Stosur Ends 2 Year Drought, Raises Strasbourg Title Again
Australian Samantha Stosur won her first title in two years on Saturday at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, coming from a set down to hold off countrywoman Daria Gavrilova, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 for her ninth career title.
“I was glad to be able to serve the match out very well,” she said after winning a second Strasbourg title in three years. “Sometimes that’s not an easy thing to do, especially in a final. But I felt like I was really composed and played very well.”
Gavrilova is now 0-2 in career finals, also falling in last year’s Moscow championship. The win would have made her the Australian No. 1-ranked player ahead of Stosur.
Bertens Ends 1 Year Drought by Defending in Nurnberger
She hadn’t won a tournament in 12 months, but Nurnberger remains special for Kiki Bertens as the top seed successfully defended her title Saturday, in the final defeating qualifier Barbora Krejcikova 6-2, 6-1 for the championship at the Nurnberger Versicherungscup in Germany.
Bertens qualified and won the title a year ago, but this year it was Krejcikova working through the qualifying and streaking to her career-first title. Bertens improved to 3-1 in career finals.
The Dutchwoman has slowly found her form entering Roland Garros after a quarterfinal at Madrid, a semifinal at Rome, and the Nurnberger title.
Wawrinka Gets On Board with 1st 2017 Title at Geneva
Stan Wawrinka made it two Geneva titles in a row on Saturday, successfully defending his title at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win over Mischa Zverev in Switzerland.
“The level was great today, I think it was a great final,” said Wawrinka, who won his first title of the year in his second final after Indian Wells. “Mischa was playing very well and maybe I was hesitating a bit in the beginning. I’m happy that I came back strongly in the second set and managed to turn the match around.”
For the elder Zverev it was his first appearance in a final in seven years dating to 2010 Metz. “Playing on clay is usually not easy for me, but I really felt great here playing six matches this week and reaching my first semifinal and final on this surface,” said the 29-year-old after dropping to 0-2 in career finals. “Congratulations to Stan for a good week and a great match today.”
Tsonga Quietly Wins Tour-leading Third Title in 2017
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga improved to 3-0 in finals this year after Saturday defeating Tomas Berdych 7-6(2), 7-5 in the final of the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes in Lyon.
“First [career] title on clay court,” Tsonga said. “It is now added to my CV and I can move on. I am going to enjoy this title today and tomorrow. It has been a great week overall.” The 32-year-old joined Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev as players to collect three titles thus far in 2017.
The 31-year-old Berdych double-faulted on match point. It was his first final of 2017, and he fell to 13-18 in career finals. His last title on clay courts came eight years ago in Munich. “I played four matches, which is good, that’s why I came,” said Berdych who took a late wild card. “Head’s up and let’s go to Paris.”
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