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Stan Wawrinka and Serena Williams were crowned the respective men’s and women’s singles champions at the end of a fantastic two weeks of tennis at Roland Garros in Paris, Wawrinka’s win over the world No.1 and pre-tourney favourite Novak Djokovic was somewhat unexpected, however there were clear signs throughout the fortnight that Stan the man was playing at a similar level to when he won the 2014 Australian Open final against Rafael Nadal, Williams on the other hand struggled to get her ‘A’ game going throughout the event and a virus also kept the world No.1 from performing in peak condition from about the third round onwards, both players claimed the respective silverware for winning their respective events in Paris, but each player achieved success in completely different ways.
Wawrinka lost in the first round of the French Open last year and most would have scoffed at the thought of Stan adding another Grand Slam title leading into the tournament at RG in 2015, although Stan clearly enjoys playing on the red dirt, his lead up performances before the French Open left a lot to be desired, however this proved to be a positive thing for Stan as he came into the tournament completely under the radar with many tipping him to be bundled out before the quarter-finals, he started well in round one and never looked back, Wawrinka stated himself that he felt things all coming together when he arrived in Paris and started practicing on the famous clay courts of Roland Garros, nobo more »
Lucie Safarova will play her first Grand Slam singles final in Paris on Saturday when she will square off against the world No.1 Serena Williams to see her earns the right to be called the women’s Roland Garros champion for 2015, Safarova has not dropped a set throughout the entire tournament and she displayed her new found belief in dispatching defending champion Maria Sharapova in the fourth round before beating another former champion in the form of Ana Ivanovic in the semi-finals, the 28 year old Czech left hander has also made the final of the women’s doubles competition with her partner Bethanie Mattek-Sands to complete a memorable two weeks in Paris.
Now that Lucie has made the big dance, can she go one step further and beat Williams in the French Open final to end a remarkable two weeks of tennis for the Czech, she has two main things going in her favour right now, first of all Serena is still suffering the effects of being ill with the flu which has to affect the 19-time Grand Slam champion’s preparation for the final surely, secondly, Safarova is in the form of her life right now and she just has to focus and maintain it for one more match, however going against Lucie is the fact that Serena holds a 8-0 head to head record against her and Williams’ experience of being in a final some 23 times previously will surely count at some stage throughout the match.
The biggest thing Safarova needs to have going into the final is self belief, Lucie has to first believe more »
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 »
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 »
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 »