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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.

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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)

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Serena Williams to Defend Title at Year-End Championships on Tennis Channel

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(October 17, 2013) LOS ANGELES, – Tennis Channel will be live at the women’s year-end championships in Istanbul, Turkey, throughout next week, as tennis’ top-eight singles players and best-four doubles teams of the year compete for 2013 crowns. With daylong coverage October 22-27, the network will offer close to 40 hours of round-robin and knockout-stage matches at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships. No. 1 among them, 2013 US Open and French Open winner Serena Williams will attempt to win her second-consecutive year-ending singles championship, and the fourth of her Hall of Fame career.

 

During the six-day event, Tennis Channel will cover all round-robin and singles and doubles semifinal matches live, followed by same-day encore singles and doubles championships Sunday, Oct. 27. Weekday telecasts will run from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, with varied schedules on the weekend (complete schedule follows). As with 2012, Tennis Channels’ Brett Haber (@BrettHaber) will call the matches beside analyst Lindsay Davenport (@LDavenport76), who won three-straight year-end doubles crowns from 1996-1998, and the singles title in 1999. On Friday, Oct. 25, Corina Morariu, who held the No. 1 doubles ranking in 2000, will fill in for Davenport.

 

The annual year-end women’s tennis championships are limited to just the eight singles players who earned the most points during the calendar year, and the four top points-earning doubles teams. Every autumn the tournament splits the singles players into two groups of four, with each player guaranteed at least three matches during the week, against the other three members of her group. Following this round-robin play of all-stars, the top two in each group move on to a traditional, single-elimination knockout stage of semifinals and the final match. The four doubles teams also compete in this single-elimination format.

 

As she pursues her fourth year-end title, Williams faces a field that includes 2012 and 2013 Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanksa, Li Na, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani, Jelena Jankovic and Angelique Kerber. The doubles draw is led by 2013 Australian Open champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. The other three teams consist of Hsieh Su-Wei/Peng Shuai, Nadia Petrova/Katarina Srebotnik and Ekatarina Makarova/Elena Vesnina.

 

Tennis Channel’s Web site, www.tennischannel.com, will feature additional TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships information during the tournament. The network will also interact with viewers on platforms Facebook (www.facebook.com/tennischannel), Twitter (www.twitter.com/tennischannel), YouTube (www.youtube.com/tennischannel) and Instagram (http://instagram.com/tennischannel).

 

Tennis Channel’s 2013 TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Schedule

(all matches live unless otherwise indicated)

 

Date                            Time (ET)                   Event                                                                          

Tuesday, Oct. 22         10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        Round-Robin Action

Wednesday, Oct. 23    10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        Round-Robin Action

Thursday, Oct. 24        10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        Round-Robin Action

Friday, Oct. 25             10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.        Round-Robin Action

Saturday, Oct. 26         6 a.m.-7:30 a.m.          Doubles Semifinal

8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.          Doubles Semifinal, Singles Semifinal

Sunday, Oct. 27           8:30 p.m.-12 a.m.        Doubles Final (Encore), Singles Final (Encore)

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Angelique Kerber Earns Final Singles Spot in WTA Championships

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(October 11, 2013) Germany’s Angelique Kerber has earned final singles spot at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013. Kerber secured her spot by advancing to the semifinals of the Generali Ladies Linz in Austria.

 

For the second year in a row – and only the second time in the WTA Championships’ 43-year history – each player in the singles draw will represent a different country: Serena Williams (United States), Victoria Azarenka (Belarus), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland), Li Na (China), Petra Kvitova (Czech Republic), Sara Errani (Italy), Jelena Jankovic (Serbia) and Angelique Kerber (Germany).

 

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the the Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize money.

“I am so excited to be returning to Istanbul for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships,” said Kerber after advancing to the semifinals in Linz.  “The fans last year were amazing and I look forward for the chance to play against the best players in the world. ”

 

Kerber is appearing at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships for the second time, after making her event debut in 2012.

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Maria Sharapova Withdraws from WTA Year-End Championships, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani and Jelena Jankovic Qualify

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(October 7, 2013) – The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced that Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova, Italy’s Sara Errani and Serbia’s Jelena Jankovic have qualified for this year’s TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships, to be held at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 22-27, 2013. Kvitova, Errani and Jankovic join a singles line-up that already includes Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na.

 

World No.3 Maria Sharapova announced her withdrawal from the Championships due to a continuing right shoulder injury..

 

“I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships this year. The fans in Istanbul have welcomed us each year with such intense passion and warmth, I will sincerely miss the energy and excitement they brought to the year-end tournament. I want to thank Istanbul for being a tremendous host and hope to play in Turkey sometime in the future,” said Sharapova.

 

The TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships showcases the world’s Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams to compete for $6 million in prize money. Istanbul is hosting the season-ending event for a third and final year.

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Doubles field set for TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships

 

(October 4, 2013) The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) announced the complete doubles field for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships-Istanbul with the teams of Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik, Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai, and Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina securing their qualification. These players will join the previously qualified pair of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci at the year-end 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 Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams to compete for a record-setting $6 million in prize. The year-end doubles WTA World No.1 ranking will be on the line as Istanbul hosts the elite season-ending competition for a third and final year. In the singles event, Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska and Li Na have already secured their places.

 

“Each of these teams had magnificent seasons and it is exciting to see their hard work has earned them a spot in the year-end TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships,” said WTA Chairman & CEO, Stacey Allaster. “The lineup promises to provide an exciting competition with Grand Slam champions, former No.1s and the best WTA doubles players competing at our crown-jewel event.”

 

The doubles draw ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 24, with semifinals taking place on Saturday, October 26, and the final on Sunday, October 27.

 

PETROVA/SREBOTNIK:

Petrova and Srebotnik advanced to six doubles finals this year, including five in the first three months of the season, winning titles at Apia International Sydney, Sony Open (Miami) and Aegon International (Eastbourne), and finishing runners-up at Qatar Total Open (Doha), Dubai Duty Free Championships and BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells). The duo also performed strongly at the Grand Slams, reaching the semifinals at Roland Garros and quarterfinals at Wimbledon and US Open.

 

Before this year, Petrova and Srebotnik had previously teamed up as far back as 2003, in a partnership that was highlighted by winning the title at 2008 Kremlin Cup (Moscow) and a finals appearance at 2012 Rogers Cup (Montréal). Collectively they own 58 doubles titles, with Petrova winning 24 and Srebotnik 34, placing her fifth among active WTA players.

 

This marks the third time in her career Petrova has qualified for the doubles competition, having previously won the title in 2004 (with Meghann Shaughnessy) and 2012 (with Maria Kirilenko). She also competed in singles at the Championships three times (2005, 2006, 2008). Srebotnik will be competing at the Championships for the seventh time in her career with her fourth different partner (2001-02 with Tina Krizan; 2007-08 with Ai Sugiyama; 2010-11 with Kveta Peschke).

 

HSIEH/PENG:

Hsieh and Peng teamed up to win four doubles titles this year, highlighted by their victory at Wimbledon, as Hsieh became the first player from Chinese Taipei to win a Grand Slam title. They also raised the champions’ trophy at Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome), Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati) and the Guangzhou Open. As a team, they won the first two WTA events they played – 2008 Bali and 2009 Sydney – and have posted a perfect 8-0 record in WTA doubles finals. Overall, Hsieh owns 13 career WTA doubles titles and Peng has won 11.

 

Peng will be the third Chinese woman to compete in doubles at the Championships joining Zheng Jie and Yan Zi, who teamed up in 2006. Hsieh will be fourth Taiwanese woman to compete at the year-end event joining Janet Lee (2002), and Chuang Chia-Jung and Chan Yung-Jan, who teamed up in 2007.

 

MAKAROVA/VESNINA:

Makarova and Vesnina have captured two doubles titles this year, winning the BNP Paribas Open (Indian Wells) and Roland Garros, where they became only the second all-Russian pairing to win a Grand Slam title. The pair also reached the semifinals at the Australian Open, Rogers Cup (Toronto) and Western & Southern Open (Cincinnati), and quarterfinals at the US Open. Individually, Vesnina has won 10 career WTA doubles titles, and Makarova has five WTA doubles titles to her name.

 

The Russians have won four doubles titles together and will be making their debut at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships.

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

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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.

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

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(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      
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Kvitova Withdraws From Istanbul Replaced by Stosur

Defending WTA Championships title holder Petra Kvitova has withdrawn from Istanbul with a viral illness. She is replaced in the draw by first alternate Samantha Stosur.

“Yesterday when I played I thought that it’s nerves, but normally nerves are gone after first set,” Kvitova told media.  “It was actually during all the match, so I thought that it’s something wrong.  That’s why I have to pulled out.

“I mean, I never withdraw from a tournament.  This first time for me, so I don’t really experience this kind of press conferences.

“Yeah, I mean, I don’t like to give up, so I’m feeling really disappointing.  I hope that Sam (Stosur) will win some matches for me.”

Kvitova is scheduled to play for the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup final against Serbia in Prague.

“I try my best to be ready for the Fed Cup, Kvitova said.  “It’s final at home and I would like to ‑‑ I really want to play in front of our crowd, my family and friends, and try to win the Fed Cup title again.

“So I will try my best to be ready for the weekend.

Stosur on joining the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships Istanbul field: “I came to Istanbul straight from Moscow where I played on Sunday, so I got here late, so obviously it is a little bit strange to come here straight after playing a tournament as an alternate and now get a chance to play in the Championships. Obviously, it’s never good when a player pulls out, but I will make the best of the opportunity and look forward to playing tomorrow. I am at Championships for the third time and really happy to be here in Istanbul.”

With Kvitova’s withdrawal, if Maria Sharapova wins her match on Wednesday, she will move on to the semifinals. Stosur still has a chance to advance to semifinals but would need to win both of her round robin matches, depending on other round-robin results.

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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

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