2004 Eastbourne & 's-Hertogenbosch WTA Women's Singles Results-- S Kuznetsova & M Pierce, Champions


  WTA: June 14-19 2004

Hastings Direct Int'l, Eastbourne, GBR
Tier II
$585,000 - outdoor: grass - 28 players
Live Scores
draws, .pdf
Eastbourne: map - UK weather radar
s1 # 4 A Mauresmo
s2 # 11 Svetlana Kuznetsova
s3 # 12 Ai Sugiyama
s4 # 14 Vera Zvonareva

Ordina Open, 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch), NED
Tier III
$170,000 - outdoor: grass - 30 players
Live Scores
draws, .pdf
Video: modem - broadband
s1 # 12 Nadia Petrova
s2 # 20 Patty Schnyder
s3 # 27 Mary Pierce
s4 # 30 Eleni Daniilidou

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#10 Svetlana Kuznetsova
5'8", 161 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
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#27 Mary Pierce
5'10", 150 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
    In the final on Saturday at Eastbourne, 2nd-seeded # 10 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia defeated wild card # 54 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 (Svetlana is shown with the hardware after the match). This ended former # 5 Daniela's best string of victories in over a year, but left both ladies in good position to be real contenders at Wimbledon the next 2 weeks.

    Svetlana said: "I was very nervous in the match and my first serve was not working, but finally I got it to work and then I did well... I'm so happy to have won today. I've been in so many finals this year, but haven't won, so it was important to me to win one of them... [Daniela] improved so much this week. I practiced with her on the first day and I think I won the set 6-3 or something. I knew today would be a lot different. She got so much confidence from beating Mauresmo yesterday." story

    Daniela said: "I am definitely happy with my week. I couldn't ask for a better preparation for Wimbledon. I think I had the match in my hands in the second set, but I didn't do much wrong; [Svetlana] played so well. In the third set, it was pretty tough, her serve was unbelievable, it was so hard to break her and I think that was the key for the match."

    Svetlana Kuznetsova will turn 19 during Wimbledon this year. She was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and still resides there (during the few weeks a year she is not globe-trotting on the tour). She has now won 3 WTA singles titles (the others were at Helsinki and Bali in 2002); this was her 4th singles final of the year; she does very well in doubles also. Svetlana swings a Head "Liquidmetal Instinct" bat and is attired in Fila togs. She is coached by Stefan Ortega, training in Barcelona. Svetlana rose to # 14 in the rankings after defeating # 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne in Dubai earlier this year, and there has been no sign that her ranking will drop.

    Meanwhile in the final in 's-Hertogenbosch (the press services call it Den Bosch, it's easier), # 27 Mary Pierce of France defeated # 75 Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 7-6(6), 6-2 (Mary is also shown appreciating the trophy).

    Mary said: "I've been very focused and concentrated this week, even with the rain. It's been a great opportunity for me since the No.1 and No.2 seeds went out early. I'm very proud of myself. It's been awhile since I won a title so it feels really great to win another tournament." story

    Klara said: "It was a great tournament but of course I'm a little bit sad right now... I had points to win the first set, but [Mary] started playing better and was hard to beat."

    29-year-old Mary Pierce has now won 16 WTA singles titles (including the 2000 French Open and the 1995 Australian Open) in 35 finals. Mary whose mother is French, was born in Canada, and raised mostly in Florida where she still has a residence. Her nationality was declared French when she was a teenager and the USTA seemed more interested in helping other players more than her. Mary wears Nike, and chops with a Yonex "Ultimum RD Ti-80" axe. After her 2000 win at Roland Garros, she was plagued by a series of injuries, which only tapered off last year.

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    The main draw for Eastbourne had 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals were on Monday.
    Eastbourne (daylight savings) time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 1 hour (US Pacific Daylight Time +8, EDT +5). Eastbourne has live scoring by points.
    Last Year: In the 2003 Eastbourne Final 2nd-seeded # 7 Chanda Rubin of the US defeated # 19 Conchita Martinez of Spain 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.

    The main draw for 's-Hertogenbosch had 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes. There were 3 wild cards in the main draw, one of which is 2nd-seeded late addition Patty Schnyder. There are no qualifying rounds at this tourney, thus no qualifiers. In the case of a withdrawal, they will find an "alternate" instead of a "lucky loser".
    's-Hertogenbosch time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 2 hours (US Pacific Daylight Time +9, EDT +6).
    Last Year: In the 2003 's-Hertogenbosch Final top-seeded # 2 s1 Kim Clijsters of Belgium defeated her compatriot 2nd-seeded # 3 Justine Henin-Hardenne 6-7(4) 3-0 retired when Justine incurred a left hand injury.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Eastbourne & 's-Hertogenbosch (Den Bosch)

s=seed, #=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
How do players get into the "draw"?
Eastbourne, 1st Rd, Mon-Tues 11:30am
losers' prize: $4,025 US; points: 1
*#23 Elena Bovina RUS d #16 s5 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 7-5, 6-0 Tues

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Elena Bovina
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*#26 Karolina Sprem CRO d #17 s6 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi ISR 6-2, 6-4

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Karolina Sprem

#19 s7 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #32 q Alicia Molik AUS 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(2) Tues
#21 s8 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #193 wc Anne Keothavong GBR 5-7, 6-1, 6-1

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Magdalena Maleeva

*#29 Nathalie Dechy FRA d #22 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 6-2, 6-1
*#46 Tina Pisnik SLO d #24 Jelena Dokic SCG 6-2, 6-2 Tues

    Jelena said: "My game in general is a problem right now. Not just the serve or the returning. My confidence is very low. That cannot be much of a surprise to anybody. I just have to get more matches and not worry about it, but it is not easy when you keep losing. It means you can't have as many matches. Simple. Practice is all right. There is no pressure there." story

#25 Conchita Martinez ESP d #28 Lisa Raymond USA 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 Tues
*#41 q Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #31 Dinara Safina RUS 7-6(3), 7-5 Tues
#33 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN d #82 q Cara Black ZIM 6-4, 6-1 Tues
*#54 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #34 Amy Frazier USA 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 Tues

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Daniela Hantuchova

    Daniela said: "I'm really glad the way I fought back in the first set. I had some chances, too, in the second set, but I'm glad I was fighting in the third. I have put last year totally behind me and am just concentrating on the future. I'm physically in good shape and really excited to be back on grass."

*#56 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP d #50 Magui Serna ESP 6-4, 7-6(2) Tues
*#240 wc Amanda Janes GBR d #49 q Jie Zheng CHN 7-5, 6-3 Tues

    Amanda said: "This is my first main draw WTA Tour win and I'm so happy since this is what you work for. Tomorrow I play the No.1 seed Mauresmo and that's by far the highest ranked player I've ever had the chance to play. It's such a good opportunity, every match you play and all the practice is about being at an event like this and meeting the highest quality players in the world." story

Eastbourne, 2nd Rd, Weds 11:30am
losers' prize: $7,600 US; points: 25
#4 s1 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #240 wc Amanda Janes GBR 6-4, 6-2
#10 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #33 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN 6-4, 6-3
#13 s3 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #41 q Elena Likhovtseva RUS 7-5, 4-6, 6-3
#14 s4 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #29 Nathalie Dechy FRA 6-1, 3-6, 6-3
*#46 Tina Pisnik SLO d #19 s7 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-6(2), 7-5
#21 s8 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #25 Conchita Martinez ESP 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
* #56 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP d #23 Elena Bovina RUS 6-4, 1-6, 6-2
* #54 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #26 Karolina Sprem CRO 6-3, 2-6, 6-4

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Daniela Hantuchova

    Daniela said: "I feel so good right now, so much better than last year. Winning these matches has given me so much confidence and that's so important going into a big event like Wimbledon. But hopefully I'll get a few more matches here this week. The difference between the confidence in match wins comes from sticking to your game plan. When you're not winning you start to make bad shot selections on the court. The third set was very difficult out there today, but I fought through it and stuck to what I wanted to do. That's what made the difference." story

Eastbourne, QFs, Thurs 11:30am
losers' prize: $14,100 US; points: 49
#4 s1 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #21 s8 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-4, 6-3
#10 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #46 Tina Pisnik SLO 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
*#54 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #13 s3 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-1, 7-6(7)

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Daniela Hantuchova

    Daniela said: "In the first set, I felt like that was some of the best tennis I played in quite a while. That felt like old times... I've been working very hard these last few months, and I felt this was coming. This is just the start. There is still more work to be done." story
    Daniela also said: "I kept fighting all the way through, even when I was down. It's tough to play your first match on grass, but I already won two before and have beaten the number three seed today. I felt great in the match and am looking forward to playing Amelie - she is playing great also." story

#14 s4 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #56 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 6-3, 6-0

Eastbourne, SFs, Fri 11:30am story
losers' prize: $26,500 US; points: 88
*#54 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK v #4 s1 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

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Daniela Hantuchova

    Daniela said: "It's been a long while since I played this well. I've been hoping and waiting for the moment when I felt this good on the court. It's all back."

#10 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS v #14 s4 Vera Zvonareva RUS 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-1

    Svetlana said: "In the second set at 5-4, I realized that I had been hitting the balls too hard and going for too many winners. I just tried to get the balls back in the court. My game really came together, and I was very happy with the way I played."

Eastbourne, Final, Sat 12 Noon
loser's prize: $49,500 US; points: 137
winner's prize: $93,000 US; points: 195
#10 s2 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #54 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK 2-6, 7-6(2), 6-4

Eastbourne, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $15,600 US
winners' prize: $29,000 US
*Alicia Molik & Magui Serna d s1 Elena Likhovtseva & Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4, 6-4

Eastbourne, Qual Finals, Mon Jun 14
#32 Alicia Molik AUS d #88 Shenay Perry USA 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
#41 Elena Likhovtseva RUS d #44 Saori Obata JPN 6-3, 6-1
#49 Jie Zheng CHN d #74 Vera Douchevina RUS 0-3 retired-- left hip strain
#82 Cara Black ZIM d #341 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-2, 7-6(5)

Eastbourne, Withdrawals
#3 Anastasia Myskina RUS rest & recovery
#15 Maria Sharapova rest & recovery
#18 Chanda Rubin USA left knee
's-Hertogenbosch, 1st Rd Mon-Tues Noon
losers' prize: $1,400 US; points: 1
#27 s3 Mary Pierce FRA d #116 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI 6-2, 6-4 Tues
*#75 Klara Koukalova CZE d #30 s4 Eleni Daniilidou GRE walkover-- right achilles strain
*#84 Barbara Schett AUT d #36 s5 Emilie Loit FRA walkover-- right foot ligament strain Tues
*#48 Anca Barna GER d #37 s6 Jelena Kostanic CRO 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

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Anca Barna

#42 s7 Claudine Schaul LUX d #1044 wc Michaella Krajicek NED 6-4, 3-1 retired-- stomach cramping

Michaella Krajicek

    Michaella, The only Dutch player in the draw in 's-Hertogenbosch, is the younger half-sister of former ATP great Richard Krajicek. Serving while trailing 6-4, 3-1, (she led 3-0 in the 1st set before Claudine took control) Michaella wavered and then collapsed on the grass court. She apparently is OK, however.

    Michaella said: "I'm really disappointed I wasn't able to finish the match today. I always love playing in my home country. But I was feeling stomach cramps the whole match and then just passed out on the court. It was also very hot on the court, which was a reason too." story

#45 s8 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS d #77 Melinda Czink HUN 6-2, 6-1
#53 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #57 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-1, 6-1
*#80 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #55 Arantxa Parra Santonja ESP 6-3, 7-6(5)
*#85 Milagros Sequera VEN d #60 Marta Marrero ESP 6(3)-7 7-5 6-3 Tues c1 m3
*#229 SR26 Anne Kremer LUX d #61 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 6-1, 6-3
#63 Denisa Chladkova CZE d #64 Martina Sucha SVK 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
*#91 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #72 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-4, 6-1 Tues
#65 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP v #81 Ludmila Cervanova SVK 6-2, 6-1 Tues
#67 Akiko Morigami JPN d #327 wc Carly Gullickson USA 6-1, 7-5

's-Hertogenbosch, 2nd Rd Tues-Weds
losers' prize: $2,500 US; points: 16
*#53 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #12 s1 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-4, 6-3 Wed
*#65 A Medina Garrigues ESP d #20 s2 wc Patty Schnyder SUI 6-2, 6-4 Wed
#27 s3 Mary Pierce FRA v #91 Maria Kirilenko RUS 6(3)-7, 6-4, 6-2 Wed

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Mary Pierce

#42 s7 Claudine Schaul LUX v #67 Akiko Morigami JPN 4-6, 6-4 retired-- right wrist strain Tues
#45 s8 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS d #63 Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Wed
*#229 SR26 Anne Kremer LUX d #48 Anca Barna GER 6-2, 6-4 Tues
#75 Klara Koukalova CZE d #85 Milagros Sequera VEN 4-6, 6-3, 6-3Wed
*#84 Barbara Schett AUT d #80 Flavia Pennetta ITA 7-5, 6-2 Wed

's-Hertogenbosch, QFs, Thurs
losers' prize: $4,500 US; points: 30
#27 s3 Mary Pierce FRA d #229 SR26 Anne Kremer LUX 6-4, 6-2

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Mary Pierce

    Mary said: "You can never underestimate Anne. She's a tough player, and I knew even though I was up 4-0 [in the 2nd set], I was still going to have to work hard to take the match." story

*#65 A Medina Garrigues ESP d #42 s7 Claudine Schaul LUX 6-4, 6-0
#45 s8 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS d #53 Jelena Jankovic SCG 6-4, 6-1
#75 Klara Koukalova CZE d #84 Barbara Schett AUT 6-4, 6-2

's-Hertogenbosch, SFs, Fri
losers' prize: $8,200 US; points: 55
#27 s3 Mary Pierce FRA v #45 s8 Lina Krasnoroutskaya RUS 6-2, 6-2 rain delayed match, finished on Saturday
*#75 Klara Koukalova CZE d #65 A Medina Garrigues ESP 7-5, 3-0 retired-- left abdominal strain

's-Hertogenbosch, Final, Sat
loser's prize: $14,500 US; points: 85
winner's prize: $27,000 US; points: 120
#27 s3 Mary Pierce FRA d #75 Klara Koukalova CZE 7-6(6), 6-2

's-Hertogenbosch, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $4,450 US
winners' prize: $8,000 US
s2 Lisa McShea & Milagros Sequera d Jelena Kostanic & Claudine Schaul 7-6(3), 6-3

    (Jun 13, 2004) Martina Navratilova accepted a wild card into the singles qualifying at Eastbourne, hoping to get in some extra singles practice that way. She won her 1st match on Saturday, but lost on Sunday to Elena Likhovtseva, 6-4, 6-2. She needed the practice because she has been awarded a wild card into the singles main draw at Wimbledon. Now Martina might not play Wimbledon singles after all.
    Martina said: "The body is not working as well as it used to. I need to decide whether I'll take that wild card or not. I've asked for it but I'll have to see... I've had a bum knee and then my ankle gave out on me in the middle of the game against Likhovtseva. It just got jammed and the trainer fixed it but I have to loosen these bones." On June 16th Martina announced that she would indeed play singles at Wimbledon story

from Hard Courts by John Feinstein (page 297):
    The women have played a Wimbledon warm-up tournament at Eastbourne since the nineteenth century, after all these years still playing at the same site, Devonshire Park.
    Eastbourne is two hours southeast of London, an easy train ride or a harrowing drive along narrow country roads. It sits on the English Channel and is the English version of St. Petersburg [Florida], a small resort town where a substantial part of the population is over the age of seventy.
    Devonshire Park is a two-hundred-yard walk from the beach, a veritable melting pot of the tennis world. The old is very much in evidence: the north stand, which was built in 1881, is often filled with septuagenarians who have been coming here for as long as anyone can remember. Towering oak trees rise up behind the north stand and sea gulls often swoop by noisily, distracting the players.
    Two things make Eastbourne different than other tournaments. First, it is a six-day tournament, ending Saturday...

    The second thing that makes Eastbourne unique is the player party. Every tennis tournament in the world has a player party. On the women's tour, WTA public relations and marketing people as well as their counterparts at Kraft and Virginia Slims usually spend the first few days at each tournament trying to round up players to come to the party. For the players, one more party with one more group of sponsors telling them how wonderful they are is boring, a time-waster. They understand they have to do their share to keep these people happy, but they don't enjoy it very much.
    Eastbourne is different because of the talent show. The players--even Navratilova--show up because they expect the show to be funny. The person most responsible for making it funny every year is Elsie Burgin, director, writer, and star.
    This year's [1990's] show was built around a mock game show...

    ...Most of this was very inside humor. If you weren't part of the women's tour in some way, the jokes meant little. [Sophie] Amiach broke the crowd up with her Stefano Capriati imitation: "I deserve the credit," she said. "I produce the child. I teach the child. I coach the child. I am the star." To his credit, Stefano Capriati laughed as hard as anyone...

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