Sunday, 3 March 2013

KL, Florianopolis, Acapulco: Sara defends, first time winners

KL final:

Karolina Pliskova def. Bethanie Mattek-Sands 1-6 7-5 6-3

Wow.. This win came from nowhere as Bethanie Mattek wasted her chances for her first title. After a spectacular performance against Pavlyuchenkova, Bethanie continued her form for one set and a half. However, she gifted errors after errors to Pliskova, who was quick to capitalise. Karolina got into a nice rhythm and with a single break, she was able to win points easily on her serve and clinch her first ever title. Pliskova has been a juniors star and looks like it's her time to shine now. Her serve is massive but her movement needs more improvement. If she improves on her court coverage, she will be a real threat in the future. Congrats on breaking into the top 100 Karolina.

Florianopolis final:

Monica Niculescu def. Olga Puchkova 6-2 4-6 6-4

Monica Niculescu's brand of tennis cannot be described as aesthetically pleasing, but it sure is effective. Puchkova finally settled into her rhythm in the middle of the second set but lost the plot when nearing the finishing line. She allowed Monica's annyoing junk to derail her and allowed the Romanian to clinch her first title. This should be a great accomplishment for the benchmark girl as I don't see her winning anything bigger than this. Olga Puchkova gave a good account of herself and hopefully doesn't have to wait another 7 years to reach another final.

Acapulco final:

Sara Errani def. Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0 6-4

Oh dear... I guess the pressure of winning her first title got to Carla, as she displayed none of the form that led to close matches with Errani. Sara defends her title with ease and Carla is still titleless after 4 tries. At this rate, the Spaniard might really end up winning zero titles at the end of her career. Errani just refuses to go away and looks likely to stay in the top 10 for quite a while. Even though she's not playing remarkable tennis, you have to give Errani credit for making the most out of her petite frame.

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