The 2017 Volvo Car Open in Charleston finished on Sunday with an all-teen final and a first time WTA champ in Daria Kasatkina. This post brings together the highlights from the tournament including a recap of the final and links to memorable matches, points, media and plenty more. All previous Match Points starting from 2016 can be found at the link HERE. This is my favourite Match Points of the year so enjoy the best bits from Charleston!
Daria Kasatkina defeated Jelena Ostapenko, 6-3 6-1 to secure her first win over the Latvian player and a first title on the WTA tour in Charleston. Early days, the final was shaping up to be a great contest. I really like this match-up and i’m certain we’ll see it many more times in the future. Ostapenko was hitting some big winners early on but went away fast from the middle of the first set. Ostapenko’s serve had been one of her greatest weapons all week but it didn’t deliver in this final as she won just 52% of points behind the first serve and 32% on the second serve.
This was a super smart display from Kasatkina, especially considering this was her first WTA final. She mixed up the pace of her shots and hit with height and slice, disrupting Ostapenko’s rhythm. The Russian player didn’t have to do a great deal in the second set with Ostapenko offering little resistance at the end with an avalanche of unforced errors.
It was wonderful to see how much this title meant to Dasha and her speech was just 😍😍😍
Loving the champs this week! Lucie Safarova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, aka Team Bucie, won their second title of the year, beating Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova in Sunday’s final, 6-1 5-7 10-7
Sunday’s all-teen final was a first on the tour in over seven years!
From 0-4 down in the third set, Magda Linette claimed a virtual third set bagel to defeat Yulia Putintseva in the first round, 4-6 6-2 6-4. And any chance to share *that* handslap again 😂
There were quite a few three hour plus matches this week from Charleston. My favourite was Laura Siegemund’s 6-4 6-7(3) 7-5 victory over Venus Williams, lasting three hours and two minutes. Siegemund played her best match of the year, constantly drawing Venus into the net with dazzling drop shots. Venus battled tremendously as always and chalked up two match points – Siegemund saved them both (see below) and avenged the disappointment of missing one match point in the second set to win deep into a third set.
It didn’t end on a winner but a fabulous point with Siegemund fending off a second match point against Venus.
There were some memorable handshakes this week in Charleston. Dasha squared came up with a planned fake-out handshake… love them!
Nice to see between Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Aleksandra Krunic.
And liked this pre-match moment between Lucie and Beth!
The Volvo Car Open always do some great features on their YouTube page and this year was no different.
Madison Keys explained her approach to dealing with abuse on social media… nothing but respect for Madison.
Daria Kasatkina and Sloane Stephens were great together in interviews for Tennis Channel. This one after Daria’s second round win over Monica Puig was my favourite.
Loved listening to the Body Serve Podcast this week and their Charleston All-Access Hour round-up was a great listen.
Tennis Draw Challenge Champion
Congratulations to amitooshacham who won the Draw Challenge for Charleston. To join in the fun, you can enter Tennis Draw Challenge and join the Moo’s Tennis Blog league.
That’s a wrap for Charleston! I love this tournament and i’d love to attend one day. Following a hectic five weeks of tennis in the US, i’m now going to take a couple of weeks off from blogging to prepare for the European clay court season. There will likely be one post next week that i’m currently writing but I’ll be back for another of my favourite tournaments in Stuttgart (starting 24th of April) which promises to be fascinating this year… can’t wait!