The official podcast of the Women's Tennis Association, hosted by Courtney Nguyen, Senior Writer, WTA Insider. Bringing fans closer to the WTA with weekly analysis and interviews with players, broadcasters, and the men and women behind the scenes who drive women's tennis.
Champions Corner: Barty's battles from the brink in Stuttgart
World No.1 Ashleigh Barty tallied her 11th career title and a tour-leading third of the season at the 2021 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, rallying from a set down in her last three matches to take the title in her tournament debut.
Barty reflects on the success of her long overseas trip so far, which has seen her win titles in Miami and Stuttgart and race to No.1 on the Porsche Race to Shenzhen Leaderboard.
Champions Corner: Kvitova conquers Doha (again!)
Petra Kvitova captured her 28th career title at the 2021 Qatar Total Open, defeating Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-1 in the final. With the win, Kvitova won her first title since 2019 Stuttgart and tallied her tour-leading 20th victory in Doha.
Kvitova joins the podcast to break down the keys to her Doha title run. The Czech star also discusses her two Wimbledon titles and explains why her 2014 title run may have been career-defining.
Champions Corner: Swiatek sizzles in Adelaide win
Iga Swiatek captured her first hardcourt title and second career title, winning the 2021 Adelaide International with a 6-2, 6-2 win over No.2 seed Belinda Bencic in the final.
Everything came together perfectly for Swiatek in Adelaide, where she steamrolled through the field to drop just 23 games over five matches, finishing her successful week by winning her final 18 service games.
Swiatek joins the podcast from Adelaide to reflect on what went right in Adelaide and explain how her mind, which craves logic and rationality, can produce a game that is so unpredictable.
Champions Corner: Naomi Osaka wins No.4 at the Australian Open
Naomi Osaka captured her fourth major title at the Australian Open, defeating Jennifer Brady 6-4, 6-3 to win her 2nd title in Melbourne. Osaka has now pulled off the New York-Melbourne double twice in her young career, and she will leave Australia riding a 21-match winning streak.
Osaka joined the podcast by phone from Melbourne to reflect on her win and look ahead to her prospects at Roland Garros and Wimbledon.
Champions Corner: Aryna Sabalenka picks up where she left off
Aryna Sabalenka can't lose. The 22-year-old Belarusian finished the 2020 season with back-to-back titles and she kicked off her 2021 season with another, defeating Veronika Kudermetova 6-2, 6-2 to win the Abu Dhabi WTA Women's Tennis Open. Her winning week extended her career-best winning streak to 15 matches, secured her third consecutive title and ninth of her career, and will propel her to a new career-high ranking on Monday at No.7.
That's not a bad week of work.
Sabalenka joined the WTA Insider Podcast from Abu Dhabi and reveals how losing her father put her tennis in perspective and how she plans to deal with the heightened expectations as she heads to the Australian Open as the hottest player on tour.
A pillar of professionalism, Julia Goerges retires.
Julia Goerges has announced her retirement, ending a 15-year career that that saw her break into the Top 10, make a Wimbledon semifinal, capture seven WTA singles titles, and stand shoulder-to-shoulder alongside Germany's Golden Generation of talent, with Angelique Kerber, Andrea Petkovic, and Sabine Lisicki.
Goerges leaves behind a legacy of professionalism and respect that left an indelible mark on the WTA locker room, as evidenced by the outpouring of well-wishes from her colleagues and friends.
Goerges joins the podcast to reflect on her decision to hang up her trusty Babolat racquets, detail what it was like playing in the long shadow of Stefanie Graf, and why her straight-shooting ways left a mark on the tour's younger generation.
Fantastic tennis podcast
Courtney does a phenomenal job bringing us closer to the great champions of women’s tennis. Her access is unparalleled and her questions are both warmly personal and incisive. Highly recommended for tennis fans.
Black Lives Mattershould not be allowed on the wall at your tennis match. That is Racist. Its Very Annoying. A sport is for the enjoyment of the fans. They should not have to put up with that crap.
Flames! Best WTA pod
New WTA fan, and this is basically required listening for any tennis fan. This pod is a great way to catch up on events you missed, which was awesome as a newer fan. Hearing from the title winners w the champions corners eps is so dope, and any other eps are also appreciated! 🙌🔥🔥🔥. Keep up the great work