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!
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 🎾
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!
Novak Djokovic is a Wimbledon champion for a fifth time and wow he set some records during his incredible performance. Novak Djokovic has become the first male player to win Wimbledon in 71 years and the first in the Open Era to win Wimbledon saving match point. *How* do you do this to save Championship point?#Wimbledon @Djokernole pic.twitter.com/cHPpqADVFG — Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 14, 2019 His 7-6 1-6 7-6 4-6 13-12 (7-3) win against Federer was the longest men’s final of all time. Let’s not beat around the bush it was far from vintage from the world number one, he was … Continue reading Phenomenal. Novak Djokovic rewrites history and comes up big when it mattered the most!
No. 24 is the target and the target still hasn’t been reached but whether she does or not for many she will still be the greatest. Many are saying Serena won’t get there but can we just move away for a moment from ‘winning’ No.24 and remember since giving birth where she could have lost her life following complications she has fought to make things better for women and returning mothers. She came back to Wimbledon last year having left as winner in 2016 without a seed in 2018 but fought to get the changed and was seeded for the … Continue reading Even if No.24 doesn’t happen, Serena is still the greatest!