A week in St. Petersburg has answered some questions, some have been left open as the season begins find some momentum but what stories came out of Russia?
Sharapova’s early exit
First WTA win on home soil for 13 years for the former world number one which was followed by her 2nd retirement of the year with this shoulder issue revisiting her. Since the beginning of last year she has won 27 matches and lost 14 which is not a good record at all.
What next for Maria?
Vekic recovers from Melbourne exit
Credit to Donna Vekic. I said this last year and I will say it again now, I don’t think that she gets the credit she deserves and it is a shame.
She is playing some of her best tennis right now and that loss in Melbourne would have hurt but the way she bounced back this week in St.Petersburg which includes a big win over Kvitova deserves credit.
I’m going to stick my head out here and say Donna will finish the year ranked top 20.
Kiki’s win in Russia has cemented her top 8 place by 1300 points now but she has also kept herself up with the rest just a few hundred points off 5th place now on the rankings.
Kiki is one of those tough hard workers who you just don’t want to come up against on the tour and she’s continuing to make a name for herself and it would be nice to see her go deep in a big tournament like she did in Cincinnati last year.
Dont panic Vika!
Another early exit for Vika, those tears in Melbourne really were an eye opener but early exit to Kvitova can’t be worried about too much. She did a good job to claw it back a little but now the process has to be looking for progression in her game ahead of Indian Wells and Miami and for me personally I think time away from the court or maybe even a drop down might be beneficial to get some wins.