October 6, 2015

BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director and COO Steve Simon New CEO of the WTA

Volunteers are celebrated before the start of the Women's Singles Final in Indian Wells, California on Sunday, March 22, 2015. (Photo by Billie Weiss/BNP Paribas Open)

(October 5, 2015) On Monday, the Board of Directors of the Women’s Tennis Association announced a unanimous decision naming Steve Simon, the Tournament Director and Chief Operating Officer of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, as the new CEO of the women’s tour. Simon will begin his new position immediately and leave his current post at the end of November.

Simon joined the tournament in 1989 in a sponsorship sales role after working with adidas for six years. He became Tournament Director and COO in 2004. At the end of the 2013 tournament, he and the CEO oversaw the vast expansion of Indian Wells.

“I am exceptionally grateful to both Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore for the opportunity they gave me more than 25 years ago to work at the BNP Paribas Open,” said Simon through a news release. “I have cherished my time here, and everyone involved with the event – staff, volunteers, players, officials and many more – who have made this event into the exceptional tournament it has become. I am humbled and excited about the opportunity, and leave the tournament knowing that the team in place, under the guidance of Moore and owner Larry Ellison, will continue to excel and keep the BNP Paribas Open as one of the best events in the world.”

“Steve Simon, with his successful career leading one of tennis’ most prestigious tournaments, is the perfect person to run the WTA,” the WTA Board said in a statement. “Steve produced results, pursued excellence and he kept innovating, making the fan experience even better. He has a very clear vision for the sport and is held in high regard by all.”

Simon replaces Stacey Allaster who announced her resignation on September 22.


Michaella Krajicek Tops Shelby Rogers To Win Red Rock Pro Open Singles Final

Michaella Krajicek  photo by Tracey Lee

Michaella Krajicek photo by Tracey Lee

By Steve Pratt

(October 4, 2015) Summerlin, Nevada – Michaella Krajicek overcame two rain delays and windy conditions to win her 13th consecutive match over the past 15 days as she captured the Red Rock Pro Open on Sunday with a straight-set win over American Shelby Rogers.


Krajicek received the $7,600 cardboard check, plus the real paper one that is cashable at any Las Vegas bank for her 6-3, 6-1 win at the USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 tournament played for the seventh straight year just 20 miles from the famous Strip at the Red Rock Country Club.


You wouldn’t fault Krajicek for sleeping in on Monday morning as she rests before traveling back to her home in Bradenton, Fla., to continue training for two more $50,000 events in Canada in two weeks.


“It was not easy playing today and I think that is why we both made so many errors,” said Krajicek, who is traveling with her coach and new husband Martin Emmrich.


Rogers said the fact that the first match on, the doubles final, was delayed twice and started 45 minutes later than scheduled didn’t hurt either player. She said her ineffectiveness had more to do with Krajicek’s powerful serve.


“The fact that I hit hard and serve big are my strengths because I don’t move as well as some of the other girls,” Krajicek said. “My serve is definitely one of the strengths of my game. It’s not that I don’t move well. I would just say it’s not in the top three of things I do best.”


“I hoped to do a lot of things better today,” Rogers said after the match. “Sometimes you have bad days and she played better. The wind caused my timing to be off. It just wasn’t my day.”


The veteran 26-year-old Krajicek was asked after the match if she’s been given new life in tennis following four knee surgeries, the last coming in 2012. “I definitely feel good after these two tournaments,” she said. “I still feel like I have a lot left in me. I’m honestly happy it’s going this good so I can continue to go in the direction I want to do to be a successful pro.”


The top-seeded doubles team of Paula Cristina Goncalves and Sanaz Marad were hoping to duplicate the same feat as Krajicek by winning Pro Circuit events on back to back weeks. But it wasn’t meant to be for last week’s Albuquerque winning team as the wild card team of Julia Boserup and Nicole Gibbs captured their first title playing together with a 6-3, 6-4 win in the doubles final.


Sunday’s Final Singles Result

Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, def. Shelby Rogers, U.S., [7], 6-3, 6-1


Sunday’s Final Doubles Result

Julia Boserup, U.S. / Nicole Gibbs, U.S., [wc] def. Paula Cristina Goncalves, Brazil / Sanaz Marad, U.S., [1], 6-3, 6-4



Czechs Win Junior Fed Cup and Canadians Claim Junior Davis Cup Titles


(October 4, 2015) The top seeds took home the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup finals on Sunday in Madrid’s La Caja Magica on Sunday.

Canada won the Junior Davis Cup title over Germany, while the Czech Republic was victorious over the United States.

For Canada this was the first Junior Davis Cup title in its history. The No. 1 seeds at Junior Davis Cup, with Junior US Open champions Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov capturing the deciding doubles match to earn the win 2-1.

“It was an unbelievable final,” said Auger-Aliassime after the match to Tennis Canada. “We had to clinch it in the deciding doubles but I think we did a great job. The support on the sidelines was amazing. We are really proud of what we did here.”

“It’s very exciting being the first Canadians to ever win Junior Davis Cup,” said Shapovalov. “We knew we had the team to do it as all three of the players on this team are great and contributed. We are very excited.”

Prior to this year, the best finish by a Canadian Junior Davis Cup or Fed Cup team was second place – 2011, 2004, 2003 (Junior Fed Cup) and 2010 (Junior Davis Cup).

On the ladies side, the Czech Republic also won 2-1. It’s their fourth Fed Cup title, first since 2001.

A total of 168 teams from 94 countries took part in regional qualifying in 2015, with 15 boys and 15 girls teams joining hosts Spain in the Finals.

The final positions of all the nations Courtesy of the ITF:

Junior Davis Cup – 1. Canada 2. Germany 3. Russia 4. Japan 5. Australia 6. Argentina 7. USA 8. Czech Republic 9. Poland 10. Colombia 11. Brazil 12. Chinese Taipei 13. Spain 14. Sweden 15. South Africa 16. Hong Kong, China


Junior Fed Cup – 1. Czech Republic 2. USA 3. Canada 4. Russia 5. Australia 6. Spain 7. Italy 8. Japan 9. Brazil 10. Great Britain 11. New Zealand 12. Argentina 13. Colombia 14. Chinese Taipei 15. Netherlands 16. Egypt

Girls Final


CZECH REPUBLIC (1) defeated USA (2) 2-1:
Kayla Day (USA) d. Monika Kilnarova (CZE) 63 61
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Claire Liu (USA) 75 64
Anna Slovakova/Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Kayla Day/Claire Liu (USA) 60 62

Girls 3rd-4th place play-offs


CANADA (4) defeated RUSSIA (3) 3-0:
Bianca Andreescu (CAN) d. Evgeniya Levashova (RUS) 62 62
Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) d. Olesya Pervushina (RUS) 63 75
Bianca Andreescu/Vanessa Wong (CAN) d. Evgeniya Levashova/Elena Rybakina (RUS) 61 36 63

Girls 13th-14th place play-offs



Wu Fang Hsien (TPE) d. Sofia Munera (COL) 63 46 61
Emiliana Arango (COL) d. Lee Yang (TPE) 62 62
Emiliana Arango/Sofia Munera (COL) d. Chen Pei Hsuan/Wu Fang Hsien (TPE) 63 64

Girls 15th-16th place play-offs


Suzan Lamens (NED) d. Laila Elnimr (EGY) 36 76(2) 60
Isolde de Jong (NED) d. Dalila Said (EGY) 62 62
Laila Elnimr/Dalila Said (EGY) d. Merel Hoedt/Isolde de Jong (NED) 76(5) 64


Boys Final

CANADA (1) defeated GERMANY (5) 2-1:
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Marvin Moeller (GER) 61 64
Nicola Kuhn (GER) d. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) 63 63
Felix Auger-Aliassime/Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Nicola Kuhn/Marvin Moeller (GER) 63 36 62


Boys 3rd-4th place play-offs

RUSSIA (4) defeated JAPAN (8) 3-0:
Alen Avidzba (RUS) d. Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) 64 62
Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS) d. Toru Horie (JPN) 63 60
Alen Avidzba/Mikhail Sokolovskiy d. Yuta Shimizu/Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) 62 64


Boys 13th-14th place play-offs

SPAIN defeated SWEDEN 3-0:
Andres Fernandez Canovas (ESP) d. Linus Bergevi (SWE) 64 64
Nikolas Sanchez-Izquierdo Vivar (ESP) d. Jonas Eriksson Ziverts (SWE) 16 75 62
Alejandro Davidovich Fukina/Nikolas Sanchez-Izquierdo Vivar (ESP) d. Jonas Eriksson Ziverts/Karl Friberg (SWE) 67(5) 61 62


Boys 15th-16th place play-offs

Albertus Kruger (RSA) d. Sou Ming Chun Alan (HKG) 63 61
Richard Thongoana (RSA) d. Lam Ching (HKG) 63 62
Cheung Ngai Long/Sou Ming Chun Alan (HKG) d. Joshua Howard-Tripp/Richard Thongoana (RSA) 62 61


Top Two Seeds Halep and Kvitova Out of China Open

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(October 4, 2015) Top seed Simona Halep of Romania retired from her match with a left Achilles injury while No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova lost to Sara Errani at the China Open on Sunday in Beijing.

No. 2 Halep retired against Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena at 4-5 in the first set. There were three other retirements in women’s matches on the day.

“I have pain in my Achilles,” the Romanian said. “It’s getting worse. I thought that it’s getting better and I can play. But no. I don’t want to force (it).

“It’s a tough injury because always is dangerous to continue with the tendon. So, yeah, I hope just to recover and to be healthy soon.” She had the same injury in 2011.

“My first thought is just to be healthy,” Halep said when asked about competing at the WTA Finals in Singapore. “Of course, every tournament is important. But the most important thing is to be okay, to feel no pain, and then I will see.

“I hope I can play in Singapore. Was my goal for this year. I will see. I need treatment and I need break, for sure.”

“I think all the players in the end of the year are a little bit tired. It’s tough to manage these situations,” she said.

“If you want to be in the top, you have to work hard and to be getting better year by year, you know, as soon as you can.”

No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska moved on when Coco Vandeweghe retired after the first set.

“Well, I knew she retired last week,” Radwanska said. “But, you know, every week it’s different story, different tournament.

“I was prepared for whole match. We played couple times before that. So I knew what to do on court.

“But maybe still going on something with her health. I think we have to ask her.”

“I think this is the end of the year. Not everybody is fresh at the moment,” the Pole responding to a questions about the day’s retirements. “I think really that’s the main reason.

“Well, I think that’s what happen in Asia pretty much.”

Sara Errani of Italy had the upset of the day knocking out second-seeded Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-4.

“I never beat her, so I know was a really tough match,” Errani. “Of course, she’s a really good player.”

and Sloane Stephens of the United States defeated ninth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2.

Errani said that the difference in the match was just a few points. “I just tried to stay there every point, solid, without too many mistakes. It’s my game.

“She hit the ball really strong, so I just tried to make her play one shot more.”

Kvitova who was a finalist at the China Open last year felt that she was not ready.

“Of course the loss is always disappointing,” Kvitova said. “I really wanted to win and kind of qualify for Singapore here. But I just wasn’t really able to.

“You know, it was kind of game which I really had to be ready physically and mentally and everything, and I just wasn’t.

“I just think it was kind of the case, I couldn’t really serve in the second set as well. I didn’t really help with anything. She (was) going for the chance. It was kind of difficult.”

“I’m kind of sleepy all day long. It’s just weird,” Kvitova said.

Singles – First Round

[Q] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [1] S. Halep (ROU) 54 Retired (Left ankle injury)
S. Errani (ITA) d [2] P. Kvitova (CZE) 75 64
[3] F. Pennetta (ITA) d [WC] X. Han (CHN) 75 46 64
[4] A. Radwanska (POL) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 63 00 Retired (Left ankle injury)
[7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 63 00 Retired (Right elbow injury)
[8] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] B. Jovanovski (SRB) 62 64
S. Stephens (USA) d [9] K. Pliskova (CZE) 63 62
[16] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 75 62
[Q] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d A. Cornet (FRA) 63 63
A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) d A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 62 64
[Q] I. Falconi (USA) d D. Gavrilova (RUS) 75 26 64
M. Barthel (GER) d [WC] S. Zhang (CHN) 63 62
[Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 62
D. Cibulkova (SVK) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 61 16 63
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d J. Goerges (GER) 62 64
[Q] M. Puig (PUR) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) 64 00 Retired (Left lower leg injury)
[Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 63 63
C. Garcia (FRA) d [WC] S. Zheng (CHN) 62 62

Doubles – First Round

J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d [7] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 76(5) 36 10-6
[WC] C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN) d B. Bencic (SUI) / B. Strycova (CZE) 46 61 11-9
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) 64 26 10-8
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 63 46 10-8

ATP – [8] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs A. Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [13] A. Petkovic (GER) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)
WTA – [11] B. Bencic (SUI) vs M. Brengle (USA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs S. Stephens (USA)

LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs [15] R. Vinci (ITA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [7] D. Goffin (BEL) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
ATP – [Q] D. Istomin (UZB) vs [WC] Ze. Zhang (CHN)

Not Before 6:30 pm
WTA – [4] A. Radwanska (POL) vs M. Barthel (GER)

MOON COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) vs M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [14] M. Keys (USA)
WTA – [7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [Q] M. Puig (PUR)
WTA – [16] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

COURT 3 start 12:30 pm
WTA – M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs I. Begu (ROU)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs M. Klizan (SVK)
ATP – [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
ATP – I. Karlovic (CRO) / L. Kubot (POL) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)

COURT 4 start 12:30 pm
ATP – [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA)
WTA – Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO)
WTA – After suitable rest – [8] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – After suitable rest – K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – [Q] J. Knowle (AUT) / O. Marach (AUT) vs [2] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)

COURT 8 start 12:30 pm
WTA – C. Chuang (TPE) / S. Hsieh (TPE) vs [5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
WTA – G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs [2] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – [6] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs [WC] A. Cornet (FRA) / M. Linette (POL)
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS)




Venus Williams Wins Wuhan Open After Muguruza Retires


Venus wins Auckland

(October 3, 2015) Venus Williams won the Wuhan Open on Saturday when her opponent Garbine Muguruza retired with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-3, 3-0. For the 35-year-old American, this was her 47th career WTA singles trophy.

“I had pain the ankle since yesterday,” said the fifth-seeded Spaniard. “I’ve played a lot of matches and today my body had pain everywhere. I didn’t have much time to recover from yesterday. There is nothing you can do when it’s like this. I guess I didn’t recover.

“I was feeling very tired but I said that I am going to the court even if my leg is, like broken. I woke up saying, “come on, I’m going to play,” but during the match I was like, ‘oh shit, I’m getting tired, my leg is hurting, my ankle is hurting.’ In the first set I had my chances but with Venus it’s hard. If you’re not 100% percent fit you can’t find a way to play against her. “

For the unseeded Williams, this WTA Premier 5 event is her biggest title in five years, since Dubai 2010 and her second tournament victory in 2015. She also won the event in Auckland.

“I feel like everyone else on tour, I work hard, I do my best and as long as you continue to work hard and believe in yourself then you can have the results you want,: Williams said. “That’s exactly what I’ve done and it hasn’t been the easiest road but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a road worth traveling.

“I didn’t think of quitting but it’s definitely a lot of stress to play when you’re in pain. But for me I focus on everything that I can accomplish and not on what’s bothering me. My opponent wasn’t so lucky today. The pain was just too much for her and I was really sorry to hear that.

“Today, we both play really similar. Maybe experience helped me today. I know today she couldn’t do everything that she wanted to do. She couldn’t feel free and comfortable on the court. Of course it’s not always as exciting playing an opponent who doesn’t feel their best so I hope that she gets better.”

Williams, who is ranked 24th in the world will move up to 14 when the rankings come out on Monday. Muguruza will move to a career high ranking of No. 5.

Next stop for both women will be Beijing.


Shelby Rogers Moves Into Red Rock Pro Open Semifinals With Straight-Set Win Over No. 2-Seeded Anna Tatishvili

Shelby Rogers photo by by Tracey Lee

Shelby Rogers photo by by Tracey Lee

By Steve Pratt

(October 2, 2015) Summerlin, Nevada – A decision to remain in Los Angeles and work on her game instead of adjusting to the altitude of Albuquerque a week before playing in Las Vegas appears to be paying off for Shelby Rogers.

The 22-year-old Rogers, seeded seventh, advanced to the semifinals of the Red Rock Pro Open being played at the Red Rock Country Club with a 6-4, 6-3 win over No. 2-seeded Anna Tatishvili on Friday.


Rogers, originally from South Carolina, has been working full-time with her coach Marc Lucero, who is based in Southern California. The pair have been training together in Carson, Calif., since December.


“I’ve always loved playing in altitude,” said Rogers, who told Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter Steve Carp before the tournament that she wasn’t sure the decision to rest up and train instead of playing Albuquerque would pay off or not. “It was a little bit cooler out there so the balls flew a little bit more, for both of us.”


Rogers had beaten Tatishvili in the only other time they have faced each other, back in 2013 in the final of the $75,000 Albuquerque tournament.


Currently ranked No. 157 in the WTA world rankings, Rogers said she is fully recovered from a partially torn medial collateral ligament suffered right before Wimbledon.


Rogers will play 2011 Las Vegas winner Romina Oprandi in the semifinals in the first match on at 11 a.m. Saturday morning. It was in 2011 that Oprandi beat Rogers in the quarterfinals at the Troy, Ala., $50,000 Pro Circuit Challenger, the only time in the career they’ve faced each other.


Rogers is coming off a great U.S. Open where she won three matches in qualifying and then two main-draw matches before falling to No. 2-seeded Simona Halep in the third round in a match played in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.


Rogers told the international media in New York that her third-round appearance was, “why we play the sport. That’s why we try to win each match, to get to the further rounds and play the bigger players.”


Rogers recalled playing the Party Rock Open final in 2012 in front of music sensation Red Foo when she fell in the final to Lauren Davis. “I love playing here and have a lot of great memories from here,” she said.


In the other semifinal, former two-time NCAA singles champion Nicole Gibbs will face Michaella Krajicek. Both won straight-set matches on Friday in the quarterfinals.


Gibbs was also busy in the doubles semifinals later in the day as she and partner Julia Bosserup took advantage of their USTA wild card to reach the Sunday doubles final with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Antonia Lottner of Germany and Pemra Ozgen of Turkey, the No. 3 seeds.


They will face Paula Cristina Goncalves of Brazil and American Sanaz Marad. The top-seeded pair knocked out former UCLA teammates Robin Anderson and Jen Brady.


Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Results

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Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, def. Alexa Glatch, U.S. [5], 6-3, 6-1

Nicole Gibbs, U.S. [6] def. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg, 6-1, 7-6 (6)

Romina Oprandi, Switzerland [3] def. Jennifer Brady, U.S., 6-4, 6-4

Shelby Rogers, U.S., [7] def. Anna Tatishvili, U.S. [2], 6-4, 6-3


Friday’s Semifinal Doubles Results

Julia Boserup, U.S. / Nicole Gibbs, U.S., [wc] def. Antonia Lottner, Germany, [3] / Pemra Ozgen, Turkey, 6-3, 6-0

Paula Cristina Goncalves, Brazil / Sanaz Marad, U.S., [1] def. Robin Anderson, U.S. / Jen Brady, U.S., 7-5, 6-3


Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Order Of Play

Stadium Court, Starting at 11 a.m.

Shelby Rogers, U.S., [7] vs. Romina Oprandi, Switzerland [3]

Followed by Nicole Gibbs, U.S. [6] vs. Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands


2015 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Results


(October 2, 2015) The latest results for the 2015 Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals at the Caja Magica in Madrid on 29 September – 4 October. Sixteen boys and 16 girls teams will take part in the competition.


Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup now in its 31st year, is the ITF’s official team competition for players aged 16-and-under. A total of 168 teams from 94 countries took part in regional qualifying in 2015, with 15 boys and 15 girls teams joining hosts Spain in the Finals. USA is defending champion in both events.


The Finals see boys and girls teams divided into four groups of four on a round-robin basis, with the top team in each group qualifying for the semifinals. Both finals will be played on Sunday 4 October. In Junior Davis Cup, the final will be between Canada and Germany. In Junior Fed Cup, Czech Republic will face USA.



Girls Semifinals


CZECH REPUBLIC (1) defeated CANADA (4) 2-1:

Bianca Andreescu (CAN) d. Monika Kilnarova (CZE) 62 46 63

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) 60 64
Anna Slovakova/Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) d. Bianca Andreescu/Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) 26 63 62


USA (2) defeated RUSSIA (3) 2-1:

Kayla Day (USA) d. Elena Rybakina (RUS) 64 63
Claire Liu (USA) d. Olesya Pervushina (RUS) 26 61 63
Evgeniya Levashova/Elena Rybakina (RUS) d. Kayla Day/Michaela Gordon (USA) 36 75 62


Girls 5th-8th place play-offs


AUSTRALIA (5) defeated JAPAN 2-1:
Seone Mendez (AUS) d. Mai Hontama (JPN) 62 75
Kimika Sakata (JPN) d. Destanee Aiava (AUS) 16 75 63
Destanee Aiava/Seone Mendez (AUS) d. Ayumi Miyamoto/Kimika Sakata (JPN) 26 76(9) 63

SPAIN (6) defeated ITALY 3-0:
Noelia Bouzo Zanotti (ESP) d. Tatiana Pieri (ITA) 61 64
Eva Guerrero Alvarez (ESP) d. Federica Bilardo (ITA) 75 63
Paula Arias Manjon/Noelia Bouzo Zanotti (ESP) d. Monica Cappelletti/Tatiana Pieri (ITA) 62 64


Girls 9th-12th place play-offs



Ali Collins (GBR) d. Paula Baranano (ARG) 64 62
Katie Swan (GBR) d. Maria Lourdes Carle (ARG) 60 75
Maria Lourdes Carle/Camila Morena (ARG) d. Ali Collins/Katie Swan (GBR) w/o

BRAZIL (8) defeated NEW ZEALAND 2-1:
Valentina Ivanov (NZL) d. Nathalia Gasparin (BRA) 62 60
Thaisa Pedretti (BRA) d. Nina Paripovich (NZL) 60 61
Nathalia Gasparin/Thaisa Pedretti (BRA) d. Lauren Alter/Valentina Ivanov (NZL) 64 75


Girls 13th-16th place play-offs


Sofia Munera (COL) d. Merel Hoedt (NED) 63 63
Emiliana Arango (COL) d. Suzan Lamens (NED) 76(5) 26 61
Merel Hoedt/Isolde de Jong (NED) d. Sofia Munera/Maria Osorio 64 63

Chen Pei Hsuan (TPE) d. Sara Ismail (EGY) 64 75
Lee Yang (TPE) d. Laila Elnimr (EGY) 76(7) 75
Lee Yang/Wu Fang Hsien (TPE) d. Sara Ismail/Dalila Said (EGY) 60 61


Boys Semifinals


CANADA (1) defeated RUSSIA (4) 3-0:
Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Alen Avidzba (RUS) 64 63
Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) d. Artem Dubrivnyy (RUS) 64 75
Felix Auger-Aliassime/Denis Shapovalov (CAN) d. Alen Avidzba/Mikhail Sokolovskiy (RUS) 61 63

GERMANY (5) defeated JAPAN (8) 2-1:

Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) d. Marvin Moeller (GER) 63 57 64
Nicola Kuhn (GER) d. Toru Horie (JPN) 67(4) 76(2) 61
Nicola Kuhn/Marvin Moeller (GER) d. Toru Horie/Yunosuke Tanaka (JPN) 63 63


Boys 5th-8th place play-offs


ARGENTINA (6) defeated CZECH REPUBLIC (7) 2-1:
Santiago Rodriguez Taverna (ARG) d. Daniel Velek (CZE) 62 61
Tomas Etcheverry (ARG) d. Michael Vrbensky (CZE) 62 64
Daniel Velek/Michael Vrbensky (CZE) d. Camilo Ugo Carabelli/Santiago Rodriguez Taverna (ARG) 64 67(6) 61


AUSTRALIA (2) defeated USA (3) 2-1:
Blake Ellis (AUS) d. Patrick Kypson (USA) 76(5) 36 62

Vasil Kirkov (USA) d. Alex de Minaur (AUS) 64 63

Blake Ellis/Alexei Popyrin (AUS) d. Vasil Kirkov/Patrick Kypson (USA) 36 61 62


Boys 9th-12th place play-offs


Daniel Michalski (POL) d. Yu Hua Chen (TPE) 63 64
Kacper Zuk (POL) d. Huang Tsung Hao (TPE) 61 61
Hsu Tyu Hsiou/Huang Tsung Hao (TPE) d. Konrad Fryze/Kacper Zuk (POL) 36 1-0 ret.


COLOMBIA defeated BRAZIL 2-1:
Nicolas Mejia (COL) d. Enzo Kohn (BRA) 63 62
Gabriel Decamps (BRA) d. Sergio Hernandez (COL) 62 61
Alejandro Hoyos/Nicolas Mejia (COL) d. Gabriel Bugiga/Gabriel Decamps (BRA) 62 36 61


Boys 13th-16th place play-offs


SWEDEN defeated HONG KONG 3-0:
Linus Bergevi (SWE) d. Sou Ming Chun Alan (HKG) 61 62
Jonas Eriksson Ziverts (SWE) d. Lam Ching (HKG) 75 62
Linus Bergevi/Jonas Eriksson Ziverts (SWE) d. Cheung Ngai Long/Sou Ming Chun Alan (HKG) 67(5) 76(2) 64


SPAIN defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-1:
Andres Fernandez Canovas (ESP) d. Joshua Howard-Tripp (RSA) 26 76(5) 64
Nikolas Sanchez-Izquierdo Vivar (ESP) d. Richard Thongoana (RSA) 76(2) 61
Albertus Kruger/Richard Thongoana (RSA) d. Andres Fernandez Canovas/Nikolas Sanchez-Izquierdo Vivar (ESP) 62 63

ian Todorov (GER) d. Alejandro Hoyos/Nicolas Mejia (COL) 64 57 62


After Battling Past Vinci, Venus Williams to Face Muguruza in Wuhan Open Final

Venus Williams

(October 2, 2015) Venus Williams saved a match point to defeat Roberta Vinci to reach Saturday’s Wuhan Open final. Williams’ 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4) win set up the WTA Premier 5 title against Garbine Muguruza after the Spaniard survived a late foot injury scare to defeat Angelique Kerber 6-4 7-6(5).

“It had a lot of ups and downs, said Williams, who saved a match point when Vinci served for the match at 6-5. “I hope that on a day when I’m playing how I’d like, it’s a more straightforward match. She’s definitely tricky.  She finds a way to hang in there.”

Williams came back from 3-5 down against Johanna Konta in the previous round. “It’s the semifinals. It’s not time to get down.  It’s time to figure it out,” said the seven-time grand slam champion.  “Even down match point, I don’t remember what happened on that point.  I do know she had a match point.  It’s not over.  Just like when I was up and she didn’t give up, I felt the same way.”

The 35-year-old Williams, who notched up her 700th career WTA match win earlier in the week, should return to the WTA Top 20 in reaching the semi-finals, and could go as high as 15 should she win on Saturday. She shows no desire to retire just yet. “I always want to be in finals,” she said. “Even if it was the last tournament of my career, I would still want to be in that final,” she said. “I don’t think that ever changes.  It just never gets old and it’s never something that is a given.  You have to fight for it.  So I appreciate it.  It’s not over yet.  I still have matches to play.  Definitely not satisfied with just making the final.  I’d like to take the title and take it a step further.”

Muguruza’s win over Kerber also had plenty of drama, notably at 3-3 in the second set tiebreaker when the Spaniard took an injury time-out after feeling pain in her left foot earlier in the set. Despite this, she managed to  reach her first final since she was runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon in July.

“I felt it at 4 something in the second set.  Then in the tiebreak I felt something stronger.  So I said, No, no, I cannot wait to get worse.  So I just called the trainer,” sheexplained . “At that moment I said, Okay, Garbine, play.  Be aggressive and see what happens. You know, I was very, like, kind of brave.  I was like, Okay, come on, let’s do it.  Let’s see these couple of points and see if you can close the match. I had a lot of chances to close the match before.  I’m like, no way I’m going to lose this set. I did it and it was good.”

Williams and Muguruza have played twice before, in Florianopolis in 2013 and in Auckland in 2014, both on hard courts. “I think it’s a good final,” said Muguruza. “I face her sister in the last final, so is it good to have her again. Williams sisters everywhere,” she said, smiling. “It’s good.  She’s playing good also.  She had a very tough match also today.  So I think it’s a good final.”


V. Williams (USA) d [15] R. Vinci (ITA) 57 62 76(4)
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [6] A Kerber (GER) 64 76(5)

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) / Monica Niculescu (ROM) d [6] Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 16 10-8 (MTB)
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [4] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 62 61


Not before 12.30pm
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) / Monica Niculescu (ROM)

Not Before 3:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – V. Williams (USA) vs [5] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Venus Williams Joins 700 (Win) Club

Venus Williams Joins 700 (Win) Club



Serena Williams Withdraws from China Open and WTA Finals

Serena Williams

(October 1, 2015) After a season which saw her win the first three majors of the year, falling two wins short of completing a Grand Slam, Serena Williams has called it quits on the season.

Williams says she is withdrawing from the WTA Finals and the China Open to heal after playing through various injuries during the year.

“This is a very difficult decision, but one ultimately made because of the love of the game. I plan to return to practicing and participating in exhibition matches later this year,” Williams said in an article on the China Open website. “And when I do, I will focus and focus and focus so I can continue my journey in this beautiful game.”

Williams said that she is “taking a proactive step and withdrawing from tournaments in Beijing and Singapore to properly address my health and take the time to heal.”

The 21-time major champion won the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon, but lost in the semifinals of the US Open, missing out on a chance to win the Grand Slam, which would have been the first since 1988.

Williams sealed the year at No. 1 just after the US Open. Williams holds 69 tournament titles and has been No. 1 a total of 260 weeks, tying Chris Evert for third place all-time a few days ago. She’s behind Steffi Graf at 377 weeks and Martina Navratilova at 332 weeks.


Las Vegas Resident Jovana Jaksic Saves Match Point On 22nd Birthday at Red Rock Pro Open

red rock open

By Steve Pratt

(September 30, 2015) Summerlin, Nev. – One year ago, Jovana Jaksic arrived in Las Vegas for the first time, celebrated her 21st birthday and made her debut at the  Red Rock Pro Open.


Jaksic enjoyed it so much, the Serbian native has never left, choosing to live in Las Vegas and train full-time at the Red Rock Country Club in Summerlin, about a 20-minute drive northwest of the Las Vegas Strip.


“This really is my hometown tournament now,” said Jaksic, who celebrated her 22nd birthday on Wednesday by saving a match point and coming back to beat her doubles partner Taylor Townsend, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, in the first round of the USTA women’s $50,000 Pro Circuit event. “There were so many friends and family watching me. It was the reason I was able to pull it out today.”


Jaksic was serving down match point at 4-5, 30-40 in the second set but kept her cool. “If I think that’s it’s a match point I would lose it for sure,” said Jaksic, adding that she’s never lost a match on her birthday. “I’m just thinking where I’m going to serve it and focusing on my preparation and thinking about each point by point.”

Jaksic said she didn’t even think about the match point during the third set. “I went to shake my coach’s hand after the match and that’s when I realized I saved a match point,” she said.


Jaksic met tournament founder and local attorney Jordan Butler at last year’s tournament, and six weeks later signed with Butler for player representation. “I’m also here because of my agent,” said Jaksic, who is being coached by Sam Querrey’s coach and former UNLV standout Henner Nehles, and is being trained by local fitness coach Korey Goodwin.


“I was thinking about training somewhere in the States during the preseason to get ready for Australia. This is one of the most beautiful clubs in the world. When I first got here I fell in love with this place.”


Jaksic will play former Las Vegas champion Romina Oprandi, the No. 3 seed on Thursday in the Round of 16. The two have never faced each other.


Jaksic’s housemate this week, the tournament’s No. 1 seed An-Sophie Mestach of Belgium,  was shocked by Mandy Minella of Luxembourg, 6-2, 6-0. Seeded players moving on Wednesday included No. 2 Anna Tatishvili, who beat UNLV player and tournament wild card Carol Yang, 6-4, 6-1.


The player Oprandi beat in the 2011 final, No. 5 Alexa Glatch, moved on with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over qualifier Robin Anderson. Glatch opens play Thursday on Stadium Court at 9:30 against Croatia’s Ana Vrljic, which will be followed by the Jaksic-Oprandi match. No. 4 seeded Sachia Vickery and No. 6 Nicole Gibbs also won first-round matches.


In the third match on Stadium Court, Vickery will lock horns with Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands, who continued her winning ways just days after triumphing with the $75,000 Albuquerque, N.M., Pro Circuit title.


Wednesday’s First-Round Singles Results

wild card [wc]; lucky loser; qualifying: [q]

Anna Tatishvili, U.S. [2] def. Carol Yang, China [wc], 6-4, 6-1

Sanaz Marand, U.S., def. Melanie Oudin, U.S. [wc], 7-5, 6-3

Mandy Minella, Luxembourg, def. An-Sophie Mestach, Belgium [1], 6-2, 6-0

Tamira Paszek, Austria, def. Anna Zaja, Germany (ll), 6-1, 6-4

Alexa Glatch, U.S. [5] def. Robin Anderson, U.S. 6-3, 6-3

Ana Vrljic, Croatia, def. Varatchaya Wongteanchai, Thailand, 6-4, 7-6 (3)

Jovana Jaksic, Serbia, def. Taylor Townsend, U.S., 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4

Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, def. Arantxa Rus, Netherlands, 7-6 (5), 6-4

Julia Bosserup, U.S. def. Amra Sadikovic, Switzerland, 7-6 (2), 6-3

Sachia Vickery, U.S. [4] def. Antonia Lottner, Germany, 6-2, 6-2

Nicole Gibbs, U.S. [6], def. Sherazad Reix, France, 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-3


Wednesday’s First-Round Doubles Results

Robin Anderson, U.S. / Jen Brady, U.S. def. Jan Abaza, U.S. / Justyna Jegiolka, Poland, [4], 6-4, 6-3

Lauren Albanese, U.S. / Sophie Chang, U.S., def. Jacqueline Cako, U.S. / Kaitlyn Christian, U.S., 6-4, 6-3


Thursday’s Order Of Play

Stadium Court, Starting at 9:30 a.m.

Alexa Glatch, U.S. [5] vs. Ana Vrljic, Croatia,

Followed by Jovana Jaksic, Serbia, vs. Romina Oprandi, Switzerland [3]

Followed by Michaella Krajicek, Netherlands, vs. Sachia Vickery, U.S. [4]

Followed by Julia Boserup, U.S. / Nicole Gibbs, U.S., [wc] vs. Mandy Minella, Luxembourg / Amra Sadikovic, Switzerland,


Court 5, Starting at 9:30 a.m.

Mandy Minella, Luxembourg, vs. Lauren Albanese, U.S. [wc]

Followed by Tamira Paszek, Austria, vs. Jennifer Brady, U.S.

Followed by Alexandra Facey, U.S. / Kat Facey, U.S., [wc] vs. Antonia Lottner, Germany, [3] / Pemra Ozgen, Turkey

Followed by Tamira Paszek, Austria / Anna Tatishvili, U.S., vs. Robin Anderson, U.S. / Jen Brady, U.S.


Court 6, Starting at 9:30 a.m.

Sanaz Marand, U.S., vs. Nicole Gibbs, U.S. [6]

Followed by Anna Tatishvili, U.S. [2] vs. Julia Bosserup, U.S.

Followed by Shelby Rogers, U.S., [7] vs. Samantha Crawford, U.S.,

Followed by Paula Cristina Goncalves, Brazil / Sanaz Marad, U.S., [1] vs. Lauren Albanese, U.S. / Sophie Chang, U.S.