David Law and Catherine Whitaker
Tears Flow As Murray Makes Hard Court Return; Dominant Zverev Wins Washington; Buzarnescu’s Long Road To First WTA Title; Jo Konta 6-1, 6-0 Serena Williams – What Happened?
Unsurprisingly, the eventful return of Andy Murray dominates discussion on this week’s Tennis Podcast. After Murray played and won his first hard court matches since March 2017 by advancing to the quarter-finals in Washington, David and Catherine are on hand to talk all about it. What did we learn about Murray? How well did he play? And why did he end up in tears after beating Marius Copil? The 3:02am finish might have had something to do with it… On that note, the scheduling issues in Washington are discussed, as well as the way in which tournament director Keely O’Brien misguidedly called Murray’s fighting spirit into question. While Murray hogged the headlines in Washington, it was ultimately Alexander Zverev who won the title. Zverev is still officially considered #NextGen, but the way he brushed aside Stefanos Tsitsipas and Alex De Minaur emphasised the superiority he has over his contemporaries. When will he start producing such dominant displays at Grand Slams? On the women’ side, tribute is paid to Mihaela Buzarnescu. The Romanian spent ten fruitless years attempting to qualify for a WTA Tour event, but her perseverance is finally paying off. Her title victory in San Jose is covered. San Jose also produced by far the most eye-catching scoreline of the week: Jo Konta 6-1, 6-0 Serena Williams. What happened there? Is Konta back on the right path? And can we read anything into Serena’s subsequent withdrawal from Montreal? There’s also reaction to Donna Vekic’s tearful speech after losing to Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Washington final, as well as a quick look ahead to the Rogers Cup. Which players have the most to prove in Canada? The Tennis Podcast is uploaded weekly throughout the year and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments. It is produced in associated with Telegraph Sport and sponsored by Amazon Prime Video, the new home of the US Open in the UK. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Duration: 49 min