June 24, 2017

Bank of the West Acceptance List Includes Muguruza, Azarenka, Sharapova, Keys and Bellis

CiCi Bellis

(June 21, 2017) STANFORD, Calif. – The official WTA acceptance list for the Bank of the West Classic has been announced, and with four major champions, two former World No. 1s and several of the world’s top young players this year’s event will once again feature the best in women’s tennis.

Highlighting this year’s player field will be two of the biggest names in women’s tennis who are making their return to competitive play in the United States.

Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova, who has been granted a main draw wildcard, will be competing in the United States for the first time since March 2015 (Miami Open).  She has won 35 career WTA singles titles and is one of just six women to complete the career Grand Slam.  This will mark Sharapova’s fourth visit to the Bank of the West Classic and her first since 2011. She made the final of the Bank of the West Classic in 2010.

Two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka has also been granted a wildcard and will be competing in her first United States event following the birth of her son Leo in December.  Azarenka will be making her fifth appearance at Stanford where she won the singles title in 2010 and the doubles title in 2011.

2016 French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza will be making her second appearance at Stanford. In 2014 Muguruza teamed with Carla Suárez Navarro to win the Bank of the West Classic doubles title. That year she also advanced to the singles quarterfinals.

Fans will also get the opportunity to see two of the fastest rising stars in American tennis as Madison Keys and Bay Area native CiCi Bellis are scheduled to compete.

Keys had a breakthrough 2016 season, winning her second WTA title, breaking into the World Top 10 and qualifying for the prestigious year-end WTA Championships for the first time in her career.  She ended the year ranked a career-high World No.8.

Bellis, a local product from nearby Atherton, Calif., is the youngest player ranked in the top-50 at just 18 years old. Currently ranked No. 42 in the world she advanced to the quarterfinals of last year’s Bank of the West Classic. As a qualifier at the 2016 US Open she advanced to the third round before falling to World No. 1 Angelique Kerber. Last year she also captured her first WTA title at the $125K Series event in Honolulu.

Other players to watch include 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, American CoCo Vandeweghe, two-time WTA singles titleist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Japanese stars Misaki Doi and Naomi Osaka.

The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women’s event of the US Open Series.

 

The list of past champions of the event reads like a Who’s Who of women’s tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

Log on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com for more information.

WTA Acceptance List (as of June 19, 2017)

Name, Country, Rank
Garbiñe Muguruza    ESP    14
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova    RUS    17
Madison Keys    USA    18
Ana Konjuh    CRO    28
Coco Vandeweghe    USA    30
Lesia Tsurenko    UKR    34
Timea Babos    HUN    38
Alizé Cornet    FRA    39
Katerina Siniakova    CZE    40
Catherine Bellis    USA    42
Alison Riske    USA    45
Kristyna Pliskova    CZE    46
Misaki Doi    JPN    52
Qiang Wang    CHN    55
Lara Arruabarrena    ESP    60
Naomi Osaka    JPN    61
Natalia Vikhlyantseva    RUS    65
Varvara Lepchenka    USA    67
Francesca Schiavone    ITA    73
Magda Linette    POL    75
Maria Sharapova (WC)    RUS    179
Victoria Azarenka (WC)    BLR    NR

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French Tennis Federation Announces List of French Open Wild Cards

French Tennis Federation Announces List of French Open Wild Cards

(May 17, 2017) Here is the list of wild cards for this year’s French Open:
Men’s singles main draw

Julien Benneteau
Benjamin Bonzi
Mathias Bourgue
Quentin Halys
Laurent Lokoli
Alexandre Muller
Tennys Sandgren (USA)
Following to the agreement between the FFT and Tennis Australia, a wild-card is allocated to a player from Australia.

Women’s singles main draw

Tessah Andrianjafitrimo
Fiona Ferro
Myrtille Georges
Amandine Hesse
Alizé Lim
Chloé Paquet
Amanda Anisimova (USA)
Following to the agreement between the FFT and Tennis Australia, a wild-card is allocated to a player from Australia.

Men’s singles qualifying draw

Grégoire Barrère
Geoffrey Blancaneaux
Jonathan Eysseric
Maxime Hamou
Calvin Hémery
Constant Lestienne
Corentin Moutet
Gleb Sakharov

Women’s singles qualifying draw

Audrey Albié
Manon Arcangioli
Yasmine Mansouri
Jessika Ponchet
Jade Suvrijn
Harmony Tan
Following to the agreement between the FFT and Tennis Canada, a wild-card is allocated to a player from Canada.

Wheelchair tennis

Shingo Kunieda (JPN)
Charlotte Famin

 

Bernard Giudicelli, President of the FFT, informed Maria Sharapova of his decision as follows:

 

I merely wished to say that I had decided not to award you the wild card that you had requested. No-one will ever be able to take away the two titles which you won here at Roland-Garros, because you won them according to the rules, owing nothing to anyone. I read very carefully articles 100 and 101 of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) which reduced the length of your ban.
While it is true that the CAS reduced your ban, it agreed with the independent tribunal which stated that you had violated the anti-doping programme which applies to tennis, for which you were suspended for 15 months.
You served your ban with dignity and respect, and now it is in the past.
Nevertheless, while wild cards can be awarded to players returning from injury, this cannot be the case for those coming back from doping bans.
It is now up to you, day by day, one tournament after the next, to find the strength within you to win more major titles, without owing anything to anyone.

 

Related article:

Maria Sharapova Denied French Open Wild Card; Retires From Rome Match with Left Thigh Injury

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Fabio Fognini Stops No. 1 Andy Murray in Rome Second Round

Andy Murray

Fabio Fognini Stops No. 1 Andy Murray in Rome Second Round

 

(May 16, 2017) World No.1 Andy Murray will head into the French Open with few clay court wins under his belt. The three-time major winner and defending champion lost No. 29 Fabio Fognini of Italy in the second round of the Rome Masters 6-2, 6-4 much to the delight of local fans. Since winning the Dubai title in February, Murray is 5-6.

Fognini was fearless, hitting 22 winners to only four errors.

“I’m sure there were a lot of things I could have done better,” Murray said to media. “Obviously he started the match extremely well, for sure, and then, you know, mid to end part of the second set, you know, there were a few opportunities there.

“But, yeah, he was — you know, he was taking the ball early, you know, hitting the ball close to the lines and dominating most of the points.

“And then second set, you know, towards the end he starts making a few more mistakes. I was getting into it a little bit, but I wasn’t doing enough to — you know, I wasn’t creating enough chances on my own. You know, normally during matches your opponent might give you a few opportunities with some errors, and obviously you hope to create a few yourself.

“That certainly wasn’t the case today. The only chance I really got was when he was making errors.”

 

“Definitely movement the last two weeks has not been good,” Murray continued. “I felt like I moved decent in — you know, in the beginning of the year I was moving well. I moved pretty well in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona, but the last two weeks I haven’t moved well.

“You know, Fabio did play some good dropshots, but like you say, I wasn’t actually making a move or a step towards the ball.

“You know, that’s not a good sign, so that’s something, like I said, the last two years on the clay, that’s been a huge improvement for me. My movement has been a big help, you know, last couple of years, but certainly the last couple of weeks that’s been a problem. So I need to address that.”

 

No. 2 Novak Djokovic beat British qualifier Aljaz Bedene 7-6 (2), 6-2.

“Bedene is the kind of player that gives you good rhythm,” noted the Serb. “I had some good exchanges, some good games with rallies and it felt right, especially in the second set.

“Tiebreak I played a great tiebreak. Served very well when I needed to. I just — you know, I just wish that I had started a little bit sharper. But hopefully the next one will be good.”

 

A couple of ATP World Tour milestones from Tuesday – David Ferrer notched his 700th career match win on the tour while Tomas Berdych won his 600th.

 

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROME, ITALY

RESULTS – MAY 16, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Second Round
F. Fognini (ITA) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 62 64
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) 76(2) 62
[6] M. Cilic (CRO) d R. Harrison (USA) 63 62
[9] D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 36 63 62
[12] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] C. Berlocq (ARG) 63 64
J. Isner (USA) d F. Mayer (GER) 76(4) 76(4)

Men’s
Singles – First Round
[13] J. Sock (USA) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 64 16 75
[15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d G. Simon (FRA) 63 63
[16] A. Zverev (GER) d [Q] K. Anderson (RSA) 64 46 64
[PR] T. Haas (GER) d [LL] E. Escobedo (USA) 60 46 76(1)
B. Paire (FRA) d N. Mahut (FRA) 63 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) 64 76(2)
D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Lopez (ESP) 46 63 61
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d *[LL] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 64 62

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
N. Mektic (CRO) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [WC] F. Gaio (ITA) / S. Napolitano (ITA) 76(3) 63
R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) d [WC] S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) 64 62
B. Baker (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d J. del Potro (ARG) / M. Matkowski (POL) 36 75 10-5

*[LL] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) replaced N. Kyrgios (AUS) – hip
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[5] J. Konta (GBR) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 63 60
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 61 76(3)
[16] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) 64 36 12 Retired – left thigh injury
First Round
[Q] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [10] M. Keys (USA) 26 75 75
J. Goerges (GER) d [13] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 76(6) 75
[15] K. Bertens (NED) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 26 62 61
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [Q] A. Petkovic (GER) 63 64
A. Sevastova (LAT) d I. Begu (ROU) 64 64
E. Makarova (RUS) d R. Vinci (ITA) 62 61
[Q] C. Bellis (USA) d M. Doi (JPN) 64 76(6)
[Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) d S. Rogers (USA) 63 64
T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d T. Babos (HUN) 62 62
L. Davis (USA) d C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 57 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

B. Krejcikova (CZE) / S. Zheng (CHN) d [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) 06 64 10-8
[PR] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 36 64 11-9
[WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Petkovic (GER) d [WC] D. Chiesa (ITA) / S. Rubini (ITA) 75 62
[Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) / E. Svitolina (UKR) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / C. Liang (CHN) 64 62
E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Kato (JPN) d S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
ATP – [7] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – [Q] N. Almagro (ESP) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs B. Paire (FRA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [3] G. Muguruza (ESP)

NEXT GEN ARENA start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs A. Cornet (FRA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – K. Edmund (GBR) vs J. del Potro (ARG)
WTA – L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [9] V. Williams (USA)
ATP – [8] D. Thiem (AUT) vs P. Cuevas (URU)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [Q] J. Struff (GER) vs S. Querrey (USA)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am
WTA – L. Siegemund (GER) vs [6] S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – L. Davis (USA) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – [PR] T. Haas (GER) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs E. Makarova (RUS)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] C. Bellis (USA) vs [15] K. Bertens (NED)
WTA – [Q] D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
ATP – [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Barthel (GER) vs [Q] Q. Wang (CHN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)
WTA – [14] B. Strycova (CZE) vs T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
ATP – N. Mektic (CRO) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [8] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)
WTA – [4] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) vs [PR] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] S. Errani (ITA) / M. Trevisan (ITA) vs C. Mchale (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – [12] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
ATP – J. Sousa (POR) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
WTA – N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs [2] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)

COURT 6 start 12:00 noon
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs [Alt] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Venus (NZL)
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs K. Bertens (NED) / J. Goerges (GER)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [7] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) / E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [3] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

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Maria Sharapova Denied French Open Wild Card; Retires From Rome Match with Left Thigh Injury

Maria Sharapova Denied French Open Wild Card; Retires From Rome Match with Left Thigh Injury

(May 16, 2017) Two-time French Open champion Maria Sharapova has been denied a wild card entry into the French Open.

French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli announced the decision during a Facebook Live video broadcast.

“I just wanted to tell you that I decided not to give to Maria Sharapova a wildcard – the wildcard that she asked me,” Guidicelli said.

“Nobody can deprive her two titles she won here in Roland Garros. But those two titles she (won) them according to the rules. I really read the articles, 101, of the CAS, which reduced her sanction. However we agreed with the independent tribunal panel that she has committed a violation of the anti-doping tennis program. And she had to be suspended for 15 months.

“Today that suspension is over and she can take her path towards the new success. But if there can be a wildcard for the return from injuries, then there cannot be a wildcard for the return from doping. So it’s up to her, day after day, tournament after tournament, to find the strength to conquer more titles without hold to anybody.

“I’m very sorry for Maria, very sorry for her fans, that might be very disappointed. She might be very disappointed, but it’s my mission to protect the game, and to protect the high standards of game played without any doped on the result.”

 

Sharapova, back from a 15-month doping suspension did receive wild cards into Stuttgart, Madrid and this week’s Rome event.

The Russian’s ranking was not high enough to make the qualifying event at Roland Garros, as she was out site the top 200.

 

Sharapova lost her second round match in Rome to No. 16 seed Miriana Lucic-Baroni 6-4 3-6, 1-2,  when she was forced to retire with a left leg injury.

 

Sharapova did not have a news conference but out out the following statement:

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“I thought it was pretty good match up until the end, which was obviously weird,” said Lucic-Baroni. “You never want to finish a match like that. I mean, it’s unfortunate. I wish her a speedy recovery. I hope it’s nothing bad.

“I thought we played well. I thought I played really well first set. Just kind of that one game where I made two double faults in a row in the second set to lose my serve. I kind of let it slip away a little bit the match from there.

“Yeah, that was my bad, but she’s a great player. She keeps that pressure on you and sometimes things like that happen.”

Asked about the decision of the French Open not to give Sharapova a wild card, Lucic-Baroni said:

“I am very much against doping of any kind. Very much. I feel like if you’re going to invest — like I think they are doing a million and a half or something, and if you want to give a wildcard to a person — nothing against Maria personally, nothing — but if you’re going to invest million and a half or 7 million into more doping tests and then you’re going to give a wildcard, it’s just — I think they would probably like to have her there, but they just can’t.

“And what is the point? What is the point of all this? What is the point of doing more tests if you award that?

“I think she’s a great player. I think she will come back. There is no doubt. She’s a great competitor.

“But you want to talk about proper and proper rules, and we are a tour that’s been a tour for a long time, the fact that there isn’t a rule on people who failed doping tests, and whether or not they can get a wildcard, whether or not they should, it’s a very strange thing because we are professional, and that should be in place.

“So I feel that it is the right decision. It is the correct decision. I feel it is, let’s say, brave of them, because everybody is pressured. People want to see Maria. That’s fine.

“But, you know, you have to do — if you want to do the right thing, you have to do the right thing. If you want to invest more money in doping tests, then you can’t award a person who failed a doping test no matter how you guys want to wrap it up and make it sound pretty, and it’s a mistake.

“You can do whatever you want to say. You fail a doping, you fail a doping. That’s it. I think there is — it’s really black and white. You guys make it, you know… It doesn’t go into my bank account or from it, so I can say honestly what I think.

“For some other people that write about it, maybe it affects their bank account. Maybe they have to write whatever they have to write. But this is black and white. There is no — there is no gray area. It’s simple. That’s the way I see it.”

 

Sharapova’s ranking, which was outside the top 200 coming into this week, is not high enough to be able to play the qualifying at Roland Garros. The French Open main draw begins on May 28.

 

 

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROME, ITALY

 

RESULTS – MAY 16, 2017

Men’s
Singles – Second Round
F. Fognini (ITA) d [1] A. Murray (GBR) 62 64
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) 76(2) 62
[6] M. Cilic (CRO) d R. Harrison (USA) 63 62
[9] D. Goffin (BEL) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 36 63 62
[12] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] C. Berlocq (ARG) 63 64
J. Isner (USA) d F. Mayer (GER) 76(4) 76(4)

Men’s
Singles – First Round
[13] J. Sock (USA) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 64 16 75
[15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d G. Simon (FRA) 63 63
[16] A. Zverev (GER) d [Q] K. Anderson (RSA) 64 46 64
[PR] T. Haas (GER) d [LL] E. Escobedo (USA) 60 46 76(1)
B. Paire (FRA) d N. Mahut (FRA) 63 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) 64 76(2)
D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Lopez (ESP) 46 63 61
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d *[LL] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 64 62

Men’s
Doubles – First Round
N. Mektic (CRO) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [WC] F. Gaio (ITA) / S. Napolitano (ITA) 76(3) 63
R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) d [WC] S. Bolelli (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) 64 62
B. Baker (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d J. del Potro (ARG) / M. Matkowski (POL) 36 75 10-5

*[LL] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) replaced N. Kyrgios (AUS) – hip
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[5] J. Konta (GBR) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 63 60
[7] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 61 76(3)
[16] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) 64 36 12 Retired – left thigh injury
First Round
[Q] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [10] M. Keys (USA) 26 75 75
J. Goerges (GER) d [13] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 76(6) 75
[15] K. Bertens (NED) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 26 62 61
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [Q] A. Petkovic (GER) 63 64
A. Sevastova (LAT) d I. Begu (ROU) 64 64
E. Makarova (RUS) d R. Vinci (ITA) 62 61
[Q] C. Bellis (USA) d M. Doi (JPN) 64 76(6)
[Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) d S. Rogers (USA) 63 64
T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d T. Babos (HUN) 62 62
L. Davis (USA) d C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 57 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

B. Krejcikova (CZE) / S. Zheng (CHN) d [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) 06 64 10-8
[PR] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 36 64 11-9
[WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Petkovic (GER) d [WC] D. Chiesa (ITA) / S. Rubini (ITA) 75 62
[Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) / E. Svitolina (UKR) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / C. Liang (CHN) 64 62
E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Kato (JPN) d S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017
CENTRALE start 12:00 noon
ATP – [7] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – [Q] N. Almagro (ESP) vs [4] R. Nadal (ESP)
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [Q] A. Kontaveit (EST)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – [3] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs B. Paire (FRA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – [Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [3] G. Muguruza (ESP)

NEXT GEN ARENA start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs A. Cornet (FRA)

Not Before 12:00 noon
ATP – K. Edmund (GBR) vs J. del Potro (ARG)
WTA – L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [9] V. Williams (USA)
ATP – [8] D. Thiem (AUT) vs P. Cuevas (URU)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [Q] J. Struff (GER) vs S. Querrey (USA)

PIETRANGELI start 11:00 am
WTA – L. Siegemund (GER) vs [6] S. Halep (ROU)
WTA – L. Davis (USA) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [16] A. Zverev (GER)
ATP – [PR] T. Haas (GER) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs E. Makarova (RUS)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] C. Bellis (USA) vs [15] K. Bertens (NED)
WTA – [Q] D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – [13] J. Sock (USA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
ATP – [15] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Isner (USA) / J. Sock (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Barthel (GER) vs [Q] Q. Wang (CHN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – J. Goerges (GER) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)
WTA – [14] B. Strycova (CZE) vs T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
ATP – N. Mektic (CRO) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [8] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Granollers (ESP)
WTA – [4] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) vs [PR] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] S. Errani (ITA) / M. Trevisan (ITA) vs C. Mchale (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – [12] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
ATP – J. Sousa (POR) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
WTA – N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs [2] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)

COURT 6 start 12:00 noon
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs [Alt] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Venus (NZL)
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs K. Bertens (NED) / J. Goerges (GER)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
WTA – K. Bondarenko (UKR) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [7] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) / E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [3] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

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Bouchard Stops Sharapova in Second Round of Madrid Open; Second Seed Pliskova Loses

Bouchard Stops Sharapova in Second Round of Madrid Open; Second Seed Pliskova Loses

Eugenie Bouchard

 

(May 8, 2017) One of the more outspoken players against Maria Sharapova’s return to the tennis tour, backed up her “trash talk” with a second round win over the five-time major winner on Monday at the Madrid Open.

 

Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard earned her first-ever win over Sharapova by knocking out the Russian 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. Bouchard had called her opponent a “cheater” last month, saying that Sharapova should have been banned for life for her use of meldonium. Sharapova served a 15-month doping ban after testing positive for the substance at the 2016 Australian Open.

 

“It was a very tough match, not only physically and tennis-wise, but also mentally and emotionally,” Bouchard said.

“Each point was a battle from the first point. It was really a fight. I’m just proud that I came out stronger in the end and held it together in the third set.”

 

“I definitely had some extra motivation going into today,” Bouchard explained. “Obviously I had never beaten her before. Also given the circumstances…

“I was actually quite inspired before the match because I had a lot of players coming up to me privately wishing me good luck, players I don’t normally speak to, getting a lot of texts from people in the tennis world that were just rooting for me.

“So I wanted to do it for myself, but also all these people. I really felt support.”

Maria Sharapova

“I definitely thought I should have taken care of the first set,” Sharapova said in regard to blowing a 4-2 lead.  “I had a letdown, being up a break. I was happy with the way I changed things around in the second, stepped in, was a little bit more aggressive inside the baseline.

“Then the third, kind of felt like it was a similar pattern: set up opportunities, breakpoints, and just did not convert them today.”

 

Sharapova said that she needs no motivation to play anyone.

“As I said, every match at this point is important.” Said Sharapova. “I’m just one of the two players that’s out on the court. Everything that surrounds myself, I don’t really know a lot of it. I don’t pay attention to much of it.

“I’ve been part of this game for many years. I know what the drill is. I know the excitement. I know there’s always a lot of talk and buzz, matchups, rivalries, news. It’s all part of the game.

“But at the end of the day, it’s just two athletes competing against each other, and I’m one of them. That’s how I treat this game.”

 

“I think I would be worried about myself if I sat her and said I’m pretty happy with losing a tennis match, no matter who I face, no matter what round it is, whether it’s the first round or final of a Grand Slam.

“You know, I’m a big competitor. What you work for for so many hours every single day is to be on the winning end of matches. Today was just not that day.

“Of course, I’m disappointed. That’s what’s going to make me a better player. That’s what’s going to win me more tournaments and more Grand Slams.”

 

Bouchard will be taking on Angelique Kerber next.
“I want to go for it. I’m the underdog, by far,” the Canadian said of the match up. “It’s nice to have this position these past couple years. So I want to at least take advantage of that, just go for it, play good tennis, build on this, and enjoy it, kind of just show what I can do.

“Yeah, just go for it.”

Top seed Angelique Kerber beat Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 1-6, 7-5, coming back from a break down in the final set. The win puts her in the third round and will move her into the No. 1 spot next week.

Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova lost to Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-3, she had a chance to move into the top spot in the rankings next week. She’ll be No. 2 in the world next week with Serena Williams down to No. 3.

ATP RESULTS – MONDAY, 8 MAY 2017

Singles – First Round
[10] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [Q] A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 76(5) 67(5) 75
[11] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] D. Istomin (UZB) 64 64
[12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(7) 64
N. Mahut (FRA) d [14] J. Sock (USA) 64 06 76(4)
G. Simon (FRA) d [15] G. Monfils (FRA) 06 60 76(0) – saved 2 M.P.
[16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 76(1) 64
[WC] M. Copil (ROU) d [WC] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 76(6) 46 76(9) – saved 2 M.P.
[LL] J. Donaldson (USA) d [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) 75 63
P. Cuevas (URU) d [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(2) 46 76(6) – saved 3 M.P.
R. Haase (NED) d D. Evans (GBR) 75 62
F. Mayer (GER) d M. Granollers (ESP) 75 75
D. Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 26 76(1) 64
F. Lopez (ESP) d [Q] E. Escobedo (USA) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) d F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 67(5) 63 10-8
R. Haase (NED) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Peya (AUT) 75 76(5)
F. Fognini (ITA) / T. Huey (PHI) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT) 76(6) 62
[Alt] B. Baker (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) d G. Muller (LUX) / G. Simon (FRA) 57 76(2) 10-8

WTA RESULTS – MAY 08, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[1] A. Kerber (GER) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 62 16 75
A. Sevastova (LAT) d [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 63 63
[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d A. Riske (USA) 26 76(9) 62
C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 64 26 62
[14] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d L. Davis (USA) 63 16 76(1)
[WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [15] B. Strycova (CZE) 36 63 63
E. Bouchard (CAN) d [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) 75 26 64

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE) d [WC] J. Konta (GBR) / S. Rogers (USA) 75 61
I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU) d [8] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 57 63 10-8
K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) 76(4) 75
C. Mchale (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [PR] B. Krejcikova (CZE) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 36 10-8
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) d H. Chan (TPE) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) 57 63 10-6
S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 76(5) 62
[WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d C. Chuang (TPE) / S. Peng (CHN) 61 46 10-3

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 9 MAY 2017

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
ATP – I. Karlovic (CRO) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
WTA – R. Vinci (ITA) vs [3] S. Halep (ROU)
ATP – [1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [WC] M. Copil (ROU)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – A. Zverev (GER) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
WTA – [4] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [Q] O. Dodin (FRA)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 12:00 noon
ATP – [WC] T. Robredo (ESP) vs [WC] N. Almagro (ESP)
ATP – B. Paire (FRA) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU) vs C. Bellis (USA)
ATP – [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) vs [13] L. Pouille (FRA)
WTA – T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs K. Bertens (NED)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [16] S. Stosur (AUS) vs [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL)
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
ATP – F. Mayer (GER) vs [9] D. Goffin (BEL)
WTA – [Q] D. Vekic (CRO) vs M. Doi (JPN)
ATP – [LL] J. Donaldson (USA) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
WTA – L. Siegemund (GER) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
ATP – M. Zverev (GER) vs [LL] B. Coric (CRO)
ATP – [PR] T. Haas (GER) vs G. Muller (LUX)
ATP – R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs F. Martin (FRA) / D. Nestor (CAN)
ATP – [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO)

PISTA 5 start 12:00 noon
ATP – R. Harrison (USA) vs B. Tomic (AUS)
WTA – D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs [3] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [Q] J. Larsson (SWE) vs I. Begu (ROU)
WTA – After suitable rest – N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs I. Begu (ROU) / S. Halep (ROU)

PISTA 6 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [Q] S. Zheng (CHN) vs [Q] Q. Wang (CHN)
WTA – [WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
ATP – [5] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP – [WC] D. Marrero (ESP) / T. Robredo (ESP) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

PISTA 7 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [6] L. Hradecka (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs R. Atawo (USA) / D. Kasatkina (RUS)
WTA – [4] S. Mirza (IND) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs C. Mchale (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – [7] J. Goerges (GER) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE)
WTA – C. Liang (CHN) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)

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Madrid Open: Sharapova Not Yet Worried About a Wimbledon Wild Card, Faces Bouchard Next

Madrid Open: Sharapova Not Yet Worried About a Wimbledon Wild Card, Faces Bouchard Next

(May 7, 2017) Maria Sharapova advanced to the second round of the Madrid Open to set up a match against one of her harshest critics since returning her 15-month doping ban – Canadian Eugenie Bouchard recently called Sharapova a “cheater“.

Asked about Bouchard’s comments, Sharapova told media on Sunday: “I already commented about those comments from her last week. I’m sure the WTA would be happy to provide you a transcript of that.”

Last month Sharapova declined to comment on Bouchard, saying : “I don’t have anything to say. I am way above that.”

“I am past ‘the lessons,” she said. “I have done numerous interviews about the case, and this is a new chapter in my career.”

Sharapova defeated 17th seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 on Sunday.

“I’m not quite sure how to describe the match because it feels like it happened so fast,” said the Russian. “I thought she played really well. I was playing against, like, a human slingshot for a while there. Balls were coming so fast and deep. I mean, for a couple of sets, I don’t believe we had too many rallies over three balls.

“You know, I wasn’t really happy with my percentage of serve in the first couple of sets. I definitely improved that in the third. I think that really helped me. I got a better read on her serve, as well.

“You know, she goes for it. You have to be patient. Sometimes there’s not much you can do. Those are great shots, on the line. I mean, the breakpoints, I missed a couple of second-serve returns. That was obviously an error from my side.

“But she came up with some great winners. Just got to hand it to her.”

The five-time major champion said she is not yet worried about getting a wild card into Wimbledon.

“I mean, look, I would love to be in a position to compete in that event,” she said. “It’s very meaningful to me. But it’s just too far down the line right now.

“I feel like I’m like a broken record player, but these tournaments are really important. The match play that I have, getting myself in these situations, getting out of them, will ultimately help me for those big events whether I’m in there or not.

“I treat this tournament and the next one, and the ones that I will play, just as importantly as the other ones.
Sharapova will find out if she will get a wild card (should she need one) into Wimbledon on June 20th. Roland Garros will let the two-time winner know on May 16 if they will give her a wild card to compete.

The biggest upset on the day in Madrid came when fifth seed Garbine Muguruza lost to Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets.

Madrid Open

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 8 MAY 2017

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
WTA – A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs K. Siniakova (CZE) or [Q] P. Parmentier (FRA)
ATP – D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [Q] M. Kukushkin (KAZ)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS)

Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [Q] E. Escobedo (USA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

ARANXTA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 12:00 noon
ATP – [12] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
ATP – [15] G. Monfils (FRA) vs G. Simon (FRA)
WTA – A. Riske (USA) vs [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
WTA – [15] B. Strycova (CZE) or L. Safarova (CZE) vs [WC] L. Arruabarrena (ESP)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [Q] A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [10] J. Tsonga (FRA)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) or S. Peng (CHN) vs [10] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [WC] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [WC] M. Copil (ROU)
ATP – [11] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] D. Istomin (UZB)
WTA – L. Davis (USA) vs [14] K. Mladenovic (FRA)
ATP – [16] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs D. Evans (GBR)
ATP – M. Granollers (ESP) vs F. Mayer (GER)
ATP – N. Mahut (FRA) vs [14] J. Sock (USA)
ATP – P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT) vs F. Fognini (ITA) / T. Huey (PHI)

PISTA 5 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [WC] J. Konta (GBR) / S. Rogers (USA) vs [5] T. Babos (HUN) / A. Hlavackova (CZE)
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / M. Pavic (CRO) vs F. Mergea (ROU) / A. Qureshi (PAK)
ATP – [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs P. Cuevas (URU)
ATP – [LL] J. Donaldson (USA) vs [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA)
WTA – K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

PISTA 6 start 12:00 noon
WTA – H. Chan (TPE) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN)
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Peya (AUT) vs R. Haase (NED) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
ATP – L. Pouille (FRA) / J. Sousa (POR) vs G. Muller (LUX) / G. Simon (FRA)
WTA – TBA based on result – [WC] A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / S. Peng (CHN)

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Hometown Girl Laura Siegemund Nets Stuttgart Title

Laura Siegemund

(April 30, 2017) Stuttgart resident Laura Siegemund defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (5) to win the Porsche Grand Prix on Sunday. Last year’s finalist was given a wildcard into this year’s event.

“It’s unbelievable,” said the German after the win.” I’m a bit perplexed now. I think tonight will be the party of the year,”
“It was an unbelievable match. I don’t know how I did it.”

“You played an insane level this week,” Mladenovic said to Siegemund during the trophy presentation. “You showed really entertaining tennis a big fight today you also deserve that win. I know it could go both ways, but I really want to congratulate you and your team for such a great title.”

“It was very hard for you to play against this kind of spectators,” Siegemund said to her opponent on court. “It was a great tournament week for you and you also would have deserved to win. And I was just a little more lucky in the end, good job.“

The Frenchwoman Mladenovic, ended Maria Sharapova’s return from her 15-month doping ban in the semifinals and stopped two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber.

This is Siegemund’s second career WTA title. Her ranking will move up into the Top 30 as of Monday. She is currently ranked at No. 49.

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Mladenovic Stops Sharapova’s Stuttgart Run, Siegemund Returns to Final with Win Over Halep

(April 29, 2017) France’s Kristina Mladenovic ended Maria Sharapova’s run in Stuttgart on Saturday. In her fourth match back on the WTA tour since returning from a 15-month doping suspension, the Russian let a set and a break lead slip to the Frenchwoman 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a two-hour and 38-minute contest.

 

“I would have loved to have used more opportunities when I was up a set and a break,” said Sharapova. And I think I lost 12 out of the next 14 points. So, I definitely had a bit of a letdown and I think that allowed her to get back in the match and gain confidence and start competing again and I just didn’t keep putting the pressure and I think when you are able to give that to a player, that’s played very well this year it can become very dangerous.”

 

The 19th ranked Mladenovic ousted two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber on Thursday. She’ll take on last year’s finalist German Laura Siegemund in the Porsche Grand Prix final. Siegemund beat world No. 5 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-5.

Laura Siegemund

After her quarterfinal win on Friday, the 23-year-old Frenchwoman, who was not in favor of Sharapova receiving a wildcard into the tournament commented: “In sport nowadays it is also about the media and business. Maria is a big name, who makes people come to watch her.”
“On one hand, I totally understand the tournaments want her in the draw, because she is very famous and they want more attention, which is part of the business.”
“Of course, she is authorized to play tennis again, but why would she get that extra help compared to other players?”

 

Sharapova who came into the tournament with no ranking due to her suspension for using meldonium, will be in need of a wildcard to get into Roland Garros. She will be ranked around No. 260 on Monday.

 

Next stops for the 30-year-old five-time major winner will be Rome and Madrid, where she received wildcards. All of this in preparation for the French Open, if she is able to play the event.
“I’m moving in Europe in the next couple of months and this is what I want to go through,” she said. “I want to go through the matches. I want to see how my body responds, how I feel. I want to feel that match play, I want to feel the tiredness of match play.”
“That’s what I asked for. That’s what I wanted and I’m doing it.”

World No. 49 Siegemund has a 1-0 record against Mladenovic, there only meeting came last year in St. Petersburg.

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Maria Sharapova Wins First Match After Serving 15-Month Doping Ban

(April 26, 2017)Maria Sharapova returned to the court on Wednesday after a 15-month absence due to a doping ban. The five-time major winner defeated No. 34 Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 to advance at the Porsche Grand Prix WTA event in Stuttgart.

Sharapova was suspended from the tour for testing positive for the drug meldonium. She had been taking the drug for many years. Her ban was reduced from two year to 15-months.

Maria Sharapova’s Ban Reduced to 15 Months

The 30-year-old was not allowed to set foot on the grounds of the tournament until Wednesday morning for practice, as her suspension ended at midnight.

This was the Russian’s first match since the 2016 quarterfinals of the Australian Open where she lost to Serena Williams.

Sharapova who was given a wildcard into Stuttgart, has also been given wildcards into Rome and Madrid.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Sharapova said on court after her “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.”

“It’s a journey, and it starts today and I’m looking forward to playing as many matches as I can.”

As for the match itself, Sharapova hit 11 aces, 39 winners and made 21 unforced errors. In her post-match news conference, Sharapova was asked about other people’s comments about her returning to the tour.

“It’s not my job” to think about other people’s comments, she said.

“Words and quotes and articles is not what matters in life, I have learned that very well over the past year.”

“Articles, they go away, that is not life. What matters is what happens on the court.”

“I’m not getting a wild card to receive a trophy. I still have to win the matches and that’s my job.”

Sharapova will face countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova next.

 

Maria Sharapova news conference, begins at the 7-minute mark:

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PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX – STUTTGART, GER
$776,000
24 – 30 APRIL 2017

RESULTS – APRIL 26, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[4] S. Halep (ROU) d B. Strycova (CZE) 62 63
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) 26 76(1) 61
First Round
[6] [WC] J. Konta (GBR) d [Q] N. Osaka (JPN) 76(5) 36 61
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 64 62
E. Vesnina (RUS) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 76(2) 62
C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Q] T. Korpatsch (GER) 62 64
[WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) d R. Vinci (ITA) 75 63
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) 76(3) 76(3)

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[1] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d E. Rodina (RUS) / A. Sevastova (LAT) 62 61
L. Kichenok (UKR) / L. Tsurenko (UKR) d R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 26 64 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [WC] L. Siegemund (GER)
[6] [WC] J. Konta (GBR) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
[WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs E. Makarova (RUS)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] A. Kerber (GER) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)
N. Broady (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs [3] R. Atawo (USA) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
E. Vesnina (RUS) vs C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs S. Halep (ROU) / A. Rosolska (POL)
After suitable rest – [1] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs A. Muhammad (USA) / L. Siegemund (GER)

TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP – ISTANBUL, TUR
$250,000
24 – 30 APRIL 2017

RESULTS – APRIL 26, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[3] I. Begu (ROU) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 61 16 63
[5] S. Cirstea (ROU) d M. Sakkari (GRE) 64 62
[WC] D. Yastremska (UKR) d [LL] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) 61 64
First Round
[1] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] V. Kamenskaya (RUS) 64 06 61
[2] T. Babos (HUN) d [Q] C. Perrin (SUI) 63 62
[6] E. Mertens (BEL) d K. Kozlova (UKR) 64 61
[Q] A. Cadantu (ROU) d N. Hibino (JPN) 26 60 63
[WC] A. Aksu (TUR) d [Q] E. Kulichkova (RUS) 75 61
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) d M. Zanevska (BEL) 62 61

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

D. Jakupovic (SLO) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d [1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / I. Soylu (TUR) 76(5) 62
E. Bouchard (CAN) / K. Flipkens (BEL) d A. Kalinskaya (RUS) / L. Marozava (BLR) 61 63
N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / V. Kudermetova (RUS) d A. Omae (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) 62 67(5) 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
GARANTI KOZA ARENA start 12:30 pm
[6] E. Mertens (BEL) vs S. Errani (ITA)
[Q] B. Eraydin (TUR) vs [WC] A. Aksu (TUR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [2] T. Babos (HUN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [Q] A. Cadantu (ROU)
After Due Rest – T. Babos (HUN) / C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / A. Mitu (ROU)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
J. Cepelova (SVK) vs S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
After Due Rest – [WC] A. Aksu (TUR) / D. Yastremska (UKR) vs [4] N. Melichar (USA) / E. Mertens (BEL)

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Maria Sharapova Set to Return From Doping Ban at Stuttgart Tourney

(January 10, 2017) Maria Sharapova is set to return from her ban from tennis on April 26,at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she has been given a wild card. The Russian who holds five major titles and is a three-time champion at Stuttgart, was suspended from the tennis tour for using a banned substance – meldonium, at last year’s Australian Open.

She was originally banned for two years, but had her sentence reduced via an appeal.

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