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Clay – you have to love it. It stains everything. You feel like Torvill and Dean slipping and sliding about, and… when you fall on it, man it HURTS! But the Path to Paris is well underway!

Winners’ Circle

  • ATP 250 Houston: Reilly Opelka
  • ATP 250 Morocco: David Goffin
  • WTA 500 Charleston: Belinda Bencic
  • WTA 250 Bogota: Tatjana Maria

WTA 500 Charleston: Belinda Bencic

In 2014, a 17-year-old made her professional debut – and announced her presence to the world by romping all the way to the semi-final. And now Belinda Bencic has won her first clay court title in Charleston, eight years on from making her WTA debut.

It has been a solid run of results recently for the Swiss, having made the Miami semi-final. Clay is not a particularly comfortable surface for her so it will be fascinating to see if this continues once she moves to the claggier clay in Europe. 

"I'm kind of emotionally attached to this tournament. This was my breakthrough, playing the first time as a 17-year-old in the semifinals here."

Belinda's ? on track!@BelindaBencic ? @WTA_insider ?

— wta (@WTA) April 11, 2022

ATP 250 Houston: Reilly Opelka

At least both Reilly Opelka and John Isner can joke about their ‘servebot’ status as the younger American won the battle of the big servers, and claimed the Houston title, his fourth ATP title and his first on the dirt.

We’re here for these moments ??@ReillyOpelka about @JohnIsner ?@mensclaycourt | #USClay pic.twitter.com/vqtqEFSojr

— ATP Tour (@atptour) April 10, 2022

ATP 250 Morocco: David Goffin

One of the nicest guys on the tour David Goffin dished out a bit of revenge over Alex Molcan – who beat him in the first week of the season. If you are going to get a bit of revenge, you may as well do it in a final!

Goffin has struggled a lot with injury in recent years, but is a handy player on the dirt, and while he still looks like he is 12 years old, he is a veteran now in tour terms, and he lifts a sixth title.

And that's how you end a match ?@David__Goffin is the CHAMPION in Marrakech after defeating Molcan 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 ?#GrandPrixHassanII pic.twitter.com/Bwlu1oGRY8

— ATP Tour (@atptour) April 10, 2022

WTA 250 Bogota: Tatjana Maria

Germany’s Tatjana Maria has won herself a second title to share with her two daughters, winning this title after returning to the tour following the birth of her second child. It was a battle of the qualifiers and was a masterclass in defence and variety for the German veteran.

Putting the ball to sleep ?

?? @Maria_Tatjana with an OUTRAGEOUS slice of #MondayMotivation for you ? pic.twitter.com/reMaHjQWpB

— wta (@WTA) April 11, 2022

ATP Rankings as of 11 April

Ranking        Move        PlayerCountryPoints        
1Novak DjokovicSerbia8420
2Daniil Medvedev8410
3Alexander ZverevGermany7195
4Rafael NadalSpain7115
5Stefanos TsitsipasGreece5980
6Matteo BerrettiniItaly4945
7Casper RuudNorway4380
8Andrey Rublev4375
9Felx Auger-Aliassime        Canada3625
10Cameron NorrieGreat Britain        3440

WTA Rankings as of 11 April

Ranking        Move        PlayerCountryPoints        
1Iga SwiatekPoland6711
2Barbora Krejcikova        Czech Republic        4975
3Paula BadosaSpain4970
4+1Aryna Sabalenka4711
5-1Maria SakkariGreece4705
6Anett KontaveitEstonia4511
7Karolina PliskovaCzech Republic4252
8Danielle CollinsUSA3151
9+1Ons JabeurTunisia3095
10-1Garbine MuguruzaSpain3070