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!
Belinda Bencic and Donna Vekic have been around for a while. Despite being 22 and 23 respectively they have seen a lot in their young careers and both are embarking on their best run right now in Flushing Meadows. Donna Vekic has played 479 career matches during her career but is now in her first Grand Slam quarter final. Belinda Bencic has played 498 career matches and is in her first Grand Slam quarter final since 2014 US Open at the age of 17 when she beat Kerber and Jankovic before falling to Peng Shuai. A fun fact for you… … Continue reading Belinda Bencic v Donna Vekic; Two good friends who are a great advert for women’s tennis!
A trip to Canada always kicks off the hard court season in full swing! The tournaments alternate destinations each year. This year the ladies will be back in Toronto and the men will be in Montreal. The draw is packed with many exciting round one match ups! So let’s take a look… Milos Raonic v Taylor Fritz Taylor is the form player, he has had some great results of late with wins in Nottingham and finalist in Atlanta. Everything has come together for the American whose game does look much more combined now. Raonic is looking for some momentum, he … Continue reading Montreal & Toronto ready for a week of intense battles 🍿🇨🇦
Novak Djokovic v Philip Kohlschreiber I suppose opening rounds don’t get tougher than this. Novak will be looking at this one and the first thing that will be on his mind will be the defeat to Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells 6-4 6-4 earlier on this year. The good news for Novak is that since then they have met twice with Novak coming through on both occassions. They did meet at this stage of Wimbledon four years ago with Novak going through in straight sets and I expect Philip to really give him problems but over five sets I only see … Continue reading Wimbledon Round 1 – Novak v Philip, Naomi v Poots, Coco v Venus & many more!
We are over the half way mark now in the season. It’s been full of incredible moments and many more are to follow but who should we watch out for in London? Donna Vekic Donna arrives into London pretty much sick of British weather. Having played the majority of her time in Nottingham indoors she got rained off a couple of times in Birmingham too. Donna always plays well on the grass but is having her best season on the tour this year. She is on the verge of a top 20 position in the rankings and I can see … Continue reading Donna, Felix, Matteo, Belinda & Amanda
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!
Two players I have really enjoy watching are Belinda Bencic and Donna Vekic. They have both been on the tour for so long. Incredible wins, tough lows and plenty of match experience for these two 22 year olds who I have no doubt will be here for a long time to come. Now they are both after a piece of personal history as they seek to make the fourth round of Roland Garros for the first time. Belinda I saw live in Madrid when she faced Simona Halep in what was a fantastic opening two sets before Halep strolled into … Continue reading Belinda Bencic v Donna Vekic – which 22 year old will make their first 4R in Paris?