August 29, 2015

Connecticut Open – Sunday Results, Monday Schedule

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CONNECTICUT OPEN PRESENTED BY UNITED TECHNOLOGIES – NEW HAVEN, USA
$ 754,163.00
21-29 AUGUST 2015

RESULTS – AUGUST 23, 2015
Women’s
Singles – First Round

B. Strycova (CZE) d C. Giorgi (ITA) 62 75
I. Begu (ROU) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) 75 57 62
D. Cibulkova (SVK) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 76(6) 67(5) 63

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) d L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO) 63 62
[WC] L. Davis (USA) / A. Riske (USA) d [PR] I. Falconi (USA) / L. Robson (GBR) 62 63

Women’s
Qualifying Singles – Third Round

Qualifying – Y. Putintseva (KAZ) d [3] L. Tsurenko (UKR) 61 60
Qualifying – [4] R. Vinci (ITA) d [10] J. Larsson (SWE) 76(3) 63
Qualifying – [16] O. Govortsova (BLR) d [5] C. Witthoeft (GER) 60 64
Qualifying – [6] M. Rybarikova (SVK) d [13] C. Mchale (USA) 62 64
Qualifying – [15] P. Hercog (SLO) d [14] A. Beck (GER) 63 61
Qualifying – [Alt] O. Savchuk (UKR) d M. Linette (POL) 46 64 75

USONP
Men’s
Singles
Championship – Semifinals

[1] M. Pecotic (CRO) d H. Maslau (BLR) 63 61
[2] J. Witten (USA) d [4] F. Corwin (USA) 61 63

USONP
Women’s
Singles
Championship – Semifinals

[4] J. Elie (USA) d [2] J. Cako (USA) 64 62
J. Elbaba (USA) d [3] A. Weinhold (USA) 46 75 62

ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, AUGUST 24, 2015
STADIUM start 12:00 noon
WTA – E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [Q] R. Vinci (ITA)

Not Before 1:30 pm
WTA – M. Keys (USA) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
WTA – [4] [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) vs D. Gavrilova (RUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [7] [WC] A. Radwanska (POL) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA)
WTA – [Q] P. Hercog (SLO) vs [5] K. Pliskova (CZE)

GRANDSTAND start 12:00 noon
WTA – K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [8] S. Errani (ITA)
WTA – [6] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
WTA – [Q] M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – A. Cornet (FRA) vs [Q] Y. Putintseva (KAZ)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [Q] O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [Q] O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] K. Srebotnik (SLO) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs E. Hrdinova (CZE) / N. Melichar (USA)
WTA – A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs C. Chan (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO)
WTA – J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs [2] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 2 start 12:00 noon
USONP Women’s Singles Championship – J. Elbaba (USA) vs [4] J. Elie (USA)
USONP Men’s Singles Championship – [1] M. Pecotic (CRO) vs [2] J. Witten (USA)

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Simona Halep Withdraws From Connecticut Open

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(August 23, 2015) Simona Halep has withdrawn from the Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies due to a left thigh injury. She is replaced in the draw by lucky loser Lesia Tsurenko.
“I am very sorry that I have to withdraw from New Haven,” said Halep in a statement. “I love the tournament and obviously have great memories there having won the title before. I have had a tough few weeks that have left me with pain in my left leg and unfortunately I can’t force myself myself to play so close to the US Open.”
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2015 Connecticut Open Preview

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By Jack Cunniff

(August 23, 2015) NEW HAVEN, Connecticut – For the first time since 2006, the field at the 2015 Connecticut Open features five of the world’s top ten women’s players, and that depth should make for an unpredictable event. Here are some highlights of this year’s top entrants:

 

Simona Halep (No. 2) 2013 New Haven champion was the top seed, and she has played well this summer, coming off of back-to-back finals in Toronto and Cincinnati. She withdrew from the tournament on Sunday night.

 

Second seeded Petra Kvitova (No. 4), the defending champion, also receives an opening round bye. Kvitova has not won a match since Wimbledon, and she recently disclosed that she was diagnosed with mononucleosis, which helps to explain her recent listless form. The good news for Kvitova is that she thrives in the laid-back environment of New Haven, having reached three consecutive finals here, and is one of two players to have defeated top ranked Serena Williams in 2015.

 

Caroline Wozniacki (No. 5) is a four-time winner in New Haven, and seeded third at this year’s event. She was not initially planning to play the Connecticut Open, but early round losses in Stanford, Toronto, and Cincinnati have her looking for more match play before the U.S. Open, which begins August 31st. In pre-tournament interviews, Wozniacki has proclaimed herself fit and ready for action.

 

Lucie Safarova (No. 6) had the best result of her career in advancing to the 2015 French Open final, where she battled Serena Williams for three sets before losing. That result has catapulted her into the top ten for the first time in her career. Safarova has had mixed results since Paris, including a first round exit in Toronto to Daria Gavrilova, who she will face in a re-match in her opening round in New Haven.

 

A year ago, Karolina Pliskova (No. 7) was ranked 69th and won only two games in her first round qualifying match in New Haven. Much has changed in the last 12 months for the 23-year old Czech. She has reached eight WTA finals, winning three of those (Seoul, Linz, Prague). Success has evaded Pliskova in the Grand Slam events, but she has proven to be a consistent threat at the other tour stops.

 

Other players that could contend at the Connecticut open include: a pair of Wimbledon finalists, 2012 runner-up Agnieszka Radwanska (No. 15), and 2014 runner-up Genie Bouchard (No. 24); another major finalist in 2012 French Open runner-up Sara Errani (No. 16), former top ten player Flavia Pennetta (No. 26), rising young American Madison Keys (No. 19) who reached the 2015 Australian Open semifinals, the Swiss veteran Timea Bacsinszky (No. 14) who reached 2015 French Open semifinals, and Elina Svitolina (No. 20) a 20-year-old Ukranian who has risen quietly up the rankings in 2015.

Jack Cunniff is covering the Connecticut Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. His personal twitter is @JRCunniff.

 

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2015 French Open Women’s Contender Profiles – Fast Facts with Jack Cunniff

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(May 23, 2015) Profiles of the top Women’s Singles contenders for the 2015 French Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff     http://twitter.com/jrcunniff

 

Serena Williams

2015 Record: 25-1

Grand Slam Record: 266-39

French Open Record: 47-11

French Open Best Result: Won (2002, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Serena’s record in the opening two rounds of a Grand Slam event is 112-3 (97%), but in the last three years of Roland Garros, that record is 1-2 (33%), losing to Razzano in 1R of 2012 and Muguruza in 2R of 2014.

 

Maria Sharapova

2015 Record: 26-5

Grand Slam Record: 171-41

French Open Record: 50-10

French Open Best Result: Won (2012, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Only two players in the draw have defeated Sharapova at Roland Garros (S. Williams, Ivanovic).

 

Simona Halep

2015 Record: 29-6

Grand Slam Record: 31-19

French Open Record: 7-5

French Open Best Result: RU (2014)

Fast Fact: In her career, Halep has only defeated two Top Ten players on clay (No. 4 Radwanska, 2013 Rome; No. 6 Kvitova, 2014 Madrid).

 

Petra Kvitova

2015 Record: 21-6

Grand Slam Record: 67-25

French Open Record: 15-6

French Open Best Result: SF (2012)

Fast Fact: Outside of Wimbledon, Kvitova hasn’t reached the fourth round of a Grand Slam event since the 2012 U.S. Open.

 

Caroline Wozniacki

2015 Record: 23-10

Grand Slam Record: 80-32

French Open Record: 13-8

French Open Best Result: QF (2010)

Fast Fact: Wozniacki has been past the third round of the French Open only once (2010).

 

Eugenie Bouchard

2015 Record: 7-9

Grand Slam Record: 27-8

French Open Record: 6-5

French Open Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: All of Bouchard’s Grand Slam losses have been to players ranked in the Top 20.

 

Ana Ivanovic

2015 Record: 11-9

Grand Slam Record: 98-40

French Open Record: 30-9

French Open Best Result: Won (2008)

Fast Fact: In 2014, Ivanovic lost her opening match only once, in September at Wuhan; through the first five months of 2015, Ivanovic has lost her opening match on three occasions.

 

Carla Suarez Navarro

2015 Record: 31-10

Grand Slam Record: 45-25

French Open Record: 15-6

French Open Best Result: QF (2008, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Suarez Navarro’s record vs. Top Ten opponents in 2015 is 9-6 (60%); prior to 2015 it was 11-33 (25%).

 

Ekaterina Makarova

2015 Record: 15-9

Grand Slam Record: 53-30

French Open Record: 6-7

French Open Best Result: 4R (2011)

Fast Fact: Makarova is the only woman who has reached at least the quarterfinals in the last three Grand Slam events.

 

Andrea Petkovic

2015 Record: 16-9

Grand Slam Record: 32-21

French Open Record: 11-4

French Open Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: Petkovic won five matches en route to the semifinals of Roland Garros last year, which accounts for half of her ten Grand Slam match victories since 2012.

 

Angelique Kerber

2015 Record: 23-11

Grand Slam Record: 48-29

French Open Record: 11-7

French Open Best Result: QF (2012)

Fast Fact: Kerber has never defeated a higher-ranked opponent at Roland Garros.

 

Karolina Pliskova

2015 Record: 29-10

Grand Slam Record: 8-11

French Open Record: 1-3

French Open Best Result: 2R (2012)

Fast Fact: Pliskova has never advanced past the third round at a Grand Slam event.

 

Lucie Safarova

2015 Record: 16-10

Grand Slam Record: 42-39

French Open Record: 11-10

French Open Best Result: 4R (2007, ’14)

Fast Fact: Since 2014, Safarova has a winning record of 13-5 (72%) in Grand Slam events; prior to 2014, it was 29-34 (46%).

 

Agnieszka Radwanska

2015 Record: 15-12

Grand Slam Record: 93-35

French Open Record: 18-8

French Open Best Result: QF (2013)

Fast Fact: Seeded 14th for Roland Garros, it’s Radwanska’s lowest seed in a Grand Slam event since 2008 Wimbledon, having been seeded higher in the last 26 Slams.

 

Venus Williams

2015 Record: 20-6

Grand Slam Record: 225-58

French Open Record: 42-17

French Open Best Result: RU (2002)

Fast Fact:   Venus has won 20 matches this year entering the French Open, her best start to a season since 2010 (26-4), when she was ranked No. 2.

 

Madison Keys

2015 Record: 15-8

Grand Slam Record: 15-11

French Open Record: 1-2

French Open Best Result: 2R (2013)

Fast Fact: Keys has won more than half of her career Grand Slam victories (8 of 15) in her last three Grand Slam events.

 

 

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Simona Halep Wins Dubai Tennis Championships for Second Title of the Year

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(February 21, 2015) DUBAI, UAE – Simona Halep defeated Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 7-6(4) on Saturday to win the Dubai Tennis Championships for her 10th WTA title of her career, second title of 2015 and her second Premier 5-level victory. Halep won a title in Shenzen, China in January.

Halep won the first set in 41 minutes breaking the Czech’s serve in the seventh game.

Pliskova got off to a 2-0 start in the second set, but Halep rebounded to get back on serve, then get ahead to serve for the match at 5-4. Halep failed to close out the match serving at both 5-4 and 6-5, reaching match points in both service games. The last six games in the set were breaks of serve.

“I was trying to turn it around, but even if I won the second set, I don’t know if I would have won the whole match,” Pliskova said. “It would still have been hard because she doesn’t give up on any point. She runs really, really well, and it’s hard to kill the ball against her. She really gets everything back.”

“She played very well, it’s hard to explain how I feel, it’s a big title for me,” Halep said on court.

“I knew she had a big serve, I believe I have a good return. I stayed focused on every point.”

Halep won the last four points of the tiebreak to claim the match.

“I did two double faults at 6‑5,” said Halep. “I cannot imagine how I could serve with 100 kilometers just to put the ball on court but I couldn’t. But in tiebreak I was strong and I stayed very focused and I was fighting till the end. That was the most important, I think.”

“She played very well….it’s hard to explain how I feel, it’s a big title for me,” Halep said.

“I’m very happy now, and I cannot explain words how I feel,” said Halep. “It’s just an amazing title for me. It’s very important for my career. I’m really happy, and I just want to enjoy this moment.”

“Of course I lost so I’m not really happy, but obviously I’m happy for the week and for the last two or three weeks,” said Pliskova.

For the 23-year-old Romanian, the win moves her ranking back up to No. 3 in the world. Pliskova is expected to rise to No. 12 when the rankings are released on Monday.

“At the beginning of the tournament some people asked me if I felt pressure because I was the No.1 seed,” Halep said. “I said no, because I wasn’t thinking about it, and I just wanted to go on court and play match by match, because everyone would play really well here. And I played with big players like Makarova, Pliskova, Wozniacki – she was No.1 two years. So it’s honestly just an amazing victory for me.”

The doubles title went to Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic, who beat Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 6-2. It was their fourth final together, and their first title.

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Halep and Pliskova Reach Dubai Final

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(February 20, 2015) DUBAI, UAE – Top seed Simona Halep will play Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Saturday.

Halep rebounded after dropping the opening set to defeat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-1, 6-1, while Pliskova came through an almost three hour match with a 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 win over Garbine Muguruza.

“I was trying everything,” Wozniacki said of the match. “I was just making so many errors, and I don’t really know where they came from. I think I was just tired. You know, it’s been a long week for me.””

“I started the match with a bad tactic,” Halep said. “I just wanted to hit every ball, and I did many mistakes. I couldn’t find the rhythm. So in the second set I said that I have to change it and just to play with a good length and to open the court more. I didn’t want to force too much like in first set. That worked very well for me.”

 

“It was a really long match,” said Pliskova. “There was so many close points and close games. I was losing. She had some break points in the third set, as well. There’s just few points which is deciding.”

“I think the key was her serve,” said Muguruza. “She served so good. I couldn’t break her serve. I mean, obviously when you cannot break the other one’s serve you feel a lot of pressure with your serve. But it was a very good week. I won incredible matches.”

Halep is looking to win her second title of the year, the Romanian won in Shenzen in January. Pliskova will be playing in her second final of the year, losing in the final at Sydney.

 

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RESULTS – FEBRUARY 20, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[1] S. Halep (ROU) d [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 26 61 61
[17] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d G. Muguruza (ESP) 64 57 75

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP) d A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 63
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) d [7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) 36 61 10-5

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 5:00 pm
DOUBLES FINAL – [6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA)

Not Before 7:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [1] S. Halep (ROU) vs [17] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)

 

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Halep and Wozniacki Reach Dubai Semifinals

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(February 19, 2015) Dubai UAETop seeded Simona Halep will play third seeded Caroline Wozniacki, and 17th seed Karolina Pliskova will play unseeded Garbine Muguruza in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday.

 

It took Halep two hours and seven minutes to beat Etkaterina Makarova 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 and avenge her defeat by in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last month. Wozniacki withstood a competitive first set to beat Flavia Pennetta 7-5, 6-0.

 

Pliskova needed two hours 26 minutes to rally past Lucie Safarova 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1 and Muguruza took two hours 19 minutes to overcome Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3.

 

Halep failed to serve out the match at 5-3 and then needing five match points to clinch the win.

 

“I didn’t believe in my serve at that moment, and I just tried to finish very quickly and wasn’t good idea,” said Halep. “I was very nervous, and I wanted just to hit winners. It’s not possible at this level, and she’s a good player. I’m really happy that I could finish in the right way and to win, because it was a tough match.”

 

Wozniacki has been struggling with a sore throat this week.

 

“I knew that when I’m out there I need to focus 100% on each point,” said Wozniacki. “I can’t just give loose ones away, because that means longer time on court which means I have less of a chance of winning, so especially like now. I think that’s definitely helped me focus.”

 

Pliskova’s win was her second in two weeks over Safarova after she also won their quarter-final match in Antwerp, but she had to work hard to gain an advantage.

 

“I would say that she deserved to win as well. I’m a little bit sorry for her,” said Pliskova, “I called coach and he really helped me, and that’s probably the main thing why I won the second set, and then why I won the third set as well.”

 

Muguruza beat her friend, doubles partner and fellow Spaniard Suarez Navarro.

 

“I was sad because I lost the first set, but I said, ‘If I want to win this match I cannot play bad the second set’,” said Muguruza. “My only chance is to win the second set and try to have chances to win the match. So I said, Okay, the second set I’m going to give it all, and if I win I will have options to win the match.”

 

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RESULTS – FEBRUARY 19, 2015
Women’s
Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] S. Halep (ROU) d [6] E. Makarova (RUS) 63 16 75
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA) 75 60
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [11] L. Safarova (CZE) 36 76(5) 61
G. Muguruza (ESP) d [13] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 67(4) 63 63

Women’s
Doubles – Quarterfinals

[7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d [2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) 75 62
[6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP) d A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) 75 64
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) d M Niculescu (ROU) / A Panova (RUS) 76(6) 64
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) 75 76(1)

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) vs [7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs G. Muguruza (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] S. Halep (ROU) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP)

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Venus Williams, Kvitova, Ivanovic and Radwanska suffer early exits in Dubai

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(February 18, 2015) DUBAI, UAE – Wednesday marked a day of upsets at the Dubai Tennis Championships. Defending champion Venus Williams was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by Lucie Safarova in the third round along with No. 2 Petra Kvitova, fourth seed Ana Ivanovic, fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska and seventh seed Angelique Kerber.

 

For three-time champion Williams, it snapped her 16-match win-streak, her first loss in Dubai since 2005.

 

“I think she played awesome,” said Williams of her conqueror Safarova. “There were a couple of games there that I didn’t even get my racquet on the ball. What can I say to that? I don’t think I played badly, but I couldn’t afford to make any errors today. The errors that I made were really costly, so, you know, credit to her. I wish her the best of luck the rest of the tournament.”

 

“I was firing the ball, serving really well,” Safarova said. “I put the pressure right away from the first point. My lefty serve into her body and mixing the lefty serve with the really flat and fast serves, that seems give her a little trouble.”

 

Second seed Kvitova fell to Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

 

“Yeah, everybody can beat everyone in the top,” The Czech said. “And, yeah, maybe it’s nice for the fans that they can see something new and some surprises, but not every time it’s nice for us.”

Radwanska was upset 6-4, 6-2 by Garbine Muguruza after arriving in Dubai struggling with her health.

 

“I think when you’re not playing your best tennis then it’s hard to compete with those kind of players,” said Radwanska. “I think I didn’t serve enough, you know, to win that. I think that was really important part in that match.”

 

Muguruza believes there is always a chance to upset the top players if you work hard and keep your concentration.

 

“I think that nowadays there are so many girls that play so good that the difference between the top players and the other ones are really small,” she said. “So I think that you have a chance if you work and play and be concentrate and do your game, I think you can beat them.”

 

The day was not all about upsets as top seed Simona Halep beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4, 6-3, third seed Caroline Wozniacki overcame 2014 Dubai finalist Alize Cornet 6-4, 6-0 and Ekaterina Makarova also advanced, beating Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-4.

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RESULTS – FEBRUARY 18, 2015
Singles – Third Round
[1] S. Halep (ROU) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 64 63
[13] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [2] P. Kvitova (CZE) 63 46 63
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [15] A. Cornet (FRA) 64 60
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [4] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 62 46 64
G. Muguruza (ESP) d [5] A. Radwanska (POL) 64 62
[6] E. Makarova (RUS) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) 63 64
[10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA) d [7] A. Kerber (GER) 62 36 61
[11] L. Safarova (CZE) d [8] V. Williams (USA) 64 62

Doubles – Second Round
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [1] S Hsieh (TPE) / S Mirza (IND) 64 46 10-7
[2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS) d K Koukalova (CZE) / K Siniakova (CZE) 76(0) 64
A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) d [3] M Hingis (SUI) / F Pennetta (ITA) 63 76(2)
M Niculescu (ROU) / A Panova (RUS) d [4] S Peng (CHN) / K Peschke (CZE) 76(8) 76(7)
[6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP) d J Jankovic (SRB) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) 64 64
[7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) d M Erakovic (NZL) / H Watson (GBR) 63 64
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) d [WC] F Al Nabhani (OMA) / M Barthel (GER) 61 62
J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) d C Dellacqua (AUS) / S Stosur (AUS) 64 62

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[11] L. Safarova (CZE) vs [17] K. Pliskova (CZE)
G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [13] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[1] S. Halep (ROU) vs [6] E. Makarova (RUS)
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA)

COURT 1 start 2:00 pm
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) vs M Niculescu (ROU) / A Panova (RUS)
A Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER)

Not Before 6:00 pm
After suitable rest – A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) vs [6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP)
After suitable rest – [7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs [2] E Makarova (RUS) / E Vesnina (RUS)

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Venus Williams Dominates Swiss Teen Bencic at Dubai Tennis Championships

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(February 16, 2015) Thirty-four-year-old Venus Williams gave 17-year-old Belinda Bencic a tennis lesson on Monday at the Dubai Tennis Championships. Williams dominated the up-and-coming Swiss teenager 6-1, 6-2 to open up her title defense.

Williams, a three-time champion of the event, extended her streak in Dubai to 16 straight with the win over an opponent half her age.

“When I was 17, I didn’t think about what the age was of someone across the net,” Williams noted. “All you think of is I want to beat them.”

“At 34, I mean, I’m hitting a little bit harder than most people and playing some offense on the run and hitting the ball just as hard.”

 

DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS – DUBAI, UAE
$2,513,000
15-21 FEBRUARY 2015

RESULTS – FEBRUARY 16, 2015
Singles – Second Round
[8] V. Williams (USA) d B. Bencic (SUI) 61 62

First Round
[11] L. Safarova (CZE) d M. Puig (PUR) 61 64
[16] S. Peng (CHN) d [LL] E. Vesnina (RUS) 75 61
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 62 64
[WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) d M. Barthel (GER) 76(5) 36 63
[Q] K. Kozlova (UKR) d H. Watson (GBR) 64 75
[WC] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) d [Q] G. Dabrowski (CAN) 62 67(7) 64
[Q] Q. Wang (CHN) d K. Nara (JPN) 57 61 75
B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d [Q] Y. Beygelzimer (UKR) 64 62
G. Muguruza (ESP) d [Q] J. Gajdosova (AUS) 36 61 62
C. Giorgi (ITA) d V. Zvonareva (RUS) 64 62
E. Svitolina (UKR) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 31 ret. (right shoulder injury)

Doubles – First Round
J Goerges (GER) / A Groenefeld (GER) d [5] R Kops-Jones (USA) / A Spears (USA) 76(1) 62
C Dellacqua (AUS) / S Stosur (AUS) d J Gajdosova (AUS) / S Lisicki (GER) 63 64
A Rodionova (AUS) / A Rodionova (AUS) d K Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A Klepac (SLO) 62 61

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 pm
[5] A. Radwanska (POL) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
S. Lisicki (GER) vs [4] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs S. Stosur (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [2] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[1] S. Halep (ROU) vs [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK)

COURT 1 start 12:00 pm
G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [12] J. Jankovic (SRB)
[9] A. Petkovic (GER) vs Z. Diyas (KAZ)
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [7] A. Kerber (GER)
[10] [WC] F. Pennetta (ITA) vs [Q] Q. Wang (CHN)

COURT 2 start 12:00 pm
[13] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)
[WC] C. Dellacqua (AUS) vs [11] L. Safarova (CZE)
[Q] K. Kozlova (UKR) vs [6] E. Makarova (RUS)
R Voracova (CZE) / Y Xu (CHN) vs [6] G Muguruza (ESP) / C Suárez Navarro (ESP)

COURT 3 start 12:00 pm
[WC] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [15] A. Cornet (FRA)
[17] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs B. Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)
T. Pironkova (BUL) vs [16] S. Peng (CHN)
[7] C Garcia (FRA) / K Srebotnik (SLO) vs K Pliskova (CZE) / L Safarova (CZE)

COURT 7 start 12:00 pm
[8] T Babos (HUN) / K Mladenovic (FRA) vs D Jurak (CRO) / O Kalashnikova (GEO)
H Chan (TPE) / Y Chan (TPE) vs M Erakovic (NZL) / H Watson (GBR)
J Jankovic (SRB) / A Parra Santonja (ESP) vs Alternate / Unknown
M Krajicek (NED) / B Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) vs M Niculescu (ROU) / A Panova (RUS)
K Koukalova (CZE) / K Siniakova (CZE) vs M Minella (LUX) / A Petkovic (GER)

 

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Pennetta Survives Four Match Points to Advance in Dubai

Flavia Pennetta

(February 15, 2015) Italian wildcard and 10th seed Flavia Pennetta saved four match points in the second set before coming back to win 2-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 over lucky loser Julia Goerges of Germany in the Dubai Tennis Championships on Sunday.

It appeared certain that Goerges was going to have the first upset of the tournament as she led by a set and 5-2 and held match points at 5-3. But Pennetta fought back held off a late charge from Goerges to win in two hours 15 minutes.

“I was just playing until the last point and believing until the last point,” Pennetta said of her win.

“I was almost crying on the court because I was feeling so bad, but sometimes you don’t feel really good in the beginning of the year. Last year I was really good in the beginning, and this year I’ve been trying to find my good tennis, but it’s not coming. But I have to play with what I have now.

“But I like to fight. When you fight and win matches like this, you get closer to a good level.”

Former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki has set up clash with fourth seed and former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic as she defeated Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-4, hitting 16 aces during the match. Rising star Belinda Bencic, who beat Karin Knapp will have a second round meeting with defending champion Venus Williams.

Tsvetana Pironkova overcame Klara Koukalova 6-3 4-6 6-3, but Svetlana Kuznetsova into the second round when Kaia Kanepi retired with a back injury as Kuznetsova was leading 4-1.

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