Baby You Can Drive My Car...
There is Good Svetlana and there is Bad Svetlana. We haven't seen much of good Sveta for a long time. Bad Sveta seemed to be having a ball losing her last six finals but today Good Sveta got the upper hand. Svetlana Kuznetsova defeated the woman now ranked as WTA Number One, Dinara Safina, in straight sets for her first significant win in two and a half years. Congratulations Sveta and enjoy that new Porsche!
By the way just in case you thought Dinara Safina's very conciliatory statement on achieving the top ranking meant she didn't think she should have it the BBC reports the following post match comment:
"She played very well and I didn't feel very well. But I am still number one. I was a little passive. I let her dominate."
The doubles pairing of Nadia Petrova and Bethanie Mattek-Sands are starting to draw attention. The duo won the Doubles trophy at Stuttgart. Good work and congratulations to both women.
The Forgotten Tournament
Anabel Medina Garrigues won the women's title in Fes over Ekaterina Makarova. Makarova then came back to win the doubles with her partner Alisa Kleybanova. The scoreline for the doubles was 26 64 18-16.
The Glory That Was Rome...
There was a lot riding on today's Rome Final between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. If you remember last year Rome was where Rafa went out in the second round to Juan Carlos Ferrero. Novak Djokovic won it all here last year and was coming into the final as defending champion. Novak also had more at stake than a title defense. He needed to win the tournament to hold on to the Number Three ranking. Rafa went on a bit of a walkabout at the end of the first set but won the tiebreaker 7-2. I guess he enjoyed his walk because he came back firing on all cylinders and won the second set 6-2.
With that victory Rafa won his fourth Rome title and his 15th Masters Shield putting him ahead of Roger Federer and two behind Andre Agassi.
Djokovic not only lost the title but as of May 11th he will be passed by Andy Murray in the rankings falling to number four. More about that situation later this week.
For now I'll just say Congratulations to Rafael.
Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan to win the Doubles crown at Rome. They're on a tear of their own aren't they? Congratulations Nenad and Daniel.