2013 Stanford & Baku WTA Singles Results    


  WTA July 22-28: Stanford & Baku

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BOTW Classic, Stanford, CA
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n4 A Radwanska, n13 S Stosur
n21 D Cibulkova, n29 J Hampton

Baku Cup, Azerbaijan
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n38 B Jovanovski, n62 D Vekic
n68 C Scheepers, n70 A Cadantu
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#21 Dominika Cibulkova
5'3" 121lb RH 2H-BH

#84 Elina Svitolina
5' 9" 137lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Stanford, in the final of the Bank of the West Classic, the 2012 champion at San Diego, 24 year old 3rd seeded #21 (career high: #12) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, defeated the 2013 champion at Sydney and Auckland, 24 year old top seeded #4 (career high: #2) Agnieszka Radwanska from Krakow, Poland, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 (Domi is shown with the bearware after the match).

    Dominika's prize is $125,000; Agnieszka's prize is $68,200.

    Domi, who trailed by a break of serve through much of the 3rd set, won on her 5th match point.

    Dominika said: "It's a big deal for me today. I had never beaten Aga before. She's a really tough competitor and I had to earn every point myself. It was tough mentally and physically out there, so I'm really happy I won." WTA story

    Aga had double-bageled Domi in their previous encounter. Agnieszka said: "I didn't play my best tennis at all today. I think everything was a problem for me. I couldn't feel the ball well. Actually I couldn't feel the ball the whole tournament. And [Dominika] was much better on the court, hitting so hard and so cleanly. She was really playing so well out there."

    Agnieszka still leads Dominika 4-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in January of this year on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the final at Sydney, when Aga defeated Domi 6-0, 6-0.

    Dominika is now 3-5 in WTA singles finals, and has a 22-16 singles match record in 2013. Agnieszka is now 12-5 in WTA singles finals, and has a 37-11 singles match record this year.

    In Azerbaijan on Sunday, in the final of the Baku Cup, 18 year old 7th seeded #84 (career high #163) Elina Svitolina from Kharkiv, Ukraine, defeated the 2009 champ at Guangzhou & Tashkent, 26 year old #143 (career high #11) Shahar Peer from Maccabim, Israel, 6-4, 6-4 (Elina is shown with the glassware after the match).

    Elina's prize is $40,000; Shahar's prize is $20,000. Shahar and Elina had met only once before, early this year on a hardcourt in the 1st round at Shenzhen, when Elina defeated Shahar 6-1, 6-3.

    At the trophy ceremony, Elina said: "Thank you Shahar for a great final. It was a very tough match today and I had a lot of tough matches throughout the week, but I worked really hard coming into the tournament, and it turned out well for me." WTA story

    Shahar said: "I'm really happy I achieved the final. I've had a lot of tough moments the last few years and I did play well this week. I have to only take the positives from this tournament."

    Elina was playing in her first WTA singles final. She has won 5 ITF singles titles, 1 WTA doubles title, and 2 ITF doubles titles. Elina has a 24-17 singles match record this season.

    Shahar is now 5-4 in WTA singles finals, but she has not won a title since 2009 and this was the first final she has reached since 2011. Shahar has a 23-31 singles match record for the year.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Stanford & Baku
The Wimbledon Centre Court scoreboard at match point during the 1977 ladies singles semifinal as Virginia Wade defeated Chris Evert, and advanced to defeat Betty Stove in the final, becoming the last British woman to win the singles title at Wimbledon-- a portion of a photo from Virginia's book Courting Triumph, click for book excerpts
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The Bank of the West Classic  Stanford University, Palo Alto, California

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    Stanford: The main draw for Stanford has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes. There are 4 qualifiers and 4 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

Bank of the West Classic venue address: Taube Family Tennis Stadium, Stanford, CA 94305

    2012 is the 42nd year of the tourney that has become the Bank of the West Classic, the longest-running women-only pro tennis tournament. The Bank of the West Classic has been held at Stanford University's Taube Tennis Stadium since 1997. 37,226 people attended the 13 sessions in 2005. The tourney is owned and operated by IMG (International Management Group); Bank of the West has been the tourney's title sponsor since 1992.

2013: On Sunday, July 21 at Stanford, Madison Keys posed for pics on campus...
On Monday, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska alerted the media, while Ayumi Morita did the photo shoot thing...
Stanford, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
losers' prize: $5,915 US; points: 1
n33 s5 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n51 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-2, 6-2 Mon

Ayumi and Sorana driving backhand and forehand

n36 s6 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n112 q Michelle Larcher de Brito POR 6-2, 6-4 Tue
n40 s7 Urszula Radwanska POL d n79 Christina McHale USA 6-1, 6-3 Tue

Urszula looking to slice a backhand, and Christina driving one

    Urszula said: "Christina is a great player, a great fighter, so she was fighting until the end, and I couldn't close the match. It was a bit shaky in the end, but the first match is always tough and I only came here a few days ago and it's always tough to change time zones. But I'm happy I played well out there tonight and that I won the match."

*n44 Madison Keys USA d n41 s8 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-2, 6-2 Mon
*n87 Olga Govortsova BLR d n43 Julia Goerges GER 7-6(2), 6-2 Mon

Olga serving

n46 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n58 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 Tue
*n243 q Coco Vandeweghe USA d n47 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-0, 6-3 Tue
n49 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n133 wc Ajla Tomljanovic SRB 6-4, 6-0 Mon
n59 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n78 Mallory Burdette USA 7-5, 6-3 Mon

Mallory and Francesca driving backhand and forehand

*n200 wc Nicole Gibbs USA d n66 Kiki Bertens NED 6-4, 6-1 Mon
*n153 q Vera Dushevina RUS d n71 Marina Erakovic 6-2, 6-1 Tue
n115 Tamira Paszek AUT d n147 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-1, 6(4)-7, 3-0 retired Tue

Stanford, 2nd Rd, Tue-Thu 11am
losers' prize: $10,700 US; points: 60
n4 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n59 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 6-3 Wed

Agnieszka driving a forehand

    Agnieszka said: "It was a tough match out there. It was my first match back on hardcourts and the conditions were tough too, with the balls really flying here. And the serve was not the key in this match at all—we were both struggling with that—so I had to find a way to win without the serve today.
    "It's also tough to play against somebody who plays such different tennis than the other girls—a lot of spin, one-handed backhand, slice... It's always fun to play against Francesca, though the first few times I played her I really struggled to get used to it." WTA story

*n87 Olga Govortsova BLR d n13 s2 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-2, 6-4 Tue

Sam and Olga driving forehand and backhand

    Olga said: "I think I played really well today. I had never played Sam, that was the first time, and I think it helped that I had the extra match yesterday and I don't think she played since Wimbledon. Also I played World Team Tennis last week, like four matches, which was a really great warm-up. At the end she had nothing to lose, so she started going for her shots and making more, and I got a little bit nervous. It was the same kind of situation as the French Open, where I had two match points against Marion Bartoli and lost, and then she went on to win Wimbledon a few weeks later. But I served pretty well in the last game and it helped me close out the match tonight." WTA story

    Samantha said: "[Olga] was playing quite well. But I wasn't able to combat that with any aggressive play of my own to not let her continue doing what she was able to do."

n21 s3 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n49 Stefanie Voegele SUI 7-5, 7-6(5) Thu

Dominika driving a forehand

    Dominika said: "I expected a really tough match, because [Stefanie is] playing really well right now. I played her a long time ago. I remember she plays close to the lines... It was a really high quality match, and I had to play some good tennis to get through. I'm really happy to be in the quarters and hopefully I'll continue to play well tomorrow." WTA story

n29 s4 Jamie Hampton USA d n200 wc Nicole Gibbs USA 7-5, 6(5)-7, 6-3 Thu

Jamie about to slice a backhand, and Nicole driving one

    Jamie said: "It was my first match since Wimbledon, and it's a tough transition to come back and get into playing mode again. But I didn't get down on myself. I wasn't too hard on myself when things weren't going my way for a while. I'm pleased that I competed hard and tried to stay positive, and I'm happy to get another opportunity to play now."

n33 s5 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n243 q Coco Vandeweghe USA 6-3, 6-3 Wed

Sorana driving a backhand

n36 s6 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n115 Tamira Paszek AUT 6-4, 6-4 Wed

Varvara's backhand drive

n40 s7 Urszula Radwanska POL d n46 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(3), 7-6(3) Thu
*n153 q Vera Dushevina RUS d n44 Madison Keys USA 7-6(0), 6-2 Thu

Stanford, QFs, Fri noon
losers' prize: $19,300 US; points: 120
n4 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n36 s6 Varvara Lepchenko USA 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3

Agnieszka's forehand drive

    Agnieszka said: "This is my first tournament back on hardcourts so I'm struggling with a few things. I wasn't feeling the ball at all. I really wanted to win that match, and I'm happy I did, but I still went out and practiced a little bit afterwards because I really didn't play my best tennis tonight. It was a weird match. There were a lot of ups and downs for both of us. But I fought until the end. WTA story

n21 s3 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n40 s7 Urszula Radwanska POL 7-5, 6-3

Dominika driving a forehand

    Dominika said: "The key today was staying aggressive. [Urszula is] the kind of player who waits for your mistakes and uses your power, and I was doing great in the first set until 5-1. But then I started hoping she'd just give me the set, and all of a sudden it was 5-all and she was up 30-0 on my serve. But I made that game, and all of a sudden I started playing my game again and won the set. In the start of the second set I played more down-the-lines. She couldn't read where I was going anymore." WTA story

n29 s4 Jamie Hampton USA d n153 q Vera Dushevina RUS 6-4, 6-3

Jamie serving

    Jamie said: "I definitely felt better about my game today. The ball's coming off nicely, much, much cleaner, and I served better too. It's not where I'd like to be, but it's certainly an improvement."

n33 s5 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n87 Olga Govortsova BLR 6-3, 6-2

Sorana's forehand drive

    Sorana said: "Before I came to Stanford I was practicing really, really hard for two weeks [at the Las Vegas Adidas camp, including some training with Steffi Graf]. It's nice to see all of this work paying off. I put my head down, did my daily things and worked hard, and now I'm feeling much better on the court and in my legs. I feel like a different player out there on the court. And I really love it here in Stanford. It's such a nice start to the US Open Series."

Stanford, SFs, Sat 3pm & 7pm
losers' prize: $36,535 US; points: 200
n4 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n29 s4 Jamie Hampton USA 6-3, 6-2

Jamie about to slice a backhand, and Agnieszka following a forehand

n21 s3 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n33 s5 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-4, 6-0

Sorana and Dominika driving backhands

Stanford, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $68,200 US; points: 320
winner's prize: $125,000 US; points: 470
n21 s3 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n4 s1 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

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

Stanford, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $21,137 US
winners' prize: $40,000 US
s1 Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears d s2 Julia Goerges & Darija Jurak 6-2, 7-6(4)

Stanford, Qual Finals, Mon Jul 22 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,000 1pt; q2 $1,590 8pts; q3 $2,925 12pts; qualifier 20 points
n153 Vera Dushevina RUS d n75 Olga Puchkova RUS 6-4, 6-4
n112 Michelle Larcher de Brito POR d n1169 Natalie Grandin RSA 6-3, 6-2
*n243 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n119 Sharon Fichman CAN 6-4, 6-3
n147 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d n191 Sacha Jones AUS 6-2, 7-5

Stanford, Withdrawals
n2 Maria Sharapova RUS left hip injury
n7 Marion Bartoli FRA right hamstring injury
n15 Kristen Flipkens BEL right knee injury
n18 Sabine Lisicki GER right wrist injury

Baku Cup,  Baku, Azerbaijan

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    Baku: The 32-player main draw for Baku has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes. There are 6 qualifiers in the main draw. Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Sunday, qualifying finals are on Monday.

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Baku Cup venue address: Baku Tennis Academy, 3158/3156 Ibrahim Dadashov Street, AZ1000 BAKU | phone: 5115408

    In 2010, Baku replaced the Portoroz, Slovenia, tourney, which had been held for six years.

Baku 2012: On Monday, July 23, young ladies looking good at a party on the roof of the Baku City Hotel
included 2011 finalist Ksenia Pervak, Zarina Diyas, Lesia Tsurenko, and 16 year old wild card Kamilla Farhad...
Baku, 1st Rd, Mon noon, Tue-Wed 11am
loser's prize: $2,000 US; points: 1
n38 s1 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n209 Nigina Abduraimova UZB 6-3, 6-3 Tue

Bojana following a backhand

n62 s2 Donna Vekic CRO d nNR wc Nazrin Jafarova AZB 6-1, 6-0 Mon
n68 s3 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n108 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Wed
n70 s4 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n428 sr105 Michaella Krajicek NED 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 Mon
*n127 Tadeja Majeric SLO d n73 s5 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-5, 6-4 Mon
*n91 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n82 s6 Polona Hercog SLO 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-3 Wed
n84 s7 Elina Svitolina UKR d n148 Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Wed
*n136 Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n85 s8 Vesna Dolonc SRB 6-1, 6-2 Tue
*n227 q Kateryna Kozlova UKR d n98 Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 Wed
n100 Mandy Minella LUX d nNR wc Kamilla Farhad AZB 6-0, 6-0 Tue

Mandy about to connect with a forehand

*n150 Natassja Burnett ITA d n104 Anna Tatishvili GEO 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Natassja ready to swat a backhand

n143 Shahar Peer ISR d n219 Ilona Kremen BLR 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 Tue
*n220 q Magda Linette POL d n146 Julia Cohen USA 6-2, 6-3 Tue
*n202 wc Ons Jabeur TUN d n149 Daria Gavrilova RUS 6-4, 6-0 Mon
*n283 q Tetyana Arefyeva UKR d n277 q Veronika Kapshay UKR 6(6)-7, 6-0, 6-0 Tue
*n412 q Tereza Martincova CZE d n324 q Oksana Kalashnikova GEO 6-3, 6(1)-7, 6-1 Tue

Baku, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $3,200 US; points: 30
*n202 wc Ons Jabeur TUN d n38 s1 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 7-5 Wed
n62 s2 Donna Vekic CRO d n283 q Tetyana Arefyeva UKR 6-1, 6-2 Wed

Donna about to swat a backhand

n68 s3 Chanelle Scheepers RSA v n143 Shahar Peer ISR Thu cC m3
n70 s4 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n100 Mandy Minella LUX 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 Wed
n127 Tadeja Majeric SLO d n412 q Tereza Martincova CZE 7-6(5), 6-3 Thu
n84 s7 Elina Svitolina UKR d n150 Natassja Burnett ITA 6-0, 7-6(3) Thu
n91 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n227 q Kateryna Kozlova UKR 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 Thu
*n220 q Magda Linette POL d n136 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 3-6, 6-1, 6-2 Thu

Baku, QFs, Fri 10am
loser's prize: $5,775 US; points: 70
*n84 s7 Elina Svitolina UKR d n62 s2 Donna Vekic CRO 6-2, 6-3
n70 s4 Alexandra Cadantu ROU d n91 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-3, 6(3)-7, 6-3
*n143 Shahar Peer ISR d n127 Tadeja Majeric SLO 6-0, 6-4
*n220 q Magda Linette POL d n202 wc Ons Jabeur TUN 3-6, 1-4 retired

Baku, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $10,725 US; points: 130
*n84 s7 Elina Svitolina UKR d n70 s4 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-1, 6-4

Elina's backhand drive

n143 Shahar Peer ISR d n220 q Magda Linette POL 6-1, 6-1

Shahar driving a forehand

Baku, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $20,000 US; points: 200
winner's prize: $40,000 US; points: 280
n84 s7 Elina Svitolina UKR d n143 Shahar Peer ISR 6-4, 6-4

Elina driving a backhand

Baku, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,000 US
winner's prize: $11,500 US
s2 Irina Buryachok & Oksana Kalashnikova d Eleni Daniilidou & Aleksandra Krunic 4-6, 7-6(3), (10-4)

Baku, Qual Finals, Mon Jul 22 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $500 6pts; q2 $950 10pts; qualifier 16 points
n220 Magda Linette POL d n449 Irina Buryachok UKR 6-2, 7-5
n227 Kateryna Kozlova UKR d n327 Marina Melnikova RUS 6-3, 6-4
*n283 Tetyana Arefyeva UKR d n253 Alberta Brianti ITA 1-6, 6-4, 6-1
n277 Veronika Kapshay UKR d n310 Yuliya Kalabina RUS 6-1, 6-3
n324 Oksana Kalashnikova GEO d n661 Oleksandra Korashvili GEO 6-2, 6-1
*n412 Tereza Martincova CZE d n361 Ysaline Bonaventure BEL 6-2, 7-5

Baku, Withdrawals
n45 Romina Oprandi SUI right shoulder injury
n50 Annika Beck GER low back injury
n61 Andrea Petkovic GER gastroenteritis
n69 Karin Knapp ITA
n81 Caroline Garcia FRA right foot injury
n96 Mathilde Johansson FRA
n99 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP left leg injury
n101 Timea Babos HUN illness
n124 Pauline Parmentier FRA right shoulder injury

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