August 29, 2016

Draw Made for 2017 Fed Cup

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(June 20, 2016) The Draw for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas was held at the ITF AGM in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday. First round ties will take place on 11-12 February 2017. The 2016 finalists were automatically the top two seeds in the 2017 World Group, while the remaining seeds were based on the latest ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 18 April 2016.

 

2017 World Group

 

First round (11-12 February)

 

Czech Republic [s] [c] v Spain
USA [c] v Germany [s]
Belarus [c] [*] v Netherlands [s]
Switzerland [c] v France [s]

2017 World Group II

 

First round (11-12 February)
Russia [s] [c] [*] v Chinese Taipei
Romania [s] [c] [*] v Belgium
Ukraine [c] v Australia [s]
Italy [s] [c] [*] v Slovakia

Key

[s] = seeded nation

[c] = choice of ground

[*] = choice of ground decided by lot

 

2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas dates

 

World Group and World Group II first round: 11-12 February

World Group semifinals, World Group/World Group II play-offs: 22-23 April

World Group Final: 11-12 November

 

The 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final between France and Czech Republic will take place in Strasbourg, France on 12-13 November.

 

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April 17 Fed Cup Results

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(April 17, 2016) The final results for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 16-17 April.

France will host Czech Republic in the Fed Cup Final on 12-13 November. In the semifinals, France defeated Netherlands 3-2 in Trelaze, while Czech Republic overcame Switzerland by the same scoreline in Lucerne.

Belarus, Germany, Spain and USA all won their World Group play-offs and will join Czech Republic, France, Netherlands and Switzerland in the 2017 World Group.

Belgium, Chinese Taipei, Slovakia and Ukraine all won their World Group II play-offs, and will join the four World Group play-off losing nations, Australia, Italy, Romania and Russia, in 2017 World Group II. The four World Group II play-off losing nations, Argentina, Canada, Poland and Serbia, will contest their respective Zone Group I events in 2017.

The draw for the 2017 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas will be held at the ITF AGM in Zagreb, Croatia on Monday 20 June. The top two seeds in the 2017 World Group will be the 2016 finalists, while the remaining seeds will be based on the ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 18 April.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC defeated SWITZERLAND 3-2

Venue: Messe Luzern, Lucerne, SUI (hard – indoor)

Barbora Strycova (CZE) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 60 62

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 36 64 64

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) 64 62

Viktorija Golubic (SUI) d. Barbora Strycova (CZE) 36 76(6) 61

Lucie Hradecka/Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Viktorija Golubic/Martina Hingis (SUI) 62 62

FRANCE defeated NETHERLANDS 3-2

Venue: Arena Loire, Trélazé, FRA (clay – indoor)

 

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 64 62

Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 62 64

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 75 64

Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 63 64

Caroline Garcia/Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Kiki Bertens/Richel Hogenkamp (NED) 46 63 63

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

BELARUS defeated RUSSIA 3-2

Venue: Small Sports Arena “Luzhniki”, Moscow, RUS (clay – indoor)

 

Darya Kasatkina (RUS) d. Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 63 36 61

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 62 63

Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Darya Kasatkina (RUS) 62 57 63

Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) d. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) 46 61 75

Darya Kasatkina/Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Olga Govortsova/Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) 64 62

 

SPAIN defeated ITALY 4-0

Venue: Club de Tennis Lleida, Lleida, ESP (clay – outdoor)

 

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 76(4) 60

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 61 61

Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 62

Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) v Francesca Schiavone (ITA) – not played

Anabel Medina Garrigues/Sara Sorribes Tormo (ESP) d. Karin Knapp/Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 11  ret.

 

GERMANY defeated ROMANIA 4-1

Venue: Sala Polivalenta Cluj-Napoca, Cluj-Napoca, ROU (clay – indoor)

 

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 62 63

Simona Halep (ROU) d. Andrea Petkovic (GER) 64 67(5) 64

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 62 62

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 06 76(1) 63

Annika Beck/Julia Goerges (GER) d. Irina-Camelia Begu/Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 67(5) 76(4) [10-7]

 

USA defeated AUSTRALIA 4-0

Venue: Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, AUS (clay – outdoor)

 

Madison Keys (USA) d. Daria Gavrilova (AUS) 64 62

Christina McHale (USA) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 36 61 75

Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 26 75 64

Daria Gavrilova (AUS) v Christina McHale (USA) – not played

Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. Daria Gavrilova/Arina Rodionova (AUS) 61 64

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

BELGIUM defeated SERBIA 3-2

Venue: Aleksandar Nikolic Arena (Pionir Hall), Belgrade, SRB (clay – indoor)

 

Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) d. Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) 64 76(8)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Jovana Jaksic (SRB) 75 60

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Aleksandra Krunic (SRB) 16 75 86

Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 76(8) 64

Jovana Jaksic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB) d. Ysaline Bonaventure/An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) 46 60 [10-5]

 

SLOVAKIA defeated CANADA 3-2

Venue: AEGON Arena, Bratislava, SVK (clay – indoor)

 

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Francoise Abanda (CAN) 46 63 61

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 64 46 64

Francoise Abanda (CAN) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 75 62

Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) 62 60

Sharon Fichman/Charlotte Robillard-Millette (CAN) d. Jana Cepelova/Tereza Mihalikova (SVK) 63 06 [10-8]

 

CHINESE TAIPEI defeated POLAND 4-1

Venue: OSiR Hala Widowiskowo-Sportowa, Inowroclaw, POL (hard – indoor)

 

Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE) d. Paula Kania (POL) 63 64

Magdalena Frech (POL) d. Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) 46 60 62

Lee Ya-Hsuan (TPE) d. Paula Kania (POL) 26 63 97

Hsu Ching-Wen (TPE) d. Magdalena Frech (POL) 62 46 63

Chan Chin-Wei/Chuang Chia-Jung (TPE) d. Klaudia Jans-Ignacik/Katarzyna Kawa (POL) 62 76(1)

 

UKRAINE defeated ARGENTINA 4-0

Venue: Campa Tennis Club, Bucha, Kiev, UKR (hard – outdoor)

Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 61 61

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Nadia Podoroska (ARG) 61 64

Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 60 63

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Fed Cup: U.S. defeats Australia 4-0 to Advance to World Group in 2017

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(April 17, 2016) The U.S. now moves back to competing in the World Group next year by beating Australia, 4-0, in the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Playoff on an outdoor clay court in Pat Rafter Arena at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane, Australia.

In the first match of the day, world No. 36 CoCo Vandeweghe came from a set down to beat world No. 26 Samantha Stosur, 26, 75, 64, in two hours and 18 minutes to clinch the victory for the United States. The win was also the first in her Fed Cup singles career for Vandeweghe who now moves to 1-3. Vandeweghe also moved her lifetime record to 4-1 against Stosur.   The U.S. team is now 3-1 when Coco takes the court.  The Christina McHale-Daria Gavrilova match was not played.

“Well, I mean Sam’s a phenomenal player and I actually really enjoy playing against her because she is that phenomenal player,” said Vandeweghe.  “This is the first time we ever played on clay, so I mean, all the other surfaces were quicker, hardcourts or grass.  So I knew this would be more well suited for her game, she’d be more comfortable than I would be.  But you know, I still stuck to my game plan of trying to implement my game to her before she could definitely get me off balance and that’s pretty much what I try to do against her most of the time when we play.”

 

“Well that was the first Fed Cup singles win that I’ve ever had,” she said.  “The first time I ever played was in a final and I really didn’t rise to the occasion too well, I was – I think I was like 18 or something the first time I played and, you know, that was really disappointing for me as a player and also as a player representing the United States.  So, I mean I think it’s such a privilege to play for the United States and I think it’s always been my No.1 goal to play for my country and to make the Olympic team eventually more so than Grand Slams and stuff like that.  It was just the way I was raised.

 

In the dead doubles rubber, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and CoCo Vandeweghe faced Daria Gavrilova and Arina Rodionova.  Daria and Arina were substituted for Casey Dellacqua and Samantha Stosur.  In the end, Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe won the match, 61, 64, in one hour and 17 minutes.  With the victory Mattek-Sands and Vandeweghe remain undefeated as a doubles team.  In Fed Cup, Mattek-Sands moved her doubles record to 5-0 record while Vandeweghe moved to 3-0.

 

“No the whole team is MVP, they all did their part, they all contributed,” said United Stated Fed Cup captain Mary Joe Fernandez.  “I always say the first match kind of gives you the momentum, I always say the first match is critical.  So Madison got us off to such a great start.  Hooray. And then Christina picked it up and played really, really well and fought so hard towards the end of the match, and then Coco today came back, a set and 2-love down, and you know, fought as well.  So it was an amazing effort to turn that match around and the doubles went great too.  So I couldn’t be more proud of each and every one of them.”

The U.S. remains undefeated at 22-0 when leading after the first day of play (since the World Group format was instituted in 1995). The U.S. also improves to 10-12 all-time in Fed Cup ties played on the road, and holds an overall 146-36 record.  The victory also moves the Fed Cup teams record to 11-3 in matches played in Australia/New Zealand.

With the victory, the U.S. advances to the World Group in 2017. The 2017 Fed Cup draw will be made in mid-November after the World Group Finals.

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Sara Errani Routs Barbora Strycova to Win Dubai Title

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(February 20, 2016) DUBAI – Sara Errani routed Barbora Strycova 6-0, 6-2 to win her ninth career WTA title at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday. Three years ago the Italian lost in the Dubai final to Petra Kvitova. Errani became the first Italian to win the Dubai crown.

Errani almost did not go to Dubai after a lackluster beginning to the year.  “It’s unexpected title for me,” said Errani “We was thinking, oh, maybe to not come here, just stay home and recover and try to make it good. It was tough moment, tough year. So to win here is amazing.

 

“But we came here, and every day was really tough. Every match, from the beginning, from the 5-1 down in first round against Zheng, and even in the quarterfinal with Brengle, a lot of tough moment. But of course if we won a tournament, you have to pass a lot of also bad moments.”

 

“Maybe was not her best day. But of course I was just trying to be really focused and not miss balls, prepare that she will serve good, she will come to the net, she will try to change her game. Just try to be focused. I was trying to not think too much about it is a final, about it is tough match, but just try to play my game, stay there every point, even in the 5-1, 5-2, a lot of match point. Really happy in the end.”

 

“Everything (went wrong)” said Strycova. “I mean, this is one of the days where you try everything and then nothing is working.” “The funny thing is that I went on court and I didn’t feel really nervous about the match or something different. But I tried everything and I couldn’t put one ball in. I don’t know why, what happened, but it’s just sometimes how it is in tennis.”

 

“It’s been a great week, and I don’t want to like look at the final now that it was so bad,” the Czech said. “I mean, okay, that can happen and it’s a final, unfortunately, but it was a great week and I beat such great players, so I have to be happy about it and just to take the positive things from it.”

 

“I took so many things (from this week)” Strycova said. “I mean, that I can believe in myself and in my game even if it’s not such — if I’m not playing fast or I’m playing like tricky game, that I can beat anybody. To believe that you can do it, it’s good feeling. I beat Ana, which I never beat before. This gave me so much confidence.

“I also took from this week that I enjoy tennis again. It’s nice to play the sport.”

 

In a tournament where all of the top 8 seeds were dismissed before the quarterfinals, the doubles title went to the unseeded pair of Chia-Jung Chuang and Darija Jurak, who saved five match points in Friday’s semifinals, before winning 6-4, 6-4 over the second seeded team of Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic.

All photos by Nida Alibhai

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Errani and Strycova to Vie for Dubai Title

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Sara Errani

(February 19, 2016) DUBAI – Sara Errani defeated Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-4 to reach her second final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. The Italian will face Barbora Strycova on Saturday, who defeated Caroline Garcia 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

 

 

“It’s tough today, Errani said. “Elina hardly missed a ball at first so I just tried to stay focused every point. I think the condition of the court is good for me. The ball bounce a lot. This is important for my game. Of course really happy to be in the final again.”

 

Errani lost in the doubles semifinal with Carla Suarez Navarro 5-7, 7-6(5), 10-7 to Chia-Jung Chuang and Darija Jurak. Errani and her partner had five match points.

 

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Barbora Strycova

“It feels great,” said Strycova of her win. “I can’t believe it actually, because it wasn’t easy match for me today. I wasn’t feeling so well. Actually, the first set I was playing without any mistakes and I felt the ball, but then 2-0 in the second I was a little bit down physically and I couldn’t like pump it up again. So I’m happy that I pulled it through at the end.”

 

“It’s going to be tough one,” the Czech said of her final against Errani. “I lost to Sara in Eastbourne. It’s on grass. But I lost from two match points down. So revenge.”

 

Errani will now be trying to win her ninth career singles title and while Strycova will be bidding for her second.

Errani leads in their head-to-head record 5-1.

 

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RESULTS – FEBRUARY 19, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

B. Strycova (CZE) d C. Garcia (FRA) 62 36 63
S. Errani (ITA) d E. Svitolina (UKR) 64 64

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [4] T. Babos (HUN) / J. Goerges (GER) 63 64
C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) d S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 57 76(5) 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 5:00 pm
C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) vs [2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
B. Strycova (CZE) vs S. Errani (ITA)

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Strycova, Garcia, Svitolina and Errani Reach Dubai Semifinals

(February 18, 2016) DUBAI – In a topsy-turvy tournament which saw the top 8 seeds knocked out of the tournament before the quarterfinals, Elina Svitolina will face Sara Errani and Caroline Garcia will play Barbora Strycova in the semifinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

No. 47 Barbora Strycova came back from a 3-5 deficit in the first set tiebreak to defeat former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 7-6(5), 6-3.

What made the difference for the Czech, who came in 0-3 against the Serb?

“I believed myself,” said Strycova. “And I changed a little bit some things before I went on court, because I lost the previous matches against Ana, so I had to change a little bit the return.

“I was trying to be aggressive because the conditions on this court is really fast, so you have to also play a little bit quick not to spin all the time the balls.

“So that was working well, and I think I was returning also very well.”

“I was 5-3 down (in the first set tiebreak). “I was playing very good four balls in a row. I told myself when I was 5-3 down I was playing a little bit like didn’t believe that I can do it, so I changed that. I played very well the last four balls. That gave me so much confidence for the second set.”

No. 21 Svitolina defeated CoCo Vandeweghe 6-4, 1-6, 6-2.

“Good start. Then I was struggling a bit,” said Svitolina. “I think it was just something in my head. I was just somewhere not on the court. Was really happy that I could find a way to start third set well. Okay, 2-0 down but still I felt that I’m getting there.”

This is the first tournament with a new member of her coaching team – former No. 1 champion Justine Henin.

“I met her first time in her academy in Belgium after winning Roland Garros juniors,” said the Ukrainian. “And then, you know, she’s seven times a Grand Slam champion, so she was always on my mind and I was — you know, she had amazing game.

“She was not that tall, so, you know, there was always some things which I was trying to take from her. Yeah, it’s just amazing that she accepted.”

Sara Errani rallied to win in two hours 22 minutes to beat Madison Brengle 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Errani led the first set 4-1 and lost the next five games.

“Really strange match, yes,” said the Italian said. “I don’t know. I mean, she had a game that she did not miss a ball sometime. She’s more aggressive. Sometimes she just wait more. So is not easy to play against her. I could have lost easily, so I don’t know why I won the match. There is no explanation to this. Just keep fighting.”

Caroline Garcia reached her first Premier-level semifinal beating Andrea Petkovic 6-3, 6-4.

“You always have to fight very hard and work hard against Andrea,” said Garcia. “She is big fighter, always trying to come back in the match. It was very difficult conditions, very windy, sometimes more than yesterday. So always have to be ready for the ball. Yeah, sometimes was not very nice tennis, not very rhythmic, but you have to stay focused and, yeah, just keep your tactics on.”

 

All photos by Nida Alibhai

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Top Seed Halep Falls Along with Three Other Seeds in Dubai

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(February 17, 2016) Ana Ivanovic defeated top seed and defending champion Simona Halep 7-6 (2), 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday.

 

Second seed Garbine Muguruza also was upset 7-6(3), 6-3 by Elina Svitolina, who has former No. 1 and four-time Dubai champion Justine Henin as part of her coaching team. Caroline Garcia defeated third seed Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, and fourth seed and former Dubai champion Petra Kvitova was beaten 0-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 by Madison Brengle.

 

“I think it was one of the highest quality matches I have had in maybe the last year,” said Ivanovic. “I was very happy to get through, especially that I was down in that first set. I started a little bit anxious. I was rushing too much.

 

“But I was really happy I managed to calm down and sort of raise my level and win. I was really impressed with my movement. I lost a lot of close matches in the past, so it was nice to get this one done. I knew I had it in me, so I really believed throughout.”

 

Halep has suffered from injuries this year. “Yeah, was close,” said Halep. “First set I had set ball. I couldn’t finish, and then I lost a little bit of confidence and it was over. I think I was doing okay. I was aggressive. She played really well. She came back well. I served okay, returned okay.

 

“I’m disappointed that I lost but it’s okay. I feel good. Physically I’m okay. I have no pain anywhere. It’s good, and the most important thing is that I’m healthy.”

 

“I’m not really finding my game, so I think I have to rest a little bit and concentrate again and work hard and eventually come back to the tournament to play again,” said Muguruza. “I think I’m not really ready to compete. I need to work a little bit more. My shots, my fitness. So we’ll see. I think I just need to start from zero again and kind of forget these couple of tournaments, I guess.”

 

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RESULTS – FEBRUARY 17, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
A. Ivanovic (SRB) d [1] [WC] S. Halep (ROU) 76(2) 62
E. Svitolina (UKR) d [2] G. Muguruza (ESP) 76(3) 63
C. Garcia (FRA) d [3] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 46 64 63
M. Brengle (USA) d [4] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) 06 76(1) 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d J. Goerges (GER) 26 63 61
A. Petkovic (GER) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 63 62
S. Errani (ITA) d [Q] Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 63 60
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) 75 36 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 61 46 12-10
First Round
[4] T. Babos (HUN) / J. Goerges (GER) d B. Strycova (CZE) / R. Vinci (ITA) 63 36 11-9

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
C. Garcia (FRA) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
S. Errani (ITA) vs M. Brengle (USA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs B. Strycova (CZE)

COURT 1 start 3:00 pm
[PR] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / J. Goerges (GER)
after suitable rest – S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)
after suitable rest – A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

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Jankovic Surprises Bencic in Dubai; Rio Open Results

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(February 16, 2016) Veteran Jelena Jankovic stunned fifth seed and new member of the WTA Top Ten Belinda Bencic 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 of in the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday.

The former No. 1, now ranked 20th in the world took 2 hours and 31 minutes to defeat the new No. 9 player.

“Yeah, it was really difficult match,” said Jankovic. “Belinda is playing very well, and she’s in form and she’s coming from a final in St. Petersburg. Of course she was coming with confidence here. I just fought hard. I was hanging in there every point. So overall it was ups and downs. There was some good tennis but there was also tough times for me during the match. But the most important thing is that I won at the end.”

Another former No. 1 from Serbia, now 17th ranked Ana Ivanovic dismissed Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 6-0, and No. 21 Elina Svitolina advanced with a 6-3, 6-1 win over qualifier Jana Cepelova.

Ivanovic will face No. 2 in the world Simona Halep in the second round.

“I expected a very tough match because of the battle we had in Rome on clay,” said Ivanovic. “I really tried to step it up today and be aggressive. Especially here in desert I feel that the ball sometimes flies little bit through the air quicker, so I tried to use that in my advantage. So very pleased overall.

 

“I know I have done the work, and now it’s just about executing and also enjoying competition. Next match is going to be a tough one for me. Simona is a very tough, consistent player. She strikes the ball well, she moves well, so it’s going to be a good challenge.”

For Svitolina, it was her match with her new coaching consultant, seven-time major winner Justine Henin. “It’s great to have Justine in my team, and I worked with her in offseason for a little bit, and now she’s going to join us for some tournaments,” Svitolina said. “I’m looking forward to hard work. We are trying to do something new (to) refresh my game.”

 

Seventh seed Roberta Vinci who beat Bencic in Sunday’s St. Petersburg final, fell 6-0, 4-6, 6-3 to qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova.

 

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RESULTS – FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
J. Jankovic (SRB) d [5] B. Bencic (SUI) 46 75 64
[Q] Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [7] R. Vinci (ITA) 60 46 63
A. Ivanovic (SRB) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 61 60
B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] T. Pironkova (BUL) 64 63
S. Errani (ITA) d [Q] S. Zheng (CHN) 75 63
E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK) 63 61

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 62 63
A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d [3] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) 57 76(3) 10-8
C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) d C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN) 46 62 10-4
[PR] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 63
A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) / A. Rosolska (POL) 63 60

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[3] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
M. Brengle (USA) vs [4] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] [WC] S. Halep (ROU) vs A. Ivanovic (SRB)
E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [2] G. Muguruza (ESP)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
B. Strycova (CZE) vs J. Goerges (GER)
[Q] Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs S. Errani (ITA)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
A. Petkovic (GER) vs J. Jankovic (SRB)

COURT 3 start 2:00 pm
A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO)

Not Before 4:00 pm
B. Strycova (CZE) / R. Vinci (ITA) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / J. Goerges (GER)
S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

 

 

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RESULTS – FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Women’s
Singles – First Round

P. Martic (CRO) d [1] T. Pereira (BRA) 63 75
[2] J. Larsson (SWE) d L. Domínguez Lino (ESP) 75 64
[6] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d R. Peterson (SWE) 60 63
M. Erakovic (NZL) d M. Torró-Flor (ESP) 76(8) 67(5) 62
S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d R. Oprandi (SUI) 61 62
[Q] P. Goncalves (BRA) d J. Glushko (ISR) 63 61

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[WC] A. Lim (FRA) / F. Schiavone (ITA) d [3] D. Kovinic (MNE) / C. Mitu (ROU) 64 61
[4] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) d L. Pous-Tio (ESP) / S. Shapatava (GEO) 63 67(4) 10-6
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) / T. Maria (GER) d E. Bogdan (ROU) / M. Buzarnescu (ROU) 46 63 12-10
C. Mchale (USA) / A. Tatishvili (USA) d G. Ce (BRA) / E. Kostova (BUL) 64 75
T. Moore (GBR) / C. Perrin (SUI) d C. Burger (NED) / L. Pigossi (BRA) 62 61

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2016
QUADRA GUGA KUERTEN start 2:15 pm
ATP – [3] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs [WC] T. Monteiro (BRA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [5] D. Thiem (AUT) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)

Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [2] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – S. Giraldo (COL) vs G. Pella (ARG)

QUADRA 1 start 2:30 pm
WTA – [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs F. Schiavone (ITA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [7] F. Fognini (ITA) vs [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
ATP – [1] M. Melo (BRA) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] F. De Paula (BRA) / O. Luz (BRA)
ATP – After suitable rest – A. Bedene (GBR) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs T. Bellucci (BRA) / M. Demoliner (BRA)

QUADRA 2 start 2:30 pm
WTA – [5] P. Hercog (SLO) vs [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – S. Rogers (USA) vs V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
ATP – P. Mathieu (FRA) / J. Tsonga (FRA) vs [4] N. Monroe (USA) / J. Sock (USA)
ATP – After suitable rest – D. Lajovic (SRB) / D. Thiem (AUT) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR) / D. Munoz de la Nava (ESP)

QUADRA 4 start 2:30 pm
ATP – F. Delbonis (ARG) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs M. Gonzalez (ARG) / A. Sa (BRA)
WTA – To be finished – [1] A. Rodionova (AUS) / S. Vogt (LIE) vs B. Haddad Maia (BRA) / T. Pereira (BRA) 76(5) 00
WTA – T. Moore (GBR) / C. Perrin (SUI) vs [2] M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
ATP – After suitable rest – [3] P. Cuevas (URU) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs [WC] R. Dutra Silva (BRA) / J. Souza (BRA)

QUADRA 5 start 2:30 pm
ATP – M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs [2] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – [Q] C. Burger (NED) vs [Q] E. Kostova (BUL)
ATP – P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs [Q] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / D. Marrero (ESP)

Not Before 5:30 pm
WTA – After suitable rest – [4] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) / M. Irigoyen (ARG) vs P. Goncalves (BRA) / S. Marand (USA)

 

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Vandeweghe Takes Down Sixth Seed Pliskova in Dubai for First Win of the Year

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CoCo Vandeweghe

(February 15, 2016) CoCo Vandeweghe notched her first win of 2016 by defeating last year’s finalist Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (5), 6-1 in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday. The American who ended last season with an ankle injury, lost in first round of all of her previous events this year – Auckland, Sydney and the Australian Open.

 

Wolrd No. 46 Vandeweghe, who knocked out the 14th-ranked Pliskova in the second round of Wimbledon last year reflected on her upset victory. “I went out there not banking on because I won at Wimbledon that I’m going to win today,” said Vandeweghe “When someone is serving as well and playing as well off of their serve you have to really focus on taking care of your service games.

 

“That was my main focus. And then in the tiebreaker, I mean, every point matters. So when I had my opportunity, I was going to take it. Then the second set, getting that early break was really key.”

 

“It’s tough to play against her,” Pliskova said. “Obviously my game is a little bit better from the baseline, but there was no chance to show it because there was no rallies. So it was just tough.”

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In another upset Julia Goerges defeated three-time Dubai finalist Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0, 6-1.

“Well, I would say it was, yeah, a very solid performance but at the same time being aggressive and didn’t make that many mistakes,” said Goerges. “I just didn’t give her any chance to get into the match and get into her rhythm, because if she has time she creates good balls and deep balls, and that’s what I tried to take away from her. That worked pretty well today.”

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RESULTS – FEBRUARY 15, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [6] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 76(5) 61
J. Goerges (GER) d [8] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 60 61
C. Garcia (FRA) d A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 64 61
A. Petkovic (GER) d C. Giorgi (ITA) 62 61
M. Brengle (USA) d E. Makarova (RUS) 64 75
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 62 76(1)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
S. Errani (ITA) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 60 46 10-6
Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) d [WC] F. Al Nabhani (OMA) / T. Pironkova (BUL) 46 62 10-8

Women’s Qualifying Singles – Final Round
[6] S. Zheng (CHN) d [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) 75 61
T. Pironkova (BUL) d [2] A. Friedsam (GER) 57 75 63
Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [4] D. Allertova (CZE) 64 46 76(6)
J. Cepelova (SVK) d B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 64 16 63

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [Q] J. Cepelova (SVK)
A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
J. Jankovic (SRB) vs [5] B. Bencic (SUI)
[7] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [Q] Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
B. Strycova (CZE) vs [Q] T. Pironkova (BUL)
[WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[Q] S. Zheng (CHN) vs S. Errani (ITA)
R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs [2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

COURT 3 start 2:00 pm
[PR] V. Dushevina (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [PR] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)
[3] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) vs C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN)

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Draws Announced for 2016 Fed Cup Play-offs

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(February 6, 2016)The ITF has announced the draws for the 2016 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group and World Group II play-offs on 16-17 April:

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

Russia [s] [c] [*] v Belarus
Spain [c] v Italy [s]
Romania [c] [*] v Germany [s]
Australia [s] [c] [*] v USA

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

Serbia [s] [c] v Belgium
Slovakia [c] v Canada [s]
Poland [s] [c] [*] v Chinese Taipei
Ukraine [c] v Argentina [s]

[s] = seed

[c] = choice of ground

[*] = choice of ground decided by lot

 

The seeds were based on the new ITF Fed Cup Nations Ranking of 8 February.

 

The 2016 World Group and World Group II play-offs will take place alongside the World Group semifinals on 16-17 April. In the semifinals, Switzerland will be at home to Czech Republic, and France will be at home to Netherlands.

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