Sharapova, Williams and Wawrinka advance at US Open

Sharapova US Open 2014Venus Williams silenced her critics last week as she beat Timea Bacsinsky in the US Open second round. The older Williams sister took a 6-1, 6-4 victory over her Swiss rival, and celebrated as she enjoyed one of her best seasons for a while.

After making it through to the final in Montreal earlier this month following her sensational victory over sister Serena, she has now set in motion a winning streak which could see her gunning for the title.

“I’m happy I won a match again,” she said. “The last couple of years I fought really hard and I really played red-hot opponents. So it wasn’t like I didn’t try. Sometimes you don’t win them. That’s why you get up and you live to fight another day. So that’s really what it’s about for me.” Williams’ next opponent is Italian No.2 Sara Errani, with whom she holds an undefeated record.

But she’s not the only female who’s proven herself at this year’s event: once again, Maria Sharapova has advanced to the next stages of a major tournament. The 27-year-old had an early scare as it looked as though she might bow out early to Romanian rival Alexandra Dulgheru. After losing the first set, Sharapova managed to bounce back and reached the third round with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 victory at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.

It’s a particularly sweet victory for Sharapova who, this time last year, was recovering from surgery on her right shoulder. Now, having won the French Open earlier this year, folks at are already predicting that she’s on course to winning the US Open for the first time in eight years.

Over on the men’s side, Swiss tennis fans were chanting Stan Wawrinka’s name as he managed to progress to the next stage after defeating Brazilian rival Tomasz Bellucci.

After a weak point mid-match, the 29-year-old came back for a 6-3 6-4 3-6 7-6 (7-1) victory, and things even got a little heated towards the end of the match, as Wawrinka was seen telling spectators to “shut up.”

It seems the match was a little too exciting for some fans, who Wawrinka decided was making too much noise.

He said after the match: “At the end of the day, they start to get a little bit drunk. I had to talk to a few of them. Everybody was into the match. That’s okay. It can happen.”

With tennis as exciting as this year’s event, it’s no wonder the crowds were getting a little rowdy.

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Wimbledon 2014 Women’s Singles Final

Eugenie Bouchard at Wimbledon 2014

Who do you think will win the Wimbledon women’s singles final today? The final commences at 9pm Singapore time i.e. 2pm local time in the UK and you can check the odds at allpro.

2011 Wimbledon champion 24-year-old Petra Kvitová takes on No.13 seed Genie Bouchard. Kvitova, the 1.83m left-handed Czech has the edge in both experience and their head-to-head record, a 6-3 6-2 victory in their only previous meeting – in 2013 in Eugenie’s homeland, Canada.

The 20-year old Bouchard’s previous best at Wimbledon was making it to the 3rd round in her first Wimbledon appearance last year. 2014 has been a whole new ball game for the 1.78m right hander, who is the only WTA player to make the singles semi finals or better of all three Grand Slams this year.

Bouchard has not dropped a set on her path to the final and is setting personal bests and first times for everything. On Monday Genie will be in the Top 10 for the first time. In juniors Bouchard reached a career-best World No.2 and won the Wimbledon junior singles title in 2012 – just 2 years ago. Many players perform best in their WTA career at the same Grand Slam as they did in juniors, so a rare junior and open Wimbledon may just be on the cards.

Bouchard’s path to the final -

  1. Semis d. [3] Simona Halep 7-6[5] 6-2
  2. Quarter Finals d [9] Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-4
  3. Round 4 d. [25] Alize Cornet 7-6[5] 7-5
  4. Round 3 d. [20] Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-4
  5. Round 2 d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa 7-5 6-1
  6. Round 1 d. Daniela Hantuchova 7-5 7-5

Kvitová’s path to the final -

Semis d. [23] Lucie Safarova 7-6[6] 6-1
Quarter Finals d Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1 7-5
Round 4 d. Peng Shuai 6-3 6-2
Round 3 d. [30] Venus Williams 5-7 7-6[2] 7-5
Round 2 d. Mona Barthel 6-2 6-0
Round 1 d. Andrea Hlavackova 6-3 6-0



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Wimbledon Women’s Prize Money Evolution 1963 to 2013

The evolution of the Wimbledon prize money awarded to the women over the past 50 years i.e. 1963 to 2013, is covered in an interesting info graphic you can see below or in its original full size at this link-> Evolution of Sports.

The 2013 Wimbledon prize money for the women’s singles champion was increased by a further 10 per cent in 2014 i.e. from £1.6million to 1.76million for the victor in the Ladies Singles Final on Saturday 5 July commencing at 2pm local time.


Wimbledon 2014

Wimbledon logoWimbledon is the only Grand Slam played on natural grass courts. Wimbledon has been held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) since 1887.

The 2014 edition of The Championships run from the first day of qualifying on Monday 16 June through to Sunday 6 July for the Gentlemen’s Singles Final.

I encourage you to “Follow” Wimbledon on Twitter like I do, the official handle is @Wimbledon and the official 2014 hashtag is #Wimbledon. Please “Like” the official Wimbledon Facebook page just as I do by pasting into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there.

The 2013 women’s singles champion was Marion Bartoli who defeated Sabine Lisicki in the final 6-1, 6-4. The 2013 singles champion was Andy Murray who defeated Novak Djokovic in the final 6-4, 7-5, 6-4.

OnCourt Advantage makes it easier for YOU to find the information you are looking for by listing each web page related to Wimbledon below.

Wimbledon 2013
Wimbledon 2012
Wimbledon 2011
Wimbledon 2010

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Roland Garros 2014 Men’s Singles Draw

Novak DjokovicThe 2014 Roland Garros main draw men’s singles matches will begin on Sunday 25 May at 11am local time in Paris, France. Below OnCourt Advantage provides a number of interesting facts about the men’s singles main draw, including when the draw is made, how the draw works, whom all the different types of participants are and how these are selected.

The Tennis Odds from Betfair, the world’s leading betting exchange feature Rafael Nadal (6/4) and Novak Djokovic (11/8) as the favourites to win Roland Garros in 2014 in their French Open 2014 betting markets. Djokovic is pictured above displaying the focus that led him to defeat Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters 1000 on Sunday. Djokovic came back after losing the 1st set to Nadal boosting his confidence that he can win the last leg of a career Grand Slam three Sunday’s later.

The official Roland Garros main draw ceremony is being held on Friday 23 May at 11:30am. The full list of the men’s singles draw is  listed here by the BBC-> 2014 Roland Garros 1st Round.

The men’s singles draw has a 128-player draw consisting of 16 Qualifiers, 8 Wildcards and 104 Direct Acceptances of whom 32 become The Seeds. The direct acceptances are the highest 104 ranked players in the world at the cut-off date who are fit enough to compete. The cut-off date is six weeks prior to the main draw commencing i.e. 14 April 2014.

When a main draw direct acceptance withdraws from Roland Garros after the first round of qualifying has been completed, that available spot in the draw is awarded to a lucky loser.

Any player that loses in the final round of qualifying and then signs-in for the singles main draw is eligible to receive a lucky loser spot into the main draw. The lucky loser spots are awarded in order of highest ranked player to the lowest, hence the term, despite losing they are lucky to still compete in the main draw.

The Seeds:

A seeding is allocated to the 32 highest ranked players according to the latest ATP Tour rankings before the draw is made i.e. Monday 19 May 2014. There are 32 seeded players in a 128-player sized draw and they are separated in the draw so that they play two rounds against lower ranked opponents (unseeded players), before they meet another seed in the 3rd round.

If any of the seeded players withdraw after the draw has been made, then the 33rd highest ranked player becomes a seed, then the 34th player and so on.

The seeded players do not receive a BYE in the 1st round of a Grand Slam event. To win the title any player must win 7 main draw best of 5-set matches in a row.

The Wildcards:

All of the 8 wildcard recipients will be confirmed before Monday 19 May as the qualifying singles event will be drawn that day. The names of the wildcards must be removed from the participating players list in the qualifying singles event before the official draw commences.

The wildcards are selected by the French Tennis Federation, who usually select six French players. The final two wildcards go to an American and an Australian due to a reciprocal wildcard arrangement between the US Open, Australian Open and Roland Garros.

The Qualifiers:

The 128-player qualifying tournament will begin on Tuesday 20 May and run through to Friday 23 May. In order to qualify a player needs to progress through three rounds of qualifying to take one of the 16 spots allocated for a qualifier in the main singles draw.

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Roland Garros Ranking Points – Men 2014

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The 2014 Roland Garros men’s singles event provides a great opportunity for players to achieve three of the top handful of most coveted goals in men’s tennis: winning a Grand Slam title, earning more ranking points towards qualifying for the year-end ATP World Tour Finals in London and achieving a career-high ranking.

The four Grand Slam tournaments offer the highest number of ranking points possible out of all the tournaments throughout the year. Interestingly, the 2,000 points a Grand Slam champion earns for winning the title was well over half the total number of points that were needed to qualify for the 2013 ATP Finals i.e. 3,300 points by Richard Gasquet who secured the final place in the 8-man field.

The men receive less ranking points than their female counterparts for reaching the same round of the same tournament for every singles round, except for first round losers, where the men receive double the points that a women receive. In addition, the eventual champions in both the men and women’s draws collect 2,000 points.

OnCourt Advantage details the men’s points and a comparison to the women’s points, which is the tally in brackets after the men’s points per round below.

This is how the ATP ranking points are awarded for the 2014 men’s singles draw:

The winner earns 2,000 points;
The runner-up earns 1,200 points (1,400);
The two semi finalists earn 720 points (900);
The four quarter finalists earn 360 points (500);
The 8 players who lose in the round of 16 earn 180 points (280);
The 16 players who lose in the 3rd round earn 90 points (160);
The 32 players who lose in the 2nd round earn 45 points (100); and
The *players who lose in the 1st round earn 10 points (5).

*The points awarded to a 1st round loser vary according to how they were allocated a place in the 1st round. Further details about each of the different scenarios for points allocation to 1st round losers will be covered in the Roland Garros 2014 Men’s Singles Draw: Qualifying post once it is completed.

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Roland Garros 2014

Suzanne LenglenThe 2014 Roland Garros Championships are the only Grand Slam tournament played on clay courts. This tournament is one of the “BIG 14″ major prestigious events for both the men and the women. Roland Garros has been held at it’s current location since 1928 and is also known as “The French Open”.

The 2014 edition of Roland Garros run from the first day of qualifying on Tuesday 20 May through to the Gentlemen’s Singles Final on Sunday 8 June. If you cannot attend make sure you pick up your tennis rackets and hit the courts as often as possible in between watching Roland Garros live.

Roland Garros is held at held at Stade Roland Garros in the 16th Arrondissement in Paris, France. OnCourt Advantage will be following this tournament in depth and recommends you buy your official tickets by pasting: into your address bar then pressing enter.

To support tennis, follow this event in detail and to be able to interact with the tournament, I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the official Facebook and Twitter pages just as I do. Paste into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there, then paste then pressing “Follow” once you are there. To follow the Roland Garros conversation on Twitter use the official hashtag  #RG14.

All Roland Garros 2014 coverage will be continually updated on this directory page. All coverage of the Roland Garros in previous years is listed in these directory pages-> Roland Garros 2013, Roland Garros 2012, Roland Garros 2011 and Roland Garros 2010.


Monte Carlo Tennis 2014 [Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters]

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The 2014 Monte-Carlo Open is the 108th edition of this men’s ATP Tour Masters 1000 category tournament. Monte-Carlo is officially named the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters due to title sponsor naming rights and is the first men’s major tournament of the clay court season each year.

Monte-Carlo runs from the first day of the men’s qualifying event on Saturday 12 April through to the Men’s Singles Final on Sunday 20 April.

The 2013 men’s singles champion was No.1 seed Novak Djokovic who defeated No.3 seed Rafael Nadal in the final 6-1, 7-6 [7-1] to win his first Monte-Carlo singles title and break Nadal’s Open era record breaking run of eight consecutive singles title at the same tournament.

Monte-Carlo is held at Monte Carlo Country Club in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin in France, which borders on Monaco along the beautiful French Riviera. OnCourt Advantage will be following this tournament and recommends you to buy your official 2014 Monte-Carlo tennis tickets by pasting: into your address bar then pressing enter.

To support tennis, follow this event in detail and to be able to interact with the tournament, I encourage you to “Like” and “Follow” the official Facebook and Twitter pages just as I do by pasting into your address bar then click “Like” once you are there plus then pressing “Follow” once you are there.


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