It’s been a fantastic week of tennis in Beijing. This time of the year there is a lot on the line as players look to end their season on a high. Many come into early October with aspirations of making their tours final events in London and debuting in Shenzhen respectively and many will walk away very happy.
Kiki has found form at the right time. It got a case of potentially save her season.
This is just the third time since winning in Madrid in May that the dutch player has won four matches in a row and probably her best run since Madrid.
On route to her semi-final against Ash Barty she recovered from a set down in round one against Donna Vekic before coming through against Polona Hercog in three sets and sandwich between those results straight sets wins. The straight set wins were against the top two ranked Ukrainian’s in Dayana Yastremska and Elina Svitolina.
The win against Svitolina was big. She performed extremely well in her first top 10 win since Eastbourne and has all but confirmed her place in Shenzhen. Serena is unlikely to play again this season and is around 100 points off losing her spot, adding to that Belinda Bencic’ early exit has pretty much ended her run unless she can come up with something big!
The Greeks participation in London has never been in doubt but it is good to see him finding some form.
He’s looked composed and mentally locked into matches.
Twice he came from a set down in round one against Dusan Lajovic and round two against Nikoloz Basilashvili to win.
Next up was the big American John Isner who dispatched Gael Monfils in round one. This was his best performance to date in the tournament. He opened the court with his forehand and just looked solid throughout his 7-6 6-3 defeat.
I am a big fan of Stefanos and I’m pleased to see him playing with more confidence again. He is having a personal break from social media at the moment to refocus with all his posts coming from his management team.
This was a case of ‘save your season’
It isn’t over yet but he’s given himself a good platform.
He looks a different man, I said during the Laver Cup a couple of weeks back he looks free and his having fun and has transformed that on the tour.
Part of it comes down to confidence and happiness but the other is playing smarter tennis. To see off Tiafoe and Auger-Aliassime he barely broke sweat.
A criticism a while back was how deep he was camping behind the baseline and putting himself in trouble but he’s progressively from behind the baseline and has become stubborn to play against.
There will be bigger tests but this is a big stepping stone in the right direction.
It is only the third time in 12 months that Caroline Wozniacki has won four on the bounce. The first was last year here in Beijing and the second in April in Charleston.
Wozniacki who has recently signed up to Harvard Business School has looked in a business mood this last week extending her run to 10 wins in Beijing and 20 sets won in a row.
Her quarter final against Kasatkina was her biggest test and after winning the first set 6-3. The Dane did find herself breaks down twice in the second set with Kasatkina at a stage of serving for the set but Wozniacki turned it around to win 7-5 on the tie-breaker.
It has been quite the season for Petra Kvitova who has had highs and lows with injuries and inconsistent performances but has looked sharper since the beginning of the Asia swing.
Petra comes away with 5 wins and 2 defeats from her time in Wuhan and Beijing but another positive week. The former Wimbledon champion defeated Kvitova and Bencic in straight sets before falling to defeat against Ash Barty from a set up in the quarter finals.
There is still a level to reach but Petra is heading in the right direction as the season comes to a close soon.