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Djokovic & Osaka Confirm No.1 Status

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019

The 2019 Australian Open has now been written down in the history books, and history will say that Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions after two weeks of exciting and exhilarating tennis in Melbourne, Australia, the first Grand Slam event of the season didn’t disappoint with plenty of tight and tense battles between the best players in the world of tennis, however after a fortnight of terrific tennis, Djokovic and Osaka confirmed their status as world No.1 by winning the men’s and women’s singles championship respectively.

Novak produced arguably the most perfect performance ever seen in a major final, dismantling Rafael Nadal comprehensively in straight sets, the form that the Serb displayed in the final was simply superb, Nadal hadn’t dropped a set heading into the championship decider, but that meant nothing to Djokovic as he found his A+ game to dominate the final on Rod Laver Arena, Osaka found the going a little tougher in her match with Petra Kvitova though, the 21 year old from Japan had to show her mental toughness in the final after Kvitova had threatened a comeback by winning the second set, Naomi showed her maturity by knuckling down and winning a tight third set against the popular Czech, in doing so she claimed back to back Grand Slam titles and become the new women’s world No.1.

Djokovic has now claimed the last three men’s major titles and Osaka the last two women’s, nobody can dispute that more »

 

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.

The ATP have done their best more »

 

Federer & Wozniacki All Smiles In Melbourne

Monday, January 29th, 2018

The 2018 Australian Open in Melbourne produced another enthralling fortnight of exciting Grand Slam tennis, but when the curtain came down on the hot and happy Slam and the crowds were finished cheering, it was Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki who were left smiling and holding the silverware in the respective men’s and women’s singles championships.

World men’s No.2 Federer added his 20th Grand Slam title to an already bulging trophy cabinet by defeating Marin Cilic in five sets, while newly crowned world No.1 Wozniacki couldn’t stop smiling after winning her very first major championship on Rod Laver Arena against Simona Halep, Federer’s joy also produced tears when making his acceptance speech as the 20-time major champ was overcome with emotion at what he had just achieved, Wozniacki also shed tears of joy when she outlasted Halep in a tremendous three-set women’s singles final, the Dane finally capturing the major title that has alluded her all these years.

Although all tennis fans were gaga over another great Grand Slam tournament in Melbourne, AO 2018 will also be remembered for the brutal heat that most players had to endure throughout the fortnight, watching some of the best names in the game struggling in the heat certainly wasn’t fun or exciting and the Australian Open organisers will no doubt be discussing the best solution for all concerned before next year’s tournament, hopefully they can come up with a new heat policy that is fair and reasonable to a more »

 

Chung Moves From Generation Next To Generation Now

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

There have been many Cinderella stories already at the first grand slam tournament of 2018 in Melbourne, but the most compelling of all those would have to be that of 21 year old Hyeon Chung from South Korea who has now reached his first ever major quarter-final at the Australian Open, Chung stunned his idol and former six-time champ Novak Djokovic and the majority of tennis fans around the world with an excellent display of power, pace and precision to win in straight sets against the well fancied Serb, it appears that the NextGenATP 2017 champ has suddenly graduated to be Generation Now.

Chung is currently ranked world No.58 and although he has been touted as a future Top 20 player, it seems many tennis pundits are now predicting a quick rise through the ranks for the Suwon native and a possible Top 10 place is certainly not out of the question in the not too distant future, the tennis Chung displayed on Rod Laver Arena last night was reminiscent of an in-form Djokovic at times and some of his court movement and passing shots were right up there with some of the best that Novak has produced over the years on RLA.

Chung will next face Tennys Sandgren, a 26 year old American who is also enjoying a career best run in Melbourne, in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, Chung and Sandgren have between them dispatched four of the bigger names in the men’s singles draw, Chung outlasted the 4th seed Alexander Zverev in a tough third round five-set encounter before his cl more »

 
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