Bianca Andreescu’s debut at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen has come to an early end. Following her retirement down 3-6 against Karolina Pliskova on Thursday the Canadian had a scan today on her knee and a decision has been made to withdraw from the tournament with Bianca saying; “I had a scan Thursday to check my knee after last night’s match, and unfortunately the results show that I need to withdraw.” There are no more details on the severity of the issue. Bianca’s opponent on Friday was due to be Elina Svitolina who has already qualified for the semi-finals. Second … Continue reading Bianca Andreescu withdraws from WTA Finals with knee injury!
Day four was the second day of action for purple group and it gave us our first semi-finalist of 2019. Defending champion Elina Svitolina is safely through to the round two extending her run of wins to eight in a row at the WTA Finals which is a remarkable effort from the Ukrainian. She has turned up and turned the tennis on this week, it has been faultless and gutsy. She came into this with a bit of a point to prove in my opinion having not done so well against the best this year and my god she has … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 4; Bianca retires but could still play ❓Svitolina qualifiers ✅ Halep & Pliskova set for Friday shootout! 👀
Four titles this year in Zhengzhou, Eastbourne, Rome and Brisbane shows it has been a ‘good year’ for the Czech number one. Throw in a runner-up in Miami and there have been positives. Recently her season has fizzled out in all honesty. Getting to Shenzhen was a formality based on points she accrued earlier on in the season. Following her lack lustre and flat performance against Elina Svitolina in a match I described as ‘must win’ for both it is now a win or season is over match against Bianca Andreescu. If the Canadian is firing off all cylinders then … Continue reading 66 matches played in 2019 but is number 67 on Wednesday Karolina Pliskova’s most important?
Day 2 at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen certainly delivered. Simona Halep and firstly Elina Svitolina opened up their tournaments with impressive victories. Elina Svitolina saw off Karolina Pliskova in two sets of tennis with a mentally strong and well thought out game plan against the Czech number one. Pliskova has been left with a lot to ponder going forward after a disappointing performance. Defending champion Svitolina sets out her stall with a typically gutsy performance! Later on in the day was Andreescu and Halep were up against each other for the first time. It was the Canadian who Gott … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 2; Halep & Svitolina impress in their opening matches!
No matter where she goes the support for Simona Halep is incredible. Her fans flock to wherever she is playing to see her and make a hell of noise. Simona Halep was described as an idol by Bianca Andreescu in the lead up to their first meeting on tour. It was the 19 year old debutant who came out the blocks quicker in this encounter and really set out her game asking questions of the former world number one. During the match Simona Halep had her coach Darren Cahill on court four times during lengthly changeovers with Bianca Andreescu receiving … Continue reading Simona Halep produces a strong comeback saving match point to see off Andreescu!
The draw for the WTA Finals in Shenzhen has been complete. The top eight in women’s tennis will be battling it out beginning on Sunday for the Billie Jean King trophy, but who will win? Red Group Ashleigh Barty Naomi Osaka Petra Kvitova Belinda Bencic Petra Kvitova couldn’t have asked for a worse group in all honesty. All three women are in form since the US Open with Ash and Naomi meeting in an incredible final in Beijing and Belinda pulling out all the stops to qualify. This group is going to be tough to get out of. The match … Continue reading WTA Finals; Two groups, eight players, one former champion & three debutants. Who will win in Shenzhen?
The final eight are on route to the season finale in Shenzhen. Led by the world number one Ash Barty the top eight in women’s tennis will fight for the title only one of them has ever won before. That one? Elina Svitolina. So, who will walk away with the title? Ash Barty Ash has found some form again at the right time. She looked sharp in Wuhan and Beijing and the indoor courts do suit her game. Ash’ world number one ranking is on the line and this will be her debut at the tour finals. Can she win … Continue reading The top eight are on route to Shenzhen but who will end up as champion?