July 24, 2016

Venus Williams Reaches Eighth Stanford Final

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

 

(July 23, 2016) After a dominating first set, top seed Venus Williams survived some serving problems near the end of the second set, including saving two set points, to beat U.S. countrywoman, No. 78 in the world, Alison Riske 6-1, 7-6(2) to reach the Stanford final on Saturday night.

 

For Venus Williams, who is playing the main draw of the Bank of the West Classic for the thirteenth time, this will be her eighth final. The world No. 7 last reached the Stanford final in 2009, falling to Marion Bartoli. Williams captured the title in 2000 and 2002.

 

Williams breezed through the first set, winning 76% of first serve points, winning 30 of 47 points in the set, going 2 for 2 on break points.

In the second set Williams and Riske exchanged breaks in the fifth and sixth games, with the seven-time major champion getting another break in the ninth game to try and serve out the match at 5-4 in the second. Williams’ serve vanished in the tenth game, when she hit three straight double faults to give Riske the break. Riske held for 6-5, but in the next game Williams was still having problems with her first serve. She fought off two set points against her to reach the second set tiebreak which she won easily 7-2.

1-Venus Williams bank of the West

The 36-year-old Williams will take on 25-year-old British No. 1 and world No. 18 Johanna Konta for the title. Williams and Konta are tied 1-1 in head-to-head play, with Konta upsetting Williams, the last time they faced off in the first round of the most recent Australian Open where Konta won in straight sets. Williams defeated Konta in three sets in final eight of Wuhan in 2015.

Williams will be attempting to win her 50th title in her 80th final on Sunday. She’s hoping to tie her sister Serena, who has three Bank of the West trophies.

“It would be nice to get three. Who doesn’t wanna be like Serena?”

Venus who has played of her matches this week at night, will be playing her first day match in Sunday’s final. She said near the end of her news conference that she was going to prep for the final by getting some rest.

“Right after this question I’m going to go to bed and get some rest,” she said.

Alison Riske

Alison Riske

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2016 Rogers Cup – Toronto and Montreal Results and Schedules

 

Radek Stepanek

Radek Stepanek

TORONTO RESULTS, SATURDAY JULY 23, 2016

Qualifying Singles – First Round
Qualifying / Qualifications – [2] [Alt] R. Stepanek (CZE) d [Alt] B. Schnur (CAN) 64 76(6)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] T. Smyczek (USA) d [WC] J. Lin (CAN) 61 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] D. Novikov (USA) d A. Falla (COL) 46 64 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] A. Krajicek (USA) d M. Mmoh (USA) 63 76(4)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] M. Zverev (GER) d [WC] P. Krainik (CAN) 62 60
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Weintraub (ISR) d [7] V. Millot (FRA) 76(5) 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Myneni (IND) d [Alt] F. Martin (FRA) 76(2) 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] J. Donaldson (USA) d [WC] C. Lakoseljac (CAN) 61 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – J. McGee (IRL) d [10] S. Groth (AUS) 63 36 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [11] R. Harrison (USA) d S. Barry (IRL) 76(5) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] A. Gonzalez (COL) d [WC] B. Sigouin (CAN) 76(2) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – E. Gomez (ECU) d [13] M. Barton (AUS) 76(3) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [14] J. Duckworth (AUS) d F. Auger Aliassime (CAN) 75 76(3)
Qualifying / Qualifications – P. Bester (CAN) d [Alt] K. Stevenson (CAN) 62 62

TORONTO ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016

GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] D. Novikov (USA) vs [14] J. Duckworth (AUS)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] A. Krajicek (USA) vs E. Gomez (ECU)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [2] [Alt] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [8] S. Myneni (IND)

COURT 1 start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – P. Bester (CAN) vs [12] A. Gonzalez (COL)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] T. Smyczek (USA) vs J. McGee (IRL)

COURT 4 start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Weintraub (ISR) vs [9] J. Donaldson (USA)

Not Before 11:30 am / pas avant 11h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] M. Zverev (GER) vs [11] R. Harrison (USA)

Vavara Lepchenko

Vavara Lepchenko

MONTREAL RESULTS, SATURDAY JULY 23, 2016 / Qualifications simples – 1er tour
Qualifying / Qualifications – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) d A. Klepac (SLO) 61 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d Y. Xu (CHN) 60 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) d [WC] C. Robillard-Millette (CAN) 64 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] C. Mchale (USA) d C. Zhao (CAN) 62 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] I. Falconi (USA) d [WC] T. Lagarde (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) d S. Vickery (USA) 62 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) d [WC] I. Boulais (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) d E. Hozumi (JPN) 63 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d [WC] M. Leduc (CAN) 62 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [11] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [WC] G. Dabrowski (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) d J. Pegula (USA) walkover
Qualifying / Qualifications – [13] N. Broady (GBR) d L. Albanese (USA) 76(7) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d [14] N. Osaka (JPN) 36 76(6) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [15] M. Linette (POL) d Bye
Qualifying / Qualifications – [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN) d [16] S. Crawford (USA) 76(3) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d T. Moore (GBR) 46 63 76(4)
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Muhammad (USA) d [18] D. Vekic (CRO) 64 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [19] V. King (USA) d D. Lao (USA) 57 61 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [20] K. Kucova (SVK) d [WC] E. Routliffe (CAN) 61 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d [WC] C. Leduc (CAN) 60 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – O. Govortsova (BLR) d [22] O. Dodin (FRA) 75 67(4) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [23] J. Glushko (ISR) d [WC] M. Patrascu (CAN) 62 60
Qualifying / Qualifications – [24] J. Boserup (USA) d [WC] P. Januskova (CAN) 62 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [25] J. Brady (USA) d O. Savchuk (UKR) 60 64

MONTREAL ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016

CENTRAL start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) vs [15] M. Linette (POL)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] C. Mchale (USA) vs [20] K. Kucova (SVK)
Qualifying / Qualifications -[11] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN)

Not Before 2:00 pm / pas avant 14h
Soccer Game / Match de soccer – Montreal Impact vs. WTA players

Not Before 3:00 pm / pas avant 15h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) vs A. Muhammad (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] I. Falconi (USA) vs [19] V. King (USA)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) vs [23] J. Glushko (ISR)
Possible Court change / Changement possible de terrains – Qualifying / Qualifications – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) vs [13] N. Broady (GBR)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [25] J. Brady (USA) vs [24] J. Boserup (USA)

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Tennis Results

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RESULTS – JULY 23, 2016
Singles – Semifinals
[6] L. Siegemund (GER) d J. Goerges (GER) 46 63 40 ret. (left hip injury)
[Q] K. Siniakova (CZE) d [8] J. Larsson (SWE) 75 61

Doubles – Semifinals
A. Mitu (ROU) / A. Rosolska (POL) d L. Kuncikova (CZE) / K. Stuchla (CZE) 62 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 24, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
DOUBLES FINAL – L. Kerkhove (NED) / L. Marozava (BLR) vs A. Mitu (ROU) / A. Rosolska (POL)

Not Before 2:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [6] L. Siegemund (GER) vs [Q] K. Siniakova (CZE)

Generali Open
Kitzbuhel, Austria

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 23 JULY 2016

Singles – Final
[4] P. Lorenzi (ITA) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 63 64

Doubles – Final
[1] W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) d D. Novak (AUT) / D. Thiem (AUT) 26 63 11-9 – saved 1 M.P.

J. Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad
Gstaad, Switzerland

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 23 JULY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] F. Lopez (ESP) d D. Brown (GER) 46 63 63
R. Haase (NED) d [8] P. Mathieu (FRA) 76(5) 76(2)

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) d S. Arends (NED) / T. Weissborn (AUT) 61 36 11-9

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 24 JULY 2016

CENTER COURT start 11:30 am
[1] F. Lopez (ESP) vs R. Haase (NED)
[1] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [4] J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG)

Konzum Croatia Open Umag
Umag, Croatia

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 23 JULY 2016

Singles – Semi-Finals
[4] F. Fognini (ITA) d G. Elias (POR) 63 63
A. Martin (SVK) d C. Berlocq (ARG) 76(4) 64

Doubles – Final
M. Klizan (SVK) / D. Marrero (ESP) d [4] N. Mektic (CRO) / A. Sancic (CRO) 64 62

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 24 JULY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 8:00 pm
[4] F. Fognini (ITA) vs A. Martin (SVK)

CITI OPEN
Washington, D.C., USA

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 23 JULY 2016

Singles – Semi-Finals
[2] G. Monfils (FRA) d [7] [WC] A. Zverev (GER) 64 60
[13] I. Karlovic (CRO) d [5] S. Johnson (USA) 64 64

Doubles – Semi-Finals
[2] D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [3] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU) 63 64
L. Kubot (POL) / A. Peya (AUT) d H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 46 76(4) 10-3

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 24 JULY 2016

STADIUM start 12:30 pm
ATP – L. Kubot (POL) / A. Peya (AUT) vs [2] D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

3:00 pm
ATP – [13] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [2] G. Monfils (FRA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [WC] J. Pegula (USA) or L. Davis (USA) vs [7] Y. Wickmayer (BEL)

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Johanna Konta Serves Her Way Into Her First WTA Final

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta

By Curt Janka

(July 23, 2016) STANFORD, California – Johanna Konta lost just six points on her serve as she toppled Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-2 in the first semifinal of the Bank of the West Classic. The win earns Konta her first WTA final and it’s the first time a British player has played for the trophy here since Virginia Wade in 1981.

The third seed Konta served a total of nine games and held at love for six of them. Cibulkova, the second seed and 2013 champion, is arguably one of the better returners on tour, so what made Konta’s serve so tough today? “She was placing the serve so well and it was hard for me to do something with it,” the Slovak Cibulkova answered. “She was changing the directions of the serve, so that was the main thing. Today she was just serving too well.“

The 25-year-old British woman, currently ranked No. 18,  backed up her serve with solid ground strokes and returns, breaking her higher-seeded opponent three times. After the match, she was pleased with her performance. “I’m really happy to have come through that and to be into my first final,” Konta said. “I thought I served well and did a good job in the end of staying in the present. She [Cibulkova] is an incredible competitor, so I knew going into the match that I was going to have to be there for every single point. I achieved that, so I’m feeling very grateful and looking forward to my next match tomorrow.”

Konta was also playing in the doubles semifinal with her partner, Maria Sanchez, against Darija Jurak and Anastasia Rodionova. Konta will play Venus Williams in the final. The two-time Stanford winner beat Alison Riske in the night session.

“I’m really happy to have come through that and to be into my first final,” Konta said after her win.

 

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With Kitzbuhel Title, Paolo Lorenzi Becomes Oldest First-Time ATP Winner

 

Paolo Lorenzi

Paolo Lorenzi

(July 23, 2016) Fourth seed and 48th ranked Paolo Lorenzi of Italy became the oldest first-time winner on the ATP World Tour beating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4 in Kitzbuhel on Saturday.

The Italian’s only other final came in March 2014 when he lost in Sao Paulo to Federico Delbonis. At 34 years, 7 months, he has beaten the record set by Victor Estrella Burgos in February 2015 for oldest first-time winner on the ATP World Tour. Estrella Burgos was 34 years, 6 months when he won Quito.

 

The 123rd-ranked Basilashvili made some history of his own by becoming the first player representing Georgia to reach an ATP World Tour final.

 

“I think it’s great to win an ATP World Tour trophy,” said the victor. “I don’t look at the age, so I don’t mind if it’s happening at 34.”

“Winning one trophy was a goal for this year, so it’s great for me. I hope this is not the last,” said Lorenzi. “I’m changing a lot. I need to be more aggressive and improve a lot of things, so this is just the start.”

“I couldn’t handle my nerves today,” said the 24-year-old Basilashvili. “I was very tight, very nervous. I couldn’t handle the pressure, but I think I played great this week and we’ll see for the future.”

 

“This is a present for me. I think it was a fantastic week,” said the winner. “Today I was playing really good. I am really happy with this win.”

“I think it was a great week for both of us. He’s a lot younger so he will have a lot of time for winning,”

 

Lorenzi is the first player this year to win both an ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour title, winning Challengers in Canberra and Caltanissetta.

He is the third-oldest champion this season on the ATP World Tour, behind 37-year-old Newport winner Ivo Karlovic and Quito victor 35-year-old Estrella Burgos.

 

 

 

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Venus Williams Playing Like The Top Seed She Is At The Bank Of The West Classic

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

By Curt Janka

(July 22, 2016) STANFORD, California –  A relaxed Venus Williams played composed tennis as she breezed to a 6-4, 6-1 win over 17-year-old wildcard Catherine Bellis at the Bank of the West Classic on Friday night. While it may have taken three sets for Williams to get by her previous opponent, there was no sign of tension in her play on Friday night. Experience may have been the key against her younger opponent.

When asked why she looked so at ease on the court she said, “I just felt like I had a lot of experience and as a young person she has to go for a lot more than I ever have to go for because I understand the game more. So I felt just comfortable that I could control the match.”

“After Wimbledon I was really pumped,” the 36-year-old Williams said. “I was like, ‘I can’t wait to play.’ That felt good. It felt good to be eager.”

When asked what else she is looking forward to this summer, the two-time Stanford winner replied, “There’s so much to look forward to! The semifinals tomorrow is like my main focus. The Olympics I’ve been waiting for four years. As soon as the last one was over I was ready to go again. It’s getting closer and it feels surreal but when I get there it’s gonna be real. And after that you just turn right back around and play the Open.”

CiCi Bellis

CiCi Bellis

Despite a quick second set, Bellis did make the first set very competitive. “I learned a lot,” she said. “I think mainly I just have to focus on the key points. There are a couple points in the first set that I think if I played a little bit more aggressive I could have won them. But, you know, she’s obviously the number one seed here, so it’s unbelievable to be on the court with someone like her.“

Asked about her short-term goals, Bellis smiled and said, “Yesterday, actually, I committed to Stanford. I’m just going to see how the next year goes in my pro career.” She explained that after another year on tour, she would start her college career at Stanford.

Top seed Williams will face Alison Riske in the semifinals on Saturday. Riske advanced when her quarterfinal opponent fourth seed Coco Vandeweghe suffered an ankle injury and had to retire.

In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Dominika Cibulkova came back from two early breaks to win 7-5, 6-0 over Misaki Doi. Cibulkova will next face third seed Johanna Konta, who beat her quarterfinal opponent, Zheng Saiai 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

 

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WTA – Rogers Cup Montreal – Draws and Order of Play

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

The draws and order of play for the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal.

MONTREAL DRAW

Women’s Singles

First Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) – Bye
Qualifier vs. M. Puig (PUR)
T. Babos (HUN) vs. Qualifier
S. Rogers (USA) vs. [15] J. Konta (GBR)
[11] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Qualifier
L. Safarova (CZE) vs. E. Bouchard (CAN)
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Qualifier
[8] C. SuĂĄrez Navarro (ESP) – Bye
[4] A. Radwanska (POL) – Bye
M. Niculescu (ROU) vs. J. Ostapenko (LAT)
Qualifier vs. Qualifier
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs. [16] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
[10] M. Keys (USA) vs. E. Vesnina (RUS)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs. E. Makarova (RUS)
[WC] C. Garcia (FRA) vs. B. Strycova (CZE)
[6] V. Williams (USA) – Bye
[5] S. Halep (ROU) – Bye
Qualifier vs. K. Mladenovic (FRA)
A. Cornet (FRA) vs. A. Petkovic (GER)
Qualifier vs. [12] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs. Qualifier
[WC] A. Wozniak (CAN) vs. S. Errani (ITA)
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs. A. Beck (GER)
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) – Bye
[7] R. Vinci (ITA) – Bye
S. Stephens (USA) vs. Qualifier
M. Doi (JPN) vs. D. Kasatkina (RUS)
H. Watson (GBR) vs. [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
[13] S. Stosur (AUS) vs. Qualifier
[WC] F. Abanda (CAN) vs. E. Svitolina (UKR)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Qualifier
[2] A. Kerber (GER) – Bye

Click here for qualifying singles draw.
ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016

CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [WC] C. Robillard-Millette (CAN)
Qualifying – [5] C. Mchale (USA) vs C. Zhao (CAN)
Qualifying – T. Moore (GBR) vs [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN) vs [16] S. Crawford (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] C. Leduc (CAN) vs [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
Qualifying – [WC] E. Routliffe (CAN) vs [20] K. Kucova (SVK)

Not Before 4:00 pm
Qualifying – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) vs [WC] I. Boulais (CAN)

COURT 9 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs [WC] M. Leduc (CAN)
Qualifying – [WC] P. Januskova (CAN) vs [24] J. Boserup (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] M. Patrascu (CAN) vs [23] J. Glushko (ISR)

COURT 5 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – O. Govortsova (BLR) vs [22] O. Dodin (FRA)
Qualifying – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs A. Klepac (SLO)
Qualifying – [2] M. Brengle (USA) vs O. Savchuk (UKR)
Qualifying – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) vs S. Vickery (USA)

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – D. Lao (USA) vs [19] V. King (USA)
Qualifying – [6] I. Falconi (USA) vs [WC] T. Lagarde (CAN)
Qualifying – L. Albanese (USA) vs [13] N. Broady (GBR)
Qualifying – A. Muhammad (USA) vs [18] D. Vekic (CRO)

COURT 6 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs Y. Xu (CHN)
Qualifying – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs [14] N. Osaka (JPN)
Qualifying – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) vs E. Hozumi (JPN)
Qualifying – J. Brady (USA) vs [15] M. Linette (POL)

TBA – Not before 4.00pm – Qualifying – [11] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [WC] G. Dabrowski (CAN)
TBA – Not before 4.00pm – Qualifying – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) vs J. Pegula (USA)

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Official Draw for 2016 Rogers Cup Set in Toronto

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 seed Canadian Milos Raonic placed in same half, could face off in the semifinals

From Tennis Canada: Toronto, July 22, 2016 – The official draw for the 2016 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto was conducted on Friday at Rogers Centre. Canadian star and recent Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic will take on the winner of Yen-Hsun Lu and rising star, 19-year-old Alexander Zverev in his opening match, while top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face either Dimitry Tursunov or Gilles Muller in the second round.

The Top 8 seeds all receive a first-round bye. Djokovic and Raonic have been placed in the same half of the draw, meaning they could meet in the semifinals. En route, Djokovic could see No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. The world No. 1 will be aiming to clinch his fourth Rogers Cup title following his wins in 2007, 2011, and 2012. Raonic, a 2013 Rogers Cup finalist, has a potential quarter-final duel with No. 7 seed David Goffin.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, who was on hand for the official draw, is seeded No. 2 and will anchor the bottom half of the draw. His first match will see him take on the winner of Mikhail Youzhny opposite Stephane Robert. Should the seeds hold, he would face No. 3 seed Kei Nishikori in the semifinals, and No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem in the round of eight. The No. 8 seed is 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who is in the same quarter as Nishikori.

There are several exciting first-round duels set to take place over the first two days of main draw play, highlighted by 17-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov challenging No. 11 seed Nick Kyrgios in his Rogers Cup debut. Another teenaged up-and-comer making his first appearance in Toronto is Taylor Fritz of the United States, against big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Other players in action will include Gael Monfils, John Isner, and next generation star Borna Coric.

Vasek Pospisil’s first-round match will be against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, currently ranked world No. 38. Three other Canadians are in the main draw as well – Frank Dancevic will face Sam Querrey, Steven Diez will be up against Brit Kyle Edmund, and Peter Polansky will take on a qualifier.

Several other Canadians will be competing this weekend for one of seven qualifier positions in the main draw. Felix Auger-Aliassime, Philip Bester, Benjamin Sigouin, and Brayden Schnur will be in action tomorrow, as part of Pizzaville Free Community Weekend this Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24, with admission free for everyone for the two days.

Click here to view the complete main draw.

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Djokovic, Murray, Federer and Nadal Headline US Open Men’s Field

Novak Djokovic

NOVAK DJOKOVIC, ANDY MURRAY, ROGER FEDERER, RAFAEL NADAL

HEADLINE 2016 US OPEN MEN’S SINGLES FIELD

Field Features Five Former US Open Champions

and Includes the World’s Top 98 Men

From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 20, 2016 – The USTA today announced that defending US Open champion and world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, world No. 2 and reigning Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, five-time US Open champion and world No. 3 Roger Federer, and two-time US Open champion and world No. 4 Rafael Nadal headline the men’s singles field for the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships. The field includes five former US Open singles champions, including Djokovic (2011, 2015), Murray (2012), Federer (2004-2008), Nadal (2010, 2013) and Marin Cilic (2014).

Each of the world’s top 98 men received direct entry into the US Open, representing 38 countries.

The 2016 US Open will be played Monday, August 29, through Sunday, September 11, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz.

Djokovic,who has reached the singles final in Flushing five out of the last six years, leads the men’s field as the world No. 1 and defending US Open champion. The Serbian won his 12th major championship at the French Open in June to complete the “Career Grand Slam,” and held all four major titles until Sam Querrey ended his 30-match win streak at Grand Slams in the third round at Wimbledon.

Murray, of Great Britain, won his third major and second Wimbledon title this month after finishing runner-up to Djokovic in this year’s Australian and French Open finals. Murray, the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist, defeated Djokovic in the 2012 US Open final to win his first Grand Slam championship.

Federer, of Switzerland, is the all-time leader with 17 major singles titles, and was bidding for his eighth Wimbledon title this summer before falling to Milos Raonic in the semifinals. Federer is competing for his sixth US Open title, which would surpass Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for the most US Open men’s singles titles in the Open Era.

Nadal, of Spain, is a 14-time Grand Slam champion who won his 69th career ATP World Tour title in Barcelona this April. He has not played competitively since withdrawing from the French Open in June with a wrist injury.

Also included in the men’s singles field are: No. 5 Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, the 2014 Australian Open and 2015 French Open champion; No. 6 Kei Nishikori, of Japan, a 2014 US Open finalist; No. 7 Milos Raonic, of Canada, who reached his first Grand Slam singles final at Wimbledon this month; No. 8 Tomas Berdych, of the Czech Republic, a former world No. 4 and 2016 Wimbledon semifinalist; No. 9 Dominic Thiem, the 22-year old Austrian talent; No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, of France; No. 11 David Goffin, of Belgium; and No. 12 Marin Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion.

Canadian Vasek Pospisil, ranked No. 98, is the last man to receive direct entry into the field of 128. Six players used a protected ranking to gain entry, including Nos. 39 Julien Benneteau, of France, and Janko Tipsarevic, of Serbia, No. 56 Brian Baker, of the United States, No. 81 Thanasi Kokkinakis, of Australia, No. 89 Dmitry Tursunov, of Russia, and No. 94 Jerzy Janowicz, of Poland. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, held August 23-26, while the eight remaining spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

American men who received direct entry are No. 16 John Isner, of Greensboro, N.C., No. 25 Steve Johnson, of Orange, Calif., No. 26 Jack Sock, of Lincoln, Neb., No. 29 Sam Querrey, of Las Vegas, No. 56 Brian Baker, of Nashville, Tenn., No. 57 Donald Young, of Atlanta, and No. 67 Taylor Fritz, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 US Open champion, is entered as an alternate and would be making his first appearance at the US Open since 2013.

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the seventh annual US Open National Playoffs – Men’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series’ Connecticut Open in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14 and older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 15 sectional qualifying tournaments.

The July 18 edition of the Emirates ATP Rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

The 2016 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that began this week in Stanford, Calif.

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. 2016 marks the second year of an 11-year partnership between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on the ESPN family of networks through 2025. During this year’s US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air nearly 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,200 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3 on WatchESPN, which will also be available via the US Open website – USOpen.org.  In the continued expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from up to 12 courts.

US Open tickets can be purchased: at USOpen.org; by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX; and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

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Six-Time Champion Serena Williams Leads 2016 US Open’s Women’s Field

WORLD NO. 1 AND SIX-TIME CHAMPION SERENA WILLIAMS LEADS 2016 US OPEN WOMEN’S SINGLES FIELD AND VIES TO WIN RECORD 23RD GRAND SLAM

Fourteen U.S. Women Receive Direct Entry into the Main Draw –

the Most of Any Country and the Most Since 2004

Field Includes Four Former US Open Singles Champions – Serena Williams,

Venus Williams, Samantha Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova

From the USTA: White Plains, N.Y., July 20, 2016 – The USTA today announced that world No. 1 and six-time US Open champion Serena Williams leads the women’s singles field for the 2016 US Open Tennis Championships. Williams is joined by 101 of the world’s top 103 women, including 2016 Australian Open champion and world No. 2 Angelique Kerber, 2016 French Open champion and world No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza, two-time US Open champion and world No. 7 Venus Williams, 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci, 2014 US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki, and former US Open champions Samantha Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova.

In total, 37 different countries are represented in the women’s field. Fourteen U.S. women received direct entry into the main draw – the most of any country and the most direct entries for American women since 2004 when there were 15 entries.

The 2016 US Open will be played Monday, August 29, through Sunday, September 11, at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Women’s Singles Championship is presented by J.P. Morgan.

Leading the entry list is world No. 1 Serena Williams, who won her sixth US Open crown in 2014, tying her with Chris Evert for the most US Open women’s singles titles in the Open Era. At this year’s US Open, Williams is looking to break the record for the most Grand Slam singles titles in the Open Era. At Wimbledon, Williams tied Steffi Graf for the most major titles when Williams won her 22nd Grand Slam singles title.  

Joining Williams in the field’s top four are world No. 2 Kerber, of Germany, who defeated Serena Williams in the Australian Open final this year and also reached the 2016 Wimbledon final; No. 3 Muguruza, of Spain, the 2016 French Open champion and 2015 Wimbledon finalist; and No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, of Poland, the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam singles final (2012 Wimbledon) and a 2016 Australian Open semifinalist.

Rounding out the top 10 entries are: No. 5 Simona Halep, of Romania, the 2014 French Open finalist and 2015 US Open semifinalist; No. 7 Venus Williams, of the United States, who won the US Open in 2000 and 2001 and is a seven-time Grand Slam singles champion; No. 8 Roberta Vinci, of Italy, who reached her first Grand Slam final at the US Open last year at age 32; No. 9 Carla SuĂĄrez Navarro, of Spain, a five-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist, who reached the US Open quarterfinals in 2013; No. 10 Svetlana Kuznetsova, of Russia, the 2004 US Open champion and 2009 French Open champion; and world No. 11 Madison Keys, of the United States, a 2015 Australian Open semifinalist, who debuted in the Top 10 last month after winning her second career WTA title.

World No. 6 and two-time US Open singles finalist Victoria Azarenka will not be competing in this year’s US Open after announcing her pregnancy last week. 2006 US Open champion Maria Sharapova, ranked No. 97 this week, will also not compete due to an ITF anti-doping provisional suspension, which is currently under appeal.

Nine players who have won Grand Slam singles titles in their careers are competing in the US Open this year, including two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (2011, 2014), former world No. 1 and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic, of Serbia, and 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, of Italy.

Belarus’ Aliaksandra Sasnovich, ranked No. 103, is the last player accepted directly into the women’s field of 128. Azarenka and Sharapova are the only withdrawals. Three players are using a special ranking to gain entry into the main draw – No. 27 Peng Shuai, of China, No. 64 Galina Voskoboeva, of Kazakhstan, and No. 91 Vitalia Diatchenko, of Russia. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open Qualifying Tournament, August 23-26, while the remaining eight spots are wild cards awarded by the USTA.

In addition to Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Keys, the other American women who received direct entry into this year’s tournament include: No. 23 Sloane Stephens, of Coral Springs, Fla., No. 35 Coco Vandeweghe, of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., No. 52 Varvara Lepchenko, of Allentown, Pa., No. 55 Madison Brengle, of Dover, Del., No. 57 Shelby Rogers, of Charleston, S.C., No. 63 Christina McHale, of Englewood Cliffs, N.J., No. 69 Louisa Chirico, of Harrison, N.Y., No.  70 Irina Falconi, of West Palm Beach, Fla., No. 71 Nicole Gibbs, of Santa Monica, Calif., No. 78 Alison Riske, of Pittsburgh, and No. 101 Samantha Crawford, of Tamarac, Fla.

Several of the young Americans listed above have had breakout performances on the WTA tour this year. Stephens, 23, won three WTA titles this year (Auckland, Acapulco, and Charleston); Vandeweghe, 24, won her second career WTA singles title in ‘s-Hertogenbosch; and Rogers, 23, advanced to her first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal at the French Open. 

Among the players competing in the US Open Qualifying Tournament will be the winner of the seventh annual US Open National Playoffs – Women’s Championship, held during the Emirates Airline US Open Series’ Connecticut Open in New Haven, Conn., prior to the US Open Qualifying Tournament. The USTA created the US Open National Playoffs in 2010 to allow players 14 and older, regardless of playing ability or nationality, to vie for a spot in the US Open Qualifying Tournament via one of 15 sectional qualifying tournaments.

The July 18 edition of the WTA rankings was used to determine the US Open main draw entry list. Seeds will be determined and announced closer to the start of the event.

The 2016 US Open will mark the culmination of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer season of seven ATP World Tour and WTA events that began this week in Stanford, Calif.

The US Open is the highest-attended annual sporting event in the world. 2016 marks the second year of an 11-year partnership between the USTA and ESPN, which will see the US Open carried on the ESPN family of networks through 2025. During this year’s US Open, ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to air nearly 130 hours of live match play with more than 1,200 hours of first-to-last ball coverage to be seen on ESPN3 on WatchESPN, which will also be available via the US Open website – USOpen.org.  In the continued expansion of its US Open coverage, ESPN will feature play from up to 12 courts

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