2014 WTA Beijing China Open Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    


  WTA Sep 27-Oct 5: Beijing

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n1 Serena Williams USA
n2 Simona Halep ROU
n3 Petra Kvitova CZE
n4 Maria Sharapova RUS
n6 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n7 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n8 Angelique Kerber GER
n9 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n10 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n11 Jelena Jankovic SRB
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#3 Petra Kvitova
6'0" 154lb LH 2H-BH

#4 Maria Sharapova
6'2" 130lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Beijing, in the final of the China Open, the 2014 champion at Roland Garros, Madrid & Stuttgart, 27 year old 4th seeded #4 (and former #1) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residence: Manhattan Beach, CA and Bradenton, FL), defeated the 2014 Wimbledon and New Haven champion, 24 year old 3rd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Petra Kvitova from Fulnek, Czech Republic, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 (photo shown).

    Maria's prize is $918,000; Petra's prize is $459,633.

    The win will move Maria back up to #2 in next week's WTA singles rankings.

    Maria said: "It was a bit of an up-and-down match I'd say—maybe not the best out of the tournament. But it's never easy playing against Petra. You don't always quite get a good rhythm. She goes for a lot of shots, very deep, and she's a very good, confident player.

    "I knew she'd been on a roll in the last couple of weeks. It's probably the toughest opponent you can face in a final, that's had that success, yet you just want to focus on your side, what you do best.

    "She became the more aggressive player in the second set. I think I took a few too many steps back and let her play that way. But I was able to lift my game again in the third and come out with a win." WTA story

    Petra said: "What I did today was a great battle. It was small things and small points that made the difference in the end. I had some chances, but Maria just didn't let them go. She just played really well."

    Maria now leads Petra 6-2 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in March of this year on a Laykold hardcourt in the quarterfinals at Miami, when Maria defeated Petra 7-5, 6-1.

    2012 Beijing finalist Maria is now 33-22 in WTA singles finals. She has a 48-11 singles match record this season.

    Petra is now 14-5 in WTA singles finals. She has a 41-14 singles match record in 2014.


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China Open,  Beijing, China

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Beijing: The main draw for Beijing has 16 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes.
    There are 8 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Friday, qualifying finals are on Saturday.

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    2009 was the first year that the China Open was held at the National Tennis Center, which was built for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The National Tennis Center (formerly known as the Beijing 2008 Olympic Green Tennis Courts) is located at the northwest corner of the primary 2008 Olympics venue, on the south side of Beijing's 5th ring road. The address is No. 2 Lin Cui Road, in the Chao Yang section of Beijing.

2014: On Sunday, September 28, Jelena Jankovic did the autograph thing in Beijing...
on Monday, young ladies at the player's party included Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska and Serena Williams...
Beijing, 1st Rd, Sat-Mon 12:30pm
losers' prize: $14,410 US; points: 10
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n69 LL Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 7-5, 6-2 Mon

Serena serving

    Serena trailed 0-5 in the 1st set, and faced 3 set points—then she won the next eight games in a row.

    Serena said: "It was really exciting to come away with the win today. I got off to a slow start, but I just really, really wanted to win and get some matches under my belt, so it was good." WTA story

    About the illness which forced her to retire from a match at Wuhan last week Serena said: "I'm really good now. I mean, every day I've been getting better, so I feel so much better now."

n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n32 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-1, 6-4 Sun

Simona after match point

n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n46 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-4, 6-1 Sun

Maria driving a forehand

    Maria said: "I thought I played a difficult opponent, someone that I've had trouble against in the past. She's capable of playing really well, has beaten top players before in her career... I started off the match quite well and followed through with that... I actually thought I served quite well today. I was very aggressive and I put a lot of pressure on her." WTA story

n6 s5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n38 CoCo Vandeweghe USA 6-4, 6-3 Sat

Agnieszka's backhand drive

n8 s7 Angelique Kerber GER d n27 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 Sun
n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n33 q Belinda Bencic SUI 6-2, 6-1 Mon

Ana serving

    Ana said: "My goal will be to get further than the quarterfinals. But, you know, still I want to just take it one match at a time. The conditions here are very different than at my past few tournaments, so it takes some adjustment. I'm really enjoying my time here so I hope I can stay around for a little bit." WTA story

*n21 Alize Cornet FRA d n11 s10 Jelena Jankovic SRB 7-5, 3-6, 6-4 Mon

Alize driving a backhand

*n36 Kurumi Nara JPN d n12 s11 Sara Errani ITA 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 Sun
n14 s12 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n22 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6(8)-7, 6-4, 6-4 Sun
n15 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n44 Camila Giorgi ITA 7-6(3), 6-4 Mon
n16 s14 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n51 Christina McHale USA 7-6(3), 6-4 Mon
n17 s15 Andrea Petkovic GER d n41 q Monica Niculescu ROU 2-6, 7-6(8), 6-4 Sun
n18 s16 Venus Williams USA d n47 Heather Watson GBR 6-3, 6-1 Sun

Venus driving a backhand

n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n48 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-2, 6-4 Sat
n20 Samantha Stosur AUS d n74 wc Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-4, 6-2 Sun
n23 Shuai Peng CHN d n213 wc Kai-Lin Zhang CHN 6-4, 6-1 Mon

    Shuai said: "It was my first time playing [Kai-Lin]. I was really nervous playing at home, where I always want to do well. But after the first set, I played better and I'm really happy to get the win."

n25 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n56 D Hantuchova SVK 6-2, 1-1 retired Sun
n26 Sabine Lisicki GER d n496 wc Shilin Xu CHN 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 Sat

Sabine serving

n29 Madison Keys USA d n67 Alison Riske USA 6-3, 6(3)-7, 7-5 Sat
*n168 wc Lin Zhu CHN d n30 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-3, 3-3 retired Sat
*n72 LL Polona Hercog SLO d n31 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 Sun
*n40 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n37 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-1, 6-4 Sat
*n152 sr40 Romina Oprandi SUI d n39 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 6-4 Sat
*n49 Caroline Garcia FRA d n43 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-1, 6-4 Mon

    Caroline said: "It's always difficult to come back after a great week and then start from scratch, so I'm very happy to win this one."

n45 Roberta Vinci ITA d n65 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-2, 2-6, 6-1 Sun
n50 q Tsvetana Pironkova BLR d n136 wc Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n53 Lauren Davis USA d n224 q Yi-Fan Xu CHN 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n55 q Mona Barthel GER d n225 q Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 Mon

Beijing, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 12:30pm
losers' prize: $25,100 US; points: 65
The 4 Wuhan semifinalists receive 1st round byes
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n50 q Tsvetana Pironkova BLR 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Serena and Tsveti driving forehands

    Serena trailed 0-5 at the start of her 1st round match on Monday. Serena said: "Tonight I was aware that I wanted to start out strong, and I think that was the main difference. I was just trying to make sure I was able to win a game early on." WTA story

n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n168 wc Lin Zhu CHN 7-5, 6-4 Tue
[BYE] n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n23 Shuai Peng CHN 6-4, 6-2 Wed

Petra and Shuai driving backhands

    Petra said: "Some players haven't really gotten used to left-handers' serves, so I think that's my advantage. Normally from the beginning of the match they try and get used to it, and they get better as it goes on, but my serve was great the whole match today, and I'm just glad for that." WTA story

n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d [BYE] n34 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-2, 6-2 Tue

Maria serving

    Maria said: "It was great to have a good start to the match. [Elina has] had a lot of success this year and had a good tournament last week, so it was a tough second round opponent and I'm really happy to get through.
    "She made me hit a lot of balls—she's a really good mover from side to side—so I tried to open up the court a little bit when I could. Even though the score wasn't close, a lot of the games went to deuce and it was tough at times out there." WTA story

*n45 Roberta Vinci ITA d n6 s5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*n20 Samantha Stosur AUS d [BYE] n7 s6 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 6-4, 7-6(9) Wed

Samantha's backhand volley

n8 s7 Angelique Kerber GER d n40 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-3, 6-1 Tue
*n26 Sabine Lisicki GER d [BYE] n9 s8 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-2, 6-4 Tue
n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n152 sr40 Romina Oprandi SUI 6-4, 6-2 Tue
n14 s12 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n72 LL Polona Hercog SLO 7-5, 6-0 Tue
n15 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE d n55 q Mona Barthel GER 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n16 s14 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 Tue
n17 s15 Andrea Petkovic GER d n29 Madison Keys USA 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n18 s16 Venus Williams USA d n49 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n21 Alize Cornet FRA d n53 Lauren Davis USA 6-2, 6-1 Wed

Alize driving a backhand

n25 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n36 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-3, 6-1 Tue

Beijing, 3rd Rd, Wed-Thu 12:30pm
losers' prize: $51,850 US; points: 120
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n15 s13 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 Thu

Serena following a backhand

n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n17 s15 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(1) Thu

Simona launching a forehand on the run

    After the win, Simona withdrew from the tourney due to injury. Simona said: "It was a tough match against Andrea today, and I had to fight a lot. I'm happy I was able to win and finish the match in the right way, but I have a hip injury and it would be risky for me to play again tomorrow." AP story

n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n18 s16 Venus Williams USA walkover—illness Thu
n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-1, 7-6(3) Wed

Maria about to swat a forehand

    Maria said: "I started off the match really well, which is something I didn't do when I lost to [Carla] in Montreal She was the more aggressive then and today from the beginning I led her to make a few more mistakes than she wanted to. Towards the middle of the second set I became more passive. It's something that I think gave her the chance to move in a little bit more, to approach and come in, start hitting the ball a bit deeper. That made it a little trickier. But overall I thought I did a good job of coming back in the tie-breaker." WTA story

*n25 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n8 s7 Angelique Kerber GER 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 Thu
n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n26 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-3, 7-5 Thu

Ana following a forehand

    Ana said: "It was a great match today. It's always tough playing Sabine. She's a big hitter and a big server, so today I tried to take the ball early and be aggressive, and move her around a little bit more. I also played well on the important points today so I'm very happy about that." WTA story

*n45 Roberta Vinci ITA d n14 s12 Ekaterina Makarova RUS v 1-6, 3-0 Thu
n20 Samantha Stosur AUS d n21 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 6-2 Thu

Beijing, QFs, Fri 12:30pm
losers' prize: $107,750 US; points: 215
*n20 Samantha Stosur AUS d n1 s1 Serena Williams USA walkover—left knee injury
*n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n2 s2 Simona Halep ROU walkover—left hip injury
n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n45 Roberta Vinci ITA 7-6(2), 6-4

    Roberta had a 5-1 lead in the 1st set. Petra said: "From the beginning I was there, though. I was trying to play aggressively. Actually, I don't know what I was trying in the beginning of the match! But she just played really well. She was going forward, she didn't have a lot of mistakes. I just had to be patient and eventually come back in the match." WTA story

n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS v n25 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-0, 6-4

Maria driving a backhand

    Maria said: "I think I played very aggressively. I controlled most of the points. I didn't allow her to get many balls back. It became a little bit trickier in the second set. I thought she played really great defense. But even if I was down a break, I felt like she was doing most of the running, and I was happy to win the match in two sets." WTA story

Beijing, SFs, Sat 12:30pm
losers' prize: $224,260 US; points: 390
n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE d n20 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-3, 5-7, 6-2

Petra's backhand drive

    Petra said: "It was really up and down. In the second set she was the better player on the court. I'm just glad I could win it in the third. I knew how Samantha can play really well, and she played a really amazing second set. I was a little bit worried in the third set, like if she continued playing that way, it could have been a pretty quick one. But I had some chances and I did it. In the end I served well, and that was important." WTA story

n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-0, 6-4

Ana serving, and Maria driving a backhand

    Maria said: "I thought I executed quite well with the plan that I had in mind from the beginning of the match. I felt that I was really the one kind of going for it, just making [Ana] move. Sometimes the rallies I lost were when she was on the run. I was all right with those. I'd rather lose those types of rallies than if she's pushing me back and hitting winners. It definitely got tricky in the end, but I was happy to get through today." WTA story

Beijing, Final, Sun 4pm
loser's prize: $459,633 US; points: 650
winner's prize: $918,000 US; points: 1000
*n4 s4 Maria Sharapova RUS d n3 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-4, 2-6, 6-3

Petra driving a forehand, Maria driving a backhand, and after match point

Beijing, Doubles Final, Saturday
losers' prize: $155,910 US
winners' prize: $311,000 US
*s5 Shuai Peng & Andrea Hlavackova d s2 Cara Black & Sania Mirza 6-4, 6-4

Beijing, Qual Finals, Sat Sep 27
losers' prizes: q1 $2,245 2pts; q2 $3,845 20pts; qualifier 30 points
n33 Belinda Bencic SUI d n77 Shelby Rogers USA 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-1
n35 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n69 Silvia Soler Espinosa ESP 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
n41 Monica Niculescu ROU d n73 Alison van Uytvanck NED 6-3, 6-2
n50 Tsvetana Pironkova BLR d n68 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-3, 6-1
n55 Mona Barthel GER d n90 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-3, 6-3
n63 Monica Puig PUR d n72 Polona Hercog SLO 6-3, 6-1
*n225 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA d n66 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6-4, 6-4
*n224 Yi-Fan Xu CHN d n99 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS6-2, 6-1

Beijing, Withdrawals
n5 Na Li CHN retirement due to knee injuries
n13 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n24 wc Victoria Azarenka BLR done for year, right foot injury
n28 Sloane Stephens USA
n255 sr15 Vera Zvonareva RUS

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