February 14, 2016

Novak Djokovic Claims 60th Title with Win Over Rafael Nadal in Doha

 

(January 9, 2016) For Novak Djokovic’s  career 2015 season, the only tournament final he did not reach was Doha. He was upset in the quarterfinals by Ivo Karlovic. The No. 1 made up for not reaching the final last year by winning the title this year, dominating Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-2 for his 60th career title. He has now reached 16 straight finals.

For Djokovic he became just the 10th player in the Open Era to earn 60 titles. He is tied with Andre Agassi and sits just two behind Guillermo Vilas at 62.

This was an Open Era 47th meeting between two players. The victory gives the Serbian a 24-23 edge over the Spaniard for the first time. Djokovic has won 11 straight sets over Nadal since the 2014 Roland Garros final.

“It did feel as close to perfection as it can get,” Djokovic said of the 73-minute match. “Obviously from the first to the last point I managed to impose my own tactical approach and strategy and what I have kind of prepared myself for, and the conditions were played to my favor. I just came out on the court with the right intention, with the right intensity, and with a great deal of confidence, as well, that I carried from the last season playing against him in the last couple of matches as well winning in straight sets.”

“The match is easy to analyze,” Nadal said. “I played against a player who did everything perfect. I don’t know anybody who played tennis like this ever. Since I know this sport I never saw somebody playing at this level. So I just congratulate him and that’s it. I know I can do a few things better, but the real thing is, with these conditions playing during the night and with the feeling of the ball here, it’s so difficult to have chances against him playing like this.”

Djokovic is a dominant 85-5 over the past 52 weeks and is 33-5 against the Top 10 in that time period.
Next stop for both men will be the first major of the year, the Australian Open in Melbourne which begins on January 18.

 

Over in Chennai, Stan Wawrinka is looking to win a third straight Chennai Open title. He’ll take on Borna Coric in the final on Sunday. Coric, at 19 has become the youngest finalist since Kei Nishikori in 2008 at Delray Beach.

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Indian Wells, London-Queen’s, Doha and St. Petersburg Voted 2015 ATP World Tour Tournaments Of The Year

From the ATP World Tour: (January 7, 2016) LONDON – The ATP has announced the Tournaments of the Year in the 2015 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon, with the BNP Paribas Open and Aegon Championships joined by the Qatar ExxonMobil Open and St. Petersburg Open as the most favored ATP World Tour events in their respective tournament categories.

The Tournament of the Year awards, voted annually by ATP players, recognise the leading standards set across the three tournament categories on the Tour. Indian Wells repeats at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level, while The Queen’s Club in London wins in its first year as a 500 tournament. In the 250 category, first-time winners Doha and St. Petersburg share honors.

Visit the official ATP World Tour Awards section on ATPWorldTour.com

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “Many congratulations to these four tournaments for setting the standard in their respective categories in 2015. They are each outstanding events in their own right, and this is a fitting recognition, as voted by the players, for all the hard work and dedication that goes into putting on these world class tournaments.”

The BNP Paribas Open retains its title as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year. The tournament received the distinction for the first time in 2014, following the debut of its state-of-the-art Stadium 2, additional practice courts and a new shade structure.

In 2015, the BNP Paribas Open continued its on-site improvements, unveiling a newly renovated player restaurant with expanded dining options and free Wi-Fi throughout the site. The tournament welcomed more than 450,000 fans through the gates over the fortnight.

“It is very rewarding for the BNP Paribas Open to be recognized as the 2015 Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year,” said Tournament Director Raymond Moore. “Our event is focused on improving each and every year in all areas and aspects, and receiving this award for the second year in a row is another validation that our actions – such as providing Hawk-Eye electronic line calling technology on every match court – are being appreciated by the players. It only intensifies our desire to reach new heights in 2016 and ensure that the experience at the tournament is nothing short of exceptional.”

The Aegon Championships receives a Tournament of the Year award for a third straight season. It won at the 250 level in 2013-14 before its re-categorisation as an ATP World Tour 500 event for 2015. The Aegon Championships ends Dubai’s seven-year reign at this level.

“To win ATP World Tour 500 tournament of the year in our first year in the category is a huge thrill, a magnificent achievement, and a credit to our tournament team, The Queen’s Club, our sponsors – particularly Aegon, and our broadcast partners,” said Tournament Director Stephen Farrow. “We were up against some of the finest and most popular tournaments on the ATP World Tour, and I am immensely proud that our efforts have been recognised by the players in this way.”

For the first time since 2004 and the fourth time overall (since 1986), two events have been named joint winners in the ATP World Tour 250 category. The Qatar ExxonMobil Open hosts its 24th edition this week, boasting a field that includes four Top 10 players: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer. The St. Petersburg Open, held in September, celebrated its 20th edition in 2015 as it returned to the ATP World Tour calendar following a one-year hiatus.

“Our aim is always to make a great event where players can feel relaxed and at home, where they can perform at their best, where they want to return year after year,” said Karim Alami, Tournament Director of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. “We are always listening to the opinions and feedback from the organisation and from the players and trying to learn from our mistakes and past experiences to keep improving and to keep raising the bar every year. To achieve the recognition of the players for these efforts and be selected by them as the best ATP World Tour 250 tournament for the year 2015 makes us all very proud and gives us the strength and motivation to continue improving and making our event better and better.”

Mikhael Mirilashvili, owner of the St. Petersburg Open, said: “In 2015, the St. Petersburg Open Tournament was revived after a year’s break. That was a landmark event in the sporting life of the city and the country. We are proud that the work of our big renewed team was appreciated on such a high level. I am sure that in the future the level of the tournament will continue to grow and reach new professional heights.”

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Djokovic and Nadal Advance Easily in Doha, Wawrinka Reaches Chennai Quarterfinals

 

(January 6, 2016) Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal made easy work of their opponents to reach the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha on Wednesday.

No. 1 Djokovic defeated won his 17th straight contest against a Spanish challenger, stopping Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2 while Nadal sent home Robin Haase 6-3, 6-2.

“I’m very pleased with the way I have started this season, with two matches in straight sets,” Djokovic said after the victory. “Tonight was tougher than the first round. Obviously I expected that. Verdasco is a former Top-10 player, somebody that has a lot of weapons in his game and who can create a lot of power from the forehand side. I wanted to take away the time from him. So I tried to mix it up. I served well in important moments.”

Djokovic will face Leonardo Mayer next for a place in the semifinals. “[Mayer] is a very intelligent tennis player,” Djokovic commented. “He knows how to anticipate well on the court and serves very well, even though he has a very high toss, but he doesn’t make too many double faults.”

Nadal will play Andrey Kuznetsov in his quarterfinal match-up.

Nadal was happy with his performance on Wednesday: “I played at a very high level against a good opponent today.

“My serve was a little bit worse than yesterday, but in general I am happy with the victory and my level of tennis. I hit my returns with a lot of confidence.”

As for the Spaniard’s next opponent: “I played against him at Roland Garros a couple of years ago, and he made some great shots. I hope I’ll be able to play at the same level as today.”

 

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

 

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 62 62
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d R. Haase (NED) 63 62
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 60 64
[7] J. Chardy (FRA) d P. Mathieu (FRA) 62 64
[8] L. Mayer (ARG) d P. Andujar (ESP) 62 64
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) d D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP) 57 63 76(3)
I. Marchenko (UKR) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 64 62
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d R. Berankis (LTU) 76(6) 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 61
[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) 76(5) 64
[3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 67(3) 10-6
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA) 62 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 7 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[7] J. Chardy (FRA) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] K. Edmund (GBR)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)
[3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 63 62
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d J. Millman (AUS) 64 61
[5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [Q] A. Pavic (CRO) 76(5) 61
[8] B. Coric (CRO) d A. Krajicek (USA) 62 75

Doubles – First Round
[3] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d A. Bedene (GBR) / T. Huey (PHI) 46 64 10-5
[WC] N. Balaji (IND) / R. Ramanathan (IND) d [4] M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) 26 76(5) 10-5
[WC] S. Devvarman (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d N. Monroe (USA) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) 46 63 10-5
A. Krajicek (USA) / B. Paire (FRA) d S. Betov (BLR) / M. Elgin (RUS) 67(2) 64 15-13

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 7 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[3] B. Paire (FRA) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) vs [LL] A. Kudryavtsev (RUS)
A. Krajicek (USA) / B. Paire (FRA) vs [2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)
A. Bedene (GBR) vs L. Vanni (ITA)
[3] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX)

COURT 2 start Not Before 7:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs L. Rosol (CZE) / I. Zelenay (SVK)

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Rafael Nadal Begins 2016 with a Victory Over Countryman Pablo Carreno

(January 5, 2016) Fourteen-time major champion Rafael Nadal notched his first victory of the season besting his Spanish countryman Pablo Carreno 6-7 (5) 6-3, 6-1.

Carreno gave Nadal a test in the first set. Nadal saved three set points but Carreno closed the set out on a fourth set point.

Nadal captured the next two sets in dominant fashion.

Another of Nadal’s countrymen, David Ferrer the defending champion, lost to Illya Marchenko of Ukraine.

 

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 67(5) 63 61
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 75 64
I. Marchenko (UKR) d [4] D. Ferrer (ESP) 67(8) 63 62
R. Berankis (LTU) d [6] A. Seppi (ITA) 36 61 64
[8] L. Mayer (ARG) d [Q] B. Becker (GER) 61 62
F. Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN) 76(4) 76(4)
P. Andujar (ESP) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 64 06 64
P. Mathieu (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 46 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
T. Gabashvili (RUS) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 46 64 61

Doubles – First Round

[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) 76(4) 63
[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d R. Albot (MDA) / M. Klizan (SVK) 63 63
[3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) 76(5) 64
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [WC] M. Zayed (QAT) / M. Zayid (QAT) 61 61
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Sa (BRA) 76(6) 61
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm

[7] J. Chardy (FRA) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
R. Haase (NED) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm

T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
R. Berankis (LTU) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) vs D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm

P. Andujar (ESP) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

COURT 3 start 4:00 pm

[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d T. Daniel (JPN) 46 75 62
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d [WC] K. Khachanov (RUS) 67(3) 76(4) 62
A. Bedene (GBR) d [7] V. Pospisil (CAN) 75 76(6)
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [Q] S. Devvarman (IND) 63 36 63
L. Rosol (CZE) d S. Giraldo (COL) 63 64
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) d [Q] J. Kovalik (SVK) 16 63 64
A. Krajicek (USA) d R. Ram (USA) 67(0) 64 64
L. Vanni (ITA) d J. Struff (GER) 64 76(5)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) d D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 60

Doubles – First Round
[2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND) d [Alt] T. Daniel (JPN) / J. Millman (AUS) 62 63
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) d A. Bury (BLR) / B. Coric (CRO) 64 63
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[8] B. Coric (CRO) vs A. Krajicek (USA)
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
J. Millman (AUS) vs [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[WC] N. Balaji (IND) / R. Ramanathan (IND) vs [4] M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL)
[Q] A. Pavic (CRO) vs [5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[WC] S. Devvarman (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs N. Monroe (USA) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)

COURT 2 start 6:00 pm
[3] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs A. Bedene (GBR) / T. Huey (PHI)
After Suitable Rest – A. Krajicek (USA) / B. Paire (FRA) vs S. Betov (BLR) / M. Elgin (RUS)

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Tennis – Novak Djokovic Gets First Win of the Year: Doha and Chennai Results

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(January 4, 2016) Novak Djokovic needed only 51 minutes to dismiss qualifier Dustin Brown 6-2 to open his 2016 season at the Qatar Open in Doha.

In 2015 the world No. 1 had a career year winning three majors and a total of 11 tournaments going 82-6 on the year. Doha was the only tournament last year in which he played where he did not reach the final. He fell in the quarterfinals.

“Obviously you never know how you’re going to start from the blocks,”Djokovic said. “You can do your best to prepare yourself well, which I did. I think I used the off season very well to train to get my body in the right shape, and I think it was a very good start.”

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

ATP World Tour 250

Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
4-9 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 4 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] D. Brown (GER) 62 62
D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP) d [5] F. Lopez (ESP) 36 76(4) 75
[7] J. Chardy (FRA) d [WC] M. Zayid (QAT) 61 61
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d M. Cecchinato (ITA) 64 62
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) d M. Klizan (SVK) 62 63
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [WC] M. Ilhan (TUR) 62 64
R. Haase (NED) d [Q] A. Karatsev (RUS) 57 61 75

Doubles – First Round
T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 67(4) 64 11-9
D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA) d P. Andujar (ESP) / L. Mayer (ARG) 76(4) 63
J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) d [WC] J. Ali Mutawa (QAT) / M. Jaziri (TUN) 62 62

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
I. Marchenko (UKR) vs [4] D. Ferrer (ESP)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs S. Bolelli (ITA)
[Q] B. Becker (GER) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Sa (BRA)
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs [WC] M. Zayed (QAT) / M. Zayid (QAT)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
[6] A. Seppi (ITA) vs R. Berankis (LTU)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
P. Andujar (ESP) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA)
W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) vs [3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
R. Albot (MDA) / M. Klizan (SVK) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 4 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[8] B. Coric (CRO) d M. Granollers (ESP) 76(5) 26 64
[Q] A. Pavic (CRO) d N. Almagro (ESP) 36 75 76(1)
J. Millman (AUS) d E. Donskoy (RUS) 67(5) 64 76(6) – saved 2 M.P.

Doubles – First Round
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [PR] M. Bhupathi (IND) / G. Muller (LUX) 63 67(2) 10-7
L. Rosol (CZE) / I. Zelenay (SVK) d P. Oswald (AUT) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) 63 75

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs [Q] S. Devvarman (IND)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
T. Daniel (JPN) vs [5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
S. Giraldo (COL) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
[WC] K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[7] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs A. Bedene (GBR)

COURT 2 start 4:00 pm
A. Bury (BLR) / B. Coric (CRO) vs M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX)
R. Ram (USA) vs A. Krajicek (USA)
L. Vanni (ITA) vs J. Struff (GER)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [Q] J. Kovalik (SVK)

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Lucie Safarova Claims First Win over Victoria Azarenka to win Doha Title

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(February 28, 2015) Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka, 6-4, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open on Saturday for her first Premier-level championship and sixth career WTA title, her first since Quebec City in 2013.

The victory snapped Azarenka’s 14-match winning streak in Doha, which included two titles. I was also the Czech’s first win against the Belarusian.

“I’m really excited and happy about it, because it took me quite a few years to get to this point,“ Safarova said. “I hope it’s not a finish point and I can still improve. I’m playing more consistently. My game improved a lot throughout the last couple of years. I think we did the great job together with my coach, Rob, on my game and it’s just hard work and also maturing a little bit.  I think it’s everything together.”

“There’s a lot of progress this week, a lot of good things happened. I played a lot of great matches, and that’s especially what I was looking for,“ Azarenka said. “Obviously I’m disappointed for today, but I just have to move on quickly. There is going to be another tournament in a week, so I have to prepare for that.  But I can be satisfied with the progress that I made.”

Safarova will move up to a career-high ranking of No.11 in the new rankings, while Azarenka is projected to return to the Top 40.

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Venus Williams, Azarenka, Suarez Navarro and Safarova Reach Doha Semis

 

(February 26, 2015) Venus Williams stopped Agnieszka Radwanska for the second time this year 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to reach the Qatar Open semifinals. Williams knocked out the Pole in the round of 16 at the Australian Open last month.

Williams will face two-time Qatar champion, wild card Victoria Azarenka who defeated third seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 in her semifinal. Williams is a perfect 4-0 against Azarenka.

No 1 Petra Kvitova fell to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, for the second time in two weeks.The Spaniard also defeated the Czech in Dubai last week.

Lucie Safarova will challenge Suarez Navarro for a place in the final, after dispatching sixth seed Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-1.

QATAR TOTAL OPEN 2015 – DOHA, QATAR
$ 731,000.00
23-28 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[9] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [1] P. Kvitova (CZE) 36 60 63
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 63 61
[7] V. Williams (USA) d [4] A. Radwanska (POL) 64 16 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d [6] A. Petkovic (GER) 62 61

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Mirza (IND) d M. Krajicek (NED) / B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 60 61
[4] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) / K. Flipkens (BEL) walkover
H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Erakovic (NZL) 63 62

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 4:30 pm
[9] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
[7] V. Williams (USA) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)
[1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Mirza (IND) vs H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)

COURT 1 start 5:30 pm
[4] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

 

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Azarenka and Venus Williams Advance in Doha

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QATAR TOTAL OPEN 2015 – DOHA, QATAR
$ 731,000.00
23-28 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[7] V. Williams (USA) d C. Dellacqua (AUS) 36 62 61
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [8] A. Kerber (GER) 60 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d S. Stosur (AUS) 76(3) 64
B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d S. Lisicki (GER) 75 64
F. Pennetta (ITA) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 36 64 62

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[4] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) 76(2) 64

Women’s
Qualifying Singles – Third Round

Qualifying – [6] [WC] K. Flipkens (BEL) d K. Kozlova (UKR) 63 64
Qualifying – S. Voegele (SUI) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 63 36 64
Qualifying – A. Dulgheru (ROU) d S. Zheng (CHN) 61 60
Qualifying – D. Gavrilova (RUS) d S. Hsieh (TPE) 16 63 64

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [6] A. Petkovic (GER)
G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [9] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
[Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs A. Cornet (FRA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[7] V. Williams (USA) vs B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
[LL] S. Zheng (CHN) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)
Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [Q] S. Voegele (SUI)
[3] M. Hingis (SUI) / F. Pennetta (ITA) vs H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)
Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Erakovic (NZL)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
[Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
[1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Mirza (IND) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) / K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [WC] F. Al Nabhani (OMA) / S. Zheng (CHN)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
[WC] O. Jabeur (TUN) vs Z. Diyas (KAZ)
[Alt] D. Jurak (CRO) / K. Koukalova (CZE) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before 6:30 pm
After Suitable Rest – G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

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Ferrer Beats Berdych for Qatar Open Title

David Ferrer

(January 10, 2015) David Ferrer claimed his 22nd career ATP title after defeating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday.

Berdych hadn’t lost his serve in 34 service games through the semifinals of Doha, but had his serve broken four times during the match.

“I’m very happy,” said Ferrer during the trophy ceremony on court following the match. “I put in hard work this preseason. It’s special winning this tournament. I was ready to play tonight’s match against Berdych … a Top 10 player.”

“First of all, it’s a disappointment to lose the final,” said Berdych. “But on the other hand, it’s been a very solid week. It’s been a couple of good matches. I was not able to execute the right way (today), but I think it’s a good start for me.”

“First of all, David is never tired,” Berdych said. “Not after the match he played yesterday after two-and-a-half hours. I have seen him playing five hours and then he played the next day.”

“In important points I got a little bit lucky,” Ferrer said. “I tried to be confident in the bad moments. I played very good in those moments.”

The 32-year-old Ferrer became the second Spaniard to win the Doha title, the first being Rafael Nadal last year.

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Djokovic is Stunned by Karlovic at Qatar Open

Ivo Karlovic

(January 8, 2015) Croat Ivo Karlovic earned his second win over a No. 1 player on Thursday when he rallied past Novak Djokovic 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-4 to reach the semis of the Qatar Open on Thursday.

Karlovic, who surpassed the 9000 ace mark earlier in the week, fired 21 aces past his Serbian opponent, along with 49 winners. His career ace count is now up to 9,062.

“It was unbelievable,” said Karlovic in an on-court interview. “When I arrived here, I didn’t expect that one. He wasn’t able to show his full range because it was windy. I just focused on my game and in the end I was a little luckier.”

Karlovic last defeated a No. 1 player back in 2008 when he stopped Roger Federer at the Western & Southern Open.

Karlovic will face off against David Ferrer in his semifinal.

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