Australian Open women’s 1st round matches: The pick of the bunch

The Australian Open starts tonight! In case you missed it, my preview for the women’s AO draw is already up and you can check it out HERE.  Thanks for all the votes in the poll; After nearly 200 votes, Maria Sharapova currently leads the way with 26% of your votes, followed by Simona Halep (16%),…

Wickmayer defeats Clijsters in Miami

Yanina Wickmayer Yanina Wickmayer needed a host of match points to finally defeat Kim Clijsters, 6-4 7-6 and advance to the 4th round.  I must admit I did not see this coming and have had the first big scalp of my predictions this week! It sounds as if Clijsters was struggling with her movement and…

Barthel and Wickmayer set for rematch in Paris

Yanina Wickmayer I am running out of superlatives to describe Mona Barthel as she continued her mightily impressive streak with another convincing win on Thursday.  Barthel won the last nine games of her match with Pauline Parmentier to win 6-3 6-0 and storm into the quarter-finals where she will play Yanina Wickmayer.  Wickmayer recorded a…