2012 Acapulco & Kuala Lumpur WTA Singles Results        

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  WTA Feb 27-Mar 5: Acapulco & KL

Abierto Mexicano, Acapulco, MEX
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n23 R Vinci, n28 F Pennetta
n36 S Errani, n51 I-C Begu

BMW Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur
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Kuala Lumpur:

#124 Su-Wei Hsieh
5'7" 126lb RH 2H-FH&BH
Acapulco:

#36 Sara Errani
5'4&fra124;" 132lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday in Kuala Lumpur, in the final of the BMW Malaysian Open, 26 year old qualifier #124 (career high: #78) Su-Wei Hsieh from Taipei, Taiwan, defeated 21 year old 5th seeded #66 (career high: #54) Petra Martic from Split, Croatia, 2-6, 7-5, 4-1 retired (Su-Wei is shown with the trophy after the match).

    Petra had played a very long match earlier on Sunday, defeating 2nd seeded #14 Jelena Jankovic in a rain-postponed semifinal which lasted over three hours, 6(5)-7, 7-5, 7-6(5).

    Su-Wei's prize is $37,000; Petra's prize is $19,000.

    Su-Wei said: "In a way I was lucky, but I'll cherish this for as long as I can remember. I never expected to win this title. It wasn't easy for me but I tried so hard to win." WTA story

    Su-Wei was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 20 ITF singles titles, 8 WTA doubles titles and 19 ITF doubles titles. Su-Wei now has a 13-2 singles match record in 2012, the best start of her career. Getting To Know... Hsieh Su-Wei

    Petra was also playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 2 ITF singles titles and 3 ITF doubles titles. Petra has a 8-5 singles match record for the year.

    On Saturday in Acapulco, in the final of the Abierto Mexicano, the 2008 Palermo champion, 24 year old 3rd seeded #36 (career high: #31) Sara Errani from Bologna, Italy.
defeated her compatriot, the 2005 and 2008 Acapulco champion, 30 year old 2nd seeded #28 (career high: #10) Flavia Pennetta of Italy (residence: Verbier, Switzerland), 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-0 (Sara is also shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Sara's prize is $37,000; Flavia's prize is $19,000.

    Sara said: "It was such a tough final against Flavia. I had to run a lot and try to play my game and be aggressive in the important moments. It's never easy playing an Italian but I played really well, especially in the third set.
    "I can take a lot of confidence from this going into Indian Wells, but I always want more." WTA story

    Flavia said: "We both played well tonight, but Sara played really well in the important moments. I made a lot of mistakes in the tie-break and in the third set I was tired physically and it went really fast."

    Sara is now 3-3 in WTA singles finals. She won her other two titles at Palermo and Portoroz, both in 2008. She reached the Pattaya City final last year. Sara has a 16-5 singles match record this season.

    Flavia is now 9-13 in WTA singles finals. Flavia has a 32-6 career record in Acapluco. She won the tourney in 2005 and 2008, and also reached the final in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009. Flavia is 10-5 in singles matches this year.

    Flavia still leads Sara 3-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in 2010 on red clay in the semifinals at Marbella, when Flavia defeated Sara 6-1, 6-1.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Acapulco & Kuala Lumpur

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Abierto Mexicano,  Acapulco, Mexico

 
tourney time:
       = GMT -6 hours
       = US ET -1 hours
       = US PT +2 hours

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

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2012: Former Acapulco champ Flavia Pennetta did the player rep thing at the Acapulco draw on Sunday...
Acapulco, 1st Rd, Mon 3pm-Tue 11am Mon WTA story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
n23 s1 Roberta Vinci ITA d n71 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-2, 7-6(5) Tue

   
Silvia driving a forehand, and Roberta ready to slice a backhand

n28 s2 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n114 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-4, 6-2 Tue
n36 s3 Sara Errani ITA d n101 Irina Falconi USA 6-1, 6-1 Tue

   
Sara following a backhand, and Irina driving one

n51 s4 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n318 sr Timea Bacsinszky SUI 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-4 Mon

    Irina-Camelia said: "I had so many chances in the first set, and was up 3-1 in the second set—it's not easy when you give your opponent that kind of chance, but I just fought for every ball and thankfully I won in the end."

*n91 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n56 s5 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(3) Tue
n61 s6 Johanna Larsson SWE d n132 q Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n67 s8 Alberta Brianti ITA d n117 Alize Cornet FRA 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*n99 q Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU d n68 Greta Arn HUN 7-5, 7-5Tue
n72 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n163 q Petra Rampre CRO 6-2, 6-4 Tue
n75 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n109 Eva Birnerova CZE 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Tue
n82 Michaella Krajicek NED d n110 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 Tue
*n131 Melinda Czink HUN d n87 Stephanie Dubois CAN 7-6(6), 6-3 Mon
n92 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA d n97 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-4, 7-6(5) Mon
*n382 wc Ximena Hermoso MEX d n103 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 7-5, 6-3 Mon

   
Ximena and Patricia driving forehand and backhand

    It was Mexican #1 Ximena's first WTA main draw victory. Ximena said: "It was amazing. Everything was going through my mind on match point. I couldn't breathe, I couldn't think, I was just trying to run and put the ball in play. When she missed the ball on match point I screamed—I had too many emotions all in one. It was my biggest win so far."

*n159 LL Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n112 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-4, 6-4 Tue

   
Lourdes volleying a backhand, and Estrella driving one

n166 q Mariana Duque Marino COL d n564 wc Nadia Abdala MEX 6-1, 6-0 Tue

Acapulco, 2nd Round, Wed 3pm WTA story
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n23 s1 Roberta Vinci ITA d n92 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA 7-5, 6-4

   
Stephanie driving a forehand, and Roberta ready to swat one

n28 s2 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n72 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-1

   
Sofia and Flavia driving forehands

    The match was completed at 12:21am Thursday morning. Flavia said: "Sofia was playing really aggressively from the start. I was really nervous from the beginning and felt like I was being pushed back to the baseline all the time. She was ahead so many times but each time I played much better and more aggressively.
    "I'm so happy to get through this match tonight. It was a really tough match but really amazing at the same time. I have no idea what time it is now. I'm just going to try to recover for tomorrow. I don't know when I'm playing. I don't know anything!"

    Flavia has a 30-5 career record in Acapluco. She won the tourney in 2005 and 2008, and also reached the final in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009.

n36 s3 Sara Errani ITA d n99 q Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU 6-4, 6-1

    Sara said: "I lost to [Edina] two years ago here on the exact same court. I've always found it difficult to play against her, but all I wanted to do today was play a good match, and I'm happy I did that."

n51 s4 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n75 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-3, 6-1
*n166 q Mariana Duque Marino COL d n61 s6 Johanna Larsson SWE 4-6, 6-1, 6-3
*n82 Michaella Krajicek NED d n67 s8 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(2)
n91 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n382 wc Ximena Hermoso MEX 6-3, 3-6, 6-3

    Magda was ill prior to this week. Magdalena said: "I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to play this tournament and now I'm in the quarterfinals, so I'm happy. I'm playing Begu next—I've never played her but I've seen her and she's very good."

*n159 LL Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n131 Melinda Czink HUN 6-4, 7-6(5)

   
Melinda and Estrella driving forehand and backhand

Acapulco, QFs, Thu 3pm WTA story
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
n23 s1 Roberta Vinci ITA d n82 Michaella Krajicek NED 6-2, 6-0

    Roberta said: "The score was easy, but it was definitely tough. I played well. I just played my game, hitting a lot of slice and a lot of drop shots."

n28 s2 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n166 q Mariana Duque Marino COL 6-0, 6-4

   
Mariana and Flavia driving forehands

    Flavia's previous match had ended at 12:21am on Thursday morning. Flavia said: "It wasn't easy to play again today after playing so late yesterday, but we both played really well and I'm happy to win.
    "It's very hot here, but when you decide to come to Acapulco, you know what you're getting—and you work so hard over the years to play in conditions like this, too."

n36 s3 Sara Errani ITA d n159 LL Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 6-4, 6-3

   
Estrella and Sara driving backhands

    Sara said: "Estrella and I know each other well, and she plays well on clay. I tried to be aggressive and play to her backhand, and also move her around and make her run. It was a tight match but I made a good job today and we'll see if I can keep it up in my next match."

n51 s4 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n91 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-1, 6-2

Acapulco, SFs, Fri 3pm WTA story
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*n36 s3 Sara Errani ITA d n23 s1 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-4, 6-1

    Sara said: "It took me a while to get my rhythm, but by the end I was happy with how I played. I don't think it was the best tennis from either of us—it's always hard playing a friend—but of course I'm happy to reach the final."

n28 s2 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n51 s4 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-2, 6-2

   
Irina-Camelia and Flavia driving backhands, and Flavia after match point

    Flavia said: "Today I played a little better than my other matches here. My serve was working better."

Acapulco, Final, Sat 6:30pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
*n36 s3 Sara Errani ITA d n28 s2 Flavia Pennetta ITA 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-0

   
Flavia and Sara driving forehands, and Sara after match point

Acapulco, Doubles Final, Sat 8pm
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
s1 Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci d s2 Lourdes Dominguez Lino & Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 6-1

Acapulco, Qual Finals, Mon Feb 27 3pm
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n99 Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU d n170 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 4-6, 6-1 retired
n132 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ d n206 Maria Joao Koehler POR 2-6, 6-4,6-2
*n163 Petra Rampre CRO d n159 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 6-3, 6-4
n166 Mariana Duque Marino COL d n289 Catalina Castano COL 6-1, 6-3

Acapulco, Withdrawals
n41 Ksenia Pervak KAZ illness
n54 Marina Erakovic NZL
n55 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE right shoulder injury
n59 Pauline Parmentier FRA right wrist injury
n62 Romina Oprandi SUI right knee injury
n64 s7 Gisela Dulko ARG gastrointestinal illness
n84 Laura Pous-Tio ESP left knee injury

 
Malaysia Open,  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 
tourney time:
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       = US ET +13 hours
       = US PT +16 hours

Malaysia News


    Kuala Lumpur: The 32-player main draw for Kuala Lumpur has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

Mslaysia Open venue address: Bukit Kiara Resort Bhd. Jalan Bukit Kiara, Off Jalan Damansara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    2010 was the first year of the Kuala Lumpur tourney. New Straits Times story

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2011: Ladies dressing their best for the Kuala Lumpur players party included Urszula Radwanska, Jarka Groth, Misa Krajicek (who frequently uploads nice pics like this one), Lucie Safarova, Bojana Jovanovski and Marion Bartoli... row 2: Francesca Schiavone, Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, and Ayumi Morita baked cookies for a photo op at "The Food Store" on Saturday, February 26...
Kuala Lumpur, 1st Rd, Mon 1pm, Tue 10am Mon WTA story - Tue WTA story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
Tue: play resumed after rain delay
n6 s1 wc Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n119 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-2, 6-4 rain ppd-Wed-rain-Thu
n14 s2 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB d n142 Caroline Garcia FRA 7-6(7), 4-6, 7-6(2) Tue

Jelena driving a forehand

    The match, taking place on Jelena's 27th birthday, took just under three hours, and was completed shortly after midnight.

    Jelena said: "I didn't know what to expect when I was drawn to play [Caroline]. I had to push myself, as the weather conditions were humid. But I managed to stay tough and mentally strong in the last set when I was down and had almost lost the match... But all credit to her. She's young and had nothing to lose. She came out strong and pushed me."

n17 s3 Shuai Peng CHN d n133 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-1, 4-6, 6-2 Tue
n43 s4 wc Jarmila Gajdosova AUS v n184 Kathrin Woerle GER 1-6, 7-6(2), 7-5 Tue
n66 s5 Petra Martic CRO d n139 Erika Sema JPN 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 Mon
n69 s6 Ayumi Morita JPN d n306 q Nudnida Luangnam THA 6-4, 6-0 Tue

Ayumi ready to slice a backhand

n74 s7 Jelena Dokic AUS d n160 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-3, 6-1 Mon

    Jelena said: "No match is easy. Maybe it did look that way but I earned my points... After breaking her serve when leading 3-2, she fell apart. I started to come in more and tried to dominate the game. That is where I had the advantage."

*n124 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n77 s8 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-4, 7-5 Tue
n79 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d n113 Sania Mirza IND 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 Tue
*n162 q Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n93 Iryna Bremond FRA 6-0, 6-2 Tue
*n140 q Karolina Pliskova CZE d n100 Kai-Chen Chang CHN 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n102 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n108 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-0, 6-2 Tue
n127 Misaki Doi JPN d n189 wc Olga Puchkova RUS 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 Mon
n130 Olivia Rogowska AUS d n148 Elitsa Kostova BUL 6-4, 6-0 Mon
n144 Kurumi Nara JPN d n181 Noppawan Lertcheewakarn THA 6-4, 6-3 Mon
n147 Jill Craybas USA d n164 Yurika Sema JPN 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 Tue

Kuala Lumpur, 2nd Rd, Wed 1pm, Thu noon
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
Wednesday—rain stopped play
n6 s1 wc Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n140 q Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Thu
n14 s2 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB d n147 Jill Craybas USA 6-2, 6-0 Thu
n17 s3 Shuai Peng CHN d n162 q Kristyna Pliskova CZE 2-6, 6-1, 6-4 Thu
*n79 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d n43 s4 wc Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-4, 6-0 Thu
n66 s5 Petra Martic CRO d n144 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 Wed
n69 s6 Ayumi Morita JPN d n127 Misaki Doi JPN 7-6(6), 6-2 ppd-Thu
*n130 Olivia Rogowska AUS d n74 s7 Jelena Dokic AUS 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2) ppd-Thu
*n124 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n102 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 7-5 Wed

Kuala Lumpur, QFs, Fri 2pm WTA story
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
rain stopped play
*n124 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n6 s1 wc Agnieszka Radwanska POL
    walkover—right elbow injury
n14 s2 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB s n69 s6 Ayumi Morita JPN walkover—right shoulder injury
*n66 s5 Petra Martic CRO d n17 s3 Shuai Peng CHN 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4

Petra driving a forehand

    Petra had lost her last 10 matches against players ranked in the top 20. Petra said: "It is a great feeling to beat a Top 20 player after so long. I took advice from my coach, who told me to play the game on a point-by-point basis and not to think of the outcome of the match."

n79 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d n130 Olivia Rogowska AUS 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 Fri-rain-Sat

Kuala Lumpur, SFs, Sat 4pm & 6pm WTA story
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
rain stopped play
*n66 s5 Petra Martic CRO d n14 s2 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB 6(5)-7, 7-5, 7-6(5) ppd-Sun

    Jelena said: "Physically it was tough for both of us, playing in this heat, but all the credit to [Petra]. Her serving was consistent while mine broke down. It could have gone either way, but there's only one winner and the better one won."

n124 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n79 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-0, 4-6, 6-1

   
Eleni about to swat a backhand, Su-Wei driving one, and after match point

    Su-Wei said: "I knew [Eleni] had played her quarterfinal match today and thought she might be tired. My plan was to make her run as much as possible and it worked."

Kuala Lumpur, Final, Sun 6pm+
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
*n124 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n66 s5 Petra Martic CRO 2-6, 7-5, 4-1 retired—heat illness

       
Su-Wei about to swat a backhand, Petra driving one, and Su-Wei driving a forehand

Kuala Lumpur, Doubles Final
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
*Kai-Chen Chang & Chia-Jung Chuang d s3 Rika Fujiwara & Hao-Ching Chan 7-5, 6-4

Kuala Lumpur, Qual Finals, Mon Feb 27 1pm
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n124 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n223 Ayu Fani Damayanti INA 7-6(6), 6-0
n140 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n205 Elena Bogdan ROU 6-1, 7-5
n162 Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n282 Luksika Kumkhum THA 6-3, 6-4
*n306 Nudnida Luangnam THA d n297 Elena Bovina RUS 6-2, 6-4

Kuala Lumpur, Withdrawals
n7 Marion Bartoli FRA right lower leg injury
n80 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN right foot injury
n85 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA illness
n106 Nina Bratchikova RUS
n121 Laura Robson GBR illness
n135 Venus Williams USA Sjögren's Syndrome


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