Pennetta Makes Italian History, Del Potro Continues Good Form and Bhupathi Takes 45th Title
Today, Flavia Pennetta became Italy’s first female Top 10 tennis player.
As one of the hottest players on tour, Flavia Pennetta used her Wilson [K]Blade 98 racket to go on a 15 match win streak, which included title wins in Palermo and Los Angeles and then a semifinal appearance this week in Cincinnati. This feat helped raise her ranking to #10 on the WTA Tour.
“This means a lot. Everyone was expecting this from the beginning of the year because I was No.11 in February, and everyone was talking about it all the time,” Pennetta said. “It is a dream come true for me. I always hoped to be one of the best players in the world, and now I’m there. It’s crazy.”
Flavia Pennetta owns eight singles titles and six doubles titles on the WTA Tour.
On the ATP Tour, using his Wilson [K]Six-One 95 racket, Mahesh Bhupathi and partner Knowles claimed their fourth title with a 6-4, 6-3 win over [K]Six-One 95 duo Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Bhupathi and Knowles earned their place in the final by ousting defending champions Wilson player Daniel Nestor and Zimonjic in the semi-finals as Mirnyi and Ram upset the Bryan Brothers.
Bhupathi has now won at least one ATP World Tour title every year since 1997, with a total of 45 titles to his name.
Mirnyi and Ram have now appeared in the final of all three hard-court ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments this season, also finishing runners-up at the BNP Paribas Open and capturing the Sony Ericcson Open title. Juan Martin
Del Potro continued to show his great form as he reached the finals of his first ATP Tour Masters 1000 at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Del Potro used his [K]Six-One 95 racket as he fought his way through the draw, defeating World #2 Nadal and saving match point in his semifinal win over Roddick. World No. 6 Del Potro had won 10 straight matches coming into the final, but the streak was ended as he was defeated by Murray in three sets for the Rogers Cup title. 20 year old Del Potro is now 6-2 in ATP World Tour finals and owns a 42-11 season match record.
Del Potro’s consistent results this year show that he is a real contender for the 2009 US Open title.
“Each week our players continue to elevate their games and reach new heights,” said Renaud Vallon, Wilson Tour Manager EMEA. “The US Open is the world’s biggest stage and we look forward to seeing our players have a successful tournament.”
This week the ATP Tour stops in Cincinnati and the WTA Tour is in Toronto.