Eubanks should go pro.
He played well against Fritz and Donaldson. Fritz is a power player and Donaldson was a more solid version of Fritz and Donaldson had more training on the red clay so you can tell he plays with more margin of error. In the end, Harrison was too strong and crafty for Eubanks. Also, it was clear that Eubanks was not “on his game” against Harrison. In his match against Fritz and Donaldson, Eubanks played well by dominating with power tennis. Big serving and big forehands. He is 6 foot 8. He should be able to crack more aces and hit more serves that are unreturnable. if he has the desire then he should go Pro, If Karlovic and Isner can do it then Eubanks can do it. It was a great display by Eubanks and I think he could win more by “going for broke more often” Attacking when his opponent is serving and going for aces in his game similar to Karlovic and Isner. Also, Eubanks has a good one-handed backhand and a good slice. He should continue to get up to the net.
I was happy with how Eubanks played and I hope he will keep playing more tournaments. He has the game right now to be around the top 60 or top 70 of the ATP and he is going to have to “grind” to pull his game up to the top 30! But Isner and Karlovic could do it.
-DJ ROBO BISCUIT
She is on the rise! Number 76 in the world Beatriz Haddad Maia. One of the few high level female players from Brazil. She is lefty. She plays more of a counter-punching style based on being consistent. It appears she has more of a skill-set for constructing points on the clay.
Haddad Maia does not possess any big powerful weapons but she can slice her lefty serve and she can MAKE BALLS!
Also, the Brazilian male player MONTIERO plays pretty well, he is a lefty and a good clay court grinder with a pretty clean game (very spin spin).
Hurray for tennis! I hope that Beatriz Haddad Maia can keep winning and pull her ranking up into the top 50!!!
DJ ROBO BISCUIT
Madison Brengle! Alison Riske! Jared Donaldson!
Madison Brengle knocks out Petra Kvitova.
Alison Riske defeats Mladenovic! (french player)
Jared Donaldson makes it past Lorenzi and must play Dominic Thiem!
You would think the USTA and American Press would be going nuts! This is great tennis success for American youngsters! But these players are not household names. There is nothing fancy about Alison Riske, she is a baseliner with a counterpunching game. Jared Donaldson is a grinder and a basher who plays rock solid because he honed his game in Buenos Aires (very smart). Madison Brengle has a super ugly game. I am exaggerating by writing that. Her game does not look like Maria Sharapova at all. You can tell that Brengle did get her strokes fine-tuned over and over again by Rick Macci and Robert Lansdorp and Nick Bolletieri. For Brengle, she is always changing the spins, she does not often have full follow-throughs. She likes to use the forehand-chip ball to change the pace. You can see she is often hitting her backhand very flat. In my opinion, Brengle is the BRAD GILBERT of the Women’s game, she plays the game like chess and she forces her opponent to play worse and worse as they adjust to her style of play. I’m a big Brengle fan!!! But the USTA does not like her, they never give her any praise!!! You could have a list of American players and they would skip over her. The only way possible for Brengle to get some love from the USTA would be if she made it to the Semifinals of a grand slam and knocked out multiple seeds, they would be like “Damn, this girl is good at winning matches.” Life is tough for Brengle, she has had to grind and grind and grind. And she can not overwhelm her opponent with power. Sometimes Brengle will surprise her opponents with a winner off either side but she will often wait for an error or try to make her opponent uncomfortable.
I hope these non-famous players can keep on winning! I am happy for them because I know their rankings will go up!!!
Also, keep an eye on Osaka! Naomi Osaka is a huge threat to Venus Williams!
Go American tennis! And go unconventional tennis!
Stay fluffy, DJ ROBO BISCUIT, July 6th 2017
Here is an update on this year’s French Open. I had previously said that these women would make the Quarterfinals.
Carla Suarez Navarro
Only 3 of them are still left in the tournament. Kerber lost, Cibulkova was upset by Ons Jabeur of Tunisia, Davis was knocked out, Gavrilova lost, and Siegemund was out with injury.
Carla Suarez Navarro
These 3 are the players to watch. Also, Ostapenko is very dangerous; CiCi Bellis I think will lose to Caroline Wozniacki. Muguruza is a former champion. Svitolina is talented. And Pliskova is #2 in the world.
So now look for these 8 in the quarterfinals.
Carla Suarez Navarro
Pliskova (World #2)
(and here is one more contender: Timea Bacinsky)
The current women’s pro tour is extremely difficult to predict. It appears to be very common that in grand slams the upsets just rain like hellfire. Unknown players get HOT and rip winners; the seeds get cocky and can’t make their shots, and some players just mentally breakdown. Just look at Ons Jabeur of Tunisia! Nobody was expecting her to come through qualifying and then knock out Cibulkova.
Also, on the Men’s side: Tsonga was upset in the first round. Nick Kyrgios was defeated by Kevin Anderson of South Africa. Monfils will play Richard GasQUET (I am expecting Monfils to win that one, BUT Richard is extremely talented on the clay)
It looks like there is a high chance of NADAL and MURRAY and DJOKOVIC and WAWRINKA going deep in the tournament.
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Hey! This is my early French Open Prediction (with an update). I’m doing the prediction based on my tennis knowledge and my keeping up with the tour so far this year (also, I can not predict if people will get injured and pull out right before the tournament). Now I am adjusting for current news.
For the WTA this will be the 8 women in the quarterfinals:
Carla Suarez Navarro
Kerber is a counter-puncher. Cibulkova is a grinder. Halep’s game is well suited for the clay (hopefully she doesn’t get knocked out by Shelby Rogers early on). Kuznetsova is a beast and knows how to win on clay. Navarro is a dirt-baller with a beautiful one-handed backhand. Lauren Davis is fast and a grinder, she plays great on the clay. Gavrilova is a battler who loves the fight and will feed off the French Open crowd. Siegemund has been playing really well on the clay and she has a really nice game so I have faith that she can make it deep.
ATP French Open QuarterFinals:
Juan Martin Del Potro
I’m expecting Murray and Djokovic to get knocked out. For some reason they are very beatable right now. Tsonga and Monfils have the French crowd to motivate them. Kyrgios is box-office and if his head is in the game then he can hit right through the clay no problem. Dominic Thiem is MONEY on the clay with his game. It is harder on the men’s side due to the depth of competition. There are some very tough clay court players like Zeballos or Ramos Vinolas or Carreno Busta or Pablo Cuevas and these guys can be VERY VERY dangerous. But those are my picks!
I hope my fans will comment or my haters will let me know how bad my picks are! I also challenge other people to make an early prediction!!!
Thank you to all my fans and viewers! Stay fluffy!
-End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT
On this post I want to highlight some pro players who are good or cool who are much less famous than the players who always win titles and such. The Pro Tour is big and there are many players who are always battling to get inside the Top 100 and get fame/fortune.
CAGLA BUYUKAKCAY – is a Turkish tennis player. Currently 157 in the world on the WTA circuit. With a career high of 60 in the world. In 2016, she won the Istanbul Cup defeating Danka Kovinic in the finals.
IPEK SOYLU – is another Turkish tennis player. Currently 155 in the world. She has had success on the ITF circuit and in 2014 she won the US Open Girls doubles. Only 21 years old, so she still has time to make her WTA tour success.
SABINA SHARIPOVA – obviously her name is very similar to Maria’s. She is an Uzbek tennis player. She has won title on the ITF circuit.
JANG SU-JEONG – A south Korea player. Age 22. She has had ITF success. Currently 125 in the world.
BEATRIZ HADDAD MAIA – A 20 year old player from Brazil. Currently 108 in the world. She has won 2 doubles titles on the WTA tour. She appears to be “on the rise.”
ALEXANDER BUBLIK – he is a lesser known “young gun” only 19 years old from Russia and playing for Kazakhstan. He is talented and can win matches at the highest level.
MARIUS COPIL – Currently at a career high ranking of 90 in the world! Romania. One-handed backhand.
CASPER RUUD – 18 years old from Norway. He is another ATP young gun. He is currently a Yonex player.
The ATP and WTA is vast. Usually the light is always shown on players who make it to the semifinals of tournaments. I do my best to follow up and coming players to see if they are able to win just one match here and there and slowly pull the ranking up so they have the opportunity to actually play the real players. Real players being top 100 tennis players. On the ATP and the WTA, once you are top 100 then you are for real. If you are a pro player who is consistently top 80 in the world then you are making a good living. Sometimes, the lesser known players, in the course of one year they only have one or two notable wins. It is a grind!
I hope my post can bring a little more light to some of the lesser known players on the tour.
Thank you! DJ ROBO BISCUIT