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Safarova Earns Her Shot At A Maiden Grand Slam Title

Friday, June 5th, 2015

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 »

 

Tsonga Earns Star Billing In Paris

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is the toast of the town in Paris at the moment, the 30 year old Frenchman has continued his dream run in the 2015 French Open at Roland Garros by ousting the 5th seed Kei Nishikori in a five-set quarter-final, Tsonga has had an injury plagued season so far in  2015 but the popular native from Le Mans has put all that behind him by blazing his way to the semi-finals of his home event for the second time in his career, it remains to be seen whether Jo-Willy has what it takes to progress through to his second ever Grand Slam final but the Parisian faithful will certainly be spurring their man on loudly and proudly in an effort to get him across the line.

Tsonga will square off against the 2014 Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka in the French Open semi-finals after the Stanimal brushed aside his friend and No.2 seed Roger Federer in a rather one-sided quarter-final clash, Wawrinka defeated Federer in straight sets to end the Swiss maestro’s hopes of another deep run at Roland Garros, the last four match-up between Tsonga and Wawrinka should be a colourful and entertaining match for the French crowd to really get their teeth and voice into, could the Parisian crowd play a significant role in helping Jo become the first Frenchman to make the big dance in Paris since Henri Leconte back in 1988, perhaps they ca.

Tsonga has earned star billing with the local fans over the past 10 days and his star will shine even brighter if he can become the first French more »

 

Can Novak Finally Claim The Career Grand Slam?

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

With the 2015 French Open now well underway the big question still on the lips of most tennis fans is whether or not the world No.1 Novak Djokovic can finally claim the elusive career Grand Slam at Roland Garros in the next ten days, Djokovic has made a solid start to his quest for glory in Paris and he should comfortably dispatch his next opponent, Thanasi Kokkanakis in the third round, but the much anticipated quarter-final showdown between Novak and the nine-time French Open champ Rafael Nadal is eagerly awaited by all, it would certainly be a deflating feeling for the entire tournament organisers, and fans in general, if these two giants of the game don’t get to square off in the last eight.

Djokovic is the current Wimbledon and Australian Open champion and has a fantastic 35-2 record in 2015, his only losses (Karlovic@Doha, Federer@Dubai) this season have come early in the year and the 8-time Grand Slam champion hasn’t been toppled since his runner-up finish in Dubai at the end of February, but he must now dethrone Nadal, the greatest clay court player of all time, in the quarter-finals of the French Open before he even considers claiming the one elusive major title to thus far elude him, the 28 year old Serb is in the form of his life, he is now a husband and father and life seems like it couldn’t get much better for Nole, however the Serb will be well aware of how quickly things can change in the  more »

 

Nadal Continues To Reign At Roland Garros

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Rafael Nadal left no question about who the King of Clay is at the conclusion of the 2014 French Open in Paris, Rafa may have dropped the first set to rival Novak Djokovic in the men’s championship decider, but he stormed back to win the next three sets and the Roland Garros title for an amazing 9th time, the Spaniard’s reign in the city of love continues and after such a strong performance it would be a brave person to predict that Nadal will not win it again in the future, if Rafa stays fit and healthy there is no reason why the Spaniard can’t reach double digits in Paris.

Rafa has now equalled Pete Sampras on 14 Grand Slam titles and is now only three away from equalling his great career rival Roger Federer on 17, the on-going debate about who is the GOAT will continue no doubt until both men have hung up their racquet but there is certainly no doubt whatsoever about who the GOAT is when it comes to clay court tennis, Nadal’s success on the red dirt is simply remarkable and he is reaching milestones which may never be broken, whether we will ever see the type of dominance on clay that Nadal has displayed over the years is highly unlikely, as of right now though, the Spaniard continues to reign supreme at Roland Garros.

The women’s championship decider was a highly entertaining battle between Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep, the Russian ended up claiming her second French Open title in three sets but not before a stirring fight from the Romanian Halep, Maria’s fighti more »

 

Final Four To Battle It Out In Paris

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

So, we are down to the final four players in the respective men’s and women’s championship at Roland Garros 2014 in Paris, the top two men’s seeds Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic remain on a collision course to meet in the men’s decider on Sunday but standing in the way of that showdown is Andy Murray and Ernests Gulbis respectively, in the women’s event it appears that former champion Maria Sharapova and, the highest remaining women’s seed, Simona Halep (No.4 seed) are also on a collision course to meet in their championship decider, standing in the way of that happening is the young Canadian Eugenie Bouchard and the resurgent German Andrea Petkovic respectively.

It will be the women’s turn first to determine who will advance to Saturday’s title match against one another, Sharapova is the only former Grand Slam champion left in the women’s draw and she must start favourite against Bouchard in the first semi-final on Chatrier, meanwhile Halep and Petkovic will then square off to decide who will make their first ever major championship final, the women’s draw has seen numerous upsets in Paris this year, will Maria also fall victim and give either Bouchard, Halep or Petkovic a chance for Grand Slam glory, only time will tell as we look forward to two intriguing semi-finals I the women’s section.

The day after we know who the women’s finalist’s are, we will all look forward with great anticipation to the two men’s semifinal’s between Nadal and Murray and Djokovic and G more »

 
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