Osaka’s backhand isn’t her strongest but her ability to redirect it is impeccable.

It’s not often you say a backhand of a player isn’t their strongest shot but their ability to redirect it is stunning, that’s just a compliment to how good she is, her forehand and backhand and lets take a look at the two hander. She is good defensively with the two hands and offensively and she has shown how she can turn rallies in seconds. There is a couple I am going to look at but this one is my favourite; Image Credit – BT Sport From the still it doesn’t look like much is going on but the redirection … Continue reading Osaka’s backhand isn’t her strongest but her ability to redirect it is impeccable.

Back in the big time! Del Potro takes Indian Wells!

The tower always delivers. Going into Indian Wells I said it felt like he was coming into some good form but even I didn’t expect him to walk away with the title but I couldn’t be happier. He saw off so many different styles of tennis from De Minaur, Ferrer, Mayer, Kohlschreiber, Raonic and then of course in the final Roger Federer. Del Potro is the definition of never giving up. Back in 2009 he had his night in New York winning the US Open but this feels a little sweeter. Obviously the achievement of winning New York is a … Continue reading Back in the big time! Del Potro takes Indian Wells!

The ladies that ruled in the desert!

Everyone wants to be there and at Indian Wells this year hundreds of players turned up and a theme which occurred from day 1 until day 14 was that the ladies rocked it but who took the deserved headlines at recognition down in the Californian dessert? Serena Williams I mean, where else do I start? Serena Williams. She came back with two wins and what a comeback it was. Just her presence on the court sends shivers down your spine and for opponents it must be quite daunting know the greatest of all time is on the other side of … Continue reading The ladies that ruled in the desert!

Fearless! Osaka dominates to secure first WTA title!

No fear, both ladies going into what would be the biggest finals of their respective careers to date showed no fear in getting there. Both ladies deserve a hell of a lot of respect for what they have done over the last few months. Both are young, driven, committed and fearless as they 100% believe in what they are doing but it hasn’t always been the case. They have matured a lot over the last 6 months. I watched Osaka a year ago in Melbourne and she just lost concentration and belief when it wasn’t going her way and with … Continue reading Fearless! Osaka dominates to secure first WTA title!

Thrashed! Kasatkina takes 58 minutes to see off Kerber 6-0 6-2

Well, quarter finals don’t go more one-sided than that! In Qatar I watched Daria Kasatkina take on CiCi Bellis and during the match which Kasatkina lost 5-7 1-4 having retired with an injury I said she ran out of ideas and I stand by that. Her performance against CiCi lacked any thought. She continued to go to that backhand slice as she couldn’t generate much else in the game and it began to become tough to keep in rallies. However a complete turnaround in recent weeks, the talent has always been there but chanelling her game is tough for a … Continue reading Thrashed! Kasatkina takes 58 minutes to see off Kerber 6-0 6-2

Hyeon Chung making a name for himself once again!

Hyeon Chung was one of the stand out performers in Melbourne now the South Korean is at it again with wins against Berdych and Cuevas the 21 year old is now in his first Masters 1000 quarter final. I first seaw Hyeon play at the backend of last year when he took part in the inaugural Next Gen finals in Milan. I was impressed with his movement and shot selection to have his game what I would call stable at this stage in his career is great. Quite a lot of players when they burst onto the scene are fearless … Continue reading Hyeon Chung making a name for himself once again!

Halep 7-5 6-1 Wang – Cahill’s pep-talk vital as Simona turned on the style

After a shaky performance against Caroline Dolehide in the previous round you wouldn’t have blamed Simona Halep for being nervous and you could see the panic in her game from the first ball desperate for a good start. The first four games of the match went with serve, the following four were all breaks of serve and you could see the panic and rushed game Simona was forcing and that was the issue she was trying to force it. At 4-4 in the first set Simona called on coach Darren Cahill who gave a masterclass! He sat down and said; … Continue reading Halep 7-5 6-1 Wang – Cahill’s pep-talk vital as Simona turned on the style