2006 Paris Indoor & Pattaya WTA Singles Results Amelie Mauresmo & Shahar Peer, Champions

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  WTA Feb 6-12: Paris Indoor & Pattaya City

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# 2 Amelie Mauresmo, # 6 Mary Pierce
# 7 Nadia Petrova, # 9 Elena Dementieva

Pattaya Women's Open, Pattaya, THA Dusit Resort Tier IV
$170,000 - 32 players - outdoor: hard
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# 30 Vera Zvonareva, # 38 Shinobu Asagoe
# 41 Catalina Castano, # 43 Shahar Peer
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#2 Amelie Mauresmo
5' 9", 152lbs, RH, 1H-BH
    #6 Mary Pierce
5' 10", 150lbs, RH, 2H-BH

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    In the final of the Paris Open on Sunday at Pierre de Coubertin Stadium, 26-year-old top-seeded # 2 Amelie Mauresmo of France (who resides in Geneva, Switzerland) defeated her compatriot, 31-year-old 2nd-seeded # 6 Mary Pierce (who was born in Montreal, Canada, and resides and trains at the Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida), 6-1, 7-6(2) (both ladies are shown with their very weird trophies after the match).

    Amelie said: "What has changed since I won the Australian Open is that now I can tell myself losing a match is not the end of the world. It makes me feel more confident and more cool. It's something which is deep inside me now and that I tell myself when I'm on the court.
    "The first set was just great. In the second set, Mary lifted the level of her game and I was feeling a little tired but I hung on." Reuters story

    Mary has been troubled by right foot achilles tendon pain. Mary said: "It started two days before the Australian Open. I thought it was gone, but I felt the pain again during a training session here. I badly wanted to win the second set today even if I knew I would have been unable to play the third.
    "Amelie deserves her win. Me, I'm going to see the doctor on Monday." WTA story

    Amelie now leads Mary 6-4 in career matches. The last two times they played, at the 2005 WTA Championships in LA last November, Mary won in the round robin prelims 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, but Amelie defeated Mary in the final, 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-4.

    Earlier, in the final in Pattaya, Thailand, 18-year-old 4th-seeded # 43 Shahar Peer from Maccabim, Israel, defeated 24-year-old unseeded # 67 Jelena Kostanic from Split, Croatia, 6-3, 6-1 (cameras have apparently not yet reached faraway Pattaya-- there has not been a photo from there all week).
    Jelena led 3-0 in the 1st set. Shahar said: "From that game I changed and was more aggressive and a little bit better with my tactics, and knew where [Jelena] was going to hit." WTA story
    Jelena said: "After that I think [Shahar] picked up her game a little bit. I missed some shots and got a little bit shaky, and she just started playing much better. There were a lot of close games that I didn't win. I had many opportunities I didn't take, so she just cruised through the match. But I think she played really well."
    Shahar was playing in her first WTA singles final, and won her first WTA title. Jelena is now 0-2 in WTA singles finals.

    Paris time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) +1 hours (Pacific Time+9, ET+6).
    Pattaya time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) +7 hours (Pacific Time+15, often=the next day, 9 hours earlier; ET+18).

WTA SCOREBOARD: Paris Indoor & Pattaya

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?
Paris, 1st Rd Mon-Wed noon
losers' prize: $4,175 US; points: 1
#9 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS d #45 q Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-2, 6-2 Wed

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Elena firing a forehand

    Elena said: "I was a little bit tired. It's tough to play when you are jet-lagged. I hope it will be better tomorrow. What I want right now is to take a nap." Reuters story

*#34 Sania Mirza IND d #16 s6 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-2, 7-6(5) Tue
#17 s7 Dinara Safina RUS d #35 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-2, 6-1 Mon

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Dinara's backhand

*#90 wc Stephanie Foretz FRA d s8 #19 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 Mon
#21 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #27 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-0, 6-2 Wed

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Nathalie preparing to swat a backhand

    Nathalie said: "I came here chasing for a success. I knew that my game was improving, but I needed a win. I served rather well today."

#24 Tatiana Golovin FRA v #63 Marta Domachowska POL 6-0, 7-5 Tue

    Tatiana said: "The good feelings were here when I came onto the court. All the great souvenirs I have here came back to me. The public were great just like they usually are...
    "When you win the first set 6-0 it's hard to stay focused and during the second set, I started to play less accurately. But the match helped me to realize where I stand. Physically I feel fine. I can hit the ball hard but I certainly need some more matches to be back at my best." Reuters story

#25 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #98 q Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 Tue
*#82 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #33 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-2, 2-6, 6-0 Tue
*#42 Virginie Razzano FRA d #37 Kveta Peschke CZE 6-1, 6-1 Tue
*#69 wc Emilie Loit FRA d #40 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-1 Mon
#48 Anna Smashnova ISR d #101 LL Severine Bremond FRA 6-1, 6-2 Tue
#50 Vera Dushevina RUS d #128 q Ivana Lisjak CRO 7-6(4), 6-0 Tue
Paris, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu noon Wed WTA story
losers' prize: $7,820 US; points: 25
#2 s1 Amélie Mauresmo FRA d #50 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-2, 6-2 Thu

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Amelie's backhand

    Amélie said: "I gave a few points away by the end of the first set but I was not worried. I felt solid and comfortable." Reuters story

#6 s2 Mary Pierce FRA d #25 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-2, 6-4 Wed

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Anabel lining up a slice backhand, Mary preparing to swat a topspin backhand drive

    Mary said: "Not my best tennis, but it's a win. There were moments where I can say I played well, I hit the ball hard and moved around well, but I have a lot to work on for tomorrow. It was good to get out there, get a feel for the court and get the first match under my belt."

#7 s3 Nadia Petrova RUS d #48 Anna Smashnova ISR 6-4, 6-1 Thu

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Anna's 1-handed backhand, and Nadia's 2-handed backhand

#8 s4 Patty Schnyder SUI d #82 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-2, 6-4 Thu

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Patty lining up a forehand, Tsvetana's backhand, and Patty showing what a twist serve looks like left-handed

#9 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS d #21 Nathalie Dechy FRA 7-6(3), 6-4 Thu

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Elena tossing the ball for her recently improving serve, and Nathalie & Elena's backhands

#17 s7 Dinara Safina RUS d #42 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-4, 6-3 Wed

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Dinara's forehand

    Dinara said: "It was everything but an easy match, because Virginie played pretty well. She was very solid on her baseline and she did some good runs.
    "I feel more relaxed as I'm improving from one match to the other."

#24 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #34 Sania Mirza IND 6-4, 6-2

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Tatiana's forehand, Sania lunging for a backhand, and Tatiana's backhand

#69 wc Emilie Loit FRA d #90 wc Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-0, 6-3 Wed

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Emilie's forehand

Paris, QFs Fri 1:30pm WTA story
losers' prize: $14,600 US; points: 49
#2 s1 Amélie Mauresmo FRA d #17 s7 Dinara Safina RUS 6-2, 6-2

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Amelie fielding a forehand, and Dinara swatting a backhand

    Amelie said: "It was a tough match, but I was well physically. I think that [Dinara] was a bit tired by the end of the first set. I read her game easily and it helped me to a comfortable win."

#6 s2 Mary Pierce FRA d #69 wc Emilie Loit FRA 7-6(6), 7-6(4)

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Emilie's lefty backhand, & Mary's right-handed version

    Mary said: "Like in the last match, I played well enough to win. My level of game is not as good right now as it was last year. I'm not sure what the situation is, I guess you just go through moments like that. There were points during the match where I served well and moved well around the court, but I still have to fix things and keep working hard."

*#24 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #7 s3 Nadia Petrova RUS 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-3

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Tatiana & Nadia launching backhands, and Tatiana after match point

    Tatiana led 4-0, then 5-1 in the 2nd set tiebreak, after which Nadia scored the next five straight points to hold a match point. But Tatiana won the next three to take the set.
    It was one of the biggest wins of 18-year-old Tatiana's career. Tatiana said: "I can hardly believe that I won this match. I was too slow in the first set, but now it's like I'm back at my best." Reuters story

    It's the Bat: Tatiana, who was still of the Volkl persuasion last month in Australia, in Tokyo is wielding a Wilson wacket. Her new bat is the nVision model from, of course, Wilson's nCode line. The nVision is 27¼" long, has a 103 sq" string area, weighs 9.8oz strung (a very light bat) and is balanced 4 points head-heavy with a swingweight of 324 and stiffness of 62. It is a relatively low-priced racket: about $130-$160.
    Tatiana has her new nVisions adorned with the same heart-shaped Wilson vibe-stopper that Marta Domachowska prefers (Nadia Petrova's yin-yang symbol-- a tiny bit of Wilson on her Babolat-- lost today).

#8 s4 Patty Schnyder SUI d #9 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-3, 6-3

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Patty showing what a slice serve looks like left-handed, Elena's forehand, Patty's backhand, and Patty after match point

Paris, SFs Sat 1:30pm
losers' prize: $27,300 US; points: 88
#2 s1 Amélie Mauresmo FRA d #24 Tatiana Golovin FRA 6(5)-7, 7-5, 6-2

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Amelie's 1-handed backhand, Tatiana's 2-handed version, and Amelie after match point

    Tatiana trailed by two breaks in the 1st set, then broke back twice and took the tiebreaker. In the second, Tatiana held a match point while leading 5-4, but could not convert. Then Amelie won the next three games to take the set, and 9 of the last 11 games to win the match.

    Amelie said: "It was a very tough match. I was not at my best today. I had to struggle on every point. I'm happy with my performance because even when I don't feel really well I manage to stay focused. I saw that on [Tatiana's] match point, she was a little bit nervous and I told myself I had to take my chance. I realized it was now or never." Reuters story

#6 s2 Mary Pierce FRA d #8 s4 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-4, 6-2

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Mary getting good hair spread on her forehand, Patty's backhand, and Mary after match point

    Mary said: "I had a slow start. But after a few games I started to play much better and to hit the ball more aggressively... I'm having a great week as I'm playing better in every match."

Paris, Final Sun 1:30pm
loser's prize: $51,000 US; points: 137
winner's prize: $95,500 US; points: 195
#2 s1 Amélie Mauresmo FRA d #6 s2 Mary Pierce FRA 6-1, 7-6(2)

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Mary's forehand, Amelie following a flying forehand, and Amelie after match point

Paris, Doubles Final Sun after singles
losers' prize: $16,120 US
winners' prize: $30,000 US
*cdr44 s3 Emilie Loit & Kveta Peschke d
   cdr6 s1 Cara Black & Rennae Stubbs 7-6(5), 6-4

Paris, Qual Finals, Mon Feb 6 noon
losers' prize: $2,230 US
#45 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #101 Severine Bremond FRA 6-2, 6-2
#82 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #209 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-1, 6-2
#98 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #179 Claudine Schaul LUX 6-3, 6-3
*#128 Ivana Lisjak CRO d #113 Camille Pin FRA 6-2, 6-4

Paris, Withdrawals
#1 Kim Clijsters BEL r ankle ligament tear
#11 Francesca Schiavone ITA illness
 
Pattaya, 1st Rd Mon-Tue 3pm
losers' prize: $1,165 US; points: 1
*#321 wc Paola Suarez ARG d #30 s1 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-1, 6-3 Tue
*#97 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #38 s2 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 6-3, 6-2 Mon
#41 s3 Catalina Castano COL d #115 LL Anastassia Rodionova RUS 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Tue
#43 s4 Shahar Peer ISR d #313 So-Jung Kim KOR 6-2, 6-4 Mon
#49 s5 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #109 Rika Fujiwara JPN 6-1, 6-2 Mon
*#120 Melinda Czink HUN d #52 s6 Jie Zheng CHN 6-0, 6-2 Tue
#54 s7 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #96 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-7(8), 6-3, 6-3 Mon
#57 s8 Mara Santangelo ITA d #147 q Vania King USA 6-3, 6-1 Tue
#59 Sybille Bammer AUT d #185 wc Suchanun Viratprasert THA 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*#145 q Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #62 Na Li CHN 6-3, 6-1 Tue
#65 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d #86 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#67 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #124 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-1, 6-3 Tue
#75 Maria Antonia Sanchez Lorenzo ESP d #148 Tamarine Tanasugran THA 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Mon

    After losing the 1st set, Maria Antonia was trailing 1-3 in the 2nd. Maria Antonia said: "It wasn't looking good for me, but Tamarine made some mistakes and I seized the opportunity. I began to feel more confident and played a better variety of shots."

    Tammy said: "When I was 3-1 up in the second set I tried to finish the game off quickly but I started making mistakes. I didn't play too badly, but my [Maria] played very well." Bangkok Post article

#76 Emma Laine FIN d #78 Zi Yan CHN 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 Mon
#79 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS d #151 wc Henrieta Nagyova SVK 6-1, 7-5 Tue
#110 Tiantian Sun CHN d #215 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-3, 6-2 Tue
Pattaya, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu 3pm-4pm Thu tourney story
losers' prize: $2,165 US; points: 12
#41 s3 Catalina Castano COL d #110 Tiantian Sun CHN 6-3, 6-2 Wed
#43 s4 Shahar Peer ISR d #75 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 7-6(4), 6-3 Wed
#49 s5 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #145 q A Wozniak CAN 7-5, 6-2 Wed
*#65 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d #54 s7 Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-2, 6-0 Wed
*#76 Emma Laine FIN d #57 s8 Mara Santangelo ITA 6-1, 7-5 Thu

    Emma said: "I played very well in the first set and felt very good on court, but then [Mara] started to play much better. She was struggling a little bit with her serve in the first set, but in the beginning of the second I was doing the mistakes and it was really tough.
    "But when it was 5-2, I felt already that I was finding my game again. I'm glad I finished in two sets."

#59 Sybille Bammer AUT d #321 wc Paola Suarez ARG 1-6 0-1
   retired--r calf strain Thu

    Paola said: "I'm feeling so sad, but this happens sometimes when you come from an injury break. It was too many months that I didn't play and you try and compensate and do different things."

#67 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #97 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 Thu
*#120 Melinda Czink HUN d #79 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(7) Thu
Pattaya, QFs Fri 4pm WTA story
losers' prize: $4,015 US; points: 24
*#49 s5 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #41 s3 Catalina Castano COL 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
#43 s4 Shahar Peer ISR d #65 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-3, 6-1
#59 Sybille Bammer AUT d #120 Melinda Czink HUN 6-4, 6-3

    Sybille said: "I'm not the player who can hit a winner in the first two strikes, so I need good fitness to have long rallies and wait for the short ball, and then attack."

#67 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #76 Emma Laine FIN 6-0, 4-6, 6-4
Pattaya, SFs Sat 4pm Sat tourney story
losers' prize: $7,450 US; points: 43
*#67 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #49 s5 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 6-3, 6-3

    Jelena said: "I had to be consistent against [Nuria] because she runs very well, and is a very good player."
    Jelena was taken to three sets in her previous two matches after winning the 1st set easily. Jelena said: "My first set was a lot tougher than the ones before, so I was trying to be more persistent in the second set, and not go down as I did in my previous matches. I was aware of it, and tried not to do the same mistake again."

#43 s4 Shahar Peer ISR d #59 Sybille Bammer AUT 7-5, 6-3

    Shahar said: "I broke in the first game but didn't really find my game after that and she was playing a little bit better. I made so many mistakes. But then I picked up my game and I'm happy for that...
    "My serve didn't work very well today, but on the important points I had the serve to cover me. But I hope to improve the serve tomorrow...
    "It's going to be big for me. I'm not going to think about winning the title. Sure I want it, but I'll just try to do my best and concentrate on my game and not winning the game."
Pattaya, Final Sun 4pm
loser's prize: $13,825 US; points: 67
winner's prize: $25,650 US; points: 95
#43 s4 Shahar Peer ISR d #67 Jelena Kostanic CRO 6-3, 6-1

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Jelena and Shahar

Pattaya, Doubles Final Sun after singles
losers' prize: $4,050 US
winners' prize: $7,530 US
cdr77 s2 Ting Li & Tiantian Sun d cdr27 s1 Zi Yan & Jie Zheng 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5)

Pattaya, Qual Finals, Mon Feb 6 10am
losers' prize: $630 US
*#147 Vania King USA d #115 Anastassia Rodionova RUS 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 Mon
#124 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #127 Su-wei Hsieh TPE 6-4, 6-4 Mon
*#145 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #125 Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-4, 6-3 Mon
*#215 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #200 Ting Li CHN 6-2, 6-2 Mon

Pattaya, Withdrawals
#56 Shuai Peng CHN
#61 Yoon Jeong Cho KOR
#72 Samantha Stosur AUS r toe sprain
#159 Tatiana Panova RUS

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