US Open 2021: Women’s Singles Semifinal Predictions

I picked 4 of the top 5 seeds to reach the men’s singles semifinal. That was not terribly risky, but I think chalk will fill at least 3 of the men’s semifinal slots. On the women’s side, I am far from sure how things will unfold. I think Kerber and Pliskova’s play at Wimbledon mean…

Wimbledon 2021: King Novak VI and Queen Ashleigh I Reign

First, I am sorry that my Wimbledon coverage in 2021 was so sparse. Between a laptop dying, a vacation, and some personal life business, I was not able to give Wimbledon as much attention as it deserved. Second, I went into Wimbledon thinking on the men’s side that three tiers existed: Tier 1 – Novak…

Miami Open 2021: Andreescu vs. Barty Championship Prediction

I am firmly of the opinion that Naomi Osaka is the number 1 player in the world regardless of what the WTA computer says. Her title runs at the 2020 US Open and 2021 Australian Open are both more recent than Ash Barty’s 2019 French Open title or Bianca Andreescu’s 2019 US Open title for…

Australian Open 2021: Day 10 Women’s Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Ash Barty (1) vs Karolina Muchova (25) – As of now, I think Barty is headed to the final, but the semifinal will be harder than her quarterfinal round. Jennifer Brady (22) vs Jessica Pegula – Brady won Lexington in 2020 so I am maybe trying to avoid being too jingoistic…

Australian Open 2021: Day 8 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD ROD LAVER ARENA Jessica Pegula (USA) v (5) Elina Svitolina (UKR) – I will take the dark horse, but the odds are against what I am predicting. (28) Donna Vekić (HRV) v (22) Jennifer Brady (USA) – This may be the match of the day, but I think the 28 seed…

Australian Open 2021: Day 6 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena (11 a.m. start) [6] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. [25] Karolina Muchova (CZE) – The fast courts should help Pliskova advance.[11] Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs. [18] Elise Mertens (BEL)[21] Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs. Shelby Rogers (USA)  Margaret Court Arena [5] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs. [26] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) – This should be a 3 set thriller.[28] Donna Vekic (CRO) vs. Kaia…

Australian Open 2021: Day 4 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena  [6] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. Danielle Collins (USA) – These fast courts may give Pliskova her best shot at a major title since her near miss at the 2016 US Open.[1] Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs. [WC] Daria Gavrilova (AUS) – Aussie clash goes to the #1 seed[5] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs….

Australian Open 2021: February 9th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena [4] Sofia Kenin (USA) vs. [WC] Maddison Inglis (USA) – The defending champ should advance. [5] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs. Marie Bouzkova (CZE) [1] Ashleigh Barty (AUS) vs. Danka Kovinic (MNE) – The world #1 with a home court advantage is in a good spot to advance. Margaret Court Arena [14] Garbiñe Muguruza…

Australian Open 2021: Final Four Predictions

Women’s Singles Final Four #1 Ash Barty vs. #20 Maria Sakkari & #3 Naomi Osaka vs. #10 Serena Williams I have a sneaky feeling that Sakkari will take home the big trophy. Men’s Singles Final Four #1 Novak Djokovic vs. #3 Dominic Thiem & #4 Daniil Medvedev vs. #5 Stefanos Tsitsipas* I like Medvedev if…

Australian Open 2020: Sofia Kenin reaches the Final!

ENORME SURPRISE A MELBOURNE ! @SofiaKenin bat @ashbarty 7/6, 7/5 pour se qualifier pour sa première finale de Grand Chelem. @AustralianOpen 💥💥💥 pic.twitter.com/1ESPcEBl36 — Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) January 30, 2020 Emerging stars always help tennis.  I am not sure how many people pegged Sofia Kenin to reach a major final prior to this event.  Yet, here…