March 30, 2017

Roger Federer Beats Juan Martin del Potro at Miami Open

(March 27, 2017) No. 4 seed Roger Federer moved into the fourth round of the Miami Open on Monday afternoon with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 29 seed Juan martin del Potro.

A break in each set secured the victory for the Swiss, the first time he’s played the Argentine since 2013.

“I felt like I was in control and I was able to generate more chances than he did,” noted the world No. 6.

“I mean, a little bit out of nowhere I felt like he got his chances, but maybe because I dropped my level ever so slightly and gave him few easy points, and that’s how he sort of got more chances on my serve.

“So I feel like I earned it more. I was more the aggressor. It was more on my racquet, and I like it that way.

“But, again, if he would’ve broken back in the first and would he have broken back in the second, we might still be playing and things would be very, very different right now.

“I thought it was a good match.”

Juan Martin Del Potro

“Well, it’s not easy play against Roger because he has good forehand, good backhand, slice, dropshot, everything,” said the 2008 U. S. Open champion.

“But think I did my best, and I had chance in both sets and I couldn’t take it. He played well in the break point moments, and I think that was the only difference of the match.”

Federer will match up against 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut, who beat Sam Querrey.

“I respect Bautista Agut a lot,” Federer said. “He competes so well point for point, day in day out, and he plays ton of tournaments, and he’s really just match tough.”

“I have a really good record against Roberto. I hope I can use my variation to really make him feel uncomfortable.

“Looking forward to backing it up tomorrow now. It’s not something I’m actually used to, playing back-to-back days. So I hope my body is going to be fine tomorrow.

“That’s why definitely it was key also today not to waste too much energy.”

Alexander Zverev saved three match points to defeat John Isner 6-7(5), 7-6(7), 7-6(5).

In a battle between two former Miami Open champions, No. 11 seed Venus Williams defeated seventh seed Svetlanta Kuznetsova 6-3, 7-6(4). Williams saved two set points in the second set.

Angelique Kerber

No. 1 Angelique Kerber has reached the elite 8 in Miami. The two-time major champion beat Risa Ozaki 6-2, 6-2.

Caroline Wozniacki is also in the the quarters. Garbine Muguruza retired after the first set after feeling dizzy and having stomach pain.

Wozniacki, the 12th seed, will play former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova, who stunned fourth seed Dominika Cibulkova 7-6, 6-1.

Third seed Simona Halep avoided the upset, coming back from a set, 2-5 and a match point to beat Samantha Stosur. Also moving into the quarterfainls were 10th seed Johanna Konta and 26th seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Karolina Pliskova

In an all-Czech battle, Karolina Pliskova beat occasional doubles Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-4.

 

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Miami Open Tennis – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Third Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [25] F. Verdasco (ESP) 76(2) 67(5) 61
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d [3] M. Raonic (CAN) walkover
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d [26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 06 62 63
[13] J. Sock (USA) d J. Vesely (CZE) 63 76(0)
N. Mahut (FRA) d G. Pella (ARG) 64 63
F. Fognini (ITA) d J. Chardy (FRA) 36 64 64
D. Young (USA) d B. Paire (FRA) 76(2) 64
F. Delbonis (ARG) d J. Struff (GER) 76(5) 61

Men’s
Doubles – Second Round
[3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d [WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) 63 64
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR) 60 63
[7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) d G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) 64 67(5) 10-6
M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO) d J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) 75 63
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) 46 64 10-8

Women’s
Singles – Third Round
[1] A. Kerber (GER) d S. Rogers (USA) 64 75
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) 63 60
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [Q] T. Townsend (USA) 64 62
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [8] M. Keys (USA) 75 75
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d P. Parmentier (FRA) 64 60
[11] V. Williams (USA) d [Q] P. Tig (ROU) 63 60
[14] S. Stosur (AUS) d S. Peng (CHN) 46 63 75
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d J. Goerges (GER) 76(5) 63

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round
A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) 64 61
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 60 62
[6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) 75 62
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [7] R. Atawo (USA) / H. Chan (TPE) 06 75 10-1

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 27 MARCH 2017

STADIUM start 11:00 am
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [29] J. del Potro (ARG)
ATP – [18] J. Isner (USA( vs [16] A Zverev (GER)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [11] V. Williams (USA) vs [7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [24] G. Muller (LUX)
ATP – [22] S. Querrey (USA) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN)
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [17] I. Karlovic (CRO)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – L. Safarova (CZE) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs B. Coric (CRO)
WTA – [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)
WTA – [10] J. Konta (GBR) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
WTA – [3] S. Halep (ROU) vs [14] S. Stosur (AUS)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – [6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)
ATP – B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) v [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
WTA – [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs [5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)

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Rafael Nadal Rallies To Reach Fourth Round at Miami Open; Venus Williams Advances

Rafael Nadal

(March 26, 2017) Rafael Nadal rebounded from a shutout set on Sunday to beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 0-6, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the fourth round at the Miami Open.

“He was doing everything good,” Nadal said of his opponent. “So that’s sport, as I said hundred of times, is easy, and when somebody is playing the way that he was playing the first set, what have to do is lose the set because he was playing too good. That’s it.

“Then match is long, and positive thing is I hold very well the pressure this afternoon after a very tough first set. I resisted well the first few games on the second, and then I think I played a great second and third set.”

This was Nadal’s 1000th career match , putting him at No. 11 on the all-time list.

“1000 matches is a lot of matches obvious and good news, because that says that I am having a long career. That’s something important, especially that during a lot of years I heard that I going to have a short career. So it’s something important for me.

“Yes, during the match was good feelings to have a comeback like I had today. The first match I remember very well because it was at home in Mallorca. It was my first victory on the ATP. Was a great feeling.”

Nadal will play Nicolas Mahut for a spot in the quarterfinals.

Nadal said: “He’s playing great, no? He had already couple of great victories here. He’s a very dangerous opponent. His serve is huge and he’s able to play so aggressive, hitting the ball very, very early and going to the net very often.

“So he’s a player that I need to be quick and trying to be very solid with my serve, because I know that probably I don’t going to have a lot of options on the return, no?”

The fifth seeded Nadal is seeking his first Miami Open title, having reached the final four times.

 

Kei Nishikori

No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori beat No. 25 Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (2), 6-7 (5), 6-1 in two hours and 44 minutes. The man from Japan failed to close out the match in straight sets, holding a match point in the ninth game of the second set.

“I knew it’s going to be a tough one,” Nishikori said. Fernando is very solid player. He has great serve and great groundstrokes. I knew it’s going to be a long rallies.

“But it was a little bit shame when I was up a break both sets, first and second sets, and went to 7-6 both sets. That was something I made some mistakes when I was up a break.

“But in the third set I was very focused. Even though after first and second was tough, tough sets, I was try to play more energy, and I think everything was working well in the third set.

“So, yeah, it was tough one, but I’m very happy to win today.”

 

No. 3 seed Milos Raonic was forced to pull out of the tournaments with a right hamstring injury, which has sidelined him for most of the last month.

“It’s related to the previous injury I sustained almost four weeks ago, if not a little bit more than four weeks ago, in Delray. It’s the same muscle in the hamstring up high,” said the Canadian..

“It got progressively worse after my first round, after practicing yesterday, and it seemed like it was not possible for me to compete today without putting myself at significant risk.”

 

Venus Williams

The 36-year-old Venus Williams moved into the round of 16 with a 6-3, 6-0 win over qualifier Patricia Maria Tig.

“I love South Florida,” she told the crowd after her win “It’s really home.”

The 11th seed and three-time Miami champion was asked about the potential relocation of the tournament. Williams lives 100 miles away from Key Biscayne in Palm Beach Gardens.

“It hasn’t been easy. I’m very biased. I would love it to stay here because it’s been a staple of my life just as a child coming here and being from South Florida. I would love it to happen, and hopefully it’s in the cards.”

Per the Miami Herald, the Dolphins owner is interested in buying the tournament.
“He loves tennis, I love tennis, so, mmm, let’s keep it in South Florida,” Williams said. Yeah. If it works, I would love that.”

The seven-time major champion will play No. 7 seed and 2006 Miami Open winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.

No. 1 player Angelique Kerber needed to rally from breaks in both sets to beat American Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5.

No. 8 seed Madison Keys lost to unseeded Lara Arruabarrena 7-5, 7-5.

Other seeded winners: No. 3 Simona Halep, No. 10 Johanna Konta and No. 14 Sam Stosur.

 

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Fanselow defeats Klahn to capture USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas title

 

CALABASAS, Calif., — Whether it was his serving, baseline attack or return game, Sebastian Fanselow of Germany could do little wrong during Sunday’s championship match of the USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas.

 

The 25-year-old Fanselow, a former standout at Pepperdine who now resides in Los Angeles, played almost flawlessly in defeating Bradley Klahn of Poway, Calif., 6-3, 6-2 at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center. Fanselow, who needed a little more than an hour to win the match, faced only one break point and won 75 percent of the points when putting his first serve in play.

 

Fanselow, who joins other notable stars like Michael Chang and Mark Philippoussis to win at Calabasas, secured his third ITF Futures title this year. It’s a trend Fanselow hopes can continue.

 

“I think 2017 has been a great year so far for me,” said Fanselow, whose other two tournament victories came in Jakarta, Indonesia in February. “By the wins you pick up you gain confidence. My confidence level now is very high.”

 

Fanselow, ranked No. 386, entered the tournament as the No. 4 seed and did not drop a set in his four matches. He maintained that high level of play on Sunday.

 

I felt I was able to execute fairly well and make (Klahn) feel uncomfortable for most of the match,” Fanselow said. “I think the biggest thing with him is to get his serve back and put as many balls in the court as possible off the return. I felt I was able to do that and once I got into the rally I had a bit of the upper hand today.”

 

The loss marked the second time Klahn has finished as the runner-up at Calabasas. The former Stanford star lost in the 2013 final to Sanam Singh of India.

 

For the 763rd-ranked Klahn, who was granted a wild card into the event, it was a disappointing loss following four impressive wins to reach the final. The 26-year-old left-hander, who was once ranked No. 63 in the world in 2014 and has played in the U.S. Open three times, is starting to find his winning form after missing most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons due to back surgery.

 

“I wasn’t able to get into my game plan like I had been in my previous four matches,” said Klahn as he spoke to the crowd just before the awards ceremony.

 

Klahn did bounce back from losing in the singles final to capture the doubles championship later in the afternoon. Playing alongside fellow American Connor Smith, the No. 4 seeds defeated No. 2 seeds Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and Alex Lawson of the United States 6-4, 6-7 (5, 10-5.

 

 

Sunday’s Singles Final

 

Sebastian Fanselow (4), GER def. Bradley Klahn, USA (wc) 6-3, 6-2.

 

Sunday’s Doubles Final

Bradley Klahn, USA / Connor Smith (4), USA def. Farris Fathi Gosea, GBR / Alex Lawson (2), USA, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 10-5.

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Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka Net Opening Wins at Miami Open

 

Roger Federer

(March 25, 2017) Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka won their opening matches at the Miami Open on Saturday, both in straight sets.
Fourth seed Federer, the fresh off his tournament win at Indian Wells last weekend was put to the test against talented up and coming American teenage qualifier, ranked No. 101 Frances Tiafoe, winning 7-6(2), 6-3.

“I’ve hit with Frances maybe twice before,” noted the Swiss: “Once at the French and once at the US Open. There he surprised me. I’m not going to get the surprise really a second time around because I saw the power he had, the explosivity he had. You know, how he easily can generate pace.

“So I think he’s going to be really good, like most of the NextGen campaign, if you like, are going to be good players. Plus they’re pushing each other up right now. They have a good dynamic. They are quite friendly also with one another yet they have good rivalry.

“I think the question was always how was he going to come out. It’s the question also for any player. Also for me. How can you start a match? Seemed like to be fearless, no problem, good serving, taking the ball early, making the plays.

“And that I like to see, is when a younger player comes out, that he really feels he has nothing to lose and he’s only got stuff to gain. I hope he’s going to learn a lot from a match like this just because playing on a center court with a lot of people, under pressure, saving break points, making break points, playing breakers. That’s what it’s about, and it should feed a player like him with a lot of energy moving forward hopefully.”

Frances Tiafoe

In the first set, despite Federer serving at 80%, Tiafoe held steady until the tiebreak.

“He stayed with me for a very long time,” Federer said to media.

“He was rock solid,” Tiafoe said of the 18-time major champion. “He didn’t give me anything.”

Federer who is returning to play in Key Biscayne after a two-year absence, is a two-time winner of this event 2005-2006.
The No. 6 player is 14-1 on the year, winning the Australian Open in January.

Federer will play Juan Martin del Potro in the third round.

Stan Wawrinka

With the top two players, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic out of the tournament with right elbow injuries, Wawrinka is the No. 1 seed for the first time at a Masters 1000 event.

“For me doesn’t change anything mentally or the way I see it,” he said

“Honestly, all I want is to gain what I have, to play well, to improve my tennis, to improve my results, taking as much as I can, and trying to go the best I can.”

Wawrinka beat Horacio Zeballos, 6-3, 6-4.

“For me doesn’t change much to be No. 1 seed or No. 4 seed or No. 3rd,” Wawrinka continued. “Same at the end of the day: You need to win matches.

“I know I can beat anybody, but I need to play well for that. I never played well here in the past, so hopefully I can change that this year.”

Garbine Muguruza

In women’s play, reigning French Open champion, Garbine Muguruza needed to regroup to rally past No. 30 Zhang Shuai 4-6, 6-2, 6-2.

“Well, another tight match honestly,” Muguruza quipped. “I think she played very well. I remember the match we played in Doha and it was like today basically.

“I think I played well as well. The first set was few points difference honestly. Then in the second set I came stronger. I said, Look, if yesterday I could come back, I can today as well.

“So I just keep my spirit up. I try to be more aggressive. I try to, I don’t know, be more positive; stop looking the negative things of losing the first set.”

“I mean, a win is a win, obviously. I don’t wish to have every day matches like so, so tough, but I’m very happy with the way I’m facing them. Today was another one.

“Since I started the year I had a lot of matches like this, and I’m expecting every time I go to the court all these girls play very loose with me. They play great.

“I have a little bit of responsibility there, so it’s a good matchup.”

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands upset No. 17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Rain interrupted play several times on Saturday.

 

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Second Round
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 64
[4] R. Federer (SUI) d [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA) 76(2) 63
B. Coric (CRO) d [6] D. Thiem (AUT) 61 75
[8] D. Goffin (BEL) d [Q] D. King (BAR) 75 61
[10] T. Berdych (CZE) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 63 62
[12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 64 63
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 76(3)
[16] A. Zverev (GER) d Y. Lu (TPE) 60 63
[17] I. Karlovic (CRO) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 76(4) 61
[18] J. Isner (USA) d [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) 75 76(5)
[22] S. Querrey (USA) d [PR] T. Robredo (ESP) 62 63
[24] G. Muller (LUX) d A. Seppi (ITA) 76(3) 76(1)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d [27] D. Ferrer (ESP) 62 63
[29] J. del Potro (ARG) d R. Haase (NED) 62 64
M. Jaziri (TUN) d [31] F. Lopez (ESP) 63 46 63
A. Mannarino (FRA) d [32] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 64 36 62

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 46 10-8
[2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) 61 46 16-14
[3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d F. Martin (FRA) / M. Matkowski (POL) 64 63
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 63
[6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d [Alt] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 26 76(0) 10-7
[7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 63
J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) d [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 75 76(2)
N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA) d A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) 64 63
J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d V. Troicki (SRB) / M. Venus (NZL) 64 75

Women’s
Singles – Third Round
[2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 75 63
[4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 62 63
[26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [5] A. Radwanska (POL) 60 63
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [30] S. Zhang (CHN) 46 62 62
[12] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d S. Cirstea (ROU) 64 62
[15] B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) 62 64
[WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d [17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 46 60 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 61 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / A. Muhammad (USA) 60 62
[3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) 63 76(3)
[4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d [WC] N. Osaka (JPN) / M. Puig (PUR) 76(6) 61
[6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [Alt] L. Davis (USA) / N. Melichar (USA) 57 64 10-3
[7] R. Atawo (USA) / H. Chan (TPE) d S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) 76(4) 12 Retired
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) d [8] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 62 36 10-7
[PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 62 61
T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) / H. Watson (GBR) 63 61
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) 46 64 11-9

 

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Miami Open Tennis – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

 

MIAMI OPEN PRESENTED BY ITAU – MIAMI, USA
$6,993,450 (ATP)
$6,993,450 (WTA)
20 MARCH – 2 APRIL, 2017

RESULTS – FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Second Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d K. Anderson (RSA) 64 63
[3] M. Raonic (CAN) d V. Troicki (SRB) 63 75
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d D. Sela (ISR) 63 64
J. Chardy (FRA) d [7] M. Cilic (CRO) 64 26 63
G. Pella (ARG) d [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 63 76(4)
D. Young (USA) d [11] L. Pouille (FRA) 62 64
[13] J. Sock (USA) d Y. Nishioka (JPN) 24 Retired
F. Delbonis (ARG) d [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 16 75 62
J. Vesely (CZE) d [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 76(5) 46 63
J. Struff (GER) d [20] G. Simon (FRA) 61 61
B. Paire (FRA) d [21] P. Cuevas (URU) 75 60
N. Mahut (FRA) d [23] S. Johnson (USA) 64 57 64
[25] F. Verdasco (ESP) d [Q] E. Escobedo (USA) 76(9) 75
[26] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d T. Fritz (USA) 75 36 76(4)
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d [28] M. Zverev (GER) 64 64
F. Fognini (ITA) d [30] J. Sousa (POR) 76(8) 26 63

First Round
M. Jaziri (TUN) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(4) 00 Retired
[WC] T. Bellucci (BRA) d S. Robert (FRA) 76(5) 62

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
[PR] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 63 75
[WC] N. Kyrgios (AUS) / M. Reid (AUS) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 75 36 10-7
M. Cilic (CRO) / N. Mektic (CRO) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 36 63 10-7
P. Lorenzi (ITA) / J. Sousa (POR) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) / M. Ymer (SWE) 76(4) 61
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d D. Thiem (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 63
B. Baker (USA) / D. Nestor (CAN) d O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) 67(3) 76(4) 11-9

Women’s
Singles – Second Round
[3] S. Halep (ROU) d N. Osaka (JPN) 64 26 63
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Mchale (USA) 06 76(6) 64
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d M. Minella (LUX) 62 62
[8] M. Keys (USA) d V. Golubic (SUI) 61 62
[10] J. Konta (GBR) d [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 62 67(5) 64
[WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) d [13] E. Vesnina (RUS) 36 64 75
[14] S. Stosur (AUS) d [WC] A. Barty (AUS) 64 64
[15] B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Larsson (SWE) 46 63 76(3)
S. Cirstea (ROU) d [19] A. Sevastova (LAT) 76(4) 36 63
S. Peng (CHN) d [21] C. Garcia (FRA) 64 60
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) d [22] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 76(4) 62
P. Parmentier (FRA) d [24] T. Babos (HUN) 67(1) 62 60
[Q] T. Townsend (USA) d [25] R. Vinci (ITA) 63 62
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [28] I. Begu (ROU) 36 64 63
S. Rogers (USA) d [31] D. Kasatkina (RUS) 64 57 60
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [32] E. Makarova (RUS) 67(1) 62 62

Women’s
Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) / T. Townsend (USA) 64 61
[5] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 57 75 10-7
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d C. Mchale (USA) / A. Rosolska (POL) 75 16 10-8
A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d S. Errani (ITA) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 64 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MARCH 25, 2017

STADIUM start 11:00 am
ATP – [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [30] S. Zhang (CHN)
ATP – [4] R. Federer (SUI) vs [Q] F. Tiafoe (USA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK)

8:00 pm
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs [29] J. del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – S. Cirstea (ROU) vs [12] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [17] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [WC] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)
ATP – [22] S. Querrey (USA) vs [PR] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – [18] J. Isner (USA) vs [WC] T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – B. Coric (CRO) vs [6] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [12] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [27] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [10] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
WTA – [5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [26] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
ATP – Y. Lu (TPE) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)
WTA – [27] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – [3] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs F. Martin (FRA) / M. Matkowski (POL)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [Q] D. King (BAR) vs [8] D. Goffin (BEL)
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [31] F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) vs [8] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 00

COURT 7 start 11:00 am
ATP – A. Seppi (ITA) vs [24] G. Muller (LUX)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [32] P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK)
ATP – A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [17] I. Karlovic (CRO)
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs [6] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 8 start 11:00 am
ATP – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / A. Muhammad (USA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
ATP – D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) vs N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)
WTA – [PR] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

COURT 9 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) / H. Watson (GBR) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [7] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)
[3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE)

COURT 10 start 11:00 am
ATP – J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs V. Troicki (SRB) / M. Venus (NZL)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
ATP – [6] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [PR] T. Haas (GER) / L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – [7] R. Atawo (USA) / H. Chan (TPE) vs S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN)

COURT 5 start 3:00 pm
WTA – [WC] N. Osaka (JPN) / M. Puig (PUR) vs [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)

 

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Rafael Nadal Begins Another Quest for First Miami Title; Venus Williams Wins Late Night Match

Rafael Nadal

(March 24, 2017) Rafael Nadal began his quest for his first Miami Open with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela on Friday at the Miami Open in Key Biscayne, Florida.

 

The Spaniard is playing in this tournament for the 13th time in his career. Although the 14-time major winner has never taken home the Miami trophy, he’s been a finalist four times – in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2014 coming within two points of the title against Novak Djokovic.

 

“I think I was four times in the final. Probably I should win the first one.”

“Then I have another good chance, but I was in the final against Novak (Djkokovic).

 

“6-5, 15-30, didn’t happen,” Noted the fifth seed, and the other two finals I didn’t play very well, no?”
“I think probably even if I was not in the final, the year that I was closer to win was the year that I got injury against (Andy) Roddick in that semifinals. Was winning – never easy against Andy, no – but I have the match a little bit under control and I get injury of my knee, no, and then I lost in three sets.

“I was playing great that year. I thought that was my year. But in tennis is always the same. Life the same. “You have opportunities. If you don’t convert these opportunities, then it’s tough, no?

“But I am still playing tennis and I am still here fighting for the things that motivates me. My motivation is play enough well to have chances here.”

 

The top two players in the world, combining for 8 Miami titles, will give someone else a chance to win this year as both six-time champion Djokovic and two-time champion Andy Murray, withdrew with right with elbow injuries.

 

Venus Williams

In the women’s field, 23-time major champion Serena Williams pulled out of both Indian Wells and Miami with a knee injury, but older sister Venus, the 11th seed opened her tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Beatriz Haddad Maia in the last match on center court during evening session.

 

Top seed Angelique Kerber bested Ying-Ying Duan 7-6(3), 6-2 while third seed Simona Halep also advanced with three-set win over Naomi Osaka 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.

 

Sixth seed Garbine Muguruza saved a match point to get past Christina McHale 0-6, 7-6(6), 6-4 in match which carried over to Friday when rain suspened the match on Thursday night.

 

“I think I had a second chance probably with the rain and stuff,” said Muguruza.

“It was a very — it had everything in the match. She started playing well the first set yesterday and I think my game was not exactly how I wanted to be of I was missing by a little and then she was not missing at all.

‘Then I just forgot about it. I woke up today and said, Hey, this is not over. Went to the court, I fight, and I got it again.”
Last week’s winner at Indian Wells, was an upset victim on Friday. Elena Vesnina, seeded 13th lost her second-round match to wildcard Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.

 

Vesnina’s Russian countrywoman, seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova who lost to Vesnina in the Indian Wells final, moved into the third round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Mandy Minella.

 

Other seeds losing on Friday included: [19] Anastasija Sevastova, [20] Carla Suarez Navarro, [21] Caroline Garcia, [22] Kristina Mladenovic, [24] Timea Babos, [25] R. Vinci, [28] I. Begu, [31] D. Kasatkina and [32] Ekaterina Makarova.

American qualifier Taylor Townsend, ranked 111th in the world defeated No. 25 Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-2.

 

Upsets on the men’s side included: [7] Marin Cilic, [9] Grigor Dimitrov, [11] Lucas Pouille, [15] Pablo Carreno Busta, [19] A. Ramos-Vinolas, [20] Gilles Simon, [21] Pablo Cuevas, [23] Steve Johnson, [28] Mischa Zverev and [30] Joao Sousa.

 

Kei Nishikori

Second seed Kei Nishikori beat Kevin Anderson 6-4, 6-3 to reach the third round. So did third seed Milos Raonic, playing his first event since late February when a right leg injury put him on an injury hiatus.

 

“I have to be very happy with just the outcome, that I was able to get the win today, that I have another chance to play in two days,” said the Canadian.

“Hopefully I can continue to progress throughout this tournament.”

 

“I’ve prepared the best I can for this tournament,” Raonic said. “I’m not necessarily in the best position right now, but fortunately it’s a long tournament. Doesn’t mean things can’t change and I can’t get better throughout this event.”

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Top seed McDonald rolls into semifinals at USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas

CALABASAS, Calif., — Mackenzie McDonald’s performance at this week’s USTA Men’s Pro Tennis Championships of Calabasas has been flawless for the most part, however the young American sputtered just briefly in his quarterfinal match on Friday afternoon.

 

McDonald, the No. 1 seed at the $25,000 Futures event, nonetheless had little trouble dispatching unseeded Daniel Nolan of Australia 6-2, 6-4 despite losing his serve in consecutive games. All in all it was another solid performance from the 21-year-old Californian, who has dropped just 11 games in his three matches.

 

Nolan felt pressured by McDonald from the opening game as the former UCLA standout took charge and eventually broke his 20-year-old opponent the first three times he served en route to grabbing a 5-0 lead. McDonald dropped serve trying to close out a 6-0 first set and in his first service game of the second set, but righted the ship and secured the victory in one hour and 12 minutes.

 

McDonald moves on to face No. 4 seed Sebastian Fanselow, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over No. 8 seed Jared Hiltzik, in Saturday’s semifinals. Fanselow, a former standout at Pepperdine, has also won his first three matches in straight sets.

 

Fanselow, a 25-year-old from Germany, raced to a 3-0 in the first set to take control and eventually got the key break he needed in the fifth game of the second set.

 

One of Friday’s closest matches involved wild-card entrant Bradley Klahn against a qualifier, Karue Sell of Jaragua du Sul, Brazil. Klahn, a former Stanford standout, prevailed 7-6 (2), 6-4.

 

Klahn and Sell put on a serving clinic in the first set, a set which saw both players never face a break point. Klahn proved the better player in the tiebreaker as the 27-year-old Californian took a 3-0 lead and finally win it 7-2.

 

Sell, who upset No. 2 seed Calvin Hemery of France on Wednesday, generated only one break-point opportunity in the match but failed to convert. Klahn only had two break-point chances, but cashed in on the first one he generated in the third game of the second set to create the lead he needed and secure his spot in the semifinals.

 

Klahn’s opponent in his Saturday semifinal will be No. 6 seed Marcos Giron, who defeated No. 3 seed Tommy Paul of Boca Raton, Fla., 6-4, 6-4. Giron, from nearby Thousand Oaks and the 2014 winner of this event, served 77 percent on his first serves and converted three of his 11 break-point chances.

 

There were also four quarterfinal doubles matches on Friday, highlighted by Americans Gonzalez Austin and Nathaniel Lammons knocking out No. 1 seeds Sergey Betov of Belarus  and Luis David Martinez of Venezuela 6-4, 7-5.

 

The No. 2 seeds, Farris Fathi Gosea of Great Britain and Alex Lawson of the United States, advanced to the semifinals with a 6-1, 7-6 (4) win over Americans Brandon Anandan and Clay Thompson.

 

 

 

Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card

Bradley Klahn, USA (wc) def. Karue Sell, BRA, 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Mackenzie McDonald (1), USA def. Daniel Nolan, AUS, 6-2, 6-4.

Sebastian Fanselow (4), GER def. Jared Hiltzik (8), USA, 6-3, 6-4.

Marcos Giron (6), USA def. Tommy Paul (3), USA, 6-4, 6-4.

 

 

Friday’s  Quarterfinal Doubles Scores

Bradley Klahn, USA / Connor Smith, USA def. Henry Craig, USA / Miles Seemann, USA, 6-4, 6-1.

Farris Fathi Gosea, GBR / Alex Lawson (2), USA def. Brandon Anadan, USA / Clay Thompson, USA, 6-1, 7-6 (4).

Gonzalez Austin, USA / Nathaniel Lammons, USA. def. Sergey Betov, BLR / Luis David Martinez (1), VEN, 6-4, 7-5 Marcos Giron, USA / Julian Lenz, GER def. Benjamin Hannestad, DEN / Hunter Reese, USA,  6-4, 7-5.

 

Saturday’s events include the semifinals along with a USTA Junior Team Tennis Kid’s Tennis Carnival from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

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Easter Bowl To Celebrate 50th Anniversary March 25-April 2 At Indian Wells Tennis Garden

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. – The Easter Bowl USTA Junior National Spring Championships Presented by Adidas will celebrate its 50th tournament starting tomorrow / March 25-April 2 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

 

Started in 1968 in New York City by Seena Hamilton, the Easter Bowl tournament is currently directed by chairman Lornie Kuhle and has always been a direct “pathway to the pros” for aspiring tennis players as nearly every American who has achieved success on the world’s tennis stage in the Open era has played the Easter Bowl, including current American stars Jack Sock, Stevie Johnson, John Isner, Madison Keys and CiCi Bellis.

 

The 50th annual Easter Bowl has returned as a designated USTA National Championship this year, meaning there will be gold, silver and bronze balls awarded for finalists and the third-place winner in all divisions. The 18s divisions will remain an ITF Level B1 event and closed to only the top U.S. junior players who will play for valuable ITF ranking points.

 

The site of the Easter Bowl is once again the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home of the recently concluded BNP Paribas Open, and other tennis facilities and country clubs around the Coachella Valley.

 

The event begins Saturday with qualifying in the 12s and 14s divisions and will conclude with the ITF boys’ and girls’ division finals on Sunday, April 2.

 

Top players in the Boys’ ITF division include defending champion Gianni Ross, ranked No. 18 in the ITF Junior world rankings and expected to be seeded No. 2. Trent Bryde of Suwanee, Ga. Bryde, currently ranked No. 11 in the world rankings, played in the Australian Open Juniors main draw in January, and won both the singles and doubles at the Grade A ITF in Brazil in February. He beat fellow American Vasil Kirkov from Tampa., Fla., in the semifinals in three sets. Kirkov is the No. 19-ranked ITF player and comes in as the No. 3 Easter Bowl seed.

 

Bryde lost to eventual ITF champion Ross in the quarterfinals at last year’s Easter Bowl while Kirkov advanced to the semifinals before being taken out by runner-up John McNally. Sam Riffice, 2015 Easter Bowl 16s champion Oliver Crawford, Danny Thomas, Brian Cernoch and Patrick Kypson are other top players.

 

On the girls’ side, last year’s singles finalist Ellie Douglas of McKinney, Texas, returns and will likely be seeded within the top four as her current ITF ranking is No. 28. Taylor Johnson of Redondo Beach, Calif., will be the top-seeded player as she is ranked No. 14 the ITF. Johnson is coached by local Coachella Valley resident Rosie Casals. Carson Branstine from Orange, Calif., is the No. 2-seed and No. 15 in the world. Whitney Osuigwe recently received a WTA world ranking as she made it to the Round of 16 at the Tampa ITF Pro Futures tournament.

 

This Sunday night, Team USA will once again hold its annual awards night in conjunction with the player party, which includes a free meal to all players catered by the Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage. The USTA has announced that Mike Gennette, coach of top juniors Claire Liu and Austen Huang, and Henner Nehles, coach of rising American 17-year old Kayla Day, were named as the 2016 Team USA Developmental Coaches of the Year as part of USTA Player Development’s annual Team USA Coaching Awards.

 

Other award winners include Smith Tennis in Indianapolis, recognized as the 2016 Team USA Developmental Program of the Year, while USTA Northern California was named the 2016 Team USA Player Development Section of the Year. Tennis icon Billie Jean King, renowned coach Rick Macci and University of Georgia legend Dan Magill are also being honored with Team USA Legendary Coaching Awards.

 

“This year the Adidas Easter Bowl is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and we are so fortunate to have the Indian Wells Tennis Garden as our host site for this prestigious event and I want to personally thank them,” Easter Bowl chairman Lornie Kuhle said. “The Adidas Easter Bowl is now a U.S. National Championship in all divisions: boys’ and girls’ 12s, 14s, 16, and 18s, making it the only National Championship in the country to host all divisions in one location. At this year’s BNP Paribas Open, nearly every American in the main draw had once played the Easter Bowl proving the Adidas Easter Bowl is truly a pathway to the pros.”

 

Once again this year, the Easter Bowl will allow $10,000 in travel grants that will be awarded evenly in the boys’ and girls’ ITF divisions beginning in the round of 16. The grants will take the form of vouchers for airline travel and hotel expenses. The travel grants will be awarded as follows: Winner and finalist: $750; semifinalist: $500; quarterfinalist: $325; Round of 16: $150.

 

In addition to live streaming the Easter Bowl again this year, Kuhle also announced the tournament’s updated mobile app, which can be found in both the Apple iTunes store or at Google Play. Search “Easter Bowl” to download the app.

 

Check back to www.easterbowl.com to watch the live stream and for all Easter Bowl news, results and schedules.

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Voting Opens for 2017 Fed Cup Heart Awards

Voting opens for 2017 Fed Cup Heart Awards

 

(March 24, 2017) The ITF  announced a shortlist of ten players to receive the first four Fed Cup Heart Awards of 2017. Awards will be presented in four categories based on performances in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II first round ties, and the three Zone Group I events at the beginning of February.

 

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR), Karolina Pliskova (CZE), Rebecca Sramkova (SVK) and Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) have all been shortlisted for the World Group/World Group II award. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) and Heather Watson (GBR) have been shortlisted for Europe/Africa; Bianca Andreescu (CAN) and Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR) for Americas; and Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) and Naomi Osaka (JPN) for Asia/Oceania.

 

The players were shortlisted by the Heart Award judging panel, consisting of ITF President David Haggerty and a mixture of former players and members of the international media. A public vote, running on 24-30 March, is being held on FedCup.com and FedCup.com/es to decide the four winners, who will all receive a cheque to be donated to their chosen charity. The winners will be announced on 3 April.

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “The Fed Cup Heart Award is a fantastic initiative that recognises outstanding contributions made by players representing their country. I would like to acknowledge the performances by the ten shortlisted players but I would also like to thank all of the players who make Fed Cup by BNP Paribas the success it is today.”

 

The Fed Cup Heart Award is an ITF initiative that was first presented to USA’s Melanie Oudin at the 2009 Fed Cup Final. It aims to recognise players who have represented their country with distinction, shown exceptional courage on court and demonstrated outstanding commitment to their team. A total of six players will be recognised in 2017. To cast your vote, visit the Fed Cup website

 

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 107 nations entered in 2017. The competition is 54 years old having been founded in 1963.


PLAYER INFORMATION

 

World Group / World Group II

 

Aryna Sabalenka (BLR)

 

In her first live Fed Cup rubbers, suffered a three-set defeat on Saturday but won on Sunday to send Belarus into the Fed Cup semifinals for the first time.

 

Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

 

Won both singles rubbers, including a 62 62 win over world No. 7 Garbiñe Muguruza. Maintained her record of never having lost a Fed Cup tie.

 

Rebecca Sramkova (SVK)

 

On her Fed Cup debut, recorded two singles wins including the one that sealed the tie, as Slovakia defeated Italy to reach the World Group play-offs.

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

 

Won three rubbers as Switzerland defeated France to reach the Fed Cup semifinals for the second successive year.

 

Europe/Africa Zone Group I

 

Ivana Jorovic (SRB)

 

Won all four of her singles rubbers and two deciding doubles rubbers, including one in the promotional play-off, as Serbia qualified for the World Group II play-offs.

 

Heather Watson (GBR)

Won four singles rubbers and stepped in for the crucial doubles rubber in the promotional play-off against Croatia as Great Britain reached the World Group II play-offs.

 

Americas Zone Group I

 

Bianca Andreescu (CAN)

 

Making her Fed Cup debut, the 16-year-old won all four singles rubbers without dropping a set. She also won two doubles rubbers as Canada advanced to the World Group II play-offs.

 

Montserrat Gonzalez (PAR)

 

Won four of the six ties she contested as Paraguay earned a third-place finish in Americas Zone Group I.

 

Asia/Oceania Zone Group I

 

Naomi Osaka (JPN)

 

On her Fed Cup debut, won all four singles rubbers as Japan reached the promotional play-off tie.

 

Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ)

 

Won four of the five rubbers she contested, including the decisive doubles rubber in the promotional play-off as Kazakhstan advanced to the World Group II play-offs.

 

VALUE OF CHEQUES

 

$10,000 World Group semifinals winner (x1)

$6,000              World Group / World Group II first round winner (x1)

$3,000              World Group / World Group II play-offs

$1,000              Zone Group I winners (x3)

 

JUDGING PANEL

 

David Haggerty (USA), ITF President

Sabine Appelmans (BEL), former Fed Cup player/captain

Mercedes Paz (ARG), former Fed Cup player

Craig Gabriel (AUS), international journalist

Sandra Harwitt (USA), international journalist

Corinne Dubreuil (FRA), international photographer

Ray Giubilo (ITA), international photographer

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