Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bertens wins Fes title

A first-time WTA title was in the making, regardlessnof who won the final in Fes today. Neither Laura Pous-Tio nor Kiki Bertens had ever won a WTA title. In fact, up until this tournament, Pous-Tio had won only one match in 2012, and Bertens had never gotten beyond the first round of a WTA event. Bertens defeated Pous-Tio 7-5, 6-0 to claim the Grand Prix De SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem champtionship.

Petra Cetkovska and Alexandra Panova won the doubles title. They defeated Irina-Camelia Begu and Alexandra Cadantu 3-6, 7-6, 11-9.

In Stuttgart, both Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova won their semifinal matches. Azarenka defeated Agnieszka Radwanska (yet again) 6-1, 6-3, and Sharapova defeated Petra Kvitova 6-4, 7-6. Sharapova served her way out of ten of eleven break points. The Russian player served for the match at 6-5 and held a match point, but was broken. Kvitova was able to win only three points in the tiebreak.

By winning today's semifinal, Sharapova broke Kvitova's impressive indoor court win streak (27 matches not counting Hopman Cup). The Czech star had not lost an indoor match since 2010.

The top four players in the world played in the Stuttgart semifinals, and now the top two will play for the championship.

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