Like Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova has never appeared at ease in the spotlight her talent has garnered. She is no Andrea Petkovic, Genie Bouchard or even Sloan Stephens with enviable public personas to which brands and fans alike gravitate. However, her winning … Continue reading The Grass is Always Greener For Petra Kvitova, The Grass Princess!
Much has been said about Roger Federer’s schedule. The star skipped the French Open to not only rest his body, but give himself the best opportunity to secure his ninth Halle and eight Wimbledon titles. At thirty-five he is playing for his legacy.
Alexander Zverev stands in his way. The twenty-year old is a dangerous opponent who has already won titles on hard-court (Open Sud de France), clay (MW Open by FWU) and grass (Internazionali BNL d’Italia) this season. He beat the elegant one in the Halle semi-final last year after losing to him in Rome.
Federer comes into the final tested: Y. Sugita>M. Zverev>F. Mayer>K. Khachanov. However, none of those matches pushed him as much as Zverev will. The youngster has the ability to stop Federer’s momentum. Zverev may make the often called maestro rethink his Wimbledon strategy and campaign. It would be surprising if this match did not go three sets or at the very least two very tough sets with tie-breakers, if both are healthy. So who do think will take the Gerry Weber Open title?
Garbine Muguruza had a lot to lose in this match. She had a 1-3 head-to-head against Coco Vandeweghe, and more importantly she lost to French Kristina Mladenovic in the Round of 16, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, dropping out of the top ten and unable to defend … Continue reading With the Monkey off Her back, Garbine Muguruza May Just be Ready to Resume Her Form and Rise
After a slam, there is a serious refractory period much like a turkey slumber on Thanksgiving or the morning after a bachelorette party. Post French Open I am sluggish and a bit pensive about committing to a tournament even if it is the grass season. … Continue reading First Meeting: Osaka and Safarova at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham
What Impact Will Jelena Ostapenko’s French Open Win Have on Gender Politics in Tennis? It is often difficult to reconcile our love for a television show, book, movie or sport with our world view. This is often the case with tennis. It proudly sits upon … Continue reading Calling All Feminists, Allies and Tennis Lovers
In her twentieth grand slam appearance the legend has a draw from the gods. A draw that may just secure her first Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. A draw without Azarenka, Sharapova or sister Serena. A draw that has already been whittled of the less than one … Continue reading First Meeting: Venus Williams and Elise Mertens