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Arvidsson Takes Memphis Title

by Rick Limpert, Special for Tennis Grandstand

Unseeded Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden won her second WTA title on Saturday in Memphis of all the places, the same city where she won her first.

Arvidsson downed fourth-seeded Marina Erakovic of New Zealand 6-3, 6-4 to take the championship of the Memphis International WTA event.

The 28-year old Swede used a strong first serve and deep ground strokes to keep Erakovic off balance most of the match. Erakovic jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the opening set, but a slew of backcourt errors let Arvidsson back in the match.

This was Arvidsson’ s 18th career match win in Memphis, more that she has at any another tournament. She only committed two unforced errors in the final match and she couldn’t be happier with the way she played and how she is treated in Memphis each year.

“I just love to play here,” stated Arvidsson. “I love the fans and I play well here.”

The two had met once previously on the WTA circuit, with Erakovic prevailing in straight sets last year in Stanford.

Rick Limpert is a freelance writer/photographer that covers sports, technology and the intersection of sports and technology. He is based in Atlanta and his writings can be found on Yahoo Sports and Yahoo News, Examiner.com and CBS Atlanta. You can follow Rick on Twitter at @RickRoswell.

INSTANT KARMA IS GONNA GET MARIA SHARAPOVA

With Maria Sharapova gracing the courts of the WTA tour once again, there are many photos of her coming out. Ofcourse I wouldn’t be me if I wouldn’t spoil you with a few of those.

Some interesting Sharapova news is that she kicked ass at the  2010 Hong Kong Tennis Classic with a stunning win over Caroline Wozniacki 7-5, 6-3.

More interesting Sharapova news is that she rates Wimbledon ahead of the French Open. She has won ALL the major tournaments except the French Open. She does have the ambition to win it some day. Hopefully this year. Would be grand if she did. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. The Australian Open 2010 is coming up in two weeks and I will follow her progress with great interest.

Quotes taken from Reuters:

“Of course, I have the ambition to win Roland Garros but it’s not the most important thing for me,” the 22-year-old Russian told the Bulgarian website www.sportal.bg.

“It’s Wimbledon that is something special and it’s the Wimbledon titles that are the most precious to me.

“There’s no better feeling than winning the Wimbledon. It was my first grand slam and I did it at such a special place.”

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