No one at the top of women’s tennis played less matches than Serena Williams last year who heads to Melbourne ranked at a credible No.9 in the world. Despite playing less tennis than all in the top 15 last year no one won more matches at a major than the 23 time Grand Slam champion and added tournaments will help that pursuit for 24. I’m in that band of, it doesn’t matter if Serena gets No.24 or not as it won’t define who is a better role-model in tennis between her and Margaret Court there’s much more to it than … Continue reading Serena had the most wins at majors in 2019 despite little preparation, so will more tennis help her in the hunt for 24?
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!
The first major of the decade is upon us. The draw is done and on Monday action begins at Melbourne Park, but what are the opening round one ladies matches to keep an eye on? Madison Keys v Daria Kasatkina Madison Keys has been in good form to begin the season. The American made it all the way to the Brisbane final to begin her season in which should be an important one for her. Keys turns 25 this year and is yet to find some more consistency as she embarks on her 8th Australian Open where she was a … Continue reading Australian Open – five ladies matches to watch in round one!
Game, set and match Mrs Williams, 6-3 6-4. Moments after the conclusion in Auckland, Serena Williams looked up in the air and said “finally” the wait was over. Even for someone who had won 100 titles in her career prior to Auckland that confidence and the pressure was still there. It didn’t matter how many titles she’s won before, she is human like the rest of us. What happened in New York a couple of years back must have been difficult to move on from. Serena continued to play (a limited schedule at times) and continued to be at the … Continue reading Even for the very best confidence is key which is why Auckland win can be a catalyst for Serena at the Australian Open
Over history Serena Williams in a final majority of the time meant adding to her trophy collection. Of late it has been a different story, if anything it has been a bit of a mental block for her since the 2018 US Open final as she hunted for her first title as a mum! Serena who has been swinging so accurately and freely all week was suddenly super tense. You could sense in her body language the nerves were there. She wasn’t moving much at all and this was resulting in unforced errors (finishing the opening set with 20). She … Continue reading Serena Williams wins title No.101 in Auckland, her first since 2017!
Two American’s at two different stages of their career. Serena Williams beginning her fourth decade on the tour against teenager Amanda Anisimova who we know can brush the best off as we saw her do to Halep in Paris. The semi-final may not have gone the way the teenager would have liked but she should take plenty of positives away from her performances this week in Auckland. Amanda was tipped to really make some noise at the US Open at the back end of last year but cut her season short due to the tragic loss of her father and … Continue reading Serena serves up 6-1 6-1 win as she bids for double success!
Having booked their place in the singles semi-finals earlier on in the day this time Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were both back in action as they searched for a place in the Auckland final. Standing in their way was the experienced Belgians. Alison Van Uytvanck and Kirsten Flipkens who provided a strong test for the first time American/Dane duo. Early on they set out their intentions with an immediate break of serve following a stunning backhand return winner from Serena on the Flipkens serve which became a bit of a theme in that opening set. A backhand return winner … Continue reading Wozniacki & Serena advance to Sunday’s Doubles Final!