Archive for February, 2011

28
Feb
11

Jelena Dokic knocks out the top seed in Malaysia Open.

Jelena Dokic produced a stunning comeback to knock French Open champion and top seed Francesca Schiavone out of the Malaysian Open with a 2-6 7-6(1) 6-4 victory in the first round in Kuala Lumpur.

The 27-year-old Croatian-born Australian was broken three times in the opening set – thanks to a combination of wayward first serves and limp second serves – as Schiavone looked to be on her way to an emphatic win. However, the course of the match changed in the second set as Dokic saved four out of five break-points and forced Schiavone into a tie-break – which she went on to dominate 7-1. Schiavone conceded just one break in the final set, but the Italian failed to find a way through Dokic’s vastly improved serve and crashed out of the Malaysian tournament at the very first hurdle.

Dokic will be joined in the second round by sixth-seed and former junior world number three Ayumi Morita, who claimed a resounding 6-2 6-0 win against Belarusian Darya Kustova.

27
Feb
11

“Janko played better than me but I had a little luck in the important moments,” syas Del Potro after his first win in 2 years.

Juan Martin del Potro won his first title since the 2009 US Open when he beat Janko Tipsarevic in the final of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships. The Argentinian defeated the sixth-seeded Serbian 6-4 6-4 to pass another milestone in his comeback from injury.

A former world number four, Del Potro saw his 2010 campaign derailed by a right wrist injury that required surgery and limited him to just three tournaments all year. However, on Sunday, he needed 114 minutes to secure his triumph and left Tipsarevic still seeking a first career ATP Tour title.

Del Potro went into the event following back-to-back semi-finals in San Jose and Memphis.

The winner said: “I’m trying to improve my game day-by-day and today Janko played better than me but I had a little luck in the important moments.”

27
Feb
11

Gisela Dulko wins her 4th WTA title in Acapulco.

Gisela Dulko became the first Argentine woman ever to win the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL on Saturday night, beating Spaniard Arantxa Parra Santonja in a tight two-setter in the title match, 63 76(5). Seeded No.4, Dulko cruised into the final for the most part, a 36 75 60 win over Laura Pous-Tio in the quarterfinals the only scare – apart from that she lost just eight games in her other three matches combined. On the other side of the draw, a No.6-seeded Parra Santonja was also putting her best on display in becoming the first Spaniard ever to reach the finals at this tournament.

“Finals are always special and we were both nervous in the first set, but after that I was playing much better,” Dulko commented. “All of a sudden I started to get a bit nervous again and Arantxa started playing so well. I was three set points down. At the end I ended up winning, so I’m really happy.”

Dulko now has four WTA titles to her name, her first three coming at Budapest and Forest Hills in 2007 and at Fès in 2008. She is now 4-4 in career finals. “I love this tournament but I was always struggling here,” Dulko said. “I felt great this week though, on and off the court. I couldn’t go to the beach too much though, so I’ll try to do that tomorrow morning before I leave.” When Dulko was informed she was the first Argentine woman to win this title she was even happier. “Wow, what an honor!” the 26-year-old said. “It’s great just to win a tournament but to do that too is unbelievable for me. A lot of good things have been happening to me this year and I’m just trying to enjoy it all.”

27
Feb
11

David Ferrer beat fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 6-2 to defend his Mexican Open title on Saturday night.



Ferrer earned his 11th career title and improved to 6-0 against Almagro. He converted his first six break opportunities in the final and was only denied his seventh when Almagro made a clutch forehand that landed on the line to save a match point in the seventh game of the final set. Almagro could only convert four of 13 break chances.

Ferrer improved to 14-2 this season, a record that also includes the Auckland title and a semifinal run at the Australian Open. Almagro, the third seed, came into the final with a 13-match winning streak that included titles in Argentina and Brazil the past two weeks. He was bidding to become the first player to win three of the four events on the ATP Tour’s Latin American clay-court season.

27
Feb
11

Tipsarevic on the brink of capturing his first ATP title.

Janko Tipsarevic has given himself the chance to land his first ATP Tour title after reaching the final of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Florida.

The sixth-seeded Serbian made full use of his two break-point opportunities against 2009 champion Kei Nishikori to secure a 6-4 6-4 victory. He will face 2009 US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro in the final.

Del Potro, himself chasing a first title since his return from a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a wrist injury, secured a 6-1 7-5 win over second seed Mardy Fish.

26
Feb
11

Zvonareva wins the Qatar Ladies Open in straight sets over #1 Wozniacki.

Vera Zvonareva upset world number one Caroline Wozniacki to win the Qatar Ladies Open in Doha today. The second-seeded Russian broke twice in each set to claim a 6-4 6-4 success in one hour 49 minutes. The Dane was let down by her second serve, winning just 33% of points on it.

She still had chances to take the first set, converting just one of her four break points, as Zvonareva made both of hers count. But in the second the Russian also started to cause real problems on Wozniacki’s first serve, carving out eight break points, the two she took enough to seal victory.

26
Feb
11

Djokovic wins his 14th match in a row, his 3rd Dubai title.

 

Novak Djokovic continued his superb start to 2011 by defeating Roger Federer to secure a third straight title in Dubai. The Serbian followed up his Australian Open victory earlier this month with a 6-3 6-3 win in Saturday’s final to take his winning streak to 14 matches. Djokovic broke twice in the opening set as he took it in 33 minutes. And he fought back from a break down in a pulsating second set to end four-time champion Federer’s challenge.

It was another highly impressive display from the 23-year-old Serbian, who also defeated Federer in straight sets in the Australian Open semi-finals. Djokovic might have gone into the match with a 7-13 record against Federer but he picked up where he had left off in Melbourne by making a storming start. Two Federer errors gave up the first break in game three and with Djokovic making 93% of his first serves in his opening four games, and attacking relentlessly from the baseline, he was quickly in control. Djokovic had the chance of a double break in game five but blazed a forehand wide on his first opportunity, before Federer played a beautiful forehand winner on the second, but the Swiss could not withstand the pressure when serving to stay in the set and was broken again. The Djokovic storm finally abated, briefly, at 1-1 in the second set but Federer looked to have blown his chance when he hooked a forehand into the tramlines on his first break point of the day. However, with the Serb now serving down at 40% he was suddenly under pressure himself and a wayward backhand conceded the break.

Federer could not capitalise though, opening at 3-2 with a double fault and successive forehand errors to slip 0-40 down before dumping a smash into the bottom of the net. It was a poor game and the belief appeared to drain from the 16-time Grand Slam champion, who again found himself at 0-40 in his next service game and, despite seeing off two break points, could only thump a backhand long on the third. A pumped-up Djokovic was not about to let his man off the hook and reeled off his fifth consecutive game to wrap up the win in just 71 minutes.

“Tonight was one of the better matches I’ve played in a while,” said Djokovic. “Of course, against Roger it’s always a big challenge, I had to be on top of my game and I played a perfect match. “I’m feeling good on the court, managing to play the best that I can, and hopefully I can continue.” Federer said: “I had a tough start and a tough end but Novak played a solid tournament all the way through and deserved to win. It was a tough end for me but still a great tournament.”

25
Feb
11

Caroline Wozniacki will play Vera Zvonareva in the WTA Qatar Open final on Saturday.

Wozniacki, 20, cruised past world number 18 Marion Bartoli, beating the unseeded French player 6-1 6-1 in just over an hour. Russian second seed Zvonareva booked her place in the final after a tough match against Serbian Jelena Jankovic. Zvonareva, 26, won the first set 6-1 but Jankovic battled back to win the second 6-2 before losing the third 6-4.

A finalist of both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010, Zvonareva will now face an in-form Wozniacki who is chasing her second title in a week. Wozniacki, who won the Dubai Championships on 20 February, had been beaten by Bartoli in Stuttgart in 2009 and Cincinnati in 2010.

But Bartoli, a 2007 Wimbledon finalist, had no answer to her opponent on Friday as Wozniacki won six of her eight break points to take the match.

25
Feb
11

Novak Djokovic will face Roger Federer in Saturday’s Dubai Championships final.

Novak Djokovic will face Roger Federer in Saturday’s Dubai Championships final after both were victorious on Friday. World number two Federer defeated unseeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet in straight sets 6-2 7-5. Federer, 30, eased past Gasquet in the opening set and survived a break of serve to win the second.

Earlier, Australian Open champion Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 6-7 6-2 4-2 in a dramatic match in which the Czech retired in the decider. Second seed Djokovic struggled to hit form in his opening set against third seed Berdych, losing the tiebreak 7-5. But the 23-year-old Serb battled back to win the second and was ahead in the third when Berdych retired with an injured left thigh. “I couldn’t serve,” Berdych commented. “So to play Novak, one of the best returners, this time to play without the serve, no chance.”

Defending champion Djokovic said, however, that he had given his worst performance of the year. “I hate it when I play this way, but I was still trying to fight within myself and try to stay focused and at least hold serve,” he added.

25
Feb
11

Del Potro shows his stuff in Delray as he reaches the last eight.

Juan Martin del Potro produced his most convincing performance since returning from wrist surgery to reach the last eight of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships in Florida. The 22-year-old Argentina, the 2009 US Open champion, dropped just seven points on his serve as he blitzed Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-1 6-1.

Second seed Mardy Fish won the battle of the former champions with Brazil’s Ricardo Mello 6-2 6-1, while fifth seed Kevin Anderson needed just 54 minutes to dispose of Florent Serra 6-1 6-4. But eighth seed Adrian Mannarino is out after the Frenchman suffered a 6-3 6-2 defeat to qualifier Alejandro Falla.




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