Before I even start, if you are a person who is going to just rip Maria Sharapova, this blog entry is not for you. Her career does include a suspension, and that must be acknowledged, but I am here to be fair. I haven’t blogged in a very long time, due to many personal crises. … Continue reading
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Naomi Osaka Wins 2018 BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells)
Oh. Yes. Heck. Yes. Naomi Osaka’s championship victory at the 2018 BNP Paribas open at Indian Wells was the most thrilling win to watch as a fan for me in a very long time. I often speak of my Mount Rushmore top four currently being Madison Keys, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep. But right … 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: 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
WTA Stars Step Out At 2017 Pre-Wimbledon Party
Before the action gets underway at Wimbledon 2017, some of the brightest stars of the WTA stepped out at the pre-tournament players party. I’ve missed American Sloane Stephens while she was out injured. It was just great to see her on the purple carpet. Ditto for Laura Robson. I hope they both work their way … Continue reading
Maria Sharapova Wins First Match In Return From Suspension at 2017 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix
I admit that the past couple of weeks I’ve still been stewing over that atrocious armchair officiating call-in that sank Lexi Thompson at the 2017 ANA Inspiration. But I can’t let the return from suspension of Maria Sharapova go by without posting. The 5-time Major winner and former world #1 shook off a slow start … Continue reading
Elena Vesnina Wins 2017 BNP Paribas Open
When Elena Vesnina made the singles semifinals of Wimbledon 2016, I thought it was a wonderful achievement. However, I didn’t think it was anything more than an isolated once in a career kind of Major run where everything fell together perfectly. Don’t misunderstand, I know Elena has a Hall of Fame type of resume…as a … Continue reading
Fairways and Forehands 2016 WTA and LPGA Top 12 Year In Review: #10 Svetlana Kuznetsova and So Yeon Ryu
For the fourth annual edition of my WTA and LPGA money list countdown I will focus on the dynamic dozen from each tour, the top 12 on the money lists. For the WTA, singles, doubles and mixed are combined for total earnings. Here are the #10 players for 2016: Svetlana Kuznetsova (WTA) and So Yeon … Continue reading
2016 WTA Finals Day Eight: Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina Win Doubles Title
The 2016 WTA Finals might have disappointed me in singles, but at least the doubles championship featured my favorite duo, Team Bucie, against another of the top pairs, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. So while I was pulling for Team Bucie, a 7-6 (5) 6-3 title victory by Kate and Elena is still cause to … Continue reading