October 28, 2016

Venus Williams to Play Charleston in 2017

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

(October 12, 2016) DANIEL ISLAND, S.C. – Venus Williams has committed to play in the 2017 Volvo Car Open, April 1st – 9th, on Daniel Island in Charleston, South Carolina. She joins World No. 7 Madison Keys and Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig in the player field forming for the WTA premier tournament.

The 2017 tournament will mark the former World No. 1’s ninth time competing in Charleston, where she holds a 20-7 record. She won the tournament in 2004 during her inaugural Charleston tournament.

“Venus is a seven-time Grand Slam champion, and one of the most recognizable and respected athletes, not only in tennis but in all sports,” said Eleanor Adams, Volvo Car Open Tournament Manager. “After a career spanning two decades, and with an amazing resurgence over the past year, she’s still winning titles, competing at the top of the game and entertaining the fans. Few others have contributed to the history of woman’s tennis as Venus has, and it’s an honor to welcome her back to Charleston.”

Williams has amassed 49 WTA titles in her career, including one in 2016 in Kaohsiung. She recently made the semifinals in Wimbledon, finals in Stanford and the fourth round of the US Open, which resulted in a thrilling three-set match that ended in a tiebreaker against Karolina Pliskova.

“I love Charleston!” said Williams. “It is one of my favorite stops throughout the year, where the fans always support and push me. I have so many wonderful memories and can’t wait to come back to play again in April.”

The 2015 season marked Williams’ twelfth Top 10 season of her career.

The nine-day Volvo Car Open is the largest women’s-only tennis tournament in North America, attracting an average of 90,000 attendees and 70+ of the top tennis players.


Nadal Loses in Shanghai Opening Round; Kyrgios Booed in Loss

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

(October 12, 2016) Rafael Nadal lost in his opening match at the Shanghai Masters on Wednesday. The fourth seed and14-time major champion was beaten for the first time by Viktor Troicki 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Nadal was trying to solidify his spot in the ATP World Tour Finals said in press he was uncertain if he was going to continue playing this year:

“I cannot say now what I’m going do during the next month,” Nadal said. “Sometimes keep competing is not the solution. Sometimes the solution is practice………. and have a process of training. And maybe that’s an opportunity to do it.”

“I have two months and a half to put myself at the level that I need to be,” Nadal said about preparing for the 2017 Australian Open, “and I have the confidence that I’m going to do it.”

“It was a great feeling on the court playing like this and playing like this against Rafa Nadal, who is a great champion,” said the 31st -ranked Troicki. “It makes it extra special to beat him for the first time, especially in such a big tournament like Shanghai.”

Advancing to third round on Wednesday included second and third seeds Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

Twelfth seed Nick Kyrgios was booed by fans in Shanghai for a lack of effort in his loss to German qualifier Mischa Zverev 6-3, 6-1. Kyrgios even argued with a fan.

“This is a professional tournament,” Chair Umpire Ali Nili said in reprimanding Kyrgios during a changeover. “You have to act like a professional.”

Kyrgios from his news conference on his behavior during the match:

“It’s my choice. If you don’t like it, I didn’t ask you to come and watch. Just leave.

“If you’re so good at giving advice and so good at tennis, why aren’t you as good as me? Why aren’t you on the tour?

“You want to buy a ticket? Come watch me. You know I’m unpredictable. It’s your choice. I don’t owe you anything.”


He later apologized on his twitter account:



Shanghai Rolex Masters

Shanghai, China


Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d S. Johnson (USA) 63 62
[3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] K. Edmund (GBR) 63 64
V. Troicki (SRB) d [4] R. Nadal (ESP) 63 76(3)
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 62 64
M. Granollers (ESP) d [7] T. Berdych (CZE) 76(4) 76(1)
[11] D. Goffin (BEL) d B. Paire (FRA) 61 76(0)
[Q] M. Zverev (GER) d [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 63 61
[13] L. Pouille (FRA) d N. Almagro (ESP) 64 76(10)
[15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [Q] T. Fritz (USA) 64 64
[Q] V. Pospisil (CAN) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) 75 76(2)
J. Sock (USA) d F. Lopez (ESP) 63 46 64
G. Simon (FRA) d [WC] D. Wu (CHN) 62 62

Doubles – Second Round
[2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d M. Matkowski (POL) / J. Rojer (NED) 61 76(3)
[4] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 76(4) 63
J. Tsonga (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 64 62
M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Pavic (CRO) d [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / D. Nestor (CAN) 57 64 10-8
J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA) d [7] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 16 76(6) 10-5

Doubles – First Round
H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Zverev (GER) 62 63
P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) d O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) 62 76(4)


STADIUM start 1:00 pm
[9] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs A. Zverev (GER)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] V. Pospisil (CAN)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[13] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 8:00 pm
G. Simon (FRA) vs [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

UNION PAY 3 start 1:00 pm
[Q] M. Zverev (GER) vs M. Granollers (ESP)
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) vs J. Sock (USA)
V. Troicki (SRB) vs [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[6] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [11] D. Goffin (BEL)

GRANDSTAND start Not Before 3:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – J. Tsonga (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs [2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)
After Suitable Rest – J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA) vs [4] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 4 start Not Before 3:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [8] R. Lindstedt (SWE) / V. Pospisil (CAN)


Andy Murray and Agnieszka Radwanska Capture China Open Singles Crowns

(October 9, 2016) Andy Murray won his 40th ATP singles title, while Agnieszka Radwanska captured her 20th WTA crown as both were victorious at the China Open.

Scotsman Murray became just the 16th man to win 40 titles in the Open Era beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6(2).

“It was probably my best match of the week,” Murray said. “But my second serve tonight was probably the best part of my game. A lot of the unreturned serves came off second serves. Considering the conditions were fairly cold, I was still serving over a hundred miles an hour on some second serves. I felt using good variation on that shot, so I didn’t give him a chance to really attack me there and that was probably the thing that I did best tonight.”

“I think the past couple of times, Andy has been playing really well against me,” Dimitrov said. “I didn’t start my match the best way possible. I got broken right away in the first game. There are very different conditions today, pretty chilly. I think I just didn’t have enough time to adjust.”
For Murray, this was his fifth title of the year, the most in a year for the 29-year-old since 2011.


Murray, who did not drop a set this week, is now within 1,555 points of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the rankings.

Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska

For the third seed Radwanska, her win over Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2, gave her, her third title of the year, all without dropping a set.


“Every title means a lot, but especially here when you play against the best players in the world, in one of the biggest tournaments,” Radwanska said. “It’s top players from the first round and I’ve been playing my best tennis all week so of course I’m very happy to win this tournament again, and this trophy is going to stay in a very special place.”
The Polish woman now joins Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Maria Sharapova as the only women to have won three or more Premier Mandatory titles. She is now tied with Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens, and Victoria Azarenka for most titles in 2016.
Konta great week makes her the first British woman to crack the Top 10 since Jo Durie did it in 1984.

“It’s pretty cool! I’m very pleased with my progress over the past few years and hopefully many more places to climb,” Konta said. “I’m just working hard towards playing matches like these, against players like Agnieszka.”
“I had a lot of very amazing memories here at the China Open. It’s definitely one event I will remember for a very, very long time. Obviously I definitely would have loved to come out on top today, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me.

“Yeah, no, I think all in all I kept improving every match that I played. I really tried to build on the previous one constantly.

“I think equally today I will have a lot of things that I can build on and improve on, so I’m really looking forward to that. Hopefully I will be able to create many more opportunities like this.”

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

In the men’s doubles, Rafael Nadal improved his finals record to 11-4 pairing up with countryman Pablo Carreno Busta to win 6-7(6), 6-2, 10-8 over Jack Sock and Bernard Tomic.

“We enjoy [playing] together,” Nadal said. “We played some good matches here, I think, winning against some good players. Winning with a good friend, too, is something that is a bit more special. So we’re happy for that.”

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the women’s doubles title, extending their current winning streak to 16.

“We had a lot of fun, like we do at every tournament,” Mattek-Sands said. “We have fun on and off the court, from the warm-ups to the dinners and foot massages. We had a lot of fun here in China and we’re looking forward to coming back.”


Nick Kyrgios Wins Japan Open

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios

(October 9, 2016) Nick Kyrgios won his third ATP World Tour title on Sunday beating David Goffin 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 for the Japan Open Tennis Championships.


Kyrgios hit 25 aces to claim his first 500 level title.


Kyrgios said: “I played a very tough match against Gael Monfils yesterday, so it took me a little time to get into this match. David makes you feel like the court is very small. My serve got me out of trouble today.

“I enjoyed playing in front of the great crowd here. They’re very enthusiastic and very respectful. I have always loved playing in Japan.”

“It’s not easy to break him, because he was hitting 215 km/h serve on the line,” Goffin said. “I was trying to guess which way he was going. But he can still ace you. I tried my best, and it worked until 5-4 in the final set.”

Kyrgios adds his name to the list of young guns on the ATP World Tour to win titles this year, which includes Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov.


Murray Win Sets Up Quarterfinal Match Against Davis Cup Teammate at China Open

(October 5, 2016) Top seed Andy Murray beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-1 at the China Open on Wednesday to set up an all-British quarterfinal against Davis Cup teammate Kyle Edmund.

Edmund, who came into the event as a qualifier, upset seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

With the Maria Sharapova doping ban reduced on Tuesday, Murray was asked about Head who makes both Sharapova’s and Murray’s tennis racquets. Head put out a press release as well as social media posts with a “#WestoodwithMaria” hashtag supporting Sharapova, which received some scrutiny.

Murray responded: “Well, I think Head made themselves pretty clear in March time when obviously the story came out how they were going to handle it. They said that they were going to support her through it all. I don’t think anyone maybe should have been surprised by it because of how they reacted in March.

“I spoke about it back then, how I felt about it. Obviously when I was asked about it yesterday, I was asked about the sentence potentially being reduced. It doesn’t mean I’ve changed my stance on how I feel about it.

“Maria competed at the Australian Open whilst using a banned drug, and then deserves a suspension. The time of the suspension, that’s not up to me. With everything that’s gone on this year with meldonium, obviously there were going to be some issues with that legally.

“But, yeah, obviously it’s done now. I’ve answered so many questions on it this year, all through March, and again here, I don’t feel like I need to keep talking about it. I’ve made my position very clear on how I felt about it. It’s the same as it was in March, and I’ll move on.”

In the women’s event, top seed Angelique Kerber had a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Barbora Strycova.

Asked about her thoughts about Sharapova’s ban reduction, the world No. 1 said: “You know, actually at the end the final decision is out. That’s all I can say because I don’t know exactly the whole story. I was not into it.

“Yeah, now she’s coming back in April, I think. Yeah, this is all I can say actually to this thing.”

Asked by a reporter if tennis missed Sharapova, the German responded: “I don’t know. I mean, you know, everybody is going her own way. Actually, you know, this is what I can say from my position. I’m not thinking about this because that’s her way. She have to go through it. Yeah, I think she’s looking back to being back on court.”

In other women’s results, US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova survived a match point to win 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7) win over 19-year-old Daria Kasatkina. The win clinched a spot in the WTA Year-End event in Singapore.

Petra Kvitova beat second seed Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4 to advance. Kvitova is a on a winning streak in China, last week winning the Wuhan Open.

Other winners included Madison Keys, Johanna Konta, Daria Gavrilova, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Garcia.



Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] A. Murray (GBR) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 62 61
[5] D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) 63 64
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) d [7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 46 64
A. Zverev (GER) d J. Sock (USA) 64 62

Men’s Singles – First Round
[8] R. Gasquet (FRA) d S. Querrey (USA) 26 63 62
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d B. Tomic (AUS) 63 61
M. Jaziri (TUN) d G. Pella (ARG) 64 64
G. Dimitrov (BUL) d S. Johnson (USA) 75 67(9) 64
[Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 46 63

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / R. Nadal (ESP) d [WC] M. Gong (CHN) / Z. Zhang (CHN) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) 61 36 16-14
[2] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d P. Cuevas (URU) / V. Troicki (SRB) 76(10) 63
R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) d M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) 46 64 10-6
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d M. Raonic (CAN) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 75

Women’s Singles – Third Round
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [2] G. Muguruza (ESP) 61 64
[8] M. Keys (USA) d [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(2) 62
Second Round
[1] A. Kerber (GER) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 76(4)
[5] K. Pliskova (CZE) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 36 75 76(7)
[11] J. Konta (GBR) d T. Babos (HUN) 75 62
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [12] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 46 60 64
[16] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [WC] S. Lisicki (GER) 64 64
C. Garcia (FRA) d [WC] S. Peng (CHN) 63 36 76(4)

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
[1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 60 26 10-7
[WC] C. Mchale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) d [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 63 61
[3] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d V. King (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 76(6) 64
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [4] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) 46 61 10-4
[5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) 61 64
J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d [7] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 64 36 10-8
[WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) d [8] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 76(3) 06 10-5
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 57 75 10-4


WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs C. Wozniacki (DEN)
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [16] E. Svitolina (UKR)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [6] L. Pouille (FRA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – S. Zhang (CHN) vs [4] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)

LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [8] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – A. Cornet (FRA) vs Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)

MOON COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – [3] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO)
WTA – D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [2] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)
WTA – After suitable rest – [1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)

BRAD DREWETT start 1:30 pm
ATP – J. Sock (USA) / B. Tomic (AUS) vs [Q] P. Lorenzi (ITA) / G. Pella (ARG)
WTA – After suitable rest – J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) or [4] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – TBA – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA)



At the Japan Open, former champions Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych both lost.

Nishikori was forced to retire from his match with a left Glute injury.

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships
Tokyo, Japan


Singles – Second Round
J. Sousa (POR) d [1] K. Nishikori (JPN) 34 ret. (left glute)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 46 75 75
[5] D. Goffin (BEL) d J. Vesely (CZE) 63 75
[PR] J. Monaco (ARG) d [Q] J. Duckworth (AUS) 76(3) 63

Singles – First Round
G. Muller (LUX) d [3] T. Berdych (CZE) 76(7) 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [3] D. Inglot (GBR) / J. Rojer (NED) 76(6) 36 10-7

Doubles – First Round
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [Q] N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 64 62
R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Peya (AUT) d [4] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 67(5) 63 14-12
A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) d O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) 16 64 13-11


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[6] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE)
M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs G. Muller (LUX)
G. Simon (FRA) vs [2] G. Monfils (FRA)
[7] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

SHOW COURT 1 Not Before 1:00 pm
T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)


Berdych and Khachanov Take Titles in China

Tomas Berdych

Tomas Berdych

(October 2, 2016) Tomas Berdych defended his Shenzhen title on Sunday beating Richard Gasquet 7-6(5), 6-7(2), 6-3. For the Czech, it’s his 13th ATP World Tour title.

Berdych missed the US Open due to appendicitis, but came back to the tour last week in St. Petersburg reaching the semifinals.

The victory moves him just 330 points behind Rafael Nadal in the ATP Race To London. He is currently in ninth place and the top eight make the Year-End event.

The 31-year-old Berdych last won a tournament at last year’s Stockholm Open.

“Five weeks ago I was in hospital, now I’m sitting here with the trophy,” Berdych said. “Things are changing very quickly. Luckily for me, everything is going well, I’m feeling good, sitting here as a winner. I’m just taking all this as a bonus, that I can play and win some matches.

“I think it was a very solid game. I said after the semi-final that I wanted to raise my game and play better and I think I achieved that against a tougher opponent. I’m very pleased with the way I played.

“The two match points [in the second set] were very tough. He served aces so I couldn’t do anything about that. He started playing very well and deserved to win the second set. I had to battle for the win and sometimes that happens.”


In Chengdu, Karen Khachanov became the latest first-time winner on the ATP World Tour when the unseeded player from Russia beat fifth-seeded Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-3.


“I can’t believe I won my first title,” said the champion. “I am very happy. I have been working hard and I am happy to achieve my first goal.

“In the second, I was thinking to win the set and keep fighting. I was playing against a guy much higher-ranked than me, so I just had to focus on every goal and keep going. You cannot lose focus and be relaxed. I was just pushing myself to the limit and I got the second set and then the third.”
“I fought as much as I could,” said Ramos-Vinolas. “And I think I didn’t play bad. I can play better but he played so well and what can I say, I’m not happy but maybe I’ll be happy tomorrow. It was not so good today, but also he was serving so well and so fast. That’s why I didn’t return so well.”
The 20-year-old will see his ranking move up by almost 50 spots to No. 55.


American Sonya Kenin To Face Top-Seed Van Uytvanck In Singles Final At Red Rock Pro Open

Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin

SUMMERLIN (Oct. 1, 2016) – Both Sonya Kenin of Florida and Nadia Podoroska of Argentina battled tough, early afternoon windy conditions during their semifinal singles match on Saturday, with Kenin coming out on top in a nearly two-hour battle, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, at the eighth annual Red Rock Pro Open being played at the Red Rock Country Club.


Kenin, just 17 and still an amateur, moves on to Sunday’s final where she will face 22-year-old Alison Van Uytvanck, the tournament’s top-seeded player from Belgium. Van Uytvanck won the first set over 17-year-old Fanni Stollar of Hungary, 6-1, and with the score knotted at 3-all in the second set, Stollar waved the white surrender flag and was forced to retire because of pain in her left knee.


Stollar, wearing a partial wrap on her left knee, had received treatment on the injury for the past few days. She was playing her seventh match in seven days having qualified for the tournament, which started on Sunday.


Both Kenin and Podoroska were spraying balls out early on and both had to adjust to the swirling Vegas desert winds. “I just had to be patient and consistent because the conditions were pretty tough today,” Kenin said. “I just had to stay with it. I couldn’t control it so I had to just keep fighting.”


Kenin had never faced Podoroska in a match, but said practicing with her a few times helped her. “It definitely did,” she said. “I was able to get a feel for how she hits the ball. Plus I beat her in a couple of sets. So I knew I could beat her.”


Podoroska had six doubles faults to Kenin’s four in a match that was high on unforced errors because of the wind.


In the doubles final set for Sunday at 11 a.m., it will be American Jamie Loeb and Chanel Simmonds of South Africa against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and former USC All-American Maria Sanchez. The singles final will follow the doubles.


Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card; q: qualifying;

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] def. Nadia Podoroska (Argentina), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1] def. Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q], 6-1, 3-3, retired (injury)


Sunday’s Final Schedule

Doubles starting at 11 a.m. on Stadium Court

Jamie Loeb (U.S.) / Chanel Simmonds (South Africa) vs. Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Maria Sanchez (U.S.)

Singles final to follow

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1]


ATP and WTA Results

atp wta

1 – 9 OCTOBER 2016

Singles – First Round
[2] G. Muguruza (ESP) d I. Begu (ROU) 26 62 63
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 62 62
E. Makarova (RUS) d E. Vesnina (RUS) 62 61
A. Cornet (FRA) d S. Rogers (USA) 46 62 62
B. Bencic (SUI) d A. Beck (GER) 63 62
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) d M. Puig (PUR) 62 60
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 61 36 75

Doubles – First Round
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) / A. Rosolska (POL) 63 64

Qualifying Singles – Second Round
Qualifying – [10] L. Chirico (USA) d [2] M. Niculescu (ROU) 26 62 63
Qualifying – [4] K. Siniakova (CZE) d [15] V. Lepchenko (USA) 26 76(2) 76(4)
Qualifying – [5] A. Riske (USA) d [13] K. Nara (JPN) 76(1) 64
Qualifying – [6] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [14] V. King (USA) 75 57 63
Qualifying – [7] J. Goerges (GER) d [16] E. Rodina (RUS) 64 62
Qualifying – [11] N. Gibbs (USA) d X. Han (CHN) 62 64
Qualifying – T. Maria (GER) d [Alt] L. Hradecka (CZE) 64 63
Qualifying – Y. Wang (CHN) d M. Sakkari (GRE) 64 46 64

WTA – [8] M. Keys (USA) vs [WC] Y. Duan (CHN)
WTA – [WC] S. Zheng (CHN) vs [13] R. Vinci (ITA)
WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [WC] Q. Wang (CHN)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) vs S. Zhang (CHN)
WTA – C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)

LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs [7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)
WTA – K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)
WTA – [15] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [Q] A. Riske (USA)

MOON COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – D. Kovinic (MNE) vs T. Babos (HUN)
WTA – [WC] C. McHale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) vs [WC] L. Siegemund (GER) / E. Svitolina (UKR)
WTA – [Q] Y. Wang (CHN) vs M. Brengle (USA)

BRAD DREWETT start 12:45 pm
ATP – Qualifying – [1] K. Edmund (GBR) vs E. Donskoy (RUS)
ATP – Qualifying – [2] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs M. Zverev (GER)
WTA – [WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [WC] X. You (CHN) / L. Zhu (CHN)

COURT 3 start 12:30 pm
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) / Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / M. Ninomiya (JPN)
WTA – L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) vs [6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE)
WTA – A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE)

COURT 4 start 12:30 pm
ATP – Qualifying – [3] J. Millman (AUS) vs N. Basilashvili (GEO)
ATP – Qualifying – K. Kravchuk (RUS) vs [6] I. Cervantes (ESP)
WTA – A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 7 start 12:30 pm
ATP – Qualifying – P. Lorenzi (ITA) / G. Pella (ARG) vs [WC] F. Mayer (GER) / P. Raja (IND)
WTA – C. Liang (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE)
WTA – [Q] N. Gibbs (USA) vs M. Doi (JPN)



Chengdu Open
Chengdu, China

Singles – Semi-finals
[5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 76(6) 16 76(3)
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [6] V. Troicki (SRB) 63 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / M. Fyrstenberg (POL) d A. Shamasdin (CAN) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) 76(4) 63


STADIUM COURT start 2:00 pm
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / M. Fyrstenberg (POL)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)

Shenzhen Open
Shenzhen, China


Singles – Semi-finals
[1] T. Berdych (CZE) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 62 75
[3] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 62 41 ret. (right thigh)


CENTER COURT start 3:00 pm
F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs [2] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[1] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [3] R. Gasquet (FRA)


Singles – Final
Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [4] N. Hibino (JPN) 63 26 63

Doubles – Final
[4] R. Olaru (ROU) / I. Soylu (TUR) d [3] D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) 75 63


Singles – Final
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [10] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 61 61

Doubles – Final
[5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) 61 64


Petra Kvitova wins Second Wuhan Open

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(October 1, 2016) Petra Kvitova won her second Wuhan Open title on Saturday beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1. Kvitova’s win is her first title of 2016 and 18th of her career.

The 16th ranked Czech will move up to No. 11 in the world, while the Slovak Cibulkova will to a career-high No. 8 in the world on Monday.

“It’s great for sure to win it for a second time,” said the two-time Wimbledon champion. “I’m happy for that, how I played all week. I think it was amazing really. Especially everything started with the match against Angie (Kerber) when we really play long. It was great match from both of us. I think it was a big really fight.

”I’m really, you know, happy how I played afterwards, as well, how physically I managed to play great, even I didn’t really felt the best, but I was still mentally strong and I was try to really play my game, which was really important.”
“I have to say she played extremely well,” Cibulkova said. “I couldn’t do much more today on the court because she didn’t let me do so. I can’t regret anything. Okay, few balls I could do better, but otherwise she was just playing, you know, too good. Sometimes it happens.

“She’s a great player. When she’s playing like this, she can beat anybody. You know, I have to see the big picture. I had a great week here. Today’s final, you know, she was just playing really, really well and I couldn’t do much about it.”

Cibulkova talked about the difference in Kvitova’s game on Saturday: “he was just really hitting everything full power. She was just serving really well, going for returns. I couldn’t really play my game that I played during this week. Couldn’t get in the long rallies or in the rhythm because she didn’t let me. She was really powerful from the first strokes. That’s how she overpowered me today.”


“I think I played great six matches in six days, which it’s unreal for me to just think about,” said the Czech. “I’m really proud of myself how I did it, how I handle it physically, how everything went.

“Even I came late to my hotel room, I couldn’t really fall asleep straightaway, so it took me a while to get over it. I was sleepy all day. I really had to start warming up and prepare for the match which always kind of gave me some kind of, you know, like ready to be there.

“Especially the match against Angie was really difficult, for sure. The next days, I mean, playing Konta or Halep, they are really great players, Domi today. I was able to play and not have that many unforced errors.

“Yeah, I mean, that’s the tournament. I need this kind of consistency all year, which to be honest, I don’t think I can really do that. I’m probably the player who has up and downs. Of course, I going to try to be better in the downs. But I don’t really think that I can be, like, consistent all season. I’m just how I am probably, and I can’t really change it.

“I’m happy that my ups, they are really high, which I love of course. The downs are very low, but that’s how it is.”


In the doubles final, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the title. The victory qualifies the team for the WTA Year End in Singapore.


“I think we had an amazing match today,” Safarova said of the 6-1, 6-4 win over Mirza and Strycova. “We came out strong from the beginning. We returned great, served great, took their time away. That was the right strategy.”

 “We knew we were going to be close [to qualifying for WTA Finals] if we won,” Mattek-Sands said.  “But it’s something that we weren’t really in contention until before US Open. We were pretty far from it. But it’s amazing to make it again. Singapore obviously is the best of the best. Yeah, but we literally just found out right after the match.”

In Tashkent, Kristyna Pliskova defeated defending champion Nao Hibino 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to win her first WTA-level title. She is the twin sister of US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova.


Three Teenagers Move Into Singles Semifinals At Red Rock Pro Open


Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin

SUMMERLIN (Sept. 30, 2016) – Junior tennis rivals and fellow 17-year-olds Sonya Kenin and Fanni Stollar are each one victory away from a meeting in the final at the eighth annual Red Rock Pro Open being played at the Red Rock Country Club.


In the quarterfinals on Friday, Kenin, a USTA wild card from Pembroke Pines, Fla., took three sets to beat former USC All-American Maria Sanchez, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, while tournament qualifier Stollar of Budapest, Hungary, won her sixth match in six days, taking care of Las Vegas’ Jovana Jaksic, 6-2, 7-5.


Kenin will face 19-year-old Nadia Podoroska Argentina at 11 a.m. in one semifinal, while Stollar will play top-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium in a semifinal match to follow.


“I knew she had a good serve so I was focused on my return,” said Kenin, who beat Sanchez in their only other career meeting, also in three sets, two years ago in qualifying at the Albuquerque, N.M., $75,000 Challenger when Kenin was just 15 years old. “She’s a pretty aggressive player so I knew I had to move her around and control the points.”


Kenin, who is still an amateur and has not turned pro, won her first $25,000 ITF pro tournament in Florida in January, and won the $50,000 Sacramento Challenger in July.


Kenin won the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge to earn a wild card into this year’s US Open, where she faced eventual finalist Karolina Pliskova in the first round. As a junior player, Kenin reached the singles final at the 2015 US Open Junior Championships, the semifinals of this year’s junior US Open and the quarterfinals of 2016 junior Wimbledon. She also won the 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s national title to earn a wild-card berth into the US Open women’s singles draw for her first Grand Slam main draw.


In the doubles final set for Sunday at 11 a.m., it will be American Jamie Loeb and Chanel Simmonds of South Africa against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Sanchez.


Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card; q: qualifying;

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] def. Maria Sanchez (U.S.) [wc], 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Nadia Podoroska (Argentina) def. Sachia Vickery (U.S.) [8], 6-1, 6-2

Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1] def. Taylor Townsend (U.S.) [6], 6-1, 6-4

Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q] def. Jovana Jaksic (Serbia), 6-2, 7-5

Friday’s Semifinal Doubles Scores

Jamie Loeb (U.S.) / Chanel Simmonds (South Africa), def. Jovana Jaksic, (Serbia) / Taylor Townsend (U.S.), 6-4, 6-4

Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Maria Sanchez (U.S.) def. Elise Mertens (Belgium) / Mandy Minella (Luxemboug), [3], 6-3, 7-5


Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Schedule

Starting at 11 a.m. on Stadium Court

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] vs. Nadia Podoroska (Argentina)

Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q] vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1]


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