China Open 2014 Day 5
China Open Men's Singles Second Round Thursday Oct 3
4-Marin Cilic beat Joao Sousa 6-3 6-3
6-Andy Murray beat Pablo Cuevas 6-2 6-2
2-Rafa Nadal beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-3 6-4
5-Grigor Dimitrov beat Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-4
3-Tomas Berdych beat Viktor Troicki 6-3 6-4
Martin Klizan beat 7-Ernests Gulbis 6-2 3-0 ret.
China Open Women's Singles Third Round Thursday Oct 3
1-Serena Williams beat 13-Lucie Safarova 6-1 1-6 6-2
Samantha Stosur beat Alize Cornet 6-4 6-2
9-Ana Ivanovic beat Sabine Lisicki 6-3 7-5
2-Simona Halep beat 15-Andrea Petkovic 7-6(4) 5-7 7-6(1)
Svetlana Kuznetsova beat 7-Angelique Kerber 2-6 6-4 6-3
Roberta Vinci beat 12-Ekaterina Makarova 6-1 0-6 7-5
3-Petra Kvitova beat 16-Venus Williams walkover
Nadal, Cilic, Murray, Berdych Advance; Dimitrov Sets QF Clash with Djokovic
atpworldtour.com: October 2, 2014 Beijing, China – Second seed and 2005 champion Rafael Nadal will meet Martin Klizan for the third time on Friday in the China Open quarter-finals.
Nadal, who is contesting his first tournament in 13 weeks, won 85 per cent of his first service points to knock out qualifier Peter Gojowczyk 6-3, 6-4 in one hour and 45 minutes. Klizan was leading 6-2, 3-0 when Ernests Gulbis retired due to a right shoulder injury after 55 minutes of play.
Sixth seed and wild card Andy Murray advanced to the Beijing quarter-finals after a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas in 80 minutes. The Scot broke his opponent five times in 10 opportunities and improved to 2-0 in FedEx ATP Head2Head meetings with Cuevas.
Murray is bidding for a seventh consecutive appearance in the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, held at The O2 arena in London from 9-16 November. He is currently in tenth position in the Emirates ATP Race To London, boosted by winning the Shenzhen Open final on Sunday after saving five match points against Tommy Robredo. Only five of the eight spots in the season finale remain up for grabs.
In Beijing, Murray will face fourth seed Marin Cilic for a semi-final berth. Cilic, the reigning US Open champion, dispatched Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-3, 6-3, saving both break points he faced during the 71-minute encounter.
Czech Tomas Berdych moved up to No. 7 in the Emirates ATP Race To London after he recorded his fifth straight win in six meetings against wild card Viktor Troicki.
Berdych advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-4 win in 88 minutes. He will now face John Isner, the eighth seed, for the third time this season. Berdych won their Miami Open, presented by Itau and Roland Garros clashes in straight sets.
Top seed Novak Djokovic, who has a 21-0 match record at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament, will play Grigor Dimitrov in the last eight after Dimitrov saved six of nine break points Thursday in a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Pablo Andujar.
Dimitrov said, "Novak has always played well here. At the same time I like my chances. I've been practising well. I had a good block before the last bit of the season. In a way I'm excited to just come out there and play that match. Of course... I'm going to give my all."
The China Open continues to play catch-up after only two singles matches were completed on Wednesday, due to heavy rain.
Serena Battles Past Safarova; Halep Wins but Withdraws; Kerber, Makarova Exit
wtatennis.com: October 2, 2014 Beijing, China - hina - Serena Williams battled back from a second set blowout to defeat Lucie Safarova and wrap up the quarterfinal line-up at the Premier Mandatory-level China Open in Beijing.
After breezing through the opening set in 26 minutes, 6-1, Williams watched as Safarova began painting the lines with her big lefty serve and even bigger forehand - the No.13-seeded Czech won five games in a row from 1-all to tuck away the second set, 6-1, and push the match to a decider.
She even had a break point in the first game of that decider - but the No.1-seeded Williams swatted it away with an ace, one of her 11 in the match, and she ended up cruising to a 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 win.
The No.2 and No.3 seeds also advanced to the quarters, but in completely opposite ways. Simona Halep, the No.2 seed, needed two hours and 35 minutes to get past No.15 seed Andrea Petkovic, 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(1), while No.3 seed Kvitova didn't even have to take the court, getting a walkover from No.16 seed Venus Williams when the American had to withdraw because of a viral illness.
Halep in turn withdrew due to a left hip injury she aggravated in the opening set, giving No.9 seed Ana Ivanovic a walkover into the semifinal round. Ivanovic overcame a late wobble to defeat Sabine Lisicki.
Having prevailed in a titanic final game to take the first set, Ivanovic was then forced to weather a late onslaught for Lisicki before completing a 6-3, 7-5 win. The only all-unseeded match-up saw Sam Stosur beat Alizé Cornet in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2.
The biggest news of the day, though, was a by-product of a pair of upsets - with Svetlana Kuznetsova taking out No.7 seed Angelique Kerber, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, and Roberta Vinci defeating No.12 seed Ekaterina Makarova, 6-1, 0-6, 7-5, the field for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global was set, with Eugenie Bouchard, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic snapping up the last four spots in the elite eight field at the WTA's crown jewel event.