2014 WTA Stanford Bank of the West Classic & Washington, DC Citi Open Women's Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    

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Stanford:

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

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 155lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Stanford, in the final of the Bank of the West Classic, the 2014 Rome, Miami & Brisbane champ (and Stanford champion in 2011 & 2012), 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2013 Linz champion, 26 year old 3rd seeded #8 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, 7-6(1), 6-3 (Angelique is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the bearware afterward).

    Serena's prize is $120,000; Angelique's prize is $64,000.

    Angelique ran to a 5-1 lead in the 1st set. Then Serena won 5 straight games before Angelique won another to force the tiebreaker.

    Serena said: "Overall I felt ok. I felt like I'm moving in the right directions is the best way to put it. I feel like I can really play a lot better. For instance today I don't think I served my best and I didn't make that many winners off the return. Still there's a lot of room for improvement but it was a good win for me just to get some momentum going." AP story

    Serena now leads Angelique 5-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in March of this year on a Laykold hardcourt in the quarterfinals at Miami, when Serena defeated Angelique 6-2, 6-2.

    Serena is now 61-17 in WTA singles finals, and has a 30-5 singles match record in 2014.

    Angelique is now 3-9 in previous WTA singles finals, with all of her tourney titles coming indoors. She has a 37-16 singles match record for the year.

    At Washington, DC on Sunday, in the final of the Citi Open, the 2004 US Open (and 2009 French Open) champion, 28 year old 6th seeded #26 (career high: #2) Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), won her first title in four years, defeating the 2014 champion at Rio de Janeiro, 22 year old #39 (career high: #38) Kurumi Nara from Hyogo, Japan, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.

    Svetlana and Kurumi had never before met on the field of combat.

    Svetlana is now 14-20 in WTA singles finals, and has a 19-10 singles match record this season.

    Kurumi is now 1-1 in WTA singles finals, and has a 20-17 singles match record for the year.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stanford & Washington, DC
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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The Bank of the West Classic  Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

 
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    Stanford: The main draw for Stanford has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

Bank of the West Classic venue address: Taube Family Tennis Stadium, Stanford, CA 94305

    2012 is the 42nd year of the tourney that has become the Bank of the West Classic, the longest-running women-only pro tennis tournament. The Bank of the West Classic has been held at Stanford University's Taube Tennis Stadium since 1997. 37,226 people attended the 13 sessions in 2005. The tourney is owned and operated by IMG (International Management Group); Bank of the West has been the tourney's title sponsor since 1992.

 
2014: On Monday, July 21, Ana Ivanovic kickstarted her preparations for this year's Stanford tourney...
On Monday, July 28, Serena Williams met the press at Stanford...
Stanford, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
losers' prize: $6,550 US; points: 1
n11 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n30 Sabine Lisicki GER 7-6(2), 6-1 Tue

Ana driving a backhand

    Ana said: "It was a really good match, even though it was both of our first matches in a while. I got down in that first set and [Sabine] was playing really well, and serving really well too. I really tried to find my rhythm in that set, and in the second set I really started feeling her serves a little bit more. It was a really tough draw for both of us, and I'm happy I was able to win this one." WTA story

    While she lost the match, Sabine posted a new all-time WTA service speed record of 131 miles per hour (previous best was 130mph by Brenda Schultz-McCarthy in qualies at Cincy in 2006, and 129mph by Venus Williams in a main draw match).

*n28 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n12 s6 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 Tue

   
Domi and Garbi driving forehands

*n69 Monica Puig PUR d n16 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 7-5 Tue

Monica following a forehand

n18 s8 Andrea Petkovic GER d n56 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-1, 6-4 Mon

Andrea driving a backhand

    Andrea said: "I'm very happy, especially because I lost to Ajla the last time we played in a tough match. I just think she has so much raw talent and such a great future. I'm very happy I'm through." WTA story

*n359 q Naomi Osaka JPN d n19 Samantha Stosur AUS 4-6, 7-6(7), 7-5 Mon

Naomi serving

    Naomi joked: "It's probably the second-best win of my life... the first being when I first beat my sister."

n25 wc Venus Williams USA d n185 q Paula Kania POL 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n31 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n88 Paula Ormaechea ARG 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n197 q Sachia Vickery USA d n32 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-1, 6-2 Mon
n41 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n858 wc Kristie Ahn USA 6-2, 7-5 Mon
n45 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n87 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n49 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n44 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-4, 6-3 Mon

Varvara's forehand drive

*n440 q Carol Zhao CAN d n65 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-2, 1-0 retired Tue

Carol ready to swat a forehand

Stanford, 2nd Rd, Tue-Thu 11am
losers' prize: $10,000 US; points: 55
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n45 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-5, 6-2 Wed

Serena's backhand drive

    Serena said: "I was playing a player I knew was going to be very difficult to break, so it was really important for me to be super focused on my serve today... I wasn't feeling any nerves today. I felt good. And I felt fine physically." WTA story

*n49 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n5 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Wed

Varvara driving a backhand

    It was Varvara's first win over a top 5 player. Varvara said: "Even though I lost to Agnieszka many times before, I fought until the end, never let go and came out on top." WTA story

    Agnieszka said: "The match was good, and very tight, but I don't think I served well enough today. It was the worst thing for me in the match and didn't help me at all. But overall I felt good on the court. Just the first match is always tricky, and she was a really tough opponent for the first round."

n8 s3 Angelique Kerber GER d n41 Coco Vandeweghe USA 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-2 Thu

Angelique launching a forehand on the run

    Angie said: "The first set was very tough and very close, and I pulled it out in a tie-break. In the second set, I completely lost my rhythm, but I got it back in the third set. It was a tough opener for me, but I'm happy to be in the quarterfinals." WTA story

*n25 wc Venus Williams USA d n10 s4 wc Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-4, 7-6(1) Thu

   
Vika and Venus driving forehands

    Venus said: "Obviously it's always great to get a win against a player like Victoria, because she's a champion, so it feels good. But also she hasn't been playing as much. I think she's still looking for her range. A lot of the time she played some great points but sometimes she had some errors she wasn't expecting, and I think that'll just clear up for her the more matches she plays." WTA story

n11 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n440 q Carol Zhao CAN 6-1, 6-1 Thu

Ana about to slice a backhand

    About playing Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, Ana said: "It's going to be a tough challenge, but at the same time it's a good test, because when you're starting out with a new coach [Dejan Petrovic] it's good for them to see where you're at and what you have to work on." WTA story

n18 s8 Andrea Petkovic GER d n359 q Naomi Osaka JPN 6-2, 6-2 Wed

Andrea after winning a point

    Andrea said: "She's so talented. The forehand is just off the chain, and her first serve also. I think she was serving at 120mph, and at age 16 too. I'm not even serving that hard now, and I'm 26.
    "But I remembered myself when I was 16. You have great shots, but you can lose your focus for a few games, and you make some wrong decisions because you just don't have that experience. I knew if I just played solid it would be tough for her. But I think we're going to be hearing a lot about her."

n28 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n31 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 6-3 Thu

Garbi after match point

    Garbine said: "I played very well the whole match. I've been practicing and playing a lot, so I knew before I came here that my game was in good shape for Stanford." WTA story

*n197 q Sachia Vickery USA d n69 Monica Puig PUR 6(4)-7, 6-2, 6-1 Wed

Sachia after match point

Stanford, QFs, Fri noon
losers' prize: $20,000 US; points: 100
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n11 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB 2-6, 6-3, 7-5

   
Ana and Serena driving backhands

    Serena said: "It wasn't very easy. I tried to do the things I worked on. I'm feeling really good. I'm not out of breath, so 'yeah.'" AP story

n8 s3 Angelique Kerber GER d n28 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-2, 6-1

Angelique launching a backhand

    Angelique said: "It was a very good match for me. I played good, aggressive tennis. I knew before the match it would be a tough one because she hits the ball very fast, so I was just trying to play point by point, and I'm happy about my game today. I'm happy I've been playing some good matches here." WTA story

n18 s8 Andrea Petkovic GER d n25 wc Venus Williams USA 6-1, 3-6, 7-5

       
Venus following a backhand, Andrea driving a forehand, and after match point

    Andrea said: "It was a weird match. At the beginning it was almost no match at all, then all of a sudden [Venus] started playing really well. I played one of my best games at 5-all in the third set when I was serving, and I hit four really good forehands. That gave me confidence for the next game. I just tried to stay focused because it felt like I played four different matches in one." WTA story

    Venus said: "I came close, but [Andrea] was just too good. She's been having a great year and she managed to play those last few games just a little bit better."

n49 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n197 q Sachia Vickery USA 6-1, 6-0

    Varvara said: "I know Sachia well. We've practiced together so many times... I really got ready for it and gave the best tennis I could. I came out as a winner so I'm pretty happy about it. It feels great to reach my first Premier semifinal because I've been putting so much work in."

Stanford, SFs, Sat 3pm & 7pm
losers' prize: $35,000 US; points: 185
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n18 s8 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-5, 6-0

   
Serena and Andrea driving backhands

    Serena said: "Andrea and I both had really long matches yesterday, so I was just hoping to come out again today with fresh legs, and just try to do the best I could out there. My body feels great. I'm just really excited to be in the finals of Stanford again." WTA story

n8 s3 Angelique Kerber GER d n49 Varvara Lepchenko USA 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2

Stanford, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $64,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 US; points: 470
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n8 s3 Angelique Kerber GER 7-6(1), 6-3

   
Angelique and Serena driving backhands

Stanford, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US
s3 Garbine Muguruza & Carla Suarez Navarro d Paula Kania & Katerina Siniakova 6-2, 4-6, (10-5)

Stanford, Qual Finals, Sun Jul 27 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,690 1pt; q2 $3,025 13pts; qualifier 25 points
*n197 Sachia Vickery USA d n103 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-4, 6-1
n185 Paula Kania POL d n1038 Raquel Kops-Jones USA 6-4, 6-1
*n359 Naomi Osaka JPN d n201 Petra Martic CRO 6(4)-7, 6-4, 6-1
n440 Carol Zhao CAN d n336 Marina Shamayko RUS 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

Stanford, Withdrawals
n4 Petra Kvitova CZE right hamstring injury
n15 Sara Errani ITA illness

   
 
Mid-Atlantic Women's Tennis Championships,  Washington, D.C.

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

Washington, D.C., 2012: On Friday, July 27, Michelle Larcher de Brito was looking good after winning her first round qualifying match...
Washington, D.C., 1st Rnd, Sun 2pm Mon-Tue 4pm
loser's prize: $2,220 US; points: 1
*n81 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n17 s1 Lucie Safarova CZE 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tue

Kristina serving

*n107 wc Shelby Rogers USA d n21 s2 Alize Cornet FRA 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 Mon
n20 s3 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n36 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-1, 6-1 Tue
*n51 Christina McHale USA d n22 s4 Sloane Stephens USA 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 Tue
n24 s5 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n122 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n26 s6 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n70 Polona Hercog SLO 6-3, 6-2 Mon
*n39 Kurumi Nara JPN d n27 s7 Madison Keys USA 7-5, 6-3 Mon
n29 s8 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n78 Kiki Bertens NED 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 Mon
n40 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n106 q Olivia Rogowska AUS 6(5)-7, 7-5, 7-5 Tue
n44 Lauren Davis USA d n50 Shuai Peng CHN 1-6, 6-4, 6-2 Mon
*n208 q Hiroko Kuwata JPN d n46 Alison Riske USA 6-0, 7-5 Mon
n47 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n57 Heather Watson GBR 6-3, 1-6, 7-6(3) Mon
n54 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n860 q Tornado Alicia Black USA 6-4, 6-0 Mon
n77 Vania King USA d n220 wc Francoise Abanda CAN 6-2, 6-0 Mon
n82 Marina Erakovic NZL d n94 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*n145 q Taylor Townsend USA d n92 Julia Goerges GER 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Mon

Washington, D.C., 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 2pm
loser's prize: $3,420 US; points: 30
n20 s3 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n44 Lauren Davis USA 6-2, 6-4 Thu
n24 s5 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n208 q Hiroko Kuwata JPN 6-3, 6-3 Thu
n26 s6 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n47 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-4, 7-5 Thu
*n40 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n29 s8 Sorana Cirstea ROU 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 Wed

    Bojana won despite jetlag after playing in the Baku, Azerbaijan final on Sunday. Bojana said: "Sorana is a tough player. You need to be focused, play aggressively and not give her chances because she can always come back. I played well today, especially in the third set." WTA story

n39 Kurumi Nara JPN d n54 Zarina Diyas KAZ 3-6, 6-2, 4-0 retired—right elbow injury Wed
*n77 Vania King USA d n51 Christina McHale USA 6-1, 6-3 Thu
n81 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n145 q Taylor Townsend USA 6-3, 6-4 Wed

Kristina driving a forehand

    Kristina said: "[Taylor] broke me early in both sets, but I kept fighting and came back and played well. I especially served well, which I think was the key."

n82 Marina Erakovic NZL d n107 wc Shelby Rogers USA 6-2, 6-2 Wed

Washington, D.C., QFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $6,200 US; points: 60
n20 s3 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n24 s5 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-6(3), 6-3
n26 s6 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n77 Vania King USA walkover—right hip injury
n39 Kurumi Nara JPN d n81 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-3, 6-1

Kurumi driving a backhand

n82 Marina Erakovic NZL d n40 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 6-4

    Marina said: "Overall it was a really tough match. It was really humid out there and we did a lot of running, and Bojana is a very solid girl. She hits a big ball and it can be really difficult for me to dictate. So I just had to keep fighting out there and take chances whenever the chances came." WTA story

Washington, D.C., SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
*n26 s6 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n20 s3 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-3, 6-2
n39 Kurumi Nara JPN d n82 Marina Erakovic NZL 0-6, 6-4, 6-4

Kurumi driving a forehand

    Marina had won their previous match against each other 6-0, 6-0, and, after winning the 1st set 6-0 again, took a 2-0 lead over Kurumi in the 2nd set. Then, having lost 20 consecutive games to Marina, Kurumi won 12 of the next 20 to take the match.

    Kurumi said: "I was fighting in the first set but it wasn't working, and at the end of the set I was thinking, 'Oh no, the second time it will be 6-0, 6-0,'. But after the first set my coach told me I had to calm down and relax, and move my feet more, and it really helped me today." WTA story

Washington, D.C., Final, Sun 5:15pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n26 s6 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n39 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
Washington, D.C., Doubles Final, Saturday
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s2 Shuko Ayoama & Gabriela Dabrowski d Kurumi Nara & Hiroko Kuwata 6-1, 6-2

Washington, D.C., Qual Finals, Sunday Jul 27 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,285 12pts; qualifier 18 points
*n145 Taylor Townsend USA d n98 Teresa Smitkova CZE 6-3, 6-4
n106 Olivia Rogowska AUS d n203 Gabriela Dabrowski CAN 2-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(5)
n208 Hiroko Kuwata JPN d n284 Stephanie Dubois CAN 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(3)

Hiroko driving a forehand

*n860 Tornado Alicia Black USA d n385 Emily Webley-Smith GBR 6-3, 6-0

Washington, D.C., Withdrawals
n7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN right knee injury
n58 Monica Niculescu ROU right leg injury
n62 Jana Cepelova SVK right shoulder injury


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