Over history Serena Williams in a final majority of the time meant adding to her trophy collection. Of late it has been a different story, if anything it has been a bit of a mental block for her since the 2018 US Open final as she hunted for her first title as a mum! Serena who has been swinging so accurately and freely all week was suddenly super tense. You could sense in her body language the nerves were there. She wasn’t moving much at all and this was resulting in unforced errors (finishing the opening set with 20). She … Continue reading Serena Williams wins title No.101 in Auckland, her first since 2017!
It’s been quite the week in Brisbane and Auckland. A lot of talking points on the WTA tour have come over the last week, but who has impressed me? Who has work to do? I will also take a quick look at next weeks inaugural event in Adelaide Brisbane Elina Svitolina Elina Svitolina is one player who’s start to the season wasn’t ideal. The Ukrainian number one went home before the event had got into full swing losing 6-1 6-1 in a messy performance against Danielle Collins. I am expecting some big things from Elina this year. Last year she … Continue reading Brisbane & Auckland round-up and a look to Adelaide!
Two American’s at two different stages of their career. Serena Williams beginning her fourth decade on the tour against teenager Amanda Anisimova who we know can brush the best off as we saw her do to Halep in Paris. The semi-final may not have gone the way the teenager would have liked but she should take plenty of positives away from her performances this week in Auckland. Amanda was tipped to really make some noise at the US Open at the back end of last year but cut her season short due to the tragic loss of her father and … Continue reading Serena serves up 6-1 6-1 win as she bids for double success!
Having booked their place in the singles semi-finals earlier on in the day this time Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki were both back in action as they searched for a place in the Auckland final. Standing in their way was the experienced Belgians. Alison Van Uytvanck and Kirsten Flipkens who provided a strong test for the first time American/Dane duo. Early on they set out their intentions with an immediate break of serve following a stunning backhand return winner from Serena on the Flipkens serve which became a bit of a theme in that opening set. A backhand return winner … Continue reading Wozniacki & Serena advance to Sunday’s Doubles Final!
For just the second time in twelve months Eugenie Bouchard has won two consectutive matches on the main circuit on the WTA tour. Twelve months ago in Auckland the Canadian defeated Brengle and Schoofs on route to the quarter finals to begin her season ending her run with a defeat to Julia Georges. Back in Auckland the former Wimbledon finalist finds herself in the quarter finals once again. It has been a tough run for Bouchard who before this week found herself down outside the top 250 in the world but wins against Kirsten Flipkens and Caroline Garcia in straight … Continue reading Eugenie Bouchard back in Auckland quarter finals!
Down at the WTA event in Auckland we got the first glimpse of one of the most anticipated doubles teams down under during the new season. Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki kicked off Monday with a big win in their first match as a doubles team. The two have been best friends on and off the court for many years and in what is Wozniacki’s final run of tournaments finishing in Melbourne the duo got off to a good start. It took just 70 minutes for them to secure their first win as a pairing defeating Hibino and Ninomiya from … Continue reading Caro & Serena underway ✅ Bouchard’s 321 day wait 📅 Collins stuns Svitolina 😯 Stosur records big win 💪🏻
Serena and her team have begun preparations out in Florida for her 25th year on tour. October 1995 was the first time Serena played a WTA match in Qubec City qualifying losing to Annie Miller. 1188 matches, 72 titles, a few Gold medals and 23 Grand Slams later the fight is still as strong in the American. The hunt for 24 is still the talking point. Some act as if it will define greatness but I don’t see how you could argue against Serena being the greatest female player of all time. The former world number one has begun her … Continue reading Hunger and Dedication still the same as Serena begins preparations for her 25th season on tour!