The first week at Melbourne Park was pretty dramatic. Five former champions began and going into the quarter finals ….. Round three took out the previous three champions with Serena, Wozniacki and Osaka going home but who from the final eight will prevail? Ash Barty v Petra Kvitova Where better to start? These two meet at this stage last year and there is a great respect and love for each others’ game. At the end of her win against Alison Riske the Australian said she loves Petra but please don’t break my heart. Four wins in a row have … Continue reading Australian Open Preview: Ladies Quarter Finals
Sunday at Melbourne Park was a pretty straight forward day, we now know half of the final eight as the top half of the women’s draw and bottom half of the men’s draw were in action. Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 6-4 Diego Schwartzman A good days work for Djokovic against the in-form Argentine. Diego has posed the biggest threat to Novak this week so far but once again the world number two showed why he is favourite to lift and eighth title at Melbourne Park. Novak did hit a few more errors than his opponent but he more than double … Continue reading Australian Open Day 7
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 😢
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!
Everything that could have happened in Shenzhen today did happen. We woke up to the news that former world number one Naomi Osaka had withdrawn from the tournament due to a shoulder injury. She sustained the injury in the Beijing final and it flared up again in her win against Petra Kvitova. With about two hours notice and having played in Zhuhai a few days ago the first alternate Kiki Bertens was drafted in. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying the Madrid champion was not going to waste her opportunity and upset the Barty Party which has been put on … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 3; Osaka withdraws 🚑 Bertens wins on arrival 🛫 Bencic gets first win ✅ winless Kvitova could still go through 🤔 Barty Party is on hold ⚠️ Confusing Scenario’s 🤯
Day 2 at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen certainly delivered. Simona Halep and firstly Elina Svitolina opened up their tournaments with impressive victories. Elina Svitolina saw off Karolina Pliskova in two sets of tennis with a mentally strong and well thought out game plan against the Czech number one. Pliskova has been left with a lot to ponder going forward after a disappointing performance. Defending champion Svitolina sets out her stall with a typically gutsy performance! Later on in the day was Andreescu and Halep were up against each other for the first time. It was the Canadian who Gott … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 2; Halep & Svitolina impress in their opening matches!