2003 Linz & Luxembourg WTA Singles Results     Ai Sugiyama & Kim Clijsters, Champions

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Generali Ladies, Linz, AUT Tier II
$585,000 - 28 players - indoor: hard
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order of play
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s1 # 9 Anastasia Myskina
s2 # 11 Ai Sugiyama
s3 # 12 Vera Zvonareva
s4 # 14 Nadia Petrova

Seat Open, Luxembourg, LUX Tier III
$225,000 - 30 players - indoor: hard
draws & schedule .pdf
order of play
draw & results, .html
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s1 # 1 Kim Clijsters
s2 # 10 Chanda Rubin
s3 # 27 Eleni Daniilidou
s4 # 34 Tamarine Tanasugarn
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Linz:
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#11 Ai Sugiyama
5' 4", 121 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
Luxembourg:
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#2 Kim Clijsters
5' 8", 150 lbs, RH, 2H-BH

    Battle of Tsushima: On Sunday in the Linz Final, 2nd seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan defeated # 13 Nadia Petrova of Russia 7-5, 6-4 (Ai is shown after match point on Sunday).

    Ai said: "In the three years my mother has been coaching me, I have vastly improved technically, mentally and also fitness-wise. Playing the doubles also gives me match practice for the singles...
    "It wasn't easy to settle into the match today, but the longer it went on the more confident I became...
    "I had a great preparation all week and my discipline really paid off. It's a mental game out there. You have to be really tough on the important points and every game was close. [Nadia is] very strong and I had to use my best weapon - my footwork. I'm in a good position for the championships now, so I just have to focus on Philadelphia [next week]..." story

    It was 21-year-old Nadia's 1st WTA singles final, she will likely have more opportunities soon. 28-year-old Ai is now 5-5 in WTA singles finals. Both young ladies are currently at the highest singles ranks of their careers. Ai is currently ranked # 1 in doubles, and won her 28th WTA doubles title Sunday also, partnered with Liezel Huber. The only previous match between Nadia & Ai was at this year's Australian Open, where Nadia defeated Ai 6-4, 6-4 in the 2nd round, so they are now 1-1 for career matches.

    The main draw for Linz had 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw.
    Sunday's final in Linz began at 1:30pm local time (that is 1130 the same day GMT, UCT, ZULU, 7:30am EDT, or 4:30am PDT).

    Where's Kim?: Ai Sugiyama had to make do without her usual doubles partner this week (and did), because she was playing in Luxembourg (as she usually does). In the Final there on Sunday, Ai's friend top-seeded Kim Clijsters of Belgium defeated 2nd seed # 10 Chanda Rubin of the US 6-2, 7-5 (photo shown). Kim will be # 1 in the singles rankings again next week. Kim did not play doubles in Luxembourg (she is ranked # 2 in doubles, just behind Ai), probably saving some energy for the WTA Championships in LA Nov. 3rd, where she will be battling her compatriot Justine Henin-Hardenne to see who ends the year with the # 1 singles ranking.

    Kim said: "I can't believe I've won this tournament now four times and it sounds weird to say I've won eight titles this year...
    "After the first set Chanda really picked up her game - she took advantage of her opportunities, while my level might have dropped a little bit." story

    Kim now leads Chanda 6-0 in career matches, and the 7-5 2nd set today was the closest Chanda has come to taking a set from Kim since the 1st time they played. 27-year-old Chanda is now 7-12 in WTA singles finals and has won 2 this year, while 20-year-old Kim is now 18-13 in WTA singles finals, winning 8 of those this year.

    The main draw for Luxembourg had 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers and 2 wild cards in the main draw.
    Sunday's final in Luxembourg began at 3pm local time (that is 1300 the same day GMT, UCT, ZULU, 9:00am EDT, or 6:00am PDT).

WTA SCOREBOARD: Linz & Luxembourg

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?

From the Linz WTA Photo Gallery:
photo links may not function; in Jan 2004 the WTA discarded their original photo gallery

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Barbara Schett, from
Innsbruck, Austria
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Russians Anastasia Myskina, Vera Zvonareva & Nadia Petrova,
the 1st, 3rd, & 4th seeds, showed the flag in Linz on Monday.
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Silvija Talaja
& Tatiana Perebiynis
Linz, 1st Round, Mon-Weds:
#14 Jelena Dokic d #17 s5 Daniela Hantuchova SVK YUG 6-4, 6-1
#15 s7 Paola Suarez ARG d #65 wc Karolina Sprem CRO 6-3, 6-4
#16 s6 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #207 wc Sybille Bammer AUT 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
*#26 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS d #21 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-3 7-6(5)
*#23 Elena Bovina RUS d #22 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-6(7), 6-4
#24 Magui Serna ESP d #38 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-4, 7-5
#28 Patty Schnyder SUI d #60 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI 7-6(4), 7-5
#30 Tina Pisnik SLO d #47 Alexandra Stevenson USA 6-2, 6-3
#41 Petra Mandula HUN d #73 Barbara Schett AUT 6-3, 6-3
#43 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #66 q Ludmila Cervanova SVK 6-3, 5-7, 6-0
#57 Marion Bartoli FRA d #374 q Sonya Jeyaseelan CAN 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4)
#64 q Maja Matevzic SLO d #69 q Klara Koukalova CZE 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

Linz, 2nd Round, Weds-Thurs:
#9 s1 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #23 Elena Bovina RUS 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

    Anastasia said: "[Elena is] a good player so it was very difficult. I'm so happy to have finally won... I lost many easy points. I absolutely wanted to win and got so mad with myself, which helped me in the end." story

#11 s2 Ai Sugiyama JPN v #30 Tina Pisnik SLO 6-3, 7-5
#12 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #57 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-2, 6-3
#13 s4 Nadia Petrova RUS d #26 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
#14 Jelena Dokic YUG d #41 Petra Mandula HUN 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
#15 s7 Paola Suarez ARG v #24 Magui Serna ESP 7-5, 6-3
#16 s6 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #64 q Maja Matevzic SLO 6-3, 6-4
#28 Patty Schnyder SUI d #43 Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-3, 6-4

Linz, QFs, Friday:
*#28 Patty Schnyder SUI d #9 s1 Anastasia Myskina RUS 6-1, 6-1

    Patty said: "It was a perfect match for me, everything I tried worked out." story

#11 s2 Ai Sugiyama JPN v #14 Jelena Dokic YUG 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3
#12 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #16 s6 Anna Pistolesi ISR 6-2, 3-6, 7-5

    Vera was down 1-5 in the 3rd set and saved 3 match points before recovering. Vera said: "I am still all excited. It was a great match and at 1-5, I profited from Anna getting tired."

#13 s4 Nadia Petrova RUS d #15 s7 Paola Suarez ARG 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Linz, SFs, Saturday:
#11 s2 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #12 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
#13 s4 Nadia Petrova RUS d #28 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-2, 6-2

Linz, Final, Sunday:
winner's prize: $93,000
#11 s2 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #13 s4 Nadia Petrova RUS 7-5, 6-4

Linz, Doubles Final, Sunday:
s1 Ai Sugiyama & Liezel Huber d Marion Bartoli & Silvia Farina Elia 6-1, 7-6(6)


Linz, Qualifying Finals, Monday:
#64 Maja Matevzic SLO d #125 Anna Lena Groenefeld GER 6-1, 6-4
#66 Ludmila Cervanova SVK d #88 Silvija Talaja CRO 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
#69 Klara Koukalova CZE d #141 Michaela Pastikova CZE 7-6(0), 6-3
*#374 Sonya Jeyaseelan CAN d #132 Eva Fislova SVK 6-2, 6-4

Linz, Withdrawals:
#1 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL fatigue
#3 Serena Williams USA left knee surgery
#19 Conchita Martinez ESP
 
Luxembourg, 1st Round, Mon-Tues:
#27 s3 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #68 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA 7-6(5), 6-2
*#95 Milagros Sequera VEN d #32 s6 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 7-5, 6-4
#34 s4 Tamarine Tanasugarn d #406 wc Elke Clijsters BEL 6-2, 6-3
#36 s7 Alicia Molik AUS d #75 Rita Grande ITA 6-3, 6-3
#37 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d #645 wc Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-2, 7-6(7)

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Maria Sharapova

*#46 Emilie Loit FRA d #42 s8 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 6-3, 6-2

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Emilie Loit

#49 Laura Granville USA d #71 Flavia Pennetta ITA 5-7, 7-5, 6-3
#52 Cara Black ZIM d #77 q Julia Vakulenko UKR 6-1, 6-4
*#82 Claudine Schaul LUX d #53 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 7-6(6), 6-4

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Claudine Schaul

*#58 Anca Barna GER d #55 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-3, 6-4
*#62 Marlene Weingartner GER d #56 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 6-3 6-3
#81 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #144 Elena Tatarkova UKR 2-6, 6-0, 6-1
#102 q Stephanie Foretz FRA d #123 q Barbara Rittner GER 6-1, 6-2
#122 q Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #130 Teryn Ashley USA 6-3, 6-0

Luxembourg, 2nd Round, Weds-Thurs:
#2 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #82 Claudine Schaul LUX 6-3, 6-1

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Kim Clijsters

#10 s2 Chanda Rubin USA d #102 q Stephanie Foretz FRA 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
#27 s3 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #52 Cara Black ZIM 6-4, 6-1
*#58 Anca Barna GER d #34 s4 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-3, 6-4
#36 s7 Alicia Molik AUS d #81 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-4, 6-1
#37 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d #122 q Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-1, 7-6(4)

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Maria Sharapova

#46 Emilie Loit FRA d #49 Laura Granville USA 6-3, 6-3
#62 Marlene Weingartner GER d #95 Milagros Sequera VEN 6-1, 6-4

Luxembourg, QFs, Friday:
#2 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #46 Emilie Loit FRA 6-4, 7-5
#10 s2 Chanda Rubin USA d #36 s7 Alicia Molik AUS 5-7, 5-4 30-0 retired-- left foot injury
*#62 Marlene Weingartner GER d #27 s3 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-2, 6-1
#37 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d #58 Anca Barna GER 4-6, 6-3, 6-2

Luxembourg, SFs, Saturday:
#2 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #37 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-0, 6-3
#10 s2 Chanda Rubin USA d #62 Marlene Weingartner GER 6-2, 7-5

Luxembourg, Final, Sunday:
winner's prize: $35,000
#2 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #10 s2 Chanda Rubin USA 6-2, 7-5

Luxembourg, Doubles Final, Sunday:
Maria Sharapova & Tamarine Tanasugarn d Elena Tatarkova & Marlene Weingartner 6-1, 6-4


Luxembourg, Qualifying Finals, Monday:
*#123 Barbara Rittner GER d #80 Els Callens BEL 6-7(5), 6-4, 7-5
#77 Julia Vakulenko UKR d #177 Rita Kuti Kis HUN 6-3, 6-3
*#122 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #87 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-2, 6-7(6), 6-3
#102 Stephanie Foretz FRA d #135 Mara Santangelo ITA 6-4, 6-4

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