Petra Kvitova Rocks WTA, Tsonga and Cilic Win

Petra Kvitova WTA Championship Final

Last week witnessed WTA Championships, $4,900,000 year-finale, and two ATP tournaments – in Saint Petersburg, Russia and Vienna, Austria.

It is interesting to note that the top favorites of both ATP Tournaments were – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Janko Tipsarevic the players with high hopes to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals, and showing more than solid play in recent weeks.

For the charismatic French No. 1, last week ended on a very positive note. Though he had to play 3 three-set matches out of four, and three tie-brakes, Jo-Wilfried managed to overcome the pressure, and even beat Juan Martin Del Potro in the final match in a great style. So, that should be great news for the fans of Tsonga, who is now 7th in the race to the ATP Tour Finals.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins Vienna tournament

Vienna tournament paid a special tribute to Austrian tennis legend Thomas Muster, who played the last match of his career against 18-year-old Dominic Thiem. Yet, there was no miracle, the youth took over the experience, as Thiem progressed to the second round, and Muster retired from ATP tour.

Janko Tipsarevic, on the most improved players of 2011, has been showing some classy performance since Asian swing. He won Kremlin Cup, and eyed Russian double in Saint Petersburg. However, his body was against that, eying some rest instead.It became evident in semis, that Janko was not feeling well, however, he was lucky to progress to the finals, as his opponent, Alex Bogomolov Jr was not playing his best tennis.

The key moment of the final match against talented Marin Cilic of Croatia was the medical break, taken by the Serbian player in the beginning of the third set. It didn’t help, and Tipsarevic was clearly having problems with movement, so Cilic took last 4 games, defeating Serbian No 2 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 and denying him the chance to move up to 9th place in the race for ATP Finals.

Marin Cilic 2011 title

It was the first title of the season for Cilic, who lost to Soderling in Marseille, Dolgopolov in Umag and Berdych in Beijing.

But the most interesting tennis battles took place at the WTA Championships in Istanbul. All eyes were on Maria Sharapova, who was bidding to end the year at top spot, overcoming Caroline Wozniacki. Yet, in reality it turned to be major disappointment for Maria and her fans.

She lost her both matches in straight sets against Stosur and Li Na, and retired injured, leaving alternative, Marion Bartoli play against Victoria Azarenka. And the ninth-ranked Bartoli, in the brand new Lotto gear (as she finally signed the contract with Italian clothing giant) won the highly controversial match against non-motivated Azarenka, raising many unwanted questions.

Another played who disappointed her fans was the Caroline Wozniacki, who barely escaped loosing her top-rank, thanks to a three-set win over her best friend Agnieska Radwanska and a lackluster performance against Zvonareva and Kvitova. It has been yet another year of solid play, without any major title for Caro, and had she lost against Radwanska, Petra Kvitova could have become the new WTA Queen.

Petra Kvitova wins WTA Champs

And of course, Petra Kvitova’s perfomance worths a standing applause. She started the year at No 34, gaining her moment of success at Wimbledon , after which she was plagued by a series of unexpected losses and harsh criticism. Yet, Petra managed to overcome her temper, by winning WTA Championships in beautiful style, proving yet again, she’s the WTA brightest star. So, the 2012 promises to be very interesting in women’s tennis.

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