Wozniacki Keeps Pace with McIlroy with Tournament Title at Istanbul
Not to let her former beau Rory McIlroy steal the entire spotlight at the British Open, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won her first title of the year on Sunday on the same day at the TEB BNP Paribas Instanbul Open, rolling over Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1.
“I’m happy to have won my 22nd WTA title,” Wozniacki said. “I served well and pushed her around the court, and I really dictated the match.”
The top-seeded Wozniacki has now won a WTA title seven years running, while the No. 2-seeded Vinci fell to a career 9-3 in finals. It was her second straight runner-up effort after Bucharest. “It’s tough to play [make errors] against Caroline because she puts everything back in the court, and it was tough for me to stay in the rallies today,” Vinci said.
Mayer Stuns Ferrer for ATP Hamburg Crown
Unseeded Argentine Leo Mayer shocked top-seeded David Ferrer 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(4) for his first career ATP title Sunday at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg, Germany.
“I can’t believe it,” Mayer said. “I was able to do it against Ferrer, who is one of the best players on this surface…I relaxed and started to play better. He also made some mistakes that got me back into the match. I tried to enjoy it and that’s why I won, I think.”
Ferrer dropped to 21-23 in career finals. “I think I was little bit nervous in the important moments,” Ferrer said. “He played more aggressive than me and nothing else.”
Tomic Absorbs 39 Aces to Win ATP Bogota
Bernard Tomic weathered 39 aces from giant-serving Croat “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic to claim his second career title 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(4) at the Claro Open Colombia in Bogota.
It was the first tournament win in 1-1/2 years for the 21-year-old Australian. Karlovic stretched it to a third-set tiebreak after delivering a second serve ace on match point against him, serving at 5-6.
Tomic will move back into the Top 100 on Monday when the ATP Rankings are released. The Aussie was likely driven during the week after being dumped by his management group IMG due to poor performance.
Barthel Emerges From Seeded Fallout at WTA Bastad
German Mona Barthel defeated South African Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 7-6(3) in the all-unseeded final of the Collector Swedish Open in Bastad.
“It was like a perfect week for me,” said Barthel, who won three three-setters during the week. “I was fighting a lot — in some matches I was behind, and I was just fighting for every point. I’m just happy everything worked out.”
The German improved to 3-1 in career WTA finals after titles in 2013 (Paris indoor) and 2012 (Hobart). Scheepers fell to 1-1 in career finals. It also the first WTA tournament since Hobart in January 2009 where no seeds reached the quarterfinal round.
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