Nishikori prevails in Japan; Djokovic reaches quarterfinals at China Open

October 1, 2014

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan

First-round results:

(4) Kei Nishikori defeats Ivan Dodig 6-3, 6-4

Second-round results:

Steve Johnson defeats Marcel Granollers 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
Benjamin Becker defeats Tatsuma Ito 6-3, 6-3
Gilles Simon defeats Gilles Muller 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-3
Jack Sock defeats Andrey Golubev 6-3, 1-6, 7-5

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China Open, Beijing, China

Second-round results:

(1) Novak Djokovic defeats Vasek Pospisil 6-3, 7-5

Serena, Sharapova, Kvitova and Bouchard Nike Tennis Holiday 2014 apparel and footwear availability

October 1, 2014

The road to the WTA Finals in Singapore is heating up and the Nike Tennis team of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova are ready to fight for the final big prize in 2014. Canadian sensation Eugenie Bouchard is currently in the hunt for a final eight position and her desire to play in Singapore is ever present with each passing week.

Looking to claim her third WTA Finals title in the last four years, Serena’s look in Singapore will be highlighted by the Winter Burnout Tunic (shown to the right) in dusty cactus with ivory and black. The sleek and stylish piece features a poly-cotton blend and cheetah print burnout on back, elastic gather on back, tennis-specific seaming to increase range of motion and a heat transfer swoosh at left chest.

Successful earlier this year in claiming her second French Open title in Paris, Sharapova will be eager to close the books on her 2014 season with a strong finish in Singapore. Featured in her signature Winter Premier Maria Tank in ivory with hyper punch, Sharapova’s skirt of choice in Asia will be the Winter Premier Maria Skirt in silver wing with hyper punch. Maria’s latest colorway of the Vapor 9.5 will be featured in hyper punch, white, dark ash and silver wing. The Russian’s attire this Holiday season is a great option for mixing and matching with other pieces from her line.

Bouchard’s hopeful appearance in Singapore would see her debuting the Winter Advantage Print Tank in dusty cactus with volt, which would be paired with the Winter Woven Pleat Skirt in dusty cactus with catalina. Genie’s presence on court will be magnified by the Vapor 9.5 in bleached turquoise, volt and white, while her visor for the event will be the Winter Featherlight 2.0 Visor in dusty cactus with black.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova (who has qualified), Lucie Safarova, Sabine Lisicki, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci will also be hopeful of competing in Singapore and showcasing the latest Nike Tennis collection for Holiday 2014.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the newest apparel and footwear from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link. Enjoy the hard-courts of NYC!

Nadal, Federer and Dimitrov Nike Tennis Holiday 2014 apparel and footwear availablity

October 1, 2014

The last quarter of another great tennis season begins in Asia and ends at the World Tour Final in London for the best players in the world. Nike Tennis stars Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer have already qualified for the O2 Arena and Grigor Dimitrov remains a legitimate contender to join his higher ranked colleagues in the elite eight man field. Boasting a whole new line for Holiday 2014, the team at Nike Tennis once again has many new styles and colors for the avid to casual player to enjoy.

Eager to return to his winning ways after a right wrist injury, Nadal’s latest ensemble includes the Rafa Premier Winter Crew (pictured to the right) in dusty cactus with cooper flash, which will be paired with the Winter Rafa Premier Gladiator Short in grey. The Spaniard will also debut his latest colorway of the ultra-light and durable Lunar Ballistec in white, dusty cactus, black, hyper crimson and will warm up for his matches in the Winter Premier Jacket in medium ash with silver wing.

Always a fan favorite in Asia and Europe, Federer will begin his fall campaign by sporting the Winter RF Advantage Premier Polo in challenge red with team red & university red, which will be seen with the Winter RF Premier Gladiator Short in medium ash with university red and light ash grey. Federer’s warm up to end his year will be the Winter Premier RF Sweater in team red with medium ash and silver wing and his latest colorway of the Vapor 9.5 will be featured in gym red, white, black and hyper punch.

Determined to improve with each passing week, Dimitrov begins his quest for a place in London by donning the Winter Advantage Polo in black with white and light magnet grey, which will be paired with the Holiday Gladiator 10″ Short in black with cool grey. The Bulgarian will also be featured in the Vapor 9.5 in gym red, white, black and hyper punch.

Aussie sensations Nick Kygrois, Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis and American Ryan Harrison will also be outfitted in the newest Holiday 2014 Tennis collection by Nike.

For our North American readers, the following TennisWarehouse.com link will take you to the latest Holiday 2014 group from Nike. For our European readers, you can shop from the same great selection through the following TennisWarehouse-Europe.com link. Enjoy all the action during the final quarter of 2014!

Wawrinka, Tsonga ousted at Japan Open; Nadal defeats Gasquet in return to action at China Open

September 30, 2014

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan

First-round results:

Gilles Simon defeats (6) Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6, 7-6(7), 2-1
(3) Milos Raonic defeats Bernard Tomic 7-6(3), 6-3
M Przysiezny defeats (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(9)
Tatsuma Ito defeats (1) Stam Wawrinka 7-5, 6-2
Jeremy Chardy defeats Rajeev Ram 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
Benjamin Becker defeats Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 4-1
Donald Young defeats Go Soeda 64 62
Jurgen Melzer defeats Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5, 4-1

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China Open, Beijing, China

First-round results:

(2) Rafael Nadal defeats Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0
(1) Novak Djokovic defeats Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-1
(3) Tomas Berdych defeats Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-2
(6) Andy Murray defeats Jerzy Janowicz 6-7(9), 6-4, 6-2
T Robredo defeats A Seppi 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
(8) John Isner defeats S Giraldo 6-1, 6-3
Martin Klizan defeats Leonardo Mayer 7-6(2), 6-7(3), 6-4
Pablo Cuevas defeats Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4
Pablo Andujar defeats Julien Benneteau 6-4, 6-1
Peter Gojowczyk defeats Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 2-6, 7-5

Ferrer defeated at Japan Open by Granollers; Cilic advances at China Open

September 29, 2014

Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships, Tokyo, Japan

First-round results:

Jack Sock defeats (8) Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-1
Denis Istomin defeats Toro Daniel 7-6(2), 6-7(5), 7-5
Marcel Granollers defeats (2) David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Steve Johnson defeats Hiroki Moriya 7-6(4), 6-2
(7) Kevin Anderson defeats Dominic Thiem 7-6(5), 6-4
Gilles Muller defeats Federico Delbonis 6-3, 6-4
Andrey Golubev defeats Paul-Hugues Herbert 6-4, 6-4

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China Open, Beijing, China

First-round results:

(5) Grigor Dimitrov defeats Fernando Verdasco 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
(4) Marin Cilic defeats Yan Bai 6-3, 6-4
Vasek Pospisil defeats Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-3
Viktor Troicki defeats Mikhail Youzhny 63 64
Joao Sousa defeats Teymuraz Gabashvili 16 76(4) 64

Live streaming for the 2014 ATP World Tour China Open and Japan Open

September 29, 2014

Live Streaming for the 2014 ATP World Tour events in Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan can be found at the links below.

Tennis TV (best quality)

Live Score Hunter

From Sport

Murray wins first title since Wimbledon in Shenzhen; Nishikori overcomes Benneteau for Kuala Lumpur title

September 28, 2014

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

No. 1 seed Kei Nishikori overcame a 5-3 deficit in first set action in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to take the title over Frenchman Julien Benneteau. Winning the encounter 7-6(4), 6-4, Nishikori struck two aces, won 80 percent of his first serve points and broke Benneteau on two occasions. Nishikori, a recent US Open finalist, currently stands in sixth place for the race to London. Benneteau, who has never won an ATP World Tour title, fell to 0-10 in championship matches.

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Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China

No. 2 seed Andy Murray captured his first title since Wimbledon in 2013 when he withstood five match points to oust Tommy Robredo 5-7, 7-6(9), 6-1 at the Shenzhen Open in China on Sunday. Hammering 10 aces past his Spanish opponent, Murray needed all of his resources to claim the 29th title of his career. With the win, Murray moved up to 10th position in the race to London. For Robredo, the loss dropped him to 12-9 in final matches.

Bouchard comes up short in Wuhan final to Kvitova

September 27, 2014

Montreal, September 27, 2014 – For the third time in as many meetings, Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC) was defeated in straight sets by world no. 3 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic on Saturday in the final of the Wuhan Open, a WTA Premier 5 event in China.

Playing in her third final of the season and her second against Kvitova, Bouchard was defeated 6-3, 6-4. Despite maintaining a high first serve percentage of 75 percent, the 20-Canadian was broken in her opening service game of both sets and the Czech lefty never relinquished her quick leads on the strength of her trademark big hitting and timely serving.

Bouchard is now 1-2 in WTA finals. She won her maiden title this spring on the clay at Nurnberg and lost to Kvitova in the championship match at Wimbledon this summer. She has lost all six sets she has played against the two-time Grand Slam champion.

Thanks to her Wuhan title, the 14th of her career, Kvitova has qualified for the WTA Finals in Singapore. Bouchard will have to wait to confirm her spot in the season finale, but her Wuhan runner up finish has put her in good position within the top eight. Both players will now head to Beijing for the China Open, a WTA Premier Mandatory event. Bouchard is seeded eighth in the draw and gets an opening round bye. She will face the winner of Sabine Lisicki and Chinese wildcard Shilin Xu in the second round.

Nishikori reaches Kuala Lumpur final; Murray overcomes Monaco to make Shenzhen final

September 27, 2014

Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Semifinal results:

(4) Julien Benneteau defeats (2) Ernests Gulbis 6-4, 6-4
(1) Kei Nishikori defeats Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

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Shenzhen Open, Shenzhen, China

Semifinal results:

(2) Andy Murray defeats Juan Monaco 2-6, 6-3, 6-0
(4) Tommy Robredo defeats (6) Santiago Giraldo 6-1, 6-4

ATP World Tour singles draws for the China Open and Japan Open

September 27, 2014

The 2014 ATP World Tour singles draws for the China Open and Japan Open can be found at the links below.

Link: China Open draw.

Link: Japan Open draw.

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