2012 Paris Indoor & Pattaya WTA Singles Results

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  WTA Feb 6-12: Paris Indoor & Pattaya

GDF Suez Open, Paris, FRA
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n3 M Sharapova, n7 M Bartoli
n9 Na Li, n13 J Jankovic

Pattaya Women's Open, THA
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n8 V Zvonareva, n16 D Cibulkova
n20 D Hantuchova, n26 M Kirilenko
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Pattaya:

#20 Daniela Hantuchova
5'11¼" 123lb RH 2H-BH
Paris:

#27 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH


    On Sunday in Paris, in the final of the GDF Suez Open, 23 year old 9th seeded #27 (career high: #27) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, won her first WTA title by defeating last year's champion at Osaka, 27 year old 2nd seeded #7 (career high: #7) Marion Bartoli of France (residence: Geneva, SUI), 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3 (Angelique is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Angelique's prize is $107,000; Marion's prize is $57,000.

    Angelique said: "I knew before the match I had nothing to lose. It's amazing." WTA story

    Marion said: "I gave everything I had and Angelique did the same. You have to know when to accept defeat, though. It's what sport is all about. I didn't fluff my lines when it came to the final and I was simply beaten by a better player."

    Marion still leads Angelique 3-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was on a hardcourt last year in the semifinals at Osaka, when Marion, on her way to the title, defeated Angelique 6-1, 7-6(5).

    Angelique is now 1-1 in WTA singles finals; she reached the Bogota final last year. She has won 11 ITF singles titles and 3 ITF doubles titles. Angelique has a 14-3 singles match record this year.

    2007 Wimbledon finalist Marion is now 7-9 in WTA singles finals. Last year she won at Osaka and Eastbourne, reached the Indian Wells final, and the semis at Roland Garros. Marion has a 7-3 singles match record in 2012.

    Meanwhile in Pattaya City, Thailand, in the final of the Pattaya Women's Open, last year's Pattaya champion (and the 2002 & '07 Indian Wells champion), 28 year old 3rd seeded #20 (career high: #5) Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), won the title again by defeating the 2008 champion at Estoril, Barcelona, and Seoul, 24 year old 4th seeded #26 (career high: #20) Maria Kirilenko from Moscow, Russia, 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-3 (Daniela is shown holding the ceramicware after the match).

    Daniela's prize is $37,000; Maria's prize is $19,000.

    Daniela said: "Maria and I both wanted to win the title today. She played so well and put a lot of pressure on me. Even after I lost the first set I kept fighting and never looked back, and I think I was also luckier tonight. Maria is a great player and a great person too." WTA story

    Daniela now leads Maria 6-2 in career matches. They had not met since 2008, when, on an indoor hardcourt in the 1st round in Zurich, Maria defeated Daniela 7-5, 6-2.

    2011 & '12 Pattaya champ Daniela is now 5-9 in WTA singles finals. She reached the Brisbane final in January, and the Birmingham final last year. Daniela has a 14-3 singles match record in 2012.

    Maria is now 5-5 in WTA singles finals; she has not won since 2008, but she reached the Moscow final in 2010. Maria has a 7-3 singles match record this season.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Paris Indoor & Pattaya

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GDF Suez Open,  Paris, France

 
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    Paris: The main draw for Paris 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.
 

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2012: Tsvetana Pironkova met the press in Paris after reaching the 2nd round on Tuesday;
French #1 Marion Bartoli had a nice pre-tourney chat with the media on Monday
Paris, 1st Rd Tue-Wed 11am Tue WTA story Wed WTA story
losers' prize: $4,800 US; points: 1
*n50 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n9 s3 Na Li CHN 7-6(5), 3-2 retired—low back injury Tue

   
Tsvetana about to swat a forehand, and Na driving a backhand

    Na said: "I was feeling it a little bit in Fed Cup, in my left side. The China team has doctors, so I had needles for two days and was feeling much, much better, and this morning I didn't feel uncomfortable or anything.
    "At the beginning of the match it was okay, too. But then suddenly I was feeling it, even at changeovers. It was so painful. I tried to get the tape and play the point, but it didn't work.
    "I don't know whether it's the muscle, bone or tendon, so I'll go to the hospital later and find out after the press conference."

n21 s6 Julia Goerges GER d n37 Shahar Peer ISR 6-1, 6-3 Tue

Julia serving

n23 s7 Roberta Vinci ITA d n60 Simona Halep ROU 6-4, 6-4 Wed

Roberta's service toss

    Roberta said: "I expected a tough match—Simona is a talented young player. It could have been faster; I was up a set and 5-1 before she started to play better. But when I had another chance to take the match I served well to close it out.
    "Last week I played on clay for Fed Cup, but I like to play on hardcourts and I like to play indoors, so it has not really been too hard for me to adjust."

*n62 wc Pauline Parmentier FRA d n24 s8 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Wed

   
Anabel about to swat a forehand, and Pauline's backhand drive

    Pauline said: "I'm so happy with my win against such a good player who is playing so well right now. I was a little bit tired after Fed Cup this weekend but I started to play a lot more aggressively and was going after [Anabel's] second serve more, and I think that's how I was able to turn it around. I'm really happy to play such a good match here in France."

n27 s9 Angelique Kerber GER d n28 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-2, 7-6(3) Tue

Angelique driving a forehand

n29 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n147 LL Jill Craybas USA 6-1 retired Wed
n31 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n71 LL Alberta Brianti ITA 6-3, 6-3 Tue
n32 Monica Niculescu ROU d n40 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 Wed
*n44 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n36 Polona Hercog SLO 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n38 Christina McHale USA d n114 LL Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-4, 7-5 Wed

   
Varvara and Christina driving forehand and backhand

n43 q Mona Barthel GER d n53 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n51 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n115 wc Alize Cornet FRA 6-3, 6-1 Wed

   
Klara and Alize ready to deliver forehand and backhand

n66 Petra Martic CRO d n76 q Greta Arn HUN 6-4, 6-4 Tue
n68 q B Mattek-Sands USA d n101 q Kristina Barrois GER 7-6(3), 6-2 Wed

Paris, 2nd Rd Wed 11am, Thu noon
losers' prize: $8,800 US; points: 60
n3 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n44 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-3, 6-1 Wed

   
Chanelle ready to swat a backhand, and Maria driving one

n7 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA d n66 Petra Martic CRO 7-5, 6-1 Thu

   
Petra driving a forehand, and Marion smashing one

n21 s6 Julia Goerges GER d n31 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-1, 6-4 Wed

Julia lining up a backhand

n23 s7 Roberta Vinci ITA d n68 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-3, 1-6, 6-3 Thu
n27 s9 Angelique Kerber GER d n32 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Thu

   
Angelique moving netward, and Monica following a forehand

n29 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n38 Christina McHale USA 6-2, 7-5 Thu
n43 q Mona Barthel GER d n62 wc Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-3, 6-0 Thu
*n51 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n50 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-0, 6-3 Thu

   
Klara serving, and Tsvetana about to swat a forehand

Paris, QFs Fri 12:30pm WTA story
losers' prize: $16,375 US; points: 120
*n27 s9 Angelique Kerber GER d n3 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-4, 6-4

   
Maria and Angelique driving forehands, and Angelique after match point

    Angelique said: "I knew before the match I had nothing to lose. It's amazing, my first Top 5 win. My coach was telling me, if I want to win this match, I need to play my best tennis. So from the first point I really tried to do that. And I'm very happy I beat [Maria] and now I'm in the semis."

    Maria said: "It was a tough day today. My opponent played really well. When I had opportunities I didn't take them—I was up in both sets, had the breaks, but she did extremely well in those moments, much better than I did.
    "Angelique is someone who has been playing really good tennis in the last six months, and had a great result at the US Open. She's really starting to break through. And being a lefty gives her a bit of an edge, as there aren't too many—she has a great game for it, but she's also someone who's very aggressive, stays low, is very strong and runs well. She has many pluses in her game."

n7 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA d n23 s7 Roberta Vinci ITA 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2)

   
Roberta and Marion driving forehands, and Marion after match point

    Marion won despite dropping the 1st set and trailing by two breaks of serve in both the 2nd and 3rd sets.

    Marion said: "I don't know how I got out of the match. Roberta is a great player, and for much of the match neutralized my serve and returned extremely well. I had to dig deep within myself. But I kept the right attitude and didn't give up."

*n51 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n21 s6 Julia Goerges GER 3-6, 7-5, 6-1

   
Klara driving a backhand, and Julia about to swat one

    Julia tweeted: "Was a tough match today! Will learn out of it—played a very good tournament though, and she deserved to win today. Off to Doha tomorrow!" Julia Goerges at Twitter

n29 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n43 q Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 6(3)-7, 6-3

Paris, SFs Sat 2:30pm WTA story
losers' prize: $30,500 US; points: 200
n7 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA d n51 Klara Zakopalova CZE 7-6(3), 6-0

   
Klara and Marion driving forehand and backhand, and Marion after match point

    Marion said: "Klara was playing incredibly well early on, and it took me a while to get things sorted out."

n27 s9 Angelique Kerber GER d n29 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6(2)-7, 6-3, 6-4

   
Yanina and Angelique driving forehands

    About the final, Angelique said: ""Marion is at home here, and will be fighting like she has the last matches... I will go out there tomorrow and just try to enjoy it and give it my best shot."

Paris, Final Sun
loser's prize: $57,000 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $107,000 US; points: 470
n27 s9 Angelique Kerber GER d n7 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-3

     
Angelique driving a backhand, Marion launching a forehand on the run, Angelique's forehand drive, and after match point

Paris, Doubles Final Sun
losers' prize: $17,600 US
winners' prize: $33,000 US
cdr3 s1 Lisa Raymond & Liezel Huber d Petra Martic & Anna-Lena Groenefeld 7-6(3), 6-1

Paris, Qual Finals, Mon Feb 6 noon
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,375 8pts; q3 $2,550 12pts; qualifier 20 points
n43 Mona Barthel GER d n114 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 6-4
n68 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n147 Jill Craybas USA 6-1, 6(3)-7, 6-4
*n101 Kristina Barrois GER d n71 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-0, 6-3
n76 Greta Arn HUN d n221 Garbine Muguruza Blanco ESP 5-7, 6-4, 6-1

Paris, Withdrawals
n10 Andrea Petkovic GER low back stress fracture
n13 s4 Jelena Jankovic SRB left leg hematoma
n14 s5 Sabine Lisicki GER illness
n25 Kaia Kanepi EST right shoulder injury

 
Pattaya Women's Open,  Pattaya City, Thailand

 
tourney time:
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       = US EDT +12 hours
       = US PDT +15 hours

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    Pattaya: The main draw for Pattaya 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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    Pattaya is about 50 kilometers south of Chonburi (Chon Buri), or a 2 hour drive from Bangkok.


2012: Darned good looking healthy young ladies at the Pattaya player party on Monday included Maria Kirilenko, Galina Voskoboeva, & Sorana Cirstea...

Pattaya, 1st Rd Mon 3pm, Tue 2pm Tue WTA story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
n8 s1 Vera Zvonareva RUS d n217 q Varatchaya Wongteanchai THA 6-2, 7-5 Tue

    Vera said: "The first match is always tough. I didn't play my game, but I always came up with better shots when I needed them."

*n88 Anne Keothavong GBR d n16 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 64 61 Tue

    Anne said: "I didn't have too many expectations going in to today's match, as I felt a little under-cooked having only arrived yesterday from Fed Cup in Israel, but I surprised myself. The courts are super fast here and it's hot and humid. Cibulkova only arrived yesterday too, but I think the courts favored my game more, and I was quicker to adjust."

n20 s3 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n437 wc Nungnadda Wannasuk THA 6-2, 6-0 Tue
n26 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n103 Casey Dellacqua AUS 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 Tue
*n160 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n35 s5 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n94 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d n46 s6 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-3, 4-2 retired—illness Tue c1 m2
n54 s7 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n138 Erika Sema JPN 6-2, 6-2 Mon

    Sorana tweeted: "Won my match 62 62 tonight...have a lovely evening,or morning,or whatever its in ur part of the world X SORI." Sorana Cirstea at Twitter

n59 s8 Vania King USA d n106 Heather Watson GBR 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*n111 Sania Mirza IND d n64 Ayumi Morita JPN 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 Tue
n78 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n353 wc Nicha Lertpitaksinchai THA 6-1, 6-1 Tue
*n110 q Kai-Chen Chang TPE d n81 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 7-5, 6-1 Tue
n85 Urszula Radwanska POL d n140 Anastasia Pivovarova RUS 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*n98 Anastasia Rodionova AUS d n95 Iryna Bremond FRA 6-4, 6-0 Mon
n100 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d n631 q Yi-Miao Zhou CHN 6-1, 7-5 Tue
n107 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB d n118 Laura Robson GBR 5-2 retired—back injury Tue
n130 Misaki Doi JPN d n181 wc Noppawan Lertcheewakarn THA 6-1, 6-3 Tue

Pattaya, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu 3pm
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n8 s1 Vera Zvonareva RUS d n107 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-3, 6-3 Wed
n20 s3 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n85 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-3, 6-2 Thu
n26 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n98 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(3) Wed
n54 s7 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n130 Misaki Doi JPN 6-2, 6-2 Wed
n59 s8 Vania King USA d n100 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-1, 6-3 Thu
*n160 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n78 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 7-5, 6-0 Thu
*n111 Sania Mirza IND d n88 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-4, 7-5 Thu
n94 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d n110 q Kai-Chen Chang TPE 7-6(7), 6-3 Wed

Pattaya, QFs Fri 3pm WTA story
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
*n54 s7 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n8 s1 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-2, 4-6, 2-2 retired—left hip injury

   
Vera and Sorana driving forehands

    Vera said: "It started bothering me already in the beginning of the first set, and it was getting worse and worse. I was doing my best, but it was too tough for me to push off from that leg and it was very difficult to focus on the game. I did everything I could, but just couldn't continue anymore."

    Sorana said: ""I rushed too much in the first set. Then I tried to be more patient and made her play more, while my serves and returns were better in the second set. I didn't notice that [Vera] was injured and was surprised she retired, but I hope she will recover soon."

n20 s3 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n59 s8 Vania King USA 7-6(7), 6-4

   
Vania and Daniela driving backhands

n26 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS v n94 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 7-6(2), 6-1

   
Maria and Tammy driving forehand and backhand

*n160 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n111 Sania Mirza IND 7-5, 6-3

   
Sania driving a backhand, and Su-Wei's 2-handed forehand

    It is the second time in her career that Su-Wei has reached a WTA singles semifinal. Su-Wei said: "The weather here is quite hot and humid. I'm used to this and it suits my game. I've practiced every day since the end of the Australian Open and I think it is starting to show in my tennis this week."

Pattaya, SFs Sat 3pm WTA story
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
n20 s3 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n160 q Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-4, 6-1

   
Su-Wei and Daniela driving backhands

n26 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n54 s7 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 5-7, 6-4

   
Sorana and Maria driving backhands

    Maria said: "It was a high-quality match. We both played very good tennis and I was just luckier today. [Sorana] played so well and fought for every point and hit hard.
    "I think I was very aggressive today and was happy with my serve, my return and my backhand finally, because in other matches I didn't play well on the backhand. I'm happy with my volleys. Everything was working."

Pattaya, Final Sun 4pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
n20 s3 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n26 s4 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-3

   
Maria and Daniela driving backhands, and Daniela after match point

Pattaya, Doubles Final Sun
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
cdr41 s1 Sania Mirza & Anastasia Rodionova d cdr147 s4 Yung-Jan Chan & Hao-Ching Chan 3-6, 6-1, [10-8]

Pattaya, Qual Finals, Mon Feb 6 3pm
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n110 Kai-Chen Chang TPE d n234 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR 6-0, 6-2
n160 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE v n247 Qiang Wang CHN 6-4, 6-3
n217 Varatchaya Wongteanchai THA d n222 Misa Eguchi JPN 6-4, 6-3
*n631 Yi-Miao Zhou CHN d n229 Sacha Jones AUS 6-3, 6(9)-7, 6-2

Pattaya, Withdrawals
n105 Bojana Jovanovski SRB
n162 Anastasija Sevastova LAT


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