2005 Beijing, Kolkata & Portoroz WTA Singles Results     M Kirilenko, A Myskina, & K Koukalova, Champions

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  WTA Sept 19-25

China Open, Beijing, CT Tier II
$585,000 - 28 players - outdoor: hard
Live? Scores - draws & schedule, .pdf
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# 1 Maria Sharapova, # 7 Venus Williams
# 9 Serena Williams, # 14 Alicia Molik

Sunfeast Open, Kolkata, IND Tier III
$170,000 - 30 players - indoor: greenset
Live Scores - order of play - results
draw, .html - draws & sched .pdf
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Kolkata: radar - forecast - map
# 13 Anastasia Myskina, #16 Elena Likhovtseva
# 34 Sania Mirza, # 72 Maria Elena Camerin

Slovenia Open, Portoroz, SLO Tier IV
$140,000 - 32 players - outdoor: hard
draws & schedule .pdf - WTA Photos
Portoroz: radar - forecast - map
# 25 Silvia Farina Elia, # 26 Anabel Medina Garrigues
# 36 Kveta Peschke, # 42 Klara Koukalova
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Beijing:
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#45 Maria Kirilenko
5' 6", 112 lbs
RH 2H-BH
Kolkata:
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#13 Anastasia Myskina
5' 8", 130 lbs
RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday in the final in Beijing, 18-year-old unseeded # 45 Maria Kirilenko (photo shown) from Moscow, Russia, notched the biggest victory of her career, defeating 18-year-old 9th-seeded # 30 Anna-Lena Groenefeld from Nordhorn, Germany, 6-3, 6-4 to win her first WTA singles title.
    Maria's only previous WTA singles final was in Hyderabad last year. Maria said: "I was a little bit nervous. I tried to play like I played before, and finally I won." AP story
    "This is my first title and I'm so excited. It has been a great week for me. I have played hard and I'm glad that I was able to win today. With the top seeds out, I saw my chance to play well and work hard to make it far in the tournament. It is not often that you get a chance, but this time I took it and it was good for me." WTA story

    Maria and Anna-Lena had played only once before, in Bol on red clay in 2003; Anna-Lena won 7-6(5), 6-2. Anna-Lena's only previous final was in Pattaya City this year. Anna-Lena said: "My serve is always a big part of my game. In the first set I served pretty well, but I still got broken twice. So, you can see that [Maria] played really well."
    On Monday, Sept. 26, with the help of the 100 quality points she received by defeating her friend # 1 Maria Sharapova (who unfortunately retired due to injury) in their semifinal, Maria Kirilenko's ranking was raised to # 28, the highest of her career.
Kirilenko career record

    Meanwhile, in the final in Kolkata, (the city until recently known as Calcutta), 24-year-old top-seeded # 13 Anastasia Myskina from Moscow, Russia, handily defeated 20-year-old 7th-seeded # 85 Karolina Sprem from Varazdin, Croatia, 6-2, 6-2 to win her 1st title of 2005. Anastasia and Karolina had also played only once before, in the 2003 Fed Cup 1st round, when Anastasia won, 6-1, 3-6, 6-0.
    Anastasia said: "I think I played very well all week. I didn't drop a set in my four matches and I think I maintained a good level against all my opponents.
    "The score [of the final] looks easy, but it was definitely getting tougher in the second set. [Karolina] broke my serve twice at the beginning of the set, but I broke her twice as well. When I held serve for 3-2, I felt like I was getting more in control." WTA story

    Karolina said: "I'm not disappointed because it was great for me to reach a final after so long. I haven't had a very good year, so for me to do well here it gives me a lot of confidence and makes me believe I can get back to where I was in 2004. I don't think I did too much wrong today; Anastasia was just too good me, and she deserved to win. I think maybe I was rushing to finish the points too quickly, but that was because she forced me into playing this way."

    Anastasia has now won 10 WTA singles titles (in 17 finals) including the 2004 French Open. Karolina has yet to win her first WTA singles title; this was her 3rd final.
    After the singles final and a bit of rest, Anastasia returned to the court for the doubles final with her friend and partner # 16 Elena Likhovtseva and they crushed Indian sisters Shikha and Neha Uberoi, 6-1, 6-0. It was the 24th doubles title for Elena, a premier doubles player; it was the 3rd for younger Anastasia. Anastasia and Elena have next week off, as they prepare for the Porsche tourney in Filderstadt, Germany, and then their hometown Kremlin Cup, which Anastasia has won the last 2 years in a row.
Myskina career record - Myskina Wallpaper

    In the Portoroz final on Sunday, 23-year-old 4th-seeded # 42 Klara Koukalova from Prague, Czech Republic, defeated the local hero, 24-year-old 6th-seeded # 48 Katarina Srebotnik from Velenje, Slovenia, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3. Klara now leads Katarina 2-1 in career matches.
    Klara said: "This was probably the hardest final match in my career. Katarina played very well, but I may say that I had a lucky day today." AP story
    Klara, although now 2-6 for her career in WTA singles finals, is 2-1 in finals this year. Katarina has won 4 WTA singles titles in 7 finals, including 2 this year.
Koukalova career record

    The Bejing photo gallery (link above) does not include all of the photos that they have, to see additional photos you must click on each of the rotating flash pics on their home page, which are changed every day. This will load pages with daily individual player photos.

Beijing: interactive satellite photo of Beijing - China news
    The main draw for Beijing has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.
    The time in Beijing is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 8 hours. That is Eastern Daylight Time in the US + 12 hours, PDT+15 hours.

Kolkata: interactive satellite photo of Kolkata - India news
    2005 is the first year of a new tourney in Kolkata, the capital of the West Bengal state of India.
    The main draw for Kolkata has 8 seeds. There were to be 2 1st-round byes, but the draw was increased from 30 to 32, so there are NO 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw; the two qualifying rounds are on Saturday and Sunday.
    The time in Kolkata is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 5 hours. That is Eastern Daylight Time in the US + 9 hours, PDT+12 hours. Early round play begins at 1pm.

Portoroz: interactive satellite photo of Portoroz - Slovenia news
    This is also the first year for the Portoroz tourney. Slovenia, north of Croatia, west of Switzerland, south of Austria, and east of Hungary, became independent from Yugoslavia in 1991 after a 10-day war. Portoroz is located on the Adriatic Sea; Italy is on the opposite shore.
    The main draw for Portoroz has 8 seeds, with NO 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.
    The time in Portoroz is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 2 hours. That is Eastern Daylight Time in the US + 6 hours, PDT+9 hours.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Beijing, Kolkata & Portoroz
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?


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Serena Williams visiting the Great Wall on Sunday, Maria Sharapova practicing in Beijing on Tuesday,
and Venus Williams and Maria facing reporters on Tuesday

Beijing, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 1pm
losers' prize: $4,025 US; points: 1
*#61 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG d #14 s5 Alicia Molik AUS 7-6(1), 6-7(4), 6-4 Mon
*#50 wc Jie Zheng CHN d #17 s6 Jelena Jankovic SCG 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 Wed

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With some extra time off, Jelena visited Tiananmen Square

*#39 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #24 s7 Tatiana Golovin FRA 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*#74 q Aiko Nakamura JPN d #29 s8 Flavia Pennetta ITA 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#32 wc Ai Sugiyama JPN d #49 Akiko Morigami JPN 7-6(3), 6-4 Mon

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Ai Sugiyama

#33 Shuai Peng CHN d #84 q Emma Laine FIN 6-1, 6-1 Tue

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Shuai with the press after the match

*#47 Shahar Peer ISR d #35 Vera Douchevina RUS 6-2, 6-0 Wed
*#58 Jill Craybas USA d #41 Na Li CHN 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-5 Tue
#45 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #76 q Jamea Jackson USA 7-5, 7-5 Tue
*#64 Marta Domachowska POL d #52 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-3, 6-3 Wed
#55 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #70 LL Alina Jidkova RUS 2-6, 6-0, 7-6(5) Tue
*#129 wc Tiantian Sun CHN d #104 q Tatiana Panova RUS 6-3, 6-4 Tue

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Tiantian Sun

Beijing, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 1pm
losers' prize: $7,600 US; points: 25
#1 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d #47 Shahar Peer ISR 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 Thu

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Maria Sharapova

    Maria said: "I got off to a great start, and then maybe I wasn't aggressive enough, and let her into the match in the second set. I don't know exactly what happened, I just lost my concentration a bit, but was able to get back on track in the final set." WTA story

    If Maria defeats # 39 Shinobu Asagoe in the QFs, she might be playing her good friend # 45 Maria Kirilenko in a semifinal on Saturday. Maria S is apparently headed for clash with 3rd-seeded # 7 Venus Williams in Sunday's final. Venus defeated Maria 6-4, 6-4 in a exhibition in Seoul, Korea, on Monday, Sept. 19.

#7 s3 Venus Williams USA d #55 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 6-3, 6-1 Thu

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Venus Williams

    Venus called for a medical timeout while leading 4-1 in the 2nd set due to pain in her left knee (the same area that has been causing trouble for her sister Serena). Venus said: "My knee bothered me enough to call the trainer even when I was close to the finish line. Luckily I was able to close it out quickly.
    "Even when the score's 6-0, 6-0, I'm still trying to find a way to play better. There's no friendship in tennis on the court." Reuters story

*#129 wc Tiantian Sun CHN d #9 s4 Serena Williams USA 6-2, 7-6(7) Wed

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Tiantian's backhand, Serena asking her Wilson why, and Tiantian meeting the press after the match

    Tiantian said: "I am very happy and I feel really good. I think I played well during the entire match and tried to play my game. I feel like I served well and had a good forehand. I was returning a lot of her shots and keeping the ball in. Before the match, I was just saying: 'Don't be nervous. Keep thinking smart on the court. Concentrate hard during the entire match.' I think I must have done something right." WTA story
    "I never expected to win. It's definitely a breakthrough but it's not a miracle. I played the way I always play. It will give me a big confidence boost." Reuters story

    Serena has been troubled since April by a hairline fracture of her left ankle that later led to a left knee strain. Serena said: "I played terrible. I never expected such a tough match. [Tiantian] hit some great shots. I'm still struggling a bit with my left knee but I'm disappointed not to have performed better."

#30 s9 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #32 wc Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-2, 6-3 Wed
#33 Shuai Peng CHN d #61 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(0) Wed
#39 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #58 Jill Craybas USA 6-2, 6-4 Thu
#45 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #74 q Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-1, 7-6(3) Thu
*#64 Marta Domachowska POL d #50 wc Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-1 Thu
Beijing, QFs, Fri 1pm
losers' prize: $14,100 US; points: 49
#1 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d #39 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 6-4, 6-1

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Maria launching a backhand, and after match point

    Maria said: "I played well today. I started off strong but then I made a few mistakes and she capitalized. [Shinobu is] a good player and has a strong return. I just tried to play my game and in the end I got the win...
    "I don't think I have more of an advantage now that there are only two seeds remaining. Whoever I'm playing against, if it's in the quarterfinal or semifinal, has obviously played well enough to get there and deserves to be there." WTA story

*#64 Marta Domachowska POL d #7 s3 Venus Williams USA walkover-- left knee pain

    Venus said: "It's a new injury that came last night. I'm not fit enough to play a tennis match. It's a pity I can't play but I hope I can play in Guangzhou. Maybe now I can see the Forbidden City." Reuters story

#30 s9 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #33 Shuai Peng CHN 7-5, 6-1
#45 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #129 wc Tiantian Sun CHN 6-1, 6-3

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Maria's service toss, and Tiantian and Maria's backhands

Beijing, SFs, Sat 1pm & 7pm
losers' prize: $26,500 US; points: 88
*#45 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #1 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-4, 2-1 retired--
   right pectoral strain


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MK's forehand, MS's backhand (pectoral area taped), MK's backhand,
and Maria Sharapova's answer to fans booing her departure: "What can I do?"

    Sharapova's injury is the same one that forced her to withdraw from the Los Angeles tourney in August, and slowed her service speeds at the US Open.

    Maria Sharapova said: "Even if I couldn't walk I'd want to finish the match. It's something that I can't control. It's a very mysterious injury... comes on unexpectedly from day to day... I'm very disappointed, obviously. With every shot, with every forehand and serve I hit, it got worse and worse... it's very painful. I had an MRI in L.A. and they said it was just a muscle problem or inflammation. It's kind of up and down and it comes unexpectedly. I took a week and half off to get ready for the U.S. Open and after all that it was still not better, so that's a concern." Reuters story - AP story

    Although Maria S was playing with tape on her right pectoral area, her friend had not realized anything was amiss. Maria Kirilenko said: "I didn't see that she had a problem. It was a surprise for me when she called for the trainer."

    About playing in her 2nd WTA singles final (and 1st Tier II final) on Sunday, Maria K said: "I was 17 when I played my first final and very nervous. Tomorrow I won't be afraid."

#30 s9 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #64 Marta Domachowska POL 7-5, 6-3

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Anna-Lena launching a backhand, after match point, and taking the fast way down after a visit to the Great Wall

    Anna-Lena said: "It was a close match. We were very close in the first set, but [Marta] made a few errors in the second set. I didn't play my best game but I was positive the whole match and kept trying." Xinhua story

    Marta said: "Actually I had a lot of chances but I lost them; next time I'll take my chances. Venus Williams' pullout is not the reason I played worse today."     "I enjoyed myself here except that I lost the match today. Last year I came here but exited early, and I will come back next year, for sure."

Beijing, Final, Sun
loser's prize: $49,500 US; points: 137
winner's prize: $93,000 US; points: 195
*#45 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #30 s9 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-3, 6-4

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Maria's backhand, Anna-Lena serving, Maria after match point, and Maria with her nice new panda and beer mug

Beijing, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $15,600 US
winners' prize: $29,000 US
cdr118 Nuria Llagostera Vives & Maria Vento-Kabchi d cdr81 Zi Yan & Jie Zheng 6-2, 6-4

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Nuria & Maria after match point


Beijing, Qual Finals, Mon Sept 19
losers' prize: $2,150 US
*#104 Tatiana Panova RUS d #70 Alina Jidkova RUS 6-4, 6-1
#74 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #299 Julia Vorobieva RUS 6-4, 6-2
#76 Jamea Jackson USA d #117 Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
#84 Emma Laine FIN d #156 Ting Li CHN 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Beijing, Withdrawals
#2 s2 Lindsay Davenport USA low back strain
#20 Vera Zvonareva RUS left ankle sprain
#27 Gisela Dulko ARG left hamstring strain
 

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Sunitha Rao meeting the press in Kolkata on Saturday, Indian # 1 Sania Mirza
after practicing on Sunday, and Anastasia Myskina with the press on Tuesday

Kolkata, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 11am
losers' prize: $1,300 US; points: 1
#13 s1 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #125 Edina Gallovits ROM 6-1, 6-0 Wed

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Anastasia (with Elena Likhovtseva, background) modeling casual attire on Tuesday
and delivering a backhand to Edina (not Minnesota, but of Romania) on Wednesday

    Anastasia said: "[Edina] started the match pretty well. But after I broke her for the first time it was a lot easier for me. I got used to the conditions here last night, playing doubles, but I like the court surface here. It's like the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, which I’ve won the past two years, so it suits my game." WTA story

#16 s2 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #134 Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-1, 6-3 Wed

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Elena Likhovtseva

#34 s3 Sania Mirza IND d #269 q Junri Namigata JPN 6-2, 6-2 Tue

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Sania has been under attack by fellow Muslims for wearing "short skirts",
(standard WTA attire) so on Tuesday she wore shorts instead

#72 s4 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #448 q Rushmi Chakravarthi IND 6-2, 6-0 Tue
#78 s5 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA d #255 q Chia-Jung Chuang TPE 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*#112 wc Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #80 s6 Laura Pous Tio ESP 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tue
#85 s7 Karolina Sprem CRO d #114 Evie Dominikovic AUS 6-4, 7-5 Wed

    Karolina said: "It was getting tough towards the end of the match, when [Evie] broke me twice to get back to 5-all, but I'm glad I managed to win in two sets."

#93 s8 Rika Fujiwara JPN d #109 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 Tue
*#108 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #94 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-2, 6-1 Tue
#97 Sybille Bammer AUT d #127 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-1, 6-3 Wed
*#171 Vilmarie Castellvi PUR d #100 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 6-4, 6-4 Mon
*#121 Melinda Czink HUN d #103 Maria Emilia Salerni ARG 6-4, 7-5 Tue
#130 Galina Voskoboeva RUS d #203 Viktoria Azarenka BLR 6-3, 7-5 Wed
#151 Shikha Uberoi IND d #185 Ryoko Fuda JPN 6-1, 6-3 Mon
#161 Sunitha Rao USA d #248 wc Neha Uberoi USA 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 Tue

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Sunitha Rao

#172 Kaia Kanepi EST d #522 q Ankita Bhambri IND 7-6(3), 6-2 Mon
Kolkata, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 1pm
losers' prize: $2,200 US; points: 16
#13 s1 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #130 Galina Voskoboeva RUS 6-0, 6-1 Thu

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Anastasia serving, and lining up a backhand

    Anastasia has lost only 2 games in 4 sets so far in Kolkata, a relief for her after losing both her Fed Cup matches (though Russia won the Cup) last weekend. About the lopsided wins, Anastasia said: "I'm really happy, I'm really enjoying it. The year wasn't so good [so far] so here I have a goal. I want to win." Reuters story

    Nastia appears to be on course to face her friend, 2nd-seeded # 16 Elena Likhovtseva, in the Kolkata final on Sunday. Elena defeated Anastasia in a tough 3rd round match at the US Open early this month, 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(6).

#16 s2 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #161 Sunitha Rao USA 6-3, 6-1 Thu

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Elena Likhovtseva

    Elena said: "I was having problems with my service early on, but it improved in the second and I managed to play the crucial points better." AP story

*#121 Melinda Czink HUN d #34 s3 Sania Mirza IND 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 Wed

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Sania's backhand, lefty Melinda's forehand

    Trailing 1-4 in the 3rd set, Sania battled back to 4-4, but couldn't sustain her momentum. Sania said: "It was just one of those days. I started really well but [Melinda] improved a lot in the second set. I managed to fight back well in the third set from 4-1, and the crowd really lifted me, but it just wasn't meant to be. Some days you win these matches, some days you lose them." WTA story

*#97 Sybille Bammer AUT d #72 s4 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 1-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 Thu
*#108 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #78 s5 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-2, 6-1 Thu
#85 s7 Karolina Sprem CRO d #171 Vilmarie Castellvi PUR 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 Thu

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Karolina Sprem

*#172 Kaia Kanepi EST d #112 wc V Ruano Pascual ESP 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 6-1 Wed
#151 Shikha Uberoi IND d #93 s8 Rika Fujiwara JPN 6-2, 6-3 Wed

    Shikha said: "The support here this week has been amazing. It's something I've never had before, and I'm really enjoying playing in front of the Indian crowd. I hope I can keep going in this tournament; it's my first quarterfinal on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, and I'm really glad that I've done it here."

Kolkata, QFs, Fri 2pm
losers' prize: $4,100 US; points: 30
#13 s1 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #151 Shikha Uberoi IND 6-4, 6-2

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Anastasia posing on Thursday with the Sunfeast Open mascot, and while defeating Shikha on Friday (perhaps the A&F sweatshirt is a message to Nike about the bland attire they have issued her-- Anastasia would look great in what Maria Sharapova is wearing...)

    Shikha said: "I started off quite well, but then [Anastasia] broke back and at the beginning of the second set she took it to another level. A positive that I can gain from this is that I was playing against a former Grand Slam champion and Top 5 player and I had her for a while. I was able to compete with her, which gives me some motivation." WTA story

    Anastasia was taking it easy because she was concerned about an injury. According to Reuters, Anastasia said: "It was more a practice match for me. I pulled a muscle playing doubles yesterday, but once I was out there today it was getting warm and getting better." Reuters story
    In the WTA story, Anastasia said: "I'd never played [Shikha] before, so it took me a little while to get used to her game. I think it was a good test for me today, but I'll need to be even better tomorrow if I'm going to win."

#16 s2 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #108 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-1, 7-5

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Elena Likhovtseva

#85 s7 Karolina Sprem CRO d #121 Melinda Czink HUN 6-3, 6-1

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Karolina lining up a forehand

    Karolina said: "The thing I'm most glad about today is that I kept my form all the way through the match. In my first two matches I had periods where I lost my focus, but today I was playing well throughout the match. I feel like I'm getting back my confidence that I had at Wimbledon last year, which is nice."

*#172 Kaia Kanepi EST d #97 Sybille Bammer AUT 7-5, 6-3

    Kaia was sidelined by a knee injury from the summer of 2004 until February, 2005. Kaia said: "I'm very happy to reach my first Tour semifinal. It's been a long way back from my injury, but I feel like I'm playing close to my best again. I'm really going to be trying my best to reach the final."

Kolkata, SFs, Sat 3:30pm
losers' prize: $7,600 US; points: 55
#13 s1 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #172 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-3, 6-1

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Anastasia Myskina

    Anastasia said: "I've been getting better with every match. After a few games I was able to read [Kaia's] serve, which made it easier for me in the return games. I haven't won a title in a year now, so I'm really hoping I can do it tomorrow." WTA story

    Kaia said: "[Anastasia] was just too good for me today. She made very few errors, and she gets balls back that you don't expect she'll get to. It was a great experience to play against a top player; I now have a better idea of the things I need to work on."

    About playing Karolina Sprem in the final on Sunday, Anastasia said: "Karolina's a tough player. She's obviously playing with a lot of confidence right now, but I've also had some good results lately, so I'll be going into the final believing I can win."

*#85 s7 Karolina Sprem CRO d #16 s2 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 4-6, 6-4, 6-1

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Elena receiving back treatment, Karolina driving a backhand

    Elena was unfortunately troubled by low back pain, and received treatment during the 2nd set. Elena said: "I felt bad losing. But I couldn't serve, lost concentration and I couldn't run sideways." Reuters story
    In the WTA story, Elena said: "I guess I lost my concentration when I got hurt. I could serve okay but it was difficult to run side-to-side. But credit to Karolina; she still played well today."

    Karolina said: "I just kept fighting, my serve improved, and I started to hit more winners. I'm really happy to reach another final; it's been a while since I've played one... In both my other finals I lost in three sets, so I hope I can break through and win my first title."

    After some rest, Elena went right back out on court and toughed out a doubles semifinal with her friend Anastasia Myskina, as they defeated Virginia Ruano Pascual and Sania Mirza in another long match, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5.

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Anastasia & Elena after match point over Sania & Vivi

Kolkata, Final, Sun 6pm
loser's prize: $14,500 US; points: 85
winner's prize: $27,000 US; points: 120
#13 s1 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #85 s7 Karolina Sprem CRO 6-2, 6-2

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Anastasia about to fire a forehand, Karolina's backhand, and Anastasia with the 1st Sunfeast Open trophy

Kolkata, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $4,250 US
winners' prize: $8,000 US
cdr36 s1 Elena Likhovtseva & Anastasia Myskina d cdr682 Shikha Uberoi & Neha Uberoi 6-1, 6-0

click for WTA Kolkata photo gallery   click for WTA Kolkata photo gallery
Anastasia & Elena and Shihka & Neha after the match


Kolkata, Qual Finals, Sun Sept 18
losers' prize: $650 US
*#269 Junri Namigata JPN d #175 Su-Wei Hseih TPE 6-7, 6-3, 6-4
*#448 Rushmi Chakravarthi IND d #235 Chin-Wei Chan TPE 6-3, 7-5
#255 Chia-Jung Chuang TPE d #484 Sanaa Bhambri IND 6-1, 6-4
#522 Ankita Bhambri IND d # 537 Isha Lakhani IND 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Kolkata, Withdrawals
#115 Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN left foot bursitis
#145 Tzipora Obziler ISR r hip injury
#146 Milagros Sequera VEN
#160 Marlene Weingartner GER shoulder injury

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Slovenian # 1 Katerina Srebotnik checking her email on Monday

Portoroz, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 10am
losers' prize: $1,000 US; points: 1
*#158 Vanessa Henke ITA d #25 s1 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-4 Tue
#26 s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #98 Tszvetana Pironkova BUL 6-1, 6-1 Tue
#36 s3 Kveta Peschke CZE d #65 Martina Sucha SVK 7-5, 6-0 Tue
#42 s4 Klara Koukalova CZE d #87 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 7-6(2), 6-0 Mon
*#124 Maret Ani EST d #43 s5 Marion Bartoli FRA 7-5, 6-1 Tue
#48 s6 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #213 Henrieta Nagyova SVK 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 Mon

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Katerina serving to Henrieta, and supporting the Yankees at her post-match press conference

#56 s7 Iveta Benesova CZE d #296 q Ana Vrljic CRO 6-2, 7-5 Tue
#59 s8 Roberta Vinci ITA d #95 Sanda Mamic CRO 6-2, 6-3 Mon
#73 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #113 Camille Pin FRA 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 Tue
#75 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS d #163 Claudine Schaul LUX 7-5, 6-3 Tue
#83 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE d #313 wc Andreja Klepac SLO 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 Tue
*#123 Severine (Beltrame) Bremond FRA d #90 Jelena Kostanic CRO 7-6(6), 7-6(4) Tue
#101 Sandra Kloesel GER d #180 Lubomira Kurhajkova SVK 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Tue
#131 Meilen Tu USA d #140 Selima Sfar TUN 7-6(2), 6-4 Tue-dark-finish Wed
*#408 wc Masa Zec Peskiric SLO d #176 q Libuse Prusova CZE 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*#223 q Angelika Bachmann GER d #197 q Agnes Szavay HUN 6-3, 6-1 Tue cG m3
Portoroz, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu noon
losers' prize: $1,825 US; points: 12
#26 s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #408 wc Masa Zec Peskiric SLO 6-1, 6-2 Thu
*#123 Severine (Beltrame) Bremond FRA d #36 s3 Kveta Peschke CZE 6-0, 6-4 Wed
#42 s4 Klara Koukalova CZE d #101 Sandra Kloesel GER 0-6, 7-5, 6-2 Wed
#48 s6 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #223 q Angelika Bachmann GER 7-5, 6-3 Wed

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Katarina after match point

*#131 Meilen Tu USA d #56 s7 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Thu
#59 s8 Roberta Vinci ITA d #83 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Wed
#73 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #124 Maret Ani EST 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 Thu
*#158 Vanessa Henke ITA d #75 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-4, 7-5 Thu
Portoroz, QFs, Fri noon
losers' prize: $3,400 US; points: 24
*#48 s6 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #26 s2 A Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6-1
#42 s4 Klara Koukalova CZE d #59 s8 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-5, 7-6(1)
#73 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #123 Severine (Beltrame) Bremond FRA 6-4, 6-1
*#158 Vanessa Henke ITA d #131 Meilen Tu USA 6-2, 6-0
Portoroz, SFs, Sat 1pm
losers' prize: $6,300 US; points: 43
#42 s4 Klara Koukalova CZE d #158 Vanessa Henke ITA 6-3, 3-6, 6-1
#48 s6 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #73 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-2, 6-2

    Katarina said: "It was not as easy as the result would suggest. I had to work very hard to play very good and not let Daniilidou take over the match." AP story

Portoroz, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $12,000 US; points: 67
winner's prize: $22,000 US; points: 95
#42 s4 Klara Koukalova CZE d #48 s6 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

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Klara with her Slovenia-shaped trophy

Portoroz, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $3,475 US
winners' prize: $6,500 US
cdr126 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues & Roberta Vinci d cdr100 s2 Jelena Kostanic & Katarina Srebotnik 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

Portoroz, Qual Finals, Mon Sept 19
losers' prize: $550 US
*#223 Angelika Bachmann GER d #163 Claudine Schaul LUX 6-2, 6-2
#176 Libuse Prusova CZE d NR Diana Nakic SLO 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
#197 Agnes Szavay HUN d #215 Matea Mezak CRO 6-3, 7-5
*#296 Ana Vrljic CRO d #243 Yulia Beygelzimer UKR 6-3, 1-6, 6-3

Portoroz, Withdrawals
#51 Lucie Safarova CZE abdominal strain
#66 Catalina Castano COL upper respiratory illness
#92 Michaela Pastikova CZE low back injury
#111 Barbora Strycova CZE injury
#143 Nathalie Vierin ITA neck injury

2004 Beijing tourney page

    (Sep 19, 2005) # 2 Lindsay Davenport, who won the Bali title on Sunday, withdrew from the China Open on Monday because her low back strain is still giving her trouble.

    (Sep 18, 2005) # 123 Severine Beltrame of France suddenly became Severine Bremond this week, apparently due to marrying her coach, Eric Bremond. These things happen in the WTA. Severine is playing in Portoroz this week.

  Exhibition Sept 19


    On Monday, September 19, in an exhibition match at Olympic Gymnasium in Seoul, Korea, 25-year-old # 7 Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA, defeated 18-year-old # 1 Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Bradenton, Florida, USA, where Venus also went to school for a while) 6-4, 6-4 (Venus is shown after match point, Maria serving during the match).

    Maria said she didn't think her service was up to par. Venus said: "I mixed it up, big serve, spin serve, tricky serve. The surface was very fast, so it was more like who could hit the best shot first." AP story

  
Seoul, Korea:
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#7 Venus Williams
6' 1", 160 lbs, RH 2H-BH
Seoul, Korea:
click for Sharapova news photo search
#1 Maria Sharapova
6' 1", 130 lbs, RH 2H-BH

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Venus and Maria arriving at Incheon Airport on Friday, and Maria congratulating Venus after match point


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