August 28, 2015

Tennis Results Round-Up


$ 754,163.00
21-29 AUGUST 2015

Singles – Quarterfinals

[2] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [7] [WC] A. Radwanska (POL) 75 64
[3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d C. Garcia (FRA) 63 60
[4] [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 67(4) 64 75
[LL] L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) 62 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[2] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 64 76(2)
A. Groenefeld (GER) / J. Larsson (SWE) d [3] H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) 36 64 10-5

Men’s Legends Event

James Blake def. Andy Roddick 7-5, 6-4

Championship – Semifinals

[1] J. Peralta (CHI) / M. Seeberger (USA) d V. Mirzadeh (USA) / J. Witten (USA) 76(6) 76(4)
A. Fisher (AUS) / N. Healey (AUS) d D. Cochrane (GBR) / P. Simmonds (USA) 64 63

Championship – Semifinals

Y. Schnack (USA) / K. Zheltova (BLR) d J. Cao (USA) / D. Spicer (USA) 61 60
M. Jansen (USA) / E. Routliffe (CAN) d A. Anghelescu (USA) / C. Price (USA) 62 62

Championship – Quarterfinals

R. Doverspike (USA) / C. Price (USA) d [1] D. Lao (USA) / J. Wang (USA) 63 60
J. Cako (USA) / J. Kielbowicz (USA) d [Alt] K. Mcnabney (CAN) / M. Seeberger (USA) 62 61
A. Daescu (ROU) / A. Perianu (ROU) d H. Maslau (BLR) / S. Weymar (GER) 64 62
G. Brodsky (USA) / B. Wilson (USA) d D. Boyer (USA) / J. Schiller (AUT) 75 26 10-7

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – [LL] L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [4] [WC] L. Safarova (CZE)
WTA – [4] J. Goerges (GER) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [2] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA)
WTA – C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [2] P. Kvitova (CZE)

Not Before 8:30 pm
Men’s Legends – J. McEnroe (USA) vs J. Courier (USA)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
USONP Women’s Doubles Championship – Y. Schnack (USA) / K. Zheltova (BLR) vs M. Jansen (USA) / E. Routliffe (CAN)
USONP Men’s Doubles Championship – [1] J. Peralta (CHI) / M. Seeberger (USA) vs A. Fisher (AUS) / N. Healey (AUS)
USONP Mixed Doubles – A. Daescu (ROU) / A. Perianu (ROU) vs G. Brodsky (USA) / B. Wilson (USA)
USONP Mixed Doubles – R. Doverspike (USA) / C. Price (USA) vs J. Cako (USA) / J. Kielbowicz (USA)


NEW HAVEN, Conn., August 27, 2015 – Nine teams of family members have won the Connecticut Open Family Classic, which was held on Thursday, April 27, 2015 at the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, a WTA event that is part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series that began August 21 and concludes August 29 at the Connecticut Tennis Center.
Teams across nine divisions competed on the same courts as the top WTA pros, and the winners were honored with a trophy presentation on Stadium court before the evening session.
This year more than 1,500 participants competed in more than 75 local events at tennis facilities throughout seven states in order to reach the finals. The event has seen participation dramatically increase over the years as the event added more divisions and expanded into more states.
The winning teams can be found below.
Parent/Child 10u
Manu & Arvin Krishnan (Easton, CT – Trumbull Racquet Club) def. Robert & Elizabeth Lavin (Darien, CT – Oak Hills Tennis Club) 6-1, 6-1
Father/Child 12u
Tom & Amanda Conrod (Sandy Hook, CT – Weston Racquet Club) def. Daniel & Mia Goldstein (Woodbridge, CT – Milford Tennis Club) 6-2, 4-6, 10-6
Father/Child 14u
Steve & Noah Gulla (Madison, CT – Madison Racquet Club) def. David & Sam Feldman (Brookline, MA – Farmington Farms) Walkover
Father/Child 18u
Min & Hao Xu (Ellington, CT – Bristol Park & Rec) def. Brian & Peter Mao (South Windsor, NJ – Manchester Racquet Club) 7-5, 6-4
Victor & Barbara Calaba (New Canaan, CT – Woodway Country Club) def. Greg & Courtney Sansonetti (Stratford, CT – Stratford Tennis Association) Walkover
Mother/Child 12u
Barbara Calaba & Maddy Wilson (New Canaan, CT – Stratford Tennis Association) def. Fern & Jason Loeb (Stamford, CT – Oak Hills Tennis Club) 6-1, 6-3
Mother/Child 14u
Louise & Jordan Soifer (Stamford, CT – Oak Hills Tennis Club) def. Jane Farrington & James Schaffer (Branford, CT  -Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club) 6-3, 6-2
Mother/Child 18u
Tracy & Eric Nalbandian (Weston, CT – Weston Racquet Club) def. Amy & Henry Johnson (Fairfield, CT – Trumbull Racquet Club) 6-3, 5-7, 10-3
Parent/Child Open
Randy & Rohan Mani (Brewster, N.Y. – Hardscrabble Club) def. Jerzy & Jesse Swieton (Bristol, CT – Bristol Parks & Rec) Walkover


Winston-Salem Open
Winston-Salem, U.S.A.


Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] [WC] K. Anderson (RSA) d [8] B. Coric (CRO) 62 76(1)
M. Jaziri (TUN) d [6] T. Bellucci (BRA) 63 62
[13] S. Johnson (USA) d Y. Lu (TPE) walkover (back)
[Q] P. Herbert (FRA) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 46 76(5) 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / D. Nestor (CAN) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 63
[3] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 63 57 10-4
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d [WC] C. Harrison (USA) / R. Harrison (USA) 64 64
S. Groth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS) d A. Sa (BRA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 46 76(3) 10-2


STADIUM start 3:00 pm
[Q] P. Herbert (FRA) vs [13] S. Johnson (USA)
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / D. Nestor (CAN) vs [3] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [2] [WC] K. Anderson (RSA)
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs S. Groth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS)


Serena Williams has Competitive Quarter in US Open Draw

Serena Williams photo courtesy of the USTA (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Serena Williams photo courtesy of the USTA (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

(August 27, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The singles draws were held for the US Open on Thursday. Defending champion Serena Williams, who is seeking to complete the first Grand Slam since Steffi Graf accomplished the feat back in 1988 faces a competitive quarter of her draw. Williams, who is a six-time champion could face US countrywomen in the third and fourth rounds – Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. Also in Williams’ quarter of the draw is her sister Venus Williams and Belinda Bencic, the 12th seed, who defeated Serena in Toronto just two weeks ago.

”You have Sloane, I seem to play her every tournament,” Williams said to media. ”Madison is playing really well. So is Sloane, actually – she’s playing excellent. So it’s not anything simple or easy to go through.”

Serena could potentially face third seed Maria Sharapaova in the semifinal. The world No. 1 opens her quest for her 22nd major against Russia’s Vitalia Diatchenko ranked 86th in the world.

“I feel like there’s always another record, then there’s always another person to catch up with or to pass.I never really thought I would be in this position where I would even be talking about, you know, records, talking about passing Steffi Graf or even mentioning Margaret Court.

“I mean, I just grew up trying to be the best that I could and do the best that I could. I worked really hard for everything. So to even be mentioned in that conversation is great.

“But like I said, I feel like I don’t put that pressure on myself to do anything here ’cause I’m obviously going to be excited to compete next year and just keep going and have fun.”

Asked about if she thought about her place among the tennis greats, Serena said: “I can’t sit here and say [I’m the greatest]. But I can sit here and say that I’m the greatest player that I’ve been able to be.

“I do read numbers and I do see numbers. I believe in those numbers. I think, you know, different generations and different times have different champions, have different greats, have different levels of players. It’s really difficult to compare, you know, one generation to another, generations several ago. Things change: power, technique, technology. A lot of things have contributed to that.”

“I think being experienced has really helped me a lot, helped me get through a lot of matches. It’s helped me overcome a lot of things. Yeah, it’s been great. I’ve really enjoyed it. I know some matches I got through just on my experience alone, so that’s been really able to help me out.


Potential women’s quarterfinals:

(1)Serena Williams vs. (8)Karolina Pliskova

(3)Maria Sharapova vs. (7)Ana Ivanovic

(5)Petra Kvitova vs. (4)Caroline Wozniacki

(2)Simona Halep vs. (6)Lucie Safarova

Women’s draw


On the men’s side of the draw, top seed Novak Djokovic could face eighth seed Rafael Nadal in a quarterfinal clash in Flushing Meadows. Second seed Roger Federer and third seed Andy Murray are on the other side of the draw. Murray has a potentially extremely competitive opening match against Nick Kyrgios. Nadal also will have all he can handle against Borna Coric in the first round.

Potential men’s quarterfinals:


(1)Novak Djokovic vs. (8)Rafael Nadal

(4)Kei Nishikori vs. (7)David Ferrer

(5)Stan Wawrinka vs. (3)Andy Murray

(2)Roger Federer vs. (6) Tomas Berdych

Men’s draw




Andy Roddick and James Blake to Face-off in Legends Event at Connecticut Open on Thursday Evening


For the second year, the Connecticut Open will bring together some legends for two  evenings of tennis. On Thursday, August 27, Blake will play Roddick, and on Friday, August 28, McEnroe will battle Courier. Both matches will be the second match of the evening session, following the WTA quarterfinal and semifinal match, respectively. The Legends match will be best of three sets, with a super tiebreak for the third set.


McEnroe, a seven-time Grand Slam singles and nine-time Grand Slam doubles Champion, will be returning to New Haven for the first time since 1992.
Blake, a two-time Connecticut Open Champion with 10 singles tournaments and seven doubles titles to his name, Roddick, a former World No. 1 player and US Open Champion, and Courier, a former World No. 1 and four-time Grand Slam Champion, entertained the crowds over two nights in 2014, and the event drew rave reviews from fans.


“Our 2014 Legends Event was a huge success for the Connecticut Open, and we are expecting the 2015 event to be even better this year with the addition of legendary John McEnroe,” said Worcester. “James Blake, Andy Roddick and Jim Courier will again showcase how mixing humor, fun and great tennis can create a dynamic evening that enhances the overall fan experience at the tournament.”


Thursday, August 27 (Session 9)
James Blake vs. Andy Roddick
Friday, August 28 (Session 11)
John McEnroe vs. Jim Courier



$ 754,163.00
21-29 AUGUST 2015

Singles – Second Round

[2] P. Kvitova (CZE) d M. Keys (USA) 46 61 62
[3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] R. Vinci (ITA) 64 67(6) 76(7)
[5] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [Q] O. Savchuk (UKR) 64 61
[7] [WC] A. Radwanska (POL) d A. Cornet (FRA) 64 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[4] J. Goerges (GER) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d [WC] L. Davis (USA) / A. Riske (USA) 63 62
C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) d E. Hrdinova (CZE) / N. Melichar (USA) 16 64 10-6

Championship – Quarterfinals

[1] J. Peralta (CHI) / M. Seeberger (USA) d A. Matias (USA) / D. Pume (UKR) 64 64
V. Mirzadeh (USA) / J. Witten (USA) d [Alt] K. Kessler (USA) / G. Kushnirovich (USA) 75 60
D. Cochrane (GBR) / P. Simmonds (USA) d J. Sheehy (USA) / P. Wynn (USA) 75 64
A. Fisher (AUS) / N. Healey (AUS) d [Alt] J. Haig (USA) / B. Tso (USA) 63 61

Championship – Quarterfinals

Y. Schnack (USA) / K. Zheltova (BLR) d R. Asatrian (USA) / K. Fahey (USA) 63 61
J. Cao (USA) / D. Spicer (USA) d B. Collens (USA) / M. Fuca (USA) 61 63
M. Jansen (USA) / E. Routliffe (CAN) d L. Dekmeijere (LAT) / K. Traxler (USA) 75 62
A. Anghelescu (USA) / C. Price (USA) d I. Bolotova (RUS) / D. Sescioreanu (ROU) 26 64 10-7

Championship – First Round

[1] D. Lao (USA) / J. Wang (USA) d V. Mirzadeh (USA) / A. Sargeant (GBR) 62 64
R. Doverspike (USA) / C. Price (USA) d S. Rider (USA) / M. Stillwagon (USA) 62 63
J. Cako (USA) / J. Kielbowicz (USA) d K. Christian (USA) / C. Wettengel (USA) 75 61
[Alt] K. Mcnabney (CAN) / M. Seeberger (USA) d T. Faulkner (USA) / S. Jardim (BRA) 60 46 10-6
A. Daescu (ROU) / A. Perianu (ROU) d L. Cook (USA) / A. Okuno (JPN) 63 64
H. Maslau (BLR) / S. Weymar (GER) d N. Kenner (USA) / K. Traxler (USA) 64 64
D. Boyer (USA) / J. Schiller (AUT) d T. Larson (USA) / A. Nelson (USA) 62 76(8)
G. Brodsky (USA) / B. Wilson (USA) d R. Asatrian (USA) / I. Shatashvili (USA) 60 62

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
WTA – [LL] L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [5] K. Pliskova (CZE)
WTA – [4] [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK)
WTA – [7] [WC] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [2] P. Kvitova (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – C. Garcia (FRA) vs [3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
Men’s Legends – J. Blake (USA) vs A. Roddick (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 1:00 pm
WTA – [3] H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / J. Larsson (SWE)
WTA – A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [2] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
USONP Women’s Doubles – Y. Schnack (USA) / K. Zheltova (BLR) vs J. Cao (USA) / D. Spicer (USA)
USONP Men’s Doubles – D. Cochrane (GBR) / P. Simmonds (USA) vs A. Fisher (AUS) / N. Healey (AUS)
USONP Mixed Doubles – D. Boyer (USA) / J. Schiller (AUT) vs G. Brodsky (USA) / B. Wilson (USA)
USONP Mixed Doubles – [1] D. Lao (USA) / J. Wang (USA) vs R. Doverspike (USA) / C. Price (USA)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
USONP Women’s Doubles – M. Jansen (USA) / E. Routliffe (CAN) vs A. Anghelescu (USA) / C. Price (USA)
USONP Men’s Doubles – [1] J. Peralta (CHI) / M. Seeberger (USA) vs V. Mirzadeh (USA) / J. Witten (USA)
USONP Mixed Doubles – A. Daescu (ROU) / A. Perianu (ROU) vs H. Maslau (BLR) / S. Weymar (GER)
USONP Mixed Doubles – J. Cako (USA) / J. Kielbowicz (USA) vs [Alt] K. Mcnabney (CAN) / M. Seeberger (USA)


2015 US Open Seeds Announced

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(August 25, 2015) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – The USTA has announced the seeds for the 2015 US Open which begins on August 31st. Going for the Grand Slam is top seed Serena Williams for the women and Novak Djokovic aiming for his third major of the year is the No. men’s seed.


2015 US Open Women’s Singles Seeds


1.    Serena Williams, United States

2.    Simona Halep, Romania

3.    Maria Sharapova, Russia

4.    Caroline Wozniacki, Denmark

5.    Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic

6.    Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic

7.    Ana Ivanovic, Serbia

8.    Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic

9.    Garbiñe Muguruza, Spain

10.  Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain

11.  Angelique Kerber, Germany

12.  Belinda Bencic, Switzerland

13.  Ekaterina Makarova, Russia

14.  Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland

15.  Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland

16.  Sara Errani, Italy

17.  Elina Svitolina, Ukraine

18.  Andrea Petkovic, Germany

19.  Madison Keys, United States

20.  Victoria Azarenka, Belarus

21.  Jelena Jankovic, Serbia

22.  Samantha Stosur, Australia

23.  Venus Williams, United States

24.  Sabine Lisicki, Germany

25.  Eugenie Bouchard, Canada

26.  Flavia Pennetta, Italy

27.  Alizé Cornet, France

28.  Irina-Camelia Begu, Romania

29.  Sloane Stephens, United States

30.  Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia

31.  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia

32.  Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Slovakia


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2015 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds


1.    Novak Djokovic, Serbia

2.    Roger Federer, Switzerland

3.    Andy Murray, Great Britain

4.    Kei Nishikori, Japan

5.    Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland

6.    Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic

7.    David Ferrer, Spain

8.    Rafael Nadal, Spain

9.    Marin Cilic, Croatia

10.  Milos Raonic, Canada

11.  Gilles Simon, France

12.  Richard Gasquet, France

13.  John Isner, United States

14.  David Goffin, Belgium

15.  Kevin Anderson, South Africa

16.  Gael Monfils, France

17.  Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria

18.  Feliciano Lopez, Spain

19.  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France

20.  Dominic Thiem, Austria

21.  Ivo Karlovic, Croatia

22.  Viktor Troicki, Serbia

23.  Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain

24.  Bernard Tomic, Australia

25.  Andreas Seppi, Italy

26.  Tommy Robredo, Spain

27.  Jeremy Chardy, France

28.  Jack Sock, United States

29.  Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany

30.  Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil

31.  Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain

32.  Fabio Fognini, Italy



Connecticut Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule


$ 754,163.00
21-29 AUGUST 2015

Singles – First Round

B. Strycova (CZE) d C. Giorgi (ITA) 62 75
I. Begu (ROU) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) 75 57 62
D. Cibulkova (SVK) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 76(6) 67(5) 63

Doubles – First Round

C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO) 63 62
[WC] L. Davis (USA) / A. Riske (USA) d [PR] I. Falconi (USA) / L. Robson (GBR) 62 63

Qualifying Singles – Third Round

Qualifying – Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d [3] L. Tsurenko (UKR) 61 60
Qualifying – [4] R. Vinci (ITA) d [10] J. Larsson (SWE) 76(3) 63
Qualifying – [16] O. Govortsova (BLR) d [5] C. Witthoeft (GER) 60 64
Qualifying – [6] M. Rybarikova (SVK) d [13] C. Mchale (USA) 62 64
Qualifying – [15] P. Hercog (SLO) d [14] A. Beck (GER) 63 61
Qualifying – [Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) d M. Linette (POL) 46 64 75

Championship – Semifinals

[1] M. Pecotic (CRO) d H. Maslau (BLR) 63 61
[2] J. Witten (USA) d [4] F. Corwin (USA) 61 63

Championship – Semifinals

[4] J. Elie (USA) d [2] J. Cako (USA) 64 62
J. Elbaba (USA) d [3] A. Weinhold (USA) 46 75 62

STADIUM start 12:00 noon
WTA – E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [Q] R. Vinci (ITA)

Not Before 1:30 pm
WTA – M. Keys (USA) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
WTA – [4] [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) vs D. Gavrilova (RUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [7] [WC] A. Radwanska (POL) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
WTA – [Q] P. Hercog (SLO) vs [5] K. Pliskova (CZE)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
WTA – K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [8] S. Errani (ITA)
WTA – [6] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
WTA – [Q] M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – A. Cornet (FRA) vs [Q] Y. Putintseva (KAZ)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [Q] O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [Q] O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] K. Srebotnik (SLO) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs E. Hrdinova (CZE) / N. Melichar (USA)
WTA – A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs C. Chan (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO)
WTA – J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs [2] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
USONP Women’s Singles Championship – J. Elbaba (USA) vs [4] J. Elie (USA)
USONP Men’s Singles Championship – [1] M. Pecotic (CRO) vs [2] J. Witten (USA)


Simona Halep Withdraws From Connecticut Open

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(August 23, 2015) Simona Halep has withdrawn from the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies due to a left thigh injury. She is replaced in the draw by lucky loser Lesia Tsurenko.
“I am very sorry that I have to withdraw from New Haven,” said Halep in a statement. “I love the tournament and obviously have great memories there having won the title before. I have had a tough few weeks that have left me with pain in my left leg and unfortunately I can’t force myself myself to play so close to the US Open.”

Danny Riggs, Grandson of Bobby Riggs, Wins Triple Crown at USTA Grass Court National Open Championships

Danny Riggs photo by Larry Riggs

Danny Riggs photo by Larry Riggs

NEWPORT, R.I. – Aug. 23, 2015 – Seventy-six years after his grandfather Bobby Riggs won the  triple crown at the 1939 Wimbledon Championships, Danny Riggs pulled off the same feat this week at the USTA Men’s Grass Court National Open Championships.


Playing at the site of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I., where his grandfather was inducted in 1967, Riggs ran through the draws as the top-seeded player in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles to capture three USTA gold balls.


“At the beginning of the day I thought about it, definitely,” said Riggs, who repeated the singles title he won last year. “After I won the first in singles I tried not to think about it because I didn’t want the added pressure.”


Riggs, 22, started his collegiate career at Cornell University where he played for two season before transferring to Division II Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., where he is studying hotel management. Riggs and his parents reside in nearby Pompano Beach, Fla.


“My dad always talks to me about my grandfather, and what a great player he was.” Riggs said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to do something he did, even though it can’t compare to something like winning Wimbledon.”


Riggs was coached all week by his father Larry, a former men’s coach at Pepperdine University.


In singles, Riggs beat Harvard University’s Conor Haughey in the final, 6-3, 6-4. In doubles, Riggs and Mario Becerra beat the No. 2-seeded team of Andy Chang and Alan Chang from Ranch Santa Fe 7-6 (4), 6-0. In mixed doubles, Riggs and his girlfriend Alina Jane De Alcantara beat a pair from Winter Haven, Fla., Alex Bose and Jennifer Myers, 6-2, 6-1.

Written by Steve Pratt


Roger Federer and Serena Williams Defend Cincy Tennis Titles


(August 23, 2015) Serena Williams and Roger Federer became the first women’s and men’s champions to defend their Cincinnati titles since the lat 1930s on Sunday. Williams defeated new No. 2 player Simona Halep 6-3, 7-6(5) for her second Western and Southern Open crowns while Federer stopped top ranked Novak Djokovic 7-6(1), 6-3 for his seventh.

Federer prevented Djokovic from claiming the only Masters 1000 title he has never won.

“The fifth time I’ve been in the title (match) and never won this title, so I guess I have to wait for Roger to retire,” Djokovic said. “I’ve been coming back each year wanting it more.”

“I really hope you can win here someday,” Federer told Djokovic during the trophy ceremony. “He deserves it. C’mon, so close.”

The win puts the 34-year-old Swiss back up to No. 2 in the world and gives him his 24 Masters title and 87th career tournament title. He is 7-0 in Cincinnati finals.

“I think I moved well,” Federer said. “I was explosive moving forward. Volleys were good. I think from the baseline was hitting my forehand very well. I was serving very well this week, don’t get me wrong, but I still think there was a little bit more room for improvement on the serve. I wasn’t always hitting all spots as perfect as I was hoping it to be. In practice I didn’t feel this good, to be quite honest.

“This has always been a good week for me. I think the volunteers make a wonderful tournament with the tournament director, and it’s very fan friendly as well. I get in touch a lot with the fans this week. It’s just a nice venue. Great center court. Good atmosphere. Good court speed for me. So many things for me to like about it.  Those are the reasons I’m sure I play well here.”

“Well, it’s the sport,” the Serbian said of the loss. “You can’t win all the time. I won many matches this year. Of course it’s disappointing at this stage to reflect on the match. Could have done some things better, but I lost to a better player, no question about it. I have to deal with it. US Open is around the corner, and I have to already turn the next page. Hopefully I can do well there.”

Serena Williams heads to New York’s U.S. Open trying to become the first player since Steffi Graf in 1988 win a Grand Slam.

“I’m ready,” Williams said. “I don’t care if I win or lose or break even. I’m ready to start it, get it over with, and be done and go on to the next event. But I’m so ready for New York. Let’s go, right?”

“I know you can do four,” Halep said to Williams during the trophy ceremony.

2012 US Open champion Andy Murray clinched the 2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series men’s title with Roger Federer’s victory over Novak Djokovic in the final of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Murray, who also won the Emirates Airline US Open Series title in 2010, will attempt to set a record for the largest payout in tennis history at the US Open – $4.3 million ($3.3 million for winning the US Open and a $1 million bonus for winning the US Open as Emirates Airline US Open Series champion).


2015 Connecticut Open Preview

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Petra Kvitova (Photo by J. Cunniff)

By Jack Cunniff

(August 23, 2015) NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – For the first time since 2006, the field at the 2015 Connecticut Open features five of the world’s top ten women’s players, and that depth should make for an unpredictable event. Here are some highlights of this year’s top entrants:


Simona Halep (No. 2) 2013 New Haven champion was the top seed, and she has played well this summer, coming off of back-to-back finals in Toronto and Cincinnati. She withdrew from the tournament on Sunday night.


Second seeded Petra Kvitova (No. 4), the defending champion, also receives an opening round bye. Kvitova has not won a match since Wimbledon, and she recently disclosed that she was diagnosed with mononucleosis, which helps to explain her recent listless form. The good news for Kvitova is that she thrives in the laid-back environment of New Haven, having reached three consecutive finals here, and is one of two players to have defeated top ranked Serena Williams in 2015.


Caroline Wozniacki (No. 5) is a four-time winner in New Haven, and seeded third at this year’s event. She was not initially planning to play the Connecticut Open, but early round losses in Stanford, Toronto, and Cincinnati have her looking for more match play before the U.S. Open, which begins August 31st. In pre-tournament interviews, Wozniacki has proclaimed herself fit and ready for action.


Lucie Safarova (No. 6) had the best result of her career in advancing to the 2015 French Open final, where she battled Serena Williams for three sets before losing. That result has catapulted her into the top ten for the first time in her career. Safarova has had mixed results since Paris, including a first round exit in Toronto to Daria Gavrilova, who she will face in a re-match in her opening round in New Haven.


A year ago, Karolina Pliskova (No. 7) was ranked 69th and won only two games in her first round qualifying match in New Haven. Much has changed in the last 12 months for the 23-year old Czech. She has reached eight WTA finals, winning three of those (Seoul, Linz, Prague). Success has evaded Pliskova in the Grand Slam events, but she has proven to be a consistent threat at the other tour stops.


Other players that could contend at the Connecticut open include: a pair of Wimbledon finalists, 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 15), and 2014 runner-up Genie Bouchard (No. 24); another major finalist in 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani (No. 16), former top ten player Flavia Pennetta (No. 26), rising young American Madison Keys (No. 19) who reached the 2015 Australian Open semifinals, the Swiss veteran Timea Bacsinszky (No. 14) who reached 2015 French Open semifinals, and Elina Svitolina (No. 20) a 20-year-old Ukranian who has risen quietly up the rankings in 2015.

Jack Cunniff is covering the Connecticut Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. His personal twitter is @JRCunniff.



Connecticut Open Results and Schedule


$ 754,163.00
21-29 AUGUST 2015


Qualifying Singles – Second Round

Qualifying – [3] L. Tsurenko (UKR) d M. Duque-Mariño (COL) 64 75
Qualifying – [4] R. Vinci (ITA) d A. Mestach (BEL) 62 63
Qualifying – [5] C. Witthoeft (GER) d A. Hlavackova (CZE) 64 62
Qualifying – [6] M. Rybarikova (SVK) d K. Kanepi (EST) 64 16 62
Qualifying – [10] J. Larsson (SWE) d L. Chirico (USA) 62 62
Qualifying – [13] C. Mchale (USA) d [WC] L. Robson (GBR) 26 76(5) 63
Qualifying – [14] A. Beck (GER) d I. Falconi (USA) 63 62
Qualifying – [15] P. Hercog (SLO) d A. Mitu (ROU) 64 64
Qualifying – [16] O. Govortsova (BLR) d M. Puig (PUR) 62 63
Qualifying – M. Linette (POL) d E. Vesnina (RUS) 75 62
Qualifying – [Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) d M. Erakovic (NZL) 46 63 75
Qualifying – Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d E. Kulichkova (RUS) 60 61
First Round
Qualifying – M. Linette (POL) d [7] A. Dulgheru (ROU) 60 67(1) 64
Qualifying – [13] C. Mchale (USA) d M. Gasparyan (RUS) 75 61
Qualifying – E. Vesnina (RUS) d M. Doi (JPN) 61 75

Championship – Quarterfinals

[1] M. Pecotic (CRO) d [Alt] H. Reese (USA) 63 60
[2] J. Witten (USA) d V. Pham (USA) 61 60
[4] F. Corwin (USA) d M. Libietis (LAT) 46 75 00 Retired
H. Maslau (BLR) d J. Hagar (USA) 16 63 62
First Round
[1] M. Pecotic (CRO) d T. Whitehurst (USA) 62 63
[2] J. Witten (USA) d H. Craig (USA) 62 63
[Alt] H. Reese (USA) d T. Larson (USA) 64 10 Retired
V. Pham (USA) d J. Kielbowicz (USA) 76(5) 60

Championship – Quarterfinals

[2] J. Cako (USA) d G. Brodsky (USA) 64 64
[3] A. Weinhold (USA) d M. Mccray (USA) 75 67(5) 76(4)
[4] J. Elie (USA) d S. Chang (USA) 64 62
J. Elbaba (USA) d A. Nelson (USA) 63 60

STADIUM start 12:00 noon
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs T. Pironkova (BUL)
WTA – Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs I. Begu (ROU)
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)
WTA – [WC] L. Davis (USA) / A. Riske (USA) vs [PR] I. Falconi (USA) / L. Robson (GBR)

GRANDSTAND start 12:30 pm
WTA – Qualifying – [6] M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs [13] C. Mchale (USA)
WTA – Qualifying – [5] C. Witthoeft (GER) vs [16] O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – [3] L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
WTA – Qualifying – [15] P. Hercog (SLO) vs [14] A. Beck (GER)
WTA – Qualifying – M. Linette (POL) vs [Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – Qualifying – [4] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [10] J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 12:00 pm