March 27, 2017

Tennis – Auckland, Hobart and Sydney Results

ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY 2017

Singles – First Round
J. Sousa (POR) d [5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 75
[8] M. Baghdatis (CYP) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 64 64
[Q] B. Klein (GBR) d F. Bagnis (ARG) 61 67(6) 76(3) – Saved 1 M.P.
J. Chardy (FRA) d [WC] A. Sitak (NZL) 64 62
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 61 62
Y. Lu (TPE) d K. Khachanov (RUS) 46 76(5) 76(9) – Saved 2 M.P.

Doubles – First Round
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) d R. Harrison (USA) / J. Isner (USA) 76(4) 61
[WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) d G. Duran (ARG) / J. Sousa (POR) 64 64
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / D. Marrero (ESP) d M. Jaziri (TUN) / S. Robert (FRA) 76(7) 64
F. Bagnis (ARG) / D. Schwartzman (ARG) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / J. Vesely (CZE) 63 67(5) 10-7
J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA) d J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 64

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 11 JANUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
[3] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs R. Haase (NED)
M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [2] J. Isner (USA)
[1] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) vs J. Vesely (CZE)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) vs [4] J. Sock (USA)
N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs [3] R. Lindstedt (SWE) / M. Venus (NZL)

GRANDSTAND start 12:30 pm
[WC] J. Statham (NZL) / F. Tearney (NZL) vs [2] D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU)
[7] S. Johnson (USA) vs Y. Lu (TPE)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[WC] D. Brown (GER) vs [8] M. Baghdatis (CYP)
[6] F. Lopez (ESP) vs J. Chardy (FRA)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
[1] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs L. Paes (IND) / A. Sa (BRA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[Q] B. Klein (GBR) vs J. Sousa (POR)

 

 

HOBART INTERNATIONAL – HOBART, AUSTRALIA
$250,000
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 10, 2017
Singles – Second Round

[3] M. Niculescu (ROU) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 63 62
[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) d [LL] S. Vickery (USA) 01 ret. (right leg injury)
[Q] J. Fett (CRO) d [WC] L. Cabrera (AUS) 61 63
[LL] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d A. Petkovic (GER) 63 06 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
M. Minella (LUX) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d S. Errani (ITA) / K. Flipkens (BEL) w/o (Errani: left thigh injury)

First Round
R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [2] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) 64 62
[3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d C. Chuang (TPE) / N. Gibbs (USA) 60 75
M. Minella (LUX) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d [4] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / C. Liang (CHN) 61 61
D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) d [WC] P. Parmentier (FRA) / F. Schiavone (ITA) 64 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) vs L. Safarova (CZE)
[1] K. Bertens (NED) vs G. Voskoboeva (KAZ)
[11] J. Larsson (SWE) vs L. Tsurenko (UKR)
[1] M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Spears (USA) vs D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) vs S. Rogers (USA)
[3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs N. Melichar (USA) / M. Ninomiya (JPN)

 

APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY – SYDNEY, AUS
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 10, 2017
Women’s Singles – Second Round
D. Kasatkina (RUS) d [1] A. Kerber (GER) 76(5) 62
[2] A. Radwanska (POL) d [Q] C. McHale (USA) 76(1) 61
[WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) d [3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) 64 63
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d [5] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 75 63
[6] J. Konta (GBR) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 61 63
B. Strycova (CZE) d [9] R. Vinci (ITA) 62 63
[10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 60 75
[Q] Y. Duan (CHN) d C. Vandeweghe (USA) 63 62

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[4] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 75 63

First Round
[1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) d A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) 57 61 10-5
D. Gavrilova (AUS) / D. Kasatkina (RUS) d L. Huber (USA) / M. Sanchez (USA) 16 64 10-7
T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d R. Atawo (USA) / Y. Xu (CHN) 63 62

 

Men’s Singles – First Round
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 36 63 75 – Saved 1 M.P.
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [7] M. Klizan (SVK) 26 61 30 ret. (foot)
[8] M. Granollers (ESP) d *[LL] S. Giraldo (COL) 67(5) 75 63
M. Zverev (GER) d N. Almagro (ESP) 64 62
[WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) d B. Paire (FRA) 63 36 76(1)
[WC] J. Thompson (AUS) d **[LL] N. Basilashvili (GEO) 75 62

*[LL] S. Giraldo (COL) replaced F. Verdasco (ESP) – (fatigue)
**[LL] N. Basilashvili (GEO) replaced [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) – (abdominal strain)

Men’s Doubles – First Round
J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) 76(3) 46 10-5
M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT) d *[Alt] J. Brunstrom (SWE) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) 61 64

*[Alt] J. Brunstrom (SWE) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) replaced [WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) / C. O’Connell (AUS) – (O’Connell – back)

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017
KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 12:00 pm
WTA – [10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs B. Strycova (CZE)
WTA – [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) vs A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs [3] V. Troicki (SRB)

Not Before 6:30 pm
WTA – [Q] Y. Duan (CHN) vs [2] A. Radwanska (POL)
ATP – [1] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [Q] G. Elias (POR)

SHOW COURT 1 start 12:00 pm
ATP – [6] G. Muller (LUX) vs [Q] M. Barton (AUS)
ATP – [5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [WC] J. Thompson (AUS)

Not Before 3:30 pm
WTA – D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs [6] J. Konta (GBR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
ATP – [WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
WTA – T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [2] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – N. Mahut (FRA) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)
ATP – [4] P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs M. Zverev (GER)
ATP – D. Evans (GBR) vs [8] M. Granollers (ESP)
WTA – after suitable rest – [1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs [WC] M. Brengle (USA) / Ar. Rodionova (AUS)
ATP – after possible rest – [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Thompson (AUS) vs [4] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU)
ATP – after suitable rest – [1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs N. Almagro (ESP) / P. Lorenzi (ITA)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
ATP – O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED)
ATP – after suitable rest – R. Bopanna (IND) / P. Cuevas (URU) vs F. Mayer (GER) / P. Petzschner (GER)
ATP – after suitable rest – M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT) vs P. Carreno Busta (ESP) / F. Fognini (ITA)
WTA – after suitable rest – D. Gavrilova (AUS) / D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP)

 

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Tennis – Auckland, Hobart and Sydney Results

ASB Classic
Auckland, New Zealand

RESULTS – MONDAY, 9 JANUARY 2017

Singles – First Round
[6] F. Lopez (ESP) d [WC] M. Venus (NZL) 36 64 63
[7] S. Johnson (USA) d S. Robert (FRA) 64 63
J. Vesely (CZE) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 64 63
[WC] D. Brown (GER) d [Q] M. Mmoh (USA) 76(4) 36 64
R. Haase (NED) d [Q] F. Tearney (NZL) 64 75
M. Jaziri (TUN) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 76(1) 63

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 10 JANUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
J. Sousa (POR) vs [5] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
Y. Lu (TPE) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)
[WC] M. Daniell (NZL) / M. Demoliner (BRA) vs G. Duran (ARG) / J. Sousa (POR)

Not Before 6:30 pm
A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [8] M. Baghdatis (CYP)
[WC] A. Sitak (NZL) vs J. Chardy (FRA)

GRANDSTAND start 12:30 pm
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) vs G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
J. Peralta (CHI) / H. Zeballos (ARG) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA)

Not Before 4:30 pm
[4] M. Matkowski (POL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs R. Harrison (USA) / J. Isner (USA)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
F. Bagnis (ARG) vs [Q] B. Klein (GBR)
M. Jaziri (TUN) / S. Robert (FRA) vs S. Gonzalez (MEX) / D. Marrero (ESP)
F. Bagnis (ARG) / D. Schwartzman (ARG) vs A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) / J. Vesely (CZE)

HOBART INTERNATIONAL – HOBART, AUSTRALIA
$250,000
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 09, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
[1] K. Bertens (NED) d A. Beck (GER) 61 62
[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) d [7] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 61 62
[11] J. Larsson (SWE) d Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 67(5) 63 61
[LL] S. Vickery (USA) d [Q] T. Pereira (BRA) 63 76(5)
[Q] J. Fett (CRO) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 63 62
[LL] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) d [LL] C. Burger (NED) 60 36 63
A. Petkovic (GER) d [LL] N. Gibbs (USA) 64 60
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d [LL] K. Nara (JPN) 06 75 63
L. Safarova (CZE) d V. Golubic (SUI) 63 64
K. Flipkens (BEL) d [WC] J. Fourlis (AUS) 76(10) 64
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [LL] S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 63
L. Arruabarrena (ESP) d [LL] M. Minella (LUX) 46 62 63

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[1] M. Niculescu (ROU) / A. Spears (USA) d N. Hibino (JPN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 63 64
N. Melichar (USA) / M. Ninomiya (JPN) d [Alt] J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA) 62 61
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d [WC] A. Bai (AUS) / L. Cabrera (AUS) 64 63

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[LL] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
[LL] S. Vickery (USA) vs [Q] E. Mertens (BEL)
K. Flipkens (BEL) vs [3] M. Niculescu (ROU)
Possible court change – R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [2] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
[WC] L. Cabrera (AUS) vs [Q] J. Fett (CRO)
D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) vs [WC] P. Parmentier (FRA) / F. Schiavone (ITA)

COURT EVENTS TASMANIA start 12:00 noon
M. Minella (LUX) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [4] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / C. Liang (CHN)
[3] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs C. Chuang (TPE) / N. Gibbs (USA)

 

APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY – SYDNEY, AUS
$776,000
8 – 14 JANUARY 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 09, 2017
Women’s Singles – First Round
[3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d L. Siegemund (GER) 62 60
[6] J. Konta (GBR) d [LL] Ar. Rodionova (AUS) 63 64
C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [8] E. Vesnina (RUS) 62 40 Retired
[9] R. Vinci (ITA) d [Q] M. Sakkari (GRE) 64 60
[10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d M. Puig (PUR) 63 26 64
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d [LL] D. Vekic (CRO) 63 76(1)
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d S. Stosur (AUS) 63 61
B. Strycova (CZE) d E. Makarova (RUS) 63 75
[Q] Y. Duan (CHN) d [LL] I. Falconi (USA) 75 36 60
[Q] C. Mchale (USA) d [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) 46 75 62

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[2] M. Hingis (SUI) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 62 63
[WC] M. Brengle (USA) / Ar. Rodionova (AUS) d O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / B. Krejcikova (CZE) 61 67(5) 10-8
[PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d K. Srebotnik (SLO) / S. Zheng (CHN) 63 67(3) 10-7

Men’s singles
{5] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d F. Fognini (ITA) 64 64
[Q] G. Elias (POR) d [Q] C. O’Connell (AUS) 67(3) 64 61
D. Evans (GBR) d [Q] T. Monteiro (BRA) 63 46 63
P. Lorenzi (ITA) d F. Mayer (GER) 76(4) 46 76(5)
[Q] M. Barton (AUS) d K. Edmund (GBR) 76(3) 76(5)

Men’s Doubles – First Round
V. Troicki (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / M. Klizan (SVK) 63 64

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JANUARY 10, 2017
KEN ROSEWALL ARENA start 12:00 pm
ATP – [WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) vs B. Paire (FRA)

Not Before 1:30 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs D. Kasatkina (RUS)
WTA – D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [6] J. Konta (GBR)
ATP – [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) vs [WC] J. Thompson (AUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 12:00 pm
WTA – [3] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN)
ATP – [6] G. Muller (LUX) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
ATP – [LL] S. Giraldo (COL) vs [8] M. Granollers (ESP)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [Q] C. Mchale (USA) vs [2] A. Radwanska (POL)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [5] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
ATP – M. Zverev (GER) vs N. Almagro (ESP)
WTA – [10] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
WTA – C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [Q] Y. Duan (CHN)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
WTA – B. Strycova (CZE) vs [9] R. Vinci (ITA)
ATP – A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [7] M. Klizan (SVK)
WTA – after suitable rest – [1] S. Mirza (IND) / B. Strycova (CZE) vs A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)
WTA – after suitable rest – L. Huber (USA) / M. Sanchez (USA) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS) / D. Kasatkina (RUS)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Melo (BRA) vs J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL)
WTA – [4] V. King (USA) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs [PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE)
WTA – after suitable rest – R. Atawo (USA) / Y. Xu (CHN) vs T. Babos (HUN) / A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
ATP – after suitable rest – [WC] A. De Minaur (AUS) / C. O’Connell (AUS) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT)

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ASB CLASSIC – AUCKLAND, NZ
$250,000
JANUARY 2 – 7, 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 06, 2017
Women’s Singles – Semifinals
L. Davis (USA) d [7] J. Ostapenko (LAT) 46 64 41 Retired
[8] A. Konjuh (CRO) d J. Goerges (GER) 63 46 63

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[3] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) d K. Flipkens (BEL) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) walkover
D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) d [4] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) 75 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 07, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
Doubles Final – D. Schuurs (NED) / R. Voracova (CZE) vs [3] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE)

Not Before 3:00 pm
Singles Final – L. Davis (USA) vs [8] A. Konjuh (CRO)

 

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL – BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA
$1,000,000
1 – 8 JANUARY, 2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 06, 2017
Women’s Singles – Semifinals
[3] K. Pliskova (CZE) d [6] E. Svitolina (UKR) 62 64
A. Cornet (FRA) d [4] G. Muguruza (ESP) 41 Retired

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / S. Mirza (IND) d S. Hsieh (TPE) / L. Siegemund (GER) 64 63
[2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d [3] A. Spears (USA) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 61 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 07, 2017
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:30 am
ATP – [WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) / J. Thompson (AUS) vs [4] D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [3] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [1] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [7] G. Dimitrov (BUL)
Dylan ALCOTT / Ben WEEKES Andy LAPTHORNE / Gordon REID

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – SINGLES FINAL – [3] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs A. Cornet (FRA)
WTA – DOUBLES FINAL – [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
Heath DAVIDSON (AUS) Henry de CURE (AUS)
Dylan ALCOTT (AUS) Andy LAPTHORNE (GBR)
Ben WEEKES (AUS) Maikel SCHEFFERS (NED)
Gustavo FERNANDEZ (ARG) Gordon REID (GBR)

ATP World Tour 250 $447,480 ($505,730 Total Financial Commitment)
Chennai, India (+5.5 hours GMT)
2-8 January 2017 Surface: Hard

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 6 JANUARY 2017

Singles – Quarter-finals
[2] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d [7] M. Youzhny (RUS) 26 64 64
D. Sela (ISR) d [3] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 75 64
[5] B. Paire (FRA) d A. Bedene (GBR) 63 60
D. Medvedev (RUS) d [Q] J. Kovalik (SVK) 61 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
P. Raja (IND) / D. Sharan (IND) d [2] G. Duran (ARG) / A. Molteni (ARG) 64 62

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 7 JANUARY 2017

STADIUM COURT start 5:05 pm
D. Medvedev (RUS) vs D. Sela (ISR)
[5] B. Paire (FRA) vs [2] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)
R. Bopanna (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs [4] N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL)

ATP World Tour 250 $1,237,190 ($1,334,270 Total Financial Commitment)
Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
2-7 January 2017 Surface: Hard
Qatar ExxonMobil Open

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 6 JANUARY 2017

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] A. Murray (GBR) d [3] T. Berdych (CZE) 63 64
[2] N. Djokovic (SRB) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 46 76(7) 63, saved 5 M.P.

Doubles – Final
J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA) d [3] V. Pospisil (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 64 76(3)

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 7 JANUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 6:00 pm
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)

SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$750,000
DECEMBER 31,2016- JANUARY 1,2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 06, 2017
Women’s Singles – Semifinals
K. Siniakova (CZE) d [3] J. Konta (GBR) 16 64 64
[8] A. Riske (USA) d C. Giorgi (ITA) 63 63

Women’s Doubles – Semifinals
[2] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / V. Kudermetova (RUS) 64 62

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JANUARY 07, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 2:00 pm
[8] A. Riske (USA) vs K. Siniakova (CZE)
[3] R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs [2] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)

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Brisbane International presented by Suncorp
Brisbane, Australia
ATP World Tour 250 $ 437,380 ($ 495,630 Total Financial Commitment)
Brisbane, Australia (+10 hours GMT)
1-8 January 2017 Surface: Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 3 JANUARY 2017

Singles – First Round
[5] R. Nadal (ESP) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 63 63
[6] L. Pouille (FRA) d G. Simon (FRA) 76(6) 76(4)
D. Schwartzman (ARG) d S. Querrey (USA) 62 64
M. Zverev (GER) d [Q] A. De Minaur (AUS) 63 63
[WC] S. Groth (AUS) d P. Herbert (FRA) 63 57 75
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d G. Muller (LUX) 64 64
V. Troicki (SRB) d [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) 64 75

Doubles – First Round
[1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 64 63
K. Nishikori (JPN) / D. Thiem (AUT) d [2] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 16 63 12-10
[4] D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) 64 64
[WC] T. Kokkinakis (AUS) / J. Thompson (AUS) d L. Pouille (FRA) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) 62 26 11-9

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 4 JANUARY 2017

PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
WTA – S. Zhang (CHN) vs [2] D. Cibulkova (SVK)
ATP – [Q] J. Donaldson (USA) vs [3] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 2:00 pm
ATP – [8] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs [WC] J. Thompson (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

Not Before 8:30 pm
WTA – [1] A. Kerber (GER) vs [WC] A. Barty (AUS)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] S. Groth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS) vs [3] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA)
WTA – [5] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [Q] D. Aiava (AUS)
WTA – M. Doi (JPN) vs [8] R. Vinci (ITA)
WTA – S. Stosur (AUS) / S. Zhang (CHN) vs [2] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
ATP – [6] L. Pouille (FRA) vs K. Edmund (GBR)

SHOW COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
ATP – [4] D. Nestor (CAN) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs S. Johnson (USA) / D. Schwartzman (ARG)
WTA – [1] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / S. Mirza (IND) vs I. Begu (ROU) / D. Kasatkina (RUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP-After Suitable Rest – G. Muller (LUX) / S. Querrey (USA) vs K. Nishikori (JPN) / D. Thiem (AUT)

Aircel Chennai Open
Chennai, India
ATP World Tour 250 $447,480 ($505,730 Total Financial Commitment)
Chennai, India (+5.5 hours GMT)

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 3 JANUARY 2017

Singles – First Round
[5] B. Paire (FRA) d K. Kravchuk (RUS) 63 64
[7] M. Youzhny (RUS) d [WC] S. Myneni (IND) 64 63
[8] Y. Lu (TPE) d R. Albot (MDA) 62 61
[Q] Y. Bhambri (IND) d [WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) 61 61
A. Bedene (GBR) d G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 63 63
R. Olivo (ARG) d [WC] C. Ruud (NOR) 76(3) 62
R. Dutra Silva (BRA) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 76(2) 46 76(3)

Doubles – First Round
J. Cerretani (USA) / P. Oswald (AUT) d [1] J. Erlich (ISR) / S. Lipsky (USA) 64 16 10-8

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 4 JANUARY 2017

STADIUM COURT start 5:05 pm
[1] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [Q] J. Kovalik (SVK)
D. Sela (ISR) vs [Q] H. Chung (KOR)
P. Raja (IND) / D. Sharan (IND) vs [3] L. Paes (IND) / A. Sa (BRA)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[3] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs S. Darcis (BEL)
M. Demoliner (BRA) / N. Mektic (CRO) vs R. Bopanna (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND)
[WC] S. Myneni (IND) / R. Ramanathan (IND) vs S. Darcis (BEL) / B. Paire (FRA)

COURT 2 start 5:00 pm
D. Medvedev (RUS) vs [8] Y. Lu (TPE)
[4] N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs K. Kravchuk (RUS) / M. Youzhny (RUS)
J. Brunstrom (SWE) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) vs [2] G. Duran (ARG) / A. Molteni (ARG)

Qatar ExxonMobil Open
Doha, Qatar
ATP World Tour 250 $1,237,190 ($1,334,270 Total Financial Commitment)
Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 3 JANUARY 2017

Singles – First Round
[1] A. Murray (GBR) d J. Chardy (FRA) 60 76(2)
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] A. Giannessi (ITA) 76(1) 62
[5] J. Tsonga (FRA) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 61 46 62
[6] I. Karlovic (CRO) d I. Marchenko (UKR) 76(5) 76(0)
[7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 62 76(3)
G. Melzer (AUT) d P. Mathieu (FRA) 67(2) 63 62
K. Khachanov (RUS) d [WC] M. Zayid (QAT) 61 63

Doubles – First Round
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) / M. Matkowski (POL) 63 61
N. Almagro (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) d [2] M. Pavic (CRO) / A. Peya (AUT) 76(3) 57 10-7
[3] V. Pospisil (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) / F. Mayer (GER) 63 64
[PR] R. Haase (NED) / P. Petzschner (GER) d [WC] J. Ali Mutawa (QAT) / M. Zayed (QAT) 63 61
F. Bagnis (ARG) / J. Vesely (CZE) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / J. Struff (GER) 64 76(7)

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 4 JANUARY 2017

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [4] D. Goffin (BEL)
H. Zeballos (ARG) vs [2] N. Djokovic (SRB)
[1] A. Murray (GBR) vs G. Melzer (AUT)
D. Brown (GER) vs [5] J. Tsonga (FRA)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
N. Almagro (ESP) vs [7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs J. Vesely (CZE)
[6] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs K. Khachanov (RUS)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [WC] A. De Greef (BEL)
[1] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) vs D. Marrero (ESP) / N. Zimonjic (SRB)
After Suitable Rest – F. Bagnis (ARG) / J. Vesely (CZE) vs N. Almagro (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP)

COURT 3 start 4:00 pm
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / F. Mergea (ROU) vs J. Chardy (FRA) / F. Martin (FRA)
After Suitable Rest – [PR] R. Haase (NED) / P. Petzschner (GER) vs [3] V. Pospisil (CAN) / R. Stepanek (CZE)

SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$750,000
DECEMBER 31,2016- JANUARY 1,2017

RESULTS – JANUARY 03, 2017
Singles – Second Round
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) d S. Cirstea (ROU) 60 63
[3] J. Konta (GBR) d V. King (USA) 16 63 62
Q. Wang (CHN) d [7] M. Niculescu (ROU) 76(1) 64
[8] A. Riske (USA) d T. Pironkova (BUL) 61 61

Doubles – First Round
[2] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d N. Stojanovic (SRB) / L. Zhu (CHN) 64 75
[3] R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [WC] Y. Duan (CHN) / Q. Wang (CHN) 62 62
N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / V. Kudermetova (RUS) d [4] S. Halep (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) 63 63
V. Golubic (SUI) / K. Pliskova (CZE) d A. Pivovarova (RUS) / A. Sevastova (LAT) 64 46 10-7

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 04, 2017
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [Q] K. Chang (TPE)
K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [2] S. Halep (ROU)
C. Giorgi (ITA) vs S. Zheng (CHN)

Not Before 4:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – J. Jankovic (SRB) / K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [2] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[1] R. Atawo (USA) / Y. Xu (CHN) vs [PR] X. Han (CHN) / G. Voskoboeva (KAZ)
[Q] N. Stojanovic (SRB) vs [Q] O. Jabeur (TUN)
[3] R. Olaru (ROU) / O. Savchuk (UKR) vs C. Liang (CHN) / J. Lu (CHN)

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Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic Retires from Tennis

Ana Ivanovic

Former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic Retires from Tennis

WTA – ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic announced on Wednesday that she is ending her 14-year career and retiring from professional tennis. Winner of 15 WTA singles titles, a major champion and the first Serbian to hold the top ranking in the world, Ivanovic concludes a career that saw her become one of the best and most respected players in the history of the WTA.

“I’ve decided to retire from professional tennis,” said Ivanovic. “It has been a difficult decision, but there is so much to celebrate. I began dreaming about tennis when I was five and saw Monica Seles playing on TV. My dear parents backed me all the way and by the time I was ranked No.1 in the world and won Roland Garros in 2008, I’ve seen the heights I’d never dreamt of achieving. I won 15 WTA titles, reached 3 Grand Slam finals, the Fed Cup final and played so many memorable matches. But seeing those heights in any professional sport requires top physical form, and it’s well-known that I’ve been hampered by injuries. So for myself, for my fans, and for all the young girls and boys who might be watching me, I can only play if I can perform up to my own high standards – and I can no longer do that. So, it’s time to move on.”

The 29-year-old exits the game having been one of only 22 players to have ever held the WTA World No.1 ranking, ascending to the top spot on June 9, 2008. Ivanovic held the No.1 ranking for a total of 12 weeks, from June 9 – August 10, 2008 for 9 weeks, losing it for one week to fellow Serbian Jelena Jankovic, before capturing the top spot again for three more weeks until September 7, 2008.

Ivanovic recorded her career best season in 2008 when she claimed the Roland Garros title, with that championship catapulting her to the WTA World No.1 ranking. She also won titles at Indian Wells and Linz and was runner-up at the Australian Open that same season.

Ivanovic turned professional in 2003 and won her first WTA title in 2005 at Canberra. In addition to her 15 career WTA singles titles, she held eight runner-up trophies including 2007 Roland Garros and 2008 Australian Open. In 2014, Ivanovic won a WTA-leading 58 matches highlighted by a single-season best four singles titles, with her 15th and final WTA title coming at Tokyo (Pan Pacific). The Serbian holds 480 career match wins and qualified for the WTA Finals on three occasions – in 2007, 2008 and 2014.

“Tennis has always been my love, but I’m so excited about what comes next,” Ivanovic continued. “I will become an ambassador for sport and healthy life, I will also explore opportunities in business, beauty and fashion, among other endeavors. I will also have more time for my philanthropic activities, including my work with UNICEF.”

Off the court, Ivanovic has served as UNICEF National Ambassador to Serbia since 2007, specializing in child safety in schools. She has been recognized with numerous awards surrounding her accomplished career, including the 2008 Jerry Diamond WTA Aces Award recognizing off court participation, the WTA’s Most Improved Player in 2005 and 2007, nominated for U.S. Secretary of State’s 2007 International Women of Courage Award, and named one of the “30 Legends of Women’s Tennis: Past, Present and Future” by TIME Magazine in June 2011.

Steve Simon, WTA CEO and Chairman remarked, “Ana is a true champion and a great ambassador for the sport of women’s tennis. She has contributed greatly to the entire sport, both in her home country of Serbia and across the globe. She will certainly be missed on our tour as she is not only one of a very select few that achieved the WTA No.1 ranking but is also one of the most respected players on Tour.”

Ivanovic played her last professional match at the 2016 US Open, falling in the first round, and was subsequently hampered with a recurring wrist injury which prevented her from competing the rest of the season.

Click here for a video honoring Ivanovic’s career.


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WTA Players Select 2016 Tournament and Player Achievement Award Winners

WTA Players Select 2016 Tournament and Player Achievement Award Winners
(December 14, 2016) The WTA Tournaments of the Year have been announced by the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), with five of the six honorees earning the honor for the third consecutive year. Each year, the players select their top tournaments in six categories.

The 2016 WTA Tournaments of the Year are as follows:

  • Premier Mandatory: BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells)
  • Premier 5: Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome)
  • Premier: Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart)
  • International (Americas): Abierto Mexicano TELCEL (Acapulco)
  • International (APAC): ASB Classic (Auckland)
  • International (EMEA): Ericsson Open (Bastad)

Since the expansion to six categories in 2014, Indian Wells, Stuttgart, Acapulco, Auckland and Bastad have won their respective categories. These tournaments have received recognition from WTA players due to the excellence of their staff and organization, passionate fans, dedication to the sport and its athletes and much more.

In addition, Lucie Safarova and Petra Kvitova once again earned the Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service and Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Awards, respectively. Both are voted on by their WTA athlete peers.

Lucie Safarova won the Peachy Kellmeyer Player Service Award for the third straight year. This is awarded each year to the player who has done the most for her fellow players. The player can be acknowledged for their efforts made through the Player Council or any other initiative on behalf of the general player population. This award has been voted on by players since 1977 and has recognized athletes including Kim Clijsters, Nicole Pratt, Francesca Schiavone, Pam Shriver and Venus Williams.

Petra Kvitova has won the Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award, receiving this honor in five of the last six years. This is awarded to the player who conducts herself in a manner fitting of a professional sports figure and observes the rules of fair play, shows respect for others and is gracious on and off the court. This award has been voted on by players since 1978 and has recognized athletes including Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Ana Ivanovic, Lindsay Davenport, Chris Evert and Evonne Goolagong-Cawley.

Click here to read more on the WTA Tournaments of the Year.


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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.”
VTB KREMLIN CUP – MOSCOW, RUS
$823,888
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


Read more here.

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


Read more here.

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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