2015/05/26

Five Finals Set for Saturday for USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships

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La Jolla, Calif. – (May 15, 2015) – The USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Championships will crown singles champions in five age divisions on Saturday at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

In the Women’s 50s singles final, scheduled for 10 a.m., top-seed and defending champion Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo) will face second-seeded Frances Chandler of Jackson, Tenn.

The 54-year-old Nideffer, a former touring tennis professional, is a two-time Wimbledon singles quarterfinalist and was once ranked as high as No. 15 in the world.

The complete schedule of singles finals is as follows:

Women’s 50 Singles
Championship
10 a.m.
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, vs. Frances Chandler (2), Jackson, Tenn.

Women’s 60 Singles
Championship
11 a.m.
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., vs. Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Women’s 70 Singles
Championship
11:30 a.m.
Betty Wachob (1), Panama City, Fla., vs. Catherine Anderson (2), Del Mar, Calif.

Women’s 80 Singles
Championship
10 a.m.
Burnett Herrick (1), Tarboro, N.C., vs. Dorothy Matthiessen (2), Pasadena, Calif.

Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin (final match)
Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, Calif., vs. Helene Salvetat, Hossegor, France

Sunday’s tournament schedule will feature women’s consolation finals.

For complete scores and results, as well as updated draws, please go to the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153474#&&s=0

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

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 43rd Annual Spring Senior Championships for men is also being played this week in conjunction with the women’s events. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments.

The men’s events 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.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club began each of these events in the late 1980s and has hosted them each year since then. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.

By Fred Sidhu

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Rome Results

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INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROMA, ITALIA

RESULTS – MAY 15, 2015

WTA
Singles – Quarterfinals

[2] S. Halep (ROU) d [Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) 61 60
[3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d V. Azarenka (BLR) 63 62
[10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [4] P. Kvitova (CZE) 63 62
[Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) d [Q] C. Mchale (USA) 62 64


Doubles – Quarterfinals

[8] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [2] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) 46 64 10-5
[4] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 63 63

ATP
Singles – Quarter-Finals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [5] K. Nishikori (JPN) 63 36 61
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d [6] T. Berdych (CZE) 63 63
[8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [4] R. Nadal (ESP) 76(7) 62
[7] D. Ferrer (ESP) d D. Goffin (BEL) 62 46 63

Doubles – Quarter-Finals

N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) d [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) 16 75 10-7
P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) d [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(2) 46 10-5
K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 64

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 16 MAY 2015

CENTRALE start 12:00
WTA – [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [2] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) vs [3] M. Sharapova (RUS)
8:00 pm
ATP – [8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)
ATP – [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00
WTA – [3] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [8] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [4] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP)

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Top Seeds Set Up 50 and Over Singles final of the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Championships

Frances Chandler

Frances Chandler

La Jolla, Calif. – (May 14, 2015) – After posting straight set semifinal victories on Thursday morning at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, top-seeded Ros Nideffer and second-seeded Fran Chandler will meet in the 50 and Over singles final of the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Championships.

Nideffer, the defending 50s champion who lives in San Diego (Rancho Bernardo), dominated fourth-seeded Tracy Houk of Montara, Calif., in her semifinal match, winning 6-2, 6-2 in one-hour and 31 minutes. Nideffer, who also won the 50s singles title in 2012, will be playing in her third 50s final in the last four years.

On the other side of the 50s main draw, Chandler, a resident of Jackson, Tenn., played a steady baseline game in breezy conditions on Court No. 1, as she eliminated fifth-seeded Judy Newman of Scotts Valley, Calif., 6-3, 6-2, in one-hour and 40 minutes.

“I didn’t mind the wind. I was okay with it. When I was on the side going with the wind, I had to be a little bit more forceful and come in. I couldn’t stay back with her, because she (Newman) is so consistent,” said Chandler, who won the tournament 50s singles title in 2011.

Chandler will face Nideffer in the 50s singles final in what will be a rematch of last year’s semifinals when she fell to the eventual champion, 6-4, 6-1. “I hope to make a good showing. I hope to play well and to move well,” Chandler said.

Tournament officials have scheduled Friday as a day off for senior competitors playing in the women’s main draw finals. All main draw finals will take place on Saturday, May 16. The full schedule for Saturday’s main draw women’s finals is listed below.

“The finalists in our senior women’s main draws will get a well-deserved day of rest on Friday and will play their championship finals on Saturday,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “Our Friday schedule will feature women’s consolation matches and main draw matches in the men’s tournament.”

Sunday’s tournament schedule will feature women’s consolation finals.

For complete scores and results, as well as updated draws, please go to the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153474#&&s=0

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. Matches are expected to start Friday, May 15 at 8 a.m., and on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at 9 a.m. All times are PST.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 43rd Annual Spring Senior Championships for men is also being played this week in conjunction with the women’s events. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments.

The men’s events 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.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club began each of these events in the late 1980s and has hosted them each year since then. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.

Written by Fred Sidhu

USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Saturday’s Schedule

Women’s 50 Singles
Championship
10 a.m.
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, vs. Frances Chandler (2), Jackson, Tenn.

Women’s 60 Singles
Championship
11 a.m.
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., vs. Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Women’s 70 Singles
Championship
11:30 a.m.
Betty Wachob (1), Panama City, Fla., vs. Catherine Anderson (2), Del Mar, Calif.

Women’s 80 Singles
Championship
10 a.m.
Burnett Herrick (1), Tarboro, N.C., vs. Dorothy Matthiessen (2), Pasadena, Calif.

Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin (final match)
Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, Calif., vs. Helene Salvetat, Hossegor, France

Thursday’s Results
Women’s 50 Singles
Semifinals
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Tracy Houk (4), Montara, Calif., 6-2, 6-2
Frances Chandler (2), Jackson, Tenn., def. Judy Newman (5), Scotts Valley, Calif., 6-3, 6-2

Women’s 60 Singles
Semifinals
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Rita Giles (5), Falls Church, Va., 6-0, 6-2
Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., def. Martha Downing (3), Shingle Springs, Calif., 6-1, 6-1

Women’s 70 Singles
Semifinals
Betty Wachob (1), Panama City, Fla., def. Charleen Hillebrand (3), Harbor City, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Catherine Anderson (2), Del Mar, Calif., def. Peggy Andry (5), New Orleans, La., 6-4, 6-4

Women’s 80 Singles
Semifinals
Burnett Herrick (1), Tarboro, N.C., def. Judith Smith (4), Brookline, Mass., 6-2, 5 7, 6-0
Dorothy Matthiessen (2), Pasadena, Calif., def. Mary Lynch (3), Rockport, Texas, 6-1, 6-1

Women’s 90 Singles
Round Robin
Catherine Hall, Newport Beach, Calif., def. Joyce Vanderpol, Blaine, Wash., Wd. (injury)

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153474

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Rome: Serena Williams and Murray Withdraw, Djokovic Tested, Federer and Nadal Advance

(May 14, 2015) Serena Williams and Andy Murray pulled out of the Italian Open on Thursday. Murray cited fatigue while Williams said she had a right elbow injury.

Murray is undefeated on clay court this year winning titles in Munich and Madrid.

“I’m going to take a few days’ rest,” Murray said. “I won’t train; I won’t go on the court. I just need a few days to recover. I’ll go home either tonight or tomorrow morning and spend a few days at home, maybe see my physio a little bit over the weekend to try and help the recovery process. I’ll try to rest and sleep and recover; that’s what I need to do right now. Hopefully I’ll get to Paris early next week and get some good days’ training done there.”

As for Serena: “It actually started a little bit in Madrid last week,” Williams said to media. “I wasn’t serving my best. I have to be able to serve and hit my shots with a lot of confidence, and when you’re injured, you don’t have that much confidence. It’s so important to have it when you go up against any player out there, whether it’s in my match today or in the final of a Grand Slam. You just really need it.

“It wasn’t an easy decision. I talked with my coach and he said it wouldn’t be very smart for me to play, and that we have to make the right decision for the future, and not for now. I told him that I hate quitting, but then he told me this isn’t about quitting, it’s about making the best decision.”

No. 1 Novak Djokovic came back after dropping the first set to beat Brazilian qualifier and No. 68 in the world Thomaz Bellucci 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final 8 in Rome. The Serb will meet Kei Nishikori, who bdefeated Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3.

Rafael Nadal became the first person to break John Isner’s serve in almost a month when he beat the tall American 6-4, 6-4. Nadal will take on Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.

No. 2 seed Roger Federer had problems closing out his match against Kevin Anderson 6-3, 7-5 Federer led 5-2 in the second set.

Federer will play sixth seed Tomas Berdych next. Berdych overcame a strong challenge from crowd favorite and the last Italian in the tournament, Fabio Fognini 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2)

On the women’s side, No 2 Simona Halep defeated 1999 champion Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1, two-time champ Maria Sharapova defeated qualifier Bojana Jovanovski 6-3, 6-3 and Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (7). Bouchard is 7-9 on the year.

With Serena Williams’ withdrawal, qualifier Christina McHale has made the quarterfinals.

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 14 MAY 2015

ATP Singles – Third Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) 57 62 63
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d [15] K. Anderson (RSA) 63 75
D. Goffin (BEL) d [3] A. Murray (GBR) w/o (fatigue)
[4] R. Nadal (ESP) d [16] J. Isner (USA) 64 64
[5] K. Nishikori (JPN) d V. Troicki (SRB) 64 63
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) d F. Fognini (ITA) 63 36 76(2)
[7] D. Ferrer (ESP) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 63
[8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d D. Thiem (AUT) 76(3) 64

ATP Doubles – Quarter-Finals

[5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) 64 64

ATP Doubles – Second Round
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 62 57 10-8
P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) d [6] D. Nestor (CAN) / L. Paes (IND) 62 64
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 15 MAY 2015

CENTRALE start 12:00
WTA – [Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [2] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [6] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [5] K. Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 7:30 pm

WTA – [3] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs I. Begu (ROU) or V. Azarenka (BLR)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00
ATP – D. Goffin (BEL) vs [7] D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [4] P. Kvitova (CZE)
WTA – [Q] C. Mchale (USA) vs [Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00
WTA – [4] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)
WTA – [8] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [2] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA)
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
ATP – [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP)
ATP – K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

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Tennis Industry Association: Pope Talks Tennis at the Vatican; Cardio Tennis Debuts to Coaches in Italy

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From the Tennis Industry Association: HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (May 14, 2015) — During the qualifying tennis tournament for the Italian Open in Rome in early May, the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) hosted a special session at the Vatican with Pope Francis, who used the encounter to speak about sports and tennis as an “educational experience.” The audience with the Pope was the opening session for the 2nd Annual International Tennis Coaches Symposium.

Nearly 7,000 tennis coaches, their families and others involved in the sport were in attendance in the Vatican’s Paul VI Audience Hall on May 8, including coaching legend Nick Bollettieri; former touring pro, longtime tennis director and current PTR President Roy Barth; past PTR President Jorge Andrew; U.S. mental toughness coach Lorenzo Beltram; well-known Italian coach Pablo Lozano; Tennis Industry Association (TIA) Executive Director Jolyn de Boer; and TIA Cardio Tennis Manager Michele Krause.

“There are three paths—three fundamental pillars—for children and young people: Education (in the school and in the family), sport and work,” Pope Francis told the coaches. “When we have all three—school, sport and work—then there exists the conditions to develop a full and authentic life, avoiding those dependencies that poison and ruin existence.

“You athletes have a mission to fulfill: To be, for those who admire you, good role models,” the Pope said. “And also you managers, coaches and others working in sport: You are called to give a good witness to human values, practitioners of a sporting profession that is always fair and transparent.

“I would … urge each of you to get into the game, not only in sport—as you already do and with excellent results—but in life, the pursuit of the good, the true good, without fear, with courage and enthusiasm,” he added.

Following the Pope’s address and blessing, the Symposium moved to the historic Foro Italico, site of the Italian Open. Hosted by the FIT, the gathering of more than 3,000 tennis professionals and coaches is the world’s largest tennis symposium. Cardio Tennis, a program managed by the TIA, was presented and demonstrated on the Grand Stand Court by de Boer and Krause.

The on-court Cardio Tennis participants wore Polar Bluetooth heart-rate transmitters and the data for each participant was displayed on the court’s large Jumbotron so the audience could see the players’ heart rates live and follow their progress as they were put through the Cardio Tennis session, burning calories and getting their heart rate into their training zones.

Cardio Tennis already is offered in more than 30 countries, including as a key pillar for tennis participation in Australia and the United Kingdom. In the U.S., more than 1.7 million people participate in Cardio Tennis.

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Defending Champion Ros Nideffer Advances at USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships

La Jolla, Calif. – (May 13, 2015) – Defending champion and top seed Ros Nideffer of San Diego (Rancho Bernardo) got past fifth-seeded Eleanor Hammargren of San Clemente, 6-3, 6-3, to advance to the semifinals of the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Championships.

Nideffer, who has captured the 50s singles title twice in the last three years, took control early in the first set of her quarterfinal match as she broke Hammargren in the first game and went on to build a 3-1 lead. Later with a 5-3 advantage, Nideffer broke serve again to wrap up the first set, which took exactly one hour.

In the second set, Nideffer scored her third service break of the match in the second game and then held serve for a 3-0 lead. However, Hammargren, who won last year’s consolation singles title, rallied as she won the next three games to level the second set at 3-3.

Nideffer, a former two-time Wimbledon singles quarterfinalist who was once ranked as high as No. 15 in the world, regained her focus and came back to win the final three games, serving out the final game of the match at love.

“It was a little frustrating actually. I didn’t feel like I was playing that well. I wasn’t moving to the ball and allowing it to come to me. I wasn’t playing as aggressively as I would have liked,” Nideffer said after her straight-set victory.

“My serve was a little better than it has been, that’s one positive. Another positive was when I pulled it out when she came back after (I) was up 3-0,” Nideffer added. “I pulled it together for those three games. She played well.”

In her semifinal match, Nideffer will face fourth-seeded Tracy Houk of Montara, Calif., on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (PDT). Houk, who has reached the 50s singles final for the last four consecutive years, blanked fifth-seeded Mariana Hollman of Walkertown, N.C., 6-0, 6-0, in the quarterfinals.

The other 50s singles semifinal, which is also scheduled for 9:30 a.m. (PDT), will pit second-seeded Frances Chandler of Jackson, Tenn., versus fifth-seeded Judy Newman of Scotts Valley, Calif.

Chandler advanced to the semifinals as she cruised past fifth-seeded Anna Zimmermann of Indianapolis, Ind., 6-1, 6-1, while Newman outlasted third-seeded Erika Smith of Oakland, Calif., 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, in a quarterfinal match that took two hours and 45 minutes.
The senior women’s tennis event features singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age divisions. The tournament attracts the best players from across the country, making the tournament field of competitors the strongest in the nation in each age division.

Singles and doubles finals in each women’s division will be played on Saturday, May 16. The tournament schedule on Sunday, May 17 will feature consolation finals.

For complete scores and results, as well as updated draws, please go to the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153474#&&s=0

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. Matches are expected to start Thursday, May 14 through Friday, May 15 at 8 a.m., and on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at 9 a.m. All times are PST.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 43rd Annual Spring Senior Championships for men is also being played this week in conjunction with the women’s events. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments.

The men’s events 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.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club began each of these events in the late 1980s and has hosted them each year since then. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.

USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Wednesday’s Results

50 Singles
Quarterfinals
Ros Nideffer (1), San Diego, def. Eleanor Hammargren (5), San Clemente, Calif., 6-3, 6-3
Tracy Houk (4), Montara, Calif., def.  Mariana Hollman (5), Walkertown, N.C., 6-0, 6-0
Frances Chandler (2), Jackson, Tenn., def.  Anna Zimmermann (5), Indianapolis, Ind., 6-1, 6-1
Judy Newman (5), Scotts Valley, Calif., def. Erika Smith (3), Oakland, Calif., 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

60 Singles
Quarterfinals
Tina Karwasky (1), Glendale, Calif., def. Carol Gay (5), San Diego, 6-0, 6-1
Martha Downing (3), Shingle Springs, Calif., def.  Carolee Hammel, Wellsville, Utah, 6-0, 6-0
Carolyn Nichols (2), Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., def.  Leslie Airola Murveit (5), Portola Valley, Calif., 6-1, 6-2
Rita Giles (5), Falls Church, Va., def. Sherri Bronson (4), Scottsdale, Ariz., 7-6 (2), 6-3

70 Singles
Quarterfinals
Betty Wachob (1), Panama City, Fla., def. Lorna Brooks, Sheridan, Wyo., 6-0, 6-0
Charleen Hillebrand (3), Harbor City, Calif., def. Ann Hunt (5), Hilton Head Island, S.C., 6-1, 6-1
Peggy Andry (5), New Orleans, La., def. Sheila Weinstock (4), Framingham, Mass., 6-3, 6-1
Catherine Anderson (2), Del Mar, Calif., def. Carolann Castell (5), Kirkland, Wash., 6-0, 6-2

80 Singles
Quarterfinals
Burnett Herrick (1), Tarboro, N.C., def. Laurine Leach, Weston, Mass., 6-1, 6-0
Mary Lynch (3), Rockport, Texas, def. Irene Bretzel, Fircrest, Wash., 6-1, 6-3
Dorothy Matthiessen (2), Pasadena, Calif., def. Jacqueline Van Haelst, Waban, Mass., 6-0, 6-0
Judith Smith (4), Brookline, Mass., def. Claire Zoeller, Santa Fe, N.M., 6-4, 6-0

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153474
By Fred Sidhu

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From ATP Pro to “Shark Tank” – Zack Fleishman Talks About Being an Entrepreneur

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(May 12, 2015) Former ATP World Tour professional Zack Fleishman will be taking the plunge on the ABC-TV show “Shark Tank” on Friday, May 15, 2015.

 

Shark Tank, which has aired on ABC since 2009, is a program in which aspiring entrepreneur contestants make business presentations to a panel of “shark” investors.

 

The former tennis player who reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 127 in 2007, will have his company Shark Wheel featured on the program. Fleishman is the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

 

Shark Wheel is based in in the Lake Forest community of Orange County. Shark Wheel’s technology guru David Patrick has literally reinvented the wheel with a design that offers superior performance advantages to the traditional wheel.

 

The Shark Wheel design is the perfect intersection of a cube, a sphere, and a three-dimensional sine wave. It appears to be a square or cube rolling from the side/45 degree angle, but from the rear view looks like a snake or three-dimensional sine wave in motion.

 

The former UCLA All-American who competed in all four majors as a professional, with career wins over the likes of Fernando González, David Nalbandian, Vince Spadea, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Daniel Nestor, Tomáš Berdych, Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson and Nicolas Mahut talked about his transition from swinging racquets to reinventing wheels.

“What happened was that I was having my best year in tennis in 2007, reached my career high of No. 11 in the United States, No. 127 in the world and in 2008 I flew off a mountain bike and had a horrible accident, said the 35-year-old Californian. “My tire popped and I flew over the handlebars and severely injured my shoulder, I tore everything, so I had to get reconstructive shoulder surgery. And I tried to come back a year later. I actually won a futures tournament and I had to get a second shoulder surgery, re-torn in the same spot. So that basically knocked me out of competition.”

 

“Then I started teaching tennis full-time and then what happened was my tennis coach, he was also my fitness trainer. He used to travel with me to the U.S. Open and a bunch of other big tournaments and he used to always make fun of me because I used to read science books all the time. That was my obsession – physics, cosmology, anything to do with science.

“So one day when I was working out, one of my clients made a major scientific discovery which made the cover of Time Magazine. He said that I think you would understand the scientific discovery and that he would like me to hear all about it. I said absolutely.

 

“So he introduced me to one of his clients and it started off for the first two months as me almost being his apprentice, learning all about the discoveries that he made, it was beyond fascinating.

 

“And then it slowly turned into a business relationship when he had all these unique shapes that came out of this discovery.

“He actually spent years developing this scientific model.

“Then one day he said, did I ever show you this wheel.

“He showed it to me, and I literally called the patent lawyer five minutes later.

“And we changed directions only working on the (Shark) wheel.

“I was just extremely hungry to help him get his ideas to the marketplace and that’s how I got involved and went from tennis into entrepreneurship.”

 

A small company based in the Lake Forest community of Orange County, Shark Wheel’s technology guru David Patrick has literally reinvented the wheel with a revolutionary design.

 

Patrick’s passion for skateboarding along with his interest in the natural world led to the discovery of the Shark Wheel.  Patrick discovered the shape while studying natural sciences. It is based on the shape of shark jaws and is a pattern found throughout nature. Once he realized the significant advantages of the wheel, a team was assembled, a patent was obtained, and Shark Wheel was born. The Shark Wheel offers a faster ride, more slide control, and better grip through rain and rough terrains.

 

The Shark Wheel can be used for almost any application that uses a wheel, but it is the company’s intent to manufacture only skateboard products and roller skate/roller derby wheels.  Shark Wheel ‘s expansion into a full spectrum of markets where the Shark Wheel could increase efficiency, roll faster, and maneuver through uneven surfaces would be executed only through licensing agreements.

 

As for expanding the wheel’s use, Fleishman said: “We decided to start in skateboarding because it’s a cool market.

“We plan to go into a variety of markets – doing licensing deals from everything from scooters to roller skates to luggage to office chairs, all the way down to cars one day.”

Any possible use of this wheel in tennis someday? “Not quite yet -we may be able to throw some wheels on the umpire’s chair and a couple of other places,” the entrepreneur said with smile in his voice, “but I plan to look into that soon because I’d love to bring my current business back into the tennis world somehow.”

Fleishman talked about playing pro tennis versus what he’s doing now in the business world: “I look at business as a sport and when I was playing tennis, all I was doing was trying to out-work my opponent, out-think my opponent and figure out ways to get ahead, find advantages – and that’s exactly how I look at business.

“I’m scared that my competition is out-working me, out-thinking me. So even though it’s a lot less physical, it’s a lot more mental, it’s a whole new exciting learning curve for me to master the art.

“And I’m just an extraordinarily competitive person and I look at this as a different sport that I took up.”

 

As for preparing his pitch for Shark Tank, “We were only given a few weeks of preparation time so it was a full-time job getting ready for the show, he said. “We had a very small time frame to build prototypes to show on the show and I had to learn every single part of our business, every single number, down to the penny. I was very well-prepared by the time the filming of the TV show came around.”

The show was taped a few months ago.

The former world No. 127 still keeps up with the tennis world. Of particular interest to him is college tennis and the up-and-comers on the pro tours.

He’s very proud of having coached the No. 1 women’s college player – Maegan Manasse of the California Bears, University of California, Berkeley. He predicts that she’ll be a Top 20 player someday. He thinks she’s ready for the pro tour and to keep an eye out for her as she’s been “under the radar” for her entire career.

 

As for the men, Fleishman likes to watch Dominic Theim, Borna Coric. “I really like watching those young guys, how they are able to perform at such a high level at such a young age.”

 

“It’s so amazing for me to be part of a new discovery that has never occurred in all of human history – somebody reinvented the shape of the wheel and it actually out performs a traditional wheel.”

 

See if Fleishman can convince the panel on Shark Tank to back the Shark Wheel on Friday, May 15, 2015 on ABC-TV. Check local listings for the time and the exact channel.

Karen Pestaina for Tennis Panorama News

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Tina Karwasky 60’s Divison No. 1 Begins with an Easy Win at USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships

Tina Karwasky

Tina Karwasky

La Jolla, Calif. – (May 12, 2015) – Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., is the number one-ranked player in the country in the 60 and over division. The soft-spoken 62-year-old has dominated the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Championships at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, winning the 60s singles title for the last three consecutive years.

After opening this year’s tournament with an impressive first-round win, Karwasky played her second-round match on Tuesday in gusty conditions on Court No. 2 against unseeded Penne Burgess of Carson City, Nev.

The top-seed and three-time defending champion got off to a slow start, losing the first two games to start the match. However, Karwasky came back to reel off 12 straight games to eliminate Burgess, 6-2, 6-0, and advance to the 60s quarterfinals.

“It was pretty breezy. It was tough. I was down 0-2 in the first set. I just had to get the ball in the court and get some rhythm going,” said Karwasky, a retired tennis coach. “I had to figure out my opponent. I’m slow at that sometimes.”

Karwasky will play her quarterfinal match against fifth-seeded Carol Gay of San Diego on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. (PDT).

In other tournament action, Ros Nideffer, the top seed and defending champion in the 50s singles division, dropped her serve in the opening game of her second round match on Court No. 1, but rebounded to score an impressive 6-2, 6-0, victory over  unseeded Tai Sisson of San Dimas, Calif.

The 54-year-old Nideffer, a resident of the Rancho Bernardo community in San Diego, is a former touring tennis professional who reached a career-high No. 15 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings in 1990.

Nideffer will face fifth-seeded Eleanor Hammargren of San Clemente, Calif., in a quarterfinal match scheduled for 9:30 a.m. (PDT) on Wednesday.

The senior women’s tennis event features singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age divisions. The tournament attracts the best players from across the country, making the tournament field of competitors the strongest in the nation in each age division.

Singles and doubles finals in each women’s division will be played on Saturday, May 16. The tournament schedule on Sunday, May 17 will feature consolation finals.

For complete scores and results, as well as updated draws, please go to the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153474#&&s=0

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-site parking is available for a nominal fee. Matches are expected to start Wednesday, May 13 through Friday, May 15 at 8 a.m., and on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at 9 a.m. All times are PST.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 43rd Annual Spring Senior Championships for men is also being played this week in conjunction with the women’s events. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments.

The men’s events 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.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club began each of these events in the late 1980s and has hosted them each year since then. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.

 

Written by Fred Sidhu

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Rome Results and Schedule

Roma

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROMA, ITALIA

RESULTS – MAY 12, 2015

WTA Singles – Second Round

[1] S. Williams (USA) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 63
[3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d J. Gajdosova (AUS) 62 31 Retired (Right Shoulder injury)
T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d S. Lisicki (GER) 64 63
First Round
[10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d M. Barthel (GER) 64 26 63
[12] L. Safarova (CZE) d [LL] A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 76(6) 67(3) 64
[16] J. Jankovic (SRB) d C. Giorgi (ITA) 75 75
[Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) d B. Bencic (SUI) 67(2) 75 62
[Q] B. Jovanovski (SRB) d C. Garcia (FRA) 76(4) 46 62
I. Begu (ROU) d [Q] U. Radwanska (POL) 46 62 61
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [LL] L. Hradecka (CZE) 75 26 61
[LL] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d M. Puig (PUR) 75 62
[Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) d [Q] M. Doi (JPN) 67(2) 63 63
E. Svitolina (UKR) d F. Pennetta (ITA) 64 62


WTA Doubles – Second Round

[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 64 61
J. Goerges (GER) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d A. Groenefeld (GER) / A. Panova (RUS) 64 76(1)
First Round
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d K. Knapp (ITA) / R. Vinci (ITA) 63 64
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) d M. Krajicek (NED) / B. Strycova (CZE) 63 60
[WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / S. Stosur (AUS) d [WC] M. Camerin (ITA) / C. Dentoni (ITA) 60 64
[WC] S. Halep (ROU) / F. Schiavone (ITA) d D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 62 62

ATP Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) 61 67(5) 63
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) d [WC] M. Donati (ITA) 62 64
[7] D. Ferrer (ESP) d R. Gasquet (FRA) 64 75
[8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d J. Monaco (ARG) 46 63 62
[15] K. Anderson (RSA) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 30 ret. (elbow)

ATP Singles – First Round

G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [9] M. Cilic (CRO) 64 63
[11] F. Lopez (ESP) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) 64 76(4)
[13] J. Tsonga (FRA) d S. Querrey (USA) 76(6) 60
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d M. Granollers (ESP) 61 63
[Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) d [Q] D. Schwartzman (ARG) 64 43 ret. (leg)
V. Troicki (SRB) d B. Tomic (AUS) 76(3) 67(4) 76(4)
D. Goffin (BEL) d [Q] A. Arnaboldi (ITA) 57 62 61
[Q] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d M. Klizan (SVK) 64 61

ATP Doubles – First Round
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [WC] P. Lorenzi (ITA) / L. Vanni (ITA) 76(5) 63
P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) d M. Klizan (SVK) / P. Oswald (AUT) 64 46 13-11
N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) d L. Rosol (CZE) / G. Simon (FRA) 63 16 10-8

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 13 MAY 2015

CENTRALE start 12:00
ATP – [3] A. Murray (GBR) vs J. Chardy (FRA)
ATP – [Q] M. Ilhan (TUR) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
WTA – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [5] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [WC] K. Knapp (ITA) vs [4] P. Kvitova (CZE)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am

WTA – A. Riske (USA) vs [2] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – J. Vesely (CZE) vs [5] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) vs [12] G. Simon (FRA)
WTA – [14] V. Williams (USA) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [11] F. Lopez (ESP) vs V. Troicki (SRB)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am

WTA – [Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) vs [7] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
WTA – [Q] C. Mchale (USA) vs [13] S. Errani (ITA)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [10] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
ATP – D. Goffin (BEL) vs [13] J. Tsonga (FRA)
WTA – [16] J. Jankovic (SRB) vs M. Rybarikova (SVK)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

ATP – G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
WTA – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) vs [LL] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [6] E. Bouchard (CAN) vs Z. Diyas (KAZ)
WTA – H. Watson (GBR) vs [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – After suitable rest – [8] S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

ATP – [16] J. Isner (USA) vs L. Mayer (ARG)
WTA – [Q] B. Jovanovski (SRB) vs [15] M. Keys (USA)
ATP – [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
WTA – [9] A. Kerber (GER) vs I. Begu (ROU)
ATP – [WC] M. Donati (ITA) / S. Napolitano (ITA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am

WTA – A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE)
ATP – J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [4] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
WTA – [Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [12] L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA)
ATP – J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [7] A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm

WTA – S. Lisicki (GER) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
WTA – [8] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [WC] N. Burnett (ITA) / J. Paolini (ITA)
ATP – L. Mayer (ARG) / J. Monaco (ARG) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU)

COURT 6 start Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

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Tracy Houk Advances at USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships

Tracy Houk

Tracy Houk

La Jolla, Calif. – (May 11, 2015) – It’s no secret that Tracy Houk of Montara, Calif., enjoys playing at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club. She has reached the singles final of the 50 and over division of the USTA National Senior Women’s Hard Court Tennis Championships for the last four consecutive years, winning the title in 2013.

On a cool and overcast Monday morning, the fourth-seeded Houk began her quest for another 50s singles title with a commanding performance on Court No. 1, as she dominated unseeded Maria Nunez of San Diego, 6-0, 6-1, in a first-round match.

“I had a really good match today. I was moving well and I feel healthy. Every match is going to get tougher and tougher, but I’m up for it,” Houk said following her victory.

“I really look forward to coming out here and playing on the hard courts. I feel really comfortable and my game comes together when I’m here,” said Houk, a tennis teaching professional. “It’s a great atmosphere. I’m from the coast (Northern California) and this feels like my second home.”

Defending champion Ros Nideffer, the top seed in the 50s singles division, received a first-round bye and will play unseeded Tai Sisson of San Dimas, Calif., at 1 p.m. (PDT) on Tuesday.  Nideffer, who lives in the San Diego community of Rancho Bernardo, reached a career-high No. 15 in the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) singles rankings in 1990.

The 54-year-old Nideffer, a two-time Wimbledon singles quarterfinalist, captured the French Open doubles title and reached the US Open doubles final in 1983. Nideffer also won the 50s singles title at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in 2012.

Tina Karwasky of Glendale, Calif., the top seeded player in the 60 and over singles division, advanced to the second round with a convincing 6-1, 6-0, victory over San Diego’s Yoko Anderson. Karwasky is the three-time defending champion and is attempting to win the 60s title for the fourth consecutive year.

The senior women’s tennis event features singles and doubles in the 50 and over, 60 and over, 70 and over, 80 and over, and 90 and over age divisions. The tournament attracts the best players from across the country, making the tournament field of competitors the strongest in the nation in each age division.

Singles and doubles finals in each women’s division will be played on Saturday, May 16. The tournament schedule on Sunday, May 17 will feature consolation finals.

For complete scores and results, as well as updated draws, please go to the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153474#&&s=0

La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club welcomes tennis enthusiasts to view the tournament with free admission. On-¬site parking is available for a nominal fee. Matches are expected to start Tuesday, May 12 through Friday, May 15 at 8 a.m., and on Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 at 9 a.m. All times are PST.

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s 43rd Annual Spring Senior Championships for men is also being played this week in conjunction with the women’s events. Although the men’s events are not national championships, they feature many senior players who regularly compete in national tournaments.

The men’s events 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.

Expected start of play:
Women                                              Men
Tues.: 80 Singles & Doubles              Tues.: 65 Singles / 70 Singles & Doubles
Wed.: 90 Doubles                              Wed.: 60 Singles, 65 Doubles, 75 Singles & Doubles
Thurs.: 90 Singles                             Thurs.: 60 Doubles, 80 Doubles
Fri.: 85 Singles & Doubles

The La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club began each of these events in the late 1980s and has hosted them each year since then. Designated one of the Top 50 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship.

Written bu Fred Sidhu

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