2004 Montreal & Stockholm WTA Women's Singles Results-- Amelie Mauresmo & Alicia Molik, Champions

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  WTA Aug 2-6

Rogers AT&T Cup, Montreal, CAN Tier I
$1,300,000 - 56 players - outdoor: hard
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s2 # 3 Amelie Mauresmo
s3 # 5 Anastasia Myskina
s4 # 6 Elena Dementieva
s5 # 7 Jennifer Capriati

Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, SWE Tier IV
$140,000 - 32 players - outdoor: red clay
Live Scores - order of play
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s1 # 17 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi
s2 # 19 Silvia Farina Elia
s3 # 29 Alicia Molik
s4 # 56 Iveta Benesova
Canadian Open: 2005 - 2003 Stockholm: 2005 Helsinki: 2003
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Montreal:
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#35 Elena Likhovtseva
5'8½", 132 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
Montreal:
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#3 Amelie Mauresmo
5'9", 136½ lbs, RH, 1H-BH

    On Sunday in the final of the Rogers AT&T Cup in Montreal, 2nd-seeded 25-year-old # 3 Amelie Mauresmo, crushed # 35 Elena Likhovtseva of Russia 6-1, 6-0 (Elena is shown in her semifinal defeating # 5 Anastasia Myskina 6-3, 5-7, 6-4; Amelie is shown in her SF defeating # 15 Vera Zvonareva 7-6(6), 6-2). The lopsided score is very surprising considering Elena's recent wins over Anastasia, Jennifer Capriati, Francesca Schiavone, and Nadia Petrova (twice).

Montreal
    24-year-old Amelie Mauresmo was born in Geneva, Switzerland and has a residence in St. Germains en Laye, France. Amelie is now 13-12 in WTA singles finals, she won Tier I titles 2 weeks in a row earlier this year in Berlin and Rome. This is the 5th final Amelie has reached this year. Amelie wields a Dunlop "300G" bat, wears Nike attire and shoes, and is coached by Loic Courteau.
    28-year-old Elena Likhovtseva was born in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan and now resides in Moscow. Elena won her 2 WTA titles in 1993 and 1997, but she has also won 19 WTA doubles titles with 6 different partners. Elena swings a club made by Wilson, wears Wilson togs also, and is coached by Dmitry Degtriarev.

    Top-seeded # 14 Serena Williams withdrew from the Rogers AT&T Cup due to a sprained left knee she incurred at the Acura Classic. Serena said: "Following my MRI on Saturday... and on the advice of my doctors and physical therapists, I have made the difficult decision to give my knee more time to fully recover." # 30 Meghann Shaughnessy also withdrew with a neck strain. story
    The main draw for Montreal had 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There were 8 qualifiers, 2 Lucky Losers, and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals were on Sunday.
    Montreal time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 4 hours (=US Eastern Daylight Time, PDT -3). Early round play begins at 10am local time. Montreal has live scoring by points.
    The Rogers AT&T Cup is the 3rd WTA "US Open Series" tourney. What is the US Open Series?

Stockholm:
    # 29 Alicia Molik defeated # 88 Tatiana Perebiynis in the Stockholm final on Sunday 6-1, 6-1 to win her 2nd WTA singles title. Alicia and her partner Barbara Schett also took the doubles title, defeating Emmanuelle Gagliardi and Anna-Lena Groenefeld, 6-3, 6-3.
    Alicia said: "This was as fun as last time. It was great that so many people came out today, it's probably also good for women's tennis in Sweden."

    Photos from Stockholm this week were impossible to obtain. A guy named Bjorn Borg handed Alicia her trophy, so you might think that a camera would have been there. But an extensive search, including Swedish newspapers, has found no photos from the tourney. The WTA has had no photos this week from Stockholm, which is not exactly located at the end of the Earth. The only photo that has appeared online from this tourney was one of Patricia Wartusch during qualifying, which showed up at Yahoo! France for some reason. The WTA should have current daily photos available online from every tourney, if they want sustained fan interest.

    23-year-old Adelaide-born Alicia resides in Melbourne. She won her only previous WTA title in Hobart, Tasmania in 2003, but she reached the final in Vienna earlier this year, and was also a mixed doubles finalist at Wimbledon. Alicia is 5'11¾", 159lbs, RH 1H-BH; she wears adidas and chops with a Dunlop axe.
    21-year-old Tatiana is from Kharkov, in the Ukraine. She previously had reached only 1 WTA main draw quarterfinal, but she reached the 3rd round this year at both the French Open and Wimbledon. Tatiana is 5'8¼", 130lbs, RH 2H-BH; she wears Fila and swings a Wilson bat.

    Warning: some scores at the Nordic Light Open website were posted backwards on Monday and Tuesday (sheesh!). For example, the WTA said that Maria Elena Camerin d Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-2, 6-3. but the Nordic Light site said Groenefeld won. Only their hairdresser knows for sure (actually, they did fix it later).
    The main draw for Stockholm had 8 seeds, with NO 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers, 1 Lucky Loser, and 2 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals were on Monday.
    The time in Sweden is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 2 hours. That is 9 hours ahead of PDT in the US, 6 hours ahead of EDT. Early round play began at 10am local time. Stockholm has live scoring by games.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Montreal & Stockholm

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?
Montreal, 1st Round, Mon-Tues
loser's prize: $3,325 US; points: 1
#15 s10 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #67 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-1, 6-3 Tues
#18 s11 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #180 wc Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN 6-3, 7-5 Mon

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Francesca Schiavone

#20 s12 Karolina Sprem CRO d #159 wc Maureen Drake CAN 6-2, 6-1 Mon

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Karolina Sprem

#21 s13 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #42 L Krasnoroutskaya RUS 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4 Mon

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Magdalena Maleeva

#22 s14 Elena Bovina RUS d #54 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-1, 6-3 Tues
#23 s15 Chanda Rubin USA d #273 q Antonia Matic GER 6-4, 6-3 Tues
#24 s16 Fabiola Zuluaga COL d #47 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 6-1, 6-4 Mon
#26 Mary Pierce FRA d #73 Marlene Weingartner GER 6-1, 6-1 Mon

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Mary Pierce

#28 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #79 Laura Granville USA 6-3, 6-2 Tues
*#35 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #31 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN 0-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tues
#34 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #36 Emilie Loit FRA 5-3 retired Mon
#37 Nicole Pratt AUS d #82 Shenay Perry USA 6-4, 6-4 Mon
#40 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #55 Anca Barna GER 6-2, 6-1 Mon
#44 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #45 Saori Obata JPN 7-6(3), 6-4 Tues
#49 Kristina Brandi PUR d #86 LL Rita Grande ITA 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 Tues
#51 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #68 Marta Marrero ESP 6-3, 6-3 Mon
#52 Gisela Dulko ARG v #91 Lindsay Lee-Waters USA 6-3, 7-5 Tues
#59 A Parra Santonja ESP d #124 q Anne Kremer LUX 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 Tues
*#186 q Lilia Osterloh USA d #62 Jill Craybas USA 0-6, 6-3, 6-1 Tues
#69 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #665 wc Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-3, 6-2 Mon
*#84 q Mashona Washington USA d #70 Barbora Strycova CZE 7-6(3), 6-4 Tues
#76 Alina Jidkova RUS d #100 q Teryn Ashley USA 6-1, 6-2 Mon
#80 Martina Sucha SVK d #167 q R Neffa del los Rios PAR 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2 Tues
*#193 q Bethanie Mattek USA d #132 q Angelique Widjaja INA 6(2)-7, 6-3, 6-4

Montreal, 2nd Round, Tues-Weds
loser's prize: $6,500 US; points: 25
#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #51 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 Tues
#5 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS v #59 A Parra Santonja ESP 6-0, 6-4 Wed

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Anastasia Myskina

*#52 Gisela Dulko ARG d #6 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Gisela Dulko

    Gisela said: "I played well from the baseline and served pretty well. That was the key to match... [Elena is] the best ranked player I've ever beat. So it's one of the best wins of my career." story
    Gisela said her game has improved since moving back to Buenos Aries after living in Miami for 2½ years. Gisela said: "I think I'm happier being at home, that's the difference. I missed my home, my bed, my dogs, my mom so I decided to come back."
    About occasionally practicing with retired Argentine great Gabriella Sabatini, Gisela said: "Last time I played her, she didn't miss one ball."

#7 s5 Jennifer Capriati USA d #76 Alina Jidkova RUS 7-6(3), 7-5 Tues

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Jennifer Capriati, wearing new Fila garb, commented on a line call

    Jennifer said: "I was a bit tight and tentative. Then I got into a good rhythm, but it rained so I had to come out and do it all over again." story
    About playing Mary Pierce in the 3rd round on Thursday, Jennifer said: "[Mary is] playing well. My career record against her is better, although she beat me last year. I've just always been able to play with a bit more variety and move a little better and that's given me the edge. I know Mary's game and she knows mine. I just have to be ready for a lot of hard-hit balls."

#8 wc s6 Maria Sharapova RUS d #49 Kristina Brandi PUR 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Maria Sharapova

    Kristina broke Maria's serve in the 2nd set, but Maria broke back immediately. Maria said: "The sun started bothering me - I know that's an excuse [laughing]... And [Kristina] definitely picked up her game in the second set."

#11 s7 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #34 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tues

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Ai Sugiyama

*#35 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #12 s8 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-4 6(6)-7 7-5 Wed
#13 s9 Paola Suarez ARG d #44 Jelena Jankovic SCG 6-3, 6-2 Wed
#15 s10 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #193 q Bethanie Mattek USA 6-2, 7-6(5) Wed
#18 s11 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #28 Nathalie Dechy FRA 7-6(4), 6-4 Wed
#20 s12 Karolina Sprem CRO d #69 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 Tues
#21 s13 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #80 Martina Sucha SVK 6-3, 6(4)-7, 6-4 Wed
#22 s14 Elena Bovina RUS d #186 q Lilia Osterloh USA 7-6(7), 6-4 Wed
#23 s15 Chanda Rubin USA d #84 q Mashona Washington USA 6-4, 6-3 Wed
*#40 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #24 s16 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Wed
#26 Mary Pierce FRA d #37 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-1, 6-1 Tues

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Mary Pierce

    Mary said: "I felt really good. I was hitting the ball well - heavy, hard and deep - and that seems to cause problems returning the ball for my opponents. That's the key. My strength is my power. I can't forget to use that part of my game."

Montreal, 3rd Round, Thurs
loser's prize: $12,775 US; points: 42
#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #22 s14 Elena Bovina RUS 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

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Amelie Mauresmo

    Amelie said: "It was a big battle. In the second set, I missed a couple of chances to break her serve and I got frustrated [Amelie hit a ball out of the stadium]. I thought I can't go on like this, so I was able to refocus and come back." story

#5 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #23 s15 Chanda Rubin USA 6-4, 6-0

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Anastasia Myskina

    Anastasia said: "I'm enjoying tennis right now. I'm enjoying my life and what else is there but to play good and enjoy life?" story

#7 s5 Jennifer Capriati USA d #26 Mary Pierce FRA 6-2, 6-4

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Jennifer Capriati

    Jennifer said: "I feel like I really played well and there was no sign of any layoff or rust. It was a lot better than the first day, that's for sure... [Mary] started playing better in the second set, playing like she had nothing to lose. I had to stay in there and stick it out."

*#15 s10 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #8 wc s6 Maria Sharapova RUS 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

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Vera Zvonareva

    Maria said: "It's disappointing but no hard feelings. I know you can't win everything and you're going to lose sometimes. I'll go home and train now and get ready for the U.S. Open." story

*#20 s12 Karolina Sprem CRO d #11 s7 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-3, 6-4

    Karolina said: "I knew I had to play my tennis - hit the ball hard and not let [Ai] in the game."
    About playing Amelie Mauresmo for the first time (in the quarterfinals on Friday), Karolina said: "I don't want to put pressure on myself. I just want to go on the court and have fun and play the best tennis I can."

*#21 s13 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #13 s9 Paola Suarez ARG 6-4, 6-3
*#35 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #18 s11 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-2, 6-3
#40 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #52 Gisela Dulko ARG 6(0)-7, 6-3, 6-4

Montreal, QFs, Fri
loser's prize: $25,050 US; points: 75
#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #20 s12 Karolina Sprem CRO 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
#5 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #21 s13 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 7-5, 6-1

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Anastasia Myskina

    About playing #35 Elena Likhovtseva in the night semifinal on Saturday, Anastasia said: "[Elena is] my best friend, so it will be really hard for us. I just hope it's a good match. She's really on top of her game this week." story

*#35 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #7 s5 Jennifer Capriati USA 6-2, 7-5

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Elena Likhovtseva

    Elena said: "I knew I had to control Jennifer [from the baseline] from the beginning. But she played well, too... I just felt very good. I had difficult matches coming into the semifinals, like the one against Petrova. After that match, I couldn't really believe I won. It felt like a loss because I was up 5-3 and then lost the second set. Against Jennifer, I wasn't thinking about what would happen if I won, so I just enjoyed it. It feels great." story

    Jennifer said: "[Elena] played exceptionally well - the best I've seen her play in a while... I hadn't played many matches coming into this tournament... I know these girls come out with nothing to lose and they go for it. She played her best. It's like that every time and when I'm not 100 per cent on my game, it just makes it more difficult. It opens the door for them to win."

#15 s10 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #40 Tatiana Golovin FRA 6-3, 6-1

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Vera Zvonareva

Montreal, SFs, Sat
loser's prize: $49,125 US; points: 135
#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #15 s10 Vera Zvonareva RUS 7-6(6), 6-2 career matches: Amelie leads 4-0


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Amelie Mauresmo

    Amelie said: "I know [Vera's] game well — what she does well and what she does that's not so good. I don't think she likes my game too much, but this was probably the closest match we've played."
    Vera led 5-1 in the tiebreak before Amelie won 7 of the next 8 points to take the 1st set. Amelie said: "It pumped me up. I just thought I had a small chance to come back in the tiebreaker, so I kept fighting. I fought on that ball at 5-1 and it went my way."

*#35 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #5 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 career matches: Anastasia leads 2-1

Montreal, Final, Sun
loser's prize: $ 96,000 US; points: 210
winner's prize: $ 189,000 US; points: 300
#3 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #35 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-1, 6-0 career matches:Amelie leads Elena 3-1

Montreal, Doubles Final
losers' prize: $15,500 US
winners' prize: $29,000 US
cdr74 s5 Ai Sugiyama & Shinobu Asagoe d cdr38 s4 L Huber & T Tanasugarn 6-0, 6-3


Montreal, Qual Finals, Sun Aug 1
#84 Mashona Washington USA d #196 Ansley Cargill USA 6-3, 6-2
*#167 Rossana Neffa del los Rios PAR d #86 Rita Grande ITA 6-0, 6-1
*#186 Lilia Osterloh USA d #91 Lindsay Lee-Waters USA 6-0, 6-2
#100 Teryn Ashley USA d NR Tania Rice CAN 7-5, 4-6, 6-0
*#132 Angelique Widjaja INA d #109 Ashley Harkleroad USA 3-6, 6-4, 6-0
#124 Anne Kremer LUX d #213 Adriana Barna GER 6-3, 4-6, 6-1
*#193 Bethanie Mattek USA d #145 Yuka Yoshida JPN 6-2, 6-0
#273 Antonia Matic GER d #367 Melanie Marois CAN 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

Montreal, Withdrawals
#14 Serena Williams left knee
#30 Meghann Shaughnessy neck strain
#75 Milagros Sequera VEN visa problem
 
Stockholm, 1st Round, Mon-Wed
loser's prize: $1,000 US; points: 1
#17 s1 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi ISR d #96 Melinda Czink HUN 6-2, 6-1 Wed
#19 s2 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #176 q Anna Chakvetadze RUS 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3Tues
#29 s3 Alicia Molik AUS d #220 wc Hanna Nooni SWE 7-5, 6-3 Tues
*#88 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #56 s4 Iveta Benesova CZE 7-5, 6-3 Tues
*#106 Severine Beltrame FRA d #58 s5 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(2) Mon
#61 s6 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #105 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 Tues
*#87 Henrieta Nagyova SVK d #64 s7 Flavia Pennetta ITA 5-7, 7-6(1), 7-6(8) Mon
#66 s8 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #102 Julia Valulenko UKR 6-3, 3-0 Mon retired - dizziness
#71 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #107 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-2, 6-3 Tues
*#83 Barbara Schett AUT d #74 Lubomira Kurhajcova SVK 6-3, 7-6(7) Tues
#81 Mara Santangelo ITA d #200 wc 26 Åsa Svensson SWE 6-1, 6-4 Mon rain delay--finished Tues
*#144 q Julia Schruff GER d #94 E Gagliardi SUI 6-4, 6(2)-7, 6-1 Tues
#97 Silvija Talaja CRO d #166 q Elena Tatarkova UKR 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 Tues
*#214 q Patricia Wartusch AUT d #99 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 Tues
*#116 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #104 Cara Black ZIM 6-2, 6-3 Wed
#103 Sandra Kleinova CZE d #179 LL Martina Muller GER 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 Tues

Stockholm, 2nd Round, Weds-Thurs
loser's prize: $1,825 US; points: 12
*#103 Sandra Kleinova CZE d #17 s1 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi ISR 6-0, retired-- right hamstring tendonitis) Thurs
#19 s2 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #144 q Julia Schruff GER 6-2, 6-3 Wed
#29 s3 Alicia Molik AUS d #97 Silvija Talaja CRO 6-3, 6-1 Thurs
#61 s6 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #81 Mara Santangelo ITA 6-4, 6-0 Wed
*#71 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #66 s8 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 5-7, 6-3, 6-3 Wed
*#106 Severine Beltrame FRA d #83 Barbara Schett AUT 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 Thurs
#87 Henrieta Nagyova SVK d #116 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-2, 7-5 Thurs
#88 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #214 q Patricia Wartusch AUT 6-0, 6-4 Thurs

Stockholm, QFs, Fri
loser's prize: $3,400 US; points: 24
#19 s2 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #106 Severine Beltrame FRA 7-6(5), 6-3
#29 s3 Alicia Molik AUS d #61 s6 Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-3, 6-2
*#88 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #71 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 7-5, 6-4
*#103 Sandra Kleinova CZE d #87 Henrieta Nagyova SVK 6-3, 6-3

Stockholm, SFs Sat
loser's prize: $6,300 US; points: 43
*#29 s3 Alicia Molik AUS d #19 s2 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 7-5, 6-3
#88 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #103 Sandra Kleinova CZE 7-5, 6-3

Stockholm, Final Sun
loser's prize: $12,000 US; points: 67
winner's prize: $22,000 US; points: 95
#29 s3 Alicia Molik AUS d #88 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 6-1, 6-1

Stockholm, Doubles Final
loser's prize: $3,000 US
winner's prize: $5,500 US
cdr 56 s1 Alicia Molik & Barbara Schett d cdr289 Gagliardi & Groenefeld 6-3, 6-3


Stockholm, Qual Finals, Mon Aug 2
#144 Julia Schruff GER d #179 Martina Muller GER 6-3, 6-4
#166 Elena Tatarkova UKR d #192 Libuse Prusova CZE 6-3, 6-3
#176 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #322 Maria Goloviznina 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
*#214 Patricia Wartusch AUT d #189 Jane O'Donoghue GBR 6-4, 7-5

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Patricia Wartusch

Stockholm, Withdrawals
#SR113 Barbara Rittner GER meniscus disease

    The Rogers AT&T Cup is the 3rd WTA "US Open Series" tourney.
    What is that thing? The USTA has launched a new promotional framework in 2004 called the US Open Series. The idea is to group together the (mostly) US summer hardcourt tourneys leading up to the US Open. This includes 10 WTA & ATP tourneys in 9 cities over 7 weeks. The USTA says they have created a more orderly TV schedule for these events, including 100 hours of live prime-time (mostly cable) coverage over 6 weeks. US Open Series TV Schedule
    Also, players who do well in these particular tourneys will be awarded "US Open Series Points" at each tourney. This year, the men’s and women’s US Open Series winner (the ones with the most points from all events combined) will each given a 50% bonus over the prize money they earn at the US Open, while the 2nd place finishers in the Series receive an additional 25%, and the 3rd place finishers awarded an additional 10%. That might be a lot of money. In 2005 these bonuses will be even larger, 100% for the winners (that means that if they win the Series and the Open both, their prize money for the US Open plus bonus will exceed $2 million), 50% for 2nd, and 25% for 3rd.
    Opinion: This should work well for the USTA, WTA, and ATP if they explain it well enough to the fans, and if the TV is really good. Unfortunately the TV is still spread over 5 different cable and broadcast networks. And there has been a strong tendency in TV tennis to show boring blowout matches that feature overly hyped big names, while close, exciting matches between unhyped names are ignored. If they keep showing matches that they know in advance from the pairings are likely to wind up 6-1, 6-0, and the announcers do us the favor of reminding us every few minutes of how boring the match that they chose to show is, then no amount of additional promotion is going to help.
    The down side: The prize money bonuses are strictly a rich get richer deal. This is great for people who are already making millions, but does little or nothing for journeyman players whose annual prize money is in 5 figures instead of 7. Their only advantage is if the scheme really helps increase interest in tennis as a whole, sells more tickets, and raises TV ratings. That might seem iffy to them. If it works, great. To make it work, they have to do the TV really well.
    On second thought: It is unfortunate that the USTA, ATP, & WTA think they will get the best "hype" value by handing out extra millions to already rich players, while they can't afford to give the poor fans good live scoring and a good photo gallery at every tourney. Improved tourney websites with live scores and lots of good daily photos would be much better ways to sustain fan interest over the pro tennis season, so that people fill the seats when the show comes to town.

The WTA tourneys in the US Open Series are:
Bank of the West Classic, Montreal
JP Morgan Chase Open, Montreal
Rogers AT&T Canada Cup, Toronto, CAN
Olympic Tennis, Athens GRE (apparently)
Pilot Pen Open, New Haven

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