2015/03/02

Halep and Wozniacki Reach Dubai Semifinals

Photos by Nida Alibhai

(February 19, 2015) Dubai UAETop seeded Simona Halep will play third seeded Caroline Wozniacki, and 17th seed Karolina Pliskova will play unseeded Garbine Muguruza in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday.

 

It took Halep two hours and seven minutes to beat Etkaterina Makarova 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 and avenge her defeat by in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last month. Wozniacki withstood a competitive first set to beat Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-0.

 

Pliskova needed two hours 26 minutes to rally past Lucie Safarova 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 and Muguruza took two hours 19 minutes to overcome Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3.

 

Halep failed to serve out the match at 5-3 and then needing five match points to clinch the win.

 

“I didn’t believe in my serve at that moment, and I just tried to finish very quickly and wasn’t good idea,” said Halep. “I was very nervous, and I wanted just to hit winners. It’s not possible at this level, and she’s a good player. I’m really happy that I could finish in the right way and to win, because it was a tough match.”

 

Wozniacki has been struggling with a sore throat this week.

 

“I knew that when I’m out there I need to focus 100% on each point,” said Wozniacki. “I can’t just give loose ones away, because that means longer time on court which means I have less of a chance of winning, so especially like now. I think that’s definitely helped me focus.”

 

Pliskova’s win was her second in two weeks over Safarova after she also won their quarter-final match in Antwerp, but she had to work hard to gain an advantage.

 

“I would say that she deserved to win as well. I’m a little bit sorry for her,” said Pliskova, “I called coach and he really helped me, and that’s probably the main thing why I won the second set, and then why I won the third set as well.”

 

Muguruza beat her friend, doubles partner and fellow Spaniard Suarez Navarro.

 

“I was sad because I lost the first set, but I said, ‘If I want to win this match I cannot play bad the second set’,” said Muguruza. “My only chance is to win the second set and try to have chances to win the match. So I said, Okay, the second set I’m going to give it all, and if I win I will have options to win the match.”

 

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – DUBAI, UAE
$ 2,513,000.00
15-21 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] S. Halep (ROU) d [6] E. Makarova (RUS) 63 16 75
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA) 75 60
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [11] L. Safarova (CZE) 36 76(5) 61
G. Muguruza (ESP) d [13] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 67(4) 63 63

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d [2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) 75 62
[6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP) d A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) 75 64
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) d M Niculescu (ROU) / A Panova (RUS) 76(6) 64
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) 75 76(1)

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) vs [7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs G. Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] S. Halep (ROU) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP)

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Venus Williams, Kvitova, Ivanovic and Radwanska suffer early exits in Dubai

Photos by Nida Alibhai

(February 18, 2015) DUBAI, UAE – Wednesday marked a day of upsets at the Dubai Tennis Championships. Defending champion Venus Williams was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Lucie Safarova in the third round along with No. 2 Petra Kvitova, fourth seed Ana Ivanovic, fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska and seventh seed Angelique Kerber.

 

For three-time champion Williams, it snapped her 16-match win-streak, her first loss in Dubai since 2005.

 

“I think she played awesome,” said Williams of her conqueror Safarova. “There were a couple of games there that I didn’t even get my racquet on the ball. What can I say to that? I don’t think I played badly, but I couldn’t afford to make any errors today. The errors that I made were really costly, so, you know, credit to her. I wish her the best of luck the rest of the tournament.”

 

“I was firing the ball, serving really well,” Safarova said. “I put the pressure right away from the first point. My lefty serve into her body and mixing the lefty serve with the really flat and fast serves, that seems give her a little trouble.”

 

Second seed Kvitova fell to Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

 

“Yeah, everybody can beat everyone in the top,” The Czech said. “And, yeah, maybe it’s nice for the fans that they can see something new and some surprises, but not every time it’s nice for us.”

Radwanska was upset 6-4, 6-2 by Garbine Muguruza after arriving in Dubai struggling with her health.

 

“I think when you’re not playing your best tennis then it’s hard to compete with those kind of players,” said Radwanska. “I think I didn’t serve enough, you know, to win that. I think that was really important part in that match.”

 

Muguruza believes there is always a chance to upset the top players if you work hard and keep your concentration.

 

“I think that nowadays there are so many girls that play so good that the difference between the top players and the other ones are really small,” she said. “So I think that you have a chance if you work and play and be concentrate and do your game, I think you can beat them.”

 

The day was not all about upsets as top seed Simona Halep beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-3, third seed Caroline Wozniacki overcame 2014 Dubai finalist Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-0 and Ekaterina Makarova also advanced, beating Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-4.

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$ 2,513,000
15-21 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 18, 2015
Singles – Third Round
[1] S. Halep (ROU) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 64 63
[13] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [2] P. Kvitova (CZE) 63 46 63
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [15] A. Cornet (FRA) 64 60
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [4] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 62 46 64
G. Muguruza (ESP) d [5] A. Radwanska (POL) 64 62
[6] E. Makarova (RUS) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) 63 64
[10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA) d [7] A. Kerber (GER) 62 36 61
[11] L. Safarova (CZE) d [8] V. Williams (USA) 64 62

Doubles – Second Round
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) 64 46 10-7
[2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) d K Koukalova (CZE) / K Siniakova (CZE) 76(0) 64
A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) d [3] M Hingis (SUI) / F Pennetta (ITA) 63 76(2)
M Niculescu (ROU) / A Panova (RUS) d [4] S Peng (CHN) / K Peschke (CZE) 76(8) 76(7)
[6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP) d J Jankovic (SRB) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) 64 64
[7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d M Erakovic (NZL) / H Watson (GBR) 63 64
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) d [WC] F Al Nabhani (OMA) / M Barthel (GER) 61 62
J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) d C Dellacqua (AUS) / S Stosur (AUS) 64 62

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[11] L. Safarova (CZE) vs [17] K. Pliskova (CZE)
G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [13] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] S. Halep (ROU) vs [6] E. Makarova (RUS)
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) vs M Niculescu (ROU) / A Panova (RUS)
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER)

Not Before 6:00 pm
After suitable rest – A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs [6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP)
After suitable rest – [7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)

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Nadal Wins First Clay-court Match of Year in Rio, Isner Ousted in Delray Beach

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(February 17, 2015) Nine-time Roland Garros champion Rafael Nadal is back on his beloved clay for the first time in 2015. The world No 3 defeated Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil at the Rio Open on Tuesday 6-4, 6-1.

The first set was full of breaks of serve by both players, with Nadal turning the momentum of the match fully his way taking six straight games from 4-4 in the first set to take a 6-4, 4-0 lead.

“The important thing is play a tough match like this in the first round and win,” Nadal said after the match. “And always beating someone in their home country, where he has a lot of support, is tough. I always have a good feeling playing on clay and I’m into the second round. That’s that matters.”

Nadal’s Spanish countryman David Ferrer stopped Daniel Gimeno-Traver, also of Spain 6-4, 6-3. No. 4 seed Fabio Fognini saved 3 match points to beat Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic 1-6, 7-6(7), 6-1to reach the second round.

In Delray Beach, second seed John Isner fell in the first round to Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-4 while Isner’s US countryman Sam Querrey was forced to retire from his match with a back injury. Querrey was leading Alejandro Gonzalez of Colombia 6-3, 1-2.

“It was just one sudden movement and I jerked my back,” Querrey said. He said he will have an MRI before deciding whether he can play Davis Cup for the U.S. versus Great Britain in Glasgow, Scotland, the weekend of March 6-8.

It wasn’t a bad day for all players from the U. S. – three Americans did move into the second round. Tim Smyczek, Donald Young, and seventh-seeded Steve Johnson advanced.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (-3 hours GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Clay

Rio Open presented by Claro

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2015

ATP Singles – First Round
[1] R. Nadal (ESP) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 64 61
[2] D. Ferrer (ESP) d [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 64 63
[4] F. Fognini (ITA) d J. Vesely (CZE) 16 76(7) 61 – saved 3 M.P.
B. Rola (SLO) d [5] L. Mayer (ARG) 46 76(3) 41 ret. (dehydration)
[6] P. Cuevas (URU) d N. Almagro (ESP) 46 63 64
J. Monaco (ARG) d [7] S. Giraldo (COL) 63 30 ret. (dehydration)
[8] M. Klizan (SVK) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 64 06 64
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d C. Berlocq (ARG) 63 67(3) 60
A. Montanes (ESP) d Ma. Gonzalez (ARG) 46 64 60
P. Andujar (ESP) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 36 60 63
F. Delbonis (ARG) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 67(8) 76(6) 21 ret. (cramping)
[WC] J. Souza (BRA) d [Q] F. Arguello (ARG) 62 61

ATP Doubles – First Round
[1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / N Monroe (USA) 76(4) 64

WTA Singles – First Round
[1] S. Errani (ITA) d T. Pereira (BRA) 63 63
[3] R. Vinci (ITA) d L. Hradecka (CZE) 76(4) 63
[WC] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) d [Q] M. Irigoyen (ARG) 61 61
D. Pfizenmaier (GER) d [Q] E. Cabeza Candela (ESP) 67(5) 64 64
P. Ormaechea (ARG) d [Q] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 64 64
[Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d [WC] P. Goncalves (BRA) 62 75
J. Glushko (ISR) d A. Mitu (ROU) 67(5) 63 64
B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d D. Kovinic (MNE) 64 63

WTA Doubles – First Round
[1] I Begu (ROU) / M Irigoyen (ARG) d D Pfizenmaier (GER) / A Schmiedlova (SVK) 61 61
[3] J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) d [Alt] E Cabeza Candela (ESP) / G Sanesi (ITA) 67(4) 64 12-10
D Kovinic (MNE) / L Pigossi (BRA) d [4] F Molinero (ARG) / S Vogt (LIE) 75 63
Y Bonaventure (BEL) / R Peterson (SWE) d G Ce (BRA) / P Goncalves (BRA) 64 57 10-8

 

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2015

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
WTA – [WC] G. Ce (BRA) vs [5] J. Larsson (SWE)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – A. Haider-Maurer (AUT) vs [3] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – J. Monaco (ARG) vs J. Nieminen (FIN)
Not Before 4:45 pm
ATP – [3] J Knowle (AUT) / M Melo (BRA) vs P Andujar (ESP) / O Marach (AUT)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – B. Rola (SLO) vs [WC] J. Souza (BRA)
ATP – [Q] T. de Bakker (NED) vs [2] D. Ferrer (ESP)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – B. Mattek-Sands (USA) vs [2] I. Begu (ROU)
WTA – [4] M. Brengle (USA) vs D. Pfizenmaier (GER)
WTA – B Haddad Maia (BRA) / T Pereira (BRA) vs [2] C Chan (TPE) / I Olaru (ROU)
ATP – S Giraldo (COL) / A Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [2] J Cabal (COL) / R Farah (COL)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [6] A. Schmiedlova (SVK) vs A. Van Uytvanck (BEL)
Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – [3] J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) vs C Hsu (TPE) / E Kostova (BUL)
WTA – TBA – Y Bonaventure (BEL) / R Peterson (SWE) vs D Kovinic (MNE) / L Pigossi (BRA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Mestach (BEL) vs [7] P. Hercog (SLO)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – F Cermak (CZE) / J Vesely (CZE) vs [4] P Cuevas (URU) / D Marrero (ESP)
Not Before 3:30 pm
ATP – P Carreno Busta (ESP) / F Delbonis (ARG) vs P Lorenzi (ITA) / D Schwartzman (ARG)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
WTA – G. Min (USA) vs J. Glushko (ISR)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – TBA After Rest – J Glushko (ISR) / O Rogowska (AUS) vs V Cepede Royg (PAR) / B García Vidagany (ESP)

 

ATP World Tour 250  €565,735 (€632,840 Total Financial Commitment)
Delray Beach, U.S.A. (-5 hours GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Hard

Delray Beach presented by the Venetian Las Vegas

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) d [Q] J. Smith (AUS) 63 63
M. Matosevic (AUS) d [2] J. Isner (USA) 64 64
[5] A. Mannarino (FRA) d [Q] E. Quigley (USA) 64 64
A. Gonzalez (COL) d [6] S. Querrey (USA) 36 21 ret. (back)
[7] S. Johnson (USA) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 41 ret. (illness)
[8] V. Troicki (SRB) d [PR] S. Robert (FRA) 67(3) 75 61
Y. Lu (TPE) d S. Groth (AUS) 67(6) 76(5) 64
[Q] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) d F. Krajinovic (SRB) 62 63
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d D. Sela (ISR) 64 16 63
D. Young (USA) d I. Dodig (CRO) 75 75
T. Smyczek (USA) d [WC] S. Kozlov (USA) 75 62
B. Tomic (AUS) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 63 63
[Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) d I. Sijsling (NED) 75 61

Doubles – First Round
A Bedene (SLO) / A Gonzalez (COL) d S Bangoura (USA) / V Mirzadeh (USA) 64 36 11-9
T Huey (PHI) / S Lipsky (USA) d S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) w/o (Querrey – back) 

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
[WC] D. Kudla (USA) vs [5] A. Mannarino (FRA)
Not Before 12:30 pm
[4] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [Q] T. Kokkinakis (AUS)
Not Before 2:30 pm
[1] B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) vs D Brown (GER) / A Mannarino (FRA)
6:00 pm
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs [7] S. Johnson (USA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs Y. Lu (TPE)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
A Bedene (SLO) / A Gonzalez (COL) vs B Tomic (AUS) / V Troicki (SRB)
J Cerretani (USA) / T Gabashvili (RUS) vs J Smith (AUS) / M Venus (NZL)
Not Before 6:00 pm
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Mirnyi (BLR) vs M Fyrstenberg (POL) / S Gonzalez (MEX)

 

 

 

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – DUBAI, UAE
$ 2,513,000.00
15-21 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 17, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[1] S. Halep (ROU) d [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) 62 60
[2] P. Kvitova (CZE) d E. Svitolina (UKR) 26 63 62
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d S. Stosur (AUS) 46 61 75
[4] A. Ivanovic (SRB) d S. Lisicki (GER) 60 63
[5] A. Radwanska (POL) d C. Garcia (FRA) 63 26 63
[6] E. Makarova (RUS) d [Q] K. Kozlova (UKR) 63 63
[7] A. Kerber (GER) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(9) 64
Z. Diyas (KAZ) d [9] A. Petkovic (GER) 75 63
[10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA) d [Q] Q. Wang (CHN) 63 75
[11] L. Safarova (CZE) d [WC] C. Dellacqua (AUS) 67(6) 76(4) 75
G. Muguruza (ESP) d [12] J. Jankovic (SRB) 63 61
[13] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d C. Giorgi (ITA) 63 64
[15] A. Cornet (FRA) d [WC] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) 62 64
T. Pironkova (BUL) d [16] S. Peng (CHN) 36 64 76(5)
[17] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 64 62

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP) d R Voracova (CZE) / Y Xu (CHN) 62 64
[7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / L Safarova (CZE) 76(4) 16 10-3
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) d D Jurak (CRO) / O Kalashnikova (GEO) 76(2) 62
J Jankovic (SRB) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) d [Alt] A Naydenova (BUL) / E Rodina (RUS) 63 62
M Niculescu (ROU) / A Panova (RUS) d M Krajicek (NED) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 46 63 10-7
M Erakovic (NZL) / H Watson (GBR) d H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) 64 26 13-11
K Koukalova (CZE) / K Siniakova (CZE) d M Minella (LUX) / A Petkovic (GER) 67(4) 62 10-4

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs G. Muguruza (ESP)
[8] V. Williams (USA) vs [11] L. Safarova (CZE)
[17] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs [4] A. Ivanovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] S. Halep (ROU) vs T. Pironkova (BUL)
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [15] A. Cornet (FRA)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs [6] E. Makarova (RUS)
[10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA) vs [7] A. Kerber (GER)
[13] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [2] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[3] M Hingis (SUI) / F Pennetta (ITA) vs A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
[1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) vs [WC] F Al Nabhani (OMA) / M Barthel (GER)

Not Before 4:00 pm
After suitable rest – J Jankovic (SRB) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
C Dellacqua (AUS) / S Stosur (AUS) vs J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER)
M Niculescu (ROU) / A Panova (RUS) vs [4] S Peng (CHN) / K Peschke (CZE)
K Koukalova (CZE) / K Siniakova (CZE) vs [2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)
[7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / H Watson (GBR)

 

ATP World Tour 250  €565,735 (€632,840 Total Financial Commitment)
Marseille, France (+1 hour GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Indoor Hard

Open 13

Marseille, France

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
[7] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA) d [Q] A. Zverev (GER) 61 76(12)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d A. Golubev (KAZ) 36 64 62
V. Pospisil (CAN) d R. Haase (NED) 46 63 64
D. Thiem (AUT) d J. Sousa (POR) 76(6) 64
J. Chardy (FRA) d [Q] D. Guez (FRA) 46 63 62
J. Struff (GER) d [Q] N. Mahut (FRA) 61 67(6) 76(1)
[WC] B. Paire (FRA) d P. Mathieu (FRA) 64 00 ret. (illness)

Doubles – First Round
[1] P Herbert (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) d S Bolelli (ITA) / J Struff (GER) 63 76(4)
L Rosol (CZE) / D Thiem (AUT) d G Kretschmer (GER) / A Satschko (GER) 67(3) 76(3) 10-6
K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) d J Erlich (ISR) / M Pavic (CRO) 64 63 


SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 11:30 am
J. Janowicz (POL) vs [6] D. Goffin (BEL)
Not Before 2:00 pm
L. Vanni (ITA) vs S. Bolelli (ITA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
[5] G. Simon (FRA) vs [Q] P. Herbert (FRA)
Not Before 6:30 pm
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [7] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 8:30 pm
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs V. Pospisil (CAN)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[3] J Murray (GBR) / J Peers (AUS) vs A Golubev (KAZ) / D Istomin (UZB)
M Emmrich (GER) / A Siljestrom (SWE) vs M Daniell (NZL) / A Sitak (NZL)
Not Before 3:00 pm
S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs J. Struff (GER)
Not Before 4:00 pm
R Junaid (AUS) / A Shamasdin (CAN) vs [4] A Begemann (GER) / R Haase (NED)
[WC] A Zverev (GER) / M Zverev (GER) vs [2] M Draganja (CRO) / H Kontinen (FIN)

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Teen Coric and Veteran Stakhovsky Advance in Marseille

Denis Istomin

Denis Istomin

(February 16, 2015) Eighteen-year-old Borna Coric of Croatia knocked out Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan 6-4, 7-5 in the first round of the Open 13 tournament on Monday.

Last fall, the teenager Coric stunned 14-time major champion and No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in straight sets earn semifinal berth of the Swiss Indoors.

The upset of the day belonged to the Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky who defeated eighth-seeded Czech Lukas Rosol 6-3, 6-2.

 

ATP World Tour 250  €565,735 (€632,840 Total Financial Commitment)
Marseille, France (+1 hour GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Indoor Hard

Open 13

Marseille, France

RESULTS – MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d [8] L. Rosol (CZE) 63 62
[WC] B. Coric (CRO) d D. Istomin (UZB) 64 75

Doubles – First Round

C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) d [WC] C Hsieh (TPE) / H Lee (TPE) 36 63 11-9 

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 11:30 am
D. Thiem (AUT) vs J. Sousa (POR)
[Q] D. Guez (FRA) vs J. Chardy (FRA)
J. Struff (GER) vs [Q] N. Mahut (FRA)
Not Before 6:30 pm
P. Mathieu (FRA) vs [WC] B. Paire (FRA)
Not Before 8:30 pm
[Q] A. Zverev (GER) vs [7] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA)

COURT 1 start 11:30 am

K Skupski (GBR) / N Skupski (GBR) vs J Erlich (ISR) / M Pavic (CRO)
A. Golubev (KAZ) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
R. Haase (NED) vs V. Pospisil (CAN)
Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – L Rosol (CZE) / D Thiem (AUT) vs G Kretschmer (GER) / A Satschko (GER)
After Suitable Rest – [1] P Herbert (FRA) / N Mahut (FRA) vs S Bolelli (ITA) / J Struff (GER)

ATP World Tour 250  €565,735 (€632,840 Total Financial Commitment)
Delray Beach, U.S.A. (-5 hours GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Hard

Delray Beach presented by the Venetian Las Vegas

RESULTS – MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
[3] A. Dolgopolov (UKR) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 76(4) 63
[4] I. Karlovic (CRO) d D. Brown (GER) 63 67(3) 62
[WC] D. Kudla (USA) d L. Lacko (SVK) 63 64

Doubles – First Round
[2] R Klaasen (RSA) / L Paes (IND) d M Jaziri (TUN) / M Matosevic (AUS) 63 76(0)
B Tomic (AUS) / V Troicki (SRB) d [4] S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS) 67(10) 62 10-7
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) d M Kukushkin (KAZ) / Y Lu (TPE) 75 46 10-4 

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [7] S. Johnson (USA)
Not Before 12:30 pm
[6] S. Querrey (USA) vs A. Gonzalez (COL)
Not Before 2:30 pm
I. Dodig (CRO) vs D. Young (USA)
6:00 pm
[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs [Q] J. Smith (AUS)
Not Before 8:00 pm
M. Matosevic (AUS) vs [2] J. Isner (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
B. Tomic (AUS) vs M. Jaziri (TUN)
F. Krajinovic (SRB) vs [Q] T. Kokkinakis (AUS)
T. Smyczek (USA) vs [WC] S. Kozlov (USA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
S Johnson (USA) / S Querrey (USA) vs T Huey (PHI) / S Lipsky (USA)

 

 

 

 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (-3 hours GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Clay

Rio Open presented by Claro

RESULTS – MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2015

Singles – First Round
[3] T. Robredo (ESP) d [WC] E. Ymer (SWE) 64 63
A. Haider-Maurer (AUT) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 36 63 62
J. Nieminen (FIN) d [Q] M. Cecchinato (ITA) 46 63 75
[Q] T. de Bakker (NED) d [WC] G. Clezar (BRA) 57 63 61

Doubles – First Round
[WC] A Sa (BRA) / J Souza (BRA) d M Gonzalez (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) 75 60
M Klizan (SVK) / P Oswald (AUT) d [WC] F De Paula (BRA) / M Demoliner (BRA) 46 63 10-5
C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) d N Almagro (ESP) / F Fognini (ITA) 64 63

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2015

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] M. Irigoyen (ARG) vs [WC] B. Haddad Maia (BRA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [4] F. Fognini (ITA) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
ATP – [WC] J. Souza (BRA) vs [Q] F. Arguello (ARG)
Not Before 4:45 pm
WTA – [1] S. Errani (ITA) vs T. Pereira (BRA)
Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) vs [2] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – [1] R. Nadal (ESP) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) vs [WC] P. Goncalves (BRA)
WTA – L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [3] R. Vinci (ITA)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [7] S. Giraldo (COL) vs J. Monaco (ARG)
ATP – [1] A Peya (AUT) / B Soares (BRA) vs J Brunstrom (SWE) / N Monroe (USA)
ATP – N. Almagro (ESP) vs [6] P. Cuevas (URU)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Mitu (ROU) vs J. Glushko (ISR)
WTA – P. Ormaechea (ARG) vs [Q] S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP)
WTA – [1] I Begu (ROU) / M Irigoyen (ARG) vs D Pfizenmaier (GER) / A Schmiedlova (SVK)
WTA – G Ce (BRA) / P Goncalves (BRA) vs Y Bonaventure (BEL) / R Peterson (SWE)
WTA – [3] J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) vs P Ormaechea (ARG) / M Torró-Flor (ESP)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – B. Mattek-Sands (USA) vs D. Kovinic (MNE)
Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – P. Andujar (ESP) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA)
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
ATP – Ma. Gonzalez (ARG) vs A. Montanes (ESP)
ATP – P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs C. Berlocq (ARG)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
WTA – D. Pfizenmaier (GER) vs [Q] E. Cabeza Candela (ESP)
Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [5] L. Mayer (ARG) vs B. Rola (SLO)
ATP – D. Lajovic (SRB) vs [8] M. Klizan (SVK)
WTA – D Kovinic (MNE) / L Pigossi (BRA) vs [4] F Molinero (ARG) / S Vogt (LIE)

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Venus Williams Dominates Swiss Teen Bencic at Dubai Tennis Championships

Venus Williams

(February 16, 2015) Thirty-four-year-old Venus Williams gave 17-year-old Belinda Bencic a tennis lesson on Monday at the Dubai Tennis Championships. Williams dominated the up-and-coming Swiss teenager 6-1, 6-2 to open up her title defense.

Williams, a three-time champion of the event, extended her streak in Dubai to 16 straight with the win over an opponent half her age.

“When I was 17, I didn’t think about what the age was of someone across the net,” Williams noted. “All you think of is I want to beat them.”

“At 34, I mean, I’m hitting a little bit harder than most people and playing some offense on the run and hitting the ball just as hard.”

 

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – DUBAI, UAE
$2,513,000
15-21 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 16, 2015
Singles – Second Round
[8] V. Williams (USA) d B. Bencic (SUI) 61 62

First Round
[11] L. Safarova (CZE) d M. Puig (PUR) 61 64
[16] S. Peng (CHN) d [LL] E. Vesnina (RUS) 75 61
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 64
[WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) d M. Barthel (GER) 76(5) 36 63
[Q] K. Kozlova (UKR) d H. Watson (GBR) 64 75
[WC] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) d [Q] G. Dabrowski (CAN) 62 67(7) 64
[Q] Q. Wang (CHN) d K. Nara (JPN) 57 61 75
B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d [Q] Y. Beygelzimer (UKR) 64 62
G. Muguruza (ESP) d [Q] J. Gajdosova (AUS) 36 61 62
C. Giorgi (ITA) d V. Zvonareva (RUS) 64 62
E. Svitolina (UKR) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 31 ret. (right shoulder injury)

Doubles – First Round
J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) d [5] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) 76(1) 62
C Dellacqua (AUS) / S Stosur (AUS) d J Gajdosova (AUS) / S Lisicki (GER) 63 64
A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) d K Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A Klepac (SLO) 62 61

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 pm
[5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
S. Lisicki (GER) vs [4] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs S. Stosur (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [2] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[1] S. Halep (ROU) vs [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK)

COURT 1 start 12:00 pm
G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [12] J. Jankovic (SRB)
[9] A. Petkovic (GER) vs Z. Diyas (KAZ)
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [7] A. Kerber (GER)
[10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA) vs [Q] Q. Wang (CHN)

COURT 2 start 12:00 pm
[13] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)
[WC] C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs [11] L. Safarova (CZE)
[Q] K. Kozlova (UKR) vs [6] E. Makarova (RUS)
R Voracova (CZE) / Y Xu (CHN) vs [6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP)

COURT 3 start 12:00 pm
[WC] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [15] A. Cornet (FRA)
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
T. Pironkova (BUL) vs [16] S. Peng (CHN)
[7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs K Pliskova (CZE) / L Safarova (CZE)

COURT 7 start 12:00 pm
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) vs D Jurak (CRO) / O Kalashnikova (GEO)
H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / H Watson (GBR)
J Jankovic (SRB) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs Alternate / Unknown
M Krajicek (NED) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs M Niculescu (ROU) / A Panova (RUS)
K Koukalova (CZE) / K Siniakova (CZE) vs M Minella (LUX) / A Petkovic (GER)

 

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Tennis Schedules for Delray Beach, Dubai, Marseille and Rio De Janeiro

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ATP World Tour 250  €565,735 (€632,840 Total Financial Commitment)
Delray Beach, U.S.A. (-5 hours GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Hard

Delray Beach presented by the Venetian Las Vegas

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2015

STADIUM start 11:00 am
M Jaziri (TUN) / M Matosevic (AUS) vs [2] R Klaasen (RSA) / L Paes (IND)
Not Before 12:30 pm
L. Lacko (SVK) vs [WC] D. Kudla (USA)
Not Before 2:30 pm
T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs [3] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
6:00 pm
B Tomic (AUS) / V Troicki (SRB) vs [4] S Groth (AUS) / C Guccione (AUS)
Not Before 8:00 pm
[4] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs D. Brown (GER)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
Final Round Qualifying – Qualifying – [2] V. Hanescu (ROU) vs E. Quigley (USA)
Not Before 12:30 pm
E Butorac (USA) / R Ram (USA) vs M Kukushkin (KAZ) / Y Lu (TPE)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
Final Round Qualifying – Qualifying – [4] Y. Nishioka (JPN) vs S. Bangoura (USA)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
Final Round Qualifying – Qualifying – R. Ginepri (USA) vs J. Smith (AUS)
Final Round Qualifying – Qualifying – [3] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [7] A. Kuznetsov (USA) 

 

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – DUBAI, UAE
$2,513,000
15-21 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 15, 2015
Singles – First Round
[10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA) d [LL] J. Goerges (GER) 26 76(3) 64 (saved 4mp)
[12] J. Jankovic (SRB) d [Q] T. Babos (HUN) 63 46 61
[15] A. Cornet (FRA) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 60 67(6) 63
T. Pironkova (BUL) d K. Koukalova (CZE) 63 46 63
Z. Diyas (KAZ) d A. Beck (GER) 62 62
S. Stosur (AUS) d [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 63 61
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d K. Kanepi (EST) 41 ret. (lower back injury)
B. Bencic (SUI) d K. Knapp (ITA) 64 64
[WC] C. Dellacqua (AUS) d [LL] K. Siniakova (CZE) 63 64
S. Lisicki (GER) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 63 64
C. Garcia (FRA) d [Q] Ar. Rodionova (AUS) 63 62

Doubles – First Round
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d G Dabrowski (CAN) / A Rosolska (POL) 64 75
[WC] F Al Nabhani (OMA) / M Barthel (GER) d Y Beygelzimer (UKR) / K Kozlova (UKR) 62 57 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 pm
[LL] E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [16] S. Peng (CHN)
H. Watson (GBR) vs [Q] K. Kozlova (UKR)
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
M. Barthel (GER) vs [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK)
[8] V. Williams (USA) vs B. Bencic (SUI)

COURT 1 start 12:00 pm
[Q] J. Gajdosova (AUS) vs G. Muguruza (ESP)
V. Zvonareva (RUS) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
M. Puig (PUR) vs [11] L. Safarova (CZE)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) vs [5] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA)
K Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A Klepac (SLO) vs A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)
C Dellacqua (AUS) / S Stosur (AUS) vs J Gajdosova (AUS) / S Lisicki (GER)

COURT 3 start 12:00 pm
[Q] Q. Wang (CHN) vs K. Nara (JPN)
[Q] G. Dabrowski (CAN) vs [WC] C. Buyukakcay (TUR)
B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs [Q] Y. Beygelzimer (UKR)

 

 

 

ATP World Tour 250  €565,735 (€632,840 Total Financial Commitment)
Marseille, France (+1 hour GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Indoor Hard

Open 13

Marseille, France

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – [4] N. Mahut (FRA) vs R. Boutillier (FRA)
Qualifying – J. Milton (GBR) vs [5] P. Herbert (FRA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
Qualifying – [2] M. Ilhan (TUR) vs [7] A. Zverev (GER)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[8] L. Rosol (CZE) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[WC] B. Coric (CRO) vs D. Istomin (UZB)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – [3] K. De Schepper (FRA) vs D. Guez (FRA)
C Fleming (GBR) / J Marray (GBR) vs [WC] C Hsieh (TPE) / H Lee (TPE) 

 

 
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (-3 hours GMT)
16-22 February 2015   Surface: Clay

Rio Open presented by Claro

ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, 16 FEBRUARY 2015

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
WTA – O. Rogowska (AUS) vs [2] I. Begu (ROU)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs A. Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [Q] M. Cecchinato (ITA) vs J. Nieminen (FIN)

Not Before 4:45 pm
WTA – P. Parmentier (FRA) vs [WC] G. Ce (BRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [WC] E. Ymer (SWE) vs [3] T. Robredo (ESP)
ATP – [Q] T. de Bakker (NED) vs [WC] G. Clezar (BRA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – M. Torró-Flor (ESP) vs [5] J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – C Berlocq (ARG) / L Mayer (ARG) vs N Almagro (ESP) / F Fognini (ITA)
ATP – [WC] A Sa (BRA) / J Souza (BRA) vs M Gonzalez (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG)
WTA – [4] M. Brengle (USA) vs [Q] A. Bogdan (ROU)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – [8] C. Scheepers (RSA) vs G. Min (USA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [WC] F De Paula (BRA) / M Demoliner (BRA) vs M Klizan (SVK) / P Oswald (AUT)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
WTA – C Alves (BRA) / I Gamarra Martins (BRA) vs C Hsu (TPE) / E Kostova (BUL)
WTA – T Bua (ARG) / A Gamiz (VEN) vs E Bogdan (ROU) / N Melichar (USA)
WTA – [Q] Mo. Gonzalez (PAR) vs L. Domínguez Lino (ESP)

 

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Pennetta Survives Four Match Points to Advance in Dubai

Flavia Pennetta

(February 15, 2015) Italian wildcard and 10th seed Flavia Pennetta saved four match points in the second set before coming back to win 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 over lucky loser Julia Goerges of Germany in the Dubai Tennis Championships on Sunday.

It appeared certain that Goerges was going to have the first upset of the tournament as she led by a set and 5-2 and held match points at 5-3. But Pennetta fought back held off a late charge from Goerges to win in two hours 15 minutes.

“I was just playing until the last point and believing until the last point,” Pennetta said of her win.

“I was almost crying on the court because I was feeling so bad, but sometimes you don’t feel really good in the beginning of the year. Last year I was really good in the beginning, and this year I’ve been trying to find my good tennis, but it’s not coming. But I have to play with what I have now.

“But I like to fight. When you fight and win matches like this, you get closer to a good level.”

Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki has set up clash with fourth seed and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic as she defeated Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-4, hitting 16 aces during the match. Rising star Belinda Bencic, who beat Karin Knapp will have a second round meeting with defending champion Venus Williams.

Tsvetana Pironkova overcame Klara Koukalova 6-3 4-6 6-3, but Svetlana Kuznetsova into the second round when Kaia Kanepi retired with a back injury as Kuznetsova was leading 4-1.

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Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Wins Zagreb Title

Guillermo Garcia Lopez

(February 8, 2015) Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez beat Andreas Seppi of Italy 7-6 (4), 6-3 to win the Zagreb Indoors on Sunday for his fourth career ATP title.

Garcia–Lopez rebounded from a 1-4 deficit in the first set tiebreak, winning the next six points

“This was very emotional,” said the Spaniard “He played good tennis to get to 4-1 in the tiebreaker, and I think it was very important to win the long rally at 4-3. When I broke back in the second set I think he was very disappointed.”

“I have never played good against him, I was not in good shape,” the 31-year-old Garcia-Lopez noted after never having beaten Seppi in four previous meetings. “His style is not good for my game, he is solid from both sides. Today I tried to change the rhythm.”

“This is only my fourth title during my whole career so of course it was an emotional moment,” said the world No. 33. “I was thinking about those moments when you are working hard, practicing a lot, spending a lot of hours on court. Every title is of course a really good moment for players, so this one is a nice one, for sure.”

“I was a bit tired mentally and physically by the end of the second set,” Seppi said. “I tried to stay calm but I felt like I had no energy.

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Tennis Results for Montpellier, Quito and Zagreb

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Ecuador Open Quito
Quito, Ecuador

ATP World Tour 250  $439,405 ($494,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Quito, Ecuador (-5 hour GMT)
2-8 February 2015   Surface: Clay

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2015

Singles – Semi-Finals
[1] F. Lopez (ESP) d [3] F. Verdasco (ESP) 76(5) 76(1)
[8] V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d [6] T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(5) 75

Doubles – Final
[Alt] G Kretschmer (GER) / A Satschko (GER) d V Estrella Burgos (DOM) / J Souza (BRA) 75 76(3)
SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2015

CANCHA CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[1] F. Lopez (ESP) vs [8] V. Estrella Burgos (DOM)

 

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Open Sud de France

Montpellier, France

ATP World Tour 250  €439,405 (€494,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Montpellier, France (+1 hour GMT)
2-8 February 2015   Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2015

Singles – Semi-finals
[4] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [1] G. Monfils (FRA) 64 63
[5] J. Janowicz (POL) d [7] J. Sousa (POR) 76(9) 36 61

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) d R Junaid (AUS) / A Shamasdin (CAN) 64 75

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2015

COURT CENTRAL start 12:15 pm
[1] D Inglot (GBR) / F Mergea (ROU) vs M Daniell (NZL) / A Sitak (NZL)

Not Before 2:45 pm
[4] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [5] J. Janowicz (POL)

 

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PBZ Zagreb Indoors

Zagreb, Croatia

ATP World Tour 250  €439,405 (€494,310 Total Financial Commitment)
Zagreb, Croatia (+1 hour GMT)
2-8 February 2015   Surface: Indoor Hard

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 7 FEBRUARY 2015

Singles – Semi-Finals
[3] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 64 64
[5] A. Seppi (ITA) d [8] M. Granollers (ESP) 76(5) 61

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 8 FEBRUARY 2015

CENTRE COURT start 1:30 pm
F Martin (FRA) / P Raja (IND) vs [2] M Draganja (CRO) / H Kontinen (FIN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
[3] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [5] A. Seppi (ITA))

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Serena Williams Accepts Wild Card Into BNP Paribas Open

(February 4, 2015) World No. 1 Serena Williams has accepted a wild card into the BNP Paribas Open, to be held March 9-22, 2015 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, it was announced today by Williams in an exclusive Time Magazine  article.

She returns to the tournament after a 14-year absence. In 2001, Williams was booed during her final versus Kim Clijsters. The day before Venus Williams withdrew from the tournament, 20 minutes before her match against Serena.

Williams won the match and the title that year. Her father Richard Williams said that he heard racial slurs in the crowd during that final.

Serena Williams wrote about an “undercurrent of racism” that her family has felt at Indian Wells and vowed never to return. She has had a change of heart.

Williams is a two-time champion at the BNP Paribas Open (1999, 2001), has won 19 Grand Slam singles titles in her career, including the recent 2015 Australian Open.“We are thrilled that Serena Williams, one of the greatest women players in the history of the game, is returning to play in the BNP Paribas Open,” said Chief Executive Officer  Of the BNP Partibas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Raymond Moore. “We know our fans will welcome her for the magnificent champion that she is, and we really look forward to watching her compete again at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.”

“This is fantastic news for fans and I congratulate Serena on her decision to play the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells again, ” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman & CEO.

“She is coming back with a great approach by connecting with fans in support of an incredible cause, the Equal Justice Initiative, to positively impact the lives of others.  Serena has been missed at the tournament and I know she will be warmly received by the fans at Indian Wells.”

In addition, Williams announced she is offering fans an opportunity to be her guest at the BNP Paribas Open. Fans who donate $10 or more to Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), an organization that provides legal representation to individuals who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system, will be entered in a drawing to win a trip to Indian Wells and sit courtside during her first match, have the opportunity to return one of her serves during a practice session, and take home one of her racquets. For details and other experiences being offered, and to enter, visit http://www.omaze.com/experiences/Serena-Williams.

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