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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...


Wimbledon Final Preview: Can Garbiñe stop Venus' romp towards history?

It will be Venus Williams vs. Garbiñe Muguruza for the 2017 Wimbledon title. In a showdown between major champions, will it be 37-year-old Venus who is looking to become the oldest woman to win a Slam in the Open Era? Or will the surging Spaniard snag her second major title? How they got here and what to expect on Saturday: The Insider Team previews the Wimbledon final.


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?


2017 Wimbledon Preview: Old Guard vs. New Guard

Is change overrated? The Insider Team breaks down the 2017 Wimbledon draw, which features two Wimbledon champions bidding for a fairytale run, a battle for the No.1 ranking, and one 20-year-old who shrugs off pressure like a Wimbledon umbrella shrugs off rain. We are confident in saying this is the only Wimbledon preview that prominently features RuPaul's Drag Race.


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.


June Heat Index: Who's set for a scorching summer?

Grass season is upon us and it's time to check in who's hot and who's not as the short turf season is underway. The Insider Team reconvenes to discuss the WTA Insider Heat Index for June, which sees the two women vying to unseat Angelique Kerber at No.1 -- Karoline Pliskova and Simona Halep -- primed for a Wimbledon run.


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.


Ana Ivanovic settling into the retirement life

Ana Ivanovic sits down with Courtney Nguyen after her retirement ceremony at Roland Garros to discuss her post-retirement life, which includes grueling runs around Lake Michigan, keeping tabs on the tour, and readying her legacy as an ambassador of fitness and healthy living for women around the world. This podcast was conducted on Facebook Live. To watch the interview, go the WTA Facebook page or click this link:


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.


Champion's Corner: Elina Svitolina rules Rome, vaults to No.1 on the PRTS

The 22-year-old Ukrainian consolidated her rise to No.1 on the Porsche Race to Singapore by ending Simona Halep's 10-match win streak to win her tour-leading 4th title of 2017. Hear the Rome champ discuss her demanding ambitions, her Ukranian pride, and how she planning a carbo-loaded celebration in the Eternal City.


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...


Andrea Petkovic: Published Author

"Though Willem de Kooning was distraught after the funeral of his great rival and sometimes friend Jackson Pollock, the abstract expressionist painter was reported to have said, "All right. That's enough. I saw Jackson in his grave. And he's dead. It's over. I'm number one." Thus begins Andrea Petkovic's essay on "The Art of the Rivalry", which was published this spring in Issue No.3 of Racquet Magazine. The German sat down with Senior Writer Courtney Nguyen earlier this year to talk about...


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.


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