Everyone wants to be there and at Indian Wells this year hundreds of players turned up and a theme which occurred from day 1 until day 14 was that the ladies rocked it but who took the deserved headlines at recognition down in the Californian dessert?
I mean, where else do I start? Serena Williams. She came back with two wins and what a comeback it was. Just her presence on the court sends shivers down your spine and for opponents it must be quite daunting know the greatest of all time is on the other side of the court.
37 years old and still at the top. Venus was defeated in her semi-final against Kasatkina. A tournament which holds so much history for her, it’s always great to see Venus go far in tournaments she is a fighter and I love that!
Fearless throughout the fortnight in California. Her coach called her an artist and she showed that with her variety and power she has a no-nonsense style and it was effective on route to the final, a real advert for the future of women’s tennis.
Talking about an advert for women’s tennis this lady put on a stella week of tennis and her performance and composure in the final was nothing short of outstanding! The way she played was beautiful to watch and I will come onto her game in the next few days.
One strong lady! To have gone through what she has gone through is tough, to play one tournament in 9 months is tough but she has kept herself fit and dedicated to returning and looked sharp against Heather Watson just match time needed to get use to that rhythm again!
One of the stories of Indian Wells, the 16 year old secured wins against Pavlyuchenkova and Kvitova showing great skill and a very planned out performance especially against Kvitova which is tough to do on a hard court but at the age of 16 quite unbelievable!
No fear again. Her performance against Garbine Muguruza in particular was outstanding. Down a set and 0-4 and turned it around to win. She just went for it and that`s what I love! Too many players in this situation would just sit there and take the loss but she was relentless and left Garbine speechless!
The 19 year old showed heart and determination throughout her stay in California and that`s all you ask for at times. She saw off Shelby Rogers and Dominika Cibulkova before really rattling Simona Halep in three sets the first player to do that at this years tournament she rattled through the rest of her shorter than expected stint.
A new champion, returning champions, mum’s, veterans and new stars!
The women ruled at Indian Wells!!!