2004 Warsaw & Budapest WTA Women's Singles Results-- Venus Williams & Jelena Jankovic, Champions


  WTA: Apr 26-May 2 2004

J&S Cup, Warsaw, POL Tier II
$585,000 - 28 players - outdoor: red clay
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s1 # 3 Amelie Mauresmo
s2 # 13 Venus Williams
s3 # 11 Vera Zvonareva
s4 # 14 Svetlana Kuznetsova

Budapest Grand Prix, Budapest, HUN Tier V - no website!
$110,000 - 32 players - outdoor: red clay
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s2 # 34 Petra Mandula
s3 # 48 Aniko Kapros
s4 # 50 Anca Barna
s5 # 55 Barbara Schett
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#14 Svetlana Kuznetsova
5' 8 ", 161 lbs, RH, 2H-BH
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#13 Venus Williams
6'1", 160 lbs, RH, 2H-BH

    At the J&S Cup Final in Warsaw on Sunday, 2nd-seeded # 13 Venus Williams of the US defeated 4th-seeded # 14 Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 6-1, 6-4 (no current photos of Svetlana were available, so she is shown after defeating Venus in Dubai on Feb 26, 2004; Venus is shown after the Warsaw Final with her goodies).

    Venus said: "It has been a great tournament for me. It's very important for me to win here today at this stage of my career and so important to follow up my win at the Family Circle Cup." story 2

    Svetlana said: "It was a tough match for me today. Venus played very well. She has done a good job of coming back after being out for such a long time and win two tournaments in a row... My biggest mistake in the first set was that I was trying to hit the ball harder than Venus. I had no expectations going into this tournament but overall I am very happy because I've reached the final especially after having no coach with me this week." story 1

    Venus now leads Svetlana 2-1 in career matches, with Svetlana winning the previous time, in Dubai in February, 6-2, 6-3.

    23-year-old Venus Williams occasionally picks up her mail at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. She has won her 31 WTA singles titles mostly by hitting hard and deep; she hit a 119 MPH serve at Charleston (where she won the tourney) a couple of weeks ago. She missed about 6 months of the past year with an abdominal strain and other ailments, but she has now won 2 tourneys in a row (with the Fed Cup in between). Venus wears Reebok garb and chops with a Wilson "Hammer" axe (the precise version number is apparently a mystery even to Wilson). Venus is coached by her father Richard.

    18-year-old Svetlana Kuznetsova 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 won 2 WTA singles titles thus far, both in 2002, at Helsinki and Bali. Svetlana swings a Head 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.

    In the Budapest final on Sunday, Jelena Jankovic of Serbia and Montenegro (the country until recently known as Yugoslavia) defeated Martina Sucha of Slovakia 7-6(4), 6-3. They had played just once before, earlier this year in Memphis, when Martina won 7-5, 7-5.

    Jelena said: "It's really special to win my first WTA title. I did not expect to win but it feels great. I won the important points and did not make too many mistakes."

    Martina said: "I made more mistakes. I tried my best but today [Jelena] returned all my balls."

    19-year-old Jelena Jankovic was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia but now lists her residence as Bradenton, Florida, home of the IMG Bollettieri Academy. Jelena is 5'9 ", 134 lbs, and also plays RH 2H-BH. She had won 1 ITF singles title, but this was her 1st WTA singles title.

    23-year-old Martina Sucha was born and resides in Nove Zamky, Slovakia. She is 5'7", 125 lbs, and plays the most common way, RH 2H-BH. Martina is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals, and she has also won 4 ITF singles titles.

    This week Yahoo! posted a total of about 15 photos from the Warsaw tourney, showing just 3 players (the same pics are up at Yahoo! France). Yahoo! had NO pics at all from Budapest. Warsaw does have a good photo gallery, but they posted no pics from the SFs or Final.
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    The main draw for Warsaw had 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers, 1 Lucky Loser, and 2 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals were on Monday.
    Warsaw time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 2 hours (US Pacific Daylight Time +9, EDT +6). Early round play began at 11am local time. Warsaw had live scoring by points, with statistics.

    The main draw for Budapest had 8 seeds, with NO 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers, 4 Lucky Losers, and 2 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals were on Monday.
    Budapest time is also GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 2 hours (US Pacific Daylight Time +9, EDT +6). Early round play began at 11am local time, however Budapest had NO website at all, so no live scoring.
    One or two Lucky Losers are not uncommon in WTA tourneys, but this week in Budapest there were 4 late withdrawals, and thus 4 Lucky Losers, meaning that every young lady who lost in the qualifying finals is in the main draw anyway. This is very unusual.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Warsaw & Budapest

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Polish wild card Marta Domachowska
participating in an Internet chat session on Monday

Warsaw, 1st Round, Mon
loser's prize: $4,025 US; points: 1
#23 Fabiola Zuluaga COL d #67 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 7-6(5), 6-4

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Fabiola Zuluaga

Warsaw, 1st Round, Tues 11am
#20 s8 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi ISR d #76 M-G Mikaelian SUI 6-3, 6-2
#30 Elena Bovina RUS d #63 Katarina Srebotnik SLO 4-6, 6-3, 6-1

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Elena Bovina

*#45 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #36 Maria Sanchez Lorenzo ESP 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-3

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Maria Antonia Sanchez Lorenzo

#95 wc Vera Douchevina RUS d SR146 q Kveta Peschke CZE 7-5, 6-3
#148 wc Marta Domachowska POL d #227 q Kristen Schlukebir USA 6-4, 6-0

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Marta Domachowska

    Marta said: "I was a little nervous at the warm up but after a few balls I felt much better and I kept playing better as the match went on. It's my first win in such a big tournament which I am very proud of. I think I still need more patience in my tennis but my tactics worked out well today." story Marta is currently the top-ranked Polish player in the WTA.

Warsaw, 1st Round, Weds 11am
#16 s6 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #52 Denisa Chladkova CZE 6-4, 6-1
#17 s7 Patty Schnyder SUI d #164 q Elena Tatarkova UKR 6-3, 6-4

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Patty Schnyder

#22 s9 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #32 Tina Pisnik SLO 6-3, 6-0
#24 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #47 Elena Likhovtseva RUS 6-3, 6-1
#26 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d #68 Gisela Dulko ARG 6-2, 6-2
*#139 LL Lenka Nemeckova CZE d #99 q Henrieta Nagyova SVK 6-3, 6-2

Warsaw, 2nd Round, Weds
loser's prize: $7,600 US; points: 25
#13 s2 Venus Williams USA d #23 Fabiola Zuluaga COL 4-6, 6-2, 6-0

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Venus Williams

    Venus said: "I feel good about my match today. Fabiola is a strong player and she started playing really well... I expected the match to really be challenging and expected myself to play better but it was good that I hit so many balls today and eventually won the match... I think [Fabiola] was returning my serve well, even when I was getting some good first serves in. I didn't get as many service winners or easy points off my serve as normal, but my first serve was more consistent in the second and third sets." story

#20 s8 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi ISR d #45 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 7-5

Warsaw, 2nd Round, Thurs
#3 s1 Amelie Mauresmo FRA d #26 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-2, 7-6(3)

    Amelie said: "I'm satisfied with the way I played today. It's never easy in the first match. I felt OK on the court and my game is coming together and I'm adjusting to the European clay court. [Eleni] played a good match and she made it tough in the second set." story

#11 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #139 LL Lenka Nemeckova CZE 6-1, 6-3

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Vera Zvonareva

#14 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #95 wc Vera Douchevina RUS 6-0, 6-1
#16 s6 Silvia Farina Elia ITA d #148 wc Marta Domachowska POL 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
*#24 Magdalena Maleeva BUL d #17 s7 Patty Schnyder SUI 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
#22 s9 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #30 Elena Bovina RUS 6-2, 6-3

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Francesca Schiavone

Warsaw, QFs, Fri
loser's prize: $14,100 US; points: 49
*#22 s9 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #3 s1 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-1

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Francesca Schiavone

    Francesca said: "It was an intense match for me and I was very nervous at the start. There is a lot of emotion that goes into each match especially when you play against the top players. I have to learn to play against these top players and just see them as normal players... Today taught me that every top player is just a player. For me every ball was a match ball. Mauresmo is on a good level, but today I was the best." story 1 - story 2

    Amelie said: "I felt sure I would win after the first set, but by the third set it was [Francesca] dictating the conditions. I know that I have to train harder to get back to my best. In the end one lost game is not a big deal."

#13 s2 Venus Williams USA d #24 Magdalena Maleeva BUL 6-1, 6-0

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Venus Williams

#11 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #20 s8 Anna Smashnova-Pistolesi ISR 6-3, 7-5
#14 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #16 s6 Silvia Farina Elia ITA 6-1, 6-4

Warsaw, SFs, Sat
loser's prize: $26,500 US; points: 88
#13 s2 Venus Williams USA d #11 s3 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-3, 6-2

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Venus Williams

    Venus said: "I think this has been my best match (this week), where I've been able to move my best... In the rallies I always felt I was in control, even when I was on the defence. I was definitely able to attack [Vera's] serve." story

    Vera said: "Venus played really well, and I had too many unforced errors. I couldn't show my best game today, and you need to play at your best if you want to beat these top players."

#14 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d #22 s9 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 6-2

    Svetlana said: "I felt great today. I'm really happy because I was considering not coming as I didn't think I was ready to play on clay. I wasn't feeling that good this morning, so I knew it would be a tough match for me." story

    Francesca said: "It wasn't easy for me today because I played a lot of tennis yesterday, and I gave my very best against Amelie, which was the best win of my career."

Warsaw, Final, Sun
loser's prize: $ 49,500 US; points: 137
winner's prize: $ 93,000 US; points: 195
#13 s2 Venus Williams USA d #14 s4 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-1, 6-4

Warsaw, Doubles Final
losers' prize: $15,600 US
winners' prize: $29,000 US
cdr85 s2 Silvia Farina Elia & Francesca Schiavone d cdr193 Gisela Dulko & Patricia Tarabini 3-6, 6-2, 6-1

Warsaw, Qualifying Finals, Mon
#99 Henrieta Nagyova SVK d #139 Lenka Nemeckova CZE 7-5, 6-7(2), 6-4

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Henrieta Nagyova

*SR146 Kveta Peschke CZE d #142 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA 6-4, 6-1
#164 Elena Tatarkova UKR d #185 Mariya Koryttseva UKR 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
*#227 Kristen Schlukebir USA d #217 Angelika Roesch GER 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4

Warsaw, Withdrawals
#15 s5 Paola Suarez ARG finger
Budapest, 1st Round, Mon
loser's prize: $800 US; points: 1
#82 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #194 wc Zsofia Gubacsi HUN 6-3, 6-4

Budapest, 1st Round, Tues 10am
#34 s2 Petra Mandula HUN d #126 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-4, 6-0
#48 s3 Aniko Kapros HUN d #104 Silvija Talaja CRO 63 64
*#72 Ludmila Cervanova SVK d #50 s4 Anca Barna GER 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
#55 s5 Barbara Schett AUT d #165 LL Edina Gallovits ROM 6-2, 6-4
#57 s6 Iveta Benesova CZE d #140 LL Stephanie Foretz FRA 6-7(3), 6-4 6-2
#60 s8 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #211 LL Dominika Nociarova SVK 6-2, 6-3
*#118 Roberta Vinci ITA d #65 Lubomira Kurhajkova SVK 6-3, 6-4
#70 Martina Sucha SVK d #816 wc Andreja Klepac SLO 7-6(3), 6-4
#73 Marion Bartoli FRA d #374 q Shikha Uberoi USA 6-3, 6-2
#78 Julia Vakulenko UKR d #292 q Paula Garcia ESP 6-3, 6-1
*#277 LL Yvonne Meusburger AUT d #92 Tatiana Perebiynis UKR 7-6(4), 6-2
*#188 q Sanda Mamic CRO d #93 Gala Leon Garcia ESP 6-1, 6-4
#103 Samantha Stosur AUS d #177 q Kyra Nagy HUN 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

Budapest, 1st Round, Weds 11am
#58 s7 Arantxa Parra ESP d #74 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-3, 6-1
*#83 Tathiana Garbin ITA d #64 s9 Melinda Czink HUN 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Budapest, 2nd Round, Weds
loser's prize: $1,450 US; points: 10
*#82 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #55 s5 Barbara Schett AUT 6-2, 6-1
#60 s8 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #118 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 1-6, 7-6(5)
#72 Ludmila Cervanova SVK d #73 Marion Bartoli FRA 7-6(3), 7-5

Budapest, 2nd Round, Thurs
#34 s2 Petra Mandula HUN d #277 LL Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-4, 6-1
#48 s3 Aniko Kapros HUN d #103 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 6-1
#57 s6 Iveta Benesova CZE d #78 Julia Vakulenko UKR 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
*#70 Martina Sucha SVK d #58 s7 Arantxa Parra ESP 6-4, 6-0
*#188 q Sanda Mamic CRO d #83 Tathiana Garbin ITA 4-6, 6-2, 7-5

Budapest, QFs
loser's prize: $2,600 US; points: 20
*#70 Martina Sucha SVK d #34 s2 Petra Mandula HUN 5-7, 6-2, 6-3
*#57 s6 Iveta Benesova CZE d #48 s3 Aniko Kapros HUN 6-2, 6-1
#60 s8 Jelena Jankovic SCG v #72 Ludmila Cervanova SVK 6-0, 6-0
#82 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #188 q Sanda Mamic CRO 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

Budapest, SFs
loser's prize: $4,800 US; points: 36
*#70 Martina Sucha SVK d #57 s6 Iveta Benesova CZE 4-6, 7-5, 6-0
#60 s8 Jelena Jankovic SCG v #82 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6-4

Budapest, Final
loser's prize: $9,000 US; points: 56
winner's prize: $16,000 US; points: 80
#60 s8 Jelena Jankovic SCG d #70 Martina Sucha SVK 7-6(4), 6-3

Budapest, Doubles Final
loser's prize: $3,000 US
winner's prize: $5,500 US
d64 s1 Petra Mandula & Barbara Schett d d1646 Virag Nemeth & Agnes Szavay 6-3, 6-2

Budapest, Qualifying Finals, Mon
*#292 Paula Garcia ESP d #140 Stephanie Foretz FRA 7-6(3), 6-3
*#374 Shikha Uberoi USA d #165 Edina Gallovits ROM 6-4, 6-3
#177 Kyra Nagy HUN d #277 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-1, 6-3
#188 Sanda Mamic CRO d #211 Dominika Nociarova SVK 6-3, 7-6(4)

Budapest, Withdrawals
#27 s1 Emile Loit FRA
#80 Marta Marrero ESP
#96 Emmanuelle Gagliardi SUI
Marlene Weingartner GER

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