Monday, October 26, 2009

Smile and the whole world smiles with you

The winners' lists at last week's tournaments brought a show of pearly whites to this old blogger's face. Maybe not as much as Marcos Baghdatis', but a pretty decent-sized one! A lot of players showed signs of rounding into form after dropping from their earlier highs. Why not take a quick trip back? OK, I will!

• In Stockholm, Baghdatis won his first ATP title since 2007 by beating Olivier Rochus in the final. Now about Baghdatis: Waay back when this season first kicked off, I made a mention that I thought he was due for a big comeback year. He really didn't do too much to prove me right, but he did pick up three Challenger titles and now the Stockholm crown. Can I get a rollover plan for 2010? And a doubles shout-out: Kevin Ullyett won his fifth title at the tournament, all with different partners.

• In Moscow, Mikhail Youzhny beat a player I thought was more known for being a character than a good player, Janko Tipsarevic, and Francesca Schiavone took the women's title. Both of those winners finish runner-up a LOT more than winning titles, so that was good to see them come through.

• Young Swiss miss Timea Bacsinszky won her first career title beating young German miss Sabine Lisicki in the finals. It's always great to see the youngsters duke it out!

And while all that main-draw action was happening, three Challenger results also gave me a good reason to grin as TTA? faves Xavier Malisse, Donald Young and Eduardo Schwank won in France, California and Chile, respectively.

Good show by all and a nice way to start wrapping up the season!

(Photo: AP)


Kim said...

I also liked seeing Rochus as the runner-up to Baghdatis - another guy who keeps grinding it out year after year.

Mike said...

Definitely a great show by all!

van said...

Yep, Rochus did have a great run, Kim. And you're right, Mike, fine performances by everyone!