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Muguruza & Djokovic Create Their Own History At Roland Garros

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

The 2016 French Open has seen history created with Garbine Muguruza winning her maiden Grand Slam title in the women’s championship and Novak Djokovic finally claiming the elusive title he so earnestly craved in the men’s championship, Muguruza was simply sublime in the championship decider against Serena Williams winning in straight sets, the Spaniard played all out aggressive tennis in a power game we have become accustomed to seeing from Williams herself, the 22 year old has now risen to world No.2 and looks the most likely candidate to topple Serena and become the next world No.1, although she may not have been at her best, Williams didn’t play poorly in this one, sure there was the rumour about the adductor strain but it didn’t appear to hamper Serena as she too played with plenty of power throughout the match, Djokovic got off to a slow and nervous start against Andy Murray dropping the first set but the world No.1 soon found his range and he was simply too good for Murray in four sets, the win saw the 29 year old Serb claim his career Grand Slam and 12th major title and he now holds all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, a feat last achieved by Rod Laver in 1969.

Muguruza and Djokovic are now on different paths however, Garbine has tasted Grand Slam success for the first time and she undoubtedly has the game to win many more, Djokovic has already won twelve majors and is in the prime of his career, however Novak will turn 30 next year and he has several more »

 

Rafa And Rain The Main Talking Points At RG 2016

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

The 2016 French Open has seen many different things, some great tennis, some unexpected tournament performances from several players, particularly among the women, but the main talking point at Roland Garros this year has been the retirement of nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and the persistent rain which has left the tournament receiving criticism from plenty of fans and players alike.

The third round withdrawal of Nadal (wrist) was a huge surprise for everyone and certainly hurt a tournament already reeling from not having Roger Federer involved, but once the shock of Rafa’s decision to withdraw had subsided, the rain soon become the main talking point, the persistent wet weather has thrown the championships into mini chaos with some matches resuming while light rain was falling, two of the more fancied women, Agnieszka Radwanska (No.2 seed) and Simona Halep (No.6 seed) were both ahead and seemingly in control in their respective matches against Tsvetana Pironkova and Sam Stosur before the rain intervened, however both players were then ousted on the resumption of play in damp and heavy conditions.

Radwanska and Halep both voiced their concerns and disappointment about the situation but the show must go on at RG and there is no coming back from eventual defeat on the court regardless of how much complaining they do, that leads most people to the question of a roof and how long the fans and French public have to wait until the French Open erects a roof over centre cou more »

 

Djokovic & Kerber Reign Supreme In Melbourne

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions at the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne over the weekend, certainly it was no surprise to see Djokovic win his 6th Australian Open title against regular rival Andy Murray, but the big surprise in the women’s championship decider was seeing Kerber play brilliantly to upend world No.1 Serena Williams in a high quality three set contest, the 28 year old German was playing in her first Grand Slam final and she could have been forgiven for having a few nerves considering she was up against one of the best women’s singles players in the history of the sport, Williams was a little off in the first set but once Serena leveled the match at one set-all, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that she would go on to win her 7th Australian Open crown, Angelique had other ideas though and kept her nerve whilst playing to “win” the match.

It was refreshing to see Kerber continue to go for her shots and play to win against Serena instead of just hitting the ball back hoping that Serena would somehow gift her the title, the two women exchanged in some fine rallies in the third and final set and it was one of the better Australian Open women’s finals for some years, Kerber deserved her victory and the German lass can now be called a Grand Slam champion as well as the new world No.2, it was a fitting way to end what has been a very surprising fortnight of tennis in the women’s singles more »

 

Zhang Shuai Becomes The Cinderella Story Of AO 2016

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Zhang Shuai, the current world No.133 Johanna Konta, has become the Cinderella story of the 2016 Australian Open by reaching the women’s singles quarter-finals in Melbourne, the 27 year old native from Tianjin in China almost lost in the final round of qualifying for the tournament, but she now finds herself in the last eight of a major championship for the first time in her career.

Zhang had never previously won a match at any Grand Slam tournament being 0 from 14 in her career before the Australian Open, what’s even more remarkable though is that Zhang had lost the previous 20 sets she has played at a major event before she came to Melbourne this year and was considering retirement, the Chinese lady will now have to contemplate how she will handle the spotlight after becoming only the fourth Chinese player in history to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne.

Zhang’s opponent in the quarter-finals, Johanna Konta, also reached her maiden Grand Slam quarter-final and etched her name in the history books by becoming the first British woman to reach the last eight at a Grand Slam tournament since Jo Durie in 1984, either Zhang or Konta will now progress to the semi-finals of the 2016 Australian Open women’s singles championship, who would have picked that before the tournament started, my guess is nobody…..Cinderella story indeed! more »

 

Novak & Serena Favoured Again In Melbourne

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, the respective men’s and women’s world No.1 tennis players on the planet, commenced the defence of their respective Australian Open crowns today as the first Grand Slam for 2016 got underway in Melbourne, Novak and Serena are both favoured to win their respective singles championships again this year after sweeping all before them on Rod Laver Arena in 2015, Djokovic is a raging hot favourite heading into the men’s event while Williams is a warm favourite with most tennis experts and pundits alike in the women’s championship, it is certainly hard to argue with either player being installed as favourite in their respective singles events again in 2016.

Novak ended the 2015 season in superb touch and the 28 year old Serb was seemingly untouchable in all the major men’s events toward the end of last season, Serena on the other hand hadn’t played a competitive match before Melbourne since her shock loss to Roberta Vinci in the semi-finals of the 2015 US Open, the players have had somewhat different preparations coming into the first major event of the season but the one constant that remains is that both are still on top of the world and expected to do well on centre court once again.

Djokovic is in sublime form and I have never seen Nole so confident in his own ability and his own game, Williams on the other hand doesn’t exude the same confidence right now as Djokovic does, Serena could easily build into the tournament though and if she more »

 
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