Tuesday’s Set Points, WTA Linz, Hong Kong & Tianjin: Big wins for Allertova and Kontaveit

The two seeds in action in Linz, Carla Suárez Navarro and Daria Kasatkina, had contrasting fortunes on Wednesday; the number four seed, Carla Suárez Navarro kept her hopes for Singapore alive with a relatively routine 6-4 6-2 win over Mona Barthel. Kasatkina though tumbled out in straight sets to one of last year’s quarter-finalists, Denisa Allertova.…

Alison Riske wins a title!

I knew that whoever prevailed in Sunday’s Tianjin final between Belinda Bencic and Alison Riske, I was going to be happy.  I like both Belinda and Alison and had the pleasure of watching them live earlier this year at Eastbourne.  In Tianjin, it was Riske who came out on top, defeating Bencic, 6-3 6-4.  Bencic…

WTA Linz, Osaka, Tianjin 2nd Round Preview: Pliskova v Barthel, Stosur v Gajdosova

The draws in both Osaka and Tianjin have seen few upsets so far, therefore meaning my finalists in both tournaments are still alive! However, Linz has been as unpredictable as they come with just two seeds remaining after completion of the first round and some second round matches.  On Wednesday, Dominika Cibulkova and Sabine Lisicki…