December 4, 2016

Three Teenagers Move Into Singles Semifinals At Red Rock Pro Open

 

Sofia Kenin

Sofia Kenin

SUMMERLIN (Sept. 30, 2016) – Junior tennis rivals and fellow 17-year-olds Sonya Kenin and Fanni Stollar are each one victory away from a meeting in the final at the eighth annual Red Rock Pro Open being played at the Red Rock Country Club.

 

In the quarterfinals on Friday, Kenin, a USTA wild card from Pembroke Pines, Fla., took three sets to beat former USC All-American Maria Sanchez, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, while tournament qualifier Stollar of Budapest, Hungary, won her sixth match in six days, taking care of Las Vegas’ Jovana Jaksic, 6-2, 7-5.

 

Kenin will face 19-year-old Nadia Podoroska Argentina at 11 a.m. in one semifinal, while Stollar will play top-seeded Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium in a semifinal match to follow.

 

“I knew she had a good serve so I was focused on my return,” said Kenin, who beat Sanchez in their only other career meeting, also in three sets, two years ago in qualifying at the Albuquerque, N.M., $75,000 Challenger when Kenin was just 15 years old. “She’s a pretty aggressive player so I knew I had to move her around and control the points.”

 

Kenin, who is still an amateur and has not turned pro, won her first $25,000 ITF pro tournament in Florida in January, and won the $50,000 Sacramento Challenger in July.

 

Kenin won the USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge to earn a wild card into this year’s US Open, where she faced eventual finalist Karolina Pliskova in the first round. As a junior player, Kenin reached the singles final at the 2015 US Open Junior Championships, the semifinals of this year’s junior US Open and the quarterfinals of 2016 junior Wimbledon. She also won the 2015 USTA Girls’ 18s national title to earn a wild-card berth into the US Open women’s singles draw for her first Grand Slam main draw.

 

In the doubles final set for Sunday at 11 a.m., it will be American Jamie Loeb and Chanel Simmonds of South Africa against Michaella Krajicek of the Netherlands and Sanchez.

 

Friday’s Quarterfinal Singles Scores

wc: wild card; q: qualifying;

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] def. Maria Sanchez (U.S.) [wc], 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

Nadia Podoroska (Argentina) def. Sachia Vickery (U.S.) [8], 6-1, 6-2

Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1] def. Taylor Townsend (U.S.) [6], 6-1, 6-4

Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q] def. Jovana Jaksic (Serbia), 6-2, 7-5

Friday’s Semifinal Doubles Scores

Jamie Loeb (U.S.) / Chanel Simmonds (South Africa), def. Jovana Jaksic, (Serbia) / Taylor Townsend (U.S.), 6-4, 6-4

Michaella Krajicek (Netherlands) / Maria Sanchez (U.S.) def. Elise Mertens (Belgium) / Mandy Minella (Luxemboug), [3], 6-3, 7-5

 

Saturday’s Semifinal Singles Schedule

Starting at 11 a.m. on Stadium Court

Sonya Kenin (U.S.) [wc] vs. Nadia Podoroska (Argentina)

Fanni Stollar (Hungary) [q] vs. Alison Van Uytvanck (Belgium) [1]

 

The tournament’s official website is www.RedRockProOpen.com.  Follow along on Twitter @RedRockTennis and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redrockproopen.

 

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Rogers Cup Results, Schedules and Photo Gallery

(July 30, 2016) TORONTO – All photos by Nida Alibhai from Saturday.

 

TORONTO RESULTS, SATURDAY JULY 30, 2016

Singles – Semifinals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [10] G. Monfils (FRA) 63 62
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(6) 61

Doubles – Semifinals
[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d [6] D. Nestor (CAN) / V. Pospisil (CAN) 64 67(5) 10-7
[3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d [5] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU) 64 63

MONTREAL RESULTS, SATURDAY JULY 30, 2016 

Singles – Semifinals 
[5] S. Halep (ROU) d [2] A. Kerber (GER) 60 36 62
[10] M. Keys (USA) d [Q] K. Kucova (SVK) 62 61

Doubles – Semifinals
[4] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d C. Mchale (USA) / A. Muhammad (USA) 64 62
[WC] S. Halep (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 63 26 10-6

TORONTO ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY JULY 31, 2016 


CENTRE COURT start 1:20 pm 

[3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

Not Before 4:00 pm 
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB)  vs [3] K. Nishikori (JPN)

MONTREAL ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY JULY 31, 2016

CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[10] M. Keys (USA) vs [5] S. Halep (ROU)
After Suitable Rest – [4] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) vs [WC] S. Halep (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)

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Toronto Results, Schedule and Photo Gallery

(July 26, 2016) TORONTO – All photos by Nida Alibhai.

 

 

Rogers Cup
Toronto, Canada

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 26 JULY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 76(3) 76(8)
[5] T. Berdych (CZE) d B. Coric (CRO) 46 61 64

First Round
[10] G. Monfils (FRA) d J. Sousa (POR) 63 63
[13] L. Pouille (FRA) d [Q] E. Gomez (ECU) 67(8) 64 75
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) d [14] B. Paire (FRA) 61 63
F. Fognini (ITA) d [15] S. Johnson (USA) 64 64
Y. Lu (TPE) d A. Zverev (GER) 75 63
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d J. Millman (AUS) 64 43 ret. (left wrist)
V. Pospisil (CAN) d J. Chardy (FRA) 76(3) 00 ret. (right foot)
I. Karlovic (CRO) d T. Fritz (USA) 67(9) 76(5) 62
R. Ram (USA) d E. Gulbis (LAT) 64 62
[Q] D. Novikov (USA) d F. Delbonis (ARG) 64 63
D. Young (USA) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(6) 64

Doubles – First Round
J. Isner (USA) / A. Zverev (GER) d R. Lindstedt (SWE) / S. Querrey (USA) 76(4) 63
[PR] M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO) d J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 64
N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) d G. Muller (LUX) / B. Paire (FRA) 64 62
[WC] P. Bester (CAN) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) d N. Djokovic (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 75 46 10-2
B. Tomic (AUS) / V. Troicki (SRB) d [WC] F. Auger Aliassime (CAN) / D. Shapovalov (CAN) 64 63

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 27 JULY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] D. Novikov (USA) vs [3] K. Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 1:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs G. Muller (LUX)
T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [4] R. Bopanna (IND) / J. Rojer (NED)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[4] M. Raonic (CAN) vs Y. Lu (TPE)
G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [WC] D. Shapovalov (CAN)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[9] J. Isner (USA) vs [Q] R. Harrison (USA)
[6] D. Thiem (AUT) vs K. Anderson (RSA)
[8] M. Cilic (CRO) vs I. Karlovic (CRO)
[10] G. Monfils (FRA) vs V. Pospisil (CAN)
[3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [PR] M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[WC] P. Polansky (CAN) vs [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE)
[WC] S. Diez (CAN) vs [12] B. Tomic (AUS)
[16] J. Sock (USA) vs D. Young (USA)
M. Matkowski (POL) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs L. Kubot (POL) / A. Peya (AUT)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[13] L. Pouille (FRA) vs R. Ram (USA)
S. Querrey (USA) vs [7] D. Goffin (BEL)
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) vs F. Fognini (ITA)
J. Isner (USA) / A. Zverev (GER) vs [5] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU)

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2016 Rogers Cup – Toronto and Montreal Results and Schedules

 

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TORONTO RESULTS, MONDAY JULY 25, 2016

Men’s
Singles – First Round

[9] J. Isner (USA) d D. Sela (ISR) 46 63 62
[WC] D. Shapovalov (CAN) d [11] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 76(2) 36 63
[12] B. Tomic (AUS) d [Q] A. Gonzalez (COL) 64 76(1)
[16] J. Sock (USA) d D. Kudla (USA) 62 62
G. Muller (LUX) d [PR] D. Tursunov (RUS) 76(5) 61
[WC] P. Polansky (CAN) d [Q] T. Smyczek (USA) 46 63 60
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 61
B. Coric (CRO) d I. Dodig (CRO) 57 64 62
S. Querrey (USA) d [WC] F. Dancevic (CAN) 76(5) 64
G. Dimitrov (BUL) d Y. Sugita (JPN) 57 76(5) 64
K. Anderson (RSA) d V. Troicki (SRB) 76(4) 63
[WC] S. Diez (CAN) d K. Edmund (GBR) 36 63 62
M. Youzhny (RUS) d S. Robert (FRA) 63 76(6)

Men’s
Doubles – First Round

G. Dimitrov (BUL) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) d L. Pouille (FRA) / D. Thiem (AUT) 46 76(2) 12-10
T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) d F. Martin (FRA) / J. Sousa (POR) 61 36 11-9

MONTREAL RESULTS, MONDAY JULY 25, 2016

Women’s /
Singles – First Round

[12] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [Q] M. Linette (POL) 61 62
[13] S. Stosur (AUS) d H. Watson (GBR) 75 63
[17] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] J. Brady (USA) 62 64
[Q] N. Broady (GBR) d M. Puig (PUR) 36 64 62
M. Brengle (USA) d E. Makarova (RUS) 64 16 64
B. Strycova (CZE) d [WC] C. Garcia (FRA) 26 63 63
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d A. Beck (GER) 64 63
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d S. Stephens (USA) 76(2) 76(4)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [Q] N. Hibino (JPN) 62 60

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [5] T. Babos (HUN) / L. Safarova (CZE) 62 62
[WC] S. Halep (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 62
TORONTO ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
Y. Lu (TPE) vs A. Zverev (GER)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[10] G. Monfils (FRA) vs J. Sousa (POR)
B. Coric (CRO) vs [5] T. Berdych (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
V. Pospisil (CAN) vs J. Chardy (FRA)
M. Youzhny (RUS) or S. Robert (FRA) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [14] B. Paire (FRA)
N. Djokovic (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs [WC] P. Bester (CAN) / A. Shamasdin (CAN)
D. Young (USA) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
F. Fognini (ITA) vs [15] S. Johnson (USA)
I. Karlovic (CRO) vs T. Fritz (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am 
[Q] D. Novikov (USA) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)

Not Before 12:00 noon
[13] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [Q] E. Gomez (ECU)
After Suitable Rest – R. Lindstedt (SWE) / S. Querrey (USA) vs J. Isner (USA) / A. Zverev (GER)
B. Tomic (AUS) / V. Troicki (SRB) vs [WC] F. Auger Aliassime (CAN) / D. Shapovalov (CAN)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
J. Millman (AUS) vs [Q] J. Donaldson (USA)
E. Gulbis (LAT) vs R. Ram (USA)
After Suitable Rest – G. Muller (LUX) / B. Paire (FRA) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA)
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [PR] M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO)

MONTREAL ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
[WC] A. Wozniak (CAN) vs S. Errani (ITA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
L. Safarova (CZE) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [Q] N. Broady (GBR)
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [5] S. Halep (ROU)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 12:30 pm
A. Cornet (FRA) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
[10] M. Keys (USA) vs E. Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
S. Rogers (USA) vs [15] J. Konta (GBR)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[WC] F. Abanda (CAN) vs [Q] S. Zheng (CHN)
[11] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL)

COURT 9 start 12:30 pm
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs [16] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[Q] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
T. Babos (HUN) vs [Q] V. King (USA)
After suitable rest – [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) / C. Zhao (CAN) vs [7] R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 5 start 12:30 pm
[Q] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [LL] C. Mchale (USA)
[14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR)
After suitable rest – [WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) vs C. Mchale (USA) / A. Muhammad (USA)
After suitable rest – C. Liang (CHN) / N. Melichar (USA) vs [8] K. Pliskova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
M. Doi (JPN) vs D. Kasatkina (RUS)

Not Before 2:00 pm
M. Niculescu (ROU) vs J. Ostapenko (LAT)
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs [Q] K. Kucova (SVK)
B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / H. Watson (GBR) vs D. Kasatkina (RUS) / S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

COURT 10 start Not Before 3:00 pm
After suitbale rest – A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs S. Errani (ITA) / R. Vinci (ITA) 00
TORONTO DRAWS
For main draw singles click here .
For main draw doubles click here.
Click here for qualifying singles draw

MONTREAL DRAWS
For main draw singles click here.
For main draw doubles click here.
Click here for qualifying singles draw

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Rogers Cup Day 1: Kvitova, Stosur Overcome the Rain in Montreal Opener

Sam Stosur

Sam Stosur

Rogers Cup Day 01: Kvitova, Stosur Overcome the Rain in Montreal Opener
By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin | Montreal

(July 25, 2016) MONTREAL – In a day interrupted by numerous rain showers, former 2012 winner Petra Kvitova and 2011 finalist Samantha Stosur have advanced to the second round of the Montreal Rogers Cup.

Kvitova, seeded 12th, has been coming off a difficult 2016: the two-time Wimbledon champion, who usually excels on grass, failed to win two matches in a row in any of her three grass tournaments. For her first match on North American hardcourt, she was facing difficult humid and heavy conditions, which have proved difficult for her in the past. Also, her opponent, qualifier Magda Linette, was coming off an impressive win against Sabine Lisicki this weekend and had pushed Venus Williams to a third set last week in Stanford. On paper, the upset looked possible.

But that was underestimating Kvitova, who is known for coming out with dominant performances when they are least expected. Right from the get-go, she looked like the player who won this same event in 2012: incredibly powerful in every aspect of the game. Her serve was especially on point today, not allowing one single break point to Linette in the 6-1 6-2 win. There was just nothing the Pole could do in, and Alizé Cornet or Andrea Petkovic will have a lot on their plate in the second round if Kvitova keeps that consistent level of play.

Samantha Stosur, who reached the final at the Rogers Cup in 2011 right before her US Open win, was also facing tough competition in Heather Watson. The Brit, who was just coming from her inspiring mixed doubles title in her home slam at Wimbledon, has had success on hard court this year, including her third WTA title in Monterey. Stosur, the 13th seed, drew first blood taking an early 5-3 lead, before feisty Watson leveled the match at 5-all. The Australian, who relies on her heavy forehand and trademarked kick serve, upped her aggression which proved to be too much for the more defensive Watson. After closing the first set 7-5, she broke three times in the second set to wrap up this first round in two sets.

“I thought it was pretty good (performance) considering we had to wait a long time to play,” said Stosur. “Sometimes it’s hard to kind of find some rhythm, you know, get really good energy out on the court after you’ve been sitting around for a long time.

“I was quite pleased overall with how I played. There’s obviously things you want to do better. But to get through that in straight sets, I’m pretty happy.”

Stosur noted the keys to her win:”I feel like when I was able to go back behind her to her backhand, that worked well. Overall I thought I served pretty well, so there wasn’t, like, a lot of points on serve where she could really dictate off the first shot. If I could get a good strike, I was in good shape to win those points. I think I was able to attack her second serve pretty well.”

Other notable matches on Monday saw Daria Gavrilova beat Annika Beck 6-4,6-3 to set up a mouth-watering night match on Tuesday against Simon Halep, while Madison Brengle and Barbora Strycova respectively fought past Ekaterina Makarova and Caroline Garcia in high-quality three set battles.

Tuesday marks the entrance of local star Eugenie Bouchard in a battle of Grand Slam finalists against Lucie Safarova; also on court will be 3rd seed and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, 10th seed Madison Keys, Stanford winner Johanna Konta and Dominika Cibulkova.

RESULTS – JULY 25, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
[12] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [Q] M. Linette (POL) 61 62
[13] S. Stosur (AUS) d H. Watson (GBR) 75 63
[17] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] J. Brady (USA) 62 64
[Q] N. Broady (GBR) d M. Puig (PUR) 36 64 62
M. Brengle (USA) d E. Makarova (RUS) 64 16 64
B. Strycova (CZE) d [WC] C. Garcia (FRA) 26 63 63
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d A. Beck (GER) 64 63
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d S. Stephens (USA) 76(2) 76(4)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [Q] N. Hibino (JPN) 62 60

Women’s Doubles – First Round
K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [5] T. Babos (HUN) / L. Safarova (CZE) 62 62
[WC] S. Halep (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 62

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Wildcard Denis Shapovalov Knocks Out 11th Seed Nick Kyrgios in First Round of Toronto Masters

Denis Shapovalov

Denis Shapovalov

(July 25, 2016) Coming off the Junior Boys’ singles title at Wimbledon, 17-year-old Denis Shapovalov received a wildcard into the Rogers Cup in Toronto, his home tournament. The youngest player in the tournament made good use of his entry by upsetting 11th seed Australia’s Nick Kyrgios 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3 in the first round on Monday night.

The winner could hardly believe that he won the match when he spoke to media.

“Nick is an incredible tennis player,” he said. “He’s top 20 in the world. Maybe even future No. 1 in the world.

“So obviously I didn’t expect to win. But like I said before, I’m just going to go fight for every point. That’s what I did. The outcome was very good today.”

“My whole family was there, my whole team, my sponsor, my physio. Couple of very close friends to me were there.”

“On the on-court interview, this girl, she was interviewing me and she asked me, Do you want me to pinch you?”

“I said, Yeah. Frankly I actually didn’t feel the pinch. I might be dreaming still. Yeah, it’s still hitting me. It’s going to be crazy, but there’s a next match and I have got to get ready for tomorrow.”

“I just didn’t play great,” Kyrgios said.

“He played well. You know, obviously he was excited playing in front of his home crowd. I know what it feels like obviously to come off one of your biggest junior results and then play in one of your home tournaments. I know that feeling. It’s great. I hope he enjoys it and rests up and does well.

“Yeah, I’m not going to tell you what I did or didn’t do to prepare for this match,” the eleventh seed said to reporters. “I just played pretty bad, but he played great and he earned it.”

Shapovalov said that he made the request to play on Centre Court.

“I thought it would be fun with all the fans,” he said. “I love playing on a big stage. I love, you know, impressing people. So, yeah, it was very fun for me.”

“So, you know, they really helped me a lot. And I think just the atmosphere really carried me forward today.”

Shapovalov will face former Top Ten player Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the second round. “Tournament is not over,” Shapovalov commented. “I could celebrate my win from Nick after the tournament but now I’m going to focus for Dimitrov.”

RESULTS – MONDAY, 25 JULY 2016

Singles – First Round
[9] J. Isner (USA) d D. Sela (ISR) 46 63 62
[WC] D. Shapovalov (CAN) d [11] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 76(2) 36 63
[12] B. Tomic (AUS) d [Q] A. Gonzalez (COL) 64 76(1)
[16] J. Sock (USA) d D. Kudla (USA) 62 62
G. Muller (LUX) d [PR] D. Tursunov (RUS) 76(5) 61
[WC] P. Polansky (CAN) d [Q] T. Smyczek (USA) 46 63 60
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 61
B. Coric (CRO) d I. Dodig (CRO) 57 64 62
S. Querrey (USA) d [WC] F. Dancevic (CAN) 76(5) 64
G. Dimitrov (BUL) d Y. Sugita (JPN) 57 76(5) 64
K. Anderson (RSA) d V. Troicki (SRB) 76(4) 63
[WC] S. Diez (CAN) d K. Edmund (GBR) 36 63 62
M. Youzhny (RUS) d S. Robert (FRA) 63 76(6)

Doubles – First Round
G. Dimitrov (BUL) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) d L. Pouille (FRA) / D. Thiem (AUT) 46 76(2) 12-10
T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) d F. Martin (FRA) / J. Sousa (POR) 61 36 11-9

All photos by Nida Alibhai

 

 

 

 

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Just Breathe: Johanna Konta Wins Maiden WTA Title at Bank of the West Classic

Williams and Konta

By Curt Janka

(July 24, 2016) STANFORD, California –  British No. 1 Johanna Konta earned her first WTA title by battling past top seed Venus Williams 7-5, 5-7, 6-2. This match was Konta’s first final while Williams was playing her 80th final. That said, Konta played with poise and control. She hit her spots and capitalized on opportunities.

 

Venus Williams

Venus Williams

Williams put up a valiant fight. Despite going down a set and two breaks in the second set, she never gave up. “Just because it’s 4-1 doesn’t mean the match is over” Williams said. She couldn’t quite come back in the third set, however, and gave lots of credit to her opponent. “She had a lot of great shots. She came up with a lot of winners. She just played a great match.”

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta

After her semifinal, Konta said controlling her breathing helped her win. She was asked if it helped again today. “Breathing! Revolutionary, guys” she laughed, then explained further, “It helps with my train of thought. The more simple you keep things, the more clarity you have and the less dumb you play.“

So, how was her breathing near the end of the second set when Venus came back from two breaks? More laughs, “Yeah I probably did forget to breath there.”

In the third set, Konta said she went back to keeping things simple. “Coming into that third set it was about just putting things behind you and really breaking it down. Every single point was a battle and you try to win as many battles as possible.”

Along the way, Konta said she found herself wanting to learn from Williams.  “I was thinking a lot in that third set,” she explained “about how many times Venus has been in this position. And just really appreciating that and understanding the magnitude of that. How lucky am I to play against one of the best players in the sport that I’m a part of. Just being grateful of that just makes things lighter and puts things in perspective. Hopefully one day I’ll be as experienced as she is.”

She is indeed learning from one of the best and climbing up the rankings along the way.  Both Konta and Williams will be moving up – as of Monday Konta will be No. 14 in the world with Williams up a notch to No. 6.

 

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2016 Rogers Cup – Toronto and Montreal Results and Schedules

Vania King

Vania King

 

From Tennis Canada:

TORONTO RESULTS, SUNDAY JULY 24, 2016 / RÉSULTATS DE TORONTO DU DIMANCHE 24 JUILLET 2016

Qualifying Singles – Second Round / Qualifications simples – 2e tour
Qualifying – [2] [Alt] R. Stepanek (CZE) d [8] S. Myneni (IND) 76(5) 67(5) 64
Qualifying – [3] T. Smyczek (USA) d J. McGee (IRL) 75 46 75
Qualifying – [4] D. Novikov (USA) d [14] J. Duckworth (AUS) 64 06 76(5)
Qualifying – E. Gomez (ECU) d [5] A. Krajicek (USA) 64 76(8)
Qualifying – [11] R. Harrison (USA) d [6] M. Zverev (GER) 57 63 63
Qualifying – [9] J. Donaldson (USA) d A. Weintraub (ISR) 64 63
Qualifying – [12] A. Gonzalez (COL) d P. Bester (CAN) 61 76(4)

MONTREAL RESULTS, SUNDAY JULY 24, 2016 / RÉSULTATS DE MONTRÉAL DU DIMANCHE 24 JUILLET 2016

Qualifying Singles – Second Round / Qualifications simples – 2e tour
Qualifying / Qualifications – A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) d [1] V. Lepchenko (USA) 62 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [3] K. Bondarenko (UKR) d [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN) 62 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [4] S. Zhang (CHN) d [21] V. Cepede Royg (PAR) 60 76(5)
Qualifying / Qualifications – [20] K. Kucova (SVK) d [5] C. Mchale (USA) 60 64
Qualifying / Qualifications – [19] V. King (USA) d [6] I. Falconi (USA) 36 30 Retired
Qualifying / Qualifications – [13] N. Broady (GBR) d [7] N. Gibbs (USA) 67(4) 63 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [8] S. Zheng (CHN) d A. Muhammad (USA) 62 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [9] N. Hibino (JPN) d [23] J. Glushko (ISR) 63 63
Qualifying / Qualifications – [10] M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d O. Govortsova (BLR) 46 76(2) 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [11] C. Giorgi (ITA) d [17] B. Mattek-Sands (USA) 63 61
Qualifying / Qualifications – [15] M. Linette (POL) d [12] S. Lisicki (GER) 75 62
Qualifying / Qualifications – [25] J. Brady (USA) d [24] J. Boserup (USA) 63 64

TORONTO ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016 / HORAIRE DES MATCHS DE TORONTO – LUNDI 25 JUILLET 2016

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
B. Coric (CRO) vs I. Dodig (CRO)

Not Before 1:00 pm / pas avant 13h
Y. Sugita (JPN) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)
[9] J. Isner (USA) vs D. Sela (ISR)

Not Before 7:00 pm / pas avant 19h
[WC] D. Shapovalov (CAN) vs [11] N. Kyrgios (AUS)
[WC] F. Dancevic (CAN) vs S. Querrey (USA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
V. Troicki (SRB) vs K. Anderson (RSA)
[PR] D. Tursunov (RUS) vs G. Muller (LUX)
A. Kuznetsov (RUS) vs [Q] R. Harrison (USA)
[Q] A. Gonzalez (COL) vs [12] B. Tomic (AUS)
[16] J. Sock (USA) vs D. Kudla (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am / débute à 11h
[WC] S. Diez (CAN) vs K. Edmund (GBR)
[WC] P. Polansky (CAN) vs [Q] T. Smyczek (USA)

Not Before 3:00 pm / pas avant 15h
M. Youzhny (RUS) vs S. Robert (FRA)
G. Dimitrov (BUL) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs L. Pouille (FRA) / D. Thiem (AUT)

COURT 4 start 1:00 pm / débute à 11h
F. Martin (FRA) / J. Sousa (POR) vs T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE)

MONTREAL ORDER OF PLAY – MONDAY, JULY 25, 2016 / HORAIRE DES MATCHS DE MONTRÉAL- LUNDI 25 JUILLET 2016

CENTRAL start 12:30 pm / débute à 12h30
[WC] C. Garcia (FRA) vs B. Strycova (CZE)

Not Before 2:30 pm / pas avant 14h30
H. Watson (GBR) vs [13] S. Stosur (AUS)

Not Before 7:00 pm / pas avant 19h
[Q] M. Linette (POL) vs [12] P. Kvitova (CZE)
[WC] F. Abanda (CAN) vs [Q] S. Zheng (CHN)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 12:30 pm / débute à 12h30
M. Brengle (USA) vs E. Makarova (RUS)
[17] E. Svitolina (UKR) vs [Q] J. Brady (USA)
S. Stephens (USA) vs [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA)

Not Before 6:30 pm / pas avant 18h30
[Q] N. Broady (GBR) vs M. Puig (PUR)

COURT 9 start 12:30 pm / débute à 12h30
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs A. Beck (GER)
A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs S. Errani (ITA) / R. Vinci (ITA)
[WC] S. Halep (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS)

COURT 5 start 3:00 pm / débute à 15h
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) vs [Q] N. Hibino (JPN)
[5] T. Babos (HUN) / L. Safarova (CZE) vs K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR)

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Laura Siegemund Wins Bastad For Her First WTA Title

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(July 24, 2016) Laura Siegemund won her first WTA title on Sunday with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic for the Swedish Open title in Bastad.

The sixth seed Siegemund reached the final after her German countrywoman Julia Goerges retired from their semifinal match with a hip injury.

“This is one of my favorite tournaments, and I can’t believe I won this one,” said the winner.

“I knew I could do well here but winning the whole thing is something you might not really expect or think about.”

She will move up to No. 32 in the world as of Monday.

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Serena Williams Pulls Out of Montreal with Shoulder Inflammation

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Rogers Cup, Montréal, July 24, 2016 – On Sunday, Tennis Canada announced that Serena Williams is withdrawing from Rogers Cup.

The world no.1 holds three Rogers Cup titles and reached the semifinals at the last two editions of the event.

“Due to inflammation in my shoulder, I unfortunately must withdraw from the Rogers Cup. I was looking forward to competing in Montreal and I look forward to returning soon,” said Serena Williams.

“Of course, we are disappointed that Serena will not play in the tournament this year. The fans really enjoyed the time she spent in the city in 2014,” said Eugène Lapierre, tournament director of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. “Because this is an Olympic year, the players have very full schedules. Sometimes your body needs rest. We hope that Serena will recover quickly and wish her much success for the rest of the season.”

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