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Thoughts on Australia 2015

After two weeks of disrupted sleep patterns and lots of coffee I am now ready to table my thoughts on what was The Australian Open 2015.

The hardest loss to watch – Ana Ivanovic’s meltdown in the first round. Anyone who has ever played a competitive tennis match knows exactly how she felt during that match. May it never happen to another player ever again.

The weather – this year is a year that the weather had absolutely no effect on the tournament’s results. In previous years the heat of the Australian summer often took its toll on players. We got to witness athletes cramping and hallucinating in the heat, great television drama but so unfair to the players.
The new roof on the revamped Margaret Court Arena made a total of three stadiums capable of play during inclement weather. But the inclement weather only made a brief inconsequential appearance.

Breakout player – Without any question Madison Keys broke out from the pack this tournament. The last two games of her match with Serena showed what Madison is capable of and I hope all the players of the WTA took notice. As Madison gains more confidence in her abilities her ranking is going to skyrocket.

Fashion – I think tweets and blogs relating to the tennis fashions outnumbered the tweets and blogs about actual matches. Although Serena’s neon yellow dress won lots of accolades, the Adidas purple dress worn by Ana Ivanovic was by far my favourite look of the tournament. Maria’s Nike dress was also a hit in my books but Vika’s Nike neon yellow ensemble was a dud.
As for the men, I still can’t figure out why Under Armour spent all that money on a deal with Andy Murray only to dress him in boring all black plain t shirt and shorts. I just can’t see tennis players all over the world running to the stores for that look.
The Uniqlo outfit sported by Novak was conservative and boring both in colour and style.
Nike had players dressed the colour of the tennis ball and Uniqlo had its key player dressed the colour of the court!

Most disappointing- I really thought that one of the young guns was going to make a huge breakthrough at this tournament. Milos Raonic showed us his ground strokes have greatly improved but his volleys betrayed him in the end. Nick Krygios is on the brink and I am excited to see him play at other tour level events. I think Grigor Dimitrov is steadily improving and his time to win a major is not all that far away.

Best story – Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova winning the ladies doubles was the feel good story of the tournament for me. I love Bethanie’s game and she has fought so hard to come back from numerous injuries. I hope she savours this victory and goes on to many more tattoos and crazy outfits included.

Can’t wait for the rest of the Grand Slams!

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What is going on in Singapore?

In my last post I expressed my opinion that Genie Bouchard would advance out of the Red round robin group at the WTA Finals and that she probably would lose out in the semifinals to either Maria Sharapova or Petra Kvitova.   I also previously noted that the outcome of many matches could depend on the fitness and the injury status of the players involved.

In her first match Genie struggled against Simona Halep and her second match against Ana Ivanovic was similar in nature. Genie committed numerous unforced errors in both her matches and heavy strapping could be seen on her injured thigh.  Bouchard also has commented that she has had limited training time on the court due to her thigh injury and felt unprepared for this event.  Simona also withdrew from a recent tournament with a hip injury following  a number of poor showings that seemed to indicate a lack of confidence in her game. It seemed in their match that as long as Simona kept the ball in play Genie would make the error.  But i certainly was taken by surprise by the dominant win today by Simona over Serena Williams. Serena appeared fit in her win over Ana Invanovic on Monday showing no signs of the knee injury that caused her withdrawal from an earlier tournament.

As the Red group stands now, Simona is in the lead with 2 victories, Serena and Ana each have one win and one loss and Genie has two losses. So the match between Simona and Ana looks to be the deciding match as far as who will head to the semifinals from this group, while Genie could spoil Serena’s chance to advance.

The White group has also had surprising results. Petra Kvitova has been playing well following up her Wimbledon victory with a championship in Wuhan, China. In contrast Agnieszka Radwanska has struggled this season, winning only one title with a 46-19 record for the year.  But when the two met on Tuesday, it was Radwanska that used her all round game to defeat the powerful Kvitova.  The match between Caroline Wozniacki and Maria Sharapova was a classic struggle between the two players with Caroline coming out victorious. Going forward Petra will have to defeat Caroline and Maria to reclaim the title she won in 2011, also the year she won her first Wimbledon title.  Maria will have to defeat Petra and Aga to keep her hope of the title and possibly the number one ranking alive.

Predictions in sport are always fun, but if we knew what was going to happen, we would not have to play the game and thats the great part, the results are always a surprise.