Monday, September 25, 2023

Weekend Tennis Roundup

Titles for Sakkari, Wang, Zverev, Khachanov and Team World. Plus all the ATP beef that's fit to post BELOW.

This week's highlights:

Maria Sakkari of Greece ended American Caroline Dolehide's fairytale run in the Guadalajara Open final on Saturday to win her first WTA 1000 crown and end a four-year title drought. Second seed Sakkari powered past Dolehide, who is ranked 111th in the world, for a 7-5 6-3 victory to capture her second career title, ending the week without dropping a set. Sakkari had lost six finals since winning her first title at the WTA 250 tournament in Rabat in 2019. She finished runner-up to Jessica Pegula in Guadalajara last year.

Wang Xiyu captured her first Hologic WTA Tour title on Saturday after defeating Australian Open semifinalist Magda Linette, 6-0, 6-2, in the final of the Guangzhou Open. The 22-year-old lost just one set and became the fifth home-soil champion this season.

Another year, another silly Laver Cup. Team Europe, which dominated the first handful of events, was barely competitive sans Djokovic, Nadal or Medvedev. 

If someone were ever going to break the Pam Shriver rule ...

Alexander Zverev completed a hard-earned title run on Tuesday evening in China as he claimed a 6-7(2), 7-6(5), 6-3 championship match win against Roman Safiullin at the Chengdu Open.

On Tuesday in Zhuhai, Karen Khachanov celebrated his first ATP singles title in nearly five years. The top seed eased past Yoshihito Nishioka, 7-6 (2), 6-1, to lift the trophy.

Albano Olivetti

Tommy Paul

When you're so painfully straight it hurts even those around you 

Mate Pavic is off the market :-( 

Borna and the boys

Team Sakkari

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