Monday, April 25, 2011

by Savannah

"This is the only week I'm not going to drop points. If I lose in the first round, I'll stay exactly the same, but it's a big mistake to think of defending points. You have to think of earning points. This is a 500 pointer, there are only three in the whole year, and Barcelona is the one that has most history and is of most importance."
Translated from by nou.amic
On the way to his champagne bath Rafael Nadal won the 500th match of his career making him number two to Bjorn Borg as the youngest man to attain this. By winning Barcelona Rafa, who did not play here last year won his sixth title at the historic site.
Julia Goerges win over top ranked Caroline Wozniacki on the fast indoor clay at Stuttgart wasn't that big a surprise if you had the chance to watch Goerges play during the week. She was one of four German women who made it to the quarterfinals and the only one left standing when final's day rolled around. Goerges doesn't have as high a profile as her countrywoman Andrea Petkovic but her solid aggressive play has put her on the list of the hunted for the time being. Wozniacki was the one missing and rushing shots as Goerges never let up on her. Goerges was not only firing away she was accurate and used the court to her advantage exposing the weakness of the Wozniacki forehand and net play. After the match Wozniacki's camp announced that they are pursuing Martina Navratilova to work with Caroline on a consulting basis.
This was one of the weeks where a fan had to choose which women's tournament to follow. TennisTV was featuring Stuttgart but Fes was not available in the States except via live stream. I didn't see any of it. Apparently Dinara Safina fought her way to a quarterfinal win only to come down with the flu and give Alberta Brianti of Italy a walkover into the final. The extra day of rest did Brianti well as she routined Simona Halep to win her first ever WTA main tour title.

Double Winners

There were surprise winners in the doubles at Barcelona. The new team of Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico and Scott Lipsky of the United States defeated Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan 5-7, 6-2, 12-10.
Samantha Stosur and Sabine Lisicki paired to win the doubles crown at Stuttgart.
The Czech team of Andrea Hlavackova and Renata Voracova are the doubles champions at Fes.


Cha Cha said...

I notice that Sunshine is getting a pass from the press. They gave JJ and Safina a really hard time for being number one with no GS. Those two had also won more important titles than Sunshine.

TennisAce said...

Cha Cha, as at the time of writing, Wozniacki has won more Premier 5 titles than Safina and Jankovic. She has actually won more Premier 5 titles than even Sharapova and Ivanovic, 2 players who have won majors.

She may not bring it at the majors, but she surely does bring it at the large Premier 5 events.