Just a couple of weeks ago I watched Elina Svitolina live in Birmingham. I missed her match against Donna Vekic to begin the week but was impressed with her win against Alize Cornet in the following round. On the Thursday she came up against Mihaela Buzarnescu and despite being strong from the baseline the struggle was going to the net and this was something I saw against Cornet in the previous round. Elina is so good at the baseline; whether she is pulling that excellent backhand or forehand she is strong there hence 8 of her 12 titles coming on … Continue reading Svitolina’s latest losses has shown an uncertainty to go forward
Tennis has a habit of producing these extra-ordinary stories. Moments of pure inspiration and one lady who has been on the rise over the last 12 months is Mihaela Buzarnescu. A year ago Mihaela was ranked outside the world’s top 250 and now at the age of 30 is playing her best tennis of her career. I’ve watched quite a bit of Buzarnescu this year and she deserves the plaudits coming her way. Life on the tennis tour can be quite tricky to earn a living and compete is a challenge for all players starting off but hard work and … Continue reading The quite incredible story of Mihaela Buzarnescu!
A new instalment on the site with a weekly round-up of some of the stories from the week of tennis as Wimbledon edges closer! Coric stuns Federer in Halle Well, the question mark is now firmly next to Roger Federer’s name as a Wimbledon favourite after a good but difficult week in Halle. No one has won the tournament more than this man 9 times and coming into Halle the Croat’s career win/loss record on grass was 2/9 now he has just won the biggest title of his career as his year gets better and better! Petra stars in Birmingham! … Continue reading Championship Point – Halle, Queens & Birmingham
Back in September of last year I wrote a piece about Kristina Mladenovic. At this point she was on a 7 match losing streak and lost a match in Tokyo 6-0 6-0 This year she snapped a 15 match losing streak and in life we are quick to criticise but slow to praise and I called it a relief. This week at WTA Birmingham I saw Kiki everyday without fail and this is why I’m praising her! I watched her in singles lose but from a set up against Rybarikova who went on to make the final, hours laters she’s … Continue reading Hard work = reward 🏆🎾
My third and final day at Birmingham was one to remember! Thankfully I bought some sun tan lotion on my way today! First all before action kicked off on centre got the chance to see Kiki, Timea, Julia and Barbora Strýcová on the practice courts Following that Rybarikova who has been impressive all week was back in action and from 1-2 down she took control with her stunning level of tennis once more going through in two sets Following that as Strýcová and Tsurenko came on court I decided to go for a stroll to the practice courts for a … Continue reading Birmingham Day 3
Day 2 of my visit to Birmingham was a very hot day! So hot that my face is now sunburnt! First up on Ladies Day was Petra Kvitová who wasted no time against a frustrated Kasatkina winning in straight sets. Next up was the top seed Garbine Muguruza who looked frustrated from the off as she fell to a two set defeat against the very impressive Barbora Strýcová! After I then took a break from centre court and bumped into Kiki and Timea playing doubles on court 1 which they won! I was stood watching the match right next to … Continue reading Birmingham Day 2!
So, day one of Birmingham for me is over! What a day it was! Here’s some photos to recap an epic day! Of course in true British style it was raining to begin with… Once the rain disappeared on came Mladenovic and Rybarikova. Kristina was very impressive to begin with but her net play let her down too many times and Rybarikova put on a solid performance to seal the win. After the match I then went to Court 1 and watched British pair Heather Watson and Katie Boulter win their doubles match! After this match I was going to … Continue reading Birmingham Day 1