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Pilot Pen is running out of ink!

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Pilot Pen Tennis at Yale is seeking a new title sponsor for the 2011 tournament and beyond.

Pilot Pen Corporation, entering its 15th year as the title sponsor, will end its partnership with the tournament after the 2010 event. Company officials called the move a difficult decision caused by the recession.

Tournament director Anne Worcester says Pilot Pen’s long-term support of the tournament helped grow the sport in the Northeast and put the company in a strong position to attract a new sponsor.

Title sponsor benefits include naming rights and extensive brand exposure.

The 2009 Pilot Pen, won by Caroline Wozniacki and Fernando Verdasco, drew nearly 80,000 spectators and was televised nationally for 16 hours on ESPN2 and CBS Sports.


Verdasco wins a rainy title in straight sets.

FernandoVerdasco_2327349Fernando Verdasco won the Pilot Pen tournament with a straight-sets victory over Sam Querrey in the final in New Haven.

The second seed saw off his American opponent 6-4 7-6 (8/6) in one hour 35 minutes.

The Spaniard’s serve, in particular his second serve, underpinned his success. He won 68% of points on his second serve in contrast to Querrey’s 43%.

The final was both players’ second match of the day after their semi-finals were postponed because of heavy rain.

This is also the Spaniard’s third career title and he’s the first player from Spain to win the title in New Haven.

“A lot of times I said that this tournament had been special for me because last year, semi finals, the year before quarterfinals, or I think the two years before; I was hoping to win it one time,” Verdasco said. “Also the people treat me unbelievable here, and the tournament director, and also all the girls from the player services, all the people around.”

“So all that makes me feel so happy playing the tournament, no, and so comfortable. I think for me it was special always to play here and win this title, this tournament. This year is gonna be now even more special, for sure.”


Wozniacki wins her 6th WTA title.

Caroline-Wozniacki_Caroline Wozniacki has won her second consecutive Pilot Pen tennis championship, beating Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-4 in the final.

It is the 19-year-old’s sixth tournament title, and third this year. Wozniacki of Denmark goes into next week’s U.S. Open having won every set she played in the New Haven tuneup.

She broke Vesnina’s serve on the match’s first game, and didn’t look back, winning the match in 1 hour, 16 minutes.

The rain stopped in the afternoon, allowing the women to play for the championship outside in the 13,000-seat Connecticut Tennis Center stadium.


Pilot Pen moved indoors.

Caroline-Wozniacki-Wimbledon-2009-Day-Six_2322535Caroline Wozniacki will be the hot favourite to retain her title at the Pilot Pen tournament after easing into the final on a rain-affected day in New Haven.

Heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Danny meant no play was possible outdoors, prompting the WTA Tour to relocate to an indoor college court.

Second seed Wozniacki wasted little time sealing her passage with a 6-4 6-1 victory over third seed Flavia Pennetta.

The Dane will face unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina in Saturday’s showpiece after she defeated eighth seed Amelie Mauresmo.

The Frenchwoman had knocked out top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals and she began well but Vesnina hit back strongly to triumph 5-7 6-1 6-2.

Wozniacki is bidding for her third title of the year after winning in Ponte Vedra Beach and Eastbourne while Vesnina lost her only previous WTA Tour final in Auckland earlier this season.

Wozniacki has won two of their three previous meetings, the last of which came in the semi-finals on the Dane’s way to victory in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The men’s semi-finals – with second seed Fernando Verdasco taking on Igor Andreev and in-form Sam Querrey facing Jose Acasuso – were postponed because of the weather.

Organisers may again have to look indoors with more bad weather forecast and little leeway ahead of the US Open, which starts on Monday in New York.


Wozniacki is ‘on fire’ going into the US Open.

New Haven TennisCarolineWozniacki, the ninth-ranked player in the world, is trying to become the first repeat champion at the Pilot Pen event since Venus Williams won four straight from 1999-2002. She was absolutely dominant against Gallovits, who is ranked 91st.

Wozniacki won 16 straight points and 20 of the final 21 in the 18-minute first set. Gallovits scored just 13 points in the match as Wozniacki won four games at love, including the clincher in the second set.

“For sure, this was a fast match,” Wozniacki said. “But I was playing great tennis. I didn’t give one point up. I just kept fighting until the end. So I’m really pleased.”

Wozniacki will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-3 Tuesday, in the second round on Wednesday. The match will not start before 1 p.m.

Wozniacki is looking for her third singles title this year after winning the AEGON International in June and the MPS Group Championships in April. She said it was a nice feeling to return to the Pilot Pen as the defending champion this week.

Wozniacki is a more confident player right now. And her work in the boxing ring is a major reason why.

“Last year I was out of the top 20 when I came here and now I’m inside the Top 10 so I think I’ve done some things right,” Wozniacki said. “I just think that I’ve become a better player in many different levels. I think the fitness part has helped me a lot, but also I believe more that I can win against everyone.”


Kuz squeaks thru the 1st round.

Svetlana-Kuznetsova-Wimbledon-2009-Day-Four_2321712Top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova needed three sets to see off China’s Zheng Jie in the first round of the Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven.

The French Open champion appeared to be cruising at a set and a break up but Zheng rallied, taking the second set on a tie-break and then moving ahead in the third.

However, Russian Kuznetsova dug deep and fought back to triumph 6-1 6-7 (5/7) 6-4.

Another big name in trouble was Polish fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who was also a break down in the decider before coming through 2-6 6-2 7-6 (7/5) against qualifier Roberta Vinci.

Eighth seed Amelie Mauresmo was a lot more comfortable in a 6-4 6-1 victory over Japan’s Ai Sugiyama.

Days after reaching the semi-finals in Toronto, Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova was sent packing in round one in New Haven, beaten 3-6 6-1 6-4 by Belgian qualifier Yanina Wickmayer.

Magdalena Rybarikova was another qualifier to triumph with a 6-4 6-4 win over Francesca Schiavone while Russian duo Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Elena Vesnina both racked up straight sets wins.


The final warm-up to the US Open begins.

Anna-Chakvetadze-Australian-Open-2009-rd-2_1813985Anna Chakvetadze sprung the first major surprise in the first round of the Pilot Pen tournament in Connecticut, ousting fourth seed Nadia Petrova.

Petrova started in the most emphatic fashion, taking the first set against her unseeded Russian compatriot 6-0.

But Chakvetadze hit back to take the next two sets, 7-6(4) 6-4 to progress.

Sybille Bammer is also through in the women’s draw, beating Spain’s Anabel Medina Garragues 7-5 6-4, as is Alona Bondarenko, who saw off Meghann Shaughnessy 4-6 6-3 7-5.

In the men’s first round American Taylor Dent surprised Ivan Ljubicic to make the next stage.

Dent, the world number 202 eased his way past the Croat 6-3 6-4.

Paul Capdeville beat Jarko Nieminen 7-5 6-3, Leonardo Mayer bested Denis Istomin 6-2 6-4 and Florent Serra 6-3 6-3.

Janko Tipsarevic is through after Fabio Fognini forced retirement and Marc Gicquel is through having cruised past Martin Vassallo Arguello.

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