As we enter the final stages of another thrilling tournament all the ingredients are still there for a blockbuster finish. As is customary for the year’s first slam, we have new names emerging. We also have some of the game’s elite returning to the big stage after some lengthy spots in the wilderness. We start […]Read More Australian Open 2020: 4th round reflections and QF predictions
A truly blockbuster fifth and sixth day in Melbourne seemed to deliver a whole weeks worth of drama as if the tournament was bottling it all up until now. For the sake of the tournament and testament to the current strength in depth on both tours, you feel that the next week’s matches will deliver […]Read More Australian Open 2020 Halfway point: Third round craziness and Caro bids farewell, mouthwatering fourth rounds ahead
No huge shocks on Day 4 Down Under but some unexpected results on paper and plenty of hugely entertaining fixtures I’ve been lucky enough to catch. We start with the men and the real challengers remain in contention. Nadal, Zverev and Medvedev all won comfortably in 3. Thiem (def Bolt), Wawrinka (def Seppi), Kyrgios (def […]Read More Australian Open 2020 Day 4: Classic encounters continue amid few surprises. Plus Day 5 picks
The tournament is picking up pace now with some standout stars and epic matches emerging. We have lost some big names as others remain steady to provide some mouthwatering match-ups in the next few days. We start with the men this time and while Djokovic and Federer looked sublime in their rapid victories, there were […]Read More Australian Open 2020 Day 3: Stars emerging as seeds slide. Plus Day 4 picks.
A similar day to yesterday in terms of these overall picture. We have our expected frontrunners doing just that and a few eyebrow-raisers peppering the scoresheets. The big stories again came from the women’s side, as Maria Sharapova -given a wildcard here and languishing in the 300’s on tour- beaten soundly by 19th seed Vekic. […]Read More Australian Open 2020 Day 2: Maria’s last goodbye? Plus Day 3 picks
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)