The much needed rain Down Under disrupted a few matches but overall things went smoothly on the opening day of this decade’s opening slam. The big names too remained largely untroubled. Defending champion Naomi Osaka looked good in her first round victory and there were easy wins for Serena, Kvitova and the soon-to-be-departing Wozniacki. World […]Read More Australian Open 2020 Day 1: Gauff downs Venus again. Plus Day 2 picks.
With all that is going on in Australia at this time, tennis and indeed sport in general seems wholly trivial. Tennis Australia is doing a lot to support the bushfire crisis, but it will be telling to see how the tournament unfolds amidst still ongoing conversations surrounding player and audience safety. What of the tournament […]Read More Australian Open 2020: Winner predictions and the best Day 1 matches
A longtime fan favourite and a player who I always enjoyed watching either in person or on TV. Cypriot Baghdatis was an unpredictable player both in shotmaking and emotion. He would joke and play the jester at times, at others he would decimate the world’s very best. Most will rightly remember him best for his […]Read More TRIBUTE: Mercurial Marcos Baghdatis
Concerning reports coming from Down Under today as highlighted by the BBC article on the first rounds of qualifying being majorly affected by the bushfire smoke engulfing Melbourne. Dalila Jakupovic, who retired a set up from her Q1 match due to the conditions described how it was difficult to breathe and naturally very alarming. Other […]Read More NEWS: Australian Open air quality a massive unforced error
Another January post spouting the usual words of a renewed focus with this blog. Well, hopefully I can merely nail some sort of achievable schedule. Somewhere in between the daily posts of the first half of 2018 to the all-too-brief and lacking in heart content of late last year. What does this new year, indeed […]Read More Guess who’s back (back yet again)
With those large steely eyes and an equally great resolve underneath a slight frame, Anastasia Myskina lit up the WTA tour all too briefly from 2000 to 2007. In that time the Moscow-born baseliner became the first Russian player to reach number two in the world and with her sole major title at Roland Garros […]Read More Tribute: Anastasia Myskina
A clunky post title, but then I haven’t had much sleep after last night’s drama almost saw a double changing of the guard in New York. Bianca Andreescu def Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 First Saturday evening and for Serena, not a chance for redemption per se (her actions here 12 months ago remain unforgivable) but […]Read More US Open 2019: Finals review sees new ground broken and a grind towards history