2008 Budapest & Palermo WTA Singles Results     Alize Cornet & Sara Errani, Champions

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  WTA Jul 7-13 Budapest & Palermo

Budapest Grand Prix
Budapest, HUN Tier III $175,000
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# 15 A Szavay, # 17 A Cornet
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Internazionali Femminili
Palermo, ITA Tier IV $145,000
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# 55 A Rezai, # 56 C Suarez N

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#57 Sara Errani
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#17 Alize Cornet
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    On Sunday in Budapest, Hungary, in the final of the Budapest Grand Prix, 18-year-old 2nd-seeded # 17 Alize Cornet from Nice, France, won her first WTA singles title by defeating 22-year-old # 134 Andreja Klepac from Koper, Slovenia, 7-6(5), 6-3 (Alize is shown after match point). Alize's prize is $28,000; Andreja's, $15,000.

    Alize won despite gastrointestinal illness. Alize said: "I was sick this morning; I went to see the doctor before my match and I was not sure I'd be able to play, so it was tough in the beginning of the match, especially since [Andreja] hits the ball so hard, and I knew I had to move well to have a chance. But when I was behind I just fought as hard as I could, and after I won the first set things went much better for me the rest of the match...

    "I knew she had a difficult match yesterday. For my part I had quite an easy day yesterday, so without my GI illness I was probably in a much better position today physically. But she's really a fighter." WTA story

    Alize and Andreja had never before met on the field of combat - in singles. Alize and her partner Janette Husarova defeated Andreja and Bryanne Stewart in a doubles semifinal on Saturday, 6-2, 6-1.

    After Sunday's singles final, Alize returned to the court, and, with her very able partner Janette, won her first WTA doubles title by defeating Iona Raluca Olaru & Vanessa Henke, 6(5)-7, 6-1, (10-6). It was Janette's 24th WTA doubles title.

    Alize said: "I've had a great time playing doubles with Janette this week; she's a great doubles player and I like her very much. There won't be any celebration today! I'm still a little bit sick so I'll probably just go to bed really early tonight. My flight to Austria [for next week's Gastein Ladies tourney, where Alize is seeded 2nd] is at 8am!"

    Alize is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals: she was defeated by Flavia Pennetta in the Acapulco final last March, 6-0, 4-6, 6-1, and was defeated by Jelena Jankovic two months ago in the Rome final, 6-2, 6-2. Alize's match record in 2008 is now 24-14.
    Andreja, who has won 3 ITF singles titles and 7 ITF doubles titles, was playing in her first WTA singles final. She now has a 17-21 record for this year.

    In the Palermo final on Sunday 21-year-old 5th-seeded # 57 Sara Errani from Bologna, Italy, also won her first WTA singles title, by defeating 23-year-old 7th-seeded # 70 Mariya Koryttseva from Harkov, Ukraine, 6-2, 6-3 (Sara is shown testing the hardware after the match). Sara's prize is $22,900; Mariya's is $12,345.

    Sara said: "I think the difference between us was I was stronger in the long points. It was difficult to stay physically strong the whole week because it's very hot here, but I think I did better in the end." WTA story

    Mariya said: "I didn't play that well in the final; I was trying my best but it just wasn't my day. [Sara] was using smart tactics and I just wasn't able to play my game."

    Sara also won her first WTA doubles title this weekend, on Saturday, with partner Nuria Llagostera Vives, as they defeated Alla Kudryavtseva & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 7-6(1), (10-4). It was Nuria's 5th WTA doubles title.

    Sara now leads Mariya 2-1 in career matches. Sara was playing is her first WTA singles final, and now has a 21-17 match record in 2008. Mariya is now 0-2 in WTA singles finals (she has won 6 ITF singles titles and 3 WTA doubles) and is 20-16 in matches for the year.

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Budapest Grand Prix,  Budapest, Hungary

 
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    Budapest: The 30-player main draw for Budapest has 8 seeds, with 2 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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Budapest Grand Prix venue address: Királyok útja 105, Budapest, Hungary; Tel. 240-8616
Budapest, 1st Rd, Mon noon-Tue 11:30am
losers' prize: $1,340 US; points: 1
#41 s3 Tsvetlana Pironkova BUL d #273 wc Teodora Mircic SRB 6-3, 6-1 Mon
*#181 Greta Arn HUN d #50 s4 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#51 s5 Lucie Safarova CZE d #156 Kira Nagy HUN 6-2, 6-2 Mon
*#328 sr Karolina Sprem CRO d #59 s6 Pauline Parmentier FRA 7-5, 6-2 Tue
#61 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #91 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA 6-3, 6-2 Tue

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Klara before the match on Tuesday, about to swat a backhand while practicing with Iveta Benesova

*#73 Petra Kvitova CZE d #66 s8 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 6-4 Tue

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Sorana ready, and Petra about to serve

*#270 q Zuzana Kucova SVK d #71 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 63 64 Tue
#104 Martina Muller GER d #259 q Veronika Chvojkova CZE 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Tue
#821 wc Katalin Marosi HUN d #106 Anna Lapushchenkova RUS 6-3, 6-1 Tue
#114 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d #153 Viktoriya Kutuzova UKR 6-2, 6-1 Tue
#115 Tzipora Obziler ISR d #140 Ioana Raluca Olaru ROU 6-3, 6-2 Mon
#124 Mathilde Johansson FRA d #235 q Lucie Hradecka CZE 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(5) Tue

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Lucie about to serve, and Mathilde at ready

#134 Andreja Klepac SLO d #458 q Natasa Zoric SRB 6-4, 6-4 Tue
#252 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #541 wc Palma Kiraly HUN 6-0, 6-4 Mon

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Anna-Lena and Palma at ready
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Budapest, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11:30am
losers' prize: $2,260 US; points: 20
*#134 Andreja Klepac SLO d #15 s1 Agnes Szavay HUN 6-2, 6-3 Wed

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Agnes at ready, and Andreja about to serve

#17 s2 Alize Cornet FRA d #114 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-2, 6-2 Wed

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Alize about to fire a forehand, and Magdalena ready to belt a backhand

*#821 wc Katalin Marosi HUN d #41 s3 Tsvetlana Pironkova BUL 6-2, 7-6(2) Thu

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Katalin about to connect with a backhand, and Tsvetana following a forehand

*#252 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #51 s5 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-1, 6-4 Wed
#61 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #124 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-0, 6-1 Thu

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Mathilde & Klara finding amusement at the toss to see who serves first

#73 Petra Kvitova CZE d #104 Martina Muller GER 6-2, 6-1 Thu
*#328 sr Karolina Sprem CRO d #115 Tzipora Obziler ISR 6-2, 6-1 Wed
#181 Greta Arn HUN d #270 q Zuzana Kucova SVK 6-2, 6-1 Thu

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Zuzana serving (or smashing?), and Greta following a forehand

Budapest, QFs, Fri 11:30am
losers' prize: $4,270 US; points: 35
#17 s2 Alize Cornet FRA d #252 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-2, 6-3

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Alize about to swat a forehand, and Anna-Lena congratulating Alize after match point

*#181 Greta Arn HUN d #61 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-1, 6-0

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Greta at ready

*#134 Andreja Klepac SLO d #73 Petra Kvitova CZE 7-6(2), 6-0

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Andreja after match point

#328 sr Karolina Sprem CRO d #821 wc Katalin Marosi HUN 6-0, 6-1

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Karolina after winning a point

Budapest, SFs, Sat noon
losers' prize: $7,730 US; points: 65
#17 s2 Alize Cornet FRA d #181 Greta Arn HUN 6-1, 6-1

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Greta following a backhand, and Alize about to drive a forehand

#134 Andreja Klepac SLO d #328 sr Karolina Sprem CRO 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

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Andreja serving, and Karolina following a backhand

Budapest, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $15,000 US; points: 100
winner's prize: $28,000 US; points: 140
#17 s2 Alize Cornet FRA d #134 Andreja Klepac SLO 7-6(5), 6-3

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Alize serving, Andreja driving a backhand, Alize following one, and Andreja congratulating Alize after match point

Budapest, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $4,400 US
winners' prize: $8,250 US
cdr252 s3 Alize Cornet & Janette Husarova d cdr1008 Vanessa Henke & Iona Raluca Olaru 6(5)-7, 6-1, (10-6)

Budapest, Qual Finals, Mon Jul 7 noon
losers' prizes: q1 $200 1pt; q2 $350 3pts; q3 $650 4pts; qualifier 8 points
*#458 Natasa Zoric SRB d #191 Sesil Karatantcheva BUL 6-3, 6-3
#235 Lucie Hradecka CZE d #287 Lenka Wienerova SVK 6-3, 6-4
#259 Veronika Chvojkova CZE d #904 Klaudia Jans POL 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
#270 Zuzana Kucova SVK d #296 Dia Evtimova BUL 6-4, 1-6, 6-4

Budapest, Withdrawals
#11 Agnieszka Radwanska POL leg injury
#62 Sofia Arvidsson SWE
#65 Marta Domachowska POL
#84 Edina Gallovits ROU
#40 Karin Knapp ITA
#123 Julia Schruff GER
#125 Anne Kremer LUX
#155 Meghann Shaughnessy USA left knee

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Internazionali Femminili,  Palermo, Sicily, Italy

 
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    Palermo: The 32-player main draw for Palermo has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

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Internazionali Femminili venue address: Country Time Club, Via dell'Olimpo, 5 - Palermo; Tel. +39 091 453782 - Fax +39 091 6841644
Palermo, 1st Round, Mon-Wed 3pm-4pm-3:30pm
losers' prize: $1,035 US; points: 1
#23 s1 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #119 Sandra Kloesel GER 6-2, 6-2 Mon
#34 s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #154 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-0, 6-4 Wed
*#103 Rossana de Los Rios PAR d #55 s3 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-4, 6-1 Tue
#56 s4 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #109 B Zahlavova Strycova CZE 7-5, 7-6(2) Mon
#57 s5 Sara Errani ITA d #116 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-1, 6-0 Mon
*#179 q Margalita Chakhnashvili GEO d #68 s6 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 Tue
#70 s7 Mariya Koryttseva UKR d #110 Renata Voracova CZE 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Tue
#80 s8 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #143 Yuliana Fedak UKR 6-2, 7-5 Wed

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Yuliana & Tathiana about to swat forehands

#83 Julia Vakulenko UKR d #233 sr Mara Santangelo ITA 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 Mon
*#89 Galina Voskoboeva RUS d #86 Emilie Loit FRA 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 retired - left achilles injury Tue
#88 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #170 q Jarmilia Gajdosova SVK(AUS) 6-0, 6-3 Wed
#90 Olivia Sanchez FRA d #96 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 7-6(1), 4-0 retired - right leg injury Tue
#122 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d #127 Katie O'Brien GBR 5-7, 6-3, 6-0 Tue
*#295 q Xinyun Han CHN d #131 Angelique Kerber GER 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*#137 LL Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #145 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-5, 6-3 Tue
#172 wc Corinna Dentoni ITA d #218 q Alberta Brianti ITA 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-5 Tue

Palermo, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 3:30pm-4pm
losers' prize: $1,925 US; points: 15
#23 s1 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #122 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-2, 6-3 Wed

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Flavia about to drive a backhand, and Lourdes congratulating Flavia after match point

#34 s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #88 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 6-0, 6-4 Thu
#56 s4 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #89 Galina Voskoboeva RUS 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 Wed
#57 s5 Sara Errani ITA d #83 Julia Vakulenko UKR 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Wed
#70 s7 Mariya Koryttseva UKR d #295 q Xinyun Han CHN 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 Thu
#80 s8 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #90 Olivia Sanchez FRA 7-5, 6-4 Thu

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Tathiana and Olivia following forehand and backhand

*#137 LL Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #103 Rossana de Los Rios PAR 6-1, 6-2 Thu
*#179 q Margalita Chakhnashvili GEO d #172 wc Corinna Dentoni ITA 2-6, 6-1, 6-1 Thu

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Corinna driving a forehand, and Margalita's backhand drive

Palermo, QFs, Fri 4pm
losers' prize: $3,580 US; points: 30
#23 s1 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #179 q Margalita Chakhnashvili GEO 6-1, 6-1
#34 s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #80 s8 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-0, 3-6, 6-0
*#57 s5 Sara Errani ITA d #56 s4 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 4-1 retired - finger injury
#70 s7 Mariya Koryttseva UKR d #137 LL Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-6(4), 6-3

Palermo, SFs, Sat 4:00pm
losers' prize: $6,650 US; points: 50
*#57 s5 Sara Errani ITA d #23 s1 Flavia Pennetta ITA 7-5, 6-3
*#70 s7 Mariya Koryttseva UKR d #34 s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-2, 6-2

Palermo, Final, Sun 6:45pm
loser's prize: $12,345 US; points: 80
winner's prize: $22,900 US; points: 115
#57 s5 Sara Errani ITA d #70 s7 Mariya Koryttseva UKR 6-2, 6-3

Palermo, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $3,640 US
winners' prize: $6,750 US
s3 cdr170 Sara Errani & Nuria Llagostera Vives
    d s4 cdr175 Alla Kudryavtseva & Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 2-6, 7-6(1), (10-4)

Palermo, Qual Finals, Mon Jul 7 4pm
losers' prizes: q1 $175 1pt; q2 $300 2pts; q3 $555 3pts; qualifier 7 points
*#218 Alberta Brianti ITA d #137 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-5, 7-6(2)
*#179 Margalita Chakhnashvili GEO d #144 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 2-6, 7-6(3), 6-3
#170 Jarmilia Gajdosova SVK(AUS) d #193 Jorgelina Cravero ARG 7-5, 7-5
#295 Xinyun Han CHN d #299 Eloisa Compostizode Andres ESP 6-4, 6-3

Palermo, Withdrawals
#85 Yvonne Meusburger AUT
#102 Julia Goerges GER
#107 Maria Emilia Salerni ARG
#111 Severine Bremond FRA knee injury

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