2013 Beijing WTA Singles Results    


  WTA Sep 28-Oct 6: Beijing

China Open, Beijing, CHN
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n1 Serena Williams USA
n2 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n5 Na Li CHN
n6 Sara Errani ITA
n8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n9 Angelique Kerber GER
n10 Jelena Jankovic SRB
n11 Petra Kvitova CZE
n12 Roberta Vinci ITA
n13 Sloane Stephens USA
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#10 Jelena Jankovic
5'9½" 130lb RH 2H-BH

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Beijing, in the final of the China Open, the 2004 Beijing champ (and 2013 champ at Flushing Meadows, Toronto, Bastad, Roland Garros, Rome, Madrid, Charleston, Miami & Brisbane), 31 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2008 Beijing champion (and 2013 champ at Bogota), 28 year old 8th seeded #10 (and former #1) Jelena Jankovic of Serbia (residence: Dubai, United Arab Emirates), 6-2, 6-2 (JJ is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is $860,000; Jelena's prize is $430,365.

    Serena said: "I didn't think I'd win this tournament starting out, so I'm really happy to be here holding the trophy. Congratulations to Jelena for such a great tournament as well... I love you in China and cannot wait to see you next year!" WTA story

    After dropping the 1st set, Jelena took a one break lead in the 2nd, then was slowed by a left hip injury. After Jelena took a medical time out when leading 2-1, Serena won the final five games of the match. The injury forced Jelena, who is still pursuing points to qualify for the WTA Championships, to withdraw from next week's Osaka tourney. But Jelena made no excuses.

    Jelena said: "I had a great week playing in this beautiful venue. I always enjoy coming back here to the China Open. It's a pleasure for me to play in front of you all in the finals again. Serena was just too good today, and big congratulations to her."

    Serena now leads Jelena 6-4 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in April of this year on Har-Tru green clay in the final at Charleson, when Serena defeated Jelena 3-6, 6-0, 6-2. Only two active players have defeated Serena Williams four times or more: Venus Williams (10 times), and Jelena Jankovic.

    Serena is now 56-17 in WTA singles finals, and has a 73-4 singles match record in 2013, losing only to Victoria Azarenka (twice), Sabine Lisicki, and Sloane Stephens.

    Jelena is now 13-18 in WTA singles finals, and has a 45-18 singles match record this season.


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China Open,  Beijing, China

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Beijing: The main draw for Beijing has 16 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes.
    There are 8 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Friday, qualifying finals are on Saturday.

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    2009 was the first year that the China Open was held at the National Tennis Center, which was built for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The National Tennis Center (formerly known as the Beijing 2008 Olympic Green Tennis Courts) is located at the northwest corner of the primary 2008 Olympics venue, on the south side of Beijing's 5th ring road. The address is No. 2 Lin Cui Road, in the Chao Yang section of Beijing.

2013: On Monday, September 30, young ladies looking darned good at the Beijing player party included
Agniezka & Urszula Radwanska, Daniela Hantuchova, Caroline Wozniacki, and Serena Williams...
Beijing, 1st Rd, Sat-Mon 12:30pm
losers' prize: $13,500 US; points: 5
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n24 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-4, 6-2 Sun

Serena playing Meet the Press after the win

    Serena said: "Elena served really well today. She's always had such a good serve. I knew going into the match that she mixes up her serve well, hits big ones, so I was just ready for everything." WTA story

*n50 Andrea Petkovic GER d n2 s2 Victoria Azarenka BLR 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Mon

Andrea launching a forehand

    Andrea said: "I'm very happy with my performance. I was happy with my movement and my serve for the most part, and I managed to get a lot of balls back very deep and very strong. Parts of the match were a really, really good level. Some parts I lost a bit of energy, but overall I'm very happy...
    "I always play really well here. I lost in the first round here last year but I was playing Jelena Jankovic, who was playing really well that day. I really like the courts. I really like the atmosphere and center court. I don't know, it's just a tournament that goes with my play somehow!" WTA story

    Victoria said: "It was an awful match and a very bad performance from me, so there's not much to say about it. It happens once, twice a year to every player, and it happened to me today."

n4 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n56 Stefanie Voegele SUI 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Sun

Aga's forehand drive

    Agnieszka said: "The courts here are much slower than in Tokyo. I just had one practice so far here, and I don't think I really adjusted yet. But I think I was definitely playing better in the third set, and was winning the points in the important moments. I managed to come back from 0-40 in some of those games, as wellIt could have gone either way. I'm just happy I could come back and win the last couple of points." WTA story

n5 s4 Na Li CHN d n31 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-0, 6-4 Sun

Na driving a forehand

    After Na took a 6-0, 4-0 lead, Daniela (who had won their last two matches) won 4 of the next 5 games.

    Na said: "I had a pretty good start of the match until 4-0 in the second set. I saw it was 4-0 and I was like, 'Okay, maybe I should relax a little bit.' But at this level I cannot do this. You see the score in the second set. Relaxing a little bit just gives your opponent all the time they need, and a chance to get back into it. But I'm happy I could win in the end and at least pass through the first round." WTA story

n6 s5 Sara Errani ITA d n20 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 7-6(3), 6-1 Sat
n10 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n29 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 1-6, 6-4, 6-0 Mon

Jelena watching her forehand fly

n12 s10 Roberta Vinci ITA 2 n39 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-2, 6-2 Sat
n13 s11 Sloane Stephens USA d n376 sr41 A Wozniak CAN 6-4, 6-4 Sat

Sloane following a forehand

n14 s12 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n49 K Mladenovic FRA 6-2, 3-6, 7-5 Sat
n15 s13 Sabine Lisicki GER d n80 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-3, 6-2 Sun
n16 s14 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n32 sr14 Flavia Pennetta ITA 7-6(9), 6-1 Mon

Ana's forehand drive

    Ana trailed 1-5, then won 5 of the next 6 games and the 1st set tiebreaker.

    Ana said: "I didn't think so much about the score in the first set, I was just struggling to find my rhythm in the beginning. Then I just tried to think of getting back into the match. I thought the first set was already gone, but then I started to play better, and then I basically played point by point. I didn't think I could come back in the first set, but I played well and stepped up when it was very tight.
    "I could see [Flavia'a] body language change in the second set, and then I started to play a lot better." WTA story

*n35 Lucie Safarova CZE d n17 s15 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-5, 6-3 Sun
*n40 Urszula Radwanska POL d n18 s16 Simona Halep ROU 7-6(4), 7-6(2) Sat
n19 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n51 wc Jie Zheng 7-5, 6-2 Sun
*n41 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n21 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-3, 6-2 Mon
*n43 Madison Keys USA d n23 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-4, 6-3 Sun
n27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n64 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-1, 6-1 Mon
*n47 wc Francesca Schiavone ITA d n28 A Cornet FRA 3-2 retired Sat
n30 Kaia Kanepi EST d n48 Julia Goerges GER 7-5, 6-4 Sun
*n38 Laura Robson GBR d n33 Klara Zakopalova CZE 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-1 Sun
*n81 q Lauren Davis USA d n34 Mona Barthel GER 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 Sun
*n46 q Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n36 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-4, 6-1 Mon
*n74 wc Shuai Zhang CHN d n37 Shuai Peng CHN 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n42 Monica Niculescu ROU d n58 Annika Beck GER 7-6(4), 6-4 Sat
*n81 q Polona Hercog SLO d n44 Monica Puig PUR 6-1, 6-4 Mon
n55 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n76 wc Heather Watson GBR 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 Sat
*n95 q Misaki Doi JPN d n93 q Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-1, 6-1 Sun
n79 q Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n104 q Sharon Fichman CAN 6-4, 6-3 Mon

Beijing, 2nd Rd, Mon-Wed 12:30pm
losers' prize: $23,500 US; points: 80
The 4 Tokyo semifinalists received 1st round byes
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n47 wc Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 7-5 Tue

Serena serving

    Francesca had won only one game in her previous encounter with Serena, at this year's US Open.

    Serena said: "Even though the scoreline looked much easier at the Open, it wasn't an easy match. But as for Francesca playing so well today, I wasn't surprised about that... She was really motivating because she's a little bit older than me, but she's so fit and just played so well today. For me, it was inspiring." WTA story

n4 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n43 Madison Keys USA 6-3, 6-2 Wed

Madison and Agnieszka driving forehand and backhand

    Aga said: "I played [Madison] at Wimbledon a few months ago, so I kind of knew what to expect, especially the big serve. We played a really long three set match there. She was really serving unbelievable. So I knew I had to stand two steps backwards to reach that serve. But I don't think her percentage of first serves was as good as the matches before. It was a little bit easier for me today.
    "But she's one of the youngest talented players coming out. Last year I was asked me to name which of the players can be the most dangerous to the top seeds, and I actually said it's Madison Keys, because she can play very good tennis. In a couple of years we're going to see her more often." WTA story

n5 s4 Na Li CHN d n41 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-0, 6-1 Tue

Na's backhand drive

    Na said: "I'm very satisfied with my form so far... I'm very happy. This year I'm feeling very relaxed at this tournament, unlike last year, when I had to make the semifinals to qualify for the WTA [Championships]. I told my coach [Carlos Rodriguez] this China Open is like a bonus for me. I'm just going to try to enjoy every match this year and we'll see what happens."

n6 s5 Sara Errani ITA d n95 q Misaki Doi JPN 6-3, 6-2 Mon
bye n8 s6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n42 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-3, 6-1 Tue

Caro following a forehand

bye n9 s7 Angelique Kerber GER d n38 Laura Robson GBR 6-1, 6-2 Tue
n10 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n79 q Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 Wed
bye n11 s9 Petra Kvitova CZE d n55 Varvara Lepchenko USA 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 Tue
n12 s10 Roberta Vinci ITA d n74 wc Shuai Zhang CHN 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 Tue
n13 s11 Sloane Stephens USA d n46 q Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 Tue
n14 s12 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n81 q Lauren Davis USA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
n15 s13 Sabine Lisicki GER d bye n63 Venus Williams USA 6-1, 6-2 Tue

    Venus said: "[Sabine] hit so many shots that were untouchable. She's one of those players when she's on, she's on. And she plays really well against a player she doesn't feel as much pressure against."

*n81 q Polona Hercog SLO d n16 s14 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 6-4 Wed

    Polona said: "It was a big challenge for me to go out there on a big court and play against Ana Ivanovic, and I'm just really happy the way it turned out. It's probably one of the biggest victories for me. I beat Bartoli before when she was Top 10, but Ana is on her way back so it's a very big win for me."

n19 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n40 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*n50 Andrea Petkovic GER d n27 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 Wed

Andrea driving a backhand

    Petko had defeated the 2012 Beijing champ, 2nd seeded #2 Victoria Azarenka, in the 1st round on Monday.

    Andrea said: "This is the first tournament that I've been able to really keep up my intensity and keep up my focus. I think I've played two good matches. Personally it's really important to see that I can still beat the players on the top level, two past Grand Slam champions. It's just a big boost for my confidence, no matter what happens now in the future. So I've been really satisfied with my game."

*n35 Lucie Safarova CZE d n30 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-3, 6-3 Mon

Beijing, 3rd Rd, Wed-Thu 12:30pm
losers' prize: $48,550 US; points: 140
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n19 Maria Kirilenko RUS 7-5, 7-5 Thu

Maria and Serena driving forehand and backhand

    It was Serena's 70th match victory this season. Maria took a one break lead in both sets. Serving for the 1st set at 5-4, she had 3 set points at 40-0.

    Serena said: "I just thought, 'What else can I do except fight for this point and the next point. Maybe I got lucky a little bit. I just started to relax and kind of swing and not think about it too much out there. I'm obviously just really happy to get through this match today." WTA story

n4 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n81 q Polona Hercog SLO 6-0, 6-2 Thu

Aga following a forehand

    Agnieszka said: "We had a couple of very tight games, but I think I was a little better in the important moments. The score maybe looked a little bit easy, but the match wasn't easy at all. I just knew I had to stay in the game." WTA story

n5 s4 Na Li CHN d n15 s13 Sabine Lisicki GER 7-5, 6-4 Wed

Na's forehand drive

    Na said: "It's always tough to play against [Sabine]. She has a huge, big serve, and also forehand. She broke my rhythm a little bit today. I need three or four shots to get my rhythm, and sometimes she just comes and shoots the ball in one shot. So I was a little bit shocked, but I'm really happy to win. I don't think either of us played to the best of our ability, but we worked really hard on the court, and I'm very glad to see that no matter how close the score was, I stayed calm and controlled myself." WTA story

*n11 s9 Petra Kvitova CZE d n6 s5 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6(3)-7, 6-3 Wed

Petra about to connect with a backhand

    Petra said: "I felt like I played very well at the beginning of each set, but then there were some turning points and she would start playing better, and I would make some easy mistakes. It was really up and down today—a big fight—but I expected that. I just kept fighting and I'm happy to win today."

n8 s6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n13 s11 Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 6-1 Thu

Sloane and Caro driving forehand and backhand

    Caroline said: "We had a lot of long rallies and long games. But I managed to keep my head cool and keep fighting, though I lost that one very long game in the beginning, where she was serving."

n9 s7 Angelique Kerber GER d n12 s10 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-2, 6-4 Thu

    Angelique said: "I've played [Roberta] before and she has such a good slice, but I just had to focus on my game and not hers today. The first thing I always need to do is just focus on my game. Just play aggressive, move well and serve well."

n10 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n14 s12 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-0, 6-0 Thu

Jelena's forehand drive

n35 Lucie Safarova CZE d n50 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-4, 6(4)-7, 7-6(2) Thu

Lucie and Andrea driving backhands

Beijing, QFs, Fri 12:30pm
losers' prize: $100,900 US; points: 250
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n8 s6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-1, 6-4

Serena serving, and Caroline fielding a backhand

    Serena said: "I felt I played really well tonight, especially in the first set. I played well in the second set too, but I think Caroline just played so much better and she lifted her game so much. But I think overall it was the best performance I've had this week, which I'm excited about." WTA story

n4 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n9 s7 Angelique Kerber GER 7-6(7), 6-4

After the match, Aga tweeted: "Aaaaaaaa.... Getting ready for tomorrow" Agnieszka Radwanska at Twitter

    About her semifinal against Serena Williams, Agnieszka said: "I'm just going to go on court and try to play my best tennis, and hopefully be in the final again. I'm facing the #1 in the world who is playing unbelievable tennis for the last couple of months. I'm just going to go on court and enjoy myself, and hopefully I can stay in the game."

*n11 s9 Petra Kvitova CZE d n5 s4 Na Li CHN 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Petra following a forehand, and Na driving a backhand

    Petra said: "I think it was a really great match from both of us. It was very tight and every game was really close. There were a lot of important points and they were very tough. I lost them in the first set and I won them in the second, and the third was pretty close. But when I was 3-1 down in the third set I just thought, 'Okay, I need to play my game again and go for it.' I just tried to stay aggressive.
    "I've played a lot of three-setters this year, and when I lost the first set, I was still positive." WTA story

n10 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n35 Lucie Safarova CZE 6(3)-7, 6-4, 6-4

JJ serving

    Jelena delivered 7 aces, including one on match point (Lucie: 6 aces), and won 56% of her 2nd serve points (Lucie: 35%) while converting 5 of her 13 break points against Lucie (Lucie: 3/9 BPs).

    Jelena said: "I lost to [Lucie] the last time we played, in Fed Cup last year, so I was looking forward to playing her again. She's been in great form. She's had unbelievable results in the last month or so, winning Québec and beating top players in the last two tournaments, so I knew it would be a very tough match, and it was. She played great. She served unbelievably. It was a huge battle out there. She put me under a lot of pressure but I just tried to play my tennis and I'm happy I made it...
    "I'm one of the players who still has a chance at the WTA Championships. I'm still working on it. It's near the end of the season and there's just a couple tournaments left to play, but this week is the biggest one left, obviously.
    "But also I really love the China Open. I have a lot of great memories from playing here, playing in the main stadium. I'm really fighting my best out there, and I'm happy to be in the semifinals again. I'm looking forward to my next match very much."

Beijing, SFs, Sat 12:30pm
losers' prize: $210,000 US; points: 450
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n4 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 6-2

Aga following a backhand, Serena about to swat a forehand, and after match point

    Serena said: "Agnieszka... plays like magic, she can move the ball left and right—she can do anything with her shots. So for me today it was just important to try to stay ahead of her, or one step ahead of her. I just tried to do that today, and I'm happy with how things went." WTA story

    Aga has played Serena seven times and never won. Agnieszka said: "[Serena] doesn't really let you play. She's really pretty much attacking everything, all the serves, all the returns, and when she's really having her day, it's really tough. I think she played very well today from the beginning until the end. She was just playing too well."

n10 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n11 s9 Petra Kvitova CZE 6(7)-7, 6-1, 6-1

Petra ready to lightly tap a forehand, JJ following one, and after match point

    Jelena said: "I lost to [Petra] the last two times we played. She has always given me a lot of trouble and didn't allow me to play my game. And even today in the first set she was controlling the points. I was still there, but I didn't feel comfortable.
    "But in the next two sets I felt like I went on top of her and took control. And then as the match went on I think she got a little bit tired out there, and then I had everything in my hands, pretty much." WTA story

    Jelena is the only player who has played all 10 Beijing China Opens (2004-2013). Jelena said: "I love China. I love my Chinese fans. They support me a lot. I feel great here... I hope to come here as long as I play. I'm really grateful I've had the success I have had here, and I hope it continues."

    Only two active players have defeated Serena Williams four times or more: Venus Williams (10 times), and Jelena Jankovic.

    Jelena said: "[Serena is] the most difficult player to play against... She has all the shots. When she's on top of her game, it's very difficult to beat her. Hopefully I can play my best so that I can at least have a chance."

Beijing, Final, Sun 7:30pm
loser's prize: $430,365 US; points: 700
winner's prize: $860,000 US; points: 1000
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n10 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-2, 6-2

Serena serving, Jelena delivering a forehand, Serena launching a backhand, and after match point

Beijing, Doubles Final, Saturday
losers' prize: $146,000 US
winners' prize: $291,000 US
s8 Sania Mirza & Cara Black d Vera Dushevina & Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-2, 6-2

Beijing, Qual Finals, Sat Sep 28 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $2,100 1pt; q2 $3,600 20pts; qualifier 30 points
n46 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n90 Anna Schmiedlova SVK 4-6, 6-0, 6-3
*n79 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n53 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-2, 6-2
*n95 Misaki Doi JPN d n60 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 7-6(5), 4-2 retired
*n81 Polona Hercog SLO d n61 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 6-4, 6-3
*n80 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n68 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-4, 6-4
*n81 Lauren Davis USA d n69 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-5, 7-6(3)
*n104 Sharon Fichman CAN d n75 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4
*n93 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d n89 Virginie Razzano FRA 2-6, 7-5 retired

Beijing, Withdrawals
n3 Maria Sharapova RUS right shoulder injury
n7 Marion Bartoli FRA retired
n22 Ekaterina Makarova RUS right wrist injury
n25 Jamie Hampton USA left achilles tendon injury
n26 Nadia Petrova RUS left hip injury
n54 Romina Oprandi SUI right shoulder injury

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