Verdasco, Wozniacki Win New Haven Titles

Posted on August 30, 2009

Spain's Fernando Verdasco and Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki finished the US Open Series much like it started, in European dominating fashion by winning the men's and women's titles over the weekend at New Haven.

Verdasco, the No. 2 seed, topped No. 6-seeded Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6(6) in the men's final. Querrey nevertheless earned enough points over the summer to clinch the men's US Open Series crown, giving him a possible extra payday at the US Open.

It was Verdasco's first title of the year, and the first of his career on hardcourts.

"I think I was just a little bit lucky today," Verdasco said. "Also not only now the final, the semifinals against [Igor] Andreev, two tiebreaks. I had a good day on the tiebreaks, and that's help me also so much to win the tournament."

Querrey dropped to 2-4 in lifetime finals.

"It's great preparation for the Open next week," Querrey said. "Obviously I wanted to win the tournament. But I was still happy with the week and I can't complain too much about making the finals. I am still confident going into the US Open. I've had a lot of matches under my belt and I would have loved to have won tonight, but can't win them all."

The No. 2-seeded Wozniacki topped unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-4 to successfully defend her New Haven crown from last year. It was her third title of the year after Ponte Vedra Beach (clay) and Eastbourne (grass).

Vesnina is 0-2 career in finals after finishing runner-up to Elena Dementieva in January at Auckland.

Now it's my time. It's my turn to win some tournaments," Wozniaki said. "I feel I've had a great year and I'm so happy it's my name coming up a lot of times now."