Novak Djokovic Beats Roger Federer for Fourth Rome Title

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(May 17, 2015) A week ahead of Roland Garros and No. 1 Novak Djokovic is perfect on clay courts this year. He added to this year’s clay court resume with 75 minute 6-4, 6-3 title defense win over No. 2 Roger Federer to claim his fourth title at the Italian Open. It’s also the Serb’s 24 Masters Series 1000 tournament win, one ahead of Federer and three behind overall leader Rafael Nadal at 27.

The win, his fifth championship of the season, was his 35th career title which extended his current win streak to 22. He has a 37-match win streak at the majors and Masters 1000 events going back to the Paris Indoors last year.

Speaking in Italian of the crowd after the victory, Djokovic said: “It was a great week and today was my best match. It’s always a pleasure to play against Roger and obviously I’m very pleased by today. Along with 2011, this is the best year of my career. I don’t know how (to) continue at Roland Garros but obviously I have a lot of confidence. I hope I can continue like this.”

“I was able to find my way through. Roger put a lot of pressure on my service game at 4-4, but I managed to respond well, to gain those break points, move him around the court, and then I played a couple of great points that gave me the set” Djokovic said to media. “When you’re a set up, the momentum is shifting to your side and you start to feel better.

“The fact that I have managed to win so many matches in a row gives me a reason to believe I can do it again… I want to keep going as long as I can. I don’t want to think fear or everything else can be an obstacle and interrupt this streak. I always try to do my best no matter what is the tournament. This kind of mindset has helped me to be where I am. If I can repeat what I did in 2011? I don’t know. There are things out of your control. What you can influence is the present and how you can get in the position to do well in the future.”

“I know I can play better,” Federer said of the loss. “Novak was rock solid today, he played great throughout. He made very few unforced errors. He was able to take that opportunity that presented itself. I’m happy, feeling good and healthy.”

For Federer who has never won in Rome, it was his fourth loss in a final in 15 tournament appearances.

Djokovic heads into French Open next weekend focusing on the only major title he has never won.

“I don’t think I need to go and do anything more special for Roland Garros,” Djokovic said. “I just need to keep going on route.”

The Serb has won the Australian Open and four of the five Masters events this year, all of those he played in – Indian Wells, Miami, Monte Carlo and Rome.

He is 35-2 on the year, with his last loss coming to Federer at the end of February in the Dubai final. He is 14-1 against Top 10 opponents this year

The only drama for the world No. 1 came on this day came after the trophy presentation when a champagne cork popped and hit Djokovic in the forehead.

“We had an argument, Mr. Champagne and I,” Djokovic said. “He threw a punch and I won’t forget it.”


Maria Sharapova Wins Third Italian Open Title

(May 17, 2015) Once Maria Sharapova was a self-proclaimed “cow on ice,” in terms of her game on a clay court. Years later with 11 clay court crowns to her name including two French Open titles, the phrase almost seems laughable.

No one was laughing on Sunday, when the Russian rebounded from a first set loss to topple Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to win the Italian Open in two hours and 35 minutes, her third championship in Rome and 35th career title.

“It wasn’t easy to find a rhythm out there, with the way she plays, and the wind….I really had to adjust,” Sharapova said. “But I’m proud I was able to stay in there. I never felt I was playing very clean until the end of the third set. So it shows that it’s good to hang in there and just stay positive out there.

“In the end I was the fresher one, and the more aggressive one, so it’s all a positive. And looking at how I started the clay court season in Stuttgart and where I am now, I feel I’m in a much better spot.”

Sharapova’s week, moves her up a spot in the rankings to No. 2, which means she’ll be the second seed at next week’s second major of the year, the French Open.

Despite the loss in the final Suarez Navarro had a week in which defeated three Top 10 players at the same tournament for the first time in her career, including No. 2 seed Simona Halep. The Spaniard is being rewarded with a jump in the rankings next week from 10 to No. 8.

“I was practicing really hard before Madrid and Rome, and I’m playing some good tennis right now,” she said. “Maria was just too good today. It was a really close match, and I started really well, but at the end of the second set she started playing more aggressive, and I think that was the key.”

“I remember coming to Italy as a little girl and this was one of the tournaments I dreamed of playing,” Sharapova said. “Now to win it for a third time is very special.”

Sharapova has won 62 of her last 68 matches on clay as she heads into the French Open trying to defend last year’s title.


Djokovic and Federer to Meet in Rome Final

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(May 16, 2015) Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet in the Italian Open final on Sunday. No. 1 Djokovic downed David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4 while Federer came back from 0-3 in the first set to beat Swiss countryman Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2.

The women’s final in Rome will feature two-time former champion Maria Sharapova against Carla Suarez Navarro. Sharapova beat Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova 7-5, 6-3 while Suarez Navarro rallied past No. 2 seed Simona Halep 2-6, 6-3, 7-5. The win for Sharapova means she’ll move back up to No. 2 in the rankings on Monday and will be the second seed for the French Open.

“We were breaking serve all the time, but it’s because we were both returning very well,” Suárez Navarro said. “It was tough for me, it was tough for Simona – but I’m really happy with the way I finished the match today.

“I’ve been practicing really hard during the whole season, and I’m playing with a lot of confidence right now. I’m playing more aggressively, which is important when you’re playing the top players.”

Federer will be seeking to win a Masters event he’s never won on Sunday. This is the fourth time he’s reached the finalThe No. 2 player has never won Monte Carlo either.

“I just like winning a title. Now OK, this is Rome, and it’s one I’ve never won so you might think it’s extra special but for some reason it’s not for me,” Federer said.

“Stan played well in the first set,” said Federer. “In the second set he had a sort of breakdown. He wasn’t serving his best. I was definitely able to take advantage of it.”

Both Djokovic and Federer had some concerns about the court which had holes. Federer’s feet were stuck in a hole and could not turn around to take a shot.

“In a couple of places the holes are really deep,” Djokovic said. “If you slide and get into that hole you can twist an ankle easily. It’s dangerous to play in these conditions.”

Federer and Djokovic will be meeting for the 39th time, with Federer leading the head-two-head 20-18.

Sharapova leads Suarez Navarro 3-1.



RESULTS – MAY 16, 2015

WTA Singles – Semifinals

[10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [2] S. Halep (ROU) 26 63 75
[3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d [Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) 75 63

WTA Doubles – Semifinals

[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [4] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 62 76(5)
[3] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [8] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 63

ATP Singles – Semifinals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [7] D. Ferrer (ESP) 64 64
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d [8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 64 62

ATP Doubles – Semifinals
[5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) 61 36 11-9
P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) d K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) 64 64


CENTRALE start 11:00
WTA DOUBLES FINAL – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [3] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)
Not Before 1:30 pm
WTA SINGLES FINAL – [3] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP SINGLES FINAL – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)

PIETRANGELI start 2:30 pm
ATP DOUBLES FINAL – P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) vs [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)


Rome Results



RESULTS – MAY 15, 2015

Singles – Quarterfinals

[2] S. Halep (ROU) d [Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) 61 60
[3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d V. Azarenka (BLR) 63 62
[10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [4] P. Kvitova (CZE) 63 62
[Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) d [Q] C. Mchale (USA) 62 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[8] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [2] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) 46 64 10-5
[4] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 63 63

Singles – Quarter-Finals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [5] K. Nishikori (JPN) 63 36 61
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d [6] T. Berdych (CZE) 63 63
[8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [4] R. Nadal (ESP) 76(7) 62
[7] D. Ferrer (ESP) d D. Goffin (BEL) 62 46 63

Doubles – Quarter-Finals

N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) d [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) 16 75 10-7
P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) d [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(2) 46 10-5
K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 64


CENTRALE start 12:00
WTA – [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [2] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) vs [3] M. Sharapova (RUS)
8:00 pm
ATP – [8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)
ATP – [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00
WTA – [3] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [8] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [4] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP)


Rome: Serena Williams and Murray Withdraw, Djokovic Tested, Federer and Nadal Advance

(May 14, 2015) Serena Williams and Andy Murray pulled out of the Italian Open on Thursday. Murray cited fatigue while Williams said she had a right elbow injury.

Murray is undefeated on clay court this year winning titles in Munich and Madrid.

“I’m going to take a few days’ rest,” Murray said. “I won’t train; I won’t go on the court. I just need a few days to recover. I’ll go home either tonight or tomorrow morning and spend a few days at home, maybe see my physio a little bit over the weekend to try and help the recovery process. I’ll try to rest and sleep and recover; that’s what I need to do right now. Hopefully I’ll get to Paris early next week and get some good days’ training done there.”

As for Serena: “It actually started a little bit in Madrid last week,” Williams said to media. “I wasn’t serving my best. I have to be able to serve and hit my shots with a lot of confidence, and when you’re injured, you don’t have that much confidence. It’s so important to have it when you go up against any player out there, whether it’s in my match today or in the final of a Grand Slam. You just really need it.

“It wasn’t an easy decision. I talked with my coach and he said it wouldn’t be very smart for me to play, and that we have to make the right decision for the future, and not for now. I told him that I hate quitting, but then he told me this isn’t about quitting, it’s about making the best decision.”

No. 1 Novak Djokovic came back after dropping the first set to beat Brazilian qualifier and No. 68 in the world Thomaz Bellucci 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final 8 in Rome. The Serb will meet Kei Nishikori, who bdefeated Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3.

Rafael Nadal became the first person to break John Isner’s serve in almost a month when he beat the tall American 6-4, 6-4. Nadal will take on Stan Wawrinka in the quarterfinals.

No. 2 seed Roger Federer had problems closing out his match against Kevin Anderson 6-3, 7-5 Federer led 5-2 in the second set.

Federer will play sixth seed Tomas Berdych next. Berdych overcame a strong challenge from crowd favorite and the last Italian in the tournament, Fabio Fognini 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (2)

On the women’s side, No 2 Simona Halep defeated 1999 champion Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1, two-time champ Maria Sharapova defeated qualifier Bojana Jovanovski 6-3, 6-3 and Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-7 (2), 7-5, 7-6 (7). Bouchard is 7-9 on the year.

With Serena Williams’ withdrawal, qualifier Christina McHale has made the quarterfinals.


ATP Singles – Third Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) 57 62 63
[2] R. Federer (SUI) d [15] K. Anderson (RSA) 63 75
D. Goffin (BEL) d [3] A. Murray (GBR) w/o (fatigue)
[4] R. Nadal (ESP) d [16] J. Isner (USA) 64 64
[5] K. Nishikori (JPN) d V. Troicki (SRB) 64 63
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) d F. Fognini (ITA) 63 36 76(2)
[7] D. Ferrer (ESP) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 63
[8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d D. Thiem (AUT) 76(3) 64

ATP Doubles – Quarter-Finals

[5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) 64 64

ATP Doubles – Second Round
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 62 57 10-8
P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) d [6] D. Nestor (CAN) / L. Paes (IND) 62 64

CENTRALE start 12:00
WTA – [Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [2] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [6] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [5] K. Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 7:30 pm

WTA – [3] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs I. Begu (ROU) or V. Azarenka (BLR)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00
ATP – D. Goffin (BEL) vs [7] D. Ferrer (ESP)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [4] P. Kvitova (CZE)
WTA – [Q] C. Mchale (USA) vs [Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00
WTA – [4] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)
WTA – [8] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [2] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA)
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
ATP – [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP)
ATP – K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)


Rome Results and Schedule




RESULTS – MAY 12, 2015

WTA Singles – Second Round

[1] S. Williams (USA) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 63
[3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d J. Gajdosova (AUS) 62 31 Retired (Right Shoulder injury)
T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d S. Lisicki (GER) 64 63
First Round
[10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d M. Barthel (GER) 64 26 63
[12] L. Safarova (CZE) d [LL] A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 76(6) 67(3) 64
[16] J. Jankovic (SRB) d C. Giorgi (ITA) 75 75
[Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) d B. Bencic (SUI) 67(2) 75 62
[Q] B. Jovanovski (SRB) d C. Garcia (FRA) 76(4) 46 62
I. Begu (ROU) d [Q] U. Radwanska (POL) 46 62 61
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [LL] L. Hradecka (CZE) 75 26 61
[LL] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d M. Puig (PUR) 75 62
[Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) d [Q] M. Doi (JPN) 67(2) 63 63
E. Svitolina (UKR) d F. Pennetta (ITA) 64 62

WTA Doubles – Second Round

[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 64 61
J. Goerges (GER) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d A. Groenefeld (GER) / A. Panova (RUS) 64 76(1)
First Round
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d K. Knapp (ITA) / R. Vinci (ITA) 63 64
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) d M. Krajicek (NED) / B. Strycova (CZE) 63 60
[WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / S. Stosur (AUS) d [WC] M. Camerin (ITA) / C. Dentoni (ITA) 60 64
[WC] S. Halep (ROU) / F. Schiavone (ITA) d D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 62 62

ATP Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) 61 67(5) 63
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) d [WC] M. Donati (ITA) 62 64
[7] D. Ferrer (ESP) d R. Gasquet (FRA) 64 75
[8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d J. Monaco (ARG) 46 63 62
[15] K. Anderson (RSA) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 30 ret. (elbow)

ATP Singles – First Round

G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [9] M. Cilic (CRO) 64 63
[11] F. Lopez (ESP) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) 64 76(4)
[13] J. Tsonga (FRA) d S. Querrey (USA) 76(6) 60
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d M. Granollers (ESP) 61 63
[Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) d [Q] D. Schwartzman (ARG) 64 43 ret. (leg)
V. Troicki (SRB) d B. Tomic (AUS) 76(3) 67(4) 76(4)
D. Goffin (BEL) d [Q] A. Arnaboldi (ITA) 57 62 61
[Q] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d M. Klizan (SVK) 64 61

ATP Doubles – First Round
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [WC] P. Lorenzi (ITA) / L. Vanni (ITA) 76(5) 63
P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) d M. Klizan (SVK) / P. Oswald (AUT) 64 46 13-11
N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) d L. Rosol (CZE) / G. Simon (FRA) 63 16 10-8


CENTRALE start 12:00
ATP – [3] A. Murray (GBR) vs J. Chardy (FRA)
ATP – [Q] M. Ilhan (TUR) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
WTA – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [5] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs [2] R. Federer (SUI)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [WC] K. Knapp (ITA) vs [4] P. Kvitova (CZE)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am

WTA – A. Riske (USA) vs [2] S. Halep (ROU)
Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – J. Vesely (CZE) vs [5] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) vs [12] G. Simon (FRA)
WTA – [14] V. Williams (USA) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [11] F. Lopez (ESP) vs V. Troicki (SRB)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am

WTA – [Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) vs [7] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
WTA – [Q] C. Mchale (USA) vs [13] S. Errani (ITA)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [10] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
ATP – D. Goffin (BEL) vs [13] J. Tsonga (FRA)
WTA – [16] J. Jankovic (SRB) vs M. Rybarikova (SVK)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

ATP – G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
WTA – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) vs [LL] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
WTA – [6] E. Bouchard (CAN) vs Z. Diyas (KAZ)
WTA – H. Watson (GBR) vs [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – After suitable rest – [8] S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

ATP – [16] J. Isner (USA) vs L. Mayer (ARG)
WTA – [Q] B. Jovanovski (SRB) vs [15] M. Keys (USA)
ATP – [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
WTA – [9] A. Kerber (GER) vs I. Begu (ROU)
ATP – [WC] M. Donati (ITA) / S. Napolitano (ITA) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am

WTA – A. Rodionova (AUS) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE)
ATP – J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [4] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
WTA – [Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [12] L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA)
ATP – J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [7] A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA)

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm

WTA – S. Lisicki (GER) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
WTA – [8] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [WC] N. Burnett (ITA) / J. Paolini (ITA)
ATP – L. Mayer (ARG) / J. Monaco (ARG) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU)

COURT 6 start Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [5] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [PR] N. Almagro (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)


Rome Results and Schedule



RESULTS – MAY 11, 2015

WTA Singles – First Round

[9] A. Kerber (GER) d A. Cornet (FRA) 62 63
T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d [11] K. Pliskova (CZE) 64 60
[13] S. Errani (ITA) d D. Hantuchova (SVK) 64 76(4)
[14] V. Williams (USA) d [Q] K. Siniakova (CZE) 62 62
[15] M. Keys (USA) d M. Brengle (USA) 62 64
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d S. Stosur (AUS) 64 75
[Q] C. Mchale (USA) d B. Strycova (CZE) 76(5) 61
S. Lisicki (GER) d S. Stephens (USA) 64 61
J. Gajdosova (AUS) d [Q] E. Vesnina (RUS) 16 62 76(14)
Z. Diyas (KAZ) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 75 61
H. Watson (GBR) d R. Vinci (ITA) 63 61
M. Rybarikova (SVK) d [WC] N. Burnett (ITA) 63 76(5)
[WC] K. Knapp (ITA) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 64 61
A. Riske (USA) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 64 63

WTA Doubles – First Round

[5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) 64 63
A. Groenefeld (GER) / A. Panova (RUS) d [7] Y. Chan (TPE) / J. Zheng (CHN) 36 76(0) 10-7
I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [PR] C. Liang (CHN) / K. Marosi (HUN) 64 62
J. Goerges (GER) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d R. Kops-Jones (USA) / I. Olaru (ROU) 62 61
[PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d H. Chan (TPE) / A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) 62 63

ATP Singles – First Round
[10] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d J. Janowicz (POL) 63 76(4)
[12] G. Simon (FRA) d J. Sock (USA) 46 76(2) 63
[16] J. Isner (USA) d J. Sousa (POR) 75 63
R. Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) 61 76(0)
J. Monaco (ARG) d [Q] D. Lajovic (SRB) 63 67(5) 62
D. Thiem (AUT) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 76(4) 76(5)
[Q] M. Ilhan (TUR) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 64 61
F. Fognini (ITA) d S. Johnson (USA) 76(0) 63
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d D. Young (USA) 64 61
P. Cuevas (URU) d [WC] P. Lorenzi (ITA) 63 62

ATP Doubles – First Round

K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) d M. Draganja (CRO) / H. Kontinen (FIN) 62 75
[PR] N. Almagro (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d R. Lindstedt (SWE) / B. Tomic (AUS) 26 60 10-7
J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) d F. Lopez (ESP) / J. Melzer (AUT) 63 64
[WC] M. Donati (ITA) / S. Napolitano (ITA) d J. Isner (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) 76(4) 46 14-12



CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
WTA – [3] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs J. Gajdosova (AUS)
ATP – [8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs J. Monaco (ARG)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [PR] N. Almagro (ESP)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [6] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [WC] M. Donati (ITA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am

ATP – [9] M. Cilic (CRO) vs G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [11] F. Lopez (ESP) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS)
WTA – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS)
WTA – T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs S. Lisicki (GER)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [7] D. Ferrer (ESP)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am

WTA – M. Barthel (GER) vs [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – E. Svitolina (UKR) vs F. Pennetta (ITA)
ATP – [Q] A. Arnaboldi (ITA) vs D. Goffin (BEL)
ATP – S. Querrey (USA) vs [13] J. Tsonga (FRA)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [16] J. Jankovic (SRB) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

WTA – [Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) vs B. Bencic (SUI)
ATP – B. Tomic (AUS) vs V. Troicki (SRB)
WTA – [LL] A. Schmiedlova (SVK) vs [12] L. Safarova (CZE)
WTA – K. Knapp (ITA) / R. Vinci (ITA) vs [6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

ATP – [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs [Q] D. Schwartzman (ARG)
WTA – [WC] S. Halep (ROU) / F. Schiavone (ITA) vs D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)
WTA – [Q] B. Jovanovski (SRB) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – [15] K. Anderson (RSA) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
ATP – [WC] P. Lorenzi (ITA) / L. Vanni (ITA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am

WTA – [LL] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs M. Puig (PUR)
ATP – M. Klizan (SVK) vs [Q] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
WTA – M. Krajicek (NED) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)
WTA – [WC] M. Camerin (ITA) / C. Dentoni (ITA) vs [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) / S. Stosur (AUS)
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / A. Panova (RUS)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am

WTA – [Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [Q] M. Doi (JPN)
WTA – I. Begu (ROU) vs [Q] U. Radwanska (POL)
ATP – M. Granollers (ESP) vs [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – L. Rosol (CZE) / G. Simon (FRA) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) vs M. Klizan (SVK) / P. Oswald (AUT)



US Falls to Italy in Fed Cup World Group Play-off

Flavia Pennetta

Flavia Pennetta

(April 19, 2015) Italy has now won five straight Fed cup ties against the United States with their 3-2 win on Sunday in the World Group playoff in Brindisi, Italy.

No. 1 Serena Williams had to fight her way back against Sara Errani to take the first match of the day 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 to give the U.S. a 2-1 lead over Italy.

“Today has been a big eye opener,” Williams said. “I need to go home and train.  I am totally not ready for clay court season as I thought I was.  This was a great match for me, even if I had lost, I think it would have been a wonderful match.  That is one good thing about playing Fed Cup and things like this it gives you the practice that you normally would not get.”


In the second match, hometown girl Flavia Pennetta demolished Christina McHale 6-1, 6-1 to even up the tie at 2-2.

The final rubber of the tie which was the doubles, saw Williams lost her first match of her Fed Cup career when she paired with Alison Riske and fell to Pennetta and Errani 6-0, 6-3 which sealed the tie for Italy.

Williams is now 13-0 in Singles and 3-1 in doubles in Fed Cup competition.

On playing against Pennetta and Errani in doubles, Williams said: “They are a very solid team and obviously, they have both been No. 1 in doubles.  I have been No. 1, so I felt like I had the opportunity to take some chances and do the best I can.  They were the better team today and ultimately, they got the win, which they deserved since they played better.”

Italy will return to the World Group and can compete for the Fed Cup trophy in 2016 while the U.S. will fall to World Group II.

Asked about the future of the U. S. Fed Cup team, Captain Mary Joe Fernandez said: “I think it is a big challenge.  We have to work harder.  We came close today and just keep plugging away.  The good news is that we have a lot of players in the Top 100 and hopefully, we can get two wins next year and get back into the World Group.”


The 2016 Fed Cup draw will be made in June.


U.S. and Italy End Day One at 1-1 in Fed Cup


(April 18, 2015) After day one, the United States and Italy are ties at 1-1 in the Fed Cup World Group Playoff being played at Circolo Tennis Brindisi in Brindisi, Italy.

World No. 1 Serena Williams led off the day holding off world No. 36 Camila Giorgi, 7-6(5), 6-2, raising her Fed Cup singles record to 12-0.

“The first set was tough,” said Williams. “I needed to stay calm and make more shots, especially the deeper ones. I think I was hitting them short. So once I started hitting deeper, things worked out.”

“Camila played really well and had a great game plan. That is the player she is. She goes for it a lot. I love to watch her play because she is so feisty on the court. I love her game how she hits so hard.  I know her game really well, so it was not a surprise.”

Sara Errani leveled the tie in the next match, demolishing Lauren Davis, making her singles debut for the United States 6-1, 6-2 in 70 minutes.

“It was a good experience for me,” Davis said.  “I thought I handled myself well.  Sara played very well and was solid and consistent. Given the situation, I think I did okay.”

“Lauren competed really well,” said US Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez. “It is a tough match-up on clay.  Sara has so much experience and defends so well and is also very aggressive.  I thought there were a few games where Lauren had opportunities where it was deuce or break point.  Against a player of that caliber, you have to win those games and then maybe you have a chance.  Sara played really well under pressure and those points very well.”

The winner of the tie this weekend will return to World Group 1 and can compete for the Fed Cup next year while the loser will fall back into World Group II.


Serena Williams Leads US Fed Cup Team Against Italy


(April 17, 2015) For the fifth time in the last seven years the U.S. and Italy face-off in Fed Cup. Italy has won the last four contests, but the U.S. leads overall 9-4. The teams last faced each other last year in the World Group Quarterfinal in Cleveland, where Italy won, 3-1.


The United States will take on Italy in the Fed Cup World Playoff on the outdoor red clay court at Circolo Tennis Brindisi in Brindisi, Italy. Play begins Saturday at 1:00 pm local time (7:00 am ET).


No. 1 Serena Williams and world No. 36 Camila Giorgi will open the tie on Saturday. Williams is a perfect 11-0 in singles record in Fed Cup competition for the United States. She represented the USA earlier this year in the World Group II First Round against Argentina in Buenos Aires.


“Every time I step on the clay, I feel refreshed,” Williams said after the draw ceremony on Friday. “I love playing on the clay and my clay court game feels great.  It’s a great surface for me. I feel good playing one, two, or three matches this weekend.”


This will be the fourth straight Fed Cup tie for Giorgi where she’s 2-2 in singles. She made her debut in Fed Cup last year in the World Group Quarterfinal against the U.S. in Cleveland, where she beat Madison Keys.


“We all know from Cleveland last year that Camila is very dangerous,” said USA Fed cup Captain Mary Joe Fernandez. “She hits the ball extremely hard and flat and goes for it. You have to be ready for anything playing Giorgi. She is coming off a good week by reaching a WTA final last week, so it will be tough.”


The second match on Saturday will feature the Fed Cup singles debut of American Lauren Davis, ranked No 57 in the world Davis will take on world No. 15 Sara Errani.


“I am very excited and love being a part of this team of three great girls,” Davis said. “This will be my first singles match for Fed Cup, so it will be a great experience for me and great opportunity to play for my team.”


Errani has played in 16 Fed Cup ties for Italy and has an 11-8 singles record. Errani leads Davis 2-1 in head-to-head competition.


“With Errani, you have to work and earn your victory, especially on clay, since she is so consistent,” Fernandez said. It comes down to discipline, constructing your points, and being patient with her. We are going to have two tough matches. Hopefully we can get quick starts and keep it up throughout the weekend.


The winner of this tie advances to the World Group in 2016 for a chance to compete for the Fed Cup trophy. The losing nation will fall back to World Group II in 2016.



Saturday, 1:00 p.m.

Singles A: Serena Williams (USA) vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Singles B: Lauren Davis (USA) vs. Sara Errani (ITA)

Sunday, 11:30 a.m.

Singles C: Serena Williams (USA) vs. Sara Errani (ITA)

Singles D: Lauren Davis (USA) vs. Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Doubles: Doubles: Alison Riske/Christina McHale (USA) vs. Flavia Pennetta/Karin Knapp (ITA)