2003 Leipzig WTA Singles Results     Anastasia Myskina, Champion


  WTA Sep 22-28

Sparkassen Cup, Leipzig, GER Tier II
$585,000 - 28 players - indoor: supreme

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Leipziger Volkszeitung: Tennis
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s1 # 1 Kim Clijsters
s2 # 2 Justine Henin-Hardenne
s3 # 10 Anastasia Myskina
s4 # 11 Maggie Maleeva
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#2 Justine Henin-Hardenne
5' 5", 126 lbs, RH, 1H-BH
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#10 Anastasia Myskina
5' 8", 130 lbs, RH, 2H-BH

    Anastasia! In Sunday's final in Leipzig, 3rd-seeded Anastasia Myskina of Russia, who reached last year's Leipzig final before losing to Serena Williams, was not to be denied this time. Anastasia defeated 2nd seed Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 (photos shown).

    Anastasia said: "It's definitely the biggest win of my career... I made too many mistakes in the first set when I was nervous and kept thinking I had lost my early break of serve. But then Justine's level dropped a little in the second, and gave me a chance to get back into the match. Then I felt ready to win. If you are ready you can win, if you are shaking you can't...
    "It was a great week for me. I will come back next year to defend my title." story

    Justine said: "I am very disappointed to lose. I was in good shape and very motivated but Myskina was just better on the day. She deserved to win." story

    22-year-old Anastasia (born in Moscow 1 month & 1 day after Anna Kournikova, whom she trained with as a youth at Moscow's Spartak Tennis Club) has now won 5 WTA singles titles in 8 finals. Anastasia considers her backhand her strongest shot; unlike Justine, she uses the 2-handed variety. The stick she hits the ball with used to be a "Prince Triple Threat Hornet Midplus," but it looks from the photos like she is using a Head racket now (the WTA has not yet updated this on their website, and Head doesn't list her on theirs yet either). She has been seen this week in a sweatshirt proclaiming her "Property of Nike Athletics," to which she also switched this year (last year Puma had her). Anastasia is coached by Jens Gerlach.

    21-year-old Justine has won 13 WTA singles titles (7 of them this year, including the French Open & US Open) in 22 finals. She employs a "Wilson H Tour" with which to deliver her blistering one-handed backhand, and she was born in Marloie, and resides in Liege. Justine began wearing adidas togs just prior to winning the French Open. Justine is coached by Carlos Rodriguez.
    Justine still leads Anastasia 3-2 in career matches.

    The main draw for Leipzig had 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards (# 71 Barbara Schett AUT, # 133 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER, & # 390 Elke Clijsters BEL) in the main draw.
    Sunday's final in Leipzig began at 3pm local time (that is 1300 the same day GMT, UCT, ZULU, 9am EDT, or 6am PDT).


s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
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From Leipzig's Tourney Photo Gallery: & WTA Photo Gallery:
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KGB agent Anastasia Myskina, with her tough Bulgarian accomplice Maggie Maleeva,
plotting the overthrow of a couple of Belgians you may have heard about
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Leipzig, 1st Round, Mon-Tues:
#13 s5 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #28 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 7-5, 6-2
#15 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS d #36 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-2, 6-4
*#103 q Els Callens BEL d #17 s7 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 7-6(4), 7-6(4)
#21 Patty Schnyder SUI d #35 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-7(3), 7-5 6-3

    Patty was down 3-5 in the 2nd set before recovering. Patty said: "When [Elena] was serving for the match I told myself to make my returns [out] in front and really go for it - it was not enough just to put the ball in." story

#22 s8 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #30 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-1, 6(4)-7, 6-2
*#45 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #24 Magui Serna ESP 6-1, 7-5

    This match was interrupted for an hour because the air conditioning system had caused air bubbles to surface on the "supreme" carpet court surface. The problem went away after the A/C was turned off.

    Denisa said: "It was like we were on the sea, like we were flowing. It was hardly possible to even walk." story

*#115 q Sandra Kleinova CZE d #25 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-6(2), 6-4
#26 Jelena Dokic YUG d #83 q Jelena Kostanic CRO 7-6(7), 6-4

    Jelena was glad to get the win after struggling this year while her rank has slid from 5th to 26th. Jelena said: "It doesn't come back just like that. I think it will take a few months but I am getting there. Every match I will just try to play well and not worry about winning. Sometimes you get down and you need people to pick you up and rely on.I have that, and this is one thing that is getting me better. I talk to my coach [Borna Bikic] and he tries to get me mentally better." story

#27 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS d #37 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 7-6(5), 7-6(3)
#32 Alexandra Stevenson USA d #43 Marie-Gaiahneh Mikaelian SUI 6-2, 2-0 retired, right lower back strain
#58 q Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #390 wc Elke Clijsters BEL 6-3, 6-1
*#133 wc Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #71 wc Barbara Schett AUT 6-3, 6-4

Leipzig, 2nd Round, Weds-Thurs:
#1 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #26 Jelena Dokic YUG 6-3, 6-4
#2 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #45 Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-1, 6-2
#10 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #27 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS 6-2, 6-3
*#115 q Sandra Kleinova CZE d #11 s4 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-4, 6-4
*#21 Patty Schnyder SUI d #13 s5 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3)

    Patty was down 2-5 in the 3rd set before rallying to win in the tiebreaker. Patty said: "I don't know how it happens. Sometimes you have more comebacks in a week than in an entire year. It makes it even nicer." story

    Daniela is coached by Englishman Nigel Sears. Sears said: "[Daniela is] just short on confidence and is still emotional. But she's playing well and just needs to feel that. This was a good performance, she just needs to win. Whoever won this match was going to take a lot from it."

    5' 11" tall, Daniela has been playing below her listed weight of 123 lbs. Sears said: "[Daniela's weight] has been increasing, which is good, though it needs to increase more." story

#15 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS d #133 wc Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

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Nadia Petrova

*#58 q Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #22 s8 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 7-5, 6-3
*#103 q Els Callens BEL d #32 Alexandra Stevenson USA 6-4, 4-6, 6-2

Leipzig, QFs, Friday:
#1 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL d #21 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-1, 6-3
#2 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #103 q Els Callens BEL 6-2, 6-4
#10 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #15 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-1

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Anastasia Myskina

#58 q Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN v #115 q Sandra Kleinova CZE 6-0, 3-1 retired-- left hamstring strain

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Maria Vento-Kabchi

Leipzig, SFs, Saturday:
*#10 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #1 s1 Kim Clijsters BEL 5-7, 4-4 retired-- sprained right ankle

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Anastasia Myskina

    Anastasia was up 5-4 in the 1st set, but was unable to convert 2 set points. In the 2nd, Kim was ahead 4-3 when she incurred the injury.

    Kim said: "I slid into the shot, and I felt a sharp pain on the inside of my right ankle. It was throbbing right away. I tried to play after the taping, but it was no good." story

    Anastasia said: "I didn't want to win that way. I feel really sorry."

#2 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #58 q Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN 6-0, 6-3

Leipzig, Final, Sunday:
winner's prize: $93,000
*#10 s3 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #2 s2 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL 3-6, 6-3, 6-3

Leipzig, Doubles Final, Sunday:
s1 Svetlana Kuznetsova & Martina Navratilova d s2 Nadia Petrova & Elena Likhovtseva 3-6, 6-1, 6-3

Leipzig, Qualifying Finals, Monday:
*#103 Els Callens BEL d #48 Tina Pisnik SLO 6-3, 6-1
#58 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #84 Janette Husarova SVK 2-6, 6-2, 6-4
*#83 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #60 Marion Bartoli FRA 7-5, 6-1
*#115 Sandra Kleinova CZE d #96 Barbara Rittner GER 6-0, 7-5

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