martes, 25 de abril de 2017
lunes, 24 de abril de 2017
Wang Qiang earned her first WTA 125K Series title at the Biyuan Cup Zhengzhou Women's Tennis Open 2017
Wang Qiang earned her first WTA 125K Series title at the Biyuan Cup Zhengzhou Women's Tennis Open at top seed Peng shuai was forced to retire in the deciding set with the match standing at 3-6, 7-6(3), 1-1.
"I entered this tournament as the second seed, so there was an opportunity for me to win the title," Wang said post-match. "I almost got knocked out in the second round. At that time, I didn't feel as confident as I am today. I'm not quite sure what happened in the second set, but I tried to stay focused and play my game, not making too many mistakes. I knew that she would go for it whenever she had the chance."
USA SEES OFF CZECH REPUBLIC TO REACH FINAL
Team USA reached their first Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Final in seven years by ousting three-time reigning champions Czech Republic 3-2 in the semifinals at the Saddlebrook Resort on Sunday.
The teams came into the final day of action tied at 1-1 and ended up in a decisive fifth doubles rubber before USA confirmed their date against first-time Fed Cup finalists Belarus in what will be an away tie for the Americans.
“We’ve been very fortunate to have two home ties, but that’s what Fed Cup is all about,” said USA captain Kathy Rinaldi, about traveling to Belarus in November for the final. “We’re just looking forward to it. We’re going to be there, we’re going to be a team, we’re going to have each other’s back and we’re going to compete. These girls take great pride in representing the USA and it’s a special week to be in the final.”
CoCo Vandeweghe provided the USA with a 2-1 edge by defeating Katerina Siniakova 64 60 in the first rubber on Sunday, but Marketa Vondrousova, a 19-year-old newbie to Fed Cup this weekend, ousted Lauren Davis 62 75 to push the tie to a doubles conclusion.
Vandeweghe’s improved her current Fed Cup record to impressively winning her last nine Fed Cup matches, including singles and doubles action.
“It was an amazing day as a team and it shows that every point counts in this event,” Vandeweghe said. “We all came together when it mattered most and that’s what you expect out of a Fed Cup tie.
“We deserve to be in the finals,” Vandeweghe added.
domingo, 23 de abril de 2017
GOERGES WINS TO GIVE GERMANY VICTORY
A tricky Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off for Germany against Ukraine in Stuttgart has been successfully negotiated in no small part thanks to team No. 2 Julia Goerges who banished her team’s disappointment at losing Sunday’s opening reverse singles rubber to win her second match of the weekend, beating counterpart Lesia Tsurenko 64 64.
The result gives her team an unassailable 3-1 lead in the tie.
Earlier in the day, team spearhead and world No. 1 Angelique Kerber, a straight sets winner over Tsurenko on Saturday, suffered her fourth consecutive defeat against Elina Svitolina, losing 64 62 to the Ukrainian.
“You know, I think it was a good match on a really high level and in the end it was just two or three points that decided it,” said a disappointed Kerber afterwards. “Elina took her chances in the really important moments and she played good today.”
World No. 13 Svitolina, who struggled to combat the movement and aggression of Goerges in the tie’s opening rubber, certainly fared better throughout her match with Kerber.
Serving out her opening service game to love, the 22-year-old defended two breakpoints in her next and then broke Kerber in the fourth game of the set to take a 3-1 lead.
It was a short-lived advantage, however, as Kerber broke immediately back and then held her own serve, a crouching backhand from the baseline winning the final point of the game to level the set 3-3.
Successfully defending two breakpoints in her next service game, Svitolina then generated three chances to break of her own. Kerber, who despite her No. 1 ranking currently remains a considerable distance from her formidable best, showed glimpses of her class by defending the second and the third of them with a searing forehand and an equally adroit backhand, respectively.
Kristina Mladenovic maintained her imperious form to dismantle Sara Sorribes Tormo and hurtle France towards a one-sided 4-0 victory over Spain with almost indecent haste in their Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off in Roanne on Sunday.
Mladenovic was at her world-class best for a second day running to overpower her 20-year-old opponent 61 61 and give France an unassailable lead within an hour of the second day’s play getting under way in the Halle Andre Vacheresse.
In the 'dead' doubles that followed, Alize Cornet and Amandine Hesse then completed the whitewash by beating Olga Saez Larra Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez after a super tie-break 61 36 10-7.
The emphatic triumph, which ensures Yannick Noah’s side will have the chance to shoot for a third Fed Cup title in 2018, was rapturously received by the 5,000 blue-clad fans, many of whom joined the team in an Icelandic-style Viking slow 'thunderclap' celebration after Mladenovic’s win.
This result may have come as a shock to the wider world, not least Switzerland, but it will be no surprise to anyone who has witnessed the emerging force that is Belarusian women’s tennis at close hand. And to think that the country, which only started playing Fed Cup by BNP Paribas in 1994, has reached its first Final without the services of its former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.
Everyone had better get used to the idea that its two young singles players, Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Aryna Sabalenka, are here to stay. With or without Azarenka in the Final Eduard Dubrou’s team is ready to take the ultimate prize come November no matter against whom or where it plays.
They are nothing if not fearless and refreshing, none more so than the 18-year-old Sabalenka who crushes every ball as if there is an extra point awarded for power. Built like an Amazon with strong square shoulders, she steadfastly refuses to rein it in and perhaps if she did she wouldn’t be the same player or on the end of a 63 26 64 win against Viktorija Golubic that clinched this semifinal victory.
She is capable of the odd moment of finesse, but they are few and far between. While that sort of style might have its limitations in tournament play it makes for an extraordinarily difficult tactic to control in the more emotional environment of Fed Cup play.
No doubt the Belarusian fans
PRIZE MONEY: $710,900
DIRECTOR: Markus Guenthardt
First played in 1978 and winner of the WTA's Premier Tournament Of The Year award in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014, the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is Europe's oldest indoor women's event and is the lone indoor clay tournament on the calendar. Previously a fall hardcourt event, Stuttgart became a red clay tournament staged in the spring in 2009, making it ideal preparation for Roland Garros. In fact, the clay comes from France and its grain size of 0.1 mm is the same that is used at the French Open.
"The surface is very fast and almost identical to the one in Roland Garros," former WTA star Elena Dementieva said.
The winner of the event at the Porsche Arena receives a Porsche 911 Carrera sports car in addition to a handsome prize sum. Martina Navratilova is the tournament record holder with six singles titles and eight doubles titles. Other Stuttgart titlists include former World No.1s Tracy Austin, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin, Martina Hingis, Jelena Jankovic and Maria Sharapova, who won the title for the third straight time in 2014 - the first time in her career she became an event's three-time champion.
Featuring hills, valleys and parks, Stuttgart is the capital of the Baden-Württemberg state in southern Germany.
sábado, 22 de abril de 2017
Ilie Nastase, the former world No 1, verbally abused Johanna Konta and Anne Keothavong as he was ejected from court for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Johanna Konta's Fed Cup singles match against Sorana Cîrstea was briefly suspended on Saturday with the Brit departing the court in tears.
Romania coach Ilie Nastase was reportedly ordered from the court before the World Group II play-off was halted.
With Konta leading Sorana Cirstea 6-2 1-2 in the second rubber in Constanta, Nastase became embroiled in a row apparently about noise from the crowd.
The 70-year-old former world number one was reportedly heard to say to the umpire: "What's your f***ing problem?". He then appeared to call Great Britain captain Anne Keothavong and Konta.
Nastase may face censure over alleged racist comment about williams .
Nastase, who could face censure over alleged racist remarks made on the eve of the game about Serena Williams pregnancy, was asked to leave the playing arena and, after taking a seat in the stands, was then escorted back to the locker room.
Konta was visibly upset and, after playing the next game in tears and dropping serve, the players left the court.
Simona Halep addressed the crowd in a bid to ease the situation after earlier beating Great Britain's Heather Watson in straight sets to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the tie.
KERBER AND GOERGES GET GERMANS OFF TO A FLYER
Speaking on the eve of Germany’s Fed Cup by BNP Paribas World Group play-off with Ukraine in Stuttgart, the hosts’ captain Barbara Rittner remarked that her team loved playing in the city – site of six of Germany’s last eight home ties – because "we feel very comfortable here".
That sense of comfort will have undoubtedly been heightened after her players Julia Goerges and Angelique Kerber put their team into a commanding 2-0 lead in the tie, beating Elina Svitolina 46 61 64 and Lesia Tsurenko 61 64 respectively on Saturday.
Goerges has beaten both former US Open champion Sam Stosur and the Dane Caroline Wozniacki this year and was promoted to team No. 2, ahead of the inexperienced Laura Siegemund, on the back of this recent form and her greater familiarity playing in the Cup.