Monday, June 17, 2019

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Italy's Matteo Berrettini fended off a challenge from Canadian teen Felix Auger-Aliassime, saving three set points to claim the Stuttgart Open, 6-4, 7-6 (11).

Poor Auger-Aliassime is now 3-0 in the finals, having lost in the 2019 Rio Open and the Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyon finals. The 18-year-old had advanced to the Stuttgart final without playing on Saturday as compatriot Milos Raonic withdrew ahead of their semifinal due to back problems.

After six disappointing title matches, Frenchman Adrian Mannarino finally won his first crown, defeating Jordan Thompson 7-6, 6-3 to capture the Libema Open. The 30-year-old had previously upset Borna Coric in the semifinals before beating the mustachioed Aussie. (I just couldn't get a break!)

Meanwhile on the women's side, Alison Riske of the United States finished off a great week by fighting off five championship points on her way to an upset of top seed and home favorite Kiki Bertens, 0-6, 7-6(3), 7-5, to win her second career WTA singles title in 's-Hertogenbosch on Sunday. World No.61 Riske won her first title in her first final appearance at Tianjin in 2014, but had lost her next six singles finals since that point, including at Shenzhen earlier this year. At last, the American added to her singles trophy tally with her two-hour and 19-minute comeback win over the No.1 seed.

Top-seed Caroline Garcia claimed her first title of the season defeating No.2 seed Donna Vekic of Croatia, 2-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4), in Sunday’s championship final. The flaky Frenchwoman, who had finished off her semifinal victory over Jennifer Brady just hours before on Sunday, recovered from quickly losing the first set to outlast 2017 Nottingham champion Vekic after two hours and 36 minutes of play. Garcia eked back ahead to a 4-3 head-to-head lead in her rivalry with Vekic.

Ups and downs ...

Around the net ...

And kudos to Caroline Wozniacki for making cold-hearted midget Rory McElroy look like a complete fool by not only winning her first major, but also trading up to dreamy David Lee. Angie Kerber and I totally approve!

(With wire services)

1 comment:

jaragon said...

Matteo is very cute