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.
Just guessing. But you’d have to think a memo went out for this year’s iconic WTA Tour Finals group shot that the colour scheme was red, black, white.
Perhaps “knee-length” also was mentioned.
And most of the players seemed to go along. Although first-timer Elina Svitolina missed the memo on both the colour scheme, and the length. But as glamorous as she looks, and being a rookie, she gets a mulligan.
Caroline Wozniacki went rogue with – gasp!! – pants! But given the Dane had all three colours covered, she also gets a pass.
Stubbs, now 46, was a bit too mercurial to be a consistent singles player (she peaked at No. 64). But she had a glorious career as a pure serve-volley doubles star that lasted from 1986 to 2011 and included four Olympics and 60 titles.
It’s surprising she hasn’t gotten into the coaching game – even temporarily – before this.
“I don’t like that I had to be the one,” said Krunic, who bowed after the win. “I want to apologize that this was not the result you guys were all hoping for. When I’ll go to the locker probably I will cry but so far, I’m trying to stay tough.”
The Czech lefty, who lost to Venus Williams in a dazzling quarterfinal at the US Open, has pulled out of Tokyo next week. Next up is Wuhan, which she has won twice and where she is the defending champion.