A brief one here, only due to work commitments. Some intriguing match-ups yesterday with a contrast of styles and some lovely exchanges. The results overall though, were largely by the book. And that’s fine.
Ash Barty is rightly winning more fans this year with her focused, ultra precise hitting on court, mixed with a relaxed, typically Australian approachability off it. The World no.1 had too much for compatriot Tomljanovic who looked mentally and physically beaten after her late evening exploits the day before.
Karolina Pliskova continues to ghost her way through convincingly here. For so long the Czezh has disappointed when it comes to the biggest stages. That US Open final aside, Pliskova has seemed determined to make a mockery of hey consistent high ranking at the majors. Here though, ranked outside the top ten in what seems like the first time in ages, she is hitting with a freedom and abundance that looks to be more than good enough to – against the odds – grab an overdue first major title.
In an all-too familiar story the power of Sabalenka suppressed the variation and finesse of tournament sensation Ons Jabeur, in a fine contest.
Angelique Kerber continues to look assured too, and her title winning memories here may just prove the difference come the business end of this year’s Championships.
The semi finals are not to be missed.