Heading to Paris with silverware – Coco Gauff, Casper Ruud, Paula Badosa & Stefanos Tsitsipas

With Roland Garros around the corner it is a very good time to find form, it is also a perfect time to pick up a trophy and quite a few did that this week.

Paula Badosa – Belgrade

It has been a week of rain in Belgrade which meant on the Saturday players had to play a semi-final in the morning and a potential final in the evening.

Paula found form at home in Madrid a couple of weeks back making the semi-finals, a few weeks before Madrid she made it to the final four in Charleston but this week went one better in Belgrade. The Spaniard will debut in the top 40 for the first time following her first title win in her first final appearance.

Her opponent was Ana Konjuh, I watched Ana beat Maria Camila Osorio Serrano in the semi-finals but she did look out of sorts. After winning the first set the Czech headed off court for treatment but came back to win in straight sets. After 10 games of the final the Czech retired down 2-6 0-2 injured and Paula Badosa won her first career title!

Casper Ruud – Geneva

Casper Ruud’s form this clay court season has been wonderful to watch, beating Tsitsipas in Madrid, Schwartzman, Carreno Busta and Fognini in Monte-Carlo he has gone from strength to strength. The Norwegian had made it to the semi-finals of three consecutive tournaments before his fourth run in Geneva but going onto win his second career title.

In quite a close and tense couple of sets the 22 year old defeated Denis Shapovalov 7-6 6-4 to win his first title since February last year and continue to put his name in the ring as one to watch at Roland Garros in a weeks time.

Coco Gauff – Palma

The 17 year olds clay court season has come to form as we hit the latter stages of this part of the year. It has been a good couple of weeks in Italy, Gauff made it to the semi-finals in Rome and now a double winner in Palma winning her fifth career title and her second singles title.

It was an impressive week for the teenager, she beat some tough players but absolutely dominated against Qiang Wang in the final dropping four games. A highlight throughout the last couple of weeks has been the American’s serve, double faults were becoming a problem averaging 6 a match but has brought that down.

Not only did Gauff win her second singles title but also her third doubles title with Caty McNally in a run which saw the American pair defeat the top two seeds en-route to success.

image credit – WTA Twitter

Stefanos Tsitsipas – Lyon

He is the trendsetter on the tour this year with 33 wins coming into Roland Garros. It was a good week for Stefanos and a good final against Britain’s Cam Norrie in his second tour final of the year but ended up as runner-up.

I did think that the Brit held his own well but the level of the 22 year old throughout the match was soo good. He has a great intensity in his game at the moment, he is a threat off his forehand from the baseline and at the net is soo comfortable. There does seem to be a more ruthless streak in his game right now and I’m excited for what he can do in Paris.

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