2003 Birmingham & Vienna WTA Singles Results     Magdalena Maleeva & Paola Suarez, Champions

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  WTA Jun 9-15


DFS Classic, Birmingham, GBR Tier III
$170,000 - outdoor: grass - 56 players
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s1 # 15 Elena Dementieva
s2 # 14 Eleni Daniilidou
s3 # 13 Magdalena Maleeva
s4 # 22 Elena Bovina

Wein Grand Prix, Vienna, AUT Tier III
$170,000 - outdoor: red clay - 30 players
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order of play
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s1 # 11 Jelena Dokic
s2 # 20 Vera Zvonareva
s3 # 25 Anna Pistolesi
s4 # 30 Silvia Farina Elia
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Birmingham:
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#103 Shinobu Asagoe
5' 7", 128lbs, RH, 2H-BH
#13 Magdalena Maleeva
5' 6", 126lbs, RH, 2H-BH
Vienna:
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#51 Paola Suarez
5' 7", 141lbs, RH, 2H-BH

    Dueling Yonex: In the Final on Sunday in Birmingham 3rd-seeded Magdalena Maleeva of Bulgaria defeated # 103 Shinobu Asagoe of Japan 6-1, 6-4 (Maggie is shown signing autographs on Friday).
    28-year-old Maggie has now won 10 WTA singles titles in 20 finals. Shinobu, who will turn 27 on June 28th, was in her 1st WTA singles final. Shinobu has, however, won has won 8 ITF tournament singles titles and 2 WTA Doubles titles. The highest singles ranking of her career has been # 52; she is moving back in that direction.
    Maggie said: "I came her with no expectations because I had just had a week off. But it is one of my most satisfying wins because I have now won title on all four surfaces... If I get a good draw at Wimbledon I think I could maybe get pretty far... I never thought I could come back to the top 20 after my shoulder surgery [5 years ago] but now I have a chance of the top 10... I think I am a better player now than before. I am very motivated and have a little bit more variety and I am very fit."

    In the Final on Saturday in Vienna, 6th seed Paola Suarez of Argentina won $27,000 by defeating upstart # 97 Karolina Sprem of Croatia 7-6(0), 2-6, 6-4 (Paola is shown at the award ceremony on Saturday). It was Paola's 3rd WTA singles title, she was playing in her 7th final.
    Paola said: "I played incredibly well and put the pressure on her in the last game... After the French Open it was hard to come here without any break, but I am happy I decided to do so."

    Upsetting: There were 22 upsets in the 1st 48 matches in Birmingham. Vienna saw just 9 upsets in the 1st 28 matches, a more typical number. But among the upsets was once again # 11 Jelena Dokic, who seems to be finding out a little bit of what it is like to be Anna Kournikova, but without the injuries. Anna was at # 8 in early 2001 when her troubles began with a stress fracture. Jelena peaked at #4 last year and will drop some points in next week's rankings (she will lose the points she got by winning the title in Birmingham in 2002), but she has some cushion because of a 270 point gap between Jelena at # 11 (1961 points) and Ai Sugiyama at # 12 (1691 points). Ai is on a roll: she is at her all-time high singles ranking and has been winning a lot lately to get there. # 9 Daniela Hantuchova (with 2353 points), off this week, has been experiencing some similar difficulties, along with a problem keeping her weight up. We hope these players regain their best form soon, as they are not only "good for the game," but seem like very nice people also. Jelena and Daniela need to at least reach a good number of QFs and SFs to keep their ranks up. Anna needs to get healthy so she can play.
    Meanwhile, Karolina Sprem appears to be virtually unstoppable now, and may on her way to becoming a household word. After upsetting 3 straight higher ranked players (# 25, # 32, & # 20), Karolina finally lost to Paola Suarez in the Vienna Final. Karolina also reached a final in Strasbourg last month, which is what put her in the top 100 for the 1st time.

    The time in England is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 1 hour (daylight savings). That is 8 hours ahead of PDT in the US, 5 hours ahead of EDT. Play on Saturday is to begin at 1pm local time (5am PDT, 8am EDT). The live scoring works fine, although it only shows games, not points.
    The time in Vienna is UCT plus 2 hours. That is 9 hours ahead of PDT in the US, 6 hours ahead of EDT. The singles Final on Saturday is to begin at 1:30pm local time (4:30am PDT, 7:30am EDT). However, the Vienna website does not appear to have any sort of live scoring.
    This appears to be a tough week for photos; the tourney sites don't have any current ones, and Yahoo! doesn't seem to care. The photos above are from the WTA Photo Gallery, which is usually good for something.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Birmingham & Vienna

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?
Birmingham, 1st Round, Mon-Tues:
#28 s9 Laura Granville USA d #90 Ansley Cargill USA 6-2, 6-2
#34 s11 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI d #219 q Lilia Osterloh USA 6-4, 7-5
#36 s10 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #80 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-4, 6-2
#43 s16 Tina Pisnik SLO d #87 Saori Obata JPN 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
*#137 q Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #46 s12 Daja Bedanova CZE 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2)
*#58 Marion Bartoli FRA d #48 s13 Emilie Loit FRA 6-1, 6-3
#53 s14 Yoon Jeong Cho KOR d #63 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
*#149 q Roberta Vinci ITA d #56 Alicia Molik AUS 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
*#70 Els Callens BEL d #59 s15 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-3, 6-2
*#86 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #60 Cara Black ZIM 7-5, 6-1
#64 Jill Craybas USA d #129 LL Vanessa Webb CAN 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
#66 Virginie Razzano FRA d #106 Lindsay Lee-Waters USA 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
*#198 q Janet Lee TPE d #67 Marlene Weingartner GER 7-5, 6-2
#68 Evie Dominikovic AUS d #122 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA 6(2)-7, 6-1, 7-6(3)
#69 Angelique Widjaja INA d #117 LL Wynne Prakusya INA 6-3, 6(5)-7, 7-5
*#145 LL Adriana Serra-Zanetti ITA d #73 Dally Randriantefy 6-4, 6-3
*#119 Anastassia Rodionova RUS d #84 Silvija Talaja 6-3, 6-1
*#92 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE d #88 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
#89 Stephanie Foretz FRA d #134 LL Gisela Dulko ARG 6-3, 6-2
*#125 q Maria Sharapova RUS d #91 Evgenia Koulikovskaya RUS 6-1, 6-1
#103 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #112 Samantha Reeves USA 6-1, 7-5
#111 q Meilen Tu USA d #189 q Yuka Yoshida JPN 6-4, 6-2
#143 q Tara Snyder USA d #228 Corina Morariu USA 6-2, 7-6(5)
*#263 wc Jane O'Donoghue GBR d #153 wc Elena Baltacha GBR 6(4)-7, 7-5, retired-- back strain

Birmingham, 2nd Round, Tues-Weds:
#13 s3 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #263 wc Jane O'Donoghue GBR 6-2, 6-4
#14 s2 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #111 q Meilen Tu USA 7-5, 6-1
#15 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #143 q Tara Snyder USA 7-5, 6-1
*#103 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #22 s4 Elena Bovina RUS 6-3, 6-3
#23 s6 Lisa Raymond USA d #119 Anastassia Rodionova RUS 6-3, 6-3
*#125 q Maria Sharapova RUS d #24 s5 Nathalie Dechy FRA 6-3, 6-2
*#66 Virginie Razzano FRA d #26 s7 Alexandra Stevenson USA 3-6, 7-5, 6-3
*#86 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #28 s9 Laura Granville USA 6-0, 2-6, 6-4
*#89 Stephanie Foretz FRA d #31 s8 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-3, 6-4
#34 s11 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI d #92 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-1, 6-2
#36 s10 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #149 q Roberta Vinci ITA 6-4, 6-2
#43 s16 Tina Pisnik SLO d #145 LL Adriana Serra-Zanetti ITA 6-2, 6-4
#53 s14 Yoon Jeong Cho KOR d #64 Jill Craybas USA 7-5, 7-5
#58 Marion Bartoli FRA d #68 Evie Dominikovic AUS walkover right quadricep strain
*#70 Els Callens BEL d #69 Angelique Widjaja INA 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
#137 q Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #198 q Janet Lee TPE 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

Birmingham, 3rd Round, Thursday:
#13 s3 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #53 s14 Yoon Jeong Cho KOR 6-1, 5-7, 6-1
#14 s2 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #43 s16 Tina Pisnik SLO 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
#15 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #58 Marion Bartoli FRA 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
*#36 s10 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #23 s6 Lisa Raymond USA 6-2, 6-2
*#125 q Maria Sharapova RUS d #34 s11 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI 6-0, 7-5
*#137 q Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #66 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 6-3
*#103 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #70 Els Callens BEL 7-6(7), 6-1
*#89 Stephanie Foretz FRA d #86 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 6-3 7-6(4)

Birmingham, QFs, Friday:
#13 s3 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #89 Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-7(5), 6-2, 6-3
#14 s2 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #36 s10 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(4)
*#125 q Maria Sharapova RUS d #15 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS 2-6, 7-6(4), 6-2
#103 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #137 q Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2)

Birmingham, SFs, Saturday:
#13 s3 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #14 s2 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
#103 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #125 q Maria Sharapova RUS 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(3)

Birmingham, Final, Sunday:
#13 s3 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #103 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 6-1, 6-4

Birmingham, Doubles Final, Sunday:
s4 Els Callens & Meilen Tu d wc Alicia Molik & Martina Navratilova 7-5, 6-4


Birmingham, Withdrawals:
#158 wc Anne Keothavong GBR right wrist
#77 Anna Kournikova RUS chronic lumbar injury
#57 Flavia Pennetta ITA fever
#85 Ludmilla Cervanova SVK tooth
 
Vienna, 1st Round, Mon-Tues:
#25 s3 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #47 Barbara Schett AUT 6-1, 6-2
#30 s4 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #94 Gala Leon Garcia ESP 6-4, 7-5
#32 s7 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #164 wc Evelyn Fauth AUT 7-5, 6-3
*#62 s5 Clarisa Fernandez ARG d #39 Ashley Harkelroad USA 6-0, 6-0
#42 s8 Maja Matevzic SLO d #105 Angelika Roesch GER 6-3, 6-1
#51 Paola Suarez ARG d #99 Conchita Martinez Granados ESP 6-4, 6-3
#55 Rita Grande ITA d #83 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-4, 6-2
*#197 Maret Ani EST d #52 Petra Mandula HUN 5-7, 7-6(1), 7-5
*#133 Eva Fislova SVK d #65 Iva Majoli ITA 6-0, 6-1
#71 Anca Barna GER d #76 Henrieta Nagyova SVK 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
#72 Klara Koukalova CZE d #98 Christina Torrens Valero ESP 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
#74 Janette Husarova SVK d #195 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-4, 6-1
#78 Patricia Wartusch AUT d #95 Mary Elena Camerin ITA 6-4, 6-4
#97 Karolina Sprem CRO d #154 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 7-5, 4-6, 7-5

Vienna, 2nd Round, Wednesday:
#11 s1 Jelena Dokic YUG d #55 Rita Grande ITA 6-2, 5-7, 6-2
#20 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #197 Maret Ani EST 6-4, 6-2
#30 s4 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #72 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-3, 7-5
#32 s7 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #74 Janette Husarova SVK 6-1, 6-3
#42 s8 Maja Matevzic SLO d #133 Eva Fislova SVK 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-4
#51 s6 Paola Suarez ARG d #78 Patricia Wartusch AUT 6-1, 6-3
*#71 Anca Barna GER d #62 s5 Clarisa Fernandez ARG 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
*#97 Karolina Sprem CRO d #25 s3 Anna Pistolesi ISR 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Vienna, QFs, Thursday:
*#51 s6 Paola Suarez ARG d #11 s1 Jelena Dokic YUG 7-6(4), 6-2
#20 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #42 s8 Maja Matevzic SLO 7-5, 7-5
*#71 Anca Barna GER d #30 s4 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 4-6, 7-6(1), 6-4
*#97 Karolina Sprem CRO d #32 s7 Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-3, 6-2

Vienna, SFs, Friday:
#51 s6 Paola Suarez ARG d #71 Anca Barna GER 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
*#97 Karolina Sprem CRO d #20 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Vienna, Final, Saturday:
#51 s6 Paola Suarez ARG d #97 Karolina Sprem CRO 7-6(0), 2-6, 6-4

Vienna, Doubles Final, Saturday:
Tian Tian Sun & Ting Li d Zi Yan & Jie Zheng 6-3, 6-4

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