It was a busy week on the international tennis circuit with three tournaments on the ATP Tour and two events on the WTA Tour. The winners ranged from former US Open champion Sam Stosur to Australia’s bad boy Bernard Tomic and rising Austrian Dominic Thiem. Here’s our recap of the week in international tennis.
Tomic, Paire and Thiem Wins ATP Titles
There were 3 ATP events last week on the tour with Bernard Tomic, Dominic Thiem and Benoit Paire picking up tiles. Following his recent arrest, Australia’s Tomic made some noise for the right reasons – beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 to defend his Claro Open title in Bogota. This is the third title of the 22-year-old’s career. Tomic has climbed nearly 50 spots in the rankings this year.
The flamboyant Paire defeated former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo 7-6, 6-3 in the final of the Swedish Open in Bastad to capture his first ATP singles title. Paire is the fifth first-time titlist on the tour in 2015. In the process, he has also become the first player to win a title on all three tiers of professional tennis in the same year – the ITF Futres circuit, the ATP Challenger Tour and the ATP World Tour.
Meanwhile the Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem defeated Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4, 6-1 to win the Croatia Open in Umag – the second title of his career. Sousa had a dream run this week, beating three seeded players en route to the final – the second seed Roberto Bautista Agut, the third seed Andreas Seppi and the fifth seed Fabio Fognini but came up short against the talented Thiem – who is considered one of the rising stars of the game and had knocked out the top seed Gael Monfils earlier in the week.
On the doubles side, Czech Radek Stepanek and Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin won the Claro Open doubles title in Colombia beating Mate Pavic and Michael Venus 7-5, 6-3 in the final. This was Stepanek’s 18th doubles title on the circuit and his first since winning the 2013 US Open with India’s Leander Paes. At the Swedish Open in Bastad, Frenchman Jeremy Chardy and Czech Lukasz Kubot defeated top seed Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 7-6(6), 3-6, 10-8 in the final to win their second title as a team. And at the Croatia Open in Umag, Argentine Maximo Gonzalez and Andre Sa defeated Poland’s Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Mexico’s Santiago Gonzalez 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 in the final.
Sam Stosur and Lesia Tsurenko Win WTA Titles
Australia’s Sam Stosur won the eighth title of her career with a hard-fought 7-6, 4-6, 7-5 win over Italy’s Karin Knapp at the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies Open. Stosur fought from 3-6, 2-4 down against Knapp to win the title, her second of the year. Kanpp had scored a win over top seed Sara Errani in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, at the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup, Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko defeated Poland’s Urszula Radwanska, the sister of Top 10 star Agnieszka, 7-5, 6-1 to win the first title of her career. Radwanska had upset former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic on her way to the final while another former World No. 1 Venus Williams was the top seed but surprisingly lost in the first round to Kateryna Bondarenko.
The doubles title was captured by Danka Kovinic and Stephanie Vogt, who defeated top seeds Lara Arruabarreba and Lucie Hradecka 4-6, 6-4, 10-3. This was Vogt’s second WTA doubles title and the first for Kovinic. In Istanbul, Daria Gavrilova and Elina Svitlona won the doubles title, beating Jankovic and Cagla Buyukakacay 5-7, 6-1, 10-4.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Still No. 1
Novak Djokovic continues his reign atop the world rankings followed by second ranked Roger Federer. There are no changes in this week’s Top 10 but the three titlists this week make big jumps in the rankings. Tomic rises four spots to No. 21, Thiem moves up two spots to a career-high No. 24 and Paire jumps 20 spots to No. 42. The Bryan Brothers continue to lead the rankings in a static Top 10.
Serena Williams continues her reign atop the world rankings, maintaining her double-points lead over Maria Sharapova. There are no changes in this week’s Top 10. Stosur’s win sees her climb two spots to No. 21 while Tsurenko jumps 24 spots to No. 47. Meanwhile, Sania Mirza holds on to the top spot in the doubles rankings, followed by Martina Hingis while there are no changes in the Top 10.