Jeremy Hamilton

BNP Paribas Open Recap: Kerber Stuns with New VCORE Galaxy Black

INDIAN WELLS, California – Three-time Grand Slam champion, Angelique Kerber (GER) demonstrated stellar play at the BNP Paribas Open over the weekend capturing her first runner-up result of the tournament.

Kerber’s path to the final included blockbuster matches against Venus Williams (USA), who she defeated in the semifinals in straight sets, and fellow #TeamYonex member, Belinda Bencic (SUI). Bencic, still riding on a high from her Dubai Tennis Championships victory last month, had won a stunning 12 consecutive matches leading up to their faceoff.

Although it was Kerber’s first Premier Mandatory tournament final and she was defeated by opponent Bianca Andreescu (CAN), it was a battle until the very end with the Swiss saving three match points and breaking back for 4-5 in the third set.

Since signing with Yonex at the beginning of the year, Hubert Hurkacz (POL) has been on a tear through the ATP rankings. Setting a personal best, World No. 54, Hurkacz stunned opponents in the earlier rounds of the tournament before falling in the quarter-final. Keep an eye out for Hurkacz and the rest of #TeamYonex as they gear up for Miami Open next.

2019 BNP Paribas Open: Women's Semifinal Recap + Finals Preview

INDIAN WELLS, California — After coming up just short in 2012 and 2013, Angelique Kerber (GER) has advanced to her first BNP Paribas Open final with a straight-set win over Belinda Bencic. Sunday's Championship match will mark the first Premier Mandatory final for Kerber, who is a three-time Grand Slam Champion. 

"I was trying to play concentrated and going for it when I had the chance," said Kerber after snapping Bencic's 12-match winning streak. "I'm really happy to be in the final for the first time now."

Kerber will play wildcard Bianca Andreescu (CAN), who has only dropped one set en route to the finals. The 18-year-old Canadian has won more WTA matches than any other player this year and is now the highest-ranked teenager on tour. 

"I'm really looking forward to a really tough battle," said Kerber. "I know that I have to play my best tennis in the final again, and I will try to enjoy it as well."

#TeamYonex in Indian Wells

Women
[8] Angelique Kerber (GER) - VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR FIRE 120

2019 BNP Paribas Open: Women's Quarterfinal Recap

INDIAN WELLS, California — The final two spots in the women’s semifinals at the BNP Paribas Open were decided by Team Yonex on Thursday.

Arguably the hottest player in the WTA, Belinda Bencic (SUI), won her 12th-straight match - dating back to February 9 - and will move into the Top 20 for the first time in two and a half years on Monday.

Bencic’s three-set win over [5] Karolina Pliskova marked the sixth Top 10 opponent she has defeated in her recent winning streak.

"I'm very confident," said Bencic. "I'm really just trying to take it one step at a time. Of course now it's been a few steps more. But, you know, I'm not putting pressure on myself even now. I'm just playing.”

Angelique Kerber (GER) will be Bencic’s semifinal opponent after defeating Venus Williams in straight sets to reach her first semifinal in six years.

The German squeezed past Williams in a first-set tiebreak and took that momentum into the second, where she hit only two unforced errors, to advance with a 7-6, 6-3 victory.

2019 BNP Paribas Open: Women's Quarterfinal Preview

INDIAN WELLS, California — Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic’s (CHE) birthday celebrations continued in Indian Wells, as the now 22-year-old won her 11th-straight match to advance to the quarterfinals. 

Bencic has defeated five top-10 opponents during her recent winning streak and will play [5] Karolina Pliskova for a chance at another upset. 

Unseeded Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) also continued her dominant play in the desert. The 19-year-old recorded her first career top-10 victory after defeating [2] Simona Halep in the round of 16, marking her third-straight win over a seeded opponent. 

The last player to advance to the quarterfinals at this year’s BNP Paribas Open was Angelique Kerber (GER) after defeating [9] Aryna Sabalenka in three sets. Down 1-4 in the final set, Kerber stormed back to win the final five games to set up a quarterfinal match with Venus Williams. 

“For sure it was the toughest match of the tournament for me,” said Kerber. “It was an up and down match, a lot of emotions on court. The third set, I think it was just another fight and another comeback from me. 

#TeamYonex in Indian Wells

Women
[23] Belinda Bencic (SUI) - EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125 
[8] Angelique Kerber (GER) - VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR FIRE 120
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) - EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR AIR 125

Men
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) - VCORE 98 / POLYTOUR SPIN 125 / Melbourne Collection / FUSIONREV2
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) - VCORE PRO 97 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 / Melbourne Collection / ECLIPSION2
[24] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) - VCORE 95 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125

2019 BNP Paribas Open: Week 1 Recap

INDIAN WELLS, California — The unusually cool temperatures at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden didn’t stop action from heating up during the first week at the BNP Paribas Open. 

Four head-to-toe players on the men’s side, including Stan Wawrinka (CHE), Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN), Hubert Hurkacz (POL), and Radu Albot (MDA), advanced to the round of 32. 

Albot is currently one of the hottest players on tour. The Moldovan is on a nine-match winning streak, dating back to his first ATP title at the Delray Beach Open.

Wawrinka, who recently re-entered the top-50 after coming back from injury, fought through two three-set matches in the opening rounds and will face Swiss compatriot Roger Federer for a spot in the round of 16. 

On the women’s side, defending champion and top-seeded Naomi Osaka (JPN) revenged her loss to Kristina Mladenovic from two weeks ago in the round of 64 to extend her winning streak in the desert to eight. 

"Honestly, it was great that I got to play her again because I was able to learn from the mistakes I did back then, and I was able to apply it," said Osaka. "I just learned to be really positive and not give her anything."

Osaka, Belinda Bencic (CHE), who is coming off her third career WTA title after winning Dubai, Angelique Kerber (GER), and Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) are looking to join Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) in the round of 16. Vondrousova recorded an upset over Jelena Ostapenko and will face Simona Halep for a spot in the final 8. 

#TeamYonex in Indian Wells

Women
[1] Naomi Osaka (JPN) - EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 
[23] Belinda Bencic (SUI) - EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR PRO 125
[11] Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) - EZONE 98 / POLYTOUR PRO 125 / Melbourne Collection / ECLIPSION2 
[8] Angelique Kerber (GER) - VCORE 100 / POLYTOUR FIRE 120
Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) - EZONE 100 / POLYTOUR AIR 125

Men
Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) - VCORE 98 / POLYTOUR SPIN 125 / Melbourne Collection / FUSIONREV2
Hubert Hurkacz (POL) - VCORE PRO 97 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125 / Melbourne Collection / ECLIPSION2
[24] Denis Shapovalov (CAN) - VCORE 95 / POLYTOUR STRIKE 125
Radu Albot (MDA) - VCORE 98 / Melbourne Collection / ECLIPSION2 
Stan Wawrinka (SUI) - VCORE PRO 97 / Melbourne Collection / ECLIPSION2 

Kyrgios’ Unstoppable Path to Victory: 5th ATP Title and New Ranking

ACAPULCO, Mexico — The men’s Singles final of the Abierto Mexicano Telcel Tournament concluded with Nick Kyrgios (AUS) outlasting opponent Alexander Zverev (GER) in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. The win marked the Aussie’s first tournament win of the season and fifth ATP title of his career.

In a stunning road to victory, Kyrgios broke World No. 2 Rafael Nadal (ESP) three times in the second round — using his powerful serve to help carry him to victory. In the semifinals, he toppled John Isner (USA), and defeated Zverev in the final to complete a rout of some of the top 10 athletes on tour.

“The crowd created the atmosphere every day. It was the best atmosphere I’ve ever played in. They were booing me and I still enjoyed playing and being here.” Kyrgios credited his play to those in attendance.

Kyrgios’ next stop will be at the BNP Paribas Open where he hopes to continue his much-speculated comeback of 2019. 

Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) continued his spectacular play as he cruised to a third consecutive title, winning men’s doubles at the Brazil Open. Gonzalez has been on a tear through South America as of late. Winning the Argentina and Rio Open, all within the span of a month.

Team Yonex looks to make its next big impact at the upcoming BNP Paribas Open kicking off this week and Miami Open starting March 18th.

Player Equipment:

Nick Kyrgios: EZONE 98POLYTOUR PRO 120

Maximo Gonzalez: VCORE 98POLYTOUR PRO 130

Related links:

EZONE : http://yonex.com/tennis/ezoneunleashed/

VCORE : https://vcore.yonex.com/

Bencic Leads Charge as #Team Yonex Captures Impressive Victories

DUBAI, UAE – The stage was set for a perfect storm at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships tournament, where Belinda Bencic (SUI) faced and defeated No. 3 seed Petra Kvitova (CZE) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. The win marks Bencic’s first major tour level championship since 2015 as her WTA ranking improves to World No. 23, as of Monday, February 25th. 

“Of course, I'm extremely happy. I've been playing great the whole week so I'm really proud of that.” Bencic explained. “I'm proud of how I managed to play the final. I didn't get too nervous in the end, which was great.”

Underlining the Swiss’ impressive play, she earned the title by defeating four top-10 players on her path to victory. At one point during the tournament, she even rallied from a third set, 3-5 deficit to end two-time defending champion Elina Svitolina's (UKR)12-match winning streak. 

Radu Albot (MDA) became the first Moldovan athlete to win an ATP Tour level title during a historic win at the Delray Beach Open tournament. In a dramatic battle of nerves, Albot defeated fellow ATP tour final first timer, Dan Evans (GBR) 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(7).

“This means a lot, being the first guy who has ever won an ATP Tour title from Moldova.” Albot emotionally described. “It’s a big thing. Nobody is playing professional tennis from my country at the moment. Nobody has an ATP Ranking point.”

In an equally impressive feat, Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) won a second title in two weeks as he captured the Rio Open Men’s Doubles Championship to accompany his Argentina men’s Double title from the week prior.

Marketa Vondrousova (CZE) took second for women’s Singles at the Hungarian Open tournament and Eri Hozumi (JPN) found success at the Shimadzu All Japan Indoor Tennis Championships as she and her partner won the women’s doubles title in straight sets.

The year is just beginning, but it seems #TeamYonex is already off to an impressive start. 



Player Equipment: 

Belinda Bencic: EZONE 100POLYTOUR PRO 125

Radu Albot: VCORE 98ECLIPSION 2TOURNAMENT APPAREL

Maximo Gonzalez: VCORE 98POLYTOUR PRO 130

Marketa Vondrousova: EZONE 100POLYTOUR AIR 125

Eri Hozumi: VCORE 100POLYTOUR STRIKE 125

 

Related links:

EZONE : http://yonex.com/tennis/ezoneunleashed/

VCORE : https://vcore.yonex.com/