Lenka Jurikova just like a year ago, advanced into the singles main draw at the clay court of ITF EMPIRE Slovak Open 2016. Now, in the qualifying final, she has beaten the first seeded Arantxa Rus from Netherlands 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-3. Kristyna Pliskova advanced into the second round of the above mentioned match.
Exactly two years ago, Jana Cepelova reached her career best in WTA ranking, 50th place and although she fell out of TOP 100 she is eager to make a come back. She started the new season well, coming through the qualies in January in Brisbane, Australia, her most successful tournament this year. About her current goals, she spoke for our tournament program.
Dear tennis friends,
We are delighted to welcome you all together with my colleagues at TC EMPIRE club at 8th edition of international women´s tournament EMPIRE Slovak Open 2016.
the International Women‘s Championship of Slovakia will take place under its usual name EMPIRE Slovak Open in the beautiful tennis club TC EMPIRE Trnava, with total prize money of 100 000 USD. Starting line-up promises to bring extraordinary tennis with lot of drama. Five players from Top 100 and basically all the players in the main draw from Top 150 in the WTA rankings only prove, tournament has become very popular amongst players because of very pleasant surroundings in the club and perfect organization.
Players in great form in recent days and weeks signed up for biggest women’s tournament in Slovakia EMPIRE Slovak Open 2016. Together with number of Slovakian players, they will highlight the quality of the clay event in Trnava based TC EMPIRE tennis club. Total prize money of 100 000 USD, tournament begins on May, 7 and the singles final is scheduled at 11:00 on May, 15.
Six players from TOP 100 WTA singles ranking have shown interest to play at 8th EMPIRE Slovak Open. Tournament will take place in TC EMPIRE club in Trnava from 7th until 15th May 2016.
In the season 2016 the tournament EMPIRE Slovak Open held in May in Slovakia (town of Trnava, TC EMPIRE club) will be the biggest women‘s tennis event which has been proud of the name International Women‘s Tennis Championship of Slovakia since 2013.
Danka Kovinić beat Russian Margarita Gasparyan in straight sets 7-5, 6-3 in the final of the EMPIRE Slovak Open 2015 in Trnava on Sunday to lift her first trophy of the season.
Strong wind made it difficult for both players. Gasparyan had better start into the game, but she failed to finish off the first set, despite quickly taking the lead 2-0 and being 5-3 games up serving for the set. Montenegrin player needed time to adapt to the conditions and she managed to grab the first set with a four games winning streak.
EMPIRE Slovak Open 2015 tournament is still expecting the singles final. On the clay tournament in Trnava, Margarita Gasparyan advanced into finals and won against Denisa Allertova (22) after the result 7-5, 6-2. The Monte Negro player Danka Kovinic (20) managed to beat the Latvian junior player Jelena Ostapenko (17) with the final result 6-2, 2-6, 4-6.
The Slovak players had not managed to advance into the doubles finals at the clay tournament EMPIRE Slovak Open 2015 in Trnava. The junior players Tereza Mihalikova (16) and Kristina Schmiedlova (17) had not managed to beat the serbo-croatian pair Krunic/ Martic and lost 2-6, 6-7(2). In the quarter finals, Denisa Allertova (22) was able to beat the second seeded Serbian Aleksandra Krunic (22) with the results 6-3, 6-1.