China Open 2014 Quarter-finals
China Open Men’s Singles Quarterfinals Friday Oct 3
1-Novak Djokovic beat 5-Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4
Martin Klizan beat 2-Rafael Nadal 6-7(7) 6-4 6-3
3-Tomas Berdych beat 8-John Isner 6-1, 6-4
6-Andy Murray beat 4-Marin Cilic 6-1 6-4
China Open Women’s Singles Quarterfinals Friday Oct 3
4-Maria Sharapova beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0 6-4
Samantha Stosur beat 1-Serena Williams walkover
3-Petra Kvitova beat Roberta Vinci 7-6(2) 6-4
9-Ana Ivanovic beat 2-Simona Halep walkover
Klizan Upsets Nadal; Djokovic Sets Semis Clash with Murray; Berdych Tops Isner
atpworldtour.com: October 3, 2014 Beijing, China – It has been a week of improbable comebacks for Martin Klizan, who stunned World No. 2 Rafael Nadal 6-7(7), 6-4, 6-3 on Friday evening in the China Open quarter-finals.
Six days ago, even competing in the main draw of this ATP World Tour 500 hard-court tournament seemed a distant dream for Klizan as he trailed World No. 927 Xin Gao 6-4, 5-1 in the first round of the qualifying event. To finish off Nadal, the 25-year-old Klizan won 16 of the last 18 points, having trailed by a service break in both the second and third sets.
It was a match full of twists and turns that ultimately saw Nadal lose to a qualifier for the first time in 10 years. The Mallorcan was 77-1 against qualifiers coming into the contest, with his only defeat recorded against Julien Benneteau in Lyon in 2004. Nadal was playing his first tournament in nearly 13 weeks, having been sidelined all summer with a right wrist injury.
Klizan goes on to face Tomas Berdych, who kept pace with his rivals in the Emirates ATP Race To London with an emphatic 6-1, 6-4 victory over his doubles partner John Isner. The 29-year-old Berdych is a former champion in Beijing and will look to add to his 2011 triumph to boost his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The Czech currently lies in seventh spot in the year-to-date standings and is looking to play at the season finale for the fifth year in a row.
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic held off a late fightback from Grigor Dimitrov as he improved to a 22-0 mark at the China Open with a 6-2, 6-4 victory in the Beijing quarter-finals Friday.
Dimitrov saved two match points down 2-5 in the second set before breaking Djokovic as the Serb served for the match at 5-3. But the comeback was quickly stifled with Dimitrov double faulting at 15/40 in the 10th game. The match lasted 90 minutes.
Murray claimed his seventh win in a row as he dispatched US Open champion Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-4 in one hour and 38 minutes. The Scot won 71 per cent of his first serve points and saved all five break points he faced, capitalizing on four of his 11 opportunities on Cilic’s serve. It was Murray’s 10th win in 12 meetings with Cilic.
Murray joined Tokyo quarter-final winner Milos Raonic in leap-frogging David Ferrer in the Emirates ATP Race To London and is now up to ninth spot. The top eight at the end of the regular season will qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. Murray moved up one spot to 10th last week as he ended a 15-month title drought at the inaugural Shenzhen Open, saving five match points against Tommy Robredo in the final.
Sharapova vs Ivanovic in Semis; Serena Out Due to Knee Injury; Kvitova Denies Vinci
wtatennis.com: October 3, 2014 Beijing, China - Maria Sharapova closed out Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets to set up a mouthwatering semifinal clash against fellow former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic at the China Open.
The two were playing for the second time in as many weeks, with Sharapova coming back from a set down to win in three sets in Wuhan last week, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. And it looked like she was carrying the momentum from those last two sets into this encounter as she stormed out to a 6-0, 1-0 lead.
Kuznetsova found her range from there, winning four of the next six games to go up 4-3, which represented a break, and she even had two points for a 5-3 lead. But the No.4-seeded Sharapova kicked back into high gear, winning 11 of the next 14 points to seal it in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4.
Sharapova will now play No.9 seed Ana Ivanovic, who received a quarterfinal walkover from No.2 seed Simona Halep after the WTA Rising Star had to withdraw from the tournament due to a hip injury. Sharapova leads Ivanovic in their head-to-head series, 8-4, but Ivanovic has won their last two meetings, both this year, in the third round of Rome and in the semifinals of Cincinnati.
Serena Williams was forced to withdraw from the China Open ahead of her quarterfinal match on Friday due to a left knee injury, sending Samantha Stosur into the semifinals. Williams is the defending champion at the Premier Mandatory-level event and could have clinched the year-end No.1 ranking by winning the title again this week. That race will wait another day now.
Williams met the press and talked to them about the injury. "I started to feel pain this week," she commented. "It didn't feel really well last night at all. I almost didn't go on the court - I did at the last minute. I think it made it a little worse, to be honest.
"It throbs just sitting, standing. I felt it mostly serving because I'm landing on my left knee. That was really killer for me. Moving was okay - I didn't do a tremendous amount of moving last night. I just tried to move as little as possible. So yeah, I felt it mostly when I was serving during the match. I haven't had time to get an MRI scan yet, but I'll do that and see what the problem is."
But in the meantime, Stosur, who hasn't lost a set all week during quality wins over Francesca Schiavone, Caroline Wozniacki and Alizé Cornet, moves through to her third and biggest WTA semifinal of the year, having reached the final four at the International-level event in Hobart (falling to Klara Koukalova) and the regular Premier-level event in New Haven (falling to Petra Kvitova).
World No.3 Petra Kvitova kept her perfect run in Asia going on Friday, beating Roberta Vinci in a tight two-setter 7-6(2) 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the $5,427,105 China Open in Beijing.
Having gone as high as No.11 in the world last summer and finishing the year at No.14, Vinci came into Beijing on the heels of a somewhat disappointing 2014 season, going 17-25 and falling to No.44. But the Italian was coming alive this week, stunning No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and No.12 seed Ekaterina Makarova - the win over Radwanska her first Top 10 win of the year - and it appeared she was going to keep that string of upsets going as she jumped out to a 5-1 lead against Kvitova.
Point by point and game by game the No.3-seeded Kvitova built her comeback, though, coming within two points of dropping the opening set several times, and in the tie-break she took it to another gear, reeling off six points in a row to lead 6-1 and eventually blasting a big ace to close it out, 7-2.
There was more danger in the second set as Vinci went up 2-0, and after falling behind 4-2 catching up to 4-all, but Kvitova was a closer, firing back-to-back aces at 5-4, 15-40 to dig herself out of double break point, then extending that streak to four points in a row to dust off a 7-6(2), 6-4 triumph.