In her third semifinal appearance at a WTA tournament, Eugenie Bouchard overcame that hurdle for the first time in her career to reach her maiden WTA final at the HP Open in Osaka, Japan, an International Series event.
Bouchard went up against Japanese wildcard Kurumi Nara, ranked no. 87 in the world, who upset eighth-seeded Monica Puig en route to the semifinals. The 19-year-old Canadian showcased her superiority in posting a convincing 6-2, 6-2 victory after 86 minutes of play. In the win, Bouchard won 75 percent of her first serve points, and lost her serve only once in the match. She becomes the first Canadian since Rebecca Marino at Memphis in 2011 to reach a WTA final. Aleksandra Wozniak is the last Canadian to win a title, at Stanford in 2008.
Milos Raonic was trying to win his second title in as many weeks and the sixth of his career on Sunday against Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, top seed at the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo, an ATP World Tour 500 event.
The two players had met once previously, this summer at the Rogers Cup, and it was Raonic who came out on top on that occasion. The 22-year-old Canadian was unable to make it two in a row though as he fell 7-6(5), 7-5 to world no. 7 to lose the Tokyo final for a second consecutive year.
Although Raonic had three break point chances in the first set, it was Del Potro who nicked it in a tiebreak before securing the only break of the match at 5-5 in the second set before serving out the match in the following game.
After a fortnight of some riveting encounters, the two teams left standing for the final hurdle for the Champions League trophy in Delhi are current IPL champions Mumbai Indians and as-of-yet unbeaten in the tournament Rajasthan Royals. Rajasthan have had the upper hand over Mumbai in the group stages, having beaten them by 7 wickets in Jaipur, but the presence of a neutral venue this time around will make things completely different. Moreover, Mumbai has already played its last two matches at the Feroz Shah Kotla, and won both the matches while the Royals have had no recent match experience in Delhi. These factors do tend to tilt the odds slightly towards Mumbai but the confidence of having won all the matches so far will also make Rajasthan a formidable contender for the trophy.
Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar will both be playing their final limited overs match on the day of the final and the fans of either side will be hoping for a great final performance from these legends of the game. No matter who wins though, both Dravid and Tendulkar can be assured of a great send-off from all the spectators in the stadium.
Las Vegas loves the No. 21, and on Saturday night at the Party Rock Open the Vegas tennis fans celebrated with 21-year-old Southern Californian CoCo Vandeweghe, who shuffled into the final round of Redfoo’s USTA Women’s $50,000 Pro Circuit event with a dominating 6-1, 6-3 win over Georgia’s Anna Tatishivili at the Darling Tennis Center.
Vandeweghe will have to get past her junior rival Melanie Oudin if she is to walk away with the $7,600 singles prize money on Sunday as Oudin, born in 1991 like Vandeweghe, knocked out 17-year-old Japanese amateur Mayo Hibi, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, in a tight match that ended on two consecutive net cords in favor of Oudin.
Milos Raonic advanced to his ninth career final and third of 2013 on Saturday at the Thailand Open in Bangkok, an ATP World Tour 250 event.
The 22-year-old Canadian, seeded third in the tournament, avenged his tough five set loss to Richard Gasquet in the Round of 16 at the U.S. Open last month with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over the Frenchman in the semifinals. Raonic hit 23 aces, won 81 percent of his first serve points, and managed to break Gasquet’s serve twice in the match.
The 2013 US Open women's semi-finals failed to live up to their billing as the two favourites Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka powered their way into the final without too much ado. Serena continued to be at her dominant best as she annihilated another former French Open champion, veteran Chinese star Li Na, 6-0, 6-3 to advance to her 21st Grand Slam final.
Not quite as dominant was Victoria Azarenka, who had to battle through a tight first set before romping home in the second against world no.83 Flavia Pennetta, 6-4, 6-2.
Former world no.1 Rafael Nadal routed local hope Milos Raonic, 6-2, 6-2, in the Final of the Rogers Cup to lift his third Canadian Masters series title and his fourth Masters title of this calendar year.
The 27 year old Spaniard is looking in excellent condition in the run up to US Open as he needed a little over an hour to end Raonic's dream of winning his home event in Montreal on Sunday.
Both men had come through gruelling semi-final victories which required final set tiebreaks, but the class of Nadal stood out today as he eased past Raonic for the fourth time in as many meetings.