ATP Qatar One of the first tournaments of the year get’s going before the year is out. ATP Qatar will be the first stop for so many top player who took big headlines in 2018. The headliner is of course World number one Novak Djokovic who will be joined by one other top 10 player in Dominic Thiem. Also in the draw is David Goffin who begins the year ranked at 22 and his target must be a top 8 finish. Also in the draw is two players who both stunned Djokovic in 2018 both in Paris, one at Roland … Continue reading The starting block; Qatar 🇶🇦 Brisbane 🇦🇺 Shenzhen 🇨🇳 Auckland 🇳🇿Perth 🇦🇺
The season is now underway on the WTA and ATP tours with the first finals of the year now gone seeing title wins for Elina Svitolina and Nick Kyrgios in Brisbane and Simona Halep in Dubai. The week also saw some surprise victories on the tour as Wozniacki was defeated by Georges in Auckland and Cilic was seen off by Simon and Monfils also walked away from the first week of 2018 with a title. Titles for Elina, Simona and Nick do no harm at all going into Melbourne in a week’s time to pick up momentum going into the … Continue reading Week 1 Winners! – Svitolina, Kyrgios & Halep amongst title holders
Elina Svitolina had her best year on the tour last year and has carried on her determined fight to 2018 making her first final in Brisbane with wins against Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova in the last couple of rounds to secure another final. Elina’s game is all set to become a major winner. Over the past year we have seen the improvement with her ground strokes and her movement. What I think does let her down at times is concentration and a lack of momentum beginning matches which we saw against Konta in the previous round and that concentration … Continue reading Svitolina puts her name in Melbourne contenders but first she has a job to finish in Brisbane
Karolina Pliskova is just finding her feet a bit on the tour. The Czech star made her first Grand Slam final last year at the US Open and now after her title win in Brisbane as ever she looks cool and calm and is a firm contender for the first major of the year! I’ve watched Karolina time and time again and I always use the same two words for describe her tennis, cool and calm! She looks in control, she knows what she is doing and it will take something big to do this with a big standout shot … Continue reading Why cool & calm Karolina is one to watch in Melbourne…
The new season blues have continued to spread. Just the other day we saw Serena, Venus and Halep lose early and today adding to that list across the globe was the world number one Angelique Kerber a former world number one in Caroline Wozniacki and the previous two winners of the WTA Finals in Singapore in Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova. The start of the season is about finding rhythm and it is a worry with the first major of the year just 10 days away with players going in with no momentum. The beauty of a Grand Slam compared … Continue reading Top seeds continue to fall in opening week!
Preparations for Melbourne have been halted for three of the top ten players in the world as former world number ones Serena and Venus Williams both exited Auckland in round two whereas similar fate followed for Simona Halep in Shenzhen as her preparations also hit a bump in the road. Venus Williams unfortunately had to withdraw from her match today with an arm injury on a day where would have had to play twice but should be fit for the Australian Open which begins in just under two week’s time. The surprise of the day was the defeat of Serena … Continue reading Melbourne preparations hit for Serena, Venus and Halep after early exits!
In life we all set targets for ourselves. 2016 quickly took off for Monica Puig in Brazil last year. The Puerto-Rican set herself a target of winning Olympic Gold and also named her dog Rio before the Olympics and suddenly her name hit the headlines winning Puerto Rico’s first Olympic Gold medal. Source – GettyImages South America Now 2017 the eyes of the world will be on her. She will forever be remembered for what happened in Rio and she has the talent to push herself up the rankings and become a contender. A run of form like that and … Continue reading Brisbane Preview – Monica Puig v Elina Svitolina