Sydney, Hobart, Auckland 2017
With just hours to go before the Australian Open begins, here is a very quick recap of last week on WTA and ATP tours.
Sydney: Johanna Konta, the current British no.1 and world no.10 took home her second WTA title. She didn't lose a set in the whole tournament, in the final match she defeated world no. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska 6:4 6:2 in just over and hour and twenty minutes. "But overall, very happy with the match I played today. I really felt I definitely maintained a high level throughout and I made it very difficult for her to do much today. Going into any match against Aga - I played her twice before - I knew it had to be nothing short of what it was today if I was to have a chance of coming through,” said Konta following her victory.
At age 33 Gilles Muller won his first ever ATP title after defeating British player Dan Evans 7:6(5) 6:2 in the Sydney final. The wait for was worth it for the Luxembourg native. Until yesterday he was 0-5 in finals, two of them he played in 2016. With the win he will also enter world’s Top 30, at no. 28. “I wasn't expecting that. It was a great honour. Just unbelievable. Everything that happened tonight was like in a movie. Rod Laver there, standing on centre court with the trophy, my kids in the stands, can't ask for more,” Muller said. “For the past two or three years, it was probably my biggest goal to win a title. I always dreamed of that, and I was so close last year... So I was very scared and worried that I was going to be one of those players who never win a title. Now I have it, and it just feels great.”
Hobart: Qualifier Elise Mertens from Belgium was a surprise winner at the Hobart International. She took out no.1 seed Kiki Bertens before defeating no.3 seed Monica Niculescu to claim her first career WTA title. This win also means she will be ranked in the Top 100 for the first time. "It feels amazing," she said in her post-match press conference. "I have no words to describe it. I beat four Top 100 players this week; my level today was good, I had a plan, and it worked."
Auckland: Jack Sock won the title in Auckland defeating Joao Sousa in 3 sets, 6:3 5:7 6:3. ASB Classic win is his second career ATP tittle and adds to his 2015 win in Houston. “Anytime you can take a title, it feels really good,” said Sock. “I’ve had it once before. I’ve had chances. I’ve lost in a few finals. Winning the whole tournament is definitely a massive confidence booster. I was able to put in a lot of work in the off-season and I think it paid off. I was able to make lots of gains and lots of strides forward. I think it really showed this week.”