BNP Paribas Open announces Wild Cards Which Include Americans Young, Sock, Harrison, Johnson, Duval and Townsend

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Feb. 26, 2014 – Former top five players Nadia Petrova and Vera Zvonareva; Americans Donald Young, Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, Steve Johnson, Rhyne Williams, Coco Vandeweghe, Shelby Rogers, Vicky Duval and Taylor Townsend; and Donna Vekic and Belinda Bencic were granted wildcards into the main draws of the BNP Paribas Open, to be held March 3 – 16 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, it was announced today by Tournament Director Steve Simon.
Russia’s Nadia Petrova has won 13 career WTA single titles and 24 doubles crowns. The former World No. 3 has reached nine Grand Slam quarterfinals, advancing to the semifinals twice. Fellow Russian star and 2009 BNP Paribas Open champion Vera Zvonareva has 12 career WTA singles triumphs and six doubles titles. The former World No. 2 also has two Grand Slam finals appearances.
In addition, nine Americans have been granted wildcards into the main draws including Donald Young, who reached the third round of this year’s Australian Open; 21-year-old Jack Sock, who advanced to the third round of the 2013 U.S. Open; Ryan Harrison, who boasted a career-high ranking of No. 43 in 2012; two-time NCAA Champion from USC Steve Johnson, who reached the third round of the 2012 US Open; Rhyne Williams, who is coming off a quarterfinals appearance at Delray Beach, pushing top-ranked American and World No. 13 John Isner to three sets; Coco Vandeweghe, a two-time ITF singles winner; Shelby Rogers, a four-time singles champion on the ITF circuit; Vicky Duval, who achieved a career-high ranking earlier this year after jumping 528 rankings places since the end of 2011; and 17-year-old Taylor Townsend, who turned professional in 2012 after reaching the top of the junior rankings earlier that year.
Two other international players receiving main draw wildcards are 17-year-old Croatian Donna Vekic, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 62 in 2013 and 16-year-old Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, who advanced to the second round of the Australian Open earlier this year.
“This year’s main draw wildcards span from established veterans, to rising American and international stars,” said Simon. “Awarding wildcards to players like Nadia Petrova, Vera Zvonareva, Donald Young, Jack Sock and others, add to the excitement for fans and provide the potential for these deserving athletes to make a run at the BNP Paribas Open.”
Qualifying wildcards were given to Americans Raymond Sarmiento, Stefan Kozlov, Clay Thompson, Irina Falconi, Madison Brengle, Grace Min and Allie Kiick, Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinaxis and the United Kingdom’s Heather Watson.
Sarmiento is a senior-standout at USC and member of two NCAA team championships for the Trojans. Sixteen-year-old Kozlov achieved a career-high ranking in February, after turning pro in 2013. Thompson reached a career-high ranking in 2013. Falconi cracked the WTA top 100 in 2011 and advanced to the second round of this year’s Australian Open. Brengle reached a career-high ranking earlier this year, and has won five ITF singles titles. Min won the 2011 US Open Junior Championship and three ITF titles in 2012, while Kiick also has three ITF singles crowns. Kokkinaxis advanced to the second round at this year’s Australian Open, where he pushed World No. 1 Rafael Nadal to three sets. Watson has one WTA singles title and two doubles titles.
In addition to the aforementioned qualifying wildcards, the winners of each BNP Paribas Challenge, the pre-qualifying event for the tournament, which takes place February 24 – March 1, will also be granted a berth into the 2014 BNP Paribas Open qualifying draw. Women’s qualifying starts March 3 and men’s qualifying begins March 4.

Fila at Wimbledon


(June 2103) Fila sponsored athletes on the WTA Tour will debut Collezione and wear the Sentinel, Fila’s new performance tennis shoe on-court at The Championships, Wimbledon. Fila’s Collezione pays honor to the elegant sophistication of grass court tennis with beautiful detailing and accents.


Fila’s design team was inspired by the 1920’s in this classically styled collection with an updated twist and a white and charcoal color palette. The Collezione pleated racerback tank features illusion mesh around the neck and side seam trim. The back of the top features a subtle single ruffle and mini pleats down the back for a flirty and fun twist on a classic racerback top. The mini pleats are tacked down with seaming across the back. Collezione includes a sleeveless tank with overlay binding, a racerback tank and cap sleeve v-neck top with ruching on the back. There are two different skort styles in the collection, a pleated skort and a flirty skort. The Collezione pleated skort was designed with mini-pleats, which is a new take on the traditional pleated skirt. Combining fashion and function, a contrast binding overlay secures the mini-pleats flat around the hips. The flirty skort is a drop waist a-line silhouette with two lines of contrast taping on the hem and an inch above the hem.


The Collezione white pleated dress which features an athletic cut racerback top with thin straps and back keyhole cutout with ruching detail. This drop waist dress has mini-pleats on the skirt. The Collezione ribbon dress has an a-line silhouette with empire waist, scoop neck and full coverage back. The pleated detailing continues with knife pleats above the empire waist. The design team added contrast taping similar to the flirty skort at the bottom hem, at the neckline and arms.


To complement the on-court look, Fila’s design team added a long sleeve white and charcoal heather cable sweater to the collection. A hooded jacket, available in white or charcoal heater, has an inverted pleat that opens up to the contrast color. The jacket has ruching at the pockets and the seam of the raglan sleeve and contrast taping on either side of the zipper. Collezione is available on fila.com & tennis specialty retailers nationwide at an MSRP from $65 – $90.

Apparel worn by Julia Goerges:

Julia Georges Collezione Pleated Back tank $75

Collezione Pleated Back tank $75

Julia G Collezione Skort $70

Collezione Skort $70

JG Collezione Sweater $85

Collezione Sweater $85

JG Collezione Hooded Jacket $90

Collezione Hooded Jacket $90

Worn by Jelena Jankovic:

JJ Collezione White Pleated Dress $90

Collezione White Pleated Dress $90

JG Collezione Hooded Jacket $90

Collezione Hooded Jacket $90

Worn by Nadia Petrova:

NP Collezione Sleeveless tank $60Collezione Sleeveless tank $60

NP Essenza Long skort $50

Essenza Long skort $50


Fila Sentinel tennis shoe


Fila Sentinel tennis shoe

Fila Sentinel:  Performance Tennis Footwear

The Sentinel tennis shoe was designed in a modern silhouette with comfort, durability and traction in mind and engineered to endure the rigors professional match play.  From tennis professionals, to top juniors, and retailers, the response has been overwhelming about the performance and comfort of the Sentinel. Fila’s design team took extra care to ensure the Sentinel had the right combination of cushioning and stability to meet the needs of tennis players of all levels. The glove-like fit of the Sentinel lets the wearer focus on the game, and not his or her feet. The modified herringbone outsole provides traction on a variety of surfaces. Fila extended a 6 month guarantee on the Sentinel’s Evergrind™ outsole.   Available in four color combinations for men and three for women, the Sentinel is available on fila.com & tennis specialty retailers nationwide at an MSRP of $100.




-          The Sentinel features added mesh for better breathability

-          Memory foam lined heel collar provides form-fitting comfort

-          Tongue includes an internal support elasticated strap, which holds it in place


-          Super Action midsole material features enhanced cushioning and durability

-          The Sentinel includes a Blown Polyurethane molded sock-liner for lightweight comfort while maximizing cushioning. This material was selected for its long lasting stability

-          Fila added welded TPR  toe protection for high durability in wear zones


-          Full-length Evergrind™ outsole  features a modified herringbone pattern for durability and traction and flex grooves for added comfort

-          6 month guarantee on Evergrind™ outsole

-          The TPU shank provides midfoot support

-          Designed with additional support & durability on the medial side of the shoe


-          Men’s size 10.5 – 14.6 ounces

-          Women’s size 8.5 – 12.3 ounces





-          Black/ white/ metallic silver

-          Black/black/ neon green

-          White/peacoat/ red

-          White/ prince blue/ monument


-          White/white/ metallic silver

-          White/ Hawaiian ocean/ black

-          White/ highrise/ shocking pink/ black


Mark Eggert – Vice President Footwear Design & Advanced Concepts

“We started designing the Sentinel with a completely blank slate and built it from the ground up.  The Sentinel is designed on a new last to ensure proper fit.  Underfoot, the all-new midsole and outsole is made to provide great traction, giving the player flexibility, structure and great cushioning, while maintaining a great feel for the court without adding too much weight.  The upper is designed to take advantage of the new last, for a great fit and excellent durability.”


Gary Wakley – Vice President Footwear

“The Sentinel was designed to create a shoe that could truly be the anchor for Fila in the tennis category and the base to grow our tennis footwear business.  We drew upon our rich tennis heritage and utilized the expertise from our Advanced Concepts Team to develop a shoe that has great style, but most importantly performs well on any court.”


Andreas Seppi

“I have been wearing the Sentinel since late last year and I really like the shoe because they are light, extremely durable and very comfortable on-court. The Sentinel is now my favorite Fila shoe that I have worn in all the years we have been together on tour!”


Janko Tipsarevic

“Tennis shoes are very important to professional players. It is important that the shoe is lightweight so we can be quick on our feet, yet stable so we do not slip or slide on court. The Sentinel feels low to the ground without sacrificing comfort and cushioning.  The traction is excellent and the shoe is very durable for the hours that I put in on the tennis court.  All in all, this is my favorite Fila tennis shoe in recent years.”


Julia Goerges

“The Sentinel is very light, but at the same time, the shoe is very stable which is important for your ankles! It is so comfortable wearing these shoes!”


Dmitry Tursunov

“I have been wearing this shoe during the clay court season and it’s an extremely lightweight shoe but this benefit does not come at the cost of comfort. The Sentinel is very stable and gives good feedback. It’s one of the best shoes Fila introduced in recent years.”

Marina Erakovic

“The Sentinel is very lightweight, supportive and has great cushioning, but my favorite thing about the Sentinel is the secure fit on my feet. I don’t think about slipping or rolling because the Sentinel is so stable on my feet.”


Kirilenko and Petrova Claim Final Doubles Spot At TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA (October 20, 2012) – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced on Saturday that Russians Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova have claimed the final doubles place at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, which will be staged at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey. This final qualification rounds out an exceptional player field for the WTA’s year-end finale, to be held from October 23-28 and featuring the world’s top eight singles players and top four doubles teams, competing for the coveted title and a share of $4.9 million in prize money.


Earlier today in the semifinal at the Kremlin Cup (Moscow), Kirilenko and Petrova defeated the American team of Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears to secure the last doubles place. The Russian duo will join the Italian team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, the Czech team of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka and the defending champions, Americans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond to complete the doubles draw.


“Congratulations to Maria and Nadia on qualifying for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships,” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. “These two have had an amazing 2012, winning the title in Miami, reaching the Roland Garros final and earning the bronze medal at the Olympics in London. We are excited for them to join the field in Istanbul.”


“It’s an unbelievable feeling to qualify for Istanbul by winning this important match at the Kremlin Cup,” said Kirilenko. “Nadia has been to the Championships before and even won the doubles title, but for me it will be the first time and I’m really looking forward to the experience. We’ve passed through a lot of situations this year to achieve this goal, and felt a lot of different emotions. Now we feel very strong.”


“I think the Championships add excitement for the players – motivation to win tournaments and reach the highest ranking, for a chance to play this event,” said Petrova. “I think it’s great for the public as well to see the biggest stars and those that have accomplished the most through the year. Last year I saw some of the matches on TV and was impressed by the size of the crowds, so I’m looking forward to that. I’ve been to Istanbul before for a smaller tournament and I was fascinated by the city. Ever since then I’ve been very eager to go back!”


The Russian duo teamed up on a regular basis in 2012 winning their biggest title to date at the Sony Open Tennis (Miami). In addition, they reached the finals at Roland Garros, the UNICEF Open (‘s-Hertogenbosch) and will be competing in their fourth doubles final of the year in Moscow on Sunday. They also captured bronze medal at the Olympics. Throughout their career Kirilenko and Petrova have played periodically together as far back as 2008, winning their first two events they played together: the 2008 Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati) and 2009 Kremlin Cup (Moscow).


With 31 career doubles titles between them (Petrova with 20, Kirilenko with 11), both are also successful singles players, with Petrova winning 12 titles and reaching a high of No.3 in the world, and Kirilenko collecting 5 titles and a career-high of No.12. Petrova is making her fifth appearance at the Championships, having previously competed in singles three times and doubles once, while Kirilenko is making her debut at the event.


The doubles event features 4 teams in a single elimination draw, which will be held at Sinan Erdem Arena on Thursday, October 25, with top-seed being Errani/Vinci and No.2 seed being Hlavackova/Hradecka.


This year’s singles field includes five Grand Slam champions and the eight qualifiers have won 21 of the 26 biggest events of the year including the Grand Slams, Olympics and WTA Premier-level events (listed in order of seeds): Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), Maria Sharapova (Russia), Serena Williams (United States), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), Angelique Kerber (Germany), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), Errani (Italy) and Li Na (China). Additionally, Samantha Stosur (Australia) and Marion Bartoli (France) will be the first and second alternates, respectively.


The singles draw ceremony will be held on Sunday, October 21, at the Ciragan Palace Kempinski. The players will be selected into two groups – Red and White – with round robin matches to begin on Tuesday, October 23.


“The Turkish Tennis Federation is very proud to once again host the world’s best tennis players in Istanbul for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships” said Ayda Uluc, President of the Turkish Tennis Federation. “We would like to thank our partners in this event, the Ministry of Youth and Sport and TEB BNP Paribas, for their valuable support. We are looking forward to a week of thrilling tennis from these exceptional players.”


“We will once again welcome the world’s best tennis players to the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships – Istanbul, which was brought to our country by the Ministry of Youth and Sport and the Turkish Tennis Federation,” said Varol Civil, TEB CEO. “We are proud to support this great event as its ‘title sponsor’. It is truly exciting to count down to the Championships where the best women’s tennis players will showcase their talents to millions of people. Reaching a record number of 34 million people last year, our country will once again be on the top of the global agenda through the exciting tennis at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships – Istanbul.”


Tickets for the 2012 TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships–Istanbul, as well as info about the event, are available for purchase through Biletix – either online at www.biletix.com or at Biletix ticket counters in Turkey.


Follow all the latest news about the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul on www.wtachampionships.com, www.facebook.com/WTA, and www.twitter.com/WTA using #WTAChamps.




Notes from Behind the Wall at the China Open – October 2, 2012

By Abigail Hinto

Jelena Jankovic

BEIJING, China - Jelena Jankovic’s smile will remain on her face as she easily defeated Monica Niculescu and her unusual game 6-2 6-1 in her second round match at the China Open on Tuesday in Beijing. Jankovic has plenty of fans in Beijing and they weren’t shy about showing their support and giving her encouragement. We haven’t been seeing much of Jankovic’s famous personality and smile as her form has dipped and her ranking has plummeted, so it was a welcome sight to see her smile even before the first point of the match was played. Walking to the baseline to start the match to serve, Jankovic’s effusive Chinese fans were already cheering her on which elicited a smile that hasn’t been there for quite some time now.


Jankovic’s beautiful down the line shots are still there, but the consistency off them which saw her reach the no. 1 ranking is the one that’s gone missing. And with every missed shot was an on-the-ready expression of frustration. In the end, the consistency and the smile finally wins out over the missed shots and the glares to her coach team.



Li Na

I’ve never seen a player applauded for winning a round, but that’s what Li Na received as she came in to her post-match news conference following her 6-1 6-2 win over Nadia Petrova in her 2nd round match at the China Open. Maybe it has to do with her finally breaking her 6-match losing streak against Petrova.


For Li Na, that’s the charm in playing tennis. “Every day you can challenge yourself. You are defeated consecutively, but it doesn’t mean you were defeated by her all the time. This is sport. You never know what’s gonna happen.”



Even more rare is a player applauding a reporter. And that’s what Li Na did after being asked this question:


Q. Another question is we noticed when you are in rush a little bit or when you are a little bit impatient you like to say something to your coach, and Carlos has said that you have to calm down. He give you a gesture to make you calm down. In that case, you have a very important role in balancing the relations between you and Carlos?

Li Na claps and then replies “You are absolutely correct. I think before Carlos jump in, I didn’t have any intent to share with my team. But I’m not sure ‑‑ how did you spot the detail that when I start to be impatient Carlos told me to calm down?

I have to share this information to Carlos. I think he will definitely share the same thing with me.”


Caroline Wozniacki

Tale of a set:


A set that was all on Su-Wei Hsieh‘s racquet, from starting with a double fault and getting broken in the first service game, to ending with a down the line backhand winner to take the first set in her second round match against Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (7-5).


Hsieh came back to win the set from being down a break twice and down two minibreaks in the tiebreak as well. Wozniacki couldn’t take advantage of all the leads given to her. Serving at 5-4 in the tiebreak with a mini break, her second serve was too short which gave Hsieh an opportunity to go for a return winner which she did. Two more winners later and it was first set to Hsieh.


A female Fabrice Santoro? Wozniacki was constantly kept guessing at what shot Hsieh would go for next. Put away a short ball deep with a drive down the line shot? Or a cleverly disguised forehand dropper? How about a sliced forehand approach shot? Either Hsieh was making errors or hitting winners and Wozniacki was left reacting and defending. In the end, the winners started clicking again, and Hsieh came away with a set.

Wozniacki completed the win 6-7(5), 7-6(3), 6-0.

Abigail Hinto is in Beijing this week covering the China Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.


Petrova Defeats Radwanska to Earn Tokyo Title



Nadia Petrova captured her 12th career WTA title on Saturday by winning the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open over defending champion No. 3 Agniezska Radwanska in Tokyo.

“After running out of gas in the second set, I don’t know where I found the strength and willpower to fight in the third set, but I did and it feels amazing,” Petrova said. This is the biggest tournament I’ve ever won. It’s a great accomplishment. And at the beginning of the tournament I definitely didn’t expect to win the title, because of the back injury I’ve been struggling with. I’m so happy to be here right now.

“There are a few players who have won Grand Slams after 30, and I feel like I don’t want to walk away from tennis without accomplishing the same. I still find the will to wake up every morning and go on the court and try to improve with each day. If it’s meant to happen it will, but if it doesn’t, at the end of my career I’ll know I’ve done everything I could.”
Petrova knocked out three top ten players during the week -Radwanska, No. 7 Sara Errani and No. 9 Sam Stosur.

“I’m disappointed, ” Radwanska said. “I wanted to win this title so much, and when you’re so close and feel you can make it, it’s always emotional if you don’t. But she was playing really well. Her biggest weapon is her serve, for sure, but also her return was very good today, and I had to serve really well myself to hold my serve. But overall I think those two shots were working really well for her today.”

Petrova, currently ranked at 18 in the world, is expected to move up to No. 14 when the rankings come out on Monday.

Tokyo, Japan
September 23-29, 2012

Singles – Final
(17) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 60 16 63

Doubles – Final
Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. (4) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) 61 64


Sharapova Back in the Quarterfinals at US Open

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – For the first time since 2006, when she won the US Open title, No. 3 Maria Sharapova has made the quarterfinals by defeating Nadia Petrova 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in a match interrupted by rain on Sunday night.

With Petrova up 2-0 in the third set the rains came and delayed the match for 75 minutes. It also caused a momentum shift. Sharapova pumped herself up with fist pumps and shouts of “C’mon!”

Sharapova said that during the rain delay her coach told her to get her act together.

In an on-court interview after the match Sharapova said, “I’m so glad to be back in the quarters.  “It’s been so many years.”

Sharapova will meet Marion Bartoli for a spot in the semifinals. The Russian had only dropped seven games through the first three rounds.



Sharapova wins easily, Admits Break-up with Vujacic

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova who is looking to capture her second US Open title, advanced to the fourth round with an easy 6-1, 6-1 win over NCAA runner-up Mallory Burdette.

The match lasted only 58 minutes.

During her post-match news conference she confirmed the rumors that her engagement to former Los Angeles Lakers player Sasha Vujacic is no more. They were originally supposed to be married in November in Turkey.

Sharapova said that the engagement had ended in the spring. “I was waiting for someone to actually ask me that question, but nobody did directly,” said Sharapova.

“I have never really been the person to announce things,” she said. “I never announced when we were together or never announced that we were engaged. I never have in any of my previous relationships, as well.

“It’s not really the type of person that I am or the way I like to go about things. I’m not an announcer, you know. I don’t go and do interviews about it or photo ops.”

“It was obviously a challenging decision, you know, from both of our ends.  Yeah, it was a really nice period of time for both of us, but, you know, our career schedules just made it extremely difficult to see each other with the traveling, and especially his career move to Turkey.  You know, the playing there was a little bit different in terms of he wasn’t able to travel much.  He wasn’t home one time during the ten months that he was in Turkey, so that made it extremely difficult.  Yeah, but we have a tremendous amount of respect for each other.  Still would love to call him as a friend.  Yeah, we spent really great years together.

Sharapova will play Russian countrywoman Nadia Petrova in the round of 16.

“I’ve had some tough matches against her” Sharpaova said.  “Although I have a good record, they have always been really tough and have gone to some three-setters.”

“She has a big game, great serve, a difficult opponent, but I’m looking forward to that challenge.”


An Olympic View from Court 1, Third Round

By Ros Satar

WIMBLEDON – It’s not quite the AELTC, is it?

It’s all very familiar but very different.

Where once was the comfortably subtle dark green and purple livery adorning the iconic front of Centre Court, there are angular and lively 2012 shapes and colors.

The Olympic tennis is being hosted at the All England Club, where just three and a half weeks ago, tennis fans saw an emotional Andy Murray let down his guard after Roger Federer won a record-equaling seventh title.

There are some things that are reassuringly the same.  The stoic sighs of the fans on Court 1 who take their seats in the rain.  The queues for food and drink (and yes you CAN get the SW19 drink of choice, but due to sponsorship and licensing, it cannot be referred to by a trade name)!


Roger Federer (Switzerland) def Denis Istomin (Uzbekistan) 7-5, 6-3

On Court 1, as the rain was spitting down, the players were brought out, including a reluctant looking Roger Federer, who was facing Denis Istomin, in the third round.

No sooner than they had sat down, the rain came down heavier, so off they went.

Play got underway around 45 minutes later, and although both players seemed to need time to find their range, Federer was soon away with a break, but did not have it all his own way, as Istomin clawed his way back, before another rain delay came.

As the resumption, Federer got the late break he wanted, taking the first set.  The second set started in much the same way, with Federer breaking Istomin in his first game.

This time there was no clawing back, although Istomin had played very well, and at times Federer had not looked as convincing as he did in the opening rounds of The Championships a few weeks ago.


Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) def Nadia Petrova (Russia) 7-6(6), 6-4

As the sun shone down, finally, on Court 1, these ladies slugged away at each other from the baseline.

Neither were giving ground, although every now and again Petrova would throw out a hefty kick serve which left Azarenka all at sea.

Petrova had the edge on Azarenka in the first set tiebreak, and it was only after saving the first set point against her that Azarenka suddenly stepped up a gear, fighting back and eventually winning the tiebreak.

Although Azarenka started the second set with the momentum with her, she was broken before the first change of ends, although Petrova made heavy work of consolidating the break.

Azarenka got the better of Petrova with a single break, and although Petrova challenged on match point, it was to no avail.


Maria Sharapova (Russia) def Sabine Lisicki (Germany) 6-7(8), 6-4, 6-3

It was almost a month ago to the day that Sabine Lisicki put paid to Maria Sharapova’s run to a consecutive Wimbledon final.

And it was like nothing had changed.

Neither was giving any leeway until the eighth game, when Lisicki stepped up her play and broke Sharapova.

However, a costly double fault sent her on the way to being broken straight back, to love.

The first set went to a see-saw tie break with Lisicki being let back in to the tiebreak that saw Sharapova edged out for the first set.

A single break margin saw Sharapova level the match and take things into a decider.

The third set started with two breaks of serve until things proceeded with serve as the clouds rolled in over the setting sun, and the light was fading.

Sharapova had the all-important break to lead 5-3 and serve out for the match.

David Ferrer and Kei Nishikori had been scheduled to finish up the day’s action but had been moved to Court 14, and then moved again to Centre Court to finish the action.

All in all, there are enough things familiar and heaven knows it was nice to spend some time in the sun, after such a rain-soaked Wimbledon.

But the volunteers sometimes enthusiastically let people in at non-change of ends pauses in matches, the ball boys and girls are maybe not as strictly drilled, and the numbers lines judges also seem to be pared down.

But for the most part the fans are reveling in a couple of weeks of extra tennis at SW19 and turn a bit of a blind eye to the different colors.

Ros Satar is a British Journalist- an IT Journalist by day, a Sports journalist part-time and her match observations can be found at the Chalkdust Chronicles (chalkdustchronicles.blogspot.com). Follow her on twitter at @rfsatar.



Jelena Jankovic and Nadia Petrova Join Stanford Field

STANFORD, CA (www.BankOfTheWestClassic.com) – The player field at this year’s Bank of the West Classic now has former top-10 players Jelena Jankovic and Nadia Petrova entered into the premier WTA event.
Former world No.1 Jankovic will be making her second appearance at the Bank of the West Classic where she looks to build on her impressive 12 career WTA singles titles.
In addition, 29 -year-old, Nadia Petrova will also join the player field at this year’s Bank of the West Classic.
The addition of Jankovic and Petrova adds to the Bank of the West Classic’s field, which will include 13-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams and 2009 Bank of the West Classic Champion Marion Bartoli.
Current world No. 5, Williams will return to the Bay Area to defend her 2011 Bank of the West Classic title.
Bartoli will also return to this year’s tournament for the fifth consecutive year as she looks to avenge her 2011 finals loss to Williams.
Guests at this year’s tournament will also have the exciting opportunity to see tennis legends Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Michael Chang as they participate in a series of exhibition matches, July 11-13.

Djokovic, Sharapova Through, Stosur, Fish Upset at Indian Wells


Serbia’s Novak Djokovic tamed the big serve of South African Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-3 to move into the round of 16 at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden on Monday. World No. 1 Djokovic  is now  12-1 for the year.

Djokovic said that the match was closer than the score indicated: “It was, especially in the start.  We had a couple of long games, especially the one at 2‑All.  You know, I expected that, in a way, because I have played him.  Last two times I have played him a won straight sets, but, again, the opening set, especially opening five games, took half an hour or more.

“So he’s very aggressive on the return games.  He has a great serve, as you can imagine for his height.  So I had to return well, I had to just be patient, and wait for my chances.

“I haven’t served well in the opening set, but then it all came down to, you know, his service games.  I think I served well and put a lot of pressure on him and returned really, really good.

“So I’m really happy with this win today, you know.  It wasn’t easy to expect to win.”


Maria Sharapova took out Simona Halep 6-3 6-4. The Russian was tested in the second set as Halep came back from 2 breaks down at 1-5 to make it 4-5 but could not extend the match any longer. Sharapova noted: “started slow in the match and got myself going.  I thought I played extremely well the first four or five games of that set.  Almost too good, in a way, where I felt like I was going for a lot and making a lot of shots.  Then felt like I almost started going for a little bit too much.

“Yeah, instead of being patient, maybe, you know, putting a few more balls back, I just hit a few errors that I shouldn’t have made.  Yeah, then all of a sudden your opponent gains confidence because they have nothing to lose.  Kind of in a bad situation.

“Yeah, I got it together in the end.”


Russia’s Nadia Petrova gained some revenge on sixth seeded Sam Stosur by taking her out 6-1,6-7(6), 7-6(5). Stosur stopped Petrova in a three set marathon match on the way to the 2011 US Open title.

“After that loss in New York it’s been hard, “ Petrova said. “I was very pumped coming out today.  I wanted to turn everything around.  I wanted to win and walk off the court with a W.

“I don’t really think I played unbelievable in the first set.  My composure was perfect.  I took the time.  No errors.  I must say Sam didn’t play her best.  She was framing balls.  She was not really putting a lot of first serves.

“So that actually helped me to get the lead in the match, and then she picked up her game in the middle of the second set.  That’s when she started to play Sam’s game.”


American Mardy Fish was the upset of the day on the men’s side, taken out by Matthew Ebden of Australian 6-3, 6-4. Fish was called for violating the hindrance rule at 4-4 in the second set when he yelled “Come on,” when he thought he had hit a winning shot before Ebden could get to the ball.

Fish told media:”I feel like the rule is off in a sense that, okay, if he makes that shot, I’m totally fine with giving him the point because, you know, I was ‑‑ I spoke too soon, for sure.

“But I feel like maybe we should play a let on that just because and I won’t you know, not even take the point.  There’s just no way that you could say that that shot was going to go in had I not said anything if you’re 100% certain on that.

“I made a mistake, and I would have been totally fine with playing a let on it.  But to give, you know  I mean, that’s a pretty big spot there, you know.  You’re one point away from basically losing the match and going  I was one point away from holding.

“I mean, that didn’t really have  I don’t think it had an effect on him making or missing the shot.  But I feel like maybe a let there, unless he hits the shot in.  Then that’s different.”


Two more victims of the “IW virus,” Francesca Schiavone the 10th seed retired from her match after losing the first set to Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova who lost on Sunday in singles withdrew from doubles.

Other seeded winners on Monday were: No. 4 Caroline Wozniacki who had to rally from a set and 4-5 down, No. 7 Marion Bartoli, No. 15 Ana Ivanovic, No. 20 Maria Kirilenko, No. 21 Roberta Vinci, No. 7 Andy Roddick who stopped No. 30 Andy Roddick in three sets, No. 11 John Isner,  No. 12 Nicolas Almagro and No. 13 Giles Simon.