Well done Elina. I feel bad for Marie though, she threw everything into it. Fantastic effort from both players. Good to see a big crowd there, they were very enthusiastic. Nice exchange at the net too.
High quality match. After a terrible start to 2020 Elina came back strong this week displaying the quality of tennis that has kept her in the top 10 for several years. Congratulations to her, it was a very deserved, hard fought victory.
I'm very pleased with how Marie played too. She held her own against a very high quality top 10 player. In the end to match was decided in over three hours by the smallest of margins. Marie gave everything and she can hold her head very high after that.
Really an excellent match! IMO the best final of the year. Some amazing rallies. Looked like Svitolina had an elbow issue towards the end of the first set. Then in the second set the pace of her shots dropped off. Also her first serve wasn't quite as sharp as in previous matches - so she was made to work harder. Then in the third set fatigue set in for Bouzkova - and ultimately Elina's fitness helped her to prevail.
That was a truly epic encounter. Some utterly astonishing points where absolutely guaranteed winners somehow got overturned in favour of the other player. Fabulous drop shots from both, with nearly all of them winning the points.
Mind you, the non-playing highlight came in Bouzkova's speech, when she brought the house down by doing the second half in what sounded like totally fluent Spanish! I loved Svitolina then saying that Bouzkova had set the bar too high for her, because all she could say in Spanish was Gracias! ?
The cancellation of Indian Wells is really tough luck for Svitolina. Because after a poor start to the season she's finally rounded into form and playing good tennis - plus she has SF points to defend at Indian Wells.
Goddamnit sounds like the match was amazing, I'll have to find a good replay/highlights of it.
Yay, Eli finally breaks her title drought and she does it by apparently playing some good tennis. She really needed this title win. Move over Mugu and Pavs, we have a new Monterrey Queen! Well, a final against a fellow counterpuncher is usually Elina's forte, (where she usually crushes her opponent) but 2020 Elina has been very unconvincing so far so I had serious doubts she would win. It may not have been a blowout, but she still won! Her finals record is now 14-3 Glad she is rounding into form, just in time for.... nvm.
Bazooka seems like a player to watch out for in the future, she seems like a nice person as well I was wondering what happened to her after Toronto.
these are some pictures of pros when they were children
The ATP president Andrea Gaudenzi has given an extensive interview with the Italian press today. Lots of interesting details about the ATP plan for the second half of the 2020 season:
The ATP's goal is to have 3 Slams (Melbourne, New York and Paris) and 7 Masters 1000 in the 2020 season.