News from 38 week 2012 : 17 September to 23 September and upto 26 Sept

KUALA LUMPUR,    Malaysia —

Vasek Pospisil of Canada advanced to the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open on Wednesday by beating American qualifier Michael Yani 6-3, 7-5.

The 22-year-old Pospisil will next face either second-seeded Juan Monaco or wild-card entry Jimmy Wang.

“I have had a few good matches and hopefully I can keep my level,” Pospisil said. “I lost to Monaco in straights set early this year but whomever I play, it will be tough.”

Also, Nikolay Davydenko defeated Indian lucky loser Sanam Singh 7-5, 6-4, and Alex Bogomolov Jr. wasted nine break points before beating British qualifier Dominic Inglot 7-5, 6-3. Bogomolov will next meet top-seeded David Ferrer.

Alejandro Falla of Colombia advanced after Rajeev Ram of the United States retired with a hamstring injury while trailing 7-6 (4), 4-2, and Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan beat sixth-seeded Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-3, 6-2.

TOKYO —

Two-time champion Maria Sharapova overpowered Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 7-6 (5) to advance to the Pan Pacific Open quarterfinals on Wednesday.

The second-seeded Sharapova was coming off a tough, three-hour win over British qualifier Heather Watson on Tuesday, while Safarova advanced to the third round on a walkover.

Sharapova coasted through the first set and led 3-0 before Safarova mounted a comeback, breaking Sharapova three times to take a 6-5 lead.

Sharapova broke Safarova in the final game to force a tiebreaker which she won with an ace after 1 hour, 43 minutes.

“After a long match yesterday I was really happy to win in two sets,” Sharapova said. “I had a bit of a letdown in the second set but was really happy that I could close it out in the tiebreaker.”

Sharapova will face Sam Stosur in the quarterfinals. The eighth-seeded Australian beat Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-4, 7-5.

In other matches, Sara Errani of Italy beat Marion Bartoli 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 while Nadia Petrova of Russia beat Petra Martic of Croatia 7-6 (2), 6-7 (1), 6-4.

After struggling in the first set, the sixth-seeded Errani broke Bartoli in the second game of the second set and never looked back.

“It was a tough match on this fast court,” said Errani, who has won three titles this year. “I didn’t start off well but neither did she. She got a little tired in the second set and that’s when I started to play better.”

Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka faced Roberta Vinci of Italy later Wednesday.

MONTREAL

— Canada’s Aleksandra Wozniak has been sidelined for the rest of the year with a joint sprain in her right shoulder.

The country’s top female player from Blainville, Que., was diagnosed with an acromioclavicular joint sprain and will be out of action for at least six week, ending her 2012 season.

“I am keeping a positive attitude in spite of this new injury I suffered recently at the tournament in Quebec City,” Wozniak said in a statement. “I was in a good position heading into the last events of the season because I didn’t have a lot of points to defend. It’s unfortunate as I was hoping to improve my ranking (No. 43), but I will come back stronger.”

Wozniak will undergo physiotherapy as soon as the inflammation and pain subsides, and then begin training for the 2013 season.

She expects to open the WTA season in Australia in January.

News from 38 week 2012 : 17 September to 23 September and upto 26 Sept

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Canadian Pospisil moves into Malaysian Open quarters

Monfils beats Anderson to reach Thailand Open second round

Sharapova beats Safarova, reaches quarters at Pan Pacific

Errani advances to quarterfinals of Pan Pacific Open

News from 37 week 2012 : 10 September to 16 September

MONTREAL

— Organizers of an exhibition tennis event are hoping the rising star power of Milos Raonic and Genie Bouchard will help fill the Bell Centre for a night.

Raonic, Canada’s top-ranked men’s player of all time at No. 15, and Wimbledon junior champion Bouchard will take on opponents yet to be determined at the Montreal Rendez-Vous on March 18.

“It was a delightful opportunity because I’ve tried to do the same thing in Toronto to help the sport grow,” Raonic said at the announcement on Monday. “Tennis is difficult.

Players and organizers spoke of top talent like Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or even Roger Federer as possible opponents for Raonic and Serena Williams or Maria Sharapova for Bouchard, but it remains to be seen who they will face.

“Anyone’s special,” said 18-year-old Bouchard, the Westmount, Que., native who won junior titles in singles and doubles at Wimbledon and is now tackling a pro career. “I’ll see how I do against an opponent like that.

“After the off-season, I’ll start again in January and play lots of pro tournaments and hopefully I’ll be a better player than I am now.”

The event is run by StarGames, Madison Square Garden and local promoter Evenko. The event started last year with former stars like Andre Agassi and Ivan Lendl and drew 8,200 fans.

“We know that the 2013 version, headlined by Milos Raonic, will be even more compelling to the Montreal market,” StarGames president Jerry Solomon said.

“It’ll be top level, world class players. Some of them are players who have played for us in other events. It’s a great date on the international tennis calendar. They have a few days off between Indian Wells and Miami, so it works well for them.”

Solomon said a similar event is going into its sixth year in New York and he plans to announce a third one in another city on another continent soon.

 

MONTREAL —

Milos Raonic wanted a dominating win Sunday after what he felt was a lax effort two days earlier.

He did exactly that and in dominant fashion, beating Izak van der Merwe 6-2, 6-2, 6-4 to clinch the Davis Cup best-of-five series over South Africa.

The victory secures Canada’s spot in the elite World Group, while South Africa is relegated to zone play.

Raonic was happy he won his opening singles match but wasn’t pleased with his performance. With the World Group spot in sight, the 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., took to the court hungry to finish on top.

“I came out with more of an accomplished goal, other than winning. I came out, did a lot of things well, played on my terms and did what I wanted to do,” he said. “The other day I waited for him to lose to me. Today, I played.”

Vasek Pospisil won the other singles matches in straight sets Friday, but the Canadians missed a chance to clinch Saturday at Uniprix Stadium when Toronto’s Daniel Nestor and Vancouver’s Pospisil lost to van der Merwe and Raven Klaasen in doubles.

South Africa entered the tie matches down two of its top players. Kevin Anderson didn’t travel to Montreal and Rik de Voest was forced to withdraw on the eve of the tournament with a wrist injury.

“We came here wanting to win but unfortunately things didn’t work out the way we planned. Obviously Rik getting injured didn’t help our cause,” South Africa captain John Laffnie de Jager said. “Two of our top guys didn’t play. The team that was here did their best. . .We’ve just got to keep fighting.”

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ST. PETERSBURG, Russia

Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain rallied to beat Russian wild card Evgeny Donskoy 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 Monday in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open.

The seventh-seeded Spaniard struggled with his serve early, dropping the first set and trailing 3-1 in the second, but his form picked up and he broke the 121st-ranked Donskoy twice to even the match at one set apiece.

Garcia Lopez broke decisively in the fourth game of the third set and finished the match by serving out to love.

In other first-round action, Italy’s Flavio Cipolla advanced with 7-6 (4), 7-6 (6) win over qualifier Andrei Vasilevski of Belarus and Rajeev Ram of the United States beat Matthias Bachinger of Germany 6-4, 6-4.

Ram broke Bachinger early in the first set but fell 4-1 down in the second before winning five consecutive games.

Mikhail Youzhny, the 2004 champion and a two-time runner-up, is the top-seeded player in the 18th edition of the tournament.

 

News from 37 week 2012 : 10 September to 16 September

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Belgium’s Flipkens wins Bell Challenge, beating Hradecka

Raonic secures Canada’s spot in Davis Cup World group

Berdych puts Czech Republic into Davis Cup final vs. Spain

Ferrer beats Isner, sends Spain back to Davis Cup Final

Thousands line streets to give Murray rousing welcome home

India bars Bhupathi, Bopanna from Davis Cup until June 2014

Federer clinches Swiss victory over Netherlands in Davis Cup

News from 36 week 2012 : 3 September to 9 September

NEW YORK —

For Andy Murray, and for Britain, this was all rather fitting.

Forced into a fifth set, despite winning the first two, against defending champion Novak Djokovic in the U.S. Open final.

A record-tying 4 hours, 54 minutes of leg-burning, stomach-roiling, tales-in-themselves points lasting 10, 20, 30, even 55 — yes, 55! — strokes.

And hanging over it all, the knowledge that Murray came up short in four previous Grand Slam title matches, adding to the 76-year, 286-tournament drought since the last major trophy for a British man.

All in all, well worth the wait.

His considerable lead, and chance at history, slipping away, Murray dug deep for stamina and mental strength, shrugging off a comeback bid and outlasting Djokovic 7-6 (10), 7-5, 2-6, 3-6, 6-2 on Monday to win the championship at Flushing Meadows.

“Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe how I’m feeling just now,” Murray said. “You’re in a little bit of disbelief, because when I have been in that position many times before and not won, you do think: Is it ever going to happen?”

Yes, it did. Murray already had proved he could come up big, winning the gold medal in front of a home crowd at the London Olympics last month. That was part of what’s become a special summer for him, including an appearance — although, alas, a defeat, of course — in the Wimbledon final. But this was different from the Olympics. This was a victory at a Grand Slam tournament, the standard universally used to measure tennis greatness.

“Even after I won the Olympics,” Murray recalled Monday, “I still got asked, ‘When are you going to win a Grand Slam?”‘

Djokovic, who had won four of the previous seven, said: “He deserved to win this Grand Slam more than anybody, I’m sure, because over the years, he’s been a top player. He’s been so close.”

Ah, yes, so close. Words used often when discussing Murray. Even by him.

 

NEW YORK —

Finally tested, even trailing, at the U.S. Open, Serena Williams turned things around just in time.

Two points from defeat, Williams suddenly regained her composure and her strokes, coming back to win the last four games and beat Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 on Sunday night for her fourth championship at Flushing Meadows and 15th Grand Slam title overall.

“I honestly can’t believe I won. I really was preparing my runner-up speech, because I thought, ‘Man, she’s playing so great,”‘ Williams said during the trophy presentation after the 2-hour, 18-minute match, adding: “I’m really shocked.”

Might be the only one.

After all, what really was stunning was that the top-ranked Azarenka made things as interesting as they were, given that she came into the day 1-9 against Williams.

Add in that Williams hadn’t dropped a set in the tournament, losing only 19 games through six matches before Sunday. All part of a tremendous run she is putting together in reaction to her loss at the French Open in late May, the American’s only first-round exit in 49 career major tournaments. Since then, she is 26-1, winning Wimbledon and the London Olympics.

There hadn’t been a three-set women’s final in New York since 1995, and Williams came through with a late charge to become the first woman to win Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in the same season since a decade ago, when — yes, that’s right — she did it.

“She never gives up,” said Azarenka, who managed only 13 winners, 31 fewer than Williams. “She’s definitely the toughest player, mentally, there is and she’s got the power.”

While Azarenka, a 23-year-old from Belarus, doesn’t have the name recognition or bona fides of Williams, she did win the Australian Open in January, and was 32-2 (a .941 winning percentage) on hard courts in 2012. She also hadn’t dropped a three-setter all season until Sunday, going 12-0 in matches that went the distance, including victories over defending U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the quarterfinals and 2006 champion Maria Sharapova in the semifinals.

 

TORONTO —

Canada’s Milos Raonic will make a rare appearance at home this fall.

The 21-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., will battle recently-retired American star Andy Roddick in “The Face-Off,” an exhibition event Nov. 16 at the Air Canada Centre.

“Other than at Rogers Cup once a year and the occasional Davis Cup tie in Canada, I don’t get to play in front of the home crowd very often,” Raonic said in a release. “This event gives me the chance to play in front of my Toronto fans, friends and family while showcasing some of the all-time great players like Pete Sampras last year and now Andy and Serena.

“It’s going to be great to give Toronto fans another chance to see world-class tennis again this year.”

American Serena Williams, the Olympic gold medallist who won the U.S. Open women’s crown Sunday, will play Agnieszka Radwanska in a rematch of this year’s Wimbledon final.

The 30-year-old Roddick is a former world No. 1 who retired from tournament play last week at the U.S. Open. Raonic will get another shot at the American who ousted him in the Memphis final in February of 2011.

“Milos, in a very short period of time, is already one of the big names in tennis,” Roddick said. “This event is a great showcase for him and for tennis and I’m really looking forward to being part of it.”

Raonic defeated Sampras 7-1, 6-1 in an exhibition match last year at the ACC.

“Milos reminds me so much of Andy and what he did for American tennis when he burst onto the tennis scene with such a huge serve and powerful game,” Williams said.

Raonic, Roddick, Williams and Radwanska will also pair up in a mixed doubles match.

 

News from 36 week 2012 : 3 September to 9 September

Monday, September 10, 2012

Murray beats Djokovic for US Open title, ends Slam drought

Canada’s Raonic to battle Roddick in Toronto exhibition

Radwanska, Cornet among first-round winners in Tashkent

Murray looks for first slam against Djokovic on TSN2, TSN.ca

News from 35 week 2012 : 27 August 2012 to 2 September

NEW YORK — Milos Raonic’s best just wasn’t good enough against Olympic champion Andy Murray.

The native of Thornhill, Ont., lost to Murray 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 on Monday in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.

“It was a tough match, he was just too good,” said Raonic. “I was never comfortable and he played extremely well. This was a big loss, I really gave everything out there and I’ve never felt such a defeat.”

Murray, still seeking his first Grand Slam title, reached the quarter-finals at an eighth consecutive major tournament by beating the 15th-seeded Raonic.

Raonic was trying to become the first Canadian man in a Grand Slam quarter-final in the Open era, which began in 1968.

Canadian women remain the only players to have gone to the last eight in a Grand Slam, most recently through Patricia Hy-Boulais at the 1992 U.S. Open.

Raonic reached this stage at a major for the second time after getting to the last 16 from a qualifying start at the Australian Open last year.

“This was my eighth Grand Slam and I’m pretty new to this,” said Raonic. “I’ve only played here twice. Sometimes I get frustrated with myself.”

Raonic is the third Canadian to reach the round of 16 at a Grand Slam in the Open era, after Montreal’s Martin Laurendeau at the 1988 US Open and Toronto’s Daniel Nestor at Wimbledon in 1999.

He stands 1-7 against top five opponents, with his only win coming against Murray on clay in Barcelona last spring.

“I need to improve a lot of things in my game if I’m going to compete with guys at the top level,” said Raonic. “But I also want to learn as much as I can. Every experience at this level is a new one. I have to deal with them the best I can.”

Despite his disappointment, Raonic will rise to an ATP ranking of around 14th next Monday.

Raonic never got a break point on the Murray serve and managed only 14 aces — about half his average at the event in the first three rounds. He converted on three of 11 break points and lost his own serve four times in a disappointing evening.

“I felt like I was doing it well most of the time, except maybe a few shots I didn’t go for as much in the beginning just because I didn’t know how to really read it,” said Raonic.

The match was moved to an earlier start because of rain clouds moving into the area, but the contest concluded without interruption.

“It’s tough in there (Arthur Ashe Stadium), it’s something I haven’t really experienced,” said Raonic. “It’s windy constantly and coming from all different directions. So it was hard to really just step in on the ball.”

Murray played smart tennis to nullify Raonic’s huge serve, using his returning skills to dominate.

The third-seeded Murray created his first chances in the eighth game of the opening set, forcing Raonic to save two break points before finally dropping serve for 3-5.

A game later, Murray secured the set on his second opportunity from a Raonic return wide.

The balance of power stayed the same in the second set. Raonic lost serve for 2-3 after again saving two break points but failing on a third.

Raonic managed to save a pair of set points, holding serve for 4-5 before Murray took a two-sets-to-love lead as he fired an ace on the first of three more match points, a shot which Raonic unsuccessfully challenged with the electronic linecalling system.

The third set was all Murray, with Raonic struggling to no avail as the Scot closed out the win thanks to breaks in the third and seventh games, sealing it on his first match point from Raonic’s return long.

Murray, the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up, and his coach, Ivan Lendl, are the only men to lose their first four major finals.

Next for Murray is a match against No. 12 Marin Cilic. Murray leads their head-to-head series 6-1, but his only loss to Cilic came at Flushing Meadows in the fourth round in 2009.

Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) – Three-time champion Serena Williams was an easy fourth-round winner Monday at the US Open.

The fourth-seeded former world No. 1 Williams double-bageled helpless Czech Andrea Hlavackova, 6-0, 6-0, in a mere 56 minutes on Labour Day at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Williams was last year’s US Open runner-up to Aussie Samantha Stosur.

The 30-year-old 14-time Grand Slam champion Williams captured Wimbledon in July and secured a singles gold medal at the London Olympic Games, also at the All England Club, last month.

The 14-time Grand Slam champion Williams’ quarterfinal opponent will be fellow former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. The 12th-seeded former French Open champion Ivanovic handled Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova 6-0, 6-4 on the hardcourts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

The 24-year-old Ivanovic will appear in her first major quarterfinal since capturing the French Open more than four years ago.

Ivanovic is 0-3 lifetime against Williams, including a pair of losses at the US Open. The American beat the Serb in the round of 16 here a year ago and also bested Ivanovic in the third round in Flushing back in 2006.

Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) – Five-time champion Roger Federer received a walkover into the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open when his scheduled Monday opponent, 23rd-seeded Mardy Fish, pulled out of the draw in New York.

Fish cited health concerns for his withdrawal.

“I regret that I have to withdraw from the U.S. Open for precautionary measures,” Fish said. “I was reluctant to do so, but am following medical advisement. I had a good summer and look forward to resuming my tournament schedule in the fall.”

The 30-year-old Fish missed nearly three months of action earlier this season due to fatigue issues that led him to a medical procedure to correct a heart problem. He needed a cardiac catheter ablation to deal with misfiring electrical pulses in his heart.

Fish’s third-round victory against Frenchman Gilles Simon went five sets, lasting more than three hours before ending after 1 a.m. local time Sunday.

The 31-year-old world No. 1 Federer titled here five straight years from 2004-08 and was the U.S. Open runner-up in 2009. He will meet 2010 Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych on Wednesday.

The amazing Federer, who captured his seventh Wimbledon title in July, will appear in a men’s-record 34th straight Grand Slam quarterfinal.

A sixth-seeded Berdych finally reached his first U.S. Open quarterfinal in his 10th trip to Flushing by whipping 11th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, 6-1 at Armstrong Stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Berdych smacked 17 aces in the two-hour affair.

“At least good that I didn’t stay that long on court, that I was able to save some energy, as well,” Berdych said.

The 26-year-old Berdych is the third Czech-born male in the Open Era to reach the quarterfinals at all four Grand Slam events, joining Hall-of-Famer Ivan Lendl and Petr Korda.

Berdych is 3-3 in his last six matches against Federer, including a big upset of the Swiss great in the Wimbledon quarterfinals two years ago.

“It will be a tough match against Tomas,” Federer said. “We have played many times in the past and he has always been a tough opponent. I will have to continue to serve well and dictate the points.”

The last men’s day session match on Monday saw 12th-seeded Croat Marin Cilic reach his third career and second U.S. Open quarterfinal with a 7-5, 6-4, 6-0 handling of upstart Slovak Martin Klizan in just over two hours.

Cilic will meet third-seeded Andy Murray, who downed 15th seed Milos Raonic of Canada, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Raonic had six double faults, while Murray converted 4- of-12 break points.

The British Murray captured an Olympic gold medal last month and was the 2008 U.S. Open runner-up to Federer.

 

News from 35 week 2012 : 27 August 2012 to 2 September


Monday, August 27, 2012

Raonic to play first round match today on TSN2, TSN.ca

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