Strasbourg

From May 18 to May 25, the city of Strasbourg will host the 33rd edition of the Internationaux de Strasbourg, the only WTA-level event organized in France. The tournament serves as a warm-up to Roland Garros which is played a week later.
Strasbourg is the perfect city to combine sightseeing and tennis. Check out our Strasbourg travel guide, with infos about the city and the tournament.

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Belinda Bencic, Dubai 2019

Junior number one and Wimbledon junior champion in 2013, Belinda Bencic was seen by some as the next big thing in women’s tennis. And everything went as according to plan: she reached the top 50 and the quarterfinals of the 2014 US Open, aged 17. She then went on to claim her maiden title in Eastbourne, defeating Agnieszka Radwanska, and her first Premier 5 title in Toronto, defeating Serena Williams in the semifinals and Simona Halep in the championship match.
And then? Not much, despite an entry to the top 10 in 2016. Injuries followed injuries and her ranking subsequently dropped to number 199 in 2017. Her results slowly improved and this week, ranked 45, she captured her third title, her second Premier 5. On her way to victory, she defeated 4 top 10 players: number 9 Aryna Sabalenka (saving six match points), number 2 Simona Halep, number 6 and two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina, and number 4 Kvitova in the final.
Let’s hope for her she’s definitely back on track, after all she’s only 21.

Her opponent in the final, Petra Kvitova continues her impressive comeback, two years after the assault she suffered. Winner in Sydney, runner-up at the Australian Open, she defeated Katerina Siniakova, Jennifer Brady, Viktoria Kuzmova and Hsieh Su-wei en route to her third final of the year.

Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic, Dubai 2019

Photo credit: Marianne Bevis

Karolina Pliskova, Brisbane 2019

Rallying from 6-4 5-3 down, only one game from defeat, Karolina Pliskova battled back to defeat Lesia Tsurenko 4-6 7-5 6-2 and clinch her second Brisbane title, her 12th overall. She defeated  Yulia Putintseva, Marie Bouzkova, Ajla Tomljanovic and Donna Vekic en route to the final.
The first time Pliskova won the Brisbane title in 2016, she went on to make the quarterfinals of the Australian Open. Hopefully for her, she’ll best that performance this year.
Her opponent in the final, Lesia Tsurenko caused a huge upset ousting US Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-2 6-4 in the semifinals. Despite her loss, the Japanese will return to her career-high number 4 ranking.

Elina Svitolina was the defending champion, but lost to Aliaksandra Sasnovich – in a repeat of last year’s final – in the second round.

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Brisbane International Tennis Finals 2019 - Karolina Pliskova  def. Lesia Tsurenko

Photo credit: Andrew Robertson

Dayana Yastremska, Hong Kong 2018

Dayana Yastremska. You probably never heard about her before, but you’ll hear more from her in the years to come. The 18-yr old from Odessa, Ukraine, defeated Fanny Stollar, Zheng Saisai, Kristina Kucova, and Zhang Shuai, without dropping a set, to reach her first final on the WTA Tour. She dispatched sixth seed Wang Qiang, 6–2, 6–1 to lift her first trophy.

Wimbledon junior runner-up in 2015 (l. to Anastasia Potapova), she is coached by Olivier Jeunehomme, from the Justine Henin Academy.

the day belongs to Dayana Yastremska

the day belongs to Dayana Yastremska

the day belongs to Dayana Yastremska

the day belongs to Dayana Yastremska

the day belongs to Dayana Yastremska

the day belongs to Dayana Yastremska

Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai captured the doubles title, defeating Shuko Aoyama and Lidziya Marozava in the final.

The Prudential Hong Kong Open 2018

Photo credit: HiuYuhiuyu.com

Update Februray 2019: Dayana is on a roll since her Hong Kong triumph. She reached the Luxembourg Open semifinals (l. to Bencic), ousting Garbine Muguruza in the second round. She then went on to reach the third round at the Australian Open and win her second career title at the Thailand Open, after victories over Arantxa Rus, Peng Shuai, Garbine Muguruza, Magda Linette and Ajla Tomljanovic.
She is now ranked 34. A young player to follow.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, Washington 2018

Former world number 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova has fallen to world number 128 due to injuries, but she’s slowing coming back to form, and on Saturday she claimed her 18th title, her first since Moscow 2016.
She had to battle hard in the final and saved four match points in the second set to defeat Donna Vekic 4-6 7-6(7) 6-2. She extended her tournament’s record to 11–0 and returned to the top 100 thanks to this victory.

Ekaterina Makarova was the defending champion, but lost in the first round to Ana Bogdan. Number one seed Caroline Wozniacki withdrew due to a leg injury while number 2 and 3 seeds Sloane Stephens and Naomi Osaka lost in the second round, to Andrea Petkovic and Magda Linette respectively.

Donna Vekic

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Donna Vekic

Donna Vekic, Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Photo credit: Keith Allison