2003 Moscow & Tokyo WTA Singles Results     Anastasia Myskina & Maria Sharapova, Champions


  WTA Sep 29-Oct 5

Kremlin Cup, Moscow, Russia Tier I
$1,300,000 - 28 players - indoor: supreme
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s1 # 5 Jennifer Capriati
s2 # 6 Amelie Mauresmo
s3 # 8 Elena Dementieva
s4 # 10 Anastasia Myskina

AIG Japan Open, Tokyo, Japan Tier III
$170,000 - 30 players - outdoor: hard
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draws & scores, .html - week's schedule
s1 # 12 Ai Sugiyama
s2 #30 Tamarine Tanasugarn
s3 # 36 Katarina Srebotnik
s4 # 38 Shinobu Asagoe
Tourney pages: Moscow: 2005 - 2004 Tokyo: 2005 - 2004
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#10 Anastasia Myskina
5' 8", 130 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
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#48 Maria Sharapova
6' 0", 130 lbs, RH, 2H-BH

    Two in a Row: In the Final in Moscow on Sunday, 4th seed Anastasia Myskina of Russia won her second WTA title in two weeks by handily defeating 2nd-seeded # 7 Amelie Mauresmo of France 6-2, 6-4 (Anastasia is shown in "Oh wow!" mode with her trophy, shortly after getting a big hug from former Russian President Boris Yeltsin for the second day in a row).

    Anastasia said: "With every tournament title, a win at the Grand Slams is becoming more and more realistic." story

    Anastasia did not drop a set in the tournament, defeating # 24 6-3, 6-1; # 29 6-3, 6-0; and # 21 6-2, 6-0 to reach the final.

    22-year-old Anastasia has now won 6 WTA singles titles in 9 finals, including last week in Leipzig. Anastasia, coached by Jens Gerlach, now swats with a Head racquet.
    24-year-old Amelie is now 9-9 in WTA singles finals. She wields a Dunlop racquet in the right hand only, which should not have frightened Anastasia since she defeated a French-speaking one-hander named Justine in Leipzig last week. Both young ladies are labeled "Nike." Amelie still leads Anastasia 2-1 in career matches, but this was the first time they had played since last year.

    The main draw for Moscow had 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw.
    Sunday's final in Moscow began at 1:30pm local time (that is 0930 GMT, UCT, ZULU, 5:30am EDT, or 2:30am PDT).

    Two in One Day: In the Final in Tokyo on Sunday, 5th seed Maria Sharapova of Russia won her 1st WTA singles title by defeating # 128 Aniko Kapros of Hungary 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) (Maria is shown with her 1st big chunk of WTA hardware). It was the first time that two Russian women have won WTA singles titles on the same day.

    Maria said: "Even when I was down, I still felt I would come back and win the match. I've worked very hard and now it's all paying off." story

    Maria had already won the doubles final on Saturday teamed with Tammy Tanasugarn of Thailand.

    16-year-old Maria wears Nike and swings Prince bat. She started at the Bollettieri Academy in Bradenton, Florida at age 9, and still resides near there and gets coaching from Nick Bollettieri. Maria spends time in California also, where she is coached by Robert Lansdorp. Maria's dad Yuri Sharapov was in Tokyo to watch her win. recent interview of Maria
    19-year-old Aniko wears "The Mark with 3 Stripes" and the most recent info available indicates she hits the ball with a Babolat (as do Clijsters & Hantuchova, so its ok, really). Like Maria, she employs the conventional right-handed, two-handed-backhand method. Aniko is coached by her dad, Attila (who might be tired of people calling him "the Hun"). Neither of these good looking healthy young ladies had previously appeared in a WTA singles final. Maria & Aniko had never played each other before.

    The main draw for Tokyo had 8 seeds, with just 2 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers, 1 lucky loser, and 2 wild cards in the main draw.
    Sunday's final in Tokyo began at 11am local time (that is 0200 the same day GMT, UCT, ZULU, 10pm the previous day EDT, or 7pm the previous day PDT).

WTA SCOREBOARD: Moscow & Tokyo Outdoor (Japan Open)

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ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?

From the Moscow WTA Photo Gallery:
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Elena Dementieva
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Elena & Lina at Red Square
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Lina Krasnoroutskaya

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Dinara Safina
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Jennifer Capriati
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Anastasia Myskina

Moscow, 1st Round, Mon-Weds:
*#54 Dinara Safina RUS d s5 #11 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-4, 3-6, 7-5

    Dinara said: "I really tried hard to play my best tennis today and to win. I think it was my best match of the season so far."

    2002 Kremlin Cup singles champ Maggie said: "I was close to winning the match and had several chances to do it but I was not so fresh as I was last year." story

*#21 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #13 s6 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-3, 6-3
#15 s7 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #18 Amanda Coetzer RSA 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
*#29 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #19 s8 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 7-5, 6-3
*#32 Elena Bovina RUS d #20 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-4 6-2
*#24 Magui Serna ESP d #22 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
#25 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #27 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS 2-6, 6-0, 6-4
*#31 Alexandra Stevenson USA d #26 Jelena Dokic YUG 6-3, 6-1
*#123 wc Vera Douchevina RUS d #28 Lisa Raymond USA 6-2, 7-6(4)
*#47 q Tina Pisnik SLO d #34 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-4, 6-3
#35 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #70 q Marlene Weingartner GER 6-2, 6-4
#80 q Jelena Kostanic CRO d #86 q Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 6-2, 6-2

Moscow, 2nd Round, Weds-Thurs:
*#32 Elena Bovina RUS d #5 s1 wc Jennifer Capriati USA 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(3)

    Elena had lost to Jennifer 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 at the Pilot Pen in New Haven 2 months ago, and had been eager for another chance. Elena said: "My previous match with Jennifer was the best of my life and I was really upset after I lost it. I was eager to gain revenge for that defeat as soon as possible. And there's no better place for the revenge than Moscow... I played too nervously in the beginning. Later on I managed to become more solid and just fight for every ball up to the end." story 1

    Jennifer said: "It was a tough match and Elena is a tough player to play because you don't really know what is she going to do... Today she hit some unbelievable shots." story 2

#7 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #31 Alexandra Stevenson USA 3-6, 6-4
#8 s3 Elena Dementieva RUS d #80 q Jelena Kostanic CRO 6-2 6-3
#10 s4 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #24 Magui Serna ESP 6-3, 6-1

    Anastasia said: "I have a very good draw and a very good chance to reach the final here. My recent wins over top-ranked players at Leipzig filled me with confidence, and I realized I can play and beat them." story

#15 s7 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #123 wc Vera Douchevina RUS 6-2, 6-1
#21 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #35 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 7-6(5), 6-0
#25 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #54 Dinara Safina RUS 7-5, 7-6(3)
#29 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #47 q Tina Pisnik SLO 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Moscow, QFs, Friday:
#7 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #15 s7 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
#8 s3 Elena Dementieva RUS d #25 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-1, 2-1 retired-- right shoulder strain

    Elena said: "Yes, I'm happy, but I would have preferred to win the match normally. Francesca is famous for fighting until the very end. She could have fought back."

#10 s4 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #29 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-3, 6-0
#21 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #32 Elena Bovina RUS 6-4, 6-4

Moscow, SFs, Saturday:
#7 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #8 s3 Elena Dementieva RUS 6-4, 6-1
#10 s4 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #21 Anna Pistolesi ISR 6-2, 6-0

    Anastasia said: "I was trying to finish off the match as quick as I could." story

Moscow, Final, Sunday:
*#10 s4 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #7 s2 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 6-2, 6-4

Moscow, Doubles Final, Sunday:
Nadia Petrova & Meghann Shaughnessy d Anastasia Myskina & Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-4

Moscow, Qualifying Finals, Monday:
*#86 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR d #37 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
#47 Tina Pisnik SLO d #127 Eva Birnerova CZE 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
#70 Marlene Weingartner GER d #126 Yulia Beygelzimer UKR 6-3, 6-1
#80 Jelena Kostanic CRO d #173 Anastassia Rodionova RUS 4-6, 6-4, 6-3

Moscow, Withdrawals:
#4 Lindsay Davenport USA
#6 Venus Williams USA
#18 Paola Suarez ARG
#23 Nathalie Dechy FRA
#43 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI

From the Tokyo WTA Photo Gallery:
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Ansley Cargill
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Angelique Widjaja, Tammy Tanasugarn, & Janet Lee

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Maria Sharapova
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Maria Sharapova
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Maria Sharapova & Aniko Kapros
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Ai Sugiyama

Tokyo, 1st Round, Mon-Tues:
#36 s3 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #115 Evie Dominikovic AUS 6-3, 6-3
#39 s4 Shinobu Asagoe JPN d #700 q Ting Li CHN 6-1, 6-1
#48 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d #242 LL Jin-Hee Kim KOR 6-2, 6-0

    Maria said: "I think I had a really quick game. The wind was very strong, I was really surprised when I came out of the hotel. There was not much that you could have done more because the wind was so quick.I just tried to play a solid game and concentrate well. I just think I did a good job...
    "I think that I'm actually getting a little bit more experience as the year has gone on. I played some really great opponents and I've learned a lot more since last year." story

#52 s6 Ashley Harkleroad USA d #365 wc Maika Ozaki JPN 6-0, 6-0
#60 s8 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI d #309 q Abigail Spears USA 6-1, 2-6, 6-4
*#75 Jill Craybas USA d #61 s7 Saori Obata JPN 6-4, 6-2
#64 Akiko Morigami JPN d #117 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-1, 6-2
*#122 Jie Zheng CHN d #72 Silvija Talaja CRO 6-4, 7-5
*#154 Yuka Yoshida JPN d #77 Angelique Widjaja INA 6-4, 7-5
#83 Claudine Schaul LUX d #108 Martina Sucha SVK 6-1, 7-5
#89 Aranxta Parra ESP d #104 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-1, 6-2
#128 Aniko Kapros HUN d #146 q Tian Tian Sun CHN 6-4, 6-2
*#228 wc Riki Fujiwara JPN d #96 Ansley Cargill USA 6-3, 6-2
#212 LL Zi Yan CHN d #282 q Miho Saeki JPN 6-2, 6-4

Tokyo, 2nd Round, Weds-Thurs:
#12 s1 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #154 Yuka Yoshida JPN 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(0)
*#122 Jie Zheng CHN d #30 s2 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
*#83 Claudine Schaul LUX d #36 s3 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(4)
*#89 Aranxta Parra ESP d #39 s4 Shinobu Asagoe JPN 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
#48 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d #64 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-1, 6-3

    Maria said: "I felt in control out there. I was very relaxed and just played my game." story

*#212 LL Zi Yan CHN d #52 s6 Ashley Harkleroad USA 7-6(5), 6-4
*#128 Aniko Kapros HUN d #60 s8 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 6-0, 6-2
#75 Jill Craybas USA d #228 wc Riki Fujiwara JPN 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

Tokyo, QFs, Thursday:
*#128 Aniko Kapros HUN d #12 s1 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-4, 3-2 retired--
    aggravation of left finger sprain sustained in 2nd round match Weds

*#89 Aranxta Parra ESP d #75 Jill Craybas USA 3-6, 6-4, 6-2

Tokyo, QFs, Friday:
#48 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d #83 Claudine Schaul LUX 7-5, 7-6(1)
#122 Jie Zheng CHN d #212 LL Zi Yan CHN 7-6(3), 6-3

Tokyo, SFs, Saturday:
#48 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d #122 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 7-5
*#128 Aniko Kapros HUN d #89 Aranxta Parra ESP 6-1, 6-2

Tokyo, Final, Sunday:
#48 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d #128 Aniko Kapros HUN 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(5)

Tokyo, Doubles Final, Saturday:
Maria Sharapova & Tamarine Tanasugarn d Ansley Cargill & Ashley Harkleroad 7-6(1), 6-0

Tokyo, Qualifying Finals, Monday:
#149 Tian Tian Sun CHN d #271 Aiko Nakamura 7-5, 6-3
*#698 Ting Li CHN d #212 Zi Yan CHN 6-3 6-3
*#294 Abigail Spears USA d #244 Jin Hee Kim KOR 6-1, 4-6, 6-1
#281 Miho Saeki JPN d #440 Da-Jung Hong KOR 7-6(2), 6-2

Tokyo, Withdrawals:
Barbara Rittner, GER illness
Samantha Reeves USA elbow

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