Karolina Pliskova’s week was tricky but very successful. The Czech number one picked up her 10th title of her career following a straight sets win against Coco Vandeweghe in Stuttgart winning 7-6 6-4 as she surprises us once again on the clay. Karolina’s last two tournaments on the clay were Roland Garros last year where she made the semi-finals and now champion here in Stuttgart which is full of top class players and she came through it. I’ve never had Karolina down as a clay court player. He game naturally suits grass and hard courts but her results have been … Continue reading 10th title and a Porsche! Pliskova surprises us on clay again!
Well, it has been quite the 24 hours on the ATP and WTA tour. Many players are beginning their clay court season this week whether it is in Barcelona, Istanbul or Stuttgart the top players have packed their bags early but who has gone home? Dominic Thiem Grigor Dimitrov Simona Halep Elina Svitolina Garbine Muguruza Angelique Kerber Caroline Wozniacki Svetlana Kuznetsova The fall outs have been big, some bigger than others! There will be concerns over Garbine Muguruza who in Stuttgart had to retire and it is the third time this year the defending Wimbledon champion has pulled out of … Continue reading Top seeds fall across Europe!
Simona Halep has survived her opening round match in Stuttgart but only just! The world number took the long route to victory against Magdalena Rybarikova with her match finishing just before 11pm last night. Simona Halep is no stranger to having to fight in matches but since Melbourne her form has bene a bit patchy and at Indian Wells and Miami this match she would have lost but she found a way to keep going and keep that rhythm. Halep’s main strength especially on a clay court where the conditions allow defensive counter-punches to stay in the point is her … Continue reading Job done but work to do! Halep survives Stuttgart opener!
If I turned up to a tournament and were told my first round opponent would be Angie Kerber I wouldn’t full unpack my bags. The former world number one had a write off year last year but looks in the mood this year and she showed it here in round one. A round one opponent in Petra Kvitova is never an easy start but the German who lost to Kvitova on this court the other day in Fed Cup returned the favour with a patient and clever performance booking her place in the next round. I was impressed with Kerber … Continue reading Patient and Clever – Kerber sets the tone as she sets off her clay court season in style!
Maria Sharapova has now lost four matches in a row for the second time in her career. The former world number one hasn’t won a match in over 3 months and her performance against Caroline Garcia was very good, much better than the overall performance of the French woman who secured the victory. At the end of the day it’s a results business and Sharapova didn’t get the job done and a year on from the comeback the same questions are still being asked with no answers of yet. There was a game in the second set at 4-4 and … Continue reading Best performance of the year but it still wasn’t enough for a win!
WTA Stuttgart is always a much watch on the calendar. Following a weekend of Fed Cup tennis players will arrive in Germany as the preparations begin for Roland Garros begin here but who is here? World number one Simona Halep leads a field which includes Muguruza, Ostapenko and Svitolina as four of the worlds top 5 with no Caroline Wozniacki on site this week. Kvitova, Kerber and Pliskova are also in the field as well as former champion Maria Sharapova. More pressure for some? I’d 100% say I think there is pressure on others to perform over the next month … Continue reading WTA Stuttgart 2018 – World’s best arrive to kick off their clay court season