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Week of
Sep 28 - Oct 4, 2015  


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2015 DONGFENG MOTOR WUHAN OPEN
WUHAN, CHINA
SEP 27 - OCT 03
Last yearIsingles champion:
Petra Kvitoa (CZE)
Tier - Premier
Prize Money: $2,212,250
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

Venus Williams (USA d (15) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4)

(5) G.Muguruza (ESP) d (6) A.Kerber (GER) 6-4, 7-6(5)

Venus Williams (USA) d (5) G.Muguruza (ESP) 6-3, 3-0 ret.

Tournament Director: Mr. Yi Guoqing Draw:
S-56 D-16

DOUBLES

(1) M.Hingis (SUI) / S.Mirza (IND) d H.Chan (TPE) / Y.Chan (TPE) 6-2, 6-1

I.Begu (ROU) / M.Niculescu (ROU) (6) A.Hlavackova (CZE) / L.Hradecka (CZE) 6-4, 1-6, 10-8

(1) M.Hingis (SUI) / S.Mirza (IND) d I.Begu (ROU) / M.Niculescu (ROU) 6-2, 6-1

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TASHKENT OPEN
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
SEP 28 - OCT 03
Last yearIsingles champion:
Karin Knapp (ITA)
Tier - Internat.
Prize Money: $226, 750
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

Nao Hibino (JPN) d Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 6-3, 6-4

 

Donna Vekic (CRO) d Evgeniya Rodina (RUS)
7-5, 6-1

Nao Hibino (JPN) d
Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-2, 6-2

Tournament Director: Mr. S. Uthrapathy Draw:
S-32 D-16

DOUBLES

V.Dushevina (RUS) / K.Siniakova (CZE) d
(WC) E.Bychkova (RUS) / S.Voegele (SUI) 4-6, 6-1, 10-7

(2) M.Gasparyan (RUS) / A.Panova (RUS) d A.Friedsam (GER) / K.Piter (POL) 6-4, 2-1 ret.

(2) M.Gasparyan (RUS) / A.Panova (RUS) d V.Dushevina (RUS) / K.Siniakova (CZE) 6-1, 3-6, 10-3

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MALAYSIAN OPEN,
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 04 2015
Last yearIsingles champion:
Kei Nishikori (JPN)
Tier - 250
Prize Money: $937,835
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

(1) David Ferrer (FRA) d
Benjamin Becker (GER) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4

(2) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) d (7) Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 7-6(2), 7-6(5)

(1) David Ferrer (FRA) d (2) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-5, 7-5

Tournament Director: Nick Freyer Draw:
S-28 D-16

DOUBLES

(1) R.Klaasen (RSA) / R.Ram (USA) D F.Cemak (CZE) / R.Stepanek (CZE) 6-3, 6-4

(2) T.Huey (PHI) / H.Kontinen (FIN) d (4) A.Begemann (GER) / A.Sitak (AUS) 6-7(2), 7-6(2), 10-7

(2) T.Huey (PHI) / H.Kontinen (FIN) d (1) R.Klaasen (RSA) / R.Ram (USA) 7-6(4), 6-2

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SHENZHEN OPEN
SHENZHEN, CHINA
SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 04 2015
Last yearIsingles champion:
Andy Murray (GBR)
Tier - 250
Prize Money: $607, 940
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

(1) Tomas Berdych (CZE) d
(3) Tommy Robredo (ESP) 6-1, 6-4

(4) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez d (2) Marin Cilic (CRO)
1-6, 7-5, 6-3

(1) Tomas Berdych (CZE) d (4) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 7-6(7)

Tournament Director: Allon Khakshouri Draw:
S-28 D-16

DOUBLES

(3) C.Guccione (AUS) / A.Sa (BRA) d (1) D.Inglot (GBR) / R.Lindstedt (SWE) 7-6(5), 7-6(3)

J.Ehrlich (ISR) C.Fleming (GBR) d (WC) M.Gong (CHN) / M.Venus (AUS) 6-2, 6-4

J.Ehrlich (ISR) C.Fleming (GBR) d (3) C.Guccione (AUS) / A.Sa (BRA) 6-1, 6-7(3), 10-6

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Women's Tour

2015 DONGFENG MOTOR WUHAN OPEN
WUHAN, CHINA
SEP 27 - OCT 03

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SINGLES DRAW - Venus Williams wins biggest title in five yearseck (GER) d Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2

 

Venus Williams (USA) d (5) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6-3, 3-0 (ret)


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It may not have ended the way she wanted, but Venus Williams won her biggest title in more than five years at the Premier 5-level Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Saturday afternoon.

Watch highlights, interviews and more video from Wuhan right here on wtatennis.com!

The early goings were close - the unseeded Williams and Garbiñe Muguruza, the No.5 seed, traded breaks twice in the first seven games, with Williams emerging out of that up 4-3 in the first set. But from there Muguruza, hampered by a left ankle injury, saw her level drop off while Williams' just got better, and after losing five straight games and the scoreline at 6-3, 3-0, Muguruza retired.
Read more here (WTA)


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  • 1 Simona Halep (ROU). R1: Bye. R2: Anastasia Pvlyuchenkova (RUS) 6-2, 6-1. R3: (Q) Johanna Konta (GBR) 3-6, 6-3, 5-7. Halep out in R3
  • 2 Maria Sharapova (RUS). R1: Bye. R2: Barbora Strykova (CZE) 7-6(1), 6-7(4), 1-2(ret) Sharapova out in R2
  • 3 Petra Kvitova (CZE). R1: Bye. R2: Davria Gavrilova (RUS) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. R3: (15) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 6-7(3), 2-6). Kvitova out in R3
  • 4 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN). R1: Bye. R2: Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-1, 4-6, 6-7(6). Wozniacki out in R2
  • FINALIST 5 Garbine Muguruza (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-2, 6-0. R3: (9) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 4-6, 6-1, 6-0. Q: Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) 6-2, 6-2. S: (6) Angeliqu Kerber (GER) 6-4, 7-6(5). F: Venus Williams (USA) 3-6, 0-3 ret.
  • 6 Angeliqu Kerber (GER). R1: Bye. R2: Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. R3: Camila Giorgi (ITA) 6-2, 6-4. Q: CoCo Vandeweghe (USA) 6-1, 3-1(ret). S: (5) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 4-6, 6-7(5). Kerber out in the Semis
  • 7 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: Monica Niculescu (ROU) 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. R3: Venus Williams (USA) 3-6, 4-6. Suarez Navarro out in R3
  • 8 Karolina Pliskova (CZE). R1: Bye. R2: Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(5). R3: (12) Elina Svitolina (UKR) 2-6, 6-4, 6-4. Q: (15) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 6-7(2), 3-6. Pliskova out in the Quarters
  • 9 Ana Ivanovic (SRB). R1: Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 6-1, 6-3. R2: Madison Brengle (USA) 6-0, 6-3. R3: (5) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6-4, 1-6, 0-6. Ivanovic out in R3
  • 10 Agneszia Radwanska (POL). R1: Venus Williams (USA) 1-6, 6-7(4). Radwanska out in R1
  • 11 Blinda Bencic (SUI). R1: (LL) AjlaTomljanovic (CRO) 7-5, 7-5. R2: Camila Giorgi (ITA) 2-6, 0-0(ret). Bencic out in R2
  • 12 Elina Svitolina (UKR). R1: (WC) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6-4, 6-4. R2: Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 6-4, 6-2. R3: (8) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6-2, 4-6, 4-6. Svitolina out in R3
  • 13 Andrea Petkovic (GER). R1: (Q) Johanna Konta (GBR) 4-6, 5-7. Petkovic out in R1
  • 14 Madison Keys (USA). R1: Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(4). R2: Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 5-7, 6-1, 2-6. Keys out in R2
  • 15 Roberta Vinci (ITA). R1: (Q) Danka Kovnic (MNE) 5-7, 6-1, 6-3. R2: Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) 6-4, 6-3. R3: (3) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 7-6(3), 6-2. Q: (8) Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 7-6(2), 6-3. S: Venus Williams (USA) 7-5, 2-6, 6-7(4). Vinci out in the Semis
  • 16 Sara Errani (ITA). R1: Caroline Garcia (FRA) 7-6(4), 4-6, 2-6. Errani out in R1
  • CHAMPION Venus Williams (USA). R1: (10) Agneszia Radwanska (POL) 6-1, 7-6(4). R2: Julia Goergs (GER) 6-4, 6-3. Q: (7) Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 6-3, 6-4. S: (5) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4). F: (5) Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 6-3, 3-0 ret. CHAMPION
  • Best Qualifier: Johanna Konta (GBR) - Quarters
  • Best WC: (2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) - R2
  • Best Unseeded: Venus Williams (USA) - Champion

DOUBLES DRAW - Hingis / Mirza win seventh final of 2015

(1) Martina Hingis (SUI) / Sania Mirza (IND) d Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) / Monica Niculescu (ROU) 6-2, 6-1


Photo: Dongfen Motor Wuhan Open

Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza beat Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu in straight sets to win their seventh WTA doubles title of the year at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. They dropped serve three times and had to battle back from a 2-0 deficit in the second set, but at the end of the day the No.1-seeded Hingis and Mirza were just too strong in just about every department, needing just 69 minutes to beat unseeded Romanians Begu and Niculescu for the title, 6-2, 6-3.
Read more here (WTA)


Women's Tour

TASHKENT OPEN
TASHKENT, UZBEKISTAN
SEP 28 - OCT 03

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SINGLES DRAW - Nao Hibino wins first title in Tashkent

Nao Hibino (JPN) d Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-2, 6-2


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The Tashkent Open has had a slew of former Top 20 players as champions - Anna Smashnova, Iroda Tulyaganova, Nicole Vaidisova, Shahar Peer - and the next star may have been born this year, as unheralded Japanese Nao Hibino went all the way to her first WTA title.

Having reached the second round of the Japan Women's Open Tennis in Tokyo two weeks ago, Hibino was playing just the second WTA main draw of her career in Tashkent this week, but she didn't drop a set the entire week, and that pattern continued in an all-WTA Rising Star final against Donna Vekic.
Read more here (WTA)


Photo: Tashkent Open

  • 1 Annika Beck (GER). R1: Elizaveta Kulichkova (RUS) 6-3, 6-1. R2: Jana Cepelova (SVK) 6-4, 6-4. Q: Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 6-2, 5-7, 3-6. Beck out in the Quarters
  • 2 Carina Witthoeft (GER). R1: Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. R2: Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-4, 2-6, 2-6. Witthoeft out in R2
  • 3 Polona Hercog (SLO). R1: Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) 6-4, 3-6, 3-6. Hercog out in R1
  • 4 Johanna Larsson (SWE). R1: (Q) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6-3, 6-3. R2: (WC) Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) 6-2, 6-2. Q: Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 3-6, 7-5, 0-6. Larsson out in the Quarters
  • 5 Katerina Siniakova (CZE). R1: (Q) Paula Kania (POL)6-2, 7-6(5). R2: Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 6-7(4), 3-6. Siniakova out in R2
  • 6 Margarita Gasparyan (RUS). R1: Alexandra Panova (RUS) 7-6(2), 6-1. R2: Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 3-6, 4-6. Gasparyan out in R2
  • 7 Jelena Ostapenko (LAT). R1: Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 6-4, 2-6, 5-7. Ostapenko out in R1
  • 8 Andreea Mitu (ROU). R1: Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 5-7, 3-6. Mitu out in R1
  • CHAMPION Nao Hibino (JPN). R1: (WC) Anhelina Kalinina (UKR) 6-4, 6-4. R2: Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) wo. Q: Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) 6-3, 6-3. S: Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 6-3, 6-4. F: Donna Vekic (CRO) 6-2, 6-2 CHAMPION
  • FINALIST Donna Vekic (CRO). R1: Kiki Bertens (NED) 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. R2: (2) Carina Witthoeft (GER) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Q: Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. S: Evgeniya Rodina (RUS) 7-5, 6-1. F: Nao Hibino (JPN) 2-6, 2-6
  • Best Qualifier: Kateryna Kozlova (UKR) - Quarters
  • Best WC: Nigina Abduraimova (UZB) - R2
  • Best Unseeded: Nao Hibino (JPN) - Champion


DOUBLES DRAW - Russian pair of Gasparyan / Panova lift doubles title at Tashkent Open

(2) Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) / Alexandra Panova (RUS) d Vera Dushevina (RUS) / KaterinaSiniakova (CZE)
6-1, 3-6, 10-3

Second seeded Russian pair of Margarita Gasparyan and Alexandra Panova lifted the doubles at the 17th edition of the Tashkent Open being played at the Olympic Tennis School complex here. In the finals the second seeded pair of Gasparyan and Panova scored a 6-1, 3-6,10 -3 win over Vera Dushevina of Russia and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic . It was the second doubles for the Russian pair having won the title at Baku earlier this year.


Photo: Tashkent Open

 


 


Men's Tour

MALAYSIAN OPEN
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 04 2015

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SINGLES DRAW - Ferrer Triumphs In Kuala Lumpur

(1) David Ferrer (ESP) d Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-5, 7-5


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Top seed David Ferrer defeated countryman and No. 2 seed Feliciano Lopez 7-5, 7-5 to win the 2015 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, becoming the first Spaniard to take the title in the Asian metropolis. He earned $170,600 and 250 ranking points toward the Emirates ATP Race To London, while Lopez will get $89,840 and 150 points.
Read more here (ATP)


Photo: Kamarul/Akhir/Malaysian Open

  • CHAMPION1 David Ferrer (FRA). R1: Bye. R2: (PR) Radek Stepanek (CZE) 7-5, 6-3. Q: Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 6-3, 6-4. S: Benjamin Becker (GER) 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. F: (2) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-5, 7-5. CHAMPION
  • FINALIST 2 Feliciano Lopez (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Mischa Zverev (GER) 6-3, 7-6(4). Q: (8) Vasel Pospisil (CAN) 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-2. S: (7) Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 7-6(2), 7-6(5). F: (1) David Ferrer (FRA) 5-7, 5-7
  • 3 (WC) Ivo Karlovic (CRO). R1: Bye. R2: Nikoloz Basilashvili (GEO) 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. Q: (7) Nick Kyrgios (AUS) 6-7(4), 6-7(2). Karlovic out in the Quarters
  • 4 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL). R1: Bye. R2: Joao Sousa (POR) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Q: Benjamin Becker (GER) 4-6, 6-7(3). Dimitrov out in the Quarters
  • 5 Viktor Troicki (SRB). R1: Radu Albot (MDA) 2-6, 6-7(5). Troicki out in R1
  • 6 Jeremy Chardy (FRA). R1: Alexander Zverev (GER) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. R2: Benjamin Becker (GER) 7-5, 1-6, 5-7. Chardy out in R2
  • 7 Nick Kyrgios (AUS). R1: Santiago Giraldo (COL) 6-1, 2-1(ret). R2: Tatsuma Ito (JPN) 6-3, 6-2. Q: (3) (WC) Ivo Karlovic (CRO) 7-6(4), 7-6(2). S: (2) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 6-7(2), 6-7(5) Kyrgios out in the Semis
  • 8 Vasel Pospisil (CAN). R1: (Q) Yasutaka Uchiyama (JPN) 6-3, 6-4. R2: Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3. Q: (2) Feliciano Lopez (ESP) 7-6(2), 3-6, 2-6. Pospisil out in the Quarters
  • Best Qualifier: All out in R1
  • Best WC: E. Donskoy - R2
  • Best Unseeded: L. Pouille / D. Istomin / S. Bolelli - all in Quarters


DOUBLES DRAW - Huey/Kontinen On A Roll in Kuala Lumpur

(1) Treat Huey (PHI) / Henri Kontinen (FIN) d Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Rajeev Ram (USA) 7-6(4), 6-2

Treat Huey and Henri Kontinen defeated top seeds Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram 7-6(4), 6-2 to win the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur title on Sunday. It was the Filipino-Finnish partnership’s eighth consecutive win and second title in as many weeks (d. Knowle/Peya in St. Petersburg). The pair will take home 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and $51,820, while their opponents will receive 150 points and $27,240.
Read more here (ATP)


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Men's Tour

SHENZHEN OPEN
SHENZHEN, CHINA
SEPTEMBER 28 - OCTOBER 04 2015

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SINGLES DRAW - Berdych Claims Shenzhen Title

(1) Tomas Berdych (CZE) d (4) Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 7-6(7)


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Top seed Tomas Berdych captured his 11th ATP World Tour title on Monday as he prevailed 6-3, 7-6(7) over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in a rain-delayed Shenzhen Open final.
Having only completed the semi-finals on Sunday due to heavy rain throughout the weekend in Shenzhen, the final was put back to Monday and endured one rain interruption before Berdych finally clinched victory in one hour and 48 minutes.
Read more here (ATP)


Photo: Shengzhen Open

  • CHAMPION 1 Tomas Berdych (CZE). R1: Bye. R2: Austin Krajicek (USA) 7-5, 6-3. Q: (6) Jiri Vesely (CZE) 6-3, 6-2. S: (3) Tommy Robredo (ESP) 6-1, 6-4. F: (4) Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP) 6-3, 7-6(7) CHAMPION
  • 2 Marin Cilic (CRO). R1: Bye. R2: John Millman (AUS) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3. Q: Hyeon Chung (JPN) 7-6(6), 6-4. S: (4) Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP) 6-1, 5-7, 3-6. Cilic out in the Semis
  • 3 Tommy Robredo (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Hiroki Morija (JPN) 7-5, 6-3. Q: Simone Bolelli (ITA) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. S: (1) Tomas Berdych (CZE) 1-6, 4-6. Robredo out in the Semis
  • FINALIST 4 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-4, 6-3. Q: (5) Adrian Mannarino (FRA) wo. S: (2) Marin Cilic (CRO) 1-6, 7-5, 6-3. F: (1) Tomas Berdych (CZE) 3-6, 6-7(7)
  • 5 Adrian Mannarino (FRA). R1: Lucas Pouille (FRA) 6-0, 6-3. R2: (WC) Yan Bei (CHN) 7-5, 7-6(7). Q: (4) Guillermo Garcia Lopez (ESP) wo. Mannarino out in the Quarters
  • 6 Jiri Vesely (CZE). R1: (WC) Ze Zhang (CHN) 6-3, 6-2. R2: (Q) Zhizhen Zhang (CHN) 6-2, 6-3. Q: (1) Tomas Berdych (CZE) 3-6, 2-6. Vesely out in the Quarters
  • 7 Aljaz Bedene (GBR). R1: Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) 6-3, 6-3. R2: Hyeon Chung (JPN) 2-6, 0-6. Bedene out in R2
  • 8 Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM). R1: (Q) Matthew Ebden (AUS) 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4. R2: Simone Bolelli (ITA) 0-6, 0-4(ret). Estrella Burgos out in R2
  • Best Qualifier: H.Moriya, Zhizhen Zhang - both R2
  • Best WC: Yan Bai (CHN) - R2
  • Best Unseeded: Hyeon Chung (CHN), Jiri Vesely (CZE) - both Quarters


DOUBLES DRAW - Erlich/Fleming Pull Double Duty To Claim Shenzhen Title

(2) Jonathan Erlich (ISR) / Colin Fleming (GBR) d Chris Guccione (AUS) / Andre Sa (BRA) 6-1, 6-7(3), 10-6

Jonathan Erlich and Colin Fleming survived the ultimate test on Sunday at the Shenzhen Open, winning their first team title amidst torrential rain and a move indoors.
A typhoon in southern China forced Erlich and Fleming to play both their semi-final and final matches on Sunday. The Israeli-British duo defeated Mao-Xin Gong and Michael Venus 6-2, 6-4 in 67 minutes, before downing Chris Guccione and Andre Sa 6-1, 6-7(3), 10-6 for the title.
Read more here (ATP)


Photo: Shenzhen Open


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WTA Women's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Garbine Muguruza moves up from 8 to 5. Kerber and Pliskova back in the Top 10.
Venus Williams moves up from 24 to 14. Nao Hibino shoots up 41 points to 76.
DOUBLES: Makarova and Mladenovic exchanges places. Two Romanians cheer:
Begu moves up from 52 to 37 and Niculescu from 58 to 39.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

11285
 

1
Mirza, Sania

10705

2
Halep, Simona

6670
 

2
Hingis, Martina

9675

3
Sharapova, Maria

4692
 

3
Mattek-Sands, Beth

6876

4
Kvitova, Petra

3851
 

4
Šafárová, Lucie

6497

5
Muguruza, Garbine

3691
 

5
Dellacqua, Casey

5550

6
Šafárová, Lucie

3406
 

6
Vesnina, Elena

5235

7
Pennetta, Flavia

3253
 

7
Shvedova, Yaroslava

5111

8
Radwanska, Agnieszka

3225
 

8
Makarova, Ekaterina

5046

9
Pliskova, Karolina

3220
 

9
Mladenovic, Kristina

4885

10
Kerber, Angelique

3220
 

10
Chan, Yung-Jan

4765

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings

SINGLES: Nadal moved down 1 spot, trading places with Ferrer. Kyrgios moves up 7 to 34. Ernests Gulbis
down 14, in danger of going out of Top 100.
DOUBLES: Herbert dawn 6 to 14. Zimonjic back in Top 10. Erlich up 14 to 50. Fleming up 12 to 58.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

15645
 

1
Bryan, Bob

9490

2
Federer, Roger

9420
 

1
Bryan, Mike

9490

3
Murray, Andy

8640
 

3
Melo, Marcelo

6750

4
Wawrinka, Stan

6005
 

4
Tecau, Horia

6540

5
Berdych, Tomas

4900
 

5
Rojer, Jean-Julien

6540

6
Nishikori, Kei

4540
 

6
Dodig, Ivan

6435

7
Ferrer, David

3945
 

7
Jamie Murray

5260

8
Nadal, Rafael

3770
 

8
John Peers

5170

9
Raonic, Milos

2740
 

9
Nicolas Mahut

4955

10
Gilles Simon

2530
 

10
Nenad Zimonjic

4930


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CHINA OPEN
BEIJING, CHINA
OCT 03 - OCT 11

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Premier
Prize Money: $4,720,380
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Alfred Zhang / Charl
Draw: S-56 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Simona Halep (ROU)
  • 2 Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  • 3 Flavia Pennetta (ITA)
  • 4 Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
  • 5 Garbine Muguruza (ESP)
  • 6 Ana Ivanovic (SRB)
  • 7 Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)
  • 8 Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
  • 9 Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  • 10 Angelique Kerber (GER)
  • 11 Belinda Bencic (SUI)
  • 12 Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)
  • 13 Andrea Petkovic (GER)
  • 14 Madison Keys (USA)
  • 15 Roberta Vinci (ITA)
  • 16 Elina Svitolina (UKR)

Plus: Bouchard, Stosur, Kuznetsova, V.Williams, Jankovic, Cibulkova, Begu

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Martina Hingis (SUI) / Sania Mirza (IND)
  • 2 Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) / Elena Vesnina (RUS)
  • 3 Casey Dellacqua (AUS) / Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
  • 4 Timea Babos (HUN) / Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)
  • 5 Caroline Garcia (FRA) / Katarina Srebotnik (SLO)
  • 6 Hao-Ching Chan (TPE) / Yung-Jan Chang (TPE)
  • 7 Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA)
  • 8 Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) / Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

Plus: Kuznetsova / Stosur, Muguruza / Suarez Navarro, Errani / Pennetta

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Maria Sharapova (RUS)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) / Shuai Peng (CHN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RAKUTEN JAPAN OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015
TOKYO, JAPAN
OCTOBER 05 - 11 2015

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 500
Prize Money: $1,263, 045
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Nao Kawatei
Draw: S-32 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Stan Wawrinka (SUI)
  • 2 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
  • 3 Gilles Simon (FRA)
  • 4 Richard Gasquet (FRA)
  • 5 Kevin Anderson (RSA)
  • 6 Marin Cilic (CRO)
  • 7 Feliciano Lopez (ESP)
  • 8 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

Plus: Kyrgios, Baghdatis, Verdasco, Tomic, Johnson, Querrey

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Bob Bryan (USA) / Mike Bryan (USA)
  • 2 Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Nicolas Mahut (FRA)
  • 3 Raven Klaasen (RSA) / Marcelo Melo (BRA)
  • 4 Alexander Peya (AUT) / Bruno Soares (BRA)

Plus: Dimitrov / Paes, Gasquet / Verdasco, Lopez / Mirnyi, Huey / Kontinen

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Kei Nishikori (JPN)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) / Michal Przysiezny (POL)

CHINA OPEN
BEIJING, CHINA
OCTOBER 05 - 11 2015

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 500
Prize Money: $2,700,510
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Alfred Zhang / Charl
Draw: S-32 D-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  • 2 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
  • 3 Rafa Nadal (ESP)
  • 4 David Ferrer (FRA)
  • 5 Milos Raonic (CAN)
  • 6 John Isner (USA)
  • 7 David Goffin (BEL)
  • 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

Plus: Karlovic, Garcia-Lopez, Fognini, Seppi, Sock, Thiem, Mannarino

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Jean-Julien Rojer (FRA) / Horia Tecau (ROU)
  • 2 Marcin Matkowski (POL) / Nenad Zimonjic (SRB)
  • 3 Simone Bolelli (ITA) / Fabio Fognini (ITA)
  • 4 Daniel Nestor (CAN) / Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA)

Plus: Karlovic / Kubot, Paes / Peers, Djokovic / Djokovic, Bopanna / Isner

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Novak Djokovic (SRB)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Jean-Julien Rojer (NED) / Horia Tecau (ROU)


Chris Evert (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)

CITIZENSHIP: USA
BORN: December 21, 1954 (60)
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
PLAYED: Right-handed
ENSHRINED: 1995


Photo: International Tennis Hall of Fame

If tennis wanted to develop a universal logo depicting the ideal tennis form, Christine Marie Evert would be the singular choice. Nobody in the sport’s illustrious history had as fundamentally sound and polished mechanics as Evert. They were picture perfect.

She was known as America’s tennis sweetheart. But to those who had to face her, “human backboard” might have been a more apt description. Evert’s muscle-memory was engrained in her at age 5, when she began hitting tennis balls under the watchful eye of her coach and father Jimmy Evert. The sound of balls coming off her racquet in rhythmic measure could be substituted for a metronome that musician’s use to keep tempo. Her two-handed backhand was flawless and emulated by players around the world – young and old – who wanted to hit the ball as cleanly, smoothly and as precisely as Evert.



Photo: WTA

Evert had grace and beauty, but it didn’t not come with flamboyancy or drama like Suzanne Lenglen or tirades and controversy like Jimmy Connors. She was the opposite of both: cool, calm and collected with the steely focus of a heart surgeon. Evert’s concentration on court was intense, like she was studying for a Law School exam. “She concentrates to the last point,” remarked Margaret Court. “It makes her a champion. Even when she is losing she concentrates and never gives up.”

Evert was stoic and commonly referred to as “The Ice Maiden”: between the lines, a quiet, deadpan champion; the only noise coming from her side of the court was the constant ping of balls being returned back again and again and again. Evert had inherent athletic gifts that blossomed quickly. She was a relentless and fierce competitor. Her focus and grit could not be disrupted under any circumstance. She was poised, patient and particular about her game. It also earned her the nickname “Little Miss Cool.” Regardless of gender, she will always be the model of excellence and her career is populated by record-setting accomplishments:

  • Evert became the first player, male or female, to win 1,000 singles matches and compiled the second most career match wins (1,309), behind Martina Navratilova, who won 1,442.
  • Evert won 18 major Championships, third best in women’s history.
  • Evert won at least one major singles title a record 13-times in a row.
  • Evert won the most singles titles in history (157), second behind Navratilova’s 167, and was the first to top the 150-plus mark.
  • Evert owns a .900 winning percentage (1,309-148), best in history, male or female. She was ranked either No. 1 or No. 2 in the world from 1975 to 1986, and 260 weeks in total.
  • Evert won a record seven French Open singles titles, only recently surpassed by Rafael Nadal in 2013.
  • Evert won a record five US Open singles titles, since tied by Serena Williams in 2014.
  • Evert won a record 55 consecutive matches achieved in 1974 until Navratilova broke the mark with 74 consecutive wins in 1984.
  • Evert was the first female player to reach $1 million in career prize money in 1976 ($8,896,195 total).
  • Evert was named the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year four times (1974, 1975, 1977, 1980).

The Evert household was in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and soon Chris would become a household name and recognizable face to all of the world. Her father Jimmy, who taught tennis at the nearby Holiday Park, helped groom a mini tennis factory, Evert’s brother John and sisters Jeanne and Clare all terrific players. Jeanne was a professional tennis player in the early 1970s and all four of Jimmy’s children won titles at the prestigious Orange Bowl Tournament in Miami. Evert’s two-handed backhand was developed out of necessity more than desire. She was a slight youth not strong enough to hit a one-hander, so employed two hands, and before long it became the most impenetrable backhand in tennis. Evert was a 5-foot-6 slugging machine, not the biggest player on tour, but it hardly mattered when her groundstroke accuracy was the best in the game. They were hit deeply, effectively and with pace. All of this attributed to preparation and underrated foot speed. Evert wasn’t a stationary figure on court; she tracked down every ball and was a tenacious ball retriever.


Photo: WTA

After winning the national 16-and-under tournament, she was invited to compete in an eight-player tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina. She advanced to the finals after defeating reigning Grand Slam champion and world No. 1 ranked player Margaret Court, 7-6, 7-6. Playing Evert on clay courts would later become a complete exercise in futility. She would compile a 72-6 match record on the red clay at Roland Garros and rack up seven French Open titles (1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1985, 1986), an all-time record that stood for 27 years until Rafael Nadal won his eighth in 2013. Most impressively and remarkably, Evert reeled off a 125-match clay court winning streak that run from August 1973 to May 1979, encompassing 24 tournaments.

“I was hungry to win every point,” Evert said. “It was all about ‘what am I going to eat before my match, how much sleep am I going to get, who am I going to beat?’”

As a 16-year-old who attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Evert made her major tournament debut at the 1971 US Open at Forest Hills and thumped German Edda Buding, 6-1, 6-0. Her next three matches all went three sets, with Evert coming back from behind each time, to defeat Mary-Ann Eisel, Francoise Durr, and Lesley Hunt before. Eventual champion Billie Jean King put a halt on Evert’s run as the youngest semifinalist in US Open history, 6-3, 6-2.


Photo: USA Today

That afternoon on the grass courts in New York set Evert’s career in motion. She had remained an amateur until turning professional at age 18 in 1972, signing a racquet deal with Wilson to commemorate the occasion. Evert then began her assault on the record books – winning 18 major singles titles (fifth best in history) and appear in 16 additional finals. Before her 21st birthday, Evert had already won the US Nationals (1975, 1976), Wimbledon (1974, 1976), the French Open (1974, 1975), the Italian Championships (1974, 1975) and the arduous Virginia Slims Championship (1972, 1973, 1975). Evert tacked on three major titles in women’s doubles (1974 and 1975 French, 1976 Wimbledon), tied for 13th best in history with Lenglen. A record six US crowns (since tied by Serena Williams) were won at the US Nationals/Open (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1982); two were achieved at the Australian (1982, 1984), a major she never failed to win or reach the finals in despite only six total appearances in her 18-year career. Prior to her arrival at Wimbledon in 1972, the British media dubbed her “The Ice Princess,” and Evert would accommodate the description, with workmanlike precision in winning three titles (1974, 1976, 1981).

During her nearly two decades on tour, Evert was never ranked lower than No. 4 in the world and ended the year ranked No. 1 seven times (1974-78, 1980, 1981). She was never once beaten in the first or second round of a major tournament and was a semifinalist in 52 of the 56 majors she played. “She won’t carry anyone and she’ll never tank a match,” said the venerable Bud Collins. “She’s the ultimate professional.”

The 1974 and 1975 tour seasons saw Evert win 16 WTA championships each year, but 1974 was particularly impressive as Evert reeled off a 55-match winning streak (fifth best in history), win the 1974 French and Wimbledon titles, advance to the Australian finals and make the US Open semifinals. She compiled a stunning 103-7 record and won 16 of 24 tournaments she entered.

Evert’s career spanned the inaugural years of Open tennis and into the modern era, enabling her to compete against the “old” guard players like Virginia Wade, Evonne Goolagong, Rosemary Casals, King and Navratilova and the “young” hotshot breed of power hitters, like Steffi Graff, Monica Seles and Gabriella Sabatini. Of those players who were ranked No. 10 in the world or higher, Evert was hardly ever on the losing side of all-time head-to-head competition. She went 40-6 against Wade, 26-12 against Goolagong, 19-7 versus King and a close 37-43 against Navratilova. She held a 6-3 advantage over Sabatini, 2-1 versus Seles and went 6-7 against Graf. There were 22 players ranked in the top ten that Evert never lost to in five or more matches and ten others that managed only one win when facing Evert five or more times.


Photo: DPP/Icon SMI/Newscom

The primary rival was Navratilova, who faced Evert in 14 major finals. Evert won four of those, 1982 Australian; 1975, 1985, 1986 French. Navratilova won 10 times, 1981, 1985 Australian; 1984 French; 1978, 1979, 1982, 1984, 1985 Wimbledon; 1983, 1984 US Open. Goolagong and Evert were essentially even in major finals, Goolagong losing to Evert at the US Open in 1975 and 1976 and Wimbledon in 1976, but earning victories at the Australian in 1974, and Wimbledon in 1980. Evert defeated Russian Olga Morozova to win the French and Wimbledon titles in 1974 and nipped Czech Hana Mandlikova to win the US Open in 1980 and Wimbledon in 1981. Cumulatively, Evert compiled a 1,309-146 record, a 90 percent winning mark, best in history, male or female.

In 1976 Evert told Sports Illustrated, “I’m not glamorous. I’m not beautiful. I don’t want to be on a plateau higher than anyone else. I don’t want the younger girls to be in awe of me. I talk to them about their matches, congratulate them on key victories. I ask them to practice and hit with me. Not many of the older players came over and asked me to practice when I first came up. I think that’s important.” In December of that year, she was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportswoman of the Year and depicted on the magazine cover (the first of three appearances) in a vintage 1900s long-sleeved and ankle length white dress and holding a wooden racquet.

Evert played for the United States in the Fed Cup competition nine years, winning eight titles (1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1989).

Evert served as President of the Women’s Tennis Association twice (1975-76, 1983-91) and received the Flo Hyman Award on February 2, 1990 by President Bush, who called her “the role model for our nation’s young women.” How many Hall of Famers can boast having the President (George H. Bush) present them with their induction certificate, which happened when Evert entered the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in 1995.

Admiration and respect for Evert from fellow tour players ran deep. When Zina Garrison defeated her in the quarterfinals of her final US Open in 1989, 7-6, 6-2, she openly cried and apologized (for winning) at courtside. The two hugged as they walked off the court together, it difficult to determine who had advanced or lost.

The Queen of American tennis departed Arthur Ashe stadium poised and dignified.

“I am so glad I came along when I did,” Evert said, “with Arthur Ashe, Billie Jean King, Stan Smith as role models. And alongside me was Bjorn (Borg), Jimmy (Connors) and Martina. It was the tennis boom. It was personal, we were close to our fans, and we had enough money.”


Photo: Wall Street Journal


STATS

Top Ranking
World No. 1 (1975)

Grand Slam Results
21-time major champion, 18-time finalist

Career Titles
189

Career Record
Overall Record: 1426-185
Singles Record: 1309-146
Doubles Record: 117-39

Fed Cup
Member of the US Federation Cup Team 1977-1982, 1986-1987, 1989
Member of the US Championship Federation Cup Team 1977- 1982, 1986, 1989
Overall Record 57-4
Singles Record 40-2
Doubles Record 17-2

GRAND SLAM BEST RESULTS

TITLES
18 Singles | 3 Doubles

Singles
Australian Open
: W (1982), W (1984)

French Open: W (1974), W (1975), W (1979), W (1980), W (1983),
W (1985), W (1986)

Wimbledon: W (1974), W (1976), W (1981)

US Open: W (1975), W (1976), W (1977), W (1978), W (1980), W (1982)

Doubles
Australian Open: F (1988)
French Open: W (1974), W (1975)
Wimbledon: W (1976)

AFTER RETIREMENT FROM THE TOUR

Wikipedia writes:

Early in her career, before she won her first Grand Slam event, Evert signed a contract with Puritan Fashions to endorse a line of sportswear[citation needed]. Company president Carl Rosen thought so highly of her that he named a yearling racehorse in her honor. The horse Chris Evert went on to win the 1974 U.S. Filly Triple Crown, be voted the Eclipse Award for Outstanding 3-Year-Old Filly, and was inducted into the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame.

Evert's romance with the top men's player Jimmy Connors captured the public's imagination in the 1970s, particularly after they both captured the singles titles at Wimbledon in 1974. Evert and Connors also occasionally played mixed doubles together. In 1974 they were the runners-up at the US Open. They got engaged when she was 19 and a wedding was planned for November 8, 1974. The romance did not last and the wedding was called off. In May 2013 Connors wrote in his autobiography that Evert was pregnant with their child and she unilaterally decided to terminate the pregnancy.


Photo: ChrisEvert.net

In 1979 Evert married the British tennis player John Lloyd and changed her name to Chris Evert-Lloyd. After her affair with British singer and actor Adam Faith, the couple separated, but reconciled and chronicled their marriage in a biography Lloyd On Lloyd co-authored by Carol Thatcher. The couple divorced in 1987.

In 1984 she had a home at the Sunrise Country Club in Rancho Mirage, California.

In 1988 Evert married two-time Olympic downhill skier Andy Mill. They have three sons: Alexander James (born October 12, 1991), Nicholas Joseph (born June 8, 1994) and Colton Jack (born June 14, 1996). On November 13, 2006 Evert filed for divorce. The divorce was finalized on December 4, 2006 with Evert paying Mill a settlement of U.S. $7 million in cash and securities.


Photo: Reuters

Evert married her third husband, Australian golfer Greg Norman, on June 28, 2008 in the Bahamas. On October 2, 2009 they announced they were separating after only 15 months of marriage. Their divorce became final on December 8, 2009.

 

Today, Chris Evert, who was named the fourth best player in the TENNIS Era by TENNIS Magazine, operates a tennis academy bearing her name in Bacon Raton, Florida. Chris became the publisher of TENNIS magazine as of the March 2001 issue. She has her own personal section in the magazine—usually the first page—which is called "Chrissie's Page".


Photo: ESPN

She joined ESPN in 2011 as an analyst, and has since covered all four Grand Slam events – including ESPN’s current start-to-finish coverage of three – the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

Acting
Chris Evert had a role in a January 2012 episode of CSI on CBS. She played herself — a former tennis great now commentating — and appeared along with former stars Lindsay Davenport and Justin Gimelstob. She got the part because of her friendship with Elizabeth Shue, one of the stars on that show. An accomplished high school gymnast in New Jersey, Shue has played a number of times in Evert’s annual celebrity tournament that raises funds for children’s charities.

ESPNfrontrow.com writes: Soon, her latest two films hit theatres nationwide. “Seven Days in Hell” is a “mockumentary” (emphasis on “mock”) about 2010’s marathon match at Wimbledon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut. And “Trainwreck” is a comedy starring Amy Schumer and directed by Judd Apatow (with LeBron James also in the film).

In “Seven Days in Hell” (debuted July 11 on HBO), Evert, plays a commentator (with ESPN’s John McEnroe) and had as much fun on the shoot as the movie appears in trailers.


Photo: Getty Images

 

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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