The blog is back for one of my favourite events in the calendar as the stars of the WTA descend on Stuttgart where the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix starts on Monday. I feel that i’m getting a better balance this year on the blog and I am enjoying spending more time watching tennis without the pressure of always writing about it and of course, more baking and eating! This post is a catch-up of tennis news that resonated with me over the past two weeks.
Sad to see you go, Casey!
Casey Dellacqua officially announced her retirement from professional tennis last week. I loved her post for the Players Voice which is linked below. Casey is such a nice person and it’s clear from all the comments how well liked she was. I wish her all the best for the future. I hope we might see her as a commentator!
Thinking about heading to Charleston?
If yes, then i’d lead you to Jake’s latest posts on his site at the link below. I’ve thought about combining the last week of Miami with Charleston so i’ll definitely be using this as my guide in years to come!
Update on the UK grass court events
I’m really pleased to see that the trio of Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne have finally got a sponsor in Nature Valley. It was a concern for the future of the tournament when Aegon left but this was welcome news.
Entry list news
Naomi Osaka has confirmed for the trio of Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne, while Maria Sharapova is set to play Birmingham.
Congrats to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
I didn’t watch any tennis last week but I was delighted to see Schmiedlova win in Bogota. The Slovak player has had a torrid time over the past couple of years. Schmieds cracked the top 30 back in September 2015, but barely won a match in 2016 as she plummeted outside of the world’s top 250 by the start of 2017. Slowly but surely, Schmiedlova has been working her way back and she’s now into the top 100 by virtue of this third WTA title.
Elise Mertens doubles up in Lugano
It was quite a shock to me to see Lugano actually finish on time having seen the forecasts. Elise Mertens won both the singles and doubles tournament. It was the first time since the Australian Open that Mertens had won back-to-back matches and she prevailed in three three setters including two on the penultimate day of the tournament.
Bara plays a prank on Petra
Fed Cup weekend
I never normally watch Fed Cup and just catch up on the results. I watch enough tennis as it is so use Fed Cup as a chance to take a breather. I did however see the deciding rubber in the GB vs. Japan clash. I’m gutted for Jo and Heather as we once again fell at the last hurdle to get into the World Group.
Time to buy another tennis subscription…
If you want to follow the US Open from the UK and Ireland then it’s time to purchase ANOTHER subscription. I’m getting fed up with the number of subscriptions required across a variety of platforms to keep up with tennis. It can’t be good for the game. I only do it because i’m addicted (😂) but I wouldn’t be surprised if more casual fans don’t bother.
The Stuttgart draw 🔥🔥🔥
Stuttgart always delivers with a blockbuster draw. 2018 is no different with Kvitova-Kerber the highlight of the first round matches. I’ve ended up with a Kvitova-Goerges final in my Draw Challenge 🤔. There’s also a tournament in Istanbul but my focus will purely be on Stuttgart.