In an unlikely turn of events at the US Open, two players who had never made it to a Grand Slam final found themselves taking the stage to battle on Monday.
Croatian sensation and Head player, Marin Cilic closed out an amazing two week run by defeating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in a routine win. With 17 aces and 35 winners, Cilic saved 8 of the 9 break points he faced and played like he belonged at the top. The 25 year old credited his win to all of his hard work and his team, including former Wimbledon Champion, Goran Ivanisevic. Nishikori also had a tournament to be proud of, left his heart on the court but just didn’t have enough to put away the big hitting Cilic on Monday.
On the women’s side of things, off court besties, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki faced each other in the finals. Serena proved to be too strong again and was running Wozniacki all over the court — even her marathon training wasn’t enough to upset the number one seed. Serena captured her 6th US Open title and 18th Grand Slam title to add to her impressive resume.
The Bryan Brothers hit 100 titles last weekend at the Open taking the men’s doubles, while the Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, long time Fed Cup partners, captured the Women’s doubles title.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already missing the tennis…good thing we have some Davis Cup action to look forward to this weekend!
I don’t know about you guys, but I am ready for tennis season to be back in full force! I am counting down the days until the Australian Open! But until then, let’s discuss some player/coach relationships as it seems like lately there has been an influx of new relationships being formed.
It’s not new to see former pros on the coaching end of things, but it seems like lately, all of our favorite players from the past have made their way back to the circuit via coaching. Brad Gilbert has worked with the best of them — everyone from Agassi, Roddick, Andy Murray to Nishikori and even Sam Querrey. Some of those relationships blossomed in chemistry, and some were duds. In 2013, we saw Sharapova hire, and quickly fire, Jimmy Connors — but let’s be honest, there wasn’t enough room on the court for those two superstars. Then there was Martina Hingis’ stint in coaching Anastasia Pavlyuchnkova…until Martina realized how much she missed the limelight and competition.
So, who do we have paired up in 2014?
Federer and Edberg are working together in 2014 — photos by Cynthia Lum
The newest spin monster from Wilson, the Steam 99 S
If you thought sliced bread was big, you have to check out Wilson’s newest racquet technology that is changing the game of tennis. Earlier this year, Wilson unveiled its new Spin Effect technology in its Steam line of racquets. With an extremely open 16×15 string pattern, the new Steam S racquets can produce upwards of 200 to 300 more RPMs on each one of your shots.
Every time you make contact with the ball during one of your shots, the racquet’s strings slide on each other and snap back into place. When this happens, it creates the topspin or slice on your shot. With Spin Effect technology, there are fewer cross strings than main strings in the stringbed of a racquet as opposed to the traditional string patterns (like 16×18 or 18×20) where the opposite is true and there are more cross strings than mains. With the 16×15 string pattern, the stringbed of the racquet is more open, creating more space for the strings to slide on each other. With more room for the strings to slide, you can produce significantly more spin compared with racquets with traditional string patterns. Continue reading →