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 Bertens 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 … Continue reading Five who found some much needed form in Beijing!
The season is heading to it’s finale but as ever there is plenty of tennis and news hitting the headlines as the tour finished it’s stint in Asia heading back to Europe for now. Sharapova out of Linz! Maria Sharapova’s season is not over yet but I will be surprised if we see her again this year. The Russian was due to play in Linz next week a place she hasn’t featured for over a decade but this shoulder problem has forced her out once again. Maria is expected still on site in Linz on Tuesday at an autograph session … Continue reading Osaka, Djokovic & Thiem 🏆 Sharapova out of Linz 🤕 Shanghai 🇨🇳 Murray in action 💪🏻 Rafa’s wrist 🚑 Last chance in Linz? 🇦🇹
One word to describe Naomi Osaka’s performance against Bianca Andreescu? Gutsy. The former world number one never gave up and that’s a lesson you can’t teach in this sport. Osaka never lost her cool despite being broken from 40-0 to begin the match, 5-1 down and got to 5-5 before losing eight points on the bounce. 3-1 down in the second set and won it 6-3 and was a break down in third but brought it back. That’s gutsy. This performance was one of her best since Melbourne. It’s been a high profile year for Naomi who recently won the … Continue reading Naomi Osaka went where no one has been before and took the match to Bianca Andreescu
I actually don’t know where to begin. I need a lie down after that, my head hurts. That match had more rollercoasters than a day out at Disneyland. 21:15 local time Naomi Osaka kicked off proceeding racing 40-0 up on serve before losing five points in a row and found herself a break down. The theme was set for the next 23 minutes with the Canadian finding herself up 5-1 and a game away from winning the set. Just like in New York against Serena, 5-1 became 5-5. Bianca was down 0-30 on serve and then reeled off eight points … Continue reading Naomi Osaka brought out incredible composure to win in Beijing despite Bianca Andreescu having big leads!
It’s amazing what happiness and confidence does to a player. Going into the Laver Cup in Geneva the German looked out of sorts with his season. A season where a kick on was expected but off court issues have stolen the headlines in what has been a difficult year for Sascha Zverev. Laver Cup has done him a big favour. He looked happy and confident again. He had fun and once again won the decider in the event to win the trophy for Team Europe. The overall happiness and confidence he has found has transcended on the tour in Beijing. … Continue reading Sascha Zverev; Happiness, Confidence & No more “stuck in the mud”
Andy Murray will be heading off to Shanghai with plenty of positives. A week which saw wins against US Open semi-finalist Matteo Berrettini and fellow Brit Cam Norrie ended in a competitive defeat to top seed Dominic Thiem. Competitive is the word to describe it. I said on Twitter after the first set you would naturally look at a scoreline of 6-2 and immediately use the phrase one way traffic but it was anything but that. Andy gave the Austrian plenty to think about in a 6-2 set spanning 51 minutes. The other day I saw a set get to … Continue reading Dominic Thiem see’s off Andy Murray in a competitive fourth meeting with both taking plenty of positives away!
Andy Murray is safely through to the next round in Beijing. The Brit who began this week at 501 in the world is up to provisional 286 following impressive wins over Matteo Berrettini and Cam Norrie. It looked like being a case of Deja vu having come through against Berrettini 7-6 7-6 and leading Cam Norrie on Wednesday by 7-6 and at 6-6 would go to another tie-breaker. A couple of errors from Murray gave Norrie the initiative who took a 3-0, 4-2 and then 6-4 lead before going on to take us to a third and final set. We … Continue reading Murray 7-6 6-7 6-1 Norrie; Murray up’s the ante following a close two sets!