October 1, 2016

Sloane Stephens Wins Auckland for Second Career WTA Title

(January 9, 2016) Sloane Stephens had to complete two wins on Saturday to claim the ASB Classic title in Auckland. The American had to complete her rain delayed semifinal earlier in the day. Stephens was leading former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 5-2 on Friday when the rains came. Saturday morning saw the Dane mount a comeback against the American, but Stephens held her off to win 6-2, 7-6(3) to advance to the final.

Two hours later, Stephens had to take on Germany’s Julia Goerges for the title. The fifth seed went on to win 7-5, 6-2 to claim her second WTA title.

“To win a tournament is amazing and I’m just really happy,” the 22-year-old Stephens said after the match. “It’s definitely been a tough week, I’ve played some really tough players and to play this morning and come back and play the final. It’s the first time I’ve done that so I was really pleased with the way I was able to hold myself together and win this afternoon.”

 

ASB CLASSIC – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
USD 250, 000
4-9 JANUARY, 2016

Results – Saturday, Jan 9

Women’s Singles

Finals

[5] S. Stephens (USA) d J. Goerges (GER) 75 62

Semifinals

[5] S. Stephens (USA) d [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 62 76(3)

Women’s Doubles

Finals

E. Mertens (BEL) / A. Mestach (BEL) d D. Kovinic (MNE) / B. Strycova (CZE) 26 63 10-5

Semifinals

D. Kovinic (MNE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 64 64

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Jiri Vesely Wins Maiden ATP Title in Auckland

Jiri Vesely

Jiri Vesely

(January 17, 2015) In a match between first-time finalists, qualifier Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic defeated France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 in Auckland to earn his first ATP Tour World title. The 21 year-old world No. 63 is the first Czech to win in Auckland since Jiri Novak in 1996.

En route to the finals Vesely upset world No. 13 Ernests Gulbis and World No. 16 Kevin Anderson.

“It feels amazing to be part of the ATP champions,” said the Czech. “It’s not something that everyone is [able] to achieve, so I’m very grateful for that. It’s a great start for me… I can really see that it’s possible to play with the best guys and I think that’s something very important for me for the future.”

“I was really believing in myself, that my game could be better than his, and I was just trying to be more patient and to put more balls back and just not let him play the game he’d like to play.”

Vesely led the tournament in aces, first and second serve points won, as well as service games won.
“When you get broken by someone who’s serving like this, you feel like it’s slipping away,” said Mannarino. “I was trying to deal with my own game and it was really tough today. I didn’t have the same feeling that I had during the week. I didn’t feel the ball the same way. Unfortunately it happened in the final.”
The win adds Vesely to the list of ATP World Tour title winners born in the 1990s, joining Milos Raonic (6), Grigor Dimitrov (4), David Goffin (2), Bernard Tomic (2) and Federico Delbonis (1).

Vesely will play Viktor Troicki in the first round of the Australian Open. The tournament begins on Monday.

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Venus Williams Wins Auckland for 46th Career Title

Venus wins Auckland

(January 9, 2015) In a face-off between two former No. 1s, Venus Williams rebounded from dropping the opening set to defeat top seed Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 to win the ASB Classic in Auckland New Zealand. For Williams it was her 46th career singles title. She is second among active players in titles behind her sister Serena.

Williams, who had never dropped a set in five previous meeting with Wozniacki, fought back in the second set, rallying from being down a break after the opening game.

“The first set went fast,” Williams said. “After that I was like, ‘All right, time to take it to three.’ But of course with her playing that well, I had to find a way just to get it to three. In the first set she was serving so well. She had an amazing first serve percentage, all those amazing passing shots, even her mis-hits were too good. But I just tried to stay level-headed in the second set and focus on holding, and cut down on my unforced errors too, and it worked for me today.”

Williams took control in the third set breaking in the third game for a 2-1 lead and held on to win.

Williams hit 40 winners which included six aces.

Williams at 34,  became the fourth oldest winner of a WTA event, behind Billie Jean King, Kimiko Date-Krumm and Martina Navratilova.

“I am an old tennis player now,” said Williams said during the trophy ceremony.

“I waited until I was 33 until I came to New Zealand and that was the biggest mistakes of my life.”

“I want to congratulate Venus for a great week,” Wozniacki said.

“Week after week you work so hard and you have been on tour for so long I have a picture on my phone when I was 12 and you told me to stay in school.”

“I remember telling (Wozniacki) to stay in school,” Williams said. “But I didn’t know you would get so good.”

“Venus played really well,” Wozniacki added. “She’s had a great week. I served really well at the start, and I was putting a lot of pressure on her, but she played better and better as the match went on.”

Top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci from Italy took the doubles title in straight sets 6-2, 6-1 from Shuko Aoyama of Japan and Renata Voracova of the Czech Republic.

More to follow.

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Wozniacki and Venus Williams Open 2015 with wins in Auckland

Venus wins

(January 6, 2015) Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams began the new year on winning notes in Auckland at the ASB Classic. Top seed Wozniacki beat qualifier Julia Glushko of Israel 6-3, 6-2 while American Williams dominated Jana Cepelova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-0 in less than an hour.

“I was welcomed when I came on the court and I felt like I left off right from last year,” said last year’s finalist Williams. “I felt comfortable right away.”

ASB CLASSIC 2015 – AUCKLAND, NZL
$ 250,000.00
5-10 JANUARY 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 06, 2015
Singles – First Round
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] J Glushko (ISR) 63 62
[3] V Williams (USA) d J Cepelova (SVK) 61 60
[Q] L Hradecka (CZE) d [5] S Kuznetsova (RUS) 36 76(6) 64
[7] C Vandeweghe (USA) d R Vinci (ITA) 57 62 63
J Goerges (GER) d [Q] A Tatishvili (USA) 61 64
M Erakovic (NZL) d M Puig (PUR) 75 26 64
K Flipkens (BEL) d J Larsson (SWE) 76(1) 16 76(3)
E Vesnina (RUS) d K Mladenovic (FRA) 76(5) 62
[Q] U Radwanska (POL) d F Schiavone (ITA) 64 75

Doubles – First Round
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) d Y Beygelzimer (UKR) / E Hrdinova (CZE) 26 62 10-1
[2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) d D Hantuchova (SVK) / F Schiavone (ITA) 64 64
[4] S Aoyama (JPN) / R Voracova (CZE) d S Fichman (CAN) / M Sanchez (USA) 76(4) 62
P Martic (CRO) / A Tatishvili (USA) d [WC] R Cheng (NZL) / K Westbury (NZL) 60 62
D Jurak (CRO) / M Moulton-Levy (USA) d M Barthel (GER) / M Minella (LUX) 63 67(3) 10-5

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 07, 2015
CENTRE start 12:00 noon
A Konjuh (CRO) vs E Vesnina (RUS)
K Nara (JPN) vs [3] V Williams (USA)
[4] B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs M Erakovic (NZL)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [WC] T Townsend (USA)
[6] S Stephens (USA) vs L Davis (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
K Flipkens (BEL) vs [7] C Vandeweghe (USA)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[Q] U Radwanska (POL) vs D Hantuchova (SVK)
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs N Melichar (USA) / L Siegemund (GER)

Not Before 5:00 pm
After suitable rest – [3] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) vs P Martic (CRO) / A Tatishvili (USA)

COURT 2 start 2:30 pm
J Goerges (GER) vs [Q] L Hradecka (CZE)

 

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Hantuchova Upsets Errani in Auckland

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ASB CLASSIC 2015 – AUCKLAND, NZL
$ 250,000.00
5-10 JANUARY 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 05, 2015
Singles – First Round
D Hantuchova (SVK) d [2] S Errani (ITA) 63 62
[4] B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d C Scheepers (RSA) 61 36 62
[6] S Stephens (USA) d S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 63 61
A Konjuh (CRO) d [8] M Barthel (GER) 62 61
[WC] T Townsend (USA) d Y Wickmayer (BEL) 75 36 60
K Nara (JPN) d K Bertens (NED) 63 62
L Davis (USA) d S Rogers (USA) 16 64 63

Doubles – First Round
[3] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) d K Bondarenko (UKR) / O Savchuk (UKR) 76(3) 46 10-5
N Melichar (USA) / L Siegemund (GER) d G Dabrowski (CAN) / A Rosolska (POL) 64 46 11-9
[WC] M Erakovic (NZL) / M Puig (PUR) d M Irigoyen (ARG) / B Krejcikova (CZE) 64 67(5) 11-9

Women’s
Qualifying Singles – Third Round

Qualifying – L Hradecka (CZE) d M Eguchi (JPN) 63 16 76(4)
Qualifying – U Radwanska (POL) d S Karatantcheva (BUL) 62 64
Qualifying – A Tatishvili (USA) d M Minella (LUX) 46 60 60
Qualifying – J Glushko (ISR) d C Feuerstein (FRA) 41 ret. (abdominal injury)

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JANUARY 06, 2015
CENTRE start 12:00 noon
[Q] U Radwanska (POL) vs F Schiavone (ITA)
[Q] L Hradecka (CZE) vs [5] S Kuznetsova (RUS)
J Cepelova (SVK) vs [3] V Williams (USA)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [Q] J Glushko (ISR)
M Puig (PUR) vs M Erakovic (NZL)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
R Vinci (ITA) vs [7] C Vandeweghe (USA)
E Vesnina (RUS) vs K Mladenovic (FRA)
K Flipkens (BEL) vs J Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs Y Beygelzimer (UKR) / E Hrdinova (CZE)
S Fichman (CAN) / M Sanchez (USA) vs [4] S Aoyama (JPN) / R Voracova (CZE)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
J Goerges (GER) vs [Q] A Tatishvili (USA)

Not Before 1:30 pm
M Barthel (GER) / M Minella (LUX) vs D Jurak (CRO) / M Moulton-Levy (USA)
After suitable rest – P Martic (CRO) / A Tatishvili (USA) vs [WC] R Cheng (NZL) / K Westbury (NZL)
After suitable rest – D Hantuchova (SVK) / F Schiavone (ITA) vs [2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE)

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