Sunday, August 1, 2010

The winners' circle

I just wanted to give a quick wrap-up of the tournaments that wrapped up this weekend. And you know me, I have some kind of opinion on the results!

* First, let's start in L.A., where Sam Querrey defended his title over Andy Murray by notching his first win over the top-four player. Great win for Sam and an incredible effort to fight back like he did. Bad loss for Murray, though, who I feel needed to come in and just dominate the tournament for his confidence. And check out this post at Adjusting the Net, pre-final, for more thoughts on both of them heading into the match.

And while we're in L.A., how about them Bryan boys? Historic effort! Whenever they do something big, I always break out this old post on their place in the game--and all of sports.

* In Stanford, Victoria Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova quite handily to take the title. Congrats to Azarenka and to Sharapova, too, for a good run at a decent-sized tournament. I'm still waiting for Maria to show she can come out on top again at a big event. Maybe this is the start? And how about Lindsay Davenport? The doubles court beckons!

* Juan Carlos Ferrero won his third title of the year in Umag. I liked how afterward he said he was confident on getting ready for the hard-court season. He's been getting it done on the dirt, but it's time to move on!

* Also expressing confidence after his win was Nicolas Almagro, who took the Swiss Open crown for his second title in three weeks. Nic said his goal is to get in the top 10 and stay there. Good luck to him.

* Anastasia Pavlyunchenkova won over Elena Vesnina in an all-Russian affair in Istanbul. They're both part of the next generation of stars from Russia, and in a plug for yours truly, check this out at On the Baseline from a few months back on Anastasia. (Somebody has to promote my stuff!)

And on that note, I'll end it here. Congrats again to the winners!

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