Halep leads host of contenders for Serena's crown

Halep leads host of contenders for Serena's crown

Halep leads host of contenders for Serena's crown

Billie Jean King, a 12-time Grand Slam singles champion, said on Friday the Australian, who is now a Pentecostal pastor, should have her name removed from the Melbourne show court at the Australian Open because of her divisive views on sexuality.

King and Navratilova insist, that if they were still competing on Tour, they would boycott the Margaret Court Arena during the Australian Open which begins on Monday.

Then came the hiatus, turning her hand to cricket before returning to tennis and making the third round a year ago.

"I kind of hit a bit of a wall", Konta admitted when asked Saturday about her end of 2017 woes.

"I say this without a lot of conviction, but I feel like Halep had such a disappointing 2017 in the majors, and I feel she is determined to turn that around", Evert said. "I'm sure that's just my opinion; maybe I'm wrong". I'm healthy. I have the opportunity to play here.

'I feel good. I think I've had a great previous year.

Barty made the final at the Sydney International but was defeated 6-4 6-4 by 2016 Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber. In top form, Pliskova, ranked six, will be hard to beat and she enjoyed a good warm-up in Brisbane last week, losing in the semi-final to Svitolina.

"But I try to take it one match at a time, be really focused on my game, and don't have, like, insane thoughts in my head". In Toronto, the 23-year-old demolished Venus, Muguruza, Halep and Wozniacki, proving she can put together a sustained run against the best.

"It's not nice to be answering these sorts of questions in press". It's a new week - a fresh week.

Spain's Garbine Muguruza has beaten Williams in a Grand Slam final before, but she is the only one of the current top four to have won a Slam.

"She's 37 years old; at her age, winning a Grand Slam would be a ridiculous achievement, especially as it would be her first Australian Open title", said Martina Navratilova, in a column she penned on the WTA's official website. I'm training every day.

"I think Wimbledon was different in every aspect", Muguruza said.

And what of Konta's chances of becoming the first British woman to win a Grand Slam since 1977? "Fingers crossed I can band it all together and play well this week". Venus lost her first match at the Sydney International, her only tuneup tournament.

That success led to a spot on couches next to Kelly Ripa, Ryan Seacrest and Jimmy Kimmel; an appearance on "Good Morning America", a new deal with Nike (after being the face of women's tennis for Under Armour since 2010) and a spike in followers on social media.

"I've started to play more consistently", she said. "I support whatever it is they want to do and how they want to live". Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports Madison Keys returns a shot during the women's U.S. Open final in Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in NY. "But the women's game doesn't have that at the moment".

"There's that mix of veterans still at the top, then young players coming through as well and being dominant in certain areas".

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