WEEKLY WRAP UP FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY APRIL 2ND
Hello all, too busy to keep up with the tennis events of this past week?
No worries. We have you covered. Here is our Tennis Stage summary for the week ending Sunday, April 2nd.
Monday- The Miami Open, a two week, combined WTA/ATP tournament, began its second week and 4th round matches. Some notables winners were Wawrinka, Federer, Zvererv, Goffin and Wawrinka to name a few. On the women’s side Pliskova, Safarova, Wozniacki and Venus Williams all moved on to the next round.
Tuesday- Tuesday was the beginning of quarterfinals for the women and the end of the 4th round matches for the men. Some notable news on the men’s side- Federer, Nadal, Nishikori all made it through while Alexander Zverev, shocked Wawrinka, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.
The two women’s quarterfinal matches of the day were pretty straightforward. Karolina Pliskova simply served too well and was too solid from the ground against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Pliskova won the match 6-3, 6-4 and took revenge for her defeat at the hands of Mirjana earlier this year at the Australian Open. Wozniacki, played solid tennis from the start and Safarova had no answer. Wozniacki won, 6-4, 6-3
Wednesday- Today, 2 women’s quarterfinal matches were featured. In the first match, Simona Halep played solid tennis in the first set against Johanna Konta, who just couldn’t quite find her best form. However, in the second set, Konta scrambled and was able to pull it out in the tie-breaker. She took control in the third set and won it 6-2.
Venus Williams faced off against Angelique Kerber in the other women’s quarterfinal match of the day. Venus was just too solid. She didn’t play her best tennis, but she was good enough to beat Kerber in straight sets 7-5, 6-3
Thursday- Roger Federer met Thomas Berdych in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Federer started off strong & took the first set 6-2 in 27 minutes. Berdych fought back in the second set and took advantage of a suddenly sluggish Federer who couldn't quite find his best tennis.
Berdych won the second set 6-3. In the 3rd set, Berdych continued to play aggressively and took it to Roger. Thomas even had 3 match points, but Roger would not be denied. He played clutch tennis when it counted & won the match 6-2, 3-6, 7-6.
The other marquee men's quarterfinal match was between Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev. These two young athletes are considered the future of men's tennis. They are young, very good, and full of self-belief. This was a big match-up and it lived up to its billing. They both served well, moved well and fought hard. However, in the end, Kyrgios, the player with the slightly better serve and movement, was the victor.
In the women's first semifinal match, after losing the first set against Pliskova, Wozniacki dug in. Her hustle and bustle eventually wore down Pliskova, whose wheels fell off in the second and third sets. Wozniacki won the match, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Venus Williams and Johanna Konta faced off in the other women's semi-final match. There were some great rallies but Konta’s early and aggressive ball striking was able to keep Williams from fully executing her game. Konta won 6-4, 7-5
Friday- Rafael Nadal was able to overcome Fabio Fognini, of Italy 6-1, 7-5 in the first men’s semifinal. Nadal played a strong and consistent first set while Fognini made far too many unforced errors. In the second set, Fabio’s shots started to find the court but it was too little too late. Rafa was able to close out the second set and move on the final.
The second semi-final between Roger Federer and Nick Kyrgios was a barn burner of a match. Very much like their previous match, each set was decided by a tie-breaker. However, this time around, Roger was a little more confident and very determined not to lose twice in a row to Kyrgios. Roger wanted it just a little more.
Saturday- Caroline Wozniacki, and Johanna Konta, met in the women’s final. Wozniacki hustled, scrambled and mixed up the pace as she so expertly does, but it wasn’t enough. Konta was too tough. Taking the ball early and finding extreme angles on the court she was able to keep Wozniacki on her back foot throughout the match. Konta, played a solid match from the very beginning, she was just too tough for Wozniacki, especially on the big points. Konta won 6-4, 6-3.
Sunday- Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal met for the third time this year but the second time in a big final and fans were hoping for an epic matchup. There were some great points and some great rallies but Federer was in the driver's seat throughout the match. With his fortified backhand, and with Rafa a little less confident than usual, Federer won a pretty straightforward match 6-3, 6-4.
Next week the WTA moves on to Charleston, NC. Venus Williams, & Caroline Wozniacki are just two of the big names that will be there. Will Venus and Wozniacki be able to keep their good form? On the men’s side, there is no major ATP stop scheduled. However, Davis Cup Quarterfinals are set for April 7th-April 9th and Novak Djokovic is rumored to be competing. Will Djokovic play Davis Cup? Will he back in top form?
These questions and much more will be answered in our next Weekly Wrap-Up.
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