Friday, 31 December 2010

Djokovic Convinced Me To Play...

Former number one and 2008 Roland Garros champion Ivanovic said on Thursday that after last playing the eight-nation mixed team event in 2006, she is pleased to be returning to Perth for the opening tune-up for the Australian Open.

“I’m very excited about this, coming here, there is a lot of potential to do really well,” said the 23-year-old, who ended a two-year trophy drought this past autumn with WTA victories in Linz and Bali.

“Novak has been asking me to come back ever since the first year we played here.”

Ivanovic is well used to summer condition in the southern hemisphere, arriving in Australia from Europe in time for Christmas with her parents. She and men’s number three Djokovic teamed for Serbia in Perth five years ago, with Ivanovic winning two of her three singles matches in group play.

“There are lots of great players out there but it’s been a little bit shaky, it’s been up and down,” she said of a women’s game currently without a dominating player with the decline of Serena Williams and number one Caroline Woznbiacki still without a Grand Slam crown.

“A lot of players have been fighting injuries and haven’t played that many events, so I think if you can start good and be consistent you can get really far next year.”
With her ranking having risen to 17th after sinking to 68th in the years since her Paris Grand Slam title, Ivanovic feels poised for a rebirth in the sport.

“I want to get back to the top ten and hopefully win another slam,” she said. “Winning a Grand Slam is something I can never forget. If I had to choose I would always choose a Grand Slam over number one ranking. I have potential to win some more and it would be a good start next year.”

“I think I’m on the right way. I work really hard but consistency is the main thing. You have to perform good week after week and also match after match. You have to recover well and then get your game up because you have lots of tough opponents. In a Grand Slam you have to win seven matches and there are no easy matches anymore — from the first round on you get tough opponents.”

Ivanovic showed her potential in the 2008 Australian Open, where she reached the final four months before winning Paris. But with her post-Paris form drop, she only managed the third round in 2009 and the second round a year ago at Melbourne Park.

“My goal now is to get to the second week (of a Slam). I feel good about my game and my fitness at the moment but I just don’t want to get too excited about the possibilities or how far I can get. “It’s very important to just set realistic goals and aim for the second week, then take it day by day. I think it’s all about confidence.”

Perth play begins New Year’s day with Australia (Lleyton Hewitt and Alicia Molik) facing Belgium with seven-time Grand Slam winner Justine Henin and Ruben Bemelmans.


A little bit of profit to start the season off with and it's a slow process but should be good to see the process in action over time without any other distractions now. I have high hopes for this system and am really looking forward to the proper tournaments starting to get some more selections.

Soderling looked in great shape yesterday beating Tsonga, hitting some cracking passes that were just inch perfect. Baggy had chances to pull it level for a tie break and the miss on MP was just horrific to watch.

Perhaps he has spent too much of the off season working on fitness and not enough time on the court? There is no point being fit and getting to every ball if when you get there you are making errors. It may take him a few weeks of match practice to make an impact now, who knows?

I hope everyone reading this has a great New Years Eve tonight, it may take a day or two to recover before I post again! :)

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Tomorrow It Begins.....

Here it is! After stopping the system betting in September I am happy to finally get on with some tennis betting again tomorrow. The balance I will be using is just over £350 so let's see how it goes.

Something I noticed whilst looking at my spread sheet is that there were about 4 (I think) sequences that I broke down, usually in to 4 or 5 smaller amounts to then recover over a period of time when matches qualified for it.

Of these, there were not many that qualified and were recovered in the (approx) 2 month period in which the bank doubled twice.

This has now lead me to changing slightly the way I will be doing it. I will still be effectively chasing the losing bets but after 3 losing bets, instead of breaking the loss down I will just wipe it off and carry on without worrying about it.

Because it didn't do any big damage to the bank I think long term this will be better and less chasing should mean more profit, after all, the bank doubled twice in two months without recovering any of these broken down losses in large amounts.

For tomorrow it's both favourites so hopefully we get off to a good start! It's good to have the tennis back and good luck with all your bets should you be getting involved tomorrow!

P.S. I haven't done too badly this week, but I've been waiting for the tennis like a mad man!