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Novak & Serena Continue To Dominate

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

The newly crowned men’s and women’s Australian Open singles champions, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, proved once again that they continue to dominate the world of tennis as they respectively set the benchmark in their chosen sport for their peers to follow, Djokovic claimed his 5th Australian Open title and his 8th career Grand Slam singles title after defeating long time friend and rival Andy Murray in the men’s singles final, Williams claimed her 6th Australian Open title and her 19th career Grand Slam singles crown after dispatching world No.2 Maria Sharapova in the women’s championship decider.

Both of the respective world No.1 ranked players once again underlined their supremacy at the top of the game in Melbourne and the question has now been raised yet again as to whether the chasing pack can dethrone either of the world’s top ranked tennis players in 2015, it’s only the beginning of the new tennis season but already most tennis fans are probably installing Djokovic and Williams as the pre tournament favourites for the French Open which commences at Roland Garros in late May, Djokovic has never won in Paris and the Serb will be keen to try and claim a career Grand Slam in 2015 while Williams will be looking to add to her impressive tally of Grand Slam singles title’s by winning her third French Open crown.

The 2015 season could easily unfold in many different ways yet, but Novak and Serena have certainly made a statement by winning their respective title’s more »


A Serena v Maria Final Looking Likely In Melbourne

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

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 »


Big Four Favoured In Melbourne

Sunday, January 18th, 2015

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 »


Cilic & Williams Reign Supreme In New York

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

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 »


Serena Shooting For GS No.18

Friday, September 5th, 2014

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 »

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