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  WTA Oct 7-13: Linz & Osaka

Generali Ladies Linz, AUT
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n9 A Kerber, n13 S Stephens
n14 A Ivanovic, n15 C Suarez Navarro

Japan Open Osaka, Japan
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n16 S Lisicki, n20 S Stosur
n29 F Pennetta, n36 E Bouchard
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Linz:

#9 Angelique Kerber
5' 8" 150lb LH 2H-BH
Osaka:

#20 Samantha Stosur
5' 7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Linz, Austria, in the final of the Generali Ladies, the 2012 Copenhagen and Paris indoor champion, 25 year old top seeded late entry wild card #9 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, defeated the 2010 and 2008 tourney champ (and 2008 French Open champion), 25 year old 3rd seeded #14 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), 6-4, 7-6(6) (Angelique is shown holding the transparentware after the match).

    Angelique's prize is $40,000; Ana's prize is $20,000.

    Angelique had triple match point at 6-4, 5-4, 40-0, but Ana was able to reach the tiebreaker.

    Angelique said: "At the end I was just focusing point to point, and not thinking about the match points I already had. I was just trying to stay aggressive in the important moments and I think that was the biggest key to victory at the end... Ana also played a great tournament and a great final." WTA story

    Ana said: "[Angelique] played better in the important moments. I feel like I had more chances but just didn't use them. I hit some errors when I really needed the point. But it was a great match, and though it's disappointing to lose in a final, I had lots of good matches this week and lots of good wins, and overall it was a very positive week for me."

    Ana still leads Angelique 3-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was just over two weeks ago on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 2nd round at Tokyo, when Angelique defeated Ana 6-4, 6-2.

    2013 Tokyo finalist Angelique is now 3-5 in WTA singles finals. All of her titles came indoors. She has a 44-21 singles match record for the year.

    2-time Linz champ Ana is now 11-5 in WTA singles finals. She has a 37-20 singles match record this season.

    Meanwhile, at Osaka, Japan, in the final of the HP Japan Open, the 2009 Osaka champion (and 2013 champ at Carlsbad), 29 year old 3rd seeded #20 (career high: #4) Samantha Stosur from Gold Coast, Australia, defeated the 2012 Wimbledon juniors champ, 19 year old 5th seeded #36 (career high: #36) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 (Samantha is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Samantha's prize is $40,000; Genie's prize is $20,000.

    Samantha said: "I thought Genie played very well. She had game point at 5-all in the second set and went for the drive volley and missed it wide, and then I played a very good service game to win the set. That was probably the turning point. It's obviously great to win, but it feels better knowing you really had to fight for it." WTA story

    Genie said: "I definitely tried my best today. I feel like I was playing the right way in the first set, but [Samantha] raised her level in the second set and started playing much better in the third. Sometimes when your opponent plays really well, you just have to congratulate them."

    Genie and Samantha had met only once before, in April of this year on Har-Tru green clay in the 3rd round at Charleston. Genie defeated Sam 6-1, 2-0 retired when Samantha was unable to continue due to a right calf injury.

    2011 US Open champion Samantha is now 5-12 in WTA singles finals, and has a 35-20 singles match record in 2013.

    Genie was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has a 39-23 singles match record for the season.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Linz & Osaka
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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Generali Ladies,  Linz, Austria

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +2 hours
       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

Austria News


    Linz: The main draw for Linz has 8 seeds, with 4 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   Intersport Arena Linz
Latitude: 48.293444 Longitude: 14.276068 goto link for World Wind

Generali Ladies venue address: Intersport Arena Linz Ziegeleistrasse, 4020 Linz Austria Intersport Arena Linz. Ziegeleistraße 76-78 Linz, Upper Austria 4020

2013: Ladies looking rather odd at the players party on Monday, October 7 in Linz included just about, kinda-sorta nearly almost (but not quite) everybody...
Linz, 1st Rd, Mon noon, Tue 11am, Wed 2pm
loser's prize: $1,800 US; points: 1
n9 s1 wc Angelique Kerber GER d n44 Monica Niculescu ROU 0-6, 6-1, 6-2 Wed
n13 s2 Sloane Stephens USA d n35 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-3, 6-1 Tue

Sloane driving a backhand

    Sloane said: "I arrived a little late, so I'm still a little jet-lagged from being in Asia, but overall it thought it went well and I played a good match." WTA story

n14 s3 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n68 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-2, 6-4 Tue

Ana about to swat a forehand

    Ana said: "The first set was very close until 4-2. And then the last couple games of the first set I played much better and [Yanina] made a few more errors. The second set was very close."

n15 s4 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n154 q Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n19 s5 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n77 Donna Vekic CRO 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 Tue
*n108 wc Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT d n21 s6 Sorana Cirstea ROU 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue

    Patricia said: "I started badly. I was very nervous. But in the second set I played better. Then at the end, I was getting nervous again. To finish the match against No.21 in the world is not easy... She's a great player. It was a good match."

n23 s7 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n59 Annika Beck GER 3-6, 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*n49 Karin Knapp ITA d n31 s8 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-2, 7-6(6) Wed
*n57 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n32 Klara Zakopalova CZE 5-7, 7-5, 6-0 Mon
*n42 Elina Svitolina CZE d n33 Mona Barthel GER 6-2, 7-5 Mon
n43 Andrea Petkovic GER d n51 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-3, 7-5 Tue

Petko ready to launch a backhand

    Andrea said: "All in all it was a good quality match. I played really well. The only game I'm really unhappy with is the game I served for the match at 5-2 and I had two double faults. I lost my focus, my concentration. And then [Yvonne] started playing really well again. I don't really have any regrets from 5-3 on to 5-5. All in all I'm pretty satisfied. I moved really well and my strokes were good. Just the focus needs to be better."

n50 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n70 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-5, 6-2 Mon
*n81 q Camila Giorgi ITA d n53 Julia Goerges GER 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n74 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n185 wc Melanie Klaffner AUT 7-6(4), 6-2 Wed
*n156 q Katarzyna Piter POL d n112 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 Tue
n115 LL Maryna Zanevska UKR d n137 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 Tue

Linz, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 2pm
loser's prize: $3,100 US; points: 30
n9 s1 wc Angelique Kerber GER d n74 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-1, 6-0 Thu
n13 s2 Sloane Stephens USA d n43 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-3 Thu
n14 s3 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n50 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 7-5 Wed
n15 s4 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n42 Elina Svitolina CZE 6-1, 6-4 Wed
n23 s7 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n156 q Katarzyna Piter POL 6-0, 6-1 Thu

Domi driving a forehand

n19 s5 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n81 q Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 6-1 Wed
*n57 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n49 Karin Knapp ITA 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 Thu

n108 wc Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT d n115 LL Maryna Zanevska UKR 6-1, 6(1)-7, 6-4 Thu

Linz, QFs, Fri 2pm
loser's prize: $5,500 US; points: 70
n9 s1 wc Angelique Kerber GER d n108 wc Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 6-3, 6-1
*n57 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n13 s2 Sloane Stephens USA 6(3)-7, 6-4, 7-5
n14 s3 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n23 s7 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-2, 6-4
n15 s4 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n19 s5 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-1, 6-3

Linz, SFs, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $10,425 US; points: 130
n9 s1 wc Angelique Kerber GER d n15 s4 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-2, 6-0

Angelique driving a backhand

    Angelique said: "I lost to [Carla] at the US Open and it was mentally a little bit tough today, but I was just trying to play aggressive and I played really well today. I feel good about my game right now. I'm feeling better and better after every match and I'm really excited to be in the finals here now." WTA story

n14 s3 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n57 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-4, 6-4

Ana serving

    The win raised Ana's record at Linz to 20-3.

    Ana said: "It was a very tough match. it's always tough playing someone you don't know. I had a lot of chances in the beginning, and I think that created a lot of tension, but I'm happy I could stay calm at the end of the first set and then same thing in the second set. But [Stefanie] played really well."

Linz, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $20,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $40,000 US; points: 280
n9 s1 wc Angelique Kerber GER d n14 s3 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 7-6(6)

 
Ana and Angelique driving forehand and backhand

Linz, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,000 US
winner's prize: $11,500 US
Karolina Pliskova & Kristyna Pliskova d s1 Gabriela Dabrowski & Alicja Rosolska 7-6(6), 6-4

Linz, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 7 noon
losers' prizes: q1 $500 1pt; q2 $700 6pts; q3 $950 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n81 Camila Giorgi ITA d n199 Renata Voracova CZE 6-4, 6-0
n137 Aleksandra Krunic SRB v n248 Michaela Honcova SVK 6-2, 6-3
*n156 Katarzyna Piter POL d n148 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 6-2, 6-3
n154 Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n115 Maryna Zanevska UKR 6-0, 6-1

Linz, Withdrawals
n7 Petra Kvitova CZE back injury
n17 Simona Halep ROU right shoulder injury
n27 Alize Cornet FRA
n34 Lucie Safarova CZE gastrointestinal illness
n237 wc Lisa-Maria Moser AUT let Kerber in draw

 
HP Japan Open,  Osaka, Japan

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

Tokyo News - Japan News


Osaka: The main draw for Osaka 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   Utsubo Tennis Center, Osaka
Latitude: 34.68457 Longitude: 135.491542 goto link for World Wind

AIG Japan Open venue address: Utsubo Tennis Center, 2-1-14 Utsubohonmachi, Nishi-Ku, Osaka-Shi, Osaka, Japan

2013: On Monday, Oct 7, in Osaka, young ladies looking good at the player party included all-time Japanese #1
Kimiko Date Krumm & her current doubles partner Chanelle Scheepers, Laura Robson & Genie Bouchard, and Samantha Stosur & Zhang Shuai...
Osaka, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $1,800 US; points: 1
n16 s2 Sabine Lisicki GER d n78 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 7-5, 7-6(1) Tue

Sabine ready to lightly tap a forehand

    Sabine said: "I don't think it was one of my best matches. But at the end of the day, it's only the win that counts so I'm happy that I pulled it out." WTA story

n20 s3 Samantha Stosur AUS d n83 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Samantha's forehand drive

*n92 LL Vania King USA d n29 s4 Flavia Pennetta ITA 3-6, 7-5, 6-0 Tue
n36 s5 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n56 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 6-0 Mon
n40 s6 Madison Keys USA d n85 q Anna Schmiedlova SVK 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n58 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n41 s7 wc Laura Robson GBR 6-4, 6-4 Tue

Kimiko doing the Meet the Press thing after her win

n45 s8 Monica Puig PUR d n90 Heather Watson GBR 6-4, 6-4 Mon

    Monica said: ""I'm very happy with my performance today. Heather is defending champion and is such a tough player to face as she defends so well. It was close all the way and it's great to get the win and finish the match how I did." WTA story

n47 s9 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n277 sr Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 7-6(4), 6-4 Tue
n54 Jie Zheng CHN d n105 Sharon Fichman CAN 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*n121 q Luksika Kumkhum THA d n62 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-2, 6-1 Tue
*n109 q Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n63 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n66 Shuai Zhang CHN d n100 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-0, 6-3 Tue
*n87 Kurumi Nara JPN d n73 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-3, 6-2 Mon

Kurumi after match point

n76 Polona Hercog SLO d n128 sr Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-4, 5-7, 6-1 Tue
n84 Misaki Doi JPN d n94 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-1, 6-2 Mon

Misaki following a forehand

*n267 q Belinda Bencic SUI d n88 Lauren Davis USA 6-3, 7-5 Tue

Osaka, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $3,100 US; points: 30
*n76 Polona Hercog SLO d n16 s2 Sabine Lisicki GER walkover—left hip injury
n20 s3 Samantha Stosur AUS d n267 q Belinda Bencic SUI 6-4, 6-2 Wed

Samantha driving a forehand

    Samantha said: "[Belinda] won junior French and Wimbledon, so to win two Grand Slams as a junior she's showing some very good potential. I think she has a good game and is a smart player. She hits the ball very well when she's in position and she anticipates very well.
    "I was expecting a tough match. We practiced last week, which was maybe good for me as we'd never played before and it gave me a chance to see some little things that made the match a bit easier." WTA story

n36 s5 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n121 q Luksika Kumkhum THA 6-2, 6-2 Wed

Genie addressing the members of the media

    Genie said: "I definitely think it was closer than the score. [Luksika is] very tricky to play and I actually lost to her last year in qualies...
    "I think I'm playing well but I still have a lot of things to improve and these are good tournaments to try and work on my game. I want to end the season on a good note and then start getting ready for next year." WTA story

n40 s6 Madison Keys USA d n66 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-4, 6-0 Thu

Madison driving a forehand

    Madison said: "I started off a little bit slow, especially returning. I was making a lot of mistakes. But I felt like once I really got going and got a good feeling on the court, I played really well. My serve got me out of some tough positions in the first set and really helped in the second set." WTA story

*n84 Misaki Doi JPN s n58 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 7-6(3), 6-4 Thu

Misaki while signing autographs after the match

*n87 Kurumi Nara JPN d n45 s8 Monica Puig PUR 7-5, 7-6(4) Wed

Kurumi after match point

*n54 Jie Zheng CHN d n47 s9 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6(5)-7, 6-2, 6-0 Thu

    Jie said: "The first set was really close. I think in the most important points I didn't play so well. [Kristina] was serving so big. I had never played against her in singles before and she was so tough. Early in the second set I started to play more aggressively against her, and I broke her early in both sets, and that helped me because she started thinking about it more. It was very good to break early."

    About her quarterfinal opponent, Madison Keys, Jie said: "I played [Madison] last year and this year, and she's had a big change this year. Before she just had a good serve and good forehand, but now her backhand is aggressive too. It will be a tough match. I need to focus on my return and get a lot of serves in. I have to serve smart tomorrow."

*n109 q Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n92 LL Vania King USA 2-6, 6-3, 6-1 Wed

Osaka, QFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $5,500 US; points: 70
n20 s3 Samantha Stosur AUS d n84 Misaki Doi JPN 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

Samantha driving a forehand

    Samantha said: "[Misaki] made lots of errors in the first set and didn't really make me do so much, but in the second she played much better. I didn't really adjust to this and then she played a very good game to break my serve and then all of a sudden the set was over." WTA story

n36 s5 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n109 q Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

Genie between points

n40 s6 Madison Keys USA d n54 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-1

    Madison said: "I think I just played a pretty solid match overall. It was definitely windy and I wasn't able to hit as many big serves as I was yesterday as I was trying to play the percentages a bit more. The conditions are just something you have to learn to deal with, I just tried to keep moving my feet and judge when to go for it."

*n87 Kurumi Nara JPN d n76 Polona Hercog SLO 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-1

Kurumi following a forehand

Osaka, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $10,425 US; points: 130
n20 s3 Samantha Stosur AUS d n40 s6 Madison Keys USA 6-1, 6-2

 
Madison and Samantha driving backhand and forehand

    Samantha said: "I thought I did everything very well today. I got off to a very good start. At 2-1, the game where I broke serve, that was obviously very important, but the next game I was 0-40 on my serve and managed to win that game, and I feel like that gave me the momentum for the rest of the match." WTA story

n36 s5 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n87 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 6-2

 
Genie following a backhand and Kurumi ready to swat a forehand

    Genie said: "[Kurumi] played really well, she was changing the direction of the ball a lot, and I wasn't sure where the ball was going a lot of the time. But I just tried to do the same back to her and step into the court as much as I could during the match, and when I was doing that I was more successful." WTA story

Osaka, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $20,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $40,000 US; points: 280
n20 s3 Samantha Stosur AUS d n36 s5 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 3-6, 7-5, 6-2

 
Samantha watching her serve fly, and Genie following a backhand

Osaka, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,000 US
winner's prize: $11,500 US
Flavia Pennetta & Kristina Mladenovic d Shuai Zhang & Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-3


Osaka, Qual Finals, Mon Oct 7 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $500 1pt; q2 $700 6pts; q3 $950 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n85 Anna Schmiedlova SVK d n221 Eri Hozumi JPN 6-2, 6-1
*n121 Luksika Kumkhum THA d n92 Vania King USA 6-3, 7-5
n109 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n182 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-3, 6-2
*n267 Belinda Bencic SUI d n147 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 5-7, 6-2, 5-0 retired

Osaka, Withdrawals
n11 s1 wc Jelena Jankovic SRB left hip injury
n26 Jamie Hampton USA left achilles tendon injury
n38 Venus Williams USA
n46 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA right knee injury
n52 Marina Erakovic NZL personal reasons
n72 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ illness
n79 Shahar Peer ISR left foot injury
n80 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ left hip injury


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