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

Wimbledon Babolat 2014

Babolat has now partnered with the All England Lawn Tennis Club to produce a line of racquets, bags, footwear and accessories that bear the Wimbledon brand. Rather than rolling out what could have been a stodgy white/gold line of products (as quite happens with other product lines “inspired by Wimbledon”) Babolat has taken a bolder approach in
offering some exciting takes on the green, purple and white themes of Wimbledon. The advertising graphics for this line even take a cue from the London punk scene of the late 1970’s with its Sex Pistols inspired font and grass mohawk treatment of the Propulse and Pure Drive, just to let you know that this collection is meant to have a bit of an edge to it.

The Pure Drive is updated with a bright green, white and black graphic and keeps the playability expected from this legendary model unchanged. Same for the Aeropro Team (the lightweight counterpart to Nadal’s Aeropro Drive.) Expect to get some attention on court with the look of these frames. The Team Line bag collection also gets the black and green Wimbledon treatment in the 12 racquet bag and tennis backpack configurations. Fans of the top of the line Propulse 4 shoe will be happy to know that there is another striking color in this shoe, with this all-green update with Wimbledon logo and purple trim.

The kids have not been forgotten either, with a Pure Drive junior racquet and smaller version of the Propulse also being options in this line.

Babolat’s Wimbledon collection still honors and respects the tradition of Wimbledon, but brings a fresh edge to this classic tournament. Cheers!

 

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The Queen of Clay?

Maria Sharapova French Open Gear

Maria Sharapova has reached her third straight finals at Roland Garros after defeating 20 year old Canadian, Genie Bouchard, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2.  Sharapova has won 19 of her last 20 matches at Roland Garros, her only loss came at the hands of Serena Williams in the finals last year. Sharapova is trying to relive some of the magic she found in 2012, after she marched through the field at Roland Garros & achieved the allusive career grand slam (wins at all of the major tournaments) and first title at the French Open.  Sharapova won the title in 2012 after defeating the crowd favorite & one of France’s own, Sara Errani, 6-3, 6-2.

Sharapova’s road to the finals this year drew clear after the World No. 1 & defending French Open Champion, Serena Williams, was upset in the 2nd round.  Before the tournament started, many fans had penciled in a Williams vs. Sharapova quarterfinals matchup.  That potential matchup could have been a gigantic hurtle to overcome for Sharapova, who is winless versus Williams since 2004 and holds a 2-16 career record against Serena.

The match between Sharapova and Bouchard for a chance at a finals berth was a clear example of Sharapova’s clay dominance. Sharapova has proved to be the “Queen of Clay” over the past 3 years, partly due to her charm and grace on and off the court, but particularity due to the impressive 53-4 record Sharapova holds on clay since 2010. Sharapova took her normal, not necessarily good, “slow start” approach to this match, dropping the first 6-4 to Bouchard. Sharapova battled back resiliently in the next two sets, fight off the 20 year old, 7-5 in a well contested 2nd set. In the 3rd set, Sharapova started to mix in her proven experience at grand slams to go along with her overall talent on the clay surface, asserting her dominance over the future star from Canada, 6-2 in the 3rd.

Sharapova will take on 22 year old & soon to be World No. 3, Romanian, Simona Halep in the finals on Saturday. Sharapova holds a 3-0 record versus Halep. These two last met in the finals of Madrid Open in early May in which Sharapova won 1-6, 6-2, 6-3.


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WTA Sony Open 4th Round Results

Women’s WTA 4th Round Results (March 24th, 2014)
Serena Williams defeats Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-1
Maria Sharapova defeats Kirsten Flipkens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
Petra Kvitova defeats Ana Ivanovic  3-6, 6-0, 6-0
Dominika Cibulkova defeats Venus Williams 6-1, 5-7, 6-3
Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Elina Svitolina 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-2
Li Na defeats Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-2
Angelique Kerber defeats Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 1-6, 6-3
Caroline Wozniack defeats Vavara Lepchenko 6-0, 6-1

 

Serena Williams performs the splits during her 4th round match at the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Serena Williams performs the splits during her 4th round match at the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Photo Credit: Sony Open Tennis

ATP Sony Open 3rd Round Results

Men’s ATP 3rd Round Results (March 24th, 2014)
Stanislas Wawrinka defeats E. Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 6-4
John Isner defeats Nicolas Almargo 7-5, 6-3
Rafael Nadal defeats D. Istomin 6-1, 6-0
Tomas Berdych defeats J. Sousa 6-2, 6-4
Fabio Fognini defeats R. Bautista Agut 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Milos Ranoic defeats G. Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2
Alexandr Dolgopolov defeats D. Lajovic 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 (5)
B. Becker defeats A. Bedene 6-3, 7-5

 

Sony Ericsson Open - Day 6

Rafael Nadal lunges for a ball versus Denis Istomin in the 3rd round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida.

Photo Credit: Sony Open Tennis

Sony Open 2nd Round Results

Men’s ATP 2nd Round Results (March 21st, 2014)

Novak Djokovic defeats J. Chardy 6-4, 6-3
Andy Murray defeats M. Ebden 3-6, 6-0, 6-1
Roger Federer defeats I. Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga defeats A. Mannarino 6-2, 6-4
J. Benneteau defeats E. Gulbis 6-4, 4-6, 7-5
David Ferrer defeats T. Gabashvili 6-4, 6-0
Grigor Dimitrov defeats A. Montanes 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3
Kei Nishikori defeats M. Matosevic  6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-3
T. Robredo defeats D. Thiem 6-4, 7-6 (8)
Richard Gasquet defeats A. Gonzalez 7-6 (7), 6-4
T. de Bakker defeats Fernando Verdasco 7-6 (4), 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5)
M. Baghdatis defeats Philipp Kohlscreiber 3-6, 7-6 (1), 7-6 (5)
Kevin Anderson defeats H. Zeballos 6-4, 6-3
F. Mayer defeats I. Dodig 6-3, 6-2
F. Lopez defeats J. Vesely 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Andreas Seppi defeats R. Stepanek 7-6 (8), 4-6, 6-4

 

Sony Ericsson Open - Day 7

 

Photo Credit: Fernie Ruano Jr.

Sony Open Day 2 – 1st & 2nd Round Results

Men’s 1st Round Results

L. Hewitt defeats R. Haase 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
Ryan Harrison defeats F. Delbonis 6-2, 6-4
Sam Querrey defeats S. Stakhovsky 7-6 (2), 6-3
R. Bautista Agut defeats S. Johnson 4-6, 6-3, 6-1
Jack Sock defeats G. Pella 6-3, 6-4
D. Young defeats C. Berlocq 6-2, 6-2
E. Roger-Vasselin defeats I. Sijsling 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (3)
D. Istomin defeats N. Mahut 7-6 (8), 7-6 (2)
G. Garcia-Lopez defeats B. Klahn 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
J. Sousa defeats P. Carreno Busta 6-4, 7-6 (3)
S. Robert defeats A. Bogomolov Jr. 7-5, 6-4
Y. Lu defeats M. Mukushkin 6-1, 3-1 (Retired)
A. Bedene defeats J. Wang 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
J. Nieminen defeats B. Tomic 6-0, 6-1
L. Lacko defeats K. De Schepper 6-4, 6-4
D. Gimeno-Traver defeats K. Khachanov 6-7 (8),  6-1, 6-1

Women’s 2nd Round Results

Serena Williams defeats Y. Shvedova 7-6 (7), 6-2
C. Garcia defeats K. Zakopalova 7-6 (3), 7-6 (3)
C. Vandeweghe defeats A. Pavlyuchenkova 7-6 (7), 7-5
Samantha Stosur defeats K. Bertens 6-3, 6-2
Sara Errani defeats P. Mayr-Achleitner 6-1, 6-4
E. Makarova defeats R. Peterson 6-1, 6-1
T. Pironkova defeats S. Cirstea 6-3, 6-3
Angelique Kerber defeats S. Peng 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (5)
Maria Sharapova defeats K. Nara 6-3, 6-4
L. Safarova defeats V. King defeats 6-3, 7-6 (2)
Kirsten Flipkens V. Razzano 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
Sabine Lisicki defeats Nadia Petrova 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
Ana Ivanovic defeats L. Davis 6-1, 6-1
O. Govortsova defeats F. Pennetta 6-3, 6-3
D. Vekic defeats S. Kuznetsova 7-6 (5), 7-5
Petra Kvitova defeats P. Ormaechea 6-3, 6-4

 

Maria Sharapova serves to Kurumi Nara in the 2nd Round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Maria Sharapova serves to Kurumi Nara in the 2nd Round of the Sony Open in Miami, Florida

Photo Credit ( Sony Open Photos)

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