Ash Barty is one match away from Wimbledon glory, the moment when Australia will rejoice. We haven’t had a Ladies Singles champion since Evonne Goolagong defeated Chris Evert in 1980. Barty has already drunk the Slam champagne by winning the French two years ago; she’ll have to beat Karolina Pliskova to do it again.
The Barty Party is still on
The invitations haven’t actually been sent out yet but the world number one is looking good heading into the second week. The hip has held up and the grass court tennis of slices, big forehands and crisp volleys is flowing nicely. Continue reading Wimbledon Thoughts Week 1 – 2021
The second Grand Slam of the year begins next week, when qualifying matches will get underway at Roland Garros, with main draw starting May 30th. Summer in Paris is the pinnacle of the dirty, dusty clay court season. The French covid cases have dipped from 35,000 per day a month ago to 14,000, which will allow more fans into the stands. Continue reading French Open Preview 2021
Ash Barty will finish the year World Number One after winning the WTA Finals event in China on Sunday. Just three years ago the Queenslander wasn’t even competing on the tour, instead playing cricket in the Big Bash League, the world of sports turns quick and her rise since coming back to tennis has been remarkable. Continue reading The year of Ash Barty
Introducing Coco Gauff
The 15 year old has been the revelation of the tournament. Restricted on the WTA tour due to age rules the 313th ranked player made it through Qualifying then followed it up with wins over Venus Williams, Rybarikova and Polona Hercog after being down a set and 5-2. Continue reading Wimbledon Thoughts Week 1
Genuine, humble and respectful are the words coach Craig Tyzzer used to describe the new World Number 1 Ash Barty. They are exactly what you’d like to hear about any sporting champion. Last night in defeating Germany’s Julia Georges in the Birmingham final Barty became the first Australian women to ascend to the top ranking since Evonne Goolagong Cawley did it in 1976. Continue reading The rise of Ash Barty