Ash Barty wins the WTA Finals to top off an incredible year!

Back in January her season began as runner up in Sydney. Little did we expect that Ash Barty ranked at 15 in the world to finish her year as world number one following an incredible season. The Barty Party began in Melbourne, the noise at her matches was incredible and has followed her around the world. Her achievements have been phenomenal this year. What a year for @ashbarty ! 56 wins ✅12 defeats ❌12 top 10 wins 💪🏻Roland Garros 🏆Birmingham 🏆Miami 🏆Top 10 debut 📈World number 1! 1️⃣ pic.twitter.com/lKALb3ewhQ — Iain Fordyce (@IainFordyce) November 3, 2019 Top 10 debut, world … Continue reading Ash Barty wins the WTA Finals to top off an incredible year!

Who will advance from semi-final Saturday to Shenzhen showdown on Sunday?

Two of the four I expected in the semi-finals are here. It has been an epic week of tennis so far and it’s going to get better as the four remaining players all eye up the Billie Jean King trophy but who will be up against who? Ash Barty v Karolina Pliskova World number one against the world number two in the semi-finals. Pliskova has surprised me, I loved watching her against Halep because we saw everything in her game. We saw lights out tennis at the beginning and at the end the bit in the middle was a bit … Continue reading Who will advance from semi-final Saturday to Shenzhen showdown on Sunday?

Barty Party goes on as Kvitova’s tough week comes to an end

World number one Ash Barty is through to the semi-finals of the WTA Finals. A comfortable 6-4 6-2 victory for the Australian in a dominating performance from the debutant who will end the year as number one in the world no matter what happens here. It was another match where the performance from Petra Kvitova was pretty worrying in what was a difficult end to a difficult season for the former Wimbledon champion. Take nothing away from Ash Barty though she showed us her clever all-court game and the thing she did the most which caused issues for Petra was … Continue reading Barty Party goes on as Kvitova’s tough week comes to an end

WTA Finals Day 1; Barty sends out a warning, Kvitova left wondering & Osaka secures 11th win in a row!

Starting off the first Sunday with a win in Shenzhen is never a bad thing to do at the WTA Finals. Debutant and world number one Ashley Barty found her grove against last minute qualifier Belinda Bencic after dropping the first set 5-7. The level of the world number one in the second and third set will send out a warning to the rest of the field. Ash didn’t just turn up but she did it in style against Bencic really finding her game and dropping three games after losing that first set in her 5-7 6-1 6-2 victory on … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 1; Barty sends out a warning, Kvitova left wondering & Osaka secures 11th win in a row!

WTA Finals; Two groups, eight players, one former champion & three debutants. Who will win in Shenzhen?

The draw for the WTA Finals in Shenzhen has been complete. The top eight in women’s tennis will be battling it out beginning on Sunday for the Billie Jean King trophy, but who will win? Red Group Ashleigh Barty Naomi Osaka Petra Kvitova Belinda Bencic Petra Kvitova couldn’t have asked for a worse group in all honesty. All three women are in form since the US Open with Ash and Naomi meeting in an incredible final in Beijing and Belinda pulling out all the stops to qualify. This group is going to be tough to get out of. The match … Continue reading WTA Finals; Two groups, eight players, one former champion & three debutants. Who will win in Shenzhen?

The top eight are on route to Shenzhen but who will end up as champion?

The final eight are on route to the season finale in Shenzhen. Led by the world number one Ash Barty the top eight in women’s tennis will fight for the title only one of them has ever won before. That one? Elina Svitolina. So, who will walk away with the title? Ash Barty Ash has found some form again at the right time. She looked sharp in Wuhan and Beijing and the indoor courts do suit her game. Ash’ world number one ranking is on the line and this will be her debut at the tour finals. Can she win … Continue reading The top eight are on route to Shenzhen but who will end up as champion?

WTA Finals lineup is all but set however Belinda Bencic could still join the party!

Serena Williams’ hiatus since New York has all but confirmed who will be playing at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen. It is understood but not confirmed that the American will not play if she does qualify. So who is in? Ash Barty, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Naomi Osaka, Petra Kvitova and Bianca Andreescu are in. Defeats for Elina Svitolina (quarter finals) and Kiki Bertens (semi-finals) have delayed what looks an inevitable spot with two positions left and Serena not to play but there is still one player who could have a say… Belinda Bencic has the joint most top ten … Continue reading WTA Finals lineup is all but set however Belinda Bencic could still join the party!