The beginning of the clay court season has begun for some but for others it was the last week on the hard courts which brought plenty of opportunities. Some players have played well up to now and some haven’t kicked off their season at all but following a week in Charleston and Monterrey respectively the conversation has really kicked off for Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka and Garbine Muguruza. Caro Wozniacki A good week for Caro, the clay has never been a favourite of the Dane but with Francesca on side she has really pulled it all … Continue reading Sloane, Madison, Caro, Vika & Garbine; 5 ladies have kicked off April in style!
Madison Keys has just reminded us of her clay court skills with her first title on the surface. Madison’s year has been a bit flat. R4 exit in Melbourne to Svitolina was followed by a slight break in February before returning to the sunshine double where she lost in R1 at both events. Madison is a bit of a funny one, I’ve watched her for many years and I still think she will win a major and be top 5 soon but there still seems to be more question marks over when and maybe how? It’s a funny one as … Continue reading Madison Keys sends out a reminder as she wins Charleston in style
https://twitter.com/SloaneStephens/status/1114014859086180354It has been an underwhelming year so far for Sloane Stephens. The American who of course won the US Open just over 18 months ago and was in the finals of Roland Garros, Montreal and Singapore last year just hadn’t got going. Of course that split with Kamau Murray raised questions and raised more over her level of tennis for the opening four months of the season which as I said has been underwhelming. Sloane’s style of tennis is very much big from the baseline and she will look to dominate from this position. I have said time and time … Continue reading Sloane “I’m tired of f****** losing”
Following an amazing 22 years on the tour last year Francesca Schiavone called it a day at the age of 38 and the former French Open champion who won at Roland Garros back in 2010 has been spotted in the Wozniacki camp of late. The two trained together in Miami not long ago and the Italian is still with the Dane in South Carolina as she kick starts her clay court season on the green clay in Charleston. Schiavone has been practicing with Wozniacki all week and has also been in her player box giving the former world number one … Continue reading Francesca Schiavone working with Caroline Wozniacki in Charleston
Second seed Kiki Bertens is out. A first set which was really close will be seen as a missed opportunity for the second seed who saw three set points in the tie breaker but she could not capatalise on the break points winning just 4/11 in the match. Sakkari who saw off Petkovic 6-3 6-0 in the previous round continued to fight in a pivotal tiebreak and you could see the frustration on the face of Kiki who knew that she had missed a big opportunity. The second set began with Sakkari continuing her good form from the tiebreak and … Continue reading Maria Sakkari – 7-6 6-3 Kiki Bertens