The race is on! Who needs to “save their season”

For the ladies a trip to Singapore awaits at the end of the year and for the men a trip to London awaits as the season finale draws closer. Over the coming weeks players will continue to add their names to the qualified list but who is in a race to “save their season” ?

The top 8 qualify and so far the names in the respective hats are Halep, Kerber, Nadal and Djokovic.

Garbine Muguruza

The name that stands out the most on the women’s side for players who are fighting to be there is Garbine Muguruza. The Spaniard just hasn’t found any run of form this year. A semi-final at Roland Garros and 3 R2’s exits in the majors leaves her with her lowest number of wins at the majors since 2014.

It has also been the same story at the Premier 5’s and Premier Mandatory events this year and no top 10 wins since February.

I remember Muguruza went to Monterrey after Indian Wells and Miami and I felt that was just for confidence. To see the relief on her face after winning the title showed she needed something big.

Muguruza is 16th in the race right now and is just under 1000 points off Kiki Bertens who currently occupies the final space in Singapore. The fight is really on for her to save her season.


Grigor Dimitrov

The man who won the World Tour Finals last year is in a bit of trouble.

He is down at 17 in the race at the moment and around 1600 points off 8th place occupied by Dominic Thiem.

It is virtually impossible for Grigor to be there and it is a great shame what has happened to him this season.

Throughout the season I’ve watched him, his serve is taking a pelting and he doesn’t seem to trust his game right now. I feel a mix-up of the team is required.

Jelena Ostapenko

I watch Jelena play and think, where is this going?

Too often to she plays that go big or go home style, the issue is more often than not she goes home early.

I still think despite that Roland Garros win last year we are still far off seeing her best tennis. I remember earlier on in the year when she was down in a match her coach said about going big but if anything it cost her.

Consistency is an issue and even though she does reel off amazing groundstrokes from time to time is she benefiting from this style? Qualification for Singapore will have to take something special.

Kei Nishikori

Some may think I’m being harsh putting Kei here but I feel like he needs to push on now.

He missed the beginning of the year with injury and ended up playing in challengers to get match fit. He looked better at New York but now needs a run of form. Win/loss of 28/14 for the year and no titles shows it has been tough.

He is just outside of the top 8 around 600 points off the mark at the moment and on these indoor hard courts coming up he needs to find form.

His record against top 20 ranked players is 7 wins and 9 losses and in the other 5 of his defeats he has lost to Wawrinka, Shapovalov and Kachanov so not really big surprises. He needs big wins if he is going to give it a final push.

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