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  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

CHARLESTON, SC, USA – 2010 Volvo Car Open champion Samantha Stosur eased past 2007 champion Jelena Jankovic, 6-1, 6-3, to advance into the third round in Charleston.

“I’ve had eight hours of practice on clay courts, so all in all, I’m pleased with how I started the match and got through it in straight sets,” she said after the match. “That’s not easy to do against Jelena; we’ve had some really long matches in the past, so I was glad to get through.”

Stosur is coming off a solid run to the round of 16 at the Miami Open, and was facing a tough test in Jankovic, who led their head-to-head 7-2 and won their most recent encounter at the 2013 French Open.

“Right from the first practice, I felt comfortable. I obviously had a great clay court season last year,” she added, referring to her run to the final four last spring in Roland Garros. “So I’m really trying to pick up from there, and keep the good tennis from Miami going.”

Still, it’s been a tough Sunshine Swing for the Serb, who won just one of her last five matches heading into Charleston – though she emerged victorious against Ekaterina Alexandrova on Monday – and appeared on the brink of a swift defeat as the Aussie took the opening set.

Jankovic settled and played more consistent tennis in the second, but Stosur proved too strong, taking the contest on one hour and 13 minutes.

“A lot of it comes down to the serve; if I can hit my spots and be accurate, it’ll be hard for my opponent.

“If I’m getting 65% or more in, that’s pretty good. On a clay court, it can be a little more because I’ll be hitting a few more kick serves, but the worst part of my year last year was my winning percentage on first serves. That’s really been a focus, and tonight that was really good.”

Up next for the former World No.4 is eiher No.10 seed Irina-Camelia Begu or Kristina Kucova.

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Vote: July’s WTA Best Dressed

Vote: July’s WTA Best Dressed

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

The fast-paced WTA season made sure that the Wimbledon whites have quickly given way to colorful outfits and after the big product launches at the grass-court Grand Slam, a number of apparel companies continued to freshen up the tennis fashion scene with new looks during tournaments in Bucharest, Gstaad, Stanford, Washington DC, Bastad and Montreal. Our tennis fashion contributor Marija Zivlak of Women’s Tennis Blog will share with us her favorites of the month, while you’re invited to tell us your thoughts in the poll following the article.

Venus Williams

Venus Williams looked astonishing in the final of the Premier-level Bank of the West Classic, wearing the EleVen Dahlia Frontrunner Dress, whose pink dahlia print is nicely contrasted with a robin blue panel at waist.

Venus Williams

The American also rocked the EleVen Dahlia Inspire Cap Sleeve, its matching skirt and headband.

Venus Williams

By virtue of a deep run at the prestigious tournament, Venus also managed to showcase some solids from the vibrant collection, including the EleVen Dahlia Race Day Tank and the color-block EleVen Dahlia Triple Threat Skirt, which we later also saw at the Rogers Cup.

Laura Siegemund

En route to her maiden WTA title at the Ericsson Open in Bastad, Laura Siegemund presented a variety of Tonic by Martina Hingis outfits. The German earned a rise from No.40 to a career-high ranking of No.32 in the white and navy versions of the Tonic Fall Sierra Dress, which features textured lace fabric overlay around waist and upper back.

Laura Siegemund

Halterneck, cross-back straps and flounce skirt hem all work together to ensure comfortable motion.

The 28-year-old wanted to mix things up, so the dress was not the only look she presented during the tournament. The German won the final in a casual, dark outfit consisting of classic shorts and a chic tank with uniquely-shaped spaghetti straps.

Yanina Wickmayer

Yanina Wickmayer won both singles and doubles title at the Citi Open in Lotto’s Twice collection, recognizable for its graphic black and white print. Lotto likes reversible clothes and these items offer an opportunity to go for a predominantly white or a predominantly black outfit, depending on your mood. For those who don’t like busy prints all the way, Lotto prepared solid orange pieces that nicely match the company logo in printed items.

Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska also rocked a busy print this July, officially called the pink fluo space dye. The Pole’s Lotto Eclipse Dress presented at the Rogers Cup is an exceptionally feminine piece due to its flirty layered ruffles at skirt.

Angelique Kerber

At the Ericsson Open in Bastad and later at the Rogers Cup in Montreal, Angelique Kerber paired her Wimbledon skirt with a ray red version of the adidas Fall Climachill Tank that includes 3D metallic dots on the interior of the upper back, whose job is to keep players cool and dry. The adidas Fall Climachill Skirt, unique for its tiered ruffle hem, is equipped with cooling technology, just like the tank.

Kristina Mladenovic has also enjoyed the comfort of the Climachill collection this summer, as well as many other WTA players.

Nicole Gibbs

Nicole Gibbs looked top-notch in the New Balance Fall Victoria Dress at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. The halterneck, keyhole opening at upper back, side slit, laser-cut pindots around skirt hem, built-in bra, on top of all the performance-enhancing features such as the moisture-wicking fabric and antimicrobial treatment, make this spectral purple dress a standout athletic piece of clothing.

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News | WTA Tennis English

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

BOGOTA, Colombia – Unseeded Sara Sorribes Tormo continued her march through the draw at the Claro Open Colsanitas on Wednesday, upsetting No.2 seed Katerina Siniakova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3 to advance to the quarterfinals.

The 20-year-old scored her fourth victory of the season against an opponent ranked above her to advance to the last eight – the second WTA quarterfinal of her career.

“It feels really good to be in quarterfinals,” Sorribes Tormo told press afterwards. “I haven’t had the best start to the year, I’ve been training well but couldn’t get the results on the court.

“But thankfully in this past month it’s turned around. I’m proud of the results and of the tennis I’ve been able to produce to get here.”

From a break down, the Spaniard reeled off six straight games to take the opener, before claiming four of the last five games with two breaks of serve to close out the one hour, 34-minute victory.

“I think I’ve played a great match from start to finish,” she said. “I started off strongly, despite the starting from a break down.

“I think those last few games in the first set were the key, because I fought very hard and found myself getting better and better. It gave me confidence to play my game and finish well.”

Joining Sorribes Tormo in the quarterfinals is Italian veteran Sara Errani, who took down Sachia Vickery in straight sets to advance 6-2, 6-3.

“I think it’s a great match and I played at a great level,” she told press. “It wasn’t easy to play against her, and against a player like her you have to create your pace because the ball flies a lot. But I’m happy to be still in the tournament for sure.”

Errani is into her first quarterfinal of the year after halting a disappointing run of first and second round losses. She’s been battling injuries – including a right adductor injury which saw her have to miss Dubai, where she was the defending champion – and as a result has slid down the rankings to outside the WTA Top 100.

“I’ve had two good matches back to back here, this is good for me. Even with the conditions here and the altitude, I’m happy to be through in both matches two sets. I’m ready to play the next match tomorrow.”

Also through on a rainy Day 3 in Bogota, No.3 seed Johanna Larsson stayed on track against Veronica Cepede Royg, edging past the Paraguayan 6-4, 6-4. No.5 Magda Linette also came away with the win in a tight encounter, taking down Elitsa Kostova 6-4, 6-4. Aleksandra Krunic is also through after tamping down a late comeback from last year’s finalist Sílvia Soler Espinosa 6-0, 7-5.

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News | WTA Tennis English

News | WTA Tennis English

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

BIEL/BIENNE, Switzerland – Fresh off her second win at the inaugural Ladies Open Biel Bienne, top seed Barbora Strycova put her culinary skills to the test, playing sous chef alongside Stefan Beer.

Strycova had just beaten Germany’s Carina Witthoeft in two tough sets, and channeled her signature focus and intensity towards this new endeavor, engaging in the art of plating haute cuisine in a country known famous for its delicious delicacies.

The Czech veteran has had a lifelong passion for cooking, even joking that she may one day trade in her tennis kits for a chef’s jacket.

“Maybe this could be a second career!” she joked.

Check out some of the best photos from the event courtesy of the Ladies Open Biel Bienne, along with a video posted on the official WTA Twitter:

Barbora Strycova

Barbora Strycova

Barbora Strycova

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News | WTA Tennis English

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

Serena Williams will return to No.1 on the WTA Rankings, when they are released on April 24, 2017, when the points from last year’s Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart drop off.

Two-time defending Stuttgart champion Angelique Kerber will have an immediate chance to return to the top spot by reaching the semifinals of this year’s event, which takes place a week later this year due to a shift in the calendar.

As top seed in Stuttgart, Kerber, who has held the No.1 ranking for 25 weeks, will receive a first round bye, so will need to win two matches to overtake Williams.

2016 START DATES

TOURNAMENTS

2017 START DATES

April 18

Stuttgart

April 24

May 2

Madrid

May 8

May 9

Rome

May 15

May 23

Roland Garros

May 29

June 11

Birmingham

June 19

June 20

Eastbourne

June 26

June 27

Wimbledon

July 3

July 18

Stanford

July 31

July 25

Montreal / Toronto

Aug 7

The WTA Rankings are based on a 52-week, cumulative system with each players singles ranking determined by 16-best results; WTA Finals participants count points earned as the 17th bonus tournament.

For Williams it will be her 317th week at No.1, the third most in WTA Rankings history behind only Stefanie Graf (377) and Martina Navratilova (332).

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Venus, Ram Into Rio Mixed Quarterfinals

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Venus Williams booked the first spot in the quarterfinals of the Olympic tennis event as she and mixed doubles partner Rajeev Ram edged past Kiki Bertens and Jean-Julien Rojer of the Netherlands, 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 10-8.

More to come…

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News | WTA Tennis English

News | WTA Tennis English

  • Posted: Jan 01, 1970

ZHENGZHOU, China – Seventh seed Han Xinyun crashed out of the Biyuan Cup Women’s Tennis Open, falling in straight sets to Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas, 6-2, 6-0.

The other seeds had a much easier time of it, though, with fifth seed Zheng Saisai beating Lu Jia-Jing, 6-2, 6-2, and sixth seed Kurumi Nara of Japan defeating Zhu Lin, 6-4, 7-5.

Zheng Saisai

Arina Rodionova and Liu Chang had a titanic tussle, with both sets going to tiebreaks – and the Australian finishing on top in both, eventually triumphing 7-6(2), 7-6(4).

Elsewhere, Uzbekistan’s Sabina Sharipova beat Kang Jiaqi 6-4, 3-6, 6-4, and in an all-Japanese clash Shiho Akita beat Mayo Hibi 6-2, 6-4.

 

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