The Top 10 Female French Open Champions

The Top 10 Female French Open Champions Chris Evert – The draws Evert faced in the 1970s may not have been terribly deep, but Evert won this title 7 times with her first title coming in 1974 and her final title coming in 1986.  Evert’s final two triumphs were three set thrillers against her #1…

The Top 10 Female Australian Open Champions

I found this list harder to compile than its male counterpart.  I think my final reasoning is sound, but it is certainly not infallible. Top 10 Female Australian Open Champions Serena Williams – Serena claimed her first title in Melbourne in 2003 to clinch her first Serena Slam.  Much like Jimmy Connors streak of winning the…

2013 US Open Women’s Final Analysis

The First Set: Windy Start Serena and Vika both struggled early with the windy conditions, but through the first 10 games of the match Vika seemed more comfortable. The trouble for her was that she was tied at 5-5.  With Serena serving at 4-5, Vika forced two deuces, but could not generate a break point/set…

Serena as the GOAT? Depends

Serena Williams has won so many big prizes and played tennis at such an exceptionally high level that GOAT questions arise whenever she is close to adding another major title.  I recently, tried to clarify some of the issues surrounding the men’s GOAT debate by offering three lenses for viewing the problem.  I think these categories…

French Open Memories: Steffi Graf 1987-1989

My first distinct tennis memories are matches between Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe in the 1982 Wimbledon men’s championship and the 1984 US Open semifinal.  Both were five set thrillers, but I did not start following tennis regularly until Boris Becker won Wimbledon in 1985.  French Open matches did not make much of an impression…

Serena Williams’ Legacy Grows

Serena Williams fought of a game Agnieeszka Radwanska to win her 5th Wimbledon singles title 6-1, 5-7, 6-2. Serena’s first two service games of the 3rd set were crucial to determining the winner.  Williams’ serve had abandoned at the close of the 2nd set.  Aga had her teeth in the match.  Serena failed to convert…

2011 Was a Good Year for the WTA

The Sky is Falling? Those who follow tennis have often made complaining about the admittedly convoluted leadership structures in professional tennis into an art from.  Beyond that, the ATP Tour has enjoyed a lot of continuity among top contenders since 2004.  This continuity has allowed for  Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic to be…

Review of ‘Unmatched’ ESPN’s 30 for 30

ESPN’s 30 for 30 Takes on Navratilova and Evert Review of Unmatched Directed and Produced by Lisa Lax and Nancy Sterm Winters It was by accident that I got to watch this great sports documentary.  Considering that Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova won 36 combined singles Grand Slam titles and faced one another 80 times,…

Sam Stosur and the GOAT Debate (Steffi and Serena)

Graf-esque (esque and fjord need more uses) Samantha Stosur put together a comprehensive win against the most dominant female player since the Graf-Seles Era.  She did it by hitting big forehands and serves, moving well, being fit, and slicing her backhand.  Sound like anyone else?  Sure Sam can hit a two handed topspin drive, but…