2003 Los Angeles & Helsinki WTA Singles Results     Kim Clijsters & Anna Smashnova, Champions

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  WTA Aug 4-10

JPMorgan Chase Open, Los Angeles, CA Tier II
$635,000 - 48 players - outdoor: hard
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s1 # 2 Kim Clijsters
s2 # 4 Lindsay Davenport
s3 # 8 Chanda Rubin
s4 # 12 Ai Sugiyama

Nordic Light Open, Helsinki, FIN Tier IV
$140,000 - 32 players - outdoor: red clay
draws & schedule, .pdf
order of play
s1 # 17 Patty Schnyder
s2 # 25 Anna Pistolesi
s3 # 35 Denisa Chladkova
s4 # 44 Petra Mandula

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#2 Kim Clijsters
5' 8", 150 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
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#4 Lindsay Davenport
6' 2", 175 lbs, RH, 2H-BH

    Numero Uno: In the JPMorgan Chase Open singles Final on Sunday in LA, 20-year-old top seed Kim Clijsters of Belgium defeated 27-year-old 2nd seed Lindsay Davenport of the US 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

    When the WTA singles rankings come out for Monday, August 11, Kim will be ranked # 1 in the world, and with the Williams sisters out of action and Justine Henin-Hardenne about a thousand points back, she might be there a while.

    Kim is 16-12 in career WTA finals. She has played in 14 tourneys in 2003, reached the finals of 11 of those, and won 6 of them. Kim now leads Lindsay 7-6 in career meetings, and Kim has won the last 4, all this year.

    Lindsay has won 38 WTA singles titles in her career. Married last year and with toe trouble this year, Lindsay is not talking retirement yet, but has said she might scale back next year and play in fewer tournaments.

    After her semifinal victory Saturday, Kim said: "It would be nice if I could win, but I'll have to play my best tennis. I'll have to hit a lot of the lines and make her move. That's still the part of the game where she's beatable."

    In Saturday evening's SF in LA, # 2 Kim Clijsters defeated 16th-seeded # 30 Francesca Schiavone of Italy 7-5, 6-4 (photo shown).

    In the 1st SF on Saturday, 2nd seed Lindsay Davenport of the US defeated 4th seed Ai Sugiyama of Japan 6-2, 6-1 (photo shown).

WTA SCOREBOARD: Los Angeles & Helsinki

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From Los Angeles' WTA Photo Gallery:
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Viktoriya Kutuzova
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Silvia Farina Elia & Barbara Schett

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Shinobu Asagoe
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Maria Sharapova
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Paola Suarez, Virginia Ruano Pascual (top),
Maria Sanchez Lorenzo, & Magui Serna
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Svetlana Kuznetsova & Chloe

Los Angeles, 1st Round, Mon-Tues:
#26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #31 Magui Serna ESP 6-3, 7-6(3)
#32 Paola Suarez ARG d #46 Alicia Mokik AUS 6-4, 6-4
*#56 Maria Sharapova RUS d #36 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-3, 6-1
#37 Fabiola Zuluaga COL d #49 Tina Pisnik SLO 6-1, 6-3
*#54 Barbara Schett AUT d #38 Amy Frazier USA 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
#40 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #68 wc Mary Pierce FRA 7-6(2), 6-3
*#451 wc Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR d #41 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS 6-4, 6-4

    Viktoriya will turn 15 on August 19th, 2003. Viktoriya said: "It was my first time, my first tournament, my first match. She's a very good player. I was really nervous. I wasn't scared, just nervous, but that's normal. I can play with this."

    Lina said: "I didn't have the energy to move. I don't really know right now what to say because I just wasn't there today."

#43 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #72 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-1, 6-1
*#155 q Tara Snyder USA d #48 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 4-2 retired-- right elbow strain & heat illness
#50 Emilie Loit FRA d #51 Yoon Jeong Cho KOR 6-3, 6-2
*#64 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #52 Cara Black ZIM 7-5, 6-3
*#70 Nicole Pratt AUS d #53 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 7-6(1), 6-4
#55 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #79 q Els Callens BEL 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
#57 Rita Grande ITA d #73 Janette Husarova SVK 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
*#84 wc Saori Obata JPN d #58 Virginie Razzano FRA 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
#101 q Arantxa Parra ESP d #223 wc Angela Haynes USA 6-1, 6-4

Los Angeles, 2nd Round, Tues-Weds:
#2 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #50 Emilie Loit FRA 6-1, 6-1
#4 s2 Lindsay Davenport USA d #54 Barbara Schett AUT 6-3, 6-1
#11 s6 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #43 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-3, 6-3
#12 s4 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #84 wc Saori Obata JPN 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
#13 s7 Conchita Martinez ESP d #155 q Tara Snyder USA 6-4, 6-3
#14 s8 Amanda Coetzer RSA d #101 q Arantxa Parra ESP 6-1, 6-1
*#26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #15 s5 Jelena Dokic YUG 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3
*#64 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #16 s9 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-3, 5-7, 7-5
#19 s10 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #37 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)
#20 s11 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #55 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
*#32 Paola Suarez ARG d #21 s13 Elena Bovina RUS 2-6, 7-5, 7-5
*#70 Nicole Pratt AUS d #22 s12 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3
*#56 Maria Sharapova RUS d #23 s14 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-2, 2-6, 7-5

    Maria said: "I started off with a bang, but when I faltered, it didn't matter - it's how I finished... In the second, I let a few important points go, but in the third I took control of them."

*#451 wc Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR d #29 s15 Alexandra Stevenson USA 6-3,3-3, retired-- right shoulder strain
#30 s16 Francesca Schiavone FRA d #40 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 5-7, 6-3, 6-0
#57 Rita Grande ITA d #71 LL Angelique Widjaja INA 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

Los Angeles, 3rd Round, Thursday:
#2 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #56 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-4, 1-6, 6-1

    About Maria, Kim said: "She hits the ball so hard and so deep... She's an incredible player. She can go all the way. It's just a matter of being consistent."

    Maria said: "I had chances I just didn't take. My goal is to be No. 1, but there's a long journey ahead of me. It's a matter of time and a matter of experience. I need to be playing at the same level throughout the match."

#4 s2 Lindsay Davenport USA d #32 Paola Suarez ARG 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

    Lindsay said: "It's a really strong wind going one way. Balls that are normally right in front of you are skidding. It's always the toughest conditions to play in the wind because the ball is moving around so much, and you can't really aim where you want to aim because you've got to pull your shots inside the court more."

#11 s6 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #64 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-0, 6-3
#12 s4 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #451 wc Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR 6-2, 6-3
*#70 Nicole Pratt AUS d #13 s7 Conchita Martinez ESP 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
#14 s8 Amanda Coetzer RSA d #19 s10 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 7-6(4), 6-3
*#26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #20 s11 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-5
#30 s16 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #57 Rita Grande ITA 6-3, 6-0

Los Angeles, QFs, Friday:
#2 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #26 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3, 6-1
#4 s2 Lindsay Davenport USA d #14 s8 Amanda Coetzer RSA 6-2, 6-4
*#12 s4 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #11 s6 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
#30 s16 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #70 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-2, 6-3

Los Angeles, SFs, Saturday:
#2 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #30 s16 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-5, 6-4

    Kim said: "Mentally, I felt pretty good at the end of both sets and that's a good feeling to take into your next match."

    Francesca said: "She's a better player because she's played a lot of semifinals and the big tournaments, like the Grand Slams. She can play the important moments better. But I enjoyed being out here." story

#4 s2 Lindsay Davenport USA d #12 s4 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-2, 6-1

    Lindsay said: "I thought I did everything well. I felt I was in control of most of the points. The last two days have been really great. I've gotten my mind more into the matches."

    Ai had defeated Lindsay in Arizona last February. Ai said: "When I played her in Scottsdale, she wasn't in perfect condition. She had a cold. I had never beaten her before so she was maybe taking it easy. This time her concentration was very good. Even though I was serving good, she was returning really well. My second serve isn't good enough against her. It was very hard for me to hit a good ball against her because it's already deep and sharp."

Los Angeles, Final, Sunday:
#2 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #4 s2 Lindsay Davenport USA 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

Los Angeles, Doubles Final, Sunday:
wc Mary Pierce & Rennae Stubbs d Elena Bovina & Els Callens 6-3, 6-3


Los Angeles, Withdrawal:
#8 s3 Chanda Rubin USA right shoulder tendinitis
 
Helsinki, 1st Round, Mon-Weds:
*#76 Silvija Talaja CRO d #17 s1 Patty Schnyder SUI 7-6(4), 6-2
#25 s2 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #234 q Jana Hlavackova CZE 6-3, 6-4
#35 s3 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #87 Gala Leon Garcia ESP 6-3, 6-2
#44 s4 Petra Mandula HUN v #88 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-1, 6-2
*#95 q Jelena Kostanic CRO d #59 s5 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-4, 7-6(8)
*#77 Ludmila Cervanova SVK d #61 s6 Anca Barna GER 6-3, 6-4
*#109 Henrieta Nagyova SVK d #63 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
*#107 Melinda Czink HUN d #66 s7 Clarisa Fernandez ARG 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)
#67 s8 Karolina Sprem CRO d #92 Cristina Torrens Valero ESP 6-0, 6-0
*#182 Vera Douchevina RUS d #86 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-1
#89 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #112 q Sandra Kleinova CZE 6-1, 6-2
#90 Myriam Casanova SUI d #191 q Rita Kuti Kis HUN 3-6, 6-4, 6-1
#100 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE d #928 wc Emma Laine FIN 6-1, 6-1
#103 LL Marta Marrero ESP d #133 Evgenia Koulikovskaya RUS 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6)
#105 Barbara Rittner GER d #134 wc Sofia Arvidsson SWE 7-5, 6-4
#108 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #160 LL Katalin Marosi HUN 7

Helsinki, 2nd Round, Wednesday:
#25 s2 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #90 Myriam Casanova SUI 6-2, 6-3
*#182 Vera Douchevina RUS d #35 s3 Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-2, 6-3
#44 s4 Petra Mandula HUN d #89 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 6-2, 6-2
#67 s8 Karolina Sprem CRO d #105 Barbara Rittner GER 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-4
#76 Silvija Talaja CRO d #100 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 0-6, 6-4, 6-1
#77 Ludmila Cervanova SVK d #109 Henrieta Nagyova SVK walkover-- left hip pain
#95 q Jelena Kostanic CRO d #103 LL Marta Marrero ESP 6-1, 6-2
#107 Melinda Czink HUN d #108 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

Helsinki, QFs, Friday:
#25 s2 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #77 Ludmila Cervanova SVK 6-3, 6-0
*#67 s8 Karolina Sprem CRO d #44 s4 Petra Mandula HUN walkover-- right quadriceps strain
*#95 q Jelena Kostanic CRO d #76 Silvija Talaja CRO 6-3, 6-2
*#182 Vera Douchevina RUS d #107 Melinda Czink HUN 7-5, 6-0

Helsinki, SFs, Saturday:
#25 s2 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #67 s8 Karolina Sprem CRO 6-3, 1-6, 6-4
#95 q Jelena Kostanic CRO d #182 Vera Douchevina RUS 7-6(2), 6-4

Helsinki, Final, Sunday:
#25 s2 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #95 q Jelena Kostanic CRO 4-6, 6-4, 6-0

Helsinki, Doubles Final, Sunday:
s2 Evgenia Koulikovskaya & Elena Tatarkova d Tatiana Perebiynis & Silvija Talaja 6-2, 6-4


Helsinki, Withdrawals:
#42 Maja Matevzic SLO viral illness
#131 Patricia Wartusch AUT left ankle sprain

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