Goffin, Ivanovic, Niculescu, Pliskova Win ATP/WTA Titles
by Staff | September 21st, 2014, 5:48 pm
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Goffin Not Wafflin’ in Metz, Collects 2nd Career Title

No. 8-seeded David Goffin of Belgium completed his comeback from injury earlier this year by winning his second career title on Sunday in Moselle Open in Metz, France, in the final topping No. 6-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 6-3.
“This is very special because my family was here today,” Goffin said. “That’s the advantage of playing close to home….I had to play aggressively today, dictate the game. The tactics worked out well and I served well.”

Goffin according to the ATP will climb to a career-high No. 35. The 23-year-old has now won 34 of his past 36 matches, including ATP Kitzbuhel in July and three Challenger-level titles.

Ivanovic Edges Woz in Former No. 1 Meeting for Tokyo Title

In a battle of former No. 1-ranked players, Ana Ivanovic defeated Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 7-6(2) on Sunday for the title at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, her fourth title of 2014.

“There were some very tough moments, especially in the second set,” said the No. 3-seeded Ivanovic. “But I just tried to take it one point at a time, and I’m really happy to make it through.”

It was the third straight win for Ivanovic over Wozniacki, with the Serb failing to drop a set all week.  “I was leading in the second set. I just didn’t manage to win the most important points,” Wozniacki said. “Ana played very well. She played aggressively. She had a good week. It was a tough battle out there today.”

Pliskova Pleased, Outlasts Lepchenko for Korea Crown

No. 2-seeded Karolina Pliskova needed to work to win her second career title on Sunday in Seoul, outlasting No. 5-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2 for the Kia Korea Open crown.

Pliskova captured her first title in Kuala Lumpur last year, and improved to 1-3 in WTA finals this year.

It was the third three-set win of the week for the Czech, including a semifinal against Maria Kirilenko where she was two points from defeat. It was the first career final for Lepchenko.

Unseeded Niculescu Stuns Cornet for Guangzhou Crown

Unseeded Romanian Monica Niculescu pulled off a big upset in the final of the Guangzhou International Women’s Open in China, rolling over No. 2 seed Alize Cornet of France 6-4, 6-0 on Sunday.

“I was so happy to finish in the end because it was very hot and very humid, and I was very, very tired,” said Niculescu, who won 10 straight games down 2-4 in the first set. “But to finish so strong was amazing for me. It’s my second WTA title and that’s just an amazing feeling.”

Cornet also lost in the doubles final after holding a match point.


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