miércoles, 30 de septiembre de 2015
Williams' progress has slipped under the radar somewhat, and she continued her fine form by swatting aside World No.10 Suárez Navarro, 6-3, 6-4.
The pivotal moment in the first set came in the fifth game, when a succession of thumping forehand winners helped Williams come from 15-40 down to break.
With her serve now purring, the American had few problems closing out the set and quickly moved 3-1 ahead in the second. When the two met earlier this year in Miami, Suárez Navarro overcame a disastrous start to win in three sets, but Williams ensured there was no danger of history repeating itself, coolly serving her way into the quarterfinals.
Garbiñe Muguruza produced a spectacular mid-match turnaround to stun Ana Ivanovic and take her place in the quarterfinals of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.
After dropping a tight first set, Muguruza elevated her game to another level, hurtling towards a 4-6, 6-1, 6-0 victory.
"I was expecting a difficult match. In the first set I think Ana was playing good - I was playing good also," Muguruza said.
"But I don't know, in the important moments I didn't find my best level.
"In the second and the third I found my way, and my tennis level was great.
So I'm very happy with my improvement through in the match."
martes, 29 de septiembre de 2015
Victoria Azarenka's season of bad fortune continued on Tuesday at the Wuhan Open, Azarenka's first tournament since losing to Halep in the US Open quarterfinals.
She sustained a thigh injury during practice the day before her first match and finally hit the pain barrier in the second round, retiring down 6-4, 1-0 to Johanna Konta.
"I don't know if it was the right [decision] to play that long because I started feeling it right in the beginning of the match and obviously in the first match," Azarenka said.
"I wanted to try my best, especially for the fans. They were out there cheering so hard. It was just difficult to just walk away from the court.
"But coming in a little bit not healthy, it's not easy definitely. But it's the end of the year. It's been a tough year. I just need to push a little bit more through."
Venus in 3 Win´s over Goerges in Wuhan 2015. She's the ninth player in the Open Era to reach 700 career match wins
Venus Williams outslugged former Top 15 player Julia Goerges on Tuesday to not only reach the third round of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, but also score her 700th match win.
Goerges was battle-hardened, having come through the qualies this week, but Williams was just too strong on the day, her serve especially - she held nine of her 10 service games during the match.
At the end of the day, Williams won 10 of the last 11 points to close the victory out, 6-4, 6-3.
Ana Ivanovic continued her impressive progress through the draw at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open with a straight set victory over Madison Brengle.
Ivanovic, the No.9 seed, went one better against Brengle, completing a 6-0, 6-3 win in just 72 minutes. The confidence oozing through Ivanovic's game was clear for all to see as early as the second game, a beautifully disguised drop shot bringing up the first break points of the match. She called on the same stroke to capture the second break, and with just 28 minutes on the clock the set was hers.
Just as impressive as the Serb's shotmaking was her concentration.
In a 12-minute opening game to the second set, the Serb recovered from 0-40 down to hold serve, and she was forced to dig deep on several other occasions before finally wrapping up victory with an ace out wide.
lunes, 28 de septiembre de 2015
Maria Sharapova's first match since Wimbledon was cut short midway through the final set by a wrist injury. Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open Wuhan
Having missed the entire summer hardcourt season with a right leg injury, Sharapova looked on course for victory when she led by a set and a break against Barbora Strycova in her opening match at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. However, her difficult season took another turn for the worse when, after lengthy treatment during the changeover, she was forced to retire with a wrist injury when leading 7-6(1), 6-7(4), 2-1.
Ana Ivanovic picked herself up to register a tidy 6-1, 6-3 win over Dulgheru.
"At the beginning of the first set in the first game I was a little nervous, but luckily I wasn't behind for long," Ivanovic said.
"As the match went on I really tried to step it up a little more and I managed to get the break. "I'm really happy to get the win and be in the second round here.
" Twelve months ago, Ivanovic retired from her opening match in Wuhan with a thigh injury and she made an inauspicious start against Dulgheru, following a wild forehand with a doubles fault to drop serve in the opening game.
domingo, 27 de septiembre de 2015
PRIZE MONEY: $2,212,250
DIRECTOR: Mr. Yi Guoqing
The Wuhan Open was one of three WTA events in China new to the calendar in 2014. It is also one of two Premier-level stops in China. Sandwiched in between Premier events in Tokyo and Beijing during the WTA's Asian swing, the Wuhan Open takes place at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center. Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and the most populous city in Central China, is often referred to as the country's economic and geographical center. It is also the hometown of two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na. "I'm so proud that my city is staging such a prestigious tournament," Li said.
Bencic came into the final on all kinds of momentum, beating beat back-to-back Top 10 players in the last two rounds, Garbiñe Muguruza and Caroline Wozniacki.
One more win would have pushed her into the elite herself for the first time - the first teenager since Wozniacki five years ago to do that. The Swiss had also beaten Radwanska in their only previous meeting - the Eastbourne final this year.
But it was a completely different story in Tokyo, as the No.7-seeded Radwanska was in control against the No.8-seeded Bencic from start to finish, storming out to a 6-2, 4-0 lead and, after Bencic won the next two games, sprinting through the last two games to close the Swiss teenager out, 6-2, 6-2. Radwanska produced nearly twice as many winners as unforced errors on the day: 28 to 15. Bencic, meanwhile, was still solid with an almost even differential of winners to unforced errors, 21 to 23.
sábado, 26 de septiembre de 2015
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza continued right where they left off at the US Open this week, winning their second straight WTA doubles title together - and their sixth of the year - at the Guangzhou International Women's Open, not even dropping a set en route to the title.
After a first round bye, the No.1-seeded Hingis and Mirza beat Anna-Lena Friedsam and Monica Niculescu in the quarters, 6-2, 6-3, and then Julia Glushko and Rebecca Peterson in the semis, 6-3, 6-4, before their most dominant performance against Xu Shilin and You Xiaodi in the final, 6-3, 6-1.
Jelena Jankovic ended the surprise run of WTA Rising Star Denisa Allertova on Sunday to lift her first WTA title of the year at the Guangzhou International Women's Open.
Allertova was having the best week of her career in Guangzhou - she not only took out the No.1 seed, Simona Halep, in the quarterfinals, her win over the World No.2 the biggest of her career, but she also followed that up with a semifinal win over No.3 seed Sara Errani to make her first WTA final.
She made a promising start in the final, too, getting broken in the first game but breaking right back and then holding for a 2-1 lead. But that's where all of it may have caught up with the young Czech. The No.4-seeded Jankovic reeled off 11 games in a row from there, losing a total of just 20 points in those 11 games, to completely run away with the rest of the match, wrapping the victory up, 6-2, 6-0.
"It was an amazing time for me here," Allertova, who went first, said.
"I'm so happy I could beat so many good players here and play my first final. Jelena was too good, but I'm happy with my week."
viernes, 25 de septiembre de 2015
GUANGZHOU. September 2015
Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza captured another straightforward win in Guangzhou, moving past Julia Glushko and Rebecca Peterson, 6-3, 6-4.
"It's very hot today and a tough game, but we play well," Mirza said after the match. The reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions broke serve five times to clinch the match in just over an hour. Up next for the dynamic duo will be a pair of hometown favorites as former top-ranked junior Xu Shilin and partner You Xiaodi upset No.2 seeds Anatasia Rodionova and Klaudia Jans-Ignacik, 7-6(5), 6-3.
Xu and You thrilled the Centre Court crowd as they saved all four break points faced in the second set to take the match in straight sets.
But first for Wozniacki was another player she's had trouble with as of late - not only did Kerber lead their head-to-head, 6-4, and win three of their last four meetings, but she had also won their only previous meeting in Tokyo, in the semifinals of the Premier-level tournament two years ago.
And there was danger this time, too - after Wozniacki cruised through the first set, 6-2, the No.5-seeded Kerber cruised just as much in the second set, retaliating by the exact same scoreline, 6-2. The German also broke in the first game of the third - but the No.1-seeded Wozniacki was just too solid from there, rattling off six of the last eight games of the match to complete a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 victory.
"It was a tough match - it always is when I play Angelique," Wozniacki said.
"I started off well in the first set. I was playing well, and she was making quite a few errors. Second set it turned around, but it was competitive towards the end, and in the third set I thought we both played at a really high level.
Since returning from Achilles surgery at the start of the summer, Cibulkova has struggled for consistency. But in Tokyo the Slovak has looked better with each passing match and for much of her 7-6(5), 6-3 triumph over defending champion Ivanovic she looked close to her ebullient best.
At last month's US Open, Cibulkova caused the first upset in a tournament of upsets when she knocked out Ivanovic. Just as on that occasion, the Slovak did not make the fastest of starts, twice trailing by a break in the first set. However, once she hit the front there was no stopping her. Having made it into the tie-break, a salvo of typically fierce forehands gave Cibulkova the set and another clubbing blow from the same wing brought her a couple of break points at the start of the second.
She only needed one, rifling a backhand down the line.
jueves, 24 de septiembre de 2015
Though she hasn't been higher than No.30 herself, Giorgi is 6-6 against Top 10 players, a tribute to the incredible upside to her power game, and something that always makes her a dangerous floater.
And there was certainly danger early on, as Giorgi broke at 15 in the very first game of the match - but Ivanovic broke right back and eventually broke a second time to sneak out the first set, 7-5. After dropping the first two games of the second set, the No.2-seeded Ivanovic went on a roll, winning the next six games in a row to close the match out, 7-5, 6-2, after an hour and 39 minutes.
She finished the match in style with her trademark shot - a screaming crosscourt forehand winner. "I'm obviously happy to have the victory tonight," Ivanovic said in her on-court interview. "It was a very tough match. She's playing well, and she generates so much power off her groundstrokes and serve. I really had to stay low because she has such a powerful game. I knew I had to stay composed in the first set, and then stay on top of her in the second set, because if you let her play ger game, she can play really well. I knew she would be dangerous so I'm happy I made it through."
miércoles, 23 de septiembre de 2015
PRIZE MONEY: $881,100
DIRECTOR: Kentaro Miyamoto
Part of the Asian swing of the WTA calendar, the Toray Pan Pacific Open debuted in 1984 on indoor carpet at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. The event was upgraded to Premier status in 1993 and the surface changed to outdoor hardcourts in 2008, when the tournament moved to its present-day venue of the Ariake Tennis Forest Park - which features the 10,000-seat Ariake Coliseum. Martina Hingis has the most titles in event history with five, her first coming as a 16-year-old in 1997. Other notable winners include four-time champs Lindsay Davenport, three-time champs Steffi Graf and Gabriela Sabatini, and Martina Navratilova, Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic. The lone Japanese winner was Kimiko Date-Krumm in 1995. Helena Sukova has the most doubles titles with five. One of three "command centers" of the global economy along with London and New York City, Tokyo is the capital of Japan, the home of the Japanese government and the largest metropolitan area of the world.