2014/10/01

Wozniacki Captures Istanbul Title

 

(July 20, 2014) In a match-up between the top two seeds, Caroline Wozniacki destroyed second seed Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-1 in 67 minutes on Sunday to win the Istanbul Cup. The title gave the Dane her first tournament victory of 2014.

Wozniacki said:”I’m happy to have won my 22nd WTA title – it’s a great feeling! I’m happy how the final went today. I served well and pushed her around the court, and I really dictated the match.”

“I tried to play aggressively like always but made a lot of mistakes, Vinci said. “It’s tough to play like that against Caroline because she puts everything back in the court, and it was tough for me to stay in the rallies today. But I’m happy with my week and Caroline just played much better than me.”

World No. 15 Wozniacki has captured at least one title each year since 2008. She has 22 tournament wins in her career.

The 24-year-old Wozniacki has the fourth-most WTA titles among active players, trailing Serena Williams, Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova.

Share

WTA Results for July 19, 2014

wta-logo

TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP – ISTANBUL, TURKEY
$ 250,000.00
14-20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 19, 2014
Singles – Semifinals

[1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) d K Mladenovic (FRA) 62 63
[2] R Vinci (ITA) d [Q] A Konjuh (CRO) 64 62

Doubles – Semifinals
M Doi (JPN) / E Svitolina (UKR) d [4] J Husarova (SVK) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL) 67(4) 63 10-6

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 2:30 pm
DOUBLES FINAL – M Doi (JPN) / E Svitolina (UKR) vs O Kalashnikova (GEO) / P Kania (POL)

Not Before 5:00 pm
SINGLES FINAL – [1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs [2] R Vinci (ITA)

 

COLLECTOR SWEDISH OPEN – BASTAD, SWE
$ 250,000.00
14 – 20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 19, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
C Scheepers (RSA) d J Cepelova (SVK) 75 62
M Barthel (GER) d S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) 62 46 75

Doubles – Semifinals
A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP) d [WC] J Larsson (SWE) / R Peterson (SWE) 62 64

ORDER OF PLAY – SUNDAY, JULY 20, 2014
CENTER start 12:00 noon
J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) vs A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP)

Not Before 2:00 pm
C Scheepers (RSA) vs M Barthel (GER)

Share

Caroline Wozniacki Reaches Istanbul Semis

 

 

 

(July 18, 2014) Top seed Caroline Wozniacki moved into the semifinals of the Istanbul Cup on Friday, extended to three sets by Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic – 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

“I’m happy with the way I’ve been serving this week and it definitely helped me out there today,” Wozniacki told WTAtennis.com. “Karolina is a tough opponent and she always gives me a lot of trouble.

“I knew it was not going to be easy.”

TEB BNP PARIBAS ISTANBUL CUP – ISTANBUL, TURKEY
$ 250,000.00
14-20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 18, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals

[1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) d [8] K Pliskova (CZE) 61 36 62
[2] R Vinci (ITA) d [6] K Nara (JPN) 60 62
[Q] A Konjuh (CRO) d [4] E Svitolina (UKR) 64 16 61
K Mladenovic (FRA) d F Schiavone (ITA) 36 63 75

Doubles – Semifinals
O Kalashnikova (GEO) / P Kania (POL) d V Solovyeva (RUS) / A Tatishvili (USA) 67(4) 64 12-10

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
CENTRE COURT start 4:00 pm
M Doi (JPN) / E Svitolina (UKR) vs [4] J Husarova (SVK) / K Jans-Ignacik (POL)

Not Before 6:00 pm
[Q] A Konjuh (CRO) vs [2] R Vinci (ITA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[1] [WC] C Wozniacki (DEN) vs K Mladenovic (FRA)

 

COLLECTOR SWEDISH OPEN – BASTAD, SWE
$ 250,000.00
14 – 20 JULY 2014

RESULTS – JULY 18, 2014
Singles – Quarterfinals
J Cepelova (SVK) d [Q] Y Putintseva (KAZ) 64 75
C Scheepers (RSA) d L Arruabarrena (ESP) 62 46 63
M Barthel (GER) d K Kanepi (EST) 62 76(4)
S Soler-Espinosa (ESP) d A Panova (RUS) 63 62

Doubles – Semifinals
J Rae (GBR) / A Smith (GBR) d [PR] A Amanmuradova (UZB) / S Vogt (LIE) 63 63

ORDER OF PLAY – SATURDAY, JULY 19, 2014
CENTER start 1:00 pm
J Cepelova (SVK) vs C Scheepers (RSA)
M Barthel (GER) vs S Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
[WC] J Larsson (SWE) / R Peterson (SWE) vs A Klepac (SLO) / M Torro-Flor (ESP)

 

Share

Istanbul To Host ATP World Tour 250 Tournament From 2015

ATP


(July 8, 2014) ATP WORLD TOUR – LONDON — The ATP announced on Tuesday that Istanbul will host an ATP World Tour 250 tournament beginning next year. The first ever ATP World Tour event in Turkey will be played on clay from 27 April – 3 May in 2015.

The Garanti Koza Istanbul Open will be held at the spectacular Koza World of Sports facility, which is promoted as the largest tennis academy in the world. The centre court features a retractable roof and will provide seating for 7,500 people. Two other clay show courts raise available seating to 9,500 and the clubhouse features a fitness centre, spa, swimming pool and restaurant.

Chris Kermode, ATP Executive Chairman and President, said: “We are delighted that the ATP World Tour will be taking place in Turkey for the first time from 2015. This incredible new facility in Istanbul will make a wonderful addition to the many remarkable venues that feature on the ATP World Tour throughout the season. As we add an important market such as Turkey to our global footprint, the ATP World Tour will be set to take place across 62 tournaments in 32 countries in 2015.”

The tournament venue is part of an overall tennis academy that features 15 outdoor clay courts, 20 outdoor hard courts and 28 indoor hard courts and is located within a sporting complex which also has facilities for swimming, basketball, volleyball, soccer and handball. A five star hotel is nearby.

The tournament has been brought to Istanbul by Istanbul Kupasi Tenis Isletmecilik Turizm A.S., a subsidiary of Garanti Koza, one of Turkey’s largest international general contracting companies.

Serhan Baykal, Garanti Koza Board Member, said: “Garanti Koza is thrilled to host an ATP event in Istanbul, giving Turkish tennis fans the opportunity to watch the best players in the world. We look forward to great tennis in Istanbul for many years to come!”

The event will take place in week 17 of the 2015 ATP World Tour, alongside the Portugal Open in Oeiras and the BMW Open by FWU AG in Munich.

The 2015 ATP World Tour calendar can be found here.

ATP WORLD TOUR 2015 SPRING CLAY-COURT CALENDAR

Week Tournament Category
Week 14 (6 April) Casablanca
Houston
ATP World Tour 250
ATP World Tour 250
Week 15 (13 April) Monte-Carlo ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Week 16 (20 April) Barcelona
Bucharest
ATP World Tour 500
ATP World Tour 250
Week 17 (27 April) Istanbul
Munich
Oeiras
ATP World Tour 250
ATP World Tour 250
ATP World Tour 250
Week 18 (4 May) Madrid ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Week 19 (11 May) Rome ATP World Tour Masters 1000
Week 20 (18 May) Dusseldorf
Nice
ATP World Tour 250
ATP World Tour 250
Week 21 (25 May) Roland Garros Grand Slam *Not ATP Member

 

Share

Serena Williams Ends Career Season with Istanbul Win

TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships: Istanbul 2013 - Day Six

(October 27, 2013) For Serena Williams it was icing on the cake to a career season as she rallied past Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in Istanbul to defend her WTA Championship title, her 11th of the year and the fourth time she’s won the event. Williams became the first player to defend the year end event since Justine Henin did it in 2007. It’s the American’s 57th title of her career, 13 more than any other current player and the seventh most in WTA history.

“At the start of the match, maybe I was feeling too excited,” first time WTA Championship finalist Li said. “So after one set and a half I felt like I had no more energy left. I have a little bit of a bad taste, because it’s 6-0 in the third set, but I still feel more positive things than negative. At least in the whole match I was using a lot of serve and volleying. I was trying as much as I could to come to the net. So it was an improvement there and I’m still happy overall.”

“I don’t know how I got through that one,” Williams said. “I’ve just had a really long year, and I’m just really excited, honestly. I really didn’t expect to get through this match today. I’m just overjoyed, to be honest. It’s really awesome. It’s such a special moment. To finish the year No.1 in the world and win this title after 40 years of the WTA, it means even more.”

Li Na will finish the year at a career-high No. 3 in the world, the highest ever for a Chinese player.

Williams was an astonishing 78-4 on the year a .951 win percentage winning over $12.3 million dollars for the year, a WTA record and third overall behind Novak Djokovic’s 2011 and 2012 seasons. At 32, Williams is the oldest player to win the year-end and to be WTA No. 1.

Williams has now extended her winning streak to 15 consecutive matches at the tournament; second behind Martina Navratilova, who won 21 in a row between 1983 and 1987 at the year-end championships.

Share

Serena Williams to Face Li Na for WTA Championships

(October 26, 2013) A sluggish Serena Williams overcame her fatigue to stop Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 to move into finals of the WTA Championships.

Williams who appeared to be in pain during the match said that she hit a wall after playing so much tennis this year. She’s 77-4 on the year and looking for her second straight year-end title, which would be her fourth overall.

Williams will be meeting Li Na in the final on Sunday. Li defeated Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 to make her first appearance in the year-end tournament. This will be a match-up between the two oldest women in the tournament with Williams at 32 and Li at 31.

 

TEB BNP PARIBAS WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS – ISTANBUL
Istanbul, Turkey
October 22-October 27, 2013
$6,000,000/Season-Ending Championships
Hard/Indoors

Results – Saturday, October 26, 2013
Singles – Semifinals
(1) Serena Williams (USA) d. (7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 64 26 64
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. (5) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 64 62

Doubles – Semifinals
Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) d. (1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) 46 75 103 (Match TB)
(2) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) d. Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) 76(5) 62

Order Of Play – Sunday, October 27, 2013
Center Court (from 14.30hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Makarova/Vesnina vs. Hsieh/Peng
2. Singles Final: Serena Williams vs. Li Na (NB 17.00hrs)

Share

Sharapova, Radwanska and Errani/Vinci qualify for TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships

teb_bnp_paribas_wta_champs_istanbul

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova, World No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska and the top doubles team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci have qualified for this year’s TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, to be staged at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013. Despite qualifying, Sharapova’s participation in Istanbul remains questionable due to her continuing recovery from injury.

 

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the world’s best women tennis players as the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize money and one of the most prestigious titles in women’s tennis. Istanbul is set to host the elite season-ending competition for a triumphant third and final year.

 

“We are excited to add Maria, Agnieszka, Sara and Roberta to the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul player field, although Maria continues to rehab from her injury,” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. “We are less than a month away from the Championships and are eager to continue building towards what will be another sensational tournament for the fans in Istanbul and tennis fans around the world.”

 

Maria Sharapova

 

Sharapova captured titles at the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (Stuttgart) in 2013 and has now won at least one title annually for the last 11 years.  Only three players – Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert and Steffi Graf – have enjoyed longer streaks. The Russian was also a finalist at the Sony Open Tennis (Miami), Mutua Madrid Open and Roland Garros, falling on each occasion to Serena Williams. Despite left hip and right shoulder injuries curtailing her fall hard court season, Sharapova is the third player to secure her Istanbul singles qualification.

 

The 26-year-old has qualified for the year-end finale for the seventh time in her career. She won the event on her debut in 2004, defeating Serena Williams in the championship match, and is a two-time finalist, in 2007 and most recently 2012. Only once has she failed to reach at least the semifinal stage, withdrawing from round-robin play in 2011 with an ankle injury.

 

Agnieszka Radwanska

 

Radwanska opened the 2013 season with back-to-back titles at ASB Classic (Auckland) and Apia International Sydney, in addition to winning last week’s KDB Korea Open (Seoul), taking her career tally to 13. The 24-year-old finished runner-up at Bank of the West Classic (Stanford), and was a four-time semifinalist at Wimbledon, Qatar Total Open (Doha), Sony Open Tennis (Miami) and Rogers Cup (Toronto). After the US Open she surpassed $13million in career prize money and is now one of the Top 20 earners in WTA history.

 

The Pole has qualified for the WTA Championships for the third successive year, as well as competing as an alternate in 2008 and 2009. Her best result came last year, reaching the semifinals, before falling to eventual champion Serena Williams. Radwanska’s third round-robin match in 2013 against Sara Errani was the longest recorded best-of-three-set match in Championships history at three hours, 29 minutes. The previous record was set during the 2007 final, when Justine Henin defeated Maria Sharapova in three hours, 24 minutes.

 

Sara Errani / Roberta Vinci

 

Last year Errani and Vinci earned the distinction of becoming the first all-Italian team to compete at the prestigious year-end event and went on to finish the season as WTA Doubles Team of the Year. Vinci is returning to the Championships for the third time in her career: her appearances now span a 12-year period, having made her debut in 2001 partnering Sandrine Testud. Errani, who played in both the singles and doubles events in 2012, has qualified in doubles for the second straight year and remains on track to secure a singles berth as well.

 

The Italians began the season in strong form, triumphing at the Australian Open to win their third Grand Slam crown, followed by titles at Open GDF Suez (Paris Indoors) and Qatar Total Open (Doha). They also made finals appearances at Roland Garros, Apia International Sydney, and Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome). Underscoring their success, the pair has held the World No.1 Doubles ranking either individually or collectively since October last year. First teaming up on a regular basis in 2010, Errani and Vinci have collected a total of 16 doubles titles as a team. They have also compiled an undefeated record to date in Fed Cup doubles competition for Italy, and are due to face Russia in November’s final.

Share

Serena Williams First to Qualify for TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul

Day 3 Serena Williams press conference

(August 5, 2013) ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced today that singles World No.1 Serena Williams is the first player to qualify for this year’s TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, to be staged at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013.

 

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the world’s best women tennis players as the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize money and one of the most prestigious titles in women’s tennis. Istanbul is set to host the elite season-ending competition for a triumphant third and final year.

 

“I congratulate Serena on becoming the first player to secure her place at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul,” said Stacey Allaster, WTA Chairman and CEO. “Serena is having yet another extraordinary season on tour, and continues to be one of the sport’s greatest champions. She has earned the opportunity to defend her title and be part of our very special season finale in Istanbul.”

 

Turkish Tennis Federation president Osman Tural said: “Excitement is building for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul with the confirmation that World No.1 Serena Williams will be back to defend the title she won following an unforgettable performance in 2012. I believe the final year of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul will be remembered as one of the most successful organizations in the history of the event. For the last two years the eyes of the world have turned to Istanbul for this significant tournament, which plays a vital role in supporting the Olympic bid of Istanbul for the 2020 Olympic Games. We invite all tennis fans to experience this wonderful event from 22-27 October and see the best players in the world in action.”

 

“I’m very excited to have qualified for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships and have the opportunity to return to Istanbul in October to defend my title,” said Williams. “The support we received from the fans at last year’s Championships was overwhelming and it’s going to be a very special feeling returning to Turkey and playing in that incredible atmosphere once again.”

 

Williams returns to Istanbul to defend the title she won last year in front of a vocal, sell-out crowd. The 31-year-old has now qualified for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships for the 10th time in her career, and is a three-time champion at the event (2001, 2009, 2012), in addition to reaching finals in 2002 and 2004.

 

The American has amassed an impressive 51-3 record so far this season, including a career-best 34-match win streak while collecting a tour-leading seven titles along the way: Brisbane International, Sony Open Tennis (her sixth title at Miami), Family Circle Cup (Charleston), Mutua Madrid Open, Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome), Roland Garros (her 16th Grand Slam singles crown), and Collector Swedish Open (Bastad).

 

With 53 titles, Williams currently is tied for ninth with Monica Seles on the all-time list for most titles won. In February this year, she returned to the World No.1 ranking, becoming the oldest player to hold the top spot, which she has now done so for 148 non-consecutive weeks across the course of her career. During Wimbledon she achieved her 600th win at all levels, a feat that has been accomplished by just 14 other players in WTA history.

 

Following two successful, record-breaking editions, Istanbul hosts the Championships for the third and final year in 2013. In 2012, the event attracted more than 73,000 fans during six days of competition, the highest attendance at the year-end event since 2000. Championships broadcast coverage reached 167 countries, and the overall hours produced increased 25 percent, including live matches, match replays, and highlights. Nearly 42 million fans followed the on-court and behind-the-scenes action via WTA social media and digital platforms, leading to a record-setting week for the official WTA website (www.wtatennis.com) with approximately 4.8 million page impressions and nearly 500,000 unique visitors.

 

Tickets to the 2013 TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul are now available for purchase through Biletix, either online at www.biletix.com or at Biletix ticket counters in Turkey, with a special 15 percent discount on offer for fans purchasing tickets using TEB credit cards.

 

Follow all the latest news about the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul on www.wtachampionships.com, www.facebook.com/WTA, and www.twitter.com/WTA using #WTAChamps.

 

RACE TO THE TEB BNP PARIBAS WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS-ISTANBUL

(players/teams in bold already qualified)

SINGLES

DOUBLES

PLAYER POINTS   TEAM POINTS
Serena Williams (USA) 7520   Errani / Vinci (ITA/ITA) 6780
Maria Sharapova (RUS) 5890   Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) 5660
Victoria Azarenka (BLR) 5370   Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS) 4681
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 4277   Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) 3935
Sara Errani (ITA) 3781   Barty/Dellacqua (AUS/AUS) 3215
Li Na (CHN) 3300   Groenefeld/Peschke(GER/CZE) 3130
Marion Bartoli (FRA) 3048  
Petra Kvitova (CZE) 2671      
Sabine Lisicki (GER) 2471      
Roberta Vinci (ITA) 2460      
Share

Steady Radwanska Notches First Win Over Kvitova in Istanbul

 

(October 23, 2012) No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska defeated defending WTA Championships titleholder No. 6 Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2 to open round-robin play in the “White Group” in Istanbul on Tuesday.

Radwanska won the first seven points of the match and rushed out to a 3-0 lead in the first set. Kvitova broke to get the match back on serve, but was broken again at 3-4 and the Pole held to close out the first set 6-3.

In the second set the Czech Kvitova was broken in her first two service games, broke back once but never got back into the set.

“For sure was a little bit up and down, especially with the serve,” said Radwanska.  “Was a lot of breaks.  I think she didn’t really use her serve like was really always her big weapon.

“I think today she wasn’t serving that good, that’s why I could really break her a couple of times in the set.  I think it was the key for me in that match.  But, you know, the first match is always tough.  I think we all might play different the next matches.”

This was Radwanska’s first victory over Kvitova (1-4) and she talked about what she did differently this time around.

“I saw the statistic before the match and I thought it would be nice to change,” the Pole said of her losing record against the Czech.

“But it’s always tough, especially for the first match.  Every week is different surface, especially here.  It’s really hard to adjust.

“Just very happy that I could play really my best tennis today and close that match in two sets.

Radwanska liked the court conditions: “It’s actually slow, slower than the usual hard court, so for sure it was a good move that I was here a little bit earlier and trying to adjust to that surface for couple of days before.

I think was the good move.”

She’s very smart and she knows what I will play, Kvitova said of her opponent.  “She knows which side I will choose.  That’s why I think she’s reading the game very well.

“I mean, she’s really dangerous player because you never know if she’s playing slice or dropshot or she can just play on the line or the cross.”

Kvitova, who committed 41 errors in the match admitted she was nervous:

“I was nervous all the match.  I felt my fingers weren’t still moving and I didn’t move on my legs.

“I’m disappointing in myself.  I had a lot of errors and it wasn’t good tennis from my side.

“Yeah, but still, I mean, it’s the Championships and I have a second chance.”

For Kvitova the loss snapped her 25-match indoor win streak and it was her first loss at the Year-End Championships for her career – she went undefeated in 2011.

TEB BNP PARIBAS WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS – ISTANBUL 2012
Istanbul, Turkey
October 23-28, 2012
$4,900,000/SEC
Hard/Indoors

Results – Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Round Robin – Red Group
(3) Serena Williams (USA) d. (5) Angelique Kerber (GER) 64 61

Round Robin – White Group
(2) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (7) Sara Errani (ITA) 63 62
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (6) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 62

Order Of Play – Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Stadium (from 17.00hrs)
1. Serena Williams vs. Li Na
2. Victoria Azarenka vs. Angelique Kerber
3. Maria Sharapova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska

Share

Kerber Qualifies for WTA Champions with Win Over Wozniacki at China Open

By Abigail Hinto

BEIJING, China – As Angelique Kerber officially qualified on Thursday for the first time in her career for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul, she notches her 59th win of the season to reach the quarterfinals of the China Open with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 over Caroline Wozniacki. Even as Wozniacki steadied her game after a lopsided first set (she had 3 winners and 10 unforced errors in the first set compared to 8 winners and 3 unforced errors in the second set), it just didn’t seem it would be enough to defeat a more confident Kerber who attacked more and defended better. Kerber’s defense off her backhand side was especially impressive. She never seemed to get off-balance from that side and defends with pace and precision, managing several times turn around rallies to win them. As Wozniacki tried to up her attack, she found herself facing someone like the player she was when she was on the top of her game.

Abigail Hinto is in Beijing this week covering the China Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.

The match was a study in psychology. There’s Wozniacki, trying to re-find her game, more negative in her body language. From the start of the match, there’s an annoyed look in Wozniacki’s face that exudes a negative energy. Even as she wins points and games and connects with winners, she seemed expectant and ready to face defeat. When she tries to be aggressive and loses the point, she shrugs her hands towards her dad. It wasn’t until she got a second break in the second set did a “C’mon!” come out from her. And it wasn’t until she found herself locked in a battle in the third set did the old fight and cussedness come out. Contrast against a confident Kerber who fistpumps to her box after connecting on a beautiful winner, or gets angry with herself when she commits an error. The two players’ attitudes for most of the match were as much a contrast as their results are this year.

 

This was the type of match Caroline Wozniacki used to win when she was the no. 1 player in the world. A 3-set battle where she eventually wears down and frustrates her opponent with her dogged defense and comes out the winner. But on a crisis of confidence, confused with her game, against someone whose career is going the opposite direction, it’s Wozniacki who caves, goes for the riskier backhand down the line shot down match point and pushes it wide. She loses 1-6, 6-2, 4-6.

“This has been the best year of my career,” said Kerber, the first German to play the year end event since2001. “To have the opportunity to play at the WTA Championships will be an amazing way to end 2012.”

Abigail Hinto is in Beijing this week covering the China Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow her updates on twitter @TennisNewsTPN.

 

Share