November 29, 2015

Garbine Muguruza Moves into Top Four with Beijing Title

(October 11,2015) Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza won the China Open with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Timea Bacsinszky for her second career WTA title, first Premier Mandatory.

Muguruza rallied from 5-2 down in the first set and a break down in the second set to claim the title.

“It was a very tough start of the match,” said the winner. “I was nervous. I was really nervous because I came from the final of Wuhan thinking, C’mon, I want to win this one so much. Sometimes it doesn’t help to think like this, but you cannot say no.

“I think, yeah, it was tough. But I could turn it around at some point during the set. I think also Timea started really believing she could do it, and she was playing great.”

The title will vault the Spaniard to No. 4 in the rankings, a career high.

“Well, definitely it’s a big achievement,” said Muguruza. “I think, you know, to see you are improving, also on the tennis side, but in the rankings, it’s that moment when there’s only three more in front of me. It feels good. It feels that you’re doing in a right way your things. “

Muguruza, has playing well in Asia, last week a finalist in Wuhan falling to Venus Williams, when she had to retire in the second set with an ankle injury.

Bacsinszky, almost out of the game of tennis two years ago will reach the top ten on Monday.

“I think I’ve never imagined ever in my whole life to be one day top 10. Right now I’m top 10. Yesterday I didn’t talk about it so much because probably I was only focusing on the tournament.

“But just looking back with what I’ve achieved right now, yeah, just have goosebumps right now because the road was long. It’s just so great, yeah, and special.”

“It was already not a goal to be top 10, to be honest,” said the Swiss. “I talked about it many, many times. Maybe it’s crazy for some people to understand that I have no goals, no special goals.

“My only goal is to give 100% wherever I am, if it’s in Europe, if it’s in Asia, if it’s in South America, if it’s sunny, if it’s rainy, if it’s snowy, if it’s wind, no wind, whatever. I try to give my best every day. I try to push myself.

“It got me where I am right now. I had big faith in my project. When someone was talking to me about top 10, I was like, Yeah, yeah, top 10 is over there, it’s far. Right now I am one of it.

“It just shows if you don’t set yourself limits, you can go anywhere. You can just push, push, push yourself every day. That’s what I’m doing.”

Muguruza has withdrawn from this week’s Hong Kong Open, citing that her ankle needs to recover.


BNP Paribas Open Tournament Director and COO Steve Simon New CEO of the WTA

Volunteers are celebrated before the start of the Women's Singles Final in Indian Wells, California on Sunday, March 22, 2015. (Photo by Billie Weiss/BNP Paribas Open)

(October 5, 2015) On Monday, the Board of Directors of the Women’s Tennis Association announced a unanimous decision naming Steve Simon, the Tournament Director and Chief Operating Officer of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Tennis Tournament, as the new CEO of the women’s tour. Simon will begin his new position immediately and leave his current post at the end of November.

Simon joined the tournament in 1989 in a sponsorship sales role after working with adidas for six years. He became Tournament Director and COO in 2004. At the end of the 2013 tournament, he and the CEO oversaw the vast expansion of Indian Wells.

“I am exceptionally grateful to both Charlie Pasarell and Raymond Moore for the opportunity they gave me more than 25 years ago to work at the BNP Paribas Open,” said Simon through a news release. “I have cherished my time here, and everyone involved with the event – staff, volunteers, players, officials and many more – who have made this event into the exceptional tournament it has become. I am humbled and excited about the opportunity, and leave the tournament knowing that the team in place, under the guidance of Moore and owner Larry Ellison, will continue to excel and keep the BNP Paribas Open as one of the best events in the world.”

“Steve Simon, with his successful career leading one of tennis’ most prestigious tournaments, is the perfect person to run the WTA,” the WTA Board said in a statement. “Steve produced results, pursued excellence and he kept innovating, making the fan experience even better. He has a very clear vision for the sport and is held in high regard by all.”

Simon replaces Stacey Allaster who announced her resignation on September 22.


Top Two Seeds Halep and Kvitova Out of China Open

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(October 4, 2015) Top seed Simona Halep of Romania retired from her match with a left Achilles injury while No. 2 seed Petra Kvitova lost to Sara Errani at the China Open on Sunday in Beijing.

No. 2 Halep retired against Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena at 4-5 in the first set. There were three other retirements in women’s matches on the day.

“I have pain in my Achilles,” the Romanian said. “It’s getting worse. I thought that it’s getting better and I can play. But no. I don’t want to force (it).

“It’s a tough injury because always is dangerous to continue with the tendon. So, yeah, I hope just to recover and to be healthy soon.” She had the same injury in 2011.

“My first thought is just to be healthy,” Halep said when asked about competing at the WTA Finals in Singapore. “Of course, every tournament is important. But the most important thing is to be okay, to feel no pain, and then I will see.

“I hope I can play in Singapore. Was my goal for this year. I will see. I need treatment and I need break, for sure.”

“I think all the players in the end of the year are a little bit tired. It’s tough to manage these situations,” she said.

“If you want to be in the top, you have to work hard and to be getting better year by year, you know, as soon as you can.”

No. 4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska moved on when Coco Vandeweghe retired after the first set.

“Well, I knew she retired last week,” Radwanska said. “But, you know, every week it’s different story, different tournament.

“I was prepared for whole match. We played couple times before that. So I knew what to do on court.

“But maybe still going on something with her health. I think we have to ask her.”

“I think this is the end of the year. Not everybody is fresh at the moment,” the Pole responding to a questions about the day’s retirements. “I think really that’s the main reason.

“Well, I think that’s what happen in Asia pretty much.”

Sara Errani of Italy had the upset of the day knocking out second-seeded Petra Kvitova 7-5, 6-4.

“I never beat her, so I know was a really tough match,” Errani. “Of course, she’s a really good player.”

and Sloane Stephens of the United States defeated ninth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2.

Errani said that the difference in the match was just a few points. “I just tried to stay there every point, solid, without too many mistakes. It’s my game.

“She hit the ball really strong, so I just tried to make her play one shot more.”

Kvitova who was a finalist at the China Open last year felt that she was not ready.

“Of course the loss is always disappointing,” Kvitova said. “I really wanted to win and kind of qualify for Singapore here. But I just wasn’t really able to.

“You know, it was kind of game which I really had to be ready physically and mentally and everything, and I just wasn’t.

“I just think it was kind of the case, I couldn’t really serve in the second set as well. I didn’t really help with anything. She (was) going for the chance. It was kind of difficult.”

“I’m kind of sleepy all day long. It’s just weird,” Kvitova said.

Singles – First Round

[Q] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [1] S. Halep (ROU) 54 Retired (Left ankle injury)
S. Errani (ITA) d [2] P. Kvitova (CZE) 75 64
[3] F. Pennetta (ITA) d [WC] X. Han (CHN) 75 46 64
[4] A. Radwanska (POL) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 63 00 Retired (Left ankle injury)
[7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 63 00 Retired (Right elbow injury)
[8] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [Q] B. Jovanovski (SRB) 62 64
S. Stephens (USA) d [9] K. Pliskova (CZE) 63 62
[16] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 75 62
[Q] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) d A. Cornet (FRA) 63 63
A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) d A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 62 64
[Q] I. Falconi (USA) d D. Gavrilova (RUS) 75 26 64
M. Barthel (GER) d [WC] S. Zhang (CHN) 63 62
[Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 62
D. Cibulkova (SVK) d J. Jankovic (SRB) 61 16 63
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d J. Goerges (GER) 62 64
[Q] M. Puig (PUR) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) 64 00 Retired (Left lower leg injury)
[Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 63 63
C. Garcia (FRA) d [WC] S. Zheng (CHN) 62 62

Doubles – First Round

J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d [7] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 76(5) 36 10-6
[WC] C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN) d B. Bencic (SUI) / B. Strycova (CZE) 46 61 11-9
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) 64 26 10-8
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 63 46 10-8

ATP – [8] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs A. Haider-Maurer (AUT)

Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [13] A. Petkovic (GER) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)
WTA – [11] B. Bencic (SUI) vs M. Brengle (USA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [5] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs S. Stephens (USA)

LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs [15] R. Vinci (ITA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [7] D. Goffin (BEL) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
ATP – [Q] D. Istomin (UZB) vs [WC] Ze. Zhang (CHN)

Not Before 6:30 pm
WTA – [4] A. Radwanska (POL) vs M. Barthel (GER)

MOON COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) vs M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [14] M. Keys (USA)
WTA – [7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [Q] M. Puig (PUR)
WTA – [16] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

COURT 3 start 12:30 pm
WTA – M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs I. Begu (ROU)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs M. Klizan (SVK)
ATP – [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
ATP – I. Karlovic (CRO) / L. Kubot (POL) vs D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)

COURT 4 start 12:30 pm
ATP – [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA)
WTA – Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO)
WTA – After suitable rest – [8] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)
WTA – After suitable rest – K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)
ATP – [Q] J. Knowle (AUT) / O. Marach (AUT) vs [2] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)

COURT 8 start 12:30 pm
WTA – C. Chuang (TPE) / S. Hsieh (TPE) vs [5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
WTA – G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs [2] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – [6] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs [WC] A. Cornet (FRA) / M. Linette (POL)
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS)




Yanina Wickmayer and Annika Beck Claim WTA Titles This week

Yanina Wickmayer

Yanina Wickmayer


(September 20, 2015) Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium and Germany’s Annika Beck won WTA titles on Sunday.

The No. 86 Wickmayer rallied to beat No. 84 Magda Linette of Poland 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Japan Open for her fourth career WTA trophy. Wickmayer’s last tournament win came in New Zealand in 2010.

In taking the title in Tokyo, the Belgian told

“A lot has happened – it’s been five years,” Wickmayer said. “There have been some injuries, but those are just a part of the job, and part of the career. And the level of the tour has been growing as well – there’s a lot of tough players out there. It’s much tougher to win a tournament these days.

“But going through all of the hard work and tough moments makes winning a lot more special.”

“It feels great. It’s amazing to win my fourth WTA title. It’s been a while since my third one, so it feels very good to lift a trophy up again after a few years. I’m very happy and very excited about it.”

$ 250,000.00
14-20 SEPTEMBER 2015


Doubles – Finals

[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d [WC] M. Doi (JPN) / K. Nara (JPN) 61 62


Fifth seed Annika Beck was victorious in Quebec City for her second career WTA crown, defeating Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-2 in the final. Beck knocked out defending champion and second seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the semifinals.

$ 250,000.00
SEPTEMBER 14 – 20, 2015

Singles – Finals

[5] A. Beck (GER) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 62 62

Doubles – Finals

B. Krejcikova (CZE) / A. Mestach (BEL) d [3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL) 46 63 12-10


WTA Japan Open – Results and Schedule


$ 250,000.00
14-20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Singles – Quarterfinals

[7] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) d [3] M. Brengle (USA) 16 63 64
[6] C. Mchale (USA) d S. Zheng (CHN) 26 63 63
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) 36 63 64
M. Linette (POL) d S. Hsieh (TPE) 63 63

Doubles – Semifinals

[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 63 62
[WC] M. Doi (JPN) / K. Nara (JPN) d [2] C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) 63 63

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs [7] A. Tomljanovic (CRO)
[6] C. Mchale (USA) vs M. Linette (POL)
[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs [WC] M. Doi (JPN) / K. Nara (JPN)


Quebec City – Results and Schedule


$ 250,000.00
SEPTEMBER 14-20, 2015

Singles – Second Round

[2] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d T. Paszek (AUT) 63 63
[4] L. Hradecka (CZE) d [Q] A. Hesse (FRA) 16 63 64
[Q] S. Crawford (USA) d [7] E. Rodina (RUS) 63 63
A. Tatishvili (USA) d L. Chirico (USA) 62 36 64
[LL] N. Broady (GBR) d A. Glatch (USA) 64 62

Doubles – Quarterfinals

N. Broady (GBR) / A. Hesse (FRA) d [1] L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) 63 64
A. Beck (GER) / E. Rodina (RUS) d [2] T. Maria (GER) / Tatishvili A. (USA) 60 75
[3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL) d M. Minella (LUX) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) 36 63 10-4


NATIONAL BANK COURT start 12:00 noon
J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs P. Kania (POL)


Not Before 1:30 pm
[Q] S. Crawford (USA) vs [2] Mr. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)


Not Before 2:30 pm
A. Tatishvili (USA) vs [LL] N. Broady (GBR)


Not Before 7:30 pm
[5] A. Beck (GER) vs [4] L. Hradecka (CZE)

After suitable rest – B. Krejcikova (CZE) / A. Mestach (BEL) vs A. Beck (GER) / E. Rodina (RUS)


WTA Japan Open – Results and Schedule


$ 250,000.00
14-20 SEPTEMBER 2015

Singles – Second Round

M. Linette (POL) d [2] Z. Diyas (KAZ) 62 75
K. Bondarenko (UKR) d J. Gajdosova (AUS) 61 36 64
S. Zheng (CHN) d I. Falconi (USA) 64 62
S. Hsieh (TPE) d K. Nara (JPN) 62 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) / N. Melichar (USA) 61 63

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs Y. Wickmayer (BEL)
[3] M. Brengle (USA) vs [7] A. Tomljanovic (CRO)
S. Hsieh (TPE) vs M. Linette (POL)
[6] C. Mchale (USA) vs S. Zheng (CHN)

COURT 4 start 2:00 pm
[WC] M. Doi (JPN) / K. Nara (JPN) vs [2] C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN)
After Suitable Rest – [1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR)


Quebec City – Results and Schedule


$ 250,000.00
SEPTEMBER 14 – 20, 2015

Singles – Second Round

[5] A. Beck (GER) d A. Hlavackova (CZE) 64 64
J. Ostapenko (LAT) d [Q] J. Pegula (USA) 36 62 76(3)
P. Kania (POL) d S. Karatantcheva (BUL) 63 63
First Round
A. Tatishvili (USA) d [LL] N. Kichenok (UKR) 62 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals

B. Krejcikova (CZE) / A. Mestach (BEL) d L. Hradecka (CZE) / M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 75 63
First Round
N. Broady (GBR) / A. Hesse (FRA) d D. Lao (USA) / S. Marand (USA) 64 64
M. Minella (LUX) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) d J. Cako (USA) / L. Chirico (USA) 64 64

[LL] N. Broady (GBR) vs A. Glatch (USA)
[Q] A. Hesse (FRA) vs [4] L. Hradecka (CZE)
[7] E. Rodina (RUS) vs [Q] S. Crawford (USA)

Not Before 7:15 pm
T. Paszek (AUT) vs [2] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
TBA Doubles Match

COURT VIDÉOTRON start 2:30 pm
A. Tatishvili (USA) vs L. Chirico (USA)
[3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL) vs M. Minella (LUX) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)

Not Before 5:00 pm
TBA After suitable rest – [1] L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) vs N. Broady (GBR) / A. Hesse (FRA)

Not Before 5:00 pm
TBA After suitable rest – A. Beck (GER) / E. Rodina (RUS) vs [2] T. Maria (GER) / A. Tatishvili (USA)


Quebec City – Results and Schedule


$ 250,000.00
SEPTEMBER 14 – 20, 2015

Singles – First Round

[2] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [WC] F. Abanda (CAN) 63 31 Retired (Right neck injury)
[4] L. Hradecka (CZE) d D. Vekic (CRO) 62 64
A. Glatch (USA) d [6] T. Maria (GER) 16 64 61
[7] E. Rodina (RUS) d S. Vickery (USA) 62 62
P. Kania (POL) d [8] A. Mestach (BEL) 64 63
[Q] J. Pegula (USA) d N. Gibbs (USA) 16 76(2) 76(4)
[Q] A. Hesse (FRA) d M. Irigoyen (ARG) 63 62
[Q] S. Crawford (USA) d [Q] M. Minella (LUX) 62 61

Doubles – First Round

[2] T. Maria (GER) / A. Tatishvili (USA) d S. Fichman (CAN) / C. Zhao (CAN) 62 64
[3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL) d J. Boserup (USA) / N. Gibbs (USA) 64 64
A. Beck (GER) / E. Rodina (RUS) d J. Coin (FRA) / J. Pegula (USA) 76(5) 67(2) 10-7

S. Karatantcheva (BUL) vs P. Kania (POL)
[5] A. Beck (GER) vs A. Hlavackova (CZE)
J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [Q] J. Pegula (USA)
B. Krejcikova (CZE) / A. Mestach (BEL) vs L. Hradecka (CZE) / M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

Not Before 7:15 pm
[1] [WC] M. Keys (USA) vs A. Tatishvili (USA)
J. Cako (USA) / L. Chirico (USA) vs M. Minella (LUX) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)

COURT VIDÉOTRON start 1:00 pm
N. Broady (GBR) / A. Hesse (FRA) vs D. Lao (USA) / S. Marand (USA)


2015 US Open Women’s Contender Profiles

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(August 30, 2015) Profiles of the top Women’s Singles contenders for 2015 U.S. Open. Note: Grand Slam records for main draw matches only.  – by Jack Cunniff


Serena Williams

2015 Record: 48-2

Grand Slam Record: 280-39

U.S. Open Record: 79-9

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (1999, 2002, ’08, ’12, ’13, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Besides trying to become the 3rd woman to win the calendar year Grand Slam, Serena also trying to become the 3rd player to win five consecutive Grand Slam titles (Graf, 1988-89; Navratilova 1983-84).


Simona Halep

2015 Record: 40-11

Grand Slam Record: 32-21

U.S. Open Record: 7-5

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2013)

Fast Fact: Eighty percent of Halep’s 2015 wins have come on hard courts (32-5 on hard, 8-6 on other surfaces).


Maria Sharapova

2015 Record: 34-7

Grand Slam Record: 179-43

U.S. Open Record: 32-9

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2006)

Fast Fact: Since winning the 2006 U.S. Open, Sharapova has made it past the 4R only once at the event (2012, SF).


Caroline Wozniacki

2015 Record: 34-17

Grand Slam Record: 84-34

U.S. Open Record: 28-8

U.S. Open Best Result: RU (2009, ‘14)

Fast Fact: Between September 2014 – April 2015, Wozniacki reached the finals in 5 of the 14 events she played, but since then she has missed the finals in 9 consecutive events.


Petra Kvitova

2015 Record: 30-10

Grand Slam Record: 71-27

U.S. Open Record: 12-7

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2009, ‘12)

Fast Fact: Kvitova lost consecutive 1R matches in Toronto and Cincinnati, the first time since March 2011 that she’s suffered back-to-back 1R defeats.


Lucie Safarova

2015 Record: 31-16

Grand Slam Record: 51-41

U.S. Open Record: 11-10

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2014)

Fast Fact: Safarova is currently ranked No. 6 in both Singles and Doubles, giving her the highest combined ranking (12) of any player on tour.


Ana Ivanovic

2015 Record: 21-14

Grand Slam Record: 103-42

U.S. Open Record: 20-10

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2012)

Fast Fact: In 2015, Ivanovic has defeated only one Top 20 player (Makarova, French Open).


Karolina Pliskova

2015 Record: 42-18

Grand Slam Record: 10-13

U.S. Open Record: 2-2

U.S. Open Best Result: 3R (2014)

Fast Fact: In August, Pliskova became the third player in WTA ranking history to reach the Top Ten without ever having made the 4R of a Grand Slam event (Manuela Maleeva, Catarina Lindqvist).


Garbine Muguruza

2015 Record: 27-15

Grand Slam Record: 23-11

U.S. Open Record: 0-2

U.S. Open Best Result: 1R (2012, ’14)

Fast Fact: Muguruza has a 14-2 record vs. lower ranked opponents at Grand Slams.


Carla Suarez Navarro

2015 Record: 35-17

Grand Slam Record: 47-27

U.S. Open Record: 11-7

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2013)

Fast Fact: In her last four losses at Grand Slam events, Suarez Navarro has won a total of eighteen games, averaging 4.5 games per match.


Angelique Kerber

2015 Record: 39-15

Grand Slam Record: 52-31

U.S. Open Record: 14-7

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2011)

Fast Fact: Over the last 5 months, Kerber has compiled a 31-6 record, winning 4 titles in the process.


Belinda Bencic

2015 Record: 33-18

Grand Slam Record: 11-7

U.S. Open Record: 4-1

U.S. Open Best Result: QF (2014)

Fast Fact: Since the French Open, Bencic has defeated 10 of the players seeded at the U.S. Open, including 4 of the top 8 seeds, while compiling a record of 23-5.


Ekaterina Makarova

2015 Record: 23-14

Grand Slam Record: 57-32

U.S. Open Record: 15-8

U.S. Open Best Result: SF (2014)

Fast Fact: She first played a Grand Slam event in 2007, but more than half of Makarova’s Grand Slam match wins (29) have come in the last nine events.


Agnieszka Radwanska

2015 Record: 32-20

Grand Slam Record: 98-37

U.S. Open Record: 17-9

U.S. Open Best Result: 4R (2007, ’08, ’12, ‘13)

Fast Fact: Radwanska has defeated a higher ranked opponent only once in 2015 (def. Pliskova, Eastbourne).


Victoria Azarenka

2015 Record: 29-11

Grand Slam Record: 110-35

U.S. Open Record: 28-9

U.S. Open Best Result: RU (2012, ’13)

Fast Fact: Since 2008, 22 0f the 27 matches Azarenka has lost in Grand Slam events were to players who have reached a Grand Slam final, including 10 losses to Serena Williams.


Venus Williams

2015 Record: 24-10

Grand Slam Record: 227-59

U.S. Open Record: 64-13

U.S. Open Best Result: Won (2000, ’01)

Fast Fact: Venus is appearing in her 68th Grand Slam event, passing Martina Navratilova for the 2nd most appearances in the Open Era; she will become No. 1 in Grand Slam events played if she appears in all four of the majors in 2016 (Amy Frazier, 71),