2014 Sydney Apia International & Hobart Morilla International Women's Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)

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Apia Int'l, Sydney, AUS
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n5 A Radwanska, n6 P Kvitova
n7 S Errani, n8 J Jankovic

Moorilla Int'l, Hobart, Tasmania, AUS
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n18 S Stosur, n20 K Flipkens
n25 E Vesnina, n26 A Pavlyuchenkova
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Sydney:

#108 Tsvetana Pironkova
5'11" 143lb RH 2H-BH
Hobart:

#63 Garbine Muguruza
6' 0" 161lb RH 2H-BH


    On Friday in Australia, in the final of the Sydney International, a 2010 Wimbledon semifinalist (and 2011 quarterfinalist), 26 year old qualifier #108 (career high: #32) Tsvetana Pironkova from Plovdiv, Bulgaria, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2013 Linz champion, 25 year old 5th seeded #9 (career high: #5) Angelique Kerber from Kiel, Germany, 6-4, 6-4 (Tsveti is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Tsveti said: "I didn't really do anything that special tonight compared to the previous matches. I just kept the same level. I was just trying to keep the ball in the court as much as possible and as strong as possible, and when I got my chances I was trying to make winners. That's it, really."

    Tsvetana won only 11 matches all of last season. She is 9-1 in matches this year, with eight wins in a row at Sydney (3 qualy, 5 MD). Three of her wins at Sydney were over players ranked in the top 10. It is the first time that a qualifier has ever won (or even reached the final) of the Sydney tournament. The last qualifier to win any WTA Premier level title was Ekaterina Makarova at Eastbourne in 2010.

    Tsveti said: "When I think about what I've been through, not only last season but throughout my career, it hasn't been easy for me. Winning a WTA title is something I've been waiting for so long and something that I've missed so much. Now that I finally have it, it's all surreal. I still cannot believe it, honestly." WTA story

    Tsveti now leads Angelique 2-1 in career matches.. Their previous meeting was in 2012 on a Plexipave hardcourt in the 2nd round at Doha, when Tsvetana defeated Angelique 6-4, 6-1.

    Tsvetana was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has a 9-1 singles match record in 2014.

    Angelique is now 3-6 in WTA singles finals; all of her titles were won indoors. Angelique has a 6-2 singles match record so far this season.

    On Saturday in Tasmania, in the final of the Hobart International, 20 year old qualifier #63 (career high: #53) Garbine Muguruza from Barcelona, Spain defeated the 2013 finalist at Shenzhen (and 2005 champ at Portoroz & 's-Hertogenbosch), 31 year old 7th seeded #35 (career high: #21) Klara (Koukalova) Zakopalova from Prague, Czech Republic, (Garbine is shown holding the woodwork after the match).

    Garbine said: "I didn't expect to win a lot of matches in the second tournament of the year, but I knew that I'd just worked so hard before. When I was at home I was thinking to myself, 'If I go to the tournament I'm going to fight so much,' and that's what I did. I was like a big bull out there." WTA story

    Klara and Garbine had met only once before, in 2012 on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 1st round at Seoul, when Klara defeated Garbine 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(1).

    Garbine was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won one WTA doubles title, last year at Hobart (partnered with Torro-Flor). Garbine now has an 10-1 singles match record in 2014.

    Klara is now 2-11 in WTA singles finals; both her titles came in 2005, at Portoroz and 's-Hertogenbosch. Klara has a 5-2 singles match record so far this year.

    After her loss in singles, Klara returned to the court and, partnered with Monica Niculescu, won the doubles title, defeating Lisa Raymond & Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6(5)-7 (10-8).

WTA SCOREBOARD: Sydney & Hobart

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Medibank International,  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +11 hours
       = US EDT +16 hours
       = US PDT +19 hours

Australia News


    Sydney: The main draw for Sydney has 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes.
    There are 6 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Friday, qualifying finals are on Sunday.
 

click for broader view   Int'l Tennis Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, AUS
Latitude: -33.854985 Longitude: 151.072665

       
2014: Young ladies looking good at the player party in Sydney on Sunday included
Jarmila Gajdosova, Genie Bouchard, Aga Radwanska, Caro Wozniacki, and Jelena Jankovic...
Sydney, 1st Rd, Sun-Mon 11am
losers' prize: $5,385 US; points: 1
n7 s3 Sara Errani ITA d n14 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-4, 6-2 Sun
*n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n8 s4 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Ekaterina driving a backhand

    Ekaterina said: "We played in Cincinnati not a long time ago and it was a really tough match, and I lost against [Jelena] in three sets. Then I got injured and didn't play anything after the US Open, so it was tough to start again against such a great player.
    "The wind made things not that comfortable, but I just really focused on every point because I know she's the sort of player who doesn't miss easy shots. I went on the court reminding myself that it would be a long match, and I'd have to be very solid." WTA story

n9 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n23 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-6(5), 7-5 Mon

Angelique following a backhand

n10 s6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n72 LL Julia Goerges GER 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Mon

Caro after winning a point

    Caroline said: "[Julia] was hitting winners from the forehand, from the backhand, and I needed some time just to get into the match. I'm really pleased about the way I fought out there. Maybe wasn't the prettiest match, but I was fighting. It's always tough in the beginning of the year."

*n38 Madison Keys USA d n11 s7 Simona Halep ROU 6-1, 6-4 Sun

Madison serving

    Madison reached the quarterfinals at Sydney in 2013, with wins over Lucie Safarova ahd Zheng Jie.

    Madison said: "[I'm] really happy I’ve picked up from last year and started playing well. [Simona] fought to the very end. I was really just trying to focus on playing well and doing what I do well, and I think I did a pretty good." tourney story

n17 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n62 q Paula Ormaechea ARG 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 Mon
*n54 LL Varvara Lepchenko USA d n21 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 Mon

Varvara driving a forehand

*n108 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n22 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-4, 6-1 Mon
*n66 q Christina McHale USA d n27 Alize Cornet FRA 6(4)-7, 6-2, 7-5 Mon

Christina's forehand drive

n29 Lucie Safarova CZE d n39 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 6-4 Mon

Lucie driving a backhand

n30 Kaia Kanepi EST d n169 q Victoria Duval USA 6-1, 6-3 Mon
*n48 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n32 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-4, 6-3 Mon
*n73 wc Ajla Tomljanovic SRB d n33 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 7-5 Sun

Ajla following a forehand

*n70 q Lauren Davis USA d n238 wc Jarmila Gajdosova SVK 6-4, 7-6(8) Mon

Lauren after match point

Sydney, 2nd Rd, Tue 11am
losers' prize: $9,700 US; points: 55
*n48 q B Mattek-Sands USA d n5 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 7-5, 6-2

Bethanie following a forehand

n6 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n66 q Christina McHale USA 6-1, 6-0

Petra following a backhand

n7 s3 Sara Errani ITA d n70 q Lauren Davis USA 7-5, 6-2
n9 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n30 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-3, 6-4

Angelique driving a backhand

*n29 Lucie Safarova CZE d n10 s6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 7-6(7)

Lucie after match point

n17 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 7-6(4), 6-3
n38 Madison Keys USA d n73 wc Ajla Tomljanovic SRB 6-0, 3-6, 7-6(3)
*n108 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n54 LL Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 6-2

Sydney, QFs, Wed 11am
losers' prize: $18,220 US; points: 100
n6 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n29 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-6(4), 6-2

Petra's forehand drive

    Petra said: "Lucie's a good friend of mine - we know each other very well on and off of the court because we practiced a lot together in Prostejov and on the Fed Cup team. So I know exactly how she can play, and I knew what she would try, and I just tried to do my best out there.
    "My serve was great today. It helped me a lot. The first set was really good tennis from both of us, and then when I broke her in the second set I felt more up, so I just tried to keep my serve from there." WTA story

*n108 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n7 s3 Sara Errani ITA 7-6(2), 6-3

   
Tsvetana driving a forehand, and after match point

    Tsvetana won only 11 matches all of last season. She is 7-1 in matches this year, with six wins in a row at Sydney (3 qualy, 3 MD).

    Tsveti said: "I definitely felt good out there. This result actually makes me very happy considering the results I had last year. This actually shows that I did a good job in the off-season.
    "Last year was very disappointing if you exclude Wimbledon and a couple of quarterfinals. What happened? I really don't know... I think I'm just taking things easier now. I feel more relaxed and I enjoy playing."

n9 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n17 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-2, 6-4

Angelique fielding a backhand

    Angelique said: "It was not easy... [Carla is] a great player and I tried to be focused from the first point... I think I was playing very well tonight, and I'm looking forward to tomorrow." WTA story

n38 Madison Keys USA d n48 q B Mattek-Sands USA 3-2 retired

Sydney, SFs, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $33,865 US; points: 185
*n108 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n6 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-4, 6-3

           
Tsvetana serving, Petra driving a forehand, Tsveti following a backhand, and after match point

    The win put Tsvetana into her first WTA singles final. It is also the first time that a qualifier has ever reached the final of the Sydney tournament.

    Petra said: "[Tsvetana] moved well on the court and was very consistent. It was tough for me to hit winners because she moved so well. She also served well and returned my serve pretty well."

    Tsveti said: "Of course I got nervous at the end, but I was trying to cope with it. I feel incredibly happy right now. At the same time, I'm trying to stay grounded and focused for the next match, which is obviously the most important match of the week. So I can't wait." WTA story

n9 s5 Angelique Kerber GER d n38 Madison Keys USA 6-4, 6-2

   
Madison driving a forehand, and Angelique following one

    Angelique said: "I was just trying to focus on my game plan, trying to play point by point in the important moments, and it worked in the end. [Madison is] a talented player, and I knew this before the match because I had a tough match last year at Melbourne against her."

Sydney, Final, Fri 7:30pm
loser's prize: $64,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 US; points: 470
*n108 q Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n9 s5 Angelique Kerber GER 6-4, 6-4

       
Angelique and Tsvetana launching flying forehands, and Tsveti after match point

Sydney, Doubles Final, Fri
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US
Lucie Safarova & Timea Babos d s1 Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci 7-5, 3-6, (10-7)

Sydney, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 5 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $635 1pt; q2 $1,010 13pts; q3 $2,210 18pts; qualifier 25 points
n48 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n72 Julia Goerges GER 3-2 retired
*n169 Victoria Duval USA d n54 Varvara Lepchenko USA 7-5, 7-5
n62 Paula Ormaechea ARG d n83 Anna Schmiedlova SVK 7-6(2), 6-1
n66 Christina McHale USA d n79 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-3, 6-4
n70 Lauren Davis USA d n80 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 7-6(6), 6-3
*n108 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n77 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6(4)-7, 6-3

Sydney, Withdrawals
n12 s8 Sloane Stephens USA wrist injury
n28 Jamie Hampton USA right hip injury

 
Morilla International,  Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +11 hours
       = US EDT +16 hours
       = US PDT +19 hours

Australia News


    Hobart: The main draw for Hobart has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Friday, qualifying finals are on Sunday.
 

click for broader view   Hobart, Tasmania, AUS Hobart Map
Latitude: -42.873719 Longitude: 147.32908

2013: Sloane Stephens posed for pics at St. David's Park on Wednesday...
Hobart, 1st Rd, Sun 10am, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $1,925 US; points: 1
Monday: rain delays
n18 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS d n150 q M Brengle USA 6(4)-7, 6-1, 7-6(5) Mon

Samantha driving a forehand

    Samantha said: "I'm very happy to win the match and get into the second round. It was tough not winning a match at Hopman Cup. So to come here and get through one this hard, I'm very pleased.
    "It wasn't easy conditions, but everybody's got to play in them. It's cold, it's windy. We all try to do our best every single time." WTA story

n20 s2 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n46 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n25 s3 Elena Vesnina RUS d n56 Monica Puig PUR 6-4, 6-4 Mon-rain-Tue

Elena watching her forehand fly

*n57 Alison Riske USA d n26 s4 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-3, 6-2 Mon

Alison following a forehand

n34 s6 Mona Barthel GER d n45 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-4, 6-3 Sun
n35 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n49 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 7-5, 6-2 Mon
n36 s8 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n58 Annika Beck GER 7-5, 6-3 Mon
*n59 Monica Niculescu ROU d n37 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-2, 6-0 Mon
*n115 q Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n41 Karin Knapp ITA 7-5, 6-4 Mon
*n245 wc Storm Sanders AUS d n42 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 6-2 ppd-Tue

Storm after match point

*n51 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n44 Laura Robson GBR 4-6, 2-0 retired—wrist injury Mon
n52 Shuai Zhang CHN d n53 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-1 Mon

Shuai's forehand drive

n55 Kristen Mladenovic FRA d n82 LL S Soler Espinosa ESP 6(7)-7, 6-4, 6-4 Mon
*n175 wc Olivia Rogowska AUS d n61 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 7-6(5), 6-1 Mon
n63 q Garbine Muguruza ESP d n143 An-Sophie Mestach BEL 6-1, 6-1 Mon
n142 wc Casey Dellacqua AUS d n112 q Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6-4, 6-4 Mon

    Casey said: "It's never easy playing qualifiers because they've had three matches, so I had to be ready for this match today. Pretty much the whole match I felt really good with where I was at. She brought a good level in patches, so I'm just happy to get that win today."

Hobart, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 10:30am
loser's prize: $3,310 US; points: 30
n18 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS d n55 Kristen Mladenovic FRA 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(7) Wed
n20 s2 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n245 wc Storm Sanders AUS 4-6, 7-6(3), 7-6(5) Wed
*n115 q E Cabeza Candela ESP d n25 s3 Elena Vesnina RUS 4-6, 6-2, 4-1 retired—left hip injury Wed
*n59 Monica Niculescu ROU d n34 s6 Mona Barthel GER 7-6(5), 6-1 Wed
n35 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n52 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-1, 6-2 Wed
n36 s8 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n175 wc Olivia Rogowska AUS 3-6, 6-2, 6-0
*n63 q Garbine Muguruza ESP d n51 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 4-1 retired Wed
n57 Alison Riske USA d n142 wc Casey Dellacqua AUS 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 Tue

Hobart, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $5,900 US; points: 60
n18 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS d n36 s8 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-3, 6-2

Samantha playing Meet the Press after the match

    Samantha said: "It's just nice to know that you've been able to finish a match off and play well from start to finish rather than... having a bit of a dip and going a bit up and down." WTA story

*n63 q Garbine Muguruza ESP d n20 s2 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-4, 6-3

Garbine after winning a point

n35 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n57 Alison Riske USA 6-4, 7-5

Klara alerting the media

*n115 q Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n59 M Niculescu ROU 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4

Estrella following a backhand

Hobart, SFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $11,300 US; points: 110
n35 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n18 s1 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-3, 6-2

Klara's forehand drive

    Klara said: "I'm so happy I beat a player like Sammy. She's a Grand Slam champion, so for me it's a big victory here. I was leading 2-0 in the first set very fast and then it got to 2-all, but I just said to myself to keep going for every point. It was a tough draw and I knew she'd have the crowd behind her but I just knew I had to give 100% and we would see if it was enough or not." WTA story

n63 q Garbine Muguruza ESP d n115 q E Cabeza Candela ESP 6-0, 6-1

   
Garbine driving a forehand, and after match point

Hobart, Final, Sat noon
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
*n63 q Garbine Muguruza ESP d n35 s7 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-4, 6-0

       
Garbine and Klara driving forehand and backhand, and Garbine after match point

Hobart, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
Klara Zakopalova & Monica Niculescu d s2 Lisa Raymond & Shuai Zhang 6-2, 6(5)-7 (10-8)

Hobart, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 6 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $530 1pt; q2 $730 10pts; q3 $1,005 14pts; qualifier 18 points
n63 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n1068 Naiktha Bains AUS 6-1, 6-0
*n115 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n82 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 4-6, 7-5, 6-4
n112 Alison van Uytvanck BEL d n143 An-Sophie Mestach BEL 6-4, 6-2
n150 Madison Brengle USA d n199 Sachia Vickery USA 6-4, 6-3

Hobart, Withdrawals
n47 Venus Williams USA
n50 Stefanie Voegele SUI


    The Morilla International, which had a Friday evening final for several years, changed back to a Saturday afternoon final in 2010. tourney story

    (Jan 4, 2007) Both tourneys this week used the new WTA drawsheet form, which is not improved over the previous form in any way whatsoever, and is in fact much worse. Rankings are displayed only for the seeded players, and are not shown for the rest of the draw (the old form displayed the rankings of all participants). Why would we not want to know the player's rankings?

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