Wang Qiang won the Zhengzhou Women's Tennis Open for the first WTA title of her career.
David Goffin beat Novak Djokovic in the Monte Carlo quarterfinals before losing to Rafael Nadal amidst a controversial call in the semifinal. Goffin also jumps three ranking spots to return to the ATP top 10.
#ThisWeekInTennisrecaps the tennis happenings of the last week via news reports, social media, featured articles, rankings, and podcasts.
Francesca Schiavone, in her final season on the WTA Tour, scored the 8th title of her career last week in Colombia. Schiavone jumps 64 spots in the rankings to #104 and secures her direct entry into the French Open.
Borna Coric narrowly survived a round of 16 match against #555 Reda El Amrani, then saved five match points against Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Marrakech final to win his first ATP Tour title.
The Body Serve was on site for the recently concluded Volvo Car Open in historic Charleston, South Carolina. Jonathan and James bring you three episodes of insights, interviews, and general tennis musings. The first episode features glimpses into the All Access Media Hour and audio from Venus Williams, Madison Keys, and others. Part Two spotlights the inimitable Mirjana Lučić-Baroni in her sit-down interview with Jonathan, while Part Three brings you Naomi Osaka and a tournament wrap-up.
We're in two different cities - Jonathan is calling in from Charleston, SC, where he is reporting on the Volvo Car Open. We have fun with our new audio equipment, while bringing you clips from Venus Williams, Madison Keys, and Sam Stosur talking to press at Charleston's All Access Hour. We also recap the results in Miami, which saw Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal for the third time this year, and hard court phenom Johanna Konta win a big title over Wozniacki.
0:40 James is in Toronto, Jonathan's in Charleston 4:20 Recapping the Miami men's final - Federer def. Nadal 9:00 Federer is damn near unbeatable right now 15:25 Konta def. Wozniacki: Konta on a hard court is a scary proposition 18:45 Venus beats no. 1 Kerber, makes semifinal 22:45 Jonathan saw AND spoke to Queenus, in the flesh - DEAD 27:25 Let's hear from Venus herself 36:50 Sam Stosur impresses in press 41:45 Madison Keys talks Twitter, fans, and what she's most proud of
Part Two: Mirjana Lučić-Baroni
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Episode 75 is our second dispatch from the Volvo Car Open in Charleston, South Carolina. The weather is moody and the top seeds are dropping like flies. Jonathan brings us two interviews: the first a casual chat with two Tennis Twitter pals, and then an engaging sit down with the one and only Mirjana Lučić-Baroni. Also, be on the lookout for an interview with Naomi Osaka on episode 76! 1:15 Jonathan's hectic day in Charleston 4:03 Keys, Venus & Vesnina headline a day of upsets 7:38 Richard Williams sightings all over Charleston 9:53 Assessing what's left of the draw 12:40 A parking lot chit chat with Twitter pals Chad (@CCSmooth13) & Bri (@4TheTennis) 27:43 The main draw: Jonathan's chat with Mirjana Lučić-Baroni.
Part Three: Charleston, It's A Wrap
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Episode 76 marks the end of our Charleston coverage. We're bringing you our interview with rising WTA star Naomi Osaka, social media phenom and all-around great personality. We recap the Charleston final, the Davis Cup quarterfinals, Eugenie Bouchard's years-long court battle with the USTA, and on-court coaching. We wrap up with some thoughts about protecting queer spaces from bachelorette party madness.
4:25 Wrapping up our reporting from Charleston 12:40 Laura Siegemund's antics - give me the f$#@ing towel 16:20 Kasatkina def. Ostapenko in all-teen final 20:25 Our interview with Naomi Osaka! 36:30 Et ceteras: Serena will retake no. 1 without playing, Sharapova announces name of autobiography, Vika's back in Stanford 41:05 Bouchard v. USTA: the lawsuit that won't end 46:45 Mary Carillo grills WTA CEO Steve Simon - how do y'all feel about on-court coaching? 52:35 Davis Cup quarterfinals: AUS-USA is the only interesting match-up 57:30 Things we dislike - our treatise on bachelorette parties in gay bars 1:02:40 Things we like: food
Jelena Ostapenko, in her third WTA final, was unable to capture her first title in Charleston; she lost in straight sets to fellow teenager Kasatkina in the final.
Shelby Rogers, hometown favourite in Charleston, made the quarterfinals by scoring impressive wins over Madison Keys and Naomi Osaka.
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni is up to a career high #21 ranking after making the semifinals in Charleston. She also sat down with The Body Serve tennis podcast for a one-on-one interview.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won her fourth Monterrey Open title, beating Angelique Kerber in the final. The Russian's latest triumph in Mexico was also the ninth overall WTA title of her career.
Angelique Kerber, world #1, continues without a title in 2017, falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Monterrey Open final.
Davis Cup quarterfinal results: Belgium d. Italy, Australia d. U.S.A., France d. Great Britain, and Serbia d. Spain. Accordingly, Belgium will face Australia in the semifinals, while Serbia will play France for a spot in the final.
Serena Williams, despite not playing a WTA match since winning the Australian Open, will regain the #1 ranking from Angelique Kerber after last year's Stuttgart points fall off the rankings.
Roger Federer completed the Sunshine Double, adding the Miami title to his Indian Wells crown from two weeks ago. His win over Nadal in the final was his fourth successive over the Spaniard and third of 2017.
Rafael Nadal is up to world #5 after making his third hard court final of 2017. Nadal's loss to Federer in the Miami final narrows his lead in their head-to-head to 23-14.
Caroline Wozniacki's consistent run of form continued in Miami where she reached at least the quarterfinals for the sixth time in the seven events she's played this year. Her runner-up finish matched her results in Doha and Dubai.
Venus Williams returns to the WTA top 10 after making the Miami Open semifinals. Williams beat Kuznetsova in the fourth round before upsetting world #1, Angelique Kerber, in the quarterfinals.
In unfortunate injury news, Yoshihito Nishiokatore his ACL in Miami.
Nick Kyrgios made the quarterfinals in Miami before losing to Roger Federer in three tiebreak sets.