Wow! Amanda Anisimova has done it again! The 17 year old is into her first Grand Slam semi-final and has yet to drop a set. I won’t hide the fact that I would have loved Halep to win here for the second year running however the performance of the American teenager was simply insane. Amanda played a clever game, on the Ad and Deuce side of the service box she really went into the corners with her serve. Against Halep this is quite a clever tactic especially going into the backhand as in rallies in can be a brutal shot … Continue reading Amanda Anisimova takes out defending champion Simona Halep!
We have our final eight. We have had some surprises along the way but the women’s draw has delivered incredible stories and surprises on route to the business end and I don’t think it will end there. So who will be hoping to make the final four? Marketa Vondrousova v Petra Martic (31) The unexpected quarter final. Petra has been one of the form players over the course of the clay court season picking up the Istanbul title against her next opponent Vondrousova. Marketa despite being a set up didn’t play well that day at all and she has seen … Continue reading We have our final eight, but which ladies will make the final four?
Simona Halep will have to be wary of her next opponent. Iga Swiatek who recently turned 18 the other day is a teenager making a lot of noise at Roland Garros. She made her Grand Slam main draw debut in Melbourne at the beginning of the year getting to the second round. She came through qualifying before defeating Ana Bogdan in three sets but lost to Cmila Giorgi in the second round. The Pole last year was a winner at Wimbledon (girls singles) and Roland Garros (girls doubles) winning junior Grand Slam events back to back and is now in … Continue reading Simona Halep v Iga Swiatek – Simona will have to be wary of the dangerous teenager!
Following an difficult start here for Simona Halep with the Romanian admitting she has been suffering with illness of late which has been bothering a couple of players her third round match against Lesia Tsurenko was quite the cruise. The 27th seed who began with a 6-2 6-2 win over Bouchard before winning a marathon 11-9 in the third against Krunic found herself up against the defending champion. Simona Halep wasted no time at all on her way to victory. 55 minutes is all it took for the former world number one to secure he place in the fourth round … Continue reading Simona Halep cruises to 10th straight win in Paris
On a day where we expected some dodgy weather in Paris but the sun shone, it did that for Naomi Osaka and Simona Halep who have booked their place into round two. First up was Naomi Osaka and it was messy. The world number one lost the first set 0-6 to Schmeidlova who has lost her last 9 round one Grand Slam matches dating back to 2015 and she didn’t even hit a winner. The second set did get better for her but a micro-climate of rain at 3-0 on top of Chatrier led to a suspension of play with … Continue reading Top two into round two, but it was far from comfortable!
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
Narrowing down who I think will win in Paris has been a tricky task especially on the women’s tour. I’ve managed to narrow it down to four leaving out some big names… Simona Halep Do I have doubts? Yes, do I have expectations? Yes. It’s a tough one, defending a title is a tough job and Halep has never had to defend a title of such magnitude. Do I think she is playing great right now consistently? No. I watched her in Madrid and I saw ruthless and rustiness in her game. She has the knack for turning it on … Continue reading Four contenders; Simona, Kiki, Karolina & Vika