2015/05/30

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

Venus Williams

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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Chennai and Doha Results

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250
Chennai, India (+5.5 hours GMT)
5-11 January 2015   Surface: Hard

 

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 7 JANUARY 2015

Singles – Second Round
[1] S Wawrinka (SUI) d B Coric (CRO) 61 64
[4] D Goffin (BEL) d R Berankis (LTU) 60 46 76(1)
[8] G Muller (LUX) d [WC] E Ymer (SWE) 64 63
A Haider-Maurer (AUT) d J Vesely (CZE) 67(3) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
[WC] M Bhupathi (IND) / S Myneni (IND) d *[Alt] C Sood (IND) / L Sood (IND) 67(4) 64 10-6
R Berankis (LTU) / M Pavic (CRO) d G Muller (LUX) / I Sijsling (NED) 76(7) 36 10-8
P Raja (IND) / A Shamasdin (CAN) d A Bedene (SLO) / D Dzumhur (BIH) 61 62

*[Alt] C Sood (IND) / L Sood (IND) replaced A Falla (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) – Gonzalez (shoulder)

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 8 JANUARY 2015

STADIUM start 5:00 pm
P Gojowczyk (GER) vs [3] R Bautista Agut (ESP)
[Q] A Bedene (SLO) vs [2] F Lopez (ESP)
[1] R Klaasen (RSA) / L Paes (IND) vs [WC] M Bhupathi (IND) / S Myneni (IND)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[5] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs T Ito (JPN)
After Suitable Rest – P Raja (IND) / A Shamasdin (CAN) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP) / S Wawrinka (SUI)
Y Lu (TPE) / J Marray (GBR) vs [2] A Begemann (GER) / R Haase (NED)

COURT 2 start 5:00 pm
[6] Y Lu (TPE) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – P Carreno Busta (ESP) / G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs R Berankis (LTU) / M Pavic (CRO)

qatar open 2015

Qatar ExxonMobil Open

Doha, Qatar

ATP World Tour 250
Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
5-10 January 2015   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 7 JANUARY 2015

Singles – Second Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d S Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 61
[3] T Berdych (CZE) d [Q] B Kavcic (SLO) 61 62
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d F Verdasco (ESP) 63 62
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) d S Bolelli (ITA) 63 62
[7] I Karlovic (CRO) d [Q] N Basilashvili (GEO) 76(3) 63
D Brown (GER) d J Struff (GER) 76(9) 64
A Seppi (ITA) d J Souza (BRA) 75 62
I Dodig (CRO) d [Q] M Berrer (GER) 76(1) 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals

[WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB) d [3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 63 75
J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP) d B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL) 26 63 10-6
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) 36 63 10-5
J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT) d L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) 63 75

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 8 JANUARY 2015

CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs D Brown (GER)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] I Karlovic (CRO)
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)
A Seppi (ITA) vs I Dodig (CRO)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT)
After Suitable Rest – J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP) vs [WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB)

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Nadal Upset in First Round of Doha

 

Nadal at changeover

(January 6, 2015) Defending champion Rafael Nadal was upset, while No. 1 Novak Djokovic had very few problems in the first match of the 2015 season in Doha at the Qatar Open on Tuesday.

In his first tour match since October, Nadal was stunned by German qualifier Michael Berrer, ranked 127 in the world, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. Nadal was sidelined for most of the fall with appendicitis, having an appendectomy in November.

“These things happen after long time without being on the road, being on rhythm, being in competition,” the Spaniard said to media. “I was playing with more nerves because after long time (away) I wanted to win.

“When you are back from an injury, that takes time.”

Djokovic, had an easy 6-2, 6-1 win over Serbian countryman Dusan Lajovic in 59 minutes. Djokovic’s first-round victory took 59 minutes. Djokovic pulled out of the Abu Dhabi exhibition final last week with the flu.

 

qatar open 2015

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d D Lajovic (SRB) 62 61
[Q] M Berrer (GER) d [2] R Nadal (ESP) 16 63 64
[3] T Berdych (CZE) d D Istomin (UZB) 61 64
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] T de Bakker (NED) 67(4) 64 63
J Struff (GER) d [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(3) 46 61
A Seppi (ITA) d [8] L Mayer (ARG) 57 76(4) 76(4)
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT) 61 61
[Q] N Basilashvili (GEO) d M Youzhny (RUS) 75 62
[Q] B Kavcic (SLO) d J Monaco (ARG) 76(3) 64
J Souza (BRA) d [WC] M Jaziri (TUN) 36 64 63

Doubles – First Round

B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL) d [1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 53 ret. Peya (left leg)
J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT) d [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 57 76(5) 10-3
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Mirnyi (BLR) 62 76(2)
L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) d P Andujar (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA) 62 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 7 JANUARY 2015

CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
[Q] N Basilashvili (GEO) vs [7] I Karlovic (CRO)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
[Q] B Kavcic (SLO) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) vs S Bolelli (ITA)

COURT 1 start 4:30 pm
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL) vs J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs [WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
D Brown (GER) vs J Struff (GER)
I Dodig (CRO) vs [Q] M Berrer (GER)
After Suitable Rest – L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT)

COURT 3 start 4:30 pm
A Seppi (ITA) vs J Souza (BRA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
After Suitable Rest – D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) vs D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)

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Karlovic Hits 9000th Career Ace at Qatar Open

Ivo Karlovic

(January 5, 2015) Croatian Ivo Karlovic served his 9,000th career ace on Monday in defeating Lukas Rosol 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the first round of the Qatar Open in Doha.

Karlovi joins former pros Goran Ivanisevic and Andy Roddick as the only three men to hit at least 9,000 aces in their careers.

“Now I’m in the club,” Karlovic said. “It’s definitely one of my goals to be No. 1 in all aces. This year, maybe, I will do it.”

Karlovic hit 27 aces on Monday making his current total 9,022.

Ivanisevic holds the record with 10,183 aces followed by Roddick with 9,074.

 

qatar open 2015

 

ATP World Tour 250 

Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
5-10 January 2015   Surface: Hard

 

RESULTS – MONDAY, 5 JANUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) d P Andujar (ESP) 63 75
[7] I Karlovic (CRO) d L Rosol (CZE) 76(4) 63
F Verdasco (ESP) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 46 63 76(4)
D Brown (GER) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 76(3) 63
S Bolelli (ITA) d B Becker (GER) 63 76(2)
I Dodig (CRO) d [WC] M Safwat (EGY) 63 61

Doubles – First Round

[3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d S Lipsky (USA) / R Ram (USA) 62 60
J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP) d S Bolelli (ITA) / L Mayer (ARG) 63 63
[WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB) d [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT) / M Jaziri (TUN) 61 64
D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) d D Istomin (UZB) / M Youzhny (RUS) 64 67(3) 10-6

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2015

CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
D Istomin (UZB) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs D Lajovic (SRB)
[Q] M Berrer (GER) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP)
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [Q] T de Bakker (NED)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
[8] L Mayer (ARG) vs A Seppi (ITA)
J Souza (BRA) vs [WC] M Jaziri (TUN)
L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs P Andujar (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA)
J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT) vs [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm

J Monaco (ARG) vs [Q] B Kavcic (SLO)
J Struff (GER) vs [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER)
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Mirnyi (BLR)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT)
M Youzhny (RUS) vs [Q] N Basilashvili (GEO)
[1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL)

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ATP – Doha Order of Play for January 5, 2015

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ATP World Tour 250 

Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
5-10 January 2015   Surface: Hard

 

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 5 JANUARY 2015

CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
S Bolelli (ITA) vs B Becker (GER)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) vs P Andujar (ESP)
T Gabashvili (RUS) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
L Rosol (CZE) vs [7] I Karlovic (CRO)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
Qualifying – B Kavcic (SLO) vs R Ram (USA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
I Dodig (CRO) vs [WC] M Safwat (EGY)
After Suitable Rest – S Bolelli (ITA) / L Mayer (ARG) vs J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
Qualifying – M Bachinger (GER) vs M Berrer (GER)
D Brown (GER) vs P Lorenzi (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – [WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB) vs [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT) / M Jaziri (TUN)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
Qualifying – F Krajinovic (SRB) vs N Basilashvili (GEO)
D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) vs D Istomin (UZB) / M Youzhny (RUS)
After Suitable Rest – [3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs S Lipsky (USA) / R Ram (USA)

COURT 4 start 3:30 pm
Qualifying – T de Bakker (NED) vs F Dustov (UZB)

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Simona Halep Wins Qatar Open

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(February 16, 2014) Simona Halep captured her first title of the year with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Angelique Kerber of in the Qatar Open final  in Doha on Sunday. For Halep it’s her seventh career title, she won her first six in 2013.

On the way to the win, Halep knocked out three top ten players – No. 7 Sara Errani in the quarterfinals, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, and the No. 9 Kerber in the final.

“I feel very, very good now,” Halep said.  “I’m very happy I could win this tournament. It’s amazing for me, because when I came here I didn’t think I could reach the final, or win even. So it’s amazing. It’s the biggest tournament I’ve won. It’s incredible here in Doha.”

“I made too many easy mistakes at the beginning of the match, but Simona played very well – she played at a high level the whole week,” Kerber said. I was trying to play what I could today, I was giving everything I could, but she deserved to win the title. And I’m still happy about the week.”

For Halep this win represents the biggest WTA title of her career – her third Premier-level title and the one with the most prize money.

When the new rankings are announced on Monday, Halep will move up one spot to a career-high No. 8.

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