Thursday, August 22, 2013

The Thursday round up

Main tour 

Kvitova advances, Kerber upset at New Haven OpenAt the New Haven Open, the remaining quarter final line up was decided. Top seed Sara Errani suffered a shock loss to unseeded Russian Makarova which is a big setback to the Italians preperation for next weeks US Open. Errani lost in straight sets 57 16. Up next for Makarova is Romanias Simona Halep. Halep, who has won three titles so far this year, edged past Carla Suarez Navarro 36 64 61. The most anticipated quart final match will probably be Caroline Wozniacki against home favourite Solane Stephens. Wozniacki enjoyed a comfortable 61 75 win over qualifier Karin Knapp while Stephens had a harder 75 26 61 win over Julia Gorges. Finally completing the line up was Petra Kvitkova who had to deal with stiff competition from yet another home favourite Alison Riske. The defending champion battled to a 76 46 63 win.

Sam QuerreyAt the Winston Salem Open the highest seed to make it to the quarter final stage was only 6th seed Sam Querrey. The American encountered on a truly epic match against Finlands Nieminen with Querrey winning 76 (12-10) in the final set. During the 2 hours and ten minutes match, Querrey had to save five match points. Up next for the American is former world junior number 1 Ricardas Berankis. The Lithuanian eased to a 63 63 win over Roberto Bautista-Agut. The other quarter final line ups includes Austrian Jurhen Melzer against Benoit Paire. Both players enjoyed straight sets wins in their round three matches. In yet another close Match Fernando Verdasco managed to wear out Robin Haase in a 64 67 63 win. Verdasco will face Gael Monfils who upset forth seed Robredo by winning 76 46 62. Finally Alexandr Dolgopolovs 46 63 63 win over Juan Monaco has set him up a meeting with Lu Yen-hsun

Other news

Maria Sharapova has pulled out of next weeks US Open with a right shoulder injury. Sharapovas form has dipped in recent weeks with second round losses at Wimbledon and Cincinnati as well as splitting with coach Jimmy Conor's after just one match. 

Former world number 9 (2004) and double Olympic champion Nicolas Massu is rumoured to announced his retirement from tennis soon. Here is a English translation of the Chilean article:-

After 16 seasons as a professional, Nicolas Massu decided to retire from tennis, but is waiting for the right time to go public since deck several options for your farewell party.
Among the possibilities viñamarino handles 33 is an exhibition with Novak Djokovic, ATP number one on 20 October, a farewell tour for different cities and close his career in the 2014 edition of the ATP Viña del Mar.

As yet there is no signed contracts, keeps everything in strict confidence.

After an intense preseason, Massu tried this year to fight for a return to the world top 100. He played 13 matches with five wins and 13 defeats. Except Vina del Mar ATP tournaments were all challengers and a future in the United States.

His last game was on July 2 challenger in Manta, Ecuador, against Colombia's Alejandro González 3-6, 2-6.
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According to somebody on menstennisforums Robin Haase has become the first player to loose 17 consecutive tie breaks, sucks to be him!

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