WTA China South Korea ATP China 2023

by Alain Chivilò


ATP 1000. Shanghai. WTA 500 – 250. Hong Kong, Seoul, Zhengzhou. 2023

A summary look at three Women’s and one Men’s tournaments on the Asia Tennis tour, the first after the 2020-2022 pandemic period.

In several matches between Women and Men the trend is to unload and unleash all the power and depth of the shots when the set or tie break enter the decisive moments. Hold serving, maybe try to get some break points and then at 4-4 / 5-4 / during the tie break give everything. A technique that can bring benefits but, in the long run everyone trains like this and it can happen your luck turns out to be bad luck and vice versa.

ATP 1000. Shanghai.

Hubert Hurkacz, the tournament’s 16th seed, returns to victory in 2.06 H vs Andrey Rublev: 6/3, 3/6, 7/6 (8).

Opening set and second with the same trend. Hurkacz with a break point achieved, Rublev in copy. The deciding set was balanced and played: the only chances of breaking were saved. The tie break was inevitable and gave further balance and favorable moments to both.

Hubert played with an effect play after a long time. Andrey is always close to winning then loses, but he gets a final.

Among the other opponents, interesting performances by Grigor Dimitrov, Sebastian Korda, Nicolas Jarry. The eliminations of Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz caused a sensation between Italy and Spain but, in contemporary tennis a top condition remains at its maximum for two weeks.

In doubles, Granollers/Zeballos 7/5, 2/6, 10/7 vs Bopanna/Ebden in 1.22 H.

WTA 500 Zhengzhou – WTA 250 Seoul, Hong Kong. Except in Korea, two endings alternating in the game, in the score, in the tension, in the nervousness, in the approach on the field. Moments of joy, moments of irony and darkness, almost to the point of hatred.

Zhengzhou. A Chinese tennis player manages to win at home at the penultimate opportunity. In the deciding set Qinwen Zheng down a set 2/6, 6/2, 6/4 vs Barbora Krejcikova in 2.26 H.

The opening set won by Krejcikova was indeed very close but, three break points won against one made the difference. From the second, the desire to win at home for Qinwen matured. No break points allowed, while in the deciding set there was great balance and alternation in scoring between breaks and breaks back. In the end one more is enough for Qinwen Zheng’s victory.

Among the opponents here too, interesting performances from Daria Kasatkina and Jasmine Paolini and the qualifiers Laura Siegemund and Lesia Tsurenko.

In doubles Dabrowski/Routliffe 6/2, 6/4 vs Aoyama/Shibahara in 1.11 H.

WTA 250 Hong Kong

Compelling final with Leylah’s return to victory after the final at the US Open 2021 against a rediscovered in play Katerina.

Leylah Annie Fernandez 3/6, 6/4, 6/4 vs Katerina Siniakova in 2.49 H. A strange final where Siniakova seems to have missed an opportunity with endless soliloquies with herself and her coach, trainer. Fernandez had the merit of not following her opponent while playing.

Overall, break points won 5/14 for Fernandez (36%), 5/18 for Siniakova (28%). The difference lies in the second and third sets with Fernandez ready to seize the opportunities.

Among the opponents Martina Trevisan, Anna Blinkova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Sara Sorribes Tormo.

In doubles Tang/Tsao 7/5, 1/6, 11/9 vs Kalashnikova/Sasnovich in 1.34 H.

WTA 250 Seoul

A tournament with new names except the number one seed who won.

Jessica Pegula 6/2, 6/3 vs Yue Yuan in 1.24 H. One-sided match with some attempts by Yue to come back but, Jessica controlled and closed. Yuan is demonstrating interesting potential to be verified.

Among the opponents Yanina Wickmayer, Emina Bektas, Marie Bouzkova and Polina Kudermetova.

In doubles Mattek-Sands/Bouzkova 6/3, 6/1 vs Khromacheva/Wu in 1.03 H.

In a nutshell, this was Tennis week. Now a new week. Last two tournaments between Women and Men in Asia. Tennis players are returning to Europe, with the Finals getting closer to ending another professional season.


©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

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