trophy watch: paris & pattaya + dc rubbers

Mona Barthel wins the 2013 Open GDF Suez in Paris over Sara Errani

Paris: German Mona Barthel took out top seed Sara Errani 7-5, 7-6(4) to win her second career title — and first at a Premier-level event. She is now 2-1 in finals, with her other title coming at Hobart in 2012. Russian Elena Vesnina stopped Barthel from taking the title this year, knocking out the defending champion in the final.

“When I came here [to Paris] I wasn’t expecting to win the title at all,” said Barthel, who is the second German to win the title in the past two years (Kerber chose not to defend). “I was just taking it round by round, hoping to win the first round, then hoping to win the second round, and so on. When I got to the final I knew it would be tough, because Sara had such an amazing year last year and is playing so well – she just doesn’t give anything away.”

Errani did not leave empty-handed, teaming with Roberta Vinci to take the doubles trophy over the team of Hlavackova and Huber. The 6-1, 6-1 victory gave the Italian duo their 15th career title as a team.

More: Kirilenko wins Pattaya and Davis Cup rubbers — after the cut…

trophy watch: london hardware

Different paths, same result: The lead-ups to their respective Wimbledon titles could not have been more different, but it was Petra Kvitova and Novak Djokovic who were at the Champions’ Ball on Sunday night, each posing with their respective, hard-earned trophies. Kvitova’s 6-4 6-3 victory over Maria Sharapova shocked us a bit — at least in the ease that she saw it through — and the way she took it all in stride (no on-court breakdown, P?!) after winning. For Djokovic, his 6-4 6-1 1-6 6-3 win over Rafael Nadal was the Spaniard’s first loss to someone other than Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final. Below, a look at all the Wimbledon champs from the Bryan brothers’ historic doubles victory to the winning juniors. Above: We are digging Kvitova’s toned-down side bun and simple, but gorgeous manicure. A classy champ!

Forbes blog: Djoko’s season a flash in the pan? | Full Wimbledon gallery

Us, too! It was a monstrous week for Bob and Mike Bryan, who won their third round match 16-14 in the fifth set and semifinal match 9-7 in the fifth set before comfortably rolling in the final, 6-3 6-4 7-6 (2) over Robert Lindstedt of Sweden and Horia Tecau of Romania. Their win in London was their 11th Major title, which ties them with Aussie duo Mark Woodforde and Todd Woodbridge for most Grand Slams by a doubles pairing.

Not just you, Novak: Djokovic became the world’s no. 1 player in yesterday’s rankings with his win at the All England Club, but so, too, did Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik, who took the ladies’ doubles crown. Peschke and Srebotnik subdued Sam Stosur and Sabine Lisicki 6-3 6-1 for the title.

Smile, Jurgen: Our life wouldn’t be complete if we couldn’t include mixed doubles cutie Jurgen Melzer in this week’s Trophy Watch. The Austrian paired up with Czech Iveta Benesova to take the mixed crown over Elena Vesnina and Mahesh Bhupathi, 6-3 6-2. | TSF Vault: Jurgen Melzer

After the cut: Australia wins a double in singles with boys’ and girls’ winners while Novak gets a champion’s welcome home in Belgrade. [Read more...]

caterpillar rolls and cat-eye glasses: bryan bros concert tonight!

Hey, Angelenos: if you find yourself without plans tonight (put off assembling that Halloween costume!), consider dropping by Wokcano to hang with the Bryan Brothers. The duo’s teamed up with the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program for a weekend of programming including a concert and a tennis tournament.

You’ll stay: Doors open at 7:00 p.m. for tonight’s show, which’ll feature performances by Lisa Loeb, Pete Yorn, and the Bryan Brothers Band (featuring Counting Crows drummer Jim Bogios), among others. They’re taking a $25 tax deductible cover at the door. Get more info and plan your dinner.

The tourney: Tomorrow (Saturday), the twins are hosting the inaugural Bryan Brothers Grand Slam Jam, fka the WME2 Tennis Classic, at the Malibu Racquet Club. Events include a round-robin doubles tournament, a family clinic, and a pro-am (with Sam Querrey). There’s also a silent auction and an exo with Lindsay Davenport.

Info: Bryan Brothers Grand Slam Jam, Saturday, October 23, 2010, 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; 23847 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, Calif.; benefitting The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program and the Bryan Brothers Foundation. More info at the event website.

(poster courtesy of K-Swiss)

davis cup: cast o’ characters

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Okay this is my last Davis Cup post. We can’t end things without talking a little fashion. The Russian team, as expected, showed up in their white/red Bosco Sport warm-ups. And all the guys just wore kits from their sponsors. Everyone stayed white except for Dmitry Tursunov (in bright red Fila) and Mikhail Youzhny (in adidas). And the one mishit was James Blake‘s Nike sweatband. It looked too busy with his Global Power tank.

Some photos of the weekend after the cut…

davis cup bits

Davis Cup VIPs: So as not to have an “I don’t know who Althea Gibson is” moment, Patrick McEnroe should make this Pete Bodo post on DC legends required reading for his team. (ESPN)

Bonnie D. Ford: “If you’re an American, you’re not given a lot of room to enjoy this victory. The bubbly is barely out of the bottle before people are demanding to know whether the event is relevant.”

Ego doesn’t rule the day: I’m glad James Blake, who might not be remembered for his Grand Slam success, has found a way to carve out a very satisfying — and memorable — tennis career. (Bloomberg)

Etcetera: SPI: Andy Roddick is one up on Federer now that he has a Davis Cup title. SI: Andy’s feat should make him a Hall of Fame shoo-in. MS2: Team USA hitting partners Ginepri partied hard (see No. 7).

Chris Clarey and Harvey Araton tag team at NYT:

  • How fitting that Bob and Mike Bryan, probably the most successful American tennis players in the last few years, are the ones who clinched the Davis Cup title for Team USA.
  • Patrick McEnroe, unlike his older brother John, figured out how to work with Andy and James.
  • And the guys are carving out their own story in the wake of what Blake calls “the greatest generation probably in the history of the American game.”
  • The USTA is eager to make this win resonate globally. An uphill battle, I say.
  • Davydenko‘s in need of repair, and will spend some time in Thailand during the off-season. Plus this re: the latest round of scandals…

    The sport operates in an expanded and increasingly complex environment, new stars emerging from Eastern Europe, countries with developing economies, and where the potential for underworld growth parallels free-market expansion.

    “It’s true, we are dealing with less-sophisticated areas of the world, and in that context it makes this more difficult,” said Arlen Kantarian, the chief executive of the United States Tennis Association. “But this issue at the end of the day is not Western or Eastern, it’s about honesty and integrity, and it’s worldwide.”

    I hope you were misquoted, Mr. Kantarian, because I think you may have called Russia less sophisticated.

Willammette Week brought us local coverage:

  • They posted lots of video. (Nick, have you seen these?)
  • Portland loved being a rare USTA pit stop.
  • Live-blogging from dead rubbers.
  • How drunk can you get in 45 minutes? Very.
  • “Tennis is like NASCAR — but without asphalt and with more teeth.”
  • Portland is different from Moscow.