The 2017 Apia International is in the books and was wrapped up with an all-top ten final between Agnieszka Radwanska and Johanna Konta. It was the same schedule as always but Sydney felt even more rushed than usual! Still, there were plenty of highlights so if you missed out on the tennis this week, hopefully this post will act as a sufficient recap of events. Read on for the Match Points from Sydney.
Johanna Konta produced another superb display in the final to beat Agnieszka Radwanska for the first time in a 6-4 6-2 victory. Konta continues to astound me in the startling strides she has made in the past 18 months. Based on her recent form, she is one of the most consistent performers on the WTA tour and particularly on hard court. Many congrats to Jo!
Timea Babos and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won the doubles title, beating Sania Mirza and Barbora Strycova, 6-4 6-4 in Friday’s final.
Daria Kasatkina secured the best win of her career, defeating Angelique Kerber in the second round. Her reaction was lovely!
The quarter-final between Caroline Wozniacki and Barbora Strycova was the longest match of the year so far and may take a while to be topped at three hours and 20 minutes. In pretty horrendous conditions, Barbora prevailed in three tight sets.
There weren’t many comebacks this week in Sydney. Of the 29 matches, only 5 went the distance. The only player to recover from a set down was Daria Kasatkina who fought back from 2-6 1-3 down to defeat Timea Babos in the first round, 2-6 6-4 6-3.
It was not a great week for memorable matches but the one I was most intrigued watching (albeit with patchy quality) was the first rounder between Caroline Wozniacki and Monica Puig. Wozniacki held onto her lone break of serve in the third set to serve out the win, 6-3 2-6 6-4.
This was a stunning rally in the Kerber-Kasatkina match where Kerber produced a magnificent winner down set point in the first set.
Kerber’s shot above would probably fit this category but i’ll add another shot that I found belatedly. Agnieszka Radwanska was awarded shot of the day with a reaction shot from her match against Christina McHale – i’ve picked out another shot which made me go ooooo! I was marvelling at how Aga changes the direction of her racquet so quickly!
From the first day, there was nice embrace between Belinda Bencic and Yulia Putintseva after Belinda was forced to retire with a toe injury,
“I feel cold” 😂
“I’m not a spring chicken anymore!”
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