Career title no.84 for Martina Hingis
Earlier this year one of Tennis’ great players returned to the doubles tour and as a coach to Sabine Lisicki until recently. However at the moment the tennis ace is currently playing doubles with Flavia Pennetta and have become a very good team. Hingis has won Grand Slam after Grand Slam in her career and she hasn’t lost her game at all during her retirement. This year she has won two doubles titles taking her to 39 doubles titles as well as missing out narrowly on winning the US Open something she did back in 1997 on the singles tour and 1998 on the doubles tour.
There is still a slight possibility that Hingis and Pennetta could make the world tour finals in Singapore next month with only a couple of places remaining.
Kvitova defeats Bouchard (again)
Petra Kvitova won the Wuhan Open yesterday against Eugenie Bouchard, an opponent she has had success against this season with also winning the Wimbledon final against the Canadian. Kvitova’s performance in the Wimbledon final was the best individual performance I have seen this year.
I did think before the match that Kvitova would win however watching the match I was surprised how easy it was made for her. The score line of 6-3 6-4 makes it sound closer than it actually was. There were moments during the match when Bouchard did step up and take control but there were only a few moments.
The main disappointment was that Bouchard’s tactics/game plan didn’t change throughout the whole match and she maintained playing the way she did even though it wasn’t working. Bouchard likes to hit the ball early but sadly when you are playing a better player sometimes you have to adapt you game and this was one of those times.
Kvitova opens up the court and hits the ball with great depth and power and because Bouchard likes to step up the court the depth Kvitova got on ball most of the time meant that the position Bouchard took up on the court wouldn’t allow her to remain competitive in rallies. If she would have taken a step backwards she could have influenced the match a bit better.
Venus victorious against Watson
Heather Watson hasn’t really had the luck of the draw in the last couple of weeks. Last week she faced Sara Errani in the first round in Shenzhen and lost a close match 7-5 6-4 to the Italian however today she came up against Venus Williams who is having a great year on the tour and despite taking an early 3-0 lead Watson went on to lose 6-3 6-1 to the American with Venus winning 11 games in a row at one point.
It is tough for Heather to go out of the 1st round again, she played well against Errani but she is the better player but it’s good to see Heather competing at the level again and it has been a very good year for Heather and hopefully it will continue next year as well.
Murray saves 5 championship points to win 1st title since Wimbledon 2013
448 days ago Andy Murray won the Wimbledon title however it has taken this long for him to win his next title on the tour that being in Shenzhen. Murray won the title in style, like his semi-final match against Juan Monaco he got off to a slow start and was broken immediately however despite getting back on serve later on in the set he was broken at 5-5 giving Robredo a 6-5 lead which quickly turned to 7-5 as the Spaniard held.
There was nothing to separate the two in the second set except for a tie breaker. Murray went 6-3 down in the tie-breaker and some however managed to save 5 championship points against Robredo and go on to win the tiebreaker 11-9.
Sadly the 3rd set wasn’t as competitive as the other two. Murray won the set 6-1 however it was sad to see Tommy Robredo hit a brick wall and looked knackered and could barely walk by the end of it. Either way it’s a first title of 2014 for Andy Murray and more points in the race to London.
Only 4 spaces left in Singapore
Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Petra Kvitova have all qualified for the world tour finals in Singapore next month however with only a couple of tournaments left there are only a four spaces left, but who will take them?
Eugenie Bouchard – Since Wimbledon, Bouchard hasn’t been in the best of form and was humiliated in front of a home crowd in Montreal recently however last week she did make the final of Wuhan where like Wimbledon she came up against Kvitova but lost again. Bouchard should make the world tour finals, I can’t see anyone over taking her for 5th spot at the moment.
Ivanovic and Wozniacki – Ana Ivanovic is currently number 7 and Wozniacki number 8 on the race to Singapore. If it stays as it is they should qualify. I do expect Wozniacki to push up to maybe 6th before Singapore. I felt for these two this season it has been the year of the comeback as both enjoyed success early on in their careers but struggled to maintain that form and have shown this year they are getting back to their best.
Aga Radwanska – I’m a big fan of Aga Radwanska but it has been another disappointing year for her. I haven’t seen much of an improvement like we have with Halep, Kvitova, Safarova and Wozniacki and she has slipped down the rankings recently. I do think she will make the tour finals but I can’t see it being a successful tournament for her.
Angelique Kerber – On her day Kerber can push Sharapova and Serena to their absolute best. She has a lot of points to make up if she is going to get to Singapore. She is currently 620 points behind Wozniacki who is in the final position for the tour finals and unless she has an exceptional couple of weeks.
Predictions – I think Bouchard will take 5th. 6th would have to be Wozniacki with Radwanska 7th and Ana Ivanovic 8th.