May 6, 2016

Paire, Stosur, Thiem, Tsurenko and Tomic Win Tennis Titles This Week

Samantha Stosur

Samantha Stosur

(July 26, 2015) Benoit Paire, Samantha StosurDominik Thiem, Lesia Tsurenko and Bernard Tomic were the singles winners on the tennis tour this weekend.

France’s Paire joined the winner’s circle for the first time, claiming the ATP World Tour title at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad when he turned back Spain’s Tommy Robredo 7-6(7), 6-3. Paire is the sixth first-time winner on the men’s tour this year.

“It’s a perfect week,” Paire said. “The conditions today were not easy, but I’m really happy to win against Tommy. He’s a very good player. To play against him in the final and to beat him is a dream, so I’m very happy.

“It was a lot of pressure…  I hope it’s not the last one for me.”

Samantha Stosur rallied to win her second WTA title of the year and eighth overall after defeating Karin Knapp of Italy 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the final of the Gastein Ladies on Sunday. The Australian and former US Open champion also won the Strasbourg event back in May.

In a final which featured two unseeded players, Lesia Tsurenko won her first WTA title, besting Urszula Radwanska 7-5, 6-1 to win the Istanbul Cup.

“I’m so happy I could win here and show good tennis,” said the Ukrainian.

“That’s my goal, getting good results and showing good tennis.”

Austria’s Dominik Thiem won his second career ATP World Tour title, besting Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 6-1 to win the Croatia Open

“Today was very special day,” Thiem said. “We were watched by world’s number one Novak Djokovic,” Thiem said. “Usually he is the one who entertains us with great tennis and today we turned it around.”

“It is really special to win here after playing juniors matches in this stadium,” said Thiem who became the first Austrian to win this title since Thomas Muster did it twenty years ago. “I will have a nice dinner with my friends tonight to celebrate. It won’t be a big party for me as I have to drive eight hours to go to Gstaad tomorrow.”

Second seed Bernard Tomic defended his Claro Open Colombia title in Bogota, beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

“It’s been a very good year,” Tomic said. “I started at No. 70 and am now close to No. 20. It’s been a good seven months. I’ll try to play well the next three months and have the chance to be in the Top 15.

“Every title you remember. I’m very happy to have won my third title and to defend it here was amazing. I’m really happy with myself… This is my most consistent year.”

The 22-year-old Australian, ranked 29th,  is now 9-0 at the tournament.



Qualifier Cuevas Wins Umag


(July 27, 2014) Pablo Cuevas won his second ATP World Tour title in three weeks, taking the Umag title as a qualifier with a 6-3, 6-4 over second seed Tommy Robredo. Cuevas claimed his singles title in Bastad earlier in the month.

Cuvas had to play the semis and the finals in the same day. In the semifinals, he defeated top seed Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-4.

“I’m really happy,” said the Uruguayan. “I never expected to win two tournaments in a row. This week was more difficult because I had to play [qualifying] and I played against very good players. During the two years I was out, I thought I would never be able to play again and especially at that level.”

“I had a great tournament, but today Pablo was better than me,” Robredo said. “I would like to congratulate Pablo. He [played] a great match and he didn’t miss a lot of balls. It’s good to have him back to that level.”


Robredo Snaps Fognini’s Win Streak to Claim Umag Title


(July 28, 2013) Spanish veteran Tommy Robredo snapped Italian Fabio Fognini’s winning streak at 13, when the Spaniard won the Umag title 6-0, 6-3. It’s his second title of the year.

Robredo began 2013 at No. 114 in the world due to injury. The 31-year-old Spaniard, a former member of the top ten is now back in the top 30.

Thirteen ATP World Tour titles this season have now been won by players aged 30 and over, already matching last year’s total.

“I’m more than happy,” Robredo said. “I’ve been a professional for nearly 15 years and this is my 12th title, so there have not been many times with trophies. I love the emotion.

“Before the match, I was talking to my coach and I was saying, ‘It’s lovely to be waiting to play a final and you are nervous.’ Money can’t buy this feeling and I’m lucky to be part of this sport and lucky to have the chance to feel these feelings. I enjoy it and I know how to handle it.

“I played lovely. I played great. It was a perfect match. It’s not easy to play a final and I played very good. I served okay, I returned okay. To win today, I think I did a great job.”

“It was an incredible week,” said the losing finalist Fognini. “I go home with a lot of happiness. I’m a little bit disappointed, but even if you’re Roger or Rafa, you’re going to lose some time. I’ve played three incredible weeks and they’re going to stay in my head for the rest of my life.”


Dolgopolov Falls In Umag



Vegeta Croatia Open Umag

ATP World Tour 250
Umag, Croatia  (+2 hours GMT)
22-28 July, 2013     Surface: Clay


Singles – Second Round
[2] A Seppi (ITA) d A Haider-Maurer (AUT) 61 40 ret. (lower back strain)
A Bedene (SLO) d [4] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 61
[5] T Robredo (ESP) d V Troicki (SRB) 60 64
H Zeballos (ARG) d [8] C Berlocq (ARG) 36 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
C Berlocq (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d [1] F Cermak (CZE) / L Dlouhy (CZE) 64 67(4) 10-6
[2] A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER) d A Seppi (ITA) / V Troicki (SRB) w/o
[3] N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) d T de Bakker (NED) / R Junaid (AUS) 75 76(1)
M Klizan (SVK) / D Marrero (ESP) d [WC] F Skugor (CRO) / A Veic (CRO) 64 46 10-8

CENTRE COURT start 5:30 pm
[3] F Fognini (ITA) vs [6] M Klizan (SVK)
Not Before 8:00 PM
A Montanes (ESP) vs G Monfils (FRA)
[5] T Robredo (ESP) vs A Bedene (SLO)

GRANDSTAND start 6:00 pm
H Zeballos (ARG) vs [2] A Seppi (ITA)
M Klizan (SVK) / D Marrero (ESP) vs [2] A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER)
C Berlocq (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs [3] N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER)