WEEKLY WRAP UP FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY APRIL 9TH
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 9th.
Monday- There are no ATP matches scheduled for this week, however, Davis Cup matches will take place starting Friday. With the men inactive until the weekend two WTA tournaments will be taking center stage. The Volvo Open at Charleston and the Monterrey Open in Mexico.
In Charleston, Monica Puig, Alison Riske, Naomi Osaka and Andrea Petkovic moved on to the next round. At the Monterrey Open, early round winners were Naomi Brady, Donna Vekic, and Caroline Garcia.
Tuesday- The most notable winners of the day at the Monterrey Open were Heather Watson, Alize Cornet, and Angelique Kerber. Kerber had lost the first set to an inspired Francesca Schiavone. Kerber fought back and won the next two sets 6-0, 6-4.
In Charleston, Daria Kasatkina, Shuai Zhang, Lucie Safarova, and up and coming American Shelby Rogers, all moved on to the next round.
Wednesday- Lots of matches today. The most notable wins in Monterrey were by Pavlyuchenkova, Garcia, and Babos. They all won in straight sets.
In Charleston, Naomi Osaka, Lucie Safarova, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, and Daria Kastkina all moved on to the next round. The big upset of the day was Venus Williams losing 7-5 in the third set to the feisty German, Laura Siegemund.
Thursday- At the Monterrey Open, some notable winners were Carla Suarez, Heather Watson, Alize Cornet, Angelique Kerber. They all won in straight sets.
At the Volvo Open Anastasija Sevastova, Irina-Camelia Begu, Caroline Wozniacki, Laura Siegemund, & Shelby Rogers all made it through to the next round.
Friday- Friday was a busy day for tennis. The quarterfinals of both the Volvo Open and the Monterrey Open took place. Caroline Garcia, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Carla Suarez, and Angelique Kerber all moved on to the semifinals. All of them won in straight sets except for Anastasia who won 7-5 in the third against a spirited Timea Babos.
At the Volvo Open, Daria Kasatkina, Laura Siegemund, Jelena Ostapenko and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, made it through to tomorrow’s semifinal matches. Lucic lost the first set but bounced back and took the next two sets 6-1, 6-1. Mirjana’s victory brought an end to the nice string of wins had by American Shelby Rogers.
Davis Cup kicked off today. Novak Djokovic and Viktor Troicki wasted little time in establishing a 2-0 lead for team Serbia against Albert Ramos and Pablo Carreno of Spain. Djokovic appeared to be in good form. He played clean and controlled tennis. Hopefully, his lingering right elbow injury is a thing of the past and we can now expect some good tennis from him.
Belgium began quickly with 2-0 opening against Italy. France did not want to be left out so they too established a 2-0 lead against Great Britain as well.
The matchup of the day though was the United States against Australia. Jordan Thompson served and played surprisingly well. He delivered the upset against American Jack Sock 6-3, 3-6, 7-4(7-4), 6-4. Not to be left out was the always interesting Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios served well, moved well and just seemed to control most of the points against an in-form John Isner. Kyrgios won the match 7-5, 7-6(7-5), 7-6(7-5)
Saturday- The French and the Serbian teams won their doubles matches. With 3 wins under their belts, the French and Serbian teams have both earned a spot in the semi-final round of Davis Cup play.
The Americans Johnson and Sock won the doubles 6-3 in the fifth set. The United States now trails Australia 2-1. The only way for the Americans to pull out the victory is if they win both of their reverse singles matches tomorrow.
Today was semi-final day for the ladies. At the Monterrey Open, the matches were pretty straight forward. Pavlyuchenkova served well and was too solid off the baseline for Garcia, who made too many errors. Pavlyuchenkova won in straight sets 6-2, 6-4. Kerber won a tough first set against an inspired Suarez Navarro. Navarro faded in the second set, however, and Kerber took control for a 7-6(8-6), 6-1 win.
The semi-final matches at Volvo Open were an entirely different affair. There was a lot of back and forth between Daria Kasatkina and Laura Siegemund during the first two sets. After that, Kasatkina established that she was the better clay court player and took control of the match with her impressive forehand. Kasatkina has real potential as a player if she can improve her on-court mentality.
At the Volvo Open, Mirjana Lucic- Baroni, played some good tennis and fought back to win the second set, 7-5, but Jelena Ostapenko was just too solid. Ostapenko won the match 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Sunday- An in-form Nick Kyrgios beat Sam Querrey 7-6(7-4), 6-3, 6-4 to seal the victory for Australia over the US. Kyrgios has proven that he is a talented and consistent match player. Hopefully, he will be able to maintain his form throughout the year. He is good for tennis.
World Group 2017 Quarterfinal results:
Belgium 3 v Italy 2
Australia 3 v United States 2
France 4 v Great Britain 1
Serbia 4 v Spain 1
The Volvo Open Final was a see-saw battle for the first few games but after that, it was all Daria Kasatkina. Kasatkina did not have to play well to win her first WTA title, but she won anyway. She beat fellow teenager, Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3, 6-1. They both have played some solid tennis this week. With a little more experience and consistency, they both have potential to be quite good.
The Monterrey Open was won by an in form Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Pavlyuchenkova is a having a solid year having reached the quarterfinals of both the Australian Open and Indian Wells. In a back and forth match, Pavlyuchenkova seized control in the third set and won 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. Kerber fought hard as always, but it wasn’t enough against Anastasia’s solid serving and formidable forehand.
Next week kicks off the clay court season. There will be some smaller tournaments for both the WTA(Colombia and Switzerland) and the ATP(Men’s US Clay Court Championships in Houston) leading up to the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix(WTA) and Monte Carlo Masters(ATP) in a couple of weeks. Who will be the stand out clay court performers? Who will win the Clay Court Championships in Houston?
These questions and much more will be answered in our next Weekly Wrap-Up.
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