2013 Eastbourne & Rosmalen ('s-Hertogenbosch, Den Bosch) WTA Singles Results    


  WTA: June 17-22 Eastbourne & NED

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Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, GBR
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n4 A Radwanska, n6 Na Li
n7 A Kerber, n8 P Kvitova

Topshelf Open   Rosmalen
(aka Den Bosch, 's-Hertogenbosch), NED
INTL $235,000 32m/16q/16d
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n11 R Vinci, n18 D Cibulkova
n19 C Suarez Navarro, n20 K Flipkens
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#58 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH

#34 Elena Vesnina
5'7¾" 132lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday at Eastbourne, England, in the final of the AEGON International, the 2013 champion at Hobart, Tasmania (and doubles champ at Roland Garros), 26 year old #34 (career high: #22) Elena Vesnina from Sochi, Russia, handily defeated 23 year old qualifier #42 (last week; this week at a new career high: #41) Jamie Hampton from Auburn, Alabama, 6-2, 6-1 (Elena is shown holding the bowl after the match).

    Elena's prize is $117,000; Jamie's prize is $63,000.

    High winds affected play. Elena said: "It was really difficult to play today, honestly. At the beginning I was like, 'Oh my God, I just need to stay in the match, just try to play every single point. Don't think about wind and just fight.'" WTA story

    Jamie said: "[Elena] played the conditions much better than I did. Honestly, I was surprised how she was even hitting the ball in the court, and on top of that she was playing some very good tennis. She was very deserving of the title today."

    Elena and Jamie had never before met on the field of combat.

    Elena is now 2-6 in previous WTA singles finals, losing her first six, and winning her last two. She has a 22-12 singles match record in 2013.

    Jamie was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has a 22-14 singles match record this year.

    Meanwhile at 's-Hertogenbosh (aka Den Bosch or Rosmalen), in the final of the Topshelf Open, last week's champion at Nuremberg, 21 year old #58 (last week, #45 this week, career high: #37) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, won her second title in a row, defeating 27 year old 30th seeded #20 (career high: #20) Kirsten Flipkens from Mol, Belgium, 6-4, 6-2 (Simona is shown holding the plate after the match).

    It was Simona's 10th consecutive match victory. Simona's prize is $40,000; Kirsten's prize is $20,000.

    Simona said: "It's incredible, because I played really well on grass after a week on clay. Today I played well. I was a little bit nervous at the start but I just tried to fight for every point. [Kirsten is] playing a very difficult game for me, slicing a lot, but I played every point and just kept going, and I won in the end. I'm really happy. I want to enjoy this evening. It's a special moment for me." WTA story

    Kirsten said: "It was really not easy to play with the wind today... But Simona's in the shape of her life. She won last week on clay, and this week on grass... she played a great match against me today."

    Simona now leads Kirsten 3-0 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in 2011 on red clay in the semifinals at Fes, when Simona defeated Kirsten 7-5, 6-4.

    Simona is now 2-3 in WTA singles finals, and has a 24-11 singles match record this year, winning 16 of her last 18 matches. The losses were to Carla Suarez Navarro and Serena Williams.

    Kirsten is now 1-1 in WTA singles finals, and has a 22-15 singles match record in 2013.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Eastbourne & 's-Hertogenbosch

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International Women's Open,  Eastbourne, England

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England News - UK News

    Eastbourne: The main draw for Eastbourne has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.

click for broader view   Devonshire Park, Eastbourne, England
Latitude: 50.763621 Longitude: 0.283821 goto link for World Wind
International Women's Open venue address:
International Lawn Tennis Centre, Devonshire Park, College Rd, Eastbourne, Sussex, BN21 4JJ United Kingdom how to get there

2012: On Monday, June 18 at Eastbourne, 3rd seed Caroline Wozniacki did the Meet the Press thing...
Eastbourne, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $4,590 US; points: 1
*n42 q Jamie Hampton USA d n4 s1 Agneiszka Radwanska POL 7-6(2), 6-2 Tue

Jamie serving, and Aga following a forehand

    It was Jamie's first career win over a top 5 player.

    Agnieszka said: "I think playing [Jamie] in the first match on the grass was tough, and the fact that she played three matches before helped her a little bit. Of course, I was practicing here a couple of days, but I think matches are a little bit different than practice. I think I wasn't maybe quite match ready yet. Now I can just hope things turn out like last year! I lost first round here but still ended up playing great tennis at Wimbledon. WTA story

n6 s2 wc Na Li CHN d n23 Alize Cornet FRA 6-2, 6-4 Tue

Na's forehand drive

    Na said: "I was pretty nervous at the end, because the 4-3 and 5-3 games were pretty easy, and then the 5-4 game was pretty long. I got a little bit tight, but I'm glad I could finish the match at the end."

n7 s3 Angelique Kerber GER d n24 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-4, 6-4 Tue

Angelique driving a forehand

n8 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE d n48 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-4, 6-1 Tue
n9 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n29 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-2, 2-2 retired Tue

Caroline driving a backhand

    Caroline will play British #1 Laura Robson in the 2nd round. Caro defeated Laura 3 weeks ago at Roland Garros.

    Caroline said: "Obviously it's going to be a different match. I'm sure [Laura] likes the grass better than the clay so it's going to be tough. She can serve very well, and she's going for it from the first ball. So she definitely offers a real challenge on the fast surfaces."

n10 s6 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n40 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 7-6(5), 6-1 Mon
*n34 Elena Vesnina RUS d n12 s7 Ana Ivanovic SRB 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 Mon

Elena driving a backhand

    Ana fired 11 aces in the loss. Ana said: "I really felt I played well in the beginning. It was just a few points here and there that really decided the match. I think in the second and third sets [Elena] served a lot better than in the first, and that made a big difference on the grass. And it's always tough when you play your first match on grass, sometimes everything's happening too fast. But I still felt like I had many chances. Overall I was pleased with my serving today, and in the first set I did quite a few good things." WTA story

*n14 wc Samantha Stosur AUS d n13 s8 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Samantha's forehand drive

n15 Marion Bartoli FRA d n161 sr Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n22 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n86 q Olga Puchkova RUS 6-3, 6-0 Tue
*n54 Heather Watson GBR d n28 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 6-4 Mon

Heather driving a forehand

    Heather said: "I didn't play well at all in Birmingham, so I was very motivated for this week, and mentally very up for this first round match. I'm good friends with Varvara and was looking forward to playing her for the first time. I thought I played well today. I served well, moved well and had lots of energy, and my reactions were good. I felt I wasn't making a lot of returns, but the games I did break I thought I played well in. I want to return well like that more. But all in all, I'm happy with my performance." WTA story

n30 Lucie Safarova CZE d n33 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-4, 7-6(3) Tue
n37 Laura Robson GBR d n199 q Yuliya Beygelzimer UKR 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Laura driving a forehand

    Laura said: "Overall, I'm pretty pleased. I thought I served very well, which always helps, and that's something I have been working on a lot." WTA story

n43 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n63 Christina McHale USA 6-3, 6-4 Mon
n44 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n140 wc Johanna Konta GBR 6-4, 6-3 Tue
*n217 wc Elena Baltacha GBR d n105 q Kristyna Pliskova CZE 7-5, 7-6(3) Tue

Eastbourne, 2nd Rd, Wed 11am
losers' prize: $9,550 US; points: 60
n6 s2 wc Na Li CHN d n15 Marion Bartoli FRA walkover—illness
*n22 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n7 s3 Angelique Kerber GER 6-3, 6-4
*n43 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n8 s4 Petra Kvitova CZE 3-6, 6-4, 7-5

Yanina running down a forehand

n9 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n37 Laura Robson GBR 6-4, 6-4

Laura and Caro driving backhands

    Caroline said: "For me it was just important to serve well myself and try to get as many returns in as deep as possible, and try to move her. I thought it was a very good match. I'm happy to be the winner of it." WTA story

    Laura said: "I definitely had chances. I got myself into a very good position in the points sometimes and just couldn't finish it off. I thought sometimes I was going for a little too much, but against her that's how you have to play. She's such a good defensive player."

n10 s6 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n217 wc Elena Baltacha GBR 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Elena and Maria driving forehands

    Elena said: "I had two break points to go up 4-3 in the third, but [Maria] played an unreturnable first serve, and the second she aced me. You could see why she's had such a great year, and you can understand why she's top 10 now, definitely. She's a quality player and she's got a good game on the grass. She has a massive serve." WTA story

*n30 Lucie Safarova CZE d n14 wc Samantha Stosur AUS 7-6(5), 6-3

Lucie following a forehand, and Samantha driving one

n34 Elena Vesnina RUS d n54 Heather Watson GBR 6-1, 3-6, 6-2

Heather launching a backhand on the run, and Elena serving

n42 q Jamie Hampton USA d n44 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-4, 7-6(2)

Su-Wei and Jamie about to swat backhands

Eastbourne, QFs, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $17,850 US; points: 120
*n34 Elena Vesnina RUS d n6 s2 wc Na Li CHN 7-6(4), 6-3

Elena and Na driving forehand and backhand, and Elena after match point

n9 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n22 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 4-6, 6-0, 6-3

Caro and Kate driving forehand and backhand

    Caroline said: "The second set was a good set for me. I played well. I'm really pleased with the way my game is at the moment and I feel like I have been playing really good tennis here this week."

*n43 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n10 s6 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
*n42 q Jamie Hampton USA d n30 Lucie Safarova CZE 3-6, 7-6(1), 6-4

Jamie about to swat a forehand, Lucie driving a backhand, and Jamie after match point

    Mist was falling during the match. Jamie said: "We were basically playing in a cloud. There was so much moisture in the air and the court was slick, so I was having a hard time with my footing and my movements. That was definitely bothering me a little bit. I thought it was really slippery. I was a little worked up today, actually, I showed a little more emotion than I would have liked to. But the conditions were tough out there.
    "I think I'm playing good, solid tennis. I don't think I'm anywhere near my best, but I'm developing as a player still. And right now I'm definitely just taking it one match at a time." WTA story

Eastbourne, SFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $33,250 US; points: 200
*n42 q Jamie Hampton USA d n9 s5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6(8)-7, 7-5, 6-3

Caroline about to swat a backhand, Jamie driving a forehand, and after match point

    Jamie said: "I think I stayed positive even though I had a few set points in the first set and kind of choked them away a little bit, and got down a break in the second. I think I was down 0-40 on my serve there too. But I got the hold and just stuck with it... Caroline is tough. She sticks with it whether she's winning or losing. She made me earn what I got." WTA story

    Caroline said: "I thought we actually played a very good match, even though the wind was there and was so difficult. And I had my chances, I just didn't take them. And [Jamie] played very well."

n34 Elena Vesnina RUS d n43 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-2, 6-0

Elena and Yanina driving forehands, and Elena after match point

    Elena said: "I was surprised. I was expecting a very long and difficult match for both of us, because Yanina is a very dangerous player and plays aggressive. It's a good style for grass, too, and she has had great wins this week, she beat two top 10 players. I thought it would be really tough today. But I think after the first set she kind of lost her concentration and didn't know what to do. Maybe the wind was affecting her game too."

    About playing Jamie Hampton in the final, Elena said: "Jamie is a very talented player. She has great hands, and she's playing all over the court. She can play on the baseline and at the net. She has a great serve. It's definitely going to be a very tough match for both of us. It's her first final, as well. I'm sure she's excited about that. I'm expecting a tough match, and I'm really looking forward for that."

Eastbourne, Final, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $62,300 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $117,000 US; points: 470
n34 Elena Vesnina RUS d n42 q Jamie Hampton USA 6-2, 6-1

Elena driving a forehand, Jamie about to swat one, Elena driving a backhand, and after match point

Eastbourne, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $19,480 US
winners' prize: $36,500 US
s1 Nadia Petrova & Katarina Srebotnik d Klara Zakopalova & Monica Niculescu 6-3, 6-3

Eastbourne, Qual Finals, Mon Jun 17 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $805 1pt; q2 $1,450 8pts; q3 $2,720 12pts; qualifier 20 points
n42 Jamie Hampton USA d n254 Gabriela Dabrowski CAN 6-2, 6-1
*n199 Yuliya Beygelzimer UKR d n62 Jana Cepelova SVK 6-1, 7-6(4)
*n105 Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n74 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3
*n86 Olga Puchkova RUS d n80 Melanie Oudin USA 7-5, 3-6, 6-3

Eastbourne, Withdrawals
n5 Sara Errani TIA right adductor strain
n17 Sloane Stephens USA abdominal strain
n27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS abdominal strain
n52 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ right arm injury

Ordina Open,  's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

tourney time:
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       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

Netherlands News

    's-Hertogenbosch: The main draw for 's-Hertogenbosch has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. Once there were no qualifying rounds; but in 2006 4 qualifiers were added to the main draw.

click for broader view   Autotron Rosmalen
Latitude: 51.70962 Longitude: 5.420122 goto link for World Wind

Ordina Open venue address: Autotron Rosmalen, Graafsebaan 133 5248 's Hertogenbosch, Netherlands

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2011: On Monday, June 13 at Rosmalen, Dominika Cibulkova volunteered to test whether donuts on a stick are just as tasty as the ordinary garden variety...
's-Hertogenbosch, 1st Rd, Sun-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $2,075 US; points: 1
Monday: rain delays
n11 s1 Roberta Vinci ITA d n46 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-3, 6-3 Tue

    Roberta said: "It was my first match on grass this year, so it takes some getting used to. But overall, I played a great match." WTA story

n18 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n50 L Domínguez Lino ESP 6-1, 6(5)-7, 7-6(3) Mon
n19 s3 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n61 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n20 s4 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n45 Francesca Schiavone ITA 3-6, 6-3, 6-0 Tue
*n70 q Garbine Muguruza ESP d n31 s5 Mona Barthel GER 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 Mon
n38 s7 Urszula Radwanska POL v n72 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-2, 6-0 Sun
*n66 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n39 s8 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-4, 6-4 Mon
n47 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n151 wc Arantxa Rus NED 7-5, 6-2 Mon
*n75 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n49 Ayumi Morita JPN 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Mon
n51 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n91 q Yulia Putintseva KAZ 7-5, 4-6, 7-5 Mon
*n58 Simona Halep ROU d n56 Annika Beck GER 6-1, 2-6, 6-3 Mon
n57 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n189 q An-Sophie Mestach BEL 6(5)-7, 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*n79 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n59 Kiki Bertens NED 6-1, 6-2 Sun
*n76 LL Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n60 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 5-0 retired—dizziness Tue

    Daniela said: "t was just exhaustion after last week. I really had nothing in me. I had a wonderful week last week, and I still wanted to give my best here, but sometimes the body says no. I came here to try, but it just didn't make sense, especially the week before Wimbledon."

*n817 wc Michaella Krajicek NED d n73 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 7-5, 6-4 Sun
n88 Lauren Davis USA d n93 q Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Mon

's-Hertogenbosch, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 11am
loser's prize: $3,200 US; points: 30
n11 s1 Roberta Vinci ITA v n58 Simona Halep ROU Wed cC m4 430pm+
n18 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n79 A Medina Garrigues ESP 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 Wed
n19 s3 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n75 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n20 s4 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n817 wc Michaella Krajicek NED 7-6(6), 7-6(3) Wed
n38 s7 Urszula Radwanska POL v n47 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 4-3
    retired—low back injury Tue
*n76 LL Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n51 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-1, 7-6(4) Wed
*n66 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n57 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 7-6(7), 6-2 Tue
n70 q Garbine Muguruza ESP d n88 Lauren Davis USA 6-2, 6-0 Wed

's-Hertogenbosch, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $5,800 US; points: 70
*n70 q Garbine Muguruza ESP d n18 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-4, 6-4
n19 s3 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n66 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
n20 s4 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n38 s7 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-4
n58 Simona Halep ROU d n76 LL Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-3, 6-1

's-Hertogenbosch, SFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $10,725 US; points: 130
*n58 Simona Halep ROU d n19 s3 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-2

    About the final, Simona said: "It's going to be a tough match. It's going to be tricky because [Kirsten] slices the ball a lot, but I will try my best like I've been doing all week here, and we'll see how it goes tomorrow."

n20 s4 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n70 q Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-3, 6-1

    About the final, Kirsten said: "[Simona] won a tournament last week on clay and this week is in the finals on grass, so she's an all-around player, and she's in the best shape of her life. But I am too, so I'm really looking forward to playing the final. We'll see what happens. I'm really excited about it." WTA story

's-Hertogenbosch, Final, Sat noon
loser's prize: $20,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $40,000 US; points: 280
Saturday: rain delays
*n58 Simona Halep ROU d n20 s4 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-4, 6-2

Simona driving a backhand, Kirsten volleying one, Simona driving another, and after match point

's-Hertogenbosch, Doubles Final, Fri
loser's prize: $6,000 US
winner's prize: $11,500 US
s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues & Irina-Camelia Begu d Dominika Cibulkova & Arantxa Parra Santonja 4-6, 7-6(3), (11-9)

's-Hertogenbosch, Qual Finals, Sun Jun 16 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $700 6pts; q2 $1,200 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n70 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n96 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 6-3, 6-2
*n93 Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n76 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
n91 Yulia Putintseva KAZ d n142 Nina Bratchikova RUS 6-3, 1-6, 6-1
*n189 An-Sophie Mestach BEL d n98 Vesna Dolonc SRB 3-3 retired

's-Hertogenbosch, Withdrawals
n32 s6 Romina Oprandi SUI right shoulder injury
n68 Chanelle Scheepers RSA low back injury

from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (page 297):

    The women have played a Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Eastbourne since the nineteenth century, after all these years still playing at the same site, Devonshire Park.

    Eastbourne is two hours southeast of London, an easy train ride or a harrowing drive along narrow country roads. It sits on the English Channel and is the English version of St. Petersburg [Florida], a small resort town where a substantial part of the population is over the age of seventy.
    Devonshire Park is a two-hundred-yard walk from the beach, a veritable melting pot of the tennis world. The old is very much in evidence: the north stand, which was built in 1881, is often filled with septuagenarians who have been coming here for as long as anyone can remember. Towering oak trees rise up behind the north stand and sea gulls often swoop by noisily, distracting the players.
    Two things make Eastbourne different than other tournaments. First, it is a six-day tournament, ending Saturday...

    The second thing that makes Eastbourne unique is the player party. Every tennis tournament in the world has a player party. On the women's tour, WTA public relations and marketing people as well as their counterparts at Kraft and Virginia Slims usually spend the first few days at each tournament trying to round up players to come to the party. For the players, one more party with one more group of sponsors telling them how wonderful they are is boring, a time-waster. They understand they have to do their share to keep these people happy, but they don't enjoy it very much.
    Eastbourne is different because of the talent show. The players--even Navratilova--show up because they expect the show to be funny. The person most responsible for making it funny every year is Elsie Burgin, director, writer, and star.
    This year's [1990's] show was built around a mock game show...

    ...Most of this was very inside humor. If you weren't part of the women's tour in some way, the jokes meant little. [Sophie] Amiach broke the crowd up with her Stefano Capriati imitation: "I deserve the credit," she said. "I produce the child. I teach the child. I coach the child. I am the star." To his credit, Stefano Capriati laughed as hard as anyone...

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