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Memorable Moments On Court, 2018


Novak Djokovic’s year began on the dark side, but Wednesday, October 31, in a Halloween surprise, Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Paris Masters, opening the door for the Serbian to rise to number. How did he make up all that ground? Getting back to form, quite simply. Wednesday Djokovic became the first player since Marat Safin to reach the top spot, after being ranked outside the top 20 in the same season. Djokovic's year turned around at the Italian Open Masters, where he made his way to the semifinals but lost to Rafael Nadal. He then went on to win Wimbledon, Cincinnati, the U.S. Open, and Shanghai, his 32nd Masters title and only one behind the leader, Nadal. Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com.

Svitolina WTA Finals Winner

 Expectations for a career breakthrough by Elina Svitolina have followed the Ukraine native for years. People kept wondering when she would grab a Grand Slam, after gaining a solid hold in the top ten. This year, she silenced the naysayers and satisfied her own longing for big titles when she won the WTA Year-end Finals in Singapore, a tournament that showcases only the top eight points’ winners for the year. Svitolina played a flawless week of tennis, without dropping a set, to capture the prestigious title. She finished the year at number four.
Photo credit Karla Kinne tennisclix.com


Aryna Sabalenka is DownTheTee’s player to watch in 2019. At the beginning of 2018, the 20-year-old Belarusian was ranked number 78. In November she reached number 11, having won her first two career titles: Wuhan China, a Premier 5 level tournament, and The Connecticut Open, a Premier level tournament. Sabalenka has powerful ground strokes and serve. However, her competitive nature and go-for-it attitude in the clinch took her over the line in many matches and thrilled fans the most. At the U.S. Open, Sabalenka battled Naomi Osaka in the fourth round until the eventual champion, Osaka, squeaked out the win. 
Photo credit Karla Kinne tennisclix.com

Naomi Osaka shocks Serena Williams in U.S. Open final, amid controversy. Osaka apologizes for winning. Williams tells her to be proud. 

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Odds makers, before any tennis ball was whacked,  leaned toward Serena Williams winning her 24th Grand Slam in singles, which would’ve matched that set by Margaret Court, on Saturday, September 9, inside Arthur Ashe Stadium. However, betters  weren’t expecting a Williams’ meltdown or Osaka staying in her own corner of the court in order to maintain focus and pull off the upset in her inaugural major, 6-3, 6-4.
Photo credit Karla Kinne

 Bertens and Djokovic Triumph at Western & Southern Open


Kiki Bertens won the Women’s Singles title at the Western & Southern Open in her first hard-court final of her career. Unseeded, she defeated Simona Halep, the number-one seed, in a three-set battle where the Romanian had a championship point in the second-set tiebreak but lost: 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-2. Bertens had considered retirement at the end of last year. “I think in the end of last year I ws really not happy with the way I felt,” the Dutchwoman said, as reported by the tournament web site. “I was like, okay, I don’t want to continue like this. So, if I have to feel like this all the time on the court it’s better to stop.” Fans are lucky she persevered. The win over Halep was Bertens’ tenth victory over a top-ten player in 2018.
Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com

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Novak Djokovic finally broke through at the Western & Southern Open to win his first title at this ATP Masters 1000 tournament held in Mason, Ohio, and complete a sweep of all nine Master 1000 tournaments. He is the only player who has won all nine, since the ATP created this tier of tournaments in 1990. Additionally, he is the only player who has won all four Grand Slams at least once plus all the Masters 1000s. Djokovic defeated Roger Federer, who was seeking his eighth Cincinnati crown, 6-4, 6-4.
Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com

Tennis News by Jane Voigt at TheSportsHaven.com 

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Novak Djokovic won his fourth Wimbledon title and proved to the world that he is definitely back in the tennis saddle. Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com.

Grading Wimbledon:
Who Went to the Top of the 2018 Class?

July 17, 2018.

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Rafael Nadal looking comfortable with the Coupe des Mousquetaire, altering defeating first-time finalist Dominic Thiem Sunday. The title was Nadal’s 11th. Photo credit: JohnAnthony/ISPA/tennisclix 

French Open Recap: Nadal Wins 11th Title, Halep Wins 1st Grand Slam & More. 

June 11, 2018. 

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Rafael Nadal takes a bite from U.S. Open trophy last September. The King of Clay is expected to repeat his dominance in Paris when Roland Garros gets underway Sunday, May 27. Photo credit Leslie Billman tennisclix.com.

King of Clay: Rafael Nadal Expected to Win Record 11th French Open Title
May 22, 2018

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An elated John Isner, after winning the BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Calif. It was his first ATP Masters 1000 singles title. Photo credit Karla Kinne tennisclix.com.

All-American Sweep Marks Last Miami Open for Key Biscayne
April 3, 2018

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Roger Federer, BNP Paribas Open, 2017. Federer has 1000 points to defend his at this Indian Wells Masters tournament, which begins March 8, 2018.

Transcending Tennis: Roger Federer Ascends to No. 1, Again
February 20, 2018

Roger Federer: Tennis’s Miracle at the Australian Open and Beyond.
January 29, 2018 

Tennis Thoughts: Can The Big Four Bounce Back? December 1, 2017

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Rafael Nadal (left) and Roger Federer, during the awards ceremony at Indian Wells, 2017. Federer beat Nadal to win his 5th title in the desert. 

By Jane Voigt

December 1, 2017 — Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal had spectacular seasons. They each won two Grand Slams; and, they ended the year ranked one and two respectively for the eighth time in their careers. However, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray skirted almost half the season due to injuries. Can they pick up where they left off and help lift the Big Four to its acquired status? If not, will we see the Golden Era of Men’s Tennis come to a close? 

Jana Novotna: Smooth and Graceful on Court; Dead at 49. November 22, 2017

By Jane Voigt

November 23, 2017 — Jana Novotna’s grace and brilliance in doubles won her the Wimbledon Singles Championship in 1998. But five years earlier, she had come within two games of that same title, losing her direction and the match only to create one of the most enduring moments in sport during the 1990s: She cried on the shoulder of The Duchess of Kent, during the awards ceremony. Novotna died three days ago of cancer. She was 49.

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Sloane Stephens celebrates her U.S. Open title, after defeating friend and fellow American, Madison Keys
6-3, 6-0. This was Stephens’ first Grand Slam victory. 

WTA Triumph: Women’s Tennis Won Big in 2017. November 10, 2017

By Jane Voigt

November 10, 2017 - You may have watched more men’s tennis matches in 2017 just because it was so darn hard to find women’s matches on television or through any other electronic means. However, when compared, nothing surpassed the drama, athleticism or heartwarming comebacks witnessed on the WTA Tour this year. Photo credits Leslie Billman tennisclix.com. 

Singapore’s WTA Finals Drenched with Drama, Missed by Millions. October 30, 2017

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By Jane Voigt

October 30, 2017 — Caroline Wozniacki (right) won her biggest title at the WTA Finals in Singapore, October 29, defeating Venus Williams, whom she had never beaten in 7 attempts. Too bad thousands and perhaps millions of tennis fans couldn’t see it. That tragedy rests directly on the shoulders of the WTA. Photo credit Karla Kinne tennisclix.com. 

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The familiar and decades-old rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (above left to right) has resurfaced in 2017. Last week at The Shanghai Masters tournament, Federer beat Nadal in the final, winning his 94th career title. ("Roger Federer Proves Himself Twice at Shanghai Masters") The win was Federer’s 5th consecutive victory over Nadal. Both have won 6 titles for the year and split the Grand Slams. Federer won the Australian Open and Wimbledon; Nadal won Roland Garros and The U.S. Open. 
Photo credit Jane Voigt. 

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