Anna Popescu has been competing this past month in Monastir, Tunisia in four 15K pro events. The tour was successful as Anna attained her first singles ranking and further increased her doubles WTA rankings to #1200 and #620 respectively.
Jo Konta yesterday won her second title of the season when she defeated Caroline Wozniacki in Miami. This was Konta’s first ‘WTA Premier Mandatory’ level title (the highest level under the grand slams). A lot has been discussed in the media about the level of mental and emotional improvement Konta has reached in the past 18 months, (also by us The Mental Rise of Konta), but she has also improved her physical game a huge amount as well. One of these physical aspects is her relentless high baseline court position.
A little under 18 months ago, Australian born yet proudly British, Johanna Konta was ranked 150 in the WTA rankings. Fast forward to the end of the 2016 season and Konta has now made her way into the top 10 for the first time, only the 4th British woman ever to do so alongside; Virgina Wade, Sue Barker and Jo Durie.
This will be the third year that the WTA finals will be talking place in the city state that is Singapore. The showcase event has been purposely placed in the far east to try and encourage further growth in tennis for this area of the world.
Ludovico Sanna won the U16 and the U18 boys titles at the Chesham 1879 event last week. Ludovico is from Sardinia in Italy and is training with BETA as part of our Summer camp programme.
The Berkhamsted ladies’s NCL team have been promoted to the regional tier of the Aegon team tennis competition for the 2017 season.
Serena Williams won her 7th Wimbledon title a fortnight ago, 22nd overall and is now tied with Steffi Graf for the most titles in the open era. Is Serena now the best ever? To answer this question we will have to look a bit deeper into the records of each of the top contenders.
Anna Popescu won her first qualifying match in the 50K Women’s Pro event at Surbiton yesterday. The win gives Anna her first ranking point on the WTA tour.
There has been a lot of different aspects about stroke technique that have been discussed since tennis started. As the modern game has evolved it has become very clear that the strokes of the ATP stars have become slightly different to that of the WTA stars.
It was 2 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon the 6th April. BETA Academy player, Anna Popescu and I would shortly be leaving to Greece for 2 10K Pro tour events in Heraklion.