Tearful Ljubicic calls it a day
Former world number three Ivan Ljubicic retired from professional tennis with a whimper after he lost 6-0, 6-3 to Ivan Dodig in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.sports Updated: Apr 15, 2012 23:39 IST
Former world number three Ivan Ljubicic retired from professional tennis with a whimper after he lost 6-0, 6-3 to Ivan Dodig in the first round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.
The 33-year-old Croatian, a Monaco resident, fell into his chair in tears after the defeat while the sparse crowd granted him a standing ovation.
He was gifted a special award from ATP boss Brad Drewett and tournament director Zeljko Franulovic during a post-match ceremony on court.
Ljubicic was overcome with emotion as a Roger Federer tribute and some of his career highlights, including victory at Indian Wells in 2010, were broadcast on the court's giant screen.
"I felt like it could end up emotional but I didn't expect it this big, this emotional. Obviously, it's the end of something beautiful," Ljubicic said. "It was a tough day for me both on the court and off the court. I knew my mind was everywhere else but on the court."
Kerber takes title
COPENHAGEN: Double defending champion Caroline Wozniacki suffered her first defeat at the WTA Copenhagen Open on Sunday when Germany's Angelique Kerber took her title in a 6-4, 6-4 win.
Top seed Wozniacki had won the first two editions of the indoor hardcourt title in 2010 and 2011, building up a 14-0 streak in the process.
Barcelona: Sara Errani of Italy won her third Barcelona Open title in four years after beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 in the final on Sunday.
Errani, who needed just over an hour to defeat Cibulkova, won her third title here. She had won in 2011 and 2009 and finished runner-up in 2010.
Errani won her second title of the year after a victory in Acapulco in February.
First Published: Apr 15, 2012 23:36 IST