Men’s Tennis champions : 29 Week 2013

fabio fognini 29 Week 2013

FOGNINI

BEATS

DELBONIS

TO WIN

HAMBURG FINAL

FOR SECOND TITLE

HAMBURG, Germany — Fabio Fognini saved three match points before beating Argentine qualifier Federico Delbonis 4-6, 7-6 (8), 6-2 Sunday to win the German Tennis Championships for his second title in two weeks.

The 12th-seeded Italian extended his winning run to 10 matches. He won his first career title last week in Stuttgart, Germany, also on clay.

Fognini trailed 4-1 in the second set after losing four straight games following a long discussion with officials over a warning. The Italian changed his racket after breaking a string, but took a long time going to the bench and was given a warning. He then engaged in a long argument with the chair umpire and tournament supervisor and was unable to keep his game together, still muttering during changeovers.

But Fognini finally settled down and rallied to level at 4-4. Delbonis squandered three match points in the tiebreaker on errors before Fognini converted his first set point.

Fognini quickly took control of the decisive set but failed to serve out the match at 5-1. Delbonis led 40-0 in the next but Fognini got back to deuce and won the match when Delbonis sent a forehand wide.

Fognini sank to his knees and pumped his fists, while a tired-looking Delbonis appeared dejected after losing his first career final.

Delbonis upset top-seeded Roger Federer in the semifinals, but the left-hander ran out of steam on a hot day. He began the week ranked No. 114 but is projected to rise to No. 62 when the new rankings come out Monday. Fognini is set to improve six spots to No. 19.

Fognini has 25 wins on clay this season, second only to Rafael Nadal’s 38.

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KARLOVIC

BEATS

FALLA

TO WIN

CLARO OPEN COLOMBIA TITLE

BOGOTA, Colombia — Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic won the Claro Open Colombia on Sunday, spoiling hometown favourite Alejandro Falla’s bid for his first ATP Tour title.

The 34-year-old Karlovic, the tallest player on tour at 6-foot-10, beat Falla 6-3, 7-6 (4) on the hard court at Centro de Alto Rendimiento for his fifth career title. Karlovic missed three months this season because of viral meningitis, returning this month at Newport.

frank dancevic 29 Week 2013

CANADA’S DANCEVIC

TOPS

LACKO

TO TAKE

GRANBY CHALLENGER

GRANBY, Que. — Frank Dancevic defeated Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko to win the Granby National Bank Challenger for the third time in his career.

The 28-year-old from Niagara Falls, Ont., beat Lacko, ranked 100th in the world, 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3 on Sunday.

It’s the first singles title Dancevic has won since the Dallas Challenger in April. He previously won Granby in 2003 and 2006.

Dancevic was dominant on serve, hitting 24 aces and winning 84 per cent of his first serve points in the match, which lasted just under two hours.

He also saved all eight break points he faced and broke Lacko’s serve once in the first set and twice in the final set to secure the victory.

Risa Ozaki of Japan captured the women’s title over Samantha Murray of Britian.

Ozaki overcame a 0-6, 3-5 deficit to post a 0-6, 7-5, 6-2 win to collect her second Challenger title of the season.

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women’s Tennis champions : 29 Week 2013

serena williams 29 Week 2013

SERENA WILLIAMS

BEATS

LARSSON

TO WIN

SWEDISH OPEN

BASTAD, Sweden — Serena Williams won her 53rd WTA title by beating Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the Swedish Open on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Swede broke to lead 3-1 in the first set before Williams fought back to 3-3. Larsson advanced to 4-3 before caving in to the American’s strong serve and losing the next three games.

Williams dominated the second set, breaking Larsson’s serve twice.

“It was really good to come here and win after a disappointing Wimbledon so hopefully this confidence will help me for the rest of the year,” said Williams, who lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon to Sabine Lisicki.

Larsson said “at the crucial points I wasn’t really present, which was a shame.”

Williams also defeated 76th-ranked Larsson in their only previous match in the Fed Cup earlier this year.

29 week 2013

MEUSBURGER

BEATS

HLAVACKOVA

TO TAKE TITLE

AT

GASTEIN LADIES

BAD GASTEIN, Austria — Yvonne Meusburger of Austria won her first WTA title by defeating Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic 7-5, 6-2 at the Gastein Ladies on Sunday.

It was Meusburger’s second final in as many weeks and third overall. She lost to Romania’s Simona Halep in Budapest last week and to Italy’s Francesca Schiavone in Bad Gastein six years ago.

The 86th-ranked Meusburger, who didn’t drop a set in the tournament, became the first Austrian winner on the WTA tour since Tamira Paszek in Birmingham, England, in June last year.

Hlavackova had never been beyond the quarterfinals before and had not won back-to-back matches this year.

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women’s Tennis champions : 28 Week 2013

VINCI OF ITALY

BEATS

TOP-SEEDED ERRANI

FOR PALERMO VICTORY

Roberta Vinci of Italy beat top-seeded compatriot Sara Errani 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Sunday to win the Italiacom Open for the first time.

The second-seeded Vinci was broken in the first game but she broke back twice before serving out the opening set.

Errani, who won this tournament in 2008 and 2012, seemed to recover and raced into a 5-1 lead in the second set before levelling the match.

But Vinci stormed into a 4-0 lead in the final set and then held off the sixth-ranked Errani’s comeback attempt to secure her ninth career victory.

The win also ends a streak of five successive victories for Errani over her close friend, with whom she also tops the world doubles rankings.

HALEP

BEATS

MEUSBURGER

IN THREE SETS

TO WIN

HUNGARIAN GP

BUDAPEST, Hungary — Simona Halep won her third WTA tournament of the year by defeating Yvonne Meusburger 6-3, 6-7 (7), 6-1 Sunday in the final of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Romanian 21-year-old lost the first three finals of her career but has now compiled a 16-1 record since the French Open, also winning titles in Nuremberg, Germany, and Rosmalen, Netherlands.

In the second set, Halep recovered from being down 3-5 but then squandered three match points before Austria’s Meusburger won the tiebreaker.

Halep relied on well-placed drop shots in the third set and broke Meusburger three times.

Halep said “it was a very difficult match because Yvonne played very well, especially in the second set when I also made a lot of mistakes. Then I changed tactics, applied more drop shots and that worked.”

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Men’s Tennis champions : 28 Week 2013

MAHUT

DEFEATS

HEWITT

IN FINAL OF

NEWPORT

NEWPORT, R.I. — Nicolas Mahut certainly knows a little something about being on court for a long time. Judging by his smile, it was a lot better feeling this time.

The 31-year old Frenchman captured the title at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships on Sunday, beating Lleyton Hewitt of Australia 5-7, 7-5, 6-3.

Mahut, a 2007 Newport finalist and a wild-card entrant this week, won his second career ATP title. The other came at ‘s-Hertogenbosch last month.

Mahut lost the longest match in tennis history three years ago, dropping the fifth set to John Isner 70-68 at Wimbledon in a match that lasted 11 hours, 5 minutes. A display with items used in that match is located a few hundred yards away in the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

FOGNINI

RALLIES TO BEAT

KOHLSCHREIBER

AND WIN

MERCEDES CUP

STUTTGART, Germany — Fabio Fognini came from behind to beat second-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in three sets in the final of the ATP Mercedes Cup on Sunday for his first career title.

The fifth-seeded Italian won 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 on the sun-drenched clay court after taking a decisive 4-1 lead in the final set.

Fognini lost his first two career finals last year and went into the match with a 0-2 record against Kohlschreiber. Although he could not capitalize on an early break in the first set, Fognini took a 3-1 lead in the second. Kohlschreiber saved four set points in the eighth game before Fognini served out the set.

Fognini led 4-1 before dropping serve in the third. He held on and became the first Italian champion in Stuttgart.

BERLOCQ

UPSETS

VERDASCO

TO WIN

SWEDISH OPEN

BASTAD, Sweden — Carlos Berlocq of Argentina upset eighth-seeded Fernando Verdasco to win the clay-court Swedish Open 7-5, 6-1 on Sunday and clinch his first ATP World Tour title.

Berlocq broke the Spaniard’s serve twice in the second set after a grueling opening set that lasted more than an hour.

It was the second ATP final of the 30-year-old Berlocq’s career.

Berlocq was scheduled to play in the men’s doubles final later Sunday.

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Men’s Tennis champions : 27 Week 2013

MURRAY’S HISTORIC

WIMBLEDON TRIUMPH

CELEBRATED

ACROSS

GREAT BRITAIN

Andy Murray beams from the front pages of every British national newspaper on Monday.

The Scot became the first British male singles titlist at The Championships since Fred Perry in 1936 with a 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final at Wimbledon.

Newspapers produced souvenir editions with front page headlines including, ‘History Boy’, ‘Champion’, ‘Magical Murray’, ‘At Last’, ‘After 77 Years, The Wait Is Over’ and ‘Now it’ll be arise, Sir Andy!’

The Times leader noted that, “In winning the men’s singles title, Andy Murray achieved something that nobody present on Centre Court at Wimbledon under the age of 77 had seen. His victory brings to an end the longest wait in British sporting life.”

The Daily Telegraph wrote, “Finally, the ghost of Fred Perry can rest… In ending this long and anguished wait; Murray enters the pantheon of the true great of British sport.”

The Independent declared, “It was a day Britain thought would never come… This was one of the great days.”

The Guardian leader wrote, “The nation was agog with expectation. But an individual wins a championship, not a nation.”

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women’s Tennis champions : 27 Week 2013

BARTOLI’S DREAM

COMES TRUE

AT

WIMBLEDON

LONDON — Ever since she was a kid, practicing until midnight with her father, Marion Bartoli went about playing tennis her own way.

The two-handed strokes for backhands, forehands, even volleys. The hopping in place and practice swings between points, which help her focus. The unusual setup for serves — no ball-bouncing, arms crossed, right wrist resting on her left thumb before the toss.

Whatever works, right? This unique Wimbledon, appropriately enough, produced a unique champion in the ambidextrous Bartoli, the 15th-seeded Frenchwoman who won her first Grand Slam title by beating 23rd-seeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-1, 6-4 Saturday in an error-filled, one-sided final that was far from a classic.

“It’s always been a part of my personality to be different. I think being just like the other one is kind of boring. I really embrace the fact of being a bit different and doing something that not everyone is,” the 28-year-old Bartoli said. “I actually love that part of my game, being able to have something different.”

She certainly stands alone.

This was Bartoli’s 47th Grand Slam tournament, the most ever played by a woman before earning a championship.

She is the only woman in the 45-year Open era to win Wimbledon playing two-fisted shots off both wings (Monica Seles, Bartoli’s inspiration for that unusual style, collected her nine major titles elsewhere).

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