Naomi Osaka v Petra Kvitova – A first Melbourne title and World No.1 ranking on the line

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On Saturday one of Naomi Osaka or Petra Kvitova will win the Australian Open. Neither player has been to the final here in Melbourne before and also the world number one ranking!

For both players it has been a different story getting here.

Naomi Osaka is in back to back major finals having of course won the US Open back in September and for Petra Kvitova this is her first major final for a few years but also her first since that horrific knife attack which almost ended her career.

There are a lot of variables in this one which could determine the outcome, all signs show the roof being open which could benefit Osaka more as it is still set to be quite hot.

The performances of Naomi Osaka over the course of the two weeks have been fantastic. She has been locked in and really impressive and her…

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The ladies who could be a danger at Wimbledon!

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Wimbledon, the biggest tennis tournament in the world where the best shine but who will be a danger in the draw?

Kiki Bertens

Kiki brings a strong and solid style to the baseline. At 6 foot the 26 year old has had her best year on the tour with her steely style of tennis from the baseline she is a dangerous player who doesn’t seem to let occasions bother her. I certainly think that Kiki could be one to watch her at Wimbledon as a seeded player she could cause some trouble.

Mihaela Buzarnescu

Mihaela is the story of the year without a doubt. At the age of 30 she is playing her best tennis, now ranked top 30 she is going from strength to strength. She plays strong from the baseline and has no fear playing opponents but also trusts her game and that speaks volumes. She did well…

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Simona Halep, Roland Garros Champion!

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Simona Halep is a Grand Slam champion.

The journey to this moment has been incredible. The heartbreak, disappointment and tears have always been toppled by her determination, fight and that mental strength which has grown inside her.

I’ve been watching Halep since 2013 and it feels so special when moments like these are achieved.

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Simona Halep found herself in a spot of bother yesterday afternoon. She was down a set and a break and we can only imagine what she was thinking at this point. She said after the match she thought it was going to happen again.

In sport when you are down the easiest thing to do is just take it but this ladies mental strength is on another level.

Part of growing up on the tour and becoming a champion is down to obviously your tennis coming to a higher level but you need that steel and…

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Roland Garros 2018 – The Draw

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The Roland Garros draw is out and my hasn’t it thrown up some interesting battles and stories as two weeks of world class tennis is set to begin in the French capital so let’s have a look at the talking points;

  • there is only one player in Rafael’s Nadal quarter of the draw ranked inside the top 10 in the world, Kevin Anderson!
  • Juan Martin Del Potro is in the bottom half of the first draw and is up against Nicholas Mahut in R1 with Britain’s Kyle Edmund in this quarter up against Alex De Minaur.
  • In the third quarter David Goffin could face a tricky opponent in Gael Monfils in R3. Nick Kyrgios is also in this quarter and faces fellow Australian Bernard Tomic in R1 who came through qualifying.
  • Djokovic and Dimitrov are in the same quarter with the former world number one potentially up against David Ferrer…

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Kvitova’s comeback has been incredible and it keeps on getting better!

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Comebacks don’t get better than this. Just over 12 months ago Petra Kvitova was stabbed at home in her left hand multiple times by an intruder. There were concerns whether she’d get back to her highest level but after her return to tennis around 9 months ago she hasn’t looked back and it’s been a comeback out of this world.

I can’t put into words what this lady has done over this season and last. This week saw her defeat Svitolina, Wozniacki and Muguruza on route to winning the title her second title in three weeks, her 13th win a row and a return to the WTA’s top 10 on Monday!

You can just see the relief, emotion and fight in her and it is a joy to watch and I said at the back end of last year it will only get better and my god it’s been bloody…

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Niculescu 4-6 6-4 6-3 Sharapova – How a strong performance quickly turned unnecessarily messy!

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When you say the name Monica Niculescu you know what you are going to get. That slice shot is one of the unique shots in the game and for the first set and a half Maria Sharapova played what I would describe as a fast, dominate and strong performance against the Romanian and then mid-way during the second set it turned into a mess.

The very loose game at 4-5 in set two took it to a third set decider where she looked rattled by Niculescu who seemed to get into her head.

Sharapova stopped producing pace and it became slow off the racket and Monica doesn’t need an invitation cause trouble. She can keep the ball low with spin off the sliced forehand and can quickly pull off a solid backhand as well.

Sharapova started to try and imitate and it wasn’t great viewing at all, here is just…

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Tennis is back – runners and riders for Australian Open

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It’s still a novelty to come into a Grand Slam without Andy Murray being one of the favourites, definitely so with Novak Djokovic seeded as low as 14, with Serena Williams still missing and the unrepentant Maria Sharapova remaining a dangerous floater. That being said, there is solace for the nostalgics amongst us to have Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer as the top seeds and Venus Williams to be amongst the favourites in Melbourne. Whatever, there is a lot to be both intrigued and excited by with the 2018 edition of the Australian Open starting in a couple of hours. Here are a few of the main protagonists to look out for.

IMG_6745 Dimitrov faring much better these days

Both Rafael Nadal and Grigor Dimitrovwill be very happy with life right now. The Spaniard, after enjoying his most successful season in many, yet recovering from injury, is rightly the top seed. His…

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