TENNIS : LOVE GAME OF GOD :15 week 2012

News from 15 week 2012 : 8 April 2012 to 14 April 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Isner defeats Lopez, will face Monaco in final in Houston
Andujar, Ramos win to set up all-Spanish Grand Prix final
Cibulkova, Errani to meet in Barcelona Open final
Wozniacki ousts Martic, to play Kerber in e-Boks Open final

Friday, April 13, 2012

Monaco, Russell reach semis in Houston
French Open increases prize money for early rounds
Wozniacki advances to semifinals at e-Boks Open
Andujar wins two matches in a day to reach semifinals
Errani beats Goerges to reach semis; Suarez Navarro also wins
Capriati elected to International Tennis Hall of Fame

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Qualifier Russell beats ailing Fish at US Men’s Clay Court
Cibulkova through to Barcelona Open quarterfinals
Wozniacki on to third round at e-Boks Open after easy win
Kerber beats Keothavong to advance at e-Boks Open
Lopez blasts Lorenzi, Berlocq wins in US Men’s Clay Court

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jankovic beats Robson to advance to 2nd round at e-Boks Open
Halep ousts defending champion Vinci from Barcelona Open
Halep ousts defending champion Vinci from Barcelona Open
Cipolla, Andreev advance to Grand Prix Hassan II quarterfinals
Williams on US Fed Cup team for matches against Ukraine
Canada set to face South Africa in Davis Cup action
Kanepi beats Babos advance to 3rd round of e-Boks Open

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sweeting edges Mello at US Clay Court Championships
Confidence key for Isner’s big improvement
Top-seeded Schiavone eliminated in Barcelona
Qualifier Ouahab upsets Haase at Grand Prix Hassan II
Defending champion Wozniacki advances in Copenhagen
Murray treats Olympic tennis like a fifth Grand Slam
Belgium to take on Japan in Fed Cup without Clijsters

Monday, April 09, 2012

Paire, Garcia-Lopez win at Grand Prix Hassan II
Vinci begins Barcelona title defence with win over Johansson

Sunday, April 08, 2012

Williams powers past Safarova to capture Family Circle Cup
Isner beats France’s Tsonga to put USA into Davis Cup semis

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BARCELONA, Spain — Dominika Cibulkova and Sara Errani cruised to easy straight-set victories on Saturday to set up a meeting in the Barcelona Open final.
Cibulkova routed Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-1, 6-1, while seventh-seeded Italian Errani was a 6-1, 6-2 victor over Spanish hopeful Carla Suarez Navarro.

Errani’s ninth straight victory on clay put her into her second final of the season as the 33rd-ranked Italian looks to follow up her Acapulco triumph in February.

Sunday’s match will be third-seeded Cibulkova’s first final of the year with the 17th-ranked Slovak having won four of their six meetings — including the last two — although she lost their sole meeting on clay in 2007.

HOUSTON — John Isner defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (5), 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Saturday to advance to the final of the U.S. Clay Court Championship at River Oaks Country Club.

With the victory, the big-serving Isner became the top-ranked American, moving to No. 9 in the world. He leapfrogged previous No. 9 Mardy Fish, who lost in the second round here on Thursday.

“Coming out of college, I never would’ve imagined (it),” said Isner, a former star at Georgia. “As I continued to improve, I knew that this was potentially attainable for me. Very thrilled to be the top-ranked American. Now, I have a my highest ranking ever, too.”

The 26-year-old Isner is 20-6 this year, including victories over Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.

He’ll play Juan Monaco in Sunday’s final. Monaco defeated qualifier Michael Russell 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 earlier in the day. Isner is 7-0 on clay this year, while Monaco is 10-2 on the surface, including a victory in Vina del Mar in February.

The second-seeded Isner will play in his first career final on clay. He’s playing on tired legs after coming to Houston straight from Monte Carlo, when he won two matches to help the U.S. defeat France in the Davis Cup.

“It could be my best moment of my career,” Monaco said. “This is important for me. For sure, my tennis is getting better.”

Monaco, meanwhile, is close to earning his highest-ever ranking. He reached No. 14 early in 2008 before injuries to his left ankle and wrist stalled his progress.

“It’s important,” Monaco said, “but I’m not thinking all day about the ranking. I’m thinking about improving my tennis level. This is why I work every day, to improve my tennis a little bit. Then if I play good tennis, and win matches, the ranking will come along.”

In the doubles final Saturday night, James Blake and Sam Querrey defeated Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot 7-6, 6-4.