Caroline Wozniacki and Mona Barthel, both born on July 11th, 1990, triumphed at this week’s WTA events – the Dane in Istanbul, the German in Bastad.
The fresh 24-year-old Wozniacki won her 22nd career title and her first this year by comfortably beating second seed Roberta Vinci in the TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup final, 6-1 6-1. Wearing the white version of the Adidas Stella McCartney Barricade dress, the top-seeded Wozniacki never dropped serve during the title match and lifted the International-level trophy that brought her $43,000 in prize money. Prior to the final, Vinci hadn’t lost a set all week and had a 2-1 record against Wozniacki.
Elsewhere, at the Collector Swedish Open, world No.61 Mona Barthel captured her third WTA title by beating Chanelle Scheepers 6-3 7-6(3) in the final. Barthel was unseeded at the tournament, just like all the players she overcame on route to the title. It was a strange week in Bastad, as seven of eight seeds fell in the first round, while no seeds made it to the quarterfinals. Just like Wozniacki, Barthel took home $43,000.
Great photo of Mona! Happy that both players won, but especially Mona. She’s had a rough year and looked very short of confidence. It is encouraging to see her come through some tight matches this week.
Both great talents. hope they’ll keep this good form going into us open series
James, that photo is by my photographer Jimmie48. 😉