Williams, Pennetta in Acapulco Final

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Venus Williams and Flavia Pennetta beats respective their semifinal opponents to set up a title clash between the Top 2 seeds on the red clay.

Top-seeded Venus Williams followed Pennetta into the final with a 60 63 drubbing of Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, the only unseeded player in the final four. Flavia Pennetta win over Iveta Benesova 63 63.

It will be Pennetta’s sixth straight final in Acapulco, having won the title in 2005 and last year and finished runner-up three times, in 2004, 2006 and 2007.

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Abierto Mexicano TELCEL Feb 26 Result / Feb 27 Order of Play

abierto-mexicano-telcel-presentado-por-hsbcAcapulco, México
February 23-28, 2009
$220,000 (International)
Red Clay / Outdoors


Results – Thursday, February 26, 2009

Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Venus Williams (USA) d. (LL) Agnes Szavay (HUN) 62 57 61
(2) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Petra Cetkovska (CZE) 26 63 60
(4) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Mathilde Johansson (FRA) 61 63
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. Maret Ani (EST) 46 75 61

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Borwell/Nagle (GBR/USA) 64 64
(3) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Craybas/Gallovits (USA/ROU) 61 62
(4) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Savchuk/Senoglu (UKR/TUR) 64 61
Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) d. (WC) Clarke/Muñoz Gallegos (MEX/MEX) 63 63

Order of Play – Friday, February 27, 2009

Center Court (from 15.00hrs)
Benesova vs. Pennetta
ATP: Vassallo Arguello vs. Almagro (NB 17.00hrs)
V.Williams vs. Zahlavova Strycova
ATP: Acasuso vs. [Mayer or Monfils] (NB 21.00hrs)

Cancha 2 (from 17.00hrs)
ATP: [Cermak/Mertinak or Chela/Cuevas] vs. Parrott/Polasek
Dulko/Pennetta vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja
Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez vs. Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (after suitable rest)

Cancha 3 (from 17.00hrs)
ATP: Hanley/Kerr vs. Kubot/Marach

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Dellacqua surgery keep her off courts

Australian Casey Dellacqua world No. 88, will be off the courts until the middle of 2009, due to shoulder surgery this week.  Dellacqua experiencing chronic soreness since Wimbledon last summer, and its persistence in Dubai last week prompted the surgery.

The Sony Ericsson WTA 2008 Tour performance put her to become No.1 in Australia.

Dellacqua will miss out on the Optus Australian Fed Cup team’s effort against Switzerland in April, as well as Roland Garros. Her 2009 Wimbledon campaign may be halted as well, as she is not expected to return to the courts until the middle of the year.


Abierto Mexicano TELCEL Feb 25 Result / Feb 26 Order of Play

abierto-mexicano-telcel-presentado-por-hsbcAcapulco, México
February 23-28, 2009
$220,000 (International)
Red Clay / Outdoors


Results – Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Singles – Second Round
(1) Venus Williams (USA) d. (Q) Greta Arn (HUN) 63 67(3) 64
(2) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 61 63
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. (3) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 64 75
(4) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 46 64 76(3)
Maret Ani (EST) d. (5) Gisela Dulko (ARG) 76(6) 63
Petra Cetkovska (CZE) d. (8) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) 36 64 61
(LL) Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 76(1) 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) d. Olaru/Piedade (ROU/POR) w/o (Olaru: viral illness)
(4) Dulko/Pennetta (ARG/ITA) d. Loit/Salerni (FRA/ARG) 63 63
Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja (ESP/ESP) d. Ani/Koryttseva (EST/UKR) w/o (Ani: GI illness)

Order of Play – Thursday, February 26, 2009

Center Court (from 13.00hrs)
ATP: Koellerer vs. Vassallo Arguello
ATP: Almagro vs. Gimeno-Traver
ATP: Acasuso vs. Robredo
V.Williams vs. Szavay
ATP: Mayer vs. Monfils (NB 21.00hrs)

Cancha 2 (from 15.00hrs)
Johansson vs. Benesova
Cetkovska vs. Parmentier
ATP: Echagaray/González vs. Hanley/Kerr
Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja vs. Clarke/Muñoz Gallegos

Cancha 3 (from 15.00hrs)
Zahlavova Strycova vs. Ani
Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez vs. Borwell/Nagle
ATP: Parrott/Polasek vs. Arnold Ker/Lapentti
Savchuk/Senoglu vs. Dulko/Pennetta

Cancha 4 (NB 15.30hrs)
ATP: Starace/Vassallo Arguello vs. Kubot/Marach (after suitable rest)
Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Craybas/Gallovits
ATP: Cermak/Mertinak vs. Chela/Cuevas

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Abierto Mexicano TELCEL Feb 24 Result / Feb 25 Schedule

abierto-mexicano-telcel-presentado-por-hsbcAcapulco, México
February 23-28, 2009
$220,000 (International)
Red Clay / Outdoors


Results – Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Singles – Second Round
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) d. (7) Tathiana Garbin (ITA) w/o (abdominal strain)

Singles – First Round

(1) Venus Williams (USA) d. Nuria Llagostera Vives (ESP) 64 46 62
(2) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Mariya Koryttseva (UKR) 63 61
(3) Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (Q) Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) 75 63
(5) Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (Q) Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) 63 62
(8) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. (Q) Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 62 63
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) d. Andreja Klepac (SLO) 26 61 64
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) d. Rossana de los Ríos (PAR) 64 61
Maret Ani (EST) d. Patricia Mayr (AUT) 46 76(1) 64
(Q) Greta Arn (HUN) d. Edina Gallovits (ROU) 62 63
(LL) Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. (WC) Anna Orlik (BLR) 75 75

Doubles – First Round

(WC) Clarke/Muñoz Gallegos (MEX/MEX) d. (2) Szavay/Uhlirova (HUN/CZE) 06 64 107 (Match TB)
(3) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Jozami/Müller (ARG/GER) 26 75 104 (Match TB)
Craybas/Gallovits (USA/ROU) d. Cetkovska/Safarova (CZE/CZE) 75 26 103 (Match TB)
Savchuk/Senoglu (UKR/TUR) d. Fusano/Grandin (USA/RSA) 75 64
Borwell/Nagle (GBR/USA) d. Klepac/Szatmari (SLO/ROU) 16 63 107 (Match TB)

Order of Play – Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Center Court (from 15.00hrs)

ATP: Almagro vs. Starace
ATP: Bellucci vs. Monfils
Parmentier vs. Pennetta
V.Williams vs. Arn (NB 21.00hrs)

Cancha 2 (from 15.00hrs)
Suárez Navarro vs. Zahlavova Strycova
ATP: Moyá vs. Mayer
ATP: Kim vs. Robredo
ATP: Acasuso vs. Chela

Cancha 3 (from 15.00hrs)
ATP: Vassallo Arguello vs. Granollers
Ani vs. Dulko
ATP: Norman/Wassen vs. Echagaray/González
Szavay vs. Vinci
Loit/Salerni vs. Dulko/Pennetta

Cancha 4 (from 15.00hrs)
Zakopalova vs. Benesova
Martínez Sánchez vs. Cetkovska
ATP: Koellerer vs. Martín
Ani/Koryttseva vs. Domínguez Lino/Parra Santonja

Cancha 1 (from 15.00hrs)
ATP: Elizondo/Ramírez vs. Kubot/Marach
ATP: Gimeno-Traver vs. Montañés
ATP: Parrott/Polasek vs. Granollers/Ventura
ATP: Cermak/Mertinak vs. Almagro/Ramírez Hidalgo (after suitable rest)

Court/Time TBA
Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez vs. Olaru/Piedade

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Agassi, Graf, Clijsters, Henman will play under Roof at Wimbledon

The All England Club announced today that Andre Agassi, Stefanie Graf, Kim Clijsters and Tim Henman to play the first tennis match under Wimbledon’s new Centre Court roof as part of A Centre Court Celebration set for Sunday, May 17, 2009.

The exhibition event, which will feature a men’s singles, ladies singles and a mixed doubles match, is designed to test the new roof  and air management system with live tennis in front of a capacity crowd of 15,000.

The program will feature a men’s singles, a ladies’ singles and a mixed doubles match all played to the pro set format – the first to 8 games, with a tie-break at 8-8.

Gates will open at noon on Sunday, May 17 with play scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m

Tickets priced at £35.00 each will go on general sale via Ticketmaster and 0844 847 2481 at 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, March 12.

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL Feb 23 Result / Feb 24 Schedule

abierto-mexicano-telcel-presentado-por-hsbcAcapulco, México
February 23-28, 2009
$220,000 (International)
Red Clay / Outdoors


Results – Monday, February 23, 2009

Singles – First Round
(4) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. Olga Savchuk (UKR) 62 60
Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. (6) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 64 64
(7) Tathiana Garbin (ITA) d. Jill Craybas (USA) 76(4) 46 63
Petra Cekovska (CZE) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 62 62
Pauline Parmentier (FRA) d. (WC) Melissa Torres Sandoval (MEX) 62 63
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. (WC) Emilie Loit (FRA) 46 64 75

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(8) Greta Arn (HUN) d. (1) Agnes Szavay (HUN) 16 75 62
(2) Ioana Raluca Olaru (ROU) d. Alina Jidkova (RUS) 61 64
(5) Viktoriya Kutuzova (UKR) d. (4) Alexa Glatch (USA) 64 36 76(5)
Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) d. (6) Arantxa Rus (NED) 63 75

Order of Play – Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Center Court (from 11.00hrs)

de los Ríos vs. Johansson
Koryttseva vs. Pennetta
ATP: Almagro vs. González (NB 15.00hrs)
ATP: Patience vs. Monfils
ATP: Nalbandian vs. Koellerer
V.Williams vs. Llagostera Vives (NB 21.00hrs)

Cancha 2 (from 11.00hrs)

Szavay vs. Orlik
ATP: Daniel vs. Martín (NB 12.30hrs)
Suárez Navarro vs. Kutuzova
ATP: Moyá vs. Andujar
Olaru vs. Dulko
ATP: Ramírez Hidalgo vs. Robredo

Cancha 3 (from 11.00hrs)
Zahlavova Strycova vs. Klepac
ATP: Fognini vs. Granollers (NB 12.30hrs)
Martínez Sánchez vs. Parra Santonja
Clarke/Muñoz Gallegos vs. Szavay/Uhlirova
ATP: Acasuso vs. Dabul
ATP: Mónaco vs. Kim

Cancha 4 (from 11.00hrs)
Ani vs. Mayr
Arn vs. Gallovits (NB 15.00hrs)
ATP: Cerretani/Navarro vs. Arnold Ker/Lapentti
Craybas/Gallovits vs. Cetkovska/Safarova
ATP: Hernández/Montañés vs. Chela/Cuevas

Cancha 1 (from 15.00hrs)
Fusano/Grandin vs. Savchuk/Senoglu
Borwell/Nagle vs. Klepac/Szatmari
Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Jozami/Müller
ATP: Bellucci/Junqueira vs. Starace/Vassallo Arguello

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