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The official podcast of the Women's Tennis Association. Bringing fans more in-depth WTA news & analysis. Podcast hosted by Courtney Nguyen, Senior Writer, WTA Insider.

The official podcast of the Women's Tennis Association. Bringing fans more in-depth WTA news & analysis. Podcast hosted by Courtney Nguyen, Senior Writer, WTA Insider.
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The official podcast of the Women's Tennis Association. Bringing fans more in-depth WTA news & analysis. Podcast hosted by Courtney Nguyen, Senior Writer, WTA Insider.








Rearview Mirror: What we learned from the first half of the season.

Spoiler Alert: Consistency is Queen. The Insider Team convenes at WTA HQ to reflect on the first half of the 2017 season and how it's set up a tight Porsche Race to Singapore Leaderboard ahead of the North American hard court swing.


Reminiscing with Hall of Famer Kim Clijsters

2017 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee Kim Clijsters joins the podcast ahead of her induction ceremony to reflect on the legends that inspired her and how she hopes her illustrious career leaves a legacy of passion, humility, and sportsmanship. A WTA Finals Legend Ambassador, Clijsters won 41 WTA titles and became the 1st Belgian woman to hold the No.1 ranking. She is just one of six women to ever hold the No.1 ranking in both singles and doubles simultaneously and finished her...


Karolina Pliskova: World No1, Assessing Konta-Mania, and Venus and Garbi steaming ahead

The WTA will have a new World No.1 on Monday. 25-year-old Czech Karolina Pliskova is set to become the 23rd woman to hold the WTA No.1 Ranking next week and the Insider Team discusses her meteoric rise over the last 12 months, fueled by ambition, sacrifice, and, yes, maybe a little bit of haterade. Courtney and David also preview the Wimbledon semifinals, which put Britain's Johanna Konta against the Grand Dame of Wimbledon, Venus Williams, and a resurgent Garbiñe Muguruza against the...


Order or Chaos? Taking stock on Wimbledon's Middle Sunday

The Insider Team reconvenes to process Week 1 at Wimbledon, where 8 of the Top 10 seeds have advanced to Monday's Round of 16. In a field that includes five major champions, four former Wimbledon finalists, a five-time Wimbledon champion, an in-form Brit, and the two women who just contested the French Open final, who looks primed for the title?


Champion's Corner: Petra Kvitova stuns in Birmingham

"It was not really normal what happened. I still can't believe it." In just her second tournament back after being attacked in her home last December, Petra Kvitova rediscovered her grass-court magic, winning the Aegon Classic for her first turf title since winning Wimbledon in 2014. Courtney Nguyen sat down with the Czech start a day after the win.


Closing the Clay: Jelena Ostapenko makes her mark

Samba like no one's watching! Courtney Nguyen and David Kane recap the clay season, which started with 19-year-old Charleston Runner-Up Jelena Ostapenko, and ended with 20-year-old Roland Garros Champion Jelena Ostapenko. And with all the drama in-between, the Insider Team feels like we've aged as well.


2017 Roland Garros Preview (and a hearty welcome back for Petra Kvitova)

Will the favorites fly or will chaos reign in a tough and open field at the French Open? The Insider Team breaks down an exciting and tricky draw and then puts tennis aside to welcome the return of Petra Kvitova. Hear Kvitova in her own words, as she discussed her return to competition for the first time since the attack in her home that left her with deep lacerations on her left hand and fingers.


Get to Know: Anett Kontaveit

Over the course of the last five weeks, 21-year-old Anett Kontaveit made her 1st WTA final in Biel/Bienne, scored her first Top 10 win over Garbiñe Muguruza at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, and on Wednesday at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, she notched her first win over a World No.1, ousting Angelique Kerber with a blistering barrage of power to win 6-4, 6-0. WTA Insider caught up with the Estonian last week at the Mutua Madrid Open to discuss her strong 2017 season and why, no matter...


Champion's Corner: Simona Halep reigns in Spain (again!)

The Mutua Madrid Open is twice as nice for Simona Halep. The Romanian successfully defended her title after a grueling week and a tough final against Kristina Mladenovic. Halep sat down with Courtney Nguyen and revealed how a "shock" split with coach Darren Cahill re-motivated her and forced a renewed perspective on her career.


Madrid Final Preview: Halep vs. Mladenovic

Freelance tennis writer Rene Denfeld joins the podcast to preview Saturday's final at the Mutua Madrid Open, which pits one of the game's best clay-courters in Simona Halep, against the game's hottest player right now, Kristina Mladenovic.


2017 Mutua Madrid Open Preview

How will Simona Halep's title defense pan out? Can the clay courters continue to assert their dominance on the terre battue? Or will the big hitters crack through in Madrid's altitudinous conditions? The Insider Team previews the third Premier Mandatory of the season at the Mutua Madrid Open.


Champions Corner: Stuttgart under Siege(mund)!

Germany's Laura Siegemund capped off her stunning week in her hometown to capture the biggest title of her career at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. En route to her second WTA title, Siegemund beat Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, and Svetlana Kuznetsova, before besting Kristina Mladenovic in a third-set tiebreak in Sunday's final. Siegemund joins the podcast to talk about what it means to win in her hometown, how she was able to out-hit some of the game's biggest hitters this week,...


Checking in w/ Dominika Cibulkova

2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global champion Dominika Cibulkova joins the podcast to discuss the tough tumble that left her wrist in a brace, and how she's approaching the clay, a surface that has always been good to her.


WTA Finals ambassador Kim Clijsters on motherhood, the tour, and Singapore

Former No.1 Kim Clijsters joins the podcast to discuss her new role as an ambassador for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Clijsters also discusses all the recent baby news between Victoria Azarenka's impending comeback and Serena Williams' impending special delivery, and reveals the though process behind her decision to return to the tour in 2009 after having her daughter Jada.


Serena Williams is pregnant!

What does this mean for Serena's legacy? What does it mean for the tour? The Insider Team reacts to Serena Williams' pregnancy announcement and hopeful return to the tour in 2018. We'll be waiting for you, Serena!


Clay Court Power Rankings: Who rules the dirt?

The Insider Team breaks down the Top 10 players on the terre battue using the WTA Insider Clay Court Power Rankings, an empirical calculation based on a player's clay court results over the last four seasons. Courtney and David also take a moment to express their pure joy over Francesca Schiavone's fantastic title run at the Claro Open Colsanitas. You better lose yourself.


Heat Index: Hard court heaters head to clay

Seasons change. So do surfaces. Will clay slow down the tour's hottest hitters? The Insider Team fires up the Heat Index to discuss the 12 hottest players heading into the spring clay season. Karolina Pliskova, Serena Williams, Johanna Konta, Caroline Wozniacki, and Venus Williams dominated the hard courts, but can they sustain their momentum as the tour hits the clay? Courtney Nguyen and David Kane discuss.


Champions Corner: Daria Kasatkina 'grows up' in Charleston

"I was more of a kid a month ago. I became more mature. This is the key. You have to decide what you really want from your life." Hear from 2017 Volvo Car Open champion Daria Kasatkina after a breakthrough week in Charleston to win her first WTA title.


Welcome to Ms. Rogers' Neighborhood

As a ballgirl at the Volvo Car Open, Shelby Rogers got a kiss on the cheek from Jennifer Capriati. Now the hometown girl is giving the Charleston crowd something to cheer about, booking a spot in the quarterfinal. On Thursday, Rogers backed up a strong win over top seed Madison Keys with a dominant straight-set win over Naomi Osaka. Hear Shelby recall her memories as a ballgirl and discuss what it means to show her hometown what she can do on the green clay she grew up on.


Laura Siegemund stuns Venus Williams in Charleston

Hear from Laura Siegemund after her 6-4, 6-7, 7-5 win over Venus Williams in the second round at the Volvo Car Open. The 29-year-old German came into Charleston with just one win under her belt this season, but she's at her best on the clay, where she made the final of Stuttgart last year. Against Venus she saved two match points in a hotly contested match that saw her dazzle with dropshots and defense to beat one of the tour's most in-form players.