2014/04/16

WTA Round-up; Pavlyuchenkova wins in Paris, Makarova in Pattaya City

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

(February 2, 2014 )Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova rallied to beat Sara Errani of Italy 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to claim the Open GDF Suez in Paris, her sixth career WTA title.

In a topsy turvy match, Errani came back from a1-3 first set deficit winning seven games on the trot to take a 6-3, 2-0 lead. Pavlyuchenkova took the next seven games to even the match 3-6, 6-2, 1-0. The Russian broke the Italian in the eight game of the third set to take a 5-3 lead and served out the match.

Pavlyuchenkova’s title run saw her knock out three top 10 players in the same tournament for the first time in her WTA career – Maria Sharapova in the semifinals, Angelique Kerber of Germany in the quarterfinals and Errani in the final.

“When I lost seven games in a row I don’t really know what happened – maybe I was a little stressed because I was missing some shots and she was so solid,” said the champion. “Also, I was serving so well throughout the tournament and there were times today where I was struggling on serve. But I knew it was from my side, so if I just focused and kept fighting I could get it back.”

“I’m still very happy I could make the final,” said the losing finalist. “I had very good matches from the first round, from Knapp to Svitolina to Cornet, but I was a little bit more tired than normal in the match today because of yesterday. It was very tough to recover. But it was still a very good week for me.”

Ekaterina Makarova won her first title in in almost four years beating Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 7-6 (7) for the Pattaya Open crown on Sunday. The Russian ranked No. 28 won Eastbourne in 2010, her only other tournament victory.

“Today was a tough match,” said the Russian. “She was playing really good tennis and serving really well. I needed to be very focused on my return. I was a little bit nervous at the end, but I’m really happy to win my second title.”

Makarova was Pattaya City’s fourth Russian champion in the last six years.

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Pavlyuchenkova Upsets Sharapova to Reach Paris Final

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova photo courtesy of Taste of Tennis

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova stunned top seed Maria Sharapova in the semifinal of Open GDF Suez topping her Russian countrywoman 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Sharapova handed her opponent the win ending the match with a pair of double faults.

“I’m very happy with my performance today,” Pavlyuchenkova said. “Maria’s so tough and she’s always fighting until the end, so I’m happy I stuck with my game and kept fighting out there as well.

She’ll face Sara Errani in the final.

OPEN GDF SUEZ
Paris, France
January 27-February 2, 2014
$710,000/Premier
Hard/Indoors

Results – Saturday, February 1, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. (1) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 46 63 64
(3) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 76(3) 36 76(5)

Doubles – Semifinals
(4) Babos/Mladenovic (HUN/FRA) d. (1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) w/o (Errani: cramping)

Order Of Play – Sunday, February 2, 2014
Court Central (from 15.30hrs)
1. Singles Final: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Sara Errani
2. Doubles Final: Babos/Mladenovic vs. Groenefeld/Peschke

 

PTT PATTAYA OPEN
Pattaya City, Thailand
January 27-February 2, 2014
$250,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results - Saturday, February 1, 2014
Singles – Semifinals
(4) Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 63 06 64
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 63 46 63

Doubles – Semifinals
(4) Peng/Zhang (CHN/CHN) d. (WC) Lertcheewakarn/Zvonareva (THA/RUS) 62 63

Order Of Play - Sunday, February 2, 2014
Court 1 (from 16.00hrs)
1. Singles Final: Ekaterina Makarova vs. Karolina Pliskova
2. Doubles Final: Peng/Zhang vs. Kudryavtseva/Rodionova

 

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Kvitova, Bartoli Fall in Paris

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OPEN GDF SUEZ
Paris, France
January 28-February 3, 2013
$690,000/Premier
Hard/Indoors

Results – Friday, February 1, 2013
Singles – Quarterfinals
(1) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 75 46 75 (saved 1mp)
(WC) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. (2/WC) Petra Kvitova (CZE) 63 64
Mona Barthel (GER) d. (3) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 76(7) 64
(LL) Kiki Bertens (NED) d. (6/WC) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 61 75

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) w/o (Safarova: right knee injury)
(2) Hlavackova/Huber (CZE/USA) d. Dushevina/Medina Garrigues (RUS/ESP) 46 64 104 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Saturday, February 2, 2013
Centre Court (from 15.00hrs)
1. Sara Errani vs. Kiki Bertens
2. Mona Barthel vs. Kristina Mladenovic (NB 16.00hrs)

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Seeds Cibulkova and Zakopalova Ousted in Paris

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OPEN GDF SUEZ
Paris, France
January 28-February 3, 2013
$690,000/Premier
Hard/Indoors

Results - Thursday, January 31, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(1) Sara Errani (ITA) d. (Q) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 40 ret. (viral illness)
(LL) Kiki Bertens (NED) d. (4) Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 75 64
(6/WC) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Alizé Cornet (FRA) 62 46 62
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (8) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 64 63
(WC) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 64

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(2) Hlavackova/Huber (CZE/USA) d. Dekmeijere/Foretz Gacon (LAT/FRA) 62 63
Dushevina/Medina Garrigues (RUS/ESP) d. Dolonc/Husarova (SRB/SVK) 46 75 1210 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Friday, February 1, 2013
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Dushevina/Medina Garrigues vs. Hlavackova/Huber
2. Kiki Bertens vs. Lucie Safarova (NB 14.00hrs)
3. Sara Errani vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
4. Mona Barthel vs. Marion Bartoli (NB 19.00hrs)
5. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Petra Kvitova

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No.5 Seed Vinci Stopped by Barthel in Paris, Bartoli to Play Fed Cup

Marion Bartoli

Marion Bartoli

(January 30, 2013) Mona Barthel stopped fifth seed Roberta Vinci at the Open GDF Suez on Wednesday,  4-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the second round.

Barthel will play third-seeded Marion Bartoli in the quarterfinals after the Frenchwoman battled back from four set-points down to defeat Christina McHale 7-5, 6-1.

Bartoli has been named to the French Fed Cup team after a nine year hiatus.

Bartoli fell out with former captain Nicolas Escude but current Fed Cup captain Amelie Mauresmo.

Bartoli will join Pauline Parmentier, Kristina Mladenovic, Alize Cornet and Virginie Razzano on the French team

OPEN GDF SUEZ
Paris, France
January 28-February 3, 2013
$690,000/Premier
Hard/Indoors

Results - Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(2/WC) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (Q) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 76(5) 63
(3) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Christina McHale (USA) 75 61
Mona Barthel (GER) d. (5) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 46 61 63

First Round
(6/WC) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Lourdes Domínguez Lino (ESP) 26 61 61
Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 76(7) 46 63
(Q) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. (Q) Virginie Razzano (FRA) 64 36 63
(LL) Kiki Bertens (NED) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 64 75

Doubles – Quarterfinals
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (WC) Coin/Parmentier (FRA/FRA) 46 62 119 (Match TB)
Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) d. (4) Peschke/Rosolska (CZE/POL) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
Dolonc/Husarova (SRB/SVK) d. (3) Goerges/Niculescu (GER/ROU) 62 26 119 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Thursday, January 31, 2013
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Dominika Cibulkova vs. Kiki Bertens
2. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Klara Zakopalova (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Alizé Cornet vs. Lucie Safarova
4. Sara Errani vs. Magdalena Rybarikova
5. Kristina Mladenovic vs. Yanina Wickmayer (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Dushevina/Medina Garrigues vs. Dolonc/Husarova

Court 1 (from 17.00hrs)
1. Dekmeijere/Foretz Gacon vs. Hlavackova/Huber

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Mladenovic Stops No.7 Seed Goerges in Paris

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OPEN GDF SUEZ
Paris, France
January 28-February 3, 2013
$690,000/Premier
Hard/Indoors

Results – Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Singles – First Round
(5) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 60 63
(WC) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) d. (7) Julia Goerges (GER) 75 57 76(4)
Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) d. (Q) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 63 76(3)
Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Sofia Arvidsson (SWE) 63 46 60
(Q) Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 64 62

Doubles – First Round
(2) Hlavackova/Huber (CZE/USA) d. (WC) Kvitova/Wickmayer (CZE/BEL) 76(6) 46 101 (Match TB)
(4) Peschke/Rosolska (CZE/POL) d. Paszek/Zakopalova (AUT/CZE) 36 60 108 (Match TB)
Dushevina/Medina Garrigues (RUS/ESP) d. Minella/Moulton-Levy (LUX/USA) 61 46 107 (Match TB)
(WC) Coin/Parmentier (FRA/FRA) d. Dzehalevich/Jugic-Salkic (BLR/BIH) 63 60

Order Of Play – Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Yanina Wickmayer vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
2. Lourdes Domínguez Lino vs. Lucie Safarova (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Magdalena Rybarikova vs. Virginie Razzano
4. Christina McHale vs. Marion Bartoli
5. Stefanie Voegele vs. Petra Kvitova (NB 19.00hrs)
6. Errani/Vinci vs. Coin/Parmentier

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Kiki Bertens vs. Tamira Paszek
2. Dolonc/Husarova vs. Goerges/Niculescu
3. Roberta Vinci vs. Mona Barthel (NB 15.00hrs)

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Zakopalova, McHale Advance in Paris

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OPEN GDF SUEZ
Paris, France
January 28-February 3, 2013
$690,000/Premier
Hard/Indoors

Results – Monday, January 28, 2013
Singles – First Round
(8) Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 26 75 60
Christina McHale (USA) d. (WC) Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 64 61
Mona Barthel (GER) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 76(1) 60

Doubles – First Round
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Cornet/Mladenovic (FRA/FRA) 61 62
Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova (RUS/CZE) d. Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) 64 46 105 (Match TB)
Dekmeijere/Foretz Gacon (LAT/FRA) d. Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 64 76(2)

Singles Qualifying – Final Round
(2) Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Vesna Dolonc (SRB) 63 64
Virginie Razzano (FRA) d. (4) Kiki Bertens (NED) 26 62 61
(5) Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) d. Caroline Garcia (FRA) 76(4) 61
Stefanie Voegele (SUI) d. Monica Puig (PUR) 64 62

Order Of Play – Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Monica Niculescu vs. Carla Suárez Navarro
2. Sofia Arvidsson vs. Alizé Cornet
3. Julia Goerges vs. Kristina Mladenovic
4. Roberta Vinci vs. Simona Halep

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Stefanie Voegele
2. Peschke/Rosolska vs. Paszek/Zakopalova
3. Kvitova/Wickmayer vs. Hlavackova/Huber (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Dzehalevich/Jugic-Salkic vs. Coin/Parmentier
5. Dushevina/Medina Garrigues vs. Minella/Moulton-Levy

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WTA Paris – Monday Schedule

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OPEN GDF SUEZ
Paris, France
January 28-February 3, 2013
$690,000/Premier
Hard/Indoors

Order Of Play – Monday, January 28, 2013
Centre Court (from 11.00hrs)
1. Kiki Bertens vs. Virginie Razzano (Singles Q Final)
2. Caroline Garcia vs. Magdalena Rybarikova (Singles Q Final)
3. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Klara Zakopalova
4. Errani/Vinci vs. Cornet/Mladenovic (NB 16.00hrs)
5. Christina McHale vs. Pauline Parmentier (NB 17.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 11.00hrs)
1. Monica Puig vs. Stefanie Voegele (Singles Q Final)
2. Monica Niculescu vs. Vesna Dolonc (Singles Q Final)
3. Mona Barthel vs. Urszula Radwanska (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Pavlyuchenkova/Safarova vs. Jurak/Marosi
5. Grandin/Uhlirova vs. Dekmeijere/Foretz Gacon

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Kerber Upsets Bartoli in Paris to Notch First WTA Title

Germany’s Angelique Kerber won her first WTA title on Sunday, out-dueling second seed France’s Marion Bartoli 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 in the Open GDF Suez final in Paris.

“It means a lot for me. I know that I believe in myself now and that I can play with the top players. It’s my first title and I will enjoy it for sure in the coming days,” Kerber said.

“Yesterday was my seventh semi in a row. So I was very happy that I was in the final today. I had nothing to lose. She was the favorite. I just tried to play my game, focus on me and keep fighting every point, and it worked for me.”

The win makes Kerber the first German to win the Pairs indoor tournament since Steffi  Graf in 1995.

“I gave everything I had and Angelique did the same,” Bartoli said. “You have to know when to accept defeat, though. It’s what sport is all about. I didn’t fluff my lines when it came to the final and I was simply beaten by a better player.”

 

OPEN GDF SUEZ
Paris, France
February 6-12, 2012
$637,000/Premier
Hard/Indoors

Results – Sunday, February 12, 2012
Singles – Final
(9) Angelique Kerber (GER) d. (2) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 76(3) 57 63

Doubles – Final
(1) Huber/Raymond (USA/USA) d. Groenefeld/Martic (GER/CRO) 76(3) 61

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Kvitova Topples Clijsters in Paris

Petra Kvitova (AFP/Getty Images - Betrand Guay)

OPEN GDF SUEZ
Paris, France
February 7-13, 2011
$618,000/Premier
Hard/Indoors

Results – Sunday, February 13, 2011
Singles – Final
(4) Petra Kvitova (CZE) defeats (1) Kim Clijsters (BEL) 6-4, 6-3

Doubles – Final
(3) Mattek-Sands/Shaughnessy (USA/USA) d. Dushevina/Makarova (RUS/RUS) 6-4, 6-2

Petra Kvitova knocked out next week’s new No 1 player in the world Kim Clijsters in the final of Open GDF Suez. For Kvitova it’s her third WTA title.
It wasn’t an easy week for the Czech lefty who had to rally from a match point down against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the second round and had to dig  out of a 5-3 third set deficit against Yanina Wickmayer in the quarterfinals.
Clijsters will rise to No.1 on Monday, her 20th career week at the top of the rankings, but first since March 2006.

Kvitova on the victory: “I’m very happy to win my second title of the year, and it doesn’t get much better than beating the new No.1 in the final. I thought I played very well. I played my game, fast and aggressive, as I couldn’t let her dominate. It’s very special to defeat Kim in the final. I’d like to thank my team and I would like to dedicate this victory to my grandfather, who passed away last week.”

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