October 27, 2016

Murray Win Sets Up Quarterfinal Match Against Davis Cup Teammate at China Open

(October 5, 2016) Top seed Andy Murray beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-1 at the China Open on Wednesday to set up an all-British quarterfinal against Davis Cup teammate Kyle Edmund.

Edmund, who came into the event as a qualifier, upset seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

With the Maria Sharapova doping ban reduced on Tuesday, Murray was asked about Head who makes both Sharapova’s and Murray’s tennis racquets. Head put out a press release as well as social media posts with a “#WestoodwithMaria” hashtag supporting Sharapova, which received some scrutiny.

Murray responded: “Well, I think Head made themselves pretty clear in March time when obviously the story came out how they were going to handle it. They said that they were going to support her through it all. I don’t think anyone maybe should have been surprised by it because of how they reacted in March.

“I spoke about it back then, how I felt about it. Obviously when I was asked about it yesterday, I was asked about the sentence potentially being reduced. It doesn’t mean I’ve changed my stance on how I feel about it.

“Maria competed at the Australian Open whilst using a banned drug, and then deserves a suspension. The time of the suspension, that’s not up to me. With everything that’s gone on this year with meldonium, obviously there were going to be some issues with that legally.

“But, yeah, obviously it’s done now. I’ve answered so many questions on it this year, all through March, and again here, I don’t feel like I need to keep talking about it. I’ve made my position very clear on how I felt about it. It’s the same as it was in March, and I’ll move on.”

In the women’s event, top seed Angelique Kerber had a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Barbora Strycova.

Asked about her thoughts about Sharapova’s ban reduction, the world No. 1 said: “You know, actually at the end the final decision is out. That’s all I can say because I don’t know exactly the whole story. I was not into it.

“Yeah, now she’s coming back in April, I think. Yeah, this is all I can say actually to this thing.”

Asked by a reporter if tennis missed Sharapova, the German responded: “I don’t know. I mean, you know, everybody is going her own way. Actually, you know, this is what I can say from my position. I’m not thinking about this because that’s her way. She have to go through it. Yeah, I think she’s looking back to being back on court.”

In other women’s results, US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova survived a match point to win 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7) win over 19-year-old Daria Kasatkina. The win clinched a spot in the WTA Year-End event in Singapore.

Petra Kvitova beat second seed Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4 to advance. Kvitova is a on a winning streak in China, last week winning the Wuhan Open.

Other winners included Madison Keys, Johanna Konta, Daria Gavrilova, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Garcia.



Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] A. Murray (GBR) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 62 61
[5] D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) 63 64
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) d [7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 46 64
A. Zverev (GER) d J. Sock (USA) 64 62

Men’s Singles – First Round
[8] R. Gasquet (FRA) d S. Querrey (USA) 26 63 62
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d B. Tomic (AUS) 63 61
M. Jaziri (TUN) d G. Pella (ARG) 64 64
G. Dimitrov (BUL) d S. Johnson (USA) 75 67(9) 64
[Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 46 63

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / R. Nadal (ESP) d [WC] M. Gong (CHN) / Z. Zhang (CHN) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) 61 36 16-14
[2] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d P. Cuevas (URU) / V. Troicki (SRB) 76(10) 63
R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) d M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) 46 64 10-6
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d M. Raonic (CAN) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 75

Women’s Singles – Third Round
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [2] G. Muguruza (ESP) 61 64
[8] M. Keys (USA) d [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(2) 62
Second Round
[1] A. Kerber (GER) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 76(4)
[5] K. Pliskova (CZE) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 36 75 76(7)
[11] J. Konta (GBR) d T. Babos (HUN) 75 62
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [12] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 46 60 64
[16] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [WC] S. Lisicki (GER) 64 64
C. Garcia (FRA) d [WC] S. Peng (CHN) 63 36 76(4)

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
[1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 60 26 10-7
[WC] C. Mchale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) d [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 63 61
[3] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d V. King (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 76(6) 64
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [4] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) 46 61 10-4
[5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) 61 64
J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d [7] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 64 36 10-8
[WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) d [8] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 76(3) 06 10-5
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 57 75 10-4


WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs C. Wozniacki (DEN)
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [16] E. Svitolina (UKR)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [6] L. Pouille (FRA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – S. Zhang (CHN) vs [4] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)

LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [8] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – A. Cornet (FRA) vs Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)

MOON COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – [3] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO)
WTA – D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [2] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)
WTA – After suitable rest – [1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)

BRAD DREWETT start 1:30 pm
ATP – J. Sock (USA) / B. Tomic (AUS) vs [Q] P. Lorenzi (ITA) / G. Pella (ARG)
WTA – After suitable rest – J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) or [4] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – TBA – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA)



At the Japan Open, former champions Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych both lost.

Nishikori was forced to retire from his match with a left Glute injury.

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships
Tokyo, Japan


Singles – Second Round
J. Sousa (POR) d [1] K. Nishikori (JPN) 34 ret. (left glute)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 46 75 75
[5] D. Goffin (BEL) d J. Vesely (CZE) 63 75
[PR] J. Monaco (ARG) d [Q] J. Duckworth (AUS) 76(3) 63

Singles – First Round
G. Muller (LUX) d [3] T. Berdych (CZE) 76(7) 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [3] D. Inglot (GBR) / J. Rojer (NED) 76(6) 36 10-7

Doubles – First Round
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [Q] N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 64 62
R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Peya (AUT) d [4] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 67(5) 63 14-12
A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) d O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) 16 64 13-11


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[6] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE)
M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs G. Muller (LUX)
G. Simon (FRA) vs [2] G. Monfils (FRA)
[7] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

SHOW COURT 1 Not Before 1:00 pm
T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)


Maria Sharapova to play WTT Smash Hits at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on October 10

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

New York, N.Y. (October 5, 2016) Maria Sharapova will be back on the court for the first time since her ban,  when she makes her World TeamTennis Smash Hits debut at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on October 1oth.

Sharapova will be playing in the charity event for the first time in its 24-year history. WTT Smash Hits, which is co-hosted by Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King, raises funds for the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Sharapova joins an all-star field that includes John McEnroe, Andy Roddick, Martina Navratilova, Mardy Fish and Mark Philippoussis. Another new addition to the field is former world No. 1 doubles player Liezel Huber.


“I am really excited to get back on the court for a great cause,” said the five-time major  winner Sharapova in a press release. “I have been wanting to play this event for Billie and Elton for a long time so I am looking forward to a great night of tennis.”



Since 1993, WTT Smash Hits has raised more than $14 million for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS charities. Caesars Palace, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is also home to Elton John’s hit show, “The Million Dollar Piano.”


Captained by King and John, the players will form two teams and play a WTT match featuring singles and doubles action. The music legend is expected to participate in a celebrity doubles match to open the event. Last year, Team Elton took a 12-11 edge in the overall series with a 17-11 win over Team Billie Jean.


Maria Sharapova’s Ban Reduced to 15 Months

4 October 2016 – London, ENGLAND – An appeal panel appointed under the Code of Sports-related Arbitration of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (“CAS”) has reduced the sanction imposed on Maria Sharapova by an Independent Tribunal on 8 June 2016 from 24 months to 15 months. The results and prize money that Ms. Sharapova earned at the 2016 Australian Open remain disqualified. Her period of ineligibility will now end at midnight on 25 April 2017.

Ms. Sharapova, a 29-year-old player from Russia, provided a urine sample on 26 January 2016 that was found to contain meldonium, which is prohibited under section S4 (Hormone and Metabolic Modulators) of the 2016 WADA Prohibited List. She admitted her consequent violation of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme, and noted that the meldonium was the active ingredient of a medication, Mildronate, that she had been taking for ten years, and that she had not realised it had been added to the Prohibited List as from 1 January 2016.

An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1.1 of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme found that Ms. Sharapova bore significant fault for her violation, because (among other things) she had failed to put in place an adequate system to check for changes made each year to the Prohibited List. It therefore imposed on Ms. Sharapova a period of ineligibility of two years, backdated to commence on 26 January 2016. Her results at the 2016 Australian Open were disqualified, and the ranking points and prize money that she won at that event were forfeited.

Ms. Sharapova appealed that decision to CAS on the basis that she bore No Significant Fault or Negligence for her anti-doping rule violation and therefore her ban should be reduced from two years to “time served” (i.e., she should be free to start competing again from the date of the CAS panel’s decision).

Following a hearing on 7 and 8 September 2016, the CAS panel found that Ms. Sharapova had a reduced perception of the risk that she took while using Mildronate, because (a) she had used Mildronate for around ten years without any anti-doping issue, (b) she had consulted the Russian doctor who prescribed the Mildronate for medical reasons, not to enhance her performance, and (c) she had received no specific warning about the change in status of meldonium from WADA, the ITF, or the WTA. In addition, the CAS panel considered that it was reasonable for Ms. Sharapova to entrust the checking of the Prohibited List each year to her agent.

However, the CAS panel found that Ms. Sharapova was at fault for (a) failing to give her agent adequate instructions as to how to carry out the important task of checking the Prohibited List, and (b) failing to supervise and control the actions of her agent in carrying out that task (specifically the lack of any procedure for reporting or follow-up verification to make sure that her agent had actually discharged his duty). The CAS panel also noted Ms. Sharapova’s failure to disclose her use of meldonium on her doping control forms.

Taking all of these circumstances into account, the CAS panel determined that, although Ms. Sharapova was at fault, her plea of No Significant Fault or Negligence should be upheld, triggering a discretion to reduce the otherwise applicable two year sanction by up to 50 per cent. Based on its analysis of Ms. Sharapova’s degree of fault, the CAS panel decided that the sanction should be reduced in this case to 15 months.


The full decision is available at www.itftennis.com/antidoping

Editor’s note:

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World AntiDoping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.


Sharapova statement:


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Berdych and Khachanov Take Titles in China

Tomas Berdych

Tomas Berdych

(October 2, 2016) Tomas Berdych defended his Shenzhen title on Sunday beating Richard Gasquet 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-3. For the Czech, it’s his 13th ATP World Tour title.

Berdych missed the US Open due to appendicitis, but came back to the tour last week in St. Petersburg reaching the semifinals.

The victory moves him just 330 points behind Rafael Nadal in the ATP Race To London. He is currently in ninth place and the top eight make the Year-End event.

The 31-year-old Berdych last won a tournament at last year’s Stockholm Open.

“Five weeks ago I was in hospital, now I’m sitting here with the trophy,” Berdych said. “Things are changing very quickly. Luckily for me, everything is going well, I’m feeling good, sitting here as a winner. I’m just taking all this as a bonus, that I can play and win some matches.

“I think it was a very solid game. I said after the semi-final that I wanted to raise my game and play better and I think I achieved that against a tougher opponent. I’m very pleased with the way I played.

“The two match points [in the second set] were very tough. He served aces so I couldn’t do anything about that. He started playing very well and deserved to win the second set. I had to battle for the win and sometimes that happens.”


In Chengdu, Karen Khachanov became the latest first-time winner on the ATP World Tour when the unseeded player from Russia beat fifth-seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-3.


“I can’t believe I won my first title,” said the champion. “I am very happy. I have been working hard and I am happy to achieve my first goal.

“In the second, I was thinking to win the set and keep fighting. I was playing against a guy much higher-ranked than me, so I just had to focus on every goal and keep going. You cannot lose focus and be relaxed. I was just pushing myself to the limit and I got the second set and then the third.”
“I fought as much as I could,” said Ramos-Vinolas. “And I think I didn’t play bad. I can play better but he played so well and what can I say, I’m not happy but maybe I’ll be happy tomorrow. It was not so good today, but also he was serving so well and so fast. That’s why I didn’t return so well.”
The 20-year-old will see his ranking move up by almost 50 spots to No. 55.


American Sonya Kenin To Face Top-Seed Van Uytvanck In Singles Final At Red Rock Pro Open

Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin

SUMMERLIN (Oct. 1, 2016) – Both Sonya Kenin of Florida and Nadia Podoroska of Argentina battled tough, early afternoon windy conditions during their semifinal singles match on Saturday, with Kenin coming out on top in a nearly two-hour battle, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, at the eighth annual Red Rock Pro Open being played at the Red Rock Country Club.


Kenin, just 17 and still an amateur, moves on to Sunday’s final where she will face 22-year-old Alison Van Uytvanck, the tournament’s top-seeded player from Belgium. Van Uytvanck won the first set over 17-year-old Fanni Stollar of Hungary, 6-1, and with the score knotted at 3-all in the second set, Stollar waved the white surrender flag and was forced to retire because of pain in her left knee.


Stollar, wearing a partial wrap on her left knee, had received treatment on the injury for the past few days. She was playing her seventh match in seven days having qualified for the tournament, which started on Sunday.


Both Kenin and Podoroska were spraying balls out early on and both had to adjust to the swirling Vegas desert winds. “I just had to be patient and consistent because the conditions were pretty tough today,” Kenin said. “I just had to stay with it. I couldn’t control it so I had to just keep fighting.”


Kenin had never faced Podoroska in a match, but said practicing with her a few times helped her. “It definitely did,” she said. “I was able to get a feel for how she hits the ball. Plus I beat her in a couple of sets. So I knew I could beat her.”


Podoroska had six doubles faults to Kenin’s four in a match that was high on unforced errors because of the wind.


In the doubles final set for Sunday at 11 a.m., it will be American Jamie Loeb and Chanel Simmonds of South Africa against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and former USC All-American Maria Sanchez. The singles final will follow the doubles.


Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card; q: qualifying;

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] def. Nadia Podoroska (Argentina), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1] def. Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q], 6-1, 3-3, retired (injury)


Sunday’s Final Schedule

Doubles starting at 11 a.m. on Stadium Court

Jamie Loeb (U.S.) / Chanel Simmonds (South Africa) vs. Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Maria Sanchez (U.S.)

Singles final to follow

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1]


ATP and WTA Results

atp wta

1 – 9 OCTOBER 2016

Singles – First Round
[2] G. Muguruza (ESP) d I. Begu (ROU) 26 62 63
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 62 62
E. Makarova (RUS) d E. Vesnina (RUS) 62 61
A. Cornet (FRA) d S. Rogers (USA) 46 62 62
B. Bencic (SUI) d A. Beck (GER) 63 62
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) d M. Puig (PUR) 62 60
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 61 36 75

Doubles – First Round
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) / A. Rosolska (POL) 63 64

Qualifying Singles – Second Round
Qualifying – [10] L. Chirico (USA) d [2] M. Niculescu (ROU) 26 62 63
Qualifying – [4] K. Siniakova (CZE) d [15] V. Lepchenko (USA) 26 76(2) 76(4)
Qualifying – [5] A. Riske (USA) d [13] K. Nara (JPN) 76(1) 64
Qualifying – [6] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [14] V. King (USA) 75 57 63
Qualifying – [7] J. Goerges (GER) d [16] E. Rodina (RUS) 64 62
Qualifying – [11] N. Gibbs (USA) d X. Han (CHN) 62 64
Qualifying – T. Maria (GER) d [Alt] L. Hradecka (CZE) 64 63
Qualifying – Y. Wang (CHN) d M. Sakkari (GRE) 64 46 64

WTA – [8] M. Keys (USA) vs [WC] Y. Duan (CHN)
WTA – [WC] S. Zheng (CHN) vs [13] R. Vinci (ITA)
WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [WC] Q. Wang (CHN)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) vs S. Zhang (CHN)
WTA – C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)

LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs [7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)
WTA – K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)
WTA – [15] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [Q] A. Riske (USA)

MOON COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – D. Kovinic (MNE) vs T. Babos (HUN)
WTA – [WC] C. McHale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) vs [WC] L. Siegemund (GER) / E. Svitolina (UKR)
WTA – [Q] Y. Wang (CHN) vs M. Brengle (USA)

BRAD DREWETT start 12:45 pm
ATP – Qualifying – [1] K. Edmund (GBR) vs E. Donskoy (RUS)
ATP – Qualifying – [2] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs M. Zverev (GER)
WTA – [WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [WC] X. You (CHN) / L. Zhu (CHN)

COURT 3 start 12:30 pm
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) / Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / M. Ninomiya (JPN)
WTA – L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) vs [6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE)
WTA – A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE)

COURT 4 start 12:30 pm
ATP – Qualifying – [3] J. Millman (AUS) vs N. Basilashvili (GEO)
ATP – Qualifying – K. Kravchuk (RUS) vs [6] I. Cervantes (ESP)
WTA – A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 7 start 12:30 pm
ATP – Qualifying – P. Lorenzi (ITA) / G. Pella (ARG) vs [WC] F. Mayer (GER) / P. Raja (IND)
WTA – C. Liang (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE)
WTA – [Q] N. Gibbs (USA) vs M. Doi (JPN)



Chengdu Open
Chengdu, China

Singles – Semi-finals
[5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 76(6) 16 76(3)
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [6] V. Troicki (SRB) 63 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / M. Fyrstenberg (POL) d A. Shamasdin (CAN) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) 76(4) 63


STADIUM COURT start 2:00 pm
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / M. Fyrstenberg (POL)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)

Shenzhen Open
Shenzhen, China


Singles – Semi-finals
[1] T. Berdych (CZE) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 62 75
[3] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 62 41 ret. (right thigh)


CENTER COURT start 3:00 pm
F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs [2] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[1] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [3] R. Gasquet (FRA)


Singles – Final
Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [4] N. Hibino (JPN) 63 26 63

Doubles – Final
[4] R. Olaru (ROU) / I. Soylu (TUR) d [3] D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) 75 63


Singles – Final
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [10] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 61 61

Doubles – Final
[5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) 61 64


Petra Kvitova wins Second Wuhan Open

Kvitova bh-001

(October 1, 2016) Petra Kvitova won her second Wuhan Open title on Saturday beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1. Kvitova’s win is her first title of 2016 and 18th of her career.

The 16th ranked Czech will move up to No. 11 in the world, while the Slovak Cibulkova will to a career-high No. 8 in the world on Monday.

“It’s great for sure to win it for a second time,” said the two-time Wimbledon champion. “I’m happy for that, how I played all week. I think it was amazing really. Especially everything started with the match against Angie (Kerber) when we really play long. It was great match from both of us. I think it was a big really fight.

”I’m really, you know, happy how I played afterwards, as well, how physically I managed to play great, even I didn’t really felt the best, but I was still mentally strong and I was try to really play my game, which was really important.”
“I have to say she played extremely well,” Cibulkova said. “I couldn’t do much more today on the court because she didn’t let me do so. I can’t regret anything. Okay, few balls I could do better, but otherwise she was just playing, you know, too good. Sometimes it happens.

“She’s a great player. When she’s playing like this, she can beat anybody. You know, I have to see the big picture. I had a great week here. Today’s final, you know, she was just playing really, really well and I couldn’t do much about it.”

Cibulkova talked about the difference in Kvitova’s game on Saturday: “he was just really hitting everything full power. She was just serving really well, going for returns. I couldn’t really play my game that I played during this week. Couldn’t get in the long rallies or in the rhythm because she didn’t let me. She was really powerful from the first strokes. That’s how she overpowered me today.”


“I think I played great six matches in six days, which it’s unreal for me to just think about,” said the Czech. “I’m really proud of myself how I did it, how I handle it physically, how everything went.

“Even I came late to my hotel room, I couldn’t really fall asleep straightaway, so it took me a while to get over it. I was sleepy all day. I really had to start warming up and prepare for the match which always kind of gave me some kind of, you know, like ready to be there.

“Especially the match against Angie was really difficult, for sure. The next days, I mean, playing Konta or Halep, they are really great players, Domi today. I was able to play and not have that many unforced errors.

“Yeah, I mean, that’s the tournament. I need this kind of consistency all year, which to be honest, I don’t think I can really do that. I’m probably the player who has up and downs. Of course, I going to try to be better in the downs. But I don’t really think that I can be, like, consistent all season. I’m just how I am probably, and I can’t really change it.

“I’m happy that my ups, they are really high, which I love of course. The downs are very low, but that’s how it is.”


In the doubles final, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the title. The victory qualifies the team for the WTA Year End in Singapore.


“I think we had an amazing match today,” Safarova said of the 6-1, 6-4 win over Mirza and Strycova. “We came out strong from the beginning. We returned great, served great, took their time away. That was the right strategy.”

 “We knew we were going to be close [to qualifying for WTA Finals] if we won,” Mattek-Sands said.  “But it’s something that we weren’t really in contention until before US Open. We were pretty far from it. But it’s amazing to make it again. Singapore obviously is the best of the best. Yeah, but we literally just found out right after the match.”

In Tashkent, Kristyna Pliskova defeated defending champion Nao Hibino 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to win her first WTA-level title. She is the twin sister of US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova.


Three Teenagers Move Into Singles Semifinals At Red Rock Pro Open


Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin

SUMMERLIN (Sept. 30, 2016) – Junior tennis rivals and fellow 17-year-olds Sonya Kenin and Fanni Stollar are each one victory away from a meeting in the final at the eighth annual Red Rock Pro Open being played at the Red Rock Country Club.


In the quarterfinals on Friday, Kenin, a USTA wild card from Pembroke Pines, Fla., took three sets to beat former USC All-American Maria Sanchez, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, while tournament qualifier Stollar of Budapest, Hungary, won her sixth match in six days, taking care of Las Vegas’ Jovana Jaksic, 6-2, 7-5.


Kenin will face 19-year-old Nadia Podoroska Argentina at 11 a.m. in one semifinal, while Stollar will play top-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium in a semifinal match to follow.


“I knew she had a good serve so I was focused on my return,” said Kenin, who beat Sanchez in their only other career meeting, also in three sets, two years ago in qualifying at the Albuquerque, N.M., $75,000 Challenger when Kenin was just 15 years old. “She’s a pretty aggressive player so I knew I had to move her around and control the points.”


Kenin, who is still an amateur and has not turned pro, won her first $25,000 ITF pro tournament in Florida in January, and won the $50,000 Sacramento Challenger in July.


Kenin won the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge to earn a wild card into this year’s US Open, where she faced eventual finalist Karolina Pliskova in the first round. As a junior player, Kenin reached the singles final at the 2015 US Open Junior Championships, the semifinals of this year’s junior US Open and the quarterfinals of 2016 junior Wimbledon. She also won the 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s national title to earn a wild-card berth into the US Open women’s singles draw for her first Grand Slam main draw.


In the doubles final set for Sunday at 11 a.m., it will be American Jamie Loeb and Chanel Simmonds of South Africa against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Sanchez.


Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card; q: qualifying;

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] def. Maria Sanchez (U.S.) [wc], 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Nadia Podoroska (Argentina) def. Sachia Vickery (U.S.) [8], 6-1, 6-2

Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1] def. Taylor Townsend (U.S.) [6], 6-1, 6-4

Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q] def. Jovana Jaksic (Serbia), 6-2, 7-5

Friday’s Semifinal Doubles Scores

Jamie Loeb (U.S.) / Chanel Simmonds (South Africa), def. Jovana Jaksic, (Serbia) / Taylor Townsend (U.S.), 6-4, 6-4

Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Maria Sanchez (U.S.) def. Elise Mertens (Belgium) / Mandy Minella (Luxemboug), [3], 6-3, 7-5


Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Schedule

Starting at 11 a.m. on Stadium Court

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] vs. Nadia Podoroska (Argentina)

Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q] vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1]


The tournament’s official website is www.RedRockProOpen.com.  Follow along on Twitter @RedRockTennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redrockproopen.



Sachia Vickery Beats Defending Champion Michaella Krajicek To Advance to Quarterfinals of Red Rock Pro Open

Sachia Vickery photo by Tracey Lee

Sachia Vickery photo by Tracey Lee


SUMMERLIN (Sept. 29, 2016) – For the second time in three days, 21-year-old Floridian Sachia Vickery found herself down a set and 1-4, only to claw her way back and win in three sets at the Red Rock Pro Open taking place at the Red Rock Country Club.


On Thursday, Vickery did it against Red Rock Pro Open defending champion Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands, playing more aggressive and taking more chances in the latter stages of the match in a 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory.


It was sweet revenge for Vickery, who lost a tough three-set match to Krajicek in the second round here last year. Vickery is a Red Rock Pro Open veteran who first played in Las Vegas five years ago when the event was played at Darling Tennis Center and sponsored by Redfoo and his Party Rockin gang.


“I liked the way I fought back and competed today,” Vickery said. “I knew what I was doing wrong and was able to turn things around in my first two matches here. I’m feeling my way into this tournament and it’s great to be in the quarterfinals.”


Vickery will next face Argentina 19-year-old Nadia Podoroska in the quarterfinals of Friday. Vickery is in Las Vegas with her mother and coach Stefano Vukov of Pro World based in Delray Beach, Fla.


Podoroska, one of three teenagers in the final eight, looked impressive in upsetting the No. 2 seeded Mandy Minella from Luxembourg, 6-3, 6-2.


A pair 17-year-olds also marched into the quarterfinals as American Sonya Kenin and Fanni Stollar both moved on. Kenin won her first set over Kristie Ahn, 6-3, but Ahn then retired from the match because of an injury. The qualifier Stollar of Hungary needed two tiebreakers to beat Belgium No. 4 seed Elise Mertens.


Las Vegas resident Jovana Jaksic of Serbia played composed tennis against former world-ranked No. 27 Laura Robson of Great Britain, taking her out 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4. Robson has suffered various injuries and is currently ranked No. 225 in the world, while Jaksic is at No. 181.


Other Americans advancing to the quarterfinals were former USC All American Maria Sanchez, at age 26 the oldest singles player remaining, who beat fellow American Jamie Loeb, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, and No. 6-seeded Taylor Townsend.


Later in the day, Jaksic and Townsend teamed to advance in doubles as the pair beat Robson and American Sophie Chang, 6-4, 6-2. This is the second time in two months that Townsend has paired up with an American as she and Las Vegas’ Asia Muhammad made had a nice quarterfinal run in the US Open last month.


Thursday’s Second-Round Singles Scores

wc: wild card; q: qualifying;

Maria Sanchez (U.S.) [wc] def. Jamie Loeb (U.S.), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Taylor Townsend (U.S.) [6] def. Sesil Karatantcheva (Bulgaria), 6-0, 7-6 (5)

Sachia Vickery (U.S.) [8] def. Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands), 2-6, 6-4, 6-2

Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q] def. Elise Mertens (Belgium) [4], 7-6 (7), 7-6 (6)

Jovana Jaksic (Serbia), def. Laura Robson (Great Britain), 7-6 (5), 2-6, 6-4

Nadia Podoroska (Argentina) def. Mandy Minella (Luxembourg) [2], 6-3, 6-2

Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1] def. Marie Bouzkova (Czech Republic) [q], 7-5, 6-1

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] def. Kristie Ahn (U.S.), 6-3, retired (injury)

Thursday’s Second-Round Doubles Scores

Jovana Jaksic, (Serbia) / Taylor Townsend (U.S.) def. Sophie Chang (U.S.) / Laura Robson (Great Britain), 6-4, 6-2

Elise Mertens (Belgium) / Mandy Minella (Luxemboug), [3] def. Emma Laine (Finland) / Anna Zaja (Germany), 6-1, 6-4

Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Maria Sanchez (U.S.) def. Kristie Ahn (U.S.) / Fanni Stollar (Hungary), walkover

Jamie Loeb (U.S.) / Chanel Simmonds (South Africa), def. Alize Lim (France) / Valeria Solovyeva (Russia), 3-6, 6-2, 10-4



A Pair of First-time ATP Winners as Zverev Takes Down Wawrinka for St. Petersburg Crown and Pouille Wins Metz


Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

(September 25, 2016) The ATP World Tour saw two first-time winners on Sunday. US Open winner and top seed Stan Wawrinka lost to 19-year-old up-and-and-coming German Alexander Zverev in St. Petersburg, while Frenchman Lucas Pouille beat top seed and No. 10 in the world Dominic Thiem to win in Metz, France.

The third seeded Pouille is coming off a successful US Open where he beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round on his way to the quarterfinals for the first time, where he lost to fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils.

The 22-year-old Pouille, ranked 18th won 7-6 (5), 6-2 to claim the Moselle Open.


Louis Pouille

Louis Pouille


“I’m very happy with my week, Pouille said after the victory. “Winning a title is a big step, it’s an objective I wanted to achieve this year. It was a well-played final. We both played at a high level.”


Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem

“I think the first set was a pretty high level from both of us,” said the 23-year-old Austrian finalist. “I should have won the tie-break, but had an easy volley mistake. All in all, he was the better player and had more chances in my service games. He deserved to win today. I think he put pressure on me all the time and was serving really well.

“He’s had an amazing year, reaching the quarter-finals in the last two Grand Slam and semis in the Masters 1000 in Rome. I think we will see him in the Top 10 soon.”

Just two weeks after winning his first US Open title for his third major title, Stan Wawrinka fell victim to the rising 19-year-old Zverev 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Zverev snapped the Swiss’ 11 match winning streak in finals in winning his first title. The last time Wawrinka lost in a final was in 2013. The German became the first teenager to win an ATP World Tour title since 2008 when Marin Cilic won in New Haven.

“This victory is something special,” the German said. “I played all the finals well. I lost to Dominic Thiem on clay and I could have won against Florian Mayer on the grass… Now I’m very happy with the win, especially over such a great player like Stan.”

“In the third set I had the initiative and played slice to his left more. I tried to neutralize his massive backhand. I’m satisfied with the win.”

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

“We showed high-quality tennis,” said Wawrinka. “I was struggling in the third set. I had chances but I didn’t manage to convert them. He deserved the win.”

“He is a good player right now. He scored a couple of big wins over top players. It means he is really strong.”