TENNIS NOTEBOOK: Canadians to square off in final
WASHINGTON (AP) — Setting up the first all-Canadian final on the men’s tennis tour, 13th-seeded Vasek Pospisil edged sixth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday night at the Citi Open, where he’ll face Milos Raonic for the title.
Pospisil was two points from losing while serving and trailing 5-4 in the third set. But he came back to hold there, then broke in the next game when Gasquet’s signature backhand broke down and produced three errors.
In his first career final today, Pospisil will meet second-seeded Raonic, who advanced earlier by beating Donald Young of the United States 6-4, 7-5.
The ATP said it’ll be the first time in the Open era, which began in 1968, that two Canadian men faced each other in a tournament final.
• STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Serena Williams reached her fourth final of the season by taking the last eight games to beat Andrea Petkovic 7-5, 6-0 on Saturday in the Bank of the West Classic.
The top-seeded and top-ranked Williams is 3-0 in finals so far in 2014, winning titles at Brisbane, Miami and Rome.
Against the ninth-ranked Petkovic, Williams wasted four break points in the final game of the first set before eventually converting her fifth.
In today’s final at the hard-court tournament, Williams will face Angelique Kerber or Varvara Lepchenko.
Petkovic was trying to become the ninth player — and first since 2010 — to beat both Venus and Serena Williams in the same tournament. Petkovic eliminated Venus in the quarterfinals Friday.