2012 Cincinnati WTA Singles Results    


  WTA Aug 15-21: Cincinnati

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, OH
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n3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n4 Serena Williams USA
n5 Samantha Stosur AUS
n6 Petra Kvitova CZE
n7 Angelique Kerber GER
n8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n9 Sara Errani ITA
n10 Marion Bartoli FRA
n11 Na Li CHN
n12 Ana Ivanovic SRB
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#7 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH

#11 Na Li
5'7" 143lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday in Cincinnati, in the final of the Western & Southern Open, the 2011 French Open champion (and last week's finalist in Montreal), 30 year old 9th seeded #11 (career high: #4) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, defeated the 2012 Copenhagen and Paris indoor champion, 24 year old 5th seeded #7 (career high: #7) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, 1-6, 6-3, 6-1 (Angelique is shown during the match; Na is shown holding the ceramicware afterward).

    Na's prize is $385,000; Angelique's prize is $192,000.

    Na struck 1 ace, and had 4 double faults, while scoring on 6 of the 21 break points she reached against Angelique and totaling 80 points in the match. Angelique hit 1 ace, with 2 DFs, and converted 4 of the 5 break points she held against Na while scoring a total of 74 points.

    It was Na's first tournament under the tutelage of her new coach, Carlos Rodriguez, who was retired former #1 Justine Henin's coach throughout her career.

    Na said: "[Angelique] was pretty unbelievable in the 1st set. I was trying to play flat, play fast, but she has no mistake, every ball just come back to my side... [2nd set] I just continued to try, and finally it worked." tourney playlist

    Angelique said: "[In the 3rd set Na] was playing so well... I tried to hit the ball deep, but she was bringing back every ball."

    Na now leads Angelique 5-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was was earlier this year on red clay in the 3rd round at Madrid, when Na defeated Angelique 7-5, 6-4.

    2011 French Open champion and Australian Open finalist Na is now 6-8 in WTA singles finals; she won at Sydney last year, at Birmingham in 2010, at Gold Coast in 2008, and at Guangzhou in 2004. Na has a 34-12 singles match record in 2012.

    Angelique is now 2-3 in WTA singles finals; she won this year at Paris and Copenhagen, and reached the final at Eastbourne; her other final was at Bogota in 2010. Angelique has a 53-16 singles match record in 2012; she has won more matches this season so far than any other player in the WTA.

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    Cincinnati: The 56-player main draw for Cincinnati has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 12 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

    W&S Financial Open venue address: Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Dr., Mason, OH 45040

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2012: On Monday, August 13 in Cincinnati, Serena Williams alerted the media...
Cincinnati, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $6,100 US; points: 1
n13 s11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n124 q Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-3, 6-4 Mon

Domi driving a forehand

*n65 wc Venus Williams USA d n14 s12 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-3, 6(5)-7, 6-2 Tue

Venus serving, and Maria about to swat a forehand

    Venus served for the match twice in the 2nd set, but Maria broke back both times.

    Venus said: "I was putting too much emphasis on my serve when I was trying to serve it out in the second set. When I had to hit some groundstrokes, I wasn't patient enough. I really should have just stuck in there and worked the point, but I got a little impatient. It doesn't work, especially against a player like [Maria]. But I changed my ways in the third." WTA story

*n32 Shuai Peng CHN d n18 s13 Jelena Jankovic SRB 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(8) Mon

Shuai serving, and Jelena driving a backhand

*n92 wc Camila Giorgi ITA d n21 s14 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-1, 6-3 Mon

Camila driving a backhand, and after the match

*n42 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n22 s15 Nadia Petrova RUS 7-6(8), 3-1 retired—dizziness Tue
*n45 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n23 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n24 s17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n44 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-4, 6-0 Tue
n25 Julia Goerges GER d n56 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-3 Mon

Julia driving a backhand

*n41 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n26 Christina McHale USA 3-6, 6-3, 3-0 retired—gastrointestinal illness Tue
*n35 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n27 Jie Zheng CHN 2-6, 7-6(1), 6-3 Tue
n28 Roberta Vinci ITA d n158 q Madison Keys USA 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*n38 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n30 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6(6)-7, 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*n79 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n31 Klara Zakopalova CZE 7-6(5), 7-5 Tue
n36 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n48 Simona Halep ROU 6-3, 6-0 Mon
n37 Mona Barthel GER d n86 MJ Martinez Sanchez ESP 6-0, 6-4 Mon

Mona's backhand drive

*n66 LL Timea Babos HUN d n39 Varvara Lepchenko USA 7-6(4), 6-4 Mon
*n50 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n43 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-1, 2-1 retired—migraine Tue
*n119 q Eleni Daniilidou GRE d n52 q Vania King USA 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(6) Mon
*n49 wc Sloane Stephens USA d n54 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*n46 q Urszula Radwanska POL d n72 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 6-2, 6-4 Mon
*n105 q Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ d n80 q Kiki Bertens NED 6-2, 6-1 Tue
n90 q Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n234 q B Mattek-Sands USA 6-3, 7-5 Tue
n93 q Johanna Larsson SWE d n108 q Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 6-3 Mon

Cincinnati, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 11am Tue WTA story - Wed WTA story
losers' prize: $11,300 US; points: 70
n3 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n50 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-4, 6-3 Wed

Sofia delivering a smash, and Agnieszka running down a forehand

    Agnieszka scored on 7 of the 10 break points she reached against Sofia; Sofia converted only 5 of her 13 break points against Agnieszka.

    Agnieszka said: "It was really hot out there, but I kind of prepared for that. I remember from last year that in Cincinnati it's very, very hot and humid.
    "The first match is always the most difficult. Every week we play on different surfaces with different balls and in different conditions. I'm just happy I won, especially in two sets, because of the heat. I hope to play better tomorrow."

n4 s2 Serena Williams USA d n119 q Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Serena launching a forehand

    Serena said: "I had 44 unforced errors. That's shocking. It's unprofessional. Hopefully I clean up my act for my next match. [Eleni] moved really fast and was getting everything back. It was good for my upcoming matches."

n5 s3 Samantha Stosur AUS d n36 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 6(6)-7, 6-4 Tue

Anabel and Samantha driving backhands

    Samantha said: "It was an interesting third set considering the whole match was really quite close. There were no breaks in the second set, and then straight away I got myself in quite a hole quite quickly. I thought I could still regroup and close that gap just a little bit, and if you do that, you never know what can happen. I got on a roll and managed to squeeze it out."

n6 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n37 Mona Barthel GER 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 Wed

Petra after winning a point

n7 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n66 LL Timea Babos HUN 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 Tue

Angelique driving a forehand

n8 s6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n105 q Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 6-1, 6-0 Wed
n9 s7 Sara Errani ITA d n35 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 6-4 Wed
*n93 q Johanna Larsson SWE d n10 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-4, 6-2 Tue

Johanna driving a backhand

n11 s9 Na Li CHN d n38 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Wed

Sorana and Na driving forehand and backhand

*n90 q Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n13 s11 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-6(1), 4-1 retired—right elbow injury Wed

Domi and Andrea driving forehand and backhand

n24 s17 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n25 Julia Goerges GER 6-3, 6-0 Wed

Anastasia and Julia driving backhands

*n32 Shuai Peng CHN d n28 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*n65 wc Venus Williams USA d n41 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wed

Venus driving a backhand

n42 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n79 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-1, 6-2 Wed
*n46 q Urszula Radwanska POL d n45 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 4-6, 4-1 retired—heat illness Wed
n49 wc Sloane Stephens USA d n92 wc Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 6-1 Wed

    About her 3rd round match, against top seed Agnieszka Radwanska, Sloane said: "I'm going to go out and play my game with a good attitude. I'll be excited. Maybe we'll get a good court. It'll be fun. I just love being out there competing, doing all the things necessary to win a match. I'll do my best."

Cincinnati, 3rd Round, Thu 11am WTA story
losers' prize: $22,060 US; points: 125
Thursday: rain stopped play
n3 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n49 wc Sloane Stephens USA 6-1, 4-6, 5-4

Agnieszka's service toss, and Sloane about to swat a forehand

n4 s2 Serena Williams USA d n46 q Urszula Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-3

Urszula and Serena reaching for backhand and forehand

    Serena struck no aces, and had 3 double faults, while scoring on 6 of the 10 break points she reached against Urszula and totaling 55 points in the match. Urszula hit 1 ace, with 4 DFs, and converted 4 of the 5 break points she held against Serena while scoring a total of 45 points.

    Urszula, younger sister of top seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, took a 3-0 lead in the 2nd set, breaking Serena's serve twice. But Serena then won six consecutive games to finish the match.

    Serena said: "Urszula has worked really hard, and me being a younger sister and Urszula being a younger sister too, I'm always looking for her to do well and I hope she does really well. Her game is great. What's best about her game is she's like her sister: she doesn't do anything badly. Those are always tough opponents to play."

n5 s3 Samantha Stosur AUS d n42 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-1, 6-3
n6 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n32 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 6-2

Petra's backhand drive

n7 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n90 q Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-4, 7-6(5)

Angelique and Andrea driving backhands

*n24 s17 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n8 s6 C Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 6-4 Thu-rain-Fri
*n65 wc Venus Williams USA d n9 s7 Sara Errani ITA 6-3, 6-0
n11 s9 Na Li CHN d n93 q Johanna Larsson SWE 6-2, 6-2 rain-ppd-Fri

Cincinnati, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $45,750 US; points: 225
*n11 s9 Na Li CHN d n3 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-1, 6-1
*n7 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n4 s2 Serena Williams USA 6-4, 6-4

Serena and Angelique driving forehands, and Angelique after match point

    Angelique struck 3 aces, and had 3 double faults, while scoring on both of the 2 break points she reached against Serena and totaling 60 points in the match. Serena hit 4 aces, with 3 DFs, and converted none of the 4 break points she held against Angelique while scoring a total of 56 points.

    It was Angelique's 52nd match victory this season, a higher victory total than any other player in the WTA. Angelique said: "I think the key for me was my serve. I broke her twice, and she didn't break me. I mixed my serve up well. I also tried to move well and bring as many balls back as I could... I was just told I won the only two break points I had in the match, and it's like I said yesterday: I knew I would have to be 100% focused every point because I would only get a few chances in the match." Cincinnati player blog by Angelique Kerber

    The loss ended a 19 match winning streak by Serena. Serena said: "I was not adjusting [to hardcourts after grass] the way I hoped, but that's no excuse. I think Angelique played really well today." tourney video playlist

*n65 wc Venus Williams USA d n5 s3 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 6(2)-7, 6-4

Samantha serving, Venus driving a backhand, and after match point

n6 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n24 s17 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-3, 7-6(4)

Cincinnati, SFs, Sat 7pm WTA story
loser's prize: $96,100 US; points: 395
*n7 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n6 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-1, 2-6, 6-4

Petra serving, and Angelique driving a forehand

    Angelique said: "My tactic was to move very well and bring the balls back and deep. I started very well in the second set, but she started to hit winners and I had no chance actually. I just kept fighting until the last point."

    Petra said: "I did a lot of mistakes. I knew if I played my solid game and went for my volleys I could win, but my mistakes were the problem."

n11 s9 Na Li CHN d n65 wc Venus Williams USA 7-5, 3-6, 6-1

Na driving a forehand, Venus driving a backhand, and Na launching a forehand on the run

    Na struck 2 aces, and had 4 double faults, while scoring on 5 of the 11 break points she reached against Venus and totaling 103 points in the match. Venus hit 1 ace, with 8 DFs, and converted 3 of the 7 break points she held against Na while scoring a total of 91 points.

    Na said: "The last two years I never got one point in North America. It's amazing I'm in another final... I don't know what happened, but the ball is going in the court all the time."

    Venus was suffering from back pain during the match. Venus said: "I pretty much couldn't serve... Right now I don't know why my back hurts. I just know it hurts. After this I'm going to get an evaluation and see what exactly is happening with it."

Cincinnati, Final, Sun 4pm
loser's prize: $192,000 US; points: 620
winner's prize: $385,000 US; points: 900
n11 s9 Na Li CHN d n7 s5 Angelique Kerber GER 1-6, 6-3, 6-1

Na and Angelique driving forehands, and Na's backhand drive

Cincinnati, Doubles Final, Sun 2pm
losers' prize: $55,000 US
winners' prize: $110,000 US
s5 Andrea Hlavackova & Lucie Hradecka d s8 Jie Zheng & Katarina Srebotnik 6-1, 6-3

Cincinnati, Qual Finals, Sun Aug 12 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,080 1pt; q2 $2,050 20pts; qualifier 30 points
n45 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n79 Anna Tatishvili GEO 7-5, 6-2
n46 Urszula Radwanska POL d n89 Laura Robson GBR 6-3, 6-2
n52 Vania King USA d n83 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
*n158 Madison Keys USA d n66 Timea Babos HUN 6-3, 6-0
n80 Kiki Bertens NED d n134 Yulia Putintseva KAZ 6-3, 6-3
*n105 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ d n81 Olga Govortsova BLR 3-6, 7-5, 6-0
*n108 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n87 Melinda Czink HUN 6-4, 7-6(2)
n90 Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n114 Olivia Rogowska AUS 6(5)-7, 6-4, 6-4
n93 Johanna Larsson SWE d n147 Alexa Glatch USA 6-2, 6-2
*n119 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d n95 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-3, 7-6(2)
*n234 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n101 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
*n124 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB d n112 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-3, 6-2

Cincinnati, Withdrawals
n2 Maria Sharapova RUS gastrointestinal illness
n12 s10 Ana Ivanovic SRB right foot "tear" (unspecified)
n15 Vera Zvonareva RUS illness
n16 Kaia Kanepi EST bilateral achilles injury
n17 Flavia Pennetta ITA right wrist injury
n19 Sabine Lisicki GER left abdominal injury
n20 Andrea Petkovic GER right ankle injury
n34 Monica Niculescu ROU left hand injury
n40 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS right knee injury

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