2014/04/24

Teenager Donna Vekic Upsets Top Seed Dominika Cibulkova for Malaysian Open Tennis Title

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(April 20, 2014) Seventh seed Donna Vekic of Croatia won her first WTA title on Sunday after defeating top seed  and Ausralian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (4) in the Malaysian Open final in Kuala Lumpur.

The 17-year-old Vekic who rallied from 7-5, 5-4 down blasted 11 aces in the almost three-hour match. Vekic had to regain control of her composure after failing to close out the match leading 5-2 in the final set.

At 17 years, 10 months and 23 days, Vekic is the youngest player to win a WTA title since Vania King won Bangkok in 2006 at 17 years, 8 months and 12 days. It’s Vekic’s first top 10 win stopping No. 10 Cibulkova.

“It was a very tough match,” Vekic said. “She played very well throughout the whole match. I was up 5-1 in the third set and she came back out playing insane – so I’m happy I was able to get through in the end.”

“She played really well today,” Cibulkova said. “In the second set I was really close to winning, but she played really well, really strong, and it was just about a few balls out there, really.”

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Canada fights to 2-0 lead in World Group Playoff Tie against the Slovak Republic

Eugenie Bouchard'

Eugenie Bouchard’

By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

 

(April 19, 2014) QUEBEC CITY – It wasn’t easy, and it certainly wasn’t always pretty, but Canada managed to take a commanding 2-0 lead against the Slovakian squad on the first day of their World Group Playoff tie in Quebec City. While Aleksandra Wozniak had to throw everything but the kitchen sink at young Jana Cepelova in order to get the first point, Eugenie Bouchard probably made Brad Gilbert proud with a textbook example of ‘winning ugly’ in the second match against an inspired Kucova.

On paper, the Wozniak-Cepelova match was the most intriguing: the Canadian is a seasoned Fed Cup competitor with almost 50 matches under her belt, while Cepelova is an up-an-coming star who was still on a high after her dream Charleston run a few weeks ago when she beat Serena Williams en route to losing in the final to Andrea Petkovic. While the ranking gap between both highly favored the Slovakian, the Canadian is coming back from a series of serious injuries, went as high as 21st in the world and thus couldn’t be counted out.

The first set saw both players exchange a large number of breaks, but it was Cepelova who took the early lead, as Wozniak seemed tentative and struggling to find her usual aggressive game. On the other hand, the young Slovak was controlling points with her heavy forehand and kept Wozniak on her toes with a few of her infamous dropshots. While the Canadian started finding her form, it was too little too late as Cepelova broke at 5-4 despite Wozniak having two game points: it was the seventh break of the set.

The first half of the second set followed the same pattern, as Wozniak’s level dropped early and Cepelova kept the pressure on the Canadian’s serve. Down 6-4 5-2, the crowd didn’t have much hope for their home player, but better serving, lower unforced errors, better strategy (everything on the backhand) and a few tight games from Cepelova, who was two points away from the match at both 5-3 and 5-4, helped Wozniak level things off at 5-all. Playing more aggressively, being less tentative and serving much better, the Canadian won the last two games comfortably to force a third.

Oddly enough, the same scenario was repeated in the third set, as Cepelova, who was clearly the most consistent aggressor of the two, took another early lead, only to see Wozniak get back at 3-all. That’s when the match reached its peak, as both players started playing their best tennis and had numerous long, entertaining and varied rallies. Cepelova’s fighting spirit got her through the next two tight games, as she gave herself a second chance to serve out the match…only to get broken again. Serving to stay in the match, Wozniak unleashed a super down-the-line forehand winner to get out of a close game, which resulted in a standing ovation from the crowd of about 2000. Unphased, Cepelova got to a quick 40-0 lead in her next service game, only to see Wozniak reel off 5 straight points, then serve out the match quite easily for a hard-found 4-6  7-5 7-5 win. It was Wozniak’s 39th Fed Cup singles win, and probably the most dramatic of them all. After all she went through in the past few months, Wozniack seemed quite emotional in the on-court interview, as she held back tears of joy.

After such a dramatic match, the crowd expect a walk in the park for Canadian star Eugenie Bouchard, Canada’s top ranked player. While she was ranked more than 100 places higher than her opponent Kucova, it seemed like the roles were reversed at the start. Indeed, the Slovak came out firing with her two-handed shots on both sides, attacking early, hitting deep and flat, taking Genie off guard. The Canadian, on the other hand, looked flat and a bit snappy and struggled to keep the ball in play, getting rapidly in a 0-3 hole. While she managed to steady the ship and get back to 3-all, the Slovak kept her cool, followed her game plan and soon got to set point on Bouchard’s serve at 5-3. That’s when Bouchard decided to raise her level, saving a total of four set points in that game and then breaking to level things off at 5-5. After two holds, the set reached a tiebreak and despite coming from behind all set long, Bouchard managed to reel seven straight points by cleaning up her game and raising the aggression level.

After getting so close and failing to close out the set, one could have expected Kucova, ranked outside the top 100, to give up early in the second. But this would be underestimating the Slovak, who started playing lights out tennis and hitting numerous winners out of everywhere in the court, both as an attacker and when defending. On the other hand, Bouchard was average at best, and never managed to get a grip on a set that rapidly, and surprisingly, went the way of Slovak Republic on a score of 6-2.

The crowd was getting used to changes in momentum, as there were plenty all day, and the start of the third set saw yet another one. Bouchard, who seemed to find better form, took an early 2-0 lead, and even had chances for a double break for 3-0. But Kucova, who gained quite a few fans in the stands today as she showed a tremendous amount of heart, kept on fighting and getting to balls that seemed impossible to reach, and managed to hold for 1-2. That’s when her body started struggling, as she started to stretch between points and seemed to be out of breath. It didn’t take much more for Genie to smell blood and move her around, and while she was playing arguably better than Bouchard for most of the match, Kucova just couldn’t keep up with such a level after over two hours. The Canadian won the last four games, and the match, to give Canada a 2-0 lead.

This match was a great example of a superior player who is struggling against an opponent playing lights-out tennis, but who manages to find a way to win. And while she was clearly frustrated with her level after the match, the situation was well summarized by Sylvain Bureau, Canada’s captain: ”No matter how we did it, in the end, we finish the day leading 2-0. All we need tomorrow is to win one match and we will focus on that”.

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Charles David Mathieu-Poulin blogs for WtaQuebec www.wtaquebec.com, a website promoting local Quebec players. He is covering the Fed Cup in Quebec City for Tennis Panorama News. Follow him on twitter @earthstroke, follow his coverage on @TennnisNewsTPN.

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Fed Cup Results for April 19

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

 

The two semifinal winners will contest the World Group Final on 8-9 November. The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2015 World Group, with the four losers contesting 2015 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2015 World Group II, with the four losers contesting their respective 2015 Zone Group I events. The draw for the 2015 Fed Cup will be held at Roland Garros, Paris on Wednesday, June 4,at 12:00 local time (10:00 GMT).

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC leads ITALY 2-0

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

 

Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 61

Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Camila Giorgi (ITA) 64 62

Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Andrea Hlavackova/Klara Koukalova (CZE) v Karin Knapp/Roberta Vinci (ITA)

 

GERMANY leads AUSTRALIA 2-0

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

 

Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. Samantha Stosur (AUS) 61 76(7)

Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 61 60

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Angelique Kerber (GER)

Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Julia Goerges/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

RUSSIA leads ARGENTINA 2-0

Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoor)

 

Elena Vesnina (RUS) d. Paula Ormaechea (ARG) 63 63

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Maria Irigoyen (ARG) 75 61

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Paula Ormaechea (ARG)

Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)

Darya Kasatkina/Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) v Maria Irigoyen/Paula Ormaechea (ARG)

 

CANADA leads SLOVAK REPUBLIC 2-0

Venue: PEPS, Laval University, Quebec City, CAN (hard – indoor)

 

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) d. Jana Cepelova (SVK) 46 75 75

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) d. Kristina Kucova (SVK) 76(0) 26 61

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Jana Cepelova (SVK)

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Kristina Kucova (SVK)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) v Jana Cepelova/Janette Husarova (SVK)

 

USA level with FRANCE 1-1

Venue: Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO, USA (hard – indoor)

 

Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. Sloane Stephens (USA) 62 62

Madison Keys (USA) d. Alize Cornet (FRA) 67(4) 76(4) 63

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)

Madison Keys (USA) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)

Lauren Davis/Christina McHale (USA) v Claire Feuerstein/Virginie Razzano (FRA)

 

SPAIN level with POLAND 1-1

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoor)

 

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 62

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 46 60 61

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)

Estrella Cabeza-Candela/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Paula Kania/Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

ROMANIA leads SERBIA 1-0

Venue: BNR Arenas, Bucharest, ROU (clay – outdoor)

 

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 36 61 62

Simona Halep (ROU) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 31 – play suspended due to rain

Simona Halep (ROU) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Irina-Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Jovana Jaksic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB)

 

NETHERLANDS level with JAPAN 1-1

Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoor)

 

Kurumi Nara (JPN) d. Arantxa Rus (NED) 75 26 61

Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 60 76(3)

Kiki Bertens (NED) v Kurumi Nara (JPN)

Arantxa Rus (NED) v Misaki Doi (JPN)

Kiki Bertens/Michaella Krajicek (NED) v Shuko Aoyama/Risa Ozaki (JPN)

 

SWEDEN leads THAILAND 2-0

Venue: Sparbanken Lidkoping Arena, Lidkoping, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Johanna Larsson (SWE) d. Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA) 61 63

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) d. Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 64 62

Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Luksika Kumkhum (THA)

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA)

Hilda Melander/Rebecca Peterson (SWE) v Tamarine Tanasugarn/Varatchaya Wongteanchai (THA)

 

SWITZERLAND leads BRAZIL 2-0

Venue: Clube de Tenis Catanduva, Catanduva, BRA (clay – outdoor)

 

Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Teliana Pereira (BRA) 63 63

Belinda Bencic (SUI) d. Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) 63 63

Teliana Pereira (BRA) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Paula Cristina Goncalves/Teliana Pereira (BRA) v Viktorija Golubic/Amra Sadikovic (SUI)

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Cibulkova Rallies to Reach Kuala Lumpur Final

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BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 14-April 20, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, April 19, 2014

Singles – Semifinals

(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (3) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 67(3) 63 63

(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) d. (2) Zhang Shuai (CHN) 16 63 64

Doubles – Semifinals
(4) Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Kichenok/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) 46 64 104 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Sunday, April 20, 2014

Centre Court (from 16.00hrs)

1. Doubles Final: Babos/H.Chan vs. Y.Chan/Zheng

2. Singles Final: Dominika Cibulkova vs. Donna Vekic (NB 18.00hrs)

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Canada Early Favorite in World Group Playoff Tie against the Slovak Republic

Eugenie Bouchard

Eugenie Bouchard

By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin

(April 18, 2014) QUEBEC CITY – Once again, it seems as though home soil advantage may pay off again for the Canadian Fed Cup squad, as they aim to reach the World Group for the first time in 20 years against Slovak Republic this weekend in Quebec City. While the best available players showed up on the Canadian side in Eugenie Bouchard, Aleksandra Wozniak, Fichman and Dabrowski, the visiting crew will be trying to defend their World Group spot without Dominika Cibulkova, Daniela Hantuchova and Rybarikova, its best three players.

Three Slovakian players are absent – Cibulkova who decided to play a hardcourt event in Kuala Lumpur this week instead and Rybarikova, who withdrew due to back injury right before heading on court in a 6-2, 6-0 win in Katowice last week actually just decided to skip the tie. Similarly to Canada’s last tie played against a depleted Serbian team last February, it thus seems like the crowd favorites might pull off what is, in theory, an upset.

Aleksandra Wozniak, Canada’s oldest player on the team at 26, will start things off on Saturday against Jana Cepelova, who is just coming back from the finals in Charleston, by far the biggest accomplishment of her young career. While the Slovakian might be on the rise, she has limited Fed Cup experience (only 5 matches played, compared to 37 matches in 33 ties for her opponent, a national record) and the fast surface at Laval University is far from the green har-tru of South Carolina. On the other hand, except for a spark of brilliance in Indian Wells, Wozniak has been struggling since coming back from injury last year, and while a former number 21 in the world, she has yet to prove that she is completely back to her old form. This match is probably the most intriguing of the weekend and a must-win for the Slovak Republic: a win by Wozniak could possibly already seal the deal for Canada right from the get-go.

While Wozniak has been quite popular in her native province of Quebec over the years, it is nothing compared to the attention young Eugenie Bouchard has received over the past few months. Named WTA’s Best Newcomer in 2013 and a semi-finalist at the 2014 Australian Open, she is now in the top 20 and arguably one of the most marketable players out on the tour right now. While most players seem to struggle dealing with pressure, it seems like Genie thrives for it: being the number 1 player of the team suits her well, and she should prove it in the second match of the tie against relatively unknown Kristina Kucova. In a surprising move, Slovakian Captain Matek Liptak has indeed preferred Kucova, ranked 137th, to up-an-coming Schmiedlova (68th). While the reasons behind this choice are unknown (injuries, playing styles, favorite surfaces), Genie will be the strong favorite heading into this match.

In the reverse singles on Sunday, Bouchard should face Cepelova first, while Kucova is scheduled to face Wozniak. Depending on Kucova’s performance against Bouchard, don’t be surprised if Schmiedlova is actually sent on court for that one. In the deciding doubles match, Canadians Fichman and Dabrowski should face Cepelova and Husarova, who at 40 is by far the veteran of both teams and was remarkably part of the last Slovakian team to win the Fed Cup title in 2002. While Fichman and Dabrowki are Canada’s highest ranked doubles players, Canadian captain Sylvain Bruneau could well decide to throw Bouchard in the mix for the doubles match with Fichman, like he did last minute last year against Ukraine. A bold move that worked out well then, but that left Dabrowski, understandably, quite frustrated. Let’s just hope she doesn’t hold a grudge.

 

Match Schedule – Canada vs Slovak Republic World Group Playoff Tie

PEPS at Laval University, Quebec City

 

Saturday, April 19th (3pm ET).

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) vs. Jana Cepelova (SVK)

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Kristina Kucova (SVK)

 

Sunday, April 20th (1pm ET).

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) vs Jana Cepelova (SVK)

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) vs Kristina Kucova (SVK)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) vs Jana Cepelova/Janetta Husarova (SVK)

Charles David Mathieu-Poulin blogs for WtaQuebec www.wtaquebec.com, a website promoting local Quebec players. He is covering the Fed Cup in Quebec City for Tennis Panorama News. Follow him on twitter @earthstroke, follow his coverage on @TennnisNewsTPN.

Canada Early Favorite in World Group Playoff Tie against the Slovak Republic

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Draws Announced for Fed Cup World Group Semifinals and Play-off Ties

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(April 18, 2014) The ITF has announced the draws for the 2014 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group semifinals, and World Group and World Group II play-offs taking place on 19-20 April.

 

The two semifinal winners will contest the World Group Final on 8-9 November. The four winners of the World Group play-offs will qualify for the 2015 World Group, with the four losers contesting 2015 World Group II. The four winners of the World Group II play-offs will qualify for 2015 World Group II, with the four losers contesting their respective 2015 Zone Group I events. The draw for the 2015 Fed Cup will be held at Roland Garros, Paris on Wednesday 4 June at 12:00 local time (10:00 GMT).

 

Live scoring for the World Group semifinals and play-off ties will be available on the official Fed Cup website throughout the weekend. In addition, the English and Spanish websites will feature a live blog, reports, photographs, audio interviews, podcasts and live streaming. There will also be a social media hub where fans can interact on www.fedcup.com/showyourcolours.

 

Follow all the action on www.fedcup.com, www.fedcup.com/es, www.twitter.com/fedcup, www.facebook.com/FedCup and www.fedcup.tv.

Fed Cup by BNP Paribas is the World Cup of Tennis. It is the largest annual international team competition in women’s sport, with 95 nations taking part in 2014. The event celebrated its 50th birthday in 2013 in the ITF’s centenary year. The title sponsor is BNP Paribas, the Official Bank of Fed Cup. Adecco (Official HR Sponsor) is an international sponsor, and Wilson Sporting Goods (Official Ball) is an international partner.

WORLD GROUP SEMIFINALS

 

CZECH REPUBLIC v ITALY

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

 

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Petra Kvitova (CZE) v Sara Errani (ITA)

Lucie Safarova (CZE) v Camila Giorgi (ITA)

Andrea Hlavackova/Klara Koukalova (CZE) v Karin Knapp/Roberta Vinci (ITA)

 

AUSTRALIA v GERMANY

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

 

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Angelique Kerber (GER)

Samantha Stosur (AUS) v Angelique Kerber (GER)

Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Andrea Petkovic (GER)

Ashleigh Barty/Casey Dellacqua (AUS) v Julia Goerges/Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER)

 

WORLD GROUP PLAY-OFFS

 

RUSSIA v ARGENTINA

Venue: Adler Arena, Sochi, RUS (clay – indoor)

 

Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Paula Ormaechea (ARG)

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)

Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Paula Ormaechea (ARG)

Elena Vesnina (RUS) v Maria Irigoyen (ARG)

Darya Kasatkina/Valeria Solovyeva (RUS) v Maria Irigoyen/Paula Ormaechea (ARG)

 

CANADA v SLOVAK REPUBLIC

Venue: PEPS, Laval University, Quebec City, CAN (hard – indoor)

 

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Jana Cepelova (SVK)

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Kristina Kucova (SVK)

Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) v Jana Cepelova (SVK)

Aleksandra Wozniak (CAN) v Kristina Kucova (SVK)

Gabriela Dabrowski/Sharon Fichman (CAN) v Jana Cepelova/Janette Husarova (SVK)

 

USA v FRANCE

Venue: Chaifetz Arena, St. Louis, MO, USA (hard – indoor)

 

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)

Madison Keys (USA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)

Sloane Stephens (USA) v Alize Cornet (FRA)

Madison Keys (USA) v Caroline Garcia (FRA)

Lauren Davis/Christina McHale (USA) v Claire Feuerstein/Virginie Razzano (FRA)

 

SPAIN v POLAND

Venue: Olympic Stadium, Barcelona, ESP (clay – outdoor)

 

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)

Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor (ESP) v Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP) v Urszula Radwanska (POL)

Estrella Cabeza-Candela/Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) v Paula Kania/Alicja Rosolska (POL)

 

WORLD GROUP II PLAY-OFFS

 

ROMANIA v SERBIA

Venue: BNR Arenas, Bucharest, ROU (clay – outdoor)

 

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

Simona Halep (ROU) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Simona Halep (ROU) v Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

Sorana Cirstea (ROU) v Bojana Jovanovski (SRB)

Irina-Camelia Begu/Monica Niculescu (ROU) v Jovana Jaksic/Nina Stojanovic (SRB)

 

NETHERLANDS v JAPAN

Venue: Maaspoort Sports & Events, ’s-Hertogenbosch, NED (clay – indoor)

 

Arantxa Rus (NED) v Kurumi Nara (JPN)

Kiki Bertens (NED) v Misaki Doi (JPN)

Kiki Bertens (NED) v Kurumi Nara (JPN)

Arantxa Rus (NED) v Misaki Doi (JPN)

Kiki Bertens/Michaella Krajicek (NED) v Shuko Aoyama/Risa Ozaki (JPN)

 

SWEDEN v THAILAND

Venue: Sparbanken Lidkoping Arena, Lidkoping, SWE (hard – indoor)

 

Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA)

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v Luksika Kumkhum (THA)

Johanna Larsson (SWE) v Luksika Kumkhum (THA)

Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) v Noppawan Lertcheewakarn (THA)

Hilda Melander/Rebecca Peterson (SWE) v Tamarine Tanasugarn/Varatchaya Wongteanchai (THA)

 

BRAZIL v SWITZERLAND

Venue: Clube de Tenis Catanduva, Catanduva, BRA (clay – outdoor)

 

Teliana Pereira (BRA) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Teliana Pereira (BRA) v Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Paula Cristina Goncalves (BRA) v Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

Paula Cristina Goncalves/Teliana Pereira (BRA) v Viktorija Golubic/Amra Sadikovic (SUI)

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WTA Kuala Lumpur – Results and Schedule

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BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

April 14-20, 2014

$250,000/International

Hard/Outdoors

 

Results – Friday, April 18, 2014

Singles – Quarterfinals

(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (6) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 46 62 64

(2) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. Magda Linette (POL) 62 26 61

(3) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) 64 64

(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) d. (4) Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) 64 75

 

Doubles – Semifinals

(1) Babos/H.Chan (HUN/TPE) d. (3) Gajdosova/Hsieh (AUS/TPE) 63 63

 

Order Of Play – Saturday, April 19, 2014

Centre Court (from 15.00hrs)

1. Y.Chan/Zheng vs. Kichenok/Savchuk

2. Donna Vekic vs. Zhang Shuai

3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Karolina Pliskova

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WTA Kuala Lumpur – Results and Schedule

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BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 14-April 20, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 61 62
(2) Zhang Shuai (CHN) d. (WC) Zhang Ling (HKG) 63 46 60
(3) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. (Q) Duan Ying-Ying (CHN) 61 63
(7) Donna Vekic (CRO) d. Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 16 63 75
Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) d. Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 64 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Babos/Chan (HUN/TPE) d. Daniilidou/Linette (GRE/POL) 76(5) 62
Kichenok/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) d. (2) Jurak/Moulton-Levy (CRO/USA) 63 57 105 (Match TB)
(4) Chan/Zheng (TPE/CHN) d. Hsieh/Rodionova (TPE/AUS) 60 61

Order Of Play – Friday, April 18, 2014
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Magda Linette vs. Zhang Shuai
2. Donna Vekic vs. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner
3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Zarina Diyas (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Karolina Pliskova vs. Cagla Buyukakcay

Court 1 (from 17.00hrs)
1. Babos/Chan vs. Gajdosova/Hsieh

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BMW MALAYSIAN OPEN
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
April 14-April 20, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Singles – Second Round
(4) Patricia Mayr-Achleitner (AUT) d. Danka Kovinic (MNE) 64 36 61
(6) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) d. (Q) Giulia Gatto-Monticone (ITA) 61 64
Magda Linette (POL) d. (Q) Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR) 61 62

Singles – First Round
(1) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) d. (Q) Pemra Ozgen (TUR) 61 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(3) Gajdosova/Hsieh (AUS/TPE) d. Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) 63 63

Doubles – First Round
(1) Babos/Chan (HUN/TPE) d. Krunic/Vrljic (SRB/CRO) 46 60 1311 (Match TB)
(3) Gajdosova/Hsieh (AUS/TPE) d. Chuang/Fujiwara (TPE/JPN) 63 64
Daniilidou/Linette (GRE/POL) d. (WC) Boey/Yang (MAS/CHN) 60 60
Chan/Xu (TPE/CHN) d. Sema/Sema (JPN/JPN) 63 57 108 (Match TB)
Hsieh/Rodionova (TPE/AUS) d. Hozumi/Miyamura (JPN/JPN) 67(0) 62 103 (Match TB)
Kichenok/Savchuk (UKR/UKR) d. Pliskova/Pliskova (CZE/CZE) 64 46 108 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, April 17, 2014
Centre Court (from 14.00hrs)
1. Zhang Ling vs. Zhang Shuai
2. Karolina Pliskova vs. Duan Ying-Ying
3. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Hsieh Su-Wei (NB 18.30hrs)
4. Kichenok/Savchuk vs. Jurak/Moulton-Levy

Court 1 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Tadeja Majeric vs. Cagla Buyukakcay
2. Donna Vekic vs. Kristyna Pliskova

Court 2 (from 14.00hrs)
1. Hsieh/Rodionova vs. Chan/Zheng
2. Babos/Chan vs. Daniilidou/Linette (NB 16.00hrs)

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Ana Ivanovic Wins Monterrey

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(April 6, 2014) In an all-Serbian final Ana Ivanovic won the Monterrey Open on Sunday, defeating Jovana Jaksic 6-2, 6-1 for her second WTA title of the year. Ivanovic also won the Auckland tournament in January.

“I think we both enjoyed the final tonight – it was very special for our country, it was the first time two players from our country were in a WTA final together,” Ivanovic said after the match to WTAtennis.com. “It was also great to see Jovana doing so well this week. I think she definitely has a bright future ahead of her.

“Last year I lost very early here in Monterrey but I had so much fun that I wanted to come back, so to make it this far this year is amazing. And every title is so special. I had some tough matches this week but I feel so happy to get through each of them, and this title is definitely one of my favorites.”

It’s Ivanovic’s 13th title of her career

It was a career week for Jasic who reached her first WTA tour final, beating Kimiko Date-Krumm in the semis. Before this week she had only won one WTA Tour level match.

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