The pressure is about to ramp up for Elina Svitolina!

Little expectations and pressure but now expect that to ramp up. On the tour you cannot really hide, this tour is relentless and played around 47 of the 52 weeks of the year. Even in the off season you cannot stay away from the limelight. Eli Svitolina now has that pressure ramped up. Being critical of a players’ year is not being hater, being a hater is hating when there is nothing to dislike. Svitolina said she was hoping to silence the haters in Singapore and she has done that but unfortunately we live in a time where social media … Continue reading The pressure is about to ramp up for Elina Svitolina!

Star of the show Svitolina strikes again to take Singapore title!

Elina Svitolina has done it. The second half of the season you could say was a write off for the Ukranian and then she came to Singapore. No expectations, no pressure and probably lacking in confidence but this is completely against what happened. The performances were stunning since Day 1 of the championships. I love watching Eli play, I first saw her at Roland Garros four years ago and was lucky enough to see meet her in Birmingham this year and she was so down to earth and humble. If you asked me to talk about the ‘best’ of players’ … Continue reading Star of the show Svitolina strikes again to take Singapore title!

Singapore Showdown – The Final Two

Everyone wants to be there, only eight make it every year and on Sunday the final two will compete in the Singapore showdown as the season shuts down. Elina Svitolina and Sloane Stephens will be the two to battle for one of the tours biggest prizes. Elina’s year has been tough, it hasn’t really gone to plan with results being disappointing and then there was this odd change to her diet which led to a massive weight loss and it was concerning from a spectators view as it affected her on the court. Thankfully she is playing her best tennis … Continue reading Singapore Showdown – The Final Two

37/7 before Wimbledon and 9/10 since, what happened to Petra Kvitova’s season?

A 14 match winning streak and 5 titles to her name from January to the end of June; Petra Kvitova was playing the best tennis and the most consistent tennis on the tour. Following the title in Birmingham which ended up surprisingly being her last of the year the former Grand Slam champion played just 19 matches winning just 9 of them and 10 defeats. I’m a big fan of Petra Kvitova and what she has achieved in her career especially the fightback from that horrific stabbing in her home just over a year ago however I saw she took … Continue reading 37/7 before Wimbledon and 9/10 since, what happened to Petra Kvitova’s season?

Pliskova & Svitolina progress whilst Kvitova & Wozniacki begin packing their bags!

What a tournament it has been! Karolina Pliskova needed one set to progress to the semi-finals after what has been a pretty flat season for the Czech number two but she has made her way through to the semi-finals of Singapore. Eli Svitolina who has been superb this week in Singapore faced the possibility of going out against Wozniacki after the Dane took the first set 7-5 and at 5-5 the tension began to rise with Svitolina potentially a break of serve away from going home which would just be pure madness! The Ukrainian number one found five set points … Continue reading Pliskova & Svitolina progress whilst Kvitova & Wozniacki begin packing their bags!

WTA Finals Day 3 – Sloane & Angie win – all 8 still active with final round-robin set to begin

No one has gone yet, some are close to the finish line where as some look all but set to book their place in the semi-finals. After two matches each all eight players are still alive in the competition. The only player without a win in Singapore is Petra Kvitova but the Czech number one will have to play against fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova as she looks to book her place in the next round. Kvitova if she wins in straight sets will qualify if Svitolina wins her match. Kvitova could win in straight sets and still go home if … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 3 – Sloane & Angie win – all 8 still active with final round-robin set to begin

Dane Delight! Wozniacki turns up as Petra’s almost done in Singapore!

Within around 48 hours you could be out of Singapore. The WTA Finals is a whirlwind of momentum and for Caroline Wozniacki what was a poor defenceless performance in her first match completely pulled it together as she dumped Petra Kvitova in a three set battle leaving the Czech number one on the verge of ending her season early. What I liked about Wozniacki’s performance was that I felt it immediately. The feet were moving and she seemed to bounce around the court with confidence and belief something I wouldn’t say I have seen in a big match since she … Continue reading Dane Delight! Wozniacki turns up as Petra’s almost done in Singapore!