It’s been a while since one of these – a round-up of the winners on tour during the Spring hardcourt season post-Australian Open.
February saw a mix of winners from the old guard, evergreen, usual suspects and the new faces of tomorrow. Andy Murray took the month’s biggest scalp in Dubai, but elsewhere Jo-Wilfreied Tsonga proved why he has never really been far away from the top ten with two titles. Sam Querrey, Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev all claimed titles of their own, as their talents would dictate. Dolgopolov, Thiem and U.S number one Jack Sock were other notable victors.
The March sunshine double belonged to Roger Federer whose fairytale year continues and who will now take a break from the tour missing the whole clay season apart from Roland Garros.
Djokovic and Murray continue to be absent through injury and lack of confidence, Nadal would’ve tasted success somewhere one feels if not for Federer who truly has his number right now. Nick Kyrgios and Stan Wawrinka did well elsewhere – again with only the Australian Open victor thwarting likely silverware.
The headline-makers from January were absent in the months that followed. Yes Venus Williams came close and yes Simona Halep showed up here and there – but instead this was a period for the next generation and those threatening to take hold on the future of the women’s game – to take their spoils.
Elina Svitolina and Karolina Pliskova mopped up the early prizes with titles too for Mledanovic, Babos and Tsurenko. Caro Wozniacki was the bridesmaid for seemingly most of these tournaments, with many a runners-up trophy, still she is back in the mix for sure.
March belonged to the unlikely duo of Vesnina and ‘Britain’s’ Konta (ahem). The sunshine double again serving up some dreams-come-true moments for the journeywomen of he tour.
MEN – February
Ecuador Open, Quito, Ecuador
Victor Estrella Burgos
James CerretaniPhilipp Oswald
Garanti Koza Sofia Open, Sofia, Bulgaria
Viktor Troicki Nenad Zimonjic
Open Sud de France, Montpellier, France
Mischa Zverev Alexander Zverev
ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Ivan Dodig Marcel Granollers
Memphis Open, Memphis, TN, U.S.A.
Brian Baker Nikola Mektic
Argentina Open, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Juan Sebastian Cabal Robert Farah
Rio Open presented by Claro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Pablo Cuevas Pablo Carreno Busta
Open 13 Marseille, Marseille, France
Julien Benneteau Nicolas Mahut
Delray Beach Open, Delray Beach, FL, U.S.A.
Raven Klaasen Rajeev Ram
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Dubai, U.A.E.
Jean-Julien Rojer Horia Tecau
Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico
Jamie MurrayBruno Soares
Brasil Open, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Andre Sa Rogerio Dutra Silva
MEN – March
BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, CA, U.S.A.
Raven Klaasen Rajeev Ram
Miami Open presented by Itaú, Miami, FL, U.S.A.
WOMEN – February
St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, St. Petersburg, Russia
Singles: Kristina Mladenovic d. Yulia Putintseva 6-2 6-7(3) 6-4
Doubles: Alicja Rosolska/Jelena Ostapenko d. Darija Jurak/Xenia Knoll 3-6 6-2 10-5
Taiwan Open – Taipei City, Taiwan
Singles: Elina Svitolina d. Shuai Peng 6-3 6-2
Doubles: Yung-Jan Chan/Hao-Ching Chan d. Lucie Hradecka/Katerina Siniakova 6-4 6-2
Qatar Total Open, Doha, Qatar
Singles: Karolina Pliskova d. Caroline Wozniacki 6-3 6-4
Doubles: Katarina Srebotnik/Abigail Spears d. Olga Savchuk/Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 7-6(7)
Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Singles: Elina Svitolina d. Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2
Doubles: Elena Vesnina/Ekaterina Makarova d. Andrea Hlavackova/Shuai Peng 6-2 4-6 10-7
Hungarian Ladies Open– Budapest, Hungary
Singles: Timea Babos d. Lucie Safarova 6-7(4) 6-4 6-3
Doubles: Su-Wei Hsieh/Oksana Kalashnikova d. Arina Rodionova/Galina Voskoboeva 6-3 4-6 10-4
Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, Acapulco, Mexico
Singles: Lesia Tsurenko d. Kristina Mladenovic 6-1 7-5
Doubles: Darija Jurak/Anastasia Rodionova d. Veronica Cepede Royg/Mariana Duque-Mariño 6-3 6-2
Alya WTA Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Singles: Ashleigh Barty d. Nao Hibino 6-3 6-2
Doubles: Casey Dellacqua/Ashleigh Barty d. Nicole Melichar/Makoto Ninomiya 7-6(5) 6-3
WOMEN – March
BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells, Usa
Singles: Elena Vesnina d. Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7(6) 7-5 6-4
Doubles: Martina Hingis/Yung-Jan Chan d. Lucie Hradecka/Katerina Siniakova 7-6(4) 6-2
Miami Open, Miami, Usa
Singles: Johanna Konta d. Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-3
Doubles: Yifan Xu/Gabriela Dabrowski d. Sania Mirza/Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-3