2014/07/26

Barthel Tops Scheepers for Swedish Open Title

(July 20, 2014) In a battle between tow unseeded players, Mona Barthel beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-3, 7-6 (3) to win the Swedish Open on Sunday.

For the 61st ranked German, it’s her third WTA career title, her first on clay.

“It’s been an amazing week for me,” said the 24-year-old, “I cannot believe I won the title! It was like a perfect week for me. I was fighting a lot – in some matches I was behind, and I was just fighting for every point. I’m just happy everything worked out. I love this tournament so much.”

This was the first WTA tournament since Hobart in January 2009 in which no seeds made the quarterfinals. This was the second final in tournament history featuring two unseeded players.

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WTA Results for July 19, 2014

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TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP – ISTANBUL, TURKEY
$ 250,000.00
14-20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 19, 2014
Singles – Semifinals

[1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) d K Mladenovic (FRA) 62 63
[2] R Vinci (ITA) d [Q] A Konjuh (CRO) 64 62

Doubles – Semifinals
M Doi (JPN) / E Svitolina (UKR) d [4] J Husarova (SVK) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL) 67(4) 63 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 2:30 pm
DOUBLES FINAL – M Doi (JPN) / E Svitolina (UKR) vs O Kalashnikova (GEO) / P Kania (POL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [2] R Vinci (ITA)

 

COLLECTOR SWEDISH OPEN – BASTAD, SWE
$ 250,000.00
14 – 20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 19, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
C Scheepers (RSA) d J Cepelova (SVK) 75 62
M Barthel (GER) d S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 46 75

Doubles – Semifinals
A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP) d [WC] J Larsson (SWE) / R Peterson (SWE) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014
CENTER start 12:00 noon
J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) vs A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP)

Not Before 2:00 pm
C Scheepers (RSA) vs M Barthel (GER)

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Top Seed Ferrer Ends German Teen Zverev’s Run in Hamburg

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

 

By Florian Heer

(July 19, 2014) HAMBURG – The 48-man draw in Hamburg has been whittled down to just four players, who stepped into action on Saturday for the semi-finals.

In the highly expected match of the day top-seed David Ferrer took on talented youngster Alexander Zverev, who is enjoying a breakthrough week in his home city. The 17-year-old German has already become the youngest player ever to reach the semi-final at an ATP 500 event but the world No. 7 was too strong in this match. Most of the longer rallies went in favour for Ferrer and Zverev was only able to win 50% of his first service points. The 32-year-old Spaniard served the match out in only 55 minutes winning 6-0, 6-1 and booked his place for his second final of season after he had taken the title in Buenos Aires.

“Today I played point by point and remained focused on my serve. When I won the third game of the second set, Alex lost a bit of his focus. He played a lot of matches this week. Maybe he was also a bit tired. Nonetheless, he will have a very good future. He has a very good service and plays in a pretty intelligent way,” Ferrer said.

“With every day more here in Hamburg, I gained more confidence with my game. In the first two matches this week, I only played well in some moments but yesterday and today I was more consistent,” said the Spaniard about his game.

“Taking on Leonardo will be tough for sure. He is playing a good week with a lot of confidence, even maybe his best tennis ever. I try to do my best in tomorrow’s final.”

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

“It was a great experience taking on a top ten player but David was simply too good for me today” Zverev said. “Nonetheless, I’m still proud that I reached the semis in Hamburg. I’m only 17, so I don’t think it is a shame to be within the last four at an ATP 500 event.”

The teen, who already knew that he will crack the top 200 with a place around 160 on Monday in the ATP World Tour rankings, said: “I hope that I can hold this level for Umag next week. So there won’t be a lot of time to celebrate, as I will fly to Croatia tomorrow for practice sessions in the evening,” the German teenager revealed.

 

Seventh-seeded Philipp Kohlschreiber went up against an in-form Leonardo Mayer in the first match of the day. Before Saturday’s match, the German had not been able to gain a single set against the man from Buenos Aires in two previous meetings and the match in Hamburg should not become an exception. Kohlschreiber lost his serve four times and two of the breaks he suffered took place at unpleasant moments for the German. The first occurred on set point in the twelfth game of the opening frame and the other one on match point in the tenth of the second set. After one hour and 28 minutes, Mayer sealed victory winning 7-5, 6-4 to advance into his second final of the year after Viňa del Mar in February but his first on ATP 500 level.

Consequently, the winner was in a good mood afterwards. “I’m satisfied with my performance today. My service worked very well and I played the points very fast. I’m very happy to reach the final here tomorrow, which will be a nice thing but also a difficult match,” Mayer said. “I beat Philipp two times before, so I knew how to play against him. It was also the revenge for the World Cup final Argentina versus Germany,” the Hamburg finalist laughed.

“Of course I’m disappointed that I couldn’t make it into the final today,” Kohlschreiber said. I tried everything but sometimes I just made the wrong decision. Leonardo made it very difficult for me to get into the match. He was very dominant on court today and it was very hard for me to read his service and his game in general. He put a lot of variety in his second service, which was well placed and with good speed. I think that this gave him the necessary confidence for his return games.”

“Nonetheless, I played a good tournament with some great matches and now I take a rest and in two weeks’ time I will play my last clay court tournament in Kitzbühel,” the 30-year-old German said about his future schedule.

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Future Circuit!  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.

Results for July 19, 2014

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) d [WC] A Zverev (GER) 60 61
L Mayer (ARG) d [7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) 75 64

Doubles – Semi-finals

M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU) d [4] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) 61 63

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 20 JULY 2014

CENTER COURT start 12:30 pm
[1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU)

Not Before 15:00
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) vs L Mayer (ARG)

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World Team Tennis Results for July 18, 2014

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Mylan World TeamTennis – Results for Friday, 7/18

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

 

Texas Wild def. AUSTIN ACES 23-12

Men’s Singles – Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) def. Andy Roddick (Aces) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Treat Huey\Andy Roddick (Aces) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr.\Aisam Qureshi (Wild) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Anabel Medina Garrigues\Aisam Qureshi (Wild) def. Marion Bartoli\Treat Huey (Aces) 5-1

Women’s Doubles – Anabel Medina Garrigues\Darija Jurak (Wild) def. Marion Bartoli\Vera Zvonareva (Aces) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Anabel Medina Garrigues (Wild) def. Vera Zvonareva (Aces) 5-1

 

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS def. Boston Lobsters 25-14

Men’s Singles – Frank Dancevic (Freedoms) def. Rik de Voest (Lobsters) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Liezel Huber\Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) def. Megan Moulton-Levy\Sharon Fichman (Lobsters) 5-2

Mixed Doubles – Liezel Huber\Marcelo Melo (Freedoms) def. Megan Moulton-Levy\Scott Lipsky (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) def. Sharon Fichman (Lobsters) 5-2

Men’s Doubles – Frank Dancevic\Marcelo Melo (Freedoms) def. Rik de Voest\Scott Lipsky (Lobsters) 5-4

 

SPRINGFIELD LASERS def. Washington Kastles 24-10

Men’s Doubles – Ross Hutchins\Michael Russell (Lasers) def. Bobby Reynolds\Leander Paes (Kastles) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Raquel Kops-Jones\Olga Govortsova (Lasers) def. Anastasia Rodionova\Shelby Rogers (Kastles) 5-1

Mixed Doubles – Ross Hutchins\Olga Govortsova (Lasers) def. Leander Paes\Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) def. Olga Govortsova (Lasers) 5-4

Men’s Singles – Michael Russell (Lasers) def. Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) 5-1

 

 

Standings

Eastern Conference MP W L PCT MB
x – Washington Kastles 10 7 3 0.700 0.0
Philadelphia Freedoms 10 6 4 0.600 1.0
Boston Lobsters 9 1 8 0.111 5.5
 
Western Conference MP W L PCT MB
San Diego Aviators 10 6 4 0.600 0.0
Texas Wild 11 6 5 0.545 0.5
Springfield Lasers 10 5 5 0.500 1.0
Austin Aces 10 4 6 0.400 2.0

x = clinched playoff spot

y = clinched #1 seed in conference

 

Next Matches: 7/19/2014

San Diego Aviators @ AUSTIN ACES, 1:00 PM CDT

Washington Kastles @ BOSTON LOBSTERS, 6:00 PM EDT

Springfield Lasers @ TEXAS WILD, 7:30 PM CDT

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Estrella Burgos Stuns Top Seed Gasquet in Bogota

 

(July 18, 2014) Victor Estrella Burgos reached his first ATP World Tour-level semifinal when he upset top seed Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-4.

Esrealla is the Dominican Republic’s No. 1 player and became the first from his country make the Top 100 back in March.

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 18 JULY 2014

Singles – Quarter-finals
[8] V Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [1] R Gasquet (FRA) 63 64
[2] I Karlovic (CRO) d J Wang (TPE) 63 76(6)
[WC] B Tomic (AUS) d [3] V Pospisil (CAN) 64 64
[4] R Stepanek (CZE) d [6] A Gonzalez (COL) 64 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals

[WC] C Salamanca (COL) / E Struvay (COL) d [1] V Pospisil (CAN) / R Stepanek (CZE) w/o (Stepanek – hamstring)
[3] S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) d S Ratiwatana (THA) / S Ratiwatana (THA) 76(5) 75
N Barrientos (COL) / J Cabal (COL) d V Estrella Burgos (DOM) / A Mannarino (FRA) 75 64
A Shamasdin (CAN) / D Sharan (IND) d M Demoliner (BRA) / P Raja (IND) 62 64

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 19 JULY 2014

CAMPO CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[4] R Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] I Karlovic (CRO)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[8] V Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs [WC] B Tomic (AUS)
[WC] C Salamanca (COL) / E Struvay (COL) vs N Barrientos (COL) / J Cabal (COL)

CAMPO 1 start 1:00 pm
[3] S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) vs A Shamasdin (CAN) / D Sharan (IND)

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Caroline Wozniacki Reaches Istanbul Semis

 

 

 

(July 18, 2014) Top seed Caroline Wozniacki moved into the semifinals of the Istanbul Cup on Friday, extended to three sets by Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic – 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

“I’m happy with the way I’ve been serving this week and it definitely helped me out there today,” Wozniacki told WTAtennis.com. “Karolina is a tough opponent and she always gives me a lot of trouble.

“I knew it was not going to be easy.”

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$ 250,000.00
14-20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 18, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [8] K Pliskova (CZE) 61 36 62
[2] R Vinci (ITA) d [6] K Nara (JPN) 60 62
[Q] A Konjuh (CRO) d [4] E Svitolina (UKR) 64 16 61
K Mladenovic (FRA) d F Schiavone (ITA) 36 63 75

Doubles – Semifinals
O Kalashnikova (GEO) / P Kania (POL) d V Solovyeva (RUS) / A Tatishvili (USA) 67(4) 64 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 4:00 pm
M Doi (JPN) / E Svitolina (UKR) vs [4] J Husarova (SVK) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[Q] A Konjuh (CRO) vs [2] R Vinci (ITA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs K Mladenovic (FRA)

 

COLLECTOR SWEDISH OPEN – BASTAD, SWE
$ 250,000.00
14 – 20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 18, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals
J Cepelova (SVK) d [Q] Y Putintseva (KAZ) 64 75
C Scheepers (RSA) d L Arruabarrena (ESP) 62 46 63
M Barthel (GER) d K Kanepi (EST) 62 76(4)
S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d A Panova (RUS) 63 62

Doubles – Semifinals
J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) d [PR] A Amanmuradova (UZB) / S Vogt (LIE) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
CENTER start 1:00 pm
J Cepelova (SVK) vs C Scheepers (RSA)
M Barthel (GER) vs S Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
[WC] J Larsson (SWE) / R Peterson (SWE) vs A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP)

 

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German Teen Alexander Zverev Reaches Semis in Hamburg

 

Alexander Zverev

Alexander Zverev

By Florian Heer

(July 18, 2014) HAMBURG – It was quarterfinal action on Friday in Hamburg and play started with an all-German clash between Tobias Kamke and Alexander Zverev. The two wild cards, both reside in Hamburg, met only 17 days ago at the ATP Challenger in Braunschweig, where the emerging youngster gained the title. The only 17-year-old Zverev, last year’s junior world No. 1, has been the story of the week so far. The teenager gained his first victories on the ATP World Tour beating Robin Haase, Mikhail Youzhny and Santiago Giraldo to become the first 17-year-old contesting a quarterfinal of an ATP 500 event since Rafael Nadal in Dubai in 2004.

Zverev, however, had a bumpy start into today’s match, lost his first service game and received a warning after only 8 minutes of play due to racket abuse. The youngster acted like an unforced error machine from the baseline and consequently lost the first set in only 21 minutes to love. The world No. 285 made it on the scoreboard in the second game of the second set and from then on he seemed to find his rhythm.

Supported by the majority of the crowd, Zverev became stronger the longer the match lasted. Eventually, the 17-year-old served the match out winning 0-6, 7-5, 6-3 in two hours and four minutes to become the first player of his age to reach a semifinal at an ATP 500 event since Marin Cilic in Gstaad in 2006.

“Tobias played very well in the first set and I really felt that I needed to change some things. So I played more slices to break his rhythm. I would have lost the match for sure, if Tobias continued to play like this in the beginning. It is really nice to reach the semis here and by the start of this week I wasn’t thinking that this could happen,” said a happy Zverev afterwards.

“It is a goal to crack the top 100 but the players inside this ranking are of another level than the players ranked 180 or 190. It will be a huge challenge for me to get inside this group,” the German youngster stated.

“I haven’t had a clue that David Ferrer is in my half of the draw here until a friend told me this morning during practice. I knew that Pablo (Andújar) is still in the draw as well but I really didn’t know my possible opponent in the semi-finals right after the match,” Zverev explained after he wasn’t able to name his two next possible opponents during the on-court interview.

Kamke was disappointed after the match but found some nice words, though, and was full of respect concerning his opponent. “If Alex stays healthy, I’m convinced that he will have a great future without any limits,” Zverev’s former club teammate stated.

Tournament director Michael Stich seemed to be satisfied as well after the youngster’s victory. “Physically he is still very strong and he plays a very solid game throughout the week. He has strong nerves and simply acts really cool on court. Of course I feel a bit sorry for Tobi but I also hope for a full house tomorrow and that a lot of people will come out to watch the new German tennis hope,” the former Wimbledon champion was looking forward to Saturday’s semi-finals.

In a match of two supposed underdogs Leonardo Mayer faced Dusan Lajovic for the first time. The Argentine defeated Austria’s youngster Dominic Thiem the round before and the 24-year-old Serbian reached the quarterfinal after his 3rd round opponent Filip Krajinovic was forced to retire due to illness. Mayer, who is currently ranked at a career high 46, was untroubled and only had to save one break point in the entire match. After 75 minutes the 27-year-old from Buenos Aires served out winning 6-1, 7-5 to reach his second semi-final of the season.

David Ferrer

David Ferrer

It followed an all-Spanish affair with the tournament’s top-seed David Ferrer taking on Pablo Andújar. On Thursday, the world No. 7 extended his head-to-head lead over Andreas Seppi to 8-0 after seeing off the Italian in three sets in almost three hours. Andújar advanced to his third quarterfinal of the season with a comfortable straight set victory over Dustin Brown. Friday’s encounter was one-way traffic in favour for Ferrer. The 32-year-old from Javea controlled the match right from the beginning and Andújar needed 45 minutes to get on the scoreboard in the third game of the second set. Ferrer sealed victory in 66 minutes winning 6-0, 6-2.

“For sure this has been my best match of the week so far. In the first two matches I didn’t really play good tennis in some moments but today it was much better. I made less errors, played more aggressively with my forehand and I’m happy with my game as well as to be in the semi-finals,” the winner said afterwards.

“I’ve never played with Alexander Zverev before but this week was impressive. Of course I respect him like any other player on the tour. He is a really good player with a good serve and a good forehand. He has a bright future, which is a nice thing for the tennis in Germany. He is not having any pressure and my goal will be to stay focused on every point. I hope that the people will enjoy the match tomorrow,” Ferrer said about his next opponent.

In the final match of the day, the second remaining seeded player, Philipp Kohlschreiber, faced Lukas Rosol for the second time within two weeks. The Czech defeated Hamburg’s seventh seed in straight sets at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart last week. This time, Kohlschreiber was able to take revenge through a comfortable victory in 77 minutes winning 6-4, 6-4 and advanced into his fourth semi-final of the season.

 

Florian Heer travels the tennis tour with a focus on ATP Challenger events and the ITF Future Circuit!  Follow his twitter account @Florian _Heer.

 

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 18 JULY 2014

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) d P Andujar (ESP) 60 62
[7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) d L Rosol (CZE) 64 64
[WC] A Zverev (GER) d [WC] T Kamke (GER) 06 75 63
L Mayer (ARG) d D Lajovic (SRB) 61 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d [3] M Granollers (ESP) / M Lopez (ESP) 63 64

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 19 JULY 2014

CENTER COURT start 13:00
[4] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU)

Not Before 15:30
[7] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs L Mayer (ARG)

Not Before 18:00
[1] [WC] D Ferrer (ESP) vs [WC] A Zverev (GER)

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Nicolas Almagro Withdraws from the U.S. Open

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(July 18, 2014) Spain’s Nicolas Almagro has withdrawn from the U. S. Open which begins on August 23  in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York.

The world No.  27 Spaniard has not been on the court since retiring from his first round match at the French Open in May due to a left foot injury.

The 28-year-old also missed Wimbledon.

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World Team Tennis Results for July 17, 2014

 

Mylan World TeamTennis – Results for Thursday, 7/17

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

 

Austin Aces def. TEXAS WILD 23-22 (7-4 STB)

Men’s Singles – John-Patrick Smith (Aces) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) 5-4

Women’s Doubles – Eva Hrdinova\Vera Zvonareva (Aces) def. Anabel Medina Garrigues\Darija Jurak (Wild) 5-4

Men’s Doubles – Aisam Qureshi\Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) def. John-Patrick Smith\Treat Huey (Aces) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Anabel Medina Garrigues (Wild) def. Vera Zvonareva (Aces) 5-4

Mixed Doubles – Eva Hrdinova\Treat Huey (Aces) def. Aisam Qureshi\Anabel Medina Garrigues (Wild) 5-4

Overtime – Mixed Doubles – Eva Hrdinova\Treat Huey (Aces) def. Aisam Qureshi\Anabel Medina Garrigues (Wild) 1-0

Supertiebreaker – Mixed Doubles – Eva Hrdinova\Treat Huey (Aces) def. Aisam Qureshi\Anabel Medina Garrigues (Wild) 1-0 (7-4)

 

PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS def. Washington Kastles 22-15 (OT)

Mixed Doubles – Liezel Huber\Marcelo Melo (Freedoms) def. Venus Williams\Leander Paes (Kastles) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) def. Anastasia Rodionova (Kastles) 5-0

Men’s Singles – Frank Dancevic (Freedoms) def. Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Anastasia Rodionova\Venus Williams (Kastles) def. Liezel Huber\Taylor Townsend (Freedoms) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Frank Dancevic\Marcelo Melo (Freedoms) 5-3

Overtime – Men’s Doubles – Frank Dancevic\Marcelo Melo (Freedoms) def. Leander Paes\Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) 1-0

 

SPRINGFIELD LASERS def. San Diego Aviators 19-18 (7-2 STB)

Men’s Doubles – Ross Hutchins\Michael Russell (Lasers) def. Raven Klaasen\Somdev Devvarman (Aviators) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Daniela Hantuchova\Kveta Peschke (Aviators) def. Olga Govortsova\Raquel Kops-Jones (Lasers) 5-0

Mixed Doubles – Raven Klaasen\Kveta Peschke (Aviators) def. Ross Hutchins\Olga Govortsova (Lasers) 5-3

Women’s Singles – Olga Govortsova (Lasers) def. Daniela Hantuchova (Aviators) 5-3

Men’s Singles – Michael Russell (Lasers) def. Somdev Devvarman (Aviators) 5-3

Supertiebreaker – Men’s Singles – Michael Russell (Lasers) def. Somdev Devvarman (Aviators) 1-0 (7-2)

 

 

Standings

Eastern Conference MP W L PCT MB
Washington Kastles 9 7 2 0.778 0.0
Philadelphia Freedoms 9 5 4 0.556 2.0
Boston Lobsters 8 1 7 0.125 5.5
 
Western Conference MP W L PCT MB
San Diego Aviators 10 6 4 0.600 0.0
Texas Wild 10 5 5 0.500 1.0
Austin Aces 9 4 5 0.444 1.5
Springfield Lasers 9 4 5 0.444 1.5

 

Next Matches: 7/18/2014

Boston Lobsters @ PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS, 7:00 PM EDT

Washington Kastles @ SPRINGFIELD LASERS, 7:00 PM CDT

Texas Wild @ AUSTIN ACES, 7:30 PM CDT

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Top Seed Ousted at USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

 

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CARSON, July 16, 2014 – The singles quarterfinals are set at the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic in Carson, Calif., at the USTA Training Center – West at The StubHub Center.

 

Six Americans advanced to the quarterfinals, including US Open Wild Card Challenge leader Julia Boserup, who upset No. 7 seed and former world No. 32 Romina Oprandi of Switzerland; 2009 US Open quarterfinalist Melanie Oudin; former USC standout Maria Sanchez; and 18-year-old Louisa Chirico, who won after American Madison Brengle retired with an eye infection.

 

The key match-up of the day was between former Stanford teammates and friends Nicole Gibbs and Kristie Ahn. Both Gibbs and Ahn were members of the Stanford team that won the 2013 NCAA Team Championship. Ahn, who was a finalist at a USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson in 2010, received medical treatment on her left wrist and back throughout the match. In the end, No. 2 seed Gibbs ran away with the match, winning 6-4, 6-3.

 

“Kristie is one of my best friends in tennis. I have shared more of my tennis history with her than any other player on the tour,” said Gibbs, who also won the NCAA individual singles title for Stanford in 2012 and 2013. “It was a unique type of pressure today, playing one of your best friends. I don’t know if it was the best tennis from either of us, but I did a good job trying to separate on-the-court from off-the court and keep my mind on playing the tennis that I wanted to play. I am feeling great going into the quarters.”

 

The sixth American advancing to the quarterfinalist was former University of North Carolina standout Sanaz Marand, who upset top seed Olivia Rogowska of Australia, 6-4, 6-4.

 

“I went in with the mindset of what I needed to do today on every point,” said Marand. “I stayed strong and stayed positive and I did it—I won. The [USTA Pro] Circuit has made me mentally strong this year. There are a lot of good players, like today. It is tough competition out there and I just have to keep believing.”

 

Tomorrow’s play begins at 10 a.m., starting with singles and followed by the doubles semifinals. Quarterfinal match-ups include:

  • No. 2 seed Nicole Gibbs vs. No. 6 seed An Sophie Mestach of Belgium
  • No. 4 seed Melanie Oudin vs. Julia Boserup
  • Maria Sanchez vs. Louisa Chirico
  • Sanaz Marand vs. No. 8 seed Risa Ozaki of Japan

 

This tournament will be streamed live on www.procircuit.usta.com.

 

The USTA Pro Circuit event in Carson is taking the place for a women’s tournament in Yakima, Wash., that was faced with a fire in mid-May. The fire destroyed the host site’s clubhouse and impacted some of the adjoining tennis courts.

 

Carson is the second of three consecutive women’s hard-court tournaments thatmake up the USTA Pro Circuit’s US Open Wild Card Challenge, which will award amen’s and women’s wild card into the 2014 US Open. The American woman who earns the most WTA ranking points at two of the three USTA Pro Circuit hard-court events in Sacramento, Calif., Carson, and Lexington, Ky., will receive a USTA wild card to compete in the main draw of the US Open, which will be held Sunday, August 25, to Monday, September 8.  Only players who did not receive direct entry into the US Open are eligible for the wild cards.

 

Admission is free and open to the public all week. For additional information about the USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic, visit www.usta.com/carson.

 

USTA Player Development Women’s $50,000 Classic

A USTA Pro Circuit Event

Thursday, July 17

USTA Training Center – West at StubHub Center

Carson, Calif.

Purse: $50,000

Surface: Hard-Outdoor

 

Thursday, July 17 – RESULTS

Singles – Second Round

Sanaz Marand (USA) def. (1) Olivia Rogowska (AUS), 6-4, 6-4

(2) Nicole Gibbs (USA) def. (WC) Kristie Ahn (USA), 6-4, 6-3

(4) Melanie Oudin (USA) def. Asia Muhammad (USA), 7-5, 6-3

Louisa Chirico (USA) def. (5) Madison Brengle (USA), 5-0, ret. (eye infection)

Julia Boserup (USA) def. (7) Romina Oprandi (SUI), 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

(8) Risa Ozaki (JPN) def. Michaella Krajicek (NED), 6-1, 7-5

Maria Sanchez (USA) def. Daria Gavrilova (RUS), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

(6) An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) def. (Q) Tatjana Maria (GER), 6-4, 5-7, 6-3

 

Doubles Quarterfinals

(1) O. Rogowska (AUS)/M. Krajicek (NED) def. M. Sanchez/Z. Scandalis (USA), 6-1, 6-4

Tatjana MARIA (GER) / Romina OPRANDI (SUI) def.(3) A. Will (USA)/K. Wong (USA), 6-3, 6-3

M. Gonzalez (PAR)/L. Pigossi (BRA) def. (4) M. Oudin (USA)/L. Chirico (USA), 3-6, 6-3, [14-12]

S. Crawford (USA)/S. Vickery (USA) def. P. Porter (USA)/B. Morgan (USA), 6-4, 7-6 (5)

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