From New York to Tokyo. The final Grand Slam of the year is over and now for players this is the chance to build the ranking ahead of next season and for some of the top seeds in Tokyo a chance to potentially qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore. All the seeded players in the tournament have the chance to get to the WTA Finals but didn’t perform at all well in New York, the only one who I think did well was Belinda Bencic who is the 8th seed this week. Wozniacki, Radwanska, Ivanovic, CSN, Pliskova and Muguruza are all in action but who could lift the title next Sunday?
CSN can’t buy a win right now…
Suarez Navarro is ranked at 10 in the world right now on the tour however I don’t think she is a top 10 player. She has had a remarkable year beating 9 top 10 players however since Rome everything has fallen apart for the Spaniard who is on an 8 match losing streak and it has been a season of two halves for her with her last win being over 3 months ago. I bet she is happy to be playing a qualifier in round one however the qualifier will have momentum. Suarez Navarro needs a good tournament otherwise she can forget qualifying for the WTA Finals later next month.
A year on, but has Wozniacki improved?
This time last year I would have said on form Wozniacki was the second best player on the tour. Winning titles, making finals, beating top players, US Open finalist and was one of the stars of the WTA Finals and this year I expected her to push on and it hasn’t happened at all. Right now on current form I would say she is probably outside the top 10 but is ranked at 6 in the world right now with a win/loss of 34/18 for the year. As the top seed she does receive a BYE for round one and could play Mladenovic in round two a match I think she could lose right now.
One to watch – Dominika Cibulkova
I do apologise that a lot of the preview has been mostly doom and gloom so far so on a positive note it is good to see Cibulkova back after injury problems and she played well in New York defeating Ana Ivanovic in the first round and as an unseeded player could be one to watch this week in Tokyo. She will face Mirjana Lucic-Baroni who had a good week in Quebec City may be a bit tired and has a 16 hour flight in store for the Croatian player which could go in Cibulkova’s favour.
Do stay tuned for some previews of matches throughout the tournament with some cracking round matches on the cards in Tokyo!