Three ATP and two WTA tournaments were played last week, and we witnessed some upsets and surprising winners in singles competition.
ATP tournament in Rotterdam is in the ATP 500 class, so it is natural they had a better entry list than ATP 250 tournaments in Memphis and Sao Paolo, which were played in the same time.
Fourth seed Stan Wawrinka clinched the title in Rotterdam, with a win over third seed Tomas Berdych in the finals by 4:6, 6:3, 6:4. Wawrinka didn’t play his best tennis last week, he lost three sets on the road to his 11th career title, but he played the best points in crucial moments, and lifted the trophy in the end. Berdych was fantastic until the final match, he lost only one set on the road, but he had to settle for a conciliation prize in the end. First seed Andy Murray easily lost in straight sets to Simon in the quarterfinals, while second seed Raonic lost to Wawrinka in the semis.
In Sao Paolo, number one seed Feliciano Lopez pulled out of the tournament late, so Italian Lucca Vanni was the luckiest qualifier and was drawn in his place. He took advantage of that, and qualified for the final, served for the match, but more experienced Pablo Cuevas defeated him by 6:4, 3:6, 7:6. It is interesting that Vanni never won a match in any ATP tournament before this week, and now he nearly clinched the title!
In Memphis there were no surprises. First seed and defending champion Kei Nishikori cruised to another victory in Memphis! He triumphed in the finals against second seeded Kevin Anderson by 6:4, 6:4.
In WTA Antwerp, Andrea Petkovic won the title after Carla Suarez Navarro gave her a walkover in the finals due to injury. Despite that, Petkovic played a fantastic tournament, losing only the first set she played against Van Uytvanck, and she also surprised Cibulkova in the quarterfinals with the victory in straight sets. Petkovic was third seed in the tournament, first and second seeded players Bouchard and Kerber lost their first matches by Barthel and Schiavone.
Daniela Hantuchova won her third title in Pattaya, with a win over Ajla Tomljanovic by 3:6, 6:3, 6:4. This tournament was full of surprises, since neither of the finalists was among the seeded players. However, seeds number two and five pulled out of the tournament just before it started, and all the other greater seeds lost in the first two rounds, so experienced Hantuchova took advantage of that. However, the Slovakian player defeated number three seed Zarina Diyas by 1:6, 6:3, 6:1 in the first round of this tournament.