That time of year after New York is always in limbo, soo much happens its like that period between Christmas and New Year where you just don’t know the day of the week, so what has been happening since the final major of the year came to an end?
Congratulations are in order for Karen Khachanov who became a dad. Also congratulations to Lucas Pouille and Feliciano Lopez who got married to their respective partners. Rafael Nadal is also due to get married in the next week.
Naomi Osaka won in Osaka at the third time of asking having made the final twice before and even snuck in a trip to Universal Studios in Tokyo to see Harry Potter.
Andy Murray played in Zhuhai and had a very good opening couple of matches to his Asia swing despite one win and one defeat there were plenty of positives for the Brit.
Team Europe once again won the Laver Cup in the final match of the event with Sascha Zverev delivering the decisive win for the second year running.
Serena Williams will not be in Beijing as expected but camp Serena have been quiet and there is no official reason for her withdrawal from the event. I do expect Serena to play again this season.
Roger Federer has announced a exhibition against Juan Martin Del Potro in Beunos Aires at the end of the season.
Sascha Zverev who has said before the season is too long and won’t be playing in the Davis Cup finals will instead that week play an exhibition match against Roger Federer in Mexico…
Aryna Sabalenka continues to rule in Asia with a 29-6 win/loss record and defended her Wuhan title which included a semi-final win over Ash Barty.
Karolina Pliskova saw off opponents and rain in Zhengzhou to win her fourth title of the year but fell early in Wuhan and Beijing ahead of the season finale.
Wozniacki and Kerber said goodbye pretty much before they could say hello in Wuhan with another early exit.
Kiki Bertens who has seen her year drift since Madrid also went out early in Wuhan but came through a tricky match against Donna Vekic to begin in Beijing but needs a miracle to make Shenzhen now.
Stefanos Tsitsipas (Zhuhai) and Simona Halep (Wuhan) both retired injured but are in the respective draws with Beijing this next week.
Novak Djokovic is back in action in Tokyo next week as the top seed and only top ten player in the draw.
Over in Beijing we have some cracking round one matches on the men’s draw;
Dominic Thiem v Richard Gasquet
Andy Murray v Matteo Berrettini
Grigor Dimitrov v Andrey Rublev
Frances Tiafoe v Alex Zverev
Dominic Thiem added to his usually hectic schedule to leave Beijing to play an exhibition against Fognini in Wuhan before heading off back to Beijing. He lost to Fabio in what was his 64th match of the year…
Eugenie Bouchard extended her run of defeats to 13 and hasn’t won a tennis match for 32 weeks as she fell to a player ranked outside the top 270 in the world at an ITF event.
Johanna Konta’s hopes of of finally getting to the WTA Finals are over as the British number one who has shone at the majors this year is out with a knee injury at the moment.
Garbine Muguruza is another on a bad run, the Spaniard who is a former number one and two time major champion has now lost 7 on the bounce and is winless in 14 months. Garbine was up against Sofia Kenin in round one of Beijing losing in three sets in a match that finished at 2:31 am local time on Sunday morning.
It wouldn’t be a week of tennis without Bernard Tomic being in the headlines. The Australian retired from his third event in a row in Beijing. The Australian was at 2-2 in the final round of qualifying before pulling out having received a walk-over in the first round. This now means he has retired 7 times this year… make of that what you will!
Pablo Carreno Busta who has had a tough time with injuries this year came through to win in Chengdu this week winning in three sets against Alexander Bublik.
Philip Kohlschreiber who was top seed in a challenger in Firenze lost a bizarre semi-final 3-6 5-7 against Sousa. Philip who has beaten the best was up 5-0 40-15 on serve and lost the second set and the match 5-7…
Alex De Minaur has been picking up silverware once again claiming his third career title and third title of 2019 in Zhuhai with a 7-6 6-4 win against Adrian Mannarino.
WTA Beijing so far…
Beijing is already underway on the women’s side so what has happened so far?
Belinda Bencic who has an eye on Shenzhen qualification saw off the tricky Hsieh Su-Wei 7-5 6-2 in round one.
Kiki Bertens came through a tricky three set battle against Donna Vekic to progress into round two.
Jelena Ostapenko stunned Karolina Pliskova with a 7-5 3-6 7-5 win against the second seed who has already qualified for Shenzhen.
Eli Svitolina and Angie Kerber both needed three sets to come through their respective round one matches.
Naomi Osaka won in straight sets and Simona Halep who had some injury concerns in Wuhan won 6-1 6-1 against qualifier Rebecca Peterson who has been in good form.
Venus Williams led Barbora Strycova by 6-3 4-2 and suddenly found herself 3-5 down in the third set but turned it around to secure a 6-3 4-6 7-5 win against the Wimbledon semi-finalist.