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Roland Garros Turning Into The Women’s Seed Killer

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

The 2014 edition of the French Open at Roland Garros continues to see an exodus of seeded players from the main draw in both the men’s and women’s championship, week one has seen numerous upsets occur, particularly in the women’s event where half of the top eight seeds have failed to reach the fourth round, what is startling about that fact is that the world’s top three ranked players, Serena Williams, Li Na and Agnieska Radwanska, have all been beaten prior to the round of 16, the first time since 1978 that the women’s top three seeds have failed to reach the fourth round, Stan Wawrinka (No.3 seed) was the main casualty in the men’s draw in week one although the early upset of the Japanese 9th seed Kei Nishikori by the Slovak Martin Klizan was also a big surprise.

But the women’s championship has been the main talking point when it comes to upsets in Paris this year, only seven of the top 16 seeds have progressed to the fourth round at Roland Garros in 2014 and out of the sixteen women still in contention only three are former Grand Slam champions, two of those being Maria Sharapova (8th seed) and Aussie Samantha Stosur (18th seed) who square off against one another in the fourth round, the other previous major champion is Russian 27th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova who was a former French Open champion back in 2009, the highest remaining seeds in the women’s draw are the 4th seeded Romanian Simona Halep and the 2008 US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic, if either Sharapova or more »

 

Can Anyone Outside The Top Two Seeds Win In Paris?

Sunday, May 25th, 2014

The 2014 French Open is about to begin at Roland Garros in Paris and the question most tennis fans will be wanting answered is, can anyone other than the top two seeds in the men’s and women’s draw win the title on the Parisian clay? Rafael Nadal (No.1 seed) and Novak Djokovic (No.2 seed) are the talk of the men’s draw with the majority of tennis pundits predicting a final showdown between the two best players in the world on the last Sunday of the tournament, similarly the same could be said on the women’s side of things with Serena Williams (No.1 seed) and Li Na (No.2 seed) favoured to go deep into the tournament also.

Eight-time champion Nadal is still the favourite in most people’s mind with the King of Clay shooting for an amazing ninth title in Paris while Djokovic’s recent victory over the Spaniard in Rome has many predicting that the Serb is ready to join the career Grand Slam club in 2014, Serena is a raging hot favourite on the women’s side but the American is sometimes prone to injury and if she is unfortunate enough to falter because of that then the tournament could become wide open, Li Na is the only Grand Slam winner this season on the women’s side and the world No.2 can also boast a former French Open title to her credit as well.

So who are the likely contenders who can stop the top two seeds from taking all the spoils in Paris again this year, Stan Wawrinka, Roger Federer, David Ferrer or Tomas Berdych perhaps in the men’s, or can one of the new breed more »

 

Rafa & Serena Continue To Dominate Season 2013

Thursday, June 13th, 2013

The 2013 French Open that concluded at Roland Garros recently again reminded all of us that the two leading players on their respective tours this season are indeed the respective French Open champions, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, the two superstars of world tennis are both on impressive winning streaks with Rafa currently sitting on 21 matches unbeaten and Serena having won her last 31 matches, they are both cleary now favoured to end the season ranked No. 1 on their respective rankings but as well know the season is long and can take many twists and turns.

Nadal has been super impressive since his return from injury this season, the champion Spaniard has a 43-2 match record this year and has made all nine finals of the tournaments he has played this season winning an impressive seven of them, he is the first man on the ATP World Tour to qualify for the season ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and if he continues his current form then he will very likely end the year as world No.1, Rafa has practically no points to defend for the remainder of the season so unless the 27 year old is beset by injury it’s hard to see how the King of Clay will not vie for the top spot at seasons end.

Williams has been just as impressive on the women’s tour holding a 43-2 match record in 2013 and claiming six titles on the way, the 31 year old native from Michigan is now the undisputed No.1 women’s player in the world and with Wimbledon just around the corner it’s difficult to more »

 

Will We See Roger In Another Grand Slam Final?

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

In the aftermath of Roger Federer’s quarter-final loss to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Roland Garros this week many tennis fans are now questioning whether we will ever see Roger in another Grand Slam final, it is true that Federer was not at his best against Jo-Willy but it also appears very factual that the Swiss maestro is now clearly past his best, the fact Tsonga beat Federer in straight sets for the first time at a major championship could mean that we have seen the last of Federer duking it out in a Grand Slam decider.

It may well be foolish to write off the player most people refer to as the greatest to have ever played the game but Federer’s form and statistics this season don’t lie, the 17-time Grand Slam champion is yet to win a title in 2013 and out of the seven tournaments that Roger has played this season he has only been in one championship decider, that was recently in Rome where Fed was routined in the final by Rafa in straight sets 6-3, 6-1.

Roger looked bitterly disappointed with his effort against Tsonga in Paris but he has already turned his attention to the grass court season which comes hard on heels of the clay court swing, how Federer fares on his beloved grass courts should give us all the real answer to whether or not we are witnessing the final decline of the great Swiss champion, Roger’s greatest success has always come on the green turf and more disappointment at Halle and Wimbledon in the next month may well answer the question for more »

 

Rafa & Serena Favourites Again At Roland Garros

Monday, May 20th, 2013

World No.4 and seven time French Open champion Rafael Nadal and the undisputed women’s world No.1 Serena Williams will again start as favourites at Roland Garros in 2013, with a few notable exceptions Nadal has swept all before him this season including back to back titles on clay in Madrid and Rome as he relaunches his claim for the No.1 spot once more, Williams has been even more impressive winning her last four tournaments and both players will now clearly start the popular Paris tournament as warm favourites to win their respective singles titles.

Rafa has already built an unmatched legacy at Roland Garros by winning seven of the last eight titles but Serena is yet to establish any real dominance on the Parisian clay and the native from Michigan will surely be focused and ready to add another French Open crown to her long list of achievements, most tennis pundits are predicting a two horse race in the men’s championship between Nadal and world No.1 Novak Djokovic but William’s penchant for early round upsets in Paris will have many of her supporters a little concerned.

Rafa and Serena are the favourites for the French Open and they are currently the two dominant figures in world tennis, so who or what will stop this dynamic duo from winning their respective men’s and women’s championships in 2013? Obviously Djokovic looks to be Nadal’s main threat to achieving more glory in Paris but there is also a little matter of Rafa’s knee, the champion Spaniard doesn’t appear more »