This Week in Tennis: Novak Djokovic and Agnieszka Radwanska Triumph at the Sony Ericsson Open
The number one ranked player on the ATP Tour, Novak Djokovic won the men’s singles title at the Sony Ericsson Open. On the women’s side, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, who is ranked fourth in the world won the women’s singles crown, making this win her biggest triumph to date. The Sony Ericsson Open was the biggest prize on both the WTA and ATP Tours, since the Australian Open in January.
According to the Associated Press, Novak Djokovic made repeating as champion look rather easy, as he managed to not lose a single set, en route to his third Sony Ericsson Open crown. The Serbian star faced Britain’s Andy Murray in the final, where Djokovic easily dispatched of him in straight sets, winning 6-1, 7-6.
Murray did not have to play his semifinal match, as the second ranked player in the world, Spaniard Rafael Nadal withdrew prior to his scheduled match-up with Murray. According to the Associated Press, Nadal withdrew because he was having problems with his left knee, which has been bothering him since before the start of the Australian Open in January, when he had injured his knee accidentally. Nadal hopes that his knee feels better for the upcoming clay court circuit, which culminates with the French Open, an even that Nadal has owned in recent years. The third ranked player in the world and 17 time grand slam champion Roger Federer was beaten early by American Andy Roddick.
On the women’s side, the fourth ranked Agnieszka Radwanska beat Russia’s Maria Sharapova in the women’s final. According to the UPI, Radwanska had an easy time of it in the final against the second ranked Sharapova, downing her 7-5, 6-4, to capture the Sony Ericsson Open women’s singles crown.
Perhaps the biggest story at this year’s Sony Ericsson Open was the fact that the women’s number one ranked player, Victoria Azarenka lost for the first time all season. According to Sports Illustrated, Italy’s Marion Bartoli snapped Azarenka’s undefeated streak, beating her 6-3, 6-3. Azrenka had previousely won 26 straight matches to start the 2012 season, including Capturing the Australian Open in January.