July 28, 2016

WTA – Rogers Cup Montreal – Draws and Order of Play

Serena Williams

Serena Williams

The draws and order of play for the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal.

MONTREAL DRAW

Women’s Singles

First Round
[1] S. Williams (USA) – Bye
Qualifier vs. M. Puig (PUR)
T. Babos (HUN) vs. Qualifier
S. Rogers (USA) vs. [15] J. Konta (GBR)
[11] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Qualifier
L. Safarova (CZE) vs. E. Bouchard (CAN)
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs. Qualifier
[8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) – Bye
[4] A. Radwanska (POL) – Bye
M. Niculescu (ROU) vs. J. Ostapenko (LAT)
Qualifier vs. Qualifier
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs. [16] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
[10] M. Keys (USA) vs. E. Vesnina (RUS)
C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs. E. Makarova (RUS)
[WC] C. Garcia (FRA) vs. B. Strycova (CZE)
[6] V. Williams (USA) – Bye
[5] S. Halep (ROU) – Bye
Qualifier vs. K. Mladenovic (FRA)
A. Cornet (FRA) vs. A. Petkovic (GER)
Qualifier vs. [12] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs. Qualifier
[WC] A. Wozniak (CAN) vs. S. Errani (ITA)
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs. A. Beck (GER)
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) – Bye
[7] R. Vinci (ITA) – Bye
S. Stephens (USA) vs. Qualifier
M. Doi (JPN) vs. D. Kasatkina (RUS)
H. Watson (GBR) vs. [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
[13] S. Stosur (AUS) vs. Qualifier
[WC] F. Abanda (CAN) vs. E. Svitolina (UKR)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs. Qualifier
[2] A. Kerber (GER) – Bye

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ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JULY 23, 2016

CENTRAL start 12:00 noon
Qualifying – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [WC] C. Robillard-Millette (CAN)
Qualifying – [5] C. Mchale (USA) vs C. Zhao (CAN)
Qualifying – T. Moore (GBR) vs [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN) vs [16] S. Crawford (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] C. Leduc (CAN) vs [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR)
Qualifying – [WC] E. Routliffe (CAN) vs [20] K. Kucova (SVK)

Not Before 4:00 pm
Qualifying – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) vs [WC] I. Boulais (CAN)

COURT 9 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) vs [WC] M. Leduc (CAN)
Qualifying – [WC] P. Januskova (CAN) vs [24] J. Boserup (USA)
Qualifying – [WC] M. Patrascu (CAN) vs [23] J. Glushko (ISR)

COURT 5 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – O. Govortsova (BLR) vs [22] O. Dodin (FRA)
Qualifying – [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) vs A. Klepac (SLO)
Qualifying – [2] M. Brengle (USA) vs O. Savchuk (UKR)
Qualifying – [7] N. Gibbs (USA) vs S. Vickery (USA)

COURT 2 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – D. Lao (USA) vs [19] V. King (USA)
Qualifying – [6] I. Falconi (USA) vs [WC] T. Lagarde (CAN)
Qualifying – L. Albanese (USA) vs [13] N. Broady (GBR)
Qualifying – A. Muhammad (USA) vs [18] D. Vekic (CRO)

COURT 6 start 10:00 am
Qualifying – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs Y. Xu (CHN)
Qualifying – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs [14] N. Osaka (JPN)
Qualifying – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) vs E. Hozumi (JPN)
Qualifying – J. Brady (USA) vs [15] M. Linette (POL)

TBA – Not before 4.00pm – Qualifying – [11] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [WC] G. Dabrowski (CAN)
TBA – Not before 4.00pm – Qualifying – [12] S. Lisicki (GER) vs J. Pegula (USA)

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Cibulkova Wins Eastbourne for First Grass Court Title

Dominika Cibulkova

(June 25, 2016) Dominika Cibulkova won her second title of the year and her first career title on grass when she beat Czech Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-3 Saturday for the Eastbourne International title.
“It was extremely tough match today,” said the winner. “With the conditions and with the wind it was really, really, really tough to play and focus. That’s why I was really strong about today that I was — in the beginning I was a little bit nervous about the wind, so my serve wasn’t really working really well.

“Then when my coach came, he said, you know, Just focus on your serve. Don’t focus too much on the wind. Do the same things when there is no wind.

“So, yeah, I was in the rallies and I found my rhythm after a while. You know, I was just feeling really good on the court. I knew what I had to do. I was going for my forehands and was really solid on the backhand.

“I was also returning pretty well. So all these things came together, and that’s why I won today.”
“This one is really special one,” the Slovak said about taking home her sixth career tournament trophy. “You know, this is a special title. It’s second title of the year. I was never able to win two titles in one year. We’re in the half of the season and this is my second one. So it feels just great. It’s my first one on the grass.

“This tournament, I would say it’s the toughest one before the Grand Slam, because, you know, everybody want to play on grass and this is a big one. So, you know, the competition here was really strong. I was able to beat the top players on the grass, so it gives me a lot of confidence.”
Pliskova, who was seeking to add a second grass court title in three weeks fell a little short on Saturday.
“She was playing some good tennis,” Pliskova said. “Me, I was playing so-so, sometimes good, sometimes bad. But she didn’t let me to play my game. She was playing aggressive and going to my serves.

“Like I said, she was just a little bit better. I think I had a lot of chances. I didn’t play that bad in those chances what I had some break points.”

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Cibulkova Wins Twice To Reach Eastbourne Final Against Pliskova

Dominika Cibulkova

Dominika Cibulkova

(June 24, 2016) Dominika Cibulkova needed to win twice on Friday to reach the final of the Eastbourne International. The Slovak toppled the No. 1 seed and former champion Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-3 in a quarterfinal which was completed over two days due to the weather.
In her semifinal, the former Australian Open finalist dominated qualifier Monica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-2, 6-1.

Dominika Cibulkova reached the Eastbourne International final after dispatching Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig 6-2, 6-1 on Friday.

“It was not easy emotionally because, you know, I was really happy when I beat her on the grass,” Cibulkova said of her win over the top seed. “We played — this was third really, really close match against Radwanska this year and on different surface, first time on grass. For me it was toughest to play her on grass because what I take advantage of her second serve — because she’s playing weak second serve, and I always go for it on the shot, and here on the grass it’s a little bit tougher. It’s really low and you cannot go for it so much.

“But in the rallies I felt really good. I was just — you know, I felt every shot I knew I was going for my forehand, and I was really strong on my backhand.

“And then to come back against a completely different player, against aggressive player, and I knew she doesn’t want to play long rallies with me. She was really going after my serve and everything. So I had to change tactic in my game a little bit.

“I was able to do it. It was great.”

Well, it’s always a good match, but I don’t think I was playing good enough today,” Radwanska said. “I think she was playing really aggressive, good tennis. I think I step backwards a little bit too much. That wasn’t helping today.”

“I don’t think I was playing good enough today,” Radwanska said. “She was playing really aggressive, good tennis.”

Radwanska led 6-4, 2-0 before the rains came on Thursday.

“Never know how it’s gonna happen if we finished that match yesterday,” she said. “But definitely different conditions today. The mornings are a bit different. It was pretty sunny and windy. Yesterday a bit different. Well, but conditions are same for the both of us.”

Cibulkova will take on Karolina Pliskova for the crown. The Czech bested Britain’s Johanna Konta 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals and Elena Vesnina in the quarterfinals 6-1, 6-3.
Pliskova will be attempting to win her second grass court titles in three weeks. She won the Nottingham two weekends ago.

“Definitely I had great results this year on grass except the one in Birmingham, but it was after a tough week in Nottingham,” she said. “But I still was able to win the doubles there. So at least something.

“And so far I’m happy with the tennis the way I’m playing here this week. This was the toughest match this week but happy to be through. Looking forward to the final.”
“She had also some good wins this week, and I think she’s also improving with every match. It’s going to be tough, a little bit different game than today. She’s also playing faster from the baseline but not serving that good.

“Yeah, but for me still the same. I have to keep my game plan to serve well and to play aggressive. There is no other way for me how to play, and especially on grass. Just looking forward to the final.

“We played once few years ago on hard court. She won. Was close match. Happy to play someone who I didn’t play for such a long time.”

 

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RESULTS – JUNE 24, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[10] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [11] J. Konta (GBR) 67(5) 63 63
[12] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d [Q] M. Puig (PUR) 62 61
Quarterfinals
[12] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d [1] A. Radwanska (POL) 46 76(2) 63
[10] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d E. Vesnina (RUS) 61 63
[11] J. Konta (GBR) d E. Makarova (RUS) 76(5) 64

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 61 16 10-6
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d [PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) 62 61
Quarterfinals
[PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d [3] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) walkover ( Left Calf Injury )

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
J. Bates (GBR) / R. Stubbs (AUS) vs P. Cash (AUS) / J. Novotna (CZE)

Not Before 1:30 pm
[12] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [10] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)

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On the Purple Carpet – Fashion Shines at WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Caroline Wozniacki attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Caroline Wozniacki attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Garbine Muguruza attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Garbine Muguruza attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Bethanie Mattek-Sands attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Bethanie Mattek-Sands attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Ana Ivanovic attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Ana Ivanovic attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Madison Keys attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Madison Keys attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Laura Robson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Laura Robson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Simona Halep attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Simona Halep attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Sloane Stephens attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Sloane Stephens attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Petra Kvitova attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Petra Kvitova attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Heather Watson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Heather Watson attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Sorana Cirstea attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Sorana Cirstea attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23:  Serena Williams attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 23: Serena Williams attends the annual WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free at the Kensington Roof Gardens on June 23, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for WTA Tour)

 

(June 23, 2016) Tennis superstars and celebrities from the worlds of sport, lifestyle and culture came together at The Roof Gardens, Kensington for one of the most anticipated parties of the summer: the WTA Pre-Wimbledon Party presented by Dubai Duty Free.

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic, Eugenie Bouchard and more walked the “Purple Carpet” in London ahead of The Championships, Wimbledon.

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Radwanska Advances as Konta Takes Down Kvitova in Eastbourne

Agniezska Radwanska

Agniezska Radwanska

 

(June 22, 2016) No. 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska moved into the quarterfinals of the Eastbourne International with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Eugenie Bouchard on Wednesday.

The Polish woman was happy with her performance. “I think that was much better match than yesterday,” she said. “Well, I think good match from the beginning till the end.

“Couple of breaks on the way, but I think my serve was also the key in that match. Very happy I could come back in that second set in the end and winning in two sets.”

2009 champion, Caroline Wozniacki did not fare as well, beated by qualifier Monica Puig 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Wozniacki, trying to get back on track from a foot injury said “I mean, you don’t climb Mount Everest in one day.

“No, I played really well. I’m really happy with that. Yeah, the foot, the body’s feeling good. I’m pleased with that.”

“I served quite well for a while there, and then just for a couple of games in the end of the second set, yeah, I think I didn’t get the first serves in or she just went for the returns and it went in.

“But, you know, it’s the small margins today, really. To be honest, I think I played really well yesterday and I think I played even better today.

“So it’s a lot of positives to take with you. At the end of the day on grass sometimes it can be that little thing that can just make a difference.

“Yeah, I think I can just look up from here and just bring that confidence with me to Wimbledon and just hope for a good draw.”

“I thought I was in trouble quite a few times just when the match started getting very even,” Puig said. “She’s a great player and she makes you work for every single point, so it was really up to me to stay very focused in my game plan and what I wanted to accomplish out there in the court.

“All in all it was a really tight match. Like the score I think doesn’t really reflect just how tight it was. I’m just really happy I got through.”

Fifth seed Petra Kvitova lost to Britain’s Johanna Konta 5-7, 6-4, 6-0.

“There was a match in it definitely at the beginning, and I was happy with how I was able to carry but also create more momentum going into that third,” said Konta who lost the first set after having a 5-2 lead.

“Overall I thought the match was played at a very good level for both of us. I think it just, yeah, was about being able to string together a few more points. I thought I maybe may have done that a bit better than her today.”

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RESULTS – JUNE 22, 2016
Women’s Singles – Third Round
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) d E. Bouchard (CAN) 63 63
[11] J. Konta (GBR) d [5] P. Kvitova (CZE) 57 64 60
[12] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) 76(3) 63
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d A. Friedsam (GER) 64 76(4)
[Q] M. Puig (PUR) d C. Wozniacki (DEN) 46 63 64
E. Vesnina (RUS) d [Q] M. Brengle (USA) 76(2) 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) 63 63
[2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 46 62 10-8
[4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) 76(6) 63
First Round
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS) 61 26 10-4
[2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d S. Errani (ITA) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) 62 62
[PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 36 63 10-6
R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) 75 00 Retired ( Left Abdominal Injury )

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [Q] M. Puig (PUR)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [12] D. Cibulkova (SVK)
M. Doi (JPN) or [10] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs E. Vesnina (RUS)
[11] J. Konta (GBR) vs A. Petkovic (GER) or E. Makarova (RUS)
After suitable rest – [3] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE)

COURT 1 start 11:30 am
M. Doi (JPN) vs [10] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) 26 34

Not Before 12:00 noon
A. Petkovic (GER) vs E. Makarova (RUS) 10

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Vesnina Defeats Defending Champ Bencic in Eastbourne

Elena Vesnina photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

Elena Vesnina photo courtesy of MiamiTennisNews.com

(June 21, 2016) Third seed and defending champion Belinda Bencic lost to 2013 winner Elena Vesnina 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) on Tuesday in the second round of the Eastbourne International.

Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska moved on when her opponent Mirjana Lucic-Baroni retired with gastrointestinal illness with the Polish woman leading Radwanska led 6-4, 2-1.

“She was still playing great tennis, very powerful game, very consistent,” said Radwanska. “So I was surprised that something happened to her.”

“Well, very tough conditions today,” Radwanska said. “I think the first day that it was really windy. And with her powerful game, sometimes it’s hard to find a right rhythm from the beginning.

“But, well, is not easy match for the first round as well here. But, well, still happy that I could win that one-and-a-half sets and ready for the next one.”

Second seed Roberta Vinci lost to 2010 champion Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. A total of ten seeded players lost on Tuesday including fourth seed Timea Bacsinszky, sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova and eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro.

Fifth seed and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova advanced with a straight sets win over Timea Babos.

“I think that I’m kind of feeling that I am playing well, even though I kind of lost some of the matches in a couple of months,” Kvitova said. “But I think it’s pretty good.

“The main thing is to stay healthy, for sure. Otherwise I feel good. I think that the mental side should be a little bit, you know, stronger.”

Caroline Wozniacki is into the third round by dominating seventh seed Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-1.

“I feel good, said the Dane. “The ankle is feeling good. As long as I’m stable and moving well, it feels good.

“I’m pleased with the way I have been playing. You know, the first match I played quite well, but today I feel I played even better. Hopefully there is more tennis to come.”

 

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RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) d [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 64 21 Retired (Gastrointestinal Illness)
E. Makarova (RUS) d [2] R. Vinci (ITA) 46 64 63
E. Vesnina (RUS) d [3] B. Bencic (SUI) 76(4) 76(5)
K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [4] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 61 75
[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) d T. Babos (HUN) 64 76(5)
[Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d [6] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 26 64 75
C. Wozniacki (DEN) d [7] S. Stosur (AUS) 62 61
M. Doi (JPN) d [8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) 36 64 61
[10] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d D. Gavrilova (AUS) 62 62
[11] J. Konta (GBR) d L. Tsurenko (UKR) 76(4) 61
[12] D. Cibulkova (SVK) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 63 63
A. Petkovic (GER) d [13] S. Errani (ITA) 61 36 64
[Q] M. Brengle (USA) d [14] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 64 63
E. Bouchard (CAN) d [15] I. Begu (ROU) 63 61
A. Friedsam (GER) d [16] L. Safarova (CZE) 76(5) 64
[Q] M. Puig (PUR) d [Q] A. Konjuh (CRO) 61 53 Retired  ( Neck Injury )
First Round
[Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [LL] D. Allertova (CZE) 64 62
[Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 62 46 64
A. Friedsam (GER) d [LL] A. Kontaveit (EST) 67(3) 64 64
M. Doi (JPN) d [Q] P. Hercog (SLO) 64 64
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d A. Schmiedlova (SVK) 61 75
[Q] M. Brengle (USA) d [Q] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 67(4) 76(4) 62
L. Tsurenko (UKR) d [LL] S. Zhang (CHN) 61 76(3)

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) 61 62
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / D. Kasatkina (RUS) 64 16 10-6
Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) d C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) 26 63 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] M. Puig (PUR) vs C. Wozniacki (DEN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)
[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)
A. Petkovic (GER) vs E. Makarova (RUS)
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) or [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS) vs D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[12] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR)
K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs A. Friedsam (GER)
[Q] M. Brengle (USA) vs E. Vesnina (RUS)
M. Doi (JPN) vs [10] Ka. Pliskova (CZE)
After suitable rest – [3] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) or A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

COURT 2 start Not Before 1:00 pm
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS)
[PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 36 20  To finish
Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) or R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) vs S. Errani (ITA) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) or [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)

COURT 3 start 12:00 noon
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 57 00  To finish

Not Before 1:00 pm
S. Errani (ITA) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) 00  To finish

 

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Former Champs Makarova, Vesnina Advance in Eastbourne; Watson Loses

Ekaterina Makarova

Ekaterina Makarova

(June 20, 2016) Former Eastbourne champions, Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina advanced to second round on Monday beating British players. 2010 winner Makarova survived five set points in the first set to beat Tara Moore 7-5, 6-4, while 2013 title holder Vesnina defeated Heather Wartson 6-2, 6-3.

“I definitely didn’t play well today,” Watson said. “I felt really out of timing and slow to the ball.

“But I’m not taking anything away from Elena. She played very well. And when I had my chances to come back and get into the match, she hit an ace or always made her first serve and played well.”

Vesnina will take on defending champion Belinda Bencic next. Bencic had to withdraw from Birmingham during her first round match last week. The Swiss says she’s ready to go.

“I have been doing the physio treatment all day,” she said. “Yesterday I was practicing, so I should be fine. I still tape it a lot, so it’s a little bit hurting but it’s okay.”

Asked about feeling pressure in defending her title, Bencic said: “No. I mean, why would I feel pressure? Of course it’s points, but every time someone is defending points somewhere. So I guess it’s just a normal situation. And I don’t feel any pressure and no expectation because I haven’t played a lot of matches lately.

“I’m just trying to, you know, get the matches in and just keep going. Yeah, just have fun and obviously I’m so glad to be back on the courts, so that’s the most important.”

 

 

AEGON INTERNATIONAL – EASTBOURNE, GREAT BRITAIN
$776,878
JUNE 19 – 25, 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 20, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
E. Bouchard (CAN) d [Q] V. Lepchenko (USA) 61 62
[Q] M. Puig (PUR) d [WC] N. Broady (GBR) 61 61
E. Vesnina (RUS) d H. Watson (GBR) 62 63
A. Petkovic (GER) d [LL] S. Zheng (CHN) 57 62 64
E. Makarova (RUS) d [WC] T. Moore (GBR) 75 64

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[5] P. Kvitova (CZE) vs T. Babos (HUN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [7] S. Stosur (AUS)
After suitable rest – [1] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [LL] D. Allertova (CZE) or [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
L. Tsurenko (UKR) or [LL] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [11] J. Konta (GBR)
[WC] N. Broady (GBR) / H. Watson (GBR) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[4] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
To finish 0/3 – A. Schmiedlova (SVK) vs D. Gavrilova (AUS)
E. Makarova (RUS) vs [2] R. Vinci (ITA)
[13] S. Errani (ITA) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [3] B. Bencic (SUI)
[PR] A. Groenefeld (GER) / K. Peschke (CZE) vs A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
[Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs Y. Putintseva (KAZ)

Not Before 12:30 pm
E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [15] I. Begu (ROU)
After suitable rest – [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR) or Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs [6] S. Kuznetsova (RUS)
A. Friedsam (GER) or [LL] A. Kontaveit (EST) vs [16] L. Safarova (CZE)
S. Errani (ITA) / O. Kalashnikova (GEO) vs [2] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
[LL] D. Allertova (CZE) vs [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
M. Doi (JPN) vs [Q] P. Hercog (SLO)
[Q] A. Konjuh (CRO) vs [Q] M. Puig (PUR)
[8] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs M. Doi (JPN) or [Q] P. Hercog (SLO)
D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / D. Kasatkina (RUS)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [LL] S. Zhang (CHN)
[12] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs J. Ostapenko (LAT)
A. Schmiedlova (SVK) or D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [10] K. Pliskova (CZE)
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [4] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
[Q] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs [Q] M. Brengle (USA)
A. Friedsam (GER) vs [LL] A. Kontaveit (EST)
After suitable rest – [14] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [Q] A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) or [Q] M. Brengle (USA)
C. Chuang (TPE) / C. Liang (CHN) vs Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

Not Before 6:00 pm
TO BE ARRANGED – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [WC] L. Safarova (CZE) / S. Stosur (AUS)

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Youzhny, Edmund Advance in Nottingham

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(June 20, 2016) Fresh off a Stuttgart quarterfinal, former Top 10 player, Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny won just his fifth first round match this season beating Teymuraz Gabashvili of Ukraine 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the opening round of Nottingham on Monday.

The Russian, who last won an ATP title back in 2013, has bounced back into the top 100 playing Challenger events to raise his ranking.

Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans will be looking to reach the third round of the Aegon Open Nottingham on a jam-packed Tuesday, with all 17 singles matches and four doubles ties scheduled to go ahead at the Nottingham Tennis Centre.

British No. 3 Edmund, who reached a career-high ranking of 68 after his quarterfinal run at the Aegon Championships at the Queen’s Club last week, will face Ukrainian fourth seed and last year’s Aegon Open semi-finalist Alexandr Dolgopolov, while British No. 4 Evans will be up third on Centre Court against Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.

After his 6-4, 6-3 win over Czech Lukas Rosol on a rain-interrupted Monday, Edmund said: “He’s a very dangerous player – you don’t know what to expect with him. I played him earlier this year on clay so I knew what his game style was, but grass is very different.

“It was a solid match, I came off feeling very good about my game and how I managed the match.”

Ahead of his match against Dolgopolov, the 21-year-old added: “It will be a tough match. I lost to him in the first round last year at Wimbledon. He’s a very tricky player, not someone who you play regularly in terms of his shot-making. He mixes it up well, slices it a lot, awkward slices.”

Elsewhere top seed Kevin Anderson will begin his campaign against Croat Ivan Dodig, while Spanish veteran Fernando Verdasco will take on Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic. Defending champion Denis Istomin and Bosnian Damir Dzumhur will have to play out a final set to decide their first-round tie for the right to play 11-seed Vasek Pospisil, with the score locked at 6-1 6-7(4).

In addition, fifth seed and 2015 Aegon Open runner-up Sam Querrey has an all-American clash with qualifier Ernesto Escobedo first on Court 1, before Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who reached the semi-final stage in the East Midlands last year and is seeded ninth this year, will play Evgeny Donskoy of Russia.

British wildcards James Ward, Brydan Klein and Alex Ward all lost in the first round.

 

AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM – NOTTINGHAM, GBR

€704,805

19-25 JUNE 2016

 

RESULTS – JUNE 20, 2016

Men’s Singles – First Round

I. Dodig (CRO) d [PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) 62 63

V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) d R. Ram (USA) 76(7) 67(4) 62

J. Millman (AUS) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 76(4) 26 62

D. Sela (ISR) d [Q] J. Hernych (CZE) 46 63 62

B. Becker (GER) d J. Thompson (AUS) 62 26 64

M. Jaziri (TUN) d [WC] J. Ward (GBR) 61 36 64

J. Vesely (CZE) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 64 63

M. Youzhny (RUS) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 46 63 63

[Q] F. Dancevic (CAN) d [WC] A. Ward (GBR) 76(3) 67(3) 62

K. Edmund (GBR) d L. Rosol (CZE) 64 63

[Q] E. Escobedo (USA) d D. Schwartzman (ARG) 60 63

[Q] S. Robert (FRA) d [WC] B. Klein (GBR) 75 64

 

Men’s Doubles – First Round

[3] T. Huey (PHI) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) d M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) 75 63

N. Monroe (USA) / A. Sitak (NZL) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) / A. Seppi (ITA) 76(5) 76(1)

 

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 21, 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon

[8] G. Muller (LUX) vs J. Vesely (CZE)

D. Istomin (UZB) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH) 61 67(4) 00

[16] R. Berankis (LTU) vs D. Evans (GBR)

[1] K. Anderson (RSA) vs I. Dodig (CRO)

[Q] S. Robert (FRA) vs [2] P. Cuevas (URU)

 

COURT 1 start 11:00 am

[5] S. Querrey (USA) vs [Q] E. Escobedo (USA)

E. Donskoy (RUS) vs [9] M. Baghdatis (CYP)

V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs [14] F. Verdasco (ESP)

After Suitable Rest – [11] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs D. Istomin (UZB) or D. Dzumhur (BIH)

 

COURT 2 start 11:00 am

B. Becker (GER) vs [13] G. Pella (ARG)

M. Youzhny (RUS) vs [10] P. Carreno Busta (ESP)

K. Edmund (GBR) vs [4] A. Dolgopolov (UKR)

J. Millman (AUS) vs [6] S. Johnson (USA)

 

COURT 4 start 11:00 am

[3] J. Sousa (POR) vs D. Sela (ISR)

Not Before 12:00 noon

[12] P. Lorenzi (ITA) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)

M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [7] A. Seppi (ITA)

J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) vs [2] D. Inglot (GBR) / D. Nestor (CAN)

 

COURT 3 start 11:00 am

R. Lindstedt (SWE) / A. Qureshi (PAK) vs J. Knowle (AUT) / M. Matkowski (POL)

S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [WC] K. Skupski (GBR) / N. Skupski (GBR)

[15] M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [Q] F. Dancevic (CAN)

After Suitable Rest – [1] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [WC] J. Marray (GBR) / A. Shamasdin (CAN)

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Nottingham, ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Stuttgart Results and Schedules

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AEGON OPEN NOTTINGHAM – NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND
$250,000
6-12 JUNE, 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 11, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [4] M. Puig (PUR) 62 62
A. Riske (USA) d S. Zheng (CHN) 61 75
Quarterfinals
[1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d [Q] A. Barty (AUS) 76(2) 76(7)
[4] M. Puig (PUR) d [LL] T. Paszek (AUT) 64 63
A. Riske (USA) d A. Kontaveit (EST) 63 63
S. Zheng (CHN) d [Q] T. Moore (GBR) 62 64

Women’s
Doubles – Semifinals

[4] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d N. Broady (GBR) / A. Sevastova (LAT) 64 62
A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / Kr. Pliskova (CZE) walkover

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 pm
MIXED DOUBLES EXHIBITION – J. Bates (GBR) / J. Rae (GBR) vs P. Cash (AUS) / A. Keothavong (GBR)

2:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs A. Riske (USA)
DOUBLES FINAL – A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) vs [4] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN)

 

 

RICOH OPEN – ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, NETHERLANDS
4-12 JUNE 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 11, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Semifinals

[3] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [1] B. Bencic (SUI) 26 63 64
[6] C. Vandeweghe (USA) d M. Brengle (USA) 64 62

Women’s
Doubles – Final

[1] O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d [4] X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) 61 61

Men’s Singles – Semifinals
[7] G. Muller (LUX) d [3] I. Karlovic (CRO) 76(5) 76(4)
[8] [WC] N. Mahut (FRA) d [5] S. Querrey (USA) 67(5) 64 64

Men’s Doubles – Final
M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d [3] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Klaasen (RSA) 36 63 11-9

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JUNE 12, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
WTA Singles Final – [3] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [6] C. Vandeweghe (USA)

Not Before 14:00
ATP Singles Final – [7] G. Muller (LUX) vs [8][WC] N. Mahut (FRA)

 

Mercedes Cup

Stuttgart, Germany (+2 hours GMT)
6-12 June 2016 Surface: Grass

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 11 JUNE 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[3] D. Thiem (AUT) d [1] R. Federer (SUI) 36 76(7) 64 saved 2 m.p.
[7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d [WC] J. del Potro (ARG) 63 64

Doubles – Semifinals
M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) d [2] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU) 63 76(4)

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 12 JUNE 2016

CENTER COURT start 11:00
Doubles Final – O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL)

Not Before 13:30
Singles Final – [3] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER)

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Maria Sharapova Suspended for Two Years for Testing Positive for Meldonium

 

(June 8, 2016) Maria Sharapova has been suspended from tennis for two years for testing positive for meldonium at the Australian Open. Sharapova said she will appeal the ruling by an independent three-person panel appointed by the International Tennis Federation.

Sharapova was initially provisionally suspended by the ITF in March after she announced that she failed a doping test at the Australian Open.

Below is the press release from the ITF about the decision, a PDF of the decision itself,  a statement from WADA, Sharapova’s statement on her Facebook page and a statement from the WTA tour.

 

 

ITF

From the International Tennis Federation: 8 June 2016 – London, ENGLAND

Decision in the case of Maria Sharapova

An Independent Tribunal appointed under Article 8.1 of the 2016 Tennis Anti-Doping Programme (the “Programme”) has found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme and as a consequence has disqualified the affected results and imposed a period of ineligibility of two years, commencing on 26 January 2016.

 

Ms. Sharapova, a 29-year-old player from Russia, provided a urine sample on 26 January 2016, after her quarterfinal match at the 2016 Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. That sample was sent to the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal, Canada for analysis, and was found to contain meldonium, which is a metabolic modulator that is included under section S4 (Hormone and Metabolic Modulators) of the 2016 WADA Prohibited List, and therefore is also prohibited under the Programme.

 

On 2 March 2016, Ms. Sharapova was charged with an Anti-Doping Rule Violation under Article 2.1 of the Programme (presence of a Prohibited Substance in a Player’s Sample). She promptly admitted that she had committed the Anti-Doping Rule Violation charged, and asked for a hearing before an Independent Tribunal in accordance with Article 8 of the Programme to determine the consequences to be imposed on her for that violation.

 

At a two-day hearing on 18-19 May 2016, the Independent Tribunal received evidence and heard legal arguments from both parties, and subsequently issued a reasoned decision on 8 June, which is available at www.itftennis.com/antidoping. The Independent Tribunal determined that (1) Ms. Sharapova should serve a period of ineligibility of two years; (2) due to her prompt admission of her violation, that period of ineligibility should be back-dated under Article 10.10.3(b) of the Programme to commence from 26 January 2016 (the date of sample collection) and so should end at midnight on 25 January 2018; and (3) her results at the 2016 Australian Open should be disqualified, with resulting forfeiture of the ranking points and prize money that she won at that event.

 

The Tennis Anti-Doping Programme applies to all players competing at Grand Slam tournaments and events sanctioned by the ITF, ATP, and WTA. Players are tested for substances prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency and, upon a finding that an Anti-Doping Rule Violation has been committed, sanctions are imposed under the Programme in compliance with the requirements of the World Anti-Doping Code. More information on the Programme, sanctions, statistics, and related matters can be found at www.itftennis.com/antidoping.

Full decision in the case of Maria Sharapova 231178

 

WADA statement regarding Maria Sharapova case

WADA acknowledges the decision issued today by the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Independent Tribunal which found that Maria Sharapova committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) for the use of banned substance Meldonium, and that, as a consequence, a period of ineligibility of two (2) years has been imposed, commencing on 26 January 2016.

As with all decisions made by Anti-Doping Organizations, WADA will review the decision, including its reasoning, and will subsequently decide whether or not to use its independent right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

 

Sharapova

Maria Sharapova’s statement on decision from her Facebook page:

Today with their decision of a two year suspension, the ITF tribunal unanimously concluded that what I did was not intentional. The tribunal found that I did not seek treatment from my doctor for the purpose of obtaining a performance enhancing substance. The ITF spent tremendous amounts of time and resources trying to prove I intentionally violated the anti-doping rules and the tribunal concluded I did not. You need to know that the ITF asked the tribunal to suspend me for four years – the required suspension for an intentional violation — and the tribunal rejected the ITF’s position.

While the tribunal concluded correctly that I did not intentionally violate the anti-doping rules, I cannot accept an unfairly harsh two-year suspension. The tribunal, whose members were selected by the ITF, agreed that I did not do anything intentionally wrong, yet they seek to keep me from playing tennis for two years. I will immediately appeal the suspension portion of this ruling to CAS, the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

I have missed playing tennis and I have missed my amazing fans, who are the best and most loyal fans in the world. I have read your letters. I have read your social media posts and your love and support has gotten me through these tough days. I intend to stand for what I believe is right and that’s why I will fight to be back on the tennis court as soon as possible.

Love Maria

P.S. My lawyer prepared a short summary of how the ITF process works so I thought I would pass it along to my fans so you too can be aware of what the ITF rules call for

 

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WTA Issues Statement on ITF Ruling for Maria SharapovaWTA Statement:  Steve Simon, WTA CEO, in response to today’s ITF ruling in the Sharapova case:

“It is important at all times for players to be aware of the rules and to follow them.  In this case, Maria has taken responsibility for her mistake from the outset.  The WTA supports the process that the ITF and Maria have followed. The ITF has made its ruling and, under the Tennis Anti-Doping Program, the decision may be appealed to the Court Arbitration for Sport. The WTA will continue to follow this closely and we hope it will be resolved as soon as possible.”

 

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Maria Sharapova Announces She Failed Drug Test at Australian Open

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