Day four down at Melbourne Park did take a little while to get going. Rain delayed play on the outside courts for about an hour but once play did begin it was a business like day from the best on show. Play began with no delay out on Rod Laver Arena, I stayed up for the majority of Garbine Muguruza’s match against Ajla Tomljanovic. It was a little bit of a messy start but I liked the way the Spaniard worked her way into the match. She took the ball early and found majority of her success when she stepped … Continue reading Aus Open Day 4; Pliskova, Halep & Medvedev cruise, Muguruza digs deep and Bellis & Popyrin impress again!
Simona Halep is at it again. A comprehensive straight sets win against Jennifer Brady despite some stubbornness from the American resulted in a perfect start for the Romanian who once again turned on the burners to see off Britain’s Harriet Dart. Harriet is the last Brit standing having been the last to qualify having been the only player to have come through qualifying. As I said the other day, Simona Halep just looks in the groove right now. There was a moment towards the end of the match where at 5-2 there was a slight wobble but credit to Harriet … Continue reading Routine victory for Simona Halep despite a late test from Harriet Dart!
I said in my preview for the tournament that Simona Halep is a player who you will find out if she has a genuine chance of winning in Melbourne as the tournament progresses. On paper the American Jennifer Brady would cause some issues having seen off Ash Barty and Maria Sharapova in Brisbane and she certainly did that. Brady got ahead with an immediate break of serve and did a very credible job hanging onto that lead she had. At the same time despite going down an early break I thought Simona Halep played absolutely fantastic throughout the match. It … Continue reading How good? Very good! Simona Halep powers through to round two !
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!
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!
Simona Halep’s coaching team for 2020 has had another name added to the hat. Just a couple of months ago it was announced that Darren Cahill was rejoining the team for the 2020 season. Darren took a break at the end of 2018 to spend more time with his family and media commitments but was around Halep’s team at the majors. As preparations for the 2020 season begin the duo are back in action on the practice court but with a couple of changes. Daniel Dobre who came back into the team earlier into the year has left as it … Continue reading Simona Halep adds a new name to her coaching team!
No withdrawals or injuries today but good grief I need a lie down after today’s tennis. We now have our semi-finals confirmed for Saturday. Elina Svitolina will take on Belinda Bencic as we know and Ash Barty will get Karolina Pliskova but first what the hell happened today? Elina Svitolina made it three out of three and if you were to ask me at the beginning of the week who would get through to the semi-finals unscathed I wouldn’t have had the Ukrainian down as that person but she has pleasantly surprised us all. Sofia Kenin can walk away with … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 6; 3 out of 3 for Svitolina ✅ Extra money 💰 Kenin provided a test 👍🏻Halep & Pliskova play out a bonkers match! 🤯