It’s been a great day in Birmingham! Rain may have upset play in the last couple of matches but the quality of tennis today at the Edgebaston Priory Club has been exceptional. A day which has seen Julia Georges recover from a set down to win also saw wins for Putintseva, Kristyna Pliskova, Martic and world number one Naomi Osaka who saw off a spirited Maria Sakkari. Maria was in fact the first person I saw coming through security having a practice Next to the Greek number one was the Pliskova sisters who we now know will face each other … Continue reading Osaka battles through Sakkari on an action packed day at Birmingham despite the rain!
Following a difficult grass court week in Nottingham the tours now move to Birmingham and London as the men and women on the look to enhance their Wimbledon chances but what opening round match-ups do we have early on? Queens Club – Stefanos Tsitsipas v Kyle Edmund You probably couldn’t have drawn a tougher opening round. Kyle will be up against it in Stefanos who didn’t get off to a good start in Stuttgart. He played in Halle this year last year but is a pretty unknown on the grass as it’s only around for a couple of weeks a … Continue reading The Queens & Birmingham first round matches you cannot miss!
Second major of the year is upon us. The clay court swing is always an exciting time of the year and there are quite a few names who have really stood and will be wanting to finish this run in Paris on a high but who are they? Maria Sakkari Maria has found some serious form of late. The Greek number one made it to the quarter finals in Charleston with wins against Bertens and Petkovic before falling to Wozniacki. A couple of weeks later she was a set and a break down against Konta in the Rabat final but … Continue reading Four to watch in Paris; Maria, Felix, Johanna & Casper
The draw is in and well it’s going to be a fun week in Madrid! The big matches and tough match-ups come into play from round one so let’s take a look at each half of the draw. Top Half A top heavy top half of the draw. Naomi Osaka obviously leads the pack as world number one but in this half there is also Eli Svitolina, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Ash Barty amongst others. Naomi Osaka v Dominika Cibulkova Big test for Naomi is this. Domi if she turns up can be a great difficulty to play against … Continue reading Madrid; Ladies draw & R1 match-ups
Second seed Kiki Bertens is out. A first set which was really close will be seen as a missed opportunity for the second seed who saw three set points in the tie breaker but she could not capatalise on the break points winning just 4/11 in the match. Sakkari who saw off Petkovic 6-3 6-0 in the previous round continued to fight in a pivotal tiebreak and you could see the frustration on the face of Kiki who knew that she had missed a big opportunity. The second set began with Sakkari continuing her good form from the tiebreak and … Continue reading Maria Sakkari – 7-6 6-3 Kiki Bertens