WTA week of Febuary 24. 2020 Premier 5 Qatar Open & International Mexican Open

Who will win the first Premier 5 of 2020?

  • Barty

  • Pliskova

  • Bencic

  • Svitolina

  • Kenin

  • Bertens

  • Kvitova

  • Sabalenka

  • Rybakina

  • Other?


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PDJ

G.O.A.T.
Is Errani still underarm serving? She won through qualies and her R1 match in Acapulco - gets Wang Xiyu next.
Hasn't Errani been really successful at Acapulco in the past? A vague memory she's won it a couple of times.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Ostapenko v Kvitova sounds like a juicy match on paper. RG champ v 2x Wimbledon champ.

It's weird to think that Ostapenko won a slam more recently than Kvitova.

Hell. Kerber, Muguruza, Sloane and Pennetta were all slamless the last time Petra won a slam.
 
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D-Lite

Semi-Pro
With no disrespect intended, the Acapulco draw now looks more like an ITF event - a real opportunity for someone to grab a tour title here.
A potential QF between former junior slam champs Fernandez and Potapova.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Kenin dumped out in R1 of Doha in straight sets by Yastremska... Yikes!
Just an indication that there are a lot of young, talented & dangerous WTA players in the top 30+ who are capable of taking down those in the top 10. Dayana, like Sofia and Cori, appear to be the future of the WTA
 
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Tcbtennis

Hall of Fame
Good 3rd set between Jabeur and Pliskova
Jabeur has been around for a while. She’s a great ball striker with a lot of variety and guile. It seems as though her game is coming together as she is now at highest ranking now (#38) after this win.
 

elkwood

Hall of Fame
Jabeur has been around for a while. She’s a great ball striker with a lot of variety and guile. It seems as though her game is coming together as she is now at highest ranking now (#38) after this win.
Yea she got game that is for sure. I hope she is ok for next match she tweaked her knee pretty good at the end of the 3rd set. Good
to see her able to tough out the last few games for the win.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Anismova gives Kutznetsova the WO.
Any details on why Amanda pulled out? The story I saw is rather vague. Rather poor showing at both AO and Dubai. 2 well-fought rounds at Doha and then withdraws before a match vs the Kuz (who she should probably beat if she is playing decently).

 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
2 & 4 for Garbine over Yastremska to end the day.
It only just occurred to me that this could have been a Mugu vs Kenin rematch! Glad Mugu has now had 2 straight sets wins in a row - a sigh of relief for her fans, for once!
 

Johnr

Rookie
Volynets has one of the worse serves I have ever seen. Just had 3 dfs in last game of set, one that bounced first before it hit net. She should be spending all her time reworking that serve.
 

Mark-Touch

Hall of Fame
This Wang (the wong one) wings all the wight numbers for me!
She's a big hitter.
I like her. :)
Gives Errani the boot. Time for retirement? 32 yrs. old.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Man, the gap between Barty and the rest just keeps on growing.

Now leads by about 2,500 points. She could lose her Miami and French Open titles and would likely still remain #1 since:
#2 Halep is defending SF points in Miami, Final points in Rome and SF points in RG.
#3 Pliskova defending QF points in Indian Wells, Final points in Miami and Champion points in Rome.
#4 Andreescu defending Champion points in Indian Wells and 4R points in Miami (also not playing currently)

#5 Kenin is the only one with nothing much to defend but she's over 4,200 points behind Barty.


As long as Barty manages to not lose in the 1R in the next few tournaments, seems she'll be #1 for quite a while.
 

elkwood

Hall of Fame
Volynets has one of the worse serves I have ever seen. Just had 3 dfs in last game of set, one that bounced first before it hit net. She should be spending all her time reworking that serve.
She serving so bad right now makes me wonder if she got a shoulder issue !
Great crowd for the match !!
 

norcal

Hall of Fame
wtf just turned it on and she must have a severe shoulder problem or that is the worst serve in the history of pro tennis.
 

elkwood

Hall of Fame
Mean that one set was 82 mins !!! That take it out of u. Poor kid was up 5-2 and lost it 5-7.

She young and sure she will make some in roads. Grats to Zarazua she gave the home fans something to cheer for !!
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
Barty takes it 6-1 6-7 6-2
I was expecting straight sets once I saw Ash had breadsticked Mugu in the 1st set, so I guess nabbing a set makes being her fan a tad easier.
Kvitova vs Barty in the semis - is this becoming Barry's biggest rivalry?
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Barty takes it 6-1 6-7 6-2
I was expecting straight sets once I saw Ash had breadsticked Mugu in the 1st set, so I guess nabbing a set makes being her fan a tad easier.
Kvitova vs Barty in the semis - is this becoming Barry's biggest rivalry?
Definitely think so. Petra dominated the H2H 4-0 to start but Ash has got the hang of it now tying it 4-4. The pair met 5 times last year, seems to be one of the more common and best matchups on tour.
 

Aussie Darcy

Bionic Poster
Great SF lineup:

#1 Barty v #8 Kvitova
Kuznetsova v #9 Sabalenka

RG champ v 2x Wimbledon champ
2x slam champ v 2x Wuhan champ
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
So it's Fernandez vs Zarazua, and Watson vs Wang Xiyu in the SFs.
Arguably Fernandez vs Wang would be most interesting as they seem to be of the 'NextGen' on the WTA, but a Zarazua title win would be great too.
As a Brit, I want to see Heather win, but only if she becomes more consistent from now on.
 
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PDJ

G.O.A.T.
I love watching Barty play. So interesting and such variety. I especially like watching her out play a big hitter that has a limited Plan B.
In fairness to Muguruza, her Plan A game is seemingly working more often than not of late, but both Kenin and Barty have now exposed her lack of flexibility with their superior movement and court craft.

 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
So it's Fernandez vs Zarazua, and Watson vs Wang Xiyu in the SFs.
Arguably Fernandez vs Wang would be most interesting as they seem to be of the 'NextGen' on the WTA, but a Zarazua title win would be great too.
As a Brit, I want to see Heather win, but only if she becomes more consistent from now on.
Watson has struggled since mono to achieve consistency. But I'm pleased she's battled on.
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
Watson has struggled since mono to achieve consistency. But I'm pleased she's battled on.
I think she's only 27, still? I mean, many players achieved their best results at 29-32 so I do have hope for her - but maybe they had more firepower and craft? I'm thinking Li, Pennetta, Schiavone, Stosur, Goerges etc
 
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So it's Fernandez vs Zarazua, and Watson vs Wang Xiyu in the SFs.
Arguably Fernandez vs Wang would be most interesting as they seem to be of the 'NextGen' on the WTA, but a Zarazua title win would be great too.
As a Brit, I want to see Heather win, but only if she becomes more consistent from now on.
It's time for Wang! But will not surprise if any of the 4 took the title
 

D-Lite

Semi-Pro
It's time for Wang! But will not surprise if any of the 4 took the title
Yeah, the latter stages of tournaments generally show who can keep their cool. Fernandez won a junior slam last year, so I guess that's a big stage/big match situation even if it's only juniors. Wang Xiyu did the same at the end of 2018. Watson has a few WTA titles under her belt already, but I wonder how much she will doubt herself if she gets closer. Zarazua has the home crowd which can be a huge bonus for some people, but also a huge weight for others... It's a tough one!
 
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Fedinkum

Legend
So glad Kvitova is running deep again. Hopefully she leaves her usual UEs at home and blasts her way out of Barty in the semi.
 

PDJ

G.O.A.T.
So glad Kvitova is running deep again. Hopefully she leaves her usual UEs at home and blasts her way out of Barty in the semi.
I'm hoping Barty wins. And I really like Kvitova, but the game needs a reliable, consistent no.1.
 
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