Okay, do we need to have the Emma Raducanu conversation yet?

Withdrawn from the Nottingham tournament with another niggling injury earlier this month, doubtful for Wimbledon… the knives are well and truly out in force for the US Open champion. Are these high expectations and criticism justified, or should we err on the side of patience? Continue reading

Australian Open 2022: Djokovic in — Williams, Andreescu out as Slam draws closer

The sun sets as Serena Williams of the US hits a return against Romania's Simona Halep during their women's singles quarter-final match on day nine...

The first Grand Slam tournament of 2022 will be without more notable champions: 23-time Major winner Serena Williams isn’t fully recovered from her hamstring injury, while Bianca Andreescu has also opted out. Novak Djokovic, a nine-time winner in Melbourne, will participate despite refusing to declare his COVID-19 vaccination status in recent months. Continue reading

US Open 2021: Olympic champs Zverev, Bencic progress as Raducanu wins on Day 2

Germany's Alexander Zverev celebrates his victory over US player Sam Querrey during their 2021 US Open Tennis tournament men's singles first round...

Olympic champions Alexander Zverev and Belinda Bencic both got off to a winning start in straight-sets against Sam Querrey and Arantxa Rus respectively, while David Goffin (#27) and Karen Khachanov (#25) were among the seeds to fall within the men’s game. Elsewhere, there was a winning start for Emma Raducanu on her US Open main draw debut as Day 2 unfolded. Continue reading

Improving: Bianca Andreescu, Denis Shapovalov confident for different reasons

Denis Shapovalov of Canada warms up on a warm up court on Day One of the National Bank Open at Aviva Centre on August 09, 2021 in Toronto, Canada.

After struggling for consistency so far this year, 2019 US Open champion Bianca Andreescu (world no. 8) said she’s enjoying herself again under a new coach in Sven Groeneveld, who previously worked with Maria Sharapova. Meanwhile, Canadian compatriot Denis Shapovalov (#10) is excited and itching to continue his momentum after a successful grass court season.
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Tokyo Olympics: After seizing gold for Swiss, can Belinda Bencic build on this?

Gold medallist Switzerland's Belinda Bencic poses with her medal during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games women's singles tennis medal ceremony at the...

After earning a 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 win over 2019 Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova, Belinda Bencic is an Olympic gold medallist. Having also clinched silver in the doubles alongside Viktorija Golubic, the 24-year-old must believe this memorable moment is the first of many in a career that has already promised much but delivered infrequently in Grand Slam competition. Continue reading

Wimbledon 2021: Murray magic ends Day 3 on a dramatic high as many seeds fall

Britain's Andy Murray celebrates winning a game to go up 5-2 in the fifth set against Germany's Oscar Otte during their men's singles second round...

Andy Murray finished later than his four-set thriller with Nikoloz Basilashvili, but importantly clinched a five-set victory over German qualifier Oscar Otte after three hours 51 minutes to secure successive Grand Slam wins for the first time since he was last here, four years ago. 12 seeds fell across both the men and women’s singles matches today, as R1 is also officially over.  Continue reading

Australian Open 2021: Halep’s heroic fightback, gritty wins for Djokovic and Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios fans celebrates after Nick won his Men's Singles second round match against Ugo Humbert of France during day three of the 2021...

Day 3 was eventful: defending champion Novak Djokovic was pushed in a memorable first encounter against Frances Tiafoe, while world no. 2 Simona Halep and hometown favourite Nick Kyrgios produced gutsy comebacks to cap an action-packed night session after more seeded players fell, including Slam champions Bianca Andreescu (#8) and Petra Kvitova (#9). Continue reading

Australian Open 2021: Williams sisters, Osaka and Swiatek get off to winning start

Serena Williams of The United States of America plays a backhand in her Women's Singles first round match against Laura Siegemund of Germany during...

Serena and Venus Williams held their nerve after a few shaky moments, tournament favourite Naomi Osaka was ruthlessly decisive while French Open champion Iga Swiatek was solid en route to a comfortable first-round win. Elsewhere, a three-time Slam winner was knocked out in rather emphatic fashion and more besides as Day 1 of the 2021 Australian Open got underway. Continue reading