Wimbledon 🎾 Day 1 – Dimitrov πŸ‘ŽπŸ» Federer & Serena 🐐 Donna πŸ˜† Borna 😭 Svitolina πŸ€”

Day 1 of Wimbledon has come to a close. A day which delivered so many talking points to get through!

Dimitrov crashing out

They say that a moment changes the course of a match and early on when Wawrinka led 40-0 on serve and was broken and then lost the set 6-1 the three time former champion came back to win in four sets, a really disappointing finish for Dimitrov who surely has to now look at what happens next?

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A good day at the office for the GOATS. Federer and Serena we’re both in action this afternoon and walked away with wins.

Federer played Lajovic and it wasn’t straight forward dropping 8 games in three sets where as Serena had to fight hard against Rus winning 7-5 6-3 despite the Dutchwoman leading 3-1 in the second set.

Donna’s delight

I said in my preview piece Donna Vekic will be one to watch… and she wasted no time at all as she saw off Sloane Stephens 6-1 6-3 with a stunning performance which she deserves a lot of credit for! Well done Donna!

Coco out, Venus through!

Coco Vandeweghe who has big points to defend is out in round one against Siniakova who has improved so much on the tour this year being a threat in singles and doubles.

One lady who has been at Wimbledon longer than most is Venus Williams who from a set down has secured her place into round two.

Welcome Woz!

Following her win in Eastbourne the Dane has started off her Wimbledon campaign in great fashion with a no nonsense 6-0 6-3 win on Centre Court against Varvara Lepchenko of the USA.

Goodbye Borna! 😭

Following what he has done on the tour this year Borna will be the most disappointed player from day 1 to go out in straight sets against the impressive Medvedev. After what he did in Halle beating Federer he will be annoyed about today but credit to Daniil!

Aga in!

It’s so good to see Radwanska back playing. She looked good in Eastbourne and looked strong today in round one on court 1 at Wimbledon as she edged her way to an important win at SW19.

Svitolina stunned!

I met and watched Elina Svitolina in Birmingham and she was lovely but her tennis against Buzarnescu led me to many questions about her performance and I felt a lot of overthinking was going on in points and it really fell apart quickly. Same happened tonight, so what next? Stay tuned!

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Who will win Wimbledon? πŸ€”

Wimbledon begins on Monday, 256 players will begin their tournaments over the next few days but only half will survive but who is a contender for the title?

Roger Federer

The man looking for his ninth title. The eight time former champion did his usual hiatus of the clay court season and returned to grass at the beginning of the month in Stuttgart where he won his first title, a tenth Halle title did not materialise after a tough defeat to Borna Coric in the final in what was an unconvincing week from his standards.

Favourite? Maybe but it’s not looking as straight forward as people reckon…

Serena Williams

The queen is on site! This is Serena’s 20th appearance at Wimbledon and the story from the beginning to now is remarkable. She is hungry, ready and determined as ever as she aims for 8th singles title. We should just celebrate the chances we have to watch this wonderful lady!

Garbine Muguruza

In her pre-match press conference Muguruza said that she is ready to win Wimbledon again. I watched Garbine Muguruza in Birmingham a couple of days and I wasn’t really impressed by the performance but in press afterwards she didn’t seem to bothered. I have said before she is the type of player to turn up in bad form and do well!

Rafael Nadal

Rafa said in his pre-tournament press conference that he is ‘feeling good’ however that transition from a full clay court season to competing at Wimbledon is one he just cannot get going. Having withdrawn from Queens Club for the second year running so I don’t fancy his chances of causing too many issues as Wimbledon progresses.

Milos Raonic

Slipped under the radar slightly this year, the Canadian has had many injury problems which is a theme throughout his career. He did well in his comeback in Stuttgart making the final but pulled out of Queens last minute with a shoulder injury despite saying in press hours before he was fine. On grass he is a danger but in a best of 5 right now?

Caroline Wozniacki

Caro’s fight is something unmatched the tour. If she can stay in matches she is a danger! I loved watching Caro at Eastbourne last week her performances were what we know she can produce and is why she is one of the best on the tour! The performance against Kerber in particular was off the charts the defence was out of this world and I genuinely think that she is a contender here

Simona Halep

Simona Halep in her conference says no pressure now and new goals (which is the 2020 Olympics). Halep was due to play in Eastbourne but this Achilles injury which we know has been around for some time including in Australia resurfaced during Roland Garros. The mental strength of this lady at Roland Garros was simply stunning to watch, the way she dealt with the incredibly intense fortnight was bloody brilliant!

Juan Martin Del Potro

I honestly think that Del Po behind Federer is the favourite here. We may go on and on but the comeback has been quite incredible and he has created soo many stories on the tour and to win another major would epitomise his fight and character. Beating this one will a challenge!

Alex Zverev

I don’t see it happening… he is having his best season at the majors and is one win from his highest number of wins in a season at all 4 combined but despite his run at Roland Garros which was highly spoken about but outside of Masters events he hasn’t done it and I don’t see it happening here.

Novak Djokovic

Remember when everyone over-reacted following Novak’s loss at Roland Garros and I said it was a blip? His run at Queens Club showed he is here to win and he will be there deep in the second week if he can stay fit I see no reason why he couldn’t win it.

Petra Kvitova

Birmingham champion, pulled out of Eastbourne with a hamstring injury, precaution? For me Petra is the favourite here. She has done it twice before and her form this year has been exceptional. I watched her at Birmingham and she was a delight to watch!

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Madison Keys

I think Madison is nearly there, she will be super dangerous on the grass but sadly injury has cut her preparation for Wimbledon withdrawing from Birmingham last minute. With Lindsay Davenport in her corner she has the experience there and with some big runs in majors recently she will cause trouble!

Maria Sharapova

Maria didn’t play a warm-up tournament. It was quite a funny one but poor on her part to agree a two year deal with Birmingham and fail to show up in both years and her picture was all over the back of the East Stand.. little awkward! She has looked better and her tennis has been a bit more competitive so who knows…

 

2 weeks of incredible tennis, stories and moments await but only two will walk away victorious.

 

Roland Garros Day 9 – Injuries, Marathons and Normal Service!

The draw is getting smaller. The quarter final line-ups are set. A day which was tipped to be a big one didn’t really deliver but what did happen on the second Monday?

Serena withdrew!

The news did slowly start to break and in hindsight I am slightly surprised no one picked up on anything before then following her performance and walk-off after the final set of her doubles match with Venus the night before. The big hope now is Serena is fit for Wimbledon!

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Serena Williams withdraws from Roland Garros

Kevin choked!

Kevin Anderson took about an hour as he found himself 6-1 6-2 up against Diego Schwartzmann and it looked like it would be plain sailing for the South African however Diego had different ideas and turned it around from two sets down to set up a quarter final with Rafael Nadal!

Kasatkina through!

Daria Kasatkina came back yesterday and took around 20 minutes to see of Caroline Wozniacki to advance to her first Grand Slam quarter final and with her section of the draw she has a good chance to reach the final here!

Daria Kasatkina 7-6 6-3 Caroline Wozniacki – Russian shows patience and aggression as she defeats the Dane

Rafa,Marin and Del Potro win!

Rafael Nadal had a meeting against Maximilian Marterer in R4. The German had made the headlines with his run here and he gave his all throughout the three sets against Nadal!

Marin Cilic on the other hand had to go the long way around. He led Fabio Fognini by two sets and the Italian looked injured but Cilic did come through in 5.

Juan Martin Del Potro is also through to the quarter finals after a pretty comprehensive 6-4 6-4 6-4 win against John Isner.

Cruising Halep!

Simona Halep is looking better and better as the tournament progresses. The world number one wasted no time at all as she cruised into the quarter finals with just three games dropped against a difficult opponent in Elise Mertens.

Simona Halep 6-2 6-1 Elise Mertens – Ruthless Halep cruises in less than an hour!

 

Daria Kasatkina 7-6 6-3 Caroline Wozniacki – Russian shows patience and aggression as she defeats the Dane!

It all began last night however at 7-6 1-1 both ladies temporaily put their rackets down due to little light at around 21:20 last night but were told by supervisors to play on.

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10 minutes later when they got to 3-3 in the second set the supervisors decided that would be that they would call it a day and return in the morning.

Once Simona Halep got her job done against Elise Mertens it was time for the return of Wozniacki and Kasatkina.

When play was halted last night I had that feeling that if it were to finish then Kasatkina would go onto win and the break would help Wozniacki however when both women returned to the court it was the Russian who came out calm and composed with an arrogant stance at the back of the court with extended rallies on return to court in the afternoon with Daria giving nothing away.

I have always found Daria and interesting watch. She is good at finding angles with the forehand and with the backhand but at times can be quite erratic with how she hits both shots.

The performance from when the match restarted was so good. It is easy at moments like these to go off a little and take time to find your feet but Daria came onto court and played with the attitude of if your going to beat me you have to break me down and the Dane couldn’t as she was broken as Kasatkina won 3 games in a row to make the quarter finals.

Roland Garros Day 5 & 6 – Svitolina & Dimitrov out! Super Spaniards, Zverev survives (again), Wozniacki quietly progresses.

I do apologise for no writes over the last 24 hours, unfortunately I did have an accident with my eye but thankfully am completely ok!

So back to the tennis! The last 48 hours have produced some stunning matches and upsets as the second week of the second slam edges closer.

Elina Svitolina out!

I fully expect Eli Svitolina to head back home to London now and prepare on the grass courts as she is set to join the field in Eastbourne in a few weeks time. The disappointment is massive for her, after what she did in Rome she never got out of the blocks.

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Credit as well to Buzarnescu who had a plan and stuck to it and maybe there is where Eli can look to improve is figuring out different ways especially of slowing down the play with a slice as the Romanian had fun hitting the ball with power and depth down the middle of the court and jumped on the opportunities that she was presented!

Super Spaniards

So far so good. Nadal has won Roland Garros 10 times, Garbine Muguruza has the won but both have looked so good this week especially Garbine who had questions over her performances coming into this tournament.

Rafa has been cruising and Garbine has been taking the initiative in matches as she moved well, played with confidence and used those ground strokes to great effect!

Wozniacki quietly goes about it!

Caroline Wozniacki is quietly going about her business at Roland Garros. It’s not often you don’t expect the world number two to be considered a favourite but her form on clay always has left us wanting more.

So far it has been so good for the Dane who has cruised through her matches and with seeds dropping out around her just watch this space!

Dimitrov disappoints.

Very surprising defeat for Dimitrov. I expected Verdasco to provide a challenge and his tennis was flawless but he was heavily helped by the a passive performance from the Bulgarian which is something I will be writing a piece about shortly.

Sascha survives (again!)

I suppose the question is how long can Sascha Zverev survive for? I don’t think it will be for much longer. It looks likely that he will play against Lucas Pouille in R4 who finishes his match on Saturday and if he gets through that then either Thiem or Dimitrov!

His tennis has looked tight all week, the sign of a player playing with pressure which you don’t want. I don’t think his slam break through is coming here.

Roland Garros Day 4 – Caro, Elina and Petra cruise! Djokovic fights, Halep fights back and Goffin impresses again!

Day by day the field gets smaller and Day 4 ended with matches still to be completed with Dominic Thiem, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Lucas Pouille and Cameron Norrie returning to court around 1pm local time.

Cruising Trio!

Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Wozniacki were all in a rush today as they cruised to the next round. Caroline was the quickest on court taking 51 minutes to secure her 6-0 6-1 victory against Garcia-Lopez. Kvitova also dished out a bagel as she saw off Lara Arruabarrena 6-0 6-4. Svitolina only dropped 5 games the most out of the trio as she saw off Kuzmova 6-3 6-4.

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Survival (only just)

The day saw Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov and Alex Zverev having to go for five sets on route to victory something all three wouldn’t have wanted to happen so early in the draw. Read more about their days below;

Going five? All three survive!

Halep fights back!

Simona Halep will be relieved to get R1 out of the way. It is odd that some are preparing for R3 whilst some haven’t finished R1 but so is the bizarre scheduling at Roland Garros.

I said in my preview Alison Riske will provide a challenge and when she took the first set off Halep 6-2 you started to worry but I said we need to see that fight and we saw it in round one but bigger hurdles will follow!

Goffin impresses again!

David Goffin is looking good so far this tournament. Out of all the men in action today he put on the most convincing performance. I didn’t really have David down as a contender coming into Roland Garros as his form had been a bit wobbly after that eye injury but his performance will be sending out signals to the rest of the field.

Djokovic fights hard!

Novak Djokovic played well. He was flawless but please don’t expect that from him right now. He’s an athlete who is improving week on week after injury. Some are expecting him to pull up trees here but I think it’s just great to have him back. Read more on his performance below

Novak Djokovic 7-6 6-4 6-4 Jaume Munar – All smiles after a tough test from the young Spaniard

There were also wins…

There were also wins for; Osaka, Monfils, Carreno-Busta, Keys, Stephens and Agut!

Roland Garros Day 2 – Czech stars survive, Azarenka out, Thiem cruises, Stan stumbles and Ferrer throws away!

Kvitova & Pliskova survive

The highest ranked Czech players on the women’s side of the draw had a big battle on their hands today.

Petra Kvitova who I wrote about survived a scare against last years surprise star Cepede Royg who put a good performance.

Kvitova 3-6 6-1 7-5 Cepede Royg

Karolina Pliskova who has also been in very good form on the clay court season saw off compatriot Krejcikova in a close 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to progress to the second round at Roland Garros.

Djokovic wins but unconvincingly.

Novak Djokovic who had a very good week in Rome where he played his best tennis of the year without doubt came up against Dutra Silva in round one at Roland Garros and came through 6-3 6-4 6-4 but looked unconvincing.

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If I were to compare the performance with any from Rome then it doesn’t come close, he looked flat and really frustrated failing to find much rhythm to dominate which he will need if he will challenge.

Stan stumbles

Concerns have risen over Stan Wawrinka again. I was surprised he went to Geneva as I don’t think then and now he is match ready.

He received treatment early on in the match for his left knee which was bothering him but did remain competitive however he couldn’t get over the line with Garcia-Lopez winning in 5 sets.

Azarenka out!

The clay court season has not gone to plan for Azarenka. The former world number one has ended with a 7-5 7-5 defeat to a very impressive Siniakova who didn’t mess around and was solid throughout.

It will be interesting to see what Vika’s plan is over the grass I fully expect her to head off to Mallorca for the beginning of the grass court season where she will be more effective!

Brit double!

It was a good day for the Brits as Cameron Norrie got a win against Gojowczyk 6-1 2-0 with the German bothered by an injury since the beginning of the match.

Heather Watson was also in action against Dodin from France and wasted no time in her quest to find some form at Roland Garros going into a busy grass court season to her with a 6-3 6-0 win.

Thiem cruises!

Dominic Thiem put on a performance which shows why he is a contender. The Austrian who won his 200th match the other day and his 10th title has answered his first question 6-2 6-4 6-1 win against Ivashka.

Ferrer falls apart!

It looked like Ferrer would set up a match with Djokovic in round two and up two sets to love against fellow Spaniard Munar but lost 6-3 6-3 6-7 6-7 5-7 against a commited and determined opponent!

Other wins!

The day also saw wins for Schwartzmann, Tsitsipas, Wozniacki, Coric, Agut, Bencic and Osaka amongst others!