Heather Watson’s season has ended on a high. The Brit has put herself back in contention for a main draw spot at the Australian Open next year when the entrants list is out in December. A run to the final somewhere she hasn’t been on the tour for 43 months has propelled her 37 places on the WTA Rankings from 125 in the world back up to 88 and if she can stay there for the first few weeks of 2020 will be getting into big tournaments. It wasn’t meant to be for Heather who has never lost a WTA … Continue reading Heather Watson back in the top 100 after impressive run in Tianjin!
As opening round matches go you not have asked for a tighter set. Some had finished their match by the time that Heather Watson and her American opponent Caty McNally had concluded the first set. It was a nervy, cagey affair from both players for the entirety of the opening set. In the first game of the match Heather hit three doubles faults and you could feel the nerves. Making her Grand Slam debut on the other side of the net was 17 year old Caty McNally who also had the nerves as expected. Holds of serve were few and … Continue reading Relief! Heather Watson finds her groove to see off American teenager!
It’s already been a good start for the Brit’s in London and Birmingham this week. We thought we only had 7 Brit’s in singles action but James Ward has qualified at Queens winning his highest ranked match for four years. The other big news which isn’t singles related is to do with the doubles… Venus Williams is playing doubles in Birmingham. Her team mate? Harriet Dart! The 22 year old Brit is going to have the moment of her career right now playing doubles with Venus Williams what an hour! It is also good to see James Ward back in … Continue reading London & Birmingham; 8 Brits in singles action + someone is teaming up with Venus Williams!
Well, the draw gods have treated us to some stunning round one match ups at the ATP 500 event in Queens Club and the WTA Premier event in Birmingham where I will be next week. So let’s have a look? Queens Club Marin Cilic v Fernando Verdasco Top seed Marin Cilic takes on an unpredictable Fernando Verdasco. Fernando’s game is very much at it’s best when he is able to sit on the baseline with time. He adapts well to all surfaces and recently secured his 500th career win on the tour. Fernando will provide a challenge and I think … Continue reading Dissecting the Draw’s – Queens Club & Birmingham
The grass court season waits for no one and with Wimbledon around the corner players from all over the globe are heading to the warm up tournaments and some of the world’s top names will be in Birmingham next week. So, who will be there? Who won’t be there! Well, it’s best we start off with who will not be there. Maria Sharapova and Madison Keys will not be in Birmingham. Both were on the entrants list but have withdrawn over the past couple of days. Sharapova who signed a two year deal last year to play Birmingham has now … Continue reading WTA Birmingham Preview
Kvitova & Pliskova survive The highest ranked Czech players on the women’s side of the draw had a big battle on their hands today. Petra Kvitova who I wrote about survived a scare against last years surprise star Cepede Royg who put a good performance. Kvitova 3-6 6-1 7-5 Cepede Royg Karolina Pliskova who has also been in very good form on the clay court season saw off compatriot Krejcikova in a close 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to progress to the second round at Roland Garros. Djokovic wins but unconvincingly. Novak Djokovic who had a very good week in Rome where … Continue reading Roland Garros Day 2 – Czech stars survive, Azarenka out, Thiem cruises, Stan stumbles and Ferrer throws away!
She’s been missed! Unfortunately we don’t know what happens next after Indian Wells. As the custody battle is still on-going she cannot leave California with her son Leo and is understandably not willing to travel the tour without him. British number two Heather Watson will be the first to face Azarenka who despite her absence from the tour has been practicing and training hard to compete regularly again and is determined as ever to be successful on the tour. Heather Watson is in good form at the moment after a good week in Acapulco where she won the doubles title … Continue reading Indian Wells Preview – Victoria Azarenka v Heather Watson