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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tomas Berdych Into the Semi's of the Aussie Open for the Second Year in a Row

Tomas Berdych gets into the semi-finals of the Australian Open for the second year in a row, this year, disposing of Rafael Nadal in straight sets, breaking a 17-losing streak against Nadal, in the process.  Berdych has been performing solidly in the Australian Open for the past four years. reaching the quarterfinals twice and now the semifinals twice.

He does have a very good chance of making the finals this time as he faces a resurgent Andy Murray in the semi's.  Berdych is playing very cleanly this time and if he continues to do that, he has a really good chance of winning this tournament.

Madison Keys Makes First Semi-Final Appearance in a Grand Slam

I haven't blogged much about American player Madison Keys but she's one of the more exciting and talented players in the women's tour.  She finally makes her mark today as she gets into the semi-final of a grand slam for the very first time by beating her own childhood hero, Venus Williams, 63 46 64.  Venus definitely did not make it easy for her and Madison also had to fight with her injuries.  Good thing her meds kicked in at the right time.

I just hope Madison can find the time to rest and heal herself before her semi-final because whoever her opponent will be is going to be really tough.  She has all the weapons though and as she has shown today, she has the mental and physical strength to fight a long three-set match.

Maria Sharapova: Back in the Aussie Open Semi's

Maria Sharapova returns to the semi-final stage of the Australian Open today for the seventh time in her career. She has passed this stage thrice before and went on to win the trophy once.  She looks very sharp though this time and disposed of current tennis darling Eugenie Bouchard 63 62. The score cannot even depict how close each of the game was. Maria just kept her unforced errors to a minimum so that made it really work for her.

On paper, she has a very good chance of winning this tournament with the way she's playing.  It's just important that the sharp Maria shows up on the day of play.

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Australian Open Semi-Finalist: Ekaterina Makarova

After a great run at the US Open last year with a semi-final appearance, Russia's Ekaterina Makarova continues that streak here in the Australian Open at the start of the 2015 tennis season.  For years, Makarova has been at the outer periphery of the top echelons of women's tennis, not quite in the top 10, but had the ability to defeat champions like Serena and Bartoli at the grand slam stage.  So to any tennis observer, she had what it takes to break into the deeper part of the grand slam, if only she keeps her game consistent.

She was already a quarterfinalist here in '12 and '13, so reaching the semi's this year, after defeating Simona Halep of Romania, should push her finally, into the top 10 soon as the rankings come out, regardless of how deep she reaches into the tournament.

2015 Australian Open: Local Boy Treat Huey Reaches the Third Round of the Men's Doubles

Doubles specialist Treat Huey flies the flag for the Philippines during the grand slams.  He has actually reached two quarterfinals in the slams - once in the Australian Open last year, and the US Open, 2 years ago.

This year, he reaches the third round, with partner, Jonathan Erlich.  They lost to the pair led by the player affectionately called, the beast his peers, Max Mirnyi.  I think Jonathan is a new partner for Treat as it was Dominic Inglot who paired with him last time around.  I wish them luck in the future slams and I hope they achieve more success!