Birmingham; Petra out, Pliskova in, One wildcard remaining…

Two time champion Petra Kvitova is out of Birmingham. The Czech number two who missed Roland Garros following a retirement in Rome is still not ready to return too tennis and to Birmingham to defend her title. The former Birmingham and Wimbledon champion has been suffering with an arm injury for some time now and as well as there being no appearance at Birmingham this year there is also big doubts over her participation at Wimbledon which will be a race to get fit and potentially a wildcard in Eastbourne is an explorable option. Coming in however to join Venus … Continue reading Birmingham; Petra out, Pliskova in, One wildcard remaining…

Petra Kvitova; Race to be fit! Wimbledon favourite?

Following her win in Birmingham and becoming the first player to win a title on the three surfaces this year it be fair to say Petra Kvitova is favourite for the Wimbledon title. Petra has won Wimbledon on two previous occasions in 2011 and 2014 but since her last victory there she has won four matches in three years not making it past the third round. However… this has now been thrown into doubt. News broke in the morning that Petra has had to withdraw from Eastbourne where she was due to play Agnieszka Radwanska with a hamstring injury. Later … Continue reading Petra Kvitova; Race to be fit! Wimbledon favourite?

Championship Point – Halle, Queens & Birmingham

A new instalment on the site with a weekly round-up of some of the stories from the week of tennis as Wimbledon edges closer! Coric stuns Federer in Halle Well, the question mark is now firmly next to Roger Federer’s name as a Wimbledon favourite after a good but difficult week in Halle. No one has won the tournament more than this man 9 times and coming into Halle the Croat’s career win/loss record on grass was 2/9 now he has just won the biggest title of his career as his year gets better and better! Petra stars in Birmingham! … Continue reading Championship Point – Halle, Queens & Birmingham

Birmingham Day 2!

Day 2 of my visit to Birmingham was a very hot day! So hot that my face is now sunburnt! First up on Ladies Day was Petra Kvitová who wasted no time against a frustrated Kasatkina winning in straight sets. Next up was the top seed Garbine Muguruza who looked frustrated from the off as she fell to a two set defeat against the very impressive Barbora Strýcová! After I then took a break from centre court and bumped into Kiki and Timea playing doubles on court 1 which they won! I was stood watching the match right next to … Continue reading Birmingham Day 2!

Dissecting the Draw’s – Queens Club & Birmingham

Well, the draw gods have treated us to some stunning round one match ups at the ATP 500 event in Queens Club and the WTA Premier event in Birmingham where I will be next week. So let’s have a look? Queens Club Marin Cilic v Fernando Verdasco Top seed Marin Cilic takes on an unpredictable Fernando Verdasco. Fernando’s game is very much at it’s best when he is able to sit on the baseline with time. He adapts well to all surfaces and recently secured his 500th career win on the tour. Fernando will provide a challenge and I think … Continue reading Dissecting the Draw’s – Queens Club & Birmingham

WTA Birmingham Preview

The grass court season waits for no one and with Wimbledon around the corner players from all over the globe are heading to the warm up tournaments and some of the world’s top names will be in Birmingham next week. So, who will be there? Who won’t be there! Well, it’s best we start off with who will not be there. Maria Sharapova and Madison Keys will not be in Birmingham. Both were on the entrants list but have withdrawn over the past couple of days. Sharapova who signed a two year deal last year to play Birmingham has now … Continue reading WTA Birmingham Preview

6 months after horror attack Kvitova returns with her 20th title!

Once again women’s tennis has produced another inspirational story. Just over 6 months ago Petra Kvitova was the victim to a horrible stabbing in her home with deep lacerations to her left hand and immediately there were concerns over whether she might be able to play tennis again. The two time former Wimbledon champion was in theatre for 4 hours and then in a cast for just over 8 weeks and initial suggestions were we probably wouldn’t see her till around New York in September but she defied the odds returning last month at Roland Garros and now in her … Continue reading 6 months after horror attack Kvitova returns with her 20th title!