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Published June 15, 2015

zzWeek of June 8 - 14, 2015  

Tournament

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Semifinals

Final

Champion

AEGON Open Nottingham
June 8-14, 2015
Nottingham, Great Britain
Defending Isingles Ichampion:
Jamila
Gajdošová
(AUS)
Tier: Internat'l
IPrize Money: I$226,750

ISurface:
Grass

SINGLES

M. Nicolescu d (1) A.
Radwanska 5-7, 6-4, 6-0

A. Konjuh d A. Riske 6-4,
6-3

A.Konjuh d M. Nicolesu
1-6, 6-4, 6-2

 
ITourn. Director Rebecca James

 Draw:
S-32 D-16

 

DOUBLES
(1) Kops-Jones/Spears d
Chan/Xu 6-1, 6-3

Rae/Smith (2) Chan/Zheng
6-4, 6-4

(1) Kops-Jones/Spears d
Rae/Smith 3-6, 6-3, 11-9
I(1) Kops-Jones /
Spears

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TOPSHELF Open
June 8-14, 2015
s'-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

 

IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
Coco
Vandeweghe
(USA)

Tier: Internat'l
IPrize Money: IATP / WTA:
€820.000
P / W0.000
I
Surface:
Grass

SINGLES

(5) C.Giorgi d K.Bertens
6-2, 6-4

(4) B.Bencic d (2) J.Jankovic o6-3, 6-3

(5) C.Giorgi d (4)
B.Bencic 7-5, 6-3

 
ITourn. Director I Marcel Hunze  Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES
(3) Jankovic/Pavlyuchenkova
d
o(1) Babos/Mladenovic wo.

Muhammad/Siegemund d (2)
Rodionova/Rodionova 4-6,
7-5, 10-8

Muhammad/Siegemund d
Jankovic/Pavlyachenkova
6-3, 7-5
IMuhammad /
Siegemund

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TOPSHELF Open
June 8-14, 2015
s'-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands
Defending Isingles Ichampion:
Roberto
Bautista Agut
(ESP)
Tier: 250
IPrize Money: IATP / WTA:
€820.000
P / W0.000
I
Surface:
Grass

SINGLES

N. Mahut d R. Haase
6-7(1) 6-4, 7-6(3)

(2) D. Goffin d G. Muller
7-6(4), 6-4

N.Mahut d D.Goffin
7-6(1), 6-1

 
ITourn. Director I Marcel Hunze  Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES
Karlovic/Kubot d
Rojer/Tecau
o6-1, 3-6, 10-2

Herbert/Mahut d (3) Murray/ oPeers 6-3, 7-6(5)

Karlovic/Kubot d Herbert/
Mahut 6-2, 7-6(9)
IKarlovic/Kubot

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Final

Champion

MercedesCup
MAY 17 - MAY 23
Stuttgart, Germany
IDefending Isingles Ichampion:
Roberto
Bautista Agut
(ESP)
ITier: 250
IPrize Money: I€ 1574,965
ISurface:
Grass

ISINGLES

(1) R.Nadal d (4) G.Monfils
6-3, 6-4

(8) V.Troicki d (2) M.Cilic
6-3, 6-7(5) 7-6(5)

[(1) R.Nadal d (8) V.Troicki
7-6(3), 6-3

 
Tourn. Director I Edwin
Weindorfer
 Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES
(3) Peya/Soares d Lopez/
Nadal wo.

(4) Bopanna/Mergea d (2)
Matkowski/Zimonjic
6-3, 6-7(6), 10-7

I(4) Bopanna/Mergea d (3)
Peya/Soares 5-7, 6-2, 10-7
I(4) Bopanna/
Mergea

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Women's Tour

AEGON Open Nottingham
Nottingham, England

SINGLES DRAW- Unseeded ladies triumph and Croatian Ana Konjuh wins title


Konjuh Photo: www.anakonjuh.net

Niculescu Photo: Nottingham Post

WTA Rising Star Ana Konjuh produced a coming of age performance to defeat Monica Niculescu in a rain-delayed Aegon Open Nottingham final on Monday afternoon. Heavy rain over the weekend forced the tournament into a second week, but Konjuh, weary-legged after winning twice on Sunday, was unruffled by the change in schedule, overcoming a disastrous start to triumph, 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Konjuh won her Quarterfinal match and against American Qualifier Vickery and her Semifinal match against American no. 5 seed Riske on Sunday. Niculescu took out no. 1 seed Radwanska in the Semis.

  • No. 1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) R1: Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) 6-0, 6-3. R2: Christina McHale (USA) 6-3, 6-1. Q: Lauren Davis (USA) 6-2, 6-2. S: Monica Niculescu (ROU) 7-5, 4-6, 0-6. Radwanska out in the Semis.
  • No. 2 seed Zarina Diyas (KAZ) R1: Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 7-6(5), 7-6(6). R2: Sachia Vickery (USA) 6-4, 6-7(5), 1-6. Diyas out in R2.
  • No. 3 seed Varvara Lepchenko (USA) R1: Monica Niculescu (ROU) 6-4, 3-6, 1-6. Lepchenko out in R1.
  • No. 4 seed Karin Knapp (ITA) R1: Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 4-6, 2-6. Knapp out in R1.
  • No. 5 seed Alison Riske (USA) R1: Saisai Zheng (CHN) 6-3, 6-4. R2: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 6-3, 6-4. Q: Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 6-2, 2-0(ret). S: Ana Konjuh (CRO) 4-6, 3-6. Riske out in the Semis.
  • No. 6 seed Casey Dellacqua (AUS) R1: Sesil Karatantcheva (BUL) 7-5, 6-3. R2: Ana Konjuh (CRO) 4-6, 2-6. Dellaqua out in R2.
  • No. 7 seed Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) R1: (WC) Johanna Konta (GBR) 3-6, 3-6. Rybarikova out in R1.
  • No. 8 seed Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) R1: Lauren davis (USA) 6-4, 6-7(1) 5-7. Tomljanovic out in R1.
  • FINALIST UNSEEDED Monica Niculescu (ROU) R1: Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. R2: (Q) Plga Govortsova (BLR) 2-6, 7-5, 7-5. Q: (WC) Johanna Konta (GBR) 6-2, 2-6, 2-6. S: (1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 5-7, 6-4, 6-0. F: Ana Konjuh (CRO) 6-1, 4-6, 2-6.
  • CHAMPION UNSEEDED Ana Konjuh (CRO) R1: Shelby Rogers (USA) 6-0, 6-3. R2: (6) Casey Dellacqua (AUS) 6-4, 6-2. Q: (Q) Sachia Vickery (USA) 6-2, 6-2. S: (5) Alison Riske (USA) 6-4, 6-3. F: Monica Niculescu (ROU) 1-6, 6-4, 6-2. Champion.
  • Best Qualifier: Sachia Vickery (USA) R2
  • Best WC: Johanna Konta (GBR) Quarters
  • Best Unseeded: Ana Konjuh (CRO) W

DOUBLES DRAW - Americans Kop-Jones/Spears triumphant over the British challengers

Final: (1) Raquel Kops-Jones (USA / Abigail Spears (USA) d Jocelyn Rae (GBR) / Anna Smith (GBR) 3-6, 6-3, 11-9.
Despite several rain delays the doubles teams were able to get their Sunday final on the court. Unseeded Rae/Smith from Great Britain were coming into the final with high hopes after defeating the no. 2 seeds Chan/Zheng 6-4, 6-4 in the Semis. However, the Americans Kops-Jones/Spears prevailed despite losing the first set.


Women's Tour

Topshelf Open
s'-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

SINGLES DRAW- Camila Giorgi claims maiden WTA title


Giorgi Photo: allsports.com.gh

Bencic Photo: Ander De Heus, EPA

Italian's Camila Giorgi finally won a WTA title by beating Swiss player Belinda Bencic in straight sets at the Topshelf Open. Bencic, who had few problems taken out no. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic in the Semis, couldn't keep up with Giorgi's power and composure. Noteworthy: No. 1 seed (and WC) Genie Bouchard was again kicked out in R1 of a WTA tournament, seriously questioning her Wimbledon chances this year.

  • No. 1 seed (WC) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) R1: Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 4-6, 6-1, 4-6. Bouchard out in R1.
  • No. 2 seed Jelena Jankovic (SRB) R1: Tereza Smitkova (CZE) 7-5, 6-4. R2: Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 6-1, 6-4. Q: Annika Beck (GER) 6-4, 6-1. S: Belinda Bencic (SUI) 3-6, 3-6. Jelena Jankovic out in the Semis.
  • No. 3 seed Coco Vandeweghe (USA) R1: Andrea Mitu (ROU) 7-6(1), 6-1. R2: Tatjana Maria (GER) 7-5, 6-4. Q: Kiki Bertens (NED) 1-6, 4-6. Vandeweghe out in the Quarters.
  • FINALIST No. 4 seed Belinda Bencic (SUI) R1: Jessica Begula (USA) 6-2, 7-6(3). R2: Alison Van Uytwanck (BEL) 6-3, 6-2. Q: (7) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 7-5. S: (2) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-3, 6-3. F: (5) Camila Giorgi (ITA) 5-7, 3-6.
  • CHAMPION No. 5 seed Camila Giorgi (ITA) R1: Irina Falconi (USA) 7-5, 6-2. R2: Michaella Krajicek (NED) 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-4. Q: Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(9). S: Kiki Bertens (NED) 6-2, 6-4. F: (4) Belinda Bencic (SUI) 7-5, 6-3. Champion.
  • No. 6 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) R1: Maria Sanchez (USA) 6-2, 7-6(4). R2: Kiki Bertens (NED) 2-6, 2-6. Pavlyuchenkova out in R2.
  • No. 7 seed Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) R1: Timea Babos (HUN) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2. R2: Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3. Q: (4) Belinda Bencic (SUI) 6-7(4), 7-6(4) 5-7. Mladenovic out in the Quarters.
  • No. 8 seed Johanna Larsson (SWE) R1: Klara Koukalova (CZE) 4-6, 1-6. Larsson out in R1.
  • Best Qualifier: Andrea Hvlavackova (CZE) R2
  • Best WC: Michaella Krajicek (NED) R2
  • Best Unseeded: Kiki Bertens (NED) Semis

DOUBLES DRAW - Unseeded Muhammad/Siegemund victorious in Holland

Final: Asia Muhammad (USA) / Laura Siegemund (GER) d (3) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) / Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-3, 7-5.
The no. 3 seeds Jankovic/Pavlyuchenkova had a WO win over no. 1 seeds Babos/Mladenovic in the Semis but this extra rest didn't help them in the Final against the unseeded team Muhammad/Siegemund that had a much tougher time beating the no. 2 seeds Rodionova/Rodionova 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 in the Semis. The US/German team won in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.



Men's Tour

Topshelf Open
s'-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

SINGLES DRAW- French Qualifier Nicolas Mahut wins Topshelf Open


Mahut Photo: Sportinglife UK/AOL

Goffin Photo: SteveGTennis.com


No. 2 seed David Goffin from Belgium was probably happy learning of no. 1 seed Tsonga's withdrawal. Former world no. 1 and Topshelf Open 2001 Champion Lleyton Hewitt was sent packing by Nicolas Mahut in R1. The 33 year old qualifyer Mahut from France had an unbelievable tournament here this year. After 3 qualifying matches and disposing of Hewitt, 2014 Champion Bautista Agut, Mannarino and Haase, he met the no. 2 seed Goffin in the final. Goffin, who beat Melzer, Marchenko, and Muller en route to the final, could not keep up with Mahut despite 4 aces but failure to convert 3 break points. mahut, who won here in 2013, broke Goffin 3 times.

  • No. 1 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga withdrew
  • FINALIST No. 2 seed David Goffin (BEL) R1: Bye. R2: Jürgen Melzer (AUT) 7-6(2) 6-2. Q: Illya Marchenko (UKR) 6-3, 7-6(2)(2). S: Gilles Muller (LUX) 7-6(4), 6-4. F: Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-7(1), 1-6.
  • No. 3 seed Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 2-6, 4-6. Bautista Agut out in R2.
  • No. 4 seed Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) R1: Bye. R2: (WC) Marius Copil (ROU) 6-7(5), 4-6. Garcia-Lopez out in R2.
  • No. 5 seed Ivo Karlovic (CRO) R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 7-6(5), 7-6(3). Q: (WC) Robin Haase (NED) 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-7(3). Karlovic out in the Quarters.
  • No. 6 seed Adrian Mannarino (FRA) R1: Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE) 6-4, 6-3. R2: (Q) Marco Chiudinelli (SUI) 6-3, 6-2. Q: (Q) Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
  • No. 7 seed Fernando Verdasco (ESP) R1: Daniel Gimeno-Traver (ESP) 7-6(3), 6-7(6), 6-2. R2: (WC) Robin Haase (NED) 6-7(4), 3-6. Verdasco out in R2.
  • No. 8 seed Joao Sousa (POR) R1: Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-2, 0-6, 6-2. R2: (Q) Illya Marchenko (UKR) 3-6, 6-7(2). Sousa out in R2.
  • No. 9 seed Vasek Pospisil (CAN) R1: Marinko Matosevic (AUS) 6-3, 6-2. R2: Gilles Muller (LUX) 4-6, 6-4, 6-7(6). Pospisil out in R2.
  • CHAMPION (Q) Nicolas Mahut (FRA) R1: Lleyton Hewitt (AUS) 6-3, 6-4. R2: Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 7-6(4), 6-3. Q: (6) Adrian Mannarino (FRA) 6-1, 6-3. S: Robin Haase (NED) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. F: (2) David Goffin (BEL) 7-6(1), 6-1 Champion
  • Best Qualifier: Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
  • Best WC: Robin Haase (NED) Semis
  • Best Unseeded Gilles Muller (LUX) Semis

DOUBLES DRAW - Karlovic/Kubot win battle of the unseeded teams

Final: Ivo Karlovic (CRO) / Lukasz Kubot (POL) d Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA) 6-2, 7-6(9)
Champions Karlovic/Kubot took out the no. 1 seeds Rojer/Tecau 6-1, 3-6, 10-2 in the Semis. Herbert Mahut took out no. 3 seeds J.Murray/Peers 6-3, 7-6(5) in the Semis.


Men's Tour

MercedesCup
Stuttgart, Germany

SINGLES DRAW- Nadal trumps Troicki and keeps Wimbledon hopes alive


Nadal Photo: ATP/Peter Staples

Troicki Photo: Demotix.com

Rafael Nadal defeated Viktor Troicki of Serbia 7-6, 6-3 on Sunday to win the Mercedes Cup for the third time in the Spaniard’s first title on grass since Wimbledon in 2010. The 14-time Grand Slam winner maintained his unbeaten record against Troicki. Nadal previously won the tournament in 2005 and 2007 when it was still on clay. It made the switch to grass this year.

  • CHAMPION No. 1 seed Rafael Nadal (ESP) R1: Bye. R2: Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 6-2. Q: (5) Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-4, 6-7(6) 6-3. S: Gael Monfils (FRA) 6-3, 6-4. F: Victor Troicki (SRB) 7-6, 6-3. Champion.
  • No. 2 seed Marin Cilic (CRO) R1: Bye. R2: (LL) Matthias Bachinger (GER) 7-6(2) 6-3. Q: Mischa Zverev (GER) 6-2, 6-4. S: Victor Troicki (SRB) 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-7(2). Cilic out in the Semis.
  • No. 3 seed Feliciano Lopez (ESP) R1: Bye. R2: Sam Groth (AUS) 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-7(6). Lopez out in R2.
  • No. 4 seed Gael Monfils (FRA) R1: Bye. R2: Andreas Haiden-Maurer (AUT) 7-6(6), 7-6(5). Q: (6) Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. S: (1) Rafael Nadal 3-6, 4-6. Monfils out in the Semis.
  • No. 5 seed Bernard Tomic (AUS) R1: Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-3, 7-6(5). R2: (WC) Tommy Haas (GER) 7-6(6), 6-2. Q: (1) Rafael Nadal 4-6, 7-6(6), 3-6. Tomic out in the Quarters.
  • No. 6 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) R1: Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-3, 6-3. R2: Jerzy Janowicz (POL) 6-4, 6-4. Q: (4) Gael Monfils (FRA) 5-7, 6-3, 3-6. Kohlschreiber out in the Quarters.
  • No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem (AUT) R1: (Q) Mischa Zverev (GER) 6-7(4), 2-6. Thiem out in R1.
  • FINALIST No. 8 seed Viktor Troicki (SRB) R1: Borna Coric (CRO) 6-2, 6-0. R2: (WC) Alexander Zverev (GER) 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-3. Q: Sam Groth (AUS) 7-6(3), 6-1. S: (2) Marin Cilic (CRO) 6-3, 6-7(1), 7-6(2). F: (1) Rafael Nadal (ESP) 6-7, 3-6.
  • Best Qualifier: Mischa Zverev (GER) Quarters
  • Best WC: A. Zverev (GER), Tommy Haas (GER), both R2
  • Best LL: Matthias Bachinger (GER) R2
  • Best Unseeded: Sam Groth (AUS) Quarters

DOUBLES DRAW - No. 4 seeds Bopanna / Mergea win title

Final: (4) Rohan Bopanna (IND) / Florin Mergea (ROU) d (3) Alexander Peya (AUT) / Bruno Soares (BRA) 5-7, 6-2, 10-7
After winning the Madrid Masters last month, Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea won their second title of the season together as they rallied to beat Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in the final of the Mercedes Cup. Individually, it was fourth title of the season for Bopanna, having won trophies in Dubai and Sydeny with Canadian partner Daniel Nestor.

Photos here

WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: No change in Top 10
DOUBLES: No change in Top 10

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

11291
 

1
Mirza, Sania

7940

2
Kvitova, Petra

6870
 

2
Hingis, Martina

7170

3
Halep, Simona

6130
 

3
Makarova, Ekaterina

5990

4
Sharapova, Maria

5950
 

3
Vesnina, Elena

5990

5
Wozniacki, Caroline

5000
 

5
Šafárová, Lucie

5916

6
Ivanovic, Ana

4305
 

6
Mattek-Sands, Beth.

5746

7
Šafárová, Lucie

4055
 

7
Mladenovic, Kristina

5630

8
Makarova, Ekaterina

3620
 

7
Black, Cara

5095

9
Suárez-Navarro,Carla

3345
 

9
Vinci, Roberta

5030

10
Kerber, Angelique

3120
 

10
Babos, Timea

5010

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: No change in Top 10
DOUBLES: No change in Top 10

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

13845
 

1
Bryan, Bob

11150

2
Federer, Roger

9165
 

1
Bryan, Mike

11150

3
Murray, Andy

7040
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

7710

4
Wawrinka, Stan

5790
 

4
Dodig, Ivan

7125

5
Nishikori, Kei

5570
 

5
Popisil, Vasek

6155

6
Berdych, Tomas

5050
 

6
Sock, Jack

5680

7
Ferrer, David

4490
 

7
Tecau, Horia

5380

8
Raonic, Milos

4440
 

8
Rojer, Jean-Julien

5380

9
Cilic, Marin

3540
 

9
Fognini, Fabio

4735

10
Nadal, Rafael

3135
 

10
Bolelli, Simone

4375

 

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AEGON Classic Birmingham
June 15-21, 2015
Birmingham, Great Britain

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Premier
Prize Money: $665,900
Surface: Grass
Tournament Director: Patrick Hughesman
Draw: S-64 D-32

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Simona Halep (ROU)
2 Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
3 Carla Suarez-Navarro (ESP)
4 Angelique Kerber (GER)
5 (WC) Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
6 Carolina Pliskova (CZE)
7 Andrea Petkovic (GER)
8 Sabine Lisicki (GER)
9 Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
10 Barbora Strycova (CZE)
11 Alize Cornet (FRA)
12 Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
13 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
14 Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
15 (WC) Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
16 Caroline Garcia (FRA)

Plus: Vandeweghe, Vinci, Watson, Giorgi, McHale, Hantuchova

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Casey Dellacqua (AUS) / Sania Mirza (IND)
2 Timea Babos (HUN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
3 Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA)
4 Garbine Muguruza (ESP) / Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

Plus: Bouchard / Kuznetsova, Halep / Watson,

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA)

 

AEGON Championships The Queen's Club
June 15-21, 2015
London, Great Britain

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 500
P:rize Money €1,574, 640
Surface: Grass
Tournament Director: Stephen Farrow
Draw: S-32 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Andy Murray (GBR)
2 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
3 Milos Raonic (CAN)
4 Marin Cilic (CRO)
5 Rafa Nadal (ESP)
6 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
7 Gilles Simon (FRA)
8 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)

Plus: Verdasco, Querrey, Isner, Gasquet, Anderson, Hewitt, Kyrgios

DOUBLES SEEDS
1 Peya (AUT) / Soarez (BRA)
2 Matkowski (POL) / Zimonjic (SRB)
3 Nestor (CAN) / Paes (IND)
4 Herbert (FRA) / Mahut (FRA)

Plus: F.Lopez/Myrnyi, Hewitt/Kokkinakis, Anderson/Chardy, M.Lopez/Nadal, Raonic/Roger-Vasselin, Isner/Querrey, Dimitrov/Wawrinka

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Alexander Peya (AUT) / Bruno Soarez (BRA)

 

Gerry Weber Open
June 15-21, 2015
Halle, Germany

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 500
Prize Money: €1,574,640
Surface: Grass
Tournament Director Ralf Weber
Draw: S-32 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS
1 Roger Federer (SUI)
2 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
3 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
4 Gael Monfils (FRA)
5 Tommy Robredo (ESP)
6 Pablo Cuevas (URU)
7 Bernard Tomic (AUS)
8 Ivo Karlovic (CRO)

Plus: Thiem, Haas, Seppi, Johnson, Kohlschreiber, Gulbis

DOUBLES SEEDS
1Rojer (FRA) / Tecau (ROU)
2 Bopanna (IND) / Mergea (ROU)
3 Knowle (AUT) / Pospisil (CAN)
4 Cuevas (URU) / Marrero (ESP)

Plus: Berdych/Vesely, Gulbis/Thiem, Tipsarevic/Tomic, Johnson/Nishikori

DEFENDING SINGLES CHAMPIONS
Roger Federer (SUI)

DEFENDING DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Andre Begemann (GER) / Julian Knowle (AUT)


 

Evonne Goolagong Cawley?


Photos: International Tennis Hall of Fame, Sports Illustrated

HISTORY (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

CITIZENSHIP: Australian
BORN: July 31, 1951 (63)
PLACE OF BIRTH: Griffith, New South Wales, Australia
PLAYED: Right-handed

Evonne Goolagong was not born into tennis royalty with a gold plated racquet, fancy outfits, and private lessons at a posh country club. Furthermore, she didn’t matriculate her game with a used wooden racquet on public courts. Her introduction to tennis has perhaps the most pedestrian and humble origins in tennis history, yet she overcame major stumbling blocks to become the No. 1 player in the world, who won 13 majors and ranking 12th all-time in championship wins.

Goolagong grew up in the wheat town of Barrellan in New South Wales, one of eight children. Her mother Melinda was a homemaker and father Kenny a sheepshearer. Their simple one-story home was a tin shack with dirt floors and no electricity. But moreover, Goolagong was born into Aborigine heritage, the only family of its kind in town, and as light-skinned members of the Wiradjuri tribe, the Goolagong kids faced prejudice, and faced a cloudy and uncertain future. The Australian government’s policy at the time was to forcibly remove Aborigine children from their families and relocate them to camps where they could be properly educated and integrated into white society.

“Every time there was a shiny car, my mum must have worried if was the welfare people coming for her kids,” Goolagong has explained in many media interviews when the topic of her Aborigine roots was questioned. “We had no idea. We thought the welfare man was there to take us away.”

Goolagong’s first racquet as a youngster was made from a wood fruit box that resembled a paddle – it was absent of any strings. For hours on end she would hit a ball against any flat surface she could find. A 10-year-old Evonne was spotted peering through a fence at Barellan War Memorial Tennis Club by club president Bill Kurtzman, who asked her if she’d like to join in. Had Kurtzman not made the gracious and human offer, it’s likely her road to the Hall of Fame, let alone a revered place in history as a two-time Wimbledon Ladies Singles champion (1971, 1980) and keeper of four straight Australian Open Singles titles (1974-77) would not have materialized. Word obviously traveled fast, as renowned Sydney-based tennis coach Vic Edwards was tipped off to the 10-year-old prodigy and made a 400 mile trip west to the wheat-farming country to see what all the fuss was about. Even as a developing player, Goolagong had the grace and movement on court that would be a staple of her splendid career. Edwards was enamored with Goolagong, whose name means “tall trees near still water” in the Aboriginal language. He persuaded her parents to let him take the 14-year-old to Sydney for schooling at Willoughby Girls School (where she completed her School Certificate in 1968), coaching, and boarding. She became part of his family in 1965, with Edwards protecting her from racial slurs, as she competed in big city tournaments, teaching her to believe in herself and talents. Edwards instilled confidence in Goolagong and prepared to her to become the first non-white to play in apartheid South African in a tournament in 1972. At age 15, Goolagong won the New South Wales Championship and in 1967 competed in her first Australian Nationals.

Goolagong would compile an illustrious resume, appearing in 26 major finals (18 singles, six women’s doubles and two mixed doubles), capturing seven singles, five doubles and one mixed double championship. Overall, she earned 72 singles, 45 doubles and three mixed doubles tour championships and compiled a 704-165 (81 percent) singles record. During the 1970s, Goolagong was a household name and face – attractive, carefree, and admittedly prone to lapses in concentration that caused folks to say “Evonne’s gone walkabout.” From 1973 to 1978, it was virtually impossible to tune into a major final and not watch the graceful Goolagong perform. She appeared in all but two finals, the 1975 and 1976 Wimbledon championship matches.

Goolagong was graceful, almost poetic in how beautifully she played the game. Not only did tennis fans marvel in her smooth and effortless movements, but her opponents could also get caught in the ballet that was on the other side of the net. “She was like a panther compared to me,” said Billie Jean King after losing to Goolagong in the semifinals of the 1974 Virginia Slims Championship at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. “She had more mobility and she played beautifully. I started watching her, and then I’d remember all of a sudden that I had to hit the ball.”

In 2005, Martina Navratilova told Sports Illustrated, “She was such a pretty player. She didn’t serve-and-volley, she would sort of saunter-and-volley.”

Goolagong preferred a baseline game that observers said was reminiscent of Ken Rosewall’s – her backhand was classically stroked liked Rosewall’s with slice and accuracy. Her groundstrokes were precise and fluid, balls struck hard each time. “She can be down love-40, apparently beaten, and she’s still trying to hit winners,” Margaret Court Smith told the New York Times. “She won’t play safe tennis, and her shots are quite unpredictable. They’re likely to come back in any direction. The harder you hit the ball to her, the more she likes it. It’s best to slow the game up, rather than try to outbelt her … and she loves a wide ball … she’ll have a crack at anything.”

At the 1971 Australian Open, Goolagong lost to her idol Court in three well-played sets, 2-6, 7-6, 7-5. At the French Open, the No. 3 seeded Goolagong won her first major singles championship, defeating fellow Aussie and unseeded surprise finalist Helen Gourlay, 6-3, 7-5. It helped that No. 1 seed Court and No. 2 seed Virginia Wade were eliminated in the third and first rounds respectively. Goolagong didn’t face a seeded player until the quarterfinals, No. 6 Françoise Dürr, and squashed the native favorite, 6-3, 6-0. A few months later, her tennis dream came true when she decisively defeated Court to win Wimbledon, 6-4, 6-1. “To beat Margaret Court … I was over the moon about winning,” Goolagong said. Outside of defeating the defending champion Court, Goolagong needed a huge semifinal, 6-4, 6-4 victory over King to advance. She nearly became a repeat champion in 1972, but King evened matters with a decisive 6-3, 6-3 victory in the final.

“It was the age of nine that I dreamed about winning Wimbledon,” Goolagong said, appearing as a guest on the television news program Where They Are Now Australia in 2007. “I read this cartoon magazine story called Princess Magazine, about a young girl who was found, trained and taken to this place called Wimbledon, where she played on this magical center court and eventually won. Every time I went to hit against a wall I used to pretend I was there, and every time I went to sleep I would dream about playing on that magical court”

Goolagong made her Wimbledon debut in 1970, and at the time, just stepping inside the hallowed All England Club may have seemed like heaven for the Aussie, but she had unfinished business ahead. “I remember a cocktail party the night before Wimbledon started and the head of Dunlop (Goolagong’s racquet sponsor) took me out on court when there was no net, just deep silence,” Goolagong recalled. “I said, ‘Wow, I am here … my dream has come true, I am really here.’ I remember playing a girl named Peaches Barkowitz – what a name – an American top player who beat me pretty convincingly (6-4, 6-0). When I got off the court my coach said, ‘maybe I better enter you into the “played” event for second and third round losers, that way you’ll get used to the atmosphere, the crowds, the court. I played in that and ended up winning it.” The following year, the fairy tale came true with the cherished victory in London and Goolagong ended the 1971 touring season as the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year.

Wimbledon had a love affair with Goolagong, who dubbed her “Sunshine Supergirl” and she long maintained that the crowning moment in her career came at Wimbledon in 1980, when she defeated Chris Evert in the final to become the first mother since Dorothy Lambert Chambers to accomplish that feat in 1914. The nine years between championships matched Bill Tilden for the longest gap between titles in history. “After I defeated Margaret Court at Wimbledon in 1971, I found out later she was pregnant and I thought, ‘so that’s why she played so badly,’” Goolagong joked. “Of course I was pregnant in 1980 and was so thrilled to have won again.”

Goolagong captured the Australian Open four times and three consecutively (1974-76), defeating Chris Evert (7-6, 4-6, 6-0); Navratilova (6-3, 6-2) and Czech Renata Tomanova (6-2, 6-2). The three-peat at Melbourne has only been accomplished by Court, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, and Martina Hingis. Goolagong also appeared in six consecutive finals (1971-76), a record shared with Hingis and stands alone in total finals (7), achieved from 1971-76. Three of her wins (1975-77) came without losing a set, a remarkable mark shared only with Graf. The only asterisk on her championship-filled career was the U.S. Open, where she was a finalist four consecutive times (1973-76), and unable to claim a championship, though the 1973, 1974, and 1975 defeats all came in tightly-contested three set matches against Court, King, and Evert.

Goolagong was nearly perfect in doubles, winning five of six major tournaments; 1971 Australian with Court, 1974 Australian and Wimbledon alongside American Peggy Michel; 1975 Australian with Michel; 1976 and 1977 Australian with compatriot Helen Gourlay. She won the 1972 French Open Mixed Doubles Championship with Aussie partner Kim Warwick.

Goolagong made history in October, 1974. As a 23-year-old, she won the third annual and season-ending Virginia Slims Championship played at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. She upset King in the semifinals, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 and then upset Chris Evert in the final, 6-3, 6-4. She earned $32,000, equal to the top cash prize in the history of women’s tennis. Goolagong also won the season-ending Slims in 1976, again defeating Evert. She was a finalist in 1978, losing to Martina Navratilova. She ranked in the Top 10 for nine years. She married Roger Cawley in 1975 and added the surname while still on tour.

Nagging injuries forced her into retirement in 1983. She moved to South Carolina, where she became the touring professional at the Hilton Head Racquet Club. The family purchased 70 acres and built a 20-court tennis center.

For her service to tennis, she was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in 1972 and Officer of the Order of Australia in 1982. Home! The Evonne Goolagong Story was published in 1993.


Photo: CNN

STATS

Top Ranking: World No. 1

Grand Slam Results:
13-time major champion and 13-time finalist

120 Career Titles

Career Record
Overall: 722-181
Singles: 704-165
Doubles: 18-16

Fed Cup
Member of the Australian Federation Cup Team 1970-1976, 1982
Overall Record 35-5
Singles Record 22-3
Doubles Record 13-2Australian Fed Cup Captain 2002-2004

GRAND SLAM BEST RESULTS

Titles
7 Singles | 6 Doubles | 1 Mixed Doubles

Singles
Australian Open: W (1974), W (1975), W (1976), W (1977)
French Open: W (1971)
Wimbledon: W (1971), W (1980)
US Open: F (1973), F (1974), F (1975), F (1976)

Doubles
Australian Open: W (1971), W (1974), W (1975), W (1976), W (1977; 1977) French Open: SF (1971)
Wimbledon: W (1974)
US Open: SF (1972), SF (1973), SF (1974)

Mixed Doubles
French Open: W (1972)
Wimbledon: F (1972)

TODAY

In the eighties, Goolagong began working with Tennis Australia and launched the Evonne Goolagong Getting Started program for young girls. She also became an extremely successful businesswoman, owning several restaurants (the “Fat Goolagong Burger” chain) in Canberra, a football team (the “Griffith Angels”), her own brand of Vodka (Pure Wondergoolagong), a perfume for juniors (With Love from Evonne) and a fashion line called “Evonne Goolagong Seduction.”

She returned to Australia to live in 1991 at Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and has travelled around Australia, coming to understand the importance of her Aboriginal heritage and introducing her American born children to their indigenous culture. She was a member of the Board of the Australian Sports Commission from 1995-1997. Since 1997, she has held the position of Sports Ambassador to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Communities.


Photo: Matt Turner, Adelaidenow.com.au

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