Denied! Angelique Kerber’s chance to supplant Serena Williams as the #1 ranked women’s tennis singles player in the world was emphatically turned away by an inspired effort from Karolina Pliskova. The 24-year old Czech blew away the reigning Australian Open champion and Olympic Silver Medalist, 6-3 6-1. Honestly, it didn’t even feel that close. The higher ranked of the tennis playing identical twin Pliskova sisters (although I must say Kristyna is showing great improvement) raced out to a 4-0 lead, lost her way for a few games, then hit her stride again after an on-court visit from her coach. Was Angie a bit lethargic and error-prone (32 unforced errors in only 16 games)? Yes. But did Karolina also play very well, smacking clean winners and dominating rallies? Also, yes. Plus, there are no excuses at this level. Everybody is responsible for making their own schedule and getting sufficient rest. All credit to Karolina. Keep in mind that not only did Pliskova beat three top 10 seeds this week (Svetlana Kuznetsova , Garbine Muguruza  and Angelique Kerber ), they are also all Major winners. Two of them (Kerber, Muguruza) won a Major this year. This title was legitimately earned by Karolina.
I have to admit to feeling a bit happier than usual to see what happened in doubles, as Sania Mirza won a head-to-head (sort of) showdown between her and recently separated former doubles partner Martina Hingis. Mirza teamed up with Barbora Strycova to defeat Hingis and Coco Vandeweghe, 7-5 6-4. Martina is a legend, but I just thought she should have stuck it out a little longer with Sania instead of dumping her when they had some trouble. Maybe (probably) Hingis was miles ahead of other doubles partners she has had in the past so I don’t blame her for looking to better her situation. However, Sania Mirza is an ace doubles player, a world #1. She deserved better.
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7 SANIA MIRZA/BARBORA STRYCOVA d. 4 Martina Hingis/Coco Vandeweghe
15 KAROLINA PLISKOVA d. 2 Angelique Kerber, 6-3 6-1