December 10, 2016

Cibulkova Wins WTA Finals in Debut; Mirza Clinches Year- No. 1 in Doubles

SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 30: Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia poses with the trophy after victory in her singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day 8 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 30, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 30: Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia poses with the trophy after victory in her singles final against Angelique Kerber of Germany during day 8 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 30, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

(October 30, 2016) In her debut appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore, Dominika Cibulkova beat World No.1 Angelique Kerber to win the Billie Jean King Trophy. It’s the biggest title of the Slovak’s career. Cibulkova is a former Australian Open finalist. She’ll move up to No. 5 in the world in the new rankings.

Cibulkova gained a little revenge in the 6-3 6-4 victory in final over No. 1 Angelique Kerber in an hour and 16 minutes on Sunday. The Slovak lost to Kerber in her first round-robin match earlier in the week.

“I have no words, coming here for the first time, the biggest tournament of my life,” said Cibulkova. “I still don’t know how I won. I put the ball over the net and it went in. It’s the happiest moment of my life.”

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SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 25: during day 3 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 25, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – OCTOBER 25: during day 3 of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore at Singapore Sports Hub on October 25, 2016 in Singapore. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Sania Mirza clinched the 2016 WTA Year-End World No.1 Doubles ranking on Sunday for the second straight year.

Mirza won eight titles with three different partners in 2016, winning her third major title at the Australian Open with Martina Hingis. She also won Brisbane International, Apia International Sydney, St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy and the Internazionali BNL d’Italia with Hingis. Mirza paired up with Barbora Strycova winning Cincinnati and the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Mirza also claimed the Connecticut Open title with Monica Niculescu.

“It’s very, very exciting to finish two years in a row as No.1,” said Mirza. “It’s been an incredible year for me again, with seven WTA titles, a Grand Slam and ending the year at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Finishing the year No.1 is amazing – it’s a dream come true and gives me motivation and inspiration to come out and work even harder next year.”

 

The 29-year-old Mirza, became the first Indian woman to reach the No.1 ranking in doubles on April 13, 2015.

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Kuznetsova and Carreno Busta Take Kremlin Cup Singles Titles

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

(October 23, 2016) Svetlana Kuznetsova and Pablo Carreno Busta won the singles titles at the Kremlin Cup over the weekend. The win for Kuznetsova over Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-1, clinched the final spot in the WTA Year-End Finals.

 

“Before the match, when I was warming up, my body hurt,” Kuznetsova said. “I felt tired, I didn’t really know how I was going to play. I concentrated and thought that I had to be over it. Before the match I had the energy and the desire to play. I wanted to show good tennis and I am happy I succeeded. I fought in every match. I tried to win. I had very tough matches because I didn’t felt comfortable with the tennis I played. But I understood I could win even with bad tennis. I leveled up my tennis.”

The men’s sinner Carreno Busta beat Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his second ATP World Tour crown.

 

“When you win your first title, it’s a really special one but this one is special also,” said the winner. In both finals, I lost the first set. But then I continued fighting and I continued believing in myself, and at the end, I won the match and the tournament.”
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17-23 OCTOBER 2016

RESULTS – OCTOBER 22, 2016

Women’s
Singles – Final

[1] [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 61

RESULTS – SUNDAY, 23 OCTOBER 2016

Singles – Final
[6] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) 46 63 62

Doubles – Final
[2] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [PR] J. Knowle (AUT) / J. Melzer (AUT) 75 46 10-5

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2016 WTA Player Award Winners Announced

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

2016 WTA Player Award Winners Announced

  • Angelique Kerber earns “Player of the Year” honors; Garcia/Mladenovic earn “Doubles Team of the Year”
  • Johanna Konta, Naomi Osaka and Dominika Cibulkova also receive honors
  • Simona Halep receives Jerry Diamond ACES Award for her off-court promotional and charitable work

ST PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today the winners of the annual WTA Player Year-End Awards – headlined by Player of the Year, Angelique Kerber, and Doubles Team of the Year, Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic, as well as the Jerry Diamond ACES award, granted to Romania’s Simona Halep.  Players were recognized at The Gala Evening at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

The 2016 WTA Award winners, as voted by members of the media and one collective fan vote:

Player of the Year: Angelique Kerber (GER)

  • Leads the WTA for most main draw match wins this year (59-17) and tied for most main draw match wins on hardcourt (41-11)
  • 2016 season was highlighted by winning two Grand Slam titles, including her first at the Australian Open, as well as the US Open.  She also successfully defended her title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix – Stuttgart
  • Qualified for the 2016 WTA Finals in Singapore, currently sitting at the No.1 spot on the Leaderboard
  • Second German to hold the WTA World No. 1 ranking since computer rankings were introduced in 1975 after Graf
  • Advanced to the finals at Wimbledon, the Western & Southern Open – Cincinnati, as well as the Rio Olympics, earning a silver medal
  • Currently leads the WTA for most Top 10 wins for the 2016 season (8-3)


Read more here.

Doubles Team of the Year: Caroline Garcia / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA/FRA)

  • Won their first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros, becoming the first all-French team to reach the French Open doubles final since 1971
  • Took home back-to-back titles at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix  – Stuttgart and the Mutua Madrid Open
  • Made it to their second major final at the US Open; also reached finals at Apia International Sydney, Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and China Open – Beijing
  • Qualified for the 2016 WTA Finals Singapore, currently sitting as the No.1 team on the Road to Singapore Leaderboard
Read more here.

Most Improved Player of the Year: Johanna Konta (GBR)
Player who finished inside the Top 100 and showed significant improvement throughout the 2016 season

  • Improved +37 spots from end of 2015 (No.47 to No.10)
  • Won first WTA title at Premier-level Bank of the West Classic – Stanford in first-ever final appearance, defeating Venus Williams in the final
  • Also advanced to first ever Premier Mandatory final at China Open in Beijing (defeated No.6 Pliskova and No.9 Keys en route)
  • Achieved best-ever result at a Grand Slam by reaching the semifinals at Australian Open – first British woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Jo Durie in 1983
  • Reached semifinals at Aegon International Eastbourne and had quarterfinal runs at Abierto Monterrey Afirme, Miami Open, Rogers Cup – Montreal, Rio Olympics and Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open
  • Holds the second most wins over Top 10 players in 2016 (7-5 record)
  • In contention to qualify for 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore
  • Made Top 10 debut (at No.9) on Monday, October 10 – first British Woman to reach Top 10 since Jo Durie in 1982


Read more here.

Newcomer of the Year: Naomi Osaka (JPN) 
Player who made Top 100 debut or notable accomplishments during the 2016 season, and prior to current year, had not played in more than 6 main draw events at tour-level in a single season

  • Ended 2015 season at No.203; currently sits at No.40
  • Made Top 50 debut following breakthrough run to final at Toray Pan Pacific Open – Tokyo in September
  • Defeated two Top 20 players en route to final – No.12 Cibulkova and No.20 Svitolina – before falling to Wozniacki
  • Was first Japanese player into the Tokyo final since Kimiko Date-Krumm in 1995
  • Reached third round at all three majors played in 2016 – Australian Open, Roland Garros and US Open
  • Also advanced to QFs at Abierto Mexicano TELCEL – Acapulco, Brasil Tennis Cup – Florianopolis and Tianjin Open


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Comeback Player of the Year: Dominika Cibulkova (SVK)
Player whose ranking previously dropped due to injury or personal reasons and current season’s results helped restore ranking

  • A former Grand Slam finalist at the 2014 Australian Open, fell outside the Top 50 after taking break from tennis to undergo Achilles surgery in February 2015 (missed 3 months)
  • Returned to tour at 2015 Aegon International Eastbourne in June, advancing to third round with a win over No.6 Safarova
  • Ended 2015 ranked No.38, and now sits at a career-high ranking of No.8 (as at October 3, 2016)
  • Qualified for the 2016 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore for the first time in career
  • Season highlights include three titles – at Katowice Open, Aegon International Eastbourne and Generali Ladies Linz, as well as finals appearances at Mutua Madrid Open, Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open and Abierto Mexicano TELCEL – Acapulco
  • Also reached semifinals at Hobart International and Bank of the West Classic – Stanford, and quarterfinals at Wimbledon
  • Posted five Top 10 wins so far in 2016


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Jerry Diamond ACES Award: Simona Halep (ROU)

The Jerry Diamond ACES Award is presented to the player who consistently goes above and beyond in promoting the sport of women’s tennis to fans, media, and local communities by performing off-court promotional and charitable activities.

Simona Halep has earned the ACES award for the first time in her career. The Romanian participated in numerous kid’s clinics throughout the globe, charitable activities such as the Charity Day Clinic in Madrid, as well as fan friendly events, including the Sydney Festival, to help bring the game closer to the community.

The Diamond ACES Award was first introduced in 1995, in memory of former WTA CEO Jerry Diamond. Since then, a total of 15 players have won the award: Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Gabriela Sabatini, Amanda Coetzer, Lindsay Davenport, Martina Hingis, Anastasia Myskina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic, Elena Dementieva, Samantha Stosur, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and now, Simona Halep.

Read more here.

The awards, presented in person to those recipients in attendance at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, are an exclusive Tiffany weave platter in crystal glass.

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Angelique Kerber Clinches 2016 Year-End WTA World No.1 Ranking

Angelique Kerber

Angelique Kerber

(October 20, 2016) The Women’s Tennis Association announced that Germany’s Angelique Kerber has clinched the 2016 WTA Year-End World No. 1 Singles Ranking.

Since the inception of computer rankings in 1975, Kerber becomes the 12th WTA player to achieve the year-end No.1 ranking and only the second German woman after Stefanie Graf, who did this a record eight times in her career.

Kerber became the oldest player to make her debut at No.1 on September 12, 2016 at 28 years-old.  She has held on to the top spot for six weeks and is ensured to claim the position as the top player for the rest of the year. Serena Williams has held the year-end No.1 ranking for the past three years.

Steve Simon, WTA CEO: “Winning two Grand Slam titles, ascending as the No.1 player and holding a remarkable record all season long is a true testament to Angie’s hard work and dedication to the sport. We look forward to watching Angie continue her journey as the leading player on the WTA and the world.”

“It is a great honor and achievement to finish the year as the No.1 player in the world,” said Angelique Kerber. “This is one of the things I’ve always been dreaming of – to become No.1. I have worked extremely hard to become the best player I can be and this is a reflection of that effort and the wonderful year I have had.”

Kerber began the season by claiming her first major title at the Australian Open. She then successfully defended her title at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, advanced to the Wimbledon final, captured a silver medal in singles at the Rio Olympics, and claimed her second major title at the US Open while taking over as the World No.1 for the first time in her career.

Kerber leads the WTA for most main draw match wins this season, at 59-17, and her other highlights include reaching two finals at the Brisbane International and the Western & Southern Open – Cincinnati and the semifinals at the Miami Open, Volvo Car Open – Charleston and Rogers Cup – Montreal.

The Year-End No.1 trophy will be presented to Kerber at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore.

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Andy Murray and Agnieszka Radwanska Capture China Open Singles Crowns

(October 9, 2016) Andy Murray won his 40th ATP singles title, while Agnieszka Radwanska captured her 20th WTA crown as both were victorious at the China Open.

Scotsman Murray became just the 16th man to win 40 titles in the Open Era beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 7-6(2).

“It was probably my best match of the week,” Murray said. “But my second serve tonight was probably the best part of my game. A lot of the unreturned serves came off second serves. Considering the conditions were fairly cold, I was still serving over a hundred miles an hour on some second serves. I felt using good variation on that shot, so I didn’t give him a chance to really attack me there and that was probably the thing that I did best tonight.”

“I think the past couple of times, Andy has been playing really well against me,” Dimitrov said. “I didn’t start my match the best way possible. I got broken right away in the first game. There are very different conditions today, pretty chilly. I think I just didn’t have enough time to adjust.”
For Murray, this was his fifth title of the year, the most in a year for the 29-year-old since 2011.

 

Murray, who did not drop a set this week, is now within 1,555 points of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the rankings.

Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska

For the third seed Radwanska, her win over Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-4, 6-2, gave her, her third title of the year, all without dropping a set.

 

“Every title means a lot, but especially here when you play against the best players in the world, in one of the biggest tournaments,” Radwanska said. “It’s top players from the first round and I’ve been playing my best tennis all week so of course I’m very happy to win this tournament again, and this trophy is going to stay in a very special place.”
The Polish woman now joins Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, and Maria Sharapova as the only women to have won three or more Premier Mandatory titles. She is now tied with Angelique Kerber, Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens, and Victoria Azarenka for most titles in 2016.
Konta great week makes her the first British woman to crack the Top 10 since Jo Durie did it in 1984.

“It’s pretty cool! I’m very pleased with my progress over the past few years and hopefully many more places to climb,” Konta said. “I’m just working hard towards playing matches like these, against players like Agnieszka.”
“I had a lot of very amazing memories here at the China Open. It’s definitely one event I will remember for a very, very long time. Obviously I definitely would have loved to come out on top today, but it just wasn’t in the cards for me.

“Yeah, no, I think all in all I kept improving every match that I played. I really tried to build on the previous one constantly.

“I think equally today I will have a lot of things that I can build on and improve on, so I’m really looking forward to that. Hopefully I will be able to create many more opportunities like this.”

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

In the men’s doubles, Rafael Nadal improved his finals record to 11-4 pairing up with countryman Pablo Carreno Busta to win 6-7(6), 6-2, 10-8 over Jack Sock and Bernard Tomic.

“We enjoy [playing] together,” Nadal said. “We played some good matches here, I think, winning against some good players. Winning with a good friend, too, is something that is a bit more special. So we’re happy for that.”

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the women’s doubles title, extending their current winning streak to 16.

“We had a lot of fun, like we do at every tournament,” Mattek-Sands said. “We have fun on and off the court, from the warm-ups to the dinners and foot massages. We had a lot of fun here in China and we’re looking forward to coming back.”

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Nick Kyrgios Wins Japan Open

Nick Kyrgios

Nick Kyrgios

(October 9, 2016) Nick Kyrgios won his third ATP World Tour title on Sunday beating David Goffin 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 for the Japan Open Tennis Championships.

 

Kyrgios hit 25 aces to claim his first 500 level title.

 

Kyrgios said: “I played a very tough match against Gael Monfils yesterday, so it took me a little time to get into this match. David makes you feel like the court is very small. My serve got me out of trouble today.

“I enjoyed playing in front of the great crowd here. They’re very enthusiastic and very respectful. I have always loved playing in Japan.”

“It’s not easy to break him, because he was hitting 215 km/h serve on the line,” Goffin said. “I was trying to guess which way he was going. But he can still ace you. I tried my best, and it worked until 5-4 in the final set.”

Kyrgios adds his name to the list of young guns on the ATP World Tour to win titles this year, which includes Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov.

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Murray Win Sets Up Quarterfinal Match Against Davis Cup Teammate at China Open

(October 5, 2016) Top seed Andy Murray beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-2, 6-1 at the China Open on Wednesday to set up an all-British quarterfinal against Davis Cup teammate Kyle Edmund.

Edmund, who came into the event as a qualifier, upset seventh seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.

With the Maria Sharapova doping ban reduced on Tuesday, Murray was asked about Head who makes both Sharapova’s and Murray’s tennis racquets. Head put out a press release as well as social media posts with a “#WestoodwithMaria” hashtag supporting Sharapova, which received some scrutiny.

Murray responded: “Well, I think Head made themselves pretty clear in March time when obviously the story came out how they were going to handle it. They said that they were going to support her through it all. I don’t think anyone maybe should have been surprised by it because of how they reacted in March.

“I spoke about it back then, how I felt about it. Obviously when I was asked about it yesterday, I was asked about the sentence potentially being reduced. It doesn’t mean I’ve changed my stance on how I feel about it.

“Maria competed at the Australian Open whilst using a banned drug, and then deserves a suspension. The time of the suspension, that’s not up to me. With everything that’s gone on this year with meldonium, obviously there were going to be some issues with that legally.

“But, yeah, obviously it’s done now. I’ve answered so many questions on it this year, all through March, and again here, I don’t feel like I need to keep talking about it. I’ve made my position very clear on how I felt about it. It’s the same as it was in March, and I’ll move on.”

In the women’s event, top seed Angelique Kerber had a 6-3, 7-6 (4) win over Barbora Strycova.

Asked about her thoughts about Sharapova’s ban reduction, the world No. 1 said: “You know, actually at the end the final decision is out. That’s all I can say because I don’t know exactly the whole story. I was not into it.

“Yeah, now she’s coming back in April, I think. Yeah, this is all I can say actually to this thing.”

Asked by a reporter if tennis missed Sharapova, the German responded: “I don’t know. I mean, you know, everybody is going her own way. Actually, you know, this is what I can say from my position. I’m not thinking about this because that’s her way. She have to go through it. Yeah, I think she’s looking back to being back on court.”

In other women’s results, US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova survived a match point to win 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7) win over 19-year-old Daria Kasatkina. The win clinched a spot in the WTA Year-End event in Singapore.

Petra Kvitova beat second seed Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4 to advance. Kvitova is a on a winning streak in China, last week winning the Wuhan Open.

Other winners included Madison Keys, Johanna Konta, Daria Gavrilova, Elina Svitolina and Caroline Garcia.

 

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2016

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] A. Murray (GBR) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 62 61
[5] D. Ferrer (ESP) d F. Fognini (ITA) 63 64
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) d [7] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 64 46 64
A. Zverev (GER) d J. Sock (USA) 64 62

Men’s Singles – First Round
[8] R. Gasquet (FRA) d S. Querrey (USA) 26 63 62
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d B. Tomic (AUS) 63 61
M. Jaziri (TUN) d G. Pella (ARG) 64 64
G. Dimitrov (BUL) d S. Johnson (USA) 75 67(9) 64
[Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 46 63

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / R. Nadal (ESP) d [WC] M. Gong (CHN) / Z. Zhang (CHN) 75 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d R. Bautista Agut (ESP) / D. Ferrer (ESP) 61 36 16-14
[2] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) d P. Cuevas (URU) / V. Troicki (SRB) 76(10) 63
R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA) d M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) 46 64 10-6
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d M. Raonic (CAN) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 64 75

Women’s Singles – Third Round
[14] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [2] G. Muguruza (ESP) 61 64
[8] M. Keys (USA) d [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 76(2) 62
Second Round
[1] A. Kerber (GER) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 76(4)
[5] K. Pliskova (CZE) d D. Kasatkina (RUS) 36 75 76(7)
[11] J. Konta (GBR) d T. Babos (HUN) 75 62
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [12] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 46 60 64
[16] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [WC] S. Lisicki (GER) 64 64
C. Garcia (FRA) d [WC] S. Peng (CHN) 63 36 76(4)

Women’s Doubles – Second Round
[1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Krunic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 60 26 10-7
[WC] C. Mchale (USA) / S. Peng (CHN) d [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 63 61
[3] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d V. King (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 76(6) 64
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d [4] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) 46 61 10-4
[5] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) 61 64
J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d [7] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) 64 36 10-8
[WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) d [8] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 76(3) 06 10-5
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 57 75 10-4

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 6 OCTOBER 2016

NATIONAL TENNIS STADIUM start 12:30 pm
WTA – [3] A. Radwanska (POL) vs C. Wozniacki (DEN)
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [16] E. Svitolina (UKR)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [6] L. Pouille (FRA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – S. Zhang (CHN) vs [4] S. Halep (ROU)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [Q] A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)

LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – [5] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [8] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – A. Cornet (FRA) vs Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP – M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [3] M. Raonic (CAN)

MOON COURT start 12:30 pm
WTA – [3] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO)
WTA – D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [2] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA)
WTA – After suitable rest – [1] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [WC] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)

BRAD DREWETT start 1:30 pm
ATP – J. Sock (USA) / B. Tomic (AUS) vs [Q] P. Lorenzi (ITA) / G. Pella (ARG)
WTA – After suitable rest – J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) or [4] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – TBA – [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs R. Gasquet (FRA) / L. Pouille (FRA)

 

 

At the Japan Open, former champions Kei Nishikori and Tomas Berdych both lost.

Nishikori was forced to retire from his match with a left Glute injury.

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships
Tokyo, Japan

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 5 OCTOBER 2016

Singles – Second Round
J. Sousa (POR) d [1] K. Nishikori (JPN) 34 ret. (left glute)
[4] M. Cilic (CRO) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 46 75 75
[5] D. Goffin (BEL) d J. Vesely (CZE) 63 75
[PR] J. Monaco (ARG) d [Q] J. Duckworth (AUS) 76(3) 63

Singles – First Round
G. Muller (LUX) d [3] T. Berdych (CZE) 76(7) 61

Doubles – Quarter-finals
M. Granollers (ESP) / M. Matkowski (POL) d [3] D. Inglot (GBR) / J. Rojer (NED) 76(6) 36 10-7

Doubles – First Round
[2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [Q] N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) 64 62
R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Peya (AUT) d [4] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 67(5) 63 14-12
A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) d O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) 16 64 13-11

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 6 OCTOBER 2016

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[6] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE)
M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs G. Muller (LUX)
G. Simon (FRA) vs [2] G. Monfils (FRA)
[7] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [PR] J. Tipsarevic (SRB)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

SHOW COURT 1 Not Before 1:00 pm
T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

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Top Seed Alison Van Uytvanck Beats American Sonya Kenin In Singles Final At Red Rock Pro Open

 

 

SUMMERLIN (Oct. 2, 2016) – Top-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium won her second USTA Pro Circuit $50,000 Women’s Challenger singles title over the past 10 weeks as the 22-year-old defeated 17-year-old USTA wild card Sonya Kenin on Sunday in the final of the Red Rock Pro Open, 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2.

 

Van Uytvanck, who opened the week by beating another 17-year-old American, Kayla Day, in three sets in the first round, said after the match she had battled a cold and sore throat all week. Both players fought through tough windy conditions all day at the Summerlin Red Rock Country Club.

 

“I wasn’t feeling well and still have a little cold and it was so windy out there,” said Van Uytvanck, who had surgery on her right ankle in March.  “It feels good to be back and out here battling again.”

 

Van Uytvanck was ranked No. 103 in the WTA singles ranking before the tournament and will likely get back into the top 100 once the new rankings are released on Monday. She reached a career-high of No. 41 last October. She won $7,600 for the victory.

 

Kenin received $4,053, but cannot cash her check (only can claim expenses) because she is still an amateur and hasn’t decided if she will turn pro, or play college tennis. “I have not decided yet, but hopefully I will play pro someday,” she told the crowd after the match.

 

After opening the final set with a break and a 2-0 lead, Kenin slowed and called for a trainer down 3-2 in the third set to receive treatment on her upper left thigh.

 

“I just got really tight, but obviously she played really well in the third set,” said Kenin. “I played a lot this week and a lot of tough matches. It was hard to keep it up and play well when it started hurting.”

 

In the doubles final played before the singles final, the team of Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and former USC All-American Maria Sanchez beat American Jamie Loeb and Chanel Simmonds of South Africa, 7-5, 6-1. It was the eighth consecutive win for the pair as they captured the Albuquerque $75,000 USTA Challenger last week.

 

Krajicek-Sanchez will split $2,786 for the win while Loeb-Simmonds split the $1,393 runner-up prize money.

 

Krajicek won the singles title in Las Vegas last year, but fell in the second round of singles this year to Sachia Vickery after being up a set and 4-1. “I was not happy after losing in singles and that was a tough one to swallow,” Krajicek said. “I really thought today our opponents were actually better than us in the first set. But we just hung in there and pulled it out.”

 

The pair would like to keep playing together and will play a few more tournaments together before deciding to play the Australian Open with each other.

 

The win was especially sweet for the Red Rock Pro Open veteran Sanchez, who won her first Las Vegas doubles title after making the final two times previously. She thanked a very supportive crowd, which included her agent and former tournament director Jordan Butler.

 

It’s always nice to come back to the West Coast and play in front of so many people I’ve known from coming here all these years,” said Sanchez. “We have really good chemistry on the court and we’re both aggressive so I think we make a pretty good team.”

 

Sunday’s Final Singles Score

 

Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1] def. Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc], 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2

 

Sunday’s Final Doubles Score

Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Maria Sanchez (U.S.) def. Jamie Loeb (U.S.) / Chanel Simmonds (South Africa), 7-5, 6-1

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American Sonya Kenin To Face Top-Seed Van Uytvanck In Singles Final At Red Rock Pro Open

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Sofia Kenin

SUMMERLIN (Oct. 1, 2016) – Both Sonya Kenin of Florida and Nadia Podoroska of Argentina battled tough, early afternoon windy conditions during their semifinal singles match on Saturday, with Kenin coming out on top in a nearly two-hour battle, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, at the eighth annual Red Rock Pro Open being played at the Red Rock Country Club.

 

Kenin, just 17 and still an amateur, moves on to Sunday’s final where she will face 22-year-old Alison Van Uytvanck, the tournament’s top-seeded player from Belgium. Van Uytvanck won the first set over 17-year-old Fanni Stollar of Hungary, 6-1, and with the score knotted at 3-all in the second set, Stollar waved the white surrender flag and was forced to retire because of pain in her left knee.

 

Stollar, wearing a partial wrap on her left knee, had received treatment on the injury for the past few days. She was playing her seventh match in seven days having qualified for the tournament, which started on Sunday.

 

Both Kenin and Podoroska were spraying balls out early on and both had to adjust to the swirling Vegas desert winds. “I just had to be patient and consistent because the conditions were pretty tough today,” Kenin said. “I just had to stay with it. I couldn’t control it so I had to just keep fighting.”

 

Kenin had never faced Podoroska in a match, but said practicing with her a few times helped her. “It definitely did,” she said. “I was able to get a feel for how she hits the ball. Plus I beat her in a couple of sets. So I knew I could beat her.”

 

Podoroska had six doubles faults to Kenin’s four in a match that was high on unforced errors because of the wind.

 

In the doubles final set for Sunday at 11 a.m., it will be American Jamie Loeb and Chanel Simmonds of South Africa against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and former USC All-American Maria Sanchez. The singles final will follow the doubles.

 

Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card; q: qualifying;

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] def. Nadia Podoroska (Argentina), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1] def. Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q], 6-1, 3-3, retired (injury)

 

Sunday’s Final Schedule

Doubles starting at 11 a.m. on Stadium Court

Jamie Loeb (U.S.) / Chanel Simmonds (South Africa) vs. Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Maria Sanchez (U.S.)

Singles final to follow

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1]

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Petra Kvitova wins Second Wuhan Open

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(October 1, 2016) Petra Kvitova won her second Wuhan Open title on Saturday beating Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1. Kvitova’s win is her first title of 2016 and 18th of her career.

The 16th ranked Czech will move up to No. 11 in the world, while the Slovak Cibulkova will to a career-high No. 8 in the world on Monday.

“It’s great for sure to win it for a second time,” said the two-time Wimbledon champion. “I’m happy for that, how I played all week. I think it was amazing really. Especially everything started with the match against Angie (Kerber) when we really play long. It was great match from both of us. I think it was a big really fight.

”I’m really, you know, happy how I played afterwards, as well, how physically I managed to play great, even I didn’t really felt the best, but I was still mentally strong and I was try to really play my game, which was really important.”
“I have to say she played extremely well,” Cibulkova said. “I couldn’t do much more today on the court because she didn’t let me do so. I can’t regret anything. Okay, few balls I could do better, but otherwise she was just playing, you know, too good. Sometimes it happens.

“She’s a great player. When she’s playing like this, she can beat anybody. You know, I have to see the big picture. I had a great week here. Today’s final, you know, she was just playing really, really well and I couldn’t do much about it.”

Cibulkova talked about the difference in Kvitova’s game on Saturday: “he was just really hitting everything full power. She was just serving really well, going for returns. I couldn’t really play my game that I played during this week. Couldn’t get in the long rallies or in the rhythm because she didn’t let me. She was really powerful from the first strokes. That’s how she overpowered me today.”

 

“I think I played great six matches in six days, which it’s unreal for me to just think about,” said the Czech. “I’m really proud of myself how I did it, how I handle it physically, how everything went.

“Even I came late to my hotel room, I couldn’t really fall asleep straightaway, so it took me a while to get over it. I was sleepy all day. I really had to start warming up and prepare for the match which always kind of gave me some kind of, you know, like ready to be there.

“Especially the match against Angie was really difficult, for sure. The next days, I mean, playing Konta or Halep, they are really great players, Domi today. I was able to play and not have that many unforced errors.

“Yeah, I mean, that’s the tournament. I need this kind of consistency all year, which to be honest, I don’t think I can really do that. I’m probably the player who has up and downs. Of course, I going to try to be better in the downs. But I don’t really think that I can be, like, consistent all season. I’m just how I am probably, and I can’t really change it.

“I’m happy that my ups, they are really high, which I love of course. The downs are very low, but that’s how it is.”

 

In the doubles final, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won the title. The victory qualifies the team for the WTA Year End in Singapore.

 

“I think we had an amazing match today,” Safarova said of the 6-1, 6-4 win over Mirza and Strycova. “We came out strong from the beginning. We returned great, served great, took their time away. That was the right strategy.”

 “We knew we were going to be close [to qualifying for WTA Finals] if we won,” Mattek-Sands said.  “But it’s something that we weren’t really in contention until before US Open. We were pretty far from it. But it’s amazing to make it again. Singapore obviously is the best of the best. Yeah, but we literally just found out right after the match.”

In Tashkent, Kristyna Pliskova defeated defending champion Nao Hibino 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 to win her first WTA-level title. She is the twin sister of US Open finalist Karolina Pliskova.

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