Denis’ first! It has been coming and I’m pleased it did. After seven semi-final defeats on the trot for Denis Shapovalov the Canadian went not one but two better. Not only did he make his first ATP tour final but he won his first title against Filip Krajinovic in Stockholm ending his week without a set drop. This is a big milestone for Denis in what is set to be a busy end of season for him with him expected to take part in Paris, Next Gen Finals and Davis Cup finals. Unfortunately he fell at the first hurdle in … Continue reading Denis’ first 🏆 Sascha’s slip 🤦🏼♂️ Who is Jannick Sinner? 🇮🇹 Daniil’s rest 😴 & why Jack Sock could end 2019 without a ranking… 📉
The final eight are on route to the season finale in Shenzhen. Led by the world number one Ash Barty the top eight in women’s tennis will fight for the title only one of them has ever won before. That one? Elina Svitolina. So, who will walk away with the title? Ash Barty Ash has found some form again at the right time. She looked sharp in Wuhan and Beijing and the indoor courts do suit her game. Ash’ world number one ranking is on the line and this will be her debut at the tour finals. Can she win … Continue reading The top eight are on route to Shenzhen but who will end up as champion?
I’m gutted in all honesty. Kiki Bertens is in the WTA Elite Trophy as the top seed and now there is added pressure to end her season on a high. 75 matches got played between January and late September and having occupied a spot for so long where did it go wrong? Performances dipped as the season progressed. Why is that? Did the injury/illness she picked up at Roland Garros derail her season but was scheduling not great. Overall you could say a good season which it was but still it felt like it was one of underachievement topped off … Continue reading No one played more tennis than Kiki Bertens in 2019, so where did her WTA Finals bid go wrong?
Belinda Bencic will be a debutant at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen. Her place in the final eight went to the wire following her round one exit in Linz just over a week ago but has Coco Gauff to thank for halting Kiki Bertens who misses out. A week in Moscow would decide who will qualify. Belinda Bencic had to better Kiki Bertens result and being in the same half it meant they could have met. It was another Kiki, Mladenovic who had a big say seeing off Kiki Bertens in the quarter finals meaning Bencic had to reach the … Continue reading To the wire; Belinda Bencic is on route to Shenzhen!
Four weeks of formidable tennis have come to an end for Andy Murray. His season isn’t over yet as he is expected to take part in the Davis Cup Finals which begin on the 18th of November but will be heading back home now after a successful return to the ATP tour. With his Wife Kim expected to give birth this week this meant his season would end in Antwerp despite the offer of a wildcard into the ATP 500 event in Vienna. You can only look at these four weeks as positive and this run to the title was … Continue reading Determination, Tears & Heart! Andy Murray ends his four week schedule with title No.46
There is a month to go until the Davis Cup Finals. It is the first of the new format which will be held at the Caja Magica in Madrid. Investment from the Kosmos Group led by Gerard Pique and a new sponsor Rakuten who are sponsors of Barcelona Football Club which Gerard plays for struck a multimillion pound deal with the ITF to revamp the competition. The revamp hasn’t gone down well with fans with knockout stages held in one location now taking away that home and away feeling of the competition which they hope to improve but the main … Continue reading Time to worry? One month until the Davis Cup Finals and tickets aren’t selling!
Andy Murray has come through his first round meeting with Kimmer Coppejans pretty unscathed. The former world number one had to battle hard on route to a 6-4 7-6 victory against the Belgian in front of home support. Andy took an early lead in the match finding himself 3-0 up after just 9 minutes on court but Coppejans remained in contention. The Belgian tried most of the time to get into that inside-out forehand position did get quite a lot of joy off the shot and found the break back. Murray wasn’t at his best, his serve didn’t stand up … Continue reading Andy Murray 6-4 7-6 Kimmer Coppejans; Brit battles hard against local favourite and sets out intentions for the rest of 2019