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We are now down to four women left in the women’s singles championship at the 2015 Australian Open, the respective top two seeds, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, the 10th seed Ekaterina Makarova and the unseeded American teenager Madison Keys, Williams and Sharapova have survived as expected to reach the last four, but it has been the deep run of both Makarova and Keys that has caught the eye in Melbourne over the past ten days, Makarova will square off against her Russian compatriot Sharapova in the first semi-final on Rod Laver Arena before Serena, the tournament favourite, does battle with her 19 year old compatriot Keys in the second semi-final straight after, it is certainly looking like a Serena/Maria final in Melbourne this year but can Makarova and/or Keys cause a boilover by toppling one of the favourites to make their first Grand Slam final?
A win by either Makarova or Keys would be a major surprise in Melbourne but the women’s game is renowned for upsets so it’s not out of the realms of possibility that Williams or Sharapova could be toppled, an off day or an unfortunate injury could easily derail the two respective multiple Grand Slam champs from their likely match-up in the women’s championship decider on Saturday, however Serena and Maria are multiple Grand Slam champs for a reason and the experience of being there before will certainly give them the edge, Makarova will be playing in only her second major semi-final and Keys will be debuting in the last more »
The 2015 Australian Open is here, and the start of a new tennis season always provides us tennis fans with a multitude of questions as the Grand Slam of Asia Pacific kicks off the major events for the season, even though there are plenty of Grand Slam contenders, it appears that the big four in the respective men’s and women’s singles championship are once again favoured by most pundits in 2015, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and defending AO champ Stan Wawrinka stand out as the most likely contenders among the men, similarly the world’s top four ranked women’s players Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova appear to be the favoured quartet among the women, the men’s and women’s competitions also mirror one another with the next tier of players ranked just below the big four also good chances of making a deep run in Melbourne throughout the next fortnight, in the men we have Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Milos Raonic, while in the women we see the likes of Ana Ivanovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki all hoping to push for Grand Slam glory.
I believe it would come as a major surprise if anyone outside the respective groups of eight named above claimed their individual title in Melbourne, however Spaniard David Ferrer and world No.11 Grigor Dimitrov might beg to differ when it comes to discussing potential men’s champions, and Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova could argue the point more »
Marin Cilic and Serena Williams reigned supreme and were recently crowned the respective men’s and women’s US Open champions at Flushing Meadows in New York, while Williams’ title was certainly no surprise to most tennis fans and experts, the title run of Cilic was not only surprising but also very refreshing for the men’s game in general, the Australian Open of 2005 (Marat Safin d Lleyton Hewitt) was the last time we saw a Grand Slam decider not involving the big three of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the men’s final between the dominant Croat Cilic and Japan’s Kei Nishikori was a breath of fresh air for the men’s game, but was it simply an aberration or is it a sign that we are near a new paradigm shift in men’s tennis?
The form of Cilic and Nishikori throughout the fortnight on Arthur Ashe stadium was so dominant that it would be easy to get carried and think that the reign of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer at the majors is over, but we have heard all this before and Nole, Rafa and Fed have always responded both strongly and quickly to those suggestions, the Australian Open in Melbourne in early 2015 will now be keenly anticipated though by most tennis fans, the results there could be a good gauge to see whether or not the changing of the guard in men’s tennis is in fact upon us, the next Grand Slam probably can’t come soon enough for most of us now.
In the women’s championship, Serena created her own piece of history in New York by notching up Grand S more »
World No. 1 Serena Williams will finally get a chance to notch up Grand Slam title No.18 in New York on Sunday when she faces her good friend and tournament tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s championship decider, both players have been in fine form throughout these Championships and they will square off for the tenth time in their respective careers to see who will claim the title of US Open champion, Serena currently holds a lopsided 8-1 head to head record over Caroline but the two matches they have played against each other this year indicate that the final could be anything but one-sided, Williams came back from first set deficit’s against Wozniacki recently in both the Montreal and Cincinnati events so the final could be poised for another three-setter perhaps.
Serena will want to continue to write her name into the history books while Caro will be keen to put the focus on her private life behind her completely by claiming her first Grand Slam title, the added intrigue in this match is that both women are good friends off the court, Williams pledged her help and friendship to Wozniacki throughout the much publicised relationship break-up between the Dane and golfer Rory McIlroy earlier this year, somehow I don’t think either women will be thinking of helping the other when they take the court in the Championship decider on Sunday, friendship will be parked while they battle for Grand Slam glory.
So, who is your pick for the title and why? Is it merely a more »
The new breed of tennis talent appears to now be on the horizon, ready to push on in 2015 and announce themselves fully on the respective ATP and WTA World Tours, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov and Kei Nishikori have all made great strides this season with Raonic and Dimitrov both claiming semi-final spots at Wimbledon earlier in the year, Nishikori now has a chance to make the last four at Flushing Meadows against Stan Wawrinka while the new breed of women have also announced their arrival on the scene.
Canadian Eugenie Bouchard made the Wimbledon final this year at the tender age of 20 and in New York we have seen 21 year old Serbian Aleksandra Krunic and 17 year old Swiss Belinda Bencic reach the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively, it remains to be seen whether the above-named players can push on to grab their own piece of Grand Slam glory in the future but they have at least announced themselves as future possible contenders.
As tennis fans, we have been blessed throughout the past decade to enjoy the numerous champions of our sport, the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray have been dominant in the men’s events for what seems like a very long time, and the women’s major events have often been the playground of Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Li Na and Petra Kvitova.
Season 2015 could finally see a changing of the guard but it probably won’t happen all at once I’m guessing, look for the status quo to more »