It has been an incredible couple of days down in New York. With round one now over who has caught the eye down at Flushing Meadows? Vasek Pospisil 4-6 7-5 7-5 4-6 6-3 Karen Khachanov Vasek has his first main draw win in a year following a rough time with injury. Karen Khachanov will be gutted to go home so early in a major following a good run of performances but he didn’t get going. Karen played ok but that was it. I never saw him take the initiative and try and go for it against the Canadian, instead he … Continue reading Who stole the headlines at the opening round matches at US Open?
Sloane Stephens and Kamau Murray are back together. The split at the beginning of the year was a surprise but this reunion has put a few more questions out there. Sloane Stephens announced the other day on Twitter that her and Sven Groeneveld had split. The season has been one to forget for the American with one semi-final appearance this season in Madrid for Sloane who was runner-up in Singapore at the back end of last year. Monica Puig who ‘was’ coached by Kamau Murray was told last week he couldn’t travel with her to New York but gave no … Continue reading Monica Puig finds out via Tweet that her coach (Kamau Murray) and Sloane Stephens are back together days after he said he couldn’t join her in New York…
The final major of the year is a chance to end the season on a high. Of course there is still a lot of tennis to be played once all has been said and done in New York but for preparations for an event they’d hope to compete at have been anything but ideal. Who faces uncertainty going into New York? Kiki Bertens Kiki played out of this world earlier on this year but her season is in danger of petering out. She won titles in Russia and Madrid and since Madrid it has gone to plan. I saw her … Continue reading Who’s preparations for Flushing Meadows have been far from ideal?
New home and one of the biggest prize pots in tennis but as of yet we are yet to have our first qualifier but who is on course for a place in Shenzhen? World number one Ash Barty is on course for a place at the WTA Finals leading the race at the moment with Simona Halep in second following her Wimbledon win and despite not big run at a major Karolina Pliskova also is set for a place there. So, the rest? Petra Kvitova currently occupies fourth place with 500 points more than Bertens in 5th and both should … Continue reading WTA Finals Shenzhen; who is on course for a place at the season ending championships?
British number one Johanna Konta is into the last four at Roland Garros. Sorry? Yes, that’s what I said. For the third time in her career she is in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the third time in her career and is the first female Brit in the semi-finals at Roland Garros for 36 years. It’s been a clay court season like no other for Jo who turned up to Paris in good form but with that monkey on her back of four consecutive defeats in all her previous performances ending in the first round. 5 wins in … Continue reading Time to believe; The remarkable run of Johanna Konta continues!
We have our final eight. We have had some surprises along the way but the women’s draw has delivered incredible stories and surprises on route to the business end and I don’t think it will end there. So who will be hoping to make the final four? Marketa Vondrousova v Petra Martic (31) The unexpected quarter final. Petra has been one of the form players over the course of the clay court season picking up the Istanbul title against her next opponent Vondrousova. Marketa despite being a set up didn’t play well that day at all and she has seen … Continue reading We have our final eight, but which ladies will make the final four?
Sloane Stephens is safely through to round follow a dominating first set before a shaky second set which she just about orchestrated her way through to make the third round. The American who is a former major champion and of course last years runner up here at Roland Garros wasted no time as she sped to a 5-0 lead in the opening set against the Spaniard. Sara got herself on the board but nothing was going to halt the 7th seed as she took the first set 6-1 in just over 20 minutes. The second set looked like following suite … Continue reading Sloane Stephens through in straight sets despite a tricky second…