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Christina McHale upsets Kvitova to advance to the round of 16.

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Petra Kvitova is out of the WTA BNP Paribas Open after a three-set defeat to Christina McHale. Kvitova looked to be heading for a routine victory in her third-round match when she won the first set against 19-year-old McHale, but the American 32nd seed battled back to stun the third-seeded Czech 2-6 6-2 6-3. McHale said: “She started off serving really well. I couldn’t get a read on her serve in the first set, and I wasn’t moving very well, either. “And then I just hung in there early in the second, and then she played one service game where she gave me a couple of loose errors, and then I just kept hanging in there. Then I got more comfortable as the match went on.” McHale will face 18th seed Angelique Kerber in the last 16, the German going through after Vania King withdrew with an illness which is reportedly troubling others at the event.

There were no such worries for Victoria Azarenka, the top seed ousting 25th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 6-2 in exactly an hour. The world number one from Belarus said: “I knew she was going to be dangerous. “She’s a grand slam winner. I really had to step it up from my last match, and I’m glad I could perform much better than I did in that first match.” Klara Zakopalova advanced when her opponent, ninth seed Vera Zvonareva, withdrew due to a viral illness, while fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska overcame 27th seed Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-2.

Also in the women’s event, French Open champion Li Na beat fellow Chinese Zheng Jie 6-1 6-3, big-hitting German Julia Goerges saw off Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-3 6-4 and Jamie Hampton battled past Jarmila Gajdosova 6-2 6-7 (1/7) 6-2.


Serena Williams will play her first Fed Cup tie since 2007 on Saturday, but there will be no such return for her sister Venus.


The famous siblings are both in the USA’s squad to entertain Belarus in Worcester, Massachusetts. However, only Serena has been chosen for Saturday’s opening singles rubbers. Christina McHale has been picked ahead of Venus for the first rubber against new world number one Victoria Azarenka. Venus has not played since August when she revealed she was suffering from Sjogren’s Syndrome, an immune system disease, but she is due to return to action on Sunday as she has been named for the potentially-decisive doubles rubber in the World Group II tie. Venus is instead scheduled to partner Liezel Huber on Sunday, although changes can be made by captain Mary Joe Fernandez before then.

“Christina is very match-fit,” Fernandez told the official Fed Cup website. “She had a great Australian Open (reaching round three) and is very prepared and ready to go. Venus has had a great week of practice as well, but I think Christina has been playing a lot more.” Venus is just happy to be back after her long absence. “I really starting feeling a lot better in January. It was really tough with things being out of my control,” she explained. “It’s good to know I’ve turned the corner a lot.”

Serena, who has a perfect 7-0 record in Fed Cup play, will take on Olga Govortsova in the second rubber. She revealed her ankle injury, sustained prior to last month’s Australian Open, was “not 100 per cent healed” but she is ready to play.




Christina McHale defeats Bartoli, and Venus pulls out.

Venus Williams has pulled out of the US Open with an unspecified illness, the referee’s office announced. Williams was scheduled to play German Sabine Lisicki in the third match on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Wednesday, but pulled out while the second match between Andy Murray and Somdev Devvarman was going on.

She has been diagnosed with Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that causes fatigue and joint pain. According to the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation website, the disease is a chronic autoimmune illness in which people’s white blood cells attack their moisture-producing glands. Common symptoms include dry eyes and dry mouth. As many as 4 million Americans have the disease.

Christina McHale, 19, upset No. 8 Marion Bartoli 7-6 (2), 6-2 to advance to the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her soaring career, at her favorite tournament, the US Open. McHale is from nearby Englewood Cliffs, N.J. and trains year-round at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, the home of the US Open. The crowd was considerably in McHale’s favor in her first two matches, including a bunch of family members who still find it extremely exciting to see the 19-year-old on the big stage. They will become more and more used to it, however, as McHale has taken her game to another level this year and surged up the WTA rankings to a career-high No. 55, and hopes to keep her US Open run going. “It is still weird and exciting for them and for me,” McHale said of her family watching her play in the US Open. “It is still super exciting to be here. It is so nice, after a long day, I can go to my own bed, wake up and have breakfast at my house. I am enjoying it so far and hopefully I can keep it going.” McHale earned her first career Grand Slam main draw victory at the 2009 US Open, defeating Polona Hercog in the opening round, earning her a night match in Arthur Ashe Stadium against Maria Sharapova. But now has played in the main draw of all four Grand Slams in the same year for the first time in her career and this is surely just the first year of many. As she moved up the WTA rankings, she was able to enter more tournaments and credits the increased match experience, as well as increased strength, as reasons for the improvement in her game. “I feel like I am playing well, I have played a lot of matches, I am feeling match ready and excited to be in the next round,” she said. “I have more experience now. I think that is the biggest thing. The nerves are still there but I am getting better at handling it.”





Most ladies not upset by earthquake in New Haven.


Christina McHale, Wozniacki’s Cincinnati conqueror last week, continued her good form as she downed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 6-2.

Caroline Wozniacki eased into the third round of the New Haven Open as play continued after the earlier evacuation following the after shocks of the earthquake that has hit the east coast. Play was suspended for two hours during the match between Russia’s Elena Vesnina and Serbian former world number one Jelena Jankovic. During the break stands were checked for any structural damage but after getting the all-clear, the match resumed with Vesnina triumphing in three sets. Wozniacki was then on court as she looked for confidence-boosting results following recent early losses in Toronto and Cincinnati with the US Open, for which she is seeded first, just days away. The Dane took advantage of her break points against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog, winning four out of five, to cruise through 6-3 6-0.

Third seed Francesca Schiavone also enjoyed a straight-sets victory, beating Monica Niculescu 6-2 6-1. However, fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska went out, beaten by Petra Cetkovska. The Czech won 6-4 5-7 6-3.


Wozniacki loses to Christina McHale, and Serena withdraws.

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Top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki lost her opening match for the second consecutive week, falling to American Christina McHale 6-4, 7-5 Wednesday in the second round of the Western & Southern Open. Wozniacki also lost her opening match last week in Toronto. The Dane had not faced the 76th-ranked McHale, who broke Wozniacki in the 11th game of the second set with a delicate drop shot. She clinched the match when Wozniacki sailed a forehand long.

Serena Williams has withdrawn from the tournament in Cincinnati with a right toe injury. Williams, who won titles at Stanford and Toronto this summer, did manage to win her first-round match against Lucie Hradecka on Tuesday, but said that when she woke up on Wednesday morning her toe had swelled. Williams had surgery on right foot last fall. “It’s not a good time to take a big chance,” she told reporters. “I might have a better chance [at the U.S. Open] if I rest up and get healthy. Venus advised me to do what’s best for my body and that’s rest. I’ll take a few days off and then resume and keep going for everything.” Williams is currently ranked No. 31 and despite her withdrawal will still likely be seeded at the U.S. Open.


A rusty Sharapova squeaks thru, but Li Na and Kuznetsova are out.

In the last match of the night, No.16 seed Maria Sharapova made a winning return to the tour with a two-hour, 57-minute win under the lights against feisty Spaniard Anabel Medina Garrigues, missing out on two match points leading 75 65 but eventually finishing the match off in the third set, 75 67(3) 61. “I hadn’t played in a long time, and in the first set there were certain points where I was confused whether I should be more patient or go for it a little more,” Sharapova said. “As I started playing more, I started to get a better feel for her game and the way I was playing. I had chances to win in the second set but maybe played a little too risky; but I did a good job of stepping up in the third.” Sharapova was playing her first match in five weeks after struggles with a viral illness. “The last few weeks I was really eager to play. I had a long off-season, played a couple of tournaments, and Australia was my last one. It was unfortunate I couldn’t play the two or three tournaments starting in Paris. I got sick starting in Paris and had to fly home; but that’s just the way it goes.”

Li Na the No.7 seed, was the first of the seeds to go, falling to 0-3 since her famous Australian Open showing with a 46 63 63 loss to fellow Chinese Peng Shuai. After the two split sets, Chinese No.2 Peng completely pulled away in the third, racing to a 4-1 lead and closing out Chinese No.1 Li four games later.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded No.11, was the next to go, squandering a set point in the first set and five set points in the second set during a 76(4) 76(7) loss to young American wildcard Christina McHale. McHale’s win over the No.13-ranked Kuznetsova was her first completed win over a Top 50 player (her best previous completed victory was over a No.59-ranked Peng). “It’s definitely my biggest win. I’m so excited right now,” McHale beamed. “When I was down in the second set tie-break, I just tried to keep playing the way I was playing. When that last shot finally missed, I couldn’t believe it.”

Next up for McHale is No.18 seed Nadia Petrova, who battled past Sofia Arvidsson in a tight two-setter, 64 76(3). “Petrova is one of the top players. She plays really well,” McHale said. “I’m just taking it one match at a time.”


Mattek-Sands & McHale reach the semis in Quebec.

Third seed Lucie Safarova came back from 3-0 down in the final set against Melanie Oudin to move into the semi-finals of the WTA Tour Bell Challenge in Quebec.

Oudin, seeded fifth, raced into a 3-0 lead in the deciding set before her Czech opponent reeled off five straight games in a gruelling contest.

Oudin, of the United States, took the first set 6-4 before Safarova levelled with a dominant 6-2 second set.

Oudin appeared to be easing to victory but Safarova dug deep to triumph in two hours and 20 minutes.

There was little to choose between the two, Safarova, the world number 28, producing five aces as well as seven double faults.

Eighth seed Sofia Arvidsson crashed out as qualifier Tamira Paszek moved into the semi-finals in Canada.

The Austrian, who is ranked 103 places beneath her opponent at 151, was more consistent with her all-round game and capitalised on Arvidsson’s lack of success on her second serve.

Paszek wrapped up a 6-3 6-4 victory in one hour 36 minutes.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands had a straight-sets victory over Rebecca Marino although the world number 71 did not have it her own way as she claimed a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) victory.

Mattek-Sands was more clinical on her own serve and won a close-fought game in one hour 37 minutes.

Eighteen-year-old Christina McHale eased into the last four with a 6-3 6-1 win over Alexa Glatch.

McHale produced five aces and dominated throughout.


Oudin bows out, but McHale wins in the heat.

Fifteenth-seeded Nadia Petrova became the third seeded player to be eliminated from the $2 million Cincinnati Women’s Open when mid-90 degree heat forced her to retire from her match while trailing against Christina McHale on Tuesday.

McHale won the first set 7-6 (4) and was leading 5-3 in the second when the 21st-ranked Petrova retired because of heat illness. She became the second player to retire because of the heat. Olga Govortsova retired against 13th-seeded Shahar Peer on Monday.

In other matches, 16th-seeded Marion Bartoli beat Alona Bondarenko 7-6 (4), 6-1 to reach the third round. Twelfth-seeded Yanina Wickmayer advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Greta Arn, Sybille Bammer beat Sorana Cirstea 7-6 (5), 6-2, Elena Vesnina eliminated Melanie Oudin, 6-2, 6-3. and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova ousted Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-1.


Surprise! Surprise! Venus is not ready to play in this weekend’s Fed Cup tie. I’m devastated!

Venus Williams will not play for the U.S. in the Fed Cup semifinals against Russia this weekend, joining her sister Serena on the sidelines.

Williams said Wednesday she is still rehabilitating a troublesome knee injury and isn’t ready to return to competition.

“I waited until this moment in hopes that I would have an opportunity to play, but I am being advised by my medical support team that I will need more time to recover,” Williams said in a statement to

U.S. captain Mary Joe Fernandez said Williams told her of the decision Wednesday morning. Fernandez had been holding out a spot for the matches, hoping at least one of the sisters would recover from leg problems in time to compete.

Fernandez said that Venus is not quite ready. She wore wraps on both legs in the tournament final April 3 in Key Biscayne, Fla.

“She’s been trying to get better,” Fernandez said. “Obviously I knew it was going to be tough for her because she hurt herself at the end of the Miami tournament and couldn’t hit balls until the last week or so. I did everything I could do to give her as much time as possible to see if she got better. She’s not quite there.”

The team includes Melanie Oudin, Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Liezel Huber. Fernandez will choose between teenagers Christina McHale and Sloane Stephens to fill the final spot.

“They’re both ready,” Fernandez said. “They’re both equally capable and playing really well. They can both do it.”


Mary Joe has got to go!! Mary Joe has got to go!!

Christina McHale is an 18 year old American tennis player who has been selected to represent her country in her second Fed Cup tie this weekend. She’s probably excited and proud by the selection, and her family is most likely making plans to travel to Alabama to watch her play.

But hold on! The USA captain is trying to cajole one of the Williams sisters into playing instead of McHale! Even though both the sisters have said publicly that they are unavailable. Mary Joe, it’s time to s— or get off the pot! It’s time to go with the team that got the USA into the semi finals, It’s time to do the right thing. It’s time to build camraderie, team spirit, and to provide a chance for the future stars of US tennis to shine.

It is unfair to put Christina’s life on hold, unfair to make her suffer while the Captain dithers around like an old clucking hen. It’s time to dump Mary Joe Fernandez!

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