Schiavone on comeback trail
In her final season on tour, 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won her eighth career title with a 6-4 7-5 win over fourth seed Lara Arruabarrena at the Claro Open Colsanitas in Bogota, Colombia last Saturday.
IÈm not thinking about retirement
The 36-year-old Italian veteran had not won a main tour match all season but the victory lifts the former world No4 to 168 within striking distance of gaining a direct entry into this yearÈs Roland Garros.
IÈm not thinking about retirement, she said following her 600th career win. IÈm enjoying tennis. I’m very happy and emotional [though] today was a disaster match, but winning was the most important thing."
Making her debut in the winning circle, seventeen-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic won her first WTA Tour title on Sunday, upsetting world No.99 Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-4 7-6(6) in the Biel Ladies Open final in Switzerland.
Vondrousova, ranked 233, came through qualifying to claim overall victory in what washer second appearance on the WTA tour.
After her victory, Vondrousova said: "It’s the biggest win of my career, because I’d mostly played smaller tournament.
"This was one of my first big tournaments, and I was injured in my left elbow for a lot of last year. I had to do a lot of fitness, which helped me become a better mover.
"Now I’m playing really great."
She will now travel to Florida to join the Czech Fed Cup team who will be facing, as champions, the USA in Tampa.
Another youngster also made his debut as a tournament champion, this time on the ATP Tour in Marrakech.
CroatiaÈs Borna Coric saved five match points to beat German Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7 7-6(3) 7-5 after wo hours and 38-minutes in the Grand Prix Hassan II final.
The 20-year-old Coric is the third first-time winner on the Tour this year, joining Gilles Muller who won Sydney and Ryan Harrison who claimed the Memphis title.
I would say thatÈs my biggest comeback, IÈve never saved five match points, noted Coric. Especially in such an important match, I served very well in the big points. ItÈs an awesome feeling. I didnÈt know what to expect when I came here and I wasnÈt in the best shape. But IÈve been working very hard the past three or four months and now itÈs paying off.
Back in the USA, Steve Johnson collected his second career title after surviving late cramps to win the U.S. MenÈs Clay Court Championship, defeating BrazilÈs Thomaz Bellucci 6-4 4-6 7-6(5) at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston.
A lot goes into cramping. For me today, it was the nerves of trying to close out the title. I havenÈt been there enough to feel very comfortable. My body has just physically run out of gas after this week_ I was very fortunate to get out of that, Johnson admitted.