2005 Bali WTA Singles Results     Lindsay Davenport, Champion


  WTA Sept 12-18

Wismilak International, Bali, INA Tier III
$225,000 - 30 players - outdoor: hard

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# 1 Lindsay Davenport
# 11 Patty Schnyder
# 13 Alicia Molik
# 26 Francesca Schiavone

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#2 Lindsay Davenport 6' 2", RH 2H-BH
#26 Francesca Schiavone 5' 5", RH 1H-BH
    On Sunday in the final in Bali, 29-year-old top-seeded # 2 Lindsay Davenport from Laguna Beach, California, USA, defeated 25-year-old 4th-seeded # 26 Francesca Schiavone from Milan, Italy, 6-2, 6-4 (Lindsay and Francesca are shown with the hardware after the match).
    Lindsay said: "I think the difference in the second set was once I got broken to 2-2 I felt like [Francesca] played with a little bit more confidence. The balls were definitely coming a little bit harder and deeper. She wasn't really allowing me to be inside the baseline as much as I was in the first set. I didn't play a great game to get broken, but overall I got it back together at the end and obviously I'm happy to come out with a victory." WTA story
    Francesca said: "In the second set I tried to serve better and to do better with my return, and make [Lindsay] play what she doesn't want. I tried to run faster, but it's not easy when she hits the ball with such good timing... Maybe at the start was not so wonderful because it is difficult to feel how she plays. It's okay. Maybe next time I can do a little bit more to try to win the most important points."

    Lindsay had played Francesca only once before, on carpet last year in the QFs of the Kremlin Cup in Moscow, where Lindsay won, 6-4, 6-1.

    Lindsay Davenport has now won 49 WTA singles titles in 84 finals. Lindsay, who wears Nike and swings a Wilson nTour bat, hits the ball hard and deep with fine groundstroke form, but she is not as mobile as some players. Trained in her youth by Robert Lansdorp, Lindsay has been coached by Adam Peterson since March, 2003.
Davenport career record - Davenport Wallpaper

    Francesca Schiavone is now 2-1 in WTA singles finals, having won the titles in Canberra in 2003 and Tashkent in 2000. She has also won 3 WTA doubles titles. The WTA now lists Francesca's residence as London, England, while the ITF still says Milan (I would take the WTA's word for it, but I cannot figure out why a good Italian girl would want to live in London). Lively Francesca, who wears Diadora and chops with a Wilson nTour Pro No. One consistently displays an animated demeanor on the court; she is one player who will should never need a "wake-up call." Francesca is coached by Daniel Panajotti.
Schiavone career record

    The Bali website gallery includes match photos taken by Ardiles Rante, Anya Rosoff, Murdani Usman, Joerg Adelt, and Hermanus Prihatna. The photos are usually 480 pixels wide and up to 737 high, and some are very good.

Bali: interactive satellite photo of Bali
    The main draw for Bali had 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes. There were 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying finals were on Monday.
    The time in Bali is GMT (UCT, ZULU) plus 8 hours (=US EDT+12, PDT +15). Early round play began at 3:00pm local time (Monday's 1st round matches followed the qualifying finals).


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

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On Saturday, September 10, Lindsay "Machine Gun" Davenport arrived in Bali with her extra equipment,
while Meghann Shaughnessy and Karolina Sprem were posing for some nice pics

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Patty Schnyder, Alicia Molik, Anna-Lena Groenefeld, and Sania Mirza
were also looking very, very nice on Saturday

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A flock of healthy young ladies gathered at the player party Saturday night, including, I think,
front row: Patty Schnyder, Tomoko Yonemura, Karolina Sprem, Maria Elena Camerin, Marta Domachowska, and Jamea Jackson;
2nd row: Mariana Diaz-Oliva, Nuria Llagostera Vives, and Ekaterina Bychkova;
back: five more ladies I could try to name, but I'm avoiding unforced errors...

Bali, 1st Round, Mon-Wed 3pm WTA stories: Mon - Tue
loser's prize: $1,665 US; points: 1
#14 s3 Alicia Molik AUS d #63 Mariana Diaz-Oliva ARG 7-6(6), 6-3 Tue

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Alicia Molik

    It was Alicia's first win in over five months, during most of which she had been sidelined by an inner-ear infection. Alicia said: "Really happy to win tonight. I hadn't won a match since March, so it's good for my confidence. Unfortunately, I got used to winning in a fun way, playing really well, so even though I won tonight, I wasn't totally happy with the way I played. I felt like I was struggling a little bit under the lights. I haven't played a night match in quite a while, so it took me some time to get used to it."

#26 s4 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #78 Jamea Jackson USA 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 Mon

    After departing the US Open, Francesca took a direct flight to Singapore. But the plane was diverted to London after a passenger became ill. On proceeding to Singapore, a mechanical problem caused the plane to stop in Bangkok for five hours. After arriving late in Singapore, Francesca had to wait four hours for a flight to Bali. Francesca said: "I was tired because I had problems with the flight, and it took me 40 hours to get here from New York... But [Jamea] is good. It was tough. It was the first time that I saw her, and I just tried to do my job. It wasn't great. I had to run and to fight. She fought all the match... It was getting tight at the end of the match, and I'm glad I was able to win the last set 6-4, because it could have gone to a tie-break." Reuters story

#31 s5 Anna-Lena Groenefeld GER d #86 Karolina Sprem CRO 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 Tue

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Anna-Lena Groenefeld

    Anna-Lena said: "In the first set I was very rusty. But in one of my service games I hit a double fault and told myself 'Get going.' I was playing really well up to 4-1 in the second, but then I lost a little bit of focus. [Karolina] had nothing to lose at that point and she went for her shots, but I managed to get my focus back in the third, so I'm happy to win this match. I know she's had a rough year so far, so when it got to a third set I knew I might have a bit more confidence to close out the match."

#32 s6 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #135 Martina Muller GER 6-3, 6-1 Wed
#40 s7 Na Li CHN d #52 N Llagostera Vives ESP 6-3, 6-1 Mon

    Na said: "I was happy with my first match today; I felt I played within myself. My goal here is to reach at least the semifinals, so I'll be working hard this week to achieve that."

*#97 Ekatarina Bychkova RUS d #42 s8 Sania Mirza IND 6-3, 6-2 Tue

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Ekaterina Bychkova

    Sania said: "I just wasn't really in it from the beginning. I'd have a couple of good points but then I would hit some bad errors. Credit to [Ekaterina]; she played a good match, but I felt quite rusty out there, and couldn't find my rhythm. I've been playing eight weeks in a row now; I think it's normal to have a bad day in that stretch of time... I'll get some rest and hopefully I'll be ready for Kolkata [Calcutta]."

*#76 Laura Pous Tio ESP d #53 Meghann Shaughnessy USA 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 Tue

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Laura Pous Tio

#56 Jie Zheng CHN d #72 Maria Vento-Kabchi VEN 6-3, 6-4 Tue

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Jie Zheng

*#81 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #61 Marta Domachowska POL 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 Mon
*#77 Alyona Bondarenko UKR d #75 Yoon Jeong Cho KOR 6-4, 6-4 Mon
#84 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #362 Tomoko Yonemura JPN 7-6(7), 7-5 Tue

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Aiko Nakamura

#85 Rika Fujiwara JPN d #157 Nathalie Grandin RSA 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(5) Mon
#110 wc Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP d #180 Tiantian Sun CHN 6-2, 6-2 Tue

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Virginia Ruano Pascual

#181 Zi Yan CHN d #296 wc Wynne Prakusya INA 6-2, 7-5 Tue

Bali, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 3pm WTA Thu story
loser's prize: $3,050 US; points: 19
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #85 Rika Fujiwara JPN 6-3, 6-2 Wed

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Lindsay Davenport

    Lindsay said: "I've never been one to start a tournament playing well from the very beginning. I started a little slowly, but by the second set I felt more comfortable out there. It's certainly a different atmosphere to playing in New York, but after losing in the quarters there it's just nice to be on the court playing again." WTA story

#11 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #110 wc Virginia Ruano Pascual ESP 6-2, 6-3 Thu

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Patty Schnyder

    Patty said: "It was really tough. [Virginia] had a pretty good run in the second set and I really had to fight back and focus on every point. But I was really happy the way it turned out at the end of the second set, and I feel ready for my next opponent." Reuters story

*#77 Alyona Bondarenko UKR d #14 s3 Alicia Molik AUS 6-4, 6-2 Thu

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Alyona Bondarenko

    Alyona said: "I'm very happy with this win. I was thinking if I played well, I could beat [Alicia] today, and I think I did that."

    Alicia said: "I didn't get any free points on my serve tonight, which I usually do. I could have been more aggressive and taken a few steps into the court, but I let [Alyona] get into a rhythm too much, and she was playing at the pace she likes. I'm glad that I was able to fight back a bit after 5-1 in the first, but I shouldn't have got into that position in the first place."

#26 s4 Francesca Schiavone ITA v #76 Laura Pous Tio ESP 6-3, 6-2 Wed

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Francesca Schiavone

*#84 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #31 s5 Anna-lena Groenefeld GER 6-3, 1-6, 6-1 Thu

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Aiko modeling on Sunday

#32 s6 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #56 Jie Zheng CHN 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Thu

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Flavia Pennetta

    Flavia said: "I was playing really well at the beginning, but then I started to get a bit tired. Luckily, I improved again and was able to win."
    "I'm looking forward to playing against Francesca [Schiavone, in the quarterfinals]. We are very good friends, so even if she beats me, I'll be happy for her."

#40 s7 Na Li CHN d #181 q Zi Yan CHN 6-3, 6-4 Wed

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Na modeling on Sunday

#81 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d #97 Ekatarina Bychkova RUS 6-4, 6-3 Thu

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Maria Elena modeling on Sunday, and playing on Thursday

Bali, QFs, Fri 3pm WTA story
loser's prize: $5,615 US; points: 37
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #81 Maria Elena Camerin ITA 6-3, 6-1

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Lindsay during the match, and at a "Cooking Class" on Friday with Virginia Ruano Pascual
(it looks more like a good eating class...)

    Lindsay said: "It was a tough first few games. I'm still not exactly where I want to be. Some of the games I lost I still could have won, but I was mostly in control and a little bit better. I still feel I can get better and be more consistent."

    About her semifinal opponent, Na Li, Lindsay said: "I just played her at the US Open [in the 1st round] and she was very good. She hit the ball very hard and she moves very well and has a good backhand, so that's a tough match. I was definitely impressed, and hopefully I'll be really sharp and on my toes and play well."

#11 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI d #84 Aiko Nakamura JPN 6-4, 6-1

    About her semifinal opponent, Francesca Schiavone, Patty said: "She's a fighter. She has a tough game for me, hitting spin balls to my backhand. We played in San Diego, and it was a three-set match, so I expect another tough one tomorrow."

#26 s4 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #32 s6 Flavia Pennetta ITA 5-7, 6-3, 7-5

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Francesca either protesting a line call
or indicating how tall Flavia looks on the other side of the court

    Francesca said: "I started the match very well but then it got very close and it became a real battle. Flavia and I are very good friends. We were together until an hour before the match, but when you go on court there are no friends, you just fight. I have to congratulate Flavia because she has improved a lot this year and I'm very happy for her."

#40 s7 Na Li CHN d #77 Alyona Bondarenko UKR 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
Bali, SFs, Sat WTA story
loser's prize: $10,300 US; points: 66
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #40 s7 Na Li CHN 6-2, 6-2

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Lindsay Davenport

    Lindsay said: "It was the kind of tennis I wanted to play. Even a few balls that I missed, I thought I struck the ball well, better than the other nights. I knew that [Na] liked to dictate play so I was trying to overpower her and hit the ball hard and not let her have a lot of time... I knew she was going to be a tough opponent, having had a good match against her in the US Open. She has a very good crosscourt backhand, which I tried to take away from her. I definitely feel like I've been improving with each match."
    About playing Francesca Sciavone in the final, Lindsay said: "Francesca is a great fighter. She never gives up, even when it seems like she's about to lose. I'll definitely have to be playing well tomorrow if I'm going to win the title."

*#26 s4 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #11 s2 Patty Schnyder SUI 1-6, 6-4 retired-- heat illness

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Francesca Schiavone

    The temperature was 88F, but the humidity was very high. Patty had no break points against her until she double faulted while leading 4-3 in the 2nd set. Then she called for the trainer, and placed an icebag on her head. After she lost the 2nd set, she said she couldn't continue.

Patty said: "I started to feel unwell at the beginning of the second set, after two or three games. I was feeling dizzy like I couldn't coordinate what my legs and what my hands were doing. I felt like a beginner out there... I'm very disappointed I couldn't keep playing and maybe reach the final... When the trainer came out at 5-4 I knew I wouldn't be able to continue." AP story

Francesca said: "The humidity is high. You have to change your shirt, you have to drink correct, eat correct, sleep correct. To stay here is wonderful, but you have to follow every step... I didn't realize anything was going wrong until the trainer came onto court. After the match I talked to [Patty] and she told me what the problem was. I wish the best for her. It's a shame because it was becoming a good match, but the conditions out there are quite tough. I was feeling it as well."

Bali, Final, Sun 4pm WTA story
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 103
winner's prize: $35,000 US; points: 145
#1 s1 Lindsay Davenport USA d #26 s4 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-2, 6-4
Bali, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $10,500 US
winners' prize: $5,700 US
cdr25 s1 Meghann Shaughnessy & Anna-Lena Groenefeld d cdr99 s4 Zi Yan & Jie Zheng 6-3, 6-3

    Meghann said: "[Anna-Lena and I] played really well tonight, and we're so happy to win our first title together. Yan and Zheng are a very good team- they beat Pennetta and Ruano Pascual in the semis- so we had to play well and force them out of playing the game they like. It was my first time coming to Bali and I'm so glad I did. I've had a wonderful time from start to finish."

Bali, Qual Finals, Mon Sept 12 3pm
losers' prize: $900 US
#135 Martina Muller GER d #265 Sophie Ferguson AUS 4-6, 6-1, 6-3 Mon
*#181 Zi Yan CHN d #153 Ting Li CHN 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 Mon
*#362 Tomoko Yonemura JPN d #178 Ryoko Fuda JPN 6-3, 7-6(1) Mon
#180 Tiantian Sun CHN d #227 Maria Jose Argeri ARG 7-5, 2-6, 6-2 Mon

Bali, Withdrawals
#5 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS back strain
#17 Jelena Jankovic SCG low back strain?
#58 Jill Craybas USA
#70 Antonella Serra Zanetti ITA

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Anna-Lena Groenefeld, Jamea Jackson, Patty Schnyder, Meghann Shaughnessy, Marta Domachowska,
Karolina Sprem, Maria Elena Camerin, Na Li, and Aiko Nakamura modeling on Sunday

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