Vekic 6-3 6-4 Sharapova; Russian dumped out despite 4-1 lead in the second set

For Maria Sharapova it is back to the drawing board for the former world number one who was one of the high profile casualties on Day 2 at the Australian Open. The Russian who was defending quarter final points will now find herself down at 366 in the world following her defeat to Croatia’s Donna Vekic. I wasn’t really expecting much else in all honesty, I think the way Maria has come into the first major of the year is far from ideal and is something I will look at in the coming days. Maria did find some joy in … Continue reading Vekic 6-3 6-4 Sharapova; Russian dumped out despite 4-1 lead in the second set

Australian Open – five ladies matches to watch in round one!

The first major of the decade is upon us. The draw is done and on Monday action begins at Melbourne Park, but what are the opening round one ladies matches to keep an eye on? Madison Keys v Daria Kasatkina Madison Keys has been in good form to begin the season. The American made it all the way to the Brisbane final to begin her season in which should be an important one for her. Keys turns 25 this year and is yet to find some more consistency as she embarks on her 8th Australian Open where she was a … Continue reading Australian Open – five ladies matches to watch in round one!

Maria Sharapova out of Brisbane but into the Australian Open!

Maria Sharapova went into Brisbane ranked just outside the top 140 in the world. A round one exit to Jennifer Brady who came through qualifying despite being a set up on the American was not the ideal start for the Russian. Sharapova lost 6-3 1-6 6-7 to the 24 year old and really struggled behind her second serve as she looked for a way past the American who grew into the match stronger. With or without a good run in Brisbane the Russian would still need a wildcard for the Australian Open where she was seeded 30th last year. The … Continue reading Maria Sharapova out of Brisbane but into the Australian Open!

All the news as the Australian Open countdown begins!

In a months time tennis will be back in Melbourne. Home of the Australian Open, year on the year the event gets better and better. I was lucky enough to be there in January this year and they take hosting a Grand Slam to another level. Not only is the site beautiful to look at but there is soo much on offer to do and the access across the site is fantastic. From the viewing platform of the practice courts, AO ball park for kids and families, AO Live Stage which welcomes big artists from Australia and the UK, Grand … Continue reading All the news as the Australian Open countdown begins!

Sharapova set for a busy start to 2020! Is a new coach on the cards? How she could head to Melbourne outside the top 300!

Having featured in eight events in 2019 Maria Sharapova is set for a busy start to 2020 if all is well. The former world number one is due to play at least three events before the Australian Open with a big rumour of a fourth as well. Mubadala World Tennis Championships – 19th-21st December – vs Amanda Anisimova Hawaii Tennis Open – 26th-28th December – Bianca Andreescu, Angie Kerber & Misaki Doi in the event as well Kooyong Classic – 14th-16th January – Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki announced so far Quite a busy start to the season for Sharapova. … Continue reading Sharapova set for a busy start to 2020! Is a new coach on the cards? How she could head to Melbourne outside the top 300!

Maria Sharapova shuts down her injury plagued season but how should she approach 2020?

Maria Sharapova has called time on her season. As expected the former world number one followed up with her withdrawal from Linz and has withdrawn from Luxembourg ending her season with 8 wins and 7 defeats. So, where next for the Russian? It is difficult because the question is, how fit is she? This isn’t a problem that seems to be going away and has plagued her tennis since last year.Β  By the time the Australian Open begins she will have fallen outside the top 300 in the world. I said after New York, what would be the right path … Continue reading Maria Sharapova shuts down her injury plagued season but how should she approach 2020?

Osaka, Djokovic & Thiem πŸ† Sharapova out of Linz πŸ€• Shanghai πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ Murray in action πŸ’ͺ🏻 Rafa’s wrist πŸš‘ Last chance in Linz? πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ή

The season is heading to it’s finale but as ever there is plenty of tennis and news hitting the headlines as the tour finished it’s stint in Asia heading back to Europe for now. Sharapova out of Linz! Maria Sharapova’s season is not over yet but I will be surprised if we see her again this year. The Russian was due to play in Linz next week a place she hasn’t featured for over a decade but this shoulder problem has forced her out once again. Maria is expected still on site in Linz on Tuesday at an autograph session … Continue reading Osaka, Djokovic & Thiem πŸ† Sharapova out of Linz πŸ€• Shanghai πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ Murray in action πŸ’ͺ🏻 Rafa’s wrist πŸš‘ Last chance in Linz? πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ή