Serena Williams first Western & Southern title

Serena Williams takes home her first career title at the 2014 Western & Southern Open. Williams defeated Ana Ivanovic 6-4, 6-1. The match took 1 hour & 2 minutes. Serena had 12 aces to Ivanovic’s 1 ace. Williams will now attempt to ride this momentum into the U.S. Open in New York City.

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Robredo stuns the tennis world

Tommy Robredo shocked the tennis world on Thursday, upsetting the World No.1 Novak Djokovic 7-5, 7-6 to advance to the Quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open. This was Robredo’s 2nd career victory over a No.1 ranked player. Robredo defeated Lleyton Hewitt back in 2003 at the French Open.  When asked where this victory personally ranked for Robredo, he replied, “Well, obviously only two times (beating world. no.1) in 13, 14 years of career, so i think that i have to be very, very happy. Obviously right now I’m still in the tournament and I’m focused.”

Robredo will take on David Ferrer for a spot in the semifinals against Julien Benneteau.

Photo Credit: Elise Speeg

Photo Credit: Elise Speeg

Day 1 Western & Southern Open Results

Western & Southern Open Qualifying Results

August 9th, 2014

ATP 1st Round Qualifying Results

(1) Benjamin Becker d Tatsuma Ito 7-5, 6-1
(2) Marinko Matosevic d Ante Pavic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4
(3) Teymuraz Gabashvili d Jimmy Wang 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (retired)
(4) Nick Kyrgios Withdrew, Michael Llodra replaced him — Chase Buchanan d Michael Llorda 6-1, 6-3
(5) Bernard Tomic d Farrukh Dustov 7-5, 6-3
ALT James Ward d (6) Tobias Kamke 6-4, 6-4
(7) Blaz Rola d Evgeny Donskoy 7-6, 7-6
(8) Adrian Mannarino d Marcos Giron 6-3, 7-5
(9) Paul-Henri Mathieu d Devin McCarthy 6-1, 2-6, 6-3
(10) Matthew Ebden d Mackenzie McDonald 6-2, 6-1
(11) Benoit Paire d Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-3
(12) Alejando Gonzalez d Peter Polansky 7-6, 6-1
(13) Malek Jaziri d Michael Russell 6-4, 2-6, 7-6
(14) Tim Smyczek d Somdev Devvarman 6-1, 6-3

 

WTA 1st Round Qualifying Results

Julia Glushko d (1) Bojana Jovanovski 7-5, 6-2
Pauline Parmentier d (3) Karolina Pliskova  7-6, 1-6, 7-6
(4) Mona Barthel d Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-2
Taylor Townsend d (5) Alison Riske 6-3, 6-4
(6) Vavara Lepchenko d Alexandra Dulgheru 6-4, 0-0 (retired)
Timea Babos d  (7) Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-3
(8) Elena Vesnina d Sachia Vickery 6-4, 6-3
(9) Zarina Diyas d Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-3
Nicole Gibbs d (10) Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6, 6-2
Julia Goerges d (11) Ajla Tomljanovic 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
(12) Heather Watson d Kristyna Pliskova 6-3, 6-4
(13) Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor d Kiki Bertens 6-4, 6-1
(14) Irina-Camelia Begu d Kimiko Date-Krumm 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
(15) Monica Niculescu d Donna Vekic 6-4, 6-3
(16) Yanina Wickmayer d Alison Van Utvanck 6-7, 7-6, 6-2
(17) Monica Puig d Tamira Paszek 6-4, 6-4
(18) Annika Beck d Melanie Oudin 6-1, 6-3
Anna Tatishvili d (19) Anna Schmiedlova 6-1, 6-2
(20) Polona Hercog d Paula Ormaechea 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
(21) Francesca Schiavone d Kristina Mladenovic 6-4, 6-2
(22) Silvia Soler-Espinsosa d Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 6-2
(23) Chanelle Scheepers d Timea Bacsinszky 7-5, 6-2
Shahar Peer d (24) Marina Erakovic 4-6, 6-0, 6-4

A racquet that adapts to you with the Dunlop iDapt.

Seeking to elevate their position in the crowded marketplace, Dunlop looks to make quite an entry with its latest offering – Dunlop iDapt (“individual aDaptable performance”). Taking cues from the customization that pros often employ with specific lengths, dampening feel, and weight, the iDapt line offers a level of personalized options not seen in the racquet arena until now.

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The visual impact upon first glance is remarkable. The head, handle, and dampening interface are displayed in separate pieces, with a total of 432 possible combinations.
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There are 4 head configurations: 98, 100, 100S, and 105, all of which fall into what could be classified as ‘tweener specifications. The 98, 100, and 100S all weigh in slightly over 11 ounces strung, with head light balances and swingweights in the 310-330 range (balance and swingweight dependent on the length of handle installed.) In keeping with the current spin-friendly trend, the 100S offers a more open 14×18 (rather than 16×19 found in the 98 and 100) string pattern for added bite and string action. The 105 is the lightest and most forgiving option in the iDapt line, weighing in around 10.7 ounces strung and also offering the six grip size options from 4 inch to 4-5/8.

Depending on your preferred level of feedback and feel desired, the Shock Sleeve dampening interface offers firm, medium, and soft options which are also interchangeable.

All 4 frame models are offered in 3 colors each, from mild to wild, and will list for $199.99. Tinkering with grip size or overall racquet length is as simple as a $30 grip/handle change.

The iDapt frame, shock sleeve and handle is connected via an aircraft aluminum grade bolt connector inside the handle (accessed through the butt cap) and tightened to the proper torque specification with a proprietary torque wrench only available through Dunlop iDapt dealers. This connection is claimed to be many times stronger than a traditional racquet connection, according to Dunlop Product Developers.
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So how does it play? Dunlop conducted a blind playtest in July at their Greenville, SC headquarters with frames that were plain white, strung with either black Dunlop Silk multifilament or Black Widow polyester. We had no idea what exactly we were hitting with, other than the head size, length and visibly more open string pattern on the 100S. Response and feel on the frames was excellent, on par with the industry standard ‘tweener Babolat Pure Drive and Wilson Juice. Versatile from all points on the court, with notably more jump on your shots with the 100S. Even with the least damped option installed, the frames had a solid feel and offered as much touch as could be expected from a racquet with this beam dimension and strung with polyester. Bottom line is that you would never know that this racquet was not constructed in a traditional manner. Once we saw that the frame bolts together, it made the playtest that much more positive.

The iDapt line will be in stock and available August 15 from Midwest Sports.

Wilson Pro Staff RF 97

Slowly but surely Wilson is revealing more details on the racquet Roger Federer has been playtesting for 2014. What is this black Wilson Federer racquet you ask? Being a Wilson Pro Staff player his entire professional career, imagine what goes into a player of Federer’s caliber changing racquets at this stage of his career. Federer has been all but alone on the ATP World Tour in continuing to use a racquet 90 square inch headsize. As opponents have grown bigger, stronger, faster, and more spin-oriented, apparently the time has finally come for Roger to get with the times and update to a more contemporary 97 square inch frame size. The results so far in 2014 seem to indicate this is the right move, with Federer playing more competitive tennis than he has in years.

What does this mean for the average consumer? For starters, fans of Federer who want to play with the same racquet, can actually play with the same racquet! The Pro Staff 97RF Autograph is made to the exact same specification as Roger’s frame, down to the shape of the pallet on the handle, as well as the hefty 12.5 ounce strung weight. The 97 square inch headsize is likely more appropriate for the non-professional player as well, than the ultra control oriented 90 square inch model available for RF fans. Always wonder how many of those who bought the 90 could actually play with it? As of this post, the final cosmetic has not been released to the public, with Roger still using a blacked-out frame in his most recent tournaments. Rumor has it that the final cosmetic will be rolled out sometime prior to the US Open in August. A flat beam design remains consistent with previous generations of Pro Staff, albeit now in a wider 21.5mm thickness for added pop and forgiveness.

The Pro Staff line will also see updates in the way of a Pro Staff 97 which is about an ounce lighter than the RF97 Autograph. Wilson Spin Effect string patterns will also be options in the form of a Pro Staff 97LS and a Pro Staff 95S.

Stay tuned for updates as soon as they are available.

 

Wilson new RF racquet specs

Western & Southern Open Player Field Announcement

Cincinnati, Ohio (July 14th, 2014) - The Western & Southern Open was pleased to announce both the Men’s & Women’s tournament fields for the W&S Open which is being held from August 9th – August 17th at the Linder Family Tennis Center 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, Ohio. The player field announcement was held at the historic Ensemble Theater located in Over-the-Rhine in downtown Cincinnati.

The Men’s commitment list features the top 43 players in the World (rankings as of entry deadline of June 30) including the famously dubbed “Big 4″. The World’s No. 1 player Novak Djokovic, fresh off his 2nd career Wimbledon title, is looking claim the Rookwood Cup for the first time in his career and become the first player to win all nine of the ATP Tour Masters 1000 series events. The Men’s field also includes the 2014 Australian Open champion & World No. 4, Stanislas Wawrinka.  You can’t talk about the game of tennis without mentioning two of the greatest players of all time, 2013 Western & Southern Open champion, Rafael Nadal & four time (2012, ’10, ’09, ’07) Western & Southern Open Champion Roger Federer.  The Men’s field will be jammed back with great competition.

The Women’s draw will feature all of the WTA’s World Top 30 tennis players including World No.1 Serena Williams. Williams who has struggling in 2014, battling injuries and early exits from the first three major championships, is looking to capture her first title in Cincinnati. Williams will look to get into a nice hard court groove before trying to defend her 2013 U.S. Open title. The World No. 10 ranked player, Victoria Azarenka, will look to shake off her 2014 injury ridden season & defend her title at the Western & Southern Open. New comers, Genie Bouchard & Simona Halep, will look to continue make loud statements with there play at the Western & Southern Open.

The Western & Southern Open established in 1899, is the oldest professional tennis tournament in the United States that is still held in it’s original city. The W&S Open is only one of five events in the world outside of the Grand Slams with events of both ATP Tour Masters 1000 series and a Premier 5 event for the WTA occurring during the same week at the same venue.  According to a report in 2011, the Western & Southern Open produced a $62.5  million impact for the economy of Great Cincinnati through its capital expansion, tournament operations and spending by visitors outside the area.

The event will be broadcasted by the Tennis Channel, ESPN 2 and CBS to more than 60 million people in 170 countries worldwide. The Western & Southern Open is one of the last stops prior to the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, New York.

 

Player Field announcment

Petra Kvitova advances to her 2nd Wimbledon Finals

The 2011 Wimbledon Champion, Petra Kvitova, advanced to her 2nd career Wimbledon finals after defeating Lucie Safarova in the semifinals 7-6, 6-1. Kvitova will face the winner of the Simona Halep / Genie Bouchard match. Kvitova owns a 1-0 record vs. Bouchard, but she is 0-2 in her career vs. Halep.

Kvitova returns to the finals as the only player born in the 1990′s to have won a major tournament. Kvitova plays her best tennis on the grass surface & proved that today after defeating Safarova for the 15th consecutive time. The Czech Republic ladies have had a superb tournament having 3 players reach the quarterfinals. By reaching the Wimbledon final, Kvitova will move to No. 4 in the WTA World Rankings.

Genie Bouchard back in the Semi’s

Genie Bouchard is back in the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament as she defeated Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-3. Bouchard becomes the first player since Dianara Safina in 2009, to qualify for a spot in the semifinals of the in the first three major tournaments (Australian open, French open & Wimbledon). Bouchard has progressed by leaps & bounds since a year ago. Entering the 2013 Wimbledon Tournament, the young Canadian was ranked No. 66 in the world; next week she will reach a world ranking of at least No. 8.  Bouchard is set to face Romanian, Simona Halep, who is ranked No. 3 in the world & is having a fabulous year as well. Below is a quote from Bouchard tweeted by Wimbledon’s official twitter account. Also take a look at the outfit Bouchard is wearing during the Wimbledon tournament. 


Genie Bouchard’s Gear

Wimbledon 2014 Seeds

Men Wimbledon Seeds

1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia (2)
2. Rafael Nadal, Spain (1)
3. Andy Murray, Britain (5)
4. Roger Federer, Switzerland (4)
5. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland (3)
6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic (6)
7. David Ferrer, Spain (7)
8. Milos Raonic, Canada (9)
9. John Isner, United States (11)
10. Kei Nishikori, Japan (12)
11. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria (13)
12. Ernests Gulbis, Latvia (10)
13. Richard Gasquet, France (14)
14. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France (17)
15. Jerzy Janowicz, Poland (24)
16. Fabio Fognini, Italy (15)
17. Mikhail Youzhny, Russia (16)
18. Fernando Verdasco, Spain (23)
19. Feliciano Lopez, Spain (25)
20. Kevin Anderson, South Africa (18)
21. Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine, (19)
22. Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany (27)
23. Tommy Robredo, Spain (22)
24. Gael Monfils, France (21)
25. Nicolas Almagro, Spain (26)
26. Andreas Seppi, Italy (34)
27. Marin Cilic, Croatia (29)
28. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain (28)
29. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain (31)
30. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia (33)
31. Marcel Ganollers, Spain, (30)
32. Dmitry Tursunov, Russia (32)

 

Women Wimbledon Seeds

1. Serena Williams, United States (1)
2. Li Na, China (2)
3. Simona Halep, Romania (3)
4. Agnieszka Radwanska, Poland (4)
5. Maria Sharapova, Russia (5)
6. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic (6)
7. Jelena Jankovic, Serbia (7)
8. Victoria Azarenka, Belarus (8)
9. Angeliq ue Kerber, Germany (9)
10. Dominika Cibulkova, Slovakia (10)
11. Ana Ivanovic, Serbia (11)
12. Flavia Pennetta, Italy (12)
13. Eugenie Bouchard, Canada (13)
14. Sara Errani, Italy (14)
15. Carla Suarez Navarro, Spain (15)
16. Caroline Wozniaki, Denmark (16)
17. Samantha Stosur, Australia (17)
18. Sloane Stephens, United States (18)
19. Sabine Lisicki, Germany (19)
20. Andrea Petkovic Germany (20)
21. Roberta Vinci, Italy (21)
22. Ekaterina Makarova, Russia (22)
23. Lucie Safarova, Czech Republic (23)
24. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium (24)
25. Alize Coronet, France (25)
26. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia (26)
27. Garbine Muguruza, Spain (27)
28. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Russia (28
29. Sorana Cirstea, Romania (29)
30. Venus Williams, United States (30)
31. Klara Koukalova, Czech Republic (31)
32. Elena Vesnina, Russia (32)

 

( ) indicates ATP/WTA World Ranking

Serena Stunned at Roland Garros

Serena Williams will be packing her bags earlier than expected as she was upset by 20 year old Spaniard, Garbine Muguruza in the 2nd Round of the French open, 6-2, 6-2.  The win over Serena marks the first in the modern era that the top 2 women’s seeds have been eliminated before the 3rd round.  Number 2 seed, Li Na, lost in the first round of the tournament yesterday to Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

Serena struggled the entire match, only winning four games which is the fewest games won by Serena in 288 grand slam matches. Although Serena played poorly throughout the match, she was impressed by Muguruza’s game telling her at the net, “if she keeps playing like this, she can win the tournament.”

Photo Credit: Corinne Dubreuil

Photo Credit: Corinne Dubreuil