Sunday, June 13, 2010

Querrey Wins All-American Queens Final, Li Tops Sharapova for Birmingham Title

Sam Querrey became the first player on the ATP Tour to win titles on 3 different surfaces in 2010 by winning an all-American final at Queens Club over Mardy Fish on Sunday. Querrey overcame a loaded draw this week, one that included Nadal, Roddick, Murray and Djokovic, so the 7-6 (3), 7-5 victory over his compatriot should give him a much-needed boost heading into Wimbledon, starting on June 21st.

“I’m playing great on the grass, and now I’ve got a week to practice and regroup,” said Querrey, now ranked 23rd. “I’d love to win Wimbledon. I’m kind of going with baby steps (to) try and make the third round this year, because the second round is the best I’ve ever done there."

Querrey hit 15 aces against Fish, who ousted Andy Murray and Feliciano Lopez in what was also a very impressive week. Sam, though, looks primed to improve greatly on that career-best 2nd-round Wimby finish. Perhaps we could see a surprise 2nd round appearance.

In Birmingham, top-seeded Li Na had a brilliant week herself, capping off her title run with a 7-5, 6-1 won over Maria Sharapova. Li kept her composure with Sharapova hit 7 double faults on a serving day that was much different than that of her semifinal match, where she hit 12 aces. Li fell in the 2009 Birmingham final but was able to one-up that performance, earning the world number 11 her 1st title of 2010.

Both ladies should have a lot of confidence heading into the year's 3rd slam. Li's game has been continually consistent, while Sharapova reached her first grass-court final in 3 years, clinching 4 impressive wins to get there. If the Russian can keep her serve under control she could possibly make a lot of noise at the slam she won in 2004 at age 17.

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