Monday, March 05, 2018

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Fabio Fognini, with whom I have a complicated relationship -- he's HOT but apparently not a great person at times  -- rallied to defeat Nicolas Jarry of Chile, 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 to win the Brazil Open, the Italian's sixth career ATP title. 

The 6-6, 22-year-old may have lost the match, but he definitely won my heart ...

Juan Martin del Potro captured the Mexico Open on Saturday night for his 21st ATP Tour title, beating Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to improve to 7-0 against the 6-foot-8 South African.

On the women's side, Lesya Tsurenko successfully defended her women's title with a 5-7, 7-6 (2), 6-2 victory over Stefanie Voegele.

Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain won his second ATP title of the year, defeating Lucas Pouille 6-3, 6-4 in the Dubai Championships final on Saturday. The third-seeded Bautista Agut denied the second-seeded Pouille his own second title this year and a chance to break into the top-10 rankings for the first time. The big-assed Frenchman was a bridesmaid last weekend too -- although he got revenge on Karen Khachanov, whom he played in the second round this time.

I normally wouldn't mention a 125K event like the Oracle Challenger Series in Indian Wells. But with Sara Errani -- a former Top 5 player and French Open finalist -- and former rising star Kateryna Bondarenko squaring off in the final, I thought it was worth noting. Errani fell behind 4-1 in the first set before finding her game and winning 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 20 minutes. Not sure why she served underhanded on match point, but it got the job done.

Everybody's in Indian Wells now for the season's biggest non-Slam event. Tournament director Tommy Haas has been posting some great stuff from the desert, but nothing greater than this flashback. I love how his game is so fully formed -- that one-handed backhand! -- even if he had to borrow a racket from his opponent. (Get a load of the post-match handshake!) 


Cheers to the happy couple!

Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck, who upset Dominika Cibulkova in the final of the Hungarian Ladies Open two weeks ago to clinch her second career WTA title, has come out publicly in an interview where she discussed her relationship with Greet Minnen, who is also a player. In a segment on a Belgian sports TV show this weekend, Van Uytvanck discussed for the first time that she is in a relationship with Minnen. A reader from Belgium offered Outsports a translation of key parts of the segment, which you can read HERE

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