US Open Series – Delpo wins, Isner out front

DelpoCITI OPEN (ATP) – A week after winning the first event of the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series in Atlanta, John Isner found himself in the final again – this time facing Juan Martin del Potro. It was Delpo’s first post-Wimbledon tournament, and he made it count…defeating Isner 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 in just 89-minutes. John averaged double-digit aces throughout the Citi Open in D.C. last week, but only unloaded six on del Potro during the final. It’s Juan Martin’s 15th career title and his 14th consecutive match-win in Washington (he won the Citi Open title in 2008 and 2009, and hadn’t returned to D.C. until this year).

  • Julien Benneteau and Nenad Zimonic won the doubles title over Mardy Fish and Radek Stepanek 7-6(5), 7-5. (Mardy Fish was playing in his first doubles final since winning the Citi Open with his coach, Mark Knowles three years ago).

AUSTRIA – The ATP World Tour also hosted a clay event in Kitzbuhel, Austria last week where Spain’s Marcel Granollers looked like he’d roll early in the final against Argentine Juan Monaco. After losing the first set 0-6, Marcel fought back to win his fourth career title, winning the second set in a tie-break 7-6(3), and then the third 6-4.

  • Germans Christopher Kas and Martin Emmrich won the doubles title over Czechs Frantisek Cermak and Lukas Dlouhy 6-4, 6-3.

StosurCITI OPEN (WTA) – Tennis fans in Washington D.C. also got a chance to see the ladies compete, and Magdalena Rybarikova successfully defended her title over Andrea Petkovic in the final. Down 0-4 in the first set, Rybarikova fought back to win the match in two sets: 6-4, 7-6(2).

  • Vera Dushevina and Shuko Aoyama won the doubles title over the hard-hitting Canadian Eugenie Bouchard and American Taylor Townsend 6-3, 6-3.

CARLSBAD – At the Southern California Open in Carlsbad, 2011 US Open Champion Sam Stosur finally defeated Victoria Azarenka in their ninth meeting 6-2, 6-3. After losing early in Stanford last week, the win was huge for Stosur, securing four of five beak points during the match. Oddly enough, the victory is only Sam’s fourth career title, and first since winning the US Open two years ago.

  • Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears defended their doubles title against Chan Hao-Ching and Janette Husarova 6-4, 6-1. Most impressively, though, on their way to the final, all of their opponents featured former #1’s including Lisa Raymond, Martina Hingis and Cara Black. Kops-Jones and Spears easily lead the doubles field in the US Open Series, having won the title last week in Stanford, as well.

This week: Both the guys and ladies head to Canada for week-3 of the US Open Series. The Rogers Cup in Toronto is a Premiere event for the WTA, while the Rogers Cup in Montreal is an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. Needless to say, with big-points on the line, most of the top names will begin their US Open warm-up this week: Serena, Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli, Na Li and Sloan Stephens are just a few of the names in Toronto; Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Juan Martin del Potro are tuning-up in Montreal.

2013 U.S. Open Series Standings:

The Fellas:

  • John Isner (USA) 115
  • Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 70
  • Kevin Anderson (RSA) 60
  • Tommy Haas (GER) 25
  • Ryan Harrison (USA) 25
  • Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 25
  • Dmitry Tursunov (RUS) 25
  • Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 15
  • James Blake (USA) 15
  • Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 15
  • Ivan Dodig (CRO) 15
  • Santiago Giraldo (COL) 15
  • Denis Istomin (UZB) 15
  • Marinko Matosevic (AUS) 15

The Ladies:

  • Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 70
  • Samantha Stosur (AUS) 70
  • Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 60
  • Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 45
  • Urszula Radwanska (POL) 30
  • Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 25
  • Jamie Hampton (USA) 25
  • Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 25
  • Virginie Razzano (FRA) 25
  • Vera Dushevina (RUS) 15
  • Olga Govortsova (BLR) 15
  • Petra Kvitova (CZE) 15
  • Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 15
  • Roberta Vinci (ITA) 15

Win Series and get paid at the OPEN

  • Winner - $1,000,000
  • Finalist - $500,000
  • Semifinalist - $250,000
  • Quarterfinalist - $125,000
  • Round of 16 - $70,000
  • Round of 32 - $40,000
  • Round of 64 - $25,000
  • Round of 128 - $15,000