Friday delivered. Has the Australian Open ever had a more chaotic day? I don’t think so but before the chaos let’s look for some normality. Novak Djokovic was in a ruthless mood as he defeated Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3 6-2 6-2. Ash Barty likewise took 78 minutes in a 6-3 6-2 win against Elena Rybakina Petra Kvitova continues to show her title ambitions with a 6-1 6-2 win over Ekaterina Alexandrova. You can read more on Novak Djokovic’ win below: Djokovic continues to set the standards with a routine win against Nishioka! The day had an emotional moment as well as … Continue reading Aus Open Day 5; Tsitsipas, Osaka & Serena out 😳 Barty, Novak & Kvitova cruise 😎Federer almost got stuck on 99 😬 Wozniacki waves goodbye 😢
Coco Gauff before the match spoke about the nerves she had in her third round battle with Naomi Osaka which was her first match on the Arthur Ashe stadium in New York at the US Open. The 15 year is so assured of herself on the main stage she said she knew what she needed to do coming into the rematch and she didn’t let herself down at all. Coco playing her first match on the Rod Laver Arena against the defending champion came out the blocks very quickly. She did what she said she would do. She hit the … Continue reading Coco Gauff: Nervous in New York, Nerves of Steel in Melbourne!
At the US Open last year one of the stories of the year was the exchange at the end of the match between Coco Gauff and Naomi Osaka. The American teenager was upset and visibily not happy during the match with her level with Naomi who was the defending champion going about her business as usual as she won 6-3 6-0 at Flushing Meadows. It was a lovely moment for tennis to see Naomi go over and console the teenager at the end of the match and have a chat before inviting her to do the post match interview with … Continue reading Coco’s comeback sets up another major meeting with Naomi Oaska!
Day three down at Melbourne Park was pretty much straight. The top players orchrested themselves through to the next round and others went the long way round. Caroline Wozniacki is keeping her run going with a very comprehensive 7-5 7-5 win against the seeded Dayana Yastremska who herself had some goals for the event really wanting to face Serena again. We are a few days but potentially if Caroline and Serena win their third round ties they would play each other in round four. Elsewhere on the women’s draw there were wins for: Petra Kvitova 7-5 7-5 Paula Badosa Ash … Continue reading Aus Open Day 3; Comebacks, capitulations and normal service!
It does get said a lot at the moment but it is true that women’s game is wide open. Predicting a winner of the Australian Open will be tricky work but let’s have a look at some chances. Ash Barty What a story this will be! The place will be full as Melbourne awaits the world number one. Ash made the quarter finals last year with a fantastic performance against Maria Sharapova. The Australian hasn’t been in impeccable form this year but has shown good signs so far this year. Ash has it on her racket to go and win … Continue reading Australian Open Contenders; Two former champions, a home favourite and three hopeful challengers!
I can’t really see past Naomi Osaka doing it again in Melbourne. She has began her year with that fight and sharpness she had going into Shenzhen before her injury. Almost twelve months two I was watching the Australian Open final with my aunt and uncle in Melbourne on TV. Prior to that I saw Naomi on route to the final and she is just a breath air on the tour. In interviews she is open, honest and humble and when it comes to tennis she is ruthless. I like how open she is when talking as some don’t share … Continue reading Same again? Is Naomi Osaka the favourite down in Melbourne Park?
In a months time Naomi Osaka will head back to Melbourne Park to defend her Australian Open title. The two time major champion has had a lot of changes around her since she won in Melbourne eleven months again. Sascha Bajin shortly left the camp not long after winning in Melbourne with the former number one stating she “wouldn’t put success over happiness”. Following this split she hired Jermaine Jenkins who is a previous hitting partner of Venus and his brother works with Serena. This partnership didn’t work out and he left in September to be replaced by Naomi’s father … Continue reading Naomi Osaka adds Wim Fissette to her team for 2020!