April results round-up: Clay proves complicated for the form book

March had the ‘Big Two’ to round out the first quarter of the season and with it the transition from hard-courts to the clay. April is caked in the dirt. 
This month saw drama aplenty in the first week with some epic Davis Cup clashes and later mid-month the Fed Cup more than delivered too – a post will feature about all the action there soon.
On the main tour however it has been a case of niggling injuries, comeback performances and the ever-present shock or two that have littered the season so far from tournaments big and small.
Let’s cut to the chase on the men’s tour with the big story of Rafa Nadal’s continuing struggles this year: two record runs coming to an end – Monte Carlo to Ferrer and the even more impressive Barcelona streak broken by Almagro – are all the more significant given the surface. 
Is there cause for concern for Roland Garros? 
Well Madrid still awaits of course and with Djokovic and Murray still dealing with injury hangovers and the still-dangerous Federer on father duty there is promise. 
But the likes of April’s title victors Dimitrov, Nishikori and of course Wawrinka (sublime in Monte-Carlo against an impressive Federer) – not to mention the ever-present Ferrer, Berdych and Raonic and Rafa is certainly up against it.
Other title winners in April include Garcia-Lopez (Morocco) and Verdasco (Houston).
The women’s tour doesn’t have a Nadal-esque clay King (Queen), at least not since dear Henin. Instead Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Li Na have fared best – at least come the Parisian crunch.
But with Serena herself absent after that shock loss to Cepelova on the green clay in Charleston at the start of the month, and Azarenka still recovering from that foot injury, other names have come to the fore.
These were not however, the 2014 form players per se, Halep, Bouchard and Kvitova – who all enjoyed Fed Cup success – not to mention Aga Radwanska have been usurped by the older guard this month.
After Petkovic deservedly swept to the Charleston title it has been the likes of Sharapova, Ivanovic and Jankovic vying for the silverwear  – with an honourable mention for Svetlana Kuznetsova who continues to make waves on the biggest of stages at 29 years old.
Alize Cornet, Caroline Garcia and the young Donna Vekic (who you may remember from Birmingham last summer) took titles whilst Cibulkova, Oprandi and Giorgi came oh so close themselves.
07.04.2014 Grand Prix Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco           
Clay            € 426,605
Singles : Guillermo Garcia Lopez
Doubles : Horia Tecau, Jean Julien Rojer
07.04.2014 Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship, Houston, U.S.A.           
Clay            $ 474,005
Singles : Fernando Verdasco
Doubles : Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan
13.04.2014            Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, Monte-Carlo, Monaco           
Clay            € 2,884,675
Singles : Stanislas Wawrinka
Doubles : Mike Bryan, Bob Bryan
21.04.2014            Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell, Barcelona, Spain           
Clay            € 1,845,585
Singles : Kei Nishikori
Doubles : Stephane Robert, Jesse Huta Galung
21.04.2014            BRD Nastase Tiriac Trophy, Bucharest, Romania           
Clay            € 426,605
Singles : Grigor Dimitrov
Doubles : Horia Tecau, Jean Julien Rojer
28.04.2014            Portugal Open, Oeiras, Portugal           
Clay            € 426,605
Singles: Carlos Berlocq
Doubles: Scott Lipsky, Santaiago Gonzalez
28.04.2014            BMW Open by FWU AG, Munich, Germany           
Clay            € 426,605
Singles: Martin Klizan
Doubles: John Peers, Jamie Murray
Mar 31 – Apr 06, 2014            Family Circle Cup, Charleston, USA
SINGLES: Andrea Petkovic d. Jana Cepelova 7-5 6-2
DOUBLES: Anabel Medina Garrigues/Yaroslava Shvedova d. Hao-Ching Chan/Yung-Jan Chan 7-6(4) 6-2
Mar 31 – Apr 06, 2014            Monterrey Open, Monterrey, Mexico
SINGLES: Ana Ivanovic d. Jovana Jaksic 6-2 6-1
DOUBLES: Darija Jurak/Megan Moulton-Levy d. Timea Babos/Olga Govortsova 7-6(5) 3-6 11-9
Apr 07 – Apr 13, 2014            BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Katowice, Poland
SINGLES: Alize Cornet d. Camila Giorgi 7-6(3) 5-7 7-5
DOUBLES: Yuliya Beygelzimer/Olga Savchuk d. Klara Koukalova/Monica Niculescu 6-4 5-7 10-7
Apr 07 – Apr 13, 2014            Claro Open Colsanitas, Bogota, Colombia
SINGLES: Caroline Garcia d. Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-4
DOUBLES: Lara Arruabarrena/Caroline Garcia d. Vania King/Chanelle Scheepers 7-6(5) 6-4
Apr 14 – Apr 20, 2014            BMW Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
SINGLES: Donna Vekic d. Dominika Cibulkova 5-7 7-5 7-6(4)
DOUBLES: Hao-Ching Chan/Timea Babos d. Yung-Jan Chan/Saisai Zheng 6-3 6-4
Apr 21 – Apr 27, 2014            GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Marrakech, Morocco
SINGLES: Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor d. Romina Oprandi 6-3 3-6 6-3
DOUBLES: Romina Oprandi/Garbine Muguruza d. Katarzyna Piter/Maryna Zanevska 4-6 6-2 11-9
Apr 21 – Apr 27, 2014            Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart, Germany
SINGLES: Maria Sharapova d. Ana Ivanovic 3-6 6-4 6-1
DOUBLES: Roberta Vinci/Sara Errani d. Cara Black/Sania Mirza 6-2 6-3
Apr 28 – May 03, 2014            Portugal Open, Oerias Portugal
SINGLES: Carla Suarrez-Navarro d. Svetlana Kuznetsova

DOUBLES: Cara Black/Sania Mirza d. Eva Hrdinova/Valeria Solovyeva

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