Semi-finals at Wimbledon and US Open have made a difficult season with injuries and inconsistencies a good one. Eli Svitolina is now in a race for Shenzhen where she is defending champion. Eli is world number three right now but tenth in the race to Shenzhen which won’t do. Her runs to semi-finals of the last two majors have been fantastic but have out-lined a problem in her game. 1-6 3-6 defeat to Serena at Flushing Meadows and a reverse 3-6 1-6 defeat to Simona Halep at Wimbledon lead to questions. I think saying someone in tennis is a ‘good … Continue reading Elina Svitolina may have had her greatest Grand Slam runs of late but it’s eluded to some issues in her game!
To win a major you need to win in a best of five sets scenario. This is something the younger players are getting less exposure too. The format now only exists in the four majors having been pulled out of Masters 1000 finals, Olympic Games, Davis Cup & Tour Finals. For a while we have been waiting for the next big breakthrough at a major in men’s tennis for some time. The last first time winner was Marin Cilic at the US Open in 2014. Since the beginning of 2004 there have been 63 Grand Slam events and the breakdown … Continue reading Is a lack of exposure to best of five sets scenario in men’s tennis a problem for upcoming stars?
Simona Halep is having a chill year, you wouldn’t have thought it. Wimbledon champion and the holder of the longest residency of active players in the top 10 going back over five years the Romanian has been a bit more chilled this year but that was the plan. Three major final defeats on the bounce led to massive pressure on herself at Roland Garros last year, Halep put soo much into that tournament and the mental strength she showed was incredible. Halep admitted during her pre-season for this year she didn’t put in as much work as she normally does. … Continue reading Simona Halep; “Chill year” 😎 Pre-Season break 🏝 Roland Garros defence ❌ Darren coming back? 🙏🏻 Flag-Bearer 🇹🇩 A medal will do 🏅Horia Tecau 🎾
Jo Konta could be on course for a place at the WTA Finals. This isn’t the first time this sentence has been used. Back in 2016 it came down to the day before the cut off point. She began her year with a semi-final run in Melbourne but finished the race a cruel 35 points behind Svetlana Kuznetsova who won the last spot at the final moment. 2017 was a similar story. Semi-finalist at Wimbledon and winner in Miami it was a good year for Jo but once again she missed out on the last spot finishing 9th 185 points … Continue reading Johanna Konta’s form has been great but Shenzhen qualification would sign off a successful year!
The running was relentless, the tennis was on another level as Simona Halep lifted her first Wimbledon title but what were her biggest weapons in her incredible win? The forehand is her best weapon and I mentioned earlier on in the tournament she seems so confident with it. It had pace, top-spin and deep penetration as you can see from the graphic against Svitolina in the semi-final. Image Credit – BBC Sport This isn’t good hitting but incredible hitting from Simona Halep. Halep has one of the best forehands in the game it goes missing maybe on quicker courts as … Continue reading On The Run 🏃🏻♀️; The spectacular tennis of Simona Halep!
The next big stop will be a trip to New York. New York holds good and not so good memories for Serena Williams but before we end up at Flushing Meadows there is plenty of work to be done so what can we expect over the next few months? Back to San Jose? San Jose is now home to the Silicon Valley Classic which moved on from WTA Stanford. Serena did play here last year using her protected ranking to get into the tournament. She isn’t on an entrants list and from what I have heard it isn’t happening. Remember … Continue reading Serena; San Jose 🇺🇸 Toronto 🇨🇦 Cincinnati 🎢 New York 🗽 Need for big wins 🥇 & the fight for Equality 💪🏻
Life on the tennis tour is tough. It’s a weird concept to think that being the 149th best women’s tennis player in rankings is still a tough ask but it is. This perception of being a tennis player, highly paid and travelling the world can be a burden on an individual but to be able to do it freely is something only a few can do. Even down at say 150 it is sometimes difficult to make a living. One of my favourite stories of Wimbledon was that of Giulia Gatto-Monticone. In 2019 the 31 year old from Italy made … Continue reading The journey to Giulia Gatto-Monticone’s first Wimbledon appearance!