September 30, 2022
Five Point Friday
Here’s your roundup of the five most interesting things I’m enjoying or thinking about this week.
1.) Laver Cup Champs
On the back of a clutch 1-6, 7-6, 10-8 victory from Tiafoe over Tsitsipas, Team World claimed their first victory in the Laver Cup’s history. The event was also Federer’s last ATP appearance, where he played doubles alongside Nadal. To the dismay of many fans, opponents Sock and Tiafoe claimed a tight 4-6, 7-6 (2), 11-9 win over the pair on Friday night.
2.) WTA Return to China
According to CNN, the WTA announced Tuesday that they would host tournaments in China next year after suspending all events in the country earlier this year due to Peng Shuai being held by the government after accusing retired Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault.
3.) Bublik’s Trickshot Fail
During his Moselle Open finals match against Lorenzo Sonego, Alexander Bublik went for a trick shot attempting to hit the ball with the handle of his racquet. It didn’t go well. In the end, he lost the match 7-6 (3), 6-2.
4.) Zheng Qinwen’s Tokyo Result
Zheng Qinwen, a 19-year-old from China, became the youngest Chinese tennis player ever to make a tour-level final at the Japan Open. In the second round, she defeated world No. 3 Paula Badosa, and in the semis, came back from a set down to beat the No. 4 seed, Veronika Kudermetova, in a third-set tiebreak to earn her spot in the final. Zheng lost the final to her opponent Liudmila Samsonova who prevailed 7-5, 7-5, but overall had a great week to remember.
5.) Nakashima’s 1st Title
Brandon Nakashima claimed his first APT title by defeating fellow American Marcos Giron 6-4, 6-4 in his hometown at the San Diego Open. Subsequently, he reached a new career high of No. 48 in the world. Brandon lost in his two final appearances last year, so it’s great to see him get over the hump.
If you have a moment, I’d love to hear your feedback. Which topic is your favorite? What would you like to see more or less of each week?
Share your thoughts in the comments below and have a great weekend.