February 13, 2016

ATP Buenos Aires and Memphis Results

ATP

ATP World Tour 250
Buenos Aires, Argentina (-3 hours GMT)
8-14 February 2016   Surface: Clay
 

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] [WC] R. Nadal (ESP) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 76(3) 62
N. Almagro (ESP) d [3] J. Tsonga (FRA) 62 75
[5] D. Thiem (AUT) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 64 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [3] D. Marrero (ESP) / F. Moser (GER) 46 63 10-6

Doubles – Quarter-finals
I. Cervantes (ESP) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) d G. Kretschmer (GER) / A. Satschko (GER) 46 64 10-6

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2016

GUILLERMO VILAS start 12:00 noon
[8] P. Cuevas (URU) vs [2] D. Ferrer (ESP) to resume 24

Not Before 2:00 pm
[1] [WC] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [5] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 3:30 pm
N. Almagro (ESP) vs [8] P. Cuevas (URU) or [2] D. Ferrer (ESP)

ESTADIO 2 start 12:00 noon
F. Delbonis (ARG) / A. Molteni (ARG) vs I. Cervantes (ESP) / P. Lorenzi (ITA)

 

ATP World Tour 250
Memphis, U.S.A. (-6 hours GMT)
8-14 February 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 12 FEBRUARY 2016

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] K. Nishikori (JPN) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 62 64
R. Berankis (LTU) d [3] D. Young (USA) 76(3) 61
[4] S. Querrey (USA) d [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) 63 64
[WC] T. Fritz (USA) d B. Becker (GER) 64 57 76(5)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d [3] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) 75 64
[4] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) d W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) 63 64
[WC] T. Fritz (USA) / R. Harrison (USA) d M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) 62 67(4) 12-10

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 13 FEBRUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 2:00 pm
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) vs O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
R. Berankis (LTU) vs [WC] T. Fritz (USA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
[1] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [4] S. Querrey (USA)
After Suitable Rest – [4] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) vs [WC] T. Fritz (USA) / R. Harrison (USA)

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WTA Taiwan Open Results

WTA

TAIWAN OPEN – KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN
$ 500,000
8 – 14 FEBRUARY, 2016

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] V. Williams (USA) d A. Sevastova (LAT) 75 62
[2] M. Doi (JPN) d [7] K. Nara (JPN) walkover (left thigh injury)
[3] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d S. Voegele (SUI) 63 00 ret. (dizziness)
[6] S. Hsieh (TPE) d E. Kulichkova (RUS) 60 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d M. Melnikova (RUS) / M. Minella (LUX) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016
CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
[6] S. Hsieh (TPE) vs [2] M. Doi (JPN)

Not Before 12:00 noon
[1] V. Williams (USA) vs [3] Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs C. Hsu (TPE) / Y. Lee (TPE)
[3] L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) vs E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Kato (JPN)

 

PETERSBURG LADIES TROPHY 2016 – ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
$753,000
FEBRUARY 8 – 14, 2016

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 12, 2016
Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] B. Bencic (SUI) d [5] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 67(4) 64 62
[2] R. Vinci (ITA) d T. Babos (HUN) 76(3) 46 76(4)
[4] A. Ivanovic (SRB) d [Q] K. Kozlova (UKR) 61 75
D. Kasatkina (RUS) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 46 75 63

Doubles – Semifinals
V. Dushevina (RUS) / B. Krejcikova (CZE) d [2] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) 36 76(5) 10-8

Quarterfinals
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 64 61

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2016
SIBUR ARENA start 2:00 pm
[4] A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs [2] R. Vinci (ITA)
[1] B. Bencic (SUI) vs D. Kasatkina (RUS)
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [3] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)

 

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Gasquet, Estrella Burgos and Bautista Agut Win ATP Titles

Richard Gasquet

(February 7, 2016) Richard Gasquet, Victor Estrella Burgos and Roberto Bautista Agut claimed titles on the ATP World Tour on Sunday.

Gasquet defended his Open Sud de France title with a 7-5, 6-4 victory against French countryman Paul-Henri Mathieu.

“It was great for me to win another title,” said Gasquet of his 13th tournament crown. “I am very proud to win my third title here, because it was a great match against a good friend. He had nothing to lose, so it was great to win.”
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Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic defended his title in Quito, making a comeback to defeat Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 at the Ecuador Open. Both of his ATP World Tour tournament victories have come on the clay courts of Quito.

“I can’t describe the feeling when I saw the last ball go out,” Estrella said. “It was an unbelievable moment, to win back-to-back in Quito. Last year I was very nervous. I could barely breathe serving on match point. This year I was much more relaxed closing out the match.

“The conditions were difficult. It was sunny and so windy. It was impossible to return [Bellucci’s] serve in the first set.”

The 34-year-old is now 10-0 in Ecuador.

“It was a difficult day,” Bellucci said. “The wind did not allow me to maintain a good level. I was dominating and I had options to win the match, but I wasted them. In the third set, I lost my rhythm on serve and he raised his level. I’m happy to have reached the final, but sad because I could have won.”

 

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Bautista Agut defeated Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4 in 82 minutes to win the inaugural Sofia Open for his fourth career title.

 

The Spaniard Bautista Agut won the Auckland event last month.
“It is always special to win a title,” said the 18th ranked player. “I have to be happy about this start to the season, the way I play. I am enjoying to be on the court. I just can’t be happier.

“I used drop shots a lot today because he is a great defender and sometimes he stays very far from the baseline. I needed to find a way to break the rhythm and drop shots gave me a lot of points today. To beat Viktor you have to work a lot. He is a very tough opponent. He runs a lot, he makes you play a lot of balls, he defends really well. We played a lot of rallies today and I like that as a Spanish player.”

“He was playing better – more offensive, more aggressive, took more risks,” Troicki said. “He also didn’t’ miss many balls. I felt like the better I played, the better he played. I had a long match yesterday. I needed to be 100 per cent fit to win. He started the season very well. He played great the last four tournaments. So I congratulate him. He deserved the win.

“It was still a good week for me. I reached the final again in four weeks. It is a great start to the season. I hope to keep it up with the good results. That is the only way to make it to the Top 10 which is my goal. I have to achieve it this year.”

The Latin American clay-court swing will set foot in Buenos Aires with the Argentina Open next week. The top four seeds will be top seed Rafael Nadal, Spanish countryman David Ferrer, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and American John Isner is No. 4.

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Stan Wawrinka Three-peats in Chennai

(January 10, 2016) Stan Wawrinka completed the first three-peat in tournament history when he bested Borna Coric in the final of Chennai 6-3, 7-5. For the world No. 4, it’s his fourth Chennai title and 11th career ATP title. The Swiss now has a 12-match winning streak in Chennai.

For the 19-year-old Coric, he was the first teenage finalist since Marin Cilic in 2008 at New Haven.

“I’m really happy to win the match the way I played today,” said the 30-year-old. “Again it was in two sets as it has been all tournament. The crowd was amazing. They give amazing support every year.

“I’m always trying to improve. I’m trying to move better, trying to play more aggressive with a better forehand and serve better. I’m very happy with my serve this week. I’m happy to get the trophy again. It’s a great feeling.”

“It was a great week for me here,” the world No. 44 Coric said. “I arrived a couple days before the event and got some great practice in the heat.

“Obviously facing Stan in my first final was a tough challenge. Nevertheless I’m very happy with my week and the start into the season.”

“It was my first final so I was bound to make some mistakes,” said the young Croatian. “Stan played an unbelievable match.”

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Milos Raonic Reverses Last Year’s Result Against Roger Federer to Win Brisbane International

 

(January 10, 2016) Milos Raonic exacted some revenge on Roger Federer on Sunday. In a rematch of last year’s Brisbane International final, the Canadian reversed last year’s loss to claim the title 6-4, 6-4 over the Swiss. This is just Raonic’s second win over the 17-time major champion in 11 meetings. It’s Raonic’s eighth career ATP title.

“It feels great,” said Raonic. “It feels great considering how the past nine months have been. It adds a sort of cherry on top to all that. [The win] does great things. For myself it signifies within the team how concrete and good the work we’re doing is.

“At the same time, with the difficulties I’ve had last year, it’s maybe a good way for me to show the other guys I will face going in to Melbourne that I’ve got my stuff back together and I can play some good tennis again.

“Against him it’s always about who can dictate. I felt that other than maybe one service game where I double faulted three times, I was staying quite a bit ahead on my serve and always close on his, except for one that I lost at love. I felt like most of the other ones I was getting to 30. I was giving myself opportunities and then was able to capitalize twice.”

“I definitely didn’t play my best, because when you play a big sever first you focus on your own game, and then see what you can do on his game,” Federer said. The No. 3 player postponed his opening match of tournament due to the flu. “Both sides were not really happening. I was struggling on the serve. Quite inconsistent. He’s a good aggressive player. It was just not happening.

“Considering the week I’ve had, I’m actually quite happy. That’s why I’m not down or anything or disappointed. If I would’ve known I would’ve made the finals five days ago I would’ve been unbelievably happy.”

In an ironic twist, Raonic’s former coach is now a part of Federer’s coaching team – Ivan Ljubicic. Ljubicic was with Federer this week.

The 25-year-old Raonic, after parting with Ljubicic late last year, has added former No. 1 Carlos Moya as part of his team which includes Riccardo Piatti.

The Canadian starts off the year positively, wiping away the end of last year when he was sidelined with injuries during parts of the year. He missed the French Open with a foot injury. He was forced completely off the tour for the last three weeks with a back problem.

“(The win) it does great things – it signifies within the team how concrete and good the work we’re doing is.”

“At the same time, with the difficulties I’ve had last year, it’s maybe a good way for me to show the other guys I will face going in Melbourne, you know, I’ve got my stuff back together and I can play some good tennis again.”

“Hopefully, a better year this year than last,” said Raonic. “Every single year until now my ranking had been going up. That’s the thing I was most proud of. To see that slip was hard to accept and also very motivating.”

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Novak Djokovic Claims 60th Title with Win Over Rafael Nadal in Doha

 

(January 9, 2016) For Novak Djokovic’s  career 2015 season, the only tournament final he did not reach was Doha. He was upset in the quarterfinals by Ivo Karlovic. The No. 1 made up for not reaching the final last year by winning the title this year, dominating Rafael Nadal 6-1, 6-2 for his 60th career title. He has now reached 16 straight finals.

For Djokovic he became just the 10th player in the Open Era to earn 60 titles. He is tied with Andre Agassi and sits just two behind Guillermo Vilas at 62.

This was an Open Era 47th meeting between two players. The victory gives the Serbian a 24-23 edge over the Spaniard for the first time. Djokovic has won 11 straight sets over Nadal since the 2014 Roland Garros final.

“It did feel as close to perfection as it can get,” Djokovic said of the 73-minute match. “Obviously from the first to the last point I managed to impose my own tactical approach and strategy and what I have kind of prepared myself for, and the conditions were played to my favor. I just came out on the court with the right intention, with the right intensity, and with a great deal of confidence, as well, that I carried from the last season playing against him in the last couple of matches as well winning in straight sets.”

“The match is easy to analyze,” Nadal said. “I played against a player who did everything perfect. I don’t know anybody who played tennis like this ever. Since I know this sport I never saw somebody playing at this level. So I just congratulate him and that’s it. I know I can do a few things better, but the real thing is, with these conditions playing during the night and with the feeling of the ball here, it’s so difficult to have chances against him playing like this.”

Djokovic is a dominant 85-5 over the past 52 weeks and is 33-5 against the Top 10 in that time period.
Next stop for both men will be the first major of the year, the Australian Open in Melbourne which begins on January 18.

 

Over in Chennai, Stan Wawrinka is looking to win a third straight Chennai Open title. He’ll take on Borna Coric in the final on Sunday. Coric, at 19 has become the youngest finalist since Kei Nishikori in 2008 at Delray Beach.

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Agnieszka Radwanska Shines in Shenzhen

 

(January 9, 2016) By virtue of reaching the final, Agnieszka Radwanska moved up to No. 4 in the rankings solidifying her as the fourth seed at the upcoming Australian Open. On Saturday, the woman from Poland followed up by claiming the Shenzhen Open title, an International-level WTA event with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over American Alison Riske.

Radwanska has been on a roll since the US Open winning 22 out of 26 matches with three titles. She now has 18 career WTA titles.

Radwanska will now journey to Sydney to play another Australian Open warm-up tournament.

SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$ 500,000.00
2-9 JANUARY, 2016

RESULTS – JANUARY 09, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Finals
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) d A. Riske (USA) 63 62

Women’s
Doubles – Finals
V. King (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [1] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) 61 64

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Victoria Azarenka Victorious in Brisbane for 18th WTA Title

 

(January 9, 2016) Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka won her first tournament since Cincinnati in August of 2013 by capturing the Brisbane International. The woman from Belarus dominated the fourth seed, German Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-1. This is the 18th career WTA title for Azarenka and the second time she has won this event. She last captured the crown in 2009.

“Every time I play in front of this crowd I couldn’t be happier,” said the champion to the crowd after the match. “My dreams come true whenever I step on the court, and I want to thank you all for showing up, motivating us so much and inspiring us so much.”

 

The beginning of the tournament saw top seeds withdraw with injuries in Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova. The unseeded Azarenka who has dealt with injuries to her left leg and foot over the past two years, seeing ranking slip to No. 22, lost a mere 17 games en route to the tournament victory. That ties her with No. 1 Serena Williams in least games surrendered during the tournament.

Azarenka hit 23 winners to 9 unforced errors in her match against Kerber. She is now 6-0 against the German.

Azarenka, who won the Australian Open in 2012 and 2013 has now won 35 out of her last 39 matches down under dating back to 2012.

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Sloane Stephens Wins Auckland for Second Career WTA Title

(January 9, 2016) Sloane Stephens had to complete two wins on Saturday to claim the ASB Classic title in Auckland. The American had to complete her rain delayed semifinal earlier in the day. Stephens was leading former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 5-2 on Friday when the rains came. Saturday morning saw the Dane mount a comeback against the American, but Stephens held her off to win 6-2, 7-6(3) to advance to the final.

Two hours later, Stephens had to take on Germany’s Julia Goerges for the title. The fifth seed went on to win 7-5, 6-2 to claim her second WTA title.

“To win a tournament is amazing and I’m just really happy,” the 22-year-old Stephens said after the match. “It’s definitely been a tough week, I’ve played some really tough players and to play this morning and come back and play the final. It’s the first time I’ve done that so I was really pleased with the way I was able to hold myself together and win this afternoon.”

 

ASB CLASSIC – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
USD 250, 000
4-9 JANUARY, 2016

Results – Saturday, Jan 9

Women’s Singles

Finals

[5] S. Stephens (USA) d J. Goerges (GER) 75 62

Semifinals

[5] S. Stephens (USA) d [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 62 76(3)

Women’s Doubles

Finals

E. Mertens (BEL) / A. Mestach (BEL) d D. Kovinic (MNE) / B. Strycova (CZE) 26 63 10-5

Semifinals

D. Kovinic (MNE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 64 64

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Roger Federer Begins 2016 with Decisive Win in Brisbane

(January 7, 2016) Brisbane International defending champion Roger Federer began his season on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-1 win over qualifier Tobias Kamke. The top seed and world No. 3 asked tournament organizers to delay his match by a day as he along with his family are battling the flu.

Federer took advantage of five break point chances to defeat his opponent in 55 minutes in his first match of 2016.

Federer’s win puts him the quarterfinals against Grigor Dimitrov who rallied to beat Viktor Troicki 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-2. Federer is 3-0 against Dimitrov.

On the women’s side, injuries have knocked out the top seeds earlier in the week, but two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka demolished Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semifinals. Azarenka has suffered foot and leg injuries over the past few years.

Azarenka will take on surprise semifinalist U.S. qualifier Samantha Crawford, ranked No. 142 who beat Andrea Pektovic 6-3, 6-0. Crawford, who won the 2012 US Open Junior Girls’ title, became the first female qualifier in tournament history to reach the semifinals of the event

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL

RESULTS – JANUARY 07, 2016
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[4] A. Kerber (GER) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 64 64
[6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 46 64 75
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [8] R. Vinci (ITA) 61 62
[Q] S. Crawford (USA) d A. Petkovic (GER) 63 60

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 26 76(8) 10-7
[WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) d R. Atawo (USA) / A. Cornet (FRA) 62 63

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d [Q] T. Kamke (GER) 62 61
[4] M. Raonic (CAN) d [Q] I. Dodig (CRO) 67(2) 61 64
L. Pouille (FRA) d [6] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(5) 46 63
G. Dimitrov (BUL) d V. Troicki (SRB) 57 76(6) 62

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) 76(0) 62

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 08, 2016
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
ATP – L. Pouille (FRA) vs [4] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [7] B. Tomic (AUS) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [4] A. Kerber (GER) vs [6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R. Federer (SUI) or [Q] T. Kamke (GER) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [Q] S. Crawford (USA)

SHOW COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS)

Not Before 4:30 pm
ATP – [3] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)
WTA – A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER)

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