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This week’s edition of World Tennis News looks back at grass court titles for Marin Cilic, Melanie Oudin and Tommy Haas while Alizé Cornet was victorious on Austrian clay at Bad Bastein.
Melanie Oudin won her first WTA singles title with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Jelena Jankovic at the AEGON Classic in Edgbaston, Birmingham.
In a rain delayed final played on the Monday the American qualifier proved to be too steady for the fifth seeded Serbian, a former World No.1.
In a match featuring a number of breaks of serve it was Oudin, playing her eighth match of the week, who came out on top of a tough first set before pulling clear in the second to seal the win in an hour and 35 minutes.
Stat Attack – Oudin
Stat Attack – Jankovic
Marin Cilic won his first grass court title at the AEGON Championships when the final against David Nalbandian ended in controversial circumstances.
The Argentinean former World No.3 had edged a close first set on a tie-break but lost serve in the seventh game of the second set when he could not return a scorching forehand return from the Croatian.
In frustration, the 30 year-old tenth seed kicked an advertising board which struck a linesman. Nalbandian then received an automatic default for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Stat Attack – Cilic
Stat Attack – Nalbandian
Tommy Haas delighted German fans at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle with a surprise 7-6(5), 6-4 victory over five-time Champion Roger Federer.
The 34 year-old former World No.2 lifted the title in Halle three years ago but was a heavy underdog in the final as he held a 2-10 record against the 16-time Grand Slam Champion.
Federer broke serve to begin the final before Haas struck back in the sixth game and the German veteran held two set points in the tenth game. Federer survived but Haas prevailed in the tie-break to take the lead.
Federer held two break points early in the second set but Haas held firm and the German converted his only opportunity with a backhand winner in the ninth game. The German then sealed his 13th career ATP World Tour crown on his first match point after an hour and 35 minutes.
Stat Attack – Haas
Stat Attack – Federer
Alizé Cornet lifted her first WTA singles title for almost four years with a 7-5, 7-6(1) victory over Yanina Wickmayer at the NÜRNBERGER Gastein Ladies in Austria.
The French seventh seed had not lost a set on the Austrian clay all week but had to fight hard to preserve that record in an evenly contested final.
Cornet served to stay in the opening set at 4-5 before breaking the Belgian second seed in the eleventh game and taking the opening set.
In the second set Wickmayer was two points away from taking the match to a decider at 6-5 but Cornet clung on and then dominated the subsequent tie-break to win in two hours and 13 minutes.
Stat Attack – Cornet
Stat Attack – Wickmayer
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.