Tour Round-up: Monfils Wins, Date 2nd Oldest Tournament Winner

Posted on September 27, 2009

Open De Moselle
Metz, France
Surface: indoor hard

Top-seeded Gael "Force" Monfils won his first title on French soil Sunday, defeating No. 2 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-2 to end a four-year title drought at the Open de Moselle.

"Very satisfied about my performance," said Monfils, who improved to 2-6 career in finals. "I think I did really well, especially after the threat I faced with losing the second set. I am happy because I started to feel tired beginning of the second set but I still managed to pick it up again in the third."

In the doubles final the unseeded Brit pairing of Fleming/Skupski beat top-seeded Frenchmen Clement/Llodra 2-6, 6-4, 10-5.

BCR Open Romania
Bucharest, Romania
Surface: clay

Spaniard Al Montanes won his second tour title of the season Sunday, edging No. 3 seed Juan Monaco 7-6(2), 7-6(6) in the final of the BCR Open Romania in Bucharest. The 28-year-old Montanes also won the Estoril Open in May.

"I was a bit lucky when I saved all those set points with 15-40 twice on my serve," Montanes said. "That was a very important moment, I'm happy and lucky that I saved them." Montanes improved to a 3-4 mark in tour finals.

Tashkent Open
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Surface: hard outdoors

No. 2 seed Shahar Peer ended the dream run of homecountry Uzbekistan favorite Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-4, on Sunday to win the title at the Tashkent Open, her second consecutive title after Guangzhou. It was the fifth career title for the 22 year old.

"I've played 10 matches in row without dropping a set, and that's a nice feeling," Peer said. "I'm happy I'm playing well. I had played Akgul four times before and knew her game fairly well, but I knew today would be difficult, so I tried to play my best and not give her any chances."

Hansol Korea Open
Seoul, Korea
Surface: hard outdoors

Unseeded Kimiko Date Krumm, at 38 years, 11 months, 30 days, became the second-oldest player in the Open Era (after Billie Jean King) to win a tour title on Sunday, defeating No. 2-seeded Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain 6-3, 6-3 for the Korea Open title.

Before the event, since returning to pro tennis last year, she was 0-8 in tour matches.

"I was relaxed, mentally strong, and physically I was also doing well," said Krumm after winning her eighth career title. "With all the tennis, I was of course tired, but it wasn't bad. I could move well enough to play my game. For the past year, I didn't really know if I could really compete well on the WTA Tour, but it looks okay now."

Senior Tour -- Trophee Jean-Luc Lagardere
Paris, France
Surface: outdoor clay

Thomas Enqvist beat Michael Chang 6-4, 7-6(5) on Sunday to win his second ATP Champions Tour title at the Jean-Luc Lagardere Trophy in Paris. Enqvist was a last-minute replacement in Paris for the injured Mats Wilander.

"I came to this event at really short notice and I haven't played for a while and I just came from 12 days vacation in Italy so I didn't expect to play that well," Enqvist said. "But I did and I really enjoyed myself here in Paris. It's such a nice club and a nice event and I'm obviously happy to be able to win another title."