Co-presented by

The week in tennis: World No. 192 Florian Mayer wins Halle title; Madison Keys lifts Birmingham trophy

Halle: Germany's world number 192 Florian Mayer defeated teenage compatriot Alexander Zverev 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 to win the Halle grass court title on Sunday.

The 32-year-old is the lowest-ranked champion in the 24-year history of the Wimbledon warm-up event.

It is Mayer's second career title after Bucharest in 2013 and was clinched on a fifth match point.

 The week in tennis: World No. 192 Florian Mayer wins Halle title; Madison Keys lifts Birmingham trophy

Florian Mayer poses with the trophy after he won the final match against Alexander Zverev at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle. AP

Zverev, 19 and ranked 38 in the world, had knocked out defending champion Roger Federer in the semi-finals on Saturday.

The key to the final proved to be Mayer breaking to love after reeling off 11 straight points for a 5-2 lead.

The German would save a break point when serving for the match before closing it out on his fifth championship point after one hour and 55 minutes.

"I would say it’s the biggest win in my career to win a 500 event here in Germany on grass," said Mayer, who was a top-30 player before an adductor injury interrupted his career.

"I had a hard time with so many injuries and not playing tournaments. So, it’s a special moment now for me to come back and win a 500 tournament. It helps a lot to be back in the Top 100 also."

Mayer, who stunned world number seven Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals, joins Tommy Haas (2009, 2012), Philipp Kohlschreiber (2011), David Prinosil (2000), Nicolas Kiefer (1999) and Michael Stich (1994) as German champions on the Halle grass.

Zverev was bidding for his maiden career title in just his second final, following defeat on the clay of Nice last month to Thiem.

"It was a positive week," Zverev top atpworldtour.com.

"I played really good tennis in all my matches. Against Roger obviously it was a great highlight. Unfortunately, it had to end like this. But it happens. This is tennis. You can’t change it now."

Madison Keys captures second career title

Birmingham: American Madison Keys celebrated moving into the world's top 10 for the first time by winning the grass title in Birmingham in emphatic style on Sunday.

The seventh seed eased to a 6-3, 6-4 win over the unseeded Czech veteran Barbora Strycova, setting her up perfectly for a tilt at the Wimbledon crown in a week's time.

Keys, for whom this was a second WTA title, is the first US woman to debut in the top 10 since Serena Williams in 1999.

Madison Keys celebrates with the trophy after victory in the final in Birmingham. Reuters

Madison Keys celebrates with the trophy after victory in the final in Birmingham. Reuters

The 21-year-old produced some ferocious hitting, but although she made fewer errors compared with earlier in the week, there remained inconsistencies which allowed Strycova chances to get a grip on the second set.

Keys' performance in the final was her best of the week, with more variations of pace and a much greater variety of direction - but it was almost the first time in a week that has seen some of the worst weather in the tournament's 35-year history that the conditions were half-decent.

As a result she often looked like the top 10 player she will become next week, and even finished the first set like a future world number one, something which Serena Williams recently claimed Keys can become.

Keys made more errors in the second set, and Strycova, playing her second Birmingham final in three years, had the tenacity and stamina – despite playing her 18th set of the week - to get close to turning the match around.

She did that by taking longer pauses, sometimes slowing the rallies down, sometimes varying the pace, and counter-attacking when there was a half-chance to do so.

Those tactics earned her three break points early in the second set and a fourth break point in the eighth game.

Had the Czech sneaked that she would have been serving to level the match, after which anything might have happened.

But when Keys was really required to avoid errors she did, only slightly easing up on the pace and still controlling the placement of her utterly fearsome forehand drive.

She duly finished with a flourish, serving out for the match to love, admitting that she felt the pressure that Strycova had created, and announcing that she would drink the champagne she had won along with $146,000.

Keys was also handed the Maud Watson trophy, named after the first women's winner at Wimbledon.

"I am just going to focus on this – I am really happy," she said. "I will focus on Wimbledon tomorrow."

An hour later though she was already looking forward to the third Grand Slam tournament of the season.

"Getting all these matches in a row is a huge opportunity which will definitely help me at Wimbledon," she acknowledged.

"I love this surface, so the longer I am on it, the happier I am."

France's Caroline Garcia takes Mallorca title

Palma: France's sixth seed Caroline Garcia warmed up for Wimbledon by capturing the inaugural grass-court Mallorca Open title on Sunday with victory over Anastasija Sevastova.

Garcia, ranked 39th in the world and reigning French Open women's doubles champion, sealed the first grass-court crown of her career with a 6-3, 6-4 win over the 82nd-ranked Latvian.

It was the 22-year-old Garcia's second tournament win this season after Strasbourg.

Your guide to the latest election news, analysis, commentary, live updates and schedule for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 on firstpost.com/elections. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram or like our Facebook page for updates from all 543 constituencies for the upcoming general elections.

Updated Date: Jun 20, 2016 19:00:05 IST