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 Weekly Wrap Up for Sunday, August 27th https://www.tennisstage.com/blogs/news
It is the week before the US Open so most of the top pros took the week off to prepare with light to moderate practice, however, some chose to prepare with tournament play. The two tournaments this week were the Winston, Salem Open(ATP) and the Connecticut Open at Yale University(WTA). Let's take a look.
In the women's final it was Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia against feisty Daria Gavrilova of Australia. Both had played solid tennis all week and the crowd was looking forward to a solid match up. The crowd was not disappointed. Gavrilova who is usually more of a counter puncher played quite aggressively, particularly in the second and third sets. Dominika played her usual baseline attacking tennis. The match was filled with great movement and great counter punching.
It was a battle but in the end, Gavrilova was just a little more aggressive and a little more consistent, especially on the big points. She won 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. This is Gavrilova's first WTA title.
It is not certain whether Gavrilova is becoming a more aggressive player or if she was simply more aggressive in response to Cibulkova's aggression. Whatever the case may be, her increased aggression bodes well for her future prospects. One can only expect so much success as a defensive player.
In the men's final Roberto Bautista of Spain took on Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bautista is having a great year filled with solid and consistent tennis. His opponents know to expect a long day at the office when facing Roberto. This was pretty much the case today. Damir Dzumhur fought well and played some crafty tennis but Bautista was just too solid when it counted. Bautista won 6-4, 6-4.
The US Open is right around the corner and excitement is in the air. The two favorites to on the men's side are Rafa(31) and Roger(36). This is ironic given that their younger counterparts Djokovic(30), and Murray(30) are missing the Open due to injuries. The favorites on the women's side are Muguruza, Halep, Svitolina, Pliskova and Venus Williams. Any of these women could win the title but Muguruza has been the most consistent this year. Whatever happens, we expect it to be exciting!
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