The latest round up from the world of Tennis
The Aegon GB Fed Cup Team played in the group stages of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Europe/Africa Zone Group I competition last week that place at the Syma Event and Conference Centre in Budapest, Hungary. Captained by Judy Murray, the GB team was made up of Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Tara Moore and Jocelyn Rae but were without British Number One Laura Robson who was forced to withdrew from the tie due to an on-going wrist injury and was replaced by Rae. In the group matches, the GB team beat Latvia 2-1 but loss to Hungary and Romania 2-1.
British Fed Cup team with captain Judy Murray (source:www.lta.org.uk)
in the centreIn their playoff match, wins for Moore and Watson guaranteed a 2-0 win against Austria so event though their hopes of promotion were dashed in the group stage they did end the Fed Cup experience on a high.. Team GB did not advance to the World Group II Play-Offs that will be played on 19th-20th April.
Wins for Tara Moore and Heather Watson ensured Great Britain ended their Fed Cup campaign on a positive note with a 2-0 victory over Austria in Budapest.
ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament – Rotterdam
British number one Andy Murray lost in the quarter finals of ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament after Crotia’s Marin Cilic beat him 6-3, 6-4. Murray, who was second seed in the Rotterdam tournament defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-3 in the first round and Dominic Thiem 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the semi-finals.
Murray lost in the quarter finals of ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament (source:www.bbc.com)
Tomas Berdych won the event and his first ATP tournament title since October 2012, beating Cilic 6-4, 6-2 in the final yesterday.
British number three Heather Watson has won the $100,000 Midland Tournament in Michigan, American. Watson, 21 beat Ksenia Pervak from Russia 6-4, 6-0 in the second-tier event final. She has now had an unbeaten run of winning nine matches since the Australian Open, which includes four singles match victories in the Fed Cup.
Watson on her way to victory (source:www.lta.org.uk)
This latest victory in one of the biggest events on the ITF circuit should ensure that Watson rises about 40 places in the world rankings where she currently sits at 161. The player from Guernsey, who did not drop a single set in Michigan also picked up a second title when along with partner Anna Tatishvili, they defeated second seeds Sharon Fichman and Maria Sanchez 7-5, 5-7, 10-6 to win the Doubles event.
The Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships got underway on Monday (17th February) starting with women’s week which sees the worlds top female players in action. After the Women’s final this Sunday, play continues next week when Mens week kicks off on Monday.
World number one Serena Williams is competing in the event and hoping to win the title that has eluded her to date. Alongside Williams, six other top ten players from the Womens Draw are competing including Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic, Anqelique Kerber and Simona Halep.
Williams beat Ekaterina Makarova from Russia 7-6(8), 6-0 in the opening round of the Dubai event (source:http://www.dubaidutyfreetennischampionships.com)
In the Mens draw five of the worlds top players will be in action including Novak Djokovic, Juan Martin Del Potro, Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga