Sunday, 28 August 2016

Pablo and Aga win titles

Aga Radwanska heads into Flushing Meadows for the final major of the year, US Open 2016, on the back of a convincing week in Connecticut.  The top seed in New Haven smashed sixth seed Petra Kvitova in the semi final 6-1 6-1 to set up a final clash with Elina Svitolina, the latter having had little trouble with Johanna Larsson in their semi, winning 6-4 6-2.

Radwanska opened with a rush in the final, far too much for Svitolina to handle - she broke the Ukraine serve twice and won 28 of the 43 points played in set one.  Set two was more of the contest expected from the two, and eventually was decided with a tie breaker.  Aga ruled proceedings here, taking it 7 points to 3 and accordingly the New Haven title 6-1 7-6.

Not all that far away in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, the final was an all-Spanish affair after 2nd seed Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Viktor Troicki in three sets in one semi and 16th seed Pablo Carreno Busta brought John Millman's fine run to a close in the other semi 6-4 7-6.

After dropping the opening set in a tie breaker, Pablo squared the final by taking the second set tie breaker.  The underdog prevailed with Carreno Busta winning the third set 6-4, converting the only break point created by either player for the set.  Winston-Salem was the first ATP title for Pablo Carreno Busta, the scoreline 6-7 7-6 6-4.  He will take some confidence to New York but of course the Grand Slam tournament draw will be of a totally different class, and Pablo will be unseeded.

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