2014/04/20

Fed Cup Results for April 19

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(April 19,2014) The ITF has announced the latest results for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 19-20 April.

 

The two semifinal winners will contest the World Group Final on 8-9 November. The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2015 World Group, with the four losers contesting 2015 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2015 World Group II, with the four losers contesting their respective 2015 Zone Group I events. The draw for the 2015 Fed Cup will be held at Roland Garros, Paris on Wednesday, June 4,at 12:00 local time (10:00 GMT).

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC leads ITALY 2-0

Venue: CEZ Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)

 

Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 61

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 64 62

Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Andrea Hlavackova/Klara Koukalova (CZE) v Karin Knapp/Roberta Vinci (ITA)

 

GERMANY leads AUSTRALIA 2-0

Venue: Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane, AUS (hard – outdoor)

 

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 61 76(7)

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 61 60

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Angelique Kerber (GER)

Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Julia Goerges/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

RUSSIA leads ARGENTINA 2-0

Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoor)

 

Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 63 63

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 75 61

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Paula Ormaechea (ARG)

Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)

Darya Kasatkina/Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) v Maria Irigoyen/Paula Ormaechea (ARG)

 

CANADA leads SLOVAK REPUBLIC 2-0

Venue: PEPS, Laval University, Quebec City, CAN (hard – indoor)

 

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 46 75 75

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Kristina Kucova (SVK) 76(0) 26 61

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Jana Cepelova (SVK)

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Kristina Kucova (SVK)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) v Jana Cepelova/Janette Husarova (SVK)

 

USA level with FRANCE 1-1

Venue: Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO, USA (hard – indoor)

 

Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 62 62

Madison Keys (USA) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 67(4) 76(4) 63

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)

Madison Keys (USA) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)

Lauren Davis/Christina McHale (USA) v Claire Feuerstein/Virginie Razzano (FRA)

 

SPAIN level with POLAND 1-1

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoor)

 

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 62

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 46 60 61

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)

Estrella Cabeza-Candela/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Paula Kania/Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

ROMANIA leads SERBIA 1-0

Venue: BNR Arenas, Bucharest, ROU (clay – outdoor)

 

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 36 61 62

Simona Halep (ROU) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 31 – play suspended due to rain

Simona Halep (ROU) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Irina-Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Jovana Jaksic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB)

 

NETHERLANDS level with JAPAN 1-1

Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoor)

 

Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 75 26 61

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 60 76(3)

Kiki Bertens (NED) v Kurumi Nara (JPN)

Arantxa Rus (NED) v Misaki Doi (JPN)

Kiki Bertens/Michaella Krajicek (NED) v Shuko Aoyama/Risa Ozaki (JPN)

 

SWEDEN leads THAILAND 2-0

Venue: Sparbanken Lidkoping Arena, Lidkoping, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA) 61 63

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 64 62

Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Luksika Kumkhum (THA)

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA)

Hilda Melander/Rebecca Peterson (SWE) v Tamarine Tanasugarn/Varatchaya Wongteanchai (THA)

 

SWITZERLAND leads BRAZIL 2-0

Venue: Clube de Tenis Catanduva, Catanduva, BRA (clay – outdoor)

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Teliana Pereira (BRA) 63 63

Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) 63 63

Teliana Pereira (BRA) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Paula Cristina Goncalves/Teliana Pereira (BRA) v Viktorija Golubic/Amra Sadikovic (SUI)

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Cibulkova Rallies to Reach Kuala Lumpur Final

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BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 14-April 20, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, April 19, 2014

Singles – Semifinals

(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (3) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 67(3) 63 63

(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) d. (2) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 16 63 64

Doubles – Semifinals
(4) Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Kichenok/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) 46 64 104 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Sunday, April 20, 2014

Centre Court (from 16.00hrs)

1. Doubles Final: Babos/H.Chan vs. Y.Chan/Zheng

2. Singles Final: Dominika Cibulkova vs. Donna Vekic (NB 18.00hrs)

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WTA Kuala Lumpur – Results and Schedule

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BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

April 14-20, 2014

$250,000/International

Hard/Outdoors

 

Results – Friday, April 18, 2014

Singles – Quarterfinals

(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (6) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 46 62 64

(2) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. Magda Linette (POL) 62 26 61

(3) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 64 64

(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) d. (4) Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 64 75

 

Doubles – Semifinals

(1) Babos/H.Chan (HUN/TPE) d. (3) Gajdosova/Hsieh (AUS/TPE) 63 63

 

Order Of Play – Saturday, April 19, 2014

Centre Court (from 15.00hrs)

1. Y.Chan/Zheng vs. Kichenok/Savchuk

2. Donna Vekic vs. Zhang Shuai

3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Karolina Pliskova

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WTA Kuala Lumpur – Results and Schedule

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BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 14-April 20, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 61 62
(2) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (WC) Zhang Ling (HKG) 63 46 60
(3) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. (Q) Duan Ying-Ying (CHN) 61 63
(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) d. Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 16 63 75
Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) d. Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 64 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Babos/Chan (HUN/TPE) d. Daniilidou/Linette (GRE/POL) 76(5) 62
Kichenok/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) d. (2) Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) 63 57 105 (Match TB)
(4) Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Hsieh/Rodionova (TPE/AUS) 60 61

Order Of Play – Friday, April 18, 2014
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Magda Linette vs. Zhang Shuai
2. Donna Vekic vs. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner
3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Zarina Diyas (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Karolina Pliskova vs. Cagla Buyukakcay

Court 1 (from 17.00hrs)
1. Babos/Chan vs. Gajdosova/Hsieh

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WTA Kuala Lumpur – Results and Schedule

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BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 14-April 20, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(4) Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) d. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 64 36 61
(6) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) d. (Q) Giulia Gatto-Monticone (ITA) 61 64
Magda Linette (POL) d. (Q) Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 61 62

Singles – First Round
(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Pemra Ozgen (TUR) 61 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(3) Gajdosova/Hsieh (AUS/TPE) d. Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) 63 63

Doubles – First Round
(1) Babos/Chan (HUN/TPE) d. Krunic/Vrljic (SRB/CRO) 46 60 1311 (Match TB)
(3) Gajdosova/Hsieh (AUS/TPE) d. Chuang/Fujiwara (TPE/JPN) 63 64
Daniilidou/Linette (GRE/POL) d. (WC) Boey/Yang (MAS/CHN) 60 60
Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) d. Sema/Sema (JPN/JPN) 63 57 108 (Match TB)
Hsieh/Rodionova (TPE/AUS) d. Hozumi/Miyamura (JPN/JPN) 67(0) 62 103 (Match TB)
Kichenok/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) d. Pliskova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) 64 46 108 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Zhang Ling vs. Zhang Shuai
2. Karolina Pliskova vs. Duan Ying-Ying
3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Hsieh Su-Wei (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Kichenok/Savchuk vs. Jurak/Moulton-Levy

Court 1 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Tadeja Majeric vs. Cagla Buyukakcay
2. Donna Vekic vs. Kristyna Pliskova

Court 2 (from 14.00hrs)
1. Hsieh/Rodionova vs. Chan/Zheng
2. Babos/Chan vs. Daniilidou/Linette (NB 16.00hrs)

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Fernando Verdasco Wins Houston Title

 

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(April 13, 2014) Spain’s Fernando Verdasco ended a four-year streak without a singles title on Sunday by winning the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston over countryman Nicolas Almagro 6-3, 7-6(4). Verdasco if the fifth ATP player over 30 to capture an event this year. His last tournament win was back in 2010 in Barcelona.
“It’s been a long time since I’ve won a singles title,” Verdasco said. It’s a very important day for me to win a tournament after a few years and after the injury in my knee the last couple years.”

“I’ve been happy the way I’ve been feeling the whole week. In general, I think I had ups and downs, but it’s normal. In tough matches on clay you are not always 100 per cent every point physically, and you just need to try to be tough mentally.

“I think the key was my mentality during the week. I kept going every point no matter how tired or how good I was feeling. Didn’t finish perfect since we lost yesterday in the doubles final when we were close to winning, but it was great that I’m able to win the singles title.”

“He played a really good match today, and he’s the winner,” Almagro said. “It was a battle today, and he was really concentrated on his serve. I had many chances and I didn’t [take them], and that’s the key of the match.”

Almagro was the losing finalist last year as well, falling to John Isner.

“You are never happy when you lose a final,” he said. “I had my chances. But I credit Fernando.”

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All-Spanish Final Set for Casablanca

 

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By Florian Heer

(April 12, 2014) CASABLANCA – The semifinalists took to the court on Saturday in Casablanca to battle it out for a place in Sunday’s final. World No. 36 Marcel Granollers, the highest ranked player left in the draw, faced sixth-seed Federico Delbonis for the second time. In the pair’s lone meeting in Gstaad last year it was the Spaniard who emerged victorious in straight sets. On Saturday it also seemed to become a pretty quick affair for the 28-year-old from Barcelona. Granollers was in total control of the opening set, as Delbonis simply hit too many unforced errors. Consequently, the Spaniard broke his opponent’s service three times to take the first set in the seventh game in only thirty minutes. The Argentine started to get into the match when he capitalized on his very first break point in the third game of the second set. Granollers, however, was the more consistent player gaining the break back in the eighth game to finally take the match two games later winning it 6-1, 6-4 in 74 minutes.

I played a solid match today without any mistakes and also served well,” the winner told afterwards. “In the beginning of the second set Federico started to play better. It was tough, as he gained an early break and was 2-0 up. He was hitting very hard from the baseline but I kept fighting and I’m very happy to reach the final here,” Granollers added.

In the second semifinal eighth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-López took on the tournament’s surprise break out star Roberto Carballés-Baena for the first time. The latter became the first qualifier to reach the final in Casablanca since Gilles Simon defeated Andrey Kuznetsov in 2008. In the beginning of the encounter, the Spanish youngster seemed to be tired and exhausted after a long week and so Garcia-López was in total control in the opening set winning the frame in the eighth game. Yet, Carballés fought back, won some spectacular rallies and took the second set in the tie-break.

The crowd fully backed the underdog but in the end it was the more experienced player, who advanced into his first final of the season. The 30-year-old from Albacete broke serve in the seventh game and eventually took the match winning 6-2, 6-7, 6-4 after a classy clay court fight over two hours and 47 minutes. “It was an even match today,” a lucky winner stated afterwards. “Roberto played really well, in particular in the tie-break he played his best tennis. I was happy to close the match in the ninth game,” Garcia-López said and is looking forward to the final against his fellow countryman. The last meeting between the two took place in Casablanca in 2010. Back then, Garcia López won in straight sets. “Tomorrow will be a different match. The last time I met Marcel here was in one of the opening rounds and now it will be a final,” the Spaniard said. “Marcel didn’t have a great start into the season but now with beginning of the clay court season, he plays really well. He will be very dangerous tomorrow and I have to play my best tennis,” Garcia-López explained.

Doubles ceremony

Earlier on Saturday, top-seeds Horia Tecau and Jean-Julier Rojer took their third team title beating Tomasz Bednarek and Lukas Dlouhy 6-2, 6-2 in only 56 minutes. The Romanian-Dutch combination didn’t drop a set this week. “Besides my home tournament in Bucharest, this event here in Casablanca is the one I played most on the ATP Tour,” Tecau said after lifting his third trophy in Morocco. “Casablanca is a special place, where I am pretty successful and I’m very familiar with everything here. It’s always a cosy feeling to come back,” the Romanian told the press.

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Future Circuit!  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 12 APRIL 2014

Singles – Semi-finals
[4] M Granollers (ESP) d [6] F Delbonis (ARG) 61 64
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) 62 67(6) 64

Doubles – Final
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) 62 62
SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 13 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 2:25 pm
[4] M Granollers (ESP) vs [8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP)

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Tennis Results Round-Up for April 11, 2014

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CLARO OPEN COLSANITAS
Bogotá, Colombia
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Friday, April 11, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (Q) Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 64 64
(5) Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Romina Oprandi (SUI) 61 75
(6) Vania King (USA) d. Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) 76(4) 75
Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (8) Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 62 61

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) King/Scheepers (USA/RSA) d. (4) Fichman/Panova (CAN/RUS) 76(4) 62
Arruabarrena/Garcia (ESP/FRA) d. (2) Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) 63 64

Order Of Play – Saturday, April 12, 2014
Cancha Central (from 10.30hrs)
1. Caroline Garcia vs. Vania King
2. Jelena Jankovic vs. Chanelle Scheepers (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Doubles Final: King/Scheepers vs. Arruabarrena/Garcia (after suitable rest)

Casablanca, Morocco  (+1 hour GMT)
7-13 April 2014   Surface: Clay

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 11 APRIL 2014

Singles – Quarter-finals
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [3] B Paire (FRA) 75 76(4)
[4] M Granollers (ESP) d P Carreno Busta (ESP) 67(4) 63 60
[6] F Delbonis (ARG) d V Hanescu (ROU) 76(5) 63
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) d [LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS) 64 62

Doubles – Semi-finals

[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG) 63 64
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 63 75

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 12 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE)
Not Before 1:30 pm
[6] F Delbonis (ARG) vs [4] M Granollers (ESP)
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP)

 

 

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U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 11 APRIL 2014

Singles – Quarter-finals
[3] N Almagro (ESP) d J Sock (USA) 62 64
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) d D Young (USA) 76(1) 61
S Querrey (USA) d D Brown (GER) 63 67(8) 63
S Giraldo (COL) d A Gonzalez (COL) 63 64

Doubles – Semi-finals

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) 75 63
[2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) 64 62

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 12 APRIL 2014

CENTER COURT start 1:00 pm
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) vs S Giraldo (COL)
S Querrey (USA) vs [3] N Almagro (ESP)

6:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)

 

 

 

BNP PARIBAS KATOWICE OPEN
Katowice, Poland
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Indoors

Results – Friday, April 11, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (6) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) 64 61
(3) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (7) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 62 63
(4/WC) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (5) Klara Koukalova (CZE) 62 06 62
Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. Shahar Peer (ISR) 61 64

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Koukalova/Niculescu (CZE/ROU) d. Kania/Solovyeva (POL/RUS) 62 63

Order Of Play – Saturday, April 12, 2014
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Alizé Cornet vs. Klara Koukalova
2. Beygelzimer/Savchuk vs. Jans-Ignacik/Olaru
3. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Camila Giorgi (NB 18.00hrs)

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Three Spaniards to Headline Casablanca Semis

By Florian Heer

(April 11, 2014) CASABLANCA – Quarterfinal Friday at the Complexe Sportif Al Amal started on Centre Court with 2010 finalist Victor Hanescu, who took on the tournament’s sixth seed Federico Delbonis for the first time.

The 32-year-old Romanian upset Casablanca’s top-seed and world number 19, Kevin Anderson, winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 in the round before on Wednesday. Delbonis, who has struggled on hard courts this year without winning one single match so far, but posted a 9-3 record on clay. So the 23-year-old started with confidence in this match, coming back from one break down to convert his first set point taking the opening set in the tie-break. Delbonis broke in third game of the second set again winning 7-6, 6-3 in one hour and 40 minutes. The Argentine, who recently won his maiden title on the ATP World Tour in Sao Paulo, advanced into his only third career semifinal.

Next it was time for the Spaniards to step into action. Yesterday three of four players from the Iberian Peninsula advanced into the quarterfinal. Traditionally, Casablanca seems to be a good venue for the Spanish players, as in the past three years with Tommy Robredo and two-time Pablo Andújar, all title winners came from Europe’s southwest. The tournament’s fourth seed Marcel Granollers faced Pablo Carreňo-Busta for the first time. The latter found answers to the aggressive and attacking tennis of Granollers and took the opening set in the tie-break with two cross court passing shots. From then on, however, it was the world number 36 from Barcelona, who took command in this match. Granollers gained the second set in the ninth game and even bageled his fellow countryman in the final frame winning 6-7, 6-3, 6-0 in two hours and 22 minutes.

“Fighting for every point until the end of the match was the key to success today,” Granollers told media afterwards.

“The first set lasted one hour and fifteen minutes and it was very tough to lose the set after this time. Nonetheless I kept fighting and in the end I think that I played a very solid match,” the Spaniard said. “It is also never easy to play against a fellow countryman. We practice together in Barcelona and so we know each other very well,” Granollers added.

“Tomorrow I’ll try to play as good as I did yesterday and today. Federico is a very strong player but I’ll try to keep focused on my game and of course to win the match,” the 27-year-old stated about his upcoming semi-final match against Federico Delbonis.

In the next match on Centre Court Benoit Paire went up against Guillermo Garcia-López for the third time. The Frenchman was leading the head to head series 2-1 before the encounter but it was the 30-year-old from Albacete, who drew first blood breaking his opponent’s service in the fifth game. Paire, who was backed by the majority of the crowd evened score in the sixth game but lost his service again in the eleventh game and therewith the set. The match was full of emotions and in the end it was the Spaniard, who stayed focused winning 7-5, 7-6 in one hour and 37 minutes to reach his first semi-final in Casablanca.

“I’m very happy with this win today. Reaching the final four at an ATP Tour event is always a great achievement,” Garcia-López was pleased with his performance. “Benoit is French and we are in Morocco, so it’s normal that he got a very good support today by the crowd but we are tennis players and need to stay focus during the match. I think it was ok,” the Spaniard told about the atmosphere.

Paire was also happy that he has returned to the circuit after his injury. “The most important thing for me is that I’m back on court. I didn’t play very well today but it’s normal after a rest of three month. I lost but I’m happy,” the French said. “I could gain some confidence from this week – not about my game – but I’m positive with my knee. I can play without any pain and that I can go to Monte Carlo now,” Paire added.

In the final match of the day qualifier Roberto Carballés-Baena met lucky loser Andrey Kuznetsov for the first time. The Russian replaced Gael Monfils in the draw reached his second quarterfinal in Casablanca when his second round opponent Jiri Vesely withdrew with illness. Kuznetsov made a disappointing start into this match losing his opening service game and the Spanish youngster was able to serve out in tenth to gain the first set. Carballès had to work hard for his points but played a solid game with great groundstrokes and a lot of confidence. After 88 minutes the Spaniard served the match out winning 6-4, 6-2 to advance into his first ever ATP World Tour semi-final. “I’m very happy with today’s match,” Carballés told me afterwards. “I felt a bit tired with my legs after two hard matches yesterday and today but finally everything went very well. This has been my best week in my career so far and of course I’m totally happy,” the 21-year-old qualifier concluded.

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Future Circuit!  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.

 

Grand Prix Hassan II
Casablanca, Morocco

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 11 APRIL 2014

Singles – Quarterfinals
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [3] B Paire (FRA) 75 76(4)
[4] M Granollers (ESP) d P Carreno Busta (ESP) 67(4) 63 60
[6] F Delbonis (ARG) d V Hanescu (ROU) 76(5) 63
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) d [LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS) 64 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG) 63 64
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 63 75

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 12 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
[1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE)
Not Before 1:30 pm
[6] F Delbonis (ARG) vs [4] M Granollers (ESP)
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP)

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Tennis Results Round-Up for April 10, 2014

 

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COPA OPEN COLSANITAS
Bogotá, Colombia
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, April 10, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(1) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. (LL) Sofia Shapatava (GEO) 64 63
(5) Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 26 63 64
(Q) Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) d. (7) Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 64 76(3)
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 64 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) King/Scheepers (USA/RSA) d. Hsu/Kostova (USA/BUL) w/o (Kostova: right wrist injury)

Order Of Play – Friday, April 11, 2014
Cancha Central (from 10.30hrs)
1. Vania King vs. Mariana Duque-Mariño
2. Jelena Jankovic vs. Lara Arruabarrena (NB 12.30hrs)
3. King/Scheepers vs. Fichman/Panova (after suitable rest)

Court 1 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Chanelle Scheepers vs. Lourdes Domínguez Lino
2. Caroline Garcia vs. Romina Oprandi
3. Arruabarrena/Garcia vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (after suitable rest)

CASABLANCA

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 10 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
[3] B Paire (FRA) d A Montanes (ESP) 64 57 64
[4] M Granollers (ESP) d A Ramos (ESP) 63 76(3)
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) d [5] J Sousa (POR) 67(7) 76(5) 62
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d C Berlocq (ARG) 62 75
P Carreno Busta (ESP) d O Nedovyesov (KAZ) 36 61 76(3)
[LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS) d J Vesely (CZE) 62 31 ret. (sickness)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) d [3] C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) 26 64 10-8
D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG) d [4] O Marach (AUT) / F Mergea (ROU) 76(3) 36 10-6

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 11 APRIL 2014

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [6] F Delbonis (ARG)
Not Before 1:30 pm
[4] M Granollers (ESP) vs P Carreno Busta (ESP)
[8] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [3] B Paire (FRA)
[Q] R Carballes Baena (ESP) vs [LL] A Kuznetsov (RUS)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
T Bednarek (POL) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [2] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)
Not Before 2:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [1] J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs D Bracciali (ITA) / F Delbonis (ARG)

Houston
Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 10 APRIL 2014

Singles – Second Round
S Giraldo (COL) d [2] T Robredo (ESP) 63 64
[3] N Almagro (ESP) d M Russell (USA) 62 63
[4] F Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] S Johnson (USA) 60 46 63
A Gonzalez (COL) d [5] F Lopez (ESP) 63 20 ret. (illness)
D Young (USA) d [6] J Monaco (ARG) 67(4) 64 63
J Sock (USA) d B Becker (GER) 64 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d A Krajicek (USA) / M Venus (NZL) 63 61
C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS) d P Raja (IND) / D Sharan (IND) 62 64
S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) d B Becker (GER) / R Junaid (AUS) 16 76(1) 11-9
SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 11 APRIL 2014

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
D Young (USA) vs [4] F Verdasco (ESP)

Not Before 2:00 pm
A Gonzalez (COL) vs S Giraldo (COL)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs C Guccione (AUS) / L Hewitt (AUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
D Brown (GER) vs S Querrey (USA)
[3] N Almagro (ESP) or M Russell (USA) vs J Sock (USA)

COURT 3 start 5:00 pm
Not Before 5:00 pm
After Appropriate Rest – S Giraldo (COL) / A Gonzalez (COL) vs [2] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP)

BNP PARIBAS KATOWICE OPEN
Katowice, Poland
April 7-April 13, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Indoors

Results – Thursday, April 10, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 64 63
(4/WC) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (Q) Kristina Kucova (SVK) 63 46 63
(6) Yvonne Meusburger (AUT) d. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 62 63
(7) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 60

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Koukalova/Niculescu (CZE/ROU) d. Thorpe/Vogt (FRA/LIE) 62 61
Kania/Solovyeva (POL/RUS) d. Piter/Rosolska (POL/POL) 26 75 108 (Match TB)
(WC) Jans-Ignacik/Olaru (POL/ROU) d. Hrdinova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) 36 63 106 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Friday, April 11, 2014
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Alizé Cornet vs. Klara Koukalova
2. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Yvonne Meusburger (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Koukalova/Niculescu vs. Kania/Solovyeva
4. Shahar Peer vs. Camila Giorgi (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Carla Suárez Navarro (NB 21.00hrs)

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