2013 Tokyo Pan Pacific WTA Singles Results

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  WTA Sep 22-28: Tokyo Pan Pacific

Toray Pan Pacific Open, Tokyo, JPN
PREMIER 5 $2,369,000 56m/32q/16d
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n2 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n6 Sara Errani ITA
n8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n9 Angelique Kerber GER
n10 Jelena Jankovic SRB
n11 Petra Kvitova CZE
n12 Roberta Vinci ITA
n13 Sloane Stephens USA
n14 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n16 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n17 Samantha Stosur AUS
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Tokyo:

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

#11 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH


    On Saturday at Tokyo, in the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, the 2013 champion at Dubai (and the 2011 Wimbledon champion), 23 year old 7th seeded #11 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2012 Copenhagen and Paris indoor champion, 25 year old 5th seeded #9 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, 6-2, 0-6, 6-3 (Angelique is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the ceramicware afterward).

    Petra's prize is $426,000; Angelique's prize is $213,000.

    Petra said: "In the first set I was attacking every ball and hitting so many winners. But in the beginning of the second set I made some easy mistakes and felt slower in my legs, and that's what Angie was waiting for.

    "I knew it wasn't over until the last point, though. After the second set I knew what I had to do: play the same way as the first set, stay aggressive and cut the mistakes down again. WTA story

    Petra now leads Angelique 3-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was last year on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the semifinals at Cincinnati, when Petra defeated Angelique 6-1, 2-6, 6-4.

    Petra is now 11-4 in WTA singles finals, and has a 45-20 singles match record this year.

    Angelique is now 2-5 in WTA singles finals, and has a 37-20 singles match record in 2013.

    The match was the first final between two left handed players since Quebec City in 2009, and the first Premier (big tourney) final between lefties since Paris (indoor) in 1994.

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Toray Pan Pacific Open,  Tokyo, Japan

 
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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.
2013: On Saturday, September 21 in Tokyo, Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic
and other players attended the Pan Pacific Open player reception...
Tokyo Pan Pacific, 1st Rd, Sun-Mon 11am, 10:30am
loser's prize: $6,415 US; points: 1
n13 s9 Sloane Stephens USA d n54 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-3, 6-2 Sun
*n44 Madison Keys USA d n14 s10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 Mon

Madison driving a backhand

n16 s11 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n53 Annika Beck GER 6-1, 6-1 Mon

Ana's backhand drive

    Annika broke Ana's serve in the first game of the match. Ana said: "It's tough to play someone for the first time. You never know what kind of ball is going to come to you, and even if you try and prepare for a new opponent, it's always different when you actually go onto the court. But you just have to adjust and see what kind of weaknesses they have too...
    "I'm very happy with the match today. It was good to go out there and get used to the court and the conditions, and I'm happy with my level." WTA story

n17 s12 Samantha Stosur AUS d n29 Alize Cornet FRA 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 Sun
n18 s13 Simona Halep ROU d n32 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 3-6, 7-6(5), 3-0 Mon
n20 s14 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n110 q B Zahlavova Strycova CZE 7-6(4), 7-5 Sun
n22 s15 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n49 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-4 Sun
n23 s16 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n39 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-3, 6-3 Sun
*n51 Andrea Petkovic GER d n24 Elena Vesnina RUS 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 Mon
n28 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n66 q Paula Ormaechea ARG 6-1, 6-2 Sun
*n31 sr14 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n30 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-3, 6-3 Mon

Flavia driving a forehand

*n73 q M-T Torro-Flor ESP d n33 Klara Zakopalova CZE 7-6(6), 1-6, 6-3 Sun
*n62 Venus Williams USA d n34 Mona Barthel GER 6-3, 6-1 Sun
*n61 Ayumi Morita JPN d n35 Laura Robson GBR 7-6(4), 6-3 Mon

Ayumi, who was playing in her first match since she was sidelined by a low back injury at New Haven in August, after match point

n36 Lucie Safarova CZE d n82 q Polona Hercog SLO 6-4, 6(6)-7. 7-6(2) Sun
n37 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n42 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-2, 5-7, 6-0 Mon
n38 Shuai Peng CHN d n200 q Risa Ozaki JPN 6-2, 6-1 Mon
n40 Elina Svitolina UKR d n86 wc Kurumi Nara JPN 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 Sun
n46 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n48 Monica Puig PUR 6-0, 6-4 Mon
*n92 wc Misaki Doi JPN d n47 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6(3)-7, 6-0, 7-5 Mon

Misaki driving a forehand

*n209 q Casey Dellacqua AUS d n50 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 7-5, 6-1 Mon
*n377 sr 41 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n56 Francesca Schiavone ITA 2-6, 6-4, 6-2 Mon
n63 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n146 q Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-2, 4-1 Mon

Kimiko serving

*n327 wc Belinda Bencic SUI d n140 q Daria Gavrilova RUS 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 Sun

Tokyo Pan Pacific, 2nd Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
losers' prize: $12,480 US; points: 70
*n62 Venus Williams USA d n2 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-2, 6-4 Tue

Venus driving a backhand

    Venus said: "I don't think Victoria was feeling her best. Hopefully she'll be feeling better and ready for Beijing. Lord knows I know what it's like not to feel great. But other than that, obviously it's great to win today." WTA story

    Vika said: "I haven't been feeling well the last few days and haven't been able to practice. It has been very frustrating. But I got out there for the people. Everyone was waiting a long time for this match, so there was no way I wasn't going to go out there. I appreciate people coming out and paying for the tickets. They should see the players play. And I tried my best. I did whatever I could do today. But you have to be at your best to play against a top player like [Venus]. So all the credit to her."

n4 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n377 sr41 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 7-6(5), 6-0 Tue

Agnieszka launching a forehand on the run

    2012 Tokyo finalist and 2013 Seoul champion Agnieska said: "Coming from Seoul, I didn't really have much time to adjust and rest, but it's always good to win a tournament and I'm happy to play again this week. I think winning last week gave me a lot of confidence. Today I played much better after I won the first set, and I'm feeling good."

*n28 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n6 s3 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-4 Tue
n8 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n31 sr14 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Caro's forehand drive

n9 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n73 q M-T Torro-Flor ESP 6-0, 6-1 Mon

Angelique volleying a backhand

n10 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n61 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-4, 6-1 Tue

Jelena following a flying forehand

n11 s7 Petra Kvitova CZE d n327 wc Belinda Bencic SUI 7-5, 6-4 Mon

Petra's forehand drive

*n36 Lucie Safarova CZE d n12 s8 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-5, 6-4 Mon
*n46 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n13 s9 Sloane Stephens USA 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-3 Tue

 
Sloane driving a forehand, and Genie following a backhand

    Genie took a 5-0 lead in the 1st set—then Sloane won the next 7 games.

    Genie said: "It was definitely an up and down match. I've known [Sloane] since I was 12, and I've practiced with her a lot, so it's always tough playing someone like that... I was disappointed with that first set, but she definitely raised her level. But then I kept trying and fighting, and even when my level wasn't quite there, I stayed positive. I think that paid off today." WTA story

n16 s11 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n40 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-3, 6-0 Tue

Ana's forehand drive

    Ana said: "It was a lot harder than the score indicates. The conditions were tough out there. It was gusty, and on one side it was a lot harder to control the ball, but I'm very happy I managed to settle down and after the first set things got much, much better for me out there.
    "I always enjoy coming back to Tokyo. This is the eighth time I've played this tournament and I always love seeing the fans. They are very passionate about tennis, which is obviously really nice to see."

n17 s12 Samantha Stosur AUS d n63 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-3, 7-6(2) Tue

Samantha driving a forehand

n18 s13 Simona Halep ROU d n51 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-6(4), 6-3 Tue
*n37 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n20 s14 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n22 s15 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n92 wc Misaki Doi JPN 6-1, 6-2 Tue
n23 s16 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n209 q Casey Dellacqua AUS 7-5, 6-3 Tue
*n44 Madison Keys USA d n38 Shuai Peng CHN 7-5, 6-2 Tue

Tokyo Pan Pacific, 3rd Rd, Wed 11am
losers' prize: $24,300 US; points: 125
Wed: Played under roof on Center Court; rain stopped play on Court 1
n4 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n23 s16 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-3, 6-4

Aga watching her forehand fly

n8 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n37 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-1, 6-1

Caro after winning a point

    Caroline said: "I thought in general I played really well. [Magdalena is] a tough opponent because she's mixing up the game quite a bit, but I didn't let that hinder me, and I was just playing my game and putting the pressure on her out there. I thought I played really steady in the match today." WTA story

n9 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n16 s11 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 6-2

 
Angelique and Ana driving backhands

*n46 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n10 s6 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-5, 6-2

Genie fielding a backhand

    Genie said: "I wasn't at my best in the first set. [Jelena] was controlling the points more, and I wasn't aggressive enough. [My coach, Nathalie Tauziat] told me to be more aggressive, which is my game. So I started to do that, and it worked out. I turned the match around from that point on, so it was helpful advice."

n11 s7 Petra Kvitova CZE d n44 Madison Keys USA 6-2, 6-2 ppd-Thu
*n36 Lucie Safarova CZE d n17 s12 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-4

Lucie following a backhand

    The win raised Lucie's record against Samantha to 7-2. Lucie said: "I've won the past few matches against [Samantha] so I just had to concentrate again this time—because I really wanted to get this one too." WTA story

*n62 Venus Williams USA d n18 s13 Simona Halep ROU 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

Venus fielding a forehand

    In her on-court interview, Venus said: "It was very tough. [Simona] played so well, she played amazing. I don't know how I was able to win today. I just wanted to stay in Japan longer and play for you guys! But I'm very happy to arrive in the quarterfinals. I'm taking it one match at a time and I like it."

*n28 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n22 s15 Sorana Cirstea ROU 7-6(3), 6-1 Wed-rain-Thu

Tokyo Pan Pacific, QFs, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $49,050 US; points: 225
*n9 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n4 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-4

Angelique driving a forehand

    Angelique said: "I think I concentrated really well from the first point to the last one. I think my serve worked very well tonight and I think that was the key to the match.
    "I'm actually feeling very good here in Tokyo. My game plan worked very well and I'm happy to be in the semifinals here for the second time." WTA story

n8 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n36 Lucie Safarova CZE 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Caro after match point

    Caroline said: "[Lucie] started off really strong. She was really aggressive and went for it, and most things were going in. But as the match progressed I felt I was returning better, and I was getting a few more balls into the court. I was pushing her around a little bit more in the second and third sets...
    "I'm feeling good. I like to play here. I like the courts here, they're fast, and they suit my game. I feel like I've been playing well and taking advantage of the pace on my serve. Obviously it makes life a little bit easier out there when you start off the point well."

n11 s7 Petra Kvitova CZE d n28 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-4, 6-1

Petra driving a backhand

*n62 Venus Williams USA d n46 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-3, 6(4)-7, 6-3

Venus after match point

    Venus said: "[Genie] played so well... she already is a great player. I was just competing out there today, just fighting until the end. It was disappointing to lose the second set, but to win the third set is the goal, so I'm happy I did that." WTA story

    Genie said: "I don't think I played as well as I can, but obviously Venus is a great player and she put a lot of pressure on me throughout the whole match. I never really felt in control on the court."

Tokyo Pan Pacific, SFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $106,425 US; points: 395
*n9 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n8 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 7-6(5)

 
Caro and Angelique driving backhand and forehand

    Angelique said: "I've been playing very well this whole week and I'm really happy to be in the finals here for the first time." WTA story

    Caroline said: "I just came up a little bit short today. But I have a lot of things to work on for next week in Beijing now. We have another big week ahead."

n11 s7 Petra Kvitova CZE d n62 Venus Williams USA 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(2)

 
Petra driving a forehand, and Venus congratulating Petra after match point

    Petra said: "The whole match was very close. It was only about a few points in the end. I had a good start to the tie-break and I think every point in that tie-break was really important... Venus was a very tough opponent today."

    Venus said: "Today didn't turn out the way I wanted it to, but [Petra] played very well today... she was hitting a lot of unreturnable shots in the tie-break."

Tokyo Pan Pacific, Final, Sat 1pm
loser's prize: $213,000 US; points: 620
winner's prize: $426,000 US; points: 900
*n11 s7 Petra Kvitova CZE d n9 s5 Angelique Kerber GER 6-2, 0-6, 6-3

   
Angelique about to swat a backhand, Petra driving a forehand, and after match point

Tokyo Pan Pacific, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $66,200 US
winners' prize: $122,000 US
*Sania Mirza & Cara Black d Hao-Ching Chan & Liezel Huber 4-6, 6-0, (11-9)

Tokyo Pan Pacific, Qual Finals, Sat Sep 21 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,840 1pt; q2 $3,565 20pts; qualifier 30 points
*n146 Anastasia Rodionova AUS d n55 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-1, 6-1
n66 Paula Ormaechea ARG d n106 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 7-6(4), 6-1
n73 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP d n134 Ashleigh Barty AUS 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(4)
*n140 Daria Gavrilova RUS d n76 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-4, 6-3
*n110 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n78 Heather Watson GBR 6-3, 6-3
n82 Polona Hercog SLO d n99 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-4, 6-2
*n200 Risa Ozaki JPN d n87 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-1, 6-4
*n209 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n159 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6-3, 7-6(3)

Tokyo Pan Pacific, Withdrawals
n1 Serena Williams USA fatigue
n3 Maria Sharapova RUS right shoulder injury
n7 Marion Bartoli FRA retired
n15 Sabine Lisicki GER illness
n19 Maria Kirilenko RUS
n21 Ekaterina Makarova RUS right wrist injury
n25 Jamie Hampton USA left achilles tendon injury
n27 Nadia Petrova RUS left hip injury


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