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WTA Insider Podcast

WTA Insider Podcast

WTA Insider

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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.

Latest Episodes

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.

38 minOCT 30
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A pillar of professionalism, Julia Goerges retires.

Champions Corner: Sabalenka Sweeps in Ostrava

Aryna Sabalenka came back from the brink at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open to become the first player to sweep the singles and doubles titles at a Premier-level or higher since 2016. After being five points from losing in her first two rounds of the tournament, Sabalenka dominated down the stretch, defeating Victoria Azarenka to win her 7th WTA singles title, and then teaming up with Elise Mertens to capture the doubles title. Sabalenka joins the podcast after her successful week to reflect on what she learned from her slow starts and what she needs to do to apply this successful tour-level formula to the Slams.

13 minOCT 26
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Champions Corner: Sabalenka Sweeps in Ostrava

Champions Corner: Swiatek stuns in historic Roland Garros run

The youngest Roland Garros champion since Monica Seles. The most dominating Roland Garros title run since Stefanie Graf. The first Grand Slam singles champion from Poland. 19-year-old Iga Swiatek checked off quite a few boxes in Paris, where she lost just 28 games to capture her first major title. The thoughtful teenager joins the podcast to reflect on her triumphant fortnight, reveal the keys to her nerveless play, and what her future holds.

16 minOCT 11
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Champions Corner: Swiatek stuns in historic Roland Garros run

Champions Corner: Halep reminisces in Rome

Simona Halep extended her winning streak to 14 matches by finally capturing the one big clay-court title that has eluded her. The World No.2 came through in her third final in Rome to win the Internazionali BNL d'Italia for her third title of 2020 and 22nd title overall. Halep joins the podcast to reflect on her seven-year journey in Rome, the site of her breakout tournament in 2013, and looks ahead to Roland Garros.

12 minSEP 22
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Champions Corner: Halep reminisces in Rome

Champions Corner: Osaka makes a statement at US Open

Naomi Osaka became the youngest woman to capture her third major title since 2008, rallying from a set and a break down to defeat Victoria Azarenka in the final of the 2020 US Open. Osaka joins the podcast to reflect on her 11-match win-streak in the New York bubble, the keys to her title run, and how she hopes her concurrent activism will impact the sport and the world at large.

14 minSEP 13
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Champions Corner: Osaka makes a statement at US Open

Original 9: Gladys Heldman

On this episode we continue our series on the 50th anniversary of the Original 9, who came together on September 23rd in 1970 to sign a one dollar contract with promoter and World Tennis Magazine founder Gladys Heldman to form the first women's professional tour, a precursor to the WTA which would be formed three years later in 1973. Today, thanks to our friends at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, we are excited to share a wonderful radio interview with Gladys Heldman herself, which was done during her induction to the Hall of Fame in 1979. As Billie Jean King has said, “Without Gladys Heldman, there wouldn't be women's professional tennis. She was a passionate advocate for women tennis players and, as the driving force behind the start of the Virginia Slims Tour in 1970, she helped change the face of women's sports."

43 minSEP 9
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Original 9: Gladys Heldman

Champions Corner: Victoria Azarenka returns to the Winner's Circle in Cincy

Victoria Azarenka ended a 12-month winless drought in style at the 2020 Western & Southern Open, not only capturing her first main draw match win since the summer of 2019, but her first title since 2016 and her first title since returning to the tour as a mother. Azarenka joins the podcast to reflect on her resurgent week in New York, why she came close to retirement in January, and why, no matter whether she's winning or losing, we just can't stop talking about her.

17 minAUG 30
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Champions Corner: Victoria Azarenka returns to the Winner's Circle in Cincy

Champions Corner: Simona Halep, Jennifer Brady win big on restarts

Simona Halep and and Jennifer Brady join the WTA Insider Podcast to reflect on their successful season restarts, which were punctuated by title runs at the Prague Open and Top Seed Open in Lexington, respectively. World No.2 Halep extended her winning streak to nine matches after coming through a pair of early scares in Prague to win her 21st career title. American Jennifer Brady captured her 1st WTA Title in dominant fashion, rolling through the Lexington field to win the title without losing a set and being broken just three times all week. For both Halep and Brady, their title runs last week simply underlined their fabulous starts to the season. Not even a five-month shutdown could derail their progress.

23 minAUG 18
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Champions Corner: Simona Halep, Jennifer Brady win big on restarts

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.

42 minJUN 24
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In Conversation: Billie Jean King

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.

10 minMAR 1
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Champions Corner: Sabalenka finds peace in Doha

Latest Episodes

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.

38 minOCT 30
Comments
A pillar of professionalism, Julia Goerges retires.

Champions Corner: Sabalenka Sweeps in Ostrava

Aryna Sabalenka came back from the brink at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open to become the first player to sweep the singles and doubles titles at a Premier-level or higher since 2016. After being five points from losing in her first two rounds of the tournament, Sabalenka dominated down the stretch, defeating Victoria Azarenka to win her 7th WTA singles title, and then teaming up with Elise Mertens to capture the doubles title. Sabalenka joins the podcast after her successful week to reflect on what she learned from her slow starts and what she needs to do to apply this successful tour-level formula to the Slams.

13 minOCT 26
Comments
Champions Corner: Sabalenka Sweeps in Ostrava

Champions Corner: Swiatek stuns in historic Roland Garros run

The youngest Roland Garros champion since Monica Seles. The most dominating Roland Garros title run since Stefanie Graf. The first Grand Slam singles champion from Poland. 19-year-old Iga Swiatek checked off quite a few boxes in Paris, where she lost just 28 games to capture her first major title. The thoughtful teenager joins the podcast to reflect on her triumphant fortnight, reveal the keys to her nerveless play, and what her future holds.

16 minOCT 11
Comments
Champions Corner: Swiatek stuns in historic Roland Garros run

Champions Corner: Halep reminisces in Rome

Simona Halep extended her winning streak to 14 matches by finally capturing the one big clay-court title that has eluded her. The World No.2 came through in her third final in Rome to win the Internazionali BNL d'Italia for her third title of 2020 and 22nd title overall. Halep joins the podcast to reflect on her seven-year journey in Rome, the site of her breakout tournament in 2013, and looks ahead to Roland Garros.

12 minSEP 22
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Champions Corner: Halep reminisces in Rome

Champions Corner: Osaka makes a statement at US Open

Naomi Osaka became the youngest woman to capture her third major title since 2008, rallying from a set and a break down to defeat Victoria Azarenka in the final of the 2020 US Open. Osaka joins the podcast to reflect on her 11-match win-streak in the New York bubble, the keys to her title run, and how she hopes her concurrent activism will impact the sport and the world at large.

14 minSEP 13
Comments
Champions Corner: Osaka makes a statement at US Open

Original 9: Gladys Heldman

On this episode we continue our series on the 50th anniversary of the Original 9, who came together on September 23rd in 1970 to sign a one dollar contract with promoter and World Tennis Magazine founder Gladys Heldman to form the first women's professional tour, a precursor to the WTA which would be formed three years later in 1973. Today, thanks to our friends at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, we are excited to share a wonderful radio interview with Gladys Heldman herself, which was done during her induction to the Hall of Fame in 1979. As Billie Jean King has said, “Without Gladys Heldman, there wouldn't be women's professional tennis. She was a passionate advocate for women tennis players and, as the driving force behind the start of the Virginia Slims Tour in 1970, she helped change the face of women's sports."

43 minSEP 9
Comments
Original 9: Gladys Heldman

Champions Corner: Victoria Azarenka returns to the Winner's Circle in Cincy

Victoria Azarenka ended a 12-month winless drought in style at the 2020 Western & Southern Open, not only capturing her first main draw match win since the summer of 2019, but her first title since 2016 and her first title since returning to the tour as a mother. Azarenka joins the podcast to reflect on her resurgent week in New York, why she came close to retirement in January, and why, no matter whether she's winning or losing, we just can't stop talking about her.

17 minAUG 30
Comments
Champions Corner: Victoria Azarenka returns to the Winner's Circle in Cincy

Champions Corner: Simona Halep, Jennifer Brady win big on restarts

Simona Halep and and Jennifer Brady join the WTA Insider Podcast to reflect on their successful season restarts, which were punctuated by title runs at the Prague Open and Top Seed Open in Lexington, respectively. World No.2 Halep extended her winning streak to nine matches after coming through a pair of early scares in Prague to win her 21st career title. American Jennifer Brady captured her 1st WTA Title in dominant fashion, rolling through the Lexington field to win the title without losing a set and being broken just three times all week. For both Halep and Brady, their title runs last week simply underlined their fabulous starts to the season. Not even a five-month shutdown could derail their progress.

23 minAUG 18
Comments
Champions Corner: Simona Halep, Jennifer Brady win big on restarts

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.

42 minJUN 24
Comments
In Conversation: Billie Jean King

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.

10 minMAR 1
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Champions Corner: Sabalenka finds peace in Doha
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