2015 WTA Gastein Ladies & Istanbul Cup Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    

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  WTA July 20-26: Istanbul & Bad Gastein

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n15 V Williams, n17 E Svitolina
n25 J Jankovic, n28 A Cornet

Gastein Ladies, AUT INTL
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n20 S Errani, n23 S Stosur
n43 K Knapp, n50 C Witthoeft
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Istanbul:

#68 Lesia Tsurenko right
5' 9" 148lb RH 2H-BH
Bad Gastein:

#23 Samantha Stosur
5' 7¾" 143lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday in Turkey, in the final of the Istanbul Cup, 26 year old #68 (career high: #55) Lesia Tsurenko from Kiev, Ukraine, won her first WTA singles title by defeating 24 year old #100 (career high: #29) Urszula Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, 7-5, 6-1 (photo shown).

    Lesia's prize is $43,000; Urszula's prize is $21,400.

    Lesia said: "When I saw the draw it looked tough, but I believe that if you go to a tournament you can win it. You have to think like this. And I'm so happy I could win here and show good tennis. That's my goal, getting good results and showing good tennis." WTA story

    Lesia and Urszula had met only once before, in 2012 on a Plexipave hardcourt in the 1st round of qualifying at Doha, when Urszula defeated Lesia 6-2, 1-0 retired.

    Lesia was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has also won 6 ITF singles titles. Her singles match record this season is now 22-13. Urszula is now 0-2 in WTA singles finals. She has won 4 ITF singles titles. Her singles match record this year is now 31-18.

    Meanwhile at Bad Gastein, Austria, in the final of the Nurnberger Gastein Ladies, the 2015 champ at Strasbourg (and the 2011 US Open champion), 31 year old 2nd seeded #23 (career high: #4) Samantha Stosur from Gold Coast, Australia, defeated the 2014 champion at Tashkent, 27 year old 3rd seeded #43 (career high: #35) Karin Knapp from Lutago, Italy, 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2 (photo shown).

    Samantha's prize is $43,000; Karin's prize is $21,400.

    Samantha said: "It was a very hard match today. I was getting completely outplayed in that first set, and even though [Karin] was up in the second set too, I started to feel like I was doing a little better. Obviously she served for the match but I hung in there, got that set then played better and better from there." WTA story

    Due to rain, Karin had to play her semifinal on Sunday before the final. Karin said: "It wasn't easy to play five hours today but I was really fighting. I just missed some chances, and [Samantha] used hers. It was a great week, though. I'm looking forward to the next tournaments."

    Samantha is now 7-14 in WTA singles finals. Her singles match record this season is now 22-16. Karin is now 2-2 in WTA singles finals. Her 2015 singles match record is now 16-16.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Istanbul & Bad Gastein
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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Istanbul Cup,  Istanbul, Turkey

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +3 hours
       = US EDT +7 hours
       = US PDT +10 hours

Turkey News


    Istanbul: 32-player The main draw for Istanbul has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

ENKA Sadi Gülçelik Sports Center Latitude: 41.113245 Longitude: 29.036736

    Istanbul Cup venue address: ENKA Arena, ENKA Sadi Gülçelik Spor Tesisleri, Istinye Bayırı Cad., Istinye/Sarıyer/ISTANBUL

    The 2011-2013 WTA Championships were held at the Istanbul Ataköy Sinan Erdem Sports Center, which was built for the 2010 World Basketball Championships.


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2010: On Sunday, July 25, defending Istanbul champ Vera Dushevina played tennis and posed for pics in the garden of Topkapi Palace with Andrea Petkovic, French Open champ Francesca Schiavone, and WTA CEO Stacy Allaster... Francesca also met the press at tourney ceremonies on Sunday...
row 2: Good looking healthy young ladies at the players party on Wednesday included Patty Schnyder, Elena Vesnina, Andrea Petkovic and Sorana Cirstea...
Istanbul, 1st Round, Mon-Wed 1pm
loser's prize: $2,100 US; points: 1
*n120 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d n15 s1 Venus Williams USA 6-4, 7-6(4) Tue

    Venus said: "I gave my best efforts today. Your first match is never perfect. She's played matches in the qualications and just never missed today, making great shots all game long...
    "I'm really sad. I came here to play and to win but I ran into an opponent that was just too hot today. On a day like today I'm upset. It's normal, it's human. I calm myself down and focus and come back." WTA story

*n49 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n17 s2 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-1, 6-3 Mon
*n100 Urszula Radwanska POL d n25 s3 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 Tue

    Jelena said: "It was a hard match and it was my first on hardcourts since the grass season. I had problems with my timing, the ball was light and really flying. I tried to come back but just couldn't do it today. My opponent was just so solid, and I just made too many unforced errors."

n28 s4 wc Alize Cornet FRA d n93 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-3, 7-5 Tue
n31 s5 Camila Giorgi ITA d n56 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-5, 5-7, 7-6(4) Tue
*n68 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n39 s6 Daria Gavrilova RUS 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3 Mon
*n45 Roberta Vinci ITA d n40 s7 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-2, 6-1 Mon
n42 s8 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n114 q M Gasparyan RUS 0-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(3) Tue
n52 Mona Barthel GER d n285 q Olga Savchuk UKR 6-3, 7-5 Wed
n58 Kurumi Nara JPN d n73 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS 6-4, 7-6(7) Tue
n63 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n109 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 Mon
n64 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n145 wc Cagla Buyukakcay TUR 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tue
n77 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n96 Sesil Karatantcheva BUL 6-0, 6-1 Tue
n102 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n130 q Jelena Ostapenko LAT 6-2, 6-0 Tue
*n138 q Alexandra Panova RUS d n104 Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 Tue
*n191 wc Ipek Soylu TUR d n134 q Anna Tatishvili USA 5-7, 7-5, 2-0 retired Tue

Istanbul, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 3pm
loser's prize: $3,400 US; points: 30
*n102 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n28 s4 wc Alize Cornet FRA 2-6, 6-1, 6-2 Thu
*n77 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n31 s5 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-4, 7-6(6) Thu
n42 s8 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n58 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 Thu
n45 Roberta Vinci ITA v n138 q Alexandra Panova RUS 7-6(3), 6-3 Wed

    Roberta said: "Well, of course I'm happy, it was a tough match, tough conditions. It's not easy to play today, half court with sun, half without. I didn't play my best today as I was a bit tired and nervous. I was 5-1 had match point, but made so many mistakes and she started to come back, but luckily I won the match when I served for it a second time."

n49 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n191 wc Ipek Soylu TUR 6-0, 6-0 Wed
*n120 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d n52 Mona Barthel GER 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Thu
*n100 Urszula Radwanska POL d n63 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-3, 6-2 Wed

    Urszula said: "I played aggressive and just focused more on my game. The score wasn't accurate. When we've played before it's been three sets most times and it was close today too.
    "Lots of the top seeds are out, but you have to be focused and fight during every match. I'm not thinking about the final, just the quarterfinals for now." WTA story

*n68 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n64 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-1, 6-1 Wed

Istanbul, QFs, Fri 3pm
loser's prize: $6,175 US; points: 60
*n100 Urszula Radwanska POL d n42 s8 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(5)
*n49 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n45 Roberta Vinci ITA 0-6, 7-5, 6-2
n68 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n120 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 7-6(13), 7-5
*n102 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n77 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-2, 6-4

Istanbul, SFs, Sat 4pm
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
*n100 Urszula Radwanska POL d n49 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
n68 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n102 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-4, 6-2

Istanbul, Final, Sun 5pm
loser's prize: $43,000 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $21,400 US; points: 280
n68 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n100 Urszula Radwanska POL 7-5, 6-1
Istanbul, Doubles Final Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
Daria Gavrilova & Elina Svitolina d Cagla Buyukakcay & Jelena Jankovic 5-7, 6-1, (10-4)

Istanbul, Qual Finals, Mon Jul 20 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $600 1pts; q2 $1,020 12pts; qualifier 18 points
n114 Margarita Gasparyan RUS d n153 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 7-5, 6-1
n120 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d n596 Nastassja Burnett ITA 3-6, 6-3, 6-0
*n134 Anna Tatishvili USA d n129 Lin Zhu CHN 6-2, 6-2
n130 Jelena Ostapenko LAT d n473 Melis Sezer TUR 6-2, 6-2
n138 Alexandra Panova RUS d n844 Berfu Cengiz TUR 6-1, 6-3
n285 Olga Savchuk UKR d n642 Sara Tomic AUS 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Istanbul, Withdrawals
n21 Belinda Bencic SUI right thigh injury
n27 Flavia Pennetta ITA injury
n35 Kristina Mladenovic FRA low back injury
n41 Monica Niculescu ROU
n46 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU right knee injury
 
Gastein Ladies,  Bad Gastein, Austria

 
tourney time:
       = GMT +2 hours
       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

Austria News


    Bad Gastein: The 32-player main draw for Bad Gastein has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes.
    There are 6 qualifiers and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.
 

click for broader view   Hotel Europäischer Hof, Bad Gastein, Austria
Latitude: 47.130119 Longitude: 13.137428 goto link for World Wind

The Gastein Valley is a skiing area about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Salzburg; Bad Gastein is at an altitude of 1000 meters, and is near Stubnerkogel, 2246 meters. The Gastein tourney was new in 2007.
    Venue address: Hotel Europäischer Hof, Miesbichlstraße 20, A-5640 Bad Gastein


   
2015: On July 21, young ladies looking good at the Gastein player's party included Klara Koukalova (shown at "Hammer Time") and Tamira Paszek...
Bad Gastein, 1st Rnd, Mon-Wed 10am
loser's prize: $2,100 US; points: 1
Monday: rain stopped play
n20 s1 Sara Errani ITA d n122 q Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR 6-4, 6-4 Wed

    Sara said: "It's never easy to play here. The altitude makes it very different and the ball is flying, which I didn't have much time to practice, and she was playing great. It was not easy to play for me."

n23 s2 Samantha Stosur AUS d n203 q Anastasija Sevastova LAT 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 Tue

Samantha volleying a backhand

n43 s3 Karin Knapp ITA d n252 wc Tamira Paszek AUT 6-0, 6(5)-7, 7-6(6) Tue
*n79 Denisa Allertova CZE d n50 s4 C Witthoeft GER 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 Mon-rain-Tue
n55 s5 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n80 Lara Aruabarrena ESP 6-4, 6-1 Tue
n57 s6 Julia Goerges GER d n135 LL Risa Ozaki JPN 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Julia driving a backhand

n60 s7 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK d n208 wc P Mayr-Achleitner AUT 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 Wed

Anna serving

*n90 Danka Kovinic MNE d n65 s8 Katerina Siniakova CZE 6-4, 6-4 Mon
*n156 q Daria Kasatkina RUS d n67 Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-3, 6-1 Tue
n71 Annika Beck GER d n83 Teliana Pereira BRA 5-2 retired Tue

Annika's forehand drive

n72 Johanna Larsson SWE d n107 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-2, 6-2 Wed
*n105 Klara Koukalova CZE d n76 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 1-6, 0-4 retired—ankle injury Mon
n78 Andreea Mitu ROU d n303 wc Barbara Haas AUT 6-1, 6(5)-7, 7-6(5) Tue

Andreea ready to swat a forehand

*n87 Polona Hercog SLO d n82 Timea Babos HUN 6-4, 6-2 Tue
n115 LL Richel Hogenkamp NED d n141 q Petra Martic CRO 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n139 q Maryna Zanevska UKR d n204 q Ana Bogdan ROU 6-4, 6-2 Tue

Bad Gastein, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $3,400 US; points: 30
n20 s1 Sara Errani ITA d n139 q Maryna Zanevska UKR 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Thu
n23 s2 Samantha Stosur AUS d n105 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-1, 6-0 Wed

Samantha fielding a forehand

    Samantha said: "I guess the score looked pretty easy, but you never can let up in matches even if you feel like you're going really comfortably. I've been in enough matches where it's turned around to know that you have to stay concentrated and keep doing all the right things to make sure you finish it off." WTA story

n43 s3 Karin Knapp ITA d n72 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 6-3 ppd-Fri
*n87 Polona Hercog SLO d n55 s5 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-3, 6-1 Wed
*n156 q Daria Kasatkina RUS d n57 s6 Julia Goerges GER 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 Thu

Daria driving a backhand

n60 s7 Anna K Schmiedlova SVK d n78 Andreea Mitu ROU 6-1, retired Thu
n71 Annika Beck GER d n79 Denisa Allertova CZE 6-2, 6-3 Wed
n90 Danka Kovinic MNE d n115 LL Richel Hogenkamp NED 6-3, 6-1 Wed

Bad Gastein, QFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $6,175 US; points: 60
n20 s1 Sara Errani ITA d n156 q Daria Kasatkina RUS 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
n23 s2 Samantha Stosur AUS d n90 Danka Kovinic MNE 6-3, 6-2

Samantha ready to slice a backhand

    Samantha said: "I feel like today was definitely the best I've hit the ball and played all week. It's a good thing going into the semifinals. The conditions can help my second serve. The altitude makes the ball bounce very high, and I think my opponents are finding it difficult to control that. So if I can keep starting points like that, on my terms, that's definitely the way I want to be playing. To go through a match not facing a break point, it definitely shows I'm serving well." WTA story

n43 s3 Karin Knapp ITA d n87 Polona Hercog SLO 7-6(5), 7-5
n60 s7 Anna K Schmiedlova SVK d n71 Annika Beck GER 6-2, 6-3

Anna window shopping at Bad Gastein

    It was Anna's 8th straight match win. Anna said: "I'm feeling great. I really like it here. It's been a good few weeks for me, and I was really happy with the way I played today as well. I'm looking forward to the semifinals now."

Bad Gastein, SFs, Sat 1:30pm
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
Saturday: rain delayed start of play
*n43 s3 Karin Knapp ITA d n20 s1 Sara Errani ITA 7-6(4), 4-6, 7-5 rain-ppd-Sun
n23 s2 Samantha Stosur AUS d n60 s7 Anna K Schmiedlova SVK 6-1, 7-5

Samantha volleying a backhand

    Samantha said: "It wasn't ideal conditions today. It was obviously tricky when we walked out and then had to go back inside a little while because of the rain, and the court was a little bit slippery, too. But they did a great job to make it playable, and it was nice that the rain stayed away so we could play the match in the end. It ended up being a very good match and I'm very happy to be in the final." WTA story

Bad Gastein, Final, Sun 1:30pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n23 s2 Samantha Stosur AUS d n43 s3 Karin Knapp ITA 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-2
Bad Gastein, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
Danka Kovinic & Stephanie Vogt d s1 Lara Arruabarrena & Lucie Hradecka 4-6, 6-4, (10-3)

Bad Gastein, Qual Finals, Mon Jun 20 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $600 1pts; q2 $1,020 12pts; qualifier 18 points
*n156 Daria Kasatkina RUS d n115 Richel Hogenkamp NED 6-1, 6-1
n122 Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR d n175 Marina Melnikova RUS 6-1, 7-6(4)
*n203 Anastasija Sevastova LAT d n135 Risa Ozaki JPN 6-4, 6-2
n139 Maryna Zanevska UKR d n205 Katarzyna Piter POL 6-2, 6-4
n141 Petra Martic CRO d n207 Tereza Martincova CZE 6-4, 7-5
*n204 Ana Bogdan ROU d n169 Katerina Stewart USA 6-1, 7-6(5)

Bad Gastein, Withdrawals
n59 Christina McHale USA right shoulder injury
n62 Tatjana Maria GER
n86 Kaia Kanepi EST illness
n94 Tereza Smitkova CZE illness
m98 Jana Cepelova SVK

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