WTA Stuttgart is over for another year, the best always begin their clay court season here and we have been left with plenty of talking points in the road to Roland Garros. Injury concerns? I would say the withdrawal of Halep (pre-tournament) and Osaka (before semi-finals) is purely precautionary. I don’t think there is an underlying issue with Halep just tiredness and maybe a niggle following an emotional weekend in Rouen. Halep posted on Twitter practicing on clay a day after her pulling out and asking Stan for backhand tips. Hey @stanwawrinka – what do ya think? Can I make … Continue reading Stuttgart; what got us talking?
Almost top of the world but champion in Stuttgart for the first time for Petra following a stunning week of tennis which included some big comebacks as she kept up her good form and continues to lead the end of season race but will she be leading the pack at Roland Garros shortly? We still have Madrid and Rome to play before anyone even arrives in Paris but Petra Kvitova has given us something to think about. Could she be favourite at Roland Garros? Right now she leads the Race to Shenzhen. She is ahead of Osaka in second place … Continue reading Petra leads the race but will she lead the pack at Roland Garros?
Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from her semi-final match against Anett Kontaveit later today with an abdominal injury. The world number one was up a set in her last match out against Donna Vekic before fighting back from 1-5 0-30 in the final set to complete her comeback but her tournament will go no further. In her press yesterday after the match she didn’t give any indication of their being a problem but has decided not to play tonight meaning Kontaveit advances through to the Stuttgart final. The target now will be getting fit for Madrid following her first two matches … Continue reading Naomi Osaka withdraws from Stuttgart with abdominal injury
Victoria Azarenka is smiling! The Belarussian who has had a long week with Fed Cup as well in Brisbane last week has been in such good form once again in Stuttgart. Vika was due to play against Garbine Muguruza in round one but the Spaniard’s injury and subsequent withdrawal from the tournament meant there was a shuffle up. In her first round match she was up against Vera Zvonareva who she saw off 7-5 6-4 setting up a round two match with fourth seed and defending champion Karolina Pliskova. It was the Czech number two who got the first break … Continue reading All smiles! Azarenka 4-6 6-3 6-4 Pliskova
Round one is now over in Stuttgart, some have begun and the top four seeds are yet to begin their quest for the title but has happened over the first couple of days and what exciting match-ups we can look forward to over the next day or so. Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza withdrew from the tournament last minute meaning the draw had to be moved around whilst a couple of lucky losers came into play to. Donna Vekic who was due to line up against Angie Kerber in round one got moved and defeated Gatto-Monticone in round one and … Continue reading Stuttgart so far; Injuries 🚑 Round one ✅ Time for round two fireworks 🎆
I’m not that surprised but Simona Halep has withdrawn from Stuttgart. The Romanian number one and world number two spent 7 hours on court in just over 24 hours in Fed Cup experiencing all emotions as Romanian narrowly missed out on a place in what would have been their first Fed Cup Final. Halep has said; “If I’m not 100%, I don’t want to step on the court,” “I’m also exhausted mentally because I gave my everything in that tie but unfortunately we couldn’t win. “That’s why I decided to pull out, because I have to think about my health … Continue reading Halep sets sights on Madrid following exhausting weekend in Roeun.
The draw is out and the majority are on site. Some will arrive later than others due to Fed Cup commitments but what can we look out for in the opening couple of days? Naomi’s nightmare? Top seed Naomi Osaka will be looking to find some momentum on clay. The number one get’s a bye for round one but would have noticed that she could potentially once again play Hsieh in round two. Hsieh showed us all her amazing variety and caused issues for many in Miami including Naomi who will be hoping to avoid her in the second round. … Continue reading Stuttgart; Naomi’s nightmare, Monterrey rematch, Kerber v Vekic & Latvian matchup