viernes, 23 de junio de 2017
BIRMINGHAM, Great Britain
The Petra Kvitova Comeback Train is picking up speed at the Aegon Classic. Playing just her second tournament of 2017, the Czech star outpaced Kristina Mladenovic, 6-4, 7-6(5) to reach the final four in Birmingham.
jueves, 22 de junio de 2017
Wozniacki will take on her opponents wearing the adidas by stella McCartney barricade dress. New for Fall/Winter 2016, this feminine silhouette is engineered using a knit cut with open-hole mesh structures, creating targeted breathability zones. Designed to provide a slim-fit finish, the Dress features ClimaCool technology to ensure superior temperature regulation set after set.
New French winner Jeļena Ostapenko, Caroline Wozniacki, and Simona Halep are also in adidas, with Mugu and Woz wearing the Stella McCartney sub-brand. We’ll have first info on that line shortly! Let’s check out the adidas stuff.
The number of top 10 players competing at the Aegon Internation in Eastbourne next week grew to eight on Thursday, as World No.2 Simona Halep followed World No.1 Angelique Kerber in accepting wild card to the tournament.
“I am very much looking forward to playing in Eastbourne,” Halep said. “The quality of the draw is very high so I’m hoping for some great matches to give me the best possible preparation ahead of Wimbledon.”
Qualifier Camila Giorgi won six of the last seven games to defeat No.2 seed Elina Svitolina, the highest-ranked player remaining in the draw, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 to reach the quarterfinals at the Aegon Classic on Thursday.
While the Italian has seen her ranking slip outside the world's top 100 this season for the first time in three years, her pedigree always precedes her. Always dangerous, particularly on grass, the 25-year-old recorded her eighth career top 10 victory with the secound round win.
"Today was a great match, I played really well. It was a very good level," Giorgi said on-court after the match. "It's really important to play as many matches as possible, so [playing qualifying] helped me."
Lucie Safarova booked her quarterfinal spot at the Aegon Classic Birmingham in commanding fashion, taking down Naomi Osaka in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
“Naomi is a great player and she is serving so strong, so I knew I had to be really ready today,” Safarova said in her on-court interview.
“I just waited for my opportunities when she gives me second serves. I played really well today, I’m very happy with my game.”
lunes, 19 de junio de 2017
Elina Svitolina was pushed all the way by wildcard Heather Watson in the first round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham on Monday, but came through the test in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.
The highest-ranked player in the draw after the withdrawal of World No.1 Angelique Kerber, Svitolina rolled through the opening set before Watson rallied late in the second set to force a decider, which went the World No.5's way behind one break of serve.
The Brit hit back to save two match points in the final game of the match, but was unable to create a break point opportunity at any point in the third set.
"I've been struggling a little bit on grass for the past few years...and I like the way I played today, the way I handled the game, the tight moments as well," Svitolina assessed. "I was expecting that she would come back and play well because, she always plays well on grass and can be very dangerous player. I was very happy that I could finish in the third set on my serve. It was actually a pretty good game.
domingo, 18 de junio de 2017
Unseeded Donna Vekic stormed to her first WTA title in over three years at the Aegon Open in Nottingham on Sunday, coming from a set down to beat top seed Johanna Konta in the final, 2-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.
The Croatian burst onto the scene as a 16-year-old in 2012, when she reached her first WTA final in Tashkent, and won her first career title just over 18 months later at the BMW Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. However, in the seasons since, the Croatian struggled to replicate her early success as a teenager, and reaching the final in Nottingham marked her first appearance in a WTA final in a year and a half.
A season ago, Vekic was ranked outside the top 100 and lost her opening round match in Nottingham to Great Britain's Tara Moore, but will see her ranking rise to a new career-high of No.58 as a result of her efforts this week.
"It's pretty amazing and I'm really, really happy," Vekic said. "Jo played amazing and she's having an amazing year, but I was just trying to focus on myself, serve and good as I can and be aggressive, which is not easy against her.
Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis will be one of the doubles stars at the Mallorca Open. The Swiss player will be at the Club de Tenis Santa Ponsa with Yung-Jan Chang, her regular partner in 2017.
With a combined number of 101 titles in singles and doubles, Hingis will try to add a new title with Chang. Champions in Indian Wells, Madrid and Rome, they will be one of the favorites here in Mallorca
Caroline García, First Mallorca Open champion
Crepuscular rays of sun shone on the central tennis court of Santa Ponsa’s Tennis Club to crown Caroline Garcia as the first champion in the history of the Mallorca Open. Her victory over Anastasija Sevastova 6-3, 6-4 in the grand final earned her the third single WTA title of her career, and gaining the eternal affection of the Majorcan public. Before defeating the Latvian, Caroline Garcia had to overcome difficult barriers to win against Carina Witthöft, Anna-Lena Friedsam, Ana Ivanovic, and Kirsten Flipkens. This French Lady completed a perfect week that will never be forgotten.
Unseeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit capped a dream week on the grass in the Netherlands with her first career title, as she powered past Natalia Vikhlyantseva to win the Ricoh Open on Sunday, 6-2, 6-3.
The World No.49 was runner-up to Marketa Vondrousova at the Ladies' Open Biel Bienne in her first career WTA final this spring, but flipped the script this week and became the first Estonian to win the title in 's-Hertogenbosch in the tournament's history.
"I'm just so excited!" Kontaveit said after the match. "I thought I played a great match and congrats to Natalia for a great week - I hope we'll have more battles. It's been amazing for me, I had really tough matches and I'm so happy to be through them - to win the final, it's amazing."
sábado, 17 de junio de 2017
NOTTINGHAM, England - Britain's No.1 Johanna Konta edged past Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets to reach her first WTA grass court final at the Aegon Open Nottingham, 6-2, 7-5.
She'll face the winner between No.5 seed Lucie Safarova and Donna Vekic in the final.
In the first career meeting between two promising talents with birthdays in 1997, it was Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva who powered into her first WTA final at the Ricoh Open on Saturday, ousting No.5 seed Ana Konjuh, 6-3, 7-5.
"I feel very lucky right now. I was not expecting this," Vikhlyantseva said. "Right now, I'm in the final. It's a very happy moment for me today, and I will enjoy tomorrow. I will try and forget the occasion and play a normal match.
"Everybody has their favourite surface - clay, hard...but grass is my surface - and with a result like this, I like it even more!"
viernes, 16 de junio de 2017
How would you celebrate Father’s Day?
"We’ll celebrate by going out to dinner, having a nice meal and hanging out together. Depending on where we are, I’ll plan something fun for us to do. My dad likes wine – both red and white – so I would buy him a nice bottle of wine. And some M&Ms. M&M’s are his favorite."
What’s the perfect tennis gift for your dad?
"I want to buy my dad a really cool Adidas hoodie. I’ll have to think about the color. Maybe one from their spring sweat collection. I would want to get him one that is cool and fun.
"Also, I’d get him a pair of Adidas crazy train boost sneakers in black & grey. They are classic and go with anything."
Lesia Tsurenko won eight of the last nine games to cruise into the semifinals of the Ricoh Open on Friday, ousting No.2 seed Kristina Mladenovic, 6-3, 6-1.
The Ukrainian improved her career head-to-head against the Frenchwoman to 5-1 overall, which included a victory in the final of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL presentado por HSBC in March for her third career WTA title.
A steady performance from the No.7 seed saw her serve at 70 percent for the match, striking a tidy 10 winners to just nine unforced errors. Tsurenko never dropped serve in the 62-minute victory, and was helped in part by 24 unforced errors off Mladenovic's racquet.
"It was a very good match for me," Tsurenko said on-court. "I was really lucky to [hold] all my serves, as this is very important on grass. I know her well and that's why I...just played my game and tried to be as aggressive as I could [be] and I think it paid off."
jueves, 15 de junio de 2017
Last year’s finalist Kristina Mladenovic was pushed to a tough three sets at the Ricoh Open, but she was able to come back against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and move into the quarterfinals.
After finding herself a set and 2-1 down against the Belarusian, No.2 seed Mladenovic roared to life to take the match, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
“It was very tough, I think we played for more than two hours and Aliaksandra is a very great player on the grass,” Mladenovic said in her on-court interview. “I played her last year in Wimbledon and I lost against her – I think her game suits this surface perfectly.
“It was a great challenge for me, and I’m very happy I kept fighting and was able to do the little turnaround in the middle of the second set.”
Johanna Konta reached the quarterfinals of the Aegon Open on Thursday, beating Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-1.
The 26-year-old benefited from a shortened first-round match against Tara Moore after her fellow Briton retired early through injury but didn't have that luxury on this occasion.
The British No.1 made a blistering start to the first set, breaking the Wickmayer serve twice to establish early dominance.