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Venus, Townsend & Vickery headline Auckland ASB Classic

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Venus Williams flies into Auckland fresh off a big win against Serena in Abu Dhabi this week, but the year is just getting started for the 2015 title holder. Venus will now face Victoria Azarenka in the first round of play in what could be a tough challenge as Victoria’s ranking dropped following maternity leave last year as she struggled to win against the top 5 players on tour. Venus has a slight edge in the match due to her power game, recent match play and willingness to compete in early rounds.

In addition to Venus’ return to tour play, Taylor Townsend and Sachia Vickery are making a big push up the rankings this year. Taylor plays Barbora Strycova, the 5th seed, where she should be competitive, but must be able to use her lefty spin to dictate points. Fitness will also be a factor due to the long break leading into the 2019 season.

Sachia must face Kristen Flipkens where she will be most challenged after coming off of a roll coaster season and finishing in a slump due to multiple knee injuries. She now must pull herself together or suffer an early exit as she hopes to elude a rocky start heading into the Australian Open.

Asia Muhammad is also making a stand in the qualifying draw after winning her first round match yesterday to now face fellow American, Danielle Lao. This should be a battle for the main draw spot tomorrow. The energy is definitely running on high in Auckland as these four women fight for position atop of the 2019 season.

All main draw matches begin tomorrow, December 30th, and televised on Tennis Channel.

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Dustin Brown vs Felix Auger Aliassime Highlights STUTTGART 2019

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Osaka: mission impossible draw at French Open

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Naomi Osaka did not have an easy first round on the red clay of Roland Garros against 90th ranked Anna Karolina Schiemlova.

Dropping the first set 6-0 and having to battle back deep into into the second set tiebreak was not anticipated by the WTA world #1. However, she was able to regain control with a commanding 6-1 third set to finish the match.

Red clay has admittedly not been the best surface for Osaka and the results prove that, but as the top seed in every event there are expectations to be upheld. Not to mention her most recent multi-million dollar endorsements with Nike and Mastercard.

This year’s French Open draw has not been kind to the #1 seed, Osaka. On the heels of near disaster in the first round, she has to face a thirsty Victoria Azarenka who has been reeling since promising start to the 2016 season where she was able to reach top-5 ranking status and take home both Indian Wells and Miami Open titles before falling victim to the injury bug later in the year to miss a grand slam finals opportunity.

Osaka definitely has her hands full as she battles through an uncharacteristically difficult draw for a world number one.

From the looks of Serena’s draw it appears to be an apples to oranges comparison. Serena is in Naomi’s section of the draw, but her road to the quarterfinals looks almost scripted in that she has an edge over each opponent.

If Osaka is able to squeeze past Victoria she would have to most likely face the very dangerous Maria Sakkari who has racked up top-10 wins all of last year and who doesn’t appear to be slowing down given her 29th seeded position in this year’s French Open.

Madison Keys can never be taken lightly as she performs well in Roland Garros with a semifinal appearance last year. If the draw shakes out accordingly, Naomi would have to go up against Madison in the round of 16.

Madison’s year has not gotten off to such a great start, but with a title win in Charleston anything is possible. If Madison’s timing is in line with her movement she is really hard to beat – unless your name is Sloane Stephens.

Not to mention Serena who is playing well enough – barring any injuries to reach the quarterfinals in a possible “Serena/Osaka rematch.”

The top half of the women’s draw is stacked to the ceiling with no easy rounds at all for Naomi.

It is important for Osaka to maintain her composure and take the journey in stride. With defeat starring her in the face each round, Osaka must keep the big picture in mind… dominate the hard court season in August.

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MID-TAC 2019 Annual Championships

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Mid-Tac is celebrating its 96th Tournament Year on July 3 to 6, 2019.

MID-TAC is a 501(c)3 organization and the Midwest Section of the American Tennis Association (“ATA” founded in 1916) and has ties to local community tennis in ten Midwestern States (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and beyond). We offer year-round opportunities to support MID-TAC by making online Donations or becoming a Sponsor.

All Donations and Sponsorships will be properly acknowledged. Please view details under the above “Donate” and “Sponsorship” tabs. We look forward to your support as we continue our mission to grow the game of tennis.

Tournament Participation Links below:

See “Scales for Calculating Prize Money Divisions” – Click Here

See “Details for 2019 Bollettieri Youth Summer Tennis Camp Scholarships” – Click Here

Marriott Indianapolis North Hotel – (317) 705-0000 or (800) 288-92903645 River Crossing Parkway, Indianapolis, In 46240Rates: $123.00 – Traditional King or Double RoomHotel Reservation Deadline: June 12, 2019Cancellation Deadline without penalty: June 26, 2019

  • WEDNESDAY during Check-in at Host Hotel “Good Sportsmanship and UTR Panel” @ 8:30pm (for everybody)
  • MID-TAC 2019 Thursday Night Tennis Rumble – Get details and register here – Click here to Register and Purchase Tickets
  • “Free” Junior Party & Scholarships @ 7pm on Friday and “Free” Adult Party & Living Legends @ 8pm on Friday
  • MID-TAC 2019 Friday Night Lite Buffet – Get details and order here – Click here to Register and Purchase Tickets

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