Kerber Survives First Match As No. 1, Faces Kvitova Wednesday In Wuhan; Wozniacki v Radwanska
by Staff | September 27th, 2016, 3:28 pm
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In her first match as a No. 1 player, Angelique Kerber had to come from a set down to earn victory. Kerber dropped the first then rallied to defeat France’s Kristina Mladenkovic 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4 in the opening round at Wuhan.

“Kiki was playing very well today, especially in the first set. I was trying to come back in the second,” Kerber said. “The first match is always tough. But I’m happy to be back in China and to have won my first match here.

“I was trying to play more aggressive, more my tennis, moving a little bit better.”

Kerber will meet fellow 2-time Slam champion Petra Kvitova. The Czech destroyed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1.

“It’s always a tough battle against Petra. I’m looking forward,” Kerber said of Kvitova. “I mean, here we have a new tournament, a new day tomorrow. I have to play better than today, for sure. I will try my best to go out there to win the match. But I will have to play my one of my best tennis tomorrow against her.”

Jelena Jankovic ousted French Open champion and No. 2 seed Garbine Muguruza.

Madison Keys also was a winner as were defending champion Venus Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska.

Venus will now meet Kuznetsova on Wednesday. The 36-year-old who won the title last year rolled over Yulia Putinseva 6-3, 6-2.

“I haven’t played in three weeks. When you have a lot of experience, the first match, you never feel like guns ready to go as you might feel in the finals,” Williams said. “At least you know what you’re doing well, what you need to improve. You’re ready to do it.

Radwanska gets a rematch with the streaking Wozniacki.

“We always play good matches, so I’m not expecting it to be easy. We just played three hours in Tokyo so we could have another battle in front of us,” Radwanska said.

Wozniacki has won her last seven matches and she reached the US Open semifinals earlier this month.

“It’s been clicking for me, probably for about a month and a half now,” Wozniacki said. “Even before the US Open, for about a month, I felt really good during practice. It just took me a little bit to get that out when I was playing matches.”


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40 Comments for Kerber Survives First Match As No. 1, Faces Kvitova Wednesday In Wuhan; Wozniacki v Radwanska

RZ Says:

Muguruza needs to get it together. Too much talent to keep losing in the first and second rounds.


AndyMira Says:

@RZ..In your opinion,what’s really the matter with Garbine?Pressure?Expectation?We’ve seen it before with Schiavone,Stosur,Ivanovic who just fades away after bagged a single slam..I like garbine’s style of play..very aggressive..It’s a shame if she couldn’t keep it together right now..She’s so talented..


AndyMira Says:

Moderation?Why?I thought my post was innocent enough..


Van Persie Says:

AM,

I had some problems on Monday and yesterday. My posts were not going through, I was not even moderated. Perhaps Tennis X has some techinical issues with the filters. I contacted Tennis X via email, cuz I thought I was banned, but they explained me yesterday what happened and fixed the problem with my moniker. Some posts of mine were just tests from my side.


AndyMira Says:

Oh really VP?I’m really really glad it seems okay now..Btw..i left something unimportant on your fb..Hope it will cheer you up today..He he..


Van Persie Says:

AM,

Thanks. Just wanted to find an explanation for you, why you were perhaps moderated. :)


AndyMira Says:

Oh..Okay VP..Thank you for your explanation Okay?I get the picture now..


RZ Says:

@AM – I really don’t know. With some of those players you mentioned, there were different issues. Stosur has always had issues with her nerves. Schiavone was a good claycourt player who had a couple of good runs at the French Open and won it one year when there was a depleted field (poor Stosur had done all the work taking out the favorites only to lose to Schiavone). Also Stosur and Schiavone were in the second half of their careers when they won their slams. It’s still early but right now Murugurza’s post-slam arc is looking closer to Ivanovic’s. I really hope this isn’t the case. She’s young and has time to battle her nerves (if that’s the problem) and work on her consistency.


RZ Says:

Interesting…my reply to AM is awaiting moderation even though it’s also innocent. Maybe there’s something about the combination of players’ names?


AndyMira Says:

@RZ!!Finally your precious answer!!Yeah,it is innocent enough..maybe like VP said,it’s nothing to do with our post actually but more to do with filters or system on TX,whatever it is..anyway,yeah..agree with you RZ..i really really wish that Garbine will solve her problem soon..we need more talented and consistent player in WTA to form big 3 or 4 or like in ATP..somehow in WTA,the excitement to watch a semi or final is not the same like we want to see in ATP..maybe because lack of consistency or calibre from the players..At one time,we thought Genie would fulfill this gap with her on court persona and potential but alas!it was not meant to be..


RZ Says:

Interesting thing about Genie – even when she was doing really well, there were some tennis commentators who didn’t think her game was all that good. I think she did a great job of taking advantage of softer draws and fighting it out to go deep in slams. We’ll see if she can get back up there. It’s sad that some of her contemporaries who have so much potential have had injury or consistency issues. I’m thinking of Monica Puig and Laura Robson.

Overall consistency seems to be an issue, and really it’s why Angelique Kerber is now the #1 player. If Halep, Radwanska, Kvitova, and Pliskova – along with Muguruza – could be more consistent, we would have a stacked top 10 and exciting tournaments each week.


jalep Says:

…yes and Azarenka. Maybe she comes back to the tour after the baby.

Radwanska is fairly consistent compared to 2015. Helluva match Kvitova beating Kerber this morning! Woke up in time to watch set 2 and 3.

Petra had more fight and energy in that match than I’ve seen since she won Fed Cup for Czech R. That was a massive effort. Interesting to see how she does vs Konta. Konta vs Suarez-Nararro match went the distance too.

Wuhan Quarterfinals nearly set:
Kvitova v Konta
Radwanska v mighty Kuznetsova
Halep v Keys
and
Strycova or Jankovic v Cibulkova or Pliskova

It’s all going to be good!


jalep Says:

Then there’s Tashkent, Uzbekistan, for 280 points going on, don’t anybody forget.

That was a bracket with nothing, absolutely nothing certain, except maybe Donna Vekic losing to Kateryna Kozlova first round because she (Donna) stayed too late at a St. Petersburg disco the night or day before.

Wishing Kristyna Pliskova to keep winning.


Danica Says:

Way to go JJ!!!


jalep Says:

lol, JJ, Danica :)

I have no idea what’s driving her these days but she’s winning! She can beat Strycova. Wouldn’t it be crazy if she made the final?!


jalep Says:

In fact, going deep in Wuhan and Beijing would put her up next to Kvitova and Wozniacki in the race. She’d probably like to go to the year end tournament in Zhuhai – Jelena Jankovic to make Zhuhai again!
http://www.wtatennis.com/SEWTATour-Archive/Archive/Draws/2015/1081.pdf


RZ Says:

@Jalep and Danica – I’ve always liked JJ. She’s a lot of fun to watch play. And the rare player who actually smiles during matches.


jalep Says:

Can’t believe how much money is to be had by making the cut to Zhuhai, the secondary Final, RZ.

That’s got to be driving JJ, it would me, if tennis was my job!

From now to the Finals deadline, Kuznetsova is defending 470 points in Moscow, Radwanska has points to defend, and so does JJ. Venus will lose points going out early in Wuhan. Muguruza is the defending Champ in Beijing next week with the most to lose – 1000. Garbine needs a miracle. Race to Shanghai and Zhuhai is big, big ….points and money…the chance to get set up and seeded well for AO.


Wog Boy Says:

RZ,

I am glad you don’t understand Serbian, Andy is baby compare to JJ when she lets it fly…swearing, I always feel bad for her brother since he is always on the receiving end, but he is used to it:)


skeezer Says:

Like I have always said, RF is GOAT. And as time passes on, he will stand out even more on top his peers. Wilander is the latest to hail the GOAT:
This news comes about when RF is not even playing on the tour. His approbation continues..

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/roger-federer-best-ever-while-rafael-nadal-most-competitive-says-mats-wilander-1583656

Note his kudos to Nadal, which I would not disagree.


Wog Boy Says:

^^
What that has to do with this thread or maybe Roger is having sex change and coming back in January as WTA player?
That’ll be right;)


skeezer Says:

^^^ jealous much? Jealous alot. It shows.


Wog Boy Says:

^^^
You didn’t answer the question, what that has to do with this thread?
Is he trying to unify ATP and WTA the GOAT titles after sex change?


skeezer Says:

^you can’t try to joke your way out of a fact.
This is worthy of any tennis thread. Got something better, like elbow problems?


Wog Boy Says:

^^
You are yet to answer my question, what this has to do with THIS thread?

Besides, I am not joking, I have inside information that he is doing sex change in order to unify titles. Considering his physique and ballerina style he can do pretty well on WTA tour for next 3 to 4 years which will be enough to unify titles.


skeezer Says:

Interesting you are so informative on the subject a such an outlandish accusation. Why? Are you into Ballerinas and sex changes? Care to share?


skeezer Says:

If you are so upset with ANOTHER player praising RF as GOAT, just bring your beef to them. I am but the messenger….


Wog Boy Says:

There is nothing wrong with sex changes, it’s personal choice, you shouldn’t be so upset that your man (future woman) is doing it, you should be proud of him (her) and new records that he will achieve and filling his wiki page even with more records, if that ls possible?
Now go and celebrate this great news …but don’t forget to feed the cats first..


skeezer Says:

Nothing wrong at all, are you considering this? You seem very interested in the topic as per yiur research. Pardon me, I thought you were just trying the usual diss on Fed, but to each there own. Good luck in your new endeavor!


Wog Boy Says:

I’ll wait and see how Roger(ina) will do his (her) new endeavor and will make up my mind then, I’ll keep you informed if I decide to follow Roger(ina) example darling, we might even end up..dating and…you never know darling..


Wog Boy Says:

Ok, let me recapitulate this WTA thread since I have things to do and have to go,:

EVERYBODY listen now, go back and read that extremly important and worthy link about what Wilander said, it has been posted on WTA thread for a reason (though nobody knows the reason) and has to be read and repeated ten times each night before you go to bed, that’s evening prayer for St Roger(ina) worshippers.

Start now and don’t try to cheat because I will know if you are cheating, ten times, remember.

Now I have to go to pack up, it’s a long way to Europe.


skeezer Says:

Ok, same here, very busy and lmany thngs to do, long trip to Hawaii coming up myself. But GOAT news is better than no news…unless your elbow hurts of course…


Okiegal Says:

Got back from my vacation today….gone 4 weeks…..the changing of the guard at the tomb of the Unknown soldier was so awesome and Niagara Falls topped the list of what impressed me the most. Loved DC…..that is where all the lying politicians hang out…..so they say, but don’t think much is going on there except lots of hot air! Sick of campaign 2016, be glad when it is over!


Okiegal Says:

Skeezer, enjoy your trip.


AndyMira Says:

@Okie..Welcome back ma’am..Hope you comeback happy and fresh..Err..i got a hunch that you’re very much missed and LIKES and LOVED by most people..Is my hunch right or wrong ma’am?He he..


J-Kath Says:

WB

Hope U enjoy your visit to the 2nd best country in the UK-NI (she says bravely hoping a certain poster is not listening).

Welcome back Okie…just in time for more Hillary vs Trumpie debates – I’m waiting for the moment when they physically attack each other. God save America.


elina Says:

St. Federer is overer.

Mats has always had a man crush on St Roger. Nothing new.

The differences between big four is marginal.

IMO Djokovic, Nadal and st Roger now third in the goat race.

Pfft shamoon nailed it lmao


Willow Says:

Elina and Skeezer remind me of Ross and Rachel in Friends “WE WERE ON A BREAK ! NO WE WERENT ! LOL ….


lakie Says:

Both ATP and WTA are going through a lean patch where old ones are still around but there are no new ones to replace them. This may well continue indefinitely as the new gen is probably ADD and will never have the consistency and dedication of the Big Four. Too much money too so not enough hunger…


Willow Says:

Welcome back Okie, glad you enjoyed your trip, just to let you know nothings changed on this rotten forum lol ….

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