Heather Watson’s season has ended on a high. The Brit has put herself back in contention for a main draw spot at the Australian Open next year when the entrants list is out in December. A run to the final somewhere she hasn’t been on the tour for 43 months has propelled her 37 places on the WTA Rankings from 125 in the world back up to 88 and if she can stay there for the first few weeks of 2020 will be getting into big tournaments. It wasn’t meant to be for Heather who has never lost a WTA … Continue reading Heather Watson back in the top 100 after impressive run in Tianjin!
As opening round matches go you not have asked for a tighter set. Some had finished their match by the time that Heather Watson and her American opponent Caty McNally had concluded the first set. It was a nervy, cagey affair from both players for the entirety of the opening set. In the first game of the match Heather hit three doubles faults and you could feel the nerves. Making her Grand Slam debut on the other side of the net was 17 year old Caty McNally who also had the nerves as expected. Holds of serve were few and … Continue reading Relief! Heather Watson finds her groove to see off American teenager!
The wildcard announcements for this year’s Wimbledon are in and they are as follows; Women’s Singles Harriet Dart Katie Swan Iga Swiatek Heather Watson (4 more to be announced) Women’s Qualifying Singles Katy Dunne Coco Gauff Francesca Jones Sabine Lisicki Maia Lumsden Emma Raducanu Gabrielle Taylor British trio of Dart, Swan and Watson have all picked up wildcards for the event. Harriet and Heather both suffered round one exits at Birmingham in singles and doubles but have done enough for a spot. Teenager Iga Swiatek from Poland is another wildcard announced for the main draw. She caused issues for Puig … Continue reading First set of Wimbledon wildcards announced!
It’s already been a good start for the Brit’s in London and Birmingham this week. We thought we only had 7 Brit’s in singles action but James Ward has qualified at Queens winning his highest ranked match for four years. The other big news which isn’t singles related is to do with the doubles… Venus Williams is playing doubles in Birmingham. Her team mate? Harriet Dart! The 22 year old Brit is going to have the moment of her career right now playing doubles with Venus Williams what an hour! It is also good to see James Ward back in … Continue reading London & Birmingham; 8 Brits in singles action + someone is teaming up with Venus Williams!
The world number one Naomi Osaka, the world number two and Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty, the world number three Karolina Pliskova and just the five time Wimbledon champion making her first appearance in Birmingham Venus Williams are here. Throw in Britain’s number one Johanna Konta who enjoyed an exceptional clay court season and also Petra Martic, Elina Svitolina and Maria Sakkari amongst others we have a cracking tournament on our hands. Naomi Osaka Nothing short of winning here won’t do for me I’m afraid. It has been an up and down season. We haven’t seen her best since Melbourne … Continue reading Birmingham; Osaka, Pliskova, Barty, Jo & 5 Time Wimbledon Champion Venus Williams!
The grass court season waits for no one and with Wimbledon around the corner players from all over the globe are heading to the warm up tournaments and some of the world’s top names will be in Birmingham next week. So, who will be there? Who won’t be there! Well, it’s best we start off with who will not be there. Maria Sharapova and Madison Keys will not be in Birmingham. Both were on the entrants list but have withdrawn over the past couple of days. Sharapova who signed a two year deal last year to play Birmingham has now … Continue reading WTA Birmingham Preview
Kvitova & Pliskova survive The highest ranked Czech players on the women’s side of the draw had a big battle on their hands today. Petra Kvitova who I wrote about survived a scare against last years surprise star Cepede Royg who put a good performance. Kvitova 3-6 6-1 7-5 Cepede Royg Karolina Pliskova who has also been in very good form on the clay court season saw off compatriot Krejcikova in a close 7-6 (8-6) 6-4 to progress to the second round at Roland Garros. Djokovic wins but unconvincingly. Novak Djokovic who had a very good week in Rome where … Continue reading Roland Garros Day 2 – Czech stars survive, Azarenka out, Thiem cruises, Stan stumbles and Ferrer throws away!