Big upset in the bottom half of the draw with the top remaining seed and world number two Karolína Pliskova being knocked out by the 31st seed from Croatia Petra Martic. To be honest I think we have all overlooked Petra but she has been getting in the results; Semi finalist in Charleston Winner in Istanbul Quarter finals in Madrid In that period of time has wins over Muguruza, Bencic and Anisimova. She has been ruthless so far in her path with a 6-1 6-2 win against Jabeur, 6-2 6-1 against the inform Mladenovic and now 6-3 6-3 against Pliskova. … Continue reading Karolina Pliskova stunned by Petra Martic!
In January the now world number two Karolina Pliskova had both Rennae Stubbs and Conchita Martinez as part of her coaching team in Melbourne. In February the now Czech number one made the decision to hire former Wimbledon champion and Roland Garros runner up Conchita Martinez as her full time coach. Conchita Martinez had a lot of success as a player and loved the clay. Over the last year or so we have seen some incredible results from Pliskova on the surface despite being a player we usually associate with her grass and hard court but her records on clay … Continue reading Karolina Pliskova and coach Conchita Martinez are on the right path, will it happen in Paris?
The draw for this years French Open has been made. We now know the projected paths for the top players where so much is expected of them and the potential early obstacles they could face. Novak Djokovic R1 – Hubert Hurkacz R2 – Sam Querrey R3 – Gilles Simon / Jaume Munar R4 – Borna Coric / Denis Shapovalov QF – Fabio Fognini / Alex Zverev SF – Dominic Thiem F – Roger Federer / Stefanos Tsitsipas / Rafael Nadal On paper, Novak has the toughest draw in my opinion. Hubert has been one of the form players of late … Continue reading Roland Garros; The Draw
Narrowing down who I think will win in Paris has been a tricky task especially on the women’s tour. I’ve managed to narrow it down to four leaving out some big names… Simona Halep Do I have doubts? Yes, do I have expectations? Yes. It’s a tough one, defending a title is a tough job and Halep has never had to defend a title of such magnitude. Do I think she is playing great right now consistently? No. I watched her in Madrid and I saw ruthless and rustiness in her game. She has the knack for turning it on … Continue reading Four contenders; Simona, Kiki, Karolina & Vika
Karolina Pliskova’s clay court preparations coming into Rome were not good. The new number two on Monday didn’t play singles in Charleston but lost in round one of doubles, withdrew from Prague and fell early in Madrid and Stuttgart and was suffering with a virus which left her not at her best during the preparations. Pliskova’s record on clay the last year or so has been exceptional and this title win in Rome has just sent out a little reminder ahead of the second major of the year where she of course made the semi-finals last year. I always find … Continue reading Pliskova ends Paris preparations on a high!
The second major of the year has come to an end. The season is over the half way point but how did some players rank over the course of their stay in Paris? Simona Halep – 10 There is nowhere else to start than with Halep. The tennis has been stunning and the mental strength she has shown has been out of this world. A true testament to hard work, determination and never giving up! Novak Djokovic – 7.5 I think Novak had a good tournament and after his defeat by Cecchinato the dissection of his performance was unfair in … Continue reading Rating their Roland Garros – who impressed and who didn’t?
Kvitova & Pliskova survive The highest ranked Czech players on the women’s side of the draw had a big battle on their hands today. Petra Kvitova who I wrote about survived a scare against last years surprise star Cepede Royg who put a good performance. Kvitova 3-6 6-1 7-5 Cepede Royg Karolina Pliskova who has also been in very good form on the clay court season saw off compatriot Krejcikova in a close 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to progress to the second round at Roland Garros. Djokovic wins but unconvincingly. Novak Djokovic who had a very good week in Rome where … Continue reading Roland Garros Day 2 – Czech stars survive, Azarenka out, Thiem cruises, Stan stumbles and Ferrer throws away!