2014/07/30

Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams Capture Rome Titles

 

 

(May 18, 2014) Novak Djokovic stretched his win streak over No. 1 Rafael Nadal to four in a row when he came back to beat the seven-time Rome champion 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 to claim his third Italian Open on Sunday. Top women’s tennis player Serena Williams beat an injured Sara Errani in front of her home crowd 6-3, 6-0 to win her third Italian Open championship.

For No. 2 Djokovic who sat out last week’s Madrid Open due to a wrist injury, the Serbian had more than tennis on his mind during his battle with Nadal as dozens have died in the Balkans due to severe floods.

The 26-year-old, who drew a heart on the court in the clay with his racquet after his win, dedicated his victory to flood-hit Serbia.

“This heart on the court is for you,” Djokovic said on court. “It’s also a special dedication to my country, which is suffering a lot right now. My heart is with them.”

For Nadal who was pushed to three sets in all but one of his matches this week in Rome, he said: “It was a difficult week. Too many hours on the court.”

“I felt that Novak was pushing me and has a great talent to play inside the lines. I think this week is important for me. I have won 600 points. I was able to play in another final here. I was able to compete well against one of the best players of the moment. I arrive to Roland Garros now more encouraged that what I did a few weeks ago.”

The Spaniard hit 27 errors with only 15 winners against Djokovic. For the first time, 8-time Nadal enters Roland Garros, which begins next Sunday, with three losses on clay this season and just one European clay court title (Madrid). Nadal is 59-1 at the French Open.Djokovic is seeking his first French Open title. He was a finalist in 2012.

“It’s been a great week considering where I’ve been a few weeks ago with the wrist injury,” Djokovic said. Luckily for me, I played with no pain and increased the level of tennis as the week went on. I’ve had some tough matches. Four out of five matches were three-setters and I had to come back from one set down yesterday against Raonic and today again. That gives me a lot of confidence. Winning against Rafa in the final of a big tournament on clay, his preferred surface, is definitely a confidence booster.”

Djokovic takes home his 19th ATP Masters Series title.

Serena Williams Jumped out to a 3-0 lead and with a 5-3 lead, Errani sustained a left thigh injury and had to go off the court to get treatment. After Errani came back on the court, it was obvious that her movement was hampered. Williams who has been dealing a through injury herself last week when she pulled out of Madrid, reeled off the next 7 games for the title.

Speaking to the Rome crowd in Italian, Williams said, “I’m also sorry for Sara today. She really played great all week.”

“I’m sorry. You were unbelievable all week,” said Errani to the fans during the trophy presentation. “I tried to do my best and stayed on the court only for you.”

“It’s crazy for me that I got to the final this year,” Errani said through tears. “I never expected to manage to play such good tennis.”

“Sara played really well in the first set,” Williams added. “She was doing everything right and I could tell she had obviously improved since our last meeting in Paris last year,” Williams continued. It was unfortunate she got injured in the last game of the set, but overall I thought she was playing really well out there.”

For Williams it was her 60 title of the 32-year-old American veteran’s career. She now ranks 6th overall behind Martina Navratilova holds the record with 167 singles titles.

“My game gets better with age,” Williams said.

Williams will be going after her third French Open title when the Tournament begins next Sunday.

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 12-18, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Sunday, May 18, 2014
WTA Singles – Final
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (10) Sara Errani (ITA) 63 60

WTA Doubles – Final
(4) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. (2) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 40 ret. (Errani: left hip muscle strain)

ATP Singles – Final
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [1] R Nadal (ESP) 46 63 63

ATP Doubles – Final

[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) 64 76(2)

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Rome: Nadal to Face Djokovic in Men’s Final: Serena Williams Plays Errani for Women’s Title

 

 

(May 17, 2014) The singles finals are set in Rome on Sunday for the Italian Open. On the men’s side No. 1 Rafael Nadal will play No. 2 Novak Djokovic while top women’s player Serena Williams will face off against Italian Sara Errani.

Nadal faced little competition in his semifinal clash defeating Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2. It was the first match this week in which the Spaniard was not pushed to three sets.

“Today was a good confirmation that I really played better.  A lot of positive things,” Nadal said in press. “(Djokovic) is playing great and it’s going to be a really tough match.”

Djokovic was pushed to three set by the hard-serving Canadian Milos Raonic 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-3.

“I can’t recall the last time when I was feeling so helpless in the return games,” Djokovic said of Raonic’s powerful serves. “It was brutal.”

The Serbian made an appeal for help for his home country hit by severe floods. “This is a total catastrophe of biblical proportions,” he said. “Half the country is in danger of not having electricity.”

Foe those wishing to help with a contribution to the relief and rescue efforts: Novak Djokovic Foundation’s website.

Nadal leads his head-to-head record against Djokovic 22-18. Nadal is looking for his eight Italian Open title while Djokovic is seeking his third. Both men last played each other in late March in the Sony Open final where Djokovic won.

Serena Williams recovered from losing the second set to stop Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. The win for Williams avenged a loss to the Serbian in the round of 16 at this year’s Australian Open. Williams is seeking a third Italian Open title, but she’ll have to beat an Italian to get it.

“She’s just taken her game to a whole new level and she has so much confidence beating two really good top-10 players and two really great clay-court players,” Williams said about Errani. “So I have a lot of work to do tomorrow. It’s not going to be easy. And she has nothing to lose and she has the crowd behind her. So it’s going to be a really tough match for me.”

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 12-18, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, May 17, 2014
WTA Singles – Semifinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 61 36 61
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 63 75

WTA Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (8) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) 62 61
(4) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) 76(6) 64

 

ATP Singles – Semifinals
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) 62 62
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [8] M Raonic (CAN) 67(5) 76(4) 63

ATP Doubles – Semifinals

[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) 76(3) 46 12-10
R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) d G Dimitrov (BUL) / L Rosol (CZE) 62 64

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 18 MAY 2014

CENTRALE start 1:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [10] S Errani (ITA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

PIETRANGELI start 2:30 pm

[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP)
NB End of Men’s Singles Final – [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [2] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA)

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Rafael Nadal Battles Past Andy Murray in Rome

 

(May 16, 2014) Rafael Nadal rebounded from losing the first set 6-1 and going 2-4 down in the third set to defeat Andy Murray 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 to advance to semifinals on the Italian Open on Friday.

Murray dominated Nadal early moving out to 5-0 lead, taking the first set 6-1 with aggressive play from the Scot.

Nadal broke serve early in the second set to even the match and send the match to a third set. This marked the third straight match in Rome that the world No. 1 was pushed to three sets.

The third set saw both men exchange breaks to open the set, with Murray eventually taking a 4-2 lead. The world No. 1 broke right back and broke Murray again in the 11th game and closed out the match on his serve.

Both men engaged in long hard-hitting rallies throughout the match. Murray who had back surgery back in September said it was a positive performance.

“I’m getting close to getting back to where I want to be, and that’s pleasing with a couple of big months ahead,” The seventh seed Murray told press. “Tonight was probably the best I’ve hit the ball for a while, and the best I’ve felt physically since the surgery.”

“I really didn’t feel like I was playing bad in the first set. Probably tactically (it was) not good but inside the energy was really good,” Nadal said. “Tonight I didn’t have any negative thoughts for the whole match. I closed the match at the first opportunity.”

“The physical part is really good, the mental part too, and my tennis is going to be there sooner or later,” Nadal added. “This was one of my best matches in a while.”

“I saw Andy playing well again so victory means a lot. These wins give me a lot of power and make me feel alive.”

Nadal will face Grigor Dimitov for a spot in the final on Saturday.

On the other side of the draw, Novak Djokovic had to fight of a game David Ferrer. Djokovic who is back from a wrist injury won 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. He’ll face Milos Raonic n his semifinal.

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 12-18, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Friday, May 16, 2014

WTA Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Zhang Shuai (CHN) 61 63
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (2) Li Na (CHN) 63 46 62
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 64 64
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (13) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 64 36 64

WTA Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (5) Black/Mirza (ZIM/IND) 62 63
(8) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. (3) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) 75 76(3)
(4) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Erakovic/Parra Santonja (NZL/ESP) 64 64
Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. Dellacqua/Jans-Ignacik (AUS/POL) 64 61

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 16 MAY 2014

ATP Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [7] A Murray (GBR) 16 63 75
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d [5] D Ferrer (ESP) 75 46 63
[8] M Raonic (CAN) d J Chardy (FRA) 63 57 62
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [15] T Haas (GER) 62 00 ret. (right shoulder)

ATP Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) walkover
R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) d [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 63 62
G Dimitrov (BUL) / L Rosol (CZE) d M Cilic (CRO) / S Gonzalez (MEX) 46 64 10-8
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY,  MAY 17, 2014

CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
WTA – [6] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [10] S Errani (ITA)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [8] M Raonic (CAN) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [11] A Ivanovic (SRB)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [12] G Dimitrov (BUL)
After Suitable Rest – R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) vs G Dimitrov (BUL) / L Rosol (CZE)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00 noon

WTA – A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)
After Suitable Rest – WTA – [8] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) vs [2] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA)

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Sara Errani Stuns Li Na to Reach Rome Semis

Errani photo by Christopher Levy @tennis_shots

Errani photo by Christopher Levy @tennis_shots

(May 15, 2014) Italy’s Sara Errani conquered Rome on Friday when she upset No. 2 Li Na Na 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 to reach her second straight Italian Open semifinal, much to the delight of a supportive crowd. Coming into the match Errani was 0-6 versus Li.

The No. 10 seed is trying to become the first Italian woman since Raffaella Reggi in 1984 to win Rome.

Li committed 52 unforced errors to Errani’s 21. In her post-match news conference, Li said that she threw up before the match. She told press that her illness could have been caused by pasta or allergies.

Errani will face either Jelena Jankovic or third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals.

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Nadal and Djokovic Tested by Opponents, Move into Quarterfinals

 

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(May 15, 2014) Both top seeds on the men’s side of the Italian Open passed three-set tests on Thursday.

No. 1 Rafael Nadal gave up a 5-3 lead in the first set to lose the set in a tie break, but then won 12 out of the last 13 games to stop Mikhail Youzhny 6-7(4). 6-2, 6-1. Two-time Rome winner Novak Djokovic overcame a first set loss to defeat No. 29 Philipp Kohlschreiber 4-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Nadal recovered from a set and a break down to reach the quarterfinals in a two hour and 44 minute match.

“I played with passion and motivation even if the feeling was not perfect,” said the Spaniard. “That’s always very good news, because when you have a lot of opportunities during the match, you keep fighting, trying to find solutions. That always means that you really want to win.”

Next up for the 7-time Rome champion is Andy Murray, who celebrated his 27th birthday with a victory over Jurgen Melzer.

It’s a positive match to play because you play against one of the best player of the world after two tough days,” said Nadal. “I don’t know how he has changed his play. I know he has a complete game but I have to focus on myself.”

The last time Nadal faced Murray was back in the fall of 2011 at the Tokyo Open.

“I was trying to spin the ball too much and the court wasn’t getting that necessary bounce that I was looking for,” said Djokovic to press, “but then I started to be a little bit more aggressive and open up the court. It worked well.”

The world No. 2, who has returned from a right wrist injury which forced him out of last week’s Madrid Open, will face David Ferrer for a spot in the semifinals.

“(Ferrer) has had an incredible career overall, but especially on clay,” said Djokovic. “It’s going to be a big challenge and we’ll see where my game is.”

Thirty-six year-old Tommy Haas had the upset of the day as he defeated No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. Wawrinka said to media that he had back injury which came during his opening match.

“I couldn’t move too well,” the Swiss said. “It’s really nothing serious. It’s just painful and I need some rest, maybe a few days.”

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 12-18, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, May 15, 2014
WTA Singles – Third Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 61 62
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 63 61
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 64 61
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 62 63
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 61 64
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 64 76(3)
Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Christina McHale (USA) 62 46 62

Doubles – Second Round
WTA Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. (1) Hsieh Su-Wei/Peng (TPE/CHN) 64 63
(2) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) 61 60
(3) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Jankovic/Kleybanova (SRB/RUS) 75 64
(8) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) 64 64
Dellacqua/Jans-Ignacik (AUS/POL) d. Niculescu/Zhang (ROU/CHN) w/o (Zhang: shoulder injury)
Erakovic/Parra Santonja (NZL/ESP) d. Mladenovic/Pennetta (FRA/ITA) 76(5) 60

Singles – Third Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [14] M Youzhny (RUS) 67(4) 62 61
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 46 62 61
[15] T Haas (GER) d [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) 57 62 63
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) d E Gulbis (LAT) 62 63
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [6] T Berdych (CZE) 67(3) 62 62
[7] A Murray (GBR) d [PR] J Melzer (AUT) 76(1) 64
[8] M Raonic (CAN) d [11] J Tsonga (FRA) 76(5) 64
J Chardy (FRA) d I Dodig (CRO) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals

[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 46 63 10-7

Doubles – Second Round

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 75 61
T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) d [7] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 62 67(1) 11-9
R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) d [8] T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 76(2) 62

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 16 MAY 2014

CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
WTA – [10] S Errani (ITA) vs [2] N Li (CHN)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [15] T Haas (GER) vs [12] G Dimitrov (BUL)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs S Zhang (CHN)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [7] A Murray (GBR)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon

ATP – [8] M Raonic (CAN) vs J Chardy (FRA)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [13] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs [11] A Ivanovic (SRB)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [6] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)
After Suitable Rest – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00 noon

WTA – A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [PR] C Dellacqua (AUS) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL)
ATP – R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) vs [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) vs [2] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – M Cilic (CRO) / S Gonzalez (MEX) vs G Dimitrov (BUL) / L Rosol (CZE)

COURT 2 start 2:00 pm

WTA – [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)
[8] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) vs [3] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)

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Internazionali BNL d’Italia Rome Results and Schedule

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INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 12-18, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, May 15, 2014
WTA Singles – Third Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 61 62
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 63 61
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 64 61
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 62 63
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 61 64
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 64 76(3)
Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Christina McHale (USA) 62 46 62

Doubles – Second Round
WTA Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. (1) Hsieh Su-Wei/Peng (TPE/CHN) 64 63
(2) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) 61 60
(3) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Jankovic/Kleybanova (SRB/RUS) 75 64
(8) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) 64 64
Dellacqua/Jans-Ignacik (AUS/POL) d. Niculescu/Zhang (ROU/CHN) w/o (Zhang: shoulder injury)
Erakovic/Parra Santonja (NZL/ESP) d. Mladenovic/Pennetta (FRA/ITA) 76(5) 60

Singles – Third Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [14] M Youzhny (RUS) 67(4) 62 61
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 46 62 61
[15] T Haas (GER) d [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) 57 62 63
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) d E Gulbis (LAT) 62 63
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [6] T Berdych (CZE) 67(3) 62 62
[7] A Murray (GBR) d [PR] J Melzer (AUT) 76(1) 64
[8] M Raonic (CAN) d [11] J Tsonga (FRA) 76(5) 64
J Chardy (FRA) d I Dodig (CRO) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals

[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 46 63 10-7

Doubles – Second Round

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 75 61
T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) d [7] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 62 67(1) 11-9
R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) d [8] T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 76(2) 62

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 16 MAY 2014

CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
WTA – [10] S Errani (ITA) vs [2] N Li (CHN)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [15] T Haas (GER) vs [12] G Dimitrov (BUL)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs S Zhang (CHN)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [7] A Murray (GBR)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon

ATP – [8] M Raonic (CAN) vs J Chardy (FRA)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [13] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs [11] A Ivanovic (SRB)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [6] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)
After Suitable Rest – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00 noon

WTA – A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [PR] C Dellacqua (AUS) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL)
ATP – R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) vs [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) vs [2] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – M Cilic (CRO) / S Gonzalez (MEX) vs G Dimitrov (BUL) / L Rosol (CZE)

COURT 2 start 2:00 pm

WTA – [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)
[8] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) vs [3] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)

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Ana Ivanovic Upsets Maria Sharapova at Italian Open

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(Mary 15, 2014) No. 11 seed Ana Ivanovic upset eighth seed Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 to move into the Italian Open quarterfinals. The win for the Serbian stopped the Russian’s win streak on clay this year and avenged her loss in the final of Stuttgart.

“Anytime you lose you talk of revenge, but I really tried to learn from the match in Stuttgart a few weeks ago,” Ivanovic told media. “I was dominating the first part of the match. I made good tactics with my coach: I took time away from her and stepped forward when I needed to. And I am really pleased with this.”

No. 1 Serena Williams set a milestone with her easy 6-1, 6-2 over Vavara Lepchenko in a battle between Americans. Serena equaled her sister Venus record in match wins at 652 – the most career match wins among active players.

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 12-18, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, May 15, 2014
WTA Singles – Third Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 61 62
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 63 61
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 64 61
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 62 63
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 61 64
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 64 76(3)
Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (Q) Christina McHale (USA) 62 46 62

Doubles – Second Round
WTA Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. (1) Hsieh Su-Wei/Peng (TPE/CHN) 64 63
(2) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) 61 60
(3) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Jankovic/Kleybanova (SRB/RUS) 75 64
(8) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) 64 64
Dellacqua/Jans-Ignacik (AUS/POL) d. Niculescu/Zhang (ROU/CHN) w/o (Zhang: shoulder injury)
Erakovic/Parra Santonja (NZL/ESP) d. Mladenovic/Pennetta (FRA/ITA) 76(5) 60

Singles – Third Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [14] M Youzhny (RUS) 67(4) 62 61
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 46 62 61
[15] T Haas (GER) d [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) 57 62 63
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) d E Gulbis (LAT) 62 63
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [6] T Berdych (CZE) 67(3) 62 62
[7] A Murray (GBR) d [PR] J Melzer (AUT) 76(1) 64
[8] M Raonic (CAN) d [11] J Tsonga (FRA) 76(5) 64
J Chardy (FRA) d I Dodig (CRO) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals

[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 46 63 10-7

Doubles – Second Round

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 75 61
T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) d [7] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 62 67(1) 11-9
R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) d [8] T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 76(2) 62

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 16 MAY 2014

CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
WTA – [10] S Errani (ITA) vs [2] N Li (CHN)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [15] T Haas (GER) vs [12] G Dimitrov (BUL)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)
Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs S Zhang (CHN)
Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [7] A Murray (GBR)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon

ATP – [8] M Raonic (CAN) vs J Chardy (FRA)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [13] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs [11] A Ivanovic (SRB)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [6] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)
After Suitable Rest – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00 noon

WTA – A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [PR] C Dellacqua (AUS) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL)
ATP – R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) vs [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) vs [2] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – M Cilic (CRO) / S Gonzalez (MEX) vs G Dimitrov (BUL) / L Rosol (CZE)

COURT 2 start 2:00 pm

WTA – [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)
[8] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) vs [3] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)

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Nadal Fights Off Simon, Serena Sails Past Petkovic in Rome

Nadal

(May 14, 2014) Defending champion No. 1 Rafael Nadal needed 3 hours and 18 minutes to fight off Gilles Simon 7-6 (1), 6-7 (4), 6-2 to move into the third round of the Italian Open in a very windy Rome.

“The conditions were difficult, it was very cold and the ball didn’t bounce a lot,” Nadal said to press. “It was a tough moment in the second set, but this was the first match on clay where I had to suffer, mentally and physically. I was not playing bad and I am happy to have dealt with that kind of anxiety.

“I look forward to playing the third set because these are the matches that give me more satisfaction, the ones that test you very deeply. I did it and I am very happy.”

Women’s top player Serena Williams, back from a left thigh injury which forced her to withdraw from last week’s Madrid Open, reached the third round easily beating No. 28 Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-2 at the Italian Open in Rome of Wednesday.

“I’m very happy, because in practice it’s different than in a match, and I wasn’t sure how it would be,” Williams told media. “But it was good. I’m very happy and I’ll continue to do the same treatment. It’s not 100%, but it’s getting better, and I feel like it’s not going to get worse, so I’m going to play.”

Eighth seed Maria Sharapova rallied from from 2-0 down in the first set and 4-1 down in the second set to move past Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig 6-3, 7-5.

 
INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 12-18, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, May 14, 2014
WTA Singles – Third Round
(13) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (4) Simona Halep (ROU) w/o (left abdominal injury)

WTA Singles – Second Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 62 62
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (LL) Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 63 62
(4) Simona Halep (ROU) d. Madison Keys (USA) 57 60 61
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 40 ret. (left hip injury)
(8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (Q) Monica Puig (PUR) 63 75
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 62 63
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 76(1) 75
(12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (Q) Belinda Bencic (SUI) 62 26 63
(13) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Venus Williams (USA) 64 62
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. (16) Sloane Stephens (USA) 62 62
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 62 63
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 36 61 76(5)
(Q) Christina McHale (USA) d. (WC) Camila Giorgi (ITA) 16 63 61

WTA Doubles – Second Round
(4) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Dushevina/Zheng (RUS/CHN) 62 63
(5) Black/Mirza (ZIM/IND) d. Hantuchova/Lucic-Baroni (SVK/CRO) 63 64

WTA Doubles – First Round
Dellacqua/Jans-Ignacik (AUS/POL) d. Piter/Scheepers (POL/RSA) 46 75 102 (Match TB)

ATP Singles – Second Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d G Simon (FRA) 76(1) 67(4) 62
J Chardy (FRA) d [4] R Federer (SUI) 16 63 76(6) – saved 1 M.P.
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d D Tursunov (RUS) 64 63
[7] A Murray (GBR) d M Granollers (ESP) 62 75
[11] J Tsonga (FRA) d K Anderson (RSA) 76(14) 76(5)
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d I Karlovic (CRO) 76(3) 64
[14] M Youzhny (RUS) d [Q] A Golubev (KAZ) 75 41 ret. (abductor strain)
[15] T Haas (GER) d I Sijsling (NED) 76(6) 61
[PR] J Melzer (AUT) d M Cilic (CRO) 62 67(5) 63
I Dodig (CRO) d L Rosol (CZE) 61 62
E Gulbis (LAT) d [Q] S Robert (FRA) 67(1) 64 63

ATP Doubles – Second Round

G Dimitrov (BUL) / L Rosol (CZE) d [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 64 36 10-2
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) 76(5) 57 10-6
[4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d P Andujar (ESP) / M Granollers (ESP) 75 61
M Cilic (CRO) / S Gonzalez (MEX) d [5] N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 64 67(2) 10-8
[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [PR] K Anderson (RSA) / J Melzer (AUT) 36 76(4) 14-12

ATP Doubles – First Round
R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP) d [PR] S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) 63 62
SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 15 MAY 2014

CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
ATP – [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [15] T Haas (GER)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [11] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [8] M Sharapova (RUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [14] M Youzhny (RUS)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs V Lepchenko (USA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [2] N Djokovic (SRB)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – S Stosur (AUS) vs [2] N Li (CHN)

Not Before 12:00 noon
[8] M Raonic (CAN) vs [11] J Tsonga (FRA)
[PR] J Melzer (AUT) vs [7] A Murray (GBR)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – [6] J Jankovic (SRB) vs [12] F Pennetta (ITA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs E Gulbis (LAT)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] P Cetkovska (CZE) vs [10] S Errani (ITA)
NB end of 1st match of GS – F Schiavone (ITA) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)
ATP – I Dodig (CRO) vs J Chardy (FRA)
ATP – [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE)
After Suitable Rest – K Mladenovic (FRA) / F Pennetta (ITA) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) vs L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA)
ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)
After Suitable rest – D Jurak (CRO) / M Moulton-Levy (USA) vs [2] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs [7] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ)
ATP – [8] T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) vs R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [PR] C Dellacqua (AUS) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL) vs M Niculescu (ROU) / S Zhang (CHN)

COURT 4 start 2:00 pm
WTA – [Q] C Mchale (USA) vs S Zhang (CHN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

COURT 6 start
Not Before 2:00 pm
TBA – [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Kleybanova (RUS) vs [3] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)

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Roger Federer Falls in First Match Since Boys Birth

Roger Federer

(May 14, 2014) It’s back to paternity leave for Roger Federer who fell to No. 47 Jeremy Chardy in his opening match at the Italian Open 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. Federer lost despite holding a match point on her own serve in the third set tiebreak.

The 32-year-old Federer was playing his first match since his wife, Mirka, gave birth to their second set of twins, Lenny and Leo, last Tuesday.

No. 4 Federer came back from a 2-4 down in the final set to force a tiebreak and had a match point at 6-5 after Chardy double faulted. Chardy hit a stunning forehand passing shot at 6-6 and took the match on the next point when Federer hit a forehand long.

“I think we both struggled to win today and at the end a shot here or there may have decided the match,” Federer said to reporters in Rome. “He gave me a double fault to give me match point. I missed my first serve, which was crucial, but credit to him to give it a go. A passing shot is a tough one for me to take. Credit to him for fighting his way back into the match.”

For the 27-year-old Frenchman, he beat his first Top 10 player of 2014 and the eighth of his career.

“This one is totally OK if it doesn’t hurt,” Federer said of the shocking loss “I tried everything. I can’t do more than that on the court.”

“I still feel good, my body is good, my mind is good and it’s just unfortunate for one passing shot today I don’t get another opportunity to play this week.”

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Back from Wrist Injury Djokovic Opens Rome with a win, Cibulkova Falls to Italian Giorgi

 

 

(May 13, 2014) In his return from a right wrist injury, Novak Djokovic beat Radek Stepanek 6-3, 7-5 in his opening match at the Italian Open on Tuesday. Djokovic withdrew from last week’s Madrid Open due to the injury. Also advancing in Rome was Australian Open champion and world No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka who routine qualifier Pere Riba 6-0, 6-3.

The No. 2 had problems closing the match out in the second losing serve twice under windy conditions.

“It was one of the most difficult conditions I’ve played in in my life,” commented Djokovic. Playing when it’s very windy on the court, especially on clay, the clay gets in your eyes. It was very difficult to get any kind of rhythm. Stepanek is a very experienced player, so that’s why I had to be super-focused every game because I knew he had this variety of shots. It was a little bit frustrating when I dropped serve twice in the second set, but the positive is that I managed to stay mentally tough until the end and win.”

“I expected to be a little bit rusty on the court, the conditions didn’t help, but generally it was a good win,” Djokovic said. “I’m happy with that and hope to elevate my performance in the next one.”

On the ladies side, there were a few of upsets as Italian wildcard Camila Giorgi stunned No. 9 seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 7-6 (2), Petra Cetkovska defeated seventh seed Angelique Kerber 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 and No.  5 seed Petra Kvitova fell to Zhang Shuai.

Giorgi was making her main-draw debut on home soil to an enthusiastic crowd on the picturesque Pietrangeli court. I was her second win over a top ten player in 2014.

“The pressure is positive. It’s great that the fans come to see you,” Giorgi said. “Playing at home happens only once per year.”

Li Na joined the 500-win club with her 6-1, 6-4 victory over qualifier Casey Dellacqua. Li is the 12th current player to reach 500 career match wins which include ITF and WTA. She joins Venus Williams, Serena Williams, Jelena Jankovic, Flavia Pennetta, Tamarine Tanasugarn, Francesca Schiavone, Nadia Petrova, Maria Sharapova, Daniela Hantuchova, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Stéphanie Foretz Gacon.

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA
Rome, Italy
May 12-18, 2014
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, May 13, 2014
WTA Singles – Second Round
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. (Q) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 61 64
Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 76(6) 57 63
(Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. (7) Angelique Kerber (GER) 46 63 64

WTA Singles – First Round
(WC) Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. (9) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 76(2)
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 75 63
(13) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (Q) Mona Barthel (GER) 62 62
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 76(6)
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) d. (WC) Nastassja Burnett (ITA) 61 63
(Q) Monica Puig (PUR) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 60 46 60
(Q) Christina McHale (USA) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 63 46 61
(Q) Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Anatasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 63 36 63

WTA Doubles – First Round
(5) Black/Mirza (ZIM/IND) d. Hingis/Lisicki (SUI/GER) 64 26 108 (Match TB)
Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. Diatchenko/Kalashnikova (RUS/GEO) 62 57 104 (Match TB)
Dushevina/Zheng (RUS/CHN) d. Klepac/Uhlirova (SLO/CZE) 63 61
Mladenovic/Pennetta (FRA/ITA) d. Dabrowski/Rosolska (CAN/POL) 63 61
Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) d. Chan/Chan (TPE/TPE) 62 62
Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) d. (WC) Giorgi/Knapp (ITA/ITA) 76(4) 57 119 (Match TB)
(WC) Jankovic/Kleybanova (SRB/RUS) d. Kuznetsova/Stosur (RUS/AUS) 75 64

ATP Singles – Second Round
[2] N Djokovic (SRB) d R Stepanek (CZE) 63 75
[3] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] P Riba (ESP) 60 63
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 61 62
[8] M Raonic (CAN) d [WC] S Bolelli (ITA) 63 76(5)
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [16] T Robredo (ESP) 62 64

ATP Singles – First Round
[15] T Haas (GER) d A Seppi (ITA) 61 46 63
[Q] A Golubev (KAZ) d F Verdasco (ESP) 64 75
M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] S Giraldo (COL) 64 20 ret. (hip flexor)
I Sijsling (NED) d [WC] M Cecchinato (ITA) 76(4) 75
D Tursunov (RUS) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) 60 76(4)
K Anderson (RSA) d V Pospisil (CAN) 75 76(4)
E Gulbis (LAT) d *[LL] A Falla (COL) 61 ret. (right foot)

ATP Doubles – First Round

R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) 36 63 11-9
P Andujar (ESP) / M Granollers (ESP) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 63 46 10-5
M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) d [WC] D Bracciali (ITA) / P Starace (ITA) 63 57 10-4
G Dimitrov (BUL) / L Rosol (CZE) d J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 76(5) 76(5)

*[LL] A Falla (COL) replaced [10] K Nishikori (JPN) – back

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY 2014

CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
ATP – M Granollers (ESP) vs [7] A Murray (GBR)
ATP – J Chardy (FRA) vs [4] R Federer (SUI)
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs A Petkovic (GER)
Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs G Simon (FRA)
Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [6] J Jankovic (SRB) vs S Kuznetsova (RUS)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am

WTA – F Schiavone (ITA) vs G Muguruza (ESP)
ATP – K Anderson (RSA) vs [11] J Tsonga (FRA)
ATP – [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [Q] M Puig (PUR) vs [8] M Sharapova (RUS)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – D Tursunov (RUS) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am

WTA – [WC] C Giorgi (ITA) vs [Q] C Mchale (USA)
WTA – E Makarova (RUS) vs [10] S Errani (ITA)
ATP – I Sijsling (NED) vs [15] T Haas (GER)
ATP – [Q] S Robert (FRA) vs E Gulbis (LAT)
Not Before 6:30 pm
WTA – [Q] B Bencic (SUI) vs [12] F Pennetta (ITA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

ATP – [PR] J Melzer (AUT) vs M Cilic (CRO)
ATP – L Rosol (CZE) vs I Dodig (CRO)
ATP – [Q] A Golubev (KAZ) vs [14] M Youzhny (RUS)
ATP – [PR] S Bolelli (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) vs R Haase (NED) / F Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs P Andujar (ESP) / M Granollers (ESP)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

WTA – [LL] P Ormaechea (ARG) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)
WTA – V Williams (USA) vs [13] C Suarez Navarro (ESP)
WTA – [4] S Halep (ROU) vs M Keys (USA)
WTA – [11] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs A Cornet (FRA)

COURT 3 not before 2:30 pm

After Suitable Rest – [5] N Mahut (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs M Cilic (CRO) / S Gonzalez (MEX)
Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) vs [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am

WTA – S Stosur (AUS) vs E Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs V Dushevina (RUS) / S Zheng (CHN)
WTA – V Lepchenko (USA) vs [16] S Stephens (USA)
ATP – [PR] K Anderson (RSA) / J Melzer (AUT) vs [6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

COURT 6 start 1:00 pm

WTA – [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND) vs D Hantuchova (SVK) / M Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [PR] C Dellacqua (AUS) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL) vs K Piter (POL) / C Scheepers (RSA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – G Dimitrov (BUL) / L Rosol (CZE) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)

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