Tennis roundup: Sharapova reaches quarters in Strasbourg
STRASBOURG, France (AP) – Top-seeded Maria Sharapova cruised into the quarterfinals of the Strasbourg International with a 6-3, 6-0 win Wednesday over qualifier Dia Evtimova.
Sharapova, given a wild-card entry after being sidelined two months with a right elbow injury, didn’t face a single break point to claim her second win on clay this year.
“I served much better today and returned better too,” Sharapova said. “I’m happy to get the win today against a player I didn’t know and who had already played four matches here in Strasbourg.”
Sharapova lost in the first round in Madrid last week.
Sharapova will face Julia Goerges of Germany, who defeated sixth-seeded Sybille Bammer of Austria 6-1, 7-6 (6).
“I’ll need to be solid in my next match,” Sharapova said. “She’s a player who is improving all the time, but I’ll focus on my own game and hope to have five matches here.”
The French Open starts Sunday in Paris.
Del Potro expects
to miss U.S. Open
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) – Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro says he expects to miss the U.S. Open because of recent surgery on his right wrist.
He said Wednesday he might return to the ATP Tour after the last of the four Grand Slam tournaments. The U.S. Open begins on Aug. 30. He also will miss the French Open, Wimbledon and Argentina’s Davis Cup quarterfinal against Russia on July 9-11.
Del Potro has not played since a fourth-round loss at the Australian Open. He said he will wear a protective bandage for several more weeks and need months to regain strength and flexibility.
WTA Tour Internationaux de Strasbourg Results
At Centre Sportif de Hautepierre
Purse: $220,000 (Intl.)
Singles Second Round
Anabel Medina Garrigues (5), Spain, def. Lucie Hradecka, Czech Republic, 6-4, 3-0, retired.
Julia Goerges, Germany, def. Sybille Bammer (6), Austria, 6-1, 7-6 (6).
Vania King, United States, def. Alize Cornet, France, 6-3, 6-2.
Anastasia Rodionova, Australia, def. Elena Baltacha (8), Britain, 1-2, retired.
Kristina Barrois, Germany, def. Yvonne Meusburger, Austria, 7-5, 6-3.
Maria Sharapova (1), Russia, def. Dia Evtimova, Bulgaria, 6-3, 6-0.
Anastasija Sevastova (7), Latvia, def. Kristina Mladenovic, France, 6-1, 6-2.
Sofia Arvidsson, Sweden, def. Virginie Razzano (3), France, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
ARAG ATP World Team Cup Results
Purse: $926,500 (World Championship)
United States 2, Spain 1
Bob and Mike Bryan, United States, def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Marc Lopez, Spain, 6-3, 7-5.
Czech Republic 2, Australia 1
Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, def. Carsten Ball, Australia, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
Carsten Ball and Peter Luczak, Australia, def. Lukas Dlouhy and Jan Hajek, Czech Republic, 6-3, 5-7, 10-6 tiebreak.
France 2, Serbia 1
Jeremy Chardy and Nicolas Mahut, France, def. Viktor Troicki and Nenad Zimonjic, Serbia, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Argentina 2, Germany 1
Eduardo Schwank, Argentina, def. Andreas Beck, Germany, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3.
Juan Monaco and Horacio Zeballos, Argentina, def. Christopher Kas and Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, 6-2, 6-3.
WTA Tour Polsat Warsaw Open Results
At Legia Tennis Centre
Purse: $600,000 (Premier)
Singles Second Round
Greta Arn, Hungary, def. Klara Zakopalova, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-4.
Alona Bondarenko (6), Ukraine, def. Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-4.
Sara Errani, Italy, def. Magdalena Rybarikova, Slovakia, 7-6(7), 6-3.
Li Na (3), China, def. Katarzyna Piter, Poland, 6-0, 6-3.
Alexandra Dulgheru, Romania, def. Timea Bacsinszky, Switzerland, 6-2, 6-4.
Tsvetana Pironkova, Bulgaria, def. Elena Dementieva (2), Russia, 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.
Zheng Jie (5), China, def. Tathiana Garbin, Italy, 6-1, 6-1.
Caroline Wozniacki (1), Denmark, def. Polona Hercog, Slovenia, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.