Halep to end Ivanovic challenge

The stunning defeat of Serena Williams on Wednesday has left her group wide open. The world number one must now beat Eugenie Bouchard on Friday while Ana Ivanovic will play Halep who already has two victories. Simona Halep As I mentioned in my tournament preview, Halep looked tempting at odds of 13.0 but her recent form had not been convincing. Earlier in the season she would have been a lot… Read More »

Serena Williams clings to WTA Title hopes

Serena Williams suffered an embarrassing 6-0, 6-2 defeat at the hands of Simona Halep on Wednesday to blow the WTA Finals wide open. The world number one had looked in good form when beating Ana Ivanovic in straight sets in her opening game but must now defeat Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard to book her semi-final place. Serena Williams Most form pundits were left scratching their heads after Williams completely surrendered to… Read More »

Stats point to Sharapova in straight sets

Few would have predicted that Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova would be meeting in their second match at the WTA Finals with both needing a victory to keep their hopes alive. Maria Sharapova Ranked two and three in the world, both players had seemingly arrived here in good form and were second and third favourites to take the title. With Serena Williams having been thrashed by Simona Halep in her… Read More »

Radwanska can book semi-final place

The WTA Finals in Singapore continue on Thursday with Agnieszka Radwanska facing Caroline Wozniacki, both winners of their opening matches. Caroline Wozniacki The match between Wozniacki and Sharapova has been the best contest of the tournament so far. The Russian was arguably favourite to win the group but could not complete one of her famous fight-backs against a determined Wozniacki. The Dane had upset Sharapova at the US Open and she… Read More »

Sacred Falls to land Cox Plate for Waller

The $3million Group 1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on Saturday will see a three-pronged assault by trainer Chris Waller. He has declared Sacred Falls, Royal Descent and Foreteller for the race and the former looks to be his best chance of success. Sacred Falls Robert Hickmott’s Fawkner is the market leader after  his victory in the Caulfield Stakes but the placed horses are all back for another crack at the grey.… Read More »

Anderlecht can hold Gunners to a draw

Arsenal have made a slightly disappointing start to their Premiership season but boosted their Champions League prospects with a 4-1 win over Galatasaray on Match day 2. Arsenal That victory was largely due to a hat-trick from summer signing Danny Welbeck who has been one of the few bright spots for Arsene Wenger in recent weeks. Their patchy league form continued on Saturday when they needed a late goal from… Read More »

Real Madrid too strong for struggling Reds

Chelsea thumped Malibor 6-0 while Man City allowed a two-goal advantage to slip away at CSKA Moscow in Tuesday’s Champions’ League matches. Now it is the turn of Premiership title rivals Liverpool and Arsenal but both face much stiffer opposition. Liverpool Brendan Rodgers has admitted on several occasions already this season that Liverpool’s performances have not been good enough. On Sunday they appeared to have been denied three points at… Read More »

Pamona to get off the mark at Newmarket

The opening race at Newmarket on Wednesday is a two-year-old maiden for fillies over seven furlongs. The soft going will make this a thorough test of stamina so previous experience could be a significant advantage. Pamona The filly that stands out here is Luca Cumani’s Pamona, a daughter of Duke Of Marmalade out of Palanca by Inchinor. The dam was a Group 3 winner in very soft ground in Italy… Read More »

Kjeldsen the value bet in Perth International

The Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Perth has attracted a good quality field with the market headed by Charl Schwartzel and Victor Dubuisson. Charl Schwartzel Schwartzel missed the cut here in the inaugural event in 2012 and has only the Alfred Dunhill Championship to his credit this year. Dubuisson was disappointing at the Volvo World Match Play last week where he folded rather tamely against Mikko Ilonen… Read More »

English to hit form in McGladrey Classic

Winners have been hard to find in the early skirmishes on the US PGA Tour. Ben Martin held his nerve to take the Shriners Hospitals Open last week with three of our selections making the top twenty. The show moves on to the McGladrey Classic on Sea Island in Georgia. Matt Kuchar is the market leader with other familiar names in Chris Kirk, Zach Johnson and Bill Haas breathing down… Read More »