I was going to try and blog for the final week of WTA tennis in Zhuhai but I have officially checked out. The week has seen Andrea Petkovic (chin up, Petko!) and Caroline Wozniacki both end their years in pretty miserable circumstances. Petko was dropped a double bagel in her second group match, clearly impacted by a knee injury. She gave a candid interview with the WTA Insider where she admitted that her motivation for tennis has waned. I sincerely hope that the off-season gives Petko the time she needs to refresh both the mind and body. She is such a character on tour and I am not ready to see Petko go just yet! Woz withdrew from her first match with a wrist injury, an injury picked up after cutting her finger earlier in the week. I’m relieved for Caro that she has pulled out and can finally chill and rest up.
Venus Williams, Karolina Pliskova and Roberta Vinci have all qualified for the semi-finals with the final place to be decided by the winner of Friday’s first match between Elina Svitolina and Carla Suárez Navarro. Unfortunately, the other two matches set for Friday are both dead rubbers. A quick heads up to a new WTA Insider podcast featuring Courtney Nguyen. It’s different to No Challenges Remaining and i’m really enjoying it so far, particularly the snippets from press conferences. The latest one had an interview with Svetlana Kuznetsova… Sveta is certainly a character! Hopefully there will be more interviews with players.
I’m busy this weekend so I won’t have time to write anything for Zhuhai. I’m calling time on the previews for 2015 on Moo’s Tennis Blog. It’s been a long run, exhausting, but exciting at the same time, covering the tour every step of the way since January. While the coverage of tennis will end now with the off-season fast approaching, i’m pleased to announce i’ll be starting my countdown of the top 20 WTA matches of the year. This is one of my favourite posts of the year and part one of four will be dropping soon (hopefully!) in the next week.
I’m going to enjoy the ATP World Tour Finals and then take some time away from tennis. I definitely won’t be following the IPTL. Tennis has become such a huge part of my life and while I absolutely adore it, I do need a break after ten pretty solid months of watching and blogging. I’ll be spending lots of time in the kitchen and i’m on a mission to perfect my choux pastry! 🙂 I might also go outside…
I’ll still be posting occasionally during the off-season and also getting ready for the 2016 tennis season. I am keen to explore ideas for new posts. If you have any comments about the coverage here on Moo’s Tennis Blog, things you like, things you’re not so keen on, I would REALLY appreciate you taking just a few minutes to jot some thoughts down. You can send me an e-mail at MooTennisBlog@gmail.com or just comment in this post. It will really help to me to improve the blog!
And finally, a hugeeeeee thank you to my readers. To the regulars (you know who you are!), it’s a pleasure to read your comments. It’s been awesome to follow the season with you. I’m proud of how the blog has grown over the past couple of years and i’m planning to keep it up! 🙂