Indian Wells 2017: March 16th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [13] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) vs. [28] Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) -I am still not fully on board with Wozniacki for whatever reason.  This is a nice opportunity for Mladenovic. [12] Venus Williams (USA) vs. [14] Elena Vesnina (RUS) – Venus’ strong 2017 play should continue with a quality win over Vesnina.

US Open 2016: September 5th Women’s Predictions

Arthur Ashe Stadium (11 a.m. start) [6] Venus Williams (USA) vs [10] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – I picked Pliskova to reach the semifinal round when I looked at the draw.  Venus is playing awfully well, but if Pliskova can hold serve fairly frequently she will force Venus to play long sets in order to win.  That…

US Open 2016: September 3rd Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [5] Simona Halep (ROU) vs [31] Timea Babos (HUN) – Halep should win, but she will need to hold her court positioning. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. Johanna Larsson (SWE)  – This has the feel of a trap match, but I think Serena will advance in two sets with one set…

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…

Rio Olympic Tennis: August 6 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD First, a big thanks to the ATP’s website for listing the men’s schedule.  I had to go to the olympic site to get a listing of women’s olympic matches.  The WTA should list the schedule too.  The women’s slate for August 6th features a lot of good matches so I’ll jump…

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…

Montreal 2016: July 28th WTA Predictions

These have to be quick so No Analysis Predicted Winners in BOLD Kerber vs. Venus 2014 – Both are in action today [5] Simona Halep (ROU) vs [14] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [4] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs [16] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) [6] Venus Williams (USA) vs [10] Madison Keys (USA)  Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs [Q] Kristina…

Montreal 2016: July 27th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD These will be quick as my time is limited [4] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Monica Niculescu (ROU) – This could go either way, but I think Aga has to be the pick. [6] Venus Williams (USA) vs. Barbora Strycova (CZE) – Venus should have had enough time to travel and recover from…

Wimbledon 2016: Appreciating Venus Williams’ 2 Decades of Excellence

Venus Williams occupies an odd spot in tennis history.  There have been a few sibling acts in tennis and normally one sibling outshines the other to a degree that they are not identified together (think John and Patrick McEnroe or Todd and Dan Martin).  In other instances, the siblings play doubles together and don’t particularly…

Wimbledon 2016: Ladies’ Singles Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Simona Halep (ROU) [5] v Angelique Kerber (GER) [4] – Kerber will need to be at or near her best level of play to win this match.  Her speed and counterpunching can help when Halep is dictating play, but her lefty forehand will needs to make sure she is dictating more often than…