No withdrawals or injuries today but good grief I need a lie down after today’s tennis. We now have our semi-finals confirmed for Saturday. Elina Svitolina will take on Belinda Bencic as we know and Ash Barty will get Karolina Pliskova but first what the hell happened today? Elina Svitolina made it three out of three and if you were to ask me at the beginning of the week who would get through to the semi-finals unscathed I wouldn’t have had the Ukrainian down as that person but she has pleasantly surprised us all. Sofia Kenin can walk away with … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 6; 3 out of 3 for Svitolina ✅ Extra money 💰 Kenin provided a test 👍🏻Halep & Pliskova play out a bonkers match! 🤯
Day four was the second day of action for purple group and it gave us our first semi-finalist of 2019. Defending champion Elina Svitolina is safely through to the round two extending her run of wins to eight in a row at the WTA Finals which is a remarkable effort from the Ukrainian. She has turned up and turned the tennis on this week, it has been faultless and gutsy. She came into this with a bit of a point to prove in my opinion having not done so well against the best this year and my god she has … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 4; Bianca retires but could still play ❓Svitolina qualifiers ✅ Halep & Pliskova set for Friday shootout! 👀
In full swing no one redirects the ball and creates space quite like quite like Simona Halep. It is poetry in motion from the former world number one and she showed her her full repertoire of shots as she saw off Bianca Andreescu. 9 months ago in Melbourne I remember screaming (inside) watching her play Serena Williams as she played a lot of the match playing tentatively into space instead of thinking about it and going back behind. She did visit that back behind and got some joy off it and if she had that in mind early on could … Continue reading Perfection. No one redirects the ball and creates space quite like Simona Halep!
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!
No matter where she goes the support for Simona Halep is incredible. Her fans flock to wherever she is playing to see her and make a hell of noise. Simona Halep was described as an idol by Bianca Andreescu in the lead up to their first meeting on tour. It was the 19 year old debutant who came out the blocks quicker in this encounter and really set out her game asking questions of the former world number one. During the match Simona Halep had her coach Darren Cahill on court four times during lengthly changeovers with Bianca Andreescu receiving … Continue reading Simona Halep produces a strong comeback saving match point to see off Andreescu!
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?