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The 2019 WTA Season Review: A Memorable Year For Barty, Andreescu And Others

What a year it has been in the world of women’s tennis.

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The most consistent player: Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova enjoyed a consistent season, in which she lifted four titles in Brisbane, Rome, Eastbourne and Zhengzhou (holding the record for most tournament titles together with Ashleigh Barty). She also reached a WTA Premier Mandatory final in Miami and the semifinals of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

 

The Comeback of the year: Belinda Bencic

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Belinda Bencic started the year outside the top 50 and produced a remarkable 2019 season in which she reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open and won two titles in Dubai and Moscow. The 22-year-old Swiss star beat top ten players Aryna Sabalenka, Simona Halep, Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova in three sets to win her third WTA singles title and second trophy at Premier 5 level. Thanks to her Dubai title Bencic improved her ranking from world number 45 to number 23.

She continued her great season with a run to the semifinals at Indian Wells, where she beat two top ten players (Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova) before losing to Angelique Kerber. Bencic reached the second final of the year at the Mallorca Open, where she beat top seed Angelique Kerber before losing to Sofia Kenin in the final. At the US Open she stunned defending champion Osaka for the third time this season in the fourth round before losing to eventual champion Bianca Andreescu. Thanks to her semifinal at the US Open Bencic returned to the top 10 for the first time since June 2016.

Bencic lifted her second title of the year at the Kremlin Cup by beating Anastasya Pavlychenkova in the final and qualified for the WTA Finals for the first time in her career. In Shenzhen Bencic beat Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens to reach the semifinals before losing to Elina Svitolina.

The Rising star of the year: Cori Gauff

Cori Gauff became the youngest player to reach the main draw at Wimbledon at the age of 15. In her debut of the famous British tournament Gauff upset Venus Williams in straight sets and reached the fourth round with wins over Magdalena Rybarikova and Polona Hercog, before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep. In her second Grand Slam tournament Gauff lost to Naomi Osaka in the third round at the US Open. Gauff lost in the qualifying round of the Linz Open, but she entered the main draw as a lucky loser. She went on to beat top seed Kiki Bertens in the quarter finals, scoring her first top ten win. The American beat Jelena Ostapenko in the Linz final to become the youngest player to win a singles title since 2004.

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Petra Kvitova edges Jelena Ostapenko in three sets to secure her spot in Doha quarter finals

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Petra Kvitova edged past Jelena Ostapenko 6-2 4-6 6-1 in two hours on a windy day in the Qatar Total Open in Doha. The Czech player advanced to the quarter finals for the fifth time in her six appearances at the Doha tournament.

 

Kvitova and Ostapenko were level at 3-3 in their six head-to-head matches. Ostapenko beat her Czech rival in their most recent clash in Miami 2018.

Ostapenko earned a break point after two double faults at the start of the opening set and converted her chance as Kvitova silced wide.

Kvitova broke back in the fourth game and held serve to take a 3-2 lead. The Czech player broke for the second time on the fifth deuce in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead after two double faults from Ostapenko. Kvitova won her fourth consecutive game from 2-2 with a break at love to win the first set 6-2.

Ostapenko saved three consecutive points from 0-40 down to hold her serve in the second game. A series of four consecutive games followed in the next games. Ostapenko broke in the ninth game for 5-4 earning a chance to serve for the set, but Kvitova broke straight back to draw level to 5-5. Ostapenko broke at love in the 11th game before closing out the second set 6-4 to force the match to the third set.

Kvitova raced out to a 4-0 lead, as she dropped four points. She saved a break point to hold serve in the fifth game at deuce. The former Wimbledon champion sealed in her next service game to set up a second round match against either Karolina Pliskova or ons Jabeur.

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Dayana Yastremska upsets Sofia Kenin in Doha

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Dayana Yastremska edged this year’s Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin 6-3 7-6 after 1 hour and 35 minutes. Yastremska hit 13 aces and saved four of the six break point chances she faced.

 

Yastremska saved a break point with two service winners, as she was serving at 1-1. The Ukrainian player earned a break point at love in the fourth game with a return winner to take a 3-1 lead. Yastremska consolidated the break with an ace for 4-1 and wrapped up the first set with another unreturned serve at 5-3.

Kenin got an early break to open up a 3-0 lead with a service winner. Yastremska held at 15 before breaking back with a return winner. The Ukrainian teenager hit a backhand down the line winner to draw level to 3-3. Yastremska earned another break in the seventh game and won four consecutive games. Kenin broke back, as Yastremska double faulted while she was serving for the win at 5-4. Both players held serve in the 11th and 12th games to set up a tie-break.

Yastremska earned a mini-break to take a 4-1 lead and earned four match points at 6-2. She converted her third chance to set up a third round match against 2020 Australian Open finalist Garbine Muguruza.

Kenin beat Anastasija Sevastova in her first match since her triumph at the Australian Open, but she lost to Jelena Ostapenko at the Fed Cup Qualifier. The US player lost to Elena Rybakina in Dubai and to Dayana Yastremska in Doha.

“It’s really frustrating. Obviously coming off of Melbourne where I felt I was playing the best tennis of my life coming down to playing, not the worst tennis, but not playing the tennis I want to be playing. Yastremska played really well. I just feel like I can’t find my game, I am not playing the way to be playing, so it’s pretty frustrating right now. Credits to her, she played well with some good shots at those moments. She just played better at important at important moments and I just made too many unforced errors”, said Kenin.

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Elena Rybakina and Belinda Bencic take hard-fought wins to reach the third round in Doha

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Elena Rybakina saved a match point to beat Alison Van Uytvanck 5-7 6-2 7-6 (10-8) to secure a hard-fought 5-7 6-2 7-6 (10-8) win over Alison Van Uytvanck on his fifth match point after 2 hours and 21 minutes at the Qatar Total Open in Doha.

 

Both players went on serve in the first ten games with no breaks, before Van Uytvank earned her first break in the 11th game to win the first set 7-5.

Rybakina broke twice in the second and eighth games to win the second set 6-2 forcing the match to the third set. Van Uytvanck converted her third break point in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Rybakina broke straight back to draw level to 3-3. Rybakina earned two match points at 5-4. Van Uytvanck saved two match points on her serve in the 10th game. Rybakina did not convert a match point after a double fault. Van Uytvanck failed to convert her own match point, before Rybakina won the final three points to advance to the third round, where she will face 2019 Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty.

Barty beat Rybakina in the third round at last January’s Australian Open.

Belinda Bencic recovered from missing a match point to beat Veronika Kudemertova 6-4 4-6 7-6 (8-6) after 2 hours and 38 minutes. Both players traded breaks in the third and fourth games. Bencic wrapped up the first set with a break in the 10th game.

Kudemertova earned an early break in the second set. Bencic pulled the break back on her third opportunity in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Kudemertova won the final two games with a break in the ninth game to seal the second set 6-4.

Bencic went down a break in the third game of the decider, but she broke back in the eight game to draw level to 4-4 and earned a match point in the 10th game. Kudemertova saved it and earned four break points on Bencic’s serve. Bencic saved them and forced the third set to the tie-break. Bencic won three consecutive points from 3-3 to earn three match points. The Swiss player closed it out on her third match point setting up a third round match against Yulia Putintseva.

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