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Singles - Final: (1) Serena Williams def. (LL) CoCo Vandeweghe 7-5 6-3
Serena Williams was actually down a break early in the first set of this. But then she turned into Serena Williams.
That gives her eleven straight wins, and two straight titles. What else can we say? She's Serena. Of course, it helps that she was able to win without facing a Top Forty player. (Serena would have earned 25 quality points for this win if the WTA still had quality points. That's the lowest quality point total for the winner of a Premier event since Justine Henin would have earned 22 for winning Antwerp 2008.)
In terms of rankings, it makes relatively little difference. She remains #4, and still far behind #3. On the other hand, who would want to bet against her going higher by year's end?
CoCo Vandeweghe appears bound for a career high, and she also reaches her first final. She had one previous run into the Top Hundred, which didn't last long. Despite a relatively lackluster performance in this final, this drive feels like it will be more enduring.
Doubles - Final: Erakovic/Watson def. (1) Gajdosova/King 7-5 7-6(9-7)
Quite an impressive run for Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson -- they beat the #1, #2, and #3 seeds here! Usually quality points in doubles are only about a third of the value in singles, but Erakovic and Watson earned more quality points in their matches than Serena did in hers.
For Heather Watson, this marks her first WTA title of any kind, and her first doubles title above the low Challenger level. And it's at a Premier event! Between this result and Laura Robson's semifinal at Palermo, it has been quite a week for British tennis.
Marina Erakovic had five previous doubles titles (all with different partners), but they were all International events. This is her first Premier title. Going into Wimbledon, she was only 7-12 in doubles this year despite a final at Hobart. A nice way to turn things around....
Vania King perhaps needs to get back with Yaroslava Shvedova. She hasn't won a title since she and Shvedova won Moscow last fall. Her record since then is a mere 12-11. And to think she had a chance at #1 earlier this year....
Singles - Final: (1) Sara Errani def. (8) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-1 6-3
Would the result of this have been different had Barbora Zahlavova Strycova been more rested? Probably not, but it might have been more competitive. Zahlavova Strycova was broken six times (while breaking twice) and won only 39% of the points.
It continues an amazing 2012 for Sara Errani. She now has four titles -- all small, but they're titles: Acapulco, Barcelona, Budapest, and Palermo. That's twice as many as she had in her entire career prior to this year!
In the rankings, it doesn't help her. She remains #9. But she is a much stronger #9. Marion Bartoli is going to have a very hard time catching her at Carlsbad after this.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova fails to win her second singles title, but at least she reached her third final. Unlike Errani, her ranking will be rising....