2018 Pro Women To Watch (WTA)

These are women to watch in 2018.

Jaimee Fourlis (Ranking: 324)   18 year old Jaimee Fourlis will be a player to watch on the WTA tour.   Fourlis has an athletic build and is a big striker of the ball.  She has had good junior success and is ready to make her breakthrough on the pro stage.    She has a wildcard into the Australian Open and will most likely be seen in the lead up tournaments as well.


Destanee Aiava (153)  17 year old Aiava of Australia is also set to gain ground in 2018.  She won the Wildcard playoff in Australia so she is into the year’s first grand slam.  Aiava has a good athletic build and hits the ball very strong off the ground; she has easy power.   In 2017 she defeated Bethanie Mattek Sands.


3) Wozniacki.   Expect more winning and more consistency from Wozniacki.  By the end of 2017, Wozniacki was looking to be the most “solid” of the players with her movement, her returning, and her backhand looking the most consistent.

4) Bundle Group –    Look for Svitolina, Ostapenko, and Garcia to continue their winning ways.   Svitolina has the best “all around game” of the top 10 women.   If Ostapenko is “hot” then she can beat any player by just hitting winner after winner.   Look for Garcia to have more wins especially against players like Wozniacki and Halep.  Garcia is striking her groundstrokes very cleanly and her swing volley as well as her aggressive play is strong!

5)  Ashleigh Barty.  World #17 Ashleigh Barty is extremely dangerous.   She is a very talented and athletic player.   If she is playing well I expect her to produce upsets and work her way close to the top 10.


6) NOT Kerber.   I think players have figured out how to beat Kerber and she has lost some of her confidence.

7) Maria Sharapova.   Expect Sharapova to continue her climb up the rankings.   Sharapova has an extremely strong competitive spirit combined with some of the other players.  You will see various players give up once they start losing, but Sharapova will continue to fight for the whole match.    She has the heart of a champion.

8) Naomi Osaka of Japan.  Osaka is a huge striker of the ball.  Expect her to do more winning in 2018 and work her way up the rankings more.

9) Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil.    She is very solid and clearly has more of a clay court style game.  She is lefty and is very consistent.  I expect her to continue her winning ways and to climb the rankings.

10) Sabalenka of Belarus. The 19 year old World #73 is like a young Sharapova.  She is a grunter and a big striker of the ball off of both wings.  I expect her to win more matches (as long as keeps her on straight)


Also, assuming they are healthy, If Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka come back for the full season then they have good chances of dominating the tour.  They will face opposition from players like Pliskova or Venus or Sharapova.  But when they are playing well, Serena and Azarenka are extremely hard for the other women to beat.

Let me know if you agree or disagree.  Or just let me know what players you think are the ones to watch in 2018.


Obvious Child and Landline, Interesting Jenny Slate movies

“Obvious Child” and “Landline” are both interesting human films starring Jenny Slate.   They both have to do with an adult woman trying to deal with real life adult problems.   Obvious Child is funnier than Landline.  Landline is more like a drama and Obvious Child is a romantic comedy.   Both films are sincere and earnest.  I recommend Obvious Child over Landline as it is more entertaining.   BUT, if you like films that are about people trying to deal with their problems and you kind of like hipster-y women then Landline might be more entertaining.

Some have called Landline “Blase” whatever that means!     The two films are well-directed and are interesting enough to have you watch all the way through and you also don’t really know what it going to happen!

If you are a fan of Jenny Slate and you just wish you could see her in the movies then these are two very entertaining films.



The State of American Women’s Tennis (2017)

Serena Williams is the current World Number 1 and pregnant.  She is only number 1 by 100 ranking points so if Serena is out with pregnancy then expect Kerber to overtake her in the next month or two (once we hit French Open and Wimbledon).

Venus Williams is number 11 in the world.   36 years old and counting.  Venus is incredibly dangerous and has the ability to beat any player when she is playing well and attacking.

Madison Keys is number 13 in the world.  22 years old and a big time power player.  Possible Wimbledon threat but she is an obvious hard court specialist.

CoCo Vandeweghe is world number 20.  Power player with a big serve.  She can possibly overpower the other girls.  But can CoCo keep her head in the game?

Lauren Davis is world number 32.  Only 23 years old and she is more of a clay court specialist and a “grinder.”  Look for her to do well in the clay court season.  Davis is quick and her game is kind of similar to Cibulkova.

USUE ARCONADA is world number 248 and 18 years old.

Here is a list of players with rankings:

Riske is 40 in the world.

McHale is 47 in the world.

Rogers is 52 in the world.

Catherine Bellis is 55 in the world at age 18.

Lepchenko is 66 in the world.

Madison Brengle is 82 in the world.

Julia Boserup is 85 in the world.

Brady is 87 in the world.

King is 100 in the world.

Mattek-Sands ; Gibbs ; Chirico ; Townsend ; Vickery; Muhammed; Kayla Day ; Jamie Loeb;   Ahn; Falconi; Kenin; Sloane Stephens; and Anisimova are also pro players with rankings outside the top 100.

Also, Melanie Oudin is 277 in the world.

American women’s tennis is doing stronger than it was 2 or 3 years ago.   The younger players of Riske and Davis are performing better most likely due to experience and more intense training.  Sloane Stephens was marked as like the NEW SERENA but she has kind of fallen apart (I guess with injury), she is definitely not doing well currently.   Rogers is dangerous on the Clay due to her power tennis and she is very dangerous against the top players.   Serena and Venus can still play great tennis.  CoCo had a big run in Australia so we need to see if she can keep it going.    Catherine Bellis is for sure a talented player but also young and not experienced.  But, if Bellis can play well then she can do damage in any tournament (I was disappointed she lost that match to Flipkens earlier this year but I guess experience defeated Youth).

I like the game of Madison Brengle.  She has an “ugly game.”  It is not beautiful to watch her tennis but she is able to win points and her game is very no-nonsense.  I think Odin said “She makes you play bad.”   Brengle can slice and hit flat and hit topspin and she will change the pace on purpose to mess up her opponent.  Brengle does not get much love from the commentators but I think fans of tennis can appreciate the Brengle tennis game.

American Women’s tennis has some talent and there are many players who are outside the top 100 who are good players but we shall see how the ladies do in the clay court season.

When Wimbledon comes around look for Venus to do well and maybe Brengle.

When the hard court season comes back look for Riske and Davis to do well.  I think Asia Muhhammed could be a great player if she could be a little more solid.  Also, Kayla Day is on the rise as well.

Go American girls tennis!

(End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT)

Amateur Diaries Part 2

It was another battle with Josh.   I really really did not want to lose my battle against Josh.  I was worried if I lost he would post on his Facebook wall that he defeated the “Young Buck” or something along those lines.


But as the match progressed I was having a hard time staying focused.

I was lost in my thoughts.  “Did Ronald Reagan lose his mind?”  “Did The Press crucify Bill Clinton too much?”  “Is the Military-Industrial Complex a real thing?”   “Will I ever find true love?”

I am missing balls in the net.    ZING! ZANG! WHOMP!    “Ace!” Josh yells out in his annoying voice.

I gotta keep it together.

I see a chipmunk find a nut next to the court.  I am completely lost in contemplation.  I wonder if that chipmunk has a family.   Do they love each other the same as us humans?

“Ace!” Josh yells out.

Damn.  I am getting spanked.

A beautiful lady walks by.  I lose it.   There are just too many distractions.  “Is that a single lady?” “Will she by my wife?”

Why do women always wear their sexy clothes to work out in?

“ACE!”  Josh’s serve flies past my racquet.

Man, this is just like that movie, Wimbledon, everything is happening kind of cheesy and I don’t even get to sleep with Kirsten Dunst!   Damn.   I really do not want Josh to post on Facebook about defeating me.

(End of Entry, DJ ROBO BISCUIT)