Mardy Fish seems ahead by one step to qualify for the prestigious U.S. Open championship in Golf. Since the last 6 months, the former number seven in the world has been swinging to and fro, instead of his racquet. At the sectional qualifiers, he bagged an alternative position in the upcoming major, this week, at the TPC Valencia.
Since his last ATP tour in Washington which took place around ten months ago, Fish hasn’t been part of the tour and missed the mark by just two strokes. However he made just through for the alternate position by scoring the payoff hole.
Talking about his game he commented on the official website of the U. S. Open, saying that he is accustomed to such pressure times. However he feels there lays a striking difference between playing golf professionally and facing off someone of a court of tennis. In case of tennis, the situation is much simpler, since either you bag the game or lose it. However as far as golf is concerned, it feels like you are losing, however you actually aren’t.
The former American Tennis star and now golfer made a terrific start; however slipped down gradually and finished by messing up the fifteenth, sixteenth and 17th hole. Talking about his experience when he needs to dominate an opponent during a match of tennis, Fish commented that, all he keeps on asserting himself that he has to work hard for the next 15 to 20 minutes post which he will be celebrating in the locker room with the game in his kitty. However, it is kind of impossible doing that in a game of golf.
If, Fish at all qualifies for the golf U.S Open, he with be the 3rd player to do so post Frank corner and Ellsworth Vines, who competed in both the U.S. Opens.
Francesca Schiavone became victim of another major upset in this year’s French Open as she was beaten by the Croatian youngster Ajla Tomljanovic in the opening round. The Italian veteran lost in the straight sets by 3-6, 3-6.
It might have been the last time that Schiavone made an appearance at Roland Garros. She is going to be 34 years of age pretty soon and the way her performances have been going downhill quite continuously; it seems highly unlikely that she would push herself for one more season.
In her 16 years old professional career thus far, Schiavone has won just one Grand Slam and that triumph had come at Roland Garros only 4 years back in 2010. She had done remarkably well in the French Open in the following year as well i.e. in 2011 when she made it to the title round.
So, she has been a good clay court player over the years and thus, even at this stage of her career, nobody had expected her to be sent packing from the very first round in the French Open, but, that happened.
More than the defeat, the thing which would worry the Schiavone fans is that she couldn’t compete at all against a player who is more than 10 years younger than her.
In just about 1 hour and 20 minutes, Tomljanovic crushed Schiavone with extreme authority.
Schiavone has fallen down quite significantly in the world rankings in the last few months because of her poor form. She is currently not even one of the top 100 players in the world. She is ranked at the 130th position. She would definitely like to climb up a little bit in the rankings with some good performances in the grass court season.
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Francesca Schiavone will take on Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan in the opening round of the upcoming Sony Open tennis tournament.
The Italian player has suffered a lot of losses in the recent past. But, in the BNP Paribas Open which was played just about a week ago, she showed a little bit of form which is a good thing. Also, her head to head record against Shvedova is quite encouraging. She has beaten the Kazakhstani in all the matches that she has played against her so far.
As far as Shvedova’s recent outings are concerned, they have been quite good. The 26 years old player who is currently ranked 64th in the world has hinted that she is slowly getting back into her shape.
The last couple of years have not been great for Shvedova in terms of fitness. She has struggled with a lot of fitness problems and at one point, it even seemed that her career might be over before time because of the injuries, but, she showed the fighting spirit and the will to come back and she did manage to come back.
Now, she has a good chance to break her losing streak against Schiavone with the Italian not in the best of forms.
The player who wins this match will have to face the most destructive female player on the tour i.e. Serena Williams next which is going to be very hard.
But, that’s a different story. The two players would be thinking about the job that is in their hands at the moment and not about whom they will play against in their next match.
However, it’s almost certain that whoever gets through to the second round would have to suffer defeat against Serena as the American is probably in the form of her life.