July 26, 2016

Third Appearance is a Charm for Stan Wawrinka Who Wins Dubai

227 Wawrinka fistpump and yell

(February 27, 2016) DUBAI, UAE – Second seed Stan Wawrinka defeated unseeded Marcos Baghdatis to win his first Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for the Swiss’ 13th tennis title, second of the year. Third time was the charm for the two-time major champion as it was Wawrinka’s third appearance in the tournament, having lost in the first round of the previous two he played.

Wawrinka, who has a perfect record against the Cypriot (6-0), was the 2013 ‘s-Hertogenbosch final to Nicolas Mahut. He is now 13-9 in finals. It was his second

Wawrinka is the just the fifth active player to have won nine of more finals in a row, joining the company fellow Swiss Roger Federer (24, also 13 and 10), Rafael Nadal (14, also 9 twice), Novak Djokovic (9) and Tommy Haas (9).

The world No. 4 was just two points away from elimination in his opening match against Sergiy Stakhovsky.

“I’m really happy to have another trophy,” said Wawrinka. “It’s amazing feeling, especially that today I was playing some really good tennis. It was a tough final against Marcos. I’m really happy again to have the trophy. It was tough beginning (of the week), but always trying to fight, always trying to improve day by day even if I wasn’t playing great at the beginning.

“So far it’s been some amazing year. I’m playing my best tennis since few years now, so hopefully I can keep the level and keep playing well this year.”

Asked about his streak in finals, Wawrinka replied: “There is no explanation. I also know that more I win matches in the same week, more confidence I get. I know that’s normally when I get some finals I play my best tennis. So far it’s been some great nine finals.

“But I don’t think about it. I just try to go on court, to step on the court, try to get the trophy because at the end that’s what I want.”

“As long as I’m fit, playing well, I’m going to play,” said the 30-year-old. “So far it’s been some amazing year. I’m playing my best tennis since few years now, so hopefully I can keep the level and keep playing well this year.”

Baghdatis, a former Australian Open finalist is making his move back up the rankings after a few years battling injuries.

“I have been playing very well throughout last year, too,” he said. “I think I had some great matches also last year.

“I mean, like I said last year, I lost 11 times to the winner of the tournament, 3 times to the finalist of the tournament. This year I lost four matches. Three of them are to the winner of the tournaments. So I think I’m playing very good tennis. It’s just this week I think I was a bit lucky and I went through the quarterfinals and the semifinals, you know. I found my way to win. I think, like I said, more matches at this stage, at this level I think will make me improve. That’s what’s happening.

“You know, I didn’t win the tournament this week but I won a lot more, you know. I won my confidence back.

“I see — I mean, with my team we see the way to come back, you know. It’s a small light that we see, I mean, in the tunnel.

“We come from a long way back. You know, I’m happy I’m back and playing this kind of tennis now. It’s just to continue improving, and, like I said, play at this level throughout the year.”

Baghdatis has now lost in 7 straight finals.

“I think just playing this level more often. I think that was the difference,” he said. “I think more matches throughout the year at this level would make me go in there and believe from the beginning that I can win, not wait three, four games and start believing. You know, I didn’t win the tournament this week but I won a lot more. I won my confidence back. I’m happy I’m back and playing this kind of tennis now.”

“I think the atmosphere out there, no doubt one of the best I ever had,” said the Cypriot. “You know, I mean, every time I come here in Dubai there is a great atmosphere. Every time I play here in centre court there is a great atmosphere. So it wasn’t a surprise for me. I love playing here. I want to thank all the people that came out here today and performed that atmosphere.”

The highlight of the match came in the second set tiebreak. Wawrinka had a 4-1 lead and Baghdatis came back to level the tiebreak and had four set points, but Wawrinka’s defense stopped his opponent and he held on to win the tiebreak 15-13. Game, set and match 6-4, 7-6(13).

Baghdatis will see his ranking go up from 57 into the top forty.

 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Final
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 64 76(13)

Doubles – Final
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 62 36 14-12 – Saved 2 M.P.

 

All photos by Nida Alibhai

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Wawrinka and Baghdatis Reach Dubai Final

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(February 26, 2016) DUBAI, UAE – Second seed Stan Wawrinka and unseeded Marcos Baghdatis will face off in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Wawrinka advanced to the final leading 6-4, 3-0 when Nick Kyrgios was forced to retire with a back injury. Baghdatis rallied to defeat to defeat sixth seed Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1.

Despite the victory, Wawrinka is still not happy with his play.

“Not yet, but I’m in finals so there is one more match to play my best tennis. That’s the most important,” Wawrinka said. “For sure if you look from the beginning of the week I was not playing great at all. I was trying to find a way, frustrated during matches but still fighting and trying to find solutions to win more matches during the week to play better.

“I start to feel way better already yesterday. I feel that on the court I start to feel better. I know what to expect. I’m moving better. I’m a little bit more relaxed and my strokes are going better.”

“The tension was there because it’s a semifinal and I don’t want to lose. I want to win. I want to play better tennis. I want to be in the final and have a chance to get the trophy.

“That’s why I get the tension. But the rest, to play him I don’t think wasn’t, from my side, anything special.”

226 Kyrgios trainer

“I had a bit of a hip injury at the start of Marseilles,” Kygrios said. “That was still sort of bothering me a little bit. I was sort of struggling with a couple of niggles,” Kyrgios said. “It was a bit of a struggle, to be honest. I have been feeling so bad every day, like I’ve got some viral infection as well.”

“I couldn’t really serve anywhere near my full capacity today. I mean, he was playing great, anyway. He was playing really aggressive off the second shot of his serve.”

 

226 Bagdatis kisses court

“It’s been a long road for me the last three, four years,” said the former Australian Open finalist Baghdatis. “It’s all about fighting, getting back to where I want to be. Last year we set some goals to be top 50 with my team. I achieved that. Now I’m moving forward. I think I have still a lot to improve on, but the most important thing is healthy-wise I’m very, very good. I don’t have any injuries and health problems that I had.”

“I mean, he was the better player today I think the first two sets,” said the Cypriot. “He couldn’t hold his nerves. End of the second he was a break up at 4-3, and serving with new balls he couldn’t hold his nerves.

“The crowd helped me amazingly there, and, yeah, I found a way to fight in the second and win it. I think I played an unbelievable tiebreak, very solid, returned very well, served very well.

“Then started to get momentum in the third. And once I did the break and then hold after the 2-1, Love-40 on my serve, then everything went pretty smooth.”

 

Wawrinka on playing Baghdatis: “Marcos since the beginning of the year is playing better. He’s saying he’s happy with his fitness, with his game. You can see the way he’s playing. Yesterday he was playing really well against Bautista. It’s going to be interesting match.”

 

“He’s unbelievable player,” Baghdatis said about Wawrinka. “I think he has a better percentage of winning tomorrow, that’s for sure.

“I mean, the last two years he’s very consistent. He’s having his best years of his life. Winning two Grand Slams, that’s amazing. I think he’s a guy who deserves it.

“But I cannot tell you much more. You know, I’m going to sit down with my coach tomorrow morning or maybe tonight and talk about it a bit.”

All photos by Nida Alibhai

 

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) 64 30 ret. (back problem)
M. Baghdatis (CYP) d [6] F. Lopez (ESP) 36 76(1) 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d [Q] H. Chung (KOR) / J. Vesely (CZE) 64 76(6)
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) d L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) 64 64
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 27 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 5:00 pm
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

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Djokovic Retires from Dubai Match with Infection in his Eyes

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

(February 25, 2016) Top seed Novak Djokovic was forced to retire with an infection in both eyes after losing the first set 6-3, which gave sixth seed Feliciano Lopez a place in the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday.

 

“It’s an eye problem,” Djokovic said. “I have had it ever since I arrived to Dubai. Started with an infection and then severe allergy. That’s what I was told. It’s gotten worse in the last two days, unfortunately. It’s the first time that I have had such a problem with the eye. It was unfortunate. It was ultra sensitive today, the lights, and just wasn’t to be.

“I’m really sad to finish the tournament this way. I apologise of course. I apologise to all the people who came in to watch the match. I apologise to the tournament director and everybody who came out to support me. You know, I’m really sad to end out the tournament this way, but I was forced to.”

 

“I just hope that this problem with the eye will fade away in the next couple of days. I got a lot of important events waiting for me in the next period. Of course Davis Cup back home and Indian Wells, Miami, and of course clay court season.

“So, you know, physically I feel fine. Mentally, as well. It’s just something that I hope that is gonna, you know, vanish after several days, but in contrary, it was getting worse. I have to deal with it.”

 

“I was instructed not to wear contact lenses because of the fact that lenses are actually not helping this situation actually. They are making it worse. So I was wearing contacts only on the match yesterday night. And today, other than that, I was not wearing them at all.

“That’s all. You know, that’s all I can say. If I had a third eye I would, you know, play the tournament. I’m sorry that I’m talking to you now with my sunglasses at 10:00 p.m. It’s not a usual sight, but that’s what it is and just hoping it’s going to get better.”

 

“It’s very sad when you play against one of the best players in the history of the sport and he has to retire the way he did,” said Lopez. “He told me he had an infection in the eyes since a few days already. I had no idea and I just went on court without knowing about his illness.

 

“I felt that he was taking risks a little bit more than normal in some of the points that we played, especially when I made the break. Then he was trying to be more aggressive. Seems like he was not taking care of his shots sometimes. He was very aggressive where he normally don’t. So that’s why I kind of realized that something was going on.”

 

Second seed Stan Wawrinka beat Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-5, 6-1 and he now takes on unseeded Nick Kyrgios, who beat third seed and two-time Dubai finalist Tomas Berdych 6-4, 6-4.

 

“Quite happy with the match today,” Warinka said. “Was feeling better on the court. Better tennis in general. I still had some up-and-down. Not always serving well, not always playing my best tennis, but in general it was a good match. I’m happy to get through in two sets. I start to feel much better physically, so it’s positive.”

 

“I wasn’t in the greatest shape,” Kyrgios said of the victory. “I was really surprised with the performance I gave out there today, to come out there and beat a quality player and in tough conditions. It’s probably my favourite win over the last couple of weeks.”

 

“I think we have talked a lot, obviously, since the incident, “ Kyrgios said in regard to Wawrinka. “I think we have both moved on from it.

“We played on the same team in IPTL. That was actually really good. I got to know him a little bit more. He played great there. He’s one of the best players in the world, no doubt. He’s playing great tennis.

“I’m not going to do anything different,” Kyrgios continued. “I’m just going to go out there and see what happens.”

 

 

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Quarter-finals
[6] F. Lopez (ESP) d [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) 63 ret. (eye)
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 75 61
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [3] T. Berdych (CZE) 64 64
M. Baghdatis (CYP) d [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 75 60

Doubles – Quarter-finals
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) d J. Murray (GBR) / T. Robredo (ESP) 64 63
L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) d D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 36 63 10-5
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 2:30 pm
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) vs L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[6] F. Lopez (ESP) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP)
After Suitable Rest – F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] H. Chung (KOR) / J. Vesely (CZE)

 

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RESULTS – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Second Round
D. Lajovic (SRB) d [1] [WC] B. Paire (FRA) 60 46 63
[LL] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) d [2] T. Bellucci (BRA) 26 64 63
[3] P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] F. Bagnis (ARG) 63 75
[4] F. Delbonis (ARG) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 36 64 62
[Q] G. Elias (POR) d S. Giraldo (COL) 64 63
[WC] T. Monteiro (BRA) d D. Munoz de la Nava (ESP) 46 63 62
I. Cervantes (ESP) d [Q] B. Rola (SLO) 76(4) 76(1)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 36 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) d [WC] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) 64 63

Doubles – First Round

[1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) d [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) / E. Russi Assumpcao (BRA) 61 63
[3] M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA) d M. Cecchinato (ITA) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) 76(4) 61
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP) d T. Daniel (JPN) / D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 64 64
A. Martin (SVK) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) d [Alt] P. Bernardi (BRA) / G. Clezar (BRA) 63 36 10-2
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:30pm
[P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [LL] R. Carballes Baena (ESP)
Not Before 3:00 pm
I. Cervantes (ESP) vs [4] F. Delbonis (ARG)
Not Before 5:00 pm
D. Lajovic (SRB) vs [Q] G. Elias (POR)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) vs G. Duran (ARG) / A. Molteni (ARG)
[3] P. Cuevas (URU) vs [WC] T. Monteiro (BRA)

COURT 1 start
After Suitable Rest – P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP) vs [3] M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – F. Delbonis (ARG) / D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs A. Martin (SVK) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)

 

Acapulco

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Quarter-finals
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d [7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) 75 62
[5] B. Tomic (AUS) d I. Marchenko (UKR) 75 75
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d R. Haase (NED) 63 63
S. Querrey (USA) d [Q] T. Fritz (USA) 26 64 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d A. Bedene (GBR) / G. Muller (LUX) 16 61 10-4
[3] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [WC] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) 64 62
[4] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) 75 62
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) 46 64 12-10
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 26 FEBRUARY 2016

CANCHA CENTRAL start 4:00 pm
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs C. Mchale (USA)
Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs [5] B. Tomic (AUS)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [8] Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs [2] S. Stephens (USA)
Not Before 10:00 pm
ATP – [4] D. Thiem (AUT) vs S. Querrey (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 6:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL)
ATP – [3] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)
ATP – [1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [4] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

 

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Novak Djokovic Joins 700-Win Club with Victory in Dubai

Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic

(February 24, 2016) DUBAI, UAE – No. 1 Novak Djokovic joined the 700-win club on Wednesday by defeating Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2 in 65 minutes to reach the quarterfinals the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The 28-year-old four-time Dubai champion is only the 12th player in the Open Era to reach the 700-win milestone. He is one of only three active players with this record, joining Roger Federer with 1,067 victories, and Rafael Nadal with 775.

“The first set and a half I enjoyed it, and then I started missing a lot of forehands, easy forehands from midcourt,” said Djokovic. “It frustrated me, honestly, a little bit.

“But I managed to win the match. I will take the positives out of tonight’s match and hopefully I will be able to raise my game even more.”

Djokovic will take on sixth seed Feliciano Lopez in the round of 8 and hopes to extend his perfect record against the Spaniard.

“We have had many quarterfinals playing each other, quite a few quarterfinals,” said the 10-time major champion. “The only time I played him in this tournament was actually a quarterfinal three, four years ago.

“I know he likes playing here and likes the conditions. He slices, and the ball travels through the air quickly and you’ve got to be very reactive, very quick with the baseline shots, especially when you play somebody like Feliciano who comes in very often.

“I’m sure he’s going to try to use every opportunity given to chip and charge, come to the net, serve and volley, going to try to not let me give the same look on the ball. I know that. I know what to expect.

“I’m going to try to prepare for this match well, and, as I said, you know, raise the game a little bit more than tonight.”

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

Second seed Stan Wawrinka advance to the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Croatian qualifier Franko Skugor.

Wawrinka was two points away from departing the tournament on Tuesday against Sergiy Stakhovsky, so he was a little happier about his play on Wednesday.

“(Played) a little bit better, I think,” Wawrinka said. “I was feeling a little bit better the balls. I adapt a few things with my racquet, also with the tension.

“I think it wasn’t amazing but it’s a good win. Happy to get through to playing in the quarter tomorrow, winning in two sets tonight. There’s a lot to improve, but in general I’m happy to win.”

Warwrinka will next face eighth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber.

223 Berdych in press 2 DDT

Two-time Dubai finalist, third seed Tomas Berdych dismissed Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 6-2, 6-2. Berdych will play Nick Kyrgios. Kyrgios defeated the Czech en route to winning the Marseille tournament last week, his first ATP title.

“He’s part of really like fireworks on the court,” Berdych said of Kyrgios. “I mean in a good way. He’s playing really aggressive. He’s going for a lot of shots that they are not really, you know, with, I would say, on the safe side, you know.

“So he’s risking a lot. If couple of those shots are going in and he makes those extra points, then it can really make a difference.

“But overall he’s been serving incredibly well, and I think he’s been much more solid on the return side, as well.

“Of course, I mean, the conditions of playing indoors, the court, which is quite small, you know, feels like with all the side boards and everything, so, you know, that’s how it is.

“So here it’s again all kinds of different, you know, fast court, fast balls, playing outside. The court is very big. So let’s see.”

 

Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships

ATP World Tour 500  

Dubai, U.A.E. (+4 hours GMT)
22-27 February 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN) 61 62
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] F. Skugor (CRO) 75 61
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) 62 62
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d H. Chung (KOR) 60 61
[6] F. Lopez (ESP) d L. Rosol (CZE) 63 76(7)
[8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d B. Coric (CRO) 62 76(5)
M. Baghdatis (CYP) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 64 62
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 64 64
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) / J. Vesely (CZE) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / J. Sousa (POR) 67(2) 76(6) 11-9

Doubles – First Round
D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) d [2] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 36 76(6) 10-4
J. Murray (GBR) / T. Robredo (ESP) d [4] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 26 64 10-8
L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) d I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO) 46 64 10-7

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [3] T. Berdych (CZE)
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [6] F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) vs J. Murray (GBR) / T. Robredo (ESP)
L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)

Acapulco

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d [1] D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 64
S. Querrey (USA) d [2] K. Nishikori (JPN) 64 63
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d D. Tursunov (RUS) 67(5) 63 64
[5] B. Tomic (AUS) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 64 64
[7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d D. Young (USA) 63 64
R. Haase (NED) d A. Bedene (GBR) 64 67(3) 64
I. Marchenko (UKR) d [Q] R. Harrison (USA) 76(3) 46 76(5)
[Q] T. Fritz (USA) d V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d T. de Bakker (NED) / R. Haase (NED) 64 76(5)
E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) d [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 76(8) 60
[WC] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) d M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) 46 76(5) 11-9
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d J. Chardy (FRA) / L. Paes (IND) 62 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

CANCHA CENTRAL start 4:00 pm
ATP – I. Marchenko (UKR) vs [5] B. Tomic (AUS)
ATP – A. Dolgopolov (UKR) vs R. Haase (NED)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [4] D. Thiem (AUT)
Not Before 10:00 pm
ATP – [Q] T. Fritz (USA) vs S. Querrey (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [6] J. Larsson (SWE)
WTA – [8] Y. Wickmayer (BEL) or M. Puig (PUR) vs [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA – [WC] N. Osaka (JPN) vs [2] S. Stephens (USA)
ATP – [4] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX)

CANCHA 4 start 5:00 pm
WTA – M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs C. Mchale (USA)
WTA – [3] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / P. Goncalves (BRA) vs M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – [WC] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs [2] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE)

CANCHA 3 start 5:00 pm
ATP – [WC] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) vs [3] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA)
ATP – [1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs A. Bedene (GBR) / G. Muller (LUX)

CANCHA 2 start 6:00 pm
WTA – [1] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs T. Maria (GER) / M. Sanchez (USA)
WTA-After Suitable Rest – X. Han (CHN) / C. Mchale (USA) vs [PR] A. Rodionova (AUS) / G. Voskoboeva (KAZ)

Brasil Open

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

No matches completed due to rain.

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 25 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) / E. Russi Assumpcao (BRA)
[Q] B. Rola (SLO) vs I. Cervantes (ESP) 67(4) 12
[LL] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) vs [2] T. Bellucci (BRA)
[1] [WC] B. Paire (FRA) vs D. Lajovic (SRB)
Not Before 6:30 pm
D. Munoz de la Nava (ESP) vs [WC] T. Monteiro (BRA)
[WC] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA) vs J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 36 10
D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [4] F. Delbonis (ARG)
S. Giraldo (COL) vs [Q] G. Elias (POR)
[3] P. Cuevas (URU) vs [Q] F. Bagnis (ARG)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
M. Cecchinato (ITA) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [3] M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA)
A. Martin (SVK) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) vs [Alt] P. Bernardi (BRA) / G. Clezar (BRA)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP) vs T. Daniel (JPN) / D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)

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Wawrinka Breaks a Racquet But Rallies for a Win in Dubai, ATP Results

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(February 23, 2016) No. 2 seed and reigning French Open champion Stan Wawrinka rallied to defeat Sergiy Stakhovsky 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 to reach the second round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

 

The Swiss saved a match point against Stakhovsky in the Marseille tournament last week, and he came within two points of losing on Tuesday. Wawrinka led 5-3 in the first set but lost the next four games. The Swiss broke his racquet in the 11th game of the set.

 

“It’s good for confidence but tough first match,” said Wawrinka. “I wasn’t playing well at all. I was playing not too great today. I was struggling with the condition, with my game. Quite fast condition. Flying. I was hesitating, always being behind, staying aggressive. And it’s tough to play especially against him who doesn’t give you too much rhythm.

 

“But it’s a good win, great win for me. Not playing well, still winning, still fighting, still finding a way, playing a little bit better at the end, trying to be the aggressive player on the court. It’s good to have a chance to play better tomorrow.”

 

“I play him in Marseilles. I saved match point to beat him. I expected a tough match, but I wasn’t expecting to play that bad.”

 

Third seed Tomas Berdych and fourth seed Roberto Bautista Agut also advanced. Berdych bested Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-4, and Bautista Agut beat Simone Bolelli 6-2, 6-4.

 

Borna Coric also advanced, defeating Jiri Vesely 6-4 6-4.

 

Last week Nick Kyrgios won his first career ATP title in Marseille, becoming the first player in the Open Era to do so without surrendering his serve, and he continued his winning ways by beating seventh seed Martin Klizan 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

 

“Thought that both of us were playing really average today,” said the Australian. “I thought we both struggled with the conditions. Obviously it was really fast and the ball was flying a lot. But for me it was, you know, completely opposite conditions to what I played last week.

“So I barely hit at all here. Hit for about half an hour today, and I wasn’t feeling great. So I’m just happy I got through. But at the other end of the spectrum, you know, I played pretty bad today.”

 

Next up for Kyrgios will be Mikhail Kukushkin.

 

“Yeah, I think it’s dangerous,” Kyrgios said of the match-up. “I think this surface for him is probably his best. He likes to play on a fast surface. Hits very flat.

“I know serving is going to be key. I need to definitely play a lot better than I played today.”

 

All photos by Nida Alibhai

 

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ATP World Tour 500
Dubai, U.A.E. (+4 hours GMT)
22-27 February 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 57 63 75
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d J. Sousa (POR) 61 64
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 62 64
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [7] M. Klizan (SVK) 36 63 62
[8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d [WC] M. Ilhan (TUR) 61 75
L. Rosol (CZE) d [WC] Y. Bhambri (IND) 26 76(2) 60
M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d D. Istomin (UZB) 75 76(3)
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) d L. Mayer (ARG) 63 64
B. Coric (CRO) d J. Vesely (CZE) 64 64
[Q] F. Skugor (CRO) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / V. Troicki (SRB) 62 75
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) / J. Vesely (CZE) d [3] V. Pospisil (CAN) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 64
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) 76(3) 63
S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) d [WC] M. Bhupathi (IND) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 64 62

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs H. Chung (KOR)
Not Before 4:00 pm
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [3] T. Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN)
[Q] F. Skugor (CRO) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
V. Pospisil (CAN) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP)
[8] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs B. Coric (CRO)
Not Before 5:00 pm
N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs M. Kukushkin (KAZ)
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 2 start 2:00 pm
J. Murray (GBR) / T. Robredo (ESP) vs [4] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)
I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO) vs L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL)
[Q] H. Chung (KOR) / J. Vesely (CZE) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / J. Sousa (POR)

COURT 3 start 3:00 pm
L. Rosol (CZE) vs [6] F. Lopez (ESP)
D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU)

 

Brasil Open
Sao Paulo, Brazil (-3 hours GMT)
22-28 February, 2016 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d [5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 06 64 76(2)
[Q] B. Rola (SLO) d [6] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 76(3) 36 76(5)
[WC] T. Monteiro (BRA) d [7] N. Almagro (ESP) 63 75
[Q] G. Elias (POR) d [8] P. Andujar (ESP) 16 64 ret. (right elbow)
D. Lajovic (SRB) d L. Vanni (ITA) 62 62
S. Giraldo (COL) d M. Cecchinato (ITA) 62 62
[Q] F. Bagnis (ARG) d P. Mathieu (FRA) 64 61
I. Cervantes (ESP) d M. Granollers (ESP) 63 64
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 42 ret. (dehydration)

Doubles – First Round
G. Duran (ARG) / A. Molteni (ARG) d T. Bellucci (BRA) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 64 62
J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) d M. Kowalczyk (POL) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) 76(3) 75

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[Q] B. Rola (SLO) vs I. Cervantes (ESP)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs [4] F. Delbonis (ARG)
M. Cecchinato (ITA) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [3] M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) / E. Russi Assumpcao (BRA)
[LL] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) vs [2] T. Bellucci (BRA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
A. Martin (SVK) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP) vs T. Daniel (JPN) / D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)

Albierto Mexicano Open
Acapulco, Mexico (-6 hours GMT)
22-27 February 2016 Surface: Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 23 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[1] D. Ferrer (ESP) d J. Millman (AUS) 64 62
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) d [3] M. Cilic (CRO) 63 36 62
[4] D. Thiem (AUT) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 76(3) 63
[5] B. Tomic (AUS) d R. Ram (USA) 75 63
A. Bedene (GBR) d [6] I. Karlovic (CRO) 64 12 ret. (knee)
[7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d D. Kudla (USA) 75 61
[Q] T. Fritz (USA) d [8] J. Chardy (FRA) 64 36 63
A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d S. Johnson (USA) 75 76(4)
D. Tursunov (RUS) d S. Groth (AUS) 64 36 75
S. Querrey (USA) d D. Sela (ISR) 62 60

Doubles – First Round
A. Bedene (GBR) / G. Muller (LUX) d W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) 63 36 10-7
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) d S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) 64 46 10-6

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 24 FEBRUARY 2016

CANCHA CENTRAL start 4:00 pm
ATP – [1] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
WTA – [1] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – S. Querrey (USA) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – D. Tursunov (RUS) vs [4] D. Thiem (AUT)

GRANDSTAND start 4:00 pm
WTA – [Q] J. Glushko (ISR) vs [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA – O. Govortsova (BLR) vs [2] S. Stephens (USA)
ATP – [7] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs D. Young (USA)
WTA – [8] Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs M. Puig (PUR)

CANCHA 4 start 4:00 pm
WTA – M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs [WC] N. Osaka (JPN)
WTA – S. Rogers (USA) vs [6] J. Larsson (SWE)
WTA – [4] J. Konta (GBR) vs M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
WTA – M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL) vs [Alt] J. Glushko (ISR) / R. Peterson (SWE)

CANCHA 3 start 4:00 pm
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [5] B. Tomic (AUS)
ATP – [Q] R. Harrison (USA) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
ATP – [Q] T. Fritz (USA) vs V. Estrella Burgos (DOM)
ATP – J. Chardy (FRA) / L. Paes (IND) vs O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)

CANCHA 2 start 4:00 pm
ATP – [WC] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)
WTA – C. Mchale (USA) vs [7] D. Kovinic (MNE)
WTA – A. Mestach (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) vs T. Maria (GER) / M. Sanchez (USA)
WTA – M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs X. Han (CHN) / C. Mchale (USA)

CANCHA 1 start 5:00 pm
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs A. Bedene (GBR)
ATP – E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
ATP-After Suitable Rest – [1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs T. de Bakker (NED) / R. Haase (NED)

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Sara Errani Routs Barbora Strycova to Win Dubai Title

Sara Errani

Sara Errani

(February 20, 2016) DUBAI – Sara Errani routed Barbora Strycova 6-0, 6-2 to win her ninth career WTA title at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday. Three years ago the Italian lost in the Dubai final to Petra Kvitova. Errani became the first Italian to win the Dubai crown.

Errani almost did not go to Dubai after a lackluster beginning to the year.  “It’s unexpected title for me,” said Errani “We was thinking, oh, maybe to not come here, just stay home and recover and try to make it good. It was tough moment, tough year. So to win here is amazing.

 

“But we came here, and every day was really tough. Every match, from the beginning, from the 5-1 down in first round against Zheng, and even in the quarterfinal with Brengle, a lot of tough moment. But of course if we won a tournament, you have to pass a lot of also bad moments.”

 

“Maybe was not her best day. But of course I was just trying to be really focused and not miss balls, prepare that she will serve good, she will come to the net, she will try to change her game. Just try to be focused. I was trying to not think too much about it is a final, about it is tough match, but just try to play my game, stay there every point, even in the 5-1, 5-2, a lot of match point. Really happy in the end.”

 

“Everything (went wrong)” said Strycova. “I mean, this is one of the days where you try everything and then nothing is working.” “The funny thing is that I went on court and I didn’t feel really nervous about the match or something different. But I tried everything and I couldn’t put one ball in. I don’t know why, what happened, but it’s just sometimes how it is in tennis.”

 

“It’s been a great week, and I don’t want to like look at the final now that it was so bad,” the Czech said. “I mean, okay, that can happen and it’s a final, unfortunately, but it was a great week and I beat such great players, so I have to be happy about it and just to take the positive things from it.”

 

“I took so many things (from this week)” Strycova said. “I mean, that I can believe in myself and in my game even if it’s not such — if I’m not playing fast or I’m playing like tricky game, that I can beat anybody. To believe that you can do it, it’s good feeling. I beat Ana, which I never beat before. This gave me so much confidence.

“I also took from this week that I enjoy tennis again. It’s nice to play the sport.”

 

In a tournament where all of the top 8 seeds were dismissed before the quarterfinals, the doubles title went to the unseeded pair of Chia-Jung Chuang and Darija Jurak, who saved five match points in Friday’s semifinals, before winning 6-4, 6-4 over the second seeded team of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.

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Errani and Strycova to Vie for Dubai Title

Sara Errani

Sara Errani

(February 19, 2016) DUBAI – Sara Errani defeated Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 to reach her second final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The Italian will face Barbora Strycova on Saturday, who defeated Caroline Garcia 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

 

 

“It’s tough today, Errani said. “Elina hardly missed a ball at first so I just tried to stay focused every point. I think the condition of the court is good for me. The ball bounce a lot. This is important for my game. Of course really happy to be in the final again.”

 

Errani lost in the doubles semifinal with Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-7 to Chia-Jung Chuang and Darija Jurak. Errani and her partner had five match points.

 

Barbora Strycova

Barbora Strycova

“It feels great,” said Strycova of her win. “I can’t believe it actually, because it wasn’t easy match for me today. I wasn’t feeling so well. Actually, the first set I was playing without any mistakes and I felt the ball, but then 2-0 in the second I was a little bit down physically and I couldn’t like pump it up again. So I’m happy that I pulled it through at the end.”

 

“It’s going to be tough one,” the Czech said of her final against Errani. “I lost to Sara in Eastbourne. It’s on grass. But I lost from two match points down. So revenge.”

 

Errani will now be trying to win her ninth career singles title and while Strycova will be bidding for her second.

Errani leads in their head-to-head record 5-1.

 

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – DUBAI, UAE
$ 2,000,000
15-20 FEBRUARY 2016

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 19, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

B. Strycova (CZE) d C. Garcia (FRA) 62 36 63
S. Errani (ITA) d E. Svitolina (UKR) 64 64

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [4] T. Babos (HUN) / J. Goerges (GER) 63 64
C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) d S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 57 76(5) 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 5:00 pm
C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) vs [2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
B. Strycova (CZE) vs S. Errani (ITA)

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Strycova, Garcia, Svitolina and Errani Reach Dubai Semifinals

(February 18, 2016) DUBAI – In a topsy-turvy tournament which saw the top 8 seeds knocked out of the tournament before the quarterfinals, Elina Svitolina will face Sara Errani and Caroline Garcia will play Barbora Strycova in the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

No. 47 Barbora Strycova came back from a 3-5 deficit in the first set tiebreak to defeat former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 7-6(5), 6-3.

What made the difference for the Czech, who came in 0-3 against the Serb?

“I believed myself,” said Strycova. “And I changed a little bit some things before I went on court, because I lost the previous matches against Ana, so I had to change a little bit the return.

“I was trying to be aggressive because the conditions on this court is really fast, so you have to also play a little bit quick not to spin all the time the balls.

“So that was working well, and I think I was returning also very well.”

“I was 5-3 down (in the first set tiebreak). “I was playing very good four balls in a row. I told myself when I was 5-3 down I was playing a little bit like didn’t believe that I can do it, so I changed that. I played very well the last four balls. That gave me so much confidence for the second set.”

No. 21 Svitolina defeated CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

“Good start. Then I was struggling a bit,” said Svitolina. “I think it was just something in my head. I was just somewhere not on the court. Was really happy that I could find a way to start third set well. Okay, 2-0 down but still I felt that I’m getting there.”

This is the first tournament with a new member of her coaching team – former No. 1 champion Justine Henin.

“I met her first time in her academy in Belgium after winning Roland Garros juniors,” said the Ukrainian. “And then, you know, she’s seven times a Grand Slam champion, so she was always on my mind and I was — you know, she had amazing game.

“She was not that tall, so, you know, there was always some things which I was trying to take from her. Yeah, it’s just amazing that she accepted.”

Sara Errani rallied to win in two hours 22 minutes to beat Madison Brengle 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Errani led the first set 4-1 and lost the next five games.

“Really strange match, yes,” said the Italian said. “I don’t know. I mean, she had a game that she did not miss a ball sometime. She’s more aggressive. Sometimes she just wait more. So is not easy to play against her. I could have lost easily, so I don’t know why I won the match. There is no explanation to this. Just keep fighting.”

Caroline Garcia reached her first Premier-level semifinal beating Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-4.

“You always have to fight very hard and work hard against Andrea,” said Garcia. “She is big fighter, always trying to come back in the match. It was very difficult conditions, very windy, sometimes more than yesterday. So always have to be ready for the ball. Yeah, sometimes was not very nice tennis, not very rhythmic, but you have to stay focused and, yeah, just keep your tactics on.”

 

All photos by Nida Alibhai

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Top Seed Halep Falls Along with Three Other Seeds in Dubai

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(February 17, 2016) Ana Ivanovic defeated top seed and defending champion Simona Halep 7-6 (2), 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday.

 

Second seed Garbine Muguruza also was upset 7-6(3), 6-3 by Elina Svitolina, who has former No. 1 and four-time Dubai champion Justine Henin as part of her coaching team. Caroline Garcia defeated third seed Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, and fourth seed and former Dubai champion Petra Kvitova was beaten 0-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 by Madison Brengle.

 

“I think it was one of the highest quality matches I have had in maybe the last year,” said Ivanovic. “I was very happy to get through, especially that I was down in that first set. I started a little bit anxious. I was rushing too much.

 

“But I was really happy I managed to calm down and sort of raise my level and win. I was really impressed with my movement. I lost a lot of close matches in the past, so it was nice to get this one done. I knew I had it in me, so I really believed throughout.”

 

Halep has suffered from injuries this year. “Yeah, was close,” said Halep. “First set I had set ball. I couldn’t finish, and then I lost a little bit of confidence and it was over. I think I was doing okay. I was aggressive. She played really well. She came back well. I served okay, returned okay.

 

“I’m disappointed that I lost but it’s okay. I feel good. Physically I’m okay. I have no pain anywhere. It’s good, and the most important thing is that I’m healthy.”

 

“I’m not really finding my game, so I think I have to rest a little bit and concentrate again and work hard and eventually come back to the tournament to play again,” said Muguruza. “I think I’m not really ready to compete. I need to work a little bit more. My shots, my fitness. So we’ll see. I think I just need to start from zero again and kind of forget these couple of tournaments, I guess.”

 

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$ 2,000,000
15-20 FEBRUARY 2016

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
A. Ivanovic (SRB) d [1] [WC] S. Halep (ROU) 76(2) 62
E. Svitolina (UKR) d [2] G. Muguruza (ESP) 76(3) 63
C. Garcia (FRA) d [3] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 46 64 63
M. Brengle (USA) d [4] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) 06 76(1) 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Goerges (GER) 26 63 61
A. Petkovic (GER) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 63 62
S. Errani (ITA) d [Q] Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 63 60
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) 75 36 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 61 46 12-10
First Round
[4] T. Babos (HUN) / J. Goerges (GER) d B. Strycova (CZE) / R. Vinci (ITA) 63 36 11-9

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
C. Garcia (FRA) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
S. Errani (ITA) vs M. Brengle (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs B. Strycova (CZE)

COURT 1 start 3:00 pm
[PR] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / J. Goerges (GER)
after suitable rest – S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)
after suitable rest – A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

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Jankovic Surprises Bencic in Dubai; Rio Open Results

Jankovic smiles in press

(February 16, 2016) Veteran Jelena Jankovic stunned fifth seed and new member of the WTA Top Ten Belinda Bencic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 of in the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

The former No. 1, now ranked 20th in the world took 2 hours and 31 minutes to defeat the new No. 9 player.

“Yeah, it was really difficult match,” said Jankovic. “Belinda is playing very well, and she’s in form and she’s coming from a final in St. Petersburg. Of course she was coming with confidence here. I just fought hard. I was hanging in there every point. So overall it was ups and downs. There was some good tennis but there was also tough times for me during the match. But the most important thing is that I won at the end.”

Another former No. 1 from Serbia, now 17th ranked Ana Ivanovic dismissed Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-0, and No. 21 Elina Svitolina advanced with a 6-3, 6-1 win over qualifier Jana Cepelova.

Ivanovic will face No. 2 in the world Simona Halep in the second round.

“I expected a very tough match because of the battle we had in Rome on clay,” said Ivanovic. “I really tried to step it up today and be aggressive. Especially here in desert I feel that the ball sometimes flies little bit through the air quicker, so I tried to use that in my advantage. So very pleased overall.

 

“I know I have done the work, and now it’s just about executing and also enjoying competition. Next match is going to be a tough one for me. Simona is a very tough, consistent player. She strikes the ball well, she moves well, so it’s going to be a good challenge.”

For Svitolina, it was her match with her new coaching consultant, seven-time major winner Justine Henin. “It’s great to have Justine in my team, and I worked with her in offseason for a little bit, and now she’s going to join us for some tournaments,” Svitolina said. “I’m looking forward to hard work. We are trying to do something new (to) refresh my game.”

 

Seventh seed Roberta Vinci who beat Bencic in Sunday’s St. Petersburg final, fell 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova.

 

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RESULTS – FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
J. Jankovic (SRB) d [5] B. Bencic (SUI) 46 75 64
[Q] Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [7] R. Vinci (ITA) 60 46 63
A. Ivanovic (SRB) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 61 60
B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] T. Pironkova (BUL) 64 63
S. Errani (ITA) d [Q] S. Zheng (CHN) 75 63
E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) 63 61

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 62 63
A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d [3] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) 57 76(3) 10-8
C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) d C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN) 46 62 10-4
[PR] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 63
A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) / A. Rosolska (POL) 63 60

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[3] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
M. Brengle (USA) vs [4] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] [WC] S. Halep (ROU) vs A. Ivanovic (SRB)
E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [2] G. Muguruza (ESP)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Goerges (GER)
[Q] Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs S. Errani (ITA)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
A. Petkovic (GER) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)

COURT 3 start 2:00 pm
A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO)

Not Before 4:00 pm
B. Strycova (CZE) / R. Vinci (ITA) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / J. Goerges (GER)
S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

 

 

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RESULTS – FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Women’s
Singles – First Round

P. Martic (CRO) d [1] T. Pereira (BRA) 63 75
[2] J. Larsson (SWE) d L. Domínguez Lino (ESP) 75 64
[6] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d R. Peterson (SWE) 60 63
M. Erakovic (NZL) d M. Torró-Flor (ESP) 76(8) 67(5) 62
S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d R. Oprandi (SUI) 61 62
[Q] P. Goncalves (BRA) d J. Glushko (ISR) 63 61

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[WC] A. Lim (FRA) / F. Schiavone (ITA) d [3] D. Kovinic (MNE) / C. Mitu (ROU) 64 61
[4] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) d L. Pous-Tio (ESP) / S. Shapatava (GEO) 63 67(4) 10-6
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / T. Maria (GER) d E. Bogdan (ROU) / M. Buzarnescu (ROU) 46 63 12-10
C. Mchale (USA) / A. Tatishvili (USA) d G. Ce (BRA) / E. Kostova (BUL) 64 75
T. Moore (GBR) / C. Perrin (SUI) d C. Burger (NED) / L. Pigossi (BRA) 62 61

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016
QUADRA GUGA KUERTEN start 2:15 pm
ATP – [3] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs [WC] T. Monteiro (BRA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [5] D. Thiem (AUT) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)

Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [2] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – S. Giraldo (COL) vs G. Pella (ARG)

QUADRA 1 start 2:30 pm
WTA – [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs F. Schiavone (ITA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [7] F. Fognini (ITA) vs [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
ATP – [1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] F. De Paula (BRA) / O. Luz (BRA)
ATP – After suitable rest – A. Bedene (GBR) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs T. Bellucci (BRA) / M. Demoliner (BRA)

QUADRA 2 start 2:30 pm
WTA – [5] P. Hercog (SLO) vs [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – S. Rogers (USA) vs V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
ATP – P. Mathieu (FRA) / J. Tsonga (FRA) vs [4] N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP – After suitable rest – D. Lajovic (SRB) / D. Thiem (AUT) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR) / D. Munoz de la Nava (ESP)

QUADRA 4 start 2:30 pm
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA)
WTA – To be finished – [1] A. Rodionova (AUS) / S. Vogt (LIE) vs B. Haddad Maia (BRA) / T. Pereira (BRA) 76(5) 00
WTA – T. Moore (GBR) / C. Perrin (SUI) vs [2] M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
ATP – After suitable rest – [3] P. Cuevas (URU) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs [WC] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA)

QUADRA 5 start 2:30 pm
ATP – M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs [2] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – [Q] C. Burger (NED) vs [Q] E. Kostova (BUL)
ATP – P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs [Q] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP)

Not Before 5:30 pm
WTA – After suitable rest – [4] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) vs P. Goncalves (BRA) / S. Marand (USA)

 

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