April 29, 2016

Rain Washes Out Some Matches in Miami – Halep, Azarenka and Stephens Advance

Simona Halep

Simona Halep

(March 27, 2015) Rain saw the cancellation of some late afternoon matches and the evening session at the Miami Open on Friday including Serena Williams’ opening match. Saturday’s new schedule will be announced.

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Third seed Simona Halep who took home the BNP Paribas Open title, just last Sunday, won 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 against wild card Nicole Vaidisova. Vaidisova a former two-time Grand Slam semifinalist and once No. 7 in the world, is back on the tour since retiring and coming back from multiple shoulder surgeries.

 

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens

In the all-American battle on Stadium court in the late afternoon, No. 45 Soane Stephens defeated No. 17 Madison Keys 6-4, 6-2.

In the first meeting between both women, Stephens broke Keys’ serve five times during the match. Keys had 36 unforced errors during the match to only 14 winners.

“One of those days where didn’t quite have the feeling; couldn’t really find it,” Keys said.

 

“Sloane played really well. I thought in the first set I kind of had a chance to come back and maybe get into the match a little bit more, but a couple of bad points here and there and it kind of just got away from me.”

 

“It was windy,” Stephens said. “The conditions weren’t that great.

 

“Because I know going out there I had to play my game and stay focused and really focus on myself. I tried to do that the best I could. Obviously the conditions were tough, so I was just happy to get out with the win.”

 

“It’s always really good to see Sloane playing well,” Keys commented on her past Fed Cup teammate. “I thought ‑ I knew ‑ it was going to be a tough match.

 

“You know, she just played better than me today. You know, wishing her all the best and hoping she goes deep now.”

 

“I just go out and play my game and stay focused,” Stephens said. “Obviously she’s a great player. I knew I had to go out there and execute.

 

“That’s what I did out there with the tough conditions. I was pleased with myself.”

 

“I know Maddy is going to have a great career,” Stephens said.

 

“I am going to see her for like the next 10 years of my life consistently. I’m looking forward to seeing her get better and keep playing and doing what she’s doing now.”

 

 

Stephens will match up against Sweden’s Larsson, Johanna, who defeated 10th seed Lucie Safarova.

 

Victoria Azarekna

Victoria Azarekna

Former Miami champion Victoria Azarenka is into the third round of Miami by beating world No. 20 Jelena Jankovic 6-1, 6-1.

The former No. 1 Jankovic was 0-13 on break point chances.

“I just really tried to stay focused and tried to find a way to stay in the game,” Azarenka said. I had to save a couple of break points right away, and then there was, you know, this battle.

 

“I know that Jelena is a fighter. Doesn’t matter what score it is, she will not give up. Some of those rallies she just went for it, and I felt like I wasn’t that aggressive on some points.

 

“So I just had to stay focused and stay tough and try to find a way to finish the match. You know, in those moments that’s what I really look for right now, to be able to step up my game when it’s needed.”

 

Azarenka, a former No 1 who has been plagued with injuries over the last two years, is currently ranked No. 36 in the world and trying to regain her form.

 

More to follow

 

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“This one I think I played a lot smarter” – Cici Bellis Defeats Zarina Diyas in Miami for some U. S. Open Revenge
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“This one I think I played a lot smarter” – Cici Bellis Defeats Zarina Diyas in Miami for some U. S. Open Revenge

(March 27, 2015) Fifteen-year-old wild card Cici Bellis exacted some revenge on 29th seed Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan at the Miami Open on Friday with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win.

 

The young American lost to Diyas in the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open. The match before that, the current world No. 211 made some noise in the first round of Flushing Meadow when she upset 2014 Australian Open finalist and world No 12 at the time, Dominika Cibulkova. Bellis was the youngest player to win a match at the U. S. Open since 1996

 

Bellis broke her Diyas’ serve seven times during the match which lasted 76 minutes.

“This one I think I played a lot smarter,” Bellis talking about Friday’s win over Diyas to media. “At the US Open I was really like caught up in, you know, all the kind of hype that was going on.

“But this one I was just really focused and played my game. I think I did what I needed to do to win really well.”

“I think every single part of my game has improved since the US Open,” said Bellis. “I mean, just from today, like I lost to her at the US Open, which was I don’t know how many months ago, like eight months ago or something, and today I beat her 2 and 1.

“So I think everything in my game has improved. I have been working really hard, extremely, extremely hard since the US Open just for that. I think it’s really paying off, so I’m really happy.”

Bellis could face world No. 1 Serena Williams in the third round. Williams plays Monica Niculescu on Friday night in a rematch of her third round match just two weeks ago at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

“I mean, it’s going to be really fun,” she said of the possible match against the 19-time major champion. “I have nothing to lose, so I’m just going to play my game and see what happens.”

Asked about what her mindset will be going into a possible match against Williams, she said: “Just don’t really think about who I’m playing. It’s just, you know, another one of my opponents that I’m playing. Doesn’t really matter who it is.

“We are all in the same tournament, so we are all kind of at this level. You can’t really think about who you’re playing. It’s just a ball that’s coming back on the other side of the court. You just have to go out and not think about that stuff and just play your game. That’s what I’m planning to do.”

Bellis, who will turn 16 on April 8, has not decided if or when she will turn professional.

“Amateur,” she said. “I haven’t decided yet, but I think just keep my amateur status for a little bit longer, just, you know, in case.”

After the Miami Open, Bellis plans on playing in the WTA tour event in Charleston.

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Maria Sharapova Upset by No. 97 Daria Gavrilova at Miami Open

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

(March 26, 2015) Maria Sharapova was looking for her first title at the Miami Open, a rare event in which she has never held the trophy going 0-5 in finals. The Russian is still looking for that crown in Miami, as she was upset by countrywoman and wild card recipient, world No. 97 Daria Gavrilova 7-6(4), 6-3 on Thursday night.

For the 21-year-old born in Moscow and resides in Australian, who just broke into the top 100 just days ago, it’s her first win against a Top 10 player, the biggest win of her career.

The first set of the match saw both women break each other’s serve, with Gavrilova moving to a 5-3 lead. Sharapova fought back, taking the next three games. The younger Russian held on to send the set into a tiebreaker, which she won 7-6 (7-4). The set last 68 minutes.

“I was down 6‑5 and I was up 5‑3 and it was 30‑All, and I was just thinking, Okay, be tough, be tough; you can do it,” said Gavrilova.

“I had some negative thoughts at that time, but I kind of got rid of them and just kept going.”

The wild card jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, then moving out to a 4-1 advantage. The world No. 2 fought back to win the next two games to cut the deficit to 3-4, but her opponent broke back for 5-3 and served out the second set and the match 6-3.

On court was an elated winner: “I’m just so excited, I’m so happy, I can’t explain it,” she said. “I always believed and that’s probably why I won!”

“I was very composed. I told myself to keep believing and keep trying.”

Later at her post-match news conference, Gavrilova elaborated on her belief in being able to defeat Sharapova. “I played Angelique (Kerber) twice this year, and I played Simona (Halep) last week. I was pretty close I thought all this time. I just thought, Okay, you can do it. You’re probably at this level right now.”

Gavrilova, who is making a comeback from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her right knee back in 2013 broke Sharapova’s serve four times during the match.

She talked about the journey from the ACL injury to recovery and the night’s big win: “I remember last year I was crying. I was like, Oh, it’s so boring doing this rehab. Blah, blah, blah. It all paid off at the end. I just have to keep going.”

“I was injured. I had a knee surgery last year. So I had a pretty rough time.”

Asked if she was surprised about the defeat, the No. 2 player said: “Well, it’s sport, and I happened to lose the match. Of course it’s a bit of a surprise. It’s the first round. I’m expected to win.

“But I think that’s, you know, one of the reasons why we play the matches, is you still have to go out and win it no matter if you’re the favorite.

“Today I didn’t.”

“I mean, I had little times where I did come back, but I was always behind. I put myself in a situation that was too far behind to come back from.”

“I still can’t realize that it’s my dream,” said Gavrilova. I have been dreaming about beating Maria since I was probably 12 when I saw her win Wimbledon, when she beat Serena.

“I was like, Oh, I really want to play her and beat her. I was probably visualizing beating her since I was 12, yeah.”

“She runs a lot of balls down,” Sharapova said, evaluating her opponent’s strength. “I was committing a lot of errors off of those balls and not really staying patient and just going for, you know, too many maybe winners, not moving forward enough.”

Sharapova committed 34 unforced errors during the match.

Sharapova said that she’ll be playing Fed Cup for Russia when they take on Germany in Sochi, Russia the weekend of April 18-19.

“I was actually talking to my coach and my physio,” Gavrilova said. “I’m saying, I’m not going to sleep tonight because my phone will be going off.

“And I said, Oh, I’ll turn my Wi‑Fi, 4G, 3G, everything off and sleep and get ready for the next one.

Next for Gavrilova, she’ll face No. 54 Kurumi Nara in the third round. Nara upset 25th seed Caroline Garcia 6-7, 7-6(9).

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Pospisil Spoils Del Potro’s Return

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(March 26, 2015) Returning to the court for the first time since January 15, Juan Martin del Potro‘s recent attempt at comeback from wrist surgery ended in a first round loss at the Miami Open on Thursday.

Canadian Vasek Pospisil defeated the Argentine, who is currently ranked No 616, 6-4, 7-6 (7).

For Pospisil, it’s his first-ever win at the Miami tournament.

Del Potro’s rustiness showed in the second set when he failed to serve it out up 5-4 and then squandered set points in the tiebreaker, double-faulting twice, which led to match point against him.

“Obviously down there I wanted to win the match, and I had few chances in the first set; then in the second set I know I have set points, but I couldn’t close the set because I had easy efforts and easy mistakes,” del Potro said.

“I didn’t serve well in the special moments, which is tough for me with all of these things.

“But now I’m okay. I don’t have any physical problem after the match, and I will be recovering soon for the future.”

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“I didn’t really know what to expect,” said the Canadian in regard to taking on del Potro.

“That was a little bit added stress maybe before. But at the same time, I was just trying to focus on serving well and playing my game and trying to put pressure and coming to the net.”

“Whether he had pain or not, you know, it’s obviously not the same backhand that he normally plays,” Pospisil added. “I tried to take advantage of that by coming in and putting pressure on that side.

“But, you know, he’s still serving well and hitting his forehand huge, which made it tough. I just hung in there, you know, maybe got a little bit fortunate at the end. He was serving; had set point on his serve; but then the rest of the way I played well.”

The 2009 US Open Champion admitted that he still is not at 100 percent: “I’m not confident 100% to hit my best backhands yet.

“And I also need time to improve my backhand again. I already been hitting backhands the last 10 days in one year, which is very ‑‑ it’s very bad to play in this level.

“But I am working hard. I am working hard every day little more on my backhand. I think it’s the only way to get to pass through all of the things and get well for the future.”

“It’s just a wrist problem. Of course mentally you must be strongest enough to deal with the problem and get up every morning to do your treatments and rehab and stay calm, looking forward for the future.

“I’m not hurried to be in the top 10 very soon. I want to play tennis. It doesn’t matter how long it’s take me to be in the top again. Just wanted to play tennis and without pain.”

“It’s only 2 months after my second surgery and my left wrist. I feel better week by week, but it’s still very early to feel 100%.”

“It was like a Davis Cup atmosphere,”  said the 24-year-old Pospisil of the lively crowd cheering for his opponent. “I felt like I was playing away somewhere.

“It was a great atmosphere. Whether everyone is cheering for me or against me or if it’s equal, you know, when there is a big crowd and when they are into it, it’s always more enjoyable for everybody. I was enjoying it more, and actually might have helped me a little bit in the end, to be honest.”

The Canadian will take on No. 9 seed Grigor Dimitrov in the second round.

As for the 26-year-old del Potro, he’s taking his comeback one day at a time: “I think it’s the most important be patient and stay calm, and also try to be positive.

“I got depressive for a while in the past. I have been talking with (Janko) Tipsarevic, as well, at the locker rooms. He knows a lot about the injuries, about comebacks, and doesn’t make it.

“But in the end, I want to play tennis. If I have to learn a different backhand to keep playing, I will do it.

“But now I’m trying to do all my things to fix the problem and hitting my backhand as I did in the whole ‑‑ all my career. I am still positive.

“I think is the biggest goal for me trying to keep trying and stay mentally strong enough to go through all of the injuries.”

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Serena Williams Hopes to be Ready to Take the Court on Friday at Miami Open

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(March 25, 2015) MIAMI, FL – Just days after withdrawing from her Indian Wells semifinal against Simona Halep with a knee injury, Serena Williams, now at the Miami Open, the two-time defending champion, hopes that she’ll be ready to play her first match on Friday.

“I’m okay,” said Williams giving an update on her health. “I’m just managing where I am right now. Just trying to stay out of as much pain as possible and see what happens.”

“I know I’m going to have to manage the pain. I think if I’m in that mental state, okay, you might be in a little pain. You just have to figure out the best way around it.”

Why not, skip the tournament all together? Williams just lives practically down the road from the event in Palm Beach County. On top of this, she’s won the event a record seven times.

“I didn’t think I would be doing this interview today,” Williams said. “I stepped on the court (to practice on Wednesday) and I was just like, I love this place. You know, I love playing at home. I live just down the road.

“So, yeah, it takes a lot. It takes a tremendous amount for me to stop. Yeah, so I don’t know if that’s a good thing or that’s a bad thing, but I think I will be okay.”

The real test for the 19-time major champion will be when she takes the court on Friday against second round opponent Monica Niculescu of Romania.

“Probably on my first match, if I get that far,” the world No. 1  said. “So, yeah, I don’t want to put too much pressure on it before.

“I’m just here in Miami, so I’m just going to go for it and see what happens.”

Williams just defeated Niculescu in the second round at Indian Wells just last week and won the match 7-5, 7-5.

“Well, I definitely don’t have low expectations,” said the American. “I just definitely expect to do the best that I can. Whether that’s winning or just stepping out on the court, that’s what I’m going to have to do.

“Again, I don’t feel any pressure because I have won this title a few times, so I feel good about being here. When I hit on the court today, just something about Miami, you know. I just feel so good out here.

“So I was like, Oh, this is fun. I’m just looking forward to just enjoying myself this year more than anything.”

“I think every player has pain. I said this before. I don’t know any player that goes out there without pain. Every match I play, I mean, I could be 10% in pain or I could be 80% in pain. It just kind of depends how you feel and how can you manage that.

“Knowing ahead of time the problems that you’re dealing with, usually you have a good way. Okay, we’re dealing with this problem and this is how you treat it, so you can be able to play at a high level.

“Now that I kind of know what’s going on, I’m able to treat it and be able to play at a higher level than I would have been able to play a couple of weeks ago.”

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Warwrinka Reaches Fourth Chennai Final

Stan Wawrinka

Stan Wawrinka

(January 10, 2015) Stan Wawrinka will defend his Chennai Open title against Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, the first qualifier to reach the final in the tournament’s 20-year history.

Wawrinka knocked out David Goffin of Belgium 7-5, 6-3, while Bedene beat the third seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8) saving four match points in the semifinals on Saturday.

This will be Wawrinka’s four final, looking for his third title on Sunday.

“I lost against him here some years ago and he played amazingly then,” Wawrinka said of his loss to the Slovenian in the 2013 quarterfinals “It’s going to be a really good match, an interesting one for sure.”

For Bedene he is the first Slovenian to make an ATP final since October 2012.

“I’ve worked hard and have been playing well this week,” Bedene said.

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 10 JANUARY 2015

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] S Wawrinka (SUI) d [4] D Goffin (BEL) 75 63
[Q] A Bedene (SLO) d [3] R Bautista Agut (ESP) 36 63 76(8)  – 4 M.P. saved

Doubles – Semi-finals
Y Lu (TPE) / J Marray (GBR) d P Raja (IND) / A Shamasdin (CAN) 57 63 10-8

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 11 JANUARY 2015

STADIUM start 5:00 pm
[1] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [Q] A Bedene (SLO)
[1] R Klaasen (RSA) / L Paes (IND) vs Y Lu (TPE) / J Marray (GBR)

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Garcia-Lopez and Lu Advance in Chennai

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250
Chennai, India (+5.5 hours GMT)
5-11 January 2015   Surface: Hard

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
[5] G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [Q] E Donskoy (RUS) 67(3) 62 63
[6] Y Lu (TPE) d [WC] S Devvarman (IND) 63 64
[WC] E Ymer (SWE) d I Sijsling (NED) 64 46 63
R Berankis (LTU) d [Q] L Vanni (ITA) 61 26 75
J Vesely (CZE) d [Q] N Prashanth (IND) 62 61
P Carreno Busta (ESP) d A Gonzalez (COL) 61 63
P Gojowczyk (GER) d A Falla (COL) 60 61
T Ito (JPN) d [WC] R Ramanathan (IND) 63 63
[Q] A Bedene (SLO) d L Lacko (SVK) 76(0) 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] R Klaasen (RSA) / L Paes (IND) d A Haider-Maurer (AUT) / L Lacko (SVK) 64 64
[2] A Begemann (GER) / R Haase (NED) d F Cermak (CZE) / J Vesely (CZE) 76(2) 64
R Bautista Agut (ESP) / S Wawrinka (SUI) d [3] J Brunstrom (SWE) / N Monroe (USA) 57 63 10-8
Chennai

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 7 JANUARY 2015

STADIUM start 5:00 pm
[4] D Goffin (BEL) vs R Berankis (LTU)
[1] S Wawrinka (SUI) vs B Coric (CRO)
Exhibition
[WC] M Bhupathi (IND) / S Myneni (IND) vs Alternate / Unknown

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[WC] E Ymer (SWE) vs [8] G Muller (LUX)
J Vesely (CZE) vs A Haider-Maurer (AUT)
R Berankis (LTU) / M Pavic (CRO) vs G Muller (LUX) / I Sijsling (NED)

COURT 2 start 5:00 pm
P Raja (IND) / A Shamasdin (CAN) vs A Bedene (SLO) / D Dzumhur (BIH)

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Kohlschreiber Advances, Janowicz Falls at Halle

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Gerry Weber Open

ATP World Tour 250
Halle, Germany  (+2 hour GMT)
9-15 June 2014   Surface: Grass

RESULTS – MONDAY, 9 JUNE 2014

Singles – First Round
[Q] P Herbert (FRA) d [8] J Janowicz (POL) 76(5) 62
[WC] D Brown (GER) d [Q] A Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 64
P Kohlschreiber (GER) d A Seppi (ITA) 63 64
[WC] P Gojowczyk (GER) d M Przysiezny (POL) 75 64
J Sousa (POR) d [WC] J Struff (GER) 64 62

Doubles – First Round

R Haase (NED) / K Nishikori (JPN) d M Raonic (CAN) / M Youzhny (RUS) 64 76(7)

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 10 JUNE 2014

STADIUM start 12:00 noon
R Haase (NED) vs [5] R Gasquet (FRA)
[6] M Youzhny (RUS) vs I Karlovic (CRO)
*Lucky Loser vs S Johnson (USA)
Not Before 5:30 pm
G Monfils (FRA) vs B Becker (GER)

*Lucky Loser to replace [7] T Haas (GER) – right shoulder

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
A Falla (COL) vs L Kubot (POL)
[Q] I Marchenko (UKR) vs T Gabashvili (RUS)
C Kas (GER) / P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs M Draganja (CRO) / F Mergea (ROU)
T Bednarek (POL) / J Brunstrom (SWE) vs [WC] D Brown (GER) / J Struff (GER)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
Y Lu (TPE) vs [Q] M Pavic (CRO)

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Kastles and Lasers Reach World TeamTennis Finals

(July 25, 2013) –The Springfield Lasers will return to the Mylan WTT Finals presented for the first time since 2009 after winning the Mylan WTT  Western Conference title with a 25-9 win over the Texas Wild on Thursday evening in Springfield.

 

The Lasers will take on the two-time defending champion Washington Kastles on Sunday, July 28, at 5pm ET in the Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO. The match will be held at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf in Washington, DC.  The Kastles defeated the Boston Lobsters 25-12 earlier on Thursday evening to win the Eastern Conference Championship.

 

In Thursday’s action, the Lasers took advantage of their home court at Mediacom Stadium at Cooper Tennis Complex early, jumping out to a lead with Rik de Voest’s 5-3 win over Texas’ Alex Bogomolov Jr.

 

Before the match, league officials announced that Jean-Julien Rojer was the 2013 Mylan WTT Male MVP while teammate Alisa Kleybanova was named Mylan WTT Female Rookie.  In the second set, Rojer and Kleybanova showed off the skills that earned them those accolades with a 5-3 win in mixed doubles over Bogomolov and Eugenie Bouchard.

 

The league’s top ranked men’s doubles team of Rojer and de Voest dominated Bogomolov and Aisam Qureshi  5-1 to take a 15-7 halftime lead.

Kleybanova was too strong for Bouchard, reeling off a 5-1 win in women’s singles.  She then teamed with Vania King to close out the night with a 5-1 win in women’s doubles and the overall 25-9 victory for Springfield.

 

Springfield coach John-Laffnie de Jager was thrilled with his team’s effort against Texas.  “This win means a lot.  I can’t say enough about this team and the way they produced.  The Rookie of the Year (Kleybanova) and the Most Valuable Player (Rojer) showed why they got their prizes.”

 

Kleybanova has enjoyed her first Mylan WTT experience but she says it is not yet complete.  “We’re not just happy to be in the finals, we want to win it.  We have an unbelievable team.  We help each other and the results show it.”

 

Andy Roddick will join his Lasers teammates on the court for Sunday’s finals.  “Andy brings experience and a great presence to our team,” said de Jager.  “He’s part of this team, he cares for the team and he wants the team to win.”  The Springfield squad, led by coach John-Laffnie de Jager, also includes Vania King, Rik de Voest, Jean-Julien Rojer and Alisa Kleybanova.

 

The Kastles lineup will include 2013 Female MVP Martina Hingis, Leander Paes, Bobby Reynolds and Anastasia Rodionova.  Washington is coached by 2013 Coach of the Year Murphy Jensen.

Mylan World TeamTennis presented by GEICO – Results for Thursday, 7/25

(Home teams in capital letters)

FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:

Mylan WTT Western Conference Championship presented by GEICO:  SPRINGFIELD LASERS def. Texas Wild 25-9

Men’s Singles – Rik De Voest (Lasers) def. Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) 5-3

Mixed Doubles – Jean-Julien Rojer\Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) def. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi\Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) 5-3

Men’s Doubles – Jean-Julien Rojer\Rik De Voest (Lasers) def. Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi\Alex Bogomolov Jr. (Wild) 5-1

Women’s Singles – Alisa Kleybanova (Lasers) def. Eugenie Bouchard (Wild) 5-1

Women’s Doubles – Alisa Kleybanova\Vania King (Lasers) def. Eugenie Bouchard\Tara Snyder (Wild) 5-1

WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Boston Lobsters 25-12 (OT)

Mixed Doubles – Leander Paes\Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Eric Butorac\Katalin Marosi (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Doubles – Anastasia Rodionova\Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Katalin Marosi\Jill Craybas (Lobsters) 5-1

Men’s Doubles – Bobby Reynolds\Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Amir Weintraub\Eric Butorac (Lobsters) 5-2

Women’s Singles – Martina Hingis (Kastles) def. Jill Craybas (Lobsters) 5-2

Men’s Singles – Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) def. Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) 5-4

Overtime – Men’s Singles – Bobby Reynolds (Kastles) def. Amir Weintraub (Lobsters) 1-0

 

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Martina Hingis, Jean-Julien Rojer capture World TeamTennis MVP Honors

 

NEW YORK, N.Y. (July 25, 2013) – Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis of the Washington Kastles and top 20 doubles specialist Jean-Julien Rojer of the Springfield Lasers were named as the Mylan World TeamTennis MVPs today.

 

Steve Johnson of the Orange County Breakers and Alisa Kleybanova of the Springfield Lasers were named as Mylan WTT Rookies of the Year, while Murphy Jensen of the Washington Kastles was named Mylan WTT Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season.

 

The Kastles and the Lasers are both the top seeds in their respective conferences at the Mylan WTT Conference Championships presented by GEICO on July 25.  The Lasers will face the Texas Wild, while the Kastles and Lobsters will play for the Eastern Conference title.  The Conference Champions face off for the King Trophy on Sunday, July 28 at 5:00 PM EDT on the home court of the Eastern Conference Champion. For more information on the Mylan WTT Finals presented by GEICO, visit WTT.com/Finals.

 

 

MYLAN WTT FEMALE MVP:  Martina Hingis, Washington Kastles

Hingis wins the Female MVP for the second consecutive season, finishing first in women’s singles this season with a .700  winning percentage, up more than 10 percent from last season.  Hingis teamed with Leander Paes to finish as the top-ranked team in mixed doubles at .595 and .591, respectively. The Kastles remain undefeated when the five-time Grand Slam singles champion headlines their squad.  This is the 6th season for Hingis, who is playing her first season with the Washington Kastles and plans to make a return to the WTA Tour in doubles later this summer.  Hingis and her Kastles teammates have advanced to the Mylan WTT Eastern Conference Championship against the Boston Lobsters on Thursday, July 25.

 

“It’s great playing Mylan World TeamTennis again this year and I’m flattered to have such great partners,” said Hingis. “Being on the best team definitely makes it easier to win MVP. Refuse to lose!”

 

 

MYLAN WTT MALE MVP:  Jean-Julien Rojer, Springfield Lasers

Rojer finished his second regular season of Mylan WTT with an impressive 66-45 record in men’s doubles and 60-53 in mixed doubles, compiling a .563 winning percentage over the two disciplines. Rojer showed his versatility, playing with partners including former No. 1 Andy Roddick, former top 20 player and 2013 Mylan WTT Rookie of the Year Alisa Kleybanova, and Rik de Voest. In his debut 2011 season, Rojer was Rookie of the Year as he helped lead the St. Louis Aces to the Western Conference Championships and a run to the Finals.

 

“I’m really excited to win MVP,” said Rojer.  “This is due in large part to my Springfield Lasers teammates.  We are a very close group and get along very well.  This is even more special because I have had an opportunity to play with everyone on the team this season.  I know this is an individual award but in my eyes it is a team award as everyone on this team has been a part of it.”

 

Rojer also credited the Lasers management and Springfield community for their support.  “Everyone here has welcomed me with open arms from our owner John Cooper to all the staff and the fans.  They have a great organization here and I am happy to win this award for them.”

 

 

MYLAN WTT MALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  Steve Johnson, Orange County Breakers

Steve Johnson made a successful debut with the Orange County Breakers. Despite ultimately placing third in the Western Conference, the young American was the No. 2 men’s singles player in the league, amassing a 62-47 record for the season. He was equally successful in men’s doubles, pairing with doubles specialist Treat Huey to go 64-53. In the middle of the season, Johnson helped lead the Breakers to four consecutive victories.

 

“It was an honor to play my first Mylan World TeamTennis season in Orange County with the Breakers, my hometown team, and being named Rookie of the Year is definitely something special,” said Johnson.

 

 

MYLAN WTT FEMALE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:  Alisa Kleybanova, Springfield Lasers

The Springfield Lasers finished as the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, large in part to Mylan WTT Female Rookie of the Year, Alisa Kleybanova. The Russian was a top 20 stalwart before a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis derailed her career for over two years. Now cancer-free, Kleybanova is working on a comeback that has seen her cap a successful return with a stellar Mylan WTT debut season. Playing in all three disciplines (singles, women’s doubles and mixed), Kleybanova finished with a spectacular .573 winning percentage for the 2013, and has only improved as the season has wore on.

 

“I am very happy to receive this award,” said Kleybanova.  “My first season of Mylan World TeamTennis has been amazing!  I’m hopeful I can play more seasons in the future as it’s been a lot of fun with my teammates.”

 

 

MYLAN WTT COACH OF THE YEAR:  Murphy Jensen, Washington Kastles

For the third year in a row, Murphy Jensen was named WTT Coach of the Year.  He led the Kastles to their third consecutive Eastern Conference Championships. At the beginning of the season, the Kastles won their 34th consecutive match, breaking the record for consecutive wins held by a U.S. major pro sports team (a record previously held by the 1971-72 LA Lakers). This is Jensen’s fifth season coaching the Kastles.  He led the franchise to the King Trophy in 2009, 2011, and 2012 and the Kastles are the top seed in the 2013 Eastern Conference finals.

 

“It’s a dream come true,” said Jensen. “I dedicate this to my dad Howard Otto Jensen who passed away April 12th. Best coach I’ve ever known.”

 

 

2013 MYLAN WTT AWARDS:

MYLAN WTT FEMALE MVP:  Martina Hingis (Washington Kastles)

MYLAN WTT MALE MVP:  Jean-Julien Rojer (Springfield Lasers)

MYLAN WTT FEMALE ROOKIE: Alisa Kleybanova (Springfield Lasers)

MYLAN WTT MALE ROOKIE:  Steve Johnson (Orange County Breakers)

MYLAN WTT COACH OF THE YEAR:  Murphy Jensen (Washington Kastles)

 

 

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