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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 »

 

Cecchinato Surprise Packet of RG 2018

Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

The French Open at Roland Garros is infamous for producing surprise names going deep in the respective men’s and women’s singles draw each year, the 2018 version of RG is continuing that trend with the unseeded world No.72 Marco Cecchinato reaching the last four in a Grand Slam for the first time ever, in fact prior to the 2018 Roland Garros tournament commencing, the 25 year old Italian was 0 from 4 at his previous attempts in major events.

Cecchinato shocked former world No.1 Novak Djokovic in four sets to make his way into the semi-finals in Paris and he will now take on the Austrian clay court specialist Dominic Thiem for an unprecedented shot at a Grand Slam final, Cecchinato might well be dreaming about following in the footsteps of the unseeded Argentine Gaston Gaudio who won the title in 2004 over his compatriot Guillermo Coria in five sets, however with Thiem and the likelihood of Rafael Nadal still in the draw though, that prospect still seems a long way off.

It was only last year that we saw Jelena Ostapenko win the women’s championship as an unseeded player, that title was Ostapenko’s first ever tournament win at the time, the French Open certainly continues to spring the surprises on us when it comes to the world of tennis, there have been surprises among the women’s draw again this year too, particularly in the bottom half of the draw, however nothing of the same magnitude as Ostapenko’s magic run in 2017.

In the men’s singles however, if Cecchinato was more »

 

Muguruza & Djokovic Create Their Own History At Roland Garros

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

The 2016 French Open has seen history created with Garbine Muguruza winning her maiden Grand Slam title in the women’s championship and Novak Djokovic finally claiming the elusive title he so earnestly craved in the men’s championship, Muguruza was simply sublime in the championship decider against Serena Williams winning in straight sets, the Spaniard played all out aggressive tennis in a power game we have become accustomed to seeing from Williams herself, the 22 year old has now risen to world No.2 and looks the most likely candidate to topple Serena and become the next world No.1, although she may not have been at her best, Williams didn’t play poorly in this one, sure there was the rumour about the adductor strain but it didn’t appear to hamper Serena as she too played with plenty of power throughout the match, Djokovic got off to a slow and nervous start against Andy Murray dropping the first set but the world No.1 soon found his range and he was simply too good for Murray in four sets, the win saw the 29 year old Serb claim his career Grand Slam and 12th major title and he now holds all four Grand Slam titles at the same time, a feat last achieved by Rod Laver in 1969.

Muguruza and Djokovic are now on different paths however, Garbine has tasted Grand Slam success for the first time and she undoubtedly has the game to win many more, Djokovic has already won twelve majors and is in the prime of his career, however Novak will turn 30 next year and he has several more »

 

Rafa And Rain The Main Talking Points At RG 2016

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

The 2016 French Open has seen many different things, some great tennis, some unexpected tournament performances from several players, particularly among the women, but the main talking point at Roland Garros this year has been the retirement of nine-time champion Rafael Nadal and the persistent rain which has left the tournament receiving criticism from plenty of fans and players alike.

The third round withdrawal of Nadal (wrist) was a huge surprise for everyone and certainly hurt a tournament already reeling from not having Roger Federer involved, but once the shock of Rafa’s decision to withdraw had subsided, the rain soon become the main talking point, the persistent wet weather has thrown the championships into mini chaos with some matches resuming while light rain was falling, two of the more fancied women, Agnieszka Radwanska (No.2 seed) and Simona Halep (No.6 seed) were both ahead and seemingly in control in their respective matches against Tsvetana Pironkova and Sam Stosur before the rain intervened, however both players were then ousted on the resumption of play in damp and heavy conditions.

Radwanska and Halep both voiced their concerns and disappointment about the situation but the show must go on at RG and there is no coming back from eventual defeat on the court regardless of how much complaining they do, that leads most people to the question of a roof and how long the fans and French public have to wait until the French Open erects a roof over centre cou more »

 
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