American youngster CiCi Bellis has seen her profile steadily surge with her impressive game after game top performance.

The 18-year old defeated German Julia Goerges at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. She is ranked at career high of No. 36 but she has posted 12-4 against players in the top 50. She has won 16 WTA games and continues to shine.

Bellis defeated Goerges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and avenges her loss to the competitor at the Mallorca event earlier in the summer. She recently defeated second seeded wildcard Petra Kvitiva at the WTA Stanford tournament, where she reached the last four before exiting. The 5’7’’ star impressed in front of her home fans of Northern Californiawith her aggressive style of play as she knocked out the two-time tennis Wimbledon champ.

While Bellis might need to improve her power hitting, she is a firebrand and fierce fighter with strong focus. Against Goerges, she saved six of nine break points and won most of her first serve points. She is setting her sights higher this time as she defeated her rival in one hour 53 minutes on Tuesday. Continue reading BELLIS’ PROFILE SURGES WITH ROGERS CUP VICTORY


Right, left, and center, the Russians have gone on, picking up WTA titles since the Australian open.

This is despite the absence of a single Russian ranked inside the Top 8 on the WTA Tour.

However, it remains for the eyes to see that they have been making their mark. One of such Russian is Elena Vesnina who for her first WTA Premier Mandatory Event title,won in Indian Wells. This win in the final was over Svetlana Kuznetsova, a fellow Russian and the current world No. 9. With that,Vesnina went way up to a career-high ranking of No. 13.

Speaking after her victory, she made mention of the quality of the match and how good it was for women’s tennis and sport as a whole;

“I think in Russia they showed the whole match. So I think that’s great for women’s sport, great for women’s tennis. Me and Svetlana, I think we should proud how we actually were fighting and the quality of the tennis was really high.” Continue reading RUSSIANS LEADING THE PACK IN 2017


Svetlana Kuznetsova is setting her sights on the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships after three final features in 13 years.

The tour veteran seems to be keen on blooming late in her career as she is playing very good tennis. After a strong showing at the Wimbledon last year, she returned to the top ten in the rankings for the first time since 2010.

The 31-year old Russia international has reached the final three times, facing Justine Henin in 2004, then battling Elena Dementieva four years later before meeting Caroline Wozniacki in 2011.

Kuznetsova had a relatively impressive 2016, particularly the second half of the year. She retained her Moscow title then she went on to reach the last four in Wuhan and Tianjin. She reached the quarterfinals in Cincinnati and Montreal and then the last four at the WTA Finals in Singapore.

This year she has started well, reaching the fourth round of the Australian Open – which had a lot of surprises. She has played in Dubai thirteen times, missing just once in 2003. She would be featuring in the tournament as one of the top ten players. Continue reading KUZNETSOVA WANTS DUBAI CHAMPIONSHIPS


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. Continue reading KERBER BEGINS 2017 AT BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL

Svetlana Kuznetsova Still To Rise To Top Form

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. Continue reading Svetlana Kuznetsova Still To Rise To Top Form

Svetlana Kuznetsova has managed to clinch the Kremlin Cup

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. Continue reading Svetlana Kuznetsova has managed to clinch the Kremlin Cup