Ball of Timelessness

KVITOVA

WINS

10 th WTA TITLE

IN

DUBAI

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won her first title in six months when she beat Sara Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the Dubai Championships final on Saturday.

Kvitova also beat the Italian en route to her previous title — her ninth — in New Haven on the eve of the U.S. Open.

Despite her improving game, Kvitova downplayed her latest success.

“I am not thinking like this is a turning point or turning tournament for me,” said Kvitova, who won Wimbledon in 2011. There are “a lot of great players in the top, and that’s hard to beat them. I’m still thinking about my game. That’s the priority for me.”

“She was hitting so strong, making winners everywhere,” Errani said. “I had to change something to try to win the match, and I did in the second…

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OPEN 13 2013

TSONGA DENIES BERDYCH

FOR

MARSEILLE CROWN;

MARSEILLE, France — Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved a match point before overcoming top-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 Sunday in the final of the Open 13.

The third-seeded Frenchman won his first title of the season and 10th of his career.

“That means much more than a 10th title,” said Tsonga, who also won the tournament in 2009. “I could feel it coming. I’ve worked hard. It rewards my efforts at the beginning of the season. That’s great. I play better than last year.”

Tsonga hired Roger Rasheed of Australia as coach last October in an effort to improve his game.

“This one was very close, I had very big chances,” said Berdych, who led the Czech Republic to the Davis Cup title last year. “I was unlucky, I wasn’t able to make them. It just happens sometimes.”

 

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