2011 San Diego WTA Singles Results    


  WTA Aug 1-7: San Diego

Mercury Insurance Open, San Diego, CA
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#3 Vera Zvonareva
#11 Andrea Petkovic
#14 Agnieszka Radwanska
#16 Shuai Peng
#17 Ana Ivanovic
#19 Dominika Cibulkova
#20 Julia Goerges
#21 Daniela Hantuchova
#22 Roberta Vinci
#23 Flavia Pennetta

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#3 Vera Zvonareva
5' 7" 130lb RH 2H-BH

#14 Agnieszka Radwanska
5'7" 139lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, California (20 miles north of San Diego), in the final of the Mercury Insurance Open, last year's tourney finalist (and the 2008 champ at Eastbourne), 22 year old 3rd seeded #14 (career high: #8) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, took the title this time by defeating last month's champ at Baku (and the 2010 US Open & Wimbledon finalist), 26 year old top seeded #3 (career high: #2) Vera Zvonareva from Moscow, Russia, 6-3, 6-4 (Vera is shown during the match; Agnieszka with the glassware afterward). Agnieszka's prize is $111,000; Vera's is $57,350.

    Agnieszka struck 2 aces with 1 double fault while scoring on 2 of the 6 break points she reached against Vera and totaling 57 points in the match. Vera fired 5 aces, with 2 DFs, but reached break point against Agnieszka only twice, and failed to score on either occasion, while totaling 47 points in the match.

    Agnieszka said: "Everything was working. Even though I had two really tough matches in the quarters and semifinals, I played very well today.

    "I really wanted to win this tournament so I was really focused from the beginning. Winning a tournament with a lot of great matches against top players is very special." WTA story

    Vera said: "Agnieszka played a really good, clean match. She played the way she usually plays, but just didn't make any unforced errors. There were a few moments I could have gotten back into the match and had some chances to change it around, but maybe I took too much risk and made some errors. When Agnieszka's playing well, if you make mistakes, it's tough to win the match."

    Vera still leads Agnieszka 2-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was earlier this year, on a Laykold hardcourt in the quarterfinals at Miami, when Vera defeated Agnieszka 7-5, 6-3.

    Agnieszka is now 5-2 in WTA singles finals. She had not won a title since 2008, but also reached the San Diego final last year, and the Beijing final in 2009. Agnieszka has a 28-12 singles match record in 2011.

    Vera is now 12-17 in WTA singles finals; she won this year at Baku and Doha, and last year won at Pattaya City and reached the finals at Wimbledon, Flushing Meadows, Beijing, Montreal, and Charleston. Vera's 2011 singles match record is 42-13.

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    San Diego: The 56-player main draw for San Diego has 16 seeds & 8 1st-round byes. There are 8 qualifiers & 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

2011: On Sunday, July 31 at Carlsbad, Julia Goerges was snapped upon arrival at La Costa Resort, Dominika Cibulkova went snorkling, and Zoe Gwen Scandalis from Escondido celebrated after winning her qualifying final... row 2:On Monday, retired former #1 Martina Hingis met the press in Carlsbad, as did Andrea Petkovic and Ana Ivanovic (busy with remote phone and radio interviews), while Flavia Pennetta and Gisela Dulko practiced for their first tourney as a doubles team since Gisela's injury at Roland Garros...
San Diego, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 10am Mon WTA story
losers' prize: $2,025 US; points: 1
n22 s9 Roberta Vinci ITA d n56 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Mon

Bojana and Roberta driving forehand and backhand

*n66 Alberta Brianti ITA d n23 s10 Flavia Pennetta ITA 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 Tue

Flavia serving, and Alberta driving a forehand

n25 s11 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n41 Rebecca Marino CAN 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Rebecca and Maria driving backhands

    Maria said: "I was happy with my serve. I've been trying to improve my speed on the serve and it's getting better. Of course she hit some aces today but I played well on my returns. I was hitting some good drop shots too." WTA story

n26 s12 Sabine Lisicki GER d n71 q Greta Arn HUN 6-0, 6-2 Tue

Sabine driving a backhand, and on her way to the locker room after the match

    Sabine tweeted: "I won 60 62 today. Very pleased with that start, especially because I had little time to adapt to the conditions here :) Playing tomorrow vs Date-Krumm at 7pm on center court. Looking forward to another challenge :) I got asked quiet a few times about my next tournament... Im not going to Toronto, my next one after @MercuryInsOpen is Cincinnati. :) Why Im not playing toronto? well, the entry deadline was during Wimbledon, so i didnt make the cut off and didnt get in... unfortunately!" Sabine Lisicki at Twitter

*n75 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d n28 s13 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n121 q Marina Erakovic NZL d n33 s14 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-1, 6-2 Tue

    Elena tweeted: "Hi guys! Lost my singles, wasn't able to hold rackets properly today, terrible blisters, too much practices last couple of days, I must say. But all credit to Marina, she is playing really well right now. I need some time to get healthy and fit after my cold. And this is tape that I hade today on my match!" click for TwitPic Elena Vesnina at Twitter

n36 s15 Sara Errani ITA d n62 Sania Mirza IND 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n39 s16 Polona Hercog SLO d n691 q Natalie Grandin RSA 7-6(1), 2-6, 6-4 Mon
*n152 wc Alexa Glatch USA d n40 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-1, 6-2 Mon

    Alexa said: "I felt good. I thought I played pretty solid. I don't think [Ekaterina] had her best day today, but I think I was able to capitalize on that.
    "This is my first time playing at this tournament. The courts feel good, and it's a good atmosphere out here."

n42 Tamira Paszek AUT d n55 Simona Halep ROU 0-6, 6-4, 7-5 Tue

Tamira driving a backhand

*n81 Virginie Razzano FRA d n45 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6(7)-1, 7-6(5), 6-1 Mon
n50 Ayumi Morita JPN d n54 Jelena Dokic AUS 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 Tue

    Ayumi tweeted: "Won my match 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 today! Didn't play very good tennis, but important thing is that my ankle was fine and won the match! Tomorrow playing against Ivanovic again! Really looking forward to it, and will try my best!" Ayumi Morita at Twitter

n52 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n53 wc Gisela Dulko ESP 7-5, 6-0 Tue
n57 Elena Baltacha GBR d n100 Melanie Oudin USA 6-0, 6-1 Mon

Elena ready to slice a backhand

n59 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n216 q Ashley Weinhold USA 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n63 Vera Dushevina RUS d n110 wc Aravane Rezai FRA 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Mon
n65 Christina McHale USA d n950 q Zoe Gwen Scandalis USA 6-0, 6-0 Mon
n72 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n90 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 Tue
*n99 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n74 Sorana Cirstea ROU 7-5, 6(3)-7, 6-3 Mon

Sorana and Coco driving backhands

    Coco said: "After breaking her at love to save out that second set, I played a terrible tie-breaker. I wish I could have kept that momentum, but I played some bad points and got down 5-0 in the tie-break. I'm so glad I bounced back quickly and broke her right away in the third. I'm glad I got it when I did. I served well in the end."

n80 Jie Zheng CHN d n93 Mirjana Lucic CRO 5-7, 6-2, 7-6(3) Mon
*n128 wc Sloane Stephens USA d n85 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-4, 6-2 Tue

Sloane serving, Shuai driving a forehand, and Sloane alerting the media after her win

n88 Vania King USA d n191 q Rika Fujiwara JPN 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 Mon
*n105 Anastasia Rodionova AUS d n97 Olga Govortsova BLR 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3 Tue
n124 q Jill Craybas USA d n367 q Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN 6-1, 6-1 Mon

San Diego, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 11am
loser's prize: $4,000 US; points: 40
n3 s1 Vera Zvonareva RUS d n124 q Jill Craybas USA 6-4, 7-5 Tue

Vera driving a forehand

n11 s2 Andrea Petkovic GER d n152 wc Alexa Glatch USA 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Alexa and Andrea about to swat backhand and forehand

n14 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n57 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-0, 7-6(4) Tue
n16 s4 Shuai Peng CHN d n105 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-1, 6-3 Wed

Shuai tossing the ball for her serve

n17 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n50 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-1, 7-6(5) Wed

Ana serving, Ayumi driving a backhand, Ana following one, and after winning a point

    Ayumi tweeted: "Lost 1-6, 6-7... really tried my best, and was feeling much better than yesterday on the court, but Ana played well today! My next tournament is In Toront! Will keep hard work, and look forward to play next week!" Ayumi Morita at Twitter

*n128 wc Sloane Stephens USA d n20 s7 Julia Goerges GER 6-3, 7-5 Wed

Julia driving a backhand, and Sloane ready to launch one

n21 s8 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n72 B Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-1, 6-3 Wed

Daniela serving

    Daniela tweeted: "Hi everyone! I was happy to win today, considering last time I played her I lost... I tried to be aggressive the whole match. It's always great playing at the La Costa Resort & Spa and being back in this beautiful part of the world! I love coming back to California... it always brings back so many great memories. Thanks for all your support :)" Daniela Hantuchova at Twitter

*n80 Jie Zheng CHN d n22 s9 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-4, 6-2 Wed
*n42 Tamira Paszek AUT d n25 s11 Maria Kirilenko RUS walkover—left hip injury Wed
n26 s12 Sabine Lisicki GER d n52 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-1, 6-2 Wed

Sabine serving, Kimiko and Sabine driving forehand and backhand, and Sabine after match point

    Sabine tweeted: "Had another great day in the office. Won in straight sets. Very happy with the way I played. Tomorrow Im up against Vandeweghe at 7:30pm. Looking forward to playing another match here! Its a nice place to be at :) Have a good night everybody! <3" Sabine Lisicki at Twitter

n36 s15 Sara Errani ITA d n88 Vania King USA 6-3, 6-2 Wed
*n63 Vera Dushevina RUS d n39 s16 Polona Hercog SLO 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Wed
*n66 Alberta Brianti ITA d n59 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 0-6, 7-6(5), 7-6(7) Wed
n65 Christina McHale USA d n75 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 3-1 retired—dizziness Wed
n81 Virginie Razzano FRA d n121 q Marina Erakovic NZL 6-1, 6-3 Wed
n99 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n132 LL Olga Savchuk UKR 6(7)-7, 6-4, 6-3

Coco driving a forehand, and Olga firing one on the run

San Diego, 3rd Rd, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $7,850 US; points: 60
n3 s1 Vera Zvonareva RUS d n63 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-3, 6-0

Vera's forehand drive

n11 s2 Andrea Petkovic GER d n81 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-2, 3-0 retired—right shoulder injury

Andrea driving a forehand, and Virginie reaching for a backhand

n14 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n65 Christina McHale USA 6-1, 6-0

Agnieszka driving a forehand, and Christina about to swat one

n16 s4 Shuai Peng CHN d n36 s15 Sara Errani ITA 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(7)

Sara and Shuai driving backhands

n17 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n66 Alberta Brianti ITA 6-1, 6-2

Ana driving a backhand, Alberta delivering one, and Ana following a forehand

n21 s8 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n80 Jie Zheng CHN 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Daniela serving, and Jie and Daniela ready to drive forehands

    Daniela tweeted: "It was tough today. Zheng Jie is a great player. I had to fight really hard from 2-4 in the third set. It gives me a lot of confidence. The more matches I get like that the better, so I can really get ready for the big one - the US Open! Obviously this is an exciting time of the year and I'm just happy to be healthy. Hopefully I have more good results to come!" Daniela Hantuchova at Twitter

n26 s12 Sabine Lisicki GER d n99 Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-4, 6-3

Coco serving, and Sabine reaching for a forehand

    Sabine tweeted: "Didn't play great but got the job done... Hope to pick up my game tomorrow. Playing vs Zvonareva nb 4:15pm on center court in the quarters!" Sabine Lisicki at Twitter

n128 wc Sloane Stephens USA d n42 Tamira Paszek AUT 5-3 retired—left abdominal injury

San Diego, QFs, Fri noon WTA story
loser's prize: $15,200 US; points: 120
n3 s1 Vera Zvonareva RUS d n26 s12 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

Sabine and Vera driving backhands, and Vera after match point

    About the 3rd set, Vera said: "I was trying to be in the moment, trying to keep my focus and trying to fight for every single point. Even though I made a couple mistakes, I was trying to just focus on what I had to do on the next point. When you play tough opponents like Sabine, every point is important."

n11 s2 Andrea Petkovic GER d n128 wc Sloane Stephens USA 6-2, 6-1

Andrea driving a forehand, and Sloane and Andrea driving backhands

    Sloane said: "I'm not upset. I had a pretty good week. My first quarterfinal of a WTA. I'm not disappointed at all. But if I lost the second set 6-0, I probably would have died. Before I knew it, it was 5-0 in the second set. I was like, 'Oh my God, I have to get a game.' But I got a game, so it was fine."

    About playing Agnieszka Radwanska in the semifinals, Andrea said: "It's going to be a tough one... [Agnieszka] just plays so sneaky. I love watching her because she knows everything to do with the ball. She has such great touch. She plays the drop shot, she comes to the net... it's a pleasure watching her, not so much a pleasure playing her. But I think since the times I lost to her, I'm a much more stable player now. I'm excited to play her again."

n14 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n21 s8 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 0-6, 6-4, 6-4

Agnieszka and Daniela driving forehand and backhand

    Agnieszka said: "Daniela started very, very well. She was so aggressive. I was able to try something different later on in the second and third sets. After the first set I had nothing to lose and started to play more aggressively and win some games. I was more relaxed."

n17 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n16 s4 Shuai Peng CHN 6-4, 6-2

Ana serving, Shuai driving a backhand, and Ana following one

    About playing Vera Zvonareva in the semifinals, Ana said: ""We've had a lot of tough matches in the past. I know if I play well, I can challenge [Vera]. My goal will be to play free and enjoy it again like I did today. If I play [well] and she still wins, congratulations to her. I just want to try to give my best tomorrow and apply the things I've been working on."

San Diego, SFs, Sat 2pm WTA story
loser's prize: $29,205 US; points: 200
n3 s1 Vera Zvonareva RUS d n17 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB 5-7, 6-4, 6-4

Vera serving, and Ana and Vera driving forehand and backhand

    Vera said: "I've been working on a few things and I knew I had to keep trying them. They didn't work in the first set but they slowly started working..."
    "You're still in the match. And while you're still in the match, you have chances to turn it around. When you shake hands at the end, that's when the match is over."

    Ana said: "[Vera] chases a lot of balls down—you have to win the point over and over again. She also came up with some great shots, especially backhands down the line. It was very hard to pick where she was going. To play that close with a Top 3 player is a good place to be."

    Vera has a 9-0 record since Wimbledon. Vera said: "If you look at the results, it's a pretty good start to the hardcourt season. I have a lot of tournaments ahead though. We'll see how it goes. So far I think I'm playing pretty well. I'm enjoying my time on the court and off the court, and I'm working hard every day."

n14 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n11 s2 Andrea Petkovic GER 4-6, 6-0, 6-4

Andrea and Agnieszka driving forehand and backhand

    Andrea unfortunately suffered from gastrointestinal illness during the match, which forced her to run to the restroom to vomit during the 2nd set. Agnieszka took a 2-break lead at the start of the 3rd set. Andrea got one break back as she gradually began to play better again, but she did not recover sufficiently in time to save the match.

    Andrea said: "At the point where I ran out, I couldn't hold it back anymore. I didn't want to be on SportsCenter for the next 25 years...
    "Is it more embarrassing running off the court like a maniac or throwing up on the court and being on SportsCenter for the next 25 years? I was like, Yeah, running off the court is better, so that's what I did." Tennis.com ticker

    About the final, Agnieszka said: "Vera is obviously a top player right now, and she's playing some good tennis. Playing against top players, you just have to do 100% and be focused from the beginning. I'll just play my game and take it point by point."

San Diego, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $57,350 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $111,000 US; points: 470
*n14 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n3 s1 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-3, 6-4

Agnieszka's service toss, Vera driving a forehand, Agnieszka driving a backhand, and after match point

San Diego, Doubles Final, Sun noon
losers' prize: $19,000 US
winners' prize: $35,500 US
cdr2 s1 Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik d Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears 6-0, 6-2

Kveta and Katarina

San Diego, Qual Finals, Sun Jul 31 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $535 1pt; q2 $1,035 8pts; qualifier 12 points
n71 Greta Arn HUN d n316 Abigail Spears USA 6-3, 6-4
n121 Marina Erakovic NZL d n270 Elena Bovina RUS 4-6, 7-6(4), 6-0
n124 Jill Craybas USA d n312 Jelena Pandzic CRO 7-6(2), 6-1
*n691 Natalie Grandin RSA d n132 Olga Savchuk UKR 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
n191 Rika Fujiwara JPN d n350 Jessica Pegula USA 6-2, 6-4
n216 Ashley Weinhold USA v n291 Olga Puchkova RUS 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
n367 Marie-Eve Pelletier CAN d n483 Mashona Washington USA 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
n950 Zoe Gwen Scandalis USA d nNR Klaudia Jans-Ignacik POL 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-4

San Diego, Withdrawals
n2 Kim Clijsters BEL right ankle injury
n7 Petra Kvitova CZE right adductor injury
n12 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS groin strain
n18 Yanina Wickmayer BEL low back injury
n19 s6 Dominika Cibulkova SVK left abdominal strain
n30 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA
n38 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP
n49 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU knee injury
n64 Mathilde Johansson FRA right ankle injury
n67 Anastasija Sevastova LAT left ankle injury
n69 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK left knee injury
n95 Anna Chakvetadze RUS dizziness from inner ear problem
n101 Varvara Lepchenko USA hip injury
n118 Yung-Jan Chan TPE
n129 Romina Oprandi ITA left wrist injury

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