Hello all, too busy to keep up with the tennis event of this past week? No worries, We have you covered. Here is our Tennis Stage Weekly Wrap Up for Sunday, July 23rd.
How did your favorites do this week? Let's take a look.
On the women's side, Kiki Bertens played some solid tennis to overcome S. Sorribes Tormo 6-1, 0-0, who unfortunately had to retire after the first set. Anett Kontaveit was equally impressive dispatching Tereza Martincová of Czechoslovakia 6-4, 6-1.
Going into the final Bertens and Kontaveit had met once before in New Haven where Kontaveit had won in straight sets. Bertens wanted to start off on the right foot in the final and she did as she took the first set 6-4. Kontaveit fought back strongly with good serving and consistent groundstrokes to take the second set 6-3. In the final set, Kiki Bertens stepped up the pace and ran away with the match 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.
This is Kiki Bertens second title of the year and she is back in the top 30 with her play this week.
On the men’s side, John Isner made it yet to another final at the Dell Technologies Hall of Fame Open in Newport. He played feisty Australian Matthew Ebden, a first-time finalist. Isner broke Ebden in his first service game for a 2-0 lead. Isner carried that momentum to capture the first set in 25 minutes.
The second set was more competitive. Both players served well and held their own. The set ended in a tie-break. When it counted, Isner served better and would not be denied. Isner won the match 6-3, 7-6(4).
This tournament win will push Isner back into the top 20 and with his great serving, Isner becomes the second man since 1991 to win a tournament without having faced a break point on serve.
David Ferrer met Alexander Dolgopolov in the final of the Bastad in Sweeden. Dolgopolov may be the flashier player but it was clear that Ferrer was the steadier player. After starting off quickly, Dolgopolov began to cool off. Steady Ferrer took the first set 6-4. Ferrer ran ahead 5-1 in the second set, due mostly to Dolgopolov errors. Dolgopolov, sensing the end was near, fought back to and saved 7 match points before Ferrer took the set and the match 6-4, 6-4. This is Ferrer first title in two years.
The summer is in full swing. Are your favorites playing well? Who will step up during the hard court season? These questions and more will be answered in future editions of the Weekly Wrap Up.
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