Up to #24 in the live rankings, down from 19 but was looking at dropping to #35.Caroline getting some much needed points. Defending champ, 1000 points come off and she was down to #35 in the world. Now at least at #30.
Was only at #57 in the race before this week, now up to #43
Was kind of like Graf-Seles AO 99. Where Graf was off to a flying start and looked all set to win the first set when she went horribly off the boil and lost eight straight games. The scoreline was an odd 7-5 6-1 for Seles. Luckily for Andreescu, she regrouped just in time to clinch the first set, helped also by bad play from Osaka in those last two games.What an odd set. Welp, Bianca wins it 7-5.
That’s funny, trying to determine “dedicated” fans.
Nice win for Bertens over Svitolina.
Overtakes Bencic for #9 in the race to Shenzhen. A win over Barty would see her overtake Serena and Kvitova for #7.
Not too surprised. I kinda felt like Bianca might have some difficulty serving it out and while she's certainly good enough to get breaks, getting them a power server like Osaka is a tall task.
I honestly thought Bianca was going to find a way when she kept saving match points.
I honestly find this tendency of not consolidating leads a bit worrying. She pushes so hard to get the break and then backs off on her own serve. And I wouldn't consider Osaka a great returner, many were Bianca's mistakes. It happened at USO as well, she was lucky Serena could not capitalize the comeback in the second set.
Probably it's something that will be overcome by experience, but it's one of the first things to improve from now on.
I think only casual fans will forget this first encounter between the two young Slam champions.
Dedicated tennis fans will certainly not.
We're close to another blockbuster match, this time in the final between French Open champ Barty and Aus Open champ Osaka.
The two have played twice before but both matches were before their slam winning days (Aus Open 2018 and Nottingham 2018).
I'd be happy with any of the four possible finals:
Barty v Osaka
Barty v Wozniacki
Bertens v Osaka
Bertens v Wozniacki
The Beijing draw has unfolded quite nicely unlike Wuhan which no offense to the players but got quite boring after the 3R.
Is she back though? I think she had an extremely kind draw to the SFs here.I’m just so happy to see her back, I really started to think she was done and near retirement. Don’t think she is winning another slam but if she can get back to top 10 and still win titles I’ll be very happy.
Yes her draw was easy but she's still won 4 matches in a row, all in straight sets. One against Kasatkina who had won their last 2 meetings.Is she back though? I think she had an extremely kind draw to the SFs here.
I expect Naomi to dispatch her comfortably..