Tennis-Svitolina gatecrashes top 10 after Dubai title
DUBAI, Feb 25 Seventh seed Elina Svitolina overpowered former world number one Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2 to claim the Dubai Open on Saturday, the sixth, and biggest, title of her career.
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Aug 3 Milos Raonic won the first all-Canadian final of the professional era when he beat Vasek Pospisil 6-1 6-4 in the final of the Citi Open in Washington on Sunday.
Second seed Raonic took barely an hour to dispose of Pospisil on the hardcourt at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center, breaking serve three times in the first set.
The second set was a tighter battle as Pospisil raised his game before Raonic delivered the knockout blow in the 10th game for his sixth ATP title, his first of the year.
Raonic, 23, playing his first event since making the Wimbledon semi-finals, is projected to rise from seventh to sixth in the ATP rankings.
"I couldn't have imagined starting that well," Raonic told ESPN.
"It's tough after a few weeks away. I couldn't have asked for a better way to lead into probably my most enjoyable part of the year."
Pospisil, who won a tough three-set semi-final against Frenchman Richard Gasquet on Saturday night, was flat at the start of the final.
"He came out so strong. He really caught me off guard," said the 13th seed, who is still seeking his first ATP title.
"I wasn't 100 percent but nobody's 100 percent at this stage. Everybody's dealing with something. I didn't sleep much last night.
"I don't think it would have made much difference to be honest, especially that first set."
Raonic's lethal weapon was his dominating serve. He dropped only two points on first serve, one in each set.
The second set was closer as Pospisil's serve improved.
Raonic finally broke serve on match point, firing a backhand crosscourt passing shot for the winner.
Next up for both players is a home game or sorts, the Rogers Cup starting in Toronto on Monday.
(Reporting by Andrew Both in Cary, North Carolina; editing by Martyn Herman and Gene Cherry)
Feb 25 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga stayed on course for a second successive title as he knocked out Australia's defending champion Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5) 2-6 6-4 to reach the Marseille Open final on Saturday.
Feb 25 (Gracenote) - Result from the Dubai Championships Women's Singles Final on Saturday 7-Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) beat 10-Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) 6-4 6-2