August 29, 2015

What’s New at the 2015 US Open

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STEEL SUPERSTRUCTURE OVER ARTHUR ASHE STADIUM COMPLETE;

TECHNOLOGICALLY-INNOVATIVE FRAMEWORK WILL SUPPORT RETRACTABLE ROOF IN 2016; TO BE SHOWCASED IN NIGHTLY LIGHT SHOW FOR 2015

 

ESPN Exclusive Live Domestic Media Partner for the First Time; Coverage to Include new Camera Systems in Arthur Ashe Stadium

 

Complimentary Doubles Day for Fans on Thursday, September 10

 

From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., August 19, 2015 – The USTA today announced a series of physical improvements, fan and player upgrades, and new sponsor activations will be unveiled at the 2015 US Open.  The main draw of the tournament begins on Monday, August 31 and concludes on Sunday, September 13, with qualifying starting on Tuesday, August 25 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

 

 

Strategic Transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

 

  • Roof Superstructure over Arthur Ashe Stadium

More than 6,000 tons of steel now surround Arthur Ashe Stadium in a technological first – constructing a stand-alone support system for a retractable roof over an existing stadium.  With the final piece of steel placed in late spring, the structure that ultimately will hold the retractable roof is now in place.  At the conclusion of the 2015 US Open, work will continue on the two retractable panels as well as the installation of a chilled water ventilation system to control humidity inside the stadium when the roof is closed, so that the retractable roof will be ready for the 2016 US Open.  When the roof becomes fully operational, it will be the largest of any tennis stadium in the world, with a 62,500 square foot opening.  Six thousand tons of steel form the superstructure, which contains 1,700 structural beams and 115,000 bolts.  A total of 176 steel and concrete-filled pilings, driven 180 feet below the surface, anchor the 24 steel columns which rise 150 feet above ground to support the superstructure.

  • Technological Upgrades Elevate In-Stadium Experience

The completion of the roof superstructure has allowed the USTA to upgrade all technologies within Arthur Ashe Stadium including the lights, sound and video boards.  In 2015, a total of four big screens (up from two) will be utilized in the stadium.  Additionally, an LED lighting system has replaced the former light towers, providing sharper, more energy-efficient lighting for competitive play.  Finally, a completely new sound system has been installed throughout the stadium taking advantage of the roof trusses and catwalks.

 

  • Grandstand Construction

Construction has begun on a new 8,000 seat Grandstand and a new food village in the southwest corner of the campus; both are slated to open in 2016.  The Grandstand will provide a one-of-a-kind fan viewing experience in a completely modern and state-of-the-art stadium setting.

 

  • West Stadium Courts and Practice Gallery

An immediate fan sensation in 2014, the West Stadium Courts and Practice Gallery will continue to be one of the most desirable fan areas in 2015.  With seating for more than 3,000, fans can watch tournament action, as well as the top seeds practicing.  The West Stadium Courts also will be the home of the second annual American Collegiate Invitational, which will take place from Thursday, September 10, through Saturday, September 12.

 

 

Fan Enhancements at the 2015 US Open

 

  • “Doubles On Us” at the US Open, Thursday, September 10

For the first time at the US Open, complimentary grounds admission will be offered to all fans who come during the day of the tournament’s second Thursday, September 10.  The day’s action will be filled with doubles play, including the Men’s Doubles Semifinals and Women’s Doubles Semifinals, as well as semifinal action in the Champions Invitational, a showcase of former Grand Slam tournament champions and finalists.  The free grounds admission also will enable fans to watch competition in the American Collegiate Invitational, featuring top American collegiate players, taking place on the West Stadium Courts. Also on that day’s slate, the world’s top boys and girls will be competing in the US Open Junior Championships; and top wheelchair athletes will see action in the US Open Wheelchair Tennis Competition.

 

  • Return to Traditional Grand Slam Schedule

For 2015, the US Open returns to a traditional 14-day Grand Slam tournament schedule, with the men’s first round being completed over two days rather than three.  The new schedule calls for the women’s singles semifinals to be played the evening of Thursday, September 10, and the men’s singles semifinals to be played on Friday, September 11.  Finals Weekend begins with the women’s singles championship on Saturday, September 12, and concludes with the men’s singles championship on Sunday, September 13.

 

  • US Open American Express Fan Experience

Now in its fifth year, the US Open American Express Fan Experience has been completely overhauled with new technological features. One of the new offerings is “You vs. Sharapova,” where virtual reality technology and computer generated images filmed with Sharapova allows fans to play a pro at the top of her game in this simulated game. Fans will be able to try their hand at returning Sharapova’s serves, volley against her and more. Also, with “Epic Matchup,” fans and their friends will be able to star in their very own shareable video simulating a rally from the baseline in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

 

  • Charging Stations presented by Chase

To help fans stay connected throughout the day, long-time partner Chase will be providing complimentary charging stations for phones and tablets throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  The stations will be located in a dedicated Chase booth near the Food Village, in the South Plaza, and on the Club Level of Arthur Ashe Stadium.

 

  • New Food Offerings

Lavazza coffee, Jacob’s Creek wines and Juice Press cold-pressed juices join the US Open as Official Suppliers.  They will be offering their products to fans on-site, and US Open-themed advertising will be visible in the New York metro area. Lavazza, the exclusive coffee of the US Open Tennis Championships, will be integrated into the on-site food and beverage experience. Attendees will have the opportunity to purchase Lavazza’s coffee drinks at the new Lavazza Cafés located in the food village and south plaza, as well as at the many restaurants, concessions and hospitality areas located throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Jacob’s Creek, the Official Wine of the US Open, will feature its Two Lands product at the US Open.  The wines will be available to tennis fans at a number of on-site locations throughout the tournament.  Juice Press, a local favorite, will be on-site throughout the 2015 US Open selling a selection of their USDA certified organic bottled juices and smoothies to fans. Additionally, Juice Press will have the unique opportunity to serve product to players and their guests in the US Open Player Dining area.

 

  • Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess

For the 20th consecutive year, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess, the world’s biggest tennis and entertainment celebration kicks off the US Open on Saturday, August 29, airing  for the first time on the ESPN Network on Sunday, August 30 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM ET on ESPN2.  This celebration of Arthur Ashe and his legacy both on and off the court is hosted by fitness guru Shaun T, and features five former US Open champions including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and defending champions Marin Cilic and Serena Williams. Musical acts who join the ranks of past Kids’ Day featured artists such as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Jonas Brothers and more, include: Bea Miller, Kalin and Myles, Jacob Whitesides, Natalie La Rose and American Authors.

 

  • US Open Entertainment

Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Josh Groban will perform at the Opening Night Ceremony in Arthur Ashe Stadium prior to the evening session on Monday, August 31.  Groban will be accompanied by 16 musicians and perform a medley from his recent release, “Stages.”  Following Groban’s performance, noted actress and performer Vanessa Williams will perform the National Anthem.  Her performance will be accompanied by honor guards representing the NYPD and FDNY.

 

  • Nightly Light Show

The USTA has installed new lighting trusses in each of the upper concourse entryways in order to conduct a nightly light show which will highlight the steel truss and catwalk system now surrounding Arthur Ashe Stadium.  The light show will take place between the two evening matches in concert with the performance of “America the Beautiful” by the USTA’s Casting Call winners.

 

  • Original Nine Celebration

USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams will celebrate the “Original Nine,” the nine women responsible for helping to form the original professional women’s tennis tour, which ultimately evolved into the WTA as we know it today. The celebration will include a special video tribute as well as on-court recognition of these athletic pioneers.

 

 

US Open Television

 

  • ESPN – New Partnership

This is the first year that ESPN will be the exclusive live domestic media partner of the US Open.  Over the course of the 2015 US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air more than 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,100 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3, which also will be available on the US Open official website — usopen.org.  ESPN will enhance its coverage with a host of cutting-edge camera systems in Arthur Ashe Stadium, including the return of Spider-Cam (to be used for the first time during the entire tournament), a new rail-cam contained within the southern baseline wall and freeD™ replay technology for the first time at a Grand Slam event.

 

  • Increased Coverage — 11 Courts

In an expansion of its prior US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from 11 courts (up from seven last year). New TV courts this year include courts 4, 6, 7, and 10, which will be available for viewing over the first five days of the tournament.

 

  • Comprehensive Schedule

ESPN will kick off its US Open coverage on Sunday, August 30 with Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess at 1:00pm and live SportsCenter at the US Open at 2:00pm ET — both on ESPN2.  Daily coverage commences on Monday, August 31 at 11:00am on ESPN3, 1:00pm on ESPN and 6:00pm on ESPN2 (all times Eastern).  In addition, ESPN2 will deliver wall-to-wall coverage of Labor Day weekend from 11:00am – 11:00pm each day.  Finals Weekend will culminate with the men’s singles final returning to its traditional Sunday (September 13) afternoon timeslot and the women’s singles final on Saturday (September 12) afternoon — both finals will air on ESPN.  The men’s singles semifinals will take place on Friday (September 11) afternoon, with the women’s singles semifinals scheduled for primetime on the second Thursday (September 10) night of the tournament — also on ESPN.

 

 

US Open Digital/Social

 

  • Live Streaming

USOpen.org will be utilizing ESPN3 for live streaming, with more than 1,100 hours of live streaming of all TV courts on ESPN3 and through the US Open app – providing a “digital grounds pass” for tennis fans.

 

  • US Open Live Show

Fans can tune in to USOpen.org every morning at 10:45AM EST to “Inside the Baseline,” presented by IBM for a look ahead to all the day’s matches and tune in each evening at 7:00PM EST to “Beyond the Baseline,” presented by Westin Hotels & Resorts for an inside look at  what goes on behind the scenes at the US Open. Fans in attendance at  the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center can stop by the Baseline Stage each morning and evening for the live taping.

 

  • Open Access

Open Access is a new fan enhancement available for all US Open patrons, allowing them streamlined access to various activation points around the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The Open Access program allows fans to register to participate in activities ranging from customized photo opportunities to interactive games. Fans will receive a QR code that they will be able to scan at each location, and will receive an email with access to their own personal webpage that will showcase their US Open experience.  Just for signing up for Open Access, all fans are entered to win tickets to the 2016 US Open men’s or women’s finals, and the more they scan their QR code on site, the more chances they have to win a US Open Ultimate Fan Pack.

 

  • Twitter Mirror

For the first time, US Open fans can enjoy behind-the-scenes photos & GIFs from a new, mobile version of the Twitter Mirror. Numerous versions of the product — from handheld Mirrors to a stationary stand — will capture exclusive content of players & celebrities on-site throughout the tournament.

 

  • US Open Streak Challenge

Fans can play along with the US Open Streak Challenge presented by Esurance and test their US Open tennis knowledge with two questions every day about players, matches and tournament stats.  Keep answering correctly and fans will add to their streak and move up the leaderboard.

 

  • Bloggers/Influencers

To further engage multi-cultural audiences, the USTA has partnered with five diverse bloggers and social media influencers to showcase the US Open from their own unique perspective to their respective social followings, providing special editorial content and imagery, while also extending a special ticket offer to invite these audiences to experience the US Open on their own.  These influencers include Fashion Bomb Daily, Jacob Santiago, Black and Married with Kids, Kyrzada, and Street Etiquette.

 

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Sharapova and Venus Williams withdraw from Western & Southern Open; Results and Schedules

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(August 18, 2015) Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams both withdrew from the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday. Sharapova with a right leg injury and Williams with a viral illness.

 

Sharapova said, “Yeah, very unfortunate.  I mean, the tournament has been great to me and the tournament director and all the fans, and I definitely wish I could step out there.  But under the circumstances and the dateline to the US Open just, wouldn’t be a smart move.”

 

Williams said, “It’s pretty rare that I withdraw or retire, so I just wasn’t able to get out there tonight. Every match you have to be at your best, you know, to win. Just couldn’t be at my best today.”

“After warmups, I get a feel for how the match might go or how much you can give or you can’t give,” Williams said. “I definitely would have liked to have more matches, but I have to use my experience now.”

 

Ana Ivanovic moved into the third round as a result of Williams’ walkover. Ivanovic said, “It’s always hard to hear of a withdrawal. I really hope Venus feels better soon. It would have been a tough match for both of us. I hope she can get well fast.”

 

Roger Federer began his quest for a seventh Cincinnati title with a 6-4, 6-4 Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4 in his opening match. Federer skipped last week’s Masters event in Montreal.

 

RESULTS – Tuesday, August 18
ATP Main Draw Singles – Second Round
[2] Roger Federer (Switzerland) d. Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) 64 64
[6] Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) d. Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) 62 63
[7] Marin Cilic (Croatia) d. Joao Sousa (Portugal) 64 62
[16] Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) d. [Q] Vasek Pospisil 76(4) 76(5)
[Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) d. Bernard Tomic (Australia)  64 61
Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) d. Martin Klizan (Slovakia) 63 76(2)
ATP Main Draw Singles – First Round
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) d. [9] Milos Raonic (Canada) 76(4) 64
[12] Richard Gasquet (France) d. Nick Kyrgios (Australia) 62 61
[15] Kevin Anderson (South Africa) d. Leonardo Mayer (Argentina) 76(5) 36 61
Tommy Robredo (Spain) d. Pablo Andujar (Spain) 36 63 61
[WC] Jared Donaldson (USA) d. [Q] Nicolas Mahut (France) 75 6(2)7(7) 41
Sam Querrey (USA) d. [11] John Isner (USA) 63 76(3)
Borna Coric (Croatia) d. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 75 36 76(5)
Fernando Verdasco (Spain) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 46 63 64
Jeremy Chardy (France) d. [WC] Rajeev Ram (USA) 64 62
ATP Main Draw Doubles – First Round
Leander Paes (India) / Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) d. [8] Vasek Pospisil (Canada) / Jack Sock (USA) 76(4) 36 10-3
Juan Sebastian Cabal (Colombia) / Robert Farah (Colombia) d. Gael Monfils (France) / Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) 63 62
Alexander Peya (Austria) / Bruno Soares (Brazil) d. David Goffin (Germany) / Dominic Thiem (Austria) 67(5) 75 10-6
[WC] Steve Johnson (USA) / Sam Querry (USA) d. Andreas Seppi (Italy) / Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 63 64
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) / Nicolas Mahut (France) d. Adrian Mannarino (France) / Gilles Simon (France) 63 62
WTA Main Draw Singles – Second Round
[6] Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) d. Venus Williams (USA) WO (illness)
WTA Main Draw Singles – First Round
Sloane Stephens (USA) d. [10] Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 61 62
Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) d. [11] Angelique Kerber (Germany) 75 63
[Q] Anna Carolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) d. [13] Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) 46 63 61
Daria Gavrilova (Russia) d. [16] Sara Errani (Italy) 61 46 62
[Q] Mona Barthel (Germany) d. [Q] Casey Dellaqua (Australia) 62 36 76(4)
Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) d. [Q] Lauren Davis (USA) 61 62
Caroline Garcia (France) d. Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 36 63 64
Kristina Mladenovic (France) d. Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia) 62 61
Flavia Pennetta (Italy) d. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia) 75 62
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) d. Roberta Vinci (Italy) 63 06 62
Camila Giorgi (Italy) d. [Q] Christina McHale (USA) 75 36 62
Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) d. [Q] Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraine) 76(2) 76(5)
WTA Doubles – First Round
[5] Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) d. Tatjana Maria (Germany) / Olga Savchuk (Ukraine) 63 60
[6] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) / Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) d. Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Germany) / Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 63 36 12-10
[WC] Madison Keys (USA) / Lisa Ramond (USA) d. [7] Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) / Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) 76(6) 64
[8] Garbine Muguruza (Spain) /Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) d. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) / Elena Vesnina (Russia) 64 62
Julia Georges (Germany) / Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (Poland) d. Irina-Camelia Gegu (Romania) / Alicja Rosolska (Poland) 75 64
Irina Falconi (USA) / Monica Niculescu (Romania) d. [WC] Christina McHale (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 57 63 10-1
Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (Spain) d. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) / Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 36 64 10-5
Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) d. [WC] Madison Brengle (USA) / Alexa Glatch (USA) 36 63 10-6
Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei) d. Darija Jurak (Croatia) / Laura Siegemund (Germany) 62 64
ORDER OF PLAY – Wednesday, August 19
CENTER start 11:00 am
ATP – Borna Coric (Croatia) vs [5] Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) vs [LL] Benoit Paire (France)
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [5] Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) vs Victoria Azarenka (Belarus)
Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – [8] Rafael Nadal (Spain) vs Jeremy Chardy (France)
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – Kristina Mladenovic (France) vs [3] Simona Halep (Romania)
ATP – Sam Querrey (USA) vs Tommy Robredo (Spain)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – Sloane Stephens (USA) vs [Q] Mona Barthel (Germany)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [WC] Mardy Fish (USA) vs [3] Andy Murray (Great Britain)
ATP – Alexander Peya (Austria) / Bruno Soares (Brazil) vs [3] Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) / Horia Tecau (Romania)
STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – [Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) vs [12] Richard Gasquet (France)
ATP – Fernando Verdasco (Spain) vs [13] David Goffin (Belarus)
ATP – [15] Kevin Anderson (South Africa) vs Jack Sock (USA)
WTA – [4] Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic) vs Caroline Garcia (France)
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) vs [14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) vs Madison Keys (USA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [WC] Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs [7] Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
WTA – [15] Andrea Petkovic (Germany) vs Camila Giorgi (Italy)
ATP – Andreas Seppi (Italy) vs Feliciano Lopez (Spain)
ATP – after suitable rest – [WC] Steve Johnson (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) vs [2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (Brazil)
ATP – after suitable rest – [4] Simone Bolelli (Italy) / Fabio Fognini (Italy) vs Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus)
COURT 4 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] Jared Donaldson (USA) vs Jerzy Janowicz (Poland)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) vs Flavia Pennetta (Italy)
WTA – [1] Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Sania Mirza (India) vs Julia Goerges (Germany) / Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (Poland)
WTA – After suitable rest – [WC] Christina Mchale (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs [WC] Madison Keys (USA) / Lisa Raymond (USA)
Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – after suitable rest – [3] Caroline Garcia (France) / Katarina Srebotnik (Slovakia) vs Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei)
COURT 6 start 11:00 am
WTA – Karin Knapp (Italy) vs Daria Gavrilova (Russia)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [8] Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) vs [Q] Timea Babos (Hungary)
WTA – after suitable rest – Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) / Elena Vesnina (Russia) vs Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (Spain)
WTA – After suitable rest – Sara Errani (Italy) / Flavia Pennetta (Italy) vs [6] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) / Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
COURT 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – [5] Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) vs Chia-Jung Chuang (Taipei) / Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei)
WTA – Varvara Lepchenko (USA) vs Lucky Loser
WTA – after suitable rest – Karin Knapp (Italy) / Roberta Vinci (Italy) vs [2] Timea Babos (Hungary) / Kristina Mladenovic (France)
COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) vs [WC] Eric Butorac (USA) / Scott Lipsky (USA)
Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) vs [Q] Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)
WTA – [Q] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) vs Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania)
WTA – after suitable rest – Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) vs [4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)

 

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2015 US Open Men’s and Women’s Wildcards Announced

FLUSHING, N.Y., August 18, 2015 – The USTA today announced that rising 19-year old Louisa Chirico, 2012 US Open girls’ champion Samantha Crawford, two-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs, 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion Sofia Kenin, 2015 NCAA singles champion Jamie Loeb, former world No. 30 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and 2013 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion Sachia Vickery have been awarded women’s singles main draw wild card entries into the 2015 US Open, as well as Oceane Dodin, of France.

 

The 2015 US Open will be played August 31-September 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Both the men’s and women’s singles champions this year will earn $3.3 million, with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money – for a total $4.3 million potential payout – based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series.

 

Chirco, 19, of Harrison, N.Y., ranked No. 119, is a former Wimbledon and French Open girls’ semifinalist who made her Grand Slam main draw debut at the 2015 French Open after winning the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge. She reached her first WTA quarterfinal this summer in Washington, D.C.

 

Crawford, 20, of Atlanta, ranked No. 220, won the 2012 US Open girls’ singles title and will compete in the US Open main draw for the second time after winning the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge this summer. Crawford qualified for the 2014 US Open after receiving a qualifying wild card.

 

Gibbs, 22, of Santa Monica, Calif., ranked No. 117, reached the third round of the 2014 US Open after earning a wild card entry through the USTA’s US Open Wild Card Challenge. Gibbs won consecutive NCAA women’s singles titles at Stanford in 2012-13, becoming just the fifth player in history to do so.

 

Kenin, 16, of Pembroke Pines, Fla., is the 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s National Champion. Kenin is a Top-10 world-ranked junior who won the prestigious Orange Bowl Junior Championship in December.

 

Loeb, 20, of Ossining, N.Y., is the 2015 NCAA women’s singles champion, who recently completed her sophomore year at the University of North Carolina. Loeb is a former standout junior who has gone 84-9 in her two collegiate seasons. She won the inaugural American Collegiate Invitational at last year’s US Open.

 

Mattek-Sands, 30, of Phoenix, is a former world No. 30, currently ranked No. 99, who this year qualified and reached the third round at Wimbledon, in addition to winning doubles titles at the French and Australian Opens. She is making her 14th appearance in the US Open singles main draw.

 

Vickery, 20, of Hollywood, Fla., is currently ranked No. 137 after a grass-court season in which she qualified for Wimbledon and reached the quarterfinals at the WTA event in Nottingham. Vickery won the USTA Girls’ 18s national title in 2013 and advanced to the second round of the US Open with the accompanying wild card.

 

Dodin, 18, received her wild card through a reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation. She is ranked No. 133

 

In addition to the eight US Open women’s singles main draw wild cards, the USTA also announced the eight women who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 25-28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. One additional US Open qualifying wild card will be awarded to the winner of the 2015 US Open National Playoffs – Women’s Championship, taking place August 21-24 in New Haven, Conn.

 

Players receiving US Open qualifying wild cards are: 2015 Intercollegiate Tennis Association National Player of the Year Robin Anderson (22, Matawan, N.J.); current world No. 7 junior Usue Arconada (16, College Park, Md.); 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s runner-up and 2013 US Open junior finalist Tornado Alicia Black (17, Boca Raton, Fla.); Vicky Duval (19, Bradenton, Fla.), the breakout star of the 2013 US Open who recently returned to competition following a year-long recovery from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma; 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s semifinalist Raveena Kingsley (17, Fulton, Md.); top 15-year old Claire Liu (Thousand Oaks, Calif.); Jessica Pegula (21, Buffalo, N.Y.); and Bernarda Pera (20, North Haledon, N.J.).

 

On the men’s side:

The USTA today announced that top 18-year old Jared Donaldson, 2011 French Open boys’ champion Bjorn Fratangelo, 2012 Olympian Ryan Harrison, former Texas A&M All-American Austin Krajicek, 2015 NCAA champion Ryan Shane and 2015 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion Frances Tiafoe have been awarded men’s singles main draw wild card entries into the 2015 US Open, along with 2001 US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, and Pierre-Hughes Herbert, of France.

 

The 2015 US Open will be played August 31-September 13 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. Both the men’s and women’s singles champions this year will earn $3.3 million, with the ability to earn an additional $1 million in bonus prize money – for a total $4.3 million potential payout – based on their performances in the Emirates Airline US Open Series.

 

Donaldson, 18, of Chepachet, R.I., is one of only four players ages 18 or younger ranked inside the ATP Top 200, at No. 153. He won his first Challenger title in February, at the $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit tournament in Maui, and recently qualified and advanced to the second round of the BB&T Atlanta Open.

 

Fratangelo, 22, of Pittsburgh, currently ranked No. 106, will make his Grand Slam main draw debut after winning the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge with his results at recent USTA Pro Circuit Challengers this summer. Fratangelo, who is named after Bjorn Borg, won the 2011 French Open boys’ singles title, becoming the first American to do so since John McEnroe in 1977.

 

Harrison, 23, of Austin, Texas, is currently ranked No. 126. He competed for the U.S. in the 2012 London Olympics and reached a career-high No. 43 in the world that summer. He reached his seventh ATP World Tour semifinal at Acapulco in February.

 

Krajieck, 25, of Tampa, Fla., is ranked No. 113 after advancing to the final at the USTA Pro Circuit $100,000 Challenger in Aptos, Calif., last week. Krajicek has won two Challenger titles, the second coming this May, since graduating in 2011 from Texas A&M, where he was a four-time All-American.

 

Shane, 21, of Falls Church, Va., is the 2015 NCAA singles champion and a rising senior at the University of Virginia. He went 36-8 in singles matches during his junior season.

 

Tiafoe, 17, of College Park, Md., is the 2015 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion, currently ranked No. 271. He is a former world No. 2-ranked junior who made his Grand Slam main-draw debut at the 2015 French Open after winning the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge.

 

Hewitt, 34, received his wild card through a reciprocal agreement with Tennis Australia, which will grant an American a wild card into the 2016 Australian Open. The 2001 US Open champion Hewitt, now ranked No. 162, will make his 15th appearance in Flushing Meadows, where he was also the runner-up in 2004.

 

Herbert, 24, received his wild card through a reciprocal agreement with the French Tennis Federation. He is ranked No. 139 and recently qualified and reached the second round at Wimbledon.

 

In addition to the eight US Open men’s singles main draw wild cards, the USTA also announced the eight men who have been awarded wild card entries into the US Open Qualifying Tournament, which will be held August 25-28 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. One additional US Open qualifying wild card will be awarded to the winner of the 2015 US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Championship, taking place August 21-24 in New Haven, Conn.

 

Players receiving US Open qualifying wild cards are: current world No. 1 junior and 2015 French Open boys’ finalist Taylor Fritz (17, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.); 2015 USTA Boys’ 18s runner-up and 2014 Wimbledon and Australian Open finalist Stefan Kozlov (17, Pembroke Pines, Fla.); former Top-5 world-ranked junior Mitchell Krueger (21, Fort Worth, Texas), who reached the quarterfinals or better at three straight USTA Pro Circuit Challengers this summer; 2014 NCAA singles champion Marcos Giron (22, Thousand Oaks, Calif.), who earned his qualifying wild card by winning the American Collegiate Invitational at last year’s US Open; current world No. 3 junior Michael Mmoh (17, Bradenton, Fla.); 2015 Wimbledon boys’ champion Reilly Opelka (17, Palm Coast, Fla.); 2015 French Open boys’ champion Tommy Paul (18, Greenville, N.C.); 2015 NCAA singles finalist and 2014 USTA Boys’ 18s National Champion Noah Rubin (19, Rockville Centre, N.Y.).

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Tennis – Western & Southern Open – Results and Schedule

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RESULTS – Monday, August 17
ATP Main Draw Singles – First Round
Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) d. [10] Gilles Simon (France) 64 67(3) 63
[13] David Goffin (Belgium) def. [Q] Yen-Hsun Lu (Taipei) 57 63 64
Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) d. [14] Gael Monfils (France) 64 75
[WC] Mardy Fish (USA) d. Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 62 62
Tomaz Bellucci (Brazil) d. Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic) 76(5) 62
Bernard Tomic (Australia) d. Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine) 64 63
Joao Sousa (Portugal) d. Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) 62 67(5) 62
[LL] Benoit Paire (France) d. Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) 76(5) 76(6)
Andreas Seppi (Italy) d. Adrian Mannarino (France) 63 63
Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) d. Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) 63 64
Jack Sock (USA) d. [WC] Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) 61 62
Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) d. Fabio Fognini (Italy) 46 62 63
ATP Doubles – First Round
Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) / Leander Paes (India) d. Kevin Anderson (South Africa) / Jeremy Chardy (France) 16 61 10-6
Raven Klaasen (South Africa) / Rajeev Ram (USA) d. Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) / Mardy Fish (USA) 76(5) 64
WTA Main Draw Singles – First Round
Madison Keys (USA) d. [12] Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) 64 63
[14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) vs. [WC] Alison Riske (USA) – check wsopen.com for result
[15] Andrea Petkovic (German) d. [Q] Julia Goerges (Germany) 64 62
Karin Knapp (Italy) d. (Q) Ana Konjuh (Croatia) 75 61
Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) d. Madison Brengle (USA) 46 64 62
[WC] Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. [Q] Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) 63 62
Venus Williams (USA) d. Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) 76(6) 64
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) 26 75 76(6)
[Q] Timea Babos (Hungary) d. Samantha Stosur (Australia) 76(6) 46 75
Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria) d. [Q] Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) 75 36 61
Alize Cornet (France) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) – check wsopen.com for result
WTA Doubles – First Round
Sara Errani (Italy) / Flavia Pennetta (Italy) d. Lara Arruabarrena (Spain) / Andreja Klepac (Slovakia) 76(3) 62
Arina Rodionova (Australia) /Heather Watson (Great Britain) vs. Chia-Jung Chuang (Chinese Taipei) / Su-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Taipei) – check wsopen.com for result

 

ORDER OF PLAY – Tuesday, August 18
CENTER COURT starting at 11:00AM
WTA – [10] Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) vs. Sloane Stephens (USA)
ATP – [11] John Isner (USA) vs. Sam Querrey (USA)
WTA – [11] Angelique Kerber (Germany) vs. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland)
ATP – Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) vs. [2] Roger Federer (Switzerland)
WTA – Venus Williams (USA) vs. [6] Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
GRANDSTAND starting at 11:00AM 
ATP – Borna Coric (Croatia) vs. [Q] Alexander Zverev (Germany)
WTA – Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) vs. [Q] Lauren Davis
ATP – [7] Marin Cilic (Croatia) vs. Joao Sousa (Portugal)
ATP – Thomas Bellucci (Brazil) vs. [6] Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)
WTA – Hao-Ching Chan (Taiwan) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taiwan) vs. Darija Jurak (Croatia) / Laura Siegemund (Germany)
STADIUM 3 starting at 11:00AM 
ATP  – Nick Kyrgios (Australia) vs. [12] Richard Gasquet (France)
ATP – Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) vs. Fernando Verdasco (Spain)
ATP – Feliciano Lopez (Spain) vs. [9] Milos Raonic (Canada)
WTA – [13] Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) vs. [Q] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia)
WTA – (Q) Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraine) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (Canada)
COURT 9 starting at 11:00AM 
WTA  – Flavia Penetta (Italy) vs. Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia)
ATP = [16] Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs. [Q] Vasek Pospisil (Canada)
WTA – Caroline Garcia (France) vs. Sabine Lisicki (Germany)
ATP – Leander Paes (India) / Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) vs. Vasek Pospisil (Canada) / [8] Jack Sock (USA)
ATP – [WC] Steve Johnson (USA) / Sam Querrey (USA) vs. Andreas Seppi (Italy) / Viktor Troicki (Serbia)
ATP – Pierre-Hugues Herbert (France) / Nicolas Mahut (France) vs. Adrian Mannarino (France) / Gilles Simon (France)
COURT 4 starting at 11:00AM 
WTA – Daria Gavrilova (Russia) vs. [16] Sara Errani (Italy)
WTA – Camila Giorgi (Italy) vs. [Q] Christina McHale (USA)
WTA – [Q] Mona Barthel (Germany) vs. [Q] Casey Dellacqua (Australia)
WTA – Irina Falconi (USA) / Monica Niculescu (Russia) / [WC] Christina McHale (USA) / CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)
ATP – Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) vs. Martin Klizan (Slovakia)
COURT 6 starting at 11:00AM 
ATP  – Pablo Andujar (Spain) vs. Tommy Robredo (Spain)
[WC] Jared Donaldson (USA) leads [Q] Nicolas Mahut (France) 75 67(2) 41
[WC] Rajeev Ram (USA) vs. Jeremy Chardy (France)
Gael Monfils (France) / Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France) vs. Juan Sebastian Cabal (Columbia) / Robert Farah (Columbia)
[Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) vs. Bernard Tomic (Australia)
COURT 7 starting at 11:00AM 
ATP – [15] Kevin Anderson (South Africa) vs. Leonardo Mayer (Argentina)
WTA – Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / [5] Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) vs. Tatjana Maria (Germany) / Olga Savchuk (Ukraine)
WTA – Garbine Muguruza (Spain) / [8] Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) vs. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) / Elena Vesnina (Russia)
WTA – Anna-Lena Groenefeld (Germany) / Johanna Larsson (Sweden) vs. Anastasia Pavlynchenkova (Russia) / [6] Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
WTA – Julia Goerges (Germany) / Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (Poland) vs. Irina-Camelia Begu (Russia) / Alicja Rosolska (Poland)
COURT 10 starting at 11:00AM 
WTA – Kristina Mladenovic (France) vs. Daniela Hantuchova (Slovakia)
WTA – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) vs. Roberta Vinci (Italy)
WTA – [WC] Madison Keys (USA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) vs. Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) / [7] Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic)
ATP  – Alexander Peya (Austria) / Bruno Soares (Brazil) vs. David Goffin (Belgium) / Dominic Thiem (Austria)
WTA – Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (Spain) vs. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) / Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic)
WTA – [WC] Madison Brengle (USA) / Alexa Glatch (USA) vs. MIchaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic)
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Kei Nishikori Withdraws from Western & Southern Open; Results and Schedule

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(August 16, 2015) World No. 4 Kei Nishikori with drew from the Western & Southern Open

due a left hip injury.
“I kind of got hurt last week in Montreal, in my match against Andy (Murray),” Nishikori said. “I played five matches in Washington and played four matches in Montreal, and I was a little bit tired in my body. My hip was bothering me, so I couldn’t really play and could barely finish the match. It’s very unfortunate to pull out here, but I had a good two tournaments, so I’m very happy with my tennis.”

“It’s kind of new. I’ve never had this before. My leg was sore the last couple of days. Yesterday it got a little bit worse. Unfortunately, I couldn’t play here, but it was a good decision for me.”

“I’m sure it’s going to be OK. I think it’s going to take one week or so. I’m going to try to get good recovery here this week and I hope I can play good again in the US Open.”

RESULTS – Sunday, August 16
ATP Main Draw – First Round

Martin Klizan (Slovakia) d. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 76(5) 36 76(4)
[16] Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) d. Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) 62 36 63

ATP Doubles – First Round
Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) & David Marrero (Spain) vs Feliciano Lopez (Spain) & Max Mirnyi (Belarus)
Please find result on wsopen.com or on the WS Open Now App

ATP Qualifying – Final Round
[13] Denis Kudla (USA) d. [1] Benoit Paire (France) 64 64
[8] Nicolas Mahut (France) d. [2] Steve Johnson (USA) 62 64
[3] Vasek Pospisil (France) d. [11] Hyeon Chung 67(4) 60 63
[9] Alexander Dolgopolov (Ukraine) d. [6] Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) 36 63 64
Alexander Zverev (Germany) d. [10] Dennis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 62 36 63
[12] Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) d. Marsel Ilhan (Turkey) 64 26 64
[14] Yen-Hsun Lu (Taipei) def. Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) 26 62 64
WTA Qualifying – Final Round
[2] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) d. Olga Govortsova (Belarus) 64 62
[14] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) d. [6] Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Germany) 64 26 63
[10] Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) d. Tatjana Maria (Germany) 64 64
[11] Christina McHale (USA) d. [18] Polona Hercog (Slovenia) 76 26 64
[12] Mona Barthel (Germany) d. [22] Irina Falconi (USA) 64 61
[13] Julia Goerges (Germany) d. Sesil Karatantcheva (Bulgaria) 64 76(7)
[25] Yulia Putintseva (Russia) d. [20] Kurumi Nara (Japan) 75 1-0 ret.
Timea Babos (Hungary) d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) 76(2) 64
Ana Konjuh (Croatia) d. Misaki Doi (Japan) 57 76(3) 63
Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) d. Kateryna Bonarenko (Ukraine) 63 60
Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) d. Mariana Duque-Marino (Colombia) 61 64
Lauren Davis (USA) d. Nicole Gibbs (USA) 76(1), 6-4


ORDER OF PLAY – Monday, August 17
CENTER COURT – Start 11:00am
ATP – Viktor Troicki (Serbia) vs [WC] Mardy Fish (USA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – Zarina Diyas (Kazakhstan) vs Venus Williams (USA)
ATP – Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) vs [14] Gael Monfils (France)
Night Session – Start 7:00 pm
WTA – Madison Keys (USA) vs [12] Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland)
ATP – [WC] Bjorn Fratangelo (USA) vs Jack Sock (USA)

Grandstand – Start 11:00 am
ATP – [10] Gilles Simon (France) vs Ivo Karlovic (Croatia)
ATP – [Q] Vasek Pospisil (Canada) vs [Q] Denis Kudla (USA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [Q] Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) vs [9] Garbiñe Muguruza (Spain)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – Fabio Fognini (Italy) vs [Q] Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia)
WTA – Arina Rodionova (Australia) & Heather Watson (Great Britain) vs Chai-Jung Chuang (Chinese Tapei) & Su-Wei Hsieh (Chinese Tapei)

Stadium 3 – Start 11:00 am
WTA – Madison Brengle (USA) vs Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
ATP – Adrian Mannarino (France) vs Andreas Seppi (Italy)
ATP – [Q] Yen-Hsun Lu (Chinese Tapei) vs [13] David Goffin (Belgium)
WTA – [WC] Alison Riske (USA) vs [14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – Irina-Camelia Begu (Romania) vs Alize Cornet (France)

Court 9 – Start 11:00 am
ATP – Thomaz Bellucci (Brazil) vs Jiri Vesely (Czech Republic)
WTA – [WC] Coco Vandeweghe (USA) vs [Q] Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan)
WTA – Samantha Stosur (Australia) vs [Q] Timea Babos (Hungary)
WTA – [15] Andrea Petkovic (Germany) vs [Q] Julia Goerges (Germany)
ATP – Roberto Bautista Agut (Spain) vs Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay)

Court 4 – Start 1:00 pm
ATP – Doubles Showdown (exhibition with top ATP doubles pairs)
ATP – Kevin Anderson (South Africa) & Jeremy Chardy (France) vs Leander Paes (India) & Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
ATP – Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) & [PR] Mardy Fish (USA) vs Raven Klassen (South Africa) & Rajeev Ram (USA)

Court 6 – Start 11:00 am
WTA – Sara Errani (Italy) & Flavia Pennetta (Italy) vs Lara Arruabarrena (Spain) & Andreja Klepac (Slovenia)
ATP – Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukrain) vs Bernard Tomic (Australia)
ATP – [WC] Jared Donaldson (USA) vs [Q] Nicolas Mahut (France)
WTA – Irina Falconi (USA) & Monica Niculescu (Romania) vs [WC] Christina McHale (USA) & CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) After Suitable Rest

Court 7 – Start 11:00 am
ATP – Joao Sousa (Portugal) vs Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany)
WTA – Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) vs Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
WTA – [Q] Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) vs Tsvetana Pironkova (Bulgaria)
WTA – [WC] Madison Brengle (USA) & Alexa Glatch (USA) vs Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) & Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic) After Suitable Rest

Court 10 – Start 12:00 pm
WTA – Karin Knapp (Italy) v [Q] Ana Konjuh (Croatia)
ATP – Gilles Muller (Luxembourg) vs [LL] Benoit Paire
WTA – Karin Knapp (Italy) & Roberta Vinci (Italy) vs Mona Barthel (Germany) & Jarmila Gajdosova (Australia) After Suitable Rest
WTA – [5] Racquel Kops-Jones (USA) & Anastasia Rodionova (Australia) vs Tatjana Maria (Germany) & Olga Savchuk (Ukraine)

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Belinda Bencic Wins Rogers Cup in Toronto

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By Brodie Widdifield

(August 16, 2015) TORONTO, Canada – Nothing about Sunday’s final between Simona Halep and Belinda Bencic was ordinary.

 

While everyone would have reasonably expected to see the second seeded Romanian Halep in the final, no one saw the fairy tale run of 18 year old Belinda Bencic coming. The young Swiss eliminated a whos who of top WTA players – Bouchard, Wozniacki, Lisicki, Ivanovic and finally Serena Williams Saturday night.

 

The dramatic turns of the match itself were befitting to what has been a dramatic week of tennis in Canada overall. With the sun beating down, the players traded five consecutive breaks to kick things off. Both players were changing directions often, creating many long, intriguing rallies from the baseline.

 

And then, the crowd. While there has been a large contingent of vocal Romanians in the crowd all week, they were the most vocal for the final. At one point, chair umpire Marija Cicak even said the Romanian word for thank you, “mulțumesc”, in order to try and quiet the crowd, which was met with an eruption from the crowd’s Romanian fans.

 

For all their cheering, Bencic was unfazed as she squeaked out the opening set in a tiebreak, 7-6(5), in well over an hour. “It’s amazing that the atmosphere is so great even if it’s against me. The people are very excited, and really, I feel like it’s the right thing. I think some people in some other tournaments should take an example from here.”

 

And then the match turned again.

 

Halep began receiving treatment for her left thigh, which seemed to be impeding her movement. Later in the set she had blood pressure taken, was wrapped in ice and drinking liquids in an attempt to keep her energy up. “We both were fighting so hard,” said Bencic. “We had long rallies, so it was obvious that we were very exhausted, both.” Amazingly, she took the second set in a tiebreak, barely reacting and simply hanging her head as she walked slowly back to her chair.

 

In the end, Halep was spent and decided to end the match, giving the title to Belinda Bencic 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 3-0 ret. “I was thinking that I need a miracle to finish the match, but at 3-0 I said it is no sense to continue, and I stopped.”

 

“I had great victories,” said Halep. “So I take only the positives. I’m thinking to play Cincinnati, then I am entered on the New Haven tournament. And then US Open. So I don’t change anything right now. So I will see next days.”

 

This is the second title of Bencic’s season, and without a doubt the biggest week of the 18-year-old’s career. “I just feel like I improved myself, also in the game, but also in how I understand the game and know the opponents well and try to think on teh court and what I need to do. And I’ve also grown as a player. I think my service improved a little bit. And I feel like I still have potential to go better, to play better and to serve better and just everything.”

 

“Obviously it’s very big boost for your confidence. Now I actually feel like I belong here, and that I can be really one of the top players. It’s an amazing feeling.”

 

Brodie Widdifield is the author of the tennis web site mindtheracket.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @MindTheRacket. He was covering the Rogers Cup in Toronto for Tennis Panorama News.

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Rogers Cup Day 6 – Djokovic, Murray to Face Off in Montreal Final

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Rogers Cup Day 06: Djokovic, Murray to Face Off in Montreal Final

By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

 

(August 16, 2015) MONTREAL, Canada – The No. 1 and 2 seeds with face off in the Rogers Cup final for the first time since 2004, as Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray both won in straight sets on Saturday. While Djokovic won 6-4 6-4 against surprising Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, Andy Murray streamrolled through 4th seed Kei Nishikori 6-3 6-0.

 

The head-to-head between Chardy and Djokovic couldn’t have been more one-sided: the Serb was leading 9-0, never having lost a set. The No. 1 was also looking to get his 30th win in a row in Masters 1000 tournaments, while Chardy was reaching the semifinals at this level for the first time. It showed right from the get-go: Chardy, obviously nervous, started with two double faults in a row and got broken right away. Despite some pain in his elbow which required a medical timeout, Djokovic never looked back to win the set 6-4.

At one point, Djokovic seemed more troubled by a certain smell in the stadium than by his opponent…the smell of marijuana: ‘Somebody’s really enjoying his life around the tennis court and he was probably on the seventh sky somewhere’, Djokovic said in his post-match interview. ‘I felt I was playing better as I was inhaling (laughter).’

 

The second set followed a similar pattern. While Chardy was at times overplaying, Djokovic remained solid throughout, breaking once. The Serb served quite well, never giving Chardy a look at a break point. In the end, the 6-4 6-4 match was somewhat unmemorable.

 

Djokovic knows he’ll need to raise his level in the final against Murray: ‘I played better than I did yesterday, but still I need to get at least a level or two higher tomorrow in order to win the title’. Indeed, Murray was flawless in his match against in-form Nishikori, as the Brit only dropped three games.

 

The start of the match was close, as both players exchanged breaks. The match became a one-way street when, down 4-3, Nishikori got broken despite being up 40-0. Murray never looked back, winning the last 9 games of the match. ‘Once I got the first set, obviously that was the end of the match really. Didn’t really play any rallies at all in the second set. He wasn’t moving much’, the second seed analyzed.

 

Murray and Djokovic will face for the 28th time, with the Serb leading 19-8. Murray hasn’t won against Djokovic since the 2013 Wimbledon final and already has lost 4 matches to the world number one in 2015. On the other hand, Djokovic (only) leads 6-5 in finals.

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Serena Williams Beaten by Swiss Teen Belinda Bencic in Toronto Semis

 

By Brodie Widdifield

(August 15, 2015) TORONTO, Canada – It started quietly, but it ended in fireworks.

 

Belinda Bencic has been a name of the lips of many WTA fans this year. It started with a coaching partnership with fellow Swiss Martina Hingis, and her impressive win over Agnieszka Radwanska at Eastbourne gave her a first WTA title. She kicked off her hard court swing in Toronto with a series of impressive wins over Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki and Ana Ivanovic.

 

But no one saw this coming.

 

Bencic took on world No. 1 Serena Williams Saturday night and it quickly looked like match might not be anything more than an exhibition of the American’s ability to change angles and attack. Williams raced out to a 5-1 lead in just 33 minutes, taking the set 6-3.

 

The young Swiss player did manage to construct some better points at the end of the set, and she managed to get a foot hold in the match. The players traded serves, but Serena’s serving quickly began to deteriorate, eventually ending with her being broken in the middle of the set and taking her frustration out violently on her racquet. “I think I played really crappy today. And I don’t think you would disagree,” said Williams. “I was just really struggling with my serve today and everything wasn’t right with it.”

 

Belinda failed to close out the second set at first, but eventually broke at 5-6 as the lights got brighter and the noise from the crowd grew louder. “Obviously she wasn’t serving as great as she normally does,” said the Swiss. “But I think I tried to read her serve also I read it better in the end, and I was returning sometimes very good on the big points.”

 

The struggles continued for Serena into the third set and Belinda raced to a 4-0 lead. Williams fought back to get things on serve. “I was very nervous in that moment, but I told myself today is my chance and I really have to stay focused and be mentally tough, even if I didn’t do it on the first try.” But the Swiss completed the upset, breaking at 4-5 and taking the match 3-6, 7-5, 6-4.

 

“In the end it was just so loud, and I didn’t think anything.”

 

The win was undoubtedly the biggest of her young career. “I can’t describe the feeling right now. I was very overwhelmed from the situation on the court, but I’m just so happy the forehand landed in and she couldn’t reach it anymore. It was an incredible feeling. I have no words.”

This was just the second loss on the year for the 33-year-old Serena Williams.

 

The 18-year-old Bencic will take on Romanian Simona Halep in Sunday’s final. Halep defeated Sara Errani 6-4, 6-4 earlier in the day. “She’s an amazing player. She’s so consistent all of the year and definitely going to be a hard match, but I think today I have to enjoy this victory and tomorrow I will look what I can do against her.”

 

Brodie Widdifield is the author of the tennis web site mindtheracket.com. You can also follow him on Twitter at @MindTheRacket. He is covering the Rogers Cup in Toronto for Tennis Panorama News, follow @TennisNewsTPN for updates.

 

TORONTO RESULTS, SATURDAY AUGUST 15, 2015

Singles – Semifinals
B. Bencic (SUI) d [1] S. Williams (USA) 36 75 64
[2] [WC] S. Halep (ROU) d [15] S. Errani (ITA) 64 64

Doubles- Semifinals
[4] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) 63 62
[3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE) 64 76(5)

MONTREAL RESULTS, SATURDAY AUGUST 15, 2015

Singles – Semifinals / Demi-finales
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d J. Chardy (FRA) 64 64
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [4] K. Nishikori (JPN) 63 60

Doubles- Semifinals / Demi-finales
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d [6] A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) 67(7) 64 10-7
D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [PR] N. Djokovic (SRB) / J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 36 61 10-4

TORONTO ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, AUGUST 16, 2015

CENTRE COURT start 1:00
B. Bencic (SUI) vs [2] [WC] S. Halep (ROU)
[4] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs [3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)

MONTREAL ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY AUGUST 16, 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

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Tennis – Western & Southern Open Results and Schedule

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RESULTS – Saturday, August 15
ATP Qualifying – First Round
[1] Benoit Paire (France) d. Marco Cecchinato (Italy) 61 61
[2] Steve Johnson (USA) d. James Duckworth (Australia) 75 64
[3] Vasek Pospisil (Canada) d. Tatsuma Ito (Japan) 63 62
Mikhail Youzhny (Russia) def. [4] Mikhail Kukushkin (Kazakhstan) 06 64 75
[6] Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) d. Tim Smyzek (USA) 64 64
Alexander Zverev (Germany) d. [7] Benjamin Becker (Germany) 64 62
[8] Nicolas Mahut (France) d. [WC] Frances Tiafoe (USA) 63 62
[9] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) d. James Ward (Great Britain) 64 64
[10] Dennis Istomin (Uzbekistan) d. [Alt] Blaz Rola (Slovakia) 16 76(7) 64
[11] Hyeon Chung (Korea) d. Ivan Dodig (Croatia) 36 64 61
[12] Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) d. Ryan Harrison (USA) 75 36 76(2)
[13] Denis Kudla (USA) d. [WC] Tommy Paul (USA) 62 06 60
[14] Yen-Hsun Lu (Taipei) d. Stefan Kozlov (USA) 64 63
[15] Marsel Ilhan (Turkey) d. Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia) 46 64 76(2)
WTA Qualifying – First Round
Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) d. [1] Monica Niculescu (Romania) 36 76(7) 76
[2] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) d. Taylor Townsend (USA) 16 60 62
Ana Konjuh (Croatia) d. [3] Johanna Larsson (Sweden) 60 76(2)
Sesil Karatantcheva (Bulgaria) d. [4] Magdalena Rybarikova (Slovakia) 57 64 63
Jana Cepelova (Romania) d. [5] Alexandra Dulgheru (Slovakia) 67(5) 61 63
[6] Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) d. Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei) 76(7) 63
[7] Yulia Putintseva (Russia) d. [WC] Louisa Chirico (USA) 60 64
[WC] Nicole Gibbs (USA) d. [8] Andreas Beck (Germany) 62 64
Mariana Duque-Marino (Colombia) d. [9] Carina Witthoeft (Germany) 64 64
[10] Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) d. Monica Puig (Puerto Rico) 64 64
[11] Christina McHale (USA) d. Kristyna Pliskova (Czech Republic) 67(5) 64 61
[12] Mona Barthel (Germany) d. Elena Vesnina (Russia) 61 62
[13] Julia Georges (Germany) d. Urszula Radwanska (Poland) 64 46 75
[14] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) d. [WC] Alexa Glatch (USA) 76(4) 62
Misaki Doi (Japan) d. [15] Aleksandra Krunic (Serbia) 62 60
[16] Tatjana Maria (Germany) d. Evgeniya Rodina (Russia) 64 62
Timea Babos (Hungary) d. [17] Heather Watson (Great Britain) 62 16 63
[18] Polona Hercog (Slovenia) d. Tamira Paszek (Austria) 63 63
Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraine) d. [19] Lara Arruabarrena (Spain) 61 64
[20] Kurumi Nara (Japan) d. Marina Erakovic (New Zealand) 64 63
Lauren Davis (USA) d. [21] Andreea Mitu (Romania) 57 62 63
[22] Irina Falconi (USA) d. [WC] Jennifer Brady (USA) 61 63
Yaroslava Shvedova (Russia) d. [23] Jarmila Gajdosova (Slovakia) 64 75
[24] Olga Govortsova (Belarus) d. [WC] Sachia Vickery (USA) 76(3) 76(0)


ORDER OF PLAY – Sunday, August 16
CENTER COURT – 10:00am start
WTA Qualifying – [12] Mona Barthel (Germany) vs [22] Irina Falconi (USA)
WTA Qualifying – [11] Christina Mchale (USA) vs [18] Polona Hercog (Slovakia)
Not Before 2:00pm:00 pm
ATP – Dominic Thiem (Austria) vs Martin Klizan (Slovakia)
Not Before 7:00pmm
ATP – [16] Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) vs L. Rosol (Czech Republic)
ATP – P. Cuevas (Ukraine) / D. Marrero (Spain) vs F. Lopez (Spain) / M. Mirnyi (Belarus)
GRANDSTAND – 11:30am start 11:30 am
ATP Qualifying – [1] Benoit Paire (France) vs [13] Denis Kudla (USA)
Not Before 1:00pm
WTA Qualifying – Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Belarus) vs Timea Babos (Hungary)
ATP – Qualifying – [2] Steve Johnson (USA) vs [8] Nicolas Mahut (France)
STADIUM 3 – 10:00am start 10:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – [6] Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Croatia) vs [14] Casey Dellacqua (Australia)
ATP – Qualifying – Alexander Zverev (Germany) vs [10] Dennis Istomin (Uzbekistan)
WTA – Qualifying – Sesil Karatantcheva (Bulgaria) vs [13] Julia Goerges (Germany)
ATP – Qualifying – [15] Marsel Ilhan (Turkey) vs [12] Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia)
COURT 9 – 10:00am start 10:00 am
ATP – Qualifying – [6] Santiago Giraldo (Colombia) vs [9] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine)
WTA – Qualifying – [2] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) vs [24] Olga Govortsova (Belarus)
ATP – Qualifying – Mikail Youzhny (Russia) vs [14] Yen-Hsun Lu (Taipei)
WTA – Qualifying – [WC] Nicole Gibbs (USA) vs Lauren Davis (USA)
COURT 4 – 10:00am start 10:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – [10] Lucie Hradecka (Czech Republic) vs [16] Tatjana Maria (Germany)
WTA – Qualifying – Ana Konjuh (Croatia) vs Misaki Doi (Japan)
ATP – Qualifying – [3] Vasek Pospisil (Canada) vs [11] Hyeon Chung (Korea)
WTA – Qualifying – Mariana Duque-Mariño (Colombia) vs Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)
COURT 6 – 11:30am start 11:30 am
WTA – Qualifying – [25] Yulia Putintseva (Kazakhstan) vs [20] Kurumi Nara (Japan)
WTA – Qualifying – Jana Cepelova (Slovakia) vs Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraine)
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Rogers Cup Day 5 – Djokovic, Chardy Save Match Points to Set Semifinal Clash

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Rogers Cup Day 05: Djokovic, Chardy Save Match Points to Set Semifinal Clash

By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

 

(August 14, 2015) MONTREAL, Canada – Both Novak Djokovic and surprising Frenchman Jeremy Chardy had to manage Houdini-esque escapes on Friday to reach the semifinals. While the world No. 1 saved two match points against former-top-10-player-now-qualifier Ernest Gulbis, Chardy saved an astonishing seven match points against big serving John Isner.

 

Isner and Chardy were the first on court, about two hours late due to afternoon rain. It was clear from the start that not much was separating the two: Isner is having a spectacular summer with a title in Atlanta and a final in Washington, while Chardy boasted a surprising 3-0 record against the American. Without much of a surprise, both players held serve until the tiebreak, where Isner was the first to draw blood. Chardy fought well to save a few set points, had one of his own, but Isner scraped through a spectacular 11-9 tiebreak.

 

When Isner broke early in the second, it seemed like things were in control. But Mother Nature decided to play a role in the match and interrupted play for about an hour. Chardy made the best of the switch in rhythm, as he won the first three games after the return. Both players then served their way to the tiebreak, which turned out to be the longest, and arguably the most exciting, of the tournament. Isner once again took the lead and get to match point, only to see Chardy stay toe-to-toe with him and get set points of his own. The American was the first one to get the chance to have a closing point on his serve, only to see Chardy drive a backhand return winner. This back-and-forth went on until 13-13 in the tiebreak, and seven match points saved later, Chardy ended the set on a service winner.

 

Isner, who has played a lot of tennis in the past three weeks, looked physically drained at the start of the third set. Nevertheless, he concentrated his energy on his main asset, his serve, which helped him keep points short and get to yet another tiebreak. This time, Chardy was the first to get a mini-break at 5-4, kept it until the end, and completed one of the best wins of his career.

 

With this win, Chardy reaches his first ever Masters 1000 semifinal. ‘It is a very important moment in a career when you are able to play well in major tournaments’, Chardy discussed. ‘Tennis is all about the Grand Slams and the Masters. If you have good results in those tournaments, it’s a good reward because that’s why you’re practicing.’ Asked about the crowd, who was cheering for him for most of the match, he replied: ‘I believe the Canadians love French players, and we love them, too. Now there are no longer any Canadian players anymore in this tournament, we are their favorite now.’

 

In the second quarterfinal of the day, Novak Djokovic was a clear favorite against qualifier Ernest Gulbis, who saw his ranking drop from the top 10 in 2014 to 87 at the start of the tournament. Nevertheless, the Latvian is known for his shotmaking and undeniable talent, and the five wins he had so far this week have been a proof of that.

 

From the get go, you could tell Djokovic was in an off-day: the Serb, a three time champion was missing early in rallies and looked a bit out of sorts. Gulbis took advantage, playing aggressive tennis to get the first set 7-5. The Latvian even got up a break in the second set, only to see the Number One fight back to force a tiebreak. Gulbis took an early 3-0 lead and looked to be creating the biggest surprise of the tournament when he got to match points at 6-4. But he got a bit tense, lost the next four points and the set. Gulbis never managed to get back in the match and Djokovic strearolled through the third set 6-1. When signing the camera after his win, Djokovic wrote the following two words: ‘Very Lucky’.

 

This was Djokovic’s 29th straight match win in Masters 1000, an incredibly feat. He will be looking to get to 30 against Chardy; it will be the tenth match between the two, with Djokovic never losing a set. ‘I will go on court and I have to try something new, Chardy said. Anyway, if I didn’t succeed, it will be just one more loss (laughter).’

 

In the other half, 4th seed Kei Nishikori played a near flawless match to beat 7th seed Rafael Nadal 6-2 6-4. He will face 2nd seed Andy Murray, who defeated 2014 winner Jo-Wilfred Tsonga 6-4, 6-4 in a very, very late match in Montreal. Murray leads the head-to-head 4-1, but Nishikori has won their last encounter earlier this year in Madrid.

 

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 14 AUGUST 2015

Singles – Third Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] E. Gulbis (LAT) 57 76(7) 61 – saved 2 M.P.
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [10] J. Tsonga (FRA) 64 64
[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [7] R. Nadal (ESP) 62 64
J. Chardy (FRA) d [16] J. Isner (USA) 67(9) 76(13) 76(4) – saved 7 M.P.

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 63 67(5) 10-8
[6] A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) d [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 62 64
D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [5] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 62
[PR] N. Djokovic (SRB) / J. Tipsarevic (SRB) d [7] J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) 63 67(5) 10-7

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 15 AUGUST 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 3:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs J. Chardy (FRA)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs [6] A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

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