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Wawrinka & Kerber Enjoy Further Grand Slam Success

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The 2016 US Tennis Open has concluded in fine style with two brand new champions being crowned, Stan Wawrinka in the men’s singles championship and Angelique Kerber in the women’s singles championship, both players have tasted Grand Slam success previously with Wawrinka winning the Australian Open in 2014 and the French Open in 2015 while Kerber added to her 2016 Australian Open title earlier in the year, Wawrinka defeated the defending champ and world No.1 Novak Djokovic in four sets in the men’s final while Kerber edged out surprise US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova in a tight three sets contest.

Stan the man lived up to his other nickname of the “Stanimal” against Djokovic in the men’s decider at Flushing Meadows, the Swiss world No.3 again showed why he is one of the most dangerous players in the world when he gets his game going, after dropping the first set in a tiebreaker, Wawrinka used his firepower off the ground to subdue Novak who is regarded by most as the best returner in the game, Stan is now unbeaten in Grand Slam finals having won all three that he has played in, two of those have been against Djokovic, with Wawrinka having now won three of the four major title’s the Swiss right-hander now has a chance to complete a career Grand Slam by winning Wimbledon in the future, but for now he will definitely enjoy this US Open championship I’m sure.

Kerber has had a career best season in 2016, making the final at three of the four majors and winning two of the t more »

 

Four Non-Grand Slam Singles Winners Remain In New York

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

We have reached the semi-final stages of the 2016 US Tennis Open Championships and there still remains four singles players, two among the men and two among the women, who are yet to taste Grand Slam glory, enigmatic Frenchman Gael Monfils and the Japanese world No.7 Kei Nishikori are through to the last four in the men’s championship as are the 10th seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova and the unseeded former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the women’s championship, can one of this quartet win two more matches in New York to achieve Grand Slam success?

Monfils (No.10 seed) will face the defending men’s singles champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic in one semi-final while Nishikori will square off against the 3rd seeded Swiss Stan Wawrinka in the other semi-final, Djokovic will definitely start as favourite against Monfils and Wawrinka would also be a slight favourite in his last four match up with Nishikori, can Monfils topple the undisputed world No.1 and make his first GS final or will we see Djokovic reach yet another major final, the second semi-final will be intriguing also, Nishikori has been to the big dance in New York before, losing in straight sets to the 2014 champion Marin Cilic, Kei will be keen to try and go one better this year and get his name etched on the trophy but he must first beat Stan the man to advance to the final.

Pliskova has arguably the toughest challenge in women’s tennis right now in her semi-final, beating Serena at a major championship,  more »

 

Is Rafael Nadal Now Officially In The Twilight Of His Career?

Monday, September 5th, 2016

The 2016 edition of the US Open at Flushing Meadows has seen a number of extremely close matches so far which could have gone the way of either player, however the most notable of all those close matches was the fourth round men’s singles clash between 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal and the rising young Frenchman Lucas Pouille, Nadal had been playing well throughout the tournament and was expected to beat the 22 year old Pouille to make yet another major quarter-final but the Frenchman had other ideas.

Rafa’s unexpected loss at the round of sixteen stage in New York begs the question then, is the champion Spaniard now officially in the twilight of his career? Based on what we have been used to seeing from Nadal over many years of competition at the majors, one would have to conclude that Rafa is indeed commencing the twilight of his career or he may even be some way into that stage of his career, Rafa’s best tennis is now definitely behind him and although he will still remain a force on the red clay at Roland Garros, it is difficult to see the King of Clay winning another Grand Slam title unless he gets a fortunate break in the draw.

Nadal has a great legion of fans who all love him for the champion he is, but the native from Mallorca now looks to be beatable in those closer matches when previously he was not, Nadal always seemed to find a way to get across the line in the tight ones and he even looked like doing so again against Pouille after saving three ma more »

 

Can A New Major Champion Emerge In New York?

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The 2016 US Open is now underway and all tennis fans will be looking forward to plenty of exciting and drama filled tennis over the next two weeks in New York, will we see the usual names emerge once again at a Grand Slam event or will we see the emergence of a new Grand Slam champion at Flushing Meadows in New York?

Most pundits are tipping the usual contenders once again, the likes of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray among the men and Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza among the women, however there is reason to believe that we can indeed see a new major champion emerge once again in either the men’s singles championship or the women’s singles championship in 2016.

New York has provided many first time Grand Slam singles champions in recent years, Marin Cilic (2014) and Juan Martin del Potro (2009) among the men and Flavia Pennetta (2015) and Samantha Stosur (2011) among the women, perhaps it is too soon to see another new first time Grand Slam champion emerge once again in New York, let’s take a look at the likely possibilities.

The top four seeds among the men (Djokovic, Murray, Stan Wawrinka & Rafael Nadal) have all won multiple Slams and they are the favoured quartet once again, only one other player (Cilic) among the remaining seeds has tasted Grand Slam success previously, so who out of the remaining seeded players is a possible maiden GS winner in 2016 then, perhaps previous major finalists Milos Raonic (No.5 seed) and Kei Nishikori more »

 

Flavia Pennetta Ends Grand Slam Career On A High

Sunday, September 13th, 2015

The 2015 US Open women’s singles champion is the Italian Flavia Pennetta, yes that’s correct, it is not a misprint or a silly joke, the 33 year old native from Brindisi has won seven matches to complete an unlikely title run in New York, she then ended her Grand Slam career by announcing that she will retire at seasons end, Pennetta toppled world No.4 Petra Kvitova and world No.2 Simona Halep back to back to reach the women’s decider at Flushing Meadows, almost everybody would have picked that Flavia would have then been playing Serena Williams in the womens singles final, but Pennetta’s compatriot Roberta Vinci caused the shock of the entire tennis season by ousting Serena in a dramatic semi-final.

Pennetta was likely a beneficiary of not having the world’s media attention on her after Vinci grabbed all the headlines by ending Serena’s quest for a calendar Grand Slam, Flavia has always enjoyed playing in New York but even she would have conceded at the start of the tournament that she was a longshot to win the title, her odds would have shortened dramatically for the final once Vinci knocked out the hot favourite Williams, the 2015 US Open women’s singles championship has been anything but the status quo, two Italian women in a Grand Slam final and both had previously never reached the big dance at a major before, the tournament saw numerous seeds falling early but it still appeared most likely that it would be William versus Halep or Kvitova in the final, nobody checked  more »

 
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