2014/07/28

John Isner Wins Second Auckland Crown

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(January 11, 2014) World No. 14 John Isner claimed his eighth ATP World Tour title with a 7-6(4) 7-6(7) win over Lu Yen-hsun. The American’s first title victory came at Auckland back in 2010. Isner’s only titles outside of the United States have come in Auckland.

For the 30-year-old Lu, he was playing his first ATP World Tour final, having upset four-time champion and World No. 3 David Ferrer in the semifinals.

Isner hit 23 aces during the final match, giving him a total of 79 for the tournament.

“He just served incredibly,” Lu said. “There was one period of time when I couldn’t read his serve. Even sometimes, when I guessed right, I still couldn’t really get the ball back. I started well, I managed one break point, but he’s No. 14 in the world and his serve is his main weapon. I had a great week and I’m happy with my performance. I hope I can keep it going now into next week.”

“I wish it didn’t have to be so close at the end, it gives me a lot of grey hairs,” Isner said. But I’m so happy. To say this was unexpected, coming into the tournament, would be a huge understatement. Sometimes that’s how things work out. You come in with low expectations, the pressure’s off, and things tend to work out. That was the case this week.

“I knew it was going to be a tough match. I knew he was playing well. It was, obviously, extremely tight. I thought it was my best performance all week. I was very happy with how I played. Apart from all the break points missed, I was extremely happy with everything. I felt like I was hitting the ball the best I have all week and that’s a very good sign going forward.

“[Tie-breaks] favor me a bit, given I can get free points on my serve. When it comes down to a situation like a tie-break, I usually have a bit more adrenaline. I’m a little more keyed in on my serve. I’m normally serving my best in that situation and it puts a lot of pressure on my opponent.”

Both men will participate the year’s first tennis major, the Australian Open which begins on Monday.

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Ana Ivanovic Beats Venus Williams for Auckland Title

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(January 4, 2014) Ana Ivanovic won her first title since Bali in late 2011 by defeating Venus Williams 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 to earn the ASB Classic tennis tournament in Auckland, New Zealand. For the 26-year-old Serbian, it’s her 12th WTA tour title.

Ivanovic had not beaten Williams since the 2008 French Open when she went on to win the title, her only major.

Ivanovic appeared to be in control of the match until she served for the title at 6-2, 5-4 when the 33-year-old Williams broke her serve for 5-5. Williams held serve and broke Ivanovic again to win the second set 7-5 to make it a match. Ivanovic failed to capitalize on two match points earlier in the set.

The second seed Ivanovic opened the third set with a break. In the eighth game, Ivanovic had to dig herself out of two break points to hold and she was not challenged after that.

For the seven-time major champion Williams, she was playing in her first final since winning the Luxembourg title in October 2012. For the past two years Williams has been battling Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease.

Ivanovic hit 24 winners to 47 unforced errors to Williams’ 30 winners and 64 errors.

“Today for me it was all about fighting, because I didn’t feel I was playing my best, Williams said. “I fought as hard as I could no matter what the score was, but I just ran into a better player today.”

“It’s amazing. Coming into this week I didn’t really have any expectations,” Ivanovic said. “I didn’t even think about making the finals or winning it. I just tried my best, and I felt very comfortable here. Today was a great match. Venus is always very tough – she’s a great champion and showed that again today. I’m just happy that after losing that second set I managed to stay calm and close it out.”

Ivanovic and Williams are projected to rise to No.14 and No.38 respectively when the new rankings come out on Monday.

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Ana Ivanovic and Venus Williams reach Auckland Semis

 

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(January 2, 2014) Ana Ivanovic, Venus Williams, Jamie Hampton and Kirsten Flipkens have reached the semifinals of the ASB Classic in Auckland.

Seven-time major champion Venus Williams beat Garbine Muguruza 6-3, 6-3 and the second-seeded Ivanovic topped Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-2, 6-3 to reach the Auckland semifinals.

Ivanovic will play her doubles partner, No. 3 seed Kirsten Flipkens in her semifinal on Friday while the other semifinal will feature an all-American contest when Williams faces Jamie Hampton.

Flipkens stopped Japanese qualifier Sachie Ishizu 6-4, 7-5 and Hampton defeated countrywoman Lauren Davis 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.

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Venus Williams Advances in Three-set win in Auckland

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(January 1, 2014) Venus Williams bested Yvonne Meusburger in the battle of 30-somethings 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in a second round match at the ASB Classic in Auckland on Wednesday. Williams won 10 of the last 13 games.

Williams told WTA.com:

“I think my opponent today has been playing some of the best tennis of her career,” Williams said. “She was a totally different player than my first round opponent. She’s a counterpuncher, really consistent and runs down balls, so it took me a little while to get that in my head and kind of change my strategy.

“Today was a lot about my winners and my errors – I made some spectacular winners and some spectacular errors! But in my head I just wanted to keep playing aggressive because that’s my game.”

“It’s not easy to stay aggressive when I’m making so many mistakes, but when I stop being aggressive and start playing my opponent’s game that’s really when I start getting into trouble. Sometimes I just have to get the errors out of my system and my shots start landing. I just can’t stop moving forward.”

Next up for the American is Garbiñe Muguruza.

Also advancing in Auckland were (2) Ana Ivanovic, (3) Kisten Flipkens and (5) Jamie Hampton.

ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
December 30, 2013 – January 4, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, January 1, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(2) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 61 61
(3) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 64 63
(5) Jamie Hampton (USA) d. (Q) Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 63 64
Venus Williams (USA) d. Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 46 63 62
Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) d. (Q) Sharon Fichman (CAN) 16 63 63
Lauren Davis (USA) d. (WC) Ana Konjuh (CRO) 26 62 62
Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 60 61
(Q) Sachie Ishizu (JPN) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 62 36 75

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Fichman/Sanchez (CAN/USA) d. (1) Hlavackova/Safarova (CZE/CZE) 76(6) 64
(4) Barthel/Moulton-Levy (GER/USA)  d. C Chan (TPE) / Y Xu (CHN) 61 75
Pliskova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) d. (WC) Guthrie/Jones (NZL/AUS) 64 61

Order Of Play – Thursday, January 2, 2014
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Sachie Ishizu vs. Kirsten Flipkens
2. Kurumi Nara vs. Ana Ivanovic
3. Lauren Davis vs. Jamie Hampton
4. Garbiñe Muguruza vs. Venus Williams (NB 18.30hrs)
5. Fichman/Sanchez vs. Barthel/Moulton-Levy

Court 4 (NB 16.30hrs)
1. Flipkens/Ivanovic vs. Hradecka/Krajicek (after suitable rest)

 

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Croatia Teen Ana Konjuh Topples Top Seed in Auckland

 

(December 31, 2013) In the biggest upset of the WTA 2014 season so far, in Auckland, top Roberta Vinci lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 to 259th-ranked Ana Konjuh of Croatia. Konjuh just turned 16th birthday last Friday. Last year the young Croatian won the Australian and U.S. Open girls’ singles titles.

Ana Ivanovic Ivanovic survived a sore shoulder in her 7-5, 7-6 (2) win over American Alison Riske.

ASB CLASSIC
Auckland, New Zealand
December 30, 2013 – January 4, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Singles – First Round
(WC) Ana Konjuh (CRO) d. (1) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 36 64 62
(2) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Alison Riske (USA) 75 76(2)
(3) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Monica Puig (PUR) 64 75
(Q) Sharon Fichman (CAN) d. (4) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 61 64
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. (6) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 76(2) 63
Julia Goerges (GER) d. (8) Karin Knapp (ITA) 46 76(3) 76(2)
Lauren Davis (USA) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 61 64
(Q) Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 76(3) 60
(Q) Sachie Ishizu (JPN) d (Q) Anett Kontaveit (EST) 63 16 63
Doubles – First Round
(1) Hlavackova/Safarova (CZE/CZE) d. Grandin/Klemenschits (RSA/AUT) 64 76(3)
(3) Hradecka/Krajicek (CZE/NED) d. Domínguez Lino/Muguruza (ESP/ESP) 61 62
(4) Barthel/Moulton-Levy (GER/USA) d. Beygelzimer/Irigoyen (UKR/ARG) 46 63 108 (Match TB)
Fichman/Sanchez (CAN/USA) d. Kania/Solovyeva (POL/RUS) 75 76(5)
Pliskova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) d. Paszek/Vandeweghe (AUT/USA) 75 36 107 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Wednesday, January 1, 2014
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Karolina Pliskova vs. Kirsten Flipkens
2. Kristyna Pliskova vs. Jamie Hampton
3. Venus Williams vs. Yvonne Meusburger
4. Johanna Larsson vs. Ana Ivanovic (NB 18.30hrs)
5. Ana Konjuh vs. Lauren Davis

Court 4 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Ayumi Morita vs. Kurumi Nara
2. Sharon Fichman vs. Garbiñe Muguruza
3. Julia Goerges vs. Sachie Ishizu
4. Pliskova/Pliskova vs. Guthrie/Jones (NB 16.30hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 2 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Barthel/Moulton-Levy vs. Chan/Xu
2. Hlavackova/Safarova vs. Fichman/Sanchez (NB 15.00hrs; after suitable rest)

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Ferrer Wins Fourth Auckland Title Equaling Emerson Record

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(January 12, 2013)  World No. 5 David Ferrer topped out 2008 Auckland champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 7-6 6-1 in  a mere 78 minutes to see the Spaniard join Australia’s Roy Emerson as the only four-time winners of the tournament.

Ferrer captued his first Auckland title in 2007 and has won the last three consecutive titles.

“I’m really happy, because I did a new record for my career,” Ferrer said. “It’s really nice to win one ATP tournament, but four times is very difficult.

“I think the first set was the key. He served to win the first set, but he didn’t take his chance. I tried to fight for every point and in the important moments, I was there. In the tie-break, I played better.”

“Twice, I was a break up and had a good opportunity to take the set, Kohlschreiber said. “I played really well, but I think after winning the first set, he missed almost nothing. He returned everything and my level dropped a bit. It’s very tough to play against him. The second set is a good example of him being too good all over the place… Overall, it was a great week. I really enjoyed it. It’s not every week I play in a final.”

Ferrer will now make his way to Melbourne for the Australian Open where he meets Belgium’s Olivier Rochus in the first round.

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Ferrer to Meet Kohlschreiber in Auckland Final

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(January 11. 2013) On Saturday David Ferrer will have a chance to join Hall of Famer Roy Emerson in winning the Auckland tournament a fourth time. No. 1 seed David Ferrer defeated Gael Monfils 6-1, 6-2 on Friday to make the final of the Heineken Open.

“It was bad luck for Gael,” Ferrer said. “He was tired after the match yesterday (against Tommy Haas).

Monfils’ injury does not appear likely to threaten his Australian Open run.

“David is an incredible player and today I was very tired,” Monfils said. “Against a player like that he’s very powerful and it’s very physical.”

Ferrer will play Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber for the title.

Kohlschreiber had to hold off the power serving American Sam Querrey to win 6-4, 7-6 (2).

Kohlschreiber will teyn to win in Auckland for a second time. He won the title in 2008.

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 11 JANUARY, 2013

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d [WC] G Monfils (FRA) 61 62
[2] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d [4] S Querrey (USA) 64 76(2)

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] C Fleming (GBR) / B Soares (BRA) d [3] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) 76(0) 76(3)
J Brunstrom (SWE) / F Nielsen (DEN) d F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) 67(7) 64 10-6

SCHEDULESATURDAY, 12 JANUARY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] C Fleming (GBR) / B Soares (BRA) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / F Nielsen (DEN)

Not Before 2:00 PM
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [2] P Kohlschreiber (GER)


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Ferrer, Querrey Gain Auckland Semis

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 10 JANUARY, 2013

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d L Lacko (SVK) 62 61
[2] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d X Malisse (BEL) 76(6) 64
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) d [3] T Haas (GER) 36 75 63
[4] S Querrey (USA) d [Q] J Levine (CAN) 64 76(5)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] C Fleming (GBR) / B Soares (BRA) d B Becker (GER) / J Melzer (AUT) 63 64
J Brunstrom (SWE) / F Nielsen (DEN) d J Janowicz (POL) / A Ramos (ESP) 62 64
F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d X Malisse (BEL) / F Moser (GER) 00 ret. (Moser – back)

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 11 JANUARY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] C Fleming (GBR) / B Soares (BRA) vs [3] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK)
[4] S Querrey (USA) vs [2] P Kohlschreiber (GER)

Not Before 3:00 PM
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [WC] G Monfils (FRA)
J Brunstrom (SWE) / F Nielsen (DEN) vs F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)

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Top Four Seeds Advance in Auckland

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(January 9, 2013) Spain’s David Ferrer defeated Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to move into the Heineken Tennis Open quarterfinals in Auckland.

“It was tough. It never is easy in the first round,” said Ferrer. “My opponent played a very good game.

“The court is very fast and sometimes I need to play with power, I can’t just play defense. Anyway, I won the match.”

Fourth seed Sam Querrey slammed 19 aces past Belgian wildcard Olivier Rochus 7-5, 6-3.

“That’s probably one of the best serving matches I’ve ever played and everything felt pretty good,” Querrey said.  “It’s my first match of the year, everything felt pretty good and I’m just looking forward to playing tomorrow.”

 

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 9 JANUARY, 2013

Singles – Second Round
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) d Y Lu (TPE) 64 26 63
[2] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d A Falla (COL) 76(4) 46 63
[3] T Haas (GER) d [Q] I Sijsling (NED) 63 64
[4] S Querrey (USA) d [WC] O Rochus (BEL) 75 63
L Lacko (SVK) d [8] T Bellucci (BRA) 63 75
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) d [Q] G Jones (AUS) 64 62
[Q] J Levine (CAN) d B Baker (USA) 75 64
X Malisse (BEL) d S Giraldo (COL) 76(6) 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) d V Hanescu (ROU) / M Klizan (SVK) 62 75

Doubles – First Round
B Becker (GER) / J Melzer (AUT) d E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS) 76(5) 76(6)
J Brunstrom (SWE) / F Nielsen (DEN) d [WC] A Sitak (NZL) / J Statham (NZL) 63 62
SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 10 JANUARY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
X Malisse (BEL) vs [2] P Kohlschreiber (GER)
[Q] J Levine (CAN) vs [4] S Querrey (USA)

Not Before 3:30 PM
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs L Lacko (SVK)
X Malisse (BEL) / F Moser (GER) vs F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK)

Not Before 7:00 PM
[3] T Haas (GER) vs [WC] G Monfils (FRA)
J Brunstrom (SWE) / F Nielsen (DEN) vs J Janowicz (POL) / A Ramos (ESP)

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm
[1] C Fleming (GBR) / B Soares (BRA) vs B Becker (GER) / J Melzer (AUT)

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Melzer Falls to Qualifier in Auckland

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(January 8, 2013) No. 29 Jurgen Melzer was knocked out of Auckland by the 373rd-ranked Greg Jones 7-6 (7), 6-2. Jones who had to win three matches to qualify for the tournament, had to come back from 4-6 down in the first set tiebreak.

“It’s a pretty good feeling,” said Jones. “I had a pretty rough year last year, which my ranking shows. I trained really hard in Melbourne with a couple of guys, a couple of fellow Aussies during the offseason, and physically I’m just feeling a lot better on the court.”

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 8 JANUARY, 2013

Singles – First Round
[Q] G Jones (AUS) d [6] J Melzer (AUT) 76(7) 62
Y Lu (TPE) d B Paire (FRA) 63 26 62
L Lacko (SVK) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 63 63
[Q] I Sijsling (NED) d R Haase (NED) 36 63 75
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) d [Q] B Becker (GER) 67(2) 63 64
[Q] J Levine (CAN) d [WC] D King-Turner (NZL) 62 62
S Giraldo (COL) d G Soeda (JPN) 61 60
A Falla (COL) d G Zemlja (SLO) 64 31 ret. (virus)

Doubles – First Round
F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 62 36 13-11
[3] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) d T Bellucci (BRA) / C Berlocq (ARG) 63 64
J Janowicz (POL) / A Ramos (ESP) d [4] D Bracciali (ITA) / O Marach (AUT) 63 64
V Hanescu (ROU) / M Klizan (SVK) d J Delgado (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) 62 62
X Malisse (BEL) / F Moser (GER) d J Marray (GBR) / A Sa (BRA) 76(5) 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 9 JANUARY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] O Rochus (BEL) vs [4] S Querrey (USA)
A Falla (COL) vs [2] P Kohlschreiber (GER)

Not Before 3:00 PM
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] G Jones (AUS)
[3] T Haas (GER) vs [Q] I Sijsling (NED)

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs Y Lu (TPE)
[WC] A Sitak (NZL) / J Statham (NZL) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / F Nielsen (DEN)

COURT 4 start 12:00 noon
X Malisse (BEL) vs S Giraldo (COL)
L Lacko (SVK) vs [8] T Bellucci (BRA)
B Baker (USA) vs [Q] J Levine (CAN)
B Becker (GER) / J Melzer (AUT) vs E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS)
[3] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) vs V Hanescu (ROU) / M Klizan (SVK)

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 8 JANUARY, 2013

Singles – First Round
[Q] G Jones (AUS) d [6] J Melzer (AUT) 76(7) 62
Y Lu (TPE) d B Paire (FRA) 63 26 62
L Lacko (SVK) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 63 63
[Q] I Sijsling (NED) d R Haase (NED) 36 63 75
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) d [Q] B Becker (GER) 67(2) 63 64
[Q] J Levine (CAN) d [WC] D King-Turner (NZL) 62 62
S Giraldo (COL) d G Soeda (JPN) 61 60
A Falla (COL) d G Zemlja (SLO) 64 31 ret. (virus)

Doubles – First Round
F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) d [2] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) 62 36 13-11
[3] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) d T Bellucci (BRA) / C Berlocq (ARG) 63 64
J Janowicz (POL) / A Ramos (ESP) d [4] D Bracciali (ITA) / O Marach (AUT) 63 64
V Hanescu (ROU) / M Klizan (SVK) d J Delgado (GBR) / K Skupski (GBR) 62 62
X Malisse (BEL) / F Moser (GER) d J Marray (GBR) / A Sa (BRA) 76(5) 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 9 JANUARY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[WC] O Rochus (BEL) vs [4] S Querrey (USA)
A Falla (COL) vs [2] P Kohlschreiber (GER)

Not Before 3:00 PM
[WC] G Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] G Jones (AUS)
[3] T Haas (GER) vs [Q] I Sijsling (NED)

Not Before 7:00 PM
[1] D Ferrer (ESP) vs Y Lu (TPE)
[WC] A Sitak (NZL) / J Statham (NZL) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / F Nielsen (DEN)

COURT 4 start 12:00 noon
X Malisse (BEL) vs S Giraldo (COL)
L Lacko (SVK) vs [8] T Bellucci (BRA)
B Baker (USA) vs [Q] J Levine (CAN)
B Becker (GER) / J Melzer (AUT) vs E Butorac (USA) / P Hanley (AUS)
[3] J Knowle (AUT) / F Polasek (SVK) vs V Hanescu (ROU) / M Klizan (SVK)

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