Weekend Roundup – Gauff & Medvedev Amongst Winners
With one of the final weeks of the 2019 tennis tour coming to a close, we thought we would have a look at some of the results from the weekends action
Daniil Medvedev – Shanghai Masters
Medvedev takes the crown in Shanghai defeating Zverev 6-4 6-1 in the final, after overcoming Tsitsipas, Fognini, Pospisil and Norrie in the previous rounds. What a run this guy has been on. He has made his last 6 finals in succession, winning 3 of those, whilst recording only 3 losses out of 32 matches. He has also claimed over 4,000 ATP ranking points in that time, which alone would put him 6th in the world. Not bad going at all from the young Russian.
Coco Gauff – Linz Open
Amazing. The 15 year old American sensation defeated 2017 Roland Garros Champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 1-6 6-2 in Linz, becoming the youngest WTA title winner in 15 years. She only qualified as the lucky loser, after losing her final match in qualifying. She also defeated number 1 seed Kiki Bertens in the Quarter final. What a year for this young girl, she is now ranked 71st in the world, which considering she was over 800 in the world at the end of 2018, that is a meteoric rise.
Heather Watson – Tianjin Open
After reaching her first WTA singles final in over 3 years, Watson would have been hoping to take home the title. Sadly, she was narrowly defeated 4-6 4-6 by Swede Rebecca Peterson. Watson has not been on the best form recently, losing out in Qualifiers in her last 4 biggest tournaments, at the Canada, US, Wuhan and China Open. This result will hopefully give her confidence, climbing back into the top 100 at 88 in the world, and allow her to finish the year on much more of a high.
Katie Swan – W25 Claremont
Okay, we would not blame you for not hearing about this one. Katie Swan, Britons number 5, has not finished the year as best as she would have hoped. Ranking around 170 at the start of the year, she has now fallen to 261st in the world. However, as part of the Great British Fed Cup team that won qualification into the World Group II for 2020, that should be at least one positive, along with winning the W25 Claremont in California. This ITF event is $25,000 event, and Katie was the number 5 seed as well, so it was not a given event. This will hopefully give the young Brit some confidence to end the year, claiming her 7th ITF title.
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