Google Down the Line!: WEEKEND WINNERS: Rafa, Gonzo, Vera, Gisela

Monday, May 5, 2008

WEEKEND WINNERS: Rafa, Gonzo, Vera, Gisela

Barcelona - Rafael Nadal

Can anyone stop Rafa on his run to a fourth straight Roland Garros crown? I'm thinking not. The Spaniard racked up a fourth Barcelona title and 21st straight win by defeating compatriot David Ferrer 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. He is virtually unbeatable on the terre bateau earning his 103rd win out of 104. Sick.

Munich - Fernando Gonzalez

In the battle of beauties, Gonzo captured the 10th title of his career in Munich, defeating the sexy Italian Simone Bolelli in three tight sets 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-3. Is this a career-reviving win or a blip on his radar? My sense is this win is a blip but who knows. At 27, though, the Chilean has few opportunities so he'll need to make good.

Prague - Vera Zvonareva

The best player on the WTA Tour this year not to win a title, Vera finally broke through defeating up-and-comer Victoria Azarenka 7-6(2), 6-2 in Prague. The Russian didn't lose a set this week while earning her sixth career title. With her experience and first title of the season, I have a feeling Vera will make some big noise in Paris and it certainly wouldn't surprise me to see her in at least the final four. Let's just hope she keeps her emtions in check - there's no crying in tennis Vera!

Morocco - Gisela Dulko

Gisela defeated top seed
Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5) Sunday at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem for her first title of the season and third overall. It was a sloppy match including 10 breaks, 5 for each player. Not pretty.

(images via Getty + AP)

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