Julia Goerges became only the second German to win in Stuttgart, and what a way to do it: the No. 32-ranked player took out World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, 7-6(3), 6-3, in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Caroline has yet to win a title on red clay.
Speaking of Caroline, I thought it was interesting to hear that Martina Navratilova may be joining her coaching team, which already consists of her father and the adidas high performance coaches. Here’s dad, Piotr, quoted via Tennis.com:
“In Charleston, we had a chat with Martina Navratilova,” he said. “When she was active, [Martina] not only won the big singles tournaments, but also had excellent results in women’s and mixed doubles. We have plans to engage her as a consultant. It is obviously not cheap—the price to hire her may well reach about $300,000 and we’ll have to pay out of out own pockets.”
So what wrinkle could Navratilova add to Woz’s game that’s worth 300 grand?
Nice to see one of my favorite young players doing well after a long battle back from injury. Sabine Lisicki paired up with Sam Stosur to take the doubles title in Stuttgart: 6-1, 7-6(5).
Alberta Brianti, another 30-something Italian woman with a one handed backhand, won the title in Fes, Morocco, this weekend beating Romanian teenager Simona Halep. (Fritters caught a few minutes of this final and says Simona is one to watch.) The Italian on winning the first WTA tour title of her career: “Better late than never!” She also got a little lucky – Dinara Safina pulled out of their semifinal due to illness.
Okay, switch in perspective, here. Alberta wins one title and it’s a huge accomplishment. With his straight sets victory over David Ferrer in Barcelona on Sunday, Rafael Nadal becomes the first player in history to win two tournaments at least six times each. (He won Monte Carlo last weekend for the seventh consecutive time – he skipped Barcelona last year.) It’s his 31st career clay court title – only Muster and Vilas have more.
The Bryan Brothers, the winningest team in doubles history and last weekend’s Monte Carlo champs, couldn’t match Rafa’s back-to-back title efforts. The twins lost to Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky in the doubles final, but just barely: 5-7, 6-2, 12-10.
Next week we’ll be treated to a trio of ATP 250 tournaments, with the
Nole Serbia Open in Belgrade (look out for Fernando Gonzalez, making his come back there after months of injury),the BMW Open in Munich (Tommy Haas fans, rejoice!), and the Estoril Open in Portugal (Soderling, del Potro and Tsonga.) The women will also be in Estoril (Alisa Kleybanova is the top seed) and in Barcelona (Bartoli leads the field.)
Alas, Roger won’t be back on the red stuff until May, when he plays in the Mutua Madrileña Masters in Madrid. Rafa’s also taking this week off. (I think he has to recover from hoisting all those trophies over his head.)
Good gene pool, non? Here’s Carlos Moya’s wife with their daughter.