May 30, 2016

Wawrinka, Thiem, Garcia and Bertens Win Last French Open Warm-up Tournaments

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(May 22, 2016) Defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka comes into the second major of the year by winning the Geneva Open beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6(11) in the final. This is the Swiss’ 14th career title.

The Geneva title also gives Wawrinka his first career crown in Switzerland. Wawrinka had played for the singles title in Gstaad in 2005 and for the doubles title there in 2004 and 2008 but lost all three times.
“It’s a dream come true to be able to win a title in Switzerland, after all these tournaments and winning Davis Cup, said the world No. 4 and third seed at Roland Garros. “To be able to do it here in Geneva, in the event’s second year is something special. The fans were great. They made a lot of noise today.

“Marin is a great player. Of course he’s had some injury problems of late but he’s the type of player who can always step up against the best in the world. He really ramped up the pressure toward the end, with those set points, so it was nice to be able to finish off the match.”

Kiki Bertens, a qualifier beat Mariana Duque-Marino 6-2, 6-2 to win the Nuremberg tournament on Saturday. Bertens knocked out the top seed, Roberta Vinci in the second round of the German

Caroline Garcia made her country happy on Saturday beating veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 6-4, 6-1 to win the Strasbourg International for the second title of her career.

Lucic-Baroni played the final of this event 19 years ago against Steffi Graf.

In a battle between up-and-comers on the ATP tour, top seed Dominic Thiem of Austria beat German 19-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 to defend the Nice Open title for his third ATP trophy of the year.

This is Thiem’s 6th career title.

“It’s been an unbelievably great week,” Thiem said. “The first time I had to defend a title and I made it. Maybe I played better in the three matches before this, but a final is always special. You have so much to win and so much to lose. I played a solid third set and I’m really happy. My arm is a little tired, but I will be ok for Roland Garros on Monday.”

The French Open begins on Sunday.

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Tennis Results and Schedules for Geneva, Nice, Nurnberg and Strasbourg

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Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open
Geneva, Switzerland

ATP World Tour 250 € 556,195
Geneva, Switzerland (+1 hours GMT)
16-21 May 2016 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 20 MAY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d L. Rosol (CZE) 62 46 63
[3] [WC] M. Cilic (CRO) d [2] [WC] D. Ferrer (ESP) 75 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) 63 64
[3] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) d J. Knowle (AUT) / L. Rosol (CZE) 63 36 10-8

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2016

COURT CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [3] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [3] [WC] M. Cilic (CRO)

 

 

NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGS CUP 2016 – NÜRNBERG, GERMANY
$250,000
15-21 MAY 2016

RESULTS – MAY 20, 2016
Singles – Semifinals
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d [3] A. Beck (GER) 75 61
[Q] K. Bertens (NED) d J. Goerges (GER) 36 64 76(4)

Quarterfinals
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 57 76(4) 75

Doubles – Semifinals
S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) d N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / V. Kudermetova (RUS) 46 62 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016
CENTER start 1:30 pm
[Q] K. Bertens (NED) vs M. Duque-Mariño (COL)
After suitable rest – [1] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE)

 

Open de Nice Cote d’Azur
Nice, France

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 20 MAY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 61 63
[8] A. Zverev (GER) d [5] J. Sousa (POR) 64 46 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [3] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) 62 63

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:20 pm
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [2] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)

Not Before 2:30 pm
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [8] A. Zverev (GER)

 

 

INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG – STRASBOURG, FRA
$250,000
MAY 15 – 21, 2016

RESULTS – MAY 20, 2016
Singles – Semifinals
[Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [4] [WC] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 61 61
[10] C. Garcia (FRA) d [LL] V. Razzano (FRA) 67(3) 64 75

Doubles – Semifinals
[3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / C. Liang (CHN) d [2] C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) 57 64 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016
PATRICE DOMINGUEZ start 12:30 pm
Doubles Final – [1] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / C. Liang (CHN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
Singles Final – [10] C. Garcia (FRA) vs [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

 

 

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Andy Murray Gives Himself a Birthday Present While Serena Williams Wins Fourth Rome Title

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(May 15, 2016) Andy Murray gave himself a gift for his 29th birthday – a Rome Masters Series 1000 title. The Scotsman beat No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 for his 12 Masters title on Sunday.

Joining Murray in the winners circle was No. 1 Serena Williams who won the women’s singles title over Madison Keys 7-6(5), 6-3 in the first All-American women’s clay court final since Serena beat her sister Venus in the 2002 French Open final.

This was Williams’ fourth Rome title, first tournament win of 2016 and first championship title since she won the Cincinnati event last August.

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“It feels great,” Williams said. “So it’s not like I was playing every week. So that’s kind of how I look at it. But it feels great to win a title, especially on clay.”

Murray’s victory makes him the first British male player since 1931 to win the Italian Open. He has also secured the No. 2 seed at the upcoming French Open, which begins on May 22.

The Scotsman now is 22-5 in 2016, ending the Serb’s 17-match winning streak against Top 10 opponents.
“”It’s mostly great players have won this event, so I’m very proud to have my name on the trophy,” Murray said. “Today against Novak is nice. I know he didn’t play his best today. But there were still some tough moments for me in the second set. I saved the break points well and held strong. And overall it was a great week for me. I didn’t lose a set.”

“I had a long couple of weeks, especially the last couple of days,” Djokovic said. “I knew it’s going to be very hard for me, an uphill ride against Andy today, who was playing throughout the week at a very high level. To compete with him in long exchanges and rallies that we do have in our encounters, they require a lot more energy and better performance from my side which didn’t happen.

“Not taking anything away from Andy’s win. On the contrary, I think he deserved to win and deserved to win the entire tournament, because he was the best player. He was the player that played in the best form throughout the entire tournament.”
Serena Williams spoke to the crowd in Italian during the trophy presentation. This was her 70th career title.

The Bryan Brothers won their fourth Rome title and 36th Masters 1000 level, defeating Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock.

“We’re sharing a room this week,,” said Bob Bryan. [Mike] fell asleep around 2:30, 2:45 a.m., because he started snoring. We drank so much coffee last night that I was wired. It was a 12-hour turnaround. Our bodies don’t turn around quickly anymore.”

“The rain delay definitely helped us,” Mike Bryan said. “Our coach [David Macpherson] was back in the locker room, where we had about 15 minutes, and he said, ‘Fire it up!’ We were kind of flat in the first set and weren’t playing with a lot of energy. We had a late match and Bob went to bed at 4 a.m. in the morning. So we were kind of dazed and confused. We were bouncing around in the second set. We played a good Match tie-break, which can go either way.”

This was the Bryan Brothers 112 tournament victory together as a team.

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Djokovic Survives Test From Nadal to Reach Italian Open Semis; Serena Williams Dominates

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(May 13, 2016) Novak Djokovic came back from a break down in both sets and set points down in the second set to fight off Rafael Nadal 7-5, 7-6(4) to reach the semifinals of the Italian Open on Friday in Rome. The dramatic match lasted almost two-and-a-half hours. The world No. 1 has now beaten the 14-time major champion seven straight times and has raised his record to 26-23 over the current No. 5. The Serb has now won 15 straight sets against the Spaniard.

Nadal grabbed opening breaks of serve in both sets and had five set points in the second set  serving at 5-4, but Djokovic kept coming back from adversity.

“I held my nerve at the clutch moments,” Djokovic said in an interview after the match. “Even though I had nervy beginnings to both sets, with some good games and good play in the crucial moments, I managed to win. It’s a straight-sets win, but it feels like we played five sets.

“Winning against Nadal is the ultimate challenge on clay courts and one of the toughest challenges we have in sport. I have to be very pleased with the way I handled myself in the big moments today. I won against one of my biggest rivals on his preferred surface. We must not forget he’s in form. He won Monte-Carlo and Barcelona and has played well the past couple of weeks. That gives me confidence for the rest of this tournament.”

Djokovic said that it was special to be on court playing against Nadal.

Nadal said that he was not disappointed and felt that he played well against the best player.

Djokovic will face-off against Kei Nishikori in his semifinal on Saturday. The sixth seed Nishikori beat 13th seed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-5.

No. 2 seed Andy Murray moved into the final four with a 6-1, 7-5 win over David Goffin. Murray will play French lucky loser Lucas Pouille for s spot in the final on Saturday. Pouille advanced when Juan Monaco withdrew with a left hip injury.

On the women’s side, No. 1 ranked Serena Williams, getting a little revenge from her loss in Miami, when she demolished Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-0 in 51 minutes. She’ll play Irina-Camelia Begu next who beat Misaki Doi 6-2, 7-6 (3).

On the bottom half of the draw, Garbine Muguruza beat Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-2 and will play Madison Keys, who defeated Barbora Strycova 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROME, ITALY
9-15 MAY 2016

RESULTS – MAY 13, 2016
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] S. Williams (USA) d [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 60
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [11] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 62
I. Begu (ROU) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 76(3)
M. Keys (USA) d B. Strycova (CZE) 64 46 63

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 64 62
I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 76(4) 63
[4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d [5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 64
[7] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 62 64

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [5] R. Nadal (ESP) 75 76(4)
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [12] D. Goffin (BEL) 61 75
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [13] D. Thiem (AUT) 63 75
[LL] L. Pouille (FRA) d [PR] J. Monaco (ARG) w.o. (hip)

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) 63 64
[6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / V. Troicki (SRB) 63 64
[8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) 64 76(4)
[PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d O. Marach (AUT) / M. Matkowski (POL) 46 75 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016
CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
WTA – [3] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs M. Keys (USA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [LL] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs I. Begu (ROU)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [13] D. Thiem (AUT) or [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00 noon
WTA – [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [7] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)

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Djokovic, Nadal Rally for Wins in Rome; Federer Loses

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(May 12, 2016) Novak Djokovic had to rally from a bagel set down to stop No. 37 Thomaz Bellucci 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 while an ailing Roger Federer lost to 15th seed Dominc Thiem 7-6 (2), 6-4 in Rome on Thursday.

For No. 1 Djokovic, it was the first time he was at the losing end of a “bagel” set since the 2012 Cincinnati final when he lost to Federer.

The third seeded Federer withdrew from the Madrid Open last week with a back injury said that wasn’t concerned about losing, but was happy to get to get in two matches on clay at the Italian Open. The French open begins on May 22nd and the Swiss said that despite the pain from the injury he hopes to be able to play the year’s second major.

Seven-time Rome champion Rafael Nadal fought off Nick Kyrgios 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-4 to advance to quarterfinals and second seed Andy Murray held off a second set charge to beat Jeremy Chardy 6-0, 6-4.

Besides Federer losing, a couple other upsets on the men’s side included 12th seed David Goffin, destroying 8th seed Tomas Berdych 6-0, 6-0 in 49 minutes, defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka lost to Juan Monaco 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 and lucky loser Lucas Pouille knocked out ninth seed David Ferrer 6-4, 6-1.

On the ladies’ side of the tournament, Serena Williams rebounded from 3-5 down in the first set best U.S. countrywoman qualifier Christina McHale 7-6 (7), 6-1.

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROME, ITALY
9-15 MAY 2016

RESULTS – MAY 12, 2016
Women’s Singles – Third Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d [Q] C. McHale (USA) 76(7) 61
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 61 64
[11] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d [8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 57 75 62
[9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 26 63
I. Begu (ROU) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 61 64
M. Doi (JPN) d J. Konta (GBR) 46 75 62
M. Keys (USA) d T. Babos (HUN) 76(2) 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 61 60

Women’s
Doubles – Second Round

A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d [2] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) 63 64
[3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [WC] C. Giovine (ITA) / A. Moratelli (ITA) 63 62
[4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Errani (ITA) 64 61
[5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 76(4) 16 10-7
I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [6] Y. Chan (TPE) / A. Groenefeld (GER) 26 76(1) 10-8
R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d [8] J. Goerges (GER) / Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 64 63

 

Men’s Singles – Third Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 06 63 62
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d J. Chardy (FRA) 60 64
[13] D. Thiem (AUT) d [3] R. Federer (SUI) 76(2) 64
[PR] J. Monaco (ARG) d [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 67(5) 63 64
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) 67(3) 62 64
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [11] R. Gasquet (FRA) 61 64
[12] D. Goffin (BEL) d [8] T. Berdych (CZE) 60 60
[LL] L. Pouille (FRA) d [9] D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 61

Men’s Doubles – Second Round
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / V. Troicki (SRB) d [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) 36 76(3) 14-12
[PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [7] A. Peya (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 16 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2016
CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
WTA – [11] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs [3] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [12] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [5] R. Nadal (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [13] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
ATP – [LL] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [PR] J. Monaco (ARG)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – I. Begu (ROU) vs M. Doi (JPN)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – M. Keys (USA) vs B. Strycova (CZE)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00 noon
ATP – [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs [PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP)
ATP – [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / V. Troicki (SRB)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [7] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
WTA – [5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)

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Internazionali BNL d’Italia Results and Schedules

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INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROME, ITALY
9-15 MAY 2016

RESULTS – MAY 11, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
E. Bouchard (CAN) d [2] A. Kerber (GER) 61 57 75
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) d E. Makarova (RUS) 61 60
I. Begu (ROU) d [4] V. Azarenka (BLR) 63 62
M. Keys (USA) d [5] P. Kvitova (CZE) 63 64
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [6] S. Halep (ROU) 63 46 63
J. Konta (GBR) d [7] R. Vinci (ITA) 60 64
[9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d S. Stosur (AUS) 64 64
M. Doi (JPN) d [10] L. Safarova (CZE) 63 75
[11] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 62 64
T. Babos (HUN) d [12] V. Williams (USA) 67(5) 75 64
[Q] C. McHale (USA) d [13] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 67(3) 64 61
D. Kasatkina (RUS) d [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) 62 62
J. Ostapenko (LAT) d [Q] M. Puig (PUR) 61 61
B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] H. Watson (GBR) 64 62

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d S. Hsieh (TPE) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) 63 63
[7] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 76(5) 67(5) 12-10
First Round
[8] J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] K. Knapp (ITA) / F. Schiavone (ITA) 62 61
R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN) 62 63

 

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] S. Robert (FRA) 75 75
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 63
[3] R. Federer (SUI) d A. Zverev (GER) 63 75
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 63
[9] D. Ferrer (ESP) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 64 63
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [10] M. Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 63
[11] R. Gasquet (FRA) d A. Seppi (ITA) 63 64
[13] D. Thiem (AUT) d J. Sousa (POR) 63 62
J. Chardy (FRA) d [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 76(6) 64
T. Bellucci (BRA) d N. Mahut (FRA) 64 63

Men’s Doubles – Second Round
P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) d [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 62 76(7)
[4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d D. Thiem (AUT) / A. Zverev (GER) 61 76(8)
[5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) 46 63 13-11
[6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) d B. Paire (FRA) / J. Sousa (POR) 67(5) 64 10-8
[8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 76(6) 64
O. Marach (AUT) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [Alt] D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Martin (FRA) 76(2) 63

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2016
CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
ATP – [3] R. Federer (SUI) vs [13] D. Thiem (AUT)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [Q] C. McHale (USA)

Not Before 3:30 pm
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [5] R. Nadal (ESP)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [11] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – [11] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [LL] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [9] D. Ferrer (ESP)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – M. Keys (USA) vs T. Babos (HUN)
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [12] D. Goffin (BEL)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am
WTA – J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [3] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS)
ATP – [PR] J. Monaco (ARG) vs [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
ATP – J. Chardy (FRA) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – I. Begu (ROU) vs D. Kasatkina (RUS)
WTA – L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Errani (ITA) vs [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE)
WTA – M. Doi (JPN) vs J. Konta (GBR)
ATP – [PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [7] A. Peya (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
ATP – P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / V. Troicki (SRB) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs [8] J. Goerges (GER) / Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
WTA – [5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) vs [6] Y. Chan (TPE) / A. Groenefeld (GER)

Not Before 6:00 pm
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs [WC] C. Giovine (ITA) / A. Moratelli (ITA)

COURT 4 start 2:00 pm
WTA – A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs [2] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)

 

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Serena Williams Begins her Clay Season with Win in Rome

(May 10, 2016) Serena Williams played her first clay court match of the season beating Anna-Lena Friedsam 6-4, 6-3 to reach the round of 16 at the Italian Open on Tuesday. The world No. 1 played her first match since losing at the Miami Open in the round of 16 in March.

Williams hit 27 winners during the 75-minute match.

Williams said after the match that she was happy with her level of play. “I think I was really consistent,” she said. “I think I was mentally consistent.”

“I was really concerned how it would be just running and moving and recovering,” said the three-time Rome winner. “But it was fun.”

Williams is 14-3 on the year.

Flavia Pennetta photo courtesy of the WTA and Getty Images

Flavia Pennetta photo courtesy of the WTA and Getty Images

 

Flavia Pennetta, who won the last year’s U.S. Open and retired at the end of the year, was honored on Pietrangeli court.

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROME, ITALY
9-15 MAY 2016

RESULTS – MAY 10, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) d A. Friedsam (GER) 64 63
[8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d T. Pereira (BRA) 61 75
First Round
[9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d C. Garcia (FRA) 75 64
[11] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 62 62
[Q] C. McHale (USA) d [WC] C. Giovine (ITA) 61 26 62
S. Stosur (AUS) d [Q] A. Riske (USA) 46 76(5) 61
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d S. Lisicki (GER) 61 76(3)
[Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 64 61
J. Konta (GBR) d [Q] J. Larsson (SWE) 61 62
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [Q] J. Goerges (GER) 16 76(5) 63
J. Ostapenko (LAT) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) 63 61
T. Babos (HUN) d [Q] K. Bertens (NED) 61 64
E. Bouchard (CAN) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 64 26 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d M. Krajicek (NED) / B. Strycova (CZE) 61 06 11-9
[6] Y. Chan (TPE) / A. Groenefeld (GER) d C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) 62 61
[7] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d L. Kichenok (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 64 63
I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 46 63 10-7
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Errani (ITA) d V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) 62 46 10-5

 

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d B. Paire (FRA) 57 62 61
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d V. Troicki (SRB) 57 62 63
[8] T. Berdych (CZE) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 64
[12] D. Goffin (BEL) d J. Sock (USA) 64 64
[PR] J. Monaco (ARG) d [16] K. Anderson (RSA) 36 63 62
[LL] L. Pouille (FRA) d [Q] E. Gulbis (LAT) 36 64 75
Men’s Singles – First Round
[9] D. Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] F. Volandri (ITA) 46 75 61
[15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [WC] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 63 61
[Q] S. Robert (FRA) d [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) 76(3) 76(8)
N. Mahut (FRA) d P. Cuevas (URU) 76(6) 26 75
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d [Q] I. Cervantes (ESP) 64 62
J. Chardy (FRA) d [Q] D. Dzumhur (BIH) 26 64 62

Men’s Doubles – First Round
O. Marach (AUT) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [WC] F. Fognini (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) 46 75 10-6
[PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 64 60
D. Thiem (AUT) / A. Zverev (GER) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 63 36 10-6
P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2016
CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
ATP – [3] R. Federer (SUI) vs A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] S. Robert (FRA)
WTA – J. Konta (GBR) vs [7] R. Vinci (ITA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [5] R. Nadal (ESP)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [5] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs M. Keys (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – E. Makarova (RUS) vs [3] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – J. Sousa (POR) vs [13] D. Thiem (AUT)
ATP – [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
WTA – D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [6] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [9] D. Ferrer (ESP)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs I. Begu (ROU)
WTA – E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)
ATP – [11] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
ATP – [10] M. Raonic (CAN) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
WTA – T. Babos (HUN) vs [12] V. Williams (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] H. Watson (GBR) vs B. Strycova (CZE)
WTA – [Q] C. Mchale (USA) vs [13] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
WTA – [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs S. Stosur (AUS)
WTA – [10] L. Safarova (CZE) vs M. Doi (JPN)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Puig (PUR) vs J. Ostapenko (LAT)

Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [11] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
ATP – N. Mahut (FRA) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs J. Chardy (FRA)
ATP – [Alt] D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Martin (FRA) vs O. Marach (AUT) / M. Matkowski (POL)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs D. Kasatkina (RUS)
ATP – S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) vs [5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)
ATP – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs D. Thiem (AUT) / A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) vs [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
WTA – R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN)
WTA – [WC] K. Knapp (ITA) / F. Schiavone (ITA) vs [8] J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [7] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs B. Paire (FRA) / J. Sousa (POR)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs S. Hsieh (TPE) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO)

 

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Novak Djokovic Wins Madrid for Record 29th Masters Title

 

(May 8, 2016) Novak Djokovic won his second Madrid Open title on Sunday beating Andy Murray 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 for a record 29th Masters title and 64th career ATP World Tour title. The world No. 1 is now tied with Pete Sampras and Bjorn Borg for sixth place for titles won in the Open Era.

This win raises the Serb’s record against the Brit to 23-9, victorious in 12 of the last 13 matches.

“This came at the right time,” Djokovic said. “I had an amazing opening four months of the season. Then an early exit in Monte-Carlo, but it happened for a reason, because I needed some time to really recharge my batteries. Three weeks was more than enough to get some freshness and new breath and get ready for Madrid. I came here early, got used to the conditions, and played a really fantastic tournament that will definitely serve as a great confidence boost before Rome and the French Open.”

“I started very well,” Djokovic explained. “Played terrific tennis in the first set. Couple of close games in the second, beginning of the second set, and then I made some unforced errors and double faults in the game when I dropped my serve in the second set. I couldn’t get back.

“He started serving very well, especially down the T and deuce side. Very precise and very strong, and he was backing that serve up with aggressive first shots, and then just about an hour it was split sets.

“Then the match really could have gone either way, but we exchanged some breaks of serves early in the third. Then when it seemed like I was closing out the match and having a match point at 5-2, he came up with some big serves again. The last game obviously got myself out of some trouble with some good serves, with some good forehands, but was very, very close. Very close.”

Andy Murray

Andy Murray

“I obviously fought hard today,” Murray said. “Yeah, disappointed because from like two games, like 2-All to 4-2, 5-2, I was making him work hard in the second set and then beginning of the third and then at the end of the third set.

“I just think I’m definitely moving better. That’s for sure. It makes a huge difference. Like I said, on the other surfaces it’s a massive strength of mine, a big part of my game, and for a number years I didn’t move well on the clay. It was a hindrance, and that makes you uncomfortable. If you took Ivo Karlovic’s serve away he would feel uncomfortable going on the court. For me, take my movement away.

“When I was having the problems with my back it was difficult for me when stepping on the court; whereas now my body feels great. I feel like I’m moving a lot better. So I’m not going on the court sort of a little bit nervous or apprehensive. I believe I can play well on clay now.

“There was a period there – if you watch it back – the game I got broken [in the third set], I made three unforced errors in that game. That was disappointing. Then obviously the last game I don’t know how many break point chances I had, but must have been six or seven.

“Both of us were pretty clinical on the break points up until the last game for me. That’s why he’s No. 1 just now. He fought very hard in that game and served well when he was a bit nervous. At the end he came up with some big serves and got himself some free points and did well.”

 

“Then the match really could have gone either way, but we exchanged some breaks of serves early in the third,” noted the world No. 1. “Then when it seemed like I was closing out the match and having a match point at 5-2, he came up with some big serves again. The last game obviously got myself out of some trouble with some good serves, with some good forehands, but was very, very close. Very close.”

“I’m very pleased that I have developed a great rivalry with somebody that I’ve known since very long time and somebody that I have a very good and friendly relationship with on and off the court,” Djokovic said.

 

Since Murray did not defend his Madrid title from last year, he will slip to No. 3 in the world on Monday. Roger Federer will move up to No. 2.

In the men’s doubles final Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau won their first Masters 1000 title as a team, beating defending champions Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea 6-4, 7-6(5). It was their 12th trophy overall.

“They are a great team, and also friends,” Rojer said. “It’s never easy to play these matches and it’s difficult for all four guys.”

“I want to thank my partner for having another great week,” said Tecau. “We were struggling for a few weeks, couldn’t win a lot of matches… It feels great to play well together and get another title.

“We’ve been chasing this one for almost three years. We’re really excited to get this one because it comes after having a few early exits in Masters 1000 events this year. So it means a lot to us.”

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Halep wins Madrid Open; Murray Beats Nadal and Will Meet Djokovic in the Final

Simona Halep

Simona Halep

(May 7, 2016) Calling her win “the best day in my life,” Romania’s Simona Halep won her second career WTA Premier Mandatory event when she beat Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-4 to claim the Madrid Open title.

“I saw always that it’s a special tournament because of Mr. (Ion) Tiriac, because of many Romanians that are coming here. I feel like home,” Halep said. Tiriac, also a Romanian, is a member of the tennis Hall of Fame is the Tournament Director of Madrid and gave Halep a wildcard into the tournament three years ago.

The victory for Halep marks her 12th career WTA tournament title. She will now move up to No. 5 in the rankings. Cibulkova will rise to No. 26.

Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic at GR8 Fundraiser in Miami in 2011

Kei Nishikori and Novak Djokovic at GR8 Fundraiser in Miami in 2011

Novak Djokovic will meet defending champion Andy Murray in the Madrid Open final on Sunday. No. 2 Murray saved 11 break points in holding off four-time Madrid winner No. 5 Rafael Nadal 7-5, 6-4, snapping the Spaniard’s 13-match winning streak. Murray beat Nadal in last year’s Madrid final.

“Not loads of players have won against Rafa on clay throughout his career,” Murray said. “To beat him in Spain on a clay court is obviously a big, big challenge for any player. Very pleased to have beaten him this year.”

“Murray was not unbeatable today,” Nadal said in press. “It was an open match, an even match,”

“I didn’t play my best level, but I didn’t play badly. I played a medium level, which was not enough to beat Murray.”

Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6(4) in the other men’s semifinal. The Serbian had some trouble serving out the match leading 6-4, 5-4 40-0. The man from Japan came back and held off four match points against him to even the set at 5-5. Both men held and went to a tiebreak, which Djokovic won 7-3.

“It wasn’t easy to play in these very windy conditions, but overall I’m very pleased,” Djokovic said.”

Going into the final Djokovic leads Murray 22-9, winning 11 of the last 12 matches, winning all four matches on clay. Murray needs to win on Sunday to keep his No. 2 ranking ahead of the French Open or Roger Federer will move up to the second spot.

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Murray and Nadal Advance in Madrid

Andy Murray fh

(May 3, 2016) Defending Madrid Open champion Andy Murray and four-time titlist Rafael Nadal moved into the third round on Tuesday. Fifth seed Nadal easily beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3, while Murray passed a 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 test over veteran qualifier 37-year-old Radek Stepanek.

“I’m happy with the way I started the clay-court season,” Monte- Carlo and Barcelona winner Nadal said. “Today, another victory, so that’s great news. I’m excited about this tournament.”

“I served well both in Monte Carlo and in Barcelona. And it’s going to be vital to serve well here as well to have a good tournament.”

“He played very well, it was not easy,” Murray said of his two-hour and 16-minute match against the former world No. 8. “He was hitting the ball big up the lines. There was nothing I could do.”

2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, currently ranked 274th after returning from injuries and surgery, beat 14th seed Dominic Thiem 7-6 (5), 6-3.

“I have just played my best match since I came back to tennis after my surgeries,” Del Potro said. “I’ve had a great test against a very high-level player.”

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 3 MAY 2016

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) 76(3) 36 61
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 63
[10] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [WC] F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 36 61
[11] M. Raonic (CAN) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 64 67(3) 62
First Round
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d K. Anderson (RSA) 64 61
[PR] J. del Potro (ARG) d [14] D. Thiem (AUT) 76(5) 63
[15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [Q] S. Giraldo (COL) 63 75
B. Coric (CRO) d [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) 62 62
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d J. Chardy (FRA) 63 64
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d G. Pella (ARG) 76(7) 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 36 76(5)
F. Fognini (ITA) d B. Tomic (AUS) 62 64
J. Sock (USA) d B. Paire (FRA) 26 62 76(5)
[Q] D. Kudla (USA) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 67(7) 76(5) 76(4)
[WC] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) 76(3) 63

Doubles – First Round
T. Bellucci (BRA) / L. Mayer (ARG) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 67(3) 76(3) 10-7
[WC] M. Bhupathi (IND) / F. Martin (FRA) d G. Pella (ARG) / G. Simon (FRA) 67(3) 75 10-7
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 64 67(6) 10-5
P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) d S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) 64 62

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 4 MAY 2016

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
ATP – F. Lopez (ESP) vs [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [6] S. Halep (ROU) vs [10] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs B. Coric (CRO)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs S. Stosur (AUS)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [7] J. Tsonga (FRA)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ start 12:00 noon
WTA – D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [5] P. Kvitova (CZE)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [Q] D. Kudla (USA) vs [9] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs [13] G. Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [PR] J. del Potro (ARG) vs J. Sock (USA)
Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [Q] P. Tig (ROU) vs M. Keys (USA)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] D. Istomin (UZB)
ATP – [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS)
WTA – [4] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [Q] L. Chirico (USA)
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
WTA – C. Mchale (USA) vs I. Begu (ROU)
ATP – S. Querrey (USA) vs [Q] L. Pouille (FRA)
ATP – J. Sousa (POR) vs [LL] M. Granollers (ESP)
WTA – [Q] L. Siegemund (GER) vs [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU)
Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – TBA after rest – [5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

PISTA 5 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [4] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs M. Gasparyan (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [16] G. Simon (FRA) vs [WC] P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
ATP – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)
ATP – R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [4] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
ATP – TBA after rest – F. Fognini (ITA) / V. Troicki (SRB) vs L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL)

PISTA 6 start 12:00 noon
WTA – L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Errani (ITA) vs [3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
WTA – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR) / B. Tomic (AUS)

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