A few weeks ago at the 2019 Brisbane International, Naomi Osaka played a semifinal match against Lesia Tsurenko that she lost in possibly one of the worst ways a player can lose. It wasn’t the 2 and 4 scoreline. That’s not that bad. What made that match stand out in a negative way was that … Continue reading
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2019 First Week WTA Winners Aryna Sabalenka and Karolina Pliskova Trending Towards Major Breakthroughs?
The WTA rang in the first week of the season with three champions; Julia Goerges in Auckland, Aryna Sabalenka in Shenzhen and Karolina Pliskova in Brisbane. All were fantastic in winning, although one has to feel for Lesia Tsurenko who was 3 points away from upsetting Pliskova before the former world #1 fought back to … Continue reading
Fairways and Forehands 2018 WTA and LPGA Top 10 Year In Review: #2 Caroline Wozniacki and Minjee Lee
For the 2018 edition of my WTA and LPGA money list countdown I will focus on the top 10 from each tour, as determined by the money lists. For the WTA, singles, doubles and mixed are combined for total earnings. Here are the #2 players for 2018: Caroline Wozniacki (WTA) and Minjee Lee (LPGA). CAROLINE … Continue reading
Michelle Wie Wins 2018 HSBC Women’s World Championship
Sometimes what seems like a mistake opens up an opportunity for something very special to occur. Tied at 16-under on the par-4 18th and final hole at the 2018 HSBC Women’s World Championship, Michelle Wie hit her second shot short of the green. The former US Women’s Open champion would need to get up and … Continue reading
Australian Open 2018: Sweet Caroline!
The women’s final at the 2018 Australian Open was going to be special regardless of the outcome. It was a battle between the top two ranked players in the world. But more than that, it was a battle between arguably the two best players currently on tour without a Major win in singles. While it … Continue reading
Australian Open 2018: SI-MO-NA! SI-MO-NA! SI-MO-NA!
Simona Halep is already on my current Mount Rushmore of favorite tennis players, but my respect for her has grown even more during the 2018 Australian Open. She has emerged victorious in arguably the two best matches of the tournament. Her 15-13 third set escape over Lauren Davis and her 9-7 third set classic over … Continue reading
Australian Open 2018: What Now For Maria Sharapova?
I wasn’t surprised with the ease of Angelique Kerber’s victory over Maria Sharapova at the 2018 Australian Open. I am a Masha fan. A big Masha fan, in fact. Among current players, she’s probably only behind Madison Keys and possibly Petra Kvitova for me. So I am not rooting against her at all. I know … Continue reading
Australian Open 2018: Simona Halep Survives Marathon Upset Bid; Madison Keys Quietly Advances
After Madison Keys won her third round match at the 2018 Australian Open I was going to make this post about how the young American was flying under the radar while others were spoken of as favorites for the women’s singles title. I suppose you could say that I just did that. Madison Keys has … Continue reading
Australian Open 2018: Women’s Singles Title Will Be Won By…Somebody?
I have no idea who’s going to win the women’s singles title at the Australian Open 2018. I suppose technically nobody really knows unless you somehow have a sports almanac from the future and you’re busy amassing your fortune. The defending champion, Serena Williams, isn’t quite ready to come back and compete. There were some … Continue reading
Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Julia Goerges Start 2018 WTA Season With Title Runs
World number one Simona Halep ensured that she would sit atop the WTA rankings for a little longer at least by opening her 2018 season with a singles title at the Shenzhen Open. But not only did she win her 16th WTA singles title, she also added her first WTA doubles title with country woman … Continue reading