2014/10/23

In a Battle of Past Champions, Venus Willams Loses to Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon

 

(June 27, 2014) WIMBLEDON – 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat five-time champion Venus Williams for the fourth time in five matches moving into the round of 16 with a 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 victory on Friday on Centre Court.

The 34-year-old Williams dismissed any talk of retirement in the near future.

“People have been trying to retire me since I was like 25,” she said. “For some reason in tennis we always do that to our players.  It’s weird.  We don’t encourage them to stick around.  It’s like, Get out of here.

“So I’m not getting out of here.  I think this year has been a great year for me.  I’ve had some tough losses, but I’ve learned a lot from them.  I’m finding my way back on my feet.

“I’m proud of myself for what I’m achieving on the court..”

Williams was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease a few years ago.

“I want to win Grand Slams,” she said. “Everybody does. No one gives it to you. They snatch it away and say, `Mine.’ That’s what I’ll have to do is snatch it, say, `Mine,’ too, growl if need be. `’

“She’s doing good job, Kvitova said.  “Of course, for us it’s always tough to see the opponent who is really trying and fighting.

“She’s a huge player, big champion.  So we all have respect to her, definitely.”

“Definitely I’m pleased that I won, the Czech added.  “I’m in the second week of the Grand Slam, so that’s really nice to have this feeling.

“I’m pleased with my performance.  I mean, I don’t think that I was better player today actually all the match, but I just keep it and try to win the important points in the tiebreak, then I just tried to wait for some breakpoint.

“Yeah, of course, I won three matches here on the grass.  I love it.  I will try not to be the end.”

Kvitova will play Shuai Peng next in the fourth round.

 

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RESULTS – JUNE 27, 2014
Women’s
Singles – Third Round
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (2) Li Na (CHN) 76(5) 76(5)
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Michelle Larcher de Brito (POR) 62 60
(6) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (30) Venus Williams (USA) 57 76(2) 75
(23) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. (10) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 64 62
(16) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (Q) Ana Konjuh (CRO) 63 60
(22) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 75 63
Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Lauren Davis (USA) 06 63 63
(Q) Tereza Smitkova (CZE) d. Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 46 76(5) 108

Singles – Second Round
(3) Simona Halep (ROU) d. (Q) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 63 46 64
Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. (Q) Victoria Duval (USA) 64 75

Doubles – Second Round
(11) Kudryavtseva/An.Rodionova (RUS/AUS) d. Keys/Riske (USA/USA) 62 62
(12) Medina Garrigues/Shvedova (ESP/KAZ) d. Diyas/Mayr-Achleitner (KAZ/AUT) 60 60
Pennetta/Stosur (ITA/AUS) d. (13) Hradecka/Krajicek (CZE/NED) 75 63
Aoyama/Voracova (JPN/CZE) d. (15) Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) 06 76(5) 64
(16) Muguruza/Suárez Navarro (ESP/ESP) d. Koukalova/Niculescu (CZE/ROU) 62 46 64

Doubles – First Round
(5) Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. Begu/Knapp (ROU/ITA) 67(8) 64 64
(7) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. (WC) Broady/Daniilidou (GBR/GRE) 76(3) 75
(Q) Kichenok/Kichenok (UKR/UKR) d. Davis/Puig (USA/PUR) 62 76(5)
(Q) Gajdosova/Ar.Rodionova (AUS/AUS) d. Schiavone/Soler-Espinosa (ESP/ESP) 63 36 63

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Li Na, Agniezska Radwanska and Venus Williams Reach Wimbledon Third Round

 

(June 25, 2014) WIMBLEDON – No. 2 Li Na, No. 4 Agniezska Radwanska and five-time champion Venus Williams are into the third round of Wimbledon, all women posting straight set victories on Wednesday.

Li Na took to Court No. 2 to defeat Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-2, 6-2.

“Can be better.  Can be bad.  You never know,” Li said about her play.

“But I was really happy the way I was hit the ball right now on the court.

Despite being placed on an outer court as the second seed, Li Na enjoys playing earlier in the day.

“I like to be the first match,” she said.  “Yesterday they showed the Centre Court and Court 1, the schedule on the TV.  I say, Go call the schedule.  Maybe I was play first, at 11:30.

“I love to be the first match.  You don’t have to wait.  If they put you in like fourth or last match, you have to wait for the match.  Whole day you couldn’t do anything.

The Chinese woman led off with two breaks of serve early in the first set and followed suit in the second for a convincing win.

Li Na hit 33 winners with 4 aces.

Li Na will play Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the third round.

“I think the last time we meet was like in the clay court,” Li explained.  “I know she was pretty smart player.  Pretty flat.  I think it’s good for her to play on the grass court.

“For me, I think I just play my game, play more aggressive, as much as I can come to the net, follow the plan.”

Radwanska defeated Australia’s Casey Dellacqua 6-4, 6-0 on Centre Court. The woman from Poland ran up a 5-1 lead, but the Aussie won the next three games to get back on serve, then dropped her next service game at love to give the set to Radwanska.

The Polish woman was very happy to be on Centre Court, the site of her only major final. “It’s always great to be out there, especially here what I really have the best memories on the Grand Slam.

“So of course I was really looking forward to being in the Centre Court again.”

No. 30 seed Venus Williams got off to a bit of a slow start against Japan’s Kurumi Nara but won in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-1 on Court No. 3 to earn a spot in the third round of a major for only the second time in her last 10 major tournaments.

“I think at the important points in the game I was able to lift my game a little, Williams explained.  “That’s what you really want to do.  Then also in the second set lift my game.

“I thought she played well.”

“I know that no one’s going to give me a match,” she added.  “You don’t get given a match, especially at the majors.  I knew all points I would have to work for.”

“It’s very special for me because I saw the Venus like when I was a child, Nara said.

“So it’s very happy to play with her.

The American hit 7 aces and smacked 43 winners past her opponent.

“Definitely for me it’s definitely a step in the right direction,” Williams said about making the third round.  “The thing that I just have to really work on is being on tour consistently and playing tournaments.

“Even leading up these last few months, I don’t feel I played as many matches as I would have liked, as many as my opponents.  The more you play, the more you get used to being down or up or serving things out.

“My whole goal is just to keep playing and stay as healthy as I can.”

 

 

Karen Pestaina at Wimbledon

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Venus Williams Advances at Wimbledon: Talks ESPN Body Issue and Hunger to Win

 

(June 23, 2014) WMBLEDON – Venus Williams posted a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 victory over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor of Spain on the first day of Wimbledon. For the five-time champion it was her first singles match win at Wimbledon since 2011. Williams lost in the first round in 2012 and missed 2013 due to a back injury.

The 30th seed said it was great to be back at Wimbledon after a missing last year.

“I think my opponent played amazing.  She just was playing so well, going for everything.  So it was definitely a challenge today against someone who is just playing such inspired tennis.

“It’s definitely a nice start.”

Williams closed out the match winning the last five games.

Williams will be one of the tennis players featured in ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue. She was asked about the shoot.

“I just kept cracking jokes and that definitely made it fun,” she said.  “It was interesting, though.

“I think I’m in better shape now.  Hope we can do a reshoot,” she said with a big smile.

So what made her take part in this, “I think I did it because Serena did it, so…  I don’t know,” Venus said with a roar of laughter in the room.  “I think she was a big influence on me.”

On court after her win, Venus talked about the need to stay hungry.“I’m not looking for anyone to believe in me or anything like that.  You have to believe in yourself these days.”

“I have nothing to prove, nothing to hide, nothing to lose,” she continued. “So for me it’s about continually playing better and getting back up every single time when things might not go my way.  It’s not going to go the way of 127 people in this draw.  It’s going to go the way of one person.  So you just keep going.”

In the second round for Williams will be 41st-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan.

 

Karen Pestaina at Wimbledon

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Tennis Stars Venus Williams, Tomas Berdych Pose for ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue

Venus Williams photo by Williams+Hirakawa for ESPN The Magazine

Venus Williams photo by Williams+Hirakawa for ESPN The Magazine

 

(June 23, 2014) Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams and 2010 Wimbledon finalist, No 6 Tomas Berdych, will be featured in this year’s The Body Issue by ESPN The Magazine.

 

In addition to posing nude for the issue, Williams exposes harrowing new details about her ongoing battle with Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder. “At my worst point, I wasn’t able to play tennis at all,” says Williams. “Just the whole quality of my life was compromised. You are so tired it hurts. You have to accept that you’re never going to be 100%.”

 

Williams, who was forced to stop playing for just over six months because of the illness, reveals how she was able to work her way back up the rankings. “Because of Sjogren’s syndrome, I have to be careful,” says Williams. “If I train too hard then I won’t be able to do anything the next day. There would be times when I’d park my car at home, and I fell asleep behind the wheel because I was so tired! It’s a balance between pushing myself as much as I can and being reasonable about what I can achieve and what my body will tolerate.”

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Berdych photo by Max Vadukul for ESPN The Magazine

 

Berdych becomes only the second ATP player to pose for The Body Issue, following in John Isner’s footsteps last year. Looking towards Wimbledon, the 6-foot-5 ace opens up about how this body reacts to the move from clay to grass. “The grass is a very big challenge for me,” Berdych told ESPN The Magazine reporter Morty Ain. “There are these low bounces and different movements, which is very difficult especially for my height and weight. I start to feel it in the lower back and the lower hamstring.” Regardless, Berdych is optimistic about his prospects. “My first Grand Slam final was at Wimbledon,” he says, “so I have no complaints about the grass.”

 

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Serena and Venus Williams Upset at French Open

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

(May 28, 2014) For the first time since Wimbledon 2011, Serena and Venus Williams have been beaten in a major on the same day. At Roland Garros on Wednesday in the second round, defending champion Serena Williams was upset by world No. 35 Garbine Muguruza from Spain 6-2, 6-2, while 29th seed Venus Williams fell to Anna Schmiedlova of Slovakia 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Serena’s 64 minute loss marks her worst defeat at a major, winning only four games total. It’s also only the third time the 17-time major champion has lost before the third round of a major.

Coming into Paris, Muguruza, never had a top 5 win.

“It was one of those days. You can’t be on every day, and, gosh, I hate to be off during a Grand Slam,” Serena told media. “It happens, you know. It’s not the end of the world. It is what it is.”

“I was focused,” Muguruza said. “I knew what I had to do.”

“I have actually never seen her play like this,” Williams said. “Hopefully she can keep it up.”

“I haven’t gotten past the fourth round of a Grand Slam this year,” Serena continued. “I have a couple words to describe it, but I think that would be really inappropriate so I’m going to leave it at that.”

Venus Williams let a set and a break lead slip to the 19-year-old Schmiedlova. This is the eighth time in her last nine major tournaments played that sthe 29th seed has not won more than one match.

Had both sisters won, they would have been facing each other in the third round.

With second seed Li Na’s elimination on Tuesday, it marks the first time in the Open Era of tennis that the top two women’s seeds have been eliminated before the third round.

 

More to follow.

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Serena and Venus Williams Open with Straight Set Wins in Paris

 

 

(May 25, 2014) Defending champion Serena Williams and her older sister, No. 29 Venus, opened Roland Garros on Sunday with straight sets wins with possibility of a third-round meeting.

Despite the 6-2, 6-1 score over her opponent, friend and training partner at the Mouratoglou Academy in Paris, Alize Lim, Serena played an error-filled match against the wild card entrant from France ranked 130 in the world and the match was much closed than the score indicated. For Lim, she was making her debut at a major.
“In the beginning, a lot of the games went to 30-all, so I think we were pretty even,” Serena said in press. “It was an interesting start. I was a little nervous, like I always am in my first round. It’s kind of always hard for me to shake those nerves and go from there.

“I think it’s nice to have a little bit of nerves, because it means that you still have a passion for it. You still have this inside feeling that you want to do really well or else the nerves wouldn’t be there.”

The 32-year-old 17-time major champion is now 54-1 in first-round matches at majors. He only loss coming at the 2012 French Open to 11th ranked Frenchwoman Virginie Razzano.

Sister Venus Williams started off slowly but gathered herself to defeat 17-year-old Swiss Belinda Bencic 6-4, 6-1. The year Venus turned pro was two-and-a-half years before Bencic was born.

“I’m just trying to hopefully stay alive myself as an older player,” Venus said.

“It’s definitely good to get the first round out of the way and try to get some rhythm,” said the soon-to-be 34-year-old.  “I think I have started on Sunday before. In any case, we’re all ready to be called on Sunday and maybe this year it’s an opportunity, because I think the weather is not as good tomorrow. I was happy to play without any interruptions.”

Venus gave credit to Bencic who is the No. 1 junior player. “She’s played well,” Venus said. “I think she’s improved a lot since we played the first time, and she’s a great competitor.”

“She’s played well. I think she’s improved a lot since we played the first time, and she’s a great competitor.” – See more at: http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Venus-Bests-Bencic-in-Roland-Garros-Opening-Round.aspx#sthash.k3AIkVQ0.dpuf
bviously I have to give some credit to her, as well,” Williams said about Bencic’s efforts. “She’s played well. I think she’s improved a lot since we played the first time, and she’s a great competitor.” – See more at: http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Venus-Bests-Bencic-in-Roland-Garros-Opening-Round.aspx#sthash.k3AIkVQ0.dpuf
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Bouchard Tops Venus Williams at Family Circle Cup

 

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard

(April 3, 2014) Eugenie Bouchard rallied past Venus Williams 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-4 to reach the Family Circle cup quarterfinals in Charleston.

The No. 6 seed Bouchard fought off two set points in the first set, but the former world No. 1 Venus Williams took four out of the next five games to close out the set. The 33-year old Williams took over in the second set, and took a 2-1 lead in the third. The 20-year-old broke Williams’ serve twice in the third set including the last game to take the match, winning five out of the last seven games of the match.

“I think I’ve shown to myself how mentally strong I can be,” Bouchard said to media “Today was really a mental battle. It was a bit ugly at times and tough on the court, but I fought through it.”

Bouchard explained that she raised her game and held her own during the crucial points during the match.

It was a challenging week for No. 11 seed Venus Williams who suffers from Sjogren’s syndrome. Williams said she was ill  with a “bug” and it limited her stamina during her matches. She was forced to rally in her first two matches.

Bouchard will play No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic next.

RESULTS – APRIL 03, 2014
Women’s
Singles – Third Round

[2] J Jankovic (SRB) d A Tomljanovic (CRO) 75 61
[3] S Errani (ITA) d S Peng (CHN) 76(6) 76(5)
[14] A Petkovic (GER) d [4] S Lisicki (GER) 61 60
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) d [11] V Williams (USA) 76(6) 26 64
[9] L Safarova (CZE) d [7] S Stosur (AUS) 36 64 64
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) d T Pereira (BRA) 62 63
J Cepelova (SVK) d [13] E Vesnina (RUS) 76(4) 36 63
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) d E Svitolina (UKR) 67(4) 64 61

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[3] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) d [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER) 64 16 16-14
[PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) d [WC] S Cirstea (ROU) / M Kirilenko (RUS) 63 46 10-8
First Round
M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) d [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) 54 Retired

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, APRIL 04, 2014
BILLIE JEAN KING start 11:00 am
M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) vs [2] J Jankovic (SRB)
[9] L Safarova (CZE) vs [14] A Petkovic (GER)
[3] S Errani (ITA) vs [Q] B Bencic (SUI)

Not Before 7:00 pm
J Cepelova (SVK) vs [12] D Hantuchova (SVK)
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs [4] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER)

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Venus Williams Battles Back, While Sloane Stephens Falls in Charleston

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(April 2, 2014) A day after the upset of her sister Serena, Venus Williams had to battle back in both sets of her 7-5, 7-5 win over Chanelle Scheepers to move into the third round of the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Wednesday.

No. 28 Venus Williams who said that she is ill on Tuesday, said that she’s dealing with it.

“I’m still dealing with the bug, but my goal is just to hang in there until it hopefully goes away and then I can just continue to play my way into the tournament and play stronger,” she said to media “But it’s definitely a challenge.”

Venus Williams suffers from Sjogren’s syndrome, an autoimmune disease.

No. 18 Sloane Stephens fell to teenager Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 earlier on Wednesday. For the Ukrainian who is ranked 35 in the world, it’s her fourth win over a top 20 player. The others include Svetlana Kuznetsova, Roberta Vinci and Eugenie Bouchard.

RESULTS – APRIL 02, 2014
Women’s
Singles – Second Round
[2] J Jankovic (SRB) d L Davis (USA) 60 63
[3] S Errani (ITA) d [Q] K Bertens (NED) 63 00 Retired
[4] S Lisicki (GER) d V King (USA) 75 46 63
E Svitolina (UKR) d [5] S Stephens (USA) 64 64
[11] V Williams (USA) d C Scheepers (RSA) 75 75
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) d [Q] G Min (USA) 62 63
[13] E Vesnina (RUS) d P Cetkovska (CZE) 36 62 64
[14] A Petkovic (GER) d L Dominguez Lino (ESP) 60 60
S Peng (CHN) d [15] M Keys (USA) 61 67(3) 76(4)
A Tomljanovic (CRO) d [16] S Zhang (CHN) 46 76(4) 63
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) d M Erakovic (NZL) 62 61

Women’s
Doubles – First Round
[PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) d [2] K Peschke (CZE) / L Safarova (CZE) 64 64
[3] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) d [Alt] J Gajdosova (AUS) / S Zheng (CHN) 63 36 11-9
A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) d [WC] E Bouchard (CAN) / T Townsend (USA) 67(0) 63 10-7
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) d M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / N Petrova (RUS) 62 26 10-3

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, APRIL 03, 2014
BILLIE JEAN KING start 11:00 am
[3] S Errani (ITA) vs S Peng (CHN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) vs [11] V Williams (USA)
[14] A Petkovic (GER) vs [4] S Lisicki (GER)
A Tomljanovic (CRO) vs [2] J Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[7] S Stosur (AUS) vs [9] L Safarova (CZE)
[WC] S Cirstea (ROU) / M Kirilenko (RUS) vs [PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE)

ALTHEA GIBSON start 11:00 am
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) vs T Pereira (BRA)
J Cepelova (SVK) vs [13] E Vesnina (RUS)
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) vs E Svitolina (UKR)
[1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Peng (CHN) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / A Parra Santonja (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [3] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) vs [WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER)

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Serena Williams Ousted in Charleston

Serena Williams

(April 1, 2014) Serena Williams, fresh from her Sony Open win on Saturday, fell in her opening match at the Family Circle Cup in Charleston on Tuesday night to world No. 78 Jana Cepelova 6-4, 6-4.

Serena told media after the match: “I’m really just dead. I need some weeks off where I don’t think about tennis and kind of regroup. I’ve had a long couple of years, and I’m really a little fatigued.”

I think Jana played really well for her today,” she said. “The good thing is I know I can play a lot better. So it’s always really positive for me.”

“It wasn’t my day. It wasn’t meant to be.”

Sister Venus Williams had to struggle, but made it past Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 0-6, 7-5.

 

RESULTS – APRIL 01, 2014
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

J Cepelova (SVK) d [1] S Williams (USA) 64 64
[6] E Bouchard (CAN) d [Q] A Kudryavtseva (RUS) 62 60
[7] S Stosur (AUS) d Y Shvedova (KAZ) 63 57 61
T Pereira (BRA) d [8] S Cirstea (ROU) 36 63 76(0)
[9] L Safarova (CZE) d V Razzano (FRA) 26 64 64
First Round
[11] V Williams (USA) d B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) 63 06 75
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) d [WC] S Rogers (USA) 75 75
[13] E Vesnina (RUS) d A Schmiedlova (SVK) 62 61
[14] A Petkovic (GER) d [Q] L Tsurenko (UKR) 67(2) 64 61
[16] S Zhang (CHN) d S Hsieh (TPE) 36 76(5) 76(0)
S Peng (CHN) d C Garcia (FRA) 62 63
M Erakovic (NZL) d [WC] N Petrova (RUS) 46 63 64
L Dominguez Lino (ESP) d A Medina Garrigues (ESP) 63 62
V King (USA) d J Glushko (ISR) 46 75 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[4] J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) d J Husarova (SVK) / V Lepchenko (USA) 62 67(3) 10-5
[WC] J Jankovic (SRB) / A Petkovic (GER) d L Huber (USA) / L Raymond (USA) 75 26 10-7
[WC] S Cirstea (ROU) / M Kirilenko (RUS) d A Rosolska (POL) / C Scheepers (RSA) 46 63 11-9

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 02, 2014
BILLIE JEAN KING start 10:00 am
E Svitolina (UKR) vs [5] S Stephens (USA)
V King (USA) vs [4] S Lisicki (GER)
[3] S Errani (ITA) vs [Q] K Bertens (NED)
C Scheepers (RSA) vs [11] V Williams (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
L Davis (USA) vs [2] J Jankovic (SRB)
[3] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) vs [Alt] J Gajdosova (AUS) / S Zheng (CHN)

ALTHEA GIBSON start 10:00 am
P Cetkovska (CZE) vs [13] E Vesnina (RUS)
S Peng (CHN) vs [15] M Keys (USA)
[14] A Petkovic (GER) vs L Dominguez Lino (ESP)
[16] S Zhang (CHN) vs A Tomljanovic (CRO)
M Lucic-Baroni (CRO) / N Petrova (RUS) vs A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Rodionova (AUS)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
[12] D Hantuchova (SVK) vs [Q] G Min (USA)

Not Before 12:30 pm
[Q] B Bencic (SUI) vs M Erakovic (NZL)
A Medina Garrigues (ESP) / Y Shvedova (KAZ) vs [WC] E Bouchard (CAN) / T Townsend (USA)
[PR] H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) vs [2] K Peschke (CZE) / L Safarova (CZE)

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“Straight-Up Bad,” Sloane Stephens Crushed by Caroline Wozniacki at Sony Open

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Sloane Stephens

(March 23, 2014) No. 18 Caroline Wozniacki destroyed No. 16 Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-0 on Stadium Court in less than an hour at the Sony Open.

“I’m pleased about the way I played,” Wozniacki aid.  Definitely very happy about the performance out there.

Stephens’ lone game in the match came on a break of serve, she did not hold her serve at all during the match.

“Just really disappointing night,” Stephens said.  Just got my butt kicked, and that’s about it really.

The statistics tell the story of the match for Stephens. She committed 37 unforced errors and hit only 12 winners. The American won only 26 points in the entire 55 minute match.

“Just try and make some balls in the court,” Stephens said in press.  “That normally helps.  Just, like I said, it was really disappointing.  Just wasn’t getting ball in the court.  She played solid.”

“It wasn’t like it was a choice or I had any chances,” she continued.  “It was just straight‑up bad.”

“I have been playing good, practicing good.  Everything has been good.  Just kind of a disappointing night for me.  It’s just something ‑‑ it just happened.  I couldn’t fight my way out of it.

“Not really anything I’m going to cry too much over.  I’m just going to get back to work and get ready for Charleston next week.”

Wozniacki was asked about her focus during the match when her opponent was not playing up to her potential.

“You actually have to stay even more focused because you know she’s going to go for it at some point,” said the Dane.  “Things can turn easy, especially when you’re up by a lot.

“The other person doesn’t have anything to lose, so you know you really have to be on your toes and expect anything.”

“So I just stayed focused out there.  I didn’t let her into the match.  I didn’t give one point away.  I was very happy about that.”

Wozniacki will play her fourth round march against Vavara Lepchenko.

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