With the 2017 almost here, Angelique Kerber has begun her campaign for next year as she heads on to the Brisbane International, where she hopes to consolidate on all her achievements form over the last twelve months.
The current World No. 1 has been a consistent fixture at Brisbane, as she reached three the quarter finals a straight three times in a row.
The 2016 season however saw her make the big jump into the final of the competition. And the competition which saw her enter as the No. 10 in the world, sparked a phenomenal run that led to two Grand Slam titles and a place on top of the World rankings for the German.
Probably, the more reason why the veteran has chosen to stick to the formula that worked so well for her last season.
Kerber leads a high-quality field which comprises of four other top ten players and four former or current Grand Slam champions. There however is no former winner in the draw and the competition will be hoping to crown a new champion next year in Brisbane. Read more »
Svetlana was in good form and the game that was played between her and Garbine Muguruza was worth watching for the fans.
It was part of the French Open this year. Even though Svetlana was not able to get a win this time, most fans have not lost their faith in their Russian tennis star. Svetlana had gained the trophy in the year 2009 in the same venue, the hallowed grounds of Roland Garros. She was hopeful that she would be able to gain a second victory this time
. However, it was not to be this time.
Muguruza was able to handle and get to Svetlana’s weak moments. It would certainly be learning for the Russian star and she can be hopeful of a recovery in the near future. Indeed, it is the losses that one suffers which makes one stronger and helps them move to greater heights with time and experience. What Svetlana would learn from this match is how to be more aggressive, especially when playing against top ranking tennis players in the single women category. She was satisfied with her playing form this time and that is what she communicated to the press. She had been hoping to reach the quarter finals so that she could improve her rank overall, even if she did not win. Read more »
Svetlana Kuznetsova has managed to clinch the Kremlin Cup by defeating her compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the title match in the Russian capital Moscow.
It was a cake walk for Kuznetsova which was expected considering the fact that her opponent had been playing some non-stop Tennis prior to this game and she had even admitted in the pre game interview that weariness was going to be a major factor for her.
Seeing Pavlyuchenkova’s movements, one could easily figure out that she was not match fit and was out there just to go through the motions. She was finding it extremely difficult even to keep her serves.
For the first few games in the first set, it was all in balance with the scores being equalized at 2-2, but, after that, Kuznetsova came into her own claiming 9 games in a row.
It was the first tournament that Kuznetsova won this season, while, fifteenth in her career.
Kuznetsova, who was very close to becoming the no. 1 player in the world in 2007, has won two Grand Slams so far, but, in the recent past, she has not impressed at big stages, getting removed at early stages in many of the majors.
The last time that Kuznetsova had won a Slam was in 2009 when she had lifted the trophy at Roland Garros. That was quite a while back. There’s not been much joy for her fans ever since as she has struggled for consistency. Read more »
Svetlana Kuznetsova will not take any further part in Citi Open that is currently going on in Washington DC.
Kuznetsova had beaten Sanaz Marand in the opening game that she had played in the tournament and was set to take on the local girl Sloane Stephens in the Round of 16, but, ahead of that, she damaged one of her legs and had to withdraw.
The 30-year old Russian native announced her decision with a statement that was put on the official website of Citi Open the previous evening.
Kuznetsova’s words were, “I really want to apologize to everyone for doing this, but, I think my fitness is not at the level it should be for me to be able to play the next game. So, the best thing at this point of time is to pull away.”
Kuznetsova versus Stephens could have proved to be a cracker of a game, but, obviously that is not going to happen now and the latter would make it straight to the quarters.
Kuznetsova has not been at her best in too many tournaments this season.
She has been in the title round once i.e. in the Madrid Open, but, only to be defeated by the Czech player Petra Kvitova there.
In the big tournaments in particular, Kuznetsova has seen herself getting knocked out pretty early and that has resulted in her going down in the world rankings by quite a few positions.
She is out of top 20 in the official WTA rankings at the moment. Read more »