August 31, 2015

Ivanovic, Goffin, Pliskova and Niculescu Take Tennis Titles This week

Ana Ivanovic

Ana Ivanovic

(September 21, 2014) Ana Ivanovic, David Goffin, Monica Niculescu and Karolina Pliskova won tournaments this weekend on the WTA and ATP tennis tours.

In Tokyo in a battle between two former WTA number ones, third seed Ana Ivanovic won her fourth title of the year defeating recent US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki for the Pan Pacific Open.

The Serb was dominant the first set, at one point winning 17 straight points, she did not drop a set in the tournament.

“The key for me was coming forward to the net,” Ivanovic said.”She is a great offensive player and gets a lot of balls back so it was important for me to come forward and play well at the net.”

“Caroline played a great match today,” said the current world No. 8, who is set to move to No. 5 in the rankings and 6th in the Race to Singapore standings. “It was a really good battle out there – there were some very tough moments, especially in the second set. But I just tried to take it one point at a time, and I’m really happy to make it through. It’s just an amazing feeling to win this title.”

For Ivanovic, it’s her 15th career title. She is now 52-14 on the year, the most number of wins on the women’s tour this year.

Belgium’s David Goffin took his second career title, claiming the Moselle Open in Metz , France with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa of Portugal on Sunday.

“This is very special because my family was here today,” Goffin said. “That’s the advantage of playing close to home. Winning my second title feels just as good as the first one. I’m very happy.

“I had to play aggressively today, dictate the game. The tactics worked out well and I served well. I was able to focus until the end.”
“This is very special because my family was here today. That’s the advantage of playing close to home,” Goffin said. “Winning my second title feels just as good as the first one.”

“I have to congratulate David on a fantastic week,” Sousa said. Even if I lost today, it was a great week for me as well, reaching the final. I hope that I can come back next year and hopefully go one step further.”

The 23-year-old Goffin, who began the year ranked at 100, will move to No. 35 in the world when the rankings come out on Monday.
Also winning the second title of her career was Monica Niculescu. The Romanian upset second seed Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-0 to win the Guangzhou International tournament.

“I was so happy to finish in the end because it was very hot and very humid, and I was very, very tired,” Niculescu said. “But to finish so strong was amazing for me. I have many emotions right now, but most of it is joy and confidence. It’s my second WTA title and that’s just an amazing feeling.”

Niculescu joins Romanians Virginia Ruzici, Irina Spirlea, Ruxandra Dragomir-Ilie, Alexandra Dulgheru and Simona Halep to win multiple WTA titles.

Second seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic defeated Varvara Lepchenko of the United States, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2 to win the Korea Open. For the Czech, it’s her second WTA crown.

This was Pliskova’s fourth WTA final this year.


Gilles Simon Stops Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Three-Peat with Metz Victory





Gilles Simon

Gilles Simon

(September 22, 2013) In an all-French final Gilles Simon prevented Jo-Wilfred Tsonga from winning his third straight Open de Moselle with a 6-4, 6-3 win.

For Simon the win comes, 13 days after the birth of his second son, Valentin.

“I was fighting a lot today,” Simon said. ”I saw that I had a chance and I managed to win. I’m very happy about that.”

“I cannot become a father every week. It’s a beautiful story for sure. Unfortunately my wife and children couldn’t be here today. It was a great moment for me because I missed the birth of our first child and this time I was able to be there. I was very happy about that.”

“I’m sad about losing the final today, but I’m happy with my week,” said Tsonga. “Gilles was just better than me today. He’s a great player and he was very solid during the whole match. That shows the few imperfections that I still have in my game.”

“I didn’t have enough energy to make the difference against Gilles. But that’s normal. I’m just coming back and I still need some time. I’m happy that I got some matches under my belt this week and it was great playing doubles together with Nicolas Mahut.”


It’s Simon’s second Metz title and the 11th title of his career. The 28-year-old improved his winning streak in Metz to 9-0 after losing in the opening round in his first four appearances. He did not lose a set this week and was only broken twice all tournament.


Metz and St. Petersburg Results and Schedules


Metz, France  (+2 hours GMT)
ATP World Tour 250
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard


Singles – Second Round
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 64
[6] S Querrey (USA) d [WC] P Mathieu (FRA) 62 ret. (right leg)
T Kamke (GER) d [Q] M Fucsovics (HUN) 16 63 62

Singles – First Round

B Becker (GER) d [5] B Paire (FRA) 63 75
C Berlocq (ARG) d J Vesely (CZE) 63 64
[WC] A Olivetti (FRA) d [Q] M Zverev (GER) 75 76(3)
N Mahut (FRA) d L Mayer (ARG) 76(2) 64

Doubles – First Round

[2] J Knowle (AUT) / M Melo (BRA) d [WC] J Chardy (FRA) / M Gicquel (FRA) 64 63
J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) d [3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 64 76(2)
[4] A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER) d T Bednarek (POL) / O Marach (AUT) 76(3) 64
[PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) d [WC] P Herbert (FRA) / A Olivetti (FRA) 46 64 10-4  
ATP World Tour 250
St. Petersburg, Russia  (+4 hours GMT)
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard


CENTRAL start 12:00
N Mahut (FRA) vs [3] A Seppi (ITA)
L Lacko (SVK) vs [8] F Mayer (GER)
Not Before 16:00
B Becker (GER) vs [WC] A Olivetti (FRA)
Not Before 18:00
K De Schepper (FRA) vs [2] [WC] G Simon (FRA)
[4] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs C Berlocq (ARG)

COURT 1 start 14:00

J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) vs [PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR)
N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) vs [4] A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER) – After Suitable Rest
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER)
P Hanley (AUS) / A Sa (BRA) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / M Melo (BRA)


ATP World Tour 250
St. Petersburg, Russia  (+4 hours GMT)
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard


Singles – Second Round
G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [2] M Youzhny (RUS) 64 46 63
[8] D Istomin (UZB) d A Golubev (KAZ) 46 63 64

Singles – First Round

R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [3] J Tipsarevic (SRB) 76(4) 63
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [5] F Verdasco (ESP) 63 64
[6] E Gulbis (LAT) d [WC] M Elgin (RUS) 60 61
[7] L Rosol (CZE) d R Berankis (LTU) 64 76(4)
M Przysiezny (POL) d A Ramos (ESP) 36 64 63
J Sousa (POR) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 63 64
[Q] K Kravchuk (RUS) d H Zeballos (ARG) 76(5) 63

Doubles – First Round

D Inglot (GBR) / D Istomin (UZB) d [2] M Mirnyi (BLR) / H Tecau (ROU) 64 75
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) d F Fognini (ITA) / P Lorenzi (ITA) 75 76(6)
S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) d [Alt] D Marfinsky (RUS) / S Strelkov (RUS) 63 62 


CENTER COURT start 1:00 pm
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs J Sousa (POR)
[Q] K Kravchuk (RUS) vs [4] D Tursunov (RUS)
[PR] J Zopp (EST) vs [6] E Gulbis (LAT)
Not Before 7:00 PM
R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs E Donskoy (RUS)
A Karatsev (RUS) / D Tursunov (RUS) vs [3] D Bracciali (ITA) / L Dlouhy (CZE)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm

[WC] K Khachanov (RUS) vs [7] L Rosol (CZE)
[1] F Fognini (ITA) vs M Przysiezny (POL)
Not Before 4:30 PM
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / F Polasek (SVK) vs S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS)
[1] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [WC] V Baluda (RUS) / K Kravchuk (RUS) – After Suitable Rest


Chardy Stunned by Fucsovics in Metz


Metz, France  (+2 hours GMT)
ATP World Tour 250
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard


Singles – First Round
[Q] M Fucsovics (HUN) d [7] J Chardy (FRA) 63 76(5)
[8] F Mayer (GER) d [Q] P Herbert (FRA) 62 75
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d F Delbonis (ARG) 60 62
T Kamke (GER) d [Q] M Gicquel (FRA) 62 63
L Lacko (SVK) d [LL] M Berrer (GER) 63 16 62
[WC] P Mathieu (FRA) d I Sijsling (NED) 67(4) 75 76(6) – saved 2 M.P.
K De Schepper (FRA) d J Huta Galung (NED) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d E Butorac (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 61 76(4)
N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) d C Kas (GER) / A Seppi (ITA) 26 62 10-5  


CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[Q] M Zverev (GER) vs [WC] A Olivetti (FRA)
N Mahut (FRA) vs L Mayer (ARG)
Not Before 16:00
[6] S Querrey (USA) vs [WC] P Mathieu (FRA)
Not Before 18:00
[1] J Tsonga (FRA) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
[5] B Paire (FRA) vs B Becker (GER)
[WC] J Chardy (FRA) / M Gicquel (FRA) vs [2] J Knowle (AUT) / M Melo (BRA) – Possible Court Change

COURT 1 start 12:00

C Berlocq (ARG) vs J Vesely (CZE)
Not Before 14:00
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA)
Not Before 16:00
T Kamke (GER) vs [Q] M Fucsovics (HUN)
[PR] J Erlich (ISR) / A Ram (ISR) vs [WC] P Herbert (FRA) / A Olivetti (FRA)
T Bednarek (POL) / O Marach (AUT) vs [4] A Begemann (GER) / M Emmrich (GER)


Querrey Gets Past Karlovic in Metz


Metz, France  (+2 hours GMT)
ATP World Tour 250
16-22 September 2013     Surface: Indoor Hard


Singles – First Round
[6] S Querrey (USA) d I Karlovic (CRO) 46 76(4) 64

Doubles – First Round

N Mahut (FRA) / J Tsonga (FRA) d C Berlocq (ARG) / I Sijsling (NED) 64 61
P Hanley (AUS) / A Sa (BRA) d F Delbonis (ARG) / M Demoliner (BRA) 63 64  


CENTRAL start 11:00 am
[Q] P Herbert (FRA) vs [8] F Mayer (GER)
T Kamke (GER) vs [Q] M Gicquel (FRA)
Not Before 16:00
F Delbonis (ARG) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
Not Before 18:00
[Q] M Fucsovics (HUN) vs [7] J Chardy (FRA)
I Sijsling (NED) vs [WC] P Mathieu (FRA)

COURT 1 not before 14:00
N Monroe (USA) / S Stadler (GER) vs C Kas (GER) / A Seppi (ITA) – Possible Court Change
Not Before 15:30
K De Schepper (FRA) vs J Huta Galung (NED)
[LL] M Berrer (GER) vs L Lacko (SVK)
Not Before 20:00
[1] R Bopanna (IND) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs E Butorac (USA) / S Querrey (USA)