Bopanna-Qureshi win first title of the season, clinch Halle crown
Top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi lived up to their billing and won their first ATP title of the season, overcoming Robin Haase and Milos Raonic 7-6 (8), 3-6, 11-9 in the summit clash of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany on Sunday.sports Updated: Jun 13, 2011 00:22 IST
Top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi lived up to their billing and won their first ATP title of the season, overcoming Robin Haase and Milos Raonic 7-6 (8), 3-6, 11-9 in the summit clash of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany on Sunday.
It took the Indo-Pak pair one hour and 19 minutes to beat the Dutch-Canadian combination.
The win would do a world of good to the confidence of the Indo-Pak pair in the run-up to the Wimbledon Championships.
In Sunday's final, interestingly the Indo-Pak pair could not convert any of the four breakpoints, three in the opening set, and also dropped their serve in the second set but held their nerves in the Super Tie break to clinch the issue.
Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber won the Halle grasscourt tournament on Sunday for his third singles title of his career after countryman Philipp Petzschner retired with a back problem.
In the first all-German Halle final since the Wimbledon warm-up event started 19 years ago, the pair slugged it out in an exciting first set before the 27-year-old Petzschner retired, trailing 7-6, 2-0.
World number 49 Kohlschreiber, who beat holder Lleyton Hewitt in the last eight and world number eight Gael Monfils in the semi-finals, landed his first singles title since Auckland in 2008.
"It does not really feel like a title win," Kohlschreiber told reporters. "It is a bit of a shame given that we had a really good fight in the first set. Now it kind of feels strange."
Sania moves up
Sania Mirza rallied from behind to overcome the challenge of Renata Voracova in a grueling three-setter to move into the second round of the WTA AEGON International qualifying event in Eastbourne.
The seventh-seeded Indian faced a stiff resistance from her Czech opponent but finally prevailed 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round of the qualifying event on Sunday.
World number one and local favourite Caroline Wozniacki thrilled a rowdy crowd to win the Danish Open on Sunday for the second consecutive year.
Opting to stay at home and play on hardcourts rather than get the grass under her feet ready for Wimbledon, 20-year--old Wozniacki easily beat fourth seed and World No 38 Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4.