Dimitrov, Nishikori, Sharapova, Torro-Flor Win Titles
| April 28th, 2014, 12:23 am
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Sharapova 3-peats for 1st Time at Stuttgart

Maria Sharapova defeated Ana Ivanovic in a battle of former No. 1s in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, her third title in a row in Stuttgart.


“I had quite a slow beginning to the year, but me and my team have been working hard to get in the position to win titles again, and I’m so happy to be able to do it in Stuttgart,” Sharapova said.

Ivanovic led 6-3, 3-1 with a point for 4-1 but could not close it out. “It was always a few close balls to decide each game, and it went on the whole match,” the Serb said. “In the second set she definitely went for those big shots, though, and she made some amazing points. She’s just a great player, and that’s what happens when you play against great players in big matches like this.”

Nishikori Breaks Records with Barcelona Clay Title

Rafael Nadal had won the Barcelona title eight out of the last nine years. In the end, an Asian raised the Barcelona title for the first time ever when on Sunday Japan’s Kei Nishikori beat Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-2 in the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell final.

According to the ATP he became the first Japanese-born player to win a claycourt title in the Open Era. It was his second title of the year and the fifth of his career.

“I was good on clay when I was little. Like 14 (years old). I was winning all the European juniors events,” Nishikori said. “There are three big tournaments coming up in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros so I hope I can do well and increase my ranking points. My next goal is to get to the Top 10.”

Dimitrov Wins Bucharest, Closing on Top 10

Grigor Dimitrov captured his second title of the year and third of his career on Sunday, defeating Lukas Rosol 7-6(1), 6-1 for the BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy title.

“I lifted my game, not having been happy with my previous matches in the tournament,” said Dimitrov who will rise to No. 13. “I knew I had to lift my level, especially after the first set.”

Rosol was happy with his runner-up effort. “I would have reached the semifinals at the start of the week, I would have taken it,” he said. “Grigor was just amazing today. I played good tennis, but Grigor was better on the court and I had no answer. I am sure he will break into the Top 10 very soon.”

Spaniard Torro-Flor Wins 1st Title in Morocco

Spaniard Maria Teresa Torro-Flor defeated Swiss Romina Oprandi 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to capture her first career title at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Morocco.

“In the second set I started to lose my focus and Oprandi took advantage of that and took the set,” Torro-Flor said. “I called my coach to the court and he told me I had to keep focusing and work hard like I always do, and after that I started to play a bit better.

She is the sixth player to win their first WTA title this year after Garbine Muguruza (Hobart), Tsvetana Pironkova (Sydney), Kurumi Nara (Rio de Janeiro), Caroline Garcia (Bogota) and Donna Vekic (Kuala Lumpur).

 


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11 Comments for Dimitrov, Nishikori, Sharapova, Torro-Flor Win Titles

skeezer Says:

Nico, ferrer, rafa, car 54 where are u?
Congrats to Nishi, japan vs. spain, no contest apparently. And on the home national surface of Spain no less.
Ahhh…..times are a changin and its all good ;).


Michael Says:

Congrats to all the winners especially Nishikori who has stamped his class and announced to the Tennis World that he has arrived to the big stage with a bang. Winning Barcelona, a clay court event, with all the big names competing is no mean feat. Ofcourse, he didn’t find the need to meet Rafa during the course of this event who was upset in the quarters itself. Yet, nothing can take away the credit from Nishikori for this fabulous win and he has become the first Japanese player to do it on a Spanish turf with all the mighty spainards in action. A big boost for Nishikori really going forward into the clay season and this confidence gained out of this win should stand him in good stead in battles ahead. For now, he has earned World No.12 with this effort and it is only time since he betters his World No.11 record. He definitely belongs to the top 10.


metan Says:

Kei is the New Prince of Barcelona clay court .
CONGRATS, wishing you many more titles in the future. I feel good. 👍😜😄

@Michael post. 👍 and Skeezer. 😄😜


metan Says:

And also Congrats to the rest of the winners.
Tennis is rock!


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael nice post,and thanks for the feedback on the Murray thread,anyway Nishikori is turning into one of my favorite players of the new breed coming through,although dont get me wrong i will always root for Rafa and Andy in that order first and foremost,but i am ready to accept change where or whenever it comes,i think hes showing alot of promise,he also seems very self disciplined and commited to working hard which is lacking in some of the younger players IMO….


Hippy Chic Says:

Nice win for Maria although i was pulling for Anna,i think she needs a big one though as it will be 2 years soon since her last GS which was the FO in 2012,add to that and shes made just one GS final since the FO in 2013 losing handily as she always does to Serena,im just wondering as shes 27 i think she needs to make hay now as her best days seem to be behind her?


Michael Says:

Metan – Thanks !!

Alison, Ofcourse Nishikori is a class act and he is of late proving that he truly belong to the big league. What is remarkable about Nishikori is the way he plays the game with effortless ease resembling the likes of Roger, Dmitrov, Haas, Wawrinka etc., those kind of players who are poetry in motion on court and a treat to watch. Players with one handed back hand always look impressive on court because it is slowly becoming a dying art and rarity in today’s Tennis World with a majority of players preferring double handed backhand as the preferred weapon to instil control, power and precision in their repertoire. Ofcourse, I am aware that your favourites are Rafa and Andy in that order but in all your comments in this forum, you have been very fair and has always accorded due respect and recognition to the other players including Roger and Novak. Last but not the least, the only thing that is certain in this World is change. It is change which is permanent. So, always be prepared for change whether you like or dislike it is of no significance.


Hippy Chic Says:

Michael nice thankyou :))….


Margot Says:

@Michael
Really enjoy reading your comments, but a paragraph or two, would make them even more enjoyable to read! :)


Hippy Chic Says:

It seems like Michaels got quite a fan club on this forum lol….


Michael Says:

Alison – Thanks !!

Margot – Thanks. Will stick to your sane advise and henceforth break up into paras when putting my comment.

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