September 26, 2016

Indian Wells, London-Queen’s, Doha and St. Petersburg Voted 2015 ATP World Tour Tournaments Of The Year

From the ATP World Tour: (January 7, 2016) LONDON – The ATP has announced the Tournaments of the Year in the 2015 ATP World Tour Awards presented by Moët & Chandon, with the BNP Paribas Open and Aegon Championships joined by the Qatar ExxonMobil Open and St. Petersburg Open as the most favored ATP World Tour events in their respective tournament categories.

The Tournament of the Year awards, voted annually by ATP players, recognise the leading standards set across the three tournament categories on the Tour. Indian Wells repeats at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level, while The Queen’s Club in London wins in its first year as a 500 tournament. In the 250 category, first-time winners Doha and St. Petersburg share honors.

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Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman & President, said: “Many congratulations to these four tournaments for setting the standard in their respective categories in 2015. They are each outstanding events in their own right, and this is a fitting recognition, as voted by the players, for all the hard work and dedication that goes into putting on these world class tournaments.”

The BNP Paribas Open retains its title as the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year. The tournament received the distinction for the first time in 2014, following the debut of its state-of-the-art Stadium 2, additional practice courts and a new shade structure.

In 2015, the BNP Paribas Open continued its on-site improvements, unveiling a newly renovated player restaurant with expanded dining options and free Wi-Fi throughout the site. The tournament welcomed more than 450,000 fans through the gates over the fortnight.

“It is very rewarding for the BNP Paribas Open to be recognized as the 2015 Masters 1000 Tournament of the Year,” said Tournament Director Raymond Moore. “Our event is focused on improving each and every year in all areas and aspects, and receiving this award for the second year in a row is another validation that our actions – such as providing Hawk-Eye electronic line calling technology on every match court – are being appreciated by the players. It only intensifies our desire to reach new heights in 2016 and ensure that the experience at the tournament is nothing short of exceptional.”

The Aegon Championships receives a Tournament of the Year award for a third straight season. It won at the 250 level in 2013-14 before its re-categorisation as an ATP World Tour 500 event for 2015. The Aegon Championships ends Dubai’s seven-year reign at this level.

“To win ATP World Tour 500 tournament of the year in our first year in the category is a huge thrill, a magnificent achievement, and a credit to our tournament team, The Queen’s Club, our sponsors – particularly Aegon, and our broadcast partners,” said Tournament Director Stephen Farrow. “We were up against some of the finest and most popular tournaments on the ATP World Tour, and I am immensely proud that our efforts have been recognised by the players in this way.”

For the first time since 2004 and the fourth time overall (since 1986), two events have been named joint winners in the ATP World Tour 250 category. The Qatar ExxonMobil Open hosts its 24th edition this week, boasting a field that includes four Top 10 players: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer. The St. Petersburg Open, held in September, celebrated its 20th edition in 2015 as it returned to the ATP World Tour calendar following a one-year hiatus.

“Our aim is always to make a great event where players can feel relaxed and at home, where they can perform at their best, where they want to return year after year,” said Karim Alami, Tournament Director of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. “We are always listening to the opinions and feedback from the organisation and from the players and trying to learn from our mistakes and past experiences to keep improving and to keep raising the bar every year. To achieve the recognition of the players for these efforts and be selected by them as the best ATP World Tour 250 tournament for the year 2015 makes us all very proud and gives us the strength and motivation to continue improving and making our event better and better.”

Mikhael Mirilashvili, owner of the St. Petersburg Open, said: “In 2015, the St. Petersburg Open Tournament was revived after a year’s break. That was a landmark event in the sporting life of the city and the country. We are proud that the work of our big renewed team was appreciated on such a high level. I am sure that in the future the level of the tournament will continue to grow and reach new professional heights.”

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Lucie Safarova Claims First Win over Victoria Azarenka to win Doha Title

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(February 28, 2015) Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka, 6-4, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open on Saturday for her first Premier-level championship and sixth career WTA title, her first since Quebec City in 2013.

The victory snapped Azarenka’s 14-match winning streak in Doha, which included two titles. I was also the Czech’s first win against the Belarusian.

“I’m really excited and happy about it, because it took me quite a few years to get to this point,“ Safarova said. “I hope it’s not a finish point and I can still improve. I’m playing more consistently. My game improved a lot throughout the last couple of years. I think we did the great job together with my coach, Rob, on my game and it’s just hard work and also maturing a little bit.  I think it’s everything together.”

“There’s a lot of progress this week, a lot of good things happened. I played a lot of great matches, and that’s especially what I was looking for,“ Azarenka said. “Obviously I’m disappointed for today, but I just have to move on quickly. There is going to be another tournament in a week, so I have to prepare for that.  But I can be satisfied with the progress that I made.”

Safarova will move up to a career-high ranking of No.11 in the new rankings, while Azarenka is projected to return to the Top 40.

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Venus Williams, Azarenka, Suarez Navarro and Safarova Reach Doha Semis

 

(February 26, 2015) Venus Williams stopped Agnieszka Radwanska for the second time this year 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to reach the Qatar Open semifinals. Williams knocked out the Pole in the round of 16 at the Australian Open last month.

Williams will face two-time Qatar champion, wild card Victoria Azarenka who defeated third seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 in her semifinal. Williams is a perfect 4-0 against Azarenka.

No 1 Petra Kvitova fell to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, for the second time in two weeks.The Spaniard also defeated the Czech in Dubai last week.

Lucie Safarova will challenge Suarez Navarro for a place in the final, after dispatching sixth seed Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-1.

QATAR TOTAL OPEN 2015 – DOHA, QATAR
$ 731,000.00
23-28 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[9] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [1] P. Kvitova (CZE) 36 60 63
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 63 61
[7] V. Williams (USA) d [4] A. Radwanska (POL) 64 16 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d [6] A. Petkovic (GER) 62 61

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Mirza (IND) d M. Krajicek (NED) / B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 60 61
[4] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) / K. Flipkens (BEL) walkover
H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Erakovic (NZL) 63 62

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 4:30 pm
[9] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
[7] V. Williams (USA) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)
[1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Mirza (IND) vs H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)

COURT 1 start 5:30 pm
[4] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

 

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Azarenka and Venus Williams Advance in Doha

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QATAR TOTAL OPEN 2015 – DOHA, QATAR
$ 731,000.00
23-28 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[7] V. Williams (USA) d C. Dellacqua (AUS) 36 62 61
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [8] A. Kerber (GER) 60 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d S. Stosur (AUS) 76(3) 64
B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d S. Lisicki (GER) 75 64
F. Pennetta (ITA) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 36 64 62

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[4] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) 76(2) 64

Women’s
Qualifying Singles – Third Round

Qualifying – [6] [WC] K. Flipkens (BEL) d K. Kozlova (UKR) 63 64
Qualifying – S. Voegele (SUI) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 63 36 64
Qualifying – A. Dulgheru (ROU) d S. Zheng (CHN) 61 60
Qualifying – D. Gavrilova (RUS) d S. Hsieh (TPE) 16 63 64

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [6] A. Petkovic (GER)
G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [9] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
[Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs A. Cornet (FRA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[7] V. Williams (USA) vs B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
[LL] S. Zheng (CHN) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)
Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [Q] S. Voegele (SUI)
[3] M. Hingis (SUI) / F. Pennetta (ITA) vs H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)
Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Erakovic (NZL)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
[Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
[1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Mirza (IND) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) / K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [WC] F. Al Nabhani (OMA) / S. Zheng (CHN)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
[WC] O. Jabeur (TUN) vs Z. Diyas (KAZ)
[Alt] D. Jurak (CRO) / K. Koukalova (CZE) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before 6:30 pm
After Suitable Rest – G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

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Ferrer Beats Berdych for Qatar Open Title

David Ferrer

(January 10, 2015) David Ferrer claimed his 22nd career ATP title after defeating Tomas Berdych 6-4, 7-5 in the Qatar Open final on Saturday.

Berdych hadn’t lost his serve in 34 service games through the semifinals of Doha, but had his serve broken four times during the match.

“I’m very happy,” said Ferrer during the trophy ceremony on court following the match. “I put in hard work this preseason. It’s special winning this tournament. I was ready to play tonight’s match against Berdych … a Top 10 player.”

“First of all, it’s a disappointment to lose the final,” said Berdych. “But on the other hand, it’s been a very solid week. It’s been a couple of good matches. I was not able to execute the right way (today), but I think it’s a good start for me.”

“First of all, David is never tired,” Berdych said. “Not after the match he played yesterday after two-and-a-half hours. I have seen him playing five hours and then he played the next day.”

“In important points I got a little bit lucky,” Ferrer said. “I tried to be confident in the bad moments. I played very good in those moments.”

The 32-year-old Ferrer became the second Spaniard to win the Doha title, the first being Rafael Nadal last year.

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Djokovic is Stunned by Karlovic at Qatar Open

Ivo Karlovic

(January 8, 2015) Croat Ivo Karlovic earned his second win over a No. 1 player on Thursday when he rallied past Novak Djokovic 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-4 to reach the semis of the Qatar Open on Thursday.

Karlovic, who surpassed the 9000 ace mark earlier in the week, fired 21 aces past his Serbian opponent, along with 49 winners. His career ace count is now up to 9,062.

“It was unbelievable,” said Karlovic in an on-court interview. “When I arrived here, I didn’t expect that one. He wasn’t able to show his full range because it was windy. I just focused on my game and in the end I was a little luckier.”

Karlovic last defeated a No. 1 player back in 2008 when he stopped Roger Federer at the Western & Southern Open.

Karlovic will face off against David Ferrer in his semifinal.

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Nadal Upset in First Round of Doha

 

Nadal at changeover

(January 6, 2015) Defending champion Rafael Nadal was upset, while No. 1 Novak Djokovic had very few problems in the first match of the 2015 season in Doha at the Qatar Open on Tuesday.

In his first tour match since October, Nadal was stunned by German qualifier Michael Berrer, ranked 127 in the world, 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round. Nadal was sidelined for most of the fall with appendicitis, having an appendectomy in November.

“These things happen after long time without being on the road, being on rhythm, being in competition,” the Spaniard said to media. “I was playing with more nerves because after long time (away) I wanted to win.

“When you are back from an injury, that takes time.”

Djokovic, had an easy 6-2, 6-1 win over Serbian countryman Dusan Lajovic in 59 minutes. Djokovic’s first-round victory took 59 minutes. Djokovic pulled out of the Abu Dhabi exhibition final last week with the flu.

 

qatar open 2015

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) d D Lajovic (SRB) 62 61
[Q] M Berrer (GER) d [2] R Nadal (ESP) 16 63 64
[3] T Berdych (CZE) d D Istomin (UZB) 61 64
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] T de Bakker (NED) 67(4) 64 63
J Struff (GER) d [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 76(3) 46 61
A Seppi (ITA) d [8] L Mayer (ARG) 57 76(4) 76(4)
S Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT) 61 61
[Q] N Basilashvili (GEO) d M Youzhny (RUS) 75 62
[Q] B Kavcic (SLO) d J Monaco (ARG) 76(3) 64
J Souza (BRA) d [WC] M Jaziri (TUN) 36 64 63

Doubles – First Round

B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL) d [1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 53 ret. Peya (left leg)
J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT) d [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / N Zimonjic (SRB) 57 76(5) 10-3
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Mirnyi (BLR) 62 76(2)
L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) d P Andujar (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA) 62 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 7 JANUARY 2015

CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
[Q] N Basilashvili (GEO) vs [7] I Karlovic (CRO)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs S Stakhovsky (UKR)
[Q] B Kavcic (SLO) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) vs S Bolelli (ITA)

COURT 1 start 4:30 pm
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL) vs J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) vs [WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
D Brown (GER) vs J Struff (GER)
I Dodig (CRO) vs [Q] M Berrer (GER)
After Suitable Rest – L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT)

COURT 3 start 4:30 pm
A Seppi (ITA) vs J Souza (BRA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
After Suitable Rest – D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) vs D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)

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Karlovic Hits 9000th Career Ace at Qatar Open

Ivo Karlovic

(January 5, 2015) Croatian Ivo Karlovic served his 9,000th career ace on Monday in defeating Lukas Rosol 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the first round of the Qatar Open in Doha.

Karlovi joins former pros Goran Ivanisevic and Andy Roddick as the only three men to hit at least 9,000 aces in their careers.

“Now I’m in the club,” Karlovic said. “It’s definitely one of my goals to be No. 1 in all aces. This year, maybe, I will do it.”

Karlovic hit 27 aces on Monday making his current total 9,022.

Ivanisevic holds the record with 10,183 aces followed by Roddick with 9,074.

 

qatar open 2015

 

ATP World Tour 250 

Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
5-10 January 2015   Surface: Hard

 

RESULTS – MONDAY, 5 JANUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
[6] R Gasquet (FRA) d P Andujar (ESP) 63 75
[7] I Karlovic (CRO) d L Rosol (CZE) 76(4) 63
F Verdasco (ESP) d T Gabashvili (RUS) 46 63 76(4)
D Brown (GER) d P Lorenzi (ITA) 76(3) 63
S Bolelli (ITA) d B Becker (GER) 63 76(2)
I Dodig (CRO) d [WC] M Safwat (EGY) 63 61

Doubles – First Round

[3] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d S Lipsky (USA) / R Ram (USA) 62 60
J Monaco (ARG) / R Nadal (ESP) d S Bolelli (ITA) / L Mayer (ARG) 63 63
[WC] N Djokovic (SRB) / F Krajinovic (SRB) d [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT) / M Jaziri (TUN) 61 64
D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) d D Istomin (UZB) / M Youzhny (RUS) 64 67(3) 10-6

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2015

CENTER COURT start 3:30 pm
D Istomin (UZB) vs [3] T Berdych (CZE)
[1] N Djokovic (SRB) vs D Lajovic (SRB)
[Q] M Berrer (GER) vs [2] R Nadal (ESP)
[4] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [Q] T de Bakker (NED)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
[8] L Mayer (ARG) vs A Seppi (ITA)
J Souza (BRA) vs [WC] M Jaziri (TUN)
L Rosol (CZE) / S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs P Andujar (ESP) / A Seppi (ITA)
J Knowle (AUT) / P Oswald (AUT) vs [2] A Qureshi (PAK) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm

J Monaco (ARG) vs [Q] B Kavcic (SLO)
J Struff (GER) vs [5] P Kohlschreiber (GER)
D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [4] I Dodig (CRO) / M Mirnyi (BLR)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
S Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [WC] J Ali Mutawa (QAT)
M Youzhny (RUS) vs [Q] N Basilashvili (GEO)
[1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs B Becker (GER) / A Sitak (NZL)

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Simona Halep Wins Qatar Open

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(February 16, 2014) Simona Halep captured her first title of the year with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Angelique Kerber of in the Qatar Open final  in Doha on Sunday. For Halep it’s her seventh career title, she won her first six in 2013.

On the way to the win, Halep knocked out three top ten players – No. 7 Sara Errani in the quarterfinals, No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, and the No. 9 Kerber in the final.

“I feel very, very good now,” Halep said.  “I’m very happy I could win this tournament. It’s amazing for me, because when I came here I didn’t think I could reach the final, or win even. So it’s amazing. It’s the biggest tournament I’ve won. It’s incredible here in Doha.”

“I made too many easy mistakes at the beginning of the match, but Simona played very well – she played at a high level the whole week,” Kerber said. I was trying to play what I could today, I was giving everything I could, but she deserved to win the title. And I’m still happy about the week.”

For Halep this win represents the biggest WTA title of her career – her third Premier-level title and the one with the most prize money.

When the new rankings are announced on Monday, Halep will move up one spot to a career-high No. 8.

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Peng Shuai to Become No. 1 in Women’s Doubles Next Week

Peng Shuai

Peng Shuai

(February 13, 2014) Peng Shuai will become the No.1 in doubles next week on the WTA tour. She will be the first Chinese tennis player ever to rise to No.1 in either singles or doubles, male or female. She will become the second Asia woman to hold a No. 1 ranking as second Asian woman – Japan’s Ai Sugiyama also reached No.1 in doubles.

She and partner Hsieh Su-Wei opened the Qatar open with a win over Irina Buryachok and Vitalia Diatchenko, 6-2, 6-4.

 

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