April 27 – May 3, 2009 Stuttgart, Germany ($700,000) Surface: Red Clay/Indoors (Premier)
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German 16th seed Sabine Lisicki won her first tour title with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Danish fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday in the Family Circle Cup.
“I couldn’t believe that I won, because I didn’t use my match points,” Lisicki said. “Then I finally won.
“I don’t know which match point it was – seventh, eighth – it felt like 30th. But I was just so happy I won.”
Lisicki won US$188,000 and a crystal cup for her first tour victory. She also becomes the first player to win the Family Circle Cup who has never won a tournament title previously. Ranked No. 63, she is expected to climb to No. 43 with the victory.
Playing together for the third time, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Nadia Petrova the duo captured doubles title on Sunday with a tense match tie-break win over surprise finalists Liga Dekmeijere and Patty Schnyder, 67(5) 62 119.
Mattek-Sands and Petrova played their first two tournaments together in recent weeks at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami and The MPS Group Championships in Ponte Vedra Beach.
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Roberta Vinci of Italy won the WTA Barcelona claycourt tournament on Sunday defeating title-holder and sixth seed Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-0, 6-4.
This is her second WTA Tour Title, She won her first tour title in Bogota, Colombia, in 2007, when Tathiana Garbin of Italy retired during the third set with a stomach illness.
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Rafael Nadal became the first player to win five straight Monte Carlo Masters titles by beating Novak Djokovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 on Sunday.
He is now 23-1 in claycourt finals, with his only loss coming at Hamburg in May 2007 to Roger Federer.
“It’s unbelieveble to win five titles in Monte Carlo. If I had to pick one Masters Series to win before the season it would be here.
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