2014/04/24

Rafael Nadal Stunned by David Ferrer in Monte Carlo Quarterfinals

Nadal at changeover

(April 18, 2014) Rafael Nadal will not be winning his ninth Monte Carlo this year. The eight-time champion fell to Spanish countryman David Ferrer 7-6(1), 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Friday. The last time the world No. 1 lost in the quarterfinals of Monte-Carlo was in 2003.

For Ferrer it was his first clay court win over Nadal in 10 years. Ferrer will play No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka in his semifinal on Saturday.

Following Nadal’s loss on center court, Roger Federer looked as though he was on his way out of the tournament, rebounding to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

Last year’s Monte Carlo champion Novak Djokvic also received a big scare from Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to set up a semifinal match against Federer. Djokovic admitted to starting poorly but said he regained his momentum in the second set.

 

 

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 18 APRIL 2014

Singles – Quarter-finals
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) d [1] R Nadal (ESP) 76(1) 64
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 46 63 61
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [8] M Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 62
[4] [WC] R Federer (SUI) d [9] J Tsonga (FRA) 26 76(6) 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [8] J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 61 62
M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 76(5) 36 11-9
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 76(4) 75
[5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON) 64 63

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 19 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) vs M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [3] S Wawrinka (SUI)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[4] [WC] R Federer (SUI) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

 

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WTA Kuala Lumpur – Results and Schedule

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BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

April 14-20, 2014

$250,000/International

Hard/Outdoors

 

Results – Friday, April 18, 2014

Singles – Quarterfinals

(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (6) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 46 62 64

(2) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. Magda Linette (POL) 62 26 61

(3) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 64 64

(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) d. (4) Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 64 75

 

Doubles – Semifinals

(1) Babos/H.Chan (HUN/TPE) d. (3) Gajdosova/Hsieh (AUS/TPE) 63 63

 

Order Of Play – Saturday, April 19, 2014

Centre Court (from 15.00hrs)

1. Y.Chan/Zheng vs. Kichenok/Savchuk

2. Donna Vekic vs. Zhang Shuai

3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Karolina Pliskova

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Nadal, Djokovic and Federer Sail into Monte Carlo Quarters

 

 

(April 17, 2014) No. 1 Rafael Nadal moved into 10th place on the all-time win list on clay when he notched his 300 career win on the surface on Thursday defeating Andreas Seppi  6-1, 6-3 at the Monte Carlo Masters.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic dismissed Pablo Carreno Busta 6-0, 6-1 in 45 minutes. Djokovic has lost a total of two games in reaching the quarterfinals of Monte Carlo.

Third seed and reigning Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka did note need to set foot on court to advance as his opponent Nicolas Almagro withdrew from the tournament with a left-foot injury.

Roger Federer moved into the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-1 win over Lukas Rosol. The Swiss had to rebound from a break down in the third set before winning 10 of the last 11 games to close out the match.

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 17 APRIL 2014

Singles – Third Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d A Seppi (ITA) 61 63
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) 60 61
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [15] N Almagro (ESP) W/O (left foot)
[4] [WC] R Federer (SUI) d L Rosol (CZE) 64 61
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [5] T Berdych (CZE) 46 63 61
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) d [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) 64 62
[8] M Raonic (CAN) d [11] T Robredo (ESP) 64 63
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) d [10] F Fognini (ITA) 57 63 60

Doubles – Second Round
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d [PR] S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) 62 63
[5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 67(6) 76(3) 10-7
M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [6] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 76(4) 64
[8] J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 64 57 10-4
[WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON) d [Alt] R Bautista Agut (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA) 64 36 11-9

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 18 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [8] M Raonic (CAN)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [6] D Ferrer (ESP)
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [4] [WC] R Federer (SUI)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

COURT DES PRINCES start 11:30 am
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) vs [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)
M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
[WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON) vs [5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [8] J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

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WTA Kuala Lumpur – Results and Schedule

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BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 14-April 20, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 61 62
(2) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (WC) Zhang Ling (HKG) 63 46 60
(3) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. (Q) Duan Ying-Ying (CHN) 61 63
(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) d. Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 16 63 75
Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) d. Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 64 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Babos/Chan (HUN/TPE) d. Daniilidou/Linette (GRE/POL) 76(5) 62
Kichenok/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) d. (2) Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) 63 57 105 (Match TB)
(4) Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Hsieh/Rodionova (TPE/AUS) 60 61

Order Of Play – Friday, April 18, 2014
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Magda Linette vs. Zhang Shuai
2. Donna Vekic vs. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner
3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Zarina Diyas (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Karolina Pliskova vs. Cagla Buyukakcay

Court 1 (from 17.00hrs)
1. Babos/Chan vs. Gajdosova/Hsieh

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Nadal and Federer Move into Third Round of Monte Carlo With Easy Wins

 

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Rafael Nadal

(April 16, 2014) The top seeds had easy wins on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. No. 1 Rafael Nadal rebounded from 1-3 down in the first set to stop Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4, 6-1.  Roger Federer took just 52 minutes to put out Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2, while countryman Stanislas Wawrinka destroyed Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-2 in 45 minutes.

Eight-time Monte Carlo champion Nadal will face Andreas Seppi in the third round while Federer will take on Lukas Rosol.

The Associated Press reported that Federer, whose wife Mirka is expecting their third child, said he would skip tennis to be with his wife when she gave birth.

“So we’re just waiting. It’s a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife,” Federer said to the Associated Press on Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. “I’ve played enough tennis matches. Missing a tournament or missing a match wouldn’t change anything for me.”

MONTE CARLO RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 16 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [Q] T Gabashvili (RUS) 64 61
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) d M Cilic (CRO) 60 62
[4] [WC] R Federer (SUI) d R Stepanek (CZE) 61 62
[8] M Raonic (CAN) d Y Lu (TPE) 67(4) 62 61
[10] F Fognini (ITA) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) 76(6) 64
[11] T Robredo (ESP) d J Benneteau (FRA) 46 60 61
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [Q] A Ramos (ESP) 46 63 64
[15] N Almagro (ESP) d N Mahut (FRA) 76(3) 63
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [17] A Dolgopolov (UKR) 61 75
A Seppi (ITA) d P Andujar (ESP) 76(5) 57 64
L Rosol (CZE) d [Q] M Llodra (FRA) 64 64
[LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) d G Monfils (FRA) 63 76(6)

Doubles – Second Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d L Rosol (CZE) / R Stepanek (CZE) 64 76(4)
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [WC] J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 62 67(3) 13-11
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d [7] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 63 60

Doubles – First Round
[WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON) d J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) 26 63 10-8

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 17 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [10] F Fognini (ITA)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs A Seppi (ITA)
L Rosol (CZE) vs [4] [WC] R Federer (SUI)
[LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[11] T Robredo (ESP) vs [8] M Raonic (CAN)
Not Before 12:30 pm
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [15] N Almagro (ESP)
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [6] D Ferrer (ESP)
[5] T Berdych (CZE) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs [5] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
[6] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS)
After suitable rest – [Alt] R Bautista Agut (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON)

COURT 9 not before 1:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [PR] S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs [8] J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

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WTA Kuala Lumpur – Results and Schedule

Dominika Cibulkova ©Sony Open Tennis

Dominika Cibulkova ©Sony Open Tennis

BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 14-April 20, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(4) Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) d. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 64 36 61
(6) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) d. (Q) Giulia Gatto-Monticone (ITA) 61 64
Magda Linette (POL) d. (Q) Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 61 62

Singles – First Round
(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Pemra Ozgen (TUR) 61 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(3) Gajdosova/Hsieh (AUS/TPE) d. Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) 63 63

Doubles – First Round
(1) Babos/Chan (HUN/TPE) d. Krunic/Vrljic (SRB/CRO) 46 60 1311 (Match TB)
(3) Gajdosova/Hsieh (AUS/TPE) d. Chuang/Fujiwara (TPE/JPN) 63 64
Daniilidou/Linette (GRE/POL) d. (WC) Boey/Yang (MAS/CHN) 60 60
Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) d. Sema/Sema (JPN/JPN) 63 57 108 (Match TB)
Hsieh/Rodionova (TPE/AUS) d. Hozumi/Miyamura (JPN/JPN) 67(0) 62 103 (Match TB)
Kichenok/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) d. Pliskova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) 64 46 108 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Zhang Ling vs. Zhang Shuai
2. Karolina Pliskova vs. Duan Ying-Ying
3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Hsieh Su-Wei (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Kichenok/Savchuk vs. Jurak/Moulton-Levy

Court 1 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Tadeja Majeric vs. Cagla Buyukakcay
2. Donna Vekic vs. Kristyna Pliskova

Court 2 (from 14.00hrs)
1. Hsieh/Rodionova vs. Chan/Zheng
2. Babos/Chan vs. Daniilidou/Linette (NB 16.00hrs)

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Djokovic Eases into Third Round of Monte Carlo

(April 15, 2015)Defending Monte Carlo Rolex Masters Champion Novak Djokovic needed only 45 minutes to dismiss Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-0 in the second round on Tuesday.

“For the first match on clay, it was great,” said Djokovic to press. “I lost only one game, so there were not too many flaws in my game that I could recall. On the other side, I’ve had an opponent who is a specialist on this surface, but he hasn’t played even close to his highest level. He was making a lot of unforced errors.

“I was just trying to use the court well, not allow him to get into a rhythm. I was changing the angles. I was coming to the net, being aggressive. Just very good first match.”

Djokovic was wearing some tape on his left wrist. He said in his post-match news conference that his wrist has been taped for the past week. He’s happy that the short match is giving it some time to heal and hopes that it will be even better for the next match.

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 15 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] A Montanes (ESP) 61 60
[5] T Berdych (CZE) d D Tursunov (RUS) 75 64
[6] D Ferrer (ESP) d J Chardy (FRA) 63 60
[9] J Tsonga (FRA) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 64 16 64

Singles – First Round
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d M Granollers (ESP) 62 46 62
A Seppi (ITA) d [13] M Youzhny (RUS) 63 76(4)
G Monfils (FRA) d [14] K Anderson (RSA) 64 76(4)
[15] N Almagro (ESP) d [Q] P Mathieu (FRA) 63 62
[Q] M Llodra (FRA) d [16] J Janowicz (POL) 64 62
[Q] T Gabashvili (RUS) d G Simon (FRA) 46 64 64
M Cilic (CRO) d [LL] M Matosevic (AUS) 61 36 62
J Benneteau (FRA) d J Melzer (AUT) 64 36 64
Y Lu (TPE) d F Delbonis (ARG) 76(5) 61
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [WC] B Balleret (MON) 75 62
[LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) d I Dodig (CRO) 63 63

*[LL] M Matosevic (AUS) replaces F Verdasco (ESP) – right groin strain
** [LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP) replaces R Gasquet (FRA) – lumber pain

Doubles – First Round
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d E Gulbis (LAT) / M Raonic (CAN) 64 64
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 63 64
R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d J Knowle (AUT) / V Pospisil (CAN) 76(2) 64
[PR] S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) d T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 62 36 10-7

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 16 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [10] F Fognini (ITA)
R Stepanek (CZE) vs [4] [WC] R Federer (SUI)
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [Q] T Gabashvili (RUS)
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs M Cilic (CRO)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
Y Lu (TPE) vs [8] M Raonic (CAN)
[11] T Robredo (ESP) vs J Benneteau (FRA)
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [Q] A Ramos (ESP)
G Monfils (FRA) vs [LL] P Carreno Busta (ESP)

COURT 2 start 10:30 am
[Q] M Llodra (FRA) vs L Rosol (CZE)
P Andujar (ESP) vs A Seppi (ITA)
N Mahut (FRA) vs [15] N Almagro (ESP)
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [17] A Dolgopolov (UKR)

COURT 9 start 2:00 pm
J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs [WC] R Arneodo (MON) / B Balleret (MON)

Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs L Rosol (CZE) / R Stepanek (CZE)

COURT 11 start 2:00 pm
[7] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) vs R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)
[WC] J Chardy (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)

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Francis Tiafoe Wins Easter Bowl

Francis Tiafoe photo by Cynthia Lum / USTA

Francis Tiafoe photo by Cynthia Lum / USTA

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 13, 2014) – With his ultimate goal of winning an ASICS Easter bowl finally complete, 16-year-old Francis Tiafoe said his focus will now turn to the junior Grand Slam events in the coming months, including the French Open and Wimbledon.
Tiafoe joined No. 4-seeded CiCi Bellis of Atherton, Calif., as the big ITF 18s winners as the 47th annual event ended with rave reviews from players, parents and coaches being played for the first time at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home site of the BNP Paribas Open.
The top-seeded Tiafoe of College Park, Md., nearly let an early 5-2 first-set lead slip away, and needed three sets to beat Nathan Ponwith of Scottsdale, Ariz., 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2. Bellis had an easier time beating good friend Katie Swan of Wichita, Kan., 6-3, 6-1.
“I definitely could have made that a little easier,” Tiafoe said. “I was up in the first set and we were both playing ugly tennis.”
After dropping the second set, Tiafoe was able to pull out two long games to open the third and deciding set. “The first game of the third set is always huge. Always,” Tiafoe stressed. “I could have easily been down 0-2 but I was up 2-0. Where would you rather be?”
Tiafoe was told by his traveling coach Frank Salazar after the match that he would move up from No. 7 in the ITF world junior rankings to No. 2, becoming the highest ranked U.S. junior in the world.
“That would be huge if I’m No. 2 in the world,” he said. “If I am I’d be very happy.”
Tiafoe wore a silver crown necklace a parent in College Park gave him after he won the Orange Bowl International in December, and it’s become a good luck charm. “Some people think I’m getting a big head for it,” Tiafoe explained. “But he said ‘you’re the king now,’ and I wasn’t going to say no to it.”
Tiafoe can’t wait to get on the red clay in Paris once the French Open starts May 25. “That’s some place and I’m really looking forward to being there,” he said. “I’ve been watching that tournament on TV since I was 6 years old. I plan to get on the grounds early and hit with guys like Sam (Querrey), Stevie (Johnson) and Jack (Sock).
Bellis, who sat with Swan and watched the Tiafoe-Ponwith match before they took to the court, is also looking to head to Europe for the junior Slams, as well as the Italian Open. “I can’t wait to get on the red clay,” she said. “I love it.”
The win marked the second straight ASICS Easter Bowl title for Bellis as she won the 16s last year.
Said Swan: “I’m happy she won. I mean, if it was going to be anyone I’m glad it’s her. She’s a great player.”
John McNally, who won the 16s at the Carson International Spring Championships last week, was victorious on his second straight Sunday, avenging a heartbreaking loss in last year’s ASICS Easter Bowl 14s final. The No. 9 seed from Cincinnati defeated No. 2 Zeke Clark of Tulsa, Okla., in an entertaining match, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
McNally learned to play tennis with a balloon and a mini racquet while watching his mother Lynn Nabors McNally teach tennis lessons. Lynn was a nationally ranked junior and played at Northwestern University at the same time as Katrina Adams, the USTA first vice president, who was on hand watching and commentating for the Tennis Channel ASICS Easter Bowl show, which will air May 18.
In last year’s 14s final against Connor Hance, McNally let a match point slip away, up 6-4, 5-4 and 40-30.
On Sunday with McNally leading 6-3, 5-4, 40-love lead and serving, Clark was somehow able to get it back to deuce, and broke McNally to tie it up 5-all. But the big-serving McNally on his next service game was able to hold and then won the tiebreaker with the help of two big aces.
“Yeah, that was big,” he said, adding that he was clocked by the court speed gun serving 120 mph. “Just to be able to pull out this match is like a huge sigh of relief. I’m still shaking. As soon as I lost that game to make it 5-all I just I just said focus on the next game and hold serve.”
What did he think after Clark battled back to tie it up and letting three match points slip away? “I was in shock,” he said. “It was getting hard to breathe after losing those match points. I was pretty worried. But everybody has match points and blows them. I said in my interview last year that all good players bounce back after losing match points and I bounced back this year to win the title.”
Girls’ 16s top-seeded player Katerina Stewart of Coral Gables, Fla., did not drop a set in the tournament, beating unseeded Claire Liu of Thousand Oaks, Calif., 6-3, 6-3, in the final.
“It feels good,” Stewart said. “This is my last 16s tournament. I’ll play the 18s National Clay Courts and Hardcourts and try to get the wild card into the US Open.”
Boys’ 14s top-seeded player Steven Sun, 13, of Glen Cove, N.Y., beat Keenan Mayo, the No. 2 player from Roseville, Calif., 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, to capture his second Super National previously having won the 12s Clays. “This was a lot tougher and I played better opponents,” he said. Sun overcame a semifinal match on Saturday where he was down 6-1, 3-1, but came back to win.
Another New Yorker, No. 3 Rachel Lim of Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., took out unseeded Ashley Yeah of Los Gatos, Calif., 6-1, 7-6 (2) to win the Girls’ 14s. Lim trains at the USTA National Tennis Center – East in Flushing Meadow.
“It’s amazing to win the Easter Bowl,” said Lim, who lost in the Round of 16 last year. “It’s been a tiring week, but it’s a good kind of tiring.”
Unseeded Daniel Sharygin of Newburgh, Ind., won the Boys’ 12stitle with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory over No. 16 Ronan Jachuck of Slingerlands, N.Y.
Sharygin battled back from being down 5-3 and then 6-5, love-30, in the first set. “I was extremely nervous today,” he said.
Sharygin said he knew all about the history of the ASICS Easter Bowl as he is coached by Stephanie Hazlett, who won the 1995 Girls’ 16s title.
Kacie Harvey, No. 9 from Braintree, Mass., edged out No. 6 Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek, Calif., in a nearly two-hour match that was closer than the 6-2, 6-1 Girls’ 12s final score indicated.
“She was a really good runner so I had to really be smart with my shots,” said the seventh grader. “I usually had to hit a few extra shots than I’m used to. This is my best tournament result. I usually lose like in the third round.”
She added: “My parents aren’t here but it feels like they are because they keep texting me and calling me.”
Bellis was awarded the overall girls’ Jackie Cooper-Tory Fretz Sportsmanship Award while Ponwith won it on the boys’ side.
Sponsors included: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Dent Tennis Academy, Tennis Warehouse, TennisPlayer.net Digital Magazine, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters.

Sunday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Final Round)
Tiafoe, Francis (1) (College Park, MD) def. Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-2
Girls’ 18 Singles (Final Round)
Bellis, CiCi (4) (Atherton, CA) def. Swan, Katie (11) (Wichita, KS) 6-3, 6-1
Boys’ 16 Singles (Final Round)
McNally, John (9) (Cincinnati, OH) def. Clark, Zeke (2) (Tulsa, OK) 6-3, 7-6(4)
Boys’ 16 Doubles (Final Round)
Chakravarthi, Caleb (Newtown, PA) / Zhu, Evan (Greenbelt, MD) def. Vasat, Mark (Camas, WA) / Volk, Brenden (Dix Hills, NY) 8-4
Boys’ 16 Doubles (Playoff)
McNally, John (Cincinnati, OH) / Ross, Gianni (3) (Burr Ridge, IL) def. Gentry, Ty (Olympia, WA) / Kirkov, Vasil (Tampa, FL) Wo (pc)
Girls’ 16 Singles (Final Round)
Stewart, Katerina (1) (Coral Gables, FL) def. Liu, Claire (Thousand Oaks, CA) 6-3, 6-3
Girls’ 16 Doubles (Final Round)
Chang, Katie (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) / Liu, Claire (3) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Chiu, Abigail (Austin, TX) / Porter, Elizabeth (4) (Dallas, TX) 8-3
Girls’ 16 Doubles (Playoff)
Reami, Adriana (Miami, FL) / Stewart, Katerina (2) (Coral Gables, FL) def. Ferrari, Paulina (San Diego, CA) / Soli, Kalani (Carson, CA) 8-4
Boys’ 14 Singles (Final Round)
Sun, Steven (1) (Glen Cove, NY) def. Mayo, Keenan (2) (Roseville, CA) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
Boys’ 14 Doubles (Final Round)
Barretto, Paul (Tiburon, CA) / Sah, Timothy (5) (San Diego, CA) def. Lin, Cody (Thousand Oaks, CA) / Perera, Kento (Santa Barbara, CA) 8-2
Boys’ 14 Doubles (Playoff)
Thomas, Danny (Pickerington, OH) / Ton, Andrew (7) (Milpitas, CA) def. Alshon, Christian (Boca Raton, FL) / Benkaim, Russell (2) (Osprey, FL) Wo (ill)
Girls’ 14 Singles (Final Round)
Lim, Rachel (3) (Briarcliff Manor, NY) def. Yeah, Ashley (Los Gatos, CA) 6-1, 7-6(2)
Girls’ 14 Doubles (Final Round)
Menguene, Malkia (College Park, MD) / Subhash, Natasha (Fairfax, VA) def. Allen, Kolie (Lombard, IL) / Kowalski, Meg (6) (La Grange, IL) 8-4
Girls’ 14 Doubles (Playoff)
Jones, Sydney (Carrollton, TX) / Reddy, Sophia (7) (Eden Prairie, MN) def. Hwang, Madison (Frisco, TX) / Kessler, McCartney (8) (Calhoun, GA) 8-3
Boys’ 12 Singles (Final Round)
Sharygin, Daniel (Newburgh, IN) def. Jachuck, Ronan (16) (Slingerlands, NY) 7-6(4), 6-2
Boys’ 12 Doubles (Final Round)
Arimilli, Nathan (Austin, TX) / Fu, Connor (2) (Andover, MA) def. Spizzirri, Eliot (Greenwich, CT) / Suarez, Billy (4) (Huntington, NY) 9-7
Boys’ 12 Doubles (Playoff)
Dostanic, Stefan (Irvine, CA) / Jachuck, Ronan (6) (Slingerlands, NY) def. Brachman, Spencer (Commack, NY) / Vallabhaneni, Niroop (7) (Paradise Valley, AZ)
Girls’ 12 Singles (Final Round)
Harvey, Kacie (9) (Braintree, MA) def. Volynets, Katie (6) (Walnut Creek, CA) 6-2, 6-1
Girls’ 12 Doubles (Final Round)
Corley, Carmen (Sandia Park, NM) / Hochstatter, Amber (Anthem, AZ) def. Harvison, Isabella (Cardiff, CA) / Taggart, Jillian (Fair Oaks, CA) 8-6
Girls’ 12 Doubles (Playoff)
Chan, Amanda (Pasadena, CA) / Volynets, Katie (2) (Walnut Creek, CA) def. Goldsmith, Elizabeth (Chula Vista, CA) / Hayer, Giulia (4) (San Diego, CA) 8-1

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Fernando Verdasco Wins Houston Title

 

Fernando Verdasco

Fernando Verdasco

(April 13, 2014) Spain’s Fernando Verdasco ended a four-year streak without a singles title on Sunday by winning the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston over countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6(4). Verdasco if the fifth ATP player over 30 to capture an event this year. His last tournament win was back in 2010 in Barcelona.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve won a singles title,” Verdasco said. It’s a very important day for me to win a tournament after a few years and after the injury in my knee the last couple years.”

“I’ve been happy the way I’ve been feeling the whole week. In general, I think I had ups and downs, but it’s normal. In tough matches on clay you are not always 100 per cent every point physically, and you just need to try to be tough mentally.

“I think the key was my mentality during the week. I kept going every point no matter how tired or how good I was feeling. Didn’t finish perfect since we lost yesterday in the doubles final when we were close to winning, but it was great that I’m able to win the singles title.”

“He played a really good match today, and he’s the winner,” Almagro said. “It was a battle today, and he was really concentrated on his serve. I had many chances and I didn’t [take them], and that’s the key of the match.”

Almagro was the losing finalist last year as well, falling to John Isner.

“You are never happy when you lose a final,” he said. “I had my chances. But I credit Fernando.”

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Caroline Garcia Nets First WTA Title with Win in Bogota

 

(April 13, 2014) France’s Caroline Garcia won her first WTA title in her first final with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over top seed and defending champion Jelena Jankovic on Sunday in Bogota. The win over Jankovic was her first over a Top 10 player. Previously she was 0-6 versus the top 10.

It was double victory day for the Frenchwoman as she paired with Lara Arruabarrena to win the doubles title.

“I think I played pretty well. I’m very pleased,” Garcia said. “This is my first time in Colombia, and I loved the tournament and the people.”

“I’m very happy to win my first WTA title,” Garcia continued “It was a good week for me. It’s never easy playing with the altitude – it’s hard to adapt, and my level was going up and down throughout the week, but I think I adjusted well and I probably played my best match of the week today in the final.

“I’m also really happy I was able to beat Jelena in the final. She’s a really nice girl and a great player, she was the No.1 player in the world and I had to play the best I could today to beat her.

“To win a WTA title is always a goal. Today is the best day I could imagine.”

“I love Colombia. Bogotá is a very special place,” said Jankovic. “The people are very funny, open and very warm. There is no reason for me not to come. I owe much to Bogotá.”

Garcia becomes the first player to pull off a singles-doubles sweep at a WTA-level event since Serena Williams did it at the 2012 Olympics.

Garcia, currently ranked at 74, will see her ranking rise into the 50s.

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