viernes, 18 de agosto de 2017

Johanna Konta vs dominika cibulkova. western & southern open 2017

CINCINNATI, OH, USA
Johanna Konta is through to the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals for the first time after battling past Dominika Cibulkova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4.

Coming into their round of 16 clash, Konta and Cibulkova each owned a win in the pair’s previous head-to-head record of 1-1, but neither had made an appearance into the Cincinnati quarterfinals.

After a nearly two-hour rain delay halted play during their warm-up, the pair came out swinging but it was Konta who was able to get ahead first. The swirling winds wreaked havoc on Cibulkova’s high ball toss, and Konta took advantage to emerge with the edge after three straight breaks of serve.

Order of play. 18 august 2017. Western & southern open 2017

CENTER

Garbiñe MUGURUZA (ESP) [4] v Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) [8]

After 3 Men's Singles

Johanna KONTA (GBR) [7] v Simona HALEP (ROU) [2]

GRANDSTAND

After 1 Men's Doubles and 1 Men's Singles

Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [1] or [Q] Camila GIORGI (ITA) v Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) [6]


jueves, 17 de agosto de 2017

Karolina Pliskova in press conference. Western & southern open 2017

CINCINNATI, OH, USA
Karolina Pliskova made an emphatic return the very tournament where she began her rise to WTA World No.1, easing past Russian talent Natalia Vikhlyantseva, 6-2, 6-3, to kick off her title defense at the Western & Southern Open.

"I felt okay," Pliskova said after the match. "I obviously didn't know my opponent, so I don't think it was the best match. As always, first rounds are not the best. I think she played really strange, some good points and then a lot of mistakes.

Order of play. 17 august 2017. Western & southern open 2017

CENTER

After 1 Men's Singles

Garbiñe MUGURUZA (ESP) [4] v Madison KEYS (USA) [16]

After 2 Men's Singles

[WC] Sloane STEPHENS (USA) v Ekaterina MAKAROVA (RUS)

GRANDSTAND

Anastasija SEVASTOVA (LAT) [15] v Simona HALEP (ROU) [2]

After 3 Men's Singles

Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) [5] v Julia GOERGES (GER)

STADIUM 3

After 1 Men's Singles

[Q] Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) v Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) [6]

Johanna KONTA (GBR) [7] v Dominika CIBULKOVA (SVK) [11]

Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [1] v [Q] Camila GIORGI (ITA)

Vera zvonareva will receive a WC into the qualifyng of the new Haven 2017

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA
Two-time Grand Slam singles finalist and former World No.2 Vera Zvonareva will receive a wild card into the qualifying draw in her first WTA-level appearance since 2015. Talented Americans Kayla Day and Sofia Kenin also received wild cards with the final announcements coming on Thursday.

Makarova win's over angelique kerber into wester & southern open 2017

CINCINNATI, OH, USA
In a battle of two of the WTA Tour's top lefties, Ekaterina Makarova notched another upset over No.3 seed Angelique Kerber in a marathon match, 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(11), at the Western & Southern Open on Wednesday.

Kerber came into the match with a winning record against Makarova, and had won their previous meeting in Cincinnati in 2014.  The Russian, however, had won their most recent meeting in the first round of this year's French Open, where she claimed her first win over a World No.1 player.

“Today was unbelievable match and great fighting from both of us,” Makarova said in her post-match press conference. “Every time when we play, normally it's like three sets, a lot of times three sets. So I knew that it would be very tough match. She's a great player, a champion.

Dominika cibulkova advances into western & southern open 2017. Cornet out

CINCINNATI, OH, USA
Dominika Cibulkova won the last four games of her second round encounter with Alizé Cornet to emerge victorious, 6-1, 6-4, and reach the Round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open.

Cibulkova capped a career year in 2016 when she captured the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global - defeating Simona Halep and then-WTA World No.1 Angelique Kerber en route - but injuries have stunted her progress this season, winning back-to-back matches just once since the Miami Open heading into Cincinnati.

Sloane Stephens win's over Petra Kvitova into western & southern open 2017

CINCINNATI, OH, USA
For the second time in as many weeks, Sloane Stephens came out on top over No.14 seed Petra Kvitova to move into the round of 16 at the Western & Southern Open.

Stephens - a former World No.11, who missed nearly a year of action due to a foot injury before returning at Wimbledon - faced Kvitova last week in Toronto on her way to the semifinals, scoring a statement three set victory   mark the best match of her comeback to date.

On Wednesday in Cincinnati, Stephens backed it up with another victory against Kvitova, needing just 70 minutes to win 6-2, 6-3 and make her way into the round of 16.

miércoles, 16 de agosto de 2017

Simona halep win's over Taylor Townsend into western & southern open 2017

CINCINNATI, OH, USA 
Simona Halep eased into the third round of the Western & Southern Open on Tuesday, overcoming an early deficit to defeat American qualifier Taylor Townsend, 6-4, 6-1. 

After a tightly contested start which saw four breaks of serve in the first six games, Halep cruised to victory in the latter stages of the match, winning 11 of the final 12 games en route to her first win in Cincinnati this year.

Venus williams win's over alison riske into western & southern open 2017

CINCINNATI, OH, USA
Venus Williams put together a dominant performance against fellow American Alison Riske, dropping just two games on her way to the second round of the Western & Southern Open.

Venus needed just 66 minutes to wrap up the 6-2, 6-0 victory and improve her head to read record against Riske to 3-0, winning all six sets she’s played against her countrywoman.

“The last two matches we’ve played were really well-competed - we’ve had a tiebreaker, we’ve had some 7-5 sets, really close matches” Venus acknowledged. “I know that she’s going to make me hit a lot of balls.

“And the courts are playing really slow, so I have to be patient. On every point I’m like, ‘Venus, just put the ball in the court.’ It’s definitely a practice of patience out here.”

Order of play. 16 august 2017. Western & southern open

CENTRE COURT

After Men's Singles match

Not before 1pm
Venus Williams (USA) [9] vs. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)

After Men's Singles match

Not before 7pm
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) [1] vs. Natalia Vikhlyantseva (RUS)

GRANDSTAND

Daria Kasatkina (RUS) vs. Madison Keys (USA) [16]

After Men's Singles match

Not before 2pm
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) vs. Angelique Kerber (GER) [3]

Serena Williams wants to play and be competitive at the Australian Open following the birth of her first child.

Serena Williams will only return to professional tennis if she feels capable of matching her pre-pregnancy level of play.

The American, winner of 23 Grand Slams, is currently out of the game, expecting a baby with fiancé Alexis Ohanian in under a month.

"In this game you can go dark fast,"she told vogue. "If I lose, and I lose again, it’s like, she’s done. Especially since I’m not 20 years old. I’ll tell you this much: I won’t win less. Either I win, or I don’t play.”

martes, 15 de agosto de 2017

Dominika cibulkova win's over Ana Konjuh into western & southern open 2017

CINCINNATI, OH, USA
Dominika Cibulkova survived a stern test in her first match at the Western & Southern Open, needing three sets to edge past the big-hitting Ana Konjuh.

After splitting two very close opening sets, Cibulkova pulled away in the third, needing two hours and 20 minutes to come back from a set down and secure the 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 victory.

The USTA announced the full list of women's wildcards for the US Open on Tuesday, including 2006 champion Maria Sharapova

NEW YORK, NY, USA 
The US Open has included former champion Maria Sharapova in its list of main draw wildcards announced by the USTA on Tuesday. 

The 2006 winner will be joined in the main draw by USTA Girls’ 18s Nationals champion Ashley Kratzer, US Open Wild Card Challenge winner Sofia Kenin and NCAA singles champion Brianne Minor, defending US Open girls' champion Kayla Day and former junior World No.1 Taylor Townsend.

lunes, 14 de agosto de 2017

Western & southern open 2017. The best moments

Makarova and Elena Vesnina conquer's of the Rogers cup wta doubles final 2017

Ekaterina MAKAROVA and Elena VESNINA

Well, ladies, you’ve won your last 10 matches, and only dropped four games in your last four finals.
Just how good are you two feeling about your games right now?

Makarova: Today was another 6-0 set, and we were up 2-0 in the second set. We played very good today, and they’re tough opponents, so we came in with all of our focus and energy. We wanted to play aggressively and it worked out, but they started to play better in the second set, pushing us to a lot of deciding points. We tried to stay focused on our game in those moments, especially on match point - which was another deciding point! - so it was very close. We’re so happy to win here for a second time.

Petra kvitova win's over Anett Kontaveit into western & southern open 2017

CINCINNATI, OH, USA 
Petra Kvitova rallied from a first set blitz to see off looming Estoninan Anett Kontaveit in her first round match at the Western & Southern Open, 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-3.

Trailing 1-6, 2-4 against the World No.28, the Czech rallied to knot the second set before running away with the tiebreak, and won the last four games of the match to move safely through to the second round.

Race to Singapore. Number one. 14 august 2017

Ranking wta number one. 14 august 2017

Elina Svitolina conquer's of the Rogers cup 2017

TORONTO, Canada!
Elina Svitolina won her WTA-leading fifth title of 2017 on Sunday, knocking out former WTA World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-0, to win the Rogers Cup.

"I need some time still to really realize, because I had so many matches for the last two days and it's been really, really tough physically," the Ukrainian said after the match. "Today was very hot, so I've been really struggling. I'm just very happy that it's finished - and with a title, it's even more special."

domingo, 13 de agosto de 2017

Western & southern open 2017. The analysis of the main draw singles

CINCINNATI, Ohio
The Battle for No.1 heats up next week at the Western & Southern Open but the fireworks will start right off the bat. The main draw is out and the first round sees a blockbuster match, with Madison Keys and CoCo Vandeweghe locking horns in a rematch of the Bank of the West final.

Cincinnati Snapshot:

Top 8 seeds: Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Garbiñe Muguruza, Elina Svitolina, Caroline Wozniacki, Johanna Konta, Svetlana Kuznetsova

Elina Svitolina into final of the Rogers cup 2017

TORONTO, Canada 
Elina Svitolina is through to the Rogers Cup final for the first time after outgunning defending champion Simona Halep in straight sets.

The last time these two met, halep pulled off an epic come back the French Open quarterfinals, coming back from a set and 5-1 down to save match point and oust Svitolina 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-0