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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