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!
A few months ago back in Miami Cori ‘Coco’ Gauff was annoyed that she lost in round two to Daria Kasatkina as a win would have set her up against one of her idols Venus Williams. Three months later, what has happened this last week is truly magnificent! Cori got given a wildcard for the qualifying at Wimbledon and during her week which she sailed through at Roehampton even had some homework to do including a science test and some of her teachers until they saw it online didn’t even know she played tennis. Next thing is she’s been drawn … Continue reading A moment in history; 15 year old Cori Gauff defeats Venus Williams
Venus Williams has been coming to Wimbledon since 1997, I was three years old then and recently turned 25. Over the years the former world number and five times single champion has played 171 matches across three events at SW19 and her 172nd match is set to a history maker, unfortunately not on Centre Court. Venus who recently turned 39 and has had a lot of on and off court battles and now the five time former champion is on the hunt for her 90th win in the singles in her 22nd appearance. Who does she have to come up … Continue reading Venus; 5 time Wimbledon champion looking for her 90th win in London (but not on Centre Court)
Novak Djokovic v Philip Kohlschreiber I suppose opening rounds don’t get tougher than this. Novak will be looking at this one and the first thing that will be on his mind will be the defeat to Kohlschreiber at Indian Wells 6-4 6-4 earlier on this year. The good news for Novak is that since then they have met twice with Novak coming through on both occassions. They did meet at this stage of Wimbledon four years ago with Novak going through in straight sets and I expect Philip to really give him problems but over five sets I only see … Continue reading Wimbledon Round 1 – Novak v Philip, Naomi v Poots, Coco v Venus & many more!
Just over a week or so ago 15 year old Coco Gauff received a wildcard for Wimbledon qualifying. During her week of qualifying at Roehampton the American had a science test to sit as well as orchestrating her way to the Championships at SW19 which included a second round win against the top seed Bolsova before defeating Greet Minnen 6-1 6-1 in the final round with a very good performance. Coco has made it well-known that she only took up tennis because of watching Serena and Venus play. Her first post on Instagram almost three years ago was a picture … Continue reading Wimbledon; Venus Williams v Coco Gauff
Rain brought an early end to play at London and Birmingham yesterday with not one match completed in London. Today saw a better day for both but first round play in London is still not complicated on a big day across the UK and Europe as the grass court season continues. Jo out! Bit of a shock but Johanna Konta is out. The British number one never really got going and if you compare the performance today to the one against Ostapenko it was night and day. The Latvian was ruthless against Swiatek in round one and looked so composed … Continue reading Konta ❌ Venus ✅ Barty ✅ Del Potro’s knee 🙏🏻 Boys battle in Halle 💪🏻
It’s been a great day in Birmingham! Rain may have upset play in the last couple of matches but the quality of tennis today at the Edgebaston Priory Club has been exceptional. A day which has seen Julia Georges recover from a set down to win also saw wins for Putintseva, Kristyna Pliskova, Martic and world number one Naomi Osaka who saw off a spirited Maria Sakkari. Maria was in fact the first person I saw coming through security having a practice Next to the Greek number one was the Pliskova sisters who we now know will face each other … Continue reading Osaka battles through Sakkari on an action packed day at Birmingham despite the rain!