June 28, 2017

Roger Federer Wins Ninth Halle Crown

(June 25, 2017) Roger Federer netted a record ninth Gerry Weber Open title beating Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3 on Sunday in Germany.

 

Federer has now won nine Halle trophies, joining him with Rafael Nadal as the only two men in the Open Era who have won more than eight times. Nadal has won 10 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell and Roland Garros titles.

This is fourth title of the year for the Swiss. The 18-time major champion also won the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami events.

 

He has now won 92 tournaments in his career. Federer is now the oldest man to win a grass court tournament.

 

“It’s great to get off to a good start in the finals and then remind yourself that you’ve been playing good tennis all week,” Federer said. “You start swinging freely, things start clicking, you realize your opponent is under pressure and you keep pressuring him.”

“It gives me great confidence. Of course I’m like on ‘Cloud Nine’ right now after the ninth win here in Halle. It’s a wonderful feeling to win here again because I’m not sure if I’ll ever get a chance to win this again so it’s important to enjoy this one.”

 

“I think Roger is playing really, really well,” said the 20-year-old German Zverev who lost in last year’s final. “I think going into Wimbledon he’s going to be probably the favourite to win the whole thing. So credits to him, he played an unbelievable match. Of course I could have played better but he didn’t really let me play my best tennis. He messed with the ball a lot. He played very aggressive… I think he deserved to win.”
“You could have been a bit nicer and allowed me a couple more points,” Zverev joked. Zverev beat Federer in the semifinals of Halle last year.

 

 

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Marin Cilic To Face Feliciano Lopez for Queen’s Club Title

 

Feliciano Lopez

By Wendy M. Grossman

 

LONDON (June 24, 2017) The Queen’s final four consisted of two former champions – Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic – plus former finalist Feliciano Lopez and interloper Gilles Müller. Müller, ranked 26 and the least-known of the four, still has some obvious grass credentials: he’s tallish (6’4″), has a lefty serve, and after reaching the Rosmalen semi-final last week (losing to Alexander Zverev) is at a career high.

 

The English weather, having uncharacteristically baked everyone earlier in the week, reverted to type for the weekend. The first match, Cilic versus Müller, started more than an hour late, and then was interrupted several times by spits of almost-rain. Fortunately, these ended reasonably quickly.

 

The second set was tight and, for Cilic, frustrating. “It was not easy to keep calm after not converting a lot of break points I had in that second set and then losing it,” he said afterwards.” It was the first time anyone had so much as held a break point on the Cilic serve all week. The third was settled by a single break, but it was enough. Cilic went through 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, and went off to get ready for the doubles.

 

In the second match, the players stayed on serve until 5-5, when Lopez grabbed his opportunity after Dimitrov double-faulted to give him a break point. Lopez served the set out with an ace, a service winner, a netted Dimitrov shot, and a return long that landed right between Lopez’s legs.

 

Left-handers have always had some advantage on grass: on the ad side they can hit a swinging serve to the right-hander’s backhand that skids off the grass and forces the receiver too far off court to make it back for the next shot. It’s not the only reason that players like Martina Navratilova, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, and Rod Laver were successful at Wimbledon, but it certainly helped. It clearly still doesn’t hurt, as half this week’s semi-finalists were left-handers.

 

In the second set, a hard-fought game on Lopez’s serve at 1-2 eventually went to Lopez. Dimitrov ran out a quick hold and then it was time for somewhat more vigorous almost-rain and a 45-minute delay. On resumption, Dimitrov took the second set but couldn’t hold the third. Lopez ran out the match 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

 

Afterwards, Lopez said the court seemed little changed by the variation in the weather. “Conditions were windy a little bit. That’s it. The rest was very similar.” For tomorrow, he said, ” You can imagine how important it is for me to be in the finals of Queen’s at this stage of my career. It is one of the tournaments that you, first of all, you love. I was dreaming to play. When I was younger I was watching Queen’s all the time, and it’s one of those tournaments that you always want to play. For me, it’s so special to be in the finals.”

 

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Tennis Results and Schedules for Birmingham, Halle, London and Mallorca

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 76(5)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 46 64 00 Retired
L. Safarova (CZE) d [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 67(4) 63 76(5)
A. Barty (AUS) d [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) 52 Retired

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) walkover
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 26 62 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Barty (AUS)
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA)
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)

 

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d F. Mayer (GER) 63 64
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d [7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 67(6) 76(1) 61
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 76(8) 46 63
R. Gasquet (FRA) d R. Haase (NED) 61 36 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 67(2) 76(6) 10-3
SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 24 JUNE 2017

STADION start 1:05 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)

Not Before 4:00pm
[4] A. Zverev (GER) vs R. Gasquet (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

 

Aegon Championships

London, England

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d D. Young (USA) 64 75
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d D. Medvedev (RUS) 63 36 63
F. Lopez (ESP) d [7] T. Berdych (CZE) 76(5) 67(1) 75 – saved 1 M.P.
G. Muller (LUX) d S. Querrey (USA) 64 76(5)

Doubles – Semi-finals
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) 64 75

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 24 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 1:15pm
G. Muller (LUX) vs [4] M. Cilic (CRO)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs F. Lopez (ESP)
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d [7] A. Konjuh (CRO) 75 16 76(5)
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d [6] R. Vinci (ITA) 62 76(8)
J. Goerges (GER) d [WC] S. Lisicki (GER) 62 64
C. Bellis (USA) d Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 63 62
Second Round
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) d [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) 63 67(5) 63

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 3:00 pm
J. Goerges (GER) vs C. Bellis (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)
After Suitable Rest – J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI)

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Major Champions Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza Reach Semifinals of Aegon Classic Birmingham

Garbine Muguruza

Major champions Petra Kvitova and Garbine Muguruza Reach Semifinals of Aegon Classic Birmingham

(June 23, 2017)  Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will take on her friend and Czech Fed Cup team-mate Lucie Safarova in the opening match on the Ann Jones Centre Court on Saturday in Birmingham.

Playing only her second tournament following hand surgery, Kvitova earned a semifinal spot with a 6-4, 7-6(5) win over Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic. Safarova had earlier scored one of the grittiest wins of her career to edge out Daria Gavrilova 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(5) in over three hours, saving match points. It marked the second time this week that the Czech had to save match points to advance.

“We practice a lot together. We know each other well from the Fed Cup” said Kvitova of Safarova.  “She’s playing well on the grass. I just think that we know each other well, on the court as well. And sometimes the score looks a bit easier, but it’s not always like that and it’s about a few points in the set. That’s how I think it will be tomorrow as well.”

2016 Roland Garros champion Muguruza progressed to the last four courtesy of a retirement when Coco Vandeweghe became hampered by a left foot injury. Muguruza, from Spain, is seeded sixth in Birmingham and is now the highest ranked player in the draw. She takes on 21-year-old Australian Ashleigh Barty in what will be Barty’s first WTA Premier semifinal.

Murguruza said: “I feel that I’m doing something good because I’m winning and I’m keeping alive in the draw. So I’m happy because I came here early to prepare, and I trained, I put hours (in) there. So I’m happy that what our team thought was going to be good for the tournament is working. So, so far we are proud that it’s working.”

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 23, 2017
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 76(5)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 46 64 00 Retired
L. Safarova (CZE) d [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) 67(4) 63 76(5)
A. Barty (AUS) d [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) 52 Retired

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) walkover
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 26 62 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Barty (AUS)
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs R. Atawo (USA) / C. Mchale (USA)
S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)

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British Tennis Player Dan Evans Tests Positive for Cocaine

Dan Evans

(June 23, 2017) Twenty-seven-year-old British tennis player Dan Evans said on Friday that he tested positive for cocaine in April during a news conference which he organized.

The International Tennis Federation established that Evans failed a doping test on April 24 at the Barcelona Open (Press Release is listed below the article). Evans will be provisionally suspended as of June 26.

The 50th-ranked Evans made a statement and did not take questions during his news conference.

“It’s really important you know this was taken out of competition and the context was completely unrelated to tennis.”

“I made a mistake and I must face up to it. I can only deeply apologize from the bottom of my heart.”

 

Tennis Anti-Doping Programme statement regarding Daniel Evans

PRESS RELEASE

23 June 2017

 

Following the statement made by Daniel Evans today, the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (TADP) can confirm the following:

 

  • On 24 April 2017, Mr Evans, a 27-year-old player from Great Britain, provided an anti-doping sample to the TADP in association with his participation in the Barcelona Open, an ATP World Tour event, held in Barcelona, Spain.

 

  • That sample was analysed by a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada, and was found to contain cocaine and its metabolite. Cocaine is a Non-Specified substance prohibited under category S6 of the 2017 WADA Prohibited List (stimulants), and therefore is also prohibited under the TADP.

 

  • In accordance with Article 2.1 of the TADP, Mr Evans was charged on 16 June with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation.

 

  • Mr Evans has accepted the finding of cocaine in his sample collected on 24 April.

 

  • As positive tests for Non-Specified Substances carry a mandatory Provisional Suspension, Mr Evans will be provisionally suspended with effect from 26 June, under Article 8.3.1(c) of the 2017 TADP, pending determination of the case.

 

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme is a comprehensive and internationally recognised drug-testing programme that applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed in accordance with the requirements of the Tennis Anti-Doping Programme and World Anti-Doping Code. More background information on the Programme, sanctions, tennis statistics and related information can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.

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Tennis Results and Schedules for Birmingham, Halle, London and Mallorca

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [2] E. Svitolina (UKR) 64 46 62
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [4] J. Konta (GBR) 61 63
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d S. Zhang (CHN) 64 76(3)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) d A. Riske (USA) 61 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) d [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) walkover
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP) 63 61
First Round
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
L. Safarova (CZE) vs [9] D. Gavrilova (AUS)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
A. Barty (AUS) vs [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
After rest – [1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs S. Mirza (IND) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

 

Gerry Weber Open
Halle, Germany

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d M. Zverev (GER) 76(4) 64
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [3] K. Nishikori (JPN) 32 ret. (Left Hip)
F. Mayer (GER) d [6] L. Pouille (FRA) 67(6) 64 63
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) 60 36 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) 61 64
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) 67(7) 76(5) 10-5
F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 76(7) 63

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
R. Gasquet (FRA) vs R. Haase (NED)
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs F. Mayer (GER)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [4] A. Zverev (GER)

Court 1 start 1:00 pm
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d [Q] S. Kozlov (USA) 60 64
S. Querrey (USA) d J. Thompson (AUS) 76(3) 36 63
D. Medvedev (RUS) d [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) 62 62
F. Lopez (ESP) d [Q] J. Chardy (FRA) 61 76(4)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) 76(1) 46 10-6
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 76(4) 46 10-6
M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) 76(9) 16 10-8

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 23 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00
S. Querrey (USA) vs G. Muller (LUX)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs D. Young (USA)
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs D. Medvedev (RUS)
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 not before 5:00 pm
TBA – R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) vs J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Sevastova (LAT) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 67(2) 61 63
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) d [Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) 64 57 62
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) d [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) 61 63

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) 26 63 10-7
N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR) d [3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 64 64
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 36 63 10-3
J. Goerges (GER) / X. Knoll (SUI) d M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) 36 63 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
C. Bellis (USA) vs Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA) 36 76(5) 22
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
J. Goerges (GER) vs [WC] S. Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) or [3] C. Garcia (FRA)

PISTA 2 start 6:00 pm
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

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Former Champions Cilic, Dimitrov and Querrey Advance at Queen’s Club

Marin Cilic

By Wendy M. Grossman

 

LONDON (June 22, 2017) The last couple of days have been dominated by the weather.

 

Britain doesn’t know what to do with itself when the sun comes out. In mid-winter, a touch of the yellow stuff can be enough to make people eat outside. On Wednesday, however, when the temperature officially hit 90F, they just wilted. On the court, despite the grass, it was even hotter, since no shade is provided. A day later, the temperature had dropped 15 degrees and there was cloud cover.

 

Tennis players are supposed to be able to cope – but this is part of why grass requires adaptability. On Tuesday, Milos Raonic noted after losing to Thanasin Kokkinakis that heat changes grass courts: “When it’s a little bit hotter, the court gets a little bit harder, and it sort of bounces up a bit, more like a hard court,” he said. “And it’s a little bit easier to move on, as well.” Not that it helped him.

 

The week’s pattern of rout-the-seeds continued on Wednesday as Gilles Muller’s big left-handed serve eliminated former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who seemed philosophical and said that for Wimbledon, “I think I have to put maybe a little bit more energy in my game.” This week has been favoring the guy who’s been on grass the longest, and here Tsonga was playing his second grass-court match of the season, while Muller beat Ivo Karlovic last week to take the Rosmalen title.

 

But a week can only take so much excitement. In the rest of Wednesday, Donald Young beat Viktor Troicki 6-3,6-4; Grigor Dimitrov took out qualifier Julien Benneteau 4-6,6-3,6-4; and Tomáš Berdych restored something like normal service by beating qualifier Denis Shapovalov in the tightest and most watchable match of the day, 7-6,6-7,7-5. At 18 and two months, Shapovalov looks hugely promising for the next few months at least: he entertains with his shots, not his antics, and while he doesn’t smile as hugely, he radiates enjoyment reminiscent of Gustavo Kuerten’s breakthrough in 1997. Ranked 193 coming into the event, his two qualifying wins and first round dismissal of Kyle Edmund netted him 45 points; these should move him up into the high 160s. He’s basically been set loose on the tour with nothing to lose. This could be fun.

 

On Thursday, past form continued to assert itself. Marin Cilic defeated qualfier Stefan Kozlov 6-0,6-4; Feliciano Lopez beat Jeremy Chardy 6-1,7-6; Daniil Medvedev beat Raonic conqueror Thanasin Kokkinakis 6-2,6-2; and Sam Querrey took care of Andy Murray’s unexpected toppler, lucky loser Jordan Thompson 7-6,3-6,6-3.

 

And so, left in the draw after all the drama are three of the draw’s original former champions – Dimitrov (2014), Cilic (2012), and Querrey (2010), though only one – Lopez – of its four former finalists (the others were Tsonga, Raonic, and Mahut, who lost in the first round to Medvedev).  Helpfully, these four players are all in separate quarters. Querrey meets Muller; Cilic faces Young; Dimitrov plays Medvedev; and Lopez, in what ought to be the day’s best match-up, takes on Berdych, who hasn’t made much of a showing here in any of his three appearances – but was the 2010 Wimbledon finalist.

 

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Chizkovka Arena in Minsk To Host U.S. vs. Belarus Fed Cup Final November 11-12

 

CHIZHOVKA ARENA IN MINSK TO HOST U.S. VS. BELARUS

FED CUP FINAL IN NOVEMBER

 

USTA – WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (June 22, 2017) – Belarus will host the United States on an indoor hard court at Chizkovka Arena in Minsk, Belarus, in the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Final, Nov. 11-12. Chizhovka Arena hosted Belarus’ two other home ties earlier this year.

The U.S. Fed Cup team made its last appearance in the Final in 2010, when a team featuring CoCo Vandeweghe and Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost to Italy, 3-1, in San Diego. The U.S. won the last of its record 17 Fed Cup titles in 2000. Belarus will be competing in its first-ever Fed Cup Final.

U.S. Captain Kathy Rinaldi, who is in her first year as captain, follows Mary Joe Fernandez to make it back-to-back U.S. captains to reach the Fed Cup Final in their debut year.

Earlier this year, the United States swept Germany, 4-0, in the World Group First Round in Maui, Hawaii, then posted a 3-2 semifinal win in April over defending champion Czech Republic in a fifth-and-decisive doubles rubber in Tampa Bay, Fla. Belarus defeated the Netherlands, 4-1, in the World Group First Round, then defeated Switzerland, 3-2, in the semifinals.

The United States holds a 1-0 record over Belarus in Fed Cup competition. The U.S. swept Belarus, 5-0, in the World Group II First Round in February 2012 in Worcester, Mass. The U.S. team for that tie was comprised of Serena and Venus Williams. New world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka was named to the Belarus team for that tie but had to withdraw due to a lower back injury after winning the Australian Open a week prior.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with approximately 100 nations taking part each year. The U.S. holds an overall 148-36 record in Fed Cup competition, with a 108-30 record in away and neutral ties.

 

 

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Tennis Results and Schedules for Birmingham, Halle, London and Mallorca

 

 

 

 

 

AEGON CLASSIC BIRMINGHAM – BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND
$885,040
JUNE 19 – 25, 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) 62 62
A. Barty (AUS) d [8] B. Strycova (CZE) 63 36 61
[9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 26 64
L. Safarova (CZE) d N. Osaka (JPN) 62 64

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d N. Kichenok (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 63 61
S. Aoyama (JPN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d [3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Y. Xu (CHN) 63 60
H. Chan (TPE) / S. Zhang (CHN) d A. Cornet (FRA) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 57 63 10-3
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) 62 26 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
ANN JONES CENTRE COURT start 11:30 am
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [2] E. Svitolina (UKR)
[6] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Riske (USA)
[5] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs S. Zhang (CHN)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [4] J. Konta (GBR)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[1] L. Safarova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Cako (USA) / A. Naydenova (BUL)
R. Atawo (USA) / C. McHale (USA) vs [2] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[4] A. Barty (AUS) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK) / G. Muguruza (ESP)

 

 

Gerry Weber Open

Halle, Germany

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
R. Haase (NED) d [2] D. Thiem (AUT) 63 76(7)
[4] A. Zverev (GER) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 64
[7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [WC] D. Brown (GER) 64 16 76(6)
R. Gasquet (FRA) d B. Tomic (AUS) 63 63

Doubles – Quarter-finals
A. Zverev (GER) / M. Zverev (GER) d B. Baker (USA) / A. Peya (AUT) 23 ret. (Baker – right shoulder)

First Round
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d K. Nishikori (JPN) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 46 10-8
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d [WC] D. Brown (GER) / J. Struff (GER) 76(3) 64
[Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) d R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) 63 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

STADION start 12:00 noon
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)
[Q] M. Youzhny (RUS) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
F. Mayer (GER) vs [6] L. Pouille (FRA)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs M. Zverev (GER)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP)
[Q] A. Begemann (GER) / T. Puetz (GER) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs F. Martin (FRA) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

 

 

 

 

 

Aegon Championships
London, Great Britain

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 21 JUNE 2017

Singles – Second Round
G. Muller (LUX) d [5] J. Tsonga (FRA) 64 64
[6] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d [Q] J. Benneteau (FRA) 46 63 64
[7] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] D. Shapovalov (CAN) 76(4) 67(4) 75
D. Young (USA) d V. Troicki (SRB) 63 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
R. Bopanna (IND) / I. Dodig (CRO) d [1] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 76(2) 46 10-2

First Round
[3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) 76(4) 61
R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 62 64
M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [LL] N. Monroe (USA) / D. Young (USA) 75 46 12-10, saved 4 m.p.

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 22 JUNE 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [Q] S. Kozlov (USA)
J. Thompson (AUS) vs S. Querrey (USA)
D. Medvedev (RUS) vs [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS)
[Q] J. Chardy (FRA) vs F. Lopez (ESP)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
[4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs [Q] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA)

COURT 2 start Not Before 5:00 pm
TBA – R. Harrison (USA) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [3] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

MALLORCA OPEN – CALVIA, SPAIN
$250,000
18 – 25 JUNE 2017

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
J. Goerges (GER) d [1] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 61 62
[WC] S. Lisicki (GER) d S. Rogers (USA) 63 64
C. Bellis (USA) d M. Barthel (GER) 46 64 62
Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 63 76(7)
First Round
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d R. Ozaki (JPN) 63 46 76(7)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) d [WC] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 57 62 10-7
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d A. Parra Santonja (ESP) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 64
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA) 62 75

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017
PISTA CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] A. Sevastova (LAT)
[6] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] K. Flipkens (BEL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[7] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) vs [3] C. Garcia (FRA)

PISTA 2 start 12:30 pm
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs N. Melichar (USA) / A. Smith (GBR)

[1] Y. Chan (TPE) / M. Hingis (SUI) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED)
After suitable rest – J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)

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Bank of the West Acceptance List Includes Muguruza, Azarenka, Sharapova, Keys and Bellis

CiCi Bellis

(June 21, 2017) STANFORD, Calif. – The official WTA acceptance list for the Bank of the West Classic has been announced, and with four major champions, two former World No. 1s and several of the world’s top young players this year’s event will once again feature the best in women’s tennis.

Highlighting this year’s player field will be two of the biggest names in women’s tennis who are making their return to competitive play in the United States.

Five-time major champion Maria Sharapova, who has been granted a main draw wildcard, will be competing in the United States for the first time since March 2015 (Miami Open).  She has won 35 career WTA singles titles and is one of just six women to complete the career Grand Slam.  This will mark Sharapova’s fourth visit to the Bank of the West Classic and her first since 2011. She made the final of the Bank of the West Classic in 2010.

Two-time Australian champion Victoria Azarenka has also been granted a wildcard and will be competing in her first United States event following the birth of her son Leo in December.  Azarenka will be making her fifth appearance at Stanford where she won the singles title in 2010 and the doubles title in 2011.

2016 French Open champion Garbiñe Muguruza will be making her second appearance at Stanford. In 2014 Muguruza teamed with Carla Suárez Navarro to win the Bank of the West Classic doubles title. That year she also advanced to the singles quarterfinals.

Fans will also get the opportunity to see two of the fastest rising stars in American tennis as Madison Keys and Bay Area native CiCi Bellis are scheduled to compete.

Keys had a breakthrough 2016 season, winning her second WTA title, breaking into the World Top 10 and qualifying for the prestigious year-end WTA Championships for the first time in her career.  She ended the year ranked a career-high World No.8.

Bellis, a local product from nearby Atherton, Calif., is the youngest player ranked in the top-50 at just 18 years old. Currently ranked No. 42 in the world she advanced to the quarterfinals of last year’s Bank of the West Classic. As a qualifier at the 2016 US Open she advanced to the third round before falling to World No. 1 Angelique Kerber. Last year she also captured her first WTA title at the $125K Series event in Honolulu.

Other players to watch include 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, American CoCo Vandeweghe, two-time WTA singles titleist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Japanese stars Misaki Doi and Naomi Osaka.

The Bank of the West Classic, a Premier WTA event, features a 28-player singles draw as well as a 16-team doubles draw. The event is owned and operated by IMG and serves as the opening women’s event of the US Open Series.

 

The list of past champions of the event reads like a Who’s Who of women’s tennis including Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Billie Jean King, Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Andrea Jaeger, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.

Log on to www.BankoftheWestClassic.com for more information.

WTA Acceptance List (as of June 19, 2017)

Name, Country, Rank
Garbiñe Muguruza    ESP    14
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova    RUS    17
Madison Keys    USA    18
Ana Konjuh    CRO    28
Coco Vandeweghe    USA    30
Lesia Tsurenko    UKR    34
Timea Babos    HUN    38
Alizé Cornet    FRA    39
Katerina Siniakova    CZE    40
Catherine Bellis    USA    42
Alison Riske    USA    45
Kristyna Pliskova    CZE    46
Misaki Doi    JPN    52
Qiang Wang    CHN    55
Lara Arruabarrena    ESP    60
Naomi Osaka    JPN    61
Natalia Vikhlyantseva    RUS    65
Varvara Lepchenka    USA    67
Francesca Schiavone    ITA    73
Magda Linette    POL    75
Maria Sharapova (WC)    RUS    179
Victoria Azarenka (WC)    BLR    NR

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