On a scorching Wednesday afternoon, 2004 Roland Garros champion Gaston Gaudio, and 2001 Australian Open finalist Arnaud Clement crumbled in the heat, falling to little-known players in uninspired first round losses.
In front of a standing room only crowd on Court 8, Gaudio struggled to find the timing on his shots, quickly going down 3-0 as the Argentine fells 6-1, 6-4 to Julian Reister of Germany. The No. 167 ranked German, seeking to qualify for his first ever Grand Slam, snapped a four match losing streak with today’s win. Gaudio was competing in his first match on hard courts since the 2007 Nasdaq-100 Open.
Meanwhile, on Court 7, Frenchman Arnaud Clement came within two points of winning both sets of his match against American wildcard Tim Smyczek. The Wisconsin native, a former junior Wimbledon semifinalist, managed to hang tough and grind out a 7-6 (6), 7-6 (3) victory. The loss marks the first time that Clement has failed to qualify for a Grand Slam since 1997.
In other men’s results, Juan Pablo Brzezicki of Argentina and American Donald Young also advanced into the 2nd round of qualifying with straight sets victories.
On the women’s side, 2008 junior Wimbledon champion Laura Robson won her first ever pro match at the Grand Slam level. The 15 year old Brit fought off an early first set deficit in defeating French veteran Stephanie Foretz 7-5, 6-1. Two former Grand Slam quarterfinalists also advanced in tough three set matches; Croatian Karolina Sprem defeated Nina Bratchikova of Russia 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, while Sesil Karantancheva of Kazhakstan lost the first seven games of her match before winning 12 straight games in defeating American Abigail Spears 0-6, 6-1, 6-0.
Thursday’s 2nd round matches will see 38 year old Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan, making her comeback to pro tennis after retiring in 1996, compete against fellow Japanese player Yurika Sema in the first match of the day on Court 7. Two players who have reached ATP finals in 2009, Somdev DevVarman and Carsten Ball, will be the first two featured matches on Court 13. The final feature match of the day on Court 11 will pit Donald Young against Guilermo Olaso of Spain.
All day sessions start at 11:00 a.m. Second round qualifying matches take place on Thursday, while final round qualifying matches start on Friday. For more information, please visit www.usopen.org
With their 21-14 win tonight over the Springfield Lasers, the Washington Kastles clinched the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and will face the New York Sportimes on July 24 in Washington, D.C. The top-seeded Sportimes reached an agreement with the Kastles for the Advanta WTT Eastern Conference Championship to be held at Kastles Stadium in Washington, D.C., which will also be the site of the Advanta WTT Finals on July 26.
The Advanta WTT Western Conference Championship will take place on July 24 in Springfield, Mo. when the Springfield Lasers host the Newport Beach Breakers. The winners of the Conference Championship matches advance to the Advanta WTT Finals.
Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League – Results for Wednesday, 7/22
(Home teams in capital letters)
FINAL RESULTS – All matches complete:
BOSTON LOBSTERS def. New York Buzz 20-16
Mixed Doubles – James Auckland\Raquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) def. Ryan Lipman\Sloane Stephens (Buzz) 5-2
Women’s Singles – Sloane Stephens (Buzz) def. Stephanie Foretz (Lobsters) 5-2
Men’s Singles – Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Alex Domijan (Buzz) 5-0
Women’s Doubles – Mallory Burdette\Sloane Stephens (Buzz) def. Stephanie Foretz\Raquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) 5-3
Men’s Doubles – James Auckland\Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Alex Domijan\Ryan Lipman (Buzz) 5-4
St Louis Aces def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 21-17
Women’s Doubles – Kim Clijsters\Liga Dekmeijere (Aces) def. Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) 5-2
Women’s Singles – Kim Clijsters (Aces) def. Madison Keys (Freedoms) 5-3
Mixed Doubles – Kim Clijsters\Tripp Phillips (Aces) def. Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4
Men’s Singles – Nathan Healey (Freedoms) def. Mislav Hizak (Aces) 5-1
Men’s Doubles – Mislav Hizak\Tripp Phillips (Aces) def. Josh Cohen\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-3
WASHINGTON KASTLES def. Springfield Lasers 21-14
Men’s Doubles – Scott Oudsema\Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Martin Damm\Raven Klaasen (Lasers) 5-2
Women’s Singles – Nadia Petrova (Kastles) def. Vania King (Lasers) 5-3
Men’s Singles – Scott Oudsema (Kastles) def. Raven Klaasen (Lasers) 5-2
Women’s Doubles – Liezel Huber\Vania King (Lasers) def. Rennae Stubbs\Nadia Petrova (Kastles) 5-1
Mixed Doubles – Nadia Petrova\Leander Paes (Kastles) def. Liezel Huber\Martin Damm (Lasers) 5-2
NEWPORT BEACH BREAKERS def. Kansas City Explorers 24-15
Men’s Singles – Mike Russell (Explorers) def. Ramon Delgado (Breakers) 5-4
Women’s Doubles – Julie Ditty\Maria Sharapova (Breakers) def. Eugenie Bouchard\Meghann Shaughnessy (Explorers) 5-2
Mixed Doubles – Maria Sharapova\Kaes Vant Hof (Breakers) def. Eugenie Bouchard\Dusan Vemic (Explorers) 5-2
Women’s Singles – Maria Sharapova (Breakers) def. Meghann Shaughnessy (Explorers) 5-4
Men’s Doubles – Ramon Delgado\Kaes Vant Hof (Breakers) def. Mike Russell\Dusan Vemic (Explorers) 5-2
SACRAMENTO CAPITALS def. New York Sportimes 22-14
Mixed Doubles – Mark Knowles\Coco Vandeweghe (Capitals) def. Jesse Witten\Christina Fusano (Sportimes) 5-3
Women’s Doubles – Angela Haynes\Coco Vandeweghe (Capitals) def. Abigail Spears\Christina Fusano (Sportimes) 5-3
Men’s Singles – Sam Warburg (Capitals) def. Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-0
Women’s Singles – Abigail Spears (Sportimes) def. Angela Haynes (Capitals) 5-2
Men’s Doubles – Mark Knowles\Sam Warburg (Capitals) def. Robert Kendrick\Jesse Witten (Sportimes) 5-3
Eastern Conference MP W L PCT MB
y – New York Sportimes 14 10 4 0.714 —
x – Washington Kastles 14 7 7 0.500 3
Boston Lobsters 14 7 7 0.500 3
Philadelphia Freedoms 14 4 10 0.286 6
New York Buzz 14 4 10 0.286 6
Western Conference MP W L PCT MB
y – Springfield Lasers 14 12 2 0.857 —
x – Newport Beach Breakers 14 9 5 0.643 3
Sacramento Capitals 14 6 8 0.429 6
Kansas City Explorers 14 6 8 0.429 6
St Louis Aces 14 5 9 0.357 7
x = Clinched Playoff Spot
y = Clinched #1 seed for Conference Championship
Next Matches: 7/24/2009
Washington Kastles @ NEW YORK SPORTIMES, 7:00 PM (EDT)
Newport Beach Breakers @ SPRINGFIELD LASERS, 7:05 PM (CDT)
For live scoring and complete player / match statistics, please visit www.WTT.com
King of Prussia, Pa. (July 20, 2009) – Playing in her 20th World TeamTennis season, tennis legend Martina Navratilova led the Boston Lobsters to a 23-18 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Freedoms. Navratilova, a 31- time Grand Slam Doubles Champion, along with partner Raquel Kops-Jones defeated Wayne, Pa native Lisa Raymond and Madison Keys 5-2. Navratilova partnered with James Auckland but they were unable to overcome the Freedoms’ Raymond and Nathan Healey in mixed doubles. The Freedoms prevailed 5-4, forcing overtime, where the Lobsters won the first game to decide the match in their favor.
In the opening set, Philadelphia’s Josh Cohen made his 2009 debut for the Freedoms to lead them to a win in men’s doubles. Cohen teamed with Nathan Healey take down the Lobsters team of James Auckland and Jan-Michael Gambill 5-3.
In women’s singles, Stephanie Foretz of the Lobsters got revenge against Keys from their July 12th match in Boston when Foretz prevailed 5-3. In Freedom stadium tonight, Foretz battled back from a 1-3 deficit to defeat Keys on her home court 5-3. Riding on the wave of momentum, Jan-Michael Gambill rallied to beat Healey for the third time this season. He secured a solid 5-3 win for the Lobsters in men’s singles.
The Freedoms play their final home match of the season this Wednesday, July 22 when former world no.1 player and 2005 U.S. Open Champion Kim Clijsters and the St. Louis Aces visit Freedoms Stadium. Cljisters is playing the 2009 World TeamTennis season in preparation for her return to the pro tour leading up to the 2009 U.S. Open. Tickets for the final home match can be purchased by calling 866-WTT-TIXS or visiting philadelphiafreedoms.com.
Advanta World TeamTennis Pro League – Results for Monday, 7/20
(Home teams in capital letters)
Boston Lobsters def. PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 23-18 OT
Men’s Doubles – Josh Cohen\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) def. James
Auckland\Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) 5-3
Women’s Singles – Stephanie Foretz (Lobsters) def. Madison Keys (Freedoms)
Men’s Singles – Jan-Michael Gambill (Lobsters) def. Nathan Healey (Freedoms)
Women’s Doubles – Martina Navratilova\Raquel Kops-Jones (Lobsters) def.
Madison Keys\Lisa Raymond (Freedoms) 5-2
Mixed Doubles – Martina Navratilova\James Auckland (Lobsters) def.
Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 5-4
Mixed Doubles- Overtime- Martina Navratilova\James Auckland (Lobsters) def.
Lisa Raymond\Nathan Healey (Freedoms) 1-0.
The 2009 Philadelphia Freedoms season features the greatest lineup of tennis stars ever seen in Philadelphia – Andre Agassi, Venus Williams, Serena Williams, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Kim Clijsters, and Anna Kournikova – each appearing during one home match in July.
The Freedoms have two remaining home matches at the 3,000 seat Freedoms Stadium at the King of Prussia Mall. All events will feature world-class tennis in an innovative, fast-paced World TeamTennis format. Each evening will include exciting Block Parties produced by Comcast Spectacor and featuring USTA Quick Start Tennis, live music, inflatables, mascots, kids’ games, prizes, food, and much more.
PHILADELPHIA FREEDOMS 2009 REMAINING HOME SCHEDULE
Wednesday, July 22 St. Louis Aces (Clijsters) at Phildelphia Freedoms
Match Begins at 7:30 p.m.
2009 Freedoms Sponsors include Advanta, Abington Hospital, Fidelity Investments, Beneficial Bank, Lincoln Mercury, Novo Nordisk, Comcast Cable, Skinny Water, USTA Middle States, 23K, Museum Catering, Endo Pharmaceuticals, ACME, Energy Plus, Macy’s, Dolce Valley Forge, McShane Sports Medicine, Excel Physical Therapy, Maui Wowi, CBS 3, WIP, WPHT, KYW Radio, WOGL, Bertolinis, Mortons Steakhouse, The Inquirer, and Drexel University Sport Management.