2008 Stuttgart, Tokyo & Tashkent WTA Singles Results     J Jankovic, C Wozniacki & S Cirstea, Champions

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Porsche TGP, Stuttgart, GER Tier II
$650,000 - 28 players - indoor: hard
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# 1 Serena Williams, # 2 Jelena Jankovic
# 3 Dinara Safina, # 5 Elena Dementieva

Japan Open, Tokyo Tier III (with ATP)
$175,000 - 32 players - outdoor: hard
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# 17 C Wozniacki, # 27 A Medina Garrigues
# 30 Jie Zheng, # 33 Maria Kirilenko

Tashkent Open, Uzbekistan Tier IV
$145,000 - 32 players - outdoor: hard
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# 41 Shuai Peng, # 45 Olga Govortsova
# 46 Sorana Cirstea, # 63 Sabine Lisicki

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#17 Caroline Wozniacki
5'10" 128lb RH 2H-BH
Stuttgart:
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#2 Jelena Jankovic
5'9" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Tashkent:
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#46 Sorana Cirstea
5'9" 130lb RH 2H-BH
    On Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany, in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, last week's champ in Beijing, 23-year-old 2nd-seeded # 2 (and # 1 again on Monday) Jelena Jankovic from Belgrade, Serbia, won again, defeating the 2006 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix champion, 26-year-old # 18 Nadia Petrova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6(8)-7, 7-5, 6-2.

    Jelena's prize is a choice between $100,000 and a Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Cabriolet (in which she is seated with the trophy—as Jelena already has a Porsche in her stable, she might take the cash); Nadia's prize is $53,650.

    Nadia served 7 aces, put 64% of her 1st serves in the box, and won 71% of her 1st serve points—but won only 24% of her 2nd serve points. Jelena served only 2 aces, but put 81% of her 1st serves in the box, won 66% of her 1st serve points, and won 50% of her 2nd serve points.

    Jelena said: "It was not easy coming here from China and I had very tough matches against Zvonareva and Venus, but I'm thrilled to win the Porsche today. This is a great event - one of my favorite tournaments - and having both my parents and my godfather and his wife here made it extra special." WTA story

    Nadia said: "There are some days you wake up and you know it's not going to be your day. No matter what I tried today it didn't work, and my legs felt really heavy. Putting today aside, I'm really happy with my week."

    Jelena now leads Nadia 6-2 in career matches, but most of meetings have been close. Jelena won their previous encounter, on a hardcourt in the Los Angeles quarterfinals this year, 7-5, 6-4.
    Jelena is now 8-10 in WTA singles finals; she was champion in Rome and Beijing this year, and finalist at the US Open and at Key Biscayne. Despite starting the year with injuries and recurring respiratory illness, Jelena has a 59-16 match record in 2008, and has won 15 of her last 17 matches.
    Nadia also is now 8-10 in WTA singles finals; she won the Cincinnati title this year, and was a finalist at Eastbourne. Nadia has a 38-20 match record for the season.

    In Tokyo on Sunday, in the final of the AIG Japan Open, 18-year-old top-seeded # 17 Caroline Wozniacki from Copenhagen, Denmark, defeated 23-year-old 5th-seeded # 34 Kaia Kanepi from Haapsalu, Estonia, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 (Caroline is shown with the hardware after the match).

    Caroline had suffered two first round losses prior to this tourney. Caroline said: "When I saw I was playing [Gisela] Dulko in the first round I thought it would be another tough week, but I took it one match at a time and I'm happy I made it through that and the rest of my matches... Japan means a lot to me. I won my first big junior tournament in Osaka, and now this. I always like to come back here." WTA story

    Kaia said: "It was a good match. I definitely had my chances in the second set and I hit a lot of good winners, but [Caroline is] very aggressive and if you don't keep up with her, she will win."

    Caroline and Kaia had never before met on the field of combat.
    Caroline is now 3-0 in WTA singles finals; she won her other titles in Stockholm and New Haven this year. Caroline has a 48-17 match record in 2008.
    Kaia is now 0-2 in WTA singles finals; she also reached the Hasselt final in 2005. Kaia has a 41-21 match record this year.

    In the Tashkent final on Sunday, 18-year-old 3rd-seeded # 46 Sorana Cirstea from Targoviste, Romania, edged out 19-year-old 4th-seeded # 63 Sabine Lisicki from Berlin, Germany, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4) (Sorana is shown in traditional Uzbek attire, holding the hardware after the match).

    Sorana said: "Breaking [Sabine] in the first game of the second set was the turning point of the match. I thought now or never, and just went for it. From then I just went for my strokes. Staying tough in the important moments of the match really helped me, and I hope to continue this form at tournaments in the coming weeks." WTA story

    Sabine said: "I made some mistakes and missed too many easy shots; it was my first final and I'm happy to have come so far, but I'm sad to lose. Although I might have missed a lot of shots today, in the future these shots will be my weapons. My goal is to be a Top 10 player and I'm going to work even harder."

    Sorana and Sabine had never played each other before.
    Sorana is now 1-1 in WTA singles finals; she reached the Budapest final last year. Sorana has a 38-21 match record this season.
    Bollettieri-trained Sabine was playing in her first WTA singles final; she had never before been beyond the quarterfinals of a WTA tourney (she has 2 ITF singles titles). Sabine has a 29-21 match record in 2008.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stuttgart, Tokyo & Tashkent
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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix,  Stuttgart, Germany

 
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Stuttgart: The main draw for Stuttgart 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 Sunday, Sept 28, at the opening ceremonies in Stuttgart, top-seeded # 1 Serena Williams pledged to break 27% fewer racquets next season... On Monday, players including Elena Dementieva met the press; pretty Elena also toured Stuttgart on Monday, tried on a traditional Bavarian "dirndi" dress, and paused for pics at a park... Na Li won her 1st round match on Monday, and tried on a Porsche for size... row 2: On Tuesday, Porsche Tennis Grand Prix Operating Director and former WTA # 4 Anke Huber tested the red clay that will be used for next year's tourney (still indoors, but in April)... Also on Tuesday, Vika Azarenka did the autograph thing, and Jelena Jankovic, who will be ranked # 1 again next week, played Meet the Press...
Stuttgart, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 1pm
losers' prize: $4,400 US; points: 1
*#11 Patty Schnyder SUI d #7 s5 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 Wed

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Patty serving, Svetlana driving a backhand, Patty spinning a forehand, and after match point

#8 s6 Venus Williams USA d #85 wc Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6-1, 6-2 Tue

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Venus serving, and Anna-Lena driving a backhand

#9 s7 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #13 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-3, 6-2 Wed

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Daniela serving, and Vera's backhand drive

#10 s8 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #196 q Sandra Zahlavova CZE 6-3, 6-2 Tue

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Agnieszka and Sandra driving backhands

#14 Marion Bartoli FRA d #20 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-3, 6-1 Tue

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Dominika's forehand, and Marion's backhand drive

*#55 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #15 Flavia Pennetta ITA 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 Tue
#16 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #26 Agnes Szavay HUN 7-5, 6-3 Tue

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Vika and Agnes driving forehand and backhand

#18 Nadia Petrova RUS d #83 q Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*#54 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #19 Alize Cornet FRA 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*#29 Na Li CHN d #22 Nicole Vaidisova CZE 6-1, 6-2 Mon

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Na driving a backhand

#24 Sybille Bammer AUT d #229 wc Tatjana Malek GER 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 Mon
#32 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #109 wc Eleni Daniilidou GRE 7-6(5), 6-1 Mon

Stuttgart, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 1pm Wed WTA story
losers' prize: $8,230 US; points: 35
*#29 Na Li CHN d #1 Serena Williams USA 0-6, 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Serena driving a forehand, Na firing one on the run, and after match point

    Earlier this year, Na defeated then # 3 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the 2nd round of the Beijing Olympics, and defeated then # 4 Jelena Jankovic in the Doha quarterfinals. Na also defeated Serena's sister, # 8 Venus Williams, in the Beijing Olympics quarterfinals. But she had never before defeated the current # 1 player.

    Na said: "After I lost the first set I checked the clock and saw it was only 20 minutes, so I told myself I had to make it at least an hour. Of course I'm very happy about my win today, and for both of my wins over the Williams sisters this year."

    The loss guaranteed that Serena will drop from the # 1 position, and that last week's champion in Beijing, Jelena Jankovic, will again be # 1 in the WTA next week.

    Serena said: "I started off really solid then my level dropped. In the third set she played really well and I didn't, and that was the difference."

#2 s2 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #32 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 6-0 Thu
#3 s3 Dinara Safina RUS d #54 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-1, 7-6(6) Thu

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Dinara serving, and Tsvetana & Dinara driving backhands

#5 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #24 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Elena and Sybille driving righty and lefty forehands

#8 s6 Venus Williams USA d #55 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-4, 6-2 Thu
#9 s7 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #14 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-2, 6-0 Thu

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Vera's service toss, Marion driving a backhand, and Vera watching her forehand fly

*#16 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #10 s8 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-1, 7-5 Wed

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Victoria following her serve, Agnieszka driving a backhand, and Vika after winning a point

*#18 Nadia Petrova RUS d #11 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-4, 6-1 Thu

Stuttgart, QFs, Fri 1pm WTA story
losers' prize: $15,400 US; points: 70
#2 s2 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #9 s7 Vera Zvonareva RUS 7-6(8), 7-6(5)

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Jelena and Vera driving forehands, Jelena watching a running forehand fly, and after match point

*#8 s6 Venus Williams USA d #3 s3 Dinara Safina RUS 6-4, 6-2

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

    Venus said: "I was pretty happy with the way I played today. [Dinara] served well but fortunately I was able to get some first serves in too. When I had the opportunity to approach the net I did, so overall I was really pleased with my performance.
    "I'm excited to be in the semis. It has been 10 years since I played here and whoever I play tomorrow, I will be looking to go one further. I'm encouraged to see that my hard work pays off."

    Dinara said: "I'm a bit disappointed; I was just not as consistent as I needed to be today. It was the first time we played so you never know what to expect, but Venus played well. I don't know what would have happened if I won the first set - it might have changed the match - but I didn't."

*#16 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #5 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-1

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Victoria's forehand, Elena following a backhand, Vika driving another forehand, and after match point

    The win tied Victoria's career-best performance (by opponent's ranking); she defeated then # 4 Maria Sharapova in the 2nd round in Moscow last year, 7-6(9), 6-2... then was defeated by 2007 Kremlin Cup champ Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals, 7-6(4), 6-2.

#18 Nadia Petrova RUS d #29 Na Li CHN 6-2, 6-3

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Na and Nadia driving backhands, and Nadia after match point

Stuttgart, SFs, Sat 2pm
losers' prize: $28,750 US; points: 125
#2 s2 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #8 s6 Venus Williams USA 6(8)-7, 7-5, 6-2

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Venus and Jelena driving forehand and backhand, and Jelena after match point

    Jelena now leads Venus 5-3 in career matches, and has won 5 of their last 6 meetings—all of which were 3-setters.

    Jelena was forced to take painkillers before the match due to a badly broken toenail. Jelena said: "That was a tough game, it's always hard to play Venus. I had to run a lot... I was not sure I would play today because I had to have two injections. I was screaming in pain before the doctor put the needle in." BBC story

*#18 Nadia Petrova RUS d #16 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-4, 6-4

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Nadia driving a forehand, and Victoria and Nadia driving backhands

Stuttgart, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $53,650 US; points: 190
winner's prize: $100,000 US; points: 275
#2 s2 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #18 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-4, 6-3

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Jelena's service toss, Nadia's backhand drive, Jelena driving a forehand, and after match point

Stuttgart, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $16,680 US
winners' prize: $31,350 US
*cdr242 Patty Schnyder & Anna-Lena Groenefeld d cdr10 s1 Kveta Peschke & Rennae Stubbs 6-2, 6-4

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Patty (5th WTA doubles title) and Anna-Lena (7th WTA doubles title); their first title as a team

Stuttgart, Qual Finals, Mon Sep 29 12:30pm
losers' prizes: q1 $680 1pt; q2 $1,265 3pts; q3 $2,360 10pts; qualifier 15 points
*#83 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d #44 Sara Errani ITA 6-3, 7-5
#54 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #278 Carmen Klaschka GER 6-2, 6-3
#55 Kateryna Bondarenko d #126 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-2, 6-2
*#196 Sandra Zahlavova CZE d #182 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-4

Stuttgart, Withdrawals
#35 Alisa Kleybanova RUS
#40 Tatiana Golovin FRA inflamation at the sacrospinalis-iliac crest - out for the season

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AIG Japan Open,  Tokyo, Japan

 
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Tokyo: The main draw for Tokyo 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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AIG Japan Open venue address: Ariake Tennis Forest Park, 2-2-22 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Although this is an outdoor event, the Center Court stadium has a retractable roof, which is closed in foul weather.

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2008: On Saturday, Sept 27, in Tokyo, all-time Japanese #1 (and former WTA #4) Kimiko Date Krumm, who returned to play after 12 years of retirement this year, did the player rep thing at the main draw, as did current Japanese #1 (and former WTA #8) Ai Sugiyama, though she cannot play this week due to a left hip strain... On Sunday, her 38th birthday, Kimiko played a well-attended exhibition against 18-year-old Ayumi Morita...
Tokyo, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $1,300 US; points: 1
#17 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #47 Gisela Dulko ARG 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 Tue

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Caroline's forehand drive

#27 s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #59 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Wed

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Anabel and Yung-Jan driving forehand and backhand

*#75 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #30 s3 Jie Zheng CHN 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*#66 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #33 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 Tue

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Maria and Klara driving backhands

#34 s5 Kaia Kanepi EST d #74 Lucie Safarova CZE 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Mon
#37 s6 Shahar Peer ISR d #230 wc Kimiko Date Krumm JPN 6-3, 6-1 Tue

    Former WTA # 4 Kimiko, who turned 38 on Sunday, retired at the end of the 1996 season. She has won 3 ITF titles since returning to play this year.

Kimiko said: ""It's not easy to fill the blank of 11 years and a half. Today's loss left me with a mixed feeling. I was disappointed, but it's not so bad considering that it's impossible to do in only five months...
    "I've been playing in order to improve the quality of my tennis. I felt much better than I did in the Pan Pacific. I couldn't play 100 percent two weeks ago. I'm going to take it positively."

#38 s7 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #115 q Stephanie Dubois CAN 6-1, 6-3 Tue
#39 s8 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #70 Jill Craybas USA 7-5, 6(2)-7, 6-3 Tue
*#68 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #42 Iveta Benesova CZE 64 36 63 ppd-Tue
*#NR q Ryoko Fuda JPN d #48 Pauline Parmentier FRA 7-5, 6-2 Tue
*#79 Camille Pin FRA d #50 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-0, 7-5 Tue
#51 Marta Domachowska POL d #167 wc Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-4, 7-5 Mon
*#134 wc Ayumi Morita JPN d #53 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-1, 6-4 Mon
#73 Samantha Stosur AUS d #103 Vania King USA 6-2 retired - right hamstring strain Wed
*#154 q Rika Fujiwara JPN d #86 Petra Cetkovska CZE 7-6(6), 6-4 Tue
*#203 LL Jarmila Gajdosova SVK/AUS d #179 sr Mara Santangelo ITA 6-4, 7-6(0) Tue

Tokyo, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 10am
loser's prize: $2,200 US US; points: 20
#17 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #134 wc Ayumi Morita JPN 6-2, 6-1 Thu

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Caroline and Ayumi driving backhands, and Caroline after winning a point

*#73 Samantha Stosur AUS d #27 s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-1, 7-5 Thu
#34 s5 Kaia Kanepi EST d #68 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 Wed
*#203 LL Jarmila Gajdosova SVK/AUS d #37 s6 Shahar Peer ISR 5-7, 6-1, 7-6(9) Wed
#38 s7 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d #79 Camille Pin FRA 6-2, 6-2 Wed
#39 s8 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #NR q Ryoko Fuda JPN 6-1, 6-1 Thu
*#66 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #51 Marta Domachowska POL 6-3, 6-0 Thu
#75 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #154 q Rika Fujiwara JPN 6-2, 6-4 Thu

Tokyo, QFs, Fri 10am
loser's prize: $4,050 US US; points: 35
#17 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #38 s7 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-4, 6-1

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Caroline reaching for a backhand, Tammy driving a forehand, and Caroline after winning a point

#34 s5 Kaia Kanepi EST d #75 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-6(4), 7-6(1)

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Kaia's service toss, and Anastasia driving a forehand

#39 s8 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #73 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-5, 6-3

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Aleksandra and Samantha driving forehand and backhand

*#203 LL Jarmila Gajdosova SVK/AUS d #66 Klara Zakopalova CZE 7-5, 7-5

Tokyo, SFs, Sat 10:30am
loser's prize: $7,700 US US; points: 65
#17 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #203 LL Jarmila Gajdosova SVK/AUS 6-4, 6-3

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Caroline driving a backhand on the run, Jarmila's forehand, Caroline following another backhand, and after winning a point

#34 s5 Kaia Kanepi EST d #39 s8 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-4, 6-4

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Aleksandra driving a forehand, Kaia about to swat one, and after match point

    Kaia said: "I feel I'm a much better player than the last time I was in the final of a Tour event. This fast surface is not my favorite, but I'll do my best against Caroline tomorrow. I think I'm playing the best tennis of my career and I have my highest ranking right now so I'm confident going into this final." WTA story

Tokyo, Final, Sun 11am
loser's prize: $14,650 US; points: 100
winner's prize: $28,000 US; points: 140
#17 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #34 s5 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-2, 3-6, 6-1

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Caroline's forehand drive, Kaia's backhand, Caroline driving another forehand, and after match point

Tokyo, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $4,350 US
winner's prize: $8,250 US
cdr138 Jill Craybas & Marina Erakovic d cdr209 Ayumi Morita & Aiko Nakamura 4-6, 7-5, (10-6)

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Jill (4th WTA doubles title) and Marina (2nd WTA doubles title); their first title as a team


Tokyo, Qual Finals, Mon Sep 29 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $100 1pt; q2 $350 3pts; q3 $650 4pts; qualifier 8 points
#103 Vania King USA d #311 Yurika Sema JPN 6-3, 6-2
#115 Stephanie Dubois CAN d #203 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK/AUS 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(2)
#154 Rika Fujiwara JPN d #759 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 6-3
*#NR Ryoko Fuda JPN d #255 Tiantian Sun CHN 6-2, 4-1 retired

Tokyo, Withdrawals
#28 Ai Sugiyama JPN left hip strain
#36 Virginie Razzano FRA
Sania Mirza IND right wrist
Casey Dellacqua AUS
Mariya Koryttseva UKR
Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ Tashkent
Ekaterina Makarova

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Tashkent Open,  Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 
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Tashkent: The main draw for Tashkent 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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Tashkent Open venue address: massiv Yalangoch, Tashekent, UZB

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2007: At the Tashkent players party on Tuesday, Galina Voskoboeva tested the dance floor
(too soggy?... too crunchy?) while Uzbek # 1 Akgul Amanmuradova assured folks it was just right...
Tashkent, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 10am, Wed 11am
losers' prize: $1,085 US; points: 1
#41 s1 Shuai Peng CHN d #268 LL Arina Rodionova RUS 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*#212 q Ksenia Palkina KGZ d #45 s2 Olga Govortsova BLR 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-5 Tue
#46 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #138 Ekaterina Dzehalevich RUS 7-6(4), 7-5 Tue
#63 s4 Sabine Lisicki GER d #NR wc Dilvara Saidkhodjaeva UZB 6-0, 6-1 Mon

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Sabine running netward

#64 s5 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d #148 Kathrin Woerle GER 6-4, 6-4 Mon
#69 s6 Monica Niculescu ROU d #112 Olga Savchuk UKR 7-5, 1-0 retired Tue
*#128 Urszula Radwanska POL d #78 s7 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 7-6(5), 6-3 Tue

    Urszula said: "Akgul is a very tough player... her service is very good, but breaking it in the first game gave me lot of confidence... I had seen my elder sister Agnieszka (who is now in the top 10) playing Akgul in a tournament at Rome, I had watched closely and planned my game accordingly, it worked for me today." postmatch interview

*#180 Tatiana Poutchek BLR d #104 s8 Galina Voskoboeva RUS 6-1, 6-1 Tue
#106 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d #122 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 6-1, 6-0 Tue
#116 Anna Lapushchenkova RUS d #194 q Nina Bratchikova RUS 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(3) Tue
#157 Vesna Manasieva RUS d #NR LL Nigina Abduraimova UZB 6-1, 6-1 Tue
#124 Iona Raluca Olaru ROU d #139 Katie O'Brien GBR 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*#135 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d #131 Andreja Klepac SLO 6-0, 6(4)-7, 6-2 Tue
#183 q Arantxa Rus NED d #410 wc Vlada Ekshibarova UZB 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 Tue-rain-Wed
#234 q Alexandra Panova RUS d #NR wc Alisa Ogorodova UZB 6-4, 6-0 Tue
#258 itf Sofia Shapatava GEO d #311 itf Kinnie Laisne FRA 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 Mon

Tashkent, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu noon-11am
losers' prize: $1,995 US; points: 15
#41 s1 Shuai Peng CHN d #183 q Arantxa Rus NED 6-1, 7-5 Thu

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Shuai preparing to serve

#46 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #116 Anna Lapushchenkova RUS 6-1, 6-4 Thu

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Sorana driving a backhand

#63 s4 Sabine Lisicki GER d #234 q Alexandra Panova RUS 7-5, 6-1 Wed

    Sabine said: "This is my second match and I am more confident and hitting the ball better. I was a bit rusty in the first set which I won 7-5, it could have been 6-4, but as the match progressed I am feeling comfortable, and look forward to doing well." postmatch interview

#64 s5 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d #157 Vesna Manasieva RUS 6-1, 7-5 Wed
#69 s6 Monica Niculescu ROU d #106 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-3, 3-4 retired - illness Thu

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Monica fielding a forehand

#124 Iona Raluca Olaru ROU d #212 q Ksenia Palkina KGZ 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wed
#128 Urszula Radwanska POL d #258 itf Sofia Shapatava GEO 7-5, 6-2 Wed
#135 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d #180 Tatiana Poutchek BLR 6-4, 6-1 Thu

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Michelle about to swat a backhand

Tashkent, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $3,670 US; points: 30
#41 s1 Shuai Peng CHN d #69 s6 Monica Niculescu ROU 6(6)-7, 6-2, 6-4
#46 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #135 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR 6-2, 7-6(5)

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Sorana about to swat a forehand, Michelle following one, and Sorana after winning a point

#63 s4 Sabine Lisicki GER d #128 Urszula Radwanska POL 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(4)

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Urszula getting ready to drive a forehand, and Sabine fielding one

#64 s5 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d #124 Iona Raluca Olaru ROU 6-1, 6-2

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Magdalena about to slice a backhand

Tashkent, SFs, Sat 11am
losers' prize: $6,765 US; points: 50
*#63 s4 Sabine Lisicki GER d #41 s1 Shuai Peng CHN 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

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Shuai serving to Sabine, and Sabine ready to drive a backhand

#46 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU v #64 s5 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-3 retired - illness

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Sorana following a forehand, and Magdalena moving to field a backhand

Tashkent, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $12,450 US; points: 80
winner's prize: $22,925 US; points: 115
#46 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #63 s4 Sabine Lisicki GER 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)

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Sorana driving a forehand, and after match point

Tashkent, Doubles Final, Sat 2pm+
losers' prize: $3,670 US
winners' prize: $6,760 US
cdr345 Iona Raluca Olaru & Olga Savchuk d cdr367 Nina Bratchikova & Kathrin Woerle 5-7, 7-5, (10-7)

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Olga and Iona Raluca; it was the first WTA title of any kind for each


Tashkent, Qual Finals, Mon Sep 29 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $320 1pt; q2 $590 2pts; qualifier 3 points
#183 Arantxa Rus NED d #NR Sariya Khayrova UZB 6-0, 6-0
#194 Nina Bratchikova RUS d #NR Shahroda Hatamova UZB 6-0, 6-3
#234 Alexandra Panova RUS d #NR Nigina Abduraimova UZB 6-1, 6-1
#212 Ksenia Palkina KGZ d #268 Arina Rodionova RUS 6-3, 6-2

Tashkent, Withdrawals
#62 Elena Vesnina RUS
#84 Anne Keothavong GBR
#87 Mathilde Johansson FRA
#103 Vania King USA Tokyo
#105 Maret Ani EST
#107 Evgeniya Rodina RUS
#111 Kristina Barrois GER ITF tourney champ feedup Denain, FRA Sep 1
#113 Julia Goerges GER
#117 Roberta Vinci ITA
#137 Olivia Sanchez FRA
#161 Ksenia Pervak RUS ITF tourney champ feedup Penza, RUS Aug 11
Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA
Julia Vakulenko UKR

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