Williams captured first title since return, Petrova wins Citi Open title

Williams captured her first tournament title since return

Serena Williams captured her first tournament title since returning with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Marion Bartoli in the Bank of the West Classic.

In the doubles final, No.2 seeds Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko beat No.1 seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, 61 63. They have three titles together, all Premiers.

Petrova beats Peer to win Citi Open

Second-seeded Nadia Petrova of Russia beat top-seeded Shahar Peer 7-5, 6-2 to win the inaugural Citi Open

No.1 seeds Sania Mirza and Yaroslava Shvedova defeated No.2 seeds Olga Govortsova and Alla Kudryavtseva, 63 63. This is their first title together.

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No. 1 Wozniacki wins Family Circle Cup title

Caroline Wozniacki claimed her 15th career WTA title, 10 of those coming at the Premier level. With a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Elena Vesnina at the Family Circle Cup.

 

After her single match Elena Vesnina team up with Sania Mirza to take the Family Circle Cup doubles championship with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Sahughnessy.

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Wozniacki, Djokovic wins BNP Paribas Open title

Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki defeated Marion Bartoli 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 to win the BNP Paribas Open

Wozniacki won her WTA Tour-leading 19th match of the year and her second title while appearing in the final for her third consecutive tournament.

Wozniacki assured of remaining No. 1 through the upcoming two-week tournament in Miami.  Bartoli is projected to be No. 10 when the rankings, her first time in the elite since June 23, 2008. Her career-high is No.9.

"It has been a while since I was in the Top 10. I really want to be at the Championships at the end of the year. That's one of my main goals."

Bartoli was playing in her first final since 2009, and she fell to 2-6 in matches against the No. 1 player.  Bartoli was the first Frenchwoman to make an Indian Wells final.

Mirza and Vesnina won their first title @ BNP Paribas Open.

Sania Mirza and Elena Vesnina won their first title together at Indian Wells, beating Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Meghann Shaughnessy 6-0, 7-5.

The dou wins the first set at love in just 25 minutes. The Americans rebounded in the second set, building a 5-1 lead, but Mirza and Vesnina went on another roll of six straight games to close out the championship.

Novak Djokovic defeated the world’s top-ranked player 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win the BNP Paribas Open, keeping the Serbian perfect this year.

Djokovic improved to 18-0, including victories at the Australian Open and in Dubai last month.

Djokovic will move into the No. 2 spot when the ATP Tour rankings are released Monday, having bumped Roger Federer down to third after he lost to Djokovic in the semifinals.  Nadal will remain No. 1 with a 14-3 record.

Dolgopolov and Malisse completed their run with a championships title

The first-time pairing of Alexandr Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse completed their run defeating Olympic gold medalists Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-7(5) 10-7 in the doubles final at the BNP Paribas Open.

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Groth earned first WTA Guangzhou International Women’s Open

Top-seeded Jarmila Groth of Australia earned her first WTA Tour beating Alla Kudryavtseva of Russia 6-1, 6-4 at the Guangzhou International Women’s Open.

Edina Gallovits and Sania Mirza captured the doubles title beating Chinese duo Han Xinyun and Liu Wanting in the final, 75 63.

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Zvonareva wins PTT Pattaya Open

Russia’s Vera Zvonareva won her first Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles title of the year and eighth of her career on Sunday afternoon, with 75 61 win over India’s Sania Mirza in the final.

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Doubles Results:

Tanasugarn and Yaroslava Shvedova teamed up to win the doubles title, beating Yuliya Beygelzimer and Vitalia Diatchenko in the final, 63 62.

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Mirza and Bhupathi

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Q. Your first Grand Slam title, Sania. How are you feeling?

SANIA MIRZA: Great. I mean, you know, it’s always a dream to win a Grand Slam. That’s what we all play for I think when we’re younger.

It’s just great. It makes it more special because it’s with someone that I know for so long and so well.

Yeah, it’s great. It’s great to win it.

Q. What was it like serving for the championship? What was going through your mind?

SANIA MIRZA: Nothing, actually. I was trying to block that score out. I wasn’t really looking at the scoreboard and thinking, Oh, it’s 5‑1, I’m serving for the championship. I was just trying to serve it out like it was any other game.

Q. What was your feeling when you were holding the cup out on center court?

SANIA MIRZA: I think it’s a feeling that you can’t really describe. You’re obviously very happy. It’s a dream come true.

Q. Mahesh, have you personally played a better game of doubles than you did today?

MAHESH BHUPATHI: Yeah, I felt I’ve been playing pretty well the last couple of days. Had a good hit this morning. So obviously it’s a huge bonus if you can play high quality in a Grand Slam final because that takes a lot of pressure off.

I think both of us played a very high‑quality match today.

Q. A very good tournament for Indian tennis.

SANIA MIRZA: Yeah, it is. I mean, even in the juniors, we had a Grand Slam champion as well. So, yeah, it’s been a great two weeks.

Q. How much impact might this have back in India?

SANIA MIRZA: Let’s hope a lot. You know, it’s great. I don’t remember the last time when we had so many ‑‑ I mean, he played the finals, we won today, Yuki won. It’s been a great two weeks.

Let’s hope a lot more people play, and tennis grows. It’s been growing. It might take it to another level.

Q. The first all‑Indian pair to win a mixed doubles at a Grand Slam.

SANIA MIRZA: It’s great. What can you say? We’ve been playing for I think four or five slams now. We came very close last year, as well.

Yeah, we did one better this time. We hope to continue.

Q. Mahesh, what are your goals for this year? Are you going to continue playing together? Any particular tournaments in mind?

MAHESH BHUPATHI: Well, you know, for us, it’s always four slams where we have the opportunity to play mixed.

Ideally I’d like to continue playing with her, now that we’re doing so well (laughter).

Q. In your businessman’s hat would you consider a mixed doubles tournament in India?

MAHESH BHUPATHI: Yeah, we might consider an exhibition. I don’t know, you know, maybe once the economy turns around across the world, we’ll look at it. Obviously I think millions and millions of people watched this match today. Any time Sania plays at home, there’s a lot of people watching, so…

Q. You mentioned in your presentation speech, you thanked your box about an emotional rollercoaster this week.

MAHESH BHUPATHI: The weekend. I mentioned it because we lost a tough one last night. Obviously we were a bit down. But tried to stay as positive as possible in the final today. Getting through was big.

Q. How do you bounce back from that and play the tennis you played today?

MAHESH BHUPATHI: I don’t know. I mean, like I said, you know, both my coach, trainer and obviously Sania, they were trying to keep me as positive as possible.

But going home without a title after making two finals just crossed my mind a few too many times today in the match (laughter). But it didn’t happen. Happy about that.

Q. Was it a different final than the last one when you played against Bjorkman and Rafter?

MAHESH BHUPATHI: Well, the atmosphere in ’99 was sensational, playing Pat here in the final with the full house. It was amazing. It was a five‑set match.

Yesterday, again, we dominated the first two sets. We had our chances. We didn’t take them. When you don’t against the Bryans, that’s tough.

Q. What will the reception be like when you get home?

MAHESH BHUPATHI: Well, hopefully not too big. I’m not a big fan of receptions. I’d like to sneak out the back door at the airport tomorrow.

I know for a fact the whole country’s excited now. It’s her first slam. She’s been in the news for the last four years. I think a lot of good players in the past have won a slam in either doubles or mixed and then gone on to do better things, like Lleyton Hewitt. Even Venus and Serena, they won their first slams in mixed. They were confident to move up in singles.

Q. Will you go home before your next tournament?

MAHESH BHUPATHI: Yeah, we’re heading home.

SANIA MIRZA: Heading home.

Q. How would you compare your form when you first got here to today?

SANIA MIRZA: I think today, especially today, I think we both played really well. Honestly, I was a little surprised because it was my first final of a Grand Slam, nerves and everything. But I think we stepped it up after the first few games, and then suddenly we were on a roll.

The last few days I’ve been feeling like I’ve been hitting the ball really well. Yeah, it helps when your partner helps you out so much, when you make a couple of returns and he’s flying on the net.

Q. Physically, things are still going really well? The wrist is good?

SANIA MIRZA: The wrist has held up. That’s the biggest positive, is that I played men’s players for the last two weeks, and it’s held up

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Bhupathi, Mirza Win Mixed Doubles

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India’s Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza took home the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open, crushing Israeli-French team Andy Ram and Nathalie Dechy in Sunday’s final, 63 61

Quick facts
Mirza and Bhupathi won a total of 53 points to their opponents’ 33
Both pairs committed just 10 errors for the match
Mirza and Bhupathi led the winner count with 28 to Dechy and Ram’s 14
Dechy and Ram won only 12 of 42 points when receiving

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