2015/04/28

Tennis – Bogota and Monte-Carlo Results

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CLARO OPEN COLSANITAS – BOGOTA, COLOMBIA
$ 250,000.00
APRIL 13 – 19, 2015

RESULTS – APRIL 15, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[1] E. Svitolina (UKR) d D. Kovinic (MNE) 63 61
[8] I. Falconi (USA) d D. Pfizenmaier (GER) 57 62 63
T. Pereira (BRA) d [Q] M. Minella (LUX) 75 75
L. Domínguez Lino (ESP) d [Q] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) 76(5) 60

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

I. Khromacheva (RUS) / M. Zanevska (UKR) d [4] E. Bogdan (ROU) / N. Melichar (USA) 61 62
First Round
[3] D. Jurak (CRO) / T. Maria (GER) d D. Kovinic (MNE) / T. Pereira (BRA) 36 60 10-3
I. Falconi (USA) / S. Rogers (USA) d [WC] M. Perez Garcia (COL) / P. Perez Garcia (COL) 60 63

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 16, 2015
CAMPO CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[5] Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs [Q] S. Vickery (USA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs T. Maria (GER)
N. Gibbs (USA) vs [2] M. Puig (PUR)
TBA After Suitable Rest – [3] D. Jurak (CRO) / T. Maria (GER) vs M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Puig (PUR)

CAMPO 1 start 11:00 am
J. Glushko (ISR) vs A. Panova (RUS)
[1] A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs I. Falconi (USA) / S. Rogers (USA)
P. Goncalves (BRA) / B. Haddad Maia (BRA) vs S. Cirstea (ROU) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

 

ATP World Tour Masters 1000 €3,288,530 (€3,830,295 Total Financial Commitment)
Monte Carlo, Monaco (+1 hour GMT)
12 – 19 April 2015 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 15 APRIL 2015

Singles – Second Round
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d J. Chardy (FRA) 62 61
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d [WC] L. Pouille (FRA) 62 61
[4] M. Raonic (CAN) d J. Sousa (POR) 63 76(4)
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) d S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 64 76(2)
[7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d J. Monaco (ARG) 61 64
[9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d F. Fognini (ITA) 63 64
[10] G. Simon (FRA) d [Q] B. Paire (FRA) 64 75
[11] J. Tsonga (FRA) d D. Goffin (BEL) 63 64
[12] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 67(3) 63 76(4)
[14] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(5) 76(6)
[15] J. Isner (USA) d V. Troicki (SRB) 76(4) 76(5)
[16] T. Robredo (ESP) d M. Granollers (ESP) 61 61

Doubles – Second Round
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d [WC] R. Arneodo (MON) / B. Balleret (MON) 76(2) 62
[7] A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) d [PR] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / F. Mayer (GER) 64 57 10-6

Doubles – First Round
T. Robredo (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) d [Alt] A. Seppi (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 12 ret. (Seppi – hip)

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 16 APRIL 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
Not Before 12:00 noon
[14] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [15] J. Isner (USA)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs A. Haider-Maurer (AUT)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[16] T. Robredo (ESP) vs [4] M. Raonic (CAN)
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [12] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
[11] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs [8] M. Cilic (CRO)
[10] G. Simon (FRA) vs [5] D. Ferrer (ESP)

COURT 2 start 11:30 am
S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)
After Suitable Rest – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)
After Possible Suitable Rest – [8] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs G. Monfils (FRA) / J. Tsonga (FRA)

COURT 9 start 11:30 am
[Alt] R. Haase (NED) / R. Klaasen (RSA) vs [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [WC] B. Paire (FRA) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [6] D. Nestor (CAN) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 11 start Not Before 12:30 pm
After Suitable Rest – [4] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs T. Robredo (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP)

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Tennis – Monte Carlo Results

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ATP World Tour Masters 1000 €3,288,530 (€3,830,295 Total Financial Commitment)
Monte Carlo, Monaco (+1 hour GMT)
12 – 19 April 2015 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 14 APRIL 2015

Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 64
[5] D. Ferrer (ESP) d V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) 62 20 ret. (shoulder)
[8] M. Cilic (CRO) d [PR] F. Mayer (GER) 63 36 63
A. Haider-Maurer (AUT) d B. Tomic (AUS) 67(4) 76(5) 64

Singles – First Round
[9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 46 64
[10] G. Simon (FRA) d [WC] B. Balleret (MON) 64 62
[11] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [LL] J. Struff (GER) 64 64
[14] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA) d [Q] A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 46 63 64
[16] T. Robredo (ESP) d A. Seppi (ITA) 63 16 64
[WC] L. Pouille (FRA) d D. Thiem (AUT) 64 64
V. Troicki (SRB) d M. Klizan (SVK) 76(5) 57 62
M. Granollers (ESP) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 63 60
J. Monaco (ARG) d J. Vesely (CZE) 64 62
J. Chardy (FRA) d [Q] D. Schwartzman (ARG) 75 62

Doubles – First Round
[Alt] R. Haase (NED) / R. Klaasen (RSA) d A. Mannarino (FRA) / L. Rosol (CZE) 61 62
[WC] B. Paire (FRA) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) d R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 67(6) 64 10-7
G. Monfils (FRA) / J. Tsonga (FRA) d J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) 46 76(4) 10-6
S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 15 APRIL 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[7] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs J. Monaco (ARG)
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [WC] L. Pouille (FRA)
J. Chardy (FRA) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)
[11] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs D. Goffin (BEL)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
F. Fognini (ITA) vs [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
J. Sousa (POR) vs [4] M. Raonic (CAN)
[14] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)

COURT 2 start 10:30 am
[16] T. Robredo (ESP) vs M. Granollers (ESP)
[10] G. Simon (FRA) vs [Q] B. Paire (FRA)
V. Troicki (SRB) vs [15] J. Isner (USA)

COURT 9 start 10:30 am
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [12] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
[WC] R. Arneodo (MON) / B. Balleret (MON) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – [7] A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [PR] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / F. Mayer (GER)

COURT 11 start Not Before 1:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – T. Robredo (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs . Alternate / Unknown

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USTA Announces 2015 Schedule for Har-Tru Wildcard Challenge for US Players to Earn a Wild Card into Roland Garros

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From the USTA – WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 13, 2015 – The USTA today announced the tournaments for the Har-Tru Wild Card Challenge, which utilizes the USTA Pro Circuit to award wild cards into the French Open. The three women’s events will be hosted in Dothan, Ala.; Charlottesville, Va.; and Indian Harbour Beach, Fla., and the three men’s events will take place in Sarasota, Fla.; Savannah, Ga.; and Tallahassee, Fla. The challenge kicks off today in Sarasota for the men’s events and Monday, April 20, in Dothan for the women’s events.
Har-Tru Sports, the leading provider of clay tennis courts, is in its third year as title sponsor of the challenge. This year, in conjunction with the wild card challenge, Har-Tru is launching a new campaign to recognize court maintenance professionals through the “Love Your Court, Love Your Game” campaign and contest with a cash prize. Har-Tru is also introducing “Court Care Professionals Day” on June 7.
In the Har-Tru Wild Card Challenge, the American man and American woman who earn the most ATP World Tour and WTA ranking points at two of the three selected USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events earn main draw wild cards into the French Open. Only Americans who did not otherwise earn direct entry into the French Open are eligible. The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2015 French Open and 2015 US Open are exchanged.
All tournaments will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com. Fans can also download the USTA Pro Circuit app by searching “procircuit” in the app store to follow the action on their cell phones.
The Har-Tru Wild Card Challenge consists of the following USTA Pro Circuit events:
USTA Pro Circuit Men’s Events
  • 2015 Sarasota Open, $100,000 Sarasota, Fla. (week of April 13)
  • St. Joseph’s/Candler Savannah Challenger, $50,000 Savannah, Ga. (week of April 20)
  • USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, $50,000 Tallahassee, Fla. (week of April 27)
USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Events
  • Hardee’s Pro Classic, $50,000 Dothan, Ala. (week of April 20)
  • Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic, $50,000 Charlottesville, Va. (week of April 27)
  • Revolution Technologies Pro Tennis Classic, $50,000 Indian Harbour Beach, Fla. (week of May 4)
Har-Tru’s “Love Your Court, Love Your Game,” campaign and contest empower tennis players, club staff and contractors to nominate their court-care professional(s) who go above and beyond to create great playing experiences for their members. The impetus of this campaign is to demonstrate appreciation for the people who create an optimal tennis environment that is key to players’ success. The campaign will kick off on Monday, April 13, and end on Sunday, May 10. The winner or winning team will be announced on Sunday, June 7, and receive a $5,000 cash prize. Fans of all ages can create a video, showcasing their appreciation for court-care professionals and the impact their work has had on their game. Submissions can be made by visiting www.loveyourcourt.com.
Sunday, June 7, will also mark “Court Care Professionals Day,” which will honor the contest winner and recognize and celebrate court-care professionals that maintain and preserve great clay-court tennis environments.
“We are so pleased that we have developed the ‘Love Your Court, Love Your Game’ campaign,” said Pat Hanssen, General Manager of Har-Tru Sports. “It’s so important to recognize the contributions of the behind-the-scenes champions for our sport and our industry. To my knowledge this is something that no other manufacturer has done and it’s something that is long overdue.”
The USTA first used this wild-card challenge format for its 2012 French Open wild cards, won by Melanie Oudin and Brian Baker. Oudin and Baker each advanced to the second round at that year’s French Open and subsequently broke into the Top 100. In 2013, Alex Kuznetsov and Shelby Rogers earned the wild cards, with Rogers winning her first-ever Grand Slam singles match at the French Open. Last year, young American Taylor Townsend and veteran Robby Ginepri earned the wild card cards, with Townsend becoming a top storyline at Roland Garros by reaching the third round.
The 2015 French Open main draw will be held Sunday, May 24, to Sunday, June 7.
Information on the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge will be available at www.procircuit.usta.com, www.HarTru.com, and on Twitter through @USTAProCircuit and #HarTruWildcard.
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Tennis – Monte-Carlo Results

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ATP World Tour Masters 1000 €3,288,530 (€3,830,295 Total Financial Commitment)
Monte Carlo, Monaco (+1 hour GMT)
12 – 19 April 2015 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – MONDAY, 13 APRIL 2015

Singles – First Round
[12] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d B. Becker (GER) 60 62
A. Haider-Maurer (AUT) d [13] E. Gulbis (LAT) 61 60
[15] J. Isner (USA) d S. Johnson (USA) 64 64
[Q] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [LL] R. Haase (NED) 61 61
D. Goffin (BEL) d [Q] N. Gombos (SVK) 61 64
[Q] B. Paire (FRA) d [Q] D. Kudla (USA) 63 76(3)
S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 76(3) 46 64
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 64
J. Sousa (POR) d [Q] E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 61 36 60
F. Fognini (ITA) d J. Janowicz (POL) 63 61
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d B. Coric (CRO) 75 57 62

Doubles – First Round
G. Dimitrov (BUL) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d M. Draganja (CRO) / H. Kontinen (FIN) 61 63
[PR] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / F. Mayer (GER) d B. Tomic (AUS) / V. Troicki (SRB) 76(7) 60
[WC] R. Arneodo (MON) / B. Balleret (MON) d J. Chardy (FRA) / M. Cilic (CRO) 76(2) 57 10-6

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 14 APRIL 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
[14] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
[11] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs [LL] J. Struff (GER)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs [5] D. Ferrer (ESP)

COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
D. Thiem (AUT) vs [WC] L. Pouille (FRA)
[16] T. Robredo (ESP) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
[PR] F. Mayer (GER) vs [8] M. Cilic (CRO)

COURT 2 start 10:30 am
J. Vesely (CZE) vs J. Monaco (ARG)
J. Chardy (FRA) vs [Q] D. Schwartzman (ARG)
[10] G. Simon (FRA) vs [WC] B. Balleret (MON)
J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) vs G. Monfils (FRA) / J. Tsonga (FRA)

COURT 9 start 10:30 am
M. Granollers (ESP) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs [WC] B. Paire (FRA) / S. Wawrinka (SUI)
V. Troicki (SRB) vs M. Klizan (SVK)
B. Tomic (AUS) vs A. Haider-Maurer (AUT)

COURT 11 start 12:00 noon
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – [Alt] R. Haase (NED) / R. Klaasen (RSA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA) / L. Rosol (CZE)

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Southern Californians Taylor Fritz and Claire Liu Capture 18s Singles Titles on Final Day of ASICS Easter Bowl

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By Steve Pratt

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 12, 2015) – Taylor Fritz learned a lot of lessons on his way to capturing the 48th annual ASICS Easter Bowl ITF Boys’ 18s singles title. Most important was that a match isn’t over until it’s officially over.

 

The top-seeded Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., resident Fritz, who came back from down a set and 0-5 to win a third-round match on Thursday, continued his high level of play on the final day of the tournament on Sunday as he beat No. 12-seeded Sam Riffice, 6-2, 6-3, to claim the title in the tournament played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

 

Fourteen-year-old Claire Liu, the No. 14-seed from Thousand Oaks, Calif., claimed the ITF Girls’ 18s trophy with an impressive 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, win over Katie Swan, the No. 2-seed from Wichita, Kan.

 

Fritz smiled when asked after the match if he was more determined to win following such an amazing comeback. “Of course,” he said. “After you have one of those it makes you more determined to win the whole thing.” He added: “It’s crazy to think how early in the tournament that was and I still had so many more matches to go. I just got better and better each match after that. And it woke me up because I had never been that far down before and came back.”

 

Just one week ago, Fritz was flying home from China after making the finals in the ITF Junior Masters. He was asked what lessons were learned during the week. “That I can play pretty well jet-lagged,” he said. “I learned I don’t have to always play my best tennis and can still win. As long as I can just keep fighting and keep my head in it. Sometime all you need is the heart to win the matches.”

 

Fritz and Riffice played some unbelievably high-level and entertaining points in front of a nice crowd on hand on a hot 90-degree day in the desert.

 

“I wanted to dictate more and play a little more offensively,” said Riffice, of Roseville, Calif. “Right off my serve he was pushing me back. He’s improved a lot since we played last. He wasn’t missing many serves and had a good first-serve percentage.”

 

Fritz added: “Sam and I play very similar. He moves better than I do but we both try to be aggressive. I was just able to take the first strike before he was and was a little more aggressive when I had to be.”

 

Fritz, who will likely move up a spot to No. 3 in the ITF world junior rankings, said he wasn’t sure if he was going to play the USTA Pro Circuit Challenger in Tallahassee, Fla., on clay April 25-May 2 that he had originally planned to. He will travel to Spain and Italy for ITF Grade A junior events, before playing the French Open Juniors where he will be one of the top seeds.

 

Fritz said after playing great in China, his play slumped at the start of the week, but got progressively better, especially his serve. “Everything but the serve was working good (this week),” he said. “But today it was working better than it has so I can’t complain.”

 

Liu joins former Thousand Oaks residents Sam Querrey (2005) and Marcos Giron (2011) to have won 18s titles at the ASICS Easter Bowl, and became one the youngest to win the 18s in tournament history.

 

Liu said she lost focus and her level of play dipped after a solid first set which she won 6-2. But she was able to get an early break of serve and take a 3-0 lead in the third set.

 

“I think I played pretty well,” said Liu. “In the first and third set I played better than I did in the second. I just wasn’t there in the second and had a lot of unforced errors.”

 

She chose several critical points to come to the net and recorded several put-away volleys. “I tried to come in as much as I could and it seemed to help,” she said, adding, “It feels really good to win the Easter Bowl.”

 

Liu said this tournament was important to her as she is trying to earn enough ITF points to get into the main draw at the Junior French Open.

 

Like Fritz, Liu said she got better as the week went on. “After every match I did better,” she said. “At the beginning I was nervous and then as I started to get into it. I just started to play more relaxed as the tournament went on.”

 

Swan was the winner of the Tory Fretz/Jackie Cooper Sportsmanship award on Saturday, along with Boys’ 14s winner Adam Neff.

 

Swan was playing in her second straight ITF 18s final, falling to CiCi Bellis one year ago. “It was tough and a battle,” Swan said. “I didn’t serve as well as I could have. I’m disappointed with the result, but it was great to be in two straight finals.”

 

Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Dent Junior Academy, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters Tennis.

 

 

Boys’ 18 Singles (Final Round)

Taylor Fritz (1) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Sam Riffice (14) (Roseville, CA) 6-2, 6-3

 

Girls’ 18 Singles (Semifinal Round)

Claire Liu (12) (Thousand Oaks, CA) def. Katie Swan (2) (Wichita, KS) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

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Jack Sock wins Houston for First ATP Title

 

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(April 12, 2015) In an all-American final, Jack Sock took down Sam Querrey 7-6(9), 7-6(2) to win the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships, his first ATP World title.

Sock saved three set points in the first set tiebreaker in a match which had a 2 hour and 20 minute rain delay

“It feels incredible,” said Sock. “Clay is my favorite surface… it feels surreal. It feels incredible, and to have friends and family here to share it with me feels even better.

“I put in a lot of hard work before I came back. I had almost nine weeks in a row off the court in the gym getting my body ready to come back. To come here and win is a very incredible feeling and I’m going to savor it for a while.”

 

“Jack’s tough,” said Querrey. “He has a big forehand and on heavy clay like that, he’s a tough guy to beat… that’s my first final in a long time, so I’m feeling good.”

 

The 22-year-old Sock will move to a career high No. 36 in the rankings on Monday. He is just the sixth American to win the United States’ only men’s clay-court tournament.

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Sania Mirza Becomes First Woman from India to top the Doubles Rankings

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(April 12, 2015) On Sunday Sania Mirza has become the first woman from India to reach the top of the WTA double rankings.

The 28-year-old Mirza reached No. 1 by virtue of teaming with Martina Hingis to win the Family Circle Cup title, beating Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak 6-0, 6-4. The victory marks three straight title wins for the pair – Inidan Wells, Miami and now Charleston.

“It’s a dream for every kid to be No.1 one day,” Mirza said. “I can’t think of a better person to do it with. When we came here we had one thing in mind, to get No.1, and she really helped me get there. She helped me through some tough moments this week. She’s just a great person and a great player. We also become the No.1 team in the world today with this.

 

“I hope we have many, many more tournaments and end the year on a high as well.”

 

This is the 26th title of Mirza’s career. Mirza was the first woman from India to win a WTA singles title,  the first to reach the third and fourth rounds of a major, the first to surpass $1 million in career prize money, and the first to win a Grand Slam title of any kind when she claimed the 2009 Australian Open mixed doubles title with countryman Mahesh Bhupathi.

 

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Anna Karolina Schmiedlova Takes Katowice Open for First WTA Title

(April 12, 2015) World No. 67 and eighth seed Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia defeated Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-3 to win the Katowice Open for her first WTA title.

The third seed Giorgi moved into the final with an upset victory in the semifinals over top seed and Poland native Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday. En route to the final Schmiedlova dismissed defending champion and second seed Aliza Cornet

“I started out nervous today,” said the first-time WTA title winner. “I lost my serve straight off in the first game. But then it was better. I wasn’t nervous after that and was just taking it point by point. Usually I don’t like playing aggressive players like her as much, because I can’t play as aggressively as them and I feel like I’m always defending, but I did very well. It was maybe one of the best matches I’ve played.

“It’s something special. I still can’t believe it – it will take a long time for me to believe it.”

Schmiedlova is the seventh Slovak to win a WTA title. No. 31 Giorgi is now 0-3 in finals.

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Martin Klizan Wins Casablanca for Third ATP Title

(April 12, 2015) Slovak Martin Klizan beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 6-2 to win the Casablanca Grand Prix Hassan II title on Sunday, his third ATP World Tour trophy.

The No. 41 player Klizan took advantage of his experience against first-time ATP finalist Gimeno-Traver ranked 95th in the world. The Slovak built a 5-1 lead in the first set and never looked back against the Spaniard.

Klizan who is now a perfect 3-0 in finals dedicated his victory to his grandfather, who died last week.

“It’s an amazing feeling right now,” Klizan said. “Every time I am in Morocco, I have played a lot on Centre Court and seen the list of all the names. I wished to be a champion and today I am. I am very proud and excited now. The crowd was unbelievable, they always support me.”

“I would like to dedicate the trophy to my grandfather, who passed away last week, and also to those who died in a bus crash [on Friday] in southern Morocco.”

“Today, was a difficult match for me,” Gimeno-Traver said. “I played a long match yesterday [against Jiri Vesely] and I didn’t feel very well today. Martin played a great match and deserved to win. I will always remember this week and I’m very happy that I reached my first final here.”

For Gimeno-Traver, before this year he had never won match in Casablanca in 2011 and 2013.

Klizan no adds Casablanca to his previous titles came in 2012 in St. Petersburg and in Munich last year.

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Tennis – Casablanca, Charleston, Houston and Katowice Results

Grand Prix Hassan II
Casablanca, Morocco

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 APRIL 2015

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] M. Klizan (SVK) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 46 64 60
D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d [3] J. Vesely (CZE) 67(3) 64 64

Doubles – Final

R. Junaid (AUS) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) d [1] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 36 62 10-7

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 APRIL 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 2:00 pm
D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [2] M. Klizan (SVK)

FAMILY CIRCLE CUP – CHARLESTON, USA
$ 731,000.00
APRIL 6 -12, 2015

RESULTS – APRIL 11, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[5] A. Kerber (GER) d [3] A. Petkovic (GER) 64 64
[7] M. Keys (USA) d [Q] L. Hradecka (CZE) 61 64

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 64 16 10-7
C. Dellacqua (AUS) / D. Jurak (CRO) d M. Erakovic (NZL) / A. Petkovic (GER) 64 16 10-5

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015
FAMILY CIRCLE STADIUM start 10:30 am
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / D. Jurak (CRO)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[7] M. Keys (USA) vs [5] A. Kerber (GER)

 

Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship
Houston, U.S.A.

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 APRIL 2015

Singles – Semi-finals
J. Sock (USA) d [3] K. Anderson (RSA) 76(3) 63
[8] S. Querrey (USA) d [6] F. Verdasco (ESP) 75 26 64

Doubles – Final
[Alt] R. Berankis (LTU) / T. Gabashvili (RUS) d T. Huey (PHI) / S. Lipsky (USA) 64 64

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 APRIL 2015

CENTER COURT start 2:00 pm
[8] S. Querrey (USA) vs J. Sock (USA)

 

KATOWICE OPEN – KATOWICE, POLAND
$ 250,000.00
6-12 APRIL 2015

RESULTS – APRIL 11, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[3] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [1] A. Radwanska (POL) 64 62
[8] A. Schmiedlova (SVK) d A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 64 61

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

Y. Bonaventure (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) d A. Cornet (FRA) / M. Linette (POL) 64 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, APRIL 12, 2015
CENTRE COURT SPODEK start 1:00 pm
G. Barbieri (ITA) / K. Knapp (ITA) vs Y. Bonaventure (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[3] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [8] A. Schmiedlova (SVK)

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