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This week’s edition of World Tennis News looks back over the ATP and WTA tours with tournaments taking place on US hard courts, European clay courts and the only US grass court event on the professional calendar.
Serena Williams lifted her 43rd WTA singles title at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over lucky loser Coco Vandeweghe.
20 year-old Vandeweghe, a former US Open junior champion, led 5-3 in the first set and held a set point in the tenth game only to see Williams raise her game.
Top seeded Williams, reeled off four games to take the set and claimed a decisive break of serve in the fourth game of the second set.
The 30 year-old completed victory in an hour and 27 minutes to successfully defend the title she won for the first time twelve months ago.
Stat Attack – Williams
Stat Attack – Vandeweghe
Top seed John Isner defended his title at the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport with a 7-6(1), 6-4 victory over former Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt.
After twelve holds of serve Isner raced through the first set tie-break and gained a crucial break of serve at 1-1 in the second set. The 27 year-old American struck a 16th ace on match point to seal the win over the Australian wild card after an hour and 32 minutes.
Stat Attack – Isner
Stat Attack – Hewitt
World No.5 David Ferrer lifted the SkiStar Swedish Open at Bastad for a second time with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win over compatriot Nicolas Almagro.
Top seed Ferrer, a winner at Bastad in 2007, saved the only break point he faced while breaking Almagro twice in each set as he sealed a comprehensive victory in an hour and two minutes.
Stat Attack – Ferrer
Stat Attack – Almagro
Sara Errani maintained her clay court form in 2012 by winning the XXV Italiacom Open in Palermo for her fourth WTA title on the dirt this season.
The top seeded French Open finalist lost just 16 games all week finishing with a 6-1, 6-3 win over eighth seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. The World No.9 also won Palermo in 2008.
Stat Attack – Errani
Stat Attack – Zahlavova Strycova
No.1 seed Janko Tipsarevic sealed his first clay court title on the ATP World Tour with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 win over Juan Monaco in a rain interrupted final at the MercedesCup in Stuttgart.
The Serb led 6-4, 4-0 before the second seeded Monaco launched a comeback to win the second set. Rain held up play in the sixth game of the decider and it was Tipsarevic who returned stronger after the delay.
The World No.8 reeled off the final three games to secure a victory after two hours and 36 minutes.
Stat Attack – Tipsarevic
Stat Attack – Monaco
Marin Cilic became the first Croatian player in 22 years to win the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open Umag when he saw off fourth seed Marcel Granollers 6-4, 6-2 in the final.
The second seed trailed 2-4 in the opening set but rebounded to win 10 of the final 12 games to seal his eighth career singles title and second win on tour in 2012.
Stat Attack – Cilic
Stat Attack – Granollers
7 – Nadal
No.1 (10) Murray (Brisbane, Queen's Club), Ferrer (Auckland, Buenos Aires), Djokovic (Australian Open, Dubai, Monte Carlo), Cilic (Zagreb), Nadal (Sao Paulo), Raonic (San Jose)No.2 (7) Gasquet (Doha), Tipsarevic (Chennai), Del Potro (Rotterdam), Nadal (Acapulco, Barcelona), Murray (Miami), Wawrinka (Oeiras), Federer (Halle)No.3 (5) Gasquet (Montpellier), Tsonga (Marseille), Haas (Munich), Monaco (Dusseldorf), Nadal (Roland Garros)No.5 (5) Nishikori (Memphis), Nadal (Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome), Isner (Houston)Unseeded (5) Tomic (Sydney), Zeballos (Vina Del Mar), Robredo (Casablanca), Rosol (Bucharest), Montanes (Nice)Qualifier (1) Gulbis (Delray Beach)
109 - Gulbis (Delray Beach)
25 – Nadal (Acapulco)
83 – Gulbis (Delray Beach)*inc qualifying
22 – Nadal
43 – Nadal
386 - Nicolas Almagro
66 – French Open 3rd round Haas bt Isner 7-5, 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-7(10), 10-8
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on three occasions
5 – Tsonga bt Tomic 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(10)(Marseille 2nd round)1 – Tsonga bt Berdych 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Marseille F, 1 mp 5-6 second set tie-break)1 - Murray bt Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)(Miami Final, 1mp 5-6 third set)
Tomic (Sydney) 20 years, 2 months and 22 days
Haas (Munich) 35 years, 1 month & 2 days
6 - S.Williams
No.1 (13) Li (Shenzhen), Radwanska (Auckland, Sydney), Azarenka (Australian Open, Doha), Jankovic (Bogata), Errani (Acapulco), S.Williams (Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros), Sharapova (Stuttgart)No.2 (3) Kirilenko (Pattaya City), Sharapova (Indian Wells), Vinci (Katowice)No.3 (3) S.Williams (Brisbane), Pavlyuchenkova (Oeiras), Cornet (Strasbourg)No.5 (1) Pavlyuchenkova (Monterrey)No.6 (2) Kvitova (Dubai), Schiavone (Marrakech)No.7 (1) Halep (Nürnberg)Unseeded (7) Vesnina (Hobart), Barthel (Paris Indoors), Erakovic (Memphis), Niculescu (Florianopolis), Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar), Kanepi (Brussels), Hantuchova (Birmingham)
127 – Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar)
14 – S.Williams (Rome)
69 – Hantuchova (Birmingham)
31 – S.Williams
43 – S.Williams
268 - S.Williams
43 – Australian Open 1st round - Cornet bt Erakovic 7-5, 6-7(3), 10-8 Australian Open 1st round - Muguruza bt Rybarikova 4-6, 6-1, 14-12
12 games - 6-0, 6-0 on nine occasions
1 – Erakovic bt Beck 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-4(Memphis 1st round, 1 mp 5-6 second set tie-break)3 - Niculescu bt Medina Garrigues 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-1(Florianopolis 1st round, 3 mps 3-6 second set tie-break)
Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar) 20 yrs, 11 months & 11 days
Schiavone (Marrakech) 32 yrs, 10 months & 5 days
Statistics sourced with the help of the ATP and WTA.