2012 Seoul & Guangzhou WTA Singles Results    

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  WTA Sep 17-23: Seoul & Guangzhou

KDB Korea Open, Seoul, KOR
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n11 C Wozniacki, n14 M Kirilenko
n16 K Kanepi, n18 N Petrova

International Women's Open
Guangzhou, CHN
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n10 M Bartoli, n23 J Zheng
n32 S Cirstea, n40 U Radwanska
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Guangzhou:

#61 Su-Wei Hsieh
5'7" 126lb RH 2H-BH
Seoul:

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


    On Sunday at Seoul, Korea, in the final of the KDB Korean Open, the 2011 champ at Indian Wells, Dubai, New Haven, & Charleston, 22 year old top seeded #11 (and former #1) Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), demolished the 2012 champ at Brisbane & Estoril, 27 year old 3rd seeeded #16 (career high: #15) Kaia Kanepi from Haapsalu, Estonia, 6-1, 6-0 (Caro is shown holding the ceramicware after the match).

    Caroline's prize is $112,300; Kaia's prize is $57,665.

    Caroline said: "Today I did well at turning defense to offense and offense to defense. That's actually a strength of mine. I'm very pleased with how everything turned out." WTA story

    Kaia sat out a long stretch prior to this tourney due to an achilles injury. On Saturday, Kaia said: "My season has definitely had its ups and downs because of my injuries, but last year was the same... It's nothing new and I'm used to it."

    Caro now leads Kaia 4-2 in career matches.. Their previous meeting was earlier this year on red clay in the 3rd round at Roland Garros, when Kaia defeated Caroline 6-1, 6(3)-7, 6-3.

    Former #1 Caroline is now 19-11 in WTA singles finals; she won 6 titles in 2011 but this is her first title this year. Caroline's 2012 singles match record is 37-18.

    Kaia is now 3-4 in WTA singles finals, she won this year at Brisbane and Estoril, and in 2010 at Palermo. Kaia's singles match record this season is 24-8.

    On Saturday at Guangzhou, China, in the final of the International Women's Open, the 2012 champion at Kuala Lumpur, 26 year old #61 (last week, this week at a career high: #53) Su-Wei Hsieh from Taipei, Taiwan, defeated the 2008 Wimbledon juniors champion, 18 year old #75 (career high: #74) Laura Robson from London, England, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 (Su-Wei is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Su-Wei's prize is $37,000; Laura's prize is $19,000.

    Su-Wei trailed 0-3 in the 3rd set, but won 6 of the next 7 games to take the title.

    Su-Wei said: "Laura's a great player and has been improving a lot this year, but I don't think she felt comfortable with my game. Some people say I don't often hit the ball with a lot of power, that I used the opponent's power against them and put the ball in unexpected places." WTA story

    Laura said: "[Su-Wei is] a really good player. She's very difficult to play. She changes everything so much. Sometimes I couldn't tell what she was going to do with the ball. It's very difficult to get any rhythm against her.
    "After I won the second set and led 3-0 in the third, she started playing well again and made the rallies longer, while I totally ran out of energy. I kept fighting but just wasn't able to hit my shots as well as I had earlier in the match.
    "But the more matches you play the more experience you get, and to play in a really tough final like this one in Guangzhou is a big experience for me."

    Su-Wei and Laura had met only once before, last year on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the first round of qualifying at Osaka, when Su-Wei defeated Laura 7-6(4), 6-4.

    Su-Wei is now 2-0 in WTA singles finals; she won her first title at Kuala Lumpur in March of this year. She has also won 9 WTA doubles titles, 22 ITF singles titles, and 20 ITF doubles titles. Su-Wei's singles match record this season is 40-16. WTA feature: Getting To Know... Hsieh Su-Wei

    Laura was playing in her first WTA singles final. Her semifinal win made her the first player from the nation that created modern tennis to reach the final of a WTA tournament in 22 years. She has won 1 ITF singles title. Laura's 2012 singles match record is 29-23.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Seoul & Guangzhou
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Hansol Korea Open,  Seoul, South Korea

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

Korea News


Seoul: The main draw for Seoul 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   Olympic Park, Seoul, Korea
Latitude: 37.515143 Longitude: 127.128205 goto link for World Wind

Hansol Korea Open venue address: Olympic Park, 88 Bangee-dong, Seoul 999-200, South Korea; Tel: 82 2 410 1360

2011: Players looking good at the Seoul players party on Sunday, September 18 included
Vera Dushevina, 2009 Seoul champ Kimiko Date-Krumm, and Klara Zakopalova & Iveta Benesova...
Seoul, 1st Rd, Mon noon, Tue 11am, Wed WTA story
loser's prize: $2,707 US; points: 1
Monday: rain prevented play
n11 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n73 Arantxa Rus NED 6-1, 6-2 Tue

Caro ready to swat a forehand

    Caroline said: "I definitely played better today than I have for a while. I've been practicing hard and I'm happy to see the results from that. I'm happy to be through. I'm just taking it one match at a time."

*n265 wc So-Ra Lee KOR d n14 s2 Maria Kirilenko RUS 1-1 retired—back injury Wed
n16 s3 Kaia Kanepi EST d n522 wc Sung-Hee Han KOR 6-1, 6-0 ppd-Tue

Kaia following a backhand

    Kaia has been sidelined for much of this season by an achilles injury. Kaia said: "I was very nervous in the beginning because I hadn't played any matches for the last three months. The first game was tough, but after I won that one I felt much more comfortable during the match."

n18 s4 Nadia Petrova RUS d n70 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-2, 6-4 Wed

Nadia's backhand drive

*n68 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP d n21 s5 Julia Goerges GER 1-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 ppd-Tue
n22 s6 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n93 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 7-6(1) Tue

Varvara driving a backhand

n28 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n97 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(1) Tue

Klara's forehand drive

n29 s8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n78 Polona Hercog SLO 6-4, 6-1 ppd-Tue
n31 Tamira Paszek AUT d n46 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 7-6(8), 6-3 Wed

Tamira driving a forehand

n39 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n84 q Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 6-4, 6-4 Tue

Anabel driving a forehand

n54 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n109 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-4, 6-3 Tue
*n66 Kiki Bertens NED d n57 Vania King USA 6-3, 6-1 ppd-Tue
*n100 q Jamie Hampton USA d n59 Romina Oprandi SUI 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Jamie following a forehand

n77 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n721 wc Hui Hyun Hong KOR 6-1, 6-2 ppd-Tue
*n196 q Caroline Garcia FRA d n85 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Caroline watching her backhand fly

n95 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP d n105 q Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Seoul, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu noon
loser's prize: $4,629 US; points: 30
n11 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n196 q Caroline Garcia FRA 6-2, 6-3 Thu

Caro after match point

n16 s3 Kaia Kanepi EST d n77 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-2, 6-2 Wed

Kaia launching a backhand

    Kaia missed 10 tourneys after the French Open due to an achilles injury. Kaia said: "I'm happy to win in two sets again. I think I played better today. I served better and felt better... I don't have any injuries anymore, so things are going well right now." WTA story

n95 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP d n18 s4 Nadia Petrova RUS walkover—low back injury Thu
n22 s6 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n39 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-4, 6-1 Thu

Varvara following a forehand

n28 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n54 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-1, 7-6(6) Thu

Klara following a backhand

    About playing Caroline Wozniacki in the semis, Klara said: "[Caroline is] a great player. She was #1 in the world. I have to be patient. She doesn't make any mistakes and runs a lot. But I have nothing to lose. I just want to play 100%, just give it my best." WTA story

n29 s8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n100 q Jamie Hampton USA 6-3, 7-5 Thu

Katya watching her backhand fly

n31 Tamira Paszek AUT d n265 wc So-Ra Lee KOR 6-2, 6-0 Thu

   
So-Ra launching a backhand, and Tamira ready to lightly tap a forehand

n66 Kiki Bertens NED d n68 S Soler Espinosa ESP 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 Wed

Kiki following a forehand

Seoul, QFs, Fri 1:15pm
loser's prize: $8,380 US; points: 70
n11 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n28 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-2, 6-3

Caro moving to fetch a forehand

n16 s3 Kaia Kanepi EST d n66 Kiki Bertens NED 6-4, 6-4

Kaia driving a backhand

n29 s8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n95 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 6-1, 6-1

Ekaterina driving a forehand

n22 s6 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n31 Tamira Paszek AUT 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4

Varvara's backhand drive

    Varvara said: "It's my first time in the semifinals of a WTA event, so I'm very happy. Today's match lasted almost three hours and I had to be really patient and focused. But I'm really happy to win and I'm looking forward to my next one." WTA story

Seoul, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $30,959 US; points: 130
n11 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n29 s8 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-1, 5-7, 6-4

Caro after match point

    Caroline said: "I did really well in the first set, but couldn't close the second set out; I'm happy I finally broke [Ekaterina] one more time in the third. She was returning very well today but I was just trying to focus on the next ball and the next game, and moving my feet better. At the end of the day I'm happy to get through." WTA story

n16 s3 Kaia Kanepi EST d n22 s6 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Kaia driving a backhand

    About the final, Kaia said: "I've played [Caroline] before, and I usually try to be patient and not take huge risks, because she can get a lot of balls back in play. If my shots are working well tomorrow I will be aggressive, but if they aren't, I'll stay patient.
    "Our last match was a tough match. We've always had very tough matches."

Seoul, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $57,665 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $112,300 US; points: 280
n11 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n16 s3 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-1, 6-0

   
Caroline and Kaia driving forehand and backhand

Seoul, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $9,023 US
winner's prize: $17,262 US
s1 Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears d Akgul Amanmuradova & Vania King 2-6, 6-2, (10-8)

Seoul, Qual Finals, Mon Sep 17 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $416 1pt; q2 $722 6pts; q3 $1,350 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n84 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ d n104 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-2, 6-1
n100 Jamie Hampton USA d n273 Catalina Castano COL 6-2, 6-2
n105 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d n119 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-2, 6-4
*n196 Caroline Garcia FRA d n121 Greta Arn HUN 6-1, 3-6, 7-5

Seoul, Withdrawals
n26 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS right thoracic spine injury
n38 Sloane Stephens USA left abdominal injury
n71 Ksenia Pervak KAZ right thigh injury

   
 
Guangzhou International Women's Open,  Guangzhou, China

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +8 hours
       = US EDT +12 hours
       = US PDT +15 hours

China News


Guangzhou: The main draw for Guangzhou 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   Fangcun Tennis Sports Center, Guangzhou, China
Latitude: 23.073474 Longitude: 113.210024 goto link for World Wind

    Back when Beijing was called Peking (and even earlier, Peiping), Guangzhou was known as Canton. It is about 182 kilometers from Hong Kong. At last count about 10.15 million people live there (and rising). "Tennis Courts of Fangcun Tennis Sports Center was built in 2001, covering an area of 53000 square meters. It has total 17 tennis courts including one center court with a capacity of more than 3,500 seats..."

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2012: On Sunday, Sept 17 in Guangzhou, 2nd seed (and Chinese #2) Zheng Jie practiced, while top seed Marion Bartoli and Chinese #3 Peng Shuai had a nice chat while as they did the player rep thing at the main draw ceremony... Young ladies looking darned good at the Seoul welcome ceremony and player party included Mandy Minella, row 2: Zheng Jie, Sorana Cirstea, and Laura Robson...
Guangzhou, 1st Rd, Mon noon-Tue 2pm
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
*n113 LL Kai-Chen Chang TPE d n10 s1 Marion Bartoli FRA 4-3 retired—gastrointestinal illness Tue
n23 s2 Jie Zheng CHN d n97 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 5-3 retired Tue
n32 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n255 q Yue-Yue Hu CHN 6-2, 7-5 Tue
n40 s4 Urszula Radwanska POL d n94 Melinda Czink HUN 7-6(1), 6-2 Tue
n44 s5 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d wc n179 Qiang Wang CHN 6-0, 6-3 Mon
*n79 Mathilde Johansson FRA d n47 s6 Monica Niculescu ROU 7-5, 6-2 Tue
n48 s7 Shuai Peng CHN d n84 Ayumi Morita JPN 7-6(3), 6-0 Tue
n49 s8 Alize Cornet FRA d n89 Alexandra Panova RUS 6-3, 1-1 retired—heat illness Tue
n55 Olga Govortsova BLR d n272 q Zarina Diyas KAZ 7-5, 6-2 Tue
n61 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n96 Nina Bratchikova RUS 7-5, 6-3 Tue

Su-Wei serving

*n64 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n63 Timea Babos HUN 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n69 Mandy Minella LUX d n83 Pauline Parmentier FRA 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 Mon
n75 Laura Robson GBR d n106 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 6-2, 3-1 retired—left thigh strain Mon

Laura meeting the press

*n168 wc Saisai Zheng CHN d n101 Julia Cohen USA 7-6(1), 7-5 Tue
*n250 q Nudnina Luangnam THA d n117 J Gajdosova AUS 6(5)-7, 6-4, 6-2 Tue
n198 wc Ying-Ying Duan CHN d n221 q Luksika Kumkhum THA 6-2, 6-1 Tue

Guangzhou, 2nd Rd, Wed 3pm
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
Wednesday: play completed after rain delay
*n75 Laura Robson GBR d n23 s2 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-3
n32 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n198 wc Ying-Ying Duan CHN 6-1, 7-6(0)
n40 s4 Urszula Radwanska POL d n69 Mandy Minella LUX 6-2, 6-3
n44 s5 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n64 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 6-1

Chanelle following a backhand

n48 s7 Shuai Peng CHN d n250 q Nudnina Luangnam THA 6-2, 6-1

Shuai serving

n49 s8 Alize Cornet FRA d n55 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-4 retired—gastrointestinal illness
n61 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n113 LL Kai-Chen Chang TPE 6-0, 6-3
n79 Mathilde Johansson FRA d n168 wc Saisai Zheng CHN 6-2, 4-6, 7-5

Guangzhou, QFs, Thu 3pm
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
n32 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n49 s8 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-3

   
Alize ready to swat a backhand, and Sorana driving one

n40 s4 Urszula Radwanska POL d n44 s5 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-1, 7-5
*n75 Laura Robson GBR d n48 s7 Shuai Peng CHN 7-5, 5-7, 6-2

Laura at the Seoul welcome ceremonies earlier in the week

n61 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n79 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-3, 6-0

Su-Wei watching her backhand fly

Guangzhou, SFs, Fri 3pm
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*n75 Laura Robson GBR d n32 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-4, 6-2

Laura driving a backhand

    The win made Laura the first player from the nation that created modern tennis to reach the final of a WTA tournament in 22 years.

    Laura said: "I played well today. Sorana is a really tough player to play, because she plays so aggressive and hits so many winners. I kept trying to take the ball early, to take the time away from her and give me more of a chance in the rallies." WTA story

    About her final opponent, Su-Wei Hsieh, Laura said: "[Su-Wei] plays quite differently from most of the players, and I need to be ready for this. I played her once before, last year in Japan, and I lost, and all through the match I could never tell what shot she was going to hit next."

*n61 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n40 s4 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-1, 3-6, 6-0

Guangzhou, Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
n61 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n75 Laura Robson GBR 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

   
Su-Wei and Laura driving forehand and backhand, and Su-Wei's backhand drive

Guangzhou, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
Shuai Zhang & Tamarine Tanasugarn d Jarmila Gajdosova & Monica Niculescu 2-6, 6-2, (10-8)

Guangzhou, Qual Finals, Mon Sep 17 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*n221 Luksika Kumkhum THA d n113 Kai-Chen Chang TPE 6-2, 4-6, 6-0
*n272 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n128 Valeria Savinykh RUS 6-3, 6-4
n250 Nudnina Luangnam THA d 282 Varatchaya Wongteanchai THA 6-1, 6-4
n255 Yue-Yue Hu CHN d n306 Yi-Jing Zhao CHN 6-0, 3-6, 6-2

Guangzhou, Withdrawals
n51 Petra Cetkovska CZE right ankle injury
n74 Shahar Peer ISR left hamstring injury
n82 Anne Keothavong GBR right foot injury
n86 Johanna Larsson SWE
n92 Stephanie Foretz Gacon FRA right shoulder injury
n105 Michaella Krajicek NED illness

   

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