I think it is fair to say Simona Halep has had a busy week of tennis. 7 days ago she was in the Czech Republic and was a key part of her teams success against one of the most difficult sides in the competition. Following her heroics in Fed Cup she made her way to Qatar for her first tournament since her defeat to Serena in Melbourne. On reflection and taking into consideration what she did in Fed Cup it has been a very good for the former world number one who is now back at number two in the … Continue reading A tough end to a heroic 7 days as Halep falls in Qatar final
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