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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Thursday, July 31, 2014
STANFORD---Sabine Lisicki hit
the fastest record serve on the
WTA tour but it wasn t enough
against Ana Ivanovic in the first
round of the Bank of the West
Classic, while defending cham-
pion Dominika Cibulkova also
lost on Tuesday.
The fifth-seeded Ivanovic won
7-6 (2), 6-1, partially avenging her
loss to the German in the previous
meeting at Wimbledon.
Experienced duo Venus Williams
and Daniela Hantuchova also won.
Cibulkova was beaten 6-2, 4-6,
6-2 by Garbine Muguruza of
Lisicki blasted a serve of 131 mph
(211 kph) at 5-5. It wasn t an ace
because Ivanovic got her racket on
the ball but couldn t return it. The
serve eclipsed Venus Williams
record of 129 mph (208 kph) in
Ivanovic took full advantage of
Lisicki s weak second serve, win-
ning 16 of 23 points, and though
she had ten break points against
her, the Serb saved eight of them,
while Lisicki was broken four times
from just five opportunities.
"Sometimes just a few points
make a difference and it helps to
be positive in a tight situation,"
Ivanovic said. "I did that today in
Ivanovic is playing her first tour-
nament since hiring Dejan Petrovic
as coach, replacing Nemanja Kon-
"It was a lot of things on and
off the court," Ivanovic said of her
split with Kontic following the loss
to Lisicki at Wimbledon. "He
helped me a lot, and sometimes
these decisions are very hard."
The Serbian next faces Canadian
qualifier Carol Zhao, who was
leading Yanina Wickmayer, 6-2,
1-0, when the Belgian retired
because of a viral infection.
Muguruza played pressure-free
tennis to down sixth-seeded
Cibulkova, with the tall Spaniard
using her strong serve to good
"When I play someone higher
in the rankings I don t feel pres-
sure," the 28th-ranked Muguruza
said. "This is a really fast court
and that s good for my game."
Williams beat Polish qualifier
Paula Kania 6-3, 6-2, and next
plays fourth-seeded Victoria
Azarenka, whom she has beaten
in three previous meetings.
Hantuchova downed Argentina s
Paula Ormaechea 6-3, 6-4 and
will face Muguruza in the next
Wrist injury keeps Nadal out
Rafael Nadal is withdrawing from hard-court tourna-
ments in Toronto and Cincinnati because of a right
wrist injury, putting his status in doubt for a title de-
fense at the US Open.
Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed
His manager announced the withdrawals yesterday.
The Toronto tournament begins Monday; the Cincin-
nati tournament starts August 11. Those two events
would have represented Nadal's hard-court prepara-
tion for the US Open, which begins August 25.
The Spaniard, currently No 2 in the ATP rankings,
won his second championship at Flushing Meadows in
2013. That is part of his collection of 14 Grand Slam ti-
tles, tied with Pete Sampras for second in the history
of men's tennis, trailing only Roger Federer's record of
Baghdatis gets US Open spot
Tommy Haas has withdrawn from the US Open be-
cause of surgery on his right shoulder, opening up a
spot in the main draw for Marcos Baghdatis.
Haas, currently ranked 26th, is out for the season
after having a fourth operation on his shoulder.
The 105th-ranked Baghdatis was the runner-up at
the 2006 Australian Open and a semifinalist at Wim-
bledon that year.
His best US Open showing was last year, when he
made it to the third round.
Safarova loses in first round
Top-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic
and two-time defending champion Magadalena Ry-
barikova of Slovakia were bundled out of the Citi Open
in the first round on Tuesday.
Kristina Mladenovic of France, a semifinalist and
quarterfinalist on tour in the last two weeks, came
back for a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory against the Wimbledon
No 2-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia cruised
to a 6-1, 6-1 victory against Rybarikova, who had won
her last ten matches in the tournament.
On the men's side, 2004 champion Lleyton Hewitt
defeated fellow Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-4, 6-3
to advance to the third round. Also through were sev-
enth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa and
Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
Christina McHale upset fourth-seeded Sloane
Stephens 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in an all-American opening-
round match on a side court that drew a standing-
room-only crowd to go along with fans lined up
outside a perimeter fence.
Fastest serve not
enough for Lisicki
In this July 1, 2013 file photo, Sabine Lisicki of Germany serves to
Serena Williams of the United States in a Women's singles match at the
All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London.
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