2013 New Haven WTA Singles Results    


  WTA Aug 18-24: New Haven

New Haven Open, New Haven, CT
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n6 Sara Errani ITA
n8 Angelique Kerber GER
n9 Petra Kvitova CZE
n10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n12 Roberta Vinci ITA
n17 Sloane Stephens USA
n18 Sabine Lisicki GER
n19 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n20 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n21 Sorana Cirstea ROU
n23 Elena Vesnina RUS
n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n25 Simona Halep ROU
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New Haven:

#9 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH
New Haven:

#25 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH

    On Saturday at Yale University, in the final of the New Haven Open, the 2013 champion at Budapest, 's-Hertogenbosh and Nuremberg, 21 year old #25 (career high: #23) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, handily defeated the 2012 tourney champ (and the 2013 champion at Dubai), 23 year old 3rd seeded #9 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-2 (Petra is shown during the match; Simona is shown holding the glassware afterward).

    Simona's prize is $117,000; Petra's prize is $62,300.

    After trailing 1-2 in the 1st set, Simona dominated the rest of the match, striking only 3 unforced errors in the 1st set and only 1 UE in the 2nd. She sealed the win with an ace on match point.

    The win will put Simona into the top 20 in the WTA rankings on Monday for the first time in her career, at #19.

    Petra and Simona had never before met on the field of combat.

    Simona is now 4-3 in WTA singles finals, and has a 39-14 singles match record for the year, winning 31 of her last 36 matches.

    Petra is now 10-4 in WTA singles finals, and has a 39-19 singles match record this season.


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    New Haven: The main draw for New Haven has 8 seeds, with 2 1st-round byes. There are 6 qualifiers and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday - and main draw play begins on Sunday. Yale University interactive campus map

2013: On Friday, Aug 16 at Yale, Sabine Lisicki did the player rep thing at the New Haven Open main draw ceremony...
New Haven, 1st Rd, Sun-Mon noon
loser's prize: $5,225 US; points: 1
Monday: rain delayed play
n9 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n46 LL Annika Beck GER 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 ppd-Tue
n10 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n35 Shuai Peng CHN 2-6, 3-1 retired—dizziness Mon

    4-time New Haven champ Caroline said: "[Shuai] was hitting so strongly from both sides tonight. She's always a really tough player... I didn't really know anything was wrong with her. I didn't even know she called the physio until the physio ran out onto the court. But she played the doubles final in Cincinnati yesterday and it's obviously tough to go out and play the same day you get off a flight. I really hope she feels better soon." WTA story

*n20 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n12 s5 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-5, 6-3 Mon

    Carla said: "It was a very good match. Vinci came from Cincinnati and was a little bit tired, I think, but it was still tough. She is playing very good this year. It was a good win for me." WTA story

n17 s6 wc Sloane Stephens USA d n107 q Anna Schmiedlova SVK 6-4, 6-4 Mon

Sloane serving

    Sloane said: "I had some ups and downs but overall I thought I played pretty well. [Anna] obviously is a good player. I'm just happy to get through."

n18 s7 Sabine Lisicki GER d n38 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 7-5, 6-1 Sun

Sabine driving a backhand

*n34 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n19 s8 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 Mon

Klara driving a forehand

*n30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n21 Sorana Cirstea ROU 3-0 retired—abdominal injury Mon
n23 Elena Vesnina RUS d n54 q Ayumi Morita JPN 2-0 retired—low back injury Mon
n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n253 sr Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(5) Mon
n25 Simona Halep ROU d n47 wc Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-2, 6-1 Mon

Daniela following a forehand, and Simona launching one

*n53 q Monica Puig PUR d n42 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 7-6(4), 6-1 Mon
n45 wc Julia Goerges GER d n51 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Mon
*n59 q Karin Knapp ITA d n44 LL Elina Svitolina UKR 6-3, 6-4 Mon
*n98 q Alison Riske USA d n49 q Stefanie Voegele SUI 7-5, 6-1 Mon

New Haven, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed noon
losers' prize: $9,580 US; points: 60
*n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n6 s1 Sara Errani ITA 7-5, 6-1 Wed

Ekaterina driving a backhand

    Ekaterina struck 8 aces in the match, with 2 double faults (Sara: 0 aces, 5 DFs).

    Sara said: "[Ekaterina] was hitting the ball well and serving many aces. I knew she would be tough coming in, but there was not much I could do."

    Ekaterina said: "In the second set, I felt like I played really good. I'm really happy that this happened today at a big stadium and a good tournament. There's only one way to beat [Sara], and all my shots were working really good."

*n23 Elena Vesnina RUS d n8 s2 Angelique Kerber GER 6-2, 6-4 Tue

Elena driving a forehand

    Elena scored on 6 of the 10 break points she reached against Angelique while totaling 69 points in the match; Angelique also held 10 break points against Elena, but converted only 3 of them, while totaling 53 points.

    Elena said: "Going against a top 10 player is always tough because they have a lot of confidence. It was important for me to play my game, take my chances, be consistent and be aggressive." WTA story

    Angelique said: "I tried to fight, but [Elena] was playing well and I couldn't find my rhythm. Sometimes you have days like this. I will just try to take the positives from the match and focus on the next event."

n9 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n98 q Alison Riske USA 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 Wed
n10 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n59 q Karin Knapp ITA 6-1, 7-5 Wed

Caroline after match point

    Caro called for the trainer during the 2nd set. Caroline said: "I'm feeling better now. I've had a bit of a cold the whole week and I'm just trying to keep myself healthy. I started to feel a little dizzy out there and just wanted to make sure everything was OK." tourney story

n17 s6 wc Sloane Stephens USA d n45 wc Julia Goerges GER 7-5, 2-6, 6-1 Wed
*n30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n18 s7 Sabine Lisicki GER 7-5, 6-3 Tue
*n25 Simona Halep ROU d n20 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 Wed

Simona driving a forehand

    Simona said: "It was a very difficult match for me because [Carla] is playing so tough... I was more confident, but I started very slow because it was so hot and I didn't feel good. But I changed my tactic to come back by being more aggressive and finishing the point faster."

n34 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n53 q Monica Puig PUR 6-4, 6-1 Tue

Klara's forehand drive

    Klara said: "I feel good today. I played better than yesterday. I was focused from the first point to the last. The first set was very tough. I was 3-1 down, so winning that gave me confidence for the rest of the way."

New Haven, QFs, Thu 1pm
losers' prize: $17,850 US; points: 120
Thursday: rain delayed play
n9 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 2-6, 6-2, 7-5

Petra driving a forehand

    Petra said: "It's important to have matches like these where you have to fight until the end where you're not necessarily playing your best. That's part of tennis. Of course, I prefer shorter, two set matches, but I won the last point and that's the important thing." WTA story

n10 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n17 s6 wc Sloane Stephens USA 7-6(6), 6-2
*n34 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n23 Elena Vesnina RUS 4-6, 6-0, 6-4

    About her semifinal opponent, Petra Kvitova, Klara said: "[Petra and I] are good friends. She won easily when we last played in Indian Wells... She's serving very well, so I have to be ready for that. She's also playing very flat and very fast, so I will have to move very well and fight for every point."

*n25 Simona Halep ROU d n24 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-1, 7-6(6)

Simona and Katya driving forehand and backhand

    Simona said: "I played really well in the first set and [Ekaterina] wasn't playing so well. She made a lot of mistakes first set. But at 1-all in the second set it rained and the match was suspended. I was a little bit nervous after that and it took me a little bit of time to get back into the match afterwards. But I managed to come back from 4-2 down in the second set and did well from there, so I'm happy." WTA story

New Haven, SFs, Fri 1pm & 7pm
losers' prize: $33,250 US; points: 200
n9 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n34 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-0, 6-1

Klara and Petra driving forehand and backhand

    Petra said: "I think the beginning of the match was pretty close. Klara had chances to win the first game and the next game when she was serving. I think that was the turning point. I was saying to myself, 'I need to stay focused in the first set and play really well because I know she can come back anytime and I need to be ready for it.'" WTA story

*n25 Simona Halep ROU d n10 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-2, 7-5

New Haven, Final, Sat 3pm+
loser's prize: $62,300 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $117,000 US; points: 470
*n25 Simona Halep ROU d n9 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-2, 6-2

Simona about to connect with a forehand, Petra and Simona about to swat backhands, and Simona after match point

New Haven, Doubles Final, Sat
losers' prize: $19,490 US
winners' prize: $36,500 US
Jie Zheng & Sania Mirza d Anabel Medina Garrigues & Katarina Srebotnik 6-3, 6-4

Sania and Jie

New Haven, Qualifying Finals, Sun Aug 18 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $805 1pt; q2 $1,450 8pts; q3 $2,730 12pts; qualifier 20 points
*n107 Anna Schmiedlova SVK d n44 Elina Svitolina UKR 7-6(4), 6-2
*n59 Karin Knapp ITA d n46 Annika Beck GER 7-6(4), 4-6, 6-2
n49 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n73 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-3, 3-6, 2-1 retired
n53 Monica Puig PUR d n78 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-2, 6-4
n54 Ayumi Morita JPN d n101 Mariana Duque-Marino COL 6-2, 6-1
*n98 Alison Riske USA d n58 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-4, 6-2

New Haven, Withdrawals
n31 Laura Robson GBR right wrist injury
n33 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK low back injury
n36 Urszula Radwanska POL illness
n39 Lucie Safarova CZE left elbow injury

    (March 21, 2013) The WTA Dallas tourney has folded and the WTA is seeking a new venue to take over that week on the schedule. Also, the New Haven tourney is seeking to have their prize money reduced from $690,000 to $235,000. Tennis.com story

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