US Open 2016: September 1st Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [5] Simona Halep (ROU) vs Lucie Safarova (CZE) – This battle of two former French Open runner-ups should be fun, but I think unless Safarova’s lefty game and variety bother Halep that this match will be rather one-sided. [6] Venus Williams (USA) vs Julia Goerges (GER) – Venus has earned the…

US Open 2016: August 30th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) vs. Simona Halep (ROU) [5] – Flipkens is a solid player, but Halep should advance. Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) vs. Venus Williams (USA) [6] – Venus is hard to predict in singles at this stage of her career, but I would think she should win. I was 1 year out of undergraduate studies…

US Open 2016: Quick Thoughts on the Women’s Draw

Is round 3 possible? Sure. Serena Williams’ Quarter Serena Williams received no favors from her 2016 US Open draw.  Ekaterina Makarova is far from an ideal first round opponent.  Simona Halep won Montreal and played reasonably well in Cincinnati.  Heather Watson or Lucie Safarova could await Serena in the final 8 if Halep fails to reach…

Rio Olympic Tennis: August 9th Women’s Singles Predictions

#USA @serenawilliams‘ quest for a 5th #gold medal continues! 🏅 pic.twitter.com/IPLP6NiJNF — Tennis Photos (@tennis_photos) August 9, 2016 Predicted Winners in BOLD KEYS Madison vs.  SUAREZ NAVARRO Carla – Keys will need to handle CSN’s backhand and variety, but I think if both are playing well Keys is the better player. WILLIAMS Serena vs. SVITOLINA Elina…

Rio Olympic Tennis: August 8th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD KVITOVA Petra vs. WOZNIACKI Caroline – This should be a fun match.  It is also unpredictable given how many bad losses each of them have had in 2016.  I think Petra should win due to the slow court and her ability to hit through it. BOUCHARD Eugenie vs. KERBER Angelique – The…

Rio Olympic Tennis: August 7th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD WILLIAMS Serena vs. GAVRILOVA Daria – The surface is slow and Serena is facing a fast young player.  That could cause some problems.  I think Venus’ loss will have Serena even more focused for this match as well as her doubles match with Venus today.  So long as Serena doesn’t drown…

Olympic Tennis 2016: Other Opening Ceremony Photos and Videos

Beautiful symbol of hope for the planet at #RioOpeningCeremony Time for real action on #climatechange #doit4thekids pic.twitter.com/WjUwpFLSnY — Nemo (@CoralSeaOz) August 6, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js .@serenawilliams taking a selfie with flag bearer @WaydeDreamer #teamSArise pic.twitter.com/2RGoH0aIK8 — TeamSouthAfrica (@teamsa16) August 5, 2016 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js In his Rio 2016 opener, Novak Djokovic will face the man who beat him…

Wimbledon 2016: 8 Final Thoughts

Why 8? Why Not? Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber staged a final in which one player played quite well and the other played even better.  In their Australian Open final earlier this year, Kerber and Williams combined to break serve 3 times in a 10 game first set.  Over 21 games, there were only 2…

Wimbledon 2016: Serena Claims Her 22nd Major Title!

Sublime Serving Makes a Difference Serena Williams faced one break point today.  She hit an ace.  When serving for the match, Serena got to 40-0 with 3 unreturnable serves.  Serena put away a volley to win the match. This was a fitting way to end this match as she had a hard time putting volleys…