WTA Best of 2017: Points of the Year

The second part of the WTA Best of 2017 series on Moo’s Tennis Blog is a selection of the best points of the year. I’ve been trying to keep a track of them (with difficulty!) throughout 2017 and have picked out 20 memorable rallies. I’d love to know your favourites of the year, as well as any good ones that I have missed! For last year’s best points, click HERE and for part 1 of the 2017 review with handshakes and hugs, click HERE.

Starting in Brisbane – Daria Kasatkina’s point construction is terrific as she turns defence into attack, finishing with a tactically perfect drop shot winner.

Loved this all-court point from the Taiwan Open with Elina Svitolina and Ons Jabeur

A pair of crackers from the first and only tournament outing in Biel – firstly, brilliant defence from Elise Mertens before snapping with a running crosscourt forehand winner.

Rebeka Masarova ends an energy-sapping point with a beaut of a backhand against Annika Beck.

I remember not breathing during this match point. Superb defence from Laura Siegemund who would go on to beat Venus Williams in Charleston.

I’m just marvelling at the depth of groundstrokes by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Maria Sharapova in this particular rally. Hard hitting tennis at its finest.

Terrific scrambling from Eugenie Bouchard to keep this rally going as long as she did. Alizé Cornet wins it in the end!

Madrid is one of my least favourite tournaments but it produced plenty of highlights this year. It’s hard to pick out just one rally from the final between Simona Halep and Kristina Mladenovic. I think this is my favourite with Mladenovic managing to turn to defence into attack in imperious fashion.

A truly magnificent point between Lucie Safarova and Daria Gavrilova – both were floored at the end!

Rybarikova’s defence, movement and general all-round awesomeness are neatly showcased in this point from her second round victory over Karolina Pliskova at Wimbledon.

A classic point from the Konta-Halep Wimbledon quarter-final.

One of the most eventful match points you are ever likely to see! I will not forget the drama of watching this match between Ekaterina Makarova and Angelique Kerber live.

Short but sweet. Johanna Konta played a perfect point to put away a chasing and racing, Simona Halep.

Perhaps my favourite point of the year – take a bow, Carla Suárez Navarro and Venus Williams.

Another standing ovation in New York – Sofia Kenin did a lot of running in this one!

A couple of hot shots from Vandeweghe but an all round brilliant point. This was a fun match.

Arguably the point that defined Sloane Stephens’s run to the US Open title. Absolutely clutch.

Maria Sakkari with the backhand winner to end a pulsating rally that got the racquet clap from Alizé Cornet.

Turning defence into attack – one of many stunning points played by Caroline Garcia during the WTA Finals in Singapore.

And finally, one of the most exciting points from the Singapore final that got the crowd going. Wow Venus!

Coming Soon in the Best of 2017 series – Hot shots of the year

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