2007 Stuttgart, Tokyo & Tashkent WTA Singles Results     J Henin, V Razzano, & P Parmentier, Champions

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Porsche GP, Stuttgart, GER Tier II
$650,000 - 28 players - indoor: hard
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# 1 J Henin, # 2 S Kuznetsova
# 3 J Jankovic, # 5 A Chakvetadze

Japan Open, Tokyo Tier III (with ATP)
$175,000 - 32 players - outdoor: hard
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# 9 V Williams, # 28 S Mirza
# 29 M Kirilenko, # 34 A Sugiyama

Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan Tier IV
$145,000 - 32 players - outdoor: hard
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# 38 V Azarenka, # 52 D Cibulkova
# 58 O Govortsova, # 60 E Vesnina

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#39 Virginie Razzano
5' 8" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Stuttgart:
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#1 Justine Henin
92.5"wb 3700lb 3.6L 480hp 457lb-ft DOHC 24-valve 6cyl
    On Sunday in Stuttgart, in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, this year's Roland Garros and US Open champion, 25-year-old top-seeded # 1 Justine Henin of Belgium (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated 19-year-old unseeded # 19 Tatiana Golovin of France (residence: on Brickell Key, Miami, Florida), 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

    Justine will take home a brand new Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet with which she is pictured above, or $98,500 in prize money; Tatiana will settle for $53,000. Asked if she would take the money or the car, Justine said: "Give me a few minutes to think about it." AP story

    Justine also said: "[Tatiana] was playing unbelievably in the first set, and I was making some mistakes; I just had to wait and see if she could keep that level up during the whole match. Physically, I started feeling a lot better in the second set and as the match went on, and I knew I could play better." WTA story

    Tatiana said: "[Justine] doesn't overpower you or look that impressive, but she really doesn't allow you to play your game. She's there, ready to pounce, as soon as you don't play the perfect point. She surprises you how she defends, then goes on the offensive."

    Justine now leads Tatiana 3-0 in career matches, but both of their previous meetings were close. Justine won the first time they met, in the Charleston semis in 2005, 7-6(4) 7-5. In their last meeting, earlier this year in the quarters of the Paris indoor tourney, Justine won 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

    Justine is now 37-16 in WTA singles finals (she has won 8 this year), and has a 54-4 match record for the season; Tatiana, who also reached the Stuttgart final in 2006 (when she was defeated by Nadia Petrova), is now 2-4 in WTA singles finals (she won her 2nd title two weeks ago in Portoroz), and her match record in 2007 is 42-16.

    On Saturday in Tokyo, in the final of the AIG Japan Open, last week's champ in Guangzhou, 24-year-old 5th-seeded # 39 Virginie Razzano from Nimes, France, won the biggest victory of her career, defeating this year's Wimbledon champ and last week's champ in Seoul, 27-year-old top-seeded # 9 Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-4 (Virginie is shown hoisting the hefty Japan Open hardware).

    Virginie said: "I think I served well throughout the match, which was really important because [Venus] has such a good serve, too. She was so impressive during my service games in the third set, but I stayed aggressive and served it out." WTA story - AP story

    Venus failed to convert three match points during the 2nd set tiebreaker. Venus said: "[Virginie] managed to play really well at all the right moments, so congratulations to her. I wasn't tired - I was feeling pretty fit. It's a very good win. She's having a great year.
    "I was having a problem with my right hip - it started in the first set, and finally in the third set I had to take a medical timeout... I kept playing though, because I really wanted to win. I fought hard. She was just playing really well." Tokyo player's blog by Venus Williams

    Venus still leads Virginie 2-1 in career matches, and won both their previous meetings in straight sets, most recently this August in San Diego, 6-2, 6-4.
    Virginie is now 2-2 in WTA singles finals, and her match record in 2007 is 42-20, including winning her last 10 matches in a row to win her two titles. Venus is now 36-22 in WTA singles finals, and has a 47-9 match record for the season.

    On Sunday in Tashkent Uzbekistan, in the final of the Tashkent Open, 21-year-old unseeded # 98 Pauline Parmentier from Cucq, France, defeated 18-year-old top-seeded # 38 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (residence: Scottsdale, Arizona), 7-5, 6-2.

    Pauline said: "When I was behind 5-3 in the first set I told myself to take heart and take some chances. And then when I won the first set I told myself 'Come on, you can do it.' And I'm very glad I was able to do it." WTA story
    Victoria said: "[Pauline] played very well this week; she has been very consistent. This was her best tennis of the week. But I didn't take my chances. I lost focus."

    Also present in Tashkent this week was 2004 French Open champ and former WTA # 2 Anastasia Myskina, who was invited by the tourney management because she is part Uzbek herself (she has an Uzbek-born grandmother).
    About the left foot injury which has kept her off court for most of this season, Anastasia said: "I tried a comeback in January, and then again at the French Open, and you know what happened. I have to take it as it comes. When I get on court I can't move. I'm not planning a date to return, but I'll be back."

    Pauline is now 1-0 in WTA singles finals, with a 43-18 match record for the season. Victoria is 0-2 in WTA singles finals (she also reached the final earlier this year in Estoril), and has a 32-17 match record for the year.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stuttgart, Tokyo & Tashkent
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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Porsche Grand Prix of Tennis,  Stuttgart, Germany

 

    Stuttgart: The main draw for Stuttgart 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.
   
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2007: Tatiana Golovin signed autographs in Stuttgart on Sunday, Sep 30, while 1990 & 1994 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix champ & current tourney co-director Anke Huber was smiling at the opening ceremonies... on Mon, Oct 1, Anna Chakvetadze and Jelena Jankovic endured the hot lights and intensive grilling of the weekly Sony Ericsson press "All Access Hour"... Jelena had a chance to wash up while shooting a commercial for Whirlpool Europe, which should be well worth watching... Anna, Nadia Petrova, & Svetlana Kuznetsova, posed at the player's party on Tuesday, and Justine Henin did the autograph thing... on Wednesday, 2006 tourney champ Nadia took a Porsche 911 Carerra for a satisfying test drive... on Thursday, Tatiana and Svetlana hit the swings at Stuttgart's Volksfest park... Tatiana, whom Agence France-Presse this week called "the French pinup," posed to oblige... later, Tatiana and Sveta were viciously attacked by irresistable giant tasty cookies...
Stuttgart, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 2pm, 1pm
losers' prize: $4,350 US (2006: $4,400); points: 1
#6 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #13 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-0, 6-2 Wed

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Patty and Ana driving backhands, and Ana after winning a point

#7 s6 Serena Williams USA d #150 LL Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-0, 6-0 Tue
#8 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS d #109 wc Tatjana Malek GER 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 Tue

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Tatjana driving a forehand, and Nadia's backhand

#10 s8 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #23 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-1, 6-3 Wed
*#30 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #11 Marion Bartoli FRA 0-6, 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*#15 Elena Dementieva RUS d #12 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 6-2, 7-5 Tue

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Elena and Amelie driving forehand and backhand

#16 Shahar Peer ISR d #25 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-1, 7-6(6) Tue
#17 Dinara Safina RUS d #24 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 Mon
#19 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #50 wc Martina Muller GER 6-1, 6-1 Mon
*#33 q Michaella Krajicek NED d #22 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 6-2 Wed
#41 q Julia Vakulenko UKR d #142 wc Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#45 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #54 q Karin Knapp ITA 7-5, 6-0 Wed

Stuttgart, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 2pm, 1pm
losers' prize: $8,100 US (2006: $8,230); points: 35
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #17 Dinara Safina RUS 6-4, 6-1 Thu

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Dinara's backhand, and Justine reaching for a forehand

#2 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #30 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 6(5)-7, 6-3 Wed

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Svetlana and Agnieszka driving backhands

#3 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #16 Shahar Peer ISR 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 Thu

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Shahar serving, Jelena's flying forehand, and after match point

*#19 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #5 s4 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 7-6(3), 6-1 Wed

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Anna and Tatiana driving backhands

*#45 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #6 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 Thu

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Backhand drives by Ana and Kateryna

    Kateryna's previous best win (by rank) was over then # 15 Dinara Safina in the 2nd round in Los Angeles almost two months ago. After today's victory, Kateryna said: "I am not surprised, I prepared well for this tournament." AP story

    Ana said: "I am definitely very disappointed, I came here with high expectations. But [Kateryna] played an amazing match, she didn't do much wrong."

#7 s6 Serena Williams USA d #41 q Julia Vakulenko UKR 7-5, 6-2 Wed

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Serena driving a forehand, and Julia's backhand

#8 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS d #33 q Michaella Krajicek NED 6-1, 6-3 Thu
*#15 Elena Dementieva RUS d #10 s8 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 4-6, 6-4 Thu

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Elena following a twist serve, and Daniela driving a forehand

    Elena, who has frequently had trouble during her career with double faults and breaks of serve, fired 5 aces with only 2 double faults in this match. She put 63% of her 1st serves in the box, won 66% of her 1st serve points, and 81% of her 2nd serve points. Daniela broke Elena's serve only once, while Elena broke Daniela's serve three times.

Stuttgart, QFs, Fri 2pm
losers' prize: $15,150 US (2006: $15,400); points: 70
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #15 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-4, 6-4

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Elena's forehand, Justine driving a forehand in front of the Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet
that will go to the tourney champion along with $98,500 in prize money, and after match point

#2 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #7 s6 Serena Williams USA 6-3, 6-3

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Serena about to swat a forehand, and Svetlana's backhand drive

#3 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #8 s7 Nadia Petrova RUS 5-1 retired--reaggravated left hip injury

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Nadia charging a forehand, and Jelena fielding a backhand

    Nadia said: "It is really disappointing. I came here hoping to do well, the surface suits my game, but the hip injury I picked up in the US Open hasn't healed 100 percent. Although I could play in the first two [matches] here, this was up another level, and I couldn't fight through the pain barrier. I don't know how much more tennis I can play now this season, I have to have some tests and see a few doctors next week." AFP story

    Jelena said: "I feel sorry for Nadia. I know what it feels like when you are injured and you don't want to play on to make the situation worse...
    "It will be a tough battle against Justine [Henin in the semifinals]. It would be great to beat her, just once. Maybe it could be the start of something and I could go on a winning streak [laughing]."

#19 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #45 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 6-4

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Tatiana driving a forehand, and Kateryna's backhand

    Tatiana said: "I had to wait for [Kateryna] to make a mistake, she was a tough opponent. Once you make the last eight, all you want to do is make the last four and beyond, so I am pleased with where I am at. I made a few mistakes out there and have things to work on for tomorrow, but I'll need to take my game up a level."

Stuttgart, SFs, Sat 1pm WTA story
losers' prize: $28,300 US (2006: $28,750); points: 125
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #3 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-6(2), 7-5

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Justine about to connect with a forehand, Jelena's two-handed backhand, and Justine's one-hander

    It was Justine's ninth straight win over Jelena, against zero losses, although all but one of their matches have been very close.

    Justine said: "We always seem to have great fights and today was another tough one. There were a lot of ups and downs today. I stepped it up in the tie-break - I've been playing great in tie-breaks all year. I still feel a bit rusty after my time off after the US Open, but the conditions here are really suiting my game."

    Jelena said: "Justine was too good today. She always plays her best against me and raises her level at the important times. I'm going to keep trying, and one of these days those important points will go my way."

*#19 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #2 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-2, 6-4

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Tatiana serving, Svetlana's backhand, and Tatiana after match point

    Tatiana said: "My serve and forehand were really on today; when that happens I'm difficult to beat. I knew I had to step up first in the rally, or [Svetlana] would kill me. I had a similar feeling in Amelia Island this year, when I started getting better and better with every match."

    Svetlana said: "That wasn't me; I made a lot of mistakes and had no emotion left. I think the Serena match took a lot out of me as I played some of my best tennis last night, and it was difficult to come back so quickly the next day."

Stuttgart, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $53,000 US (2006: $53,650); points: 190
winner's prize: $98,500 US (2006: $100,000); points: 275
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #19 Tatiana Golovin FRA 2-6, 6-2, 6-1

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Justine driving a forehand, Tatiana following a backhand, and Justine after match point

Stuttgart, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $16,500 US (2006: $16,680)
winners' prize: $31,000 US (2006: $31,350)
cdr22 s1 Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs d cdr24 s2 Yung-Jan Chan & Dinara Safina 6(5)-7, 7-6(4), (10-2)

Stuttgart, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 1 2pm
losers' prizes: q1:$670 pts:1; q2:$1,250 pts:3; q3:$2,325 US (2006: $2,360) pts:10; qualifier points: 15
#33 Michaella Krajicek NED d #248 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-4, 6-2
#41 Julia Vakulenko UKR d #150 Zuzana Ondraskova CZE 6-1, 6-2
#45 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #126 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 7-5, 6-3
#54 Karin Knapp ITA d #112 Olga Savchuk UKR 6-1, 6-3

Stuttgart, Withdrawals
#4 Maria Sharapova RUS right shoulder injury
#18 Martina Hingis SUI left hip injury
#14 Nicole Vaidisova CZE left hamstring injury
#21 Sybille Bammer AUT
#318 sr14  Elena Bovina RUS left ankle


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AIG Japan Open,  Tokyo, Japan

 

    Tokyo: The main draw for Tokyo 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.
   
Ariake Tennis Forest Park, 2-2-22 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo
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    The time in Tokyo is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 9 hours. That is Eastern Daylight Time in the US + 13 hours, PDT+16 hours. Japan news

Although this Tokyo tourney is an outdoor event, the Center Court stadium has a retractable roof, which is closed in foul weather.

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2007: Healthy young ladies at the Tokyo player's welcome party on Tuesday included...
Venus Williams, Sania Mirza, Ai Sugiyama, Severine Bremond, Aiko Nakamura, and Vania King... Caroline Wozniacki
& Urszula Radwanska, and Camille Pin, Kelly Liggan, Maria Emilia Salerni, Flavia Pennetta, & Arantxa Parra Santonja...
Tokyo, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $1,205 US (2006: $1,300); points: 1
#9 s1 wc Venus Williams USA d #95 Jill Craybas USA 6-3, 6-1 Tue

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Venus following a forehand, and Jill driving a backhand

#28 s2 Sania Mirza IND d #136 wc Ayumi Morita JPN 6-0, 6-4 Mon

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Sania and Ayumi ready for forehand and backhand

*#80 Camille Pin FRA d #29 s3 Maria Kirilenko RUS 3-6, 4-6, 6-3 Tue

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Camille between points, and Maria following a backhand

*#132 q Meng Yuan CHN d #34 s4 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-3, 6-3 Tue
#39 s5 Virginie Razzano FRA d #90 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-3, 6-1 Tue

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Tammy driving a forehand, and Virginie's backhand

*#77 Alicia Molik AUS d #49 s6 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*#85 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #51 s7 Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-3, 6-4 Mon

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Aiko following a forehand (no photos of Klara were available)

#62 s8 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #104 Ahsha Rolle USA 7-5, 6-1 Tue

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Flavia about to swat a forehand

*#101 Jelena Kostanic Tosic CRO d #66 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#70 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #116 Catalina Castano COL 6-2, 6-1 Mon
*#244 q Elena Baltacha GBR d #72 Zi Yan CHN 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*#87 Vania King USA d #74 Edina Gallovits ROU 6-2 5-7 7-5 Tue
*#83 Casey Dellacqua AUS d #81 Severine Bremond FRA 6-4, 6-0 Mon
#106 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #131 Youlia Fedossova FRA 7-5, 6(7)-7, 6-1 Tue
*#548 wc Urszula Radwanska POL d #174 Sophie Ferguson AUS 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Urszula delivering a backhand

#149 q Abigail Spears USA d #350 q Tomoko Yonemura JPN 6-4, 6-1 Tue

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Tomoko between points (no photos of Abigail were available)

Tokyo, 2nd Rd, Wed 10am
loser's prize: $2,030 (2006: $2,200) US; points: 20
#9 s1 wc Venus Williams USA d #87 Vania King USA 6-0, 6-4 Wed

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Venus driving a forehand, and Vania fielding one

#28 s2 Sania Mirza IND d #83 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 Wed

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Sania's best shot, her forehand drive

#39 s5 Virginie Razzano FRA d #244 q Elena Baltacha GBR 6-2, 6-2 Wed
#62 s8 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #149 q Abigail Spears USA 6-4, 7-6(2) Wed
#70 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #132 q Meng Yuan CHN 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1 Wed

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Caroline ready

#77 Alicia Molik AUS d #106 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-1, 6-0 Wed
#80 Camille Pin FRA d #101 Jelena Kostanic Tosic CRO 6-1, 6-0 Wed
#85 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #548 wc Urszula Radwanska POL 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 Wed

Tokyo, QFs, Thu 10am
loser's prize: $3,740 (2006: $4,050) US; points: 35
#9 s1 wc Venus Williams USA d #77 Alicia Molik AUS 7-6(4), 6-3

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Alicia serving, and Venus driving a backhand

*#62 s8 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #28 s2 Sania Mirza IND 6-4, 6-4

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Sania and Flavia driving backhands

#39 s5 Virginie Razzano FRA d #80 Camille Pin FRA 6-2, 6-2
#70 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #85 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(3)

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Caroline and Klara delivering backhands,
and Caroline at Tokyo's Hama-rikyu Gardens after the match, being interviewed for a feature to be shown on The Tennis Channel

Tokyo, SFs, Fri 10:30am
loser's prize: $7,105 (2006: $7,700) US; points: 65
#9 s1 wc Venus Williams USA d #70 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-3, 7-5

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Caroline driving a forehand, Venus volleying a backhand, Caroline on the move,
Venus driving a forehand, and Caroline congratulating Venus after match point

    Venus said: "My match was challenging, what can I say? My opponent, Caroline Wozniacki, got a couple of breaks but I got them back, and she got a lot of balls back too. I had to conquer a really good opponent today. She fell and twisted her ankle at one point but she got back up and everything seemed to be fine after that. And she was still tough. What was working for me today was my will to win, to just hit the ball and play every point." Tokyo player's blog by Venus Williams

    Caroline won the first two games of the second set, and held on to her lead for four more games. Caroline said: "Venus played really well, she just smashed winners in the corners, so I couldn't do anything. I was trying to keep my tactics, just tried to make her run, but at 4-2 she really raised her game until four-all and she just did a lot of winners... It's tough to break her serve, even though I broke her serve three times in the match." AFP story

#39 s5 Virginie Razzano FRA d #62 s8 Flavia Pennetta ITA 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

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Flavia lining up a forehand and Virginie's backhand drive

    About playing Venus Williams in the final, Virginie said: "I've never been intimidated to play against Venus, because I've played against many top 10, top 20 players before. But I want to save my energy for tomorrow, because I'm a little bit tired. I played nine matches in 10 days. I haven't taken a rest. Sometimes it's difficult, but you must do your job. Even if you lose or win, it's OK, you did your job."

Tokyo, Final, Sat 10am
loser's prize: $13,520 (2006: $14,650) US; points: 100
winner's prize: $25,840 (2006: $28,000) US; points: 140
*#39 s5 Virginie Razzano FRA d #9 s1 wc Venus Williams USA 4-6, 7-6(7), 6-4

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Virginie's service toss, Venus driving a forehand on the run, and Virginie after match point

Tokyo, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $4,020 US [2006: $4,350]
winner's prize: $7,620 US [2006: $8,250]
*cdr32 s2 Zi Yan & Tiantian Sun d cdr30 s1 Chia-Jung Chuan & Vania King 1-6, 6-2, 10-6


Tokyo, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 1 10am
losers' prizes: q1: $185 1pt; q2: $325 3pts; q3: $605 US (2006: $650) 4pts; qualifier: 8 points
#132 Meng Yuan CHN d #271 Sarah Borwell GBR 6-1, 6-2
#149 Abigail Spears USA d #170 Junri Namigata JPN 6-3, 6-4
*#350 Tomoko Yonemura JPN d #199 Erika Takao JPN 6-3, 6-2
*#244 Elena Baltacha GBR d #205 Natalie Grandin RSA 6(7)-7, 6-4, 6-4

Tokyo, Withdrawals
#20 Agnes Szavay HUN left thigh injury
#34 Mara Santangelo ITA left foot?
#36 Samantha Stosur AUS illness
#46 Meilen Tu USA
#55 Kaia Kanepi EST right shoulder injury
#67 Yung-Jan Chan TPE
#75 Angelique Kerber GER
#79 Lilia Osterloh USA
#157 sr Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP illness

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Tashkent Open,  Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 

    Tashkent: The main draw for Tashkent 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
Tashekent, UZB (tourney site unknown) - click for sat pic
Latitude: 41.315433 Longitude: 69.263177 goto link for World Wind


    The time in Tashkent is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 5 hours. That is Eastern Daylight Time in the US + 9 hours, PDT+12 hours. Uzbekistan news

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2007: At the Tashkent players party on Tuesday, Galina Voskoboeva tested the dance floor
(too soggy?... too crunchy?) while Uzbek # 1 Akgul Amanmuradova assured folks it was just right...
Tashkent, 1st Rd, Mon 11am, Tue 10am, Wed 11am
losers' prize: $ (2006: $1,085) US; points: 1
#38 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #119 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*#91 Pauline Parmentier FRA d #52 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-2, 6-2 Wed
#58 s3 Olga Govortsova BLR d #113 Renata Voracova CZE 6-3, 6-3 Tue
#60 s4 Elena Vesnina RUS d #145 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-3, 6-4 Tue
#63 s5 Iona Raluca Olaru ROU d #103 Petra Cetkovska CZE 3-6, 6-0, 6-1 Mon
*#525 wc Vlada Ekshibarova UZB d #71 s6 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 6-3 Tue
#73 s7 Olga Poutchkova RUS d #181 wc Iroda Tulyaganova UZB 7-5, 6-3 Tue
*#122 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR d #88 s8 Anastasia Rodionova RUS 6-3, 6-0 Wed
#94 Tatiana Poutchek BLR d #117 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-0, 6-2 Tue
#99 Anne Kremer LUX d #127 Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-0, 6-3 Tue
#100 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB d #139 Hana Sromova CZE 6-3, 7-6(2) Mon
*#141 Katie O'Brien GBR d #121 Julia Schruff GER 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*#195 Vesna Manasieva RUS d #134 Galina Voskoboeva RUS 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 Tue
#151 q Evgeniya Rodina RUS d #159 q Shuai Zhang CHN 6-3, 7-6(0) Tue
*#430 q Ksenia Palkina KGZ d #179 q Ekaterina Dzehalevich BLR 6-2, 6-2 Mon
#120 LL Mariya Koryttseva UKR d #1145 wc Dilyara Saidkhodjaeva UZB 6-1, 6-2 Tue

Tashkent, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu noon-11am
losers' prize: $ (2006: $1,995) US; points: 15
#38 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #151 q Evgeniya Rodina RUS 6-4, 6-3 Thu
#91 Pauline Parmentier FRA d #195 Vesna Manasieva RUS 6-2, 6-1 Thu
#58 s3 Olga Govortsova BLR d #99 Anne Kremer LUX 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Thu
#60 s4 Elena Vesnina RUS d #94 Tatiana Poutchek BLR 7-5, 6-4 Wed
#63 s5 Iona Raluca Olaru ROU d #120 LL Mariya Koryttseva UKR 6-2, 6-2 Wed
*#100 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB d #73 s7 Olga Poutchkova RUS 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*#141 Katie O'Brien GBR d #122 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 6-3, 7-6(1) Thu
#430 q Ksenia Palkina KGZ d #525 wc Vlada Ekshibarova UZB 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 Wed

Tashkent, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $ (2006: $3,670) US; points: 30
#38 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #430 q Ksenia Palkina KGZ 6-2, 6-1

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Victoria after winning a point

#58 s3 Olga Govortsova BLR d #14 Katie O'Brien GBR 6-2, 6-3
#60 s4 Elena Vesnina RUS d #63 s5 Iona Raluca Olaru ROU 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4
#91 Pauline Parmentier FRA d #100 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-4, 6-3

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Pauline lining up a backhand

Tashkent, SFs, Sat 11am WTA story
losers' prize: $ (2006: $6,765) US; points: 50
#38 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #60 s4 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-4, 6-2

    Victoria said: "It was a high-quality match today and I think both of us played really well. I tried to stick to my game plan and thankfully it worked and I managed to get to the final. I returned really well out there, felt comfortable on court and I got better as the match went on."

*#91 Pauline Parmentier FRA d #58 s3 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-2, 7-5

    Pauline said: "It was a strange match. First I was playing well, then I started to think about making the final and lost focus and [Olga] came back. Thankfully I managed to regain my composure, relax myself and when I got back into the match I managed to serve it out. I didn't play my best today, but the important thing is I won and hopefully I can be at my best in the final."

Tashkent, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $ (2006: $12,450) US; points: 80
winner's prize: $ (2006: $22,925) US; points: 115
*#91 Pauline Parmentier FRA d #38 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR 7-5, 6-2

Tashkent, Doubles Final, Sat 2pm+
losers' prize: $ (2006: $3,670) US
winners' prize: $ (2006: $6,760) US
*cdr290 Anastasiya Yakimova & Ekaterina Dzehalevich d cdr134 s1 Anastasia Rodionova & Tatiana Poutchek 2-6, 6-4, (10-7)

Tashkent, Qual Finals, Sun Sep 30
losers' prizes: q1:$300 1pt; q2:$550 (2006 $590) 2pts; qualifier: 3pts
*#430 Ksenia Palkina KGZ d #120 Mariya Koryttseva UKR 6-4, 1-0 retired--fatigue syndrome
#151 Evgeniya Rodina RUS d #171 Anna Lapushchenkova RUS 7-5, 6-4
*#179 Ekaterina Dzehalevich BLR d #158 Ekaterina Ivanova RUS 6-1, 6-0
#159 Shuai Zhang CHN d #NR Aleksandra Kolesnichenko UZB 7-5, 7-5

Tashkent, Withdrawals
#43 Emilie Loit FRA abdominal strain
#48 Meghann Shaughnessy USA left knee injury
#105 Tzipora Obziler ISR
#137 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK


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Victoria, tourney guest Anastasia Myskina (sidelined by a foot injury), and Pauline

    (Sep 30, 2007 revised) Martina Hingis has withdrawn at the last minute from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. Martina's left hip injury, which she first incurred in March at the Miami tourney, is still troubling her. Martina has previously said that the injury is a stress reaction, involving inflammation of the femur (thigh bone) in the hip area. Martina would no doubt like to recover in time to play in her "home" tourney, the Zurich Open, which begins October 15.

    (Sep 26, 2007) Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart due to a lingering shoulder injury. On her official website, Maria said: "I am very disappointed to be unable to play the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart because my right shoulder has not yet healed.  I am doing everything I can to get back into competitive playing shape and hopefully on Tour in the run-up to the Sony Ericsson Championships, but at this point I remain day to day.  The Porsche Tennis Grand Prix is such an amazing event, and I'm hopeful to play there next year."

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