Former WTA Finals champion and Australian Open finalist Dominika has called time on her career. The Slovak turned 30 this year but has had some issues with injuries recently and an achilles injury which has kept her off the court. Dominika took to instagram to announce her news on a day her biography was released. In her post she said; “Today, with mixed feelings, I have special news to share with you all. As you know I haven’t been playing tournaments for several months. What started as a recurring Achilles injury, developed into one of the most difficult moments in … Continue reading Dominika Cibulkova announces her retirement following injury!
Having featured in eight events in 2019 Maria Sharapova is set for a busy start to 2020 if all is well. The former world number one is due to play at least three events before the Australian Open with a big rumour of a fourth as well. Mubadala World Tennis Championships – 19th-21st December – vs Amanda Anisimova Hawaii Tennis Open – 26th-28th December – Bianca Andreescu, Angie Kerber & Misaki Doi in the event as well Kooyong Classic – 14th-16th January – Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki announced so far Quite a busy start to the season for Sharapova. … Continue reading Sharapova set for a busy start to 2020! Is a new coach on the cards? How she could head to Melbourne outside the top 300!
Conchita Martinez and Karolina Pliskova’s partnership has come to an end. The former Wimbledon champion has been with Pliskova for the year and despite finishing the year at World number two they have decided to go their own ways. I think finishing the year as world number two has maybe papered over the cracks of a season that did fizzle out. I said going into Shenzhen with the points Karolina accrued earlier in the year she didn’t need to do much to secure her place at the season ending finals. We did see the best of the Czech number one … Continue reading Conchita & Pliskova split with all noise pointing towards a Spanish reunion!
Back in January her season began as runner up in Sydney. Little did we expect that Ash Barty ranked at 15 in the world to finish her year as world number one following an incredible season. The Barty Party began in Melbourne, the noise at her matches was incredible and has followed her around the world. Her achievements have been phenomenal this year. What a year for @ashbarty ! 56 wins ✅12 defeats ❌12 top 10 wins 💪🏻Roland Garros 🏆Birmingham 🏆Miami 🏆Top 10 debut 📈World number 1! 1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/lKALb3ewhQ — Iain Fordyce (@IainFordyce) November 3, 2019 Top 10 debut, world … Continue reading Ash Barty wins the WTA Finals to top off an incredible year!
Two of the four I expected in the semi-finals are here. It has been an epic week of tennis so far and it’s going to get better as the four remaining players all eye up the Billie Jean King trophy but who will be up against who? Ash Barty v Karolina Pliskova World number one against the world number two in the semi-finals. Pliskova has surprised me, I loved watching her against Halep because we saw everything in her game. We saw lights out tennis at the beginning and at the end the bit in the middle was a bit … Continue reading Who will advance from semi-final Saturday to Shenzhen showdown on Sunday?
No withdrawals or injuries today but good grief I need a lie down after today’s tennis. We now have our semi-finals confirmed for Saturday. Elina Svitolina will take on Belinda Bencic as we know and Ash Barty will get Karolina Pliskova but first what the hell happened today? Elina Svitolina made it three out of three and if you were to ask me at the beginning of the week who would get through to the semi-finals unscathed I wouldn’t have had the Ukrainian down as that person but she has pleasantly surprised us all. Sofia Kenin can walk away with … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 6; 3 out of 3 for Svitolina ✅ Extra money 💰 Kenin provided a test 👍🏻Halep & Pliskova play out a bonkers match! 🤯
Another day see’s another withdrawal from the WTA Finals. Following the withdrawals of Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu it was Kiki Bertens who this time had to call her run as alternate in Shenzhen to an early end. Her match against Belinda Bencic would decide who would qualify for the semi-finals to face Elina Svitolina and it was a really good encounter. It was Bertens who got the first look in really soaking up the pressure coming from the racket of the 22 year old and at 5-4 would serve for the set. Things quickly turned around for Bencic as … Continue reading Bencic 7-5 1-0 Bertens; Kiki forced out injured as Belinda advances to semi-finals!