2014 WTA Sofia Tournament of Champions Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    

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Tournament of Champions Sofia, BUL
PREMIER $750,000 8RR/0q/0d
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n11 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n12 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n15 wc Flavia Pennetta ITA
n17 Andrea Petkovic GER
n18 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n20 Alize Cornet FRA
n23 Garbine Muguruza ESP
n41 wc Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
alternates:
n24 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n30 Elina Svitolina UKR
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Sofia:

#15 Flavia Pennetta
5'7¾" 128lb RH 2H-BH
Sofia:

#17 Andrea Petkovic
5' 11" 152lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Sofia, Bulgaria, in the final of the 2014 WTA Tournament of Champions, the 2014 champion at Charleston, 26 year old 4th seeded #17 (career high: #9) Andrea Petkovic from Darmstadt, Germany, defeated the 2014 champion at Indian Wells, 32 year old 3rd seeded #15 (career high: #10) Flavia Pennetta of Italy (residence: Verbier, Switzerland), 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 (Flavia is show during the match; Andrea is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Andrea's prize is $265,000; Flavia's prize is $140,000.

    On court after the match, Andrea said: "I love watching Flavia play, but I hate playing her because she's so difficult to play! I'm happy could gather enough energy in the end and play well enough to win it in the end." WTA story

    Andrea now leads Flavia 3-2 in career matches. Their previous was earlier this year on red clay in the 1st round at Stuttgart, when Flavia defeated Petko 7-5, 3-6, 6-1.

    Andrea is now 5-5 in WTA singles finals. She has a 42-23 singles match record this season.

    Flavia is now 10-14 in WTA singles finals. Her 2014 singles match record is 33-20.

  New Season Ending Tourney for 2015-2019

    (October 8, 2014) "The WTA Elite Trophy, a brand new singles and doubles event offering $2.15 million in prize money, will be staged in Zhuhai in southern China for the next five years from 2015 to 2019.

    "The 12-player singles field in Zhuhai will consist of players ranked No.9 through No.20 in the world, along with one wildcard, in a four-group round robin format. The winners of each respective group will advance to the single elimination semifinal stage of the event. Meanwhile, six doubles teams will compete in a two-group round robin format, with the winner of each group advancing to the final...

    "The event in Zhuhai will replace the Tournament Of Champions on the 2015 WTA calendar." WTA story

    Zhuhai is located just north of Macau, across from Shenzhen on the Pearl River Delta, south of Guangzhou.


 
2014 WTA Tournament of Champions
Round Robin Standings:

name in bold = clinched place in semifinals
Serdika Groupmatches
W-L
sets
W-L
#23 s7 Garbine Muguruza3-06-1
#15 s3 Flavia Pennetta2-15-2
#20 s6 Alize Cornet1-22-4
#11 s1 Ekaterina Makarova0-20-4
#24 alt Karolina Pliskova for Makarova0-10-2

Sredets Groupmatches
W-L
sets
W-L
#18 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro2-14-2
#17 s4 Andrea Petkovic2-14-2
#12 s2 Dominika Cibulkova2-14-2
#41 s8 Tsvetana Pironkova0-30-6
        1st Alternate: #24 Karolina Pliskova     2nd Alternate: #30 Elina Svitolina

  The WTA Tournament of Champions System:

    The six highest-ranked players who have won at least one International (NOT Premier ) class title during the current season (and who wish to attend) are selected for singles play in the WTA Tournament of Champions. Two wild cards entries are also chosen.

    2 groups play in a round-robin format (12 matches), with two winners from each group becoming semifinalists who play off on Saturday. In the semis, the player who finishes first in each group will play the second place finisher from the other group.
    If players win the same number of matches, the winner of their head-to-head match in the round robin is placed higher in the standings. 3-way ties will be resolved first by the percentage of sets won, then by the percentage of games won.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Sofia

s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the current week
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Tournament of Champions,  Sofia, Bulgaria

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +2 hours
       = US ET +7 hours
       = US PT +10 hours

Bulgaria News


Sofia: At Sofia, the top 6 players who have won at least one International tourney during the year, and who did not play in singles at the WTA Championships, + 2 wild cards, will play.
 

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Latitude: 42.672671 Longitude: 23.371053 goto link for World Wind

Tournament of Champions venue address: Armeec Arena, Blvd Asen Yordanov A, Sofia, Bulgaria +359 2 / 871 8171
2014: On Sunday, October 26, in Sofia, Andrea Petkovic, Flavia Pennetta, Tsvetana Pironkova, Kate Makarova,
Garbi Muguruza, Domi Cibulkova, Carla Suarez Navarro & Alize Cornet attended the draw ceremony...
Sofia Tournament of Champions round robin, Tue 545pm
n12 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n41 s8 wc Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-3, 7-6(6)

   
Tsveti and Domi driving backhands

    Domi said: "I played pretty well today, so I am happy with my game. I felt comfortable with my tactics, and when I use the right tactics, I play well. The tie-break was very close in the end, but I managed to cross the finish line.
    "Everyone who is here is a good player, so I just have to keep doing the right thing to keep winning." WTA story

n15 s3 wc Flavia Pennetta ITA d n20 s6 Alize Cornet FRA 6-1, 6-2

    Flavia said: "I felt like I was in a zone today. I was really focused and consistent, and I am very pleased with the way I played. I'm very much looking forward to my next match on Thursday." WTA story

*n18 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n17 s4 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-0, 6-4

    Carla said: "I was playing well today. The first match of a tournament is never easy, and it was difficult because Petkovic was fighting on every point and on every ball, but I'm really happy I was able to get through today, and happy with this win. I really want to have a good week here."


Sofia Tournament of Champions round robin, Wed 545pm
*n23 s7 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n11 s1 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-2, 6-1

Garbi driving a forehand

n12 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n18 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 7-5, 6-4
n17 s4 Andrea Petkovic GER d n41 s8 wc Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-5, 6-2

Petko's backhand drive

    Andrea said: "It was a physical battle in the first set. The rallies were so long and I think we were playing one and a quarter hours. I was a little lucky to get the first set and after that it's tough to keep the intensity up, so I'm really happy I won in straight sets." WTA story

    About playing Dominika Cibulkova on Thursday, Andrea said: "I played her twice this year already. Super tough matches. They were both close and I could have lost easily. She has such great intensity and is such a fighter, so it's definitely going to be a tough match."


Sofia Tournament of Champions round robin, Thu 545pm
*n20 s6 Alize Cornet FRA d n11 s1 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-1, 6-4

Alize driving a backhand

    Alize said: "I played quite solidly today. I'm happy with my match. It's good to still be in the race for the semifinals." WTA story

*n17 s4 Andrea Petkovic GER d n12 s2 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-5, 6-3

Andrea serving

    Andrea said: "I thought I was playing really, really well today, and I thought Domi was playing really well too, especially in the first set. I'm very happy with my performance out there today." WTA story

    Andrea and Dominika are now tied at the top of the Sredets Group with a 2-1 record in the round robin. Andrea will finish first the group by virtue of defeating Dominika in their head-to-head—unless #18 Carla Suarez Navarro defeats #41 Tsvetana Pironkova on Friday. In that case a three way tie will result, which will be resolved by percentage of sets won, or, if still tied, by percentage of games won.

    At any rate, Andrea is guaranteed to finish at least second in the Sredets Group, by virtue of winning a higher percentage of her games than Dominika. So Andrea is the first player at the tourney to clinch a place in the semifinals.

*n23 s7 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n15 s3 wc Flavia Pennetta ITA 0-6, 6-1, 6-1

    Garbine said: "I went to the court really nervous. In a round robin, every match is very important. I was utilizing the wrong strategy against Pennetta. I was thinking I needed to change something, and then my coach gave me some advice, and it worked." WTA story


Sofia Tournament of Champions round robin, Fri 545pm
n15 s3 wc Flavia Pennetta ITA d #24 alt Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-1, 6-3

Flavia driving a forehand

n18 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n41 s8 wc Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 7-6(2), 6-1

Carla driving a forehand

    Tsvetana failed to convert two set points while leading 6-5 in the 1st set. Carla said: "If I lost a set today I would be out, so if I missed on one of those set points I would have been out, so I was pretty nervous on the court today. She was playing very well in the first set, too. But I was just trying to do my best and I'm happy I could make it through."

n23 s7 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n20 s6 Alize Cornet FRA 6-3, 7-5

Garbine at the player party on Sunday (no match photos available)

    Garbine said: "The second set was really difficult because that was the moment I realized I could win. I was feeling the pressure. [Alize] was playing well too. But I just had to think and focus on my tactics, and try to win it there. I'm very happy how I played and very excited to make the semis... I'm really pleased to make the semifinals, because I didn't even know I was coming here until three days before in Singapore. For me to be here and to win three matches is very exciting for me." WTA story


alternates prizes: $7,500
RR no wins prizes: $35,000 US; points: 75 - RR 1 win 2 losses prizes: $50,000 US; points: 110
RR 2 wins 1 loss prizes: $75,000 US; points: 155 - RR 3 wins prizes: $90,000 US; points: 180

Sofia, SFs, Sat 450pm
n15 s3 wc Flavia Pennetta ITA d n18 s5 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-4, 6-2

    Flavia said: "It was really tough from the beginning. The first four or five games were so long and so tight today. We know each other really well so we know how to play each other, and we always have a good fight until the last point. I was just trying not to give her the same rhythm all the time. I knew I had to change it up, but also be aggressive when the right moments came. Sometimes I made mistakes, but it was the right way to play today." WTA story

    About playing Andrea Petkovic in the final, Flavia said: "The last time we played was on clay so this will be completely different. She plays much better on this surface and was really consistent and powerful today, so it will be tough."

n17 s4 Andrea Petkovic GER d n23 s7 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-1, 6-4

Andrea between points

    On court after the match, Andrea said: "I think I was playing really, really well up until 6-1, 5-2. I wasn't missing at all and I was feeling the ball really well until then. But then Garbi started playing a lot tougher and making fewer mistakes. She was hitting really well. I was lucky to win it in the end.

    "Players like that who are so aggressive and so talented, they just need one or two rallies to get back into the match. I was glad I could serve really well in the end of the match and close it out there." WTA story

Sofia, Final, Sun 5:50pm
loser's prize: RR prize + $65,000 US; points: RR points + 75
winner's prize: RR prize + $190,000 US; points: RR points + 195
*n17 s4 Andrea Petkovic GER d n15 s3 wc Flavia Pennetta ITA 1-6, 6-4, 6-3

       
Flavia driving a forehand, Andrea about to swat a backhand, and after match point


Sofia, withdrawals/non-entries
n21 Samantha Stosur AUS injury
n11 s1 Ekaterina Makarova RUS after 2 matches, back injury


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