AUS OPEN 2023: Murray saves match point against Berrettini, Zverev and Jabeur survive on Day 2

Andy Murray of Great Britain celebrates winning a point in their round one singles match against Matteo Berrettini of Italy during day two of the...

Andy Murray ended a near five-year long wait to down a top-20 player in a Major, saving a match point en route to outlasting last year’s semifinalist Matteo Berrettini. Elsewhere, Alexander Zverev and Ons Jabeur both survived some uncomfortable situations while volatile weather – from extreme heat to heavy rain – limited play elsewhere during a disrupted Day 2. Continue reading

AUS OPEN 2023: Nadal, Swiatek and more in round-up, draw analysis as year’s first Major starts Monday

Rafael Nadal of Spain plays a backhand shot during a practice session ahead of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 13, 2023 in...

2023 brings a new year packed with resolutions, time-specific targets and compelling storylines too. With the year’s first Major tournament set to begin on Monday in Melbourne, here’s a news round-up before the big occasion finally gets underway – from player withdrawals, injury scares, progress reports from recent tournaments and my draw analysis for both tours.
Continue reading

Australian Open 2023: After an incredible year, Barty’s backing for Tomljanovic speaks volumes

Australia's Ashleigh Barty embraces Australia's Ajla Tomljanovic after winning their women's quarter-final tennis match on the eighth day of the 2021...

Earlier this week, quotes emerged from the Australian Associated Press – former world no. 1 and three-time Major champion Ashleigh Barty singing the praises of Ajla Tomljanovic, whose steady rise has seen her on the cusp of being seeded for next month’s home Grand Slam. Given the 29-year-old’s previous form and injury struggles, that public vote of confidence when asked whether she can embark on a deep run speaks volumes for Ajla’s progression. Why not? Continue reading

Simon stuns Fritz to extend his retirement party; Sakkari into semi-finals with Sabalenka win

Gilles Simon during his match against Taylor Fritz on the center court in Rolex Paris Masters tennis tournament 2022 day three.

After battling from a perilous position against Andy Murray on Monday, the retiring Gilles Simon extended his retirement party with a rousing three-set win over Tokyo champion Taylor Fritz, hours before Maria Sakkari became the first woman to secure a WTA Finals’ knockout stage berth after a 6-2, 6-4 win over Aryna Sabalenka – though the scoreline doesn’t tell the full story.
Continue reading

Djokovic downs Cressy at Paris Masters; Sabalenka recovers to stifle Jabeur in WTA Finals

Novak DJOKOVIC of Serbia during the day 2 of the ATP Masters 1000 Rolex Paris Masters at AccorHotels Arena on November 1, 2022 in Paris, France.

Novak Djokovic began the defence of his Paris Masters title with a hard-fought round two victory against a stubborn Paris-born American in big-serving Maxime Cressy, 11 hours after Aryna Sabalenka recovered from the brink and battled stomach pains to beat two-time Major finalist Ons Jabeur in a three set rollercoaster on Day 1 at this year’s WTA Finals. Continue reading

US Open – Day 13: Swiatek secures third Major title, more history with straight-sets win over Jabeur

Iga Swiatek of Poland celebrates with the championship trophy after defeating Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during their Women’s Singles Final match on Day...

A blistering start, ominous middle and shaky finish. World no. 1 Iga Swiatek held firm under pressure as the crowd intensified and Ons Jabeur’s level increased late on during a hard-fought 6-2, 7-6 (7-5) US Open final victory over the Wimbledon runner-up – the 21-year-old’s third Major title and second this season, while not at her best. What does that say for the chasing pack?
Continue reading

US Open – Day 11: Jabeur-Swiatek in Saturday’s final, after Garcia crushed and Sabalenka crumbles

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia celebrates her victory over Caroline Garcia of France in the semi-finals of the women's singles at the US Open at the USTA...

Saturday will see the world’s top two female players going head-to-head with a maiden US Open title in store for the victor, after Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur and reigning French Open champion Iga Swiatek recorded contrasting semi-final wins against an in-form Caroline Garcia and the unpredictable hard-hitting Aryna Sabalenka respectively on Thursday evening. Continue reading

Day 9 – US Open 2022: Ruud-Khachanov, Jabeur-Garcia semi-finals set after big QF wins for quartet

Russia's Karen Khachanov celebrates after defeating Australia's Nick Kyrgios in the 2022 US Open Tennis tournament men's singles quarter-finals at...

At least four maiden US Open semi-finalists will feature at Flushing Meadows later this week with new champions to be crowned in both draws, after Casper Ruud raced past an out-of-sorts Matteo Berrettini, Ons Jabeur ended Ajla Tomljanovic’s spirited run, Caroline Garcia’s aggressiveness saw her outgun Coco Gauff and Karen Khachanov withstood a spirited Nick Kyrgios fightback to edge past him in a deciding set beyond midnight New York time overnight.
Continue reading

Raducanu shows her mettle, Badosa and Jabeur win on their post-Wimbledon return

Ons Jabeur of Tunisia returns a shot against Madison Keys during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, part of the Hologic WTA Tour, at Spartan Tennis...

Emma Raducanu showed great resiliency to prevail after two tight sets against Camila Osorio, advancing into the Washington quarter-finals where she’ll play again tonight, while there were memorable returns to action for Wimbledon runner-up Ons Jabeur and world no. 4 Paula Badosa in San Jose yesterday – the latter faces Naomi Osaka’s conqueror Coco Gauff next. Continue reading

Rybakina reigns supreme vs. Jabeur: Where was Ladies’ Wimbledon final won and lost?

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan celebrates with the trophy after victory against Ons Jabeur of Tunisia during the Ladies' Singles Final match on day...

Despite a sluggish, unflattering start which saw the Kazakh spray a whopping 17 unforced errors and skew makeable shots wide, Elena Rybakina rallied from a set down to earn her first Major title and banish Ons Jabeur’s chances of making more history after a whirlwind fortnight run to the finale for both was concluded last weekend. But how was this final won and lost? Continue reading

Wimbledon 2022 – Day 9: Djokovic-Norrie, Maria-Jabeur semis set after four deciding set wins

Cameron Norrie of Great Britain celebrates after winning match point against David Goffin of Belgium during their Men's Singles Quarter Final match...

British no. 1 Cameron Norrie twice recovered from a set down to oust Belgium’s David Goffin, setting up a semi-final showdown with defending champ Novak Djokovic. The tournament’s top seed was in deep trouble against an inspired Jannik Sinner, but rallied from two sets down to keep his title defence alive. Afterwards, an emotional semi-final between close friends Tatjana Maria and Ons Jabeur was set after both came through contrasting three-set encounters. Continue reading

Welcome return: Serena wins alongside Jabeur in fun Eastbourne doubles clash

Player Serena Williams and Tunisia's Ons Jabeur celebrate after winning against Spain's Sara Sorribes Tormo and Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova at...

357 days after limping off injured in the first-round at last year’s Wimbledon, 23-time Major champion Serena Williams marked her return to tour with a fun three-set doubles victory alongside world no. 2 Ons Jabeur, as they recovered from 2-6, 1-2 down to overwhelm Marie Bouzkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo in a deciding set tiebreaker at Eastbourne earlier today. Continue reading