The next big stop will be a trip to New York. New York holds good and not so good memories for Serena Williams but before we end up at Flushing Meadows there is plenty of work to be done so what can we expect over the next few months? Back to San Jose? San Jose is now home to the Silicon Valley Classic which moved on from WTA Stanford. Serena did play here last year using her protected ranking to get into the tournament. She isn’t on an entrants list and from what I have heard it isn’t happening. Remember … Continue reading Serena; San Jose 🇺🇸 Toronto 🇨🇦 Cincinnati 🎢 New York 🗽 Need for big wins 🥇 & the fight for Equality 💪🏻
Life on the tennis tour is tough. It’s a weird concept to think that being the 149th best women’s tennis player in rankings is still a tough ask but it is. This perception of being a tennis player, highly paid and travelling the world can be a burden on an individual but to be able to do it freely is something only a few can do. Even down at say 150 it is sometimes difficult to make a living. One of my favourite stories of Wimbledon was that of Giulia Gatto-Monticone. In 2019 the 31 year old from Italy made … Continue reading The journey to Giulia Gatto-Monticone’s first Wimbledon appearance!
No. 24 is the target and the target still hasn’t been reached but whether she does or not for many she will still be the greatest. Many are saying Serena won’t get there but can we just move away for a moment from ‘winning’ No.24 and remember since giving birth where she could have lost her life following complications she has fought to make things better for women and returning mothers. She came back to Wimbledon last year having left as winner in 2016 without a seed in 2018 but fought to get the changed and was seeded for the … Continue reading Even if No.24 doesn’t happen, Serena is still the greatest!
Elina Svitolina should certainly walk away from Wimbledon with her head held high. The Ukrainian was disappointed her first major semi-final ended up with just four games on the board as she fell 6-1 6-3 to Simona Halep but then again Serena Williams only picked off four games in the final. This run from Elina to the semi-final was a surprise but one that should be celebrated and used a platform to build on. She had a good season up until the end of Indian Wells. She lost to Andreescu in the semi-finals and injury halted her season. She missed … Continue reading Elina Svitolina’s Wimbledon run came at a good time, now it’s time to build!
All the talk leading up to this one was about 2008. However in 2019 no one had played better tennis coming into the Wimbledon semi-final in the first eleven days than Rafa did so what went wrong? Rafa’s best tennis during the match came when he went for the Federer backhand. It allowed him time to build points and take control, the backhand of Federer is still a great weapon but lacks in raw power when under pressure and Rafa is in his element when he has to slice. Image Credit – BBC Sport This was the only play that … Continue reading Was Nadal’s lack of ‘luxury draw’ and the need for ‘lights out’ tennis early on catch up with him against Federer?
Simona Halep is Wimbledon champion. Following the Romanian’s below par exit from Paris not long it led to questions and my god hasn’t she answered them with an incredible 6-2 6-2 victory over Serena Williams in just 56 minutes. She set the theme and I said in my preview my head said Simona would win here and I’m soo pleased for her. It was the complete performance and will be something I will be directing over the coming days as it was bloody brilliant. The way she covered the whole court, returned serve and the passing winners were flawless. You … Continue reading Simona Halep – Wimbledon Champion 🏆
Not a good day for Spanish players at Wimbledon. Rafael Nadal and Roberto Bautista Agut have gone home where as Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have once more advanced to a Wimbledon final. Bautista Agut who of course missed his own stag do but his friends did travel from Ibiza to London for his match against Djokovic fell in the first match of the day in four sets. Djokovic got off to a good start, slipped up in the second but Bautista Agut even though in the third and fourth was under relentless pressure from the world number one he … Continue reading Federer & Djokovic through in four as the two Spaniards fall!