Flipkens Ends 2019 With A Bang


Although the season is now officially over for both tours, players can still play tennis to boost their rankings in hopes of getting into the main draw of the 2020 Australian Open. There are smaller tournaments still going on both on the ATP and WTA Tours (the Challenger and ITF circuits).

MOTW: Kirsten Flipkens

Flipkens won her sole singles title in 2012. She came pretty close to winning a title last year when she got to the final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. At thirty-three-years-old, speculation begins as to how much longer she will continue to play. She got to a career high of thirteen in 2013 and can still be a threat; however, her style of play is easily overpowered by the younger enthusiastic opponents, who have one speed. This makes it hard for her to utilize her game effectively, which prevents her from consistently making deep runs in the draw. She is a finesse player and it gets harder and harder with each passing year to put enough sting on her shots to trouble her opponents. But she is still playing and won a small title in Houston this past weekend and we will see what 2020 brings.

Kirsten Flipkens

ATP & WTA Top 100 Changes

Jannik Sinner (ITA) UP  18 78                    CAREER HIGH
James Duckworth (AUS) UP  11 100
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) UP  11 95
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) UP  24 70
Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) UP  17 91
Shuai Peng (CHN) DOWN  16 81
Timea Babos (HUN) UP  14 90

Top Ten ATP & WTA Changes

ATP: the top ten members remained the same; however, Dominic Thiem moved up one spot to #4 and Daniil Medvedev fell one spot to #5. Rafael Nadal ended the 2019 season as the number one ranked male player for the fifth time in his career. Unfortunately, he will have to wait until next year for another chance to claim his first ATP Tour Finals title.

WTA: there were no changes amongst the top ten members. Ashleigh Barty ended the 2019 season as the number one ranked female player.

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