Anderson, Kvitova Win ATP Winston-Salem, WTA New Haven

by Staff | August 29th, 2015, 6:39 pm

South African Kevin Anderson and Czech Petra Kvitova gained some confidence moving into the US Open on Saturday with titles at tour stops in Winston-Salem and New Haven respectively.
Anderson beat French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 7-5 to claim the Winston-Salem Open, his first title of the year in his third appearance in a final.

“I’ve been in a few finals and come up short, which is always tough,” said Anderson, who broke a streak of seven consecutive finals lost. “Each final is a different situation, and for some reason it just hadn’t happened for me. Someone has to win and someone has to lose.”

Herbert, No. 140 entering the event, qualified then upset seeds Marcos Baghdatis and Steve Johnson en route to his first final.

“I came here to play some matches, but I didn’t expect to play that much,” said the qualifier after his ninth match in Winston-Salem. “I’m really happy since it’s the best result of my career. There are no regrets because I think I played a good final, but [Anderson] was better and more experienced today.”

Kvitova in the all-Czech all-lefty all-dressed-alike New Haven final beat Lucie Safarova 6-7(6), 6-2, 6-2 to win her third Connecticut Open.

Safarova came out hammering the ball in the first set, but immediately in the second looked like she had used the majority of her gas tank with the effort.

It was the third WTA title of the year for the world No. 5, improving to a sterling 17-5 in career finals.

“Her game is improving a lot,” Kvitova said of her oft-times practice partner Safarova. “We know each other well from Fed Cups and off the court as well. She’s very dangerous and fast.”

Kvitova improved to a perfect 7-0 career versus her countrywoman.

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6 Comments for Anderson, Kvitova Win ATP Winston-Salem, WTA New Haven

Deuce Says:

Doesn’t anyone at the Connecticut Open have a clue how impossible it is to watch a tennis match on television when you can’t tell one player from the other, all the while the cameras are switching from one end to the other!!! Absolutely ridiculous. The sponsors should be outraged because like myself I suspect many just switched it off.

wilfried Says:

Kevin Anderson will leapfrog Goffin in the ATP rankings and be ranked 14th again, ahead by 30 points. Hope and expect somehow it’ll be the other way around after the US Open.

Markus Says:

Agree with Deuce about the head-to-toe identical get-up by Kvitova and Safarova. It was confusing to watch. Nike with a

Markus Says:

…Nike should give their players different apparel.

Colin Says:

I wouldn’t think it’s anything to do with the people running the tournament. More likely the TV folk. Think yourself lucky it’s not Wimbledon, where the men at any rate would be dressed in identical white!

There has been talk of his being a dangerous first opponent for Rafa in NY, but Coric’s loss in Connecticut won’t have boosted his confidence. Mind you, Rafa doesn’t serve like Anderson.

I was very pleased at Kvitova’s victory, which should make her feel good for New York. At her best.she can beat anyone, and is as exciting to watch as anyone – including the men. But didn’t she say the other day she’d been diagnosed with mono? No sign of that yesterday. Was it misreported?

jalep Says:

Very happy with Petra’s win too.

Colin – here’s Petra herself about the mono.

Wishing her good luck at US Open!

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