Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Murray edges closer to #1

Europe is the centre of tennis action this week with Moscow hosting the Kremlin Cup for both the WTA and ATP tours, Antwerp the home of the ATP European Open, and the WTA Luxembourg Open and ATP Stockholm Open also featuring.

Andy Murray, winner of the Shanghai Masters at the weekend, won't be playing, content with his 2 titles in China in as many weeks, and his further closing in on the number one world ranking. 
Novak Djokovic has 12900 ranking points and is vulnerable to Murray who is at 10485. 
It wasn't all that long ago Djokovic was double second spot and seemingly untouchable.
The race for year end number one is even closer, with 2016 points for ND 10600 compared to AM 9685.

Joining Murray on the winners list last week were Caroline Wozniacki, who continued her terrific run of form from the US Open, defeating Kristina Mladenovic in Hong Kong, Dominika Cibulkova, victorious over Viktorija Golubic in Linz, and Shuai Peng, successful in Tianjin at the expense of Alison Riske.

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, is top seed in the Kremlin Cup, her home nation's tournament, but will face stiff competition from Carla Suarez Navarro, and fellow Russians Elena Vesnina, Daria Kasatkina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Roberto Bautista Agut, runner-up to Murray in Shanghai, is top seed in Moscow in the mens draw.

Wozniacki will be trying for successive tournament wins as second seed in Luxembourg.  Petra Kvitova is top seed and other threats could come from Kiki Bertens and Caroline Garcia.

A strong field lines up in Antwerp, headed by David Goffin, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet, while Gael Monfils, Grigor Dimitrov, Ivo Karlovic and Alexander Zverev should feature prominently in Stockholm.

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