Unseeded Kanepi Earns First Title of Year at Brussels Open


(May 25, 2013) Unseeded Kaia Kanepi claimed her first title of 2013 by defeating eighth seed Peng Shuai in the final of the Brussels Open on Saturday 6-2, 7-5. Both women had to play both semifinals and the final due to rain earlier in the week washing out play. The Estonian Kanepi also had to win two matches on Friday.

“It was a difficult second set where I had match point in many games but just couldn’t finish it,” Kanepi noted. “I was playing really well until 62 52, but I’ve had problems like this before. I just kept trying to pump myself up and not get too negative about losing the situations I had earlier.”

“Kaia played really well,” Peng said, “heavy shots and big serves. I tried my best but it was just really hard against her. I thought I could come back at 5-all but she broke me again and held serve. I’m happy I made it to the final again here though. It was a really good week for me.”

When the new rankings come out Kanepi  will move up to No. 26 while Peng will rise to No. 23.


Hampton Rallies To Upset Vinci


Brussels, Belgium
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Friday, May 24, 2013
Singles – Quarterfinals

Jamie Hampton (USA) d. (2) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 57 63 75
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (7) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 63 46 76(4)

Doubles – Semifinals
Dabrowski/Peer (CAN/ISR) d. (1) Mirza/Zheng (IND/CHN) 64 57 107 (Match TB)
(2) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. (4) Govortsova/Rosolska (BLR/POL) 64 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Mirza/Zheng (IND/CHN) d. Dekmeijere/Kalashnikova (LAT/GEO) 62 63

Order Of Play - Saturday, May 25, 2013
Center Court (from 10.30hrs)
1. Romina Oprandi vs. Peng Shuai
2. Doubles Final: Dabrowski/Peer vs. Groenefeld/Peschke (NB 14.30hrs)
3. Singles Final: [Romina Oprandi or Peng Shuai] vs. [Kaia Kanepi or Jamie Hampton] (NB 16.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Kaia Kanepi vs. Jamie Hampton


Peng Shuai Tops Stephens to Gain Berth in Brussels Semis

Shuai Peng

Brussels, Belgium
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, May 23, 2013
Singles – Quarterfinals
(8) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (4) Sloane Stephens (USA) 62 63
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 63 36 60

Singles – Second Round
(2) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (Q) Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 63 57 62
Jamie Hampton (USA) d. (5) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 64 36 75 (saved 1mp)

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Klemenschits/Klepac (AUT/SLO) 62 62
(4) Govortsova/Rosolska (BLR/POL) d. Melnikova/Sasnovich (RUS/BLR) 62 62
Dabrowski/Peer (CAN/ISR) d. (WC) Flipkens/Rybarikova (BEL/SVK) 75 75

Order Of Play - Friday, May 24, 2013
Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Kaia Kanepi
2. Jamie Hampton vs. Roberta Vinci (NB 12.00hrs)
3. Romina Oprandi vs. Peng Shuai (NB 15.30hrs)
4. [Varvara Lepchenko or Kaia Kanepi] vs. [Jamie Hampton or Roberta Vinci]

Court 1 (from 12.30hrs)
1. Mirza/Zheng vs. Dekmeijere/Kalashnikova
2. Govortsova/Rosolska vs. Groenefeld/Peschke
3. [Mirza/Zheng or Dekmeijere/Kalashnikova] vs. Dabrowski/Peer (after suitable rest)


Wozniacki Upset in Brussels


Brussels, Belgium
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results - Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Singles – Second Round
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (1/WC) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 62 64
(4) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 64 60
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. (6) Julia Goerges (GER) 63 ret. (right wrist injury)
(7) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. (WC) Elena Baltacha (GBR) 62 60
(8) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 46 76(4) 76(4)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 63 63

Suspended due to darkness
(2) Roberta Vinci (ITA) is tied with (Q) Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 63 57

Singles – First Round
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (3) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 76(6)
(4) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 63 26 63
(5) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Madison Keys (USA) 64 16 62
(6) Julia Goerges (GER) d. (LL) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 61 75
(8) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 63 60
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. (Q) Melanie Oudin (USA) 62 62
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (Q) Mallory Burdette (USA) 62 46 63
Jamie Hampton (USA) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 16 63 64
(Q) Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) d. (WC) Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 61 60
(Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
(2) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Craybas/Vandeweghe (USA/USA) 62 63
Dabrowski/Peer (CAN/ISR) d. (3) Chan/Jurak (TPE/CRO) 61 64
(4) Govortsova/Rosolska (BLR/POL) d. Czink/Jovanovski (HUN/SRB) 61 61
Melnikova/Sasnovich (RUS/BLR) d. Kapshay/Kondratieva (UKR/RUS) 63 75

Order Of Play - Thursday, May 23, 2013
Center Court (from 10.30hrs)
1. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Jamie Hampton
2. Yulia Putintseva vs. Roberta Vinci (tbc; NB 11.30hrs)
3. Zheng Jie vs. Romina Oprandi (NB 12.00hrs)
4. Sloane Stephens vs. Peng Shuai
5. [Kirsten Flipkens or Jamie Hampton] vs. [Yulia Putintseva or Roberta Vinci]
6. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Kaia Kanepi

Court 1 (from 11.30hrs)
1. Klemenschits/Klepac vs. Groenefeld/Peschke
2. Melnikova/Sasnovich vs. Govortsova/Rosolska (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Mirza/Zheng vs. Dekmeijere/Kalashnikova (after suitable rest)
4. Dabrowski/Peer vs. Flipkens/Rybarikova (after suitable rest)


Seeds Niculescu and Hsieh Fall in Strasbourg


Strasbourg, France
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results - Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(3) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (Q) Magda Linette (POL) 63 64
Misaki Doi (JPN) d. (4) Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 64 46 76(3)
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. (5) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 46 63 62
(7) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (Q) Shelby Rogers (USA) 26 63 64
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. (WC) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 63 63
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 63 60
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Lauren Davis (USA) 62 62
(Q) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. María-Teresa Torró-Flor (ESP) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
Bouchard/Pekhova (CAN/BLR) d. (1) Hantuchova/Hradecka (SVK/CZE) w/o (Hantuchova: right shoulder injury)
(2) Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) d. Domachowska/Torró-Flor (POL/ESP) 61 63
(4) Date-Krumm/Scheepers (JPN/RSA) d. (WC) Feuerstein/Michel (FRA/SUI) 63 63
McHale/Moulton-Levy (USA/USA) d. (WC) Garcia/Johansson (FRA/FRA) 64 61

Order Of Play – Thursday, May 23, 2013
Central (from 11.00hrs)
1. Eugenie Bouchard vs. Anna Tatishvili
2. Alizé Cornet vs. Chanelle Scheepers (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Flavia Pennetta vs. Misaki Doi
4. Lucie Hradecka vs. Johanna Larsson (NB 17.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Maria/Paszek vs. Grandin/Uhlirova
2. Bouchard/Pekhova vs. Barrois/Buryachok (after suitable rest)
3. McHale/Moulton-Levy vs. Date-Krumm/Scheepers (after suitable rest)

Court 2 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Black/Erakovic vs. Linette/Piter


Rain Washes Out Play in Brussels


Brussels, Belgium
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, May 21, 2013
No matches completed due to rain

Order Of Play – Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Center Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Kaia Kanepi vs. Dominika Cibulkova
2. Sofia Arvidsson vs. Peng Shuai (NB 11.00hrs)
3. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Jamie Hampton
4. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Madison Keys
5. Caroline Wozniacki vs. [Zheng Jie or Mallory Burdette]
6. [Yulia Putintseva or Alison Van Uytvanck] vs. Roberta Vinci
7. [Kirsten Flipkens or Madison Keys] vs. [Yanina Wickmayer or Jamie Hampton]

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Sloane Stephens vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (tbc)
2. Yulia Putintseva vs. Alison Van Uytvanck
3. Coco Vandeweghe vs. Julia Goerges
4. Jana Cepelova vs. [Kaia Kanepi or Dominika Cibulkova]
5. Olga Govortsova vs. [Sofia Arvidsson or Peng Shuai]
6. [Romina Oprandi or Melanie Oudin] vs. [Coco Vandeweghe or Julia Goerges]

Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Zhang Shuai vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
2. Zheng Jie vs. Mallory Burdette
3. Romina Oprandi vs. Melanie Oudin
4. [Sloane Stephens or Tsvetana Pironkova] vs. [Zhang Shuai or Magdalena Rybarikova]
5. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Elena Baltacha

Courts TBA
Chan/Jurak vs. Dabrowski/Peer
Czink/Jovanovski vs. Govortsova/Rosolska
Melnikova/Sasnovich vs. Kapshay/Kondratieva
Craybas/Vandeweghe vs. Groenefeld/Peschke


WTA Strasbourg – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule


Strasbourg, France
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results - Monday, May 20, 2013
Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(5/WC) Shelby Rogers (USA) d. (1) Vesna Dolonc (SRB) 64 62
(2) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (7) Yulia Beygelzimer (UKR) 57 61 64
Magda Linette (POL) d. (8) Masa Zec-Peskiric (SLO) 62 60
Marta Domachowska (POL) d. (WC) Carolin Daniels (GER) 64 26 62

Order Of Play – Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Central (from 10.00hrs)
1. Virginie Razzano vs. Tamira Paszek
2. Marion Bartoli vs. Camila Giorgi (NB 11.30hrs)
3. Anna Tatishvili vs. Caroline Garcia
4. Alizé Cornet vs. Mathilde Johansson
5. Daniela Hantuchova vs. María-Teresa Torró-Flor (NB 17.00hrs)
6. Annika Beck vs. Hsieh Su-Wei

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Johanna Larsson vs. Petra Cetkovska
2. Christina McHale vs. Lauren Davis
3. Marina Erakovic vs. Monica Niculescu
4. Claire Feuerstein vs. Chanelle Scheepers
5. Elina Svitolina vs. Flavia Pennetta

Court 2 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Lucie Hradecka vs. Garbiñe Muguruza
2. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa vs. Eugenie Bouchard
3. Magda Linette vs. Olga Puchkova (NB 12.30hrs)
4. Shelby Rogers vs. Marta Domachowska
5. Misaki Doi vs. Karolina Pliskova

Courts TBA
1. Maria/Paszek vs. Muhammed/Will (NB 13.00hrs)
2. Black/Erakovic vs. Dolonc/Tatishvili (NB 15.00hrs)
3. Niculescu/Puchkova vs. Grandin/Uhlirova (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Barrois/Buryachok vs. Perrin/Zec-Peskiric (NB 15.00hrs)
5. Clerico/Jegiolka vs. Linette/Piter (NB 15.00hrs)


WTA – Brussels and Strasbourg Monday Schedules


Brussels, Belgium
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Monday, May 20, 2013
Center Court (from 11.30hrs)
1. Coco Vandeweghe vs.. Yulia Putintseva (Singles Q Final)
2. Olga Govortsova vs. Arantxa Rus (NB 13.30hrs)
3. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Bojana Jovanovski
4. Sloane Stephens vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (NB 18.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Mallory Burdette vs. Maria Joao Koehler (Singles Q Final)
2. Zhang Shuai vs. Shahar Peer (Singles Q Final)
3. Huber/Pliskova vs. Flipkens/Rybarikova (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Jana Cepelova vs. Lesia Tsurenko
5. Elena Baltacha vs. Stefanie Voegele

Court 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Melanie Oudin vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Singles Q Final)
2. Aoyama/Tanasugarn vs. Dekmeijere/Kalashnikova
3. Klemenschits/Klepac vs. Elie/Slater
4. Mirza/Zheng vs. Hrdinova/Lee-Waters


Strasbourg, France
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Monday, May 20, 2013
Central (from 11.00hrs)
1. Flavia Pennetta vs. Yulia Beygelzimer (Singles Q Final)

2. Anna Tatishvili vs. Caroline Garcia (NB 12.30hrs)

3. Virginie Razzano vs. Tamira Paszek
4. Marion Bartoli vs. Camila Giorgi
5. Christina McHale vs. Lauren Davis

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Carolin Daniels vs. Marta Domachowska (Singles Q Final)
2. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa vs. Eugenie Bouchard
3. Marina Erakovic vs. Monica Niculescu
4. Johanna Larsson vs. Petra Cetkovska

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Magda Linette vs. Masa Zec-Peskiric (Singles Q Final)
2. Vesna Dolonc vs. Shelby Rogers (Singles Q Final)
3. Feuerstein/Michel vs. Date-Krumm/Scheepers
4. Hantuchova/Hradecka vs. Bouchard/Pekhova (after suitable rest)


Almagro, Radwanska, Schiavone Nab Titles before the French Open Begins

On the eve of Roland Garros Nicolas Almagro, Agnieszka Radwanska and Francesca Schiavone won titles on Saturday.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland captured her 10th career title by capturing the Brussels Open defeating Simona Halep of Romania 7-5, 6-0.


“On clay I think I need longer to warm up, not just the five minutes before the match,” said Radwanska.  “At the end I won nine games in a row – it was a good comeback, I think. And it’s always great to win a tournament.”

“I’m happy to get some good preparation in ahead of the French Open.”

It’s Radwanska’s third title of the year.


Nicolas Almagro ended Bryan Baker’s career week by winning his second Nice title defeating the American 6-3, 6-2.

“I played my best tennis in two years here,” the Spaniard said. “I am very happy with my serve and my forehand. I moved on the court very, very well. Today, was one of those matches you want to keep in your mind for the rest of the season, because I couldn’t have played much better. Today was amazing. I am happy with my form, my tennis and my team. We will aim to keep working hard, so I play, in future, as I did today.

“He(Baker) lost the final today, but he is back, he is playing very good. I think if he plays as he did this week, then he will win many, many tournaments.”

The 216th-ranked Baker’s 15 –match clay win streak was broken, but it was his most successful week as a pro making his first main tour final. Baker who has a wildcard to play the French Open was off the tour for almost six years after five before coming back to tennis last July.

“It was a really tough match, Baker said. He always seems to play pretty well. He didn’t make many unforced errors and I think he seemed to have a high first serve percentage. He wasn’t just trying to get them in, he was going for a lot. I was struggling to return his serve. I didn’t feel like I played that poorly. I was a little sore and a little tired, but he was definitely the better player. I should have changed where I stood in the court [to return serve]. I should have returned further back to give him another look. I did it at the end of the second set and it worked better. It was tough out there and he played really well.

“It was a great week. Every time you go onto court you want to win. I am a competitor, I hate losing. But, when you look at the week as a whole, it has been an unbelievable week. I hoped to qualify at the start of the week and win a match or two, before going to Roland Garros. Obviously, I did much better than that. I think even in the qualifying, I felt as if I was playing pretty well. I won my three matches easily and knew I was playing good tennis.”

Francesca Schiavone captured his first tournament since winning the 2010 French Open when she defeated Alizé Cornet 6-4, 6-4 for the Strasbourg title.

“In this tournament, in the most important moments, I was there,” Schiavone said. “It has been a long time since I’ve felt that. It’s a great feeling and I want to keep going this way. I’m happy again. I’m feeling the sensation of fighting and feeling the pain, and enjoying my game again.”


Serbia wins the World Team Cup


Round Robin – Final Tie
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d T Berdych (CZE) 75 76(8) (SRB 1, CZE 0)
V Troicki (SRB) d R Stepanek (CZE) 26 64 63 (SRB 2, CZE 0)
J Tipsarevic (SRB) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d T Berdych (CZE) / F Cermak (CZE) 63 61 (SRB 3, CZE 0)

Janko Tipsarevic: “We both played very solid. I was a bit lucky at the end of both sets. In the second set, his string broke on a very important point, but I felt I deserved to win. I was the better player today in the crucial moments of the match.”

On winning in Dusseldorf for the second time: “I feel great. First of all because Serbia proved that we have a strong team even without our No. 1 player, Novak [Djokovic]. Viktor and I played great tennis. We didn’t lose one singles match here and this just gives us more confidence for the French Open.”

Viktor Troicki: “I would say that it was not such a great match from both of us. It was more tactical. I knew he was a bit more tired than me. I was using that and at the end I played good. I also want to thank Janko. He won all of his matches and he helped me a lot today with the pressure. I also want to thank Nenad and Miki. It was great.”