August 31, 2015

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


Cincinnati Finals Set: Djokovic versus Federer and Serena Williams Plays Halep



RESULTS – Saturday, August 22
ATP Main Draw Singles – Semifinals
[1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) d. [Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) 46 76(5) 62
[2] Roger Federer (Switzerland) d. [3] Andy Murray (Great Britain) 64 76(6)
WTA Main Draw Singles – Semifinals
[1] Serena Williams (USA) d. [14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 64 63
[3] Simona Halep (Romania) d. Jelena Jankovic 61 62
ATP Main Draw Doubles – Semifinals
[6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) d. [2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (Brazil) 64 64
Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) d. Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus) 75 64
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Semifinals
Hao-Ching Chan (Chinese Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Chinese Taipei) d. [1] Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Sania Mirza (India) 64 06 10-6
ORDER OF PLAY – Sunday, August 23, 2015
CENTER start 1:00 pm
[1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) vs. [2] Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [3] Simona Halep (Romania)
GRANDSTAND start at 11:15 am
Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) vs. [6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia)
Not before 1:45 pm
Hao-Ching Chan (Chinese Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Chinese Taipei) vs. [4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan)
Roger Federer, a record six-time champion at the W&S Open, will play four-time finalist Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s title match. The pair have evenly split 40 previous career meetings, but Federer owns a 15-14 edge on hard courts and a 2-0 advantage in Cincinnati.
– The W&S Open final is a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final. In fact, 14 of the 40 meetings between the two have been in finals, with Djokovic holding a 9-5 lead over Federer in those matches. This will be the fifth final they have contested this season, with Djokovic prevailing in three (Indian Wells, Rome and Wimbledon) compared to one for Federer (Dubai).
– Federer and Djokovic are the first players to meet in three Cincinnati finals in the Open Era (also 2008 and 2012).
– The final features two of the top three players in the ATP rankings, with Djokovic holding the No. 1 spot and Federer being ranked No. 3. The combined ranking of 4 is the lowest in a Cincinnati final since 2009 when No. 1 Federer played No. 2 Djokovic.
– Federer is looking to win back-to-back Cincinnati titles for the second time in his career (also 2009-10). Only three other players has successfully defended this title in the Open Era: Andre Agassi (1995-96), Michael Chang (1993-94) and Mats Wilander (1983-84).
– Djokovic has reached four Cincinnati finals but has yet to win the title. It is the only ATP Masters 1000 title that has eluded him. The final will be his 37th match here, placing him second among active players for matches played without a title at the W&S Open (Hewitt, 39).
– There is more than just the Western & Southern Open title on the line on Sunday, as the match will also decide the winner of the 2015 Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge. Djokovic will clinch the Challenge with a win on Sunday, while a victory by Federer would secure the Challenge for Murray.
Serena Williams will play Simona Halep for the women’s title. Williams owns a 5-1 edge over the Romanian.
– Williams is looking to be the first woman to successfully defend her title in Cincinnati in the Open Era. She is also the first player in the Open Era to reach three consecutive finals. She has a 20-4 lifetime record in Cincinnati.
– Halep has reached the finals here for the first time. She had twice been to the quarterfinals (2013 and 2014) before reaching the final this year.
– With Williams, No. 1, playing Halep, No. 3, this will be the fourth consecutive year that the women’s final features a pair of Top 10 players.
Daniel Nestor and Edouard Roger-Vasselin are through to their second straight Masters 1000 final together. Last weekend they contested the final in Montreal, losing to the Bryan Brothers 10-6 in the match tie-break. Nestor is looking to win a record-tying fifth Cincinnati title.
Marcin Matkowski and Nenad Zimonjic are also through to their second Masters 1000 final of the year, having finished as runner-up in Madrid.
Casey Dellacqua and Yaroslava Shvedova are pursuing their second title of the season after winning in Madrid final. The pair also reached the French Open final this year.
– The sisterly duo of Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan have won one title this season together, in Pattaya City. Chan/Chan lost in the opening round of the W&S Open in both 2012 and 2014.

Semis Set in Cincinnati

(August 21, 2015)
– The trend of strong attendance continued Friday as more than 25,000 fans were in attendance at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Twelve of the 13 sessions this year have set an attendance record for the respective sessions.

Novak Djokovic is appearing in his fifth Cincinnati semifinal, and is undefeated in that round. However, Djokovic has never won this title, the only one of the ATP Masters 1000 titles that has eluded him.

Alexandr Dolgopolov is just the third qualifier to reach the semifinals at the Western & Southern Open in the Open Era, and is the first to do so since David Wheaton in 1994. He is bidding to be the first qualifier to reach the final in the Open Era.

– At No. 66 in the rankings, Dolgopolov would be the lowest ranked finalist since 1980 (Francisco Gonzalez, No. 119).

– This is the fourth year in a row that an unseeded player has reached the semifinals. The last unseeded player to reach a final was John Isner in 2013 (l. to Nadal).
Roger Federer has reached his seventh semifinal in Cincinnati, which is second in the Open Era behind Jimmy Connors and Stefan Edberg, who both did so eight times. Owner of a tournament record six titles, Federer is 6-0 in semifinals here.
– Two-time champion Andy Murray is on an eight-match winning streak, having won the title last week in Montreal. Murray is bidding to be the sixth player to win Canada and Cincinnati back-to-back in the Open Era (Cliff Richey 1969, Eddie Dibbs 1978, Andre Agassi 1995, Pat Rafter 1998, Andy Roddick 2003 and Rafael Nadal 2013)
Serena Williams, the defending champion, is bidding to reach her third consecutive final in Cincinnati. She has won 42 matches in a row on US hard courts, stretching back to 2013 Cincinnati final.
Elina Svitolina is through to the semifinals for a first time in Cincinnati, and her second semifinal of the summer (Stanford, Kerber). At 20-years-old, she is trying to become the youngest finalist here since Vera Zvonareva reached the 2004 final at 19.

Jelena Jankovic, the 2009 champion, boasts a 24-7 record in Cincinnati, making her the winningest active woman at the tournament.

– Jankovic and Serena are the first women in the Open Era to reach the semifinals in Cincinnati four times.

Simona Halep, a first-time semifinalist here, has advanced to at least the semifinals at eight of 13 tournaments played so far in 2015. She is the first Romanian woman to reach the semifinals here.

– In doubles, the 19-17 match tie-break won by Hao-Ching Chan & Yung-Jan Chang over Sara Errani & Flavia Pennetta is the longest match tie-break this season on the WTA.

Bob & Mike Bryan, the two-time defending champions, had reached the semifinals or better every year since 2006. Friday’s loss snapped their consecutive semifinal streak at nine.

– Planning ahead, here’s a look at Sunday’s schedule:
11:15 am – Men’s Doubles Final (Grandstand)
1:00 pm – Men’s Singles Final (Center Court)
1:45 pm – Women’s Doubles Final (Grandstand)
3:00 pm – Women’s Singles Final (Center Court)
Full results from Friday and Saturday’s order of play follow the draws.
2015 Draws 
RESULTS – Friday, August 21
ATP Main Draw Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) d. [5] Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 64 61
[3] Andy Murray (Great Britain) d. [12] Richard Gasquet (France) 46 61 64
Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) d. [6] Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) 64 62
[2] Roger Federer (Switzerland) d. Feliciano Lopez (Spain) 63 64
ATP Main Draw Doubles – Quarterfinals
Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) d. [1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) 64 64
[2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (Brazil) d. [5] Rohan Bopanna (India) / Floria Mergea (Romania) 61 16 14-12
[6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) d. [3] Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) / Horia Tecau (Romania) 63 64
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus) d Leander Paes (India) / Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 36 62 14-12
WTA Main Draw Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] Serena Williams (USA) d. [6] Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 36 64 62
[3] Simona Halep (Romania) d Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) 76(3) 62
[14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) d. [7] Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 64 26 60
Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) d. [Q] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) 64 62
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Semifinals
[4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) d. Chia-Jung Chuang (Taipei) / Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei) 62 75
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Sania Mirza (India) d. [WC] Christina McHale (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 64 61
Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei) d. Sara Errani (Italy) / Flavia Pennetta (Italy) 67(4) 76(1) 19-17
ORDER OF PLAY – Saturday, August 22, 2015
CENTER start 1:00 pm
[1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) vs. [Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine)
Followed by 
[3] Andy Murray (Great Britain) vs. [2] Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine)
Followed by 
3] Simona Halep (Romania) vs. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia)
GRANDSTAND start at 1:00 pm
[6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) vs. [2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
Followed by
Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) vs. Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus)
Followed by
[1] Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Sania Mirza (India) vs. Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei)

Djokovic and Murray Rally for Victories, Serena Williams and Federer Win Easily in Cincy

Andy Murray fistpump
(August 20, 2015) Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray withstood big tests on Thursday. Each man had to rally in the third set to defeat challengers. The world No. 2 Murray saved a match point and was down a set and two breaks before he came back to beat Grigor Dimitrov 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.  No. 1 Djokovic was down 0-3 in the third set and rattled off six straight games to take out David Goffin 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
It was a straightforward rout for both Serena Williams and Roger Federer who both only lost two games in respective 6-0, 6-2 and 6-1, 6-1 wins.
Spanish countryman Feliciano Lopez upset eighth seed Rafael Nadal to reach the quarterfinals 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(3).
RESULTS – Thursday, August 20
ATP Main Draw Singles – Third Round
[1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) d. [13] David Goffin (Belgium) 64 26 63
[2] Roger Federer (Switzerland) d. [15] Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 61 61
[3] Andy Murray (Great Britain) d. [16] Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 46 76(3) 75
[5] Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) d. Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 6(2)7 76(5) 76(5)
[6] Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) d. Tommy Robredo (Spain) 60 61
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) d. [8] Rafael Nadal (Spain) 57 64 76(3)
[12] Richard Gasquet (France) d. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 75 63
[Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) d. Jerzy Janowicz (Poland) 63 36 64
ATP Main Draw Doubles – Second Round
[1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) or Juan Sebastian Cabal (Colombia) / Robert Farah (Colombia) check for result
[2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (Brazil) d. [WC] Steve Johnson (USA) / Sam Querrey 76(4) 76(4)
[5] Rohan Bopanna (India) / Florin Mergea (Romania) d. Pierre-Huges Herbert (France) / Nicolas Mahut (France) 16 76(5) 13-11
[6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) d. Raven Klaasen (South Africa) / Rajeev Ram (USA) 76(2) 64
Daniel Nestor (Canada)  Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) d. [7] Jamie Murray (Great Britain) / John Peers (Australia) 76(3) 76(5)
[3] Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherland) / Horia Tecau (Romania)  d. Alexander Peya (Austria) / Bruno Soares (Brazil) 64 36 11-9
Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus) d [4] Simone Bolelli (Italy) / Fabio Fognini (Italy) 63 63
WTA Main Draw Singles – Third Round
[1] Serena Williams (USA) d. Karin Knapp (Italy) 60 62
[3] Simona Halep (Romania) d. [15] Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 46 64 62
[6] Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 26 64 61
[7] Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) d. Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) 62 ret. (right wrist)
[14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) d. Caroline Garcia (France) 60 63
Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) d. [8] Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) 62 36 75
[Q] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 36 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) d. Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 16 30 ret. (left thigh)
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Quarterfinals
[4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) d. Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) / Elena Vesnina (Russia) 64 63
WTA Main Draw Doubles – Second Round
Chia-Jung Chuang (Taipei) / Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei) d. [2] Timea Babos (Hungary) / Kristina Mladenovic (France) 46 64 13-11
[4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) d. Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Barbora Strycova (Czech Republic)  64 75
Sara Errani (Italy) / Flavia Pennetta (Italy) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) / Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic) 61 36 10-3
[WC] Christina Mchale (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. [WC] Madison Keys (USA) / Lisa Raymond (USA) 75 62
Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) / Elena Vesnina (Russia) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (Spain) / Arantxa Parra Santonja (Spain) 75 64
Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei) d. [3] Caroline Garcia (France) / Katarina Srebotnik (Slovakia) 36 62 12-10
CENTER start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] Novak Djokovic (Serbia) vs [5] Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs [6] Ana Ivanovic (Serbia)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [12] Richard Gasquet (France) vs [3] Andy Murray (Great Britain)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – Feliciano Lopez (Spain) vs [2] Roger Federer (Switzerland)
Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) vs or [3] Simona Halep (Romania)
GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [1] Martina Hingis (Switzerland) / Sania Mirza (India) vs [WC] Christina McHale (USA) / Coco Vandeweghe (USA)
Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [Q] Alexandr Dolgopolov (Ukraine) vs [6] Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [14] Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) vs [7] Lucie Safarova (Czech Republic)
Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) vs [Q] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (Slovakia)
WTA – [4] Casey Dellacqua (Australia) / Yaroslava Shvedova (Kazakhstan) vs Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) / Su-Wei Hsieh (Taipei)
STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – [6] Marcin Matkowski (Poland) / Nenad Zimonjic (Serbia) vs [3] Jean-Julien Rojer (Netherlands) / Horia Tecau (Romania)
ATP – [5] Rohan Bopanna (India) / Florin Mergea (Romania) vs [2] Ivan Dodig (Croatia) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – Hao-Ching Chan (Taipei) / Yung-Jan Chan (Taipei) vs Sara Errani (Italy) / Flavia Pennetta (Italy)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – TBA – [1] Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA) or Juan Sebastian Cabal (Colombia) / Robert Farah (Colombia) vs Daniel Nestor (Canada) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – TBA – Feliciano Lopez (Spain) / Max Mirnyi (Belarus) vs Leander Paes (India) / Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland)
– Two more attendance records were set on Thursday. A new single-day record of 26,338 people were in attendance, surpassing the mark that had been set on Tuesday (25.898). In addition, a night session record was set with 12,557 people in attendance. This comes just two days after the single session attendance record of 14,380 was set with the Tuesday day session.

Roger Federer is through to his ninth quarterfinal here. The six-time champion is third for W&S Open quarterfinal appearances in the Open Era behind Stefan Edberg (11) and Michael Chang (10).

Alexandr Dolgopolov is the 11th men’s qualifier to reach the quarterfinals here in the Open Era, and the first since Dmitry Tursunov in 2013. He is bidding to be the third qualifier to reach the semifinals (David Wheaton in 1994, Rick Fagel in 1977).

Ivo Karlovic tied his own tournament record with 35 aces in his match against Stan Wawrinka. It marked the second time this week and third time overall he had hit that record amount.

Jelena Jankovic, the 2009 champion, is through to an Open Era record seventh quarterfinal in Cincinnati. Serena Williams is in second place with five quarterfinals here.

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova is the seventh women’s qualifier to reach the quarterfinals since the tournament returned in 2004, and the first since Akgul Amanmuradova in 2010. She is bidding to be the fifth qualifier to reach the semifinals, and the first since Amanmuradova and Petra Kvitova both did so in 2009.

Partial results from Thursday and Friday’s order of play follow the draws.