Tennis: 2012 Sony Ericsson Open Summary

Posted on Apr 2 2012 - 7:17am by RSB

The 2012 Sony Ericsson Open has come to its conclusion with Novak Djokovic defeating Andy Murray 6-1 7-6(4) in a relatively one-sided final. The Serb seemed almost flawless, breaking Murray back-to-back in the first set and holding his ground with relative ease in the second. This marks Djokovic’s 11th career ATP Masters 1000 title.

The tournament was the second ATP Masters 1000 competition of the year and featured 29 of the world’s top 32 ranked male players. Roger Federer was the sole top 4 player who was unable to reach the semi-finals, falling in the third round to Andy Roddick, an opponent who he has historically had very little trouble defeating. Elsewhere, Rafael Nadal was forced to withdraw from his semi-final match against Andy Murray due to a left knee injury. The severity of the injury is unknown.

As far as the world rankings go, the top 4 in men’s tennis remain unchanged, while Tsonga and Ferrer find themselves in a tight tussle for the world number 5 spot. Former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, who has been plagued with injuries over the past two seasons, has found his way back into the top 10 and looks set to get back into the top 8 of world tennis.

Name Rank Result Total ranking points
Novak Djokovic 1 Champion           12,670
Rafael Nadal 2 Semis            9,935
Roger Federer 3 3rd Round            9,035
Andy Murray 4 Finalist            8,040
David Ferrer 5 Quarters            4,700
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6 Quarters            4,670
Tomas Berdych 7 3rd Round            3,725
Janko Tipsarevic 8 Quarters            2,820
Mardy Fish 9 Quarters            2,730
Juan Martin del Potro 10 4th Round            2,660

 

The tournament also featured a strong women’s draw with Agnieszka Radwanska defeating Maria Sharapova 7-5 6-4 in the final. Earlier in the tournament, world number 1 Victoria Azarenka suffered her first defeat of the year at the hands of Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli.

Both Williams sisters found their way into the draw’s quarterfinals. Wildcard entry Venus returned to the WTA circuit from her long absence and managed to defeat world number 3 Petra Kvitova during her run of matches at the tournament.

In the rankings, Serena Williams surpasses Andrea Petkovic to claim the #10 spot, while the rest of the top 10 remain unchanged with Azarenka still holding onto the top spot by a large points margin.

Name Rank Result Total ranking points
Victoria Azarenka 1 Quarters            8,980
Maria Sharapova 2 Finalist            7,930
Petra Kvitova 3 2nd Round            7,095
Agnieszka Radwanska 4 Champion            6,710
Samantha Stosur 5 4th Round            5,825
Caroline Woczniacki 6 Semis            5,720
Marion Bartoli 7 Semis            5,020
Na Li 8 Quarters            4,880
Vera Zvonareva 9 2nd Round            3,895
Serena Williams 10 Quarters            3,830
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