Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 8th 2015 Contents WASHINGTON---Exactly 11
months after meeting in the US
Open final, Marin Cilic and Kei
Nishikori will face each other
again on a hard court.
This time, it ll be in the semi-
finals of the Citi Open, a tuneup
event for the year s last Grand Slam
Reigning US Open champion
Cilic moved into the final four in
Washington for the first time since
2010 by beating 18-year-old
Alexander Zverev of Germany 7-
5, 7-6 (3) yesterday.
Earlier, the second-seeded
Nishikori withstood 15 aces and
managed to break Sam Groth s big
serve twice for a 6-4, 6-4
On September 8, 2014, Cilic beat
Nishikori in straight sets at Flushing
Meadows, the only time either man
participated in a Grand Slam title
match. They have not played each
"For me, it s great motivation to
play Marin," Nishikori said.
"I m sure that I am a better play-
er than last year," added Nishikori,
the only Japanese man to partic-
ipate in a major final. "I think I
have more patience and (am) a
more solid baseline player and I try
to be a little more aggressive than
With both the third-seeded Cilic
and Nishikori in Washington, this
is the first time the Citi Open field
included both men s finalists from
the previous year s US Open.
The men s quarterfinals on the
other half of the draw were sched-
uled for Friday night: No 8 John
Isner of the United States vs Ricar-
das Berankis of Lithuania, and No
15 Jack Sock vs. Steve Johnson in
an all-American matchup.
Against Groth, Nishikori saved
all four break points he faced en
route to reaching a tournament s
semifinals for the sixth time this
season---and first in five appear-
ances at the hard-court event in
He also managed to successfully
deal with Groth s serves just often
"Some of them I couldn t really
see," Nishikori said. "When it was
145 or 147 (mph), even if I guessed,
it was too fast, so it wasn t easy to
Nishikori improved to 41-9 in
2015. Only Novak Djokovic and
Andy Murray have won more ATP
matches this year, with 48 apiece.
In the women s quarterfinals,
2011 US Open champion Sam Sto-
sur had a short workday, advancing
when Monica Niculescu stopped
playing because of a left abdominal
strain while trailing 4-0.
"It seemed like straightaway,
something wasn t right with her,"
said Stosur, adding that while she
never wants to take advantage of
an opponent s injury, she was "not
going to complain" about needing
to spend less than a half-hour on
Stosur will face Sloane Stephens
for a berth in the women s final.
Stephens picked up a 6-4, 6-4 vic-
tory over 19-year-old wild-card
entry Louisa Chirico. (AP)
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ended top-seeded Dominic Thiem s
10-match winning streak yesterday,
setting up a final against Paul-Henri
Mathieu of France at the Generali
The sixth-seeded German defeated
Thiem 6-0, 7-6 (6) in the semifinal of
the season s last clay-court event. The
21st-ranked Austrian was coming off
back-to-back tournament wins in
Umag and Gstaad.
Earlier, qualifier Mathieu defeated
Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-4, 6-3 to
reach his first ATP final in six years.
Kohlschreiber, who is 3-1 against
Mathieu, also reached the final here in
2012 when he lost to Robin Haase of
the Netherlands. Kohlschreiber is aim-
ing for his sixth career title, Mathieu
for his fifth.
Kohlschreiber avoided break points
in the entire match against Thiem. He
missed four chances on the Austrian s
serve in the second set and saved a set
point in the tiebreaker before converting
his first match point.
"I had a fantastic start, I succeeded
with everything I tried," Kohlschreiber
said. "In the second set I made some
unforced errors. That helped him back
into the match."
Mathieu played his last of eight finals
in Hamburg in 2009, two years after
winning his last title in Gstaad. He is
the first qualifier in the Open Era to
reach the final of the clay-court event
"I ve been working very hard to come
back after my injury," said the formerly
12th-ranked Mathieu, who missed the
entire 2011 season because of left knee
Almagro dropped his serve for a sec-
ond time at 5-4 in the opening set fol-
lowing a dispute with a ballboy, who
he judged too slow. He then lost the
first four games of the second set.
Mathieu converted his first point with
his sixth ace. (AP)
Qualifier Mathieu beats Almagro
to reach final in Kitzbuehel
Cilic, Nishikori set up US Open
final rematch in Washington
Marin Cilic, of Croatia, returns the ball to Alexander Zverev, of Germany,
during their quarterfinal match at the Citi Open tennis tournament,
yesterday, in Washington. Cilic won 7-5, 7-6 (3). AP PHOTO
LAUSANNE---The World Anti-Doping
Agency invited athletes yesterday to
come forward if they feel their privacy
was breached by leaked results of sus-
picious blood tests.
WADA said its independent com-
mission will "urgently" investigate the
allegations of widespread doping in ath-
letics aired by German broadcaster ARD.
"WADA is committed to protecting
the confidentiality of athletes," WADA
president Craig Reedie said in a state-
ment. "I ask that any athlete, or anti-
doping organisation, concerned that
their rights are being eroded or inap-
propriately challenged, refer those con-
cerns to the commission."
The inquiry, led by IOC member and
former WADA head Dick Pound, began
after ARD alleged systematic doping in
Russian athletics last December.
A follow-up program broadcast last
Sunday alleged that IAAF files showed
800 suspicious results in blood samples
from 5,000 athletes in the years from
2001-12. ARD and British newspaper
The Sunday Times suggested the IAAF
did not act on the evidence.
"WADA deplores the manner in
which this data was obtained, leaked
to the media and analyzed," Reedie said.
"To suggest or imply doping with
respect to any athlete whose data is
contained within the database is, at the
very least, irresponsible and potentially
Reedie pledged on Monday that the
allegations would be referred to Pound s
team, which is due to report this year.
WADA urges athletes to report
privacy breaches to inquiry
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