The citizens of Tennis Land are keeping busy, with five different players earning a spot in the winner’s circle this week. Let’s see who’s hoovering up the rankings points on Sunday:
In Paris, Elena Dementieva beat Lucie Safarova, 6-7 (5), 6-1, 6-4 for the Premier-level Open GDF SUEZ title. After losing in last year’s final to Amelie Mauresmo (in what I thought was one of the best women’s matches of the year), Elena seemed determined to win in Paris this time around. She played three three set matches in a row this week, losing the first sets in all of them, and fighting back eager beaver young opponents like Oudin and Safarova. (Excuse the patriotic bias, but I continue to be impressed with Melanie Oudin’s smart, measured play and fighting spirit.)
This is the Russian’s second title of the season – now let’s go win a Major, Elena!
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Elena’s countrywoman, Vera Zvonareva, defended her International-level PTT Pattaya Open title on Sunday, beating home girl Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-4. This is Vera’s 10th career title.
Robin Soderling won the ABN AMRO ATP 500 title in Rotterdam, his opponent Mikhail Youzhny retiring with a hamstring injury with the Swede leading 6-4, 2-0. Bad luck for the Russian, who pulled out of the Australian Open with a wrist injury in January.
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In San Jose, California, Fernando Verdasco snagged the SAP Open title from three-time titlist Andy Roddick in three sets: 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. Nando wins his 4th ATP singles title, a $90,925 paycheck, and – just as significant – breaks his 15-match losing streak versus Top 10 players and his seven-match losing streak versus Roddick. (via ATP.com):
“Of course it’s a match that I hope is going to give me confidence. It was a really hard final for me, this one against Andy here, in his country, in the U.S., and I’m so happy that I was able to beat him here after the last times he beat me. It’s special for me and I’m happy that I did it.
In Costa do Sauipe, Brazil, 30-year-old Juan Carlos Ferrero steamrolled Lukasz Kubot, 6-1, 6-0 in the final of the Brasil Open, winning his 13th career title. Kubot was twice disappointed on Sunday, going on to lose the doubles final (with partner Oliver Marach) to Pablo Cuevas/Marcel Granollers.