June 25, 2016

Cuevas to Face Johnson for Nottingham Title

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(June 24, 2016) Steve Johnson of the USA will face Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas in the Aegon Open Nottingham final after defeating Italian No. 7 seed Andreas Seppi 6-4, 6-4 on a rain-interrupted day that started with Johnson completing a quarter-final win over top seed Kevin Anderson.

 

No. 6 seed Johnson – who overcame World No. 10 Richard Gasquet on his way to the quarterfinals at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club last week – had to win two matches on Friday due to darkness suspending the match with Anderson at 7-6(6), 5-7, 3-4 on Thursday night.

 

Johnson said: “To come out today and finish the match from yesterday, get the win over Kevin and then come out against Andreas and have a rain delay wasn’t the easiest thing in the world. Fortunately, I came out with good starts in both and was able to get back in the swing of things.”

 

In his only other ATP World Tour final, Johnson lost out to Spaniard David Ferrer after being one set up at the Erste Bank Open in Vienna last October.

 

Ahead of facing World No. 25 Cuevas, Johnson added: “I’m going to feel more comfortable. I’m definitely feeling confident, but Pablo’s played an outstanding tournament as well. It’s hopefully going to be a great match and I’m going to be a bit more comfortable in my second final than I was in my first.”

 

Earlier in the day, Cuevas also reached his first ATP World Tour final on grass after he came from a set down to beat Gilles Muller 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 in two hours and two minutes.

 

It is the third time in the tournament that Cuevas has played a three-set match, having come from a set down against Brit Dan Evans and saving a match point against Marcos Baghdatis in previous rounds.

 

Cuevas, who has won five career ATP World Tour singles titles including back-to-back crowns on clay earlier this year, said: “I’m so happy to reach my first final on grass. I have played every match with more confidence and today I beat an excellent player on grass. Hopefully tomorrow I will enjoy it too.

 

Having won only two matches on grass before this week, the 30-year-old added: “I always play more comfortably on clay. I was born playing on clay but this is my first time playing with confidence on grass. Now, having played four matches here, the feeling is good.”

 

Both men hope to reach milestones on Saturday – Johnson hopes to win his first ATP World Tour title, while Cuevas wants to take home his first grass court trophy.

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2016 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s First Round Head-to-Heads

2016 Wimbledon Gentlemen’s First Round Head-to-Heads (Without Qualifiers)

Singles Head to Head
Career
(Only tour-level main draw matches are counted in head-to-head totals.)
Novak DJOKOVIC v James WARD
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Kyle EDMUND v Adrian MANNARINO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Lukas ROSOL v Sam QUERREY
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER v Pierre-Hugues HERBERT
Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER LEADS 2 : 0
2014 Halle Grass (O) R16 Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER 6-2 6-4
2016 Stuttgart Outdoor Grass (O) R32 Philipp KOHLSCHREIBER 6-4 6-1

Damir DZUMHUR v Denis KUDLA
TIED 0 : 0
2014 Miami Qualifying Draw Hard (O) R64 Damir DZUMHUR 6-3 6-4

Brydan KLEIN v Nicolas MAHUT
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Dudi SELA v David FERRER
David FERRER LEADS 2 : 1
2008 Beijing Hard (O) R16 Dudi SELA 6-3 6-3
2009 Johannesburg Hard (O) R32 David FERRER 6-2 6-0
2016 ‘s-Hertogenbosch Grass (O) R16 David FERRER 6-4 6-4

David GOFFIN v Alexander WARD
TIED 0 : 0
2012 Le Gosier Challenger Hard (O) R16 David GOFFIN 6-2 3-6 7-6(4)

Nicolas ALMAGRO v Rogerio DUTRA SILVA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Denis ISTOMIN v Kevin ANDERSON
Kevin ANDERSON LEADS 2 : 0
2013 Sydney Hard (O) QF Kevin ANDERSON 6-4 6-3
2013 Atlanta Hard (O) QF Kevin ANDERSON 6-3 3-6 6-3

Jack SOCK v Ernests GULBIS
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Diego SCHWARTZMAN v Robin HAASE
Robin HAASE LEADS 2 : 0
2013 Hamburg Clay (O) R64 Robin HAASE 7-6(3) 4-6 7-5
2016 Indian Wells Hard (O) R128 Robin HAASE 6-3 6-4

Andreas SEPPI v Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ
Andreas SEPPI LEADS 4 : 1
2007 Monte Carlo Qualifying Draw Clay (O) R16 Andreas SEPPI 6-3 6-3
2008 U.S. Open Hard (O) R64 Andreas SEPPI 6-2 4-6 6-2 6-2
2009 Miami Hard (O) R128 Andreas SEPPI 7-6(6) 6-1
2009 French Open Clay (O) R128 Andreas SEPPI 6-3 6-3 6-1
2012 Doha Hard (O) R16 Andreas SEPPI 7-5 6-3
2015 Zagreb Hard (I) FR Guillermo GARCIA-LOPEZ 7-6(4) 6-3

Pablo CARRENO BUSTA v Milos RAONIC
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Roger FEDERER v Guido PELLA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Daniel EVANS v Jan-Lennard STRUFF
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Evgeny DONSKOY v Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV
Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV LEADS 1 : 0
2009 Astana Challenger Hard (I) R32 Evgeny DONSKOY 6-2 7-6(5)
2016 Barcelona Clay (O) R32 Alexandr DOLGOPOLOV 4-6 7-6(9) 6-4
Gael MONFILS v Jeremy CHARDY
Gael MONFILS LEADS 1 : 0
2008 Marrakech Challenger Clay (O) FR Gael MONFILS 7-6(2) 7-6(6)
2009 U.S. Open Hard (O) R128 Gael MONFILS 6-1 6-4 6-3

Malek JAZIRI v Steve JOHNSON
TIED 0 : 0
2012 Izmir Challenger Hard (O) R16 Steve JOHNSON 6-3 5-7 6-4
2014 Dallas Challenger Hard (I) FR Steve JOHNSON 6-4 6-4

Janko TIPSAREVIC v Gilles SIMON
Gilles SIMON LEADS 8 : 2
2008 Rotterdam Hard (I) R16 Gilles SIMON 7-6(4) 7-6(4)
2011 Miami Hard (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 4-6 7-6(3) 6-2
2011 Cincinnati Hard (O) R32 Gilles SIMON 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3
2012 Monte Carlo Clay (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 6-0 4-6 6-1
2012 Madrid Clay (O) R16 Janko TIPSAREVIC 7-6(3) 5-7 6-1
2012 Bangkok Hard (O) SF Gilles SIMON 6-4 6-4
2012 Tokyo Outdoor Hard (O) R32 Janko TIPSAREVIC 4-6 6-3 6-1
2012 Valencia Hard (O) R32 Gilles SIMON 5-4 RET
2013 Miami Hard (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 5-7 6-2 6-2
2015 Bucharest Clay (O) R16 Gilles SIMON 7-5 6-4

Marin CILIC v Brian BAKER
TIED 0 : 0
2016 Wimbledon Grass (O) R128

Borna CORIC v Ivo KARLOVIC
Ivo KARLOVIC LEADS 1 : 0
2015 Bucharest Clay (O) R16 Ivo KARLOVIC 3-6 6-3 6-4

Pablo CUEVAS v Andrey KUZNETSOV
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Santiago GIRALDO v Gilles MULLER
Gilles MULLER LEADS 1 : 0
2012 ‘s-Hertogenbosch Grass (O) R32 Gilles MULLER 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3

Julien BENNETEAU v Illya MARCHENKO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Sam GROTH v Kei NISHIKORI
Kei NISHIKORI LEADS 1 : 0
2015 Washington Hard (O) QF Kei NISHIKORI 6-4 6-4

Dominic THIEM v Florian MAYER
Florian MAYER LEADS 1 : 0
2016 Halle Grass (O) SF Florian MAYER 6-3 6-4

Dmitry TURSUNOV v Joao SOUSA
Joao SOUSA LEADS 1 : 0
2013 Cincinnati Qualifying Draw Hard (O) R16 Dmitry TURSUNOV 6-1 6-4
2013 St. Petersburg Hard (I) QF Joao SOUSA 6-4 6-3

Alexander ZVEREV v Paul-Henri MATHIEU
Paul-Henri MATHIEU LEADS 1 : 0
2014 Braunschweig Challenger Clay (O) FR Alexander ZVEREV 1-6 6-1 6-4
2014 St Remy Challenger Hard (O) R32 Alexander ZVEREV 6-4 6-2
2015 Aix En Provence Challenger Clay (O) SF Paul-Henri MATHIEU 6-4 4-6 7-5
2016 Montpellier Hard (I) SF Paul-Henri MATHIEU 7-6(11) 7-5
2016 Wimbledon Grass (O) R128

Horacio ZEBALLOS v Mikhail YOUZHNY
Mikhail YOUZHNY LEADS 1 : 0
2009 Moscow Hard (I) R32 Mikhail YOUZHNY 6-1 7-6(5)

Benjamin BECKER v Facundo BAGNIS
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Ivan DODIG v Tomas BERDYCH
Tomas BERDYCH LEADS 1 : 0
2011 Chennai Hard (O) R16 Tomas BERDYCH 6-2 6-4
2016 Wimbledon Grass (O) R128

Roberto BAUTISTA AGUT v Jordan THOMPSON
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Mikhail KUKUSHKIN v Martin KLIZAN
TIED 0 : 0
2010 Furth Challenger Clay (O) R32 Mikhail KUKUSHKIN 7-6(6) 7-5

Fernando VERDASCO v Bernard TOMIC
Bernard TOMIC LEADS 4 : 1
2009 Brisbane Hard (O) R32 Fernando VERDASCO 6-4 6-2
2012 Australian Open Hard (O) R128 Bernard TOMIC 4-6 6-7(3) 6-4 6-2 7-5
2014 Stockholm Hard (I) QF Bernard TOMIC 0-6 6-4 7-6(6)
2015 Shanghai Hard (O) R64 Bernard TOMIC 6-3 7-6(3)
2016 Queen’s Grass (O) R16 Bernard TOMIC 6-7(2) 6-4 6-4

Donald YOUNG v Leonardo MAYER
TIED 1 : 1
2012 Winston-Salem Hard (O) R64 Donald YOUNG 4-6 6-3 6-2
2014 Stockholm Hard (I) R32 Leonardo MAYER 6-4 6-4

Stephane ROBERT v Juan Martin DEL POTRO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Taylor FRITZ v Stan WAWRINKA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Richard GASQUET v Aljaz BEDENE
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Marcel GRANOLLERS v Victor ESTRELLA BURGOS
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Vasek POSPISIL v Albert RAMOS-VINOLAS
NO MATCHES PLAYED
John ISNER v Marcos BAGHDATIS
John ISNER LEADS 6 : 0
2009 Los Angeles Hard (O) R16 John ISNER 6-3 7-6(11)
2011 Canadian Open Hard (O) R64 John ISNER 6-3 6-4
2011 Winston-Salem Hard (O) QF John ISNER 1-6 6-3 6-4
2011 U.S. Open Hard (O) R128 John ISNER 7-6(2) 7-6(11) 2-6 6-4
2013 Washington Hard (O) QF John ISNER 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4
2015 Atlanta Hard (O) FR John ISNER 6-3 6-3

Taro DANIEL v Juan MONACO
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Inigo CERVANTES HUEGUN v Jo-Wilfried TSONGA
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Nick KYRGIOS v Radek STEPANEK
Nick KYRGIOS LEADS 1 : 0
2013 French Open Clay (O) R128 Nick KYRGIOS 7-6(4) 7-6(8) 7-6(11)

Dusan LAJOVIC v Dustin BROWN
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Federico DELBONIS v Fabio FOGNINI
Fabio FOGNINI LEADS 2 : 1
2011 Madrid Qualifying Draw Clay (O) R32 Federico DELBONIS 3-6 7-6(4) 6-2
2013 Hamburg Clay (O) FR Fabio FOGNINI 4-6 7-6(8) 6-2
2015 Rio De Janeiro Clay (O) QF Fabio FOGNINI 6-4 6-7(10) 7-6(9)
2016 Buenos Aires Clay (O) R32 Federico DELBONIS 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4

Rajeev RAM v Feliciano LOPEZ
Feliciano LOPEZ LEADS 1 : 0
2010 Johannesburg Hard (O) QF Feliciano LOPEZ 7-6(2) 6-3

John MILLMAN v Albert MONTANES
NO MATCHES PLAYED

Liam BROADY v Andy MURRAY
NO MATCHES PLAYED

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ITF Announces Singles Entries for Rio 2016 Paralympic Tennis Event

 

 

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(June 24, 2106) The ITF announced the full list of singles entries for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Tennis Event at the Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra Olympic Park on 9-16 September. A total of 100 players from 29 countries will compete at the venue for six gold medals, with singles and doubles competitions held in men’s, women’s and quad categories. The doubles teams will be confirmed in July, but will comprise those players already contesting the singles events.

 

The men’s singles event will feature 52 players, women’s singles 32 players and quad singles 16 players. The quad event is open to both men and women.

 

The entries are a combination of direct acceptances based on the ITF wheelchair world rankings of 23 May 2016, and Bipartite Commission Invitation places awarded by the ITF Wheelchair Tennis Committee and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Four Doubles World Ranking Allocation places have been awarded in the men’s doubles to ensure the strongest possible competition, with these players also receiving entry into the singles. The men’s and women’s winners of the 2014 Asian Para Games and the 2015 Para PanAm Games have also received a direct entry.

 

Two-time Paralympic singles champion Shingo Kunieda of Japan will defend his men’s title in a strong field that also includes world No. 1 and London 2012 silver medallist Stephane Houdet of France. Australian Open champion Gordon Reid of Great Britain, and Roland Garros champion Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina are among the other leading names.

 

The women’s singles is guaranteed a new champion following the retirement of four-time Paralympic singles gold medallist Esther Vergeer of Netherlands. World No. 1 Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van Koot will look to continue the Dutch dominance of the event, having won bronze and silver respectively at London 2012. US Open champion Jordanne Whiley of Great Britain, and Roland Garros champion Marjolein Buis of Netherlands are also among the entries.

 

There will be a new winner of the quad singles, with world No. 1 Dylan Alcott of Australia heading the entries. American David Wagner, a three-time Paralympic singles medallist, will also be bidding for gold, alongside his compatriot and London 2012 bronze medallist Nick Taylor, with whom he has won three consecutive Paralympic men’s doubles titles.

 

The Paralympic Tennis Event will be played on hard court, with nine match courts and six practice courts, including a 10,000-capacity centre court, and 3,000-capacity second show court. The Olympic Tennis Centre will previously be used for the Olympic Tennis Event on 6-14 August.

 

ITF President David Haggerty said: “Following the most successful Paralympic Tennis Event in history at London 2012, I am confident that this year’s event will be an equally memorable competition. Wheelchair tennis has become one of the most popular Paralympic sports thanks to its outstanding athletes and great personalities, and we are looking forward to a great atmosphere and some fierce competition.”

 

A full list of entries is below.

RIO 2016 PARALYMPIC TENNIS EVENT

COUNTRIES AND PARTICIPANTS

 

MEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST

 

Argentina                  Ezequiel Casco, Gustavo Fernandez (PPA), Agustin Ledesma

Australia                   Adam Kellerman, Ben Weekes

Austria                      Nico Langmann, Martin Legner

Belgium                    Mike Denayer (**), Joachim Gerard

Brazil                        Rafael Medeiros, Mauricio Pomme (**), Daniel Rodrigues, Carlos Santos

Canada                      Philippe Bedard (*)

Chile                         Robinson Mendez (*)

China, P.R.                Dong Shunjiang (**), Zujun Wei

Colombia                  Eliecer Oquendo (*)

France                       Frederic Cattaneo, Stephane Houdet, Michael Jeremiasz, Nicolas Peifer

Great Britain              Alfie Hewett, Marc McCarroll, David Phillipson, Gordon Reid

Greece                      Stefanos Diamantis (*)

Hungary                    Roland Nemeth (*)

Israel                         Adam Berdichevski

Italy                           Fabian Mazzei

Japan                        Shingo Kunieda (AP), Takuya Miki, Satoshi Saida, Takashi Sanada

Korea, Rep.               Ho-Won Im (*), Ha-Gel Lee (*)

Malaysia                    Abu Samah Borhan (*)

Netherlands               Tom Egberink, Maikel Scheffers

Poland                      Kamil Fabisiak, Tadeusz Kruszelnicki

South Africa              Leon Els, Evans Maripa

Spain                        Daniel Caverzaschi , Martin De La Puente, Francesc Tur

Sri Lanka                  Upali Rajakaruna (*)

Sweden                     Stefan Olsson, Dan Wallin (**)

Thailand                    Suthi Khlongrua (*)

USA                          Steve Baldwin (*), Jon Rydberg (*)

 

WOMEN’S SINGLES ENTRY LIST

Brazil                        Rejane Candida (*), Natalia Mayara (PPA)

Chile                         Macarena Cabrillana (*), Francisca Mardones

China, P.R.                Hui Min Huang (*), Zhenzhen Zhu

Colombia                  Angelica Bernal (*)

France                       Charlotte Famin, Emmanuelle Morch (*)

Germany                   Sabine Ellerbrock, Katharina Kruger

Great Britain              Louise Hunt, Lucy Shuker, Jordanne Whiley

Italy                           Marianna Lauro

Japan                        Kanako Domori, Yui Kamiji, Miho Nijo

Korea, Rep.               Ju-Youn Park

Netherlands               Marjolein Buis, Diede De Groot, Jiske Griffioen, Aniek van Koot

Russia                       Ludmila Bubnova, Viktoriia Lvova

South Africa              Kgothatso Montjane

Spain                        Lola Ochoa (*)

Thailand                    Sakhorn Khanthasit (AP)

Turkey                       Busra Un (*)

USA                          Emmy Kaiser, Dana Mathewson, Kaitlyn Verfuerth (*)

 

QUAD SINGLES ENTRY LIST

 

Australia                   Dylan Alcott, Heath Davidson (*)

Brazil                        Rodrigo Oliveira (*), Ymanitu Silva (*)

Great Britain              Jamie Burdekin, Antony Cotterill, Andrew Lapthorne

Israel                         Itay Erenlib, Shraga Weinberg

Italy                           Alberto Corradi

Japan                        Shota Kawano, Mitsuteru Moroishi

South Africa              Lucas Sithole

USA                          Bryan Barten (*), Nicholas Taylor, David Wagner

 

(*) Bipartite Commission Invitation place

(**) Doubles World Ranking Allocation place

(AP) Asian Para Games winner

(PPA) Para PanAm Games winner

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On the Purple Carpet – Fashion Shines at WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Caroline Wozniacki attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Caroline Wozniacki attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Garbine Muguruza attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Garbine Muguruza attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Bethanie Mattek-Sands attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Bethanie Mattek-Sands attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Ana Ivanovic attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Ana Ivanovic attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Madison Keys attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Madison Keys attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Laura Robson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Laura Robson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Simona Halep attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Simona Halep attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Sloane Stephens attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Sloane Stephens attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Petra Kvitova attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Petra Kvitova attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Heather Watson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Heather Watson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Sorana Cirstea attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Sorana Cirstea attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Serena Williams attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Serena Williams attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

 

(June 23, 2016) Tennis superstars and celebrities from the worlds of sport, lifestyle and culture came together at The Roof Gardens, Kensington for one of the most anticipated parties of the summer: the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free.

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard and more walked the “Purple Carpet” in London ahead of The Championships, Wimbledon.

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Mary Joe Fernandez and Jay Berger Named Coaches of 2016 U.S. Olympic Tennis Team

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., June 23, 2016 – The USTA, the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S., today announced that U.S. Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez and USTA Player Development Head of Men’s Tennis, Jay Berger, have been named, respectively, as the women’s and men’s coaches of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Tennis Team.  In addition, Dan James, Head U.S. National Wheelchair Team Coach, has been named coach of the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Team.

The 2016 Olympic Games will be held August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, with the tennis competition being staged August 6-14 at the Barra Tennis Center. The 2016 Paralympic Games will be held September 7-18 with the tennis competition scheduled for September 9-16 at the same venue.  

“Each of the coaches who have been chosen to lead our U.S. teams has outstanding credentials and have proven themselves as great leaders and motivators,” said Katrina Adams, USTA Chairman, CEO and President. “The Olympics and Paralympics provide a magnificent stage for us to showcase the very best of tennis, and we are extremely fortunate to have Mary Joe, Jay, and Dan serve as coaches for our teams—and ambassadors for our sport—as we go for the gold in 2016.”

“To be able to represent the U.S. for a fourth time at the Olympics is a tremendous honor,” said Fernandez, 1992 & 1996 Olympic Doubles Gold Medalist.  “I’m excited and looking forward to helping the top American women as they look to capture medals in Rio.”  

“It’s the greatest honor to represent the United States, especially for the third time at the Olympics,” said Berger.  “I am looking forward to working with the guys in Rio and know the team is excited to climb up on the medal podium.”

“I could not be more proud to be coaching these great athletes and to be representing Team USA once again,” said James.  “The Paralympic Games are an amazing event as they offer these athletes the opportunity to showcase their sport and be seen by millions of fans around the world.”

The 2016 U.S. Olympic Tennis Team will consist of up to six men and six women, with a maximum of four men and four women competing in the singles competition and a maximum of two men’s and two women’s teams competing in doubles. The U.S. also will be able to place a maximum of two teams in the mixed doubles competition, which will be contested at the Olympic Games for just the second time.  The Olympic Tennis Team player nominations are made using the ATP World Tour and WTA rankings as of June 6.  The U.S. Olympic nominations are under the review of the ITF and will be formally announced in the coming weeks pursuant to the ITF’s Qualifications and Appeals timeline.

The United States has won 21 Olympic medals in men’s and women’s tennis—more than any other nation—since the sport returned as a full medal sport in 1988.  U.S. players have won 15 medals at the Paralympic Games, including the gold medal every year in the Quad doubles division since that event’s inception in 2004.

The 2016 U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Tennis Team will consist of a maximum of four men and four women in the wheelchair singles competition, with no more than two doubles teams in the wheelchair doubles competition.  In the quad wheelchair competition, a maximum of three players may compete in the event, with a maximum of three in the singles event and one team in the doubles event. Team nominations will be based on ITF Wheelchair Tennis World Rankings as of May 23, 2016. The Paralympic team will be announced the week of June 27.

It will be the seventh time that wheelchair tennis has appeared at the Paralympic Games as a full medal sport, having made its debut as a demonstration sport at Seoul 1988. Wheelchair tennis was fully admitted to the Paralympics at Barcelona 1992, where men’s and women’s singles and doubles were contested. After further successful events at Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000, the quad class was introduced at Athens 2004. Paralympic tennis is an open competition, eligible to those athletes with a mobility-related disability. All competitors must compete in a wheelchair.

The USTA was officially designated by the USOC as the national governing body for the Paralympic sport of wheelchair tennis in June 2002, becoming the first Olympic national governing body to earn this recognition.  As the national governing body for wheelchair tennis, the USTA manages wheelchair tennis in the United States, including the sanctioning of tournaments, overseeing the ranking systems, creating and managing a High Performance program for developing elite disabled athletes and coaches. 

All athlete and staff nominations to the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee.

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Cuevas Saves A Match Point, While Anderson – Johnson Match To Resume Friday

 

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From the LTA: (June 23, 2016)Top seed Kevin Anderson and fellow big-hitter Steve Johnson have been made to wait to decide who clinches the last remaining semi-final place at the Aegon Open Nottingham, after bad light forced the suspension of play on Thursday night with the players on serve at 6-7(6) 7-5 4-3.

Their match will resume at 12 noon on Friday, with the winner going on to face No. 7 seed Andreas Seppi later in the day to decide who plays in Saturday’s final at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Already through to the last four in the other half of the draw are eighth seed Gilles Muller and World No. 25 Pablo Cuevas, who has reached his first ATP World Tour semi-final on grass after beating Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-4 4-6 7-6(8). The second seed Uruguayan saved one match point and came back from 4-0 down in the final set tie-break to prevail over last year’s Aegon Open semi-finalist after almost two and a half hours.

“I’m so happy to win today,” the 30-year-old said. “It was an amazing match. I’ve seen Marcos play a lot on this surface and he’s a big player. I’m happy to reach my first grass court semi-final at this level.”

Earlier in the day, World No. 41 Muller defeated fourth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-3 6-4 to continue his fine form on grass, having reached the last eight at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club last week and the final of ‘s-Hertogenbosch the week before.

Luxembourg’s Muller, 33, said: “Today was my best performance of the tournament. If you take aside the start of the second set when I got broken after playing a pretty bad game, the rest of the match was very solid. I didn’t give him many chances to break and I had plenty of chances to break, so overall, it was a good performance.

On his opponent in the last four, Muller added: “Pablo doesn’t like the grass too much but still he is a great player. He’s doing very well, he came back from a big injury two or three years ago, and has been in the top 50 since. It’s going to be a very tough match.”

Meanwhile, Seppi will be waiting to find out the identity of his semi-final opponent after the Italian beat Dudi Sela of Israel 5-7 6-4 6-4 after two hours and two minutes.

On his victory, which seals his place in an ATP World Tour semi-final for the first time in 2016, Seppi said: “It wasn’t easy, especially at the beginning. It was difficult to find the rhythm and there were a lot of mistakes. I think I improved as the match went on and we had some good rallies in the last couple of games. It’s good to win many of them, especially in the end.”

Elsewhere, 2015 Davis Cup squad member Dom Inglot is the last remaining Brit at the Aegon Open as he reached Saturday’s doubles final alongside Canadian Daniel Nestor, getting past Robert Lindstedt and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi 7-6(4) 6-4.

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RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2016

Men’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[2] P. Cuevas (URU) d [9] M. Baghdatis (CYP) 64 46 76(8)

[8] G. Muller (LUX) d [4] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 64

[7] A. Seppi (ITA) d D. Sela (ISR) 57 64 64

Men’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN) d S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) 76(4) 64

Quarterfinals

[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 63 67(4) 10-5

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon

[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [6] S. Johnson (USA) 67(6) 75 43

[8] G. Muller (LUX) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)

Not Before 2:00 pm

[1] K. Anderson (RSA) or [6] S. Johnson (USA) vs [7] A. Seppi (ITA)

[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)

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Victoria Azarenka Withdraws From Wimbledon

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(June 23, 2016) Victoria Azarenka has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to a right knee injury. The 26 year-old Belarusian who is the world No. 6 has three titles this year including Indian Wells and Miami. The two-time Australian Open winner has not played since she retired from her first round match at the French Open with the same knee injury.

The Ladies’ Singles seeds have been revised:

Wimbledon revised Ladies seed list

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Jimmy Connors and Monica Seles to serve as presenters at International Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2016 Induction

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(June 22, 2016) NEWPORT, R.I.,  – Tennis legends Jimmy Connors and Monica Seles will return to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island this summer to serve as presenters at the Hall of Fame induction festivities.

The Class of 2016 Induction Ceremony will see the sport’s highest honor be presented to former world No. 1’s Marat Safin of Russia and Justine Henin of Belgium. In addition, Class of 2015 Hall of Famer Amelie Mauresmo will be honored during the ceremony. Mauresmo was unable to attend last year’s ceremony due to the birth of her child.

“It’s very fitting to have the great champions of the Class of 2016 be welcomed into the International Tennis Hall of Fame by two of our sport’s all-time greats, Jimmy Connors and Monica Seles. We’re looking forward to a fantastic Rolex Hall of Fame Enshrinement Weekend in Newport in July to celebrate Justine, Marat, and Amelie, and their remarkable accomplishments,” commented Todd Martin, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Along with the inductees, Connors and Seles headline a star-studded weekend in Newport for the festivities, with the induction ceremony set for July 16 and additional events throughout the weekend, including PowerShares Legends Newport, a one-day legends tournament featuring Safin back in action.

Connors, an eight-time major champion, will serve as the presenter for Safin at the ceremony. In the ceremony, the presenter traditionally introduces the inductee before they are officially inducted, providing a look back at their career accomplishments and contributions to the sport. Although they played in different eras, Connors and Safin, both fiery competitors, have long been admirers of each other’s tennis careers. Connors was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1998.

Seles, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009, will present Henin at the induction ceremony. Seles and Henin’s careers had some overlap with the two players meeting in competition seven times. Both players were bolstered by notable baseline games and fierce backhands, and the two legends also approached the sport with a mental toughness that made them nearly untouchable at times.

During the ceremony, Amelie Mauresmo will be presented by her longtime manager and friend Micky Lawler, who now serves as president of the WTA.

International Tennis Hall of Fame President Stan Smith, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1987, will play an active role in the induction ceremony. Hall of Famers Rosie Casals, Vic Seixas, Owen Davidson, Butch Buchholz, Donald Dell, Peachy Kellmeyer, Charlie Pasarell, and Jane Brown Grimes, will all be in Newport for the event. Additional notable tennis guests joining the celebration will include former world No. 1 Dinara Safina, sister of Marat Safin; retired WTA player Jill Craybas, who is a Rhode Island native; and former ATP stars Vijay Armritraj and Jimmy Arias.

On Sunday, July 17, when the newly inducted Marat Safin will be back in action on the tennis court. Safin will be competing in PowerShares Legends Newport, a special one-day tournament featuring three matches and one eventual champion crowned among retired tennis greats. In addition to Safin, the event will feature Andy Roddick, James Blake, and Mark Philippoussis.
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Baghdatis Saves Two Match Points To Reach Nottingham Final Eight

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(June 22, 2016) Second seed Pablo Cuevas survived Great Britain’s Dan Evans 6-7(4), 7-6(5), 6-4 to set up a Aegon Open Nottingham quarterfinal against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, while top seed Kevin Anderson is also through to the last eight.

Baghdatis, a semifinalist at the Nottingham Tennis Centre last year, came from a set down and saved two match points before beating 2015 Aegon Open runner-up Sam Querrey 1-6, 7-6(8), 6-4.

Baghdatis, 31, said of his comeback win over Querrey: “I’m really happy I turned it around. I had a very bad first set with a lot of negative things going through my mind. I was feeling very tired and I thought it wasn’t my day out there.

“But I got a bit more positive and started playing better tennis. I’m very happy I found my mindset on court in the second and third sets. I think that’s a big step, and I’m happy that it happened today and not at Wimbledon.”

 

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RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2016
Men’s Singles – Third Round
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) d [14] F. Verdasco (ESP) 63 76(6)
[2] P. Cuevas (URU) d D. Evans (GBR) 67(4) 76(5) 64
[4] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d [Q] F. Dancevic (CAN) 63 75
[9] M. Baghdatis (CYP) d [5] S. Querrey (USA) 16 76(8) 64
[6] S. Johnson (USA) d [11] V. Pospisil (CAN) 76(4) 76(1)
[7] A. Seppi (ITA) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 62 63
[8] G. Muller (LUX) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 67(4) 76(4) 63
D. Sela (ISR) d B. Becker (GER) 63 26 64

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN) d N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 64 76(6)
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d [3] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 57 10-5
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) d P. Cuevas (URU) / J. Sousa (POR) 63 67(9) 10-8
First Round
[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d [WC] J. Marray (GBR) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) 63 62

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016


CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[8] G. Muller (LUX) vs [4] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
[9] M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)
D. Sela (ISR) vs [7] A. Seppi (ITA)
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [6] S. Johnson (USA)

COURT 4 start 12:00 noon
[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Qureshi (PAK)
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
LTA JUNIOR CHALLENGE TROPHY – S. Riffice (USA) vs R. Storrie (GBR)
LTA JUNIOR CHALLENGE TROPHY – J. Mcnally (USA) vs A. Gray (GBR)
LTA JUNIOR CHALLENGE TROPHY – U. Blanch (USA) vs R. Storrie (GBR)
LTA JUNIOR CHALLENGE TROPHY – J. Clarke (GBR) vs J. Mcnally (USA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
LTA JUNIOR CHALLENGE TROPHY – J. Wolf (USA) vs J. Clarke (GBR)
LTA JUNIOR CHALLENGE TROPHY – A. Canter (GBR) vs U. Blanch (USA)
LTA JUNIOR CHALLENGE TROPHY – A. Gray (GBR) vs J. Wolf (USA)
LTA JUNIOR CHALLENGE TROPHY – A. Canter (GBR) vs S. Riffice (USA)

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2016 Wimbledon Seeds Announced

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(June 22, 2016) Wimbledon has announced the seeds for the tournament.

MEN

The seeds are the top 32 players on the Emirates ATP Ranking list, BUT then rearranged on a surface-based system. Since 2002 a seeding committee has not been required for the Gentlemen’s Singles following an agreement made with the ATP. The seeding order is determined using an objective and transparent system to reflect more accurately an individual player’s grass court achievements: The formula is:

  • Take the Emirates ATP Ranking points at 20 June 2016
  • Add 100% of the points earned for all grass court tournaments in the past 12 months
  • Add 75% of the points earned for the best grass court tournament in the 12 months before that

LADIES

The seeding order follows the WTA ranking list, except where in the opinion of the committee, a change is necessary to produce a balanced draw. This year, there have been no changes.

GENTLEMEN’S SINGLES

1 DJOKOVIC, Novak (SRB)

2 MURRAY, Andy (GBR)

3 FEDERER, Roger (SUI)

4 WAWRINKA, Stan (SUI)

5 NISHIKORI, Kei (JPN)

6 RAONIC, Milos (CAN)

7 GASQUET, Richard (FRA)

8 THIEM, Dominic (AUT)

9 CILIC, Marin (CRO)

10 BERDYCH, Tomas (CZE)

11 GOFFIN, David (BEL)

12 TSONGA, Jo-Wilfried (FRA)

13 FERRER, David (ESP)

14 BAUTISTA AGUT, Roberto (ESP)

15 KYRGIOS, Nick (AUS)

16 SIMON, Gilles (FRA)

17 MONFILS, Gael (FRA)

18 ISNER, John (USA)

19 TOMIC, Bernard (AUS)

20 ANDERSON, Kevin (RSA)

21 KOHLSCHREIBER, Philipp (GER)

22 LOPEZ, Feliciano (ESP)

23 KARLOVIC, Ivo (CRO)

24 ZVEREV, Alexander (GER)

25 TROICKI, Viktor (SRB)

26 PAIRE, Benoit (FRA)

27 SOCK, Jack (USA)

28 QUERREY, Sam (USA)

29 CUEVAS, Pablo (URU)

30 DOLGOPOLOV, Alexandr (UKR)

31 SOUSA, Joao (POR)

32 POUILLE, Lucas (FRA)

LADIES’ SINGLES

1 WILLIAMS, Serena (USA)

2 MUGURUZA, Garbine (ESP)

3 RADWANSKA, Agnieszka (POL)

4 KERBER, Angelique (GER)

5 HALEP, Simona (ROU)

6 AZARENKA, Victoria (BLR)

7 VINCI, Roberta (ITA)

8 BENCIC, Belinda (SUI)

9 WILLIAMS, Venus (USA)

10 KEYS, Madison (USA)

11 KVITOVA, Petra (CZE)

12 BACSINSZKY, Timea (SUI)

13 SUAREZ NAVARRO, Carla (ESP)

14 KUZNETSOVA, Svetlana (RUS)

15 STOSUR, Samantha (AUS)

16 PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)

17 KONTA, Johanna (GBR)

18 SVITOLINA, Elina (UKR)

19 STEPHENS, Sloane (USA)

20 CIBULKOVA, Dominika (SVK)

21 ERRANI, Sara (ITA)

22 PAVLYUCHENKOVA, Anastasia (RUS)

23 JANKOVIC, Jelena (SRB)

24 IVANOVIC, Ana (SRB)

25 STRYCOVA, Barbora (CZE)

26 BEGU, Irina-Camelia (ROU)

27 BERTENS, Kiki (NED)

28 VANDEWEGHE, Coco (USA)

29 SAFAROVA, Lucie (CZE)

30 KASATKINA, Daria (RUS)

31 GARCIA, Caroline (FRA)

32 MLADENOVIC, Kristina (FRA)


GENTLEMEN’S DOUBLES

1 HERBERT, Pierre-Hugues (FRA) / MAHUT, Nicolas (FRA)

2 BRYAN, Bob (USA) / BRYAN, Mike (USA)

3 MURRAY, Jamie (GBR) / SOARES, Bruno (BRA)

4 ROJER, Jean-Julien (NED) / TECAU, Horia (ROU)

5 DODIG, Ivan (CRO) / MELO, Marcelo (BRA)

6 BOPANNA, Rohan (IND) / MERGEA, Florin (ROU)

7 KUBOT, Lukasz (POL) / PEYA, Alexander (AUT)

8 POSPISIL, Vasek (CAN) / SOCK, Jack (USA)

9 INGLOT, Dominic (GBR) / NESTOR, Daniel (CAN)

10 KONTINEN, Henri (FIN) / PEERS, John (AUS)

11 KLAASEN, Raven (RSA) / RAM, Rajeev (USA)

12 HUEY, Treat (PHI) / MIRNYI, Max (BLR)

13 CABAL, Juan Sebastian (COL) / FARAH, Robert (COL)

14 STEPANEK, Radek (CZE) / ZIMONJIC, Nenad (SRB)

15 CUEVAS, Pablo (URU) / GRANOLLERS, Marcel (ESP)

16 PAVIC, Mate (CRO) / VENUS, Michael (NZL)

LADIES’ DOUBLES

1 HINGIS, Martina (SUI) / MIRZA, Sania (IND)

2 GARCIA, Caroline (FRA) / MLADENOVIC, Kristina (FRA)

3 CHAN, Hao-Ching (TPE) / CHAN, Yung-Jan (TPE)

4 MAKAROVA, Ekaterina (RUS) / VESNINA, Elena (RUS)

5 BABOS, Timea (HUN) / SHVEDOVA, Yaroslava (KAZ)

6 HLAVACKOVA, Andrea (CZE) / HRADECKA, Lucie (CZE)

7 MATTEK-SANDS, Bethanie (USA) / SAFAROVA, Lucie (CZE)

8 GOERGES, Julia (GER) / PLISKOVA, Karolina (CZE)

9 XU, Yifan (CHN) / ZHENG, Saisai (CHN)

10 ATAWO, Raquel (USA) / SPEARS, Abigail (USA)

11 KLEPAC, Andreja (SLO) / SREBOTNIK, Katarina (SLO)

12 GASPARYAN, Margarita (RUS) / NICULESCU, Monica (ROU)

13 KING, Vania (USA) / KUDRYAVTSEVA, Alla (RUS)

14 MEDINA GARRIGUES, Anabel (ESP) / PARRA SANTONJA, Arantxa (ESP)

15 ERRANI, Sara (ITA) / KALASHNIKOVA, Oksana (GEO)

16 BERTENS, Kiki (NED) / LARSSON, Johanna (SWE)

 

 

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