Serena’s crash out at the Australian Open was a surprise. Just four months before she had won 6-1 6-0 against Qiang Wang in what I described as one of the most awkward matches I have ever watched. Qiang played incredibly well in Melbourne and it was a fantastic performance from the Chinese number one who it’s fair to say learnt her lesson from New York. Serena in her press immediately after didn’t hold back on her performance. “I can’t play like that again” “I made too many mistakes to be an professional athlete today” Was it that bad? I don’t … Continue reading Serena “I can’t play like that again” but was it actually that bad?
Maria Sharapova is a big name. No matter what happened with the whole drugs test a few years back she is still a name people flock to see. Tournament directors will hand out wildcards like no tomorrow but if Sharapova wants a progressive return to a high level of women’s tennis maybe it is time to start declining them and scheduling better. Sharapova hasn’t got a momentum of match wins under her belt so constantly accepting wildcards for the big events on the tour seems like a bizarre move to me. Time and time again we have seen Maria go … Continue reading Sharapova’s in the search for consistency but the only consistent is leaving tournaments early, so would a step down a level be a good way to build up much needed match rhythm?
Juan Martin Del Potro is to undergo his third knee surgery in less than 15 months as pain still persists after his last surgery in June of last year. The ‘gentle giant’ is one of the most loved tennis players around the world and it is such a great shame that he continues to be held back by injuries. Wrist injuries were an issue earlier in his career and the Argentine will now have had seven surgeries in his career: May 2010 – right wrist March 2014 – left wrist January 2015 – left wrist ligament June 2015 – left … Continue reading Juan Martin del Potro to undergo second knee surgery
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
The Greatest Showman may be Hugh Jackman but on Saturday it was fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios who put on a hell of a show at Melbourne Arena on Saturday night. Melbourne Arena was electric and the noise amplified as after 4 house and 26 minutes Nick Kyrgios defeated Karen Khachanov. Now for the eighth time it is Nick Kyrgios v Rafael Nadal and this could get tasty. Almost six years ago they met for the first time a few thousand miles away from Melbourne in London. Kyrgios stunned the Spaniard in four sets with his trickery causing him heaps of … Continue reading Nick Kyrgios v Rafael Nadal: An eighth meeting, a first on Nick’s home turf as a place in the final eight awaits!
There are no doubts to Garbine Muguruza’s skill on a tennis court. I remember when she burst onto the scene at a major at Roland Garros with that win over Serena and the she went onto win two major titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon. The former number one has had it tough over the last couple of years. A lack of confidence has led to her decline down the rankings but a change to her team seems to have sparked the Spaniard back to some fantastic tennis and her level against Svitolina was ruthless in her 6-2 6-1 win. … Continue reading Consistent depth and a brutal backhand down the line, Garbine Muguruza put on a show in Melbourne!
The fourth round is now set! The last 48 hours have been filled with dramatic matches and moments at Melbourne Park. Roger Federer almost found himself packing his bags before an inspired final couple of minutes against John Millman but we did lose Serena Williams in the process as well. Day six saw plenty more drama and upsets… Andrey Rublev extended his winning run to 11 matches with a strong four set win over David Goffin. The Russian is definitely one to watch out for. From one Russian to another, Daniil Medvedev has pretty much sailed through the first week … Continue reading AusOpen Day 6: Nick takes the headlines, Pliskova falls short, Muguruza finds her best and much more!