Review of the 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships
The 2013 Dubai Tennis Championships was yet another example of the men’s ATP World Tour and women’s WTA Tour combining to great effect. It was the 21st edition of the men’s tournament and 13th edition of the women’s tournament. It is a major event on both male and female calendars with total prize money in excess of $2.4 million. With the level of prize money and ranking points on offer, it was no surprise to see 6 of the world’s top 10 ranked male players and 8 of the world’s top 10 ranked female players participating in the event that was held from 18-23 February for women and 25 February to 2 March for the men.
Men’s Singles & Doubles
The world’s top two players, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, were in Dubai and it was hoped that the duo would meet in the final. As it happened, world #6 Tomas Berdych had other ideas and defeated Federer in the semi-finals. However, he was powerless to stop Djokovic proving that he is the world’s best player as he won the final 7-5, 6-3. In fact, he didn’t drop a set as he scooped the huge first prize of almost $430,000.
Unseeded Michael Llodra and Mahesh Bhupathi won the doubles event by beating #3 seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Robert Lindstedt 7-6, 7-6 in the final. The duo were taken to the final set in 3 of their 4 matches but showed enough grit and skill to pull through.
Women’s Singles & Doubles
Only the #3 and #5 ranked women were missing from the world’s top 10 though world number 1 Victoria Azarenka pulled out due to an injury to her right foot. World number 2 Serena Williams was also to withdraw and this left the tournament wide open. It was #6 seed Petra Kvitova who took her chance with a fine 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 victory over Sara Errani in the final. Kvitova had won her previous four matches without dropping a set and won over $440,000.
Unseeded Sania Marza and Bethanie Mattek-Sands upset the form book by winning the doubles event as they beat #2 seeds Katarina Srebotnik and Nadia Petrova 6-4, 2-6, 10-7 in a fantastic final. They had managed to win their previous three matches in straight sets.
This hard court event continues to draw global attention and the lure of the massive prize money and valuable ranking points continues to attract the world’s very best players. The result is a carnival of tennis that provides Dubai with yet more worldwide exposure.
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