March 26, 2017

Miami Open Tennis – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

 

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Second Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d K. Anderson (RSA) 64 63
[3] M. Raonic (CAN) d V. Troicki (SRB) 63 75
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d D. Sela (ISR) 63 64
J. Chardy (FRA) d [7] M. Cilic (CRO) 64 26 63
G. Pella (ARG) d [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 63 76(4)
D. Young (USA) d [11] L. Pouille (FRA) 62 64
[13] J. Sock (USA) d Y. Nishioka (JPN) 24 Retired
F. Delbonis (ARG) d [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 16 75 62
J. Vesely (CZE) d [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 76(5) 46 63
J. Struff (GER) d [20] G. Simon (FRA) 61 61
B. Paire (FRA) d [21] P. Cuevas (URU) 75 60
N. Mahut (FRA) d [23] S. Johnson (USA) 64 57 64
[25] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] E. Escobedo (USA) 76(9) 75
[26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d T. Fritz (USA) 75 36 76(4)
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d [28] M. Zverev (GER) 64 64
F. Fognini (ITA) d [30] J. Sousa (POR) 76(8) 26 63

First Round
M. Jaziri (TUN) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(4) 00 Retired
[WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) d S. Robert (FRA) 76(5) 62

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 63 75
[WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 75 36 10-7
M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 36 63 10-7
P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) / M. Ymer (SWE) 76(4) 61
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 63
B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) 67(3) 76(4) 11-9

Women’s
Singles – Second Round
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d N. Osaka (JPN) 64 26 63
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Mchale (USA) 06 76(6) 64
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d M. Minella (LUX) 62 62
[8] M. Keys (USA) d V. Golubic (SUI) 61 62
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 62 67(5) 64
[WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) d [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) 36 64 75
[14] S. Stosur (AUS) d [WC] A. Barty (AUS) 64 64
[15] B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Larsson (SWE) 46 63 76(3)
S. Cirstea (ROU) d [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) 76(4) 36 63
S. Peng (CHN) d [21] C. Garcia (FRA) 64 60
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) d [22] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 76(4) 62
P. Parmentier (FRA) d [24] T. Babos (HUN) 67(1) 62 60
[Q] T. Townsend (USA) d [25] R. Vinci (ITA) 63 62
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [28] I. Begu (ROU) 36 64 63
S. Rogers (USA) d [31] D. Kasatkina (RUS) 64 57 60
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [32] E. Makarova (RUS) 67(1) 62 62

Women’s
Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) / T. Townsend (USA) 64 61
[5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 57 75 10-7
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d C. Mchale (USA) / A. Rosolska (POL) 75 16 10-8
A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d S. Errani (ITA) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 64 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [30] S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)

8:00 pm
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs [29] J. del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – S. Cirstea (ROU) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)
ATP – [22] S. Querrey (USA) vs [PR] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – [18] J. Isner (USA) vs [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – B. Coric (CRO) vs [6] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [27] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
WTA – [5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
ATP – Y. Lu (TPE) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)
WTA – [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs F. Martin (FRA) / M. Matkowski (POL)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [Q] D. King (BAR) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [31] F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 00

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Seppi (ITA) vs [24] G. Muller (LUX)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [32] P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK)
ATP – A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [17] I. Karlovic (CRO)
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs [6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / A. Muhammad (USA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
ATP – D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) vs N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)
WTA – [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) / H. Watson (GBR) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)
[3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs V. Troicki (SRB) / M. Venus (NZL)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
ATP – [6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [PR] T. Haas (GER) / L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – [7] R. Atawo (USA) / H. Chan (TPE) vs S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN)

COURT 5 start 3:00 pm
WTA – [WC] N. Osaka (JPN) / M. Puig (PUR) vs [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)

 

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Rafael Nadal Begins Another Quest for First Miami Title; Venus Williams Wins Late Night Match

Rafael Nadal

(March 24, 2017) Rafael Nadal began his quest for his first Miami Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Friday at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

 

The Spaniard is playing in this tournament for the 13th time in his career. Although the 14-time major winner has never taken home the Miami trophy, he’s been a finalist four times – in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014 coming within two points of the title against Novak Djokovic.

 

“I think I was four times in the final. Probably I should win the first one.”

“Then I have another good chance, but I was in the final against Novak (Djkokovic).

 

“6-5, 15-30, didn’t happen,” Noted the fifth seed, and the other two finals I didn’t play very well, no?”
“I think probably even if I was not in the final, the year that I was closer to win was the year that I got injury against (Andy) Roddick in that semifinals. Was winning – never easy against Andy, no – but I have the match a little bit under control and I get injury of my knee, no, and then I lost in three sets.

“I was playing great that year. I thought that was my year. But in tennis is always the same. Life the same. “You have opportunities. If you don’t convert these opportunities, then it’s tough, no?

“But I am still playing tennis and I am still here fighting for the things that motivates me. My motivation is play enough well to have chances here.”

 

The top two players in the world, combining for 8 Miami titles, will give someone else a chance to win this year as both six-time champion Djokovic and two-time champion Andy Murray, withdrew with right with elbow injuries.

 

Venus Williams

In the women’s field, 23-time major champion Serena Williams pulled out of both Indian Wells and Miami with a knee injury, but older sister Venus, the 11th seed opened her tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia in the last match on center court during evening session.

 

Top seed Angelique Kerber bested Ying-Ying Duan 7-6(3), 6-2 while third seed Simona Halep also advanced with three-set win over Naomi Osaka 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

 

Sixth seed Garbine Muguruza saved a match point to get past Christina McHale 0-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 in match which carried over to Friday when rain suspened the match on Thursday night.

 

“I think I had a second chance probably with the rain and stuff,” said Muguruza.

“It was a very — it had everything in the match. She started playing well the first set yesterday and I think my game was not exactly how I wanted to be of I was missing by a little and then she was not missing at all.

‘Then I just forgot about it. I woke up today and said, Hey, this is not over. Went to the court, I fight, and I got it again.”
Last week’s winner at Indian Wells, was an upset victim on Friday. Elena Vesnina, seeded 13th lost her second-round match to wildcard Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

 

Vesnina’s Russian countrywoman, seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova who lost to Vesnina in the Indian Wells final, moved into the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mandy Minella.

 

Other seeds losing on Friday included: [19] Anastasija Sevastova, [20] Carla Suarez Navarro, [21] Caroline Garcia, [22] Kristina Mladenovic, [24] Timea Babos, [25] R. Vinci, [28] I. Begu, [31] D. Kasatkina and [32] Ekaterina Makarova.

American qualifier Taylor Townsend, ranked 111th in the world defeated No. 25 Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-2.

 

Upsets on the men’s side included: [7] Marin Cilic, [9] Grigor Dimitrov, [11] Lucas Pouille, [15] Pablo Carreno Busta, [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas, [20] Gilles Simon, [21] Pablo Cuevas, [23] Steve Johnson, [28] Mischa Zverev and [30] Joao Sousa.

 

Kei Nishikori

Second seed Kei Nishikori beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round. So did third seed Milos Raonic, playing his first event since late February when a right leg injury put him on an injury hiatus.

 

“I have to be very happy with just the outcome, that I was able to get the win today, that I have another chance to play in two days,” said the Canadian.

“Hopefully I can continue to progress throughout this tournament.”

 

“I’ve prepared the best I can for this tournament,” Raonic said. “I’m not necessarily in the best position right now, but fortunately it’s a long tournament. Doesn’t mean things can’t change and I can’t get better throughout this event.”

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Top seed McDonald rolls into semifinals at USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas

CALABASAS, Calif., — Mackenzie McDonald’s performance at this week’s USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas has been flawless for the most part, however the young American sputtered just briefly in his quarterfinal match on Friday afternoon.

 

McDonald, the No. 1 seed at the $25,000 Futures event, nonetheless had little trouble dispatching unseeded Daniel Nolan of Australia 6-2, 6-4 despite losing his serve in consecutive games. All in all it was another solid performance from the 21-year-old Californian, who has dropped just 11 games in his three matches.

 

Nolan felt pressured by McDonald from the opening game as the former UCLA standout took charge and eventually broke his 20-year-old opponent the first three times he served en route to grabbing a 5-0 lead. McDonald dropped serve trying to close out a 6-0 first set and in his first service game of the second set, but righted the ship and secured the victory in one hour and 12 minutes.

 

McDonald moves on to face No. 4 seed Sebastian Fanselow, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over No. 8 seed Jared Hiltzik, in Saturday’s semifinals. Fanselow, a former standout at Pepperdine, has also won his first three matches in straight sets.

 

Fanselow, a 25-year-old from Germany, raced to a 3-0 in the first set to take control and eventually got the key break he needed in the fifth game of the second set.

 

One of Friday’s closest matches involved wild-card entrant Bradley Klahn against a qualifier, Karue Sell of Jaragua du Sul, Brazil. Klahn, a former Stanford standout, prevailed 7-6 (2), 6-4.

 

Klahn and Sell put on a serving clinic in the first set, a set which saw both players never face a break point. Klahn proved the better player in the tiebreaker as the 27-year-old Californian took a 3-0 lead and finally win it 7-2.

 

Sell, who upset No. 2 seed Calvin Hemery of France on Wednesday, generated only one break-point opportunity in the match but failed to convert. Klahn only had two break-point chances, but cashed in on the first one he generated in the third game of the second set to create the lead he needed and secure his spot in the semifinals.

 

Klahn’s opponent in his Saturday semifinal will be No. 6 seed Marcos Giron, who defeated No. 3 seed Tommy Paul of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-4, 6-4. Giron, from nearby Thousand Oaks and the 2014 winner of this event, served 77 percent on his first serves and converted three of his 11 break-point chances.

 

There were also four quarterfinal doubles matches on Friday, highlighted by Americans Gonzalez Austin and Nathaniel Lammons knocking out No. 1 seeds Sergey Betov of Belarus  and Luis David Martinez of Venezuela 6-4, 7-5.

 

The No. 2 seeds, Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and Alex Lawson of the United States, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over Americans Brandon Anandan and Clay Thompson.

 

 

 

Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card

Bradley Klahn, USA (wc) def. Karue Sell, BRA, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Mackenzie McDonald (1), USA def. Daniel Nolan, AUS, 6-2, 6-4.

Sebastian Fanselow (4), GER def. Jared Hiltzik (8), USA, 6-3, 6-4.

Marcos Giron (6), USA def. Tommy Paul (3), USA, 6-4, 6-4.

 

 

Friday’s  Quarterfinal Doubles Scores

Bradley Klahn, USA / Connor Smith, USA def. Henry Craig, USA / Miles Seemann, USA, 6-4, 6-1.

Farris Fathi Gosea, GBR / Alex Lawson (2), USA def. Brandon Anadan, USA / Clay Thompson, USA, 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Gonzalez Austin, USA / Nathaniel Lammons, USA. def. Sergey Betov, BLR / Luis David Martinez (1), VEN, 6-4, 7-5 Marcos Giron, USA / Julian Lenz, GER def. Benjamin Hannestad, DEN / Hunter Reese, USA,  6-4, 7-5.

 

Saturday’s events include the semifinals along with a USTA Junior Team Tennis Kid’s Tennis Carnival from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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Easter Bowl To Celebrate 50th Anniversary March 25-April 2 At Indian Wells Tennis Garden

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The Easter Bowl USTA Junior National Spring Championships Presented by Adidas will celebrate its 50th tournament starting tomorrow / March 25-April 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

 

Started in 1968 in New York City by Seena Hamilton, the Easter Bowl tournament is currently directed by chairman Lornie Kuhle and has always been a direct “pathway to the pros” for aspiring tennis players as nearly every American who has achieved success on the world’s tennis stage in the Open era has played the Easter Bowl, including current American stars Jack Sock, Stevie Johnson, John Isner, Madison Keys and CiCi Bellis.

 

The 50th annual Easter Bowl has returned as a designated USTA National Championship this year, meaning there will be gold, silver and bronze balls awarded for finalists and the third-place winner in all divisions. The 18s divisions will remain an ITF Level B1 event and closed to only the top U.S. junior players who will play for valuable ITF ranking points.

 

The site of the Easter Bowl is once again the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the recently concluded BNP Paribas Open, and other tennis facilities and country clubs around the Coachella Valley.

 

The event begins Saturday with qualifying in the 12s and 14s divisions and will conclude with the ITF boys’ and girls’ division finals on Sunday, April 2.

 

Top players in the Boys’ ITF division include defending champion Gianni Ross, ranked No. 18 in the ITF Junior world rankings and expected to be seeded No. 2. Trent Bryde of Suwanee, Ga. Bryde, currently ranked No. 11 in the world rankings, played in the Australian Open Juniors main draw in January, and won both the singles and doubles at the Grade A ITF in Brazil in February. He beat fellow American Vasil Kirkov from Tampa., Fla., in the semifinals in three sets. Kirkov is the No. 19-ranked ITF player and comes in as the No. 3 Easter Bowl seed.

 

Bryde lost to eventual ITF champion Ross in the quarterfinals at last year’s Easter Bowl while Kirkov advanced to the semifinals before being taken out by runner-up John McNally. Sam Riffice, 2015 Easter Bowl 16s champion Oliver Crawford, Danny Thomas, Brian Cernoch and Patrick Kypson are other top players.

 

On the girls’ side, last year’s singles finalist Ellie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, returns and will likely be seeded within the top four as her current ITF ranking is No. 28. Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., will be the top-seeded player as she is ranked No. 14 the ITF. Johnson is coached by local Coachella Valley resident Rosie Casals. Carson Branstine from Orange, Calif., is the No. 2-seed and No. 15 in the world. Whitney Osuigwe recently received a WTA world ranking as she made it to the Round of 16 at the Tampa ITF Pro Futures tournament.

 

This Sunday night, Team USA will once again hold its annual awards night in conjunction with the player party, which includes a free meal to all players catered by the Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage. The USTA has announced that Mike Gennette, coach of top juniors Claire Liu and Austen Huang, and Henner Nehles, coach of rising American 17-year old Kayla Day, were named as the 2016 Team USA Developmental Coaches of the Year as part of USTA Player Development’s annual Team USA Coaching Awards.

 

Other award winners include Smith Tennis in Indianapolis, recognized as the 2016 Team USA Developmental Program of the Year, while USTA Northern California was named the 2016 Team USA Player Development Section of the Year. Tennis icon Billie Jean King, renowned coach Rick Macci and University of Georgia legend Dan Magill are also being honored with Team USA Legendary Coaching Awards.

 

“This year the Adidas Easter Bowl is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and we are so fortunate to have the Indian Wells Tennis Garden as our host site for this prestigious event and I want to personally thank them,” Easter Bowl chairman Lornie Kuhle said. “The Adidas Easter Bowl is now a U.S. National Championship in all divisions: boys’ and girls’ 12s, 14s, 16, and 18s, making it the only National Championship in the country to host all divisions in one location. At this year’s BNP Paribas Open, nearly every American in the main draw had once played the Easter Bowl proving the Adidas Easter Bowl is truly a pathway to the pros.”

 

Once again this year, the Easter Bowl will allow $10,000 in travel grants that will be awarded evenly in the boys’ and girls’ ITF divisions beginning in the round of 16. The grants will take the form of vouchers for airline travel and hotel expenses. The travel grants will be awarded as follows: Winner and finalist: $750; semifinalist: $500; quarterfinalist: $325; Round of 16: $150.

 

In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, Kuhle also announced the tournament’s updated mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app.

 

Check back to www.easterbowl.com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules.

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Voting Opens for 2017 Fed Cup Heart Awards

Voting opens for 2017 Fed Cup Heart Awards

 

(March 24, 2017) The ITF  announced a shortlist of ten players to receive the first four Fed Cup Heart Awards of 2017. Awards will be presented in four categories based on performances in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties, and the three Zone Group I events at the beginning of February.

 

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR), Karolina Pliskova (CZE), Rebecca Sramkova (SVK) and Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) have all been shortlisted for the World Group/World Group II award. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) and Heather Watson (GBR) have been shortlisted for Europe/Africa; Bianca Andreescu (CAN) and Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) for Americas; and Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) and Naomi Osaka (JPN) for Asia/Oceania.

 

The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, consisting of ITF President David Haggerty and a mixture of former players and members of the international media. A public vote, running on 24-30 March, is being held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to decide the four winners, who will all receive a cheque to be donated to their chosen charity. The winners will be announced on 3 April.

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “The Fed Cup Heart Award is a fantastic initiative that recognises outstanding contributions made by players representing their country. I would like to acknowledge the performances by the ten shortlisted players but I would also like to thank all of the players who make Fed Cup by BNP Paribas the success it is today.”

 

The Fed Cup Heart Award is an ITF initiative that was first presented to USA’s Melanie Oudin at the 2009 Fed Cup Final. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team. A total of six players will be recognised in 2017. To cast your vote, visit the Fed Cup website

 

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 107 nations entered in 2017. The competition is 54 years old having been founded in 1963.


PLAYER INFORMATION

 

World Group / World Group II

 

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)

 

In her first live Fed Cup rubbers, suffered a three-set defeat on Saturday but won on Sunday to send Belarus into the Fed Cup semifinals for the first time.

 

Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

 

Won both singles rubbers, including a 62 62 win over world No. 7 Garbiñe Muguruza. Maintained her record of never having lost a Fed Cup tie.

 

Rebecca Sramkova (SVK)

 

On her Fed Cup debut, recorded two singles wins including the one that sealed the tie, as Slovakia defeated Italy to reach the World Group play-offs.

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

 

Won three rubbers as Switzerland defeated France to reach the Fed Cup semifinals for the second successive year.

 

Europe/Africa Zone Group I

 

Ivana Jorovic (SRB)

 

Won all four of her singles rubbers and two deciding doubles rubbers, including one in the promotional play-off, as Serbia qualified for the World Group II play-offs.

 

Heather Watson (GBR)

Won four singles rubbers and stepped in for the crucial doubles rubber in the promotional play-off against Croatia as Great Britain reached the World Group II play-offs.

 

Americas Zone Group I

 

Bianca Andreescu (CAN)

 

Making her Fed Cup debut, the 16-year-old won all four singles rubbers without dropping a set. She also won two doubles rubbers as Canada advanced to the World Group II play-offs.

 

Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)

 

Won four of the six ties she contested as Paraguay earned a third-place finish in Americas Zone Group I.

 

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

 

Naomi Osaka (JPN)

 

On her Fed Cup debut, won all four singles rubbers as Japan reached the promotional play-off tie.

 

Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

 

Won four of the five rubbers she contested, including the decisive doubles rubber in the promotional play-off as Kazakhstan advanced to the World Group II play-offs.

 

VALUE OF CHEQUES

 

$10,000 World Group semifinals winner (x1)

$6,000              World Group / World Group II first round winner (x1)

$3,000              World Group / World Group II play-offs

$1,000              Zone Group I winners (x3)

 

JUDGING PANEL

 

David Haggerty (USA), ITF President

Sabine Appelmans (BEL), former Fed Cup player/captain

Mercedes Paz (ARG), former Fed Cup player

Craig Gabriel (AUS), international journalist

Sandra Harwitt (USA), international journalist

Corinne Dubreuil (FRA), international photographer

Ray Giubilo (ITA), international photographer

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Volvo Car Open Partners with SunTrust to Offer Juniors 15 and Under Free Tickets

DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. – The Volvo Car Open tennis tournament has continued its mission to grow the game of tennis. For the third year in a row, the WTA Premier event has partnered with SunTrust to offer juniors, 15 and under, free admission all week into the Volvo Car Open, April 1 – 9, 2017, in Charleston, SC on Daniel Island.

 

“We want the name Volvo Car Open to be synonymous with growing the game of tennis,” said Bob Moran, Volvo Car Open Tournament Director. “We value our partnership with SunTrust to offer juniors unparalleled and complimentary access to our tournament. We hope to touch the lives of thousands of youth and inspire the next generation of tennis players and fans. This is possible because of SunTrust’s commitment to our tournament. Through this program, together we’ve already provided nearly 20,000 youth access to an international, world-renowned tennis tournament.”

 

“This is our 10th year supporting the community through our partnership with this world-class event, and we are incredibly proud to be able to inspire the next generation to reach for their dreams,” said Mark Lattanzio, SunTrust Region President. “It’s how we live our purpose to Light the Way to Financial Well-being for our clients and communities. And it helps us share the onUp movement to start a conversation about how financial confidence can put them on the right track to achieve their dreams.”

 

SunTrust will also sponsor the City of Charleston’s Tennis in the City event, an annual one-day inner-city youth tennis clinic held at the Jack Adams Tennis Center in downtown Charleston during the Volvo Car Open. Since its inception in 2003, this event has made a profound impact on thousands of local, Charleston children.  This occasion brings WTA tennis players, tennis pros, as well as high school and college teams together to introduce the game of tennis to local children, in turn helping them learn basics of the game in an exciting environment.

 

Complimentary junior tickets can be redeemed via www.VolvoCarOpen.com, by calling 800.677.2293 or via the Box Office, located at 161 Seven Farms Drive Charleston, SC 29492.

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Nick Kyrgios Joins Aegon Championships Field

(March 24, 2017) Nick Kyrgios, has added his name to the Aegon Championships line-up, which takes place at The Queen’s Club, 19th-25th June.

Kyrgios joins World No.1 Andy Murray, 14-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal, reigning US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, last year’s Queen’s and Wimbledon runner-up Milos Raonic and the 2014 Aegon Championships winner, Grigor Dimitrov, in the singles field. Jamie Murray has already confirmed he will be part of the doubles draw.

“I’m real excited and pumped to be coming back to Queen’s,” said Kyrgios. “It’s a great tournament, with Wimbledon soon after, and I love playing on grass. It’s my favourite surface, it suits my game a lot and I’m expecting big things on grass this year.”

Kyrgios, 22, has twice beaten former World No.1 Novak Djokovic in straight sets over the past month, with illness forcing him out of the quarterfinals in Indian Wells last week. He beat Nadal at Wimbledon in 2014 on his way to the quarterfinals in his debut year at the tournament, but he expects that to be just the beginning of his achievements on grass.

“I don’t think British people have seen the best of me yet. I was very young when I had that run at Wimbledon. Mentally I have improved a lot recently, I’m in a great place at the moment, I feel like I’ve matured and that’s helping me. I’m playing better tennis, I’m getting some better results.”

Stephen Farrow, Aegon Championships Tournament Director, said: “Nick is the most exciting young player in tennis at the moment, with several wins already over some of the all-time greats. We can’t wait to see him in action at The Queen’s Club.”

With Centre Court capacity increasing by 30% in 2017, more than 15,000 additional people will be able to watch the action at the Aegon Championships – the ATP World Tour 500 Tournament of the Year. The tournament has already sold more than 8,000 additional tickets than ever before.

Earlier this year, Andy Murray made a career-commitment to play in the Aegon Championships, and the BBC announced that they will cover the tournament until at least 2024.

Last year, the Aegon Championships was voted ATP-500 Tournament of the Year by the players – the fourth successive year that the event has received a tournament of the year award.

Tara McGregor-Woodhams, Head of Brand & Sponsorship, Aegon UK said: “Nick Kyrgios is in such good form at the moment and we are all looking forward to seeing him in action. We are in for a wonderful week of tennis at the Aegon Championships.”

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Miami Open Tennis – Thursday Results, Friday Schedule

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017

Men’s Singles – First Round
H. Zeballos (ARG) d G. Elias (POR) 67(2) 62 75
Y. Lu (TPE) d [WC] C. Ruud (NOR) 62 61
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d H. Chung (KOR) 36 61 76(1)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d D. Istomin (UZB) 64 76(0)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d K. Khachanov (RUS) 64 36 76(4)
[Q] D. King (BAR) d [Q] L. Lacko (SVK) 76(2) 64
[Q] F. Tiafoe (USA) d K. Kravchuk (RUS) 75 57 61
R. Haase (NED) d [WC] M. Ymer (SWE) 75 76(3)
[PR] T. Robredo (ESP) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 36 64 62
[Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d [LL] M. Youzhny (RUS) 64 61
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d F. Mayer (GER) 61 61
A. Seppi (ITA) d [Q] R. Albot (MDA) 64 64
A. Mannarino (FRA) d [Q] B. Becker (GER) 76(6) 63
B. Coric (CRO) d M. Granollers (ESP) 76(6) 46 63

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) d F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) 60 46 10-4

Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [Q] M. Brengle (USA) 61 63
[4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 63 62
[5] A. Radwanska (POL) d Q. Wang (CHN) 76(3) 61
[WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d [9] E. Svitolina (UKR) 75 64
[12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) 61 62
[17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 67(3) 62 60
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) d [18] C. Vandeweghe (USA) 62 36 61
L. Safarova (CZE) d [23] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 62
[26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) 62 26 76(2)
[27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d C. Witthoeft (GER) 64 64
K. Flipkens (BEL) d [29] A. Konjuh (CRO) 76(4) 67(6) 62
[30] S. Zhang (CHN) d S. Errani (ITA) 46 64 75

Women’s
Doubles – First Round
A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 62 64
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / J. Konta (GBR) 63 63
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN) d J. Goerges (GER) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) 76(3) 76(3)

 

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 24 MARCH 2017

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs N. Osaka (JPN)

Not Before 12:00 noon
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Mchale (USA) 06 23

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – K. Anderson (RSA) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs D. Sela (ISR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs Y. Duan (CHN)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – G. Pella (ARG) vs [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [11] V. Williams (USA) vs [WC] B. Haddad Maia (BRA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs S. Robert (FRA)
WTA – V. Golubic (SUI) vs [8] M. Keys (USA)
ATP – [23] S. Johnson (USA) vs N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs Y. Nishioka (JPN)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [25] F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [Q] E. Escobedo (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [7] M. Cilic (CRO) vs J. Chardy (FRA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs M. Jaziri (TUN) 01
ATP – [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)
WTA – [10] J. Konta (GBR) vs [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR)
ATP – D. Young (USA) vs [11] L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [16] K. Bertens (NED)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – T. Fritz (USA) vs [26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
WTA – M. Minella (LUX) vs [7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – [28] M. Zverev (GER) vs [Q] J. Donaldson (USA)
WTA – [Q] P. Tig (ROU) vs [22] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER)

Court 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – [25] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] T. Townsend (USA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
WTA – [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 63 46 45
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [30] J. Sousa (POR)
ATP – [21] P. Cuevas (URU) vs B. Paire (FRA)
WTA – [WC] A. Barty (AUS) vs [14] S. Stosur (AUS)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) 57 12

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Vesely (CZE) vs [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

Not Before 12:00 noon
WTA – [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) vs S. Cirstea (ROU) 66
WTA – [28] I. Begu (ROU) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
WTA – [21] C. Garcia (FRA) vs S. Peng (CHN)
ATP – J. Struff (GER) vs [20] G. Simon (FRA)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN)
ATP – [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – D. Schwartzman (ARG) / H. Zeballos (ARG) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) / M. Ymer (SWE) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR)
WTA – X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

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Miami Open Tennis – Wednesday Results, Thursday Schedule

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

Men’s Singles – First Round
D. Sela (ISR) d [Q] C. Harrison (USA) 61 61
T. Fritz (USA) d A. Pavlasek (CZE) 62 63
N. Mahut (FRA) d [WC] M. Mmoh (USA) 63 62
G. Pella (ARG) d [Q] T. Smyczek (USA) 36 64 76(3)
Y. Nishioka (JPN) d J. Thompson (AUS) 16 64 63
J. Vesely (CZE) d [PR] T. Haas (GER) 67(5) 63 75
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d K. Edmund (GBR) 26 76(4) 62, saved 3 m.p.
V. Troicki (SRB) d T. Monteiro (BRA) 57 63 61
J. Chardy (FRA) d F. Bagnis (ARG) 62 62
F. Fognini (ITA) d R. Harrison (USA) 64 75
B. Paire (FRA) d M. Klizan (SVK) 76(4) 63
D. Young (USA) d D. Brown (GER) 63 16 62
F. Delbonis (ARG) d J. Monaco (ARG) 75 76(4)
J. Struff (GER) d [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) 75 40 Ret. (Hamstring)
[Q] E. Escobedo (USA) d D. Evans (GBR) 75 06 63
K. Anderson (RSA) d [Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) 62 75

Women’s
Singles – First Round

S. Rogers (USA) d [Q] M. Erakovic (NZL) 46 63 76(4)
J. Goerges (GER) d A. Riske (USA) 75 63
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d L. Chirico (USA) 36 75 61
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) d H. Watson (GBR) 76(4) 61
[Q] T. Townsend (USA) d [WC] A. Anisimova (USA) 26 62 63
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [Q] K. Nara (JPN) 62 61
[WC] A. Barty (AUS) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 64 57 63
[Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) d A. Cornet (FRA) 64 16 64
P. Parmentier (FRA) d O. Dodin (FRA) 62 61
C. Mchale (USA) d A. Beck (GER) 67(2) 75 60
S. Cirstea (ROU) d M. Puig (PUR) 62 64
[Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) d L. Davis (USA) 63 63
[WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) d [LL] M. Linette (POL) 62 16 62
L. Safarova (CZE) d Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 76(2) 64
[Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 64
Q. Wang (CHN) d [Q] D. Vekic (CRO) 06 64 62
Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 46 64 76(3)
[WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 63 46 64
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) d A. Petkovic (GER) 62 64
[Q] M. Brengle (USA) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 63 36 62

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017
STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Brengle (USA) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – M. Granollers (ESP) vs B. Coric (CRO)
ATP – [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA) vs K. Kravchuk (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Mchale (USA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs S. Robert (FRA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs [PR] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – K. Khachanov (RUS) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
WTA – [5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs Q. Wang (CHN)
ATP – B. Tomic (AUS) vs [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [Q] B. Becker (GER)
WTA – [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)
ATP – G. Elias (POR) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)
WTA – [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [18] C. Vandeweghe (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – L. Safarova (CZE) vs [23] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
ATP – D. Dzumhur (BIH) vs H. Chung (KOR)
ATP – [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs F. Mayer (GER)
WTA – [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) vs [9] E. Svitolina (UKR)
ATP – R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS)

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] C. Ruud (NOR) vs Y. Lu (TPE)
WTA – S. Errani (ITA) vs [30] S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [Q] D. King (BAR) vs [Q] L. Lacko (SVK)
WTA – [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO)
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
ATP – [Q] R. Albot (MDA) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
WTA – [17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
ATP – D. Istomin (UZB) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) vs S. Cirstea (ROU)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [29] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs K. Flipkens (BEL)
WTA – [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs C. Witthoeft (GER)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – D. Gavrilova (AUS) / J. Konta (GBR) vs S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Larsson (SWE)
WTA – X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
WTA – R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / C. Liang (CHN)
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs [WC] M. Ymer (SWE)

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Elena Vesnina and Roger Federer Win BNP Paribas Open Singles Titles

(March 19, 2017) Roger Federer and Elena Vesnina took home the BNP Paribas Open singles trophies on Sunday in Indian Wells California. In an all-Swiss affair, Federer defeated Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 to win his fifth Indian Wells crown, 90th career tournament and 25th Masters Series 1000 title. He is now tied with Novak Djokovic for most Indian Wells titles.

At 35-years and seven months old, the 18-time major champion became the oldest BNP Paribas Open champion. Federer is third in Open Era in number of titles behind Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl.

The women’s final was an all-Russian contest which saw Elena Vesnina rally from a set and 1-4 down in the second s set and 2-4 down in the third set to beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-4 in just over three hours in the first match of the day.

“For me, the dream run continues,” Federer said during the trophy ceremony.

“This was not part of the plan, to win Australia and Indian Wells. The goal was to be top 8 by after Wimbledon, so I’m there much, much faster.”

“I will make the plan for the remainder of the season, especially for the clay, after Miami, and then see also what the goals are because the goals are clearly changing after this dream start.”

“The way he’s playing is just so beautiful,” said finalist Wawrinka. “Everything looks perfect. He’s moving amazingly well. He has amazing touch. He’s doing everything you can do on the tennis court.”

“I think Stan can be very proud of his efforts here and the start to the year,” Federer said to media. “And the tournament he played here was great for him. He’s always struggled in the past in the desert. And then, for me, the dream run continues. The fairytale of the comeback that I have already shown in Australia.

“Again, I’m not as surprised as I was in Australia, but still this comes as a big, big surprise to me, nevertheless, to win here again and beating the players that I did and the way I did. I mean, couldn’t be more happy.

“It’s an absolute, huge start to the year for me. Yeah, last year didn’t win any titles. I don’t think I was in any finals except maybe Brisbane last year.

“The change is dramatic, and it feels great.”

Federer’s ranking will move up to No. 6 as of Monday.

Last February, 14th seed Vesnina was ranked No. 122 in the world and lost in qualifying at Indian Wells. Talk about a turnaround. She’ll be No. 13 in the world when the rankings come out on Monday.

Like her last year on tour, she had to battle back and Sunday was no different. The 30-year-old, who defeated No. 2 seed Angela Kerber and No. 12 seed Venus Williams on the road to making the final, talked about how she was mentally able to rebound from a set and 1-4 down:

“I was down the whole match except the first set. I was up with a break twice and I had set point. I didn’t use my chances there, and then she won the set and was 4-1-up.

“I was kind of fighting to just stay longer on the court, you know, just don’t give it so easy. I was telling to myself, You’re 4-1 down. Nothing to lose. Just fight for each game, you know, try to win every point, you know, try to deserve every point, because she will not give you anything.

“When I was down 4-2 in the third set, I know these kind of feelings when you’re having so much chances and you’re not using them, then your opponent will have one chance and she will use it.

“So I think that’s the situation what happened with Svetlana and me today, because she was up the whole match. She was up set 4-1, then 4-2 in the third. She had so many break points on my serve. She was 30-Love up couple of times on her serves.

“And I always keep coming back. I stick there, you know. I was just not giving anything, you know, that moment. I was just — I didn’t thought about, like, the end of the match. I was just thinking about how to kind of get back into the game. You know, I was just thinking about that.

“And when I broke her at 4-All and went to serve for the match, I had this in my mind. You know, I was, like, I’m not gonna give it. I went to serve, and I was, like, I never gonna lose this game.

“I don’t know how I have it in my mind, you know, serving for the championship point, championship game, you know, and don’t be so nervous, you know. I was really — that game, I was really calm. I was not thinking that if I’m going to lose this game it’s going to be 5-All. I was not afraid to lose, you know, maybe for the whole match. I was just trying to play.

“And I think Svetlana, end of the match, she was afraid to lose the match, and this is the difference maybe.”

The 31-year-old, two-time major champion and eighth seed Kuznetsova said: “I didn’t feel good today, because she was very aggressive, and I was a little bit out of my game. I was too far from the court, and I was running all the way, way behind, so the only thing I could defend. And I didn’t serve well.

“So I think that was overall the key points. Even I made it 7-6, 4-1 and was one break, and she kept being aggressive, and, yeah, I was too passive. I think that’s why I lost.”

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