2006 Charleston Family Circle Cup WTA Singles Results     Nadia Petrova, Champion

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  WTA: Apr 10-16 2006


Family Circle Cup, Charleston, SC Tier I
$1,340,000 - 56 players - outdoor: green clay

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#3 Justine Henin-Hardenne, #7 Nadia Petrova
#9 Patty Schnyder, #10 Svetlana Kuznetsova
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#9 Patty Schnyder
5' 6", 125lbs, LH, 2H-BH
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#7 Nadia Petrova
5' 10", 143lbs, RH, 2H-BH

    In the final of the Family Circle Cup on Sunday at Daniel Island, Charleston, South Carolina, , 23-year-old 2nd-seeded # 7 Nadia Petrova from Moscow, Russia, won her second tourney in a row by defeating 27-year-old 3rd-seeded # 9 Patty Schnyder from Baech, Switzerland, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 (Patty is shown during the match, Nadia with her new vase afterward).
    Nadia won despite having 7 double faults with only one ace (Patty: 4 aces, 5 DFs). Nadia converted 4 of 8 break point opportunities, while Patty converted only 1 of 5. match stats

    Although she won, Nadia did not find it easy. Nadia said: "I really had a difficult time today. Maybe has to do with all the matches I've played, so energy wise I wasn't really in the best shape. And also it was very hot for me today, and I just wasn't feeling myself well starting already this morning. It became even worse as longer the match progressed... at one stage of the match I wasn't really sure if I'm able to finish it. But after the ten-minute break, I went on court, and I had a very good start in the third set, and I had an early break, and then I was sitting on the changeover and I was a little bit thinking what's going on on court, and I was 3-0 up and I thought 'I have only three games left to win that match. Patty needs to come back and win six games...' so I found the last strength and my motivation and I finished off the match." interview

    Patty said: "I was never really feeling my game. My serve was not really there, and also maybe [Nadia] struggled for two, three games. [But] I could not really take advantage of it...
    "I could not handle the pressure because her strokes are so powerful and very deep, and she really played good, very solid." interview

    In the April 17 WTA rankings, Nadia is now # 5 in the world, the highest rank of her career. Patty still leads Nadia 5-4 in career matches. It has been close: all but two of their matches have gone three sets, and those two matches were won by Nadia.

    The 2006 Family Circle Cup was decimated by the withdrawals of 17 players who had entered-- but there are still great players in the draw.

    With a 56 player draw, there are 16 seeded players, and the top 8 seeds receive 1st round byes. Qualifying (2 rounds only) is on Saturday and Sunday.

    The Family Circle Cup is the longest-running WTA-only Tier I event in the US. The tourney was held at Hilton Head until the Family Circle Tennis Center, built with public help at a cost of $15 million, was opened in the spring of 2001.

    The Family Circle Tennis Center, a 32-acre facility with a 10,200 seat stadium, has 13 green clay (Har-Tru) and 4 hard courts, all lighted for night play. A 10,000 square foot clubhouse also serves as the corporate headquarters for the Family Circle Cup.

    Former WTA # 1 Martina Hingis is not playing at Charleston. Martina is taking four weeks off; her next action will be in the J&S Cup in Warsaw, Poland.

    Charleston time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) -4 hours (=US Eastern Dayight Time, PDT +3). Charleston has live scoring by points.
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WTA SCOREBOARD: The Family Circle Cup at Charleston
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
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On Monday in Charleston, 2005 champ Justine Henin-Hardenne hoped the reporters at the "all-access hour" would quit asking if she was blowing all the money she has saved by moving to tax-free Monaco this year on roulette at Monte Carlo. Meanwhile, Patty Schnyder signed autographs, hiding from the press to avoid further insinuations that her hair was not actually naturally curly.

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Lisa Raymond and Corina Morariu were among the many attending the Charleston players party, which was held at Saks 5th Avenue. Viktoriya Kutuzova,
Elena Vesnina (doing her Minnie Pearl), and Galina Voskoboeva tried on new sombreros; Amy Frazier was plenty pretty without additional haberdashery.

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Milagros Sequera, Jennifer Russell, and Laura Granville were also looking good at Saks. Raffles were held: Mashona Washington drew Samantha Stosur's
ticket and presented her with a Lacoste bag; sisters Neha and Shikha Uberoi helped out by drawing a raffle ticket-- and found it was their father's.

Charleston, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $3,455 US; points: 1
#26 s9 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #74 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 Tue
*#193 q Julia Vakulenko UKR d #27 s10 Jelena Jankovic SCG 7-6(5), 7-5 Tue

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Julia's forehand, and Jelena's backhand

#29 s11 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #43 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 6-3 Tue

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Katerina and Virginie delivering forehands

#31 s12 Marion Bartoli FRA d #58 Shuai Peng CHN 6-1, 6-4 Tue
*#97 Kristina Brandi PUR d #32 s13 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 7-5, 6-3 Mon
#34 s14 Lucie Safarova CZE d #56 Samantha Stosur AUS 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 Mon

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Lucie serving a cannonball, Lucie's backhand, Samantha fielding a tough backhand, and Lucie after match point

*#82 Jamea Jackson USA d #35 s15 Kveta Peschke CZE 6-4, 6-3 Tue

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Jamea serving, Kveta's forehand

#40 s16 Mara Santangelo ITA d #73 Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-2, 6-4 Mon

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Mara's backhand

*#60 Sybille Bammer AUT d #41 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-4, 6-1 Mon
#45 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #67 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 Mon

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Vera firing a forehand, and Elena reaching for a low backhand volley

#47 Catalina Castano COL d #78 Ashley Harkleroad USA 6-2, 6-0 Mon
#49 Jill Craybas USA d #66 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#50 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d #86 Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR 6-3, 7-5 Mon

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Lourdes lining up a backhand, and Viktoriya watching one go

*#91 q Martina Sucha SVK d #52 Laura Granville USA 6-4, 6-1 Mon

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Martina and Laura firing forehands with Pure Drive

*#136 q Meilen Tu USA d #54 Amy Frazier USA 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*#64 Julia Schruff GER d #63 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 Tue

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Jamea serving, Kveta's forehand

*#81 q Alona Bondarenko UKR d #70 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-1, 7-5 Mon

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Alona about to serve

*#308 wc Neha Uberoi USA d #75 Lisa Raymond USA 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Mon
*#569 wc Anna Tatishvili GEO d #80 Laura Pous Tio ESP 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 Mon

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Anna awaiting Laura's serve, and having her hair "stroodled" (or whatever) at the Nexxus booth later during the tourney

    16-year-old wild card Anna was playing in only her 11th WTA or ITF adult match. Born in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, Anna has trained since age 13 at the Chris Evert Academy in Boca Raton, Florida.

#84 wc Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #165 Vanessa Henke GER 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*#100 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #87 Shenay Perry USA 6-0, 7-5 Tue
*#94 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA d #89 M Vento-Kabchi VEN 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 Mon
#96 Karolina Sprem CRO d #115 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 7-5, 6-4 Mon
*#123 q Yuliana Fedak UKR d #110 q C Martinez Granados ESP 7-5, 6-3 Mon
Charleston, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed
loser's prize: $6,775 US; points: 25
#3 s1 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #60 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-2, 6-3 Tue

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Justine's forehand, Sybille's backhand, and Justine after match point

    Justine said: "The first match on clay is never easy, especially a night match for me to start in the tournament...
    "[Sybille] played well... I play too far from my baseline in my first matches on clay, and I'm not aggressive enough, and you have to fight a lot to win the points, so that's not easy. You get tired very, very easily, very soon in the match because you're just out of the rhythm. So I think all the players feel that first matches on clay court. So that's pretty normal...
    "I was too far from my baseline. I was hitting the ball very hard, but I was too far away, so as soon as I put a step in the court. It's not easy on clay because you have to find a good balance between the patience and being aggressive, and it's hard. I mean to win a point on the clay takes you a lot of effort...
    "I don't think we have to stay focused on the six double on the six double faults. I mean I won 6-2, 6-3. It's not a big deal. If it's the only thing we can keep from the match, it's a bit sad because there were many other good things. So I have no problem on my serve. Just I had to get used to the lights and everything also. So nothing special...
    "I think that even if it's 6-2, 6-3, it wasn't so easy... when you have to fight, it's better than when you win so easily. So I'm happy that I had this kind of match, and I will have to be more aggressive, play more in the court and try to go every ball to the net in my next round...
    "I did a couple of drop shots. If I don't do them on the clay, I won't do them anywhere. It's the best surface to do them. I didn't work especially on that... when I was feeling it was the right time I did it. And I just missed one, my first one in the match. So that was good because it changes the rhythm. She was very far away from her baseline because she was always in defense." interview

#7 s2 Nadia Petrova RUS d #81 q Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-1, 0-6, 6-2 Wed

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Alona and Nadia launching backhands

    Nadia said: "I'll give [Alona] credit. She played very good tennis. But what really helped her to be so much in the points and getting all the balls is because that center court is so much slower than all the courts. It just has too much clay on it. It's really impossible to make a winner because the ball really doesn't skip after the bounce, and I noticed from the first point because it was so many rallies, and the ball feels like it's bricks, not tennis balls." interview

#9 s3 Patty Schnyder SUI d 136 q Meilen Tu USA 6-4, 7-5 Tue

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Patty reaching for a forehand, and Meilen's backhand

    Patty said: "I'm really happy that it went over in two sets... trying to find the feeling and the balls and with the racquet and the new court again... I was not very happy the way I played and the way I was feeling, but I got through and now I have a day of practice, and hopefully I'll do better.     "[Despite hitting seven aces] I was not too happy with my serve... the percentage was very low and sometimes I wish to have a higher percentage than acing that many...
    "I didn't feel the ball. I have a slight change with my racquet [Head Flexpoint Prestige]-- I'm going to take the old one again [Head Liquidmetal Prestige]-- and some string problems I had last week, so I'm really struggling a bit because normally here I just could place the ball anywhere I wanted and really not missing too many. So I definitely want to get that feeling back...
    "[Meilen has] had an injury, and so she really was hitting the ball well and returning very well. Her backhand was really fast, especially the cross court, and I really had trouble handling it. She made me work, and luckily she gave me two or three mistakes to finish it off... she was dangerous today." interview

#10 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #84 wc Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-0, 6-1 Wed

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Meghann preparing to slice a backhand, and Svetlana's forehand

    Svetlana injured her right hip last week, and retired from her semifinal at Amelia Island. Svetlana said the hip is better now, but her elbow is hurting, and she will have it examined.

    Svetlana said: "[Meghann] made me work a little bit. I've been pretty focused. I didn't want to spend a really long time there, and that was the plan and [I] just played my game." interview

    Meghann said: "Obviously [Svetlana is] a great player. She's been playing some great tennis lately and has a big power game, but at the same time I didn't do too much to stop it... she was moving well and hitting the ball well...
    "The tough thing about tennis is getting over the losses, but you have to move on, and I'll come out tomorrow and hopefully play a great doubles match." interview

    Thursday is Meghann's 27th birthday; she plans to have a nice dinner at a seafood restaurant in downtown Charleston.

*#47 Catalina Castano COL d #14 s5 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 7-5, 6-2 Tue

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Nicole serving, Catalina's backhand, and Catalina after match point

    Catalina trailed Nicole 0-5 in the 1st set, then won the next ten games on her way to the win. It is Nicole's 2nd tourney after returning from four weeks off with a right shoulder injury, but she has made no complaints about her shoulder.

    Catalina said: "That was a good match... we started at the same level, and then I missed a couple points that I lose my confidence, but then I think that I recovered, and I started playing better. That's why I won the first set, and the second set I had more confidence to finish the match." interview

    Nicole said: "I was up 5-1 [serving for the 1st set] and then nothing happened, and I got out of my rhythm, and you know, it was definitely frustrating...
    "I think I just hit like two unforced errors, and then it kind of got turned around, and I didn't serve well. I don't know myself what happened... games kept rolling and I couldn't stop it." interview

#16 s6 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d Virginia Ruano Pascual 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Vivi's forehand, and Anna-Lena's backhand

#20 s7 Dinara Safina RUS d #45 Vera Zvonareva RUS 7-5, 7-5 Tue
#24 s8 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #569 wc Anna Tatishvili GEO 7-5, 6-4 Wed

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Nathalie and Anna firing forehands, and Nathalie after match point

    Nathalie was ranked # 13 at the start of the year, but was still recovering from a knee injury. This win raised her 2006 record to 2-6.

    Nathalie said: "I've been losing first round lately, so it was really good to have this first win...
    "I hurt my knee during December, like the off season, and I couldn't practice and I couldn't be really fit when I started this season. And then so I lost a few matches because I wasn't ready enough to play, but I kept playing with the injury. So it's like you're not playing at your best, and you're losing a bit of confidence, and then the circle is there. So now I'm happy to break it and just keep going and enjoy the next match." interview

#26 s9 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #308 wc Neha Uberoi USA 6-3, 6-4 Wed

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Anabel's backhand

#29 s11 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #91 q Martina Sucha SVK 6-3, 6-1 Wed

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Katarina's backhand, Martina's backhand, and Katarina after match point

#31 s12 Marion Bartoli FRA d #123 q Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-4, 6-3 Wed

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Marion's two-handed forehand

#34 s14 Lucie Safarova CZE d #64 Julia Schruff GER 6-4, 6-0 Wed

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Lucie's left-handed forehand

#40 s16 Mara Santangelo ITA d #49 Jill Craybas USA 6-4, 7-6(5) Wed
#50 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d #97 Kristina Brandi PUR 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*#96 Karolina Sprem CRO d #82 Jamea Jackson USA 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wed

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Karolina serving, and Jamea's forehand

*#193 q Julia Vakulenko UKR d #94 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-1, 6-2 Wed
Charleston, 3rd Round, Thurs 11am
loser's prize: $13,285 US; points: 42
#3 s1 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #96 Karolina Sprem CRO 6-4, 6-4

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Justine delivering a forehand, and after match point

    Justine hit only 12 winners with 22 unforced errors, but Karolina had 34 errors to go with her 13 winners. And although Justine put only 55% of her 1st serves in the box (and hit 5 double faults), Karolina put only 54% of her 1st serves in (with 7 double faults). match stats

    Justine said: "It was a different kind of match, because [Karolina] was hitting the ball very hard, and there wasn't a lot of rhythm. The conditions were very different from what it was two days ago, because it was hot and the clay was faster, and I had to adjust a little bit. But when I had to serve well in the first and in the second I did. Sometimes I lose a little bit my concentration. But it's very important to win this kind of match in two sets. And I'm in the quarters, so that's very good." interview

#7 s2 Nadia Petrova RUS d #34 s14 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-1, 6-3

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Nadia running down a forehand, launching a backhand, and after match point

    Nadia said: "The first set I really dictated very well. I didn't give [Lucie] a chance to play her game. I took everything in my hands and played the game early...
    "In the second set she really picked up her game. She started swinging and really going for the winners, and it worked really well. At one stage I was 3-1 down losing two serves in a row. I didn't want to happen same as happened last night, a three-setter. So I really tried to finish it off in two sets and was quite successful." interview

#9 s3 Patty Schnyder SUI d #40 s16 Mara Santangelo ITA 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-3

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Patty's backhand, Mara's forehand, and Patty after match point

    Patty, who had 46 unforced errors-- with 44 winners-- was helped out by 10 double faults from Mara. match stats

    Patty said: "It was really a big struggle, and I didn't feel comfortable, and [Mara] played good. I was just trying to get the balls in, to place them better, to get her serve back, and I just stick with it...
    "I could not have a slow start in the tiebreaker, or I knew I would be gone. So it was a lot of pressure, and still I just kept playing the points. It was very tight for me, and so I'm really happy to be through." interview

#10 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #50 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-2, 6-1

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Lourdes fielding a forehand, and Svetlana walloping one

    Lourdes plays far behind the baseline, and concentrates on getting every ball back. This is the way Bjorn Borg used to play, but is rarely seen nowadays. Svetlana said: "I lost to [Lourdes] in Roland Garros 2001 maybe, like a couple years in last round of quali, and I knew her. She's a very weird player, but it's very strange to see somebody very far [behind the baseline] and just come in and all the time gives you balls back, and I was a little bit frustrated in the start, but then I get into it, and I tried a lot to come to the net. I did a serve and second serve and came in, and I was enjoying coming in. I wanted to try something different, and today in the match I had many chances to come in because she was standing pretty far back..." interview

#16 s6 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #26 s9 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 7-6(3), 6-3

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Anabel and Anna-Lena (doing her Clijsters) firing forehands

#20 s7 Dinara Safina RUS d 193 q Julia Vakulenko UKR 6(6)-7, 6-2, 6-2

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Dinara and Julia spinning forehands, and Dinara after winning a point

    Dinara led 4-0 in the 1st set, then lost the set in a tiebreaker. Dinara said: "The first set... was a nightmare. 4-0 up, 5-3, 5-4, 0-40. What else, 5-1 on a tiebreak, you know. I mean it was not me on the court first set. I think it was somebody else...
    "I knew [Julia] from before. I know her. She was also living in Spain [Dinara was trained in Valencia, Spain, Julia still resides in Barcelona]. So I know her pretty well... I know she's a player...
    "At the beginning I was dictating... but then she started to dictate what she wants. That's why it was different...
    "I had to mix it up a little today. I had to make her run around the court. So I had to do a lot because when she stays in the play, she hits the ball really hard. I mean her balls go like really flat and fast." interview

    Julia has been working with coach Vic Braden on improving her game. About the match, Julia said: "I think I could have won today. I just was not very intelligent in [the 2nd set] when I was 2-2 up and I was 30-0 or 40-0, and the same in the third set... When it would be easy, I would relax, and I would make it complicated. So I have to really focus on when I'm winning easy, to think about keeping playing harder and better." interview

#24 s8 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #29 s11 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-2, 6-3

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Katarina's forehand, and Nathalie after match point

#47 Catalina Castano COL d #31 s12 Marion Bartoli FRA 5-4 retired-- L knee inflammation?
Charleston, QFs, Fri
loser's prize: $26,050 US; points: 75
#3 s1 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #20 s7 Dinara Safina RUS 6-4, 6-1

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Dinara launching a backhand, and Justine after match point

    Justine said: "It was a tough one. [Dinara] was playing very consistent, and I was getting better and better, but I was sometimes playing too short, and especially on her backhand side. She has a great backhand, especially down the line. And I knew I had to put pressure on her forehand and try to attack the ball and give pressure on that side. But it wasn't easy in the beginning, and then game after game I was feeling better and better. And the win of the first set gave me a lot of confidence so I could build my game and play much better in the second. So I'm pretty happy the way I played today. I was feeling much better on the clay, so that was good." interview

#7 s2 Nadia Petrova RUS d #47 Catalina Castano COL 6-2, 6-0

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Nadia's service toss, Catalina ready to belt a backhand, and Nadia leaping into a backhand volley

    Nadia said: "I'm very happy the way I played today, especially my service was great. I really dominated my games, and I had everything in my hands. [Catalina] played a few good points, and I must say I just didn't give her [a chance] to play her tennis she really likes to. She likes the heavy balls, move a lot on court. I just tried to make the points as short as possible, and it really worked. And in the second set I broke her in the beginning, and I put so much pressure on her that I ended up with the match quite easy...
    "[The stadium court surface] actually feels a bit faster, maybe because it's a little bit dryer. And it feels a bit harder. The first night I played it felt quite soft and humid, and that was the reason why everything went so slow." interview

#9 s3 Patty Schnyder SUI d #24 s8 Nathalie Dechy FRA 6-0, 6-3

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Patty's backhand, Nathalie fielding a drop shot, and Patty after match point

    Patty said: "I don't really know how [the first set] got to 6-0, but I just served good, from the beginning to the end. I was concentrating because I didn't feel too good. Everything worked out, and I'm really extremely happy that I could make it again to the semis...
    [Nathalie is} always trying to play tactics against me, and that's also how she won twice, but if it's not working 100 percent, she looks shaky and she loses her rhythm. It's tough for her to play me... She had so much pressure on her service games, and I think that's what was the most important...
    "Her tactic was like playing like really deep, slow, rather high balls to my backhand, and that sometimes drives me crazy, because I have to move around and I want to get the forehand going. And I like pace on my backhand, so that's really mentally tough for me to be ready for the shots.
    "I'm not like really the player to attack into the net a lot, but I still like to go into the court and make people run out of the court. Definitely if she can stick to that tactic with my backhand, I don't feel comfortable, and that sometimes she really did well.
    "That's two really important things I can take into tomorrow's match. I really hope that I can play even better and hit some more winners tomorrow with Justine. She is just the best clay court player, and I have to play an unbelievable match to have a chance to win." interview

*#16 s6 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #10 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3, 7-6(4)

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Anna-Lena's backhand, and Svetlana fielding a drop shot

    Anna-Lena said: "I hit a lot of double faults, but overall I think I played very aggressive, hit a lot of good shots, winners, and was always inside the court and not [letting Svetlana] dictate, so that, I think, was the key. She didn't made a lot of winners with her forehand, her best shot to run around. I'm pretty satisfied with the way I played." interview

    Svetlana said: "It's just not my day. [Anna-Lena] was playing pretty well... if I would be in better shape, like playing my good game, I would be disappointed to lose. But here I didn't play well, so I couldn't do much about it." interview

Charleston, SFs, Sat 2:30pm
loser's prize: $51,000 US; points: 135
*#9 s3 Patty Schnyder SUI d #3 s1 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

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Patty's backhand, Justine stepping into a forehand, and Patty after match point

    Patty said: "I think it's huge. I've never beaten [Justine], and I really think she's the greatest clay court player that there is at the moment, and I think she's one of the greatest champions that we have in the past years, and yeah, it's just amazing how I could come back and win it at the end...
    "[Because it was windy the] ball went anywhere. Sometimes I would hit some frame shots really almost out of the stadium, and yeah, I just told myself to keep moving. And I was happy, my serve was a little better. In the first set it was off, and then I felt better with the serve, so that gave me confidence. And also the conditions, they changed a bit. They were drier, getting drier, getting higher bounce, getting faster the court, and that altogether all helped me to pull it off...
    "It's just many, many games that were really close. After the ten-minute break [between the 2nd and 3rd sets] I felt she was on again. She hit like only first serves, and she played very good that first game. I also had some experience with like going into those big matches and then losing right away the first service game of the third set, and that was it. So I really wanted to win that game. At the end sometimes you are also lucky, and I'm just the lucky winner today." interview

    Justine said: "It's always disappointing to lose, I mean especially this way, but that's tennis. That's life. You have to keep going.
    "I think I had the control of the match in the first set. I was playing pretty well, and then I lost a bit my concentration for a few games and then the match turned completely. [Patty] was having the control of the points, of the rallies, and she made me run a lot, and it was hard to know. I was suffering a little bit because I wasn't aggressive enough to be in the court. It's not nice to lose, but it's life...
    "You always have to improve, and you always can do better. I have no excuses today. She just played better than me." interview

#7 s2 Nadia Petrova RUS d #16 s6 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-1, 6-3

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Nadia's serving, Anna-Lena's backhand, and Nadia after match point

    Nadia hit 18 winners with only 17 unforced errors (Anna-Lena: 16 and 27, with 8 double faults). Nadia also converted 4 of 7 break points, while Anna-Lena, who had 3 chances, did not break Nadia's serve in the match. match stats

    Nadia said: "I really took everything in my hands. As soon as I felt that [Anna-Lena] was missing from one side and making the double faults, I really started to be a little bit pushy, started to put more pressure on her and didn't give her a chance to get back into the game, and it worked very well today...
    "If I look back at all matches I played, I must say I've played very consistent and been serving well, returning quite decent as well, and tomorrow I think I'll just have to play a little bit faster game and try to move in as much as I can." interview

    Anna-Lena said: "I'm very disappointed. I think today wasn't really a match. I mean I made a lot of mistakes, didn't put any balls in, so there was not a lot of a match, so it's real disappointing...
    "Right now [Nadia is] really on top of her game, and she's playing very well with a lot of confidence coming from last week and the tournaments before. I think right now she's one of the hottest players on the Tour, so it's tough to play her." interview

Charleston, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $ 100,000 US; points: 210
winner's prize: $ 196,900 US; points: 300
#7 s2 Nadia Petrova RUS d #9 s3 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-3, 4-6, 6-1

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Nadia running down a forehand, Patty watching her backhand fly, Nadia's backhand, and Nadia after match point

Charleston, Doubles Final after singles
losers' prize: $30,000 US
winners' prize: $59,000 US
cdr3 s1 Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur d cdr13 s2 Virginia Ruano Pascual & Meghann Shaughnessy 3-6, 6-1, 6-1

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Lisa & Samantha

Charleston, Qual Finals, Sun Apr 9
losers' prize: $1,765 US
#81 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #261 Aniko Kapros HUN 7-5, 6-4
#91 Martina Sucha SVK d #113 Hana Sromova CZE 6-3, 7-6(1)
*#123 Yuliana Fedak UKR d #93 Meng Yuan CHN 6-3, 6-1
#110 Conchita Martinez Granados ESP d #114 A Parra Santonja ESP 6-1, 7-6(2)
#115 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #135 Galina Voskoboeva RUS 6-2, 6-4
*#136 Meilen Tu USA d #120 Varvara Lepchenko UZB 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
*#165 Vanessa Henke GER d #122 Milagros Sequera VEN 6-1, 6-3
#193 Julia Vakulenko UKR d #284 Julie Coin FRA 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

Charleston, Withdrawals:
#6 Mary Pierce FRA r foot
#11 Venus Williams USA r elbow sprain
#17 Elena Likhovtseva RUS
#19 Flavia Pennetta ITA
#21 Tatiana Golovin FRA torn l ankle lig's
#28 Klara Koukalova CZE
#30 Gisela Dulko ARG
#36 Shahar Peer ISR
#37 Marta Domachowska POL
#38 Roberta Vinci ITA
#39 Sania Mirza IND
#44 Jelena Kostanic CRO r knee sprain
#48 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP r wrist
#65 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP
#88 Serena Williams USA l knee pain
#303 Paola Suarez ARG r calf strain
#614 Chanda Rubin USA l ankle


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