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Heather Watson advanced to the quarter-finals of the Bell Challenge in Quebec with a hard-fought win over Sweden’s Sofia Arvidsson on Wednesday.


Watson broke her opponent’s serve six times, but still needed four match points to end Arvidsson’s resistance and seal a 7-5 6-3 victory in a match lasting an hour and 35 minutes. The 19-year-old from Guernsey will play third seed Tamira Paszek in the last eight after the Austrian battled past Varvara Lepchenko in three sets. Paszek lost the opening set on a tie-break but hit back to win 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 7-6 (7/4).

Elsewhere on Wednesday, fourth seed Rebecca Marino got the better of fellow Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak 6-4 4-6 6-4, while Holland’s Michaella Krajicek beat France’s Julie Coin 7-5 4-6 6-1.


“I’m very happy winning the match. It’s probably my first win apart from juniors at Roland Garros,” said Marino.

Canada’s Rebecca Marino opened her French Open main draw with a 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday over Kateryna Bondarenko of Ukraine. The 62nd-ranked Vancouver native was making only her second appearance on any court at Roland Garros after losing a qualifying match a year ago. “I don’t think there was anything special I did today. I just felt I served really well and that always helps me. I played pretty confidently.” But Marino’s start in Paris was a solid effort, with the 20-year-old never in trouble against her No. 113-ranked opponent. The match was only Marino’s third at any Grand Slam after winning a round at last year’s U.S. Open and again in Australia in January. Marino reached the second round in just 57 minutes, striking four aces to the four double-faults of Bondarenko. The Canadian had 13 unforced errors and broke on four of her nine chances while saving the only break point she faced. She next faces Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who defeated Israeli Shahar Peer 7-6 (4), 6-1.



Milos Raonic has continued his rapid ascent up the ATP world rankings — making Canadian tennis history in the process.

The 20-year-old from Thornhill, who lost a hard-fought final against Andy Roddick on Sunday in Memphis, jumped 22 places to reach No. 37 — the highest Canadian men’s singles ranking ever. He finished 2010 at No. 156.

Vancouver’s Rebecca Marino, meanwhile, vaulted 20 places to No. 60 in the WTA rankings. The 20-year-old reached Saturday’s final in Memphis but, down a set to Magdalena Rybarikova, retired with an abdominal strain.

Raonic was beaten 7-6 (7), 6-7 (11), 6-4 by Roddick, who stayed at No. 8 in the world but pulled out of this week’s event in Boca Raton, Fla. Roddick, who has been battling the flu, said he woke up Monday and “felt like I got hit by a bus. My bed was soaking wet from sweat. It’s just unfortunate timing.” Raonic earned $122,000 U.S. in Memphis, a week after winning his first pro title in San Jose. His match record is 12-3.

Next, Raonic heads to Mexico, where he is a wild-card entry.


Rybarikova wins her second WTA title as Marino retires with an injury.

Magdalena Rybarikova won her second WTA title Saturday night, earning a 62 retirement victory over Rebecca Marino in the final of the Cellular South Cup. Rybarikova was the underdog against No.6 seed Marino, the Canadian wowing the crowds all week with her big serve and composure. But something was clearly wrong in the final, as Rybarikova took the first set in 27 minutes. “It first happened in the semifinals against Rodina,” Marino said of her left abdominal injury. “As I kept playing today it got worse and worse. I’m upset I had to retire in the finals but I didn’t want to make the injury worse. If this injury gets worse, it’s an injury that would take a long time to recover from.”

The polite Canadian was apologetic to the crowd during the trophy ceremony: “I love this tournament. I’m sorry I couldn’t give you guys a better match,” she said. “Magdalena played great the whole week though. She deserves to win.” “I’m very sorry for Rebecca,” Rybarikova commented. “I didn’t know she was injured, but I could tell when she was playing something wasn’t right. But still, congratulations to her on a great week. I saw her play a good match against Schiavone in Australia, very aggressive like Kvitova. She’ll be a great player.”


Fish will meet Raonic in one semi, while Rebecca Marino tries to win her first WTA title.

Andy Roddick booked his place in the semi-finals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships after coming from a set down to beat fellow former world number one Lleyton Hewitt in Memphis. The top seed saw off his Australian opponent 4-6 6-3 6-4 in two hours 13 minutes. The American served 21 aces, nine in the deciding set, and did not face a single break point in the last two sets as he turned the match around. Fourth seed Mardy Fish also made it through to the last four with a 6-3 6-4 success over fifth seed and fellow American Sam Querrey. Fish took advantage of his opponents’ second serve – Querrey won just 33% of points on it – to clinch victory in one hour 19 minutes.

Canadian wildcard Milos Raonic saved eight of the nine break points he faced on the way to a 6-4 3-6 6-3 win over Robert Kendrick of the USA.

Juan Martin Del Potro was the final player into the semi-finals, the Argentinian sweeping aside American qualifier Michael Russell 6-4 6-2.

In the Cellular South Cup, sixth-seeded Canadian Rebecca Marino set up a final meeting with Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova. Marino fought back from a set down to defeat Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina 6-7 (1/7) 6-4 6-1. Rybarikova was also taken to three sets as she saw off Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic 6-2 4-6 6-4.


O Canada!…could there be two Canadian winners in Memphis? Rebecca Marino & Milos Raonic!

Canada’s Rebecca Marino reached her first career WTA semifinal on Thursday, beating Coco Vandeweghe at the $220,000 Cellular South Cup in Memphis. Marino, at No.6 the only seed to survive through to the quarters, stormed out to a 61 53 lead but had to work overtime to close Vandeweghe out, 61 76(6). Marino saved two set points, one at 5-6, 30-40 and one at 5-6 in the tie-break. “I had a good start, but things got a bit difficult in the second set,” Marino said. “I’m excited to be in my first semifinal – hopefully it’s one of many to come.” Marino fired 14 aces, the most of any player in a WTA match this year. The Vancouver native is the highest-ranked player left in the field; although she’s far from home right now, there’s one thing that might remind her. “Every time I hear about the Grizzlies, I think of Vancouver. It’s funny they’re in Memphis now,” she said of her hometown’s former pro basketball team.

Next up for the 20-year-old Marino is 22-year-old Evgeniya Rodina, who beat qualifier Heather Watson, 63 64. Rodina is playing in her second career WTA semifinal, having done it at Tashkent last year (losing to Alla Kudryavtseva). Marino and Rodina will be playing against each other for the first time.

In the other semi will be two players with more experience at this stage of a WTA event, Lucie Hradecka and Magdalena Rybarikova. Rybarikova has one WTA title to her credit, Birmingham in 2009; Hradecka has been to three WTA finals, Bad Gastein in 2008 and Strasbourg and Istanbul in 2009. In the quarterfinals, Hradecka beat Ksenia Pervak, 64 63, while Rybarikova beat American qualifier Alexa Glatch on Stadium court, 63 62. Rybarikova leads Hradecka in their head-to-head series, 2-1.


Rebecca Marino named Canada’s ‘Most Outstanding Tennis Player’.

A few weeks shy of her 20th birthday, Vancouver’s Rebecca Marino has been named 2010 Most Outstanding Female Player by Tennis Canada. Over the past 11 months, Marino has risen more than 80 spots in the world rankings to a career-high of 102 and is poised to break into the world’s top 100 before the end of 2010. She qualified for the main draw at the U.S. Open, she became Canada’s number-one ranked singles player, and finished the year with a record of 42-22. Much of her success came in the final three months of the 2010 tournament season when Marino captured three $50,000 International Tennis Federation titles. All of that success should earn the powerful server a spot in the main draw of the Australian Open—the first Grand Slam event on the 2011 tennis calendar.

“I’m honoured to receive this award and greatly appreciate the support I’ve received from my family, friends, Tennis Canada, Tennis BC and fans,” Marino said in a statement released by Tennis Canada. Marino becomes the first British Columbian since Vancouver’s Jana Nejedly in 2001 to earn Top Female honours and along with New Westminster’s Sonya Jeyaseelan in 2000 and Whistler’s Marjorie Blackwood (1982) is just the fourth woman from this province to be recognized with Tennis Canada’s top award.


Canadian wildcard entrant stuns top seed Bartoli.

Marion Bartoli made a shock second-round exit from the WTA Tour Bell Challenge when she was stunned by wild card Rebecca Marino in straight sets in Quebec.

The 2007 Wimbledon finalist is ranked 139 places above her Canadian opponent but that counted for nothing as Marino claimed a 6-3 6-1 victory.

Bartoli’s game deserted her as she produced eight double faults to Marino’s one with the teenager also firing down 10 aces.

The Frenchwoman failed to convert any of her three break points and victory was wrapped up in an hour and 15 minutes.

With second seed Aravane Rezai knocked out the previous day, it means Lucie Safarova is the highest-ranked seed remaining.

The world number 28, seeded third in Canada, was superior all round as she progressed with a 6-4 6-2 win over Johanna Larsson.

Larsson had eight opportunities to break her opponent but converted just one and Safarova enjoyed a straightforward victory in one hour 25 minutes.

Fifth seed Melanie Oudin eased through 6-3 6-0 against Anna Tatishvilli but sixth seed Julia Goerges crashed out in straight sets, beaten by American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Mattek-Sands produced four double faults but she was vastly more clinical with her service game and ran out a 6-1 6-4 winner.

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