Querrey, Jovanovski Highlight Wacky Non-Olympic Tennis Weekend
by Staff | July 30th, 2012, 12:54 am
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Sam Querrey and Bojana Jovanovski captured tennis titles over the weekend in odd fashion as the top players were in London competing at the Olympics.


The American Querrey gave a “welcome to the pros” pounding to first-time finalist Ricardas Berankis, defeating the Lithuanian 6-0, 6-2 in the Farmers Classic final in L.A.

“I feel like I always play well here,” said Querrey after his forehand-fest. “I grew up kind of playing around this area and I’m really comfortable out there on the courts. It’s fun to play in front of my friends and family. It all came together this week, and especially today.”

Querrey is now tied with Andy Roddick for the lead in the US Open Series. It was the third L.A. title for Querrey.

Berankis became the first Lithuanian-born player to reach an ATP final.

“My nerves were playing me in the first set, that’s for sure,” Berankis said after the damage. “I didn’t play as I would like to play. But in the second set, a couple games here and there, I loosened up a little bit.”

The 20-year-old Jovanovski of Serbia beat American Julia Cohen 6-3, 6-1 for the Baku Cup title in Azerbaijan, with TV coverage showing an oddly 95 percent empty stadium during the event.

“I’ve worked really hard for this,” Jovanovski said. “I had two weeks of really hard preparation before this tournament, so I was expecting to play well here.”

It was the first final for both players. Cohen had lost in the qualifying of 34 WTA events in a row.

“It feels really good to get to my first WTA final,” said Cohen who had an odd American college career, playing No. 1 for the Florida Gators as a freshman, and then transferring to the University of Miami, then the University of California at Pennsylvania before turning pro. “I was a bit tired but she played really well. I hope next time I can win. Obviously I’m so disappointed that I lost, but I have to be happy that I got to the final.”


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3 Comments for Querrey, Jovanovski Highlight Wacky Non-Olympic Tennis Weekend

the DA Says:

So an olympic report is only required when Federer & Serena wins but not Djokovic, Murray, Ferrer & Tsonga? WT..?


Lloyd Walters Says:

“the Baku Cup title in Azerbaijan, with TV coverage showing an oddly 95 percent empty stadium”

The stadium looked emptier than that to me, and the event was just as poorly attended on every other day of the tournament, as it was last year. It makes me wonder who is actually subsidizing the event, and why. The people of Azerbaijan are either not at all interested in tennis or the tickets are priced beyond their reach.

A nearby country not widely known for it’s love of tennis is Turkey. Nevertheless the Turks certainly knew how to fill their stadium for the WTA Championships last October. Maybe they should give some advice to the Baku bigwigs ahead of next July’s tournament.


Adam Says:

What the heck is the: “University of California at Pennsylvania”?

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