June 22, 2017

Lucas Pouille and Gilles Muller Take Titles in Stuttgart and ‘s-Hertogenbosch

Gilles Muller

(June 18, 2017) Gilles Muller and Lucas Pouille won titles on the ATP World tour this week.

 

With his children in the ‘s-Hertogenbosch crowd, Muller celebrated Father’s Day with a win over another father,  Ivo Karlovic 7-6(5), 7-6 (4) for the Ricoh Open title. This was Mulller’s second title on the ATP World Tour.

 

The final between 38-year-old Karlovic and 34-year-old Muller was the oldest ATP World Tour final since Hong Kong in 1977, when 42-year-old Ken Rosewall defeated 30-year-old Ilie Nastase
Muller said: “I think we should make a suggestion to the ATP that we just start with the tie-break next time! It’s always tough to play Ivo and I’m glad I could beat him. I had many friends and a lot of family coming, so it’s been a great week here.”

 

All seven sets they have played against each other have all been tiebreak sets.

“It’s been an excellent week,” Karlovic said. “I’m really happy. Gilles had an unbelievable week and it’s nice he could win on Father’s Day!”

 

Lucas Pouille

In Stuttgart, Lucas Pouille won his ATP third title, beating Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 for the Mercedes Cup title.

Pouille survived a match point in his opening round.

“It was a very tough match, Pouille said. “The second-set tie-break was very important and the key to winning the match. I took my opportunities a little bit more than him, so that made the difference. Obviously If you win the first tournament of the grass season, you’re very confident.  Every tournament is different, so I’ll need to focus again and get ready for my first match in Halle.”

“It was a very good week for me overall,” Lopez said.  It’s tough for me to be happy after such a close match, but he deserved the win today. I’ve been very loyal to this tournament. I grew up watching all my friends win this tournament, but everyone here has made it even better than it was in the past.”

 

This was 23-year-old Pouille’s third final of the year.
 

 

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Hometown Girl Laura Siegemund Nets Stuttgart Title

Laura Siegemund

(April 30, 2017) Stuttgart resident Laura Siegemund defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (5) to win the Porsche Grand Prix on Sunday. Last year’s finalist was given a wildcard into this year’s event.

“It’s unbelievable,” said the German after the win.” I’m a bit perplexed now. I think tonight will be the party of the year,”
“It was an unbelievable match. I don’t know how I did it.”

“You played an insane level this week,” Mladenovic said to Siegemund during the trophy presentation. “You showed really entertaining tennis a big fight today you also deserve that win. I know it could go both ways, but I really want to congratulate you and your team for such a great title.”

“It was very hard for you to play against this kind of spectators,” Siegemund said to her opponent on court. “It was a great tournament week for you and you also would have deserved to win. And I was just a little more lucky in the end, good job.“

The Frenchwoman Mladenovic, ended Maria Sharapova’s return from her 15-month doping ban in the semifinals and stopped two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber.

This is Siegemund’s second career WTA title. Her ranking will move up into the Top 30 as of Monday. She is currently ranked at No. 49.

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Mladenovic Stops Sharapova’s Stuttgart Run, Siegemund Returns to Final with Win Over Halep

(April 29, 2017) France’s Kristina Mladenovic ended Maria Sharapova’s run in Stuttgart on Saturday. In her fourth match back on the WTA tour since returning from a 15-month doping suspension, the Russian let a set and a break lead slip to the Frenchwoman 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in a two-hour and 38-minute contest.

 

“I would have loved to have used more opportunities when I was up a set and a break,” said Sharapova. And I think I lost 12 out of the next 14 points. So, I definitely had a bit of a letdown and I think that allowed her to get back in the match and gain confidence and start competing again and I just didn’t keep putting the pressure and I think when you are able to give that to a player, that’s played very well this year it can become very dangerous.”

 

The 19th ranked Mladenovic ousted two-time defending champion Angelique Kerber on Thursday. She’ll take on last year’s finalist German Laura Siegemund in the Porsche Grand Prix final. Siegemund beat world No. 5 Simona Halep 6-4, 7-5.

Laura Siegemund

After her quarterfinal win on Friday, the 23-year-old Frenchwoman, who was not in favor of Sharapova receiving a wildcard into the tournament commented: “In sport nowadays it is also about the media and business. Maria is a big name, who makes people come to watch her.”
“On one hand, I totally understand the tournaments want her in the draw, because she is very famous and they want more attention, which is part of the business.”
“Of course, she is authorized to play tennis again, but why would she get that extra help compared to other players?”

 

Sharapova who came into the tournament with no ranking due to her suspension for using meldonium, will be in need of a wildcard to get into Roland Garros. She will be ranked around No. 260 on Monday.

 

Next stops for the 30-year-old five-time major winner will be Rome and Madrid, where she received wildcards. All of this in preparation for the French Open, if she is able to play the event.
“I’m moving in Europe in the next couple of months and this is what I want to go through,” she said. “I want to go through the matches. I want to see how my body responds, how I feel. I want to feel that match play, I want to feel the tiredness of match play.”
“That’s what I asked for. That’s what I wanted and I’m doing it.”

World No. 49 Siegemund has a 1-0 record against Mladenovic, there only meeting came last year in St. Petersburg.

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Maria Sharapova Wins First Match After Serving 15-Month Doping Ban

(April 26, 2017)Maria Sharapova returned to the court on Wednesday after a 15-month absence due to a doping ban. The five-time major winner defeated No. 34 Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-3 to advance at the Porsche Grand Prix WTA event in Stuttgart.

Sharapova was suspended from the tour for testing positive for the drug meldonium. She had been taking the drug for many years. Her ban was reduced from two year to 15-months.

Maria Sharapova’s Ban Reduced to 15 Months

The 30-year-old was not allowed to set foot on the grounds of the tournament until Wednesday morning for practice, as her suspension ended at midnight.

This was the Russian’s first match since the 2016 quarterfinals of the Australian Open where she lost to Serena Williams.

Sharapova who was given a wildcard into Stuttgart, has also been given wildcards into Rome and Madrid.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Sharapova said on court after her “I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time.”

“It’s a journey, and it starts today and I’m looking forward to playing as many matches as I can.”

As for the match itself, Sharapova hit 11 aces, 39 winners and made 21 unforced errors. In her post-match news conference, Sharapova was asked about other people’s comments about her returning to the tour.

“It’s not my job” to think about other people’s comments, she said.

“Words and quotes and articles is not what matters in life, I have learned that very well over the past year.”

“Articles, they go away, that is not life. What matters is what happens on the court.”

“I’m not getting a wild card to receive a trophy. I still have to win the matches and that’s my job.”

Sharapova will face countrywoman Ekaterina Makarova next.

 

Maria Sharapova news conference, begins at the 7-minute mark:

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PORSCHE TENNIS GRAND PRIX – STUTTGART, GER
$776,000
24 – 30 APRIL 2017

RESULTS – APRIL 26, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[4] S. Halep (ROU) d B. Strycova (CZE) 62 63
[Q] A. Kontaveit (EST) d [5] G. Muguruza (ESP) 26 76(1) 61
First Round
[6] [WC] J. Konta (GBR) d [Q] N. Osaka (JPN) 76(5) 36 61
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 64 62
E. Vesnina (RUS) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 76(2) 62
C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Q] T. Korpatsch (GER) 62 64
[WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) d R. Vinci (ITA) 75 63
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [Q] J. Ostapenko (LAT) 76(3) 76(3)

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[1] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d E. Rodina (RUS) / A. Sevastova (LAT) 62 61
L. Kichenok (UKR) / L. Tsurenko (UKR) d R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 26 64 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [WC] L. Siegemund (GER)
[6] [WC] J. Konta (GBR) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
[WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs E. Makarova (RUS)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] A. Kerber (GER) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [2] K. Pliskova (CZE)
N. Broady (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs [3] R. Atawo (USA) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
E. Vesnina (RUS) vs C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs S. Halep (ROU) / A. Rosolska (POL)
After suitable rest – [1] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs A. Muhammad (USA) / L. Siegemund (GER)

TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP – ISTANBUL, TUR
$250,000
24 – 30 APRIL 2017

RESULTS – APRIL 26, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[3] I. Begu (ROU) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 61 16 63
[5] S. Cirstea (ROU) d M. Sakkari (GRE) 64 62
[WC] D. Yastremska (UKR) d [LL] A. Kalinskaya (RUS) 61 64
First Round
[1] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] V. Kamenskaya (RUS) 64 06 61
[2] T. Babos (HUN) d [Q] C. Perrin (SUI) 63 62
[6] E. Mertens (BEL) d K. Kozlova (UKR) 64 61
[Q] A. Cadantu (ROU) d N. Hibino (JPN) 26 60 63
[WC] A. Aksu (TUR) d [Q] E. Kulichkova (RUS) 75 61
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) d M. Zanevska (BEL) 62 61

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

D. Jakupovic (SLO) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d [1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / I. Soylu (TUR) 76(5) 62
E. Bouchard (CAN) / K. Flipkens (BEL) d A. Kalinskaya (RUS) / L. Marozava (BLR) 61 63
N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / V. Kudermetova (RUS) d A. Omae (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) 62 67(5) 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 27, 2017
GARANTI KOZA ARENA start 12:30 pm
[6] E. Mertens (BEL) vs S. Errani (ITA)
[Q] B. Eraydin (TUR) vs [WC] A. Aksu (TUR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [2] T. Babos (HUN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [Q] A. Cadantu (ROU)
After Due Rest – T. Babos (HUN) / C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / A. Mitu (ROU)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
J. Cepelova (SVK) vs S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
After Due Rest – [WC] A. Aksu (TUR) / D. Yastremska (UKR) vs [4] N. Melichar (USA) / E. Mertens (BEL)

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Maria Sharapova Set to Return From Doping Ban at Stuttgart Tourney

(January 10, 2017) Maria Sharapova is set to return from her ban from tennis on April 26,at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, where she has been given a wild card. The Russian who holds five major titles and is a three-time champion at Stuttgart, was suspended from the tennis tour for using a banned substance – meldonium, at last year’s Australian Open.

She was originally banned for two years, but had her sentence reduced via an appeal.

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Nottingham, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Stuttgart Results and Schedules

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AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM – NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND
$250,000
6-12 JUNE, 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 11, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [4] M. Puig (PUR) 62 62
A. Riske (USA) d S. Zheng (CHN) 61 75
Quarterfinals
[1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [Q] A. Barty (AUS) 76(2) 76(7)
[4] M. Puig (PUR) d [LL] T. Paszek (AUT) 64 63
A. Riske (USA) d A. Kontaveit (EST) 63 63
S. Zheng (CHN) d [Q] T. Moore (GBR) 62 64

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[4] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d N. Broady (GBR) / A. Sevastova (LAT) 64 62
A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / Kr. Pliskova (CZE) walkover

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 pm
MIXED DOUBLES EXHIBITION – J. Bates (GBR) / J. Rae (GBR) vs P. Cash (AUS) / A. Keothavong (GBR)

2:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs A. Riske (USA)
DOUBLES FINAL – A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) vs [4] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

 

 

RICOH OPEN – ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, NETHERLANDS
4-12 JUNE 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 11, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[3] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [1] B. Bencic (SUI) 26 63 64
[6] C. Vandeweghe (USA) d M. Brengle (USA) 64 62

Women’s
Doubles – Final

[1] O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [4] X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) 61 61

Men’s Singles – Semifinals
[7] G. Muller (LUX) d [3] I. Karlovic (CRO) 76(5) 76(4)
[8] [WC] N. Mahut (FRA) d [5] S. Querrey (USA) 67(5) 64 64

Men’s Doubles – Final
M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d [3] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Klaasen (RSA) 36 63 11-9

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
WTA Singles Final – [3] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [6] C. Vandeweghe (USA)

Not Before 14:00
ATP Singles Final – [7] G. Muller (LUX) vs [8][WC] N. Mahut (FRA)

 

Mercedes Cup

Stuttgart, Germany (+2 hours GMT)
6-12 June 2016 Surface: Grass

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 JUNE 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[3] D. Thiem (AUT) d [1] R. Federer (SUI) 36 76(7) 64 saved 2 m.p.
[7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d [WC] J. del Potro (ARG) 63 64

Doubles – Semifinals
M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) d [2] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU) 63 76(4)

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 JUNE 2016

CENTER COURT start 11:00
Doubles Final – O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL)

Not Before 13:30
Singles Final – [3] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)

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Rafael Nadal Wins 9th Barcelona Crown to Equal Guillermo Vilas’ Clay Court Titles Record at 49

(April 24, 2016) Rafael Nadal beat two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 to win the Barcelona Open for the ninth time on Sunday. The Spaniard has now equaled Guillermo Vilas record of 49 career clay court crowns.

It’s two straight weeks of titles for the 14-time major champion, who claimed his 69th career tournament victory.

Nadal now has won nine titles at three different tournaments – Barcelona, Monte-Carlo and Roland Garros.

“I was playing against the No. 6 player in the world, and if you don’t play at your best you aren’t going to win,” Nadal said after the match.

“I served well and that allowed me to play better. In the second set I missed several chances, and at the end it was very close, but I stayed mentally strong.”

“It was a very close match, Nadal said. “There were a lot of chances for both of us but I think I have been solid.
“When you play against players with this very, very high level, the match is often decided by a few moments. So I feel happy that I handled all these important moments well mentally.
“I have been working so hard to enjoy moments like this. The fact that I’m playing at home is always even more special. I’m very happy and I feel lucky to enjoy this again.”

Kei Nishikori

“It’s a great start to the clay court season,” Nishikori said. Even though I lost today I gained some confidence.
“He’s playing another good level of tennis. But also I gave away too many opportunities. And if I could get a couple more points on those important points, maybe the game changes a little bit.
He also gives me a lot of pressure. Every point, he gets every ball, so it’s not easy to win points against him.”

 

Angelique Kerber defended her title in Stuttgart, beating German countrywoman, qualifier Laura Siegemund 6-4, 6-0. The Australian Open champion battled back from 0-3 in the first set to win 12 out of the next 13 games. For Kerber this was her ninth career title.

 

It was a career week for the 71st ranked Siegemund, who will see her ranking move to 42 in the world as of Monday. The 28-year-old upset two Top Ten players to reach the final – No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 Simona Halep.

Unseeded Cagla Buyukakcay, ranked 118 in the world had a career week in her hometown as she won the TEP BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup over No.5 seed Danka Kovinic, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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Rafael Nadal Wins Grass-Court Edition of Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart

(June 14, 2015) Rafael Nadal captured his first title on grass since 2010 Wimbledon on Sunday when defeated Viktor Troicki 7-6 (3), 6-3 to win the Mercedes Cup for the third time in an hour and 27 minutes. Nadal claimed the title in Stuttgart in 2005 and 2007 when it was played on a clay court.

“I’m really, really happy. It’s my second win this year and it gives me a lot of confidence,” said Nadal of his 66th career tournament title.

“It was a great week for me,” he said.

“It’s a very special title,” said Nadal. “Since 2011 I didn’t play a final on grass, so win a title here is very good news for my game and for my mentality too. Congrats to Viktor for a great tournament. He’s playing great and will have some positives for the week.

“At this point of the season, every victory is important and every title means a lot to me. I’m happy for that.”

“In important moments my focus was not 100 per cent,” said Troicki. “He served very well the whole match. Even though it was a great week in reaching the final, I’m disappointed to lose this match. I had my chances and didn’t use them. I lost to a great champion. He served better and congrats to him.

“It’s a good result. I’m now going to London and we’ll see. I have high expectations for the grass season and this gives me a lot of confidence.”

“In important moments my focus was not 100 per cent,” said the 28th-ranked Troicki. “He served very well the whole match. Even though it was a great week in reaching the final, I’m disappointed to lose this match. I had my chances and didn’t use them. I lost to a great champion. He served better and congrats to him.

“It’s a good result. I’m now going to London and we’ll see. I have high expectations for the grass season and this gives me a lot of confidence.”

This was Nadal’s second tournament title this year, he also won in Buenos Aires.

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Angelique Kerber Stops Caroline Wozniacki for Stuttgart Title

Angelique Kerber

German Angelique Kerber rallied in the third set to upset Dane Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the final of Stuttgart for her second straight title, lifting her win streak to 11 straight.

“It was small things today that made the difference,” Wozniacki said of the 2-hour and four minute match. “I had 5-3 in the third set and 30-all, and it could have gone both ways, but she took her chances and it went her way. We’re great friends, we hang out a lot and practice a lot together, and it’s always nice to play a friend in a final. You obviously want to win, but if you don’t win, it’s still nice that your friend does.”

“A few days ago I said clay is actually not my favorite surface, but right now I think I will change my mind,” said Kerber. “I’ve played very well on clay the last few days and weeks. I feel good that I have had so many matches on clay, and now I’m looking forward to the next tournaments before Paris. Of course I’m a little bit tired – I’ve had a lot of matches the last few weeks, and also a lot of travel. So that’s why I’m for sure taking the next few days off, just relaxing a little bit before I go to Madrid.”

On the way to the final, Kerber defeated three-time defending champion Maria Sharapova in the second round and also took out second seed Simona Halep in the semifinals.

For Kerber she won her the fifth WTA title of her career and second of 2015. She also won Charleston earlier in the month.

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