Like that old saw about happy hour – it’s always the clay court season somewhere.
The tours rolled on the red stuff this past week, crowning four singles champions. It was a bad luck for the hometown hopes – all three players playing in the final of their home country’s tournaments lost.
Hungarian player Agnes Szavay won her second title in as many weeks, taking out Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, at the Prague Open.
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Kaia Kanepi of Estonia continues to reverse the downward trend she’s suffered in the rankings the past year, winning the first singles title of her career with a straight sets win over Flavia Pennetta in Palermo.
Nicolas Almagro beat top seed and defending champ Robin Soderling 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in the final of the Swedish Open in Bastad. It was Nico’s first championship run in over a year.
Almagro’s countryman, Albert Montanes, won the second title of his career this weekend at the MerdedesCup in Stuttgart. He was leading Gael Monfils 6-2, 1-2 when the Frenchman retired from the final with a right ankle injury.
Upcoming WTA tournaments: the NÜRNBERGER Gastein Ladies International level in Bad Gastein, Austria (clay) and the Banka Koper Slovenia Open International level in Portoroz, Slovenia (hardcourts.)
Upcoming ATP tournaments: 500-level International German Open in Hamburg (clay) and the US Open series begins at the Atlanta Tennis Championships (hardcourts).