women’s Tennis champions : 9 Week 2013

PLISKOVA

WINS

FIRST WTA TITLE

IN KL

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The Pliskova twins have been talked about for a long time, doing so well in the juniors and already making waves together in the pros in doubles – but one of them made a very big breakthrough on Sunday, asKarolina Pliskova won her first WTA title at the BMW Malaysian Open.

Karolina Pliskova battled back from a first set blowout and blasted 10 aces to beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the final of the BMW Malaysian Open, the first WTA title of her blossoming career.

Pliskova stormed through her first four rounds in straight sets, including a particularly resonant win in the semifinals, beating No.4 seed Ayumi Morita, 60 62 – having never been beyond the quarterfinals of a WTA event before, she was treading new ground, but needless to say, the Czech meant business.

ERRANI

DEFENDS

ACAPULCO TITLE

ACAPULCO, México – Sometimes a player will have a breakthrough year but the next year succumb to the sophomore slump – maybe they’re a little drained, maybe the other players are figuring out how to play them more, or perhaps another reason. Sara Errani has been defying all of that in 2013 though, and on Saturday the Italian picked up her first WTA title of the year at the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL.

The No.1-seeded Errani didn’t drop a set all week and then came out like a house on fire in the final against Carla Suárez Navarro, winning the first eight games of the match and, after a very grueling next eight games, finally closing out the No.2-seeded Spaniard after a 68-minute second set, 60 64.

“I’m so happy I closed it out at the end. Carla was playing really well. I’m even happier because it’s my first time defending a WTA title. I love this tournament – it’s a really special tournament for me.”

Errani comes away with her seventh WTA title. She won her first two in 2008 (at Palermo and Portoroz) and her next four during her breakthrough 2012 (at Acapulco, Barcelona, Budapest and Palermo).

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Men’s Tennis champions : 9 Week 2013

ABIERTO MEXICANO TELCEL 2013

NADAL

DETHRONES FERRER

FOR

ACAPULCO TROPHY

Acapulco, Mexico

ACAPULCO, Mexico – Rafael Nadal blasted past top seed and defending champion David Ferrer 6-0, 6-2 in Saturday’s final of the Mexican Open in a powerful performance that indicated he has quickly returned to near his best after a long-term knee injury.

Ferrer was a three-time defending champion and had won 19 straight matches in this event, but he could find no answer to Nadal, losing to his Spanish compatriot in just one hour and five minutes.

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

DJOKOVIC

WINS

FOURTH DUBAI CROWN

Dubai, UAE

 

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Novak Djokovic came from a break down in the first set to win his fourth Dubai Championships title in five years on Saturday, downing third-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-5, 6-3.

The top-ranked Djokovic extended his unbeaten streak this year to 13 matches, which included his third straight Australian Open title, and has now defeated Berdych in 13 of their last 14 meetings. It was his 36th career title.

“It was never going to be an easy final for either one of us,” Djokovic said. “Tomas is a fantastic player. He has been around the tour and was a Grand Slam finalist (at Wimbledon). … I’m just fortunate to go through.”

DELRAY BEACH INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2013

GULBIS

WINS

SECOND DELRAY BEACH TITLE

Delray Beach, U.S.A.

Gulbis

World No. 109 Ernests Gulbis defeated 105th-ranked Edouard Roger-Vasselin7-6(3), 6-3 to lift his second trophy at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships on Sunday.

The match-up marked the first time two players ranked outside the Top 100 of the Emirates ATP Rankings contested an ATP World Tour final since 2007 in Houston (No. 108 Karlovic d. No. 156 Zabaleta). Gulbis is the first qualifier to win a tour-level trophy in more than a year. Jarkko Nieminen was the last player to achieve the feat at the Apia International Sydney in January 2011.

Gulbis, the 2010 titlist, improved to a 3-0 record in ATP World Tour finals and became the fourth multiple title winner at the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court event, joining Jan-Michael Gambill (2001, 2003), Jason Stoltenberg (1996-97) and Xavier Malisse (2005, 2007). He is the third qualifier to triumph in Delray Beach.

Roger-Vasselin was appearing in his first ATP World Tour final. With his performance this week, the 29 year old will rise to around No. 79. Gulbis is set to jump to around No. 52 by winning the title.