Lesia Tsurenko won her third WTA title in Acapulco, defeating Kristina Mladenovic, 6-1 7-5 in a windy final. Tsurenko benefited from two retirement wins during the week – still, it was a great week for the Ukrainian player who won her second title in seven months. Despite not playing her best in the final, i’m encouraged by Mladenovic’s start to the year with this already being her second final of 2017.
A positive post from Ajla Tomljanovic, hopefully signalling her second round retirement in Acapulco was only precautionary.
After all eight seeds lost before the semi-finals in Kuala Lumpur, there was a cavernous opening in the draw. I’m really pleased that Ashleigh Barty grabbed hold of the opportunity and came through to win her first WTA title. Barty, who won seven matches having come through qualifying, eased past Nao Hibino in Sunday’s final, 6-3 6-2. The 20-year-old looked great in Australia and 2017 looks set to be a big year for Barty. The Aussie will crack the world’s top 100 with a new career best ranking on Monday.
Barty also teamed up with Casey Dellacqua to do the double in Kuala Lumpur.
The wildcards for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells have been announced.
Madison Keys confirmed that she will return at Indian Wells next week. Her first match of 2017 will be next Friday or Saturday.
It looks like Belinda Bencic is now with Nike!
This is wonderful.
And finally, the draw for the BNP Paribas Open will be held on Monday at 3pm local time, which is 11pm UK time. I’ll be back on Tuesday to kick off a busy month of tennis!