Almagro Beats Soderling for 1st Title in Almost 1-1/2 Years
Spanish 24-year-old Nicolas Almagro won his first title in almost 1-/1/2 years on Sunday in Bastad, defeating defending champion Robin Soderling 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 for the SkiStar Swedish Open crown. Soderling dropped to 5-10 career in finals, while Almagro rose to 6-2.
“I didn’t play very well in the 2007 final here, but today I fought very hard and I’m really happy with the physical and mental sides to my game,” Almagro said. “It was a big match, a big fight and we were both battling like gladiators. Robin is a great player and I’m sure he will have many more chances to win this tournament in the future.”
Montanes Benefits from Monfils Retirement for Stuttgart Title
Spaniard Al Montanes won his second title of the year at Stuttgart on Sunday when opponent Gael Monfils of France retired trailing 6-2, 1-2 with a right ankle injury. The 29-year-old right-hander improved to 5-4 in career finals, while the volatile Frenchman dropped to 2-8.
Monfils beat No. 2 seed Jurgen Melzer and No. 4 and former No. 1-ranked Juan Carlos Ferrero in the quarters and semis.
Kanepi Ousts Pennetta for WTA Palermo Title
Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi defeated top-seeded Flavia Pennetta 6-4, 6-3 to capture the Palermo International title, her first on the WTA Tour.
Kanepi lost in her two previous tour finals, to Kim Clijsters in the 2006 Hasselt final, and to Caroline Wozniacki in the 2008 Japan Open final. Pennetta, the defending champion, fell to 9-11 in career finals.
Szavay Top Zahlavova Strycova in All-Z Final at WTA Prague
Agnes Szavay won her 10th straight match on Sunday at Prague, defeating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 for the ECM Prague Open by Glanzis title.
“I was very tired, mainly in the second set but also in the third. I was also nervous,” Szavay said. “But I fought with myself and broke it. It’s very nice to have a second title in a row. I’ve been working very hard and this is the reward.”
Zahlavova Strycova was appearing in her first career final. Szavay was coming off the Budapest title last week.
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