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 #1 players for 2018: Simona Halep (WTA) and Ariya Jutanugarn (LPGA). SIMONA … Continue reading
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Simona Halep, 2018 Roland Garros Champion
I will admit, I shed a tear this time. Well, maybe a tear or two. Simona Halep was due this. I understand that nobody in sports is owed anything. No matter how many close calls an athlete has, in the end it is in their hands whether they win or lose. You have to do … 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: 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: Too Early To Hope For Keys, Halep and Sharapova?
Okay, here’s the thing. Three of my four favorite players, Madison Keys, Maria Sharapova, and Simona Halep, have all won their first two matches at the 2018 Australian Open. Two matches is far short of the seven you need to win a major. Not only that, Keys and Halep have never won a major. So … 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
Jeļena Ostapenko Wins Roland Garros 2017
In 2016, Jeļena Ostapenko lost in the first round of every Major. What a difference a year makes. The 20 year old Latvian blasted 50-plus winners again to come back from a set and 0-3 down to defeat Simona Halep and win Roland Garros 2017, 4-6 6-4 6-3. Going into the match, Jeļena was winless … Continue reading
Simona Halep, Jeļena Ostapenko Reach Roland Garros 2017 Final
Pity those who have ignored the women’s draw at Roland Garros 2017 because of who wasn’t here. Look, I wish Maria Sharapova had been in the tournament. So I understand the disappointment in not seeing all the big names. But tennis doesn’t need Sharapova, Serena or Vika to produce high quality, dramatic sports theater. The … Continue reading
Simona Halep Into Roland Garros 2017 Semifinals With Epic Comeback
Simona Halep reached the semifinals of Roland Garros 2017 by overcoming a 3-6 1-5 deficit against Elina Svitolina. Halep also fought off a match point in the second set tiebreaker to win going away in the third, 3-6 7-6 (6) 6-0. It was a show of heart and grit that might be a turning point … Continue reading