Monday, September 24, 2018

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Dominic Thiem and his high-beams cruised to a third ATP Tour title of the season as he defeated Martin Klizan in the final of the St. Petersburg Open.

 The world No. 8 was dominant on his serve as he won 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour, adding to the titles he won in Lyon and Buenos Aires earlier this year.

The Slovak is still sexy when he's sullen ...

Meanwhile, dreamy Matteo Berrettini and Fabio Fognini captured the St. Petersburg doubles title. The Italians beat No. 3 seeds Roman Jebavy and Matwe Middelkoop 7-6 (6) 7-6 (4) to seal the deal.

While in Russia, the asstastic Austria learned he had a new trick up his sleeve ...

And 36-year-old Russian Mikhail Youzhny called it a career.

Gilles Simon won a crucial first-set tiebreak as he overcame world No. 166 Matthias Bachinger to win his third Moselle Open title. 

After an even first set that saw two breaks of serve, the sinewy Frenchman took control after winning 7-2 in the tiebreak and won the second set 6-1 in just 23 minutes.

Europe beat the world in the Laver Cup again. Here are the top eight moments.

I don't even want to talk about what happened in Tokyo. Karolina Pliskova, who couldn't win a match to save her life when I wanted her to -- her serve had vanished in the past 18 months -- was utterly relentless in demolishing Naomi Osaka on the new U.S. Open champ's home turf,, cleanly winning 6-4, 6-4 for the Pan Pacific Open crown. It was the Czech's 11th major tour title of her career.

Kiki Bertens opted for the less-competitive draw in Seoul, rallying past Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6(2), 4-6, 6-2 in a roller-coaster match lasting two hours and 24 the Korea Open final on Sunday,

China's Wang Qiang picked up her second career WTA title with a straightforward 6-1, 6-2 victory over Yulia Putintseva in the final of the Guangzhou International Women's Open Saturday. It was the second title on home soil for the two-time Asian Games singles champion, who defeated compatriot Zheng Saisai to win the Jiangxi Open in Nanchang in July.

At least one tennis fan wasn't surprised by the result. 

And finally, my Ilana Kloss tweet got one like ... from Ilana Kloss!

It seems she and wife Billie Jean King are in the news for becoming part owners of the Los Angeles Dodgers!

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