May 6, 2016

Madrid Open Results and Schedule

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APRIL 30 – MAY 8, 2016

RESULTS – MAY 05, 2016
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[6] S. Halep (ROU) d I. Begu (ROU) 63 06 61
D. Cibulkova (SVK) d [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU) 46 63 63
[Q] L. Chirico (USA) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 76(1) 62
S. Stosur (AUS) d [Q] P. Tig (ROU) 63 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) 63 62
[5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 64 63
V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d [4] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 26 64 11-9
[8] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) walkover

Men’s Singles – Third Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) 62 61
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [16] G. Simon (FRA) 64 62
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d S. Querrey (USA) 64 62
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [10] R. Gasquet (FRA) 64 75
[11] M. Raonic (CAN) d [7] J. Tsonga (FRA) 64 64
[8] T. Berdych (CZE) d [9] D. Ferrer (ESP) 76(8) 75
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d P. Cuevas (URU) 76(5) 46 63
J. Sousa (POR) d J. Sock (USA) 61 67(3) 62

Men’s Doubles – Second Round
[1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d [WC] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 63 76(4)
H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) 64 76(4)
[3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d T. Bellucci (BRA) / L. Mayer (ARG) 64 64
[5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) 75 26 10-8
[6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) d P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) 67(4) 64 10-4
[7] A. Peya (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d [WC] M. Bhupathi (IND) / F. Martin (FRA) 63 46 10-6
[8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 46 76(4) 10-4


MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [Q] L. Chirico (USA)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs J. Sousa (POR)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [6] S. Halep (ROU) vs S. Stosur (AUS)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [11] M. Raonic (CAN)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ start 12:00 noon
ATP – [3] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [7] A. Peya (AUT) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs [5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)
ATP – TBA – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs [4] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
ATP – TBA – [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [8] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS)


Murray and Nadal Advance in Madrid

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(May 3, 2016) Defending Madrid Open champion Andy Murray and four-time titlist Rafael Nadal moved into the third round on Tuesday. Fifth seed Nadal easily beat Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-3, while Murray passed a 7-6, 3-6, 6-1 test over veteran qualifier 37-year-old Radek Stepanek.

“I’m happy with the way I started the clay-court season,” Monte- Carlo and Barcelona winner Nadal said. “Today, another victory, so that’s great news. I’m excited about this tournament.”

“I served well both in Monte Carlo and in Barcelona. And it’s going to be vital to serve well here as well to have a good tournament.”

“He played very well, it was not easy,” Murray said of his two-hour and 16-minute match against the former world No. 8. “He was hitting the ball big up the lines. There was nothing I could do.”

2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, currently ranked 274th after returning from injuries and surgery, beat 14th seed Dominic Thiem 7-6 (5), 6-3.

“I have just played my best match since I came back to tennis after my surgeries,” Del Potro said. “I’ve had a great test against a very high-level player.”



Men’s Singles – Second Round
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) 76(3) 36 61
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 63
[10] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [WC] F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 36 61
[11] M. Raonic (CAN) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 64 67(3) 62
First Round
[13] G. Monfils (FRA) d K. Anderson (RSA) 64 61
[PR] J. del Potro (ARG) d [14] D. Thiem (AUT) 76(5) 63
[15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [Q] S. Giraldo (COL) 63 75
B. Coric (CRO) d [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) 62 62
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d J. Chardy (FRA) 63 64
N. Kyrgios (AUS) d G. Pella (ARG) 76(7) 64
P. Cuevas (URU) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) 63 36 76(5)
F. Fognini (ITA) d B. Tomic (AUS) 62 64
J. Sock (USA) d B. Paire (FRA) 26 62 76(5)
[Q] D. Kudla (USA) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 67(7) 76(5) 76(4)
[WC] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) 76(3) 63

Doubles – First Round
T. Bellucci (BRA) / L. Mayer (ARG) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 67(3) 76(3) 10-7
[WC] M. Bhupathi (IND) / F. Martin (FRA) d G. Pella (ARG) / G. Simon (FRA) 67(3) 75 10-7
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) 64 67(6) 10-5
P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) d S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) 64 62


MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
ATP – F. Lopez (ESP) vs [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [6] S. Halep (ROU) vs [10] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs B. Coric (CRO)
Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs S. Stosur (AUS)
Not Before 9:30 pm
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [7] J. Tsonga (FRA)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ start 12:00 noon
WTA – D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [5] P. Kvitova (CZE)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [Q] D. Kudla (USA) vs [9] D. Ferrer (ESP)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs [13] G. Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [PR] J. del Potro (ARG) vs J. Sock (USA)
Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [Q] P. Tig (ROU) vs M. Keys (USA)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
ATP – [8] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] D. Istomin (UZB)
ATP – [4] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS)
WTA – [4] V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [Q] L. Chirico (USA)
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
WTA – C. Mchale (USA) vs I. Begu (ROU)
ATP – S. Querrey (USA) vs [Q] L. Pouille (FRA)
ATP – J. Sousa (POR) vs [LL] M. Granollers (ESP)
WTA – [Q] L. Siegemund (GER) vs [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU)
Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – TBA after rest – [5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

PISTA 5 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [4] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs M. Gasparyan (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE)
Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [16] G. Simon (FRA) vs [WC] P. Carreno Busta (ESP)
ATP – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)
ATP – R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [4] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)
ATP – TBA after rest – F. Fognini (ITA) / V. Troicki (SRB) vs L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL)

PISTA 6 start 12:00 noon
WTA – L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Errani (ITA) vs [3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
WTA – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)
ATP – H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR) / B. Tomic (AUS)


Madrid: Federer Withdraws with Back Injury, Upsets Continue

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(May 2, 2016) Roger Federer withdrew from the Madrid Masters on Monday with a back injury. The No. 3 player in the world said that he hurt himself in practice over the weekend.

“I arrived and I was OK, and then I practiced on Saturday and hurt my back a little bit in practice and then stopped early,” Federer said. “I just didn’t feel like I could practice.”

The 34-year-old Swiss was off the tour for almost two months after the Australian Open after knee surgery and he withdrew from the Miami Open due to a stomach virus.

“I rather play it safe and rest up now,” said the three-time Madrid winner to media. “I’m very disappointed to say the least.”

Federer is hoping to play the Rome Masters before playing the second major of the year, Roland Garros, which begins on May 22.

“It’s been a tough year,” Federer said. “I hope it gets better from here.”

Also missing from Madrid is Serena Williams, who withdrew from the tournament last week due to illness.

The upsets continued on the women’s side of the draw. Sunday saw the top two women’s seeds – Agnieszka Radwanska and Angelique Kerber lose. Monday, Madrid favorite, the No. 3 seed from Spain Garbine Muguruza was knocked out of the tournament along with 14th seed Ana Ivanovic, 12th seed Elina Svitolina, 13th seed Karolina Pliskova and 16th seed Sloane Stephens.

On the men’s side, French qualifier Lucas Pouille saved four match points to upset 12th seed David Goffin 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (7).



RESULTS – MAY 02, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
I. Begu (ROU) d [3] G. Muguruza (ESP) 57 76(4) 63
[4] V. Azarenka (BLR) d A. Cornet (FRA) 63 62
[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [Q] E. Vesnina (RUS) 63 63
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [12] E. Svitolina (UKR) 62 76(4)
C. Mchale (USA) d [13] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 76(3) 64
[Q] L. Chirico (USA) d [14] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 57 61 63
[Q] P. Tig (ROU) d [16] S. Stephens (USA) 62 63
M. Keys (USA) d B. Strycova (CZE) 63 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 64 76(1)
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d [WC] P. Badosa Gibert (ESP) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 46 63 10-7
M. Gasparyan (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d [WC] K. Peschke (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE) 57 62 10-6
V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d J. Goerges (GER) / K. Pliskova (CZE) 64 62
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) / S. Errani (ITA) d S. Hsieh (TPE) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) 64 63
A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) d [WC] S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) 60 75
[WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d M. Irigoyen (ARG) / C. Liang (CHN) 62 64

Men’s Singles – First Round
[9] D. Ferrer (ESP) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 36 61 62
[10] R. Gasquet (FRA) d [Q] R. Carballes Baena (ESP) 61 76(5)
[11] M. Raonic (CAN) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(4) 61
[Q] L. Pouille (FRA) d [12] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(4) 26 76(7) – saved 4 M.P.
[16] G. Simon (FRA) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 63 36 64
F. Lopez (ESP) d L. Mayer (ARG) 76(5) 46 64
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d V. Troicki (SRB) 64 64
S. Querrey (USA) d [Q] P. Herbert (FRA) 67(5) 76(5) 64
J. Sousa (POR) d N. Mahut (FRA) 64 64
[Q] D. Istomin (UZB) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 61 64
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 61 67(4) 64

Men’s Doubles – First Round
[WC] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) d K. Anderson (RSA) / J. Chardy (FRA) 64 64

MANOLO SANTANA start 12:00 noon
WTA – [6] S. Halep (ROU) vs K. Knapp (ITA)
WTA – [8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs S. Lisicki (GER)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [5] R. Nadal (ESP) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 9:30 pm
WTA – [WC] S. Cirstea (ROU) vs D. Kovinic (MNE)

ARANTXA SANCHEZ start 12:00 noon
ATP – [Q] S. Giraldo (COL) vs [15] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
ATP – [14] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [PR] J. del Potro (ARG)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs C. Garcia (FRA)
ATP – [11] M. Raonic (CAN) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
ATP – [10] R. Gasquet (FRA) vs [WC] F. Verdasco (ESP)

ESTADIO 3 start 12:00 noon
ATP – K. Anderson (RSA) vs [13] G. Monfils (FRA)
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) vs [11] L. Safarova (CZE)
ATP – [WC] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)
ATP – [WC] N. Almagro (ESP) vs B. Coric (CRO)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – [Q] L. Siegemund (GER) vs [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

PISTA 4 start 12:00 noon
WTA – E. Makarova (RUS) vs [10] T. Bacsinszky (SUI)
ATP – F. Fognini (ITA) vs B. Tomic (AUS)
ATP – A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs J. Chardy (FRA)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) vs S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)
ATP – TBA – T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)

PISTA 5 start 12:00 noon
ATP – G. Pella (ARG) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS)
ATP – P. Cuevas (URU) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
WTA – A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs C. Giorgi (ITA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – after suitable rest – V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs [7] G. Muguruza (ESP) / C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)

PISTA 6 start 12:00 noon
ATP – J. Sock (USA) vs B. Paire (FRA)
ATP – [Q] D. Kudla (USA) vs I. Karlovic (CRO)
ATP – R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – [WC] M. Bhupathi (IND) / F. Martin (FRA) vs G. Pella (ARG) / G. Simon (FRA)
ATP – T. Bellucci (BRA) / L. Mayer (ARG) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)

PISTA 7 start 12:00 noon
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO)
WTA – A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [6] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – TBA after suitable rest – [8] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

Not Before 4:00 pm
WTA – TBA after suitable rest – [WC] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [2] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)


Rafael Nadal Wins 9th Barcelona Crown to Equal Guillermo Vilas’ Clay Court Titles Record at 49

(April 24, 2016) Rafael Nadal beat two-time defending champion Kei Nishikori 6-4, 7-5 to win the Barcelona Open for the ninth time on Sunday. The Spaniard has now equaled Guillermo Vilas record of 49 career clay court crowns.

It’s two straight weeks of titles for the 14-time major champion, who claimed his 69th career tournament victory.

Nadal now has won nine titles at three different tournaments – Barcelona, Monte-Carlo and Roland Garros.

“I was playing against the No. 6 player in the world, and if you don’t play at your best you aren’t going to win,” Nadal said after the match.

“I served well and that allowed me to play better. In the second set I missed several chances, and at the end it was very close, but I stayed mentally strong.”

“It was a very close match, Nadal said. “There were a lot of chances for both of us but I think I have been solid.
“When you play against players with this very, very high level, the match is often decided by a few moments. So I feel happy that I handled all these important moments well mentally.
“I have been working so hard to enjoy moments like this. The fact that I’m playing at home is always even more special. I’m very happy and I feel lucky to enjoy this again.”

Kei Nishikori

“It’s a great start to the clay court season,” Nishikori said. Even though I lost today I gained some confidence.
“He’s playing another good level of tennis. But also I gave away too many opportunities. And if I could get a couple more points on those important points, maybe the game changes a little bit.
He also gives me a lot of pressure. Every point, he gets every ball, so it’s not easy to win points against him.”


Angelique Kerber defended her title in Stuttgart, beating German countrywoman, qualifier Laura Siegemund 6-4, 6-0. The Australian Open champion battled back from 0-3 in the first set to win 12 out of the next 13 games. For Kerber this was her ninth career title.


It was a career week for the 71st ranked Siegemund, who will see her ranking move to 42 in the world as of Monday. The 28-year-old upset two Top Ten players to reach the final – No. 2 Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 6 Simona Halep.

Unseeded Cagla Buyukakcay, ranked 118 in the world had a career week in her hometown as she won the TEP BNP Paribas Istanbul Cup over No.5 seed Danka Kovinic, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.


Barcelona, Bucharest, Istanbul and Stuttgart Results and Schedules

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Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell
Barcelona, Spain


Singles – First Round
[WC] A. Montanes (ESP) d R. Carballes Baena (ESP) 63 63
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) d S. Giraldo (COL) 64 75
I. Cervantes (ESP) d [Q] F. Skugor (CRO) 63 64
T. Gabashvili (RUS) d N. Almagro (ESP) 16 76(3) 62 – saved 2 M.P.
A. Zverev (GER) d [Q] J. Struff (GER) 64 63
M. Jaziri (TUN) d H. Chung (KOR) 63 64
[Q] K. Khachanov (RUS) d A. Bedene (GBR) 36 63 76(2) – saved 1 M.P.
E. Donskoy (RUS) d F. Bagnis (ARG) 75 76(5)
V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 36 62 62

Doubles – First Round
[2] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d B. Paire (FRA) / V. Troicki (SRB) 62 61
L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) d R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 63 75



PISTA CENTRAL start 11:00 am
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs D. Istomin (UZB)

Not Before 1:30 pm
M. Granollers (ESP) vs D. Munoz de la Nava (ESP)
[5] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs [Q] K. Khachanov (RUS)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs [WC] J. Munar (ESP)

PISTA 1 start 11:00 am
[Q] M. Fucsovics (HUN) vs E. Gulbis (LAT)
E. Donskoy (RUS) vs [11] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
[6] [WC] B. Paire (FRA) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [WC] P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP)

PISTA 2 start 11:00 am
R. Ram (USA) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)
[Q] P. Cachin (ARG) vs I. Dodig (CRO)
T. de Bakker (NED) vs [WC] E. Ymer (SWE)
[13] J. Chardy (FRA) vs V. Estrella Burgos (DOM)

PISTA 3 start 1:00 pm
[Q] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs D. Nestor (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)
T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Peya (AUT)


BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy
Bucharest, Romania


Singles – First Round
[6] G. Pella (ARG) d [WC] A. Ungur (ROU) 75 62
K. Edmund (GBR) d L. Rosol (CZE) 76(4) 76(5)
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d [WC] M. Copil (ROU) 61 36 62
T. Daniel (JPN) d [Q] M. Linzer (AUT) 62 60

Doubles – First Round
[2] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) d [WC] V. Cornea (ROU) / V. Hanescu (ROU) 62 63
[4] J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) d R. Haase (NED) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 67(3) 76(7) 10-6
F. Delbonis (ARG) / P. Lorenzi (ITA) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / J. Knowle (AUT) 63 63



CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
D. Lajovic (SRB) vs L. Pouille (FRA)
[5] M. Baghdatis (CYP) vs M. Cecchinato (ITA)
[Q] A. Setkic (BIH) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA) vs [WC] M. Copil (ROU) / A. Ungur (ROU)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[7] P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs D. Schwartzman (ARG)
[Q] A. Arnaboldi (ITA) vs R. Haase (NED)
[Q] R. Albot (MDA) vs [8] P. Mathieu (FRA)
G. Pella (ARG) / L. Rosol (CZE) vs M. Draganja (CRO) / M. Pavic (CRO)

COURT 4 start 12:00 noon
A. Mannarino (FRA) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
I. Marchenko (UKR) vs D. Sela (ISR)
[3] G. Duran (ARG) / M. Gonzalez (ARG) vs W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED)


17-24 APRIL, 2016

RESULTS – APRIL 18, 2016
Singles – First Round

[5] D. Kovinic (MNE) d K. Nara (JPN) 63 63
[6] N. Hibino (JPN) d [WC] D. Yastremska (UKR) 26 64 63

Doubles – First Round

[2] O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / J. Larsson (SWE) d [WC] A. Aksu (TUR) / M. Sezer (TUR) 62 64
C. Mitu (ROU) / I. Soylu (TUR) d L. Kuncikova (CZE) / K. Stuchla (CZE) 63 36 11-9
L. Pous-Tio (ESP) / R. Voracova (CZE) d E. Gorgodze (GEO) / A. Vasylyeva (UKR) 61 60

Qualifying Singles – Second Round

Qualifying – [1] M. Sakkari (GRE) d [11] M. Georges (FRA) 60 62
Qualifying – [4] K. Kucova (SVK) d [8] M. Erakovic (NZL) 64 63
Qualifying – [5] S. Cirstea (ROU) d B. Eraydin (TUR) 75 63
Qualifying – [6] M. Zanevska (UKR) d [7] T. Martincova (CZE) 61 31 Retired – right thigh injury
Qualifying – R. Jani (HUN) d [10] J. Lu (CHN) 75 63
Qualifying – M. Melnikova (RUS) d N. Abduraimova (UZB) 64 61

GARANTI KOZA ARENA start 12:30 pm
[1] A. Schmiedlova (SVK) vs [Q] M. Sakkari (GRE)

Not Before 3:00 pm
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [Q] M. Melnikova (RUS)

Not Before 5:30 pm
[WC] A. Aksu (TUR) vs [Q] R. Jani (HUN)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[Q] S. Cirstea (ROU) vs [3] L. Tsurenko (UKR)

COURT 1 start 12:30 pm
T. Pironkova (BUL) vs A. Sasnovich (BLR)
[Q] M. Zanevska (UKR) vs [8] J. Larsson (SWE)
[7] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
B. Eraydin (TUR) / P. Monova (RUS) vs [3] X. Knoll (SUI) / D. Kovinic (MNE)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
K. Knapp (ITA) vs S. Hsieh (TPE)
A. Krunic (SRB) vs A. Sevastova (LAT)
J. Glushko (ISR) vs [Q] K. Kucova (SVK)

Not Before 5:00 pm
[4] V. Ivakhnenko (RUS) / L. Marozava (BLR) vs N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / V. Kudermetova (RUS)




18-24 APRIL 2016

RESULTS – APRIL 18, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
T. Babos (HUN) d S. Lisicki (GER) 76(4) 63
[WC] A. Friedsam (GER) d J. Konta (GBR) 63 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
B. Krejcikova (CZE) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 62 36 10-4

Women’s Qualifying Singles – Third Round
Qualifying – L. Chirico (USA) d [1] C. Giorgi (ITA) 63 63
Qualifying – [3] L. Siegemund (GER) d [7] P. Hercog (SLO) 64 63
Qualifying – [5] C. Witthoeft (GER) d [4] A. Konjuh (CRO) 63 64
Qualifying – O. Dodin (FRA) d [6] Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 63 63

CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs [Q] L. Chirico (USA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[LL] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs A. Beck (GER)
[Q] L. Siegemund (GER) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[Q] C. Witthoeft (GER) vs A. Ivanovic (SRB)
[7] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs [Q] O. Dodin (FRA)

Not Before 9:00 pm
[PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs [4] R. Atawo (USA) / A. Rosolska (POL)

COURT 1 start Not Before 4:00 pm
After suitable rest – [WC] A. Beck (GER) / R. Vinci (ITA) vs [WC] S. Lisicki (GER) / L. Safarova (CZE)
After suitable rest – J. Konta (GBR) / L. Siegemund (GER) vs [2] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)




Sloane Stephens Captures Charleston Crown

Sloane Stephens

Sloane Stephens

(April 10, 2016) Seventh seed Sloane Stephens captured her third tournament title of the year on the WTA tour, defeating qualifier Elena Vesnina 7-6(4), 6-2 to win the Volvo Car Open in Charleston. Before this past week, the 23-year-old American only won one match on Charleston’s green clay during the five times she played in the main draw.

Stephens moved out to a 5-2 lead in the first set, when the 29-year-old Russian won the the next four straight games to serve for the set at 6-5. Stephens broke back, saving a set point in the process, and took the tiebreak from the 2011 Charleston finalist.

“Obviously coming into here I have a lot of anxiety coming into this tournament because I’ve never done well here,” Stephens said. “I just thought, you know, I’m just going to go have fun. I have nothing to lose. I’ve only won one match here ever, and just go out and play and have fun because I mean it’s just another week, and after this I’ll have a nice little break. I’m going to go to Europe.

“I don’t have anything to lose. My life is great. It’s tennis. And this is what I do every week. So I kind of just changed my mindset, and that worked. So I should just do that every week.”

“All the way from the qualies. I can’t believe I’m standing here in the finals,” Vesnina said during the trophy ceremony. “I love Charleston.”

Stephens now adds Charleston to her Acapulco and Auckland titles from earlier in the year. She now has four career titles.

Only Stephens and Victoria Azarenka have won three tittles so far this year on the WTA tour.

4 – 10 APRIL, 2016
RESULTS – APRIL 10, 2016
Women’s Singles – Final
[7] S. Stephens (USA) d [Q] E. Vesnina (RUS) 76(4) 62
Women’s Doubles – Final
[3] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) 62 75


Dominika Cibulkova Posts First Win over Camila Giorgi to Claim Katowice Open

Dominika Cibulkova

Dominika Cibulkova

(April 10, 2016) Dominika Cibulkova celebrated her father’s birthday by winning her first WTA tournament of the year and first since 2014, beating Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-0 for the Katowice Open title. It’s Cibulkova’s fifth career WTA title.  For Giorgi, this was her third straight Katowice Open final.

Cibulkova took a 4-0 lead to open the match but fought off a comeback by the Italian, breaking the Slovak’s serve as she led 5-2, trying to close out the first set. Cibulkova also held off break points a 5-4 that would have evened the set.

Cibulkova, ranked 53rd coming into the tournament was off the tour for five months during 2015 to heal a bone spur. The win puts her back into the Top 40.

She dedicated her victory to her father who celebrated his birthday on Sunday. This was her first win over the Italian in three meetings.

Her last tournament win came in Acapulco in 2014.


Novak Djokovic to Meet Kei Nishikori in Miami Open Final

(April 1, 2016) On Friday Novak Djokovic defeated David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-4 to reach his seventh final at the Miami Open. The world No. 1 will be going for his third straight title in Key Biscayne and sixth overall on Sunday when he faces No. 6 Kei Nishikori.  Djokovic is on a 15-match winning streak in Key Biscayne.  In the other semifinal, Nishikori stopped 24th seed Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 7-5.

Djokovic survived a tight first set against his Belgian opponent. A missed overhead smash by Goffin in tiebreak put the momentum in the Serb’s favor.

“Of course I was a bit fortunate in the tiebreak, but I made him play always an extra shot,” said Djokovic. “Second set was even better.”

“I was aware of the level that he raised his game in last couple of months. And the fact that he has played the first semifinals of a Masters 1000 event in his career in Indian Wells gave him obviously confidence coming into today’s match, and I knew he’s going to try to take his chances, going to try to be aggressive.

“He plays very clean, a tennis that is beautiful for the eye, you know, to watch, and the way he moves. Also, I think he improved his serve, first serve, especially in the first set. I had difficulty to kind of read it. It’s not as powerful and strong as maybe some other guys’, but it’s very precise and efficient. Also, he backs it up with a very efficient and good quality first shot after the serve.”

“There was a lot of big points in the first set,” Goffin said. “I had the break also earlier in the set, and at 4-3 I didn’t play good service game to do 5-3. Yeah, with new balls he was really aggressive with his return.

“Yeah, against Djokovic you have to make every point. You have to go for the shot in every point. He doesn’t give anything, so you have to win every point. It’s tough, because if you are not there for a few seconds, you lose the game.

“So, yeah. It’s always tough against Novak. But, yeah, at the end it was a really good first set with a lot of intensity, and, yeah, there was some — when we start the tiebreak it was, yeah, few second serves that I missed the return. I served well, but it was not enough, yeah, with the smash.”

Goffin who reached two straight Masters Series semifinals, Indian Wells and Miami, will see his ranking rise to 13.

“Of course my confidence is really high,” Goffin said of his recent results. “But of course I did two good weeks, two good tournaments, but I was not on fire. It was like really solid game, and I played my level. I really happy that mentally I was really competitive and I won a lot of good matches against many great players.

“So, yeah, I worked a lot during practice, so maybe that’s why it pays off during the match. But for the next tournaments and the rest of this season, of course the confidence is really high.”

Nishikori held back the hard-hitting Kyrgios in the night session. The man from Japan, survived five match points against Gael Monfils in his quarterfinal contest.

“It’s going to be tough, for sure,” Nishikori said about playing Djokovic in the final. “He has been playing well. I hope I can play another good match.”

Djokovic will be going for a record 28th Masters Series 1000 title, while Nishikori will be trying to win his very first. Should Djokovic win on Sunday he would tie tennis Hall of Famer Andre Agassi for the most number Miami titles with six and win his fourth Indian Wells-Miami double.

Djokovic leads in his career head-to-head against Nishikori at 6-2.


Victoria Azarenka to Play Svetlana Kuznetsova in Miami Open Final

(March 31, 2016) A pair of former Miami Open winners and two-time major champions have reached the women’s final. Svetlana Kuznetsova, a 2006 winner of the Miami Open held off Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-3. 2009 and 2011 Key Biscayne winner, 13th seed Victoria Azarenka gained a little revenge from the Australian Open by beating No. 2 Angelique Kerber. Kerber beat Azarenka in the quarterfinals of Melbourne and went on to beat Serena Williams in the final to capture her first major title.

Kuznetsova knocked out eight-time champion Serena Williams in the fourth round of Miami and survived four straight three-set wins to reach the semifinal.

The 30-year-old Russian at No. 19 in the world has become the lowest ranked finalist since 2005, when No. 38 Kim Clijsters won the Miami title.

Should Kuznetsova win the title, she would return to the top ten. She talked about her tournament so far.

“I just take match by match and I just go,” she said. “It’s one more match. I’ll play with another amazing opponent. I had great wins this week, but one match, it’s a lot. It’s almost like everything. It’s great, you know.

“I start really well playing in Sydney, and then Australian Open didn’t happen to me to play good there. But I still felt I was in good level. Then I kind of mess up with Fed Cup and all that results. It was not good for me.

“I didn’t feel going in that good shape going to the U.S. swing. I was not feeling confident at all. After I had a loss in Indian Wells I tried to work a lot and training every morning a lot just to get confidence back, get my fitness.

“I’m doing better. I’m appreciate, I am blessed I have my body to play so many years and to win against good players, top players. It’s great when things come together. Either way, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s a great week. I’m really pleased and happy the way I fight through all these tournaments and weeks and players.”

On-court after the match, the former French Open and U.S. Open champion said she was happy wrapping up the match in straight sets.

“I am happy that I could hang in there and never let my hands down,” said Kuznetsova.

“I’m happy I’m still able to play against the best in the world. I was praying to finish it in two sets so I would have a little more time to rest.”


Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka

Azarenka advanced during the Thursday night session, improving her record this year to 21-1, not dropping a set during the tournament. Should the Belarusian win, she’d become only the third woman player to win the Indian Wells – Miami double in the same year.

Both Azarenka and Kerber produced hard-hitting shots with very exciting rallies. Azarenka had her serve broken, serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set but won the next two games to close it.

Azarenka broke the German’s serve seven time during the match, hitting 29 winners and only making 16 unforced errors.

“Vika, she is doing amazing,” Kuznetsova said about potentially playing her in the final. “She is extremely prepared. Playing really confident taking all her chances.”

Azarenka is 4-4 against Kuznetsova in head-to-head competition. The last time they faced each other was in the quarterfinals of the 2013 Australian Open. Azarenka won the match and went on to win her second straight Melbourne crown.

Kei Nishikori photo courtesy of

Kei Nishikori photo courtesy of

On the men’s side of the draw, No. 6 Kei Nishikori survived five match points to beat No. 16 Gael Monfils 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3) to advance to the semifinals on Thursday. He’ll face No. 24 seed Nick Kyrgios who surprised No. 12 Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6(4).

Nishikori was down 4-5, 0-40 before fighting off the Frenchman.

“I was up a break and I had many chances to break again, you know, second time,” said the top player from Japan.

“You know, I just try to focus when I lost the game for 4-All. Actually, I knew something like that was going to be happen, so I was kind of ready and like 50/50.

“But when I was down 4-5, Love-40, I thought, All right, that’s it. Especially the last couple games I wasn’t serving well, so that was — I thought it’s going to be tough to come back. I tried to play one point at time. Yeah, I thought I have to hit the ball to win the points, and I did.

“The tiebreak I was try to be focus again. I saw he was down a little bit, so try to be focus again. Yeah, did pretty good in tiebreak.”

“Then I think at 3-4 I really raise my level,” Monfils said. “I think I start to be very aggressive, start to go for it, and still had the strong feeling that I can make it.

“At the end, I think I push very hard. Then definitely I have opportunity it close it out, but actually Kei played strong. He fought well.

“Actually, I think in the breaker he was just better than me.”

Kyrgios talked about playing Nishikori next: “Obviously Kei is one of the greatest players in the world at the moment. He has an unbelievable return of serve, moves unbelievably fast, hits big from the baseline, doesn’t have many weaknesses.

“When I played him in Shanghai I didn’t really do too much wrong. I played a great match the whole time and he just played a really well in the big moments. I definitely had chances.

“I know what my game plan is going to be. It’s going to be a tough match, but I’m looking forward to it. He’s a great guy.”

For his efforts in Miami, the young Australian’s ranking will move into the top 20.

Women’s Singles – Semifinals
[13] V. Azarenka (BLR) d [2] A. Kerber (GER) 62 75
[15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 63

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [16] G. Monfils (FRA) 46 63 76(3) – saved 5 m.p.
[24] N. Kyrgios (AUS) d [12] M. Raonic (CAN) 64 76(4)

Men’s Doubles – Semifinals
[5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 63 63
R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 62

STADIUM start 1:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [15] D. Goffin (BEL)
WTA – M. Gasparyan (RUS) / M. Niculescu (ROU) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

7:00 pm
ATP – [24] N. Kyrgios (AUS) vs [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)
WTA – [3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs [8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)


Djokovic Advances, Bacsinszky Surprises Halep at Miami Open

(March 29, 2016) In a match closer that the score indicated, Novak Djokovic advanced to the Miami Open quarterfinals on Tuesday with a 6-3, 6-4 win over 14th seed Dominic Thiem of Austria.

Djokovic who is now 25-1 on the year is seeking his fifth Miami title in six years and three in a row.

The Serb fought off a game youngster in Thiem, fighting off 14 of 15 break points.

“He came out with a good game plan,” Djokovic said. “He’s young. He had not much to lose. He was confident obviously winning a lot of matches this year. He was motivated to win. I could see that. It was a straight-set win, but far from easy. It was a tough match.”

“It is exciting, because tennis definitely needs the next generation of young players who are playing the way Dominic does and challenging the best players in the world,” Djokovic continued.

“It’s normal evolution in life that sooner or later we’ll — the time will come for all of us, and we need some new faces and players that are able to follow and lead the tennis world in the future.

“So Dominic is one of the leaders of this generation, no question doubt about it. He’s already established himself as a top 20 player last couple years. He’s getting stronger and more confident.

“It’s a process for every young player to really develop and understand what it takes mentally, physically, emotionally, to get to the top of the world and win major titles. It’s a long road ahead for him and for everybody else, but definitely they are on the right track.”

In the final eight Djokovic will play No. 7 seed Tomas Berdych who beat 10th seed Richard Gasquet 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.


The women’s upsets continued at the Miami Open on Tuesday when No. 5 seed Romanian Simona Halep lost to No. 19 seed Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

The Swiss player backed up her defeat of the No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round for her second straight win over top five players.

It marked the first time that Bacsinszky had even taken a set off of Halep.

For the Swiss, it’s been five years since she last made an appearance at Key Biscayne and this year, making the semifinals is by far the longest run she’s made in the tournament.

After Halep took a tight first set, Bacsinszky jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second set to take control. The Swiss notched two breaks early in the third set to go up 3-0 and never had to look back.

After her first service break in the second set, rain halted play for 10 minutes.

Between Bacsinszky’s effective use of the slice, movement and varied game, put her opponent off guard throughout most of the almost two-and-a-half-hour match.

“Well, in the second set I think I was pushing her to play long rallies,” she said. “I was like probably trying to hide where I was playing; then she was like — she couldn’t be able to guess if it was on the backhand or the forehand.

“Well, even though I felt that she raised her level and her intensity at the end the second set, I stayed — I’m happy that I stayed really strong. I felt that she was like going up, pushing, pushing, but I showed that, Okay, I’m here. I know you’re pushing, but I can keep the level.

“Then it helped me a lot for the third set. I raised then probably my intensity at the beginning of the third set and it made a big gap between us.”

With Halep out, the only top ten seed left in the women’s draw is No. 2 Angelique Kerber.

“The ranking is only a number,” said the Swiss in reference to beating two top five players, “so sometimes you can play very good, better than your ranking, and sometimes less good than your ranking is.

“So for the next match, I mean, obviously for sure it gives me a big confidence to have those two wins, but it doesn’t change that I’m going to have a fierce opponent and it’s going to be tough.

“I just hope I’m going to be able to play well — I mean, not especially well, but be efficient in the next match. Hopefully I win the last point. If not, then it’s okay. I’ll try for the next tournament.”


Bascinszky will next play Russian No. 15 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova for a place in the finals.  In a topsy-turvy match, Kuznetsova defeated Ekaterina Makarova 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4 to reach the semifinals.

In the first set Kuznetsova lead 5-2, 40-0 and also served for the set at 5-4 but could not close the set when errors crept into her game, especially on her powerful forehand side. Makarova took advantage and won the set in a tiebreak 7-6(3).

Kuznetsova was broken serving for the second set at 5-3, but broke Makarova right back for the third break in the set to even the match at one-set all.

The two-time major winner started off the third set, digging out of a break point to hold then break for a 2-0 lead. Makarova got the break back in the seventh game drawing closer to her countrywoman at 3-4. Kuznetsova battles for the break back and served for the match at 5-3. This time the 15th seed held to close out the match in two-hours and forty-five minutes.

For Kuznetsova, who won the Miami Open in 2006, this will be her first trip to the semifinals since 2009.

Only one of the top 12 seeds remain on the women’s side of the draw and that’s No. Angelique Kerber.

21 MARCH – 3 APRIL, 2016

RESULTS – MARCH 29, 2016
Singles – Quarterfinals

[19] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) d [5] S. Halep (ROU) 46 63 62
[15] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) d [30] E. Makarova (RUS) 67(3) 64 63

Doubles – Quarterfinals

M. Gasparyan (RUS) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d V. King (USA) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 76(3)
Second Round
[4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d C. Dellacqua (AUS) / S. Stosur (AUS) 75 64

STADIUM start 10:45 am
WTA – [5] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [3] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / L. Safarova (CZE)

Not Before 1:00 pm
WTA – [24] J. Konta (GBR) vs [13] V. Azarenka (BLR)

Not Before 3:00 pm
ATP – [15] D. Goffin (BEL) vs [18] G. Simon (FRA)
ATP-Possible Court Change – [4] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs [WC] O. Jasika (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – [22] M. Keys (USA) vs [2] A. Kerber (GER)

Not Before 9:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [7] T. Berdych (CZE)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA) vs [5] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA)
ATP – J. Isner (USA) / N. Monroe (USA) vs T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR)

Not Before 6:00 pm
ATP – P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
WTA – [8] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) vs E. Makarova (RUS) / B. Strycova (CZE)