Who starred at the Sunshine Double?

The sunshine double has come to an end.

Two weeks at Indian Wells and Miami have provided us with some great memories but who surprised us during this month of tennis?

Bianca Andreescu

I can’t really start anywhere else, Bianca won Indian Wells and continued her good form in Miami before pulling out injured. Most wins on the tour and first wildcard to win Indian Wells, she has brought her dominative tennis to the court with her forehand and variety causing havoc for the best on the tour.

Hubert Hurkacz

Hubert really did make a name for himself at both tournaments. Third round in Miami and quarter finals at Indian Wells pushing Federer before falling 4-6 4-6 and of course wins against Dominic Thiem, Denis Shapovalov, Lucas Pouille and Kei Nishikori

Belinda Bencic

It didn’t happen for her in Miami but at Indian Wells she was really impressive and picked off from her Doha form.

Wins against Pliskova and Osaka before she fell to Kerber in the semi-finals in the desert.

What can Belinda do on the clay?

Borna Coric

Borna impressed me, I saw this as the beginning of his year and he looked focused.

There is still some rustiness to brush off in his game. Indian Wells just didn’t happen but I would describe his run in Miami as good as he battled tough against Chardy, Baena and of course that epic against Kyrgios. I think he only has 300 points to defend on clay so I’m interested to see what he can do.

Felix Auger-Aliassime

Felix really stood out this month, a breakthrough if anything! The Tsitsipas win at Indian Wells set him up for a good tournament in Miami making the semi-finals with a super impressive coming through qualifying and then securing wins against Hurkacz, Coric and Isner!

Su-wei Hsieh

The talent is undoubted.

0-6 2-6 defeat to Konta at Indian Wells wasn’t a good start to the month but when she arrived in Miami she meant business. She began with a win against Alison Riske before a win against current number one Osaka and a former number one in Wozniacki before falling in three sets to Kontaveit. Her tricky tennis and that slice in particular really left players scratching their head but credit to Hsieh for a brilliant tournament!

Anett Kontaveit

Slightly under the radar but a good tournament for the Estonian. Anett who turned 23 on Christmas Eve secured wins over Puig, Sevastova, Andreescu, Hsieh and Anisimova as she really brought her best tennis.

I first watched Anett a couple of years ago and it was great to see how her game has grown just from that big forehand to being a very good baseline player and could be one to keep an eye on this season.

Denis Shapovalov

The final one, Denis impressed. To me it doesn’t matter who he defeated but the level of performance was the best we have seen for some time from him and it adds to the excitement with the clay court season around the corner.

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