2014/04/24

Tennis – WTA and ATP Results and Schedules

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Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain » View Tournament Profile

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 23 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d A Ramos (ESP) 76(2) 64
T Gabashvili (RUS) d [2] D Ferrer (ESP) 64 62
S Giraldo (COL) d [3] F Fognini (ITA) 60 40 ret. (right leg)
[6] N Almagro (ESP) d M Klizan (SVK) 75 76(4)
J Melzer (AUT) d [7] J Janowicz (POL) 64 76(1)
A Montanes (ESP) d [8] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(5) 63
[11] F Verdasco (ESP) d K De Schepper (FRA) 64 63
[12] M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] A Kuznetsov (RUS) 61 76(2)
I Dodig (CRO) d [13] F Lopez (ESP) 61 64

Doubles – First Round
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d F Lopez (ESP) / M Mirnyi (BLR) 64 46 16-14
[5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 67(3) 76(5) 10-8
L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) d M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 11 ret. (Lopez – left leg)
[LL] S Devvarman (IND) / A Pavic (CRO) d [WC] R Bautista Agut (ESP) / A Montanes (ESP) 64 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 24 APRIL 2014

PISTA CENTRAL start 12:00
A Golubev (KAZ) vs [4] K Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 14:30
[11] F Verdasco (ESP) vs [6] N Almagro (ESP)
[5] T Robredo (ESP) vs [12] M Cilic (CRO)
Not Before 19:00
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs I Dodig (CRO)

PISTA 1 start 12:00
[WC] I Cervantes (ESP) vs T Gabashvili (RUS)
A Montanes (ESP) vs [9] E Gulbis (LAT)
[10] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs J Melzer (AUT)
S Giraldo (COL) vs [Q] D Thiem (AUT)

PISTA 2 start 14:00
[LL] S Devvarman (IND) / A Pavic (CRO) vs [LL] J Huta Galung (NED) / S Robert (FRA)

BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy
Bucharest, Romania

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 23 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
[1] [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) d J Vesely (CZE) 76(5) 62
[4] G Simon (FRA) d V Hanescu (ROU) 26 63 63
L Rosol (CZE) d [8] J Nieminen (FIN) 62 64
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d C Berlocq (ARG) 46 76(5) 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d N Mahut (FRA) / A Mannarino (FRA) 60 64
[3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 61 76(4)
[PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR) d M Emmrich (GER) / C Kas (GER) 75 63
D Bracciali (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) d [WC] V Crivoi (ROU) / A Ungur (ROU) 63 62

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 24 APRIL 2014

CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[Q] A Ungur (ROU) vs D Istomin (UZB)
R Haase (NED) vs [2] M Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 2:00 pm
[3] G Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] R Berankis (LTU)
[WC] M Copil (ROU) vs [Q] P Mathieu (FRA)
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [PR] C Fleming (GBR) / R Hutchins (GBR)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
J Knowle (AUT) / V Pospisil (CAN) vs [3] M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)
After Suitable Rest – D Istomin (UZB) / L Rosol (CZE) vs [2] E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
[4] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA)

 

 

 

 

GRAND PRIX SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM
Marrakech, Morocco
April 21-27, 2014
$250,000/International
Clay/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(1/WC) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 75 62
(5) Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 63 62
(6) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Maryna Zanevska (UKR) 64 76(5)
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 76(4) 46 76(3)

Singles – First Round
Polona Hercog (SLO) d. (7) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 62 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) d. Bua/Seguel (ARG/CHI) 36 76(5) 105 (Match TB)

Doubles – First Round
Buryachok/Solovyeva (UKR/RUS) d. (WC) Atik/Qostal (MAR/MAR) 61 62
Glushko/Peer (ISR/ISR) d. Arruabarrena/Ferrer Suárez (ESP/ESP) 63 64

Order Of Play – Thursday, April 24, 2014
Centre Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. Yvonne Meusburger vs. Estrella Cabeza Candela
2. Lara Arruabarrena vs. María-Teresa Torró-Flor
3. Polona Hercog vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (NB 17.30hrs)
4. Piter/Zanevska vs. Foretz Gacon/Hrdinova

Court #2 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Romina Oprandi vs. Beatriz García Vidagany
2. Glushko/Peer vs. Klemenschits/Klepac
3. Muguruza/Oprandi vs. Buryachok/Solovyeva (NB 15.00hrs; after suitable rest)

 

 

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX
Stuttgart, Germany
April 21-27, 2014
$710,000/Premier
Clay/Indoors

Results – Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Singles – Second Round
Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) d. (3) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 62 76(3)
(8) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 63 63

Singles – First Round
(9) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 61 63
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (WC) Andrea Petkovic (GER) 75 36 61
(WC) Julia Goerges (GER) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 61 75

Doubles – First Round
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) 62 62
Mircic/Thorpe (SRB/FRA) d. Dabrowski/Rosolska (CAN/POL) 57 63 108 (Match TB)
Huber/Husarova (USA/SVK) d. Jans-Ignacik/Tomljanovic (POL/CRO) 62 46 105 (Match TB)
Lottner/Zaja (GER/GER) d. Barthel/Birnerova (GER/CZE) 46 64 108 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, April 24, 2014
Center Court (from 12.30hrs)
1. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Roberta Vinci
2. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Maria Sharapova
3. Ana Ivanovic vs. Julia Goerges
4. Angelique Kerber vs. Carla Suárez Navarro (NB 18.30hrs)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Simona Halep (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Barrois/Beck vs. Black/Mirza

Court 1 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Jelena Jankovic vs. Flavia Pennetta
2. Errani/Vinci vs. Mircic/Thorpe (after suitable rest)
3. Marcinkevica/Sasnovich vs. Jankovic/Kleybanova (after suitable rest)

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Entry Deadline for USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships is April 27

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La Jolla, Calif. – (April 23, 2014)The entry deadline for the upcoming United States Tennis Association (USTA) National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships is scheduled for Sunday, April 27, 2014.

The national senior women’s tennis championships, which attract the best players from across the United States, will take place Monday, May 12 through Sunday, May 18 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, 2000 Spindrift Drive, La Jolla, Calif.

The tournament will feature singles and doubles events in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age groups.

“We are going to see a fantastic week of senior tennis with a field of competitors that is expected to be the strongest in the country in each age division,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “We even have one competitor, Helene Salvetat, traveling from Hossegor, France to play in the 90 and over division.”

For complete entry information, players can go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=138251

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 42nd Annual Spring Senior Championships for men will be played concurrently with the women’s events. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they will feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments.

The men’s events will include singles and doubles for 60 and over, 65 and over, 70 and over, 75 and over, 80 and over, and 85 and over age groups. Total participation for both the men’s and women’s tournaments is expected to be 300-plus players.

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

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Redfoo To Compete in Men’s Pro Singles Open Qualifying Tuesday at 114th Ojai Tennis Tournament

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Victoria Azarenka and Redfoo

(April 21, 2013) Pop star Redfoo of LMFAO has never been shy sharing with the world his love for tennis. Local Southern California fans will get to see Stefan Gordy, a.k.a Redfoo, in action on the courts at one of the oldest and largest tennis tournaments in the country as he takes on Weil Academy junior Zhang Liang to kick off the 114th annual Ojai Tennis Tournament.

 

Redfoo is the son of Motown Records founder Barry Gordy and is currently dating WTA world-ranked No. 4 tennis player Victoria Azarenka. He is most known for his hit songs “Party Rock Anthem” and “I’m Sexy and I Know It.” Redfoo played in the USTA US Open National Playoff qualifying event last year in Northern California and will attempt to qualify for a spot in the US Open again next month. For the past two years, he has lent his Party Rock name to the USTA Women’s Pro Circuit $50,000 event in Las Vegas: the Party Rock Open. He is currently being coached by six-time past Ojai Open champion Lester Cook, who will play in the Open singles and doubles main draw on Thursday.

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Tennis – WTA and ATP Results and Schedules

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Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain » View Tournament Profile

RESULTS – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014

Singles – First Round
K De Schepper (FRA) d [Q] M Ilhan (TUR) 63 75
S Giraldo (COL) d I Sijsling (NED) 64 62
[Q] D Thiem (AUT) d R Stepanek (CZE) 64 64
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [Q] A Beck (GER) 62 62
M Matosevic (AUS) d J Sousa (POR) 63 62
[Q] A Kuznetsov (RUS) d P Carreno Busta (ESP) 26 61 62
A Golubev (KAZ) d [Q] M Viola (ITA) 64 63
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d L Kubot (POL) 61 60
A Montanes (ESP) d [Q] M Lopez (ESP) 76(4) 62
[WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d [WC] R Carballes Baena (ESP) 63 75
[WC] I Cervantes (ESP) d O Nedovyesov (KAZ) 36 62 64
T Gabashvili (RUS) d M Przysiezny (POL) 63 64

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 22 APRIL 2014

PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [9] E Gulbis (LAT)
Not Before 13:30
R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [4] K Nishikori (JPN)
[5] T Robredo (ESP) vs M Matosevic (AUS)
[Q] D Thiem (AUT) vs [14] M Granollers (ESP)

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
M Kukushkin (KAZ) vs J Melzer (AUT)
A Ramos (ESP) vs N Davydenko (RUS)
[10] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[15] D Tursunov (RUS) vs [WC] I Cervantes (ESP)
[LL] J Huta Galung (NED) / S Robert (FRA) vs [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
I Dodig (CRO) vs [WC] F Arguello (ARG)
M Klizan (SVK) vs S Devvarman (IND)
[16] B Paire (FRA) vs A Golubev (KAZ)
[WC] P Carreno Busta (ESP) / A Ramos (ESP) vs [Q] T Gabashvili (RUS) / M Kukushkin (KAZ)

PISTA 3 start 15:00
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR)
[PR] F Fognini (ITA) / J Melzer (AUT) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy
Bucharest, Romania » View Tournament Profile
RESULTS – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014

Singles – First Round
[8] J Nieminen (FIN) d L Mayer (ARG) 63 36 76(4)
J Vesely (CZE) d J Chardy (FRA) 76(3) 60
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] P Ciorcila (ROU) 26 62 61

Doubles – First Round
[2] E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) d [WC] V Hanescu (ROU) / A Patrui (ROU) 61 76(2)
J Knowle (AUT) / V Pospisil (CAN) d O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) 63 63

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 22 APRIL 2014

CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
C Berlocq (ARG) vs [6] A Seppi (ITA)
D Sela (ISR) vs V Hanescu (ROU)
A Mannarino (FRA) vs [WC] M Copil (ROU)
[5] V Pospisil (CAN) vs [Q] A Ungur (ROU)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
D Istomin (UZB) vs T Bellucci (BRA)
M Ebden (AUS) vs R Haase (NED)
[Q] P Mathieu (FRA) vs [7] N Mahut (FRA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
L Rosol (CZE) vs F Volandri (ITA)
[4] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs T Bednarek (POL) / M Pavic (CRO)
[Q] N Basilashvili (GEO) vs [Q] R Berankis (LTU)
D Istomin (UZB) / L Rosol (CZE) vs L Dlouhy (CZE) / J Marray (GBR)

 

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX
Stuttgart, Germany
April 21-27, 2014
$710,000/Premier
Clay/Indoors

Results – Monday, April 21, 2014
Singles – First Round
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (LL) Johanna Konta (GBR) 76(4) 64

Doubles – First Round
Marcinkevica/Sasnovich (LAT/BLR) d. (3) Pavlyuchenkova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) 57 63 108 (Match TB)
Jankovic/Kleybanova (SRB/RUS) d. Kalashnikova/Olaru (GEO/ROU) 63 60

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(2) Annika Beck (GER) d. Katerina Vankova (CZE) 60 61
(3) Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) d. (5) Mona Barthel (GER) 64 57 76(1)
Gioia Barbieri (ITA) d. (8) Johanna Konta (GBR) 64 62
Diana Marcinkevica (LAT) d. Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 75 26 75

Order Of Play – Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Center Court (from 12.30hrs)
1. Klara Koukalova vs. Sara Errani
2. Gioia Barbieri vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova
3. Roberta Vinci vs. Annika Beck
4. Lucie Safarova vs. Maria Sharapova (NB 18.30hrs)
5. Jelena Jankovic vs. Mona Barthel (NB 19.30hrs)
6. Daniilidou/Lucic-Baroni vs. Barrois/Beck

Court 1 (from 12.30hrs)
1. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Ekaterina Makarova
2. Kerber/Petkovic vs. Black/Mirza
3. Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Alisa Kleybanova
4. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Diana Marcinkevica

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Tennis – WTA and ATP Schedules for April 21, 2014

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Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain
SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014

PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [WC] R Carballes Baena (ESP)

Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain
SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014
Not Before 13:30
[Q] A Kuznetsov (RUS) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP)
L Kubot (POL) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP)
A Montanes (ESP) vs [Q] M Lopez (ESP)

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
S Giraldo (COL) vs I Sijsling (NED)
[WC] I Cervantes (ESP) vs O Nedovyesov (KAZ)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs [Q] D Thiem (AUT)
J Sousa (POR) vs M Matosevic (AUS)

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
T Gabashvili (RUS) vs M Przysiezny (POL)
[Q] M Viola (ITA) vs A Golubev (KAZ)
[Q] A Beck (GER) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
K De Schepper (FRA) vs [Q] M Ilhan (TUR)

BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy
Bucharest, Romania

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 21 APRIL 2014

CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – A Ungur (ROU) or E Gerasimov (BLR) vs J Pospisil (CZE)
J Chardy (FRA) vs J Vesely (CZE)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[8] J Nieminen (FIN) vs L Mayer (ARG)
O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) vs J Knowle (AUT) / V Pospisil (CAN)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
Qualifying – N Basilashvili (GEO) vs H Laaksonen (SUI)
[WC] V Hanescu (ROU) / A Patrui (ROU) vs [2] E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA)
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [WC] P Ciorcila (ROU)
GRAND PRIX SAR LA PRINCESSE LALLA MERYEM
Marrakech, Morocco
April 21-April 27, 2014
$250,000/International
Clay/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Monday, April 21, 2014
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Anastasia Grymalska vs. Beatriz García Vidagany (Singles Q Final)
2. Lourdes Domínguez Lino vs. Alla Kudryavtseva
3. Yvonne Meusburger vs. Petra Cetkovska
4. Piter/Zanevska vs. Benhadi/El Houari (after suitable rest)

Court #1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Maryna Zanevska vs. Daniela Seguel (Singles Q Final)
2. Petra Martic vs. Shahar Peer
3. Jurak/Moulton-Levy vs. Gasparyan/Melnikova
4. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja vs. Muguruza/Oprandi (NB 15.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court #2 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Ysaline Bonaventure vs. Renata Voracova (Singles Q Final)
2. Constance Sibille vs. Lara Arruabarrena (Singles Q Final)
3. Bua/Seguel vs. Clerico/Frankova (NB 15.00hrs; after suitable rest)

PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX
Stuttgart, Germany
April 21-27, 2014
$710,000/Premier
Clay/Indoors

Order Of Play – Monday, April 21, 2014
Center Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. Annika Beck vs. Katerina Vankova (Singles Q Final)
2. Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Mona Barthel (Singles Q Final)
3. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kaia Kanepi (NB 20.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.30hrs)
1. Diana Marcinkevica vs. Katerina Siniakova (Singles Q Final)
2. Gioia Barbieri vs. Johanna Konta (Singles Q Final)
3. Kalashnikova/Olaru vs. Jankovic/Kleybanova (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Pavlyuchenkova/Srebotnik vs. Marcinkevica/Sasnovich

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France Edges USA in Fed Cup World Group Play-Offs

 

Caroline Garcia photo by Christopher Levy @tennis_shots

Caroline Garcia photo by Christopher Levy @tennis_shots

 

(April 20, 2014) The Fed Cup World Group Play-off tie between France and the USA came down to the final match – the doubles rubber. The doubles team of Caroline Garcia and Virginie Razzano led France to a 3-2 victory over the United States on Sunday with 6-2, 7-5 over Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys at the Chaifetz Arena on the campus of Saint Louis University.

“She was totally amazing, unbelievable,” France captain Amelie Mauresmo said of Garcia who also won both of her singles rubbers. “She really rose to the occasion and was fearless.”

“Again with both singles and doubles, with the help of Virginie in the doubles. “I think she loved Fed Cup.”I’m happy for her.”

“She really stood up to the occasion, she rose to this occasion being fearless completely, being great, and supported by the whole group, the whole team.”

 

“She was the star of the weekend,” USA captain Mary Jo Fernandez said pf Garcia. “I never thought that she got nervous in any of the matches. She’s really aggressive and it’s all coming together.”

 

“I like her game a lot. I’ve liked it for a long time. She’s much more disciplined now with her shot selection.

“She’s a great athlete. She didn’t miss many returns today in the doubles, and in the singles she was really aggressive. So I like her game. I’ve always liked her game. Now it’s all coming together.”

 

In Sunday’s first match of the day, Sloane Stephens, the United States’ top-ranked player, faced Virginie Razzano, who replaced Alize Cornet in singles after Cornet suffered a leg injury. Stephens won her first-ever Fed Cup singles match, defeating Razzano, 6-2, 6-4, in one hour and seven minutes. Stephens and Razzano had never played each other before this tie. Stephens is now 1-2 in singles play in Fed Cup competition and Razzano is 10-5.

 

The second singles match featured Madison Keys, 19, and Caroline Garcia, 20, where Garcia won her second singles match this weekend, defeating Keys, 6-4, 6-3. Garcia won her first WTA singles title last weekend in Bogota, Colombia, as well as the doubles title. Keys is now 1-2 in Fed Cup singles play.

 

France’s win means they have qualified for the World Group in 2015 and will compete for the Fed Cup championship. The U.S. will compete in World Group II in 2015 for just the second time since the World Group format was instituted in 1995 (the U.S. competed in the World Group II in 2012).

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Fed Cup Results for April 20, 2014

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(April 20, 2014) The ITF has announced the final results for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on  April 19-20.

Czech Republic will host Germany in the Fed Cup Final on 8-9 November. In the semifinals, Czech Republic overcame Italy 4-0 in Ostrava, while Germany defeated Australia 3-1 in Brisbane.

Canada, France, Poland and Russia all won their World Group play-off ties and will join Australia, Czech Republic, Germany and Italy in the 2015 World Group.

Netherlands, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland all won their World Group II play-off ties, and will join the four World Group play-off losing nations, Argentina, Slovak Republic, Spain and USA, in 2015 World Group II.

The draw for the 2015 Fed Cup will be held at Roland Garros, Paris on Wednesday June 4, at 12:00 local time (10:00 GMT).

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Canada Wins Historic World Group Playoff Tie Against the Slovak Republic

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard

By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

(April 20, 2014) QUEBEC CITY – It wasn’t as easy as the final score looks to be, but Canada managed to sweep the first three singles rubbers in order to defeat higher ranked Slovak Republic On Sunday in the Fed Cup World Group playoff in Quebec City, Canada. After the two long three set battles of Saturday went Canada’s way, Eugenie Bouchard finished things off against Jana Cepelova not without saving a set point in the first set.

Indeed, it was Cepelova who was playing the best tennis early on, getting numerous break points in the first three Bouchard service games. While she wasn’t able to convert on her first five tries, she did do so on her sixth, getting a 5-3 lead with the first break of the set. But for the fourth time of this tie, she then failed to serve for a set, getting broken at love. It didn’t stop her from getting a set point in the next service game, but the Canadian erased it with a clear forehand winner. While both players held to force a tiebreak, it was then Bouchard who drew first blood, taking a quick 4-1 lead, then a 6-4 lead with an ace. But it was then her time to falter, as she double faulted on her first set point, then missed on the second. Somehow, she did manage to win the next two points and, once again, Canada came out on top of a set they probably shouldn’t have won.

The loss of this close first set seemed to affect Cepelova mentally, but also physically, as she seemed to get stiff in the neck area and was constantly rolling her shoulders to release tension. Her serve, which isn’t her biggest weapon to start with, suffered from it and became easy attackable for Bouchard, who then went on to win five straight games and what seemed like an insurmountable lead.  One game way from an historic win, Bouchard did start missing a touch more, while Cepelova started giving a last effort in order to get back. It did work, and after the Slovak won her serve for 5-1, then broke and held again, Genie saw her lead melt off to only one break. The crowd, which was getting quite excited at the prospect of a quick second set, started getting worried when Bouchard got down 15-30 in that 5-3 game. But strong serving and a few misses from Cepelova helped Genie sweep through the last three points, and send Canada into the World Group in 2015.

There was a lot of attention on Bouchard this weekend, as she has been rising up the ranks and is becoming quite the celebrity in her home country. But there was a small glitch in her armor, as she ruffled a lot of feathers with her Handshake-Gate on Friday at the draw ceremony. Indeed, she then refused to shake her opponent’s hand in front of the cameras, describing the photo-op as ‘’lame’’. Whether or not it affected her on court is tough to say, but her performance all weekend, and her overall body language throughout both matches, were off.

But Bouchard’s strong self-confidence is well-known, and she proved it again during this tie. Despite having issues finding her range with her groundstrokes and spirited opponents, she managed to raise her level when she needed to, a sign of greater things to come. She saved set points in both first sets of her matches, then closed them out in tiebreaks, and found ways to reel off series of games to close out the matches. Champions step it up on important points, and she proved again that she might be becoming one quicker than expected.

This win was remarkable from Canada, as they had been struggling to get out of the America Zone in the past years. Before this weekend, they had not reached the World Group since 1994, when the top 16 countries were present; it is therefore their first trip into the Elite 8. They have defeated Ukraine, Serbia and the Slovak Republic in the past 12 months, three countries with better Fed Cup résumés and will now be waiting to see who their first round opponent will be in 2015 out of Germany, the Czech Republic, Australia, Italy, Poland, Russia and France.

On a side note, the doubles match, a dead rubber, saw Slovakian team of Schmiedlova/Husarova beat Canadians Fichman/Dabrowski 6-4 5-7 11-9, leading to a final score of 3-1 for Canada.

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Stan Wawrinka Tops Roger Federer for Monte Carlo Masters Title

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(April 20, 2014) World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka stopped Swiss countryman Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6(5). 6-2 to win the Monte Carlo title, his first ever Master Series title. It was just Wawrinka’s second win over Federer in 15 meetings, the first came in the third round of Monte Carlo in 2009.

“It’s always special to play Roger,” Wawrinka said. “We know it’s always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He’s my best friend on the tour. We respect each other so much. I’m just trying on the court to win the match. Before and after, we are still very good friends. During the match, we just try everything to win. Today I’m really happy to take that one.

“I can see that when mentally I’m there and I’m fighting, I can play tennis, I can beat all the players. I did an amazing job. I’m really happy after winning my first Grand Slam to win a Masters 1000 so quick. I didn’t expect to. When I came here, for me it was more like a test. I knew I was playing good tennis, but I didn’t expect to win because the draw was so strong.

“I did see I was playing good tennis. It was few little changes to take the advantage. I started to play more aggressive, trying to push him more. When you win a match like this, it’s only one or two points, especially in the tie-break. But I think I did a great tie-break. I was serving big and being really aggressive. Then I took the advantage at the beginning of the third set. I saw that he was a little bit tired. Me, I was playing better and better, especially moving better.”

 

“I think it’s one of the those finals that I could have won,” Federer said. “But Stan was tougher at the end. I think he deserved it just a little bit more. Clearly it would have been nice to win that second set tie-break. I didn’t necessarily play a bad one, but also at the same time I didn’t quite ever get into the lead where things went my way.

“Of course, I’m very happy for Stan. It’s a huge win for him after winning his first Grand Slam this year, also to win his first Masters 1000. To take the opportunities when they’re there, that’s key in a tennis player’s career. So I’m very happy for him.

“I would have loved to have won a second title [this season] because I’ve come close a few times. That’s my next objective, that I get to the very end more frequently. But clearly I’m happy that the clay court season started so well for me.”

On Monday, Wawrinka will rise to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, which is based solely on results this season.

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Mike Bryan Wins 100th Doubles Title with Monte Carlo Win

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(April 20, 2014) The Bryan brothers captured the Monte Carlo Masters for the fourth time on Sunday, their 98th doubles title as a pair. The win gave Mike Bryan his 100th overall men’s doubles title, the first player to do so.

The Bryans have now won five titles in a row and extended their winning streak to 21 matches unbeaten.

“It’s amazing to hit triple digits,” Mike Bryan said. It’s a great milestone to say that you have a hundred, to be the first player to hit a hundred titles. Kind of snuck up on us pretty quick. Last few years we’ve been really hot. We always wanted to beat the Woodies’ record of 61. Then trying to clip Todd Woodbridge’s 83 titles. All of a sudden I’m at 99.

“It will feel a lot better when we do it as a team. We’ve always looked at our career as team titles, doing it together. That’s the huge goal for this year, to do it together.”

Doubles – Final
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 63 36 10-8

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