May 26, 2017

Schiavone, Coric, Vondrousova and Johnson win Tennis Titles This Week

Borna Coric

(April 16, 2017) Francesca Schiavone, Borna Coric, Marketa Vondrousova and Steve Johnson claimed titles on the tennis tour this week.

Francesca Schiavone

In her final season on tour, 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone won her eighth career title with a 6-4, 7-5 win over fourth seed Lara Arruabarrena at the Claro Open Colsanitas on Saturday.

The 36-year-old Italian veteran had not won a main tour match all season.

Winning on Bogota ups this former world No. 4 to 168th in the world as she tries to gain direct entry into the French Open.

“I’m not thinking about retirement,” she said. “I’m enjoying tennis.”


Borna Coric

Croatia’s Borna Coric saved five match points to win his first ATP World Tour title on Sunday beating German Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the Grand Prix Hassan II final. Last year’s finalist became this year’s winner in 2 hours, 38 minutes – the longest final this year according to the ATP.
The 20-year-old Coric is the third first-time winner on the ATP World Tour this year, joining Gilles Muller who won Sydney and Ryan Harrison who claimed the Memphis title.

“I would say that’s my biggest comeback, I’ve never saved five match points,” noted Coric. “Especially in such an important match, I served very well in the big points. It’s an awesome feeling. I didn’t know what to expect when I came here and I wasn’t in the best shape. But I’ve been working very hard the past three or four months and now it’s paying off.”

“It’s one of those days where you have many good opportunities,” explained Kohlschreiber. “It was a big fight and great drama in the end. Losing a match with match points and to be so close to the title is always very difficult. But it was a very good week for me. I played great tennis this week and I’m looking forward to more clay-court matches.”

Steve Johnson survived late cramps to win the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, besting Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5) on Sunday at River Oaks Country Club. For the 27-year-old Johnson, this is his second ATP Tour title, he won Nottingham last year.

“A lot goes into cramping. For me today, it was the nerves of trying to close out the title. I haven’t been there enough to feel very comfortable.”

“To win on U.S. soil and win when you’re not feeling great is a testament to my willpower and competitiveness,” Johnson said.”
“My body has just physically run out of gas after this week… I was very fortunate to get out of that.”

“He was playing unbelievably… I’m a little bit sad because I think I could have won, but I’m happy to make another final, Bellucci said”

Johnson beat two former champions on the way to the title, Fernando Verdasco (2014) in the quarterfinals and American Davis Cup teammate Jack Sock (2015) in the semifinals, to reach his third career final.

“Both players were very tired in the third set and we were missing more shots than before,” Bellucci said. “I’m happy for my week but today I am disappointed. I (thought) I could win because I was a little better than him physically. He deserved it more than me.”

Seventeen-year-old Marketa Vondrousova won her first WTA Tour title on Sunday, surprising Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-4, 7-6 (6) in the Biel Ladies Open final.

Rankled at 233rd in the world, the Czech captured the first edition of the Swiss indoor hard-court tournament.
The southpaw will be part of the Czech Fed Cup team next weekend as they take on the United States in Tampa, Florida.


Andy Murray Wins His First Dubai Title

Andy Murray


(March 4, 2017) DUBAI, UAE – Andy Murray won his 45th ATP World Tour crown on Saturday when he defeated former Top Ten player Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 6-2 to claim his first title of the year as well as his first Dubai title.

The Scot, Murray battled back from 1-3 down in the first set.

“It’s nice to win and I played much better as the match went on,” said the world’s top player. I started a little bit slow, but I was solid. I wasn’t afraid to attack his forehand side. He’s got one of the best forehands, but I tried to move him around the court as much as I could.

“I defended pretty well and moved well. I served a lot better as the match went on. It was obviously good to win the first tournament here.”


“I think that obviously I had, if not the toughest opponent I can have in the final, then one of them, for sure,” noted the Spaniard. He’s No. 1 in the world right now. It was obviously a really difficult final to win, but I came trying everything and giving everything.

“I said that yesterday that being in the final of a 500 after five years is a great week for me and I have to take the positive things.”
“It was obviously a really difficult final to win, but I came trying everything and giving everything. Just, of course, he doesn’t put the things easy to you. He push you. And at the same time, I didn’t really feel as comfortable or hitting the ball as clean as days before. Also, he’s used to it, to play matches like this more than me. I think physically I was not that fresh. I felt that kind of like in the balls that I needed to stretch so much, or he opened the court so much. And obviously even when I had a little bit of advantage in the first set with the breaks up, I couldn’t really find my rhythm. Of course it’s disappointing. Even if he is number one in the world, I want to win.”


Murray became the fourth man this year to come back and win a tournament after saving match point. Murray saved match points in his quarterfinal against Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Murray is now 19-0 in his last four 500-level tournaments entered having triumphed at London/Queen’s Club, Beijing, Vienna.
Fernando Verdasco will return to the top 30 in the rankings on Monday for the first time since April of 2015.


In the doubles, Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau lifted the champions trophy with a 4-6 6-3 10-3 win over Rohan Bopanna and Marcin Matkowski. It is their 13th title together, which includes both Wimbledon and the ATP World Tour Finals in 2015. It is Rojer’s 22nd doubles title and Tecau’s thirtieth. Bopanna was seeking his fourth Dubai title after winning in 2012, 2014 and 2015, all with different partners.


All photos by Nida Alibhai.



Andy Murray to Play Fernando Verdasco in Dubai Final

Andy Murray

(March 3, 2017) DUBAI, UAE: Andy Murray will face Fernando Verdasco in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, after the world No. 1 beat seventh seed Lucas Pouille 7-5, 6-1, and in a match between two unseeded players, Fernando Verdasco defeated Robin Haase 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-1. Murray has won 12 of his 13 matches against Verdasco, with their most recent meeting coming in Paris at the end of last season.


“I don’t think it was the best match” said Murray, who will be contesting his second final in three tournaments this year after finishing as runner-up in Doha. “A lot of mistakes. You know, there was some good stuff in there, I think, middle and towards the end of the first set. But neither of us served well at the beginning. He didn’t make hardly any first serves his first few service games, and I was struggling a bit there too.


“I think potentially matches yesterday had something to do with that, because I think sometimes, you know, if your legs are a little bit tired that the serve is one of the first things that goes. As the match went on, I started serving a bit better and that helped me. Yeah, the first set was very important to win after how the matches went yesterday.”


In the deciding set of the second semifinal, Verdasco took a commanding 4-1 lead. Although Haase held two break points in the sixth game Verdasco  went on to break serve yet again to claim a place in the final.


“After that second set, I start thinking to hit the ball a little bit more, going through the ball instead of going back, try to be more aggressive,” said Verdasco. “He was serving really good, I think, the whole match. Great directions, around 190 to 200 all the time, and it was not easy. Even the second serve, it was with a lot of spin and tough to go through the ball and put a good return. So it was a really tough match. Needed to be there, of course, till the last point, and I think that game of course with 4-1 coming back with my serve, recovering that break points, gave me a push of confidence and energy.”


Haase admitted that Verdasco came out firing in the third set and there wasn’t much he could do.


“He has a toilet break (after the second set), he comes back, and he hit some rockets with new balls. Even on my serve he just went for it. I think I lose the first five, six points without having a chance,” said Haase. “So credit for him. Great job. I tried. I kept fighting. I have chances to even break back to go to 4-2, but he was just too good at the end. It’s been a very good week, but I could have won today. So now I’m really, really, really disappointed.”


Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau upset top seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers 7-6 (8), 6-3 and will play Rohan Bopanna and Marcin Matkowski in the doubles final. It was the first loss for Kontinen and Peers since October 31st, since when they won Paris, the ATP World Tour Finals and the Australian Open


Andy Murray Saves Seven Match Points to Advance in Dubai



Andy Murray Courtesy of the Dubai Tennis Championships 2017

(March 2, 2017) DUBAI, UAE:  Andy Murray saved seven match points to advance to the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships over Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-7 (4), 7-6 (18), 6-1 in just under three hours. The 31-minute second set tiebreak saw he world No. 1 fight off off seven match points before finally levelling the match on his eighth set point. In the deciding set, Murray held off a break point at 1-1 but then took control. He admitted that he had never won a match after saving so many match points.


“Never,” he said. “And I have never played a tiebreak that long ever. Not in juniors, nothing even close to that, I don’t think. Yeah, obviously a long, long tiebreak. And I’ll probably never play another one like that again. I have been playing on the tour for 11, 12 years now, and nothing’s been close to that. There was definitely some unbelievable points in that second-set tiebreak. Obviously we both missed a couple of shots, but in general I think the level was extremely high. He was hitting the ball so hard tonight, I mean, from both sides. Any time he had the opportunity he was ripping the ball and made it really, really tough.


“They can be very important matches to get through, ones like that. I could have obviously easily lost tonight, but, you know, the way that I played when I was behind will give me a lot of confidence. It was a tough start to the year, and to get through a match like that against a guy who I think played very, very well, I really had to earn it. It was big for me. I want to try and keep that going now.”


Kohlschreiber found positives despite his defeat, saying, “Of course losing is always disappointing, but I’m not sad. I think I played great tennis, one of my best matches. Okay, the result is sad, but the way I played, the way I enjoyed myself on the court, nothing to be sad about. I think we both played almost the best tennis we can play, I guess. I think it was a very great match. Well-deserved, he’s a great fighter, he never gave up.”


Murray will next play Lucas Pouille. The seventh seed took two hours 20-minutes to end the run of qualifier Evgeny Donskoy, who had stunned Roger Federer in the previous round, but eventually prevailed 6-4 5-7 7-6 (2). The other semi-final features Fernando Verdasco against Robin Haase. Verdasco beat fourth seed Gael Monfils 6-3 7-5, and Haase followed up his victory over fifth seed Tomas Berdych by beating defending champion Stan Wawrinka’s conqueror, Damir Dzumhur, 6-2 4-6 6-4.


“I think I played almost perfect match,” said Verdasco. “I mean, maybe I could be a little bit more aggressive on my serve, but of course if I look more for an aggressive serve, my percentage will go down and play with second serves, and I think against him, playing with second serves, I will be like defending on many points. You know, very happy, I think, like really complete match, in general.”


Dzumhur made too many unforced errors in the first set, but he steadied in the second and Haase felt he failed to maintain his standards of the opening set.


“He made less errors, but also I played less deep and less aggressive. I think it’s always a combination of the two,” said Haase. “He’s known for not giving you anything, so I knew it was going to be a tough match.”


Roger Federer Loses to Qualifier Evgeny Donskoy in Dubai

Evgeny Donskoy

(March 1, 2017) DUBAI, UAE:  Seven-time champion Roger Federer lost to 116th– ranked  qualifier Evgeny Donskoy 3-6, 7-6(7), 7-6 (5) on Wednesday. It is his earliest defeat in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships since he was beaten by Andy Murray in the first round in 2008. It is also only the third time since 2007 that he has lost to a qualifier. Federer led 5-2 in the final set and lost four straight games. Federer led 5-1 in the third set tiebreak and lost the next six straight points.


“Maybe it wasn’t really committed enough, I think,” said Federer. “Commitment in tennis is a big thing. In the first round I was. Today I wasn’t, really. That sort of is a feeling you get and it trickles in an entire game. I thought I returned way better in the first round. Today I really struggled on the return. I didn’t quite really time it well. Yeah, timing I thought was off for me today. Legs also felt slower out here tonight. I felt tired all day. I tried to get myself in shape, and, you know, like warm up properly, do all the things I always do, regardless if it’s a first round or a final.


“There’s no excuses there. I just think it’s still the beginning of the comeback and gotta take the positives out of, you know, playing again a tournament where I feel I’m quite healthy and I’m happy I got over the (groin) injury I sustained at the Australian Open. Maybe didn’t allow me to practice as much as I was hoping to in Switzerland, but at the same time also needed the rest. (But) there was also no problem there, really. I came early. I was perfectly prepared. It’s just a tough loss tonight. So many chances. It was crazy.”


Donskoy revealed that with his coach absent this week he is being helped by former two-time Dubai finalist Mikhail Youzhny, and said, “It was really tough in the beginning, because it was too much pressure. I mean, I felt it on myself, because it’s Roger, and I never even practice with him. So it was tough. And that many people. I’m used to playing on centre court and many people, but Roger is different moment. And then, like, when you winning some games then you start to think, like, okay. I was saying to myself, like, do your legs lower, because if I stand up I getting so much mistake. That’s what I said to myself.”


World No. 1 Andy Murray reached the quarterfinals with an easy win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2 ,6-0. But fifth seed and two-time finalist Tomas Berdych and sixth seed Roberto Bautista Agut lost. Berdych lost3-6, 6-3,6-4 against Robin Haase, and Bautista Agut lost a two hour 25-minute battle with Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.


“When I got the early break, pretty much was almost 30 minutes in and we’d only played four games. Mentally, that was important for me, you know, to be up at that stage,” said Murray. “It could have gone either way, obviously, first few games. But being up at that stage helped, and then I loosened up a bit after that and played really well.


“It was way better than how I played at the beginning of the year, that’s for sure. You know, playing aggressive, feeling more solid, and when I’m in position to dictate the points I’m doing it, moving forward. I hit my forehand very well last couple of matches. I served better today. It’s been a good start. Obviously matches will get tougher, but I’m much happier with how I’m playing.”


Fourth seed Gael Monfils was also stretched by Daniel Evans but won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, and recent Marseille finalist and number seven seed Lucas Pouille eased past qualifier Marius Copil 6-1, 6-4. Damir Dzumhur followed up his defeat of defending champion Stan Wawrinka by beating Marcel Granollers, recovering from 1-4 in the second set to take the next five games and claim a 6-3, 6-4 victory, and Philipp Kohlschreiber earned a single break in each set to defeat Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 6-4.

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Dubai, U.A.E.


Singles – Second Round
[1] A. Murray (GBR) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 62 60
[Q] E. Donskoy (RUS) d [3] R. Federer (SUI) 36 76(7) 76(5) – saved 3 m.p.
[4] G. Monfils (FRA) d D. Evans (GBR) 64 36 61
R. Haase (NED) d [5] T. Berdych (CZE) 36 63 64
F. Verdasco (ESP) d [6] [WC] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 36 75
[7] L. Pouille (FRA) d [Q] M. Copil (ROU) 61 64
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d D. Medvedev (RUS) 64 64
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d M. Granollers (ESP) 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d D. Evans (GBR) / G. Muller (LUX) 76(1) 64
R. Bopanna (IND) / M. Matkowski (POL) d F. Mergea (ROU) / V. Troicki (SRB) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / F. Mayer (GER) d L. Pouille (FRA) / F. Verdasco (ESP) w/o (Pouille: bicep strain)
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / L. Paes (IND) d [Q] J. Cerretani (USA) / P. Oswald (AUT) 62 64


CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
R. Haase (NED) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [4] G. Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
[Q] E. Donskoy (RUS) vs [7] L. Pouille (FRA)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / L. Paes (IND) vs [3] D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / F. Mayer (GER)


Tsonga, Dolgopolov and Harrison Win ATP World Tour Titles

(February 19, 2017) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won his 13th career title on the ATP World Tour on Sunday, coming back to stop third seed David Goffin of Belgium 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The sixth seed, now ranked at No. 14 is the first Frenchman since Michael Llodra in 2008 to win the title.

“I’m really happy. The last couple of months I put in a lot of effort to come back to this level,” Tsonga said. “It’s a huge reward for me and it gives me new expectations for the rest of the year.”

The victory for the 31-year-old 2008 Australian Open finalist Tsonga was his  401st match win.

David Goffin

“It was a great week in the end,” Goffin said. “There was a lot of emotion this week and I won a lot of matches. I was a bit tired today. I started the final really well, but in the end Jo played better than me, especially in the third set. Of course I’m disappointed, but I played some good tennis and will be in the Top 10 on Monday.”

The 26-year-old Goffin will be the first Belgian to move into the Top Ten when the ranking come out on Monday.

Alexandr Dolgopolov

Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine upset top seed and world No. 5 Kei Nishikori of Japan 7-6(5), 6-4 to win the Argentina Open. It’s Dolgopolov’s third tournament win, with his last title victory coming at the 2012 Washington, DC event.


The Ukranian did not drop a set all week beating the second and fourth seeds on the way to the final. Dolgopolov came into Buenos Aires having lost 10 of his last 11 matches tour matches.
“I think you can call it a perfect week,’ said the winner. “I didn’t lose a set here and beat Kei for the first time. The fans were really supporting me and I felt very welcome here.”

Kei Nishikori

“I’m happy to be in the final,” said Nishikori. “Unfortunately I lost today, but Alex played better than me. I didn’t play badly, so hopefully I can keep this level going.”


Ryan Harrison

American Ryan Harrison won his first ATP World tour event by capturing the Memphis Open by beating Nikoloz Basilashvili of the Republic of Georgia 6-1, 6-4 in the final.

The 24-year-old is the second first-time winner this year on the men’s tennis tour, joining Sydney champion Gilles Muller.

Harrison won the event without losing a set.

“It’s always going to be special, but it’s even better here in front of a group of people that drove up from your hometown and have known you since you were five years old,” said the winner. “To do it in front of friends and family and people that saw the work I was putting in and my dedication, it definitely makes it more special.

“This was the first place I saw a professional tennis match, driving up from Shreveport. I will always remember Memphis. All those emotions were coming out there at the end. You have dreams and aspirations in life and for me it’s trying to be as great as I can in tennis. For me to come back here and win this title when I had thought it was impossible, it’s amazing.”

“In the first set, I could not find any rhythm, Nikoloz Basilashvili said. “I was not going for my shots and playing very defensive. Ryan was serving really well on the break points. I had a lot of chances in the second set, but the energy wasn’t great today. It hurts so much, but you have to learn from this for the next matches.”


Victor Estrella Burgos Three-Peats at Ecuador Open

(February 12, 2017) Victor Estrella Burgos saved a match point to win his third straight Ecuador Open by beating the third seed, Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(6) on the clay in Quito.

The Dominican tennis player, ranked at 156 in the world, becomes the lowest-ranked singles champion on the ATP World Tour since No. 192 Florian Mayer won in Halle last June.

Estrella Burgos knocked out top seed Ivo Karlovic and fourth seed Thomaz Bellucci to get to the final.


“It’s a great achievement for me to win three titles here,” Estrella Burgos said. “The recipe for my success here will be revealed when I retire [laughing], but for sure I’ll come back here next year. I’ll play in Quito every year until I retire.”

“Without any doubt, this final has been the toughest. Paolo doesn’t give away anything because he is a great fighter.”
“I love playing here and I’m sure I’ll be back next year,” said the losing finalist. I loved the crowd and how they welcomed and supported me during the whole week. I am thankful. I’m leaving with an ATP final and that’s very important to me.”


The 36-year-old Dominican becomes the first player in ATP World Tour history to win at least three titles at one event and none anywhere else. He also joins a select group of nine active players to have completed a “three-peat” at a tournament, which includes Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Davis Ferrer, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, and John Isner.


Tennis – Auckland, Hobart and Sydney Results

ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand
Singles – Semi-finals
[4] J. Sock (USA) d [7] S. Johnson (USA) 64 63
J. Sousa (POR) d [8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) 61 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d [WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 64 64
J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA) d N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 64 64

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CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
J. Sousa (POR) vs [4] J. Sock (USA)

Singles – Semi-finals
[4] J. Sock (USA) d [7] S. Johnson (USA) 64 63
J. Sousa (POR) d [8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) 61 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d [WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 64 64
J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA) d N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 64 64


CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
J. Sousa (POR) vs [4] J. Sock (USA)


8 – 14 JANUARY 2017
Singles – Semifinals
[3] M. Niculescu (ROU) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) w/o (viral illness)
[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) d [Q] J. Fett (CRO) 64 60
Doubles – Semifinals
[3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) 46 61 10-3
R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d M. Minella (LUX) / A. Sevastova (LAT) 64 62
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
DOUBLES FINAL – [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

Not Before 2:30 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [Q] E. Mertens (BEL) vs [3] M. Niculescu (ROU)


Women’s Singles – Final
[6] J. Konta (GBR) d [2] A. Radwanska (POL) 64 62
Women’s Doubles – Final
T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) 64 64
Singles – Semi-finals
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d [3] V. Troicki (SRB) 63 76(6)
D. Evans (GBR) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 62 36 63

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 76(4)
W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) d M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT) 63 36 10-8
KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 4:00 pm
ATP DOUBLES FINAL – [1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED)
Not Before 6:00 pm
7:30 pm
ATP SINGLES FINAL – D. Evans (GBR) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)


Tennis – Auckland, Hobart and Sydney Results

ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand


Singles – Quarter-finals
[7] S. Johnson (USA) d [2] J. Isner (USA) 63 57 76(3)
[4] J. Sock (USA) d J. Chardy (FRA) 57 64 63
[8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) d J. Vesely (CZE) 62 64
J. Sousa (POR) d R. Haase (NED) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA) d [2] D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) 63 76(6)
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d S. Gonzalez (MEX) / D. Marrero (ESP) 64 36 11-9
[WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) d L. Paes (IND) / A. Sa (BRA) 63 76(4)
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) d F. Bagnis (ARG) / D. Schwartzman (ARG) 36 76(5) 11-9


CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs J. Sousa (POR)
[4] J. Sock (USA) vs [7] S. Johnson (USA)
[WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) vs [4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK)



8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

Singles – Quarterfinals

[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) d [1] K. Bertens (NED) 62 75
[3] M. Niculescu (ROU) d [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) 64 64
[Q] J. Fett (CRO) d [LL] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 61 64
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d S. Rogers (USA) 46 64 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) walkover

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
M. Minella (LUX) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) vs [Q] J. Fett (CRO)

Not Before 5:00 pm
D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) vs [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[3] M. Niculescu (ROU) vs L. Tsurenko (UKR)

Women’s Singles – Semifinals

[2] A. Radwanska (POL) d B. Strycova (CZE) 61 62
[6] J. Konta (GBR) d [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) 62 62

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d [4] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 61 62
T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 63 64

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
D. Evans (GBR) d [1] D. Thiem (AUT) 36 64 61
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d [2] P. Cuevas (URU) 76(5) 64
[3] V. Troicki (SRB) d [5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) W/O (back)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 26 64 61

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d F. Mayer (GER) / P. Petzschner (GER) 63 64
W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) d [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(4) 26 11-9
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 62

KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 1:30 pm
WTA DOUBLES FINAL – [1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [3] V. Troicki (SRB) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)

Not Before 6:30 pm
WTA SINGLES FINAL – [6] J. Konta (GBR) vs [2] A. Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 8:30 pm
ATP – D. Evans (GBR) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 1:30 pm
ATP – [1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
ATP – W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT)


Tennis – Auckland, Hobart and Sydney Results

ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand


Singles – Second Round
[2] J. Isner (USA) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 63 36 76(6) – Saved 1 M.P.
R. Haase (NED) d [3] D. Ferrer (ESP) 26 64 76(4)
[4] J. Sock (USA) d [Q] R. Harrison (USA) 76(5) 46 61
J. Chardy (FRA) d [6] F. Lopez (ESP) W/O (lower back)
[7] S. Johnson (USA) d Y. Lu (TPE) 64 76(4)
[8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) d [WC] D. Brown (GER) 46 76(4) 64
J. Vesely (CZE) d *[LL] J. Statham (NZL) 67(6) 75 63
J. Sousa (POR) d [Q] B. Klein (GBR) 63 64

*[LL] J. Statham (NZL) replaced [1] R Bautista Agut (ESP) – (stomach virus)

Doubles – First Round
L. Paes (IND) / A. Sa (BRA) d [1] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 76(3) 63
[2] D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) d [WC] J. Statham (NZL) / F. Tearney (NZL) 75 75
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) d [3] R. Lindstedt (SWE) / M. Venus (NZL) 63 36 10-8 )



8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

Singles – Second Round

[1] K. Bertens (NED) d G. Voskoboeva (KAZ) 61 64
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [11] J. Larsson (SWE) 64 64
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d L. Safarova (CZE) 26 63 75
S. Rogers (USA) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 62 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) d [1] M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Spears (USA) w/o (Spears: left leg injury)
[3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d N. Melichar (USA) / M. Ninomiya (JPN) 46 75 10-4

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[1] K. Bertens (NED) vs [Q] E. Mertens (BEL)
[Q] J. Fett (CRO) vs [LL] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs S. Rogers (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [3] M. Niculescu (ROU)
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) vs R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR)


8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] A. Radwanska (POL) d [Q] Y. Duan (CHN) 63 62
[6] J. Konta (GBR) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 63 75
B. Strycova (CZE) d [10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 75 67(6) 64
[WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d [WC] M. Brengle (USA) / Ar. Rodionova (AUS) 63 64
T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [2] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 76(7) 64
A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / D. Kasatkina (RUS) w/o (Kasatkina: dizziness)

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) d [Q] G. Elias (POR) 67(5) 63 75
[2] P. Cuevas (URU) d N. Mahut (FRA) 64 26 62
[3] V. Troicki (SRB) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 63 64
[4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d M. Zverev (GER) 36 76(4) 63
[5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d [WC] J. Thompson (AUS) 75 64
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d [Q] M. Barton (AUS) 61 36 64
D. Evans (GBR) d [8] M. Granollers (ESP) 16 63 63
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) 62 ret. (abdominal strain)

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / F. Fognini (ITA) 63 64

Men’s Doubles – First Round
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d N. Almagro (ESP) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) W/O (Almagro – leg)
[4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Thompson (AUS) 26 64 10-5
F. Mayer (GER) / P. Petzschner (GER) d R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) 76(5) 67(4) 11-9
W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) d O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) 42 ret. (Marach – leg)

KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 12:00 noon
ATP – [6] G. Muller (LUX) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)
ATP – [5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [3] V. Troicki (SRB)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] A. Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP – [1] D. Thiem (AUT) or [Q] G. Elias (POR) vs D. Evans (GBR)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [6] J. Konta (GBR) vs [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN)

SHOW COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
ATP – [1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs F. Mayer (GER) / P. Petzschner (GER)
ATP – [4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – [1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [4] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm
ATP – W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) vs [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)
ATP-After Suitable Rest – J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)