French Open Preview: Halep is women’s favourite

The draw for the French Open was made in Paris on Thursday, with Simona Help as the top seed and Johanna Konta leading the British charge.

Discontent hangs over Roland Garros

While tennis fans look forward to the French Open which kicks off tomorrow, with a schedule that features Andy Murray’s first round encounter with Stan Wawrinka, the organisers are facing a huge number of problems behind the scenes.

Svitolina and Rybakina in Strasbourg final

Elina Svitolina battled past both Aryna Sabalenka and the rain at the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Friday to advance into the final where she will meet Elena Rybakina in the championship match on Saturday.

History in the making after Paris QR3

Getting through 3 rounds of qualifying at a major is an accomplishment in itself, as Renata Zarazua, who became the first Mexican woman in a Grand Slam main draw in 20 years, and Mayar Sherif, the first Egyptian woman ever, will testify as they attained significant...

Tsitsipas and Rublev look set for the Hamburg final

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrey Rublev are the only seeds left playing the Hamburg European Open and as they are in separate parts of the draw, should be favourites for the final provided their semi-final opponents don’t continue their own excellent runs.

In Paris Murray faces tough opener while Nadal eyes No.13

Andy Murray has always said that since his hip operation, he looked forward most to playing the big events and they won’t come much tougher than his first-round clash with Stan Wawrinka on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

Dart falls, as Zvonareva and Errani move into Paris QR3

Making it into the 3rd round of qualifying were teenager Marta Kostyuk and veterans Vera Zvonareva and Sara Errani, but Harriet Dart and Caty McNally’s dreams of reaching the main draw of the French Open were shattered on the clay of Roland Garros, while top seed Ann...

Tsitsipas and Ruud shine in Hamburg

On paper the second seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas looks to have been given an easier passage to the final following the dismissal of the only other seed in his half of the draw but he will have to maintain a high level if he is to make it there.

Svitolina and Rybakina sweep on, Ostapenko out

The semi-final line-up at the Internationaux de Strasbourg was almost completed on Thursday, with favourite Elina Svitolina and Elena Rybakina making their respective seedings berths in the semi-finals, while Nao Hibino upset Jelena Ostapenko and Aryna Sabalenka hangs...

Ostapenko advances as Bertens retires in Strasbourg

Kiki Bertens, the top seed at the Internationaux de Strasbourg retired in the final set giving Jelena Ostapenko clear passage into the quarter-finals, while Elina Svitolina, Aryna Sabalenka and Elena Rybakina were all winners on Wednesday.
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Is she pregnant?

Serena Williams is pregnant. She told the world that she was Š—…20 weeksŠ— in a Snapchat message intimating her condition with a picture of herself in a yellow bikini showing off a bump.

No one in her management team would confirm or deny the news

This news came through yesterday but she then deleted it as well as a congratulatory message from the WTA!

Had she made the revelation too early? Was it a mistake? Surely she wouldnŠ—’t have posted it as a joke which has somewhat miss-fired!

No one in her management team would confirm or deny the news so her adoring public are left conjecturing whether Š—– if correct Š—– it means at the age of 35, she has reached the end of her career after collecting 23 grand slam titles, a record in the modern era.

Ironically next Monday she will rise to the top of the world rankings without having played a match since winning the Australian Open which isnŠ—’t a bad way to retire. Would she have the energy and determination to pick up the reins sometime in 2018 after having a child during the US Open or thereabouts?

The news however, will no doubt give heart to all the other players on the tour as her dominance, despite her age, has been comprehensive.

She announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian last December but her wedding date has not been made public. Presumably that could now well be rectified.

In the meantime, whether she meant to reveal her Š—…delicate conditionŠ—, congratulations have been pouring in from all corners of the tennis world, including us here at Tennis Threads.



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