Tennis commentator and former WTA World No.5 Jo Durie – a two-time Grand Slam singles semifinalist and two-time major doubles champion – gives her picks for Charleston 2019.
WTA Staff
March 30, 2019

Jo Durie gives advice on who you should pick this week for WTA Fantasy Tennis.

Kiki Bertens (Getty Images)

Kiki Bertens

 

“Kiki Bertens won the title last year, and it’s always a great feeling to return to a tournament as defending champion. On top of that she’s obviously a very good clay courter and will be very happy to be back on her preferred surface. She has looked strong lately, won some really tough matches, and is firmly in the Top 10. She’ll be keen to keep that momentum going.”

 

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Caroline Wozniacki, Miami Open, Miami

Caroline Wozniacki

 

“Clay might not be Caroline Wozniacki’s best surface, but she’s a former champion at Charleston and I think she will be very motivated this week. We haven’t seen as much of her this year, due to health issues, but she’s definitely still got it and still wants it, badly – otherwise she wouldn’t keep competing. She usually plays a lot, so Charleston is a chance to play catch-up on her season.”

 

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Sloane Stephens (Getty Images)

Sloane Stephens

 

“I keep thinking, ‘this is going to be Sloane’s week’, because she’s really one of the best players out there when everything clicks – the mental, the physical, the emotional. We haven’t seen the best of her so far in 2019 and I am kind of waiting for her to launch herself onto the season. She won the title on the green clay here a couple of years ago, likes the surface and she has every chance of winning it again.”

 

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After splitting from Lindsay Davenport last June and trialling David Taylor afterwards, Madison Keys ended up hiring Jim Madrigal, the former coach of ATP player Tennys Sandgren, in December (Getty)

Madison Keys

 

“Madison Keys is in a similar situation to Stephens – she’ll win a few matches, be looking on track and then suddenly come to a full stop. But she’s a former finalist at Charleston – and actually, even though she plays a power game, I think she quite likes a slower court as it allows her to hit through the ball. She likes the environment and that might help her put in another strong run here.”

 

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Outsider Pick

Belinda Bencic

“Belinda Bencic did fantastically well at Indian Wells after winning the title at Dubai, showing she’s really getting back to her best. She’s fantastic to watch on all surfaces, and as long as her body holds up I expect this progress to continue. Depending on how the draw pans out, I think she could be a real contender in Charleston this week.”

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