2015/03/31

Venus and Serena Williams Reach Miami Quarters

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(March 30, 2015) Venus Williams kept her record perfect against No. 4 seed Caroline Wozniacki on Monday at the Miami Open defeating the Dane 6-3, 7-6(1).

Venus, a three-time Miami winner joined her sister seven-time winner Serena in the quarterfinals. Serena bested two-time major champ Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-3.

Venus and Serena could meet in the final of the tournament.

Venus did not return to Indian Wells as her sister did two weeks ago but spoke about her sister’s return.

“It was wonderful to see,” Venus said. “I definitely watched every moment, and it was great to see her and my family there. Next year will be a big year for us being an Olympic year.

“I can’t exactly say what my schedule will be, but it was wonderful to see her reception.”

“I have heard so much about how much the tournament has just improved in general in terms of the fans and the players.

“So it will be something to see for me.”

“She’s playing really well,” Serena said of her sister’s play. “She’s playing really aggressive. I have always said what Venus has gone through has really motivated me.

“I think a lot of the things happened to help me become a better player in the past few years. You know, that’s another thing. I was really motivated by her and her spirit and her fight.

“I thought that I was doing really well, that I could ‑‑ I thought since she was doing really well, I could, as well.”

Another American reaching the quarterfinals is Sloane Stephens who stopped 18-year-old Belinda Bencic 6-4, 7-6 (5). Other women reaching the final eight include Carla Suarez-Navarro, Sabine Lisicki, Karolina Pliskova and Andrea Petkovic.

Four-time champion and No. 1 Novak Djokovic beat qualifier Steve Darcis 6-0, 7-5 to reach the final 16 where he will meet Alexandr Dolgopolov.

“I saw a couple of matches he played here, and he’s feeling good,” Djokovic said of his next opponent. He likes this surface. Generally likes a bit slower court with a higher bounce.

“Very quick dynamic motion on the serve and can serve very big for somebody of his height. And moves around very well around the court.

“So I know his game pretty well. I know what to expect. Hopefully I’ll be able to start as well as I did in the first two matches, but then end it in a bit different way. Keep the concentration going, you know, all the way through.”

Also advancing were No. 4 Kei Nishikori, No. 5 Milos Raonic while No. 9 Grigor Dimitrov fell to John Isner in straight sets.

More to follow.

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Serena Williams’ Return Highlights Mylan WTT’s 40th Season Schedule

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (March 30, 2015) – Mylan World TeamTennis announced the schedule for the 2015 season, which is highlighted by the return of world No. 1 Serena Williams to WTT action for the first time since 2011. This summer, Mylan WTT becomes only the fifth major professional team sports league in the U.S. to reach the 40th season milestone when the season kicks off on July 12.
League officials released the 52-match schedule for the three-week season of Mylan World TeamTennis. The regular season runs July 12-29, with conference championships scheduled for Thursday, July 30, and concludes with the Mylan WTT Finals, on Sunday, August 2 on the home court of the Eastern Conference Champion.
Williams will take the court on July 21 in Washington D.C. for the defending Mylan WTT champion Washington Kastles after a road match in Philadelphia on July 20. The Kastles’ bid to become the first team in league history to win five consecutive titles begins on July 12 on the road in Boston. The Kastles’ lineup also includes returning marquee players Martina Hingis and Venus Williams and American Sam Querrey. Venus Williams is scheduled to make her home appearance in the nation’s capital on July 14.
After finishing at the bottom of the standings in 2014, the Boston Lobsters return with the addition of world No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard, who joins the team July 27 in Boston, July 28 in Philadelphia and July 29 in Washington.
The top-ranked doubles team in the world, Bob and Mike Bryan, will help the Sacramento-based California Dream make their mark in the team’s inaugural season. The Bryans are set for action on July 23 at home followed by road visits on July 25 in Boston and July 26 in Philadelphia.
Madison Keys, ranked No. 18 on the WTA Tour, will join the San Diego Aviators on July 27 and 28 at the team’s new home venue, the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in Carlsbad, Calif.
John Isner, the top-ranked American who was picked up by the Springfield Lasers in a trade with Boston last month, suits up for a home match at the Cooper Tennis Complex in Springfield on July 25. The Lasers are celebrating their 20th season in Mylan WTT this July.
Andy Roddick returns to his hometown Austin Aces for a match on July 16 at the Aces’ new venue. The team will play their seven home matches in the heart of Austin at Gregory Gymnasium at The University of Texas.
For the full schedule and links to ticket information, visit www.WTT.com/schedule.
MYLAN WORLD TEAMTENNIS 2015 SCHEDULE (subject to change)
Sunday, July 12
Washington @ Boston
Philadelphia @ Springfield
California @ San Diego
Monday, July 13 
Austin @ Boston
Philadelphia @ San Diego
Springfield @ California
Tuesday, July 14
Austin @ Washington  (Venus Williams – WAS)
Boston @ Springfield
Philadelphia @ California
Wednesday, July 15
San Diego @ Boston
Washington @ Springfield
Thursday, July 16
Boston @ Philadelphia
San Diego @ Washington
California @ Austin  (Andy Roddick – AUS)
Friday, July 17
Washington @ Philadelphia
San Diego @ Springfield
Austin @ California
Saturday, July 18
Philadelphia @ Washington
Springfield @ Austin
Boston @ California
Sunday, July 19 
Springfield @ Philadelphia
California @ Austin
Boston @ San Diego
Monday, July 20
Washington @ Philadelphia  (Serena Williams – WAS)
Austin @ San Diego
Tuesday, July 21
Boston   @ Washington     (Serena Williams – WAS)
Springfield @ California
Wednesday, July 22      
Philadelphia @ Boston
Austin @ Springfield
California @ San Diego
Thursday, July 23       
Washington @ Boston  (Martina Hingis – WAS)
Austin @ Philadelphia
San Diego @ California   (Bob & Mike Bryan – CAL)
Friday, July 24
Philadelphia @ Springfield
Washington @ Austin
Saturday, July 25       
California @ Boston  (Bob & Mike Bryan – CAL)
San Diego @ Springfield (John Isner – SPR)
Sunday, July 26 
Springfield @ Washington  (Martina Hingis – WAS)
California @ Philadelphia  (Bob & Mike Bryan – CAL)
San Diego @ Austin
Monday, July 27
Philadelphia @ Boston (Eugenie Bouchard – BOS)
California @ Washington  (Martina Hingis – WAS)
Austin   @ San Diego  (Madison Keys – SAN)
Tuesday, July 28
Boston   @ Philadelphia   (Eugenie Bouchard – BOS)
Washington @ Austin
Springfield @ San Diego  (Madison Keys – SAN)
Wednesday, July 29     
Boston   @ Washington     (Eugenie Bouchard – BOS)
Springfield @ Austin
San Diego @ California
Thursday, July 30       Eastern #2 @ Eastern #1 – Mylan WTT Eastern Conference Championship
Thursday, July 30       Western #2 @ Western #1 – Mylan WTT Western Conference Championship
Sunday, August 2        Mylan WTT Finals – Western Conference Champion @ EASTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPION – 11am ET start
Teams/Venues/Websites
AUSTIN ACES - Gregory Gymnasium at The University of Texas, Austin, Texas // www.austinacestennis.com
BOSTON LOBSTERS – Lobsters Stadium at the Manchester Athletic Club, Manchester-By-The-Sea, Mass. // www.bostonlobsters.net
CALIFORNIA DREAM – Dream Stadium at Sunrise Mall in the Sunrise MarketPlace, Citrus Heights, Calif. // www.californiadreamtennis.com
PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS – The Pavilion at Villanova University, Philadelphia, Pa. // www.philadelphiafreedoms.com
SAN DIEGO AVIATORS - Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, Calif. // www.sandiegoaviators.com
SPRINGFIELD LASERS - Mediacom Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex, Springfield, Mo. // www.springfieldlasers.com
WASHINGTON KASTLES – Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center, Washington, D.C. // www.washingtonkastles.com
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Miami Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

RESULTS – MARCH 29, 2015

 

ATP

Singles – Third Round
[29] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [2] R. Nadal (ESP) 64 26 63
[3] A. Murray (GBR) d [27] S. Giraldo (COL) 63 64
[28] A. Mannarino (FRA) d [7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(4) 76(5)
[8] T. Berdych (CZE) d [25] B. Tomic (AUS) 67(4) 76(3) 61 – saved 4 M.P.
[17] G. Monfils (FRA) d [11] J. Tsonga (FRA) 64 76(4)
[15] K. Anderson (RSA) d [24] L. Mayer (ARG) 64 64
J. Monaco (ARG) d [23] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 75 64
D. Thiem (AUT) d J. Sock (USA) 64 63

Doubles – Second Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d R. Lindstedt (SWE) / J. Melzer (AUT) 61 62
J. Isner (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) d A. Begemann (GER) / E. Gulbis (LAT) 62 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
[2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d L. Mayer (ARG) / G. Muller (LUX) 62 64
[3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) d S. Giraldo (COL) / M. Klizan (SVK) 75 63
[WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) d [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 21 ret. (Lopez – left ankle)

WTA
Singles – Third Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d [WC] C. Bellis (USA) 61 61
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [30] C. Giorgi (ITA) 64 75
[27] S. Lisicki (GER) d [5] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 76(4) 75
[11] S. Errani (ITA) d [21] G. Muguruza (ESP) 46 64 61
[24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [13] A. Kerber (GER) 63 36 63
[15] F. Pennetta (ITA) d V. Azarenka (BLR) 76(5) 76(6)
S. Stephens (USA) d J. Larsson (SWE) 64 64
B. Bencic (SUI) d [Q] T. Maria (GER) 64 75

Doubles – Second Round
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 76(6) 64
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) 62 62
[7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 63

 

 

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 30 MARCH 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [16] V. Williams (USA) vs [4] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – [31] J. Chardy (FRA) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] S. Darcis (BEL)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [22] J. Isner (USA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [15] F. Pennetta (ITA)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – [4] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [32] V. Troicki (SRB)
ATP – T. Bellucci (BRA) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) vs [9] A. Petkovic (GER)
ATP – [26] L. Rosol (CZE) vs [6] D. Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [12] G. Simon (FRA) vs [Q] A. Falla (COL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [7] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – [18] D. Goffin (BEL) vs J. Janowicz (POL)
WTA – [14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS)
WTA – [11] S. Errani (ITA) vs [27] S. Lisicki (GER)
WTA – S. Stephens (USA) vs B. Bencic (SUI)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
WTA – [8] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs H. Chan (TPE) / J. Jankovic (SRB)
WTA – [9] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO)
ATP – S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs [2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP-After Suitable Rest – [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) vs M. Draganja (CRO) / H. Kontinen (FIN)
ATP – J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 7 start Not Before 1:30 pm
WTA-After Suitable Rest – A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP-After Suitable Rest – [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA)

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Dennis Novikov Serves Way to Sixth Pro Circuit Title At USTA Men’s Pro Championships of Calabasas

Novikov Serving

(March 29, 2015) CALABASAS, Calif.– It was all about the serve Sunday in the final of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.

 

Former UCLA star and No. 2-seeded Dennis Novikov did it just it just a little bit better on Sunday to beat unseeded Francis Tiafoe, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6), to capture his sixth USTA Pro Circuit Futures championship at the USTA $15,000 Pro Circuit Futures event played at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center.

 

Novikov’s serve was never broken and he rocketed 13 aces, double faulted just once and only faced a break point against him once the entire match. Tiafoe also served strong with nine aces, two doubles faults, and never lost his serve while saving two break points.

 

“It was a little bit warm out here so the conditions really suit serving,” said Novikov, who will break into the ATP World Top 200 when the rankings are releases on Monday. “It was just a battle of serves today. Like Sampras against whoever …. (Ivo) Karlovic or (Mark) Philippoussis.”

 

Novikov will get his name placed on a banner just like former champs Karlovic and Philippoussis, and has a goal to be in the top 100 by the end of the year.

 

Novikov led 5-4 in the first-set tiebreaker but was able to get two mini-break points against Tiafoe’s serve to close out the set, 7-4. The second set was much of the same story with Tiafoe unable to get close to breaking Novikov, but serving well enough to extend to another tiebreaker.

 

“That was tough,” said the 17-year-old Tiafoe, who has not turned pro yet. “I stayed cool and kept holding and I was serving great. I was returning OK but wasn’t able to get the break.”

 

Novikov made $2,160 prize money and gained 27 valuable ATP World ranking points while Tiafoe earned $1,272 for the week and 12 ranking points. “So far it’s been a good year for me,” Tiafoe said. “I took the fall off and in January I played better than I thought I would.”

 

Added Novikov: “I like warmer conditions and played well at Indian Wells qualifying there a few weeks ago.”

 

In the doubles final on Saturday night, Fabian Matthews and Hunter Nicholas beat Adrian Forberg Skogeng and Wil Spencer, 6-1, 2-6, 10-6.

 

To keep up with all the USTA Pro Circuit news and scores, don’t forget to download the Pro Circuit App. Search procircuit in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play.

 

Sunday’s Final Singles Scores

Dennis Novikov, U.S., (2) def. Francis Tiafoe, U.S., 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6)

 

Saturday’s Final Doubles Score

Fabian Matthews, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S., def. Adrian Forberg Skogeng, Norway / Wil Spencer, U.S., 6-1, 2-6, 10-6

 

By Steve Pratt

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Rafael Nadal Upset by Fernando Verdasco in Miami

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

(March 29, 2015) Rafael Nadal’s quest for a first Miami Open title was stopped by countryman No. 24 Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 in the third round on Sunday.

It’s Verdasco’s second straight win over the current world No. 3, with the last victory coming back in 2012 at the Madrid Masters. Verdasco lost to Nadal 13 straight times before that.

“Of course is a huge victory, and it’s always really nice to feel, you know, in a packed stadium or almost packed stadium in a very important tournament like this one and playing against one of the best players in history,” Verdasco said

“Today was a good day. I played good and I won… I’m very happy, and now I just need to try to rest and be ready for the next one.”

 

Rafael Nadal Miami

“I played some good games at the beginning, bad games at the end of the second set; some good games on the second; not bad at the beginning of the third,” Nadal said.

“But he played well the third, so he deserved to win more than me without any doubt tonight. Just congratulate him for the victory.”

“Today my game in general improved since a month and a half. But at the same time, still playing with too much nerves for a lot of moments, in important moments, still playing with a little bit of anxious on that moments.”

Verdasco had 29 winners breaking Nadal’s serve three times. Nadal was 3-12 on break points with 32 unforced errors with 18 winners.

“Obviously always beating a player like Rafa is the same like if you beat, I mean, (Andy) Murray or (Roger) Federer or these guys,” Verdasco said. Is one of the biggest victories that you can have in tennis.

“Of course is a huge victory, and it’s always really nice to feel, you know, in a packed stadium or almost packed stadium in a very important tournament like this one and playing against one of the best players in history.

“You know, at the end you just try to enjoy the moment also. Not even winning or losing. You always try to win, but enjoy the moment.”

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Serena Williams Sails Past Bellis at Miami Open; Murray Wins 499th Match

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Serena Williams

(March 29, 2015) Seven-time Miami Open winner Serena Williams moved into the round of 16 with a 6-1, 6-1 thrashing of 15-year-old countrywoman Cici Bellis in 41 minutes.

Bellis upset 2014 Australian Open finalist and the No. 12 player at the time Dominika Cibulkova in the first round of last year’s US Open.

“It wasn’t like, Oh, I’m so happy to win this match,” Williams said.

“Yeah, it was tough. I think, you know, she’s young and her being an American and her just doing so well, you want to see people like her do well. So when you’re up against them you have to kind of put that aside. Even though I’m always cheering for her. Otherwise I have to put it aside and play the match.”

“I was pretty nervous,” said Bellis. “I mean, she’s No. 1 in the world and like the best of all time for a reason.

“I think it was just a really good experience for me for the future and I’m glad I got to do it, but she’s a lot better than me for right now.”

Next up for Williams in will be 2006 Miami Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova who beat No. 13 Angelique Kerber 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

Last weekend’s Indian Wells winner, No. 3 Simona Halep has reached the fourth round by besting No. 30 Camila Giorgi 6-4, 7-5.

“It’s first time when I’m in fourth round here in Miami,” Halep said. “I like to play here. You know, I come from Indian Wells where I won a title, and I have more confidence now to win matches.

“I’m just trying to keep my mind very focused and to recover my body every day and with good work, because I need it. I feel a little bit tired, but it’s normal. I have to accept this.

“I’m just looking forward to improve more in my shots, and I just want to hit the serve better and better day by day.

“I’m working, and, you know, I just want to go on court to fight for every chance.”

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Andy Murray is a victory away from joining the 500-win club. The No. 3 seed at the Miami Open moved into the fourth round on Sunday defeating Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-4.

“It’s nice, because when you see, you know, the list of the players that have won that many matches, you know, there isn’t loads,” Murray said. “I think there is only 40 or so players that have done it.

“Hopefully I can win some more throughout my career. I mean, maybe it doesn’t happen in a couple of days; I hope it does. But if not, then, you know, I’m sure at some stage I will get there.

I obviously want to try and win more, and hopefully still have quite a few years ahead of me left to add to that number.

Yeah, it’s a lot of wins. It’s not easy these days to win that many matches, so that’s a good sign.”

Next Murray hopes to become the ninth active man to reach 500 wins when he takes on Kevin Anderson on Tuesday.

Murray said it will be a “tough match.”

“He’s a big server. He plays predominantly from the baseline. Yeah, when his game is on, he’s very tough guy to play against, because he can hold serve.

“He obviously is used to these conditions here. He lives 45 minutes away, so he obviously plays and practices in this weather a lot. I won’t have as much of an advantage against him as maybe some of the guys, because he’s used to the conditions here.

“So it will be a tough match.”

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Miami Open – Saturday Results, Sunday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES
USD 5,381,235.00 (ATP)
USD 5,381,235.00 (WTA)
23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

 

ATP RESULTS – SATURDAY, 28 MARCH 2015

Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d M. Klizan (SVK) 60 57 61
[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 62 61
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 61 64
[6] D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Delbonis (ARG) 61 61
[9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 62 62
[11] J. Tsonga (FRA) d T. Smyczek (USA) 64 36 63
[12] G. Simon (FRA) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 67(5) 60
J. Janowicz (POL) d [13] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 16 64
J. Monaco (ARG) d [14] E. Gulbis (LAT) 62 64
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d [16] T. Robredo (ESP) 67(1) 63 75
[17] G. Monfils (FRA) d [Q] F. Krajinovic (SRB) 36 62 76(4)
[18] D. Goffin (BEL) d B. Coric (CRO) 60 64
T. Bellucci (BRA) d [19] P. Cuevas (URU) 26 62 75
[Q] A. Falla (COL) d [20] I. Karlovic (CRO) 64 62
J. Sock (USA) d [21] F. Fognini (ITA) 76(4) 61
[22] J. Isner (USA) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 63 64
[26] L. Rosol (CZE) d [Q] A. Zverev (GER) 76(0) 63
[28] A. Mannarino (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 64 36 62
[29] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] J. Duckworth (AUS) 46 62 61
[Q] S. Darcis (BEL) d [30] G. Muller (LUX) 64 67(2) 63
[31] J. Chardy (FRA) d J. Melzer (AUT) 64 61
[32] V. Troicki (SRB) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 75 36 64

Doubles – Second Round
[WC] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA) d [7] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 75 76(4)

Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d B. Becker (GER) / S. Lipsky (USA) 62 76(3)
[4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) 64 62
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 76(4) 63
S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) d R. Klaasen (RSA) / L. Paes (IND) 64 62

WTA RESULTS

Women’s
Singles – Third Round

[4] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d K. Kanepi (EST) 46 61 63
[7] A. Radwanska (POL) d [31] I. Begu (ROU) 62 46 62
[8] E. Makarova (RUS) d [26] E. Svitolina (UKR) 60 64
[9] A. Petkovic (GER) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) 60 62
[12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [22] A. Cornet (FRA) 60 64
[14] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP) 75 61
[16] V. Williams (USA) d [23] S. Stosur (AUS) 64 76(3)
[WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS) d K. Nara (JPN) 60 76(5)
Second Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 63 61
[Q] T. Maria (GER) d [6] E. Bouchard (CAN) 60 76(4)
[11] S. Errani (ITA) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 76(5)
[13] A. Kerber (GER) d H. Watson (GBR) 75 36 64

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round

[PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d J. Goerges (GER) / A. Groenefeld (GER) 76(2) 36 10-7
First Round
[4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) d [WC] A. Cornet (FRA) / E. Svitolina (UKR) 61 63
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d O. Savchuk (UKR) / M. Torró-Flor (ESP) 63 62
[8] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d [WC] M. Puig (PUR) / H. Watson (GBR) 63 63
K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) d [PR] K. Bertens (NED) / T. Maria (GER) 75 64
M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Panova (RUS) d L. Raymond (USA) / S. Stosur (AUS) 62 63
H. Chan (TPE) / J. Jankovic (SRB) d A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 75 64
[WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) d [WC] A. Dulgheru (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU) 75 63

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 29 MARCH 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [27] S. Giraldo (COL) vs [3] A. Murray (GBR)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [15] F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [WC] C. Bellis (USA)
ATP – [29] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [27] S. Lisicki (GER) vs [5] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – J. Monaco (ARG) vs [23] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [30] C. Giorgi (ITA)
ATP – [7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [28] A. Mannarino (FRA)
ATP – [17] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [11] J. Tsonga (FRA)
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [25] B. Tomic (AUS)
Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs R. Lindstedt (SWE) / J. Melzer (AUT)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [15] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [24] L. Mayer (ARG)
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs D. Thiem (AUT)
WTA – [11] S. Errani (ITA) vs [21] G. Muguruza (ESP)
WTA – J. Larsson (SWE) vs S. Stephens (USA)
ATP – A. Begemann (GER) / E. Gulbis (LAT) vs J. Isner (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [13] A. Kerber (GER)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – B. Bencic (SUI) vs [Q] T. Maria (GER)
ATP – S. Giraldo (COL) / M. Klizan (SVK) vs [3] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA)
ATP – L. Mayer (ARG) / G. Muller (LUX) vs [2] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA)

COURT 7 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA)

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Francis Tiafoe to Face Dennis Novikov in USTA Men’s Pro Championships of Calabasas Final on Sunday

 

(March 28, 2015) CALABASAS, Calif. – Francis Tiafoe didn’t officially announce he was turning professional on Saturday after advancing to the final of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas. But he did remind that it’s only a matter of time before that happens.

 

“I’m going to turn pro,” the 17-year-old unseeded Tiafoe, still an amateur, said after beating Jason Jung in the semifinals, 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, at the USTA $15,000 Pro Circuit Futures event being played at the Calasbasas Tennis & Swim Center. “I’m not sure when it’s going to happen, but it’s only a matter of time.”

 

Tiafoe is on a nine-match win streak after winning his first ITF Futures title last weekend in Bakersfield. He will face former UCLA star and No. 2-seeded Dennis Novikov in the 1 p.m. final on Sunday, with a pro doubles exhibition starting at noon.

 

Jung won the toss but elected to receive Tiafoe’s serve, which he promptly broke quickly. “I came out flat, but got the break back but then gave up the first set,” Tiafoe said. “I was just trying to find my range on both sides. I was serving extremely well and my best shot my forehand started working for me in the second set.”

 

Tiafoe said he still plans to play the remaining Junior Grand Slams, and that he has improved tremendously from one year ago when he was No. 7 in the world ITF junior rankings. He was a finalist at the Carson USTA Spring International Championships and won the ASICS Easter Bowl. Both mega junior events take place over the next two weeks.

 

Earlier this month, Tiafoe was named as a practice partner for the United States Davis Cup team that lost to Great Britain in Scotland. “I worked hard in the off-season and at Davis Cup I gained a lot of confidence,” he said. “My serve is 10 times better and off the ground I’m so much better.”

 

Novikov, 21, lost the first set to McDonald, 4-6, but used his big serve to take advantage of the match over the final two sets, 6-3, 6-2.

 

In the doubles final on Saturday night, Fabian Matthews and Hunter Nicholas beat Adrian Forberg Skogeng and Wil Spencer, 6-1, 2-6, 10-6.

 

Follow along on Twitter at http://twitter.com/calabasastennis. For more information check out the official website, calabasasprotennis.com. Don’t forget to download the Pro Circuit App. Search procircuit in the iTunes App Store or on Google Play.

 

Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Scores

Francis Tiafoe, U.S., def. Jason Jung, U.S., (6) 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

Dennis Novikov, U.S., (2) def. Mackenzie McDonald, U.S. (q) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

 

Saturday’s Final Doubles Score

Fabian Matthews, U.S. / Hunter Nicholas, U.S., def. Adrian Forberg Skogeng, Norway / Wil Spencer, U.S., 6-1, 2-6, 10-6

By Steve Pratt

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Serena Williams Wins Easily in Opening Match at Miami Open

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(March 28, 2015) Seven-time champion Serena Williams extended her winning streak at the Miami Open to 13 after winning her opening match over Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-1.

The two-time defending champion and world No. 1 just last weekend withdrew before her semifinal match at Indian Wells with a right knee injury. The 19-time major champ did not appear to be hindered by her injury.

“It was a little sore in practice, but it was OK today,” she said in regard to her knee.

Williams just defeated the Romanian two weeks ago at Indian Wells.

“It was definitely easier today,” Serena Williams said of playing her slicing and dicing opponent. “I knew what to expect. I still got a little frustrated, but overall was able to stay calm more than the last time I played her.”

No. 1 Williams, who is on a 16-match winning streak will take on 15-year-old Cici Bellis in the third round on Sunday.

“This one I think I played a lot smarter” – Cici Bellis Defeats Zarina Diyas in Miami for some U. S. Open Revenge

Serena’s sister Venus was also a winner on Saturday.

Venus Williams served for the match three times in the second set before closing out Sam Stosur 6-4, 7-6 (3).

“I think I served for it a few times, but the second set didn’t go exactly as I wanted,” Venus said. “But I put myself in a good position, and that was good.

“It was so interesting, because once I got to the tiebreaker, that’s when I really started to feel a lot more rhythm in my game. I think she did, too.

“So I think just playing extra games actually helped me. I think I’m going to be feeling a lot better once my next rounds come around.”

Serena told media that she and her sister plan on playing Fed Cup next month when the United States travels to Brindisi to take on Italy in the World Group Playoffs in an attempt to try move back into World Group in 2016.

“We deserve to be back in,” Serena said. “We have some of the best players in the world. We should be in the World Group A and competing for the title.”

Venus Williams will tackle No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki, in the fourth round, Wozniacki came back to stop Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

“We played a really competitive match early this year,” Venus said. “I can’t remember the score in the last set, but it was tough. I was just so happy to win that match, so I’m going to try to learn from that.

“I would love to win that match in two sets, but it’s going to take some work.”

The upset of the day on the women’s side came when German qualifier Tatjana Maria, ranked 113, stunned Wimbledon finalist No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard 6-0, 7-6 (4).

For the German, it was her second victory over a top ten player. Her first came against Li Na in 2010.

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Miami Open – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

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MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, UNITED STATES

23 MARCH – 5 APRIL 2015

ATP RESULTS – FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2015

Singles – Second Round
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) 64 62
[3] A. Murray (GBR) d D. Young (USA) 64 62
[7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d C. Berlocq (ARG) 67(9) 75 62
[8] T. Berdych (CZE) d [WC] H. Chung (KOR) 63 64
D. Thiem (AUT) d [10] F. Lopez (ESP) 76(4) 46 63
[15] K. Anderson (RSA) d S. Querrey (USA) 67(5) 76(3) 64
[23] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d J. Struff (GER) 64 64
[24] L. Mayer (ARG) d J. Nieminen (FIN) 64 76(5)
[25] B. Tomic (AUS) d [Q] A. Krajicek (USA) 76(6) 75
[27] S. Giraldo (COL) d [Q] R. Haase (NED) 62 36 60

Doubles – First Round
[7] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / V. Troicki (SRB) 63 01 ret. (Bautista Agut – left eye)
R. Lindstedt (SWE) / J. Melzer (AUT) d [PR] N. Djokovic (SRB) / J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 64 36 10-7
[WC] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA) d E. Butorac (USA) / S. Groth (AUS) 16 64 10-4

WTA RESULTS – FRIDAY, 27 MARCH 2015

Singles – Second Round
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [WC] N. Vaidisova (CZE) 64 26 61
[5] A. Ivanovic (SRB) d [Q] I. Falconi (USA) 75 67(4) 63
J. Larsson (SWE) d [10] L. Safarova (CZE) 76(5) 62
[15] F. Pennetta (ITA) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 67(1) 63 63
S. Stephens (USA) d [17] M. Keys (USA) 64 62
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [20] J. Jankovic (SRB) 61 61
[21] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [Q] S. Karatantcheva (BUL) 61 63
[24] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d A. Riske (USA) 62 62
[27] S. Lisicki (GER) d J. Goerges (GER) 76(1) 67(5) 64
[WC] C. Bellis (USA) d [29] Z. Diyas (KAZ) 62 61
[30] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [Q] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 63 62
B. Bencic (SUI) d [32] C. Dellacqua (AUS) 62 46 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [Alt] E. Bogdan (ROU) / N. Melichar (USA) 61 60
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d M. Krajicek (NED) / B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 62 26 10-4
[7] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d K. Date-Krumm (JPN) / Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 62 67(5) 13-11
[9] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) 75 46 10-5
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 76(3) 63

 

Saturday March 27, 2015 – Order of play

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – K. Kanepi (EST) vs [4] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
T. Smyczek (USA) vs [11] J. Tsonga (FRA)
[1] S. Williams (USA) vs M. Niculescu (ROU)
ATP – [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs V. Pospisil (CAN)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs M. Klizan (SVK)
Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [7] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [31] I. Begu (ROU)

GRANDSTAND start 10:50 am
ATP – [4] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [9] A. Petkovic (GER)
ATP – [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs [22] J. Isner (USA)
Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [16] V. Williams (USA) vs [23] S. Stosur (AUS)
ATP – T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)
ATP – [19] P. Cuevas (URU) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [12] G. Simon (FRA) vs M. Kukushkin (KAZ)
[21] F. Fognini (ITA) vs J. Sock (USA)
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) vs [6] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [16] T. Robredo (ESP)
WTA – [14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP)
ATP – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs B. Becker (GER) / S. Lipsky (USA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
[Q] T. Maria (GER) vs [6] E. Bouchard (CAN) 00
[17] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] F. Krajinovic (SRB) 00
ATP – [31] J. Chardy (FRA) vs J. Melzer (AUT)
ATP – [18] D. Goffin (BEL) vs B. Coric (CRO)
ATP – S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs R. Klaasen (RSA) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
ATP – [26] L. Rosol (CZE) vs [Q] A. Zverev (GER)
[29] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [Q] J. Duckworth (AUS) 10
ATP – [Q] A. Falla (COL) vs [20] I. Karlovic (CRO)
ATP – [Q] S. Darcis (BEL) vs [30] G. Muller (LUX)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – [22] A. Cornet (FRA) vs [12] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [28] A. Mannarino (FRA) 46 63 11
[14] E. Gulbis (LAT) vs J. Monaco (ARG)
WTA – K. Nara (JPN) vs [WC] D. Gavrilova (RUS)
ATP – J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)
WTA-TBA After Suitable Rest – L. Raymond (USA) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Panova (RUS)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) vs [26] E. Svitolina (UKR)
Not Before 12:00 noon
[11] S. Errani (ITA) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 41
ATP – S. Bolelli (ITA) vs [32] V. Troicki (SRB)
ATP – J. Janowicz (POL) vs [13] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [7] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [WC] R. Harrison (USA) / R. Ram (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – H. Chan (TPE) / J. Jankovic (SRB) vs A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
Not Before 12:00 noon
H. Watson (GBR) vs [13] A. Kerber (GER) 57 00
ATP – [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU)
WTA – [WC] A. Cornet (FRA) / E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – [8] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs [WC] M. Puig (PUR) / H. Watson (GBR)

COURT 10 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs J. Goerges (GER) / A. Groenefeld (GER)
WTA – [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / K. Knapp (ITA) vs [WC] A. Dulgheru (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – O. Savchuk (UKR) / M. Torró-Flor (ESP) vs [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) vs [PR] K. Bertens (NED) / T. Maria (GER)

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