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Azarenka Defeats Serena Williams to Defend Doha Title

 

10062012 China Open Azarenka acknowledges crowd

 

(February 17, 2013) In the battle of No. 1’s – new No. 1 Serena Williams as of Monday, fell to current No. 1 Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 2-6, 6-3 to win the Qatar Open on Sunday.

Azarenka who will be replaced for Williams as the top player on Monday defended her Doha title from last year for her 16th WTA title

“I played really well this entire week, Azarenka said. It’s never easy to play five matches every day with the best players in the world – but I’m glad I was really consistent this week and achieved my goal.”

Azarenka snapped a nine–match losing streak to Williams.

 

“I always respect Victoria,” Williams said. I think she’s a really good player. Obviously she’s so consistent and she plays well. She’s such a solid player. It’s nice to always play someone and go home and you’re like, ‘Okay, I didn’t do great, but let me work harder.’ I think that she inspires a lot of people to work harder, and definitely me.”

Williams ascends to World No.1 on Monday for the 6th time to be come at 31, the oldest ever WTA player to hold the top spot.

QATAR TOTAL OPEN
Doha, Qatar
February 11-17, 2013
$2,369,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results - Sunday, February 17, 2013
Singles – Final
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (2) Serena Williams (USA) 76(6) 26 63

Doubles – Final
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (2) Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) 26 63 106 (Match TB)

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Williams Stops Sharapova and Will Face Azarenka in Doha Final

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(February 16, 2013) A day after moving up to world No. 1 Serena Williams defeated Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday to reach the Qatar Open final. Williams extended her winning streak against the Russian to 10 straight. The American is 11-2 versus Sharapova.

“Maria is always playing really well and so consistent, but I’m trying to be consistent as well,” Williams said to the WTA website. “I love it here in Doha. I’ve never played this particular tournament but I’ve played in Doha before and had some good results, and I hope to have a good result in the final tomorrow, too.”

Williams will face Victoria Azarenka in the Doha final. Azarenka had no problems with Agnieszka Radwanska  stopping her 6-3, 6-3.

“I think it was a really high performance match from both of us,” Azarenka said to the WTA websaite. “It was a little bit shaky in the beginning – I think I did a little bit too many unforced errors and rushed a little bit into the rallies, but I started to be patient and more aggressive and dominant, really going for my shots when there was an opportunity, and taking advantage of every short ball she gave me. I’m glad I could turn it around.”

Williams holds a career 11-1 record versus Azarenka.

QATAR TOTAL OPEN
Doha, Qatar
February 11-17, 2013
$2,369,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results - Saturday, February 16, 2013
Singles – Semifinals
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. (4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 63 63
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. (3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) 63 62

Doubles – Semifinals
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (6) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) 16 76(3) 119 (Match TB)
(2) Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) d. (3) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) 36 63 1210 (Match TB)

Order Of Play – Sunday, February 17, 2013
Centre Court (from 15.30hrs)
1. Doubles Final: Errani/Vinci vs. Petrova/Srebotnik
2. Singles Final: Victoria Azarenka vs. Serena Williams (NB 18.00hrs)

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Azarenka, Williams and Sharapova Cruise to Victory

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(February 14, 2013) All of the top seeds advanced easily at the Qatar Open on Thursday.

No. 1 Victoria Azarenka demolished American Christina McHale 6-0, 6-0.

“I felt like I came out very focused, with a good mindset and a good game plan,” Azarenka  told the WTA website.

“There were a few close games, but I felt like I was really taking advantage of every opportunity I had and not letting her play her game,” said the Belarusian.

Serena Williams, No. 2 defeated Urszula Radwanska 6-0, 6-3 in less than an hour. Williams is close regaining the No. 1 ranking.  Should she move into the semifinals she’ll be the oldest woman to obtain the top spot at 31 years old.

 

QATAR TOTAL OPEN
Doha, Qatar
February 11-17, 2013
$2,369,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results - Thursday, February 14, 2013
Singles – Third Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Christina McHale (USA) 60 60
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 60 63
(3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. Klara Zakopalova (CZE) 63 63
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (13) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 61 76(6)
(6) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 75 57 62
(7) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. (11) Nadia Petrova (RUS) 46 64 63
(8) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 64 75
(10) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Mona Barthel (GER) 76(6) 63

Doubles – Second Round
(4) Llagostera Vives/Zheng (ESP/CHN) d. (WC) Naydenova/Schiavone (BUL/ITA) 75 60
(6) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) 16 75 106 (Match TB)
(7) Hlavackova/Safarova (CZE/CZE) d. Black/Rodionova (ZIM/AUS) 63 36 105 (Match TB)
Raymond/Stosur (USA/AUS) d. Husarova/Zhang (SVK/CHN) 64 46 106 (Match TB)
Hantuchova/Medina Garrigues (SVK/ESP) d. (WC) Garcia/McHale (FRA/USA) 61 62

Order Of Play – Friday, February 15, 2013
Centre Court (from 15.30hrs)
1. Samantha Stosur vs. Maria Sharapova
2. Victoria Azarenka d. Sara Errani
3. Petra Kvitova vs. Serena Williams
4. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Caroline Wozniacki (NB 20.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Llagostera Vives/Zheng vs. Groenefeld/Peschke
2. Hlavackova/Safarova vs. Petrova/Srebotnik (NB 17.00hrs)
3. Raymond/Stosur vs. Kops-Jones/Spears (after suitable rest)

Court 2 (NB 18.00hrs)
1. Errani/Vinci vs. Hantuchova/Medina Garrigues (after suitable rest)

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Azarenka Moves into Third Round, Stephens Falls in Doha

 

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(February 13, 2013) No. 1 Victoria Azarenka is through to the third round of Doha by virtue of a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Romina Oprandi on Wednesday.

Also advancing were defending champion No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki. American teenager Sloane Stephens fell to Klara Zakopalova 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).

“Today was a tough match,” Stephens said of the hot and windy conditions. “The conditions were tough but Klara played well. Now I just need to regroup and keep working on my game and get ready for Dubai.”

Stephens missed playing for the US Fed Cup against Italy last week due to an  abdominal muscle injury.

Should Serena Williams reach the semifinals, she’ll move up to No.1. Azarenka can only hold on to No.1 if she makes the final and Williams loses in the semifinals.

Also advancing were defending champion No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki. American teenager Sloane Stephens fell to Klara Zakopalova 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5).

“Today was a tough match,” Stephens said of the hot and windy conditions. “The conditions were tough but Klara played well. Now I just need to regroup and keep working on my game and get ready for Dubai.”

Stephens missed playing for the US Fed Cup against Italy last week due to an  abdominal muscle injury.

Should Serena Williams reach the semifinals, she’ll move up to No.1. Azarenka can only hold on to No.1 if she makes the final and Williams loses in the semifinals.

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QATAR TOTAL OPEN
Doha, Qatar
February 11-17, 2013
$2,369,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results - Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(1) Victoria Azarenka (BLR) d. Romina Oprandi (SUI) 62 63
(4) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 63 62
(6) Sara Errani (ITA) d. Timea Babos (HUN) 64 60
(7) Petra Kvitova (CZE) d. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) 64 ret. (dizziness)
(8) Samantha Stosur (AUS) d. Monica Niculescu (ROU) 64 16 63
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (9) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 64 64
(10) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) 76(7) 60
(11) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 36 62 64
(13) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Simona Halep (ROU) 63 ret. (low back injury)
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (15) Roberta Vinci (ITA) 62 57 60
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. (16) Sloane Stephens (USA) 46 76(5) 76(5) (saved 4mp)
Christina McHale (USA) d. (17) Lucie Safarova (CZE) 64 62
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. (Q) Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) 63 16 63

Doubles – Second Round
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. Barrois/Daniilidou (GER/GRE) 62 62
(2) Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO) d. Paszek/Zakopalova (AUT/CZE) 63 62
(3) Kops-Jones/Spears (USA/USA) d. Aoyama/Moulton-Levy (JPN/USA) 62 46 105 (Match TB)

Doubles – First Round
Hantuchova/Medina Garrigues (SVK/ESP) d. (5) Hsieh/Huber (TPE/USA) 62 63
(7) Hlavackova/Safarova (CZE/CZE) d. Govortsova/Klepac (BLR/SLO) 62 64
Jurak/Marosi (CRO/HUN) d. Buryachok/Solovyeva (UKR/RUS) 62 62
(WC) Naydenova/Schiavone (BUL/ITA) d. Jugic-Salkic/Klemenschits (BIH/AUT) 63 61

Order Of Play – Thursday, February 14, 2013
Centre Court (from 15.30hrs)
1. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Ana Ivanovic
2. Victoria Azarenka d. Christina McHale
3. Klara Zakopalova vs. Maria Sharapova
4. Urszula Radwanska vs. Serena Williams (NB 20.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Mona Barthel
2. Samantha Stosur vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (NB 17.00hrs)
3. Petra Kvitova vs. Nadia Petrova
4. Raymond/Stosur vs. Husarova/Zhang

Court 2 (from 16.30hrs)
1. Daniela Hantuchova vs. Sara Errani
2. Hlavackova/Safarova vs. Black/Rodionova
3. Garcia/McHale vs. Hantuchova/Medina Garrigues (after suitable rest)

Court 3 (from 16.30hrs)
1. Jurak/Marosi vs. Groenefeld/Peschke
2. Llagostera Vives/Zheng vs. Naydenova/Schiavone

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Serena Williams, Sharapova Advance Easily in Doha

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(February 12, 2013) Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova moved on in Doha with routine victories on Tuesday.

Sharapova extended her winning streak to 10 in Doha stopping French qualifier Caroline Garcia 6-3, 6-2. Sharapova  has never lost in Doha having won teh tournament in 2005 and 2008.

“I was quite happy with the way I played, because my opponent has already played a few matches here so she’s been able to get in that match atmosphere,” Sharapova said to media. “I had a tough match against her in my previous encounter where I played three sets. I really wanted to start better this time as opposed to last time.”

Williams, who will rise to No. 1 should she reach the semifinals showed no signs of an ankle injury or back injury in her 6-2, 6-1 demolition of Russian qualifier Daria Gavrilova.

“I have it heavily taped. As long as the tape doesn’t get loose, it feels really good,” Williams told media.  “Physically feeling better is so good, and hopefully I can stay on that level.”

 

QATAR TOTAL OPEN
Doha, Qatar
February 11-17, 2013
$2,369,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results - Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Singles – Second Round
(2) Serena Williams (USA) d. (LL) Daria Gavrilova (RUS) 62 61
(3) Maria Sharapova (RUS) d. (Q) Caroline Garcia (FRA) 63 62
Mona Barthel (GER) d. (5) Angelique Kerber (GER) 61 62

Singles – First Round
(9) Marion Bartoli (FRA) d. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) 76(5) 63
(11) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Andrea Hlavackova (CZE) 62 63
(Q) Ekaterina Bychkova (RUS) d. (12) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 30 ret. (right shoulder injury)
(15) Roberta Vinci (ITA) d. Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 62 21 ret. (low back injury)
(16) Sloane Stephens (USA) d. Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 62 62
(17) Lucie Safarova (CZE) d. Eleni Daniilidou (GRE) 62 63
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) d. Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) 61 62
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Varvara Lepchenko (USA) 76(8) 30 ret. (upper respiratory illness)
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d (Q) Tadeja Majeric (SLO) 64 64
Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (WC) Ons Jabeur (TUN) 26 63 60
Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. (Q) Nadiya Kichenok (UKR) 61 60
Christina McHale (USA) d. (Q) Vera Dushevina (RUS) 61 62
Monica Niculescu (ROU) d. Jelena Jankovic (SRB) 64 61
Romina Oprandi (SUI) d. Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) 76(2) 75
Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) d. Laura Robson (GBR) 64 61
Timea Babos (HUN) d. (WC) Heidi El Tabakh (CAN) 62 63

Doubles – First Round
(6) Groenefeld/Peschke (GER/CZE) d. Rosolska/Suárez Navarro (POL/ESP) 61 64
Raymond/Stosur (USA/AUS) d. (8) Mattek-Sands/Mirza (USA/IND) 64 62
Barrois/Daniilidou (GER/GRE) d. Kichenok/Kichenok (UKR/UKR) 63 61
Aoyama/Moulton-Levy (JPN/USA) d. Jegiolka/Kapshay (POL/UKR) 76(4) 64
Black/Rodionova (ZIM/AUS) d. (WC) Al Nabhani/Woerle (OMA/GER) 62 64
Paszek/Zakopalova (AUT/CZE) d. Camerin/Halep (ITA/ROU) 62 62

Order Of Play – Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Centre Court (from 15.30hrs)
1. Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Anastasia Rodionova
2. Victoria Azarenka vs. Romina Oprandi
3. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Sorana Cirstea
4. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Marion Bartoli (NB 20.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Timea Babos vs. Sara Errani
2. Simona Halep vs. Ana Ivanovic
3. Petra Kvitova vs. Ekaterina Makarova
4. Samantha Stosur vs. Monica Niculescu

Court 2 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Hsieh Su-Wei vs. Nadia Petrova
2. Ekaterina Bychkova vs. Daniela Hantuchova (NB 17.00hrs)
3. Jugic-Salkic/Klemenschits vs. Naydenova/Schiavone
4. Hantuchova/Medina Garrigues vs. Hsieh/Huber

Court 3 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Christina McHale vs. Lucie Safarova
2. Roberta Vinci vs. Urszula Radwanska
3. Hlavackova/Safarova vs. Govortsova/Klepac
4. Errani/Vinci vs. Barrois/Daniilidou

Court 4 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Sloane Stephens vs. Klara Zakopalova
2. Jurak/Marosi vs. Buryachok/Solovyeva
3. Aoyama/Moulton-Levy vs. Kops-Jones/Spears
4. Paszek/Zakopalova vs. Petrova/Srebotnik

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Wozniacki and Ivanovic Get Easy Wins in Doha

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QATAR TOTAL OPEN
Doha, Qatar
February 11-17, 2013
$2,369,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results - Monday, February 11, 2013
Singles – First Round
(10) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. (LL) Mervana Jugic-Salkic (BIH) 61 62
(13) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) d. Tamira Paszek (AUT) 61 62
Mona Barthel (GER) d. (Q) Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) 64 62
Simona Halep (ROU) d. Olga Govortsova (BLR) 61 60
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) d. (Q) Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) 76(1) 64
(Q) Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) d. Zheng Jie (CHN) 62 63
(Q) Caroline Garcia (FRA) d. (WC) Fatma Al Nabhani (OMA) 62 63
(LL) Daria Gavrilova (RUS) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 46 63 63

Doubles – First Round
Husarova/Zhang (SVK/CHN) d. Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) 63 26 107 (Match TB)
(WC) Garcia/McHale (FRA/USA) d. Dushevina/Jankovic (RUS/SRB) 63 75

Order Of Play – Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Centre Court (from 14.30hrs)
1. Andrea Hlavackova vs. Nadia Petrova
2. Francesca Schiavone vs. Marion Bartoli
3. Caroline Garcia vs. Maria Sharapova
4. Daria Gavrilova vs. Serena Williams (NB 19.30hrs)
5. Mona Barthel vs. Angelique Kerber

Court 1 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Eleni Daniilidou vs. Lucie Safarova
2. Roberta Vinci vs. Yanina Wickmayer (NB 16.00hrs)
3. Laura Robson vs. Daniela Hantuchova
4. Maria Kirilenko vs. Ekaterina Bychkova

Court 2 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Sorana Cirstea vs. Ons Jabeur
2. Monica Niculescu vs. Jelena Jankovic
3. Heidi El Tabakh vs. Timea Babos
4. Kvitova/Wickmayer vs. Barrois/Daniilidou

Court 3 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Christina McHale vs. Vera Dushevina
2. Carla Suárez Navarro vs. Ekaterina Makarova
3. Sloane Stephens vs. Anna Tatishvili
4. Makarova/Savchuk vs. Paszek/Zakopalova

Court 4 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Urszula Radwanska vs. Nadiya Kichenok
2. Klara Zakopalova vs. Varvara Lepchenko (NB 16.00hrs)
3. Mattek-Sands/Mirza vs. Raymond/Stosur
4. Lepchenko/Niculescu vs. Aoyama/Moulton-Levy

Court 6 (from 14.30hrs)
1. Tadeja Majeric vs. Hsieh Su-Wei
2. Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Romina Oprandi (NB 16.00hrs)
3. Al Nabhani/Woerle vs. Black/Rodionova (NB 17.00hrs)
4. Rosolska/ Suárez Navarro vs. Groenefeld/Peschke (NB 18.30hrs)

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WTA Doha – Monday Schedule

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QATAR TOTAL OPEN
Doha, Qatar
February 11-17, 2013
$2,369,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Order Of Play – Monday, February 11, 2013
Centre Court (from 15.30hrs)
1. Zheng Jie vs. Anastasia Rodionova
2. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Mervana Jugic-Salkic (NB 17.30hrs)
3. Tamira Paszek vs. Ana Ivanovic
4. Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (NB 20.00hrs)

Court 1 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Mona Barthel vs. Yulia Putintseva
2. Caroline Garcia vs. Fatma Al Nabhani
3. Simona Halep vs. Olga Govortsova
4. Dushevina/Jankovic vs. Garcia/McHale

Court 2 (from 15.30hrs)
1. Anabel Medina Garrigues vs. Daria Gavrilova
2. Grandin/Uhlirova vs. Husarova/Zhang

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