October 4, 2015

Venus Williams Wins Wuhan Open After Muguruza Retires


Venus wins Auckland

(October 3, 2015) Venus Williams won the Wuhan Open on Saturday when her opponent Garbine Muguruza retired with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-3, 3-0. For the 35-year-old American, this was her 47th career WTA singles trophy.

“I had pain the ankle since yesterday,” said the fifth-seeded Spaniard. “I’ve played a lot of matches and today my body had pain everywhere. I didn’t have much time to recover from yesterday. There is nothing you can do when it’s like this. I guess I didn’t recover.

“I was feeling very tired but I said that I am going to the court even if my leg is, like broken. I woke up saying, “come on, I’m going to play,” but during the match I was like, ‘oh shit, I’m getting tired, my leg is hurting, my ankle is hurting.’ In the first set I had my chances but with Venus it’s hard. If you’re not 100% percent fit you can’t find a way to play against her. “

For the unseeded Williams, this WTA Premier 5 event is her biggest title in five years, since Dubai 2010 and her second tournament victory in 2015. She also won the event in Auckland.

“I feel like everyone else on tour, I work hard, I do my best and as long as you continue to work hard and believe in yourself then you can have the results you want,: Williams said. “That’s exactly what I’ve done and it hasn’t been the easiest road but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a road worth traveling.

“I didn’t think of quitting but it’s definitely a lot of stress to play when you’re in pain. But for me I focus on everything that I can accomplish and not on what’s bothering me. My opponent wasn’t so lucky today. The pain was just too much for her and I was really sorry to hear that.

“Today, we both play really similar. Maybe experience helped me today. I know today she couldn’t do everything that she wanted to do. She couldn’t feel free and comfortable on the court. Of course it’s not always as exciting playing an opponent who doesn’t feel their best so I hope that she gets better.”

Williams, who is ranked 24th in the world will move up to 14 when the rankings come out on Monday. Muguruza will move to a career high ranking of No. 5.

Next stop for both women will be Beijing.


Shelby Rogers Moves Into Red Rock Pro Open Semifinals With Straight-Set Win Over No. 2-Seeded Anna Tatishvili

Shelby Rogers photo by by Tracey Lee

Shelby Rogers photo by by Tracey Lee

By Steve Pratt

(October 2, 2015) Summerlin, Nevada – A decision to remain in Los Angeles and work on her game instead of adjusting to the altitude of Albuquerque a week before playing in Las Vegas appears to be paying off for Shelby Rogers.

The 22-year-old Rogers, seeded seventh, advanced to the semifinals of the Red Rock Pro Open being played at the Red Rock Country Club with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 2-seeded Anna Tatishvili on Friday.


Rogers, originally from South Carolina, has been working full-time with her coach Marc Lucero, who is based in Southern California. The pair have been training together in Carson, Calif., since December.


“I’ve always loved playing in altitude,” said Rogers, who told Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Steve Carp before the tournament that she wasn’t sure the decision to rest up and train instead of playing Albuquerque would pay off or not. “It was a little bit cooler out there so the balls flew a little bit more, for both of us.”


Rogers had beaten Tatishvili in the only other time they have faced each other, back in 2013 in the final of the $75,000 Albuquerque tournament.


Currently ranked No. 157 in the WTA world rankings, Rogers said she is fully recovered from a partially torn medial collateral ligament suffered right before Wimbledon.


Rogers will play 2011 Las Vegas winner Romina Oprandi in the semifinals in the first match on at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. It was in 2011 that Oprandi beat Rogers in the quarterfinals at the Troy, Ala., $50,000 Pro Circuit Challenger, the only time in the career they’ve faced each other.


Rogers is coming off a great U.S. Open where she won three matches in qualifying and then two main-draw matches before falling to No. 2-seeded Simona Halep in the third round in a match played in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.


Rogers told the international media in New York that her third-round appearance was, “why we play the sport. That’s why we try to win each match, to get to the further rounds and play the bigger players.”


Rogers recalled playing the Party Rock Open final in 2012 in front of music sensation Red Foo when she fell in the final to Lauren Davis. “I love playing here and have a lot of great memories from here,” she said.


In the other semifinal, former two-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs will face Michaella Krajicek. Both won straight-set matches on Friday in the quarterfinals.


Gibbs was also busy in the doubles semifinals later in the day as she and partner Julia Bosserup took advantage of their USTA wild card to reach the Sunday doubles final with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Antonia Lottner of Germany and Pemra Ozgen of Turkey, the No. 3 seeds.


They will face Paula Cristina Goncalves of Brazil and American Sanaz Marad. The top-seeded pair knocked out former UCLA teammates Robin Anderson and Jen Brady.


Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Results

wild card [wc]

Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, def. Alexa Glatch, U.S. [5], 6-3, 6-1

Nicole Gibbs, U.S. [6] def. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg, 6-1, 7-6 (6)

Romina Oprandi, Switzerland [3] def. Jennifer Brady, U.S., 6-4, 6-4

Shelby Rogers, U.S., [7] def. Anna Tatishvili, U.S. [2], 6-4, 6-3


Friday’s Semifinal Doubles Results

Julia Boserup, U.S. / Nicole Gibbs, U.S., [wc] def. Antonia Lottner, Germany, [3] / Pemra Ozgen, Turkey, 6-3, 6-0

Paula Cristina Goncalves, Brazil / Sanaz Marad, U.S., [1] def. Robin Anderson, U.S. / Jen Brady, U.S., 7-5, 6-3


Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Order Of Play

Stadium Court, Starting at 11 a.m.

Shelby Rogers, U.S., [7] vs. Romina Oprandi, Switzerland [3]

Followed by Nicole Gibbs, U.S. [6] vs. Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands


2015 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Results


(October 2, 2015) The latest results for the 2015 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals at the Caja Magica in Madrid on 29 September – 4 October. Sixteen boys and 16 girls teams will take part in the competition.


Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup now in its 31st year, is the ITF’s official team competition for players aged 16-and-under. A total of 168 teams from 94 countries took part in regional qualifying in 2015, with 15 boys and 15 girls teams joining hosts Spain in the Finals. USA is defending champion in both events.


The Finals see boys and girls teams divided into four groups of four on a round-robin basis, with the top team in each group qualifying for the semifinals. Both finals will be played on Sunday 4 October. In Junior Davis Cup, the final will be between Canada and Germany. In Junior Fed Cup, Czech Republic will face USA.



Girls Semifinals


CZECH REPUBLIC (1) defeated CANADA (4) 2-1:

Bianca Andreescu (CAN) d. Monika Kilnarova (CZE) 62 46 63

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) 60 64
Anna Slovakova/Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Bianca Andreescu/Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) 26 63 62


USA (2) defeated RUSSIA (3) 2-1:

Kayla Day (USA) d. Elena Rybakina (RUS) 64 63
Claire Liu (USA) d. Olesya Pervushina (RUS) 26 61 63
Evgeniya Levashova/Elena Rybakina (RUS) d. Kayla Day/Michaela Gordon (USA) 36 75 62


Girls 5th-8th place play-offs


AUSTRALIA (5) defeated JAPAN 2-1:
Seone Mendez (AUS) d. Mai Hontama (JPN) 62 75
Kimika Sakata (JPN) d. Destanee Aiava (AUS) 16 75 63
Destanee Aiava/Seone Mendez (AUS) d. Ayumi Miyamoto/Kimika Sakata (JPN) 26 76(9) 63

SPAIN (6) defeated ITALY 3-0:
Noelia Bouzo Zanotti (ESP) d. Tatiana Pieri (ITA) 61 64
Eva Guerrero Alvarez (ESP) d. Federica Bilardo (ITA) 75 63
Paula Arias Manjon/Noelia Bouzo Zanotti (ESP) d. Monica Cappelletti/Tatiana Pieri (ITA) 62 64


Girls 9th-12th place play-offs



Ali Collins (GBR) d. Paula Baranano (ARG) 64 62
Katie Swan (GBR) d. Maria Lourdes Carle (ARG) 60 75
Maria Lourdes Carle/Camila Morena (ARG) d. Ali Collins/Katie Swan (GBR) w/o

BRAZIL (8) defeated NEW ZEALAND 2-1:
Valentina Ivanov (NZL) d. Nathalia Gasparin (BRA) 62 60
Thaisa Pedretti (BRA) d. Nina Paripovich (NZL) 60 61
Nathalia Gasparin/Thaisa Pedretti (BRA) d. Lauren Alter/Valentina Ivanov (NZL) 64 75


Girls 13th-16th place play-offs


Sofia Munera (COL) d. Merel Hoedt (NED) 63 63
Emiliana Arango (COL) d. Suzan Lamens (NED) 76(5) 26 61
Merel Hoedt/Isolde de Jong (NED) d. Sofia Munera/Maria Osorio 64 63

Chen Pei Hsuan (TPE) d. Sara Ismail (EGY) 64 75
Lee Yang (TPE) d. Laila Elnimr (EGY) 76(7) 75
Lee Yang/Wu Fang Hsien (TPE) d. Sara Ismail/Dalila Said (EGY) 60 61


Boys Semifinals


CANADA (1) defeated RUSSIA (4) 3-0:
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Alen Avidzba (RUS) 64 63
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) d. Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS) 64 75
Felix Auger-Aliassime/Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Alen Avidzba/Mikhail Sokolovskiy (RUS) 61 63

GERMANY (5) defeated JAPAN (8) 2-1:

Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) d. Marvin Moeller (GER) 63 57 64
Nicola Kuhn (GER) d. Toru Horie (JPN) 67(4) 76(2) 61
Nicola Kuhn/Marvin Moeller (GER) d. Toru Horie/Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) 63 63


Boys 5th-8th place play-offs


ARGENTINA (6) defeated CZECH REPUBLIC (7) 2-1:
Santiago Rodriguez Taverna (ARG) d. Daniel Velek (CZE) 62 61
Tomas Etcheverry (ARG) d. Michael Vrbensky (CZE) 62 64
Daniel Velek/Michael Vrbensky (CZE) d. Camilo Ugo Carabelli/Santiago Rodriguez Taverna (ARG) 64 67(6) 61


AUSTRALIA (2) defeated USA (3) 2-1:
Blake Ellis (AUS) d. Patrick Kypson (USA) 76(5) 36 62

Vasil Kirkov (USA) d. Alex de Minaur (AUS) 64 63

Blake Ellis/Alexei Popyrin (AUS) d. Vasil Kirkov/Patrick Kypson (USA) 36 61 62


Boys 9th-12th place play-offs


Daniel Michalski (POL) d. Yu Hua Chen (TPE) 63 64
Kacper Zuk (POL) d. Huang Tsung Hao (TPE) 61 61
Hsu Tyu Hsiou/Huang Tsung Hao (TPE) d. Konrad Fryze/Kacper Zuk (POL) 36 1-0 ret.


COLOMBIA defeated BRAZIL 2-1:
Nicolas Mejia (COL) d. Enzo Kohn (BRA) 63 62
Gabriel Decamps (BRA) d. Sergio Hernandez (COL) 62 61
Alejandro Hoyos/Nicolas Mejia (COL) d. Gabriel Bugiga/Gabriel Decamps (BRA) 62 36 61


Boys 13th-16th place play-offs


SWEDEN defeated HONG KONG 3-0:
Linus Bergevi (SWE) d. Sou Ming Chun Alan (HKG) 61 62
Jonas Eriksson Ziverts (SWE) d. Lam Ching (HKG) 75 62
Linus Bergevi/Jonas Eriksson Ziverts (SWE) d. Cheung Ngai Long/Sou Ming Chun Alan (HKG) 67(5) 76(2) 64


SPAIN defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-1:
Andres Fernandez Canovas (ESP) d. Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA) 26 76(5) 64
Nikolas Sanchez-Izquierdo Vivar (ESP) d. Richard Thongoana (RSA) 76(2) 61
Albertus Kruger/Richard Thongoana (RSA) d. Andres Fernandez Canovas/Nikolas Sanchez-Izquierdo Vivar (ESP) 62 63

ian Todorov (GER) d. Alejandro Hoyos/Nicolas Mejia (COL) 64 57 62


After Battling Past Vinci, Venus Williams to Face Muguruza in Wuhan Open Final

Venus Williams

(October 2, 2015) Venus Williams saved a match point to defeat Roberta Vinci to reach Saturday’s Wuhan Open final. Williams’ 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4) win set up the WTA Premier 5 title against Garbine Muguruza after the Spaniard survived a late foot injury scare to defeat Angelique Kerber 6-4 7-6(5).

“It had a lot of ups and downs, said Williams, who saved a match point when Vinci served for the match at 6-5. “I hope that on a day when I’m playing how I’d like, it’s a more straightforward match. She’s definitely tricky.  She finds a way to hang in there.”

Williams came back from 3-5 down against Johanna Konta in the previous round. “It’s the semifinals. It’s not time to get down.  It’s time to figure it out,” said the seven-time grand slam champion.  “Even down match point, I don’t remember what happened on that point.  I do know she had a match point.  It’s not over.  Just like when I was up and she didn’t give up, I felt the same way.”

The 35-year-old Williams, who notched up her 700th career WTA match win earlier in the week, should return to the WTA Top 20 in reaching the semi-finals, and could go as high as 15 should she win on Saturday. She shows no desire to retire just yet. “I always want to be in finals,” she said. “Even if it was the last tournament of my career, I would still want to be in that final,” she said. “I don’t think that ever changes.  It just never gets old and it’s never something that is a given.  You have to fight for it.  So I appreciate it.  It’s not over yet.  I still have matches to play.  Definitely not satisfied with just making the final.  I’d like to take the title and take it a step further.”

Muguruza’s win over Kerber also had plenty of drama, notably at 3-3 in the second set tiebreaker when the Spaniard took an injury time-out after feeling pain in her left foot earlier in the set. Despite this, she managed to  reach her first final since she was runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon in July.

“I felt it at 4 something in the second set.  Then in the tiebreak I felt something stronger.  So I said, No, no, I cannot wait to get worse.  So I just called the trainer,” sheexplained . “At that moment I said, Okay, Garbine, play.  Be aggressive and see what happens. You know, I was very, like, kind of brave.  I was like, Okay, come on, let’s do it.  Let’s see these couple of points and see if you can close the match. I had a lot of chances to close the match before.  I’m like, no way I’m going to lose this set. I did it and it was good.”

Williams and Muguruza have played twice before, in Florianopolis in 2013 and in Auckland in 2014, both on hard courts. “I think it’s a good final,” said Muguruza. “I face her sister in the last final, so is it good to have her again. Williams sisters everywhere,” she said, smiling. “It’s good.  She’s playing good also.  She had a very tough match also today.  So I think it’s a good final.”


V. Williams (USA) d [15] R. Vinci (ITA) 57 62 76(4)
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [6] A Kerber (GER) 64 76(5)

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) / Monica Niculescu (ROM) d [6] Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 16 10-8 (MTB)
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [4] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 62 61


Not before 12.30pm
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) / Monica Niculescu (ROM)

Not Before 3:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – V. Williams (USA) vs [5] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Venus Williams Joins 700 (Win) Club

Venus Williams Joins 700 (Win) Club



Serena Williams Withdraws from China Open and WTA Finals

Serena Williams

(October 1, 2015) After a season which saw her win the first three majors of the year, falling two wins short of completing a Grand Slam, Serena Williams has called it quits on the season.

Williams says she is withdrawing from the WTA Finals and the China Open to heal after playing through various injuries during the year.

“This is a very difficult decision, but one ultimately made because of the love of the game. I plan to return to practicing and participating in exhibition matches later this year,” Williams said in an article on the China Open website. “And when I do, I will focus and focus and focus so I can continue my journey in this beautiful game.”

Williams said that she is “taking a proactive step and withdrawing from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health and take the time to heal.”

The 21-time major champion won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, but lost in the semifinals of the US Open, missing out on a chance to win the Grand Slam, which would have been the first since 1988.

Williams sealed the year at No. 1 just after the US Open. Williams holds 69 tournament titles and has been No. 1 a total of 260 weeks, tying Chris Evert for third place all-time a few days ago. She’s behind Steffi Graf at 377 weeks and Martina Navratilova at 332 weeks.


British Qualifier Johanna Konta Stuns No. 2 Simona Halep at Wuhan Open

Johanna Konta_270915

(September 30, 2015) British qualifier Johanna Konta earned herself a thrilling 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win over top seed and current World No.2 Simona Halep at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Wednesday.

Konta came from 1-5 down in the third set to tee up a quarter-final on Thursday against Venus Williams and said afterwards that playing the American would be “kind of a childhood dream”.

“She (Halep) is No. 2 for a reason, and that is an incredibly humbling experience for me, that I can compete with such a player,” said 24-year-old Konta. “But in terms of the result, I’m just really happy I get to come back tomorrow and play against someone like Venus. It’s actually a bit of childhood dream I guess. I grew up watching Venus.  So as a child, I’m like, Wow.  But as a competitor now, I’m just looking forward to the challenge.”

Williams was too strong for Carla Suarez-Navarro in their third round encounter. “We’ve had some great matches, and when I play her I always have to stay concentrated because she’s a great competitor who’s always played well against me,” said Williams. “It’s not just her single handed backhand, she just hits it so well. I was lucky because she missed a few today and gave me some openings.”

Roberta Vinci is keep up her form which saw her reach the US Open final earlier this month. She knocked out Wuhan’s defending champion Petra Kvitova with a 76(3) 62 and takes on Karolina Pliskova in Thursday’s quarter-finals.

Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza earned her quarter-final spot with a 46 61 60 comeback win against Ana Ivanovic and can now look forward to a last eight meeting with Anna Schmeidlova of Slovakia on Thursday.

Angelique Kerber wasted no time in dispatching Camila Giorgi and will be up against Coco Vandeweghe in the quarter-finals.

Singles – Third Round
[Q] J. Konta (GBR) d [1] S. Halep (ROU) 63 36 75
[15] R. Vinci (ITA) d [3] P. Kvitova (CZE) 76(3) 62
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [9] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 46 61 60
[6] A. Kerber (GER) d C. Giorgi (ITA) 62 64
V. Williams (USA) d [7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 63 64
[8] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [12] E. Svitolina (UKR) 26 64 64
A. Schmiedlova (SVK) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 62
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d B. Strycova (CZE) 36 62 76(3)

Doubles – Second Round
I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [3] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 62 62
[5] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d X. Han (CHN) / N. Melichar (USA) 46 61 10-7
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d C. Dellacqua (AUS) / A. Tomljanovic (CRO) walkover
[7] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 76(3) 62

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[15] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [8] K. Pliskova (CZE)
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Schmiedlova (SVK)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[Q] J. Konta (GBR) vs V. Williams (USA)
[6] A. Kerber (GER) or C. Giorgi (ITA) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA) or B. Strycova (CZE)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS) 12
after suitable rest – J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)
after suitable rest – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) or K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs [5] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm
[4] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) 54
after suitable rest – [7] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)
after suitable rest – [4] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) or L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) vs J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) or A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)


Four Americans Move On In Singles On First Day Of Main-Draw Play at Red Rock Pro Open

red rock open

By Steve Pratt

(September 29, 2015) Summerlin, Nev. – American players won four first-round singles matches out of five played on the first day of main-draw action on Tuesday at the Red Rock Pro Open, a USTA $50,000 Pro Circuit women’s event.


2012 Las Vegas singles finalist Shelby Rogers, former U.S. Open Girls’ Junior champ Samantha Crawford, and USTA wild card Lauren Albanese each won straight-set matches. In the day’s singles finale, former UCLA star Jennifer Brady held off USTA wild card and fellow American Alexandra Stevenson, 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3.


In the only other singles match that did not involve a player from the United States, 2011 Las Vegas singles champion Romina Oprandi, the No. 3-seeded player from Switzerland, took out France’s Stephanie Foretz, 6-3, 6-3.


After completing her sophomore year at UCLA, Brady turned professional at the start of the summer. This past season, Brady was part of the UCLA team that reached the final of the NCAA team championships. During her freshman season (2013-14), she was a member of the 2014 NCAA championship-winning team. Also last year, Brady won her first USTA Pro Circuit singles title, at the $25,000 event in Redding, Calif.; she also won the doubles title in Redding.


Stevenson should get points for sticking around this long. The 34-year-old who drew international attention in 1999 by becoming the first female qualifier in Wimbledon history to reach the event’s semifinals, wasn’t intimidated by the youngster Brady taking the match to the limit. Stevenson ranked in the year-end Top 100 each year from 1999 to 2003, peaking at No. 18 in 2002.


Final round of qualify was completed Tuesday morning on a 98-degree warm but picturesque day at the Red Rock Country Club. The only American to qualify, recent UCLA graduate Robin Anderson, won her third consecutive match to qualify for the main draw. The Matawan, N.J., resident beat Canada’s Sharon Fichman, 6-2, 7-5.


In the match of the day, top-seeded qualifier Reix Sherazad of France took out 18-year-old American Ellie Halbauer in a 3 hour, 21 minute marathon, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, in a final qualifying match. On Sunday, Sherazad was involved in an almost four-hour first-round qualifying win.


In another qualifying final involving a U.S. player, Josie Kuhlman, a sophomore at the University of Florida, fell in straight sets to Amra Sadikovic of Switzerland. Kuhlman just last month was one of eight collegiate women’s players to compete in the U.S. Open American Collegiate Invitational won by Anderson.


In an intriguing matchup in the first round on Wednesday, Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands will play her countrywoman Arantxa Rus. Krajicek, whose half-brother Richard won Wimbledon in 1996, is coming off a great run last week winning the Albuquerque, N.M., $75,000 tournament after qualifying. Krajicek said she is coming off two knee surgeries and received a special exemption into the main draw after winning Albuquerque. Krajicek is traveling with her new husband, former German doubles player Martin Emmrich. The couple were married in July.


Tuesday’s Final-Round Qualifying Results

Reix Sherazad, France, [1] def. Ellie Halbauer, U.S., [7], 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4

Antonia Lottner, Germany [2] def. Anna Zaja, Germany, 6-4, 6-4

Robin Anderson, U.S., [5] def. Sharon Fichman, Canada, [3], 6-2, 7-5

Amra Sadikovic, Switzerland, [4] def. Josie Kuhlman, U.S., 6-3, 6-4


Tuesday’s Main Draw Singles Results

Romina Oprandi, Switzerland [3] def. Stephanie Foretz, France, 6-3, 6-3

Shelby Rogers, U.S., [7] def. Lisa Whybourn, Great Britain, 6-1, 6-2

Samantha Crawford, U.S., def. Lesley Kerkhove, Netherlands, 6-3, 6-3

Lauren Albanese, U.S. [wc], def. vs.Pemra Ozgen, Turkey, 6-3, 6-2

Jennifer Brady, U.S., def. Alexandra Stevenson, U.S. [wc], 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3


Tuesday’s Main Draw Doubles Results

Tamira Paszek, Austria / Anna Tatishvili, U.S., def. Jovana Jaksic, Serbia / Taylor Townsend, U.S., 3-6, 7-6 (4), 10-8

Alexandra Facey, U.S. / Kat Facey, U.S., [wc] def. Michelle Sammons, South Africa / Laura Schaeder, Germany, 6-1, 6-4

Julia Boserup, U.S. / Nicole Gibbs, U.S., [wc] def. Varatchaya Wongteanchai, Thailand / Ai Wen Zhu, China, 6-4, 6-3

Mandy Minella, Luxembourg / Amra Sadikovic, Switzerland, def. Stephanie Foretz, France [2] /

Ana Vrljic, Croatia, 4-6, 6-3, 10-8

Paula Cristina Goncalves, Brazil / Sanaz Marad, U.S., [1] def. Lesley Kerkhove, Netherlands / Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 10-5

Antonia Lottner, Germany, [3] / Pemra Ozgen, Turkey, def. An-Sophie Mestach, Belgium / Jessica Pegula, U.S., 6-4, 7-5


Wednesday’s Schedule

wild card [wc]; qualifying: [q]

Stadium Court, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Zi Yang, China, [wc] vs. Anna Tatishvili, U.S. [2]

Followed by Melanie Oudin, U.S., [wc] vs. Sanaz Marand, U.S.

Followed by An-Sophie Mestach, Belgium, [1] vs. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg

Followed by Jan Abaza, U.S. / Justyna Jegiolka, Poland, [4] vs. Robin Anderson, U.S. / Jen Brady, U.S.

Court 5, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Jessica Pegula, U.S., [8] vs. Tamira Paszek, Austria

Followed by Robin Anderson, U.S., vs. Alexa Glatch, U.S., [5]

Followed by Ana Vrljic, Croatia, vs. Varatchaya Wongteanchai, Thailand


Court 6, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Jovana Jaksic, Serbia, vs. Taylor Townsend, U.S.

Followed by Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, vs. Arantxa Rus, Netherlands

Followed by Amra Sadikovic, Switzerland, vs. Julia Bosserup, U.S.


Court 8, starting at 9:30 a.m.

Sachia Vickery, U.S., [4] vs. Antonia Lottner, Germany

Followed by Sherazad Reix, France, vs. Nicole Gibbs, U.S., [6]


Premier sponsors include: Gaudin Jaguar of Las Vegas, Storage One, Sunrise Hospital, Lotus Broadcasting, Cox Communications, WG Communications Group, Rachel’s Kitchen, USTA Nevada, Marquis Aurbach Coffing, Marty Hennessy Foundation, and FedEx.


Support sponsors included: Darren Cahill, Marcy Saxe Realty One, Guild Mortgage Company, Allstate Insurance agent Dwain Frazier, Raymond James agent Dan Jackson, The Massage Advantage, Adidas, Wolf Rifkin, Agent Atleta, and Babolat.


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


Venus Williams Joins 700 (Win) Club

VENUS Williams 700 TPN Wuhan Open

(September 29, 2015) Venus Williams reached another milestone on Tuesday at the Wuhan Open. She won her 700th career WTA Tour match with a 6-4, 6-3 second round victory defeating Germany’s Julia Goerges.

Williams received roses shaped into the number 700 from tournament directors Yi Guoqing and Fabrice Chouquet. She confessed that she was not aware of the upcoming milestone. “I didn’t know.  I’m glad nobody told me before.  I would have been a little bit nervous,” said the 35-year-old American. “Who doesn’t like winning?  You know, that never gets old.”

“I was thinking, ‘How long would it take me to get to 800 now?’ Maybe that was my first thought!

“But it’s been a great 700 wins along the way.”

Venus’ sister, world No. 1 Serena praised her sister on Twitter:

The seven-time major champion won her last Grand Slam event at Wimbledon in 2008. She is the WTA ninth player in the Open Era to reach 700 match wins.


Draws for Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals


(September 28, 2015) The International Tennis Federation has announced the draws for the 2015 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Finals, held for the first time at the Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain on 29 September – 4 October. Sixteen boys and 16 girls teams will take part in the competition.


Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, now in its 31st year, is the ITF’s official team competition for players aged 16-and-under. A total of 168 teams from 94 countries took part in regional qualifying in 2015, with 15 boys and 15 girls teams joining hosts Spain in the Finals. USA is defending champion in both events. Since the launch of the event in 1985, many of the world’s leading names have taken part in the competition, including current stars Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska.


The Finals see boys and girls teams divided into four groups of four on a round-robin basis, with the top team in each group qualifying for the semifinals.


There is comprehensive coverage of the Finals on the ITF Juniors website www.itftennis.com/juniors,

Girls Group A


Czech Republic (1)

Marketa Vondrousova

Monika Kilnarova

Anna Slovakova

Captain: Patrik Navara



Destanee Aiava

Seone Mendez

Jaimee Fourlis

Captain: Rohan Fisher



Maria Lourdes Carle
Paula Baranano
Camila Moreno
Captain: Mailen Auroux



Isolde de Jong
Suzan Lamens
Merel Hoedt
Captain: Eddy Bank


Girls Group B


Canada (4)
Charlotte Robillard-Millette
Bianca Andreescu
Vanessa Wong
Captain: Ralph Platz


Great Britain
Katie Swan
Jodie Anna Burrage
Ali Collins
Captain: Lucie Ahl


Kimika Sakata
Ayumi Miyamoto
Mai Hontama
Captain: Yoshinori Nakayama


Emiliana Arango
Sofia Munera
Maria Osorio
Captain: Catalina Castano


Girls Group C


Russia (3)

Olesya Pervushina
Elena Rybakina
Evgeniya Levashova
Captain: Oxana Mishukova


Thaisa Pedretti
Nathalia Gasparin
Marcelle Cirino
Captain: Roland Santos


Chinese Taipei
Yang Lee
Fang Hsien Wu
Pei Hsuan Chen
Captain: Ming Mi Chen


Federica Bilardo
Tatiana Pieri
Monica Cappelletti
Captain: Silvia Farina


Girls Group D


USA (2)
Claire Liu
Michaela Gordon
Kayla Day
Captain: Adam Peterson


Eva Guerrero Alvarez
Noelia Bouzo Zanotti
Paula Arias Manjon
Captain: Antonio Capella Lopez


New Zealand
Nina Paripovich
Valentina Ivanov
Lauren Alter
Captain: Emma Hayman


Dalila Said
Laila Elnimr
Sara Ismail
Captain: Khaled Farouk


Boys Group A


Canada (1)
Felix Auger-Aliassime
Denis Shapovalov
Benjamin Sigouin
Captain: Oded Jacob


Czech Republic
Partik Rikl
Michael Vrbensky
Daniel Velek
Captain: Josef Cihak


Hong Kong, China
Ching Lam
Ming Chun Alan Sou
Ngai Long Cheung
Captain: Jin Jian Liu


Kacper Zuk
Konrad Fryze
Daniel Michalski
Captain: Piotr Zurawiecki


Boys Group B


Russia (4)
Artem Dubrivnyy
Alen Avidzba
Mikhail Sokolovsky
Captain: Artem Derepasko


Tomas Echeverry
Santiago Rodriguez Taverna
Camilo Ugo Carabelli
Captain: Martin Errecalde


Chinese Taipei
Yu Hsiou Hsu
Tsung Hao Huang
Hua Chen Yu
Captain: Shao Hung Yu


Karl Friberg
Jonas Eriksson Ziverts
Linus Bergevi
Captain: Pontus Norberg


Boys Group C


USA (3)
Sam Riffice
Vasil Kirkov
Patrick Kypson
Captain: Sylvain Guichard


Toru Horie
Yunosuke Tanaka
Yuta Shimizu
Captain: Ko Iwamoto


Gabriel Decamps
Gabriel Bugiga
Enzo Kohn
Captain: William Kyriakos


Alejandro Davidovich Fukina
Nikolas Sanchez-Izquierdo Vivar
Andres Fernandez Canovas
Captain: Juan Perez Herrando


Boys Group D


Australia (2)
Alex de Minaur
Alexei Popyrin
Blake Ellis
Captain: Ben Pyne


Nicola Kuhn
Marvin Moeller
Maximilian Todorov
Captain: Guido Fratzke


Sergio Hernandez
Alejandro Hoyos
Nicolas Mejia
Captain: Juan Felipe Mateus


South Africa
Richard Thongoana
Joshua Howard-Tripp
Albertus Kruger
Captain: Allan Karam


Tennis – ATP and WTA Tennis Results Round-Up

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Malaysian Open

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

ATP World Tour 250 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  (+8 hours GMT)
28 September – 4 October 2015   Surface: Hard 


Singles – First Round
[7] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d S. Giraldo (COL) 61 21 ret. (illness)
B. Becker (GER) d S. Groth (AUS) 61 76(6)

Doubles – First Round
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / P. Petzschner (GER) d [WC] M. Merzuki (MAS) / S. Syed Naguib (MAS) 75 62

CENTER COURT start 1:00 pm
R. Albot (MDA) vs [5] V. Troicki (SRB)
A. Zverev (GER) vs [6] J. Chardy (FRA)

Not Before 4:45 pm
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [WC] J. Frawley (AUS) / N. Kyrgios (AUS)

Not Before 6:15 pm
[8] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs [Q] Y. Uchiyama (JPN)

Not Before 7:15 pm
[WC] N. Almagro (ESP) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs A. Nedovyesov (KAZ)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) vs M. Kukushkin (KAZ)
T. Ito (JPN) vs J. Nieminen (FIN)
[PR] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [Q] Y. Sugita (JPN)
S. Groth (AUS) / M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [4] A. Begemann (GER) / A. Sitak (NZL)

Shenzhen Open

ATP World Tour 250
Shenzhen, China (+8 hours GMT)
28 September – 4 October 2015   Surface: Hard


$ 250,000.00

Singles – First Round

[2] C. Witthoeft (GER) d Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 46 63 64
[6] M. Gasparyan (RUS) d A. Panova (RUS) 76(2) 61
N. Hibino (JPN) d [WC] A. Kalinina (UKR) 64 64
A. Friedsam (GER) d E. Vesnina (RUS) 62 57 75

Doubles – First Round

V. Dushevina (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d C. Mitu (ROU) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) 63 16 10-3
V. Ekshibarova (UZB) / A. Gabueva (RUS) d A. Folts (UZB) / S. Sharipova (UZB) 63 64
A. Krunic (SRB) / P. Martic (CRO) d A. Beck (GER) / C. Witthoeft (GER) 46 62 12-10
C. Daniels (GER) / L. Marozava (BLR) d E. Kulichkova (RUS) / E. Rodina (RUS) 64 64

CENTRE COURT start 10:00 am
B. Jovanovski (SRB) vs [7] J. Ostapenko (LAT)
[LL] P. Martic (CRO) vs [WC] N. Abduraimova (UZB)
[WC] S. Sharipova (UZB) vs J. Cepelova (SVK)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] A. Beck (GER) vs E. Kulichkova (RUS)

COURT 1 start 10:00 am
E. Rodina (RUS) vs U. Radwanska (POL)
K. Koukalova (CZE) vs [Q] K. Kozlova (UKR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[Q] S. Voegele (SUI) vs [4] J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 3:00 pm
After suitable rest – A. Friedsam (GER) / K. Piter (POL) vs [4] O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / P. Kania (POL)

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
[8] A. Mitu (ROU) vs Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
[Q] P. Kania (POL) vs [5] K. Siniakova (CZE)

Not Before 1:00 pm
K. Bertens (NED) vs D. Vekic (CRO)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[3] P. Hercog (SLO) vs A. Sasnovich (BLR)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Kalinina (UKR) vs [2] M. Gasparyan (RUS) / A. Panova (RUS)
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) vs A. Krunic (SRB)



$ 2,513,000.00

Singles – Second Round

B. Strycova (CZE) d [2] [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) 67(1) 76(4) 12 Retired
[8] K. Pliskova (CZE) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 76(4) 57 76(5)

First Round

[9] A. Ivanovic (SRB) d A. Dulgheru (ROU) 61 63
V. Williams (USA) d [10] A. Radwanska (POL) 61 76(4)
[11] B. Bencic (SUI) d [LL] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 75 75
[14] M. Keys (USA) d M. Rybarikova (SVK) 62 46 76(4)
[15] R. Vinci (ITA) d [Q] D. Kovinic (MNE) 57 61 63
C. Garcia (FRA) d [16] S. Errani (ITA) 67(4) 64 62
I. Begu (ROU) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) 76(5) 76(5)
S. Stephens (USA) d A. Riske (USA) 76(4) 63
M. Brengle (USA) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 63 64
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [Q] P. Tig (ROU) 61 64
A. Schmiedlova (SVK) d [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) 64 64
J. Jankovic (SRB) d [Q] H. Watson (GBR) 63 26 63
C. Giorgi (ITA) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 26 62 75

Doubles – First Round

[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN) 62 64
[7] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d J. Husarova (SVK) / I. Olaru (ROU) 36 64 10-6
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d [8] C. Chuang (TPE) / S. Hsieh (TPE) 57 63 11-9
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) d A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 63 26 10-8

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[6] A. Kerber (GER) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 1:00 pm
A. Schmiedlova (SVK) vs [4] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
V. Williams (USA) vs [Q] J. Goerges (GER)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[3] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs D. Gavrilova (RUS)
[1] S. Halep (ROU) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
M. Brengle (USA) vs [9] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
M. Niculescu (ROU) vs [7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [Q] J. Konta (GBR)
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs S. Stephens (USA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
[12] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs V. Lepchenko (USA)
C. Garcia (FRA) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
I. Begu (ROU) vs [15] R. Vinci (ITA)
after suitable rest – I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) vs Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs C. Chan (TPE) / A. Rodionova (AUS)
X. Han (CHN) / N. Melichar (USA) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO)
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs [2] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)
after suitable rest – D. Hantuchova (SVK) / R. Vinci (ITA) vs J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
[14] M. Keys (USA) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [11] B. Bencic (SUI)
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / A. Tomljanovic (CRO)
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) vs B. Bencic (SUI) / B. Strycova (CZE)