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
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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: Still Team Maddie
I just wanted to squeeze in a quick little post about Madison Keys before the semi-finals conclude. Her match against Angelique Kerber obviously did not go the way she and her fans, like myself, would have liked. But I am very happy to see her reach the quarter-finals at the 2018 Australian Open with very … Continue reading
Australian Open 2018: Madison Keys Making A Move Down Under
Madison Keys might have been flying under the radar at the 2018 Australian Open, but after a dominant 6-3 6-2 victory over the 8th seed Caroline Garcia the entire women’s draw has been put on alert. The young American is coming. When Madison plays like this, she is capable of defeating anybody. As with many … 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: 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: Americans Falling Early Down Under
Wow. Just wow. It wasn’t merely that the American women are falling like flies early at the 2018 Australian Open. It’s that they’re falling so very early. The entire tournament was only a few hours old when three out of the four 2017 US Open Women’s singles semi-finalists were already gone. Venus Williams. Gone. Coco … Continue reading
Madison Keys, 2017 Bank of the West Champion
This is a few days late due to outside commitments, but I couldn’t let a title victory by my current favorite player in the world, Madison Keys, go unsung on my blog. The 22-year old American won her third WTA title, and first both on hard court and in the States, at the 2017 Stanford … Continue reading
Claire Liu Wins 2017 Wimbledon Girls’ Singles
Before I comment on this result, if you want to see this match and have the WatchESPN app, do a search for Liu inside the app. I don’t know how long they will keep the replay of the Girls final available, but one day later it’s there. I’m rewatching it as I post this. I … Continue reading