Rain fall down at Melbourne Park may of delayed proceedings a bit but the stories still came quick and fast as the first day of the first major of 2020 got underway. Serena Williams was not messing about as she won 6-0 6-3 against Anastasia Potapova in what was a landmark win for the American. Not only is the hunt for 24 underway but Serena’s win against Potapova was her 350th Grand Slam singles win. Dan Evans on the other hand didn’t look like he was going to survive his first major as a seeded player. The British number one … Continue reading Aus Open Day 1: Serena’s landmark win, Dan survives, Naomi’s happy but Coric and Shapovalov fall!
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!
I can’t really see past Naomi Osaka doing it again in Melbourne. She has began her year with that fight and sharpness she had going into Shenzhen before her injury. Almost twelve months two I was watching the Australian Open final with my aunt and uncle in Melbourne on TV. Prior to that I saw Naomi on route to the final and she is just a breath air on the tour. In interviews she is open, honest and humble and when it comes to tennis she is ruthless. I like how open she is when talking as some don’t share … Continue reading Same again? Is Naomi Osaka the favourite down in Melbourne Park?
In a months time Naomi Osaka will head back to Melbourne Park to defend her Australian Open title. The two time major champion has had a lot of changes around her since she won in Melbourne eleven months again. Sascha Bajin shortly left the camp not long after winning in Melbourne with the former number one stating she “wouldn’t put success over happiness”. Following this split she hired Jermaine Jenkins who is a previous hitting partner of Venus and his brother works with Serena. This partnership didn’t work out and he left in September to be replaced by Naomi’s father … Continue reading Naomi Osaka adds Wim Fissette to her team for 2020!
Everything that could have happened in Shenzhen today did happen. We woke up to the news that former world number one Naomi Osaka had withdrawn from the tournament due to a shoulder injury. She sustained the injury in the Beijing final and it flared up again in her win against Petra Kvitova. With about two hours notice and having played in Zhuhai a few days ago the first alternate Kiki Bertens was drafted in. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying the Madrid champion was not going to waste her opportunity and upset the Barty Party which has been put on … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 3; Osaka withdraws 🚑 Bertens wins on arrival 🛫 Bencic gets first win ✅ winless Kvitova could still go through 🤔 Barty Party is on hold ⚠️ Confusing Scenario’s 🤯
In shock news this morning, Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from the WTA Finals with a shoulder injury. The former world number one who came into Shenzhen on a 10 match winning streak extended her run to 11 matches but has had to withdraw from the event. Naomi said she injured her shoulder during the Beijing final not long ago against Ash Barty and since then hasn’t practiced her serve. It flared up again following her win over Petra Kvitova in her first round robin match and has been forced to withdraw from the event ending her season earlier than anticipated. … Continue reading WTA Finals; Naomi Osaka withdraws with shoulder injury!
Starting off the first Sunday with a win in Shenzhen is never a bad thing to do at the WTA Finals. Debutant and world number one Ashley Barty found her grove against last minute qualifier Belinda Bencic after dropping the first set 5-7. The level of the world number one in the second and third set will send out a warning to the rest of the field. Ash didn’t just turn up but she did it in style against Bencic really finding her game and dropping three games after losing that first set in her 5-7 6-1 6-2 victory on … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 1; Barty sends out a warning, Kvitova left wondering & Osaka secures 11th win in a row!