Simon Reed

  • Kvitova can dominate the women’s tour

    Petra Kvitova's emergence as an ominous presence on
    the women's tour is great for the game, and the Czech player can win a Grand
    Slam this season.

    As ever, we need to be wary of ushering in a new era
    of dominance from a rapidly improving talent, but Kvitova has every attribute
    in her locker to distinguish herself within the WTA Tour.

    Coached by David Kotyza, she trains at the same club
    as Tomas Berdych and Lucie Safarova, and has the power and guile of each
    respectively.

    Kvitova has everything in her artillery to challenge
    the dominant Kim Clijsters in Grand Slams, and she has the rest of the

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  • WTA – My players of the year

    Francesca Schiavone

    For me, the woman of the year has to be Francesca Schiavone.

    She's a fabulous character, and my lasting memory of the 2010 WTA season will be her triumph at Roland Garros - one of the most uplifting occasions I've ever witnessed as a tennis commentator.

    Sure, there were some mitigating circumstances - Sam Stosur did a lot of the legwork knocking out the top players on her way to the final, before underperforming on the day - but Schiavone executed her game-plan to perfection.

    She's always been a battler, and has always worn her heart on her sleeve, but in her first Grand

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  • Don’t discount in-form Venus at Roland Garros

    The women's singles is more open than I thought with Venus Williams now making a bit of a run.

    Venus looks in terrific form after reaching the final in Madrid. Despite losing to Aravane Rezai, she cannot be discounted.

    She looks focused and happy with her tennis, and over the past few weeks she has added her name to the list of potential winners of the French.

    Why do I think that, you may ask? Well, there is a new hunger there in her game that I haven't seen for quite a while. She has never won at Roland Garros before.

    Her sister is going through a rare period of doubt. It may not last too

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  • Clijsters will rule at Indian Wells

    Even without the Williams sisters, the women's section of this year's WTA Indian Wells is going to be monumental.

    We've got nine of the top 10 players in the world competing, and some of the key players are really starting to hit peak form now.

    Kim Clijsters is back - albeit with minimal preparation, but she's Kim Clijsters! She's the best player in the world, and she's got a good draw too. I can see her progressing to the quarter-finals comfortably.

    There's a good chance that Clijsters will gain rhythm and confidence as she advances through the tournament: so for me she'll go to California as

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  • ATP – How the Brits will fare in 2011

    I've spoken before about what I expect Andy Murray to do this year but, unfortunately, it's hard to see much hope for the male Brits beneath him in the rankings.

    It's tricky for them for a variety of reasons - Alex Bogdanovic is the obvious man to look out for, but we've been watching him for a number of years now and it's yet to happen.

    People often question whether he works hard enough but, to be honest, I don't see the issue as a lack of work ethic.

    I think his problem is that he cannot finish matches off from winning positions. It's a monkey he has to get off his back

    He's got a lot of

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  • Gutsy Ancic could have been great

    Mario Ancic's retirement from tennis at 26 years old is desperately sad - he could have been a global star were it not for the mononucleosis that blighted the last five years of his short career.

    Everyone remembers Ancic reaching the semi-final of Wimbledon in 2004 but the biggest match he played was two years before.

    He took on Roger Federer in the first round at Wimbledon, right when everyone was beginning to get excited about the Swiss hotshot, but 18-year-old Ancic just put him to the sword. It was a quite phenomenal display.

    He didn't get much further that year - he was knocked out in the

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  • WTA – How the Brits will fare in2011

    I think there are some good signs for Britain's women in 2011.

    Elena Baltacha had a really good run in 2010, and I've got high hopes for her to do something special this year to get into the top 50.

    She's just got such a terrific attitude, and has developed a real fighting spirit.

    To top it off, she's developed a big game - bolstered by a solid serve and a massive backhand.

    On her day, she can be a threat to absolutely anybody.

    For all the physical problems Elena's had over the years - to keep fighting the way she has and to produce her best tennis late on in her career is a formidable

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  • Don’t let usual hype kill Raonic

    It is typical for hype surrounding young talent to get
    out of hand on the tennis grapevine, and it is hardly surprising to see people
    getting overly excited about Milos Raonic's capabilities.

    Raonic has all the physical attributes to become the
    real deal, and his emergence could not have been more welcome in the men's
    game.

    The Canadian has taken his time to come through the
    system, but certainly made everyone sit up and listen at the Australian Open.

    Raonic has an enormous serve, and stunned a few people
    in Melbourne with his belligerent and extremely direct approach to the game.

    The trouble

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  • Top two look too hot for Murray

    British tennis fans will be hoping that the Australian Open will finally see Andy Murray lift his first Grand Slam title, but the big problem he has is the same one he faced last year - he's up against the two greatest players of all time.

    Nadal goes into the tournament at the same level he was at last year - if not higher - and Federer is certainly better than he was at this time last year; so it doesn't look good.

    Last year Murray was clearly the best player apart from those two going into the tournament, but Djokovic has rediscovered his form too, which is bad news.

    However, the Australian

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  • My ATP matches of the year

    1. Roger Federer v Novak Djokovic

    5-7 6-1 5-7 6-2 7-5

    US Open semi-final

    To my mind Roger Federer has been involved in all the great matches of the last few years, and this, for me, is the pick of them.

    This match is better even than the two Wimbledon finals that everyone talks about against Rafael Nadal - and the semi-final against Marat Safin at the Australian Open was great too.

    This one was probably one of the top five matches I've seen in my life.

    It had everything you could ask for: Djokovic suddenly emerging again as a great player after a period of really struggling.

    Federer kept

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