by Alain Chivilò
WTA 1000. Guadalajara Open Akron presented by Santander 2023.
The atmosphere of the Guadalajara tournament is always unique. Since it was scheduled in recent years it has provided positive vibes and atmospheres but, above all, an interesting play between different players.
The tennis week was very interesting.
Let’s start with the Italian players who performed very well between singles and doubles. Martina Trevisan, with fewer facial expressions, reached the Quarter Finals, losing in the decisive set vs the American revelation who then reached the final. Camila Giorgi in the Round of 16 losing against the winner of the tournament. Jasmine Paolini lost in the second round vs her compatriot Trevisan but, she reached the semi-final with Mayar Sherif, losing at the deciding set in doubles.
The new name as a result is the American Caroline Dolehide in her first final in a WTA 1000. Twenty-five years old, with her first important result. Interesting physical condition and tactical – game stability. Important development of her potential. To be checked in this final of the season.
The other American Sofia Kenin is returning. After a final she reached the semi-final. She appeared in frustration during the game and a little restless, not realizing her potential as she is returning after a serious injury.
The woman in charge is Maria Sakkari, returned to victory after a long period of time. She confirms last year’s final but, this year she wins. In San Diego she had demonstrated a good condition which has now been confirmed in Mexico. A Maria already known for her tennis and character but, this time she didn’t break any rackets and the victory came. To be verified in the next tournaments but, a certain incisiveness in the shots and in the management of the match have returned to previous levels.
In the final 7/5, 6/3 in 1.43 H vs Caroline Dolehide, a match played aggressively with opportunities not fully exploited. First set tough, second set more clinical with the American not incisive as in the opening set.
In doubles Elise Mertens / Storm Sanders (in Hunter) in the decisive set and down a set 3/6, 6/2, 10/4 vs Gabriela Dabrowski / Erin Routliffe.
A Caliente atmosphere in Guadalajara 2023. In a month Acapulco. Next tournament? Still to be checked.
©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo