Prepare To Go Petkorazzi

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By Lewis Davies I love women's tennis a copious amount but this season feels like it's been missing something. Because, while 2012 could be considered the year of the comeback, there have also been a few names going backward instead. Kim Clijsters' swansong season has been blighted by injury, Agnes Szavay has only just returned to the tour herself and Rebecca Marino has completely … [Read more...]

When Should Serena Williams Retire?

Serena Williams

By Lewis Davies If Wimbledon 2012 taught us anything besides the terrible weather a UK summer can muster, it's that you never write off a champion. While Roger Federer made the biggest comeback since the return of the boy band, Serena Williams produced a similar return to the big time by claiming her fifth Wimbledon title and her 14th Grand Slam overall. Like Federer, she achieved these … [Read more...]

Wimbledon 2012: Ladies’ Final Preview

Serena Williams (Photo: EFE / Facundo Arrizabalaga)

By Lewis Davies The 2012 Wimbledon ladies' singles final is set to be one of huge contrasts. In one corner there's Serena Williams, a 13-time major winner looking for her fifth title at the All England Club. At the age of 30, the American carries bags of experience and will contest her seventh final on centre court tomorrow. Her opponent is Agnieszka Radwanska, a timid 23-year-old from Poland … [Read more...]

Grass Court Thoughts

Tamira Paszek

By Lewis Davies Whilst watching the last few games of the AEGON International final between Angelique Kerber and Tamira Paszek, many thoughts crossed my mind. But before I divulge into these, here’s what sparked the whole epiphany. The match was tied at one set all but Kerber looked to be heading for the title at 5-3 up in the third. Her break then looked even more secure when her opponent … [Read more...]

The Return of Melanie Oudin

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By Lewis Davies On Sunday 27th November 2011, a young man named Aaron Higgs declared: "Melanie Oudin should just concentrate on playing doubles". Most of you won’t know who this Higgs character is but, I assure you, his love of tennis is deep and thus, his knowledge is vast. At the time of his statement, it was hard not to agree with him. Oudin had won the mixed doubles title at the US … [Read more...]

A Case for Sam Stosur

Stosur with the US Open trophy (Photo: Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

By Lewis Davies The 2012 French Open begins on Sunday, and in the women’s draw, there are three clear favourites to lift the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen. They read as: current world number one Victoria Azarenka, three-time major winner Maria Sharapova and 13-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams. However, as we’ve seen in the past with Li Na and Francesca Schiavone, the clay courts of Roland … [Read more...]

The Rise of Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

By Lewis Davies In May 2011, Angelique Kerber was ranked 71 in the world and getting beat in the qualifiers of Rome to Varvara Lepchenko. Twelve months on, her story couldn’t be anymore different. A semi-final appearance at this year’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia is the eighth time she’s either reached that stage or bettered it during her last 17 tournaments; a remarkable run … [Read more...]

Clay Court Blues – Part II

The infamous blue clay court (Photo: Mutua Madrid Open)

Jay-Z once said "in order to survive, you gotta learn to live with regrets" and this is certainly the case for the Mutua Madrid Open. To say there's been just a little bit of tension in the air surrounding their decision to convert to blue clay is quite an understatement. Claims that tradition and player rights are being tossed away have clashed with the innovators who embrace revolutionary … [Read more...]

Clay Court Blues

The Mutua Madrid Open has received criticism for changing the colour of its courts (Photo: A. Martinez/Mutua Madrid Open)

The hottest issue on tour this week has been the prospect of playing on blue clay. Media interviews have all led with the same line about the new surface in Madrid: what do you think? Rafael Nadal has been against the concept for weeks and, being the King of Clay and a Spaniard to boot, his opinion is probably the most valid. His argument consists of a combination of pro-traditional values and the … [Read more...]

Up For The Cup

Petra Kvitova celebrates her victory for the Czech Republic (Photo: AP)

Tournaments like the Fed Cup receive a lot of grief for turning an individual sport into a team event. To those who agree with the criticism, I say take a look at Petra Kvitova above. For me, it evokes passion of the highest order, sometimes more so than at a Grand Slam. Kvitova's not the only example that could have been used either. The German team is a tight-knit family, as are the British. If … [Read more...]

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