2012 Quebec City & Tashkent WTA Singles Results    

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  WTA Sep 10-16: QC & Tashkent

Bell Challenge Quebec City, CAN
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n14 D Cibulkova, n29 Y Wickmayer
n35 M Barthel, n48 A Wozniak

Tashkent Open, Tashkent, UZB
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n33 M Niculescu, n43 U Radwanska
n50 A Cornet, n66 M Rybarikova
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Tashkent:

#96 Irina-Camelia Begu
5' 11" 148lb RH 2H-BH
's-Hertogenbosch (file, June 18, 2012):

#133 Kirsten Flipkens
5' 5" 121lb RH 2H-BH


    On Saturday in Uzbekistan, in the final of the Tashkent Open, 22 year old #96 (career high #38) Irina-Camelia Begu from Bucharest, Romania, won her first WTA singles title by defeating 16 year old qualifier #208 (career high: #183) Donna Vekic of Croatia, 6-4, 6-4 (Irina is shown about to hit balls to the crowd after match point).

    Irina's prize is $37,000; Donna's prize is $19,000.

    Irina-Camelia said: "My service is what got me through. Donna played very well and I was happy to break her in both sets. I was a little worried when she came back from 4-2 to level the score 4-4 in the second set, but I managed to break her back immediately to take a 5-4 lead, and then I served it out...

    "It feels great to win a title. I'll take back sweet memories from the Tashkent Open. I'm glad I made the last minute decision to play here, and I will surely come back to defend my title next year." WTA story

    Donna, who was playing in her first WTA main draw, is the youngest WTA finalist since then 15 year old Tamira Paszek won the Portoroz title in 2006.

    Donna said: "I was ready for this final, but Irina played very well and deserved to win today. I had my chances in the second set when I broke her to get back to 4-4, but I hurried a little bit on my serve and she broke me right back.

    "I'm happy I had a good week, but a little disappointed of not being able to win the title after coming close. But I will come back. And the event has brought me a lot of experience and will surely help me in the WTA events I play now."

    Irina-Camelia and Donna had never before met on the field of combat.

    Irina-Camelia is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals; she reached the finals at Marbella and Budapest last year. Irina-Camelia's 2012 singles match record is 22-24.

    Donna was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 2 ITF singles titles, both this year, at Fergana and Bangalore. Donna has an impressive 36-9 singles match record this season, mostly in ITF play.

    On Sunday in Quebec City, in the final of the Challenge Bell, 26 year old #133 (career high: #59) Kirsten Flipkens from Mol, Belgium, won her first WTA singles title by defeating 27 year old 8th-seeded #69 (career high: #41) Lucie Hradecka from Prague, Czech Republic, 6-1, 7-5 (Kirsten is shown while defeating Samantha Stosur in the 1st round at Rosmalen (aka 's-Hertogenbosch) this year).

    Kirsten's prize is $37,000; Lucie's prize is $19,000.

    Kirsten said: "I played really well and really aggressively in the first set. I feel my only advantage in the second set was the break at 5-all. It was a really close match and I was down in a lot of the games I won. I have to give credit to Lucie; she came back strong in the second set...
    "I was out for eight weeks with blood clots... I got a lot of confidence out of that week in Rosmalen, beating Stosur and Vinci. I won two $25,000 tournaments in the summer, too... This is the best day of my life." WTA story

    Lucie and Kirsten had met twice before. In 2010, on an indoor hardcourt in the 1st round at Luxembourg, Kirsten defeated Lucie 6-2, 6-3. But the following year, on a Plexipave hardcourt in the 1st round at Indian Wells, Lucie defeated Kirsten 7-6(6), 6-2.

    Kirsten was playing in her first WTA singles final; she has won 2 ITF singles titles. Kirsten's 2012 singles match record is 50-14.

    Lucie is now 0-5 in WTA singles finals; she reached the finals at Barcelona last year, Strasbourg and Istanbul in 2009, and at Bad Gastein in 2008. Lucie's singles match record this season is 21-19.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Quebec City & Tashkent

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Bell Challenge,  Quebec City, Canada

 
tourney time:
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       = US EST
       = US PST +3 hours

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    Quebec City: The main draw for Quebec City 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   PEPS, Laval University, Quebec City
Latitude: 46.784634 Longitude: -71.277645 goto link for World Wind

Bell Challenge venue address: Pavillon de l'Éducation physique et des sports, Laval University, Quebec City

2012: Good looking healthy young ladies at the Quebec City player party included Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Elena Vesnina, and Dominika Cibulkova...
Quebec City, 1st Rd, Mon-Wed 11am Tue WTA story
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
*n133 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n14 s1 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 Wed
n29 s2 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n151 Alison Riske USA 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n35 s3 Mona Barthel GER d n71 Heather Watson GBR 6(5)-7, 7-6(5), 6-1 Mon
n48 s4 Alexandra Wozniak CAN d n93 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Tue

    Alexandra said: ""I was playing an opponent who plays like me, offensive tennis. We had some really good points. Playing indoors you have to adjust your game because the points are shorter. You have to go for more winners and mix it up a bit when you have the opportunity. It wasn't easy. Overall, I'm happy I'm through to the second round."

*n139 Annika Beck GER d n56 s5 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-1, 7-6(11) Mon
n60 s6 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n226 wc M-E Pelletier CAN 7-6(2), 6-1 Tue

    2011 Quebec City champion Barbora said: "The first match is always difficult. I was a little bit nervous the first set. I wasn't playing the way I wanted to play. But I'm happy that I managed to get through...
    "It's good to be back again. It feels very nice. It feels like home. I love this tournament and that's why I keep coming here."

n64 s7 Petra Martic CRO d n166 LL Jessica Pegula USA 6-4, 7-5 Tue
n69 s8 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n186 q Maria Sanchez USA 6-4, 7-6(5) Tue
n73 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n84 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 7-5, 1-6, 6-1 Tue
n94 Mirjana Lucic CRO d n187 q Heidi El Tabakh CAN 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5) Tue
n107 Melanie Oudin USA d n109 Irina Falconi USA 7-5, 7-6(6) Tue
*n208 Petra Rampre SLO d n117 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 Tue
n136 q Lauren Davis USA d n167 Stephanie Dubois CAN 7-5, 6-3 Tue cB m3
n141 Tatjana Malek GER d n138 Alexa Glatch USA 7-6(3), 6-3 Mon
n150 q Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n181 Madison Brengle USA 6-4, 6-6(7), 6-4 Tue
n173 wc Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n178 Grace Min USA 6-4, 6-3 Tue

Quebec City, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
*n136 q Lauren Davis USA d n29 s2 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-1, 6-1 Wed
n35 s3 Mona Barthel GER d n208 Petra Rampre SLO 6-2, 6-1 Wed
*n107 Melanie Oudin USA d n48 s4 Alexandra Wozniak CAN
    walkover—right shoulder injury Thu
n60 s6 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n141 Tatjana Malek GER 6-3, 6-3 Wed
*n73 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n64 s7 Petra Martic CRO 6-2, 6-3 Thu
n69 s8 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n173 wc Eugenie Bouchard CAN 7-6(2), 2-6, 7-6(4) Thu
*n133 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n94 Mirjana Lucic CRO 6(2)-7, 6-2, 6-4 Thu
*n150 q Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n139 Annika Beck GER 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 Wed

Quebec City, QFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
n35 s3 Mona Barthel GER d n60 s6 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 6-4
n69 s8 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n136 q Lauren Davis USA 6-4, 6-2
*n133 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n73 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-2, 3-0 retired—low back injury
*n150 q Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n107 Melanie Oudin USA 6-0, 6-1

Quebec City, SFs, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*n133 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n35 s3 Mona Barthel GER 7-6(6), 7-6(3)
n69 s8 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n150 q Kristina Mladenovic FRA 7-5, 3-3

Quebec City, Final, Sun 2pm+
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
*n133 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n69 s8 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-1, 7-5

Quebec City, Doubles Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
s3 Tatjana Malek & Kristina Mladenovic d s1 Heather Watson & Alicja Rosolska 7-6(5), 6(6)-7, (10-7)

Quebec City, Qual Finals, Mon Sep 10 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n136 Lauren Davis USA d n233 Julie Coin FRA 6-3, 6-4
n150 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n373 Gabriela Dabrowski CAN 6-4, 2-6, 6-4
*n186 Maria Sanchez USA d n166 Jessica Pegula USA 6-4, 6-2 cBN m2
n187 Heidi El Tabakh CAN v n341 Jennifer Elie USA 6-2, 6-1

Quebec City, Withdrawals
n16 Vera Zvonareva RUS illness
n24 Christina McHale USA mononucleosis reported
   WTA says GI illness

n51 Sofia Arvidsson SWE right ankle injury
n54 Marina Erakovic NZL right hip injury
n82 Andrea Hlavackova CZE
n83 Michaella Krajicek NED illness
n85 Johanna Larsson SWE right elbow injury
n87 Camila Giorgi ITA illness
n92 Casey Dellacqua AUS neck injury
n130 Virginie Razzano FRA right hip injury
n161 Aravane Rezai FRA

 
Tashkent Open,  Tashkent, Uzbekistan

 
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       = US PDT +12 hours

Uzbekistan News


Tashkent: The main draw for Tashkent 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   Tashkent Tennis Centre, Tashekent, UZB
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Tashkent Open venue address: massiv Yalangoch, Tashekent, UZB

2012: Donna Vekic (center), and two other players I haven't had time to identify, were all looking very nice at the Tashkent players party on Tuesday...
Tashkent, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
*n129 Karin Knapp ITA d n33 s1 Monica Niculescu ROU 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 Tue
n43 s2 Urszula Radwanska POL d n106 Maria-Theresa Torro-Flor ESP 6-4, 7-5 Mon
n50 s3 Alize Cornet FRA v n91 Nina Bratchikova RUS 6-1, 6-3 Mon
*n208 q Donna Vekic CRO d n66 s4 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 7-6(3), 6-3 Tue
n68 s5 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n186 q Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 Tue
n72 s6 Bojana Jovanovski SRB v n122 Dinah Pfizenmaier GER 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 Tue
n76 s7 Alexandra Panova RUS d n99 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 Mon
n80 s8 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ v n190 q Vesna Dolonc SRB 3-6, 6-1, 6-0 Tue
n96 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU v n119 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-4, 6-3 Tue
*n127 Misaki Doi JPN d n101 Julia Cohen USA 6-3, 6-0 Tue
n105 Eleni Daniilidou GRE v n156 LL Monica Puig PUR 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*n267 q Anna Chakvetadze RUS d n111 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n115 Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino ESP d n102 Jana Cepelova SVK 6-1, 6-2 Mon
n118 Eva Birnerova CZE v n124 Claire Feuerstein FRA 7-6(4), 6-4 Tue
n312 sr Vitalia Diatchenko RUS v n378 wc Nigina Abduraimova UZB 6-2, 6-4 Tue
n369 wc Sabine Sharipova UZB d n579 wc Vlada Ekshibarova UZB 6-4, 7-5 Mon

Tashkent, 2nd Rd, Wed 11am WTA story
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n43 s2 Urszula Radwanska POL d n312 sr Vitalia Diatchenko RUS 6-2, 6-2
*n96 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n50 s3 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-1

    Irina-Camelia said: "I know Alizé's game, as we have played doubles with each other before. So I played patiently and managed to return well today. In the second set I started hitting very well and the score turned even more in my favor. It's a good result for me and I'm very happy to make it to the quarterfinals here."

n68 s5 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n369 wc Sabine Sharipova UZB 1-6, 6-3, 6-3
n72 s6 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n105 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-3, 6(8)-7, 6-3
n76 s7 Alexandra Panova RUS d n127 Misaki Doi JPN 6-4, 6-4

    Alexandra said: "Misaki is good player, but I played as planned, to serve well, play fast and not give her time to settle. I did it all today and had a good result."

n80 s8 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n267 q Anna Chakvetadze RUS 6-1, 6-3
*n208 q Donna Vekic CRO d n115 Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino ESP 6-2, 6-2

    16-year-old Donna said: "It's an amazing feeling. I'm absolutely thrilled to make my first quarterfinal at a WTA event. The points are important, but developing my game and as an athlete is more important for me in the next few years. She was a tough player, but I played very well."

n118 Eva Birnerova CZE d n129 Karin Knapp ITA 6-2, 6-2

Tashkent, QFs, Thu 11am WTA story
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
n43 s2 Urszula Radwanska POL d n76 s7 Alexandra Panova RUS 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(3)

Urszula ready to swat a forehand

    Urszula said: "It was a great and close match. I tried to focus on every point, and feel a little lucky to have pulled it out against a good friend. All credit to [Alexandra] for her play today."

*n118 Eva Birnerova CZE d n68 s5 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-3, 4-6, 6-2

Eva about to deliver a backhand

*n208 q Donna Vekic CRO d n72 s6 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 6-4
    The win made Donna, playing in her first WTA main draw, the youngest WTA semifinalist since then 15 year old Tamira Paszek won the Portoroz title in 2006.

    Donna said: "Reaching the semifinals at a WTA tour event has not sunk in yet. I went into the match with a lot of confidence. I went for every ball and am happy to have won against a top 100 player for three days in a row now."

*n96 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n80 s8 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 3-6, 7-6(1), 7-5

Tashkent, SFs, Fri 11am WTA story
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*n96 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n43 s2 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-3, 6-3

Irina-Camelia lining up a forehand

    Irina-Camelia said: "I was really tired from yesterday's match and it's hard to recover on hardcourts. But today I ran for every ball and put it back forcing Urszula to commit mistakes.
    "I'm happy to make it to my first final in Tashkent, but for now I'm not thinking about the final, and just want to enjoy this moment and try and recover."

*n208 q Donna Vekic CRO d n118 Eva Birnerova CZE 6-1, 3-6, 6-1

Donna between shots

    Donna said: "It's quite hard to believe. It feels like a dream but it's reality and I am so happy to make the first final of a WTA event...
    "[Eva] was a difficult player and did not give me any rhythm, which made me lose my focus a bit in the second set. I didn't play my best tennis today, but it is important to win on days like these.
    "I've played a lot of matches and the physios here have helped me to keep fit and I feel I have energy going into the final."

Tashkent, Final, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
n96 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n208 q Donna Vekic CRO 6-4, 6-4

Irina about to swat a backhand

Tashkent, Doubles Final Sat 11:30am
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
Paula Kania & Polina Pekhova d Anna Chakvetadze & Vesna Dolonc 6-2 retired—Chakvetadze: back injury

Tashkent, Qual Finals, Mon Sep 10 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*n208 Donna Vekic CRO d n156 Monica Puig PUR 62 63
*n190 Vesna Dolonc SRB d n158 Marta Sirotkina RUS 62 62
*n267 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d n184 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR 61 67(2) 61
n186 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS d n315 Polina Pekhova BLR 64 36 62

Tashkent, Withdrawals
n62 Shahar Peer ISR left hamstring injury
n110 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
n123 Laura Pous-Tio ESP left knee injury


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