Ace of Baseline is under new ownership!

Hi, due to Lewis’ limited time in which to update Ace of Baseline, he has handed over ownership of this blog to myself.

I am a fan of both tours and watch tennis most days, be it the main tours or challenger level. When it comes to my favourite male players I definitely prefer Federer over Nadal and also John Isner. On the WTA tour, I am a Maria Sharapova fan and also admit to being a bit of a Melanie Oudin fanboy!

I intend to carry on as Ace of Baseline with coverage of both tours up and coming stars as well as more regular previews and reviews of the weekly tournaments as well as anything else that takes my fancy.

I will hopefully have something up within the week but in the mean time will leave you with my predictions for the rest of Wimbledon 2012.

Mens

Djokovic d. Troicki

Gasquet d. Mayer

Federer d. Malisse

Youzhny d. Istomin

Ferrer d. Del Potro

Murray d. Cilic

Tsonga d. Fish

Kohlschreiber d. Baker

Djokovic d. Gasquet

Federer d. Youzhny

Murray d. Ferrer

Tsonga d. Kohlschreiber

Djokovic d. Federer

Murray d. Tsonga

2012 Wimbledon Men’s Singles Champion Novak Djokovic

Womens’

Sharapova d. Lisicki

Clijsters d. Kerber

Radwanska d. Giorgi

Peng d. Kirilenko

Williams d. Shvedova

Kvitova d. Schiavone

Paszek d. Vinci

Azarenka d. Ivanovic

Sharapova d. Clijsters

Peng d. Radwanska

Kvitova d. Williams

Azarenka d. Paszek

Sharapova d. Peng

Kvitova d. Azarenka

2012 Women’s Singles Champion Maria Sharapova

Let’s hope for a second week of great tennis and no rain!

Aaron

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Azarenka Tops Poll

Victoria Azarenka has come out on top as the player most likely to win their first Grand Slam this year. The Ace of Baseline public poll ran from the end of the 2011 season to the start of the 2012 Australian Open and the 22-year-old Belarusian won with 37.5% of the vote.

It had been a two horse race for a long while with Azarenka sharing the lead with current world number one Caroline Wozniacki until a flurry of late votes following her title success in Sydney swayed things her way.

The poll result in full was:

Caroline Wozniacki: 25%
Victoria Azarenka: 37.5%
Vera Zvonareva: 6.25%
Agnieszka Radwanska: 12.5%
Marion Bartoli: 0%
Andrea Petkovic: 18.75%
No new winners in 2012: 0%
Others: 0%

Watson Injury

Heather Watson has pulled out of the ASB Classic, the WTA season opener in Auckland, due to a sprained ankle. The British number three and world number 92 expects her next tournament to be the Moorilla International in Hobart before entering her first Australian Open main draw on January 16th.

Duckworth Wildcard

James Duckworth has been given a wildcard place at his home Grand Slam the Australian Open. The 19-year-old had reached the final of the Aussie Open play-offs but lost in straight sets to Marinko Matosevic. As preparation, Duckworth will enter the qualifying events at Brisbane and Sydney leading up to the first major of the year in Melbourne.

Barty Clinches Wildcard

Ashleigh Barty will be in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time after the junior Wimbledon champion won the Australian Open wildcard play-offs. The 15-year-old from Queensland beat Casey Dellacqua, Arina Rodionova and Olivia Rogowska along the way.

Casablanca Cup Changes

The Casablanca Cup, the first Grade A tournament on the junior circuit, will change venue and surface this year. The event which runs from 26th December 2011 until 1st January 2012 will be played on clay at the Club Deportivo Chapultepec having moved from the hard courts of the Club Casablanca Satelite. The tournament remains in Mexico City.

Raonic Award

Milos Raonic has been named the 2011 ATP World Tour Newcomer of the Year. It comes with the Canadian placed at number 31 in the world after starting the year at #156. The 20-year-old’s highlights include a fourth round appearance at the Australian Open and winning his country’s first tour title for 16 years in San Jose.

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