2013 Cincinnati WTA Singles Results    

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  WTA Aug 12-18: Cincinnati

Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati, OH
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n1 Serena Williams USA
n2 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n3 Maria Sharapova RUS
n4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n5 Na Li CHN
n6 Sara Errani ITA
n7 Petra Kvitova CZE
n8 Marion Bartoli FRA
n9 Angelique Kerber GER
n10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
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Cincinnati:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH
Cincinnati:

#2 Victoria Azarenka
6'0" 145lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Cincinnati, in the final of the Western & Southern Open, the 2013 Australian Open and Doha champion, 24 year old 2nd seeded #2 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated the 2013 champ at Toronto, Bastad, Roland Garros, Rome, Madrid, Charleston, Miami & Brisbane, 31 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(6) (Serena is shown during the match; Vika is shown holding the ceramicware afterward).

    Victoria's prize is $426,000; Serena's prize is $213,000.

    Victoria did not score a point in the first two games of the match, and Serena took the first set easily. Victoria took control in the second set, and the third was a see-saw battle.

    Victoria said: "Obviously a big win. It was a great match. I'm really, really pleased with the way I pulled it out. It was a great battle. Nothing was given away. It was pure fight. I'm really happy.
    "The important thing is how I adjusted after the first set. I really stepped it up. I was fighting hard and changed my game and I just have to take that into consideration the next time we play against each other, to try to be there right from the beginning, because it's crucial. You don't want to give any chances at any point because Serena is such an incredible player that she will take everything." WTA story

    Serena said: "[Victoria] played really well. She was really aggressive the last two sets, which changed the momentum. She's a great player. There's a reason she's winning Grand Slams and doing so well."

    Victoria is now 17-13 in WTA singles finals, and has a 36-4 singles match record in 2013, losing only to Serena Williams, Samantha Stosur, Maria Sharapova, and Ekaterina Makarova.

    Serena is now 54-17 in WTA singles finals; she has won 8 this year. Serena has a 60-4 singles match record in 2013, losing only to Victoria Azarenka (twice), Sabine Lisicki, and Sloane Stephens.

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    Cincinnati: The 56-player main draw for Cincinnati has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 12 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

    W&S Financial Open venue address: Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Dr., Mason, OH 45040

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2013: On Monday, August 12, Elena Vesnina and Tatiana Golovin found a good French restaurant in Cincinnati...
Cincinnati, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $6,400 US; points: 1
n9 s9 Angelique Kerber GER d n58 q Karin Knapp ITA 6(6)-7, 6-0, 6-1 Mon

Angelique following a forehand

    Angelique said: "The first set was a little bit tough for me because I couldn't find my rhythm and [Karin] was playing well in the important moments. But after the first set I was just trying to change my game a little bit and play a bit more aggressive, not moving too much around and far from the line.
    "Of course when I came here I had a lot of good memories from last year. I feel a little bit of the pressure, of course, but I'm just trying to enjoy every moment because I love this tournament." WTA story

n10 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n34 Shuai Peng CHN 6-1, 6-1 Tue
n11 s11 Samantha Stosur AUS d n28 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-1, 7-5 Mon

Samantha reaching for a forehand

n12 s12 Roberta Vinci ITA d n54 wc Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 Mon
*n22 Elena Vesnina RUS d n13 s13 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 Tue

Elena driving a backhand

n14 s14 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n18 Sabine Lisicki GER 7-6(5), 5-7, 6-2 Tue
*n30 Alize Cornet FRA d n15 s15 Ana Ivanovic SRB 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 Tue
n16 s16 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n112 q Anna Tatishvili GEO 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4) Mon

Maria following a backhand

n17 Sloane Stephens USA d n97 q Petra Martic CRO 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Mon

Sloane driving a forehand

*n77 q Marina Erakovic NZL d n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*n100 q Polona Hercog SLO d n20 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-2, 6-4 Tue
n23 Simona Halep ROU d n41 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6(5)-7, 6-1, 6-2 Mon
n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n47 q Annika Beck GER 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n25 Jamie Hampton USA d n31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 Tue
*n33 Mona Barthel GER d n29 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n83 wc Lauren Davis USA d n35 Klara Zakopalova CZE 7-6(3), 7-6(1) Mon
n37 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n94 sr Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 Tue
n38 Venus Williams USA d n82 q Jana Cepelova SVK 6-4, 6-1 Mon

Venus driving a backhand

    Venus said: "I had a slow start. I was missing shots but I was being aggressive, so I realized if I had made a few more shots that it would probably go the other way for me. But I thought she was really determined out there. She just looked really determined and really energetic. She was definitely going to take it to me, so it was good to turn it around and get the win. It feels good to win tonight."

*n144 q Vania King USA d n39 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-3, 6-4 Mon
n42 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n46 Julia Goerges GER 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Tue
n43 LL Monica Niculescu ROU d n59 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*n50 q Andrea Petkovic GER d n48 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 Tue
n599 sr Alisa Kleybanova RUS d n85 q Sofia Arvidsson SWE 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) Mon
*n62 q Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n52 q Monica Puig PUR 6-3, 6-4 Mon

Cincinnati, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 11am
losers' prize: $12,200 US; points: 70
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n62 q Eugenie Bouchard CAN 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Wed

 
Genie reaching for a backhand, and Serena driving one

n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n144 q Vania King USA 6-1, 7-6(6) Tue

   
Victoria serving, Vania following a backhand, and Vika about to connect with a forehand

    Vania took a 3-0 lead in the 2nd set, and held 2 break points that would have made it 4-0. Vania also held a set point while leading 6-5 in the tiebreaker.

    Victoria said: "I think the beginning of the second set wasn't very good for me. There were quite a few unforced errors and just really fast mistakes that didn't happen in the first set. It went kind of quickly, but I was glad that I could turn it around there and come back even stronger.
    "Then there was competitiveness. [Vania] was already in the game and playing at a much higher level than before, and going for her shots. So I had to stay with her and just take my opportunities, and I did." WTA story

*n17 Sloane Stephens USA d n3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-3 Tue

Sloane after match point

    Sloane said: "It definitely started out a little rough for me, but I'm glad I was able to turn it around and start playing some good tennis in the second and third sets. At the start of the second set I was just going to start going for my shots a little more and hoped they would just go in. I'm glad I started hitting and finding a rhythm. That kind of helped me out for the rest of the match." WTA story

    Maria said: "Well, I thought I started the match off pretty well, but when you put yourself in a really good position you can't let it go - that's what I did tonight," Sharapova said. "I didn't continue what I was doing well for the first set and a half...
    "Sloane is a great retriever. She makes you hit a lot of balls and sometimes you think it's a great shot but it keeps coming back. You just have to make her—any opponent—hit a few extra times. That's not something I did at the end of the second and the third."

n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n37 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-4, 6-0 Wed
n5 s5 Na Li CHN d n83 wc Lauren Davis USA 4-6, 6-1, 6-1 Wed

 
Na and Lauren chasing forehand and backhand

n6 s6 Sara Errani ITA d n100 q Polona Hercog SLO 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 Wed
n7 s7 Petra Kvitova CZE d n77 q Marina Erakovic NZL 6-4, 6(7)-7, 6-3 Wed
*n23 Simona Halep ROU d n8 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Wed

 
Marion serving, and Simona fielding a forehand

    After the match, 28 year old Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announced her immediate retirement from professional tennis due to persistent injuries. Marion said that her achilles, shoulder, hip, and low back hurt continually while she plays. Marion finishes with 8 WTA singles titles, 3 WTA doubles titles, a 490-299 career match record and over $11 million in career prize money.

    Marion said: "That was actually the last match of my career. Sorry. It's time for me to retire and call it a career. I feel it's time for me to walk away actually...
    "My body just can't do it anymore. I've already been through a lot of injuries since the beginning of the year. I've been on the tour for so long, and I really pushed through and left it all during that Wimbledon. I really felt I gave all the energy I have left in my body. I made my dream a reality and it will stay with me forever, but now my body just can't cope with everything. I have pain everywhere after 45 minutes or an hour of play. I've been doing this for so long, and body-wise I just can't do it anymore." BBC story - WTA story

n9 s9 Angelique Kerber GER d n599 sr Alisa Kleybanova RUS 7-6(3), 6-2 Wed

Angelique driving a backhand

n10 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n43 LL Monica Niculescu ROU 6-4, 6-3 Wed
n11 s11 Samantha Stosur AUS d n25 Jamie Hampton USA 6-3, 7-6(3) Wed

Samantha twisting a serve

n12 s12 Roberta Vinci ITA d n50 q Andrea Petkovic GER 6-4, 6(3)-7, 6-3 Wed
n14 s14 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Wed

Jelena driving a backhand

*n33 Mona Barthel GER d n16 s16 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-4, 6-4 Wed

Mona launching a backhand

n22 Elena Vesnina RUS d n38 Venus Williams USA 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 Wed

 
Venus driving a backhand, and Elena ready to swat one

*n42 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n30 Alize Cornet FRA 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 Wed

Cincinnati, 3rd Round, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $23,730 US; points: 125
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n33 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 6-1

Serena driving a forehand

    Serena said: "It definitely wasn't easy. [Mona is] an interesting player. She seemed so light and smooth out there. You don't expect a ball to come that hard, but it was really hard, so that was a little bit surprising. But once I got used to it, it was a little better. I just had to get used to it today." WTA story

n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n42 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-3, 6-4

Vika driving a backhand

    Victoria said: "Today I had a little bit of trouble serving sometimes, but overall I felt better than I did in my first match. I was doing everything I wanted to do. I feel there's still a lot more improvements I can make with the execution and a little bit more consistency, but it's coming along. It's getting there." WTA story

n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n22 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-0, 6-2
n5 s5 Na Li CHN d n9 s9 Angelique Kerber GER 6-4, 6-4

    Na said: "I felt okay today. Yesterday I played a three set match, and afterwards the physio was asking me how I was feeling, and I was saying, 'No problem at all. I can play another three sets, no problem.' Two sets today was pretty short compared to that, so I'm feeling good about everything right now."

*n12 s12 Roberta Vinci ITA d n6 s6 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-3
*n10 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n7 s7 Petra Kvitova CZE 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Caro launching a forehand on the run

*n23 Simona Halep ROU d n11 s11 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Simona following a backhand

n14 s14 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n17 Sloane Stephens USA 3-6, 7-5, 7-5

Jelena delivering a drop shot

    Jelena said: "I wasn't happy with the way I served today—there were a lot of breaks—but I was really happy with my returns today. I'm not sure why we had trouble serving today. Maybe it was the wind, my toss was all over the place, and I wasn't too happy with my game overall, but I'm happy with the way I fought. [Sloane is] an up-and-coming player with a bright future, so I'm happy to win."

Cincinnati, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $49,040 US; points: 225
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n23 Simona Halep ROU 6-0, 6-4

Serena ready to lightly tap a forehand

n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n10 s10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-3, 7-6(5)
n5 s5 Na Li CHN d n4 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL< walkover—grandfather's funeral on Saturday

    Agnieszka said: "I'm very sorry that I have to withdraw from the tournament. Unfortunately, my granddad passed away last Sunday. The funeral is going to be Saturday, and I need to be there. I am disappointed to not continue with the tournament, especially because of my form so far this week. It was a difficult decision, but I need to go home and be with my family."

*n14 s14 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n12 s12 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-0, 6-4

Jelena volleying a forehand

Cincinnati, SFs, Sat 7pm
loser's prize: $104,700 US; points: 395
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n5 s5 Na Li CHN 7-5, 7-5

 
Na and Serena driving backhands

n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n14 s14 Jelena Jankovic SRB 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

 
JJ and Vika driving forehand and backhand

Cincinnati, Final, Sun 4pm
loser's prize: $213,000 US; points: 620
winner's prize: $426,000 US; points: 900
*n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n1 s1 Serena Williams USA 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(6)

   
Vika and Serena driving backhands, and Victoria after match point

Cincinnati, Doubles Final, Sun 2pm
losers' prize: $61,600 US
winners' prize: $122,000 US
s3 Su-Wei Hsieh & Shuai Peng d s6 Kveta Peschke & Anna-Lena Groenefeld 2-6, 6-3, (12-10)

Cincinnati, Qual Finals, Sun Aug 11 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,620 1pt; q2 $2,670 20pts; qualifier 30 points
*n144 Vania King USA d n43 Monica Niculescu ROU 7-5, 6-1
n47 Annika Beck GER d n76 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-4, 6-4
n50 Andrea Petkovic GER d n72 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-5, 6-1
n52 Monica Puig PUR d n68 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-1, 6-4
*n100 Polona Hercog SLO d n55 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 7-6(3), 6-0
n58 Karin Knapp ITA d n69 Johanna Larsson SWE 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
n62 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n89 Vesna Dolonc UKR 6-3, 6-1
*n112 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n63 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-3, 6-4
*n77 Marina Erakovic NZL d n79 Heather Watson GBR 6-4, 6(4)-7, 6-3
n82 Jana Cepelova SVK d n93 Alison Riske USA 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-2
n85 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n254 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-1, 6-2
n97 Petra Martic CRO d n103 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 6-2, 6-1

Cincinnati, Withdrawals
n21 Nadia Petrova RUS left leg injury
n26 Kaia Kanepi EST low back injury
n27 Sorana Cirstea ROU left abdominal strain


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