Karolina Pliskova’s clay court preparations coming into Rome were not good. The new number two on Monday didn’t play singles in Charleston but lost in round one of doubles, withdrew from Prague and fell early in Madrid and Stuttgart and was suffering with a virus which left her not at her best during the preparations. Pliskova’s record on clay the last year or so has been exceptional and this title win in Rome has just sent out a little reminder ahead of the second major of the year where she of course made the semi-finals last year. I always find … Continue reading Pliskova ends Paris preparations on a high!
It isn’t often that a day is a wash-out on the tennis tour but Wednesday in Rome was exactly that! This meant Thursday would be chaos as matches were backed up and 55 due to take place on Thursday with both men and women in action and many potentially taking to court twice. So, what happened? Dominic Thiem’s tournament is over. The Austrian who was so impressive in Madrid has fallen short in Rome with a three sets defeat against Fernando Verdasco. Fernando certainly had his day on the court as he followed up his 2hr 43 minute win against … Continue reading Who survived chaotic Thursday following washout Wednesday?
Serena Williams has withdrawn from Rome with this on-going knee injury. The former world number one who had to with from Miami with the issue played her first match in over 50 days yesterday and on the eve of her meeting with sister Venus is still having issues with her knee. The American has announced she has withdrawn from the competition with sister Venus advancing to the next round. Serena will head home to continue her rehab before heading to Roland Garros. Serena in her statement has said she is looking forward to seeing everyone at Roland Garros which begins … Continue reading Knee injury forces Serena out of Rome and casts doubts over Paris
When these two meet on the tour it is always special. On Wednesday for the 31st time in their careers and for only the 5th time on clay they will meet once again. We haven’t seen either player for a while. Serena played her first match in over 50 days but looked very sharp as she fought to a straight sets win over Peterson and for Venus she gave us a vintage performance with a big three set battle to pick up her first win in some time. I think it’s quite admirable for what these ladies do that they … Continue reading 21 years after their last meeting in Rome, it’s Venus v Serena again!
Kiki Bertens is a fighter. If you watch her play you first think fighter. It has not always been a smooth ride though for the new world number four. At the end of 2017 despite making the doubles finals at the WTA Finals she considered walking away from tennis for good. Kiki wasn’t happy with her singles results and life on the tour. At the end of that season she went away and had a think and came back with things she wanted to try and improve on. Right now, she is world number four having just won the biggest … Continue reading Kiki Bertens almost retired in 2017, now she’s Madrid champion, No.4 in the world and a Paris contender!
I reported it over a week ago and people were surprised but Serena Williams is set for Rome. The four time former champion is expected to play a Roland Garros warm-up for the first time since 2016 when she won in Rome but still no show in Madrid with her last appearance being in 2015 when she made the semi-finals there. Indian Wells and Miami were Serena’s only tournament since her run in Melbourne but unfortunately had to retire from Indian Wells injured and then withdrew from Miami with another injury. Serena made the 4th round at Roland Garros last … Continue reading Serena set for Rome
For only the second time since 2009 Serena Williams has had to retire mid-match. The former number one who saw off Azarenka in her first match raced to a 3-0 lead over Garbine Muguruza but didn’t look to be happy on court. The American was having a problem with her backhand leaning to her left side she looked in dis-comfort. Following the first set which she lost 6-3, she called on the trainer but didn’t recieve any treatment all they did was have a chat and she told her her left side was hurting. 1 game into the second set … Continue reading Serena; Indian Wells retirement, Miami plans and clay court schedule?