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Jul 25, 2016

Johanna Konta won the first WTA title of her career, and the biggest by any British woman in 30 years after defeating Venus Williams in a nerve-shredding three-set final in Stanford. 

Konta, who a year ago was ranked outside the World’s Top 100 and playing ITF tournaments, is now World No.14 and currently ninth in the race to the WTA finals in Singapore. According to The Tennis Podcast team, who convened after the final to discuss her rise, she is increasingly looking like a Top Ten player. 

Following her 6-4, 6-2 win over Dominika Cibulkova in the semifinal, Konta raced to a 7-5, 4-1, double-break lead over Williams, and looked to be cruising to the title. But she wobbled with the finish line in sight, and Williams roared back to take the set 7-5 and force a decider.

After regrouping at the end of set 2, Konta won the third 6-2 to become the first British woman since Sue Barker in 1977 to win the title. 

Podcast presenters David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) watched the match and discuss the extraordinary transformation that Konta has undergone over the past year, and assess her chances of qualifying for the season-ending Tour finals.

They also cover the decision to allow Russian players to compete in the Olympic tennis event, the biggest win over Gael Monfils’ career, and the plethora of other tournaments played in a jam-packed week. 

Coaching changes by Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov are also discussed, as is the rise of Dan Evans. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. 

Jul 18, 2016

After Andy Murray won Wimbledon he was straight on a plane to Serbia for the Davis Cup quarterfinals. But not to play.

This time it was another British player - Kyle Edmund, who was the hero. 

Catherine Whitaker and David Law convene to cover a cracking Davis Cup quarterfinal weekend in which both Croatia and the United States made history, but for rather different reasons.

And we enter the Poll Vault. Don't ask.

The Tennis Podcast has been produced in association with Telegraph Sport. 

Jul 10, 2016

 

Andy Murray won the second Wimbledon title of his career, and the Tennis Podcast team were astounded by his level of consistency throughout the final, and during the entire fortnight. 

Three closely fought sets against Milos Raonic were won in fine style, and David Law (BBC 5 Live), Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and Simon Briggs (Telegraph Tennis Correspondent) discussed his feat just as Murray himself walked by after the match.

And what next for Murray? We hear from Mark Philippoussis, who believes his best is yet to come, including the World No.1 ranking.

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

Jul 9, 2016

Serena Williams has drawn level with Steffi Graf on 22 Grand Slam titles, and the Tennis Podcast team got together to pay tribute to her.

The Telegraph's Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined BBC 5 Live commentator David Law and Eurosport presenter Catherine Whitaker to review a highly entertaining clash between Williams and Angelique Kerber, and speculate about how many major titles the American will end up with. 

After that it was on to the men's final, in which Andy Murray will try to win a second Wimbledon title, and Milos Raonic his first. Where will the match be won and lost? How many sets are we in for? And who will hold the trophy aloft at the end?

It's all discussed on the Tennis Podcast, which is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

David Law will be part of the BBC 5 Live commentary team on the men's singles final, which takes place at 2pm on Sunday. 

Jul 8, 2016

Milos Raonic is into a Grand Slam final for the first time in his career. Andy Murray is there, too, and for the first time he will not have Roger Federer or Novak Djokovic standing in his way.

To review semifinals day and preview the final, we hear from the 1996 champion Richard Krajicek, who nearly worked with Raonic himself and shares many things in common. How has Raonic become a finalist? What are the keys to his success? And who will win when the Canadian faces Murray on Sunday?

Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport), David Law (BBC 5 Live) and Simon Briggs (The Telegraph) get together to share their thoughts on the men’s semifinals and final, and to preview the women’s final.

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

Jul 7, 2016

Goran Ivanisevic was inconsolable the day after the man he coaches, Marin Cilic, lost out to Roger Federer after holding three match point, and the Croatian now believes Andy Murray will go on to win the title. 

In an interview with Tennis Podcast presenter and BBC 5 Live commentator David Law, Ivanisevic said this was the worst he had felt in nearly 20 years, since losing to Pete Sampras in the 1998 final.

He believes Federer against Raonic is now '50-50', that Murray will take care of Tomas Berdych, and that Murray will win his second Wimbledon. 

Law is joined by co-host Catherine Whitaker, Simon Briggs from the Telegraph, and special guest Russell Fuller, the BBC's Tennis Correspondent, to review the victories of Serena Williams over Elena Vesnina, and Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph.

Jul 6, 2016

Have we just witnessed the greatest Wimbledon quarterfinals day in history? First Roger Federer recovered from two sets to love down against Marin Cilic to win in the fifth, and then Andy Murray held on in the face of a stunning fightback from Jo Wilfried Tsonga to triumph, also in five.

Afterwards, The Tennis Podcast team - Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) - were joined by The Telegraph's Chief Sports Feature Writer Oliver Brown to weigh up whether we've ever seen anything better, pick apart how Federer did it, and what makes Murray the pit-bull competitor that he is. 

The team preview the men's semifinals, and look ahead to the women's semis, which take place on Thursday.

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport.

Jul 5, 2016

Venus and Serena Williams rolled on to the Wimbledon semifinals, aged 36 and 34 respectively, to keep alive the chance of a history-making all-Williams final.

Catherine, David and Simon Briggs (Telegraph) are joined by former ATP pro and BBC 5 Live commentator Jeff Tarango to discuss their extraordinary stories, assess their chances against Angelique Kerber and Elena Vesnina respectively, and to look ahead to the men's quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with The Telegraph

Jul 4, 2016

The supposed 'blockbuster clash' between Andy Murray and Nick Kyrgios turned into a bit of a damp squib as Murray dismissed the Australian's challenge in less than a couple of hours to reach the quarterfinals. 

Was it all Murray brilliance that led to the straight sets win, or did Kyrgios let himself down? All discussed on the Tennis Podcast. 

Long-time BBC 5 Live tennis commentator Alastair Eykyn joins Telegraph tennis correspondent Simon Briggs and podcast presenters David Law and Catherine Whitaker to discuss a day known as 'manic Monday' because of the number of high profile matches played in one day.

They review a comeback win for Milos Raonic, the excellence of Roger Federer and the potential for an all-Williams women's final at Wimbledon. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. 

Jul 3, 2016

Nick Kyrgios finished the job against Feliciano Lopez on Sunday to set up a blockbuster clash in the last 16 on Monday, and afterwards it felt as if he is finally coming of age.

Kyrgios was imperious in blunting the serve-volley game of Lopez, and then ditched his normally combative, tetchy demeanour in the post-match press conference to inform, entertain and amuse the assembled media. 

Telegraph Tennis Correspondent Simon Briggs joined Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live) to discuss his performance, both on court and in the press conference, and to assess how they think Kyrgios vs. Murray will go.

The progress of Serena Williams is also covered, with the draws dissected ahead of Manic Monday, when all of the last 16 matches in both singles draws will be played. 

The Tennis Podcast is produced in association with Telegraph Sport. 

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