WTA Tour

All-Belarusian Final At Ostrava Was All Sabalenka

WASHINGTON/OSTRAVA, October 25, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Aryna Sabalenka and Victoria Azarenka, the No. 3 and No. 4 seeds respectively in this week’s WTA Premier J&T Banka Ostrava Open, battled inside cavernous Ostravar Arena Sunday in the second-to-last singles title match of the […]

Azarenka Reaches Ostrava Final With A Sense Of Purpose

WASHINGTON, October 24, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) All week, Victoria Azarenka has played inspiring tennis with a sense of purpose. Her clarity and maturity have been unmistakable, but let’s not forget, she’s also having fun. Both on and off the […]

Sakkari: Ostrava Has Been A Week Filled With Positives

WASHINGTON, October 23, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Maria Sakkari, the 25-year-old rising star from Greece, was asked by a reporter earlier this week during a virtual videoconference what she would like to achieve in her last tournament of the 2020 […]

Ons Jabeur In Ostrava: ‘No Fear, I’m Just Going To Go For It’

WASHINGTON, October 22, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Ons Jabeur and Jelena Ostapenko met for the first time in a WTA event Thursday afternoon – and it’s one both will not soon forget. Although the unseeded Jabeur won the second-round match of the […]

Time To Say Goodbye: Goerges Announces Her Retirement

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Julia Goerges, just two weeks shy of turning 32, announced her retirement from pro tennis on Wednesday. She posted a note on her official website. “You have given me so many different types […]

Elise Mertens: ‘I’m Motivated To Do Well This Week’

WASHINGTON, October 21, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) No. 7 seed Elise Mertens of Belgium showed the importance that playing from ahead can have on the outcome of a match. It made a difference in her 6-2, 6-3 first-round victory over […]

Kasatkina, Brady Rebound From Paris Setbacks At Ostrava

WASHINGTON, October 20, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) Both Jennifer Brady of the United States and Dayana Yastremska from Ukraine lost in the first round of Roland Garros last month. By now, it must seem like ancient history for both of […]

Adrenaline, Instinct Are Kontaveit’s Allies In Ostrava Win

WASHINGTON, October 19, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) No. 8 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia defeated No. 33 Ekaterina Alexandrova from Russia, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6), for her 20th victory of the pandemic-interrupted season in the opening match of the WTA Premier […]

Musetti Retirement Sends Djere To Sardinia Final

WASHINGTON, October 18, 2020 (by Michael Dickens) For one set, everything looked promising for 18-year-old rising Italian star Lorenzo Musetti. He broke his opponent in the first game of the match and quickly was a set up against Serbia’s Laslo […]