September 30, 2016

ATP and WTA Results

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Chengdu Open
Chengdu, China
RESULTS – THURSDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] [WC] D. Thiem (AUT) d [WC] D. Wu (CHN) 64 64
K. Anderson (RSA) d [2] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 36 76(6) 62, saved 2 m.p.
[5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d Y. Lu (TPE) 76(4) 36 64
[6] V. Troicki (SRB) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 63 46 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) / V. Troicki (SRB) 61 64
[4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / M. Fyrstenberg (POL) d D. Lajovic (SRB) / J. Sousa (POR) 63 64
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) d P. Raja (IND) / D. Sharan (IND) 64 63
A. Shamasdin (CAN) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) d R. Bopanna (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) 64 76(4)

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

STADIUM COURT start 2:00 pm
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [4] F. Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[6] V. Troicki (SRB) vs K. Anderson (RSA)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[3] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)

Not Before 8:30 pm
[1] [WC] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

COURT 1 start 3:00 pm
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL)

Shenzhen Open
Shenzhen, China

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 29 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] T. Berdych (CZE) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 76(7) 76(4)
[4] B. Tomic (AUS) d [Q] R. Harrison (USA) 64 46 75
[8] J. Vesely (CZE) d I. Cervantes (ESP) 76(2) 63
T. Bellucci (BRA) d [LL] T. Fabbiano (ITA) 76(2) 76(4)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) 64 64
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / M. Jaziri (TUN) d [4] C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA) 64 57 10-8
F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d [PR] P. Andujar (ESP) / R. Gasquet (FRA) 60 61

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 30 SEPTEMBER 2016

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[Q] M. Zverev (GER) vs [3] R. Gasquet (FRA)
[PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[4] B. Tomic (AUS) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)
[1] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [8] J. Vesely (CZE)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
F. Fognini (ITA) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) vs [3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)

Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [2] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)

G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [4] C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA)

TASHKENT OPEN – TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
$250,000
24 SEPTEMBER – 1 OCTOBER 2016

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[9] D. Allertova (CZE) d [2] K. Flipkens (BEL) 75 64
[4] N. Hibino (JPN) d [6] L. Tsurenko (UKR) 76(6) 00 Retired
K. Kozlova (UKR) d S. Voegele (SUI) 63 63
K. Pliskova (CZE) d I. Khromacheva (RUS) 63 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
N. Abduraimova (UZB) / H. Kuwata (JPN) d [1] L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) 64 64
[4] R. Olaru (ROU) / I. Soylu (TUR) d [WC] P. Merenkova (UZB) / D. Yastremska (UKR) 62 76(2)

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
K. Kozlova (UKR) vs K. Pliskova (CZE)
[4] N. Hibino (JPN) vs [9] D. Allertova (CZE)

Not Before 13:00
N. Abduraimova (UZB) / H. Kuwata (JPN) vs [3] D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE)

Not Before 13:30
After Rest Possible Crt Change – [4] R. Olaru (ROU) / I. Soylu (TUR) vs K. Pliskova (CZE) / A. Sadikovic (SUI)

 

 

WUHAN OPEN – WUHAN, CHN
$2,589,000
25 SEPTEMBER-01 OCTOBER 2016

 

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 29, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [3] A. Radwanska (POL) 16 76(9) 64
[4] S. Halep (ROU) d [8] M. Keys (USA) 64 62
[10] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 36 64
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [11] J. Konta (GBR) 63 64
Third Round
[10] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) 62 62
B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 16 64 75

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 63 06 10-4
[5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 63 64
C. McHale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) 64 62
Second Round
C. McHale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) d [1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) 36 62 10-2
[2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 36 75 10-8
A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d [4] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 67(4) 75 10-7
[5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] X. Han (CHN) / L. Zhu (CHN) 64 76(7)
[6] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 30 Retired
K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) d [7] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) 64 46 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
C. McHale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) vs [5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)

Not Before 3:30 pm
[9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [10] D. Cibulkova (SVK)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs [4] S. Halep (ROU)
[6] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) or [3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)

COURT 1 start Not Before 4:00 pm
[6] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs [3] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE)

 

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A Pair of First-time ATP Winners as Zverev Takes Down Wawrinka for St. Petersburg Crown and Pouille Wins Metz

 

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

(September 25, 2016) The ATP World Tour saw two first-time winners on Sunday. US Open winner and top seed Stan Wawrinka lost to 19-year-old up-and-and-coming German Alexander Zverev in St. Petersburg, while Frenchman Lucas Pouille beat top seed and No. 10 in the world Dominic Thiem to win in Metz, France.

The third seeded Pouille is coming off a successful US Open where he beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round on his way to the quarterfinals for the first time, where he lost to fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils.

The 22-year-old Pouille, ranked 18th won 7-6 (5), 6-2 to claim the Moselle Open.

 

Louis Pouille

Louis Pouille

 

“I’m very happy with my week, Pouille said after the victory. “Winning a title is a big step, it’s an objective I wanted to achieve this year. It was a well-played final. We both played at a high level.”

 

Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem

“I think the first set was a pretty high level from both of us,” said the 23-year-old Austrian finalist. “I should have won the tie-break, but had an easy volley mistake. All in all, he was the better player and had more chances in my service games. He deserved to win today. I think he put pressure on me all the time and was serving really well.

“He’s had an amazing year, reaching the quarter-finals in the last two Grand Slam and semis in the Masters 1000 in Rome. I think we will see him in the Top 10 soon.”

Just two weeks after winning his first US Open title for his third major title, Stan Wawrinka fell victim to the rising 19-year-old Zverev 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Zverev snapped the Swiss’ 11 match winning streak in finals in winning his first title. The last time Wawrinka lost in a final was in 2013. The German became the first teenager to win an ATP World Tour title since 2008 when Marin Cilic won in New Haven.

“This victory is something special,” the German said. “I played all the finals well. I lost to Dominic Thiem on clay and I could have won against Florian Mayer on the grass… Now I’m very happy with the win, especially over such a great player like Stan.”

“In the third set I had the initiative and played slice to his left more. I tried to neutralize his massive backhand. I’m satisfied with the win.”

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

“We showed high-quality tennis,” said Wawrinka. “I was struggling in the third set. I had chances but I didn’t manage to convert them. He deserved the win.”

“He is a good player right now. He scored a couple of big wins over top players. It means he is really strong.”

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Wozniacki Holds Off Osaka to Win Tokyo for First Title of 2016

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

 

(September 25, 2016) Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki kept her streak of winning at least one tournament a year alive when she fended off a charge by Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday. Wozniacki also won the event in 2010.

Wozniacki, coming off having reached the US Open semifinals, has seen her ranking fall due to injuries this year, jumped out to a 5-0 first set lead, before Osaka fought back. She took a medical time out during the first set for a left leg injury which the Dane had taped.

Osaka was playing her first WTA final.

“I just fought for every point and tried to stay aggressive and make her move,” Wozniacki said. “She fought back in the second set so I was just happy to close it out.”

“Injuries happen and you never know when you can be taken out of the game, so I’m just enjoying every minute.”

“I’ve won a tournament every year since 2008 so I’m happy to keep that streak going,” Wozniacki said.

This was the Dane’s career 24th title win. She is currently 28th in the world.

Lara Arruabarrena

Lara Arruabarrena

In other WTA finals over the weekend, Lesia Tsurenko upset defending champion Jelena Jankovic at the Guangzhou Open for her first tour title while Lara Arruabarrena won the Korea Open over Monica Niculescu 6-0, 2-6, 6-0.

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ATP and WTA Results

GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S OPEN – GUANGZHOU, CHINA
$250,000
19 – 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Final

L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [2] J. Jankovic (SRB) 64 36 64

Women’s
Doubles – Final

[4] A. Muhammad (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) d [WC] O. Govortsova (BLR) / V. Lapko (BLR) 62 76(3)

 

KOREA OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2016 – SEOUL, KOREA
$250,000
17-25 SEPTEMBER,2016

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[5] M. Niculescu (ROU) d [3] S. Zhang (CHN) 60 64
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d P. Tig (ROU) 61 62

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[2] K. Flipkens (BEL) / J. Larsson (SWE) d K. Lykina (RUS) / R. Sawayanagi (JPN) 62 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[5] M. Niculescu (ROU) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
Award Ceremony
A. Omae (JPN) / P. Plipuech (THA) vs [2] K. Flipkens (BEL) / J. Larsson (SWE)

TORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN – TOKYO, JAPAN
$1,000,000
17-25 SEPTEMBER 2016

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 24, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [2] A. Radwanska (POL) 46 75 64
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) d E. Svitolina (UKR) 16 63 62

Women’s
Doubles – Final

[2] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d C. Liang (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 61 61

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016
CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) vs C. Wozniacki (DEN)

 

St. Petersburg

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 76(8) 62
[5] A. Zverev (GER) d [3] T. Berdych (CZE) 64 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] D. Inglot (GBR) / H. Kontinen (FIN) d K. Kravchuk (RUS) / A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 60

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[1] D. Inglot (GBR) / H. Kontinen (FIN) vs [PR] A. Begemann (GER) / L. Paes (IND)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [5] A. Zverev (GER)

 

Moselle Open

Metz, France

 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) d [4] G. Simon (FRA) 46 75 63
[3] L. Pouille (FRA) d [2] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(6) 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
[3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d C. Fleming (GBR) / S. Lipsky (USA) 76(4) 61

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2016

COURT PATRICE DOMINGUEZ start 1:45 pm
[3] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) vs J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG)

3:45 pm
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [3] L. Pouille (FRA)

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WTA – Guangzhou and Tokyo Results

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GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S OPEN – GUANGZHOU, CHINA
$250,000
19 – 24 SEPTEMBER 2016

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[1] S. Errani (ITA) d X. Han (CHN) 46 75 76(8)
[2] J. Jankovic (SRB) d [Q] X. You (CHN) 62 61
A. Kontaveit (EST) d [7] K. Siniakova (CZE) 61 61
[WC] S. Peng (CHN) d [8] S. Zheng (CHN) 46 62 63
V. Golubic (SUI) d D. Allertova (CZE) 36 63 76(4)
N. Abduraimova (UZB) d [LL] C. Ferrando (ITA) 64 63
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [Q] J. Namigata (JPN) 64 61
O. Govortsova (BLR) d E. Kulichkova (RUS) 75 67(2) 64
[Q] S. Shapatava (GEO) d V. King (USA) 63 75
S. Lisicki (GER) d [LL] K. Ng (HKG) 62 60
R. Peterson (SWE) d [WC] S. Xu (CHN) 63 61

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[2] L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d L. Marozava (BLR) / S. Shapatava (GEO) 63 61
J. Brady (USA) / A. Riske (USA) d Y. Li (CHN) / Y. Tanaka (JPN) 63 76(2)
V. Golubic (SUI) / I. Soylu (TUR) d X. You (CHN) / L. Zhu (CHN) 63 60
[WC] O. Govortsova (BLR) / V. Lapko (BLR) d N. Abduraimova (UZB) / F. Xun (CHN) 61 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[Q] S. Shapatava (GEO) vs [3] A. Konjuh (CRO)
[WC] S. Peng (CHN) vs S. Lisicki (GER)
R. Peterson (SWE) vs [2] J. Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] S. Errani (ITA) vs V. Golubic (SUI)
After suitable rest – J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs [3] M. Hingis (SUI) / J. Jankovic (SRB)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
O. Govortsova (BLR) vs [5] A. Riske (USA)
[6] D. Kovinic (MNE) vs J. Brady (USA)
L. Zhu (CHN) vs A. Kontaveit (EST)
After suitable rest – [WC] O. Govortsova (BLR) / V. Lapko (BLR) vs [2] L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR)

COURT 2 start 2:00 pm
N. Abduraimova (UZB) vs L. Tsurenko (UKR)
[1] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / T. Maria (GER) vs C. Chan (TPE) / C. Hsu (TPE)

Not Before 4:00 pm
C. Liu (CHN) / J. Lu (CHN) vs X. Han (CHN) / J. Namigata (JPN)

 

 

TORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN – TOKYO, JAPAN
$1,000,000
17-25 SEPTEMBER 2016

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 20, 2016
Singles – First Round
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d [5] [WC] M. Keys (USA) 63 36 76(7) (saved 2mp)
[6] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d L. Safarova (CZE) 46 61 75
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d M. Brengle (USA) 63 63
[8] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d A. Petkovic (GER) 64 20 ret. (lower back injury)
A. Sevastova (LAT) d [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) 76(3) 63
E. Svitolina (UKR) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 63 64
[Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) d Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 36 63 63
[Q] M. Linette (POL) d [WC] O. Pervushina (RUS) 46 62 63
C. Wozniacki (DEN) d B. Bencic (SUI) 62 57 61
B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] V. Wongteanchai (THA) 61 61

Doubles – First Round
C. Liang (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d [1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 16 64 10-5
[2] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d M. Doi (JPN) / K. Nara (JPN) 67(3) 75 10-8
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 64 64
S. Aoyama (JPN) / M. Ninomiya (JPN) d N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 76(2) 26 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2016
CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
N. Melichar (USA) / V. Wongteanchai (THA) vs A. Rodionova (AUS) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs M. Puig (PUR)
[WC] N. Osaka (JPN) vs [6] D. Cibulkova (SVK)

Not Before 5:00 pm
C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [4] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] A. Radwanska (POL)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[3] R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE)
A. Petkovic (GER) / Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs A. Krunic (SRB) / J. Moore (AUS)
M. Kato (JPN) / Y. Xu (CHN) vs Alternate

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Zheng Added to Wuhan Open Field

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(September 20, 2016) China will have three representatives in the Main Draw of next week’s Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open after Saisai Zheng moved into the 56-player main draw to join Shuai Peng and Shuai Zhang.

The Chinese trio will join the biggest names in women’s tennis at the WTA Premier event. WTA Premier tournaments are the top events on the Tour and are second only to the four majors in prestige, ranking points and prize money.

Qualifying begins on Friday. The Official Draw will also take place on Friday at 4pm onsite in the Carnival Square.

MAIN DRAW PLAYERS:
ANGELIQUE KERBER
SERENA WILLIAMS
GARBIÑE MUGURUZA
AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA
SIMONA HALEP
KAROLINA PLISKOVA
VENUS WILLIAMS
CARLA SUÁREZ NAVARRO
MADISON KEYS
SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA
DOMINIKA CIBULKOVA
JOHANNA KONTA
TIMEA BACSINSZKY
ROBERTA VINCI
PETRA KVITOVA
ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA
SAMANTHA STOSUR
ELINA SVITOLINA
BARBORA STRYCOVA
IRINA-CAMELIA BEGU
CAROLINE GARCIA
TIMEA BABOS
BELINDA BENCIC
CAROLINE WOZNIACKI (WC)
LAURA SIEGEMUND
COCO VANDEWEGHE
MONICA PUIG
MISAKI DOI
SARA ERRANI
JELENA JANKOVIC
YULIA PUTINTSEVA
EKATERINA MAKAROVA
SHUAI ZHANG
YARASLAVA SHVEDOVA
LUCIE SAFAROVA
ANDREA PETKOVIC
JELENA OSTAPENKO
ANNIKA BECK
DARIA GAVRILOVA
EUGENIE BOUCHARD
ANNA-LENA FRIEDSAM
YANINA WICKMAYER
KRISTINA MLADENOVIC
MADISON BRENGLE

SABINE LISICKI (WC)
SAISAI ZHENG (WC)
SHUAI PENG (WC)

PLUS EIGHT QUALIFIERS

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With Title Win in Zhuhai, Venus Williams Returns to the WTA Top Ten

 

(November 8, 2015) Venus Williams ended her 2015 season by reaching the Top Ten for the first time in four years, when the 35-year-old top seed defeated Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-6 (6) to win the WTA Elite Trophy on Sunday in Zhuhai.

Williams held off a set point against the Czech in the second set tiebreak and secured the win. For Williams it’s her third WTA trophy of the year, also taking titles in Wuhan and Auckland.

“I’m so excited to win the first trophy in Zhuhai,” Williams said on court after the match. “All the players felt so welcome here and we appreciated all of the enthusiasm. To see every seat filled for every match, that’s all the players and tournament hope for.”

“I was really lucky to win at the end.”

The Zhuhai event had 11 of the top players who did not qualify for last week’s WTA Finals tournament in Singapore which hosted 8 of the top ten players.

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Djokovic Wins Third Shanghai Crown; Jankovic, Radwanska and Pavlyuchenkova Claim WTA Titles

 

(October 18, 2015) Novak Djokovic won his third Shanghai title on Sunday besting Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the final 6-2, 6-4. The victory, which gave him his 25 ATP Masters Series title and 57th career tournament win extended his current winning streak to 17 straight matches.

“Today the key was to get as many serves back into play to Jo because he has one of the biggest serves in the game,: said the world No. 1. “He has shown that in the second set, with some break points early in the set. He came up with some aces, some big serves.

“Generally I always felt in control of the match. I felt like I’ve done everything right. I’ve won many of my service games very comfortably. I didn’t allow him to get into the rhythm, get into the match. Today’s match, and overall the tournament, it’s gone incredibly well for me.”

“The first set went quick,” Tsonga said. “It’s not easy to stop him. He is really consistent on his return. Today I didn’t serve well enough, especially in the first set. After that, in the second, I served a little bit better, and it gave me the opportunity to have a chance on his serve. But finally I was not able to do it, and he broke me at 4-all.

“I’m very satisfied. To come back at your best level, it’s always a long process. I’m happy today to be back really close to the Top 10. Like I said just before, it gave me energy to continue to work hard and try to achieve other good things.”

With his performance this week, the Frenchman in now No. 9 in the Race to London for a spot in the ATP World Tour Finals.Just two spots remain in the eight-man field as Rafael Nadal and Tomas Berdych secured their places this week. They will join Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka who have already qualified.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

Twenty-ninth ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won her first title of the year and eighth WTA title overall defeating Anna-Lena Friedsam of Germany 6-4, 6-3 for the Linz title Generali Ladies.

 

Jelena Jankovic

Jelena Jankovic

Veteran Jelena Jankovic rallied from a set and 6-5 down to beat second seed Angelique Kerber in the Hong Kong Open final 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-1

For the former No. 1 WTA player coming into the event as a Wild Card, Jankovic this was her 15th career crown. Jankovic said that this win will improve her confidence, especially beating Kerber and Venus Williams. She said it proves that she can still play at the top level and said that if she works hard, maybe she can win a major next year.

Aga Radwanska Party with the pros

Agnieszka Radwanska easily defeated Danka Kovinic 6-1, 6-2 win the Tianjin Open title and claim a place in the WTA Finals in Singapore.

Radwanska, who won her 16th WTA title of her career, became the fifth player to qualify for the year-end championships. She will be joining Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza in Singapore. No. 1 Serena Williams withdrew from the event to rest and recover.

 

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“Lucky” Federer Wins Shanghai Masters for Fourth Title of the Year

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(October 12, 2014) Roger Federer defeated Gilles Simon 7-6 (6), 7-6 (2) to capture his first Shanghai Masters title on Sunday, his fourth tournament win of the season, 81st of his career.

Down five match points in his opening match against Leonardo Mayer just four days ago, who would have thought that Roger Federer would be the champion of the Shanghai Masters.

“I got very, very lucky,” Federer said after the match. “I know what a privilege it is to be here today.”

Federer had his serve broken to begin the match, but brought the match back on serve breaking his French opponent as Simon was serving for the first set at 5-4.

Simon had a set point in the first set tiebreak, which the Swiss fought off with an unreturnable serve.

Forward to the tightly contested second set where Simon had set points on Federer as the 17-time major champion was serving at 5-6 in which he could not take advantage. Federer dominated the tiebreak 7-2 to close the match.

Federer leads the men’s tour this year in match wins with 61, top ten wins with 13 and final appearances with 9.

“It makes me very happy winning here because this tournament means a lot to me,” Federer said. “I’ve always enjoyed coming here. I’ve come close a couple of times, but I’ve always wanted to win it as a Masters 1000.

“I feel unbelievable prestige to win this event. Especially putting my hands on the trophy for the first time is a good feeling, I must say. I’m very happy with the way I’m playing. Overall I’m just extremely happy right now.”

Playing a more aggressive game, Federer won 24 of 35 points at net.

“He still has the same strengths, this fantastic serve and this huge forehand,” Simon said. “He’s always showing you that he is ready to be really aggressive on every shot. So he keeps you under pressure.”

Federer will move past Rafael Nadal into the No. 2 spot in the rankings on Monday. Nadal who lost in Shanghai in his opening round match against Feliciano Lopes, is dealing with appendicitis.

Simon, currently No. 29, will move up to No. 19 in the world.

The Bryan Brothers, who won the doubles title, became the first pair to clinch a career golden Masters – winning all of the Masters Series events at least once. For Bob and Mike it was their 101st career title as a team.

“It’s another great milestone,” said Bob Bryan. “This week was full of them for us. To come and get in the title match, have a shot at winning the tournament that’s eluded us, complete the Golden Masters, is amazing.”

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Federer Ends Djokovic’s 28-Match Win Streak in China to Reach Shanghai Final

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(October 11, 2014) Roger Federer upset top player Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-4 in the semis of the Shanghai Masters on Saturday to reach the final Federer’s win halts Djokovic’s 28-match win streak in China. Regardless of the outcome of the final between the Swiss and the Frenchman Gilles Simon, who defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-2, 7-6(1),  Federer will move to No. 2 in in the rankings on Monday.

Federer played an aggressive serve-and-volley game against the Serb hitting 35 winners, winning 20 of 35 points at net.

“If you come to net, you have to be agile and explosive,” Federer said in press.

“I had it all today. I’m very happy that I’m feeling so good every single day.”

“He played a perfect match,” Djokovic said. “Definitely one of the best matches he has played against me, that’s for sure.”

“He’s playing as good as ever.”

Federer will be trying to capture his 23rd Masters 1000 events leads 4-2 head-to-head against Simon.

“I’m not going to come into the match and play terrible,” said Federer after his semifinal win. “It just won’t happen – not in the finals, not against Simon. That’s the confidence I have right now.”

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