2008 Los Angeles & Portoroz WTA Singles Results     Dinara Safina & Sara Errani, Champions

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  WTA Jul 21-27

East West Bank Classic
Los Angeles, CA
Tier II $600,000
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# 2 J Jankovic, # 5 S Williams
# 8 A Chakvetadze, # 9 D Safina

Slovenia Open, Portoroz, SLO
Tier IV $145,000
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# 19 M Kirilenko, # 26 K Srebotnik
# 30 C Wozniacki, # 31 A Medina G

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#9 Dinara Safina
5'11˝" 154˝lb, RH 2H-BH
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#51 Sara Errani
5'4˝" 132lb, RH 2H-BH
    On Sunday in the Los Angeles suburb of Carson, California, in the final of the East West Bank Classic, 22-year-old 4th-seeded # 9 Dinara Safina of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco) defeated 26-year-old # 21 Flavia Pennetta of Italy (residence: Verbier, Switzerland), 6-4, 6-2 (photo shown).
    Dinara's prize is $95,500, Flavia's, $48,900.

    Dinara said: "I was a little bit nervous, but I think I played a pretty good match for the final. Even my coach said he didn't know what was going on with me, that I was so quiet on the court. Now I have to continue playing like that and not go back to the old Dinara." WTA story

    Flavia said: "The first set was pretty close; in the second set I had chances but on all of the important points [Dinara] was playing well. She did not give me a lot of chances today. When players like her – good serve, good groundstrokes - are playing well, it is tough to beat them. But anyway, it was a good week for me and I hope next week is going to be even better."

    Dinara is now 7-6 in WTA singles finals; she also won the title this year in Berlin (Tier I), and reached the French Open final, where she lost to # 1 Ana Ivanovic. Dinara has a 32-13 match record in 2008.

    Dinara leads Flavia 4-0 in career matches, but their first two meetings were not blowouts, and their last, in the 2nd round this year at Gold Coast was close, Dinara winning 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

    Flavia is now 6-7 in WTA singles finals; she won the titles earlier this year at Vina del Mar and Acapulco, but all of her titles have been at Tier III and Tier IV tourneys; this was her first chance at a Tier II. Flavia has a 33-14 match record in 2008.

    Flavia reached a career-high ranking of # 16 in 2006, then suffered a left wrist injury which kept her sidelined for much of that summer and fall.

    In next week's rankings, Flavia will re-enter the WTA top 20 at # 18, and will pass her compatriot Francesca Schiavone to become the Italian # 1.

    Meanwhile in Portoroz, Slovenia, in the final of the Slovenia Open, 21-year-old 8th-seeded # 51 Sara Errani from Bologna, Italy, defeated 26-years-old-next-Thursday 4th-seeded # 31 Anabel Medina Garrigues from Valencia, Spain, 6-3, 6-3 (Sara is shown after match point). Sara's prize is $22,900, Anabels, $12,345.

    Sara said: "I think we were both tired, but we both tried hard and it was a nice match. We know each other very well. We practice together in Valencia... I think she maybe struggled a bit with the long points and made some errors, which helped me today...
    "The hardcourts here in Portoroz are a little bit slower, which probably helped me against aggressive players like Kirilenko and Wozniacki. It was probably better for me to play against them than against Anabel today, because it made it more difficult for them to close the points out...
    "I haven't changed anything this year; I just try to practice hard every day, and the results are starting to come. At the beginning of the year I was just hoping to make it to the Olympic team and I did make it, which I'm really excited about." WTA story

    Sara is now 2-0 in WTA singles finals; she won her first title this year in Palermo. Sara has a 26-17 match record in 2008.

    Anabel is now 8-5 in WTA singles finals; she the title this year in Strasbourg. Seven of her titles were won on red clay, only one on a hardcourt. Anabel now has a 34-18 match record in 2008.

Portoroz player's blog by Katarina Srebotnik

WTA SCOREBOARD: Los Angeles & Portoroz
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East West Bank Classic,  Carson (Los Angeles), California

 
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    Los Angeles: The 56-player main draw for Los Angeles has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 8 qualifiers and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

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2008: On Monday, July 21, in Los Angeles, Jelena Jankovic, Vera Zvonareva and Daniela Hantuchova stuck to their claim that they do not actually have big heads, but rather that the photog got too close with the camera... row 2: Other players interrogated during the press "all-access hour," included Dinara Safina, Anna Chakvetadze, Serena Williams, and Victoria Azarenka...
Los Angeles, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
#17 Nadia Petrova RUS d #202 q Alina Jidkova RUS 6-0, 6-4 Tue

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Alina about to swat a backhand, and Nadia driving one

#21 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #85 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-1, 6-0 Tue

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Flavia's backhand drive

#22 Nicole Vaidisova CZE d #136 Ayumi Morita JPN 6(5)-7, 6-3, 6-1 Tue

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Ayumi about to swat a forehand, and Nicole volleying a backhand

*#107 Samantha Stosur AUS d #25 Shahar Peer ISR 6-1, 6-1 Mon

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Samantha driving a forehand, and Shahar picking up a low one

*#126 LL Melinda Czink HUN d #27 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-0, 6-0 Mon
#29 Sybille Bammer AUT d #147 q Ahsha Rolle USA 6-0, 6-4 Mon

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Sybille driving a forehand, and Ahsha launching one on the run

#32 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #81 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-4, 6-3 Tue

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Monica reaching for a backhand, and Dominika after driving one

#33 Sania Mirza IND d #174 q Eva Hrdinova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Mon

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Sania slicing a serve, Eva about to connect with a forehand, Sania driving a backhand, and after winning a point

*#123 Olga Savchuk UKR d #34 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-4, 6-3 Mon
*#66 Petra Kvitova CZE d #35 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 Mon
#38 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #80 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-4, 6-4 Tue

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Sabine following a backhand, Ai driving one, and Ai after winning a point

#40 Olga Govortsova BLR d #378 q Darya Kustova BLR 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*#117 Meng Yuan CHN d #46 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 Tue

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Kateryna and Meng driving backhand and forehand

#48 Shuai Peng CHN d #109 Julie Ditty USA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*#199 Regina Kulikova RUS d #55 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Tue

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Regina and Elena driving backhand and forehand

#58 Marta Domachowska POL d #513 wc Coco Vanderweghe USA 6-3, 6-3 Mon
#59 wc Bethanie Mattek USA d #173 q Abigail Spears USA 6-2, 6-4 Mon

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Abigail driving a backhand, and Bethanie after reaching for one

#63 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB d #496 wc Jamea Jackson USA 6-2, 6-2 Tue
*#71 Yung-Jan Chan TPE d #74 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-1, 6-4 Mon
*#114 Stephanie Dubois CAN d #72 Ashley Harkleroad USA 62 63 Tue

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Stephanie getting a little elevation on her serve, and Ashley lightly tapping a backhand

*#104 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #73 Anastasia Rodionova RUS(AUS) 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 Tue
#79 Jill Craybas USA d #82 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-3, 6-2 Mon
#95 Tamira Paszek AUT d #105 Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-4, 6-2 Mon
#98 Vania King USA d #185 q Angela Haynes USA 6-3, 6-3 Tue

Los Angeles, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed Wed WTA story
loser's prize: $3,370 US; points: 20
#2 s1 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #98 Vania King USA 7-5, 6-2 Wed

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Jelena and Vania driving forehand and backhand

    Jelena said: "I felt a little bit slow; but it's my first match of the summer on hardcourts, so it's all about getting used to everything in the match. I'm happy I was able to come back from two set points down. It's good I was able to win the first set because I didn't really want to go to three sets."
    If Jelena wins the title this week, she will be ranked # 1 on Monday for the first time in her career. Jelena said: "Four more matches is a lot to go, but I will try my best. I wasn't happy with the way I played today but it's only the first match. A win is a win and hopefully I will keep getting better during the week."

#8 s3 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #58 Marta Domachowska POL 6-1, 6-1 Tue

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Marta about to swat a forehand, and Anna driving a backhand

#9 s4 Dinara Safina RUS d #48 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 6-2 Wed

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Dinara's forehand drive, and Shuai's backhand

#11 s5 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #79 Jill Craybas USA 6-4, 7-6(2) Wed

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Jill following a backhand, Vera running down a forehand, and "reacting," as they say

*#40 Olga Govortsova BLR d #12 s6 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-2, 6-4 Tue

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Olga serving, Daniela driving a forehand, and Olga after winning a point

*#38 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #13 s7 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-4, 7-5 Wed

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Ai driving a backhand, Patty's forehand, and Ai after match point of her 7th win in her last 9 matches

#16 s8 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #71 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 6-1, 6-3 Wed

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Vika driving a backhand, and Yung-Jan twisting a serve

#17 Nadia Petrova RUS d #63 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 Wed

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Nadia's backhand drive

#21 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #95 Tamira Paszek AUT 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Tamira driving a backhand, and Flavia between points

*#59 wc Bethanie Mattek USA d #22 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 6-4, 6-0 Wed
#29 Sybille Bammer AUT d #114 Stephanie Dubois CAN 6-3, 7-5 Wed

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Stephanie and Sybille driving forehand and backhand

*#104 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #32 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 Wed
*#117 Meng Yuan CHN d #33 Sania Mirza IND 6-4, 6-3 Wed
*#155 LL Melanie South GBR d #66 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-4, 6-2 Wed
#107 Samantha Stosur AUS d #199 Regina Kulikova RUS 7-6(4), 7-5 Wed
*#126 LL Melinda Czink HUN d #123 Olga Savchuk UKR 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Wed

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Melinda and Olga driving forehands

Los Angeles, 3rd Rd, Thu 11am WTA story
loser's prize: $6,575 US; points: 35
#2 s1 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #126 LL Melinda Czink HUN 6-3, 6-2

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Jelena's service toss, Melinda driving a backhand, and Jelena meeting the press after the match

    Jelena said: "I was playing much, much better than yesterday. I was very pleased with my serve. Overall it was a lot better. It's really a big improvement from yesterday. Hopefully I can continue on like this."

*#29 Sybille Bammer AUT d #8 s3 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-4, 5-7, 6-2

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Anna and Sybille driving backhand and forehand

    Anna said: "I was making mistakes or I was hitting winners; I felt like I was playing against myself, especially during the third set. I'm disappointed. I had an open door and I didn't take my opportunity."

#9 s4 Dinara Safina RUS d #104 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 7-6(1), 0-6, 7-6(3)

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Alla and Dinara driving forehand and backhand, and Dinara after match point

*#17 Nadia Petrova RUS d #11 s5 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-4, 7-5

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Vera serving, Nadia driving a backhand, Nadia serving, and Vera's backhand drive

#16 s8 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #107 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 7-6(4)

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Sam and Vika driving forehand and backhand

#21 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #38 Ai Sugiyama JPN 7-6(5), 6-3

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Flavia about to swat her serve, and Ai following a backhand

*#59 wc Bethanie Mattek USA d #40 Olga Govortsova BLR 7-5, 6-2

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Olga about to connect with a forehand, and Bethanie's backhand drive

#117 Meng Yuan CHN d #155 LL Melanie South GBR 6-2, 6-3

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Meng and Melanie driving forehand and backhand

Los Angeles, QFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $12,860 US; points: 70
#2 s1 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #17 Nadia Petrova RUS 7-5, 6-4

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Nadia and Jelena driving backhands

#9 s4 Dinara Safina RUS d #16 s8 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-3, 6-1

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Victoria blocking a backhand, and Dinara's forehand drive

#21 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #29 Sybille Bammer AUT 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-1

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Syblille driving a backhand, and Flavia after match point

#59 wc Bethanie Mattek USA d #117 Meng Yuan CHN 6-2, 7-5

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Bethanie driving a backhand, and Meng reaching for a forehand

Los Angeles, SFs, Sat 12:30pm WTA story
loser's prize: $25,060 US; points: 125
*#9 s4 Dinara Safina RUS d #2 s1 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-6(3), 6-1

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Jelena driving a backhand, Dinara following one, Jelena, who would have become # 1 if she had won this match and the final,
kindly congratulating Dinara after match point, and Dinara meeting the press after the match

    Jelena, who was injured in January and then incurred a respiratory illness which lasted for months, is not yet fully up to speed.

    Jelena said: "[Dinara] played very well throughout the match and was the better player today. I played a bad tie-break, and in the second set I just couldn't go anymore. My legs were shaking. I'm not in the best shape yet. It was a little hard for me but I tried my best. But she served great and did what she had to do to win the match. Some days you do not play your best. The most important thing for me is to be healthy and to continue to work on my game."

#21 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #59 wc Bethanie Mattek USA 3-6, 6-2, 7-5

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Flavia driving forehand and backhand, and after match point (no photos of Bethanie could be found)

Los Angeles, Final, Sun 2pm ESPN2-TV
loser's prize: $48,900 US; points: 190
winner's prize: $95,500 US; points: 275
#9 s4 Dinara Safina RUS d #21 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-4, 6-2

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Dinara driving a forehand, Flavia reaching for a backhand, and Dinara after winning a game

Los Angeles, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $15,440 US
winner's prize: $30,000 US
cdr17 s1 Yung-Jan Chan & Chia-Jung Chuang d cdr101 Eva Hrdinova & Vladimira Uhlirova 2-6, 7-5, (10-4)

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Vladimira & Eva, and Chia-Jung (9th WTA doubles title) & Yung-Jan (7th WTA doubles title)

Los Angeles, Qual Finals, Sun Jul 21
losers' prizes: q1 $455 1pt; q2 $885 5pts; qualifier 10 points
#104 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #186 Monique Adamczak AUS 6-4, 7-5
*#199 Regina Kulikova RUS d #126 Melinda Czink HUN 6(5)-7, 7-6(4), 6-4
*#202 Alina Jidkova RUS d #128 Lilia Osterloh USA 6-1, 6-2
#147 Ahsha Rolle USA d #425 Asia Muhammed USA 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
*#174 Eva Hrdinova CZE d #155 Melanie South GBR 6-1, 6-3
*#173 Abigail Spears USA d #162 Tatiana Poutchek BLR 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
*#185 Angela Haynes USA d #170 Rika Fujiwara JPN 6-4, 6-2
*#378 Darya Kustova BLR d #239 Alexa Glatch USA 6-2, 7-6(3)

Los Angeles, Withdrawals
#4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS right knee injury
#5 s2 Serena Williams USA left knee injury
#7 Venus Williams USA right knee injury
#18 Alize Cornet FRA
#20 Francesca Schiavone ITA
#23 Lindsay Davenport USA right knee
#24 Tatiana Golovin FRA not yet fully fit since March 12 left hip cyst surgery & appendectomy
#28 Alona Bondarenko UKR right knee
#41 Casey Dellacqua AUS
#45 Na Li CHN right knee
#59 Petra Cetkovska CZE
#60 Mariya Koryttseva UKR
#78 Edina Gallovits ROU left foot
#97 Akiko Morigami JPN
#115 Michaella Krajicek NED
#157 Meghann Shaughnessy USA left knee

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Slovenia Open,  Portoroz, Slovenia

 
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    Portoroz: The 32-player main draw for Portoroz 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 is the fourth year of the Portoroz tourney. Slovenia, north of Croatia, west of Switzerland, south of Austria, and east of Hungary, became independent from Yugoslavia in 1991 after a 10-day war. Portoroz is located on the Adriatic Sea; Italy is on the opposite shore.

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2008: At Portoroz Marina on Saturday, July 19, top seed Maria Kirilenko was player rep at the main draw ... on Thursday, July 17, Slovenes Polona Hercog, Andreja Klepac, and 2nd seeded national # 1 Katarina Srebotnik were decorative at the pre-tourney presscon... row 2: On Monday, Katarina and Maria posed for pics for WTA European sponsor Whirlpool... Later in the week, Caroline Wozniacki and Maria drove some golf balls at the beach, and received golf shirts (Paula Creamer and Natalie Gulbis need not feel threatened, Caroline and Maria will stick to the same racket)... row 3: At the player party on Tuesday night, visiting Agnes Szavay (not playing this week) tried the "shaken, not stirred," thing; Anabel Medina Garrigues demonstrated proper form to Maria Elena Camerin and Caroline Wozniacki, and attractive, tasty beverages were enjoyed by all, including Andreja Klepac, Polona Hercog, and Camille Pin...
Portoroz, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 4pm
losers' prize: $1,035 US; points: 1
#19 s1 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #210 q Nika Ozegovic CRO 6-1, 6-1 Tue

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Maria and Nika driving backhands, and Maria after match point

#26 s2 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #224 sr Sanda Mamic CRO 6-2, 6-2 Tue
#30 s3 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #99 wc Andreja Klepac SLO 7-5, 6-0 Mon

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Caroline and Andreja driving backhands

#31 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #57 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-1, 6-3 Mon
*#149 Katie O'Brien GBR d #43 s5 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-2 Mon
*#76 Camille Pin FRA d #49 s6 Marina Erakovic NZL 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 Tue

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Marina's backhand drive, and Camille fielding a forehand on the run

*#62 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #50 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-4, 6-4 Mon
#51 s8 Sara Errani ITA d #131 q Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6(4)-7, 6-2, 6-1 Tue

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Maria Elena serving, and Sara driving a forehand

#65 Vera Dushevina RUS d #87 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*#284 sr Mara Santangelo ITA d #69 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 Tue
*#220 q Elena Bovina RUS d #75 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 6-3, 6-4 Tue

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Elena while tossing the ball for her serve

#84 Julia Vakulenko UKR d #207 wc Polona Hercog SLO 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 Mon

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Polona about to swat a backhand, and Julia driving a forehand

*#223 wc Karolina Sprem CRO d #89 Evgenia Rodina RUS 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tue

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Karolina after winning a point, and Evgenia reaching for a forehand

#94 Julia Goerges GER d #108 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-4, 6-3 Tue

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Julia driving a forehand

#236 Petra Martic CRO d #133 Angelique Kerber GER 7-5, 6-2 Mon
#167 sr Roberta Vinci ITA d #187 q Alberta Brianti ITA 6-1, 6-3 Tue

Portoroz, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 4pm Thu WTA story
losers' prize: $1,925 US; points: 15
#19 s1 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #167 sr Roberta Vinci ITA 6-1, 6-2 Thu

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Maria's backhand drive, and Roberta reaching for a forehand

    Maria said: "The first set went smoothly but then I lost my concentration in the second set and [Roberta] won a few games in a row. I was afraid I might lose track but fortunately I came back and saved the match."

*#94 Julia Goerges GER d #26 s2 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-4, 6-2 Thu

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Julia and Katarina driving backhands, and Julia after match point

    Julia said: "I am so happy to have won this match. Katarina is a great player and it's always very difficult winning against such a player, especially before her fans."

    Katarina said: "Julia... played unbelievably. She was making some mistakes at the beginning and I had a good start - I was up 3-0 - but then she started serving better, hitting the ball much stronger and just turned the match around. From there it was a one-way street. I was hoping she might hit a bad patch and give me some errors, but that never came. After the match, her coach said he had never seen her play that well. It's just a shame I had to face her so early in the tournament, because I really felt like I had a few more wins in me the way I was playing." Portoroz player's blog by Katarina Srebotnik

#30 s3 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #223 wc Karolina Sprem CRO 6-1, 6-1 Wed

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Karolina driving a backhand, and Caroline following her serve

#31 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #84 Julia Vakulenko UKR 6-4, 6-4 Wed

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Julia's service toss, and Anabel about to connect with a backhand

#51 s8 Sara Errani ITA d #284 sr Mara Santangelo ITA 6-2, 6-4 Thu

    Sara said: "[Mara] plays very fast so she wasn't bothered by my game. But I tended to switch rhythm so she struggled. Plus the balls bounce quite high here so it's not easy to aim and find the right distance. I don't know if it was the heat, but by the end I'm sure she was bothered by my game."

*#236 Petra Martic CRO d #62 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3) Wed

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Petra about to slice a backhand, and Klara driving one

#65 Vera Dushevina RUS d #149 Katie O'Brien GBR 6-3, 6-2 Wed

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Vera driving a forehand

*#220 q Elena Bovina RUS d #76 Camille Pin FRA 6-3, 5-7, 7-6(6) Thu

    Elena said: "It was a long match and it was a little bit up and down. I had a set and 5-2 and basically the match was over. Camille was a good fighter and she wasn't going to give it up. I played a few really good games and then the tie-breaker was also good."

Portoroz, QFs, Fri 4pm
losers' prize: $3,580 US; points: 30
*#51 s8 Sara Errani ITA d #19 s1 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-1, 7-5

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Sara serving, and Maria following a backhand

#30 s3 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #65 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-0, 6-1
#31 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #220 q Elena Bovina RUS 6-3, 6-2

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Elena following a forehand, and Anabel after winning a point

#94 Julia Goerges GER d #236 Petra Martic CRO 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

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Petra driving a forehand, and Julia after winning a point

Portoroz, SFs, Sat 7pm
losers' prize: $6,650 US; points: 50
*#51 s8 Sara Errani ITA d #30 s3 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 6-4

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Carolina and Sara departing after the match

#31 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #94 Julia Goerges GER 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

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Julia congratulating Anabel, and Anabel about to hit balls to the crowd, after match point

Portoroz, Final, Sun 7pm
loser's prize: $12,345 US; points: 80
winner's prize: $22,900 US; points: 115
*#51 s8 Sara Errani ITA d #31 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6-3

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Sara serving, Anabel driving a forehand, and Sara's backhand drive

Portoroz, Doubles Final Sat 11pm+
losers' prize: $3,640 US
winners' prize: $6,750 US
cdr23 s1 Anabel Medina Garrigues & Virginia Ruano Pascual d cdr153 Vera Dushevina & Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-1

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Vivi (41st WTA doubles title) & Anabel (11th WTA doubles title), and Vera & Ekaterina


Portoroz, Qual Finals, Mon Jul 21 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $175 1pt; q2 $300 2pts; q3 $555 3pts qualifier 7 points
*#220 Elena Bovina RUS d #77 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 7-5, 6-4
#131 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #601 Tina Obrez SLO 6-3, 6-3
*#187 Alberta Brianti ITA d #148 Mariana Duque Marino COL 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)
#210 Nika Ozegovic CRO d #962 Hyuliya Velieva BUL 6-2, 6-4

Portoroz, Withdrawals
#68 Sofia Arvidsson SWE
#42 Kaia Kanepi EST
#47 Karin Knapp ITA illness
#61 Timea Bacsinszky SUI
#92 Emilie Loit FRA
#102 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA
#335 Mashona Washington USA ITF Carson champ feedup

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    (Jul 22, 2008) 2nd-seeded # 5 Serena Williams has withdrawn from the East West Bank Classic in Los Angeles (Carson, CA) due to the left knee injury she incurred last week at Stanford. Serena was replaced by a "Lucky Loser" from qualifying, # 155 Melanie South. AP story

    (Aug 6, 2007) The East West Bank Classic website is an almost entirely worthless piece of trash, typical of the US Open Series degraded websites, with no place for results, OOP, draw, almost nothing fans would want. It is cluttered, though. I don't even see a link to the live scoring. Apparently no one in LA knows how to do a simple website.
    I don't mean to be insulting, but it is ridiculous. If someone doesn't know (or care) what fans would want on a website, then someone else should be making the decisions.

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