US Open 2020: September 5th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winner in BOLD Arthur Ashe Stadium (Noon start) [3] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [26] Sloane Stephens (USA) – This is really hard to pick and on paper I think Serena wins, but my gut says the COVID-19 break helped Sloane Stephens hit reset. [7] Madison Keys (USA) vs Alizé Cornet (FRA) – Cornet is one of the most difficult players…

US Open 2020: September 1st Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD 16 E. Mertens vs. L. Siegemund V. Tomova vs. 22 A. Anisimova N. Hibino vs. 10 G. Muguruza T. Pironkova vs. L. Samsonova Y. Bonaventure vs. 25 S. Zhang S. Cîrstea vs. C. McHale – Match of the Day?  Maybe.  Two of my favorite players squaring off in the 1st round…

US Open 2020 Women’s Singles Final Four Prediction

Top Half of the Draw: Angelique Kerber vs. Naomi Osaka Bottom Half of the Draw: Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka Naomi Osaka d. Serena Williams to take her 3rd major title and 2nd US Open title in 3 years  

Australian 2020: My 1st Grumpy Old Man Post

It is strange for me to not have engaged the 1st major of the year until the middle of the first week.  I am now 44 and 2020 has me starting my year is a less than youthful joy.  Here are my reasons: A capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod Laver Arena watched…

US Open 2019: Bianca Andreescu Wins the US Open

Bianca Andreescu d. Serena Williams 6-3, 7-5 Bianca Andreescu, the 2019 women’s US Open champion, won the title and completed a North American hard court triple crown by also claiming the 2019 Indian Wells and Toronto titles.  Andreescu has great power and a competitive streak, and that bodes well for her future.  It is also…

What Were We Doing in 1999?

I remember living in Providence, RI and being at work following Serena Williams’ scoreline vs. Martina Hingis.  I was happy with this result because Hingis struck a negative nerve with me as a fan for the past few seasons.  Serena Williams worked her way through a tough draw (Kim Clijsters in the 3rd round, Conchita Martinez…

US Open 2019: Key Day 1 Match Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Women’s Match of the Day – Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova Serena has won the US Open 6-times.  Maria Sharapova won the US Open in 2006.  Serena has dominated their head-to-head matches 19-3, but any match pitting two former champions and former #1s in the first round has to be the match…

Wimbledon 2019 and Why I Started Writing about Tennis

I remember watching this and wondering, “How is this guy with the physique of a pencil beating a clay court monster like Muster?” even though I loved his shot-making. I have always liked tennis and on different occasions discussed the impact my father as well as Boris Becker’s 1985 Wimbledon triumph had on my interest…

Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep Championship Prediction

Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep Both players have a lot riding on this match.  Serena Williams can tie Margaret Court by taking a 24th major home.  She can also move within one of Martina Navratilova’s all-time record of 9 Wimbledon singles titles.  Simona Halep can take her second major title at a venue that would…