Venus Williams, Nicolas Almagro and Mardy Fish joined Dubai champ Novak Djokovic in the winners’ circle this weekend.
Mardy Fish won his third career title today in Delray Beach over qualifier Evgeny “Kournikova’s cousin” Korolev, who was in his first ATP final. This was a MUST win title for Mardy, considering the inexperience of his opponent and the fact that Fish had a dismal 2-10 win record in ATP finals. Good for Mardy – I hope he can build off of this win.
Venus has no problem collecting trophies (or rocking a sombrero), winning her second title in two weeks on Saturday. She destroyed the capable clay courter Flavia Pennetta 6-1, 6-2 in the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL in Acapulco. Nothing like saving the best for last – Venus was pushed to three sets in three other matches this week. She must have been in a hurry to get to New York for tomorrow’s Billy Jean King Cup exhibition.
Nicolas Almagro defended his Acapulco title on Saturday night with a solid two-set win over Frenchman Gael Monfils. I gotta say, I was frustrated by Monfils’s play – he just wasn’t fighting out there. This talented Frenchman has the flash, but does he have the fire to win big?
Here are the highlights from the men’s final – check out the end when the crowd throws their seat covers on the court in celebration. Some day I have to get to this tournament – it has a great atmosphere.
Next up for the men: Davis Cup and for the women: the Monterrey Open in Mexico.
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