Serena, Meusberber, Fognini, Karlovic Win Tennis Titles: Weekend Wrap
by Staff | July 21st, 2013, 11:22 pm

Serena Williams won the tiny Swedish Open in Bastad on Sunday, defeating Sweden’s Johanna Larsson 6-4, 6-1.

“Johanna played well, and I made a lot of unforced errors in the beginning — I just hit everything out,” said Williams, who was down a break twice in the first set. “I had to kind of come back and do a little better. You just have to stay positive. I wasn’t playing well at Wimbledon when I lost, so I thought, ‘Okay, just remember what I did wrong there, and don’t make the same mistake here.’ I really wanted to do better here in Bastad this week.”
Larsson fell to 0-3 in career finals.

In Bad Gastein, Austria, Austrian No. 1 Yvonne Meusburger won her first career WTA title after a 7-5, 6-2 win over Andrea Hlavackova in the final of the N�RNBERGER Gastein Ladies event.

“Last week I was in the final of Budapest and I came into Bad Gastein with a very good feeling,” Meusburger said. “I think I played well from the first match and I’m so happy to be the champion now.”

It was the first WTA final for Hlavackova, who will crack the Top 100 for the first time.

On the men’s side Fabio Fognini was the unlikely trophy-raiser at Hamburg, yet claiming his second title in two weeks by defeating qualifier and Federer-killer Federico Delbonis 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-2 at the bet-at-home Open German Tennis Championships.

“I was, I think, a little bit lucky,” said Fognini who saved three match points. “I was nervous. Today, I didn’t play really good, but I fought hard. I think that was the key. Another trophy, that’s the important thing. I want to enjoy [this] as soon as possible. I fly to Umag tomorrow and have another chance to play.”

In the tiebreaker Delbonis failed to convert on three match points at 6-5, 7-6 and 8-7. Earlier in the tournament Delbonis saved two match points to beat No. 14 seed Fernando Verdasco 6-7(5), 7-6(8), 6-4, and in the semis defeated Roger Federer.

The winner in Bogota was Ivo Karlovic, in only his second tournament back after a lengthy layoff due to viral meningitis, beating Alejandro Falla 6-3, 7-6(4) for the title at the inaugural Claro Open Colombia.

“Only happiness, that after all these injuries and illnesses I was able to be back here,” the 34-year-old said of his emotions following the win.

Karlovic never dropped serve during the tournament, reaching his first final in three years.

“It was my weapons, which is volleys and serve and I was more calm in the crucial points,” said Karlovic on the keys to victory. Karlovic improved to 5-3 in career finals.


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9 Comments for Serena, Meusberber, Fognini, Karlovic Win Tennis Titles: Weekend Wrap

Tennis x hippy chic Says:

Congrats to all the title winners,great for FF wining his second title in as many weeks,good going,and i hope this is this is the begining of many more to come for him,as i like the guy and enjoy watching his tennis.

El Flaco Says:

Delbonis had an easy backhand volley on championship point in the 2nd set tiebreak and he punched it right into the net. Any volley that went over would have been a winner. Fognini wasn’t even in camera shot when he hit the return he was so far off the court.

KRIS Says:

SERENA keeps racking them up, great she’s super motivated to play even the little unknown WTA events …great promotion for women’s tennis. I’m pretty sure she collected a hefty appearance fee.
Swedish crowds came out great numbers ;)

RZ Says:

Too bad Delbonis didn’t win. That would have been a great story for him – the meltdown from Verdasco and the 2 tiebreaks over Fed on the way to the title. But still a great week for him, and nice to see Fognini doing well.

Bada Bing Says:

Novak is coming out with a nutrition book!
I will buy it for sure.

James Says:

Congrats to the title winners! Happy for Fognini. He’s always been a good clay court player but surprisingly never won an ATP title. Now he has 2 in back to back tournaments. He deserves a few more.
Also happy for Karlovic. Very sorry about what he had to go through with his illness. He’s I guess 32 and won’t be around for long. Glad he won one more title. A few more would be good.

James Says:

Delbonis will be in top 40 by year end. He looks good to be in top 20. Despite losing the final against Fognini, Delbonis has had a great tournament. Wishing him further success in upcoming tournaments.

Giles Says:
Am surprised at the error in this article by Sports Illustrated:
“He has since won two more Australian Opens, along with the 2012 French Open”.
I do hope they will publish a correction to this article.

moam Says:

I think Fabio Fognini is one of the most exciting and fascinating players to watch. He is now the # 1 Italian male and inside the top 20 in the world. And he seems to have accomplished it in his fabulously casual manner. He’s definitely a player on an upward trajectory.

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