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Nadal & Barty Claim Glory In Paris

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

The 2019 Roland Garros Championships in Paris have come to an end and it was yet another historic Grand Slam event with Rafael Nadal notching up a record 12th men’s singles RG crown, while Australian Ashleigh Barty claimed her first major women’s championship singles title respectively.

Nadal was simply supreme once again in Paris and if the Spaniard can stay fit for a few more years on tour, few would bet against him from adding to his amazing haul at the French Open, Barty was a completely different story altogether, but the 23 year old Queensland native from Ipswich certainly made headlines of her own throughout the two weeks, Barty had never previously made it further than the second round at RG, but 2019 changed all that for the popular Aussie as she swept her way to her maiden Grand Slam title.

Debate may well go on for years and years about who the men’s tennis GOAT is, but one thing that can’t be debated is the fact that Rafa is simply the King of Clay and the GOAT on the red dirt surface, his achievements on clay will probably never be matched or surpassed and his name will forever be linked with the French Open Championships in Paris, it’s staggering to think that the native from Manacor in Spain has won the same Grand Slam event an amazing twelve times, nothing Rafa now does would shock tennis fans anymore I believe.

Barty is probably wondering how Nadal can do this eighteen times after winning her very first major event, however the Aussie will now more »

 

A New Women’s Major Champion Will Be Crowned

Thursday, June 6th, 2019

What a tournament we have seen so far in Paris at the French Open of 2019, the business end of the 2019 Roland Garros tournament is fast approaching and we will definitely be seeing a new women’s Grand Slam singles champion at the conclusion of the tournament, Ashleigh Barty, Amanda Anisimova, Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova are the remaining four women still in the tournament, on the men’s side Dominic Thiem is the only player to yet taste Grand Slam success with the big three of Djokovic, Nadal and Federer continuing to impress.

Prior to this tournament beginning, the women’s singles draw looked to be a difficult one to predict and that has certainly proven to be the case with none of the four women remaining ever previously making a major singles final before, Konta has been the closest with two previous semi-final appearances at Wimbledon “17″ and AO “16″ respectively, Barty made the quarter-finals of the Australian Open earlier this year which was her previous best performance, the best result that Anisimova and Vondrousova have previously achieved in a Slam prior to RG “19″ has been reaching the 4th round, Anisimova made the round of sixteen in Melbourne earlier this year and Vondrousova achieved the same result in New York last year at the US Open.

Two of the four women mentioned above will obviously be contesting their first ever Grand Slam singles final, what an exciting time for all four women to be playing for a spot in a major singles final, one of more »

 

The Men’s Big Three Roll On In Paris

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

The first week of the 2019 Roland Garros French Open Championships has now been completed and we are down to the last eight in the respective men’s and women’s singles championships, as is normally the case in major events there has been a number of upsets throughout the first week in Paris, one thing that is yet to change however is the dominance of the big three in men’s tennis, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have steamrolled their way through the men’s draw thus far and all three players look likely to progress to the final four at RG, Nadal and Federer could be on course for a semi-final showdown if the seeds hold.

The men’s quarter-final line-up includes six of the top eight seeded players in the tournament, while the women’s draw has produced far more upsets with only three of the top eight seeded players remaining, defending champion Simona Halep is in fact the only seeded player among the top four women’s seeds still alive in the event, the women’s draw also includes two unseeded players (Amanda Anisimova & Marketa Vondrousova) in the last eight unlike the men’s championships where all eight players are seeded, Karen Khachanov (10) and Stan Wawrinka (24) are the only two men’s players seeded outside the top eight.

Djokovic, Nadal and Federer continue to amaze tennis fans around the world with their dominance in such a highly competitive sport, father time will eventually catch up with all three men, but each time their expected fall from more »

 

Nadal & Halep Confirm Top Status In Paris

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

The respective men’s and women’s world No.1 ranked players confirmed their status at the top of their chosen sport by winning the men’s singles and women’s singles championship respectively at the conclusion of the French Open in Paris, the King of clay Rafael Nadal won an unprecedented 11th Roland Garros title in another awesome display, while Halep notched up her very first Grand Slam singles crown with an impressive performance in the women’s final.

Rafa was simply outstanding once again on the red dirt in Paris defeating the young Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets, if he can remain fully fit and focused, it is difficult to see how anyone is going to beat the Spaniard at his home away from home on the terre battue, Nadal’s record at RG is currently an amazing 86-2 and it seems inevitable that, barring injury, he will add to that total in the years ahead, Halep on the other hand is maybe only just getting started on a dynasty of her own, she fought back well to topple American Sloane Stephens in three sets and if the Romanian ends up winning even a quarter of the RG titles that Rafa has already won I think Simona would take that.

It is certainly no accident that Nadal and Halep are currently Roland Garros champions and also ranked No.1 on the respective ATP and WTA rankings system, both players are very consistent at the big events and both have already mentioned that court Philippe-Chatrier is their favourite court of them all, it will be interesting to see how more »

 

Halep Looks Ready To Win Her Maiden Grand Slam

Friday, June 8th, 2018

Women’s world No.1 Simona Halep looks ready and poised to finally break her Grand Slam drought in Paris in the final of the women’s singles at the 2018 French Open, however she will have to overcome not only her nerves, but also an in-form and current US Open champion Sloane Stephens to do so, Halep has been to the final at Roland Garros on two separate occasions, losing last year to Jelena Ostapenko in three sets and in 2014 to Maria Sharapova, also in three sets, will this be third time lucky at RG for the popular Romanian?

Her American opponent Stephens has been in sublime form in Paris over the past fortnight and she will be keen to repeat her triumph from New York last year, another major win for Sloane would see her crowned a multiple Grand Slam champion at the age of 25, another Grand Slam final loss for Halep would see the 26 year old Romanian go to 0 from 4 in major championship decider’s, has Simona learnt from her previous disappointments and will she finally claim her first major singles title, or will Stephens simply play the better tennis and win her second major title from the past three Grand Slam events?

The women’s final should be an enthralling contest with Halep’s court coverage and ability to stay in the point versus Stephens power and willingness to go for her shots, Halep will clearly start the final as the favourite, but if Stephens gets on a roll or Simona feels a touch of the jitters, which she has been prone to in the past, we could see a very more »

 
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