HEAD HEROES CILIC, ZVEREV AND BARTY PREPARE FOR WIMBLEDON WITH THREE GRASS FINALS
HEAD Racquet heroes figured in three ATP and WTA grass-court finals as the countdown to Wimbledon goes into its final stages. Marin Cilic, who endorses the HEAD Graphene XT Prestige, fought through three sets at Queen's Club, dropping a tight final to Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-7 (2) 6-7 (8). The Croatian was seeking his second title in west London after winning it all five years ago.
"It was a really high level of tennis," Cilic said. "It was an amazing final, very high quality. I had chances to go a break up in the second set but Feliciano was playing so well. I'm feeling good about Wimbledon. I played great tennis this week; it's just an amazing preparation for Wimbledon. Looking at the whole week, it was great tennis for me - maybe one of the best grass-court tournaments of my career.”
In Halle on German grass at the Gerry Weber Open, young HEAD ace Alexander Zverev was unable to stop the Roger Federer juggernaut in a 1-6, 3-6 result. Zverev, who recommends the HEAD Graphene Touch Speed, lost the opening set but lifted slightly in the second set. Finally, he could only congratulate his winning opponent: "It is always a pleasure to see you play," the HEAD player joked. "But today you could have been nicer to me." In the semifinals he stopped French HEAD player Richard Gasquet (HEAD Graphene XT Extreme) to find the spot in the final. Zverev's Halle performance combined with his three titles so far in 2017 make him an outside threat at Wimbledon.
In the women's event in Birmingham, Ashleigh Barty (HEAD Graphene Touch Speed) played successfully and reached the final where she fought hard against double Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova with a final score of 6-4, 3-6, 2-6. Despite the loss, Barty managed 14 winners of her own and only hit 12 unforced errors in three sets. The day ended on a high note for the Aussie when she and Casey Dellacqua paired to win the doubles title, defeating Chan Hao-Ching and Zhang Shuai, 6-1, 2-6, 10-8.