2007 Bali WTA Singles Results     Lindsay Davenport, Champion


  WTA Sept 10-16

Commonwealth Bank Classic
Bali, INA Tier III $225,000
30 players - outdoor: hard

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#3 Jelena Jankovic
#11 Daniela Hantuchova
#12 Patty Schnyder
#34 Anabel Medina Garrigues
#38 Eleni Daniilidou
#40 Martina Muller
#49 Aiko Nakamura
#70 Yaroslava Shvedova

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#11 Daniela Hantuchova
5' 11¼", 123 lbs RH 2H-BH
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#118 Lindsay Davenport
6' 2½", 175 lbs RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday in Bali, in the final of the Commonwealth Bank Classic, 31-year-old # 118 (and former # 1) Lindsay Davenport from Laguna Beach, California, defeated 25-year-old 2nd-seeded # 11 Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 (Daniela is shown during the match, Lindsay with the goodies afterward).

    Lindsay said: "I certainly exceeded my expectations in how I'd play. I think a lot of it just had to do with being excited to be back out there and being fresh to play. But I would have never expected this to happen so soon." WTA story

    Daniela said: "I think I used the right tactics but it didn't work out. All the credit to [Lindsay] and how she was playing. She was serving great. Maybe I was trying for too much and that's where the errors started coming in. But against a player like that, you can't really afford to do that."

    Lindsay now leads Daniela 7-0 in career matches, although Daniela has taken Lindsay to three sets in four of their meetings.

    2005 Bali champ Lindsay now has a 52-36 record in WTA singles finals; she retired at the beginning of this season, and unretired this week, thus her match record for the year is 5-0.
    About her "post-retirement" plans, Lindsay said: "I hope to play Australia at the start of next year, but besides that I don't know what to expect. But I'm hopeful to play as much as I can next year."

    Daniela is now 2-5 in previous WTA singles finals finals, both her titles are Tier I, both were won at Indian Wells, this year and in 2002. Daniela's match record for 2007 is 39-22.

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Commonwealth Bank Classic,  Bali, Indonesia


    Bali: The main draw for Bali has 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.
Grand Hyatt Bali, Indonesia, on the Nusa Dua Peninsula
Grand Hyatt Bali, courts at left, beach at right - click for sat pic
Latitude: -8.804492 Longitude: 115.231546 goto link for World Wind

    Bali time is GMT (UCT, ZULU) + 8 hours (US Pacific Daylight Time +15, EDT +12). Indonesia news

    The Grand Hyatt Bali is located on the Nusa Dua Peninsula, close to Sanur, Kuta and downtown Denpasar, and 20 minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport.
    Covering 40 acres and designed to resemble a Balinese water palace, the Grand Hyatt Bali features clusters of low-rise buildings and private villas among waterfall-fed pools and landscaped hotel gardens.

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On Sunday, Sep 9, 2007 in Bali, Angelique Widjaja, Anne Keothavong, and Daniela Hantuchova unleashed a whole lotta prettiness at the player party-fashion show... On Monday, Patty Schnyder was one of several players taking surfing lessons, while unretired Lindsay Davenport met the press... On Tuesday, lovely Jelena Jankovic tried on a pearl necklace from a local merchant...
Bali, 1st Round, Mon-Wed 3pm Wed WTA story
loser's prize: $1,540 (2006: $1,665) US; points: 1
#12 s3 Patty Schnyder SUI d #148 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#34 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d #268 wc Sandy Gumulya INA 6-1, 6-1 Tue
*#118 Lindsay Davenport USA d #38 s5 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-2, 6-2 Tue

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Lindsay following a backhand, and Eleni's forehand drive

    Lindsay said: "It was a challenge out there for me after not playing for so long. I was trying to focus a lot and to be real concentrated, and I'm really happy I won. You never really know what to expect after a year off and especially having a baby, so to come out and play the way I did is so exciting and it means a lot to me...
    "It did exceed my expectations. I know that I can play good tennis, and I know that if I stay healthy and play well I can do well. I didn't know what to expect after everything I've been through so it is kind of surprising. I really would have been fine coming in and not winning, just to be back out on the court as the first step of coming back. So to then go ahead and play well against a good player and doing a lot of things that I need to do well is pretty rewarding...
    "This court plays quite fast so it's really a great court for me. The points are short and it's about who can attack first. It's one of the reasons I chose this tournament to come back."

#40 s6 Martina Muller GER d #85 Tatiana Poutchek BLR 6-3, 6-3 Tue
#49 s7 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #73 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-1, 6(5)-7, 7-5 Wed

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Aiko lining up a backhand, and meeting the press after the match

    The match lasted almost three hours. Aiko said: "It was a very tough match, and one of my longest matches ever. Tammy is such an experienced player and she pushed me right to the end. I think in the final set we were both a little tired and maybe when she was 5-4 ahead she got nervous and I managed to comeback and win the final three games."

*#139 q Meng Yuan CHN d #70 s8 Yaroslava Shvedova RUS 6-0, 6-1 Tue
*#182 wc Elise Tamaela NED d #78 Jill Craybas USA 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 Mon
#80 Edina Gallovits ROU d #101 Jarmila Gajdosova SVK 6-1, 6-0 Mon
*#90 Casey Dellacqua AUS d #86 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 Tue
*#138 q Sorana Cirstea ROU d #87 Anastasia Rodionova RUS 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*#105 Sara Errani ITA d #98 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-3, 6(1)-7, 7-6(4) Tue
#108 Youlia Fedossova FRA d #122 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-0, 6-0 Mon
*#157 q Julie Ditty USA d #121 Hana Sromova CZE 6-2, 6-1 Tue
#152 q Ayumi Morita JPN d #161 wc Marina Erakovic NZL 6-4, 6-4 Tue

Bali, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu 3pm WTA Thu story
loser's prize: $2,820 (2006: $3,050) US; points: 20
#3 s1 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #90 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-4, 6-4 Thu

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Jelena's forehand drive

    Jelena trailed 0-4 in the 1st set before she got into the match. Jelena said: "I didn't practice much after the [US] Open. I had five days off and didn't do anything, and when you're here it's very tough to focus you know. I've been enjoying the place so much. It's unusual not to play until Thursday, but I was just doing activities off the court and all the other girls were playing. So I need to get back to my job and focus more on the court.
    "I didn't have good timing out there and I was making a lot of mistakes. I was very erratic and didn't play the way I wanted, but a win is a win. I made such a bad start, but then I started to find my rhythm a little bit and put more balls in the court. I was hanging in there and won the match, but I didn't play great at all."

#11 s2 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #182 wc Elise Tamaela NED 7-5, 6-3 Wed

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Daniela driving a forehand

    Daniela said: "It was a good match to start the tournament with and it's pleasing to come through it with a victory. After going out early at the US Open, it's nice to get back winning again, and although there are a few areas I can work on, there were lots of positives, especially my serving, and hopefully I can improve with each match."

*#138 q Sorana Cirstea ROU d #12 s3 Patty Schnyder SUI 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 Thu

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Sorana's backhand drive, Patty's lefty forehand, and Patty on Sunday, Sep 16,
after receiving a special award from the tourney and Asia South Sea Pearl for supporting this tourney over the years

    Sorana said: "Patty is the highest ranked player I've ever come up against, so I just went out there nice and relaxed and I think that made a difference to my game today. I think the qualifying matches I played here in Bali has really helped me this week and I've improved with every match."

*#105 Sara Errani ITA d #34 s4 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 Thu

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Anabel and Sara driving backhands

    Sara said: "I think Anabel and I are really similar players. We both fight to the very end, and there were not many free points, and as you can see from the scoreline there was very little difference between our games today. I'm really pleased with my performance this week, as I've fought really hard, and it's great to have success on hardcourts as it's not my favorite surface."

*#152 q Ayumi Morita JPN d #40 s6 Martina Muller GER 6-4, 6-0 Wed
#49 s7 Aiko Nakamura JPN d #108 Youlia Fedossova FRA 6-2, 6-2 Thu
#80 Edina Gallovits ROU d #139 q Meng Yuan CHN Wed 6-2, 6-4
#118 Lindsay Davenport USA d #157 q Julie Ditty USA 6-1, 6-4 Thu

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Julie volleying a backhand, and Lindsay following a twist serve

    Lindsay said: "I was pleased with how I played today. I was really consistent for most of the match, although at the end I lost my concentration a bit and made a bunch of errors. At the same time I've been trying to stay aggressive all week, so I guess it's natural I'll make a few mistakes. Overall I can't complain about my two matches so far because I've been feeling really great out there."

Bali, QFs, Fri 3pm WTA story
loser's prize: $5,185 (2006: $5,615) US; points: 40
*#118 Lindsay Davenport USA d #3 s1 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 2-6, 6-2

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Lindsay driving a forehand, and Jelena ready to wallop a backhand

    Lindsay said: "I didn’t want to get into long rallies with [Jelena]. I wanted to keep the points short, even if that meant making errors or being overly aggressive. As the match went on I started to feel I got a little more rhythm, but she’s obviously very quick and moves the ball around."

    Jelena was distracted by several questionable line calls. Jelena said: "I should have won in two sets. I was up in the first set 4-1, but I felt so flat and didn't really move and I let that set slip away. I was down 2-0 in the second and Lindsay was playing really well and returning unbelievably and I just couldn't do anything. Then all of a sudden I got into the match and hitting the ball a lot better and I played aggressive and got the second set...
    "But the umpire, it was just terrible. Especially with Lindsay, the way she serves, every opportunity that you get you have to take it, but the umpire was just doing the opposite. When the ball was in he would call it out. It was just a nightmare. He was just awful... But Lindsay played great and she deserved to win."

#11 s2 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #152 q Ayumi Morita JPN 6-2, 6-1

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Daniela lining up a backhand

*#105 Sara Errani ITA d #49 s7 Aiko Nakamura JPN 61 62

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Aiko about to swat a backhand (no photos of Sara were available from this match)

*#138 q Sorana Cirstea ROU d #80 Edina Gallovits ROU 36 64 76(3)

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Sorana's forehand drive

Bali, SFs, Sat 5pm WTA story
loser's prize: $9,520 (2006: $10,300) US; points: 75
#11 s2 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d #138 q Sorana Cirstea ROU 7-5, 6-1

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Daniela and Sorana driving forehands

    Daniela said: "I was trying to find out what [Sorana was] doing the first few games and settle down a little bit. Then once I got my rhythm I went for my shots a little more and was really glad for sure the way I played the second set...
    "I only got broken once and it was the first time in the tournament, so I didn’t pay much attention to that. More important was that I did struggle a little bit on the break points. Sometimes I think I was a little bit tentative and didn’t go for it enough and let her come back into the games and made things difficult for myself. So definitely that’s something I have to improve."

*#118 Lindsay Davenport USA d #105 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 6-3

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Sara reaching for a forehand, and Lindsay about to swat a backhand

    Lindsay said: "Towards the end of the first set and the beginning of the second I just felt that I had a little bit of a lapse. I made a few quick errors and double-faults and got down early in the second, but I was able to get re-focused and I played well again. I thought it was a good match for me to play. I was in control of a lot of points and could be aggressive."

Bali, Final, Sun 4:30pm+ after doubles
loser's prize: $17,560 (2006: $19,000) US; points: 115
winner's prize: $32,340 (2006: $35,000) US; points: 165
*#118 Lindsay Davenport USA d #11 s2 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 3-6, 6-2

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Lindsay's service toss, Daniela and Lindsay driving backhands, and Lindsay after match point

Bali, Doubles Final, Sun 2:30pm
losers' prize: $5,270 (2006: $5,700) US
winners' prize: $9,700 (2006: $10,500) US
cdr154 s3 Chunmei Ji & Shengnan Sun d cdr157 Jill Craybas & Natalie Grandin 6-3, 6-2

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Chunmei & Shengnan

Bali, Qual Finals, Mon Sept 10 3pm
losers' prizes: q1:$455 pts:1; q2:$830 US (2006: $900) pts:3; qualifier points: 5
*#152 Ayumi Morita JPN d #125 Andreja Klepac SLO 6-1, 1-6, 6-1
#138 Sorana Cirstea ROU d #159 Alina Jidkova RUS 6-2, 6-4
#139 Meng Yuan CHN d #151 Anne Keothavong GBR 6-1, 7-5
#157 Julie Ditty USA d #537 Lavinia Tananta INA 6-4, 6-3

Bali, Withdrawals
#39 Emilie Loit FRA
#41 Victoria Azarenka BLR
#43 Tamira Paszek AUT
#48 Meghann Shaughnessy USA
#52 Akiko Morigami JPN
#63 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
#64 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS
#65 Olga Govortsova RUS
#66 Yung-Jan Chan TPE
#67 Angelique Kerber GER
#71 Severine Bremond FRA
#82 Ashley Harkleroad USA
#83 Flavia Pennetta ITA Fed Cup final
#99 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS

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    (Jul 28, 2007) Former # 1 Lindsay Davenport has entered the singles in Bali. Lindsay, married and with child on the way, retired at the end of last season, but by next year intends to return to full-time WTA play.

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