Monday, 24 July 2017

Bertens goes one better to win Gstaad

Titles were decided in the five tournaments post Wimbledon and there were some surprises along the way.

Newport saw Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden defy his ranking of 154 to battle top seed John Isner in the final for over an hour, only to come up just short 3-6 6-7.
Isner converted the single break point for the match, confirming how competitive Ebden had been.

David Ferrer found some of his old form to win yet another crown, this one in Bastad.
Ranking having dropped to 33, the Spaniard used his first serve more effectively than Alexandr Dolgopolov to claim both sets 6-4 6-4, and title number 28.

Lucky loser from qualifying Andrey Rublev managed to run through the main draw and defeat fourth seed Pablo Lorenzi convincingly in the final 6-4 6-2.  
Lorenzi's serve was attacked throughout, broken four times from seven opportunities.

Irina-Camelia Begu brought back memories of her form of 2016 with her Bucharest title, straight sets victor over big serving Julia Goerges.
Begu had a satisfactory first serve % of 75 but more impressive was the point winning off her second serve - 86%.

In a clash between the second and third seeds, Kiki Bertens (2) outlasted Anett Kontaveit (3) in three sets and almost two hours to take out the Gstaad title, one she lost to Viktorija Golubic in the 2016 final.

After two tight sets Bertens, despite a poor first serve percentage of 42%, won all of her points on the first delivery.  Kontaveit could only manage to win 4 points out of 11 of her first serves.
6-1 came easily to Kiki who won her second tournament for 2017, both on clay.

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