2008 Montreal & Stockholm WTA Singles Results     Dinara Safina & Caroline Wozniacki, Champions

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  WTA Jul 28-Aug 3


Rogers Cup, Montreal, CAN
Tier I $1,340,000
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# 1 A Ivanovic, # 2 J Jankovic
# 3 M Sharapova, # 4 S Kuznetsova

Nordic Light Open, Stockholm, SWE
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# 10 A Radwanska, # 14 A Szavay
# 26 K Srebotnik, # 29 C Wozniacki

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#9 Dinara Safina
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#29 Caroline Wozniacki
5'10" 128lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday in Montreal, in the final of the Rogers Cup (aka the Canadian Open), last week's champ in Los Angeles, 22-year-old 7th-seeded # 9 Dinara Safina of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), won again, defeating 19-year-old unseeded # 31 Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 6-2, 6-1 (Dinara is shown after match point). Dinara's prize is $196,900; Dominika's is $99,850.

    Dinara said: "I think my experience helped me a bit in the final; I'm sure Dominika's time will come soon though.

    "It's the first time in my life I've won back-to-back tournaments; I used to win a tournament then lose first round the next week. But now I'm always just taking it one match at a time. It's a new experience for me and really just amazing. I'm so happy to win today." WTA story

    Dominika said: "I was nervous in my first big final. I'm kind of upset with how I played in the final. I wanted to have a good match against Dinara. But I think she played really well. I hope in my next final I will play better."

    Dinara and Dominika had never before met on the field of combat.

    Dinara, who has won 12 hardcourt matches in a row, is now 8-6 in WTA singles finals; she won the titles last week in LA and last May in Berlin (Tier I), and reached the French Open final, where she lost to # 1 Ana Ivanovic. Dinara now has a 38-13 match record in 2008; her ranking is projected to move up to a career-high # 7 on Monday.

    Dominika is now 0-2 in WTA singles finals; she reached the final at the Tier II Amelia Island tourney in April, where she lost to Maria Sharapova. Dominika has a 30-19 match record in 2008; her ranking should also rise to a new career-high on Monday, at # 20.
    Dominika had knocked off 4 consecutive top-20 players in her previous 4 matches, defeating # 2 Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals on Friday.

    Despite that loss, the WTA announced on Saturday that for the first time in her career, Jelena will be # 1 in the August 11 WTA rankings (a week from Monday), leading her compatriot, current # 1 Ana Ivanovic in the point totals, 3620 to 3612. WTA story

    On Sunday in Stockholm, in the final of the Nordic Light Open, 18-year-old 4th-seeded # 29 Caroline Wozniacki from Copenhagen, Denmark, a local hero across Scandanavia and a welcome sight around the world, won her first WTA title by defeating 21-year-old # 65 Vera Dushevina from Khimki, Russia, 6-0, 6-2 (Caroline is shown after match point). Caroline's prize is $22,925; Vera's is $12,450.

    Due to a rainout on Saturday, both finalists had to play two matches on Sunday. In the semis on Sunday morning, Caroline defeated top-seeded # 10 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-1, and Vera defeated 3rd-seeded # 26 Katarina Srebotnik 6-1, 6-2.

    Caroline said: "I'm very happy I've won my first title. It's always tough to play two matches on the same day, but Vera had to do it as well.
    "At the start I had her under pressure, and I think that frustrated her. She played better in the second set and began putting pressure on me instead. She had break points at 2-all, and I think getting out of that was the key to the match...
    "In the beginning of the year my goal was to be in the Top 50. I've kept on moving it up since." WTA story

    Caroline and Vera had played only once before, in the quarterfinals last week in Portoroz, where Caroline also won easily, 6-0, 6-1.

    Caroline is now 1-0 WTA singles finals; she has been rising fairly steadily through the rankings, reaching the quarters at the Tier I Doha tourney this year, and the semis last year at the Japan Open and last week at Portoroz. Caroline now has a 33-13 match record in 2008.
    Vera is now 0-3 in WTA singles finals; she was defeated in the 2007 Stockholm final by Agnieszka Radwanska. Vera now has a 13-11 match record in 2008.


    (Aug 1, 2008) # 3 Maria Sharapova will withdraw from the 2008 US Open (Aug 25) as well as from the Beijing Olympics, because she has a torn right shoulder rotator cuff tendon. Maria had been unknowingly playing with the tendon torn since April.
    Maria withdrew from the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday evening after aggravating the ongoing right shoulder injury while defeating # 58 Marta Domachowska, 7-5, 5-7, 6-2.

    Maria had an MRI scan on Thursday, which disclosed two small tendon tears in her shoulder. Maria was thus forced to withdraw from next week's 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

    On her official website on Friday, Maria said: "Well my 24 hour medical tour came to an end yesterday after I met [in New York] with Dr. David Altchek who is the premier shoulder doctor in the world. He looked at all my tests from April and today and informed me that I have been playing with a moderate tear in my rotator cuff tendon since April. He actually couldn't believe that I've been playing this long with this injury. You can imagine that I was not very thrilled to hear that my medical team did not see this tear in my shoulder back in April.
    "The good news is that it didn't get much worse since April but we could have started the healing time back then instead of now.

    "He does not believe that I need surgery and is sending me to work with a specialist in Arizona next week to do extensive rehab and strength work and he believes that I should be ready to play in 2-3 months."

    Maria has struggled with right shoulder problems for over three years. In a newsletter from her website dated July 29, Maria said: "[After Wimbledon] I spent many hours of each day working with Prince on different rackets and string. Ever since Indian Wells and that backhand incident, I haven't been able to get my arm up and close to my head without some sort of impingement and grinding... so I've been trying different rackets with different weight balances that are a bit more flexible and the strings looser to get as much tension away from my arm as possible.

    "So for the last week I have been playing with a new frame...I'm usually very sensitive to any minor changes and we usually do this in the off season, but we really had no choice this time. Apart from that I spent a good ten or so days concentrating on my fitness and in the last week been playing a few practice matches etc."

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    Montreal: The 56-player main draw for the Rogers AT&T Cup has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 12 qualifiers and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Saturday; qualifying finals are on Sunday.
    The Rogers Cup, also known as the Canadian Open, is played alternating years in Montreal and Toronto. When the WTA is in Montreal, the ATP plays their version a week earlier in Toronto, and vice versa. Centre Court, "Uniprix Stadium," has seating for 11,437 people.

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2008: On Sunday, July 27, in Montreal, players including Marie-Eve Pelletier (far left) Sabine Lisicki & Alina Jidkova did the modeling thing at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Elena Vesnina, Svetlana Kuznetsova & Elena Dementieva, looked dapper upon arrival, as did row 2: Maria Sharapova, '06 champ Ana Ivanovic, Nicole Vaidisova, Dominika Cibulkova, Vera Zvonareva, & Aleksandra Wozniak...
Montreal, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
losers' prize: $3,340 US; points: 1
#13 s9 Patty Schnyder SUI d #122 q Meng Yuan CHN 7-6(6), 3-2 retired - left thigh injury Mon

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Meng driving a backhand, and Patty serving

#15 s10 Marion Bartoli FRA d #156 q Melanie South GBR 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-0 Mon

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Marion serving, and Melanie driving a forehand

#16 s11 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #496 q Jamea Jackson USA 6-1, 6-1 Tue
#17 s12 Nadia Petrova RUS d #199 wc Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN 6-0, 6-1 ppd-Tue

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Marie-Eve and Nadia driving backhands

#19 s13 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #76 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-1, 7-5 Tue
*#95 Tamira Paszek AUT d #20 s14 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-1 Mon

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Tamira about to swat a backhand, and Francesca volleying one

#21 s15 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #123 Olga Savchuk UKR 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 Tue

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Flavia about to swat a serve

*#33 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #22 s16 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 Tue

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Ai's service toss, Nicole driving a forehand, and Ai doing her Groucho while following one

#25 Shahar Peer ISR d #81 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 6-4 Mon
#27 Virginie Razzano FRA d #74 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-1, 6-2 Mon
#30 Sybille Bammer AUT d #188 q Monique Adamczak AUS 6(6)-7, 6-1, 6-2 Tue
#31 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #62 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-1, 6-1 Mon
#34 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #147 q Ahsha Rolle USA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#38 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #94 Olivia Sanchez FRA 6-3, 6-1 Mon
*#111 wc Stephanie Dubois CAN d #43 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-1, 4-2 retired - right hip injury Mon
#58 Marta Domachowska POL d #59 Bethanie Mattek USA 7-5, 6-2 Tue
#66 Petra Kvitova CZE d #107 Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-2, 6-4 Mon
*#95 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #71 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 Tue

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Aleksandra driving a forehand, Yung-Jan's backhand, and Aleksandra after match point

#73 Anastasia Rodionova RUS(AUS) d #1057 q Cara Black ZIM 6-2, 6-2 Mon
#82 Jill Craybas USA d #288 wc Sharon Fichman CAN 6-4, 6-3 Tue
#83 Monica Niculescu ROU d #158 q Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-1, 6-2 Mon
*#170 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d #98 Vania King USA 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Mon
#104 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #182 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-3, 7-6 Mon
*#121 Melinda Czink HUN d #108 q Julie Ditty USA 7-6(4), 6-0 Tue

Montreal, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 11am
losers' prize: $6,590 US; points: 35
#1 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #66 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Wed cS m3

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Ana serving, Petra driving a backhand, Ana following a forehand, and after match point

    Ana said: "It wasn't the best match I played. But it was a tough one. [Petra had] played a match before. For me it was the first match since Wimbledon. So in the beginning I obviously struggled to find my rhythm a little bit.
    "A couple of days, weeks ago, I aggravated [my right thumb] a little bit practicing... Just a little bit inflamed. I did MRI and everything. It wasn't showing anything major, huge, so I was very pleased about that. Just inflammation that takes time to go away." postmatch interview

#2 s2 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #95 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-0, 6-4 Wed

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Aleksandra's service toss, Jelena driving a forehand, and Aleksandra congratulating Jelena after match point

#3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS d #58 Marta Domachowska POL 7-5, 5-7 6-2 Wed

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Maria and Marta driving forehand and backhand, physiotherapist Amber Donaldson working on Maria's shoulder, and Maria's backhand

    Maria aggravated an ongoing right shoulder injury, and although she completed the match, she withdrew from the tournament afterward. Maria had an MRI scan on Thursday, which disclosed two small tendon tears in her shoulder. Maria was thus forced to withdraw from next week's 2008 Olympics in Beijing. She is also considered doubtful for this year's US Open, which begins August 25.

    (Aug 1, 2008) # 3 Maria Sharapova will withdraw from the 2008 US Open (Aug 25) as well as from the Beijing Olympics, because she has a torn right shoulder rotator cuff tendon. Maria had been unknowingly playing with the tendon torn since April.

    Maria had an MRI scan on Thursday, which disclosed two small tendon tears in her shoulder. Maria was thus forced to withdraw from next week's 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

    On her official website  on Friday, Maria said: "Well my 24 hour medical tour came to an end yesterday after I met [in New York] with Dr. David Altchek who is the premier shoulder doctor in the world. He looked at all my tests from April and today and informed me that I have been playing with a moderate tear in my rotator cuff tendon since April. He actually couldn't believe that I've been playing this long with this injury. You can imagine that I was not very thrilled to hear that my medical team did not see this tear in my shoulder back in April.
    "The good news is that it didn't get much worse since April but we could have started the healing time back then instead of now.

    "He does not believe that I need surgery and is sending me to work with a specialist in Arizona next week to do extensive rehab and strength work and he believes that I should be ready to play in 2-3 months."

    Maria has struggled with right shoulder problems for over three years. In a newsletter from her website dated July 29, Maria said: "[After Wimbledon] I spent many hours of each day working with Prince on different rackets and string. Ever since Indian Wells and that backhand incident, I haven't been able to get my arm up and close to my head without some sort of impingement and grinding... so I've been trying different rackets with different weight balances that are a bit more flexible and the strings looser to get as much tension away from my arm as possible.

    "So for the last week I have been playing with a new frame...I'm usually very sensitive to any minor changes and we usually do this in the off season, but we really had no choice this time. Apart from that I spent a good ten or so days concentrating on my fitness and in the last week been playing a few practice matches etc."

    The racquet that Maria used on Wednesday in Montreal appears to be the Prince O3 Speedport Black. This model is slightly less stiff than her previous bat, the 03 White, and has a slightly higher swingweight, although both are generally similar racquets with 100 square inch heads.

#4 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #104 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-1, 1-0 retired - right shoulder injury Tue
*#31 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #6 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-4, 6-2 Tue

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Elena about to slice a backhand, and Dominika driving a forehand

#8 s6 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #82 Jill Craybas USA 6-2, 7-5 Wed

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Anna following a forehand

#9 s7 Dinara Safina RUS d #73 Anastasia Rodionova RUS(AUS) 6-2, 6-4 Wed

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Dinara and Anastasia running down forehands

*#27 Virginie Razzano FRA d #11 a8 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(2) Tue

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Virginie and Vera following forehands

#13 s9 Patty Schnyder SUI d #83 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-1, 7-5 Wed

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Patty lining up a forehand, and Monica and Patty driving backhands

#15 s10 Marion Bartoli FRA d #34 Alisa Kleybanova RUS walkover - low back injury Wed
#16 s11 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #30 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-2, 6-2 Wed
#17 s12 Nadia Petrova RUS d #38 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-3, 6-2 Wed

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Nadia after winning a point

*#111 wc Stephanie Dubois CAN d #19 s13 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(4) Wed

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Maria serving, Stephanie about to connect with a backhand, and after winning a point

    It was the biggest win of 21-year-old Stephanie's career. She did record a win over an even higher-ranked player in 2006, also in Montreal, when she "defeated" then # 2 Kim Clijsters 1-6, 3-2 retired when Kim could not continue due to a left wrist sprain - an injury which prevented Kim from defending her 2005 title at the 2006 US Open.

    Stephanie said: "Well, obviously [Kim] was injured... Today, I think I really went to take the match. I believed in myself that I could win this match, and I went all the way..." Montreal Gazette story

*#170 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d #21 s15 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 Wed
*#33 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #25 Shahar Peer ISR 6-2, 6-2 Wed

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Shahar driving a forehand, and Ai following one

#95 Tamira Paszek AUT d #121 Melinda Czink HUN 6-4, 7-5 Wed

Montreal, 3rd Rd, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $13,000 US; points: 60
*#95 Tamira Paszek AUT d #1 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-2, 1-6, 6-2

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

    Ana was in considerable pain due to a right thumb injury.

    Ana said: "It was very frustrating... I was in pain through whole match. The pain wasn't so sharp as I felt so weak in my right arm, couldn't hold my racquet on the forehand side.
    "It was very frustrating in the first set. I was really down by it, really felt like I could do nothing. And then in a break after the first set, I thought to myself, 'You know what, you still can serve and play your backhand, so just imagine you have terrible forehand and you try to put ball in as you can, try to look for your backhand.'
    "It worked well for a while. But I guess it wasn't too hard to figure out what she had to do. In the third set, [Tamira] started playing much more to my forehand... But obviously she's, as well, a very good player." postmatch interview

    It was Tamira's first ever win over a top-10 player.

    Tamira said: "I had a pretty tough time the last six months... Last week in L.A. I won my first match after four months. Lost in the second round. I was improving a little bit. This tournament here, three rounds in a row, I think it's around eight months ago that I managed that. So it feels pretty good actually.
    "I know I was prepared for the match and everything, but going out there against Ana, she's such a great person, and we really get along well. We grew up together actually. Played juniors. Played a couple of years ago against each other...
    "I started working with Larri Passos again after the French Open. So we've been working seven weeks now, last three weeks almost seven hours per day. For me the most important thing was to improve my fitness again. I was in horrible shape when I started with him again. I couldn't play four balls in a row...
    "Actually, I didn't even have an idea [about Ana's injury] till today lunchtime when I read the journal of who's playing today. I read she has some problems with her right thumb. Then I saw the tape during the match. But I did not even think about it, where to play. I mean, it was my game plan how to start the point, how I should approach this match. So I just went in there and tried to be aggressive, didn't think about her injury." postmatch interview

#2 s2 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #111 wc Stephanie Dubois CAN 6-3, 6-2

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Stephanie and Jelena driving backhands

    Jelena defeated another Canadian, Aleksandra Wozniak, in the 2nd round. Jelena said: "I think they have totally different games. Wozniak has a little more aggressive game. From what I see, from my experience, I played them this week, so I don't know how they play on a regular basis. Wozniak goes for it a little bit more and tends to make a lot more unforced errors.
    "Dubois is more of a consistent player. She moves really well. It's hard to make a point on her. You really have to earn it." postmatch interview

    Stephanie said: "It was really nice. It was a great experience. Obviously, she's No. 2 in the world, so I had to be at the top of my game. I did maybe a little bit of mistakes. But I think I played aggressively enough and I was playing the way that I wanted to play. So I can say I'm happy the way I played." postmatch interview

*#33 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS walkover - right shoulder injury
#4 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #170 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

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Sveta fielding a low forehand, and Michelle driving one

    Svetlana said: "I went to watch [Michelle] yesterday. I expected her to be good... But, still, when I was serving well and dictating more, I was just winning. I was not playing good at all.
    "I think I took a little bit more control in the third set. I was a bit lucky to win first one also. I have not been playing matches for three weeks, so it's very hard to get the rhythm." postmatch interview

    Michelle said: "[Svetlana is] really a great player. Was a really tough match. She had me running side to side. It was a fun match actually. I enjoyed myself. It was a good fight." postmatch interview

*#15 s10 Marion Bartoli FRA d #8 s6 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4)

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Anna following a forehand, and Marion running one down

#9 s7 Dinara Safina RUS d #13 s9 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-2, 6-2

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Patty driving a backhand, and Dinara's forehand drive

#16 s11 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #27 Virginie Razzano FRA 7-6(4), 2-0 retired - thigh injury

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Virginie and Vika driving backhand and forehand

*#31 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #17 s12 Nadia Petrova RUS 7-6(2), 6-2

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Nadia about to serve, Dominika driving a forehand, and after match point

Montreal, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $25,650 US; points: 110
*#31 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #2 s2 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-5, 6-2

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Dominika serving, Jelena and Dominika driving backhands, and Dominika after match point

    It was the third match in a row that Dominika has knocked off a seeded player. Her previous best win, by rank, was over # 6 Elena Dementieva in the 2nd round on Tuesday. She had defeated players ranked # 7 twice earlier this year.

    Dominika said: "It's the best feeling if you beat somebody like Jelena. Especially it's like the first time I beat her. I played against her two really close matches. I know her game and I knew it will be very tough match, but I was confident about myself.
    "I think I have a great week. I beat Elena Dementieva. Play one of my best tennis ever. So I hope to keep going like this and we'll see." postmatch interview

    Jelena, who led 5-1 in the 1st set, has still not fully recovered from prolonged respiratory illness and a knee injury at Wimbledon that prevented her from working out afterward.

    Jelena said: "Until 5-1 I was doing quite well. I was feeling good and I was hitting the ball well... But then all of a sudden I just got exhausted, completely lost my concentration... I'm still not in the best physical shape... I felt dizzy on the court...
    "I knew it was going to be a tough match because I played against [Dominika] at the French Open... She returns a lot of balls. She runs very well. It's tough to take a point against her. You have to earn it and you have to work hard for everything when you're playing against her." postmatch interview

    Despite the loss, the WTA announced on Saturday that for the first time in her career, Jelena will be # 1 in the August 11 WTA rankings (a week from Monday), leading her compatriot, current # 1 Ana Ivanovic in the point totals, 3620 to 3612. WTA story

*#9 s7 Dinara Safina RUS d #4 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

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Sveta's forehand, and Dinara driving a backhand

#15 s10 Marion Bartoli FRA d #33 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-2, 6-3

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Ai driving a forehand, and Marion's backhand

    Marion twisted an ankle during the match. Marion said: "I'm quite flexible in my ligaments, so I have the same in the past and usually it's not that bad. I will try definitely my best to be able to be ready tomorrow and play that semifinal...
    "If I hit hard the ball, it's gonna be difficult for [Dominika] to make me run [smiling]. I'm going to try to play the same way as today. She's similar to Ai in the way they are quite small and they are speedy on the court. But I'm going to try to attack her return of serve and be able to take the control of the game, and just be more aggressive than maybe Jelena has been able to do today." postmatch interview

#16 s11 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #95 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-4, 7-5

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Tamira and Vika driving forehand and backhand

Montreal, SFs, Sat 1pm & 7pm
losers' prize: $50,600 US; points: 195
*#9 s7 Dinara Safina RUS d #16 s11 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-0, 2-6, 6-3

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Dinara driving a forehand, and Vika lightly tapping a backhand

*#31 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #15 s10 Marion Bartoli FRA 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

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Dominika and Marion driving backhands

Montreal, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $99,850 US; points: 300
winner's prize: $196,900 US; points: 430
#9 s7 Dinara Safina RUS d #31 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-2, 6-1

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Dinara serving, Dominika and Dinara driving backhands, and Dinara after match point

Montreal, Doubles Final, Sun 11:30am
losers' prize: $ (2006: $29,940) US
winners' prize: $ (2006: $59,000) US
cdr2 s1 Cara Black & Liezel Huber d cdr103 Flavia Pennetta & Maria Kirilenko 6-1, 6-1

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Flavia & Maria, and Liezel (31st WTA doubles title) & Cara (43rd WTA doubles title)

Montreal, Qual Finals, Sun Jul 27 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $865 1pt; q2 $1,700 10pts; qualifier 15 points
#104 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #160 Tatiana Poutchek BLR 6-1, 6-2
#108 Julie Ditty USA d #257 Audra Cohen USA 6-1, 6-3
*#1057 Cara Black ZIM d #119 Olga Puchkova RUS 6-3, 1-0 retired
#121 Melinda Czink HUN d #175 Abigail Spears USA 6-4, 6-2
#122 Meng Yuan CHN d #890 Kim Grajdek GER 6-1, 6-2
*#170 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d #123 Olga Savchuk UKR 6-2, 6-4
*#158 Varvara Lepchenko USA d #133 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
*#496 Jamea Jackson USA d #137 Lilia Osterloh USA 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
*#188 Monique Adamczak AUS d #142 Jelena Pandzic CRO 6-0, 6-3
#147 Ahsha Rolle USA d #204 Alexandra Stevenson USA 6-1, 2-6, 7-5
*#182 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d #150 Katie O'Brien GBR 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
#156 Melanie South GBR d #207 Alina Jidkova RUS 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Montreal, Withdrawals
#7 Venus Williams USA right knee tendonitis
#12 Daniela Hantuchova SVK scheduling conflict
#24 Tatiana Golovin FRA not yet fully fit since March 12 left hip cyst surgery & appendectomy
#36 Gisela Dulko ARG
#40 Pauline Parmentier FRA
#41 Casey Dellacqua AUS right shoulder
#72 Ashley Harkleroad USA back injury
#113 Michaella Krajicek NED knee injury

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Nordic Light Open,  Stockholm, Sweden

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +2 hours
       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

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    Stockholm: The main draw for Stockholm has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Sunday; qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

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Nordic Light Open venue address: Olympic Stadium, Lidingövägen 1-3 114 33, Stockholm, Sweden

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2008: On Sunday, July 27, in Stockholm, local resident Johanna Larsson played mini-tennis... Meanwhile, Caroline Wozniacki posed for pics for the local press, and signed some autographs... row 2: On Tuesday, Lucie Safarova was shot for a local newspaper interview, and, at the player party, Johanna, Caroline, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Vera Dushevina made some lovely pics...
Stockholm, 1st Round, Mon-Wed 11am-10am
losers' prize: $1,085 US ; points: 1
#10 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #92 Nathalie Dechy FRA 6-2, 6-3 Tue
#14 s2 Agnes Szavay HUN d #69 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 7-5, 7-6(2) Mon

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Agnes after fielding a forehand

#26 s3 Katarina Strebotnik SLO d #115 Anna Lapuschenkova RUS 6-2, 6-1 Tue
#29 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #135 q Angelique Kerber GER 6-3, 6-4 Tue

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Caroline about to connect with a forehand

#32 s5 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #NR wc Sandra Roma SWE 6-3, 6-1 Tue

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Anabel and Sandra driving forehands

#35 s6 Sania Mirza IND d #97 Emilie Loit FRA 6-3, 6-2 Wed
*#77 Camille Pin FRA d #46 s7 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-4, 7-6(3) Mon

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Camille following a forehand

*#127 q Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #50 s8 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-3, 6-4 Tue
#54 Mariya Koryttseva UKR d #57 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-3, 6-4 Tue
#60 Iveta Benesova CZE d #75 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 6-2, 6-2 Mon
*#80 q Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d #63 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-4, 6(2)-7, 6-4 Tue
#65 Vera Dushevina RUS d #67 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(4), 6-3 Tue
#91 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #78 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 Tue
#89 q Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #112 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 Tue
*#184 wc Johanna Larsson SWE d #99 Julia Goerges GER 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 Tue

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Johanna driving a forehand, and about to hit balls to the crowd after the match

*#375 Emma Laine FIN d #240 Alexandra Panova RUS 6-1, 6-3 Mon

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Emma driving a backhand

Stockholm, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 11am
losers' prize: $1,995 US ; points: 15
#10 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #54 Mariya Koryttseva UKR 6-1, 6-1 Wed
*#65 Vera Dushevina RUS d #14 s2 Agnes Szavay HUN 6-4, 7-6(6) Wed
#26 s3 Katarina Strebotnik SLO d #89 q Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-3, 6-4 Wed
#29 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #375 Emma Laine FIN 6-1, 6-0 Thu
#32 s5 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #80 q Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-1, 6-0 Thu
*#60 Iveta Benesova CZE d #35 s6 Sania Mirza IND 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Thu
#77 Camille Pin FRA d #184 wc Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 6-2 Thu
#91 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #127 q Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-3, 6-2 Thu

Stockholm, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $3,670 US; points: 30
#10 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #77 Camille Pin FRA 6-2, 1-0 retired
#26 s3 Katarina Strebotnik SLO d #91 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-2, 6-0

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Katarina serving, and Vivi fielding a backhand

#29 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #32 s5 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-1, 6-3
*#65 Vera Dushevina RUS d #60 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-3, 6-3

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Iveta and Vera driving lefty & righty backhands

Stockholm, SFs, Sat 11am
losers' prize: $6,765 US; points: 50
Saturday: rained out
*#29 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #10 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-1 ppd-Sun
*#65 Vera Dushevina RUS d #26 s3 Katarina Strebotnik SLO 6-1, 6-2 ppd-Sun

Stockholm, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $12,450 US; points: 80
winner's prize: $22,925 US; points: 115
#29 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d v #65 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-0, 6-2

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Caroline driving a forehand, about to swat a backhand (unfortunately no pics of Vera have been found)

Stockholm, Doubles Final Sat
losers' prize: $3,670 US
winners' prize: $6,760 US
cdr93 Iveta Benesova & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova d cdr333 Petra Cetkovska & Lucie Safarova 7-5, 6-4

Stockholm, Qual Finals, Mon Jul 28 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $320 1pt; q2 $590 2pts; qualifier 3 points
#80 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d #125 Sophie Lefevre FRA 6-1, 6-1
#89 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #225 Elena Bovina RUS 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
*#135 Angelique Kerber GER d #93 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 6-1, 6-1
#127 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #145 Greta Arn HUN 6-1, 6-3

Stockholm, Withdrawals
#28 Alona Bondarenko UKR right knee injury
#42 Kaia Kanepi EST recovering from appendectomy
#44 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL right wrist
#52 Karin Knapp ITA illness
#56 Sara Errani ITA fatigue
#64 Klara Zakopalova CZE right shoulder
#68 Sofia Arvidsson SWE right knee injury
#76 Anne Keothavong GBR Montreal

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