Grand slam winners, year end No 1s, biggest disappointment and more

Grand slam winners, year end No 1s, biggest disappointment and more

A ninth title would certainly go down well in south-west London, and looks at this point to be well within Federer’s grasp. While after a rough 2018, Muguruza feels like the forgotten woman of women’s tennis. Don’t rule her out of a comeback this year though.

US Open: Alexander Zverev and Serena Williams

It was at Flushing Meadows where Ivan Lendl’s previous pupil Andy Murray made his breakthrough, and with a bit more experience Zverev can do the same this year. For Williams, it will be five years since her last US title but her determination will ensure she finishes the year with a record-equalling 24th major title.

Vicki Hodges

Australian Open: Novak Djokovic and Karolina Pliskova

It might not be the boldest of calls, but it’s hard to look past world No 1 in the men’s draw after his resurgent second half to 2018. In the women’s draw, I’m backing Karolina Pliskova to collect her maiden grand slam. Now under the coaching guidance of Conchita Martinez, who assisted Garbine Muguruza’s Wimbledon success in 2017, the big serving Czech won the Brisbane International earlier this month.

French Open: Dominic Thiem and Simona Halep

While my heart is saying Rafael Nadal will win an historic 12th Roland Garros, my head is saying the King of Clay’s aging and aching body might not be up to the almighty task of defending his humongous crown. Cue last year’s finalist Dominic Thiem to step into Nadal’s somewhat large shoes to secure his first major. Simona Halep and the French Open clay will continue to be a perfect pairing. 

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