Gilles Simon (FRA) d. (7) Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 6-4, 7-6(3)
(4)Clement/Llodra (FRA) d. (1) Knowles/Nestor (BAH/CAN) 7-5, 4-6, 10-8
A new French star was born Sunday as 22-year-old Gilles Simon topped Baghdatis for his first career title. Last year Simon reached the final at Valencia on clay, and is the first Frenchman to reach an ATP final in 2007. Clement/Llodra made it an all-French title affair, upsetting the powerhouse team of Knowles/Nestor.
San Jose, California, USA
(3) Andy Murray (GBR) d. Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 6-7(3), 6-4, 7-6(2)
Butorac/J.Murray (USA/GBR) d. (4) Haggard/Schuettler (RSA/GER) 7-5, 7-6(6)
Murray wins his second career title in his second straight year at San Jose, beating Andy Roddick en route both times. No Americans in the San Jose final for the second straight year to the dismay of organizers. The Murray brothers capture the singles and doubles titles, the first brothers to do that at a tour event since Emilio and Javier Sanchez in 1989 at Kitzbuhel.
Costa do Sauipe, Bahia, Brazil
(WC) Guillermo Canas (ARG) d. (1) Juan Carlos Ferrero (ESP) 7-6(4), 6-2
(1) Dlouhy/Vizner (CZE) d. Montanes/Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP) 62 76(4)
Canas officially caps his return from a doping suspension with his first title since 2004. Insert pee-in-the-cup joke here. The 29-year-old improved to 7-7 career in finals.
Proximus Diamond Games
(1) Amelie Mauresmo (FRA) d. (2) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6-4, 7-6(4)
(1) Black/Huber (ZIM/RSA) d. (4) Likhovtseva/Vesnina (RUS) 7-5, 4-6, 6-1
Mauresmo wins her third straight Antwerp title, earning a racquet covered with 1,700 diamonds, and Black/Huber capture their third straight title of the year. Clijsters is thwarted in what she says is her final Antwerp appearance in her final year on tour.
Sony Ericsson International
Yaroslava Shvedova (RUS) d. (1) Mara Santangelo (ITA) 6-4, 6-4
(1) Chan/Chuang (TPE) d. (4) Hsieh/Kudryavtseva (TPE/RUS) 6-7(4), 6-2, 11-9
The Russian collects her first career title after previously never reaching a tour quarterfinal, beating Sania Mirza and the defending champ Santangelo en route. The Taipei pairing of Chan/Chuang win their second career WTA title after Seoul in 2005.
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
Regions Morgan Keegan Championships
Memphis, TN, USA
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Dubai Duty Free Women’s Free Open
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Regions Morgan Keegan Championships & the Cellular South Cup
Memphis, Tenn., USA
Copa Colsanitas Santander
From William Maxwell on “FOX Holds ATP San Jose Hostage, B2 Networks to the Rescue”:
“I am so upset with the promoters of the San Jose tennis tournment. It is unbelievable to watch the quarterfinals on the tennis channel and then not being able to watch the semi’s on the tennis channel. What the hell is going on? Tennis is starting to become a joke in America because of the people in charge of running the various tournments. Can someone explain to me (I live in Michigan), why I cannot watch the semi’s and finals of the San Jose tournment. Is it because of money once again and not carrying about the tennis fans in this country.”
And some highlight feedback shared by Tennis-X blogger Sean Randall, posted on his blog:
“I’ve always assumed that your guest blogger Sean Randall was about 12-15 years old and now the headline on today’s site proves it. I’ve never seen anything so immature and unprofessional written on a professional website before. “Crappy Ljubicic craps out” wow, what GREAT match analysis skills. Did he lose a bet? It sure sounds like it. His blog entries have always been questionable and just downright bad but this one takes the cake. The bad bloggers make tennis-x look really really bad. Didn’t you win a writing award at one point? With losers like Randall writing for your site you’ve seriously gone downhill, big time. Keep Lynn Berenbaum she is very good and informative but Sean Randall? Writes and sounds like nothing more than a fanboy. Let this idiot go and write his own dumb blog and don’t allow him to bring tennis-x down to his level.”
Ouch. “Beat that,” says Randall, who considers the worse the feedback, the better the blog was. That’s tough to beat.
AROUND THE TOUR
The drop list from Rotterdam now includes Mario Ancic (flu), Robin Soderling (flu, shoulder injury), Tim Henman (knee), Sebastien Grosjean (injury), Richard Gasquet (exhaustion), and Marcos Baghdatis (wrist)…Roger Federer tied Jimmy Connors’ record of 160 consecutive weeks as the top-ranked player in men’s tennis Monday, and will pass it next Monday…Martin Verkerk, the former French Open runner-up who has battled a shoulder problem ever since, on taking a wildcard this week at Rotterdam: “I’m happy to be back in the Netherlands on a tennis court. It’s great having [former Davis Cup captain] Tjerk [Bogtstra] here on the sidelines. He’s able to give me tips on things like my toss. Physically, we’ll just have to wait and see how things go, but I’m not worried about my shoulder. I put in plenty of hard work in America in the last few weeks. They’ve got good training facilities, so I’m very satisfied with that. On the other hand, it is great being back in the Netherlands. I’d been away for 10 weeks and that feels like a long time.”…Mirjana Lucic is back playing tennis, competing at the qualifying this week in Memphis.
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