Bumpy start in Brisbane, title in Adelaide and now it’s time for Melbourne!

A round one exit to Jennifer Brady in Brisbane was Ash Barty’s earliest exit from a tournament for over twelve months. Just over a week later following four wins on the bounce the world number one has picked up her first title of 2020 in the augural event in Adelaide. Ash has now become the first Australian woman to win a singles title on home soil since 2011 and it’s the perfect preparation for the Aussie. Now the pressure will ramp up on Barty. I was there at Melbourne Park last January and the Barty Party fever was in the … Continue reading Bumpy start in Brisbane, title in Adelaide and now it’s time for Melbourne!

Australian Open Contenders; Two former champions, a home favourite and three hopeful challengers!

It does get said a lot at the moment but it is true that women’s game is wide open. Predicting a winner of the Australian Open will be tricky work but let’s have a look at some chances. Ash Barty What a story this will be! The place will be full as Melbourne awaits the world number one. Ash made the quarter finals last year with a fantastic performance against Maria Sharapova. The Australian hasn’t been in impeccable form this year but has shown good signs so far this year. Ash has it on her racket to go and win … Continue reading Australian Open Contenders; Two former champions, a home favourite and three hopeful challengers!

To the wire! France win the Fed Cup in Perth!

On Saturday it was a quick 2 hour and 8 minute journey to the bakery in Perth but on Sunday we went to the wire with an incredible 5 hours and 20 minutes of tennis. It ended in heartbreak for the hosts Australia as France battled to their first Fed Cup victory since 2003 with Australia’s 45 year wait going on… Ash Barty 6-2 4-6 7-6 Kristina Mladenovic Kiki Mladenovic had a very big day in Perth leading her side to glory in Fed Cup. Both of these players have had success recently at the WTA Finals picking up the … Continue reading To the wire! France win the Fed Cup in Perth!

Breadsticks & Bagels! The Fed Cup Final Bakery in Perth is up and running after Day 1

The Bakery is open in Perth! The first day of the Fed Cup Final between Australia and France has been left with all to play for on Sunday as the respective top seeds (Barty and Mladenovic) handed out thrashings. Two matches were over and done with in 2 hours and 8 minutes of the finale and up first for the hosts was debutant Alja Tomljanovic. There is a bit of controversy about this as Ajla has represented Croatia before back in 2011 and still got her appeal overturned by the ITF. This is a similar case to that of Bedene … Continue reading Breadsticks & Bagels! The Fed Cup Final Bakery in Perth is up and running after Day 1

Ash Barty wins the WTA Finals to top off an incredible year!

Back in January her season began as runner up in Sydney. Little did we expect that Ash Barty ranked at 15 in the world to finish her year as world number one following an incredible season. The Barty Party began in Melbourne, the noise at her matches was incredible and has followed her around the world. Her achievements have been phenomenal this year. What a year for @ashbarty ! 56 wins ✅12 defeats ❌12 top 10 wins 💪🏻Roland Garros 🏆Birmingham 🏆Miami 🏆Top 10 debut 📈World number 1! 1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/lKALb3ewhQ — Iain Fordyce (@IainFordyce) November 3, 2019 Top 10 debut, world … Continue reading Ash Barty wins the WTA Finals to top off an incredible year!

WTA Finals Day 7: Svitolina & Barty through on a day which saw another injury!

Elina Svitolina and Ash Barty will meet in Sunday’s final in Shenzhen but the Saturday has been dominated by yet another injury! This time sadly a set up it was Belinda Bencic who saw her match come to a quicker end than anticipated after winning the first set 7-5. Belinda had the trainer on for her back and was suffering from cramp but couldn’t continue down 7-5 3-6 1-4 to defending champion Elina Svitolina. The second match of the day saw a first meeting in 2019 between the world number one and number two ranked player on the WTA tour. … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 7: Svitolina & Barty through on a day which saw another injury!

Who will advance from semi-final Saturday to Shenzhen showdown on Sunday?

Two of the four I expected in the semi-finals are here. It has been an epic week of tennis so far and it’s going to get better as the four remaining players all eye up the Billie Jean King trophy but who will be up against who? Ash Barty v Karolina Pliskova World number one against the world number two in the semi-finals. Pliskova has surprised me, I loved watching her against Halep because we saw everything in her game. We saw lights out tennis at the beginning and at the end the bit in the middle was a bit … Continue reading Who will advance from semi-final Saturday to Shenzhen showdown on Sunday?