It’s been quite the week in Brisbane and Auckland. A lot of talking points on the WTA tour have come over the last week, but who has impressed me? Who has work to do? I will also take a quick look at next weeks inaugural event in Adelaide
Elina Svitolina is one player who’s start to the season wasn’t ideal. The Ukrainian number one went home before the event had got into full swing losing 6-1 6-1 in a messy performance against Danielle Collins.
I am expecting some big things from Elina this year. Last year she hit some new milestones at majors but on a whole I thought her season lacked consistency.
Pretty unpredictable at times. Another player I would put in that category of ‘needs a good season’ and she’s got herself off to a good start.
She came through the opening rounds quite strong but I was impressed on how she turned proceedings around against Petra Kvitova. These courts and conditions should help her go far.
Top two Czech’s
Both Pliskova and Kvitova have impressed me in Brisbane. Pliskova looks super locked in and I want see her battle hard in the final four of a major. She’s done a lot of battling this week and has played much better than she did in Shenzhen.
Kvitova impresses but something happens and it leaves me feeling a bit lost. 6-3 2-0 up against Madison Keys, she is striking the ball well and then the errors flow off the racket losing six games in a row and suddenly in a battle to stay in the match.
I think despite semi-final defeat the former number one will take plenty of positives away from here. She has looked sharp and composed. She knows she missed an opportunity but as I said, I think she will be favourite in Melbourne!
Jennifer Brady caused a couple of upsets in Brisbane.
Up first was Maria Sharapova who she defeated in three and then she took out the current world number one Ash Barty.
The American played a good tournament but both Maria and Ash were too rusty. Out of the two I’d be more concerned about Maria because we haven’t seen a good consistent level from her for some time.
Serena & Caroline!
Where else to start?
Serena into the doubles and singles final but for Caroline she almost made it a double appearance on Sunday but got bageled in the final set of her final singles match in Auckland.
These two have given us a lot of entertainment on the singles and doubles this week. I’m excited for tomorrow’s final.
Serena on the other hand has looked ruthless this week. She hasn’t played since New York but she is looking very good ahead of Melbourne!
Triple bagel Jessica Pegula!
The lucky opponent of Jessica Pegula’s was Tamara Zidansk. She was the only player to face Pegula and not be on the receiving end of a bagel.
Cici Bellis, Alize Cornet and Caroline Wozniacki all conceded a bagel to the American who made it to the final in Auckland.
A look to Adelaide!
A new event is set to begin and it is full of some of the top players in women’s tennis.
The top two seeds are the world number one Ash Barty and the world number three Simona Halep who will be making her first appearance of the season.
The lineup does also see Marketa Vondrousova who hasn’t played since Wimbledon set to feature against a qualifier in round one.
In the battle of players desperately needing a win following a poor 2019 season and a round one loss in Brisbane puts added pressure on Sloane Stephens and Angie Kerber who will meet in round one!
Jo Konta on the other hand was due to play but has pulled out with a knee injury which is a concern with the Australian Open just over a week away!
photo credit – Adelaide International Twitter