American Sock takes Auckland event
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND >> Fourth-seeded American Jack Sock made amends for the disappointment of a year ago when he beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 in today’s final to win the ASB Tennis Classic.
Sock also reached the tournament final in 2016 but had to pull out of the title match due to illness.
The 24-year-old is ranked 23rd but still has only one career title, having lost his past four finals, so his emotional response to Saturday’s win was understandable.
“Coming from Perth I played a lot there, so I felt good coming into this week, but you never know how your first tournament of the year can go,” Sock said.
Konta wins Down Under
SYDNEY >> Johanna Konta made up for two previous losses to Agnieszka Radwanska with a 6-4, 6-2 win in the Sydney International final on Friday.
The dominating win came just three days ahead of the start of the Australian Open, where Konta was a surprise semifinalist last year.
After hitting an attempted drop shot into the net on her first match point, she made no mistake on the second, sending an ace past the third-ranked Radwanska to clinch the match.
In men’s play, there won’t be a third consecutive title for Viktor Troicki after the Serbian player lost 6-3, 7-6 (6) to Gilles Muller in the semifinals.
Troicki was trying to become the first player in the Open era to win three Sydney titles in a row, surpassing the feats of Pete Sampras, James Blake and Lleyton Hewitt, who did it twice.