Saturday, January 31, 2015

2015 Australian Open: Victorious Serena Williams is the 2015 Australian Open Champion

On January 31, 2015, Serena Williams won the 2015 Australian Open defeating Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (5). 

This victory is Serena's 19th major title and 6th Australian Open crown. Serena last won the Australian Open in 2010 after defending her 2009 title. 

After last night, Serena has won 16 straight matches against Maria, a streak that dates back over ten years to 2005.  Maria's last win over Serena came in 2004 at the WTA Championship match; she is now 2-17 versus Serena. 

Maria dethroned Serena and won her first major at Wimbledon in 2004. After the match, Maria said, "Serena...I know there are gonna be so many more moments when we are gonna play and I'm sure we're gonna be here one more time and hopefully many more times at other Grand Slams and fight for the trophy. Thank you for giving me a tough match, but I am sorry I had to win today."

Overall, Serena has a compiled a 19-4 record in Grand Slam Championship matches and a 3-1 record versus Maria in Grand Slam Championship matches (defeating Maria in the 2007 Australian Open final, the 2013 Roland Garros final, and the 2015 Australian Open final). 

After the competitive 2015 Australian Open final, Serena said, "growing up I wasn't the richest, but I had a rich family in spirit and support, and standing here with 19 championships is something I never thought would happen.  I went on the courts with just a ball, a racquet and a hope.  That's all I had. So all you guys who want to do something or be something, just never give up. You never know what can happen or who you can inspire. I'm just so honored."

Friday, January 30, 2015

2015 Preview - 10 Pro Tennis Storylines, Questions, and Predictions

We are a few hours away from the 2015 Australian Open Women's Final featuring Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams. 

GlamSpinTennis was awfully prescient about the storylines, questions, and predictions that permeated throughout 2014 (2014 ATP Predictions) (2014 WTA Predictions).

Without further ado, here are the storylines, questions, and predictions that will captivate tennis fans in 2015. 

10. Can Maria Sharapova beat Serena Williams? Serena has been suffering from a nasty sounding cold throughout the Australian Open which may give the Russian-American a shot to pull off her first Serena win since 2004. 

9. New Balls Please. Will any of the young guns on the ATP tour breakthrough and win a major in 2015? Milos Raonic (and his hair) seems to want it so badly, but his devastating serve routinely comes up short against the Big 4. GlamSpinTennis is betting that Kei Nishikori will exceed his 2014 US Open runner-up position and win the 2015 title. 

8. Last gasps of the Spanish Armada. Remember when Rafael Nadal introduced himself to the world at the 2004 Davis Cup when he beat Andy Roddick? That D-Cup hailed the arrival of the young Spaniards - Rafa, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, and others who had been motivated by Carlos Moya's victories. These days, the boys are in their late 20s and early 30s with few newcomers seemingly joining their ranks. But lookout for the Spanish ladies - Garbine Muguruza and compatriot Carla Suarez Navarro are making their way up the ranks of the WTA Tour. 

7. Oh la la. The French men sure proved disappointing in 2014. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Gael Monfils, and Richard Gasquet continue to make sporadic appearances in the late stages of tournaments but keep on failing to seal the deal. GlamSpinTennis is not optimistic about their chances in 2015; Oh la la.  

6. Vive Le Canade (not the nationalist organization). The young Canadians, led by 2014 Wimbledon Doubles Titlist Vasek Pospisil, are among the most exciting contingent of players on the ATP and WTA tours. 

5. Genie's gonna need that Army. Genie Bouchard had a breakout 2014 WTA season and has gone from interview to interview saying how much she wants to the WTA World No. 1 ranking and to win a major title. Genie's gonna be coming on strong at Wimbledon, where she was the 2014 Finalist. However, GlamSpinTennis predicts Serena Williams will be deploying an arsenal of serves and forehands to claim the 2015 Wimbledon title. 

4. Farewells. Lleyton Hewitt has announced that he will make his 20th appearance at the 2016 Australian Open his last one. We'll see if he calls it quits in January 2016 and if 2015 serves as the Australian former ATP World No. 1's farewell tour.  GlamSpinTennis also predicts that this will be Francesca Schiavone's last tango. The soon-to-be 35 year old Italian was the surprise 2011 Roland Garros champion and did not have much success in her 2014 campaign. On the retirement note, will Juan Martin Del Potro's wrist ever be the same? 

3. Serena will have 20 major titles by the end of the year while Rafael Nadal will have 14 major titles (you do the math!). 

2. Novak Djokovic will win the 2015 Roland Garros

1. Will Roger Federer, Mirka, and their 4 kids ride off into the sunset and bid tennis land an adieu?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Australian Open 2015: Closer Look - Nike Ladies

Nike went bold colors for its ladies kits down under at the 2015 Australian Open. 

The lucky ladies had their pick of pink and green outfits while battling it out in Melbourne. 

Let's take a Closer Look:

Petra Kvitova, Taylor Townsend, Sara Errani, and Roberta Vinci wore the same kit featuring a mix of cap sleeves and racer backs. 

Vika Azarenka rocked a similar design in head-to-toe lime green. 

Madison Keys and Genie Bouchard wore the same pink and green Maria Sharapova Collection separates. 

For the top Nike Divas, it was all about that back

Maria Sharapova

Serena Williams

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Australian Open 2015: Style Preview - Fila

GlamSpinTennis was thrilled to hear from Fila's marketing rep to get the scoop on Fila's 2015 Australian Open Platinum Collection. 

According to Fila the "Platinum collection features INVISTA’s THERMOCOOL ™ fabric, designed to optimize the body’s natural thermal capabilities through smart fiber cross-sections: Duoregulation ™ adapts to the wearer’s needs."

On the women's side, Jelena Jankovic, Julia Goerges, and Vera Zvonareva will be sporting the platinum designs which feature pink accents in both Jelena's and Julia's kits. 

Francine Candiotti, Fila's tennis design expert explained exclusively GlamSpinTennis (by email), that the "diva pink" highlights were selected " an invigorating, luminous color that would flatter all skin tones." 
Jelena Jankovic

"This playful feminine pink was paired with white and shadow black. We used THERMOCOOL™ fabric in this collection, which absorbs the color beautifully! 

When you use technical fabrications the color appears brighter. So the end result is smooth and sleek. Pink is always a popular color choice. You have to choose the right shade to make it fresh and effective."

Julia Goerges

Fila collaborates with its sponsored athletes to develop innovative and functional tennis designs. 

According to Fila's Francine, "the feedback they give me is priceless. They tell me what silhouette fits best or what bra gives them the best support."

On the men's side, Sam Querrey and Andreas Seppi will battle for the Australian Open crown in Fila's Platinum Collection which features two crew silhouettes and a polo shirt. 

GlamSpinTennis is a fan of Sam's crisp, athletic look. 

Sam Querrey

Andreas Seppi

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Hopman Cup 2015 Superlatives

Happy 2015! Thank goodness the tennis season has begun! The nearly 2 week break was rough, wasn't it? 

As we journey Down Under to the Australian Open, we have arrived at one of the best stops of the year in Western Australia - the Hopman Cup

When watching the Hopman Cup, don't you wish every tournament and slam had a mixed doubles tournament? GlamSpinTennis sure does. 

Alas, other that this detour to Perth, we only get to see official mixed doubles pairings at the Olympic Games every 4 years. 

Hopman Cup 2015 Superlatives:

Most likely to be hometown heroes if they can make it to the final round:
Team Australia - Casey Dellacqua & Matt Ebden

Most excited to play in their first Hopman Cup:
Team Czech -  Lucie Safarova & Adam Pavlasek

Most likely to ride a win at the Hopman Cup to Australian Open victory
Team Canada - Genie Bouchard & Vasek Pospisil

Most awkward pairing/best rebound:
Team Great Britain - Heather Watson & Andy Murray
(Andy Murray chose to play with Laura Robson over the higher ranked Heather Watson during the 2012 Olympic Games. Andy and Laura went on to win the silver medal). 

Most are they or aren't they? and most attractive:
Team Italy - Flavia Panetta & Fabio Fognini

Most likely dark horse team of the tournament
Team Poland - Aga Radwanska & Jerzy Janowicz

Most theatrical and best dressed
Team France - Alize Cornet & Benoit Paire

Most stressed, jet-lagged, and in need of a cup of coffee: 
Team USA - Serena Williams & John Isner
Recent Spin:
 2014 Hopman Cup Superlatives