WTA Elite Zhuhai ATP 500 Wien Basel

by Alain Chivilò

 

ATP 500 Wien and Basel. WTA Trophy Elite Zhuhai.

Erste Bank Open, Vienna, ATP 500, Austria.

His Majesty Jannik Sinner. A royal tournament for the Italian tennis player who managed and dominated at a superlative level along the week.

It was written how tennis is expressing itself in important points by releasing shots at full strength, with power, incisiveness and intensity in moments such as 3-3, 4-3, 5-5 and tie breaks. Jannik Sinner was skilled, clinical and careful in succeeding in his aim, giving his opponents only one set right in the final.

The first Italian with the most victories in a season (56 in Vienna), surpassing Corrado Barazzutti (54), Sinner played a week at his best and in top condition. Patient, attentive, cold and winning, he won the fourth final of 2023, the tenth victory in his career.

In 2019, at the Next Generation ATP Finals he demonstrated the qualities and talent that are being seen year after year.

In Vienna in 3.04 H, Jannik Sinner 7/6 (7), 4/6, 6/3 vs Daniil Medvedev. The n. 2 seed against the n. 1 seed.

Balanced opening set with breaks and breaks back. Higher first serve percentage for Sinner. At the tie break Sinner’s intensity prevails. Second set with Medvedev more incisive who advances two breaks, Sinner shortens but, Daniil takes the final to the deciding set. Jannik more incisive: 14 break points of which two were made. Medvedev shortens but, the blue thread of victory belongs to the Italian.

Daniil Medvedev proves to be a formidable and tough opponent. Always present, today however there was little to do vs a Jannik Sinner in format n. 1

Italy will have many victories to rejoice with perhaps some all-Italian finals if their teammates return to high levels.

In doubles, in 1.34 H, Ram – Salisbury 6/4, 5/7. 12/10 vs Lammons – Withrow with great fight along the three sets.

Huafa Technology WTA Elite Trophy, Zhuhai, China

The green gold week by the player Beatriz Haddad Maia. In singles and doubles she played with the energy, intensity and will of number one. Two trophies won and great expectations for 2024, after a less than brilliant year. It was Winter and Spring 2022 when Beatriz highlighted all the potential personally grasped tournament after tournament. In the United Kingdom (WTA 250 Nottingham, Birmingham) two victories, in Canada a lost final and then little by little the performance was no longer maintained at high levels.

In Zhuhai, among the twelve not ranked for the Finals, since 2019 due to the pandemic, today 2013 the sixth edition of the WTA Elite Trophy returned.

In the final Beatriz Haddad Maia in 2.52 H, 7/6 (11), 7/6 (4) vs Qinwen Zheng.

A hard-fought match. When Beatriz seemed to be winning, Qinwen recovered. When Zheng seemed to win, Haddad Maia recovered to. A break and break back to reach the tie break, until an ace on the line from the Brazilian to conclude the set vs the Chinese.

In the second, alternation of breaks and breaks back, two on each side, with 40% of first service for Qinwen Zheng, arriving again at the tie break easily closed by Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Qinwen Zheng, already winner of a tournament in China, lacked some competitive energy perhaps spent in the semi-final vs Zhu, while Beatriz Haddad Maia opened the carnival with a sambadrome performance. We’ll see if the performances remain at this intensity, when the season opens in January.

In doubles, the pair of the moment is Beatriz Haddad Maia – Veronika Kudermetova 6/3, 6/3 vs Aldila Sutjiadi – Miyu Kato in 1.13 H.

Swiss Indoors, Basel, ATP 500, Switzerland

In a double tie break, Auger-Aliassime returns to victory after a lackluster period of results.

Felix Auger-Aliassime 7/6 (3), 7/6 (5) vs Hubert Hurkacz in 1.53 H.

Two sets without break points achieved: the balance ended in two tie breaks with Auger-Aliassime more incisive, colder and clinical than Hurkacz.

A final with the same values but, as tennis wants, small details divide victory from defeat.

In doubles Roger-Vasselin / Gonzalez (8) 6/7, 7/6 (3), 10/1 vs Nys/Zielinski in 2.04 H.

Last tournaments of the 2023 season. The women are playing in Acapulco, Finals, while the men are in Paris, ATP 1000.

 

©AC, NDSL, AM, Alain Chivilo

Comments are closed.