July 29, 2016

Laura Siegemund Wins Bastad For Her First WTA Title

Laura Siegemund of Germany 311 fh

(July 24, 2016) Laura Siegemund won her first WTA title on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic for the Swedish Open title in Bastad.

The sixth seed Siegemund reached the final after her German countrywoman Julia Goerges retired from their semifinal match with a hip injury.

“This is one of my favorite tournaments, and I can’t believe I won this one,” said the winner.

“I knew I could do well here but winning the whole thing is something you might not really expect or think about.”

She will move up to No. 32 in the world as of Monday.


Serena Williams Pulls Out of Montreal with Shoulder Inflammation


Rogers Cup, Montréal, July 24, 2016 – On Sunday, Tennis Canada announced that Serena Williams is withdrawing from Rogers Cup.

The world no.1 holds three Rogers Cup titles and reached the semifinals at the last two editions of the event.

“Due to inflammation in my shoulder, I unfortunately must withdraw from the Rogers Cup. I was looking forward to competing in Montreal and I look forward to returning soon,” said Serena Williams.

“Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not play in the tournament this year. The fans really enjoyed the time she spent in the city in 2014,” said Eugène Lapierre, tournament director of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. “Because this is an Olympic year, the players have very full schedules. Sometimes your body needs rest. We hope that Serena will recover quickly and wish her much success for the rest of the season.”


Ten Years After Losing in The Final, Feliciano Lopez Wins Gstaad

226 Lopez fh

(July 24, 2016) Ten years after losing the final to Richard Gasquet, Feliciano Lopez finally won the Gstaad event – his first clay court title.

For the top seed Lopez, taking home the Swiss Open trophy over Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-4, 7-5 marks his fifth career title ATP World Tour title.

“It’s an amazing feeling, I’ve been waiting 10 years to win this title,” said Lopez. “It’s been a long wait since 2006, but it’s been worth it. This is a very special tournament, with a lot of tradition, where a lot of Spaniards have won in the past. It’s a unique place to play.”

“Three years ago, I received a goat [named Antonia] for reaching the final,” said Haase. “So this year, I was dreaming about winning a cow and the trophy. Hopefully I can come back next year and do better. Congrats to Feli, who played great his week.”
The 29-year-old Spaniard will move up into the top 20 with the victory.

Lopez is the sixth different Spaniard to win an ATP World Tour title in 2016, along with Roberto Bautista Agut (2 titles), Rafael Nadal (2), Nicolas Almagro (1), Albert Ramos-Vinolas (1) and Fernando Verdasco (1).


Venus Williams Reaches Eighth Stanford Final

Venus Williams

Venus Williams


(July 23, 2016) After a dominating first set, top seed Venus Williams survived some serving problems near the end of the second set, including saving two set points, to beat U.S. countrywoman, No. 78 in the world, Alison Riske 6-1, 7-6(2) to reach the Stanford final on Saturday night.


For Venus Williams, who is playing the main draw of the Bank of the West Classic for the thirteenth time, this will be her eighth final. The world No. 7 last reached the Stanford final in 2009, falling to Marion Bartoli. Williams captured the title in 2000 and 2002.


Williams breezed through the first set, winning 76% of first serve points, winning 30 of 47 points in the set, going 2 for 2 on break points.

In the second set Williams and Riske exchanged breaks in the fifth and sixth games, with the seven-time major champion getting another break in the ninth game to try and serve out the match at 5-4 in the second. Williams’ serve vanished in the tenth game, when she hit three straight double faults to give Riske the break. Riske held for 6-5, but in the next game Williams was still having problems with her first serve. She fought off two set points against her to reach the second set tiebreak which she won easily 7-2.

1-Venus Williams bank of the West

The 36-year-old Williams will take on 25-year-old British No. 1 and world No. 18 Johanna Konta for the title. Williams and Konta are tied 1-1 in head-to-head play, with Konta upsetting Williams, the last time they faced off in the first round of the most recent Australian Open where Konta won in straight sets. Williams defeated Konta in three sets in final eight of Wuhan in 2015.

Williams will be attempting to win her 50th title in her 80th final on Sunday. She’s hoping to tie her sister Serena, who has three Bank of the West trophies.

“It would be nice to get three. Who doesn’t wanna be like Serena?”

Venus who has played of her matches this week at night, will be playing her first day match in Sunday’s final. She said near the end of her news conference that she was going to prep for the final by getting some rest.

“Right after this question I’m going to go to bed and get some rest,” she said.

Alison Riske

Alison Riske


2016 Rogers Cup – Toronto and Montreal Results and Schedules


Radek Stepanek

Radek Stepanek


Qualifying Singles – First Round
Qualifying / Qualifications – [2] [Alt] R. Stepanek (CZE) d [Alt] B. Schnur (CAN) 64 76(6)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] T. Smyczek (USA) d [WC] J. Lin (CAN) 61 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] D. Novikov (USA) d A. Falla (COL) 46 64 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] A. Krajicek (USA) d M. Mmoh (USA) 63 76(4)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] M. Zverev (GER) d [WC] P. Krainik (CAN) 62 60
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Weintraub (ISR) d [7] V. Millot (FRA) 76(5) 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Myneni (IND) d [Alt] F. Martin (FRA) 76(2) 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] J. Donaldson (USA) d [WC] C. Lakoseljac (CAN) 61 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – J. McGee (IRL) d [10] S. Groth (AUS) 63 36 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [11] R. Harrison (USA) d S. Barry (IRL) 76(5) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] A. Gonzalez (COL) d [WC] B. Sigouin (CAN) 76(2) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – E. Gomez (ECU) d [13] M. Barton (AUS) 76(3) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [14] J. Duckworth (AUS) d F. Auger Aliassime (CAN) 75 76(3)
Qualifying / Qualifications – P. Bester (CAN) d [Alt] K. Stevenson (CAN) 62 62


GRANDSTAND start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] D. Novikov (USA) vs [14] J. Duckworth (AUS)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] A. Krajicek (USA) vs E. Gomez (ECU)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [2] [Alt] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [8] S. Myneni (IND)

COURT 1 start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – P. Bester (CAN) vs [12] A. Gonzalez (COL)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] T. Smyczek (USA) vs J. McGee (IRL)

COURT 4 start 10:00 am / débute à 10h
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Weintraub (ISR) vs [9] J. Donaldson (USA)

Not Before 11:30 am / pas avant 11h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] M. Zverev (GER) vs [11] R. Harrison (USA)

Vavara Lepchenko

Vavara Lepchenko

MONTREAL RESULTS, SATURDAY JULY 23, 2016 / Qualifications simples – 1er tour
Qualifying / Qualifications – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) d A. Klepac (SLO) 61 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d Y. Xu (CHN) 60 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) d [WC] C. Robillard-Millette (CAN) 64 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] C. Mchale (USA) d C. Zhao (CAN) 62 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] I. Falconi (USA) d [WC] T. Lagarde (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) d S. Vickery (USA) 62 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) d [WC] I. Boulais (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) d E. Hozumi (JPN) 63 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d [WC] M. Leduc (CAN) 62 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [11] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [WC] G. Dabrowski (CAN) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) d J. Pegula (USA) walkover
Qualifying / Qualifications – [13] N. Broady (GBR) d L. Albanese (USA) 76(7) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d [14] N. Osaka (JPN) 36 76(6) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [15] M. Linette (POL) d Bye
Qualifying / Qualifications – [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN) d [16] S. Crawford (USA) 76(3) 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d T. Moore (GBR) 46 63 76(4)
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Muhammad (USA) d [18] D. Vekic (CRO) 64 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [19] V. King (USA) d D. Lao (USA) 57 61 75
Qualifying / Qualifications – [20] K. Kucova (SVK) d [WC] E. Routliffe (CAN) 61 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d [WC] C. Leduc (CAN) 60 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – O. Govortsova (BLR) d [22] O. Dodin (FRA) 75 67(4) 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [23] J. Glushko (ISR) d [WC] M. Patrascu (CAN) 62 60
Qualifying / Qualifications – [24] J. Boserup (USA) d [WC] P. Januskova (CAN) 62 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [25] J. Brady (USA) d O. Savchuk (UKR) 60 64


CENTRAL start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) vs [15] M. Linette (POL)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [5] C. Mchale (USA) vs [20] K. Kucova (SVK)
Qualifying / Qualifications -[11] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN)

Not Before 2:00 pm / pas avant 14h
Soccer Game / Match de soccer – Montreal Impact vs. WTA players

Not Before 3:00 pm / pas avant 15h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) vs A. Muhammad (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [6] I. Falconi (USA) vs [19] V. King (USA)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) vs [23] J. Glushko (ISR)
Possible Court change / Changement possible de terrains – Qualifying / Qualifications – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) vs [13] N. Broady (GBR)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)

Not Before 12:30 pm / pas avant 12h30
Qualifying / Qualifications – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [25] J. Brady (USA) vs [24] J. Boserup (USA)


Johanna Konta Serves Her Way Into Her First WTA Final

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta

By Curt Janka

(July 23, 2016) STANFORD, California – Johanna Konta lost just six points on her serve as she toppled Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-2 in the first semifinal of the Bank of the West Classic. The win earns Konta her first WTA final and it’s the first time a British player has played for the trophy here since Virginia Wade in 1981.

The third seed Konta served a total of nine games and held at love for six of them. Cibulkova, the second seed and 2013 champion, is arguably one of the better returners on tour, so what made Konta’s serve so tough today? “She was placing the serve so well and it was hard for me to do something with it,” the Slovak Cibulkova answered. “She was changing the directions of the serve, so that was the main thing. Today she was just serving too well.“

The 25-year-old British woman, currently ranked No. 18,  backed up her serve with solid ground strokes and returns, breaking her higher-seeded opponent three times. After the match, she was pleased with her performance. “I’m really happy to have come through that and to be into my first final,” Konta said. “I thought I served well and did a good job in the end of staying in the present. She [Cibulkova] is an incredible competitor, so I knew going into the match that I was going to have to be there for every single point. I achieved that, so I’m feeling very grateful and looking forward to my next match tomorrow.”

Konta was also playing in the doubles semifinal with her partner, Maria Sanchez, against Darija Jurak and Anastasia Rodionova. Konta will play Venus Williams in the final. The two-time Stanford winner beat Alison Riske in the night session.

“I’m really happy to have come through that and to be into my first final,” Konta said after her win.



With Kitzbuhel Title, Paolo Lorenzi Becomes Oldest First-Time ATP Winner


Paolo Lorenzi

Paolo Lorenzi

(July 23, 2016) Fourth seed and 48th ranked Paolo Lorenzi of Italy became the oldest first-time winner on the ATP World Tour beating Georgia’s Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-4 in Kitzbuhel on Saturday.

The Italian’s only other final came in March 2014 when he lost in Sao Paulo to Federico Delbonis. At 34 years, 7 months, he has beaten the record set by Victor Estrella Burgos in February 2015 for oldest first-time winner on the ATP World Tour. Estrella Burgos was 34 years, 6 months when he won Quito.


The 123rd-ranked Basilashvili made some history of his own by becoming the first player representing Georgia to reach an ATP World Tour final.


“I think it’s great to win an ATP World Tour trophy,” said the victor. “I don’t look at the age, so I don’t mind if it’s happening at 34.”

“Winning one trophy was a goal for this year, so it’s great for me. I hope this is not the last,” said Lorenzi. “I’m changing a lot. I need to be more aggressive and improve a lot of things, so this is just the start.”

“I couldn’t handle my nerves today,” said the 24-year-old Basilashvili. “I was very tight, very nervous. I couldn’t handle the pressure, but I think I played great this week and we’ll see for the future.”


“This is a present for me. I think it was a fantastic week,” said the winner. “Today I was playing really good. I am really happy with this win.”

“I think it was a great week for both of us. He’s a lot younger so he will have a lot of time for winning,”


Lorenzi is the first player this year to win both an ATP World Tour and ATP Challenger Tour title, winning Challengers in Canberra and Caltanissetta.

He is the third-oldest champion this season on the ATP World Tour, behind 37-year-old Newport winner Ivo Karlovic and Quito victor 35-year-old Estrella Burgos.





Venus Williams Playing Like The Top Seed She Is At The Bank Of The West Classic

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

By Curt Janka

(July 22, 2016) STANFORD, California –  A relaxed Venus Williams played composed tennis as she breezed to a 6-4, 6-1 win over 17-year-old wildcard Catherine Bellis at the Bank of the West Classic on Friday night. While it may have taken three sets for Williams to get by her previous opponent, there was no sign of tension in her play on Friday night. Experience may have been the key against her younger opponent.

When asked why she looked so at ease on the court she said, “I just felt like I had a lot of experience and as a young person she has to go for a lot more than I ever have to go for because I understand the game more. So I felt just comfortable that I could control the match.”

“After Wimbledon I was really pumped,” the 36-year-old Williams said. “I was like, ‘I can’t wait to play.’ That felt good. It felt good to be eager.”

When asked what else she is looking forward to this summer, the two-time Stanford winner replied, “There’s so much to look forward to! The semifinals tomorrow is like my main focus. The Olympics I’ve been waiting for four years. As soon as the last one was over I was ready to go again. It’s getting closer and it feels surreal but when I get there it’s gonna be real. And after that you just turn right back around and play the Open.”

CiCi Bellis

CiCi Bellis

Despite a quick second set, Bellis did make the first set very competitive. “I learned a lot,” she said. “I think mainly I just have to focus on the key points. There are a couple points in the first set that I think if I played a little bit more aggressive I could have won them. But, you know, she’s obviously the number one seed here, so it’s unbelievable to be on the court with someone like her.“

Asked about her short-term goals, Bellis smiled and said, “Yesterday, actually, I committed to Stanford. I’m just going to see how the next year goes in my pro career.” She explained that after another year on tour, she would start her college career at Stanford.

Top seed Williams will face Alison Riske in the semifinals on Saturday. Riske advanced when her quarterfinal opponent fourth seed Coco Vandeweghe suffered an ankle injury and had to retire.

In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Dominika Cibulkova came back from two early breaks to win 7-5, 6-0 over Misaki Doi. Cibulkova will next face third seed Johanna Konta, who beat her quarterfinal opponent, Zheng Saiai 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.



WTA – Rogers Cup Montreal – Draws and Order of Play

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

The draws and order of play for the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal.


Women’s Singles

First Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) – Bye
Qualifier vs. M. Puig (PUR)
T. Babos (HUN) vs. Qualifier
S. Rogers (USA) vs. [15] J. Konta (GBR)
[11] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Qualifier
L. Safarova (CZE) vs. E. Bouchard (CAN)
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Qualifier
[8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) – Bye
[4] A. Radwanska (POL) – Bye
M. Niculescu (ROU) vs. J. Ostapenko (LAT)
Qualifier vs. Qualifier
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs. [16] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
[10] M. Keys (USA) vs. E. Vesnina (RUS)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs. E. Makarova (RUS)
[WC] C. Garcia (FRA) vs. B. Strycova (CZE)
[6] V. Williams (USA) – Bye
[5] S. Halep (ROU) – Bye
Qualifier vs. K. Mladenovic (FRA)
A. Cornet (FRA) vs. A. Petkovic (GER)
Qualifier vs. [12] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs. Qualifier
[WC] A. Wozniak (CAN) vs. S. Errani (ITA)
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs. A. Beck (GER)
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) – Bye
[7] R. Vinci (ITA) – Bye
S. Stephens (USA) vs. Qualifier
M. Doi (JPN) vs. D. Kasatkina (RUS)
H. Watson (GBR) vs. [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
[13] S. Stosur (AUS) vs. Qualifier
[WC] F. Abanda (CAN) vs. E. Svitolina (UKR)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Qualifier
[2] A. Kerber (GER) – Bye

Click here for qualifying singles draw.

CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [WC] C. Robillard-Millette (CAN)
Qualifying – [5] C. Mchale (USA) vs C. Zhao (CAN)
Qualifying – T. Moore (GBR) vs [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN) vs [16] S. Crawford (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] C. Leduc (CAN) vs [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
Qualifying – [WC] E. Routliffe (CAN) vs [20] K. Kucova (SVK)

Not Before 4:00 pm
Qualifying – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) vs [WC] I. Boulais (CAN)

COURT 9 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs [WC] M. Leduc (CAN)
Qualifying – [WC] P. Januskova (CAN) vs [24] J. Boserup (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] M. Patrascu (CAN) vs [23] J. Glushko (ISR)

COURT 5 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – O. Govortsova (BLR) vs [22] O. Dodin (FRA)
Qualifying – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs A. Klepac (SLO)
Qualifying – [2] M. Brengle (USA) vs O. Savchuk (UKR)
Qualifying – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) vs S. Vickery (USA)

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – D. Lao (USA) vs [19] V. King (USA)
Qualifying – [6] I. Falconi (USA) vs [WC] T. Lagarde (CAN)
Qualifying – L. Albanese (USA) vs [13] N. Broady (GBR)
Qualifying – A. Muhammad (USA) vs [18] D. Vekic (CRO)

COURT 6 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs Y. Xu (CHN)
Qualifying – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs [14] N. Osaka (JPN)
Qualifying – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) vs E. Hozumi (JPN)
Qualifying – J. Brady (USA) vs [15] M. Linette (POL)

TBA – Not before 4.00pm – Qualifying – [11] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [WC] G. Dabrowski (CAN)
TBA – Not before 4.00pm – Qualifying – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) vs J. Pegula (USA)


Official Draw for 2016 Rogers Cup Set in Toronto

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 seed Canadian Milos Raonic placed in same half, could face off in the semifinals

From Tennis Canada: Toronto, July 22, 2016 – The official draw for the 2016 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto was conducted on Friday at Rogers Centre. Canadian star and recent Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic will take on the winner of Yen-Hsun Lu and rising star, 19-year-old Alexander Zverev in his opening match, while top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face either Dimitry Tursunov or Gilles Muller in the second round.

The Top 8 seeds all receive a first-round bye. Djokovic and Raonic have been placed in the same half of the draw, meaning they could meet in the semifinals. En route, Djokovic could see No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. The world No. 1 will be aiming to clinch his fourth Rogers Cup title following his wins in 2007, 2011, and 2012. Raonic, a 2013 Rogers Cup finalist, has a potential quarter-final duel with No. 7 seed David Goffin.

Two-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, who was on hand for the official draw, is seeded No. 2 and will anchor the bottom half of the draw. His first match will see him take on the winner of Mikhail Youzhny opposite Stephane Robert. Should the seeds hold, he would face No. 3 seed Kei Nishikori in the semifinals, and No. 6 seed Dominic Thiem in the round of eight. The No. 8 seed is 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who is in the same quarter as Nishikori.

There are several exciting first-round duels set to take place over the first two days of main draw play, highlighted by 17-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov challenging No. 11 seed Nick Kyrgios in his Rogers Cup debut. Another teenaged up-and-comer making his first appearance in Toronto is Taylor Fritz of the United States, against big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic. Other players in action will include Gael Monfils, John Isner, and next generation star Borna Coric.

Vasek Pospisil’s first-round match will be against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, currently ranked world No. 38. Three other Canadians are in the main draw as well – Frank Dancevic will face Sam Querrey, Steven Diez will be up against Brit Kyle Edmund, and Peter Polansky will take on a qualifier.

Several other Canadians will be competing this weekend for one of seven qualifier positions in the main draw. Felix Auger-Aliassime, Philip Bester, Benjamin Sigouin, and Brayden Schnur will be in action tomorrow, as part of Pizzaville Free Community Weekend this Saturday July 23 and Sunday July 24, with admission free for everyone for the two days.

Click here to view the complete main draw.