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  WTA May 17-23: Strasbourg & Nuremberg

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Internationaux de Strasbourg, FRA
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n17 M Keys, n20 J Jankovic
n27 S Stosur, n28 A Cornet

Nürnberger Versicherungscup
Nuremberg, GER
INTL $250,000 32m/24q/16d
outdoor: red clay
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n9 A Petkovic, n11 A Kerber
n22 S Lisicki, n44 R Vinci
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Strasbourg:

#27 Samantha Stosur
5' 7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH
Nuremberg:
#51 Karin Knapp
5'11" 159lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday in France, in the final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg, the 2013 champ at Osaka and Carlsbad (and the 2011 US Open champion), 31 year old 3rd seeded late entry wild card #27 (career high: #4) Samantha Stosur from Gold Coast, Australia, defeated 22 year old #53 (career high: #37) Kristina Mladenovic of France (residence: Saint Pol sur Mer, SUI), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 (Samantha is shown holding the glassware after the match).

    Samantha's prize is $43,000; Kristina's prize is $21,400.

    Samantha said: "It was good tennis. [Kristina] was playing exceptionally well in that first set. I didn't have too many chances to do anything early on, but I started getting some chances in the second set. I started playing a little bit differently, getting in control of the rallies early on, which wasn't the case in the first set; she was dominating. And then I was able to do it the rest of the match and finish it. There were some tricky moments in the third set. She had a few points to get it back on serve. But I'm happy I was able to keep it up and close it out, and it's always nice to win a title, that's for sure...

    "It was a last minute decision to come here, so to play as well as I did and walk away with the title, it's exciting, and especially going into a Grand Slam. It's been a really good week for me in Strasbourg." WTA story

    Samantha now leads Kristina 3-0 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in 2014 on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the 2nd round at Hobart, when Samantha defeated Kristina 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(7).

    Samantha is now 7-14 in WTA singles finals, and has a 13-12 singles match record this season. Kristina was playing in her first WTA singles final (she has one $125K ITF title). Her singles match record in 2015 is now 19-15.

    Meanwhile at Nuremberg, Germany, in the final of the Nürnberger Versicherungscup, the 2014 champion at Tashkent, 27 year old 6th seeded #51 (career high: #35) Karin Knapp from Lutago, Italy, defeated her compatriot, the 2013 Katowice and Palermo champion, 32 year old 4th seeded #44 (career high: #13) Roberta Vinci from Taranto, Italy, 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1 (Karin is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Karin's prize is $43,000; Roberta's prize is $21,400.

    Karin said: "I'm really, really happy to win the title. It's never easy against Roberta, and as you saw it was a close match. But it's great to get the win and gain some good confidence for the French Open." WTA story

    Roberta said: "I tried my hardest today, but I'm pleased to have reached the final. Karin played very well today. It was a tough match. We've known each other for a long time, so it's tough to play her. I'll just relax the rest of the day, and try my best in Paris next week."

    Karin now leads Roberta 4-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was earlier this year on red clay in the 2nd round at Marrakech, when Karin defeated Roberta 6(3)-7, 6-2, 6-2.

    Karin is now 2-1 in WTA singles finals. Her 2015 singles match record is 12-11. Roberta is now 9-4 in WTA singles finals, and has a 12-11 singles match record this year.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Strasbourg & Nuremberg

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Internationaux de Strasbourg,  Strasbourg, France

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +2 hours
       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

France News


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

click for broader view   Centre Sportif de Hautepierre
Latitude: 48.599033 Longitude: 7.691063

Internationaux de Strasbourg venue address: Centre Sportif de Hautepierre, Rue Baden Powell, F-67200, Strasbourg, France

2012: Sabine Lisicki and Tamira Paszek did the "tennis on an [insert odd location here]" tourney promo thing at Strasbourg...
Strasbourg, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
n17 s1 Madison Keys USA d n65 Christina McHale USA 6-4, 6-3 Mon
n20 s2 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB d n88 Irina Falconi USA 7-6(6), 6-3 Mon

Jelena after match point

n27 s3 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d n50 Monica Puig PUR 6-0, 6-3 Mon

Samantha following a backhand

n28 s4 Alize Cornet FRA d n98 q Qiang Wang CHN 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*n66 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n32 q Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-4, 7-6(4) Sun
*n45 Alison Riske USA d n34 s5 Zarina Diyas KAZ 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Mon
n35 s6 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n137 Oceane Dodin FRA 7-6(3), 7-5 Mon
*n58 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO d n36 s7 Madison Brengle USA 6-1, 6-1 Sun
*n238 wc Virginie Razzano FRA d n38 s8 Mona Barthel GER 6-2, 5-5 retired Sun
n40 Sloane Stephens USA d n233 q Nadiia Kichenok UKR 6-3, 6-0 Sun

Sloane fielding a backhand

n53 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n87 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 Mon
*n81 wc Francesca Schiavone ITA d n57 Lauren Davis USA 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n61 Saisai Zheng CHN d n129 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-4, 0-6, 6-2 Sun
n68 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n126 q Olga Govortsova BLR i-2 retired—gastrointestinal illness Mon
*n84 Shelby Rogers USA d n79 Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-1, 6-1 Sun
n91 Elena Vesnina RUS d n182 q Gabriela Dabrowski CAN 6-3, 7-5 Sun

Strasbourg, 2nd Round, Wed 10am
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
n17 s1 Madison Keys USA d n68 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(0) Wed

Madison after winning a point

    After losing the 1st set, Madison trailed 0-5 in the 2nd. Madison said: "Mirjana was playing well and I wasn't playing great, and I was just really happy that I was able to find it and figure it out... Even at 5-0 I was trying hard and putting in all of my effort. My game was there, it was just a couple of points here or there that hadn't been going my way. It was a battle to the very, very end, and I'm very relieved with this victory. Hopefully I can build on it and play better tomorrow." WTA story

n20 s2 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB d n61 Saisai Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-3 Tue

JJ during the match (streaming video screen grab)

n27 s3 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d n66 Lesia Tsurenko UKR walkover—back injury Tue
*n91 Elena Vesnina RUS d n28 s4 Alize Cornet FRA 3-6, 6-0, 6-3 Wed

Elena after match point

*n40 Sloane Stephens USA d n35 s6 Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Sloane about to swat a forehand

    Sloane said: "I felt good out there. I played a solid match, I was happy with that—it's always tough playing an American—and happy to get the win. I've played two matches so far, so I'm happy with that and hopefully I can keep it going." WTA story

*n53 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n45 Alison Riske USA 7-6(4), 6-2 Wed

Kristina following a backhand

n58 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO d n84 Shelby Rogers USA 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2 Tue

Ajla driving a forehand

*n238 wc Virginie Razzano FRA d n81 wc Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Virginie following a forehand

Strasbourg, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
*n53 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n17 s1 Madison Keys USA walkover—elbow injury
*n40 Sloane Stephens USA d n20 s2 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-1 retired—thigh injury
n27 s3 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d n58 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

Samantha watching her serve fly

    Samantha said: "It was a very tough match, I thought we both played a very good level of tennis and there wasn't much in it. I think Ajla, in the second and third sets, started serving very well and I just had to take my chances when I had them and hang in there when I couldn't." WTA story

*n238 wc Virginie Razzano FRA d n91 Elena Vesnina RUS 4-6, 6-1, 6-1

Strasbourg, SFs, Fri 2pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
n27 s3 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d n40 Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

    Samantha said: "I'm glad I played very well. It was a good match from me, it was pretty tough conditions out there most of the match because of the wind, but I handled that quite well. I made a couple of mistakes on my service game for [Sloane] to break back, and she's a good player, so it doesn't take much to let her back into the match. She made some big shots and kept doing what she was doing and maybe I fell off a little bit. But I was able to regroup very quickly to start off the third set well, and I kept going so it was a good response from me." WTA story

n53 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n238 wc Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 1-2 retired—abdominal injury

    Kristina said: "It's definitely not the way I would like to go into the final, especially against a good friend of mine, but still I thought it was a great battle and I'm happy I managed to win the first set which was very high intensity... I'm very happy with how I'm playing this week... I'm feeling good with my game on clay and hopefully I can take one more step forward tomorrow."

Strasbourg, Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n27 s3 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d n53 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Strasbourg, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s1 Chia-Jung Chuang & Chen Liang d s2 Nadiia Kichenok & Saisai Zheng 4-6, 6-4, (12-10)

Strasbourg, Qual Finals, Sat May 16 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $600 1pt; q2 $1,020 12pts; qualifier 18 points
n32 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n321 Constance Sibille FRA 6-3, 6-0
n98 Qiang Wang CHN d n154 Kai-Lin Zhang CHN 7-5, 6-3
n126 Olga Govortsova BLR d n264 Asia Muhammad USA 6-2, 6-2
n129 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n137 Oceane Dodin FRA 7-5, 7-5
n182 Gabriela Dabrowski CAN d n219 Katarzyna Piter POL 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
*n233 Nadiia Kichenok UKR d n174 Risa Ozaki JPN 6-3, 6-4

Strasbourg, Withdrawals
n25 Shuai Peng CHN right shoulder injury
n42 Casey Dellacqua AUS right foot injury
n48 Kaia Kanepi EST gastrointestinal illness
n49 Johanna Larsson SWE right elbow injury
n52 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS right shoulder injury
n55 Daniela Hantuchova SVK right elbow injury
n62 Julia Goerges GER

 
Nürnberger Versicherungscup,  Nuremberg, Germany

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +2 hours
       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

Germany News

    Nuremberg: The 32-player main draw for Nuremberg has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

    Nürnberger Versicherungscup venue address: Valznerweiherstraße 200 90480 Nürnberg
 

  Tennis-Club 1.FC Nürnberg Latitude: 49.436529 Longitude: 11.132616

2014: On Monday, May 19, Genie Bouchard met the press at Nuremberg...
Nuremberg, 1st Round, Sun-Mon 11am
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
*n107 q Yulia Putintseva KAZ d n9 s1 Andrea Petkovic GER 5-0 retired—right thigh strain Mon

    Andrea said: "It happened in my second service game. I ran for a drop shot; it stretched inside my thigh. It was quite strong, so I couldn't run anymore. I just couldn't move normally anymore. I can even feel it when I'm walking now. I don't know exactly why it happened, but everything was okay before that. We will get it checked, but I think it's just pulled. I hope it's not that awful." WTA story

n11 s2 Angelique Kerber GER d n226 q Rebecca Peterson SWE 7-5, 6-4 Mon
n22 s3 Sabine Lisicki GER d n71 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-4, 7-5 Mon

    Sabine said: "My first match was quite good. It's nice to come here. It's something special to play a tournament in your own country. I've really been looking forward to it and I'm happy about the win. Maybe I made a few too many faults and got broken twice, but on the whole I'm happy how I played."

n44 s4 Roberta Vinci ITA d n93 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS 6-1, 6-1 Sun
*n111 q Misaki Doi JPN d n46 s5 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK 6-2, 6-1 Mon
n51 s6 Karin Knapp ITA d n337 wc Antonia Lottner GER 6-2, 7-5 Sun
n54 s7 Kurumi Nara JPN d n76 Polona Hercog SLO 7-5, 5-7, 6-2 Sun
n56 s8 Carina Witthoeft GER d n92 q Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6(2)-7, 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*n94 Kiki Bertens NED d n59 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n64 Tereza Smitkova CZE d n101 q Andreea Mitu ROU 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 Mon
*n99 Shuai Zhang CHN d n73 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-1, 7-5 Sun
*n104 wc Anna-Lena Friedsam GER d n75 wc Tatjana Maria GER 6-4, 6-4 Mon
*n100 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n80 Timea Babos HUN 6-2, 7-5 Mon
n82 Klara Koukalova CZE d n85 Annika Beck GER 6-4, 7-6(6) Mon
*n95 Evgeniya Rodina RUS d n83 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 Sun
n96 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n195 q Renata Voracova CZE 7-6(3), 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Nuremberg, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 11am
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
n11 s2 Angelique Kerber GER d n82 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-1, 7-6(2) Tue
*n100 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n22 s3 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 6(3)-7, 7-6(3) Wed
n44 s4 Roberta Vinci ITA d n64 Tereza Smitkova CZE 6-2, 6-1 Tue

    Roberta said: "I've been playing very well these first two rounds! Of course it was tough but I played a good game." WTA story

n51 s6 Karin Knapp ITA d n104 wc Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 6-1, 6-3 Tue
n54 s7 Kurumi Nara JPN d n96 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n56 s8 Carina Witthoeft GER d n95 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 6-1, 6-2 Wed
*n107 q Yulia Putintseva KAZ d n94 Kiki Bertens NED 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 Wed
*n111 q Misaki Doi JPN d n99 Shuai Zhang CHN 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 Tue

Nuremberg, QFs, Thu 1130am
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
n11 s2 Angelique Kerber GER d n111 q Misaki Doi JPN 6-2, 6-3

Angelique following a forehand

    Angelique said: "I'm happy that I'm in the semis for the first time here. It feels good to play in front of a home audience. It's always something special, and it definitely makes me want to do my best." WTA story

n44 s4 Roberta Vinci ITA d n54 s7 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
n51 s6 Karin Knapp ITA d n107 q Yulia Putintseva KAZ 6-2, 6-4
*n100 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n56 s8 Carina Witthoeft GER 6-0, 6-4

Lara delivering a forehand

Nuremberg, SFs, Fri 2pm
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
*n44 s4 Roberta Vinci ITA d n11 s2 Angelique Kerber GER walkover—low back injury
n51 s6 Karin Knapp ITA d n100 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-0, 6-2

Karin after winning a point

Nuremberg, Final, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
*n51 s6 Karin Knapp ITA d n44 s4 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1

Nuremberg, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s2 Hao-Ching Chan & Anabel Medina Garrigues d s4 Lara Arruabarrena & Raluca Olaru 6-4, 7-6(5)

Nuremberg, Qualifying Finals Sun May 17 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $600 1pt; q2 $1,020 12pts; qualifier 18 points
n92 Alison van Uytvanck BEL d n254 Arina Rodionova AUS 6-3, 6-4
n101 Andreea Mitu ROU d n192 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-2, 6-3
n107 Yulia Putintseva KAZ d n242 Arantxa Rus NED 6-3, 6-3
n111 Misaki Doi JPN d n157 Yuliya Beygelzimer UKR 6(6)-7, 6-2, 7-5
n195 Renata Voracova CZE d n205 Laura Pous-Tio ESP 6-3, 7-5
*n226 Rebecca Peterson SWE d n198 Cindy Burger NED 6-4, 6-1

Nuremberg, Withdrawals
n70 Kirsten Flipkens BEL right thigh injury
n72 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU right wrist injury
n78 Daria Gavrilova RUS
n86 Marina Erakovic NZL left foot injury


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