2006 Moscow & Bangkok WTA Singles Results     Anna Chakvetadze & Vania King, Champions

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  WTA Oct 9-15


Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Tier I +ATP
$1,340,000 - 28 players - indoor: supreme
Olympisky Sports Stadium
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# 1 Amelie Mauresmo, # 3 Maria Sharapova
# 4 Svetlana Kuznetsova, # 6 Elena Dementieva

PTT Thailand Open, Bangkok, Thailand Tier III
$200,000 - 32 players - outdoor: hard
Rama Gardens Hotel
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# 22 Marion Bartoli, # 28 A Medina Garrigues
# 29 Nathalie Dechy, # 40 Lucie Safarova

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Moscow:
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#23 Anna Chakvetadze
5' 7", 130 lbs, RH 2H-BH
Bangkok:
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#80 Vania King
5' 5", 125 lbs, RH 2H-BH
    On Sunday in Moscow, in the final of the Kremlin Cup, a hometown girl, unseeded 19-year-old # 23 Anna Chakvetadze, defeated another Muskovite, 5th-seeded 24-year-old # 7 Nadia Petrova, 6-4, 6-4 (Anna is shown after match point).

    Nadia was playing with chest and groin injuries. Nadia said: "I had three parts of my body taped before the match, and it obviously affected my play and limited my movement... My movement was limited and I couldn't serve at my maximum power. My serve is one of my weapons, so that was a shame. However, it's all about how well you play, and today Anna played better than me, so she deserved the victory. This is her biggest title, and I'm very happy for her." WTA story - BBC story

    Anna said: "I was a bit lucky today, as Nadia was not 100% fit. Nevertheless, I'm happy to win at home... I'd come to watch the Kremlin Cup with my parents from the age of six, and I never thought I'd play in this tournament... Having won my first title recently I had an even better week here, beating three Top 10 players, so I'm definitely going to buy myself something as a reward for this victory."

    Anna and Nadia had played only twice before, and both meetings were this summer, when Nadia was returning to the Tour after an injury layoff. In the 2nd round at San Diego Anna defeated Nadia 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, and two weeks later in Montreal, also in the 2nd round, Anna won again, 6-1, 6-4.

    Anna is now 2-0 in WTA singles finals, having won her first title 2 weeks ago in Guangzhou. Nadia is 6-5 in WTA singles finals--but she lost her first four, and won her last six, most recently last week in Stuttgart.

Moscow player's blog by Nadia Petrova - Nadia Petrova Wallpaper

    In the Bangkok final on Sunday, 17-year-old unseeded # 80 Vania King from Long Beach, California, defeated a local resident, the longtime Thai # 1, 29-year-old # 97 Tamarine Tanasugarn, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 (Vania is shown with the glassware after the match).

    Vania said: "I started slow; I was a bit tired from yesterday. In the first set I was trying to come in, but [Tammy] was hitting these low sharp angles. I just couldn't hurt her. She was playing great and coming up with these shots. I was standing too far back and in the second set, so I moved up the court and that helped a lot." WTA story

    Tammy said: "I was almost there. The 4-3 game in the third was so important and [Vania] played unbelievable. I have to say, she played very well at the end of the match... I got to the final and it was a great week for me. I'm so grateful for all the warm support from my family, friends and the crowds."

    Vania was playing in her 1st WTA singles final (she had not previously reached a semi), and so is now 1-0 in that category. Tammy is now 1-6 in WTA singles finals; she won her title in Hyderabad in 2003. Tammy and Vania had never before met on the field of combat.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Moscow & Bangkok

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?


    Moscow: The main draw for Moscow 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.
   
Olympisky Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Olympisky Stadium, Moscow, RUS - click for sat pic

   
Early round play at Moscow   
begins at 11am local time.


    Daylight savings time in Moscow is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 4 hours. That is Eastern Daylight Time in the US + 8 hours, PDT+11 hours. Luxembourg news

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Good girls being pretty at the Moscow player's party on Sunday included:
Ekaterina Bychkova, Anna Chakvetadze, Maria Sharapova, Maria Kirilenko, Galina Voskoboeva, Dinara Safina, and Patty Schnyder...

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...as well as Vera Zvonareva and Nicole Vaidisova. Anna Chakvetadze and Maria Kirilenko applied their Ivana Henryova
for fans at the Moscow Mega Mall on the weekend, and Maria Sharapova met the press on Monday.
Moscow, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 11am WTA Mon story - WTA Tue story
losers' prize: $8,790 US; points: 1
#7 s5 Nadia Petrova RUS d #18 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-2, 6-2 Wed
#9 s6 Patty Schnyder SUI d #508 Chanda Rubin USA 6-3, 6-0 Wed
*#23 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #10 s7 Dinara Safina RUS 6-1, 6-2 Tue

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Anna launching a backhand, Dinara about to wallop a forehand, and Anna after winning a point

#12 s8 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #662 wc Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-3 Mon

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Nicole about to lightly tap a forehand, and serving

    Nicole said: "This was my first match this week. In fact, it's my first ever match in Moscow, so I'm very happy with my performance today. It took me a couple of games to feel comfortable, but after that I think I played pretty well...
    "[Anastasia] is a very young player with a lot of potential. She's already playing very good tennis at such a young age."

#13 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #31 Maria Kirilenko RUS 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3) Tue

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Maria's forehand, and Francesca about to fire one

*#62 Elena Vesnina RUS d #20 Na Li CHN 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(11) Tue

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Elena lining up a backhand

    Elena trailed 0-5 in the 3rd set, at which point Na had won 11 of the last 12 games.

    Elena said: "This is a great win for me. I've never come back from 5-0 down in the third set to win. Up until 5-3 I think [Na] was still playing relaxed, but when it got closer I definitely could tell she was getting nervous. I told myself to play point by point; when I got to 5-4, I believed I could win."

    Na said: "I think I relaxed too too much at 5-0 in the third set. [Elena] played really well to come back, and she deserved to win today."

#24 Shahar Peer ISR d #NR Elena Bovina RUS 6-0, 6-2 Mon

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Back oncourt after almost a year and a half of injury, Elena signed autographs on Monday

    Elena had not played a match since May, 2005 due to a right shoulder injury, and other injuries she incurred while the shoulder was healing. Hopefully Elena is 100% again, and her 1st round shellacking by the capable hands of Shahar is merely due to rustiness.
    This is what Elena indicated in an interview by Gazeta.ru after the loss. Paraphrasing from a machine translation into English, Elena said she has only been training for a couple of months now, and at full speed for only a month. But she is feeling well, is very happy to be playing again, and has requested wild card entries into the upcoming Zurich and Linz tourneys.

#29 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #85 wc Vera Dushenvina RUS 6-3, 6-2 Mon

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Vera Z about to swat a forehand, and Vera D eyeing a backhand

#30 Samantha Stosur AUS d #125 q Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wed
*#71 Iveta Benesova CZE d #32 Mara Santangelo ITA 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 Tue
#37 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #51 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-0, 6-1 Mon

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Elena following a backhand

#81 q Ekaterina Bychkova RUS d #88 q Anastassia Rodionova RUS 6-3, 6-4 Tue
Moscow, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am Wed WTA story
losers' prize: $16,370 US; points: 42
#1 s1 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #62 Elena Vesnina RUS 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(3) Thu

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Amelie and Elena chasing forehands

#3 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d #81 q Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-4, 7-5 Wed

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Maria about to deliver, and launching a twist serve, Ekaterina about to swat a forehand, Maria's backhand, and after match point

    In the 1st set, Ekaterina saved three break points before Maria broke her serve in the 7th game. Maria broke Ekaterina again in the first game of the 2nd set, but Ekaterina broke back in the sixth game. Then Maria double-faulted twice in the eighth game, was broken and trailed 3-5... after which Maria saved a set point and won four straight games to take the match.

    Maria said: "I got a little bit sloppy in the middle of the second set. I had a 1st-round bye, and [Ekaterina] had already played four matches [3 qualifying + 1st round]. I don't think I started badly."

    Ekaterina said: "I didn't want to think about winning the set. I've seen others get [Maria] into the same situation, where they have set point against her, and I didn't want to think about it, just play each point then see what happens.
    "I didn't play so well against her serve, and my serve was not too good today, but it was a good experience to play against Maria, especially here in Moscow."

*#29 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #4 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-1, 6-3 Wed

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Vera driving a forehand, Svetlana volleying one, and Vera after match point

    The win raised Vera's record against Svetlana to 3-7. Vera said: "It was an advantage for me to play a match already, as [Svetlana] had a first round bye. The court is a bit sticky but I was already used to it. The score may make the match look like it was easy, but to play someone like Svetlana is never easy. We have always had tough matches. I kept going for my shots, and today it worked."

    Svetlana said: "I think it was my worst match this season. I just had no time to adjust to this fast surface." AP story

#6 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #24 Shahar Peer ISR 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-3 Thu

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Elena's forehand drive, Shahar launching a backhand, and Elena after match point

#7 s5 Nadia Petrova RUS d #37 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-3, 7-5 Thu

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Nadia's backhand, and after match point

#9 s6 Patty Schnyder SUI d #71 Iveta Benesova CZE 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-1 Thu
#12 s8 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #30 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-1 Thu
*#23 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #13 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-6(3), 6-4 Thu

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Anna driving a forehand, and a backhand, and after match point

Moscow, QFs, Fri 11am WTA story
losers' prize: $30,485 US; points: 75
*#12 s8 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #1 s1 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(3)

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Nicole's forehand, Amelie following a forehand, Nicole after match point, and meeting the press after the match

    Nicole said: "I definitely started the match very badly, but at 5-2 I told myself I had to play better or lose. Once I got into the third set, I had some opportunities and even had a break. Even though I lost that break, I managed to stay positive and kept fighting, and that's why I won today."

    Amelie said: "It's disappointing. The thing about tie-breaks is it's about taking your opportunities. I did that yesterday, but obviously not today. I think it's also very important to be physically fresh at the end of the match, but that also wasn't the case today."

*#23 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #3 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS walkover--right foot strain

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Maria telling reporters she cannot play today

    Maria said: "I hurt the foot during my match on Wedsnesday, and since then I did everything possible to be ready for my match today. But when I woke up this morning it was obvious that I wasn't going to be able to play. I'm really disappointed because I felt I was playing really well lately."

#6 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #9 s6 Patty Schnyder SUI 7-6(6), 7-6(1)

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Elena serving, Patty's backhand drive, Elena's backhand volley, and Elena after match point

#7 s5 Nadia Petrova RUS d #29 Vera Zvonareva RUS 7-5, 6-1

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Nadia serving, Vera firing a forehand, and Nadia following a radio interview after the match

    Nadia said: "I'm getting better with every match; last week's title has obviously given me lots of confidence. It's great to be in the semifinals here in Moscow, my home town, so I hope just hope I can keep going."

Moscow, SFs, Sat 1pm WTA story
losers' prize: $56,800 US; points: 135
*#23 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #6 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS 7-5, 3-6, 6-0

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Anna serving, Elena and Anna driving forehands, and after match point

    Elena said: "I made too many unforced errors, while [Anna] played the key points confidently... I had two very tough matches this week, and was trying very hard to be fully fit after I had some trouble with my leg last week, but in the third set she was simply fresher than me." AP story

#7 s5 Nadia Petrova RUS d #12 s8 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(3)

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Nadia about to slice a backhand, Nicole driving one, Nadia driving another, and after match point

    Nadia started out with her left hip strapped, and took an injury time out when trailing 1-2 in the 2nd set to have her right hip bandaged as well.
    Nadia said: "It was difficult and very painful. At some point I thought I would not be able to finish the match. I really wanted to be in the final in Moscow for the first time and that goal has helped me to stay on... We were both getting a little tight at the end. It was a matter of who could keep the ball in."

    Nicole saved six match points while trailing 4-5 on serve in the 3rd set. Then Nadia saved a breakpoint while serving at 5-5, and both held again to force the tiebreaker.
    Nicole said: "I certainly didn't think I had the match won after I saved all those match points. There was still a lot of work to be done. Nadia played better than me when it mattered. My serve worked well most of the match, but wasn't good enough... I had a chance in her game on a breakpoint, but [Nadia] served well on crucial points today."

    7-6(3): Nadia defeated Nicole in the 3rd set tiebreaker 7-3. Nicole had defeated Amelie Mauresmo in a 3rd set tiebreaker 7-3. Amelie had defeated Elena Vesnina in a 3rd set tiebreaker 7-3. Elena had defeated Na Li in a 3rd set tiebreaker... 12-11.

Moscow, Final, Sun 1:30pm
loser's prize: $105,800 US; points: 210
winner's prize: $196,900 US; points: 300
*#23 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #7 s5 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-4, 6-4

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Anna serving, Nadia and Anna driving backhands, Anna fielding a drop shot, and after match point

Moscow, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $31,750 US
winners' prize: $59,000 US
cdr23 Kveta Peschke & Francesca Schiavone d cdr111 Iveta Benesova & Galina Voskoboeva 6-4, 6-7, 6-1

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Francesca & Kveta

Moscow, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 9 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,360 US; q2 $2,535 US; q final $4,720 US
#71 Iveta Benesova CZE d #86 Galina Voskoboeva RUS 6-0, 7-6(5)
#81 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS d #95 Meilen Tu USA 7-6(2), 6-3
*#88 Anastassia Rodionova RUS d #82 Vasilisa Bardina RUS 7-5, 6-3
*#125 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI d #111 Alberta Brianti ITA 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Moscow, Withdrawals
#14 Anastasia Myskina RUS left big toe inflammation
#21 Flavia Pennetta ITA left wrist surgery
#49 Venus Williams USA left wrist injury

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    Bangkok: The main draw for Bangkok 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.
   
Rama Gardens Hotel, Bangkok, 9/9, Vibhavadi, Rangsit, Road, Laksi, Bangkok, Thailand
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Early round play at Bangkok   
begins at 3pm local time.


    The time in Bangkok is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 7 hours. That is Eastern Daylight Time in the US + 11 hours, PDT+14 hours. Thailand news

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At the Bangkok player party on Sunday, Klara (Koukalova) Zakopalova hung out with a suspicious character,
while Eleni Daniilidou, Sania Mirza and Angelique Widjaja displayed tourney mascot elephants.
Bangkok, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 3pm-10am WTA Tue story - WTA Wed story
losers' prize: $1,325 US; points: 1
*#217 q Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG d #28 s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-4 Wed

    Mariana is going to retire after this tourney; she was 0-4 against Anabel in previous matches.

    Mariana said: "I've played [Anabel] so many times and I've never beaten her. When I saw I had her in the draw I was worried and thought this could be my last match. Walking out to the court, I felt strange, I wasn't crying, but I really felt that this may be my last match.
    "After losing the first set. I started to think a little bit about my career, about what I had done and this possibly being my last singles match. But then I just decided that if [Anabel] was going to win, she would have to do something special. So I just focused and played my best.
    "When I won the second set, I thought 'ok, I can win this and I just kept going.' She is a very difficult player to beat as she just keeps fighting, even if she loses a point and you think 'she's tired'. I'm really happy to win this match today, to finally beat her so close to the end of my career."
    About retiring, Mariana said: "My body just hurts. Every day I hurt all over and my body is telling me it's time to retire. Also I'm getting married at the end of the year [December 8th] and I'm planning to have a family – it’s time for me. When I look back, I’m quite happy with my career, I always played hard and fought my best. I know that I didn’t have the talent to be the No.1 in the world, but I think I did the best with what I had."

#29 s3 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #162 q Zi Yan CHN 6-4, 6-4 Wed

    Nathalie said: "I had a lot to adjust to. I had a jet lag and the change in temperature, plus I was playing indoors before I came here. I'm pleased with how quickly I adjusted and I feel I will be even more comfortable tomorrow. It's amazingly humid here, I think I sweated more today than I ever have before in a tennis match."

#40 s4 Lucie Safarova CZE d #188 Selima Sfar TUN 6-3, 6-3 Tue
#41 s5 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #154 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Wed

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Eleni's forehand drive

#43 s6 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #55 Sania Mirza IND 6-4, 6-4 Tue

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Meghann meeting the press after the match

    Meghann said: "It's always difficult playing with a rain delay. But it's the same for both players, so you really just have to concentrate. I wanted to make sure to come into the match aggressively and serve well. My serve was definitely the key today. [Sania] is a very dangerous player with a great forehand and serve, and she hits the ball cross court so well. You really don't know what sort of a day she's going to be having so I think players are generally a little on edge when they go out to play her... I'm happy with having a good win today I'll try to build on that with each match and hopefully that means having a great week."

#50 s8 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #108 q Meng Yuan CHN 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(5) Wed
#53 s9 Severine Bremond FRA d #160 LL Ryoko Fuda JPN 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 Wed
*#102 wc Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #54 s10 Catalina Castano COL 6-0, 7-6(5) Tue

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Tammy at her post-match press interview

    Play was stopped by rain when Tamarine led 3-1 in the tiebreaker--and did not resume for three hours.

    Tammy said: "A rain delay is so hard. Especially when you are in the tie-break. I knew coming back that I could either be on court for another couple of minutes or more than an hour if it went to three sets. I knew that meant I had to put all my concentration into those few points so I could finish the match tonight...
    "I noticed that [Catalina] was off-balance today. She definitely wasn't comfortable out there today and it was lucky for me and I took advantage of it. She improved a lot in the second set, was getting more comfortable and serving better. I'm so pleased to have won. My strength today was that I concentrated well and kept the ball in play."

#56 Sybille Bammer AUT d #76 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-1, 6-3 Tue
#61 Jamea Jackson USA d #79 Melinda Czink HUN 6-2, 6-3 ppd-Tue
*#73 Julia Schruff GER d #69 Emma Laine FIN 6-4, 7-6(5) ppd-Tue
#80 Vania King USA d #180 Alicia Molik AUS 6-1, 7-5 Wed
#89 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #387 wc Nudnida Luangnam THA 6-1, 6-4 Wed
#91 Marta Domachowska POL d #263 wc Suchanun Viratprasert THA 6-4, 6-0 Tue
#118 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #128 Tiantian Sun CHN 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Wed
#144 LL Erika Takao JPN d #341 Alina Jidkova RUS 6-3, 6-1 Wed
Bangkok, 2nd Rd, Thu 1pm WTA story
losers' prize: $2,485 US; points: 16
*#56 Sybille Bammer AUT d #29 s3 Nathalie Dechy FRA 6-3, 6-1 Thu

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Sybille eyeing a backhand

    Sybille said: "I play really well here in Thailand because I love the heat. That's usually the case, although on Tuesday [in a 6-1, 6-3 win over Nicole Pratt], I got really dizzy on court, was seeing black spots and had to be treated. I don't know why, maybe I hadn't eaten enough. Today, though, I had no problem and felt really good out there...
    "I'm happy with the first two rounds. Today I didn't make too many easy mistakes. I was expecting the match to be tougher. Nathalie and I have played each other three times lately. The first two times I won [at Wimbledon & the US Open] and she beat me two weeks ago. Each match was very tough and could have gone either way."

*#80 Vania King USA d #40 s4 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-1, 6-1 Thu

    Vania said: "I feel really good about my match today. I respect [Lucie], but she wasn't at her best today. She never seemed to find her rhythm. She started to make some changes in the second set, but I felt that I had the answers for the things she tried. I felt that I served well and that was the key to the match."

#41 s5 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #144 LL Erika Takao JPN 6-4, 6-4 Thu

    Eleni said: "I didn't feel good out there today or yesterday and my tennis was not that great. This is the last tournament of the Asian circuit and I've played a lot of matches. It's also very hot, but it's the same for everybody...
    "I'm happy that I won, after all a victory is a victory, and I have to be satisfied with that. But I wasn't moving well and was not aggressive enough. I wasn't consistent enough, although on the important points I did come through. I hope that I'm going to play better tomorrow [against Severine Brémond]; sometimes when you have a tougher opponent it forces you to play better."

#43 s6 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #73 Julia Schruff GER 6-3, 6-1 Thu
#50 s8 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #91 Marta Domachowska POL 6-1, 6-0

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Jelena's forehand

#53 s9 Severine Bremond FRA d #118 Klara Zakopalova CZE 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 Thu
*#102 wc Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #61 Jamea Jackson USA 6-1, 2-0 retired--right groin strain Thu

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Tammy's forehand

#89 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #217 q Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG 6-4, 6-3 Thu

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Mariana Diaz-Oliva

    This was the last singles match of Mariana's career, as she has decided to retire. During her 14-year pro career, Mariana won $1,002,843 in prize money--plus what she makes in doubles at this tourney. Mariana won the WTA singles title at Palermo in 2004, and has also won 16 ITF singles titles and 15 ITF doubles titles.

Bangkok, QFs, Fri 3pm WTA story
losers' prize: $4,660 US; points: 30
*#53 s9 Severine Bremond FRA d #41 s5 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-3

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Severine launching a forehand lob

    The win put Severine in her first ever WTA semifinal. Severine said: "To be honest, I couldn't tell you about the match point and the tie-break; I can barely remember them. I just kept telling myself to focus on the points, then to be more aggressive, and that's what turned it around...
    "I'm very excited. Although I did reach the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, this is still very special. The most important thing for me right now is to rest, I've played all three set matches and doubles as well. I'm tired right now!"

#43 s6 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #89 Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-2, 6-4

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Meghann following her serve

    Meghann said: "Nakamura has been playing well, reaching the final last week in Tokyo, so today was a good win for me. I tried to dictate with my serve and return, so that she didn't run me around too much...     "[Vania King] must be doing something right. She's young. and an up-and-coming American; I hope my experience comes through. I'm feeling very confident, playing well and it'd be nice to win a third title this year. Tomorrow's going to be tough though and I'll have to concentrate on that."

*#80 Vania King USA d #50 s8 Jelena Kostanic CRO 6-1, 6-1

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Vania's forehand

    Jelena is Vania's current doubles partner. Vania said: "I'm playing really well. Playing Kostanic was very strange. We warmed up together today before the match, talked about it and decided we had done that every day this week, so why change? I felt a little awkward to play aggressive against her then I thought I'd be pretty insulted if she didn't play her best against me so I just went out there and played...
    "I've never played [Meghann Shaughnessy] before. I know she's a good player and she's been very highly ranked, also she's had a pretty good year. Like every match I'll stick to my game and if I play this well, it'll be a good match."

*#102 wc Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #56 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-0, 6-2

    Tammy said: "I want to thank my fans for their support - it really lifted me up. Even after thunder and heavy rain, so many people stayed and supported me. It was a fantastic feeling...
    I know Brémond's playing well. She's up-and-coming and her form has been good ever since Wimbledon. It's going to be tough but I am excited to be in the semis of Bangkok; I'll play my game and fight hard."

Bangkok, SFs, Sat 3pm WTA story
losers' prize: $8,750 US; points: 55
*#102 wc Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #53 s9 Severine Bremond FRA 6-2, 6-3

    Severine led 2-0 in the 1st set and 3-1 in the 2nd, but could not sustain her lead. Tammy said: "Brémond is very talented, has lots of shots, and is comfortable with the serve and volley; it was hard to tell what she was going to do out there. Breaking to level at 3-3 was a key game for me because if she had held she would've gone up 4-2; that would have been harder to come back from."

    Severine said: "I was so happy to reach the semifinals, but I was tired from all the matches this week and my injury was making it really difficult for me to run. I kept trying, to make the best match and trying to win, but Tanasugarn was playing too well for me."

*#80 Vania King USA d #43 s6 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-1, 6-4

    Vania said: "The key today was again my serve, but also my consistency. [Meghann] played up and down and I think was frustrated with not being consistent."

    Meghann said: "It was an ugly match for me; I didn't serve well and couldn't get a rhythm from the baseline. [Vania] is playing solid, but I didn't do anything to challenge her. I had a couple chances at the end of the first set then early in the second, but I didn't capitalize on them."

Bangkok, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $16,400 US; points: 85
winner's prize: $30,500 US; points: 120
#80 Vania King USA d #102 wc Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

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Vania's forehand, Tammy and Vania driving backhands, and after match point

Bangkok, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $4,850 US
winners' prize: $9,100 US
cdr198 Vania King & Jelena Kostanic d cdr299 Mariana Diaz-Oliva & Nathalie Grandin 7-5, 2-6, 7-5

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Jelena & Vania

Bangkok, Qual Finals, Mon-3pm-rain-Tue 10am, Oct 9-10
losers' prizes: q1 $200 US; q2 $375 US; q final $700 US
#108 Meng Yuan CHN d #230 Angelique Widjaja INA 6-3, 6-3
*#162 Zi Yan CHN d #144 Erika Takao JPN 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-1 ppd-Tue
#154 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d #219 Shikha Uberoi IND 7-5, 6-3 ppd-Tue
*#217 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG d #160 Ryoko Fuda JPN 6-4, 6-3 ppd-Tue

Bangkok, Withdrawals
#22 s1 Marion Bartoli FRA right achilles inflammation
#35 Jie Zheng CHN left ankle sprain
#42 Gisela Dulko ARG low back injury
#45 s7 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP r shoulder
#57 Shuai Peng CHN left hip injury

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    (Oct 14, 2006) 2-time Kremlin Cup and 2004 French Open champ Anastasia Myskina, who was reported (by her unofficial website) to be out for the season with a foot stress fracture, is in the main draw for the Zurich Open, slated to play a qualifier in the 1st round. The news media has said nothing about Anastasia's condition, although she withdrew from both the Stuttgart tourney and her hometown Kremlin Cup, and has not played since the US Open. The WTA reported that Anastasia has "left big toe inflammation," with, as usual, no futher information.

    (Oct 12, 2006) 2nd-seeded 19-year-old # 3 Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew from her quarterfinal against Anna Chakvetadze on Friday due to a right foot strain she incurred during her 2nd round victory over Ekaterina Bychkova. Maria said: "I hurt the foot during my match on Wedsnesday, and since then I did everything possible to be ready for my match today. But when I woke up this morning it was obvious that I wasn't going to be able to play. I'm really disappointed, because I felt I was playing really well lately."

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