Wimbledon is just around the corner. Across Europe the grass courts have been in busy action this week in Mallorca, Birmingham, Halle and London but who has walked away with a trophy and who despite being a runner up still has plenty of positives to take from the week?
Halle – Federer d. Goffin 7-6 6-1
10 titles in Halle. A good week for Roger who will be heading off to Wimbledon now pretty unscathed as he looks for his eighth title at SW19 in a few weeks.
It wasn’t his usual dominating performances in Halle with a tricky one against Tsonga and Agut earlier on in the tournament having to take three sets with a ruthless approach yet to be found.
David Goffin will be disappointed to go home without the title but it’s great to see him playing at a very good level. I think I speak for all tennis fans because he has been unlucky with injuries since he made the tour finals final in 2017 but can take a great feeling of pride and happiness from his week here.
Birmingham – Barty d. Georges 7-5 6-3
We have a new world number one.
Ash has had another sublime week on the tour. I saw her a couple of times and was lucky to meet her in Birmingham and her tennis right now is at an unmatched level. It is that good from the Australian I can’t really pick a fault. I thought the way she dismantled Venus was brutally superb and the way she composes herself on court is incredible!
Georges. I’m surprised by her run. I saw her against Yastremska and she was on the verge of going home in all honesty. I liked how she reacted to how she was playing down a set to the Ukrainian. Her singles hasn’t always gone to plan but she has been strong on the backhand in particular this week from the baseline and has helped her push on.
London – Lopez d. Simon 6-2 6-7 7-6
Another Queens Club title for Feli!
Ranking meant that the 2017 winner had to use a wildcard to get in and what a reward that was!
When Feli produces, it is so good! He is a delight to watch at this time of the year and to still be as hungry as he is at 37 is incredible.
Gilles Simon was a surprise to in the final. He has good pedigree on grass and a stubborn game which is really difficult to break down. On the baseline there aren’t many players who can look so comfortable in long rallies as he does. Could he cause some issues at Wimbledon?
Mallorca – Kenin d. Bencic 6-7 7-6 6-4
Sofia Kenin is making some big noise on the tour right now. Keep an eye out for more on her in the coming week.
The American saved three match points on her way to winning her second title of the season against Belinda Bencic who has played some very good tennis on the tour this year on all surfaces but will be gutted to go home having had match points.
These two will be on the one’s to watch at Wimbledon for sure!