World No. 1 Novak Djokovic brought home another title – this time in Shanghai while Agnieszka Radwanska, Jelena Jankovic and Anastasia Pavlyunchenkova win titles on the WTA Tour. All this and more in our weekly recap of world tennis.
Novak Djokovic Wins Another Title – This Time in Shanghai
The Novak Djokovic juggernaut continued to roll on the ATP World Tour as the Serb picked up yet another title last weekend – this time at the ATP Masters event in Shanghai. After winning the China Open title in Beijing, the Serb said he has played the best tennis of his career over a two-week period as he dispatched Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 6-4 in the final.
This was the 57th ATP title and the 25th ATP title of Djokovic’s career, now just two shy of equaling the record of 27 held by Rafael Nadal, who reached the semi-finals after scoring a thumping win over Stan Wawrinka but fell in a close three-setter to Tsonga in the semis. Djokovic is now on a 22 match winning streak and will look to the end the season on a high note as he heads to Paris for the Masters event there and then to London for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals. Meanwhile, Tsonga moves to ninth place in the race to the ATP World Tour Finals and will hope a good run in the coming weeks will help him secure one of the remaining two spots for London.
Roger Federer’s defense of the title he won last year came to an early end as the Swiss player lost in the second round, after getting a first round bye, to the 70th ranked Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 4-6, 5-7 while Andy Murray reached the semi-finals where he was beaten by Djokovic.
Meanwhile, the new duo of Raven Klaasen and Marcelo Melo won their second title in a row beating the Italian duo Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3 in the final. The duo had paired up for the first time together in Beijing last week and picked up the title there as well. Bolelli and Fognini have qualified in fifth place for London while Klaasen/ Melo are up to 16th position with just two tournaments behind them.
Agnieszka Radwanska Wins Tianjin and Qualifies for Singapore
There was plenty to play for on the WTA Tour last week with three events taking place and the last couple of spots at the season-ending WTA Tour Finals in Singapore up for grabs. Former World No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Montenegrin Danka Kovinic 6-1, 6-2 in the final of the Tianjin Open, winning her 16th tour title of her career and also booking a place in Singapore. It has been a good Asian swing for the Polish player, who also won the title in Tokyo last month.
Djokovic was not the only Serbian player to win a title last week as former World No. 1 Jelena Jankovic came from behind to beat German Angelique Kerber 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-1 to win the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open. This was the second singles title of the year and the 15th career singles title for Jankovic, who defeated former World No. 1 Venus Williams in the semi-finals. While Jankovic does not have any chances for qualifying for the season-ending finale, Kerber has qualified for the third time in the past four seasons.
And in Linz, Austria, seventh seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won her first title of the year and the eighth of her career with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Anna-Lena Friedsam in the final of the Generali Ladies Linz event – extending her winning streak to 15 matches indoors on the WTA circuit – having won titles in Paris and Moscow last season.
Second seeds Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears defeated top seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-3, 7-5 in the Linz final for their third title of the season, and secured a spot in the doubles field in Singapore. Second seeds Xu Yi-Fan and Saisai Zheng defeated Darija Jurak and Nicole Melichar 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 to win the doubles title in Tianjin. French woman Alize Cornet and Yaroslava Shvedova won the doubles title in Hong Kong with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Lara Arruabarrena / Andreja Klepac.
Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Are Still No. 1
There are no changes at the top of the ATP rankings this week even as Novak Djokovic continues to extend his lead at the No. 1 spot. The Serb now has 16, 785 points, more than 8,000 points ahead of second ranked Andy Murray. In the only change in the Top 10, Tsonga climbs 5 spots to No. 10 while Bernard Tomic climbs 2 spots to No. 18 – a new career-best for him. The Bryan Brothers continue to retain the top spot in the doubles rankings, while John Peers climbs one spot to No. 7 and Nicolas Mahut climbs one spot to No. 9.
Serena Williams continues to retain her hold on the top spot on the WTA rankings. Kerber’s run to the final in Hong Kong moves her up to No. 7 while Venus Williams moves up one spot to no. 13 and Jankovic climbs two spots to No. 22. There are no changes in the women doubles Top 10 this week with Sania Mirza retaining the top spot, followed by partner Martina Hingis.