>> Sunday, April 15, 2012
Tennis tournament winners this weekend include a talented and up-and-coming German, a Spanish defending champion, and an Argentine player with promising 2012 results. In Copenhagen, Denmark, Angelique Kerber of Germany shattered the perfect record of local player and world #6 Caroline Wozniacki to claim the 2012 e-Boks Open in straight sets, 6-4 6-4.
Wozniacki has previously been unbeaten in her country’s only WTA tennis event winning the first two editions in 2010 and 2011. The former #1 won her matches before the finals all in straight sets, but couldn’t find enough answers to stop Kerber from claiming her second title of the year. Kerber is a rising WTA star who won in Paris defeating world #2 Maria Sharapova on the way. Kerber struggled in her first three matches before finding strong form to finish her opponents in straight sets in the semifinals and finals.
In Houston, Texas, fourth seed and wild card Juan Monaco of Argentina beat the top American player in John Isner 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to capture the US Men’s Clay Court Championship trophy for his first ever U.S. title. The Argentine won his fifth tournament on his 14th ATP final. Monaco broke Isner twice in the first set, ending the American’s run of 45 successive service holds at the ATP World Tour 250 event. The Argentine saved eight of nine break points against his serve to claim victory in two hours and 28 minutes, notching his first win in three meetings with Isner.
In Casablanca, Morocco, third seed Spaniard Pablo Andujar defeated seventh-seeded countryman Albert Ramos 6-1, 7-6(5) in a rain-delayed final to successfully defend his Casablanca title at the Grand Prix Hassan II on Sunday. The win marks Andujar’s second ATP title and is an encouraging result as he had a losing win-loss record this season prior to the start of the tournament. Andujar was quoted as being very happy and feeling special to have won twice in a row at the Casablanca tennis tournament. He also noted the difficulty in playing through three rain delays.
Congratulations to Kerber, Monaco and Andujar for their achievements this week! Watch the match highlights through TennisTv.com. Match highlights include: 15 April - Albert Ramos v Pablo AndujarGrand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca | 15 April - Caroline Wozniacki v Angelique Kerbere-Boks Sony Ericsson Open.