2012 Tokyo Pan Pacific WTA Singles Results

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Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, JPN
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n1 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n2 Maria Sharapova RUS
n3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n5 Petra Kvitova CZE
n6 Angelique Kerber GER
n7 Sara Errani ITA
n8 Na Li CHN
n9 Samantha Stosur AUS
n10 Marion Bartoli FRA
n11 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n12 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n13 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
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#3 Agnieszka Radwanska
5'7" 139lb RH 2H-BH
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#18 Nadia Petrova
5'10¼" 143lb RH 2H-BH


    On Saturday in Tokyo, in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, the 2012 champion at 's-Hertogenbosch, 30 year old #18 (career high: #3) Nadia Petrova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated the 2011 PPO champ (and 2012 Wimbledon finalist), 23 year old 3rd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, 6-0, 1-6, 6-3 (Agnieszka is shown during the match; Nadia is shown holding the ceramicware afterward).

    Nadia's prize is $385,000; Aga's prize is $192,000.

Nadia said: "I played great in the first set but may have used too much energy, and in the second set I felt flat. It took me a while to recuperate and get back into the game. After the second set when I went to change my clothes, I had a few minutes to think about what to focus on in the third set.
    "After running out of gas in the second set, I don't know where I found the strength and will power to fight in the third set, but I did and it feels amazing.
    "This is the biggest tournament I've ever won. It's a great accomplishment. And at the beginning of the tournament I definitely didn't expect to win the title, because of the back injury I've been struggling with. I'm so happy to be here right now." WTA story

    Agnieszka said: "I'm disappointed... But [Nadia] was playing really well. Her biggest weapon is her serve, for sure, but also her return was very good today, and I had to serve really well myself to hold my serve."

    Aga still leads Nadia 3-2 in career matches. They had not met since 2008, on an indoor hardcourt in the quarterfinals at Linz, when Agnieszka defeated Nadia 6-3, 6-2.

    Nadia is now 12-11 in WTA singles finals. After winning no titles in 2009 and 2010, she won at College Park last year and at 's-Hertogenbosch this year. Nadia's 2012 singles match record is 34-17.

    Agnieszka is now 10-4 in WTA singles finals; she won at Dubai, Miami and Brussels this year. Aga has a 55-16 singles match record for the season.

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Toray Pan Pacific Open,  Tokyo, Japan

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

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Tokyo: The main draw for Tokyo has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 8 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Friday, qualifying finals are on Saturday.
 

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The Toray Pan Pacific Open was previously held in February, indoors at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. However, rescheduling of the Fed Cup 1st round resulted in moving the tourney to September, and the venue was changed to the Ariake Tennis Forest Park, the same place where the AIG Japan Open was held for years. The Japan Open has now been moved to Osaka.

Toray Pan Pacific Open venue address: Ariake Tennis Forest Park, 2-2-22 Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo

Although this is an outdoor event, the Center Court stadium has a retractable roof, which is closed in foul weather.
2012: On Saturday, September 22 in Tokyo, Ayumi Morita, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Kimiko Date-Krumm and other players met the media at the Pan Pacific Open player reception... On Sunday, 2011 Pan Pacific Open champ Agnieszka Radwanska and 2005 & 2009 champ Maria Sharapova entertained the press at the All Access Hour...
Tokyo Pan Pacific, 1st Rd, Sun-Mon 11am, 10:30am Mon WTA story
loser's prize: $5,800 US; points: 1
Sunday: rain prevented play on outer courts
n10 s9 Marion Bartoli FRA d n108 wc Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-1, 6-4 Mon

Marion driving a forehand

    Marion said: "Kimiko played very well today. She made it hard for me in the second set, but I knew if I could stay strong and focused I could win the match in straight sets, and I'm happy I could serve it out there."

n11 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d vn58 q Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-0, 3-6, 6-4 Mon

    Last week's Seoul champion Caroline said: "After the first set I thought to myself I was feeling really good and playing well, although I felt a little bit tired still. I felt like I made just one or two unforced errors in the second set and she was right in there. At 3-all in the third we had the rain delay and I was able to relax and get my bearings again, and I knew I had to play more aggressive when we came back. I lost the first game back but I didn't mind, I just kept it up and was able to win through. I'm really looking forward to going back and getting a good night's sleep now!"

n12 s11 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n62 LL Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-3, 2-0 retired—left thigh injury Mon

Ana serving

n13 s12 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n38 A Medina Garrigues ESP 6-3, 7-6(3) Sun

Domi's forehand drive

n15 s14 Roberta Vinci ITA d n85 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 Sun
n16 s15 Kaia Kanepi EST d n78 q Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-3, 6-4 Mon
n17 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE d n44 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-4, 7-6(3) ppd-Mon
n18 Nadia Petrova RUS d n47 Shuai Peng CHN 6-1, 6-4 Mon
n20 Julia Goerges GER d n46 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n22 Jie Zheng CHN d n57 Vania King USA 6-3, 6-4 Mon
n24 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n26 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-3, 6-3 Sun

Jelena driving a forehand

n25 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n43 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 Mon
n27 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n53 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-3, 6(8)-7, 6-1 Mon
*n34 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n28 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Mon

Daniela following a backhand

*n83 wc Ayumi Morita JPN d n30 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 Sun

Ayumi serving

*n75 q Heather Watson GBR d n31 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-4, 7-6(3) Mon

Heather driving a backhand

*n36 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n33 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 Mon

Francesca driving a forehand

n35 Tamira Paszek AUT d n91 q Camila Giorgi ITA 6-4, 6-3 Mon
n39 Urszula Radwanska POL d n152 q Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 6-4 Mon
*n49 Simona Halep ROU d n45 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-2, 6-3 ppd-Mon
*n82 q Pauline Parmentier FRA d n48 Alize Cornet FRA 6-3, 6-4 ppd-Mon
*n72 Petra Martic CRO d n61 Andrea Petkovic GER 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 Sun
*n86 q Johanna Larsson SWE d n65 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 ppd-Mon
n99 q Jamie Hampton USA d n180 wc Caroline Garcia FRA 6-2, 6-2 ppd-Mon

Tokyo Pan Pacific, 2nd Rd, Tue 11am WTA story
losers' prize: $11,300 US; points: 70
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n35 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-1, 6-1

Victoria's backhand drive

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n75 q Heather Watson GBR 6(7)-7, 6-3, 6-4

   
Heather and Maria driving backhands

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n24 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-2, 7-5

Agnieszka fielding a forehand

*n72 Petra Martic CRO d n5 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-4, 6-4

Petra launching a forehand

    Petra Martic said: "Even when I lost the first set 6-0 in my first match against Petkovic, I just wanted to keep playing without pressure and just enjoy it. I started to play on a really high level and just wanted to keep it going...
    "I got my first top 10 win at Roland Garros, but this one is even bigger. I'm very happy about this win."

    Petra Kvitova said: "Petra played very well today. She has a big serve, kept me on the defensive and made me run a lot, and that's not my game. She played so well today, very aggressive tennis.
    "Petra has really improved her forehand. She hits it very hard down the line and crosscourt. And she also has a good slice, which can be tough to handle."

n6 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n83 wc Ayumi Morita JPN 6-3, 6-4

Angelique's forehand drive

n7 s6 Sara Errani ITA d n86 q Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 7-6(1)
n8 s7 Na Li CHN d n25 n25 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-5, 4-6, 6-2

Na following a forehand

n9 s8 Samantha Stosur AUS d n36 Francesca Schiavone ITA 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Samantha driving a backhand

n10 s9 Marion Bartoli FRA d n20 Julia Goerges GER 6-2, 7-5
n11 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n34 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(3), 6-1
*n39 Urszula Radwanska POL d n12 s11 Ana Ivanovic SRB 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

    Urszula said: "I didn't really know what to expect today. Maybe in the beginning I didn't believe I could win this match, but in the second set I started to play much more aggressive and saw it was working, so I just kept playing my game. I'm very happy to win this match—Ana is really a great player."
    "Every match I play I have more experience and confidence. And after beating a player like Ana, I believe I can beat the other top players."

n13 s12 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n22 Jie Zheng CHN 6-0, 6-3
n15 s14 Roberta Vinci ITA d n82 q Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-3, 6-1
*n99 q Jamie Hampton USA d n16 s15 Kaia Kanepi EST 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
n17 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE d n27 Klara Zakopalova CZE walkover—left wrist injury
n18 Nadia Petrova RUS d n49 Simona Halep ROU 7-6(4), 6-0

Tokyo Pan Pacific, 3rd Rd, Wed 11am WTA story
losers' prize: $22,000 US; points: 125
n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n15 s14 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-4, 6-2

Vika driving a forehand

n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS d n17 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-2, 7-6(5)

Maria's backhand drive

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n99 q Jamie Hampton USA 6-4, 6-3
n6 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n39 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-1, 6-1

Angelique driving a backhand

    Angelique said: "It was a fast match, but I was playing against Ula, who is a very good friend of mine, and it wasn't easy mentally. I just tried to focus on me and my tennis and I'm very happy I won the match."

n7 s6 Sara Errani ITA d n10 s9 Marion Bartoli FRA 3-6, 6-2, 6-2

Sara launching a backhand

    Sara said: "[Marion] played very well in the first set but the first few games of the second set were very tight, and I think she was a bit more tired after those. I started to play better from there. I was trying to play a lot of different shots, like some high balls then some short balls too, and I think I made it difficult for her.
    "Today it was important to play my own game. She hits very hard, and if you start to do the same it's very difficult, because she plays that game very well."

*n11 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n8 s7 Na Li CHN 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Caro after match point

    Caroline said: "Today, Li Na was playing very close to the baseline and pushing me away, taking the balls very early. She was all over me. But in the second set, I really started to step in and push her away."

n9 s8 Samantha Stosur AUS d n13 s12 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-4, 7-5

Samantha's forehand drive

    Samantha said: "It's nice to be winning some matches here in Tokyo again. The last couple of years I've lost my opening matches here, so to come back this year and win two matches against two good players is really satisfying.
    "I love coming back to Tokyo every year. I've been here many, many times and I love the food. And no matter which coffee shop you go to the coffee is always good, and the people very friendly, very helpful. If you make a little bit of an effort to say a few words in Japanese or ask some questions, they really appreciate your interest in their culture. I've always had a great time here in Tokyo."

n18 Nadia Petrova RUS d n72 Petra Martic CRO 7-6(2), 6(1)-7, 6-4

Tokyo Pan Pacific, QFs, Thu 11am WTA story
losers' prize: $44,250 US; points: 225
*n6 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR walkover—dizziness

    Victoria said: "I wasn't feeling well before this tournament and had real trouble focusing on the court yesterday. Today I hoped I'd feel better but unfortunately not. Maybe this is just the end of a long year where I've played a lot of matches. I'm not really sure what's wrong, but I'll have tests to see what it is.
    "I'm very sorry to be withdrawing. I would have loved to go out on the court and shown my best tennis, but my health is the most important thing. I want to come back here next year and show some good tennis to the Japanese fans."

*n9 s8 Samantha Stosur AUS d n2 s2 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-4, 7-6(10)

   
Samantha following a backhand, and Maria driving one

    Both players won 75 points in the match. Samantha said: "I lost nine points in a row from 5-3 up in the second set, but I knew I had to turn it around and not let that continue. I had a good start in the tie-break and it really helped me forget about all of that. It was a close tie-break. I had some match points. If you miss a few in a row you think about it, but I stayed positive and kept going for it, and it paid off."

    About her semifinal opponent, Nadia Petrova, Samantha said: "Nadia's one of those players who, when you play each other, you seem to bring out the best in each other every time. She had a very good win today, but if I can play well and play close to my best, I've got a shot."

n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL v n11 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 6-3

   
Caroline following a forehand, and Agnieszka volleying one

*n18 Nadia Petrova RUS d n7 s6 Sara Errani ITA 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Nadia driving a backhand

    Nadia trailed 6-3, 4-1, then won 6 of the next 7 games. Nadia said: "You never want to leave the court without giving everything you have, so even at a set and 4-1 down I still believed I could turn it around."

Tokyo Pan Pacific, SFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $96,100 US; points: 395
n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n6 s5 Angelique Kerber GER 6-1, 6-1

   
Angelique driving a backhand, and Agnieszka following one

n18 Nadia Petrova RUS d n9 s8 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-2

   
Nadia serving, and Samantha running down a forehand

    Hammer thrower's daughter Nadia struck 9 aces with no double faults, and won 85% of her 1st serve points. Nadia said: "Yesterday Sam beat Maria, who is one of the top players right now, so I knew I had to put in a good performance, and I think I did. My serve really helped, because when I'm holding my serve I can focus on breaking serve, and Sam serves very big so that's very important... I'm very happy with how I played today." WTA story

    Samantha said: "I was a little disappointed the way I played. I didn't play the way I needed to and kind of went away and became too defensive on my backhand and couldn't really set up the point the way I wanted to. But it has still been a very good week. Making the semis was four matches better than I've done here the last few years. You've got to find the positives."

Tokyo Pan Pacific, Final, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $192,000 US; points: 620
winner's prize: $385,000 US; points: 900
*n18 Nadia Petrova RUS d n3 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-0, 1-6, 6-3

     
Nadia serving, Aga and Nadia driving forehands, and Nadia after match point

Tokyo Pan Pacific, Doubles Final, Sat after singles
losers' prize: $59,850 US
winners' prize: $110,000 US
*Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears d s4 Kveta Peschke & Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-1, 6-4

Tokyo Pan Pacific, Qual Finals, Sat Sep 24 10:30am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,650 1pt; q2 $3,200 20pts; qualifier 30 points
n58 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n106 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-3, 6-3
*n75 Heather Watson GBR d n62 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
*n78 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d n66 Mandy Minella LUX 6-3, 6-3
*n91 Camila Giorgi ITA d n68 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-0, 6-4
n82 Pauline Parmentier FRA d n94 Nina Bratchikova RUS 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
n86 Johanna Larsson SWE d n90 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 1-6, 7-5, 6-3
n99 Jamie Hampton USA d n133 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-1, 7-6(3)
*n152 Kurumi Nara JPN d n109 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

Tokyo Pan Pacific, Withdrawals
n14 Maria Kirilenko RUS low back injury
n19 Vera Zvonareva RUS illness
n23 Flavia Pennetta ITA right wrist injury
n29 Christina McHale USA illness
n51 Petra Cetkovska CZE right ankle injury
n262 sr Timea Bacsinszky SUI left foot injury


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