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Archive: Sep 2017

Lucy Shuker Blog: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over!

Of all the matches I have played in the last few weeks in North America, there are two stand-out moments for me. I was lucky enough to be one of the players whose match was scheduled on Arthur Ashe at the US Open Grand Slam, which was a huge privilege. But results-wise, the most satisfying […]

Borg vs McEnroe Movie Review…Federer vs Nadal Next?

‘When he lost that game, I told my friends: “He is going to lose the match. And then he is going to quit tennis.” They didn’t believe me. But I just knew.’ A middle-aged man called Per had played in the same Swedish academy as Bjorn Borg – and he knew how the superstar’s mind […]

Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens Are US Open Champions

They did it emphatically. Two fine champions who have been on difficult journeys – and returned looking even better than they had ever been before. Rafael Nadal and Sloane Stephens, we salute you. Nadal secured his second Grand Slam of the year and he did it in style, beating Kevin Anderson by a comfortable margin […]

Defiant Nadal Seeks More Glory

Rafael Nadal was in no mood to take another beating from Juan Martin del Potro after losing their last two encounters. Instead the King of Clay got mad, changed his tactics, stepped into hard-court overdrive, and won nine games in a row. That punishing run ripped the heart out of Del Potro, who couldn’t respond […]

The US Open Will Have A New Champion

Madison Keys will play Sloane Stephens in the US Open final, after Venus Williams fell agonisingly short in pursuit of her dream. It took three sets and a rollercoaster of a tennis ride before Stephens emerged triumphant over Venus. ‘I have no words to describe my feelings and what it took to get there, no […]

Awesome Del Potro Downs Dejected Federer

Juan Martin del Potro produced one of his greatest displays to beat Roger Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 and set up a dream semi-final against Rafael Nadal. No wonder he stared high into the New York night sky, taking in the thousands of ecstatic Argentinians in the upper tiers, and stretched out his arms […]

Can Venus Williams Win The US Open At 37 ?

The evergreen Venus Williams has reached the US Open semi-finals after beating Petra Kvitova 6-3. 3-6, 7-6 (7-2). But can she go all the way this time and win her eighth Grand Slam title, before her sister Serena returns to the tour to steal the show once more? Venus has been brilliant this year, with […]

Del Potro Sets Up Dream Clash With Federer

  It looked over after two games. And even Juan Martin del Potro admitted later that part of him wanted to quit after two sets of his epic against Dominic Thiem. ‘But I looked at the crowd and they wanted me to continue and they wanted to see my big forehands and I decided to […]

Sharapova and Muguruza Crash Out Of US Open

Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza, two of the favourites for the US Open, have crashed out at Flushing Meadows, to the surprise of many. Sharapova had won her first set against the Latvian 16th seed, Anastasija Sevastova 7-5, and looked most likely to progress. But the less well-known woman roared back to win the next […]

Nadal and Federer Through Again – But It’s Anybody’s Title!

The superstars aren’t playing like superstars right now. That’s the truth of it. At least they are still alive and kicking. But they are also there for the taking. The destiny of the US Open men’s title hangs in the balance. Can Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer raise their game to roll back the years […]