WTA Insider Podcast
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.
info_outline In Conversation: Billie Jean King 06/23/2020
In Conversation: Billie Jean King Billie Jean King will never stop fighting. As part of the WTA's month-long celebration of LGBTQ Pride Month, the WTA Legend and founder joins the podcast to reflect on how far the tennis LGBTQ community has come and where it still needs to make further inroads. King also discusses her recent conversation with Roger Federer on the topic of tennis unity, what it was like to juggle her tennis career with her advocacy, and what she hopes today's generation of WTA players understands about the tour's groundbreaking history.
info_outline Champions Corner: Sabalenka finds peace in Doha 02/29/2020
Champions Corner: Sabalenka finds peace in Doha Aryna Sabalenka rediscovered her game en route to the 2020 Qatar Total Open title, defeating tricky opponents, and mind-numbing wind, and Petra Kvitova in the final, 6-3, 6-3, to capture her first title of the season. The 21-year-old joins the WTA Insider Podcast to reflect on what went right during her Doha debut, what could have gone terribly wrong, and why her reunion with coach Dmitry Tursunov yielded immediate results.
info_outline Champions Corner: Hsieh/Strycova Complete the Middle East Sweep in Doha 02/29/2020
Champions Corner: Hsieh/Strycova Complete the Middle East Sweep in Doha Top seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Barbora Strycova dominated the tour's swing through the Middle East, becoming just the second doubles team to ever sweep the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and Qatar Total Open. Hsieh and Strycova rebounded from their quick Dubai turnaround to power through to their third title of the season at in Doha, defeating No.6 seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Jelena Ostapenko, 6-2, 5-7, 10-2 in the final. Hsieh and Strycova join the WTA Insider Podcast to discuss their scintillating 2020 season start, what it means to them to complete a rare sweep, and dish on the difficulties of celebrating the phenomenal achievement.
info_outline Original 9: Judy Dalton 02/10/2020
Original 9: Judy Dalton The WTA Insider Podcast is excited to kick off our Original 9 podcast series, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the iconic One Dollar Photo and the formation of the Virginia Slims Tour in 1970, which led to the foundation of the WTA three years later. To kick off the series, we head down to Melbourne to sit in conversation with former World No.7 Judy Dalton, one of the two Australians to break away to join ranks with the Original 9. Dalton reflects on her decision to risk it all to join the Virginia Slims Tour, the encouraging results of the survey on women's tennis she administered at Forest Hills, and what it's like to see an Australian World No.1 collect the biggest prize money check in professional tennis history.
info_outline Champions Corner: Inside the Babos/Mladenovic Bond 02/05/2020
Champions Corner: Inside the Babos/Mladenovic Bond Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic picked up right where they left off in 2019. Having capped off the season by winning the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, the duo became the first team since 2004 to win the Australian Open title without dropping a set, extending their win streak to 11 matches. The pair catch up with WTA Insider after their title run in Melbourne, to go deep on how their true friendship was formed and why, without it, Team Babos/Mladenovic would not exist.
info_outline Champions Corner: Sofia Kenin proves them wrong at the Australian Open. 02/02/2020
Champions Corner: Sofia Kenin proves them wrong at the Australian Open. Sofia Kenin became the youngest Australian Open champion since one of her idols Maria Sharapova and is set to become the youngest American to make her Top 10 debut since her other idol, Serena Williams. Now she's ready for her close-up after winning her maiden Slam by defeating Garbiñe Muguruza 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.
info_outline Champions Corner: Karolina Pliskova, Queen of Brisbane 01/13/2020
Champions Corner: Karolina Pliskova, Queen of Brisbane Karolina Pliskova became the winningest player in Brisbane International history after becoming the first woman to win the title three times, defeating Madison Keys to capture the first Premier title of the season. Pliskova joins the podcast to discuss what made her 2020 title run her toughest (she also won in 2017 and 2019) and looks ahead to how she'll prepare for the Australian Open with a new team in her box.
info_outline Champions Corner: Ashleigh Barty wins the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen 11/04/2019
Champions Corner: Ashleigh Barty wins the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen World No.1 Ashleigh Barty sealed her outstanding WTA season by winning the 2019 Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen, defeating defending champion Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3 to tally her tour-leading 56th win of the season and fourth title of the year. For her efforts, the Queenslander took home over $4.4 million, the biggest prize money check in the history of professional tennis. The 23-year-old reflects on her evolution into one of the most clutch players in the game and looks ahead to 2020, which will kick off under the intense spotlight of the Australian summer.
info_outline Porsche Race to Shenzhen Podium Podcast with World No.1 Ashleigh Barty 10/27/2019
Porsche Race to Shenzhen Podium Podcast with World No.1 Ashleigh Barty The season-long Porsche Race to Shenzhen is over and it's Australia's 23-year-old phenom Ashleigh Barty who takes the checkered flag. The World No.1 joins the WTA Insider Podcast to reflect on her standout season, which saw her win three titles on three different surfaces, including her maiden major at Roland Garros and Premier Mandatory at the Miami Open, and finish the regular season as the tour leader in match wins.
info_outline Champions Corner: Naomi Osaka sends a message with China Open win 10/06/2019
Champions Corner: Naomi Osaka sends a message with China Open win Naomi Osaka extended her win-streak to 10 consecutive matches since the US Open, defeating World No.1 Ashleigh Barty 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the China Open. The title is Osaka's third of the season and fifth of her career, paving the way for a resurgent fall as the reigning Australian Open champion eyes her final event at the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen in three weeks. Osaka joins the podcast to reflect on the key to winning her second Premier Mandatory title, which included tough wins over Barty and US Open Champion Bianca Andreescu, and how some soul-searching after a disappointing summer has steeled her resolve.
info_outline Champions Corner: Aryna Sabalenka unleashes the tiger in Wuhan title defense 09/28/2019
Champions Corner: Aryna Sabalenka unleashes the tiger in Wuhan title defense Aryna Sabalenka successfully defended her Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open title, defeating Alison Riske 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win her second title of the season and move her undefeated record in Wuhan to 12-0. Sabalenka joins the podcast to discuss the lessons learned from her rocky sophomore season, what she wished she knew on January 1st of this season, and how a change in mindset triggered her dominant run to the title.
info_outline Exclusive: Kim Clijsters announces her comeback 09/12/2019
Exclusive: Kim Clijsters announces her comeback Former No.1 and four-time major champion Kim Clijsters joins the WTA Insider Podcast to discuss her decision to return to the tour over eight years since retiring in 2012. A popular player in the locker room and fan-favorite all over the globe, the 36-year-old Belgian reflects on her path back to competitive tennis, what she defines as success, and how she plans to juggle family life and tour life.
info_outline Champions Corner: Bianca Andreescu proves she's the real deal in New York 09/08/2019
Champions Corner: Bianca Andreescu proves she's the real deal in New York 19-year-old Bianca Andreescu made Canadian history at the 2019 US Open, becoming the first Canadian singles Slam champion ever with her 6-3, 7-5 win over Serena Williams in the final. After starting the season ranked No.152m, Andreescu will rise to No.5 in the WTA Rankings on Monday and zoom up the Porsche Race to Shenzhen at No.4. Andreescu joins the podcast after her title run to reflect on her breakout season, how she'll redefine her goals for the remainder of the season, and reveal the US Open playlist that inspired her to victory.
info_outline Champions Corner: Madison Keys brings it home in Cincinnati 08/19/2019
Champions Corner: Madison Keys brings it home in Cincinnati Madison Keys blasted 245 winners, including 45 in her 7-5, 7-6(5) win over Svetlana Kuznetsova to win the Western & Southern Open and return to the Top 10. The 24-year-old defeated four Slam champions - Garbiñe Muguruza, Simona Halep, Venus Williams, and Kuznetsova - en route to her 5th title of her career and 2nd of the season. Keys joins the podcast to discuss her breakthrough week of controlled, aggressive tennis, her mindset going into the pressure-filled fortnight at the US Open, and how her grandparents felt after witnessing her triumph from the sidelines.
info_outline 2019 Wimbledon: Simona Halep plays it perfect to win the Championships 07/13/2019
2019 Wimbledon: Simona Halep plays it perfect to win the Championships Simona Halep played the match of her life to defeat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 to win 2019 Wimbledon. The World No.7, who will rise to No.4 on Monday, dropped just one set over the fortnight to become the first Romanian to win the Wimbledon singles title, her second major title in the last two years. Hear Halep address reporters after her big win and then sit down with WTA Insider for a candid chat about what triggered her renewed mindset at Wimbledon and what it portends for the future.
info_outline Andrea Jaeger on prodigies, platforms, and philanthropy 07/07/2019
Andrea Jaeger on prodigies, platforms, and philanthropy Former World No.2 Andrea Jaeger joins the podcast at Wimbledon after the launch of her Little Star Foundations Global Art Competition, to discuss how she grappled with the platform her early success gave her and offers advice for current athletes on how to give back to the communities the sport touches on a weekly basis. Jaeger also weighs in on the story of the tournament so far, 15-year-old Coco Gauff. Jaeger turned pro when she was 14-years-old and made two major finals as a teenager before stepping away from the sport due to injury.
info_outline Champions Corner: Ash Barty comes full circle at Roland Garros 06/09/2019
Champions Corner: Ash Barty comes full circle at Roland Garros Ashleigh Barty's first overseas trip from Australia took her to Paris 10 years ago as a 13-year-old. Now, the 23-year-old, who will rise to No.2 in the rankings on Monday, is the 2019 French Open champion. Barty became the first Australian woman to win a major since Samantha Stosur at the 2011 US Open and is set to become the highest-ranked Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1976. Barty joins the podcast the day after her big win to reflect on the journey to her maiden major, which included a stint away from the sport and a heartbreaking moment right here on Court Philippe Chatrier two years ago.
info_outline Champions Corner: Karolina Pliskova reigns in Rome 05/19/2019
Champions Corner: Karolina Pliskova reigns in Rome Karolina Pliskova came to Rome with zero expectations and she leaves with the biggest clay title of her career. The Czech, who will rise to No.2 on Monday, rewrote her history in Rome, defeating Johanna Konta in the final to win the Internazionali BNL d"Italia. The plain-speaking champ joins the podcast to reflect on the evolution of her game, her title run in Rome, and what it's like to travel the world with her husband Michal.
info_outline Champions Corner: Kiki Bertens makes history in Madrid (w/ Raemon Sluiter) 05/12/2019
Champions Corner: Kiki Bertens makes history in Madrid (w/ Raemon Sluiter) Kiki Bertens became the first woman to ever win the Mutua Madrid Open title without losing a set, defeating reigning Roland Garros champion Simona Halep 6-4, 6-4 to win the biggest title of her career. The 27-year-old will make more history on Monday, when she rises to No.4 to become the highest-ranked Dutchwoman ever. That's not a bad week's work. Bertens and her coach Raemon Sluiter join the podcast to reflect on their monumental title run, and preview what's next as Roland Garros looms.
info_outline Champions Corner: Petra Kvitova drives away in Stuttgart 04/28/2019
Champions Corner: Petra Kvitova drives away in Stuttgart In the end, Petra Kvitova raced away with her first Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title in Stuttgart, defeating Anett Kontaveit 6-3, 7-6(2) to win her 27th career title. It wasn't always easy sailing for the Czech, who is set to return to No.2 on Monday, but Kvitova leaves Stuttgart with a load of confidence after winning her first clay title of the season in her first clay event.
info_outline Julie Heldman on her new book, WTA history, and mental health 04/10/2019
Julie Heldman on her new book, WTA history, and mental health Julie Heldman, a member of the Original 9, marvels at what the WTA Tour has become in the 49 years since her brave cohorts signed the famous one dollar contract to form what would become the WTA. But she also wants the world to know that it wasn't all fun and games. The author of "Driven: A Daughter's Odyssey", joins the podcast to the difficult dualities of her life on tour. From her fraught relationship with her mother Gladys Heldman, one of the instrumental figures in the formation of the tour, her battles with mental illness, to finding inspiration in being surrounded by a hard-nosed group of outcasts, Heldman candidly discusses her truth and her experience in hopes of educating the masses.
info_outline Champions Corner: Madison Keys kicks up the clay in Charleston (w/ Juan Todero) 04/08/2019
Champions Corner: Madison Keys kicks up the clay in Charleston (w/ Juan Todero) Madison Keys can win on clay. Now that she has, maybe she'll finally believe it. The 24-year-old took home her first clay title at the Volvo Car Open, defeating Caroline Wozniacki 7-6(5), 6-2 in the final. The win capped off a resurgent week for Keys, who came into Charleston off two back-to-back heartbreaking three-set losses, and leaves with her 1st title since 2017 Stanford, having beaten three major champions - Jelena Ostapenko, Sloane Stephens, and Wozniacki - to win her fourth WTA title. Hear from both Keys and her coach Juan Todero after their wildly successful reunion.
info_outline Champions Corner: Ash Barty stuns at Miami Open 03/30/2019
Champions Corner: Ash Barty stuns at Miami Open Australia's Ashleigh Barty capped off a Sunshine Swing full of surprises by defeating Karolina Pliskova to win the biggest title of her career at the Miami Open. The 22-year-old's title run included big wins over two of the most in-form players of the hardcourt season in Petra Kvitova and Pliskova, and cemented her Top 10 debut on Monday. The Aussie sat down on the WTA Insider Podcast to reflect on her successful fortnight, her comeback after her early-career hiatus, and to give some love to retired doubles partner Casey Dellacqua.
info_outline Champions Corner: Bianca Andreescu makes history at Indian Wells 03/18/2019
Champions Corner: Bianca Andreescu makes history at Indian Wells Bianca Andreescu didn't believe she'd win the BNP Paribas Open title when she arrived in Indian Wells and she almost bowed out in the first round. But the winningest player across all levels this season put together a statement run to her first WTA title, defeating four seeds and two Top 10 players in Elina Svitolina and Angelique Kerber in the final, coming back from a break down in the third to win. The overwhelmed Canadian teen joins the podcast to reflect on her week in the California desert and the evolution of her game, which made everyone sit up and take notice over the Indian Wells fortnight.
info_outline Champions Corner: Belinda Bencic is the 'Comeback Kid' in Dubai 02/23/2019
Champions Corner: Belinda Bencic is the 'Comeback Kid' in Dubai Belinda Bencic capped off a stunning and dramatic run to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships title, defeating Petra Kvitova 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to win her second Premier 5 title. En route to her biggest title since 2015, the 21-year-old Swiss saved match points against Aryna Sabalenka in the Round of 16, came back from a set down to oust Simona Halep, came back from 3-5 in the third to defeat two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina, and outlasted Kvitova in the final. In all, Bencic tallied four consecutive Top 10 wins to secure her first tour-level title in over three years after injuries derailed her prodigious climb, which saw her rise to as high as No.7 in 2016.
info_outline Champions Corner: Naomi Osaka ascends to No.1 after Australian Open triumph 01/27/2019
Champions Corner: Naomi Osaka ascends to No.1 after Australian Open triumph Naomi Osaka is set to rise to World No.1 on Monday after her hard-fought fortnight in Melbourne, where she walked away with her second major title, defeating Petra Kvitova 7-6(2), 5-7, 6-4 to win the Australian Open. It's deja vu for Osaka, who joins the WTA Insider Podcast the day after her win to reflect on her big milestone, which is finally starting to sink in.
info_outline Champions Corner: Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai take home the Australian Open doubles title 01/25/2019
Champions Corner: Sam Stosur and Zhang Shuai take home the Australian Open doubles title Samantha Stosur and Zhang Shuai tallied their 10th consecutive win to win the Australian Open title, defeating No.2 seeds Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 6-4 to win their first major title as a team. Stosur and Zhang join the podcast to discuss their seed slaying run to the title - they knocked off the No.1 and No.2 seeds - their dramatic semifinal win over Barbora Strycova and Marketa Vondrousova, and how the title is even sweeter given it was Stosur who talked Zhang out of retiring in 2015.
info_outline Australian Open Final Preview: Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova relaxed and ready to go 01/25/2019
Australian Open Final Preview: Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova relaxed and ready to go Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova have never faced each other. Neither have won the Australian Open. Neither has ever been World No.1. All that changes on Saturday, as the two champions face-off in the Australian Open final, with the winner also being crowned the new WTA World No.1. Osaka and Kvitova join Senior Writer Courtney Nguyen in Melbourne, to reflect on their different journeys to Saturday's final, and reveal how they've managed to keep their heads on straight in the first Slam of the season.
info_outline 2019 Australian Open Preview (w/ Reem Abulleil) 01/12/2019
2019 Australian Open Preview (w/ Reem Abulleil) The first Slam of the 2019 season is already upon us! Freelance tennis reporter Reem Abulleil joins the podcast to analyze the draw and highlight the biggest storylines heading into the 2019 Australian Open.
info_outline Champions Corner: Karolina Pliskova's perfect start in Brisbane 01/07/2019
Champions Corner: Karolina Pliskova's perfect start in Brisbane Karolina Pliskova kicks off the 2019 Champions Corner Season after taking home her second Brisbane International title, coming back from the brink in the final to defeat Lesia Tsurenko 4-6, 7-5, 6-2. The Czech reflects on her week on the Gold Coast, the key pep talk from coach Rennae Stubbs, and how her scrappy title run gives her confidence heading to the Australian Open.