2003 Shanghai WTA Singles Results     Elena Dementieva, Champion


  WTA Sep 15-21

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Polo Open, Shanghai, China Tier II

$585,000 - 28 players - outdoor: hard

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s1 # 8 Elena Dementieva
s2 # 9 Chanda Rubin
s3 # 14 Ai Sugiyama
s4 # 13 Conchita Martinez
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#9 Chanda Rubin
5' 6", 128 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
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#8 Elena Dementieva
5' 11", 141 lbs, RH, 2H-BH

    Two in a row: In Sunday's Final in Shanghai, top seed Elena Dementieva of Russia won her second WTA singles title in 2 weeks by defeating 2nd-seeded Chanda Rubin of the US 6-3, 7-6(6) (Chanda is shown after missing a shot, Elena is shown at her post-match press conference).

    Elena said: "It was kind of difficult today. We're both a little tired and also because when you win easily as I did against her in Bali, it can be really dangerous. But I think just did very good today." (story)

    Chanda said: "I didn't have the focus to get all the way through. I had my chances and if I had not had quite so many misses then I would have been able to do more."

    Elena now leads Chanda 3-2 in career meetings.

    Almost-22-year-old Elena has now won 3 WTA singles finals (Shanghai, last week in Bali, and earlier this year at Amelia Island, Florida) in 7 finals appearances. 27-year-old Chanda has won 7 WTA singles titles (2 of them earlier this year) in 18 finals.

    Chanda and Elena may be playing each other again in the Fed Cup Final in November. The US will have to get past Belgium first, but Justine Henin-Hardenne will not be playing due to injury, and Kim Clijsters might not play for Belgium.

    The Shanghai website now has some good photos (from the early rounds: gallery 1 - gallery 2). There is still no english version, and the web page translation links above, unfortunately, do not always work correctly.
    Almost all Yahoo! photos can be found with a search for Shanghai Open.
    The main draw for Shanghai has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 2 wild cards (# 126 Jie Zheng & # 168 Tian Tian Sun, both of China) in the main draw.
    Early round main draw play in Shanghai begins at 11am local time (that is 0300 the same day GMT, UCT, ZULU, 11pm the previous day EDT, or 8pm the previous day PDT).


s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?

From Shanghai's WTA Photo Gallery:
photo links may not function; in Jan 2004 the WTA discarded their original photo gallery

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Rossana Neffa-de los Rios, Flavia Pennetta,
Maria Sharapova, & Anna-Lena Groenefeld

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Emmanuelle Gagliardi, Flavia Pennetta,
& Tathiana Garbin
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Jelena Dokic at a promotional event
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Conchita Martinez
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Rossana celebrates her birthday
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Elena Dementieva

Shanghai, 1st Round, Mon-Weds:
#22 s5 Jelena Dokic YUG d #124 Jelena Jankovic YUG 7-6(0) 4-4 retired--illness
#36 s6 Alicia Molik AUS d #71 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6-2
*#52 Maria Sharapova RUS d #40 s7 Emilie Loit FRA 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-3

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Maria Sharapova

#43 Petra Mandula HUN d #74 Angelique Widjaja INA 5-7, 6-2, 6-2
#45 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP d #47 Nicole Pratt AUS 6-4, 6-3
#51 Ashley Harkleroad USA d #56 s8 Cara Black ZIM 6-1, 6-4
#57 Anca Barna GER d #68 Yoon Jeong Cho KOR 6-0, 6-2
*#66 Dinara Safina RUS d #60 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 6-3, 7-5
#73 Barbara Schett AUT d #132 q Rossana Neffa-de los Rios PAR 6-3, 6-1
#78 Akiko Morigami JPN d #118 Martina Sucha SVK 6-2, 6-3
#80 LL Jill Craybas USA d #126 wc Jie Zheng CHN 3-6, 7-6(6), 2-0 retired--leg cramps
*#168 wc Tian Tian Sun CHN d #89 Tathiana Garbin ITA 7-5, 2-3 retired--leg cramps

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Tian Tian Sun

Shanghai, 2nd Round, Weds-Thurs:
#8 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #43 Petra Mandula HUN 6-3, 7-6(1)
#9 s2 Chanda Rubin USA d #73 Barbara Schett AUT 7-6(1), 6-2

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Chanda Rubin asking Barbara Schett
how she can call the ball green when it is obviously yellow.

*#78 Akiko Morigami JPN d #13 s4 Conchita Martinez ESP 7-5, 6-0
#14 s3 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #168 wc Tian Tian Sun CHN 7-6(7), 6-4
*#66 Dinara Safina RUS d #22 s5 Jelena Dokic YUG 6-1, 6-4
#36 s6 Alicia Molik AUS d #80 LL Jill Craybas USA 6-4, 6-3
*#52 Maria Sharapova RUS d #45 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
*#57 Anca Barna GER d #51 Ashley Harkleroad USA 6-0, 6-4

Shanghai, QFs, Friday:
#8 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #52 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-4, 7-6(4)
#9 s2 Chanda Rubin USA d #57 Anca Barna GER 6-1, 6-4
#14 s3 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #66 Dinara Safina RUS 6-4, 7-6(7)
*#78 Akiko Morigami JPN d #36 s6 Alicia Molik AUS 7-6(3), 7-5

Shanghai, SFs, Saturday, 2pm local:
#8 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #14 s3 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-1, 3-6, 6-3

    Elena said: "I can't say there was any point where I felt I could win the match. It was a very close match. Only when it was love-40 on her serve did I feel a little chance to win." BBC story

#9 s2 Chanda Rubin USA d #78 Akiko Morigami JPN 6-0, 5-7, 6-3

Shanghai, Final, Sunday, 2pm local:
winners prize: $93,000
#8 s1 Elena Dementieva RUS d #9 s2 Chanda Rubin USA 6-3, 7-6(6)

Shanghai, Doubles Final, Sunday:
Emilie Loit & Nicole Pratt d Ai Sugiyama & Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-3, 6-3

Shanghai, Qualifying Finals, Monday:
*#132 Rossana Neffa-del los Rios PAR d #80 Jill Craybas USA 2-6, 7-5, 7-5
*#124 Jelena Jankovic YUG d #86 Arantxa Parra ESP 7-5, 6-4
*#118 Martina Sucha SVK d #94 Ansley Cargill USA 6-2, 6-3
#89 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #139 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER 7-6(5), 6-4

Shanghai, Withdrawals:
#84 Janette Husarova SVK

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