In a battle between Russians World No. 3 Vera ZvonarevaÂ won the Baku Cup defeating Ksenia Pervak 6-1, 6-4 in the final on Sunday in Azerbaijan. The win marks her second tournament title of the 2011 year.
“Every single opponent was tough,â€œ said Zvonareva.Â “Right now womenâ€™s tennis is at a very high level and very competitive, and I know if I donâ€™t have my full concentration or I donâ€™t give my best there is no chance I will win a match. Maybe I didnâ€™t play my best tennis this week but I still fought very hard and the level of concentration was very high. I really played every single match from the first point to the last, and itâ€™s a great feeling to win at the end of the day.”
“It was a really tough match. Veraâ€™s a really good player and has a lot of experience and so it was really difficult to play against her. Maybe I didnâ€™t show my best game, but I played pretty well I think, especially in the second set,” Pervak said.
The 20-year-old Pervak was playing her first WTA final. Her week as a finalist will lift her ranking into the WTA top 50 as of Monday.
Mariya Koryttseva and Tatiana Poutchek took home their second WTA doubles trophy as a team, having also won at Guangzhou in 2008. Both now have five doubles titles to their names. Koryttseva also reached the semifinals of the singles event in Baku, falling to Zvonareva.
“Iâ€™m so happy for this week,â€œ said Koryttseva.â€œ Finally some results came out for me and Iâ€™m very glad Tatiana and I did this title. For me itâ€™s been a good week and Iâ€™ve enjoyed being here so much.”
Her doubles partner Pouttcheck was equally as joyous,”weâ€™re really happy because to win a tournament is always nice and this final was really tough. Theyâ€™re great doubles players and a great team. We knew it was going to be tough and we had to stick together for every point.”
Results – Sunday, July 24, 2011
Singles – Final
(1) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. (7) Ksenia Pervak (RUS) 61 64
Doubles – Final
(2) Koryttseva/Poutchek (UKR/BLR) d. (1) Niculescu/Voskoboeva (ROU/KAZ) 63 26 108 (Match TB)