October 6, 2015

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.


ATP and WTA Tennis Results Round-Up

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5 – 11 OCTOBER 2015

Singles – Second Round

[4] A. Radwanska (POL) d M. Barthel (GER) 46 61 64
[7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d [Q] M. Puig (PUR) 76(1) 62
[14] M. Keys (USA) d [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) 36 61 60
[15] R. Vinci (ITA) d A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 62 62
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [16] E. Svitolina (UKR) 64 16 63
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d S. Stephens (USA) 36 63 64
First Round
[11] B. Bencic (SUI) d M. Brengle (USA) 67(4) 64 63
[13] A. Petkovic (GER) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 62 11 Retired (Dizziness)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d I. Begu (ROU) 61 36 63
S. Stosur (AUS) d M. Niculescu (ROU) 63 62

Doubles – Second Round

[2] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 75 61
First Round
[5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d C. Chuang (TPE) / S. Hsieh (TPE) 62 57 10-8
[6] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d [WC] A. Cornet (FRA) / M. Linette (POL) 76(5) 26 10-7
[8] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 62 36 11-9
K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 62 16 10-6
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO) d Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) 67(4) 61 10-6

Men’s Results

Singles – First Round
V. Troicki (SRB) d [5] M. Raonic (CAN) 64 64
[7] D. Goffin (BEL) d A. Seppi (ITA) 62 63
A. Haider-Maurer (AUT) d [8] J. Tsonga (FRA) 76(4) 62
[WC] Ze. Zhang (CHN) d [Q] D. Istomin (UZB) 63 16 63
L. Rosol (CZE) d [Q] A. Bedene (GBR) 16 76(6) 63
J. Sock (USA) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 64 63
F. Fognini (ITA) d M. Klizan (SVK) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) 36 63 10-4
[2] M. Matkowski (POL) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d [Q] J. Knowle (AUT) / O. Marach (AUT) 63 64
D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d I. Karlovic (CRO) / L. Kubot (POL) 64 76(3)

WTA – [WC] Q. Wang (CHN) vs [8] C. Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [WC] D. Wu (CHN) vs [3] R. Nadal (ESP)
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] S. Bolelli (ITA)

Not Before 7:30 pm
WTA – [6] A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs V. Williams (USA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – D. Thiem (AUT) vs [6] J. Isner (USA)

LOTUS COURT start 12:30 pm
ATP – [WC] Y. Lu (TPE) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – T. Pereira (BRA) vs [3] F. Pennetta (ITA)
WTA – [10] A. Kerber (GER) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK)

Not Before 6:30 pm
ATP – [4] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs T. Bellucci (BRA)
ATP – After suitable rest – [WC] M. Gong (CHN) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [WC] D. Djokovic (SRB) / N. Djokovic (SRB)

MOON COURT start 12:30 pm
ATP – V. Pospisil (CAN) vs V. Estrella Burgos (DOM)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – C. Garcia (FRA) vs S. Errani (ITA)
[13] A. Petkovic (GER) vs S. Stosur (AUS)
WTA – [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs [12] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)

COURT 3 start 12:30 pm
ATP – L. Paes (IND) / J. Peers (AUS) vs [4] D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
WTA – [Q] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) vs [Q] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)
ATP – [Q] J. Millman (AUS) vs T. Robredo (ESP)
WTA – [4] T. Babos (HUN) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS)

COURT 7 start 2:00 pm
WTA – [8] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR)
WTA – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE)
WTA – [6] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs M. Barthel (GER) / A. Groenefeld (GER)
ATP – After suitable rest – [3] S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) vs V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA)

ATP World Tour 500
Tokyo, Japan
Ariake Tennis Forest Park
5-11 OCTOBER, 2015


Singles – First Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d B. Coric (CRO) 26 61 62
[WC] T. Ito (JPN) d [WC] Y. Nishioka (JPN) 36 60 75
J. Vesely (CZE) d [WC] Y. Uchiyama (JPN) 64 64
S. Querrey (USA) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(5) 64

Doubles – First Round
R. Gasquet (FRA) / F. Verdasco (ESP) d S. Gonzalez (MEX) / B. Paire (FRA) 76(7) 60
A. Qureshi (PAK) / G. Simon (FRA) d [WC] T. Matsui (JPN) / J. Nieminen (FIN) 67(2) 63 10-6


CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs R. Stepanek (CZE)
[8] G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs B. Paire (FRA)
R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [4] R. Gasquet (FRA)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[WC] A. Krajicek (USA) / Y. Uchiyama (JPN) vs [2] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
J. Chardy (FRA) vs S. Groth (AUS)
G. Muller (LUX) vs [5] K. Anderson (RSA)
[3] G. Simon (FRA) vs [Q] M. Youzhny (RUS)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
B. Tomic (AUS) vs S. Johnson (USA)
[Q] M. Ebden (AUS) vs [Q] A. Krajicek (USA)
After Suitable Rest – F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs [Q] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)

Tournament Information


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)




Venus Williams Wins Wuhan Open After Muguruza Retires


Venus wins Auckland

(October 3, 2015) Venus Williams won the Wuhan Open on Saturday when her opponent Garbine Muguruza retired with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-3, 3-0. For the 35-year-old American, this was her 47th career WTA singles trophy.

“I had pain the ankle since yesterday,” said the fifth-seeded Spaniard. “I’ve played a lot of matches and today my body had pain everywhere. I didn’t have much time to recover from yesterday. There is nothing you can do when it’s like this. I guess I didn’t recover.

“I was feeling very tired but I said that I am going to the court even if my leg is, like broken. I woke up saying, “come on, I’m going to play,” but during the match I was like, ‘oh shit, I’m getting tired, my leg is hurting, my ankle is hurting.’ In the first set I had my chances but with Venus it’s hard. If you’re not 100% percent fit you can’t find a way to play against her. “

For the unseeded Williams, this WTA Premier 5 event is her biggest title in five years, since Dubai 2010 and her second tournament victory in 2015. She also won the event in Auckland.

“I feel like everyone else on tour, I work hard, I do my best and as long as you continue to work hard and believe in yourself then you can have the results you want,: Williams said. “That’s exactly what I’ve done and it hasn’t been the easiest road but that doesn’t mean that it isn’t a road worth traveling.

“I didn’t think of quitting but it’s definitely a lot of stress to play when you’re in pain. But for me I focus on everything that I can accomplish and not on what’s bothering me. My opponent wasn’t so lucky today. The pain was just too much for her and I was really sorry to hear that.

“Today, we both play really similar. Maybe experience helped me today. I know today she couldn’t do everything that she wanted to do. She couldn’t feel free and comfortable on the court. Of course it’s not always as exciting playing an opponent who doesn’t feel their best so I hope that she gets better.”

Williams, who is ranked 24th in the world will move up to 14 when the rankings come out on Monday. Muguruza will move to a career high ranking of No. 5.

Next stop for both women will be Beijing.


After Battling Past Vinci, Venus Williams to Face Muguruza in Wuhan Open Final

Venus Williams

(October 2, 2015) Venus Williams saved a match point to defeat Roberta Vinci to reach Saturday’s Wuhan Open final. Williams’ 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4) win set up the WTA Premier 5 title against Garbine Muguruza after the Spaniard survived a late foot injury scare to defeat Angelique Kerber 6-4 7-6(5).

“It had a lot of ups and downs, said Williams, who saved a match point when Vinci served for the match at 6-5. “I hope that on a day when I’m playing how I’d like, it’s a more straightforward match. She’s definitely tricky.  She finds a way to hang in there.”

Williams came back from 3-5 down against Johanna Konta in the previous round. “It’s the semifinals. It’s not time to get down.  It’s time to figure it out,” said the seven-time grand slam champion.  “Even down match point, I don’t remember what happened on that point.  I do know she had a match point.  It’s not over.  Just like when I was up and she didn’t give up, I felt the same way.”

The 35-year-old Williams, who notched up her 700th career WTA match win earlier in the week, should return to the WTA Top 20 in reaching the semi-finals, and could go as high as 15 should she win on Saturday. She shows no desire to retire just yet. “I always want to be in finals,” she said. “Even if it was the last tournament of my career, I would still want to be in that final,” she said. “I don’t think that ever changes.  It just never gets old and it’s never something that is a given.  You have to fight for it.  So I appreciate it.  It’s not over yet.  I still have matches to play.  Definitely not satisfied with just making the final.  I’d like to take the title and take it a step further.”

Muguruza’s win over Kerber also had plenty of drama, notably at 3-3 in the second set tiebreaker when the Spaniard took an injury time-out after feeling pain in her left foot earlier in the set. Despite this, she managed to  reach her first final since she was runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon in July.

“I felt it at 4 something in the second set.  Then in the tiebreak I felt something stronger.  So I said, No, no, I cannot wait to get worse.  So I just called the trainer,” sheexplained . “At that moment I said, Okay, Garbine, play.  Be aggressive and see what happens. You know, I was very, like, kind of brave.  I was like, Okay, come on, let’s do it.  Let’s see these couple of points and see if you can close the match. I had a lot of chances to close the match before.  I’m like, no way I’m going to lose this set. I did it and it was good.”

Williams and Muguruza have played twice before, in Florianopolis in 2013 and in Auckland in 2014, both on hard courts. “I think it’s a good final,” said Muguruza. “I face her sister in the last final, so is it good to have her again. Williams sisters everywhere,” she said, smiling. “It’s good.  She’s playing good also.  She had a very tough match also today.  So I think it’s a good final.”


V. Williams (USA) d [15] R. Vinci (ITA) 57 62 76(4)
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [6] A Kerber (GER) 64 76(5)

Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) / Monica Niculescu (ROM) d [6] Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 64 16 10-8 (MTB)
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [4] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 62 61


Not before 12.30pm
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM) / Monica Niculescu (ROM)

Not Before 3:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – V. Williams (USA) vs [5] G. Muguruza (ESP)

Venus Williams Joins 700 (Win) Club

Venus Williams Joins 700 (Win) Club



British Qualifier Johanna Konta Stuns No. 2 Simona Halep at Wuhan Open

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(September 30, 2015) British qualifier Johanna Konta earned herself a thrilling 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 win over top seed and current World No.2 Simona Halep at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Wednesday.

Konta came from 1-5 down in the third set to tee up a quarter-final on Thursday against Venus Williams and said afterwards that playing the American would be “kind of a childhood dream”.

“She (Halep) is No. 2 for a reason, and that is an incredibly humbling experience for me, that I can compete with such a player,” said 24-year-old Konta. “But in terms of the result, I’m just really happy I get to come back tomorrow and play against someone like Venus. It’s actually a bit of childhood dream I guess. I grew up watching Venus.  So as a child, I’m like, Wow.  But as a competitor now, I’m just looking forward to the challenge.”

Williams was too strong for Carla Suarez-Navarro in their third round encounter. “We’ve had some great matches, and when I play her I always have to stay concentrated because she’s a great competitor who’s always played well against me,” said Williams. “It’s not just her single handed backhand, she just hits it so well. I was lucky because she missed a few today and gave me some openings.”

Roberta Vinci is keep up her form which saw her reach the US Open final earlier this month. She knocked out Wuhan’s defending champion Petra Kvitova with a 76(3) 62 and takes on Karolina Pliskova in Thursday’s quarter-finals.

Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza earned her quarter-final spot with a 46 61 60 comeback win against Ana Ivanovic and can now look forward to a last eight meeting with Anna Schmeidlova of Slovakia on Thursday.

Angelique Kerber wasted no time in dispatching Camila Giorgi and will be up against Coco Vandeweghe in the quarter-finals.

Singles – Third Round
[Q] J. Konta (GBR) d [1] S. Halep (ROU) 63 36 75
[15] R. Vinci (ITA) d [3] P. Kvitova (CZE) 76(3) 62
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [9] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 46 61 60
[6] A. Kerber (GER) d C. Giorgi (ITA) 62 64
V. Williams (USA) d [7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 63 64
[8] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [12] E. Svitolina (UKR) 26 64 64
A. Schmiedlova (SVK) d K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 62
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d B. Strycova (CZE) 36 62 76(3)

Doubles – Second Round
I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [3] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 62 62
[5] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d X. Han (CHN) / N. Melichar (USA) 46 61 10-7
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d C. Dellacqua (AUS) / A. Tomljanovic (CRO) walkover
[7] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 76(3) 62

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[15] R. Vinci (ITA) vs [8] K. Pliskova (CZE)
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs A. Schmiedlova (SVK)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[Q] J. Konta (GBR) vs V. Williams (USA)
[6] A. Kerber (GER) or C. Giorgi (ITA) vs C. Vandeweghe (USA) or B. Strycova (CZE)

COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS) 12
after suitable rest – J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) vs A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)
after suitable rest – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) or K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs [5] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm
[4] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) 54
after suitable rest – [7] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)
after suitable rest – [4] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) or L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) vs J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) or A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP)


Venus Williams Joins 700 (Win) Club

VENUS Williams 700 TPN Wuhan Open

(September 29, 2015) Venus Williams reached another milestone on Tuesday at the Wuhan Open. She won her 700th career WTA Tour match with a 6-4, 6-3 second round victory defeating Germany’s Julia Goerges.

Williams received roses shaped into the number 700 from tournament directors Yi Guoqing and Fabrice Chouquet. She confessed that she was not aware of the upcoming milestone. “I didn’t know.  I’m glad nobody told me before.  I would have been a little bit nervous,” said the 35-year-old American. “Who doesn’t like winning?  You know, that never gets old.”

“I was thinking, ‘How long would it take me to get to 800 now?’ Maybe that was my first thought!

“But it’s been a great 700 wins along the way.”

Venus’ sister, world No. 1 Serena praised her sister on Twitter:

The seven-time major champion won her last Grand Slam event at Wimbledon in 2008. She is the WTA ninth player in the Open Era to reach 700 match wins.


Wuhan Open – Sharapova Retires From Match with Arm Injury; Bouchard Pulls Out of Tournament

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova

(September 28, 2015) Maria Sharapova’s comeback after being off the tour since Wimbledon, was derailed when the Russian retired with an arm injury in the third set of her first match at the Wuhan Open. The world No. 3 had not played for three months due to a leg injury.

Sharapova was leading Czech Barbora Strycova 7-6 (1), 6-7 (4), 2-1 when she withdrew from the match.

“I’ve had my share of serious injuries, and I know this is far from it, something I just have to take care of,” she said.

“I was really happy to be back on the court,” said Sharapova. “I’ve gone through the injury and not playing and missing a Grand Slam, going through the rehab, going through training, this is really the moment that you work for. I enjoyed that feeling again.

“That’s why it’s unfortunate to have to stop from that because you always build and you get the rust out and you hope you grow as the tournament goes along, but not in my case this tournament. Of course, it’s not the best way to end for my fans.  But I know that this tournament is here for many years and I will still have the opportunity to come back.”

Canadian Eugenie Bouchard withdrew from the tournament due to the concussion she suffered during the U.S. Open.

In other injury-related news – No. 28 Sabine Lisicki will be taking the rest of the year off to heal her knee.

The German said on social media: “unfortunately my knee is not ready and I will not compete at tournaments this season.”


ATP and WTA Tennis Results Round-Up: Titles for Begu, Radwanska, Raonic and Tsonga

JWTsonga wins Toronto

(September 27, 2015)In a rematch of the 2013 Moselle Open final, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reversed the loss to win his third Metz title and 12th career ATP 7-6 (5), 1-6, 6-2 over countryman Gilles Simon. The match lasted two hours and 17 minutes.

It was Tsonga’s fourth Metz final appearance in five years. Tsonga is now tied with Richard Gasquet for second on the list of French titlists in the Open Era.
“I’m really happy to win again here in Metz,” the champion said. “I like the welcome I get here and to win this year is great. It’s my first of the year and I hope it will continue. It’s a good achievement for me.

“Gilles is very difficult to play against. You need energy with each ball you play against him. He’s a good defender and is always ready to play passing shots. When I play against him it’s always tough.”


Singles – Final
[3] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [2] G. Simon (FRA) 76(5) 16 62

Doubles – Final
[2] L. Kubot (POL) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) 26 63 10-7


Milos Raonic

Canadian Milos Raonic won his first title in 14 months, defeating Joao Sousa for the St. Petersburg Open crown.

“It’s such a great feeling to come to St. Petersburg and to be able to win this event,” Raonic said. “It was a great experience overall with the event, the city and the people. This tournament is only going to get better. Word is going to spread about how much the players enjoyed it.

“It would be special [to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals again], especially with the health issues I’ve had. It is something that will require a lot of winning the rest of this year, but I believe I can do it.”

“I think I played my best,” Sousa said. “Of course I feel sad that I couldn’t have the title here. I was really confident that I could beat him today, but he played and served very well in the important moments. I just have to congratulate him for the match.

“This year has been a tough one. It has been my best year, but a tough one as I lost three finals. It’s really, really tough to accept it. But I think I can improve. I’m going to work for it and hopefully I can win the next one.”


Singles – Final
[2] M. Raonic (CAN) d [7] J. Sousa (POR) 63 36 63

Doubles – Final
[1] T. Huey (PHI) / H. Kontinen (FIN) d [2] J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Peya (AUT) 75 63


$ 500,000.00
SEPT 19 – 27, 2015

Singles – Finals

[1] I. Begu (ROU) d [Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) 63 61

Doubles – Finals

[1] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO) d [2] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 26 63 10-6

Top seed Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania won 6-3, 6-1  over unseeded Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus to win the Korea Open. Her last WTA title came in Tashkent three years ago.



$ 1,000,000.00
19-27 SEPTEMBER 2015

Singles – Finals

[7] A. Radwanska (POL) d [8] B. Bencic (SUI) 62 62

Agnieszka Radwanska won the Pan-Pacific Open title for the second time with a  6-2, 6-2 victory over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. Radwanska exacted  some revenge on Sunday – she lost to Bencic in the Eastbourne final earlier this year.

For the winner, it’s her first tournament victory since last year’s Roger’s Cup.


$ 2,513,000.00

Singles – First Round
[12] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK) 64 64
[Q] J. Konta (GBR) d [13] A. Petkovic (GER) 64 75
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 60 61
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [Q] L. Davis (USA) 62 76(4)
[Q] J. Goerges (GER) d A. Cornet (FRA) 63 63
M. Niculescu (ROU) d [WC] F. Liu (CHN) 61 61
D. Gavrilova (RUS) d T. Pereira (BRA) 62 76(7)
V. Lepchenko (USA) d [WC] S. Zheng (CHN) 64 60
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d S. Stosur (AUS) 62 61
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 62 26 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] T. Babos (HUN) 76(9) 62
Doubles – First Round
[5] R. Kops-Jones (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d S. Errani (ITA) / F. Schiavone (ITA) 75 64
A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [WC] C. Liu (CHN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 61 64


CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [9] A. Ivanovic (SRB)

Not Before 1:00 pm
J. Jankovic (SRB) vs [Q] H. Watson (GBR)
[16] S. Errani (ITA) vs C. Garcia (FRA)

Not Before 6:30 pm
B. Strycova (CZE) vs [2] [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS)
[10] A. Radwanska (POL) vs V. Williams (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[Q] D. Kovinic (MNE) vs [15] R. Vinci (ITA)
A. Riske (USA) vs S. Stephens (USA)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [8] K. Pliskova (CZE)

Not Before 3:30 pm
E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [11] B. Bencic (SUI)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
M. Brengle (USA) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK)
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
[14] M. Keys (USA) vs M. Rybarikova (SVK)

Not Before 3:30 pm
Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs I. Begu (ROU)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs C. Liang (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN)
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [8] C. Chuang (TPE) / S. Hsieh (TPE)
G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)
S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs C. Dellacqua (AUS) / A. Tomljanovic (CRO)

COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
[7] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs J. Husarova (SVK) / I. Olaru (ROU)
[Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs A. Schmiedlova (SVK)
T. Pironkova (BUL) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)


WTA Guangzhou, Seoul, Tokyo and Wuhan – Results and Schedules



$ 250,000.00
21 – 26 SEPTEMBER 2015

Singles – Semifinals

D. Allertova (CZE) d [3] S. Errani (ITA) 75 62
[4] J. Jankovic (SRB) d Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 63 26 75

Doubles – Semifinals

[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d J. Glushko (ISR) / R. Peterson (SWE) 63 64
S. Xu (CHN) / X. You (CHN) d [2] K. Jans-Ignacik (POL) / A. Rodionova (AUS) 76(5) 63

CENTRE COURT start 3:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – D. Allertova (CZE) vs [4] J. Jankovic (SRB)
DOUBLES FINAL – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs S. Xu (CHN) / X. You (CHN)


$ 500,000.00
SEPT 19 – 27, 2015

Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] I. Begu (ROU) d J. Larsson (SWE) 64 75
[2] A. Schmiedlova (SVK) d [5] M. Barthel (GER) 64 36 61
[Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) d [3] S. Stephens (USA) 63 62
[8] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) d E. Kulichkova (RUS) 61 46 62

Doubles – Semifinals

[2] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) d [3] I. Begu (ROU) / I. Olaru (ROU) 63 61
S. Aoyama (JPN) / M. Ninomiya (JPN) d [4] K. Date-Krumm (JPN) / K. Siniakova (CZE) 64 64

CENTER start 12:00 noon
[Q] A. Sasnovich (BLR) vs [2] A. Schmiedlova (SVK)
[1] I. Begu (ROU) vs [8] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL)
[1] L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / A. Klepac (SLO) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / M. Ninomiya (JPN)


$ 1,000,000.00
19-27 SEPTEMBER 2015

Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [5] A. Kerber (GER) 62 26 63
D. Cibulkova (SVK) d [2] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 76(5) 63
[8] B. Bencic (SUI) d [3] G. Muguruza (ESP) 76(1) 61
[7] A. Radwanska (POL) d [4] K. Pliskova (CZE) 75 62

Doubles – Semifinals

[2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Kato (JPN) 64 75
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / C. Chuang (TPE) 36 63 10-5

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[1] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [8] B. Bencic (SUI)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[7] A. Radwanska (POL) vs D. Cibulkova (SVK)
Doubles Final – [3] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)




Main draw
First Round
[1] S. Halep (ROU) d Bye
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs. S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
Qualifier vs. V. Azarenka (BLR)
Qualifier vs. [13] A. Petkovic (GER)
[10] A. Radwanska (POL) vs. V. Williams (USA)
A. Cornet (FRA) vs. Qualifier
M. Niculescu (ROU) vs. [WC] F. Liu (CHN)
[7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d Bye
[3] P. Kvitova (CZE) d Bye
D. Gavrilova (RUS) vs. T. Pereira (BRA)
Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs. I. Begu (ROU)
Qualifier vs. [15] R. Vinci (ITA)
[12] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs. [WC] D. Hantuchova (SVK)
V. Lepchenko (USA) vs. [WC] S. Zheng (CHN)
S. Stosur (AUS) vs. M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
[8] K. Pliskova (CZE) d Bye
[5] G. Muguruza (ESP) d Bye
A. Riske (USA) vs. S. Stephens (USA)
M. Brengle (USA) vs. D. Cibulkova (SVK)
A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs. [9] A. Ivanovic (SRB)
[14] M. Keys (USA) vs. M. Rybarikova (SVK)
Qualifier vs. K. Mladenovic (FRA)
Qualifier vs. A. Schmiedlova (SVK)
[4] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d Bye
[6] A. Kerber (GER) d Bye
J. Jankovic (SRB) vs. Qualifier
T. Pironkova (BUL) vs. C. Giorgi (ITA)
E. Bouchard (CAN) vs. [11] B. Bencic (SUI)
[16] S. Errani (ITA) vs. C. Garcia (FRA)
L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs. C. Vandeweghe (USA)
B. Strycova (CZE) vs. Qualifier
[2] [WC] M. Sharapova (RUS) d Bye

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – [4] J. Goerges (GER) vs [10] A. Konjuh (CRO)
Qualifying – [5] H. Watson (GBR) vs [15] Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
Qualifying – [7] J. Konta (GBR) vs [11] I. Falconi (USA)
COURT 4 start 11:00 am
Qualifying – [3] A. Tomljanovic (CRO) vs [14] T. Babos (HUN)
Qualifying – [6] C. Mchale (USA) vs [16] M. Duque-Mariño (COL)
Qualifying – [2] L. Hradecka (CZE) or Y. Wang (CHN) vs [13] D. Kovinic (MNE)
COURT 5 start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – [1] M. Barthel (GER) vs P. Tig (ROU)
Qualifying – [8] M. Linette (POL) vs [Alt] X. Han (CHN) or [12] L. Davis (USA)
Qualifying – [1] M. Barthel (GER) or P. Tig (ROU) vs [WC] Y. Xu (CHN) or [9] O. Govortsova (BLR)