Anna Blinkova is the member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy: I feel like home here

Anna Blinkova, who plays at the EMPIRE Slovak Open tournament, is the Russian member of the EMPIRE Tennis Academy, which is situated in Trnava. She is No. 115 in the WTA rankings what is close to her career record (No. 113). The 2016 ITF Junior Masters women’s champion cooperates with coach Mislav Hizak in Trnava.

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EMPIRE Slovak Open 2018 will be held in May, it’s 10th edition

Women’s EMPIRE Slovak Open being held in May 2018 will be again the biggest women's tennis event organized in Slovakia. From season 2013 it’s an official International Slovak tennis Championships played outdoors. This tournament is played for 9th time at EMPIRE Tennis club on number 11, Hajdoczyho street in Trnava.

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Marketa Vondrousova is EMPIRE Slovak Open 2017 winner

Women’s EMPIRE Slovak Open as the biggest women's tennis event organized in Slovakia finished in TC EMPIRE Trnava on Sunday 21st of May with singles final. 17-years old Czech Marketa Vondrousova defeated 25-years old player from Paraguay Veronica Cepede Royg in straight sets 7:5, 7:6(3).

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Vondrousova against Royg in Sunday's final at 11:00

Young 17-years old Czech junior Markéta Vondroušová will face Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay in Sunday's final at 11:00 at TC EMPIRE Trnava. Royg defeated just 16-years old Anastasia Potapova of Russia in 3 sets, Vondrousova's opponent, another Russian Alexandrova retired injured in the second set. 

Paraguay player defeated just 16-years old Anastasia Potapova of Russia 6:2, 6:7(4) and 7:5. Match lasted 146 minutes

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Alexandrova and Kozlova another quarterfinalists in Trnava

Last participants of the singles quarter-finals at EMPIRE Slovak Open 2017 were revealed on Thursday. Russian Alexandrova, Ukrainian Kozlova, Japanese Nara joined already known second round winners from Wednesday - Wickmayer, Vondroušová, Watson, Royg and Potapova at the biggest women’s event in Slovakia.

While Ons Jabeur from EMPIRE Tennis Academy lost her match to Ekaterina Alexandrova 2:6, 6:4, 5:7, Kateryna Kozlova also from EMPIRE Tennis Academy defeated British Naomi Broady 6:2, 2:6 and 7:6(5) and reached quarterfinals.

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Belgian Wickmayer was No. 12 in the WTA rankings: The ambition and motivation are still there

"Of course I remember how it feels like to be as high as number 12 in the world but I enjoy playing much more now than I used to when I was younger. I still feel the ambition and motivation to improve and to get back to the top level," says Yanina Wickmayer, No. 1 seed at the EMPIRE Slovak Open 2017.  She is playing in Trnava for the second time in her career.

How are you these days, you haven´t played the tournaments for more than a month, what was the main reason?

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Vondrousova and Jabeur in the quarterfinals, Kuzmova out

Only 17-year-old Czech junior Markéta Vondroušová has reached EMPIRE Slovak Open 2017 quarter-finals. She has overwhelmed Van Uytvanck of Belgium in straight sets 6:1, 6:3. The EMPIRE Tennis Academy member Ons Jabeur has defeated qualifier Antonia Lottner 7:6 (4), 6:3. Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova lost in the second round to British Heather Watson.

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British No. 2 Heather Watson is for the first time in Slovakia

24-years old Heather Watson is a member of one of the strongest generation of female tennis players in Great Britain. In 2015, she was No. 38, but the health problems forced her to stop playing for a while. She is not sure what would have happened if she kept playing in that time. The winner of 3 WTA singles titles is going to play in Slovakia for the first time in her career.

You have never played in Trnava or Slovakia before, have you? Why did you choose our tournament?

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