2012 Brussels & Strasbourg WTA Singles Results    

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  WTA May 21-26: Brussels & Strasbourg

Brussels Ladies Open, BEL PREMIER
$637,000 30m/32q/16d outdoor: red clay
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n3 A Radwanska, n7 M Bartoli
n17 D Cibulkova, n20 J Jankovic

Internationaux de Strasbourg, FRA
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n13 S Lisicki, n14 F Schiavone
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Brussels:

#3 Agnieszka Radwanska
5'7" 139lb RH 2H-BH
Strasbourg:

#14 Francesca Schiavone
5' 5½" 141lb RH 1H-BH


    On Saturday in Belgium, in the final of the Brussels Ladies Open, this year's champ at Miami and Dubai, 23 year old top seeded #3 (career high: #3) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, defeated the 2011 Fès finalist, 20 year old #48 (career high: #40) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 7-5, 6-0 (Aga is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Agnieszka's prize is $107,000; Simona's prize is $57,000.

    Simona almost won the 1st set, serving for it at 5-4. Agnieszka said: "On clay I think I need longer to warm up, not just the five minutes before the match. At the end I won nine games in a row. It was a good comeback, I think. And it's always great to win a tournament. I'm happy to get some good preparation in ahead of the French Open." WTA story

    Simona said: "I had some chances in the first set on my serve and I didn't take them. But it was my first Premier final and I'm really happy for it. I improved a lot this week and had some good wins against some tough players."

    Simona and Agnieszka had met only once before, last year on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the 3rd round of the Australian Open, when Agnieszka defeated Simona 6-1, 6-2.

    Agnieszka is now 10-2 in WTA singles finals, and she has won the last six finals she has reached. Aga has a 36-7 singles match record this season, with more match wins thus far than any other player in the WTA. Six of her losses were to #1 Victoria Azarenka, the other to Petra Cetkovska.

    Simona is now 0-3 in WTA singles finals. She reached the Fes final in 2010, and again in 2011. Simona has a 21-13 singles match record in 2012.

    Meanwhile in France, in the final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg, the 2010 French Open champion (and 2011 finalist), 31 year old 2nd seeded #14 (career high: #4) Francesca Schiavone from Milan, Italy, defeated the 2008 Budapest champion, 22 year old wild card #86 (career high: #11) Alizé Cornet from Nice, France, 6-4, 6-4 (Francesca is shown holding the glassware after the match).

    Francesca's prize is $37,000; Alizé's prize is $19,000.

    Francesca was 8-14 for the year before this week. Francesca said: "I haven't played my best for a while. When I go home and go out to dinner, people say I'm sad. I say, 'I keep losing first round. Should I be happy?' Now they are writing for me to keep going and winning more." WTA story

    Alizé said: "Right now I'm disappointed, but Francesca was playing well the whole week, not even losing a set. And my tennis is improving and coming back again. It was only positives for me this week, and now I hope I can recover and have a good tournament at Roland Garros."

    Francesca leads Alizé 8-1 in career matches and has won their last seven meetings. Their previous encounter was last year on a Plexipave hardcourt in the 2nd round at Indian Wells, when Francesca defeated Alizé 6-2, 6-3.

    2010 French Open champion Francesca is now 5-11 in WTA singles finals; she reached nine finals before winning her first title at Bad Gastein in 2007. Francesca has a 13-14 singles match record in 2012.

    Alizé is now 1-3 in WTA singles finals; this was her first final since 2008, when she won the title at Budapest and reached the finals at Acapulco and Rome. Alizé's singles match record this season is 25-15.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Brussels & Strasbourg

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Brussels Ladies Open,  Brussels, Belgium

 
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    Brussels: The 32-player main draw for Brussels has 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

click for broader view   Royal Primerose Tennis Club, Brussels
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Brussels Ladies Open venue address: Royal Primerose Tennis Club, 41-43, Avenue du Gros Tilleul, 1020 Bruxelles, Tél. : 02/478.37.61 Fax : 02 /478.43.85
    The Royal Primerose TC is located in the north of Brussels, approximately a 10 mins walk from the Heysel/Heizel (line 6) metro station and next to the Bruparck and Atomium.
    The Brussels Ladies Open was a new tourney in 2011, a late replacement for Warsaw on the WTA Tour calendar.

2012: Melanie Oudin and Christina McHale were looking good at the player party in Brussels on Tuesday...
Brussels, 1st Rnd, Mon-Tue 11am Mon WTA story - Tue WTA story
loser's prize: $4,800 US; points: 1
n17 s4 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n36 Christina McHale USA 7-6(1), 6-1 Mon

Dominika driving a forehand

*n48 Simona Halep ROU d n20 s6 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(3) Mon

   
Jelena and Simona driving forehands

    Simona said: "It was a very difficult match today. [Jelena] had 5-3 in the third set and match points, and I was getting a little bit nervous, but I did well and managed to win. I have to say it was one of the best matches in my life."

    It was the third 1st round loss in a row for 2008 US Open finalist Jelena, whose singles match record is now 17-14 for the season. Jelena dropped to #21 in the May 21st WTA singles rankings after 300 consecutive weeks in the top 20.

*n61 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n23 s7 Shuai Peng CHN 7-5, 6-3 Tue

   
Shuai driving a forehand, Sofia following one, and after winning a point

n25 s8 Kaia Kanepi EST d n101 q Irina Falconi USA 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n50 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n26 s9 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-5, 6-2 Tue
n30 s10 Nadia Petrova RUS d n62 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-4, 6-4 Mon

    Nadia said: "I wish I could have made a little less unforced errors today, but I served well and played well on the important points. The beauty of tennis is tomorrow's another day and you can work on things, improve and come back."

*n98 q Arantxa Rus NED d n33 Jie Zheng CHN 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 Tue
n34 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n337 sr Anna Chakvetadze RUS 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Tue

    Yanina said: "It was a tough match but I had to power through and I'm glad to have won. It's special to play at home and have the crowd behind you."

n35 Monica Niculescu ROU d n187 q Sania Mirza IND 6-1, 7-5 Tue
*n312 wc Alison Van Uytvanck BEL d n38 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 Mon
n44 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n67 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-1, 6-4 Mon
*n91 q Urszula Radwanska POL d n59 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-2, 6-2 Tue
*n109 LL Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n105 Greta Arn HUN 6-1, 6-4 Tue
n110 LL Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n196 wc Tamaryn Hendler BEL 7-5, 7-5 Tue

Bojana driving a backhand

Brussels, 2nd Round, Wed 11am WTA story
losers' prize: $8,800 US; points: 60
n3 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n109 LL Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-1, 6-0

   
Lesia serving, and Agnieszka driving a backhand

    Agnieszka said: "It was a very good match for me. Everything was working. It's always tough to play your first round so I'm very happy I had a quick one.
    "To reach my 10th quarterfinal of the year is just great. I'm also very happy to get some good results and practice on clay courts right before a Grand Slam."

*n91 q Urszula Radwanska POL d n7 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-4, 6-2

Urszula after match point

    Urszula said: "Of course Marion is a great player, but I was just focusing on my game. The crowd was really good to me today, it felt like I was at home. The courts are really nice and things have been going well for me.
    "I will just keep trying my best in my next match."

n17 s4 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n34 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-3, 6-4

Domi driving a backhand

n25 s8 Kaia Kanepi EST d n110 LL Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 6-2
*n44 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n30 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-3, 6-2
*n48 Simona Halep ROU d n35 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-1, 6-1
*n312 wc Alison Van Uytvanck BEL d n50 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
n61 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n98 q Arantxa Rus NED 6-2, 3-1

    Sofia said: "We are very good friends and it was strange to play [Arantxa]. Unfortunately she had to retire from the match, but I hope she'll recover and be okay soon."

Brussels, QFs, Thu 11:30am WTA story
losers' prize: $16,375 US; points: 120
play completed after rain delay
n3 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n312 wc Alison Van Uytvanck BEL 6-2, 6-1

Agnieszka's backhand drive

    Agnieszka said: "[Alison] was really playing very good tennis today, serving very well and moving well. I'm very happy I could close this match in two sets."

*n48 Simona Halep ROU d n17 s4 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 0-6, 6-4, 6-3

   
Domi and Simona driving forehand and backhand

n25 s8 Kaia Kanepi EST d n44 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-3, 6-1

Kaia driving a backhand

    Kaia said: "It was quite an interesting match. [Tsvetana] had her opportunities, and the score didn't really say how tough it was. I was very aggressive from the baseline. I made shots I had to and didn't make mistakes at the wrong time."

    Tsvetana said: "I don't feel bad at all. Compared to my results coming here, this is very good. I had three good matches. Even though I lost today, I think I played on a good level. Kaia just played too well today: good serve, good returning, just very solid."

n61 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n91 q Urszula Radwanska POL 7-5, 6-4

    It is the first time that Sofia has reached a Premier level semifinal. Sofia said: "I had played against [Urszula] before so I know her game a little bit. She and her sister are very smart, very different from all the other players. You don't get too much of a rhythm against them - one ball is deep, the next ball is short, and they can come to the net too. You never get the same ball.
    "Urszula was playing very well and it was difficult in the beginning, but then I started playing more aggressive and things got better. It was a tight match."

Brussels, SFs, Fri 11:30am WTA story
losers' prize: $30,500 US; points: 200
n3 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n25 s8 Kaia Kanepi EST 7-6(8), 6-3

   
Kaia and Agnieszka driving forehand and backhand, and Kaia complimenting Aga after match point

    Kaia took a 5-1 lead in the 1st set. Agnieszka said: "Kaia started the match very well and I made a few mistakes, and suddenly it was 1-5. It's always tough to come back from that. And she served so well today, it was tough to break. But on this surface you can come back and I just thought that I could still do it, that anything could happen.

    "It's experience. I've had those leads and lost them too, so I've learned my lesson. You just have to take your chances and fight for it. That's what I did."

    About the final, Agnieszka said: "I'll do everything I can tomorrow to win another title."

n48 Simona Halep ROU d n61 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-4, 6-3

   
Sofia and Simona driving forehands, and Simona after match point

    Simona said: "From 3-4 in the first set I really started to believe I could win. It was windy, and my backhand didn't work like it did yesterday, but I played well overall. My coach told me to believe and stay focused every point, and just play my game, and it worked."

    About the final, Simona said: "It will be a tough match against Radwanska but I will try to enjoy it. The only time we played, in Australia last year, she was playing so well. I was a little bit nervous before that match. Tomorrow I'll try to do better."

Brussels, Final, Sat 3:30pm
loser's prize: $57,000 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $107,000 US; points: 470
n3 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n48 Simona Halep ROU 7-5, 6-0

     
Agnieszka driving a forehand, Simona fielding one, Aga driving a backhand, and after match point

Brussels, Doubles Final, Sat 1pm
losers' prize: $17,600 US
winners' prize: $33,000 US
s4 Sania Mirza & Bethanie Mattek-Sands d s3 Jie Zheng & Alicja Rosolska 6-3, 6-2

Brussels, Qual Finals, Mon May 21 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,375 8pts; q3 $2,550 12pts; qualifier 20 points
n91 Urszula Radwanska POL d n262 Lenka Wienerova SVK 6-4, 6-2
n98 Arantxa Rus NED d n123 Paula Ormaechea ARG 6-4, 7-5
n101 Irina Falconi USA d n110 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-4
*n187 Sania Mirza IND d n109 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-0, 6-0

    Sania is playing singles again after a hiatus due to knee trouble. Sania said: "I'm playing singles for the first time in a few months after making a conscious decision to focus on doubles, because of my knee and the way things went.

    "It just so happened I got in here. I feel like I have a lot of singles left in me, and after winning three quality matches so far here it's kind of confirmed in my head. I'm very happy to qualify and I hope my knee continues to hold up. I'm having fun. I really do enjoy playing and competing in singles."


Brussels, Withdrawals
n11 s3 Angelique Kerber GER low back injury
n19 s5 Roberta Vinci ITA right wrist injury
n12 Andrea Petkovic GER torn right ankle ligaments
n18 Daniela Hantuchova SVK foot stress fracture
n24 Sara Errani ITA
n28 Petra Cetkovska CZE left quadriceps injury
n29 Julia Goerges GER

 
 
Internationaux de Strasbourg,  Strasbourg, France

 
tourney time:
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       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

France News


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

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Internationaux de Strasbourg venue address: Centre Sportif de Hautepierre, Rue Baden Powell, F-67200, Strasbourg, France

2012: Sabine Lisicki and Tamira Paszek did the "tennis on an [insert odd location here]" tourney promo thing at Strasbourg...
Strasbourg, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 11am Mon WTA story - Tue WTA story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
Monday: rain stopped play
*n65 Pauline Parmentier FRA d n13 s1 wc Sabine Lisicki GER 6-4, 6-4 Mon

    Pauline said: "I'm very happy. I played really well today and was really focused on my game. I played solid and was moving well from the start."

n14 s2 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n74 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-1, 6-2 Tue

    Francesca said: "I'm feeling good here in Strasbourg. For me, the conditions are very good. The court is slow, the ball is not flying too much and it helps me to move my opponent around."

*n92 Sloane Stephens USA d n16 s3 Maria Kirilenko RUS 3-6, 4-4 retired—right ankle injury Tue
n31 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n72 A Tatishvili GEO 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Mon-rain-Tue
*n78 q Alexandra Panova RUS d n32 s5 Mona Barthel GER 6-3, 7-6(7) Tue
*n77 Ayumi Morita JPN d n39 s6 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-1, 6-3 Mon-rain-Tue
*n114 wc Virginie Razzano FRA d n47 LL MJ Martinez Sanchez ESP 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 Tue
n52 s8 Tamira Paszek AUT d n104 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 Mon

    Tamira said: "It's great to be through to the second round. I played really well in the first and third sets, but I've had a lot of injuries this year I'm still looking for that consistency and some rhythm for the French Open next week."

*n54 Shahar Peer ISR d n53 s9 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 7-5, 6-0 Tue
n55 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n84 q/LL Mandy Minella LUX 7-6(3), 6-2 Tue
*n64 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n56 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6(5)-7, 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n66 Timea Babos HUN d n255 q Anastasija Sevastova LAT 3-0 retired—low back injury Tue
*n83 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA d n70 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-4, 6-0 Mon
*n86 wc Alize Cornet FRA d n75 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Tue
*n113 q Mirjana Lucic CRO d n76 Anne Keothavong GBR 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 Tue
n81 Johanna Larsson SWE d n168 q Lauren Davis USA 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5) Tue

Strasbourg, 2nd Round, Wed 10am WTA story
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n14 s2 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n113 q Mirjana Lucic CRO 6-1, 6-2
n31 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n64 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 7-6(9), 7-6(2)
*n81 Johanna Larsson SWE d n52 s8 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-2, 6-0
*n86 wc Alize Cornet FRA d n54 Shahar Peer ISR 4-6, 6-4, 6-0

    Alize said: "Shahar is a very good player. I was 6-4, 4-3 down. I was not in good shape. I really thought I would lose in the second set, but the crowd cheered me up. They were really important in this match, my coach as well. Thanks to them, I won this match. I'm very happy to get through. It feels great."

*n78 q Alexandra Panova RUS d n55 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
n65 Pauline Parmentier FRA d n83 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

    Pauline said: "It was really tough because I played against a good friend of mine. I was a little bit nervous at the beginning and [Stephanie] played really aggressive in the first set. But I kept fighting until the end and it turned out well for me."

*n92 Sloane Stephens USA d n66 Timea Babos HUN 6-2, 3-6, 6-3

    Sloane said: ""We won three junior Grand Slams together, so [Timea is] obviously a good friend of mine. It's always tough playing a friend, but we had a really good match, so I'm happy.
    "I played well last week and this week has been good, so it's good to get a lot of matches in before the French Open. Strasbourg has been really good to me."

n77 Ayumi Morita JPN d n114 wc Virginie Razzano FRA 6-1, 6-3

Strasbourg, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
n14 s2 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n81 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-0, 6-3
*n86 wc Alize Cornet FRA d n31 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 7-6(2), 7-6(5)
n65 Pauline Parmentier FRA d n78 q Alexandra Panova RUS 6-3, 6-3
n92 Sloane Stephens USA d n77 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-3, 6-4

Strasbourg, SFs, Fri 2pm WTA story
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
n14 s2 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n92 Sloane Stephens USA 7-5, 6-1

    Francesca said: "The first set wasn't great. I was using what was there in that moment and just tried to keep going. It wasn't easy today. It was windy, and it's particularly difficult when you play against the wind, because you have to push hard and stay down with your legs, and be consistent. It's hard to make great shots, so you just have to study how to play the best way, then do it.
    "Sloane can play really well, so I had to use my experience. It wasn't great tennis, but it was important to win and I'm very happy to be in the final."

    Sloane said: "Francesca's a great player... I was just trying to do my best. It was a tough one, but it was fun."

*n86 wc Alize Cornet FRA d n65 Pauline Parmentier FRA 4-6, 6-1, 6-3

Strasbourg, Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
n14 s2 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n86 wc Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-4

Francesca after match point (no news photos of earlier rounds, or of Alize during or after this match, were found)

Strasbourg, Doubles Final, Sat 12:30pm
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
s2 Olga Govortsova & Klaudia Jans-Ignacik d s1 Natalie Grandin & Vladimira Uhlirova 6(4)-7, 6-3, (10-3)

Strasbourg, Qual Finals, Mon May 21 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*n113 Mirjana Lucic CRO d n47 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
n78 Alexandra Panova RUS d n99 Stephanie Dubois CAN 6-3, 6-4
*n168 Lauren Davis USA d n84 Mandy Minella LUX 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
*n255 Anastasija Sevastova LAT d n245 Lenka Jurikova SVK 6-0, 6-1

Strasbourg, Withdrawals
n42 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE illness
n51 Iveta Benesova CZE left shoulder injury
n57 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE illness
n68 Romina Oprandi SUI right knee injury
n71 Michaella Krajicek NED right knee surgery (cartilage)
n79 Elena Vesnina RUS right wrist injury


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