The first major of the decade is upon us. The draw is done and on Monday action begins at Melbourne Park, but what are the opening round one ladies matches to keep an eye on? Madison Keys v Daria Kasatkina Madison Keys has been in good form to begin the season. The American made it all the way to the Brisbane final to begin her season in which should be an important one for her. Keys turns 25 this year and is yet to find some more consistency as she embarks on her 8th Australian Open where she was a … Continue reading Australian Open – five ladies matches to watch in round one!
Hubert Hurkacz (22) – Polish A player who caught some headlines last year. Hurkacz had a good run at Indian Wells and Miami with some big performances. He saw off Tsitsipas in Rogers Cup, Thiem in Miami and Nishikori at Indian Wells last season. The Pole has a very strong game from the baseline and really lets go on the forehand. He has begun his season in good form and I hope it goes from strength to strength for the 22 year old. He has begun his year with an unbeaten run in ATP Cup and a good run in … Continue reading Ten players to keep an eye on in 2020!
Nick Kyrgios got the ball rolling and the best in tennis came to help. Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Petra Kvitova, Coco Gauff, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Naomi Osaka, Alex Zverev and Nick Kyrgios himself took part in Rally4Relief on Rod Laver Arena. Tennis has come together as it does in a crisis to help those who need it and in Australia right now where majority of players spend their January year in year out have given back to the country to help people rebuild their lives and community. Over the course of the night including money … Continue reading Tennis comes together at Melbourne Park to raise money for Bush Fire Relief!
Two years ago Caroline Wozniacki was the star of the show in Melbourne. In a battle of determination and a lot of running the Dane overpowered Simona Halep to lift her first and only Grand Slam title. Now as her final tournament approaches before she retires a look back at one hell of a final and her greatest achievement. I remember the final as if it were yesterday, I even skipped a friends birthday celebration to watch it on that Sunday. However, before the final a bit of housekeeping was in order from the Dane. Jana Fett from Croatia could … Continue reading Wozniacki set to bow out on the site of her greatest win!
Game, set and match Mrs Williams, 6-3 6-4. Moments after the conclusion in Auckland, Serena Williams looked up in the air and said “finally” the wait was over. Even for someone who had won 100 titles in her career prior to Auckland that confidence and the pressure was still there. It didn’t matter how many titles she’s won before, she is human like the rest of us. What happened in New York a couple of years back must have been difficult to move on from. Serena continued to play (a limited schedule at times) and continued to be at the … Continue reading Even for the very best confidence is key which is why Auckland win can be a catalyst for Serena at the Australian Open
Karolina Pliskova is now 27 years old. That US Open final from 2016 does seem a bit of a lifetime ago and to be honest so does her good run at the beginning of last season. The Czech number one began her year with the title in Brisbane and went home in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. I said last year the season went down hill from there. The consistency wasn’t the same throughout the rest of the season. There were good results but little momentum built up. I like Pliskova and we have seen a lot of change … Continue reading 2017, 2019 & 2020; Pliskova stands alone as a three time Brisbane champion but can she better her last Melbourne run?
Over history Serena Williams in a final majority of the time meant adding to her trophy collection. Of late it has been a different story, if anything it has been a bit of a mental block for her since the 2018 US Open final as she hunted for her first title as a mum! Serena who has been swinging so accurately and freely all week was suddenly super tense. You could sense in her body language the nerves were there. She wasn’t moving much at all and this was resulting in unforced errors (finishing the opening set with 20). She … Continue reading Serena Williams wins title No.101 in Auckland, her first since 2017!