2014/07/24

New WTA Event in Mallorca in 2016 Further Expands Grass Court Season

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(June 9, 2014) WTA – ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA — The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) today announced that the WTA Board of Directors has approved a new grass court International event in Mallorca, Spain starting in 2016.

 

The 32-player main draw International event will be staged by e|motion management GmbH at a multi-purpose-built facility, sports complex in Mallorca, Spain. In 2016, Mallorca will join Birmingham in the second week of the three-week swing, resulting in five WTA grass court events in the lead-up to The Championships, Wimbledon.  An experienced sports and events promoter in Germany, e|motion currently manages the ATP 250 event in Stuttgart, including when the event becomes a grass court tournament in Stuttgart beginning in 2015.

 

The sports complex in Mallorca will feature five permanent natural grass courts and world class facilities, including a retail development and a tennis academy. The construction and maintenance of the grass courts will be done in collaboration with The All England Lawn Tennis Club, which has been a prime supporter in the project.

 

Richard Lewis, Chief Executive of The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Championships, Wimbledon, said: “I am delighted to welcome today’s announcement of the prospect of a new event in Mallorca and wish to thank the WTA, the Mallorca Council and e|motion for their support of grass court tennis and their considerable efforts in creating an exciting new event for players and fans to enjoy. The Aegon Classic in Birmingham is already a successful, well-established and growing event and having a second event in week two will be another important step in achieving our vision of a significantly strengthened grass court season.”

 

Beginning in 2015, the international professional tennis calendar will provide for a three-week grass court swing between the second Grand Slam event of the year, played on red clay at Roland Garros in Paris and The Championships, staged on the lawns of the All England Club in southwest London. The three weeks of grass-court events will be composed of two International level events in the first week in Nottingham, England and in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, which moves earlier from its traditional timing. The Aegon Classic in Birmingham follows in the second week, with the Aegon International at Eastbourne Premier event in the third week, before the attention of the tennis world settles on Wimbledon.

 

Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman & CEO said: “With the grass court season set to expand next year, it was important for the WTA to provide players and fans alike with a fresh opportunity to experience the expanded grass court tennis season. Thanks to the cooperation of The All England Lawn Tennis Club, the WTA Board of Directors and e|motion management, the event in Mallorca will strengthen the grass court season leading up to Wimbledon.”

 

Edwin Weindorfer,  CEO and Founder of e|motion management said:  “We are very excited about the great opportunity to join the WTA with a new tournament in Mallorca, Spain. Besides thanking the WTA and their board for their trust and committment to provide us with the licence and sanction of this new event, we wanted  to further thank The All England Lawn Tennis Club for their ongoing support and vision for another grasscourt tournament in continental Europe.”

 

Peer Zebergs, newly appointed Tournament Director added:  “The island of Mallorca is known for its sports celebrities and great sporting events.  This WTA International tournament will increase the sports portfolio in Mallorca and it will be an important factor for tourism to millions of foreign visitors and the local population in Palma and Mallorca in the coming years.”

 

The complete 2016 WTA Calendar will be released in due course.

 

2015 WTA Grass Court Calendar:

Week Premier International
Week 23 (June 8)   Nottingham

‘s-Hertogenbosch

Week 24 (June 15) Birmingham  
Week 25 (June 22) Eastbourne  
Week 26 & 27

(June 29 & July 6)

The Championships, Wimbledon

 

 

Provisional 2016 WTA Grass Court Calendar:

Week Premier International
Week 24 (June 6)   Nottingham

‘s-Hertogenbosch

Week 25 (June 13) Birmingham Mallorca
Week 26 (June 20) Eastbourne  
Week 27 & 28

(June 27 & July 4)

The Championships, Wimbledon

 

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Nadal to Face Nishikori in Madrid Open Final

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 3-11, 2014
Clay/Outdoors

 

Results – Saturday, May 10, 2014
WTA Singles – Semifinals
(8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 61 64
(4) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 67(4) 63 62

WTA Doubles – Final
(2) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (WC) Muguruza/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) 64 63

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d R Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 63
[10] K Nishikori (JPN) d [5] D Ferrer (ESP) 76(5) 57 63

Doubles – Semi-finals

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) 76(3) 75
[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) 75 64

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 11 MAY 2014

NOTE: Doubles Final will stream live at 2:00 pm CET/8:00 am ET

MANOLO SANTANA start 2:00 pm
ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs [6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB)

4:30 pm
WTA – [4] S Halep (ROU) vs [8] M Sharapova (RUS)

7:15 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [10] K Nishikori (JPN)

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Tennis – Madrid Open Results and Schedule

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 3-11, 2014
Clay/Outdoors

 

Results – Friday, May 9, 2014
WTA Singles – Quarterfinals
(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (1) Serena Williams (USA) w/o (left thigh injury)
(8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (2) Li Na (CHN) 26 76(5) 63
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 46 64
(4) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 62 62

WTA Doubles – Semifinals
(WC) Muguruza/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. (1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) 57 63 108 (Match TB)
(2) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) 76(7) 26 108 (Match TB)

ATP Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d [6] T Berdych (CZE) 64 62
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) d E Gulbis (LAT) 76(3) 63
[10] K Nishikori (JPN) d F Lopez (ESP) 64 64
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [Q] S Giraldo (COL) 63 64

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals

[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 76(4) 63
[4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d [8] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) 76(5) 76(6)

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 10 MAY 2014

MANOLO SANTANA start 11:30 am
WTA – [5] P Kvitova (CZE) vs [4] S Halep (ROU)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [3] A Radwanska (POL) vs [8] M Sharapova (RUS)
Not Before 3:30 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [10] K Nishikori (JPN) vs [5] D Ferrer (ESP)
WTA – Doubles Final – [WC] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs [2] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA)

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Serena Williams Pulls Out of Madrid Open

 

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(May 9, 2014) Two-time defending Madrid Open champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the tourney with a left thigh injury. All week the world No. 1 has had her thigh heavily taped. With her withdrawal, Petra Kvitova advances to the semifinals.

“I have a left thigh injury and, unfortunately, have to withdraw from this year’s Mutua Madrid Open,” Williams said in a statement. “It happened during my first round match. It started to get better, but most importantly right now, I just need some time to rest and recover. It’s beyond words. It’s so frustrating. We couldn’t ask for a better tournament and I love it here in Madrid. I love being a champion here. Manolo Santana and his team put on a great tournament. This is not the way I wanted this week to end.”

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Murray Falls to Giraldo at Madrid Open

 

(May 8, 2014) Wimbledon champion Andy Murray fell in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday to No. 46 Santiago Giraldo 6-3, 6-2. The victory marked the Colombian player’s first win over a top ten player in 20 attempts.

“He played very well from start to finish; didn’t make many mistakes,” Murray said. “I didn’t make it hard enough for him in the second set. Towards the end, I didn’t put enough pressure on him to force him to make errors. He dictated most of the points and deserved to win.”

“Some days just now I’m playing well, and then the next day I’m not playing well. Sometimes in matches I’m playing really well for periods, and then other times not great at all.”

Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams both advanced the quarterfinals.

Williams won her 650th match of her career hitting 27 winners against Carla Suarez Navarro in her 6-2, 6-3 win.
MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 3-11, 2014
Clay/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, May 8, 2014
WTA Singles – Third Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (14) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 63
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. (16) Sloane Stephens (USA) 26 63 62
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 61
(4) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (15) Sabine Lisicki (GER) 57 63 62
(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 64 63
(8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 64 63
(Q) Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. (10) Sara Errani (ITA) 62 46 63
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 62

WTA Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. (5) Black/Mirza (ZM/IND) 57 61 108 (Match TB)
(2) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. King/Zheng (USA/CHN) 75 63
Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) 64 62
(WC) Muguruza/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. (6) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 26 75 108 (Match TB)

ATP Singles – Third Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d J Nieminen (FIN) 61 64
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) d [9] J Isner (USA) 64 64
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) 36 63 62
[Q] S Giraldo (COL) d [7] A Murray (GBR) 63 62
[10] K Nishikori (JPN) d [8] M Raonic (CAN) 76(5) 76(5)
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [LL] L Kubot (POL) 64 62
F Lopez (ESP) d [Q] D Thiem (AUT) w/o (illness)
E Gulbis (LAT) d M Cilic (CRO) 63 64

ATP Doubles – Quarter-finals
[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) 76(2) 64
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d [PR] K Anderson (RSA) / J Melzer (AUT) 67(5) 63 10-6

ATP Doubles – Second Round
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) 75 36 11-9
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d [7] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE) 75 67(6) 13-11
[8] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK) d M Raonic (CAN) / A Seppi (ITA) w/o

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 9 MAY 2014

MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [5] P Kvitova (CZE)
WTA – [8] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [2] N Li (CHN)
Not Before 3:30 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE)
ATP – R Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [Q] S Giraldo (COL)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs E Gulbis (LAT)
ATP – [10] K Nishikori (JPN) vs F Lopez (ESP)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO not before 3:00 pm
WTA – [4] S Halep (ROU) vs [11] A Ivanovic (SRB)
WTA – [Q] C Garcia (FRA) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)
ATP – [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs [8] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)

STADIUM 3 not before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs [WC] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – TBA – A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [2] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA)

 

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Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal Cruise into Madrid Third Round

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(May 7, 2014) Top seeds Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal moved into the Madrid Open third round with easy victories on Wednesday, while Seventh seed Andy Murray is back playing on clay after a year.

Serena Williams won despite having her left thigh heavily wrapped over Shuai Peng in a 6-2, 6-3 It was the defending champion’s 14th straight win on the clay of the Madrid.

“I just had some issues and went preventive to make sure I didn’t make anything worse,” said Williams to media. “I’m literally taking it one day, one match at a time, and not putting any pressure on myself.”

Nadal had an easy 6-1, 6-0 win over Juan Monaco. “Each victory helps to raise your confidence,” said Nadal “I started a little nervously in my movement. I think I moved better and played well, better than I normally play on the clay. I was dominating over the points and playing very well.”

 

MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 3-11, 2014
Clay/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, May 7, 2014
WTA Singles – Second Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 62 63
(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 63 46 76(6) (saved 3mp)
(4) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (WC) Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) 64 64
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 62 57 76(3)
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (13) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 63 63
(14) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. Alison Riske (USA) 62 64
(15) Sabine Lisicki (GER) d. (WC) Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 63 64
(Q) Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) w/o (left wrist injury)

WTA Doubles – Second Round
(1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. (WC) Schiavone/Soler-Espinosa (ITA/ESP) 64 62
(2) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Kuznetsova/Stosur (RUS/AUS) 63 61
(WC) Muguruza/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. (4) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) 75 62
(5) Black/Mirza (ZIM/IND) d. Chan/Scheepers (TPE/RSA) 64 61
(6) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Koukalova/Niculescu (CZE/ROU) 64 61

 

ATP Singles – Second Round
[1] R Nadal (ESP) d J Monaco (ARG) 61 60
[6] T Berdych (CZE) d K Anderson (RSA) 61 64
[7] A Murray (GBR) d N Almagro (ESP) 61 16 64
[9] J Isner (USA) d [LL] M Matosevic (AUS) 76(9) 67(5) 75
[Q] S Giraldo (COL) d [11] J Tsonga (FRA) 64 63
[12] G Dimitrov (BUL) d [WC] M Copil (ROU) 46 63 76(7)
F Lopez (ESP) d [15] M Youzhny (RUS) 36 63 64
J Nieminen (FIN) d [Q] I Sijsling (NED) 63 62
*[LL] L Kubot (POL) d G Simon (FRA) 75 26 64
E Gulbis (LAT) d A Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 64
M Cilic (CRO) d [Q] P Mathieu (FRA) 64 16 62

*[LL] L Kubot (POL) replaced [4] R Federer – personal

ATP Doubles – Second Round

[4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) d T Berdych (CZE) / J Isner (USA) w/o (Isner – back)
[PR] K Anderson (RSA) / J Melzer (AUT) d [5] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) 63 63
[6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 64 62

ATP Doubles – First Round

J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) d F Fognini (ITA) / S Gonzalez (MEX) 63 16 10-7
M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) d J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 26 63 10-6
M Raonic (CAN) / A Seppi (ITA) d E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) 76(7) 36 12-10

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 8 MAY 2014

MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA – [16] S Stephens (USA) vs [2] N Li (CHN)
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs [14] C Suarez Navarro (ESP)
Not Before 3:15 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs J Nieminen (FIN)
ATP – [Q] S Giraldo (COL) vs [7] A Murray (GBR)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [4] S Halep (ROU) vs [WC] I Begu (ROU) or [15] S Lisicki (GER)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [5] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [9] J Isner (USA)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 12:00 noon

WTA – L Safarova (CZE) vs [5] P Kvitova (CZE)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [8] M Sharapova (RUS) vs S Stosur (AUS)
WTA – [11] A Ivanovic (SRB) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) or [6] J Jankovic (SRB)
ATP – F Lopez (ESP) vs [Q] D Thiem (AUT)

STADIUM 3 start 12:00 noon

WTA – [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [8] M Raonic (CAN) vs [10] K Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [LL] L Kubot (POL) vs R Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – E Gulbis (LAT) vs M Cilic (CRO)
Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – TBA – V King (USA) / J Zheng (CHN) vs [2] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon

ATP – [PR] K Anderson (RSA) / J Melzer (AUT) vs J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)
Not Before 1:30 pm
ATP – [6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs [2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [Q] C Garcia (FRA) vs [10] S Errani (ITA)
ATP – M Raonic (CAN) / A Seppi (ITA) vs [8] R Bopanna (IND) / A Qureshi (PAK)
ATP – M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs [7] L Kubot (POL) / R Lindstedt (SWE)

PISTA 5 start 1:00 pm

ATP – [1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – R Vinci (ITA) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – After rest – [WC] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suarez Navarro (ESP) vs [6] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – TBA Possible court change – A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / L Safarova (CZE) vs A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ)

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Wawrinka Stunned by Thiem at Madrid Open

 

 

(May 6, 2014) Twenty-year-old Dominic Thiem had the biggest win of his pro tennis career on Tuesday night when he defeated Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the second round at the Madrid Masters. For the qualifier it was his first top 10 win. Wawrinka was last year’s losing finalists in Madrid.

 

“I didn’t have many matches against these top guys, so I wasn’t really used to his pace. He had an unbelievable start and I didn’t really know what happened,” the  Thiem said. “I started to get used to more and more his pace and angles and his game. I played unbelievable the second and the third set.”

 

Roger Federer withdrew from Madrid earlier on Tuesday due to his wife Mirka giving birth to twin boys – Lenny and Leo. Novak Djokovic pulled out of Madrid due to an injured right wrist on Monday. This leaves No. 1 Rafael Nadal as the only top-5 player left in the draw.

 

On the ladies side, Maria Shrapova survived a test from American Christina McHale. The Russian won the last 5 games of the match to close it out 6-1, 4-6, 6-4.

 

Results – Tuesday, May 6, 2014
WTA Singles – Second Round
(2) Li Na (CHN) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 62 63
(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 26 62 61
(8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Christina McHale (USA) 61 46 64
(10) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 63 61
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 64 62
(16) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 64 26 63
Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 75 36 61
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 62

WTA Doubles – Second Round
Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. (3) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) 62 62
King/Zheng (USA/CHN) d. (8) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) 16 76(5) 108 (Match TB)
Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) d. Hingis/Lisicki (SUI/GER) 62 63

WTA Doubles – First Round
(5) Black/Mirza (ZIM/IND) d. Dabrowski/Rosolska (CAN/POL) 61 57 107 (Match TB)
(WC) Muguruza/Suarez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) 62 76(1)

ATP Singles – Second Round
[Q] D Thiem (AUT) d [3] S Wawrinka (SUI) 16 62 64
[5] D Ferrer (ESP) d [WC] A Ramos (ESP) 76(6) 57 63
[8] M Raonic (CAN) d J Chardy (FRA) 63 63
[10] K Nishikori (JPN) d [WC] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 61
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d F Verdasco (ESP) 26 76(4) 61

ATP Singles – First Round
A Dolgopolov (UKR) d [13] F Fognini (ITA) 75 46 63
[Q] I Sijsling (NED) d [14] T Haas (GER) 36 61 64
J Monaco (ARG) d [PR] J Melzer (AUT) 64 63
K Anderson (RSA) d R Stepanek (CZE) 36 63 64
N Almagro (ESP) d [Q] A Golubev (KAZ) 63 67(9) 76(4)
E Gulbis (LAT) d J Janowicz (POL) 76(5) 36 62
M Cilic (CRO) d J Sousa (POR) 61 61

Men’s Doubles – Second Round
[2] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) 67(2) 61 10-8
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d [3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) 64 62

Men’s Doubles – First Round
T Berdych (CZE) / J Isner (USA) d [WC] J Erlich (ISR) / L Rosol (CZE) 63 64
M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) d [WC] F Lopez (ESP) / J Monaco (ARG) 67(6) 63 12-10
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 7 MAY 2014

MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] S Halep (ROU) vs [WC] L Arruabarrena (ESP)
WTA – [1] S Williams (USA) vs S Peng (CHN)

Not Before 3:15 pm
ATP – [1] R Nadal (ESP) vs J Monaco (ARG)
ATP – [15] M Youzhny (RUS) vs F Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – N Almagro (ESP) vs [7] A Murray (GBR)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [6] J Jankovic (SRB)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 11:00 am
ATP – K Anderson (RSA) vs [6] T Berdych (CZE)
ATP – A Dolgopolov (UKR) vs E Gulbis (LAT)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [13] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs R Vinci (ITA)
WTA – S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)
ATP – [11] J Tsonga (FRA) vs [Q] S Giraldo (COL)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – [LL] L Kubot (POL) vs G Simon (FRA)
ATP – [LL] M Matosevic (AUS) vs [9] J Isner (USA)
ATP – [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [WC] M Copil (ROU)
ATP – M Cilic (CRO) vs [Q] P Mathieu (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [WC] I Begu (ROU) vs [15] S Lisicki (GER)

PISTA 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] C Garcia (FRA) vs M Kirilenko (RUS)
WTA – H Chan (TPE) / C Scheepers (RSA) vs [5] C Black (ZIM) / S Mirza (IND)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – A Riske (USA) vs [14] C Suarez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – [4] D Marrero (ESP) / F Verdasco (ESP) vs T Berdych (CZE) / J Isner (USA)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [4] K Peschke (CZE) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [WC] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suarez Navarro (ESP)

PISTA 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) vs J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS)
ATP – J Rojer (NED) / H Tecau (ROU) vs F Fognini (ITA) / S Gonzalez (MEX)
ATP – J Nieminen (FIN) vs [Q] I Sijsling (NED)
ATP – [5] M Llodra (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs [PR] K Anderson (RSA) / J Melzer (AUT)

PISTA 6 start 11:00 am
WTA – K Koukalova (CZE) / M Niculescu (ROU) vs [6] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – E Butorac (USA) / R Klaasen (RSA) vs M Raonic (CAN) / A Seppi (ITA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – TBA – [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs [WC] F Schiavone (ITA) / S Soler-Espinosa (ESP)

Not Before 6:00 pm
WTA – TBA – S Kuznetsova (RUS) / S Stosur (AUS) vs [2] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA)

PISTA 7 start 5:00 pm
ATP – [6] D Nestor (CAN) / N Zimonjic (SRB) vs M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP)

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Tennis – Madrid Open Results and Schedule

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 3-11, 2014
Clay/Outdoors

Results – Sunday, May 4, 2014

WTA Singles – First Round
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (Q) Belinda Bencic (SUI) 62 61
(5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 61 57 76(4)
(Q) Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. (7) Angelique Kerber (GER) 63 20 ret. (back injury)
(8) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Klara Koukalova (CZE) 61 62
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Madison Keys (USA) 61 76(4)
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (12) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 16 60 63
(16) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 26 63 62
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 64 64
Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. (Q) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 64 75
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Kurumi Nara (JPN) 62 63
Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. (WC) Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 64 46 64
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (Q) Mariana Duque-Mariño (COL) 76(5) 62
Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 64 67(3) 64
(Q) Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 61 63

WTA Doubles – First Round
Hingis/Lisicki (SUI/GER) d. (7) Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 36 62 106 (Match TB)
(8) Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. Husarova/Zhang (SVK/CHN) 63 64

 

ATP Singles – First Round
R Bautista Agut (ESP) d [16] T Robredo (ESP) 64 64
J Chardy (FRA) d L Rosol (CZE) 46 63 64
[WC] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d P Andujar (ESP) 62 26 62

ATP Doubles – First Round
J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL) d M Mirnyi (BLR) / M Youzhny (RUS) 63 64
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d J Benneteau (FRA) / E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 62 46 10-7

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 5 MAY 2014

MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA – K Flipkens (BEL) vs [2] N Li (CHN)
WTA – E Bouchard (CAN) vs [3] A Radwanska (POL)

Not Before 3:15 pm
ATP – A Seppi (ITA) vs F Verdasco (ESP)
ATP – F Delbonis (ARG) vs F Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – Y Meusburger (AUT) vs [14] C Suarez Navarro (ESP)

Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [12] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs [WC] P Carreno Busta (ESP)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ VICARIO start 11:00 am
ATP – I Dodig (CRO) vs [10] K Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [11] J Tsonga (FRA) vs E Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [4] S Halep (ROU) vs [Q] J Goerges (GER)
WTA – [13] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs E Makarova (RUS)
ATP – [Q] S Giraldo (COL) vs L Hewitt (AUS)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] M Copil (ROU) vs M Granollers (ESP)
ATP – [Q] T Gabashvili (RUS) vs [9] J Isner (USA)
ATP – [15] M Youzhny (RUS) vs [Q] B Becker (GER)
ATP – B Paire (FRA) vs G Simon (FRA)
WTA – E Svitolina (UKR) vs [6] J Jankovic (SRB)

PISTA 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] M Torro-Flor (ESP) vs A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
WTA – S Kuznetsova (RUS) vs A Cornet (FRA)
ATP – M Cilic (CRO) / L Dlouhy (CZE) vs [PR] K Anderson (RSA) / J Melzer (AUT)
WTA – [PR] C Garcia (FRA) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL) vs S Kuznetsova (RUS) / S Stosur (AUS)

PISTA 5 start 11:00 am
WTA – S Stosur (AUS) vs [9] D Cibulkova (SVK)
WTA – [Q] K Pliskova (CZE) vs [15] S Lisicki (GER)
ATP – [LL] M Matosevic (AUS) vs P Kohlschreiber (GER)
WTA – A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs D Hantuchova (SVK) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)

PISTA 6 start 11:00 am
ATP – J Nieminen (FIN) vs R Haase (NED)
WTA – [WC] B Bencic (SUI) / M Kirilenko (RUS) vs H Chan (TPE) / C Scheepers (RSA)
ATP – [Q] D Thiem (AUT) vs D Tursunov (RUS)
ATP – [WC] A Ramos (ESP) vs N Mahut (FRA)

PISTA 7 start 11:00 am
WTA – S Zhang (CHN) vs [WC] I Begu (ROU)
WTA – [WC] A Petkovic (GER) / S Stephens (USA) vs V King (USA) / J Zheng (CHN)
WTA – [PR] V Lepchenko (USA) / V Uhlirova (CZE) vs [WC] F Schiavone (ITA) / S Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
WTA – I Begu (ROU) / O Kalashnikova (GEO) vs K Koukalova (CZE) / M Niculescu (ROU)

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Madrid Open Schedule for May 3, 2014

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MUTUA MADRID OPEN
Madrid, Spain
May 3-11, 2014
Clay/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Saturday, May 3, 2014
Manolo Santana (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Muñoz-de la Nava vs. Mathieu
2. Christina McHale vs. Lauren Davis (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Garbiñe Muguruza vs. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa
4. Andrea Petkovic vs. Sara Errani (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Lara Arruabarrena vs. Tsvetana Pironkova

Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Benneteau vs. Harrison
2. Donna Vekic vs. Kristina Mladenovic (Singles Q Final)
3. ATP: Llodra vs. Tomic
4. Kaia Kanepi vs. Alison Riske
5. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Annika Beck

Stadium 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Gabashvili vs. Pouille
2. ATP: Golubev vs. Carballes Baena
3. ATP: Bellucci vs. Falla (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Karin Knapp vs. Bojana Jovanovski
5. Jurak/Moulton-Levy vs. Kops-Jones/Spears

Pista 4 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Caroline Garcia vs. Laura Pous-Tio (Singles Q Final)
2. Mariana Duque-Mariño vs. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (Singles Q Final)
3. ATP: Matosevic vs. Stakhovsky
4. ATP: Giraldo vs. Donskoy (NB 15.00hrs)

Pista 5 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Jana Cepelova vs. Monica Niculescu (Singles Q Final)
2. ATP: Riba vs. Kubot
3. Julia Goerges vs. Katarzyna Piter (Singles Q Final)
4. ATP: Kamke vs. Nedovyesov

Pista 6 (from 11.00hrs)
1. ATP: Cervantes vs. González
2. ATP: Becker vs. Berrer
3. ATP: Sijsling vs. Mannarino
4. ATP: Mayer vs. Thiem (NB 15.00hrs)

Pista 7 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Karolina Pliskova vs. Teliana Pereira (Singles Q Final)
2. Camila Giorgi vs. Belinda Bencic (Singles Q Final; NB 12.30hrs)
3. Petra Cetkovska vs. Mona Barthel (Singles Q Final)
4. Mladenovic/Pennetta vs. Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova

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Kei Nishikori Wins Barcelona Open

(April 27, 2014) Kei Nishikori beat Santiago Giraldo 6-2, 6-2 to win the Barcelona Open for his first career title on clay, and fifth title of his career and second on the year.

“I was playing well. I felt I should be in the final and I’m very happy to win,” Nishikori said.

“This title and [my run in] Miami helped my confidence, especially this week on clay. There are three big tournaments coming up in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros so I hope I can do well and increase my [Emirates ATP Rankings] points. My next goal is to get to the Top 10.”

“I feel great about the week,” said Colombian player Giraldo. It was not an easy day for me. Kei played very good. I have good feelings about my play and my improvement.”

Nishikori’s title marks the first time the title was claimed by a non-Spaniard in Barcelona in 12 years, since Argentine Gaston Gaudio won in 2002.
Coached by former French Open winner Michael Chang and Dante Bottini, Nishikori talked about comfort on clay.

“I was good on clay when I was little,” Nishikori said. “I was winning all the European juniors events. Now it’s much tougher than hard courts and I was struggling a bit, but I’ve been playing well these past couple years so there’s no fear to play on clay.”

Nishkori, the top Japanese player, will move him up to No. 12 in the rankings on Monday, just shy of 11th, his career high.

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