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Nadal & Halep Confirm Top Status In Paris

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

The respective men’s and women’s world No.1 ranked players confirmed their status at the top of their chosen sport by winning the men’s singles and women’s singles championship respectively at the conclusion of the French Open in Paris, the King of clay Rafael Nadal won an unprecedented 11th Roland Garros title in another awesome display, while Halep notched up her very first Grand Slam singles crown with an impressive performance in the women’s final.

Rafa was simply outstanding once again on the red dirt in Paris defeating the young Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets, if he can remain fully fit and focused, it is difficult to see how anyone is going to beat the Spaniard at his home away from home on the terre battue, Nadal’s record at RG is currently an amazing 86-2 and it seems inevitable that, barring injury, he will add to that total in the years ahead, Halep on the other hand is maybe only just getting started on a dynasty of her own, she fought back well to topple American Sloane Stephens in three sets and if the Romanian ends up winning even a quarter of the RG titles that Rafa has already won I think Simona would take that.

It is certainly no accident that Nadal and Halep are currently Roland Garros champions and also ranked No.1 on the respective ATP and WTA rankings system, both players are very consistent at the big events and both have already mentioned that court Philippe-Chatrier is their favourite court of them all, it will be interesting to see how more »

 

Halep Looks Ready To Win Her Maiden Grand Slam

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Women’s world No.1 Simona Halep looks ready and poised to finally break her Grand Slam drought in Paris in the final of the women’s singles at the 2018 French Open, however she will have to overcome not only her nerves, but also an in-form and current US Open champion Sloane Stephens to do so, Halep has been to the final at Roland Garros on two separate occasions, losing last year to Jelena Ostapenko in three sets and in 2014 to Maria Sharapova, also in three sets, will this be third time lucky at RG for the popular Romanian?

Her American opponent Stephens has been in sublime form in Paris over the past fortnight and she will be keen to repeat her triumph from New York last year, another major win for Sloane would see her crowned a multiple Grand Slam champion at the age of 25, another Grand Slam final loss for Halep would see the 26 year old Romanian go to 0 from 4 in major championship decider’s, has Simona learnt from her previous disappointments and will she finally claim her first major singles title, or will Stephens simply play the better tennis and win her second major title from the past three Grand Slam events?

The women’s final should be an enthralling contest with Halep’s court coverage and ability to stay in the point versus Stephens power and willingness to go for her shots, Halep will clearly start the final as the favourite, but if Stephens gets on a roll or Simona feels a touch of the jitters, which she has been prone to in the past, we could see a very more »

 

Cecchinato Surprise Packet of RG 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The French Open at Roland Garros is infamous for producing surprise names going deep in the respective men’s and women’s singles draw each year, the 2018 version of RG is continuing that trend with the unseeded world No.72 Marco Cecchinato reaching the last four in a Grand Slam for the first time ever, in fact prior to the 2018 Roland Garros tournament commencing, the 25 year old Italian was 0 from 4 at his previous attempts in major events.

Cecchinato shocked former world No.1 Novak Djokovic in four sets to make his way into the semi-finals in Paris and he will now take on the Austrian clay court specialist Dominic Thiem for an unprecedented shot at a Grand Slam final, Cecchinato might well be dreaming about following in the footsteps of the unseeded Argentine Gaston Gaudio who won the title in 2004 over his compatriot Guillermo Coria in five sets, however with Thiem and the likelihood of Rafael Nadal still in the draw though, that prospect still seems a long way off.

It was only last year that we saw Jelena Ostapenko win the women’s championship as an unseeded player, that title was Ostapenko’s first ever tournament win at the time, the French Open certainly continues to spring the surprises on us when it comes to the world of tennis, there have been surprises among the women’s draw again this year too, particularly in the bottom half of the draw, however nothing of the same magnitude as Ostapenko’s magic run in 2017.

In the men’s singles however, if Cecchinato was 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 »

 

AO 2018 Heats Up In More Ways Than One

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

The first week of the 2018 Australian Open is now almost behind us and the main talking point, apart from the sizzling number of matches being played, has been the extremely hot weather conditions and how it has affected certain players, some of the match days in week one reached close to 40 degrees centigrade and the on court temperature was being reported as somewhere in the 60′s at times, that immediately poses the question for the Melbourne Park tennis administrators of whether to consider reducing their heat policy in the coming years.

A number of good players suffered in the brutal conditions and it would have surely taken only a serious injury to occur or worse before the policy would have been amended mid tournament, as tennis fans we all want to see players performing at their best on the big stage, however heat, just like wind, will affect some players more than others, overheating however can cause serious health issues and far more significant damage to a human being than strong winds possibly can, therefore is it time for the roof to be closed on all the main courts in Melbourne when the heat gets beyond the norm?

Having a reduced heat policy would certainly create some issues for the administrators, for example…..what if they had three or four extremely hot days in succession, that would then create a back log of matches which would cause issues in itself, how many matches could be played under the roof before the tournament would be potentially more »

 
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