Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands overpowered Germany's Julia Goerges to cap a long, chilly Sunday at the Volvo Car Open with a 6-2, 6-1 victory for her fifth career WTA title and third of the past 11 months. Bertens made it to the final by outlasting American Madison Keys as the WTA's first clay-court event of the season had to double up on play after rain Saturday washed out most of the semifinals. Bertens was nearly ousted by Keys, saving a match point in the third set before prevailing in tiebreaker, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5). Preparing for Goerges several hours later, Bertens thought, "OK, you could already have lost this morning, so just give everything and try to go for it," she said. "And yeah, now I'm here with the trophy." Perhaps the most important one of the 26-year-old's career.

Borna Coric has piled up a 14-6 record in 2018 with three quarterfinals (Doha, Dubai and Miami) and one semifinal (Indian Wells), lifting him to a career-high of No. 28 in the world. "I think the momentum is up, definitely," Coric said in Indian Wells after pushing Roger Federer to three sets. "Hopefully I can stay healthy, and I can continue to play like that. You know, how I'm going to play in Miami or Monte-Carlo, I don't know, but I'm going to give my best, for sure. I'm going to try to do the same things, shall try to focus on myself and just see what's gonna happen."

Join the more-than-100,000 people following him on Instagram HERE.

Check out the men in all white for the Houston players' party HERE.

See players celebrate Casey Dellacqua -- whom Margaret Court attacked for being gay -- as she retires to spend more time with her partner and children HERE.

I didn't see a single second of Davis Cup play while I was in Arizona. But I see France beat Italy and Spain beat Germany to set up a semifinal tie ...

-- and Croatia beat Kazakhstan and the USA routed Belgium to advance to the other semifinal.

Coach Jim Courier admires Jack Sock's best ass-et ...

And finally, here are the team line-ups for the U.S.A. vs. France and Germany vs. Czech Republic semifinals of the Fed Cup, to be played April 21-22. Both Venus and Serena Williams opted not to represent the U.S.

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