Peer Moves Along In The First

There are few tennis players in New York more popular this week than Shahar Peer.And Peer is not even an American. The no. 24 seed is an Israeli.New York has a heavily Jewish population and many of them come out to Flushing Meadows on an annual basis to cheer her on.

It worked on Tuesday at beautiful new court 17 as Peer defeated Sania Mirza of India, 6-7,6-3,6-1.The large crowd was firmly behind her.

Peer recognizes that she is in part an ambassador from Israel when she plays in New York.

She reached a career high ranking of 11 this past January,which marks the highest ranking ever for an Israeli man or woman.Not bad for someone who had to do a 2-year stint in the army.

Peer will play young Sloane Stephens of the United States,most likely on Thursday.She and Stephens have played doubles together in the past.Peer recognizes that Stephens has a lot of talent,but Peer is playing with a lot of confidence right now.

10 Players, 10 Countries in New WTA Rankings

ST. PETERSBURG, FL – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), the global leader in women’s professional sport, announced today that for the first time in its history, the Top 10 rankings will feature ten players from ten different countries around the world.  Eleven different nations are represented among the top 11 spots, and 30 different countries among the top 60 ranked players.

The WTA Top 10 Rankings for week of January 31, 2011, released earlier today, are as follows:

1.       Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

2.       Kim Clijsters (BEL)

3.       Vera Zvonareva (RUS)

4.       Francesca Schiavone (ITA)

5.       Samantha Stosur (AUS)

6.       Venus Williams (USA)

7.       Li Na (CHN)

8.       Jelena Jankovic (SRB)

9.       Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

10.     Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Shahar Peer reaches a career-high ranking of World No.11, a record for a player from Israel.  Francesca Schiavone becomes the first player from Italy to break into the Top 5 while Kim Clijsters of Belgium ascends to World No.2 for the first time since August 2006.  After making history at the Australian Open by reaching the ladies’ singles final, Li Na becomes the first Chinese player to ascend to a career-high ranking of World No.7.  Li Na’s success in Australia promises to have an exponential impact on the growth of women’s tennis in China, the world’s most populous country.

“Our players are inspirational national heroes who transcend sport in their respective countries.  Having ten different players represent the Top 10 rankings shows how truly global tennis has become,” said Stacey Allaster, Chairman and CEO of the WTA.

The WTA’s calendar for the 2011 season features 53 tournaments and four Grand Slams in 32 countries including 23 events in Europe, 16 in the Americas and 18 in Asia.  The 2012 calendar will feature 54 events, four Grand Slams and the Olympic Tennis Event, with the geographic spread of events to include 20 in Asia, 23 in Europe and 16 in the Americas.  In 2013, the WTA Calendar will showcase 54 WTA events and the four Grand Slams, with 20 events in Asia, 22 in Europe and 16 in the Americas.

Osaka (Wed): Stosur, Bartoli Through To QFs

HP OPEN
Osaka-JPN
October 11-17, 2010
$220,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Singles – Second Round
(1) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Junri Namigata (JPN) 60 63
(2) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 62 62
Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. (4) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 64 ret. (left hip injury)
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. Coco Vandeweghe (USA) 57 75 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
Aoyama/Fujiwara (JPN/JPN) d. (4) Date Krumm/Morita (JPN/JPN) 67(5) 63 108 (Match TB)

Doubles – First Round
(1) Brianti/Rybarikova (ITA/SVK) d. (WC) Namigata/Nara (JPN/JPN) 75 64

Order of Play – Thursday, October 14, 2010
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Olga Savchuk vs. Jill Craybas
2. Shahar Peer vs. Ryoko Fuda
3. Alberta Brianti vs. Iveta Benesova
4. Aiko Nakamura vs. Kimiko Date Krumm (NB 17.30hrs)

Court 1 (From 13.00hrs)
1. Lertcheewakarn/Tanasugarn vs. Chan/Grandin
2. Chang/Osterloh vs. Basuki/Luzhanska (NB 15.00hrs)

Osaka (Tues): New No.13 Peer Cruises In Opener

HP OPEN
Osaka-JPN
October 11-17, 2010
$220,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Singles – First Round
(3) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Misaki Doi (JPN) 62 63
(6) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. (Q) Laura Robson (GBR) 63 63
(7) Iveta Benesova (CZE) d. (Q) Christina McHale (USA) 64 63
Olga Savchuk (UKR) d. (8) Greta Arn (HUN) 61 62
Alberta Brianti (ITA) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 75 36 64
Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) d. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 62 75
Jill Craybas (USA) d. (Q) Natalie Grandin (RSA) 64 62
Junri Namigata (JPN) d. (Q) Tomoko Yonemura (JPN) 62 63
(WC) Ryoko Fuda (JPN) d. Corinna Dentoni (ITA) 64 62
(WC) Aiko Nakamura (JPN) d. Alexandra Panova (RUS) 76(5) 26 63

Doubles – First Round
(2) Chan/Grandin (TPE/RSA) d. Iijima/Sema (JPN/JPN) 62 64
(3) Chang/Osterloh (TPE/USA) d. Ferguson/Lykina (AUS/RUS) 64 57 104 (Match TB)
Maekawa/Tananta (JPN/INA) d. Yonemura/Yonemura (JPN/JPN) 46 61 108 (Match TB)
Aoyama/Fujiwara (JPN/JPN) d. Panova/Voegele (RUS/SUI) 63 64

Order of Play – Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Centre Court (from 10.00hrs)
1. Coco Vandeweghe vs. Tamarine Tanasugarn
2. Samantha Stosur vs. Junri Namigata
3. Stefanie Voegele vs. Marion Bartoli
4. Chang Kai-Chen vs. Maria Kirilenko
5. Aoyama/Fujiwara vs. Date Krumm/Morita

Court 1 (NB 15.00hrs)
1. Brianti/Rybarikova vs. Namigata/Nara

China Open Women’s Redults Wednesday

CHINA OPEN
Beijing-CHN
October 2-10, 2010
$4,500,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Singles – Third Round
(2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 57 64 62
(5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Vera Dushevina (RUS) 46 63 61
(15) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (Q) Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 61 62
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 62 63

Singles – Second Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 62 61

Doubles – Second Round
(2) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Niculescu/Peer (ROU/ISR) 63 64
Szavay/Zahlavova Strycova (HUN/CZE) d. (3) Chan/Huber (TPE/USA) 64 75
(4) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. Date Krumm/Peng (JPN/CHN) 64 63
(6) Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Azarenka/Safina (BLR/RUS) w/o (Azarenka: left thigh strain)
Chuang/Govortsova (TPE/BLR) d. Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) 46 63 103 (Match TB)

Order of Play – Thursday, October 7, 2010
Lotus Court (from 12.30hrs)
1. Angelique Kerber vs. Li Na
2. ATP: Almagro vs. Soderling (NB 15.00hrs)
3. ATP: Montañés vs. Murray
4. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Petra Kvitova (NB 19.30hrs)
5. Bryan/Bryan vs. Erlich/Ram

Moon Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. ATP: Ferrer vs. Lu
2. Nadia Petrova vs. Anastasija Sevastova (NB 15.00hrs)
3. Ana Ivanovic vs. Elena Dementieva
4. ATP: Ljubicic vs. Dolgopolov (NB 19.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez
2. Chuang/Govortsova vs. Peschke/Srebotnik (NB 13.30hrs)
3. ATP: Gong/Li vs. Lu/Mayer (after suitable rest)
4. Kirilenko/Petrova vs. King/Shvedova (NB 16.30hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 3 (from 15.00hrs)

1. Szavay/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Dushevina/Parra Santonja

Tokyo (Tues): Wozniacki Wins, Goerges Ousts Stosur

TORAY PAN PACIFIC OPEN
Tokyo-JPN
September 26-October 2, 2010
$2,000,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Singles – Second Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (Q) Greta Arn (HUN) 61 63
(2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 63 63
Julia Goerges (GER) d. (4) Samantha Stosur (AUS) 75 63
(5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 75 63
(7) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) 60 61
(8) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Lucie Safarova (CZE) 61 63
Andrea Petkovic (GER) d. (10) Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 63 75
(11) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 62 61
Kaia Kanepi (EST) d. (13) Shahar Peer (ISR) 63 76(5)
(Q) Coco Vandeweghe (USA) d. (14) Aravane Rezai (FRA) 64 64
(16) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 62 61
Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 63 46 63
(Q) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 62
(WC) Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 26 60 40 ret. (right shoulder injury)

Doubles – First Round
Raymond/Stubbs (USA/AUS) d. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) 75 61
Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Hsieh/Kleybanova (TPE/RUS) 67(7) 61 119 (Match TB)

Order of Play – Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Roberta Vinci vs. Vera Zvonareva
2. Elena Dementieva vs. Flavia Pennetta
3. Francesca Schiavone vs. Kimiko Date Krumm
4. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (NB 17.00hrs)
5. Kaia Kanepi vs. Jelena Jankovic
6. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Date Krumm/Morita

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Marion Bartoli vs. Victoria Azarenka
2. Julia Goerges vs. Coco Vandeweghe
3. Andrea Petkovic vs. Agnieszka Radwanska
4. Garbin/Schiavone vs. King/Shvedova (after suitable rest)

Court 2 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Kirilenko/Petrova vs. Peschke/Srebotnik
2. Errani/Medina Garrigues vs. Peer/Peng
3. Chan/Huber vs. Goerges/Rodionova (after suitable rest)

WTA Top 20 Rankings

1 Serena Williams (USA) 6995.00pts

2 Caroline Wozniacki (Den) 5910.00

3 Venus Williams (USA) 5796.00

4 Vera Zvonareva (Rus) 5550.00

5 Kim Clijsters (Bel) 5325.00

6 Jelena Jankovic (Ser) 5205.00

7 Samantha Stosur (Aus) 4950.00

8 Francesca Schiavone (Ita) 4670.00

9 Agnieszka Radwanska (Pol) 3995.00

10 Elena Dementieva (Rus) 3945.00

11 Victoria Azarenka (Blr) 3715.00

12 Na Li (Chn) 3520.00

13 Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) 3516.00

14 Marion Bartoli (Fra) 3455.00

15 Maria Sharapova (Rus) 3450.00

16 Justine Henin (Bel) 3415.00

17 Shahar Peer (Isr) 3295.00

18 Aravane Rezai (Fra) 3100.00

19 Nadia Petrova (Rus) 3070.00

20 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Rus) 2780.00

US Open Women’s Results – Day 5

New York, NY-USA

August 30-September 12, 2010

$22,668,000/Grand Slam

Hard/Outdoors

Friday, September 3, 2010

Singles – Third Round

(2) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (27) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 60

(3) Venus Williams (USA) d. (Q) Mandy Minella (LUX) 62 61

(5) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 62 63

(6) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (29) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) 61 75

(12) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. (24) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 75 62

(16) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (19) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) 64 64

(20) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Gisela Dulko (ARG) 61 62

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (WC) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 75 60

Doubles – Second Round

(2) Huber/Petrova (USA/RUS) d. Bondarenko/Bondarenko (UKR/UKR) 63 62

(6) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. Groth/Zakopalova (AUS/CZE) 75 46 62

Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. (8) Medina Garrigues/Yan (ESP/CHN) 75 62

(10) Kirilenko/A.Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. (WC) Hampton/Oudin (USA/USA) 62 61

Hercog/Martic (SLO/CRO) d. (11) Kleybanova/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 63 67(1) 63

(12) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Date Krumm/Morita (JPN/JPN) 64 67(1) 61

(14) Vesnina/Zvonareva (RUS/RUS) d. Diatchenko/Senoglu (RUS/TUR) 61 61

(15) Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy (USA/USA) d. Hantuchova/Wozniacki (SVK/DEN) 76(3) 64

Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) d. (16) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) 36 63 76(6)

Dulgheru/Rybarikova (ROU/SVK) d. Gallovits/Jans (ROU/POL) 62 63

US Open Women’s Results

New York, NY-USA

August 30-September 12, 2010

$22,668,000/Grand Slam

Hard/Outdoors

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Singles – Second Round

(2) Kim Clijsters (BEL) d. (Q) Sally Peers (AUS) 62 61

(3) Venus Williams (USA) d. (Q) Rebecca Marino (CAN) 76(3) 63

(5) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 61 64

(6) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Maria Elena Camerin (ITA) 62 61

Gisela Dulko (ARG) d. (10) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 51 ret. (headache)

(12) Elena Dementieva (RUS) d. Sybille Bammer (AUT) 63 64

(WC) Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (13) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 75 64

(16) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 62 63

(19) Flavia Pennetta (ITA) d. Agnes Szavay (HUN) 61 64

(20) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (Q) Sania Mirza (IND) 62 64

Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. (21) Zheng Jie (CHN) 63 60

(24) Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Vania King (USA) 57 63 64

(27) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Elena Baltacha (GBR) 76(5) 63

Sara Errani (ITA) d. (28) Alisa Kleybanova (RUS) 62 63

(29) Alona Bondarenko (UKR) d. Melanie Oudin (USA) 62 75

(Q) Mandy Minella (LUX) d. (32) Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 60

Doubles – First Round

(2) Huber/Petrova (USA/RUS) d. Coin/Cornet (FRA/FRA) 62 63

Dulgheru/Rybarikova (ROU/SVK) d. (3) Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez (ESP/ESP) 64 46 76(4)

(10) Kirilenko/Radwanska (RUS/POL) d. Chang/Kops-Jones (TPE/USA) 63 60

(12) Benesova/Zahlavova Strycova (CZE/CZE) d. Amanmuradova/Barrois (UZB/GER) 60 64

(14) Vesnina/Zvonareva (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Barte/Burdette (USA/USA) 75 63

(15) Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy (USA/USA) d. (WC) McHale/Zalameda (USA/USA) 60 63

(16) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Dzehalevich/Poutchek (BLR/BLR) 63 63

Date Krumm/Morita (JPN/JPN) d. Jankovic/Jovanovski (SRB/SRB) 46 63 64

Cirstea/Safarova (ROU/CZE) d. Flipkens/Woehr (BEL/GER) 67(4) 60 63

Kudryavtseva/Kustova (RUS/BLR) d. Rodionova/Savchuk (RUS/UKR) 57 64 63

Diatchenko/Senoglu (RUS/TUR) d. Arvidsson/Larsson (SWE/SWE) 61 26 64

Goerges/Groenefeld (GER/GER) d. Rosolska/Scheepers (POL/RSA) 63 76(3)

Groth/Zakopalova (AUS/CZE) d. Dekmeijere/Kerber (LAT/GER) 61 46 62

Chuang/Govortsova (TPE/BLR) d. Jurak/Kanepi (CRO/EST) 61 61

Hantuchova/Wozniacki (SVK/DEN) d. Hlavackova/Hradecka (CZE/CZE) 60 62

(WC) Glatch/Vandeweghe (USA/USA) d. Malek/Petkovic (GER/GER) 75 67(6) 64

Monfils, Peer and Montanes Win in Metz, Tashkent and Bucharest Respectively

Bordentown, NJ, September 28, 2009 – This weekend proved to be another successful one for the Prince Tour Team as it dominated three of the events on the ATP and WTA calendar.  Gael Monfils, Shahar Peer and Albert Montanes, all took home titles on Sunday, winning in Metz, France; Tashkent, Uzbekistan and Bucharest, Romania respectively.  Aside from their on-court talent, Prince product was also on display in each championship.

Gael Monfils, using his Prince EXO3 Rebel 95 racquet, showcased his masterful blend of punishing offense and tactical defense to take out Phillip Kohlschreiber 7-6, 3-6, 6-2 in the Open de Moselle finals.  Monfils, one of the first players on tour to pick up a racquet from Prince’s highly-acclaimed EXO3 line (in fact, he made the switch from him former brand to Prince after hitting only two tennis balls with the new EXO3 frame at the end of last year), shot up to a career high ranking of #9 after doing so, reached the quarter-finals of Roland Garros and now captures his first title of the year.  With a cosmetic as colorful as Monfils himself, the EXO3 Rebel 95 not only suits his game-style, but has become one of the most welcomed additions to the player frame market this year.

Not to be outdone, Prince’s Shahar Peer showed that while the EXO3 Rebel 95 may be the right racquet for Monfils, the Prince EXO3 Red 105 is best suited for her game.  With her EXO3 Red in hand, Peer took home her second straight WTA title – winning the Guangzhou Open in China last week and capturing the Tashkent title yesterday.   The title is Peer’s fifth for her career and second since making the switch to the EXO3 Red earlier this year.

Rounding out the weekend, Spaniard Albert Montanes edged Juan Monaco 7-6, 7-6 in the finals of the BCR Open in Bucharest to win his second title of 2009 (Estoril) and his third ATP title overall.  The fifth seed, Montanes is one of the players on tour to not only wield a Prince racquet (Prince Ozone Tour), but rely on Prince apparel and footwear in competition as well.

“This weekend was a significant one for the brand – having three title winners and the opportunity to showcase our product, in multiple categories, at the game’s highest level,” said Linda Glassel, VP of Marketing at Prince.  “From Gael’s EXO3 Rebel 95, to Shahar’s EXO3 Red 105, to Albert’s Ozone Tour, Aerotech apparel and O-Series footwear, Prince was omnipresent.  Not only do these wins show the strength and depth of our Tour team, but these three all have very distinct playing styles and we are proud to develop, and make available, the best products for all playing styles and player-types.  From touring pro to club level to juniors, we have the right product to help you win.”

More information regarding Prince Tour Team members, products (including the EXO3 racquet line) and where to buy Prince products, log onto: www.princetennis.com.

About Prince Sports, Inc.

Prince Sports, Inc, based in New Jersey, is a company of racquet sports enthusiasts whose goal is to create cutting edge, functional and technically advanced products that deliver performance benefits for avid players.  The Company’s portfolio of brands includes Prince (tennis, squash and badminton), Ektelon (racquetball) and Viking (platform/paddle tennis).   The Company has a history of innovation including inventing the first “oversize” and “longbody” racquets, the first “Natural Foot Shape” tennis shoe, the first “synthetic gut” string and the first electronic ball machine.  Today, Prince markets leading technologies in racquets (EXO3), string (Recoil), footwear (Precision Tube Technology) and apparel (Aerotech).   It has operations on three continents with distribution in over 100 countries. For more information on players, products or programs please visit www.princesports.com.