2012 Baku WTA Singles Results    


  WTA Jul 23-29: Baku

Baku Cup, Azerbaijan
INTL $220,000 32m/32q/16d
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n58 Ksenia Pervak KAZ
n75 Alexandra Panova RUS
n78 Mandy Minella LUX
n88 Andrea Hlavackova CZE
n95 Bojana Jovanovski SRB
n99 Nina Bratchikova RUS
n101 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB
n108 Eva Birnerova CZE
n110 Lesia Tsurenko UKR
n111 Alberta Brianti ITA
n113 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
n115 Laura Pous Tio ESP
n134 Julia Cohen USA
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#134 Julia Cohen
5' 7" 134lb RH 2H-BH

#95 Bojana Jovanovski
5'9" 143lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday in Azerbaijan, in the final of the Baku Cup, 23 year old #134 (career high: #134) Julia Cohen from Philadelphia, PA, defeated 20 year old 5th seeded #95 (career high: #50) Bojana Jovanovski from Belgrade, Serbia, 6-3, 6-1 (Julia is shown during the match, Bojana is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Bojana's prize is $37,000; Julia's prize is $19,000.

    Bojana said: "I've worked really hard for this. I had two weeks of really hard preparation before this tournament, so I was expecting to play well here... It feels great to win my first title." WTA story

    Julia said: "I was a bit tired, but [Bojana] played really well. I hope next time I can win."

    Bojana and Julia had never before met on the field of combat.

    Bojana was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 3 ITF singles titles. Bojana's singles match record this season is 22-19; her career record is 165-106 (61%).

    Julia was also playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 5 ITF singles titles and 3 ITF doubles titles. Julia's 2012 singles match record is 23-23; her career record is 227-204 (53%).

    A good New York Times story from 1884 describing Baku and it's oil industry can be read at Azerbaijan News and Links

The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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Baku Cup,  Baku, Azerbaijan

tourney time:
       = GMT +5 hours
       = US EDT +9 hours
       = US PDT +12 hours

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    Baku: The 32-player main draw for Baku has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.

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Latitude: 45.507963 Longitude: 13.596697 goto link for World Wind

Baku Cup venue address: Baku Tennis Academy, 3158/3156 Ibrahim Dadashov Street, AZ1000 BAKU | phone: 5115408

    In 2010, Baku replaced the Portoroz, Slovenia, tourney, which had been held for six years.

Baku 2012: On Monday, July 23, young ladies looking good at a party on the roof of the Baku City Hotel
included 2011 finalist Ksenia Pervak, Zarina Diyas, Lesia Tsurenko, and 16 year old wild card Kamilla Farhad...
Baku, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
*n134 Julia Cohen USA d n58 s1 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 6-4, 3-6, 3-2 retired—heat illness Tue

Julie ready to swat a forehand

n75 s2 Alexandra Panova RUS d n173 q Sacha Jones AUS 7-5, 7-5(7) Tue
n78 s3 Mandy Minella LUX d n259 q Qiang Wang CHN 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 Mon

Mandy serving

*n218 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n88 s4 A Hlavackova CZE 6-1, 6(11)-7, 6-4 Mon
n95 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n110 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Tue

Bojana delivering a smash

n99 s6 Nina Bratchikova RUS d n148 Patricia Mayr-Achtleitner AUT 6-2, 6-4 Tue

Nina about to slice a backhand

*n177 Olga Puchkova RUS d n101 s7 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 6-2, 7-6(12) Tue
*n113 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n108 s8 Eva Birnerova CZE 6-1, 6-1 Tue
n111 Alberta Brianti ITA d n250 sr Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-3, 6-1 Tue
n115 Laura Pous Tio ESP d n170 Noppawan Lertcheewakarn THA 6-1, 2-0 retired—elbow injury Tue
n141 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d n1176 wc Kamilla Farhad AZE 6-1, 6-0 Mon
n145 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP d n500 wc Ekaterine Gorgodze GEO 6-1, 6-1 Tue
n147 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA d n957 wc V Flink RUS 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n152 Sandra Zaniewska POL d n174 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-1, 7-6(4) Tue
*n191 Marta Domachowska POL d n155 Caroline Garcia FRA 1-6, 7-5, 6-0 Tue
*n221 q Valeria Solovieva RUS d n206 Olga Savchuk UKR 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(1) Mon

Valeria eyeing a forehand

Baku, 2nd Rd, Wed 11am
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n75 s2 Alexandra Panova RUS d n152 Sandra Zaniewska POL 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-3 Wed
n78 s3 Mandy Minella LUX d n191 Marta Domachowska POL 6-4, 7-5 Wed
n95 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n221 q Valeria Solovieva RUS 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Bojana driving a forehand

n99 s6 Nina Bratchikova RUS d n145 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 6-0 retired—abdominal strain Wed
*n177 Olga Puchkova RUS d n111 Alberta Brianti ITA 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-1 Wed

Olga driving a backhand

n113 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n147 Tamarine Tanasugarn THA 6-1, 6-0 Wed
*n218 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n115 Laura Pous Tio ESP 7-6(5), 6-3 Wed
n134 Julia Cohen USA d n141 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-1, 6-4 Wed

Julia about to swat a forehand

Baku, QFs, Thu 10am
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
n75 s2 Alexandra Panova RUS d n99 s6 Nina Bratchikova RUS 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
*n177 Olga Puchkova RUS d n78 s3 Mandy Minella LUX 2-6, 6-1, 6-2
n95 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n218 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB 5-7, 7-6(3), 6-3
*n134 Julia Cohen USA d n113 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Baku, SFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
*n95 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n75 s2 Alexandra Panova RUS 6-2, 6-2
n134 Julia Cohen USA d n177 Olga Puchkova RUS 3-6, 6-0, 6-3

Baku, Final, Sat noon
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
n95 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n134 Julia Cohen USA 6-3, 6-1

Julia watching her backhand fly, and Bojana volleying a forhand

Baku, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
s4 Irina Buryachok & Valeria Solovieva d s3 Alberta Brianti & Eva Birnerova

Baku, Qual Finals, Mon Jul 18
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n173 Sacha Jones AUS d n245 Daria Gavrilova RUS 6-3, 6-2
n218 Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n250 Yi-Miao Zhou CHN 6-4, 6-2
n221 Valeria Solovieva RUS d nNR Ekaterina Dzehalevich BLR 6-3, 6-0
*n259 Qiang Wang CHN d n232 Rika Fujiwara JPN 6-1, 3-6, 4-1 retired

Baku, Withdrawals
n54 Alize Cornet FRA
n66 Timea Babos HUN
n73 Anna Tatishvili GEO low back injury
n81 Olga Govortsova BLR illness
n87 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR
n190 Regina Kulikova RUS
n316 sr Anna Chakvetadze RUS back injury

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