August 5, 2015

Wimbledon Order of Play for June 29, 2015

THE CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
INTENDED ORDER OF PLAY FOR MONDAY 29 JUNE

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CENTRE COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Novak Djokovic (SRB) [1] 1 vs Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 2
2 Maria Sharapova (RUS) [4] 33 vs Johanna Konta (GBR) 34
3 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) [4] 33 vs Joao Sousa (POR) 34

No.1 COURT – SHOW COURT – 13:00 START
1 Serena Williams (USA) [1] 1 vs Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 2
2 Simone Bolelli (ITA) 31 vs Kei Nishikori (JPN) [5] 32
3 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) [11] 49 vs Federico Delbonis (ARG) 50

No.2 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Nick Kyrgios (AUS) [26] 57 vs Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 58
2 Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 3 vs Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 4
3 Alison Riske (USA) 63 vs Lucie Safarova (CZE) [6] 64
4 Heather Watson (GBR) 7 vs Caroline Garcia (FRA) [32] 8

No.3 COURT – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Marin Cilic (CRO) [9] 17 vs Hiroki Moriya (JPN) 18
2 Yi-Fan Xu (CHN) 31 vs Ana Ivanovic (SRB) [7] 32
3 Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 63 vs Milos Raonic (CAN) [7] 64
4 Madison Brengle (USA) 15 vs Venus Williams (USA) [16] 16

COURT 12 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Anett Kontaveit (EST) 23 vs Victoria Azarenka (BLR) [23] 24
2 Go Soeda (JPN) 23 vs John Isner (USA) [17] 24
3 Danka Kovinic (MNE) 55 vs Samantha Stosur (AUS) [22] 56
4 Lucas Pouille (FRA) 15 vs Kevin Anderson (RSA) [14] 16

COURT 18 – SHOW COURT – 11:30 START
1 Liam Broady (GBR) 45 vs Marinko Matosevic (AUS) 46
2 Belinda Bencic (SUI) [30] 25 vs Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 26
3 Luke Saville (AUS) 55 vs Richard Gasquet (FRA) [21] 56
4 Shelby Rogers (USA) 47 vs Andrea Petkovic (GER) [14] 48

COURT 5 – 11:30 START
1 Timea Babos (HUN) 3 vs Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 4
2 Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 19 vs Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 20
3 Juan Monaco (ARG) 59 vs Florian Mayer (GER) 60
4 Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 61 vs Kaia Kanepi (EST) 62

COURT 6 – 11:30 START
1 Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 19 vs Ricardas Berankis (LTU) 20
2 Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 27 vs Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 28
3 Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 35 vs Benjamin Becker (GER) 36
4 Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 39 vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) [29] 40

COURT 7 – 11:30 START
1 Janko Tipsarevic (SRB) 11 vs Marcel Granollers (ESP) 12
2 Darija Jurak (CRO) / Ana Konjuh (CRO) 29 vs Jelena Jankovic (SRB) / Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 30
3 Edina Gallovits-Hall (USA) 53 vs Urszula Radwanska (POL) 54
4 Pablo Cuevas (URU) [28] 25 vs Denis Kudla (USA) 26

COURT 8 – 11:30 START
1 Dudi Sela (ISR) 39 vs Dominic Thiem (AUT) [32] 40
2 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) [9] 17 vs Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 18
3 Dusan Lajovic (SRB) 61 vs Tommy Haas (GER) 62

COURT 9 – 11:30 START
1 Horacio Zeballos (ARG) 47 vs David Goffin (BEL) [16] 48
2 Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 29 vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 30
3 Kenny De Schepper (FRA) 53 vs John-Patrick Smith (AUS) 54
4 Nicole Gibbs (USA) 37 vs Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 38

COURT 10 – 11:30 START
1 Flavia Pennetta (ITA) [24] 41 vs Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 42
2 Albert Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / Andreas Seppi (ITA) 53 vs Jonathan Erlich (ISR) / Philipp Petzschner (GER) 54
3 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) 5 vs Hyeon Chung (KOR) 6

COURT 11 – 11:30 START
1 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 21 vs Annika Beck (GER) 22
2 Casey Dellacqua (AUS) / Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) [9] 9 vs
Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) / Alicja Rosolska (POL) 10
3 Matthew Ebden (AUS) 21 vs Blaz Rola (SLO) 22
4 Tommy Robredo (ESP) [19] 41 vs John Millman (AUS) 42

COURT 14 – 11:30 START
1 Martin Klizan (SVK) 37 vs Fernando Verdasco (ESP) 38
2 Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 11 vs Roberta Vinci (ITA) 12
3 Polona Hercog (SLO) 59 vs Lauren Davis (USA) 60
4 Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) 27 vs Alexander Zverev (GER) 28

COURT 15 – 11:30 START
1 Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 51 vs Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 52
2 Lin Zhu (CHN) 43 vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 44
3 Lukas Lacko (SVK) 51 vs Steve Johnson (USA) 52
4 Marsel Ilhan (TUR) 13 vs Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 14

COURT 16 – 11:30 START
1 Leonardo Mayer (ARG) [24] 9 vs Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) 10
2 Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 7 vs Bernard Tomic (AUS) [27] 8
3 Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 5 vs Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 6

COURT 17 – 11:30 START
1 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [11] 49 vs Irina Falconi (USA) 50
2 Sara Errani (ITA) [19] 9 vs Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 10
3 Joao Souza (BRA) 29 vs Santiago Giraldo (COL) 30
4 Donald Young (USA) 43 vs Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 44

COURT 19 – 11:30 START
1 Sam Groth (AUS) / Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) 47 vs Vasek Pospisil (CAN) / Jack Sock (USA) [3] 48
2 Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Florin Mergea (ROU) [9] 9 vs Tim Smyczek (USA) / Jiri Vesely (CZE) 10
3 Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 35 vs Qiang Wang (CHN) 36
4 Marina Erakovic (NZL) 13 vs Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 14

MATCHES TO BE ARRANGED
NOT BEFORE 17.30
1 Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) 45 vs Naomi Broady (GBR) 46
2 Barbora Strycova (CZE) [27] 57 vs Sloane Stephens (USA) 58

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Venus Williams, Azarenka, Suarez Navarro and Safarova Reach Doha Semis

 

(February 26, 2015) Venus Williams stopped Agnieszka Radwanska for the second time this year 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 to reach the Qatar Open semifinals. Williams knocked out the Pole in the round of 16 at the Australian Open last month.

Williams will face two-time Qatar champion, wild card Victoria Azarenka who defeated third seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-1 in her semifinal. Williams is a perfect 4-0 against Azarenka.

No 1 Petra Kvitova fell to Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 3-6, 6-0, 6-3, for the second time in two weeks.The Spaniard also defeated the Czech in Dubai last week.

Lucie Safarova will challenge Suarez Navarro for a place in the final, after dispatching sixth seed Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-1.

QATAR TOTAL OPEN 2015 – DOHA, QATAR
$ 731,000.00
23-28 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 26, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[9] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [1] P. Kvitova (CZE) 36 60 63
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [3] [WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 63 61
[7] V. Williams (USA) d [4] A. Radwanska (POL) 64 16 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d [6] A. Petkovic (GER) 62 61

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Mirza (IND) d M. Krajicek (NED) / B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 60 61
[4] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) / K. Flipkens (BEL) walkover
H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Erakovic (NZL) 63 62

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 4:30 pm
[9] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
[7] V. Williams (USA) vs [WC] V. Azarenka (BLR)
[1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Mirza (IND) vs H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)

COURT 1 start 5:30 pm
[4] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

 

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Azarenka and Venus Williams Advance in Doha

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QATAR TOTAL OPEN 2015 – DOHA, QATAR
$ 731,000.00
23-28 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 23, 2015
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[7] V. Williams (USA) d C. Dellacqua (AUS) 36 62 61
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [8] A. Kerber (GER) 60 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d S. Stosur (AUS) 76(3) 64
B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d S. Lisicki (GER) 75 64
F. Pennetta (ITA) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 36 64 62

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[4] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) 76(2) 64

Women’s
Qualifying Singles – Third Round

Qualifying – [6] [WC] K. Flipkens (BEL) d K. Kozlova (UKR) 63 64
Qualifying – S. Voegele (SUI) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 63 36 64
Qualifying – A. Dulgheru (ROU) d S. Zheng (CHN) 61 60
Qualifying – D. Gavrilova (RUS) d S. Hsieh (TPE) 16 63 64

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [6] A. Petkovic (GER)
G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [9] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
[Q] A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs A. Cornet (FRA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[7] V. Williams (USA) vs B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
[LL] S. Zheng (CHN) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)
Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [Q] S. Voegele (SUI)
[3] M. Hingis (SUI) / F. Pennetta (ITA) vs H. Chan (TPE) / C. Dellacqua (AUS)
Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Erakovic (NZL)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
[Q] D. Gavrilova (RUS) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
[1] S. Hsieh (TPE) / S. Mirza (IND) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)
[WC] V. Azarenka (BLR) / K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [WC] F. Al Nabhani (OMA) / S. Zheng (CHN)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
[WC] O. Jabeur (TUN) vs Z. Diyas (KAZ)
[Alt] D. Jurak (CRO) / K. Koukalova (CZE) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before 6:30 pm
After Suitable Rest – G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

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Heather Watson Wins Hobart for Second WTA Crown

Happy Heather Watson Hobart

(January 17, 2015) Great Britain’s Heather Watson defeated American qualifier Madison Brengle 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday to win the Hobart International title, her second WTA Tour career title. She won the Japan Open title in 2012. She won this week’s event without dropping a set.

It was Brengle’s first WTA final of her career.

The unseeded 22-year-old became the first British woman in more than 30 years to win two titles, the last was Anne Hobbs who won Auckland in 1985 and Indianapolis in 1983.

En route to the final, Watson dismissed No.5 seed Sloane Stephens, No.9 seed Roberta Vinci and No.8 seed Alison Riske.

The Australian Open begins on Monday and Watson will open against Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova while Brengle will face 13th seed Andrea Petkovic of Germany.

 

More to follow.

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Jiri Vesely Wins Maiden ATP Title in Auckland

Jiri Vesely

Jiri Vesely

(January 17, 2015) In a match between first-time finalists, qualifier Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic defeated France’s Adrian Mannarino 6-3, 6-2 in Auckland to earn his first ATP Tour World title. The 21 year-old world No. 63 is the first Czech to win in Auckland since Jiri Novak in 1996.

En route to the finals Vesely upset world No. 13 Ernests Gulbis and World No. 16 Kevin Anderson.

“It feels amazing to be part of the ATP champions,” said the Czech. “It’s not something that everyone is [able] to achieve, so I’m very grateful for that. It’s a great start for me… I can really see that it’s possible to play with the best guys and I think that’s something very important for me for the future.”

“I was really believing in myself, that my game could be better than his, and I was just trying to be more patient and to put more balls back and just not let him play the game he’d like to play.”

Vesely led the tournament in aces, first and second serve points won, as well as service games won.
“When you get broken by someone who’s serving like this, you feel like it’s slipping away,” said Mannarino. “I was trying to deal with my own game and it was really tough today. I didn’t have the same feeling that I had during the week. I didn’t feel the ball the same way. Unfortunately it happened in the final.”
The win adds Vesely to the list of ATP World Tour title winners born in the 1990s, joining Milos Raonic (6), Grigor Dimitrov (4), David Goffin (2), Bernard Tomic (2) and Federico Delbonis (1).

Vesely will play Viktor Troicki in the first round of the Australian Open. The tournament begins on Monday.

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Stars Descend On Sydney for the Apia International

Julien Benneteau and Ken Rosewall at Sydney International draw ceremony

Julien Benneteau and Ken Rosewall at Sydney International draw ceremony

By Dave Gertler

(January 10, 2015) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Stars of the tennis world have been descending upon Sydney over the last days, while qualifying heats have been contested at the Apia International in Sydney. Last year’s women’s champion Tsvetana Pironkova, who qualified and won eight matches in a row at the 2014 Apia International, has had to navigate through qualifying again – albeit as top seed this year – and will make it into the main draw if she defeats American Nicole Gibbs on Sunday. Despite lifting her ranking from outside the top 100 a year ago to where it is now at No.37, that Pironkova still needed to qualify is testament to the depth of the women’s draw at this year’s event.

The tournament’s top seed Simona Halep will arrive in Sydney on Sunday, from Shenzhen, China where she won the tournament.
Petra Kvitova lost in the semi-finals of Shenzhen.
Caroline Wozniacki  arrived at Sydney Airport last night from Auckland, losing her Auckland final to Venus Williams.
Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska will complete the Apia International’s top four seeds when she arrives in Sydney from Perth, where she and Jerzy Janowicz – who will also feature strongly on the men’s side of the Sydney tournament – have won the Hopman Cup in an eventful final against USA’s John Isner and Serena Williams.

Janowicz will continue to be a headline act of Australia’s Summer of Tennis, as he plays young Australian giant-killer Nick Kyrgios in their first round match, which was allotted yesterday during a draw ceremony whose guests of honour included Ken Rosewall and Lesley Bowrey. 2005 Sydney finalist Sam Stosur, as well as 2012 Sydney finalist Julien Benneteau, were also in attendance for their respective WTA and ATP draw ceremonies.

 

While the men’s draw is less stacked than a women’s draw which boasts six top-10 players, Benneteau called the men’s draw, “Very compact,” saying, “Maybe there is not top 10 players, but from the top seeds to the end of the draw, there are tough players between 20, 30, 40, very good players, so I really think that anyone can win on Saturday.”

The men’s top two seeds, Fabio Fognini and David Goffin, will fly surprisingly under the radar at this tournament given that last year’s champion Juan Martin Del Potro, has chosen this event to stage his comeback from injury that has left him sidelined for almost a year. Del Potro flew in on Thursday night and has been using the days since to practice on Ken Rosewall Arena, with some light strapping on his wrist.

 

Ken Rosewall predicted a big year for the new Australian men’s No. 1, saying, “Because of his rapid improvement and his performance at Wimbledon and other senior events, there’ll be a lot of players who’ll be wanting to be in top form when they play against him. Hopefully Nick can remain physically clear without any problems, and he’ll be in good form. But I think there’ll be extra pressure on him this time to kind of stand up to being the number one player in Australia.”

 

At the women’s draw ceremony, Lesley Bowrey, winner of the French Open in 1964 and 1965, had some timely and compassionate words of wisdom for Sam Stosur, who is known for her struggles to win matches on home soil. “I just want to wish Sam all the best,” said Bowrey, “And just go out there and be free and easy, really, and not worry, as you say about everyone else, and what they’re telling you, just play your own game and do what you want to do.” Stosur has been drawn to face Lucie Safarova, the Czech world No.15 to whom she has lost their last six matches.

 

“Look, sometimes when I used to lead in matches, and I used to lose them too,” continued Bowrey, perhaps referring to Stosur’s loss last week in Brisbane to Varvara Lepchenko, after having a match point at 5-1 in the deciding set, “We all do that, it’s nothing new, you just have to find a way. What I used to do is just say, well, if I’m leading 5-1 or 5-2 or 5-3, I’d just tell myself I’m down that, and just take the pressure right off myself. That’s how I used to handle it, just tell myself I’m not leading, I’m down. Tennis is a tough game, it’s a tough sport.”

Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney and is covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his personal Twitter @davegertler,  read his blog,  and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .

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Sharapova Wins Brisbane; Federer a Victory Away from 1000

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(January 10, 2015) Maria Sharapova won her 34th career title with a 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-3 victory over Ana Ivanovic at the Brisbane International on Saturday. The battle lasted for two hours and 38 minutes.

Sharapova let a 4-1 first set lead slip to the Serbian who came back to win the first set.

“She was doing a lot of things better in the first set, and she deserved to win the first set, but I hung in there,” Sharapova said. “It was important to get that break, and the third set came down to a few points, really. I’m just happy that I managed to get it in three.”

“She had some great comebacks”, ” Ivanovic said. “She got back the balls that I thought weren’t coming over the net. That’s why she’s where she is, and that’s why she’s such a great champion.”

The victory gives the Russian a chance to overtake Serena Williams for the No. 1 ranking depending on the results at the Australian Open, which begins on January 19. Sharapova is within 681 points of Williams.

“I played four good matches against very different types of opponents. Couldn’t have asked for better preparation,” Sharapova said. “Now that I won a tournament, maybe I have a better chance of going higher in the rankings. Right now I am No. 2; the next spot is 1.”

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Roger Federer is aiming to become just the third male player, behind Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) to win 1000 career matches on Sunday when he takes on Milos Raonic in the final of Brisbane.

Federer took down Grigor Dimitrov in the semifinals on Saturday 6-2, 6-2 in 53 minutes while Raonic won an intense battle against Kei Nishikori 6-7(4), 7-6(4), 7-6(4).
“I was able to play straightforward tennis, like yesterday, just really aggressive,” said Federer. “Against a really good player, it’s a great result. Happy I didn’t waste much energy like this. I’m fresh for the finals. Probably got a slight advantage over Milos in that regard.”

“It’s a goal for the season, so I still have time to get to a thousand,” Federer said in a post-match interview. “I mean, it’s a really big number, no doubt about it. Love to get it tomorrow. If not tomorrow, I hope it happens at the Australian Open. It would definitely be an incredible milestone to reach.”

 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 10 JANUARY 10, 2015

WTA Singles – Finals
[1] M Sharapova (RUS) d [2] A Ivanovic (SRB) 67(4) 63 63

WTA Doubles – Finals
M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER) d [4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) 62 75

ATP Singles – Semi-finals
[1] R Federer (SUI) d [4] G Dimitrov (BUL) 62 62
[3] M Raonic (CAN) d [2] K Nishikori (JPN) 67(4) 76(4) 76(4)

ATP Doubles – Semi-finals
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) 76(3) 76(2)

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 11 JANUARY 2015

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 4:30 pm
ATP – J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs A Dolgopolov (UKR) / K Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI) vs [3] M Raonic (CAN)

 

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Top Four Men’s Seeds Reach Brisbane Semis: Sharapova and Ivanovic to Face off in Final

(January 9, 2015) The top four men’s seeds have reached the semifinals of the Brisbane International 2015 as No. 1 seed Roger Federer will face 4th seed Grigor Dimitrov and No.2 seed Kei Nishikori will play third seed Milos Raonic.

Federer cruised past No. 125 James Duckworth 6-0, 6-1, Dimitrov won 6-3, 6-4 over Martin Klizan, Nishikori dominated Bernard Tomic 6-0, 6-4, and Raonic battled past Sam Groth -6 (3), 3-6, 7-6 (2).

On the ladies side top two seeds Maria Sharapova and Ana Ivanovic have reached the finals of the Brisbane. No. 1 seed Sharapova beat Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3, and No. 2 Ivanovic defeated Varvara Lepchenko 7-6 (2), 6-4.

In Auckland it will be Caroline Wozniacki versus Venus Williams in the final. Wozniacki battled for two hours and 35 minutes to get past No.4 seed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 while Williams had a much easier time blasting past Lauren Davis 6-0, 6-3.

In Shenzen, No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova fell to No.8 seed Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals. Bacsinszky will play top seed Simona Halep for the title. Halep stopped Zheng Saisai in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

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ASB CLASSIC 2015 – AUCKLAND, NZL
$ 250,000
5-10 JANUARY 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 09, 2015
Singles – Semifinals
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [4] B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 46 63 64
[3] V Williams (USA) d L Davis (USA) 60 63

Doubles – Semifinals
[4] S Aoyama (JPN) / R Voracova (CZE) d [2] A Hlavackova (CZE) / L Hradecka (CZE) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] S Errani (ITA) / R Vinci (ITA) vs [4] S Aoyama (JPN) / R Voracova (CZE)

Not Before 2:30 pm
[1] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [3] V Williams (USA)

 

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BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL PRESENTED BY SUNCORP – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
USD 1,000,000
4 – 11 JANUARY 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 08, 2015
Singles – Semifinals
[1] M Sharapova (RUS) d E Svitolina (UKR) 61 63
[2] A Ivanovic (SRB) d V Lepchenko (USA) 76(2) 64

Doubles – Semifinals
[4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) 46 76(1) 10-8
M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER) d M Krajicek (NED) / K Pliskova (CZE) 76(3) 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 12:00 noon
ATP – J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [3] M Raonic (CAN) vs [2] K Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI) vs [4] G Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [1] M Sharapova (RUS) vs [2] A Ivanovic (SRB)
WTA – [4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER)

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SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$ 500,000
3-10 JAN, 2015

RESULTS – JANUARY 09, 2015
Singles – Semifinals
[1] S Halep (ROU) d S Zheng (CHN) 62 63
[8] T Bacsinszky (SUI) d [2] P Kvitova (CZE) 64 64

Doubles – Semifinals
C Liang (CHN) / Y Wang (CHN) d C Buyukakcay (TUR) / K Knapp (ITA) 63 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 10, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 1:00 pm
Singles Final – [1] S Halep (ROU) vs [8] T Bacsinszky (SUI)
Doubles Final – C Liang (CHN) / Y Wang (CHN) vs L Kichenok (UKR) / N Kichenok (UKR)

 

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Djokovic is Stunned by Karlovic at Qatar Open

Ivo Karlovic

(January 8, 2015) Croat Ivo Karlovic earned his second win over a No. 1 player on Thursday when he rallied past Novak Djokovic 6-7(2), 7-6(6), 6-4 to reach the semis of the Qatar Open on Thursday.

Karlovic, who surpassed the 9000 ace mark earlier in the week, fired 21 aces past his Serbian opponent, along with 49 winners. His career ace count is now up to 9,062.

“It was unbelievable,” said Karlovic in an on-court interview. “When I arrived here, I didn’t expect that one. He wasn’t able to show his full range because it was windy. I just focused on my game and in the end I was a little luckier.”

Karlovic last defeated a No. 1 player back in 2008 when he stopped Roger Federer at the Western & Southern Open.

Karlovic will face off against David Ferrer in his semifinal.

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Federer Survives Opening Match in Brisbane

Roger Federer

Roger Federer

(January 8, 2015) Roger Federer survived after being a set and a break down, to hold off Australian wild card John Millman 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in his opening match at the Brisbane International on Thursday.

The 153rd ranked Millman put major heat on the world No. 2 leading 6-4, 3-1 at one point.

“I didn’t play badly, but maybe felt a bit tired at times,” Federer said after the match. “The first match of the season you never know quite what to expect. I am sweating like crazy. I am happy we had a good match and I got through in the end.”

“Under a lot of pressure. I think I got quite lucky in the second set. He was playing great tennis.”

The 33-year-old, 17-time major champion earned his 997 career tour win, three shy of 1000. Only Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl have won more than 1000 matches in the Open Era.

Federer was the runner-up in last year’s Brisbane tournament.

The Swiss will next take on another wild card in James Duckworth who beat Jarkko Nieminen 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3, saving two match points.

 

 

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS – THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015

Singles – Second Round
[1] R Federer (SUI) d [WC] J Millman (AUS) 46 64 63
[3] M Raonic (CAN) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 64
[WC] J Duckworth (AUS) d J Nieminen (FIN) 46 76(5) 63 – Saved 2 M.P.
S Groth (AUS) d [Q] L Kubot (POL) 64 67(2) 76(3)

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) d [3] R Lindstedt (SWE) / M Matkowski (POL) 63 67(2) 10-7
J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) d M Raonic (CAN) / B Tomic (AUS) 64 75

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 9 JANUARY 2015

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
ATP – S Groth (AUS) vs [3] M Raonic (CAN)

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

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – V Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] A Ivanovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R Federer (SUI) vs [WC] J Duckworth (AUS)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [1] M Sharapova (RUS) vs E Svitolina (UKR)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – M Krajicek (NED) / K Pliskova (CZE) vs M Hingis (SUI) / S Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [4] G Dimitrov (BUL) vs M Klizan (SVK)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) vs [4] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – after suitable rest – [WC] G Dimitrov (BUL) / T Kokkinakis (AUS) vs A Dolgopolov (UKR) / K Nishikori (JPN)

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