Tennis – Bellucci, Knapp, Stosur and Thiem Win Tournaments Leading into French Open


Thomaz Bellucci

(May 23, 2015)

World No. 60 Thomaz Bellucci won the Geneva Open title on Saturday, beating sixth-seeded Joao Sousa of Portugal 7-6 (4), 6-4 for his fourth ATP World Tour title. The Geneva tournament returned to the tour after a 24-year hiatus. For the Brazilian, he’s won three out of his four titles in Switzerland. He captured crowns in Gstaad in 2009 and 2012.

“It wasn’t easy to play today,” said the winner. “It was very windy. I was more solid at the baseline. Mentally I was strong all week so maybe that was the key today… The conditions in Geneva are good for me. The ball bounces high and I like the clay courts here. It’s similar to where I practice in Sao Paulo. I’m feeling very relaxed and happy to win my third title in Switzerland. I hope to come back next year.

“I don’t have much time to celebrate because tomorrow I have to be practicing again for Roland Garros. This week gave me a lot of confidence, so I hope to keep playing like that and I hope to be ready for the next week.”

“I’m not happy today but I think that it’s still a good week for me,” Sousa said. I’m leaving for Paris with good rhythm and confidence. That’s very important before the start of Roland Garros. I won four matches here and I’m feeling well. It’s great that I reached the final here. I had a great week and enjoyed this tournament a lot.”

Italy’s Karin Knapp defeated countrywoman Roberta Vinci 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-1 to win the Nuremberg Cup title on Saturday. For Knapp it’s her second WTA title.

“I’m really, really happy to win the title,” Knapp said. “It’s never easy against Roberta, and as you saw it was a close match. But it’s great to get the win and gain some good confidence for the French Open.”

Twenty-one-year-old Dominic Thiem battled back to take his first ATP tour winning 6-7 (8), 7-5, 7-6 (2) over fourth-seeded Leonardo Mayer in the

“It’s really, really special; the first title ever,” said the Austrian. “It’s not only this, the match today was a really, really good level. Leonardo played outstanding and I was fighting until the end. I think it was one of the best matches I’ve ever played. The first title, I will remember it forever, so I will also remember forever Nice.”

“It was a very even match. We both played very well and I’m happy despite losing,” Mayer said. “This week, I showed some good tennis and I will get to Roland Garros with a very good level.”

Thiem, who is No. 42 in the world, has become the eighth player born in the 1990s to win a title on the ATP World Tour.

Samantha Stosur returned to the winner’s circle on Saturday defeating Kristina Mladenovic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to win the Strasbourg International, her first title of the year and seventh of her career.

The world No. 26 Stosur was given a wild card into the tournament at the last minute.

“To play as well as I did and walk away with the title, it’s exciting, and especially going into a Grand Slam,” said the 2010 French Open finalist.

The French Open begins on Sunday.



Tennis – Latest Results and Schedules for Geneva, Nice, Nuremberg and Strasbourg

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ATP World Tour 250
Geneva, Switzerland (+2 hours GMT)
17-23 May 2015   Surface: Clay


Singles – Quarter-Finals
F. Delbonis (ARG) d [1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 67(5) 64 64
S. Giraldo (COL) d [2] [WC] M. Cilic (CRO) 75 63
[6] J. Sousa (POR) d [3] P. Andujar (ESP) 64 26 76(6) – saved 4 M.P.
T. Bellucci (BRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 60 16 63

Doubles – Semi-Finals
R. Klaasen (RSA) / Y. Lu (TPE) d [4] T. Huey (PHI) / S. Lipsky (USA) 76(3) 63


COURT CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
T. Bellucci (BRA) vs S. Giraldo (COL)
Not Before 4:00 pm
F. Delbonis (ARG) vs [6] J. Sousa (POR)
A. Bury (BLR) / D. Istomin (UZB) vs [2] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)


Open de Nice Cote d’Azur

ATP World Tour 250
Nice, France (+2 hours GMT)
17-23 May 2015   Surface: Clay


Singles – Quarter-Finals
[2] J. Isner (USA) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 76(3) 64
D. Thiem (AUT) d [3] E. Gulbis (LAT) 62 64
[4] L. Mayer (ARG) d [8] J. Monaco (ARG) 63 64
B. Coric (CRO) d J. Duckworth (AUS) 63 76(3)

Doubles – Semi-Finals
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d G. Duran (ARG) / M. Gonzalez (ARG) 63 75


CENTRE COURT start 12:20 pm
M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) vs M. Emmrich (GER) / A. Siljestrom (SWE)
Not Before 2:30 pm
D. Thiem (AUT) vs [2] J. Isner (USA)
B. Coric (CRO) vs [4] L. Mayer (ARG)


$ 250,000.00
17 – 23 MAY 2015

RESULTS – MAY 21, 2015
Singles – Quarterfinals

[2] A. Kerber (GER) d [Q] M. Doi (JPN) 62 63
[4] R. Vinci (ITA) d [7] K. Nara (JPN) 61 16 64
[6] K. Knapp (ITA) d [Q] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 62 64
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [8] C. Witthoeft (GER) 60 64

Doubles – Semifinals

[2] H. Chan (TPE) / A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) d O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / E. Rodina (RUS) 62 76(6)

CENTER COURT start 1:30 pm
[4] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)
[6] K. Knapp (ITA) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP)
After suitable rest – E. Bogdan (ROU) / E. Hrdinova (CZE) vs [4] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / I. Olaru (ROU)


$ 250,000.00
MAY 17 – 23, 2015

RESULTS – MAY 21, 2015
Singles – Quarterfinals

K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [1] M. Keys (USA) walkover
S. Stephens (USA) d [2] [WC] J. Jankovic (SRB) 61 00 Retired
[3] [WC] S. Stosur (AUS) d A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 64 36 64
[WC] V. Razzano (FRA) d E. Vesnina (RUS) 46 61 61

Doubles – Semifinals

[1] C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) d [3] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / T. Townsend (USA) 36 63 10-6

PATRICE DOMINGUEZ start 12:00 noon
[4] J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs [2] N. Kichenok (UKR) / S. Zheng (CHN)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[3] [WC] S. Stosur (AUS) vs S. Stephens (USA)
K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [WC] V. Razzano (FRA)



Tennis – Madrid Open Results and Schedule

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MAY 2 – 10, 2015

RESULTS – MAY 07, 2015

Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] S. Williams (USA) d [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 61 63
[3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d [5] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 61 36 63
[4] P. Kvitova (CZE) d I. Begu (ROU) 75 63
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [13] L. Safarova (CZE) 57 76(5) 76(3)

Doubles – Quarterfinals

[7] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) 67(5) 63 11-9
K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 63 64
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Alt] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / I. Begu (ROU) 62 62
C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) 64 61

ATP Singles – Third Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [WC] M. Granollers (ESP) 62 60
[3] R. Nadal (ESP) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 62 62
[4] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 63 63
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d L. Mayer (ARG) 64 63
[6] T. Berdych (CZE) d [12] J. Tsonga (FRA) 75 62
[7] D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 57 63 64
[10] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d [8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(5) 36 63
[16] J. Isner (USA) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) 63 67(7) 64

ATP Doubles – Second Round

J. Cabal (COL) / A. Mannarino (FRA) d [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 76(4) 75
[5] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) / J. Melzer (AUT) 63 76(7)
[6] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP) 64 64
[WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d [7] D. Nestor (CAN) / L. Paes (IND) 76(4) 63


MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA – [3] M. Sharapova (RUS) vs S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs [4] P. Kvitova (CZE)
Not Before 3:30 pm
ATP – [3] R. Nadal (ESP) vs [10] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
ATP – [16] J. Isner (USA) vs [6] T. Berdych (CZE)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [5] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
ATP – [7] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [4] K. Nishikori (JPN)

WTA – [3] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [5] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs M. Cilic (CRO) / V. Troicki (SRB)
ATP – [3] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs [6] M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

STADIUM 3 start 1:00 pm

WTA – [7] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – J. Cabal (COL) / A. Mannarino (FRA) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU)
ATP – [WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS)


Tennis – Madrid Open Results and Schedule

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RESULTS – MAY 05, 2015
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) 61 62
[4] P. Kvitova (CZE) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 64 26 63
[7] A. Ivanovic (SRB) d E. Svitolina (UKR) 63 64
[10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Q] J. Goerges (GER) 63 75
C. Garcia (FRA) d [14] K. Pliskova (CZE) 62 46 61
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [15] S. Errani (ITA) 36 76(7) 64
V. Azarenka (BLR) d A. Tomljanovic (CRO) 63 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 64 62

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [PR] J. Husarova (SVK) / I. Olaru (ROU) 62 63
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d [WC] M. Keys (USA) / L. Raymond (USA) 62 46 10-1
[7] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Klepac (SLO) 63 60
C. Dellacqua (AUS) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [PR] C. Liang (CHN) / K. Marosi (HUN) 61 75
[Alt] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / I. Begu (ROU) d [WC] V. Dushevina (RUS) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 63 76(10)

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[5] M. Raonic (CAN) d J. Monaco (ARG) 63 64
[8] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [LL] J. Sousa (POR) 76(1) 75

Men’s Singles – First Round
[10] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d D. Young (USA) 64 30 ret. (lower back pain)
[12] J. Tsonga (FRA) d L. Rosol (CZE) 75 63
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d V. Troicki (SRB) 62 60
[14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [WC] M. Copil (ROU) 75 63
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [Q] D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 63
J. Sock (USA) d [WC] P. Andujar (ESP) 64 75
R. Gasquet (FRA) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 64
[Q] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d P. Cuevas (URU) 36 63 64
F. Verdasco (ESP) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 46 62 63
L. Mayer (ARG) d G. Muller (LUX) 63 63
[WC] M. Granollers (ESP) d M. Klizan (SVK) 52 ret. (right wrist)
P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d [Q] A. Falla (COL) 61 64

Doubles – First Round

J. Cabal (COL) / A. Mannarino (FRA) d S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) 64 16 12-10
K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) d [WC] M. Bhupathi (IND) / N. Kyrgios (AUS) 75 63
G. Dimitrov (BUL) / J. Melzer (AUT) d G. Monfils (FRA) / J. Tsonga (FRA) 46 64 10-3
M. Cilic (CRO) / V. Troicki (SRB) d S. Giraldo (COL) / S. Lipsky (USA) 64 62
J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) d L. Mayer (ARG) / J. Monaco (ARG) 62 63


MANOLO SANTANA start 11:00 am
WTA – C. Garcia (FRA) vs [3] M. Sharapova (RUS)
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs V. Azarenka (BLR)
Not Before 3:15 pm
ATP – [3] R. Nadal (ESP) vs S. Johnson (USA)
ATP – [1] R. Federer (SUI) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs S. Stosur (AUS)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)


WTA – [4] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [7] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [Q] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
ATP – [10] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs F. Fognini (ITA)
ATP – L. Mayer (ARG) vs [11] F. Lopez (ESP)
ATP – [13] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [WC] M. Granollers (ESP)
ATP – D. Goffin (BEL) vs [4] K. Nishikori (JPN)

STADIUM 3 start 11:00 am

WTA – I. Begu (ROU) vs B. Strycova (CZE)
Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [9] M. Cilic (CRO)
Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [5] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [9] A. Radwanska (POL)
WTA – [10] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [7] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
ATP – [14] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs S. Querrey (USA)

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm

ATP – [Q] T. Bellucci (BRA) vs [16] J. Isner (USA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [6] T. Berdych (CZE)
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / F. Verdasco (ESP) vs P. Cuevas (URU) / D. Marrero (ESP)
ATP – After rest – A. Peya (AUT) / B. Soares (BRA) vs [WC] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

COURT 5 start 1:00 pm

ATP – [Q] L. Vanni (ITA) vs S. Bolelli (ITA)
ATP – [12] J. Tsonga (FRA) vs J. Sock (USA)
WTA – [13] L. Safarova (CZE) vs R. Vinci (ITA)
ATP – M. Cilic (CRO) / V. Troicki (SRB) vs [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)

COURT 6 start 12:00 noon

WTA – [5] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA) / K. Pliskova (CZE)
WTA – After rest – [4] S. Hsieh (TPE) / F. Pennetta (ITA) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs [8] N. Mahut (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
ATP – J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
After Suitable Rest – [3] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA)



Karolina Pliskova Wins All-Czech Final in Prague

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(May 2, 2015) In an all-Czech final, top seed Karolina Pliskova came back from a set down to her fourth WTA title by taking down qualifier Lucie Hradecka 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the Prague Open on Saturday.

Pliskova survived 17 aces from her opponent for the victory, but hit 8 of her own.

Pliskova had three match point chances at 5-2 in the third set, but did serve out the win.

“It was all about a few points,” Pliskova said afterwards. “I’m really happy I managed to win it.”

She now has four WTA titles, adding to her 2013 Kuala Lumpur, and 2014 Seoul and Linz titles.

“It was very tough to play a Czech girl in the final in front of a Czech crowd,” Pliskova said “Lucie and I are good friends, we practice a lot together at tournaments, and we played Fed Cup together twice, so we know each other pretty well. I didn’t want to beat her, but I had to!”


Svitolina Wins Marrakech Title

(May 2, 2015) Elina Svitolina won her third career WTA defeating unseeded Timea Babos 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the Grand Prix SAR final in Marrakech on Saturday.

The fourth seed Svitolina remains perfect in finals at 3-0. The world No. 25th other titles came in Baku in 2013 and 2014.


Angelique Kerber Stops Caroline Wozniacki for Stuttgart Title

Angelique Kerber

German Angelique Kerber rallied in the third set to upset Dane Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 in the final of Stuttgart for her second straight title, lifting her win streak to 11 straight.

“It was small things today that made the difference,” Wozniacki said of the 2-hour and four minute match. “I had 5-3 in the third set and 30-all, and it could have gone both ways, but she took her chances and it went her way. We’re great friends, we hang out a lot and practice a lot together, and it’s always nice to play a friend in a final. You obviously want to win, but if you don’t win, it’s still nice that your friend does.”

“A few days ago I said clay is actually not my favorite surface, but right now I think I will change my mind,” said Kerber. “I’ve played very well on clay the last few days and weeks. I feel good that I have had so many matches on clay, and now I’m looking forward to the next tournaments before Paris. Of course I’m a little bit tired – I’ve had a lot of matches the last few weeks, and also a lot of travel. So that’s why I’m for sure taking the next few days off, just relaxing a little bit before I go to Madrid.”

On the way to the final, Kerber defeated three-time defending champion Maria Sharapova in the second round and also took out second seed Simona Halep in the semifinals.

For Kerber she won her the fifth WTA title of her career and second of 2015. She also won Charleston earlier in the month.


Kerber Takes Home Family Circle Cup

Angelique Kerber

(April 12, 2015) Angelique Kerber rallied from 1-4 down in the third set, winning six of the last seven games to defeat Madison Keys and win the Family Circle Cup in Charleston 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 on Sunday.

For the German Kerber, this was her fourth career WTA title, her first since capturing Linz in 2013.

“It’s unbelievable,” Kerber said. “To win here after the really difficult weeks I had, I’m feeling great. Last year I had four finals and I didn’t win any of them, so it’s great that I actually won this one today. It’s just been a great week for me here. Everybody is so nice, and I’m really happy about my game.”

“Coming off tough losses at Indian Wells and Miami, I’m happy I kept a great attitude this week, and I was just fighting as hard as I could today,” said the 20-year-old American Keys. “I could have gone either way after the first set, but I dug deep and still put myself in a position to win. But she just wasn’t making any mistakes at the end.”

The win for Kerber was a bit of revenge – last June Keys defeated Kerber in three-sets in the final of Eastbourne for her first WTA title.


Sania Mirza Becomes First Woman from India to top the Doubles Rankings

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(April 12, 2015) On Sunday Sania Mirza has become the first woman from India to reach the top of the WTA double rankings.

The 28-year-old Mirza reached No. 1 by virtue of teaming with Martina Hingis to win the Family Circle Cup title, beating Casey Dellacqua and Darija Jurak 6-0, 6-4. The victory marks three straight title wins for the pair – Inidan Wells, Miami and now Charleston.

“It’s a dream for every kid to be No.1 one day,” Mirza said. “I can’t think of a better person to do it with. When we came here we had one thing in mind, to get No.1, and she really helped me get there. She helped me through some tough moments this week. She’s just a great person and a great player. We also become the No.1 team in the world today with this.


“I hope we have many, many more tournaments and end the year on a high as well.”


This is the 26th title of Mirza’s career. Mirza was the first woman from India to win a WTA singles title,  the first to reach the third and fourth rounds of a major, the first to surpass $1 million in career prize money, and the first to win a Grand Slam title of any kind when she claimed the 2009 Australian Open mixed doubles title with countryman Mahesh Bhupathi.



Anna Karolina Schmiedlova Takes Katowice Open for First WTA Title

(April 12, 2015) World No. 67 and eighth seed Anna Karolina Schmiedlova of Slovakia defeated Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-3 to win the Katowice Open for her first WTA title.

The third seed Giorgi moved into the final with an upset victory in the semifinals over top seed and Poland native Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday. En route to the final Schmiedlova dismissed defending champion and second seed Aliza Cornet

“I started out nervous today,” said the first-time WTA title winner. “I lost my serve straight off in the first game. But then it was better. I wasn’t nervous after that and was just taking it point by point. Usually I don’t like playing aggressive players like her as much, because I can’t play as aggressively as them and I feel like I’m always defending, but I did very well. It was maybe one of the best matches I’ve played.

“It’s something special. I still can’t believe it – it will take a long time for me to believe it.”

Schmiedlova is the seventh Slovak to win a WTA title. No. 31 Giorgi is now 0-3 in finals.