Level-headed Osaka thriving in Grand Slam spotlight
11 January, 2019, 09:12 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
Kanepi, 33, is yet to progress beyond the third round of the Australian Open, though she has reached the quarter-finals twice at every other Grand Slam.
While Evert thinks Serena is "raring to go" as she looks to equal Margaret Court's all-time Grand Slam title record of 24, she predicts strong challenges from the players who stopped the American reaching that tally a year ago - Japan's Naomi Osaka, who beat Williams in the U.S. Open final, and Angelique Kerber who trounced her in the Wimbledon title match.
World number one Simona Halep, with a massive burden off her shoulders, will hope to go one better this year having lost the 2018 final to Caroline Wozniacki.
The 31-year-old went into a bewildering slump in mid-2016 that only ended when he won Wimbledon last year, before he went on to claim his third US Open crown and move to 14 grand slam titles, three behind Rafa Nadal.
Wozniacki also has a question mark over her fitness after the 28-year-old Dane revealed her battle with rheumatoid arthritis last October, but has since claimed that she has learnt to live with it.
As far as the final match is concerned, in-form Angelique Kerber of Germany could be Williams' opponent.
Fellow American great Chris Evert said the shadow of the US Open final controversy would not hang over Williams' career.
"In general, it's about her offensive game", Rittner told Deutsche Welle of the three-time Grand Slam champion who lost an agonising, breathless semi-final 9-7 in the final set to Halep in Melbourne past year.
"I feel like if there's one thing I should be able to do it's draw a tennis ball", the Olympic gold medalist, 37, explained.
She has already been installed as a short-priced favourite, with the odds-makers confident she won't repeat her infamous US Open final meltdown where she called umpire Carlos Ramos "a thief" and was given three code violations to lose a game and derail her challenge. "Maybe she has it even more now that she is a working mother", Evert said.
Yet she appears to have put the emotional turmoil experienced in NY behind her and is revelling in her status as standard bearer for the next generation of women's players.
"There's no doubt that was a negative but there's no doubt that also past year when you look at the bigger picture, the fact that she came back from having a child she was really nowhere near 100 percent and she still made the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open was incredible".
January sees the tennis season blaze into life on the scorching hard courts of Melbourne Park. "She's the one that we need to watch I think for this year".
According to Bronstein, the next billion devices will come in emerging markets, more specifically on feature phones. As of Tuesday, the Google Assistant started rolling out in Google Maps for Android and iOS to help users navigate.
One name that could return is special teams coordinator Amos Jones, who spent time with Kitchens in Arizona on the Cardinals. Not bad for a guy who had never been an offensive coordinator at any level of football before he took over for Haley.
He's only 193 yards shy of replacing Vinny Testaverde (14,820 yards, 1987-92) as the club's all-time passing leader. Winston will carry a cap hit of $20.9 million on the fifth-year option of his rookie deal in 2019.
Journalists, public figures, and more have taken to Twitter to call for real-time fact checking, as well as other precautions. Fox News Channel with 8.044 million viewers and CBS with 8.043 million were in a virtual dead heat as the top destination.
For example, an investigation in 2013 found that a staff member had made "inappropriate, sexual statements" about four clients. After the incident, she was "horrified" about his reaction and said that "by law, we are supposed to report things like that".
Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish will travel to China for talks, China's commerce ministry and USTR said. American envoys are due in Beijing for talks Monday in a tariff battle over Chinese technology ambitions.
Bongo was narrowly re-elected in 2016 following a presidential poll marred by deadly violence and allegations of fraud . Gabon - one of Africa's top oil producers - has been ruled by the Bongo family for more than 50 years.
Almost half the GOP Senate caucus is up for re-election next year, putting added pressure on them to get the shutdown over with. Such an emergency declaration would represent a dramatic escalation of the dispute and would immediately draw legal challenges.
Chelsea FC urged to sign 26-year-old striker
Additionally, a £32 million price tag has Chelsea hesitant as well, although they have now inched closer to signing Higuain . The Spanish striker has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League and appears to have lost the confidence of Sarri.
Kei Nishikori rolls into Brisbane final
Japan's Kei Nishikori overcame Daniil Medvedev in the Brisbane International final on Sunday (Jan 6) for his first ATP title in almost three years and the 12th of his career.