WTA 250 Tennis Jiangxi Monastir Transylvania

by Alain Chivilò

 

WTA 250. Three new winners between returns and novelty.

Jasmin Open Monastir, WTA 250, Tunisia

The final was quick in 1.11 H. The tournament was instead very interesting with players played their cards for victory until the end.

Elise Mertens, seeded no. 2, returns to victory in two sets 6/3, 6/0 against Jasmine Paolini, seeded no. 1, in a very intense final only in the first set.

Initial opportunities for both, break points won 3/5 Mertens 1/5 Paolini, 1st Serve % 69% Mertens 78% Paolini, 1st serve points won 67% Mertens 48% Paolini. Second set with a clear score but, the fight continued between Elise and Jasmin.

The interesting note of this tournament is the performance by the Italian players. Although the level was not absolute, it’s necessary to play and win to advance in the main draw. Three in the quarter-finals: in addition to Paolini, Lucia Bronzetti and Lucrezia Stefanini are worth mentioning. Victory in doubles, however, for Paolini / Errani, with the winning tricolor, as pair, after very long time.

In 1.33 H, the doubles match saw the victory by Sara Errani – Jasmine Paolini, down one set, in the decisiding set, 2/6, 7/6 (4), 10/6 vs Natalija Stevanovic – Mai Hontama in a thrilling final with high competitive spirit.

Jasmine Paolini is the tennis player with the highest performance for Italy, demonstrating good resilience throughout the season. In the last tournaments between Asia and Africa gave hard time to many colleagues. Martina Trevisan, after some interesting performances, has lost her way a little bit, while Lucia Bronzetti and Lucrezia Stefanini still have potential to be unleashed. To conclude, the stainless Sara Errani, with the Italico double, takes home another tournament and a unique satisfaction on a professional level.

Jiangxi Open, Nanchang, WTA 250 Cina

The tour of Asia in China, Korea and Japan ended after few years, presenting itself again and applying for the WTA Finals for the next seasons.

In Nanchang the players of the moment reconfirmed themselves throughout the tournament for lively tennis with an interesting play.

The queen of the Czech Republic and Jiangxi (although outside the top eight in single) is Katerina Siniakova who, after having obtained revenge in the semi-final, thinking to the final lost last week vs Fernandez, returned to victory beating her compatriot Marie Bouzkova.

3.33 hours of play, at the deciding set, for an intense final especially after the first set. In the opening, two break points from Bouzkova and a disunited Siniakova made the difference. In the second and third everything changes: a hard tough final, point to point, with breaks and breaks back to arrive, in balance, at two respective tie breaks. Katerina saved match points but is less fearful in the game and more in attack, leaving Marie to 5 and 4.

Katerina Siniakova, after a lost final, which perhaps she could have won without too many soliloquies on the court towards herself and her coach, demonstrates a valid and interesting tennis play, rediscovering freshness and liveliness. Winning, she lays foundations for next year. Marie Bouzkova, after winning two doubles tournaments with different players, was very close to lifting the trophy but, she was a little timid where the moment counted.

In doubles, second victory in Asia for the duo Zvonareva – Siegemund 6/4, 6/2 in 1.38 H vs Ninomiya – Hozumi.

Transylvania Open, Cluj-napoca, WTA 250 Romania

Another welcome return, especially for the host nation, was the final reached by Elena-Gabriela Ruse who I indicated on the occasion of her victory on clay, with the necessary ifs and buts, as the new Simona Halep. Since that match, however, the intensity of play in Ruse has alternated with more defeats than victories.

In the land of Dracula, however, the winner was the tennis player Tamara Korpatsch who, her first, in 1.52 H beats the home tennis player 6/3, 6/4. Two very balanced sets with the cooler German capitalizing on an extra break won.

In doubles, Teichmann – Burrage 6/1, 6/4 vs Strakhova – Jeanjean in 1.07 H, in a well-managed final.

The Women’s season, WTA 2023 is practically over.

There are 6 WTA 125 tournaments left from this week until December, the current WTA Elite Trophy and the WTA Finals in Cancun with the top eight of the season: Aryna Sabalenka, Iga Świątek, Coco Gauff, Elena Rybakina, Jessica Pegula, Ons Jabeur, Markéta Vondroušová and Karolína Muchová (Maria Sakkari). Without forgetting the 2023 Billie Jean King Cup finals.

The absolutely impossible women of Tennis salut, with a goodbye in Oceania between the end of December 2023 and January 2024.

 

©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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