The 2017 women’s tennis season was full of shocks, comebacks and extraordinary moments. As the dust settles on the year, Jade du Preez selects her Top 10 moments from a remarkable season.
Despite Cameron Norrie’s incredible debut, an injury-hit Great Britain were defeated by Spain in the first-round of the Davis Cup in Marbella. They will now face a relegation play-off against Japan in September. By Suzanne Oliphant
Britain’s Kyle Edmund and South Korea’s Hyeon Chung are both only one game away from their first ever Grand Slam final. The young players’ run to the Australian Open semis has been the story of the tournament but now two experienced pros stand in their way in Marin Cilic and the great Roger Federer. Preview by Jade du Preez
Aussie tennis teen Alex De Minaur’s dreams of winning his maiden title were shattered in his defeat to Ryan Harrison at the Brisbane International this week, but who is this rookie, and how did he get to his first semi-finals in his home country? By Jade du Preez
It has been an extraordinary year for 20-year-old tennis star Alexander Zverev. But his astonishing campaign, his appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals, or his ranking of fourth in the world, would not have been possible if not for a truly breathtaking performance at the Rome Masters. By Jade du Preez.
As Roger Federer took to the court for his first match of the ATP World Tour finals, expectations were high. A genius was about to get to work. By Jamie Braidwood
Winning the WTA Finals was the biggest result of Caroline Wozniacki’s career. Although she has spent much of her career at the top of woman’s tennis, a Grand Slam title has always eluded her. Perhaps this is the result which changes everything. By Jade du Preez
The ATP World rankings currently has a familiar, but at the same time unusual, look to it. At the top sit Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, just as if it was 2007 again, but beneath them lie a host of new names and rising stars who are all keen to capitalise on the injury struggles[…]
Nick Kyrgios was up to his usual tricks in Beijing on Sunday, but Rafael Nadal was undisturbed. He remained cool and calm to collect his sixth title of the season. By Jade du Preez. In true style, world number 1 Rafael Nadal won his 75th title at the China Open in an hour and 32[…]
Dan Evans, the British number four player, has been handed a one year playing ban after testing positive for cocaine. Story by Jade du Preez