2014 WTA Wuhan Open Women's Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)

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  WTA Sep 21-27: Wuhan

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Wuhan Open, Wuhan, Hubei, CHN
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n1 Serena Williams USA
n2 Simona Halep ROU
n3 Petra Kvitova CZE
n4 Maria Sharapova RUS
n5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n8 Angelique Kerber GER
n9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n10 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n11 Jelena Jankovic SRB
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Wuhan:

#7 Eugenie Bouchard
5' 10" 134lb RH 2H-BH
Wuhan:

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


    On Saturday in China, in the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, the 2014 Wimbledon and New Haven champion, 24 year old 3rd seeded #4 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2014 champ at Nuremberg (and Wimbledon finalist), 20 year old 6th seeded #7 (career high: #7) Eugenie Bouchard from Westmount, Canada, 6-3, 6-4 (Genie is shown during the match; Petra is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Petra's prize is $441,000; Genie's prize is $220,200.

    The win gave Petra enough ranking points to clinch a place in the Singapore WTA Finals. Petra said: "We always have great matches, and I wish [Genie] the best of luck for Singapore too. And this was the first tournament ever for Wuhan. It was a great week here." WTA story

    Genie said: "I have to congratulate Petra. She's beaten me in two finals this year, so I will have to figure out what to do to beat her now! I felt like I played really well this week. And the crowd really made me feel at home."

    Petra now leads Genie 3-0 in career matches. Their previous meeting was earlier this year on a chlorophyll court in the final at Wimbledon, when Petra defeated Genie 6-3, 6-0.

    Petra is now 14-4 in WTA singles finals. She has a 37-13 singles match record in 2014. Genie is now 1-3 in WTA singles finals. She has a 44-19 singles match record this season.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Wuhan

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Wuhan Open,  Wuhan, Hubei, China

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

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Wuhan: The main draw for Wuhan 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.
 

  Wuhan Optics Valley International Tennis Center area (new stadium not yet shown)
Latitude: 30.474272 Longitude: 114.411449 goto link for World Wind

Wuhan Open venue address: 666 Gaoxin Avenue, Wuhan, Hubei, China - Telephone 027-87870650

    The Wuhan Open, a new tourney in 2014, has taken over the "Premier 5" WTA tournament franchise previously held by the Tokyo Pan Pacific Open. A new venue, the Wuhan Optics Valley International Tennis Center, has been built for the tournament.

    Wuhan, China, the capital of Hubei province, is the largest city in central China, with over 6 million residents in the urban area. Wuhan is the birthplace of WTA player Li Na, and other notables such as actress Crystal Liu Yifei, who starred in The Forbidden Kingdom (2008) with Jackie Chan and Jet Li.

   
2014: On Monday, September 22, Serena Williams did the autograph thing in Wuhan...
On Tuesday, retirement ceremonies for Wuhan native Li Na were held...
Wuhan, 1st Rd, Sun-Mon 11am
loser's prize: $6,630 US; points: 1
*n27 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB 7-5, 6-5 retired Mon
n11 s10 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n57 Christina McHale USA 6-4, 6-4 Mon
n12 s11 Sara Errani ITA d n46 Heather Watson GBR 7-5, 6-4 Mon

    Sara said: "It was a really tough match. It was very hot today and [Heather] was playing very well. Very good forehand, very good serve, It wasn't easy for me, but I'm happy I could win the match. And even though it was very hot, I like the hot weather, so it was fine...
    "It's very nice here. The tournament has a lot of courts for us to practice on, which is always good for the players, and the hotel is amazing too. We're all really enjoying it here." WTA story

*n29 Madison Keys USA d n13 s12 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 4-6, 6-3 retired Mon
n14 s13 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n39 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 6-2 Sun
*n24 Sabine Lisicki GER d n15 s14 Lucie Safarova CZE 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 Mon
*n91 q Jarmila Gajdosova SVK d n16 s15 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-1, 6-4 Mon
n17 s16 Andrea Petkovic GER d n92 q Donna Vekic CRO 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 Sun
*n48 Caroline Garcia FRA d n18 Venus Williams USA 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6) Sun
n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n259 wc Kai-Lin Zhang CHN 7-5, 6-4 Mon

    Carla said: "It was difficult for me today. I arrived from Tokyo just yesterday, and it's a different place, different court, so it wasn't easy to adjust. Also she was playing really well and the crowd was supporting her a lot, which made it even tougher. But I feel pretty good too."

*n32 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n20 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-4 Mon
*n54 Mona Barthel GER d n21 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 7-6(1) Mon
n22 Alize Cornet FRA d n149 sr Romina Oprandi SUI 6-2, 6-1 Mon
n23 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n36 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-3, 6-2 Sun
n26 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n85 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Mon
n30 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n44 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-5, 7-5 Mon
n31 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n55 D Hantuchova SVK 7-6(5), 7-6(2) Sun
n35 Elina Svitolina UKR d n42 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 6-3 Sun
*n40 q Zarina Diyas KAZ d n37 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-4, 6(1)-7, 6-2 Sun
n38 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n58 LL Annika Beck GER 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n47 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n69 q Francesca Schiavone ITA 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 Sun
n66 Alison Riske USA d n507 wc Shilin Xu CHN 4-6, 6-4, 6-6 retired Sun
n62 q Karin Knapp ITA d n103 q Marina Erakovic NZL 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 Sun
*n71 q Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n67 q Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-1, 7-5 Mon

Wuhan, 2nd Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
losers' prize: $12,900 US; points: 60
*n22 Alize Cornet FRA d n1 s1 Serena Williams USA 5-6 retired—illness Tue
*n26 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n62 q Karin Knapp ITA 6-3, 6-0 Tue

Petra driving a forehand

n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n23 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Mon

Maria driving a backhand

    Maria said: "Svetlana is a very good player, a former Grand Slam champion, and we've had really tough matches in the past. She was a very difficult first opponent for me, so I was happy with the way I played in the second and third sets. I wasn't waiting for her to give me the match. I really stepped up after the first set, and that was really important." WTA story

*n48 Caroline Garcia FRA d n5 s5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(7) Mon

Caroline after match point

    Caroline had defeated former #1 Venus Williams in the 1st round on Sunday.

    Caroline said: "It's a pretty different game playing Venus one day and Radwanska the next day, but I just play the same game from my side. On the court I just always try to play aggressively, no matter who the opponent is in front of me. I really try to believe in myself and believe I can do it. Against players like this, you have to go out there and just believe in yourself." WTA story

    Agnieszka said: "It was a tough match from beginning to end. I was just worse today in those two points in the end... [Caroline] was hitting the ball very hard and serving very well the whole match, especially in the important moments. She kept a really high level. She was just playing really, really well today."

n7 s6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n54 Mona Barthel GER 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Genie driving a forehand

    Genie said: "I made a few too many unforced errors in the first set, and she likes to hit the ball hard, so it was hard to get a rhythm. But I took a step back on the first serve return, was able to get a few more returns in, and started serving a bit better in the second and third sets, so I think those two things helped me out a lot...
    "I really like the surface of the courts here. From my first practice, I loved the feel of the courts. Of course it is a bit humid here in Wuhan, but I am well hydrated and feel great physically on the court. So that's a positive." WTA story

n8 s7 Angelique Kerber GER d n40 q Zarina Diyas KAZ 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 Tue
n9 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(4) Tue

Caroline after winning a point

*n38 C Vandeweghe USA d n11 s10 J Jankovic SRB 1-4 retired—back injury Tue
*n66 Alison Riske USA d n12 s11 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*n71 q Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n14 s13 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*n35 Elina Svitolina UKR d n24 Sabine Lisicki GER 7-6(3), 6-3 Tue
*n32 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n17 s16 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*n30 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 7-6(7), 6(5)-7, 6-1 Tue
*n31 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n29 Madison Keys USA 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n47 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n91 q Jarmila Gajdosova SVK 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 Tue

Wuhan, 3rd Rd, Wed 11am
losers' prize: $25,135 US; points: 105
n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n32 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

    Petra said: "I knew that she has a big serve and that she hits very hard. We play a similar game, but I think that I did a better job in the important points maybe because I have more experience." WTA story

*n71 q Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS 7-6(3), 7-5

Timea after match point

n7 s6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n66 Alison Riske USA 6-2, 6-3

Genie after match point

    Genie said: "It was straight sets, but it was definitely tougher than the score. Alison is a really good player and wasn't giving me many free points. I really had to fight for every single point, and I think the crowd saw that and appreciated our efforts." WTA story

n8 s7 Angelique Kerber GER d n31 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-1, 6-1
n9 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n30 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-3, 6-0

    Caroline has won 24 of her last 29 matches. Caro said: "Whenever you're on a winning streak and have been playing a lot of matches and winning them, I think you make smarter decisions and go for your shots more on important points. I think that's really the difference right now. Whenever I know it's an important point, I feel like I step it up and make the right choices."

n22 Alize Cornet FRA d n47 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3

A post-match selfie from Alize

*n35 Elina Svitolina UKR d n26 Garbine Muguruza ESP walkover—gastroenteritis
*n48 Caroline Garcia FRA d n38 Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-3, 6-2

Wuhan, QFs, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $50,700 US; points: 190
n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n48 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-3, 6-4

    Petra said: "I know Garcia had a great week here, that she beat Venus [Williams] and Aga [Radwanska] 7-6 in the third. You always have to be prepared for a fight. I knew that she can play really well, and that she can serve well and play very aggressively from the baseline, so I knew that I had to be ready for her...

    "It was quite humid and hot today, and I was really sweating a lot, but the court feels faster, which is something that probably suits my game a lot. And I'm serving well, so that's helpful too." WTA story

n7 s6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n22 Alize Cornet FRA 6-3, 7-5

Genie after match point

*n35 Elina Svitolina UKR d n8 s7 Angelique Kerber GER 6-4, 7-6(3)
n9 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n71 q Timea Bacsinszky SUI 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

Wuhan, SFs, Fri 12:30pm
loser's prize: $110,100 US; points: 350
n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n35 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-3, 7-5

Petra driving a backhand

    Petra said: "[Elina] came back at the beginning of the second set and tried to play more aggressively than she did before. After I went up a break I thought it would be enough to just keep holding my serve, but then she broke me, and she was playing very well. She was even leading. But I believed I could break her again and I did it. I'm lucky I was able to do that and that I won in the end. We really fought hard out there. I think we played some great tennis today." WTA story

n7 s6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n9 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-2, 6-3

Genie after match point

    Genie said: "I think I played very aggressively, and it was all about trying to maintain it. Of course I expected some resistance, and she definitely made me fight for every point, but I was happy with the way I was serving and stepping in and the way I kind of regathered by concentration. I feel like I played very, very well, maybe up there with Wimbledon, maybe better." WTA story

Wuhan, Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $220,200 US; points: 585
winner's prize: $441,000 US; points: 900
n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n7 s6 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-3, 6-4

   
Petra driving a backhand, and Genie launching a forehand on the run

Wuhan, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $63,750 US
winners' prize: $126,000 US
s6 Martina Hingis & Flavia Pennetta
    d s8 Cara Black & Caroline Garcia 6-4, 5-7, (12-10)

Wuhan, Qual Finals, Sat Sep 20 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,900 1pt; q2 $3,700 20pts; qualifier 30 points
n40 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n73 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-2, 6-3
*n92 Donna Vekic CRO d n58 Annika Beck GER 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
n62 Karin Knapp ITA d n101 Nicole Gibbs USA 6-4, 6-2
n67 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n222 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
n69 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n79 Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
n71 Timea Bacsinszky SUI d n97 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6-3, 6-3
*n91 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK d n76 Anna Schmiedlova SVK 3-6, 6-1, 6-4
n103 Marina Erakovic NZL d n368 Zhaoxuan Yang CHN 6-3, 6-4

Wuhan, Withdrawals
n6 Na Li CHN retirement due to knee injuries
n25 wc Victoria Azarenka BLR done for year, right foot injury
n28 Sloane Stephens USA
n43 Varvara Lepchenko USA
n45 Kaia Kanepi EST
n51 Lauren Davis USA
n52 Elena Vesnina RUS


    (September 19, 2014) Australian Open champion and former WTA #2 Li Na has retired from professional tennis due to knee problems that have troubled her intermittently for years. Na said: "After four knee surgeries and hundreds of shots injected into my knee weekly to alleviate swelling and pain, my body is begging me to stop the pounding. My previous three surgeries were on my right knee. My most recent knee surgery took place this July and was on my left knee. After a few weeks of post-surgery recovery, I tried to go through all the necessary steps to get back on the court. While I've come back from surgery in the past, this time it felt different. One of my goals was to recover as fast as I could in order to be ready for the first WTA tournament in my hometown of Wuhan. As hard as I tried to get back to being 100%, my body kept telling me that, at 32, I will not be able to compete at the top level ever again. The sport is just too competitive, too good, to not be 100%."

    Na finishes her career with 9 WTA singles titles, a 503-188 career singles match record, and $16,709,074 in prize money. Open Letter from Li Na Announcing her Retirement - Li Na at Facebook

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