Nalbandian, Kuznetsova, Wozniacki Win Titles
Legg Mason Tennis Classic
David Nalbandian won his first title in approximately 19 months on Sunday, defeating Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 7-6(4) for the ATP Washington crown. He is the third straight Argentine winner after Juan Martin del Potro won in 2009-08.
“It’s really important because we were working very hard,” said Nalbandian, who will move back into the Top 50. “It has been a year and a half fighting with the surgery and the recovery; we are so happy and this victory made me feel very good again…not only with the rankings, with my game, with everything. It was a good win.” The 28-year-old Nalbandian spent ninth months on the sidelines after undergoing hip surgery, and missed three months this year of play.
Mercury Insurance Open
San Diego, Calif.
Unseeded Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3 for the WTA San Diego title, her first this year in her first final of 2010. “It was a big relief to win, because it had been such a long time since my last title, also because of losing the second set like that,” Kuznetsova said.
The two-time Grand Slam winner rises back into the Top 20 with the win. “It’s always disappointing to lose a match, especially a final,” Radwanska said. “But in the important moments at the end she was better.”
e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open
Caroline Wozniacki won her eighth career title on home soil Sunday, capturing the inaugural e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open with a 6-2, 7-6(5) victory over Klara Zakopalova. The world No. 3 fought through three three-setters en route to the final, edging former Top 10er Anna Chakvetadze in the semis.
“It was nice to play a tournament again after a long break,” said Wozniacki, who came back from a break down in the second set. “I’m healthy again and I really wanted some matches,” Wozniacki said. The Dane improved to 8-7 in career finals. Zakopalova fell to 2-8 in finals.
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