Saturday’s New Haven final was an absolute cracker as Daria Gavrilova won her first WTA title, fighting back from a set down to beat Dominika Cibulkova, 4-6 6-3 6-4 in two hours and 45 minutes. It was the best i’ve seen Cibulkova play all year and her forehand was lethal early doors. Gavrilova kept battling hard, managing to do some damage with her own forehand and force a decider. In the end, Gavrilova’s pluckiness and defence, particularly in the key moments, were a huge factor in her win. I’m thrilled for Dasha – one of my favourite personalities on tour and very well deserved!
The final is well worth a watch back on WTA TV. Anyway, here are the highlights from a superb final.
The attention is now firmly on New York and the start of the 2017 US Open. For anyone going to the US Open, here’s my comprehensive guide from visiting the tournament last year.
And if you’ve ever thought about attending Cincy, loved this post from Steph on Twitter.
Saturday was media day at the US Open with the likes of Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Garbiñe Muguruza and Madison Keys all in press. You can watch all of their press conferences on the US Open website HERE.
An update on Angelique Kerber’s coaching situation.
Congrats to Karolina!
This was a wonderful touch by the USTA.
Loved this – Victoria Duval and Allie Kiick played each other in the final round of qualifying.
This was sweet!
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That moment when you hear @matteksands laugh in the locker room and you get all excited! I missed you so much!! Words cannot begin to describe how happy I am to see you up and about and walking around! You're such an inspiration and a huge role model to me! For 7 years you've always been there for me and making me laugh endlessly! So glad to have you back around! Love you Beth! 💕
A pair of world number ones!
A pair of posts are up on the blog to preview the 2017 US Open draw – post #1 is a bumper preview breaking down the draw into 16 sections including records for the top 16 seeds in New York.
Post #2 is a special preview for the highlight of the first round matches between Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova, which is up first in Monday’s night session on Arthur Ashe stadium. At the time of writing, readers of Moo’s Tennis Blog can barely split the pair with 51% going for Halep after > 220 votes.
The madness starts on Monday at 11am local time (4pm UK time). A heads up that it’s going to be a busy few weeks for me at work. I’m going to try my best to cover the tournament in its entirety here on the blog but if I go missing, you’ll know why. In the meantime, i’m de-stressing with bread.