Aus. Open Build-Up

Jan 17, 2009

The Russian Invasion!

A few years back a young female Russian tennis player had the world at her feet. Looks, talent and a growing rivalry with another young prodigy, Martina Hingis.

Depending on how you look at it Anna Kournikova was either a massive waste of talent, or the most over-rated female tennis player of the modern era.

Either way we should be forever grateful to her for paving the way for the parade of Russian women that have followed in her path. What would a summer of tennis be without the Russian’s.

And so it was in Friday night’s final of the Medibank international, Sydney’s major lead up event for the Aussie Open. In the red corner from Russia, world number three, Dinara Safina. And…also in the red corner from Russia, world number four Elena Dementieva.

The eventual winner of the final, (and one of my tips to take the title in Melbourne in a fortnight) – Dementieva. Last year’s Olympic champion has been in hot form this month, winning in Auckland, and doing a demolition job on an admittedly tired Serena Williams in the semi’s here.

She’s looking as fit as I’ve ever seen her, and she just seems to have her head in the right place. I think she’ll be hard to beat. The one weakness in her game is the serve – over seven rounds of a Major someone’s going to get after it at some stage. How she handles that will determine how far into the second week she survives.
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Great British Hope?

Jan 16, 2009

In the eyes of the British public, Andy Murray is Britain’s golden boy. Shirt off and baseball cap screwed on over his curls, the footage of him training helps British hearts to lighten a little. To be the saviour of British tennis, however, is a tough job. To be the saviour of British tennis and win a Grand Slam title, is even harder. I don’t know if Murray is quite ready to pull this off.

To win a Grand Slam requires not just an all round good game, but a flair and a power that ensures beating off every element of competition. These things, I believe, Murray lacks in great quantities. His strokes are good and steady, he plays an all round good game and occasional brilliance at the net will win a point. But it’s boring. And the obstacles at the Australian Open are anything but boring.

There is the heat. Australia’s tourists find it hard to lie around a pool edge reading trashy novels in the heat, never mind playing three intense sets of tennis against the formidable likes of Nadal and Federer. Speaking of these two giants of tennis, they are Murray’s next obstacle. Those steadily improving biceps have got to come up against the small boulders of strength that mark ‘the Majorcan Raging Bull’ Rafael Nadal’s upper arms. The new-found level-headedness might have to face the impossible-to-ruffle Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer.

The Australian Open is one of the purest examples of a Grand Slam tennis tournament. A brewing pot for potential disaster and ruin in the blist more »

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Welcome to GSFT Beta!

Jan 16, 2009

Welcome to, a new and exciting fantasy tennis site created by tennis fans for tennis fans. We created this site so that fans of the Grand Slams could compete to see who can predict the outcome of the tournament and key matches the best. Also, we wanted to create a fun environment where fans can discuss tennis, read a dynamic tennis blog, and share Grand Slam travel experiences and advice.

We encourage you to please let us know what you think about the site. We are currently in beta, and we expect there to be bugs or issues that we have not yet found, or ideas for improvements that we have not thought of. Please post any thoughts and ideas in our help and support forum and we will be sure to discuss them with you and add the most promising ideas to our later releases.

Our current to do list includes the addition of leagues so that a group of friends can compete against each other to see who knows their tennis. This feature will be implemented for the French Open. If you have any other ideas, please share them with us.

Thank you very much for being a part of GSFT, and please share our site with anyone else you think would enjoy it.

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