Conchita Martinez and Karolina Pliskova’s partnership has come to an end. The former Wimbledon champion has been with Pliskova for the year and despite finishing the year at World number two they have decided to go their own ways. I think finishing the year as world number two has maybe papered over the cracks of a season that did fizzle out. I said going into Shenzhen with the points Karolina accrued earlier in the year she didn’t need to do much to secure her place at the season ending finals. We did see the best of the Czech number one … Continue reading Conchita & Pliskova split with all noise pointing towards a Spanish reunion!
Garbine Muguruza’s season is over. The former world number one has pulled out of Tiajin and Moscow resulting in shutting down her season. Her numbers for 2019 include 6 wins at majors, round one exits at Wimbledon and the US Open. 22 wins, 16 defeats and a title defend in Monterrey with the Spaniard set to finish her year outside the top 30 and the first time in five years outside the top 20. Just over 12 months ago I said her season highlight cannot be just winning the title in Monterrey, earlier this year in Monterrey I echoed that … Continue reading “The motivation is still the same” Muguruza shuts down season as she looks ahead to 2020!
That time of year after New York is always in limbo, soo much happens its like that period between Christmas and New Year where you just don’t know the day of the week, so what has been happening since the final major of the year came to an end? Congratulations are in order for Karen Khachanov who became a dad. Also congratulations to Lucas Pouille and Feliciano Lopez who got married to their respective partners. Rafael Nadal is also due to get married in the next week. Naomi Osaka won in Osaka at the third time of asking having made … Continue reading Since New York; Weddings 🎩 Births 👶🏼 Exhibitions 📅 Injuries 🤕 Losing Streaks 😬 Bizarre Results 🧐 Winners 🏆 & Much More 🎾
Muguruza and Suymk’s partnership has come to an end. This is now a time to push on for the former world number one and two time Grand Slam champion who achieved all three feats under Sam’s guidance but time for change to be honest has been needed for some time. Last year when Garbine won in Monterrey I said it can’t be the highlight of her year, it was. She won there again this year and is in serious risk of it being the same again. No.24 in the race to Shenzhen and currently in the live rankings down at … Continue reading Garbine Muguruza and Sam Suymk split!
A third round meeting between a former champion in Garbine Muguruza and a lady still hoping to make a big mark at a major following her big win in Singapore is Elina Svitolina. The preparations for Roland Garros have been no where near ideal for the Ukrainian number one who missed the entire warm up of events for Roland Garros with an on-going knee injury. First up for her was a brutally tough round one opponent in Venus Williams but the Ukrainian really did impress with her movement and ground strokes as she progressed in straight sets against the veteran. … Continue reading Elina Svitolina v Garbiñe Muguruza – will walkover on Wednesday help or hinder Eli?
Two early exits already in Madrid and to be honest I have to say I’m not overly surprised. Elina Svitolina was one of the casualties in round one but the Ukrainian has always had an abysmal record in Madrid with six appearances in the tournament and just three wins with her never getting past the second round. This was Eli’s first tournament in around 6 weeks following an on-going knee injury following her early exit in Miami but prior to that the 24 year old has had a very good season so here is hoping she finds a bit of … Continue reading Early exits but not a major surprise
The draw is in and well it’s going to be a fun week in Madrid! The big matches and tough match-ups come into play from round one so let’s take a look at each half of the draw. Top Half A top heavy top half of the draw. Naomi Osaka obviously leads the pack as world number one but in this half there is also Eli Svitolina, Simona Halep, Karolina Pliskova and Ash Barty amongst others. Naomi Osaka v Dominika Cibulkova Big test for Naomi is this. Domi if she turns up can be a great difficulty to play against … Continue reading Madrid; Ladies draw & R1 match-ups