Monday, 31 July 2017

Isner 2nd title in 2 weeks

No luck for Caroline Wozniacki in Sweden.  The Danish top ten player lost her fifth final from five attempts this year thanks to the efforts of Katerina Siniakova in Bastad.

Siniakova burst to a 4-1 lead in set one, and had break chances for a 5-1 advantage.
Wozniacki survived those and broke back herself.  Unperturbed, seventh seed Siniakova broke once more and served out the opener 6-3.

Wozniacki came back and lead 3-1 in the second set but could not hold back the Czech surge and the second title of 2017, and of her career came to Siniakova 6-3 7-5.  
Bastad is becoming a love affair for Katerina as she was runner up in 2016 to Laura Siegemund.

In the battle of the Mayers, Leonardo from Argentina outlasted home favourite Florian in three sets to take his second Hamburg title.  In control after taking set one, and seemingly not under threat in set two, Leo was broken late and Florian grabbed the leveller.

Leo finally split the two in the eighth game of the final set, with a break of serve converted to a match win in the following game 6-4 4-6 6-3.

John Isner took two tight tie breaks to defeat compatriot Ryan Harrison and win the Atlanta title, his second title in two weeks following his Newport success.  Newport was on grass and Atlanta was on hard court so Isner has proved he can convert surfaces in readiness for the American season.

Italian fourth seed Fabio Fognini ended the honeymoon run of qualifier Yannick Hanfmann in Gstaad, capturing the crown 6-4 7-5, a year after his previous title in Umag.
Hanfmann jumps from 170 to 125 in the world rankings.  Nadal is only 285 points away from grabbing the number one ranking from Andy Murray.

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