Introducing Match Points… a brand new feature post for Moo’s Tennis Blog in 2016. Match Points aims to bring together the most interesting points of the tennis day including best matches, scorelines, tweets, facebook posts, videos and plenty more. It’s still a work in progress so any feedback is appreciated. It won’t be a daily feature just yet but when I have a bit more free time (mostly at weekends) then i’ll be planning to introduce this feature more often. It’s great to have live tennis back but as is always the case, this first week is just MANIC. I’m back to work tomorrow (*major sad face*) so following the tennis becomes interesting…
Tennis worth catching up with…
Vinci d. Jankovic, 3-6 6-2 6-4 (Brisbane, R1)
The third set of the Jankovic-Vinci match in Brisbane was super entertaining. Vinci produced some wonderful tennis, slicing effectively, consistently charging the net and producing some clinical volleys. Vinci needed just the one break of serve in third set thanks to one sloppy service game from Jankovic at 2-2. The Serb failed to take her chances, missing break points in two of Vinci’s service games in the third set including what would be the final game of the match. The Italian player held her nerve at the end despite being called for foot fault on her second serve on match point.
Irina Falconi d. CoCo Vandeweghe (6), 5-7 6-4 6-3 (Auckland, R1)
Alexandra Dulgheru d. Alison Van Uytvanck (8), 1-6 6-2 6-2 (Auckland, R1)
Alison Riske d. Annika Beck (8), 6-7(3) 6-3 6-2 (Shenzhen, R1)
WTA rollercoaster scorelines:
Monica Niculescu (4) d. Anastasija Sevastova, 1-6 6-4 6-3 (Shenzhen, R1) – Sevastova had led 6-1 *3-1
Victoria Azarenka produced an efficient display to win her first match of the year against Elena Vesnina, 6-2 6-0 in Brisbane.
I could listen to Petko speak for hours… as always, this was a very insightful press conference after her first round win in Brisbane against Teliana Pereira. Petko seems to be in a much better place after how 2015 ended. Kudos to the Brisbane YouTube account for posting all of it.
Here’s a buoyant, Daria Gavrilova after she won her first match for Australia Green at the Hopman Cup, defeating Sabine Lisicki, 6-2 6-2.