2012 Sydney & Hobart WTA Singles Results


  WTA Jan 8-14: Sydney & Hobart

Apia Int'l, Sydney, AUS
Int'l Tennis Ctr, Olympic Park
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n1 C Wozniacki, n2 P Kvitova
n3 V Azarenka, n5 Na Li

Moorilla Int'l,
Hobart, Tasmania, AUS
INTL $220,000 32m/32q/16d
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n26 Y Wickmayer, n27 A Medina G
n30 M Niculescu, n32 A Kerber
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#4 Victoria Azarenka
5'10" 132lb RH 2H-BH

#69 Mona Barthel
6'1" 154lb RH 2H-BH

    On Friday in Sydney, Australia, in the final of the Apia International, the 2011 champion at Luxembourg, Miami and Marbella, 21 year old #4 (career high: #3) Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (res: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated last year's Sydney and French Open champion, 29 year old 4th seeded #5 (career high: #4—and all-time Chinese #1) Na Li from Wuhan, Hubei, China. 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 (Vika is shown holding the glassware after the match).
    Victoria's prize is $107,000; Na's prize is $57,000.

    Victoria started the match well, but Na took control in the second set, and broke Vika's serve at the start of the 3rd.

    Victoria said: "It was really difficult. I knew at some point I would get a chance, so I just had to stay with her and fight. I kept my composure.
    "We showed some incredible tennis out there. Li Na, she's always dangerous, and she proved it again today. I'm just glad I could overcome her and win this match." WTA story

    Na said: "I don't think anything went wrong. I think it was a very good final. There's nothing to worry about. We were showing our best tennis. And my tennis is much, much better than the last half year—but it's still step by step."

    Na still leads Vika 4-3 in career matches. But Victoria also won the last time that they played, on a late last year on an indoor hardcourt in the round robin of the WTA Championships in Istanbul, 6-2, 6-2.

    2011 WTA Championships finalist Victoria is now 9-8 in WTA singles finals. She won last year at Miami, Marbella and Luxembourg, and reached the final at Madrid. Vika had a 55-17 singles match record in 2011.
    2011 Australian Open finalist and French Open champion Na is now 5-6 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 had a 32-17 singles match record last year.

    On Saturday in Hobart, Tasmania, in the final of the Moorilla International, 21 year old qualifier #69 (last week, this week at a career high: #64) Mona Barthel from Neumunster, Germany, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2010 Auckland champ (and a 2009 US Open semifinalist), 22 year old top seeded #26 (career high: #12) Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), 6-1, 6-2 (Mona is shown with the hardware and software after the match).
    Mona's prize is $37,000; Yanina's prize is $19,000.

    Mona said: "I was a little bit surprised at the score, but I played a really good match today and [Yanina] made some easy mistakes. I made only a few mistakes and put a lot of pressure on her. I also think I served well, not just today but throughout the week. It helped me a lot, especially in the tough moments." WTA story

    Yanina said: "[Mona] played a very good match and it was a bad performance from me. I didn't play well. I tried to be aggressive but made a lot of unforced errors. I was looking for my game but couldn't find it out there today."

    Yanina and Mona had met only once before, in 2010 on a hardcourt in the quarterfinals of an ITF tourney in Torhout, Belgium, when Yanina defeated Mona, 6-3, 7-6(9).

    Mona was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 5 ITF singles titles and 1 ITF doubles title. Mona was 58-20 in pro singles (including ITF play) last year.

    Yanina is now 3-4 in WTA singles finals. She won in Auckland in 2010, and in Estoril and Linz in 2009. Yanina's 2011 singles match record was 31-19.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Sydney & Hobart

s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
ranks are for the previous week
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Medibank International,  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

tourney time:
       = GMT +11 hours
       = US EDT +16 hours
       = US PDT +19 hours

Australia News

    Sydney: The main draw for Sydney has 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes.
    There are 6 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Friday, qualifying finals are on Sunday.

click for broader view   Int'l Tennis Centre, Olympic Park, Sydney, AUS
Latitude: -33.854985 Longitude: 151.072665 goto link for World Wind
Olympic Park map, .pdf - Sydney Map

2012: Young ladies looking good at the player party in Sydney on Sunday included
Petra Kvitova, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Andrea Petkovic, Jelena Jankovic, and Victoria Azarenka...
Sydney, 1st Rd, Sun-Mon 11am Mon WTA story
losers' prize: $4,800 US; points: 1
n3 s3 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n138 q Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-2, 6-1 Mon

Stefanie and Vika driving forehand and backhand

n5 s4 Na Li CHN d n53 q Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-0, 6-3 Mon

Ekaterina and Na driving backhands

    2011 Sydney champion Na said: "Today I did well, but I don't think Makarova was playing her best tennis, especially in the first set. I was happy about how I was moving today. Maybe I need to work a little bit more on my serve, because in the second set my serve wasn't working so well. It wasn't easy today."

*n11 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n6 s5 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 6-4 Mon

Francesca driving a forehand, and Samantha running one down

    Francesca said: "[Samantha is] strong and fast and puts a lot of pressure on you. When she comes inside the court there's no way to defend—live or die. But I played aggressively and she couldn't play her best. It was closer than the score shows, though."

    Samantha lost to #54 Iveta Benesova in the 2nd round last week in Brisbane. Samantha said: "I've had two pretty disappointing tournaments, but I've also had that in previous years and then got to Melbourne and played better and handled it better. I have a week to go, and hopefully that's going to be the same this year."

*n19 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n7 s6 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-1, 6-2 Mon

Svetlana and Vera driving forehand and backhand

n8 s7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n105 q Urszula Radwanska POL 6-1, 6-1 Mon
n9 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA d n36 q Polona Hercog SLO 6-3, 6-3 Mon

Marion driving her 2-handed "forehand" with "backhand" grip (though listed as right-handed by the WTA, Marion is ambidextrous)

n10 Andrea Petkovic GER v n16 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-2, 6-3 Mon

Andrea's forehand drive

n14 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n21 Julia Goerges GER 6-1, 3-1 retired—illness Mon

Jelena and Julia driving forehand and backhand

*n18 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n17 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 Sun-rain-Mon
*n25 Lucie Safarova CZE d n22 Ana Ivanovic SRB 7-6(5), 6-2 Sun

Ana and Lucie driving forehands

    At 5-5 in the 1st set tiebreaker, Ana had an opportunity to reach set point with an overhead smash. But she dumped the ball into the net.

    Ana said: "“I kept replaying that shot in my mind throughout the whole match. I felt like that was the turning point...
    “It gives me plenty of time to work on a few things and tune up a few things, but I feel my game is there. It’s still going to be good to have a few days to work.
    "I had a good off-season and I just want to try and keep at it. It would be great to have a result straight away, but sometimes it’s a process and it takes time." tourney story

*n24 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n23 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-5, 6-2 Mon

Daniela following a forehand

n38 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n143 q Melinda Czink HUN 6-4, 6-2 Mon
n66 wc Jelena Dokic AUS d n183 wc Isabella Holland AUS 6-0, 6-0 Sun

Jelena's forehand drive

*n65 LL Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n78 q Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-1, 6-1 Mon

Sydney, 2nd Rd, Tue 11am WTA story
losers' prize: $8,800 US; points: 60
n1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n18 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-5, 2-6, 6-4

Domi driving a forehand, Caro following a backhand, and after match point

    Dominika defeated Caroline in the 2nd round at Sydney last year, 6-3, 6-3. Later last year, Domi defeated Caro again in the 4th round at Wimbledon, 1-6, 7-6(5), 7-5.

    Caroline said: "She was hammering the ball. I was just standing there and trying to figure out what to do. I felt like everything I tried to do wasn't working and I was making a lot of unforced errors. So I said, 'Okay, let's just keep a margin to the lines and give her that extra ball.' It paid off in the end. That I could fight back from that score and win is definitely satisfying, but I'll need to step my game up a little bit in the next round."

n2 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n65 LL Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 7-5, 3-6, 6-4

Petra and Alexandra driving backhands

    Alexandra defeated Petra in the 1st round of the US Open last year, 7-6(3), 6-3.

    Petra said: "It was my first match of the tournament and first match outdoors. It was hard getting used to the conditions. Usually when I go outdoors, the serve is the biggest problem for me, but today it was really good. And it was a little bit in my head that I lost to her at the US Open—it was a tough first match for me here, but I really wanted to win against her today."

n3 s3 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n14 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-4, 6-2

Jelena and Vika driving backhands

n5 s4 Na Li CHN d n38 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA 2-6, 6-4, 6-1

Chanelle and Na driving forehand and backhand

n8 s7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n10 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-5, 6-4

Agnieszka driving a forehand, and Andrea following a backhand

n9 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA d n66 wc Jelena Dokic AUS 6-0, 6-3

Marion and Jelena driving forehand and backhand

*n24 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n11 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-5, 6-1

Daniela watching her serve fly

*n25 Lucie Safarova CZE d n19 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-1, 2-0 retired—heat illness

Svetlana and Lucie driving forehands

Sydney, QFs, Wed 11am
losers' prize: $16,375 US; points: 120
*n8 s7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n1 s1 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 3-6, 7-5, 6-2

Caroline driving a forehand, Agnieszka fielding one on the run, and Caro having her wrist taped

    Caroline had her left wrist taped late in the match due to an injury.

    Caroline said: "I hope it's not serious. I could feel it today, especially in the third set. I'm going to get it checked out tomorrow and hopefully it's ok. Let's just hope for the best. I should be completely fine for the Australian Open." Sky Sports story

n2 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE d n24 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-0, 6-4

Petra and Daniela driving backhands

    If Petra wins the tourney, she will take the #1 WTA ranking for the first time in her career. Petra said: "I’m still on track. But still, it’s two matches away and the next one is really tough. It’s still a long way away, so we will see." AP story

n3 s3 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n9 s8 Marion Bartoli FRA 7-5, 6-4

Vika and Marion driving forehand and backhand

n5 s4 Na Li CHN d n25 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-2, 7-6(3)

Na reaching for a backhand, and Lucie driving a forehand

    Na said: "Of course I’m feeling good. I won in Sydney last year and this year I’m in the semis. It’s just the beginning of the year, and I’m feeling much, much stronger."

Sydney, SFs, Thu 11am WTA story
losers' prize: $30,510 US; points: 200
*n5 s4 Na Li CHN d n2 s2 Petra Kvitova CZE 1-6, 7-5, 6-2

Na and Petra driving backhands, Na launching a forehand on the run, and after match point

    It is the first WTA final that Na has reached since her win last year at Roland Garrros.

    Na said: "Yeah, I'm back. I'm feeling stronger, in the body and mind. I'm just trying to do better—not like what I was doing the last half of last year. My goal every year is I want to do better than the year before."

n3 s3 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n8 s7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

Victoria and Agnieszka driving forehand and backhand, Vika firing a forehand on the run, and after match point

    Victoria said: "The way I started today, I was a little bit off, I think. I was missing my shots. But Agnieszka started really well. It was a completely different game from yesterday, so I didn't really adjust too well. But I'm glad I could fight through my mistakes and through the slow start and finish really strong."

    About playing Li Na in the final, Victoria said: "[Na] has obviously played great in Australia for the last couple of years. I'm looking forward to it—it's a great opportunity to get one last challenge here."

Sydney, Final, Fri 7:30pm
loser's prize: $57,000 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $107,000 US; points: 470
n3 s3 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n5 s4 Na Li CHN 6-2, 1-6, 6-3

Victoria and Na driving forehand and backhand, Vika's backhand drive, and after match point

Sydney, Doubles Final, Fri
losers' prize: $17,600 US
winners' prize: $33,000 US
cdr4 s1 Kveta Peschke & Katarina Srebotnik d cdr5 s2 Liezel Huber & Lisa Raymond 6-1, 4-6, [13-11]

Kveta and Katarina

Sydney, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 8 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $415 1pt; q2 $920 8pts; q3 $2,030 12pts; qualifier 20 points
*n53 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n36 Polona Hercog SLO 6-1, 6-3
n38 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n88 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-4
*n105 Urszula Radwanska POL d n75 Vania King USA walkover—
    adductor injury

*n138 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n76 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
n78 Sofia Arvidsson SWE d n65 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6(6)-7, 7-6(2), 7-5
*n143 Melinda Czink HUN d n90 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6(5)-7, 6-4, 6-4

Sydney, Withdrawals
n15 Sabine Lisicki GER abdominal injury
n20 Flavia Pennetta ITA low back injury

Morilla International,  Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

tourney time:
       = GMT +11 hours
       = US EDT +16 hours
       = US PDT +19 hours

Australia News

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

click for broader view   Hobart, Tasmania, AUS Hobart Map
Latitude: -42.873719 Longitude: 147.32908 goto link for World Wind

2012: Sorana Cirstea posted a lovely, if somewhat overexposed, Twitter photo after her 2nd round win on Tuesday...
Sorana tweeted: "Tnx everyone for the lovely messages...not playing today,quarters tomorrow!!! X SORI"
Hobart, 1st Rd, Sun 10am, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $1,725 US; points: 1
n26 s1 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n61 Marina Erakovic NZL 7-5, 6-4 Mon

Yanina following a backhand

n27 s2 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP d n56 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-2, 7-6(3) Tue
*n233 sr59 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d n30 s3 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-0, 6-4 Sun

Anna preparing to serve

    Anna withdrew from the second half of last season after struggling with an inner ear disorder which had caused her to faint in three consecutive matches. After a brief flirtation with politics, when she was invited to run for office in Russia, she made an (apparently good) decision to return to the WTA Tour.

n32 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n57 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-2, 6-4 Mon
n33 s5 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n50 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-3, 6-4 Mon

Ayumi following a 2-handed forehand, and Jarmila driving a backhand

n37 s6 Shahar Peer ISR d n52 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-3, 6-1 Tue
*n60 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n39 s7 Ksenia Pervak KAZ 6-2, 7-6(6) Sun
n40 s8 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n51 Elena Baltacha GBR 6-2, 7-5 Sun

Irina-Camelia's backhand drive

*n47 Simona Halep ROU d n41 Klara Zakopalova CZE 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 Sun
n45 Sara Errani ITA d n59 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n46 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL d n92 q Heather Watson GBR 7-6(10), 3-6, 7-6(2) Mon
n55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n682 wc Ashleigh Barty AUS 6-2, 6-2 Mon
*n133 wc Casey Dellacqua AUS d n58 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 Mon

Casey driving a backhand

*n108 wc Anastasia Rodionova AUS d n63 Greta Arn HUN 6-4, 7-5 Sun

Anastasia driving a backhand

n69 q Mona Barthel GER d n82 q Romina Oprandi ITA 6-1, 6-4 Mon
*n274 q Sacha Jones NZL d n91 q Kristina Barrois GER 6-1, 6-4 Tue

Hobart, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 10:30am
loser's prize: $2,950 US; points: 30
n26 s1 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n133 wc Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 6-1 Tue

Yanina and Casey driving forehand and backhand

*n69 q Mona Barthel GER d n27 s2 A Medina Garrigues ESP 6-1, 6-4 Wed m3
n32 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n45 Sara Errani ITA 6-1, 6-2 Tue
n33 s5 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS d n108 wc Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 Wed

Anastasia serving, Jarmila driving a forehand, and after match point

n37 s6 Shahar Peer ISR d n274 q Sacha Jones NZL 7-6(7), 6-4 Wed
*n47 Simona Halep ROU d n40 s8 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-4, 6-2 Tue
*n233 sr59 Anna Chakvetadze RUS d n46 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*n60 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n55 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 Tue

Sorana's backhand drive

Hobart, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $5,340 US; points: 70
n26 s1 Yanina Wickmayer BEL v n47 Simona Halep ROU 6-4, 6-0

Simona delivering a backhand, and Yanina following one

n32 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n60 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-0, 3-6. 7-5

Angelique watching her backhand fly, and Sorana driving one

n69 q Mona Barthel GER d n33 s5 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Jarmila and Mona driving forehands

n37 s6 Shahar Peer ISR d n233 sr59 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 retired—cramping

Anna and Shahar driving forehand and backhand

Hobart, SFs, Fri noon
loser's prize: $10,200 US; points: 130
n26 s1 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n37 s6 Shahar Peer ISR 7-6(1), 6-3

Shahar and Yanina following backhands

*n69 q Mona Barthel GER d n32 s4 Angelique Kerber GER 6-0, 7-6(6)

Mona and Angelique following backhands

Hobart, Final, Sat 5pm
loser's prize: $19,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $37,000 US; points: 280
*n69 q Mona Barthel GER d n26 s1 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-1, 6-2

Mona serving, Yanina contemplating a backhand, Mona delivering a forehand, and after match point

Hobart, Doubles Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $5,750 US
winner's prize: $11,000 US
*cdr114 s4 Irina-Camelia Begu & Monica Niculescu d cdr95 s3 Chia-Jung Chuang & Marina Erakovic 6(4)-7, 7-6(4), [10-5]

Monica and Irina-Camelia

Hobart, Qual Finals, Sun Jan 8 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $265 1pt; q2 $460 6pts; q3 $860 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n69 Mona Barthel GER d n154 Nina Bratchikova RUS 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
n82 Romina Oprandi ITA d n107 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-2, 6-3
*n92 Heather Watson GBR d n91 Kristina Barrois GER 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(1)
*n274 Sacha Jones NZL d n136 Alison Riske USA 6-2, 6-3

Hobart, Withdrawals
n31 Petra Cetkovska CZE
n48 Jie Zheng CHN right thigh injury

    The Morilla International, which had a Friday evening final for several years, changed back to a Saturday afternoon final in 2010. tourney story

    (Jan 4, 2007) Both tourneys this week used the new WTA drawsheet form, which is not improved over the previous form in any way whatsoever, and is in fact much worse. Rankings are displayed only for the seeded players, and are not shown for the rest of the draw (the old form displayed the rankings of all participants). Why would we not want to know the player's rankings?

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