July 30, 2016

Almagro, Kohlschreiber and Schwartzman Win ATP Titles

Diego Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman

(May 1, 2016) Unseeded Diego Schwartzman came back to win his first career ATP title on Sunday when he upset second seed and former top ten player Grigor Dimitrov 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-0 to win the Istanbul Open. Schwartzman, from Argentina rallied from 2-5 down in the second set before marching on to the victory.

It was a career week for Schwartzman, beating top seed Bernard Tomic in the second round and saving a match point in the final eight.
“It was an amazing match for me,” said the winner. “I played well and fought all match. What happened to Grigor with the cramps also happened to me in Australia this year. With my doubles final and title in singles, it’s amazing.

“I’ve practiced really hard to improve my tennis. I played all the points with 100 per cent effort and I need to. All the matches are tough, against Tomic, Dzumhur and Bagnis. I played really well.”

 “I started cramping at 5-2 in the second set, said the Bulgarian runner-up. “It was very unfortunate that I couldn’t close out the match. I have to give credit to Diego.

“I have two big events coming up and hope that I can face one of the top guys there. There will be some altitude in Madrid and I won’t have much time to get ready, but I like it there.”
AlmagroIMG_3445_AlmagroNicolas Almagro came back to beat Spanish countryman Pablo Carreno Busta 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5), 6-3 to win the Estoril Open on Sunday. This was Almagro’s 13th career title. All of his titles have come on clay.

This is Almagro’s first tour-level title since Nice 2012.

 

Kohlscreiber in press

Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber claimed his third Munich crown beating Dominic Thiem of Austria 7-6 (7), 4-6, 7-6 (4). The German also won titles in 2007 and 2012.

“Unbelievable. Great story the whole week,” said the champion. “Great performance. Huge final… I’m very happy and pleased with my performance.
“I think it was another great final in Munich.”

“It was a very close final, attractive for the crowd, for sure,” Thiem said. It was very painful for me but Philipp was the better player today, and he deserves to win.
“Almost every final is close because both players never give up. They want to win the title. I’ve won the last five finals… now I’ve lost one. It’s no tragedy, especially against Philipp.”

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Rafael Nadal Wins 9th Barcelona Crown to Equal Guillermo Vilas’ Clay Court Titles Record at 49

(April 24, 2016) Rafael Nadal beat two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 to win the Barcelona Open for the ninth time on Sunday. The Spaniard has now equaled Guillermo Vilas record of 49 career clay court crowns.

It’s two straight weeks of titles for the 14-time major champion, who claimed his 69th career tournament victory.

Nadal now has won nine titles at three different tournaments – Barcelona, Monte-Carlo and Roland Garros.

“I was playing against the No. 6 player in the world, and if you don’t play at your best you aren’t going to win,” Nadal said after the match.

“I served well and that allowed me to play better. In the second set I missed several chances, and at the end it was very close, but I stayed mentally strong.”

“It was a very close match, Nadal said. “There were a lot of chances for both of us but I think I have been solid.
“When you play against players with this very, very high level, the match is often decided by a few moments. So I feel happy that I handled all these important moments well mentally.
“I have been working so hard to enjoy moments like this. The fact that I’m playing at home is always even more special. I’m very happy and I feel lucky to enjoy this again.”

Kei Nishikori

“It’s a great start to the clay court season,” Nishikori said. Even though I lost today I gained some confidence.
“He’s playing another good level of tennis. But also I gave away too many opportunities. And if I could get a couple more points on those important points, maybe the game changes a little bit.
He also gives me a lot of pressure. Every point, he gets every ball, so it’s not easy to win points against him.”

 

Angelique Kerber defended her title in Stuttgart, beating German countrywoman, qualifier Laura Siegemund 6-4, 6-0. The Australian Open champion battled back from 0-3 in the first set to win 12 out of the next 13 games. For Kerber this was her ninth career title.

 

It was a career week for the 71st ranked Siegemund, who will see her ranking move to 42 in the world as of Monday. The 28-year-old upset two Top Ten players to reach the final – No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 Simona Halep.

Unseeded Cagla Buyukakcay, ranked 118 in the world had a career week in her hometown as she won the TEP BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup over No.5 seed Danka Kovinic, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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Wozniacki Captures Istanbul Title

 

(July 20, 2014) In a match-up between the top two seeds, Caroline Wozniacki destroyed second seed Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 in 67 minutes on Sunday to win the Istanbul Cup. The title gave the Dane her first tournament victory of 2014.

Wozniacki said:”I’m happy to have won my 22nd WTA title – it’s a great feeling! I’m happy how the final went today. I served well and pushed her around the court, and I really dictated the match.”

“I tried to play aggressively like always but made a lot of mistakes, Vinci said. “It’s tough to play like that against Caroline because she puts everything back in the court, and it was tough for me to stay in the rallies today. But I’m happy with my week and Caroline just played much better than me.”

World No. 15 Wozniacki has captured at least one title each year since 2008. She has 22 tournament wins in her career.

The 24-year-old Wozniacki has the fourth-most WTA titles among active players, trailing Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.

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Serena Williams Ends Career Season with Istanbul Win

TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships: Istanbul 2013 - Day Six

(October 27, 2013) For Serena Williams it was icing on the cake to a career season as she rallied past Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in Istanbul to defend her WTA Championship title, her 11th of the year and the fourth time she’s won the event. Williams became the first player to defend the year end event since Justine Henin did it in 2007. It’s the American’s 57th title of her career, 13 more than any other current player and the seventh most in WTA history.

“At the start of the match, maybe I was feeling too excited,” first time WTA Championship finalist Li said. “So after one set and a half I felt like I had no more energy left. I have a little bit of a bad taste, because it’s 6-0 in the third set, but I still feel more positive things than negative. At least in the whole match I was using a lot of serve and volleying. I was trying as much as I could to come to the net. So it was an improvement there and I’m still happy overall.”

“I don’t know how I got through that one,” Williams said. “I’ve just had a really long year, and I’m just really excited, honestly. I really didn’t expect to get through this match today. I’m just overjoyed, to be honest. It’s really awesome. It’s such a special moment. To finish the year No.1 in the world and win this title after 40 years of the WTA, it means even more.”

Li Na will finish the year at a career-high No. 3 in the world, the highest ever for a Chinese player.

Williams was an astonishing 78-4 on the year a .951 win percentage winning over $12.3 million dollars for the year, a WTA record and third overall behind Novak Djokovic’s 2011 and 2012 seasons. At 32, Williams is the oldest player to win the year-end and to be WTA No. 1.

Williams has now extended her winning streak to 15 consecutive matches at the tournament; second behind Martina Navratilova, who won 21 in a row between 1983 and 1987 at the year-end championships.

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Serena Williams to Face Li Na for WTA Championships

(October 26, 2013) A sluggish Serena Williams overcame her fatigue to stop Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to move into finals of the WTA Championships.

Williams who appeared to be in pain during the match said that she hit a wall after playing so much tennis this year. She’s 77-4 on the year and looking for her second straight year-end title, which would be her fourth overall.

Williams will be meeting Li Na in the final on Sunday. Li defeated Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 to make her first appearance in the year-end tournament. This will be a match-up between the two oldest women in the tournament with Williams at 32 and Li at 31.

 

TEB BNP PARIBAS WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS – ISTANBUL
Istanbul, Turkey
October 22-October 27, 2013
$6,000,000/Season-Ending Championships
Hard/Indoors

Results – Saturday, October 26, 2013
Singles – Semifinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 64 26 64
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. (5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 62

Doubles – Semifinals
Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. (1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 46 75 103 (Match TB)
(2) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) 76(5) 62

Order Of Play – Sunday, October 27, 2013
Center Court (from 14.30hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Makarova/Vesnina vs. Hsieh/Peng
2. Singles Final: Serena Williams vs. Li Na (NB 17.00hrs)

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