Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Halep, Busta clinch titles in Canada

Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta clinched the men’s title while Romania’s Simona Halep won the women’s singles final in the Canadian Open on Sunday.
The Spaniard came back from a set down to mount a superb comeback against Hubert Hurkacz of Poland and win the first ATP 1000 event of his career.
He also became the first unseeded player to win the tournament since Guilhermo Canas in 2002 after weathering an early storm to shock the eighth seed 3-6 6-3 6-3 in Montreal, reports DPA.
Having come through a gruelling semi-final encounter with Dan Evans to reach his first ATP 1000 final in singles, the Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist struggled to deal with his opponent’s impressive slew of aces in the first set, and saw his serve broken in the sixth game.
But a ruthless start to the second set saw Carreno-Busta break early, racing out to a 3-0 lead and holding his nerve to keep the gap to his Polish opponent, who was chasing a second ATP 1000 crown.
World number 10 Hurkacz attempted to rally with a fine start to the third set, but another loss of serve effectively stalled his momentum and Carreno-Busta was able to take the victory. The result marks a much-needed boost for Carreno-Busta, who suffered first-round exits at the French Open and Wimbledon after making the last-16 in Australia, with the U.S. Open set to start later this month.
Halep climbs to no. 6
Romanian star Simona Halep rode her recent superb form that won her second WTA Tour title of the season at Toronto this weekend, has moved into the top 10, climbing to the No. 6 spot in the latest WTA Rankings released on Monday.
Halep, who has won two Grand Slam titles — French Open 2018 and Wimbledon 2019, was placed No.27 till the week of February 28. But a rich vein of form that has seen her reach the semifinals at seven of her 13 tournaments this season, including four of her past five outings, helped her move to No. 15 before the Toronto Open.
With the title in Toronto, Halep moved up nine spots to No.6, her highest ranking since the week of June 28, 2021.
Iga Swiatek of Poland remained on top of the rankings with Anett Kontaveit of Estonia at No. 2 while Greece’s Maria Sakkari moved one place to No. 3 and Paula Badosa of Spain dropped one spot to fourth. Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur completes the top five and Halep re-enters the top 10 at No. 6.
Aryna Sabalenka, Jessica Pegula, Garbine Muguruza, and Daria Kasatkina make the top 10 in the list.
Meanwhile, Coco Gauff, who teamed up with fellow American Jessica Pegula to win their second WTA 1000 title of the year at Toronto, has become at 18 years, 154 days the second youngest player to reach the No. 1 rankings in doubles.

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