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Bethanie Mattek-Sands to be a part of Tennis Channel’s US Open Coverage Team

LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2014 – Bethanie Mattek-Sands – a 2012 mixed doubles Australian Open champion will be part of Tennis Channel’s US Open coverage team Monday, Aug. 25 -Wednesday, Aug. 27. Sidelined from tournament play with a left hip injury, Mattek-Sands will appear on Tennis Channel’s set on the second level of Arthur Ashe Stadium to offer original insider analysis during the network’s coverage, with possible in-booth duties.

“I’m excited to join Tennis Channel during one of the biggest and most exciting tournaments of the year,” said Mattek-Sands.

Ranked as high as No. 30 in singles and No. 11 in doubles, Mattek-Sands has been on the WTA pro circuit since 2005. Mattek-Sands is known for her daring on-court outfits and often colorful hair. She brings to Tennis Channel her intimate knowledge of the current state of the WTA pro circuit as well as her candid and humorous personality.

Tennis Channel’s 2014 US Open coverage begins Aug. 25, with the network devoting more than 260 hours to the 15-day US Open. Beyond Tennis Channel’s near 75 hours of live coverage, this includes almost 60 hours of encore matches, four hours of daily lead-in show Tennis Channel Live at the US Open, and 130 hours of nightly US Open Tonight and daily Breakfast at the Open. For a complete schedule go to


After Ousting Top Seed Mattek-Sands Forced to Retire in match against Keys


Madison Keys

Madison Keys

By Dave Gertler

(January 8, 2014) SYDNEY – After surviving three rounds of qualifying, then claiming two big scalps in the first and second rounds of the Apia International, Bethanie Mattek-Sands retired hurt from her quarterfinal match against American compatriot Madison Keys on Wednesday night.

After being broken three games into the first set, Mattek-Sands called the trainer on for a medical time out, after which she was walking gingerly around the court and pulling the trigger early in points. After holding serve at 1-3 down, Mattek-Sands’ called the trainer out again, before deciding to retire from the match. After the match, Mattek-Sands made a statement to media that the injury is lower-back related, and that she expects to be ready for the Australian Open next week.

“I’ve been through my share of injuries.  You know, once you start compensating too much on the court other things start hurting.

“For me, I want to take care of my body.  It’s not even just about Australian Open, it’s about the rest of my year.

“My biggest goal is to stay healthy.  I’m a huge competitor and it always hurts to have to withdraw, but I wish the best to Madison.

“I just got to be careful,” Mattek-Sands said.  “I’ve probably injured every part of my body at some point in my career.  It’s just I have to be smart about it.  I want to keep playing throughout this whole year.”

“I’m taking a couple days completely off,” the American continues.  I’m going to take care (of) the body and get treatment from the trainers and go from there.

“Really looking forward to Melbourne.”

“Bethanie and I always have great matches,” Keys said.  “It’s always kind of not great when you can’t finish a whole match.

“I just hope she’s better for next week.”

For Keys, she advanced to the semifinals.

“First semifinal in a Premier event, so very excited about that,” Keys acknowledged.  “Definitely a confidence booster.  Just trying to keep building from this and, you know, hopefully keep doing well all year.”

“I’m not really focused on the rankings so much, Keys said in regard to 2014.  “More just focused on getting a good start to the year and kind of building up more match momentum just so that I feel more confident and better for the rest of the year.


Top Seed Radwanska Falls to Mattek-Sands in Sydney

By Dave Gertler

(January 7, 2014) Women’s top seed Agnieszka Radwanska has fallen 5-7, 2-6, in her first round of competition at the Apia International in Sydney, to American qualifier, Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

For Mattek-Sands, it has been a Herculean effort over five days where she has had to battle through qualifying matches played on outside courts, before entering Ken Rosewall Arena yesterday where she stunned Canadian rising star Eugenie Bouchard, also in straight sets. Relishing her first career win over Radwanska, she said, “I’ve played her a couple times and I’ve never beaten her, so it’s probably one of the best wins of my career.”

Having just come into press from a post-match ice-bath, Mattek-Sands joked about how cold it was in the room. When asked whether four consecutive matches on hot days leading up to this second-round match were a help or a hindrance to her cause today, she said, “Coming to Australia, you expect the heat and the sun, you know, I was ready for it. I wanted to get a lot of matches. I think that’ll be number 6 today. I hadn’t played a match since last September, so this has worked out great for me.”

Radwanska appeared composed in post-match press. Rather than dwelling on her inability to control the match against world No.22 Mattek-Sands, she attributed the upset to the aggressive play of her opponent, saying, “Didn’t matter if it was my first serve, second serve or anything, she was really going 100% for every ball.”

For her part, the world No.5 feels that despite her loss today, she is hopeful of her chances at the Australian Open starting next week. “I think every week is a different story. You start over and over again. You’re not winning every week every match. I think just a couple of guys can do it.” When asked if she was bothered by a shoulder issue she had at the Hopman Cup, Radwanska said it hurt, “Maybe a little, but I have very good painkillers.”

In her next match, Mattek-Sands will face compatriot Madison Keys. Giving her insight on what we can expect from the quarterfinal, she said, “We’ve played a few times. I think we’re 2 2 right now. We were just talking in the locker room. She’s a great upcoming player. Plays aggressive shots, big serve. You know, we’ve had some battles in the past, so I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I know she’s been playing great and she did well here last year too. You kind of get comfortable with the tournament, but I think it’ll be a really good match.”

Mattek-Sands said she is enjoying her great run of results in Sydney, saying, “You know what?  I love playing tennis.  I feel that’s just where I’ve been blessed with talent.  It’s something I’ve done since I’ve been young.”

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his Twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN, follow him on his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .


Mattek-Sands Stops Bouchard, Jankovic Ousted in Sydney

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

By Dave Gertler

(January 6, 2014) SYDNEY – American veteran Bethanie Mattek-Sands is fast becoming one of the stories of the 2014 Apia International tennis tournaemnts. After demolishing three opponents in qualifying, and now one in the main draw today, her next opponent will be defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska.

Radwanska was at her first all-access media appearance at Olympic Park Tennis Centre. She was surprised at the upset, saying she had expected her second round opponent would be Eugenie Bouchard, whose serve – followed by the rest of her game – had collapsed earlier in the day in sweltering conditions, against Mattek-Sands.

Bouchard’s loss was one of three remarkable upsets on Monday. High-profile Serbian former No.1 Jelena Jankovic lost 4-6, 2-6 to Ekaterina Makarova, unseeded against the fourth seed Jankovic. Popular Romanian Sorana Cirstea only won five games in two sets on an outside court against Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova.

With big names like Bouchard, Cirstea, Alize Cornet, Svetlana Kuznetsova as well as Aussie hope Jarmila Gajdosova all losing in the first round to qualifiers, hot weather conditions seem to be playing a part, as players are needing time to adjust to the heat. In fact, of the six women who had to tough it out in qualifying, only two have fallen in their main draw matches.

Two players who immediately adjusted to the conditions were Angelique Kerber and Dominika Cibulkova, who pushed each other throughout two highly entertaining sets, which Kerber won 7-6, 7-5, in from of an appreciative Grandstand Court crowd. Later in the afternoon on the same court, Caroline Wozniacki didn’t need matchplay practice to beat lucky loser Julia Georges 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Frenchman Nicolas Mahut will be required need to adjust quickly to his best tennis if he wants to withstand the big weapons off the racquet of a match-fit Ryan Harrison, who won his third round qualifier today against Alex Bogomolov Jr in a thrilling three-setter on Court 5.

On that same court on Tuesday, Harrison’s American compatriot Madison Keys, who shut down Simona Halep in the first round, will face wildcard Ajla Tomljanovic. Five out of eight women’s round of 16 matches on Tuesday will feature Americans. Mattek-Sands and Christina McHale will be amongst the featured action on Ken Rosewall Arena, facing the top two seeds, Radwanska and Petra Kvitova.

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his Twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN, follow him on his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .


Mattek-Sands, Hantuchova and Davis Receive Main Draw Wild Cards into Cincinnati

D Hantuchova

CINCINNATI (August 6, 2013) — Four of the nine women’s wild card recipients for the 2013 Western & Southern Open have regional ties to Cincinnati and the surrounding area.


Two of the three main draw wild cards were born in the Midwest – Lauren Davis from Cleveland and Bethanie Mattek-Sands from Rochester, Minn. The third wild card went to Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova.


Qualifying wild cards were awarded to back-to-back NCAA singles champion and Cincinnati native Nicole Gibbs, as well as Pittsburgh’s Alison Riske. The remaining four qualifying wild cards went to New Jersey’s Christina McHale, Georgia’s Melanie Oudin and California’s Maria Sanchez along with Slovenian Polona Hercog.


“We take great pride that we have ticket buyers from all 50 states, and so much of that support comes from around the region because of the number of tennis fans who live within driving distance of the event,” said Tournament Director Vince Cicero. “We’re excited about this talented group of wild card recipients, and we hope that the Western & Southern Open can be a ‘home’ tournament for these players from this region.”


Davis, 19, who is from the Cleveland suburb of Gates Mills, won the 2008 Ohio High School Division II singles title while playing at Gilmour Academy. Early this season she reached her second WTA quarterfinal in Hobart.


Mattek-Sands will be making her fifth appearance at the Western & Southern Open. A semifinalist here in 2005, she also won the doubles title in 2007. In 2013, she has reached the final at Kuala Lumpur, the semifinals in Stuttgart and the fourth round at the French Open.


Hantuchova, who is playing Cincinnati for the sixth time, reached the 2005 semifinals here and was a quarterfinalist on two other occasions. She owns six career titles, including a win earlier this summer in Birmingham.


The six qualifying wild cards will begin play Saturday in a two-round tournament to earn one of 12 spots in the main draw.


Gibbs, 20, just completed her junior year at Stanford by winning her second straight NCAA singles title. In addition to her collegiate success this year, Gibbs has reached a pair of ITF event finals, winning the title in Yakima.


Riske, 23, reached the semifinals at the grass court event in Birmingham earlier this summer for the second time in her career. She has reached the semifinals or better in three ITF events this season.


McHale, 21, has had previous success in Cincinnati, reaching the main draw third round two of the last three years, including in 2011 when she defeated World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the second round.


Oudin, 21, reached the US Open quarterfinal in 2009, and in 2012, she won her first career WTA title. This year she has successfully qualified at WTA Premier events in Rome and Brussels.


Sanchez, 23, was an All-American at the University of Southern California. In 2013, she has reached the third round at the WTA event in Birmingham as well as two ITF quarterfinals.


Hercog, 22, owns two career WTA titles and this season has claimed two ITF tournament titles. She has been ranked as high as No. 35 in her career.


The draws for both the main draw and qualifying will be made on Friday. Qualifying begins Saturday, which is also AdvancePierre Foods Kids Day, and tickets start as low as $5. WTA main draw play begins Monday. All matches will take place at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio.


The Western & Southern Open hosted 176,000 fans in 2012, recording a record 10 sellouts over the 16 total sessions spanning nine days. The event drew fans from all 50 states and 19 countries. Cincinnati is one of the last stops on the Emirates Airline US Open Series leading up to the US Open, and often critical points and bonus money are on the line adding drama to the week.


Easy Does It For Azarenka – Reaches Third French Quarterfinal

Victoria Azarenka Miami Players Party

By Ros Satar

(June 3, 2013) PARIS – It started as a baseline battle for the former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, and ended up as easy as a walk along the Champs Élysées, as the third seed reeled off 7 games in a row to win 6-3, 6-0 over Francesca Schiavone.

Conditions were cloudy and breezy on court today with Azarenka opting to stay warm with leggings on throughout the match.

Things started promisingly for the Belarusian with an early break in the third game, but that was then the start of a bit of a break-fest.

The women traded 5 successive breaks in a row, before Azarenka managed a hold, and it was to be the start of her run of games to the end.

Schiavone at times seemed to be struggling with her serve, stuttering her feet as if to try and catch up with a wandering ball toss.

It was a costly shuffle, with a couple of foot-faults which hardly helped her cause today.

At her post match conference, Schiavone acknowledged that a good serve was very important today, but that it had not been the contributing factor.

“She [Azarenka] has an intensity & high level for an hour and a half, and I had [it] for [a] shorter time.

“I have to be used to keep going that way, and I think that was the key.”

Azarenka gave credit to her opponent, despite such a dominating win.

She said: “It was definitely a very good challenge for me to play against Francesca, especially knowing how well she’s done here in the past.

“I’m glad with the way I played today.

“I just always try to take it one at a time, and I know the next match will have nothing to do with what happened today.”

She felt that she was finally learning what she needed to do to improve on the surface.

“I understand that it’s not about the game that you really have to adjust.  It’s about your movement.

“You have to not only think of how you move left to right but how you come [with] small steps to the ball.

Azarenka reaches her third quarter-final, having reached it twice before in 2009 and 2011.

Azarenka has never progressed further than the QF in 7 years.

She concluded: “I’m excited, you know, definitely that all the preparation I have been doing is doing well.

“It’s definitely a great opportunity to take that step.”

Azarenka will face Russia’s Maria Kirilenko, who defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands 7-5, 6-4, and knows it will be a tough match to come through.

“She’s definitely improved a lot over the last couple years since she’s very motivated player.”

Azarenka leads their head–to-head 3-2, and the pair have never met on clay.


Hampton Upsets Kvitova, Joins Countrywomen Williams, Stephens and Mattek-Sands in Round of 16

Jamie Hampton

(June 1, 2013) American Jamie Hampton upset 2011 Wimbledon champion and seventh seed Petra Kvitova 6-1, 7-6 (7) at the French Open on Saturday to reach the fourth round of a major for the first time.

“I think I caught her a little off guard,” said the 54th ranked player.  “I came up with some good shots when I needed to, and I don’t think she was on top of her game.”

“I think that she is quite talented girl, and she played quite fast,” Kvitova said.  “That was the problem for me, I think, because I tried to play fast, too.

“But I did some easy mistakes.  I mean, it was very tough match today for me.”

The 23 year-old Hampton has moved up in the rankings from 70th in the beginning of the year to No. 54 after making WTA Tour semifinals at Auckland and Brussels.

“I had some good results in Australia at the beginning of the year,“ said the 23 year-old. “I had some tough losses before here.  Clay is not my best surface, so to come on to the clay and have some good wins like this is really encouraging.”

“Clay is not my favorite surface, but it’s not like I hate it.  I don’t like it but I don’t hate it.

“To make my first round of 16 at a Grand Slam on a surface that I like the least is encouraging, to be honest.”

The Auburn, Alabama resident committed 15 errors to her Czech opponents’ 33.

Asked about the four U. S. women making the fourth round of Roland Garros, she replied: “Yeah, impressive, huh?  Got a unique group I think between Serena, obviously the best player in the world, and Bethanie, Sloane, and myself.

“Three different players with very unique games, it’s cool.”

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the United States has also reached the fourth round. This is just the second time she’s accomplished that feat at a major. She last did it at Wimbledon in 2008. She had to regroup to comeback against qualifier Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.

“She had a lot of confidence coming through quallies,” Mattek-Sands said of her opponent. “She played three matches there, so she’s played a lot of matches, was feeling good.

“She was ripping the ball heavy today.  I know she’s had some good results on clay court.  She made the finals of an event earlier this year and lost to Jankovic in a tough match.

“I knew she was feeling confident and feeling good and came out here with nothing to lose.  I think she has a bright future.”

The 28 year-old beat sixth seed Li Na in the second round, the biggest upset so far at Roland Garros.

“I have won three matches here, and it’s great,” said the American.  I have been playing great.  You know, I think this whole year it’s been a good buildup for me.  I have had some tough losses and had some great wins so far this year.

“But the biggest thing I have been able to do is play week in and week out and build on my momentum.  That’s what I have been doing.”

Mattek-Sands joins countrywomen Serena Williams, Sloane Stephens and Jamie Hampton into the final 16. It’s the first time since the 2004 U.S. Open that four American women are in the fourth round when Venus and Serena Williams, Jennifer Capriati and Lindsay Davenport did it.

“It’s awesome,“ the 67th-ranked Mattek–Sands said.  “I’m so happy that U.S. tennis is coming on strong.  I think there are a lot of girls playing great.  I played Jamie earlier this year in Indian Wells, and she’s playing awesome.  I know she just won the first set against Kvitova 6‑1.

“I think there are a lot of young guns coming up that will be dangerous.  To have 13 women in the main draw here at the French Open, more than any other country, is awesome.  I’m proud.”

“I think she’s got a good head on her shoulders,” Mattek-Sands said about Stephens.  “She’s enjoying the traveling, the road, enjoying the moment.  And that’s all I would really say to anyone coming up.  Because it can be long.  There can be setbacks, there will be losses, injuries.  There will be bad weather.

“There will be days where it’s not glamorous.  There’s going to be a lot of days where it’s not glamorous.  If you can enjoy it through the ups and downs, you’re going to have a lot more fun on tour.”