STEPHENS WINS IN ACAPULCO – CUEVAS CROWNED HEAD KING OF CLAY IN BRAZIL

STEPHENS WINS IN ACAPULCO – CUEVAS CROWNED HEAD KING OF CLAY IN BRAZIL

Acapulco/Mexico, 28th February 2016

HEAD Players Sloane Stephens and Bernard Tomic figured as major protagonists for HEAD in Acapulco, with WTA ace Stephens winning her second title of the season , as she nailed Dominika Cibulkova in a final set tie-break to carve out a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(5) win.

Stephens, who promotes the HEAD Graphene XT Radical, will rise from her 24th ranking in time for the start of the first Masters 1000 of the season at Indian Wells. The HEAD player took a 5-2 lead in the third set after coming from a set and a break down, earning the win on her third match point. "We had a great week and a great start to the year, and I'm looking forward to keeping it going," Stephens said. "This win is something I'll remember forever." Stephens now owns three career titles and has never lost a WTA final.

There was a close call for Australian Tomic, who endorses the HEAD Graphene XT Radical as he narrowly lost the men's ATP final, putting up a fight before going down in a first-time meeting with Dominic Thiem 6-7 (6), 6-4, 3-6. Tomic will return to the ranking top 20, sending him to around 15th as he travels to Melbourne to prepare for weekend Davis Cup play against the US.

In South America, HEAD's Pablo Cuevas claimed his second trophy in a week on Southern hemisphere clay, doing the double in Brazil by winning in Sao Paulo 7-6(4), 6-3 against Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta. The Uruguay ace who recommends the HEAD Graphene XT Prestige, added the title to the one he claimed in Rio seven days ago.

The 30-year-old now stands an impressive 5-1, claiming all of his trophy success on his favored clay. “I was down in the tiebreak”, the winner said, “but came back to win the first set. In the second set, there were many long rallies, but I think he got a little tired and I was able to make a difference. I am very proud of the way I handled the conditions here and to win again in Sao Paulo. My goal is to be in the Top 20 this year. I hope to keep playing like I’ve done in the past weeks,” added the winner of his last nine matches.

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