Cornet Conquers Strasbourg


(May 25, 2013) No. 3 seed Alize Cornet of France beat Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 7-6 (4), 6-0 on Saturday to win the Strasbourg International final. Cornet was a losing finalist at last year’s event.

Cornet is just the second French player in the tournament’s 27-year history to win the title, the other was Aravane Rezai in 2009.

“It was a very tight first set – we were both serving very well and we didn’t break each other much,“ Cornet said. “In the tie-break it came down to just one or two points, and then in the second set it went way faster because everything she had been putting on the lines in the beginning started to go out. I feel great right now, winning this title at home. It’s the accomplishment of a lot of work.”


Cornet and Hradecka Gain Strasbourg Final


Strasbourg, France
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Friday, May 24, 2013
Singles - Semifinals
(3) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 75 67(5) 63
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. (Q) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 16 63 61

Singles - Quarterfinals
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Johanna Larsson (SWE) 75 63
(Q) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 75 63

Doubles - Semifinals
(4) Date-Krumm/Scheepers (JPN/RSA) d. (2) Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 61 63
(3) Black/Erakovic (ZIM/NZL) d. Barrois/Buryachok (GER/UKR) 57 60 119 (Match TB)

Doubles - Quarterfinals
(3) Black/Erakovic (ZIM/NZL) d. Linette/Piter (POL/POL) 63 64
(4) Date-Krumm/Scheepers (JPN/RSA) d. McHale/Moulton-Levy (USA/USA) 62 16 1210 (Match TB)

Order Of Play - Saturday, May 25, 2013
Central (from 12.30hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Black/Erakovic vs. Date-Krumm/Scheepers
2. Singles Final: Alizé Cornet vs. Lucie Hradecka (NB 15.00hrs)


Bouchard and Cornet to Face Off in Strasbourg Semis

Eugenie Bouchard volley

(May 23, 2013) Canadian teen Eugenie Bouchard qualified for the first WTA semifinal of her career on Thursday at Les Internationaux de Strasbourg
defeating Anna Tatishvili 6-3, 6-2.

Strasbourg, France
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results - Thursday, May 23, 2013
Singles – Quarterfinals
(3) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (7) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) 63 61
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 63 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) d. Maria/Paszek (GEr/AUT) 16 64 102 (Match TB)
Barrois/Buryachok (GER/UKR) d. Bouchard/Pekhova (CAN/BLR) 76(3) 46 107 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Friday, May 24, 2013
Central (from 10.30hrs)
1. Flavia Pennetta vs. Misaki Doi
2. Eugenie Bouchard vs. Alizé Cornet (NB 14.00hrs)
3. [Flavia Pennetta or Misaki Doi] vs. [Lucie Hradecka or Johanna Larsson]

Court 1 (from 10.30hrs)
1. Lucie Hradecka vs. Johanna Larsson
2. McHale/Moulton-Levy vs. Date-Krumm/Scheepers
3. [McHale/Moulton-Levy or Date-Krumm/Scheepers] vs. Grandin/Uhlirova (after suitable rest)

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Black/Erakovic vs. Linette/Piter
2. Barrois/Buryachok vs. [Black/Erakovic or Linette/Piter] (after suitable rest)


Wozniacki Upset in Brussels


Brussels, Belgium
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results - Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Singles – Second Round
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (1/WC) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 62 64
(4) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. (Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 64 60
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. (6) Julia Goerges (GER) 63 ret. (right wrist injury)
(7) Varvara Lepchenko (USA) d. (WC) Elena Baltacha (GBR) 62 60
(8) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 46 76(4) 76(4)
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 63 63

Suspended due to darkness
(2) Roberta Vinci (ITA) is tied with (Q) Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 63 57

Singles – First Round
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (3) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 76(6)
(4) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 63 26 63
(5) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Madison Keys (USA) 64 16 62
(6) Julia Goerges (GER) d. (LL) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 61 75
(8) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 63 60
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. (Q) Melanie Oudin (USA) 62 62
Zheng Jie (CHN) d. (Q) Mallory Burdette (USA) 62 46 63
Jamie Hampton (USA) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 16 63 64
(Q) Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) d. (WC) Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 61 60
(Q) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
(2) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Craybas/Vandeweghe (USA/USA) 62 63
Dabrowski/Peer (CAN/ISR) d. (3) Chan/Jurak (TPE/CRO) 61 64
(4) Govortsova/Rosolska (BLR/POL) d. Czink/Jovanovski (HUN/SRB) 61 61
Melnikova/Sasnovich (RUS/BLR) d. Kapshay/Kondratieva (UKR/RUS) 63 75

Order Of Play - Thursday, May 23, 2013
Center Court (from 10.30hrs)
1. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Jamie Hampton
2. Yulia Putintseva vs. Roberta Vinci (tbc; NB 11.30hrs)
3. Zheng Jie vs. Romina Oprandi (NB 12.00hrs)
4. Sloane Stephens vs. Peng Shuai
5. [Kirsten Flipkens or Jamie Hampton] vs. [Yulia Putintseva or Roberta Vinci]
6. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Kaia Kanepi

Court 1 (from 11.30hrs)
1. Klemenschits/Klepac vs. Groenefeld/Peschke
2. Melnikova/Sasnovich vs. Govortsova/Rosolska (NB 12.30hrs)
3. Mirza/Zheng vs. Dekmeijere/Kalashnikova (after suitable rest)
4. Dabrowski/Peer vs. Flipkens/Rybarikova (after suitable rest)


Seeds Niculescu and Hsieh Fall in Strasbourg


Strasbourg, France
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results - Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(3) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. (Q) Magda Linette (POL) 63 64
Misaki Doi (JPN) d. (4) Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 64 46 76(3)
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. (5) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 46 63 62
(7) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (Q) Shelby Rogers (USA) 26 63 64
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. (WC) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 63 63
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 63 60
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Lauren Davis (USA) 62 62
(Q) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. María-Teresa Torró-Flor (ESP) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
Bouchard/Pekhova (CAN/BLR) d. (1) Hantuchova/Hradecka (SVK/CZE) w/o (Hantuchova: right shoulder injury)
(2) Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) d. Domachowska/Torró-Flor (POL/ESP) 61 63
(4) Date-Krumm/Scheepers (JPN/RSA) d. (WC) Feuerstein/Michel (FRA/SUI) 63 63
McHale/Moulton-Levy (USA/USA) d. (WC) Garcia/Johansson (FRA/FRA) 64 61

Order Of Play – Thursday, May 23, 2013
Central (from 11.00hrs)
1. Eugenie Bouchard vs. Anna Tatishvili
2. Alizé Cornet vs. Chanelle Scheepers (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Flavia Pennetta vs. Misaki Doi
4. Lucie Hradecka vs. Johanna Larsson (NB 17.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Maria/Paszek vs. Grandin/Uhlirova
2. Bouchard/Pekhova vs. Barrois/Buryachok (after suitable rest)
3. McHale/Moulton-Levy vs. Date-Krumm/Scheepers (after suitable rest)

Court 2 (from 13.00hrs)
1. Black/Erakovic vs. Linette/Piter


Rain Washes Out Play in Brussels


Brussels, Belgium
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, May 21, 2013
No matches completed due to rain

Order Of Play – Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Center Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Kaia Kanepi vs. Dominika Cibulkova
2. Sofia Arvidsson vs. Peng Shuai (NB 11.00hrs)
3. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Jamie Hampton
4. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Madison Keys
5. Caroline Wozniacki vs. [Zheng Jie or Mallory Burdette]
6. [Yulia Putintseva or Alison Van Uytvanck] vs. Roberta Vinci
7. [Kirsten Flipkens or Madison Keys] vs. [Yanina Wickmayer or Jamie Hampton]

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Sloane Stephens vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (tbc)
2. Yulia Putintseva vs. Alison Van Uytvanck
3. Coco Vandeweghe vs. Julia Goerges
4. Jana Cepelova vs. [Kaia Kanepi or Dominika Cibulkova]
5. Olga Govortsova vs. [Sofia Arvidsson or Peng Shuai]
6. [Romina Oprandi or Melanie Oudin] vs. [Coco Vandeweghe or Julia Goerges]

Court 3 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Zhang Shuai vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
2. Zheng Jie vs. Mallory Burdette
3. Romina Oprandi vs. Melanie Oudin
4. [Sloane Stephens or Tsvetana Pironkova] vs. [Zhang Shuai or Magdalena Rybarikova]
5. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Elena Baltacha

Courts TBA
Chan/Jurak vs. Dabrowski/Peer
Czink/Jovanovski vs. Govortsova/Rosolska
Melnikova/Sasnovich vs. Kapshay/Kondratieva
Craybas/Vandeweghe vs. Groenefeld/Peschke


Top Two Seeds Fall in Strasbourg


Strasbourg, France
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results - Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Singles – First Round
Camila Giorgi (ITA) d. (1) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 63 62
(WC) Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (2) Tamira Paszek (AUT) 61 64
(3) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 63 62
(4) Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. Annika Beck (GER) 67(6) 75 61 (saved 2mp)
(5) Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Marina Erakovic (NZL) 67(7) 63 76(5)
Lauren Davis (USA) d. (6) Christina McHale (USA) 75 63
(7) Chanelle Scheepers (RSA) d. (WC) Claire Feuerstein (FRA) 75 64
María-Teresa Torró-Flor (ESP) d. (8) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 63 46 76(4)
Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 62 26 63
Anna Tatishvili (GEO) d. (WC) Caroline Garcia (FRA) 67(4) 75 64
Misaki Doi (JPN) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 75 62
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 63 63
Lucie Hradecka (CZE) d. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) 64 63
(Q) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 64 62
(Q) Shelby Rogers (USA) d. (Q) Marta Domachowska (POL) 62 75
(Q) Magda Linette (POL) d. Olga Puchkova (RUS) 64 76(2)

Doubles – First Round
(3) Black/Erakovic (ZIM/NZL) d. Dolonc/Tatishvili (SRB/GEO) 76(4) 64
Barrois/Buryachok (GER/UKR) d. Perrin/Zec-Peskiric (SUI/SLO) 60 61
Linette/Piter (POL/POL) d. Clerico/Jegiolka (ITA/POL) 62 60
Maria/Paszek (GER/AUT) d. Muhammed/Will (USA/USA) 62 61

Order Of Play – Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Central (from 11.00hrs)
1. Camila Giorgi vs. Eugenie Bouchard
2. María-Teresa Torró-Flor vs. Flavia Pennetta (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Johanna Larsson vs. Virginie Razzano
4. Alizé Cornet vs. Magda Linette (NB 17.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Lauren Davis vs. Lucie Hradecka
2. Shelby Rogers vs. Chanelle Scheepers
3. Misaki Doi vs. Hsieh Su-Wei
4. Feuerstein/Michel vs. Date-Krumm/Scheepers

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Garcia/Johansson vs. McHale/Moulton-Levy
2. Anna Tatishvili vs. Monica Niculescu (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Hantuchova/Hradecka vs. Bouchard/Pekhova (NB 14.30hrs; after suitable rest)
4. Domachowska/Torró-Flor vs. Grandin/Uhlirova (after suitable rest)


WTA Strasbourg – Monday Results, Tuesday Schedule


Strasbourg, France
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Results - Monday, May 20, 2013
Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(5/WC) Shelby Rogers (USA) d. (1) Vesna Dolonc (SRB) 64 62
(2) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. (7) Yulia Beygelzimer (UKR) 57 61 64
Magda Linette (POL) d. (8) Masa Zec-Peskiric (SLO) 62 60
Marta Domachowska (POL) d. (WC) Carolin Daniels (GER) 64 26 62

Order Of Play – Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Central (from 10.00hrs)
1. Virginie Razzano vs. Tamira Paszek
2. Marion Bartoli vs. Camila Giorgi (NB 11.30hrs)
3. Anna Tatishvili vs. Caroline Garcia
4. Alizé Cornet vs. Mathilde Johansson
5. Daniela Hantuchova vs. María-Teresa Torró-Flor (NB 17.00hrs)
6. Annika Beck vs. Hsieh Su-Wei

Court 1 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Johanna Larsson vs. Petra Cetkovska
2. Christina McHale vs. Lauren Davis
3. Marina Erakovic vs. Monica Niculescu
4. Claire Feuerstein vs. Chanelle Scheepers
5. Elina Svitolina vs. Flavia Pennetta

Court 2 (from 10.00hrs)
1. Lucie Hradecka vs. Garbiñe Muguruza
2. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa vs. Eugenie Bouchard
3. Magda Linette vs. Olga Puchkova (NB 12.30hrs)
4. Shelby Rogers vs. Marta Domachowska
5. Misaki Doi vs. Karolina Pliskova

Courts TBA
1. Maria/Paszek vs. Muhammed/Will (NB 13.00hrs)
2. Black/Erakovic vs. Dolonc/Tatishvili (NB 15.00hrs)
3. Niculescu/Puchkova vs. Grandin/Uhlirova (NB 15.00hrs)
4. Barrois/Buryachok vs. Perrin/Zec-Peskiric (NB 15.00hrs)
5. Clerico/Jegiolka vs. Linette/Piter (NB 15.00hrs)


WTA – Brussels and Strasbourg Monday Schedules


Brussels, Belgium
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Monday, May 20, 2013
Center Court (from 11.30hrs)
1. Coco Vandeweghe vs.. Yulia Putintseva (Singles Q Final)
2. Olga Govortsova vs. Arantxa Rus (NB 13.30hrs)
3. Varvara Lepchenko vs. Bojana Jovanovski
4. Sloane Stephens vs. Tsvetana Pironkova (NB 18.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Mallory Burdette vs. Maria Joao Koehler (Singles Q Final)
2. Zhang Shuai vs. Shahar Peer (Singles Q Final)
3. Huber/Pliskova vs. Flipkens/Rybarikova (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Jana Cepelova vs. Lesia Tsurenko
5. Elena Baltacha vs. Stefanie Voegele

Court 3 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Melanie Oudin vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (Singles Q Final)
2. Aoyama/Tanasugarn vs. Dekmeijere/Kalashnikova
3. Klemenschits/Klepac vs. Elie/Slater
4. Mirza/Zheng vs. Hrdinova/Lee-Waters


Strasbourg, France
May 20-25, 2013
Red Clay/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Monday, May 20, 2013
Central (from 11.00hrs)
1. Flavia Pennetta vs. Yulia Beygelzimer (Singles Q Final)

2. Anna Tatishvili vs. Caroline Garcia (NB 12.30hrs)

3. Virginie Razzano vs. Tamira Paszek
4. Marion Bartoli vs. Camila Giorgi
5. Christina McHale vs. Lauren Davis

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Carolin Daniels vs. Marta Domachowska (Singles Q Final)
2. Sílvia Soler-Espinosa vs. Eugenie Bouchard
3. Marina Erakovic vs. Monica Niculescu
4. Johanna Larsson vs. Petra Cetkovska

Court 2 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Magda Linette vs. Masa Zec-Peskiric (Singles Q Final)
2. Vesna Dolonc vs. Shelby Rogers (Singles Q Final)
3. Feuerstein/Michel vs. Date-Krumm/Scheepers
4. Hantuchova/Hradecka vs. Bouchard/Pekhova (after suitable rest)


Almagro, Radwanska, Schiavone Nab Titles before the French Open Begins

On the eve of Roland Garros Nicolas Almagro, Agnieszka Radwanska and Francesca Schiavone won titles on Saturday.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland captured her 10th career title by capturing the Brussels Open defeating Simona Halep of Romania 7-5, 6-0.


“On clay I think I need longer to warm up, not just the five minutes before the match,” said Radwanska.  “At the end I won nine games in a row – it was a good comeback, I think. And it’s always great to win a tournament.”

“I’m happy to get some good preparation in ahead of the French Open.”

It’s Radwanska’s third title of the year.


Nicolas Almagro ended Bryan Baker’s career week by winning his second Nice title defeating the American 6-3, 6-2.

“I played my best tennis in two years here,” the Spaniard said. “I am very happy with my serve and my forehand. I moved on the court very, very well. Today, was one of those matches you want to keep in your mind for the rest of the season, because I couldn’t have played much better. Today was amazing. I am happy with my form, my tennis and my team. We will aim to keep working hard, so I play, in future, as I did today.

“He(Baker) lost the final today, but he is back, he is playing very good. I think if he plays as he did this week, then he will win many, many tournaments.”

The 216th-ranked Baker’s 15 –match clay win streak was broken, but it was his most successful week as a pro making his first main tour final. Baker who has a wildcard to play the French Open was off the tour for almost six years after five before coming back to tennis last July.

“It was a really tough match, Baker said. He always seems to play pretty well. He didn’t make many unforced errors and I think he seemed to have a high first serve percentage. He wasn’t just trying to get them in, he was going for a lot. I was struggling to return his serve. I didn’t feel like I played that poorly. I was a little sore and a little tired, but he was definitely the better player. I should have changed where I stood in the court [to return serve]. I should have returned further back to give him another look. I did it at the end of the second set and it worked better. It was tough out there and he played really well.

“It was a great week. Every time you go onto court you want to win. I am a competitor, I hate losing. But, when you look at the week as a whole, it has been an unbelievable week. I hoped to qualify at the start of the week and win a match or two, before going to Roland Garros. Obviously, I did much better than that. I think even in the qualifying, I felt as if I was playing pretty well. I won my three matches easily and knew I was playing good tennis.”

Francesca Schiavone captured his first tournament since winning the 2010 French Open when she defeated Alizé Cornet 6-4, 6-4 for the Strasbourg title.

“In this tournament, in the most important moments, I was there,” Schiavone said. “It has been a long time since I’ve felt that. It’s a great feeling and I want to keep going this way. I’m happy again. I’m feeling the sensation of fighting and feeling the pain, and enjoying my game again.”


Serbia wins the World Team Cup


Round Robin – Final Tie
J Tipsarevic (SRB) d T Berdych (CZE) 75 76(8) (SRB 1, CZE 0)
V Troicki (SRB) d R Stepanek (CZE) 26 64 63 (SRB 2, CZE 0)
J Tipsarevic (SRB) / N Zimonjic (SRB) d T Berdych (CZE) / F Cermak (CZE) 63 61 (SRB 3, CZE 0)

Janko Tipsarevic: “We both played very solid. I was a bit lucky at the end of both sets. In the second set, his string broke on a very important point, but I felt I deserved to win. I was the better player today in the crucial moments of the match.”

On winning in Dusseldorf for the second time: “I feel great. First of all because Serbia proved that we have a strong team even without our No. 1 player, Novak [Djokovic]. Viktor and I played great tennis. We didn’t lose one singles match here and this just gives us more confidence for the French Open.”

Viktor Troicki: “I would say that it was not such a great match from both of us. It was more tactical. I knew he was a bit more tired than me. I was using that and at the end I played good. I also want to thank Janko. He won all of his matches and he helped me a lot today with the pressure. I also want to thank Nenad and Miki. It was great.”