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Flavia Pennetta Ends Grand Slam Career On A High

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

The 2015 US Open women’s singles champion is the Italian Flavia Pennetta, yes that’s correct, it is not a misprint or a silly joke, the 33 year old native from Brindisi has won seven matches to complete an unlikely title run in New York, she then ended her Grand Slam career by announcing that she will retire at seasons end, Pennetta toppled world No.4 Petra Kvitova and world No.2 Simona Halep back to back to reach the women’s decider at Flushing Meadows, almost everybody would have picked that Flavia would have then been playing Serena Williams in the womens singles final, but Pennetta’s compatriot Roberta Vinci caused the shock of the entire tennis season by ousting Serena in a dramatic semi-final.

Pennetta was likely a beneficiary of not having the world’s media attention on her after Vinci grabbed all the headlines by ending Serena’s quest for a calendar Grand Slam, Flavia has always enjoyed playing in New York but even she would have conceded at the start of the tournament that she was a longshot to win the title, her odds would have shortened dramatically for the final once Vinci knocked out the hot favourite Williams, the 2015 US Open women’s singles championship has been anything but the status quo, two Italian women in a Grand Slam final and both had previously never reached the big dance at a major before, the tournament saw numerous seeds falling early but it still appeared most likely that it would be William versus Halep or Kvitova in the final, nobody checked  more »


Seeds Fall Early In New York

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The first two days of the 2015 US Open have thrown up plenty of surprises already with twelve of the 64 seeded players in singles competition going out in the first round, most notable among the men’s seeds falling early was the 4th seed and 2014 US Open runner-up Kei Nishikori who went down in five sets to the Frenchman Benoit Paire, the French duo of Gilles Simon (11th seed) and Gael Monfils (16th seed) followed suit losing to Donald Young and Illya Marchenko respectively, Monfils was unfortunate however suffering an injury and having to retire, the women’s singles draw however has seen plenty of carnage in two days, nine of the top 32 seeds have fallen already with the popular Czech Lucie Safarova (6th seed), Ana Ivanovic (7th seed), Karolina Pliskova (8th seed) and Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro (10th seed) being the most notable among them.

With the Grand Slam events having 32 seeded draws now, there will always be upsets which include players seeded between 16-32 but what is surprising this year in New York is the number of higher ranked players bowing out so early, three players (Nishikori, Simon, Monfils) on the men’s side and an incredible five (Safarova, Ivanovic, Pliskova, CSN, Timea Bacsinsky) on the women’s side of the draw are among the top sixteen seeds for this tournament, things may settle down and the draw could still produce most of the seeded players going deep, but I can’t recall an exodus of higher seeds in the first round like this for some time. more »


Novak & Serena Confirm Their World No.1 Status

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams underlined their respective domination of world tennis again this fortnight by claiming the men’s singles championship and women’s singles championship respectively at SW19 in London, Djokovic beat the sentimental favourite Roger Federer in a high quality men’s final while Williams proved too strong for first time finalist Garbine Muguruza in the women’s decider, Nole and Serena have been the two dominant figures in world tennis this season and it looks set to maybe continue into next month also as both will head to New York as the title favourites at the US Open, Djokovic will look to win his third major title and reach his fourth consecutive Grand Slam final in New York while Serena will try and complete the tough task of a 2015 calendar Grand Slam, with the form both players are currently showing, Novak and Serena will again be hard to beat at Flushing Meadows next month.

Djokovic and Williams have been the standout performers on their respective ATP and WTA Tours this season, the Serb seems to be at the peak of his powers at the age of 28 while Serena still awaits a regular title threat at the grand old tennis age of 33, Djokovic claimed his 9th Grand Slam title with his four set win over Federer while Williams racked up Grand Slam title No.21 with her straight sets victory over Muguruza, it is hard to believe that neither player will add to their Grand Slam haul in the next twelve months, Djokovic seems to be one of the favourites at more »


Muguruza Reaches First Grand Slam Final

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

Garbine Muguruza has cemented a place in her first Grand Slam singles final this week, toppling world No.13 Agnieszka Radwanska in a polished display of power hitting to overwhelm the former Wimbledon finalist from Poland in their semi-final match-up, the 21 year old Venezuelan born Spaniard has already been earmarked as a future star on the WTA Tour but she took a giant step towards stardom by out-hitting Radwanska and claiming her place in the women’s championship decider at SW19 against Serena Williams on Saturday, Muguruza must now regroup and focus on the toughest task in women’s tennis, beating world No.1 and the 20-time Grand Slam champion Williams.

Muguruza is the first Spanish women to make the Wimbledon singles final since Aranxta Sanchez-Vicario in 1996, if successful against Serena in the championship decider then Garbine will become the first Spanish women’s singles champion at Wimbledon since Conchita Martinez in 1994, it will be a tough test for Muguruza in the final against a player who seems intent on creating her own history in the women’s game right now, Williams will hold all four Grand Slam singles title’s if she is victorious on Saturday and will shoot for a calendar Grand Slam in New York if successful at SW19, it looks like a case of the proven champion against a champion in the making, so who will prevail then, will Serena claim Grand Slam singles title No.21 or will Garbine prove that she is ready for Grand Slam champion status by claiming her ma more »


Serena & Maria On Collision Course

Monday, July 6th, 2015

It’s looking likely that Serena Williams (No.1 seed) and Maria Sharapova (No.4 seed) may well do battle in the semi-finals of the women’s singles championship at Wimbledon in London later this week, the two giants of the women’s game are on a collision course to clash in the last four of the tournament but first they must negotiate their respective quarter-final opponents, Serena will face a rejuvenated Victoria Azarenka and Maria will take on the giant killer of this year’s singles draw in American Coco Vandeweghe, Williams is still the warm favourite to take the women’s title but she has hit some road bumps along the way in The Championships and will need to be at her best to beat Vika, Sharapova has gone about her business strongly in this year’s edition of SW19 and is yet to drop a set, however Vandeweghe has also not dropped a set on route to her quarter-final showdown with Maria, at least one of these ladies are about to drop a set for the first time at Wimbledon.

The bottom half of the draw does not boast a current or former Grand Slam champion with former Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska (No.13 seed) the highest seed left in that section of the draw, Aggie is joined by Timea Bacsinszky (No.15 seed), Garbine Muguruza (20th seed) and the big-serving American Madison Keys (No.21 seed), Radwanska will square off against Keys while Bacsinszky will do battle with the big-hitting Spaniard Muguruza in their respective quarter-final match-ups, this half of the draw pr more »

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