2011 Madrid WTA Singles Results    

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#1 Caroline Wozniacki
#3 Vera Zvonareva
#4 Francesca Schiavone
#5 Victoria Azarenka
#6 Samantha Stosur
#7 Na Li
#8 Jelena Jankovic
#9 Maria Sharapova
#11 Shahar Peer
#12 Agnieszka Radwanska
#13 Marion Bartoli
#14 Svetlana Kuznetsova
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#5 Victoria Azarenka
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#19 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

    On Sunday in Spain, in the final of the Madrid Open, this year's champion at the Paris indoor tourney, 21-year-old 16th seeded #19 (career high: #14) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2011 champion at Miami and Marbella, 21-year-old 4th-seeded #5 (career-high: #6) Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (residence: Scottsdale, Arizona), 7-6(3), 6-4 (Victoria is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is €620,000 ($887,902); Victoria's prize is €310,000 ($443,951). Vika will also split €196,000 ($280,692) with her partner Maria Kirilenko; they won the doubles title on Saturday night, defeating Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik, 6-4, 6-2.

    Petra struck 40 winners (including 4 aces) with 34 unforced errors (including 3 double faults); Victoria hit only 10 winners (2 aces) with 21 errors (3 DFs). Petra converted 4 of 7 break points against Victoria; Vika scored on 3 of the 9 break points she reached against Petra. Petra scored 84 points in the match; Victoria, 71.

    Petra said: "I think it’s the best tennis that I’ve played. I was very offensive." AP story

    Victoria said: "Petra had such a great week and totally deserved to win today. I wish her good luck the rest of the season. This is a great event and we all love coming here—the crowd is great and I hope to see you all next year." WTA story

    Petra and Victoria are now tied at 2-2 in career matches, but Petra has won the last two times that they played. Their previous meeting was on a chlorophyll court in the 3rd round at Wimbledon last year, when Petra defeated Vika 7-5, 6-0. Victoria won their only previous encounter on red dirt, in the 1st round in Prague in 2008, 6-3, 6-4.

    2011 Brisbane & Paris Indoor champ Petra is now 4-1 in WTA singles finals. She won the Hobart title in 2009, and reached the Linz final the same year. Petra has a 25-5 WTA singles record in 2011.

    Victoria is now 7-7 in WTA singles finals. She won her first three titles, including the big Miami title, in 2009; in 2010 she defeated Maria Sharapova in the Stanford final and Maria Kirilenko in the Moscow final, and in March of this year she defeated Maria Sharapova to win the Miami title for a second time. Vika has a 25-7 singles match record in 2011.

    Victoria is now 19-3 since February; her other two losses were retirements due to injury (Indian Wells QF ret. to C Wozniacki, left hip injury; Stuttgart r2 ret. to J Goerges, right shoulder injury). The injuries seem to be behind her now.

    In Monday's WTA rankings, Petra will enter the top 10 for the first time in her career. Despite the loss, Victoria will be ranked #4 on Monday, the highest ranked Belarusian player of all time (Natasha Zvereva reached #5 in May, 1989).

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    Madrid: The 64-player main draw for Madrid has 16 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 8 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Saturday.
 

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    The Madrid Open was a new tourney for the WTA in 2009. The tourney is held at a new €157.6 million venue, with 14 indoor and 16 outdoor courts. Three of the courts are inside a single building called La Caja Mágica (The Magic Box), with independently-retractable roofs for each of those three courts. Court Manolo Santana seats over 12,000 fans, Court Arantxa Sanchez Vicario seats 3194, and Court Stadium 3 seats 2730. design & construction pics
    Up until 2003 the WTA Spanish Open was held in Madrid, and, in 2007 and 2006, the WTA Championships were held there.

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2011: On Thursday, April 28, Maria Sharapova held a tennis class for fans at the Plaza del Callao in the midst of Madrid... On Saturday, April 30, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki were interviewed after playing in an exhibition match along with ATP #1 Rafael Nadal... row 2: On Sunday, 2010 Madrid champ Aravane Rezai attended a tourney anniversary dinner... On Tuesday, Na Li and Ana Ivanovic posed for quick pics...
Madrid, 1st Rnd, Sat-Mon 11am Sat WTA story - Sun WTA story 1 - Sun WTA story 2
losers' prize: €7,825; points: 5
#1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #54 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-2, 6-3 Sun

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Caroline driving a forehand, Ayumi delivering a smash, Caro driving a backhand, and after match point

#3 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #39 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 Sat

    Vera said: "It was my first match here in Madrid and those are never easy, and especially against Patty. She's a very experienced player and her game is always difficult to play on clay courts. There were a few adjustments I had to make but I'm really happy how I came back in the third set. I was happy to find my rhythm today and moving forward I'll take that into the second round."

#4 s3 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #30 Shuai Peng CHN 7-5, 7-6(2) Sun
#5 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #58 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-0, 6-0 Sat

    Vika said: "I felt very good out there. It was a bit cold and windy but I managed to play well in those conditions anyway... My shoulder [which was injured in Stuttgart] is good. It was a smart decision to take a break, so I'm happy."

#6 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS d #55 Gisela Dulko ARG 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Sat
#7 s6 Na Li CHN d #33 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 6-4, 7-6(6) Mon

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Na and Maria Jose driving forehand and backhand

#8 s7 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #85 wc Laura Pous-Tio ESP 6-2, 6-0 Sun

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Jelena driving a forehand, and Laura and Jelena driving backhands

#9 s8 Maria Sharapova RUS d #99 wc Arantxa Rus NED 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Sun

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Maria driving a backhand, Arantxa driving a forehand, and Maria following another backhand

    Maria, who had lost to lefty Lucie Safarova in the 1st round at Madrid in 2010, found herself facing another lefty this year.

    Maria said: "Arantxa started off the match really well, really aggressive. I was the tentative one. Playing my first match on clay in a while and against a lefty, it was tough—I had the same situation last year and lost the match. I was happy to find a way to win today."

*#25 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #11 s9 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-2 Mon

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Alisa and Shahar driving backhands

#12 s10 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #51 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 Sat
#13 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA d #52 q Simona Halep ROU 6-4, 6-1 Sun
*#28 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #14 s12 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3, 6-2 Sat
#15 s13 Andrea Petkovic GER d #45 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-3, 6-1 Sat
*#27 Julia Goerges GER d #17 s14 Kaia Kanepi EST 6(3)-7, 6-1, 6-4 Sun

    Julia said: "To beat a player like Kaia is a good win. It has been different since I won Stuttgart. When you come here after a win like that, a lot of people are congratulating you.
    "But everyone is tough to beat here—all the best players are here. We're also not indoors anymore and the ball jumps differently, so you have to get used to it. I'm happy I managed it well today, and was able to win."

*#40 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d #18 s15 Ana Ivanovic SRB 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 Sun
#19 s16 Petra Kvitova CZE d #29 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-4, 6-1 Sat
*#68 wc Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d #20 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 7-5 Sun
#21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #53 Jie Zheng CHN 6-0, 6-1 Sat
*#38 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d #22 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-4, 6-4 Sun
*#109 q Vania King USA d #23 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-1, 7-6(5) Sun
*#89 q Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #24 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Sun

    Sofia said: "It feels great to win today. Aravane is a good player and it's a great win for me. I know she can be up and down and when she led in the third set I just tried to hang in there and stay aggressive. When she's in control it's tough, so I tried to be the one who took the first hit. I served well and was strong in the end so I'm happy."

    Sofia will play 2011 Miami champion Victoria Azarenka in the 2nd round. Vika won her 1st round match 6-0, 6-0. Sofia said: "My next opponent hasn't lost a game so far in the tournament, so it'll be a really tough one. It'll be a good match. She's a Top 10 player so no pressure on me."

*#31 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d #26 Maria Kirilenko RUS 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(4) Sat
#32 Lucie Safarova CZE d #61 wc Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(3) Mon
*#41 Sara Errani ITA d #34 Klara Zakopalova CZE 7-6(4), 6-4 Sun
*#43 Agnes Szavay HUN d #35 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1 Sat
#36 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #56 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-3, 6-3 Sun
#42 Roberta Vinci ITA d #116 q Olga Govortsova BLR 6-4, 6-0 Mon
#44 Iveta Benesova CZE d #47 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 6-2 Mon
#46 Elena Vesnina RUS d #76 q Sania Mirza IND 6-4, 6-3 Sun

    Elena tweeted: "Won my match, but it was tough to play against your friend and [doubles] partner; we wre both nervous a bit at the beginning, but happy to [get through]... Now playing against good friend of mine, Vera [Zvonareva]! Who made that draw?! :)" Elena Vesnina at Twitter

*#57 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d #48 Greta Arn HUN 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 Sun
#65 wc Dinara Safina RUS d #118 q Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 Mon
*#79 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA d #59 q Monica Niculescu ROU 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) Sun

Madrid, 2nd Round, Mon-Wed 11am & noon Wed WTA story
losers' prize: €15,150; points: 80
#1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d #57 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 6-4 Tue

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Caroline serving, Bojana and Caroline driving forehand and backhand, and Caro after match point

#3 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #46 Elena Vesnina RUS 0-6, 6-3, 6-3 Mon

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Vera serving, and Elena driving a backhand

    Elena tweeted: "It was really good fight from both of us! That's why is Vera is number 3 In the world! It feels like we were playing indoor, court was really fast and a bit slippery... Anyway it's good to have matches like this!" Elena Vesnina at Twitter

#4 s3 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #41 Sara Errani ITA 6-0, 2-6, 6-3 Tue

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Francesca about to swat a forehand, and Sara driving a backhand

#5 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #89 q Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-1, 6-1 Mon

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Vika driving a backhand

    Vika tweeted: "Hey guys! Won my match today! Very happy with the way I played! Thank u for the support! Love u guys xx." Victoria Azarenka at Twitter

    Sofia tweeted: "No energy left in my legs but I lost to a good opponent today. Leaving Spain with 3-1 =)." Sofia Arvidsson at Twitter

#6 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS d #36 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(1), 7-5 Tue

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Samantha serving, Daniela driving a forehand, and Sam fielding a drop shot

#7 s6 Na Li CHN d #44 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Na serving, and Iveta and Na driving forehand and backhand

    Previously coached by Thomas Hogstedt, who moved on to coach Maria Sharapova, Na recently began working with a new coach, Michael Mortensen. Na said: "I'm glad to have something new in my tennis. We just started and the excitement is back in my game. I'm playing well and I look forward to my next match."

*#32 Lucie Safarova CZE d #8 s7 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 Wed

    Lucie was 0-4 against Jelena prior to this match. Lucie said: "I never won against Jelena, and when I went onto the court I really wanted to change the statistics. She made quite a lot of mistakes in the first set but came back and really started to play well. It was really good tennis and I'm happy that I won."

#9 s8 Maria Sharapova RUS d #38 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Mon

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Maria serving, and after match point (no good pic of Ekaterina could be found)

    Maria said: "I lost some focus [in the 2nd set], but it was important to let that go and concentrate on taking my opportunities in the third set." AP story

*#31 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d #12 s10 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tue

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Agnieszka and Jarmila driving forehands

    Jarmila said: "I've been fighting as much as I can this week, even when I was down in both matches. I like the courts. They're a little bit faster with the altitude and my game seems to be working. I will try my best in the next round." WTA story

*#21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #13 s11 Marion Bartoli FRA 7-5, 6-1 Tue
*#68 wc Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP d #15 s13 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-2, 7-6(5) Mon

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Arantxa serving, Andrea driving a backhand, and Arantxa volleying a forehand

    Arantxa said: "I've worked hard mentally. I was trying to be optimistic and thought I could do it. I'm so happy. I hope I can continue like this." WTA story

#19 s16 Petra Kvitova CZE d #79 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*#42 Roberta Vinci ITA d #25 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-2, 6-2 Wed

    Roberta said: "Today was an unbelievable match. I played well. I was focused and aggressive. I had good touch, good forehands, good serves and everything was perfect. Unbelievable. I'm very, very happy."

#27 Julia Goerges GER d #65 wc Dinara Safina RUS 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 Wed

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Julia serving, Dinara driving a backhand, Julia following one, and after winning a point

    Julia struck 3 aces with 3 double faults, and scored on 5 of the 10 break points she reached against Dinara, while totaling 98 points for the match. Dinara hit 6 aces, but with 15 DFs, while converting 4 of the break points she reached against Julia, and scoring 96 points in the match.

    Julia said: "Dinara was #1 in the world, so we know she's one of the best competitors on the tour. Every ball was tough from her, and she makes the game pretty tough for everybody, so I did expect a tough match, for sure."

    In the 3rd round on Thursday Julia will play #1 Caroline Wozniacki. Caroline leads Julia 2-1 in career matches, but Julia won their last encounter, on red clay April 24 in the final in Stuttgart, 7-6(3), 6-3. It was the biggest win of Julia's career.

    Julia said: "Of course I have some confidence, but Caroline is #1... I have the biggest respect for her, and she deserves to be #1. Every match is new, every game is new. I have to be focused like last time."

#28 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #43 Agnes Szavay HUN walkover—low back injury
#40 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d #109 q Vania King USA 6-0, 6-2 Tue

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Bethanie driving a forehand, and Vania reaching for one

Madrid, 3rd Round, Wed-Thu noon WTA Thu story
loser's prize: €27,500; points: 140
*#27 Julia Goerges GER d #1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 Thu

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Caroline serving, Julia driving a backhand, Caro launching a forehand on the run, Julia following one,
Julia serving, Caroline following a backhand, Julia driving a forehand, and after match point

    Julia struck 4 aces with only 1 double fault, and scored on 3 of the 8 break points she reached against Caroline, while totaling 79 points for the match. Caro hit 1 ace, with no DFs, while converting 3 of the 5 break points she reached against Julia, and scoring 76 points in the match.

    Julia also won her last encounter with Caroline, on red clay April 24 in the final in Stuttgart, 7-6(3), 6-3. It was the biggest win of Julia's career. Julia and Caroline are now tied at 2-2 in career matches.

    Julia said: "I was just focused on playing my game. I hit some high balls to her backhand to get [Caroline] out of her rhythm on that side, then I went for my shots. I waited for my chances and played my game really well. And, when I was down 4-0 in the second set, I told myself to keep it together for the third set and give everything. I did that pretty well at the end, and served it out well." WTA story

    Julia will play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Madrid quarterfinals on Friday. They have never before met on the field of combat.

    Julia said: "It's my first time here and I'm in the quarterfinals. It's very nice and I hope to keep going. The next match is going to be the same as today, very tough. You only have the best players here. I'm really looking forward to it."

*#19 s16 Petra Kvitova CZE d #3 s2 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-1, 6-4 Wed

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Petra serving, Vera and Petra following backhands, and Petra after winning a point

    Vera scored on only 1 of the 8 break points she reached against Petra while totaling 51 points in the match. Petra converted 4 of the 6 break points she reached against Vera, and totaled 66 points in the match.

*#40 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d #4 s3 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-6(5), 6-3 Thu

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Bethanie driving a forehand, and Francesca ready to swat one

    Bethanie said: "[Francesca] was serving great today, but my return is one of my best shots and I think there was only one break in the match. I'm playing free, is the best way to put it. I'm playing aggressive and confident, even if I miss a couple here and there. I'm going for it and that makes the difference."

#5 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #68 wc Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-0, 6-3 Thu

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Arantxa serving, and Vika driving a forehand

    Victoria, who won back to back titles at Miami and Marbella this spring before being waylaid by injury, has lost only five games in the first three rounds in Madrid.

    Victoria said: "I played a very solid game. I was dominating the whole match, which gives me a good feeling and a lot of confidence."

    Victoria will play Lucie Safarova in the quarterfinals on Friday. Vika leads Lucie 5-0 career matches, and, although the scores have been close a couple of times, Lucie has never taken a set from Vika. Their most recent meeting was on a hardcourt in the 1st round in Tokyo last year, when Victoria defeated Lucie 6-1, 6-3.

*#21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d #6 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-6(4), 6-3 Thu

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Samantha and Anastasia driving forehands

#7 s6 Na Li CHN d #42 Roberta Vinci ITA 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 Thu

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Roberta driving a forehand, and Na fielding a drop shot

    Na said: "The first set was good for [Roberta], then I started thinking about hitting it more to her slice backhand...
    "After Melbourne I wasn't winning any matches, so it's exciting I've now won three matches on clay. Things are going fantastic. Since my new coach joined my team I'm happier. I have more good energy now."

*#28 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #9 s8 Maria Sharapova RUS 7-5, 6-4 Wed

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Dominika tossing the ball for her serve, Maria driving a backhand, Domi about to swat a forehand, and after match point

    Dominika hit no aces, with 4 double faults, scored 7 of the 17 break points she reached against Maria, and totaled 72 points in the match. Maria also struck no aces, with 5 DFs, converted 5 of her 7 break points against Domi, and totaled 62 points in the match. After Dominika took a two-break lead at 4-0 in the 2nd set, Maria won the next four games. Then Domi won the last two to finish the match.

    Dominika said: "It's never easy to play against Maria because she's a great player and a great fighter. It was not easy to finish this match today." WTA story

    Maria and Dominika are now tied at 2-2 in career matches. All four of their meetings have been on dirt courts. On green clay, in the final at Amelia Island in 2008, Maria defeated Dominika 7-6(7), 6-3. Later the same year, on red clay in the 2nd round in Rome, Maria defeated Domi again, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. But in 2009, in the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, Dominika defeated Maria, 6-0, 6-2.

*#32 Lucie Safarova CZE d #31 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-3, 6-3 Thu

    Lucie said: "Last year I reached the semifinals here in Madrid, so it's great to be back in the quarters. Today was a tough match to play as Jarka is a friend of mine, but I served really well and am happy with the result."

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losers' prize: €57,500; points: 250
#5 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #32 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-3, 3-6, 6-2

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Victoria serving, Lucie driving a forehand, Vika driving a backhand, and after match point

    Victoria said: "Lucie came out firing lots of winners and serving well. I managed to step up my level but it was hard to break her because she was serving so well. I kept fighting for every point and got through in the end."

    Victoria will play Julia Goerges in the semifinals on Saturday. If Victoria wins, she will be ranked #4 on Monday, and become the highest ranked Belarusian player of all time.

    Victoria said: "Julia has been playing great tennis against top players recently. I need to stay focused and take my chances."

#7 s6 Na Li CHN d #40 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 3-6, 6-4

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Na and Bethanie driving forehand and backhand, Na fielding another forehand, and after match point

    Na said: "Bethanie played amazing today, it was fantastic tennis. I kept looking at my couch thinking, 'What's going on here!' I'm really happy to win this one. I am happy about winning again and I hope to go even further here."

    Bethanie said: "[Na's] serve was tough to break—in one game she hit four lines with her serve. She knew I liked to attack the second serve and was hitting hard. I was just trying to play my game but made a couple of mistakes at inopportune moments. I was happy with my effort though. I beat two French Open champs {Ana Ivanovic & Francesca Schiavone} so it's definitely a confidence booster for Roland Garros."

#19 s16 Petra Kvitova CZE d #28 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

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Petra serving, Domi and Petra driving forehand and backhand, and Petra after winning a point

    The win gave Petra the points she needs to be ranked in the WTA top 10 for the first time in her career.

    Petra said: "It was tough to play Dominika because we are good friends. We'll be playing doubles at Roland Garros together."

*#27 Julia Goerges GER d #21 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-4, 6-2

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Julia serving, Anastasia and Julia driving forehands, and Julia after match point

    Julia struck 6 aces with only 1 double fault, and scored on 3 of the 6 break points she reached against Anastasia, while totaling 63 points for the match. Anastasia had no aces, with no DFs, while converting none of the 6 break points she reached against Julia, and scoring 47 points in the match.

    Julia said: "No match is easy. Anastasia's a tough player. She's young and already in the Top 20. I just told myself to fight and keep your energy up."

    Julia will play Victoria Azarenka in the Madrid semifinals on Saturday. Julia and Vika have met only once before, indoors on red clay in the 2nd round at Stuttgart last month. Julia defeated Victoria 4-6 retired when Vika could no longer continue due to a right shoulder injury. Victoria had won back to back titles at Miami and Marbella prior to that match; it was the end of an 11 match winning streak.

    Julia now has compiled a 10 match winning streak of her own, including two wins over #1 Caroline Wozniacki. Regardless of the outcome on Saturday, Julia will enter the WTA top 20 on Monday for the first time in her career.

Madrid, SFs, Sat 11:45am WTA story
losers' prize: €135,500; points: 450
#5 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #27 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-2

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Victoria serving, Julia driving a forehand, Vika driving a backhand, and after match point

    Victoria struck 11 winners (including 2 aces) with 13 unforced errors (including 3 double faults); Julia, playing aggressively, hit 24 winners (2 aces) but had 37 errors (2 DFs).
    Victoria converted 3 of 9 break points against Julia; Julia reached break point against Vika only once, and was unable to score. Victoria scored 65 points in the match; Julia, 48.

    Victoria said: "I came very motivated to play this match and show my best tennis. I had to be the one dominating the game and not [Julia], because she has really big shots and when she goes for it it's tough to see where she's hitting."

    Victoria is now 19-2 since February; both of her losses were retirements due to injury (Indian Wells QF ret. to C Wozniacki, left hip injury; Stuttgart r2 ret. to J Goerges, right shoulder injury). The injuries seem to be behind her now.

    The loss ended a 10 match winning streak by Julia, including two wins over #1 Caroline Wozniacki. Despite the loss, Julia will enter the WTA top 20 on Monday for the first time in her career.

    About playing Petra Kvitova in the final on Sunday, Victoria said: "I take it as another match. It's going to be my last match here, and I'm looking forward to it. [Petra is] a great player and I'm really motivated."

*#19 s16 Petra Kvitova CZE d #7 s6 Na Li CHN 6-3, 6-1

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Petra serving, Na driving a backhand, Petra driving a forehand, and after match point

    Petra struck 28 winners (including 2 aces) with only 15 unforced errors (including 2 double faults); Na hit only 10 winners (1 ace) with 14 errors (2 DFs). Petra converted 6 of 13 break points against Na; Na reached break point against Petra only twice, scoring both times. Petra scored 64 points in the match; Na, 49.

    Petra said: "I knew I had to dominate, because Li plays hard and fast. I had to get on the offensive first. I didn't used to think clay was a good surface for me, but here it's faster, and that's good for my game."

    About playing Victoria Azarenka in the final on Sunday, Petra said: "I beat her the last time we played, so I'll try my best and we'll see what happens. Victoria is playing very well and is very aggressive."

Madrid, Final, Sun 3:30pm+
loser's prize: €310,000; points: 700
winner's prize: €620,000; points: 1000
*#19 s16 Petra Kvitova CZE d #5 s4 Victoria Azarenka BLR 7-6(3), 6-4

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Petra and Vika driving backhands, Petra driving a forehand, and after winning a point

Madrid, Doubles Final, Sat, 2nd night match
losers' prize: €98,000
winners' prize: €196,000
cdr26 s5 Victoria Azarenka & Maria Kirilenko d cdr8 s2 Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik 6-4, 6-2

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Victoria and Maria, their first title as a team—the silly hats are a gift that Li'l Masha bought for Vika and herself because she is so funny...

    Vika tweeted: "Soooo happy to win the dubs today! Masha played unreal today. Our first biggest title together:) thx for the support guys xx... {The hats are} Mashas gift :) we look so silly haha http://yfrog.com/h0vt6jujj" Victoria Azarenka at Twitter


Madrid, Qual Finals, Sat Apr 30 11am
losers' prizes: q1 €1,050 1pt; q2 €2,170 20pts; qualifier 30 points
#52 Simona Halep ROU d #177 Beatriz García Vidagany ESP 6-4, 6-2
#59 Monica Niculescu ROU d #77 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
*#89 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d #72 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 7-5, 6-3
*#109 Vania King USA d #73 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-2, 6-1
*#118 Nuria Llagostera Vives ESP d #75 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
#76 Sania Mirza IND d #82 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 6-1
#79 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d #233 Leticia Costas-Moreira ESP 6-3, 6-1
*#116 Olga Govortsova BLR d #93 Coco Vandeweghe USA 6(3)-7, 7-5, 7-6(3)

Madrid, Withdrawals & non-entries
#2 Kim Clijsters BEL ankle injury
#10 Serena Williams USA foot injury & illness
#16 Venus Williams USA hip injury
#37 Anastasija Sevastova LAT illness
#49 Anna Chakvetadze RUS illness / dizziness
#50 Timea Bacsinszky SUI left foot & ankle injury
#60 Rebecca Marino CAN
#63 Alona Bondarenko UKR
#64 Angelique Kerber GER

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