Elina Svitolina Needs to Overcome Slam Block in 2019

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Before both the Australian and French Opens 2018, you’d have won 9/10 arguments with the view that 23-year-old Ukrainian Elina Svitolina held the best chance. Unfortunately, these are just two examples of Slam underachievement from this undisputed talent. Lack of Slam achievement contributed to the parting of ways with coach Thierry Ascione. Veteran American coach […] READ MORE


How Far Can Petra Kvitova Extend Her 14-Match Winning Streak?

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Petra Kvitova’s hard fought 1st round Indian Wells victory over Yulia Putinseva takes her winning stretch to 14. Her last loss came to Andrea Petkovic at the Australian Open 2018. Petra Kvitova is playing her best tennis from behind Noticeably, the last three victories, which include top ten conquests over Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza, […] READ MORE


Halep’s Mental Fortitude No Longer in Question

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It was a frustrating, mentally torturing spring/early summer 2017 when a French Open and several World #1 attempts slipped by for Simona Halep. The Romanian’s coach, Darren Cahill, had to take a break in March 2017 because he didn’t like Halep’s attitude. All that seems a lifetime ago now–Halep faces fellow almost-Slam winner Caroline Wozniacki in […] READ MORE


Marin Cilic Advances to First Australian Open Final

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Marin Cilic has advanced to his third Grand Slam final and first Australian Open final with his 6-2, 7-6(4), 6-2 win over Brit Kyle Edmund. This win now gives Cilic a chance to compete for his second Grand Slam title when he faces the winner of Hyeon Chung and Roger Federer. Edmund looked strong to start […] READ MORE


Women’s Semifinal #1: The Rookie vs the Veteran

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Semifinal #1  – Elise Mertens vs Caroline Wozniacki Elise Mertens Elise Mertens, a 22-year-old Belgian player, is probably the most surprising of the four semifinalists. Ranked #37 on the WTA tour when she entered the Australian Open, her ranking will rise into the Top 20 with this result. Mertens is the youngest and lowest-ranked of the […] READ MORE


Pliskova Czechs Strycova out of Aussie Open 2018

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Karolina Pliskova came out of this all-Czech Australian Open 4th-round match against Barbora Strycova battle-scarred and relieved. So Near, but yet so Far for Barbora Strycova Déjà vu can be a sickening feel sometimes. At this stage last year, Barbora Strycova had eventual champion Serena Williams reeling. The American turned around her tournament as well […] READ MORE


Panelist Predictions Australian Open Women’s Day 9 Matches: Caroline Wozniacki vs Carla Suarez Navarro and Elina Svitolina vs Elise Mertens

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We’re getting to the closing rounds of this year’s Australian Open. The quarterfinal stage starts now, with just two women’s matches on Day 9. They should be great matches, though, as Caroline Wozniacki faces off against Carla Suarez Navarro and Elise Mertens will try to knock off Elina Svitolina. Predicting these matches are Sam Barker, […] READ MORE


Coco Could be Queen of Melbourne

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Coco Vandeweghe, the US Fed Cup heroine, will be focused this season upon improving her consistent but no cigar Slam record. Vandeweghe loosens up in Hopman Cup The Hopman Cup was a good starting point last year. Vandeweghe made the final, using the momentum to make the Australian Open semifinals. Venus Williams was too good […] READ MORE



Australian Open Roundtable Predictions

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Ahead of the first Grand Slam of the season, five Last Word on Tennis writers – Brett Margolies, James Cunningham, Sam Barker, Steen Kirby and Stefano Berlincioni sat down to make their Australian Open predictions. Men’s Champion Brett: Roger Federer Roger Federer well rested usually ends up a success. With so many questions regarding other […] READ MORE