Archive for January, 2019

 

Kvitova & Osaka Clash For No.1 Status

Thursday, January 24th, 2019

The 2019 Australian Open women’s singles championship final will be played on Saturday evening in Melbourne, Australia between Czech Petra Kvitova and Japan’s Naomi Osaka, the respective players will not only be playing for the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, the eventual champion will also be crowned the new WTA women’s world No.1.

Kvitova has been totally dominant over the past fortnight in Melbourne, making her way through the draw and into the final without dropping a set, Osaka has had to battle a little bit harder to make the big dance, but the 21 year old from Osaka in Japan is through to her second consecutive Grand Slam final and she will be looking to go back to back after her amazing win in New York last year at the US Open against Serena Williams.

Both women have tasted Grand Slam success previously with Osaka winning the 2018 US Open at Flushing Meadows and Kvitova being a two-time former Wimbledon champion in 2011 and 2014 respectively, both ladies have experienced the feeling of being involved in a Grand Slam decider before and both women also currently hold perfect records when they reach a major final, however that is all about to change this weekend for one of them.

If the tension of a Grand Slam singles final is not enough, the extra pressure of becoming world No.1 with a win on Saturday may see one or maybe both players portraying a few more nerves than normal, Kvitova and Osaka like to hit the ball hard and play to their strengths, if both players a more »

 

Is The Next Generation Finally Upon Us?

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

What an incredible first week of tennis at the 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne, as always, with players refreshed from the off season, we have seen some fantastic matches played and some very tension filled clashes over the first seven days, none more so however than last night’s men’s fourth round clash between defending champion Roger Federer and the young Greek superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 20 year old Tsitsipas played tennis beyond his years as he took down the six-time AO champ in four high quality sets of tennis, with Alexander Zverev’s recent success at the end of season ATP World Tour Finals and the success of other young players in Melbourne like Frances Tiafoe, Daniil Medvedev, Alex De Minaur and Borna Coric, have the Next Generation of tennis players finally arrived?

Tsitsipas won the end of season ATP Next Gen Finals in 2018, but after his stunning upset of Federer on Rod Laver Arena last night, the Greek right hander has announced his arrival on the main stage of tennis, the changing of the guard and the end of the big three of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer has been talked about for years, however it seemed like the conversation always ended the same way, the young up and coming players are good but not quite ready to take over yet, that is maybe until now or indeed sometime in 2019, I am sure the big three of Novak, Rafa and Fed aren’t quite finished just yet, but it may well be that the future of the sport is now upon us.

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