December 8, 2016

A Pair of First-time ATP Winners as Zverev Takes Down Wawrinka for St. Petersburg Crown and Pouille Wins Metz

 

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

(September 25, 2016) The ATP World Tour saw two first-time winners on Sunday. US Open winner and top seed Stan Wawrinka lost to 19-year-old up-and-and-coming German Alexander Zverev in St. Petersburg, while Frenchman Lucas Pouille beat top seed and No. 10 in the world Dominic Thiem to win in Metz, France.

The third seeded Pouille is coming off a successful US Open where he beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round on his way to the quarterfinals for the first time, where he lost to fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils.

The 22-year-old Pouille, ranked 18th won 7-6 (5), 6-2 to claim the Moselle Open.

 

Louis Pouille

Louis Pouille

 

“I’m very happy with my week, Pouille said after the victory. “Winning a title is a big step, it’s an objective I wanted to achieve this year. It was a well-played final. We both played at a high level.”

 

Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem

“I think the first set was a pretty high level from both of us,” said the 23-year-old Austrian finalist. “I should have won the tie-break, but had an easy volley mistake. All in all, he was the better player and had more chances in my service games. He deserved to win today. I think he put pressure on me all the time and was serving really well.

“He’s had an amazing year, reaching the quarter-finals in the last two Grand Slam and semis in the Masters 1000 in Rome. I think we will see him in the Top 10 soon.”

Just two weeks after winning his first US Open title for his third major title, Stan Wawrinka fell victim to the rising 19-year-old Zverev 6-2, 3-6, 7-5.

Zverev snapped the Swiss’ 11 match winning streak in finals in winning his first title. The last time Wawrinka lost in a final was in 2013. The German became the first teenager to win an ATP World Tour title since 2008 when Marin Cilic won in New Haven.

“This victory is something special,” the German said. “I played all the finals well. I lost to Dominic Thiem on clay and I could have won against Florian Mayer on the grass… Now I’m very happy with the win, especially over such a great player like Stan.”

“In the third set I had the initiative and played slice to his left more. I tried to neutralize his massive backhand. I’m satisfied with the win.”

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

“We showed high-quality tennis,” said Wawrinka. “I was struggling in the third set. I had chances but I didn’t manage to convert them. He deserved the win.”

“He is a good player right now. He scored a couple of big wins over top players. It means he is really strong.”

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Wozniacki Holds Off Osaka to Win Tokyo for First Title of 2016

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

 

(September 25, 2016) Former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki kept her streak of winning at least one tournament a year alive when she fended off a charge by Japanese teenager Naomi Osaka 7-5, 6-3 to win the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Sunday. Wozniacki also won the event in 2010.

Wozniacki, coming off having reached the US Open semifinals, has seen her ranking fall due to injuries this year, jumped out to a 5-0 first set lead, before Osaka fought back. She took a medical time out during the first set for a left leg injury which the Dane had taped.

Osaka was playing her first WTA final.

“I just fought for every point and tried to stay aggressive and make her move,” Wozniacki said. “She fought back in the second set so I was just happy to close it out.”

“Injuries happen and you never know when you can be taken out of the game, so I’m just enjoying every minute.”

“I’ve won a tournament every year since 2008 so I’m happy to keep that streak going,” Wozniacki said.

This was the Dane’s career 24th title win. She is currently 28th in the world.

Lara Arruabarrena

Lara Arruabarrena

In other WTA finals over the weekend, Lesia Tsurenko upset defending champion Jelena Jankovic at the Guangzhou Open for her first tour title while Lara Arruabarrena won the Korea Open over Monica Niculescu 6-0, 2-6, 6-0.

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ATP and WTA Tennis Results Round-Up: Titles for Begu, Radwanska, Raonic and Tsonga

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(September 27, 2015)In a rematch of the 2013 Moselle Open final, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reversed the loss to win his third Metz title and 12th career ATP 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-2 over countryman Gilles Simon. The match lasted two hours and 17 minutes.

It was Tsonga’s fourth Metz final appearance in five years. Tsonga is now tied with Richard Gasquet for second on the list of French titlists in the Open Era.
“I’m really happy to win again here in Metz,” the champion said. “I like the welcome I get here and to win this year is great. It’s my first of the year and I hope it will continue. It’s a good achievement for me.

“Gilles is very difficult to play against. You need energy with each ball you play against him. He’s a good defender and is always ready to play passing shots. When I play against him it’s always tough.”

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2015

Singles – Final
[3] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [2] G. Simon (FRA) 76(5) 16 62

Doubles – Final
[2] L. Kubot (POL) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) 26 63 10-7

 

Milos Raonic

Canadian Milos Raonic won his first title in 14 months, defeating Joao Sousa for the St. Petersburg Open crown.

“It’s such a great feeling to come to St. Petersburg and to be able to win this event,” Raonic said. “It was a great experience overall with the event, the city and the people. This tournament is only going to get better. Word is going to spread about how much the players enjoyed it.

“It would be special [to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals again], especially with the health issues I’ve had. It is something that will require a lot of winning the rest of this year, but I believe I can do it.”

“I think I played my best,” Sousa said. “Of course I feel sad that I couldn’t have the title here. I was really confident that I could beat him today, but he played and served very well in the important moments. I just have to congratulate him for the match.

“This year has been a tough one. It has been my best year, but a tough one as I lost three finals. It’s really, really tough to accept it. But I think I can improve. I’m going to work for it and hopefully I can win the next one.”

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 27 SEPTEMBER 2015

Singles – Final
[2] M. Raonic (CAN) d [7] J. Sousa (POR) 63 36 63

Doubles – Final
[1] T. Huey (PHI) / H. Kontinen (FIN) d [2] J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Peya (AUT) 75 63

 

KOREA OPEN TENNIS 2015 – SEOUL, KOREA
$ 500,000.00
SEPT 19 – 27, 2015

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Finals

[1] I. Begu (ROU) d [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 63 61

Women’s
Doubles – Finals

[1] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO) d [2] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 26 63 10-6

Top seed Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania won 6-3, 6-1  over unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus to win the Korea Open. Her last WTA title came in Tashkent three years ago.

 

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TORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN – TOKYO, JAPAN
$ 1,000,000.00
19-27 SEPTEMBER 2015

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Finals

[7] A. Radwanska (POL) d [8] B. Bencic (SUI) 62 62

Agnieszka Radwanska won the Pan-Pacific Open title for the second time with a  6-2, 6-2 victory over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. Radwanska exacted  some revenge on Sunday – she lost to Bencic in the Eastbourne final earlier this year.

For the winner, it’s her first tournament victory since last year’s Roger’s Cup.

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2015 DONGFENG MOTOR WUHAN OPEN – WUHAN, CHINA
$ 2,513,000.00
27 SEPTEMBER – 03 OCTOBER 2015

RESULTS – SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
Singles – First Round
[12] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) 64 64
[Q] J. Konta (GBR) d [13] A. Petkovic (GER) 64 75
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 60 61
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [Q] L. Davis (USA) 62 76(4)
[Q] J. Goerges (GER) d A. Cornet (FRA) 63 63
M. Niculescu (ROU) d [WC] F. Liu (CHN) 61 61
D. Gavrilova (RUS) d T. Pereira (BRA) 62 76(7)
V. Lepchenko (USA) d [WC] S. Zheng (CHN) 64 60
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d S. Stosur (AUS) 62 61
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 62 26 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] T. Babos (HUN) 76(9) 62
Women’s
Doubles – First Round
[5] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d S. Errani (ITA) / F. Schiavone (ITA) 75 64
A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [WC] C. Liu (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 61 64

ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2015

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [9] A. Ivanovic (SRB)

Not Before 1:00 pm
J. Jankovic (SRB) vs [Q] H. Watson (GBR)
[16] S. Errani (ITA) vs C. Garcia (FRA)

Not Before 6:30 pm
B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS)
[10] A. Radwanska (POL) vs V. Williams (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[Q] D. Kovinic (MNE) vs [15] R. Vinci (ITA)
A. Riske (USA) vs S. Stephens (USA)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [8] K. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 3:30 pm
E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [11] B. Bencic (SUI)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
M. Brengle (USA) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK)
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
[14] M. Keys (USA) vs M. Rybarikova (SVK)

Not Before 3:30 pm
Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs I. Begu (ROU)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN)
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [8] C. Chuang (TPE) / S. Hsieh (TPE)
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / A. Tomljanovic (CRO)

COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
[7] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs J. Husarova (SVK) / I. Olaru (ROU)
[Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs A. Schmiedlova (SVK)
T. Pironkova (BUL) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)

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