Amer­i­can Sock takes Auck­land event

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - SPORTS -

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.

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