Dartagnan: Pavlyuchenkova will have a great future in tennis. She shows good results.
MOSCOW, May 4 (R-Sport) - Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won her second WTA title in the space of a month Saturday, defeating Carla Suarez Navarro in the final of the Portugal Open.
The 7-5, 6-2 win continues a successful season for the world No. 19, who has appeared in three finals this season, winning last month's Monterrey Open and losing in Brisbane in January.
The win over Suarez Navarro, ranked 23rd, extended Pavlyuchenkova’s unbeaten record against the Spaniard to five meetings.
Pavlyuchenkova, 21, has won five career titles on the WTA Tour, while Suarez Navarro has lost all five of the finals she has played in.
The Portugal Open, formerly known as the Estoril Open, is a clay-court WTA International event offering a prize fund of $235,000 for the women and $410,200 for the men’s competition.
Maka takes Vika out; CONGRATULATIONS !!!
And out with BARTOLI...Davai MAKA...into the quarters !
MOSCOW, May 20 (R-Sport) - After a victorious comeback to professional tennis, former world No. 20 and cancer survivor Alisa Kleybanova vowed Monday to return to the sport’s biggest competitions.
The Russian, 23, won two WTA titles before being forced to quit the sport in July 2011 when she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
After an aborted comeback bid last year, Kleybanova made a successful return last week at a Challenger tournament in Landisville, Pennsylvania, coming through three rounds of qualifying and four main draw matches before winning the title with a 6-3, 6-0 thrashing of American Natalie Pluskota in Sunday’s final.
“I hope that now you will constantly be seeing me at the most impressive tournaments,” she said on Facebook.
“It was an amazing week in Landisville for me,” she said. “It is always nice to start a new route to victory. I want to thank everyone who supported me and waited for my return to the court.”
The Moscow-born player was a youth prodigy, twice winning the junior women’s doubles title at Wimbledon, and twice tasted victory on the WTA Tour with wins at the Malaysian and Korean Opens. She was also the losing finalist at the 2010 season-ending Tournament of Champions.
At the French Open in the men’s draw, Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, seeded 29th, beat 8-seed Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-4 6-4 6-3.
He will now be facing veteran German player Tommy Haas, seeded 12th in round four.
In the women’s draw, Russians Maria Sharapova and countrywoman Maria Kirilenko both celebrated wins in their round 3 matches. In round four the two will be facing Sloane Stephens and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, respectively, both of the U.S.
At the French Open on Friday Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci battled into their fifth final in the last six Grand Slams, defeating Russia’s Nadia Petrova and Slovenia’s Katarina Srebotnik in three sets in the semifinals.
Awaiting the co-World No.1s in the final will be No.4 seeds, Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, who made it past No.2 seeds and former French Open champions Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, 64 75.
Makarova and Vesnina stormed back from 4-1 down in the second set to close it out.
Errani and Vinci have beaten Makarova and Vesnina in all four of their previous meetings.
Makarova and Vesnina are playing their first Grand Slam doubles final together.
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina upset top seeds and defending champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci to win the French Open title.
Published June 09, 2013 12:01
PARIS, France - Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina upset the odds and the defending champions to win the doubles title at Roland Garros on Sunday.
Over the past two seasons, Makarova and Vesnina have been among the leading WTA doubles teams, but prior to this fortnight had yet to taste Grand Slam success. However, against Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, they finally laid these ghosts to rest with two sets of near-flawless clay court tennis.
After breaking in the penultimate game to edge a tight opening set, the Russians reeled off four in a row at the start of the second to take a stranglehold of the match. It was a grip they would not relinquish, wrapping up a 75 62 win when Vesnina put away one final overhead on match point.
It was a clinical end to what had been a flawless fortnight - the No.4 seeds did not drop a set en route to the title.
"Honestly, for us, it's a surprise that we didn't drop a set for the whole tournament, because it was a really difficult tournament," Vesnina said. "It's always tough to even win one match here."
Makarova and Vesnina first joined forces on Fed Cup duty five years ago, but have only been a regular partnership since the start of 2012, and they now have four titles together.
"We have been together since last year, and I think we are a good team," Vesnina added. "We understand each other pretty good and have a lot of confidence right now.
"We've had some good wins this year and also last year, so maybe this win has brought us some confidence. And we were playing really good today in the final."
It was the first time the duo had got the better of Errani and Vinci, who had won the teams' last four encounters, including a quarterfinal in Paris 12 months ago.
"I think we're extra happy because we beat them for the first time. We played a lot of times against them and they're the best team in the world," Makarova added. "They're playing so good, so it's really tough to play against them, especially on clay.
"I'm so happy that we played so solid today and played exactly how we wanted to. We kept all the time to our game strategy and it worked today really well. It's a great feeling to win our first Grand Slam."
Victory also brought to an end an unenviable run in Grand Slam finals for Vesnina, who had previously lost three mixed and three women's doubles finals. "All these Grand Slam finals that I had were great memories and great experiences for me," she said. "Every time they were close matches, and the opponents were just a little bit more lucky or they deserved that win more than me.
"This time me and Katia were really feeling good together. We were feeling each other. We were helping each other and supporting each other on the court. We were not thinking it was a final or a Grand Slam, we were just thinking that we have to beat them and we have to keep playing our game, not changing anything and believing in ourselves.
"I think it was a great final and two close sets. It was fun to play, and I think for the people it was fun to watch, or I hope so, at least!"
MOSCOW, June 17 (R-Sport) – Former World women’s tennis No. 1 Martina Hingis is no longer coaching Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russian national team coach Vladimir Kamelzon told R-Sport on Monday.
The 21-year-old Russian hooked up with the Swiss star in April and soon took her fifth title in Oeiras, Portugal.
But since then her results have taken a slide, with only one win in her last three tournaments, and she crashed out of the French Open with a second-round defeat to 171th-ranked Petra Cetkovska.
It took the 21st-ranked player to seven wins and four defeats under Hingis.
“Pavlyuchenkova and Hingis didn’t agree on the methods of preparation and I had expected it,” Kamelzon said. “In order to win Grand Slam tournaments you need to have a coach, not a player with a big name.”
Pavlyuchenkova is to reunite with her brother Alexander, who coached her from September 2009 through October 2010 and guided her to her first two WTA titles in Monterrey and Istanbul.
“Pavlyuchenkova is back in training with her brother Alexander who will take her through preparations for Wimbledon,” said Kamelzon, referring to the third Grand Slam of the season which starts next week.
“He has done a lot for her, then they parted for some time, but now she realizes that it’s best to work with him.”
Pavlyuchenkova is looking to improve upon two third-round appearances at Wimbledon in 2008 and 2010.