Karolina Pliskova is now 27 years old. That US Open final from 2016 does seem a bit of a lifetime ago and to be honest so does her good run at the beginning of last season. The Czech number one began her year with the title in Brisbane and went home in the semi-finals of the Australian Open. I said last year the season went down hill from there. The consistency wasn’t the same throughout the rest of the season. There were good results but little momentum built up. I like Pliskova and we have seen a lot of change … Continue reading 2017, 2019 & 2020; Pliskova stands alone as a three time Brisbane champion but can she better her last Melbourne run?
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!
The ATP Cup isn’t over yet but for me it has been a success. Despite being just around 6 weeks after the Davis Cup and 7 of the 8 quarter finalists being the same as in Madrid I have felt more of fun feeling to the event. The crowds have come and filled a majority of the stadiums across Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. I was pleasantly surprised the support teams have had along the run despite some being a few thousand miles away! I do think there are some issues that need ironing out with the event. The main one … Continue reading The ATP Cup proved a success but brushing aside the women’s event in Brisbane was a poor choice!
Maria Sharapova went into Brisbane ranked just outside the top 140 in the world. A round one exit to Jennifer Brady who came through qualifying despite being a set up on the American was not the ideal start for the Russian. Sharapova lost 6-3 1-6 6-7 to the 24 year old and really struggled behind her second serve as she looked for a way past the American who grew into the match stronger. With or without a good run in Brisbane the Russian would still need a wildcard for the Australian Open where she was seeded 30th last year. The … Continue reading Maria Sharapova out of Brisbane but into the Australian Open!
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 💪🏻
The world number one and local girl Ash Barty will lead the field at the WTA event in Brisbane as will world number two and three Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova but will not be on centre court for sometime. 2020 sees the inaugural ATP Cup come into play across Perth, Brisbane and Sydney before the knockout stages in Sydney but it comes at a price. The ATP Cup begins on the 3rd and the WTA event in Brisbane on the 6th. Due to the scheduling of group stage matches in Brisbane taking place from the 3rd to the 9th, … Continue reading The only woman’s only tournament in Australia has been shelved to outside courts for three days to accommodate ATP Cup
ATP Qatar One of the first tournaments of the year get’s going before the year is out. ATP Qatar will be the first stop for so many top player who took big headlines in 2018. The headliner is of course World number one Novak Djokovic who will be joined by one other top 10 player in Dominic Thiem. Also in the draw is David Goffin who begins the year ranked at 22 and his target must be a top 8 finish. Also in the draw is two players who both stunned Djokovic in 2018 both in Paris, one at Roland … Continue reading The starting block; Qatar 🇶🇦 Brisbane 🇦🇺 Shenzhen 🇨🇳 Auckland 🇳🇿Perth 🇦🇺