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This week’s edition of World Tennis News looks back at grass court successes for Tamira Paszek and Andy Roddick at the AEGON International and David Ferrer and Nadia Petrova at the UNICEF Open in the Netherlands.
Tamira Paszek won the AEGON International title at Eastbourne after a thrilling three set victory over fifth seed Angelique Kerber. The unseeded Austrian saved five match points before completing a gripping 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 victory after two hours and 45 minutes.
World No.8 Kerber had begun the stronger by jumping out to an early 3-0 lead in the first set but was pegged back to 3-3. Games went with serve until the twelfth game when a Paszek backhand drifted long to give Kerber the opening set after 54 minutes.
Paszek raised her game to build a 4-1 lead in the second set. Kerber reduced the deficit to one break but was broken again in the ninth game as Paszek unleashed a backhand winner up the line to level the match.
Kerber broke to lead 3-2 in the decider and held onto the advantage to build a 5-3 lead. With Paszek serving in the ninth game the German fifth seed held five match points but was denied each time by tenacious play from Paszek who struck clean winners to save three of them.
Paszek broke Kerber as the German served for the title at 5-4 and then saved a break point to lead 6-5. In the twelfth game Kerber fought off two match points but struck a forehand long on a third as Paszek sealed a memorable victory for her third WTA singles title.
Stat Attack – Paszek
Stat Attack – Kerber
Andy Roddick defeated reigning champion Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-2 to take the title at the AEGON International in Eastbourne.
The American sixth seed was a late wild card entrant and justified that decision by reaching his 51st career final on the ATP World Tour.
Defending champion and third seed Seppi broke serve to begin the final only to see Roddick roar back with five straight games. The Italian broke at 1-5 to stay in the opening set but the 29 year-old American claimed the opener at the second attempt when a Seppi return went wide off the netcord.
Seppi saved two break points to start the second set but was broken in the third game when he netted a forehand and Roddick broke to love to make it 4-1.
Serving at 5-2 the former US Open Champion struck a service winner to complete a morale boosting victory after 71 minutes.
Stat Attack – Roddick
Stat Attack – Seppi
David Ferrer claimed his second title at the UNICEF Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over German qualifier Philipp Petzschner.
The win gives the top seeded Spaniard a fourth ATP World Tour title of the season and a second career victory on grass.
Ferrer broke the Petzschner serve on three occasions en route to wrapping up a straightforward win for his 15th ATP World Tour title.
Stat Attack – Ferrer
Stat Attack – Petzschner
Nadia Petrova defeated qualifier Urszula Radwanska 6-4, 6-3 to take the title at the UNICEF Open in ‘S-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.
The victory gives the 30 year-old former World No.3 a first WTA singles title on grass courts having previously triumphed on hard courts, clay courts and on carpet.
The big serving Russian had not dropped a set all week at the Dutch venue and continued that form in the final despite losing serve in the opening game.
Petrova struck back quickly to take the opening set and did so again in the second set after going down an early break against the 21 year-old Pole, appearing in her first WTA final. Experience proved vital as Petrova sealed her 11th career singles title.
Stat Attack – Petrova
Stat Attack – Radwanska
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.