2010 Sydney & Hobart WTA Singles Results

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  WTA Jan 10-16: Sydney & Hobart

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#1 S Williams, #2 D Safina
#3 S Kuznetsova, #4 C Wozniacki

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#28 A Medina G, #31 S Peer
#32 K Bondarenko, #33 A Bondarenko
#198 wc (former #8) Alicia Molik

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#5 Elena Dementieva
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Hobart:
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#33 Alona Bondarenko
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    On Friday in Sydney, Australia, in the final of the Medibank International, last year's Sydney champion, 28-year-old 5th-seeded #5 Elena Dementieva of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), won again, handily defeating the 2009 Australian Open and Wimbledon champion, 28-year-old top-seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, 6-3, 6-2 (Elena is shown after match point & with trophy).

    Elena's prize is $98,500; Serena's is $53,100.

    Elena said: "I'm very satisfied with the way I was playing today and the whole week. That's what I was really looking for coming here, playing aggressively and trying to put a lot of pressure on my opponents. It's great to play against the best players in the world, especially going into a Grand Slam. It was a great experience and it'll help me next week at the Australian Open." WTA story

    Serena said: "I think [Elena] played well. I made about a thousand and two unforced errors... it's better now than later, I guess." AP story

    When asked if she was favoring her left leg, which has had ongoing injury problems for years, Serena said: "I was struggling a little bit, but, you know, I hate to make any excuse. I think she definitely deserves all the credit for what she did...

    "I feel like I have more than enough matches under my belt [to prepare for the Australian Open]. I feel like I'm really ready and fit. Even though I didn't play great today, I feel like I can play much better."

    Serena still leads Elena 7-5 in career matches, but Serena won their first 4 meetings, and Elena leads Serena 5-3 since then. They met twice last year: on a hardcourt in the Toronto semifinals, Elena defeated Serena 7-6(2), 6-1. On another hardcourt, in the round robin at the Doha WTA Championships, Serena defeated Elena 6-2, 6-4.

    Elena, who will likely meet former #1 Justine Henin in the 2nd round of the Australian Open next week, carries excellent credentials going into Melbourne: in her last three matches she defeated #2 Dinara Safina 6-2, 6-3, #7 Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-1, and #1 Serena Williams 6-3, 6-2.

    Elena said: "First of all, I have to win my first round, and [Justine] has to win hers. But for now I just want to enjoy the moment of winning Sydney, take a day off and get ready for Melbourne. I feel I had some great preparation here and I want to keep the good form for next week."

    2008 Olympic gold medalist Elena is now 15-14 in WTA singles finals; she won the Auckland, Sydney and Toronto titles last year. Elena had a 55-18 singles match record in 2009.

    11-time Grand Slam tourney champion Serena is now 35-14 in WTA singles finals; she won the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and WTA Championships titles in 2009, and had a 50-12 match record in singles last year.

    In the Hobart, Tasmania, final on Saturday, 25-year-old 4th-seeded #33 Alona Bondarenko from Kharkov, Ukraine, defeated 22-year-old 2nd-seeded #31 Shahar Peer from Maccabim, Israel, 6-2, 6-4 (Alona is shown with the Tasmania-shaped woodwork after the match).

    Alona's prize is $37,000; Shahar's is $19,000.

    Alona said: "I am very happy to have won my second WTA title and I hope it's not the last for the year. I am looking forward to my matches next week [at the Australian Open]. I am feeling good and I hope I play well." AP story

    Shahar said: "I didn't find my rhythm at all... I am happy with my year so far. I played the semifinals in Auckland and the final this week. Next week I will need to raise my level of course and I hope to play better from the first match." WTA story

    Alona and Shahar are now tied at 3-3 in career matches. Alona also won their previous meeting, on red clay in the quarterfinals in Budapest last year, 7-5, 6-1.

    2009 Warsaw finalist Alona is now 2-3 in WTA singles finals; she won her first title in Luxembourg in 2006. Alona's singles match record in 2009 was 33-26.

    2009 Guangzhou and Tashkent champion Shahar is now 5-1 in WTA singles finals. Shahar had a 41-23 singles match record last year.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Sydney & Hobart

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    Sydney: The main draw for Sydney has 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes.
    There are 6 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Friday, qualifying finals are on Sunday.
 

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2010: Serena Williams took a break from the heat while practicing in Sydney on Saturday, January 9... Svetlana Kuznetsova did the player rep thing at the draw ceremony on Saturday... On Sunday, Dinara Safina signed autographs, and Caroline Wozniacki, newly arrived from Hong Kong, played Meet the Press...

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2010: Healthy young ladies being pretty at the player party at the Sydney Westin Hotel (on Sunday?) included Daniela Hantuchova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Serena Williams, Samantha Stosur, Jelena Jankovic, row 2: Victoria Azarenka, Elena Vesnina, Sabine Lisicki, Agnieszka Radwanska, and Caroline Wozniacki...
Sydney, 1st Rd, Sun-Mon 11am Sun WTA story - Mon AP story - Mon WTA story
losers' prize: $4,500 US; points: 1
#3 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #29 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-2, 6(3)-7, 7-5 Sun

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Svetlana driving a backhand, and Alisa fielding a forehand on the run

    Svetlana said: "In the second set Alisa started to play better and serve better, and I wasn't doing enough. That was my mistake. In the third set I pushed back when I needed to and played well on the important points."

*#15 Na Li CHN d #4 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Mon

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Na and Caroline driving backhands, and Caro after losing a point

    Caroline said: "It just didn't go my way today. That's the way it is sometimes. [The Australian Open] next week is very important to me and hopefully I can do a great result. I'm just going to go to Melbourne and practice there and try to prepare as well as possible. I'll just stay positive, just go for it."

#5 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS d #17 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-2, 7-5 Sun

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Elena and Francesca driving forehand and backhand, and Elena after match point

    Elena said: "We're all looking forward to some tough matches against the other top players here. We all worked hard during the off-season but there's nothing like real competition."

#7 s6 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #23 Sabine Lisicki GER 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 Mon

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Sabine and Victoria about to swat backhands, and Vika after winning a point

*#39 q Agnes Szavay HUN d #8 s7 Jelena Jankovic SRB 5-7, 6-1, 7-5 Mon

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Agnes driving a forehand, Jelena reaching for a backhand, and Agnes after match point

    It was Agnes's biggest win (by rank) since she defeated then-#3 Venus Williams in the 3rd round of the French Open last year.

    Jelena said: "It's no problem. I have a week to train and to do some things. Playing in these kind of conditions, it still gives me some experience. I will bring that to Melbourne."

*#24 Elena Vesnina RUS d #9 s8 Vera Zvonareva RUS 3-3 retired—right ankle injury Mon
#10 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #76 q Jill Craybas USA 6-0, 6-4 Mon
#12 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #13 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-3, 6-1 Mon

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Flavia's service toss, Samantha and Flavia driving forehand and backhand, and Sam congratulating Flavia after match point

    Samantha said: "Obviously it's not the ideal way to go into Melbourne, but I can't think of it as the end of the world either. I've still got a week to prepare and find my game. In patches, I hit the ball well and played well. I'll just go out there and practice, and try and play a few practice matches. I want to put in a few really good days and then go to Melbourne."

*#25 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #19 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 6-0 Sun

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Virginie and Daniela driving backhands, and Daniela after match point

*#69 q Kimiko Date Krumm JPN d #20 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 Mon

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Kimiko and Nadia driving forehand and backhand

#26 Aravane Rezai FRA d #65 q Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 6(3)-7, 6-2, 6-2 Mon
#27 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP d #102 q Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 6-3 Mon
#28 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #53 LL Timea Bacsinszky SUI 7-6(2), 6-1 Mon
#43 q Vera Dushevina RUS d #1002 wc Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-2, 6-2 Mon

Sydney, 2nd Rd, Tue 11am AP story - WTA story
losers' prize: $8,325 US; points: 60
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #27 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 6-1, 6-2

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Serena serving, and Maria Jose and Serena driving backhands

    Serena said: "It was a good match. It's definitely more match practice. I'll hopefully get a couple more under my belt. I'm guaranteed at least one more, so hopefully I'll try to win some more. That's the goal...
    "Whenever I play someone, they play their best. I play Vera Dushevina next and she's a good player and she's been ranked high before. So whoever I play, believe me, they're going to play like No. 1 on that particular day against me for whatever reason, so it doesn't matter for me."

#2 s2 Dinara Safina RUS d #10 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 7-5, 6-4

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Agnieszka volleying a backhand, and Dinara driving one

    Dinara trailed 0-5 before she got into the match. Dinara said: "Well, it was a little bit of a slow start, but it was a start. It was a winning start. It's not easy to play against Agnieszka. She's a Top 10 player and plays very smart. I was missing my timing until 5-0 but then I found my game. It ended up being a very solid match for me for my first match of the year."

*#28 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #3 s3 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 7-5, 6-2

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Svetlana about to swat a forehand, and Dominika's backhand drive

    Svetlana said: "I never play well here. Only once I did, getting to the final against Justine. But it's the first week of the year for me, and I think Dominika played really well today. It was a well-deserved loss."

#5 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS d #25 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-2, 4-6, 6-2

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

#7 s6 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #69 q Kimiko Date Krumm JPN 6-1, 5-7, 7-5

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Victoria and Kimiko driving forehand and backhand

#12 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #15 Na Li CHN 6-2, 7-6(4)

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Na driving a backhand, and Flavia volleying one

*#43 q Vera Dushevina RUS d #24 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-3, 6-4
#26 Aravane Rezai FRA d #39 q Agnes Szavay HUN 6-3, 7-6(5)

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Aravane's forehand drive

Sydney, QFs, Wed 11am AP story
losers' prize: $15,450 US; points: 120
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #43 q Vera Dushevina RUS 6-2, 6-2

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Serena serving, Vera and Serena driving backhand and forehand, and Serena alerting the media

    Serena said: "It was really windy out there, but it's good to have a good result in the wind. I definitely don't think I played my best, but that's comforting to know that today wasn't my best."

*#5 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS d #2 s2 Dinara Safina RUS 6-2, 6-3

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Elena serving, and Dinara and Elena driving forehand and backhand

    The win advanced Elena's career match record  against Dinara to 6-5—and Elena has won their last four meetings, including last year's Sydney final.

    Elena said: "It was a great experience to play against No. 2 in the world and just give me another match to play tomorrow."

#7 s6 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #28 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 2-6, 6-2, 7-5

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Victoria and Dominika driving forehand and backhand, Vika after winning a point, and watching others play on Wednesday

*#26 Aravane Rezai FRA d #12 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6-0

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Aravane driving a forehand

Sydney, SFs, Thu 11am AP story - WTA story
losers' prize: $28,650 US; points: 200
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA d #26 Aravane Rezai FRA 3-6, 7-5, 6-4

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Serena serving, Aravane and Serena driving backhands, and Serena after match point

    Serena trailed Aravane 1-4, and then 2-5, in the 3rd set.

    Serena said: "Was I down that far? I didn't even realize. I don't think [Aravane] lost her way at all. I felt like I literally lifted my game at that point, because I knew I was going to be headed to Melbourne if I didn't.
    "I kept thinking, 'I want to get a little more practice, and I'd hate for it to end now...'
    "That was good because she played really hard, like a top player. That was really good preparation."

    Aravane said: "For me, [Serena] was not too impressive. Of course she's a good player, of course I respect her. But I could have won today. I wasn't impressed.
    "Probably it was more difficult for her to play against me. I know she's a fighter but I am also a fighter. Today I lost. Probably next time I will win."

#5 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS d #7 s6 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-3, 6-1

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Elena following a flying forehand, Vika dispatching a defensive return, and Elena after match point

    About the final, Elena said: "I expect a tough match. [Serena is] a great champion. I just hope it's going to be a good match for both of us, and good preparation for the [Australian Open}...
    "Playing Serena in a final is completely different than playing her in the early rounds. It's a different match and a different Serena every year, so I just need to play my best. She looks like she's in very good shape. It's going to be a tough battle."

Sydney, Final, Fri 7:30pm
loser's prize: $53,100 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $98,500 US; points: 470
*#5 s5 Elena Dementieva RUS d #1 s1 Serena Williams USA 6-3, 6-2

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Elena serving, Serena about to swat a backhand, Elena firing a forehand on the run, and after match point

Sydney, Doubles Final, Fri
losers' prize: $16,500 US
winners' prize: $31,000 US
cdr2 s1 Cara Black & Liezel Huber d Nadia Petrova & Tathiana Garbin 6-1, 3-6, (10-3)

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Cara & Liezel, and Tathiana & Nadia


Sydney, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 10 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $350 1pt; q2 $825 8pts; q3 $1,900 12pts; qualifier 20 points
#39 Agnes Szavay HUN d #72 Ioana Raluca Olaru ROU 6-4, 6-1
#43 Vera Dushevina RUS d #66 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 6-4
*#102 Varvara Lepchenko USA d #53 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 6-3, 7-5
#65 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #127 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
#69 Kimiko Date Krumm JPN d #95 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 2-6, 6-3, 6-3
*#76 Jill Craybas USA d #70 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-3


Sydney, Withdrawals
#NR wc Justine Henin BEL upper left leg strain


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    Hobart: The main draw for Hobart has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Friday, qualifying finals are on Sunday.
 

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2010: On Monday, January 11, in Hobart, Aleksandra Wozniak fed kangaroos and was introduced to Very Important Wombats...
Hobart, 1st Rd, Sun 10am, Mon 11am Mon AP story - Mon WTA story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
#28 s1 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #39 Iveta Benesova CZE 7-5, 6-3 Sun
#31 s2 Shahar Peer ISR d #145 wc Olivia Rogowska AUS 6-3, 6-2 Mon

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Shahar following a forehand, and Olivia driving a backhand

#32 s3 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #42 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-2, 6(4)-7, 3-2 retired—left pectoral muscle strain Sun
#33 s4 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #55 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-4, 6-1 Sun
#34 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #53 Y Shvedova KAZ SVK 6-1, 6-2 Mon
#35 s6 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d #45 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-3, 6-1 Sun
#36 s7 Jie Zheng CHN d #61 Kaia Kanepi EST 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(4) Mon
#37 s8 Gisela Dulko ARG d #38 Melinda Czink HUN 6-4, 6-2 Mon
*#47 Shuai Peng CHN d #46 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-1, 6-4 Sun
#48 Sara Errani ITA d #49 Melanie Oudin USA 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 Mon

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Sara and Melanie driving backhands

#50 Alizé Cornet FRA d #51 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-1, 6-0 Sun
#57 Jelena Dokic AUS d #84 q Elena Baltacha GBR 6-4, 6-2 Mon

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Elena following a backhand, and Jelena driving a forehand

    Jelena said: "I feel like I'm fitter this year and hitting the ball better. It's just a matter now of how I'm playing in the match situations."

*#198 wc Alicia Molik AUS d #58 Sania Mirza IND 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 Mon

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Sania following a forehand, and Alicia about to slice a backhand

*#89 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #60 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-0, 6-0 Mon
*#187 sr59 Tamira Paszek AUT d #63 q Roberta Vinci ITA 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#81 q Kirsten Flipkens BEL d #147 wc Sophie Ferguson AUS 6-2, 6-2 Mon

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Sophie driving a forehand, and Kirsten following one

Hobart, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 10:30am Tue AP story - Tue tourney story - Wed AP story
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
#28 s1 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #89 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 Tue

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Alla and Anabel driving forehand and backhand

#31 s2 Shahar Peer ISR d #57 Jelena Dokic AUS 6-2, 6-2 Wed

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Shahar apologizing for a net cord—on match point

*#48 Sara Errani ITA d #32 s3 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 7-6(8), 6-4 Wed

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Sara preparing to lightly tap a forehand, and Kateryna driving one

#33 s4 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #50 Alizé Cornet FRA 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Tue

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Alona serving, and Alizé and Alona driving backhands

#34 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d #198 wc Alicia Molik AUS 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3 Wed

    Carla said: "I ran around too much today, [Alicia] has a very good serve. She is strong and very tall and for me that's difficult."

    Alicia said: ""It's been the best preparation I could ask for. Carla is ranked about the top 30 in world and to not just push her to a third set but be in a commanding, winning position as well 2-1 up and I had a point for 3-1—so it could have been very different.
    "I felt like I should have won today. I have certainly been playing well enough to win a match like that but it's just the way it goes."

*#81 q Kirsten Flipkens BEL d #35 s6 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 7-5, 6-2 Wed

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Kirsten driving a backhand

#36 s7 Jie Zheng CHN d #47 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 6-1 Tue

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Jie and Shuai driving forehand and backhand

#37 s8 Gisela Dulko ARG d #187 sr59 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-1, 0-6, 7-6(5) Tue

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Tamira, slimmer this year, serving, and Gisela following a forehand

    Very high winds made the match difficult to play. Gisela said: "It was really windy and everything was flying around on the court, I couldn't serve, toss the ball... it was impossible to play tennis. At the end of the second set, and almost all of the third set it was so tough—you can't play like this. I don't think I've played tennis in worse conditions than this today...
    "Right now I feel a little bit relieved; I really wanted to be in the next round. It was tough today after winning the first set 6-1, then suddenly I was 6-0 down—it was so quick. I just stopped moving for a while and then [Tamira] was playing better.
    "My goal is to win as many matches as possible and try to go to the Australian Open in good shape and playing good tennis."

Hobart, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
#28 s1 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #37 s8 Gisela Dulko 6-1, 5-7, 6-1

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Gisela and Anabel "reacting," as they say

    About the 2nd set, Anabel said: "I started playing a few too many short balls, which played to Gisela's strength and allowed her back into the game. The break at the end of the second set allowed me to calm my nerves, and in the end I felt I won fairly comfortably." AP story

#31 s2 Shahar Peer ISR d #34 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-5

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Carla driving a forehand, and Shahar following a backhand

    Shahar said: "It was a very tough match and very, very long. I’m happy I could win it because I was down a set and a break.
    "[Carla is] a very good player, she always fights and she’s there right until the last point, it was tough for me but lucky I won today." tourney story

#33 s4 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #36 s7 Jie Zheng CHN 7-5, 7-5

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Alona watching her backhand sail

#48 Sara Errani ITA d #81 q Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-3, 6-4

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Sara following a forehand

Hobart, SFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*#33 s4 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #28 s1 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

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Alona following a forehand, Anabel and Alona driving backhands, and Alona after winning a point

#31 s2 Shahar Peer ISR d #48 Sara Errani ITA 6-2, 6-0

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Shahar following a forehand, Sara about to swat one, Shahar driving a backhand, and after match point

    Shahar said: "It was tougher than it looked actually. The first set was very, very close—but I’m very happy. I think I was playing better and better as the game was going and I think I finished very good so I’m happy about it." tourney story

Hobart, Final, Sat
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
*#33 s4 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #31 s2 Shahar Peer ISR 6-2, 6-4

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Alona driving a forehand, Shahar following a backhand, Alona driving one, and after match point

Hobart, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
Chia-Jung Chuang & Kveta Peschke d Yung-Jan Chan & Monica Niculescu 3-6, 6-3, (10-7)

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Kveta & Chia-Jung


Hobart, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 10 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*#81 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d #61 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-3, 7-6(4)
#63 Roberta Vinci ITA d #73 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-4, 6-3
*#84 Elena Baltacha GBR d #67 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 7-5, 7-6(3)
#89 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #128 Michaella Krajicek NED 6-0, 6-2


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    (Jan 9, 2010) Former WTA #1 Justine Henin, who strained her upper left leg earlier in the week in Brisbane and aggravated it in the Brisbane International final, has withdrawn from next week's Sydney tournament to allow her leg to heal before the Australian Open.

    Justine said: "It was a bit sore in the last few days and really got worse today in the third set. I hope it’s not that serious and that I’m going to be able to recover soon, but it would be just a great, great mistake to go and play in Sydney... It’s no excuse, it’s not the reason why I [lost to Kim today]." AP story

    The Morilla International, which has had a Friday evening final in recent years, is changing back to a Saturday afternoon final in 2010. tourney story

    (Jan 4, 2007) Both tourneys this week used the new WTA drawsheet form, which is not improved over the previous form in any way whatsoever, and is in fact much worse. Rankings are displayed only for the seeded players, and are not shown for the rest of the draw (the old form displayed the rankings of all participants). Why would we not want to know the player's rankings?

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