Canadians win two titles in first week of 2014 season

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Tennis Canada

January 5, 2014, Toronto (ISN) – Sharon Fichman (Toronto) and Daniel Nestor (Toronto) have both began their 2014 seasons on a strong note, as the two Canadians captured the doubles titles at their respective WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments over the weekend.

Fichman won her first WTA title at the ASB Classic in Auckland, while Nestor’s victory at the Brisbane International gave him his 82nd ATP World Tour trophy.

FICHMAN CAPTURES FIRST WTA TITLE IN AUCKLAND

Fichman captured her first career WTA title in Auckland on Saturday, as she and American partner Maria Sanchez defeated No. 3-seeded Czech-Dutch duo Lucie Hradecka and Michaella Krajicek 2-6, 6-0, 10-4 to take the doubles trophy at the ASB Classic.

It was an incredible run to the title for Fichman and Sanchez, as the unseeded duo ousted the No. 1, No. 3, and No. 4-seeded pairs en route. Prior to the final, they had won each match in straight sets.

For 23-year-old Fichman, the win adds a WTA title to a full doubles resume featuring 16 ITF Pro Circuit crowns. The triumph also pushed her doubles ranking from world No. 83 to a new career-high of No. 69.

NESTOR CLINCHES BRISBANE TITLE

Nestor and partner Mariusz Fyrstenberg of Poland were triumphant in the final of the Brisbane International on Sunday, coming back from a set down to defeat Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia 6-7(4), 6-4, 10-7.

It was a close match between No. 2 seeds Nestor and Fyrstenberg and their No. 4-seeded opponents, with Cabal and Farah actually winning two more overall points through the match – 75 to 73. After a first set in which the Canadian-Polish duo didn’t see a break point, they were able to break twice in the second set to force the deciding match tiebreaker and ultimately clinch the win.

The victory gives Nestor his 82nd career ATP World Tour trophy, and marks the 21st consecutive season in which the 41-year-old has captured at least one title. It also brings his record in finals to 82-53.

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