Deserting the Desert; Djokovic, Halep, Osaka, Nishikori & Cilic all out!

Well, Tuesday was a hell of a day at Indian Wells. The odd upset comes as a surprise but to see Novak Djokovic, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic pack their bags on the same day was quite a surprise. The biggest shock came from Novak Djokovic. It had been 10 years since Philip Kohlschreiber last beat the Serb and this was a shock but the German who is now 35 has always been a tricky customer and secured his first win against a number one ranked player. The performance was fantastic and for Novak there are … Continue reading Deserting the Desert; Djokovic, Halep, Osaka, Nishikori & Cilic all out!

Tennis Paradise; The desert is ready as the worlds best arrive

Indian Wells is here. The Californian desert is one of if not the biggest tournament outside of the majors. Over the year the tennis played at Indian Wells has taken imagination to another level. Over the past 12 years there have been 11 different winners on the ladies side where as the men’s has been dominated by Rafa, Roger and Novak winning 13 of the last 15 editions except for Ljubicic’ win in 2007 and Del Potro’s win last year but the Argentine will be missing. Who will challenge Novak? That is the big question, who can challenge Novak Djokovic? … Continue reading Tennis Paradise; The desert is ready as the worlds best arrive

Sharapova’s surgery, Del Potro’s Indian Wells withdrawal and Naomi’s new coach!

Instagram does seem to be the place for news. Maria Sharapova took to instagram stories to announce she will miss Miami. We haven’t seen the former number one since Melbourne and she will now miss the sunshine double having previously withdrawn from Indian Wells. The Russian has announced she has undergone a minor procedure on her shoulder and will rest. The plan I now imagine will be to be ready for Stuttgart and then see where we are at for Rome and Madrid ahead of Roland Garros. Another withdrawal over the last few days is the sad withdrawal of Juan … Continue reading Sharapova’s surgery, Del Potro’s Indian Wells withdrawal and Naomi’s new coach!

11 different winners in 12 years, so should we expect another first time champion at Indian Wells

Predicting the winner at Indian Wells is a near on impossible job. Over the last 12 years we have had 11 different winners in the desert. The only player to win more than once in this period is Victoria Azarenka who took the crown in 2012 and 2016. The best in the world have won here including Serena, Halep, Azarenka, Sharapova, Ivanovic, Osaka and Wozniacki amongst others but consistency in the desert is a big issue so a new champion or a returning champion? If you said to me right now, overwhelming favourite to win Indian Wells? I could not … Continue reading 11 different winners in 12 years, so should we expect another first time champion at Indian Wells

Naomi Osaka; spotlight, extra attention & Dubai defeat (this won’t get easier)

I’ll be honest, Naomi’s defeat to Mladenovic didn’t surprise. All the talk pre-tournament has been about her split with coach Sascha Bajin which she did open up about on site and her open and honest personality is refreshing. Naomi spoke following her defeat that the extra attention off the back of her success is something she has struggled to deal with. I see that however this is a global sport and the attention comes with it as do many sponsorship deals she’s signed since winning in New York. Now this is where people may not agree with me. I applaud … Continue reading Naomi Osaka; spotlight, extra attention & Dubai defeat (this won’t get easier)

Happiness > Success, Osaka opens up about surprise coaching split

Naomi Osaka had been working with Sascha Bajin for quite some time and in that period she won Indian Wells, US Open and the Australian Open as well as becoming the world number one. Last week it was announced that they had split and Naomi is now set to play in her first tournament since her win and has been speaking openly about the split. In the interview she said she was just trying to get through the Australian Open and went on to say; “The biggest thing is I don’t want myself to think to be successful I have … Continue reading Happiness > Success, Osaka opens up about surprise coaching split

Naomi Osaka; Indian Wells win, Charleston tears and waking up depressed, first major QF and tears of joy!

Back in March Naomi Osaka put on a fortnight of stunning tennis as she won her first big title at Indian Wells. In the Calafornian dessert the Japanese star defeated Sharapova, Radwanska, Pliskova, Halep and Kasatkina on route to winning the title without a set of tennis dropped. Following this win she felt the pressure and following her defeat a few weeks later to Julia Georges in Charleston she broke down in an open and honest post match interview. During the interview she said; “Yesterday I woke up and was really depressed and I don’t know why” When she was … Continue reading Naomi Osaka; Indian Wells win, Charleston tears and waking up depressed, first major QF and tears of joy!