The season is heading to it’s finale but as ever there is plenty of tennis and news hitting the headlines as the tour finished it’s stint in Asia heading back to Europe for now.
Sharapova out of Linz!
Maria Sharapova’s season is not over yet but I will be surprised if we see her again this year.
The Russian was due to play in Linz next week a place she hasn’t featured for over a decade but this shoulder problem has forced her out once again.
Maria is expected still on site in Linz on Tuesday at an autograph session for fans.
Maria is due to play in Luxembourg next week instead of Moscow which is a surprise but having not featured since her US Open defeat to Serena I’d be surprised if we see her again this season.
Djokovic wins in Tokyo!
Novak Djokovic has become the final member of the big four to win in Tokyo.
The world number one had a routine week where he didn’t really have to break a sweat during his week of five wins on the bounce with only David Goffin asking questions of him in the semi-final.
Two titles in two weeks
Naomi Osaka had back to back titles.
After winning in her home town of Osaka the former number one backed it up with a stellar week of performances in Beijing.
Not only did Naomi come from a set and 3-1 down against Bianca Andreescu to win but thoroughly turned on the style against Ash Barty in the final defeating the reigning Roland Garros and US Open champions.
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Rafa not in Shanghai!
Rafael Nadal will not be in Shanghai this year, not because he is getting married but a wrist injury.
Rafa picked up this injury during Laver Cup and will not be in action I expect now until Paris Masters as he is getting married around the 19th.
Rafa however has only played in Paris six times in his career which is his lowest by six at a Masters 1000 event so we might not see him until London.
Thiem topples Tsitsipas in Beijing
A very good week for both but winning 8 of the last 9 games meant that Dominic Thiem who earlier in the week secured his spot in London now has a title too.
A really good final between the two following a scrappy start and Stefanos will be kicking himself. The Greek number one shouldn’t be too hard on himself having lost 5 of 6 coming into Beijing as well.
Shanghai is underway, qualifying is done and round one is already underway.
Andy Murray will be in action on Monday in his first meeting against Juan Ignacio Londero who is having a breakthrough year on the tour.
Other matches include;
Denis Shapovalov v Frances Tiafoe (winner gets Djokovic)
Alex De Minaur v John Isner
Taylor Fritz v Karen Khachanov
Andrey Rublev v Borna Coric
Richard Gasquet v David Goffin
Kiki Bertens has been given a last minute wildcard in Linz in replace of the injured Kvitova and will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in round one.
Belinda Bencic who must better Bertens run in Linz and Moscow to stand a chance of qualifying faces a qualifier in round one.