2007 Eastbourne & 's-Hertogenbosch WTA Singles Results     Justine Henin & Anna Chakvetadze, Champions

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  WTA: June 18-24 2007

Hastings Direct Int'l
Eastbourne, GBR
Tier II $600,000
outdoor: grass - 28 players
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# 1 J Henin, # 4 A Mauresmo
# 10 N Petrova, # 11 E Dementieva

Ordina Open
's-Hertogenbosch, NED
with ATP Tier III $175,000
outdoor: grass - 30 players
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# 3 J Jankovic, # 6 A Ivanovic
# 8 A Chakvetadze, # 12 D Safina

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Eastbourne:
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#1 Justine Henin
5' 5" 126 lb, RH, 1H-BH
's-Hertogenbosch:
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#8 Anna Chakvetadze
5' 7" 128 lb, RH, 2H-BH
    On Saturday in Eastbourne, England, in the final of the Hastings Direct International, the 2006 tourney champ (and 2003, '05, '06 & '07 French Open champ), 25 year old top-seeded # 1 Justine Henin of Belgium (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), narrowly defeated the 2006 Wimbledon champ, 27 year old 2nd seeded # 4 Amelie Mauresmo of France (residence: Geneva, Switzerland), 7-5, 6(4)-7, 7-6(2) (photo shown).

    Strong winds affected the nearly 3-hour match. Justine said: "It's been tough, it's been the biggest opponent for both of us. I'm a little bit tired because of the wind, not because of the tough match...
    "Amelie is one of the best players on grass and she proved it last year in Wimbledon. It's tough for me to play against her on this surface and I won, so that's pretty good before Wimbledon." AP story

    Amelie put only 52% of her 1st serves in the box, winning 63% of those points (Justine: 64% and 71%). Amelie said: ""The serve let me down a little bit. Not enough first serves in, definitely, and a few volleys here and there that I had the occasion to put away and I didn't. And in these kind of matches it's just one point here and there and it goes so fast after that. Plus [Justine] played well in the key moments."

    Justine now leads Amelie 8-6 in career matches, and has won the last three times they have met. Amelie won in their only previous meeting on a chlorophyll court, last year's Wimbledon final, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.
    Justine is now 34-16 in career WTA singles finals, and has a 33-3 WTA match record in 2007. Amelie, who is now 24-23 in finals, is 22-9 for the year so far.

    Meanwhile at Autotron Rosmalen near 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, in the rain-interrupted final of the Ordina Open, 20 year old 3rd seeded # 8 Anna Chakvetadze from Moscow, Russia, narrowly defeated 22 year old top seeded # 3 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (residence: Bradenton, Florida, home of the Bollettieri Academy), 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3 (photo shown).

    Anna, who leads Jelena 5-2 in career matches, is now 4-0 in WTA singles finals (she also won the title this year in Hobart) and is 34-9 for the year so far.
    All-Terrain Jelena, who is 5-6 in career WTA singles finals, won four of her five titles this year, at Birmingham (grass), Rome (red clay), Charleston (green clay), and Auckland (rebound ace hardcourt), and has a 52-12 WTA match record in 2007.

's-Hertogenbosch players blog by Michaella Krajicek

WTA SCOREBOARD: Eastbourne & 's-Hertogenbosch

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ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?
Hastings Direct Int'l,  Eastbourne, England

 

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

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    Eastbourne (daylight savings) time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 1 hour (US Pacific Daylight Time +8, EDT +5). England news

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On Monday, June 18, 2007 at Eastbourne, high seeds Elena Dementieva, Nadia Petrova, and Justine Henin
were photographed by a Sergio Leone wannabe while entertaining the press at the media All-Access Hour
Eastbourne, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11:30am Tue WTA story
losers' prize: $3,855 US (2006: $4,175); points: 1
#14 s5 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #28 Samantha Stosur AUS 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 Mon

    Nicole said: "I think I hit a little too fast at the beginning, and had too many unforced errors. But I got through it, that's what counts." Reuters story

#16 s6 Shahar Peer ISR d #47 q Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 Tue
#20 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA d #23 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-2, 6-3 Tue
#22 s9 Sybille Bammer AUT d #44 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-2, 6-3 Tue
#26 Lucie Safarova CZE d #110 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 7-6(0), 7-6(5) Mon
*#30 Mara Santangelo ITA d #27 Ai Sugiyama JPN 7-6(3), 6-3 Tue
#40 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #57 LL Jill Craybas USA 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 Tue
#46 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #49 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 Tue
*#83 q Aiko Nakamura JPN d #56 Avavane Rezai FRA 6-1, 6-4 Tue
*#189 q Katie O'Brien GBR d #61 Vasilisa Bardina RUS 7-5, 6-3 Tue
*#206 wc Melanie South GBR d #71 wc Alicia Molik AUS 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) Mon
*#437 q Elena Baltacha GBR d #169 wc Anne Keothavong GBR 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(5) Tue

Eastbourne, 2nd Rd, Wed 11:30am WTA story
losers' prize: $7,230 US (2006: $7,820); points: 35
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #40 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-1

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Justine driving forehand and backhand

#4 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #30 Mara Santangelo ITA 6-2, 6-3

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Amelie's forehand drive

#10 s3 Nadia Petrova RUS d #46 Nathalie Dechy FRA 7-5, 7-5
#11 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #189 q Katie O'Brien GBR 6-3, 6-4
#14 s5 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #437 q Elena Baltacha GBR 6-3, 6-2

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Nicole following a backhand drive

#16 s6 Shahar Peer ISR d #83 q Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-3, 6-2
#20 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA d #206 wc Melanie South GBR 6-1, 6-3
#22 s9 Sybille Bammer AUT d #26 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-3

Eastbourne, QFs, Thurs 11:30am
losers' prize: $13,500 US (2006: $14,600); points: 70
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #14 s5 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 6-2, 6-2

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Justine swatting a backhand (no photos of Nicole were available)

#4 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #16 s6 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-4
#10 s3 Nadia Petrova RUS d #22 s9 Sybille Bammer AUT 6(6)-7, 7-5, 6-4
*#20 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA d #11 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-1, 6-0
Eastbourne, SFs, Fri 11:30am
losers' prize: $25,240 US (2006: $27,300); points: 125
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #20 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-1, 6-3

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Justine reaching for a backhand, and driving a forehand (no pictures of Marion were available)

#4 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #10 s3 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-4 retired--right pectoral strain

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Amelie about to swat a backhand (no pictures of Nadia were available)

Eastbourne, Final, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $47,125 US (2006: $51,000); points: 190
winner's prize: $88,265 US (2006: $95,500); points: 275
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #4 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 7-5, 6(4)-7, 7-6(2)

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Amelie driving a forehand, Justine's backhand, Justine intercepting a lob pass attempt from Amelie
(who had fielded a drop shot from Justine), Justine's running forehand, and after match point

Eastbourne, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $14,900 US (2006: $16,120)
winners' prize: $27,730 US (2006: $30,000)
cdr5 s1 Lisa Raymond & Samantha Stosur d cdr23 s3 Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs 6(5)-7, 6-4, 6-3

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Samantha & Lisa hoist the hardware from their 20th title as a team, and their 5th this year


Eastbourne, Qual Finals, Mon Jun 18 11:30am
losers' prizes: q1:$595 pts:1; q2:$1,105 pts:3; q3:$2,065 US (2006: $2,230) pts:10; qualifier points: 15
#47 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #104 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK 6-4, 6-4
*#189 Katie O'Brien GBR d #57 Jill Craybas USA 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-2
*#83 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #73 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-4, 7-6(1)
*#437 Elena Baltacha GBR d #115 Julia Schruff GER 6-1, 6-1

Eastbourne, Withdrawals
#2 Maria Sharapova RUS played at Birmingham instead; resting for Wimbledon
#5 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS abdominal strain
#17 Tatiana Golovin FRA right ankle
#18 s7 Na Li CHN rib injury
#38 Nicole Pratt AUS right knee
#41 Julia Vakulenko UKR left ankle
#60 Jie Zheng CHN left ankle
#76 Anastasia Myskina RUS left big toe pain & inflammation

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Ordina Open,  's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

 

    's-Hertogenbosch: The main draw for 's-Hertogenbosch has 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes. In previous years there were no qualifying rounds; but in 2006 4 qualifiers are in the main draw.
   

Autotron Rosmalen - click for sat pic-street map
Latitude: 51.709384 Longitude: 5.419891 goto link for World Wind


    's-Hertogenbosch time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 2 hours (US Pacific Daylight Time +9, EDT +6). Netherlands news

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On Tuesday, June 19, 2007, Jelena Jankovic took a boat ride (they do have water in The Netherlands), and performed her impromptu version of
Wuthering Heights in semaphore (minus flags). Jelena was going to do Julius Caesar, but they didn't have an aldis lamp. Semaphore Version of Wuthering Heights: script - video
's-Hertogenbosch, 1st Rd, Sun-Tue noon
losers' prize: $1,290 US (2006: $1,400); points: 1
#8 s3 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #51 Victoria Azarenka BLR 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 Sun

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Anna about to drive a forehand

#12 s4 Dinara Safina RUS d #77 q Camille Pin FRA 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 Mon-rain-Tue
#13 s5 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #32 Olga Poutchkova RUS 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*#95 q Tatjana Malek GER d #21 s6 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-3, 6-2 Mon
*#68 q Elena Vesnina RUS d #24 s7 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 7-6, 3-6, 6-3 Mon
#25 s8 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #NR wc Arantxa Rus NED 6-1, 6-1 Mon
#29 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #42 Sania Mirza IND 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 Mon
#33 Michaella Krajicek NED d #37 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-3, 6-2 Mon

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Michaella volleying a backhand

    Michaella said: "I played my first singles match today, and it went very well - I beat Gisela Dulko, 6-3, 6-2. I didn't really expect it to go so smoothly, but I think Gisela prefers to play on clay. I served really well so I was happy; it's the most important part of my game. How I serve depends on who I'm playing. If I'm playing a taller player, it's better to aim for the body, so I won't hit many aces; against a player like Gisela who isn't so tall but is fast, I'll try to use more of the space in the service box, hitting out wide and mixing it up. I hit seven aces today so I'm happy!" 's-Hertogenbosch players blog by Michaella Krajicek

*#43 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #34 Severine Bremond FRA 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 Mon
#35 Meilen Tu USA d #63 Kaia Kanepi EST 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 Tue
*#85 Angelique Kerber GER d #50 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue
#52 Roberta Vinci ITA d #1013 sr Elena Bovina RUS 6-0, 6-4 Sun
#49 Meghann Shaughnessy USA d #725 wc Ksenia Lykina RUS 6-2, 6-1 Mon
#87 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #64 q Karin Knapp ITA 3-6, 7-6(6), 6-2 Mon

's-Hertogenbosch, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed noon WTA Tue story - Wed WTA story
losers' prize: $2,340 US (2006: $2,525); points: 20
#3 s1 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #35 Meilen Tu USA walkover--left groin strain Wed
#6 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #43 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 7-6(4), 6-2 Tue

    Ana said: "It was a very tough match for me; my first grass court match of the season and she has won this tournament before. I was a bit passive early on but I adjusted and began attacking more. I was happy to win the tie-break and then I kept it up in the second set. I expected a tough match coming in...
    "[After the French Open final] I went home a few days to relax, which was tough because there were people everywhere! I practiced for a few days on hardcourts in Barcelona after that just to get a rhythm again; they had artificial grass, but I felt hardcourts were more similar. Then I came here and had some time to just relax and do some reading...
    "I think I can do well on grass. My serve is more powerful and I've been working on my volleys. I'm playing more aggressively and I'm just enjoying each match now. But now more players are more motivated to beat me, so it'll be tougher. I am confident going into Wimbledon, though. I like the way things are going."

#8 s3 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #29 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 7-6(3) Tue
#12 s4 Dinara Safina RUS d #33 Michaella Krajicek NED 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 Wed

    Michaella had defeated Dinara in the 2006 Ordina Open final, 6-3, 6-4, to win her 3rd WTA singles title.

    Michaella said: "Unfortunately, I won't be defending my title this year. I lost to Safina, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. It was a really good match, though. She was just better today; she served better, which was the key to the match. I was really enjoying it because it was on Centre Court and I had so much support from the crowd, but I am still disappointed I couldn't win. One of us had to lose. I have to say that we played better than last year's final. We're both young and improving, and have lots ahead of us." 's-Hertogenbosch players blog by Michaella Krajicek

#13 s5 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #49 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 3-6, 6-3, 5-3 retired--left ankle sprain Wed
#25 s8 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #52 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-6(4), 6-3 Tue
*#85 Angelique Kerber GER d #68 q Elena Vesnina RUS 6-3, 6-3 Wed
#87 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #95 q Tatjana Malek GER 6-0, 6-4 Tue

's-Hertogenbosch, QFs, Thu noon rain delayed play
losers' prize: $4,205 US (2006: $4,550); points: 35
#3 s1 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #25 s8 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 6-1
*#13 s5 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #6 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-3, 6-1
#8 s3 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #85 Angelique Kerber GER 6-2, 6-2
#12 s4 Dinara Safina RUS d #87 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-1, 7-5

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Flavia about to slice a backhand, and Dinara about to drive one (no photos from the other matches were available)

's-Hertogenbosch, SFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $7,620 US (2006: $8,250); points: 65
#3 s1 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #12 s4 Dinara Safina RUS 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(6)

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Jelena's forehand, and Dinara and Jelena driving backhands

#8 s3 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #13 s5 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-3, 6-4

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Anna driving a forehand (no good photos of Daniela were available; this was the only one of Anna)

's-Hertogenbosch, Final, Sat
loser's prize: $13,630 US (2006: $14,750); points: 100
winner's prize: $25,870 US (2006: $28,000); points: 140
play was delayed by rain
#8 s3 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #3 s1 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3

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Anna's service toss, Jelena fielding a forehand on the fly, Anna ready to swat a backhand,
Jelena and Anna driving backhands, and Jelena congratulating Anna after match point

's-Hertogenbosch, Doubles Final, Fri c1 noon
losers' prize: $4,110 US (2006: $4,450)
winners' prize: $7,620 US (2006: $8,250)
cdr21 s1 Yung-Jan Chan & Chia-Jung Chuan d cdr49 s3 Virginia Ruano Pascual & Anabel Medina Garrigues 7-5, 6-2

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Yung-Jan & Chia-Jung with the hardware


's-Hertogenbosch, Qual Finals, Sun Jun 17
losers' prizes: q1:$190 pts:1; q2:$325 (2006 $350) pts:3; qualifier points: 4
*#77 Camille Pin FRA d #39 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-4, 6-4
#64 Karin Knapp ITA d #101 Greta Arn GER 6(5)-7, 6-2, 6-4
*#95 Tatjana Malek GER d #67 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 6-2
#68 Elena Vesnina RUS d #98 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 7-6(6), 6-1

's-Hertogenbosch, Withdrawals
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    (Jun 17, 2007) 7th seeded # 18 Na Li has withdrawn from Eastbourne due to a rib injury she incurred at Birmingham; the draw has thus been slightly reshuffled.

    (Jun 17, 2007) Former # 14 Elena Bovina of Russia, who has played very little in the past two years, during which she has been plagued by many injuries, was defeated by Roberta Vinci on Sunday in the 1st round in 's-Hertogenbosch, 6-0, 6-4; hopefully the 2nd set score indicates that Elena is ready to get right back into the swing of things.

    (Jun 11, 2007) 2004 French Open champion and former WTA # 2 Anastasia Myskina has withdrawn from Eastbourne and Wimbledon due to continued pain and swelling of the big toe of her left foot, which has still not recovered after surgery in January. Anastasia was defeated by Justine Henin, 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(5), in the Eastbourne final in 2006.
    Jie Zheng (left ankle) and Romina Oprandi (right arm) have also withdrawn from Wimbledon, making room in the main draw for Catalina Castano, Melinda Czink & Anna Smashnova.

    (May 30, 2007) 2004 French Open champion # 39 (and former # 2) Anastasia Myskina returned to action at Roland Garros on Wednesday. Unfortunately, Anastasia was still troubled by her injured left foot in her 1st round match, losing to # 66 Meghann Shaughnessy 1-6, 0-6.
    'Nastia began suffering from left big toe pain and inflammation last summer, and had not played since January. Since then she has been hosting Russian sports TV shows, having surgery on her injured toe in Germany (January 15, near Stuttgart), recovering, and practicing. Her longtime coach Jens Gerlach has taken a job with the British LTA, and Anastasia is now working with Larisa Savchenko, a "second mother" to her.
    Anastasia said: "I knew that I'm not going to win, but I just wanted to see how my foot was going to feel during the matches... [now the foot is] swollen again.. One hour, it's good, but then I have pain... I can't push, you know, from my foot, from the left foot like I used to run, I can't run...
    "I had a great life these five months in Moscow, so I know how it's going to be after tennis. And it's fine with me. I just want to try again if I can do it... I will do my best. And then I will see." interview - interview video

from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (page 297):

    The women have played a Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Eastbourne since the nineteenth century, after all these years still playing at the same site, Devonshire Park.

    Eastbourne is two hours southeast of London, an easy train ride or a harrowing drive along narrow country roads. It sits on the English Channel and is the English version of St. Petersburg [Florida], a small resort town where a substantial part of the population is over the age of seventy.
    Devonshire Park is a two-hundred-yard walk from the beach, a veritable melting pot of the tennis world. The old is very much in evidence: the north stand, which was built in 1881, is often filled with septuagenarians who have been coming here for as long as anyone can remember. Towering oak trees rise up behind the north stand and sea gulls often swoop by noisily, distracting the players.
    Two things make Eastbourne different than other tournaments. First, it is a six-day tournament, ending Saturday...

    The second thing that makes Eastbourne unique is the player party. Every tennis tournament in the world has a player party. On the women's tour, WTA public relations and marketing people as well as their counterparts at Kraft and Virginia Slims usually spend the first few days at each tournament trying to round up players to come to the party. For the players, one more party with one more group of sponsors telling them how wonderful they are is boring, a time-waster. They understand they have to do their share to keep these people happy, but they don't enjoy it very much.
    Eastbourne is different because of the talent show. The players--even Navratilova--show up because they expect the show to be funny. The person most responsible for making it funny every year is Elsie Burgin, director, writer, and star.
    This year's [1990's] show was built around a mock game show...

    ...Most of this was very inside humor. If you weren't part of the women's tour in some way, the jokes meant little. [Sophie] Amiach broke the crowd up with her Stefano Capriati imitation: "I deserve the credit," she said. "I produce the child. I teach the child. I coach the child. I am the star." To his credit, Stefano Capriati laughed as hard as anyone...

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