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Following the WTA since the start of the 2012 season, mixing music for the last twenty-five years,

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


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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New ladies champion in Melbourne?

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On Monday it begins. 128 ladies will begin the fight for the first major of the year. Only 2 of the 128 have lifted this title before them being Angelique Kerber back in 2016 and Maria Sharapova 10 years in 2008 so are we due a new champion? I believe so, but who?

Caroline Wozniacki

As the world number one back in 2011 Caroline did make it to the semi-final in Melbourne before being defeated by Li Na who then lost to Kim Clijsters in the final. Since her semi-final appearance in 2011 she has only made the second week once in the last 6 years and that was in 2012.

Statistically it is her second best major but she hasn’t had much success here in recent times and with a surprise defeat to Georges in Auckland you never know what might happen. The draw has been favourable for Caroline…

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Vika’s return to tennis still on hold!

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Former world number and Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka has had to put her comeback on hold. After withdrawing from Auckland she has announced her withdrawal from the Australian Open with her last appearance on court being almost 6 months ago.

The Belarussian is currently in a custody battle with the father of her son Leo and she has been told that Leo cannot leave California whilst this is being sorted out which means Vika cannot leave California to travel to do her job and play the sport she loves.

It is a sad situation and I do feel for Vika and her family at this tough time having to put her career on hold whilst this is sorted out doesn’t seem fair. She worked so hard since giving birth to get back on tour level fitness so it is a shame for her, her family and the sport who…

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Serena withdraws from Australian Open with Indian Wells the likely starting block

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After her match against Jelena Ostapenko in Abu Dhabi Serena Williams did say her and her team would discuss chances of going to Australia and competing and despite playing a good match the defending Australian Open champion has decided to skip the tournament as she doesn’t feel ready to be competing at that level yet.

Looking at Serena’s schedule from years gone by she usually does take a break after Melbourne and we could next see her at Indian Wells in March however the key for Serena as well will be getting some match practice in so a trip to Qatar or Dubai next month could be on the cards but maybe not as she did decline a wildcard into Sydney next week so match practice might be at the top of her agenda but when she does need match practice the offering of wildcards will not be lacking.


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Svitolina puts her name in Melbourne contenders but first she has a job to finish in Brisbane

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Elina Svitolina had her best year on the tour last year and has carried on her determined fight to 2018 making her first final in Brisbane with wins against Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova in the last couple of rounds to secure another final.

Elina’s game is all set to become a major winner. Over the past year we have seen the improvement with her ground strokes and her movement. What I think does let her down at times is concentration and a lack of momentum beginning matches which we saw against Konta in the previous round and that concentration slipped against Pliskova in the semi-final despite some exceptional dominance to get to a 7-5 5-2 position but did get pulled back to 5-5 before sealing the win in straight sets.

There is work to do still in Brisbane as she comes up against a tough opponent who has become…

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