Tennis crowned five singles titlists across the WTA and ATP tours last week: Juan Martin del Potro (Stockholm), Svetlana Kuznetsova (Moscow), Richard Gasquet (Antwerp), Pablo Carreno Busta (Moscow), and Monica Niculescu (Luxembourg). Kuznetsova defended her title in Moscow to secure the eighth and final spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore, an event that had already begun before she lifted the trophy at the Kremlin Cup to qualify. Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal shut down his 2016 season the same week that he officially opened his tennis academy in Mallorca.
For these and other stories from the past week in the tennis world, #ThisWeekInTennis provides a recap through news reports, player tweets, tennis writing, rankings, and podcasts.
Svetlana Kuznetsova defended her Kremlin Cup title from 2015 to book the eighth and final spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore, the sixth time Kuznetsova has qualified for the event in her career.
Pablo Carreno Busta won the second title of his career -- and this year -- when he beat Fabio Fognini in the Moscow final. As for the Italian, Fognini had these words to say to Carreno Busta while accepting his runner-up trophy.
Monica Niculescu turned in a surprising 6-4 6-0 win over Petra Kvitova in the Luxembourg final for the 3rd title of her career.
Jurgen Melzer is now only the second active player to score at least 300 match wins in both singles and doubles (Stepanek). Melzer went on to win
Daria Gavrilova, beaten finalist in Moscow, is enjoying the most successful stretch of her career. Gavrilova rises 13 spots to #24 in the latest WTA rankings and is four spots behind Sam Stosur for Australian #1.
Kyle Edmund cracks the top 40 for the first time in his career after a semifinal showing in Antwerp.
With Kuznetsova's Moscow win, Jo Konta will not qualify for the WTA Finals. However, she did win the WTA Most Improved Player title.
The Body Serve Tennis Podcast returns to take you through Nick Kyrgios and Maria Sharapova's disciplinary drama. We try to figure out where to stand on Kyrgios, why his behavior angers so many, and what the ATP means by suggesting counselling. As for Sharapova, we are not kind about her tasteless media blitz following her (slightly) reduced suspension. Stick around for actual tennis talk - lauding the strong fall performers and looking ahead to Singapore.
3:00 Kyrgios suspension: warring camps
7:25 Is Nick's perceived apathy the reason so many people are mad?
12:00 What to make of the counselling option? What is the state of mental health in tennis?
21:30 The Swiftian/Trumpesque Media Victory Tour of Maria Sharapova ... where good taste went to die
26:30 James takes you through the details of the Sharapova appeal decision
33:30 Tennis legends invite Maria to WTT charity event, all is forgiven
38:00 Serena's fall swing: Disney World, Color Purple, Formation, NOT Singapore
41:30 Singapore lineup and scenarios
43:00 Big ups to Cibulkova, Wozniacki, Kvitova, Radwanska, Konta, Keys
47:30 Men's fall standouts: Dimitrov, RBA, Murray - can Murray get to no. 1?
51:30 Talking down the Novak slump chatter
54:00 Our faves Venus and Rafa are struggling
Another week in tennis, another big "scandal." This time Nick Kyrgios is the player grabbing headlines a week after Maria Sharapova received news that her two year suspension for doping would be reduced to 15 months. Kyrgios, days after winning Tokyo, had an emotional collapse in Shanghai which started on court and spilled over into his press conference. The top-ranked Australian received a pair of fines and an 8 week suspension for the incident.
Meanwhile, Andy Murray won his second tournament on the trot and Caroline Wozniacki captured her second title in a month. Shuai Peng and Dominika Cibulkova were the other titlists last week. Peng, once ranked as high as #14, won the first title of her career, while Cibulkova clinched a spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore. If you've missed any of the recent action, #ThisWeekInTennis recaps the last week of tennis through tweets, press conferences, articles, podcasts, and rankings.
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Andy Murray continued his tear through the Asian swing with his second title in as many weeks in Shanghai. The world #2 now finds himself within striking distance of Novak Djokovic for the top spot in the ATP rankings, 2415 points behind the Serbian.
Caroline Wozniacki won the 25th WTA title of her career last week in Hong Kong. The 26-year-old, ranked #74 entering the U.S. Open, continues her resurgence after having won in Tokyo as well last month.
Dominika Cibulkova wins her third title of 2016 in Linz and qualifies for the WTA Finals in Singapore.
Shuai Peng won the first WTA singles title of her career in Tianjin. Known for playing with two hands off both wings and making the U.S. Open semifinals in 2014, Peng rises 74 spots to #108 in the latest WTA rankings. She also teamed with Christina McHale to win the doubles title in Tianjin.
Days after the biggest title of his career, Nick Kyrgios had the biggest meltdown of his career in Shanghai. The fallout: Kyrgios hasbeen suspended by the ATP Tour for eight weeks and fined twice to the tune of $42,500.
Prior to Serena Williams' withdrawal from the WTA Finals, the eight qualifiers appeared to have been decided. With the world #1's withdrawal, Jo Konta, Suarez Navarro, and Svetlana Kuznetsova all remain in the running for the eighth and final spot.
Rafael Nadal lost his opening match in Shanghai to Viktor Troicki. The top-ranked Spaniard cast doubt on his participation in ATP events for the remainder of 2016 in his post-match press conference.
Maria Sharapova's drug suspension was reduced from 24 to 15 months last week as per the decision handed down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Sharapova then embarked on a victory tour of sorts - appearing on Charlie Rose and The Today Show - which culminated with a return to the court at the WTT Smash Hits charity event. Sharapova will now be eligible to return in time for next year's French Open rather than January of 2018 as previously dictated by her original suspension.
Amidst the Sharapova frenzy, tennis crowned three high-profile champions last week in Andy Murray, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Nick Kyrgios. It was a big week overall for Brits in tennis; in addition to Murray's title, Jo Konta cracks the top 10 for the first time, while Kyle Edmund makes his maiden leap into the top 50. If you've missed any of the recent action, #ThisWeekInTennis recaps the last week of tennis through tweets, press conferences, articles, podcasts, and rankings.
Andy Murray won the China Open for the 40th ATP title of his career. Moreover, Murray becomes just the 16th player in the Open Era to capture 40 career ATP titles.
Agnieszka Radwanska won her 20th career WTA title in Beijing, beating Jo Konta in straight sets. Radwanska is only the fourth active player to win at least three Premier Mandatory titles.
Nick Kyrgios beat David Goffin in the final of the Japan Open to win his third title of 2016 and his career.
Grigor Dimitrov, once ranked as high as #8 in the world, saw his ranking fall to #40 in July this year. With his finals appearance in Beijing, the Bulgarian is now ranked #18.
David Goffin has held steady in the rankings between 11-20 since May of 2015, rising as high as #11 for seven weeks in the middle of 2016. His finals run in Tokyo leaves him at #12, some 650 points behind Thiem at #10.
The WTA Race to Singapore tightened considerably after the completion of the Wuhan Open in China. Petra Kvitova(+9 to #12) won her second title in Wuhan, while Dominika Cibulkova (finalist) and Svetlana Kuznetsova (semifinalist) strengthened their positions to qualify for the 2016 WTA Finals. Elsewhere, Tomas Berdych won in Shenzhen in just his second tournament back since missing the U.S. Open, and Karen Khachanov and Kristyna Pliskova earned the first ATP and WTA titles of their careers respectively.
If you've missed any of the recent action, #ThisWeekInTennis recaps the last week of tennis through tweets, press conferences, articles, podcasts, and rankings.
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Petra Kvitova won her second Wuhan Open last week, beating world #1 Angelique Kerber along the way. Kvitova overcame six opponents in six days to claim the title: Ostapenko, Svitolina, Kerber, Konta, Halep, and Cibulkova in the final.
With her run to the final in Wuhan (her 5th of the season), Dominika Cibulkova rises four spots to #8 in the new WTA rankings.
Tomas Berdych won the Shenzhen Open in his second tournament back from missing the U.S. Open due to appendicitis. After reaching the semifinals last week in St. Petersburg, Berdcych's title run leaves him just 330 points behind Rafael Nadal for the final spot in the ATP World Tour Finals.