2014/04/17

Fed Cup Announces Team Nominations for World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II Play-offs

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(April 9, 2014) The ITF has announced the official team nominations for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on April 19-20.

The two semifinal winners will contest the World Group Final on November 8-9. The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2015 World Group, with the four losers contesting 2015 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2015 World Group II, with the four losers contesting their respective 2015 Zone Group I event.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

CZECH REPUBLIC v ITALY

Venue: CEZ Arena, Ostrava, CZE (hard – indoor)

Czech Republic

Petra Kvitova

Lucie Safarova

Klara Koukalova

Andrea Hlavackova

Captain: Petr Pala

Italy

Sara Errani

Roberta Vinci

Karin Knapp

Camila Giorgi

Captain: Corrado Barazzutti

AUSTRALIA v GERMANY

Venue: Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane, AUS (hard – outdoor)

Australia

Samantha Stosur

Casey Dellacqua

Ashleigh Barty

Storm Sanders

Captain: Alicia Molik

Germany

Angelique Kerber

Andrea Petkovic

Julia Goerges

Anna-Lena Groenefeld

Captain: Barbara Rittner

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

RUSSIA v ARGENTINA

Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS

Russia

Ekaterina Makarova

Elena Vesnina

Valeria Solovyeva

Darya Kasatkina

Captain: Anastasia Myskina

Argentina

Paula Ormaechea

Maria Irigoyen

Victoria Bosio

Nadia Podoroska

Captain: Maria-Jose Gaidano

CANADA v SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Venue: PEPS, Laval University, Quebec City, CAN

Canada

Eugenie Bouchard

Sharon Fichman

Aleksandra Wozniak

Gabriela Dabrowski

Captain: Sylvain Bruneau

Slovak Republic

Magdalena Rybarikova

Jana Cepelova

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

Michaela Honcova

Captain: Matej Liptak

USA v FRANCE

Venue: Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO, USA

USA

Sloane Stephens

Madison Keys

Varvara Lepchenko

Christina McHale

Captain: Mary Joe Fernandez

France

Alize Cornet

Caroline Garcia

Virginie Razzano

Kristina Mladenovic

Captain: Amelie Mauresmo

SPAIN v POLAND

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Barcelona, ESP

Spain

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor

Estrella Cabeza-Candela

Silvia Soler-Espinosa

Anabel Medina Garrigues

Captain: Conchita Martinez

Poland

Agnieszka Radwanska

Urzula Radwanska

Paula Kania

Alicja Rosolska

Captain: Tomasz Wiktorowski

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

ROMANIA v SERBIA

Venue: BNR Arenas, Bucharest, ROU

Romania

Simona Halep

Sorana Cirstea

Monica Niculescu

Irina-Camelia Begu

Captain: Alina Cercel-Tecsor

Serbia

Ana Ivanovic

Bojana Jovanovski

Jovana Jaksic

Nina Stojanovic

Captain: Dejan Vranes

NETHERLANDS v JAPAN

Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED

Netherlands

Kiki Bertens

Arantxa Rus

Richel Hogenkamp

Michaella Krajicek

Captain: Paul Haarhuis

Japan

Kurumi Nara

Misaki Doi

Risa Ozaki

Shuko Aoyama

Captain: Yuka Kaneko

SWEDEN v THAILAND

Venue: Sparbanken Lidkoping Arena, Lidkoping, SWE

Sweden

Johanna Larsson

Sofia Arvidsson

Rebecca Peterson

Hilda Melander

Captain: Lars-Anders Wahlgren

Thailand

Luksika Kumkhum

Noppawan Lertcheewakarn

Tamarine Tanasugarn

Varatchaya Wongteanchai

Captain: Priyakarn Salivorraroj

BRAZIL v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Clube de Tenis Catanduva, Catanduva, BRA

Brazil

Teliana Pereira

Laura Pigossi

Gabriela Ce

Paula Cristina Goncalves

Captain: Carla Tiene

Switzerland

Belinda Bencic

Viktorija Golubic

Timea Bacsinszky

Amra Sadikovic

Captain: Heinz Guenthardt

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Mark Epshteyn-Losev Upsets No. 2 Seed at Easter Bowl

Mark Epshteyn Losev photo by David Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

Mark Epshteyn Losev photo by David Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 8, 2014) – Mark Epshteyn-Losev couldn’t have picked a better day to come up with the biggest win of his young tennis career.

On his 17th birthday, the Sunny Isles, Fla., resident upset No. 2-seeded and ITF-ranked No. 45 player in the world Henrik Wiersholm, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round of the Boys’ 18s singles on Tuesday at the ASICS Easter Bowl being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“For sure that was the best present I have ever given myself,” said Epshteyn-Losev, who was born in New York but now trains near Miami with Robert Gomez. “Henrik didn’t play his best today and made a lot of errors.”

Also moving on on Tuesday was unseeded girls’ 18s player Gabby Andrews of Pomona, Calif. She beat Paris Corley, 6-1, 6-1, in her first-round match.

The ASICS Easter Bowl is a special tournament for Andrews. In 2011 Andrews, then 14, lost in the 18s Easter Bowl final to Kyle McPhillips a year after winning the Girls’ 14s.

“I’ve had some minor injuries,” said Andrews on Tuesday before she and doubles partner Jessica Ho beat Olivia Hauger and Marie Norris in a first-round match, 6-0, 6-2.

“I took a break last year from tennis after the Claremont ITF and I didn’t play Carson or the Easter Bowl,” she said. “I was just trying to get my mind back together. It was just a mental break. I’m just trying to play as many matches and tournaments as I can.”

Andrews added: “I love the Easter Bowl and it’s so great to be back here.”

Andrews made international headlines in 2012 when she teamed with current WTA pro Taylor Townsend to win both the Australian Open and US Open junior doubles titles.

She spent some time with her best friend Townsend last month during the BNP Paribas Open. “We hung out all day and just talked,” she said. “It was great to be with her, even if it was just for one day.”

One of the new features at this year’s ASICS Easter Bowl is a speed gun on the main court that tracks how fast a player is serving. On Tuesday 16-year-old No. 7 seed Taylor Fritz cranked a couple at 130 mph during his 6-4, 6-2 win over McClain Kessler.

Epshteyn-Losev was not the only one with the big upset on Tuesday as 15-year-old Caroline Dolehide of Hillsdale, Ill., beat No. 3-seeded player Johnnise Renaud, 6-3, 6-3.

“I was just getting to every ball and playing my game,” said Dolehide, who lost in the 16s finals last year to CiCi Bellis. “Being back is here in nice. It’s a little hot. Last year was a great tournament for me.”

Dolehide said she doesn’t look ahead in the draw, giving that chore to her coach Tom Lockhart. “I don’t look at the draw,” she said. “My coach does. It’s best not to look ahead. You just have to go out there and play.”

Another player recording a significant upset on Tuesday in the first round of the 18s was 14-year-old Kayla Day of Santa Barbara, Calif. She beat last week’s Carson International Spring Championship finalist and No. 9-seeded Raveena Kingsley, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

Sponsors include: ASICS, Laurel Springs School, Indian Wells Tennis Garden, the Taylor Dent Junior Academy, Tennis Warehouse, TennisPlayer.net Digital Magazine, the tennis website 10sBalls.com, USTA, The Old Spaghetti Factory, SCTA and Mind Matters.

To keep up with all the ASICS Easter Bowl news, visit the website at www.easterbowl.com and check out the tournament on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EasterBowl) and Twitter (@easterbowl). For more information on ASICS, check out: www.ASICSAmerica.com and follow on Twitter @ASICSAmerica.

Tuesday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Blumberg, William def. Boykin, Kenneth 6-2, 6-4
Kerznerman, Daniel (6) def. Tsao, Brian 6-3, 6-1
Kodali, Anudeep (11) def. Wasserman, James 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(5)
Nava, Eduardo def. Chari, Vikram 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
Duncan, Walker (14) def. Ji, Henry 6-4, 7-5
Fritz, Taylor (7) def. Kessler, Mcclain 6-4, 6-2
Chamdani, Adrian def. Caruana, Liam 6-2, 6-1
Silverstein, Josh def. Young-Smith, Ethan 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3
Jorgeson, John def. Tao, Kenneth 6-4, 2-6, 6-0
Kumar, Sameer (5) def. Rozenstein, Julian 6-1, 6-0
Tiafoe, Francis (1) def. Ruder-Hook, Jesse 6-1, 6-1
Arconada, Jordi (4) def. Madonia, Stephen 6-2, 6-4
Epshteyn-Losev, Mark def. Wiersholm, Henrik (2) 6-2, 6-1

Boys’ 18 Doubles (Round of 32)
Blumberg, William / Opelka, Reilly def. Blanch, Ulises / Cargill, Christian (4) 6-3, 6-3
Hiltzik, Aron / Smith, Logan (8) def. Ross, Alex / Sweet, Alan 6-3, 6-3
Nava, Eduardo / Ponwith, Nathan def. Kumar, Sameer / Thirouin, Jean (6) 6-3, 6-3
Duncan, Walker / Reinberg, Emil def. Jorgeson, John / Lenhard, Rafael 6-2, 7-5
Lin, Vincent / Lorenzini, Michael def. Boyd, Kalman / Klinger, Cameron 7-5, 3-6, 10-6
Kessler, Mcclain / Staggs, Logan def. Silverstein, Josh / Tsao, Brian 6-3, 6-2
Chamdani, Adrian / Kaiser, Kial def. Caruana, Liam / Ji, Henry 6-2, 2-6, 10-6
Madonia, Stephen / Restrepo, Javier def. Chari, Vikram / Gealer, Daniel 6-4, 6-4
Gordon, Henry / Rapp, Austin def. Furman, Spencer / Tao, Kenneth 2-6, 6-4, 10-6
Mateas, Catalin / Zlobinsky, Julian (5) def. Boykin, Kenneth / Ruder-Hook, Jesse 4-6, 6-3, 10-6
Schalet, Myles / Tishman, Gabe def. Epshteyn-Losev, Mark / Rozenstein, Julian Wo (inj)
Janglin, Victor / Levine, Robert (7) def. Schaefer, Fabian / Young-Smith, Ethan 7-5, 6-4

Girls’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Arconada, Usue (2) def. Graci, Elysse 6-3, 6-4
Flores, Victoria def. Nemtsova, Stephanie 7-5, 6-3
Traxler, Karina def. Anderson, Rebekah 6-2, 6-0
Smith, Gabrielle def. Schaefer, Dominique 6-2, 6-2
Ho, Jessica (12) def. Valenstein, Alexandra 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Dolehide, Caroline def. Renaud, Johnnise (3) 6-3, 6-3
Kalhorn, Nicole def. vazquez, cassandra (13) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Pedraza, Raquel (6) def. Vias, Ines 6-3, 7-5
Kenin, Sofia (1) def. McKenzie, Ally 6-3, 6-1
Day, Kayla def. Kingsley, Raveena (9) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Andrews, Gabby def. Corley, Paris 6-1, 6-1
Gordon, Michaela (7) def. Sanford, Allie 6-1, 6-2
Bellis, CiCi (4) def. Turner, Caroline 6-0, 6-1
Dilorenzo, Francesca def. McKenzie, Kylie 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Haffey, Mary def. Chang, Hanna 6-4, 6-4

Girls’ 18 Doubles (Round of 32)
Larner, Erin / Letzt, Alexandra def. Turner, Caroline / Zogg, Ellie 6-4, 6-2
Aney, Jessie / Rosca, Christina def. Graci, Elysse / Wiktorin, Claudia 6-4, 6-2
Fahey, Katharine / Lampl, Caroline def. Anderson, Rebekah / Valenstein, Alexandra 6-2, 6-2
Ruder-Hook, Mira / Smith, Gabrielle def. Renaud, Johnnise / Vazquez, Cassandra (2) 6-4, 7-6(3)
Dolehide, Caroline / Minor, Brienne def. Bourguignon, Madison / Kingsley, Raveena (3) 6-4, 6-4
Friedel, Jenna / Golovin, Jessica def. Miller-Krasilnikov, Ally / Pedraza, Raquel (8) 6-2, 6-3
Shibahara, Ena / Slaysman, Savannah def. Appel, Madison / Atanasson, Amanda 6-4, 6-1
Gordon, Michaela / Higuchi, Emma (4) def. Altick, Helen / Nelson, Alexis 7-6(4), 4-6, 10-7
Bellis, CiCi / Horvit, Mia (5) def. Traxler, Karina / Vias, Ines 6-3, 6-1
Hart, Jada / Hazell, Stephanie def. Bortles, Alexa / Ouellet-Pizer, Chloe 6-4, 6-2
Andrews, Gabby / Ho, Jessica def. Hauger, Olivia / Norris, Marie (6) 6-0, 6-2
Haffey, Mary / McCarthy, Kaitlyn (7) def. Kelley, Meghan / Riley, Sydney 7-5, 6-1
Hamlin, Ellyse / Moldovan, Bianca def. Corley, Paris / Smith, Alana 6-3, 6-4
Dilorenzo, Francesca / Kenin, Sofia def. Arconada, Usue / Swan, Katie (1) 6-2, 7-6(2)
Day, Kayla / Flores, Victoria def. Nemtsova, Stephanie / Smith, Maria 7-5, 6-2
Chang, Sophie / Daniell, Andie def. Chen, Kelly / Xepoleas, Meredith 6-3, 6-2

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Roger Federer Takes Wild Card to Play Monte Carlo Masters

(April 8, 2014) Roger Federer has taken a wild card to play in the Monte Carlo Masters. Federer is returning to the event for the first time since 2011.

The world No. 4 and 17-time major champion has never won the event in his career. The closest he came was being a losing finalist to Rafael Nadal from 2006-08.

The Monte Carlo Masters begins on Sunday.

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Draw Announced for 2014 Davis Cup World Group Play-offs

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(April 8, 2014) The draw for the 2014 Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-offs was held on Tuesday at the ITF’s headquarters in London. The World Group play-offs will take place on September 12-14 alongside the World Group semifinals.

The winning nations in the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2015 World Group, while the losing nations will compete in their respective Zone Group I competitions in 2015.

Seeds for the draw were based on the latest ITF Davis Cup Nations Ranking of April 7.

The draw is as follows:

2014 World Group play-offs (12-14 September)

India (c) v Serbia (s)

Brazil (c) v Spain (s)

Israel (c) v Argentina (s)

Canada (s) (c) v Colombia

USA (s) (c) v Slovak Republic

Australia (s) (c) v Uzbekistan

Netherlands (c) (*) v Croatia (s)

Ukraine (c) v Belgium (s)

(s) denotes seeded nation

(c) denotes choice of ground

(*) denotes choice of ground determined by lot

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ASICS Easter Bowl Begins at Indian Wells Tennis Garden

 

Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, Fla., was named the winner of the daily ASICS Sportsmanship Award. Opelka beat Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-4, 7-5.  Photos by Davis Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, Fla., was named the winner of the daily ASICS Sportsmanship Award. Opelka beat Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-4, 7-5. Photos by Davis Kenas / ASICS Easter Bowl

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 7, 2014) – You can count Kalman Boyd as a fan of the ASICS Easter Bowl venue switch to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“This is unreal,” said Boyd, the Boys’ 18s No. 8 seeded player from Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., who for the second straight year eliminated Charlie Adams of Wayzata, Minn., from this event in a 6-2, 6-1 first-round victory on Monday. “It’s crazy being here. It’s almost like a dream. To be here and playing on the courts where the pros play. I don’t know if anyone else is enjoying it as much as me, but I think it’s amazing.”

The sentiment was carried out throughout the day from the players, to parents, to officials and tournament directors: the setup at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden was all first-rate.

“We did have a great first day,” said ASICS Easter Bowl tournament chairman Lornie Kuhle. “Everyone seems really excited to be here and the venue and Indian Wells Tennis Garden staff has been amazing to work with.”

It may have taken a little less than 360 days, but the bad taste of an ASICS Easter Bowl finals lost may have finally left Boyd. One year ago in the final of Boys’ 16s, Boyd fell to top-seeded Sameer Kumar without winning a game, 6-0, 6-0.

“Yeah, I think I’m just trying to make this a brand new tournament,” Boyd said. “I was so nervous in that final. A couple months later I beat Sameer in a practice match. I just think it was all the pressure of being in a final at this level.”

Boyd was forced to withdraw from last week’s Carson USTA International Spring Championships because of a long illness suffered while he was playing ITF events in South America.

Boyd is working part-time with the USTA and has spent time training in Boca Raton, Fla., this spring. He has been working primarily with Tommy Haas’ former coach Christian Groh and former ATP touring pro Guy Fritz.

Boyd said his ITF junior rank got to No. 120 before he got sick, but has fallen to No. 138. “Now I feel like I’m playing better than I was before I got sick,” he said. “I had a very busy start to the year. I went to Costa Rica then straight to Boca Raton to train. From there I went to Bolivia, Chile and then Argentina to play Grade 1 ITF events. That’s when I got really sick in Paraguay and had to pull out of tournaments there, two in Brazil and Carson.”

Local player Austin Rapp of Rancho Mirage, Calif., had his ASICS Easter Bowl singles career ended on Monday as he fell to Cameron Klinger of Elk Grove, Calif., in three sets, 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. “It was a tough match and could have gone either way,” said Rapp, who is headed to UCLA in the Fall on a full-ride scholarship. “I didn’t play my best but should have been used to the conditions and the heat. This is my hometown, and I wish I would have been able to pull out a win.”

Rapp will play with Henry Gordon in doubles on Tuesday.

Fourteen-year-old Kelly Chen of Cerritos, Calif., opened up play on Monday in the Girls’ 18s with a solid 6-2, 6-0 win over Sydney Riley of Dallas. Chen advanced all the way to the semifinals of the 18s at the recent Carson USTA International Spring Championships last week losing to eventual champion CiCi Bellis.

Chen said she was used to the venue having played the BNP Paribas pre-qualifying two months ago and losing in the second round to Anne-Liz Jeukeng.

“My feet were burning out there,” Chen said of her match on Monday.

Chen next faces top-seeded Sophia Kenin on Wednesday if she wins her first-round match as expected.

Reilly Opelka of Palm Coast, Fla., was named the winner of the daily ASICS Sportsmanship Award. Opelka beat Catalin Mateas of Braintree, Mass., 6-4, 7-5.

To keep up with all the ASICS Easter Bowl news, visit the website at www.easterbowl.com and check out the tournament on Facebook (www.facebook.com/EasterBowl) and Twitter (@easterbowl). For more information on ASICS, check out: www.ASICSAmerica.com and follow on Twitter @ASICSAmerica.

Monday’s Scores
Boys’ 18 Singles (Round of 64)
Hiltzik, Aron (Wilmette, IL) def. Lam, Kevin (Galloway, NJ) 6-1, 6-1
Gordon, Henry (New Braunfels, TX) def. Gealer, Daniel (Los Angeles, CA) 6-4, 6-4
Cargill, Christian (15) (Wesley Chapel, FL) def. Ross, Alex (Burr Ridge, IL) 6-4, 6-3
Klinger, Cameron (Elk Grove, CA) def. Rapp, Austin (Rancho Mirage, CA) 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
Smith, Logan (3) (Carlsbad, CA) def. Furman, Spencer (Woodinville, WA) 6-1, 6-1
Lin, Vincent (Schaumburg, IL) def. Staggs, Logan (Tracy, CA) 6-4, 5-7, 6-3
Garay, Christian (Columbus, GA) def. Zlobinsky, Julian (10) (Greenvale, NY) 6-3, 5-7, 6-0
Boyd, Kalman (8) (Rancho Santa Fe, CA) def. Adams, Charlie (Wayzata, MN) 6-2, 6-1
Levine, Robert (13) (Bedford, NY) def. Lorenzini, Michael (Clarendon Hills, IL) 6-2, 6-1
Opelka, Reilly (Palm Coast, FL) def. Mateas, Catalin (Braintree, MA) 6-4, 7-5
Paul, Tommy (12) (Coconut Creek, FL) def. Lebedev, Alexander (Island Park, NY) 7-5, 6-4
Restrepo, Javier (Miami, FL) def. Schalet, Myles (Montville, NJ) 6-4, 6-2
Ponwith, Nathan (Scottsdale, AZ) def. Douglas, Jake (Rolling Hills, CA) 6-0, 4-6, 6-0
Genender, Michael (Los Angeles, CA) def. Mautner, Kyle (Greenwich, CT) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Thirouin, Jean (Houston, TX) def. Janglin, Oscar (16) (Sarasota, FL) 6-2, 6-2
Madison, Jared (Medina, WA) def. Stalder, Reese (Costa Mesa, CA) 7-5, 1-0 Ret (inj)
Reinberg, Emil (Atlanta, GA) def. Tishman, Gabe (Bedford, NY) 6-2, 7-6(3)
Sweet, Alan (Naples, FL) def. Kaiser, Kial (Saratoga, CA) def. 7-5, 6-4
Lenhard, Rafael (Carlsbad, CA) def. Blanch, Ulises (9) (Deerfield Beach, FL) 2-6, 6-2, 6-3

Girls’ 18s Singles (Round of 64)
Daniell, Andie (Douglasville, GA) def. Moldovan, Bianca (Livonia, MI) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Altick, Helen (16) (Monroe, LA) def. Larner, Erin (Portland, OR) 6-1, 6-3
McCarthy, Kaitlyn (8) (Cary, NC) def. Miller-Krasilnikov, Ally (Delray Beach, FL) 6-0, 6-0
Chang, Sophie (Hvre De Grace, MD) def. Minor, Brienne (Mundelein, IL) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Shibahara, Ena (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) def. Fahey, Katharine (Fair Haven, NJ) 7-6(5), 6-3
Chen, Kelly (Cerritos, CA) def. Riley, Sydney (Dallas, TX) 6-2, 6-0
Hauger, Olivia (5) (Tulsa, OK) def. Ndunda, Ndindi (Burke, VA) 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
Swan, Katie (11) (Wichita, KS) def. Letzt, Alexandra (Scottsdale, AZ) 6-2, 6-4
Golovin, Jessica (New York, NY) def. Ouellet-Pizer, Chloe (Chapel Hill, NC) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(3)
Bourguignon, Madison (10) (Boca Raton, FL) def. Norris, Marie (Burdett, KS) 6-3, 6-4
Hamlin, Ellyse (14) (Fairfield, CT) def. Xepoleas, Meredith (Huntington Beach, CA) 6-4, 7-5
Ruder-Hook, Mira (Denver, CO) def. Horvit, Mia (Parkland, FL) 6-4, 6-2
Higuchi, Emma (15) (Los Angeles, CA) def. Friedel, Jenna (Mill Valley, CA) 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
Aney, Jessie (Rochester, MN) def. Wiktorin, Claudia (Davidson, NC) 6-2, 6-4
Lampl, Caroline (Bluemont, VA) def. Hart, Jada (Colton, CA) 7-6(1), 6-3
Kelley, Meghan (Falmouth, ME) def. Hampton, Samantha (Vancouver, WA) 6-2, 6-3
Nelson, Alexis (Saint Paul, MN) def. Zogg, Ellie (Dallas, TX) 6-2, 6-4

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Andrea Petkovic Wins Family Circle Cup

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(April 6, 2014) In a week full of surprises in Charleston, 14th seed Andrea Petkovic won the Family Circle Cup for her first WTA Premier level tournament title with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Jana Cepelova of Slovakia on Sunday. This is her third WTA tournament crown, first in three years since she won the Strasbourg title in 2011.

Petkkovic knocked out three top ten seeds on the road to the title – No. 4 Sabine Lisicki, No. 9 Lucie Safarova and No. 6 Eugenie Bouchard.

The German who was once No. 9 in the world before being beset by injuries, is currently at No. 40 in the world will move into the top thirty with the victory.

No. 78 Cepelova beat No. 1 Serena Williams in the second round of the tournament. She’ll see her ranking rise into the top 50 for the first time.

At the end of the match Petkovic dropped on the ground in celebrations before she came to the net and hugged her opponent.

“I don’t know why but I just sort of broke down,” Petkovic said. “I was happy. Normally I don’t cry when I’m sad – I cry when I’m happy, strangely, so it’s weird, but I don’t know. I was just so relieved and proud that I’ve come back from all these injuries, and I never thought I would play in the finals of the big tournaments again, and so I was just proud and happy and everything just sort of came together.”

Petkovic takes home $120,000 for the win.

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Switzerland, France and Italy Stage Comebacks to Clinch Berths in Davis Cup Semis

(April 6, 2014) France, Italy and the Czech Republic each had to rally from 1-2 down going into Sunday’s play in Davis Cup and each team won their final two rubbers to join the Czech Republic in the semifinals which will take place September 12-14.

France came back from a 0-2 deficit on Friday to beat Germany, closing out the tie on Sunday with wins from Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils. It’s only the eighth time in Davis Cup history that a team has come back from being down two matches to none. They will face the Czech Republic in the semifinals who beat Japan 5-0.

Tsonga dominated Tobias Kamke 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Tsonga hit 45 winners in the match.

Gael Monfils sealed the win for France, beating Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 7-6 (0), 6-2. Monfils won the first five games of the match and shut out his opponent in the second set tiebreak.

Team Italy came into Sunday’s play down 1-2. An inspired Fabio Fognini beat Wimbledon champion Andy Murray 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 to level the tie at 2-2. Andreas Seppi completed the comeback by topping James Ward 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.

It will be the first time in 16 years that Italy has reached the semifinals of Davis Cup. Italy has won the Davis Cup only once, back in 1976.

Italy will face Switzerland next.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer won their matches on Sunday to seal Switzerland’s win over a game Kazakhstan team 3-2.

Wawrinka leveled the tie at 2-2 with Kazakhstan rallying to beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 for his first point of the weekend. The Australian Open champion lost his opening singles match to Golubev and the doubles where he teamed up with Federer. The Swiss did not allow any break points during the match.

For the first time in his career, Roger Federer played a live fifth rubber in a Davis Cup tie. No. 4 Federer held back No.  64 Andrey Golubev 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-

For Switzerland, they have sealed a berth in their first Davis Cup semifinal in 11 years. They’ll play Italy at home for a chance to reach the final.

 

The nations competing in the World Group play-offs which take place the same weekend as the semifinals are:

World Group first round losing nations: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Netherlands, Serbia, Spain and USA.

Zone Group I second round winning nations: Brazil, Croatia, Colombia, India, Israel, Slovak Republic, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

The draw for the play-offs will take place on Tuesday.

Davis Cup Results:

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated JAPAN 5-0

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoor)

 

Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 67(5) 76(5) 61 75

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64 36 46 62

Lukas Rosol/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 64 64 64

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 63 36 64

Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64

 

FRANCE defeated GERMANY 3-2

Venue: Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy, FRA (hard – indoor)

 

Tobias Kamke (GER) d. Julien Benneteau (FRA) 76(8) 63 62

Peter Gojowczyk (GER) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 57 76(3) 36 76(8) 86

Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA) d. Andre Begemann/Tobias Kamke (GER) 61 76(5) 46 75

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) d. Tobias Kamke (GER) 63 62 64

Gael Monfils (FRA) d. Peter Gojowczyk (GER) 61 76(0) 62

 

ITALY defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-2

Venue: Tennis Club Napoli, Naples, ITA (clay – outdoor)

 

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 26 64 61

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 64 75 63

Colin Fleming/Andy Murray (GBR) d. Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 62 36 75

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. Andy Murray (GBR) 63 63 64

Andreas Seppi (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 63 64

 

SWITZERLAND defeated KAZAKHSTAN 3-2

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)

 

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 76(5) 62 36 76(5)

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 64 62

Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 64 76(5) 46 76(6)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 67(4) 64 64 64

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Andrey Golubev (KAZ) 76(0) 62 63

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

BRAZIL defeated ECUADOR 3-1

Venue: Francisco Segura Cano, Guayaquil, ECU (clay – outdoor)

 

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) 64 26 64 64

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Guilherme Clezar (BRA) 67(3) 64 1-1 ret.

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Gonzalo Escobar/Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) 62 60 63

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Emilio Gomez (ECU) 64 67(10) 61 61

Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) v Guilherme Clezar (BRA) – not played

 

COLOMBIA defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 4-1

Venue: Estadio de Tenis “Alvaro Carlos Jordan”, Cali, COL (clay – outdoor)

 

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Jose Hernandez (DOM) 62 46 64 67(3) 62

Alejandro Falla (COL) d. Victor Estrella (DOM) 46 62 57 62 62

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Victor Estrella/Jose Hernandez (DOM) 63 62 64

Peter Bertran (DOM) d. Robert Farah (COL) 26 61 64

Juan-Sebastian Cabal (COL) d. Jose Olivares (DOM) 60 61
ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

UZBEKISTAN defeated CHINA, P.R. 3-2

Venue: Tianjin Tennis Center, Tianjin, CHN (hard – outdoor)

 

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 64 46 36 63 64

Wu Di (CHN) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 16 76(4) 76(4) 36 97

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN) 64 62 62

Wu Di (CHN) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 16 75 63 75

Farrukh Dustov (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 62 16 63 67(4) 63

 

INDIA defeated KOREA, REPUBLIC 3-1

Venue: Spo1 Tennis Courts, Busan, KOR (hard – outdoor)

 

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Chung Hyeon (KOR) 76(4) 76(3) 64

Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Sanam Singh (IND) 76(5) 64 64

Rohan Bopanna/Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Lee Hyung-Taik/Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 76(4) 57 76(2) 63

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 64 57 63 61

Chung Hyeon (KOR) v Sanam Singh (IND) – not played

 

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

 

CROATIA defeated POLAND 3-1

Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 61 64 64

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 26 62 75 57 64

Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Marin Draganja/Mate Pavic (CRO) 67(1) 76(4) 46 76(2) 64

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 36 67(5) 64 61 63

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Borna Coric (CRO) – not played

 

ISRAEL defeated SLOVENIA 3-1

Venue: SRC Marina Portoroz, SLO (clay – outdoor)

 

Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 46 75 63 36 64

Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 63 64 64

Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) d. Blaz Rola/Grega Zemlja (SLO) 76(7) 46 76(5) 63

Dudi Sela (ISR) d. Grega Zemlja (SLO) 62 67(5) 60 62

Blaz Rola (SLO) v Amir Weintraub (ISR) – not played

 

UKRAINE defeated SWEDEN 4-1

Venue: Baltiska Hallen, Malmo, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Johan Brunstrom (SWE) 64 64 57 36 1311

Artem Smirnov (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 64 61 62

Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) d. Sergei Bubka/Denys Molchanov (UKR) 76(4) 67(6) 36 64 108

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 76(5) 76(4) 64

Sergei Bubka (UKR) d. Robert Lindstedt (SWE) 57 76(3) ret.

 

SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated AUSTRIA 4-1

Venue: Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)

 

Norbert Gombos (SVK) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 64 36 63 64

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 76(3) 46 46 62 63

Martin Klizan/Michal Mertinak (SVK) d. Alexander Peya/Dominic Thiem (AUT) 67(4) 36 76(5) 64 64

Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) d. Norbert Gombos (SVK) 76(5) 75

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Gerald Melzer (AUT) 46 63 62

 

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

BARBADOS defeated EL SALVADOR 4-1

Venue: National Tennis Centre, St Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

 

Darian King (BAR) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 61 63 63

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 76 (5) 57 64 76(1)

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 26 64 76(9) ret.

Darian King (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) 60 1-0 ret.

Seanon Williams (BAR) d. Salvador Andres Bolanos (ESA) 62 67(5) 76(8)

 

MEXICO defeated PERU 3-1

Venue: Club Britania Zavaleta, Puebla, MEX (hard – outdoor)

 

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Mauricio Echazu (PER) 63 46 76(2) 64

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Cesar Ramirez (MEX) 26 64 26 61 62

Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Sergio Galdos/Rodrigo Sanchez (PER) 62 61 61

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Duilio Beretta (PER) 63 76(2) 46 63

Cesar Ramirez (MEX) v Mauricio Echazu (PER) – not played

 

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

CHILE defeated PARAGUAY 5-0

Venue: Club Palestino, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)

 

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 63 60 61

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 46 63 60 63

Jorge Aguilar/Paul Capdeville (CHI) d. Ramon Delgado/Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 62 64 64

Jorge Aguilar (CHI) d. Juan-Carlos Ramirez (PAR) 64 62

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 62 61

 

BOLIVIA defeated GUATEMALA 3-1

Venue: Country Club Cochabamba, Cochabamba, BOL (clay – outdoor)

 

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Federico Zeballos (BOL) 76(8) 76(4) 76(4)

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro (GUA) 62 63 75

Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro/Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 76(3) 75 64

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 63 36 62 46 62

Federico Zeballos (BOL) v Andres Bucaro (GUA) – not played

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

PAKISTAN defeated PHILIPPINES 3-2

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI (clay – indoor)

 

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 75 64 64

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Samir Iftihkar (PAK) 64 63 61

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Ruben Gonzales/Treat Huey (PHI) 75 63 62

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Johnny Arcilla (PHI) 46 61 26 63 5-1 ret.

Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) 62 63 36 64

 

THAILAND defeated KUWAIT 4-1

Venue: The National Tennis Development Centre, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)

 

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Abdulhameed Alshatti (KUW) 60 60 60

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA) 36 76(8) 76(4) 36 75

Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA) d. Hasan Al Mousa/Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 76(2) 75 63

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 62 76(12) 16 61

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) d. Ali Ghareeb (KUW) 63 64

 

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

 

SRI LANKA defeated VIETNAM 3-2

Venue: The 198 Tennis Club, Da Lat City, VIE (hard – outdoor)

 

Minh-Quan Do (VIE) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajan (SRI) 63 64 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) 62 63 62

Sharmal Dissanayake/Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do/Quoc-Khanh Le (VIE) 64 75 63

Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 62 63 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do (VIE) 63 75 60

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

 

LITHUANIA defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-2

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)

 

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Jean Andersen (RSA) 63 76(2) 63

Rik de Voest (RSA) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(5) 76(3) 26 76(4)

Jean Andersen/Raven Klaasen (RSA) d. Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 36 63 63 76(5)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Rik de Voest (RSA) 62 64 57 75

Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) d. Ruan Roelofse 76(5) 36 76(3) 64

 

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA defeated FINLAND 3-2

Venue: Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki, FIN (hard – indoor)

 

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 63 76(4) 64

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 36 76(3) 36 63 86

Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 63 76(4) 62

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) 75 76(1) 61

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 36 46 63 75 64

 

MOLDOVA defeated BELARUS 4-1

Venue: Manejul de Atletica Usoara, Chisinau, MDA (clay – indoor)

 

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 62 62 36 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 75 76(5) 63

Egor Gerasimov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Andrei Ciumac/Andrei Gorban (MDA) 63 62 60

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Egor Gerasimov (BLR) 36 16 63 61 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 76(3) 76(2)

 

DENMARK defeated LUXEMBOURG 5-0

Venue: Hillerod Tennis Klub, DEN (hard – indoor)

 

Martin Pedersen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 64 61

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 63 64 57 67(5) 61

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 46 64 57 64 62

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 36 62

Mikael Torpegaard (DEN) d. Christophe Tholl (LUX) 62 63

 

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

MONACO defeated NORWAY 5-0

Venue: Oslo Tennis Arena, Oslo, NOR (hard – indoor)

 

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(7) 63 63

Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger (MON) d. Stian Boretti/Erling Tveit (NOR) 62 64 63

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(5) 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62

 

BULGARIA defeated GREECE 4-1

Venue: Ilioupoli Tennis Club, Athens, GRE (clay – outdoor)

 

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 63 63 60

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Theodoros Angelinos (GRE) 64 63 16 63

Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Alexandros Jakupovic/Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 76(4) 62 64

Alexandros Jakupovic (GRE) d. Dinko Halachev (BUL) 76(2) 61

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Charalampos Kapogiannis (GRE) 57 60 61

 

IRELAND defeated EGYPT 3-2

Venue: Castleknock Tennis Club, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)

 

James McGee (IRL) d. Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) 60 63 62

Mohamed Safwat (EGY) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 36 75 75 76(5)

Sam Barry/James Cluskey (IRL) d. Sherif Sabry/Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 62 76(6) 62

James McGee (IRL) d. Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 75 64 63

Mazen Osama (EGY) d. Daniel Glancy (IRL) 76(4) 76(5)

 

MOROCCO defeated CYPRUS 4-1

Venue: Complexe Sportif Al Amal, Casablanca, MAR (clay – outdoor)

 

Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) d. Hicham Khaddari (MAR) 26 62 61 75

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 63 64 64

Lamine Ouahab/Mehdi Ziadi (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) 76(6) 61 36 46 64

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) 60 60 60

Ayoub Chakrouni (MAR) d. Constantinos Ioannides (CYP) 63 62

 

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ASICS Easter Bowl Begins Monday at Indian Wells Tennis Garden

 

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (April 6, 2014) – It’s a new-look ASICS Easter Bowl this year as the junior tennis tournament has plenty of changes in store once play begins with qualifying this weekend in the boys’ and girls’ 18s division.

 

The location, format and draw sizes have all changed this year for the 47th annual event. The host site is the Indian Wells Tennis Garden this year where the nation’s top boys’ and girls’ junior tennis players will have a chance to play on the same courts as their favorite pro players did last month at the BNP Paribas Open. Admission is free to attend the tournament.

 

The 18s boys and girls main draw will start on Monday and conclude on Sunday, April 13. The 18s is an ITF Grade B1 and USTA Level 1 event. It is a closed event meaning only players from the United States can play.

 

For the first time the tournament will include the nation’s top 12-and-under players. The 16′s, 14′s and 12′s will be a four-day event taking place Thursday-Sunday with 64 singles draw and 32 doubles and is a USTA Level 1A designated tournament. Also new this year, there are no wild cards being admitted for these three age divisions.

 

“I’m excited about the ASICS Easter Bowl,” said 16-year-old Francis Tiafoe, the top-seeded player in the boys’ 18s from College Park, Md., who last December became the youngest champion in the 67-year history of the Metropolia Orange Bowl International Championships. “I’m excited about every tournament I play, but especially this one. It’s been so cold in Maryland and I’ve played the past three months indoors. I just love playing outdoors here and in the sun.”

 

In the boys’ 18s, Tiafoe will be the one to watch and will battle against other ITF world top-100 ranked players like Alex Rybakov, Coral Springs, Fla.; Henrik Wiersholm, Kirkland, Wash.; Logan Smith, Carlsbad, Calif.; Jordi Arconada, College Park, Md.; Taylor Fritz, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and Daniel Kerznerman, Brooklyn, N.Y.

 

Keep an eye out for 17-year-old Deiton Baughman of Carson, Calif., who has turned pro and is fighting to get into the French Open juniors and Wimbledon and for 2012 boys’ 14s ASICS Easter Bowl champion William Blumberg, Greenwich, Conn.

 

In the girls’ 18s, top players include Sofia Kenin, Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Johnnise Renaud, North Miami, Fla., CiCi Bellis, Atherton, Fla., Michaela Gordon, Los Alto Hills, Calif., Usue Arconada, College Park, Md., Kaitlyn McCarthy, Cary, N.C., and Raquel Pedraza, Claremont, Calif.

 

The top-seed players in the boys’ 16s are: Evan Zhu (Greenbelt, Md.), Zeke Clark (Tulsa, Okla.), Matthew Gamble (Webster, N.Y.), William Genesen (Tulsa, Okla.), and Alex Phillips (Peachtree City, Ga.). In the girls’ 16s they are: Katerina Stewart (Coral Gables, Fla.), Alexandra Sanford (Westerville, Ohio), Bess Waldram (Portland, Ore.), Isabella Lorenzini (Clarendon Hills, Ill.), and Rebecca Weissmann (Loveland, Colo.).

 

The top-seeded players in the boys’ 14s are: Steven Sun (Glen Cove, N.Y.), Keenan Mayo (Roseville, Calif.), Russell Benkaim (Osprey, Fla.), Brandon Nakashima (San Diego, Calif.), Axel Nefve (Hinsdale, Ill.). In the girls’ 14s they are: Grace Joyce (Newton, Mass.), Shailla Alda (Phoenix), Rachel Lim (Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.), Alyvia Jones (Midland, Mich.), and Taylor Johnson (Redondo Beach, Calif.).

 

The top-seeded players in the boys’ 12s are: Harry Yang (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.), Blaise Bicknell (Miami), Spencer Whitaker (Richmond, Va.), Ivan Smith (Chula Vista, Calif.), and Niroop Vallabhaneni (Paradise Valley, Ariz.). In the girls’ 12s, they are: 1. Gabriella Price (Montebello, N.Y.), Gianna Pielet (El Paso, Texas), Victoria Hu (Northborough, Mass.), Cameron Compall (Winnetka, Ill.) and Whitney Osuigwe (Bradenton, Fla.).

 

The featured event of the ASICS Easter Bowl this year will be the Laurel Springs School Player Dinner catered by The Old Spaghetti Factory in Rancho Mirage on Wednesday, April 9. Also, a USTA Coaches Reception that evening will feature a complimentary dinner also sponsored by The Old Spaghetti Factory for all players, parents, and the top  coaches in the country.

 

The junior tournament started by Seena Hamilton in 1968 and now led by Tournament Director Lornie Kuhle. Long considered the Super Bowl of junior tennis, the ASICS Easter Bowl is being played at one of the biggest professional tennis facilities, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

 

The Tennis Garden features 29 hard courts and hosts a number of tournaments and special events including the Big West Conference Championships, World Team Tennis National Championships, and USTA National Championships.

 

The tournament was started in New York City by Hamilton and has been played in Florida, Arizona and California.

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Tennis – WTA Results and Schedules for Charleston and Monterrey

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FAMILY CIRCLE CUP
Charleston, USA
March 31-April 6, 2014
$710,000/Premier
Green Clay/Outdoors

 

Results – Saturday, April 5, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
(14) Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (6) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) 16 63 75
Jana Cepelova (SVK) d. (Q) Belinda Bencic (SUI) 64 57 76(7)

 

Doubles – Semifinals
Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. (3) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 75 67(5) 108 (Match TB)
Chan/Chan (TPE/TPE) d. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova (RUS/AUS) 62 31 ret. (Rodionova: concussion)

 

Order Of Play – Sunday, April 6, 2014
Billie Jean King (from 11.00hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Medina Garrigues/Shvedova vs. Chan/Chan
2. Singles Final: Jana Cepelova vs. Andrea Petkovic (NB 13.00hrs)

MONTERREY OPEN
Monterrey, México
March 31-April 6, 2014
$500,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

 

Results – Saturday, April 5, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
(2) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (3) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 76(5) 64
Jovana Jaksic (SRB) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 67(5) 64 64

 

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Babos/Govortsova (HUN/BLR) d. (4) Date-Krumm/Ka.Pliskova (JPN/CZE) w/o (Date-Krumm: right leg injury)

 

Order Of Play – Sunday, April 6, 2014
Cancha Central (from 16.00hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Babos/Govortsova vs. Jurak/Moulton-Levy
2. Singles Final: Jovana Jaksic vs. Ana Ivanovic (NB 18.00hrs)

 

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Davis Cup: Switzerland Trails 1-2 While Great Britain Leads 2-1 Going into Day 3

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(April 5, 2014) Switzerland find itself on the verge of elimination in Geneva as Kazakhstan’s  Andrey Golubev and Aleksandr Nedovyesov won the doubles rubber over the team of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6(5), 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5) to give them a 2-1 lead going into day 3 of their Davis Cup quarterfinal tie.

In Sunday’s reverse singles, No. 3 Wawrinka is on tap to play the No. 56th  Mikhail Kukushkin before Federer plays Golubev.

The winner of the tie will face the winner of Great Britain versus Italy. Andy Murray won two matches on Saturday to give Britain a 2-1 lead. The Scot finished up his singles match which carried over from Friday due to darkness. He also paired up with Colin Fleming to take the doubles.

WORLD GROUP QUARTERFINALS

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated JAPAN 5-0

Venue: Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, JPN (hard – indoor)

Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 67(5) 76(5) 61 75

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64 36 46 62

Lukas Rosol/Radek Stepanek (CZE) d. Tatsuma Ito/Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 64 64 64

Lukas Rosol (CZE) d. Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 63 36 64

Jiri Vesely (CZE) d. Taro Daniel (JPN) 64 64

GERMANY leads FRANCE 2-1

Venue: Palais des Sports Jean Weille, Nancy, FRA (hard – indoor)

Tobias Kamke (GER) d. Julien Benneteau (FRA) 76(8) 63 62

Peter Gojowczyk (GER) d. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 57 76(3) 36 76(8) 86

Julien Benneteau/Michael Llodra (FRA) d. Andre Begemann/Tobias Kamke (GER) 61 76(5) 46 75

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) v Tobias Kamke (GER)

Julien Benneteau (FRA) v Peter Gojowczyk (GER)

GREAT BRITAIN leads ITALY 2-1

Venue: Tennis Club Napoli, Naples, ITA (clay – outdoor)

Fabio Fognini (ITA) d. James Ward (GBR) 64 26 64 61

Andy Murray (GBR) d. Andreas Seppi (ITA) 64 75 63

Colin Fleming/Andy Murray (GBR) d. Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (ITA) 63 62 36 75

Fabio Fognini (ITA) v Andy Murray (GBR)

Andreas Seppi (ITA) v James Ward (GBR)

KAZAKHSTAN leads SWITZERLAND 2-1

Venue: Palexpo, Geneva, SUI (hard – indoor)

Andrey Golubev (KAZ) d. Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 76(5) 62 36 76(5)

Roger Federer (SUI) d. Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 64 64 62

Andrey Golubev/Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ) d. Roger Federer/Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) 64 76(5) 46 76(6)

Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI) v Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ)

Roger Federer (SUI) v Andrey Golubev (KAZ)

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

BRAZIL leads ECUADOR 2-1

Venue: Francisco Segura Cano, Guayaquil, ECU (clay – outdoor)

Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA) d. Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) 64 26 64 64

Emilio Gomez (ECU) d. Guilherme Clezar (BRA) 67(3) 64 1-1 ret.

Marcelo Melo/Bruno Soares (BRA) d. Gonzalo Escobar/Giovanni Lapentti (ECU) 62 60 63

Emilio Gomez (ECU) v Rogerio Dutra Silva (BRA)

Julio-Cesar Campozano (ECU) v Guilherme Clezar (BRA)

COLOMBIA defeated DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 3-0

Venue: Estadio de Tenis “Alvaro Carlos Jordan”, Cali, COL (clay – outdoor)

Santiago Giraldo (COL) d. Jose Hernandez (DOM) 62 46 64 67(3) 62

Alejandro Falla (COL) d. Victor Estrella (DOM) 46 62 57 62 62

Juan-Sebastian Cabal/Robert Farah (COL) d. Victor Estrella/Jose Hernandez (DOM) 63 62 64

Santiago Giraldo (COL) v Victor Estrella (DOM)

Alejandro Falla (COL) v Jose Hernandez (DOM)

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

CHINA, P.R. level with UZBEKISTAN 2-2

Venue: Tianjin Tennis Center, Tianjin, CHN (hard – outdoor)

Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Zhang Ze (CHN) 64 46 36 63 64

Wu Di (CHN) d. Farrukh Dustov (UZB) 16 76(4) 76(4) 36 97

Farrukh Dustov/Denis Istomin (UZB) d. Gong Mao-Xin/Li Zhe (CHN) 64 62 62

Wu Di (CHN) d. Denis Istomin (UZB) 16 75 63 75

Zhang Ze (CHN) v Farrukh Dustov (UZB)

INDIA defeated KOREA, REPUBLIC 3-1

Venue: Spo1 Tennis Courts, Busan, KOR (hard – outdoor)

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Chung Hyeon (KOR) 76(4) 76(3) 64

Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) d. Sanam Singh (IND) 76(5) 64 64

Rohan Bopanna/Saketh Myneni (IND) d. Lee Hyung-Taik/Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 76(4) 57 76(2) 63

Somdev Devvarman (IND) d. Lim Yong-Kyu (KOR) 64 57 63 61

Chung Hyeon (KOR) v Sanam Singh (IND) – not played

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP I SECOND ROUND

CROATIA leads POLAND 2-1

Venue: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, POL (hard – indoor)

Marin Cilic (CRO) d. Michal Przysiezny (POL) 61 64 64

Borna Coric (CRO) d. Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 26 62 75 57 64

Mariusz Fyrstenberg/Marcin Matkowski (POL) d. Marin Draganja/Mate Pavic (CRO) 67(1) 76(4) 46 76(2) 64

Jerzy Janowicz (POL) v Marin Cilic (CRO)

Michal Przysiezny (POL) v Borna Coric (CRO)

SLOVENIA level with ISRAEL 1-1

Venue: SRC Marina Portoroz, SLO (clay – outdoor)

Amir Weintraub (ISR) d. Blaz Kavcic (SLO) 46 75 63 36 64

Blaz Rola (SLO) d. Dudi Sela (ISR) 63 64 64

Blaz Rola/Grega Zemlja (SLO) v Jonathan Erlich/Andy Ram (ISR) – no play on Saturday due to rain

Blaz Kavcic (SLO) v Dudi Sela (ISR)

Blaz Rola (SLO) v Amir Weintraub (ISR)

UKRAINE leads SWEDEN 2-1

Venue: Baltiska Hallen, Malmo, SWE (hard – indoor)

Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR) d. Johan Brunstrom (SWE) 64 64 57 36 1311

Artem Smirnov (UKR) d. Markus Eriksson (SWE) 64 61 62

Johan Brunstrom/Robert Lindstedt (SWE) d. Sergei Bubka/Denys Molchanov (UKR) 76(4) 67(6) 36 64 108

Markus Eriksson (SWE) v Sergiy Stakhovsky (UKR)

Isak Arvidsson (SWE) v Artem Smirnov (UKR)

SLOVAK REPUBLIC defeated AUSTRIA 3-0

Venue: Aegon Arena, National Tennis Centre, Bratislava, SVK (hard – indoor)

Norbert Gombos (SVK) d. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 64 36 63 64

Lukas Lacko (SVK) d. Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT) 76(3) 46 46 62 63

Martin Klizan/Michal Mertinak (SVK) d. Alexander Peya/Dominic Thiem (AUT) 67(4) 36 76(5) 64 64

Lukas Lacko (SVK) v Dominic Thiem (AUT)

Norbert Gombos (SVK) v Andreas Haider-Maurer (AUT)

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

BARBADOS leads EL SALVADOR 2-1

Venue: National Tennis Centre, St Michael, BAR (hard – outdoor)

Darian King (BAR) d. Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 61 63 63

Marcelo Arevalo (ESA) d. Haydn Lewis (BAR) 76 (5) 57 64 76(1)

Darian King/Haydn Lewis (BAR) d. Marcelo Arevalo/Rafael Arevalo (ESA) 26 64 76(9) ret.

Darian King (BAR) v Marcelo Arevalo (ESA)

Haydn Lewis (BAR) v Rafael Arevalo (ESA)

MEXICO leads PERU 2-1

Venue: Club Britania Zavaleta, Puebla, MEX (hard – outdoor)

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Mauricio Echazu (PER) 63 46 76(2) 64

Duilio Beretta (PER) d. Cesar Ramirez (MEX) 26 64 26 61 62

Santiago Gonzalez/Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) d. Sergio Galdos/Rodrigo Sanchez (PER) 62 61 61

Miguel-Angel Reyes-Varela (MEX) v Duilio Beretta (PER)

Cesar Ramirez (MEX) v Mauricio Echazu (PER)

AMERICAS ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

CHILE defeated PARAGUAY 3-0

Venue: Club Palestino, Santiago, CHI (clay – outdoor)

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) d. Juan Borba (PAR) 63 60 61

Christian Garin (CHI) d. Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 46 63 60 63

Jorge Aguilar/Paul Capdeville (CHI) d. Ramon Delgado/Gustavo Ramirez (PAR) 62 64 64

Gonzalo Lama (CHI) v Gustavo Ramirez (PAR)

Christian Garin (CHI) v Juan Borba (PAR)

BOLIVIA leads GUATEMALA 2-1

Venue: Country Club Cochabamba, Cochabamba, BOL (clay – outdoor)

Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) d. Federico Zeballos (BOL) 76(8) 76(4) 76(4)

Hugo Dellien (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro (GUA) 62 63 75

Hugo Dellien/Federico Zeballos (BOL) d. Andres Bucaro/Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA) 76(3) 75 64

Hugo Dellien (BOL) v Christopher Diaz-Figueroa (GUA)

Federico Zeballos (BOL) v Andres Bucaro (GUA)

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

PHILIPPINES level with PAKISTAN 2-2

Venue: Philippine Columbian Association, Manila, PHI (clay – indoor)

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) d. Aqeel Khan (PAK) 75 64 64

Ruben Gonzales (PHI) d. Samir Iftihkar (PAK) 64 63 61

Aqeel Khan/Aisam Qureshi (PAK) d. Ruben Gonzales/Treat Huey (PHI) 75 63 62

Aqeel Khan (PAK) d. Johnny Arcilla (PHI) 46 61 26 63 5-1 ret.

Patrick-John Tierro (PHI) v Aisam Qureshi (PAK)

THAILAND defeated KUWAIT 4-1

Venue: The National Tennis Development Centre, Nonthaburi, THA (hard – outdoor)

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Abdulhameed Alshatti (KUW) 60 60 60

Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) d. Wishaya Trongcharoenchaikul (THA) 36 76(8) 76(4) 36 75

Pruchya Isarow/Nuttanon Kadchapanan (THA) d. Hasan Al Mousa/Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 76(2) 75 63

Pruchya Isarow (THA) d. Mohammad Ghareeb (KUW) 62 76(12) 16 61

Warit Sornbutnark (THA) d. Ali Ghareeb (KUW) 63 64

ASIA/OCEANIA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFF

SRI LANKA defeated VIETNAM 3-2

Venue: The 198 Tennis Club, Da Lat City, VIE (hard – outdoor)

Minh-Quan Do (VIE) d. Dineshkanthan Thangarajan (SRI) 63 64 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) 62 63 62

Sharmal Dissanayake/Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do/Quoc-Khanh Le (VIE) 64 75 63

Thien Nguyen Hoang (VIE) d. Sharmal Dissanayake (SRI) 62 63 64

Harshana Godamanna (SRI) d. Minh-Quan Do (VIE) 63 75 60

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II SECOND ROUND

SOUTH AFRICA leads LITHUANIA 2-1

Venue: Irene Country Club, Centurion, RSA (hard – outdoor)

Ricardas Berankis (LTU) d. Jean Andersen (RSA) 63 76(2) 63

Rik De Voest (RSA) d. Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 76(5) 76(3) 26 76(4)

Jean Andersen/Raven Klaasen (RSA) d. Ricardas Berankis/Laurynas Grigelis (LTU) 36 63 63 76(5)

Rik De Voest (RSA) v Ricardas Berankis (LTU)

Jean Andersen (RSA) v Laurynas Grigelis (LTU)

BOSNIA/HERZEGOVINA leads FINLAND 2-1

Venue: Tali Tennis Center, Helsinki, FIN (hard – indoor)

Damir Dzumhur (BIH) d. Juho Paukku (FIN) 63 76(4) 64

Mirza Basic (BIH) d. Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) 36 76(3) 36 63 86

Henri Kontinen/Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) d. Mirza Basic/Tomislav Brkic (BIH) 63 76(4) 62

Jarkko Nieminen (FIN) v Damir Dzumhur (BIH)

Juho Paukku (FIN) v Mirza Basic (BIH)

MOLDOVA leads BELARUS 2-1

Venue: Manejul de Atletica Usoara, Chisinau, MDA (clay – indoor)

Radu Albot (MDA) d. Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR) 62 62 36 62

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) d. Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR) 75 76(5) 63

Egor Gerasimov/Max Mirnyi (BLR) d. Andrei Ciumac/Andrei Gorban (MDA) 63 62 60

Radu Albot (MDA) v Uladzimir Ignatik (BLR)

Maxim Dubarenco (MDA) v Dzmitry Zhyrmont (BLR)

DENMARK defeated LUXEMBOURG 3-0

Venue: Hillerod Tennis Klub, DEN (hard – indoor)

Martin Pedersen (DEN) d. Ugo Nastasi (LUX) 64 64 61

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 63 64 57 67(5) 61

Thomas Kromann/Frederik Nielsen (DEN) d. Gilles Kremer/Mike Scheidweiler (LUX) 46 64 57 64 62

Frederik Nielsen (DEN) v Ugo Nastasi (LUX)

Martin Pedersen (DEN) v Mike Scheidweiler (LUX)

EUROPE/AFRICA ZONE GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

MONACO defeated NORWAY 3-0

Venue: Oslo Tennis Arena, Oslo, NOR (hard – indoor)

Benjamin Balleret (MON) d. Viktor Durasovic (NOR) 61 62 64

Romain Arneodo (MON) d. Joachim Bjerke (NOR) 76(7) 63 63

Guillaume Couillard/Thomas Oger (MON) d. Stian Boretti/Erling Tveit (NOR) 62 64 63

Joachim Bjerke (NOR) v Benjamin Balleret (MON)

Viktor Durasovic (NOR) v Romain Arneodo (MON)

BULGARIA defeated GREECE 3-0

Venue: Ilioupoli Tennis Club, Athens, GRE (clay – outdoor)

Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) d. Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 63 63 60

Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Theodoros Angelinos (GRE) 64 63 16 63

Grigor Dimitrov/Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL) d. Alexandros Jakupovic/Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) 76(4) 62 64

Alexandros Jakupovic (GRE) v Dinko Halachev (BUL)

Markos Kalovelonis (GRE) v Dimitar Kutrovsky (BUL)

IRELAND leads EGYPT 2-1

Venue: Castleknock Tennis Club, Dublin, IRL (hard – indoor)

James McGee (IRL) d. Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY) 60 63 62

Mohamed Safwat (EGY) d. Sam Barry (IRL) 36 75 75 76(5)

Sam Barry/James Cluskey (IRL) d. Sherif Sabry/Mohamed Safwat (EGY) 62 76(6) 62

James McGee (IRL) v Mohamed Safwat (EGY)

Sam Barry (IRL) v Karim-Mohamed Maamoun (EGY)

MOROCCO leads CYPRUS 2-1

Venue: Complexe Sportif Al Amal, Casablanca, MAR (clay – outdoor)

Sergis Kyratzis (CYP) d. Hicham Khaddari (MAR) 26 62 61 75

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos (CYP) 63 64 64

Lamine Ouahab/Mehdi Ziadi (MAR) d. Petros Chrysochos/Rares Cuzdriorean (CYP) 76(6) 61 36 46 64

Lamine Ouahab (MAR) v Sergis Kyratzis (CYP)

Hicham Khaddari (MAR) v Petros Chrysochos (CYP)

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