We have a new world number one. Hard work, determination and of course winning have contributed to the incredible achievement by Ash becoming the first Australian woman to be number one since Goolagong 43 years ago. It was one of those possibilities coming into Birmingham which continued to gain momentum as the week went on and of course as the number one Naomi Osaka went out to Yulia Putintseva. Ash’ season began with a final in Sydney, quarter final in Melbourne before going onto win in Miami. She recently won her first Grand Slam in Paris and now the Nature … Continue reading Ash Barty, World number one!
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!
16 wins in her last 20. 15 of them on the clay but now we are on the grass. Jo who is ranked back at 18 in the world following an excellent clay court season decided not to play Nottingham with it being so close to the conclusion of her clay court season so is opening her grass season in Birmingham. Jo’s start could not have gone much better. Her first round opponent was Anett Kontaveit who is having a good year and is super dangerous from the baseline. The Estonian is coached by British coach who is the former … Continue reading Jo Konta opens with Birmingham win!
It’s already been a good start for the Brit’s in London and Birmingham this week. We thought we only had 7 Brit’s in singles action but James Ward has qualified at Queens winning his highest ranked match for four years. The other big news which isn’t singles related is to do with the doubles… Venus Williams is playing doubles in Birmingham. Her team mate? Harriet Dart! The 22 year old Brit is going to have the moment of her career right now playing doubles with Venus Williams what an hour! It is also good to see James Ward back in … Continue reading London & Birmingham; 8 Brits in singles action + someone is teaming up with Venus Williams!
Following a difficult grass court week in Nottingham the tours now move to Birmingham and London as the men and women on the look to enhance their Wimbledon chances but what opening round match-ups do we have early on? Queens Club – Stefanos Tsitsipas v Kyle Edmund You probably couldn’t have drawn a tougher opening round. Kyle will be up against it in Stefanos who didn’t get off to a good start in Stuttgart. He played in Halle this year last year but is a pretty unknown on the grass as it’s only around for a couple of weeks a … Continue reading The Queens & Birmingham first round matches you cannot miss!
The world number one Naomi Osaka, the world number two and Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty, the world number three Karolina Pliskova and just the five time Wimbledon champion making her first appearance in Birmingham Venus Williams are here. Throw in Britain’s number one Johanna Konta who enjoyed an exceptional clay court season and also Petra Martic, Elina Svitolina and Maria Sakkari amongst others we have a cracking tournament on our hands. Naomi Osaka Nothing short of winning here won’t do for me I’m afraid. It has been an up and down season. We haven’t seen her best since Melbourne … Continue reading Birmingham; Osaka, Pliskova, Barty, Jo & 5 Time Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams!