Sock Wins Maiden Title on Clay at ATP Houston
American Jack Sock won his first ATP title on home turf, beating fellow American Sam Querrey 7-6(9), 7-6(2) for the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship title.
“It feels incredible,” Sock said. “Clay is my favorite surface. It feels surreal. It feels incredible, and to have friends and family here to share it with me feels even better.”
The 22-year-old Sock weathered a two-hour rain delay, and in the first set saved three set points. In the second set they traded breaks before the tiebreak, which saw Sock wrap up the win in an hour and 45 minutes.
“I put in a lot of hard work before I came back,” said Sock, who missed the first part of the year with hip/pelvis surgery. “I had almost nine weeks in a row off the court in the gym getting my body ready to come back. To come here and win is a very incredible feeling and I’m going to savor it for a while.”
It was the first title in his first final for Sock, while Querrey, appearing in his first final since 2012, fell to 7-6 in career finals.
Kerber Outlasts Keys in Family Circle Finale
Angie Kerber defeated Madison Keys in a knock-down drag-out fight 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 on Sunday for the title at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston, S.C.
Kerber came back from a 1-4 deficit in the final set to turn around her season.
“To win here after the really difficult weeks I had, I’m feeling great,” Kerber said. “Last year I had four finals and I didn’t win any of them, so it’s great that I actually won this one today.”
Keys had 32 more winners than the German during the match, but contributed even more unforced errors.
“Coming off tough losses at Indian Wells and Miami, I’m happy I kept a great attitude this week, and I was just fighting as hard as I could today,” Keys said. “I could have gone either way after the first set, but I dug deep and still put myself in a position to win. But she just wasn’t making any mistakes at the end.”
It was Kerber’s fourth career title and first since Linz last year. Keys fell to 1-1 in career finals.
Klizan Wins 3rd Career Title at Casablanca
No. 2 seed Martin Klizan beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 6-2 for the Grand Prix Hassan II title on Sunday, his third career ATP title.
Klizan raced to a 5-1 lead in the first set, saving four break points en route.
Gimeno-Traver was appearing in his first career final, and in the end forced his opponent to fight off three more break points in the final game before closing it out.
Klizan in the semifinals came back from a set down to beat Damir Dzumhur 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. Klizan also won at St. Petersburg in 2012 and Munich in 2014.
Schmiedlova Keeps Giorgi Winless at WTA Poland
No. 8 seed Anna Karolina Schmiedlova upset No. 3 Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-3 for the Katowice Open title on Sunday in Poland.
“I started out nervous today,” Schmiedlova said. “I lost my serve straight off in the first game. But then it was better. I wasn’t nervous after that and was just taking it point by point. Usually I don’t like playing aggressive players like her as much, because I can’t play as aggressively as them and I feel like I’m always defending, but I did very well.”
It was the Slovak’s first career title after finishing runner-up earlier in the year in Rio de Janeiro.
Giorgi falls to 0-3 in WTA finals, finishing runner-up last year in Katowice and Linz.
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