2013 Seoul & Guangzhou WTA Singles Results    

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  WTA Sep 16-22: Seoul & Guangzhou

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KDB Korea Open, Seoul, KOR
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n4 A Radwanska, n20 M Kirilenko
n33 A Pavlyuchenkova, n34 K Zakopalova

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n22 S Cirstea, n29 A Cornet
n35 L Robson, n37 S Peng
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#4 Agnieszka Radwanska
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#106 Shuai Zhang
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    On Sunday at Seoul,, in the final of the KDB Korean Open, the 2013 champion at Sydney and Auckland, 24 year old top seeded #4 (career high: #2) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, defeated the 2013 Monterrey champion, 22 year old 3rd seeded #33 (career high: #13) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Moscow, Russia, 6(6)-7, 6-3, 6-4 (Aga is shown holding the ceramicware after the match).

    Agnieszka's prize is $112,467; Anastasia's prize is $56,233.

    Agnieszka said: "It was a very close match—tight sets, all of them—but I was just a little bit better in the important moments today.

    "And at the end of the third set I think I was playing a little bit more aggressively than [Anastasia] was, and I managed to win a couple more points than her in the end." WTA story

    Agnieszka now leads Anastasia 3-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was a few weeks ago on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 3rd round of the US Open, when Agnieszka defeated Anastasia 6-4, 7-6(1).

    Agnieszka is now 13-5 in WTA singles finals, and has a 50-14 singles match record this season.

    Anastasia is now 5-3 in WTA singles finals, and has a 28-18 singles match record in 2013.

    On Saturday in China, in the final of the Guangzhou Open, 24 year old wild card #106 (career high: #74) Shuai Zhang from Tianjin, China, won her first WTA singles final by defeating the 2006 champion at Bangkok, 24 year old qualifier #126 (career high: #50) Vania King from Long Beach, California, 7-6(1), 6-1 (Shuai is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Shuai's prize is $112,080; Vania's prize is $56,040.

    Shuai said: "I'm not a person who often gets excited, but today I feel really happy. This is the biggest moment of my career. I look at this like a new starting point, not a final destination." WTA story

    Shuai and Vania had met only once before, in 2011 on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 1st round at Tokyo, when Vania defeated Shuai 6-1, 6-0.

    Shuai was playing in her first WTA singles final (she has won three WTA doubles titles). Shuai has a 32-16 singles match record in 2013.

    Vania is now 1-1 in WTA singles finals. She has a 29-18 singles match record this year.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Seoul & Guangzhou
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Hansol Korea Open,  Seoul, South Korea

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

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Seoul: The main draw for Seoul 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   Olympic Park, Seoul, Korea
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Hansol Korea Open venue address: Olympic Park, 88 Bangee-dong, Seoul 999-200, South Korea; Tel: 82 2 410 1360

2013: 2008 tourney champion Maria Kirilenko practiced in Seoul on Monday...
Seoul, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue noon
loser's prize: $2,701 US; points: 1
n4 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n71 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-4, 6-0 Tue

Agnieszka driving a forehand

    Agnieszka said: "I've never played here and every hardcourt is different. Here the center court is really slow, so in the beginning I couldn't really feel my rhythm, and in the first couple of games I was struggling a little bit. But I got used to it and it was much, much better. I had to be very patient today, because you can't finish the point in one ball here, you really have to make a couple of shots first. In the second set I was really playing my best tennis." WTA story

n20 s2 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n328 q Chin-Wei Chan TPE 6-3, 6-3 Tue

Maria's forehand drive

n33 s3 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n100 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 Mon

Anastasia driving a backhand

    Anastasia said: "Anabel played amazing in the first set, but I cut out my mistakes in the second and third sets. It was pretty slow out there today. I don't know if it was the balls or the courts, but that's another reason we had really long rallies and the match lasted so long." WTA story

*n541 wc Su Jeong Jang KOR d n34 s4 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-3, 6-1 Tue

Su Jeong following a backhand

*n112 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n41 s5 Elina Svitolina UKR 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 Mon

Lara driving a forehand

n47 s6 Julia Goerges GER d n90 Misaki Doi JPN 6-3, 7-5 Mon
*n54 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n50 s7 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 Tue

 
Francesca and Andrea driving forehands

n51 s8 Annika Beck GER d n221 q Risa Ozaki JPN 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 Tue

Annika's forehand drive

*n91 Virginie Razzano FRA d n59 Lourdes Domínguez Lino ESP 6-1, 6-1 Mon
n63 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n77 Heather Watson GBR 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Kimiko following a backhand

n81 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n396 q Xinyun Han CHN 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n128 Vera Dushevina RUS d n85 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n109 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n132 Mandy Minella LUX 7-5, 6-4 Tue
*n450 wc Ye-Ra Lee KOR d n140 Daria Gavrilova RUS 6-4, 6-1 Mon

Ye-Ra's forehand drive

*n184 q Ons Jabeur TUN d n172 Nastassja Burnett ITA 7-5, 6-0 Tue
n173 sr Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n619 wc Sung Hee Han KOR 6-0, 7-6(0) Mon

Seoul, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu noon
loser's prize: $4,652 US; points: 30
n4 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n109 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 6-2, 6-1 Thu

Agnieszka following a backhand

*n63 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n20 s2 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-3, 6-1 Thu

Kimiko about to swat a backhand

    Kimiko said: "Maria is a very strong player, but I felt she had some kind of problem today. She didn't run everywhere like she usually does, so I think she had something wrong with her. She wasn't putting as much pressure on me today, so I just had to control myself and my game until the end." WTA story

    Maria confirmed that she had been slowed by an injury. Maria tweeted: "I have an injury again...I am pulling out from Tokyo tournament and hopefully will be ready for Beijing. #lifestillgood" Maria Kirilenko at Twitter

n33 s3 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n450 wc Ye-Ra Lee KOR 6-4, 6-1 Wed

    Anastasia said: "I was a bit sluggish at the beginning today, and I wasn't very happy with myself. But I'm happy I pulled the first set through and won in straight sets. I have to say [Ye-Ra] was fighting until the end, though - the second set score doesn't show how tough it was." WTA story

*n81 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n47 s6 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-0 Wed

Irina's backhand drive

    Irina said: "I played really well today. I was really strong from the baseline, and I tried to keep a high percentage of first serves in. And I really enjoy playing this tournament. It's really nice here."

*n128 Vera Dushevina RUS d n51 s8 Annika Beck GER 6-3, 7-5 Wed
n54 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n91 Virginie Razzano FRA 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-3 Wed

Francesca volleying a backhand

n112 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n173 sr Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 Wed

Lara following a running forehand

    Lara said: "It was a very tough match. The weather was very hot, and even though I was playing well, [Alexandra] was playing well too. I was playing aggressive with my forehand today, and I think I was just a little bit more aggressive in the important points, which is what made the difference."

*n541 wc Su Jeong Jang KOR d n184 q Ons Jabeur TUN 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 Thu

Su Jeong driving a forehand

Seoul, QFs, Fri 1:15pm
loser's prize: $8,253 US; points: 70
n4 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n128 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-2, 6-0

Agnieszka reaching for a forehand

n33 s3 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n81 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-2, 6-2
n54 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n63 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Francesca driving a forehand

    Francesca said: "Kimiko was playing very well at the start. She deserved to win the first set. I played much better in the second set, then the third set was close. I think we had a really good fight." WTA story

n112 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n541 wc Su Jeong Jang KOR 6-0, 6-4

 
Su Jeong and Lara driving forehand and backhand

Seoul, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $29,312 US; points: 130
n4 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n112 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-0, 6-2

Agnieszka driving a forehand

    Agnieszka said: "It was definitely a very good match. I was playing really good tennis. It was really hot out there but I played my 100% throughout the match, so that's why it was two quick sets." WTA story

n33 s3 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n54 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-6(11), 7-6(6)

Anastasia's forehand drive

    Anastasia said: "The first set was amazing. We were both playing good tennis, and we played an hour and a half for just one set, but then I was so tired afterwards that I knew I had to hold serve in the second set, because if I didn't, it would just be over. I'm happy I did."

Seoul, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $56,233 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $112,467 US; points: 280
n4 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n33 s3 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6(6)-7, 6-3, 6-4

 
Anastasia driving a forehand, and Agnieszka following one

Seoul, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $9,004 US
winner's prize: $17,258 US
*Chin-Wei Chan & Yi-Fan Xu d s1 Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears 7-5, 6-3

Seoul, Qual Finals, Mon Sep 16 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,050 6pts; q3 $1,426 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*n184 Ons Jabeur TUN d n164 Katarzyna Piter POL 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
*n396 Xinyun Han CHN d n206 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-2, 7-6(2)
n221 Risa Ozaki JPN d n257 Varatchaya Wongteanchai THA 6-2, 6-1
*n328 Chin-Wei Chan TPE d n241 Michaela Honcova SVK 3-6, 7-6(1)-7, 6-2

Seoul, Withdrawals
n15 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n21 Ekaterina Makarova RUS right wrist injury
n25 Jamie Hampton USA left foot injury
n36 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK left wrist injury
n52 Stefanie Voegele SUI personal reasons
n60 Ayumi Morita JPN low back injury
n70 Caroline Garcia FRA left thigh injury
n76 Kiki Bertens NED right ankle injury

 
Guangzhou International Women's Open,  Guangzhou, China

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +8 hours
       = US EDT +12 hours
       = US PDT +15 hours

China News


Guangzhou: The main draw for Guangzhou has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Sunday.
 

click for broader view   Fangcun Tennis Sports Center, Guangzhou, China
Latitude: 23.073474 Longitude: 113.210024 goto link for World Wind

    Back when Beijing was called Peking (and even earlier, Peiping), Guangzhou was known as Canton. It is about 182 kilometers from Hong Kong. At last count about 10.15 million people live there (and rising). "Tennis Courts of Fangcun Tennis Sports Center was built in 2001, covering an area of 53000 square meters. It has total 17 tennis courts including one center court with a capacity of more than 3,500 seats..."

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2012: On Sunday, Sept 17 in Guangzhou, 2nd seed (and Chinese #2) Zheng Jie practiced, while top seed Marion Bartoli and Chinese #3 Peng Shuai had a nice chat while as they did the player rep thing at the main draw ceremony... Young ladies looking darned good at the Seoul welcome ceremony and player party included Mandy Minella, row 2: Zheng Jie, Sorana Cirstea, and Laura Robson...
Guangzhou, 1st Rd, Mon noon-Tue 2pm
loser's prize: $3,001 US; points: 1
*n58 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n22 s1 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 6-1 Tue
n29 s2 Alize Cornet FRA d n113 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-3, 6-1 Tue
n35 s3 Laura Robson GBR d n161 q Jovana Jaksic SRB 6-2, 6-1 Tue

2012 Guangzhou finalist Laura serving

n37 s4 Shuai Peng CHN d n83 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n94 Vesna Dolonc UKR d n38 s5 Urszula Radwanska POL 7-5, 6-2 Tue
n39 s6 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n66 Paula Ormaechea ARG 6-1, 6-2 Mon

2012 Guangzhou champion Su-Wei between points

*n107 Timea Babos HUN d n44 s7 Varvara Lepchenko USA 7-6(8), 7-5 Tue
n45 s8 Monica Puig PUR d n114 q Nadiya Kichenok UKR 7-5, 7-6(4) Mon
n56 Jie Zheng CHN d n74 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-1, 6-4 Tue
*n69 Yvonne Meusburger AUT d n67 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n126 q Vania King USA d n75 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n73 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n82 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-4, 6-3 Mon
n80 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n148 sr Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-3, 6-1 Mon

Galina driving a forehand

*n170 wc Saisai Zheng CHN d n118 q Luksika Kumkhum THA 6(3)-7, 6-3, 7-5 Tue
*n106 wc Shuai Zhang CHN d n119 Olga Puchkova RUS 6-0, 7-6(1) Mon
n141 q Johanna Konta GBR d n185 q Richel Hogenkamp NED 6-3, 6-2 Mon

Guangzhou, 2nd Rd, Wed 3pm
loser's prize: $4,802 US; points: 30
*n126 q Vania King USA d n58 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 0-6, 6-4
n29 s2 Alize Cornet FRA d n73 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-6(4), 6-0

    Alize said: "It was a tough match today, especially in the first set when I was down a break twice. [Karolina] was serving very well and I was lucky to win it.
    "I'm feeling great here in China and want to go further in the tournament." WTA story

n35 s3 Laura Robson GBR d n170 wc Saisai Zheng CHN 6-3, 7-6(4)

Laura driving a forehand


    About her quarterfinal versus Jie Zheng, Laura said: "I have to play better than I did today for sure. [Jie is] playing well. I saw some of her match today against Babos. It's going to be a tough one."

*n141 q Johanna Konta GBR d n37 s4 Shuai Peng CHN 6-1, 6-3
*n106 wc Shuai Zhang CHN d n39 s6 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-2, 6-2

Shuai watching her backhand fly

n45 s8 Monica Puig PUR d n80 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-3, 6-2
n56 Jie Zheng CHN d n107 Timea Babos HUN 7-5, 7-6(1)

Jie after winning a point

n69 Yvonne Meusburger AUT d n94 Vesna Dolonc UKR 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Guangzhou, QFs, Thu 4pm
loser's prize: $8,666 US; points: 70
Thursday: rain delay
*n69 Yvonne Meusburger AUT d n29 s2 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-1
*n56 Jie Zheng CHN d n35 s3 Laura Robson GBR 1-6, 7-6(6), 6-2

    Laura said: "I made a lot of mistakes on my return, which gave her a lot of easy points. But overall, I think she just played better than me." WTA story

*n126 q Vania King USA d n45 s8 Monica Puig PUR 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(5)
n106 wc Shuai Zhang CHN d n141 q Johanna Konta GBR 7-5, 6-3

Guangzhou, SFs, Fri 4pm
loser's prize: $30,051 US; points: 130
*n126 q Vania King USA d n56 Jie Zheng CHN 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

    About her final opponent, Zhang Shuai, Vania said: "I've played [Shuai] once before. I think she's in good form right now. I watched a little bit of her match today and it seems like wherever she wants to hit, it's going. It's going to be a tough match."

*n106 wc Shuai Zhang CHN d n69 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-1, 6-1

Shuai launching a forehand on the fly

    Shuai said: "I am very happy about my game. I feel I am playing better and better. I've played four players with different game styles, but I managed to play well against each of them... I'm very excited to be in the final of a WTA tournament. This is the best achievement for me as a professional tennis player." WTA story

    About her final opponent, Vania King, Shuai said: "[Vania] is a very smart and hard-working player... I don't want to put too much pressure on myself, so I just want to play my game and do my best."

Guangzhou, Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $56,040 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $112,080 US; points: 280
n106 Shuai Zhang d n126 q Vania King USA 7-6(1), 6-1

Shuai driving a forehand

Guangzhou, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $9,004 US
winner's prize: $17,256 US
s1 Su-Wei Hsieh & Shuai Peng d s3 Vania King & Galina Voskoboeva 6-3, 4-6, (12-10)

Guangzhou, Qual Finals, Sun Sep 15 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 6pts; q2 $1,426 10pts; qualifier 16 points
*n141 Johanna Konta GBR d n78 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-3, 6-2
n114 Nadiya Kichenok UKR d n209 Lyudmyla Kichenok UKR 6-4, 6-4
n118 Luksika Kumkhum THA d n181 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-3, 6-1
*n161 Jovana Jaksic SRB d n123 Tadeja Majeric SLO 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(4)
n126 Vania King USA d n260 Yung-Jan Chan TPE 6-1, 3-6, 6-4
n185 Richel Hogenkamp NED d n235 Qiang Wang CHN 7-6(1), 7-5

Guangzhou, Withdrawals
n42 Monica Niculescu ROU left hand injury
n49 Karin Knapp ITA right knee injury


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