Author: Michael Stafford-Jones

Sports Journalist. I started writing about tennis in 2015 and have covered the WTA tour extensively ever since. I have been to Wimbledon, Birmingham and Eastbourne as accredited press.

Elina Svitolina Wins Second Successive Italian Open Title After Hammering Halep

Michael Stafford-Jones- 20/05/2018

Elina Svitolina thrashed Simona Halep 6-0 6-4 to win the Italian Open for the second successive year and remain World No.4.

Caroline Wozniacki Survives Sevastova Test And Reaches Rome Quarter-Final

Michael Stafford-Jones- 18/05/2018

Caroline Wozniacki came through a tough test as she beat Anastasija Sevastova 6-2 5-7 6-3 to set up a quarter-final with Anett Kontaveit.

Maria Sharapova Produces Superb Comeback To Beat Cibulkova

Michael Stafford-Jones- 17/05/2018

Maria Sharapova fought back from a set down to beat Dominika Cibulkova 3-6 6-4 6-2 and book a third round meeting with Daria Gavrilova.

Karolina Pliskova Stunned By Sakkari

Michael Stafford-Jones- 16/05/2018

Karolina Pliskova loses 3-6 6-3 7-5 to Maria Sakkari in a huge upset in the second round of the Italian Open, while Halep thrashes Osaka.

Maria Sharapova overpowers Barty in absorbing contest

Michael Stafford-Jones- 15/05/2018

Maria Sharapova maintained the form she found in Madrid with an encouraging three-set win over talented Australian Ashleigh Barty.

Naomi Osaka hammers Azarenka in Rome

Michael Stafford-Jones- 14/05/2018

Naomi Osaka set up a second-round clash with Simona Halep by obliterating Victoria Azarenka 6-0 6-3 at the Italian Open.

Stefanos Tsitsipas maintains excellent form in Estoril

Michael Stafford-Jones- 03/05/2018

Stefanos Tsitsipas fought back from a set down to beat Kevin Anderson in Estoril and continue his great run of form on clay in 2018.

Karolina Pliskova Reigns Over Kontaveit To Reach Stuttgart Final

Michael Stafford-Jones- 28/04/2018

Karolina Pliskova won 36 of 41 points on serve as she eased to victory over Anett Kontaveit in the semi-finals in Stuttgart.

Coco Vandeweghe Powers Past Garcia Into First Clay Final

Michael Stafford-Jones- 28/04/2018

Coco Vandeweghe performed superbly to dispatch Caroline Garcia 6-4 6-2 in Stuttgart and reach a final on clay for the first time.

Coco Vandeweghe Shines To Stun Halep In Stuttgart

Michael Stafford-Jones- 27/04/2018

Coco Vandeweghe played superbly to knock out World No.1 Simona Halep, while Caroline Garcia fought back to beat Elina Svitolina.

Angelique Kerber Avenges Fed Cup Loss To Kvitova In Stuttgart

Michael Stafford-Jones- 25/04/2018

Angelique Kerber thrashed Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-2, while Simona Halep fought back from a set down to beat Magdalena Rybarikova 4-6 6-2 6-3.

Maria Sharapova Knocked Out By Garcia In Stuttgart

Michael Stafford-Jones- 24/04/2018

Maria Sharapova lost her fourth straight match as Caroline Garcia fought back to beat the Russian 3-6 7-6(6) 6-4 in Stuttgart.

Great Britain Suffer Fed Cup Heartbreak In Japan

Michael Stafford-Jones- 22/04/2018

Great Britain lost their Fed Cup Play-Off 3-2 to Japan after defeat in the deciding doubles. Konta beat Osaka and Watson lost to Nara.

Johanna Konta Levels Fed Cup Play-Off After Osaka Beats Watson

Michael Stafford-Jones- 21/04/2018

Naomi Osaka beat Watson 6-2 6-3, then Johanna Konta levelled for Great Britain in the Fed Cup Play-Off with a 6-4 6-2 win over Nara.

Alexander Zverev fights back to beat Muller in Monte Carlo

Michael Stafford-Jones- 17/04/2018

Alexander Zverev came from a set down to beat Gilles Muller in Monte Carlo, while David Goffin won a tight clash with Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Kyle Edmund Thrashed By Andujar In First ATP Final

Michael Stafford-Jones- 15/04/2018

Kyle Edmund was defeated 6-2 6-2 by Pablo Andujar in the Marrakech final. The Brit will move up to a career-high world ranking of 23.

Garbine Muguruza can achieve ‘whatever she wants’, says Martinez

Michael Stafford-Jones- 12/04/2018

In a recent interview, Conchita Martinez said Garbine Muguruza is a 'great player' who can achieve 'many good things in the future'.

Kiki Bertens demolishes Goerges to win first Premier title

Michael Stafford-Jones- 09/04/2018

Kiki Bertens claimed her first WTA Premier title after thrashing Julia Goerges 6-2 6-1 in the final of the Volvo Car Open in Charleston.

Julia Goerges edges out Sevastova to reach Charleston final

Michael Stafford-Jones- 08/04/2018

Julia Goerges beat Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 6-3 in a closely-fought match to make it to her fifth WTA Premier final in Charleston.

Kiki Bertens reaches first Premier final after beating Keys in thriller

Michael Stafford-Jones- 08/04/2018

Kiki Bertens beat Madison Keys 6-4 6-7 7-6 in a thrilling semi-final in Charleston to book a place in her first WTA Premier final.