Tennis player Demi Shores is hoping to end her season on a high note with a disappointing Grand Slam. The doubles specialist is participating in the WTA Finals for the fifth time, the year-end tournament for the top eight pairings of the year. Even before the tournament started in Cancun, Mexico, there was already a lot of criticism from the players.
“It’s a completely different feeling to participate for the fifth time compared to my first appearance,” said Shores, who teams up with American Desiree Krawczyk. “We were in a very good position at the beginning of the season and very strange things had to happen if we wanted to miss out. Last year we managed to get 20 points, but now it’s much easier.”
The 30-year-old Schors is ranked 19th in the world doubles rankings. She was once the world No. 7, but due to the lack of Grand Slam outliers in 2023, she has fallen somewhat. “The standings fluctuate a little bit, but that’s part of it. Things have been a bit unfortunate at the Grand Slams this season. At the US Open we had to withdraw because my partner was injured and at Wimbledon I had an injury and had to withdraw. “It’s been two lost tournaments.”
Despite poor results at Grand Slams, Shores easily qualified for the WTA Finals. “For example, we reached the final in Montreal, where exactly the same girls participated as in the Grand Slams. But somehow, things still did not go well in the Grand Slams. My goal in the coming years is to compete in those tournaments. To achieve Fortunately there is still room for growth.
Schurs had more success in the WTA Finals. She has already reached the quarterfinals three times: in 2019, 2021 and 2022. The tournament was scheduled to be held this year in China again, but at the beginning of September the tournament was assigned to Cancun.
In recent days, many players have expressed their dissatisfaction with the conditions of the tournament held in the Mexican coastal city. For example, Aryna Sabalenka was dissatisfied with the number of training tracks and, according to her, there was only one stringer. Moreover, there was still a lot of construction work going on.
“I actually heard there were some stories going around,” Schurz said. “But I think we are in a great position. The only drawback is that the main court is not finished yet, but there was a lot of rain. I think they did a great job, and people forget that the tournament was just a tournament.” He was hired a month ago.”
The Schuurs are coached in Mexico by former professional player Kirsten Flipkens from Belgium.
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