Sofia Kenin ousts Serena in Paris!

Another upset in Paris as Serena Williams is out, but is it a surprise? The former world number one came up against the infectious and head strong personality of fellow American Sofia Kenin. Kenin has had some extra time off in preparation for this match following the withdrawal of Bianca Andreescu with this problematic shoulder injury. The 20 year old has gone from strength to strength since she broke through and she knows what she wants and what she has to do. She has been really impressive and went about her game so well especially off the forehand. I did … Continue reading Sofia Kenin ousts Serena in Paris!

Never in doubt. Serena recovers in style!

Down 2-6 and the errors flowing off the racket of the former world number one we looked like we could be in for another upset on Day 2 of Roland Garros. Sometimes you just need some time to get going. Serena was visibly disappointed with her tennis in the first set and was missing too many balls. A few shouts of COME ON and a scream at one point seemed to get her going through the gears as she really took her game to another level. Diatchenko was strong from the baseline going for her shots but from winning the … Continue reading Never in doubt. Serena recovers in style!

Roland Garros; The Draw

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

Knee injury forces Serena out of Rome and casts doubts over Paris

Serena Williams has withdrawn from Rome with this on-going knee injury. The former world number one who had to with from Miami with the issue played her first match in over 50 days yesterday and on the eve of her meeting with sister Venus is still having issues with her knee. The American has announced she has withdrawn from the competition with sister Venus advancing to the next round. Serena will head home to continue her rehab before heading to Roland Garros. Serena in her statement has said she is looking forward to seeing everyone at Roland Garros which begins … Continue reading Knee injury forces Serena out of Rome and casts doubts over Paris

What next for Serena?

Serena Williams made her Grand Slam return at Roland Garros unfortunately it did end in injury so what next for the 23 time Grand Slam champion? Muscular tear = rest! Serena had to withdraw from her match against Sharapova due to a peck injury. This peck injury began against Georges when the former world number one felt a twinge and in her doubles match the next day couldn’t find her serve and couldn’t carry her bags off. There were rumours that her team wanted to her too call off the double after the win against Georges as it meant she’d … Continue reading What next for Serena?

Roland Garros Day 9 – Injuries, Marathons and Normal Service!

The draw is getting smaller. The quarter final line-ups are set. A day which was tipped to be a big one didn’t really deliver but what did happen on the second Monday? Serena withdrew! The news did slowly start to break and in hindsight I am slightly surprised no one picked up on anything before then following her performance and walk-off after the final set of her doubles match with Venus the night before. The big hope now is Serena is fit for Wimbledon! Serena Williams withdraws from Roland Garros Kevin choked! Kevin Anderson took about an hour as he … Continue reading Roland Garros Day 9 – Injuries, Marathons and Normal Service!

Serena Williams withdraws from Roland Garros

The news began to circulate in the early afternoon via French TV and not long later had been confirmed that Serena Williams has withdrawn from Roland Garros. The withdrawal from Roland Garros of course means no match with Maria Sharapova which has been highly anticipated over the last 24 hours. Serena was playing doubles yesterday with sister Venus and since the tournament began hasn’t had a day off. Serena’s speed of serve did decrease as this doubles match went on and the withdrawal has come to due to an arm injury. It is a shame that Serena has withdrawn but … Continue reading Serena Williams withdraws from Roland Garros