TENNIS : LOVE GAME OF GOD :18 week 2012

OEIRAS, Portugal — Kaia Kanepi of Estonia won the Estoril Open after saving two match points to beat Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 in the final on Saturday.

“I’ve won a few matches from match points down but I’ve never won a final like this,” Kanepi said. “I’ll remember this final in a good way for a long time.”

Defending champion Juan del Potro of Argentina beat third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka in straight sets and will meet Richard Gasquet in the men’s final on Sunday.

Del Potro didn’t surrender a break-point chance in winning 7-6 (2), 6-4.

The second-seeded Gasquet of France had to rally from a set down to outlast Albert Ramos 2-6, 7-6 (1), 7-5 in the first men’s semifinal.

It will be Gasquet’s first final since July 2010.

MUNICH, Germany — Third-seeded Marin Cilic beat German veteran Tommy Haas in straight sets on Saturday to reach the final of the BMW Open, where he will face 2007 winner Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Cilic, the 2010 finalist, dropped just five points from his own serve as the 23-year-old Croat defeated Haas 6-3, 6-4 in 1 hour, 15 minutes.

The 34-year-old Haas was once ranked as high as No. 2 but has dropped to No. 134. He was playing in his first ATP semifinal since August 2009 after receiving a wild card into the clay-court tournament.

The fourth-seeded Kohlschreiber beating second-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain 6-2, 6-7 (4), 6-4.

The 28-year-old German is hoping to lift his first trophy on Sunday since winning the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany last year.

The Munich tournament is one of the warm-up events for the French Open.

MADRID, Spain — Venus Williams held off a late surge by Simona Halep to win 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (6) in the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday.

“On the last match point I went for it. I wanted to leave it all out there on the court,” said Williams, playing just her third tournament following a seven-month absence due to illness.

“A match like that can be good. We hit a lot of balls and I was able to get that clay-court mentality right away. I have to keep remembering I’m on clay.”

Earlier, fifth-seeded Sam Stosur also needed three sets to beat Petra Martic.

Stosur saved six break points to claim the tight contest from the Croatian, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (5).

Stosur will next face American Christina McHale, who converted five of 14 break points to beat Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson 6-4, 7-5.

“She’s an up-and-coming young player who hits the ball well and is a great athlete,” Stosur said. “I will have to be prepared and be on my game.”

Also, eighth-seeded Li Na off China hit seven aces to ease by Gabrine Muguruza Blanco of Spain 6-2, 6-4.

Sorana Cirstea of Romania came from behind to upset seventh-seeded Marion Bartoli 6-7 (6), 6-4, 6-3, while Petra Cetkovska of the Czech Republic brushed by 10th-seeded Vera Zvonareva 6-2, 6-2.

Other winners included Mona Barthel of Germany, Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic, and local favourite Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

News from 18 week 2012 : 29 April 2012 to 5 May 2012

Saturday, May 05, 2012

Venus Williams beats Halep in Madrid Open first round

Kanepi saves two match points to win Estoril Open

Italy’s Errani wins Budapest Grand Prix final

Second-seeded Seppi to face Paire in Serbia Open final

Cilic beats Haas to reach BMW open final for second time

Champion’s point : 3

My greatest point is my persistence. I never give up in a match. However down I am, I fight until the last ball. My list of matches shows that I have turned a great many so-called irretrievable defeats into victories. 
Bjorn Borg 

Björn Rune Borg (Swedish pronunciation: [bjœːɳ bɔrj] ( listen); born 6 June 1956) is a former world no. 1 tennis player from Sweden. Between 1974 and 1981 he won 11Grand Slam singles titles. He won five consecutive Wimbledon singles titles (a record shared with Roger Federer) and six French Open singles titles (a record shared withRafael Nadal).He is considered by many to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time