WTA Previews; Del Potro, Ferrer, Dulko Win Titles
by Staff | February 27th, 2011, 7:44 pm

Whirlpool Monterrey Open
Monterrey, Mexico
Surface: hard

Seeds: Jelena Jankovic, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Aravane Rezai, Julia Goerges, Anastasija Sevastova, Sara Errani, Iveta Benesova, Polona Hercog

Floaters: Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Alize Cornet, Gisela Dulko

Notes: Tough opener for (7) Benesova against Dulko, and (1) Jankovic vs. Bogota champ Dominguez Lino; American Fed Cup teammates Vania King and Melanie Oudin will square off in the first round to see who faces (2) Pavlyuchenkova; last year Pavlyuchenkova beat Daniela Hantuchova in the final; Jankovic exited in the first round last year.

BMW Malaysian Open
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Surface: hard

Seeds: Francesca Schiavone, Marion Bartoli, Alisa Kleybanova, Jarmila Groth, Lucie Safarova, Ayuma Morita, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Bojana Jovanovski

Floaters: Dinara Safina, Jelena Dokic, Tamarine Tanasugarn

Notes: Troubled former No. 1 Dinara Safina floats seedlessly in the draw, starting against China’s Xinyun Han, then a possible meeting with (5) Safarova; (8) Jovanovski a tough start against Tanasugarn, and (1) Schiavone vs. Dokic; last year Kleybanova beat the now-retired Elena Dementieva to win her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur.

Del Potro Dominant in Delray; Ferrer, Dulko Win Acapulco Crowns

Former US Open champ Juan Martin del Potro won the first title of his comeback from wrist surgery last year, beating No. 6-seeded Serbian Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-4 on Sunday at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. It was the first title for the 22-year-old since the 2009 US Open.

Del Potro came back from a 1-4 deficit in the first set, and broke at 2-2 in the second set before clinching the title. In the semis the Argentine topped Florida favorite Mardy Fish, while Tipsarevic beat a struggling Kei Nishikori, both in straight sets.

Del Potro improved to 8-3 in career ATP finals, and 4-0 on U.S. soil. Tipsarevic fell to 0-3 in career finals.

The Argentine underwent wrist surgery in May of last year.

On the clay in Acapulco, Spaniard David Ferrer won the men’s title, while Argentine Gisela Dulko won the women’s.

Ferrer beat Nicolas Almagro, successfully defending the Abierto Mexicano Telcel title with a 7-6(4), 6-7(2), 6-2 victory.

“It was a very intense match with a lot of rallies in the first and second set, we played a lot of great points,” Ferrer said. “In the third, I think I was better physically and he started making more mistakes. My error was that after coming back and winning the first set, I relaxed in the second and he started attacking a lot more.”

Almagro fell to 0-6 career vs. Ferrer. Almagro won two straight events coming into Acapulco.

“I am disappointed right now that I couldn’t close this first set, maybe things would have been different,” Almagro said. “It’s been an unbelievable South American swing for me. I played nonstop for three weeks at a very high level and I know I need to be proud and happy about it. I now look forward to resting a few days at home before getting ready for Indian Wells and Miami.”

Ferrer is now 14-2 in 2011, earlier winning the Auckland title.

In the women’s final Dulko became the first Argentine woman to win the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL title, beating Spaniard Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-3, 7-6(5).

Dulko led 6-3, 5-1 before struggling to finish off the Spaniard.

“Finals are always special and we were both nervous in the first set, but after that I was playing much better,” Dulko said. “All of a sudden I started to get a bit nervous again and Arantxa started playing so well. I was three set points down. At the end I ended up winning, so I’m really happy.”

Dulko improved to 4-4 in career finals.

“I love this tournament but I was always struggling here,” Dulko said. “I felt great this week though, on and off the court. I couldn’t go to the beach too much though, so I’ll try to do that tomorrow morning before I leave.”

Following the singles final, Parra Santonja took the court again for the doubles final, losing again with fellow Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez Lino to Mariya Koryttseva and Ioana Raluca Olaru 3-6, 6-1, 10-4. Koryttseva now has five WTA doubles titles to her name while Olaru has two; this was their first together.

“It was a really good doubles final,” Parra Santonja said. “Maybe I was a little bit tired from the singles final — I think we could have used a bit more energy. But we were happy to reach the final. And for me to reach both finals was great.”

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4 Comments for WTA Previews; Del Potro, Ferrer, Dulko Win Titles

kova Says:

What a shame for Janko. Didn’t watch the final, but I heard that the match was pretty poor. DelPo was very tired, he didnt move well, Janko took advantage of that at the begining, and then stopped … It’s so like him, he just doesnt have that mental strength, he always cracks when it’s tough situation, beats himself, first at the AO, then now, and bunch of times more, so frustrating.
Federer once said that he admires Janko, that is the only player who could drink and partying all night long, and he is still in Top 70 for years now. Tennis is more like fun than a job to him, but when you look all the players that have won at least one tournament in their career, he really deserves it. If not, he will be remembered as the best player ever who didn’t one at least one title in his career, that’s not bad either xD

sar Says:

I wish he would win one title in his lifetime.

dari Says:

Yeah, I hope he does get a title. I didn’t want it to happen today against delpo, but that was a match he should have won! It’s one thing to not get a slam, but no title at all is a little sad.

Tennis Tipster Says:

He’ll win a 250 at some point, he’s too talented not to.

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