trophy watch: monfils hatches a green egg, date set a date with history, etc.


Proud achievement or slap in the face? Japanese phoenix Kimiko Date-Krumm became the oldest SEWTA winner since BJK in 1983 by beating Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3, 6-3 at the Korea Open. Set this win beside Kimmie‘s U.S. Open triumph (and alongside Dinara‘s first round disaster in Tokyo) and what you get is fodder for naysayers of the deflated WTA Tour. Either way, congrats to Kimiko!

You can’t Photoshop that even if you tried: Israeli Shahar Pe’er beat local (Uzbekistani) Akgul Amanmuradova 6-3, 6-4 at the Tashkent Open. Shahar also won the singles title at last week’s Guangzhou Open.

More: The men, and toasts to Agassi and Kramer after the cut…

On the men’s side, Gael Monfils picked up his second career title at in front of his home crowd at the Open de Moselle event in Metz. He defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 (1), 3-6, 6-2. And in Romania, Albert Montanes ran away with the title match after Juan Monaco hurt his right leg in the second set of the BCR Open Romania final; Monaco was up 5-2 in the second set before falling (hyuk) 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6).

Net win: The Andre Agassi Foundation hosted its 14th Annual Grand Slam for Children on Saturday at the Wynn in Las Vegas. Performers included Daughtry, Tim McGraw, Brian McKnight, Lionel Richie, and Dane Cook. Guga was also there. Click here for more pics. (via GOTOTENNIS)

Net loss: Tennis greats descended on Los Angeles on Saturday to honor the death of Jack Kramer. Tracy Austin, among others, gave a great eulogy. (via P-T)


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