ATP/WTA Weekend Wraps: Wozniacki Keeps Pace with McIlroy
by Staff | July 20th, 2014, 7:54 pm

Wozniacki Keeps Pace with McIlroy with Tournament Title at Istanbul

Not to let her former beau Rory McIlroy steal the entire spotlight at the British Open, former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won her first title of the year on Sunday on the same day at the TEB BNP Paribas Instanbul Open, rolling over Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1.
“I’m happy to have won my 22nd WTA title,” Wozniacki said. “I served well and pushed her around the court, and I really dictated the match.”

The top-seeded Wozniacki has now won a WTA title seven years running, while the No. 2-seeded Vinci fell to a career 9-3 in finals. It was her second straight runner-up effort after Bucharest. “It’s tough to play [make errors] against Caroline because she puts everything back in the court, and it was tough for me to stay in the rallies today,” Vinci said.

Mayer Stuns Ferrer for ATP Hamburg Crown

Unseeded Argentine Leo Mayer shocked top-seeded David Ferrer 6-7(3), 6-1, 7-6(4) for his first career ATP title Sunday at the bet-at-home Open in Hamburg, Germany.

“I can’t believe it,” Mayer said. “I was able to do it against Ferrer, who is one of the best players on this surface…I relaxed and started to play better. He also made some mistakes that got me back into the match. I tried to enjoy it and that’s why I won, I think.”

Ferrer dropped to 21-23 in career finals. “I think I was little bit nervous in the important moments,” Ferrer said. “He played more aggressive than me and nothing else.”

Tomic Absorbs 39 Aces to Win ATP Bogota

Bernard Tomic weathered 39 aces from giant-serving Croat “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic to claim his second career title 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(4) at the Claro Open Colombia in Bogota.

It was the first tournament win in 1-1/2 years for the 21-year-old Australian. Karlovic stretched it to a third-set tiebreak after delivering a second serve ace on match point against him, serving at 5-6.

Tomic will move back into the Top 100 on Monday when the ATP Rankings are released. The Aussie was likely driven during the week after being dumped by his management group IMG due to poor performance.

Barthel Emerges From Seeded Fallout at WTA Bastad

German Mona Barthel defeated South African Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 7-6(3) in the all-unseeded final of the Collector Swedish Open in Bastad.

“It was like a perfect week for me,” said Barthel, who won three three-setters during the week. “I was fighting a lot — in some matches I was behind, and I was just fighting for every point. I’m just happy everything worked out.”

The German improved to 3-1 in career WTA finals after titles in 2013 (Paris indoor) and 2012 (Hobart). Scheepers fell to 1-1 in career finals. It also the first WTA tournament since Hobart in January 2009 where no seeds reached the quarterfinal round.

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22 Comments for ATP/WTA Weekend Wraps: Wozniacki Keeps Pace with McIlroy

Wog boy Says:

“The Aussie was likely driven during the week after being dumped by his management group IMG due to poor performance.”

Staff, you are partly right, but I think that he was driven more by Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon success and and as a result of that Aussie press headlines … “Bernard who??”

skeezer Says:

Lets see;
2 dating high profile athletes have a relationship.
Then they split up and promptly win tournaments of their respective sports on the same day.
Congrats to both.

BT Says:

Exactly right Wog Boy. Hopefully Nick and Bernie can get a healthy competitive rivalry going. Get back to the good old days when I was younger with two Aussies (Rafter and Hewitt) both in the Top 10.

Wog boy Says:

Agree BT, and Rafter was my favorite. Pat still can’t explaine how he lost that Wimbledon final to Goran:(

Hippy Chic Says:

Pat was my favorite player,such alot of talent and variety,i was gutted that he didnt win that epic Wimbledon final,match point up grrr,but a fantastic comeback by Goran to win the match,so dissapointed Pat retired having not won Wimbledon,but also so dissapointed that he never won many more GS,the curse of been in the same era as Sampras i suppose,one of the games great underachievers IMO….

Hippy Chic Says:

A great win for Tomic,hopefully he will now start to take tennis seriously,such alot of talent and potential it would be a shame to waste it….

Polo Says:

Also happy for Tomic. He’s 21 and hopefully has learned some lessons and start to show maturity.

Margot Says:

Um no, to “keep pace” with Rory, Caroline would’ve needed to win a Grand Slam!

Hippy Chic Says:

Caroline is a very tenacious player,with a great worth ethic,and loves a good scrap,but unfortunatly has no great weapons like a big serve,forehand or backhand,pretty much like Ferrer no overwelming strengths or weaknesses either….

Colin Says:

I look forward (not too optimistically) to the time when news items about Woz make no mention of Rory. I expect she does, too.

SG1 Says:

Margot Says:
Um no, to “keep pace” with Rory, Caroline would’ve needed to win a Grand Slam!


Precisely. I’ll steel a boxing euphemism…McIlroy is the best pound-for-pound golfer in the world today. Wozniacki, though much more pleasing to the eye, is not even close to be the best pound-for-pound tennis player (or even female tennis player) on tour.

SG1 Says:

steal…not steel..LOL sorry

SG1 Says:

I think Justine Henin could have held the best pound-for-pound tennis player out there.

Skeezer Says:

Agree. Thought her one handed BH was huge for such a petite lady.

Hippy Chic Says:

Used to like her her tennis,but i didnt like her due to some of the things she did,however i did like the rivalry and how she was the only player that could go toe to toe with Serena,unlike Sharapova who never did find an answer,a real meaty rivalry between two players with huge egos,and a genuine dislike for each other it made their battles really exciting….

SG1 Says:

Saw Henin play in Toronto back in 2001. Her forehand was still a work in progress…but as you said Skeezer…even then, before she’d won a slam, her topspin backhand was lethal. A lot of people rank her one hander as the best ever (man or woman).

Who knew so much fury could be unleashed from a relatively diminutive frame as hers. Don’t remember who she played but she did win and as she walked by, I was stunned her lack of size. Quite thin and not particularly tall but a phenomenal mover and athlete. Tennis, like golf, is all about synchronizing everyhing to explode at the correct contact point. On the backhand, she had that point perfectly memorized.

skeezer Says:

RE; Henin
Never got to see her play up close. so appreciate SG1’s description. What about Guga?

Daniel Says:

Guga was insane and he didn’t hit if from the low point as most do forming and arc, he hit shoulder level with immense power and could change direction at will.

skeezer Says:

Loved Guga’s BH…..and his carefree spirit. Now there is a player I could watch on Clay.

SG1 Says:

Guga was the bomb!

Gorgeous George Says:

Gaga for Guga!

Like the greatest, he also had a winning h2h record vs The Fed with twice as many wins as losses.

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