WTA Diary: Exos, Xmas Cards & Play-Offs
Published December 17, 2012 01:48
Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers... catch up on it all in this week's WTA Diary.
The season may be over, but that doesn't mean the racquets of the WTA's great and good are now just sitting at the bottom of a cupboard gathering dust. If they're not at hard at work on the practice court, then they're busy tuning up for January on the exhibition circuit.
In the last week or so, Venus Williams, Heather Watson, Sabine Lisicki - as well as former favorites Kim Clijsters, Amélie Mauresmo and Lindsay Davenport - have been strutting their stuff in Antwerp, London and the Bahamas.
The most high-profile of these events was Kim's 'Thank You' Games in Antwerp, which saw Clijsters (surprise!) take on Williams in both singles and doubles.
While the aforementioned names were entertaining the crowds in Europe and beyond, a few of the WTA's less familiar names had more serious business to attend to, namely Australian Open wildcard play-offs.
This past weekend, in Melbourne, World No.334 Bojana Bobusic upset the odds, and three higher-ranked opponents, to reach the main draw at her home Slam. Over in Atlanta, 17-year-old Madison Keys took the USTA's spot with wins over Alexa Glatch and Mallory Burdette.
Counting Down The Days
After their successes over the weekend Bobusic and Keys will be eagerly anticipating the start of 2013. And they are not the only ones. Kristina Mladenovic and Kimiko Date-Krumm finished the year with a bang and despite being at different stages of their respective career paths, have plenty to look forward to.
Who's That Girl?
As impressive as Kimiko and Kristina's surges were, they don't hold a candle to the feats of Annika Beck in 2012, who won 62 matches and jumped over 150 places up the rankings. But just who is the upwardly mobile 18-year-old?
If you can avert your eyes from the horrifically crowbarred pun for a few seconds, you will be pleased to hear that the WTA has unveiled its latest WTA $125 event. The tournament will be staged in Cali, Colombia, and come just one week after the International in Bogotá.
Vote Vika (or Serena)
As the nights draw in and the tennis players start playing exos, you know that award season is upon us. And this year you have the chance to help to help two of the WTA's finest secure the United States Sports Academy's Female Athlete of the Year title.
Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams are both up for the gong, so vote here.
The United States Sports Academy doesn't hand out an award for best Christmas card. But, if they did, Petra Kvitova would win it hands down.