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?
Another day see’s another withdrawal from the WTA Finals. Following the withdrawals of Naomi Osaka and Bianca Andreescu it was Kiki Bertens who this time had to call her run as alternate in Shenzhen to an early end. Her match against Belinda Bencic would decide who would qualify for the semi-finals to face Elina Svitolina and it was a really good encounter. It was Bertens who got the first look in really soaking up the pressure coming from the racket of the 22 year old and at 5-4 would serve for the set. Things quickly turned around for Bencic as … Continue reading Bencic 7-5 1-0 Bertens; Kiki forced out injured as Belinda advances to semi-finals!
Everything that could have happened in Shenzhen today did happen. We woke up to the news that former world number one Naomi Osaka had withdrawn from the tournament due to a shoulder injury. She sustained the injury in the Beijing final and it flared up again in her win against Petra Kvitova. With about two hours notice and having played in Zhuhai a few days ago the first alternate Kiki Bertens was drafted in. Having narrowly missed out on qualifying the Madrid champion was not going to waste her opportunity and upset the Barty Party which has been put on … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 3; Osaka withdraws 🚑 Bertens wins on arrival 🛫 Bencic gets first win ✅ winless Kvitova could still go through 🤔 Barty Party is on hold ⚠️ Confusing Scenario’s 🤯
Day 2 at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen certainly delivered. Simona Halep and firstly Elina Svitolina opened up their tournaments with impressive victories. Elina Svitolina saw off Karolina Pliskova in two sets of tennis with a mentally strong and well thought out game plan against the Czech number one. Pliskova has been left with a lot to ponder going forward after a disappointing performance. Defending champion Svitolina sets out her stall with a typically gutsy performance! Later on in the day was Andreescu and Halep were up against each other for the first time. It was the Canadian who Gott … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 2; Halep & Svitolina impress in their opening matches!
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!
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 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?