WEEKLY WRAP UP FOR THE WEEK ENDING SUNDAY APRIL 16TH
Hello all, too busy to keep up with the tennis events of this past week? No worries. We have you covered. Here is our Tennis Stage summary for the week ending Sunday, April 16th.
Monday- The clay court season has officially begun. The major tournaments this week are the Claro Bogota Open and Ladies Open in Biel, Switzerland on the women’s side. As for the men, US National Clay Court Championships are taking place in Houston, Texas, and the Hassan Grand Prix II in Marrakech(French spelling).(Bogota)
Laura Arruabarrena, Sachia Vickery, Aleksandra Krunic & Cindy Burger all move on to the next round of play.
Mona Barthel, Krystyna Pliskova, Annika Beck and Elise Martens all won in straight sets and made it through to the next round of play.
Tommy Haas & Dustin Brown were notable winners in early round play.
Jan-Lennard Struff, Tommy Robredo, Laslo Djere & Radu Albot all moved on to the next round.
Veronica Cepede won a hard fought match against Beatriz Haddad Maia. Sara Errani, Magda Linette, Dalila Jakupovic, Francesca Schiavone, and Kiki Bertens all move on in straight sets.
Julia Georges, Ocean Dodin, Anett Kontaveit, & Marketa Vondrousova made quick work of their matches and move on to the next round.
Borna Coric, Amine Ahouda, Reda El Amrani, & Gianluigi Quinzi all won in straight sets and move on to the next round.
The key matches today were all won in straight sets. Johanna Larsson, Sara Sorribes, Sara Errani, Laura Arruabarrena, and former French Open Champion, Francesca Schiavone all had a relatively easy time of it and move on to the next round.
Julia Goerges, Kristyna Pliskova, Suarez Navarro and Anett Kontaveit won in straight sets.
Lots of matches today. The key winners were Fernando Verdasco, Thomaz Belluci, Ernesto Escobedo and Feliciano Lopez.
Borna Coric was featured in the best match of the day. In a see-saw battle, Coric pulled out the victory 7-7(7-5) in the third set against R. El Amrani.
Other winners were, Pablo Lorenzi, Jeremy Chardy, Jiri Vesely & Benoit Paire.
In the match of the day, Sara Sorribes won a rollercoaster match 7-6(7-5) in the third set against Magda Linette. They both wanted this match but Sorribes wanted it more.
Other winners were: Johanna Larsson, Kiki Bertens, Laura Arruabarrena & Francesca Schiavone.
Camila Giorgi played some clutch tennis in the second set tiebreaker and then rolled in the third set to beat Carla Navarro 2-6, 7-6(7-5), 6-2.
Other winners were: Market Vondrousova, Barbora Strycova, and Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
Steve Johnson beat Dustin Brown in an entertaining match that featured the usual drop shots and flair that Brown has become known for. The tricky play was not enough to beat Steve Johnson who served and played solidly throughout the match.
Playing sluggishly at times, Jack Sock fought back to win against an in form Feliciano Lopez, 7-6(8-6), 1-6, 7-5
Other notable winners were Fernando Verdasco, Ernesto Escobedo, Sam Querrey & Jack Sock.
The most anticipated match of the day featured veteran, Tommy Robredo, against up and coming Dimitrov. Dimitrov played well at times but was inconsistent. Dimitrov made too many errors. It seemed like Dimitrov was not in the mood to mentally grind out the points today against Tommy. He had the weapons to win this match, but not the attitude. Robredo won 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.
In other match play, Benoit Paire, Jiri Vesely, and Philip Kohlschreiber won.
It was semi-final day for the ladies at the Claro Open in Bogota.
In a hard fought match, Laura Arruabarrena came back to win in three sets against fellow Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
In the 2nd semifinal of the day. Francesca Schiavone played some solid and sometimes inspired tennis to win 6-4, 7-5. Tomorrow will be 36 year old Schiavone's first final in over a year.
It was quarterfinals day at the Ladies Open in Biel, Switzerland.
The match of the day was won by Anett Kontaveit. After losing the second set in a tie-breaker, she steadied herself in the third set and won the match, 7-5, 6-7(7-2), 6-1.
Other quarterfinal winners were: Marketa Vondrousova, Aliaksandra Sasnovich, and Barbora Strycova
Playing sluggishly at times, Jack Sock fought back to win against an in form Feliciano Lopez, 7-6(8-6), 1-6, 7-5.
Ernesto Escobedo, Thomaz Belluci & Steve Johnson also won their quarterfinal matches.
Borna Coric of Croatia continued his steady match play with a comeback victory over Albert Ramos. Coric won 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Other quarterfinal winners were: Jiri Vesely, Philipp Kohlschreiber, & Benoit Paire.
In the final, Francesca showed how well conditioned and hungry she is to make the most of her last season. Lara Arruabarrena is a fighter and she fought well. However, Schiavone was not to be denied. She was in control throughout the match and would have won in spite of the slight leg injury that Arruabarrena developed in the second set. If Schiavone can play this level or slightly higher, she is a threat to do well at any clay court tournament. We wish her well.
Semi-final play at the Ladies Open featured two competitive matches.
After trading sets, Anett Kontaveit, of Estonia played solid tennis to make it through to tomorrow’s final. In a hard fought match, Anett beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
In the other semi, Marketa Vondrousova continued the steady play that she has shown throughout the week. Barbora put up a fight in the first set but Marketa was too tough in the end. She won 7-6(7-3), 6-2.
In the men’s semis Steve Johnson upset Jack Sock and won 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Johnson played well, but it was clear that Sock has been playing maybe a little too much tennis this year and needs a break. Socks concentration and focus seemed a little off during the match, especially during the big points.
Ernesto Escobedo played well but Thomaz Bellucci played better. Belluci was too solid on the big points. After losing the first set, Bellucci bounced back to win 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
Both Coric and Kohlschreiber had a relatively easy time of it in their semi-final matches. Coric was in control throughout and beat Jiri Vesely 6-4, 6-4. Kohlschreiber had an easier time. He quickly beat Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-2.
In the women’s final, Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic took on Anett Kontaveit of Estonia. Vondrousova proved too strong and too consistent especially on the big points and won the match, 6-4, 7-6(8-6). This is Marketa Vondrousova’s first WTA title. They both played well and should be proud of themselves. If these two teens continue to develop they have a bright future on the WTA tour.
In the men’s final, Brazilian, Thomaz Bellucci, continued to show how well he can play. After losing the first set to American, Steve Johnson, Bellucci fought back to even the score at a set apiece. With solid serving and consistency especially during the big points, Bellucci broke serve early in the third. Johnson would have none of that, he broke back a few games later. They both continued to hold serve until the tiebreaker. It was clear before the tiebreaker that Johnson was cramping. In spite of the discomfort, Johnson played gritty tennis. He hustled the best he could and fittingly ended the match with a slap forehand winner down the line winner.
Even though he didn't win, it's good to see Thomaz Bellucci play well. He has not lived up to his potential, maybe this can be a new beginning for him. As for Steve Johnson, he has had a very solid week and this bodes well for his future. Not only did he fight, he showed grit and determination. He wanted it just a little more than Bellucci. When someone wants something that badly they usually get it. Congratulations.
Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany took on Borna Coric of Croatia. They had both played well all week and the crowd was expecting a competitive match. The final did not disappoint. Showcasing a solid serve, solid groundstrokes and impressive fighting qualities, Coric took the match 5-7, 7-6(7-3), 7-5. He saved 5 match points to win his first ATP title. The type of fight Coric displayed was impressive. We should expect more from him in the future.
Next week is the Monte Carlo Masters(ATP) which has already begun. Federer & Kyrgios are sitting out this tournament but everyone else is there. Will it be one of the top 4 seeds, Murray, Djokovic, Nadal, & Wawrinka who take home the trophy? Or, will one of the dark horses, Tsonga, Dimitrov, Thiem, or Zverev surprise us all? On the women’s side is the Biyuan Cup in Zhengzhou. Who will step up to win this tournament?
These questions and much more will be answered in our next Weekly Wrap-Up.
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