This is a young and big tournament in the WTA circuit. It started in 2014, with Petra Kvitova winning the first edition and also the third one. This will be the fourth edition of the Wuhan Open, with almost every top player present at the start, the only big absence being Elina Svitolina.
The fight for the world’s number one rank is still ongoing, with Muguruza having the chance to widen the gap between her and Halep and with Pliskova also looking to gain more points.
For Halep, this will be a tough one: she needs to defend 350 ranking points (that means reaching the semifinals), but if she wins and Garbine is sent off in the early rounds, she will finally become #1 – Halep will add 550 points. If Halep is defeated in the early rounds and Pliskova advances, the Romanian will drop to number 3. Very complicated.
For live streaming, you can go to WTA TV (paid) but you can also check Tennisfans.tv for free live streams.
The players to look out for in Wuhan are, in fact, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Ostapenko. The Danish won her first title of the year in Tokyo and also defeated Muguruza in a categoric manner (6-2, 6-0), while Ostapenko won in Seoul, with the mention that the Latvian faced only players outside the Top 50. Even so, snatching a second career title (after a Grand Slam!) must be a morale boost for the young Jelena.
The prize money/points for Wuhan:
In total there are 8 female competitors with a shot at claiming the title from the current #1, Karolina Pliskova. Other players who will be competing to dethrone her are the world no.2 Simona Halep, Wimbledon champion Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina with the most titles from the tour, former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, British No.1 Johanna Konta, 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova and the only two-time finalist of the year, Venus Williams.
Pliskovas lead as the world number one is by no means substantial. She holds a mere five points over Simona Halep. This season, Pliskova will try to retain as much as 1300 points she gained last year as a finalist.
The battle for the number 1 doubles ranking will also be decided in a couple of weeks. If the new number 1 Lucie Safarova and partner Barbora Strycova make their way into the final, they have a good chance of claiming the title.
Their main major opponents for the title will be Martina Hingis and partner
Chan Yung-jan, and Ekaterina Makarova/Elena Vesina.
The ways things currently stand, team Makarova/Vesina must get into the final to have any chance at claiming the top spot; provided that Safarova does not reach the QF. If she does however, they would have to win the final, not that there was any less incentive for that in the first place.
Meanwhile, Hingis and Partner, Yung-jan are facing longer odds. Not only must they win the title, they would also require a loss before the round of 16 for Safarova.
The live streaming will be available on tennisfans.tv.
This year’s US Open will be the last chance for Tennis players to win a Grand Slam. And if past events are anything to go by, the venue at Flushing Meadows has favorable odds for the top-end players. In fact, in the past decade or so, Marin Cilic is the only player outside of the top six seeds to have won the event.
However, given that Cilic’s victory is an isolated occurrence, we can feel confident about the seeding area. Surprise Grand Slam winners are still very much considered a rarity even if we will not be seeing the likes of Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka or Nishikori. Men’s Grand Slams hardly ever end up that way.
The forecast for New York appears to be hospitable.
The weather is expected to be bright and sunny with a mean temperature in the mid-20s C. As long as we do not see a temperature spike for week 2, it is best for players to keep away from the excessive heat that has affected the area before. They can be severe enough to cause players to retire even during an early round.
The speed of the court here is considered to be medium-slow. It is not expected to have much of an effect on a player genre.
In spite of a comprehensive loss to Alexander Zverev in Montreal, there is little to doubt Federer’s form. His calendar year record stands at 35-3, way beyond any other competitor on the tour and is yet to be beaten in Grand Slams.
Federer is 36 years old now but over the past 12 months, his performance on hard court has been nothing short of spectacular, only trailing Murray by 1.7% on service points and return points combined. Unfortunately, Andy Murray will not compete in the 2017 edition of the US Open, a thing which makes Federer the big favourite.
To catch the action live, there are several options:
US Open official live scores on the USOpen site.
US Open live streaming on Tennisfans.tv (the site is ads clean, but I am not sure if they will put up live links, but they tend to do so when it comes to Grand Slams)
US Open live stream option 2 on VipBox – the downside is that the site is full of ads.
After a decisive victory over Coco Vandeweghe at the Rogers Cup Agnieszka Radwanska made it clear she was well past her injury-related struggles of the 2017 season with a strong positive start in the US Open Series.
Following her victory over Coco Vandeweghe in Toronto, the 2014 Rogers Cup champion Agnieszka Radwanska spoke about her struggles with injury, getting married and launching her new biography.
She revealed that in addition to tennis-related injuries, she had also had to be treated for viral infections and weight loss. When Wimbledon was over she had required injections and further treatment for an injury on her foot which had persisted for over a year.
The news has not been all bad though. Radwanska married longtime boyfriend and hitting partner, Dawid Celt. Their wedding was attended by fellow WTA stars Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki.
“I had a really good wedding planner,” Radwanska said of the wedding, “so I can thank her for doing everything for me. I didn’t have to do much. I got to wear sneakers at the end of the wedding, so I went from high heels, then lower and lower, to finally running shoes!”
Regarding her newly released biography, Radwanska said she wanted it to be as clear a portrayal of her life as possible. “I just wanted to show people my personality, on and off the court, and how difficult this life is,” she said, “I think some people can’t really imagine how it is to be here. It’s not
about one match, but the whole day you spend working towards it and all the time since we were kids. I was trying to explain everything in the book, what pro sports are really like from every angle. I didn’t avoid any questions because I wanted to be honest about everything.”