2007 Zurich Open WTA Singles Results     Justine Henin, Champion


  WTA Oct 15-21

Zurich Open, Zurich, SUI
Tier I $1,340,000
28 players - indoor: hard

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# 1 Justine Henin
# 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova
# 3 Jelena Jankovic
# 5 Ana Ivanovic
# 7 Serena Williams
# 9 Daniela Hantuchova
# 11 Amelie Mauresmo
# 12 Marion Bartoli

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#18 Tatiana Golovin
5' 9" 132lb RH 2H-BH
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#1 Justine Henin
5' 5¾" 126lb RH 1H-BH
    On Sunday in Switzerland, in the final of the Zurich Open, 25-year-old top-seeded # 1 Justine Henin of Belgium (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated 19-year-old # 18 Tatiana Golovin of France (residence: on Brickell Key, Miami, Florida), 6-4, 6-4 (Tatiana is shown during the match, Justine with the tableware afterward).

    Justine now leads Tatiana 4-0 in career matches, but Tatiana has always given Justine a run for her money. The first time they met, in the Charleston semis in 2005, Justine won 7-6(4) 7-5. Earlier this year in the quarters of the Paris indoor tourney, Justine won 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. In their last meeting, two weeks ago in the Stuttgart Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final, Justine won 2-6, 6-2, 6-1.

    Tatiana took a 4-1 lead at the start of the match. Tatiana said: "[Justine] started off very strong - better than in Stuttgart. I had to play flawlessly to go 4-1 up. After I missed the forehand that would have given me 5-1, she was a different player. I felt she was dictating more and there was less power in my shots and serve. Basically, she raised her level and I didn't. That's what I have to do during a match against the top players if I want to win more." WTA story

    Justine said: "Even if I didn't play my best, I was more positive than yesterday [against Nicole Vaidisova]. I definitely learned from our match in Stuttgart. I knew I'd have to hit more to her backhand, and come in and be as aggressive as possible. The turning point was at 4-2 in the first set, when I realized I was too far behind the baseline. I was giving her too much time and I had to take that away from her."

    Justine is now 38-16 in WTA singles finals and has won 9 of the 13 tourneys she has played in this year; she has a 58-4 match record for the season. Tatiana is now 2-5 in WTA singles finals (she won her 2nd title four weeks ago in Portoroz), and her match record in 2007 is 46-17.


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Zurich Open,  Zurich, Switzerland


    Zurich: The main draw for Zurich 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.
Hallenstadion, Zurich, Switzerland
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    The time in Zurich is UCT (GMT, Zulu, Greenwich...) plus 2 hours. That is Eastern Daylight Time in the US + 6 hours, PDT+9 hours. Switzerland news

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2007: Marion Bartoli signed autographs on Monday in Zurich, a day after Ana Ivanovic did likewise (although she appears to be perusing a pic of Maria Sharapova)... Serb-national-but-Swiss-resident Ana also did the player rep thing at the draw ceremony on Sunday, while Patty Schnyder was tackling online chat chores, and 2006 Zurich Open champ Maria met the press--unfortunately Maria's shoulder was no go, and she was forced to withdraw from the tourney... row 2: Serena Williams became the 5th player to qualify for one of the 8 places in the season-ending WTA Championships when the rankings came out on Monday; on Tuesday, the four players who qualified ahead of Serena, Justine Henin, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic, also lined up for a photo... also on Tuesday, Elena Dementieva, who qualified for the WTA Championships the last 8 years in a row, and might make it again this year, signed autographs in the Yonex booth...
Zurich, 1st Rd, Mon noon, Tue-Wed 2pm & 1pm
loser: $8,120 US (2006: $8,790); 1 point
*#15 Patty Schnyder SUI d #7 s6 Serena Williams USA 6-0, 3-0 retired-- right thigh adductor strain Tue

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Serena following a backhand, and Patty driving a forehand

    Serena said: "I got here yesterday, and I was feeling really good. Then just before the match, as I was warming up, I felt something go. I got the trainer to strap it, and I thought I’d be able to play through it, but it just didn’t work." tourney story

    Patty said: "I feel a bit sorry for Serena, but I’ve had so many tough draws in recent weeks that I was well geared up for playing her. I felt I played a very good match, even if the opposition wasn’t at the level we were all expecting."

#9 s7 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #17 Dinara Safina RUS 7-6(2), 7-6(4) Tue
#11 s8 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #40 q Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Tue

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One-handers: Eleni slicing a backhand, and Amelie driving one

#12 s9 Marion Bartoli FRA d #48 q Shuai Peng CHN 6(4)-7, 6-0, 6-1 Tue

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Two-handers: Shuai and Marion driving backhands

#13 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #23 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-4, 6-2 Mon
*#30 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #14 Elena Dementieva RUS 4-6, 6-1, 4-2 retired-- left thigh adductor strain Wed

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Service tosses: Elena and Francesca

*#33 LL Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #16 Shahar Peer ISR 6-4, 6-3 Tue
#18 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #26 wc Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-3, 6-4 Mon

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Maria following a backhand, and Tatiana's forehand drive

#21 Sybille Bammer AUT d #42 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 6-2 Tue
#24 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #57 q Karin Knapp EST 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 Tue
#25 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #88 wc Timea Bacsinsky SUI 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 Mon

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Alona pausing to sign autographs on her way offcourt after the match

*#31 wc Michaella Krajicek NED d #29 Sania Mirza IND 6-1, 6-4 Mon

Zurich, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 2pm Wed WTA story - Thu WTA story
loser: $15,130 US (2006: $16,370); 60 points
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #24 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-3, 6-1 Thu

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Vera and Justine driving forehands

    Justine said: "It was tough for me at the beginning to find my rhythm. Zvonareva had played already and I found the surface a lot faster than it was in Stuttgart. But from 5-3 on in the first set I played very solid, made some good points and I am happy to win this way." Reuters story

#2 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #21 Sybille Bammer AUT 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 Thu

    Svetlana said: "I'm not satisfied at all. I was making too many silly mistakes and I'll have to improve if I am to go any further this week. The first set was very bad, although towards the end my level was starting to improve and hopefully I can build on that in my quarterfinal."

*#13 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #3 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 6-4 Wed

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Nicole about to swat a forehand, and Jelena & Nicole driving backhands

*#18 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #5 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-3, 6-1 Wed

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Tatiana driving a forehand, Ana's backhand, and Tatiana after match point

    Tatiana said: "The last time we played, [Ana] played out of her mind and I did not play smart [Ana defeated Tatiana 6-1, 6-2 in Luxembourg}. Today I tried to stay with her from the beginning, hang in during the rallies and serve more into her body. I think that caused her to go for more, and I am proud of the way I was able to turn it around."

    Ana said: "I really wanted to play well. I had been playing well in practice and felt very good about my chances. Maybe I got a little too ahead of myself instead of focusing on the moment, and you have to do that with Tatiana, as she's a very dangerous player. She proved it today."

*#33 LL Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #9 s7 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-3, 6-3 Thu

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Agnieszka and Daniela driving forehands

    Agnieszka said: "I'm very excited and so happy to have done so well here, especially after losing in qualifying. The cut off here was incredible, and with all the top players being here it's a great success for me to make the quarterfinals."

    Daniela has been battling respiratory illness. Daniela said: "I had a really hard time today trying to catch my breath in between points. I have been fighting a cold for the past few days, and I really just had nothing left and became very tired out there." AP story

*#25 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #11 s8 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 Wed

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Amelie and Alona driving backhands, and Alona after match point

    Alona said: "I think my game improved today as the match went on; I started very nervously in the first set, but I played better and better, and then played really well in the third set. I tried not to think that about it being Mauresmo on the other side of the net, I just tried to play my own game."

    Amelie has not yet recovered her usual form after an appendectomy early this year. Amelie said: "I'm glad the year's over in a way. I need time to get physically stronger and fitter as today I had nothing left in the third set. I played probably my best set in months in the first set and I've felt things have been improving, but I still have to get my confidence back the way it was before my surgery in March. I'm looking forward to doing what it takes during the off-season - I feel like I've had enough time off so I need to work hard again and look forward to starting in Australia."

#12 s9 Marion Bartoli FRA d #31 wc Michaella Krajicek NED 6-4, 6-1 Wed
*#30 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #15 Patty Schnyder SUI 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Thu

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Francesca about to swat a backhand, and Patty following a forehand

Zurich, QFs, Fri 2pm
loser: $28,175 US (2006: $30,485); 110 points
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #33 LL Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-2

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Justine's serve (one of her homeland's most famous exports), Agnieszka fielding a forehand on the fly, and Justine driving one

*#30 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #2 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3, 3-3 retired-- right shoulder strain

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Francesca following a forehand, Svetlana launching one on the run,
and Sveta listening to WTA physiotherapist Amber Donaldson, probably telling her its no go

*#18 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #12 s9 Marion Bartoli FRA 4-5 retired-- left knee injury

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Francesca following a forehand, and Marion following a backhand

#13 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #25 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-1, 6-4

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Nicole following a forehand, and Alona following a backhand

Zurich, SFs, Sat 1:30pm
loser: $52,500 US (2006: $56,800); 195 points
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #13 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

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Justine's forehand drive, Nicole's backhand, and Justine after match point

    About losing the 1st set, Justine said: "I put a lot of useless pressure on myself at several break points, for some reason. [Nicole], on the other hand, had one break point and converted it." AP story

    Nicole missed much of the season due to a wrist injury and illness, but recently has been playing very well. Nicole said: "I had my chances definitely. Being able to play so close and so well against the No. 1 player in the world is a positive thing, but right now all I can see is that I lost, so I'm not happy."

#18 Tatiana Golovin FRA d #30 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-0, 6-4

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Francesca and Tatiana driving backhands, and Tatiana after match point

Zurich, Final, Sun 1:30pm
loser: $97,800 US (2006: $105,800); 300 points
winner: $182,000 US (2006: $196,900); 430 points
#1 s1 Justine Henin BEL d #18 Tatiana Golovin FRA 6-4, 6-4

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Justine driving a forehand, running one down, and Justine after match point

Zurich, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $29,350 (2006: $31,750) US
winners' prize: $54,540 (2006: $59,000) US
cdr22 Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs d cdr31 Lisa Raymond & Francesca Schiavone 7-5, 7-6(1)

Zurich, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 15 noon
q1: $1,260, 1pt; q2: $2,345, 10pts; q3: $4,365 US, 15pts (2006: $4,270) qualifier: 20 points
*#57 Karin Knapp EST d #33 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-3 6-3
*#40 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #35 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3 6-2
*#42 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #39 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-2 6-1
#48 Shuai Peng CHN d #94 Olga Poutchkova RUS 6-3 6-3

Zurich, Withdrawals
#4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS right shoulder
#6 Anna Chakvetadze RUS respiratory illness
#10 Nadia Petrova RUS left hip
#19 Martina Hingis SUI left hip
#22 Lucie Safarova CZE illness
#28 Na Li CHN rib fracture

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    (Oct 15, 2007) # 4 Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Zurich Open due to a right shoulder injury which has troubled her all year. Maria was the Zurich champ in 2006, and the withdrawal means she will have no chance to "defend" the ranking points she earned there last year (ranking points last 52 weeks, and are then subtracted from a player's total).
    Maria also won the following week's tourney in Linz, Austria, last year. As she has not yet clinched a place in the season-ending WTA Championships, if she cannot play in Linz next week, she might be done for the season--which would, at least, give her shoulder a couple of months to heal.
    Maria said: "I'm very sorry to be missing the Zurich Open. I really wanted to play here, but my health comes before my ranking." tourney story

    (Oct 11, 2007) Former WTA # 1 Martina Hingis has withdrawn from next week's Zurich Open. Martina incurred a left hip injury last March during the Key Biscayne tourney, and that and related injuries have plagued her ever since. Zurich, Martina's home tourney, was her last scheduled appearance of the season, thus she is done for the year.
    Martina said: "I’m very disappointed that I have to withdraw from the Zurich Open... I’ve done everything I can to be able to compete, but since Key Biscayne I’ve had problems with my hip, and they’re still stopping me from playing any more tournaments this year, and even from practicing properly. I’ve therefore decided that I’m going to take as much time as it needs to get fully fit again." tourney story

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