St. Petersburg is that first chance after the Australian Open to see who is up to what on the WTA tour. With five of the top twenty in action as well as some of the tours more experienced players mixed with upcoming stars it has been a week so far full of stories and many more to be created over the weekend.
I was surprised to see Anastasia have to come through qualifying in her home event. The 18 year old burst onto the scene last year when she took out Angie Kerber at Roland Garros.
Anastasia has come through qualifying and made it to the quarter finals winning four matches in a row without a set dropped so far this week. I like her game, she plays a bold style of tennis from the baseline and really lets rip off the forehand.
She began her week ranked just outside the top 100 at 101 and making it to the quarter finals will guarantee herself a place in the top 85 which will go well in qualifying for events coming up.
Business as usual!
For Belinda Bencic, Maria Sakkari, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens it has been business as usual. Belinda Bencic swept passed Kuznetsova to set up a meeting with Maria Sakkari in the quarter finals.
On the other side of the draw Petra Kvitova came through an interesting battle with Alison Van Uytvanck. The first two games of the second set took 30 minutes to complete with 15 break points shared between the two players but it was level at 1-1. Despite this marathon couple of games Petra went onto win 11 of the next 12 games to win in three sets.
Later in the day saw Kiki Bertens secure her place in the quarter finals up against the tricky qualifier Anastasia Potapova.
Elena Rybakina into another quarter final!
Elena Rybakina continues to impress in 2020. The 20 year old from Kazakhstan is into her third quarter final of the year following her title in Hobart.
I like her fighting spirit on the court, she continues to impress me match after match. I saw her first of all against Heather Watson in Hobart and she just doesn’t go away, she was a menace throughout the match deserved her title there, her fight is incredible!
Against Fiona Ferro in St. Petersburg to book her place in the last eight she was 1-3 down in the first and 0-3 down in the second but won 6-3 6-4 to record another impressive win setting up a winnable tie against Oceane Dodin next.
Konta still searching for that first singles win
Jo Konta of course skipped Fed Cup to save her body for the season but then signed up for singles and doubles in St. Petersburg, make of that what you will…
Her singles draw had her on course for a round two battle with Victoria Kuzmova who was pivotal in Slovakia’s Fed Cup win against Great Britain but Kuzmova lost to Dodin in round one who beat Konta in round two.
Konta however is still in the doubles in St. Petersburg as two wins have put her and her partner Caroline Garcia into the semi-finals.