2006 Bali WTA Singles Results     Svetlana Kuznetsova, Champion

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  WTA Sept 11-17

Wismilak International, Bali, INA Tier III
$225,000 - 30 players - outdoor: hard

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# 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova
# 8 Patty Schnyder
# 11 Lindsay Davenport
# 17 Ana Ivanovic
# 18 Daniela Hantuchova
# 25 Marion Bartoli
# 66 Severine Bremond
# 76 Aiko Nakamura

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#25 Marion Bartoli
5' 6¾", 128 lbs RH 2H-FH&BH
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#7 Svetlana Kuznetsova
5' 8½", 161 lbs RH 2H-BH
    On Sunday in Bali, in the final of the Wismilak International, the 2004 and 2002 Bali champ, 21-year-old top-seeded # 7 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (residence: Barcelona, Spain), won her third title in Indonesia by defeating 22-year-old 6th-seeded # 25 Marion Bartoli of France (residence: Geneva, Switzerland), 7-5, 6-2 (photo shown).

    Svetlana said: "Mentally it was a little bit hard, because yesterday was a tough match, and I gave a lot of me out there. I was trying to do my best today but maybe I was not so motivated as yesterday, because yesterday was very exciting to play Lindsay, you know." tourney story

    Marion said: "I think I played good in the first set. I played the same level as yesterday, but Svetlana was a little more consistent and created more topspin to her ball, not allowing me to hit as hard as I would have liked. In the second set I was feeling the tiredness from yesterday and it was hard to come back although I fought to the end. But reaching the final was a great achievement for me."

    Svetlana is now 7-5 in WTA singles finals; she also won at Key Biscayne (Miami) this year, the 5th largest tourney on the tour. Marion is now 1-1 in WTA singles finals; she won her first title early this year in Auckland.

    Bali: The main draw for Bali has 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.

    The time in Bali is GMT (UCT, ZULU) plus 8 hours (=US EDT+12, PDT +15). Early round play begins at 3:00pm local time (Monday's 1st round matches followed the qualifying finals).

   
Early round play at Bali begins at 3pm local time.

    The Grand Hyatt Bali is located on the Nusa Dua Peninsula, close to Sanur, Kuta and downtown Denpasar, and 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
    Covering 40 acres and designed to resemble a Balinese water palace, the Grand Hyatt Bali features clusters of low-rise buildings and private villas among waterfall-fed pools and landscaped hotel gardens.
    Grand Hyatt Bali, Indonesia, on the Nusa Dua Peninsula
Grand Hyatt Bali, Indonesia, courts at left, beach right - click for sat pic
 

WTA SCOREBOARD: Bali

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ranks are for the previous week
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On Sunday in Bali, Ana Ivanovic met the press, and Patty Schnyder and Daniela Hantuchova practiced;
that evening Daniela and Angelique Widjaja walked the walk at the player party-fashion show.

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Daniela Hantuchova, Akiko Morigami, Olga Poutchkova, Ana Ivanovic, Galina Voskoboeva, Melinda Czink,
Svetlana Kuznetsova, and Patty Schnyder were looking good for a group photo Sunday night;
after the modeling (presumably) Daniela washed off the extra paint, and looked even better.

Bali, 1st Round, Mon-Wed 3pm tourney stories: Mon - Tue
loser's prize: $1,665 US; points: 1
#11 s3 Lindsay Davenport USA d #84 Galina Voskoboeva RUS 7-5, 6-1 Tue

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Galina driving a forehand, and Lindsay's backhand drive

    Lindsay said: "At the beginning [Galina] was hitting a lot of winners, and hitting the balls hard, and I didn’t feel I was quite ready to combat all that. The second set I played much more forceful, much more aggressive, and that really made the difference, cutting down the amount of time she had to hit."

*#103 Olga Poutchkova RUS d #17 s4 Ana Ivanovic SCG 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Tue

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Ana serving, Olga waiting to wallop a backhand, and after match point

    Ana said: "I’m very disappointed with my game today. I made way too many unforced errors. And my serve, a couple of games it was working and then not so much. I’m disappointed with that. I still had my chances, but everything I went for was a mis-hit or a mistake."

*#82 Melinda Czink HUN d #18 s5 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-5, 6-2 Tue

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Daniela serving, Melinda's forehand drive, and after winning a point

    Daniela said: "I played very badly, and [Melinda] played well on the day, it’s as simple as that. Sometimes you have those days when nothing really works. I never got into a rhythm and let her back into the match. She felt more confidence and went for her shots and it was a different match."

#25 s6 Marion Bartoli FRA d #578 q Ayu Fani Damayanti INA 6-1, 6-0 Tue
#66 s8 Severine Bremond FRA d #334 q Trudi Musgrave AUS 6-2, 6-2 Tue
#76 s9 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #261 Suchanan Viratprasert THA 7-6(2), 6-4 Tue
#100 Akiko Morigami JPN d #241 Nathalie Grandin ARG 6-2, 6-1 Tue
#128 Hana Sromova CZE d #234 Junri Namigata JPN 6-3, 6-1 Tue
#160 Elise Tamaela NED d #172 wc Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN 6-2, 6-0 Wed
#170 Erika Takao JPN d #965 LL Vivien Silfany INA 6-3, 6-1 Tue
#180 Casey Dellacqua AUS d #656 LL Lavinia Tananta INA 6-0, 6-2 Tue
*#279 q Andreja Klepac SLO d #191 Shika Uberoi IND 6-7, 6-1, 6-3 Tue
*#320 Angelique Widjaja INA d #197 Sunitha Rao USA 6-3, 6-4 Mon

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Angelique serving, and Sunitha and Angie driving backhands

    Angelique said: "To be honest, I was not playing good today, but she made more unforced errors than me. But this is the first match and sometimes it’s like that for me. “I’m hoping I play Daniela. I won’t be nervous because I will be the underdog, and maybe I can play a good match against her."

*#393 q Sandy Gumulya INA d #339 wc So-Jung Kim KOR 7-5, 6-4 Tue
Bali, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 3pm tourney stories: Wed - Thu
loser's prize: $3,050 US; points: 19
#7 s1 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #170 Erika Takao JPN 6-1, 6-2 Wed

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Svetlana's service toss, and Sveta learning to do exciting new things with rice, at a cooking class the same day

    18-year-old Erika is just 5 feet tall. Svetlana said: "I didn’t know what to expect from her. Once it goes down the line, one is cross court, one is to the fence. I was a little bit shocked, you know. Definitely I could have played different tactics, but I also wanted to do a little bit more of my game...
    "I think she’s a very good player for her height, and it’s tough because she runs a lot behind the baseline but I barely see where she is. With all respect to her. She moves pretty well. I was hitting the ball to the side and she was always there. Her footwork is very good."

#8 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #160 Elise Tamaela NED 6-4, 6-1 Thu

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Elise serving, Patty spinning a forehand, and Patty after winning a point

    Patty said: "I think [Elise] has a lot of talent, especially her serve. At the beginning it was unbelievable. I couldn’t read it, I couldn’t return it. Her forehand as well, she hits it deep from the first shot and she really makes you run. I think she has really great potential."

#11 s3 Lindsay Davenport USA d #100 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-2, 6-3 Thu

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Lindsay serving, and delivering a backhand

    Lindsay said: "I thought I played better today than I did on Tuesday. I was hitting the ball well and we had some good rallies. It was good. [Akiko] hits a nice ball for me to hit. I felt that when I got a first serve in it made it a lot easier. We had some good rallies, we had some good rhythm out there and I felt like I was in control."

#25 s6 Marion Bartoli FRA d #180 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 6-3 Wed

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Marion's 2-handed forehand--an unusual shot because Marion uses her 2-handed backhand grip
on both sides, instead of switching hand postitions as most 2H-FH&BH players do

#66 s8 Severine Bremond FRA d #393 q Sandy Gumulya INA 6-3, 7-6(8) Thu

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Severine's forehand drive, and Sandy's backhand

*#128 Hana Sromova CZE d #76 s9 Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-3, 7-5 Wed
#82 Melinda Czink HUN d #320 Angelique Widjaja INA 7-6(1), 6-1 Wed

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Melinda's lefty backhand, and Angie lining up a forehand

    Angelique defeated Dinara Safina in the 2001 Wimbledon juniors final, 6-4, 0-6, 7-5, and turned pro later that year. She was ranked # 55 in 2003--and since then has had surgery twice on her left knee. Unfortunately that knee troubled her a bit during the match, and, according to the tourney story, is keeping Angie unsure about her future in the WTA.

#103 Olga Poutchkova RUS d #279 q Andreja Klepac SLO 7-5, 6-3 Thu

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Olga launching a forehand

Bali, QFs, Fri 4pm tourney story
loser's prize: $5,615 US; points: 37
#7 s1 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #66 s8 Severine Bremond FRA 6-3, 6-2

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Svetlana firing a forehand, her principal weapon

    About playing former # 1 Lindsay Davenport in the semis on Saturday, Svetlana said: "It’s the kind of high level match I’m wanting to play. I think it’s going to be an interesting match. Definitely I have to move [Lindsay] around. The key of her game is her serve. I’m looking forward to play."

#8 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #82 Melinda Czink HUN 6-2, 6-2

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Patty's backhand and forehand drives

#11 s3 Lindsay Davenport USA d #128 Hana Sromova CZE 6-1, 6-0

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Lindsay driving a backhand

    Lindsay will play Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals on Saturday. Lindsay leads Svetlana 3-1 in career matches.
    Lindsay said: "I think it’s going to be a great match. We are both at the top of the game. [Svetlana] very dangerous and I’m excited to play. I need to serve well to win. I served well in New York and not quite as well here, and if she see’s a lot of second serves and is able to dictate play with her forehand it’s going to be a tough day for me."

#25 s6 Marion Bartoli FRA d #103 Olga Poutchkova RUS 6-2, 6-4

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Marion's backhand

Bali, SFs, Sat 5pm tourney story
loser's prize: $10,300 US; points: 66
#7 s1 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #11 s3 Lindsay Davenport USA 7-6(4), 7-6(5)

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Svetlana and Lindsay launching backhands, and Sveta after match point

    Svetlana said: "I think it was a pretty good match. I was very consistent in my head. I think that’s most important. I could have made it a little easier and used more chances, but I was still enjoying it so much out there. The crowd was perfect. I love playing in Bali."

    Lindsay said: "I was doing my best out there. It was a good match, obviously really close. I had my chances in both sets, and every time [Svetlana] got down she played a bit better, and maybe I let up just a little bit.
    "From the baseline she was moving really well, and was able to get a lot more balls back in play than I was. We had some good rallies, but letting her off the hook at 5-2 was a big key. It gave her more confidence and my game went down a little bit and hers went up. I just wasn’t as sharp as I needed to be at the really close moments, and that hurt me tonight."

*#25 s6 Marion Bartoli FRA d #8 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-4, 6-4

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Patty serving, and Marion following a backhand

    Marion said: "In the second set when I lost my serve and was starting to cramp it wasn’t going the right way, but I finally put it together and I finished well. I was maybe hitting the ball better than Patty today, but for sure she was physically better than me, so I knew I had to finish in straight sets in order to win it."

    Patty said: "I’m really disappointed. I tried so hard, and had the feeling in the second set I was so close to turning the match. I was pretty sure I was going to win that third set."

Bali, Final, Sun 5pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 103
winner's prize: $35,000 US; points: 145
#7 s1 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #25 s6 Marion Bartoli FRA 7-5, 6-2

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Svetlana's forehand drive, and Marion launching a backhand

Bali, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $10,500 US
winners' prize: $5,700 US
d38 Corina Morariu & dNR Lindsay Davenport d cdr234 Natalie Grandin & Trudi Musgrave 6-3, 6-4

Bali, Qual Finals, Mon Sept 11 3pm
q1 losers' prize: $490 US
q final losers' prize: $900 US
#279 Andreja Klepac SLO d #1125 Lutfiana Aris Budiharto INA 6-1, 6-0
#334 Trudi Musgrave AUS d #965 Vivien Silfany INA 6-1, 6-0
#393 Sandy Gumulya INA d #NR Jessy Rompies INA 6-3, 6-1
#578 Ayu Fani Damayanti INA d #656 Lavinia Tananta INA 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Bali, Withdrawals
#16 Anna-lena Groenefeld GER shoulder
#20 Jelena Jankovic SCG back
#34 Vera Zvonareva RUS US Open doubles
#35 Elena Likhovtseva RUS right ankle
#45 s7 Maria Elena Camerin ITA left leg
#52 Jill Craybas USA
#55 Julia Schruff GER
#61 Marta Domachowska POL
#75 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
#77 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS
#86 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK
#95 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP
#201 Selima Sfar TUN left leg
#229 Paola Suarez ARG


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