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Petra Kvitova triumphed at the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with a see-saw 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 victory over Angelique Kerber.
In an all left-handed final Kvitova fired a backhand winner to break for 2-0 in the first set and survived two break points to hold for 4-1. The Czech, a winner in Dubai earlier in the year, converted her first set point in the seventh game when Kerber sent a wild forehand well wide.
In the first game of the second set Kerber chased down a drop shot and put away a short forehand to get the break and the momentum of the match changed.
The German 5th seed rattled through the following five games to win the set at love and level the match.
However Kvitova held from 15-30 in the first game of the third and broke for 2-0 when Kerber double faulted. Kvitova went onto break again for 4-0 but was pegged back to 4-2 by the German.
Kerber staved off two match points in the seventh game and reached break point with Kvitova serving at 5-3. The Czech saved it with a forehand volley and converted her fourth match point with a deep forehand that forced an error from Kerber.
Stat Attack – Kvitova
Stat Attack – Kerber
Milos Raonic won the Thailand Open title in Bangkok with a 7-6(4), 6-3 upset of top seed Tomas Berdych.
The Canadian No.1 had defeated second seed Richard Gasquet in the semi-finals and proved the stronger against the Czech World No.6 in the final.
In a service dominated match, Raonic saved a set point at 5-6 in the first set before taking the tie-break. The 3rd seed broke for 2-0 in the second and maintained the lead blasting a forehand winner on match point to clinch his 5th career singles title.
Stat Attack – Raonic
Stat Attack – Berdych
Portugal’s Joao Sousa was victorious at the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpar after saving a match point to defeat Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.
2012 finalist Benneteau dominated the opening set with two breaks of serve and appeared to be on track to lift the first singles title of his career in his ninth final.
The French 5th seed reached match point on Sousa’s serve in the 10th game of the second set but the Portuguese player saved it with a forehand passing shot.
Sousa, who upset top seed David Ferrer in the quarter finals, broke in the following game and subsequently levelled the match before claiming an early break in the decider. Sousa served out for victory after two hours and 18 minutes for his first ATP World Tour singles title.
Stat Attack – Sousa
Stat Attack – Benneteau
10 – Rafael Nadal
No.1 (15) Murray (Brisbane, Queen's Club), Ferrer (Auckland, Buenos Aires), Djokovic (AUSTRALIAN OPEN, Dubai, Monte Carlo, Beijing, Shanghai), Cilic (Zagreb), Nadal (Sao Paulo), Raonic (San Jose), Isner (Atlanta), Del Potro (Washington, Tokyo, Basel), Gasquet (Moscow)No.2 (13) Gasquet (Doha), Tipsarevic (Chennai), Del Potro (Rotterdam), Nadal (Acapulco, Barcelona, US OPEN), Murray (Miami, WIMBLEDON), Wawrinka (Oeiras), Federer (Halle), Simon (Metz), Haas (Vienna), Djokovic (Paris, ATP World Tour Finals)No.3 (6) Gasquet (Montpellier), Tsonga (Marseille), Haas (Munich), Monaco (Dusseldorf), Nadal (ROLAND GARROS), Raonic (Bangkok)No.4 (2) Nadal (Montreal, Cincinnati)No.5 (7) Nishikori (Memphis), Nadal (Indian Wells, Madrid, Rome), Isner (Houston), Fognini (Stuttgart), Robredo (Umag)No.6 (2) Youzhny (Gstaad), Gulbis (St.Petersburg)No.7 (1) Dimitrov (Stockholm)No.8 (1) Granollers (Kitzbuhel)No.9 (1) Melzer (Winston-Salem)No.12 (1) Fognini (Hamburg)Unseeded (11) Tomic (Sydney), Zeballos (Vina Del Mar), Robredo (Casablanca), Rosol (Bucharest), Montanes (Nice), Lopez (Eastbourne), Mahut (Newport), Berlocq (Bastad), Sousa (Kuala Lumpar), Youzhny (Valencia)Qualifier (2) Gulbis (Delray Beach), Mahut ('s-Hertogenbosch), Karlovic (Bogota)
240 - Mahut ('s-Hertogenbosch)
25 – Nadal (Acapulco)
83 – Gulbis (Delray Beach)*inc qualifying
24 - Djokovic
75 – Nadal
969 - John Isner
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)3 - Fognini bt Delbonis 4-6, 7-6(8), 6-2(Hamburg F, 3 mp second set tie-break)3 - Youzhny bt Monaco 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(7)(Gstaad QF, 3 mp third set tie-break)2 - Isner bt Anderson 6-7(3), 7-6(2), 7-6(2)(Atlanta F, 2 mp 5-6 third set)1 - Murray bt Ferrer 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1)(Miami F, 1mp 5-6 third set)1 - Sousa bt Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4(Kuala Lumpar F, 1 mp 4-5 second set)
Tomic (Sydney) 20 years, 2 months and 22 days
Haas (Munich) 35 years, 6 months & 17 days
11 - Serena Williams
No.1 (22) Li (Shenzhen), Radwanska (Auckland, Sydney, Seoul), Azarenka (AUSTRALIAN OPEN, Doha), Jankovic (Bogata), Errani (Acapulco), S.Williams (Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome, ROLAND GARROS, Bastad, Toronto, US OPEN, Beijing, Istanbul), Sharapova (Stuttgart), Jovanovski* (Tashkent), Kerber (Linz), Wozniacki (Luxembourg), Halep (Sofia)No.2 (5) Kirilenko (Pattaya City), Sharapova (Indian Wells), Vinci (Katowice, Palermo), Azarenka (Cincinnati)No.3 (7) S.Williams (Brisbane), Pavlyuchenkova (Oeiras), Cornet (Strasbourg), Halep (Budapest), Cibulkova (Stanford), Safarova (Quebec City), Stosur (Osaka)No.5 (3) Pavlyuchenkova (Monterrey), Stosur (Carlsbad), Halep (Moscow)No.6 (2) Kvitova (Dubai), Schiavone (Marrakech)No.7 (4) Halep (Nürnberg), Svitolina (Baku), Rybarikova (Washington), Kvitova (Tokyo)No.15 (1) Bartoli (WIMBLEDON)Unseeded (12) Vesnina (Hobart), Barthel (Paris Indoors), Erakovic (Memphis), Niculescu (Florianopolis), Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar), Kanepi (Brussels), Hantuchova (Birmingham), Vesnina (Eastbourne), Halep ('s-Hertogenbosch, New Haven), Meusburger (Bad Gastein), Zhang (Ghangzhou)(*Jovanovski was also a qualifier)
127 – Pliskova (Kuala Lumpar)
14 – S.Williams (Rome)
69 – Hantuchova (Birmingham)
34 – S.Williams
78 – S.Williams
480 - 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 seventeen 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)
Svitolina (Baku) 18 yrs, 10 months & 16 days
Schiavone (Marrakech) 32 yrs, 10 months & 5 days
Statistics sourced with the help of the ATP and WTA.