August 3, 2015

Joao Sousa Saves Match Point to Win his First ATP Title


(September 29, 2013) Joao Sousa became the first player from Portugal to win an ATP Tour title when he rallied from a match point against him to put down France’s Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 to capture the Malaysian Open tennis tournament. This was Sousa’s first ATP final.

The 77th-ranked Sousa had a dream week in Kuala Lumpur, beating seeds along the way to the crown in top seed David Ferrer, fourth seed Jurgen Melzer and fifth seed Benneteau in succession.

Behind 2-6, 4-5, 30-40, Sousa staved off a match point, winning three straight games on the trot to even the match. Sousa broke to open the third set and held on for the win.

“I just gave my best, Sousa said. “Tennis is like this, if you don’t go for it, you’ll never make it, so I just went for it. We both played a great match. He had a lot of chances to win.”

“I’m so tired mentally and physically but I just feel amazing, it’s just a dream come true, winning my first title here in Malaysia,” the 24-year-old said. “I’m really happy to win this title.”

“I tried everything today… I played very well, particularly I was very aggressive and I didn’t let him play for two sets almost,” said the Frenchman who is now 0-9 in ATP finals.

“I took my chance, it didn’t pay off and it’s hard, it’s hard, it’s very hard. But it’s sport.”

Sousa is the seventh first-time winner and the 12th unseeded winner on the ATP World Tour this year.


Wawrinka Tops Ferrer for Portugal Open Title


(May 5, 2013) Stanislas Wawrinka exacted a bit of revenge in taking out top seed David Ferrer for the Portugal Open title on Sunday 6-1, 6-4 in 65 minutes. The Swiss lost in the final of Buenos Aires to Ferrer earlier in the year.

It’s Wawrinka’s fourth ATP title, the first since his win at Chennai in 2011.

“It feels great to have won a title again, as it was one of my goals at the start of the year,“ Wawrinka said. “It was a challenge against a Top 4 player. I am very happy with the way I played today. I was really focused and I made it difficult for him on my serve. It is going to be tough to return to the Top 10, but I am definitely playing better than last year and I am improving. Today, I got the confidence that I can beat a Top 4 player in a final, on a clay court.”

“Stan played a great match, said world No. 4 Ferrer. I was never close to winning, but I felt better the longer it went on with my shots. On the big points, I should have clenched my teeth more. Playing any ATP World Tour final is important. I want to be positive and look forward. Stan played better today. Stan played pretty well from the baseline and he had a good percentage of first services. He surpassed me in everything.”

Wawrinka, who took home €74,000 in prize money for the win is now 28-7 in 2013.



Ferrer Leads Top Three Men’s Seeds Into Portugal Open Semis

Portugal Open

Oeiras, Portugal
April 29-May 5, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Friday, May 3, 2013
Womens Singles – Semifinals
(3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Romina Oprandi (SUI) 06 63 61
(4) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Kaia Kanepi (EST) 64 61

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
(2) Chan/Mladenovic (TPE/FRA) d. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 63 64

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) d V Hanescu (ROU) 64 76(2)
[2] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [WC] G Elias (POR) 64 64
[3] A Seppi (ITA) d [8] T Robredo (ESP) 64 63
[Q] P Carreno-Busta (ESP) d [4] F Fognini (ITA) 36 64 64

Men’s Doubles – Semifinals
[3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d [2] D Marrero (ESP) / M Melo (BRA) 63 16 11-9

Men’s Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d R Bopanna (IND) / A Ram (ISR) 46 63 10-4

Order Of Play – Saturday, May 4, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 11:55 am
[3] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [4] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA

Not Before 2:30 PM
[Q] P Carreno-Busta (ESP) vs [2] S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [3] A Seppi (ITA) – ATP

CENTRALITO start 1:00 pm
[4] D Jurak (CRO) / K Marosi (HUN) vs [2] H Chan (TPE) / K Mladenovic (FRA) – WTA
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) vs [4] D Bracciali (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) – ATP


Wawrinka, Pavlyuchenkova Advance in Portugal

Portugal Open

Oeiras, Portugal
April 29-May 4, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, May 2, 2013
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
(3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (7) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 63 67(3) 76(3)
(4) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (LL) Monica Puig (PUR) 62 64
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 64 63
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. (WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 62

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
(4) Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) d. (1) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 36 61 108 (Match TB)

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Chan/Mladenovic (TPE/FRA) d. Bratchikova/Lepchenko (RUS/USA) 62 61
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Klemenschits/Piter (AUT/POL) 60 75

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[2] S Wawrinka (SUI) d A Ramos (ESP) 16 63 64
[3] A Seppi (ITA) d A Falla (COL) 64 60
[8] T Robredo (ESP) d [Q] R Haase (NED) 64 64
[WC] G Elias (POR) d D Istomin (UZB) 36 61 64

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[2] D Marrero (ESP) / M Melo (BRA) d M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) 76(2) 36 10-3
[3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d [Alt] E Donskoy (RUS) / A Kuznetsov (RUS) 64 62
[4] D Bracciali (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) d [WC] F Gil (POR) / P Sousa (POR) 63 64

Order Of Play – Friday, May 3, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 10:25 am
R Oprandi (SUI) vs [3] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) – WTA
[4] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs K Kanepi (EST) – WTA
Not Before 1:50 PM
[WC] G Elias (POR) vs [2] S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP
Not Before 3:50 PM
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) vs V Hanescu (ROU) – ATP

CENTRALITO start 11:00 am

A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs [2] H Chan (TPE) / K Mladenovic (FRA) – WTA
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) vs R Bopanna (IND) / A Ram (ISR) – ATP
Not Before 2:00 PM
[Q] P Carreno-Busta (ESP) vs [4] F Fognini (ITA) – ATP
Not Before 4:00 PM
[3] A Seppi (ITA) vs [8] T Robredo (ESP) – ATP

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm

[3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) vs [2] D Marrero (ESP) / M Melo (BRA) – ATP


Seeds Cirstea and Paire Lose at Portugal Open

Sorana Cirstea

Sorana Cirstea

Oeiras, Portugal
April 29-May 5, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Women’s Singles – Second Round
(3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (Q) Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) 63 76(4)
(4) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 63
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (5) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 61 62
(7) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 64
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 62 63
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 61 63
(LL) M Puig (PUR) d F Schiavone (ITA) 63 62
(WC) S Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (Q) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) 64 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals

(1) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Foretz Gacon/Hrdinova (FRA/CZE) 26 64 103 (Match TB)
(4) Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) d. Paszek/Tatishvili (AUT/GEO) 64 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
(2) Chan/Mladenovic (TPE/FRA) d. (WC) Gavrilova/Luz (RUS/POR) 63 46 102 (Match TB)
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Pereira/Savinykh (BRA/RUS) 64 46 104 (Match TB)

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) d E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 64 46 63
[4] F Fognini (ITA) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 76(5) 57 64
V Hanescu (ROU) d [6] B Paire (FRA) 76(2) 64
[Q] P Carreno-Busta (ESP) d D Goffin (BEL) 16 62 62

Men’s Doubles – First Round
[2] D Marrero (ESP) / M Melo (BRA) d [WC] F Silva (POR) / L Tavares (POR) 61 61
[3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) d R Haase (NED) / I Sijsling (NED) 46 76(5) 10-4
R Bopanna (IND) / A Ram (ISR) d J Erlich (ISR) / D Inglot (GBR) 53 ret. (Erlich – lower back)
[WC] F Gil (POR) / P Sousa (POR) d J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 64 64
M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / H Zeballos (ARG) 63 76(2)


CENTRE COURT start 10:50 am
R Oprandi (SUI) vs [WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) – WTA
Not Before 1:50 PM
[WC] G Elias (POR) vs D Istomin (UZB) – ATP
Not Before 3:50 PM
A Ramos (ESP) vs [2] S Wawrinka (SUI) – ATP
[3] A Seppi (ITA) vs A Falla (COL) – ATP

CENTRALITO start 12:00 noon
[3] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [7] E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA
K Kanepi (EST) vs A Morita (JPN) – WTA
[Q] R Haase (NED) vs [8] T Robredo (ESP) – ATP

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

N Bratchikova (RUS) / V Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] H Chan (TPE) / K Mladenovic (FRA) – WTA
[LL] M Puig (PUR) vs [4] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA
Not Before 1:30 PM
[4] D Bracciali (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) vs [WC] F Gil (POR) / P Sousa (POR) – ATP

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs S Klemenschits (AUT) / K Piter (POL) – WTA
Not Before 12:30 PM
[Alt] E Donskoy (RUS) / A Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – ATP
[1] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) vs [4] D Jurak (CRO) / K Marosi (HUN) – WTA
M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) vs [2] D Marrero (ESP) / M Melo (BRA) – ATP