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It was a busy week in Tennislandia with players scattered across the world, playing on a variety of surfaces for titles small and larger.
A regular at the top of the game, if not at the tippity top, Agnieszka Radwanska won the eighth title of her career at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a Premier Level event. She beat out Julia Goerges in the final 7-5, 6-4.
Perhaps the biggest win of the weekend belongs to 18-year-old Timea Babos of Hungary. She won her first WTA title of her career in Monterrey, Mexico this weekend, over fellow first-time finalist Alexandra Cadantu of Hungary. Before making it into the semis of Bogota last week, Babos had only won one WTA level match in her career. This week she takes a title. I guess someone’s on the upswing.
In Memphis, Sofia Arvidsson won the title for the second time in her career, this time vs. Marina Erakovic. Arvidsson’s a three time finalist in Memphis and has won twice as many matches there than anywhere else – proof that there really is something special about every tournament out there.
Milos Raonic also likes Memphis, but hasn’t quite enjoyed the same success yet as Sofia Arvidsson. The two-time finalist once again fell short of the title – again just a week after winning in San Jose – this time falling to Jurgen Melzer 7-5, 7-6 (4). Melzer also took out John Isner on his way to the title this week.
I’ve come to love the Marseille tournament because loads of talented Frenchies always participate and one of my favorites, Michael Llodra, does well on the fast indoor court (he won the title in 2010.) Llodra made it to the final again this weekend but his opponent Juan Martin Del Potro was ready to win his first title of the season. So he did: 6-4, 6-4.
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It’s always a happy day when David Ferrer wins a title. This time it was the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires vs. fellow dirt ball prince Nico Almagro. “This is a very nice and happy moment,” David said after the match. Agreed.