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Teams Named for 2014 Hopman Cup

 

(October 8, 2013) The official draw, teams and provisional schedule have been set for the mixed teams event,  the Hyundai Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. The event will be held from December 28, 2013 through January 4, 2014.

 

     

 

   
  Schedule Time Matches
  Saturday 28 December 10:00 am Poland v Italy
    5:30 pm Canada v Australia
  Sunday 29 December 10:00 am Czech Republic v Spain
    5:30 pm Poland v Canada
  Monday 30 December 10:00 am USA v Spain
    5:30 pm France v Czech Republic
  Tuesday 31 December 10:00 am Italy v Australia
  Wednesday 1 January 5:30 pm USA v France
  Thursday 2 January 10:00 am Italy v Canada
    5:30 pm Poland v Australia
  Friday 3 January 10:00 am France v Spain
    5:30 pm Czech Republic v USA
  Saturday 4 January 5:30 pm Winner Group A v Winner Group B

 

 

Poland                                [15] Jerzy Janowicz and [4] Agnieszka Radwanska

USA                                     [13] John Isner and [12] Sloane Stephens

France                                [9] Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and [27] Alize Cornet

Canada                               [11] Milos Raonic and [35] Eugenie Bouchard

Czech Republic                [39] Radek Stepanek and [7] Petra Kvitova

Italy                                     [22] Andreas Seppi and [31] Flavia Pennetta

Australia                             [51] Bernard Tomic and [20] Sam Stosur

Spain                                   [19] Tommy Robredo and [98] Anabel Medina Garrigues

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Spain Upsets Serbia for Hopman Cup Title

 

(January 5, 2013) Spain captured its fourth Hopman Cup title on Satuday when Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues won the deciding mixed doubles rubber 6-4, 7-5 against top seed Serbia with Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic to clinch the tie 2-1.

Djokovic  won  the men’s singles took the first match for Serbia by overcoming a strong challenge from Verdasco 6-3, 7-5. Medina Garrigues evened it by outlasting Ivanovic 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-2. Ivanovic appeared to be suffering from an illness.

Medina Garrigues  who played a pivitol role in the tie win was very emotional.

“I was dreaming all of my career of winning against a great player in a big stadium. I’m 30 years old and finally I take it, so I’m really happy,” Medina Garrigues said. “The crowd is like a Grand Slam and they were supporting me because they wanted a live mixed doubles.”

“It’s one of the best [wins], well I win a Roland Garros doubles it was really exciting also, but here I did not expect to get in the final and then win so  I’m really happy,”  added Medina Garrigues .

“It was an unbelievable week. I enjoyed it a lot to play with her and an amazing doubles win …  and one of the greatest moments of my career winning here today.”

“I think she [played] a big part of this Hopman Cup,” said Verdasco. “She won three singles matches, unbelievable important and she play really good mixed to help me. I cannot win alone of course and like she is a really good doubles player and you can see it out there in the mixed.

Serbia was seeking its first mixed team title.

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Tomic Keeps Australia in Hunt for Hopman Cup

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(January 3, 2012) Bernard Tomic and Ashleigh Barty secured a 2-1 victory over Hopman Cup No.3 seeds Italy on Thursday night, keeping themselves in contention for a finals berth at the ITF’s official mixed teams competition.

Tomic began with a 6-3 7-5 win over Andreas Seppi.  He’s now a perfect 3-0 in singles play also upsetting Novak Djokovic and Tommy Haas.

“It was very difficult to bounce back and focus on tonight’s match but I think I did it extremely well and woke up and did everything on time,” said Tomic after the match. “I feel like I played a very good match today. I’m improving and I couldn’t be more satisfied from the last three matches I’ve won here.

“The confidence I’ve got from this week is going to allow myself a big chance in Sydney and if I keep everything up, I can do well there as well as the summer in Melbourne.”

Australian teenager Barty claimed the biggest win of her career with a 6-0 6-3 demolition of 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in Thursday night’s second rubber.

“It’s amazing coming to Perth and I’ve been given this opportunity to play for Australia and it’s been unbelievable,” said Barty post-match. “I’ve had a great week with Bernie (Tomic), I’m happy I can contribute and get a win.

“Coming out here and paying in front of this many people is unbelievable. Last night was so much fun and to play as well as I did is just amazing.”

Barty’s win gave Australia an unassailable 2-0 lead over Italy heading into the mixed doubles rubber which was won by the Italians 2-6 6-4 [10-3].

Earlier in the day Spain was handed a walkover by the USA after John Isner withdrew from the tie with a right knee injury.

In the singles Fernando Verdasco defeated Isner’s replacement, 16-year-old Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis 7-6(4) 6-3 before Venus Williams beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3 6-4.

In the mixed, the Spanish duo were clearly too good for Kokkinakis and Williams who met for the first time just minutes before playing. The experienced Spaniards, who had won both of their previous mixed doubles matches this week, completed a hat trick of mixed wins, 6-1 6-3, over the scratch USA pairing.

The victory secured Spain’s place in Saturday’s final with Serbia and Australia both in contention for the second finals berth depending on the outcome of Serbia’s match against Germany on Friday night.

Should Germany upset top seed Serbia, Australia would reach the final.

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Spain and Australia Open Hopman Cup With Wins; Petkovic Injured

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Spain has secured the first victory of Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 with a tense two rubbers to one win over South Africa at the Perth Arena.

The  Spanish pair of Anabel Medina Garrigues and Fernando Verdasco combined well to dispose of South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers and Kevin Anderson in three sets, 6-4 6-7(3) [10-8].

Earlier in the session Anderson gave South Africa the lead defeating Verdasco in straight sets, 7-6(5) 6-4. Spain hit back to level the tie at one all with Medina-Garrigues proving too strong for Scheepers, 6-4 6-2.

A gutsy performance from Bernard Tomic and a knee injury to a tearful Andrea Petkovic saw Australia take a 3-0 victory over Germany in Saturday night’s Hyundai Hopman Cup 2013 at Perth Arena.

Tomic fought to defeat world No.21 Tommy Haas 7-6(6) 3-6 7-5 in the singles..

Petkovic won the first set 6-4 over 16-year-old Queenslander Ashleigh Barty in the opening set of the women’s singles rubber.

But the former world No.9 was then forced to make a tearful retirement due to a right knee injury.

“It’s unfortunate for Andrea, she’s a great player,” Ashleigh Barty said.

“I hope Andrea has a speedy recovery so she can play in the Australian Open.”

Petkovic’s withdrawal meant Australia was handed a 6-0 6-0 win in the mixed doubles, giving the eighth seeded nation a 3-0 tie win ahead of Wednesday night’s clash with top-seeded Serbia.

South Africa is in action again in tomorrow’s day session, up against number two seeded United States while Spain returns to the court on Sunday night to tackle France.

Venus Williams versus Chanelle Scheepers will open the day session on Sunday, followed by John Isner against Kevin Anderson.

World No.8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga versus Fernando Verdasco will open the night session, followed by Mathilde Johansson up against Anabel Medina Garrigues.

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Field Announced for Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions

The field  has been announced for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, the season-ending championships for the WTA’s International tournaments, taking place in Bali, Indonesia from November 3-6, 2011. Participating in the tournament will be Marion Bartoli, Sabine Lisicki, Roberta Vinci, Daniela Hantuchova, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Nadia Petrova are the six highest-ranked International Series tournament winners (excluding players qualified for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships. Rounding out the field in Bali are wildcards Ana Ivanovic, last year’s champion and Peng Shuai.

 

“I would like to congratulate all these players on their success in 2011 and I know they are excited to end their year at the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions in Bali,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA. “The six qualified players have won a total of 11 WTA singles titles between them this year, and with the addition of defending champion Ana Ivanovic and Peng Shuai as wildcards, I’m sure the fans will be in for a week of exciting competition.”

 

“We are delighted to have such a strong player field in what will be the final year of operating the Tournament of Champions in Bali. We look forward to welcoming them and I know that everyone in Bali is looking forward to an exciting event,” said Kevin Livesey, tournament director of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions.

 

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Medina Garrigues Wins Palermo Tournament

Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain serves to Jelena Jankovic of Serbia during their match at the Rome Masters tennis tournament May 12, 2011. REUTERS/Giampiero Sposito (ITALY – Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

 

XXIV SNAI OPEN
Palermo, Italy
July 11-17, 2011
$220,000/International
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Sunday, July 17, 2011
Singles – Final
(5) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (7) Polona Hercog (SLO) 63 62

Doubles – Final (played Saturday)
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (2) Hlavackova/Zakopalova (CZE/CZE) 75 61

Wta Final Facts
- Medina Garrigues, who turns 29 on July 31, wins her fifth singles title in Palermo and 10th clay court title overall; with the win, the Spaniard passes Venus Williams for most WTA clay court titles among active players (Williams has nine).
- Medina Garrigues, who won at Estoril earlier this year, also has one hardcourt title (2006 Canberra). She improves to 11-6 in career singles finals.
- This level of domination of a single WTA event has only been achieved by three other active players, namely Venus Williams (at Wimbledon), Serena Williams (at the Australian Open and Miami) and Kim Clijsters (at Luxembourg). Medina Garrigues is 32-3 lifetime in Palermo, winning in 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006 and now 2011.
- Hercog was on a nine-match winning streak, winning her first WTA title last week in Bastad and making the finals for the second straight week in Palermo. The 20-year-old is now 1-2 in WTA finals, finishing runner-up in Acapulco last year to Venus.
- Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci win their third doubles title of the season, following earlier victories at Hobart and Pattaya City. Both players now own eight WTA doubles titles, five won together.

Anabel Medina Garrigues, 2011 XXIV SNAI Open singles champion:

“I think Polona was a little bit tired, because she won in Bastad last week and made the final here too, but I played a really good match. I was very serious today. I was focusing on the tactics me and my coach talked about, and it worked. I’m also just trying to enjoy playing tennis and trying not to think about winning or losing, my ranking, or anything else. I just want to play my best on the court and because of that I have been doing very well recently.”

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