Sloane Stephens’ win in New York was simply stunning almost 12 months ago following an injury hell 12 months or so to return and do what she did is like a fairytale and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her defend her title. Consistency has been her big issue! Her Grand Slam record reads; USOpen 2017 – Winner Aus2018 – R1 Roland Garros 2018 – Runner Up USOpen 2018 – R1 Two R1 exits and two final appearances in her last four tournaments. Not only is her consistency in majors an issues but on the tour as well. Her performance … Continue reading Defending her title? I wouldn’t put it past Sloane!
The Grand Slams always create a feel good factor and year on year New York tops it, this it reached impeccable levels of emotion which will never be forgotten. Memories are made, tears are shed and history is created so let’s recap the incredible moments from the fortnight. An emotional return Petra Kvitova pulled off some incredible tennis in New York. What she has done since returning from that horrific stabbing around Christmas is unbelievable. A crowd favourite wherever she plays she is just so humble and happy to be playing tennis and that’s what it is all about. Juan … Continue reading Once again New York delivered and it was emotional!
Rafal Nadal is back on top. This looked impossible a year ago now he’s had his best year for some time. Runner up in Melbourne, King in Monte Carlo, Madrid, Barcelona and Paris and now the star in New York his rise back to the top has been incredible but it’s been down to hard work. Nadal’s talent is probably better than anyone’s in my opinion. His whole game is one that comes down to hard work as well. There was a struggle for quite some time and the forehand became a weakness, the serve was tired and the backhand … Continue reading Balance and Brilliance, how Rafa got back to where he belongs!
Stories in tennis don’t come better. We’ve had so many over the last few years. Return of Petra Ktvitova, Flavia Pennetta’s New York Triumph, Venus Williams’ brilliance and of course Monica Puig’s Gold in Rio but nothing will top Sloane Stephens winning the US Open. Sloane missed 11 months of tennis and recently returned to Toronto where she went on a roll and it continued coming into Flushing Meadows. When Sloane returned she was ranked at 957 in the world and in less than a month pulled it down to 83 in the world which is what she came into … Continue reading Sloane’s story is one that will never be topped!
Martina Hingis first won in New York but in 1997 now the Swiss star is a champion for a 5th time in her career winning her 24th career Grand Slam title. For a second Grand Slam running she has teamed up with Jamie Murray and it has been a great success with the duo unbeaten winning at Wimbledon and now here in New York. They compliment each others games so well and what makes them such a dangerous team right from the off is that both are good at the net and baseline but importantly when you watch them they … Continue reading Double delight!
From when Madison Keys came onto the tour she was tipped as the player to replace Serena and Venus on the tour one day. That is pressure like no other in our sport right there. Serena and Venus are far from done on the tour but etching her name in US Open and Tennis history is the young American. I’ve written a lot about Keys in the past and the pressure she has had, the injury issues and inconsistencies with her game. No one comes onto the tour as the finished article when you start playing there is that wave … Continue reading Variety and Top Spin have made a big difference and that’s why I think Madison Keys will win the US Open
His nickname is The Tower of Tandil and once again the former US Open champion has rising to the occasion in the city that never sleeps. New York is like a home for Del Potro from what he did in 2009 seeing off Nadal and Federer on route to the title but what he is doing now might just be even more special. Over the last few years he has had four surgeries on his left wrist missing years of tennis but has come back strong something many thought he’d never be able to do again. Last year he was … Continue reading The Tower of Tandil rises to the occasion once again