Stories about tennis

I am a female sports-journalist and I love it

Two years ago… Sub-editor at the Sports Desk; a quick stop over or even a detour because, truth be told, there was no future. To write or edit about ‘dribble dribble pass’ and a ‘50th-minute strike’ was just not journalism for me, at least as a woman. Or so I thought of the job at that point.  Six months down the line and then some more… Struggle. So much struggle. I felt like the desk was mocking me and I felt like I was mocking myself by trying to figure out how the world of sports functioned. From the day I had ...

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Roger Federer will win the US Open 2014

Around this time last year, Roger Federer had entered the US Open 2013 as an ailing old man (32 years) and had found it hard to battle against the young blood during the tournaments. Fast forward to 2014 and Roger has already bagged 49 wins, four more than the whole of 2013. With his back fully recovered, a wider racket and some insightful coaching tips from Stefan Edberg, Roger now reminds us of the glory days of 2006. Roger Federer of Switzerland (L) speaks with his coach Stefan Edberg during a practice session at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in ...

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The ATP World Tour: What to expect

After the French Open, the tennis giants move on to the grass courts. There are only five grass court events on the ATP World Tour calendar. The conversion from clay to grass is tough and the short time span between the French Open and Wimbledon makes it tougher. Players hardly get a couple of weeks in between these two grand slams. Before Wimbledon, the four tournaments that help players establish their feet on clay are the Gerry Weber Open, Aegon Championships London, Aegon Championships Eastbourne and the Topshelf Open. All the aforementioned tournaments are ATP 250 tournaments which are comparatively smaller to the ...

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French open: Halep vs Sharapova and Djokovic vs Nadal, excitement galore!

Nine days ago, in my French Open preview blog, I wrote that Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova will be the main contenders for this year’s French open. As predicted, the decision of this year’s ladies championship will be finalised, at court Philippe Chatrier, when Halep and Sharapova will battle it out for the 2014 French open crown with prize money of 1.65 million Euros and 2000 ranking points at stake. This year’s French Open saw elite players crumble and the rise of a whole new generation of tennis players. For the ladies final, both Sharapova and Halep have played some ...

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Tennis 101: French Open 2014

Under the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, the world’s best tennis players are battling it out for the second grand slam of the year. The 2014 tournament is the 113th edition which will be held at Stade, Roland Garros. Both men and women have been competing at the French open since 1897 with mixed double added in 1907. Last year, the ‘King of Clay’, Rafael Nadal defeated country man David Ferrer in straight sets to claim his eighth French Open title while Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova to claim the women’s title. This year’s French Open, however, ended up disappointing tennis fans when Serena ...

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Australian Open 2014: Birth of a new legend, Stanislas Wawrinka

In the realm of tennis, the Swiss class prevailed yet again. However, this time it was not the four-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer, who made the headlines. The new champion of the Australian Open 2014 is Stanislas Wawrinka, who earned his title on January 26, 2014 after defeating the unbending, unflinching and ruthless Rafael Nadal. Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates defeating Rafael Nadal of Spain in their men’s singles final match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 26, 2014. Photo: Reuters The match had a series of daunting backhands from both players, the services went on ...

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Australian Open 2014: More surprises?

When I wrote a preview for the Australian Open 2013, I foresaw a relatively comfortable passage for the top players of tennis into the latter stages of the tournament. Major upsets at Grand Slams had been few with the result that two of the Big Four were still left standing come the final. But recent events in Melbourne have shredded to pieces the perception of tennis becoming a predictable game. In the past fortnight, many a Goliath tumbled while many a David triumphed, to the surprise of all. It all started on the men’s side with the departure of the big-hitting Argentine – Juan Martin del ...

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The Australian Open men’s singles: With such big stars, who will walk away with the cup?

After the break following a fascinating 2013, tennis resumes in earnest next week in Melbourne at the first of the four Grand Slams. The Australian Open provides the perfect venue for the sport’s big stars to make their bids for glory and may well decide how the rest of the season pans out. Here’s my take on the prospects of the major contenders Down Under: 1. Rafael Nadal Reigning as the world’s No 1, Nadal made a remarkable comeback from a knee injury last year, winning the French and US Opens on his way to reclaiming the number one spot from Novak ...

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Is Roger Federer truly the ‘Greatest of All Time’?

It has been the year of comebacks so far; Justin Timberlake and our own prime minister would attest to that. There are fewer sights more exhilarating than a stirring rise of someone written off. Such a sight was found at Flushing Meadows in the last US Open final, as Rafael Nadal wrote another winning chapter in what is becoming a saga of the finest kind.  Nadal, while battling weak knees and a congenital foot condition, added another US Open crown to his collection, bringing his tally to 13 grand slams. He now stands just one behind Pete ‘Pistol’ Sampras and ...

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US Open 2013: Is this the end of Roger Federer?

The US Open that culminated in Rafael Nadal’s victory this past Monday was a landmark event in recent tennis history. Firstly, it provided the venue for the evident demise of the tennis god, Roger Federer, who ruled these courts for so long. And secondly, it provided a platform for Rafael Nadal, hitherto known usually as the King of Clay, to extend his mastery over hard courts in earnestness and lay his claim to the title of the Greatest of all Time (GOAT). For Federer fans (myself included), it has been a most painful experience watching the Swiss maestro lose his aura and much ...

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