Venus Williams, Sharapova, Querrey Win Titles; Weekend Wrap
by Staff | February 22nd, 2010, 12:18 am

Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai, UAE
Surface: outdoor hard

Venus Williams won her 42nd career title on Sunday in Dubai, with the No. 3 seed defeating No. 4-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 7-5, successfully defending her title from last year. Williams had lost her last three finals, while the 20-year-old Azarenka had won her last three. Williams is now 42-25 in tour singles finals, while Azarenka drops to 3-5. “I expected her to come out and play well,” Venus said. “I respect her game, the effort she gives…even though I was leading in the second set, she just never gave up. Obviously I’m happy to close the tournament out. I’ve had a lot of success here the last two years, and I enjoy my time off the courts too. I go to the Souqs and make the best of it. So playing well here makes it even more satisfying for me.”
Open 13
Marseille, France
Surface: indoor hard

Unseeded Frenchman Michael Llodra won a double on Sunday in Marseille, defeating countryman and No. 8 seed Julien Benneteau in the singles final, then teaming with Benneteau to claim the doubles crown over the top-seeded Austrian/Swedish team of J.Knowle/Lindstedt 6-4, 6-3. Llodra defeated Benneteau 6-3, 6-4 in the singles final. “At the beginning of the week I knew that I could go down as far as No. 120 in the rankings if I lost in the first round,” Llodra said. “It’s unbelievable to finally win a final in France after losing here and in Lyon last year.” It was the fourth career singles title for Llodra, who lost in last year’s final to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

Regions Morgan Keegan Championships
Memphis, Tenn., USA
Surface: indoor hard
American Sam Querrey did double duty in the Memphis singles and doubles finals on Sunday, coming from a set down to defeat fellow American John Isner 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-3, then teaming with Isner to win the doubles title over the Brit-Aussie team of Hutchins-Kerr 6-4, 6-4. “It’s tough playing your good buddy like that,” Querrey said of his Davis Cup teammate. “It’s the first time we’ve played. I’m sure the next 10 years we’ll play another 10-15 times. Isner said, “To be honest, I felt like I was in control of the match the first two sets, although they were really close. I had the match on my racquet, that’s all I can ask for. But credit to him, he played well when it counted — better than me — which is hard because I like to think I play really well in those situations as I have in the past.”

Top-seeded Maria Sharapova captured the women’s title, rolling over qualifier and former Memphis champ Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-2, 6-1. The 22-year-old Sharapova is now 21-8 in tour finals, while the 26-year-old Arvidsson fell to 1-2 in finals. “I came here for matches — I got five and I got the win, so it was a good week,” Sharapova said. “I served and returned well, two things that are very important indoors. I also did the right things against Sofia today. I worked hard after the Australian Open and little by little things are coming along.”

Copa Telmex
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Surface: clay
No. 2-seeded former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero won his second title in two weeks on Sunday, defeating top-seeded Spanish countryman David Ferrer 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. “I feel unbelievable after winning two weeks in a row,” said Ferrero, who won last week in Costa do Sauipe, extending his match win streak to 10. “I think the key to my current success is the physical work I have done. I have been working very hard and I know that I can be on the court forever. That helps my game a lot because I get to the ball much earlier and can be more aggressive. This also helps me mentally…My goal is to get back to the Top 10. This victory makes me believe in this goal. I don’t have much to defend in Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami so I hope I will do well, get extra points and move up in the rankings.”

Bogota, Colombia
Surface: clay

Unseeded Colombian Mariana Duque Marino had never before advanced past a tour quarterfinal, but on Sunday collected her first WTA title after a 6-4, 6-3 victory over No. 5-seeded German Angelique Kerber. The 20-year-old Duque Marino entered the event ranked No. 143. Kerber was also in her first tour final after never before surpassing the quarters at a tour event. “I was disappointed with how I performed here last year and I worked so hard over the last year,” Duque Marino said. “Coming into this season I didn’t think I would win a Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title so this has been incredible. I ran so much. The hard work paid off.”

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5 Comments for Venus Williams, Sharapova, Querrey Win Titles; Weekend Wrap

trener po tennisu Says:

Venus won her 42 title thats cool, interesting thing — Navratilova has more than 150 titles!

Andrew Miller Says:

Natural to ask 2 questions (Ferrero and Querrey)

1. will JC Ferrero be a Roland Garros factor? Maybe Ferrero can work some magic on the dirt again?

2. Is Querrey playing the best tennis of any U.S. player? Is he top 15 by the end of the year?

Andrew Miller Says:

I’ll admit it – I’d like to see Ferrero and Roddick win 2010 Slams. (And I wouldnt mind Penneta and Kirilenko winning Slams also but I dont think that’s happenning).


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