It’s been another great day in Beijing, there have been plenty of upsets, surprises, comebacks and an emotional retirement as some of the best in tennis battle in an important week on the tour.
Keys completes comeback!
After coming through a tough round one match against Kristina Mladenovic who Madison Keys has lost to twice this year on the tour winning in straight sets but today came from a set down to defeat qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko 3-6 6-1 6-0. It’s a good comeback from Keys to go from winning 3 of the first 9 games in the match to go on to win 12 of the last 13 to secure her 30th win of 2015. Keys will go on to play Agnieszka Radwanska in the next round who she beat at the US Open.
Bouchard sadly retires
2015 just hasn’t been her year. Bouchard’s match against Petkovic was her first since having to withdraw from the US Open with concussion and at 2-6 1-1 in the second set Bouchard sadly retired with vision issues. It’s been a sad year for the Canadian and right now if I were in her position I would call time on my year, recover and focus on her comeback next year.
Tsonga defeated in round one!
Outside of the Grand Slams, Jo Wilfried Tsonga has had quite a disappointing year. He has now suffered a 7-6 6-2 loss to Haider-Maurer in China in just over 90 minutes which takes his win/loss for 2015 to 25/13 and if you just include ATP events and not Davis Cup or Grand Slams his win/loss is 14/9 which isn’t very good however his year didn’t begin until late March in Miami due to injury issues.
Bencic recovers from 6-7 2-3 (break down) to win!
After a set and a half Belinda Bencic’ tournament look over. The Swiss number one went up a break three times in the opening set but couldn’t consolidate the break and looked like losing the match especially going a set and a break down however Bencic has kept her hopes of qualifying for Singapore alive after staging an impressive comeback against Madison Brengle to win 6-7 6-4 6-3.
Troicki takes out Raonic in two sets!
Another player out in round one is Milos Raonic. The Canadian was broken twice in the match which was decisive in the outcome both at 4-4 in the match with Troicki going on to serve out the match saving all of his break points and winning in 75 minutes. The loss for Raonic who is down at 12 on the ATP Race to London rankings looks like it may have cost him a place at the world tour finals as he is already just under 1300 points behind David Ferrer in 8th place.