2007 Luxembourg, Guangzhou & Seoul WTA Results     A Ivanovic, V Razzano, & V Williams, Champions

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Fortis Champ., Luxembourg, LUX Tier II
$600,000 - 28 players - indoor: hard
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# 5 A Chakvetadze, # 6 A Ivanovic
# 8 N Petrova, # 11 D Hantuchova

Int'l Women's Open, Guangzhou, CHN
Tier III $175,000
32 players - outdoor: hard
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# 31 A Medina Garrigues, # 40 V Razzano
# 49 S Peng, # 57 D Cibulkova

Hansol Korea Open, Seoul, KOR Tier IV
$145,000 - 32 players - outdoor: hard
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# 9 V Williams, # 23 A Szavay
# 32 A Sugiyama, # 35 M Kirilenko

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#6 Ana Ivanovic
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Seoul:
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#9 Venus Williams
6'1" 160lb RH 2H-BH
    On Sunday in Seoul, in the final of the Hansol Korea Open, 27-year-old top-seeded # 9 Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, narrowly defeated 20-year-old 4th-seeded # 35 Maria Kirilenko from Moscow, Russia, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 (photo shown). Each player won 13 games in the 2-hour, 21 minute match; Venus won 100 points, Maria won 98.

    Maria said: "In the second set I won two important games in the beginning, and [Venus] got a little bit down and started to miss. In the third set we both kept holding serve but then she broke me, and I think maybe it was bad luck for me."

    Venus said: "Sometimes in the match I was a little disappointed with the errors I was making, and it made it a lot tougher for me. But at the end, I guess in the last few games, I started to play much better...
    "I thought [Maria] played fantastic. I've never seen her play that well, and so aggressive, and not so many errors. I think that was really, really good on her part. She was just playing so well that the only choice I had was to try to play better than her." WTA story

    Venus now leads Maria 3-0 in career matches, and won both their previous meetings, which were also on hard courts, in straight sets. But Maria, who won the Kolkata title last week, has been playing much improved tennis in the latter part of this season, and gave Venus a tougher match this time. 2007 Wimbledon champ Venus is now 36-21 in WTA singles finals; Maria is 2-2 in that department.

    Meanwhile in Luxembourg, in the final of the Fortis Championships, 19-year-old 2nd-seeded # 6 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, Switzerland), narrowly defeated 24-year-old 4th-seeded # 11 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 (photo shown).

    After losing the 1st set, Ana trailed 0-3 in the 2nd. Ana said: "I struggled to find my rhythm; I told myself when I was 3-0 down in the second set that I needed to play much more aggressive. It was a riskier approach but it's better that way, and it worked... It was a really tough match today, and I expected one." WTA story

    Daniela said: "I played very well at the beginning, but then Ana started to go for her shots and put more pressure on me. I didn't have much time to go for mine. But Ana played really well and in the third set maybe a few points here and there decided the match. It was just a great match."

    Ana and Daniela had played only once before, on a chlorophyll court earlier this year in s'Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, where Daniela won, 6-3, 6-1. Ana is now 5-2 in WTA singles finals; Daniela, 2-6.

    In the Guangzhou final on Sunday, 24-year-old 2nd-seeded # 40 Virginie Razzano from Nimes, France, won her first WTA singles title, handily defeating 34-year-old unseeded # 112 Tzipora Obziler from Givataym, Israel, 6-0, 6-3.
    Surprisingly, these veterans had never before met on the field of combat. Virginie is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals; Tzipora was playing, at age 34, in her first WTA singles final; she has won 13 singles and 13 doubles titles on the ITF circuit. WTA story

    Seoul player's blog by Maria Kirilenko

WTA SCOREBOARD: Luxembourg, Guangzhou & Seoul
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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Fortis Championships,  Luxembourg, Luxembourg

 

    Luxembourg: The main draw for Luxembourg 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.
   
CK Sport Center, Kockelscheuer, Luxembourg
CK Sport Center, Kockelscheuer, LUX - click for sat pic
Latitude: 49.573499 Longitude: 6.109799 goto link for World Wind


    Daylight savings time in Luxembourg is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 2 hours. That is US Eastern Daylight Time +6 hours, PDT+9 hours. Luxembourg news

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2007: On Sunday, Sep 23, former WTA # 1 Kim Clijsters, who retired earlier this year, played in a mixed doubles charity exhibition at the Fortis Championships,
along with former WTA great Jana Novotna... On Tuesday, Daniela Hantuchova, Ana Ivanovic, and Anna Chakvetadze entertained reporters at the "all-access hour"...
At the players party on Tuesday evening, Nadia Petrova got wild and crazy on the dance floor, while Marion Bartoli explained once again how
we now know the Earth to be banana-shaped, and Shahar Peer wondered if this ravioli was really linguini...
Luxembourg, 1st Rd, Mon 10am, Tue-Wed noon
losers' prize: $3,855 US (2006: $4,175); points: 1
#12 s5 Marion Bartoli FRA d #21 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 6-2 Tue

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Marion driving a backhand

#13 s6 Patty Schnyder SUI d #44 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 6-1 Wed
#16 s7 Shahar Peer ISR d #22 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-3, 6-3 Mon

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Lucie about to swat a sinister-handed  backhand, and Shahar delivering a dexter-handed  one

#19 s8 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #109 wc Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-1, 6-3 Wed
#20 Sybille Bammer AUT d #39 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-0, 6-2 Tue

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Sybille's backhand drive

#25 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #55 wc Nathalie Dechy FRA 6-2, 6-3 Tue

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Nathalie and Francesca driving forehand and backhand

#29 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #140 q Julia Goerges GER 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*#38 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #30 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 Mon

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Agnieszka driving a forehand, and Victoria's backhand drive

*#99 wc Anne Kremer LUX d #33 Michaella Krajicek NED 6-3, 7-6(3) Mon

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Michaella and Anne driving backhands, and Anne after match point

*#47 Meilen Tu USA d #41 Julia Vakulenko UKR 6-4, 6-3 Tue

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Meilen's backhand drive

*#86 q Klara Zakopalova CZE d #42 Emilie Loit FRA 7-5, 3-1 retired--right abdominal strain Tue
*#146 q Zuzana Ondraskova CZE d #48 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-4, 6-1 Tue

Luxembourg, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 1pm
losers' prize: $7,230 US (2006: $7,820); points: 35
#5 s1 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #47 Meilen Tu USA 6-1, 7-6(2) Thu
#6 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #99 wc Anne Kremer LUX 7-5, 6-4
*#38 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #8 s3 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-2, 6-1 Wed
#11 s4 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #146 q Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-4, 6-1 Thu
#12 s5 Marion Bartoli FRA d #20 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-2, 7-5 Thu
#13 s6 Patty Schnyder SUI d #86 q Klara Zakopalova CZE 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 Thu
*#29 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #16 s7 Shahar Peer ISR 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
#19 s8 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #25 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 6-1Thu

Luxembourg, QFs, Fri 2pm
losers' prize: $13,500 US (2006: $14,600); points: 70
*#12 s5 Marion Bartoli FRA d #5 s1 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-4, 4-6, 6-4

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Anna about to swat a backhand, and Marion driving one

#6 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #19 s8 Tatiana Golovin FRA 6-1, 6-2
#11 s4 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #13 s6 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-3, 5-7, 7-5

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Daniela driving a backhand, and Patty's forehand drive

#29 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #38 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-1, 7-6(5)

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Victoria about to slice a backhand, and Vera following one

Luxembourg, SFs, Sat 2:00pm WTA story
losers' prize: $25,240 US (2006: $27,300); points: 125
#6 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #29 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-4, 6-2

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Vera reaching to slice a backhand, and Ana driving one

    Ana said: "We both started very well; Vera was defending really well and it was important to hold serve. I had to wait for my opportunities, then put pressure on her. I felt very confident throughout the whole match."

    Vera said: "I couldn't bring out my best tennis; Ana is such a great player and I knew it was going to be tough. I didn't use my chances, especially in the second set, and that is just not good enough."

#11 s4 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #12 s5 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-2, 6-2

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Daniela and Marion driving one- and two-handed forehands

    Daniela said: "I'm really happy my performance today. It was important to keep Marion moving because if you give her time she goes for her shots. I am really pleased to be in the final. I'll try to do my best and most importantly stay patient."

    Marion said: "Daniela played really well and served well during key moments. I have to stay positive even though it didn't work out for me today. I'm happy I got to the semifinals and had a victory over a Top 10 player."

Luxembourg, Final, Sun 2:30pm
loser's prize: $47,125 US (2006: $51,000); points: 190
winner's prize: $88,265 US (2006: $95,500); points: 275
#6 s2 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #11 s4 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

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Daniela driving a backhand, Ana volleying one, and after match point

Luxembourg, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $14,900 US (2006: $16,120)
winners' prize: $27,730 US (2006: $30,000)
cdr76 s3 Janette Husarova & Iveta Benesova d cdr85 Shahar Peer & Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 6-2


Luxembourg, Qual Finals, Mon Sept 24 10am
losers' prizes: q1:$595 pts:1; q2:$1,105 pts:3; q3:$2,065 US (2006: $2,230) pts:10; qualifier points: 15
#44 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #114 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-4, 6-1
#86 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #125 Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-2, 6-2
*#140 Julia Goerges GER d #103 Tatiana Malek GER 6-3, 6-4
*#146 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE d #105 Greta Arn GER 7-5, 6-0

Luxembourg, Withdrawals
#17 Dinara Safina RUS right wrist
#24 Katarina Srebotnik SLO rest
#28 Tathiana Garbin ITA injury
#34 Mara Santangelo ITA left foot
#322 sr  Elena Bovina RUS

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Guangzhou International Women's Open,  Guangzhou, China

 

    Guangzhou: The main draw for Guangzhou has 8 seeds, with NO 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Sunday, qualifying finals are on Monday.
   
Fangcun Tennis Sports Center, Guangzhou, China
Fangcun Tennis Sports Center - click for sat pic
Latitude: 23.073474 Longitude: 113.210024 goto link for World Wind


    The time in Guangzhou is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 8 hours. That is US Eastern Daylight Time + 12 hours, PDT+15 hours. China news

    Back when Beijing was called Peking (and even earlier, Peiping), Guangzhou was known as Canton. It is about 182 kilometers from Hong Kong. At last count about 10.15 million people live there (and rising). "Tennis Courts of Fangcun Tennis Sports Center was built in 2001, covering an area of 53000 Square meters. It has total 17 tennis courts including one center court with a capacity of more than 3,500 seats..."

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2007: On Sun, Sep 23, Chunmei Ji, Anabel Medina Garrigues & Camille Pin participated in the main draw ceremony... Good-looking healthy young ladies at Monday's player's party included Maria Emilia Salerni, Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual (apparently at the 3-name table); Camille Pin, Hana Sromova & Jelena Kostanic Tosic; Aleksandra Wozniak & Vania King; and Shuai Peng, who is obviously with her sister--except it isn't her sister, its her mom, in very fine condition...
Guangzhou, 1st Rd, Tue-Wed 2&3pm
losers' prize: $1,240 (2006: $1,340) US; points: 1
Tuesday: rain ppd 8 matches to Wednesday
#31 s1 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #311 wc Shengnan Sun CHN 7-6(5), 6-1 Tue
#40 s2 Virginie Razzano FRA d #95 Jill Craybas USA 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 Tue
#49 s3 Shuai Peng CHN d #113 Maria Emilia Salerni ARG 6-4, 7-6(5) Tue
#57 s4 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #100 Tatiana Poutchek BLR 6-0, 6-3 ppd-Wed
*#138 q Julie Ditty USA d #59 s5 Olga Poutchkova RUS 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 ppd-Wed
#60 s6 Olga Govortsova BLR d #132 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK 6-1, 6-3 Wed
*#72 Iona Raluca Olaru ROU d #65 s7 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-2, 6-4 ppd-Wed
*#82 Camille Pin FRA d #67 s8 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-1, 4-1 retired-- right knee injury Wed
#74 wc Zi Yan CHN d #90 Vania King USA 6-4, 7-6(5) Wed
#75 Alicia Molik AUS d #128 Hana Sromova CZE 7-5, 6-2 ppd-Wed
#91 Jelena Kostanic Tosic CRO d #157 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-2, 6-4 Tue
#94 Anastasia Rodionova RUS d #104 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-4, 6-2 Tue-rain-Wed
#96 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #387 Khrystyna Antonyichuk UKR 6-1, 6-0 Wed
#112 Tzipora Obziler ISR d #181 q Elise Tamaela NED 6-1, 6-3 ppd-Wed
#142 Tiantian Sun CHN d #165 q Raquel Kops-Jones USA 3-6, 7-6(6), 7-5 ppd-Wed
#331 q Shanshan Song CHN d #661 wc Chunmei Ji CHN 6-3, 6-2 ppd-Wed

Guangzhou, 2nd Rd, Thu 2pm
losers' prize: $2,105 (2006: $2,275) US; points: 20
#31 s1 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #91 Jelena Kostanic Tosic CRO 6-2, 6-2 Thu
#40 s2 Virginie Razzano FRA d #142 Tiantian Sun CHN 6-0, 6-0 Thu
*#112 Tzipora Obziler ISR d #49 s3 Shuai Peng CHN 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) Thu
#57 s4 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #331 q Shanshan Song CHN 6-1, 6-2 Thu
*#96 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #60 s6 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-2, 6-1 Thu
#72 Iona Raluca Olaru ROU d #74 wc Zi Yan CHN 6-1, 6-4 Thu
#75 Alicia Molik AUS d #138 q Julie Ditty USA 6-3, 6-2 Thu
*#94 Anastasia Rodionova RUS d #82 Camille Pin FRA 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Thu

Guangzhou, QFs, Fri 3pm
losers' prize: $3,910 (2006: $4,230) US; points: 35
*#94 Anastasia Rodionova RUS d #31 s1 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-7(5), 7-5, 6-3
#40 s2 Virginie Razzano FRA d #96 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-3, 6-1
#57 s4 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #75 Alicia Molik AUS 6(7)-7, 6-1, 6-4
*#112 Tzipora Obziler ISR d #72 Iona Raluca Olaru ROU 2-6, 6-1, 7-5

Guangzhou, SFs, Sat 3pm
losers' prize: $7,300 (2006: $7,900) US; points: 65
#40 s2 Virginie Razzano FRA d #57 s4 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 3-6, 6-1, 6-1
*#112 Tzipora Obziler ISR d #94 Anastasia Rodionova RUS 6-1, 3-1 retired--heat illness

Guangzhou, Final, Sun 2:30pm
loser's prize: $13,845 (2006: $15,000) US; points: 100
winner's prize: $25,855 (2006: $28,000) US; points: 140
#40 s2 Virginie Razzano FRA d #112 Tzipora Obziler ISR 6-0, 6-3

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Virginie alerting the media after the match

Guangzhou, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $4,050 (2006: $4,250) US
winners' prize: $7,620 (2006: $8,000) US
*cdr52 s3 Shuai Peng & Zi Yan d cdr46 s1 Vania King & Tiantian Sun 63 64

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Shuai & Zi


Guangzhou, Qual Finals, Mon Sept 24 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $335 1pt US; q final $630 3pts (2006: $680) US; qualifier: 4pts
#138 Julie Ditty USA d #262 Maria Kondratieva RUS 7-5 6-3
#165 Raquel Kops-Jones USA d 206 Natalie Grandin RSA 6-4 2-6 6-4
*#181 Elise Tamaela NED d #179 Anda Perianu ROU 7-6(6), 6-2
*#331 Shanshan Song CHN d #294 Kelly Liggan IRL 6-4 6-2

Guangzhou, Withdrawals
#54 Kaia Kanepi EST
#155 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP

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Hansol Korea Open,  Seoul, South Korea

 

    Seoul: The main draw for Seoul 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.
   
Olympic Park, Seoul, Korea
Olympic Park, Seoul, Korea - click for interactive sat pic
Latitude: 37.515143 Longitude: 127.128205 goto link for World Wind


    The time in Seoul is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 9 hours. That is Eastern Daylight Time in the US + 13 hours, PDT+16 hours. Korea news

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2007: Among the healthy young ladies looking darned good at the Seoul players party on Wednesday night were
Severine Bremond, Catalina Castano, Caroline Wozniacki & Marta Domachowska, Ai Sugiyama, Tammy Tanasugarn...
...Junri Namigata & Ayumi Morita, Maria Kirilenko, Venus Williams, Galina Voskoboeva, and Su-Wei Hsieh...
Seoul, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 11am
losers' prize: $955 US (2006: $1,035); points: 1
#9 s1 Venus Williams USA d #169 q Abigail Spears USA 6-2, 6-3 Tue

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Venus following a backhand

#23 s2 Agnes Szavay HUN d #273 wc Ye-Ra Lee KOR 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*#133 Ayumi Morita JPN d #32 s3 Ai Sugiyama JPN 7-5, 6-3 Mon

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Ayumi driving a backhand, and Ai about to swat one

#35 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #520 wc So-Jung Kim KOR 7-5, 6-3 Wed

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So-Jung and Maria driving forehands

    Maria said: "It was pretty difficult, but I was able to win my first match today. I think I had a hard time adjusting to not playing under a roof like I did last week, and the girl I was playing - Kim So-Jung - played really well. She attacked with her forehand and was running really well, so I had to start hitting more to her backhand. I played better as the match went on and did well on the important points, and was able to win in straight sets. It was even tougher than the final in Kolkata!" Seoul player's blog by Maria Kirilenko

#37 s5 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #73 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#45 s6 Martina Muller GER d #754 wc Sung-Hee Han KOR 6-1, 6-0 Tue
*#83 Severine Bremond FRA d #51 s7 Aiko Nakamura JPN 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-6(5) Mon

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Severine driving a forehand, and Aiko following her 2-hander

*#69 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #56 s8 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-2, 6-3 Mon
*#89 Pauline Parmentier FRA d #76 Edina Gallovits ROU 6-2, 6-4 Mon
#80 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #85 Casey Dellacqua AUS 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tue
#84 Ahsha Rolle USA d #144 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-1, 6-1 Tue
#115 Mathilde Johansson FRA d #173 q Junri Namigata JPN 7-5, 6-2 Tue
#116 Catalina Castano COL d #122 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*#129 Galina Voskoboeva RUS d #127 Youlia Fedossova FRA 6-4, 6-1 Mon

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Galina driving a forehand

*#188 q Marta Domachowska POL d #131 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-3, 6-2 Wed
#134 Meng Yuan CHN d #158 q Marina Erakovic NZL 6-4, 6-4 Tue

Seoul, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
losers' prize: $1,775 US (2006: $1,925); points: 15
#9 s1 Venus Williams USA d #80 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-2, 6-1 Thu

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Venus driving a backhand

#23 s2 Agnes Szavay HUN d #129 Galina Voskoboeva RUS 6-1, 6-4 Thu
#35 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #134 Meng Yuan CHN 6-4, 6-2 Thu

    Maria said: "Today when I came to the tournament for practice it was very windy outside, and eventually it started raining, so after the first two matches were done they moved the rest of the matches to indoor courts. I thought that was cool, because I played indoors all last week in Kolkata so I'm kind of used to it now. I don't mind this change at all. My match against Yuan Meng was still hard, although not as tough as yesterday's match. Unlike yesterday, Yuan's backhand was better than her forehand, so I played more to that side, and I won in straight sets." Seoul player's blog by Maria Kirilenko

#37 s5 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #84 Ahsha Rolle USA 6-3, 6-2 Thu

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Eleni driving a forehand

*#116 Catalina Castano COL d #45 s6 Martina Muller GER 6-4, 6-2 Wed

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Catalina's forehand drive

#69 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #89 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-4, 6-4 Wed
*#188 q Marta Domachowska POL d #83 Severine Bremond FRA 7-5, 6-2 Thu
*#133 Ayumi Morita JPN d #115 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Wed

Seoul, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $3,310 US (2006: $3,580); points: 30
#9 s1 Venus Williams USA d #188 q Marta Domachowska POL 6-2, 6-3

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Venus driving a backhand

*#37 s5 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #23 s2 Agnes Szavay HUN 4-6, 7-5 retired-- left thigh injury
#35 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #116 Catalina Castano COL 6-3, 6-0

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Maria driving a forehand, and after winning a point

    Maria said: "I won my quarterfinal against Castaño today, actually it was probably my quickest match of the week. For the first time I felt I had a great start, going up 5-0. She won three games in a row there but I won all the games after that. In my other matches I wasn't starting so well, so I think I'm really starting to find my best tennis here." Seoul player's blog by Maria Kirilenko

#69 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #133 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-1, 6-2

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Flavia's forehand drive, and Ayumi's backhand

Seoul, SFs, Sat noon
losers' prize: $6,140 US (2006: $6,650); points: 50
#9 s1 Venus Williams USA d #69 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-2, 6-2

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Venus and Flavia driving backhands

#35 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #37 s5 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 7-5, 6-0

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Maria playing meet the press after the match

    Maria said: "Again I had a nice match today, beating Eleni Daniilidou in the semifinals. The first set was tough; in the end of it I think I got a little lucky, because she was serving at 5-6, 40-0, and I came up with some really nice returns, then she hit a double fault. I thought for sure it would be 6-6 but it turned around, so that was great. I played some of my best tennis in the second set. I even hit a left-handed winner! On one point she came into the net on my backhand and I just went for a crosscourt passing shot with it - it has worked sometimes in the past, and it is actually something I practice, particularly when running down drop shots. At the US Open, Srebotnik hit a drop shot to my backhand and I did the same one. I must say though, Daniilidou fought hard today. I'm happy with this victory." Seoul player's blog by Maria Kirilenko

Seoul, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $11,395 US (2006: $12,345); points: 80
winner's prize: $21,140 US (2006: $22,900); points: 115
#9 s1 Venus Williams USA d #35 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-3, 1-6, 6-4

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Venus driving a forehand on the run, Maria following one, and Venus after match point

Seoul, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $3,360 US (2006: $3,640)
winners' prize: $6,240 US (2006: $6,750)
cdr86 s1 Chia-Jung Chuang & Su-Wei Hsieh d cdr103 s2 Eleni Daniilidou & Jasmin Woehr 6-2, 6-2

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Su-Wei & Chia-Jung


Seoul, Qual Finals, Mon Sept 24 10am
losers' prizes: q1:$165 pts:1; q2:$280 pts:2; q3:$515 (2006 $555) pts:3; qualifier points: 7
#158 Marina Erakovic NZL d #193 Naomi Cavaday GBR 6-3, 6-3
#169 Abigail Spears USA d #310 Amber Liu USA 6-3, 6-4
#173 Junri Namigata JPN d #235 Agnes Szatmari ROU 6-1, 6-1
#188 Marta Domachowska POL d #340 Rika Fujiwara JPN 6-2, 6(3)-7, 7-5

Seoul, Withdrawals
#27 Sania Mirza IND right wrist
#36 Samantha Stosur AUS
#61 Alize Cornet FRA
#81 Yung-Jan Chan TPE
#87 Ashley Harkleroad USA
#111 Olga Savchuk UKR
#112 Tzipora Obziler ISR Guangzhou
#323 Jamea Jackson USA

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