2010 Stuttgart & Fès [Fez] WTA Singles Results    

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#2 C Wozniacki, #3 D Safina
#5 S Kuznetsova, #7 J Jankovic

GP SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem
Fès, MAR
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#39 S Cirstea, #40 C Suarez N
#47 P Schnyder, #48 A Medina G
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#67 Iveta Benesova
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    On Sunday in Stuttgart, Germany, in the final of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, the 2007 Stuttgart champion, 27-year-old unseeded #24 (and former #1) Justine Henin of Belgium (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), won again, defeating this year's champion in Charleston, 25-year-old 7th-seeded #10 Samantha Stosur from Gold Coast, Australia, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 (Justine is shown with the goodies after the match).

    Justine's prize is $107,000 and a 2011 Porsche Boxster Spyder (MSRP $61,200); Samantha's prize is $56,000.

    It was Justine's first title since returning in January after a year and a half retirement.

    Justine said: "I never thought I'd be back in Stuttgart a year ago. And especially for it to be on clay now, it means a lot to me. When I saw Roger Federer winning the French Open... it brought back the fire that wasn't there anymore before.

    "It has been a lot of work but I'm ready for it. It's great to be back and share these emotions with all of you guys. I had a fantastic week. Everything was perfect." WTA story

    The full match stats are fairly close: Justine won 81 points, Samantha won 75.

    But Justine dominated the 3rd set, losing only 3 points on her serve in the 3rd, while winning 12 points on Samantha's serve, breaking her three times.

    Samantha said: "Justine was just too good today. In the third set she just got really aggressive, made some really good returns and put me under a lot of pressure. I think that was the key to the match. She broke me three times in a row."

    Justine will re-enter the top 20 in Monday's WTA rankings at #19; Samantha will move up to a career-high #8.

    Justine and Samantha had never before met on the field of combat. Justine, who broke the little finger of her left hand while catching a ball at practice in Hasselt on April 21, has quickly grown accustomed to playing with a splint. Although she uses a 1-handed backhand, she must use the left hand for her service toss and to steady the racquet while volleying.

    7-time Grand Slam tourney champ Justine is now 42-18 in WTA singles finals. Justine has a 21-5 singles match record in 2010, with losses to Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters (twice), Gisela Dulko, and Kaia Kanepi (in Fed Cup play, shortly after breaking her finger).
    Samantha is now 2-6 in WTA singles finals; she won at Charleston 2 weeks ago, and at Osaka in 2009. Sam has an 23-6 singles match record this season, with losses to Flavia Pennetta, Serena Williams, Tathiana Garbin, Jelena Jankovic, Kim Clijsters, and Justine.

    In the Fès final on Saturday, 27-year-old 7th-seeded #67 Iveta Benesova from Most, Czech Republic, defeated 18-year-old qualifier #143 Simona Halep from Constantza, Romania, 6-4, 6-2.

    Iveta's prize is $37,000; Simona's is $19,000. After time to rest, Iveta returned to the court and picked up another $11,000, split with her partner, Anabel Medina Garrigues, as they defeated Lucie Hradecka & Renata Voracova, in the doubles final, 6-3, 6-1.

    Iveta and Simona had met only once before, on red clay in the 1st round in Marbella this year, when Simona won, 6-1, 6-4.

    2009 Hobart finalist Iveta is now 2-6 in WTA singles finals; she won the Acapulco title in 2004. Iveta is 9-10 in singles matches in 2010.
    Simona was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 6 ITF singles titles and 4 ITF doubles titles. Simona has a 16-6 singles record this season.

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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix,  Stuttgart, Germany

 
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Stuttgart: The main draw for Stuttgart has 8 seeds, with two 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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2010: Players attending the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix opening ceremonies in Stuttgart on Sunday, April 25, included 2008 tourney champ Jelena Jankovic, top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, and 2007 tourney champ Justine Henin... On Monday, Dinara Safina enjoyed a 24th birthday cake with Operating Tournament Director Anke Huber...
Stuttgart, 1st Rd, Tue 1pm & 2pm, Wed noon & 1pm
losers' prize: $4,580 US; points: 1
#5 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #385 sr20 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-1, 6-2 Tue

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Svetlana driving a forehand, and Katarina about to connect with one

#7 s4 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #34 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-2, 6-2 Wed

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Gisela watching her serve fly, and Jelena driving a forehand

#8 s5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #57 Ana Ivanovic SRB 7-6(4), 6-4 Tue

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Agnieszka about to swat a forehand, and Ana following one

#9 s6 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #15 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Victoria following her serve, Flavia about to connect with a forehand, and Vika's backhand drive

#10 s7 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d #13 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-2, 6-1 Wed
#12 s8 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #17 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 6-3 Wed
#16 Na Li CHN d #36 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 6-1 Tue

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Na ready to serve

#20 Shahar Peer ISR d #52 Polona Hercog SLO 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Tue

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Shahar driving a forehand

#24 wc Justine Henin BEL d #73 wc Julia Goerges GER 7-6(3), 6-1 Wed

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Julia driving a forehand, and Justine reaching for one

#33 Agnes Szavay HUN d #49 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 Tue
#38 Lucie Safarova CZE d #373 q Selima Sfar TUN 2-6, 3-0 retired Wed
*#140 q Anna Lapushchenkova RUS d #43 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-4, 6-1 Tue
#45 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d #302 q Tatiana Poutchek BLR 6-2, 6-2 Tue
#100 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #211 LL Margalita Chakhnashvili GEO 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Stuttgart, 2nd Rd, Wed noon & 1pm, Thu 1pm & 2pm
losers' prize: $8,590 US; points: 60
*#38 Lucie Safarova CZE d #2 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 6-4 Thu

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Lucie driving a backhand, Caroline following one, and Lucie's forehand drive

    Caroline sprained her right ankle at Charleston ten days ago, and has not yet fully recovered.

    Lucie said: "I tried to make [Caroline] run, and to push her around... I always need time to get used to clay, but now I am playing better." AP story

    Caroline said: "[Lucie] was making me run, and that’s why she won. I hate to lose, but now it’s important to get fit."

#3 s2 Dinara Safina RUS d #33 Agnes Szavay HUN 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-0 Thu
*#16 Na Li CHN d #5 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3, 7-5 Wed

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Na after match point

#7 s4 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #100 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-2, 6-2 Thu

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Jelena serving, Tsvetana driving a backhand, and Jelena following one

*#20 Shahar Peer ISR d #8 s5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-3, 6(4)-7, 6-2 Wed

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Shahar serving, Agnieszka running down a forehand, and Shahar's backhand drive

*#140 q Anna Lapushchenkova RUS d #9 s6 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-3, 6-3 Thu
#10 s7 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d #45 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 Thu
*#24 wc Justine Henin BEL d #12 s8 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-3, 7-5 Thu

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Justine tossing the ball for her serve with her splinted left hand, Yanina driving a forehand, and Justine's backhand drive

    Justine broke the little finger of her left hand while catching a ball at practice in Hasselt last Wednesday. Although she uses a 1-handed backhand, she must use the left hand for her service toss and to steady the racquet while volleying—and the broken finger is still painful.

Stuttgart, QFs, Fri 2pm
losers' prize: $15,925 US; points: 120
*#20 Shahar Peer ISR d #3 s2 Dinara Safina RUS 6-3, 6-2

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Dinara and Shahar driving backhands, and Shahar after match point

    Dinara has been sidelined for most of this season by a low back injury. Shahar said: "Dinara is a good player but she hasn't played for a while. I was playing solid and I was aggressive."

    Justine will play Shahar in the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semifinals on Saturday. They have met only once before, on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 4th round of the 2006 US Open, when Justine won, 6-1, 6-0.

*#24 wc Justine Henin BEL d #7 s4 Jelena Jankovic SRB 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-3

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Justine serving, Jelena and Justine driving backhand and forehand, and Justine after winning the 2nd set

    Justine hit 43 winners with 44 unforced errors. Jelena struck only 23 errors, but had only 18 winners. Justine reached break point against Jelena only four times, but scored on each occasion. Jelena converted only three of the nine break points she held against Justine.

    Justine said: "I still don't know how I did it. It was really intense... [Jelena] played very consistently in the first set and I was under a lot of pressure. I kept fighting and I am really happy to get through." AP story

    Jelena said: "[Justine] is still one of the best on clay. You have to hold your ground, as soon as you lose concentration she takes advantage, she has so much experience... We both played a good match and maybe I was a little unlucky at the crucial times. I had a break point at 5-5 in the second and I was hoping to pounce on her serve, but she hit one of her best serves of the match with her second serve."

    Justine, who broke the little finger of her left hand while catching a ball at practice in Hasselt last week, has quickly grown accustomed to playing with a splint on her left hand. Although Justine uses a 1-handed backhand, she must use the left hand for her service toss and to steady the racquet while volleying.

    Justine now leads Jelena 10-0 in career matches, but all but two of their meetings have been close. They had not met since 2007, when Justine defeated Jelena seven times, one of which was in the semifinals in Stuttgart, when Justine won 7-6(2), 7-5.

#10 s7 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d #16 Na Li CHN 6-3, 6-3

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Samantha about to connect with a forehand, and Na and Sam driving backhands

*#140 q Anna Lapushchenkova RUS d #38 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(1), 1-6, 6-1

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Lucie and Anna driving backhands

Stuttgart, SFs, Sat 2pm
losers' prize: $30,000 US; points: 200
#10 s7 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d #140 q Anna Lapushchenkova RUS 7-5, 6-3

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Samantha and Anna driving forehand and backhand

*#24 wc Justine Henin BEL d #20 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-2

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Justine fielding a forehand on the run, Shahar and Justine driving backhands, and Justine after match point

    Justine struck 28 winners, Shahar, 14.

    Justine said: "I made mistakes, but I was good enough today. I just have to keep going and to be aggressive. When I am aggressive my game is so much better. It's great to be playing good tennis here and to be in the final again. I hope it continues so." AP story

    Saturday was Shahar's 23rd birthday. Shahar said: "I had so many chances, but Justine was very aggressive. I am happy and take the positive out of it. Because I lost doesn't mean that I don't have a good birthday."

Stuttgart, Final, Sun 4pm after doubles; 4pm+
loser's prize: $56,000 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $107,000 US (AND a Porsche Boxster Spyder); points: 470
*#24 wc Justine Henin BEL d #10 s7 wc Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 2-6, 6-1

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Justine twisting a serve, Samantha launching a forehand on the run, Justine and Sam driving backhands,
Justine following a forehand, Samantha driving one, Justine following a smash, and after match point

Stuttgart, Doubles Final, Sun 1pm; before singles
losers' prize: $17,800 US
winners' prize: $34,000 US
cdr44 s1 Gisela Dulko & Flavia Pennetta d cdr54 s2 Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik 3-6, 7-6(3), (10-5)

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Gisela (11th WTA doubles title) and Flavia (8th), their 5th as a team

    Flavia said: "[Kveta and Katarina] started really well. We just tried to be focused and play our game, and in the end we did it." WTA story

    Gisela said: "There's no secret, we just have fun and play well together." video: Gisela and Flavia offcourt in Stuttgart


Stuttgart, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 26 1pm
losers' prizes: q1 $700 1pt; q2 $1,320 8pts; q3 $2,460 12pts; qualifier 20 points
#100 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d #213 Ivana Lisjak CRO 6-4, 6-4
#140 Anna Lapushchenkova RUS d #211 Margalita Chakhnashvili GEO 6-2, 6-2
#302 Tatiana Poutchek BLR d #1111 Julia Kimmelmann GER 6-4, 6-1
*#373 Selima Sfar TUN d #303 Tina Schiechtl AUT 6-2, 6-3


Stuttgart, Withdrawals
#4 Venus Williams USA right knee tendonitis
#11 Kim Clijsters BEL
#22 Jie Zheng CHN
#28 Dominika Cibulkova SVK right hip strain
#27 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP left knee injury
#29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS right foot injury
#42 Sabine Lisicki GER left ankle injury

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Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem,  Fès [Fez], Morocco

 
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    Fès: The 32-player main draw for Fès has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

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Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem venue address: Complex Sportif de Fès, Boulevard Arrahma Narjiss, Fez (Fès), Morocco
Fès, 1st Round, Mon 10:30am, Tue
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
#40 s1 Carla Suárez Navarro ESP d #149 Anna Floris ITA 6-1, 5-7, 6-1 Tue
#47 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #239 q Greta Arn HUN 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 Tue

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Patty driving a backhand

#48 s3 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #780 wc Lina Bennani MAR 6-0, 6-0 Tue

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Lina driving a forehand, and Anabel awaiting the arrival of a high one

#115 Renata Voracova CZE d #51 s4 Melinda Czink HUN 6-4, 7-6(5) Tue
#61 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d #627 wc F Zahrae El Allami MAR 6-0, 6-1 Tue
*#84 Alizé Cornet FRA d #65 s6 Petra Martic CRO 7-6(3), 6-4 Tue

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Alizé ready to fire a forehand

#67 s7 Iveta Benesova CZE d #151 Olivia Rogowska AUS 6-0, 6-4 Mon
*#143 q Simona Halep ROU d #74 s8 Lucie Hradecka CZE 7-5, 6-1 Tue
*#117 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d #75 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 6-1 Tue
*#110 Anne Keothavong GBR d #79 Julie Coin FRA 6-3, 0-6, 6-4 Tue
#80 Ioana Raluca Olaru ROU d #86 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Mon
#82 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d #134 Vesna Manasieva RUS 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*#109 Katie O'Brien GBR d #95 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Tue
*#194 q Laura Pous Tio ESP d #101 Jarmila Groth AUS 6-0, 7-6(4) Tue
*#154 Olga Savchuk UKR d #130 Patricia Mayr AUT 6-4, 7-6(0) Mon
#291 q Claire de Gubernatis FRA d #603 wc Nadia Lalami MAR 7-6(1), 6-3 Tue

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Nadia driving a forehand, and Claire slicing a backhand

Fès, 2nd Round, Wed 11am
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
*#110 Anne Keothavong GBR d #40 s1 Carla Suárez Navarro ESP 5-6 retired—right ankle injury
#47 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #80 Ioana Raluca Olaru ROU 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
*#194 q Laura Pous Tio ESP d #48 s3 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6-2
#61 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d #117 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 6-2

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Angelique's forehand drive

#67 s7 Iveta Benesova CZE d #291 q Claire de Gubernatis FRA 6-2, 6-4
*#84 Alizé Cornet FRA d #82 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-2, 6-2

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Alizé launching a backhand

*#115 Renata Voracova CZE d #109 Katie O'Brien GBR 6-0, 7-5

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Renata driving a forehand

#143 q Simona Halep ROU d #154 Olga Savchuk UKR 6-3, 6-1

Fès, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
*#143 q Simona Halep ROU d #47 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-2, 7-6(3)
*#115 Renata Voracova CZE d #61 s5 Angelique Kerber GER 7-5, 6-2

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Renata driving a backhand

#67 s7 Iveta Benesova CZE d #194 q Laura Pous Tio ESP 2-6, 6-1, 6-0

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Iveta about to connect with a backhand

#84 Alizé Cornet FRA d #110 Anne Keothavong GBR 7-5, 6-2

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Alizé about to swat a backhand, and Anne driving one

Fès, SFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
#67 s7 Iveta Benesova CZE d #84 Alizé Cornet FRA 6-3, 4-6, 7-5

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Iveta following a forehand

*#143 q Simona Halep ROU d #115 Renata Voracova CZE 7-5, 6-4

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Simona preparing to swat a backhand

Fès, Final, Sat 2:30pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
#67 s7 Iveta Benesova CZE d #143 q Simona Halep ROU 6-4, 6-2

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Simona about to swat a forehand, and Iveta driving one

Fès, Doubles Final, Sat after singles & rest
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
cdr49 s1 Iveta Benesova & Anabel Medina Garrigues d cdr101 s2 Lucie Hradecka & Renata Voracova 6-3, 6-1

Fès, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 26 10:30 & 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
#143 Simona Halep ROU d #223 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 6-1, 6-1
*#239 Greta Arn HUN d #182 Corinna Dentoni ITA 6-4, 6-2
*#194 Laura Pous Tio ESP d #184 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 7-6(5), 7-6(3)
*#291 Claire de Gubernatis FRA d #198 Beatriz Garcia Vidagany ESP 7-5, 6-3

Fès, Withdrawals
#39 Sorana Cirstea ROU pneumonia
#71 Stefanie Voegele SUI
#81 Ayumi Morita JPN
#105 Jelena Dokic AUS right elbow injury
#121 Kristina Kucova SVK left wrist injury

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