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2017 WTA Croatia Bol Open Finalists

2018 Tickets on Sale Now!

All tickets for the 2018 WTA Croatia Bol Open are on sale now. Tickets are sold through ticketshop.hr.

The tournament takes from Tuesday, June 5 through Sunday, June 10 at the BlueSun Tennis Center in Bol on the island of Brač.

The Croatia Bol Open is the flagship WTA event in Southeastern Europe. Since the tournament’s return to Bol in 2016 it consistently ranks among the best tournaments in the WTA 125K series. With $125,000 in on-site prize money and 160 ranking points awarded to the winner, the WTA Croatia Bol Open continues to attract top talent on the women’s tour and serves as a springboard for players’ careers. Each year the tournament promises a rich entertainment program for its visitors.

Tickets for the whole tournament cost 100 Kuna, single day tickets cost 30 Kuna, and finals tickets cost 60 Kuna.

The official entry list will be released at a press conference in Split tomorrow, May 22. Top Croatian players, including Petra Martič, Jana Fett, and Ana Konjuh, expressed interest in playing in Bol this year. Some early entrants include 2003 Bol Open champion Vera Zvonareva and Sara Errani.

All profits from ticket sales will be donated to a safe house located in Dalmatia that provides housing and care for female victims of domestic violence.

To purchase tickets to the 2018 WTA Croatia Bol Open, visit the link here.

WTA Croatia Bol Open Tennis Court

Vera Zvonareva to Return to Bol 15 Years After Maiden WTA Title

Fifteen years after winning her first WTA title in Bol, Vera Zvonareva has committed to play the 2018 WTA Croatia Bol Open. The former world number two from Russia took home the trophy in 2003, the last year the tournament was held before its return in 2016.

The WTA Croatia Bol Open served as a launchpad for Zvonareva’s career. She first played in Bol in 2002 when she made the quarterfinals and finished the year in the world’s top 50. The following year she defeated future Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez to claim her first of 12 titles on the WTA tour. She ended 2003 ranked no. 13 in the world.

Zvonareva’s notable accomplishments include a run to the finals of the 2008 WTA Tour Championships in Doha, defeating defending champion Ana Ivanovic to win Indian Wells in 2009, and consecutive Grand Slam finals at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2010. Her accomplishments on the court also include success in doubles. Zvonareva has four Grand Slam Titles to her name, two in doubles and two in mixed doubles. She won the 2006 U.S. Open with Nathalie Dechy, and the 2012 Australian Open with compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova. She also won the U.S. Open in 2004 with Bob Bryan, and Wimbledon in 2006 with Andy Ram.

Currently ranked 145th in the world, Zvonareva is on a comeback tour after taking two years off from professional tennis from 2015 to 2017. During that time she got married and gave birth to her first child. The 33-year-old started the 2018 season with a wildcard into the main draw of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy where she defeated this year’s Madrid runner up Kiki Bertens before falling to reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the second round. Despite her early loss in singles, Zvonareva claimed the doubles title with Timea Bacsinszky. It was her first doubles final in six years.

The official entry list for the 2017 WTA Croatia Bol Open comes out in mid-May. The tournament starts on Tuesday, June 5. Singles and doubles finals take place on Sunday, June 10.

Aleksandra Krunic wins 2nd WTA Croatia Bol Open

Bol, 11.6.2017- Aleksandra Krunic, a Serbian player born in Moscow is the new winner of the WTA Croatia Bol Open. She was leading against the Romanian Alexandra Cadantu in the final with 6:3, 3:0 when Cadantu decided to retire due to the back injury.

“I am sorry that we have not played the match till the end but Cadantu had problems during the whole week and she put up a fight. I am extremely happy that I managed, firstly to reach my first WTA final and now to win my first WTA title. I will always remember Bol for that.

Thanks to everyone who organized the tournament, especially to ball boys. Sometimes I can be mean to them, I would use this opportunity to apologize, I have not been doing that intentionally.” – said the new champion of Bol, Aleksandra Krunic.

Aleksandra entered the WTA Croatia Bol Open tournament as 124th in the world, from today she is going to be ranked at 101st.

On the Central Court of the Bluesun tennis center, there was an exhibition between Iva Majoli and Martina Hingis, and after that the two finals -in singles and in doubles. Iva Majoli invited the Swiss to Bol for a rematch of the Roland Garros finals from 20 years ago. Iva won in Paris but now Hingis evened the score at the exhibition. After 4:4 in gems, Swiss won the tiebreak 7:5.

Iva and Martina started the match and then they were accompanied by the minister of finance Zdravko Maric and one of the top managers of the Gazprom, Aleksandar Medvjedev. They finished the match playing singles though. Majoli started ahead in the tie-break but Martina rallied behind and got her revenge for the defeat from 20 years ago.

“Bol is an awesome destination, this is the first time I am here. I am glad that Iva invited me. It is nice that it finally happened. It is hard to find time for an exhibition while I am still actively competing in doubles but we did it. We spent the Saturday evening together, went to the beach, and enjoyed the performance of a Swiss DJ, the perfect situation… If I get another chance I will come on Brac again.” –she said.

“Martina was unbeatable at that time, not losing a single match. After the semi-final with Monica Seles everybody was expecting a routine finale. In the 4th round I was a set down, losing 1:4 and 15:40 to Lindsay Davenport but I managed to pull through. Then I played against Amanda Coetzer who defeated Steffi Graf who I never won against, making me a favor. We both had our chances ,that was one of the ugliest matches. Against Martina I started nervous. This was the 100th Roland Garros and my first finals; an incredible feeling. I managed to pull together, play point-by-point and I won in the end”- said Majoli

The director of the WTA Croatia Bol Open, Feliks Lukas was also happy with the outcome. “I thank to everyone on their support. We have been working through the whole year for this. This is a fantastic story for the promotion of Croatia and we hope to continue doing the same” – said Lukas.

The minister of tourism, Gari Cappelli was also happy. “It is fantastic that the tournament is not organized during the high season, in low season we need this kind of manifestation, festivals and sports manifestations; this brings additional reasons for tourists to come, any kind of entertainment. Croatia has to follow this trend.” –concluded Cappelli.

Aleksandra and Alexandra will be playing for the title of WTA Croatia Bol Open

Bol, 10.6.2017 – The finals of the second WTA Croatia Bol Open Tournament will be played between the Serbian Aleksandra Krunic and Romanian Alexandra Cadantu. Krunic won against the Brazillian Beatriz Haddad Maia and Cadantu scored the win against the title defendant Luxembourgian Mandy Minella.

After dropping the first set 1:6, Aleksandra Krunic scored a decisive victory at the end.

“Of course it is a bit unexpected, this was my first semifinal and now I go to the first final. This was a really good week for me. After the first set I had to adapt to her serve speed but I was patient and waited for my moment, for her to start slowing down because if she had continued with the same I don’t think I would have endured” –said Krunic immediately after the victory.

She added that she was very focused on the play and her sports routine so she had no time to enjoy the Bol, but she promises to celebrate regardless of the outcome tomorrow.

Romanian Cadantu, ranked at bare 235th place surprised the many by entering the tournament in Bol.

Are you surprised that you made it all the way to the final?

“I am not that surprised. I have been training hard and dreamed about winning a WTA title. I have been working on my game and now I am on a very solid level; the title has to come once. Now I am just thinking about recovering. I am happy with what I did so far” – she commented after the match.

Krunic and Catandu played only one match so far, 8 long years ago in Vinaros (Spain) where Krunic won.

Tomorrow, beginning at 11am at WTA Croatia Bol Open we expect an exhibition match Majoli – Hingis after which we have the final Krunic – Cadantu from 12 pm. Both of the matches will be broadcasted directly on HRT2.

Haddad-Maia, Krunic, Cadantu and Minella make it to the semi-finals

Bol, 9.6.2017 –  In the first semifinals of the WTA Croatia Bol Open, Brazilian Beatriz Haddad-Maia will be playing against Serbian Aleksandra Krunic while in the second semi-final Romanian Alexandra Cadantu will meet the title defender, Luxembourgian Mandy Minella.

Haddad-Maia beat the experienced Itallian Sara Errani by 6:1, 6:4 while in the Serbian quarter-final Krunic won against Ivana Jorovic with 6:3, 6:1. On the other side of the draw, Romanian Cadantu beat the Greek Maria Sakkari with 6:4, 6:0 while Minella won against the Ukrainian Katerina Bondarenko with 6:2, 6:1.

All of the four quarter-final matches were without any suspense. Greek Sakkari could not make a stand against Romanian Cadantu; after she lost the first set 6:4 she could not get a game in the second. Minella is 31 years old and Cadantu is four years younger. So far they played twice and Minella won the last match in France, 3 years ago. So far in her career Minella earned $1,4 million while Cadantu earned half of that sum.

So far Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia and Aleksandra Krunic never played against each other. Krunic is 24 while Haddad Maia is 20.So far she justified her status of the big hope of Brazilian sport playing an impressive tennis in Bol. Krunic has career earnings of $1,1 million while the Brazilian just passed $200,000 in prize money. Interestingly, Krunic was born in Moscow as a child of the Serbian immigrants.

Croatia left without a representative on WTA Croatia Bol Open

Mrdeza lost against Cadantu 6:3, 3:6, 2:6, Bondarenko overpowered Lukas

Even though she entered the match well, Tereza Mrdeza eventually lost after an almost 3 hour game against Romanian Alexandra Cadantu. “I had tactics, I knew that I play against an opponent that does not miss a lot but simply first set I played well on the outside, managed to hit some drop shots but I failed to realize the start of the second set. It was physically tough to enter against her high spins and that was the key to my exhaustion. In the second set I started to miss more and what I played in the first was not getting through anymore while she kept her game well. “
Mrdeza will play against Cadantu again tomorrow, but this time in doubles: “We play the doubles tomorrow, against Cadantu and her Indian partner (P.Thombare), we have a good chance and I hope my colleague and I will play a good match”, Mrdeza added.
In an afternoon match, Italian Sara Errani made it to the quarterfinals by beating Olga Saez Larra, a young Spaniard by 7:5, 6:3.
“I feel very well, I have never been to Bol before but it is beautiful here” – said the finalist of Roland Garros in 2012. Even though she is one of the favorites to win the tournament in the general opinion, she commented: “I do not think about being a favorite, I look just a match after a match.” and looking at her rank at a mere 91st place and the plans for this season she added that her wish is to climb up again and that she is working on it.
Last local hope was Tena Lukas from Kastela. However, standing on the other side of the court was Ukrainian Katerina Bondarenko, in all ways a player of a higher caliber, currently better than Tena who showed it by winning 6:0, 6:2.
Tena left the court visibly disappointed.
“It was not my day. I picked the wrong strategy” – said Lukas.
What would you change now?
“I picked the wrong approach. I tried to go for winners but I could get in very little. It would have been better, now I see it, if I had tried to keep the ball in the game longer, mix the game; but now it is unnecessary to comment on that”- said Lukas
Results of the Round of 16
Bondarenko – Lukas 6:0, 6:2, Minella – Chuang 6:2, 7:6 (6), Haddad Maia – Larsson
7:6 (3), 6:1, Errani – Saez Larra 7:5, 6:3, Cadantu – Mrdeža 3:6, 6:3, 6:2, Krunić – Govortsova 6:0, 6:4, Sakkari – Van Uytvanck (Sakkari walkover), Jorović – Gjorcheska 6:4, 5:7, 6:2.

Mixed success of Croatian players on the second day of WTA Croatia Bol Open

Tena Lukas passed through the first round, Ajla Tomljanovic did not. Tena Lukas beat the Swiss Xenia Knoll 6:3, 6:1

“I played well and I am happy with my first win on the tournament” – said Lukas.

Ajla was unlucky with the draw but also during the match with a Greek Maria Sakkari who won with 6:4, 4:6, 6:1.  Even though Ajla played very good tennis at moments, she is still not in her best form. Her game varied a lot and she struggled with the serve due to the last years shoulder surgery.

A win would have sent her directly to the quarterfinals because Belgian Alison van Uytvanck withdrew due to the injury, so Sakkari made it through without playing.

Through the whole last year you could not play due to the shoulder surgery. How happy are you with the return?

“I started to play in Acapulco in March, after that I went through the third round of Miami winning over some good players. For me that was a very good start. After that I dropped form and realized how hard it is to come back. But I wanted to play as soon as possible, anywhere.”

Doctors say that the shoulder problem appeared due to the too heavy racket and unsuitable strings? “I don’t like to think about the past, what happened, happened. That is an opinion of the doctor who did the surgery.I don’t want to lose sleep over that but look forward”

What is the hardest in return after such a long break?

“The hardest is that I do not feel on the same level physically. My shoulder is not fully ready and that is troubling me, especially with the serve. It is hard to watch the tournaments that I would love to play but I can`t. Father supports me and when I get depressed, he pulls me back into reality.”

Are the shoulder injuries now past?

“They should be. I need to listen to my doctors and to my body. If I feel any pain I must not force it.”

Where is your base now?

“Partly in Brisbane and partly on Florida. I spend more time in Australia when I play in a regional tournament down under. As for every Australian athlete it is hard to go back during the season because it is far away. But I like to do the training camp over there due to excellent conditions. I spend a lot of time in United States because Florida is an excellent base and suitable for traveling to tournaments.

Ajla`s performance in Bol was closely followed by her boyfriend, 19th player in the world, Nick Kyrgios who arrived in the last moment from Paris through Split and directly to Bol with the speedboat. He was accompanied by the tournament director Feliks Lukas who led him directly to the central court of the Bluesun tennis center Zlatni Rat.

Other results:

Errani – Najdenova 6:1, 6:4, Krunić – Sorribes Tormo

7:5, 6:4, Jorović – Kučova 6:0, 7:5, Larsson – Kostova 6:2, 6:3.

Thursday schedule

BLUESUN CENTER COURT početak u 11:00 [Q] C. Chuang (TPE) vs [2] M. Minella (LUX)[1] J. Larsson (SWE) vs B. Haddad Maia (BRA)

Not before 3pm

O. Saez Larra (ESP) vs [5] [WC] S. Errani (ITA)[6] K. Bondarenko (UKR) vs [WC] T. Lukas (CRO)

INA COURT start at 11am T. Mrdeža (CRO) vs A. Cadantu (ROU)A. Krunić (SRB) vs O. Govortsova (BLR)

Not before 2 pm

L. Gjorcheska (MKD) vs I. Jorović (SRB)M. Sakkari (GRE) / S. Sorribes Tormo (ESP) vs K. Kawa (POL) / J. Tinjić (BIH)After Duer Rest – [1] C. Chuang (TPE) / R. Voracova (CZE) vs M. Eguchi (JPN) / G.Pairone (ITA)

Tomljanovic, Lukas, Larsson and Krunic accepted defeat!

 After yesterday’s matches at the central court, over 80 children and tennis fans squared off against four skilled players: Ajla Tomljanovic, Johanna Larsson, Aleksandra Krunic and Tena Lukas.

Children from the Unisport sportschool in Bol, amongst whom was the youngest participant – 3-year-old Stela Palavra, were accompanied with 50 more children who arrived on a day-trip from Medjugorje.Those were the members of the sports club “Medjugorje” and the Sportland Academy that is supported by Marin Cilic, Ivan Dodig and Tokislav Brkic. They were led by the academy founder Zeljko Dodig and their coaches. 

“This is a big project and an excellent opportunity for our children to enjoy in this beautiful environment”-said Zeljko Dodig who announced they will be returning the next year for a multi-day trip”

Strength on the court was significantly on the children side who managed to win against the pros. Their goal was to hit over the net all at once where pros who had to return them stood no chance.

“I always like to participate on Kid’s day especially at home when we can bond better. Honestly, I have never seen as many children on the Kid’s day” – said Ajla Tomljanovic who left the court last due to all the autograph requests.

 

 

Players’ party

Bol 6.6. 2017 – A spectacular performance by Soul Fingers band marked the opening party of WTA Croatia Bol Open last night at the pool of Elaphusa hotel in Bol. Organizational team and the players who arrived from all over the world at, as they say one of the most beautiful tournaments, enjoyed the great atmosphere that Soul Fingers are well known for.

Of course, players left the party first due to the fact that first round matches of WTA Croatia Bol Open started at 11`o clock in the morning.

WTA Croatia Bol Open Tennis Court

Qualifications and Main Draw info

Singles matches of the WTA tournament Croatia Bol Open kick-off on Tuesday at 11’o clock. Four players will be representing Croatia. Ana Biskic qualified with a win over a German, Jasmin Jebawy with 6:2, 6:4 while Ani Mijacika lost to Chia-Jung Chuang from Chinese Taipei, 6:3, 7:6(4).
Ajla Tomljanovic will be playing against Maria Sakarti from Greece while Ana Biskic opens against a Macedonian Lina Gjorcheska. Tena Lukas is playing against a Swiss Xenia Knoll who qualified for the main tournament. Knoll is returning to Bol after winning a title in doubles alongside Petra Martic the last year. Fourth Croatian player in the first round will be Tereza Mrdeza who meets Prarthana Thombare from India.