trophy watch: pan-am games, mercedes cup, countrywide, etc.

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This week’s trophy watch.

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The Mercedes Cup put the band-aid on otherwise ho-hum week of trophies by tacking on a C350 to the winnings of Rafa Nadal, who beat Stanislas Wawrinka for his second straight Stuttgart title.

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At the Pan-American Games, Jorgelina Cravero (left) and Betina Jozami won the doubles, while the singles podium had Venezuela’s Milagros Sequera (center), Colombian Mariana Duque (left), and Jozami.

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Radek Stepanek shook off the Black Widow’s curse to beat James Blake 6-3 4-6 6-3 in the finals of the Countrywide Classic at UCLA. I’m glad Radek doesn’t often win titles; his body would take a beating from doing “the worm” too much on court. (This celebration is up there with Petr Korda‘s scissor kick and Youzhny‘s salute.)

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Russian Anna Chakvetadze (in her purple adidas outfit) trounced Akiko Morigami (wearing Fila) 6-1, 6-3 at the Western & Southern Financial Group Women’s Open in Mason, Ohio. Agnes Szavay raised a big cup after her win against Martina Muller at the WTA Palermo tournament.

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Belgian qualifier Steve Darcis came out of nowhere to beat Austria’s Werner Eschauer 6-1, 7-6(1) in the finals of the Dutch Tennis Open in Amersfoort. Kolya, what happened to you this week?!

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