Former WTA Finals champion and Australian Open finalist Dominika has called time on her career. The Slovak turned 30 this year but has had some issues with injuries recently and an achilles injury which has kept her off the court. Dominika took to instagram to announce her news on a day her biography was released. In her post she said; “Today, with mixed feelings, I have special news to share with you all. As you know I haven’t been playing tournaments for several months. What started as a recurring Achilles injury, developed into one of the most difficult moments in … Continue reading Dominika Cibulkova announces her retirement following injury!
Having featured in eight events in 2019 Maria Sharapova is set for a busy start to 2020 if all is well. The former world number one is due to play at least three events before the Australian Open with a big rumour of a fourth as well. Mubadala World Tennis Championships – 19th-21st December – vs Amanda Anisimova Hawaii Tennis Open – 26th-28th December – Bianca Andreescu, Angie Kerber & Misaki Doi in the event as well Kooyong Classic – 14th-16th January – Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki announced so far Quite a busy start to the season for Sharapova. … Continue reading Sharapova set for a busy start to 2020! Is a new coach on the cards? How she could head to Melbourne outside the top 300!
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!
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!
The WTA Finals are in Shenzhen for the first time and offer the biggest prize money in tennis history but the court is terrible! Slow courts and injuries have been a theme at this seasons finale with Naomi Osaka, Bianca Andreescu, Kiki Bertens and Belinda Bencic have all retired with injuries! Petra Kvitova has said they are too slow, Simona Halep has said playing on a slow court after a long season is tough and Belinda Bencic said following her semifinal retirement; I think these courts are terrible for movement of players and for the muscles because it’s like sand, … Continue reading “These courts are terrible” WTA players hit out after four injuries in a week!
Elina Svitolina and Ash Barty will meet in Sunday’s final in Shenzhen but the Saturday has been dominated by yet another injury! This time sadly a set up it was Belinda Bencic who saw her match come to a quicker end than anticipated after winning the first set 7-5. Belinda had the trainer on for her back and was suffering from cramp but couldn’t continue down 7-5 3-6 1-4 to defending champion Elina Svitolina. The second match of the day saw a first meeting in 2019 between the world number one and number two ranked player on the WTA tour. … Continue reading WTA Finals Day 7: Svitolina & Barty through on a day which saw another injury!
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?