2008 Bali WTA Singles Results     Patty Schnyder, Champion

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Commonwealth Bank Classic
Bali, INA Tier III $225,000
30 players - outdoor: hard

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# 12 Daniela Hantuchova
# 15 Patty Schnyder
# 19 Flavia Pennetta
# 21 Nadia Petrova
# 27 Francesca Schiavone
# 39 Sara Errani
# 41 Aleksandra Wozniak
# 47 Shuai Peng

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#15 Patty Schnyder
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11th WTA Singles Title
500th Match Victory
    On Sunday in Bali, in the final of the Commonwealth Bank Classic, 29-year-old 2nd-seeded # 15 Patty Schnyder from Baech, Switzerland, handily defeated 17-year-old unseeded # 68 Tamira Paszek from Dornbirn, Austria, 6-3, 6-0 (Patty is shown after match point, and both ladies with the goodies after the match). Patty's prize is $35,000, Tamira's, $19,000.

    It was Patty's 500th career match victory. Patty said: "I played some great tennis right from the start. I never lost my focus. We had some great rallies and I was hitting with precision and control, and although [Tamira] gave me a tough time in the beginning and came up with some great shots, I hung in there and knew I could win if I just kept playing at the level I was." Bali player's blog by Patty Schnyder

    Tamira said: "I felt a bit tired today. But Patty played an amazing game. She played great tennis today so it was really tough for me. We had very long rallies and I was really tired in the end. But I had a great week and I’m really happy with that." tourney story - WTA story

    Patty now leads Tamira 2-1 in career matches. Tamira defeated Patty in the 3rd round of the 2007 US Open, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(1); Patty defeated Tamira earlier this year in the 1st round in Doha, 6-4, 6-0.

    Patty is now 11-13 in WTA singles finals; her most recent title had been in 2005 in Cincinnati, but she has reached six finals since, including the final earlier this year in Bangalore. Patty has a 33-19 match record in 2008.

    Tamira is now 1-1 in WTA singles finals; she won her title in Portoroz in 2006. Tamira has a 15-15 match record this year.
click for tourney galleryPatty at the Bali
welcome party on Monday

    In 2009, the Bali tourney will become The Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions, to be held from November 4-8 as the last event of the WTA season. At Bali, the top 10 players who have won at least one International Series tournament during the year (tournaments with $220,000 prize money) and who are not playing in singles at the previous week's WTA Championships in Doha (where the 8 top players compete), along with two wild card players, will play in a round-robin format (4 groups of 3 players each). The four group winners will play in Saturday's semifinals.
    The tourney will pay $600,000 in total prize money. If player wins three "International" tourneys during the season and wins the Tournament of Champions, they will receive a $1,000,000 bonus. WTA story

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Commonwealth Bank Classic,  Bali, Indonesia

 
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Bali: The main draw for Bali has 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

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Commonwealth Bank Classic venue address: Grand Hyatt Bali, P.O. Box 53, Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
Tel: +62 361 77 1234   Fax: +62 361 77 2038

    The Grand Hyatt Bali is located on the Nusa Dua Peninsula, close to Sanur, Kuta and downtown Denpasar, and 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
    Covering 40 acres and designed to resemble a Balinese water palace, the Grand Hyatt Bali features clusters of low-rise buildings and private villas among waterfall-fed pools and landscaped hotel gardens.

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2008: Players looking good at Bali's annual WTA fashion show on Monday included Daniela Hantuchova, Shuai Peng,
Indonesian former WTA # 55 Angelique Widjaja, Nadia Petrova, Anastasia Rodionova, row 2: Marta Domachowska,
Flavia Pennetta, Yaroslava Shvedova, Aiko Nakamura, Tamira Paszek, and Olga Savchuk...

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2008: row 3: At scuba class in Bali on Monday, Shikha Uberoi got her goggles on straight and waved goodbye prior to her plunge to the deep six to examine the contents of Davy Jones' locker... On Tuesday, Vania King and Jill Craybas indulged in ceramic painting, while Anastasia Rodionova enjoyed a turn at the potter's wheel... row 4: Players practicing their pretty skills (no runway required) included Yaroslava Shvedova, 4th seed Nadia Petrova, top seed Daniela Hantuchova, Marta Domachowska, and 5th seed Francesca Schiavone...

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2008: row 5: On Wednesday, Anastasia Rodionova (with Yaroslava Shvedova, not shown) went shopping at Puravida, and Grand Hyatt Bali banquet chefs taught players, including Flavia Pennetta, Indonesians Sandy Gumulya & Lavinia Tananta, Ayumi Morita, and Aiko Nakamura, how to make tasty granola bars... row 6: On Thursday, Shikha Uberoi, Francesca Schiavone, Patty Schnyder, Vasilisa Bardina, Alla Kudryavtseva, Vania King, and Marta Domachowska were again looking divine, this time to attend a Balinese temple ceremony...
Bali, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 3pm
loser's prize: $1,665 US; points: 1
#19 s3 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #99 Vania King USA 7-6(7), 6-1 Tue

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Vania driving a forehand, and Flavia's service toss

#21 s4 Nadia Petrova RUS d #127 Akio Nakamura JPN 6-3, 6-1 Tue

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Aiko about to swat a backhand, and Nadia driving one

#27 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #265 q Sandy Gumulya INA 6-2, 6-0 Mon

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Sandy about to swat a forehand and Francesca about to connect with one

#39 s7 Sara Errani ITA d #285 q Natalie Grandin RSA 6-2, 6-1 Tue

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Sara after winning a point

*#75 Jill Craybas USA d #41 s8 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tue

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Aleksandra and Jill driving forehands

#47 s9 Shuai Peng CHN d #139 wc Ayumi Morita JPN 6-2, 6-1 Mon

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Ayumi's 2-handed forehand, and Shuai following a backhand

#55 Marta Domachowska POL d #560 Lavinia Tananta INA 6-2, 6-3 Mon

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Marta and Lavinia driving forehands

#65 Anastasia Rodionova RUS d #80 Julia Vakulenko UKR 6-2, 3-0 retired - right wrist injury Tue

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Julia driving a forehand, and Anastasia about to swat one

#68 Tamira Paszek AUT d #141 wc Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 7-5, 6-4 Mon
#69 Yung-Jan Chan TPE d #978 sr Vasilisa Bardina RUS 6-2, 6-1 Tue
#78 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB d #821 q Ayu Fani Damayanti INA 6-2, 6-1 Mon

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Ayu Fani and Akgul firing forehands

#81 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #109 Melinda Czink HUN 6-2, 7-6(3) Tue

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Tathiana's forehand drive

*#123 q Olga Savchuk UKR d #84 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 7-5, 6-2 Tue
#95 Meng Yuan CHN d #115 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 Mon

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Yaroslava and Meng doing the forehand drive thing

Bali, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 3pm Wed tourney story - Thu tourney story - Thu WTA story
loser's prize: $3,050 US; points: 20
#12 s1 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #123 q Olga Savchuk UKR 6-1, 7-5 Wed

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Olga driving a forehand, and Daniela's backhand drive

    Olga broke Daniela's serve in the 9th game of the 2nd set to take a 5-4 lead, but Daniela broke Olga back, held, and broke Olga again to win the match.

    Daniela said: "Obviously, [Olga] picked her game up a little bit in the second set. She was more aggressive on her service games and was tough to break, and in the game she broke me she hit two very good returns.
    "After she broke me I just tried to stay in there and break her right back, which I did. I was very pleased with that, and overall I was very pleased with my game, actually. It was a good test for me and I felt like I handled the big points pretty well."

#15 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #95 Meng Yuan CHN 6-2, 7-5 Wed

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Meng about to connect with a backhand, and Patty following a forehand

    The match was stopped by rain with the score 6-2, 6-5, A-40, Patty's 2nd match point on Meng's serve. But the rain let up later in the evening, and Patty won on her 3rd match point.

    2008 US Open quarterfinalist Patty said: "I still don’t have 100 percent rhythm, and it’s really, really tough after such a great US Open to find your intensity and concentration and get into a tournament again. That’s what I have to improve."

Bali player's blog by Patty Schnyder

#19 s3 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #65 Anastasia Rodionova RUS 6-3, 7-5 Thu

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Flavia's backhand drive

#21 s4 Nadia Petrova RUS d #81 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-1, 6-1 Thu

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Tathiana and Nadia about to fire forehands

#27 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #78 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-3, 6-2 Wed

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

*#69 Yung-Jan Chan TPE d #47 s9 Shuai Peng CHN 6-1, 7-5 Thu

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Yung-Jan driving a forehand, and Shuai following a backhand

    Yung-Jan said: "I tried to forget about who I was playing because if I thought about it, it would be really hard. We are very good friends off the court...
    "I found it hard at the start of the week when I came here with the heat and the humidity, but I feel a lot more comfortable now and I have nothing to lose in tomorrow's quarterfinal match against Hantuchova...
    "I'm focusing a lot more on my singles now. We had a great year in doubles last year and it gave me a lot of experience but I've been training in France at the Mouratoglou tennis academy the past few months and that's really helped."

*#68 Tamira Paszek AUT d #39 s7 Sara Errani ITA 6-0, 7-6(2) Thu
#55 Marta Domachowska POL d #75 Jill Craybas USA 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-4 Wed

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Marta and Jill driving forehand and backhand

Bali, QFs, Fri 3pm tourney story - WTA story
loser's prize: $5,615 US; points: 40
#12 s1 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #69 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2

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Daniela following a forehand

    Daniela, who was sidelined for 10 weeks earlier this season by a foot stress fracture, led 4-0 in the 1st set before Yung-Jan won 6 of the next 8 games to force the tiebreaker, and then took the 2nd set.

    Daniela said: "[Yung-Jan] was playing unbelievable. She was going for every shot and at one point there was not much I could have done... It was very long, with many momentum shifts. The surface is very fast here with the heat and humidity and almost plays like grass, so things can change in a hurry. She played very well, and was hitting the ball really flat and low...
    "It means a lot to me to do well here after my injury and I really want to keep it going. It's my first semi since Australia."

#15 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #55 Marta Domachowska POL 6-2, 6-2

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Marta driving a backhand, and Patty's forehand drive

    Patty said: "I played very solid today, hardly making any mistakes. [Marta] doesn't like my game when I mix up the spins, and I think she got frustrated and that made her make some errors."

*#68 Tamira Paszek AUT d #19 s3 Flavia Pennetta ITA 4-6, 6-0, 6-2

    Tamira said: "I was happy to play well tonight against Flavia, who has been playing very well lately. After a slow start, I found my rhythm...
    "I have nothing to lose against Daniela [in the semis], I know how she plays, and I am just gonna go for it."

#21 s4 Nadia Petrova RUS d #27 s5 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 6-3

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Francesca and Nadia driving forehand and backhand

    Nadia said: "I didn't go on court with the right attitude, and the first five games I was fighting with myself and making it easy for [Francesca]. After 4-1 down in the first set, I decided to fight and be more professional with myself and won that first set, which was crucial. After that I played quite well and was happy to win, because she's a very dangerous player."

Bali, SFs, Sat 4:30pm tourney story - WTA story
loser's prize: $10,300 US; points: 75
*#68 Tamira Paszek AUT d #12 s1 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

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Tamira driving a forehand, Daniela about to fire one, and Tamira after winning a point

    Tamira said: "I didn’t move so well and I missed too many returns and I didn’t serve well, so it was tough to win. So I’m very happy I made it to the final."

    Daniela said: "Overall I’ve been very pleased with the way I’ve played here, coming from a first round loss at the US Open. I was really looking forward to playing some matches, and that’s what I did so it was a great week for me."

#15 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #21 s4 Nadia Petrova RUS 7-5, 6-1

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Nadia about to swat a forehand, Patty driving a backhand, and after match point

    Patty said: "Just about everything was working for me in the match today. [Nadia] was serving big but I was returning well, and putting the balls back really deep. I think I was making it hard for her to win free points like she normally does. I reacted well to her game and worked myself into a good rhythm. I was reading her well. I just think I've really adapted to these conditions and courts really well. And now I'm in my first ever final here, which means a lot to me because I really like this tournament."

    Patty said: "[Tamira is] a tough player. I lost to her at the US Open last year, which was a tough loss for me. I feel like I'm always improving though and now, in the last few months of the season, I feel I'm getting better and better. I'll need to serve well and play my best." Bali player's blog by Patty Schnyder

Bali, Final, Sun 4:30pm+ after doubles
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 115
winner's prize: $35,000 US; points: 165
#15 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #68 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-3, 6-0

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Patty about to swat a backhand, Tamira driving one, Patty's forehand drive, and Patty after winning the 500th match of her career

Bali, Doubles Final, Sun 2:30pm
losers' prize: $5,700 US
winners' prize: $10,500 US
cdr83 s3 Su-Wei Hsieh & Shuai Peng d cdr235 Marta Domachowska & Nadia Petrova 6(4)-7, 7-6(3), (10-7)

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Su-Wei & Shuai...
the third WTA doubles title for each, their first as a team


Bali, Qual Finals, Sun
losers' prizes: q1:$490 pts:1; q2:$900 US pts:3; qualifier points: 5
all 8 players were given a 1st round bye in qualifying
#123 Olga Savchuk UKR d #NR Liza Andriyani INA 6-0, 6-0
#265 Sandy Gumulya INA d #774 Shikha Uberoi IND 6-1, 6-3
#285 Natalie Grandin RSA d #841 Ipek Senoglu TUR 6-4, 6-1
#821 Ayu Fani Damayanti INA d #560 Lavinia Tananta INA 6-2, 6-4

Bali, Withdrawals
#36 s6 Na Li CHN right knee
# Dominika Cibulkova SVK
# Pauline Parmentier FRA
#38 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA
# Bethanie Mattek USA
# Casey Dellacqua AUS
# Ekaterina Makarova RUS
# Karin Knapp ITA
# Olga Govortsova BLR
#54 Mariya Koryttseva UKR
#62 Yanina Wickmayer BEL
#67 Monica Niculescu ROU
#73 Sabine Lisicki GER
# Sorana Cirstea ROU
# Marina Erakovic NZL
# Klara Zakopalova CZE

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