2012 Moscow & Luxembourg WTA Singles Results    

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  WTA Oct 15-21 Moscow & Luxembourg

Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia
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n9 S Stosur, n10 M Bartoli
n11 C Wozniacki, n12 A Ivanovic

BNP Paribas Open, Luxembourg
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Moscow:

#11 Caroline Wozniacki
5' 10" 128lb RH 2H-BH
Luxembourg:

#41 Venus Williams
6'1" 160lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Moscow, in the final of the Kremlin Cup, the 2012 champion at Seoul, 22 year old 3rd seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated the 2011 US Open champion, 28 year old top seeded #9 (career high: #4) Samantha Stosur from Gold Coast, Australia, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 (Caro is shown holding the Kremlin Cup after the match).

    Caroline's prize is $110,000; Samantha's prize is $57,800.

    Caro said: "I think both of us played very good tennis out there. Sam has been playing well and I knew it wasn't going to be easy, and it could have gone either way at the end, but I think at the right times I played the right shots. There were a lot of key moments, but they just went my way." WTA story

    Samantha said: "It's disappointing not to walk away with a title this year, having done so the last couple of years, but I made it to two finals and had a lot of other good opportunities, so it's still a good year, and I'll use it to motivate myself in 2013."

    Caroline and Samantha are now tied at 3-3 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in 2010 on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the round robin of the WTA Championships at Doha, Qatar, when Sam defeated Caro 6-4, 6-3.

    Caroline is now 20-11 in WTA singles finals. She also won this year at Seoul, and last year at Dubai, Indian Wells, Charleston, Brussels, Copenhagen, and New Haven. Caro has a 46-20 singles match record this season.

    Samantha is now 3-12 in WTA singles finals. She has not won a title this year, though she also reached the final at Doha. Sam's 2012 singles match record is 44-22.

    Meanwhile at Luxembourg, in the final of the BNP Paribas Open, the 5-time Wimbledon champion, 32 year old #41 (and former #1) Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, defeated the 2011 Luxembourg finalist, 25 year old #70 (career high: #29) Monica Niculescu from Bucharest, Romania, 6-2, 6-3 (Venus is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Venus's prize is $37,000; Monica's prize is $19,000.

    Venus said: "I had to work so hard to get to the final. The [semifinal] match against Andrea [Petkovic] was so challenging, and the two matches before as well, and even my first round I had to stay really focused. Monica was in her second final here so she obviously feels really good on this court... You have to put a lot of balls back in the court against her. It was back and forth, back and forth. I knew I just had to stay focused and keep fighting." WTA story

    Venus and Monica had never before met on the field of combat.

    Venus is now 44-27 in WTA singles finals, including 5 Wimbledon and 2 US Open titles. She had not won a title since 2010, when she won at Dubai and Acapulco. In August, 2011, it was revealed that Venus suffers from Sjögren's Syndrome, which causes fatigue and joint pain. Venus has a 24-9 singles match record this season.

    Monica is now 0-2 in WTA singles finals. She has won 2 WTA doubles titles, 15 ITF singles titles, and 21 ITF doubles titles. Monica's singles match record this year is 15-23.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Moscow & Luxembourg

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Kremlin Cup,  Moscow, Russia

 
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    Moscow: The main draw for Moscow has 8 seeds, with 4 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   Olympiisky Stadium, Moscow, Russia
Latitude: 55.782027 Longitude: 37.626286 goto link for World Wind

    Kremlin Cup venue address: Olympiisky Sports Complex, 16 Olympiisky Pr., Metro: Prospekt Mira, Tel. 288-5322

2012: On Saturday, October 13, in Moscow, 2010 Kremlin Cup finalist Maria Kirilenko did the main draw rep thing... At the players party on Sunday, young ladies looking good included Elena Vesnina, Maria & dubs partner Nadia Petrova (with Elena in back probably uploading pics to Twitter), and Alize Cornet...
Moscow, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am Tue WTA story
loser's prize: $4,700 US; points: 1
n13 s5 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n21 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Tue

Domi lining up a forehand

    Dominika said: "The surface is completely different from last year, so it took me some time to get into my rhythm. It's much slower now, and I think that's why I took some time to get my rhythm and had so many miss-hits in the first set. Gradually, I started hitting the ball better, moving better and feeling much more comfortable on the court, which meant I could be more aggressive and go for my shots."

*n46 Simona Halep ROU d n14 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 Tue

    Nadia said: "It's a disappointing. I didn't close the match in the second set. Simona really hung in there. She was reaching unbelievable shots, shots I hit that I was sure were winners she would get back somehow. She got back that extra ball and that made it tough for me."

n16 s7 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n62 wc Elena Vesnina RUS 7-5, 6-1 Wed
n18 s8 Lucie Safarova CZE d n223 wc Margarita Gasparyan RUS 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Mon

    Lucie said: "The first rounds are always tough. I had never seen her play before, but [Margarita] was pumped up and serving very well. I just kept fighting and although my level fell down a little in the second set, I managed to raise it at the start of the third." WTA story

*n44 Tsevtana Pironkova BUL d n20 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-0, 7-6(3) Tue
n28 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n34 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-2, 6-2 Tue

    Yaroslava said: "It was a good match and I played very well, everything I tried to do was coming off and I was playing some unbelievable shots. I was very focused for the whole match, and tried to play just one point at a time."

n30 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n88 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*n29 Urszula Radwanska POL d n33 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 6-1 Mon

   
Francesca and Urszula driving forehand and backhand

n43 Alize Cornet FRA d n125 q Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n47 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n54 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 6-4 Mon

Sofia ready to swat a forehand

*n158 q Vesna Dolonc SRB d n83 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 1-6, 6-1, 6-4 Tue
*n217 q Valeria Solovieva RUS d n139 q Elina Svitolina UKR 6-4, 6-2 Wed

Moscow, 2nd Rd, Wed 11am-Thu 1pm Wed WTA story - Thu WTA story
losers' prize: $8,800 US; points: 60
n9 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS d n43 Alize Cornet FRA 7-6(6), 7-5 Thu
*n47 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n10 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 6-0 Wed

    Sofia said: "Marion is a great competitor, a Top 10 player, and I knew I had to be at my best. My strategy was to focus on how I wanted to play and move her around the court. And I love to play indoors. I grew up in Sweden, so the conditions in Moscow really suit me. I'm very happy to win this match."

    Marion said: "I felt like my whole body couldn't do what my mind was telling it to do today. The surface here is extremely slow, which doesn't suit my game very well, but Sofia played very well and made me feel very uncomfortable."

n11 s3 wc Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n29 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-1, 6-3 Wed
n12 s4 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n217 q Valeria Solovieva RUS 6-1, 6-4 Thu

Ana about to slice a backhand

n13 s5 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n44 Tsevtana Pironkova BUL 6-2, 6-3 Wed
n16 s7 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n28 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 7-5, 6-4 Thu

Maria driving a forehand

    Maria trailed 1-5 in the 1st set, then won seven games in a row. Maria said: "This year Slava has beaten good players, and she started at such a high level today. For me it was difficult to show her something as well, but then I won the seven games and changed the match. I found the key to beat her and started playing more aggressive, and finally I won, so I'm happy."

*n30 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n18 s8 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Wed

    Klara said: "The key was in the second set when I was 4-1 down. I started playing more aggressively and came back, and I think [Lucie] was getting a little bit nervous and missing more. So that was the key to winning today.
    "I actually got injured in Tokyo and didn't play for three weeks, so I'm motivated and not tired at all. I'm just enjoying my last tournament of the year."

*n158 q Vesna Dolonc SRB d n46 Simona Halep ROU 6-1, 6-0 Thu

    Vesna said: "I had good tactics against Halep. I'm comfortable playing against her game. I was attacking her forehand and after three or four shots she would make a short ball, then I could make the point myself. I was really attacking that side. And I wasn't missing too much today. That's another key when you play her, if you start missing, that's it. You're going to lose to her.
    "Still, I didn't think it would go so fast and I would win, 61 60. I didn't expect it at all. I thought we would be out there for three hours or something."

Moscow, QFs, Fri 1pm WTA story
losers' prize: $16,000 US; points: 120
n9 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS d n30 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-1, 6-3
n11 s3 wc Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n13 s5 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-2, 6(1)-7, 6-1

   
Caro ready to deliver a forehand, and Domi driving one

    Caro said: "The difference was I was able to keep playing at a high level at the end, and that I won the most important points in the beginning of the third set. Sometimes you just lose a few important points and can lose a set in tennis. Maybe if I played better at the end of the second set I could have closed it out 6-4 or 7-5, but we went to a third set, so I just had to refocus."

n12 s4 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n158 q Vesna Dolonc SRB 6-4, 6-1
*n47 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n16 s7 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-3, 6-3

   
Sofia lining up a forehand, and Maria following a backhand

    Sofia said: "Maria's a tough player, a very aggressive player, so I knew I had to serve well and hit the ball deep today so she couldn't go in the court. I was a little bit nervous because this is a very big tournament, but I was able to play through it. I'm happy with the win and look forward to the semifinals."

    About her semifinal opponent, Caroline Wozniacki, Sofia said: "The court here is pretty slow, so she'll be tough to beat, but we've played a few times this year and I feel I'm getting closer every time I play her. Caroline and I are good friends. We know each other well. It'll be tough."

Moscow, SFs, Sat 1pm WTA story
losers' prize: $31,000 US; points: 200
n9 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS d n12 s4 Ana Ivanovic SRB 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

   
Ana serving, and Samantha reaching for a forehand

    Samantha said: "Ana was definitely playing quite well in the first set, getting the first good shot of the rally and putting me on the defensive. So I had to turn it around.
    "In the second set I started to serve better and step into my returns, too. I really improved my movement and was able to get the first shot myself, and from there I was able to do it for the rest of the match. Even though I didn't win the first set, I thought I could win."

    About the final, Samantha said: "This is one of those surfaces you really have to get used to. Not every shot is going to feel perfect, and you can't get that quick winner out there, so against someone like Caroline it's going to be hard because she's so consistent and gets a lot of balls back. I have to be prepared to stay in the point, and wait until I get the one I want."

n11 s3 wc Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n47 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-3, 6(4)-7, 6-4

   
Sofia following a forehand, and Caro ready to deliver a backhand

    Caro said: "It's a very slow surface, so it's hard to finish the points. You try to hit harder and start making mistakes. [Sofia] has been playing very well this week, beating some very good players, and she has been playing better and better against me each time we play, too. So I really had to step it up out there. I'm happy to be through to the final and have another match to go."

Moscow, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $57,800 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $110,000 US; points: 470
*n11 s3 wc Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n9 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

   
Caroline driving a forehand, Samantha about to swat one, and Caro after match point

Moscow, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $18,000 US
winners' prize: $34,000 US
s1 Elena Vesnina & Ekaterina Makarova d s2 Maria Kirilenko & Nadia Petrova 6-3, 1-6, (10-8)

Katya & Elena


Moscow, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 17 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,400 8pts; q3 $2,650 12pts; qualifier 20 points
*n125 Anastasia Rodionova AUS d n101 Olga Puchkova RUS 6-0, 3-0 retired— right ankle sprain
*n158 Vesna Dolonc SRB d n105 María-Teresa Torró-Flor ESP 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
*n217 Valeria Solovieva RUS d n107 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(3)
n139 Elina Svitolina UKR d n160 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4

Moscow, Withdrawals
n8 Sara Errani ITA left thigh injury
n17 Kaia Kanepi EST right heel injury
n42 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN right shoulder injury

 
Fortis Championships,  Luxembourg, Luxembourg

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

Luxembourg News


    Luxembourg: The main draw for Luxembourg 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.
 

click for broader view   CK Sport Center, Kockelscheuer, Luxembourg
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Fortis Championships venue address: CK Sport Center, 20 route de Bettembourg, L-1899 Kockelscheuer, LUX

2011: Young ladies looking good at the Luxembourg player party included
Tamira Paszek, Luxembourger Anne Kremer, Miss Notquitesurewhothatis, Luxembourger Claudine Schaul, and top seed Vika Azarenka...
Luxembourg, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 11am & noon Tue WTA story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
n15 s1 Roberta Vinci ITA d n52 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-0, 2-6, 6-0 Tue

    Roberta said: "After the first set I had a lot of chances in the first few games of the second set but she won them, then she started to play better and I went a little bit down. But in the third set I focused again on being aggressive and just playing my game - a lot of slice, coming to net. That's how I love to play."

n19 s2 Julia Goerges GER d n85 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-2, 6-1 Tue

    Julia said: "I'm always happy to come back and finish the season here in Luxembourg. I just have good memories here - in the last two years I've reached a final and a semifinal... Usually at the end of the season we're pretty tired, but I always feel I have something left in the tank here. I'll try to go as far as possible this week."

n22 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n39 Shuai Peng CHN 3-0 retired—right shoulder injury Tue

    Jelena said: "Even though I played only three games, I played pretty well, hitting my shots and concentrating very well, but unfortunately my opponent couldn't continue. It's never nice to win that way, but that's just the way it was."

*n66 wc Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n25 s5 Sabine Lisicki GER 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 Tue
n26 s6 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n64 Petra Martic CRO 6-2, 6-2 Tue
*n48 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n27 s7 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-3, 7-6(8) Mon
*n72 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n35 s8 C Suarez Navarro ESP 7-6(2), 6-4 Mon
n37 s9 Mona Barthel GER d n78 wc Mandy Minella LUX 7-5, 6-0 Mon
n38 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n69 Arantxa Rus NED 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Wed
n41 Venus Williams USA d n619 wc Belinda Bencic SUI 6-3, 6-1 Tue

Venus driving a backhand

    Venus said: "[Belinda] played really well. She was ready from the first point. She was determined, fought for every point and didn't miss a lot. That was great, because I got to hit a lot of balls. It was a great first round for me." WTA story

    Belinda said: "It was a very great experience to play against Venus in my first WTA main draw. I was excited when I saw the draw. There were things I could have done better, but I'm happy how I did. She's a pro and is so calm on the court. I learned a lot today."

n53 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d n115 q Tatjana Malek GER 7-6(3), 6-1 Tue
*n70 Monica Niculescu ROU d n55 Romina Oprandi SUI 7-6(2), 6-4 Mon
*n82 LL Anne Keothavong GBR d n60 Kiki Bertens NED 6-2, 6-2 Wed
n98 Ksenia Pervak KAZ d n117 q Vera Dushevina RUS 6-3, 7-6(2) Wed
*n116 q Annika Beck GER d n92 B Zahlavova Strycova CZE 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-2 Tue
*n192 Andrea Petkovic GER d n100 q Garbiñe Muguruza ESP 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 Wed

Luxembourg, 2nd Rd, Wed 11am & noon, Thu noon & 1pm Thu WTA story
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n15 s1 Roberta Vinci ITA d n82 LL Anne Keothavong GBR 6-4, 6-1 Thu
*n70 Monica Niculescu ROU d n19 s2 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-2 Thu
*n192 Andrea Petkovic GER d n22 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-5, 6-0 Thu

Petko's backhand drive

    Andrea said: "It was such an intense first set. We were pushing each other so hard, and afterwards Jelena's level dropped just a little bit, and I managed to capitalize."

*n98 Ksenia Pervak KAZ d n26 s6 Sorana Cirstea ROU 7-6(4), 6-1 Thu
*n41 Venus Williams USA d n37 Mona Barthel GER 7-6(4), 6-4 Thu

Venus driving a backhand

    Venus said: "At 4-0 in the first set, I thought I had the set. Then I started to miss a few shots and she made a few more and the lead was gone...
    "I had a lead again in the second, but she was so tough and never gave up. The courts are playing a bit slow and Mona has great defense, so the ball just kept coming back and coming back. She made it so tough but I had to be patient and I'm happy with the result."

n38 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n66 wc Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 Thu

Daniela driving a forehand

n48 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n116 q Annika Beck GER 6-1, 6-1 Wed
n53 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d n72 M Rybarikova SVK 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Luxembourg, QFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
*n41 Venus Williams USA d n15 s1 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-6(2), 6-4

Venus launching a backhand

n38 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n53 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 7-5, 6-0
*n70 Monica Niculescu ROU d n48 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-0, 6-4
*n192 Andrea Petkovic GER d n98 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 6-3, 6-2

Andrea after winning a point

Luxembourg, SFs, Sat 5pm
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*n70 Monica Niculescu ROU d n38 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-1, 6-3
n41 Venus Williams USA d n192 Andrea Petkovic GER 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Luxembourg, Final, Sun 3pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
n41 Venus Williams USA d n70 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-2, 6-3

   
Venus ready to lightly tap a forehand, Monica driving a backhand, and Venus after match point

Luxembourg, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
s1 Andrea Hlavackova & Lucie Hradecka d s2 Monica Niculescu & Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3, 6-4

Luxembourg, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 17 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*n117 Vera Dushevina RUS d n82 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-4, 6-3
n100 Garbiñe Muguruza ESP d n188 Irina Khromacheva RUS 6-3, 6-1
n115 Tatjana Malek GER d n177 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-1, 7-6(6)
n116 Annika Beck GER d n190 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 1-6, 6-4, 6-1

Luxembourg, Withdrawals
n6 Angelique Kerber GER right foot injury
n23 s4 Yanina Wickmayer BEL knee injury
n36 Sloane Stephens USA left abdominal injury
n59 Timea Babos HUN right elbow injury


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