July 30, 2015

Paire, Stosur, Thiem, Tsurenko and Tomic Win Tennis Titles This Week

Samantha Stosur

Samantha Stosur

(July 26, 2015) Benoit Paire, Samantha StosurDominik Thiem, Lesia Tsurenko and Bernard Tomic were the singles winners on the tennis tour this weekend.

France’s Paire joined the winner’s circle for the first time, claiming the ATP World Tour title at the SkiStar Swedish Open in Bastad when he turned back Spain’s Tommy Robredo 7-6(7), 6-3. Paire is the sixth first-time winner on the men’s tour this year.

“It’s a perfect week,” Paire said. “The conditions today were not easy, but I’m really happy to win against Tommy. He’s a very good player. To play against him in the final and to beat him is a dream, so I’m very happy.

“It was a lot of pressure…  I hope it’s not the last one for me.”

Samantha Stosur rallied to win her second WTA title of the year and eighth overall after defeating Karin Knapp of Italy 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 in the final of the Gastein Ladies on Sunday. The Australian and former US Open champion also won the Strasbourg event back in May.

In a final which featured two unseeded players, Lesia Tsurenko won her first WTA title, besting Urszula Radwanska 7-5, 6-1 to win the Istanbul Cup.

“I’m so happy I could win here and show good tennis,” said the Ukrainian.

“That’s my goal, getting good results and showing good tennis.”

Austria’s Dominik Thiem won his second career ATP World Tour title, besting Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-4, 6-1 to win the Croatia Open

“Today was very special day,” Thiem said. “We were watched by world’s number one Novak Djokovic,” Thiem said. “Usually he is the one who entertains us with great tennis and today we turned it around.”

“It is really special to win here after playing juniors matches in this stadium,” said Thiem who became the first Austrian to win this title since Thomas Muster did it twenty years ago. “I will have a nice dinner with my friends tonight to celebrate. It won’t be a big party for me as I have to drive eight hours to go to Gstaad tomorrow.”

Second seed Bernard Tomic defended his Claro Open Colombia title in Bogota, beating Frenchman Adrian Mannarino 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

“It’s been a very good year,” Tomic said. “I started at No. 70 and am now close to No. 20. It’s been a good seven months. I’ll try to play well the next three months and have the chance to be in the Top 15.

“Every title you remember. I’m very happy to have won my third title and to defend it here was amazing. I’m really happy with myself… This is my most consistent year.”

The 22-year-old Australian, ranked 29th,  is now 9-0 at the tournament.



Karlovic Wins Bogota Crown Over Hometown Hero Falla

Ivo Karlovic

(July 21, 2013) Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic won his first tournament in five years when he beat Bogota resident Alejandro Falla for the Claro Open Colombia on Sunday.

The ATP tour’s tallest player, the 34-year-old Karlovic who is 6-foot-10 stopped Falla 6-3, 7-6(4) for the hardcourt title. It’s the Croatian’s fifth career ATP crown. For Karlovic this is just his second tournament back from being off the tour for three months with viral meningitis.

He became the 11th winner of the ATP Tour over 30.

Karlovic held all 61 of his service games and served a total of 104 aces during the tournament.

“Only happiness, that after all these injuries and illnesses I was able to back here,” Karlovic said.

“It was my weapons, which is volleys and serve, and I was more calm in the crucial points,” he said were the keys to the win.

“It was a great week for me,” said the hometown favorite Falla. “The challenge was to reach the final and win matches, and I lost a tough final. Ivo was serving unbelievable. I tried my best every time. I take many, many positive things and I’m going to try to keep it up for the rest of the season.”

“I have to be ready for next year. I think the challenge is to win a title here. I have the chances to do it, and I feel comfortable playing here in the altitude with my people, my friends and my family. So it was a great tournament overall and I’m really happy about the final.”


Hometown Hero Falla Reaches Bogota Final


(July 20, 2013) Bogota resident Alejandro Falla moved into the Claro Open Colombia final by beating Canada’s Vasek Pospisil 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4.

The 29-year-old southpaw Falla is looking for  his first ATP Tour title.  He’ll meet Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic who beat second seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa 6-4, 6-7 (4), 6-3.

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Singles – Semi-finals
I Karlovic (CRO) d [2] K Anderson (RSA) 64 67(4) 63
A Falla (COL) d V Pospisil (CAN) 6

Doubles – Final

[4] P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) d [2] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED)


CAMPO CENTRAL start 11:00am
A Falla (COL) vs I Karlovic (CRO)


Tipsarevic Upset in Bogota

ATP World Tour 250
Bogota, Colombia  (-5 hours GMT)
15-21 July, 2013     Surface: Hard


Singles – Quarter-finals
A Falla (COL) d [1] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 36 62 63
[2] K Anderson (RSA) d [6} S Giraldo [COL] 63 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d [5} A Mannarino (FRA) 76(5) 76(3)
V Pospisil (CAN) d M Viola (ITA) 36 63 62

Doubles – Semi-finals

[4] P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) d [1] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 62 63
[2] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) d I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER) 61 76(3)


CAMPO CENTRAL start 11:00am
I Karlovic (CRO) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)
Not Before 1:00 PM
A Falla (COL) vs V Pospisil (CAN)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[4] P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) vs [2] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED)


Viola Stuns Roger-Vasselin in Colombia


ATP World Tour 250
Bogota, Colombia  (-5 hours GMT)
15-21 July, 2013     Surface: Hard



Singles – Second Round
[1] J Tipsarevic (SRB) d R Bemelmans (BEL) 64 75
M Viola (ITA) d [4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 75
A Falla (COL) d M Ebden (AUS) 76(1) 61
V Pospisil (CAN) d J Duckworth (AUS) 75 36 75

Doubles – Quarter-finals

[1] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d [Alt] M Arevalo (ESA) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) 46 76(3) 10-8
[2] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) d A Mannarino (FRA) / M Viola (ITA) 76(0) 36 10-2
[4] P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) d N Monroe (USA) / V Pospisil (CAN) 36 63 10-6
I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER) d J Cerretani (USA) / C Guccione (AUS) 76(6) 76(3)


CAMPO CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
[5] A Mannarino (FRA) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
Not Before 2:00 PM
[6] S Giraldo (COL) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)
M Viola (ITA) vs V Pospisil (CAN)
Not Before 6:00 PM
[1] J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs A Falla (COL)
[1] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs [4] P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND)

CAMPO 1 start 4:00 pm
I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER) vs [2] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED)


Anderson Advances in Bogota

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ATP World Tour 250
Bogota, Colombia  (-5 hours GMT)
15-21 July, 2013     Surface: Hard


Singles – Second Round
[2] K Anderson (RSA) d [Q] E Gomez (ECU) 63 76(2)
I Karlovic (CRO) d [3] I Sijsling (NED) 63 76(14)
[5] A Mannarino (FRA) d [Q] V Estrella Burgos (DOM) 61 62
[6] S Giraldo (COL) d [Q] C Guccione (AUS) 36 63 64

Doubles – First Round

I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER) d [3] M Demoliner (BRA) / A Sa (BRA) 64 63
[Alt] M Arevalo (ESA) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM) d D Molchanov (UKR) / J Wang (TPE) 63 76(4)
N Monroe (USA) / V Pospisil (CAN) d F De Paula (BRA) / S Galdos (PER) 61 62
J Cerretani (USA) / C Guccione (AUS) d [WC] A Gonzalez (COL) / C Salamanca (COL) 64 76(4)


CAMPO CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
[4] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs M Viola (ITA)
V Pospisil (CAN) vs J Duckworth (AUS)
[1] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs [Alt] M Arevalo (ESA) / V Estrella Burgos (DOM)
Not Before 4:30 PM
[1] J Tipsarevic (SRB) vs R Bemelmans (BEL)
Not Before 6:30 PM
M Ebden (AUS) vs A Falla (COL)

CAMPO 1 start 1:00 pm

J Cerretani (USA) / C Guccione (AUS) vs I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER)
A Mannarino (FRA) / M Viola (ITA) vs [2] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) – After Suitable Rest
Not Before 4:30 PM
[4] P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) vs N Monroe (USA) / V Pospisil (CAN)


ATP Bogota – Tuesday Results, Wednesday Schedule

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ATP World Tour 250
Bogota, Colombia  (-5 hours GMT)
15-21 July, 2013     Surface: Hard


Singles – First Round
J Duckworth (AUS) d [7] A Bedene (SLO) 63 64
A Falla (COL) d [8] X Malisse (BEL) 61 36 61
R Bemelmans (BEL) d [WC] N Barrientos (COL) 75 63
V Pospisil (CAN) d M Przysiezny (POL) 63 36 61
[Q] V Estrella Burgos (DOM) d F Arguello (ARG) 75 63
I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] J Londero (ARG) 76(5) 64
[Q] C Guccione (AUS) d E Korolev (KAZ) 61 10 ret. (illness)
[Q] E Gomez (ECU) d [WC] E Struvay (COL) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[2] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED) d M Ebden (AUS) / I Marchenko (UKR) 76(7) 61
[4] P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) d [WC] E Gomez (ECU) / M Quintero (COL) 62 62
A Mannarino (FRA) / M Viola (ITA) d G Andreozzi (ARG) / F Arguello (ARG) 61 62


CAMPO CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
I Karlovic (CRO) vs [3] I Sijsling (NED)
Not Before 1:45 PM
[6] S Giraldo (COL) vs [Q] C Guccione (AUS)
Not Before 4:00 PM
[Q] E Gomez (ECU) vs [2] K Anderson (RSA)
[5] A Mannarino (FRA) vs [Q] V Estrella Burgos (DOM)
Alternate / Unknown vs D Molchanov (UKR) / J Wang (TPE) – After Suitable Rest

CAMPO 1 start 1:30 pm
F De Paula (BRA) / S Galdos (PER) vs N Monroe (USA) / V Pospisil (CAN)
I Karlovic (CRO) / F Moser (GER) vs [3] M Demoliner (BRA) / A Sa (BRA)
[WC] A Gonzalez (COL) / C Salamanca (COL) vs J Cerretani (USA) / C Guccione (AUS) – After Suitable Rest


ATP Bogota – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

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ATP World Tour 250
Bogota, Colombia  (-5 hours GMT)
15-21 July, 2013     Surface: Hard


Singles – First Round
[5] A Mannarino (FRA) d A Gonzalez (COL) 64 06 64
[6] S Giraldo (COL) d [WC] C Salamanca (COL) 62 64
M Ebden (AUS) d J Wang (TPE) 61 26 61
M Viola (ITA) d I Marchenko (UKR) 63 26 60

Doubles – First Round

[1] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d M Przysiezny (POL) / A Shamasdin (CAN) 26 76(7) 13-11


CAMPO CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[WC] N Barrientos (COL) vs R Bemelmans (BEL)
[Q] E Gomez (ECU) vs [WC] E Struvay (COL)
Not Before 3:00 PM
A Falla (COL) vs [8] X Malisse (BEL)
V Pospisil (CAN) vs M Przysiezny (POL)
J Duckworth (AUS) vs [7] A Bedene (SLO)

CAMPO 1 start 11:00 am
E Korolev (KAZ) vs [Q] C Guccione (AUS)
[Q] J Londero (ARG) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
M Ebden (AUS) / I Marchenko (UKR) vs [2] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / I Sijsling (NED)
[4] P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) vs [WC] E Gomez (ECU) / M Quintero (COL) – After Suitable Rest

CAMPO 2 start 11:00 am
F Arguello (ARG) vs [Q] V Estrella Burgos (DOM)
A Mannarino (FRA) / M Viola (ITA) vs G Andreozzi (ARG) / F Arguello (ARG) – After Suitable Rest


Jankovic Wins First Tournament Since 2010 Indian Wells


(February 24, 2013) Jelena Jankovic won her first tournament since Indian Wells in 2010, claiming the Copa Claro tennis event in Bogotá, Colombia with a win Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 6-1, 6-2.

The Serbian snapped a five–match losing streak in finals in winner her 13th WTA title.

“I had a wonderful week here. It’s been an amazing experience. I’m so happy I was able to come here to Bogotá for the first time and winning my 13th WTA title here makes the experience even better.”

Ormaechea will rise 66 places to No.132 on the new rankings come out on Monday.

Bogotá, Colombia
February 18-24, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Sunday, February 24, 2013
Singles – Final
(1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 61 62

Doubles – Final (played Saturday)
(2) Babos/Minella (HUN/LUX) d. (1) Birnerova/Panova (CZE/RUS) 64 63


Tennis News Net Notes


(December 13, 2012) A quick look at the recent news in the world of tennis.

The Chilean newspaper La Tercera reports that the Vina de Mar tournament wants to offer Rafael Nadal a $1.2 million appearance fee to play the tournament. Vina del Mar is a clay court event played the week of February 4, 2013.

Nadal confirmed on Tuesday that he’ll play the exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi in late December. “Can’t wait to get back on court in Abu Dhabi at the end of the month,” said on his Facebook page and Twitter account. “I won the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in 2010 and 2011 – would love to get my hands on the trophy again this year!”

Nadal has been off the tour with a knee injury since losing in the second round of Wimbledon.


Serena Williams and Andy Murray have been nominated for a Laureus Sports Award. Williams is nominated in the Laureus World Sportswoman of the Year category while Murray is up for Breakthrough of the Year award.

Williams was also tapped on Wednesday by the French newspaper L’Equipe as Sportswoman of the year.


Wimbledon recorded record profits in 2012. The Lawn Tennis Association reports that profits jumped 7.1 percent to a record $60.8 million dollars.


Former  No.  1 Kim Clijsters bid farewell to tennis on Wednesday in an exhibition match against Venus Williams in Belgium. Clijsters won the match 6-3, 6-3. Clijsters played her last competitive match at the US Open.


The ATP finalized the sale of the Los Angeles tournament to Bogota, Colombia on Wednesday.

The ATP World Tour 250 event tournament will take place July 15-21, 2013 at the Centro de Alto Rendimiento in Bogotá, the same venue that hosted an ATP World Tour event from 1997–2002.


The Lawn Tennis Association Limited (LTA) appointed David Gregson as independent Chairman of the LTA Board on Wednesday.

David is the Chairman of Precise Media Group, and of CRI, a leading UK health and social care charity. He is also a Director of the London Legacy Development Corporation, which is transforming the Olympic Park following the 2012 Games, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Sutton Trust, promoting social mobility through education.

Maria Sharapova and Samantha Stosur have committed to play the Bank of the West Classic. The tournament will take place July 22-28 at Stanford’s Taube Family Tennis Stadium.