February 12, 2016

Roger Federer Begins 2016 with Decisive Win in Brisbane

(January 7, 2016) Brisbane International defending champion Roger Federer began his season on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-1 win over qualifier Tobias Kamke. The top seed and world No. 3 asked tournament organizers to delay his match by a day as he along with his family are battling the flu.

Federer took advantage of five break point chances to defeat his opponent in 55 minutes in his first match of 2016.

Federer’s win puts him the quarterfinals against Grigor Dimitrov who rallied to beat Viktor Troicki 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-2. Federer is 3-0 against Dimitrov.

On the women’s side, injuries have knocked out the top seeds earlier in the week, but two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka demolished Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3 to reach the semifinals. Azarenka has suffered foot and leg injuries over the past few years.

Azarenka will take on surprise semifinalist U.S. qualifier Samantha Crawford, ranked No. 142 who beat Andrea Pektovic 6-3, 6-0. Crawford, who won the 2012 US Open Junior Girls’ title, became the first female qualifier in tournament history to reach the semifinals of the event

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL

RESULTS – JANUARY 07, 2016
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[4] A. Kerber (GER) d A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 64 64
[6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 46 64 75
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [8] R. Vinci (ITA) 61 62
[Q] S. Crawford (USA) d A. Petkovic (GER) 63 60

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) d [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) 26 76(8) 10-7
[WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) d R. Atawo (USA) / A. Cornet (FRA) 62 63

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[1] R. Federer (SUI) d [Q] T. Kamke (GER) 62 61
[4] M. Raonic (CAN) d [Q] I. Dodig (CRO) 67(2) 61 64
L. Pouille (FRA) d [6] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(5) 46 63
G. Dimitrov (BUL) d V. Troicki (SRB) 57 76(6) 62

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) 76(0) 62

ORDER OF PLAY – FRIDAY, JANUARY 08, 2016
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
ATP – L. Pouille (FRA) vs [4] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [7] B. Tomic (AUS) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
WTA – [4] A. Kerber (GER) vs [6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – [1] R. Federer (SUI) or [Q] T. Kamke (GER) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 9:00 pm
WTA – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [Q] S. Crawford (USA)

SHOW COURT 1 start 1:00 pm
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS)

Not Before 4:30 pm
ATP – [3] M. Cilic (CRO) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)
WTA – A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER)

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Djokovic and Nadal Advance Easily in Doha, Wawrinka Reaches Chennai Quarterfinals

 

(January 6, 2016) Top seeds Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal made easy work of their opponents to reach the quarterfinals of the Qatar Open in Doha on Wednesday.

No. 1 Djokovic defeated won his 17th straight contest against a Spanish challenger, stopping Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-2 while Nadal sent home Robin Haase 6-3, 6-2.

“I’m very pleased with the way I have started this season, with two matches in straight sets,” Djokovic said after the victory. “Tonight was tougher than the first round. Obviously I expected that. Verdasco is a former Top-10 player, somebody that has a lot of weapons in his game and who can create a lot of power from the forehand side. I wanted to take away the time from him. So I tried to mix it up. I served well in important moments.”

Djokovic will face Leonardo Mayer next for a place in the semifinals. “[Mayer] is a very intelligent tennis player,” Djokovic commented. “He knows how to anticipate well on the court and serves very well, even though he has a very high toss, but he doesn’t make too many double faults.”

Nadal will play Andrey Kuznetsov in his quarterfinal match-up.

Nadal was happy with his performance on Wednesday: “I played at a very high level against a good opponent today.

“My serve was a little bit worse than yesterday, but in general I am happy with the victory and my level of tennis. I hit my returns with a lot of confidence.”

As for the Spaniard’s next opponent: “I played against him at Roland Garros a couple of years ago, and he made some great shots. I hope I’ll be able to play at the same level as today.”

 

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

 

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 62 62
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d R. Haase (NED) 63 62
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d D. Dzumhur (BIH) 60 64
[7] J. Chardy (FRA) d P. Mathieu (FRA) 62 64
[8] L. Mayer (ARG) d P. Andujar (ESP) 62 64
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) d D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP) 57 63 76(3)
I. Marchenko (UKR) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) 64 62
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d R. Berankis (LTU) 76(6) 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 61
[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) 76(5) 64
[3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 62 67(3) 10-6
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA) 62 64

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 7 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[7] J. Chardy (FRA) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs [Q] K. Edmund (GBR)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT)
[3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [WC] A. Rublev (RUS) 63 62
[4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP) d J. Millman (AUS) 64 61
[5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d [Q] A. Pavic (CRO) 76(5) 61
[8] B. Coric (CRO) d A. Krajicek (USA) 62 75

Doubles – First Round
[3] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d A. Bedene (GBR) / T. Huey (PHI) 46 64 10-5
[WC] N. Balaji (IND) / R. Ramanathan (IND) d [4] M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) 26 76(5) 10-5
[WC] S. Devvarman (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) d N. Monroe (USA) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI) 46 63 10-5
A. Krajicek (USA) / B. Paire (FRA) d S. Betov (BLR) / M. Elgin (RUS) 67(2) 64 15-13

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 7 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[3] B. Paire (FRA) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) vs [LL] A. Kudryavtsev (RUS)
A. Krajicek (USA) / B. Paire (FRA) vs [2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)
A. Bedene (GBR) vs L. Vanni (ITA)
[3] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX)

COURT 2 start Not Before 7:00 pm
After Suitable Rest – [1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs L. Rosol (CZE) / I. Zelenay (SVK)

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Azarenka and Nishikori Advance in Brisbane

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(January 6, 2016) Garbine Muguruza joined the Brisbane injury list on Wednesday. The Spaniard retired in her match with a left foot injury after trailing 7-6, 1-0 to Varvara Lepchenko. She joins Maria Sharapova and second seed Simona Halep on the sidelines.

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
USD 1,000,000.00
1-10 JANUARY, 2016

RESULTS – JANUARY 06, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
V. Lepchenko (USA) d [2] G. Muguruza (ESP) 76(9) 10 Retired
[4] A. Kerber (GER) d M. Brengle (USA) 63 60
[Q] S. Crawford (USA) d [7] B. Bencic (SUI) 75 75
V. Azarenka (BLR) d [LL] Y. Bonaventure (BEL) 63 62
A. Petkovic (GER) d E. Makarova (RUS) 75 64

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d B. Bencic (SUI) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) 63 46 10-6
[4] A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL) 76(5) 60
First Round
[3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d M. Gasparyan (RUS) / A. Panova (RUS) 63 60

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[2] K. Nishikori (JPN) d M. Kukushkin (KAZ) 63 64
[3] M. Cilic (CRO) d H. Chung (KOR) 75 76(3)
[7] B. Tomic (AUS) d [PR] R. Stepanek (CZE) 76(6) 46 76(4)
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d D. Kudla (USA) 63 62

Doubles – Quarter-finals
G. Dimitrov (BUL) / K. Nishikori (JPN) d [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) 46 61 10-7
[2] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d I. Dodig (CRO) / S. Groth (AUS) 76(2) 63
[WC] J. Duckworth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS) d [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) 36 63 10-4

Doubles – First Round
[4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) 76(5) 46 10-7
[WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) d M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) 76(1) 64

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JANUARY 07, 2016
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) vs [4] A. Kerber (GER)
WTA – A. Petkovic (GER) vs [Q] S. Crawford (USA)
ATP – [Q] I. Dodig (CRO) vs [4] M. Raonic (CAN)

Not Before 7:00 pm
WTA – V. Azarenka (BLR) vs [8] R. Vinci (ITA)
ATP – [1] R. Federer (SUI) vs [Q] T. Kamke (GER)

SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) vs [4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)
ATP – [6] D. Goffin (BEL) vs L. Pouille (FRA)
ATP – V. Troicki (SRB) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – [6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) vs V. Lepchenko (USA)
WTA – [WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) vs R. Atawo (USA) / A. Cornet (FRA)

SHOW COURT 2 start Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – after suitable rest – A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

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Rafael Nadal Begins 2016 with a Victory Over Countryman Pablo Carreno

(January 5, 2016) Fourteen-time major champion Rafael Nadal notched his first victory of the season besting his Spanish countryman Pablo Carreno 6-7 (5) 6-3, 6-1.

Carreno gave Nadal a test in the first set. Nadal saved three set points but Carreno closed the set out on a fourth set point.

Nadal captured the next two sets in dominant fashion.

Another of Nadal’s countrymen, David Ferrer the defending champion, lost to Illya Marchenko of Ukraine.

 

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

 

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[2] R. Nadal (ESP) d P. Carreno Busta (ESP) 67(5) 63 61
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) d S. Stakhovsky (UKR) 75 64
I. Marchenko (UKR) d [4] D. Ferrer (ESP) 67(8) 63 62
R. Berankis (LTU) d [6] A. Seppi (ITA) 36 61 64
[8] L. Mayer (ARG) d [Q] B. Becker (GER) 61 62
F. Verdasco (ESP) d [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN) 76(4) 76(4)
P. Andujar (ESP) d P. Lorenzi (ITA) 64 06 64
P. Mathieu (FRA) d A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 63 46 76(7) – saved 1 M.P.
T. Gabashvili (RUS) d S. Bolelli (ITA) 46 64 61

Doubles – First Round

[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) d J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) 76(4) 63
[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d R. Albot (MDA) / M. Klizan (SVK) 63 63
[3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP) d W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) 76(5) 64
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) d [WC] M. Zayed (QAT) / M. Zayid (QAT) 61 61
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Sa (BRA) 76(6) 61
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm

[7] J. Chardy (FRA) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
Not Before 5:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs F. Verdasco (ESP)
R. Haase (NED) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs D. Dzumhur (BIH)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm

T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)
R. Berankis (LTU) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) vs D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm

P. Andujar (ESP) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
After Suitable Rest – [1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)

COURT 3 start 4:00 pm

[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA)
After Suitable Rest – J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d T. Daniel (JPN) 46 75 62
[6] G. Muller (LUX) d [WC] K. Khachanov (RUS) 67(3) 76(4) 62
A. Bedene (GBR) d [7] V. Pospisil (CAN) 75 76(6)
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) d [Q] S. Devvarman (IND) 63 36 63
L. Rosol (CZE) d S. Giraldo (COL) 63 64
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) d [Q] J. Kovalik (SVK) 16 63 64
A. Krajicek (USA) d R. Ram (USA) 67(0) 64 64
L. Vanni (ITA) d J. Struff (GER) 64 76(5)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) d D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 62 60

Doubles – First Round
[2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND) d [Alt] T. Daniel (JPN) / J. Millman (AUS) 62 63
M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) d A. Bury (BLR) / B. Coric (CRO) 64 63
SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 6 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[8] B. Coric (CRO) vs A. Krajicek (USA)
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [WC] A. Rublev (RUS)
J. Millman (AUS) vs [4] R. Bautista Agut (ESP)

COURT 1 start 5:00 pm
[WC] N. Balaji (IND) / R. Ramanathan (IND) vs [4] M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL)
[Q] A. Pavic (CRO) vs [5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
[WC] S. Devvarman (IND) / J. Nedunchezhiyan (IND) vs N. Monroe (USA) / H. Podlipnik-Castillo (CHI)

COURT 2 start 6:00 pm
[3] O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs A. Bedene (GBR) / T. Huey (PHI)
After Suitable Rest – A. Krajicek (USA) / B. Paire (FRA) vs S. Betov (BLR) / M. Elgin (RUS)

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Petra Kvitova Pulls Out of Shenzhen Open

 

 

(January 5, 2016) Petra Kvitova was forced to retire from her opening match at the Shenzhen Open due to a gastrointestinal illness. China’s Zheng Saisai took the first set 6-2 when the Czech retired.

 

 

Shenzhen Open

SHENZHEN OPEN – SHENZHEN, CHINA
$ 500,000.00
2-9 JANUARY, 2016

 

RESULTS – JANUARY 05, 2016
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[1] A. Radwanska (POL) d A. Krunic (SRB) 64 63
S. Zheng (CHN) d [2] P. Kvitova (CZE) 62 00 Retired – gastrointestinal illness
Q. Wang (CHN) d [5] J. Konta (GBR) 63 36 63
[6] E. Bouchard (CAN) d D. Vekic (CRO) 64 16 75
[WC] S. Zhang (CHN) d [WC] I. Khromacheva (RUS) 63 63
V. King (USA) d [LL] S. Voegele (SUI) 75 64
[Q] N. Gibbs (USA) d [Q] T. Smitkova (CZE) 60 62
A. Kontaveit (EST) d [Q] Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 64 76(5)

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[3] V. Dushevina (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE) d A. Beck (GER) / E. Rodina (RUS) 76(3) 63
[4] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) / A. Krunic (SRB) d M. Linette (POL) / K. Zhang (CHN) walkover – gastrointestinal illness, Linette
C. Mitu (ROU) / P. Tig (ROU) d Z. Diyas (KAZ) / L. Zhang (HKG) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 06, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[3] I. Begu (ROU) vs A. Friedsam (GER)
[6] E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [Q] N. Gibbs (USA)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[1] A. Radwanska (POL) vs [WC] S. Zhang (CHN)
A. Kontaveit (EST) vs S. Zheng (CHN)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
T. Babos (HUN) vs [4] M. Niculescu (ROU)

Not Before 12:30 pm
V. King (USA) vs Q. Wang (CHN)
[4] C. Buyukakcay (TUR) / A. Krunic (SRB) vs C. Liang (CHN) / S. Peng (CHN)
After suitable rest – I. Khromacheva (RUS) / L. Marozava (BLR) vs V. King (USA) / M. Niculescu (ROU)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
A. Riske (USA) vs S. Hsieh (TPE)
K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [7] Z. Diyas (KAZ)
C. Mitu (ROU) / P. Tig (ROU) vs [3] V. Dushevina (RUS) / K. Siniakova (CZE)

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Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep Withdraw From Brisbane International

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(January 5, 2016) The Brisbane International was struck with two major withdrawals on Tuesday as defending champion Maria Sharapova and top seed Simona Halep pulled out of the tournament before play a match.

Sharapova cited a sore left forearm injury while Halep had problem with her left Achilles tendon. Halep was scheduled to play 2-time major champion Victoria Azarenka in the second round.

 

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL
USD 1,000,000.00
1-10 JANUARY, 2016
RESULTS – JANUARY 05, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[6] C. Suárez Navarro (ESP) d S. Stosur (AUS) 61 67(3) 64
[8] R. Vinci (ITA) d D. Cibulkova (SVK) 61 61
A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d A. Cornet (FRA) 62 16 64
First Round
E. Makarova (RUS) d [LL] M. Gasparyan (RUS) 64 26 63
Women’s Doubles – First Round
[WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) d K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) 76(2) 63

Men’s Singles – First Round
[6] D. Goffin (BEL) d T. Bellucci (BRA) 64 64
[7] B. Tomic (AUS) d N. Mahut (FRA) 64 63
[8] D. Thiem (AUT) d [WC] J. Duckworth (AUS) 36 64 63
V. Troicki (SRB) d S. Johnson (USA) 76(3) 61
L. Pouille (FRA) d [Q] Y. Nishioka (JPN) 46 63 75
[Q] I. Dodig (CRO) d [Q] O. Anderson (AUS) 63 62
[PR] R. Stepanek (CZE) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 60 63
M. Kukushkin (KAZ) d D. Istomin (UZB) 62 75

Men’s Doubles – First Round
I. Dodig (CRO) / S. Groth (AUS) d D. Lajovic (SRB) / V. Troicki (SRB) 63 36 10-3
ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 06, 2016
PAT RAFTER ARENA start 11:00 am
ATP – D. Kudla (USA) vs [8] D. Thiem (AUT)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – M. Kukushkin (KAZ) vs [2] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 2:00 pm
WTA – [LL] Y. Bonaventure (BEL) vs V. Azarenka (BLR)

Not Before 7:00 pm
ATP – possible court change – [7] B. Tomic (AUS) or N. Mahut (FRA) vs [PR] R. Stepanek (CZE)

Not Before 8:00 pm
WTA – V. Lepchenko (USA) vs [2] G. Muguruza (ESP)
SHOW COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – M. Brengle (USA) vs [4] A. Kerber (GER)
WTA – E. Makarova (RUS) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
ATP – [3] L. Kubot (POL) / M. Matkowski (POL) vs [WC] J. Duckworth (AUS) / C. Guccione (AUS)
ATP – possible court change – [3] M. Cilic (CRO) vs H. Chung (KOR)
SHOW COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] S. Crawford (USA) vs [7] B. Bencic (SUI)
ATP – [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / J. Smith (AUS) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)
ATP – I. Dodig (CRO) / S. Groth (AUS) vs [2] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP – TBA – [1] P. Herbert (FRA) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL) / K. Nishikori (JPN)
COURT 6 start 11:00 am
WTA – [4] A. Klepac (SLO) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Rosolska (POL)
ATP – E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [4] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)
WTA – M. Gasparyan (RUS) / A. Panova (RUS) vs [3] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)
WTA – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs B. Bencic (SUI) / K. Mladenovic (FRA)

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Defending Auckland Champ Venus Williams Falls in Opener

(January 5, 2016) Defending Auckland champion and top seed Venus Williams fell 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2 to Russian teenage wild card Daria Kasatkina in the first round of the ASB Classic.
No. 7 Williams made 73 unforced errors during the match.

The event was dealt another blow when Ana Ivanovic, the 2014 champion lost to Naomi  Broady 7-5, 6-4.
ASB CLASSIC – AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND
USD 250, 000
4-9 JANUARY, 2016

Results – Tuesday, Jan 5

Women’s Singles
First Round
D. Kasatkina (RUS) d [1] V. Williams (USA) 67(4) 63 63
[Q] N. Broady (GBR) d [2] A. Ivanovic (SRB) 75 64
[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d D. Kovinic (MNE) 64 64
[7] B. Strycova (CZE) d [Q] K. Bertens (NED) 62 64
J. Goerges (GER) d L. Hradecka (CZE) 60 63
[Q] T. Paszek (AUT) d [WC] F. Schiavone (ITA) 76(3) 46 63
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) d B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 36 64 63
[WC] M. Erakovic (NZL) d Y. Putintseva (KAZ) 76(2) 76(3)
C. Mchale (USA) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 64

Women’s Doubles
First Round
[3] A. Groenefeld (GER) / C. Vandeweghe (USA) d J. Larsson (SWE) / A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 75 61
L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR) d J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) 63 63
D. Kovinic (MNE) / B. Strycova (CZE) d T. Maria (GER) / L. Siegemund (GER) 76(4) 62

Schedule – Wednesday, Jan 6

CENTRE COURT start 12:15 pm
[4] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) vs [Q] T. Paszek (AUT)
[WC] J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [Q] N. Broady (GBR)
A. Dulgheru (ROU) vs [WC] M. Erakovic (NZL)
Not Before 6:30 pm
C. Mchale (USA) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
M. Erakovic (NZL) / S. Soler-Espinosa (ESP) vs [2] J. Goerges (GER) / K. Srebotnik (SLO)

GRANDSTAND start 12:15 pm
[5] S. Stephens (USA) vs C. Witthoeft (GER)
[Q] K. Flipkens (BEL) vs I. Falconi (USA)
J. Goerges (GER) vs [7] B. Strycova (CZE)
Not Before 4:30 pm After suitable rest
[WC] K. Flipkens (BEL) / A. Ivanovic (SRB) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / A. Mestach (BEL)
M. Irigoyen (ARG) / B. Krejcikova (CZE) vs L. Kichenok (UKR) / N. Kichenok (UKR)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
D. Kasatkina (RUS) vs N. Hibino (JPN)

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Tennis – Novak Djokovic Gets First Win of the Year: Doha and Chennai Results

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(January 4, 2016) Novak Djokovic needed only 51 minutes to dismiss qualifier Dustin Brown 6-2 to open his 2016 season at the Qatar Open in Doha.

In 2015 the world No. 1 had a career year winning three majors and a total of 11 tournaments going 82-6 on the year. Doha was the only tournament last year in which he played where he did not reach the final. He fell in the quarterfinals.

“Obviously you never know how you’re going to start from the blocks,”Djokovic said. “You can do your best to prepare yourself well, which I did. I think I used the off season very well to train to get my body in the right shape, and I think it was a very good start.”

 

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Qatar ExxonMobil Open

ATP World Tour 250

Doha, Qatar (+3 hours GMT)
4-9 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 4 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] D. Brown (GER) 62 62
D. Muñoz de la Nava (ESP) d [5] F. Lopez (ESP) 36 76(4) 75
[7] J. Chardy (FRA) d [WC] M. Zayid (QAT) 61 61
D. Dzumhur (BIH) d M. Cecchinato (ITA) 64 62
[Q] K. Edmund (GBR) d M. Klizan (SVK) 62 63
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) d [WC] M. Ilhan (TUR) 62 64
R. Haase (NED) d [Q] A. Karatsev (RUS) 57 61 75

Doubles – First Round
T. Gabashvili (RUS) / A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) d R. Nadal (ESP) / F. Verdasco (ESP) 67(4) 64 11-9
D. Marrero (ESP) / A. Seppi (ITA) d P. Andujar (ESP) / L. Mayer (ARG) 76(4) 63
J. Chardy (FRA) / P. Mathieu (FRA) d [WC] J. Ali Mutawa (QAT) / M. Jaziri (TUN) 62 62

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 3:30 pm
[3] T. Berdych (CZE) vs S. Stakhovsky (UKR)
I. Marchenko (UKR) vs [4] D. Ferrer (ESP)
P. Carreno Busta (ESP) vs [2] R. Nadal (ESP)
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs [WC] M. Jaziri (TUN)

COURT 1 start 3:30 pm
T. Gabashvili (RUS) vs S. Bolelli (ITA)
[Q] B. Becker (GER) vs [8] L. Mayer (ARG)
S. Bolelli (ITA) / S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs J. Knowle (AUT) / A. Sa (BRA)
[1] J. Rojer (NED) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR)

COURT 2 start 3:30 pm
[4] P. Petzschner (GER) / A. Peya (AUT) vs [WC] M. Zayed (QAT) / M. Zayid (QAT)
A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
[6] A. Seppi (ITA) vs R. Berankis (LTU)

COURT 3 start 3:30 pm
P. Andujar (ESP) vs P. Lorenzi (ITA)
W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) vs [3] F. Lopez (ESP) / M. Lopez (ESP)
R. Albot (MDA) / M. Klizan (SVK) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

 

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Aircel Chennai Open

ATP World Tour 250  $425,535

Chennai, India (+6 hours GMT)
4-10 January 2016   Surface: Hard

RESULTS – MONDAY, 4 JANUARY 2016

Singles – First Round
[8] B. Coric (CRO) d M. Granollers (ESP) 76(5) 26 64
[Q] A. Pavic (CRO) d N. Almagro (ESP) 36 75 76(1)
J. Millman (AUS) d E. Donskoy (RUS) 67(5) 64 76(6) – saved 2 M.P.

Doubles – First Round
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [PR] M. Bhupathi (IND) / G. Muller (LUX) 63 67(2) 10-7
L. Rosol (CZE) / I. Zelenay (SVK) d P. Oswald (AUT) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) 63 75

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 5 JANUARY 2016

STADIUM COURT start 5:00 pm
[WC] A. Rublev (RUS) vs [Q] S. Devvarman (IND)
[WC] R. Ramanathan (IND) vs D. Gimeno-Traver (ESP)
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [2] M. Granollers (ESP) / L. Paes (IND)

COURT 1 start 4:00 pm
T. Daniel (JPN) vs [5] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
S. Giraldo (COL) vs L. Rosol (CZE)
[WC] K. Khachanov (RUS) vs [6] G. Muller (LUX)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[7] V. Pospisil (CAN) vs A. Bedene (GBR)

COURT 2 start 4:00 pm
A. Bury (BLR) / B. Coric (CRO) vs M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX)
R. Ram (USA) vs A. Krajicek (USA)
L. Vanni (ITA) vs J. Struff (GER)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[Q] T. Fabbiano (ITA) vs [Q] J. Kovalik (SVK)

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Top Seeds Advance at USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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Amy Frazier

(December 1, 2015) La Jolla, Calif. – On a beautiful, sunny day at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club, the men’s and women’s top singles seeds scored impressive straight-set victories in the second round to easily advance at the USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships.

Former Women’s Tennis Association star Amy Frazier of Rochester, Mich.,breezed to a 6-1, 6-0 victory over unseeded Cynthia Delgado of La Jolla, Calif., in 42 minutes to move into the quarterfinals. The 43-year-old Frazier is playing in her first USTA National tournament since retiring from the women’s professional tennis tour nearly 10 years ago.

“This was the first full singles match I’ve played since 2006. I’m just happy to be playing. This is fun. We’re all here because we love tennis,” Frazier said following her opening match victory. “I was nervous because I hadn’t played a singles match in so long, but as it went on, my nerves sort of settled.”

These days, the former touring professional, who won eight career WTA singles titles, is married and busy raising her 4 ½ year-old daughter and teaching tennis. “I still enjoy playing and my daughter had never been to California. It’s a fun thing to come and play some tennis and enjoy the beautiful weather,” she said.

Frazier, who played in 20 consecutive US Opens during her professional career, will face unseeded Hiromi Sasano of La Mesa, Calif., in a quarterfinal match scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. (PST).

In men’s second round singles action earlier in the day, two-time defending champion and top-seed Tony Bujan of Tustin, Calif., eliminated unseeded Carter Hedrick of Manhattan Beach, Calif., 6-1, 6-0 in 45 minutes, as he controlled the tempo of the match from start to finish.

“I’m just trying to build my game as I go,” said Bujan, who admitted that he spends most of his time teaching tennis and doesn’t play very many tournaments during the year. “I have a pretty tough draw. There are a lot of good players in this tournament and I have to take one match at a time.”

Bujan, who is attempting to win the men’s singles title for the third consecutive year, will play unseeded Brian Matek of Placentia, Calif., in the third round at 9:30 a.m. (PST) on Wednesday.

In other men’s second round singles action on Tuesday, second-seeded Josh Osswald of Covington, Ky., who received a first-round bye, was eliminated in his opening match, as he fell to unseeded Lewis Miller of Denver, 6-1, 6-1.

To view full draws for each division, please go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=7Draws2

Matches will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 4. On Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, matches are scheduled to start at 9 a.m. (all times are PST). Spectator admission is free and on-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

Also on the tournament agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships, which begins Friday, Dec. 4 and concludes Sunday, Dec. 6. The Father/Son championship has been held continuously at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since 1959, and attracts the top father and son tennis teams in the nation. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club just a few years ago.

Recently designated one of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship. The Club will be hosting the 127th edition of The Pacific Coast Mens’ Doubles Championships in March 2016, and the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Womens’ 50-90 age groups in May 2016.

By Fred Sidhu

USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships
La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club
La Jolla, Calif.
Tuesday’s ResultsMen’s Singles
Second Round
Tony Bujan (1), Tustin, Calif., def. Carter Hedrick, Manhattan Beach, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Brian Matek (Placentia, Calif., def. Esteban Altuna, Norco, Calif., 6-0, 6-3
Oren Motevassel (3), San Jose, Calif., def. Christopher Criblez, Laguna Hills, Calif., 6-0, 6-1
Leon Bax (9), (Mountain View, Calif., def. Thomas Cooper, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., 6-1, 6-2
Lewis Miller, Denver, def. Josh Osswald (2), Covington, Ky., 6-1, 6-1
David Smith (9), San Francisco, Calif., def. Leonardo Goldstein, San Diego, 6-0, 6-3
Kerry Safdie (5), San Diego, def. Trent Aaron, San Pedro, Calif., 6-4, 6-1
Shibu Lal, Novato, Calif., def. Octavian Popaluca, San Diego, 6-0, 6-0
Greg Failla, Ramona, Calif., def. Nicolas Chasseray (9), San Francisco, Calif., 6-1, 6-3
Michael Chang (5), Anaheim, Calif., def. Chad Kawahara, San Diego, 6-4, 6-1
Richard Spurling, Los Angeles, def. Juan Araque (9), Yorba Linda, Calif., 3-6-, 6-2, 6-4
Jesse Ponwith (9), Scottsdale, Ariz., def. Jawad Bisharat, La Jolla, Calif., 6-3, 6-3
Elson De Cantuaria (5), Santa Ana, Calif., def. Mike Brown, La Jolla, Calif., 6-4, 1-6, 6-0
Leonardo Bravo (9), San Diego, def. Joshua Prager, Yuba City, Calif., 6-2, 6-3
Jeff Greenwald (5), San Anselmo, Calif., def. William Casas, Rancho Mission Viejo, Calif., 6-0, 6-2

Women’s Singles
Second Round
Amy Frazier (1), Rochester, Mich., def. Cynthia Delgado, La Jolla, Calif., 6-1, 6-0
Zeynep Aynaci, San Francisco, def. Maria Nunez, San Diego, Walkover
Hiromi Sasano, La Mesa, Calif., def. Ginger Phillips, Louisville, Colo., 6-1, 6-2
Jennifer Dawson (3), Carlsbad, Calif., def. Mariko Atoji, San Diego, 6-1, 6-0
Fanny Gamble, San Rafael, Calif., def. Christine Anzai, San Diego, 6-2, 6-2
Mercedes Michel (4), New York, def. Camila Gill, San Diego, Withdrew
Dina McBride (2), Stevenson Ranch, Calif., def. Julie Silveira, Orinda, Calif., 6-0, 6-0
Carolyn Nichols, (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., def. Becky Recavarren, Fountain Valley, Calif., 6-0, 6-0

For complete scores and results, go to: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472#&&s=8Results0

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Former WTA Player Amy Frazier Enters USTA National 40 Hard Court Championships

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(November 20, 2015) La Jolla, Calif. –  Former Women’s Tennis Association star Amy Frazier, who was ranked as high as No. 13 in the world, has entered the United States Tennis Association National 40 Hard Court Tennis Championships scheduled for Nov. 30 – Dec. 6 at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club.

The 43-year-old Frazier, a resident of Rochester, Mich., won eight career WTA singles titles and four doubles championships. She also reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in 1992 and the US Open in 1995.

Frazier, who retired from the women’s professional tennis tour in 2006, is no stranger to San Diego area tennis fans. She scored two of the biggest wins of her career in nearby Carlsbad, Calif., as she defeated Steffi Graf in 1999 and Martina Hingis, who was ranked number-one in the world, in 2000.

“We are very happy to have Frazier playing in our tournament. Spectators are going to have a great time watching a player of her caliber,” said Tournament Director Bill Kellogg. “Both the men’s and women’s fields are very strong this year and we’re looking forward to a great week of tennis.”

In addition to Frazier, other top players entered in the women’s singles draw, include defending champion Dina McBride of Stevenson Ranch, Calif., who also won the singles title in 2012, and 2011 champion Jennifer Dawson of Carlsbad.

The USTA national tournament will feature men’s and women’s singles and doubles divisions as well as a mixed doubles event. Participants will include former touring pros and the nation’s strongest players in this age group.

The tournament’s list of seeded players and draws will be available on Wednesday, Nov. 25 at the following link: http://tennislink.usta.com/Tournaments/TournamentHome/Tournament.aspx?T=153472

Matches will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 30 and 8 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 through Friday, Dec. 4. On Saturday, Dec. 5 and Sunday, Dec. 6, matches are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. (all times are PST).

Also on the tournament agenda is the USTA National Father/Son and Grandfather/Grandson Hard Court Doubles Championships, which begins Friday, Dec. 4 and concludes Sunday, Dec. 6. The Father/Son championship has been held continuously at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club since 1959, and attracts the top father and son tennis teams in the nation. The Grandfather/Grandson Championship is a relatively new competitive division that started at the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club just a few years ago.

Spectator admission for all divisions is free and on-site parking is available for a nominal fee.

Recently designated one of the Top 100 Tennis Resorts in the world by Tennis Resorts Online, the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club’s reputation as a top tennis destination started in 1942 when it attracted its first major tournament, the Pacific Coast Men’s Doubles Championship. The Club will be hosting the 127th edition of The Pacific Coast Mens’ Doubles Championships in March 2016, and the USTA National Hard Court Championships for Womens’ 50-90 age groups in May 2016.

Written by Fred Sidhu

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