Cerundolo, Pera claim maiden tour-level titles in Bastad, Budapest

Cerundolo won through 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the first meeting of the pair, having eliminated top seed Casper Ruud in the second round.

File Photo: This landmark success will lift Cerundolo into the top 30 for the first time.

File Photo: This landmark success will lift Cerundolo into the top 30 for the first time. | Photo Credit: AFP

Cerundolo won through 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the first meeting of the pair, having eliminated top seed Casper Ruud in the second round.

Francisco Cerundolo capped an impressive week to claim his maiden ATP title with a straight sets win over fellow Argentine Sebastian Baez in Bastad on Sunday.

The 23-year-old won through 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the first meeting of the pair, having eliminated top seed and Roland Garros finalist Casper Ruud of Norway in the second round.

Cerundolo broke into the Top 100 in February after runs to the quarter-finals in Buenos Aires and the semi-finals in Rio de Janeiro, before reaching his first ATP Masters 1000 semi-final in Miami in March.

This landmark success will lift him into the top 30 for the first time.

Cressy wins maiden tour-level title in Newport

Fourth-seeded American Maxime Cressy rallied to win his first career ATP Tour title, beating No. 3 seed Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstani 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the Hall of Fame Open.

The tourney — the only played on grass courts in North America — is held in conjunction with induction ceremonies into the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Australian great Lleyton Hewitt, 41, part of the class of 2021, was enshrined on a side court Saturday evening.

Hewitt was unable attend last year’s ceremony due to travel restrictions because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There were no inductees elected for 2022, the first time in the Hall’s history. It has been around since 1955.

Qualifier Pera wins first WTA title in Budapest

Bernarda Pera of the United States captured her maiden WTA title when the world number 130 defeated Serbia's Aleksandra Krunic 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Budapest claycourt event.

The 27-year-old, who came through qualifying, needed just 87 minutes to secure victory and cap a week in which she did not drop a set.

Martic claims second WTA title in Lausanne

World number 85 Petra Martic won the second title of her career by beating Serbian qualifier Olga Danilovic 6-4, 6-2 to claim the Lausanne WTA event.

Croat Martic, 31, overcame the world 124 in 1hr 29min to clinch her first success since Istanbul in 2019.

(With inputs from AFP and AP)

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