It's quarter-finals day at the AEGON International and the last eight players in the women’s singles event will be vying for a place in the semi-finals with four mouth-watering matches scheduled.
Top seed Vera Zvonareva, fresh from her victory over Serena Williams, meets Sam Stosur, the Australian seventh seed who is yet to drop a set. Also yet to drop a set is the Belarusian third seed, Victoria Azarenka, who saw off Britain’s Elena Baltacha yesterday, and she takes on French sixth seed Marion Bartoli.
In the bottom half of the draw Petra Kvitova, the world No.8, is playing Agnieszka Radwanska who shocked fourth seed Francesca Schiavone yesterday. Also in action is Venus Williams, who has beaten Petkovic and Ivanovic in her first two matches, taking on AEGON Classic runner-up Daniela Hantuchova.
The men’s draw will see some second round matches completed after rain suspended play early yesterday and then the quarter-finals will take place featuring Igor Kunitsyn of Russia against Julien Benneteau of France. There will also be men’s and women’s doubles matches across the outside courts.
Today will also see the start of the Maureen Connolly Challenge Trophy. Inaugurated in 1973, the trophy is a unique 18&U international competition between girls from the United States and Great Britain. Set up by the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation, Nancy Jeffett and Mary Hardwick Hare, the event commemorates the achievements of Maureen “Little Mo” Connolly, and encourages the development of tennis among girls in both nations.
Each nation fields a team of four or five players to compete in eight singles and four doubles matches over two days, and during its 35 years, the event has featured the likes of Pam Shriver, Zina Garrison, Lisa Raymond, Jo Durie and Sue Barker.
The powerhouse trio of China, Japan and Korea have all ensured safe passage to another edition of the FIBA U19 World Championship for Women after finishing in the top three of the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Women in Jordan.
Malaysian superstar Nicol David claimed the latest historic achievement in her illustrious squash career when she beat Egypt's Nour El Sherbini in the final of the Women's Delaware Investments US Open.
Annika Beck is off the mark: the Porsche Team Germany player won the Luxembourg Open and at the same time celebrated her first career WTA title. In Saturday's final, the 20-year old was an easy 6-2, 6-1 victor against the Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
Play concluded on Friday 17th October at the 2014 Women's World Cup with the top eight rated players in the first stage of proceedings qualifying for the main draw where they join the leading eight names.
Malaysian David bidding to become the first player in the 60-year history of the championship to win the title three times in a row, and Egyptian teenager El Sherbini looking to repeat her shock World Championship victory over the world number one in March.
Tonje Daffinrud produced the round of the day in the WPGA International Challenge at Stoke by Nayland Hotel Golf and Spa to maintain her bid for a top five place in the rankings and earn her Ladies European Tour card for next season.
It was back in March that the pair last met - in the final of the WSA World Championship in Malaysia where Massaro clinched victory 11-9 in the fifth to win the sport's most prized title for the first time.
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