Sunday, July 21, 2013

This weeks tour winners


It was lucky number 28 for Sarena Williams today. The world number one won her 28th consecutive clay court match en route to winning the Swedish open. It was a shakey start for Williams who was broken straight away by home favourite Johanna Larsson, but the American held her nerve and used experience to ease her way to a 64 61 victory. This is Williams 7th title this year (with 5 of them being on clay) and believe it or not her first ever title at a WTA international level. Her post win victory speech can be seen here.

Over in Austria at the WTA Gastein Ladies it was home delight as 29 year old Yvonne Meusburger won her first ever WTA title. Meusburger who played number 1 seed Mona Barthel in the second round when Barthel pulled out with a shoulder injury, enjoyed a straight sets win on Czech Andrea Hlavackova 75 62. This follows her good run in Budapest last week which she made the final as well.



Over in Germany at the Bet-At-Home German Tennis Championships, it was a final that nobody would of predicted. Little know qualifier Federico Delbonis had the best week of his tennis career with wins over players such as Verdasco, Robredo and of course Federer. The Argentinians dream week was nearly 100% complete but an in form Italian Fabio Fognini had other ideas. In a close tightly fought three setter Fognini proved eventually victorious in a 46 76(10-8) 62 win after 2 hours and 27 minutes. Fognini is now currently on a ten match winning streak and Delbonis is almost certain to enter the top 100. All in all a good week for the underdogs.

In Colombia at the Claro open it was joy for veteran tennis player and former world number 14 Ivo Karlovic. 2013 hasn't been Karlovic's favourite year I would imagine, two of them so far has been spent getting over viral meningitis. In the final he was up against home boy Alejandro Falla. Both men who were unseeded produced impressive wins on the way to the final with Karlovic beating 5th seed Manna and 2nd seed Anderson, while Falla beat top seed Tipsarevic in the quarter finals. Karlovic won 63 76(7-4) and ended his five year ATP title drought.

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