by Isaiah Buse

May 3, 2021   

A few weeks ago in pro tennis news, we had a very intriguing Masters 1000 and several other good tournaments. This time we got to see a classic match in the Barcelona Open championship and much more.

If you weren’t able to keep up with everything going on, we’ve got your back. Below are the tournament news/results, top headlines, and spotlight story!

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ATP & WTA Tournament News and Results: Barcelona Open, Stuttgart Open, & More

Rafael Nadal would fend off the next-gen once again, Barty and Sabalenka would battle, and much more would happen during these past two weeks.

Barcelona Open (ATP 500)

Singles: (1) Rafael Nadal defeated (2) Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 7-5 to claim his 12th title in Barcelona.

Story: As if Nadal winning an epic match against Tsitsipas to raise his 12th title in Barcelona wasn’t enough, there were plenty of storylines at the 2021 Barcelona Open. Nishikori would make a run and battle Nadal before falling in three sets, Sinner would pick up wins against Bautista Agut and Rublev, and Tsitsipas would look dominant on clay once again.

Rafael Nadal - 2021 Barcelona Open Singles Champion
Nadal celebrating his 2021 Barcelona Open victory. (Photo Credit: Rafael Nadal History – Twitter)

Doubles: (1) Robert Farah and Juan Sebastian Cabal defeated Horia Tecau and Kevin Krawietz 6-4, 6-2 to claim their second trophy of 2021.

Stuttgart Open (WTA 500)

Singles: (1) Ash Barty defeated (5) Aryna Sabalenka 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 to win the 2021 Stuttgart Open.

Story: Sabalenka would defeat (2) Simona Halep in the semifinals to prevent a Halep-Barty final. But, Sabalenka wouldn’t be enough to stop a zoned in Ash Barty from claiming yet another title. Aside from those players, (4) Elina Svitolina would play a solid tournament, defeating Kerber and (7) Kvitova before losing to Barty in three sets in the semifinals.

Ash Barty - 2021 Stuttgart Open Singles Champion
Ash Barty smiling with her trophy following the 2021 Stuttgart Open. (Photo Credit: WTA Tennis)

Doubles: Ash Barty and Jennifer Brady defeated (1) Desirae Krawcyzk and Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 5-7, 10-5.

Other Tournaments

Serbia Open (ATP 250)

  • (2) Matteo Berrettini defeated (3) Aslan Karatsev 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-0) in singles.
  • Ivan and Matej Sabanov defeated Gonzalo Escobar and Ariel Behar 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in doubles.

BMW Open (ATP 250)

  • (5) Nikoloz Basilashvili defeated (7) Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in singles.
  • (1) Kevin Krawietz and Wesley Koolhof defeated (3) Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen 4-6, 6-4, 10-5 in doubles.

Estoril Open (ATP 250)

  • (7) Albert Ramos-Vinolas defeated Cameron Norrie 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) in singles.
  • Tim Putz and Hugo Nys defeated Luke Bambridge and Dominic Inglot 7-5, 3-6, 10-3 in doubles.

Istanbul Open (WTA 250)

  • Sorana Cirstea defeated (1) Elise Mertens 6-1, 7-6 (7-3) in singles.
  • (1) Veronika Kudermetova and Elise Mertens defeated (2) Nao Hibino and Makato Ninomiya 6-1, 6-1 in doubles.

Upcoming Tournaments

Following the 2021 ATP 500 Barcelona Open and 2021 WTA 500 Stuttgart Open, both tours will have a couple of big weeks of tennis.

Here is a list of the upcoming pro tennis tournaments. If you’d like to read more about these tournaments, click on the links below.

Top 10 News Stories Around the Pro Tennis Tour

Here are our top 10 biggest stories from around the tennis world over the past two weeks.

Spotlight Story: Carla Suarez Navarro Has Overcome Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

In a recent post on her Twitter account, Carla Suarez Navarro, former World No. 6 WTA player, announced that she had finished her treatment and overcome Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

In the post, she thanked everyone for all of the warm messages she had been sent and thanked the healthcare professionals who had helped her along the way.

In September 2020, Suarez announced her diagnosis not long after pulling out of the US Open due to “health reasons.”

According to the Mayo Clinic, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is a cancer that impacts the lymphatic system and is most common in people between the ages of 20 and 40 and those older than 55.

If you would like to read the original piece, make sure to check out this article by People.

Isaiah Buse

About the author

Isaiah Buse is a tennis enthusiast who currently plays at the NAIA level in Missouri. He has covered the top tennis stories and tournaments for over 2 years now and has enjoyed every second of it. In addition to writing, he enjoys teaching the younger generation of tennis players.

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