No surprise, WTA Tour Finals champion Caroline Wozniacki was named the WTA Tour’s Player of the Month for October.
And there was a deserving win for the under-the-radar Magdalena Rybarikova for Shot of the Month, after she hit three or four shorts worthy of the moniker in a single point in Linz against Barbora Strycova.
The WTA Tour has some interesting ideas about what fans want to see from their players, as they try to promote them off the court.
So in the grand scheme of the “put a cracker on your forehand and try to get it in your mouth without using your hands” experiment at last year’s WTA Tour Finals in Singapore, getting Karolina Pliskova to try to draw various objects blindfolded probably isn’t the worst idea they’ve ever had.
Martina Navratilova’s take on the emphasis switch in recent years from the weekly tournaments to the majors might help explain why so many players are having consistency issues.
“You can’t say ‘I don’t mind what happens after you lose a match’, and say ‘I just want to be sure I’m 100 per cent for the French Open. … This is not a warm-up event. … So take a little more pride in the Tour because without that, you’ve got nothing,” Navratilova told the WTA Insider podcast.
“The warm-up is the practice. The practice week or exhibition is the warm-up”.
The 2017 Hengqin Life WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai (rolls right off the tongue, doesn’t it?) field was finalized Wednesday.
Two Grand Slam champions, Sloane Stephens and Angelique Kerber, will be there.
Also competing will be Kristina Mladenovic, Coco Vandeweghe, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasija Sevastova, Elena Vesnina, Julia Goerges, Ashleigh Barty, Magdalena Rybarikova, Barbora Strycova and wild card Shuai Peng.
Barty and Vesnina are playing doubles in Singapore this week.
Missing among those technically eligible are Svetlana Kuznetsova, Madison Keys and … Serena Williams.