Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The week so far on the tour


Wimbledon 2013: change of coach helps Laura Robson to fall in love againAt the Southern California Open no major upsets occurred in the first round. The closest match was the battle of the Italians Schiavone and Pennetta which resulted in to a epic three setter. Schiavone edge to the win in a hard fought 76 67 64 victory. Up next for the former French Open champion is number 1 seed Azarenka. British favourite Laura Robson also won in the first round. Up against Japan's Morita, Laura held her nerve completing a 46 75 62 victory. Up next for the Britain is third seed Kvitova who Robson have the ability to beat. This could prove to be a exciting match to watch. Some of the other first round winners was Jankovic, Mattek-sands and Suarez-Navarro. Defending champion and last weeks winner in Stanford Cibulkova match against 7th seed Anna Ivanovic is the only first round match yet to be completed.

Over at the Citi Open in Washington there was bitter disappointment for American second seed Sloane Stephens who suffered a shock 57 36 loss against Russian world number 88 Olga Puchkova. Stephens was the only seed to fell at the first hurdle. Britons Heather Watson came through a encouraging three setter to beat American Alexandra Mueller 67 64 63. Up next for Watson is 4th seed Alizé Cornet. Some other wins in the first round was for Madison keys who beat Maria Sharapovas Wimbledon conqueror Larcher De Brito, Makarova, Badthel and a comfortable 62 63 win for top seed Angelique Kerber.


WashingtonAt the ATP 500 Citi Open things are moving along swiftly. Two seeds have so far lost (both being in the second round) Dolgopolov and Davydenko. After his first round bye Dogopolov suffered a shock 36 67 defeat against American based Indian qualifier Somdev Devvarman. Meanwhile After his first round victory against James Blake Nikolay Davydenko slummed to a 46 57 defeat to Australian Matosevic. With half of the second round being completed there has so far been wins for Tomic, Dimitrov, home favourite Querry, Raonic and Baghdatis. Top seed Del Potro is yet to play his second round match against the talented American Ryan Harrison. Harrison enjoyed a good 63 75 victory over Lleyton Hewitt in the first round. 

Leonardo MayerFinally at the Bet-at-home Kitzbuhel cup in Austria there was a second round defeat for the top seed Phillip Kohlscriber. The German lost to Argentinian Leonardo Mayer 46 67 in what is one of Mayers best wins of the year so far. Prior is Kohlscribers defeat it was worst for another Argentinian Carlos Berlocq who was beaten in the first round by talented German Daniel Brands 67 62 26. The only other player except Mayer that has made it to the quarter finals so far is Spanish 8th seed Granollers who opponent (Zeballos) retired trailing 06 02. 

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