Aug 24, 2008

Caroline Wozniacki, Marin Cilic win Pilot Pen titles

Unseeded Caroline Wozniacki won the women’s Pilot Pen title, her second career victory, beating top-seeded Anna Chakvetadze 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

She won her first WTA Tour win in Stockholm, then reached the third round at the Olympics, where she lost to eventual gold-medalist Elena Dementieva.
“Stockholm was in Scandinavia, it was my first tournament and it was smaller than this,” she said. “Here, it’s the tournament before the U.S. Open, and it’s a really big tournament. You know, I have beaten some really great players on my way to win this tournament.”
Wozniacki has moved up from No. 64 in January to No. 22, and is expected to break into the top 20 for the first time.

The teenager still has a year of high school left, and said until recently, she considered her biggest tennis achievement beating her older brother.

In the men's singles, Marin Cilic, world ranked no. 31, won his first ATP Tour event in front of the American crowd, beating local Mardy Fish 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

The 19-year-old Croat, seeded sixth, made a tough stand all week to emerge as a possible threat at the US Open, the last Grand Slam of the year, which starts next Monday in New York.
"I'm unbelievably excited," Cilic said. "I was a little bit nervous in the beginning of the third set. I got my rhythm back. I was really pumped up when I had to be. Really enjoyed the moment in the end."
The 6-foot-6 Croat has now compiled a 31-21 on the season (18-12 on hard courts). He is the second Croat after Ivo Karlovic to capture an ATP title this season.

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