Sharapova, Murray, King, Shvedova, Paes and Bhupathi Win Cincinnati Titles
Championship Sunday at the 2011 Western and Southern Open was full of drama. First up was the men’s singles final, featuring No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic and No. 4 seed Andy Murray.
Djokovic was coming into the final with a 16-match winning streak, having only lost one match in 2011, clearly the favorite. Murray had lost in the first round in Montreal last week, and Djokovic had a career 6-3 record against him.
Murray immediately broke Djokovic’s serve, then Djokovic returned the favor. Murray was able to get the final break he needed in the first set, going up 5-4. Djokovic then called for the trainer to tend to his right shoulder. With the score 6-4, 3-0, Djokovic retired, handing Murray his second Western and Southern Open title. A thunderstorm followed approximately 30 seconds after the match ended.
Once the skies cleared, it was time for the women’s singles finalists to take center court. No. 4 seed Maria Sharapova was in her second Western and Southern Open final, and No. 13 seed Jelena Jankovic won the title in 2009.
Sharapova started out the final the same way she did the semifinals, losing the first set. It was a tight affair the entire match, with 16 total breaks of serve. Sharapova had 11 double faults to Jankovic’s nine and a first-serve percentage of 57 to Jankovic’s 61 percent. Sharapova won 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3.
This marks the third straight year since Cincinnati became a WTA Premier event that both finalists were players who had been ranked No. 1. Sharapova is the fourth Top 10-ranked player to win in five years in Cincinnati. She now owns 24 career titles.
Both doubles finals were played on Grandstand, and neither one had the top-seeded team. Unseeded Natalie Grandin and Vladimira Uhlirova took on No. 3 seeds Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova.
King and Shvedova started by winning the first set. Then Grandin and Uhlirova recovered, winning the second set. With the new doubles rules intact, the championship would be decided in a match tiebreak. King and Shvedova had a first-serve percentage of 63 percent and saved four of eight break points during the match in a 6-4, 3-6, 11-9 victory.
The men’s doubles final was full of veterans of the ATP World Tour. No. 3 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes took on No. 4 seeds Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic. There were no breaks of serve throughout the match, and there were a total of 13 aces between the two teams. Bhupathi and Paes were able to get a higher second-serve percentage, with 44 percent. Bhupathi and Paes won 7-6(4), 7-6(2).
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