To the wire! France win the Fed Cup in Perth!

On Saturday it was a quick 2 hour and 8 minute journey to the bakery in Perth but on Sunday we went to the wire with an incredible 5 hours and 20 minutes of tennis. It ended in heartbreak for the hosts Australia as France battled to their first Fed Cup victory since 2003 with Australia’s 45 year wait going on… Ash Barty 6-2 4-6 7-6 Kristina Mladenovic Kiki Mladenovic had a very big day in Perth leading her side to glory in Fed Cup. Both of these players have had success recently at the WTA Finals picking up the … Continue reading To the wire! France win the Fed Cup in Perth!

Breadsticks & Bagels! The Fed Cup Final Bakery in Perth is up and running after Day 1

The Bakery is open in Perth! The first day of the Fed Cup Final between Australia and France has been left with all to play for on Sunday as the respective top seeds (Barty and Mladenovic) handed out thrashings. Two matches were over and done with in 2 hours and 8 minutes of the finale and up first for the hosts was debutant Alja Tomljanovic. There is a bit of controversy about this as Ajla has represented Croatia before back in 2011 and still got her appeal overturned by the ITF. This is a similar case to that of Bedene … Continue reading Breadsticks & Bagels! The Fed Cup Final Bakery in Perth is up and running after Day 1

Ash Barty wins the WTA Finals to top off an incredible year!

Back in January her season began as runner up in Sydney. Little did we expect that Ash Barty ranked at 15 in the world to finish her year as world number one following an incredible season. The Barty Party began in Melbourne, the noise at her matches was incredible and has followed her around the world. Her achievements have been phenomenal this year. What a year for @ashbarty ! 56 wins ✅12 defeats ❌12 top 10 wins 💪🏻Roland Garros 🏆Birmingham 🏆Miami 🏆Top 10 debut 📈World number 1! 1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/lKALb3ewhQ — Iain Fordyce (@IainFordyce) November 3, 2019 Top 10 debut, world … Continue reading Ash Barty wins the WTA Finals to top off an incredible year!

WTA Finals Day 7: Svitolina & Barty through on a day which saw another injury!

Elina Svitolina and Ash Barty will meet in Sunday’s final in Shenzhen but the Saturday has been dominated by yet another injury! This time sadly a set up it was Belinda Bencic who saw her match come to a quicker end than anticipated after winning the first set 7-5. Belinda had the trainer on for her back and was suffering from cramp but couldn’t continue down 7-5 3-6 1-4 to defending champion Elina Svitolina. The second match of the day saw a first meeting in 2019 between the world number one and number two ranked player on the WTA tour. … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 7: Svitolina & Barty through on a day which saw another injury!

Who will advance from semi-final Saturday to Shenzhen showdown on Sunday?

Two of the four I expected in the semi-finals are here. It has been an epic week of tennis so far and it’s going to get better as the four remaining players all eye up the Billie Jean King trophy but who will be up against who? Ash Barty v Karolina Pliskova World number one against the world number two in the semi-finals. Pliskova has surprised me, I loved watching her against Halep because we saw everything in her game. We saw lights out tennis at the beginning and at the end the bit in the middle was a bit … Continue reading Who will advance from semi-final Saturday to Shenzhen showdown on Sunday?

Barty Party goes on as Kvitova’s tough week comes to an end

World number one Ash Barty is through to the semi-finals of the WTA Finals. A comfortable 6-4 6-2 victory for the Australian in a dominating performance from the debutant who will end the year as number one in the world no matter what happens here. It was another match where the performance from Petra Kvitova was pretty worrying in what was a difficult end to a difficult season for the former Wimbledon champion. Take nothing away from Ash Barty though she showed us her clever all-court game and the thing she did the most which caused issues for Petra was … Continue reading Barty Party goes on as Kvitova’s tough week comes to an end

WTA Finals Day 3; Osaka withdraws 🚑 Bertens wins on arrival 🛫 Bencic gets first win ✅ winless Kvitova could still go through 🤔 Barty Party is on hold ⚠️ Confusing Scenario’s 🤯

Everything that could have happened in Shenzhen today did happen. We woke up to the news that former world number one Naomi Osaka had withdrawn from the tournament due to a shoulder injury. She sustained the injury in the Beijing final and it flared up again in her win against Petra Kvitova. With about two hours notice and having played in Zhuhai a few days ago the first alternate Kiki Bertens was drafted in. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying the Madrid champion was not going to waste her opportunity and upset the Barty Party which has been put on … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 3; Osaka withdraws 🚑 Bertens wins on arrival 🛫 Bencic gets first win ✅ winless Kvitova could still go through 🤔 Barty Party is on hold ⚠️ Confusing Scenario’s 🤯