2008 New Haven & Forest Hills WTA Singles Results     Caroline Wozniacki & Lucie Safarova, Champions

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Pilot Pen Open, New Haven, CT
Tier II $600,000
28 players - outdoor: hard +ATP
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# 10 Chakvetadze, # 12 Hantuchova
# 13 M Bartoli, # 14 A Szavay

WTA Classic Forest Hills, NY
Tier IV $74,800
16 players - outdoor: hard
West Side Tennis Club
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# 47 P Parmentier, # 49 M Erakovic
# 51 Benesova, # 52 Suarez Navarro

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New Haven:
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#10 Anna Chakvetadze
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New Haven:
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#22 Caroline Wozniacki
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2nd WTA Title
1st Tier II Title

    On Saturday in New Haven, in the final of the Pilot Pen Open, 18-year-old unseeded # 22 Caroline Wozniacki from Copenhagen, Denmark, won her first Tier II WTA singles title by defeating 21-year-old top-seeded # 10 Anna Chakvetadze from Moscow, Russia, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 (photos shown). Caroline's prize is $95,500; Anna's is $51,000.

    Caroline started the year hoping to reach the top 50 in the rankings; on Monday, she is projected to be ranked # 18, in the top 20 for the first time in her career. Former # 6 Anna should rise to # 9.

    Anna and Caroline had never before met on the field of combat.

    Caroline said: "Anna was playing really aggressive; I was playing into her game too. I was thinking, if I win this tournament I have to play my own game, and make her do the things I want her to do. I realized I'd lose if I didn't change something anyway, so I just tried to change my tactics. And it worked." WTA story

    Anna said: "I just didn't recover from yesterday match well enough. I just didn't have enough power, especially in the third set. It's quite important that you're able to run and fight on the court. If you can't do that, you're going to lose...

    "I won quite a few matches and I'm actually pleased with my game, except for today. If I compare the way I played to one month ago, it's much better. I'm looking forward to playing the US Open. It's the most important tournament. I'll get a day off in between each match so hopefully I can stay fresh for each one."

    Caroline is now 2-0 in WTA singles finals; she won her first title in Stockholm on August 3rd. Caroline has a 40-14 match record this season.
    Anna is now 7-1 in WTA singles finals; she had never lost one before. Anna's most recent title came last February at the Paris Indoor tourney; other than that her year had been mostly lousy until this week. Anna has a 26-17 match record in 2008.

    In the Forest Hills final on Saturday, the 2005 Forest Hills champ, 22-year-old # 82 (and former # 22) Lucie Safarova from Brno, Czech Republic, won again, defeating 22-year-old unseeded # 53 (and former # 31) Shuai Peng from Tian Jin, China, 6-4, 6-2. Lucie's prize is $22,000; Shuai's is $12,000.

    Lucie said: "I just tried to concentrate from the very first ball. I knew I had to serve well and I did that in both sets. I was also trying to control the points when I could, because when [Shuai is] aggressive and in control she's very tough to play." WTA story

    Lucie and Shuai had played only once before, on red clay in the 1st round of the ITF Prostejov, Czech Republic tourney in 2004, when Shuai won, 5-7, 6-3, 6-3.

    Lucie is now 3-3 in WTA singles finals; her most recent title had been at Gold Coast in 2006. Lucie has a 16-17 match record this year.
    Shuai is now 0-2 in WTA singles finals; she reached the Strasbourg final in 2006, and has won 8 ITF singles titles and 2 WTA doubles titles. Shuai has a 18-19 match record in 2008.

WTA SCOREBOARD: New Haven & Forest Hills

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The Pilot Pen Open  New Haven, Connecticut

 
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    New Haven: The main draw for New Haven has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday - and main draw play begins on Sunday. Yale University interactive campus map

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2008: On Monday, Aug 18 in New Haven, Sorana Cirstea was caught being too pretty, and was therefore compelled to sit on stage and "chat..." meanwhile, Lindsay Davenport said she was only playing doubles with Daniela Hantuchova, seen busily autographing tourney posters, as were Marion Bartoli & top seed Anna Chakvetadze... Agnes Szavay also met the press during the All Access Hour...
New Haven, 1st Rd, Sun-Tue 10am
losers' prize: $4,175 US; points: 1
#15 s5 Patty Schnyder SUI d #74 wc Jill Craybas USA 6-4, 7-6(2) Mon

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Jill and Patty driving forehands

#17 s6 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #36 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-3, 6-1 Tue
#18 s7 Alize Cornet FRA d #20 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 6-3, 7-6(8) Mon

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Alize and Nicole driving backhands, and Alize after match point

    Alize also defeated Nicole in the 1st round of the Beijing Olympic Games last week, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

    Alize said: "I think I improved a little because this time it only took two sets, but next time it will be very, very tough. [Nicole] knows me too well now." New Haven Register story

    Nicole said: "I didn’t do anything wrong, [Alize] just outplayed me there. She aced me, then she made some great points. What can you do?"

*#22 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #19 s8 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-6(7) retired - heat illness Mon

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Dominika reaching for a forehand volley, and Caroline driving a backhand

    Dominika was apparently feeling the effects of traveling halfway around the world this week, returning from the Beijing Olympics.

    Dominika said: "I felt so tired and dizzy on the court. I just felt really tired. I was shaking, and I couldn’t play anymore."

    Caroline said: "I saw that [Dominika] couldn’t really run too much because she was feeling a bit sick. I was just thinking that I had to play the points. That’s a strong way to think. You have to just focus on your own game instead of thinking about the other person." New Haven Register story

*#75 q Monica Niculescu ROU d #25 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6(7)-7, 6-2, 6-1 Tue

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Maria and Monica driving backhands

*#40 Casey Dellacqua AUS d #29 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 6-1 Mon
#31 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #86 q Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-2 Mon
*#48 Olga Govortsova BLR d #34 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-0, 6-2 Sun
#35 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #47 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-2, 6(3)-7, 6-2 Tue

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Kaia driving a backhand, and Amelie's forehand

#41 LL Sara Errani ITA d #602 q Mallory Cecil USA 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(1) Mon
*#44 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #43 wc Bethanie Mattek USA 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-0 Sun

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Bethanie and Tsvetana driving forehands

#59 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #90 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 Mon

New Haven, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 10am
losers' prize: $7,820 US; points: 35
#10 s1 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #40 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-4, 6-4 Wed

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Casey and Anna driving backhand and forehand, and Anna after match point

    Anna, unhappy with her quality of play this year, gave her place on the Russian Olympic team in Beijing to Dinara Safina (the next-highest ranked Russian when the entry list was established), resulting in a silver medal for her compatriot. Thus Anna has had a couple of weeks off prior to this tourney.

    Windy conditions (and perhaps a little rust) resulted in Anna putting only 43% of her 1st serves in the box. Anna said: "I lost my rhythm a little bit on my serve because of the wind in the first set. I couldn't find it in the second, as well. But still, I was fighting to the end and I'm pleased with this win." Hartford Courant story

#12 s2 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #48 Olga Govortsova BLR 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(4) Wed

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Olga and Daniela driving forehand and backhand, and Daniela after match point

#13 s3 Marion Bartoli FRA d #44 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 Tue

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Tsvetana driving a forehand, and Marion's backhand

#14 s4 Agnes Szavay HUN d #41 LL Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6(3)-7, 6-4 Tue

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Sara's forehand, and Agnes driving a backhand

*#35 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #15 s5 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(6) Wed

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Patty driving a backhand, and Amelie fielding a drop shot

*#59 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #17 s6 Flavia Pennetta ITA 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Wed
#18 s7 Alize Cornet FRA d #31 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-2 Wed
#22 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #75 q Monica Niculescu ROU 6-3, 6-3 Wed

New Haven, QFs, Thu 10am
losers' prize: $14,600 US; points: 70
#10 s1 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #59 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-3, 6-3

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Sorana driving a forehand, Anna watching her backhand fly, and after winning a point

*#18 s7 Alize Cornet FRA d #12 s2 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

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Alize and Daniela driving forehand and backhand, Alize after match point, and doing autograph duty after the match

    Alize was very pleased to get her first win over Daniela in their third meeting; a painful left quad strain did not stop her from going airborne after match point.

    Alize said: "It was really painful, especially in the second set. But I’ve never retired from a match because of pain like this, so I didn’t even think about that. I just wanted to play until the end and I tried to keep fighting until the end. It’s horrible to retire from a match. Even if the US Open is just after, and you have to recover to be ready, I can’t do that, it’s too hard." New Haven Register story

*#22 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #13 s3 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-4, 6-0

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Marion following a forehand, Caroline driving one, and Caroline shopping at a sponsor booth after the match

    Caroline will play Alize Cornet in the semifinals on Friday; they first played in juniors seven years ago when they were both 11.

Caroline said: "I have played [Alize] so many times, we grew up together and played so many matches. She’s a really good player and I always have tough matches with her. We have grown up, but we still play the same except maybe our shots are a lot stronger. I am looking forward to playing her again."

*#35 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #14 s4 Agnes Szavay HUN 6-4, 7-5

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Agnes driving a forehand, and Amelie volleying a backhand

New Haven, SFs, Fri 10am WTA story
losers' prize: $27,300 US; points: 125
#10 s1 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d #35 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

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Amelie and Anna driving forehand and backhand

*#22 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #18 s7 Alize Cornet FRA 7-5, 6-4

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Caroline and Alize driving forehands, and Alize congratulating Caroline after match point

    Caroline broke Alize's serve in the last game of each set.

    Caroline said: "I knew if I let [Alize] play her game and her decide the points, it would be difficult for me to win. I was just running and it didn't pay off, so I was just thinking I had to step into the court and play my own game, and if it worked out."

    Alize said: "I'm disappointed, but it's okay because I think I played a good match. I didn't have an easy draw. I beat Vaidisova, Srebotnik and Hantuchova, three really big matches for me.
    "So I'm really confident for the US Open. The most important thing is to be ready physically, but mentally everything is okay."

New Haven, Final, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $51,000 US; points: 190
winner's prize: $95,500 US; points: 275
*#22 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #10 s1 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 3-6, 6-4, 6-1

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Caroline driving a forehand, Anna drivng a backhand on the run, and Caroline after match point

New Haven, Doubles Final, Sat eve
losers' prize: $16,120 US
winners' prize: $30,000 US
cdr21 s2 Kveta Peschke & Lisa Raymond d cdr162 Sorana Cirstea & Monica Niculescu 4-6, 7-5, (10-7)

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Kveta (14th WTA doubles title) & Lisa (68th WTA doubles title)


New Haven, Qual Finals, Sun Aug 17 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $640 1pt; q2 $1,195 3pts; q3 $2,230 10pts; qualifier 15 points
#602 Mallory Cecil USA d #41 Sara Errani ITA 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
#86 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP d #104 Julia Goerges GER 5-7, 6-1, 6-3
#75 Monica Niculescu ROU d #110 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-2, 6-3
*#90 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #78 Camille Pin FRA 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(6)

New Haven, Withdrawals
#28 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP Olympic doubles
#61 Karin Knapp ITA
#65 Sania Mirza IND right wrist
#79 sr Samantha Stosur AUS

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The WTA Classic  Forest Hills, New York

 
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    Forest Hills: The main draw for Forest Hills has 4 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There is 1 wild card in the main draw. There are no qualifying rounds, and no doubles. Admission to the Forest Hills tourney is free on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday; they charge $10 to see the final on Saturday. Play at Forest Hills begins on Tuesday, August 19.
    WTA Classic venue address: West Side Tennis Club, 1 Tennis Place, Forest Hills, NY 11375
Forest Hills, 1st Rd, Tue-Wed 10am
losers' prize: $1,825 US; points: 1
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*#53 Shuai Peng CHN d #47 s1 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-3, 6-2 Wed
*#336 sr Jamea Jackson USA d #49 s2 Marina Erakovic NZL 7-6(4), 7-5 Wed
#51 s3 Iveta Benesova CZE d #62 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-1, 6(5)-7, 7-5 Tue
#52 s4 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #59 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-4, 7-6(5) Wed
#55 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d #393 wc Gail Brodsky USA 7-5, 6-2 Tue
#61 Vera Dushevina RUS d #65 Sophia Arvidsson SWE 6-2, 6-2 Tue
*#178 Martina Muller GER d #67 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*#82 Lucie Safarova CZE d #79 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6(11)-7, 6-3, 6-3 Wed

Forest Hills, QFs, Thu 10am
losers' prize: $3,400 US; points: 30
#51 s3 Iveta Benesova CZE d #55 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
#52 s4 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #178 Martina Muller GER 6-2, 6-0
#53 Shuai Peng CHN d #61 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-4, 7-5
#82 Lucie Safarova CZE d #336 sr Jamea Jackson USA 3-6, 6-3, 6-0

Forest Hills, SFs, Fri 1pm
losers' prize: $6,300 US; points: 50
*#82 Lucie Safarova CZE d #51 s3 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-2, 6-4
*#53 Shuai Peng CHN d #52 s4 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-1, 6-2

Forest Hills, Final, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $12,000 US; points: 80
winner's prize: $22,000 US; points: 115
*#82 Lucie Safarova CZE d #53 Shuai Peng CHN 6-4, 6-2
Forest Hills, Withdrawals
#206 sr Meghann Shaughnessy USA

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