A winning trio of HEAD Racquet Rebels dominated at ATP and WTA indoor events, with Marin Cilic and Svetlana Kuznetsova sweeping the honors at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow while Tomas Berdych backed up his title from a year ago with a second straight triumph at the Stockholm Open.
In fact, both, former US Open winner Cilic and Berdych made history repeat itself, with Cilic beating the same opponent he defeated a year ago as he slugged Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in a re-run of the 2014 final. “This tournament is becoming more and more special for me,” said Cilic, holder of 14 titles. “Coming back for a second year in a row and to win it again, it gives me huge, huge satisfaction and pleasure.”
Berdych claimed his second title in a row in the Swedish capital with a 7-6 (1), 6-2 win over Jack Sock. In the semi-finals, the American had put out fellow HEAD player Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-3.
In Moscow, Kuznetsova easily earned the 15th title of her career, with the double Grand Slam winner crushing Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-1. The 30-year-old Racquet Rebel never faced a break point in the 69-minute success. Kuznetsova broke four times and served five aces in the comprehensive victory. “It was my last tournament of the year and I’m happy to finish like this with a big win,” said Kuznetsova, who earned her first title since August 2014 in Washington. “It wasn’t easy for me to play here in Moscow, because I wanted this title so much.”
But it was much more than just a memorable hat-trick day for HEAD: Maria Sharapova, was winning her first full match since Wimbledon due to injury. The world No. 3 started with a group victory at the WTA Finals in Singapore, beating Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. “This is my first completed match since July, so it’s a pretty big deal for me,” said Sharapova. “I did everything I could to be healthy. I just didn’t quite know how my results would go. To fight hard and be able to win the match in the end means so much to me.”