The State of Asian Tennis (2017)

This is an analysis of Asian women’s tennis on the pro circuit.  It is taking into account their rankings and their prospects for success coming up.

In the present day, there are A LOT of skilled tennis players from China, Japan, and Tai-pei (Taiwan also).  It is hard to ignore their depth of talent.  Personally, when I was watching this year’s Australian Open I was impressed by the sheer number of players from Asia that were playing and winning.  Little known YingYing Duan made it to the third round and lost to Venus Williams (Venus destroyed her).  It really showed to me that China had arrived on the world stage of tennis.  Obviously, it kind of already did when you had Li Na winning a few years back but that was only one player.  Now there are multiple players.  Keep in mind they are not battling to win the tournament but they are in the tournament and making their presence known.

The Asian powerhouse is going to keep on coming.  Be on the lookout for them in the next 3 grand slams of this year.  The absolute biggest prospect is Naomi Osaka due to her power-tennis-big-time-winner-heavy game.  Osaka has a strong serve with a BIG forehand and a backhand that can also hit winners from anywhere.  When she is on she is very dangerous but it is hard to say if she has the mental toughness built up to finish off the Top 10 players.

It makes sense that Asia would eventually produce players due to the sheer size of their population.  It used to be that women’s tennis was dominated by Americans and Russians and Spaniards.  There has been a shift.  The women’s game is very diverse right now in terms of countries.  Sharapova has returned to the game so she is a dangerous player to keep in mind.  One thing to factor now to any major is that the Asian players are dangerous.   Case and point, Shuai Zhang, people were not expecting much from her and she just had a huge cinderella run in Australia.

Here are the players:

Shuai Zhang 31 in the world, China

Shuai Peng, 38 in the world, China (she plays two-hands on both sides)

Naomi Osaka, 19 years old, 47 in the world, Japan  (Best prospect for rising up into the top 20)

MISAKI DOI, 52 in the world, Lefty and good counter-puncher, Japan

Qiang Wang, 57 in the world, China

YingYing DUAN, 61 in the world, China

SaiSai Zheng, 67 in the world, China

Risa Ozaki, 72 in the world, China

Nao Hibino, 81 in the world, Japan

Kurumi Nara, 97 in the world, Japan

 

And the list goes on with players outside the top 100 as well.  ALSO, there are the CHAN SISTERS.  Team Chan/Chan is a VERY good doubles team.

That is 10 players in the top 100.  It is hard to say how big of an impact the Asian Tennis Force will have at the French Open.  The Asian players will most likely be much more dangerous at Wimbledon (Osaka) and at the US Open (look out for Osaka there as well).  Also, Side note, at Wimbledon be on the lookout for Pironkova from Bulgaria who is beautiful but also an extremely crafty grass court player.

Feel free to comment.  Me, personally, I am very interested to see how the Asian contingent will progress and if China/Japan/Taiwan/Thailand will continue to bring up professional tennis talent.

Thank you!

-End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT, Monday May 1st, 2017

Australian Open 2017 Stories and Upsets

Shelby Rogers from USA knocks out Simona Halep in the first round.  (big upset!)

Basically unknown player Alexander Bublik defeats Lucas Pouille in the first round (HUGE upset!)

Francis Tiafoe wins first round!  Great for Tiafoe as he came through qualifying!

Gilles Muller defeats Taylor Fritz in the first round.

M.Zverev defeats John Isner!

Lukas Lacko makes it into round 3.

Andreas Seppi defeats Nick Kyrgios in 5 sets!

Ivo Karlovic makes round 3!

an on fire and in-form Denis Istomin defeats Novak Djokovic!

Daniel Evans makes round 4 by defeating Bernard Tomic!

Ying-Ying Duan(China) makes a big run but loses to Venus Williams!

17 year old Jaimee Fourlis wins first round match!

Bacsinkzky knocks out Camila Giorgi in the first round.

Bouchard (Canada) has epic battle with Coco Candeweghe and Coco wins! #USA

Sorana Cirstea defeats Alison Riske and will know play Muguruza.

Daria Gavrilova keeps winning!  She now plays Karolina Pliskova, the number 5 seed.

 

There have been huge upsets!  On the Men’s side, it is massive that Istomin was able to defeat Djokovic.      Federer keeps on winning despite being the #17 seed.

Daniel Evans knocked out Cilic and Tomic.     Andreas Seppi is resurgent and beats Kyrgios.

and a big breakthrough for Jennifer Brady from America!

 

HURRAY!  Let’s go Australian Open 2017!

 

Naomi Osaka On The Rise

Naomi Osaka is a beast.  Now she is making money!  Osaka signed a deal with WOWOW (I think) and Nissan cup noodles!  Now she is getting that Japanese money!

Here is the full story:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/daniellerossingh/2016/12/02/rising-japanese-tennis-star-naomi-osaka-signs-two-deals/#6d03901c6c01

 

Be on the look out for Naomi Osaka in 2017.  As long as she is healthy she will be winning titles and beating good players!  Here she is playing Misaki Doi :

Crazy Dani a.k.a Daniel Koellerer

Daniel Koellerer is suffering a lifetime ban from tennis.

He has a lifetime ban from tennis due to match fixing.  He also was one of the most hated men on the tour.

At one point Lukas Koubot choked him on the court.  I think he called him an “asshole” or possibly insulted his mother.   Clearly it is out of the ordinary for somebody to get grabbed by the throat on the tennis court.

When Crazy Dani played it was with a lot of anger and yelling.  But he definitely had much passion.  The thing that saddens me the most is that he had a nice tennis game.  He had a good serve and he was fast.  His tennis game was versatile and he was a battler.  But he was just too crazy.  Crazy Dani could not control his craziness.

Enjoy this video (Sorry for the music)(not my video)

 

(End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT, good luck in life to Daniel Koellerer)

7 Days in Hell (Thoughts)(Samberg)

Very Funny.

7 Days in Hell lasts 42 minutes.   The humor is really good and if you are a tennis fan then you shall appreciate the comedy of this cool Mockumentary!

7 Days in Hell is an Andy Samberg production and it also has the dude from Game of Thrones!    Serena Williams is also in the movie.     Fred Armisen (Portlandia) and Will Forte also feature in the comedy masterpiece.

It does have some penis in it.   And there is some Genitalia (spoiler alert).

As a blogger who enjoys Tennis, Robo Biscuit thought 7 Days in Hell was excellent.

I recommend it.  Indubitably!

-DJ ROBO BISCUIT

An Awesome Tennis Racquet

Do you need a racquet?   Look no further than the Head Prestige.

The Head Prestige is an excellent racquet.  The racquet has excellent feel and the ability to produce spin.  If you are a skilled player who has control and/or spin then go for the Midsize option (93 square inch) as it will increase your feel.

If you have played some tennis and you want a serious racquet (but don’t feel comfortable with a super advanced racquet) then the Head Prestige MidPlus is the way to go (98 square inches).

Don’t waste your time researching all racquets that exist.   If you want a good racquet then I am specifically recommending:   Head Microgel Prestige Mid (that is a 93 square inch head).

Other versions of the Prestige are good too, like the “i” series (intelligence)

The Microgel Prestige and the specifications on it produce an excellent racquet and you can hit a strong clean ball.

— DJ ROBO BISCUIT