Who Will Shine In 2019?

November Shine

Will one or a few of the old guards steal the spotlight? Novak Djokovic sits comfortably at the top on the men’s side and very few seem to be able to challenge him consistently. Roger Federer, Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal are plagued by recurrent and lingering injuries; thus, I do not see…

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Sabalenka Claims Second Title Of 2018

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Wuhan Open, China Championship Match:  [20] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) vs. [27] Anett Kontaveit (EST) It was their first meeting and it was another dominant performance from the Belarusian. If there were any nerves, Sabalenka did not display them. She also surprised me with her ability to adapt so quickly and she brought out the drop…

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Wuhan Open Finalists Are Set

Wuhan finalists

Wuhan Open, China [20] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) vs. [27] Anett Kontaveit (EST) The final is set and many would not have predicted these two as finalists; however, their respective teams may have. Both finalists are the future of the WTA Tour and Sabalenka recently announced that she is the real deal by capturing her first…

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Pliskova Deflates Osaka’s Balloon

Pliskova deflates Osaka's Balloon

Toray PPO Tennis, Japan Championship Match:  [7] Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. [8] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) Their head-to-head was dead even at 1:1 coming into the final, with Osaka winning their most recent encounter.  There are a lot of similarities in their games with a couple of glaring differences: Osaka is a major champion and she…

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Kiki Bertens Wins Big In Cincy

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Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati (USA) Women’s Final: [1] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. [17] Kiki Bertens (NED) Halep led their head-to-head 3:1 going into this final and had the advantage of winning their last two encounters; however, she did not count on fatigue being a factor. The weather affected the schedule and Halep had to…

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