2014/04/24

Serena Williams to Defend Title at Year-End Championships on Tennis Channel

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(October 17, 2013) LOS ANGELES, – Tennis Channel will be live at the women’s year-end championships in Istanbul, Turkey, throughout next week, as tennis’ top-eight singles players and best-four doubles teams of the year compete for 2013 crowns. With daylong coverage October 22-27, the network will offer close to 40 hours of round-robin and knockout-stage matches at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships. No. 1 among them, 2013 US Open and French Open winner Serena Williams will attempt to win her second-consecutive year-ending singles championship, and the fourth of her Hall of Fame career.

 

During the six-day event, Tennis Channel will cover all round-robin and singles and doubles semifinal matches live, followed by same-day encore singles and doubles championships Sunday, Oct. 27. Weekday telecasts will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, with varied schedules on the weekend (complete schedule follows). As with 2012, Tennis Channels’ Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) will call the matches beside analyst Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76), who won three-straight year-end doubles crowns from 1996-1998, and the singles title in 1999. On Friday, Oct. 25, Corina Morariu, who held the No. 1 doubles ranking in 2000, will fill in for Davenport.

 

The annual year-end women’s tennis championships are limited to just the eight singles players who earned the most points during the calendar year, and the four top points-earning doubles teams. Every autumn the tournament splits the singles players into two groups of four, with each player guaranteed at least three matches during the week, against the other three members of her group. Following this round-robin play of all-stars, the top two in each group move on to a traditional, single-elimination knockout stage of semifinals and the final match. The four doubles teams also compete in this single-elimination format.

 

As she pursues her fourth year-end title, Williams faces a field that includes 2012 and 2013 Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanksa, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic and Angelique Kerber. The doubles draw is led by 2013 Australian Open champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. The other three teams consist of Hsieh Su-Wei/Peng Shuai, Nadia Petrova/Katarina Srebotnik and Ekatarina Makarova/Elena Vesnina.

 

Tennis Channel’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, will feature additional TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships information during the tournament. The network will also interact with viewers on platforms Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel).

 

Tennis Channel’s 2013 TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Schedule

(all matches live unless otherwise indicated)

 

Date                            Time (ET)                   Event                                                                          

Tuesday, Oct. 22         10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        Round-Robin Action

Wednesday, Oct. 23    10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        Round-Robin Action

Thursday, Oct. 24        10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        Round-Robin Action

Friday, Oct. 25             10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        Round-Robin Action

Saturday, Oct. 26         6 a.m.-7:30 a.m.          Doubles Semifinal

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.          Doubles Semifinal, Singles Semifinal

Sunday, Oct. 27           8:30 p.m.-12 a.m.        Doubles Final (Encore), Singles Final (Encore)

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Angelique Kerber Earns Final Singles Spot in WTA Championships

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(October 11, 2013) Germany’s Angelique Kerber has earned final singles spot at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013. Kerber secured her spot by advancing to the semifinals of the Generali Ladies Linz in Austria.

 

For the second year in a row – and only the second time in the WTA Championships’ 43-year history – each player in the singles draw will represent a different country: Serena Williams (United States), Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), Li Na (China), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), Sara Errani (Italy), Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) and Angelique Kerber (Germany).

 

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize money.

“I am so excited to be returning to Istanbul for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships,” said Kerber after advancing to the semifinals in Linz.  “The fans last year were amazing and I look forward for the chance to play against the best players in the world. ”

 

Kerber is appearing at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships for the second time, after making her event debut in 2012.

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Maria Sharapova Withdraws from WTA Year-End Championships, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic Qualify

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(October 7, 2013) – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced that Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova, Italy’s Sara Errani and Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic have qualified for this year’s TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, to be held at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013. Kvitova, Errani and Jankovic join a singles line-up that already includes Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na.

 

World No.3 Maria Sharapova announced her withdrawal from the Championships due to a continuing right shoulder injury..

 

“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships this year. The fans in Istanbul have welcomed us each year with such intense passion and warmth, I will sincerely miss the energy and excitement they brought to the year-end tournament. I want to thank Istanbul for being a tremendous host and hope to play in Turkey sometime in the future,” said Sharapova.

 

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the world’s Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams to compete for $6 million in prize money. Istanbul is hosting the season-ending event for a third and final year.

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Doubles field set for TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships

 

(October 4, 2013) The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced the complete doubles field for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul with the teams of Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik, Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, and Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina securing their qualification. These players will join the previously qualified pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci at the year-end Championships to be staged at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013.

 

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams to compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize. The year-end doubles WTA World No.1 ranking will be on the line as Istanbul hosts the elite season-ending competition for a third and final year. In the singles event, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na have already secured their places.

 

“Each of these teams had magnificent seasons and it is exciting to see their hard work has earned them a spot in the year-end TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships,” said WTA Chairman & CEO, Stacey Allaster. “The lineup promises to provide an exciting competition with Grand Slam champions, former No.1s and the best WTA doubles players competing at our crown-jewel event.”

 

The doubles draw ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 24, with semifinals taking place on Saturday, October 26, and the final on Sunday, October 27.

 

PETROVA/SREBOTNIK:

Petrova and Srebotnik advanced to six doubles finals this year, including five in the first three months of the season, winning titles at Apia International Sydney, Sony Open (Miami) and Aegon International (Eastbourne), and finishing runners-up at Qatar Total Open (Doha), Dubai Duty Free Championships and BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells). The duo also performed strongly at the Grand Slams, reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros and quarterfinals at Wimbledon and US Open.

 

Before this year, Petrova and Srebotnik had previously teamed up as far back as 2003, in a partnership that was highlighted by winning the title at 2008 Kremlin Cup (Moscow) and a finals appearance at 2012 Rogers Cup (Montréal). Collectively they own 58 doubles titles, with Petrova winning 24 and Srebotnik 34, placing her fifth among active WTA players.

 

This marks the third time in her career Petrova has qualified for the doubles competition, having previously won the title in 2004 (with Meghann Shaughnessy) and 2012 (with Maria Kirilenko). She also competed in singles at the Championships three times (2005, 2006, 2008). Srebotnik will be competing at the Championships for the seventh time in her career with her fourth different partner (2001-02 with Tina Krizan; 2007-08 with Ai Sugiyama; 2010-11 with Kveta Peschke).

 

HSIEH/PENG:

Hsieh and Peng teamed up to win four doubles titles this year, highlighted by their victory at Wimbledon, as Hsieh became the first player from Chinese Taipei to win a Grand Slam title. They also raised the champions’ trophy at Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome), Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati) and the Guangzhou Open. As a team, they won the first two WTA events they played – 2008 Bali and 2009 Sydney – and have posted a perfect 8-0 record in WTA doubles finals. Overall, Hsieh owns 13 career WTA doubles titles and Peng has won 11.

 

Peng will be the third Chinese woman to compete in doubles at the Championships joining Zheng Jie and Yan Zi, who teamed up in 2006. Hsieh will be fourth Taiwanese woman to compete at the year-end event joining Janet Lee (2002), and Chuang Chia-Jung and Chan Yung-Jan, who teamed up in 2007.

 

MAKAROVA/VESNINA:

Makarova and Vesnina have captured two doubles titles this year, winning the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and Roland Garros, where they became only the second all-Russian pairing to win a Grand Slam title. The pair also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, Rogers Cup (Toronto) and Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati), and quarterfinals at the US Open. Individually, Vesnina has won 10 career WTA doubles titles, and Makarova has five WTA doubles titles to her name.

 

The Russians have won four doubles titles together and will be making their debut at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships.

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Sharapova, Radwanska and Errani/Vinci qualify for TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, World No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska and the top doubles team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have qualified for this year’s TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, to be staged at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013. Despite qualifying, Sharapova’s participation in Istanbul remains questionable due to her continuing recovery from injury.

 

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the world’s best women tennis players as the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize money and one of the most prestigious titles in women’s tennis. Istanbul is set to host the elite season-ending competition for a triumphant third and final year.

 

“We are excited to add Maria, Agnieszka, Sara and Roberta to the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul player field, although Maria continues to rehab from her injury,” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. “We are less than a month away from the Championships and are eager to continue building towards what will be another sensational tournament for the fans in Istanbul and tennis fans around the world.”

 

Maria Sharapova

 

Sharapova captured titles at the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart) in 2013 and has now won at least one title annually for the last 11 years.  Only three players – Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf – have enjoyed longer streaks. The Russian was also a finalist at the Sony Open Tennis (Miami), Mutua Madrid Open and Roland Garros, falling on each occasion to Serena Williams. Despite left hip and right shoulder injuries curtailing her fall hard court season, Sharapova is the third player to secure her Istanbul singles qualification.

 

The 26-year-old has qualified for the year-end finale for the seventh time in her career. She won the event on her debut in 2004, defeating Serena Williams in the championship match, and is a two-time finalist, in 2007 and most recently 2012. Only once has she failed to reach at least the semifinal stage, withdrawing from round-robin play in 2011 with an ankle injury.

 

Agnieszka Radwanska

 

Radwanska opened the 2013 season with back-to-back titles at ASB Classic (Auckland) and Apia International Sydney, in addition to winning last week’s KDB Korea Open (Seoul), taking her career tally to 13. The 24-year-old finished runner-up at Bank of the West Classic (Stanford), and was a four-time semifinalist at Wimbledon, Qatar Total Open (Doha), Sony Open Tennis (Miami) and Rogers Cup (Toronto). After the US Open she surpassed $13million in career prize money and is now one of the Top 20 earners in WTA history.

 

The Pole has qualified for the WTA Championships for the third successive year, as well as competing as an alternate in 2008 and 2009. Her best result came last year, reaching the semifinals, before falling to eventual champion Serena Williams. Radwanska’s third round-robin match in 2013 against Sara Errani was the longest recorded best-of-three-set match in Championships history at three hours, 29 minutes. The previous record was set during the 2007 final, when Justine Henin defeated Maria Sharapova in three hours, 24 minutes.

 

Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci

 

Last year Errani and Vinci earned the distinction of becoming the first all-Italian team to compete at the prestigious year-end event and went on to finish the season as WTA Doubles Team of the Year. Vinci is returning to the Championships for the third time in her career: her appearances now span a 12-year period, having made her debut in 2001 partnering Sandrine Testud. Errani, who played in both the singles and doubles events in 2012, has qualified in doubles for the second straight year and remains on track to secure a singles berth as well.

 

The Italians began the season in strong form, triumphing at the Australian Open to win their third Grand Slam crown, followed by titles at Open GDF Suez (Paris Indoors) and Qatar Total Open (Doha). They also made finals appearances at Roland Garros, Apia International Sydney, and Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome). Underscoring their success, the pair has held the World No.1 Doubles ranking either individually or collectively since October last year. First teaming up on a regular basis in 2010, Errani and Vinci have collected a total of 16 doubles titles as a team. They have also compiled an undefeated record to date in Fed Cup doubles competition for Italy, and are due to face Russia in November’s final.

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Serena Williams First to Qualify for TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul

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(August 5, 2013) ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that singles World No.1 Serena Williams is the first player to qualify for this year’s TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, to be staged at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013.

 

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the world’s best women tennis players as the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize money and one of the most prestigious titles in women’s tennis. Istanbul is set to host the elite season-ending competition for a triumphant third and final year.

 

“I congratulate Serena on becoming the first player to secure her place at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul,” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. “Serena is having yet another extraordinary season on tour, and continues to be one of the sport’s greatest champions. She has earned the opportunity to defend her title and be part of our very special season finale in Istanbul.”

 

Turkish Tennis Federation president Osman Tural said: “Excitement is building for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul with the confirmation that World No.1 Serena Williams will be back to defend the title she won following an unforgettable performance in 2012. I believe the final year of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul will be remembered as one of the most successful organizations in the history of the event. For the last two years the eyes of the world have turned to Istanbul for this significant tournament, which plays a vital role in supporting the Olympic bid of Istanbul for the 2020 Olympic Games. We invite all tennis fans to experience this wonderful event from 22-27 October and see the best players in the world in action.”

 

“I’m very excited to have qualified for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships and have the opportunity to return to Istanbul in October to defend my title,” said Williams. “The support we received from the fans at last year’s Championships was overwhelming and it’s going to be a very special feeling returning to Turkey and playing in that incredible atmosphere once again.”

 

Williams returns to Istanbul to defend the title she won last year in front of a vocal, sell-out crowd. The 31-year-old has now qualified for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships for the 10th time in her career, and is a three-time champion at the event (2001, 2009, 2012), in addition to reaching finals in 2002 and 2004.

 

The American has amassed an impressive 51-3 record so far this season, including a career-best 34-match win streak while collecting a tour-leading seven titles along the way: Brisbane International, Sony Open Tennis (her sixth title at Miami), Family Circle Cup (Charleston), Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome), Roland Garros (her 16th Grand Slam singles crown), and Collector Swedish Open (Bastad).

 

With 53 titles, Williams currently is tied for ninth with Monica Seles on the all-time list for most titles won. In February this year, she returned to the World No.1 ranking, becoming the oldest player to hold the top spot, which she has now done so for 148 non-consecutive weeks across the course of her career. During Wimbledon she achieved her 600th win at all levels, a feat that has been accomplished by just 14 other players in WTA history.

 

Following two successful, record-breaking editions, Istanbul hosts the Championships for the third and final year in 2013. In 2012, the event attracted more than 73,000 fans during six days of competition, the highest attendance at the year-end event since 2000. Championships broadcast coverage reached 167 countries, and the overall hours produced increased 25 percent, including live matches, match replays, and highlights. Nearly 42 million fans followed the on-court and behind-the-scenes action via WTA social media and digital platforms, leading to a record-setting week for the official WTA website (www.wtatennis.com) with approximately 4.8 million page impressions and nearly 500,000 unique visitors.

 

Tickets to the 2013 TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul are now available for purchase through Biletix, either online at www.biletix.com or at Biletix ticket counters in Turkey, with a special 15 percent discount on offer for fans purchasing tickets using TEB credit cards.

 

Follow all the latest news about the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul on www.wtachampionships.com, www.facebook.com/WTA, and www.twitter.com/WTA using #WTAChamps.

 

RACE TO THE TEB BNP PARIBAS WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS-ISTANBUL

(players/teams in bold already qualified)

SINGLES

DOUBLES

PLAYER POINTS   TEAM POINTS
Serena Williams (USA) 7520   Errani / Vinci (ITA/ITA) 6780
Maria Sharapova (RUS) 5890   Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) 5660
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 5370   Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) 4681
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 4277   Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) 3935
Sara Errani (ITA) 3781   Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS) 3215
Li Na (CHN) 3300   Groenefeld/Peschke(GER/CZE) 3130
Marion Bartoli (FRA) 3048  
Petra Kvitova (CZE) 2671      
Sabine Lisicki (GER) 2471      
Roberta Vinci (ITA) 2460      
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France Wins Men’s World Group title at BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis Event

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(May 26, 2013) France has defeated Netherlands 2-0 to win the men’s World Group title at the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup wheelchair tennis event in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday 26 May. In the men’s World Group play-off, USA defeated Greece 2-0 to qualify for the 2014 World Group.

A total of 52 teams from 28 nations have competed this week in four categories: men, women, quad and junior.

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis. The initial event took place in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000 respectively. The ITF introduced regional qualifying for the men’s and women’s events in 2012.

BNP PARIBAS WORLD TEAM CUP, ANTALYA, TURKEY
RESULTS – 26 MAY

Men’s World Group Final

FRANCE (2) defeated NETHERLANDS (1) 2-0
Nicolas Peifer (FRA) d. Ronald Vink (NED) 61 63
Stephane Houdet (FRA) d. Maikel Scheffers (NED) 62 63

Men’s World Group 3rd/4th Place Play-off

SWEDEN defeated JAPAN (3) 2-0
Peter Vikstrom (SWE) d. Takuya Miki (JPN) 76(2) 57 60
Stefan Olsson (SWE) d. Takashi Sanada (JPN) 76(4) 62

Men’s World Group Play-off

USA defeated GREECE 2-0
Steve Baldwin (USA) d. Stefanos Diamantis (GRE) 16 76(1) 61
Steve Welch (USA) d. Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) 63 61

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USA Wins Quad title at BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis Event

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(May 25, 2013) USA has defeated Israel 2-0 to win the quad title at the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup wheelchair tennis event in Antalya, Turkey on Saturday 25 May. In the men’s World Group II final, Australia has defeated Greece 2-0 to win promotion to the World Group in 2014. The men’s World Group final between Netherlands and France will take place on Monday 26 May. A total of 52 teams from 28 nations are competing on 20-26 May in four categories: men, women, quad and junior.

 

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis. The initial event took place in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000 respectively. The ITF introduced regional qualifying for the men’s and women’s events in 2012.

 

 

BNP PARIBAS WORLD TEAM CUP, ANTALYA, TURKEY

RESULTS – 25 MAY

 

Quad Event Final

 

USA (1) defeated ISRAEL (2) 2-0

Nick Taylor (USA) d. Shraga Weinberg (ISR) 63 60

David Wagner (USA) d. Noam Gershony (ISR) 62 62

Nick Taylor/David Wagner (USA) v. Noam Gershony/Shraga Weinberg (ISR) not played

 

Quad Event 3rd/4th Place Play-off

 

ITALY defeated JAPAN 2-1

Marco Innocenti (ITA) d. Shinichi Hirata (JPN) 63 64

Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) d. Antonio Raffaele (ITA) 63 64

Marco Innocenti/Giuseppe Polidori (ITA) d. Shinichi Hirata/Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) 61 75

 

Men’s World Group Semifinals

 

NETHERLANDS (1) defeated SWEDEN 2-1

Ronald Vink (NED) d. Peter Vikstrom (SWE) 26 62 62

Maikel Scheffers (NED) d. Stefan Olsson (SWE) 16 61 62

Peter Vikstrom/Dan Wallin (SWE) d. Maikel Scheffers/Ronald Vink (NED) 57 60 [10-6]

 

FRANCE (2) defeated JAPAN (3) 2-1

Frederic Cattaneo (FRA) d. Takashi Sanada (JPN) d. 46 61 64

Shingo Kunieda (JPN) d. Stephane Houdet (FRA) 75 76(4)

Frederic Cattaneo/Stephane Houdet (FRA) d. Shingo Kunieda/Takashi Sanada (JPN) 63 57 [10-2]

 

Men’s World Group 5th/6th Place Play-off

 

GREAT BRITAIN (4) defeated ARGENTINA 2-0

Dave Phillipson (GBR) d. Jose Castricini (ARG) 60 61

Gordon Reid (GBR) d. Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) 46 63 64
Marc McCarroll/Gordon Reid (GBR) v. Oscar Diaz/Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) not played

 

Men’s World Group 7th/8th Place Play-off

 

POLAND defeated AUSTRIA 3-0

Piotr Jaroszewski (POL) d. Thomas Mossier (AUT) 57 62 61

Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (POL) d. Martin Legner (AUT) 36 61 76(8)

Kamil Fabisiak/Piotr Jaroszewski (POL) d. Martin Legner/Thomas Mossier (AUT) 76(3) 57 [10-5]

 

Men’s World Group 9th/10th Place Play-off

 

THAILAND defeated KOREA, REP. 2-0

Suwaitchai Merngrprom (THA) d. Sang- Ho Oh (KOR) 62 64

Suthi Klongrua (THA) d. Ji-Hwan Lee (KOR) 64 61

Suthi Klongrua/Sumrerng Kruamai (THA) v. Sam-Ji Kim/Sang-Ho Oh (KOR) not played

 

Men’s World Group 11th/12th Place Play-off

 

USA defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-0

Steve Baldwin (USA) d. Donald Ramphadi (RSA) 60 60

Steve Welch (USA) d. Evans Maripa (RSA) 26 61 63

Steve Baldwin/Steve Welch (USA) d. Leon Els/Evans Maripa (RSA) w/o.

 

Men’s World Group II Final

 

AUSTRALIA (1) defeated GREECE 2-0
Adam Kellerman (AUS) d. Stefanos Diamantis (GRE) 60 63

Ben Weekes (AUS) d. Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) 61 63

Adam Kellerman/Ben Weekes (AUS) v. Stefanos Diamantis/Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) not played

 

Men’s World Group II 3rd/4th Place Play-off

 

BELGIUM (4) defeated ITALY 2-1

Luca Spano (ITA) d. Gert Vos (BEL) 76(2) 63

Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. Ivan Lion (ITA) 61 60

Mike Denayer/Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. Ivan Lion/Luca Spano (ITA) 64 62

 

Women’s World Group 5th/6th Place Play-off

 

THAILAND defeated KOREA, REP. 2-1

Chusri Inthanin (THA) d. Jung-Hye Yeo (KOR) 62 61

Ju-Yeon Park (KOR) d. Sakhorn Khanthasit (THA) 63 64

Chusri Inthanin/Ratana Techamaneewat (THA) d. Myung-Hee Hwang/Ju-Yeon Park (KOR) 61 76(5)

 

Women’s World Group 7th/8th Place Play-off

 

SPAIN defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-1

Lola Ochoa (ESP) d. Mabel Mankgele (RSA) 60 62

Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) d. Elena Jacinto (ESP) 61 61

Elena Jacinto/Lola Ochoa (ESP) d. Mabel Mankgele/Rose van der Meer (RSA) 62 63

 

Women’s World Group 9th/10th Place Play-off

 

USA defeated CHILE 3-0

Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) d. Macarena Cabrillana (CHI) 36 60 62

Emmy Kaiser (USA) d. Francisca Mardones (CHI) 63 75

Emmy Kaiser/Kaitlyn Verfuerth (USA) d. Macarena Cabrillana/Francisca Mardones (CHI) 62 60

 

Women’s World Group 11th/12th Place Play-off

 

AUSTRALIA defeated TURKEY 2-0

Sarah Calati (AUS) d. Julide Yildiz (TUR) 75 61

Janel Manns (AUS) d. Busra Un (TUR) 64 63

Sarah Calati/Luba Josevski (AUS) v. Nese Aydemir/Busra Un (TUR) not played

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Netherlands Women and Great Britain Juniors Win BNP Paribas World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis Titles

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(May 24, 2013) Netherlands women and Great Britain juniors won the first two titles at the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup wheelchair tennis event in Antalya, Turkey on Friday 24 May. Netherlands defeated Great Britain 2-0 to win its 14th successive women’s title, while Great Britain defeated Spain 2-0 in the junior final. A total of 52 teams from 28 nations are competing on 20-26 May in four categories: men, women, quad and junior.

 

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis. The initial event took place in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000 respectively. The ITF introduced regional qualifying for the men’s and women’s events in 2012.

 

BNP PARIBAS WORLD TEAM CUP, ANTALYA,TURKEY

RESULTS – 24 MAY

 

Women’s World Group Final

 

NETHERLANDS (1) defeated GREAT BRITAIN (3) 2-0

Jiske Griffioen (NED) d. Jordanne Whiley (GBR) 75 62

Aniek van Koot (NED) d. Lucy Shuker (GBR) 63 62

Jiske Griffioen/Sharon Walraven (NED) v Lucy Shuker/Jordanne Whiley (GBR) not played

 

Women’s World Group 3rd/4th Place Play-off

 

JAPAN (4) defeated GERMANY (2) 2-0

Miho Nijo (JPN) d. Bianca Osterer (GER) 75 63

Yui Kamiji (JPN) d. Katharina Kruger (GER) 60 61

Yui Kamiji/Miho Nijo (JPN) v Katharina Kruger/Bianca Osterer (GER) not played

 

Junior Event Final

 

GREAT BRITAIN (1) defeated SPAIN (4) 2-1

Martin de La Puente (ESP) d. Lauren Jones (GBR) 62 60

Alfie Hewett (GBR) d. Felix Garcia (ESP) 60 61

Alfie Hewett/Lauren Jones (GBR) d. Martin de la Puente/Felix Garcia (ESP) 46 75 [10-4]

 

Junior Event 3rd/4th Place Play-off

 

NETHERLANDS (2) defeated RUSSIA 2-0

Diede de Groot (NED) d. Viktoriia Lvova (RUS) 62 62

Carlos Anker (NED) d. Artur Saitgareev (RUS) 57 64 64

Viktoriia Lvova/Artur Saitgareev (RUS) v Carlos Anker/Diede de Groot (NED) not played

 

Quad Event Semifinals

 

USA (1) defeated JAPAN 3-0

Nick Taylor (USA) d. Shinichi Hirata (JPN) 63 60

David Wagner (USA) d. Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) 60 60

Nick Taylor/David Wagner (USA) d. Shota Kawano/Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) 63 60

 

ISRAEL (2) defeated ITALY 2-1

Shraga Weinberg (ISR) d. Marco Innocenti (ITA) 62 76(4)

Noam Gershony (ISR) d. Antonio Raffaele (ITA) 61 61

Marco Innocenti/Giuseppe Polidori (ITA) d. Noam Gershony/Patrick Ben Uriel (ISR) 63 64

 

Quad Event 5th/6th Place Play-off

 

SWEDEN (4) defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-1

Marcus Jonsson (SWE) d. Bongani Dlamini (RSA) 61 75

Lucas Sithole (RSA) d. Anders Hard (SWE) 61 62

Anders Hard/Marcus Jonsson (SWE) d. Steven Kekai/Lucas Sithole (RSA) 60 61

 

Quad Event 7th/8th Place Play-off

 

CANADA defeated GREAT BRITAIN 3-0
Gary Luker (CAN) d. Adam Field (GBR) 64 76(7)

Sarah Hunter (CAN) d. Antony Cotterill (GBR) 61 75

Adrian Dieleman/Sarah Hunter (CAN) d. Antony Cotterill/Adam Field (GBR) 62 63

 

Men’s World Group 5th/8th Place Play-offs

 

GREAT BRITAIN (4) defeated AUSTRIA 2-1

Dave Phillipson (GBR) d. Thomas Mossier (AUT) 46 61 61

Martin Legner (AUT) d. Marc McCarroll (GBR) 61 75
Dave Phillipson/Gordon Reid (GBR) d. Martin Legner/Thomas Mossier (AUT) 61 63

 

ARGENTINA defeated POLAND 2-1

Piotr Jaroszewski (POL) d. Jose Castricini (ARG) 60 60

Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) d. Tadeusz Kruszelnicki (POL) 62 60

Oscar Diaz/Gustavo Fernandez (ARG) d. Kamil Fabisiak/Piotr Jaroszewski (POL) 60 64


Men’s World Group 9th/12th Place Play-offs

 

KOREA, REP. defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-1

Sang- Ho Oh (KOR) d. Leon Els (RSA) 64 75

Evans Maripa (RSA) d. Ji-Hwan Lee (KOR) 62 61

Sam-Ji Kim/Sang-Ho Oh (KOR) d. Leon Els/Evans Maripa (RSA) 60 63

 

THAILAND defeated USA 2-1

Sumrerng Kruamai (THA) d. Steve Baldwin (USA) 61 61

Steve Welch (USA) d. Suthi Klongrua (THA) 62 76(5)

Suthi Klongrua/Suwitchai Merngrprom (THA) d. Steve Baldwin/Steve Welch (USA) 64 76(2)

 

Men’s World Group 2 Semifinals

 

AUSTRALIA (1) defeated BELGIUM (4) 2-1

Adam Kellerman (AUS) d. Gert Vos (BEL) 75 64

Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. Ben Weekes (AUS) 67(5) 62 61

Adam Kellerman/Ben Weekes (AUS) d. Joachim Gerard/Mike Denayer (BEL) 63 36 [10-2]

 

GREECE defeated ITALY 2-1

Stefanos Diamantis (GRE) d. Luca Spano (ITA) 63 61

Fabian Mazzei (ITA) d. Gergios Lazaridis (GRE) 62 62

Fabian Mazzei/Luca Spano (ITA) d. Stefanos Diamantis/Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) 67(3) 76(1) [10-5]

 

Men’s World Group 2 5th/8th Place Play-offs

 

SPAIN defeated CANADA (2) 2-1

Philippe Bedard (CAN) d. Martin Varela (ESP) 61 63

Roberto Chamizo (ESP) d. Joel Dembe (CAN) 62 63

Roberto Chamizo/Alvaro Illobre (ESP) d. Philippe Bedard/Joel Dembe (CAN) 64 75

 

SRI LANKA defeated GERMANY 3-0

Upali Rajakaruna (SRI) d. Sven Hiller (GER) 62 63

Gamini Dissanayake (SRI) d. Steffen Sommerfeld (GER) 76(3) 46 62

Gamini Dissanayake/Upali Rajakaruna (SRI) d. Anthony Dittmar/Steffen Sommerfeld (GER) 62 60

 

Men’s World Group 2 9th/12th Place Play-offs

 

ISRAEL defeated CROATIA 2-1

Drazen Miksic (CRO) d. Amir Levi (ISR) 64 75

Asaaf Stokol (ISR) d. Anto Joskic (CRO) 75 63

Amir Levi/Asaaf Stokol (ISR) d. Anto Joskic/Drazen Miksic (CRO) 76(6) 36 104

 

NIGERIA defeated TURKEY 3-0

Jude Uwazie (NGR) d. Muharrem Cakmak (TUR) 64 62

Alex Adewale (NGR) d. Turan Akalin (TUR) 61 63

Alex Adewale/Jude Uwazie (NGR) d. Turan Akalin/Hakan Gungor (TUR) 60 64

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World Team Cup Wheelchair Tennis Results

BNP Paribas World Team Cup

(May 22, 2013) Wednesday’s results from the 2013 BNP Paribas World Team Cup wheelchair tennis event taking place in Antalya, Turkey on 20-26 May. A total of 52 teams from 28 nations are competing in four categories: men, women, quad and junior. Netherlands is defending its women’s and junior titles, while France is the defending men’s champion and Israel the defending quad champion.

 

The World Team Cup is the ITF’s flagship wheelchair tennis event, often referred to as the Davis and Fed Cups of wheelchair tennis. The initial event took place in California in 1985 involving six men’s teams. The women’s competition began the following year, with quad and junior events introduced in 1998 and 2000 respectively. The ITF introduced regional qualifying for the men’s and women’s events in 2012.

BNP PARIBAS WORLD TEAM CUP, ANTALYA, TURKEY

RESULTS – 22 MAY

 

Men’s World Group – Pool A

 

NETHERLANDS (1) defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-0

Ronald Vink (NED) d. Leon Els (RSA) 61 62

Maikel Scheffers (NED) d. Evans Maripa (RSA) 60 61

Rody de Bie/Ronald Vink (NED) d. Leon Els/Evans Maripa (RSA) 63 61

 

Men’s World Group – Pool B

 

FRANCE (2) defeated THAILAND 3-0

Frederic Cattaneo (FRA) d. Suwitchai Merngrprom (THA) 63 63

Stephane Houdet (FRA) d. Sumrerng Kruamai (THA) 61 61

Frederic Cattaneo/Stephane Houdet (FRA) d. Sumrerng Kruamai/Suwitchai Merngprom (THA) 60 61

 

Men’s World Group – Pool C

 

JAPAN (3) defeated USA 3-0

Takashi Sanada (JPN) d. Steve Baldwin (USA) 61 62

Shingo Kunieda (JPN) d. Steve Welch (USA) 62 61

Shingo Kunieda/Takuya Miki (JPN) d. Steve Welch/Steve Baldwin (USA) 60 62

 

Men’s World Group – Pool D

 

GREAT BRITAIN (4) defeated KOREA 3-0
Marc McCarroll (GBR) d. Ji-Hwan Lee (KOR) 63 60

Gordon Reid (GBR) d. SAM-Ju Kim (KOR) 60 61

Dave Phillipson/Gordon Reid (GBR) d. Sam-JU Kim/Sang-Ho Oh (KOR) 62 60

 

Men’s World Group 2 – Pool A

 

AUSTRALIA (1) defeated SRI LANKA 3-0

Adam Kellerman (AUS) d. Upali Rajakaruna (SRI) 61 64
Ben Weekes (AUS) d. Gamini Dissanayake (SRI) 63 63

Adam Kellerman/Ben Weekes (AUS) d. Gamini Dissanayake/Upali Rajakaruna (SRI) 62 62

 

Men’s World Group 2 – Pool B

 

GREECE defeated CANADA (2) 3-0

Stefanos Diamantis (GRE) d. Philippe Bedard (CAN) 64 60

Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) d. Joel Dembe (CAN) 57 63 63

Stefanos Diamantis/Georgios Lazaridis (GRE) d. Philippe Bedard/Joel Dembe (CAN) 62 26 105

 

Men’s World Group 2 – Pool C

 

ITALY defeated GERMANY (3) 2-1

Sven Hiller (GER) d. Luca Spano (ITA) 36 60 63

Fabian Mazzei (ITA) d. Steffen Sommerfeld (GER) 62 63

Fabian Mazzei/Luca Spano (ITA) d. Sven Hiller/Steffen Sommerfeld (GER) 64 26 119

 

Men’s World Group 2 – Pool D

 

BELGIUM (4) defeated SPAIN 3-0

Martin Varela (ESP) d. Gert Vos (BEL) 62 61

Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. Roberto Chamizo (ESP) 60 60

Gert Vos/Joachim Gerard (BEL) d. Alvaro Illobre/Martin Varela (ESP) 46 61 107

 

Women’s World Group – Pool A

 

NETHERLANDS (1) defeated THAILAND 3-0

JIske Griffioen (NED) d. Chusri Inthanin (THA) 62 62

Aniek van Koot (NED) d. Sakhorn Khanthasit (THA) 64 61

Aniek van Koot/Sharon Walraven (NED) d. Chusri Inthanin/Ratana Techamaneewat (THA) 62 63

 

Women’s World Group – Pool B

 

GERMANY (2) defeated KOREA 3-0

Katharina Kruger (GER) d. Myung-Hee Hwang (KOR) 61 61

Sabine Ellerbrock (GER) d. Ju-Yeon Park (KOR) 61 61

Sabine Ellerbrock/Katharina Kruger (GER) d. Myung-Hee Hwang/Ju-Yeon Park (KOR) 64 60

 

Women’s World Group – Pool C

 

GREAT BRITAIN (3) defeated SPAIN 3-0

Jordanne Whiley (GBR) d. Lola Ochoa (ESP) 62 62

Lucy Shuker (GBR) d. Elena Jacinto (ESP) 63 62

Louise Hunt/Jordanne Whiley (GBR) d. Elena Jacinto/Lola Ochoa (ESP) 60 62

 

Women’s World Group – Pool D

 

JAPAN (4) defeated SOUTH AFRICA 3-0
Miho Nijo (JPN) d. Rose Van der Meet (RSA) 60 60

Yui Kamiji (JPN) d. Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 61 63

Yui Kamiji/Miho Nijo (JPN) d. Mabel Mankgele/Kgothatso Montjane (RSA) 60 61

 

Quad Event – Pool A

 

USA (1) defeated GREAT BRITAIN 2-1

Nick Taylor (USA) d. Adam Field (GBR) 61 60

David Wagner (USA) d. Antony Cotterill (GBR) 61 61

Antony Cotterill/Adam Field (GBR) d. Nick Taylor/David Wagner (USA) 75 16 119

 

ITALY defeated SOUTH AFRICA 2-1

Marco Innocenti (ITA) d. Bongani Dlamini (RSA) 63 62

Lucas Sithole (RSA) d. Antonio Raffaele (ITA) 61 62

Marco Innocenti/Giuseppe Polidori (ITA) d. Steven Kekai/Lucas Sithole (RSA) 62 63

 

Quad Event – Pool B

 

ISRAEL (2) defeated CANADA 2-1

Gary Luker (CAN) d. Patrick Ben Uriel (ISR) 46 63 62

Shraga Weinberg (ISR) d. Sarah Hunter (CAN) 63 67(6) 62

Noam Gershony/Shraga Weinberg (ISR) d. Adrian Dieleman/Gary Luker (CAN) 64 76(5)

 

 

JAPAN defeated SWEDEN (4) 2-1

Marcus Jonsson (SWE) d. Shota Kawano (JPN) 61 63

Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) d. Anders Hard (SWE) 75 61

Shinichi Hirata/Mitsuteru Moroishi (JPN) d. Anders Hard/Marcus Jonsson (SWE) 63 64

 

Junior Event – Pool A

 

GREAT BRITAIN (1) defeated USA 2-1

Krystal Kelley (USA) d. Lauren Jones (GBR) 36 64 64

Alfie Hewett (GBR) d. Chris Herman (USA) 61 61

Alfie Hewett/Luz Esperanza Merry (GBR) d. Chris Herman/Krystal Kelley (USA) 63 63

 

SPAIN defeated TANZANIA 3-0

Martin de la Puente (ESP) d. Mohammed Hamis Juma (TAN) 60 60

Felix Garcia (ESP) d. Novatus Emmanuel Temba (TAN) 60 61

Martin de la Puente/Felix Garcia (ESP) d. Mohamed Hamis Juma/Novatus Emmanuel Temba (TAN) 61 61

 

Junior Event – Pool B

 

NETHERLANDS (2) defeated SOUTH AFRICA (3) 3-0

Diede de Groot (NED) d. Mariska Venter (RSA) 62 62

Carlos Anker (NED) d. Gift Lekganyane (RSA) 62 61

Carlos Anker/Thomas Zomerdijk (NED) d. Gift Lekganyane/Thato Tsomole (RSA) 63 57 106

 

RUSSIA defeated IRAQ 2-1

Viktoriia Lvova (RUS) d. Zahraa Kadhim Jawad (IRQ) 60 61

Hussein Hamed Hel (IRQ) d. Polina SHakirova (RUS) 60 60

Viktoriia Lvova/Polina Shakirova (RUS) d. Hussein Hamed Hel/Zahraa Kadhim Jawad (IRQ) 63 67(2) 106

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