Plenty of story lines highlighted the past week, including Roger Federer winning the Shanghai Rolex Masters and American Alison Riske taking home her first WTA Tour title. See below for more in this edition of Tuesday Newsday!
Federer Wins Shanghai
Four-time BNP Paribas Open Champion Roger Federer captured the Shanghai Rolex Masters crown this weekend, defeating Gilles Simon 7-6(6), 7-6(2) to win the 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title of his career. The Swiss now returns to World No. 2 in the ATP Rankings, as the race heats up with 2014 BNP Paribas Open Champion Novak Djokovic for year-end World No. 1 honors.
Federer and Djokovic were greeted by former NBA star and international icon Yao Ming during the Shangha Rolex Masters. While Federer, six-foot-one, and Djokovic, six-foot-two, are certainly on the taller side, they were simply no match for the seven-foot-six Ming.
A First for Riske
American Alison Riske secured the first WTA Tour title of her career over the weekend, defeating Belinda Bencic 6-3, 6-4 to win the inaugural edition of the Tianjin Open. Congratulations, Alison!
Stosur Wins Again in Osaka
Of Sam Stosur’s six career WTA Tour Titles, three have come at the Japan’s Women’s Open. The Australian defeated Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas 7-6(7), 6-3 to earn her second consecutive win in Osaka and her first title of 2014.
Ball Kids & Volunteers
The BNP Paribas Open announced last week that it is now recruiting ball kids and volunteers for the 2015 event! For more information, click HERE.