Alez Zverev is a man with plenty of potential. We have seen that on the tour as he has propelled himself high up the rankings to a high of number three of late and has three Masters 1000 titles to his name. The challenge is to replicate this form into majors. Why can’t Zverev find the wins on the biggest stage? Of his 14 defeats on the tour this season he has lost 6 of those matches after winning the first set. Since the start of 2017 in his 8 Grand Slam losses he has won the first set on … Continue reading 3R exit in New York not an issue as Ivan Lendl will bring plenty of ideas!
Nothing quite like that has happened before! However, it should be about the tennis. Naomi Osaka who I wrote about the other day has won the US Open. In March she claimed the Indian Wells title with a stellar run seeing off many top players but also a few weeks later broke down in Charleston after a defeat and admitted she was feeling depressed. The way she opened up and the way she played here in New York was fearless and just full of composure. She had a tough run to winning the title with wins against Sasnovich, Siegemund, Sabalenka, … Continue reading Composure at the highest level; Naomi Osaka is a Grand Slam champion!
Once again Simona Halep has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam. In what was her 34th major appearance since her main draw debut at Roland Garros this is the 12th time in her career she has fallen in round one. Now 7 of those losses came before her first major final in 2014 but has lost in the first round of three majors since the beginning of last year so what is lacking for Halep? Simona’s record over the last few years at Premier Mandatory and Premier 5 events has been exceptional reaching at least the … Continue reading Another R1 exit at a major, what is lacking for Halep?
Back in March Naomi Osaka put on a fortnight of stunning tennis as she won her first big title at Indian Wells. In the Calafornian dessert the Japanese star defeated Sharapova, Radwanska, Pliskova, Halep and Kasatkina on route to winning the title without a set of tennis dropped. Following this win she felt the pressure and following her defeat a few weeks later to Julia Georges in Charleston she broke down in an open and honest post match interview. During the interview she said; “Yesterday I woke up and was really depressed and I don’t know why” When she was … Continue reading Naomi Osaka; Indian Wells win, Charleston tears and waking up depressed, first major QF and tears of joy!
Well, if you had a ticket for Arthur Ashe last night you would not be short of drama. Maria Sharapova and Roger Federer were in action looking to secure their place in the quarter finals and lost. Maria Sharapova who had never lost a night match on Ashe in her career with a record of 22-0 came up against birthday girl Suarez Navarro who last year didn’t celebrate as she lost to Venus but now the 30 year old could not have dreamed of a better present! Sharapova just couldn’t get the better of Suarez Navarro who played a clever … Continue reading Stunned! Federer and Sharapova out of US Open!
Following her defeat to Sevastova in New York the Ukrainian has put her Grand Slam season down as average. It’s been an odd season for Elina who has impressed but also lacked a challenge at times when you want to see more. I watched her in Birmingham and the level went from very good to messy quite quickly. At the media day in Cincinnati almost a month ago this question about the weight loss got asked and it is worrying. Elina said she believes it is helping her game but I don’t think so and the change is something discussed … Continue reading Elina Svitolina – ‘average’ Grand Slam season and the worrying dramatic weight loss!
The first week is over and what a week it has been. Players have surprised, disappointed, entertained and some have work to do… what caught my eye during the first week at Flushing Meadows? The greatest hug in tennis These two meeting was one hell of a story. Serena and Venus back in New York and what a win it was for Serena but also a celebration of these two great players and the memories they have brought and continue to create during the last 20 years. Karen and Alex impress! Two big stories in New York. Youngsters Karen Kachanov … Continue reading US Open Week 1 ✅ – Thoughts 🤔