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Published May 18, 2015 zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzWeek of May 11-17, 2015

Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion
IINTERNAZIONALI BNL
IID'ITALIA (Italian Open)

vMay 11-17, 2015
vRome, Italy

IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
ISerena Williams

IPremier
IPrize Money: I$2,428,490
ISurface: Clay

ISINGLES
I[3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d
ID. Gavrilova (RUS)
I7-5, 6-3

I[10] C. Suarez-Navarro (ESP) d
I[2] S. Halep (ROU) 2-6, 6-3, 7-5

[ [3] M. Sharapova (RUS) d
I[10] C. Suarez-Navarro (ESP)
I4-6, 7-5, 6-1
I[3] M. Sharapova

 
ITournament IDirector:
ISergio Palmieri
 Draw: 64

IDOUBLES
I[1] M. Hingis / S. Mirza d
I[4] C. Garcis/K. Srebotnik
I6-2, 7-6(5)

I[3] T. Babos/K.Mladenovic d
I[8] A. Kudryavtseva/ IA.Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3

I[3] T. Babos/K.Mladenovic d
I[1] M. Hingis / S. Mirza 6-4, 6-3
IT.Babos/K.Mladenovic

WTA Tour
   

Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion
IIINTERNAZIONALI BNL
IID'ITALIA (Italian Open)

IMay 11-17, 2015
IRome, Italy

IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
INovak Djokovic

IPremier
IPrize Money: I$2,428,490
ISurface: Clay

ISINGLES
I[1] N. Djokovic d [7]D. Ferrer
I6-4, 6-4

I[2] R. Federer d [8] S. Wawrinka I6-4, 6-2

[[1] N. Djokovic d [2] R. Federer I6-4, 6-3 I[1] N. Djokovic

 
ITournament IDirector:
ISergio Palmieri
 Draw: 64

IDOUBLES
IP. Cuevas/ D. Marrero d
IK. Anderson/J. Chardy 6-4, 6-4

IM. Granollers/M.Lopez d
IN. Kyrgios/J. Sock 6-1, 3-6, 11-9

IP. Cuevas/ D. Marrero d
I[5] M. Granollers/M.Lopez
I6-4, 7-5
IP. Cuevas/ D. Marrero

ATP Tour
   

WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

9361
 

1
Mirza, Sania

7940

2
Sharapova, Maria

7710
 

2
Hingis, Martina

6955

3
Halep, Simona

7360
 

3
Errani, Sara

6090

4
Kvitova, Petra

6760
 

3
Vinci, Roberta

6090

5
Wozniacki, Caroline

4940
 

5
Mladenovic, Kristina

5740

6
Bouchard, Eugenie

4167
 

6
Black, Cara

5515

7
Ivanovic, Ana

3655
 

7
Makarova, Ekaterina

5340

8
Carla Suárez Navarro

3645
 

7
Vesnina, Elena

5340

9
Makarova, Ekaterina

3510
 

9
Peng, Shuai

5252

10
Petkovic, Andrea

3315
 

10
Hsieh, Su-Wei

5025

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

13845
 

1
Bryan, Bob

10170

2
Federer, Roger

9235
 

1
Bryan, Mike

10170

3
Murray, Andy

7040
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

5890

4
Berdych, Tomas

5230
 

4
Popisil, Vasek

5815

5
Nishikori, Kei

5220
 

5
Lopez, Marc

5510

6
Raonic, Milos

4800
 

6
Sock, Jack

5500

7
Nadal, Rafael

4570
 

7
Granollers, Marcel

5450

8
Ferrer, David

4490
 

8
Dodig, Ivan

5125

9
Wawrinka, Stan

3845
 

9
Benneteau, Julien

4970

10
Cilic, Marin

3325
 

10
Roger-Vasselin, Ed.

4890

 

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Women's Tour

Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open


Maria Sharapova at the Italian Open

SINGLES DRAW- Sharapova dazzled!

  • No. 1 seed Serena Williams had no problems with Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round (6-1, 6-3). However, before her third round match she had to withdraw because of an elbow problem. She said, "'I think it was a mature decision for me. I've made some bad decisions in the past.'' She added that if she continued to play it could not only hurt her chances for Roland Garros but maybe also for Wimbledon.
  • No. 2 seed Simona Halep, who suffered a disappointing first round loss in Madrid the week before, had a better start in Rome. After disposing of American Alison Riske 6-3, 6-0 in the second round she had equally impressive wins by running over Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1 and then annihilating another Romanian, Alexandra Dulgheru, 6-1, 6-0 in only 56 minutes. Her streak was ended by no. 10 seed Carla Suárez Navarro in the semifinals. The Spaniard had the match of her life and beat her 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
  • CHAMPION No. 3 seed Maria Sharapova had a quick 6-2, 6-1 match in round 2 against Australian Jarmila Gajdošová. (Well, Jarmila is really Slovak-Australian. Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia she played there from 2005 to 2009. Then she married Australian player Samuel Groth, whom she divorced again in 2011. Since 2009 she plays as an Australian. Confusing? Wait, there is more: Her official residence is Dallas, Texas. Go figure.) Back to Sharapova: In round 3 she ended Serbian player Bojana Jovanovski's run 6-3, 6-3 and disposed of Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-2 in the quarters in what sounded like the ultimate Olympic competition of the two biggest grunters on the WTA tour. The WTA web site stated, "Maria Sharapova put on a dazzling display of tennis to break a head-to-head tie against Victoria Azarenka and round out the final four at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia." In the semis Sharapova had to face Russian-Australian Daria Gavrilova. The world number three was pushed all the way by the qualifier before eventually sealing a 7-5 6-3 triumph. The Russian rallied in the final under 90 degree heat to beat 10th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in over 2 1/2 hours and win her third Italian Open title. The victory should give Sharapova confidence on clay as she prepares to defend her title at Roland Garros, which starts next weekend.
  • No. 4 seed and Mutua Madrid Champion Petra Kvitova from Czech Republic had a hard time in the second round where she needed 3 sets to beat Italian wildcard Karin Knapp 3-6, 6-4, 6-7(1). Knapp had an easier time in the first round, taking out 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-1. Kvitova on the other hand had a much easier time in round 3 beating Serbian Jelena Jancovic in straight sets 6-3, 6-2, before ultimately succumbing to the charging Spaniard Carla Suárez Navarro (seeded 10) 3-6, 2-6 in the quarters.
  • No. 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki from Denmark had a very short run in Rome this year. Her first match was against world no. 29 Victoria Azarenka and she lost that match 2-6, 6-7(2).
  • No. 6 seed Eugenie Bouchard (Canada) advanced to round 3 by taking out Kazakhstani player Zarina Diyas 6-3, 6-4. Then came her long match against Carla Suárez Navarro where the Candian squandered 3 match points in the 2nd and third set only to see the Spaniard win 7-6(2), 5-7, 7-6(7).
  • No. 7 seed Ana Ivanovic didn't go very deep into this year's Rome tournament. A 21 year old Russian-Australian qualifier by name of Daria Gavrilova beat her 5-7, 7-6(2), 7-6(7). Gavrilova moved ahead with 2-set wins over Timea Bacsinszky (Switzerland) and US player Christina McHale before losing to Maria Sharapova in the Semis.
  • No. 8 seed Ekaterina Makarova needed 3 sets to beat French player Kristina Mladenovic (LL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 in round 2. Makarova went on to lose 4-6, 3-6 against another Romanian player, qualifier Alexandra Dulgheru. Dulgheru's short winning streak ended in the quarters where fellow countrywoman Simona Halep killed her in two.
  • No. 9 seed Angelique Kerber from Germany could not hold her own against unseeded Romanian player Irina-Camelia Begu and lost 3-6, 3-6. Begu, who had taken out Urszula Radwanska in round 1, eventually lost to Victoria Azarenska (Belarus) in round 3 in 3 sets.
  • FINALIST No. 10 seed Carla Suárez Navarro from Spain had the tournament one can only dream of. In round 1 she took out Germany's Mona Barthel in 3 sets 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 before disposing of British hopeful Heather Watson 6-1, 6-1 in round 2 . She went into another big 3-setter but prevailed against Genie Bouchard 6-7(2), 7-5, 7-6(7) in round 2 and had to play Petra Kvitova in the quarters. Kvitova had no weapons against the stronger Spaniard and Suárez Navarro breezed by her 6-3, 6-2 only to find herself in the semis against no. 2 seed Simona Halep. With her biggest win on the tour so far, and after Halep's 60 unforced errors, she won this match 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 and had to play Maria Sharapova in the finals. It was her her third final of the year — and for the third time she finished runner-up, following performances in Antwerp, Belgium; and Miami. Sharapova won the title with a commanding performance despite a first set struggle 4-6, 7-5, 6-1.
  • Honorary mention: No. 14 seed Venus Williams had a great beginning in Rome. Quick dispatch of Czech qualifier Katrinka Sinakova 6-2, 6-2 in round 1, followed by 6-4, 6-3 over Ukrainian Elina Svitolina in round 2. Unfortunately, the American had to face Simona Halep in round 3 and that's where her game crumpled. The no. 2 seed outclassed her 6-2, 6-1.
  • Best Qualifier: Daria Gavrilova, Romania, semifinals
  • Best WC: Karin Knapp, Italy, round 2
  • Top players not in the draw Petkovic, A. Radwanska, Kuznetsova, Mugurutsa, Peng

DOUBLES DRAW - Hungarian-French power prevailed!

Top seeded Indo-Swiss pair Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis had won three back-to-back titles in Indian Wells, Miami and Charleston before coming a liitle unhinged at the start of the clay court season, losing early in Stuttgart and in Madrid. In the Rome final, after commanding performances in the quarters and semifinals, the duo suffered a straight set 6-4, 6-3 defeat to the third seeded Hungarian-French pair of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic.

 

Men's Tour

Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open
Novak Djokovic at the Italian Open

SINGLES DRAW - Djokovic unstoppable!

  • CHAMPION No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic was challenged several times in his four matches leading up to another final, the perfect prep for his 2015 French Open run, a title that has escaped him so far in his career. The Serb has not been beaten since falling to Roger Federer in the Dubai final. Since then, he has won three straight ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in Indian Wells (d. Federer), Miami (d. Murray) and Monte Carlo (d. Berdych). In round 2 in Rome he beat Spaniard Nicolas Almagro, who came in with a protected ranking, in a hard fought 3-setter 6-1, 7-6(5), 6-3, and went on to prevail against Brazilian qualifier Thomaz Bellucci in round 3 despite losing the first set 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. Next opponent was Kei Nishikori in round 4. The no. 5 seed from Japan was also able to take a set from the Serb, but in the end he had no weapon against the world no. 1. Djokovic won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 and had to face Spaniard David Ferrer in the semis. With his best performance of the week, Djokovic reached the Italian Open final, downing Ferrer, 6-4, 6-4. In the final Djokovic continued his domination of men's tennis with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Roger Federer. The pair went toe-to-toe in the opening set but the Serb broke in the 10th game to win it. After he broke Federer early in the second set the Swiss legend never recovered and Djokovic soon set up two match points and sealed his fourth Rome title when a Federer forehand went wide.
  • FINALIST No. 2 seed Roger Federer Had a much easier run at the 2015 Italian Open compared to Djokovic. Rome is one of just two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles missing from Federer’s collection (the other one is Monte Carlo). It seemed the deeper he got into the Italian Open draw, the easier he won his matches. He made a winning start 7-6(3), 6-4 and did not face a single break point against Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas and comfortably avoided a repeat of his second-round exit in Rome last year as he booked his place in the last 16. He went on to play giant South African Kevin Anderson and survived a late second set fightback to beat him 6-3, 7-5 in 75 minutes. In the quarters we saw a routine 6-3, 6-3 win over sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych, which landed Federer a place in the semifinal against Swiss compatriot Stan Wawrinka. The no. 8 seed just came off a big upset win over Rafa Nadal and was charged for the semi against his Swiss rival and Davis Cup team mate. But despite a blistering start which saw Wawrinka race to a 3-0 lead in the opening set, Federer bounced back and took the match 6-4, 6-2. However, world no. 1 Novak Djokovic outperformed him in the final. After a very competitive first set he got broken early in the second and never recovered from that, losing 4-6, 3-6 to the confident Serb.
  • No. 3 seed Andy Murray coming off a sweet victory in Madrid's final against Rafa Nadal, played only one match in Rome, easily beating French player Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-3. He proceeded to withdraw from the tournament citing fatigue to ensure he is fresh and fit for the French Open. After listening to lots of criticism about this decision, Roger Federer approved and said, "He’s pulling out on his terms. It’s one of the better pull-outs you can make, after playing 10 matches in a row. Of course it’s a disappointment for the tournament, and for himself as well. Whatever you do you’re going to have a lot of tournaments on the calendar, and sometimes we need to go back-to-back.”
  • No. 4 seed Rafa Nadal showed the world again he is in a crisis. Although, after the straight set loss to Andy Murray in the Madrid final last week the Spaniard started on a positive note in Rome. He had no problems winning easily 6-2, 6-0 in round 2 against qualifier Marsel Ihan, a player born in Uzbekistan who plays as Turkish national. Then he cruised past John Isner in an almost perfect display of tennis excellence 6-4, 6-4, in a match where he did not face a single break point and won 90 percent of his first-service points. The disaster happened in the semis when he lost to Stan Wawrinka in straight sets 6-7(7), 2-6. After the match he said, "“I didn’t have enough luck. In some moments, he played aggressive. He hit amazing shots in a lot of moments. He was on fire for a moment; lots of amazing shots. I congratulate him. I lost in the quarter-finals, but I had two weeks in a row playing well.” The British newspaper Guardian writes, "Only a fool would deny that Rafael Nadal is in crisis. For the fifth time this year, the greatest clay-courter of all time has lost on his favourite surface, in a tournament he has won eight times, a little over a week before an even bigger tournament he has won nine times."
  • No. 5 seed Kei Nishikori (Japan) had two good wins in the first rounds, one against Czech Republic player Jiri Vesely 7-6(3), 7-5, and the next against Serbian player Viktor Troicki 6-4, 6-3. Then he took Novak Djokovic to 3 sets in their quarterfinal match, but the Serb had the upper hand 6-3, 3-6, 6-1. USA Today's Chris Chase, who described Djokovic as "a hulk with jaundice," didn't like his exaggerated celebration after going up 3-1 in the third set. His headline read, "Novak Djokovic is going to pull a muscle with these celebrations."
  • No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) had few problems with Italian WC Matteo Donati winning 6-2, 6-4 in round 2. In the 3rd round he outlasted Italian home boy and crowd favorite Fabio Fognini 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(2) in a thrilling battle that lasted almost 3 hours. The end came for Berdych in the quarters where Roger Federer routinely beat him 6-3, 6-3 and went on to the semis.
  • No. 7 seed David Ferrer had one of the toughest draws in the Italian Open this year. But the Spanish grinder took out French player Richard Gasquet 6-4, 7-5 in 90 minutes in round 2 before disposing of fellow Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-3 in round 3. The tougher match came in the quarters against David Goffin. The Belgian, who had benefited from a rest on Thursday due to the withdrawal of Andy Murray, put him to a 3-set test but Ferrer succeeded 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, a win which landed him in the semifinals. And there he ran into a freight train named Novak Djokovic who beat him 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour 35 minutes. Djokovic hit 26 winners and committed 24 unforced errors to beat Ferrer for the ninth time in a row.
  • No. 8 seed Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) had a fabulous run deep into the tournament with the "crown jewel" of taking out Rafa on clay. In round 2 he needed 3 sets and recovering from a set and a break down to beat Argentinian Juan Monaco 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. On he went to the next round where he had a faster match and took out Austrian Dominic Thiem 7-6(3), 6-4. Stan will probably remember the quarterfinal match against Raf Nadal for the rest of his life. He withstood four set points in the opening set and won the second in straightforward fashion. Winning against Rafa on clay is no small feat, especially after the Swiss had not gone further than the third round of a tournament since his title win in Rotterdam, seeing his ranking drop to no. 9. Finding his form was "just a question of attitude," he said.
  • No. 9 seed Marin Cilic from Croatia had a disastrous start in Rome by losing in the first round to Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 4-6, 3-6. ATP World Tour writes, "Cilic’s search for form continues. The 2014 US Open champion returned from a shoulder injury in Indian Wells and has won back-to-back matches just once in five tournaments, reaching the Monte-Carlo quarter-finals (l. to Djokovic)."
  • No. 10 seed Grigor Dimitrov, last year's semi-finalist, made a confident start in Rome by defeating Poland's Jerzy Janowicz in the first round 6-3 7-6(4) to improve to 9-3 on clay this year. The problems came in round 2 when he had to face local homeboy Fabio Fognini. After a mammoth first set tie-break which the Italian won 11-9 in a little over an hour, Dimitrov came back and took the second set, only to be annihilated in the third. Result: Fognini advanced 7-6(9), 4-6, 6-0.
  • Honorary mention: David Goffin, Belgium, prevailed over No. 13 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (France), saving three match points to win 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and 31 minutes. Had a bye the next round because of Andy Murray's withdrawals, and eventually lost to Ferrer in 3 sets in the quarters.
  • Best Qualifier: Thomaz Bellucci, Brazil, round 3
  • Best WC: Matteo Donati, Italy, round 2
  • Top players not in the draw: Milos Raonic, Fernando Verdasco, Gael Monfils, Vasek Pospisil

DOUBLES DRAW - Unseeded Uruguayan-Spanish team beat them all!

Pablo Cuevas (Uruguay) and David Marrero (Spain) came into the Italian Open with bismal results after their 2015 Australian Open run up to the quarters. In Rome they took out the no. 6 and no. 3 seeds before clashing with the no. 5 seeded Spanish duo Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez in the final, defeating them 6-4, 7-5 in one hour and thirty minutes.

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  • Twitter @WTA - .@AngeliqueKerber voted #WTA Player of the Month for April--> http://wtatenn.is/gX40JV #tennis
  • Twitter @katadams68 - Team USA dinner in Rome celebrating christinamchale birthday:) @ Taverna Trilussa https://instagram.com/p/2jQ5c_gpib/
  • Twitter @serenawilliams - You have to challenge yourself to grow. Been working on a new project and can't wait to tell you about it tomorrow!
  • Twitter @serenawilliams - You don't wake up one day & become a champion. People helped me get there, I want to be that for you. http://mstr.cl/1Ea5DNz
  • Twitter @FortyDeuceTwits - Just noticed Radwanska withdrew from Rome citing a right hand injury. Petkovic, Muguruza, Kuznetsova, and Peng also withdrew.
  • Twitter @EleVenbyVenus - #Rome = favorite place- wanted to re-share a blog I wrote! http://bit.ly/11Rome #IBI15 #Memories
  • Twitter @CaroWozniacki - Good luck to Steven Gerrard in his last home game at Anfield today! It's gonna be a day to remember!
  • Twitter @SaniaMirza - Came up one short,but we had a solid week ?? time to rejuvinate nd get ready for our first slam together @mhingis
  • Twitter @MHforever - With this final at @InteBNLdItalia martina hingis @mhingis earned more of 21 millions of us dollars in prize-money :) :)
  • Twitter @russelcfuller - After 86 consecutive holds of serve, John Isner is broken. Rafa did it in Monte Carlo 4 weeks ago and he's just done it again. 4-3 Nadal*
  • Twitter @Hurleytennis - Big cheers for Novak. See, all you have to do is learn every one of Earth's languages, and you'll be the crowd favorite.(except vs. Roger)
  • Twitter @_BayernFanatic - According to Bild , Ana Ivanovic and Bastian Schweinsteiger are secretly married
  • Twitter @SJohnson_89 - When in Rome... And in the colosseum always represent USC @USC_Athletics #FightOn #keepimproving
  • Twitter @BenRothenberg - Feliciano Lopez beats Nick Kyrgios 6-4, 7-6. Breaks up what would have been a possibly awesome Aussie R2 vs Tomic had they both won.
  • Twitter @TennisTV - It's a busy, high-octane pre-coin toss chat! @MariaSharapova and @vika7 ready to go in Rome: http://tnn.is/live
  • Twitter @SteveTignor - Bernard Tomic loses his 3rd straight match in a 3rd-set tiebreaker, this one to Viktor Troicki. #RomeMasters
  • Twitter @TennisTV - Watch this! @rogerfederer at his very best. 'An oil painting of a backhand.' #ATP
  • Twitter @WTA - #SAPStatOfTheDay Rome=@MariaSharapova's 11th clay title! Ties Serena for most active clay court titles! @SAPSports
  • Twitter @_Sports1_ - Watch a ball boy fall on his face behind Maria Sharapova http://bit.ly/1dbgqki
  • Twitter @IMGTennis - Moet kinda day for @DjokerNole and @MariaSharapova in Rome. Roland Garros Momentum here we go! #IMGTennis
  • Twitter @DjokerNole - This one was special Roma! Grazie mille! Until next time...Ciao a tutti!! #Nolefam #ibi15 #Roma
  • Twitter @andreapetkovic - I'm really, really, really missing @InteBNLdItalia a lot right now :(
  • Twitter @ChristinaMcHale - I loved playing on the beautiful courts @InteBNLdItalia ! Next stop Strasbourg
  • Twitter @SI_Tennis - After losing to Vesely 76 26 63 in Rome 1R, Ernests Gulbis is now 1-10 on the year. He has 970 pts (Nice, RG) to defend in the next 3 weeks.
  • Twitter @Kfish - #WTA Ranking Watch: On Monday, May 18, Sara Errani projected to drop out of Top 16 (highest would be No.17)
  • Twitter @mzemek - Sara Errani is having a Joakim Noah-like tennis season. #TennisBasketballComparisons
  • Twitter @SI_Tennis - Madison Keys is the top seed, draws Christina McHale 1R. Sloane Stephens also in the draw. MT @WTA_Strasbourg:
  • Twitter @JaredPine - Even though he lost today, Sam Querrey has an outside chance of being seeded at Roland Garros. Needs a few people to withdraw though.
  • Twitter @UlaRadwanska - Urszula has 4,181 followers. Shas not tweeted and is following no one.
  • Twitter @FamilyCircleCup - It has officially been one month since we crowned @AngeliqueKerber as our newest Family Circle Cup. Where does the time go!
  • Twitter @OpenCourt - New post: Toronto Star: Some of Genie Bouchard's issues are deja vu http://opencourt.ca/?p=22849
  • Twitter @ChrisKalb - I thought everyone was talking about Mona Barthel's mom 'cause she's hot so I had to look. It could be something else
  • Twitter @TennisReporters - Since US Open, Marin Cilic has been hurt since then. Wonder when he'll be 100% again. Really struggling, loses to G Garcia-Lopez 64 63
  • Twitter @burtonad - Marin Cilic appears to be the Richard Krajicek de nos jours.
  • Twitter @CarlaSuarezNava - Great final in Rome. Congrats to @MariaSharapova for the title. It was a great tournament for me. @InteBNLdItalia
  • Twitter @SteveTignor - Good stuff from Carla Suarez Navarro to beat Simona Halep 62 36 75 and reach Rome final. Her dad's hands were shaking. #RomeMasters
  • Twitter @TennisworldUSA - ATP Rome – David #Ferrer confesses to Tennis World: ‘It´s not true that I´m a smoker´
  • Twitter @roger_rasheed - I wonder if @darren_cahill was asleep during your match @simona_halep like he was yesterday on the couch- I think it works well. #winning
  • Twitter @scambers73 - Daria Gavrilova was an excellent junior, with a fun mix of talent and sheer nuttiness. Hope she maintains both those as she climbs rankings
  • Twitter @mzemek - POINT! A point good enough to make Fabio Fognini look like a decent human being for once.
  • Twitter @TomPerrotta - Come on Fabio Fognini, you can do better than that--so many racket throws, and you haven't broken one!
  • Twitter @pmouratoglou - Well done @jimchardy for another win in doubles with #kevinanderson. How flexible is that wrist hitting a forehand ? http://fb.me/7u30AeSIB
  • Twitter @bubi1990 - Donald Young is maybe bad on clay,but 6-2,6-O for Andrey Kuznetsov at Geneva qualies is just too bad result.
  • Twitter @StefMylesTennis - @rosso_neri Most federations are like that. See: Kohlschreiber/German Fed. The suits always want to prove they're more imp. than the players
  • Twitter @JackSock - wow. my bad @NickKyrgios


INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG
MAY 17 - MAY 23, 2015
STRASBOURG, FRANCE

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - International
Prize Money: $226,750
Surface: Clay
Tournament Director: Denis Naegelen
Draw: S-32 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Madison Keys
2 Jelena Jankovic (WC)
3 Sam Stosur (WC)
4 Alizé Cornet
5 Zarina Diyas
6 Coco Vandeweghe
7 Madison Brengle
8 Mona Barthel

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Chia-Jung Chuang/Chen Liang
2 Nadiia Kichenok/Saisai Zheng
3 Raquel Kops-Jones/Taylor Townsend
4 Jocelyn Rae/Anna Smith

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Monica Puig

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Casey Dellacqua / Ashleigh Barty

 

NÜRNBERGER VERSICHERUNGSCUP
MAY 17 - MAY 23, 2015
NÜRNBERG, GERMANY

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - International
Prize Money: $226,750
Surface: Clay
Tournament Director: Sandra Reichel
Draw: S-32 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Andrea Petkovic
2 Angelique Kerber
3 Sabine Lisicki
4 Roberta Vinci
5 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
6 Karin Knapp
7 Kurumi Nara
8 Carina Witthoeft

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Karin Knapp/Roberta Vinci
2 Hao-Ching Chen/, Anabel Medina Garrigues
3 Anna-Lena Groenefeld/Alicja Rosolska
4 Lara Arruabarrena/Raluca Olaru

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Eugenie Bouchard

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Michaella Krajicek / Karolina Pliskova

Open de Nice Côte d’Azur
MAY 17 - MAY 23, 2015
Nice, France

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money: € 439,405
Surface: Clay
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Gilles Simon
2 John Isner
3 Ernests Gulbis
4 Leonardo Mayer
5 Bernard Tomic
6 Nick Kyrgios
7 Jack Sock
8 Juan Monaco

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Rojer / Tecau
2 Nestor / Peya
3 Butorac / Groth
4 Marrero / Qureshi

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Ernests Gulbis

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Martin Klizan / Philipp Oswald

 

Geneva Open
MAY 17 - MAY 23
Geneva, Switzerland

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money: € 439,405
Surface: Clay
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Stan Wawrinka
2 Marin Cilic (WC)
3 Pablo Andujar
4 Benjamin Becker
5 Andreas Haider-Maurer
6 Joao Sousa
7 Marcos Baghdatis
8 Mikhail Youzhny

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Lindstedt / Melzer
2 Cabal / Farah
3 Begemann / Knowle
4 Huey / Lipsky

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Inaugural

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Inaugural

Margaret Court?

Margaret Court Collectors Card
Margaret Court Collectors Card

Margaret Court Smith; born 16 July 1942, also known as Margaret Smith Court, is a retired world No. 1 professional tennis player. She is currently a Christian minister in Perth, Australia but is best known for her sporting career, in which she amassed more major titles than any other player in history.

In 1970, Court became the first woman during the open era (and the second woman in history) to win the singles Grand Slam (all four major tournaments in the same calendar year). Court won a record 24 of those titles, a record that still stands. She also won 19 women's doubles and 21 mixed doubles titles, giving her a record 64 major titles overall. She is the only woman to win the mixed doubles Grand Slam, which she accomplished twice.

She also shares the open era record for most Grand Slam singles titles as a mother with Kim Clijsters.[3][4] The International Tennis Hall of Fame states, "For sheer strength of performance and accomplishment there has never been a tennis player to match (her)".[5] In 2010, the Herald Sun newspaper of Melbourne, Australia called her the greatest female tennis player of all time.[6] Court is one of only five tennis players all-time to win a multiple slam set in two disciplines, matching Roy Emerson, Martina Navratilova, Frank Sedgman, and Serena Williams. Court, however, is the only one in all of tennis history to complete a multiple slam set in all three disciplines: singles, women's doubles, and mixed doubles.

Court lost a heavily publicised and US–televised challenge match to a former World No. 1 male tennis player, the 55-year-old Bobby Riggs, on 13 May 1973, in Ramona, California. Court was the top-ranked women's player at the time, and it has been reported that she did not take the match seriously because it was a mere exhibition. Using a mixture of lobs and drop shots, Riggs beat her 6–2, 6–1. Four months later, Billie Jean King beat Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes match in the Houston Astrodome.

In January 2003, Show Court One at the sports and entertainment complex Melbourne Park was renamed Margaret Court Arena.

Born into the Christian faith, Court was raised as a Roman Catholic but converted to Pentecostalism in the mid-1970s. In 1983, she gained a theological qualification from the Rhema Bible Training Centre and in 1991 became a minister. Court subsequently went on to found a ministry known as Margaret Court Ministries. In 1995, Court founded a Pentecostal church known as the Victory Life Centre in Perth. She still serves as its senior pastor. Her television show, A Life of Victory, appears on the Australian Christian Channel. She has generally embraced teachings associated with the Word of Faith movement. Court has been a vocal critic of legal recognition of LGBT rights, for which she has been criticised.

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