viernes, 29 de julio de 2016
Simona halep produced a stirring comeback in the first of Friday's quarterfinals to defeat kuznetsova and keep alive her hopes of a maiden Rogers cup title.
After being outplayed for the first set, Halep turned the match on its head to run out a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 winner.
"It was very tough, I feel really tired now, she played very well and she's very strong so I knew it was going to be like this," Halep said. "All I can say is that I'm very happy I could win against her, because we always have tough matches.
"I was a little bit nervous at the beginning of the match and I didn't really feel the ball. But I just tried to be aggressive and play my game. I was doing everything, I was fighting today."
Through to the quarterfinals at this week's Rogers Cupin Montréal, British No.1 Johanna Konta is closing in on making her WTA Top 10 debut
Through to the quarterfinals at this week's Rogers cup in Montréal, British No.1 Johanna Konta is closing in on making her WTA Top 10 debut.
Konta will face Kristina kucova, a qualifier fresh off a surprise win over hometown favorite eugenie Bouchard Thursday night, in the second night match on Central. Depending on how the day unfolds, Konta could possibly secure a Top 10 spot with a win over Kucova.
jueves, 28 de julio de 2016
Eugenie Bouchard has brought her best tennis to the Rogers cup this year; the former World No.5 avenged a Wimbledon loss to dominika cibulkova 6-2, 6-0, to book a spot in the third round.
"It feels special playing in Montréal," she said during her on-court interview. "I don't get to do it often, so it just makes me extra motivated to play in front of you guys. I love your support!"
Bouchard had to win an epic match in her first round against lucie safarova , and overcame a stomach ailment picked up during her doubles match later on Tuesday.
miércoles, 27 de julio de 2016
radwanska vs niculescu
Head-to-head: Radwanska leads 3- 1
Kicking off play on Wednesday on Court Central is Radwanska, champion from 2014 and among the most consistent hardcourt performers of the last 12 months. Radwanska brought the form that helped her win the bnp Paribas WTA Singapore fall to the start of the season, reaching the semifinals or better at her first four tournaments - including the australian open. Inconsistencies followed on clay and grass, where the Pole found herself outgunned all too often by rival Dominika Cibulkova.
martes, 26 de julio de 2016
PRIZE MONEY: $2,413,663
DIRECTOR: Eugene Lapierre
Since 1892, the best women's tennis players in the world have showcased their skills at what is now known as the Rogers Cup; only Wimbledon and the US Open have longer histories.
Part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the tournament rotates each year between Toronto and Montréal, with the ATP staging its version of the event the same week in the alternate city. Three times it has been named the WTA's Premier Tournament Of The Year - in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
The event has been won by a plethora of all-time greats, with Chris Evert and Monica Seles leading the way with four titles each, followed by Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams with three apiece. Seles has an especially memorable history, the first of her four straight triumphs coming in 1995 in Toronto - her first tournament back after a two-year, three-month absence from the WTA. Navratilova has the most doubles titles, with her sixth in 2006 being the last title of her career.
lunes, 25 de julio de 2016
STANFORD, CA, USA
Johanna konta played one of the best matches of her career to dismiss former No.1 and two-time bank of the west classic champion venus williams, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, to capture her first WTA title.
"It's quite an incredibly humbling experience," she said after the match when asked about winning her first title. "It's a validation of all the hard work you've already put in and a motivator on the things you want to keep improving on, and the lengths you might go to in order to become that much better at your discipline
Laura siegemund captured her maiden WTA title after a stunning week at the Ericsson Open, dispatching rising Czech star Katerina siniakova 7-5, 6-1.
"This is one of my favorite tournaments, and I can't believe I won this one!" Siegemund said after the match.
"I was in good shape, and was playing well last week as well. I knew I could do well here but winning the whole thing is something you might not really expect or think about."
viernes, 22 de julio de 2016
Dominka Cibulkova showed great resilience serving under pressure during her 7-6(3) 6-3 win over Urszula radwanska at the bank of the west classic Thursday.
Cibulkova actually won a higher percentage of her service points when facing a break point than she did on normal service points in the match. Overall, Cibulkova saved 60% of the break points she faced Thursday. On non-break points, she won just 55% of her service points.
Both players were broken twice in the opening set, which Cibulkova won in a tie-break.
In the second set, Cibulkova truly withstood pressure in her service games. She saved five of seven break points, good for 71%. On non-break points in the second set, she won just 46% of her service points (13 of 28).
miércoles, 20 de julio de 2016
Three new Olympians have been added to the official entry list for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016
martes, 19 de julio de 2016
A relieved anna Karolina schmiedlova returned to winning ways with a straight set victory over Susanne Celik in the first round of the Ericsson Open on Monday afternoon.
Schmiedlova's 6-1, 6-3 win was her first at a WTA event since January and sets up a second-round meeting with either Katerina siniakova and Jana cepelova
"I'm really happy that I won because I lost, I don't know how many - I didn't count - maybe 15 matches in a row, so it's a special feeling and I'm very happy," Schmiedlova said.
"It was a good match. She played well - I didn't know her very well as I hadn't played her - and I think she can be a good player. But I'm really happy that I won, even thought I was a little bit nervous at the end."
lunes, 18 de julio de 2016
PRIZE MONEY: $226,750
DIRECTOR: Jeff Newman
The origins of the Citi Open date back to an ATP event that launched in 1969 as one of the first open professional tennis tournaments held in the United States. It has since featured some of the sport's most innovative changes, including blue courts, instant replay/video boards in the stadium, the main draw getting underway on Sunday and being part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.
After the WTA held an event in College Park, Maryland, in 2011, the ATP and WTA staged a joint tournament in 2012 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in the Rock Creek Park section of Washington, DC. Thus, various site upgrades were put in place, including a show court to accommodate both events.
Citi is a global financial services company with about 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. The Citi Open is owned by and benefits the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF), which seeks to improve life prospects for DC area youth.
PRIZE MONEY: $687,900
DIRECTOR: Vickie Gunnarsson
Launched in San Francisco in 1971 and moving to Oakland in 1979, the longest-running women's-only event settled in its current home of Stanford University at the Taube Family Tennis Center in 1997. Bank of the West has been the title sponsor since 1992, showcasing a strong commitment to tennis.
Stanford serves as the first tournament of the Emirates Airline US Open Series, the North American summer hardcourt schedule that begins after Wimbledon and leads up to the US Open.
Martina Navratilova has the tournament record with five titles. Other winners include four-time champ Kim Clijsters, three-time champs Lindsay Davenport, Chris Evert, Billie Jean King and Serena Williams, and Margaret Court, Martina Hingis, Hana Mandlikova, Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, Monica Seles and Venus Williams. Davenport has the most doubles titles with six - each of them coming with different partners.
domingo, 17 de julio de 2016
Simona Halep put on a clay court masterclass against Anastasija Sevastova at the BRD Bucharest to win her second hometown title in three years.
Top seed simona halep was nearly flawless in the final of the BRD buc Bucharest open, putting on a clay court masterclass in her 6-0, 6-0 win against anastasija Sevastota to claim her second hometown title in three years.
"I think I've never won 6-0, 6-0 in a WTA event," Halep marveled after the match.
"I knew she was a tough adversary and I never dreamt of winning this way," she added. "A player that reaches the final has a strong game, feels the game.
"Today I think I was more solid, I fought every ball, I was aggressive and I managed to finish the points very quick."
Local favorite Victorija Golubic capped off a dream week by winning her first WTA title at the inaugural Ladies Championship Gstaad. Golubic defeated Kiki Bertens 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 after a two-hour battle to claim the title in her home country.
Playing on a seemingly rare sunny day at the rain-logged tournament, the Swiss No.105 Golubic got off to a rocky start against the No.3 seeded Bertens. Bertens climbed ahead after a tight opening set, breaking at 4-4 and rattling off the next two games.
"It was so tough when I lost the game at 4-4. I missed a lot of shots and made too many presents for her. Also she forced me to do some errors," Golubic said after the match.
"After that first set, I was just trying to get new energy," she added. "Just kinda try to start from new and think about my tactics. So from there, actually the match started from 0-0 for me."
sábado, 16 de julio de 2016
Kiki Bertens upset top seed timea Bacsinszky on Saturday to end hopes of an all-Swiss final at the Ladies Championship Gstaad.
Two Swiss players have never met in the final of a WTA event, and Bertens ensured this statistic remained intact with a 7-5, 7-6(1) win.
Due to the torrential rain earlier in the week, the weekend began with the completion of the backlogged quarterfinals, Bertens living up to her No.3 seed status by making short work of irina khromacheva. However, against Bacsinszky she was made to work considerably harder, coming from a break down in both sets to edge into the third final of her career.
"I think the tournament would have loved two Swiss players in the final - so sorry for that! - but I'm really happy," Bertens said afterwards. "I think we both played a lot of matches in the last few hours, so physically it's really tough."
Victoria Azarenka has announced the exciting news that she is expecting her first child later this year.
Two-time Grand Slam champion Azarenka has announced the exciting news that she is expecting her first child later this year.
While recovering from the knee injury that sidelined her for Wimbledon, Azarenka and her boyfriend found out they would soon be welcoming a new member to the family.
The former World No.1, who plans to return to the game at some point in the future, made the announcement on Facebook this Friday.
"The WTA Family extends its congratulations to Vika. There is nothing more special than becoming a parent and we look forward to having Vika with her family back on Tour and winning championships next year," WTA CEO Steve Simon said.
After a disappointing sporting month in which one had a hand in Germany's exit from the Euros and the other crashed out in the first round of Wimbledon, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Ana Ivanovic finally experienced a perfect match.
The pair married in Venice, Italy, in a lavish ceremony spread out over two days.
jueves, 14 de julio de 2016
martes, 12 de julio de 2016
His on-field excursions ended in disappointment earlier this month, but off-it July will always hold a special place in the heart of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The Germany captain tied the knot with Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic on Tuesday - having been in a relationship since 2014.
Schweinsteiger looked dapper in a navy blue suit while Ivanovic looked elegant in a white dress.
The newlyweds were a picture of happiness as they left Venice City Hall hand in hand.