2003 San Diego & Sopot WTA Singles Results     J Henin-Hardenne & Anna Smashnova, Champions


  WTA Jul 28-Aug 3

Acura Classic, San Diego, CA Tier II
$1,000,000 - 48 players - outdoor: hard
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s2 # 2 Kim Clijsters
s3 # 3 J. Henin-Hardenne
s4 #5 Lindsay Davenport
s5 # 7 Jennifer Capriati

Idea Prokom Open, Sopot, POL Tier III
$300,000 - 30 players - outdoor: red clay
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s1 # 10 Anastasia Myskina
s2 # 19 Patty Schnyder
s3 # 26 Anna Pistolesi
s4 #35 Denisa Chladkova
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#2 Kim Clijsters
5' 8", 150 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
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#3 Justine Henin-Hardenne
5' 5", 126 lbs, RH, 1H-BH

    In the final of the Acura Classic on Sunday, Justine Henin-Hardenne of Belgium defeated her compatriot Kim Clijsters for the first time ever on a hard court in WTA play, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 (photos shown).
    It was also Justine's first ever hard court title in the US, and the first time in seven years she has played a tourney without her coach, Carlos Rodriguez, in attendance.
    Justine said: "I’m very happy right now. It’s been an amazing week. I’m so happy to win the title here on hard courts, it means a lot of things for me. I’m very proud of what I did this week."
    About playing without her coach present, Justine said: "It’s amazing. I’m very surprised. I know now that I can do it. I didn’t know what to expect coming here alone without Carlos. I really enjoyed my week here. It was my first time here. People are so nice here."
    Kim said: "I think I started off really well. I just ran out of gas a little bit in the second and third."

    After the match, Kim refueled and returned an hour later to win her 10th WTA doubles title, with her partner Ai Sugiyama. They defeated Lindsay Davenport & Lisa Raymond 6-4, 7-5.

    Kim still leads Justine 8-5 in career matches (another source says 8-7, possibly including non-WTA matches?), and Kim is ahead 6-1 on hardcourts. 20-year-old Kim is now 15-12 in WTA singles finals; 21-year-old Justine is 11-8.

    In the final of the Idea Prokom Open on Saturday in Sopot, Poland, # 26 s3 Anna Pistolesi of Israel (the former Anna Smashnova from Minsk, Belarus, who married her Italian coach last year) defeated # 76 Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 6-0. Anna, who won $50,000 in Poland, never saw a final she didn't like, she is now 7-0 in WTA singles finals, winning 4 of those last year. Klara is now 0-3 in WTA singles finals.
    Anna said: "Klara played some good points, but I controlled the match from the very first point. I did enough to win. It's never easy in any final. Maybe Klara suffered more than me from the tension. The final was probably the easiest of my victories so far."

    The Idea Prokom Open website is in Polish. You can get free online translation of Polish words or phrases here. Good luck.
    The tourney Photo Gallery (this link is for Monday photos, you have to go to "Galeria" in the menu at the top right of the page to get other pages has some good oncourt photos, but there are no captions at all, and the photos show up about a day late.
    Sopot is not far from Gdansk, on the Baltic coast. Here is a map of the area.

WTA SCOREBOARD: San Diego & Sopot

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From San Diego's WTA Photo Gallery:
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Kim Clijsters & Jennifer Capriati
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Maggie Maleeva & Justine Henin-Hardenne

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Daniela Hantuchova
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Jelena Dokic
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Alina Jidkova, Julia Vakulenko & Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian

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Elena Dementieva
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Chanda Rubin
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Katarina Srebotnik, Tina Pisnik, Nicole Pratt & Eleni Daniilidou
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Conchita Martinez

San Diego, 1st Round, Mon-Tues:
#21 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #57 Rita Grande ITA 7-5, 6-3
#24 Nadia Petrova RUS d #34 Marie-Gaianeh Mikaelian SUI 6-1, 3-0 retired-- right wrist sprain
#28 Francesca Schiavone FRA d #67 Janette Husarova SVK 7-5, 6-1
#29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #NR wc Leslie Koffi 6-2, 6-1
#30 Lisa Raymond USA d #54 Barbara Schett AUT 6-4, 2-6, 7-5
#31 Magui Serna ESP d #33 Laura Granville USA 6-3, 6-3
*#47 Tina Pisnik SLO d #32 Paola Suarez ARG 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
#36 Katarina Srebotnik SLO d #48 Yoon Jeong Cho KOR 6-3, 6-0
*#70 LL Nicole Pratt AUS d #39 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
#40 Amy Frazier USA d #53 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 7-5, 7-6(3)
#42 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS d #86 Saori Obata JPN 6-4, 6-3
#45 Alicia Molik AUS d #226 wc Angela Haynes USA 4-6 6-2 6-1
#50 Marion Bartoli FRA d #99 q Marissa Irvin USA 7-6(2), 6-4
#51 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #58 q Shinobu Asagoe JPN 6-3, 6-1
*#73 wc Mary Pierce FRA d #55 q Virginie Razzano FRA 6-1, 6-3
#65 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #115 Alina Jidkova RUS 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

San Diego, 2nd Round, Tues-Weds:
#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #65 Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-2, 6-0
#3 s3 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #21 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-1, 6-1
#5 s4 Lindsay Davenport USA d #40 Amy Frazier USA 6-3, 6-1

    After struggling with a troublesome toe for weeks, Lindsay said: "First of all, I was happy with the way my foot felt, and second of all, I was happy to play pretty well and beat a good player out there."

*#51 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #7 s5 Jennifer Capriati USA 4-1 retired--
   right shoulder: sore rotator cuff & pectoral muscle strain
#8 s6 Chanda Rubin USA d #47 Tina Pisnik SLO 7-5, 6-0
#9 s7 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #36 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(3)
*#30 Lisa Raymond USA d #11 s8 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-0, 2-6, 6-4
#12 s9 Jelena Dokic YUG d #31 Magui Serna ESP 2-6, 6-2, 6-3
#13 s10 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #45 Alicia Molik AUS 6-1, 6-3
*#73 wc Mary Pierce FRA d #14 s11 Conchita Martinez ESP 6-1, 6-3
*#24 Nadia Petrova RUS d #15 s12 Amanda Coetzer RSA 6-3, 6-3
#16 s13 Elena Dementieva RUS d #28 Francesca Schiavone FRA 7-6(6), 6-2
*#50 Marion Bartoli FRA d #18 s14 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 3-6, 7-6(5), 7-5
*#42 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS d #20 s15 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-2, 6-2
#22 s16 Elena Bovina RUS d #70 LL Nicole Pratt AUS 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
#29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #139 LL Meilen Tu USA 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(3)

San Diego, 3rd Round, Thursday:
#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #50 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-1, 6-1
#3 s3 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #16 s13 Elena Dementieva RUS 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
#5 s4 Lindsay Davenport USA d #42 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS 6-0, 7-6(2)
#8 s6 Chanda Rubin USA d #12 s9 Jelena Dokic YUG 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
*#24 Nadia Petrova RUS d #9 s7 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-1, 6-3
*#51 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #13 s10 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-4, 6-3
*#29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #22 s16 Elena Bovina RUS 7-6(5), 6-2
#30 Lisa Raymond USA d #73 wc Mary Pierce FRA 7-6(5), 6-4

San Diego, QFs, Friday, 11:30am:
#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #30 Lisa Raymond USA 6-2, 6-2

    Kim said: "I have played really well. The first two matches my opponents weren't at that high of a level but tonight I really felt like I had to raise my level and I did. I moved really well and when I had the chance to step in one to two meters inside the baseline, I did."

#3 s3 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #24 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-0, 6-2

    Justine said: "I played solid and she had problems starting off and that gave me a lot of confidence. I didn't make many mistakes, I returned well and played good defense. I was so quick and moved really well... Mentally, I know I have to work hard and be aggressive on hard courts. My serve is a big part of it. When I serve like I did today, it gives me a lot of confidence and easy points."

#5 s4 Lindsay Davenport USA d #8 s6 Chanda Rubin USA 6-3, 6-3
#29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #51 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-2, 6-3

San Diego, SFs, Saturday:
#2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL d #5 s4 Lindsay Davenport USA 6-3, 6-3

    Kim said: "I feel like I'm reading the game very well. I already know where my opponent is going to hit the ball before they hit it. With my movement, I never feel I'm in trouble, even if I play a few long rallies I'm never in trouble. I'm recovering quick after matches."

#3 s3 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-1, 6-3

    Justine said: "I knew I had to be aggressive because she is hitting the ball very hard and she's an aggressive player, so I knew if I wanted to win this match and be ready for tomorrow, I had to play an aggressive play."

San Diego, Final, Sunday, 1:00pm ABC-TV:
winner's prize $: $148,000
*#3 s3 Justine Henin-Hardenne BEL d #2 s2 Kim Clijsters BEL 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

San Diego, Doubles SFs, Saturday:
s3 Lindsay Davenport & Lisa Raymond d s1 Paola Suarez & Virginia Ruano Pascual 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-3
s2 Kim Clisters & Ai Sugiyama v s4 Cara Black & Elena Likhovtseva 6-1, 6-3

San Diego, Doubles Final, Sunday:
s2 Kim Clisters & Ai Sugiyama d s3 Lindsay Davenport & Lisa Raymond 6-4, 7-5

San Diego, Withdrawals:
#1 s1 Serena Williams USA left quadriceps strain
#17 Vera Zvonareva RUS left elbow
#23 Nathalie Dechy FRA right wrist
#27 Alexandra Stevenson USA right shoulder
Sopot, 1st Round, Tuesday: rain delay
#26 s3 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #110 Henrieta Nagyova SVK 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
*#66 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA d #35 s4 Denisa Chladkova CZE 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
*#116 q Jelena Kostanic CRO d #38 Iroda Tulyaganova UZB 6-2, 6-2
#41 Maja Matevzic SLO d #132 Patricia Wartusch AUT 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
#52 Petra Mandula HUN d #144 Yulia Beygelzimer UKR 6-4, 6-4
#61 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #63 Clarisa Fernandez ARG 7-5, 6-3
#62 Anca Barna GER d #87 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-2, 6-3
*#91 Iveta Benesova CZE d #64 Karolina Sprem CRO 6-0, 6-4
#75 Denisa Safina RUS d #347 wc Joanna Sakowicz POL 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
#76 Klara Koukalova CZE d #165 LL Libuse Prusova CZE 6-7(2), 6-1, 6-3
#78 Silvija Talaja CRO d #275 wc Marta Domachowska POL 7-5, 6-3
*#112 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #94 Lubomira Kurhajcova SVK 75 63
#95 Myriam Casanova SUI d q #177 Evelyn Fauth AUT 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
*#225 Stephanie Gehrlein GER d #133 Eva Birnerova CZE 6-2, 6-4

Sopot, 2nd Round, Wednesday:
#10 s1 Anastasia Myskina RUS d #225 Stephanie Gehrlein GER 6-3, 6-4
#19 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #78 Silvija Talaja CRO 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
#26 s3 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #91 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-1, 6-2
#41 Maja Matevzic SLO d #62 Anca Barna GER 6-3, 7-6(2)
#52 Petra Mandula HUN d #112 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-4, 6-0
*#75 Denisa Safina RUS d #61 Flavia Pennetta ITA 61 76(3)
*#76 Klara Koukalova CZE d #66 Stephanie Cohen-Aloro FRA 06 64 61
*#116 q Jelena Kostanic CRO d #95 Myriam Casanova SUI 63 26 76(1)

Sopot, QFs, Thursday:
*#52 Petra Mandula HUN d #10 s1 Anastasia Myskina RUS 6-4, 3-0 retired illness
#19 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #41 Maja Matevzic SLO walkover illness
#26 s3 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #75 Denisa Safina RUS 6-7(7) 6-1 4-1 retired heat illness
#76 Klara Koukalova CZE d #116 q Jelena Kostanic CRO 6-1, 6-0

Sopot, SFs, Friday:
*#26 s3 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #19 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI 5-7, 6-4, 6-2
*#76 Klara Koukalova CZE d #52 Petra Mandula HUN 4-6, 6-3, 6-0

Sopot, Final, Saturday:
#26 s3 Anna Pistolesi ISR d #76 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-2, 6-0

Sopot, Doubles Final, Saturday:
Tatiana Perebiynis & Silvija Talaja d q Maret Ani & Libuse Prusova 6-4, 6-2

Sopot, Withdrawal:
#59 Emmanuelle Gagliardi, SUI rib & shoulder

    (July 29, 2003) s1 # 1 Serena Williams withdrew from the Acura Classic on Monday night due to left knee pain. Serena had surgery on Friday, Aug. 1st, and will miss the US Open, although a full recovery is expected.

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