Tsonga, Almagro Move into Second Round of Tokyo


ATP World Tour 500
Tokyo, Japan  (+9 hours GMT)
30 September-6 October 2013     Surface: Hard


Singles – First Round
[2] J Tsonga (FRA) d G Monfils (FRA) 63 76(8)
[6] N Almagro (ESP) d [Q] B Becker (GER) 76(4) 76(3)
A Dolgopolov (UKR) d D Brands (GER) 63 61
J Nieminen (FIN) d J Monaco (ARG) 76(4) 61

Doubles – First Round
[3] I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d [WC] K Nishikori (JPN) / Y Uchiyama (JPN) 64 61
T Huey (PHI) / D Inglot (GBR) d K Anderson (RSA) / P Hanley (AUS) 26 75 10-4


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
F Lopez (ESP) vs [WC] T Ito (JPN)
[1] [WC] J Del Potro (ARG) vs M Baghdatis (CYP)
[4] K Nishikori (JPN) vs J Melzer (AUT)
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [8] J Tipsarevic (SRB)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[Q] R Harrison (USA) vs H Zeballos (ARG)
[WC] Y Sugita (JPN) vs I Dodig (CRO)
[5] G Simon (FRA) vs M Granollers (ESP)
[Q] M Chiudinelli (SUI) vs J Chardy (FRA)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
C Berlocq (ARG) vs [PR] P Cuevas (URU)
[7] K Anderson (RSA) vs [LL] L Lacko (SVK)
[Q] E Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs D Tursunov (RUS)



Venus Williams Reaches Tokyo Quarterfinals with win over Simona Halep


(September 25, 2013) Venus Williams came back from a set down to upset Simona Halep 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Wednesday.

This is the American’s first time playing in Tokyo since 2009.

Williams said that it was a very tough match and did not know how she was able to win it.. On Tuesday Williams knocked out No. 2 and top seed Victoria Azarenka.

Williams’ next challenge will come from Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, whom she’ll play in the quarterfinals.

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-28, 2013

Results – Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Singles – Third Round
(2) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (16) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 63 64
(4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 61 61
(5) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 64 62
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. (6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 75 62
Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (12) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 64 64
Venus Williams (USA) d. (13) Simona Halep (ROU) 46 75 63

Suspended due to rain
(15) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) leads Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 41

Order Of Play – Thursday, September 26, 2013
Center Court (from 10.30hrs)
1. Madison Keys vs. Petra Kvitova
2. Venus Williams vs. Eugenie Bouchard (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Lucie Safarova vs. Caroline Wozniacki
4. [Svetlana Kuznetsova or Sorana Cirstea] vs. [Madison Keys or Petra Kvitova] (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Angelique Kerber vs. Agnieszka Radwanska

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Sorana Cirstea (tbc)
2. Hsieh/Peng vs. Goerges/Zahlavova Strycova
3. Groenefeld/Peschke vs. Black/Mirza
4. Chan/Huber vs. Jankovic/Srebotnik

Court TBA
Kudryavtseva/Rodionova vs. Flipkens/Kvitova (NB 13.00hrs; after suitable rest)


Venus Williams Upsets Victoria Azarenka in Tokyo

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

(September 24, 2013) Venus Williams upset top seed Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-4 to move into the third round of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo on Tuesday.

“She didn’t seem like herself at all,” Williams said of her opponent to press after the match. “I could tell she wasn’t feeling her best. I am not sure what was bothering her but I hope she feels better.”

Azarenka said that she did not sleep last night and noted that she had not been well for a couple of days.

Williams will play No. 13 seed Simona Halep who beat Andrea Petkovic 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the third round.

Tokyo, Japan
September 22-28, 2013

Results – Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Singles – Second Round
Venus Williams (USA) d. (1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 62 64
(2) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 76(5) 60
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (3) Sara Errani (ITA) 64 64
(4) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 62 63
(6) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 64 61
Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. (9) Sloane Stephens (USA) 57 76(7) 63
(11) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Elina Svitolina (UKR) 63 60
(12) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 63 76(2)
(13) Simona Halep (ROU) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 76(4) 63
Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (14) Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 62 63
(15) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (WC) Misaki Doi (JPN) 61 62
(16) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 75 63
Madison Keys (USA) d. Peng Shuai (CHN) 75 62

Doubles – First Round
(1) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Hantuchova/Raymond (SVK/USA) 63 61
(WC) Flipkens/Kvitova (BEL/CZE) d. (2) Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS) 76(3) 36 108 (Match TB)
(3) Jankovic/Srebotnik (SRB/SLO) d. Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 46 63 102 (Match TB)
(4) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Aoyama/Moulton-Levy (JPN/USA) 64 62
Chan/Huber (TPE/USA) d. (WC) Date-Krumm/Parra Santonja (JPN/ESP) 64 62

Order Of Play – Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Center Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Caroline Wozniacki
2. Eugenie Bouchard vs. Jelena Jankovic
3. Venus Williams vs. Simona Halep (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Angelique Kerber vs. Ana Ivanovic


Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Sorana Cirstea
2. Madison Keys vs. Petra Kvitova (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Lucie Safarova vs. Samantha Stosur
4. Groenefeld/Peschke vs. Black/Mirza


Nishikori Wins Japan Open

Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player to win the Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo on Sunday when he stopped the hard-serving Canadian Milos Raonic for the title 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-0 for his second career ATP World Tour title. His first tournament win came at Delray Beach in 2008 as a qualifier.

Nishikori, from Shimane Prefecture in southern Japan, ranked No. 17 in the world and rising, delighted his home crowd with the win.

”To have won this tournament in Japan is a very happy occasion for me,” Nishikori said. ”I made an effort to approach today’s match as the challenger.”

”I wish I could have started off serving better,” Raonic said. ”He was reading my serve really well from the beginning and that usually doesn’t happen. I didn’t create the opportunities and go for it like the previous two days.’

“He just played too well. There’s not too much I could do. He played better than me and deserved to win. [In the third set], he started playing well, was reading me a bit more, and a few mistakes starting coming from me.”

“I have not been able to play well in Japan until now,” Nishikori said, “so I always thought perhaps I was not mentally strong enough to do so. But [after] the match against [Tomas] Berdych, something changed. I was able to play much better yesterday and today as well. On one side of my mind, I cannot believe I won the tournament, but at the same time, I feel that I’m happy I was able to do this.

“He (Milos) attacks on his returns and goes up to the net quickly. And he is willing to take risks. I watched him play [Andy] Murray. Despite the break in the first game, there were some dangerous moments in the first set. I tried to stay aggressive. I was able to continue doing so and was able to get the final set 6-0.”

“I would like to offer my congratulations to Kei Nishikori on becoming the first Japanese man to win the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships title in Tokyo,” ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett said. Kei is a terrific player who is already a star at home in Japan and among the Top 20 players in the world. I’m sure this historic win over a very difficult field in Tokyo will give him great confidence and we look forward to seeing all that he can do. Kei has a very bright future on the ATP World Tour and we couldn’t be more proud of him.”

This was the youngest ATP final of the year with 21-year-old Raonic playing 22-year-old Nishikori in their first encounter.


Petrova Defeats Radwanska to Earn Tokyo Title



Nadia Petrova captured her 12th career WTA title on Saturday by winning the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open over defending champion No. 3 Agniezska Radwanska in Tokyo.

“After running out of gas in the second set, I don’t know where I found the strength and willpower to fight in the third set, but I did and it feels amazing,” Petrova said. This is the biggest tournament I’ve ever won. It’s a great accomplishment. And at the beginning of the tournament I definitely didn’t expect to win the title, because of the back injury I’ve been struggling with. I’m so happy to be here right now.

“There are a few players who have won Grand Slams after 30, and I feel like I don’t want to walk away from tennis without accomplishing the same. I still find the will to wake up every morning and go on the court and try to improve with each day. If it’s meant to happen it will, but if it doesn’t, at the end of my career I’ll know I’ve done everything I could.”
Petrova knocked out three top ten players during the week -Radwanska, No. 7 Sara Errani and No. 9 Sam Stosur.

“I’m disappointed, ” Radwanska said. “I wanted to win this title so much, and when you’re so close and feel you can make it, it’s always emotional if you don’t. But she was playing really well. Her biggest weapon is her serve, for sure, but also her return was very good today, and I had to serve really well myself to hold my serve. But overall I think those two shots were working really well for her today.”

Petrova, currently ranked at 18 in the world, is expected to move up to No. 14 when the rankings come out on Monday.

Tokyo, Japan
September 23-29, 2012

Singles – Final
(17) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 60 16 63

Doubles – Final
Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. (4) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) 61 64