Tenaciously Tennis

Djokovic, Venus, Win in Three; Kleybanova Blasts Past Dementieva for Maiden Title

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic made good on his run to the Dubai finals with a win over Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, while Venus Williams took down Polona Hercog to claim the Mexican Open title in Acapulco. Alisa Kleybanova also came out as a winner for the first time on the ATP tour, shocking Elena Dementieva in two lopsided sets.

Djokovic’s win, 7-5, 5-7, 6-3, shows a confident number two player in the world, ready to fight for success. Taking this title proves that Djokovic still has what it takes to claim victory, despite many of the other top men struggling with personal setbacks and injury. I see Djokovic doing well at Indian Wells and possibly taking the title if the other top men are unable to find their form in time.

Venus Williams, who came back from a set down, to beat Hercog, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3, shows she also has the fire to keep her champion status going strong. While certainly not her most competitive tournament, Venus did not play anyone inside the top fifty from her quarterfinal match on, the win on clay must feel good. Who knows? Maybe she has it in her to get passed the red clay of Paris? That is if she can keep the momentum going against sister Serena Williams and Justine Henin, certainly the favorites to win, and the toughest tests on clay for any player.

It’s refreshing to hear about a new player in the winner’s circle. That’s the beauty of these post-Slam tournaments. Even more interesting to hear is her 6-3, 6-2 win over Dementieva. The feat was monumental for Kleybanova and may prove to be telling of success to come. Hopefully, there will be more spotlight for Kleybanova in the coming months. It’s always nice getting a fresh perspective in on the WTA action.


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