2015 WTA Charleston Family Circle Cup & Katowice Open Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    


  WTA Apr 6-12: Charleston & Katowice

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Family Circle Cup, Charleston, SC
PREMIER 700 $731,000 56m/32q/16d
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n7 E Bouchard, n9 E Makarova
n10 A Petkovic, n13 S Errani

BNP Paribas Katowice Open, POL
INTL $250,000 32m/32q/16d indoor: hard
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n8 A Radwanska, n24 A Cornet
n37 C Giorgi, n47 M Rybarikova
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#15 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH

#58 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova
5' 9" 139lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Charleston, South Carolina, in the final of the 2015 Family Circle Cup, the 2013 Linz champion, 27 year old 5th seeded #15 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, defeated the 2014 champion at Eastbourne, 19 year old 7th seeded #18 (career high: #18) Madison Keys from Boca Raton, Florida, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 (Angelique is shown holding the glassware after the match).

    Angelique's prize is $124,000; Madison's prize is $66,000.

    Angelique said: "It's unbelievable... I'm feeling great. Last year I had four finals and I didn't win any of them, so it's great that I actually won this one today. It's just been a great week for me here. Everybody is so nice, and I'm really happy about my game." WTA story

    Madison said: "Coming off tough losses at Indian Wells and Miami, I'm happy I kept a great attitude this week, and I was just fighting as hard as I could today. I could have gone either way after the first set, but I dug deep and still put myself in a position to win. But [Angelique] just wasn't making any mistakes at the end."

    Angie now leads Madison 3-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was last year on a chlorophyll court in the final at Eastbourne, when Madison defeated Angelique 6-3, 3-6, 7-5.

    On Sunday in Poland, in the final of the Katowice Open, the 2015 finalist at Rio, 20 year old 8th seeded #58 (career high: #55) Anna Karolina Schmiedlova from Kosice, Slovakia, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2014 finalist at Katowice & Linz, 21 year old 3rd seeded #37 (career high: #31) Camila Giorgi of Italy (residence: France), 6-4, 6-3 (Anna is shown holding the avantgardeware after the match).

    Anna's prize is $43,000; Camila's prize is #21,400. Camila and Anna had never before met on the field of combat (pro singles).

    Anna said: "I started out nervous today. I lost my serve straight off in the first game. But then it was better. I wasn't nervous after that and was just taking it point by point. Usually I don't like playing aggressive players like her as much, because I can't play as aggressively as them and I feel like I'm always defending, but I did very well. It was maybe one of the best matches I've played. It's something special. I still can't believe it. It will take a long time for me to believe it." WTA story

WTA SCOREBOARD: Charleston & Katowice
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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The Family Circle Cup  Charleston, South Carolina

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click for broader view   Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island
Latitude: 32.862241 Long.: -79.902041

    Charleston: The 56 player main draw for Charleston has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 8 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying (2 rounds) is on Saturday & Sunday. Main draw play begins on Monday at 10am.

    The Family Circle Cup, one of the longest-running WTA-only events in the US, was held at Hilton Head until the Family Circle Tennis Center was opened in the spring of 2001. A 32-acre facility with a 10,200 seat stadium, the Family Circle Tennis Center has 13 green clay (Har-Tru) and 4 hard courts, all lighted for night play. A 10,000 square foot clubhouse also serves as the corporate headquarters for the Family Circle Cup. The FCTC was built with public help at a cost of $15 million.

2014: Andrea Petkovic and Jelena Jankovic mugged for the camera at the Charleston player party on Sunday night...
Charleston, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $2,280 US; points: 1
n26 s9 Samantha Stosur AUS d n120 q Sesil Karatantcheva BUL 6-2, 6-4 Tue

Samantha about to slice a backhand

    2010 FCC champ Samantha said: "I always look forward to this tournament. It's certainly, you know, one of, if not my favorite week of the year to be out on tour. It's one of those things as soon as I like I said out on the court, as soon as I fly in, I instantly feel good about being here." WTA story

*n107 Andreea Mitu ROU d n31 s10 wc Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-2, 2-1 retired Tue
*n111 q Lucie Hradecka CZE d n32 s11 Zarina Diyas KAZ 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n34 s12 Belinda Bencic SUI d n42 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 6-2 Tue

Belinda following a backhand

n35 s13 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n154 q Laura Siegemund GER 6-2, 7-6(5) Mon
*n198 q Sara Sorribes Tormo ESP d n38 s14 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-4, 3-0 retired Tue
n39 s15 Mona Barthel GER d n87 Timea Babos HUN 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*n85 Donna Vekic CRO d n41 s16 Heather Watson GBR 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 Mon
*n167 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d n43 Alison Riske USA 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 Mon
n44 Madison Brengle USA d n301 Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU 6(2)-7, 6-4, 6-2 Tue
n45 Sloane Stephens USA d n176 wc B Mattek-Sands USA 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Sloane about to slice a forehand

    It was Sloane's first win at Charleston. Sloane said: "I was down a set and 2-0 and it was not looking good. So I was happy I was able to push through some games and make her play a lot more, and to be able to come out with a win." tourney story

n53 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO d n72 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4 Mon
*n127 q Kristina Kucova SVK d n59 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Mon
n61 Lauren Davis USA d n104 Grace Min USA 6(1)-7, 7-6(2), 6-3 Mon
*n68 Jana Cepelova SVK d n62 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 6(5)-7, 7-6(4) Tue
*n128 q Danka Kovinic MNE d n66 Christina McHale USA 6-2, 6-3 Mon
*n86 Shelby Rogers USA d n67 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n74 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n103 Stefanie Voegele SUI 7-5, 6-2 Mon
*n93 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n76 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 Mon
n80 Shuai Zhang CHN d n88 Nicole Gibbs USA 6-4, 7-5 Mon
n82 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n117 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n96 Evgenia Rodina RUS d n101 Yulia Putintseva KAZ 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*n113 Tatjana Maria GER d n100 Irina Falconi USA 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n137 wc Sachia Vickery USA d n652 q Jessica Pegula USA 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) Mon

Charleston, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 10am
loser's prize: $4,440 US; points: 30
*n61 Lauren Davis USA d n7 s1 wc Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-1, 6-3 Wed

Lauren driving a forehand

    Lauren said: "I'd never beaten [Genie] before, so I came out knowing I had nothing to lose. I knew to beat her I'd have to be fearless. I saw this as a great opportunity.
    "I think clay really works for me, because I'm pretty fast. I can slide really well and I can make a lot of balls, so it really works for me." WTA story

    Genie said: "I obviously hate losing but I'm not going to be too hard on myself. I know I've not been feeling like myself on the court, so it's just a matter of taking time now, not playing a tournament, and just taking some time to train and get back to feeling like myself on the court. I definitely felt a little bit slow today, overpowered, which is never usually the case. Usually I'm the one dominating. So it was definitely just not good. Whatever happened was just not good."

n9 s2 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n80 Shuai Zhang CHN 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 Wed

Kate following a backhand

    After winning the match, Kate withdrew from the tournament. Ekaterina said: "Unfortunately, I felt pain in my stomach today during the match and called the trainers but it hasn't got any better so my team and I think it's best to get it checked out and recover for the rest of the clay court season. I hope I will be back in Charleston next year." tourney story

n10 s3 Andrea Petkovic GER d n93 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 Tue

Chanelle and Andrea driving backhand and forehand

n13 s4 Sara Errani ITA d n68 Jana Cepelova SVK 6-3, 7-6(5) Wed
n15 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n96 Evgenia Rodina RUS 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Angelique driving a backhand

n17 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n113 Tatjana Maria GER 6-3, 6(6)-7, 6-1 Tue

Jelena ready to swat a forehand

    JJ failed to convert a match point in the 2nd set. Jelena said: "I'm going to make mistakes. But I showed after losing the second set and having a match point that I was able to regroup and kind of shake it off. And I played really well in the third set." WTA story

n18 s7 Madison Keys USA d n167 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 6-1 Wed
n25 s8 Caroline Garcia FRA d n137 wc Sachia Vickery USA 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Tue

Caroline's backhand drive

*n82 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n26 s9 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Wed

Lara driving a backhand

*n128 q Danka Kovinic MNE d n34 s12 Belinda Bencic SUI 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wed

Danke ready to swat a backhand

n35 s13 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n74 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-0, 6(4)-7, 6-4 Wed
n39 s15 Mona Barthel GER d n45 Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 7-6(2) Wed

Mona driving a forehand

n44 Madison Brengle USA d n85 Donna Vekic CRO 6-1, 6-3 Wed
*n107 Andreea Mitu ROU d n53 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-2, 6-2 Wed
*n198 q Sara Sorribes Tormo ESP d n86 Shelby Rogers USA 7-5, 6-1 Wed
n111 q Lucie Hradecka CZE d n127 q Kristina Kucova SVK 7-5, 6-3 Tue

Charleston, 3rd Round, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $8,670 US; points: 55
*n35 s13 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n9 s2 Ekaterina Makarova RUS walkover—gastrointestinal illness
n10 s3 Andrea Petkovic GER d n44 Madison Brengle USA 6-4, 6-4

Petko driving a forehand

    The win raised Petko's record on the green clay at Daniel Island to 10-0. Andrea said: "I’m very uptight and I'm a very stiff German most of the time, so being relaxed and being here with my family… they relax me. I don't think about tennis all the time, and I'm really enjoying my life; and that's something that I sometimes forget during the hard weeks on the tour." tourney story

n13 s4 Sara Errani ITA d n198 q Sara Sorribes Tormo ESP 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
n15 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n82 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-3, 6-0

Angelique following a forehand

    Angelique said: "I think the first match on clay is always tough, it's never easy, so I was happy I managed to get through that match against Rodina two days ago. Today I was just trying to be aggressive. When I went on court I was just focusing on trying to play my game, and it worked.
    "[Lara] beat Sam yesterday. I saw the match. It was a really close one, but I already knew before that she's a great clay court player, so I'm happy how it went and that I managed to finish in two sets." WTA story

*n128 q Danka Kovinic MNE d n17 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB walkover—r foot injury
n18 s7 Madison Keys USA d n107 Andreea Mitu ROU 6-2, 6-0

Madison watching her serve fly

*n111 q Lucie Hradecka CZE d n25 s8 Caroline Garcia FRA 5-7, 7-5, 6-4
*n61 Lauren Davis USA d n39 s15 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 3-0 retired

Lauren's backhand drive

Charleston, QFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $16,725 US; points: 100
n10 s3 Andrea Petkovic GER d n128 q Danka Kovinic MNE 2-6, 6-3, 6-1

Petko driving a forehand

    Andrea said: "I expected [Danke] to play great tennis, but... I was lucky in the beginning of the second set [because] she gave me a few presents, and then I found my rhythm and I sort of snapped my teeth into the game again." tourney story

*n111 q Lucie Hradecka CZE d n13 s4 Sara Errani ITA 6-2, 6-4

Lucie after match point

    Lucie said: "[When I arrived last Saturday] I was joking with my coach, 'I hope we'll be not like from plane to car and car to plane and go home.' And one week later and I am still here. And that's awesome. I was looking forward for the clay season, because the clay is my favorite surface. So I'm so happy."

n15 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n35 s13 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 7-6(3), 7-6(4)
n18 s7 Madison Keys USA d n61 Lauren Davis USA 6-2, 6-2

Madison driving a backhand

    Madison said: "I think I was rushing a little bit at the beginning. After that I really kind of calmed down and just started playing the right balls, just being a little bit smarter on the court." WTA story

Charleston, SFs, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $32,525 US; points: 185
*n15 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n10 s3 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-4, 6-4

Angelique driving a backhand

    Angelique said: "I'm so close with Andrea. We're really good friends. It's always tough to play against someone like that. But I was just trying to focus on myself and my game." WTA story

n18 s7 Madison Keys USA d n111 q Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-1, 6-4

Madison after match point

    Madison said: "It's always great when you can get off to a good start, and after that I just kept going with it. I was happy with how I stayed in the crosscourt rallies. That was definitely my biggest thing, staying in the rally and then changing direction on the right ball, then moving forward and taking time away." WTA story

Charleston, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $66,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $124,000 US; points: 470
n15 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n18 s7 Madison Keys USA 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

Madison and Angelique after match point

Charleston, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US
s1 Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza d Casey Dellacqua & Darija Jurak 6-0, 6-4

Charleston, Qual Finals, Sun Apr 5 1pm
losers' prizes: q1 $620 1pt; q2 $1,035 13pts; qualifier 25 points
n111 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n152 Barbora Krejcikova CZE 7-6(3), 6-4
n120 Sesil Karatantcheva BUL d n143 Louisa Chirico USA 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
*n154 Laura Siegemund GER d n122 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-0, 6-1
n127 Kristina Kucova SVK d n199 Maria Sanchez USA 6-4, 1-6, 6-4
n128 Danka Kovinic MNE d 259 Naomi Osaka JPN 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(8)
n198 Sara Sorribes Tormo ESP d n149 Jovana Jaksic SRB 6-2, 6-2
n167 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d n204 Beatriz Haddad Maia BRA 6-3, 7-6(10)
*n652 Jessica Pegula USA d n215 Lesley Kerkhove NED 7-6(5), 6-3

Charleston, Withdrawals:
n11 Lucie Safarova CZE back injury
n20 Shuai Peng CHN low back injury
n21 Sabine Lisicki GER left abdominal injury
n22 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE illness
n49 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS illness
n56 Lesia Tsurenko UKR right ankle injury
n75 Saisai Zheng CHN
n99 Taylor Townsend USA left leg injury

BNP Paribas Katowice Open,  Katowice, Poland

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Poland News

    Katowice: 32-player The main draw for Katowice has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.

Katowice Open venue address: Spodek Hall. Al W Korfantego 35 40-951 Katowice Katowice

click for broader view   Spodek Hall, Katowice Latitude: 50.266309 Longitude: 19.025112

2014: Top seed and Polish #1 Agnieszka Radwanska and 2013 tourney champ Roberta Vinci were among those attending the Katowice player party...
Katowice, 1st Rnd, Mon 10am, Tue-Wed noon
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n8 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n92 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-1, 6-3 Tue
n24 s2 Alize Cornet FRA d n71 Kiki Bertens NED 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n37 s3 Camila Giorgi ITA d n90 Denisa Allertova CZE 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 Mon
*n115 A van Uytvanck BEL d n47 s4 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-2, 6-3 Mon
n51 s5 Kaia Kanepi EST d n116 q Shahar Peer ISR 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*n153 sr Vera Zvonareva RUS d n55 s6 Karin Knapp ITA 7-5, 6-1 Mon
n57 s7 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n81 Annika Beck GER 6-4, 6-1 Tue
n58 s8 Anna Schmiedlova SVK d n160 q Nigina Abduraimova UZB 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 Tue
*n79 Carina Witthoeft GER d n60 Tereza Smitkova CZE 6-2, 6-2 Tue
*n70 Monica Niculescu ROU d n64 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-4, 6-4 Wed
n69 Polona Hercog SLO d n105 Misaki Doi JPN 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 Mon
n78 Katerina Siniakova CZE d n91 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 Tue
n84 Klara Koukalova CZE d n179 q Petra Martic CRO 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*n109 q Magda Linette POL d n102 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 7-6(5), 6-4 Tue
n114 An-Sophie Mestach BEL d n427 wc Magdalena Frech POL 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*n145 LL Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS d n123 wc Urszula Radwanska POL 6-0, 6-1 Tue

Katowice, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu noon
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
n8 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n114 An-Sophie Mestach BEL 6-3, 6-1 Thu
n24 s2 Alize Cornet FRA d n69 Polona Hercog SLO 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 Wed

    Alize said: "Polona played really well. After I was down a set I really felt the energy to come back. Mentally and physically I was just ready for a big fight.
    "I definitely love this tournament. The whole ambiance gives me so much energy and so much strength, and I didn't want it to be done, so I just fought until the end. Playing in Katowice always gives me extra motivation. I was playing really good tennis at the end. I'm really happy to win this match tonight." WTA story

n37 s3 Camila Giorgi ITA d n109 q Magda Linette POL 6(3)-7, 6-2, 6-3 Wed

    Camila said: "In the first set I wasn't consistent. I was playing well, but I made some mistakes in the important points, especially in the tie-break. Because of that the tie-break went really fast. I think I was trying to finish the points too fast, which wasn't a good tactic. So from the start of the second set I tried to use the tactics I needed to do. I was much better in the next two sets."

*n145 LL Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS d n51 s5 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-1, 6-2 Thu
n57 s7 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n70 Monica Niculescu ROU 6(6)-7, 6-1, 6-4 Thu
n58 s8 Anna Schmiedlova SVK d n78 Katerina Siniakova CZE 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 Thu
*n115 A van Uytvanck BEL d n79 Carina Witthoeft GER 6-3, 6-3 Wed
n84 Klara Koukalova CZE d n153 sr Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-1, 6-4 Wed

Katowice, QFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
n8 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n84 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-1, 6-1
*n58 s8 Anna Schmiedlova SVK d n24 s2 Alize Cornet FRA 6-2, 6-0

Anna driving a backhand

n37 s3 Camila Giorgi ITA d n145 LL Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS 6-3, 6-4
*n115 Alison van Uytvanck BEL d n57 s7 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-2, 6-4

Katowice, SFs, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
*n37 s3 Camila Giorgi ITA d n8 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-2

    Camila said: "It was the best match I've played so far this week. I felt good. I was playing with confidence. I was really consistent and aggressive, and even if I made mistakes, I stayed focused." WTA story

n58 s8 Anna Schmiedlova SVK d n115 Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6-4, 6-1

    Anna said: "I was nervous before the match because it was the semifinals and Alison is a very good player. She has a really good serve and plays a lot of slice from the backhand, which I don't like so much, and a lot of drop shots too. Today I think she made a few mistakes in some of the important points, which gave me confidence, and I started playing better. I'm happy to get through."

Katowice, Final, Sun 4pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
*n58 s8 Anna Schmiedlova SVK d n37 s3 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-4, 6-3

Katowice, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
Ysaline Bonaventure & Demi Schuurs d Gioia Barbieri & Karin Knapp 7-5, 4-6 (10-6)

Katowice, Qual Finals, Monday Apr 6 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points
n109 Magda Linette POL d n145 Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS 6-4, 5-7, 7-5
n116 Shahar Peer ISR d n150 Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR 6-3, 7-6(5)
n160 Nigina Abduraimova UZB v n495 Marie Bouzkova CZE 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
*n179 Petra Martic CRO d n174 Ana Bogdan ROU 6-4, 7-6(5)

Katowice, Withdrawals
n14 Karolina Pliskova CZE right elbow injury
n52 Johanna Larsson SWE right elbow injury
n63 Julia Goerges GER low back injury
n73 Franceca Schiavone ITA right shoulder injury
n83 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS left achilles injury
n95 Pauline Parmentier FRA left wrist injury
n141 wc Oceane Dodin FRA ear infection

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