2014/04/23

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.

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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.

 

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Pavlyuchenkova Earns First Clay Court Title at Portugal Open

 

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

(May 4, 2013) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won her first clay court event of her career by defeating Carla Suarez Navarro for the Portugal Open title. It’s the Russian’s fifth title on the WTA tour and second on tour this year as she won in Monterrey.

 

“I definitely had a slow start,” Pavlyuchenkova said.  “I was a little bit disappointed about that, it was the third match this week I started like that. Also, Carla was playing really well – it wasn’t easy to play my game because she was holding me back on the baseline, putting a lot of spin on the ball and moving me around. But I just tried to start playing point by point, fighting every point. It wasn’t easy, but I just tried to dig deep and fight and that really helped me in the end.”

 

“Today I had chances to win the first set but Nastia was playing so well at those moments, and then she played really, really well in the second set,” Suarez Navarro said. “She just kept getting better as the match went on and deserved to win today. But it was a really good week for me – I’m very happy I was able to make another final here.”

 

Both women will remain at No. 19 and No. 23, respectively when the rankings come out on Monday.

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

Results – Saturday, May 4, 2013
Women’s Singles – Final
(3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (4) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 75 62

Women’s Doubles – Final
(2) Chan/Mladenovic (TPE/FRA) d. (4) Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) 76(3) 62

Men’s Singles – Semifinals
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) d [3] A Seppi (ITA) 61 64
[2] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [Q] P Carreno-Busta (ESP) 63 36 61

Men’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d [4] D Bracciali (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) 64 46 10-6

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 5 MAY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) vs [3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 3:30 PM
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [2] S Wawrinka (SUI)

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

Portugal Open

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

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Wawrinka, Pavlyuchenkova Advance in Portugal

Portugal Open

PORTUGAL OPEN
Oeiras, Portugal
April 29-May 4, 2013
$235,000/International
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

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Seeds Cirstea and Paire Lose at Portugal Open

Sorana Cirstea

Sorana Cirstea

PORTUGAL OPEN
Oeiras, Portugal
April 29-May 5, 2013
$235,000/International
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)

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 2 MAY, 2013

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

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Top Seed Bartoli and Fifth Seed Benneteau Fall at Portugal Open

Peng Shuai

Peng Shuai

(April 30, 2013) Top-seeded Marion Bartoli was ousted at the Portugal Open  by No. 34 Peng Shuai 6-0, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round.

“I”m very happy to win in such windy conditions,” said Peng, “The clay was blowing around a lot, making it even more difficult.”

“After Miami my shoulder wasn’t feeling so good so I actually went back to China, got treatment in Beijing and trained in Tianjin before coming to Europe. But they don’t have many clay courts in China, so I practiced on hardcourts. I had three or four days on clay courts in Stuttgart, so I’ve only really been playing on clay for a week and a half.

“So I’m really happy to beat such a good player today. In the end both of us were playing very well.”

Pablo Carreno-Busta of Spain ranked No. 228 in the world upset fifth-seeded Julien Benneteau in the first round 6-3, 6-4.

 

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

Results – Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Women’s Singles – First Round
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. (1) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 60 16 64
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (2/WC) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 26 64 64
(3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (Q) Shahar Peer (ISR) 64 64
(LL) Monica Puig (PUR) d. (8/WC) Julia Goerges (GER) 76(3) 62
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 62 46 63
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 64 63
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 61 63
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Kiki Bertens (NED) 63 63
(Q) Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 63 64
(Q) Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) d. (Q) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 57 61 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
(1) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Black/Castano (ZIM/COL) 75 63
(4) Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) d. King/Niculescu (USA/ROU) 26 75 1311 (Match TB)
Foretz Gacon/Hrdinova (FRA/CZE) d. Erakovic/Robson (NZL/GBR) 63 63
Paszek/Tatishvili (AUT/GEO) d. Moulton-Levy/Rosolska (USA/POL) 57 64 106 (Match TB)
Bratchikova/Lepchenko (RUS/USA) d. (WC) Araujo/Vale Costa (POR/POR) 62 62

Men’s Singles – First Round
[Q] P Carreno-Busta (ESP) d [5] J Benneteau (FRA) 63 64
[WC] G Elias (POR) d [7] H Zeballos (ARG) 63 64
[8] T Robredo (ESP) d D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 26 75 63
V Hanescu (ROU) d [Q] R Machado (POR) 64 64
A Falla (COL) d A Kuznetsov (RUS) 75 64
[Q] R Haase (NED) d P Andujar (ESP) 46 62 63
P Lorenzi (ITA) d [Q] N Desein (BEL) 63 46 62
A Ramos (ESP) d C Berlocq (ARG) 76(4) 26 63

Men’s Doubles – First Round

[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d P Lorenzi (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) 63 46 10-6
[4] D Bracciali (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) d P Marx (GER) / F Mergea (ROU) 64 76(6)
[Alt] E Donskoy (RUS) / A Kuznetsov (RUS) d B Paire (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 1 MAY, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 10:50 am
[5] S Cirstea (ROU) vs K Kanepi (EST) – WTA
Not Before 1:50 PM
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) – ATP
Not Before 3:50 PM
P Lorenzi (ITA) vs [4] F Fognini (ITA) – ATP
[Q] P Carreno-Busta (ESP) vs D Goffin (BEL) – ATP

CENTRALITO start 11:00 am

Y Wickmayer (BEL) vs [4] C Suarez Navarro (ESP) – WTA
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [6] B Paire (FRA) – ATP
Not Before 2:00 PM
[LL] M Puig (PUR) vs F Schiavone (ITA) – WTA
A Morita (JPN) vs U Radwanska (POL) – WTA

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

S Peng (CHN) vs R Oprandi (SUI) – WTA
[Q] G Voskoboeva (KAZ) vs [WC] S Kuznetsova (RUS) – WTA
Not Before 2:00 PM
[3] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [Q] E Cabeza Candela (ESP) – WTA
[WC] F Gil (POR) / P Sousa (POR) vs J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) – ATP

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

[WC] F Silva (POR) / L Tavares (POR) vs [2] D Marrero (ESP) / M Melo (BRA) – ATP
Not Before 1:00 PM
M Niculescu (ROU) vs [7] E Vesnina (RUS) – WTA
R Haase (NED) / I Sijsling (NED) vs [3] S Gonzalez (MEX) / S Lipsky (USA) – ATP
[4] D Jurak (CRO) / K Marosi (HUN) vs T Paszek (AUT) / A Tatishvili (GEO) – WTA

COURT 3 start 11:00 am

A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs T Pereira (BRA) / V Savinykh (RUS) – WTA
Not Before 2:00 PM
[1] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) vs S Foretz Gacon (FRA) / E Hrdinova (CZE) – WTA

COURT 4 start 11:00 am

[WC] D Gavrilova (RUS) / B Luz (POR) vs [2] H Chan (TPE) / K Mladenovic (FRA) – WTA
J Erlich (ISR) / D Inglot (GBR) vs R Bopanna (IND) / A Ram (ISR) – ATP
M Elgin (RUS) / D Istomin (UZB) vs D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) / H Zeballos (ARG) – ATP

 

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Portugal Open – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule

Portugal Open

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

Results – Monday, April 29, 2013
Women’s Singles – First Round
(4) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 63 60
(5) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 62 26 61
(WC) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (6) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 67(2) 63 62
(7) Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. (WC) Maria Joao Koehler (POR) 64 61
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 61 75
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d. Laura Robson (GBR) 62 75

Women’s Doubles – First Round
Klemenschits/Piter (AUT/POL) d. (3) Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 64 60

Women’s Singles Qualifying – Final Round
Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Catalina Castaño (COL) 76(1) 64
Estrella Cabeza Candela (ESP) d. Stéphanie Foretz Gacon (FRA) 64 60
Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) d. Monica Puig (PUR) 63 63
Aravane Rezai (FRA) d. Vania King (USA) 63 62

Men’s Singles – First Round
[6] B Paire (FRA) d I Sijsling (NED) 76(5) 63
E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d G Muller (LUX) 61 ret. (left shoulder)
D Goffin (BEL) d [WC] P Sousa (POR) 76(1) 46 64
D Istomin (UZB) d E Donskoy (RUS) 26 76(6) 64

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 30 APRIL, 2013

CENTRE COURT start 10:50 am
[1] M Bartoli (FRA) vs S Peng (CHN) – WTA
Not Before 1:50 PM
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [Q] R Machado (POR) – ATP
Not Before 3:50 PM
D Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [8] T Robredo (ESP) – ATP
[7] H Zeballos (ARG) vs [WC] G Elias (POR) – ATP

CENTRALITO start 11:00 am
[5] J Benneteau (FRA) vs [Q] P Carreno-Busta (ESP) – ATP
K Kanepi (EST) vs K Mladenovic (FRA) – WTA
Not Before 2:00 PM
F Schiavone (ITA) vs L Dominguez Lino (ESP) – WTA
U Radwanska (POL) vs [2] [WC] D Cibulkova (SVK) – WTA

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
M Niculescu (ROU) vs T Paszek (AUT) – WTA
[3] A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [Q] S Peer (ISR) – WTA
P Andujar (ESP) vs [Q] R Haase (NED) – ATP
Not Before 3:00 PM
[1] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) vs C Black (ZIM) / C Castano (COL) – WTA
[WC] S Araujo (POR) / J Vale Costa (POR) vs N Bratchikova (RUS) / V Lepchenko (USA) – WTA

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
A Ramos (ESP) vs C Berlocq (ARG) – ATP
P Lorenzi (ITA) vs [Q] N Desein (BEL) – ATP
[8] [WC] J Goerges (GER) vs [LL] M Puig (PUR) – WTA
Not Before 3:00 PM
[4] D Jurak (CRO) / K Marosi (HUN) vs V King (USA) / M Niculescu (ROU) – WTA-After Suitable Rest

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
S Arvidsson (SWE) vs [Q] G Voskoboeva (KAZ) – WTA
K Bertens (NED) vs R Oprandi (SUI) – WTA
Not Before 2:00 PM
T Paszek (AUT) / A Tatishvili (GEO) vs M Moulton-Levy (USA) / A Rosolska (POL) – WTA-After Suitable Rest
Not Before 4:00 PM
B Paire (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs V Hanescu (ROU) / G Muller (LUX) – ATP-After Suitable Rest

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
A Falla (COL) vs A Kuznetsov (RUS) – ATP
[Q] A Rezai (FRA) vs [Q] E Cabeza Candela (ESP) – WTA
Not Before 1:00 PM
S Foretz Gacon (FRA) / E Hrdinova (CZE) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / L Robson (GBR) – WTA
[4] D Bracciali (ITA) / F Fognini (ITA) vs P Marx (GER) / F Mergea (ROU) – ATP
Not Before 4:00 PM
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) vs P Lorenzi (ITA) / A Seppi (ITA) – ATP-After Suitable Rest

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Great Britain Win Fed Cup Tie Over Portugal

LauraRobson for Wilson

(February 8, 2013) Great Britain has defeated Portugal in their second tie of the Fed Cup  Euro/Africa Zone Group I competition.

 

In the first singles rubber, British No. 2 Laura Robson beat Margarida Moura 6-2, 6-1. Robson was always in command during the 64-minute encounter, moving out to a 4-0 lead, allowing her opponent holds in the fifth and seventh games of the opening set. In the second, the Briton raced out to a 5-0 lead before dropping her serve for the only time all day.

 

Speaking after the match, Robson said: “I’m very happy with the win, I felt quite rusty since I hadn’t played a match since Melbourne. It was nice to get the team off to a 1-0 lead before Heather’s match.”

 

In the second singles, British No. 1 Heather Watson was defeated by Michelle Larcher de Brito 6-1, 6-4 in 67 minutes. The Portuguese dominated throughout allowing Watson to hold only in the fourth game of the opening set. In the second, Watson fought back twice from a break down at 0-1 and 2-4 only to lose her serve each time, most crucially at 4-all. Reflecting on her match, the British No. 1 commented: “I didn’t play good at all today, I just didn’t feel the ball well. My opponent on the other hand played fantastic, and when mix those two, that’s what happens.”

In the deciding doubles, Robson and Watson combined strongly to score an emphatic 6-2, 6-1 victory to win the tie 2-1. The Brits broke in the fourth and eighth games to move a set in front and only allowed the Portuguese team of Michelle Larcher de Brito and Joana Vale Costa a break of serve in the third game of the second set, taking the match in 55 minutes. After the match, Watson said: “I’m very happy that i could turn it around in the doubles. I think Laura and I are a great team and we combine really well together. We were very excited to get the win and put Great Britain through.”

 

Speaking after the tie, Captain Judy Murray said, “Laura got us off to a great start with a comfortable straight sets win over the Portuguese no. 2. Heather struggled to find her best form against a very solid Larcher de Brito and that put us into a deciding doubles rubber. Heather and Laura continued their unbeaten Fed Cup doubles run to give us a 2-1 win. Tomorrow we face Hungary who are also unbeaten in Group B and a win would take us into a promotion play off on Sunday.

The GB Fed Cup Team will now face Hungary in tomorrow’s third group tie at 09:30 local time (07:30 GMT) and a victory would see Great Britain play the winners of Group D on Sunday for a play off position, to determine who would face the Group A & C winners, either at home or away in April.

 

For more information go to www.LTA.org.uk/FedCup.

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Del Potro Defends Estoril Title

 

Top seed Juan Martin Del Potro defended his Estoril Open title by dispatching Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-2 in the final on Sunday.

“I felt I played really well today,” the Argentine said. “I felt it was my best match of the week, so I am very glad for that to get another title in Estoril. I played really aggressive all the time and I felt really confident on my forehand. I grew in confidence every game. It is important for me. I played my best to beat Gasquet.”

“He played very well,” Gasquet said of his opponent. “He’s very powerful, has a great service, a great forehand and backhand. He deserved this win. He played better than me. He’s very tall and has a good second serve and was hitting the ball very well. He was the better player today.”

Gasquet spoke about his runner up finish“It’s good for me to reach a final. It was a good tournament to prepare for the clay season. I get confidence from this tournament.”

Del Potro feels he’s back to his level of play: “I am getting closer and closer to my best form. I have worked really hard at home and now I have another important tournament next week to improve further. If I play as well as I did today over the coming days, I will be happy.”

Estoril gives Del Potro his 11th career title on the ATP World Tour.

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 6 MAY, 2012

Singles – Final
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) d [2] R Gasquet (FRA) 64 62

Doubles – Final
[1] A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) d [4] J Knowle (AUT) / D Marrero (ESP) 75 75

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