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The 2013 French Open that concluded at Roland Garros recently again reminded all of us that the two leading players on their respective tours this season are indeed the respective French Open champions, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, the two superstars of world tennis are both on impressive winning streaks with Rafa currently sitting on 21 matches unbeaten and Serena having won her last 31 matches, they are both cleary now favoured to end the season ranked No. 1 on their respective rankings but as well know the season is long and can take many twists and turns.
Nadal has been super impressive since his return from injury this season, the champion Spaniard has a 43-2 match record this year and has made all nine finals of the tournaments he has played this season winning an impressive seven of them, he is the first man on the ATP World Tour to qualify for the season ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and if he continues his current form then he will very likely end the year as world No.1, Rafa has practically no points to defend for the remainder of the season so unless the 27 year old is beset by injury it’s hard to see how the King of Clay will not vie for the top spot at seasons end.
Williams has been just as impressive on the women’s tour holding a 43-2 match record in 2013 and claiming six titles on the way, the 31 year old native from Michigan is now the undisputed No.1 women’s player in the world and with Wimbledon just around the corner it’s difficult to more »
World No.4 and seven time French Open champion Rafael Nadal and the undisputed women’s world No.1 Serena Williams will again start as favourites at Roland Garros in 2013, with a few notable exceptions Nadal has swept all before him this season including back to back titles on clay in Madrid and Rome as he relaunches his claim for the No.1 spot once more, Williams has been even more impressive winning her last four tournaments and both players will now clearly start the popular Paris tournament as warm favourites to win their respective singles titles.
Rafa has already built an unmatched legacy at Roland Garros by winning seven of the last eight titles but Serena is yet to establish any real dominance on the Parisian clay and the native from Michigan will surely be focused and ready to add another French Open crown to her long list of achievements, most tennis pundits are predicting a two horse race in the men’s championship between Nadal and world No.1 Novak Djokovic but William’s penchant for early round upsets in Paris will have many of her supporters a little concerned.
Rafa and Serena are the favourites for the French Open and they are currently the two dominant figures in world tennis, so who or what will stop this dynamic duo from winning their respective men’s and women’s championships in 2013? Obviously Djokovic looks to be Nadal’s main threat to achieving more glory in Paris but there is also a little matter of Rafa’s knee, the champion Spaniard doesn’t appear more »
The 2013 Australian Open women’s champion will be crowned tonight on Rod Laver Arena at Melbourne Park with world No.1 Victoria Azarenka and China’s Li Na vying for the honour of holding up the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Trophy, for most fans and pundits of the game this is not the final most of us predicted prior to the tournament, Serena Williams was the hot favourite coming in and it was widely expected that her opponent in the women’s final would be either Maria Sharapova or Agnieszka Radwanska, although none of that trio even made the big dance the two finalists in Azarenka and Li Na are worth contenders, Vika is the defending champion while Madame Li will attempt to go one better after reaching the final in 2011.
It will be an interesting match up between two players at different points in their respective careers, Azarenka is currently ranked the best women’s player in the world and at the age of 23 she is currently in her prime, Vika will be keen to repeat her victory of twelve months ago in Melbourne while Li Na is in the latter stages of her career at age 30 and will be attempting to add to her 2011 triumph at Roland Garros, it should end up being a good tussle between exuberant youth and a battle hardened and experienced campaigner, hopefully it provide’s all tennis fans with a fitting finale to the women’s singles championship at Melbourne Park in 2013.
Azarenka will probably go into the match a slight favourite but I have a feeling that Li Na will have the more »
Although we have already seen several seeded players beaten in both the men’s and women’s singles draw at the 2013 Australian Open, the main discussion point after two days of competition is surely the state and condition of Serena Williams right ankle, the five time Australian Open champion was the warm favourite in the women’s singles heading into the first major event of the year but her ankle injury will now have the other main contenders in the women’s draw keeping one eye on her progress with plenty of interest, even after she rolled her ankle and had it strapped Williams was still far too good for Edina Gallovits-Hall in round one with the hapless Romanian being double bageled 6-0, 6-0.
The main question now is whether or not Serena’s ankle will allow her to be fit enough to go all the way and claim a record 6th Australian Open championship, the third seeded American rolled her right ankle at 4-0 up in the first set against Gallovits-Hall, but after a delay, assessment and some strapping she raced through the match without dropping a single game, it will be interesting to see how the 31 year old performs in her second round match on day four against relative unknown Garbine Muguruza, even with an injured ankle Williams would be expected to comfortably account for the 112th ranked Spaniard.
What will be of greater interest to tennis fans and media alike is how Serena fares once she faces a more experienced and potentially tougher opponent deeper in the more »
The final match on the tennis calendar at the ATP World Tour Finals has concluded and world No.1 Novak Djokovic has been crowned the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals Champion for the second time in his career, Novak’s feat in beating six time WTF champion Roger Federer has cemented his place at the top of the game for another year and his win over Fed has also made him my ATP Player Of The Year in 2012, on the women’s side of things it’s impossible to go past Serena Williams as my WTA Player Of The Year in 2012, Serena had a stellar season winning Wimbledon, Olympic Gold, the US Open and the season ending WTA Championships in Istanbul, although she finished the season ranked No.3, the 31 year old American was clearly the best women’s player on the tour in 2012.
Djokovic had a tremendous finish to the season winning three tournaments since the start of October, the 25 year old Serb was victorious in Beijing and the Shanghai Rolex Masters 1000 before he put some icing on his year with victory over Federer at the O2 Arena in London, Nole opened the year with that memorable five set marathon win against Rafael Nadal in Melbourne and followed that up with two Masters title runs in Miami and Toronto respectively before winning his trio of titles to end to the season, add to that his two runner-up finishes at Roland Garros and Flushing Meadows respectively and you have a season most players can only dream of.
It was always going to be difficult for Novak to repeat his more »