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Published September 21, 2015


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Week of
Sep 14-20, 2015  


Tournament

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Semifinals

Final

Champion

COUPE BANQUE NATIONALE
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA
SEP 14 - SEP 20
Last yearIsingles champion:
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO)
Tier - Internat.
Prize Money: $226,750
Surface: Carpet

SINGLES

Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d Naomi Broady (GBR) 6-4, 6-2

(5) Annika Beck (GER) d Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

(5) Annika Beck (GER) d Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2

Tournament Director: Jacques Herisset Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES

(3) M.Irigoyen (ARG) / P.Kania (POL) d N.Broady (GBR) / A.Hesse (FRA) 5-7, 7-5, 10-6

B.Krejcikova (CZE) / A.Mestach (BEL) d A.Beck (GER) / E.Rodina (RUS) 6-3, 6-1

B.Krejcikova (CZE) / A.Mestach (BEL) d (3) M.Irigoyen (ARG) / P.Kania (POL) 4-6, 6-3, 12-10

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Tournament

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Final

Champion

JAPAN WOMEN'S OPEN TENNIS
TOKYO, JAPAN
SEP 14 - SEP 20
Last yearIsingles champion:
Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Tier - Internat.
Prize Money: $226,750
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d (7) Ajila Tomljanovic (CRO) 7-5, 6-2

Magda Linette (POL) d (6) Christina McHale (USA)
3-6, 6-4, 6-3

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d Magda Linette (POL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3

Tournament Director: Mr. Ichiro Nakanishi Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES

(1) H.Chan (TPE) / Y.Chan (TPE) d K.Bondarenko (UKR) / O.Savchuk (UKR) 6-3, 6-2

M.Doi (JPN) / K.Nara (JPN) d C.Chuang ( TPE) / C.Liang (CHN) 6-3, 6-3

(1) H.Chan (TPE) / Y.Chan (TPE) d M.Doi (JPN) / K.Nara (JPN) 6-1, 6-2

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Women's Tour

COUPE BANQUE NATIONALE
QUEBEC CITY, CANADA
SEP 14 - SEP 20

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SINGLES DRAW - Beck battles past Ostapenko in Quebecnika Beck (GER) d Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2


Photo: Pascal Patthe


Photo: Pascal Patthe

(5) Annika Beck (GER) d Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2, 6-3

Up against a fellow WTA Rising Star playing her first WTA final, No.5 seed Annika Beck remained calm through a clinical 6-2, 6-2 victory to capture her second career title at the Coupe Banque Nationale.
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Photo: Pascal Patthe

  • 1 (WC) Madison Keys (USA) - withdrawn (wrist injury) LL: Nadiia Kichenok (UKR)
  • 2 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO). R1: (WC) Francoise Abanda (CAN) 6-3, 3-1(ret). R2: Tamira Paszek (AUT) 6-3, 6-3. Q: (Q) Samantha Crawford (USA) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. S: (5) Annika Beck (GER) 2-6, 6-2, 4-6. Lucic-Baroni out in the Semis
  • 3 Mona Barthel (GER). R1: Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-7(6), 6-4, 4-6. Barthel out in R1
  • 4 Lucie Hradecka (CZE). R1: Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-2, 6-4. R2: (Q) Amandine Hesse (FRA) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Q: (5) Annika Beck (GER) 0-6, 3-6. Hradecka out in the Quarters
  • CHAMPION 5 Annika Beck (GER). R1: (WC) Sharon Fichman (CAN) 6-0, 6-1. R2: Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 6-4, 6-4. Q: (4) Lucie Hradecka (CZE) 6-0, 6-3. S: (2) Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. F: Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2 CHAMPION
  • 6 Tatjana Maria (GER). R1: Alexa Glatch (USA) 6-1, 4-6, 1-6. Maria out in R1
  • 7 Evgeniya Rodina (RUS). R1: Sachia Vickery (USA) 6-2, 6-2. R2: Q) Samantha Crawford (USA) 3-6, 3-6. Rodina out in R2
  • 8 An-Sophie Mestach (BEL). R1: Paula Kania (POL) 4-6, 3-6. Mestach out in R1
  • FINALIST Jelena Ostapenko (LAT). R1: (3) Mona Barthel (GER) 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-4. R2: (Q) Jessica Pegula (USA) 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(3). Q: Paula Kania (POL) 6-0, 6-1. S: (LL) Naomi Broady (GBR) 6-4, 6-2. F: (5) Annika Beck (GER) 2-6, 2-6
  • Best Qualifier: Samantha Crawford (USA) - Quarters
  • Best WC: All out in R1
  • Best Unseeded: Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) - Finalist

DOUBLES DRAW - Krejcikova / Mestach win Coupe Banque Nationale doubles title

Barbora Krejcikova (CZE) / An-Sophie Mestach (BEL) d (3) Maria Irigoyen (ARG) / Paula Kania (POL) 4-6, 6-3, 12-10


Photo: Coupe Banque Nationale

WTA Rising Stars Barbora Krejcikova and An-Sophie Mestach recovered from a set down to win the doubles title in Québec City, beating Maria Irigoyen and Paula Kania, 4-6, 6-3, 12-10.



Women's Tour

JAPAN WOMEN'S OPEN TENNIS
TOKYO, JAPAN
SEP 14 - SEP 20

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SINGLES DRAW - Wickmayer wins Tokyo title

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d Magda Linette (POL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3


Wickmayer Photo: Tennis TV


Linette Photo: Hiroshi Sato

Yanina Wickmayer battled back from a set and a break down to beat WTA Rising Star Magda Linette and win her first WTA title since 2010 at the Japan Women's Open Tennis. After sending the last two seeds remaining packing in the semifinals, Wickmayer beating No.7 seed Ajla Tomljanovic and Linette outdoing No.6 seed Christina McHale, an all-unseeded final was set - and it was Linette who came out stronger, building a 6-4, 2-0 lead, seemingly headed for a straight set win.

"The first set wasn't great for me," Wickmayer said. "I was making too many unforced errors and going for too much. I think I was trying to play too nicely, too pretty. Winning doesn't always have to be pretty. And I also really wanted to win today, so maybe I was a little bit nervous there in the beginning."

Wickmayer steadied herself in a big way from there, though, winning 12 of the next 16 games to prevail over Linette, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, breaking one last time at love to wrap it up in just over two hours.
Read more here (WTA)


Photo: Jimmie48

  • 1 (WC) Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP). R1: Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 4-6, 4-6. Suarez Navarro out in R1
  • 2 Zarina Diyas (KAZ). R1: Kiki Bertens (NED) 6-4, 6-4. R2: Magda Linette (POL) 2-6, 5-7. Diyas out in R2.
  • 3 Madison Brengle (USA). R1: Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 6-3, 6-1. R2: (WC) Nao Hibino (JPN) 6-1, 6-2. Q: (7) Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 6-1, 3-6, 4-6. Brengle out in the Quarters
  • 4 Alison Riske (USA). R1: Saisai Zheng (CHN) 6-0, 4-6, 1-6. Riske out in R1
  • 5 Johanna Larsson (SWE). R1: Qiang Wang (CHN) 0-6, 6-3, 6-3. R2: Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 5-7, 3-6. Larsson out in R2.
  • 6 Christina McHale (USA). R1: Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 6-3, 7-5. R2: (Q) Riza Ozaki (JPN) 6-1, 7-5. Q: Saisai Zheng (CHN) 2-6, 6-3, 6-3. S: Magda Linette (POL) 6-3, 4-6, 3-6. McHale out in the Semis
  • 7 Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO). R1: Timea Babos (HUN) 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2). R2: (WC) Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) 7-6(5), 6-3. Q: (3) Madison Brengle (USA) 1-6, 6-3, 6-14. S: Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 5-7, 2-6. Tomljanovic out in the Semis
  • 8 Polona Hercog (SLO). R1: Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 1-6, 7-5, 5-7. Hercog out in R1
  • FINALIST Magda Linette (POL). R1: Lauren Davis (USA) 6-3, 6-2. R2: (2) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 6-2, 7-5. Q: Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 6-3, 6-3. S: (6) Christina McHale (USA) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. F: Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 6-4, 3-6, 3-6
  • CHAMPION Yanina Wickmayer (BEL). R1: Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-4, 6-3. R2: (8) Johanna Larsson (SWE) 7-5, 6-3. Q: Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4. S: (7) Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO) 7-5, 6-2. F: Magda Linette (POL) 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 CHAMPION
  • Best Qualifier: Risa Ozaki (JPN) - R2
  • Best WC: Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN), Nao Hibino (JPN) - both R2
  • Best Unseeded: Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) - CHAMPION


DOUBLES DRAW - Chan / Chan win doubles in Tokyo

(1) Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Yung-Jan Chan (TPE) d (WC) Misaki Doi (JPN) / Kurumi Nara (JPN) 6-1, 6-2


Photo: WTA


 


Men's Tour

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WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Ana Ivanovic drops out of the Top 10 to 12, Kerber moves up to 9, Suarez Navarro to 10.
Annika Beck goes from 57 to 43, Yanina Wickmayer moves up to 56 from 86.
DOUBLES: Yung-Jan Chan moves into the Top 10.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

11501
 

1
Mirza, Sania

10455

2
Halep, Simona

6780
 

2
Hingis, Martina

9675

3
Sharapova, Maria

5795
 

3
Mattek-Sands, Beth

7065

4
Kvitova, Petra

5295
 

4
Šafárová, Lucie

6497

5
Šafárová, Lucie

3525
 

5
Dellacqua, Casey

5545

6
Wozniacki, Caroline

3385
 

6
Vesnina, Elena

5235

7
Pennetta, Flavia

3317
 

7
Shvedova, Yaroslava

5120

8
Muguruza, Garbine

3121
 

8
Mladenovic, Kristina

5090

9
Kerber, Angelique

3075
 

9
Makarova, Ekaterina

5046

10
Suarez Navarro, Carla

3070
 

10
Chan, Yung-Jan

4380

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Rafa Nadal moves up to 7 from 10.
DOUBLES: Mahut moves into the Top 10.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

16145
 

1
Bryan, Bob

9490

2
Federer, Roger

9420
 

1
Bryan, Mike

9490

3
Murray, Andy

8800
 

3
Tecau, Horia

6990

4
Wawrinka, Stan

6005
 

4
Rojer, Jean-Julien

6990

5
Berdych, Tomas

5050
 

5
Melo, Marcelo

6960

6
Nishikori, Kei

5015
 

6
Dodig, Ivan

6690

7
Nadal, Rafael

3770
 

7
Jamie Murray

5320

8
Ferrer, David

3695
 

8
John Peers

5230

9
Raonic, Milos

2790
 

9
Pierre-Hugues Herbert

5030

10
Gilles Simon

2560
 

10
Nicolas Mahut

4930


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GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S OPEN
GUANGZHOU, CHINA
SEP 21 - SEP 26

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - International
Prize Money: $$226,750
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Mr. Huang Jianting
Draw: S-32 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Simona Halep (ROU)
  • 2 Andrea Petkovic (GER)
  • 3 Sara Errani (ITA)
  • 4 Jelena Jankovic (SRB)
  • 5 Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)
  • 6 Monica Niculesku (ROU)
  • 7 Danka Kovinic (MNE)
  • 8 Saisai Zheng (CHN)

Plus: Yanina Wickmayer, Francesca Schiavone, Daniela Hantuchova

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Martina Hingis (SUI) / Sania Mirza (IND)
  • 2 Klaudia Jans-Ignacik (POL) / Anastasia Rodionova (AUS)
  • 3 Chen Liang ( CHN) / Yafan Wang (CHN)
  • 4 Jocelyn Rae (GBR) / Anna Smith (GBR)

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Monica Niculescu (ROU)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Chia-Jung Chuang (TPE) / Chen Liang (CHN)

 

KOREA OPEN
SEOUL, KOREA
SEP 21 - SEP 27

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - International
Prize Money: $$426,750
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Mr. Jin-see Lee
Draw: S-32 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)
  • 2 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK)
  • 3 Sloane Stephens (USA)
  • 4 Varvara Lepchenko (USA)
  • 5 Mona Barthel (GER)
  • 6 Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU)
  • 7 Julia Goerges (GER)
  • 8 Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL)

Plus: Johanna Larsson, Kimiko Date-Krumm, Christina McHale

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Lara Arruabarrena (ESP) / Andreja Klepac (SLO)
  • 2 Kiki Bertens (NED) / Johanna Larsson (SWE)
  • 3 Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) / Raluca Olaru (ROU)
  • 4 Kimiko Date-Krumm (JPN) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE)

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) / Lara Arruabarrena (ESP)


TORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN
TOKYO, JAPAN
SEP 21 - SEP 27

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Premier
Prize Money: $881,100
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Kentaro Miyamoto
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
  • 2 Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
  • 3 Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
  • 4 Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  • 5 Angelique Kerber (GER)
  • 6 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
  • 7 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
  • 8 Belinda Bencic (SUI)

Plus: Sam Stosur (AUS), Dominika Cibulkova, Camila Giorgi

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA)
  • 2 Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Yung-Jan Chan (TPE)
  • 3 Garbine Muguruza (ESP) / Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
  • 4 Belinda Bencic (SUI) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Cara Black (ZIM) / Sania Mirza (IND)

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ST. PETERSBURG OPEN
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA
SEPTEMBER 21 - 27 2015

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money: $1,091, 000
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Peter Johnston
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
  • 2 Milos Raonic (CAN)
  • 3 Dominic Thiem (AUT)
  • 4 Robert Bautista Agut (ESP)
  • 5 Tommy Robredo (ESP)
  • 6 Benoit Paire (FRA)
  • 7 Joao Sousa (POR)
  • 8 Mikhail Kukushnin (KAZ)

Plus: Marcos Baghdatis, Denis Istomin, Marcel Granollers

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Treat Huey (PHI) / Henri Kontinen (FIN)
  • 2 Julian Knowle (AUT) / Alexander Peya (AUT)
  • 3 Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Santiago Gonzalez (MEX)
  • 4 Philipp Oswald (AUT) / Adil Shamasdin (CAN)

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Ernests Gulbis (LAT)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
David Marrero (ESP) / Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

MOSELLE OPEN
METZ, FRANCE
SEPTEMBER 21 - 27 2015

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 250
Prize Money: €494,310
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Julien Bute
Draw: S-28 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
  • 2 Gilles Simon (FRA)
  • 3 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  • 4 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP)
  • 5 Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER)
  • 6 Martin Klizan (SVK)
  • 7 Adrian Mannarino (FRA)
  • 8 Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

Plus: Nicolas Mahut, Vasek Pospisil, Pierre-Hugues Herbert

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
  • 2 Lukasz Kubot (POL) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)
  • 3 Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Rajeev Ram (USA)
  • 4 Eric Butorac (USA) / Scott Lipsky (USA)

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
David Goffin (BEL)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Mariusz Fyrstenberg (POL) / Marcin Matkowski (POL)


Rosie Casals (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

CITIZENSHIP: USA
BORN: December 15, 1948 (67)
PLACE OF BIRTH:
San Francisco
PLAYED: Right-handed


Photos: International Tennis Hall of Fame

It’s impossible to separate Rosemary “Rosie” Casals the tennis player from Rosie Casals the pioneer of the women’s professional game. On court the 5-foot-2 dynamo played at a breakneck speed, running down every ball and pounding back returns with punch and power, flair and creativity. Off the court, her pursuit of equality between the women’s and men’s games was just as bombastic. She didn’t politely ask that women be paid the same as men’s players, she demanded it and made no apologies.

Casals was born in San Francisco, California, the daughter of parents who immigrated to the United States from El Salvador. As a youth she had spunk and fire, teaching herself tennis on San Francisco’s public courts and finding playing partners anyway she could. Casals felt stigmatized by her economic background, fueling her tennis game and creating an acceptance level money couldn’t buy. By age 16 she had become a top junior player in Northern California and at age 17 was ranked No. 11 in the United States. In an interview with People Magazine in 1983, Casals said, “The other kids had nice tennis clothes, nice rackets, nice white shoes and came in Cadillacs.”


Photo: AP

Those other kids likely never rose to the world No. 3 ranking in singles in 1970, won 12 major doubles and mixed doubles championships, played for the US Open Championship singles title in 1970 and 1971 and wore brightly colored tennis dresses designed specially by the apparel maestro Ted Tinling. In fact, in 1972 Wimbledon official ordered Casals to change out of her Tinling-designed purple and white dress, citing it violated tournament policy. Casals was always rebellious, even on tennis’ most hallowed grounds.

Casals found her haven playing tennis, carrying a chip on her shoulder that she said “leveled the playing field.” When Casals, then 16, met Billie Jean King, 20, at the Berkeley Tennis Club in 1964 finals, the two forged partnership that slanted doubles competition in their direction for nine years. Casals, who was a pesky, swift and grinding baseliner in singles, found her niche playing doubles. From 1966 to 1975, she and King won seven major doubles titles and were finalists seven times. In her career, Casals won 112 professional doubles titles – second all-time to 177 earned by Martina Navratilova’s – 56 of which came with King.


Photo: World Team Tennis

The Casals-King tandem became the face of women’s doubles, competing for championships on the court and crusading for equal prize money for women’s professional players off the court, which in 1968, was as much as ten times less than their male counterparts. Though they played the game differently, Casals wearing her emotions on her sleeve with ever-present grit and determination and King more controlled and balanced, the pair attacked the game similarly – with focused tenacity and purpose. Not only were they playing for a place in the women’s tennis championship history, but also building a foundation that would make the women’s game strong and financially prosperous for decades to come.

The duo won their first major at 1967 Wimbledon, defeating quality opponents in Maria Bueno and Nancy Richey, 9-11, 6-4, 6-2. A US Open championship with King was captured later that year. On the grass at Wimbledon, Casals and King won five championships (1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973). Casals was a French Open finalist in 1968, 1970, 1982 and advanced to the Australian finals in 1971. Casals and King are the only doubles team in history to win the U.S. Championship on all three surfaces.


Photo: Focus on Sports

Mixed doubles created a fun and frolicking partnership with the entertaining Ilie Nastase, and the pair was successful in winning two major championships, Wimbledon in 1970 and 1972. Casals’ third mixed doubles title was earned at the US Open alongside Dick Stockton in 1975, a 6-3, 7-6 victory over King and Fred Stolle.

Casals, who had always maintained “tennis was all I ever wanted,” won 11 professional singles titles and was a major singles finalist twice, both at the US Open. In 1970 as the No. 2 seed, she went toe-to-toe with No. 1 seed Margaret Court, falling in a well-played final, 2–6, 6–2, 1–6. The following year, she faced longtime doubles partner King in another final pitting No. 1 vs. No. 2, but King was much too strong that afternoon, prevailing 6-4, 7-6.


Photo: Michael Cole

Casals and King were committed to earning a living from playing tennis, and the $4,000 she made traveling the circuit her first year wasn’t going to suffice, though at the time Casals said, “I thought I was rich.” But Casals saw severe inequities between the men’s and women’s game – everything from organization, respect and prize money.“We knew this wasn’t right,” Casals maintained, so parlaying alongside the “women’s movement” that was gaining momentum in the 1970s, Casals and King led the charge to change professional women’s tennis. Along with Gladys Heldman, the outspoken publisher of World Tennis Magazine, the trio secured a considerable financial sponsorship from Phillip Morris Chief Executive Director Joe Cullman, and in 1970 the Virginia Slims Tour was launched with the catchy slogan, “You’ve Come A Long Way, Baby.”


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The two were part of the Original 9 (Nancy Richey, Peaches Bartkowicz, Kristy Pigeon, Valerie Ziegenfuss, and Julie Heldman and Australians Kerry Melville Reid and Judy Tegart Dalton) who signed one dollar contracts for the lucrative 10 week tour that finally brought women’s tennis to the forefront. Casals won the first Virginia Slims Tournament played in September 1970 in Houston, defeating Aussie Judy Tegart Dalton, 5–7, 6–1, 7–5. For their part, once the tour went into full swing in 1971, King and Casals played non-stop tennis; King playing 36 singles and 21 doubles tournaments, 210 overall matches, and Casals competing in 32 singles and 31 doubles tournaments, 205 matches total. Recalling those inaugural days on tour, King has often said, “We played our little bahoolas off.”

In her career, Casals amassed 595 wins in singles and 508 in doubles and was ranked among the world’s top 10 players in 12 seasons. She was a prominent part of the Fed Cup Team, winning seven championships (1970, 1976-1981) and on the Wightman Cup Team where she added another seven titles (1967, 1976-77, 1979-82). Casals was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1996.

Casals, who was always fiery and tenacious, was nicknamed Rosebud.

“We actually nicknamed Rosie ‘general’,” King said.


STATS

Top Ranking
World No. 3 (1970)

Grand Slam Results
12-time major champion, 17-time finalist

Career Titles
123

Career Record
Overall Record: 1103-539
Singles Record: 595-325
Doubles Record: 508-214

Fed Cup
Member of the US Federation Cup Team 1967, 1976-1981
Member of the US Championship Federation Cup Team 1967, 1976-1981
Overall Record: 34-2
Singles Record: 8-1
Doubles Record: 26-1

GRAND SLAM BEST RESULTS

Titles
9 Doubles | 3 Mixed Doubles

Singles
Australian Nationals: SF (1967)
French Open: QF (1969), QF (1970)
Wimbledon: SF (1967), SF (1969), SF (1970), SF (1972)
US Open: F (1970), F (1971)

Doubles
Australian Open: F (1969)
French Open: F (1968), F (1970), F (1982)
Wimbledon: W (1967), W (1968), W (1970), W (1971), W (1973)
US Open: W (1967), W (1971), W (1974), W (1982)

Mixed Doubles
Australian Open: SF (1969)
French Open: SF (1968), SF (1970), SF (1972)
Wimbledon: W (1970), W (1972)
US Open: W (1975)

AFTER RETIREMENT FROM THE TOUR

In 1982 Rosie Casals founded Sportswoman, Inc., a "full service sports marketing and promotion company providing services in the areas of special events (charity, celebrity, dinner galas), sponsorship, management and consulting." (www.sportswomanevents.com)

Some of the events and managed organized by Rosie Casals and Sportswoman, Inc., were esurance Tennis Classic near San Francisco and the annual Billie Jean King & Friends Dinner, Auction and Awards Gala in Pasadena.


Photo: Rich Neher

In 2014 Cal Sate LA broke ground to the Rosie Casals / Pancho Gonzales Tennis Center, with Billie Jean King, Pam Shriver, Tennis Channel, and many local dignitaries attending.


Photo: Rich Neher


Rosie Casals, who resides in Palm Desert, California, is most recently involved in a tennis tournament she established in memory of local teaching pro Jackie Cooper, who was diagnosed with cancer in December 2012 and died May 23, 2013, at the age of 68. The Rosie Casals & Jackie Cooper Tennis Invitational debuted April 26 at the Indian Ridge Country Club in Palm Desert, More than 40 players competed in the pro-am event, financially supported by esurance (an Allstate company) and played under World TeamTennis format. The teams were comprised of a pro, a junior player and two amateurs. Proceeds benefit the Tory Fretz & Jackie Cooper Junior Tennis Fund, providing grants and financial aid to junior players for tennis-related expenses and to organizations that create opportunities for juniors.

Jackie Cooper, who served as director of tennis at the La Quinta Resort from 1978 to 1995, joined Charlie Pasarell to help get a struggling local ATP tennis tournament off the ground — now known as the BNP Paribas Open, the fifth-largest tennis tournament in the world.


Photo: Rich Neher

 

Tournament abbreviations

WC
= wildcard (given by the tournament to a player that could not get in on their ranking, or did not enter in time.

PR = protected ranking. This is used when a player has been out for a certain period of time due to injury (I think it's at least 6 months) and their ranking slips down to where they wouldn't get in on their current ranking.

Q = Qualifier.

A = Alternate. Used in qualifying when a player withdraws before their first match. Also used in main draw if there was no qualifying draw and the draw was full before the player withdrew.

LL = Lucky loser. A player that loses in qualifying (usually the final round unless none of the final round losers sign the lucky loser list) and gets into main draw when a main draw player withdraws before their first match.

SE = Special exempt. A player who signed into qualifying of a tournament, but was still playing in the previous week's tournament at the time the qualifying draw was done. This player can get a special exempt into the main draw the following week.

 

 

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