French Open reaches fever pitch

Since my last post, the French Open 2012 has already provided us with unbelievable matches and plenty of splendid displays from the tennis elite.

In the women’s draw, the biggest shock was the exit of Serena Williams in the first round. Since entering her first Grand Slam event in 1998, she had never lost at this stage in a major tournament. Virginie Razzano, the French number four, completed this astonishing victory after eight match points in an incredible 25-minute final game.

After my comments on Monday, saying that Maria Sharapova’s biggest obstacle in winning the career slam is Serena Williams; it should follow that Sharapova is now the outright favourite. If her first round demolition of Alexandra Cadantu, which ended in a 6-0 6-0 scoreline, is replicated on Friday then this must be the case.

Virginie Razzano knocks Serena Williams out in the first round at the French Open.
Source: dailytelegraph.au

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Can Maria Sharapova win at Roland Garros?

Maria Sharapova winning Wimbledon in 2004 
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 As one of the favourites to win the French Open title this year, Maria Sharapova has seriously put herself in contention to win the only Grand Slam that has eluded her. After a gutsy victory in Rome, against the reigning French Open champion Li Na, Sharapova yet again … Continue reading

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba points to the heavens after scoring Chelsea's equaliser.
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If Chelsea’s Champions League final win last night could be told through one man it would be Didier Drogba. Eight years as a Chelsea player and eight years as their talisman was encapsulated in one breathtaking performance. Of course, if possession statistics could win … Continue reading

A Premier League Hangover

Mario Balotelli, Roberto Mancini and Vincent Kompany celebrate Man City's first title win for 44 years.
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The weeks after the Premier League season finishes are a tough test for football fans. They know that a nine -month long discussion of great goals, footballing tactics and controversial chickens must come to an end, leaving football fans with a terrible hangover.  So, it is a natural reaction … Continue reading

LIVE EVENT: Hockey Final at the Olympic Park

Jonty Clarke, Harry Martin and  Nick Catlin of Team GB sign autographs after the match.

Last Sunday, I visited the Riverbank Arena at the Olympic Park to watch the Visa International Invitational Hockey Tournament. Even though the cold temperatures made the test event feel more a part of the Winter Olympics, there were still two men’s hockey matches to look … Continue reading

Van Persie’s form down to his ‘lucky pen’

Robin Van Persie and Fabrice Muamba meet as Van Persie congratulates his former teammate for his miraculous recovery.
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Last night, I was extremely fortunate to be invited to the Football Writers’ Assosciation gala dinner, where Robin Van Persie received his Footballer of the Year award. The entire evening was celebratory as Fabrice Muamba, accompanied by his fiancee Shauna … Continue reading

NBA playoff moments – Michael Jordan

The NBA playoffs are now well under way; all fire extinguishers are currently being hidden from all of the New York Knicks players and spectators are ready for some great matches and magic moments from the current stars of the game. Big names such as Kobe Bryant and LeBron James are always in the mix to produce something special at this point, as they have done in the past.

However, will any of these players be able to perform well enough to make them ‘the next Michael Jordan’? It’s something that is mentioned often by the media, especially because there is a talented generation playing in the NBA right now who are producing stellar performances.

Looking back though, it’s hard to see another man bring as much excitement to the NBA as Michael Jordan did.

Michael Jordan will definitely enter Play with Flair’s Hall of Fame, but which other basketball greats should join him?

Have your say below.