2015 WTA Wuhan Open & Tashkent Open Women's Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)


  WTA Sep 26-Oct 3: Wuhan & Tashkent

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Wuhan Open, Wuhan, Hubei, CHN
PREMIER 5 $2,513,000 56m/32q/28d
outdoor: hard
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n2 S Halep, n3 M Sharapova
n4 P Kvitova, n6 C Wozniacki

Tashkent Open, UZB INTL $250,000
32m/16q/16d outdoor: hard Plexipave
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draws: WTA: Q - main - D - OOP
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n43 A Beck, n55 C Witthoeft
n60 P Hercog, n62 J Larsson
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#119 Nao Hibino
?' ?" ?lb RH 2H-BH

#24 Venus Williams
6' 1" 160lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday at Wuhan, China, in the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, the 2015 champ at Auckland, 35 year old #24 (and former #1) Venus Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, defeated the 2015 Wimbledon finalist (and the 2014 champion at Hobart, Tasmania), 21 year old 5th seeded #8 (career high: #8) Garbine Muguruza from Barcelona, Spain, 6-3, 3-0 retired when Garbine could not continue due to a left ankle injury (Venus is shown holding the hardware after the match).

    Venus's prize is $456,000; Garbine's prize is $227,700.

    Venus said: "Congratulations Garbine for making the final. I know you had a tough match yesterday. It's not easy when you don't play your best, and I probably didn't have a chance if you felt well." WTA story

    Garbi said: "I'm very sorry I had to retire today... I really want to congratulate Venus. She's always such a tough player and she had an amazing week, as well."

    Venus now leads Garbi 3-0 in career matches. Their previous meeting was last year on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the quarterfinals at Auckland, when Venus defeated Garbine 6-3, 6-3.

    Venus is now 47-30 in WTA singles finals; she has a 34-11 singles match record this season. Garbine is now 1-3 in WTA singles finals. Her singles record in 2015 is 33-18.

    On Saturday in Uzbekistan, in the final of the Tashkent Open, 20 year old #119 (career high: #117) Nao Hibino of Japan defeated the 2014 champion at Kuala Lumpur, 19 year old #131 (career high: #62) Donna Vekic of Croatia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-2, 6-2 (photo shown).

    Nao's prize is $43,000; Donna's prize is $21,400.

    Nao said: "I didn't expect this result at the beginning of the week. I can't believe it. I was just focusing on my service games against all of my opponents, and trying not to get broken, playing aggressive and not changing my game from the first round to here, so I'm just really happy with the result." WTA story

    Donna said: "I couldn't do anything, [Nao] was just playing really well. She was very solid and getting all the balls back. I tried to break her rhythm, but I couldn't. She played a great match."

    Nao and Donna had never before met on the field of combat (pro singles).

    Nao was playing in her first WTA singles final; she has won 7 ITF singles titles. Nao now has a 48-20 singles match record this season. Donna is now 1-3 in WTA singles finals. Her singles match record in 2015 is 20-23.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Wuhan & Tashkent

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Wuhan Open,  Wuhan, Hubei, China

tourney time:
       = GMT +8 hours
       = US EDT +12 hours
       = US PDT +15 hours

China News

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 (new stadium not yet shown)
Latitude: 30.474272 Longitude: 114.411449

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 9 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: $6,855 US; points: 1
n12 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n54 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-1, 6-3 Mon

    Ana said: "As the match went on I really tried to step it up a little more... I'm really happy to get the win and be in the second round here." WTA story

*n24 Venus Williams USA d n13 s10 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-1, 7-6(4) Mon

Venus & Aga driving forehand and backhand

n15 s11 Belinda Bencic SUI d n53 LL Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 7-5, 7-5 Mon
n16 s12 Elina Svitolina UKR d n79 wc D Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 6-4 Sun

Elina driving a forehand

*n63 q Johanna Konta GBR d n17 s13 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-4, 7-5 Sun
n18 s14 Madison Keys USA d n73 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(4) Mon
n19 s15 Roberta Vinci ITA d n75 q Danka Kovinic MNE 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 Mon
*n35 Caroline Garcia FRA d n21 s16 Sara Errani ITA 6(4)-7, 6-2, 6-2 Mon
*n85 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO d n22 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 6-1 Sun
n23 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n72 q Lauren Davis USA 6-2, 7-6(4) Sun

Vika driving a backhand

n25 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n59 q Heather Watson GBR 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Mon
n28 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n115 q Patricia Maria Tig ROU 6-1, 6-4 Mon
n29 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n41 Zarina Diyas KAZ 7-6(5), 7-6(5) Mon
*n33 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n30 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-0, 6-1 Sun
n31 Anna K Schmiedlova SVK d n81 q Mariana Duque-Marino COL 6-4, 6-4 Mon
n32 Sloane Stephens USA d n51 Alison Riske USA 7-6(4), 6-3 Mon

Sloane's backhand drive

*n57 q Julia Goerges GER d n34 Alize Cornet FRA 6-3, 6-3 Sun

Julia following a forehand

n36 Camila Giorgi ITA d n44 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 Mon
n37 Madison Brengle USA d n48 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*n45 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n38 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 Sun
n39 Daria Gavrilova RUS d n50 Teliana Pereira BRA 6-2, 7-6(7) Sun
n40 Barbora Strycova CZE d n76 q Timea Babos HUN 7-6(9), 6-2 Sun
n46 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n66 Saisai Zheng CHN 6-4, 6-0 Sun
n49 Monica Niculescu ROU d n159 wc Fangzhou Liu CHN 6-1, 6-1 Sun

Wuhan, 2nd Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
losers' prize: $13,335 US; points: 60
n2 s1 Simona Halep ROU d n33 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-2, 6-1 Tue

Simona after match point

    Simona said: "The first round is always one of the most difficult ones, but today I came here with confidence, because I had a lot of good matches and good results in America. So I came on court knowing I would try everything to win. I'm really happy with today's match and I'm looking forward to the next one." WTA story

*n40 Barbora Strycova CZE d n3 s2 wc Maria Sharapova RUS 6(1)-7, 7-6(4), 1-2 retired—left forearm injury Mon

Barbora about to swat a backhand, and Maria following one

    Maria said: "I got pain in my left forearm. It just got worse and worse as I continued. I just don't think it's smart to continue trying to run around the court and trying to hit forehands from the backhand side and compensate other things. I haven't played a match in many months. I guess this is the consequence of that. I just have to work on getting it better." WTA story

n4 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n39 Daria Gavrilova RUS 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 Tue

Petra driving a backhand

    Petra said: "I got really tired during the second set already. I don't know how I won it, but I did." WTA story

*n31 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova SVK d n6 s4 C Wozniacki DEN 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(6) Tue

Anna after match point

n8 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n32 Sloane Stephens USA 6-2, 6-0 Tue

Garbine after match point

n9 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n25 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 Tue

    Angelique said: "I started very well. In the second set I lost a little bit my rhythm, but she also played much better. The third set was very close. I mean, every single game was very close. It was up and down from her, from me. I was just trying to, like in every match, keep going, fighting to the end." WTA story

n10 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n49 M Niculescu ROU 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n11 s8 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n85 M Lucic-Baroni CRO 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(5) Mon
n12 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n37 Madison Brengle USA 6-0, 6-3 Tue

Ana driving a forehand

*n36 Camila Giorgi ITA d n15 s11 Belinda Bencic SUI 6-2 retired—left leg injury Tue
n16 s12 Elina Svitolina UKR d n46 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*n28 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n18 s14 Madison Keys USA 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 Tue
n19 s15 Roberta Vinci ITA d n29 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-4, 6-3 Tue
*n63 q Johanna Konta GBR d n23 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-4, 1-0 retired Tue
n24 Venus Williams USA d n57 q Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 6-3 Tue

Venus after her 700th career match victory

*n45 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n35 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-3, 6(4)-7, 7-6(6) Tue

Wuhan, 3rd Rd, Wed 11am
losers' prize: $26,000 US; points: 105
*n63 q Johanna Konta GBR d n2 s1 Simona Halep ROU 6-3, 3-6, 7-5

Johanna's forehand drive

    Johanna said: "It was two hours and 17 minutes of very, very tough tennis for me. Simona really played some unbelievable tennis in parts. She may not be feeling her best, but I'm just really happy I was able to take a few of the chances I created. I'm feeling humbled and blessed I get to come back tomorrow and compete again." WTA story

*n19 s15 Roberta Vinci ITA d n4 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE 7-6(3), 6-2

Roberta launching a forehand

n8 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n12 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB 4-6, 6-1, 6-0

Garbine following a backhand

    Garbi said: "I was expecting a difficult match. In the first set I think Ana was playing good. I was playing good also. But I don't know, in the important moments I didn't find my best level. In the second and the third I found my way, and my tennis level was great. So I'm very happy with my improvement through in the match." WTA story

n9 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n36 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-2, 6-4
*n24 Venus Williams USA d n10 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-4

Venus driving a forehand

n11 s8 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n16 s12 Elina Svitolina UKR 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
*n31 Anna K Schmiedlova SVK d n28 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-4, 6-2

Anna following a forehand

*n45 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n40 Barbora Strycova CZE 3-6, 6-2, 7-6(3)

Wuhan, QFs, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $52,430 US; points: 190
n8 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n31 Anna K Schmiedlova SVK 6-2, 6-2

Garbine driving a forehand

n9 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n45 Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-1, 3-1 retired—left ankle injury

Angelique driving a backhand

*n19 s15 Roberta Vinci ITA d n11 s8 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-6(2), 6-3

Roberta serving

n24 Venus Williams USA d n63 q Johanna Konta GBR 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

Venus driving a backhand

    Venus said: "I can't believe I'm standing here as the winner. Johanna played so well; she's had a wonderful summer and beat so many players this tournament." WTA story

Wuhan, SFs, Fri 12:30pm
loser's prize: $113,860 US; points: 350
n8 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP d n9 s6 Angelique Kerber GER 6-4, 7-6(5)

Garbine's backhand drive

    Garbi said: "It was a really tough match and I had to struggle today. Venus is a legend. I'll have to go out there and do my best to win against her and I think it's going to be a great final." WTA story

n24 Venus Williams USA d n19 s15 Roberta Vinci ITA 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(4)

Venus driving a backhand

    Venus said: "Roberta played so well today—she had match point—so it was lucky for me to win this match." WTA story

Wuhan, Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $227,700 US; points: 585
winner's prize: $456,000 US; points: 900
*n24 Venus Williams USA d n8 s5 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-3, 3-0 retired

Garbine serving, and Venus driving a backhand

Wuhan, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $63,750 US
winners' prize: $126,000 US
s1 Martina Hingis & Sania Mirza d Irina-Camelia Begu & Monica Niculescu 6-2, 6-3

Wuhan, Qual Finals, Sat Sep 26 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,970 1pt; q2 $3,825 20pts; qualifier 30 points
*n76 Timea Babos HUN d n53 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 7-6(1), 6(2)-7, 6-2
n57 Julia Goerges GER d n68 Ana Konjuh CRO 3-6, 6-4, 6-4
n59 Heather Watson GBR d n78 Yulia Putintseva KAZ 6-2, 6-4
*n81 Mariana Duque-Marino COL d n61 Christina McHale USA 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
n63 Johanna Konta GBR d n70 Irina Falconi USA 6-2, 6-1
*n72 Lauren Davis USA d n64 Magda Linette POL 6-4, 7-6(4)
n75 Danka Kovinic MNE d n148 Yafan Wang CHN 6-4, 7-6(4)
n115 Patricia Maria Tig ROU d n200 Yi-Fan Xu CHN 6-2, 6-3

Wuhan, Withdrawals
n5 Lucie Safarova CZE bacterial infection
n7 Flavia Pennetta ITA right foot injury
n14 Timea Bacsinszky SUI injury
n20 Ekaterina Makarova RUS right lower leg injury
n26 Eugenie Bouchard CAN concussion
n42 Karin Knapp ITA right knee injury

Tashkent Open,  Tashkent, Uzbekistan

tourney time:
       = GMT +5 hours
       = US EDT +9 hours
       = US PDT +12 hours

Uzbekistan News

Tashkent: The main draw for Tashkent has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 6 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Sunday.

Tashkent Tennis Centre, Tashekent, UZB     Latitude: 41.350639 Longitude: 69.343772

Tashkent Open venue address: massiv Yalangoch, Tashekent, UZB

2012: Donna Vekic (center), and two other players I haven't had time to identify, were all looking very nice at the Tashkent players party on Tuesday...
Tashkent, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $2,220 US; points: 1
n43 s1 Annika Beck GER d n102 Elizaveta Kulichkova RUS 6-3, 6-1 Tue
n55 s2 Carina Witthoeft GER d n120 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*n136 Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR d n60 s3 Polona Hercog GER 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tue
n62 s4 Johanna Larsson SWE d n137 q Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-3, 6-3 Tue
n69 s5 Katerina Siniakova CZE d n138 q Paula Kania POL 6-2, 7-6(5) Tue
n71 s6 Margarita Gasparyan RUS d n129 Alexandra Panova RUS 7-6(2), 6-1 Mon
*n113 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n77 s7 Jelena Ostapenko LAT 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 Tue
*n89 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d n84 s8 Andreea Mitu ROU 7-5, 6-3 Tue
n90 Evgeniya Rodina RUS d n91 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*n131 Donna Vekic CRO d n94 Kiki Bertens NED 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 Tue
n100 Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n98 q Anett Kontaveit EST 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*n203 q Kateryna Kozlova UKR d n103 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-4, 6-0 Tue
n108 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER d n117 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 Mon
n119 Nao Hibino JPN d n156 wc Anhelina Kalinina UKR 6-4, 6-4 Mon
*n224 wc Nigina Abduraimova UZB d n128 LL Petra Martic CRO 6-4, 6-0 Tue
n142 Jana Cepelova SVK d n201 wc Sabina Sharipova UZB 6-2, 6-1 Tue

Tashkent, 2nd Rd, Wed 11am
loser's prize: $3,420 US; points: 30
n43 s1 Annika Beck GER d n142 Jana Cepelova SVK 6-4, 6-4
*n131 Donna Vekic CRO d n55 s2 Carina Witthoeft GER 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
n62 s4 Johanna Larsson SWE d n224 wc Nigina Abduraimova UZB 6-2, 6-2
*n203 q Kateryna Kozlova UKR d n69 s5 Katerina Siniakova CZE 7-6(4), 6-3
*n108 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER d n71 s6 Margarita Gasparyan RUS 6-3, 6-4
*n90 Evgeniya Rodina RUS d n89 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-4, 7-6(4)
*n113 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n100 Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-4, 6-3
n119 Nao Hibino JPN d n136 Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR walkover

Tashkent, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $6,200 US; points: 60
*n113 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n43 s1 Annika Beck GER 2-6, 7-5, 6-3
*n90 Evgeniya Rodina RUS d n62 s4 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 5-7, 6-0
*n131 Donna Vekic CRO d n108 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
n119 Nao Hibino JPN d n203 q Kateryna Kozlova UKR 6-3, 6-3

Tashkent, SFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
*n131 Donna Vekic CRO d n90 Evgeniya Rodina RUS 7-5, 6-1

    Donna said: "It's a great feeling to be in the finals and I'm thrilled, but I'm happier that I'm playing well and regaining my confidence." WTA story

*n119 Nao Hibino JPN d n113 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-3, 6-4

    Nao said: "I was nervous today before the match playing at such a big stage, but I'm very happy and I think lucky. It's like a dream. I can't believe I made the final. I played good and aggressive and happy to have won. I'm not thinking who I will play tomorrow in the finals but will go all out."

Tashkent, Final, Sat 2pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n119 Nao Hibino JPN d n131 Donna Vekic CRO 6-2, 6-2

Nao driving a forehand

Tashkent, Doubles Final Sat
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s2 Margarita Gasparyan & Alexandra Panova d Vera Dushevina & Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 3-6 (10-3)

Tashkent, Qual Finals, Sun Sep 27 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pts; q2 $1,285 12pts; qualifier 18 points
n98 Anett Kontaveit EST d n196 Katarzyna Piter POL 7-6(9), 4-6, 6-3
*n203 Kateryna Kozlova UKR d n128 Petra Martic CRO 6-1, 6-3
n137 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n202 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 7-5, 2-6, 6-4
n138 Paula Kania POL d n141 Maryna Zanevska UKR walkover

Tashkent, Withdrawals
n56 Yanina Wickmayer BEL
n67 Tatjana Maria GER right shoulder injury
n74 Denisa Allertova CZE
n80 Kurumi Nara JPN left thigh injury
n88 Tereza Smitkova CZE leg injury
n92 Kirsten Flipkens BEL wrist injury
n101 Vitalia Diatchenko RUS left ankle injury
n118 Marina Erakovic NZL right shoulder injury

    (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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