On August 6, 2017, the men’s ATP finals of the Citi Open came and went with a bang. The rising “next-gen” star Alexander Zverev emphatically beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-4 to take the Citi Open championship, signaling that the “next generation” has already arrived. It is Zverev’s first Citi Open championship and he did it in style, not facing a break point against a tough and accomplished opponent.
In the WTA championships, Ekaterina Makarova defeated Julia Goerges 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-0 in a redemption-driven match (Makarova had been to the Citi Open semifinals three times without advancing). Makarova finally got over the hump and stayed true to herself and stayed mentally calm in the match against Goerges.
Henri Kontinen and John Peers defeated Wimbledon champions Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 7-6(5), 6-4 to capture their first Citi Open crown and their seventh title together. To cap such an unlikely victory, Kontinen and Peers decided to play in the Citi Open just days before the tournament commenced. Clearly, it turned out to be a good decision.
Shuko Aoyama and Renata Voráčová defeated Eugenie Bouchard and Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-2, asserting themselves early against two top young women players. They were dominant at net and hit nice groundstrokes and serves to secure the tough victory.