2013 Brussels & Strasbourg WTA Singles Results    


  WTA May 20-25: Brussels & Strasbourg

Brussels Ladies Open, BEL PREMIER
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n9 C Wozniacki, n15 R Vinci
n16 D Cibulkova, n17 S Stephens

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n14 M Bartoli, n29 T Paszek
n30 A Cornet, n41 S-W Hsieh
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#40 Kaia Kanepi
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#30 Alizé Cornet
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    On Saturday in France, in the final of the Internationaux de Strasbourg, the 2012 tourney finalist (and champion at Bad Gastein), 23 year old 3rd seeded #30 (career high: #11) Alizé Cornet from Nice, France, defeated the 2009 Strasbourg finalist, 28 year old #113 (career high: #48) Lucie Hradecka from Prague, Czech Republic, 7-6(4), 6-0 (Alize is shown hoisting the hardware after the match).

    Alize's prize is $40,000; Lucie's prize is $20,000.

    Alize said: "It was a very tight first set. We were both serving very well and we didn't break each other much. In the tie-break it came down to just one or two points, and then in the second set it went way faster because everything [Lucie] had been putting on the lines in the beginning started to go out. And I'm happy I was able to win the second set 6-0, because I was starting to get very nervous!

    "I feel great right now, winning this title at home. It's the accomplishment of a lot of work." WTA story

    Lucie, who has yet to win a WTA singles title, double faulted while serving at 4-5 in the tiebreaker. Lucie said: "Everything just turned around from there. In the first [Alize] she wasn't making any mistakes and I came so close, but from there she started playing even better. And it was already tough in the first set.

    "I wasn't thinking about any of my other finals. I was really trying my best out there. But she's a very, very good player, and I'm still happy I got five matches this week going into Roland Garros."

    Alize and Lucie had met only once before, in 2010 on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the 3rd round at Montreal, when Lucie defeated Alize 6-4, 7-5.

    Alize is now 3-3 in WTA singles finals, and has a 18-12 match record in 2013. Lucie is now 0-6 in WTA singles finals, and has a 9-11 match record this year.

    Meanwhile in in Belgium, in the final of the Brussels Ladies Open, the 2012 champion at Estoril and Brisbane, 27 year old #40 (career high: #16) Kaia Kanepi from Haapsalu, Estonia, defeated the 2011 Brussels finalist, 27 year old 8th seeded #38 (career high: #14) Shuai Peng from Tian Jin, China, 6-2, 7-5 (Kaia is shown familiarizing herself with the hardware after the match).

    Kaia's prize is $117,000; Shuai's prize is $62,300.

    Kaia said: "It was a difficult second set where I had match point in many games but just couldn't finish it. I was playing really well until 6-2, 5-2, but I've had problems like this before. I just kept trying to pump myself up and not get too negative about losing the situations I had earlier.
    "This makes me feel very happy after such a hard half year when I was out injured. I started playing again on clay, which I really like, and I've been getting my confidence back week after week." WTA story

    Shuai said: "Kaia played really well. Heavy shots and big serves. I tried my best but it was just really hard against her. I thought I could come back at 5-all but she broke me again and held serve. I'm happy I made it to the final again here though. It was a really good week for me."

    Kaia and Shuai had never before met on the field of combat. Kaia is now 4-4 in WTA singles finals, and has a 13-4 match record in 2013. Shuai is now 0-5 in WTA singles finals, and has a 14-10 match record for the season.

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Brussels Ladies Open,  Brussels, Belgium

tourney time:
       = GMT +2 hours
       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

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    Brussels: The 32-player main draw for Brussels has 8 seeds, with 2 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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Brussels Ladies Open venue address: Royal Primerose Tennis Club, 41-43, Avenue du Gros Tilleul, 1020 Bruxelles, TÚl. : 02/478.37.61 Fax : 02 /478.43.85
    The Royal Primerose TC is located in the north of Brussels, approximately a 10 mins walk from the Heysel/Heizel (line 6) metro station and next to the Bruparck and Atomium.
    The Brussels Ladies Open was a new tourney in 2011, a late replacement for Warsaw on the WTA Tour calendar.

2012: Melanie Oudin and Christina McHale were looking good at the player party in Brussels on Tuesday...
Brussels, 1st Rnd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $5,225 US; points: 1
Monday: rain delays - Tuesday: rained out
*n40 Kaia Kanepi EST d n16 s3 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-4, 7-6(6) ppd-Wed
n17 s4 Sloane Stephens USA d n51 T Pironkova BUL 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 Mon-dark-Wed
n21 s5 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n60 Madison Keys USA 6-4, 1-6, 6-2 ppd-Wed
n25 s6 Julia Goerges GER d n96 LL Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-1, 7-5 ppd-Wed
n31 s7 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n48 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 6(8)-7, 6-4 Mon
n38 s8 Shuai Peng CHN d n55 Sofia Arvidsson SWE 6-3, 6-0 ppd-Wed
*n69 Jamie Hampton USA d n42 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 ppd-Wed
n44 Romina Oprandi SUI d n93 q Melanie Oudin USA 6-2, 6-2 ppd-Wed
n50 Jie Zheng CHN d n85 q Mallory Burdette USA 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 ppd-Wed
*n125 q Shuai Zhang CHN d n53 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-1, 6-3 ppd-Wed
*n206 wc Elena Baltacha GBR d n56 Stefanie Voegele SUI 7-6(9), 7-5 Mon
n63 Olga Govortsova BLR d n84 Arantxa Rus NED 6-2, 7-5 Mon
*n82 Jana Cepelova SVK d n68 Lesia Tsurenko UKR 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 Mon
n108 q Yulia Putintseva KAZ d n168 wc Alison van Uytvank BEL 6-1, 6-0 ppd-Wed

Brussels, 2nd Round, Wed 11am
losers' prize: $9,580 US; points: 60
Thursday: rain delay
*n50 Jie Zheng CHN d n9 s1 wc Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-2, 6-4

    Jie said: "[Caroline is] a very tough player and fought until the last point. I'm so happy I could win this match. We've played many times before and she's always so tough to beat. But she's also a very nice person, ever since she was a junior." WTA story

n15 s2 Roberta Vinci ITA d n108 q Yulia Putintseva KAZ 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 Wed-dark-Thu
n17 s4 Sloane Stephens USA d n125 q Shuai Zhang CHN 6-4, 6-0

    Sloane said: "It's been really tough because the weather's been really poor, but it was good to get on the court today. I feel good. I feel the clay court season isn't long enough, because I love clay, but I feel good and I'm ready to play. I want to get out there. I'm excited for every match."

*n69 Jamie Hampton USA d n21 s5 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 ppd-Thu
*n44 Romina Oprandi SUI d n25 s6 Julia Goerges GER 6-3 retired
n31 s7 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n206 wc Elena Baltacha GBR 6-2, 6-0
n38 s8 Shuai Peng CHN d n63 Olga Govortsova BLR 4-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(4)
n40 Kaia Kanepi EST d n82 Jana Cepelova SVK 6-3, 6-3

    Kaia said: "It's tough to play two matches in one day, but I handled it well and I'm happy to have won both matches. I felt a little tired in the second match but I really focused and tried not to think about it."

Brussels, QFs, Thu 11:30am
losers' prize: $17,850 US; points: 120
Thursday: rain delays - Friday: rain delays
*n69 Jamie Hampton USA d n15 s2 Roberta Vinci ITA 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 ppd-Fri

    Jamie said: "I'm very happy with my win today. [Roberta] is top 20 in the world and plays very, very tricky tennis, and she's very experienced. I actually felt the first set was a good set of tennis for me, so I just tried to keep my spirits up and stay positive after I lost it. I told myself to stay positive in the third and just hang in there, and I'm lucky that it went my way today." WTA story

*n38 s8 Shuai Peng CHN d n17 s4 Sloane Stephens USA 6-2, 6-3
n44 Romina Oprandi SUI d n50 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
*n40 Kaia Kanepi EST d n31 s7 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4) ppd-Fri

    Kaia said: "After the rain delay in the second set it was so cold and it was hard for me to play well - but she came back so strong, which is really impressive because of the conditions. We had another break early in the third set, so I took a shower and kept myself warm, and I think both of us played well in that set. When it got to the tie-break I was just trying to hit the ball and wasn't worrying too much about who would win the match, because we both played a really good third set. In a third set tie-break you always need some luck, because both of you played well to get there."

Brussels, SFs, Fri
losers' prize: $33,250 US; points: 200
n38 s8 Shuai Peng CHN d n44 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 ppd-Sat
n40 Kaia Kanepi EST v n69 Jamie Hampton USA 7-6(6), 6-4 ppd-Sat

Brussels, Final, Sat
loser's prize: $62,300 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $117,000 US; points: 470
*n40 Kaia Kanepi EST d n38 s8 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 7-5
Brussels, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $19,490 US
winners' prize: $36,500 US
s2 Kveta Peschke & Anna-Lena Groenefeld d Gabriela Dabrowski & Shahar Peer 6-0, 6-3

Brussels, Qual Finals, Mon May 20 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $805 1pt; q2 $1,450 8pts; q3 $2,730 12pts; qualifier 20 points
Monday: rain- qualy finals moved indoors
n85 Mallory Burdette USA d n105 Maria Joao Koehler POR 4-6, 6-3, 6-0
n93 Melanie Oudin USA d n294 Allaksandra Sasnovich BLR 6-2, 7-6(1)
*n108 Yulia Putintseva KAZ d n96 Coco Vandeweghe USA 4-6, 6-1, 6-1
*n125 Shuai Zhang CHN d n123 Shahar Peer ISR 7-6(5), 6-2

Brussels, Withdrawals
n4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL right shoulder injury
n43 Kristina Mladenovic FRA low back injury
n45 Ayumi Morita JPN left thigh injury
n52 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU right shoulder injury
n64 Simona Halep ROU calf injury

Internationaux de Strasbourg,  Strasbourg, France

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       = GMT +2 hours
       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

France News

    Strasbourg: The 32-player main draw for Strasbourg has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.

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Internationaux de Strasbourg venue address: Centre Sportif de Hautepierre, Rue Baden Powell, F-67200, Strasbourg, France

2012: Sabine Lisicki and Tamira Paszek did the "tennis on an [insert odd location here]" tourney promo thing at Strasbourg...
Strasbourg, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $1,800 US; points: 1
Monday: rained out
*n87 Camila Giorgi ITA d n14 s1 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-3, 6-2 ppd-Tue

    Camila said: "At the beginning of the match I was nervous, but then everything was going in and my confidence went up. Everything was working for me today, it was great. I will try to keep playing like I did today, playing my game and being as consistent as possible out there." WTA story

*n182 wc Virginie Razzano FRA d n29 s2 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-1, 6-4 ppd-Tue
n30 s3 Alize Cornet FRA d n97 Mathilde Johansson FRA 6-3, 6-2 Tue

    Alize said: "It was a weird match with Mathilde, because we know each other very well and we were both a little bit nervous at the beginning of the match, even the whole match. I'm happy I got through this match in two sets, but I will have to work on some things to be more ready for tomorrow."

n41 s4 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n62 Annika Beck GER 6(6)-7, 7-5, 6-1 Tue
n46 s5 Monica Niculescu ROU d n79 Marina Erakovic NZL 6(7)-7, 6-3, 7-6(5) ppd-Tue
*n67 Lauren Davis USA d n54 s6 Christina McHale USA 7-5, 6-3 ppd-Tue
n57 s7 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n135 wc Claire Feuerstein FRA 7-5, 6-4 Tue
*n73 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP d n61 s8 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(4) Tue
n65 Johanna Larsson SWE d n157 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 ppd-Tue
*n90 Misaki Doi JPN d n71 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-5, 6-2 Tue
*n92 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n72 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-3, 6-3 ppd-Tue
*n239 q Magda Linette POL d n78 Olga Puchkova RUS 6-4, 7-6(2)Tue
n81 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n114 wc Caroline Garcia FRA 6(4)-7, 7-5, 6-4 ppd-Tue
*n113 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n83 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*n104 q Flavia Pennetta ITA d n88 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-4, 6-2 Tue
n188 q Shelby Rogers USA d n286 Marta Domachowska POL 6-2, 7-5 Tue

Strasbourg, 2nd Round, Wed 10am
loser's prize: $3,100 US; points: 30
n30 s3 Alize Cornet FRA d n239 q Magda Linette POL 6-3, 6-4

Alize driving a forehand

*n90 Misaki Doi JPN d n41 s4 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(3)
*n81 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n46 s5 Monica Niculescu ROU 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
n57 s7 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n188 q Shelby Rogers USA 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
n65 Johanna Larsson SWE d n182 wc Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 6-3

Johanna after match point

    Johanna said: "It was a well-played match for me, and I'm very happy about my performance. I'm just going to try to keep my level up, maybe serve a little bit better. Hopefully I'll keep winning those important points that make the difference." WTA story

*n113 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n67 Lauren Davis USA 6-2, 6-2
*n104 q Flavia Pennetta ITA d n73 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 6-2, 6-3
*n92 Eugenie Bouchard CAN dn87 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-3, 6-0

Strasbourg, QFs, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $5,500 US; points: 70
n30 s3 Alize Cornet FRA d n57 s7 Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-3, 6-1

Alize serving

*n113 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n65 Johanna Larsson SWE 7-5, 6-3 ppd-Fri
*n92 Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n81 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-3, 6-2

Genie after match point

*n104 q Flavia Pennetta ITA d n90 Misaki Doi JPN 7-5, 6-3 ppd-Fri

Strasbourg, SFs, Fri 2pm
loser's prize: $10,425 US; points: 130
n30 s3 Alize Cornet FRA d n92 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 7-5, 6(5)-7, 6-3

    Alize said: "It's going better and better each match, which is a good sign... Eugenie was playing very aggressive and was pushing me way behind the baseline. I had to dig deep inside to find the energy to play three hours and come through at the end." WTA story

    Genie said: "I feel like I'm playing well on this surface... It's been really good preparation and has given me confidence. I'm a little disappointed with today. I tried my best, but didn't quite play my best. Some days it just doesn't happen, but I'm just going to keep working hard, practicing and getting ready for Roland Garros."

*n113 Lucie Hradecka CZE d n104 q Flavia Pennetta ITA 1-6, 6-3, 6-1

    Lucie said: "It's great to reach a final because I didn't start this year very well. I had some health problems. I'm so happy that I'm fit and I can play and this is great preparation for Roland Garros."
    About the final, Lucie said: "It will be a very tough match. It's a final. [Alize] will have the crowd support. I will try my best. I've played her once on hardcourts in Montreal. I won. I remember it was a close match. We'll see what happens. I have never won a WTA tournament. Tomorrow I will try everything that I can do. Hopefully I will play very well like today."

Strasbourg, Final, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $20,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $40,000 US; points: 280
n30 s3 Alize Cornet FRA d n113 Lucie Hradecka CZE 7-6(4), 6-0

Strasbourg, Doubles Final, Sat
loser's prize: $6,000 US
winner's prize: $11,500 US
s4 Kimiko Date-Krumm & Chanelle Scheepers d s3 Cara Black & Marina Erakovic 6-4, 3-6, (14-12)

Strasbourg, Qual Finals, Mon May 20 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $500 1pt; q2 $700 6pts; q3 $950 10pts; qualifier 16 points
Monday: rain delay
*n188 Shelby Rogers USA d n98 Vesna Dolonc SRB 6-4, 6-2
n104 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n212 Yuliya Beygelzimer UKR 5-7, 6-1, 6-4
*n239 Magda Linette POL d n236 Masa Zec-Peskiric SLO 6-2, 6-0
n286 Marta Domachowska POL d n514 Carolin Daniels GER 6-2, 2-6, 6-2

Strasbourg, Withdrawals
n12 Maria Kirilenko RUS left knee injury
n47 Heather Watson GBR illness (mono)
n58 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP left thigh injury
n70 Lara Arruabarrena ESP illness (mono)
n80 Pauline Parmentier FRA right shoulder injury

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