After almost seven years without a WTA title, Julia Görges is getting it in. She finishes the year with two straight titles, including the WTA Elite Trophy previously held by Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams in 2016 and 2015. The German didn’t drop a set all tournament (despite being 1-4 down in the opening set of the final against CoCo Vandeweghe) and is now ranked inside the top ten.
Emoji rating: Trophy, flexing biceps, flame, three German flags
The speedster hit a potential Hot Shot of the Year with this cheeky behind-the-back passing shot in Paris.
Here are five reasons why it’s that good:
First it was Sam Querrey. Then Kevin Anderson had a shot. Next, Pablo Carreno Busta’s US Open semifinal brought him into contention for the ATP Finals and then Juan Martin del Potro’s title in Stockholm and runner-up place in Basel made him the favourite. But it was ultimately Mr Jack Sock who claimed his place in London. That’s right, Jack Sock – who has beaten a higher ranked opponent just once en route to his three career ATP titles, and bombed in the first or second round of three Grand Slams this year.
Hey, as they say in American sports, “You can only take what the defense gives you.” And the defense was giving the gold medalist a whole lot last week.
Emoji rating: Shrugging man
After a forgettable Masters 1000 final, we’re now looking at a World Tour Finals field that, if you exclude Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal (the latter actually may pull out), has one Grand Slam champion and one runner-up place between them (Marin Cilic).
Emoji rating: Snowflake
Apologies for the negativity, but there’s no way around it: this was a bad week for tennis. The main tournaments of the week could have been sold as wild animal tranquilizers on www.petchemist.com they were that potently dull. Did anyone actually watch the WTA Elite Trophy? Judging by the stadium, no one in Zhuhai did. And why the heck was it on after the actual WTA finals in Singapore and not used as a curtain raiser for the main event? And on the men’s side, once Federer pulled out, was there any reason to watch Paris-Bercy (for the actual tournament, not the implication it would have on London)?
This is perhaps a larger point for another day, and probably deserves at least 2000 words to fully flesh it out, but tennis is struggling, man. The Serena-less women’s game is literally playing musical chairs for the No.1 spot, and the men’s game is relying on a guy who is 36-years-old to get people to watch. Maybe Novak and Serena will restore order next year, but you have to remember that they, too, are getting long in the tooth and won’t be around forever. 2018 needs Zverev, Kyrgios, Ostapenko and Muguruza to take the next step now more than ever.
Emoji rating: Skull
This is where it’s at.
Caroline Wozniacki got engaged:
— Caroline Wozniacki (@CaroWozniacki) November 3, 2017
Dominika Cibulkova is regrouping after a nightmare 2017 season:
And NK Rising is NK Balling:
Emoji rating: Envious face (…is there an envious face?)
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