2008 Linz & Luxembourg WTA Results     Ana Ivanovic & Elena Dementieva, Champions

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  WTA Oct 20-26 Linz & Luxembourg

Generali Ladies, Linz, AUT
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# 4 A Ivanovic, # 8 V Zvonareva
# 10 A Radwanska, # 11 P Schnyder

Fortis Champ's, Luxembourg, LUX
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# 5 E Dementieva, # 12 A Chakvetadze
# 14 D Hantuchova, # 15 C Wozniacki

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#4 Elena Dementieva
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#4 Ana Ivanovic
6'1" 152lb RH 2H-BH
    On Sunday in Austria, in the final of the Generali Ladies Linz, 20-year-old top-seeded # 4 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, Switzerland), crushed, killed and destroyed 24-year-old 2nd-seeded # 8 Vera Zvonareva from Moscow, Russia, 6-2, 6-1 (Ana is shown after match point).

    Ana's prize is $95,500, Vera's is $51,000.

    Ana said: "When I went out there today I expected a very tough match, and I played well from the first point. I had to be aggressive and put pressure on [Vera] and it worked, because I could see she was going for some risky shots.

    "The score might make the match look like it was easier than it was, though - almost every point in the first set could have gone either way." WTA story

    In hoping to earn enough ranking points to make the 8-player field of the Doha, Qatar, WTA Championships, Vera had been a late entry at several recent tourneys. Vera had to travel from the Madrid Fed Cup final to Guangzhou, China, and then from Beijing to Stuttgart, Germany, while playing 6 tourney weeks in a row. Vera went 17-5 during that stretch, won one title and reached two other finals, and earned her trip to Doha.

    Vera said: "I'm really disappointed with how I played today; I had no concentration at any stage of the match. Maybe today I finally paid for all of the travelling and the many matches I've played over the last several weeks. Against a player like Ana you have to be 100%; she played well and I wasn't in it at all. I'll talk to my coach and see what happened."

    Ana is now 8-3 in WTA singles finals; she won the French Open and Indian Wells titles earlier this year, and won last year in Luxembourg, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Ana has a 38-13 match record in 2008; she won only three of the eight matches she played in between Wimbledon and Zurich, but has now won six of her last seven, losing only to eventual champ # 8 Venus Williams in Zurich last week.

    2008 Olympic bronze medalist Vera is now 7-9 in WTA singles finals; she won the Guangzhou and Prague titles this year, and also reached the finals at Hobart, Doha, and Charleston. Vera has a 61-21 match record for the year.

    Ana now leads Vera 4-2 in career matches, and also won their last two meetings, last year in the Luxembourg semis, 6-4, 6-2, and last March in the quarters at Indian Wells, 6-1, 6-4.

    Ana said: "Every final is a new experience and winning a title is always special. Especially after coming back from an injury and putting in a lot of hard work, it's great to see the results. It's a very good feeling to win another title. I played better and better in every match and really enjoyed my week in Linz."

    In Luxembourg on Sunday, in the final of the Fortis Championships, 26-year-old top-seeded # 5 Elena Dementieva of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco) narrowly defeated 18-year-old 4th-seeded # 15 Caroline Wozniacki from Copenhagen, Denmark, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) (Elena is also shown after match point). Elena's prize is $35,000; Caroline's is $18,900.

    Elena said: "I feel like I just won a Grand Slam. I think it was the most difficult final I've ever played. Caroline was playing so well - she has such a good defensive game, but was also hitting really good drop shots and passing shots. I had to stay positive and aggressive and I'm so happy I was able to win today...
    "It feels so good coming here and winning this title. I feel I was playing well all week, and even with the pressure of playing in a final I was happy with how I performed today. Now I'm going to Monaco to start practicing outdoors for the last tournament of the year in Doha next week." WTA story

    Caroline said: "You don't feel great after you've lost 7-6 in the third, but Elena has had a great tournament and played a great match today, and really deserved to win here. I knew it was going to be tough. I was fighting for every point. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to win the match today. But she played great."

    Elena and Caroline had met only once before, on a hardcourt in the 3rd round of this year's Beijing Olympics, when Elena, on her way to the gold medal, won 7-6(3), 6-2.

    Elena is now 12-11 in WTA singles finals; she also won the Olympic gold medal and the Dubai title this year. Elena has a 54-15 match record this season.

    Caroline is now 3-1 in WTA singles finals; she won all her titles this year, in Tokyo (the Japan Open), Stockholm and New Haven. Caroline has a 53-20 match record in 2008.

Luxembourg player's blog by Amelie Mauresmo

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Generali Ladies,  Linz, Austria

 
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    Linz: The main draw for Linz 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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2008: On Saturday, October 18 in Linz, Austrian wild card Melanie Klaffner was interviewed after doing the player rep thing at the main draw ceremony... On Sunday, another Austrian wild card, Tamira Paszek, was also interviewed... On Monday, Nadia Petrova and Dominika Cibulkova put their helmets on and joined other players taking a look at tourney sponsor Voestalpine Steel's facilities... row 2: Good looking healthy young ladies at the player party on Monday included Agnes Szavay, Tamira Paszek, Ana Ivanovic, & Agnieszka Radwanska... On Thursday, players including Ai Sugiyama & Alize Cornet tested tourney sponsor Audi's fine products...
Linz, 1st Rd, Mon noon, Tue 11am & noon; Wed 2pm
losers' prize: $4,175 US; points: 1
#13 s5 Nadia Petrova RUS d #59 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 Tue
#16 s6 Marion Bartoli FRA d #31 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(8) Tue
#17 s7 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #27 Agnes Szavay HUN 6-1, 6-2 Wed
#19 s8 Alize Cornet FRA d #25 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-2 Mon
#20 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #90 wc Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#21 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #36 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-1, 7-5 Mon
*#24 Sybille Bammer AUT d #23 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-5, 6-3 Wed
#28 Kaia Kanepi EST d #261 wc Melanie Klaffner AUT 6-4, 6-0 Mon
#32 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #108 q Olga Savchuk UKR 6-2, 7-5 Tue
#33 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #46 q Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*#72 q Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #51 sr Samantha Stosur AUS 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#57 q Petra Kvitova CZE d #62 wc Tamira Paszek AUT 6-3, 6-3 Wed

Linz, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 2pm
losers' prize: $7,820 US; points: 35
#4 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #24 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-4, 6-2 Thu

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Ana driving a forehand, and after winning a point

#8 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #72 q Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 6-2, 6-0 Thu

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Vera's forehand drive

#10 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #28 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-2, 6-4 Wed
*#33 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #11 s4 Patty Schnyder SUI 62 26 61 Thu
#13 s5 Nadia Petrova RUS d #21 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-4, 7-6(7) Thu
#16 s6 Marion Bartoli FRA d #57 q Petra Kvitova CZE 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3 Thu
#17 s7 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #20 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-3, 6-1 Thu
#19 s8 Alize Cornet FRA d #32 Maria Kirilenko RUS 1-6, 6-2, 6-1 Wed

Linz, QFs, Fri 2pm
losers' prize: $14,600 US; points: 70
#4 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #17 s7 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-4, 6-4

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Ana after winning a point

#8 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #19 s8 Alize Cornet FRA 7-5, 6-1
#10 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #13 s5 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-3, 6-2
#16 s6 Marion Bartoli FRA d #33 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 5-7, 6-1

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losers' prize: $27,300 US; points: 125
#4 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #10 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 3-6, 7-5

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Ana and Agnieszka driving forehand and backhand, and Ana after match point

    Ana said: "It was a really tough match. I started well in the first set. The second set wasn't as good as my first serve percentage dropped, and Agnieszka was getting the balls really low and short. The third set was a bit up and down. I rushed serving for the match at 5-3 and made some bad mistakes, but I stayed calm and worked hard and managed to go on and win. It was a really emotional third set. I felt energetic and was really pumped up."

    About playing Vera Zvonareva in the final, Ana said: "Vera has been playing well the last couple of weeks, finishing runner-up at Moscow and qualifying for the WTA Championships, so it will be a tough match. My semifinal obviously took longer than hers but tennis is also a mental game, and this match gives me confidence."

#8 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #16 s6 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-0, 6-1

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Vera serving, Marion driving a backhand on the run, and Vera's stationary version

Linz, Final, Sun 1:50pm
loser's prize: $51,000 US; points: 190
winner's prize: $95,500 US; points: 275
#4 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #8 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-2, 6-1

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Ana driving a forehand, Vera and Ana driving backhands, and Ana after match point

Linz, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $16,120 US
winners' prize: $30,000 US
*cdr7 s2 Katarina Srebotnik & Ai Sugiyama d cdr2 s1 Cara Black & Liezel Huber 6-4, 7-5


Linz, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 20 noon
losers' prizes: q1 $640 1pt; q2 $1,195 3pts; q3 $2,230 10pts; qualifier 15 points
#46 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d #80 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-3, 7-6(5)
*#108 Olga Savchuk UKR d #56 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-2, 7-5
#57 Petra Kvitova CZE d #63 Jill Craybas USA 6-2, 6-0
#72 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #76 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-4, 6-3


Linz, Withdrawals
#6 Maria Sharapova RUS torn r shoulder tendon, out for the season
#18 Victoria Azarenka BLR right shoulder?
#26 Nicole Vaidisova CZE
#35 Alisa Kleybanova RUS

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Fortis Championships,  Luxembourg, Luxembourg

 
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    Luxembourg: The main draw for Luxembourg 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.
 

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2008: On Monday, October 20, in Luxembourg, Caroline Wozniacki (left) and Elena Dementieva (right) played Meet the Press
at the All Access Hour... At the players party on Tuesday (center), Catalina Castano and Gisela Dulko wined and dined...
Luxembourg, 1st Rd, Mon 10am, Tue-Wed 12:30pm
losers' prize: $1,530 US; points: 1
#5 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #235 q Tatjana Malek GER 7-6(5), 6-2 Tue

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Tatjana driving a forehand, and Elena's backhand

#12 s2 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #81 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-4, 7-6(4) Mon

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Anna driving a forehand, and Mathilde's backhand

#14 s3 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #60 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-2, 7-5 Mon

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Pauline and Daniela driving forehand and backhand

#15 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #48 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-2, 6-3 Tue

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Caroline and Timea driving forehands

#22 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #269 q Stephanie Gehrlein GER 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 Wed
#28 s6 Na Li CHN d #309 wc Mandy Minella LUX 6-2, 6-1 Mon
#30 s7 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #106 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-2, 6-1 Wed
#39 s8 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #148 q Yuliana Fedak UKR 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Tue

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Yuliana and Sorana driving backhand and forehand

#40 Shuai Peng CHN d #89 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Shuai about to swat a backhand, and Vera driving one

#41 Sara Errani ITA d #50 Marina Erakovic NZL 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 Mon

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Marina and Sara driving forehands

#42 Iveta Benesova CZE d #550 wc Laura Robson GBR 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tue

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Iveta driving a backhand, and Laura's forehand drive

*#65 Mariya Koryttseva UKR d #44 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tue

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Tsvetana about to launch a backhand, and Mariya driving a forehand

#49 Sabine Lisicki GER d #61 Sophia Arvidsson SWE 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Mon

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Sabine and Sofia driving forehand and backhand

*#161 q Catalina Castano COL d #53 Marta Domachowska POL 6-0, 6-2 Tue

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Marta about to swat a forehand, and Catalina's backhand

#54 Gisela Dulko ARG d #55 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-4, 6-2 Tue

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Gisela about to deliver a backhand drive, and Tathiana volleying one

#79 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #64 wc Yanina Wickmayer BEL 7-5, 6-4 Wed

Luxembourg, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 12:30pm
losers' prize: $2,865 US; points: 20
#5 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #54 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-2, 6-2 Thu

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Gisela and Elena driving backhands

*#42 Iveta Benesova CZE d #12 s2 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-2, 6-4 Wed
#14 s3 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #49 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-0, 6-2 Wed
#15 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN v #40 Shuai Peng CHN 6-4, 6-4 Wed

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Woz about to connect with a backhand, and Shuai driving one

#22 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #79 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-3, 6-1 Thu

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Anna-Lena and Amelie driving forehands

#28 s6 Na Li CHN d #65 Mariya Koryttseva UKR 7-6(6), 6-3 Wed

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Mariya and Na driving forehands

#30 s7 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #161 q Catalina Castano COL 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Thu

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Anabel fielding a high forehand, and Catalina's backhand drive

#39 s8 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #41 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-2 Wed

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Sara and Sorana driving forehands

Luxembourg, QFs, Fri 2pm
losers' prize: $5,375 US; points: 40
#5 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #22 s5 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 6-4, 6-0

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Amelie and Elena driving forehands

*#39 s8 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #14 s3 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(2), 6-2

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Forehand drives by Daniela and Sorana

#15 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #30 s7 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-1, 7-6(7)

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Anabel about to connect with a forehand, and Caroline's backhand drive

#28 s6 Na Li CHN d #42 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

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Iveta's lefty forehand, and Na launching a backhand drive

Luxembourg, SFs, Sat 2:00pm WTA story
losers' prize: $10,075 US; points: 75
#5 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #39 s8 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 6-2

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Elena driving a forehand, and Sorana's backhand

    Elena said: "I was aggressive from the beginning till the end. [Sorana is] a very good player, and I knew she likes to go after the ball as well, so I tried to dictate all the time to keep her on the defense. It worked out well, and I'm glad to be able to save some energy for the final."

    Sorana said: "[Elena] started very quick and I lost my rhythm a bit at the start, and that was important. I tried to get back into the match but she didn't give me too many free points. I had to fight for everything, then maybe sometimes I risked too much. Today just wasn't my day, but I was playing a great player and I learned a lot."

#15 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #28 s6 Na Li CHN 7-6(1), 3-6, 6-2

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Na and Caroline fielding backhands

    Caroline said: "In the third set I started from 0-0 in my mind; I knew I had to fight really hard for every point."

    Na said: ""[I missed] too many easy balls."

Luxembourg, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $18,900 US; points: 115
winner's prize: $35,000 US; points: 165
#5 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #15 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)

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Caroline's service toss, Elena and Caroline driving forehands, Elena's backhand drive, and after match point

Luxembourg, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $5,600 US
winners' prize: $10,500 US
*cdr119 s4 Sorana Cirstea & Marina Erakovic d cdr115 s3 Vera Dushevina & Mariya Koryttseva 2-6, 6-3, (10-8)


Luxembourg, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 20 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $235 1pt; q2 $440 3pts; q3 $820 4pts qualifier 8 points
#148 Yuliana Fedak UKR d #175 Mervana Jugic-Salkic BIH 6-3, 6-4
*#269 Stephanie Gehrlein GER d #157 Johanna Larsson SWE 7-5, 2-6, 6-1
#161 Catalina Castano COL d #NR Cindy Chala FRA 6-1, 6-3
*#235 Tatjana Malek GER d #165 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-3, 6-0


Luxembourg, Withdrawals
#34 Lindsay Davenport USA
#38 Shahar Peer ISR
#47 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
#58 Virginie Razzano FRA
#78 Tatiana Golovin FRA out for the rest of the season

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