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Generali Ladies Linz, AUT
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n1 V Azarenka, n12 A Ivanovic
n18 L Safarova, n21 J Goerges

Japan Open Osaka, Japan
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n9 S Stosur, n22 J Zheng
n30 C Mchale, n33 F Schiavone
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Osaka:

#71 Heather Watson
5' 7" 138lb RH 2H-BH
Linz:

#1 Victoria Azarenka
5'10" 132lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday in Austria, in the final of the Generali Ladies Linz, last week's champ at Beijing (and the 2012 Australian Open champion), 23 year old top seeded #1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated the 2011 champ at Stuttgart, 23 year old 5th seeded #21 (career high: #15) Julia Goerges from Bad Oldesloe, Germany, 6-3, 6-4 (Victoria is shown holding the tranparentware after the match).

    Vika's prize is $37,000; Julia's prize is $19,000.

    Victoria led 5-0 in the 2nd set—then Julia won the next four games. Victoria said: "At 5-0 it felt like such a comfortable lead. I think I won seven games in a row at that point. But then Julia just went for her shots, and I kind of misjudged the situation. I felt like the match was already in my hands, but Julia is such an unpredictable player, and the momentum can turn around really quickly with her, and it did. I wasn't really expecting to have such a change.
    "I'm glad I stayed in the moment. I did the right things at that moment to finish the match and I'm very happy I managed to win today." WTA story

    Vika leads Julia 4-1 in career matches. Their most recent meeting was in March of this year, on a Plexipave hardcourt in the 4th round at Indian Wells, when Victoria defeated Julia 6-3, 6-1.

    2012 Australian Open champion Victoria is now 14-11 in WTA singles finals; she also won this year at Beijing, Indian Wells, Doha and Sydney, and last year at Miami, Marbella and Luxembourg. Vika has a 67-8 singles match record in 2012.

    Julia is now 2-3 in WTA singles finals; she won in 2011 at Stuttgart and in 2010 at Bad Gastein, Austria. Julia also reached the Linz doubles final on Sunday, partnered with Barbora Zahlavova Strycova. Julia's singles match record this season is 34-27.

    Meanwhile at Osaka, Japan, in the final of the Japan Open, 20 year old #71 (career high: #67) Heather Watson from Guernsey, England, won her 1st WTA singles title by defeating 21 year old #124 (career high: #69) Kai-Chen Chang from Taipei, Taiwan, 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(4) (Hev is shown greeting the hardware after the match).

    Heather's prize is $37,000; Kai-Chen's prize is $19,000. The win made Heather the first British woman to win a WTA title since 1988, a 24 year gap. The match lasted 3 hours and 11 minutes. Both players scored 129 points. Heather failed to convert a match point in the 2nd set, and sucessfully defended 4 match points against her in the 3rd.

    Heather said: "I was in the changing room afterwards, changing my clothes, and I thought to myself, 'Did I really win?' So it's just starting to settle in.
    "I've worked so hard for this moment my whole career. That's why I practiced so hard, ran all those miles and lifted all those weights, for moments like this." WTA story

    Heather and Kai-Chen had never before met on the field of combat.

    Heather was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 3 ITF singles titles and 2 WTA doubles titles. Partnered with Kimiko Date-Krumm, Heather also reached the doubles final this week at Osaka. Hev has a 35-25 singles match record for the year.

    Kai-Chen was also playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 2 ITF singles titles, 2 WTA doubles titles, and 8 ITF doubles titles. Kai-Chen's singles match record this season is 21-24.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Linz & Osaka
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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Generali Ladies,  Linz, Austria

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +2 hours
       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

Austria News


    Linz: The main draw for Linz 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   Intersport Arena Linz
Latitude: 48.293444 Longitude: 14.276068 goto link for World Wind

Generali Ladies venue address: Intersport Arena Linz Ziegeleistrasse, 4020 Linz Austria Intersport Arena Linz. Ziegeleistraße 76-78 Linz, Upper Austria 4020

2012: Ladies looking darned good at the motorcycle-themed players party on Monday, October 8 in Linz included Arantxa Rus, Julia Goerges & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Sorana Cirstea, and Tamira Paszek (with Austrian former WTA player Judith Weisner)... Top seed Victoria Azarenka, following a 12 hour flight from Beijing, said 'Aw shucks' after recieving flowers from Austrian former WTA #7 Barbara Schett (Vika did make it to the players party)...
Linz, 1st Rd, Mon noon, Tue 11am, Wed 2pm
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n68 Arantxa Rus NED 6-0, 6-2 Wed

Vika driving a backhand

    Victoria won the Beijing title on Sunday. Vika said: "Maybe it didn't show that way on the court, but I'm definitely feeling the jetlag right now! But I adjusted and felt comfortable in the conditions today, which was surprising for me. I didn't expect to play the perfect match today, even though after the first set I felt that it was happening to me." WTA story

n12 s2 wc Ana Ivanovic SRB d n44 Monica Niculescu ROU 7-5, 6-3 Wed

Ana serving

*n41 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n18 s4 Lucie Safarova CZE 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 Mon
n21 s5 Julia Goerges GER d n34 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 7-6(5) Tue

Julia watching her backhand fly

*n201 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n27 s7 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*n162 wc Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT d n28 s8 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-1, 6-3 Wed

Patricia driving a backhand

*n63 Petra Martic CRO d n29 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-4, 6-3 Tue
*n57 Kiki Bertens NED d n35 Mona Barthel GER 7-6(3), 1-6, 6-1 Mon
*n65 q Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n43 Alize Cornet FRA 4-5 Tue
n46 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n70 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n47 Simona Halep ROU d n103 q Lesia Tsurenko UKR 3-0 retired—right shoulder injury Tue
n51 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n83 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-3, 7-6(5) Mon
n58 LL Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n231 LL Catalina Castano COL 6-0, 6-4 Tue
n61 wc Andrea Petokvic GER d n89 B Zahlavova Strycova CZE 7-6(3), 6-2 Tue
n69 Romina Oprandi SUI d n86 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*n160 q Mallory Burdette USA d n99 LL Ksenia Pervak KAZ 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Linz, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 2pm Thu WTA story
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n47 Simona Halep ROU 6-1, 6-1 Thu

Vika driving a forehand

    It was Victoria's 64th match victory this year. Victoria said: "I felt I played much better than yesterday, and it's important for me to progress from one day to another. I'm not really thinking about statistics or how many matches I'm winning right now, I'm just trying to keep going."

n12 s2 wc Ana Ivanovic SRB d n61 wc Andrea Petokvic GER 6-4, 6-3 Thu

   
Petko and Ana following forehand and backhand

    Andrea tore ankle ligaments at Stuttgart in April. Ana said: "It's always tough to play a friend. She's a really great girl and I'm happy to see her back on the Tour. I know she'll get back to the top. She's such a hard worker and really deserves to be up there."

    Andrea said: "It's been a rough comeback, but I'm just happy I'm back on the court and enjoying almost every minute. I'm losing more than I should, but that's normal, and I'm just trying to find my match rhythm again. Every match is still special."

n21 s5 Julia Goerges GER d n69 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-3, 6-3 Wed
n41 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n51 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-4, 7-6(4) Wed
*n201 q B Mattek-Sands USA d n46 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-3 Thu
*n58 LL Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n57 Kiki Bertens NED 6-4, 7-6(7) Thu
n63 Petra Martic CRO d n162 wc Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 Thu

Petra following a forehand

n65 q Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n160 q Mallory Burdette USA 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 Thu

Linz, QFs, Fri 2pm WTA story
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n63 Petra Martic CRO 6-2, 6-2

Vika driving a forehand

*n65 q Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n12 s2 wc Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 6-0

    Kirsten said: "It was a tough match to start because I know Ana is a great player, No.12 in the world, but I had nothing to lose. I knew I had to put pressure on her from the first ball, the serve and the return, and I had to use my slice a lot today to break the rhythm too."

    Ana said: "I started off really well, and felt I was in control at the beginning, then I just lost my rhythm. She was playing very well today. I started to try going closer to the lines but started making more errors, and then I started struggling on my serve too. My serve went more down as the match went on."

n21 s5 Julia Goerges GER d n41 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-1, 6-4

   
Sofia and Julia following forehand and backhand

    Julia said: "The score looks easy, but the second set was definitely high quality. {Sofia} stepped her level up a lot in the second set and gave me a tough time.
    "My game is to be aggressive, serve well and go for my shots, and I can't really complain about the way I'm playing. I'm moving well, waiting for my chances and going for it. Everything's working well for me so far this week."

n58 LL Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n201 q B Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 1-6, 6-2

Linz, SFs, Sat 2pm WTA story
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n58 LL Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-2, 6-1

Victoria driving a backhand

    Victoria said: "In some games I felt like I was in trouble because I wasn't being as aggressive as I should have been, but I have to give [Irina] credit, she was stepping up and going for her shots."

    About her final opponent, Julia Goerges, Victoria said: "Julia is a very unpredictable player. She goes for her shots a lot and sometimes what she does doesn't depend on you at all. I've played her a few times and it's never easy. It's definitely going to be a tough battle.
    "Also, I really like Julia as a person. She's really fun and always very nice. We always talk when we're at tournaments and have a really good relationship."

n21 s5 Julia Goerges GER d n65 q Kirsten Flipkens BEL 1-6, 6-2, 6-3

Julia driving a forehand

    Julia said: "[In] the first set, she wasn't making any mistakes and I was rushing too much. But in the second set I got back into the match and wasn't giving her any free points. I made it tough for her and it finally worked out."

Linz, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n21 s5 Julia Goerges GER 6-3, 6-4

   
Julia and Vika driving backhands

Linz, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
s1 Kveta Peschke & Anna-Lena Groenefeld d s2 Julia Goerges & Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-4

Linz, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 8 noon
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*n160 Mallory Burdette USA d n58 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-4, 6-1
n65 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n105 Jana Cepelova SVK 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
*n201 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n99 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 7-6(7), 7-5
n103 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n231 Catalina Castano COL 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Linz, Withdrawals
n13 s3 Dominika Cibulkova SVK shoulder injury
n16 Roberta Vinci ITA right wrist injury
n25 s6 Yanina Wickmayer BEL
n31 Klara Zakopalova CZE left wrist injury
n45 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL left hamstring injury
n52 Anna Tatishvili GEO illness
n76 Iveta Benesova CZE left shoulder injury

 
HP Japan Open,  Osaka, Japan

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +9 hours
       = US EDT +13 hours
       = US PDT +16 hours

Tokyo News - Japan News


Osaka: The main draw for Osaka 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   Utsubo Tennis Center, Osaka
Latitude: 34.68457 Longitude: 135.491542 goto link for World Wind

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2012: On Monday, Oct 9, in Osaka, young ladies looking good at the tourney reception/party included Laura Robson, Genie Bouchard
& Heather Watson, Camila Giorgi & Alexandra Stevenson, and all-time Japanese #1 (and former WTA #4) Kimiko Date Krumm...
Osaka, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am Mon WTA story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
n9 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS d n159 Erika Sema JPN 6-4, 6-2 Mon

    2009 Osaka champ Samantha said: "I thought I played quite well. She came out playing very well too. She was hitting the ball well, hitting it hard, and playing really aggressively. She was trying to play her best. But I did everything I had to, and as the match went on I thought my serve got better, I got more aggressive and just got better."

n22 s2 Jie Zheng CHN d n134 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 4-6 7-5 6-4 Tue
*n124 Kai-Chen Chang TPE d n30 s3 Christina Mchale USA 6-3, 7-6(5) Mon
*n102 q Olga Puchkova RUS d n33 s4 wc Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 2-1 retired—right wrist injury Tue
*n132 wc Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d n36 s5 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-3 6-2 Tue
n39 s6 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n93 Camila Giorgi ITA 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n53 s7 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n137 Alexa Glatch USA 6-4, 6-1 Tue
n60 s8 Laura Robson GBR d n106 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-4, 6-2 Tue

    Laura said: "[Eleni is] always a tough person to play against and I thought she played really well today. I was ready to play a tough match and she competed really well. Maybe I could have played a bit better at some points but I'm happy to get the win. I think this is going to be my last tournament of the year, so hopefully I can have a good week and make it into the top 50." WTA story

n71 Heather Watson GBR d n90 Polona Hercog SLO 6-4, 6-4 Mon
n72 Pauline Parmentier FRA d n87 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-2, 6-2 Mon
n77 Jamie Hampton USA d n79 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n82 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n104 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Mon
*n122 Misaki Doi JPN d n107 Julia Cohen USA 7-5, 3-6, 6-0 Mon
n111 Mirjana Lucic CRO d n202 q Luksika Kumkhum THA 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n125 Virginie Razzano FRA d n213 q Nudnida Luangnam THA 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*n229 q Yi-Miao Zhou CHN d n158 wc Kurumi Nara JPN 7-5, 6-4 Tue

Osaka, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am Thu WTA story
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n9 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS d n125 Virginie Razzano FRA 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 Wed

    Samantha said: "[Virginie is] one of those players who is very tough to play when she's on her game. She stays on the baseline, she hits the ball hard and it's hard to get on top of the point. When she's just that little bit off, then it's important for me to hit my heavy ball and take control, which is what I tried to do in the second and third sets." WTA story

*n72 Pauline Parmentier FRA d n22 s2 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-4 Thu

   
Pauline about to swat a forehand, and Jie following a backhand

*n71 Heather Watson GBR d n39 s6 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6(4)-7, 6-2, 6-3 Thu

Heather following a backhand

    Heather said: "I knew it was going to be a tough match today. Anabel is a great player, has a lot of experience and she makes a lot of balls. I knew I was going to have to win the points and she wasn't going to give me anything.
    "The first set was very close. It was a high-quality, good set. She played well to win it. I was obviously disappointed, but she earned it. So I just thought, 'I'm playing well. I'll come back in the second set. And stay positive.' And it ended up working today."

n53 s7 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n111 Mirjana Lucic CRO 6-2, 6-2 Thu
n60 s8 Laura Robson GBR d n229 q Yi-Miao Zhou CHN 6-4, 6-4 Thu

Laura driving a forehand

    Laura led 5-0 in the 1st set, then Yi-Miao won the next four games.

    Laura said: "I was playing aggressive and not missing very much and then at 5-0 I just lost my concentration a little bit and allowed her back into the match. She started getting a little bit more confidence and was going for her shots more. I'm a little bit disappointed with the way that I played today. I wasn't aggressive enough."

    About her quarterfinal opponent, Kai-Chen Chang, Laura said: "I've played doubles with her before. I think I know her pretty well. She's tough to play against. She plays really fast and moves really well. It's going to be a tough match for sure."

*n124 Kai-Chen Chang TPE d n82 Casey Dellacqua AUS 7-6(4), 6-3 Wed
n77 Jamie Hampton USA d n132 wc Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 7-5, 7-5 Wed
*n122 Misaki Doi JPN d n102 q Olga Puchkova RUS 6-3, 6-2 Wed

Misaki alerting the media

Osaka, QFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
n9 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS d n77 Jamie Hampton USA 6-2, 6-4

Samantha signing autographs after the match

*n122 Misaki Doi JPN d n53 s7 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 2-6, 6-1, 6-3

Misaki following a backhand

*n124 Kai-Chen Chang TPE d n60 s8 Laura Robson GBR 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(4)

Kai-Chen serving

n71 Heather Watson GBR d n72 Pauline Parmentier FRA 7-5, 6-3

Heather while winning her doubles quarterfinal on Friday, partnered with Kimiko Date-Krumm (right)

    Heather said: "I am so excited to have reached my first WTA singles semifinal. This is my first year playing in Japan and I absolutely love it...
    "Getting to play doubles with Kimiko is so cool too. She is so popular here and the crowd support is amazing. I hope I can continue things tomorrow. I know it will be a tough match in both singles and doubles."

Osaka, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*n124 Kai-Chen Chang TPE d n9 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3)
n71 Heather Watson GBR d n122 Misaki Doi JPN 7-6(2), 7-5

   
Heather and Misaki following backhand and forehand

Osaka, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
n71 Heather Watson GBR d n124 Kai-Chen Chang TPE 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(4)

   
Heather driving a forehand, and Kai-Chen congratulating Heather after match point

Osaka, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
s1 Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears d s4 Kimiko Date-Krumm & Heather Watson 6-1, 6-4

Osaka, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 8 11am
*n213 Nudnida Luangnam THA d n74 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-4, 6-3
n102 Olga Puchkova RUS d n334 Aki Yamasoto JPN 6-2, 6-4
*n202 Luksika Kumkhum THA d n169 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-1, 6-2
n229 Yi-Miao Zhou CHN v n328 Shuko Aoyama JPN 6-2, 6-3

Osaka, Withdrawals
n37 Sloane Stephens USA left abdominal injury
n42 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN right shoulder injury
n50 Petra Cetkovska CZE right ankle injury
n54 Olga Govortsova BLR illness
n59 Timea Babos HUN right elbow injury
n66 Marina Erakovic NZL right hip injury
n73 Mandy Minella LUX low back injury
n75 Shahar Peer ISR left hamstring injury
n81 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ right thigh injury
n94 Melinda Czink HUN
n95 Coco Vandeweghe USA left thigh injury
n128 Michaella Krajicek NED illness


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