Goffin and Wickmayer wait out rain to win Kooyong finals

Posted on January 13, 2017

Despite an afternoon of rain and wind organisers were thankful that all players involved on the final day of the 2017 Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic were patient throughout long delays.

The men’s final between world number 11 David Goffin and Croatian Ivo Karlovic was put back nearly five hours before fans saw the Belgian claim his second consecutive Kooyong title in a match reduced to one set.

He proved to be too good for the big-serving world number 20, winning 7-6 in a tiebreaker that was played out as rain started to fall heavier onto the court.

In claiming his second title in as many years the 26-year-old assured tournament director Peter Johnston while giving his speech that he would be back next year in an attempt to equal Andy Roddick’s three consecutive Kooyong wins.

Following that brief contest Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium took on Romanian Sorana Cirstea to decide the women’s championship – the first-time women have competed at the tournament in 23 years.

Wickmayer played well from start and played some powerful shots in a similarly reduced one-set match to win 6-4 and claim the trophy.

Earlier in the day Frenchman Gilles Simon was too good for Australian Bernard Tomic in a one-set match that was won 6-3 and decided who would finish third in the men’s championship draw.


Gilles Simon (FRA) def Bernard Tomic (AUS                          6-3                          Match Report

David Goffin (BEL) def Ivo Karlovic (CRO)                             7-6                          Match Report

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) def Sorana Cirstea (ROM)            6-4                          Match Report

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