Nalbandian, Kuznetsova, Wozniacki Win Titles
by Staff | August 9th, 2010, 1:09 am

Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Washington, D.C.

David Nalbandian won his first title in approximately 19 months on Sunday, defeating Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 7-6(4) for the ATP Washington crown. He is the third straight Argentine winner after Juan Martin del Potro won in 2009-08.

“It’s really important because we were working very hard,” said Nalbandian, who will move back into the Top 50. “It has been a year and a half fighting with the surgery and the recovery; we are so happy and this victory made me feel very good again…not only with the rankings, with my game, with everything. It was a good win.” The 28-year-old Nalbandian spent ninth months on the sidelines after undergoing hip surgery, and missed three months this year of play.

Mercury Insurance Open
San Diego, Calif.

Unseeded Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-7(7), 6-3 for the WTA San Diego title, her first this year in her first final of 2010. “It was a big relief to win, because it had been such a long time since my last title, also because of losing the second set like that,” Kuznetsova said.

The two-time Grand Slam winner rises back into the Top 20 with the win. “It’s always disappointing to lose a match, especially a final,” Radwanska said. “But in the important moments at the end she was better.”

e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open
Copenhagen, Denmark

Caroline Wozniacki won her eighth career title on home soil Sunday, capturing the inaugural e-Boks Sony Ericsson Open with a 6-2, 7-6(5) victory over Klara Zakopalova. The world No. 3 fought through three three-setters en route to the final, edging former Top 10er Anna Chakvetadze in the semis.

“It was nice to play a tournament again after a long break,” said Wozniacki, who came back from a break down in the second set. “I’m healthy again and I really wanted some matches,” Wozniacki said. The Dane improved to 8-7 in career finals. Zakopalova fell to 2-8 in finals.

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5 Comments for Nalbandian, Kuznetsova, Wozniacki Win Titles

Ty Says:

The most depressing video on youtube: Federer vs Nalbandian 2003 highlights. Just seven years ago, before Federer became God-Fed… he had a nemesis who equaled his talent in every aspect and could have battled him for every grand slam title he owns.

TomA Says:

@ Ty
I agree bro. I reckon he should have won at least 2 slams. 2003 US Open and 2006 Aus Open. Both times he lost 5 setters which he should have won against Roddick and Baghdatis respectively.
I also think he might have given Nadal a good run had he made the 2006 French Open final (retired in 3rd set of SF to Fed).
A talented man of all surfaces, the Argentine’s mental approach, and at times serve and fitness has prevented him from achieving what he should have. Only 11 career titles! Oh well

Wade Says:

So happy Dave won always been a fan of his but always so depressing watching him come so close and fall at the final hurdle, but not this time. If he had a bit more mental strength this guy would have way more titles then his got.

steve Says:

I started yelling at the television after Kuznetsova blew three straight match points in the second set tiebreak, then was handed another on a double fault, and managed to blow that one and the tiebreak shortly thereafter. But thankfully she pulled herself together and came through in the third set.

Now that Marat Safin is gone we need a charismatic and enormously talented but mentally shaky Russian in the game more than ever. And her Twitter posts are always great.

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