I’ve enjoyed a break from tennis for the past two weeks but i’m looking forward to Stuttgart next week! Before the main draw preview drops at the weekend, this is a Set Points catch-up on what i’ve missed out on. Of course, there was some big news yesterday when it was confirmed that Serena Williams is pregnant with her first child and will miss the remainder of the 2017 season…. congrats to Serena!
More good news… I was thrilled to read such a positive post from Petra Kvitova on Instagram where she confirmed that she will be on the entry list for the French Open with a small chance that she may be fit for the second Slam of the year, starting on the 29th of May.
Hello everyone! I wanted to provide a quick (and hopefully positive) update for you. My name will appear on the entry list for Roland Garros tomorrow because, as the entry deadline approached, I had made good progress in my recovery process and I want to give myself every last opportunity to be able to compete at one of my favourite events. This unfortunately does not mean necessarily that I will be ready to play in Paris, but that I'm doing everything possible to give myself the chance and keep a positive mindset. There remains a long road ahead but I wanted to share this update with you. Thanks for your continued support and I hope to see you soon, Petra 😘🎾
I agree with René’s tweet below – it doesn’t matter to me when Petra comes back and to be honest, I will still be stunned if it’s at Roland Garros. Still, this news is really encouraging as I didn’t expect a comeback at all this year.
Look at that smile!
Last week’s tournaments in Biel and Bogota both produced memorable winners. In Biel, the 17-year-old qualifier, Marketa Vondrousova won her first WTA title in just her second (!) WTA tournament. Vondrousova has won 29 of 33 matches in 2017 and will be on Fed Cup duty this weekend for the Czech Republic.
Francesca Schiavone had been in the news after being snubbed for her home tournament in Rome in not receiving a main draw wildcard. The Italian hadn’t won a main draw match on the WTA tour all year but won five last week to win Bogota. Schiavone defeated Lara Arruabarrena in Saturday’s final, 6-4 7-5. By virtue of the win, Schiavone has sealed a spot in the main draw of the French Open… yay!
At the ITF tournament in Indian Harbour Beach, it was wonderful to see Victoria Duval back in action. The 21-year-old reached the semi-finals with wins over Ajla Tomljanovic and Eugenie Bouchard, the latter a 6-0 6-3 thumping. Despite two wins to reach the quarter-finals, it was not a particularly promising week for Bouchard. Olga Govortsova won the overall tournament.
A few wrap-ups from a fab week in Charleston – Daria Kasatkina with a funny moment from her champions press conference!
For the third year in a row, there’s another hilarious video featuring Andrea Petkovic and Jelena Jankovic. I was howling at Petkovic’s story of when Jankovic cheered her up in Miami following a tough loss 🤣🤣🤣.
Stuttgart’s entry list has been further boosted with Johanna Konta. This ensures that barring any withdrawals, all eight seeds will be top ten players. The draw will be held on Saturday.
A TBT for one of my posts from last year with a look back at memorable matches from Stuttgart. I wonder what match-ups we will be adding to the list from the 2017 edition of the tournament…
The entry lists for the grass court season are coming soon (yay!) and the first player announcements have been released for Birmingham.
And finally, i’ve been moaning about the issues of WTA streaming all year. I thought it was time to put all my thoughts down in one dedicated post about the issue to explain how it is affecting me and the coverage on the blog this year.