WTA 2016 Player reviews. 16th to 25th

WTA 2016 Player reviews. 16th to 25th

16 – Elena Vesnina, Russia, Age – 30

2016 was arguably Vesnina’s finest season on tour, which is a remarkable achievement, given that she has played parts of 15 seasons now. She reached her 1st ever SF at a grand slam at Wimbledon, with a fine result. A Doubles Finalist appearance with Makarova in Roland Garros, will surely remain in her memory for some time also.

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Tennis betting tips: WTA tour review 2016

Tennis betting tips: WTA tour review 2016

Tennis betting tips for WTA tour review in 2016. After an astounding 2016 WTA tour, where the unthinkable become reality, Angelique Kerber of Germany usurped the champion American Serena Williams. Here is the first batch of individual reviews, in numerological order.

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Angelique Kerber, Germany, Age – 28
Melbourne became so much more than a flash in the pan for Kerber who started 2016 off in divine fashion, registering her first grand slam tournament win ever, by defeating her new arch-rival Serena Williams. She carried it on with a Finalist result at Wimbledon and her 2nd major title, the US Open, handing her the key to the summit of the world. She also won in Stuttgart for a 2nd time and had a handful of other fine Finalist results, including Olympic Silver at Rio and in the Finals in Singapore. 2017 will be tough as she will need to find equally good results to keep her points, although, she surely will be competitive in all she does. A stellar campaign, she should have a few more highlight years left in her memorable career.

Serena Williams, United States, Age – 35
Even though she did not dominate as usual, Serena can be proud of her 2016, which was highlighted by her 7th Wimbledon crown. Culminated with Finalist results in Melbourne, Roland Garros and other prestigious tournaments such as Rome and Indian Wells, Serena had a fine year, given her age and scaling back of tournament play. Coupled with those fine results, she added a 6th Wimbledon Doubles title with big sister Venus, which is an amazing achievement. Serena shows no signs of stopping her abbreviated schedule just yet, and will surely be competitive in all the tournaments she plays, though perhaps not as devastatingly dominant.

Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland, Age – 27
Aga had a fine season yet again, without finding a 1st major title, however the SF result in Melbourne was an equal best result on the surface. She did manage to add 3 titles to her glittering record, winning Shenzen, Beijing and Connecticut in fine fashion. Briefly, the pinup Polish star had a stay in 2nd place in the rankings and can find her way there again, with some good strong results in 2017. Given her style of game, a ball manipulator it is a fine achievement, every time she wins as, most of her opponents are overpowering. 2017, will be no different, as she strides towards that elusive grand-slam title, and perhaps it will be her season, as she can take inspiration from Kerber, who achieved all this in her age-28 season.

Simona Halep, Romania, Age – 25
Not unlike her Polish peer, Simona is yet to win a grand-slam title, while she is destined to do so before the end of her career. Halep had some fine performances this year, but for the first time since 2013 could not reach a SF in any of the 4 majors. She too though, added 3 tournaments to her resume, with the prestigious Madrid title her highlight, also winning Bucharest and Montreal. She will look to find a way to find better results in the majors in 2017, though her lack of power like Radwanska may continue to hamper these efforts. Overall, it was a productive year for the Romanian and 2017 will be no different, probably even more consistency as she gains experience.

Second part of tennis betting tips analysis

Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia, Age – 27
The real over-achiever of the season, ended on a super high note, by outclassing Kerber in Singapore, vaulting her to 5th to end the year. The diminutive Slovakian was super late in the year, and will have serious momentum heading into 2017, after winning Linz and then Singapore, the last 2 tournaments she played. She also won Katowice and Eastbourne, while finishing runner-up in Acapulco, Madrid and Wuhan, after not a single Finals appearance in 2015. She too is coming into her prime years, and can be very optimistic of good results continuing for the next few years, with plenty of room for improvement after making just 1 QF in the majors in the 11 since her 2014 Finalist result in Melbourne.

Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic, Age – 24
Her season was easily highlighted by the epic Finalist result she achieved in New York, as she came awfully close to spoiling Kerber’s #1 celebrations. Certainly, the highest ranked player who can improve the most, the young powerhouse is sure to continue her fine efforts, after the short offseason. She managed 2 titles in her break-out season with triumphs in Nottingham and Cincinnati, and Finalist results in Eastbourne, as well as the New York highlight. Probably a clear favourite to win her 1st grand slam title in 2017, out of those who are yet to win, this Czech has the game to be the #1 for a long period. No doubt, there will be hurdles and much hard work needed, and it all starts again in 2017.

Garbine Muguruza, Spain, Age – 23
It was a season that Garbine will never forget, as she hoisted the trophy in Roland Garros for the first time, though that seemed to put a halt to her successes for the season. She is the ultimate power player, who will definitely be a serious threat in many tournaments for many years to come. The giantess from Spain did not add any other titles to her trophy-room this year, but is a real talent and sure to bounce back in 2017, stronger than ever. Injuries, probably plagued her for the last few months of the season, thus a rest and some arduous fitness regimes will be beneficial in these quests.

Madison Keys, United States, Age – 21
Easily the youngest in the top 10, Keys had a stellar year on tour, and it is mind boggling to remember just how young she is, having already played several seasons at the highest level. Her 2016, was highlighted by a title in Birmingham and 2 Finalists results in Rome and Montreal, while making the 4th round in each of the majors. This will be her focus as she matures into a superstar, to perform at a higher standard in the major tournaments, as it is with all players. The Floridian, will benefit from an offseason, away from the game for a small period and some training, and is surely going to be a perennial top 10 member for a long time to come.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia, Age – 31
This evergreen Russian continues to compete at the highest level, and has now competed over a span of 16 seasons. Her 2016 was as good a year as she has had probably since 2013, although she managed just 2 4th round appearances at the big shows. Despite those mediocre results, she managed 2 titles, Moscow and Sydney and made the Final in Miami, probably the best effort of her year. There is no reason to think the Russian stalwart will slow down just yet, after all she managed to get to Singapore and compete in the lucrative Finals tournament.

Johanna Konta, Great Britain, Age – 25
Another who had a seriously good break-out campaign this year and is set to be a contender in the big tournaments for many years to come. Johanna had highlights of winning Stanford and a 2nd place in Beijing. The SF result in Melbourne, though shines as her finest achievement thus far, particularly given her close ties to the land down under. The Brit will be a big mover in 2017 and could even be 2nd behind Pliskova as next favourite to break through for a major title, though Keys is surely part of that conversation also.

Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic, Age – 26
Kvitova had a solid season, albeit well below her ceiling, which has seen her claim 2 Wimbledon titles, even before her prime years. She finished well, with a solid showing in Zhuhai, taking the 2nd tier Final title. Adding to her successes in China she won a 2nd title in Wuhan, and also found a 2nd place result in Luxembourg as she finished the year very well. Perhaps 2017 will see the maturation of Kvitova who has immense talent and has shown this at times throughout the last 7 or 8 seasons. Finally, she enjoyed a Bronze Medal performance in Rio, which will undoubtedly remain a fond memory.

Carla Suarez Nararro, Spain, Age – 28
2016 was a quietly very good year for the classy Spaniard, with a fine run in each of the 4 majors, highlighted by a QF in Melbourne. Other than this her only highlight was early on in Doha where she classily won the title, just the 2nd of her career, although she is very consistent. Overall, she was sometimes overlooked for a mention in effort or other times, she was simply overpowered by the younger, stronger talented players on this tough tour. A good season, all round, but it may be optimistic to think that she will be this high in the rankings, at the end of 2017.

Victoria Azarenka, Belarus, Age – 27
Another injury cruelled season, allowing her to operate in just 12 tournaments, highlighted by her run, in Melbourne where she managed a QF result. Melbourne is of course, her most successful venue having won the Open twice, in recent years. Early on in the year, it looked like the Azarenka of old, as she went on a tear, winning Brisbane, Indian Wells and Miami and rocketing back up the rankings. The back was the ailment this time around, and by all indications if she can remedy it, she can be a force again, which would be good for all of tennis and herself. She must remain positive, heading into 2017 after such a horror run of injuries, knowing that she has good years ahead and can find her best.

Elina Svitolina, Ukraine, Age – 22
The youngster from Ukraine, continued to improve all year and is quickly becoming a real force, with a top 10 spot beckoning, based on a solid all round game, and a real fighting spirit. She was consistent in the majors with a 4th round effort in Roland Garros, but is another who will improve as she gains maturity, at a very young age. The enticing Ukrainian won in Kuala Lumpur and then went on to be a Finalist in Connecticut and Zhuhai. The only way is up for this exciting Ukrainian, and she is sure to find herself deep in many of the big tournaments as soon as 2017. She joins a class of fine prospects from the tour to have built a launching pad, as they grow up on tour.

Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland, Age – 27
Timea won’t be overly satisfied with her 2016, after a stellar 2015 that left many believing she was a sure top 10 candidate, she faltered only managing to get past the 3rd round in 1 of the majors, the French where she went to the final 8. Other than this, she managed a Rabat title and not much more, unfortunately. The Swiss does have relative youth on her side though, as she too is entering her prime years, and could certainly claw her way back towards the top 10. She does face an awful lot of obstacles though, as she lacks any real power in her game, and is often blown away by some of the young lasses.

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WTA Hong Kong 2016

WTA Hong Kong 2016

Recently crowned world number 1 Angelique Kerber heads the field in Hong Kong this week, with other highly credentialed players such as Venus Williams, Samantha Stosur, Johanna Konta and Caroline Wozniacki all sure to make it a special week. Kerber will surely advance to at least the QF stage, where she may face Gavrilova of Australia or Siniakova of Czech Republic.

Samantha Stosur was ousted early by Japanese player Nao Hibino, 6-3 6-4 and she will now meet Kristina Mladenovic of France who impressed against Slovenian qualifier Jakupovic. Her Doubles partner Caroline Garcia the 6th seed will face Mattek-Sands, in an intriguing matchup, with the Frenchwoman the clear favorite after 2 recent wins against the American. Read more