The 2016 off-season posts on Moo’s Tennis Blog continue with the best points of the year. I’ve been trying to keep a track of the best ones all year but i’m sure some have slipped through the net so please pipe up in the comments if there any good ones that i’ve missed. The off-season posts started with some awesome acts of sportsmanship in my first Best of 2016 post HERE… thanks for all the nice comments, i’m really chuffed that people seemed to enjoy it. Read on for 25 (tough to narrow it down!) of the best points on the WTA tour in 2016.
We’re starting in Auckland with a sensational point between Caroline Wozniacki and Danka Kovinic… Kovinic applauds Wozniacki’s final shot, a magnificent get on a drop shot.
Defence into attack… Victoria Azarenka comes out on top in this superb point from the Brisbane final against Angelique Kerber.
Hobart is a legendary tournament for streaming all their matches on YouTube, which will come in handy next year. This is a special point between Alizé Cornet and Veronica Cepede Royg.
There were so many good points from the first Slam final of the year between Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber in Melbourne. Serena had to do SO much work to put away Kerber and stave off the break point linked below.
But on so many occasions, Kerber’s classic counter-punching kept her in the point for long enough. In the point below, Kerber passed Serena at the net with a soaring winner (Aga’s face in the screencap below 😂).
In Doha, Agnieszka Radwanska was producing some absolute magic in this delightful quarter-final against Roberta Vinci. A classy winner and a fun point all round.
Another delightful point from Agnieszka Radwanska but Alizé Cornet more than played her part in this fabulous rally from Miami.
A fantastic all-court point from the Charleston final where Elena Vesnina eventually puts away Sloane Stephens with the volley winner.
Petra Kvitova and Monica Niculescu produced this spectacular point in Stuttgart which is about as complete a point as you could ever wish for.
Garbiñe Muguruza and Timea Bacsinszky covered every clump of clay in this superb point from their quarter-final match in Rome.
One of the craziest points of the year between Barbora Strycova and Agnieszka Radwanska with both players hitting the deck at one point… what a recovery from Barbora!
A dinky lob from Zheng Saisai ends with a quite breathtaking point against Johanna Konta in Nottingham.
Another crazy one… Madison Keys’s reaction at the end says it all. Ostapenko slipped during the middle of the point, but Keys’s lob at the end was *just* long.
A shame it ended on an error but McHale’s willingness to go for the lines won her this point against Serena… one of the most intense rallies of the year and definitely one of the best.
What a match between Dominika Cibulkova and Agnieszka Radwanska… and this point came near the end of a brutal encounter that eventually lasted three hours. Domi’s reaction at the end is understandable and I felt like that just watching!
Loveee this point between Zheng Saisai and Alizé Cornet in Stanford with an incredible feat of agility from Zheng to win it at the net.
While this point between Serena Williams and Daria Gavrilova does showcase how SLOW the Rio court, it was still awesome.
Agnieszka Radwanska won WTA’s hotshot of the month for this rally but it was Kirsten Flipkens who pulled out the successful tweener.
This was a great match… Simona Halep played a stunning set to push Serena Williams to three sets at the US Open.
Petra Kvitova involved in a 41 shot rally!!!! Such a shame it ended on an error but still such quality from Kvitova and Kerber. The crowd even started clapping during the middle of the rally…
Another long rally and this one ends on a stunning forehand winner from Agnieszka Radwanska.
Agnieszka Radwanska and Svetlana Kuznetsova put on a clinic of point construction in Singapore with the latter coming up trumps on this terrific all-court point.
A lot of heart from Simona Halep on show in this opening point of the second set tiebreak against eventual champion, Dominika Cibulkova in round robin action in Singapore.
And finally, Elena Vesnina and Kiki Bertens both did some running and then some in this point. I do wish the court speed in Zhuhai would be replicated at other events…