epa03424577 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia in their final match at the China Open in Beijing, China, 07 October 2012. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG |
It’s rare a World No.1 goes six and a half months without winning a WTA title but it happened – but Victoria Azarenka put an emphatic stop to it in Beijing this past week, not losing a set, in fact barely losing any games, en route to the China Open title. She defeated Maria Sharapova handily in the final, 63 61, winning her fifth WTA title of the year and first since Indian Wells in mid-March. She now has 13 career WTA titles.
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina won their first WTA doubles title together, and the Istanbul field was also set in stone,with Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Li Na completing the elite eight.
Rafael Nadal's 2015 campaign may be one to forget at this point, but he at least remains on course for a second title. Nadal put himself two wins away from triumphing at the bet-at-home Open by beating Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-2 during quarterfinal action on Friday.
Rafael Nadal may not have been his completely dominant self, but by recent standards the performance was a decent one on Thursday at the bet-at-home Open. Nadal beat Jiri Vesely 6-4, 7-6(2) in two hours and 11 minutes to set up a quarterfinal showdown against Pablo Cuevas.
Top seed Rafael Nadal beat Jiri Vesely 6-4, 7-6(2) on Thursday to reach the quarter-finals at the bet-at-home Open. The 2008 champion now holds a 23-6 match record on clay this season as he looks to add to his 46 clay-court titles.
Wednesday's sellout crowd at the BB&T Atlanta Open witnessed Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish win their first doubles match together since Basel in 2011, defeating Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray 7-6(2), 6-4.