2013 Katowice WTA Singles Results    


  WTA Apr 8-14: Katowice

BNP Paribas Katowice Open, POL
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n8 Petra Kvitova CZE
n13 Roberta Vinci ITA
n21 Klara Zakopalova CZE
n30 Julia Goerges GER
n33 Alize Cornet FRA
n38 Kaia Kanepi EST
n41 Sabine Lisicki GER
n42 Laura Robson GBR
n45 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
n44 Kiki Bertens NED
n50 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU
n53 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL
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#8 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

#13 Roberta Vinci
5' 4" 132lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Katowice, Poland, in the final of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open, the 2012 champ at Dallas, 30 year old 2nd seeded #13 (career high: #13) Roberta Vinci from Taranto, Italy, defeated the 2013 champion at Dubai, 23 year old top seeded #8 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, 7-6(2), 6-1 (Petra is shown during the match; Roberta is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Roberta's prize is $40,000; Petra's prize is $20,000.

    Roberta struck 5 aces, with 2 double faults, while scoring on 3 of the 11 break points she reached against Petra and totaling 87 points in the match.

    Petra hit 1 ace, with 4 DFs, while converting 1 of the 3 break points she held against Roberta and totaling 70 points.

    Roberta said: "I played a really good game today. Petra was playing very well and very aggressively in the first set, getting a lot of first serves in, but I stayed with her and won the tie-break, and things were better in the second set, probably because she was a little bit tired. But everything was working for me all week. I'm happy I was able to beat such a tough opponent and win this title." WTA story

    Petra said: "It was a very tough match against Roberta today. I started pretty slowly at the beginning of the match and I was always the second player on the court because she was dictating everything out there—she plays very well on the clay. I also felt a little bit without energy. But she was the better player on the court for sure and she really deserved to win the title today."

    Roberta and Petra had met only once before, in 2011 on a chlorophyll court in the 3rd round of The Championships at Wimbledon, when Petra, on her way to her biggest title, defeated Roberta 6-3, 6-3.

    Current WTA doubles #1 Roberta is now 8-1 in WTA singles finals. She has a 19-9 singles match record this year.

    2011 Wimbledon champion Petra is now 10-3 in previous WTA singles finals. She has a 20-8 singles match record in 2013.


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BNP Paribas Katowice Open,  Katowice, Poland

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Poland News

    Katowice: 32-player The main draw for Katowice has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 3 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Monday.

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Katowice Open venue address: Spodek Hall. Al W Korfantego 35 40-951 Katowice Katowice

2013: On Saturday, April 6, former Polish #1 Marta Domachowska did the player rep thing at the Katowice main draw ceremony...
Katowice, 1st Rnd, Mon 10am-Tue-Wed 1030am
loser's prize: $1,800 US; points: 1
n8 s1 Petra Kvitova CZE d n87 Misaki Doi JPN 6-4, 6-4 Wed

Misaki and Petra launching forehands

    Petra said: "It's always tough to play your first round at any tournament, and this time it's my first match of the year on clay. But I felt quite good on the clay here, I just need a few matches to really start feeling comfortable on it. I'm very happy I was able to win in two sets today." WTA story

n13 s2 Roberta Vinci ITA d n67 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-2, 2-0 retired Wed

    Roberta said: "I like it here. Everyone is really friendly and the court is quite fast, which is a good thing because it suits my game. I'm just taking it one at a time and we'll see how it goes."

n21 s3 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n105 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 7-6(2), 6-2 Mon

Klara driving a backhand

*n213 q Jill Craybas USA d n30 s4 Julia Goerges GER 6(5)-7, 6-3, 4-1 retired—low back injury Tue
*n191 q Anna Schmiedlova SVK d n33 s5 Alize Cornet FRA 6-3, 6-0 Tue
n38 s6 Kaia Kanepi EST d n196 wc Sandra Zaniewska POL 6-1, 6-1 Tue

    Kaia had been sidelined since September by a right heel injury. Kaia said: "I was a bit nervous at the beginning, but it wasn't too bad. It felt good to play again. My mistakes didn't bother me as much as they would have when I was in top form. I just went easy on myself out there, and I'm looking forward to my next match here in Katowice." WTA story

*n120 q Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n41 s7 Sabine Lisicki GER 7-5, 6-2 Wed

Alexandra's forehand drive

*n58 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP d n42 s8 Laura Robson GBR 5-7, 7-6(7), 6-1 Mon

Laura driving a backhand, and Lourdes ready to swat one

n44 Kiki Bertens NED d n72 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-1, 6-1 Tue
n50 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n81 Mathilde Johansson FRA 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-1 Tue
*n121 LL Shahar Peer ISR d n53 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-6(4)Tue
n74 Annika Beck GER d n267 wc Marta Domachowska POL 6-3, 7-5 Mon

Marta and Annika driving forehands

*n80 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n82 Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor ESP 6-1, 3-6, 6-0 Mon
*n174 q Maria Elena Camerin ITA d n83 Jana Cepelova SVK 7-6(2), 6-3 Tue
*n91 Petra Martic CRO d n89 Elina Svitolina UKR 6(2)-7, 6-3, 6-2 Mon

Petra's forehand drive

*n97 Mandy Minella LUX d n95 Vesna Dolonc SRB 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-2 Tue

Katowice, 2nd Round, Wed-Thu noon
loser's prize: $3,100 US; points: 30
n8 s1 Petra Kvitova CZE d n97 Mandy Minella LUX 7-5, 6-2 Thu
n13 s2 Roberta Vinci ITA d n44 Kiki Bertens NED 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 Thu

Kiki driving a forehand, and Roberta ready to lightly tap one

    Roberta said: "I started slow. When I lost the first set I decided to play more aggressive and go up to the net more. I definitely played better tennis at the end, more consistent and more focused too." WTA story

*n174 q Maria Elena Camerin ITA d n21 s3 Klara Zakopalova CZE 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 Wed

Klara about to swat a forehand, and Maria Elena's backhand drive

*n80 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n38 s6 Kaia Kanepi EST 7-5, 6-3 Wed
*n120 q Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n50 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 Thu
*n74 Annika Beck GER d n58 Lourdes Dominguez Lino ESP 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 Wed

Annika driving a forehand

n91 Petra Martic CRO d n191 q Anna Schmiedlova SVK 6-4, 6-2 Wed

Petra ready to slice a backhand

n121 LL Shahar Peer ISR d n213 q Jill Craybas USA 6-1, 6-3 Thu

    The win put Shahar into her 45th WTA quarterfinal, and her first since January, 2012. Shahar said: "First of all I'm really happy because every match I'm playing much, much better. From the first round of qualies to first round of main draw was already much better, and today I played well the whole match, so I'm happy about my performance.
    "Jill and I both came from the qualifying so we both had a lot of matches. She's a good player with a lot of experience, and I lost to her a few years ago, so at least this time I won against her."

Katowice, QFs, Fri 1pm
loser's prize: $5,500 US; points: 70
n8 s1 Petra Kvitova CZE d n91 Petra Martic CRO 6-3, 6-2

Petra K driving a backhand, and Petra M reaching for a forehand

    Petra said: "I think today I played my best match here. It was a special feeling to play so well and feel so comfortable on the court. And more importantly I played well on the important points, which was good because she serving so well. I really had to wait for the right moments to break her serve." WTA story

n13 s2 Roberta Vinci ITA d n80 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-1, 6-0

Roberta using a very Western grip to spin a forehand drive

    Roberta said: "I played great today. I expected a very tough match today and it was better than that, but everything in my game was just perfect on the court. Now I'm just happy I'm in the semifinals and I'm very much looking forward to playing again in the semifinals tomorrow." WTA story

n74 Annika Beck GER d n174 q Maria Elena Camerin ITA 7-6(1), 6-0

Maria Elena ready to slice a backhand, Annika driving one, and Annika alerting the media after the match

    Annika trailed 1-5 in the 1st set. Annika said: "When I was down today I just had to stay cool, play more rallies and let her do the work, and forget I was playing for the semifinals of a WTA tournament!. I tried to keep that out of my mind and it worked out. And I didn't expect to reach the semifinals here at the beginning of the week because everyone here is such a good player—so many top 100. I'm very happy to reach the semis."

n120 q Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n121 LL Shahar Peer ISR 5-7, 6-3, 6-3

    Alexandra said: "I think it was a really tough match today. It has been a really long week for me. I started from qualies, didn't know what to expect, then I started playing really well match by match and now I'm here in the semis. I think I've done a really good job and I'm very happy for it." WTA story

Katowice, SFs, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $10,425 US; points: 130
n8 s1 Petra Kvitova CZE d n120 q Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-0, 6-4

Alexandra launching a forehand on the run, and Petra driving one

    Petra scored on 6 of the 14 break points she reached against Alexandra, and totaled 74 points in the match. Alexandra converted only 2 of the 5 break points she held against Petra, while totaling 56 points.

    Petra won the first 10 games of the match, to lead 6-0, 6-4. Petra said: "A lot of the games were really close throughout the match and we were having a lot of rallies. It was very important for me to stay in the game and just fight for every point, because I know she's a big fighter. The score looks easy, but it really wasn't easy at all." WTA story

    Alexandra said: "It was tough because I had so many game points and advantages in the first 10 games, and it really meant so much to me to do well today... Every game point I had she was hitting a line, or the net, or something like that. It was so unlucky for me. But when I won that first game, I felt so good."

n13 s2 Roberta Vinci ITA d n74 Annika Beck GER 6-1, 6-0

Annika about to connect with a forehand, Roberta lining one up, and hitting balls to the crowd after match point

    Roberta won her quarterfinal by the same score, and so has won 24 of 26 games in those two matches. Roberta said: "I played some good tennis today. It was a good match. It was like yesterday. I'm so happy about my game today and I'm excited to be playing in the finals now." WTA story

    Annika was playing in her first WTA semifinal. Annika said: "It was a great tournament for me here in Katowice... The match was not so good for me today. Roberta played very well from the beginning on and had really good answers. But of course it's a different level playing against a Top 20 player, and I will just take this experience, learn from it and look forward to the next."

Katowice, Final, Sun 5pm
loser's prize: $40,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $20,000 US; points: 280
*n13 s2 Roberta Vinci ITA d n8 s1 Petra Kvitova CZE 7-6(2), 6-1

Petra driving a backhand, and Roberta watching her forehand fly

Katowice, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,000 US
winner's prize: $11,500 US
Lara Arruabarrena & Lourdes Dominguez Lino d Raluca Olaru & Valeria Solovyeva 6-4, 7-5

Katowice, Qual Finals, Monday Apr 8 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $500 1pt; q2 $700 6pts; q3 $950 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n120 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d Raluca Olaru ROU 6-0, 6-0
*n191 Anna Schmiedlova SVK d n121 Shahar Peer ISR 6-4, 6-1
n174 Maria Elena Camerin ITA d n343 Katarzyna Piter POL 6-2, 6-4
n213 Jill Craybas USA d n300 Irina Buryachok UKR 6-3, 6-2

Katowice, Withdrawals
n31 Tamira Paszek AUT neck injury
n45 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK low back injury
n52 Romina Oprandi SUI
n65 Marina Erakovic NZL
n90 Polona Hercog SLO right wrist injury
n93 Petra Cetkovska CZE left foot injury

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