2012 Montreal WTA Singles Results    


  WTA Aug 8-14: Montreal

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n1 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n3 Maria Sharapova RUS
n5 Samantha Stosur AUS
n6 Petra Kvitova CZE
n7 Angelique Kerber GER
n8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n9 Sara Errani ITA
n10 Marion Bartoli FRA
n11 Na Li CHN
n12 Ana Ivanovic SRB
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#11 Na Li
5'7" 143lb RH 2H-BH

#6 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

    On Monday in Montreal, in the final of the Rogers Cup, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, 21 year old 5th seeded #6 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, defeated the 2011 French Open champion, 30 year old 10th seeded #11 (career high: #4) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China, 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 (Na is shown during the match, Petra holding the transparent racket afterward).

    Petra's prize is $385,000; Na's prize is $193,000.

    Petra said: "The first set was a really big fight. Every game was very close. Maybe I was a little bit lucky to win the first set. She played very well in the second set. She was very aggressive without any mistakes... Between the second and third sets, when I was in the locker room changing my clothes, I knew I had to be the first one to attack the balls and play much faster than in the second set. I also needed a higher first serve percentage." WTA story

    Na said: "I really have to say she played very well today. I think we both played a very good match. I'm very happy because this was the first hardcourt tournament after the Olympics, and my new coach [Carlos Rodriguez, career-long coach of Justine Henin] is going to come to Cincinnati, so I think this is a very good start to this season for me."

    Na and Petra are now tied at 2-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was early this year on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the semifinals at Sydney, when Na defeated Petra 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.

    2011 Wimbledon, WTA Championships, Madrid, Brisbane & Paris Indoor champ Petra is now 8-2 in WTA singles finals; this is the first final she has reached in 2012. Petra has a 34-11 singles match record this year.

    2011 French Open champion and Australian Open finalist Na is now 5-8 in WTA singles finals; she won at Sydney last year, at Birmingham in 2010, at Gold Coast in 2008, and at Guangzhou in 2004. Na is 29-12 in 2012.

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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    Montreal: The 56-player main draw for the Rogers Cup has 16 seeds, with 16 1st-round byes. There are 16 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Friday; qualifying finals are on Sunday.
    The Rogers Cup, also known as the Canadian Open, is played alternating years in Montreal and Toronto. When the WTA is in Montreal, the ATP plays their version a week earlier in Toronto, and vice versa. Centre Court in Montreal, "Uniprix Stadium," has seating for 11,437 people.

2012: On Sunday, August 5 in Montreal, good looking young ladies at the player party included
Daniela Hantuchova, Sorana Cirstea, Stephanie Dubois, Genie Bouchard, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic...
Montreal, 1st Rd, Tue-Wed noon Tue WTA story - Wed WTA story
loser's prize: $5,950 US; points: 1
*n78 q Kiki Bertens NED d n23 Nadia Petrova RUS 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 Wed

    Kiki said: "In the beginning I wasn't playing so well, but I kept fighting and my level got better as the match went on. Every day my form is getting better on hardcourt, so I hope I can keep that going moving forward here."

*n42 Tamira Paszek AUT d n24 Julia Goerges GER 6-2, 6-1 Tue

Julia driving a backhand, and Tamira about to swat one

    About her 2nd round opponent, #1 Victoria Azarenka, Tamira said: "I've played her a couple of times before and know her from juniors as well. She's the No.1 player in the world right now. She's a great competitor and really tough to play against. But I had a good match against her in Wimbledon, and this is a new tournament, too. I feel great here, like home. I have great memories from 2008 [when Tamira lost to Victoria in the Montreal quarterfinals]. I will try to enjoy it and give my best."

n26 Christina McHale USA d n64 q Arantxa Rus NED 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 Wed
n27 Roberta Vinci ITA d n31 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 Tue

Roberta driving a forehand

    Roberta said: "I played a good first set and had a lot of chances to break her in the second set, but she was starting to play better. In the third set I just told myself, 'Fight every point, every point,' and I got back into it. I was hitting my forehand especially well in the third set. I was really focused at the end. I was a little bit lucky on her match point - maybe she panicked a little bit - but I'm so happy to win today, because Yanina's a really tough player."

*n40 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n28 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-2, 6-3 Wed
n29 Shuai Peng CHN d n132 q Aravane Rezai FRA 7-6(5), 6-3 Wed
*n52 wc Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n33 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-5, 7-6(5) Tue

Aleksandra following a backhand

    Aleksandra said: "Daniela is such a good player. You have to play really well to win. The crowd gave me so much energy today. It's really nice to play at home. I'm going to take the confidence from today into the next round." WTA story

n37 Mona Barthel GER d n67 q Timea Babos HUN 6-4, 5-7, 7-6(5) Wed
*n106 q Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ d n38 Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-0 Tue
n41 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n151 wc Stephanie Dubois CAN 1-6, 6-3, 6-0 Tue

Stephanie driving a forehand, and Chanelle ready to launch one

    Chanelle said: "I was in for a tough match today. [Stephanie] started out really well and the crowd was behind her, too, but I found my feet and started making her play longer points, and I was able to turn the match around in the second set. We had long rallies and it was very physical. We both competed very well."

n43 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n45 LL Urszula Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-2 Tue
n44 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n91 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 Tue

    Carla said: "We practice together and spend a lot of time together in tournaments, and we play Fed Cup together, so it's difficult to play against [Maria Jose]. But then it can also be good to play against someone whose game you know. Anyway I'm happy to be in the next round."

n48 Simona Halep ROU d n133 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR 6-4, 6-3 Tue
*n137 q Jana Cepelova SVK d n49 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*n294 wc Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n57 Shahar Peer ISR 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 Wed

Genie serving, Shahar driving a forehand, Genie volleying one, and after match point

    Genie's previous best win (by rank) was over #82 Olga Govortsova last week in the 2nd round at Washington, D.C.

    Genie said: "I loved the atmosphere. The crowd reaction was insane. I'm proud of the way I played and fought, especially in the third set. I was getting tired but I stayed in there. I'm happy I continued playing the way I wanted to."

n70 Ksenia Pervak KAZ d n84 q A Tatishvili GEO 7-6(5), 7-6(4) Tue

Montreal, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu noon Wed WTA story
losers' prize: $11,500 US; points: 70
Thursday: play resumed after rain delay
*n42 Tamira Paszek AUT d n1 s1 Victoria Azarenka BLR 3-3 retired—left knee injury Thu

Tamira driving a backhand

    Victoria said: "The last week took so much energy out of me that I had absolutely no time to recover, and my body is feeling it. It was a little bit too quick of a transition for me to come and start the training, and I felt my knee just wasn't in good shape.
    "It's unfortunate because I was really looking forward to playing here. I have really enjoyed being here. I tried yesterday and today it just got worse. I can't see the point of continuing to play if I can't give even 50% of my game.
    "I hope it's a short-term thing. I have to just stop and take a little bit of time off because I had absolutely no rest for a long period of time. I just need to settle it down and go from there. Hopefully there's nothing serious about it...
    "If I cannot play here, there is no chance for me to play anywhere else. My first goal is to get healthy and make sure I'm 100% ready to play the US Open." WTA story

n2 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n37 Mona Barthel GER 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(5) Thu
n5 s4 Samantha Stosur AUS d n48 Simona Halep ROU 7-5, 4-4 retired—left thigh injury Wed

Samantha serving

    Simona led 5-1 in the 1st set, and 4-2 in the 2nd. Samantha said: "It was quite difficult at times, being down in the first set, but it was good to battle it out. [Simona] had to pull out, and obviously that's never how you want it to end, but I'm happy I'm through."

n6 s5 Petra Kvitova CZE d n70 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-0 Wed

    Petra said: "I know I didn't play my best tennis, and it was hard to come back in the match, but sometimes you have to win ugly. I started to play much better from the tie-break, just more relaxed and playing my game, and I didn't have too many mistakes. [Ksenia] looked a little bit injured at the end, too."

n7 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n43 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-3, 6-3 Thu-rain-Fri
n8 s7 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n78 q Kiki Bertens NED 7-5, 6-1 Thu-rain-Fri
n9 s8 Sara Errani ITA d n137 q Jana Cepelova SVK 6-3, 6-2 Wed
n10 s9 Marion Bartoli FRA d n29 Shuai Peng CHN 6-1, 6-3 Thu

Shuai about to slice a backhand, and Marion's forehand drive

n11 s10 Na Li CHN d n294 wc Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-4, 6-4 Thu

Na driving a forehand, and Genie ready to swat one

    Na said: "I really have to say [Genie] was playing unbelievable today. She's young and just won Wimbledon juniors this year. I won the match today because I've been on the Tour for a long time and have more experience on the court." WTA story

    Genie said: "It was key for me to get control before she did, and I did well when I was able to dictate with my serve of the first ball, like the return. But when she got control of the point she was pretty dominant on that. I was trying to be as aggressive as I could. On the defense it's pretty tough. She puts a lot of pressure on you and won't miss those easy balls. I learned a lot today."

*n27 Roberta Vinci ITA d n12 s11 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-0, 6-0 Thu

Ana serving, and Roberta after match point

*n40 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n14 s12 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-4, 6-4 Thu
*n52 wc Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n18 s13 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-2, 6-3 Thu

Jelena reaching for a backhand, Aleksandra driving one, and after match point

*n41 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n19 s14 Flavia Pennetta ITA 1-4 retired—right wrist injury Wed
*n44 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n20 s15 Sabine Lisicki GER 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Thu
n22 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE d n106 q Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ 6-4, 6-4 Wed
n26 Christina McHale USA d n58 LL G Voskoboeva KAZ 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 Thu
Montreal, 3rd Rd, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $22,750 US; points: 125
n2 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n41 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-2, 6-4 rain-ppd-Sat
*n22 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE d n5 s4 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-6(9), 7-6(5)

Samantha and Lucie driving forehand and backhand

n6 s5 Petra Kvitova CZE d n10 s9 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-1, 6-1

Petra and Marion driving backhand and forehand

*n27 Roberta Vinci ITA d n7 s6 Angelique Kerber GER 6-2, 7-6(7) rain-ppd-Sat
n8 s7 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n40 Varvara Lepchenko USA 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 rain-ppd-Sat
*n11 s10 Na Li CHN d n9 s8 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-2 rain-ppd-Sat
*n52 wc Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n26 Christina McHale USA 7-6(5), 6-3 Fri-rain-Sat

Aleksandra driving a forehand

n42 Tamira Paszek AUT d n44 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-0 rain-ppd-Sat

Montreal, QFs, Sat noon
losers' prize: $47,000 US; points: 225
Saturday: rain delayed play
*n11 s10 Na Li CHN d n2 s2 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 6-1

Na following a forehand

n6 s5 Petra Kvitova CZE d n42 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-3, 6-2
n8 s7 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n52 wc Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-4, 6-4

Aleksandra congratulating Caroline after match point

n22 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE d n27 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-2
Montreal, SFs, Sun 1:30pm & 5pm
loser's prize: $96,500 US; points: 395
n6 s5 Petra Kvitova CZE d n8 s7 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Caro and Petra driving forehand and backhand, and Petra after winning a point

n11 s10 Na Li CHN d n22 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE 3-6, 6-3, 7-5

Lucie and Na driving backhand and forehand, and Na after match point

    Na trailed 1-5 in the 3rd set, but then won six consecutive games to take the match. It was Na's sixth win over Lucie in seven meetings.

    Na said: "In the beginning I was trying to shoot as hard as I could, and I was making a lot of mistakes. So I knew I had to start putting the ball back in the court more... I was just trying to take it point by point." WTA story

    Lucie said: "Because [Na] was doing quite a lot of mistakes in the games before, I didn't put enough pressure, and she used that situation to turn it around. She started to play much better at that moment, and it just started slipping away. She plays very fast and flat. She just knows how to play me."

Montreal, Final, Mon 7pm
loser's prize: $193,000 US; points: 620
winner's prize: $385,000 US; points: 900
n6 s5 Petra Kvitova CZE d n11 s10 Na Li CHN 7-5, 2-6, 6-3

Na and Petra driving forehand and backhand, and Petra after match point

Montreal, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $55,000 US
winners' prize: $110,000 US
Klaudia Jans-Ignacik & Kristina Mladenovic d s3 Nadia Petrova & Katarina Srebotnik 7-5, 2-6, (10-7)

Montreal, Qual Finals, Mon Aug 6 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $900 1pt; q2 $1,450 12pts; q3 $2,750 20pts; qualifier 30 points
*n84 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n45 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-0
*n132 Aravane Rezai FRA d n58 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
*n137 Jana Cepelova SVK d n61 Iveta Benesova CZE 7-5, 6-3
n64 Arantxa Rus NED d n99 Vera Dushevina RUS 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(1)
n67 Timea Babos HUN d n93 Johanna Larsson SWE 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
n78 Kiki Bertens NED d n138 Alexa Glatch USA 6-4, 6-2
*n133 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d n101 Mirjana Lucic CRO 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
n106 Sesil Karatantcheva KAZ d nNR Francoise Abanda CAN 6-0, 6-3

Montreal, Withdrawals
n3 s3 Maria Sharapova RUS gastrointestinal illness
n13 Vera Zvonareva RUS illness
n15 Maria Kirilenko RUS right leg injury
n16 Kaia Kanepi EST bilateral achilles injury
n17 Andrea Petkovic GER right ankle injury
n25 Jie Zheng CHN low back injury
n32 Petra Cetkovska CZE right ankle sprain
n34 Monica Niculescu ROU left hand injury
n39 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS right ankle injury
n51 Petra Martic CRO
n62 Polona Hercog SLO

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