Northern Ireland – v – Switzerland shame!

Switzerland scored a penalty to win the match 1-0.

But the penalty was very obviously a ghastly error by officials. The ball hit a defender on the back of the shoulder from about 6 feet. Too close to call. No hand ball. No penalty.  Yet another instance of officials getting straightforward decisions very wrong.

This was a World Cup Qualifier in which Northern Ireland were robbed of a draw. Immediate steps must be taken to prevent future mistakes.

Women’s tennis 2018

Caroline Wozniacki has a new strategy and service game. Jelena Ostapenko will surely spend much time on her service before 1st January. Venus Williams capable still of beating anyone provided she wins first set. Serena Williams back in training and promises stiff opposition for everyone. Joanna  Conte will surely regroup. If Joanna fires on all cylinders, watch out! Then their are some ten others who will be in with a chance of winning each competition too.

WTA you are lucky to have so many exciting, entertaining personalities competing in your events. Great times ahead!

 

Caroline Wozniacki you did good!

Even with

Despite  a nervous ending, Caroline Wozniacki was able to impose her new tennis strategy and improved service to win her first “major” tournament. Caroline’s Final opponent was the in-form (but very tired at age 37) Serena Williams.

It was the 2017 season-end  WTA Finals, beating seven others who also qualified with most points accumulated over the season. So they were the eight top in-form WTA ladies tennis players of the year.

Well fought Caroline Wozniacki

Today Caroline Wozniacki applied all her experience and newly acquired thinking to beat a skilled Elina Pliskova 7-6 and 6-3.

Yesterday Caroline seemed to go from brilliantly positive to a shell like passiveness when losing a match in three sets she ought to have comfortably won in two.
Well played Caroline you will scare the rest with your improving “new style”.

Wozniacki and Ostapenko same problem!

Who would have thought that the games of Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko could be the same? Well, they both need to improve the effectiveness of their first and second services .

Recently Caroline has shown more aggression all round, particularly with her service. The serve now provides more free points and less expenditure of energy.

Jelena also urgently needs to develop a sound service game. She has most everything else. And like Caroline oozes femininity and charm.

If they choose to stay in the game, they promise much future entertainment for us tennis fans, and will help maintain the great interest in ladies tennis worldwide.

Caroline Wozniacki ill, injured, or naive?

The event – 2017 Year end WTA Group Finals. Her opponent – Caroline Garcia.

In all the times I’ve watched Caroline Wozniacki play, I have never seen her so tactically sound, accurate, or service dominant. And she won the first set 6-0!

THEN immediately all changed! She turned timid, unsure and her service lost its bite and accuracy. Seemingly for no good reason at all. Was she ill. Was she injured. Did she naively change tactics from positive to negative?

She lost the next two sets 6-3 and 7-5.