Konta wins in Nottingham!
A very good week for Jo Konta who won her first title since she was Miami champion back in April 2017 and her first WTA singles title on home soil.
The former world number four had seen her ranking plummet but the win in Nottingham does her the world of good heading into Wimbledon in a couple of weeks’ time and will now be seeded at the All England Club.
It was a comfortable draw for Jo but we know in tennis that rarely resonates to winning a title. She had some battles including three sets win over Kozlova and then over Stojanovic in the semi-finals.
Her openent in the final was Zhang Saisai, the fourth seed didn’t put up too much to bother Konta and was seen off within an hour on 59 minutes winning 6-2 6-1 to record a first singles title on the grass in the UK.
Watson kicks off win a much needed win!
It has been a tough year for Heather Watson who not long ago admitted she has been suffering with some niggling injuries. The Brit coming into Birmingham had just three wins in twelve this year, her run in Nottingham was ended by fellow Brit Katie Boulter.
Heather had to go the hard way around in Birmingham to begin her week after dropping the first set 3-6 to Victoria Golubic from Switzerland. It was a complete turn around from Watson who dropped just the four more games winning 3-6 6-2 6-2.
Norrie and Draper shine in London!
It is always good to see Brits at the Queens Club in London and especially booking their place in the second round.
Cam Norrie had a fight on his hands against Albert Ramos Vinolas but the Brit who has been fantastic throughout the clay court season fought to win in three sets over the Spaniard 4-6 6-3 6-4. It wasn’t just the singles for Cam but he is also partnering Alex de Minaur and they won their opening doubles match to set up a meeting with American/British pair of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.
Jack Draper who’s time in Miami was sadly cut short due to injury had a phenomenal start to his week in London with a 7-6 7-6 win over a player I considered a contender in Jannik Sinner.
It was a wonderful performance by Jack, the Brit trailed 0-4 in the first set and then by two set point in the tie-breaker before winning four points on the bounce from 4-6 down to win it 8-6. Similar situation in the second set, this time Draper was 3-5 down and rallied to win another tie-breaker in which he dominated winning it 7-2.