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Final 2013 Madrid Open Results

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 4-12, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Sunday, May 12, 2013
Women’s Singles – Final
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 61 64

Women’s Doubles – Final (May 11th)
Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) d. Black/Erakovic (ZIM/NZL) 62 64

Men’s Singles – Final
[5] R Nadal (ESP) d [15] S Wawrinka (SUI) 62 64

Men’s Doubles – Final
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [7] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 62 63

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Quotable Quotes: Rafael Nadal defeats Stanislas Wawrinka in Madrid

 

Rafael Nadal

 

By Tumaini Carayol

(May 12, 2013)In one of the most unsurprising finals of 2013, Rafael Nadal triumphed 6-2, 6-4 over Stanislas Wawrinka in Madrid to lift the second masters title of his stunning return to tennis, winning his fifth tournament in the seven outings since his return.

Nadal on his victory:

 

“I don’t expect anything.  If I expect is the most difficult thing when I go out there and play a match. In this case what I expected was to go out there and try and do it and do what I like to do, what I want to do before I go out there in the match. I’m very happy.  I think I did a really good match.  I think I played the best match of the whole week today in the final.”

 

Nadal on his tactics:

“I managed to do what I was thinking to do before starting the match.  It’s always difficult.  I (planned) to go out there and (hit my forehand well), you know, to smack it hard, and try to win many points with my forehand.

Afterwards with my backhand I was trying to, you know, not to play down-the-line. I was trying to play balls up there in the middle, deep balls, because I knew that those balls were the right ones.  If I played that way then he didn’t have the right angle.  He has some pretty good angles with his drive and his backhand.”

 

Nadal on the importance of Madrid:

“For me it’s a moment not to talk about Roland Garros.  It’s a moment just to be happy with what I have achieved right now in Madrid, in Barcelona, and Monte‑Carlo.

In this moment nowadays I am just happy to have what I did today and win an important tournament such as Madrid.  To think this is a warmup to Roland Garros, that’s wrong.  It’s not a warmup.  I give my maximum level.

For me this tournament means a lot, the same as Monte‑Carlo and Barcelona.  I just give it the maximum importance.  At home, even more important.”

 

Wawrinka on his condition:

 

“For sure I was not feeling that well and maybe not 100% physically and mentally, so then it’s really tough to play.  And even if I’m playing my best tennis and completely fresh, it’s really, really tough to beat him.

If you’re not completely there then he’s killing you, like he did at the beginning of the match.  It was tough for me.  The ball was flying.  It was different conditions”

 

Wawrinka on starting work with Magnus Norman:

“He was No. 2 in the world and make so many big results.  He was amazing player and did a great job with Robin Soderling to get him to the No. 5 in the world.

We just start.  It’s the first week in tournament with him.  I think we did a good job this week.  I’m really happy with how we work together.  I’m really looking forward for the rest of the year with him.”

 

Both will immediately head to Rome as the clay season grind continues.

 

Tumaini Carayol was Madrid covering the Madrid Open for Tennis Panorama News. He is a contributing writer at On The Baseline, and writes about professional tennis at his site Foot Fault.

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How Serena Williams Defeated Maria Sharapova in Madrid

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By Tumaini Carayol

(May 12, 2013) MADRID – Since their fateful Australian Open final all those years ago, contests between Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova have come to closer resemble brutal murder than a simple tennis match. Over 6 of the most turbulent years the WTA has seen, one of the few constants to emerge over this period has been Williams’ domination over her rival. Irrespective of the surface, stadium or form Williams has often stumbled into these matches in; the 17-time Grand Slam Champion has developed the unshakable ability to play her best tennis.

But why? Some point to nine years ago when a 17 year-old Sharapova usurped Serena Williams in the final of Wimbledon 2004, implying that the victory and ensuing hype became forged a bitter resentment in Williams. Others look towards a few months later at the WTA Championships as the source of Williams’ malignity. Here, Sharapova recovered from a 0-4 third set deficit in the final, screaming borderline psychotic encouragement against a Williams who was forced to roll in 70mph first serves after straining her abdominal muscle. Many suggest the lopsided head-to-head is a simple matchup issue, while the rest simply say their matches are an accurate reflection of the gulf in ability between the pair.

 

Regardless, as Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova lined up ahead of their seventh championship match, the expectation among many was that a different result perhaps loomed on the clay that has slowly molded into the Russian’s best surface. It was certainly understandable. After all, as Sharapova marched onto the court, she came armed with a red clay winning streak that spanned a quarter of a century of games – a feat that eluded even Justine Henin on the surface she dominated so majestically. A year ago, a similar occasion presented itself as the Russian arrived in Stuttgart after a series humiliating losses to Victoria Azarenka. On her favored red clay, Sharapova brushed aside the Belarusian with ease, the then-number one resorting to a crude shoulder out of sheer desperation.

 

As is so often drilled to death, the competitiveness of this match would hinge on whether Sharapova could bring her top level. So, when Sharapova’s first service game showcased a double fault and three groundstrokes into the middle-to-bottom of the net, all questions were answered succinctly as any belief she may have contained rapidly seeped from her pores.

 

The first break was followed by a serve-dominated hold and 2-0 lead for the number one, as her own confidence catapulted. Another break and another unrelenting hold followed. At 0-4 down, Sharapova had only 6 points to her name as the player who had barely escaped Anabel Medina Garrigues before struggling past Sara Errani, picked apart the French Open Champion at will. At times, Williams went for – and made – outlandish margins, other times she manipulated the angles to force her opponent on the run and sometimes she simply irreverently crushed the ball straight down the middle and awaited the inevitable forced error that would follow. Williams sweetly struck first serve return winner on set point proved an all-to apt shot to end the first set.

 

The second set provided Sharapova with a fresh start, and as the second seed finally settled into the exchanges, the opening stages offered a glimpse into the pair’s differing fortunes on the surface in recent times. Sharapova’s length made the difference in the early second set exchanges, pushing Williams off the baseline with deep, penetrative groundstrokes. On clay, balance is so vital, and with Williams typically static footwork robbing her of the ability to adjust to Sharapova’s heavy strokes, the pendulum quickly swung in the opposite direction.

 

Up 3-1 in set two, it appeared Sharapova had fallen into a groove as she worked Williams from left to right with deadly depth. Though the score stood at game point to Williams, as Sharapova sent the world number one scampering around the court, it appeared she was finally dominating the neutral rallies. It wasn’t until, out of nowhere, the Williams who appeared to be firmly on the back foot calmly stroked a forehand down-the-line winner, that the dramatic mid-match improvement in Williams’ movement was noticeable. Suddenly, the world number one was gliding around the court, sliding into – rather than after – her shots and changing directions with perfect balance. This would prove the death knell for Sharapova as Williams recovered the break to lead 4-3 in the set two. Though holds were exchanged in the following service games, not many were surprised when Sharapova found herself down 4-5 0-30 in the second set and responded by double faulting to hand Williams triple match point.

 

Needless to say, shortly after, the match was won.

Tumaini Carayol was Madrid covering the Madrid Open for Tennis Panorama News. He is a contributing writer at On The Baseline, and writes about professional tennis at his site Foot Fault.

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Serena Williams Thinks Her Way Into Madrid Final

 

Serena Day 2 Press Conference

By Tumaini Carayol

(May 11, 2013) When Serena Williams opened with an effortless forehand winner before a statement opening service hold, one could be forgiven for assuming this was an indication that she intended to put right what had gone so terribly wrong in the previous match. That all the factors that contributed to her being on the receiving end of a bagel and a 2-4 third set deficit to Anabel Medina Garrigues were to be eradicated from living memory with a performance worthy of the world No. 1.

One was wrong.

The following games would showcase the younger Williams’ game in a rapid descent back to the pits of hell as she impatiently expected the match to fall into place without an ounce of effort. Rather than working with the clay, the world No. 1 essentially attempted to play against the basic nature of the surface, taking large and unnecessary cuts at the ball and directing the majority of shots with no margin, width or imagination. For a seasoned claycourter like Sara Errani, it was all too easy. When Williams wasn’t committing a myriad of errors, missing laughable smashes and generally gifting the majority of points to her opponent, Errani had no problem with exploiting Williams’ painfully linear play, simply redirecting her shots crosscourt and exploiting her sketchy movement on the red dirt.

One of the more maddening aspects of Serena on clay is that she is more than capable of embracing the surface and using it to compliment some of her own strengths. When discussing her sole Roland Garros triumph in 2002, people often tell of a player who was so supremely greater than the other thousands of professional female players that surface was irrelevant. While this is true, it ignores the fact that her final in Berlin and triumphs in Rome and Roland Garros that year were not the product of her playing some ballistic and otherworldly attacking tennis on clay. She prospered by obeying the surface’s core rules. She moved better than her opposition on clay, constructed points with angles and width, and understood that, to be a consistent success, it was often necessary to outmaneuver opponents rather than outhit them. Sure, there was power – lots of it – but it was tempered and she attacked with discretion. The result was that her clay court duels with Jennifer Capriati were some of the most physical ever seen. Eleven years later, though aspects of her game have notably deteriorated – her movement on clay, for example – many of those qualities remain hidden under the surface of her game, waiting to be utilized once again.

As the bleeding began again and the world number one found herself down 1-3, similar thoughts appeared to well up in the mind of Serena. From the large and unnecessary swipes at the ball came a sense of calmness as Williams finally began to think and endeavored to collaborate with the conditions rather than play against them. Out of nowhere, she began to almost exclusively attack cross-court, alternating between hitting with great depth and using the width of the court. Though errors still littered her game and left the first set in the balance, the results were immediate. She was able to gradually drag the defending French Open finalist off the court and defeated her through combinations of shots rather than single booming blows. Fittingly, after three missed set points, the 7-5 set was closed out with a perfectly-measured acute angled forehand.

It wasn’t until that first set was safely tucked away that the shackles were unleashed and Williams was truly able to play. The riskier tennis returned, but the world number one was able to strike a comfortable balance between constructing points and attacking as Errani simply played into Williams’ hands. In contrast to the hour-long first set in which 36 of Errani’s points came courtesy of Williams’ 28 unforced errors, the second set was a far more routine affair as Williams cruised to victory.

Though far from Williams’ most impressive victory, it showcased Serena at her thoughtful best – a vital quality that will aid her in her pursuit of the improbable-yet-possible feat that is her replicating her grand clay triumph of 11 years ago.

But, for now, both of her eyes will be on Maria Sharapova as the world No. 1 and French Open champion battle for the Madrid title and top spot on Sunday.

Tumaini Carayol is in Madrid covering the Madrid Open for Tennis Panorama News. He is a contributing writer at On The Baseline, and writes about professional tennis at his site Foot Fault. Follow his tournament updates on @TennisNewsTPN and his personal twitter @TumCarayol.

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Madrid Open – Friday Results, Saturday Schedule

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 4-12, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Friday, May 10, 2013
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (WC) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 63 06 75
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 62 64
(16) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (6) Angelique Kerber (GER) 63 61
(7) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64 63

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) d. Mladenovic/Voskoboeva (FRA/KAZ) 67(5) 60 107 (Match TB)
Black/Erakovic (ZIM/NZL) d. (WC) Soler-Espinosa/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) 61 63

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d [3] A Murray (GBR) 76(3) 64
[5] R Nadal (ESP) d [4] D Ferrer (ESP) 46 76(3) 60
[15] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [7] J Tsonga (FRA) 62 67(9) 64
[WC] P Andujar (ESP) d [14] K Nishikori (JPN) 63 75

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) 76(2) 63
[7] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / D Nestor (CAN) 64 62
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [5] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) 62 76(3)
J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) d [6] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND) 62 64


Order Of Play – Saturday, May 11, 2013

MANOLO SANTANA start 10:50 am
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [7] S Errani (ITA) – WTA

Not Before 1:00 PM
[16] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 3:30 PM
[5] R Nadal (ESP) vs [WC] P Andujar (ESP) – ATP

Starting at 7:00 PM
[15] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP
C Black (ZIM) / M Erakovic (NZL) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) – WTA Doubles Final

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 2:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) – ATP
[7] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP

 

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Quotable Quotes: Serena, Sharapova, Nadal and Berdych March On

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By Tumaini Carayol

(May 10, 2013) Madrid – First to book her place in the final four was Serena Williams, but it wasn’t in the manner expected. The tournament and majority of onlookers had firmly resigned themselves to a routine straight-setter to the expense of their home favorite. Early on, it appeared Williams was well on her way to a routine victory as she secured the first set 6-3. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, the American could be found struggling to serve over 90 mph and direct the ball between the white lines as all chances of a routine victory were killed spectacularly.

After the disastrous second set, Williams spent only a quarter of the allotted time in her chair, instead deciding to rise from her chair early in in order to do squats and stretches net to her chair. It’s not something Williams has ever done before, but it worked as, with a renewed intercity – and grunt – she eventually toughed out a tight victory.

“I felt just kind of ‑‑ I don’t know. I wasn’t really there. I wasn’t really in it. My feet weren’t moving. I don’t know what happened,” she said afterwards.

To turn it around I got up earlier on the changeover and started doing high knees and just stretching and doing anything to try to get my intensity back up where it needed to be.”

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In stark contrast to the world No. 1, Maria Sharapova’s 6-2 6-4 victory over Kaia Kanepi was memorable for only two reasons. Firstly because the Russian extended her red clay winning streak to a monumental 24 wins. Secondly, thanks to the mischievous message the Russian left when signing the camera after her victory. In reference to paparazzi capturing her with her boyfriend, Grigor Dimitrov, early in the week, the 26 year-old wrote “how did you catch us???”

During her news conference afterwards, there was much laughter during the Russian’s exchanges with Tennis Panorama.

 

Tennis Panorama News: So, the writing on the camera, I wonder what that was about?

Maria Sharapova: (with head in hands) I don’t know. You tell me. (Laughter.)

[..]

TPN: Ok, serious question. (Laughter.) I’m sure you’re sick of answering questions about how you’re good on clay, but when you were younger…

MS: I never thought that day would come. (Laughter.) Where’s my trophy?

TPN: When you were younger you came on the tour and played well on grass and were really good on grass and not as good on clay. Now it’s kind of switched around: You’re great on clay and your grass results haven’t been as great recently, aside from reaching…silver medal.

MS: Aside from the final a couple years ago and the silver medal last year. No biggie. For some people that’s a pretty good achievement.

TPN: OK, OK! (laughter.)

MS: (laughing.) Obviously it’s funny when people talk to me it’s like, ah, that’s not really a great result. I’m like, I don’t know. Thinking about that on surgery table, I’ll take that any time of the day. You have to be pretty realistic and fortunate. And yes, I lost in the fourth round, and two weeks later I came back at Wimbledon and got to the finals. So that was a great, great week for me.

Yeah, I definitely have improved my game on clay and improved myself physically. I also think the grass has changed over the years tremendously. The clay has pretty much stayed the same. But it’s not like I woke up one day and said, Yeah, I’m just going to get better and tomorrow I’m going to be better on clay. Instead it took many years and many matches and many practices. And mentally as well just to get myself prepared for long matches and battles and get through them.”

More notably, Sharapova had much to say about the recent prize money issues and the five-hout meeting that took place during the Istanbul WTA Championshps last year. There is a misconception that only the male players contributed to the monumental prize money changes that have occurred in all Grand Slams this year, but the champion rebuffed the notion with some interesting information.

 

“I remember sitting ‑‑ we had like a five‑hour meeting the day before the first round of Istanbul last year, the Championships. I don’t think one player in that meeting was really happy about the timing.”

“I will say that every tournament director and a couple of their staff made their way. Craig Tiley flew all the way from Australia just for that meeting. We sat there and they presented kind of their future prize money ideas.”

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The men were next. After an embarrassing performance in the Acapulco final which saw the world No. 4 capture only two games against a returning Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer brushed off the embarrassment and played calm, aggressive tennis to establish a lead over the King of Clay. An early 4-1 lead in the first set fast became a set lead, and before long the set lead was complimented with a second set break.

Still, at a set and 4-2 many still expected the champion to triumph and as Nadal charged back to steal three games in a row and serve for the set, not many were surprised. The pendulum swung again, however, with Ferrer showing an abundance of typical resilience to capitalize on a few thoughtless unforced errors. By the time the pair next sat down, Ferrer was a game away from the big win.

Three points later, it happened. With the score at 6-4 6-5* 15-30 to the underdog, Ferrer contested seemingly the perfect point, dragging the champion from tramline to tramline and exposing his hampered movement. After having his way with Nadal for a series of shots, the elder Spaniard was finally presented with an open court forehand to catapult him to double match point. Instead, he opted to hit the ball straight to Nadal, who pulled out a spectacular defensive lob to win the point. From that tragically missed opportunity, Ferrer failed to win a single game for the remainder of the match.

After the defeat, Ferrer had some interesting things to say about his mentality and outlook, which perhaps explains why he so seldom emerges victorious over the four players above him.

Q. Rafa said that you deserved to be in the semis. Do you think that is a smaller gap with the top 4, or do you think they’re too good and when you reach the moment of truth they have got a little extra?

David Ferrer: Sincerely, I don’t care. I think they’re really good. I’ve always said that. They’re the four best players of the world. They make the difference compared to the other players.

I always talk about the same thing. Berdych, Tsonga, Del Potro, they all come like airplanes. Now Dimitrov and Wawrinka and Almagro too are pushing really hard.

With the amount of good players we’ve got down there, I’m not thinking about getting up there with the top 4. It’s really complicated.

 

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Finally, after his impressive victory over Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych displayed some of his polarizing confidence as he amusingly tipped himself to win a Grand Slam

TPN: As you said before, your level doesn’t seem to change depending on the surface. You’re one of the few players. Even the big four have their favorite surfaces. What is your favorite surface?

Tomas Berdych: Well, it’s really tough to say. I can find good results on the grass, on the hard, and on clay as well.

So, you know, probably when I’m going to reach my first slam, then we going to see which surface is that going to be. (laughter) Then I can point this is the one that is the really on top, and then we don’t have to talk about the others.

So far, there is only the final and then the rest with some semifinals, so it’s not enough. Really, I want to do more. Then I can I tell you the one.

Tumaini Carayol is in Madrid covering the Madrid Open for Tennis Panorama News. He is a contributing writer at On The Baseline, and writes about professional tennis at his site Foot Fault. Follow his tournament updates on @TennisNewsTPN and his personal twitter @TumCarayol.

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Nishikori Upsets Federer; Nadal, Murray Move on in Madrid

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(May 9, 2013) The new red clay of Madrid claimed another seeded casualty on Thursday when No. 2 Roger Federer was upset by Kei Nishikori  6-4, 1-6, 6-2 in the third round of the Madrid Open. Top seed Novak Djokovic was ousted on Tuesday.

No. 3 seed Andy Murray escaped Gilles Simon 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6),  while No. 5 seed Rafael Nadal had an easy time with Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-3.

A poor serving game by Federer gave Nishikori the first set.  In the second set Federer grabbed the momentum but lost it in third.

As for Nishikori, it was a fourth win over a top 5 player for the man from Japan. “He was my idol and to beat him was one of the goals for my tennis career,” said the world No. 16. “Beating Roger is, yeah … I need a couple of days to celebrate.”

“He was the better player today for sure, Federer said. “I was lacking control from the baseline, and that pretty much carried through from start to finish, Overall I’m disappointed with my play,” Federer said of the match.

“I’m not sure how well Kei thought he played. I didn’t think he had to play his very best either, which is even more disappointing”

“Clearly the favorite for this tournament is Nadal,” Federer said.

Nishikori will next play Pablo Andujar for a place in the semifinals.

MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 4-12, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, May 9, 2013
Women’sSingles – Third Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (13) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 61
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Sabine Lisicki (GER) 62 75
(7) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 75 63
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (14) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 63 62
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (WC) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 63 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
Mladenovic/Voskoboeva (FRA/KAZ) d. (3) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) 64 62
(WC) Soler-Espinosa/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. (4) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 46 62 104 (Match TB)
Black/Erakovic (ZIM/NZL) d. Kuznetsova/Pennetta (RUS/ITA) 46 61 105 (Match TB)
Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) d. Husarova/Lisicki (SVK/GER) 62 36 107 (Match TB)

Men’s Singles – Third Round
[14] K Nishikori (JPN) d [2] R Federer (SUI) 64 16 62
[3] A Murray (GBR) d [16] G Simon (FRA) 26 64 76(6)
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d [13] T Haas (GER) 75 46 64
[5] R Nadal (ESP) d M Youzhny (RUS) 62 63
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d K Anderson (RSA) 76(5) 75
[7] J Tsonga (FRA) d F Verdasco (ESP) 46 63 62
[15] S Wawrinka (SUI) d G Dimitrov (BUL) 36 64 61
[WC] P Andujar (ESP) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 55 ret. (right leg)

Men’s Doubles – Second Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 76(6) 75
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 76(4) 63
[6] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND) d [Alt] J Monaco (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) 63 36 10-5
[7] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 64 60
T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) d [8] J Melzer (AUT) / L Paes (IND) 75 61

Order Of Play – Friday, May 10, 2013

MANOLO SANTANA start 10:50 am
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [WC] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) – WTA
K Kanepi (EST) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
Not Before 3:15 PM
[5] R Nadal (ESP) vs [4] D Ferrer (ESP) – ATP
[WC] P Andujar (ESP) vs [14] K Nishikori (JPN) – ATP
Not Before 8:00 PM
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP
[15] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [7] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 11:00 am
C Black (ZIM) / M Erakovic (NZL) vs [WC] S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) / C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA
Not Before 3:00 PM
E Makarova (RUS) vs [7] S Errani (ITA) – WTA
[6] A Kerber (GER) vs [16] A Ivanovic (SRB) – WTA
[5] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) vs D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) – ATP

STADIUM 3 start 2:00 pm
J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) vs [6] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND) – ATP
[7] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / D Nestor (CAN) – ATP
Not Before 4:00 PM
K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) – WTA
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP

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Sharapova Extends Clay Court Winning Streak to 23

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By Tumaini Carayol

(May 9, 2013) Up first on Central Court, Maria Sharapova continued her undisputed reign on the red dirt with a hard-fought straight  sets victory over Sabine Lisicki 6-2, 7-5.

Despite the one-sided first set scoreline, the reigning French Open, Stuttgart and Rome champion found herself deep in battle from the beginning as Lisicki showered her with numerous booming forehand winners. Countless lengthy deuce-riddled games followed as the pair went blow for blow, but the Russian’s far superior mental strength proved the difference as she triumphed on the vast majority of important points and strolled through.

After dropping the first set, a sense of calm fell over Lisicki as she settled into the match, complimenting her booming forehand winners with well-executed touch around the court. Early in set two, a variety of deft forehand angles, dropshots and impressive net forays were enough to throw Sharapova off-balance, allowing Lisicki to secure a 3-1 break lead, a thorn into Sharapova her pursuit for the one big clay title currently missing from her resume.

Predictably, Sharapova immediately broke back as the intensity of the battle increased rose dramatically. The pair traded service holds until, with Sharapova serving to stay in the set at 4-5, Lisicki sensed the opportunity. She pounced, and quickly found herself up a double set point. The 26 year-old’s focus immediately catapulted into overdrive as she knocked aside the possibility of a looming third set before breaking after a lengthy game at 5-5. Before long, the victory was the Russian’s and her red clay streak had stretched to 23.

Afterwards, Sharapova was satisfied with her victory.

“She’s the kind of opponent that plays extremely well against top players. I think you can see that from her results. She always takes the top players quite far, and she beat me last year at Wimbledon.

“So, yeah, I was quite happy to turn around that victory going into the Olympics. This was our first meeting on clay, so that was a little bit different.

“But overall I think it’s about keeping my intensity as much as I can. Obviously if you can be on the court for over three hours, maybe you’re not going to play with intensity every single point, but the more that you do the better chances you have of winning.

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Sharapova was quickly joined in the quarterfinals by top-seeded Serena Williams who, after a sluggish start, produced her best display of the tournament as she steamrolled through 12-seeded Maria Kirilenko in an uneventful 6-3 6-1 demolition. Williams was typically understated in her review of her performance.

“I think it was okay. I haven’t had a chance to talk about it after with my team, but I will. Like you said, I am a perfectionist. I always try to look for things that I know I can do better. When we get together I will see what I can do better.”

Tumaini Carayol is in Madrid covering the Madrid Open for Tennis Panorama News. He is a contributing writer at On The Baseline, and writes about professional tennis at his site Foot Fault. Follow his tournament updates on @TennisNewsTPN and his personal twitter @TumCarayol.

 

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 4-12, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Women’s Singles – Third Round
(6) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 36 64 75
(16) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Laura Robson (GBR) 57 62 76(5)
(WC) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) w/o (right arm injury)

Women’s Singles – Second Round
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. (3) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 16 62 63
(WC) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (8) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 26 62 63
(13) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 67(5) 61 64
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. Julia Goerges (GER) w/o (GI illness)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 63 61

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
Kuznetsova/Pennetta (RUS/ITA) d. (1) Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 62 64
Husarova/Lisicki (SVK/GER) d. (2) Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) 75 57 106 (Match TB)
(3) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Chan/Govortsova (TPE/BLR) 63 63
Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) d. (5) Mattek-Sands/Mirza (USA/IND) 75 61
(WC) Soler-Espinosa/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. Dekmeijere/Kalashnikova (LAT/GEO) 76(2) 64

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d D Istomin (UZB) 75 62
[5] R Nadal (ESP) d B Paire (FRA) 63 64
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d J Janowicz (POL) 67(3) 63 62
[7] J Tsonga (FRA) d [Q] R Haase (NED) 76(5) 76(2)
M Youzhny (RUS) d [11] N Almagro (ESP) 76(4) 46 62
[13] T Haas (GER) d [WC] T Robredo (ESP) 63 75
[14] K Nishikori (JPN) d V Troicki (SRB) 75 62
[15] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] S Giraldo (COL) 63 63
K Anderson (RSA) d J Monaco (ARG) 76(5) 36 64

Men’s Doubles – Second Round
[3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / D Nestor (CAN) d M Cilic (CRO) / L Dlouhy (CZE) 76(3) 76(3)
J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) d [4] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 62 76(4)
[5] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) d J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) 36 64 11-9

Men’s Doubles – First Round
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) d J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 62 64
T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) d G Dimitrov (BUL) / M Raonic (CAN) 64 64
[Alt] J Monaco (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) d M Llodra (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) 62 26 11-9
Order Of Play – Thursday, May 9, 2013

MANOLO SANTANA start 10:50 am
S Lisicki (GER) vs [2] M Sharapova (RUS) – WTA
[1] S Williams (USA) vs [13] M Kirilenko (RUS) – WTA
Not Before 3:15 PM
[5] R Nadal (ESP) vs M Youzhny (RUS) – ATP
[14] K Nishikori (JPN) vs [2] R Federer (SUI) – ATP
Not Before 8:00 PM
V Lepchenko (USA) vs [7] S Errani (ITA) – WTA
Not Before 9:30 PM
[3] A Murray (GBR) vs [16] G Simon (FRA) – ATP

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 2:00 pm
K Anderson (RSA) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP
F Verdasco (ESP) vs [7] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP
[13] T Haas (GER) vs [4] D Ferrer (ESP) – ATP
G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [15] S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP

STADIUM 3 start 12:00 noon
Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [WC] A Medina Garrigues (ESP) – WTA
Not Before 2:00 PM
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [WC] P Andujar (ESP) – ATP
Not Before 4:00 PM
[WC] D Hantuchova (SVK) vs K Kanepi (EST) – WTA
E Makarova (RUS) vs [14] M Bartoli (FRA) – WTA
K Mladenovic (FRA) / G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs [3] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA – TBA After Rest

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
[4] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) vs [WC] S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) / C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA
Not Before 2:00 PM
S Kuznetsova (RUS) / F Pennetta (ITA) vs C Black (ZIM) / M Erakovic (NZL) – WTA
A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) vs J Husarova (SVK) / S Lisicki (GER) – WTA – After Suitable Rest
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [2] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) – ATP- After Suitable Rest
T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) vs [8] J Melzer (AUT) / L Paes (IND) – ATP – After Suitable Rest

PISTA 5 start 12:00 noon
[7] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) – ATP
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) – ATP
[Alt] J Monaco (ARG) / H Zeballos (ARG) vs [6] M Bhupathi (IND) / R Bopanna (IND) – ATP

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 4-12, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Women’s Singles – Second Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (WC) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 62 75
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (Q) Christina Mchale (USA) 61 62
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (11) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 76(2) 46 64
(14) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. (Q) María-Teresa Torró-Flor (ESP) 64 26 64
Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (15) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 76(4) 76(3)
(16) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (Q) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 62 62
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 62 46 64
(WC) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) d. (LL) Madison Keys (USA) 76(3) 63

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
(4) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Lepchenko/Rodionova (USA/AUS) 76(2) 76(6)
Black/Erakovic (ZIM/NZL) d. (WC) Jankovic/Lucic-Baroni (SRB/CRO) 63 60
Mladenovic/Voskoboeva (FRA/KAZ) d. Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 26 64 108 (Match TB)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
(WC) Soler-Espinosa/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. (8) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) 76(6) 46 108 (Match TB)
Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) d. (WC) Muguruza/Torró-Flor (ESP/ESP) 64 62

 

Men’s Singles – Second Round
G Dimitrov (BUL) d [1] N Djokovic (SRB) 76(6) 67(8) 63
[2] R Federer (SUI) d R Stepanek (CZE) 63 63
[3] A Murray (GBR) d F Mayer (GER) 76(11) 76(3)
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) d [8] R Gasquet (FRA) 75 36 64
F Verdasco (ESP) d [12] M Raonic (CAN) 64 26 76(7)
[16] G Simon (FRA) d J Chardy (FRA) 64 76(5)
[WC] P Andujar (ESP) d J Isner (USA) 64 64

Men’s Singles – First Round
J Monaco (ARG) d [9] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 76(5) 63
[13] T Haas (GER) d A Seppi (ITA) 61 62
[15] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [WC] M Copil (ROU) 64 64
[Q] S Giraldo (COL) d M Klizan (SVK) 62 64
B Paire (FRA) d [Q] J Souza (BRA) 61 76(0)
M Youzhny (RUS) d F Fognini (ITA) 76(4) 26 76(5) – Saved 3 M.P.
[WC] T Robredo (ESP) d M Baghdatis (CYP) 64 62
V Troicki (SRB) d M Granollers (ESP) 75 46 62

Men’s Doubles – First Round
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [WC] N Almagro (ESP) / O Marach (AUT) 41 ret. (Almagro – left hip)
M Cilic (CRO) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [WC] D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / D Munoz-De La Nava (ESP) 61 46 10-4

Order Of Play – Wednesday, May 8, 2013

MANOLO SANTANA start 10:50 am
K Kanepi (EST) vs C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA
[3] V Azarenka (BLR) vs E Makarova (RUS) – WTA

Not Before 3:15 PM
[5] R Nadal (ESP) vs B Paire (FRA) – ATP
[Q] R Haase (NED) vs [7] J Tsonga (FRA) – ATP

Not Before 8:00 PM
D Istomin (UZB) vs [4] D Ferrer (ESP) – ATP

Not Before 9:30 PM
[16] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs L Robson (GBR) – WTA

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 11:00 am
J Janowicz (POL) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE) – ATP
[13] T Haas (GER) vs [WC] T Robredo (ESP) – ATP
J Monaco (ARG) vs K Anderson (RSA) – ATP

Not Before 5:00 PM
M Youzhny (RUS) vs [11] N Almagro (ESP) – ATP
[Q] S Giraldo (COL) vs [15] S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
V Lepchenko (USA) vs J Goerges (GER) – WTA
[14] K Nishikori (JPN) vs V Troicki (SRB) – ATP

Not Before 3:00 PM
[6] A Kerber (GER) vs S Kuznetsova (RUS) – WTA
K Mladenovic (FRA) vs [13] M Kirilenko (RUS) – WTA
[8] P Kvitova (CZE) vs [WC] D Hantuchova (SVK) – WTA

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
[5] B Mattek-Sands (USA) / S Mirza (IND) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) – WTA
L Dekmeijere (LAT) / O Kalashnikova (GEO) vs [WC] S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) / C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA – After SuitableRest
H Chan (TPE) / O Govortsova (BLR) vs [3] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA – After Suitable Rest
J Husarova (SVK) / S Lisicki (GER) vs [2] N Petrova (RUS) / K Srebotnik (SLO) – WTA

PISTA 5 start 12:00 noon
[5] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) vs J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) – ATP
[4] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) vs J Chardy (FRA) / L Kubot (POL) – ATP
G Dimitrov (BUL) / M Raonic (CAN) vs T Haas (GER) / R Stepanek (CZE) – ATP – After Suitable Rest

Not Before 3:00 PM
[1] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) vs S Kuznetsova (RUS) / F Pennetta (ITA) – WTA – After Suitable Rest

PISTA 6 start 12:00 noon
M Llodra (FRA) / G Simon (FRA) vs S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – ATP
M Cilic (CRO) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / D Nestor (CAN) – ATP
J Isner (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs J Benneteau (FRA) / N Zimonjic (SRB) – ATP

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