Tsonga Saves Match Point to Win ATP Marseille
French No. 3 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved a match point en route to ending a three-match losing streak against Tomas Berdych, defeating the Czech in the Open 13 Marseille final 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4.
Tsonga added to the five match points he saved in a quarterfinal victory over Aussie Bernard Tomic. It was the 10th career title for Tsonga, while Berdych fell to 8-9 in career finals. Tsonga improved to 2-4 career against the Czech. It was the second career Marseille title for Tsonga after 2009.
Hot-handed Ferrer Grinds Wawrinka Down in Buenos Aires Final
Spain’s David Ferrer defended his title at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires on Sunday, outlasting Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 6-1. “It’s very hard to win back-to-back titles, and this tournament in Buenos Aires is always very tough,” Ferrer said. “I am very proud.”
This year Ferrer has won his third Auckland title in row, his second in a row at Buenos Aires, and this week will go for four in a row at Acapulco. The 30-year-old Spaniard improved to 7-3 against Wawrinka, and has won 17 of 19 matches in 2013.
Nishikori Lances Lopez to Capture Memphis Title
Japan’s Kei Nishikori eased past Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 6-3 in the final of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis on Sunday for his third career title. The 23-year-old added to previous titles in Delray Beach and Tokyo.
“I served really well this week,” Nishikori said. “I was practicing a lot and it�s getting better. Hopefully I can win a couple more titles. It’s been a good start to the year.” Lopez dropped to 2-6 in career finals. “I didn’t play a bad match,” Lopez said. “He was very aggressive from the beginning.”
Erratic Kvitova Reins in WTA Dubai Title
Former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova won a wildly-swinging final in Dubai, topping former French Open runner-up Sara Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 for her 10th career title. Kvitova led 6-2, 1-0 before Errani won six games in a row to take the set, and in the third Kvitova won the final five games for the title.
“I knew I had to keep fighting for every ball, because she was really on fire in the second set and continued that in the third too,” Kvitova said. “I was quite down after the second set. I just tried to stay positive and just play.” Kvitova improved to 4-0 career against Errani.
Erakovic Overcomes Sick Sabine for 1st WTA Title at Memphis
New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic won her first career title on Saturday at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis when opponent Sabine Lisicki retired after losing the first set 6-1, citing illness. “I put all the energy I had left in my body into the match, but I just couldn’t keep going,” Lisicki said. “I had been sick the last three days already. But Marina had a great tournament and I want to congratulate her for her first WTA title.”
Erakovic became the first New Zealander to win a WTA title since Belinda Cordwell at Kallang in 1989, and improved to 1-2 in career finals. “My dad was watching online — I had to tell him congratulations too, because he did so much when I was a kid,” Erakovic said. “This really was teamwork.”
Jankovic Spanks Rookie Ormaechea for Bogota Crown
Former No. 1-ranked Jelena Jankovic won her first title in three years on Sunday, defeating first-time WTA finalist Paula Ormaechea 611, 6-2 for the Copa Claro Colsanitas crown in Bogota, Colombia.
“I’m so happy I was able to come here to Bogota for the first time and winning my 13th WTA title here makes the experience even better,” Jankovic said. The Serb last raised a trophy at Indian Wells in 2010, and was 0-5 in finals since then entering Bogota. The Argentine Ormaechea had never advanced past a WTA quarterfinal before the week.
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