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The WTA announces the winners of the 2019 WTA Players of the Year Award

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The WTA has announced the winners of the 2019 WTA Players of the Year Awards, which are broken down into five categories: Player of the Year, Doubles Team of the Year, Most Improved Player of the Year, Newcomer of the Year and Comeback of the Year. The players are voted on by members of the international media.

 

Ashleigh Barty has been voted the WTA Player of the Year after winning four titles from six finals. The 23-year-old Australian star won her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, her first Premier Mandatory title at the Miami Open and the Premier level title in Birmingham and her first WTA Finals trophy in Shenzhen. She also finished runner-up in two more finals in Sydney and Beijing. She became the first Australian player to reach the World Number 1 ranking since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976 and the only player to reach the second week at all four Grand Slam tournaments after qualifying for the quarter final at the Australian Open and the fourth round at Wimbledon and at the US Open. She recorded the most matches on Tour on the WTA Tour with 57 wins.

Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic were voted the WTA Doubles Team of the Year. They won two consecutive doubles titles in Istanbul and Roland Garros. They became the first team to successfully defend the WTA Finals title in Shenzhen. The Hungarian and French doubles team also reached the final at the Australian Open, the semifinals at Wimbledon and the quarter finals at the US Open. Mladenovic rose to Doubles world number 1 player for the first time in her career after their Roland Garros doubles title.

Sofia Kenin has been voted the WTA Most Improved Player of the Year. The young US player won her first titles in Hobart, Mallorca and Guangzhou and finished runner-up in the Acapulco final. Kenin is one of six players to have lifted three or more titles this season. Only Barty and Karolina Pliskova won more titles. Kenin won the same number of tournaments as Bianca Andreescu, Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka. Kenin beat two world number 1 players in consecutive weeks when she beat Barty at Rogers Cup and Naomi Osaka in Cincinnati and reached the round of 16 at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career, when she beat Serena Williams at Roland Garros.

Bianca Andreescu won three titles (her first Grand Slam at the US Open, Rogers Cup and Indian Wells) and reached her first WTA final in Auckland after beating Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams. She reached a career-high rankng of world number 4.

Belinda Bencic won the WTA Comeback Player of the Year Award. The Swiss player came back from years of injury problems with a highly successful season. She suffered a wrist injury that sidelined her for five months in 2017. During 2019 Bencic won her first titles since 2015 in Dubai and Moscow and qualified for the first time in her career for the WTA Finals. After her win at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow Bencic returned to her best ranking at world number 7. She finished the 2019 season inside the top 10 for the first time in her career at number 8 after ending 2018 ranked world number 37.

Kiki Bertens has won the first WTA Jerry Diamond ACES Award, which is presented to the player, who promotes women’s tennis to fans and media. Bertens took part in 40 kids’ clinics and fan-friendly events.

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Alexander Zverev: “You can’t imagine what this means to me and I hope it will be the first of many Grand Slam semifinals”

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Alexander Zverev has reached the first Grand Slam semifinal of his career after beating Stan Wawrinka 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the quarter final of the Australian Open in Melbourne.

 

Zverev became the first German player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Tommy Haas at Wimbledon ten years ago.

“It feels awesome. I have done well in World Tour Finals, won Masters, but could never make that breakthrough at a Grand Slam. I am happy to be in the semifinals. You can’t imagine what this means to me and I hope it will be the first of many.”, said Zverev after the quarter final match against Wawrinka.

Zverev set up a semifinal against Dominic Thiem, who beat Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 7-6 (8-6). The Austrian player leads 6-2 in his eight head-to-head matches against his younger German rival and won their most recent clash in the semifinal of the ATP Finals in London.

“I will have a cold glass of Coca Cola in my hotel room, with air conditioning, hopefully watching Nadal and Thiem play for six hours. That’s my assessment of the match”, joked Zverev in his post-match interview.

Zverev started his 2020 season with three defeats against Alex De Minaur, Denis Shapovalov and Stefanos Tsitsipas at the ATP Finals, but he bounced back at this Australian Open, where he dropped just one set against Wawrinka in the quarter final.

“After losing the first set against Stan, I was getting ready to talk to the press about why I lost in straight sets. I turned it around and my energy picked up a bit. I wasn’t used to his ball. I needed to get used it. Thank God it worked out. I hope you can see in ATP Cup I was horrible, but this is a Grand Slam and this is where you’re meant to play your best tennis and I have been doing that. My energy picked up a little bit”, said Zverev.

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(VIDEO) Australian Open Day 10: Dominic Thiem Stuns Nadal, Zverev Breaks New Ground

A four set thriller resulted in the shock exit of the world No.1.

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Rafael Nadal has become the first member of the illustrious Big Three to exit this year’s Australian Open. The world No.1 crashed out in four sets to Austria’s Dominic Thiem, who is through to the last four in Melbourne for the first time at the age of 26. Awaiting Thiem next will be another semifinal debutante in the shape of Alexander Zverev.

 

Ubitennis’ Ubaldo Scanagatta analyse both matches with British journalist Stuart Fraser from The Times.

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Hsieh-Su Wei and Barbora Strycova set doubles final clash against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic

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Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova will battle against against Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in a clash between the number two seeds in the doubles final at the Australian Open in Melbourne.

 

Hsieh and Strycova beat number 4 seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-2 6-3 in Thursday’s first semifinal. The top seeds will be bidding for their second title as a team after their triumph at Wimbledon last summer.

Hsieh and Strycova broke twice in each set and never faced a break point in each set.

“It’s always so amazing to be back here, because my first final in a junior Grand Slam was here, so I would like to thank Barbora for bringing me back again”,said Hsieh.

 “I am very happy that we are through to the final. It means so much for me. To have a partner like Su-wei by my side, it’s something very special. Playing another final of a Grand Slam, especially in Australia, which is my favourite country”,said Strycova.

Babos and Mladenovic beat Latisha Chan and Chan Hao-ching 7-5 6-2 in the second semifinal. Neither team faced a break point in the first ten games before Babos and Mladenovic earned the first break to take a 6-5 lead. The Hungarian and French team came back from 4-5 down in the first set by winning eight of the next nine games.

Babos and Mladenovic beat Hsieh and Strycova 6-1 6-3 in their previous head-to-head clash in the final of the WTA Finals in Shenzhen.

 

 

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