LUCIE SAFAROVA NEWS

Navarro overcomes Rodina at Porsche Grand Prix

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) Eighth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain needed three sets to overcome Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-4 in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix on Tuesday. Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic defeated Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6 (8), 6-4. Other first-round winners in the indoor clay tournament were Marina Melnikova of Russia...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Czech Republic leads France 1-0 in Fed Cup semis

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Lucie Safarova saved five match points before beating Caroline Garcia 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1 as defending champion Czech Republic took a 1-0 lead over France in the Fed Cup semifinals Saturday. The 13th-ranked Safarova converted her first match point with the 29th-ranked Garcia unable to return her serve. Fourth-ranked Czech Petra Kvitova will play 58th-ranked...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Safarova opens Fed Cup for defending champion Czechs

OSTRAVA, Czech Republic (AP) Lucie Safarova will face Caroline Garcia in the opening singles match Saturday when the defending champion Czech Republic faces France in the Fed Cup semifinals. The 13th-ranked Safarova and the 29th-ranked Garcia have never met at WTA tournaments. Fourth-ranked Petra Kvitova will play the second singles for the hosts against 58th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Safarova beats Azarenka in Qatar, wins first tourney since 2013

DOHA, Qatar -- Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. It was her sixth career title and first since Qubec City in 2013. ''It's an amazing feeling. I'm so happy to win the title. It's been a long time. I'm happy at the way season has progressed,'' said Safarova. The Czech snapped wild card Azarenka's 14-match winning...
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February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Safarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. It was her sixth career title and first since Qubec City in 2013. ''It's an amazing feeling. I'm so happy to win the title. It's been a long time. I'm happy at the way season has progressed,'' said Safarova. The Czech snapped wild card Azarenka's 14-match winning...
Via AP on Fox
February 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Qatar Open: Azarenka beats Venus to face Safarova in final

DOHA, Qatar -- Victoria Azarenka reached the final of the Qatar Open on Friday after recovering from one set down to beat Venus Williams. The two-time champion Azarenka, beat Williams 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. "Venus was kicking my butt left and right and I didn't know what to do. In the second set I took control," said Azarenka, , who fired 36 winners in the two hour, eighteen minute battle...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Azarenka to face Safarova in Qatar Open final

DOHA, Qatar (AP) Victoria Azarenka reached the final of the Qatar Open on Friday after recovering from one set down to beat Venus Williams. The two-time champion Azarenka, beat Williams 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. ''Venus was kicking my butt left and right and I didn't know what to do. In the second set I took control,'' said Azarenka. She will face Lucie Safarova in Saturday's final, after...
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February 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Karolina Pliskova reaches Dubai semis, again beating Safarova

  For the second consecutive week, Karolina Pliskova advanced to the semifinals of a tournament by beating Lucie Safarova. On Thursday at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Pliskova recovered from a set and a service break down to win 3-6, 7-6 (5) 6-1. The 18-year-old Pliskova, seeded 17th, defeated Safarova in straight sets last week in Antwerp, Belgium. She will next face unseeded...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Karolina Pliskova again beats Safarova to reach semifinals

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) For the second consecutive week, Karolina Pliskova advanced to the semifinals of a tournament by beating Lucie Safarova. On Thursday at the Dubai Tennis Championships, Pliskova recovered from a set and a service break down to win 3-6, 7-6 (5) 6-1. The 18-year-old Pliskova, seeded 17th, defeated Safarova in straight sets last week in Antwerp, Belgium...
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February 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Venus Williams loses to Safarova in 3rd round in Dubai

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) Defending champion Venus Williams is out of the Dubai Tennis Championships after losing in the third round in straight sets to 11th-seeded Lucie Safarova. The eighth-seeded Williams looked listless in the humid 93 degree Fahrenheit (34 c) temperatures as Safarova cruised to a 6-4, 6-2 victory. Williams offered Safarova six opportunities to break...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Suarez Navarro, Pliskova advance to Diamond Games semis

ANTWERP, Belgium -- Fifth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain and eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic set up a semifinal meeting by winning their matches at the Diamond Games on Friday. Suarez Navarro saved 10 break points in a 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal win against former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy, who dropped her serve five times. Pliskova...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Suarez Navarro and Pliskova advance to Diamond Games semis

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) Fifth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain and eighth-seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic set up a semifinal meeting by winning their matches at the Diamond Games on Friday. Suarez Navarro saved 10 break points in a 6-3, 6-2 quarterfinal win against former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy, who dropped her serve five times. Pliskova...
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February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Eugenie Bouchard, Angelique Kerber lose in Diamond Games 2nd round

  Top-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany lost in the second round of the Diamond Games on Thursday. Bouchard double-faulted nine times in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat to Germany's Mona Barthel, while qualifier Francesca Schiavone - a former French Open champion - needed under one hour to beat Kerber 6-1, 6-1. Schiavone next plays fifth-seeded...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Top-seeded Bouchard, Kerber lose in Diamond Games 2nd round

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) Top-seeded Eugenie Bouchard of Canada and second-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany lost in the second round of the Diamond Games on Thursday. Bouchard double-faulted nine times in a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat to Germany's Mona Barthel, while qualifier Francesca Schiavone - a former French Open champion - needed under one hour to beat Kerber 6-1, 6-1. Schiavone next...
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February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Mattek-Sands, Safarova win Australian Open doubles title

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic won the Australian Open women's doubles title in their first tournament as a combination, beating Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan and China's Zheng Jie 6-4, 7-6 (5) in Friday's final. It marked the first time a new pairing has won a Grand Slam title since Nathalie Dechy of France and Russia...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Samantha Stosur survives first-round marathon match in Sydney

  Australia's Samantha Stosur overcame her home-crowd jitters to rally for a 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 win over Lucie Safarova in the first round of the Sydney International on Monday. Stosur has long struggled to match her other Grand Slam results -- including a win at the 2011 U.S. Open -- at her home major, the Australian Open, as well as other tournaments Down Under. Last week, she...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Stosur prevails in 1st round marathon match in Sydney

SYDNEY (AP) Australia's Samantha Stosur overcame her home-crowd jitters to rally for a 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 win over Lucie Safarova in the first round of the Sydney International on Monday. Stosur has long struggled to match her other Grand Slam results - including a win at the 2011 U.S. Open - at her home major, the Australian Open, as well as other tournaments Down Under. Last week...
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January 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Serena Williams loses match, and then her cool in Hopman Cup final

PERTH, Australia -- While her older sister Venus was winning the WTA event in Auckland, New Zealand, Serena Williams was losing two of three singles at the Hopman Cup - and then her cool in the final. Serena's week started with ordering a coffee court-side after being shut out 6-0 in her opening set of the year by Lucie Safarova. The caffeine helped, and she rebounded to win that...
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January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Serena Williams loses 2 of 3 singles at Hopman Cup

PERTH, Australia (AP) While her older sister Venus was winning the WTA event in Auckland, New Zealand, Serena Williams was losing two of three singles at the Hopman Cup - and then her cool in the final. Serena's week started with ordering a coffee court-side after being shut out 6-0 in her opening set of the year by Lucie Safarova. The caffeine helped, and she rebounded to win that...
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January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Czech Republic beats Canada in Hopman Cup opener

Lucie Safarova scored two wins -- one in the women's singles, another in the mixed doubles -- to give the Czech Republic a 2-1 victory over Canada on the opening day of the Hopman Cup on Sunday. Safarova defeated Wimbledon runner-up Eugenie Bouchard 6-0, 6-4 in 70 minutes to give the Czechs an early 1-0 lead, then teamed with Adam Pavlasek to beat Bouchard and Vasek Pospisil 6-4...
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January 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Safarova gives Czech Republic 1-0 lead in Hopman Cup

PERTH, Australia (AP) Lucie Safarova defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-0, 6-4 in 70 minutes on Sunday to give the Czech Republic a 1-0 lead over Canada at the Hopman Cup mixed-team tournament. Seventh-ranked Bouchard, coming off a breakthrough season that saw her reach the final at Wimbledon and two other Grand Slam semifinals, was no match for the No. 16-ranked Safarova in the tournament...
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January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Kvitova to open Fed Cup final against Petkovic

PRAGUE (AP) Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will open the Fed Cup final for the Czech Republic against Andrea Petkovic of Germany. Fourth-ranked Kvitova is 3-4 against the 14th-ranked Petkovic. They met in the Fed Cup in 2010, when Kvitova won at home in Brno. Lucie Safarova will play Germany No. 1 Angelique Kerber in the second singles on the indoor hard court at O2 Arena on Saturday...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Serena Williams out of China Open with injury

BEIJING (AP) Defending champion Serena Williams has pulled out of the China Open with a left knee injury. The top-ranked Williams had been due to face Australian Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals on Friday. Playing with strapping on her knee, the American beat Lucie Safarova 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 in the third round Thursday evening and then skipped her post-match press conference because...
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October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Pan Pacific Open: Madison Keys falls to Safarova

TOKYO -- Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic rallied from a set down to beat American teenager Madison Keys 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday. The seventh-seeded Safarova saved eight of 10 break points to oust the unseeded Keys and advance to the second round, where she will face wild-card entry Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. Bencic defeated...
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September 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Safarova beats Keys to advance at Pan Pacific Open

TOKYO (AP) Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic rallied from a set down to beat American teenager Madison Keys 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 in the first round of the Pan Pacific Open on Monday. The seventh-seeded Safarova saved eight of 10 break points to oust the unseeded Keys and advance to the second round, where she will face wild-card entry Belinda Bencic of Switzerland. Bencic defeated...
Via AP on Fox
September 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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