2012 Stanford & Palermo WTA Singles Results    

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  WTA July 9-15: Stanford & Palermo

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n6 S Williams, n9 M Bartoli
n13 D Cibulkova, n21 J Jankovic

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n10 S Errani, n23 R Vinci
n24 J Goerges, n28 A Medina Garrigues
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Palermo:

#10 (lw, #9 tw) Sara Errani
5'4&fra124;" 132lb RH 2H-BH
Stanford:

#6 (lw, #4 tw) Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Stanford University, in the final of the Bank of the West Classic, the 2011 Stanford champion (and 2012 champ at Wimbledon, Charleston & Madrid), 30 year old top seeded #6 (last week, #4 this week, and former #1) Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, won again, defeating 20 year old "Lucky Loser" #132 (career high: #89) Coco Vandeweghe from Rancho Santa Fe, California, 7-5, 6-3 (Serena is shown holding the glassware after the match).

    Serena's prize is $96,000; Coco's prize is $53,000.

    Serena struck 9 aces with 6 double faults, and scored on 4 of the 9 break points she reached against Coco while totaling 71 points in the match. Coco hit 6 aces, with 5 DFs, while converting both of the 2 break points she reached against Serena and totaling 56 points.

    Serena said: "I don't think I played my greatest. But I do think I was mentally there, and that helped me out a lot." AP story

    Coco said: "There's happiness that I'm in the final and there's sadness that I lost. I just have to kind of put it on the back burner and move on."

    Serena and Coco had never before met on the field of combat (except in World Team Tennis play).

    14 time Grand Slam singles champion Serena is now 43-15 in WTA singles finals. Serena won the 2010 Australian Open and Wimbledon titles, then stepped on broken glass at a restaurant after Wimbledon and was sidelined for about 11 months, during which she also suffered from a pulmonary embolism.

    Upon returning to play last year Serena won the Stanford and Toronto titles; this year she has won at Stanford, Wimbledon, Charleston and Madrid. Serena has a 38-3 singles match record this year.

    Coco was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 2 ITF singles titles and 1 ITF doubles title. Coco's singles match record this season is 31-17.

    At Palermo, Italy, on Sunday, in the final of the ItaliaCom Open, this year's French Open finalist (and champ at Budapest), 25 year old top seeded #10 (last week, #9 this week, career high: #9) Sara Errani from Bologna, Italy, defeated the 2011 champ in Quebec City, 26 year old 8th seeded #62 (career high: #39) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova from Pilzen, Czech Republic, 6-1, 6-3 (Sara is shown during the award ceremony).

    Sara's prize is $37,000; Barbora's prize is $19,000.

    It was Sara's 4th WTA singles title this season. Sara said: "Zahlavova Strycova is a very difficult player. If you don't keep your game up you risk being entrapped by her tennis. In fact if you let your guard down, you won't get out of it." AP story

    Barbora said: "Making the final and winning the doubles title were just great. I have to congratulate Sara on her week. She has been playing great this year, and was too tough today." WTA story

    Sara now leads Barbora 3-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in 2010, on a hardcourt in the 1st round at Tokyo, when Sara defeated Barbora 6-3, 6-2.

    Sara is now 6-4 in WTA singles finals; she also won this year at Budapest, Barcelona and Acapulco, and at Palermo and Portoroz in 2007. She has won 15 WTA doubles titles. Sara's 2012 singles match record is 42-13.

    Barbora is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals; she won at Quebec City last year and reached the Prague final in 2010. Barbora, partnered with Renata Voracova, won her 17th WTA doubles title at Palermo on Saturday, defeating Darija Jurak & Katalin Marosi 7-6(5), 6-4. Barbora's singles match record this season is 15-19.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stanford & Palermo
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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The Bank of the West Classic  Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

 
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    Stanford: The main draw for Stanford has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

Bank of the West Classic venue address: Taube Family Tennis Stadium, Stanford, CA 94305

    2012 is the 42nd year of the tourney that has become the Bank of the West Classic, the longest-running women-only pro tennis tournament. The Bank of the West Classic has been held at Stanford University's Taube Tennis Stadium since 1997. 37,226 people attended the 13 sessions in 2005. The tourney is owned and operated by IMG (International Management Group); Bank of the West has been the tourney's title sponsor since 1992.

2012: On Sunday, July 9 at Stanford, Sorana Cirstea decorated the campus... On Monday, Nicole Gibbs met the press
after winning her 1st round match, and Wimbledon Serena Williams also had a nice chat with those friendly reporters...
Stanford, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
losers' prize: $4,600 US; points: 1
n36 s5 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n111 Kai-Chen Chang TPE 7-5, 2-6, 7-5 Mon

Yanina driving a forehand

n43 s6 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n177 q Grace Min USA 6-4, 6-4 Mon

   
Grace eyeing a backhand, Chanelle driving one, and after winning a point

n49 s8 Marina Erakovic NZL d nNR q Jana Juricova SVK 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n52 s9 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n61 Vania King USA 7-5, 6-4 Tue
n54 Urszula Radwanska POL d n88 Eleni Danilidou GRE 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n103 Heather Watson GBR d n59 Sloane Stephens USA 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-1 Mon

 
Sloane and Heather driving forehands

*n150 wc Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d n76 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 Mon

   
Jarmila and Michelle about to swat backhand and forehand, and Michelle after match point

*nNR wc Mallory Burdette USA d n77 Anne Keothavong GBR 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 Tue
*n213 LL Saisai Zheng CHN d n85 Ayumi Morita JPN 4-2 retired—low back injury Tue
*n132 LL Coco Vandeweghe USA d n98 Melinda Czink HUN 6-4, 6-1 Mon
*n765 wc Nicole Gibbs USA d n161 q Noppawan Lertcheewakarn THA 6-4, 6-4 Tue

 
Nicole driving a forehand, and after winning a point

    Stanford junior Nicole, the 2012 NCAA singles (and doubles) champion, is 9-0 in WTA & ITF tourneys this year. One of those wins was today, the other 8 were last week as Nicole went through qualifying and then won the $50K ITF tourney in Denver on Sunday.

    Nicole said: "I couldn't have been more nervous today if I tried. It was an added level of excitement, definitely, which may have translated into nerves. But it was incentive to stay in the points and fight harder, so it actually served me well." WTA story

    Nicole will play Wimbledon champ Serena Williams in the 2nd round. Nicole said: "I'm going to be nervous tomorrow, there's no question about that, but I couldn't have any less pressure on me. It's just going to be an experience I'll have to enjoy. Hopefully I present myself as competitive in that match."

n134 q Erika Sema JPN d n154 LL Alexa Glatch USA 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Stanford, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
losers' prize: $8,750 US; points: 60
n6 s1 Serena Williams USA d n765 wc Nicole Gibbs USA 6-2, 6-1

 
Serena about to swat a backhand and Nicole driving one

    Serena struck 7 aces with 2 double faults, while scoring on 6 of the 11 break points she reached against Nicole and totaling 61 points in the match. Nicole had no aces, with 2 double faults, while converting 1 of the 6 break points she reached against Serena and scoring a total of 37 points. Late in the match, Serena called on the trainer to have a look at her right foot, but it did not seem to affect her play.

    Serena said: "I think [Nicole] played really well. She moves really well... And she has a really good first serve. I think she really held her own today." WTA story

    Nicole said: "It was a great experience... I was definitely more in the match than I had anticipated being. After a few points I felt I could at least compete at that level."

n9 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA d nNR wc Mallory Burdette USA 7-5, 6-0 Thu

Marion driving a backhand

    Marion trailed 2-5 in the 1st set. Marion said: "Mallory played extremely well at the beginning, taking the ball very early and hitting very flat into the corners. I felt at times like I was playing against myself. She just won her first match on the WTA in the first round, which probably gave her a huge confidence boost coming into this match. I expected her to go for her shots and play very well against me today.
    "I knew I had to wait a bit for her to come down, and that I had to improve my level. I've played so many matches in my career and I know when you're down you can turn the match around. I couldn't worry about the score." WTA story

n13 s3 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n134 q Erika Sema JPN 6-1, 6-3 Thu

Domi following a forehand

*n132 LL Coco Vandeweghe USA d n21 s4 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 6-2
n36 s5 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n103 Heather Watson GBR 5-7, 6-1, 6-4

 
Heather and Yanina driving forehands

n43 s6 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n150 wc Michelle Larcher de Brito POR 6-3, 6-4

 
Michelle and Chanelle driving forehands

*n54 Urszula Radwanska POL d n49 s8 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Thu

Urszula driving a backhand

n52 s9 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n213 LL Saisai Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-3 Thu

Sorana about to serve

Stanford, QFs, Fri noon
losers' prize: $15,500 US; points: 120
n6 s1 Serena Williams USA d n43 s6 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-4, 6-0

 
Chanelle and Serena driving forehands

*n36 s5 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n9 s2 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 6-2

   
Marion serving, Yanina driving a backhand, and after match point

    Yanina said: "It wasn't easy. I played some of my best tennis to beat [Marion]... I'm very happy to be back on my favorite surface. I like grass a lot, but clay is not my favorite surface. I'm really happy to be back on the fast surfaces. I'm going to lose some and I'm going to win some, but I like this time of the year." WTA story

*n52 s9 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n13 s3 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6(5)-7, 6-2, 6-0

   
Domi and Sori driving backhands, and Sorana after match point

    Sorana struck 15 aces during the match, which was marred by very poor offciating. Sorana was correct on 6 consecutive "Hawkeye" challenges of bad calls.

*n132 LL Coco Vandeweghe USA d n54 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-4

Coco driving a backhand

Stanford, SFs, Sat 1pm & 7pm WTA story
losers' prize: $28,500 US; points: 200
n6 s1 Serena Williams USA d n52 s9 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-1, 6-2

 
Sorana and Serena driving forehands

    Serena struck 14 winners, with 14 unforced errors; Sorana had 10 winners, but with 32 errors.

    Serena said: "I think we were both disappointed tonight because we both have big serves, and tonight for whatever reason we weren't able to do it. I wasn't too happy with how I was playing today. I did what I had to do to win today.
    "I'm happy to win though, and it's really good to be back in the final. I want to do well here. I have points to defend, which is really motivating for me."

*n132 LL Coco Vandeweghe USA d n36 s5 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-2, 3-6, 6-2

   
Yanina volleying a backhand, and Coco ready to swat a forehand

    Coco said: "I'm winning a lot of points on my first serve, which is key, but I've got to get my first serve percentage up. I spoke to Jan-Michael on the phone afterwards and he told me I had to get that up, but that I was hitting my second serves well, and just keep doing what I'm doing, because I'm playing great tennis this week."

Stanford, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $53,000 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $96,000 US; points: 470
n6 s1 Serena Williams USA d n132 LL Coco Vandeweghe USA 7-5, 6-3

   
Serena driving a forehand, and Coco and Serena driving backhands

Stanford, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $15,500 US
winners' prize: $31,000 US
Heather Watson & Marina Erakovic d s1 Vania King & Jarmila Gajdosova 7-5, 7-6(7)


Stanford, Qual Finals, Sun Jul 8 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,250 1pt; q2 $2,525 8pts; qualifier 12 points
*n161 Noppawan Lertcheewakarn THA d n132 Coco Vandeweghe USA 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
n134 Erika Sema JPN d n213 Saisai Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-3
*nNR Jana Juricova SVK d n154 Alexa Glatch USA 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
n177 Grace Min USA d n434 Abigail Spears USA 6(2)-7, 6-2, 6-4

Stanford, Withdrawals
n8 Angelique Kerber GER low back injury
n15 Sabine Lisicki GER abdominal injury
n20 Nadia Petrova RUS right wrist injury
n32 Christina McHale USA illness
n33 Monica Niculescu ROU left hand injury
n34 Shuai Peng CHN left hand injury
n35 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS knee injury
n37 Tamira Paszek AUT left thigh injury
n42 Simona Halep ROU left knee injury
n45 s7 Petra Martic CRO left foot injury
n53 Varvara Lepchenko USA left shoulder injury
n82 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN
n117 Bojana Jovanovski SRB injury
n198 Stephanie Dubois CAN foot injury

 
Internazionali Femminili,  Palermo, Sicily, Italy

 
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    Palermo: The 32-player main draw for Palermo has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

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Internazionali Femminili venue address: Country Time Club, Via dell'Olimpo, 5 - Palermo; Tel. +39 091 453782 - Fax +39 091 6841644

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2009: On Thursday, July 16 in Palermo, Aravane Rezai and Alize Cornet
attended the 2nd round match between Yaroslava Shvedova and Alberta Brianti...
Palermo, 1st Round, Mon 4pm, Tue 3pm
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
n10 s1 Sara Errani ITA d n107 Edina Gallovits-Hall ROU 6-1, 6-1 Tue
n23 s2 Roberta Vinci ITA d n112 Karin Knapp ITA 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n24 s3 Julia Goerges GER d n96 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-4, 7-6(8) Tue
*n189 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d n28 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-1, 6-3 Tue
n40 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n199 LL Sacha Jones AUS 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*n64 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n46 s6 Polona Hercog SLO 6-1, 7-6(8) Mon
n60 s7 Alize Cornet FRA d n118 Mariana Duque Marino COL 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n62 s8 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n67 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 7-5, 7-6(3) Tue-dark-Wed
n71 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d n127 Yulia Putintseva KAZ 6-2, 6-4 Mon
n73 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n149 q Dia Evtimova BUL 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n84 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n86 Kiki Bertens NED 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n93 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT d n151 wc Natassja Burnett ITA 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n135 Julia Cohen USA d n94 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 Tue
n97 Laura Robson GBR d n229 q Valentyna Ivakhnenko UKR 6-1, 6-0 Tue
*n470 q Katalin Marosi HUN d n131 Valeria Savinykh RUS 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n139 q Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n290 wc A Grymalska ITA 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 Tue

Palermo, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 3:30pm-4pm
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n10 s1 Sara Errani ITA d n93 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 6-3, 6-2 Wed
*n97 Laura Robson GBR d n23 s2 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 7-5 Thu

Laura ready to swat a forehand

n24 s3 Julia Goerges GER d n470 q Katalin Marosi HUN walkover—right shoulder injury
n40 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP v n73 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-1, 3-2 retired Thu
*n84 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n60 s7 Alize Cornet FRA 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 Wed
n62 s8 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n135 Julia Cohen USA 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 Thu
n64 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n71 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 Wed
n139 q Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n189 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 7-6(3), 7-5 Wed
Palermo, QFs, Fri 4pm
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
n10 s1 Sara Errani ITA d n84 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-2, 6-2
*n62 s8 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n24 s3 Julia Goerges GER 7-6(4), 6(4)-7, 6-1
*n97 Laura Robson GBR d n40 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
n64 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n139 q Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Palermo, SFs, Sat 5:45pm
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
n10 s1 Sara Errani ITA d n64 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-4, 6-1
n62 s8 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n97 Laura Robson GBR 2-6, 7-5, 6-2

    Barbora said: "I had a bad start today, but I fought point by point and really tried to stay in the match. The key moments in the match came at 4-all in the second set. At that moment I felt like Robson started to struggle in the match, and I started playing better and better from there." WTA story

Palermo, Final, Sun 7:30pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
n10 s1 Sara Errani ITA d n62 s8 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-1, 6-3
Palermo, Doubles Final Saturday m3
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
s1 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova & Renata Voracova d s2 Darija Jurak & Katalin Marosi 7-6(5), 6-4

Renata and Barbora


Palermo, Qual Finals, Mon Jul 9 4pm
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n139 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n396 Carolina Pillot ITA 6-1, 2-6, 6-0
n149 Dia Evtimova BUL d n199 Sacha Jones AUS 6-4, 6-4
*n470 Katalin Marosi HUN d n205 Tereza Mrdeza CRO 7-6(5), 3-6, 7-6(5)
n229 Valentyna Ivakhnenko UKR d n275 Catalina Castano COL 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Palermo, Withdrawals
n3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL upper respiratory illness
n16 Kaia Kanepi EST bilateral Achilles injury
n31 Klara Zakopalova CZE left thigh injury
n50 Shahar Peer ISR back injury
n55 Iveta Benesova CZE left shoulder injury
n74 Alexandra Panova RUS illness
n102 Laura Pous-Tio ESP
n113 Alberta Brianti ITA


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