Believe me when I say the Australian Open feels like a lifetime ago having sat on Rod Laver Arena just a few weeks ago but time moves fast and now it’s time to kick on! The draw in Melbourne has former number one Halep as top seed as well as some other big names in Kerber and Wozniacki who exited Melbourne quicker than expected but also players looking to build on a good start to the year and some who have lacked any consistency yet. A big tournament is this for Halep. This is the first of many on route … Continue reading Very best arrive in Doha but who needs a big week?
Comebacks don’t get better than this. Just over 12 months ago Petra Kvitova was stabbed at home in her left hand multiple times by an intruder. There were concerns whether she’d get back to her highest level but after her return to tennis around 9 months ago she hasn’t looked back and it’s been a comeback out of this world. I can’t put into words what this lady has done over this season and last. This week saw her defeat Svitolina, Wozniacki and Muguruza on route to winning the title her second title in three weeks, her 13th win a … Continue reading Kvitova’s comeback has been incredible and it keeps on getting better!
After her Fed Cup heroics for France at the weekend winning all three of her matches to edge past Belgium 3-2 you couldn’t blame Kristina Mladenovic for taking the sting out of this one to conserve her energy for an upcoming week in Qatar. The French woman was cool, calm and composed throughout the match even when opportunities got away from her. You have to give credit to Mladenovic, she has just recently snapped a 15 match losing streak, made the final of St. Petersburg and of course her heroics for Fed Cup last weekend so it is very good … Continue reading Mladenovic 6-2 6-4 Peng – Controlled and Calm performance after weekend heroics!
When you say the name Monica Niculescu you know what you are going to get. That slice shot is one of the unique shots in the game and for the first set and a half Maria Sharapova played what I would describe as a fast, dominate and strong performance against the Romanian and then mid-way during the second set it turned into a mess. The very loose game at 4-5 in set two took it to a third set decider where she looked rattled by Niculescu who seemed to get into her head. Sharapova stopped producing pace and it became … Continue reading Niculescu 4-6 6-4 6-3 Sharapova – How a strong performance quickly turned unnecessarily messy!
Daria Kasatkina is a player who is only 20 years old but has been on the tour for quite some time. However today against American qualifier CiCi Bellis the Russian ran out of ideas. The Russian who has one WTA singles title to her name has wins against Venus, Halep and Kerber before a victory over the new world number one Wozniacki early on in the year but couldn’t get the better of the 18 year old. I couldn’t really fault Bellis during the match. There was a period towards the end of the first set where she had a … Continue reading Bellis 7-5 4-1 Kasatkina – Russian retires with injury but ran out of ideas early on!
Right from the beginning it felt like a match that the two came out not to lose. Breaks of serve were exchanged and there was a ‘tentative’ approach from both players who are usually confident with approach but sometimes not so in their conviction. For Pavlyuchenkova it hasn’t been a good season so far and you could see some big issues in her game from the off and throughout which Dominika Cibulkova who never turns down an invitation to be aggressive on the court saw that second serve on the deuce court a big problem as we can see below. … Continue reading Cibulkova 7-6 6-4 Pavlyuchenkova – Slovakian edges in cagey Qatar opener
At the beginning of the season I wrote about Aga’s need to find something extra to challenge the top players as she is never going to power them off the court but today she ran into a composed, aggressive and determined Caroline Wozniacki in Doha. From the beginning of the match despite the first set being decided so late on it was the Dane who looked the more comfortable of the two during rallies and there felt like there was an inevitability that she would end up winning rallies winning 16 more points than Aga in the match which may … Continue reading Wozniacki 7-5 6-3 Radwanska – Dane’s aggression too much as Radwanska falls early in Doha