2011 Barcelona & Estoril WTA Singles Results    

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  WTA Apr 25 - May 1: Barcelona & Estoril

Barcelona Ladies Open, ESP
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#12 M Bartoli, #28 A Dulgheru
#35 T Pironkova, #38 E Makarova

Estoril Open, Estoril, POR +ATP
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#25 A Kleybanova, #30 J Gajdosova
#34 K Zakopalova, #37 A Sevastova
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#60 Anabel Medina Garrigues
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#42 Roberta Vinci
5' 4" 132lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday in Portugal, in the final of the Estoril Open, the 2009 champion in Fès, 28-year-old unseeded #60 (career-high: #16, and former long-time Spanish #1) Anabel Medina Garrigues from Valencia, Spain, handily defeated the 2010 finalist in Strasbourg, 29-year-old #79 Kristina Barrois from Urexweiler, Germany, 6-1, 6-2 (Anabel is shown holding the glassware after the match).

    Anabel's prize is #37,000; Kristina's prize is $19,000.

    Anabel said: "I played very aggressively and hit it high and deep. Kristina couldn't do her game. She's a creative girl—serve and volley, slice, drop shots—and I was there. I felt like she lost her concentration a little bit.
    "I think I played well this week. I had some lucky moments, like in the first round I was close to losing a set, and I had a close match with Zakopalova. It wasn't as easy as it looked this week and I'm happy to win my 10th title." WTA story

    Kristina said: "I had trouble getting into the match. Before the final I was playing very aggressively and also with spin, mixing that up with the slice and some drop shots. Today nothing was working. Anabel plays with such heavy spin and is such a great clay court player, it was tough for me on every single point."

    Anabel and Kristina had met only once before, on red clay in the 2nd round in Strasbourg in 2009. Kristina defeated Anabel 6-4, retired when Anabel could not continue due to a low back injury.

    Anabel is now 10-6 in WTA singles finals. Although she likes hardcourts as well, nine of Anabel's ten titles have come on red clay, including four in Palermo and three in Strasbourg. Anabel now has a 14-9 singles match record for 2011.
    Kristina is now 0-2 in WTA singles finals; she lost to Maria Sharapova in the Strasbourg final last year. She has won 13 ITF singles titles and 8 ITF doubles titles. Kristina has a 13-11 singles match record this season.

    Meanwhile in Spain, in the final of the Barcelona Ladies Open, the 2009 Barcelona champion, 28-year-old 6th seeded #42 (career high: #36) Roberta Vinci from Taranto, Italy, defeated 25-year-old #64 (career-high: #56) Lucie Hradecka from Prague, Czech Republic, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 (Roberta is shown making friends with the hardware after the match).

    Roberta's prize is #37,000; Lucie's prize is $19,000.

    Roberta said: "The key for me was to be aggressive and focused, and that's why I won today. I was a little nervous before the match because it was a final, but I believed I played some good tennis today!
    "This is a great tournament. I feel like it's my tournament. I'm in love with Barcelona. I always play great in this beautiful city and I'd like to thank Arantxa [Sanchez-Vicario, tournament director] and everyone here for making this tournament so great." WTA story

    Roberta and Lucie had met only once before, on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in qualifying in Toronto in 2009, when Roberta defeated Lucie 6-4, 6-2.

    Roberta is now 4-1 in WTA singles finals; she won her first title in Bogota in 2007, and her third in Luxembourg last year. Roberta, who now has a 12-12 singles match record this year, has a 14-1 career record at the Barcelona Ladies Open, winning in 2009, and reaching the final last year, when she was defeated by Francesca Schiavone.
    Lucie is now 0-4 in WTA singles finals; she reached the Strasbourg and Istanbul finals in 2009, and the Bad Gastein final in 2008. Lucie has won 9 WTA doubles titles, plus 17 ITF singles and 29 ITF doubles titles. Lucie's 2011 singles match record is an impressive 29-8, which includes 13 wins in qualifying rounds and 5 in ITF play.

    An 1893 New York Times story describing Barcelona can be read at the Spain News and Links page.

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Barcelona Ladies Open,  Barcelona, Spain

 
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    Barcelona: The main draw for Barcelona 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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Latitude: 41.428932 Longitude: 2.146947 goto link for World Wind

Barcelona Ladies Open venue address: Centro Municipal de Tenis de la Vall d’Hebron - Barcelona Tennis Olímpic (BTO), Paseo de la Vall d’Hebron 178-196, Barcelona 08035 Tel. 93 427 65 00

    Barcelona, a new tourney in 2007, was held at the Barcelona Olympic Tennis Center the first year, but for 2008 it was moved to the David Lloyd Club Turó (there is no shortage of red clay courts in Barcelona). In 2011, the tourney returned to it's original venue.

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2011: On Sunday, April 24, in Barcelona, player rep Gisela Dulko and tourney director & former WTA #1 Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario assured everyone that
there would be no sleight-of-hand at the main draw this time... Futbol players from Espanyol de Barcelona presented Arantxa with a commemorative jersey...
Barcelona, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 1pm
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
*#70 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d #12 s1 wc Marion Bartoli FRA 6-4, 6-1 Mon

    It was Magdalena's best win, by rank, since she defeated then #13 Nadia Petrova at Tokyo in 2009. Magda said: "Of course, when I saw the draw, I wasn't too enthusiastic. Then I said, well, at least I can relax and have no pressure to win. But I had to concentrate on every ball, because against such a rival things can start to turn at any time. One panics, makes a few mistakes. So I'm very glad I was able to give such a concentrated performance." WTA story

#28 s2 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d #133 q Zuzana Kucova SVK 6-1, 5-2 retired—hamstring injury Mon
*#94 Alberta Brianti ITA d #35 s3 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*#99 Mirjana Lucic CRO d #38 s4 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 7-6(4), 6-3 Tue
#41 s5 Sara Errani ITA d #276 wc Maria Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 6-1, 6-0 Tue
#42 s6 Roberta Vinci ITA d #167 q Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-2, 6-3 Mon
*#64 Lucie Hradecka CZE d #44 s7 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*#85 Laura Pous-Tio ESP d #47 s9 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 6-3 Tue

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Laura about to swat a backhand

#49 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d #144 q Kai-Chen Chang TPE 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 Mon
#54 Gisela Dulko ARG d #55 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 7-5, 6-4 Tue
*#258 q Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d #66 A Parra Santonja ESP 6-3, 7-5 Mon
#68 Polona Hercog SLO d #118 LL Jamie Hampton USA 6-4, 7-5 Tue
*#105 Jill Craybas USA d #71 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*#123 LL Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #80 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 6-4, 7-5 Mon
#81 Varvara Lepchenko USA d #87 Elena Baltacha GBR 6(3)-7, 6-1, 6-2 Tue
#101 Virginie Razzano FRA d #120 wc Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 7-5, 6-4 Tue

Barcelona, 2nd Round, Wed 1pm
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
*#258 q Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d #28 s2 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 7-5, 6-3

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Estrella driving a forehand

#41 s5 Sara Errani ITA d #123 LL Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-4, 6-1
#42 s6 Roberta Vinci ITA d #49 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-1, 6-4
*#64 Lucie Hradecka CZE d #54 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-4, 6-3
#68 Polona Hercog SLO d #99 Mirjana Lucic CRO 6-1, 6-2
*#101 Virginie Razzano FRA d #70 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-2
*#94 Alberta Brianti ITA d #81 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-0, 5-7, 6-2
#85 Laura Pous-Tio ESP d #105 Jill Craybas USA 6-1, 6-1

Barcelona, QFs, Thu 1pm
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
#41 s5 Sara Errani ITA d #94 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-2, 6-3
#42 s6 Roberta Vinci ITA d #101 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-4, 6-1
#64 Lucie Hradecka CZE d #258 q Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 6-4, 6-4
*#85 Laura Pous-Tio ESP d #68 Polona Hercog SLO 6(7)-7, 6-1, 7-5 Thu-rain-Fri

Barcelona, SFs, Fri 3pm & 5pm
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*#64 Lucie Hradecka CZE d #41 s5 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 7-5
#42 s6 Roberta Vinci ITA d #85 Laura Pous-Tio ESP 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(4)

Barcelona, Final, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
#42 s6 Roberta Vinci ITA d #64 Lucie Hradecka CZE 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

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Roberta serving, Lucie firing a forehand on the run, Roberta volleying a backhand, and after match point

Barcelona, Doubles Final, Sat after singles
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
cdr34 s1 Iveta Benesova & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova d cdr90 s3 Natalie Grandin & Vladimira Uhlirova 5-7, 6-4, (11-9)

Barcelona, Qual Finals, Sun Apr 24 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $440 1pt; q2 $850 6pts; qualifier 10 points
*#167 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP d #118 Jamie Hampton USA 6-2, 7-6(3)
*#144 Kai-Chen Chang TPE d #123 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-2, 7-6(4)
#258 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d #238 Leticia Costas-Moreira ESP 6(2)-7, 6-3, 6-0
#133 Zuzana Kucova SVK d #203 Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino ESP 6-4, 6-3

Barcelona, Withdrawals
#27 Dominika Cibulkova SVK groin injury
#31 Lucie Safarova CZE leg injury
#43 Agnes Szavay HUN low back injury
#45 s8 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP foot injury
#48 Timea Bacsinszky SUI ankle injury
#57 Vera Dushevina RUS left foot injury
#74 wc Dinara Safina RUS food poisoning
#121 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP left elbow injury

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Estoril Open,  Estoril, Portugal

 
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    Estoril: The 32-player main draw for Estoril 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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Latitude: 38.707683 Longitude: -9.253299 goto link for World Wind

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2011: On Saturday, April 23, Jarmila Gajdosova did the player rep thing at the Estoril draw, then posed for a pic at nearby Carcavelos beach... On Monday, Michaella Krajicek and Arantxa Rus checked out the beach, causing Sofia Arvidsson to tweet @MisaKrajicek "I hope Arantxa didn't go near the water cause she can't swim ;)" Sofia Arvidsson at Twitter
Estoril, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 11am WTA Mon story - Tue WTA story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
#25 s1 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #115 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-2, 6-2 Mon

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Olga fielding a forehand, and Alisa driving one

    Alisa said: "It would be great if I could keep going like this. It's my second tournament on clay, but my first one in Charleston was a little bit of a disaster, so I was training hard for this week."

#30 s2 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d #92 Renata Voracova CZE 6-4, 6-0 Tue

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Jarmila's service toss, and Renata and Jarmila driving backhands

#34 s3 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #183 q Beatriz Garcia Vidagany ESP 6-4, 7-6(3) Tue
*#142 sr75 Urzsula Radwanska POL d #37 s4 Anastasija Sevastova LAT 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-1 Tue

    2010 Estoril champion Anastasija said: "I really like it here, it's a nice tournament, but I didn't play so well today."

*#58 Monica Niculescu ROU d #40 s5 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 Mon
#46 s6 Elena Vesnina RUS d #1048 wc Barbara Luz POR 6-1, 6-1 Mon
*#84 Romina Oprandi ITA d #51 s7 Jie Zheng CHN 6-4, 6-2 Mon
#52 s8 Greta Arn HUN d #278 wc Maria João Koehler POR 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Tue
#60 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #65 Simona Halep ROU 7-6(5), 7-6(5) Tue
#69 Mathilde Johansson FRA d #83 Ksenia Pervak RUS 6-4, 6-3 Mon
*#77 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #72 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 Mon
*#540 sr82 Casey Dellacqua AUS d #75 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-2, 6-1 Mon

    Former #39 Casey missed most of last season due to a foot injury. Casey said: "I've been playing some $25,000s on the ITF level for the last few months but felt really confident coming into this week. To get a win at the WTA level is a real confidence booster for me. I've been training on clay a lot recently and feel good on this surface."

#78 Johanna Larsson SWE d #385 wc Magali de Lattre POR 6-3, 6-1 Mon

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Magali following a forehand, and Johanna driving a backhand

#79 Kristina Barrois GER d #86 Sofia Arvdisson SWE 6-3, 6-1 Tue
*#170 q Sloane Stephens USA d #93 Melanie Oudin USA 6-2, 6-1 Tue

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Melanie driving a forehand, and Sloane after match point

    Sloane said: "It was kind of upsetting two Americans had to play, but Melanie's such a great player and a really good friend of mine, and one of us had to win. Last week I was in Fès, Morocco, which was a great tournament, but I lost last round of qualies. I'm happy Estoril has been treating me well!...
    "Everything's been working pretty well for me here. Most girls don't really like clay but I love it. I'll just try to get as many balls back as I can. I have nowhere to go—I'm going to be in Europe for two months, so I have plenty of time. I can stay out here all day, I don't mind!."

*#97 q Anastasiya Yakimova BLR d #88 q Tamira Paszek AUT 5-7, 4-0 retired—left hip injury Tue

Estoril, 2nd Round, Wed 11am
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
#25 s1 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #69 Mathilde Johansson FRA 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

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Alisa serving, Mathilde driving a backhand, and Alisa fielding a forehand on the run

#30 s2 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d #540 sr82 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-2, 6-4

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Jarmila driving a backhand

#34 s3 Klara Zakopalova CZE d #97 q Anastasiya Yakimova BLR 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

    Klara said: "I expected a tough match. Anastasiya is a tough player, fighting a lot and moving so well. I'm very satisfied to be in the quarters, but I'm playing Anabel [Medina Garrigues] next, and she's a very tough player too." WTA story

*#79 Kristina Barrois GER d #46 s6 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-4, 6-3
#60 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #52 s8 Greta Arn HUN 6-2, 1-0 retired—left thigh strain
#58 Monica Niculescu ROU d #170 q Sloane Stephens USA 6-4, 6-4

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Monica's backhand drive

#77 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #84 Romina Oprandi ITA 6-4, 7-6(3)
#78 Johanna Larsson SWE d #142 sr75 Urzsula Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-4

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Johanna after match point

Estoril, QFs, Thu 11am WTA story
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
*#79 Kristina Barrois GER d #25 s1 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-4, 6-2

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Kristina lining up a forehand, and Alisa and Kristina driving backhands

*#58 Monica Niculescu ROU d #30 s2 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 5-7, 6-4, 6-2

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Monica about to serve

    The win put Monica into her second WTA singles semifinal; she reached her first semi at Tashkent last year.

    Monica said: "I'm happy with how I played today. I think I showed some good tennis. When I was 4-2 down I said, 'Whatever, it doesn't matter, just hit the ball.' I was a little bit lucky to come back but you need a little bit of luck to win a match, so I'm very happy... I knew I'd have to run a lot because she hits so hard."

*#60 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #34 s3 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-3, 7-5

    Anabel said: "I always enjoy playing here. People say it's very windy, but I've played here two years now and I haven't felt that. I'm really happy to make my second semifinal of the year at this tournament."

*#78 Johanna Larsson SWE d #77 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 7-5

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Johanna about to swat a backhand

    The win put Johanna into the third WTA singles semifinal of her career; she reached the Portoroz final in 2010 (losing to Anna Chakvetadze) and reached her second semi at Acapulco earlier this year.

    Johanna said: "At the start I was playing too short, but [Alla] was missing a lot, maybe three or four unforced errors every game, so it didn't really matter. In the second set she slowed down so I had to play more shots, but in the end it was all good...

    "I've always loved playing on clay. My best results have always come on hardcourt but now it's changing a little bit. It doesn't really matter to me what surface the results are coming on though—I'm just happy they are coming!

Estoril, SFs, Fri 10:30am
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*#60 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #58 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-1, 6-3

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Anabel about to serve, Monica following a backhand, Anabel fielding a drop shot, and after match point

    Anabel said: "Monica is a player you don't beat very comfortably. Your legs have to be ready to get to every kind of shot. Today was harder than it looked. The second set, especially. I'm happy to have finished it in two sets...
    "I didn't have such a good year last year, losing a lot of first rounds, so to be in a final again makes me very happy." WTA story

    About her final opponent, Kristina Barrois, Anabel said: "[Kristina is] going to be a very difficult player because she's very talented. If she's in the final it's because she's playing well."

*#79 Kristina Barrois GER d #78 Johanna Larsson SWE 7-6(2), 6-4

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Kristina driving a forehand, Johanna and Kristina delivering smashes, and Kristina after winning a point

Estoril, Final, Sat 12:30pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
#60 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #79 Kristina Barrois GER 6-1, 6-2

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Anabel's service toss, Kristina and Anabel driving forehands, and Anabel after match point

Estoril, Doubles Final, Sat 1:30pm
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
Alisa Kleybanova & Galina Voskoboeva d Michaella Krajicek & Eleni Daniilidou 6-4, 6-2

Estoril, Qual Finals, Mon Apr 25 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
#88 Tamira Paszek AUT d #125 Heather Watson GBR 6-0, 6-3
#97 Anastasiya Yakimova BLR d #168 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-3, 6-1
*#170 Sloane Stephens USA d #141 Valeria Savinykh RUS 6-1, 6-2
*#183 Beatriz Garcia Vidagany ESP d #163 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Estoril, Withdrawals
#61 Jelena Dokic AUS illness

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    (Apr 24, 2011) Slovak-born WTA #30 s2 Jarmila Gajdosova of Australia has reverted to her maiden name on the Estoril draw after splitting with her husband, ATP player Sam Groth.

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