WTA Best of 2018: Handshakes and hugs

The 2018 WTA season is officially in the books and it’s now time to take a look back at some of the highlights of the year. As is now tradition on Moo’s Tennis Blog, we’ll start with something cheery – handshakes and hugs! This post celebrates sportswomanship on the WTA tour in 2018. Please feel free to share any of your favourite handshakes/hugs that I have missed in the comments section! I’ve limited it to my favourite 20 moments this year including a couple of personal shots.

Handshakes and hugs 2016: Click here

Handshakes and hugs 2017: Click here

Handshake and hugs 2018: ⬇️


1. Kerber-Barty (Sydney, Final)

Angelique Kerber beat Ash Barty in the final of Sydney in the second week of the 2018 season. Barty had a lot of nice things to say about Kerber and called the German player “a cool chick”!

2. Zhang-Stephens (AO, R1)

Here’s the first of a quartet of hugs snapped down under from my trip to Australia. This is a shot from the first live match I watched at the Australian Open between Sloane Stephens and Zhang Shuai. Pre-match, Sloane said that Zhang Shuai was her “favourite person on tour”.

3. Kontaveit-Krunic (AO, R1)

Loved this moment between Anett Kontaveit and Aleksandra Krunic after their first round match at the Australian Open.

4. Safarova-Tomljanovic (AO, R1)

Watching Lucie win two matches in Australia was a big highlight! The win over Cirstea in the second round will be my last live experience of watching Lucie after she announced on Saturday that she will be retiring from tennis after next year’s Australian Open 😢. This is a nice moment with Ajla Tomljanovic after her first round victory.

5. Vesnina-Jabeur (AO, R1)

Really enjoyed watching this match between Elena Vesnina and Ons Jabeur. Great view, great court, great weather, great respect.

6. Wozniacki-Halep (AO, Final)

All class from Simona Halep after a terrific battle with Caroline Wozniacki as both fought tooth and nail for a first Slam title in the Australian Open final.

7. Goerges-Kasatkina (Charleston, QF)

Julia Goerges recently shared photos of a birthday dinner with good friend, Daria Kasatkina in Zhuhai. The pair hugged it out after their quarter-final match in Charleston.

8. Kvitova-Zhang (Prague, SF)

Loved this exchange between Petra Kvitova and Zhang Shuai. What a special week for Petra in Prague!

9. Krunic-Vinci (Rome, R1)

Aleksandra Krunic retired Kimiko Date last year and she did it again this year with Roberta Vinci! Lovely to see the umpire, Mariana Alves, even getting out of her chair at the end.

10. Kvitova-Rybarikova (Birmingham, Final)

A superb Birmingham final between two good friends, Petra Kvitova and Magdalena Rybarikova. Still adore the photos from the trophy ceremony by Peetah Pan on Twitter.

11. Kerber-Kasatkina (Wimbledon, QF)

You can see Angelique Kerber repeat “good match” to Daria Kasatkina after their hot-shot heavy quarter-final at Wimbledon.

12. Goerges-Bertens (Wimbledon, SF)

Loved this extended moment between Julia Goerges and Kiki Bertens after their first ever Wimby quarter-final. Two of the nicest players on tour.

13. Kerber-S.Williams (Wimbledon, Final)

I get chills watching this again as Kerber wins Wimbledon! As always, Serena is very gracious at the end of the match.

14. Kasatkina-Sakkari (Montreal, R1)

There was a double dosage of Kasatkina-Sakkari this year and the pair hugged it out in Montreal and Roland Garros. Both matches had the same result as Kasatkina won in three sets.

15. Svitolina-Buzarnescu (Montreal, R2)

After Mihaela Buzarnescu went down with a serious ankle injury in Montreal, Elina Svitolina did everything she could to help out. Super sportswomanship from Elina.

16. Puig-Kontaveit (New Haven, R2)

Two friends unite after their second round clash in New Haven. Monica Puig revealed after the match that Anett Kontaveit is one of her best friends on tour.

17. Cibulkova-Hsieh (US Open, R2)

When two players hug it out after a brilliant match 🤗.

18. Serena-Venus (US Open, R3)

Another special moment ❤.

19. Kasatkina-Jabeur (Moscow, Final)

One of the most dramatic and emotional endings to a match all year, let alone a final.

20. Barty-Wang Qiang (Zhuhai, Final)

Bookending this year’s handshakes and hug post with Ash Barty. The final match of the 2018 WTA season ended with a nice hug between Zhuhai finalists.

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