Eilís Brennan is here with all the latest from around the tennis world with her weekly edition of Tennis Tuesday.
Ana Ivanovic picked up her 4th title of the year at the Tokyo Open. The former World No.1 beat Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6. Ivanovic didn’t drop a set throughout the tournament as she captured her first Tokyo title. A good performance at Wuhan this week could see the Serbian move up to No.5 in the rankings.
Belgium’s David Goffin won his 2nd career title with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Joao Sousa in the Moselle Open final in Metz. Goffin said that this title is
“very special because my family was here today”.
The past few months have been eventful and exciting for the 23-year-old. From July to August, he won four consecutive tournaments, the first three of them Challengers. His maiden ATP title came in Kitzbuhel, Austria, beating Dominic Thiem. Goffin started the year outside the top 100 but is now at No.32. The future looks bright for the Liege native.
Nadal withdraws from IPTL
Rafael Nadal withdrew from another event yesterday, this time the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL), held in India. The French Open champion cited health troubles as the reason behind his decision. Roger Federer will take his place on Team India. Mahesh Bhupathi made the announcement on Twitter before it was confirmed by the IPTL. This new tournament will be staged across venues in Asia between November 27th and December 13th.
Nadal withdrew from the US Open last month, citing a right wrist injury, and he was also unavailable for Spain’s Davis Cup tie against Brazil. It has been an injury-plagued summer for the Spaniard, unable to defend his US Open, Cincinnati and Rogers Cup titles. It’s thought that Rafa will be back for the China Open in Beijing next week.
Azarenka ends 2014 season
Victoria Azarenka has ended her 2014 season prematurely after withdrawing from the Wuhan Open two days ago. Writing on her official Facebook page, the two-time Grand Slam champion said,
“Unfortunately I will not be competing in any tournaments for the remainder of the season. It has been a very tough year for me […] I will use this time to work on making a full recovery and take care of my body to compete at my best next season.”
The year started great for Azarenka, reaching the final of Brisbane and the quarters at Melbourne, but a right foot injury forced her off the tour until March. The 25 year-old attempted a comeback at Indian Wells but it was unsuccessful. A knee injury hampered her summer but she did manage to make the US Open quarter-finals. The Tokyo Open last week was Azarenka’s final tournament of the season.
Eilís Brennan, Pundit Arena.
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