Argentina’s Juan Monaco (VCORE Xi 98) is in a good position to reach the quarterfinals at three consecutive tournaments following Wimbledon. He became a finalist at the bet-at-home Open in Kitzbühel, Austria last week.
It was his first entry since he won the tournament back in 2007. After defeating No. 7 seed Albert Montanes of Spain in the semifinals with a 7-6(2), 7-5 score line, Juan faced another Spaniard, Marcel Granollers, for the title. Playing against Granollers, Juan captured the first set with 3 breaks, giving away only nine points. Even though he lost the close match, Monaco gave an impressive performance. It was Juan’s second final this year.
The US Open, this year’s last Grand Slam tournament is fast approaching. YONEX players are now competing at preliminary tournaments in preparation for this prestigious, hard court event, which begins on August 26 in New York.
EZONE player Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Xi 98) entered the Southern California Open in Carlsbad as the No. 7 seed. She became a semifinalist when she defeated the eleventh ranked Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-7(1), 6-2.
Bet-at-Home Cup, Kitzbühel
Men’s Singles [Semifinals]
Juan Monaco (VCORE Xi 98)(ARG) def. Albert Montanes (ESP) 7-6(2) 7-5
Men’s Singles [Final]
Marcel Granollers (ESP) def. Juan Monaco (VCORE Xi 98)(ARG) 0-6 7-6(3) 6-4
Southern California Open, Carlsbad
Women’s Singles [Quarterfinals]
Ana Ivanovic (EZONE Xi 98)(SRB) def. Roberta Vinci (ITA) 6-1 6-7(1) 6-2
Women’s Singles [Semifinals]
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) def. Ana Ivanovic (VCORE Xi 98)(SRB) 6-0 4-6 6-3
Women’s Doubles [1st Round]
[WC]Martina Hingis (EZONE Xi, PTGP125)(SUI) / Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) def. Julia
Goerges (GER) / Darija Jurak (CRO) 6-1 6-1
Women’s Doubles [Quarterfinals]
Raquel Kops-Jones (USA) / Abigail Spears (USA) def. [WC] Martina Hingis (EZONE Xi,
PTGP125)(SUI) / Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 4-6 7-5 10-3