps they ca.

Tsonga has earned star billing with the local fans over the past 10 days and his star will shine even brighter if he can become the first French more »