Kerber, Errani, Monaco, Andujar Win WTA/ATP Titles
by Staff | April 15th, 2012, 10:12 pm

Monaco Outlasts Isner for ATP Houston Title

No. 4-seeded wildcard Juan Monaco of Argentina upset No. 2 seed John Isner 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 on Sunday to win the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, his second clay title of the season after Vina Del Mar, Chile.
Isner looked slow out of the gate and dropped serve twice in the first set before working his way into the match. Isner dropped to 0-2 in finals in 2012.

“The first set, I played really well, and then he came back in the second set,” Monaco said. “In the final set, it was a battle. We fought until the last point. I served pretty well in the last game, so I’m happy for that.”

Andujar Repeats in ATP Casablanca Final Over Ramos

No. 3 seed Pablo Andujar was the unlikely winner in the final of the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablaca, successfully defending his title from last year with a 6-1, 7-6(5) win over Albert Ramos. Both of Andujar’s career title have come in Casablanca.

“I didn’t think that I could win here twice in a row,” Andujar said. “It was difficult with the three rain delays.”

The 26-year-old Andujar is now 2-3 in career finals, all on clay. It was Ramos’ first career final.

Errani Sweeps Singles and Doubles Titles at WTA Barcelona

Italian Sara Errani swept both the singles and doubles titles at the WTA stop in Barcelona, in the singles final downing Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2.
“Claycourts are probably better for me than for Cibulkova,” Errani said. “She hits very hard and is very fast, but while she can hit two winners in a row, she can also hit consecutive errors — knowing that I knew I had to keep up with her pace, keep the ball deep and be very solid, but also stay aggressive.”
Errani and Roberta Vinci won the doubles title, rolling over Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone in an all-Italian final 6-0, 6-2. Errani also won the singles and doubles earlier this year in Acapulco. Cibulkova fell to 1-4 in career finals.

Kerber Tops Wozniacki to Roll to WTA Copenhagen Crown

German Angelique Kerber stopped former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki from a third straight WTA Copenhagen title on Sunday, defeating the Dane 6-4, 6-4 for the title. In the semifinals Kerber beat another former No. 1, steamrolling Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1.

“I felt like I had nothing to lose,” Kerber said. “If I lost the match, it’s okay against her. It made me take more chances and I’m glad it worked out.”

It was the second career title for Kerber who has won four of her last five matches versus Top 10 players. Wozniacki dropped to 18-11 in career WTA finals. “You lose matches sometimes, and today was one of those times,” Wozniacki said. “There’s a new match and new tournament coming, so you go on.”

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11 Comments for Kerber, Errani, Monaco, Andujar Win WTA/ATP Titles

jane Says:

Congrats to Pablo-honey and Don Juan Monaco. :)

alison hodge Says:

congrats to all winners this weekend guys and gals,what a great couple of weeks for juan monarco,whos on a bit of a roll now,great stuff,well done juan.

Humble Rafa Says:

Did the tall one lose on clay? What the hell happened?

Bom Kelvin Says:

Something is not right with this week ranking points. How come Nadal and Federer ranking points lost a few hundred this week than last week? That means Federer is only 400 points behind Nadal then. Anybody can explain if you know please ? :)

carlo Says:

Bom Kelvin:

MonteCarlo was a week earlier last year, i think. So Rafa’s winning 1000 came off early. Federer lost less points this week because he was knocked out by Melzer in the MC quarterfinal last year.

Bom Kelvin Says:

Thanks Carlo for the reply. cheers.

dari Says:

Whoa whoa whoa, Carlo, Kelvin, this is some news to me the points being so close.
Would be crazy if rafa lost really early (Majorly Doubt It), and roger got to #2 while on vacay/training

Anyway, glad a major event is back on TC, hope Andy is playing superbly and tough in MC!

carlo Says:

No problem, Bom Kelvin :) I wondered something similar prior to Indian Wells and noticed the ATP tournament calender was ahead by a week from 2011.

dari: shailesh posted a link worth a read.

If Nadal had an injection of the type I’d guess, platelet rich plasma with perhaps some growth factor additives or something to boost speed of healing, the weeks between Miami and MonteCarlo are cutting it close optimally. I am not one that doubts Nadal’s tendinitis. Treatments have improved/sped up healing. Nadal has reason to sort of come off as a hypochondriac. What would have been best would be to skip MonteCarlo but he’s pushing it. On the other hand, he may be fine. Or, worst case, he pulls out of MC early as you mention. It’s a points race. He doesn’t want to lose #2 to Federer. But he won’t lose it by pulling out of MC early because the points already came off. But if he can’t play Barcelona and defend those 500, Federer will slightly overtake him, I think…

Dan Martin Says:

Here are my ATP power rankings for the week –

I think Monaco could be a tough out for anyone outside of the top 3 in Paris

skeezerweezer Says:


Thanks for finding that USO highlight on YT. Didn’t realize how many spectacular shots Novak had on Rafa that match….

dari Says:

Oh, I see what you are saying, Carlo. The points have already fallen off, so this is the lowest they will be, he will only add to his total with every round he plays.

I also do not doubt the knees with rafa.
he is understandably a bit sensitive with it, anyone would be, but i think his personality and of course, style of play, lends to being ultra-sensitive with the knees.

i do like how he sticks up for himself though, in that article- “hey, but how many finals, dude?!!”

the rafa injuries have quite a tragic feel, AO 2011 was heart-wrenching, so i certainly wish him the best in recovery

selfishly, i also would want there to be no asterisks for federer, murray, whomever’s advances at nadal’s expense

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