What an interesting week in tennis! The Youth Movement in tennis has been on full display this week with several youngsters going deep into tournaments and 1 (possibly 2 by tonight) hoisting trophies. But first let's start with Kim Clijsters who reached number 1 in the world with her SF win over Jelena Djokic in Paris. Finally we have a number 1 who has won multiple Majors, most recently the Australian Open that everyone can rally behind.
The problem with all of this? If Caroline Wozniacki wins in Dubai next week, the WTA will have to do the ceremony all over again, because she will regain the #1. Here is a message that Kimmie left to her fans after winning.
And now here are your trophy hoisters for the weekend:
Petra Kvitova who is only 20 years old and still rocking braces won her 3rd WTA tournament (her 2nd this year), shocking Kim Clijisters 6-4, 6-3 in the Open GDF Suez Final. She has wicked power off the forehand and backhand and she is only going to improve. Watch out ladies...
Daniella Hantuchova won her first tournament since 2007 at the Pattaya Open defeating Sara Errani 6-0, 6-2.
Nicolas Almagro took out Alexandr Dolgopolov to win his 2nd Brasil Open and his 8th ATP title. I was really hoping Dolgo would get his first ATP trophy here, but I think this year is going to hold great things for him. He is top 10 talent for sure.
And last but not least, Robin Soderling defended his Rotterdam title defeating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Tonight's final at the SAP Open features Fernando Verdasco vs. Milos Raonic. There is no doubt that Milos, also only 20 years old, will be a top ten player. He cracks serves at 147 mph and has touch to boot. Fernando was looking mighty dominant last night, defeating Juan Martin del Potro in straights, but I have a feeling that it will go 3, with Verdasco pulling it out in the end.
And there you have it. Next week's tournaments for the WTA are Dhubai and Bogata, and for the ATP are Memphis, Marseille and Buenos Aires .