Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Wimbledon soon - and rain about !

Rainy weather in London at the moment will hopefully not be around when Wimbledon enters our lives in the coming weeks, but it is certainly having its effect on schedules in lead up tournaments.

Before we mention those, results from last week:

The ATP Stuttgart final was finally completed a day late, after its own share of rain interruptions.  Dominic Thiem won yet another title for 2016, avenging the Munich loss to Philippe Kohlschreiber, and achieving the rare feat of winning tournaments on three different surfaces in a calendar year.

In s'Hertogenbosch, Coco Vandeweghe won her second title in three years there, defeating Kristina Mladenovic.  While France lost out in the women's event, Nicolas Mahut went one better for the country with his win over Gilles Muller in the men's event at the same venue.

Nottingham belonged to Karolina Pliskova, whose first tournament win for the year came at the expense of finalist Alison Riske.

This week,  an ATP grass court tournament is being held at Queens Club in London, where in the first round top seed Andy Murray was pushed to two tie break sets by Mahut, and Roland Garros semi finalists Wawrinka and Gasquet both lost.

The other current ATP event is hosted in Halle, Germany and big names to fall at the first hurdle were David Ferrer and Tomas Berdych.

WTA tournaments are in the early stages both in Birmingham and Mallorca.
Garbine Muguruza scaled the highest of heights to capture the women's singles trophy at Roland Garros, but as top seed in Mallorca she lost in the first round.  Fourth seed Kristina Mladenovic, winner a matter of days ago in Nottingham, lost first round too.

The event in Birmingham included the four top ranked players from reigning Fed a Cup holders, the Czech Republic, and funnily they were drawn to play each other in two first round matches.  Fifth seed Petra Kvitova defeated Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova knocked out eighth seed Karolina Pliskova (last weeks Nottingham winner).

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