Serena, Errani, Isner, Ferrer, Tipsarevic Win Tennis Titles
by Staff | July 16th, 2012, 12:08 am

Serena Follows Wimbledon with WTA Stanford Title

Serena Williams, seemingly on a rocket train back to the No. 1 ranking, on Sunday followed her Wimbledon title with the Bank of the West title at Stanford, beating fellow American and lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe 7-5, 6-3.
The younger Williams sister didn’t lose a set en route to her 43rd career title, but struggled in putting away the first set.

“I just really wanted to win that game,” Williams said of the 4-5 game in the first. “I was up in that game and had so many break points, but she played well on them and I was making some errors. And then she even had a set point. But I just hung in there and tried to do the best I could, and thankfully I won that first set…I think Coco played really well today. She has a really strong, solid game.”

Vandeweghe was appearing in her first career WTA final.

“Serena’s a great player and will take advantage of every opportunity she gets,” said Vandeweghe, who served at 5-4 with a set point. Vandeweghe was the first lucky loser to reach a WTA final in over seven years.

Hot-handed Errani Wins WTA Palermo

Newly-minted Top 10er Sara Errani won her homecountry tournament on Sunday, as the top seed defeating No. 8 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1, 6-3, for the XXV Italiacom Open title.

It is the fourth 2012 title for Errani and sixth career title. Zahlavova Strycova falls to 1-2 in WTA finals.

“It wasn’t easy like the score looks — Barbara was playing very aggressively and it was tough for me,” Errani said. “In some moments of the match I was a little bit nervous, and she was able to come back into the match at those times, but at the end of the match I played very well and was able to close it out.”

Isner Tames Hewitt for Grasscourt ATP Newport Crown

Top-seeded American John Isner successfully defended his Newport grasscourt title on Sunday, topping former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt 7-6(1), 6-4.

“I did well, I defended those points and I kept my ranking where it’s at,” Isner said. “More importantly than that, I gained a lot of confidence from this week just as I did last year. I had a great, great summer last year. I hope to have much of the same this year.”

For Hewitt it was his first-ever career loss in a grasscourt final, dropping to 7-1 in finals on the lawns.

“It’s done a lot of good [for my confidence],” said Hewitt, who last won a title in 2010. “A lot of positives have come out of this week. Grass is a tough surface to come back on after any kind of surgery, and especially foot surgery, where my movement is such a big thing, because on grass you’re in the wrong positions a lot of the time. You’ve got to have that confidence in your footwork.”

Ferrer Claims ATP Bastad Clay Title Over Almagro

Top seed David Ferrer won the all-Spanish SkiStar Swedish Open title in Bastad on Sunday, defeating No. 2 seed Nicolas Almagro 6-2, 6-2.

“It has been the best season of my career, I have won five titles,” Ferrer said. “I have never done this well and I am very happy for that. I work hard, I always fight every match and every year I try and improve on my game.

Ferrer improved to 11-0 career versus Almagro. Almagro dropped to 12-6 in career finals.

“Of course I have confidence [going into the Olympics],” Ferrer said. “I will have two days of relaxing and then next week I will practice on grass.”

Tipsarevic Beats Monaco for ATP Stuttgart Title

Top seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia defeated Argentina’s Juan Monaco 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 for the Mercedes Cup title in Stuttgart.

The third set saw a rain delay, and when play resumed Tipsarevic won three straight games from 3-3 to claim the championship.

“It wasn’t an easy match to play, considering the balls were flying everywhere,” Tipsarevic said. “It wasn’t really easy to be aggressive, but I felt I was the better player in the third set. I had a huge chance at 4-0 up in the second set, but instead of being more aggressive, I became passive. Luckily, I managed to come back.”

Tipsarevic improved to 3-6 in career finals, while Monaco dropped to 5-9 in career finals.

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2 Comments for Serena, Errani, Isner, Ferrer, Tipsarevic Win Tennis Titles

steve-o Says:

No love for Cilic, the first Croatian man to win the Croatian Open since its inaugural year? Finally, he managed to win a clay title after losing three finals.

Kimberly Says:

I actually watched a lot of Stanford and Serena played absolutely awful. Yes she didnt drop a set but it spoke more to how weak the field was and how her competition threw in an effort to play even worse than her. She was flat and jet lagged. Her footwork was atrocious.

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