June 26, 2017

“Kind of a Fairytale”- Petra Kvitova Wins Birmingham For First Title Since Knife Attack

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 25: Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic poses with the trophy after the Women’s Singles final match against Ashleigh Barty on day seven of the Aegon Classic Birmingham at Edgbaston Priory Club on June 25, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images for LTA)

(June 25, 2017) In just her second tournament back after six months off tour recovering from hand injuries from a knife attack in her home, Petra Kvitova is the new Aegon Classic Birmingham champion. The two-time Wimbledon champion rallied past Australian Ashleigh Barty 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to win at the Edgbaston Priory Club on Sunday.

Barty is another comeback story. Back in 2014 she left tennis to play cricket. She came back to tennis last year and won her first WTA title in Kuala Lumpur.

For the 27-year-old Kvitova, this was the 20th title of her career, her first grass court trophy since winning Wimbledon in 2014.

“You know, all week the body and the mind is so intense, and today I was kind of nervous before the match and through the first set as well, and I was up and down in the match,” Kvitova said. “And when I didn’t play that many matches, it’s always taking me more energy, I think. But overall I’m very, very happy, of course. I didn’t expect this in my second tournament after my comeback. So yeah, I think it’s kind of a fairytale.

“I think I’ve been through a very difficult time in my life, and it wasn’t about the tennis, but about to come back healthy and alive and move my fingers properly and everything like that. And this is something clearly special. It’s some bonus to have in my life and my career and everything. And that’s what I fight that hard to come back to play tennis. And I always said that I’m not here just to play tennis. I’m here to play my best and to win trophies, like today. So I have to say I’m kind of proud of myself that I did it today.”

 

“It’s so amazing to have Petra back on the court,” noted Barty. “She’s such an inspiration. She’s always been a great champion but I think we appreciate that more now that she’s back playing week-in and week-out. Hopefully she is able to stay healthy and doesn’t have any more issues and I hope she has a really successful season.

 

“I think we have to be very happy with where the game is at. I’ve played some quality tennis and lost to only a couple of great players. So I’m really excited and I can’t wait to get to Wimbledon.”

 

Barty was still a winner on Sunday. She and Casey Dellacqua won their second Aegon Classic Birmingham title 6-1, 2-6, 10-8 win over Hao-Ching Chan and Shaui Zhang.

 

Kvitova takes home $153,515 (USD) in prize money for the title, Barty $81,745 (USD)

 

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AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 76(5)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 46 64 00 Retired
L. Safarova (CZE) d [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 67(4) 63 76(5)
A. Barty (AUS) d [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) 52 Retired

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) walkover
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 26 62 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Barty (AUS)
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA)
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)

 

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d F. Mayer (GER) 63 64
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d [7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 67(6) 76(1) 61
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 76(8) 46 63
R. Gasquet (FRA) d R. Haase (NED) 61 36 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 67(2) 76(6) 10-3
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 24 JUNE 2017

STADION start 1:05 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)

Not Before 4:00pm
[4] A. Zverev (GER) vs R. Gasquet (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

 

Aegon Championships

London, England

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d D. Young (USA) 64 75
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d D. Medvedev (RUS) 63 36 63
F. Lopez (ESP) d [7] T. Berdych (CZE) 76(5) 67(1) 75 – saved 1 M.P.
G. Muller (LUX) d S. Querrey (USA) 64 76(5)

Doubles – Semi-finals
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) 64 75

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 24 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 1:15pm
G. Muller (LUX) vs [4] M. Cilic (CRO)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d [7] A. Konjuh (CRO) 75 16 76(5)
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d [6] R. Vinci (ITA) 62 76(8)
J. Goerges (GER) d [WC] S. Lisicki (GER) 62 64
C. Bellis (USA) d Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 63 62
Second Round
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) 63 67(5) 63

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 3:00 pm
J. Goerges (GER) vs C. Bellis (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)
After Suitable Rest – J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI)

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Major Champions Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza Reach Semifinals of Aegon Classic Birmingham

Garbine Muguruza

Major champions Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza Reach Semifinals of Aegon Classic Birmingham

(June 23, 2017)  Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will take on her friend and Czech Fed Cup team-mate Lucie Safarova in the opening match on the Ann Jones Centre Court on Saturday in Birmingham.

Playing only her second tournament following hand surgery, Kvitova earned a semifinal spot with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win over Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. Safarova had earlier scored one of the grittiest wins of her career to edge out Daria Gavrilova 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(5) in over three hours, saving match points. It marked the second time this week that the Czech had to save match points to advance.

“We practice a lot together. We know each other well from the Fed Cup” said Kvitova of Safarova.  “She’s playing well on the grass. I just think that we know each other well, on the court as well. And sometimes the score looks a bit easier, but it’s not always like that and it’s about a few points in the set. That’s how I think it will be tomorrow as well.”

2016 Roland Garros champion Muguruza progressed to the last four courtesy of a retirement when Coco Vandeweghe became hampered by a left foot injury. Muguruza, from Spain, is seeded sixth in Birmingham and is now the highest ranked player in the draw. She takes on 21-year-old Australian Ashleigh Barty in what will be Barty’s first WTA Premier semifinal.

Murguruza said: “I feel that I’m doing something good because I’m winning and I’m keeping alive in the draw. So I’m happy because I came here early to prepare, and I trained, I put hours (in) there. So I’m happy that what our team thought was going to be good for the tournament is working. So, so far we are proud that it’s working.”

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 76(5)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 46 64 00 Retired
L. Safarova (CZE) d [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 67(4) 63 76(5)
A. Barty (AUS) d [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) 52 Retired

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) walkover
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 26 62 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Barty (AUS)
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs R. Atawo (USA) / C. Mchale (USA)
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)

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AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [2] E. Svitolina (UKR) 64 46 62
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [4] J. Konta (GBR) 61 63
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d S. Zhang (CHN) 64 76(3)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d A. Riske (USA) 61 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) d [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) walkover
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP) 63 61
First Round
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
A. Barty (AUS) vs [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
After rest – [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

 

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d M. Zverev (GER) 76(4) 64
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [3] K. Nishikori (JPN) 32 ret. (Left Hip)
F. Mayer (GER) d [6] L. Pouille (FRA) 67(6) 64 63
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) 60 36 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) 61 64
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) 67(7) 76(5) 10-5
F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(7) 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
R. Gasquet (FRA) vs R. Haase (NED)
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs F. Mayer (GER)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)

Court 1 start 1:00 pm
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d [Q] S. Kozlov (USA) 60 64
S. Querrey (USA) d J. Thompson (AUS) 76(3) 36 63
D. Medvedev (RUS) d [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 62 62
F. Lopez (ESP) d [Q] J. Chardy (FRA) 61 76(4)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) 76(1) 46 10-6
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 76(4) 46 10-6
M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 76(9) 16 10-8

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00
S. Querrey (USA) vs G. Muller (LUX)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs D. Young (USA)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs D. Medvedev (RUS)
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 not before 5:00 pm
TBA – R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) vs J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 67(2) 61 63
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) d [Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) 64 57 62
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) d [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) 61 63

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) 26 63 10-7
N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) d [3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 64 64
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 36 63 10-3
J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI) d M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) 36 63 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
C. Bellis (USA) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA) 36 76(5) 22
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
J. Goerges (GER) vs [WC] S. Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) or [3] C. Garcia (FRA)

PISTA 2 start 6:00 pm
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

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AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) 62 62
A. Barty (AUS) d [8] B. Strycova (CZE) 63 36 61
[9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 26 64
L. Safarova (CZE) d N. Osaka (JPN) 62 64

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d N. Kichenok (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 63 61
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) 63 60
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d A. Cornet (FRA) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 57 63 10-3
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) 62 26 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [2] E. Svitolina (UKR)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Riske (USA)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs S. Zhang (CHN)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] J. Konta (GBR)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL)
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) vs [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP)

 

 

Gerry Weber Open

Halle, Germany

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
R. Haase (NED) d [2] D. Thiem (AUT) 63 76(7)
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 64
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [WC] D. Brown (GER) 64 16 76(6)
R. Gasquet (FRA) d B. Tomic (AUS) 63 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d B. Baker (USA) / A. Peya (AUT) 23 ret. (Baker – right shoulder)

First Round
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d K. Nishikori (JPN) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 46 10-8
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d [WC] D. Brown (GER) / J. Struff (GER) 76(3) 64
[Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) d R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) 63 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)
[Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
F. Mayer (GER) vs [6] L. Pouille (FRA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs M. Zverev (GER)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP)
[Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

 

 

 

 

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
G. Muller (LUX) d [5] J. Tsonga (FRA) 64 64
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d [Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) 46 63 64
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] D. Shapovalov (CAN) 76(4) 67(4) 75
D. Young (USA) d V. Troicki (SRB) 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) d [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 76(2) 46 10-2

First Round
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) 76(4) 61
R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 62 64
M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [LL] N. Monroe (USA) / D. Young (USA) 75 46 12-10, saved 4 m.p.

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [Q] S. Kozlov (USA)
J. Thompson (AUS) vs S. Querrey (USA)
D. Medvedev (RUS) vs [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS)
[Q] J. Chardy (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs [Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA)

COURT 2 start Not Before 5:00 pm
TBA – R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
J. Goerges (GER) d [1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 62
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) d S. Rogers (USA) 63 64
C. Bellis (USA) d M. Barthel (GER) 46 64 62
Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 63 76(7)
First Round
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d R. Ozaki (JPN) 63 46 76(7)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d [WC] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 57 62 10-7
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 64
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA) 62 75

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] K. Flipkens (BEL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA)

PISTA 2 start 12:30 pm
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED)
After suitable rest – J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)

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Petra Kvitova Eases Into Birmingham Quarterfinals

Petra Kvitova photo courtesy of Aegon Classic Birmingham

(June 21, 2017) Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced into the quarterfinals of the Aegon Classic Birmingham with a 6-2 6-2 victory over British No.2 Naomi Broady at the Edgbaston Priory Club on Wednesday.

Kvitova, who was playing only her fourth match since returning to competition, said a relaxed attitude was the key. “I think I do have a clear mind, which is very important for tennis players. Everybody knows forehand and backhand and how to play, but it’s always about a few things in the match. And you can’t learn it. You just need to experience it and then play what comes into mind in that point of the match. And I think I do have a little bit different view of tennis right now. When I’m playing, I’m just a little bit more relaxed, I think, and I’m not as nervous as I was before, even before the matches.”

Broady said: “Petra is one of the best grass court players and it was a really tough match. It’s not necessarily her power, any soft ball or slow ball she nails it and you’ve got no chance.

“In terms of going forward I’m going to watch her and see what she’s doing because she makes you feel so uncomfortable on court and it’s hard to know where to hit it to not give her a winning shot.”

Thursday’s Ladies Day crowd has a packed day of tennis ahead with British No.1 Johanna Konta’s clash with big-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe among the highlights on the Ann Jones Centre Court.

Sixth seed Garbine Muguruza takes on tricky grass-court competitor Alison Riske in another of Thursday’s marquee matches, while talented Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic plays China’s Shuai Zhang for the chance to play Kvitova in Friday’s quarter-finals.

Away from the court, Ladies Day guests can also enjoy live music, food and drinks or visit the Explore Wimbledon attraction in what is forecast to be another sunny – though slightly cooler – day.

 

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) 62 62
A. Barty (AUS) d [8] B. Strycova (CZE) 63 36 61
[9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 26 64
L. Safarova (CZE) d N. Osaka (JPN) 62 64

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d N. Kichenok (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 63 61
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) 63 60
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d A. Cornet (FRA) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 57 63 10-3
R. Atawo (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) 62 26 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [2] E. Svitolina (UKR)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Riske (USA)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs S. Zhang (CHN)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] J. Konta (GBR)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL)
R. Atawo (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) vs [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP)

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AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 20, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
L. Safarova (CZE) d [3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 57 76(7) 75
[4] J. Konta (GBR) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 63 76(6)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d Y. Duan (CHN) 63 76(2)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [Q] E. Kulichkova (RUS) 63 36 64
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [LL] T. Smitkova (CZE) 62 63
[9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [Q] S. Hsieh (TPE) 64 64
K. Siniakova (CZE) d N. Hibino (JPN) 75 75
S. Zhang (CHN) d M. Linette (POL) 75 75
A. Riske (USA) d D. Vekic (CRO) 62 76(2)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d C. McHale (USA) 64 62
A. Barty (AUS) d [Q] M. Vondrousova (CZE) 75 76(1)
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 63 76(4)

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[8] B. Strycova (CZE) vs A. Barty (AUS)
L. Safarova (CZE) vs N. Osaka (JPN)

COURT 1 start 11:30 am
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs A. Cornet (FRA) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
N. Kichenok (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 4:30 pm
R. Atawo (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) vs [WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR)

 

Gerry Weber Open

Halle, Germany

Singles – First Round
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d *[LL] Y. Sugita (JPN) 63 61
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 67(7) 63 64
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 63 62
[6] L. Pouille (FRA) d J. Struff (GER) 16 63 64
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d C. Berlocq (ARG) 60 46 62
M. Zverev (GER) d [Q] L. Lacko (SVK) 64 64
F. Mayer (GER) d B. Paire (FRA) 60 64
K. Khachanov (RUS) d G. Simon (FRA) 62 67(2) 63
[Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 76(6)
B. Tomic (AUS) d [WC] T. Haas (GER) 64 64
R. Haase (NED) d D. Ferrer (ESP) 36 75 63

Doubles – First Round
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d G. Monfils (FRA) / G. Simon (FRA) 64 61
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) d S. Gonzalez (MEX) / M. Pavic (CRO) 75 16 10-6
F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT) 76(3) 64

*[LL] Y. Sugita (JPN) replaced Y. Lu (TPE) – right arm

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
R. Gasquet (FRA) vs B. Tomic (AUS)
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [WC] D. Brown (GER)
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)
Not Before 5:30 pm
R. Haase (NED) vs [2] D. Thiem (AUT)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs K. Nishikori (JPN) / F. Verdasco (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) vs [Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER)
After Suitable Rest – [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [WC] D. Brown (GER) / J. Struff (GER)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs B. Baker (USA) / A. Peya (AUT)

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 20 JUNE 2017

Singles – First Round
*[LL] J. Thompson (AUS) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 76(4) 62
F. Lopez (ESP) d [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(4) 75
[WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) d [3] M. Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 76(8)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d J. Isner (USA) 75 63
S. Querrey (USA) d [WC] C. Norrie (GBR) 61 64
G. Muller (LUX) d N. Basilashvili (GEO) 64 67(17) 64
[Q] S. Kozlov (USA) d S. Johnson (USA) 36 61 61
V. Troicki (SRB) d J. Tipsarevic (SRB) 57 76(5) 76(6)
[Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) d [WC] J. Ward (GBR) 62 62
D. Medvedev (RUS) d N. Mahut (FRA) 67(3) 64 64
[Q] J. Chardy (FRA) d *[LL] L. Broady (GBR) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) / J. Tsonga (FRA) 76(5) 76(5)
R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) d [WC] K. Edmund (GBR) / T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 63 67(5) 10-7

*[LL] J. Thompson (AUS) replaced A. Bedene (GBR) – wrist
*[LL] L. Broady (GBR) 64 64 replaced [LL] P. Herbert (FRA) – back

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
V. Troicki (SRB) vs D. Young (USA)
G. Muller (LUX) vs [5] J. Tsonga (FRA)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [Q] J. Benneteau (FRA)
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] D. Shapovalov (CAN)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL)
After Suitable Rest – [LL] N. Monroe (USA) / D. Young (USA) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL)
G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) vs [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 2 not before 5:00 pm
TBA – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 20, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
[1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [WC] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 46 75 64
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 64 64
C. Bellis (USA) d [4] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 63 75
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) d [5] K. Bertens (NED) 62 36 00 Retired
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) d [LL] S. Errani (ITA) 62 61
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) d [Q] O. Jabeur (TUN) 76(1) 46 63
J. Goerges (GER) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) 61 62
S. Rogers (USA) d [Q] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) 76(4) 63
M. Barthel (GER) d [Q] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) 76(6) 64
[WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 67(5) 64 63
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) d M. Minella (LUX) 36 63 62
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) d P. Parmentier (FRA) 62 60
V. Lepchenko (USA) d [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 36 63 76(4)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) d [2] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) 63 75
E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) d R. Olaru (ROU) / R. Voracova (CZE) 63 63
N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 63 67(6) 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
[WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) 36 64 54
C. Bellis (USA) vs M. Barthel (GER)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs J. Goerges (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
S. Rogers (USA) vs [WC] S. Lisicki (GER)

PISTA 3 start 12:30 pm
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA)
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)

Not Before 3:00 pm
Possible Court Change – [1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs [WC] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)

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AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 19, 2017

Women’s Singles – First Round
[2] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [WC] H. Watson (GBR) 62 57 63
[8] B. Strycova (CZE) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 63 63
N. Osaka (JPN) d L. Davis (USA) 61 26 76(4)
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) d A. Cornet (FRA) 76(3) 60

 

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 61
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d D. Jurak (CRO) / An. Rodionova (AUS) 62 64
D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP) d N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 62 64

 

Women’s Qualifying Singles – Third Round
Qualifying – [1] M. Vondrousova (CZE) d [6] T. Smitkova (CZE) 46 75 63
Qualifying – [2] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [8] J. Fett (CRO) 63 64
Qualifying – [3] S. Hsieh (TPE) d [7] I. Soylu (TUR) 63 63
Qualifying – [5] E. Kulichkova (RUS) d [4] S. Vickery (USA) 60 62

 

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[LL] T. Smitkova (CZE) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [4] J. Konta (GBR)
[3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [Q] E. Kulichkova (RUS)

 

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
N. Hibino (JPN) vs K. Siniakova (CZE)
[Q] S. Hsieh (TPE) vs [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs Y. Duan (CHN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
D. Vekic (CRO) vs A. Riske (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS)
[Q] M. Vondrousova (CZE) vs A. Barty (AUS)
C. McHale (USA) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
S. Zhang (CHN) vs M. Linette (POL)

Gerry Weber Open

Halle, Germany

 

RESULTS – MONDAY, 19 JUNE 2017

Singles – First Round
[2] D. Thiem (AUT) d [Q] M. Marterer (GER) 75 63
R. Gasquet (FRA) d [5] G. Monfils (FRA) 36 64 63
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [8] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 67(1) 75 64
[WC] D. Brown (GER) d [Q] V. Pospisil (CAN) 61 67(3) 76(4)
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d J. Sousa (POR) 36 64 64

Doubles – First Round
B. Baker (USA) / A. Peya (AUT) d [4] F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 36 76(3) 10-8
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d [WC] F. Mayer (GER) / P. Petzschner (GER) 64 61

 

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 20 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
[WC] T. Haas (GER) vs B. Tomic (AUS)
P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)
Not Before 5:30 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs Y. Lu (TPE)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[Q] L. Lacko (SVK) vs M. Zverev (GER)
R. Haase (NED) vs D. Ferrer (ESP)
B. Paire (FRA) vs F. Mayer (GER)
J. Struff (GER) vs [6] L. Pouille (FRA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs C. Berlocq (ARG)
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs G. Simon (FRA)
F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT)
I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [Q] M. Youzhny (RUS)

COURT 3 start 2:30 pm
After Suitable Rest – G. Monfils (FRA) / G. Simon (FRA) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
After Suitable Rest – R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) vs S. Gonzalez (MEX) / M. Pavic (CRO)

 

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

 

RESULTS – MONDAY, 19 JUNE 2017

Singles – First Round
[5] J. Tsonga (FRA) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 62 62
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d R. Harrison (USA) 63 61
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) d S. Darcis (BEL) 75 63
D. Young (USA) d [9] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 76(3) 00 ret. (left hip)
[Q] D. Shapovalov (CAN) d K. Edmund (GBR) 76(4) 46 64

Doubles – First Round
[1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d J. Isner (USA) / S. Johnson (USA) 76(10) 76(6)
[Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) d [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) 46 53 ret. (Herbert – back)
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d D. Nestor (CAN) / M. Raonic (CAN) 62 76(3)
SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 20 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)
F. Lopez (ESP) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs J. Isner (USA)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
[Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) vs [WC] J. Ward (GBR)
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL) / J. Tsonga (FRA)
[LL] P. Herbert (FRA) vs [Q] J. Chardy (FRA)
[WC] C. Norrie (GBR) vs S. Querrey (USA)

COURT 2 start Not Before 5:00 pm
TBA – [WC] K. Edmund (GBR) / T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO)

COURT 5 start 12:30 pm
S. Johnson (USA) vs [Q] S. Kozlov (USA)
V. Troicki (SRB) vs J. Tipsarevic (SRB)
N. Basilashvili (GEO) vs G. Muller (LUX)
D. Medvedev (RUS) vs N. Mahut (FRA)

 

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

 

RESULTS – JUNE 19, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d E. Mertens (BEL) 76(2) 57 61
K. Pliskova (CZE) d [8] T. Babos (HUN) 62 36 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / L. Kichenok (UKR) 62 62
J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI) d [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) / S. Lisicki (GER) 64 46 10-6

 

Women’s Qualifying Singles – Second Round
Qualifying – [11] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) d [1] C. Witthoeft (GER) 64 76(3)
Qualifying – [8] J. Cepelova (SVK) d [2] S. Errani (ITA) 64 63
Qualifying – [3] K. Flipkens (BEL) d V. Kudermetova (RUS) 46 60 64
Qualifying – [4] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d [12] T. Martincova (CZE) 36 64 63
Qualifying – [9] O. Jabeur (TUN) d [5] Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 62 62
Qualifying – [7] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) d S. Kenin (USA) 63 64

 

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017

PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00 am
J. Goerges (GER) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)

Not Before 12:00 noon
To be finished – [1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [WC] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 46 75 32
[WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[4] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs C. Bellis (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)

 

PISTA 3 start 11:00 am
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs A. Kontaveit (EST)
J. Jankovic (SRB) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA)
[Q] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) vs M. Barthel (GER)
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) vs [5] K. Bertens (NED)
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [Q] O. Jabeur (TUN)

 

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
R. Olaru (ROU) / R. Voracova (CZE) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED)

Not Before 3:00 pm
After suitable rest – A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

 

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
P. Parmentier (FRA) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK)
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) vs M. Minella (LUX)
[Q] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) vs S. Rogers (USA)
V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) vs [2] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE)

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Davis Cup: U.S. Shuts Out The Swiss – Querrey, Johnson Close Out World Group First Round With Singles Wins

DAVIS CUP: U.S. SHUTS OUT THE SWISS
Querrey, Johnson Close Out World Group First Round With Singles Wins

By Junior Williams

(February 5, 2017) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Americans Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson each posted straight sets victories in dead rubbers to give the United States a 5-0 victory over Switzerland in the Davis Cup World Group first round.

Querrey defeated lefty Adrien Bossel 6-3, 7-5 in a 73-minute match. The Californian blasted 16 aces past the 485th-ranked Bossel and faced zero break points.

It took Johnson only an hour to beat another Swiss left-hander — 20-year old Antoine Bellier — 6-4, 6-3, in a very entertaining match featuring powerful groundstrokes and strong returns. The players combined committed only 16 unforced errors for the entire match.

The U.S. now turns its attention to the quarterfinals in April, when the team will face Australia in a road tie. The Aussies will be looking for revenge after losing in the first round last year to the Americans in Kooyong.

Australia will be hosting team USA for a second straight tie, however, the visitor will have choice of ground – hardcourt. Normally nations alternate hosting ties, but the U.S. and Australia played consecutive ties in U.S. in 1997 and 1999, in order for the U.S. to host the 100th anniversary of Davis Cup at the Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hills, Mass., the site of the first-ever Davis Cup tie. TEam USA is 26-20 versus Australia in Davis Cup play.

Switzerland will try to remain in the World Group by winning its play-off match-up September 15-17.

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The U.S. victory marks the second straight American sweep of the Swiss. The last one was a 2012 shocker on clay in Fribourg, Switzerland that included Mardy Fish defeating Stan Wawrinka 9-7 in the 5th set, John Isner beating Roger Federer in four sets – and a doubles win for Mike Bryan and Fish over Federer and Wawrinka, also in four sets.

Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan. At a moment’s notice, he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the USA home ties. He is in Birmingham, Alabama covering the Davis Cup first round World Group tie between the United States and Switzerland for Tennis Panorama News.

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Final results
Singles A: Jack Sock (USA) d. Marco Chiudinelli (SUI), 6-4, 6-3, 6-1
Singles B: John Isner (USA) d. Henri Laaksonen (SUI), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6(1)
Doubles: Jack Sock/Steve Johnson (USA)
d. Adrien Bossel/Henri Laaksonen (SUI), 7-6(3), 6-3, 7-6(5)
Singles C: Sam Querrey (USA) d. Adrien Bossel (SUI), 6-3, 7-5
Singles D: Steve Johnson (USA) d. Antoine Bellier (SUI), 6-4, 6-3

 

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Davis Cup: U.S. Clinches Quarterfinal Berth; Sock and Johnson defeat Switzerland In World Group First Round Tie

DAVIS CUP: U.S. CLINCHES QUARTERFINAL BERTH

Sock and Johnson defeat Switzerland In World Group First Round Tie

 

 

By Junior Williams

 

(February 4, 2017) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – For the clincher, United States Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier called on the 2016 Olympic bronze medal doubles team.

Jack Sock and Steve Johnson delivered for the U.S. with a 7-6(3), 6-3, 7-6(5) victory over Switzerland’s Adrien Bossel and Henri Laaksonen. The win gives the Americans an insurmountable 3-0 lead in this World Group first round tie, advancing to the quarterfinals, where they’ll face Australia on the road for a second consecutive year.

Both Courier and Swiss Captain Severin Luthi switched up their originally scheduled lineups: Jack Sock replaced Sam Querrey for the Americans, while Luthi went with Laaksonen instead of Antoine Bellier. Laaksonen had an impressive return of serve during Friday’s second singles rubber, despite losing to John Isner in four sets.

The U.S. took the lead in the first set, winning a tiebreak capped by a Steve Johnson forehand winner up the sideline to go up 6-3, followed by a Johnson forehand that was hit long by the Swiss. The Americans won 85-percent of their first serve points in the set.

Serving in the first game of the second set, Jack Sock vehemently disputed a lineman’s foot fault call, but to no avail. As the game went on the U.S. found itself in a 0-40 hole, but eventually staved off those three break points and held serve. The Americans broke the Swiss in the next game, which ended with a thrilling rally punctuated by a Sock winner at net — bringing fans at the Legacy Arena at Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex to their feet.

Both teams exchanged breaks of serve later in the set, but the U.S. went on to win it on a Sock service winner. A stellar performance at the net by Johnson also a major factor contributing to the Americans’ two set lead.

Switzerland refused to go quietly. Spurred on by their fans chanting “Hop Suisse,” the Swiss team broke the U.S. to go up 3-1 in the third set on a Laaksonen overhead smash at net. But the visitors blew a golden opportunity when the Americans staved off three set points and broke Switzerland to get the set back on serve at 5-4.

The U.S. closed out the rubber and clinched the tie by winning a third set tiebreak, which ended with the Swiss at net hitting the ball past the baseline. After each team shook hands, the American team took a victory lap around the court with the U.S. flag, cheered on by the home crowd.

Despite being heavy underdogs without their top guns Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, the Swiss have given the U.S. a good fight – and will attempt to remain in Davis Cup’s top tier when they compete in the World Group Play-offs this coming September.

“If you lose, it’s disappointed that you lost,” noted Swiss captain Severin Luthi. “I mean, I’m never like happy when we lose or if I lose. Even if it’s card games or whatever, I’m never happy.

“So disappointed. But, again, I have to say the same as yesterday. It wasn’t the performance of the players at all, you know. I thought they gave everything. They were, yeah — they had chances first and third set, and unfortunately we just couldn’t make it.”

Australia will be hosting team USA for a second straight tie, however, the visitor will have choice of ground – hardcourt. Normally nations alternate hosting ties, but the U.S. and Australia played consecutive ties in U.S. in 1997 and 1999, in order for the U.S. to host the 100th anniversary of Davis Cup at the Longwood Cricket Club in Chestnut Hills, Mass., the site of the first-ever Davis Cup tie.

“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to go back and battle those guys (Australia) again,” said U.S. Davis Cup Captain Jim Courier. “They came through pretty comfortably as well. Hugely talented team. Passionate Davis Cup nation. Had a lot of fun playing down in Melbourne with them.

“Obviously got the result we wanted which makes it a lot more fun, but they’re a knowledgeable crowd and they have won a ton of Davis Cups, so they know what it’s all about.

“It will be exciting for us to go down. We’re already talking about it, looking forward to it. We have work to do tomorrow. We’re not your overlooking the matches on Sunday. We will be ready to play tomorrow for sure, even though this thing is decided.

“I think I can speak for all of us when I say we’re anxious to get down there and battle on. We really want to get out to the semifinals and see what we can do this year.”

Two dead rubbers are scheduled for Sunday – and we have yet to see Querrey and Bellier play in this tie.

Junior Williams is a long-time journalist and tennis fan. At a moment’s notice, he can give you a list of all the Davis Cup match-ups that would give the USA home ties. He is in Birmingham, Alabama covering the Davis Cup first round World Group tie between the United States and Switzerland for Tennis Panorama News.

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