June 27, 2016

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 08, 2016
Women’s
Singles – Second Round

[1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d A. Tatishvili (USA) 61 63
A. Kontaveit (EST) d [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) 67(5) 63 75
[4] M. Puig (PUR) d [Q] M. Larcher de Brito (POR) 64 60
A. Riske (USA) d S. Hsieh (TPE) 62 64

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d R. Olaru (ROU) / A. Tatishvili (USA) 46 63 13-11
A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN) d N. Melichar (USA) / A. Rosolska (POL) 62 64
A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / L. Zhu (CHN) d J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) 63 36 10-6
N. Broady (GBR) / A. Sevastova (LAT) d S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) 36 62 11-9

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 09, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
S. Zheng (CHN) vs [2] J. Konta (GBR)
[Q] A. Barty (AUS) vs [LL] A. Hlavackova (CZE)
[LL] T. Paszek (AUT) vs M. Rybarikova (SVK)
[8] C. Mchale (USA) vs [Q] T. Moore (GBR)

COURT 1 start 12:00 noon
[3] X. Han (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN) vs Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / Kr. Pliskova (CZE)
A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / L. Zhu (CHN) vs [4] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN)
N. Broady (GBR) / A. Sevastova (LAT) vs [2] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)
[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)

 

RICOH OPEN – ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, NETHERLANDS
$250,000
4-12 JUNE 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 08, 2016
Women’s Singles – Second Round
[3] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d [Q] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) 57 63 64
[6] C. Vandeweghe (USA) d N. Hibino (JPN) 62 63
[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) d A. Krunic (SRB) 64 76(3)
M. Brengle (USA) d [WC] R. Hogenkamp (NED) 75 57 75

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
A. Panova (RUS) / A. Sadikovic (SUI) d M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) / A. Muhammad (USA) 64 67(3) 10-8
First Round
[1] O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) d V. Dushevina (RUS) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) 75 63
[2] D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS) d B. Bencic (SUI) / V. Golubic (SUI) 63 64
[4] X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB) d N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / I. Khromacheva (RUS) 63 62
J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA) d I. de Vroome (NED) / R. Hogenkamp (NED) 57 62 10-5

Men’s Singles – Second Round
[2] B. Tomic (AUS) d A. Bedene (GBR) 64 63
[WC] S. Kozlov (USA) d [4] S. Johnson (USA) 63 64
[5] S. Querrey (USA) d T. Ito (JPN) 63 64
[8] [WC] N. Mahut (FRA) d P. Mathieu (FRA) 46 61 64

Men’s Doubles – Quarter-finals
M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / R. Ram (USA) w.o. (Dodig- illness)
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) d C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA) 67(6) 63 10-7

Doubles – First Round
[1] R. Bopanna (IND) / N. Mahut (FRA) d [WC] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / R. Haase (NED) 61 64
G. Muller (LUX) / F. Nielsen (DEN) d M. Demoliner (BRA) / N. Monroe (USA) 63 63
J. Brunstrom (SWE) / A. Siljestrom (SWE) d [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / B. Tomic (AUS) 36 63 10-3

ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, JUNE 09, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
WTA – E. Rodina (RUS) vs [2] J. Jankovic (SRB)

Not Before 12:30
ATP – [3] I. Karlovic (CRO) vs [WC] I. Sijsling (NED)

Not Before 14:30
ATP – [1] D. Ferrer (ESP) vs D. Sela (ISR)

Not Before 16:30
WTA – [1] B. Bencic (SUI) vs V. Lepchenko (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) vs [7] G. Muller (LUX)
ATP – [Q] D. Medvedev (RUS) vs A. Mannarino (FRA)
WTA – K. Kozlova (UKR) vs [4] J. Ostapenko (LAT)
WTA – [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) vs [Q] V. Golubic (SUI)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [1] O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs L. Kuncikova (CZE) / K. Stuchla (CZE)
ATP – [3] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Klaasen (RSA) vs J. Brunstrom (SWE) / A. Siljestrom (SWE)
WTA – J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs [2] D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS)
ATP – S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)

COURT 3 start 13:00
WTA – J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA) vs [4] X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – [1] R. Bopanna (IND) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs G. Muller (LUX) / F. Nielsen (DEN)

 

 

Mercedes Cup

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

 

RESULTS – WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE 2016

Singles – Second Round

[7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d D. Kudla (USA) 75 63
[Q] F. Mayer (GER) d [WC] M. Berrer (GER) 63 36 64

Doubles – First Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d D. Istomin (UZB) / I. Marchenko (UKR) 63 61

SCHEDULE – THURSDAY, 9 JUNE 2016

CENTER COURT start 11:00 
[3] D. Thiem (AUT) vs S. Groth (AUS)

Not Before 12:30

[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs T. Fritz (USA) 43
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] M. Cilic (CRO) 
J. Millman (AUS) vs [WC] J. del Potro (ARG)

MERCEDES COURT start 11:00 
J. Struff (GER) vs [4] G. Simon (FRA)
[PR] F. Mayer (GER) / P. Oswald (AUT) vs [2] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU)
after suitable rest – [WC] M. Berrer (GER) / J. Struff (GER) vs [4] L. Kubot (POL) / A. Peya (AUT) 11
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs S. Groth (AUS) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)

COURT 1 start 11:00 
[Q] S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs M. Youzhny (RUS)
[3] J. Peers (AUS) / B. Soares (BRA) vs O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) 
after suitable rest – M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT)

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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.

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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

 

WTA

 

 

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.”

 

Related article:

Maria Sharapova Announces She Failed Drug Test at Australian Open

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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 07, 2016
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d C. Buyukakcay (TUR) 75 63
[4] M. Puig (PUR) d [Q] K. Zhang (CHN) 61 61
[LL] A. Hlavackova (CZE) d [5] Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 75 76(7)
M. Rybarikova (SVK) d [6] H. Watson (GBR) 46 60 64
A. Riske (USA) d [7] M. Barthel (GER) 62 61
[Q] A. Barty (AUS) d S. Peng (CHN) 63 62
[Q] M. Larcher de Brito (POR) d [WC] L. Robson (GBR) 63 75
[LL] T. Paszek (AUT) d K. Nara (JPN) 64 62
S. Hsieh (TPE) d N. Broady (GBR) 62 61
[Q] T. Moore (GBR) d D. Vekic (CRO) 62 75

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[2] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) d L. Davis (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) 63 26 10-8
Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] F. Christie (GBR) / L. Robson (GBR) 67(2) 64 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 08, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[4] M. Puig (PUR) vs [Q] M. Larcher de Brito (POR)
[1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs A. Tatishvili (USA)
A. Kontaveit (EST) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / L. Zhu (CHN)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
N. Melichar (USA) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)
S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) vs N. Broady (GBR) / A. Sevastova (LAT)
A. Riske (USA) vs S. Hsieh (TPE)
after suitable rest – [1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs R. Olaru (ROU) / A. Tatishvili (USA)

 

RICOH OPEN – ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, NETHERLANDS
$250,000
4-12 JUNE 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 07, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
[1] B. Bencic (SUI) d A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) 62 46 76(3)
[2] J. Jankovic (SRB) d K. Siniakova (CZE) 64 62
[3] K. Mladenovic (FRA) d Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 64 63
[4] J. Ostapenko (LAT) d [Q] J. Jaksic (SRB) 61 60
[Q] V. Golubic (SUI) d [8] A. Friedsam (GER) 63 75
V. Lepchenko (USA) d P. Hercog (SLO) 64 40 Retired
[Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) d K. Flipkens (BEL) 64 62
A. Krunic (SRB) d M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 76(0) 61
[WC] R. Hogenkamp (NED) d [Q] E. Hozumi (JPN) 62 62
K. Kozlova (UKR) d J. Larsson (SWE) 76(3) 32 Retired
N. Hibino (JPN) d S. Voegele (SUI) 76(3) 62
E. Rodina (RUS) d [WC] D. Galfi (HUN) 64 64

Women’s Doubles – First Round
L. Kuncikova (CZE) / K. Stuchla (CZE) d N. Hibino (JPN) / E. Webley-Smith (GBR) 76(3) 76(2)
A. Panova (RUS) / A. Sadikovic (SUI) d E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED) 63 36 10-2

Men’s Singles – First Round
A. Mannarino (FRA) d [6] A. Seppi (ITA) 64 64
[7] G. Muller (LUX) d R. Haase (NED) 76(7) 64
D. Sela (ISR) d [Q] D. Novikov (USA) 75 67(6) 76(5)
G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) d V. Pospisil (CAN) 76(7) 62
[WC] I. Sijsling (NED) d I. Cervantes (ESP) 64 60
[Q] D. Medvedev (RUS) d H. Zeballos (ARG) 63 61
T. Ito (JPN) d I. Dodig (CRO) 63 16 60

Men’s Doubles – First Round
[2] I. Dodig (CRO) / R. Ram (USA) d A. Bury (BLR) / I. Zelenay (SVK) 67(9) 64 10-7
[3] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Klaasen (RSA) d W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED) 36 63 10-8
C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA) d S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) 62 36 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 08, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
WTA – M. Brengle (USA) vs [WC] R. Hogenkamp (NED)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – A. Bedene (GBR) vs [2] B. Tomic (AUS)

Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [3] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs [Q] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS)

Not Before 4:30 pm
ATP – [WC] S. Kozlov (USA) vs [4] S. Johnson (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – [8] [WC] N. Mahut (FRA) vs P. Mathieu (FRA)
WTA – A. Krunic (SRB) vs [Q] E. Mertens (BEL)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – [1] R. Bopanna (IND) / N. Mahut (FRA) vs [WC] G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP) / R. Haase (NED)
WTA – [6] C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs N. Hibino (JPN)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
WTA – [1] O. Kalashnikova (GEO) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) vs V. Dushevina (RUS) / J. Ostapenko (LAT)
WTA – B. Bencic (SUI) / V. Golubic (SUI) vs [2] D. Jurak (CRO) / A. Rodionova (AUS)
ATP – [5] S. Querrey (USA) vs T. Ito (JPN)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – [WC] M. Reid (AUS) / B. Tomic (AUS) vs J. Brunstrom (SWE) / A. Siljestrom (SWE)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – M. Demoliner (BRA) / N. Monroe (USA) vs G. Muller (LUX) / F. Nielsen (DEN)
ATP – M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / R. Ram (USA)
WTA – I. de Vroome (NED) / R. Hogenkamp (NED) vs J. Moore (AUS) / V. Wongteanchai (THA)
WTA – N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / I. Khromacheva (RUS) vs [4] X. Knoll (SUI) / A. Krunic (SRB)

COURT 6 start 1:00 pm
ATP – C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA) vs S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA)
WTA – M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) / A. Muhammad (USA) vs A. Panova (RUS) / A. Sadikovic (SUI)

 

Mercedes Cup

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

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 7 JUNE 2016

Singles – First Round
M. Youzhny (RUS) d [5] F. Lopez (ESP) 76(3) 63
[Q] F. Mayer (GER) d [6] V. Troicki (SRB) 64 76(4)
[7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) d P. Herbert (FRA) 64 61
J. Millman (AUS) d [8] L. Pouille (FRA) 67(3) 63 64
T. Fritz (USA) d [Q] F. Martin (FRA) 36 76(6) 61, saved 1 m.p.
[Q] S. Stakhovsky (UKR) d [WC] J. Choinski (GER) 63 ret. (left ankle)
[WC] J. del Potro (ARG) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) 64 62
J. Struff (GER) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) 46 61 64
D. Kudla (USA) d D. Lajovic (SRB) 60 62
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) d D. Istomin (UZB) 75 36 63

Doubles – First Round
S. Groth (AUS) / R. Lindstedt (SWE) d M. Cilic (CRO) / A. Sancic (CRO) 64 76(4)
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) / G. Simon (FRA) 63 76(2)
[PR] F. Mayer (GER) / P. Oswald (AUT) d [WC] J. del Potro (ARG) / T. Fritz (USA) 76(5) 63

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 8 JUNE 2016

CENTER COURT start 11:00
[WC] M. Berrer (GER) vs [Q] F. Mayer (GER)

Not Before 14:00
[7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs D. Kudla (USA)

Not Before 16:00
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs T. Fritz (USA)
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [2] M. Cilic (CRO)

MERCEDES COURT start 12:30
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs D. Istomin (UZB) / I. Marchenko (UKR)
after suitable rest – [WC] M. Berrer (GER) / J. Struff (GER) vs [4] L. Kubot (POL) / A. Peya (AUT)
after suitable rest – M. Daniell (NZL) / A. Sitak (NZL) vs P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / D. Thiem (AUT)

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Caroline Wozniacki Returns to Court For First Time in 10 Weeks with Win in Nottingham

 

Caroline Wozniacki

Caroline Wozniacki

(June 7, 2016) Former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki made a winning return from injury in Nottingham, progressing to the second round of the Aegon Open with a 7-5, 6-3 victory against Turkey’s Cagla Buyukakcay.

No.3 seed Wozniacki, who missed the entire clay-court season with an ankle problem, was pushed by Turkey’s Buyukakcay. The Danish star took 52 minutes to claim the first set on Centre Court, before racing to a 5-1 lead in the second.

However, her 26-year-old opponent, who became the first player from Turkey to win a Grand Slam match at last month’s French Open, hit back to reduce the arrears to 5-3 before Wozniacki seized the initiative in the ninth game to break for the victory.

“It’s nice to be back on court,” Wozniacki said. “There are always things I want to do better, but all in all for my first match back in so many weeks it’s just great to be back.

“I am pleased with the result and pleased with the way I fought. I think in general I moved pretty well – I hit my targets and I got a lot of returns back.”

On featuring at the Nottingham Tennis Centre for the first time: “It’s really nice how they take good care of you here and the courts are nice and the practise courts are good. It’s all positive things.”

The Aegon Open Nottingham will see two tournaments take place in June, with the women’s WTA event being staged from 4-12 June 2016. Both tournaments will be an integral part of the British grass-court season, which features 11 international grass-court tournaments in eight venues across the country.

Earlier this year the LTA announced changes to the three week 2017 grass court tournament calendar. Nottingham will host a combined men’s and women’s tour-level tournament in the same week for the first time in 44 years. The pre-existing ATP 250 tournament will move back to Eastbourne, merging with the WTA Premier Aegon International to form a combined event (as it was from 2009-2014) featuring the following format: a 28-player main draw men’s event and 48-player main draw for the women staged across nine days. Other changes include a doubling of prize money at the Aegon Trophy Series (ATP Challenger & ITF Women’s Pro Circuit).

 

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

RESULTS – JUNE 07, 2016
Women’s
Singles – First Round

[3] C. Wozniacki (DEN) d C. Buyukakcay (TUR) 75 63
[4] M. Puig (PUR) d [Q] K. Zhang (CHN) 61 61
[LL] A. Hlavackova (CZE) d [5] Y. Wickmayer (BEL) 75 76(7)
M. Rybarikova (SVK) d [6] H. Watson (GBR) 46 60 64
A. Riske (USA) d [7] M. Barthel (GER) 62 61
[Q] A. Barty (AUS) d S. Peng (CHN) 63 62
[Q] M. Larcher de Brito (POR) d [WC] L. Robson (GBR) 63 75
[LL] T. Paszek (AUT) d K. Nara (JPN) 64 62
S. Hsieh (TPE) d N. Broady (GBR) 62 61
[Q] T. Moore (GBR) d D. Vekic (CRO) 62 75

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

[2] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN) d L. Davis (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) 63 26 10-8
Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / Kr. Pliskova (CZE) d [WC] F. Christie (GBR) / L. Robson (GBR) 67(2) 64 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 08, 2016
CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
[4] M. Puig (PUR) vs [Q] M. Larcher de Brito (POR)
[1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) vs A. Tatishvili (USA)
A. Kontaveit (EST) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
J. Rae (GBR) / A. Smith (GBR) vs A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) / L. Zhu (CHN)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
N. Melichar (USA) / A. Rosolska (POL) vs A. Hlavackova (CZE) / S. Peng (CHN)
S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) vs N. Broady (GBR) / A. Sevastova (LAT)
A. Riske (USA) vs S. Hsieh (TPE)
after suitable rest – [1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) vs R. Olaru (ROU) / A. Tatishvili (USA)

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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 06, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
[1] [WC] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) d A. Sevastova (LAT) 67(5) 60 62
[2] J. Konta (GBR) d V. Duval (USA) 63 60
[8] C. Mchale (USA) d M. Linette (POL) 61 64
A. Tatishvili (USA) d Kr. Pliskova (CZE) 64 76(4)
A. Kontaveit (EST) d L. Davis (USA) 63 61
S. Zheng (CHN) d [WC] F. Christie (GBR) 64 62

Women’s Doubles – First Round
[3] X. Han (CHN) / Y. Wang (CHN) d O. Savchuk (UKR) / K. Zhang (CHN) 76(1) 61
[4] G. Dabrowski (CAN) / Z. Yang (CHN) d C. Buyukakcay (TUR) / K. Nara (JPN) 63 62

Women’s Qualifying Singles – Third Round
Qualifying – [1] K. Zhang (CHN) d K. Boulter (GBR) 60 61
Qualifying – A. Barty (AUS) d [2] T. Paszek (AUT) 64 61
Qualifying – M. Larcher de Brito (POR) d A. Hlavackova (CZE) 62 46 76(2)
Qualifying – T. Moore (GBR) d S. Aoyama (JPN) 62 62

ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JUNE 07, 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:00 noon
C. Buyukakcay (TUR) vs [3] C. Wozniacki (DEN)
[WC] L. Robson (GBR) vs [Q] M. Larcher de Brito (POR)
S. Hsieh (TPE) vs N. Broady (GBR)
M. Rybarikova (SVK) vs [6] H. Watson (GBR)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[Q] T. Moore (GBR) vs D. Vekic (CRO)
Z. Diyas (KAZ) vs [5] Y. Wickmayer (BEL)
[LL] T. Paszek (AUT) vs K. Nara (JPN)
after suitable rest – [WC] F. Christie (GBR) / L. Robson (GBR) vs Ka. Pliskova (CZE) / Kr. Pliskova (CZE)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[Q] A. Barty (AUS) vs S. Peng (CHN)
[7] M. Barthel (GER) vs A. Riske (USA)
[4] M. Puig (PUR) vs [Q] K. Zhang (CHN)
L. Davis (USA) / C. Mchale (USA) vs [2] Y. Xu (CHN) / S. Zheng (CHN)

 

RICOH OPEN – ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, NETHERLANDS
$250,000
4-12 JUNE 2016

RESULTS – JUNE 06, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
M. Brengle (USA) d [5] L. Siegemund (GER) 63 36 62
[6] C. Vandeweghe (USA) d [WC] I. de Vroome (NED) 62 64
[Q] E. Mertens (BEL) d [7] E. Bouchard (CAN) 62 60
[Q] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) d D. Allertova (CZE) 62 61

Women’s Doubles – First Round
M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) / A. Muhammad (USA) d [3] E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Kato (JPN) 63 60
J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) d C. Chan (TPE) / A. Naydenova (BUL) 64 64

Men’s Singles – First Round
[5] S. Querrey (USA) d B. Becker (GER) 76(3) 76(5)
[8] [WC] N. Mahut (FRA) d [Q] L. Lacko (SVK) 61 64
[WC] S. Kozlov (USA) d Y. Nishioka (JPN) 61 26 63
P. Mathieu (FRA) d R. Ram (USA) 64 64
A. Bedene (GBR) d [Q] E. Escobedo (USA) 76(5) 62

Men’s Doubles – First Round
S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) d [4] D. Nestor (CAN) / A. Qureshi (PAK) 63 61
M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) d J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR) 67(5) 63 14-12, saved 2 m.p.

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 7 JUNE 2016

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
ATP – I. Cervantes (ESP) vs [WC] I. Sijsling (NED)

Not Before 12:30 pm
WTA – [1] B. Bencic (SUI) vs A. Van Uytvanck (BEL)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – R. Haase (NED) vs [7] G. Muller (LUX)

Not Before 4:30 pm
WTA – K. Siniakova (CZE) vs [2] J. Jankovic (SRB)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
WTA – [Q] E. Hozumi (JPN) vs [WC] R. Hogenkamp (NED)
ATP – A. Mannarino (FRA) vs [6] A. Seppi (ITA)
WTA – [3] K. Mladenovic (FRA) vs Y. Shvedova (KAZ)
ATP – D. Sela (ISR) vs [Q] D. Novikov (USA)

COURT 2 start 11:00 am
ATP – I. Dodig (CRO) vs T. Ito (JPN)
ATP – V. Pospisil (CAN) vs G. Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
WTA – [Q] R. Ozaki (JPN) vs K. Flipkens (BEL)
WTA – A. Panova (RUS) / A. Sadikovic (SUI) vs E. Mertens (BEL) / D. Schuurs (NED)

COURT 3 start 11:00 am
ATP – [Q] D. Medvedev (RUS) vs H. Zeballos (ARG)
WTA – [Q] J. Jaksic (SRB) vs [4] J. Ostapenko (LAT)
WTA – P. Hercog (SLO) vs V. Lepchenko (USA)
WTA – J. Larsson (SWE) vs K. Kozlova (UKR)

COURT 5 start 11:00 am
ATP – [3] D. Inglot (GBR) / R. Klaasen (RSA) vs W. Koolhof (NED) / M. Middelkoop (NED)
ATP – C. Guccione (AUS) / A. Sa (BRA) vs S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)
ATP – After Suitable Rest – A. Bury (BLR) / I. Zelenay (SVK) vs [2] I. Dodig (CRO) / R. Ram (USA)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – N. Hibino (JPN) / E. Webley-Smith (GBR) vs L. Kuncikova (CZE) / K. Stuchla (CZE)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
WTA – A. Krunic (SRB) vs M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
WTA – N. Hibino (JPN) vs S. Voegele (SUI)
WTA – [Q] V. Golubic (SUI) vs [8] A. Friedsam (GER)
WTA – E. Rodina (RUS) vs [WC] D. Galfi (HUN)

Mercedes Cup

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

Singles – First Round
[WC] M. Berrer (GER) d M. Jaziri (TUN) 67(7) 62 64
S. Groth (AUS) d I. Marchenko (UKR) 75 64

Doubles – First Round
[2] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU) d V. Troicki (SRB) / M. Youzhny (RUS) 36 76(4) 10-8
[3] J. Peers (AUS) / B. Soares (BRA) d M. Baghdatis (CYP) / G. Dimitrov (BUL) 76(3) 67(6) 10-4

SCHEDULE – TUESDAY, 7 JUNE 2016

CENTER COURT start 11:00
[Q] F. Mayer (GER) vs [6] V. Troicki (SRB)

Not Before 14:00
[WC] J. del Potro (ARG) vs G. Dimitrov (BUL)

Not Before 16:00
[7] P. Kohlschreiber (GER) vs P. Herbert (FRA)
J. Struff (GER) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP)

MERCEDES COURT start 11:00
T. Fritz (USA) vs [Q] F. Martin (FRA)
[8] L. Pouille (FRA) vs J. Millman (AUS)
M. Youzhny (RUS) vs [5] F. Lopez (ESP)
[WC] J. Choinski (GER) vs [Q] S. Stakhovsky (UKR)

COURT 1 start 11:00
D. Istomin (UZB) vs [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE)
D. Lajovic (SRB) vs D. Kudla (USA)
O. Marach (AUT) / F. Martin (FRA) vs A. Kuznetsov (RUS) / G. Simon (FRA)
[PR] F. Mayer (GER) / P. Oswald (AUT) vs [WC] J. del Potro (ARG) / T. Fritz (USA)
TBA-pending Istomin v Stepanek – M. Cilic (CRO) / A. Sancic (CRO) vs S. Groth (AUS) / R. Lindstedt (SWE)

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Ricoh Open
‘s-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (+2 hours GMT)
6-12 June 2016 Surface: Grass

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 6 JUNE 2016

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
WTA – [6] C. Vandeweghe (USA) vs [WC] I. de Vroome (NED)

Not Before 12:30 pm
ATP – [8] [WC] N. Mahut (FRA) vs [Q] L. Lacko (SVK)

Not Before 2:30 pm
WTA – [Q] E. Mertens (BEL) vs [7] E. Bouchard (CAN)

Not Before 4:30 pm
ATP – [5] S. Querrey (USA) vs B. Becker (GER)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
ATP – P. Mathieu (FRA) vs R. Ram (USA)
WTA – [5] L. Siegemund (GER) vs M. Brengle (USA)
ATP – A. Bedene (GBR) vs [Q] E. Escobedo (USA)
WTA – [Q] N. Vikhlyantseva (RUS) vs D. Allertova (CZE)

COURT 2 start 1:00 pm
WTA – J. Jankovic (SRB) / A. Van Uytvanck (BEL) vs C. Chan (TPE) / A. Naydenova (BUL)
ATP – Y. Nishioka (JPN) vs [WC] S. Kozlov (USA)
ATP – S. Gonzalez (MEX) / S. Lipsky (USA) vs [4] D. Nestor (CAN) / A. Qureshi (PAK)

COURT 3 start 1:00 pm
ATP – M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL) vs J. Erlich (ISR) / C. Fleming (GBR)
WTA – [3] E. Hozumi (JPN) / M. Kato (JPN) vs M. Martínez Sánchez (ESP) / A. Muhammad (USA)

 

Mercedes Cup

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

SCHEDULE – MONDAY, 6 JUNE 2016

CENTER COURT start 11:00
Qualifying Final – Qualifying – [WC] M. Bachinger (GER) vs F. Mayer (GER) 00

Not Before 14:00
S. Groth (AUS) vs I. Marchenko (UKR)

Not Before 16:00
M. Jaziri (TUN) vs [WC] M. Berrer (GER)

MERCEDES COURT start 11:00
Qualifying Final – Qualifying – [1] S. Stakhovsky (UKR) vs [WC] F. Moser (GER)
Qualifying Final – Qualifying – [3] Y. Sugita (JPN) vs [Alt] F. Martin (FRA) 64 67(4) 01
V. Troicki (SRB) / M. Youzhny (RUS) vs [2] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU)
[3] J. Peers (AUS) / B. Soares (BRA) vs M. Baghdatis (CYP) / G. Dimitrov (BUL)

COURT 1 start 12:00
Qualifying Final – Qualifying – [4] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [7] J. Ward (GBR) 62 20

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Wawrinka, Thiem, Garcia and Bertens Win Last French Open Warm-up Tournaments

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(May 22, 2016) Defending French Open champion Stan Wawrinka comes into the second major of the year by winning the Geneva Open beating Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6(11) in the final. This is the Swiss’ 14th career title.

The Geneva title also gives Wawrinka his first career crown in Switzerland. Wawrinka had played for the singles title in Gstaad in 2005 and for the doubles title there in 2004 and 2008 but lost all three times.
“It’s a dream come true to be able to win a title in Switzerland, after all these tournaments and winning Davis Cup, said the world No. 4 and third seed at Roland Garros. “To be able to do it here in Geneva, in the event’s second year is something special. The fans were great. They made a lot of noise today.

“Marin is a great player. Of course he’s had some injury problems of late but he’s the type of player who can always step up against the best in the world. He really ramped up the pressure toward the end, with those set points, so it was nice to be able to finish off the match.”

Kiki Bertens, a qualifier beat Mariana Duque-Marino 6-2, 6-2 to win the Nuremberg tournament on Saturday. Bertens knocked out the top seed, Roberta Vinci in the second round of the German

Caroline Garcia made her country happy on Saturday beating veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia 6-4, 6-1 to win the Strasbourg International for the second title of her career.

Lucic-Baroni played the final of this event 19 years ago against Steffi Graf.

In a battle between up-and-comers on the ATP tour, top seed Dominic Thiem of Austria beat German 19-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 to defend the Nice Open title for his third ATP trophy of the year.

This is Thiem’s 6th career title.

“It’s been an unbelievably great week,” Thiem said. “The first time I had to defend a title and I made it. Maybe I played better in the three matches before this, but a final is always special. You have so much to win and so much to lose. I played a solid third set and I’m really happy. My arm is a little tired, but I will be ok for Roland Garros on Monday.”

The French Open begins on Sunday.

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Tennis Results and Schedules for Geneva, Nice, Nurnberg and Strasbourg

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Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open
Geneva, Switzerland

ATP World Tour 250 € 556,195
Geneva, Switzerland (+1 hours GMT)
16-21 May 2016 Surface: Clay

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 20 MAY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d L. Rosol (CZE) 62 46 63
[3] [WC] M. Cilic (CRO) d [2] [WC] D. Ferrer (ESP) 75 75

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d M. Fyrstenberg (POL) / S. Gonzalez (MEX) 63 64
[3] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA) d J. Knowle (AUT) / L. Rosol (CZE) 63 36 10-8

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2016

COURT CENTRAL start 1:00 pm
[1] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [3] S. Johnson (USA) / S. Querrey (USA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[1] S. Wawrinka (SUI) vs [3] [WC] M. Cilic (CRO)

 

 

NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGS CUP 2016 – NÜRNBERG, GERMANY
$250,000
15-21 MAY 2016

RESULTS – MAY 20, 2016
Singles – Semifinals
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d [3] A. Beck (GER) 75 61
[Q] K. Bertens (NED) d J. Goerges (GER) 36 64 76(4)

Quarterfinals
M. Duque-Mariño (COL) d V. Lepchenko (USA) 57 76(4) 75

Doubles – Semifinals
S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE) d N. Dzalamidze (RUS) / V. Kudermetova (RUS) 46 62 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016
CENTER start 1:30 pm
[Q] K. Bertens (NED) vs M. Duque-Mariño (COL)
After suitable rest – [1] K. Bertens (NED) / J. Larsson (SWE) vs S. Aoyama (JPN) / R. Voracova (CZE)

 

Open de Nice Cote d’Azur
Nice, France

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 20 MAY 2016

Singles – Semi-finals
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 61 63
[8] A. Zverev (GER) d [5] J. Sousa (POR) 64 46 62

Doubles – Semi-finals
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) d [3] E. Butorac (USA) / S. Lipsky (USA) 62 63

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 21 MAY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:20 pm
[1] J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) vs [2] M. Pavic (CRO) / M. Venus (NZL)

Not Before 2:30 pm
[1] D. Thiem (AUT) vs [8] A. Zverev (GER)

 

 

INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG – STRASBOURG, FRA
$250,000
MAY 15 – 21, 2016

RESULTS – MAY 20, 2016
Singles – Semifinals
[Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [4] [WC] K. Mladenovic (FRA) 61 61
[10] C. Garcia (FRA) d [LL] V. Razzano (FRA) 67(3) 64 75

Doubles – Semifinals
[3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / C. Liang (CHN) d [2] C. Chuang (TPE) / D. Jurak (CRO) 57 64 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2016
PATRICE DOMINGUEZ start 12:30 pm
Doubles Final – [1] A. Medina Garrigues (ESP) / A. Parra Santonja (ESP) vs [3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / C. Liang (CHN)

Not Before 3:00 pm
Singles Final – [10] C. Garcia (FRA) vs [Q] M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO)

 

 

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Andy Murray Gives Himself a Birthday Present While Serena Williams Wins Fourth Rome Title

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(May 15, 2016) Andy Murray gave himself a gift for his 29th birthday – a Rome Masters Series 1000 title. The Scotsman beat No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-3 for his 12 Masters title on Sunday.

Joining Murray in the winners circle was No. 1 Serena Williams who won the women’s singles title over Madison Keys 7-6(5), 6-3 in the first All-American women’s clay court final since Serena beat her sister Venus in the 2002 French Open final.

This was Williams’ fourth Rome title, first tournament win of 2016 and first championship title since she won the Cincinnati event last August.

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“It feels great,” Williams said. “So it’s not like I was playing every week. So that’s kind of how I look at it. But it feels great to win a title, especially on clay.”

Murray’s victory makes him the first British male player since 1931 to win the Italian Open. He has also secured the No. 2 seed at the upcoming French Open, which begins on May 22.

The Scotsman now is 22-5 in 2016, ending the Serb’s 17-match winning streak against Top 10 opponents.
“”It’s mostly great players have won this event, so I’m very proud to have my name on the trophy,” Murray said. “Today against Novak is nice. I know he didn’t play his best today. But there were still some tough moments for me in the second set. I saved the break points well and held strong. And overall it was a great week for me. I didn’t lose a set.”

“I had a long couple of weeks, especially the last couple of days,” Djokovic said. “I knew it’s going to be very hard for me, an uphill ride against Andy today, who was playing throughout the week at a very high level. To compete with him in long exchanges and rallies that we do have in our encounters, they require a lot more energy and better performance from my side which didn’t happen.

“Not taking anything away from Andy’s win. On the contrary, I think he deserved to win and deserved to win the entire tournament, because he was the best player. He was the player that played in the best form throughout the entire tournament.”
Serena Williams spoke to the crowd in Italian during the trophy presentation. This was her 70th career title.

The Bryan Brothers won their fourth Rome title and 36th Masters 1000 level, defeating Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock.

“We’re sharing a room this week,,” said Bob Bryan. [Mike] fell asleep around 2:30, 2:45 a.m., because he started snoring. We drank so much coffee last night that I was wired. It was a 12-hour turnaround. Our bodies don’t turn around quickly anymore.”

“The rain delay definitely helped us,” Mike Bryan said. “Our coach [David Macpherson] was back in the locker room, where we had about 15 minutes, and he said, ‘Fire it up!’ We were kind of flat in the first set and weren’t playing with a lot of energy. We had a late match and Bob went to bed at 4 a.m. in the morning. So we were kind of dazed and confused. We were bouncing around in the second set. We played a good Match tie-break, which can go either way.”

This was the Bryan Brothers 112 tournament victory together as a team.

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Djokovic Survives Test From Nadal to Reach Italian Open Semis; Serena Williams Dominates

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(May 13, 2016) Novak Djokovic came back from a break down in both sets and set points down in the second set to fight off Rafael Nadal 7-5, 7-6(4) to reach the semifinals of the Italian Open on Friday in Rome. The dramatic match lasted almost two-and-a-half hours. The world No. 1 has now beaten the 14-time major champion seven straight times and has raised his record to 26-23 over the current No. 5. The Serb has now won 15 straight sets against the Spaniard.

Nadal grabbed opening breaks of serve in both sets and had five set points in the second set  serving at 5-4, but Djokovic kept coming back from adversity.

“I held my nerve at the clutch moments,” Djokovic said in an interview after the match. “Even though I had nervy beginnings to both sets, with some good games and good play in the crucial moments, I managed to win. It’s a straight-sets win, but it feels like we played five sets.

“Winning against Nadal is the ultimate challenge on clay courts and one of the toughest challenges we have in sport. I have to be very pleased with the way I handled myself in the big moments today. I won against one of my biggest rivals on his preferred surface. We must not forget he’s in form. He won Monte-Carlo and Barcelona and has played well the past couple of weeks. That gives me confidence for the rest of this tournament.”

Djokovic said that it was special to be on court playing against Nadal.

Nadal said that he was not disappointed and felt that he played well against the best player.

Djokovic will face-off against Kei Nishikori in his semifinal on Saturday. The sixth seed Nishikori beat 13th seed Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-5.

No. 2 seed Andy Murray moved into the final four with a 6-1, 7-5 win over David Goffin. Murray will play French lucky loser Lucas Pouille for s spot in the final on Saturday. Pouille advanced when Juan Monaco withdrew with a left hip injury.

On the women’s side, No. 1 ranked Serena Williams, getting a little revenge from her loss in Miami, when she demolished Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-0 in 51 minutes. She’ll play Irina-Camelia Begu next who beat Misaki Doi 6-2, 7-6 (3).

On the bottom half of the draw, Garbine Muguruza beat Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-2 and will play Madison Keys, who defeated Barbora Strycova 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.

 

INTERNAZIONALI BNL D’ITALIA – ROME, ITALY
9-15 MAY 2016

RESULTS – MAY 13, 2016
Women’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] S. Williams (USA) d [9] S. Kuznetsova (RUS) 62 60
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) d [11] T. Bacsinszky (SUI) 75 62
I. Begu (ROU) d M. Doi (JPN) 62 76(3)
M. Keys (USA) d B. Strycova (CZE) 64 46 63

Women’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) d R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA) 64 62
I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d [3] T. Babos (HUN) / Y. Shvedova (KAZ) 76(4) 63
[4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) d [5] C. Garcia (FRA) / K. Mladenovic (FRA) 64 64
[7] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS) d A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) 62 64

Men’s Singles – Quarterfinals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [5] R. Nadal (ESP) 75 76(4)
[2] A. Murray (GBR) d [12] D. Goffin (BEL) 61 75
[6] K. Nishikori (JPN) d [13] D. Thiem (AUT) 63 75
[LL] L. Pouille (FRA) d [PR] J. Monaco (ARG) w.o. (hip)

Men’s Doubles – Quarterfinals
[5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d [4] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) 63 64
[6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) d P. Kohlschreiber (GER) / V. Troicki (SRB) 63 64
[8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) d P. Cuevas (URU) / M. Granollers (ESP) 64 76(4)
[PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) d O. Marach (AUT) / M. Matkowski (POL) 46 75 10-8

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2016
CENTER COURT start 12:00 noon
WTA – [3] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs M. Keys (USA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
ATP – [LL] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [2] A. Murray (GBR)

Not Before 5:00 pm
WTA – [1] S. Williams (USA) vs I. Begu (ROU)

Not Before 8:00 pm
ATP – [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [13] D. Thiem (AUT) or [6] K. Nishikori (JPN)
ATP – [PR] J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [5] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA)

PIETRANGELI start 12:00 noon
WTA – [4] A. Hlavackova (CZE) / L. Hradecka (CZE) vs [7] E. Makarova (RUS) / E. Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before 1:00 pm
ATP – [8] V. Pospisil (CAN) / J. Sock (USA) vs [6] R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU)
WTA – After Suitable Rest – [1] M. Hingis (SUI) / S. Mirza (IND) vs I. Begu (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU)

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