Monday, July 30, 2007

A Russian (Or Two) in America

(AP Photo/George Nikitin)

Anna Chakvetadze won her second consecutive hardcourt title with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over India's Sania Mirza in the Bank of West Classic at Stanford for her fourth title of the season. The Russian remains a perfect 6-0 in WTA finals. Her win moves her up to a career high ranking of No. 6 and gives her the early lead in the US Open Series on the women's side. Mirza exacted a bit of revenge by pairing with Shahar Peer and beating Chakvetadze and Viktoria Azarenka to take the doubles title later in the day.
WTA Tournament Rap

(AP Photo/Ron Hoskins)

Dmitry Tursunov ended Frank Dancevic's dream run with a 6-4, 7-5 victory at the Indianopolis Tennis Championships, his first title this year and second of his career. He is tied with Radek Stepanek, who won last week's event in Los Angeles, for first place in the US Open Series on the men's side. ATP Match Report

Full US Open Series Standings

5 comments:

Craig Hickman said...

Picking up where Karen and Savannah left off in the comments to the previous post (another full day for me today, so I missed all the "live" tennis on the tele and this post is way late), I can say that both finals today were ugly.

Karen, I didn't notice the small crowds at either event. Didn't pay much attention to the Stanford crowd, but the Indy stadium seemed full to me. I think Frank won some US fans this week as well because quiet as its kept, he played the best tennis until the final. Too bad he couldn't get any serves in today. Neither could Dima, who admitted his serve was off all week, yet he hoists the trophy, so good for him.

I've nothing to add about the broadcasts except to say that perhaps the best match of the event wasn't televised in its entirety because TTC refused to make any adjustments after rain washed out most of Friday's action.

oddman said...

You're right about the ugly Indy final - too bad Frank didn't play like he did in the previous rounds. I think he might have won his first title if he'd done so. Must have been nervous. I sure like his game. Maybe Tennis Canada will help him out a little more, now that he's done this well.

Craig Hickman said...

He doesn't get any help from Tennis Canada? Well, I guess he hasn't ever won two ATP matches in a row till this week, so that will hopefully change. I like his game too.

Karen said...

Me too I really like his game. Reminds me of Yummy Prince Fed. Very smooth and controlled, especially the forehand side, backhand needs a little bit (or a lot) of work. Plus he has a really good mentality, does not give in to fits and does not get grumpy. One to watch

oddman said...

I'm not real clear on all the funding details, but I don't think there's a whole lot of dollars floating around to help our youngsters out with the sport of tennis. Contrast that to the ability to find a hockey rink and minor league programs in every little town in Canada. Plus you can convert those rinks into curling sheets pretty easily too, and you can see why we lead the world in those two sports. We haven't had too many big names in pro tennis - Nestor, Carling Basset, Rusedski (before he left for the UK) - hope Frank Dancevic can put some much-needed spotlight on the sport that this Canuck loves. BTW, I'm considered quite the oddball for loving it, and not that dang hockey, lol.