AFP, MUNICH, Germany
Germany’s Florian Mayer will try and give his country a second tennis title in the space of a week after reaching the final of the BMW Open.
Fifth-seed Mayer advanced to the fourth final of his career by beating compatriot Philipp Petzschner 6-3, 6-4 in the semi-finals and he will face seventh-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the final.
“I’m obviously very happy and proud, it will be difficult in the final, but I will try to enjoy the moment,” said the German, who is set to break into the world’s top 30 for the first time in his career.
Mayer is bidding to claim Germany’s first ATP title since Benjamin Becker won the S’Hertogenbosch grass-court title in the Netherlands in 2009.
German tennis is enjoying a purple patch after Julia Goerges caused an upset the previous weekend by beating world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to win in Stuttgart.
AP, BARCELONA, Spain
Roberta Vinci won her second Barcelona Open title in three years by rallying to beat Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 on Saturday.
The 42nd-ranked Vinci extended her record on the Barcelona clay to 14-1 and made it three straight Italian winners in the Catalan capital after Francesca Schiavone won the title last year.
“I love Barcelona — I always play well here in this beautiful city,” Vinci said after earning her fourth career title.
Sixth-seeded Vinci broke six times as unseeded Hradecka was troubled on her serve, which provided four aces, but also six double faults.
Hradecka hadn’t dropped a set all week in reaching the final in contrast to Vinci, who needed to rally from a first-set deficit for the second straight match to win.
Dominika Cibulkova knocked Svetlana Kuznetsova from the first round of the Madrid Open on Saturday.
The 28th-ranked Slovakian saved seven of eight break points to beat the two-time Grand Slam champion 6-3, 6-2 for a third straight time on the opening day of the clay-court Masters series event.
Second-seeded Vera Zvonareva overcame a second-set drop-off in her serve to overcome Patty Schnyder 6-2, 1-6, 6-2, while Victoria Azarenka of Belarus blanked Vera Dushevina of Russia 6-0, 6-0.
Fifth-seeded Sam Stosur of Australia rallied to beat Gisela Dulko of Argentina 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
Other first-round winners included Agnieszka Radwanska, Andrea Petkovic, Petra Kvitova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Agnes Szavay and Jarmila Gajdosova.