Fish, Golubev, Goerges, Chakvetadze Win Tennis Titles
Atlanta Tennis Championships
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Mardy Fish won the all-American encounter with John Isner on Sunday in Atlanta, besting both the big-serving Isner and the heat with a 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) win. Fish extended his win streak to 10 matches after also raising the trophy on the grasscourts of Newport following Wimbledon. Fish defeated top seed Andy Roddick in the semifinals, while Isner edged Kevin Anderson.
Fish took the lead in he kick-off of the Olympus US Open Series standings as the men next move to LA. Americans Scott Lipsky and Rajeev Ram beat Rohan Bopanna of India and Kristof Vliegen of Belgium 6-3, 6-7(4), 12-10 in the doubles final.
German Open Tennis Championships
Andrey Golubev, ranked outside the Top 75, claimed his career-first title on Sunday in Hamburg, becoming the first player from Kazakhstan to win an ATP World Tour title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over No. 3 seed Jurgen Melzer. The 23-year-old Golubev had won just eight tour-level matches this season coming into Hamburg.
“I never expected that my first title would be on clay,” Golubev said. “I played very well, I believed in myself. It was very tough. I served well. I played very well from the baseline. In the important points I played very good. I think the most important thing this week was that I believed in myself, I believed in my game, my forehand and backhand.”
Banka Koper Slovenia Open
Former Top 5er Anna Chakvetadze won her first title in 2-1/2 years on Sunday, defeating first-time finalist Johanna Larsson 6-1, 6-2 to raise the cup at the Banka Koper Slovenia Open. The Russian was unseeded, ousting the No. 4, 6 and 7 seeds en route to the final.
Larsson reached her first career quarterfinal last week in Prague, and this week the 21-year-old upended No.3 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route to the final.
Nurnberger Gastein Ladies
Bad Gastein, Austria
Julia Goerges won two matches on Sunday, defeating Alize Cornet in a rain-delayed semifinal then Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 6-4 for her first career title. “In the morning I told myself just try to get to the final. It was my fifth chance and I did it,” the German Goerges said. “I was so happy to be in my first final that I was really relaxed against Timea, and the crowd was so supportive too. I got tight on one match point but closed it out well. I’m so happy to have my first title.”
Bacsinszky was playing her second career final after winning her first title on indoor hardcourts in Luxembourg last October. Goerges became the second consecutive German to win the title after Andrea Petkovic won last year.
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