2014 WTA Baku Cup Azerbaijan Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    


  WTA July 21-27: Baku

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Baku Cup, Azerbaijan
INTL $250,000
32m/24q/16d outdoor: hard
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n29 Sorana Cirstea ROU
n35 Elina Svitolina UKR
n37 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
n38 Kurumi Nara JPN
n40 Bojana Jovanovski SRB
n42 Yvonne Meusburger AUT
n57 Heather Watson GBR
n71 Jana Cepelova SVK
n72 Stefanie Voegele SUI
n74 Donna Vekic CRO
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#40 Bojana Jovanovski
5'9" 143lb RH 2H-BH

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

    On Sunday in Azerbaijan, in the final of the Baku Cup, the 2013 Baku champion, 19 year old 2nd seeded #35 (career high #33) Elina Svitolina from Kharkiv, Ukraine, defeated the 2012 Baku champion (and 2013 champ at Tashkent), 22 year old 5th seeded #40 (career high: #34) Bojana Jovanovski from Belgrade, Serbia, 6-1, 7-6(2) (Bojana is shown during her quarterfinal victory; Elina is shown holding the glassware after the match).

    Elina's prize is $43,000; Bojana's prize is $21,400.

    After Elina won the 1st set easily, both players held serve throughout the 2nd set. But Elina again dominated in the 2nd set tiebreak.

    Elina said: "I think we were both nervous at the start of the match, but I handled it really well. In the second set [Bojana] was trying to fight, and she's not the type of person who gives up. I've watched her fighting for every ball and for every set before and I was actually expecting this fightback.

    "But I was playing really well here and I'm happy I could defend my title. I'm really happy with the way I'm playing and I'm enjoying myself. I'm feeling really confident with my game right now." WTA story

    Bojana said: "In the first set I couldn't find any rhythm. In the second set I tried to come back and it was a little bit better, but it still wasn't enough to win the set. I had a few chances to break but didn't use my opportunities. But [Elina] played really well today and definitely deserved to win."

    Elina and Bojana had never before met on the field of combat (pro singles). Elina is now 2-0 in WTA singles finals, and has a 25-17 singles match record in 2014. Bojana is now 2-1 in WTA singles finals, and has a 14-18 singles match record this year.

    In the Baku doubles final on Sunday, Heather Watson and Alexandra Panova defeated 3rd seeded Raluca Olaru and Shahar Peer, 6-2, 7-6(3).

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
s=seed, n=rank, *=upset, LL=lucky loser
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Baku Cup,  Baku, Azerbaijan

tourney time:
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       = US EDT +9 hours
       = US PDT +12 hours

Azerbaijan News

    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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Latitude: 45.507963 Longitude: 13.596697 goto link for World Wind

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-Tue 10am
loser's prize: $2,100 US; points: 1
n29 s1 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n160 wc Ons Jabeur TUN 6-3, 6-3 Tue

Sorana at ready

n35 s2 Elina Svitolina UKR d n193 q Nigina Abduraimova UZB 6-2, 6-4 Tue

Elina's backhand drive

*n185 q Misa Eguchi JPN d n37 s3 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-4, 7-6(7) Tue
*n75 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n38 s4 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n40 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n77 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 Mon

Bojana driving a backhand

*n97 Shahar Peer ISR d n42 s6 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-2, 6-4 Mon
*n102 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n57 s7 Heather Watson GBR 6-2, 3-6, 6-0 Tue
n71 s8 Jana Cepelova SVK d nNR wc Nazrin Jafarova AZE 6-1, 6-0 Tue
n72 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n125 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-1, 6-4 Mon

Stefanie following a forehand

n74 Donna Vekic CRO d n217 q Olga Savchuk UKR 7-6(6), 6-0 Tue
*n120 Urszula Radwanska POL d n80 A van Uytvanck BEL 6-1 retired Mon

Urszula volleying a backhand

n84 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP d n116 q Danke Kovinic MNE 6-2, 6-4 Tue
*n101 Katarzyna Piter POL d n93 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 6(4)-7, 6-3, 6-4 Mon
n95 Pauline Parmentier FRA d n99 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n103 Julia Glushko ISR d n809 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 6-2, 2-6, 7-5 Tue
n165 q Vesna Dolonc SRB d n1046 wc Ksenia Gaydarzhi RUS 6-0, 6-2 Tue

Baku, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 11am
loser's prize: $3,400 US; points: 30
*n72 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n29 s1 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-1, 6-1 Thu
n35 s2 Elina Svitolina UKR d n84 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 7-5, 6-2 Thu

Elina following a backhand

n40 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n101 Katarzyna Piter POL 6-3, 6-1 Wed

Bojana ready to strike a forehand

*n95 Pauline Parmentier FRA d n71 s8 Jana Cepelova SVK 7-6(2), 6-4 Wed

Pauline about to deliver a forehand

*n102 Kristina Mladenovic FRA d n74 Donna Vekic CRO 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 Thu
n75 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n103 Julia Glushko ISR 6-2, 7-6(2) Thu
n97 Shahar Peer ISR d n165 q Vesna Dolonc SRB 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Shahar eyeing a forehand

*n185 q Misa Eguchi JPN d n120 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-2, 6-1 Wed

Misa ready to swat a forehand

Baku, QFs, Fri 10am
loser's prize: $6,175 US; points: 60
n35 s2 Elina Svitolina UKR d n95 Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-4, 6-4

Elina stalking the elusive forehand

n40 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n185 q Misa Eguchi JPN 4-6, 7-5, 6-3

Bojana ready to swat a forehand

n72 Stefanie Voegele SUI d n97 Shahar Peer ISR 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Stefanie ready to deliver a forehand

n75 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n102 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-3, 4-6, 6-0

Francesca running down a forehand

Baku, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
n35 s2 Elina Svitolina UKR d n75 Francesca Schiavone ITA 3-6, 6-1, 6-4

Elina lining up a forehand

n40 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB d n72 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-2, 2-6, 6-4

Bojana about to swat a backhand

Baku, Final, Sun noon
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n35 s2 Elina Svitolina UKR d n40 s5 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-1, 7-6(2)

Baku, Doubles Final, Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
Heather Watson & Alexandra Panova d s3 Raluca Olaru & Shahar Peer 6-2, 7-6(3)

Baku, Qualifying Finals, Mon Jul 21 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $600 1pts; q2 $1,020 12pts; qualifier 18 points
n116 Danke Kovinic MNE d n137 Alexandra Panova RUS 6-2, 4-6, 7-5
*n809 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d n123 Jovana Jaksic SRB 6-3, 6-3
*n165 Vesna Dolonc SRB d n135 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 6-3
*n217 Olga Savchuk UKR d n141 Ksenia Pervak RUS 0-6, 7-6(2), 6-0
n185 Misa Eguchi JPN v n199 Amandine Hesse FRA 6-2, 6-3
n193 Nigina Abduraimova UZB d n136 Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR 5-7, 6-3, 6-2

Baku, Withdrawals
n33 Klara Koukalova CZE left ankle injury
n34 Shuai Zhang CHN right shoulder injury
n61 Mona Barthel GER

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