Indianapolis Tennis Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
Americans James Blake and Sam Querrey exited in three-set semifinals, leaving the first final of the US Open Series in European hands. Frenchman Gilles Simon won his first ATP title on U.S. soil Sunday, defeating defending champ Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-4, 6-4. It was the second title of the year for the 23-year-old after Casablanca.
Argentine Juan Martin del Potro won his second career title in his second straight week, beating homecountry favorite Jurgen Melzer 6-2, 6-1. Last week the 19-year-old del Potro won his first-ever ATP title at Stuttgart. “In two weeks I played 10 matches and won all of them,” del Potro said. Melzer fell to 1-6 in career ATP finals.
ATP Studena Croatia Open
Top-seeded Spaniard Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco beat Russian Igor Andreev in the dirt final at Umag 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(4). The win ended a four-year title drought for Hot Sauce, who last won at Valencia in 2004. “I was playing really well and leading 3-0, 40-0, and then maybe I stopped being so aggressive and he came back strong,” Verdasco said. “I lost 7-6 in the third in my last final against Karlovic in Nottingham, so to win it this time in that same way, it’s an incredible feeling.”
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
Spaniard Albert Montanes outlasted defending champion Steve Darcis 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 to win his first ATP title in Amersfoort. Montanes is the first Spanish champion at Amersfoort since Alex Corretja won in 2001. Darcis had won his first career title at Amersfoort last year.
Bank of the West Classic
Stanford, California, USA
In a final that will never make the cover of a women’s fitness magazine, Canadian qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak upset No. 6 seed Marion Bartoli 7-5, 6-3. Wozniak became the first Canadian since 1988 to win a WTA Tour singles title. The Canadian caught a break in the semifinals when opponent Serena Williams retired with a knee injury.
Bad Gastein, Austria
Frenchwoman Pauline Parmentier was the last woman standing on the red clay, turning the week into “good” Gastein, defeating qualifier Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-4. “It was a very difficult week because of all of the rain, and because of the rain I had to play two matches yesterday, but when you have a tougher week like this, the victory is much bigger,” Parmentier said. Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova won the doubles title.
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS
Monday begins the ATP vs. Hamburg court case in Delaware that will determine the future of men’s professional tennis — and win or lose, will possibly (hopefully) cost ATP Chairman/CEO Etienne de Villiers his job…
Lindsay Davenport pulled from the Bank of the West Classic last week after a right knee injury flared during a warm-up for her first match. It’s the third time in six weeks the former No. 1 has withdrawn from a tournament…
The U.S. women’s Olympic team, Lindsay Davenport and the Williams sisters, are this week all sidelined with knee injuries…
Florida’s John Isner is working with coach Kelly Jones…
How big is Serena Williams (figuratively)? Big enough that the WTA Tour is giving her a work-around for not playing Indian Wells (Serena and Venus won’t play after fans jeered them in the 2001 final and their father reported hearing racial remarks). For 2009, rules state the top players must play all the top-tier events on the calendar — or simply show up on site and perform media and sponsor duties. “I’m not going to Indian Wells,” Serena said. “That’s just the bottom line. I honestly don’t think they would want me to go. I wouldn’t have anything positive to say. It would be kind of shooting themselves in the foot. I would be more than happy to go and tell them how I really feel. Some things you have to stand up for. There’s been a lot of people in the past that are my race that have stood up for a lot more than not playing Indian Wells. That’s the least I can do.”
Australian Open finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (knee surgery), Stefan Koubek (back) and Karin Knapp (?) are the latest pulls from the Olympics…
Rafael Nadal has an asteroid named after him after winning Wimbledon by an astronomical observatory on Nadal’s home island of Majorca, approved by the International Astronomical Union…
Rod Laver (1969) is the only man to win the French, Wimbledon, and the US Open in the same year in the Open Era…
Headline of the week from a Croatian newspaper: “The Rise and Fall of Federer” — wow, last time we looked, he was still No. 1 in the world. Bet Rog is saying, ‘If this is a fall, I’ll take it.’…
Roger Federer won his fourth straight ESPY in the Best Male Tennis Player category, and Maria Sharapova won for the women again. Rafael Nadal won Best International Male Athlete. Venus Williams was a guest presenter, and awards were determined by on-line fan voting…
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