June 22, 2017

Gael Monfils and Yanina Wickmayer Take Citi Open Singles Titles

Monfils Courtesy of Wilson314WickmayerFH-001

(July 24, 2016) Gael Monfils won the biggest tournament of his career saving a match point and finding a way to beat the unbreakable serve of Ivo Karlovic 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-4 for the Citi Open title and ATP World Tour 500 event.

The 37-year-old almost seven foot Karlovic of Croatia, coming off a tournament win last weekend in Newport was trying to become the oldest man since 1973 to win back-to-back tournaments.

Gael Monfils was about to be “served” out of the Citi Open final on Sunday when Ivo Karlovic led 7-5, 5-4 about to serve for the title. Karlovic who hadn’t lost her serve the entire tournament, found himself broken twice within the next four games, which turned the match around for the Frenchman.

The title, which is Monfils’ fifth, was his first trophy in almost 2 1/2 years.

“To be honest, today was pure luck,” said the winner.

“Normally I should have (won),” Karlovic said. I was better in the first two sets, and I didn’t use my opportunity.” Karlovic said.

“And then after that, I was dead. I couldn’t move anymore.”

“It’s a real pleasure for me,” said the 29-year-old Monfils. “When I first came, I saw big names like Arthur Ashe and Yannick Noah and I said ‘I want to have my name next to them’. They have been big inspirations for me. Every time I come here, the crowd has been really great to me and amazing.”
“I was going to win and I lost my serve,” Karlovic said. “That is tennis. Of course, every match you have a little bit of pressure. I’ve dealt with that in many matches and usually I’m able to get over it. Today I couldn’t. But it was a great week.”

On the women’s No. 7 seed Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium won her fifth WTA singles title, besting 122nd-ranked Lauren Davis of the United States 6-4, 6-2. Not only did the Belgian win the singles, but she won the doubles title teaming with Monica Niculescu, becoming the third woman this year to double up at an event.

“It’s such a great feeling to win titles and to hold that trophy at the end of the week,” said No. 44 Wickmayer. “Being able to hold two trophies this week has been great.”

The 22-year-old Davis will jump into the top 100 by making her first WTA final.


From Tennis Atlantic:


Yanina Wickmayer and Annika Beck Claim WTA Titles This week

Yanina Wickmayer

Yanina Wickmayer


(September 20, 2015) Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium and Germany’s Annika Beck won WTA titles on Sunday.

The No. 86 Wickmayer rallied to beat No. 84 Magda Linette of Poland 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the final of the Japan Open for her fourth career WTA trophy. Wickmayer’s last tournament win came in New Zealand in 2010.

In taking the title in Tokyo, the Belgian told WTAtennis.com:

“A lot has happened – it’s been five years,” Wickmayer said. “There have been some injuries, but those are just a part of the job, and part of the career. And the level of the tour has been growing as well – there’s a lot of tough players out there. It’s much tougher to win a tournament these days.

“But going through all of the hard work and tough moments makes winning a lot more special.”

“It feels great. It’s amazing to win my fourth WTA title. It’s been a while since my third one, so it feels very good to lift a trophy up again after a few years. I’m very happy and very excited about it.”

$ 250,000.00
14-20 SEPTEMBER 2015


Doubles – Finals

[1] H. Chan (TPE) / Y. Chan (TPE) d [WC] M. Doi (JPN) / K. Nara (JPN) 61 62


Fifth seed Annika Beck was victorious in Quebec City for her second career WTA crown, defeating Jelena Ostapenko 6-2, 6-2 in the final. Beck knocked out defending champion and second seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the semifinals.

$ 250,000.00
SEPTEMBER 14 – 20, 2015

Singles – Finals

[5] A. Beck (GER) d J. Ostapenko (LAT) 62 62

Doubles – Finals

B. Krejcikova (CZE) / A. Mestach (BEL) d [3] M. Irigoyen (ARG) / P. Kania (POL) 46 63 12-10


Seeds Stephens and Stosur Fall in Wimbledon First Round


(June 23, 2014) WIMBLEDON – American Sloane Stephens’ streak of reaching the second week at a major was halted at six on Monday at Wimbledon when No. 109 Maria Kirilenko held back her opponent 6-2, 7-6(6) on her sixth match point.

Seventeenth seed Sam Stosur also fell victim to an opening day upset losing to Yanina Wickmayer 6-3, 6-4.


After an easy first set, where the Russian played an aggressive game, in the second set Stephens fought off five match points serving a 5-6.  The 18th seed held to take the set to a tiebreak and took a 6-4 lead. Stephens blew two set points as Kirilenko won the next four straight points to take the tiebreak and the match.

Last year Stephens reached quarterfinals at Wimbledon where she lost to the eventual champion Marion Bartoli.

“Obviously Maria is a great player,” Stephens said.  “She’s done well here in the past.  I knew it was going to be tricky, but that’s like every other Grand Slam first round match.”

“She just played really consistent,” Stephens added.  “She’s a good grass court player, so she knows what she’s doing.  Obviously, I mean, she just played pretty solid and she went for all of her shots.

“It was a tough day for me.”

“It wasn’t a very good start for sure,” Stosur said.  “But I actually didn’t feel like, apart from trying to play that little catch up with the break behind, I felt like I was playing quite well.

“I served very well.  Yeah, again, having that break of serve right at the start, for her to get that lead obviously frees her up a little bit.  I thought she played very, very well.

“Yeah, early in that second set I had a chance to break serve; didn’t get it.  Then it was service games, service games, service games.  She gets a let cord at 30-All to get a break; down a break.

“Look, I don’t feel like I played that bad a match, to be honest with you.”

“I think this was one of the best matches I’ve played this year,” said the Belgian who was supported in the stands by former No. 1 Kim Clijsters who is   also working with Wickmayer.  “I felt really confident out there, and tried to really focus on being aggressive from the first point when she served.  I tried to be aggressive on the second serves, and when I had the chance I tried to move in and move forward and serve well myself.

“Open the court up, make her run, work for the points.  So I’m really happy about the way I played today.”

Karen Pestaina at Wimbledon


Hampton in the Hunt for Maiden Title in Eastbourne

By Ros Satar

(June 21, 2013) EASTBOURNE, England –

Jamie Hampton def. Caroline Wozniacki 6-7(8), 7-5, 6-3
Qualifier, Jamie Hampton is hunting for her maiden WTA tour title, after scoring another good win in the Aegon International, Eastbourne.

Hampton started strongly, taking the initiative early, but Wozniacki dragged the first set into a tiebreak.

Momentum again looked to be with the American, but set points went begging partly down to two outlandishly missed volleys.

Suddenly the Dane was in the driver’s seat, rounding out the first set 10-8 in the tiebreak.

It was all looking like a formality, as Wozniacki’s experience seemed to serve her better in the blustery conditions.

But Hampton fought back to break as Wozniacki was serving for the match at 5-4.

Hampton had her tail up and broke again to take the match into a decider.

Wozniacki broke early in the third set, only to lose the advantage immediately, and in a match that had seen swings of momentum throughout, it was Hampton who nudged ahead.

Serving for the match at 5-3, Wozniacki saved one match point, but there were no mistakes on the second as Hampton put a volley slap bang in the corner of the court.

Wozniacki could only wryly smile as the American qualifier reaches her first tour final.

It seemed less like a sleepy seaside town and more like playing in the middle of a tornado at times.

Hampton joked about the conditions in her post match press conference:
“Conditions are a little rougher than everywhere else, but you guys make up for it with the nice courts.”

Although mindful that she has a shot at her maiden title tomorrow, Hampton could not resist a peek at the Wimbledon draw, where she will face fellow American Sloane Stephens.

“It’s a bit of a bummer that two Americans have to play first round considering we both had great French Opens, but I’m going to treat it just like every other match.”


Elena Vesnina def. Yanina Wickmayer 6-2, 6-0
Hampton will face Russia’s Elena Vesnina, who overcame Yanina Wickmayer rather easily than she anticipated.

Wickmayer handed over two breaks of serve, and called down her coach after losing the first set.

However, it seemed to do her no good at all as she did not register another game for the rest of the match.

“I was expecting it’s going to be very long and difficult match for both of us.
“I think after first set she kind of lose her concentration, and it looks like she didn’t know what to do,” said Vesnina after the match.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s final, the Russian had been playing some attention to Hampton’s progress through the tournament this week.

“It’s going to be very interesting match, I think. Jamie is a very talented player. It’s her first final.

“I’m pretty sure she’s very excited about that.”

Wickmayer had taken out two top ten players this week, first dispatching Petra Kvitova and then Maria Kirilenko, both in three-setters.

But there was none of that fight left in her today, leaving Vesnina looking to follow up her own maiden title from Hobart this year.

Ros Satar is a British Journalist – an IT journalist by day, and a sports journalist in all the gaps in between. She’s covering the AEGON International this week as media for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her tournament updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN. Follow her personal twitter at @rfsatar.