2014 WTA Birmingham AEGON Classic Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    


  WTA Jun 9-15: Birmingham

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AEGON Classic Birmingham, GBR
PREMIER $710,000 56m/32q/16d
outdoor: grass | BBC audio
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n12 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n18 Samantha Stosur AUS
n19 Sloane Stephens USA
n22 Kirsten Flipkens BEL
n24 Lucie Safarova CZE
n30 Klara Koukalova CZE
n31 Daniela Hantuchova SVK
n34 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK
n36 Shuai Zhang CHN
n37 Bojana Jovanovski SRB
n40 Madison Keys USA
n41 Monica Puig PUR
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#12 Ana Ivanovic & #63 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
first grasscourt final for both

#12 Ana Ivanovic
6' 1" 152lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Birmingham, England, in the final of the AEGON Classic, the 2014 champ at Auckland & Monterrey (and the 2008 French Open champion), 26 year old top seeded #12 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), defeated the 2011 champ at Quebec City, 28 year old #63 (career high: #39) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova from Pilzen, Czech Republic, 6-3, 6-2 (Ana is shown holding the Maude Watson Cup after the match).

    Ana's prize is $120,000; Barbora's prize is $64,000.

    Ana said: "It definitely feels very special, not just to win my first title on grass, but to put my name next to champions [like previous Birmingham titleists]." WTA story

    Barbora said: "Ana was playing really well. I want to wish her good luck at Wimbledon... I enjoyed myself so much this week. The crowd was amazing."

    Ana now leads Barbora 3-0 in career matches. Their previous meeting was in 2011 on a Plexipave hardcourt in the 3rd round at Indian Wells, when Ana defeated Barbora 6-2, 6-2.

    Ana is now 14-6 in WTA singles finals; this is her first grass court title. Ana has a 37-9 singles match record this season, with the most match wins in the WTA.

    Barbora is now 1-3 in WTA singles finals; she was also playing in her first grass court final. Barbora now has a 21-16 singles match record for the year.


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AEGON Classic,  Birmingham, England

tourney time:
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       = US PDT +8 hours

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    Birmingham: The main draw for Birmingham has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 8 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

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AEGON Classic venue address: The Edgbaston Priory Club, Sir Harrys Road, Birmingham, England

2013: On Wednesday, June 12, Tara Moore, Anne Keothavong and Alison Riske did the cupcake thing at Birmingham...
Birmingham, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $2,200 US; points: 1
n36 s9 Shuai Zhang CHN d n292 q Eleni Daniilidou GRE 7-5, 6-4 Mon
*n64 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n37 s10 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-4, 6-4 Mon
n40 s11 Madison Keys USA d n94 Teliana Pereira BRA 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n41 s12 Monica Puig PUR d n71 Stefanie Voegele SUI 6(3)-7, 6-2, 6-2 Tue
*n126 q Victoria Duval USA d n43 s13 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-2, 6-4 Mon
*n102 wc Johanna Konta GBR d n44 s14 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-3, 6-1 Tue

Johanna following a forehand

    Johanna said: "I felt I played quite a solid match. You know, first rounds of a tournament can always be a bit more nerve wracking. I'm just happy that I went out there and took point by point and took care of business on my end." tourney story

n45 s15 Alison Riske USA d n177 q Lyudmyla Kichenok UKR 7-6(3), 6-3 Mon
n48 s16 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n79 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-1, 6-3 Tue
n50 Camila Giorgi ITA d n483 q Katy Dunne GBR 4-6, 6-1, 2-1 retired Mon
n52 Christina McHale USA d n56 Anna Schmiedlova SVK 7-6(5), 6-4 Tue
*n78 Virginie Razzano FRA d n53 Karolina Pliskova CZE 7-6(1), 6-3 Mon
n54 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n70 Jie Zheng CHN 6-3, 6-4 Mon

Francesca serving

n58 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n93 Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6-4, 6-4 Mon
n59 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n81 Alexandra Cadantu ROU 6-3, 6-4 Tue
*n101 LL Timea Babos HUN d n61 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n63 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n163 wc Naomi Broady GBR 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 Tue
n66 Lauren Davis USA d n155 q Tamira Paszek AUT 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 Mon

Lauren driving a forehand

*n80 Belinda Bencic SUI d n67 Donna Vekic CRO 6-4, 6-4 Mon

Belinda's forehand drive

    Belinda said: "The first match on grass is always very difficult, so I'm happy to get the win. I found it difficult at first and was framing a lot of balls, But I got better and was pleased with my level at the end." WTA story

    Belinda will play 2013 tourney champ Daniela Hantuchova in the 2nd round. Belinda said: "Next I have Daniela, which will obviously be very tough. I have nothing to lose so I'll just go out there and do my best."

*n74 Mona Barthel GER d n72 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-1, 6-4 Mon
*n82 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n75 Paula Ormaechea ARG 6-3, 6-1 Mon
*n115 q Nadiya Kichenok UKR d n77 Sharon Fichman CAN 6(6)-7, 7-6(2, 6-3 Mon
*n91 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n86 Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-4, 7-5 Mon
n88 Shahar Peer ISR d n103 Kristen Mladenovic FRA 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 Mon
*n149 q Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n92 wc Heather Watson GBR 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 Tue

Aleksandra and Heather launching forehands

    Aleksandra trailed 2-6, 1-4, and Heather failed to convert three match points. Aleksandra said: "Heather played really well. I was struggling to find my rhythm out here today, but I just kept trying to fight and play my game, and it got better and better. She played great tennis today and had the home crowd with her, so it was tough." WTA story

    Heather said: "[Aleksandra] definitely improved her game. At the beginning she was making a lot of unforced errors, and then third set she played unbelievable. She was hitting lines and net cords. There wasn't much I could do."

Birmingham, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 11am
loser's prize: $4,300 US; points: 30
n12 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n74 Mona Barthel GER 6-4, 6-1 Tue

Ana driving a backhand

    Ana said: "It's never easy playing your first match on grass. [Mona] had a match yesterday, so that helped her rhythm. I was really happy to break her back in the middle of the first set. That sort of set the tone and calmed me down. My coach gave me some directions that worked well...

    "I don't have a grass court title. That would be amazing. But that's a long way away. I really enjoy playing each match. It's a very tough field with a big draw. I just want to get some matches in and get into the grass court season." WTA story

n18 s2 Samantha Stosur AUS d n52 Christina McHale USA 6-1, 6-3 Wed

Samantha's forehand drive

    Samantha said: "It was pretty clean all round. I mean, couple little things I would like to try and tidy up, but overall really happy with the way I played out there and the way I felt and all that. So for my first match on grass, I’m pretty happy." tourney story

n19 s3 Sloane Stephens USA d n54 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-2, 6-4 Wed

Sloane following a forehand

    Sloane said: "I'm always happy to be back in Birmingham. I love everyone here. It's just like reuniting with family. Obviously I'm playing on grass, which I love, so it's a very comfortable place."

n22 s4 Kirsten Flipkens BEL v n50 Camila Giorgi ITA Wed c1 m4
*n63 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n24 s5 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 Wed
n30 s6 Klara Koukalova CZE d n78 Virginie Razzano FRA 5-7, 7-6(5), 7-6(0) Wed
n31 s7 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n80 Belinda Bencic SUI 6-1, 6-4 Tue
*n59 Petra Cetkovska CZE d n34 s8 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-4, 7-5 Wed
n36 s9 Shuai Zhang CHN d n88 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 Wed
*n101 LL Timea Babos HUN d n40 s11 Madison Keys USA 6-2, 6-1 Wed
*n82 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n41 s12 Monica Puig PUR 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7) Wed
n45 s15 Alison Riske USA d n115 q Nadiya Kichenok UKR 7-6(4), 6-1 Wed

Alison delivering a smash

n48 s16 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n58 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-4, 6-3 Wed
*n91 Coco Vandeweghe USA d n64 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 Tue
n66 Lauren Davis USA d n126 q Victoria Duval USA 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 Tue
*n149 q Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n102 wc Johanna Konta GBR 6-4, 6-2 Wed

Birmingham, 3rd Round, Thu 11am
loser's prize: $8,400 US; points: 55
n12 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n66 Lauren Davis USA 6-1, 6-1

Ana driving a forehand, and after match point

    Ana said: "I just felt the ball really good. I timed it well. I knew she's a player who stays low in the grass and it can work well sometimes, so I really tried to stretch her and come forward. I did that well. I served pretty well. I got her out wide a lot and came in, hit some good volleys." tourney story

*n48 s16 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n18 s2 Samantha Stosur AUS 2-6, 6-2, 6-2
n19 s3 Sloane Stephens USA d n45 s15 Alison Riske USA 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-1

Sloane watching her backhand fly

n22 s4 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n149 q Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
n30 s6 Klara Koukalova CZE d n91 Coco Vandeweghe USA 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4
*n82 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n31 s7 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-4, 6-0

Daniela following a forehand, and Kimiko launching one

    Daniela said: "Going into the match, I felt very confident... I had those chances early in the beginning of the first set to maybe break [Kimiko]. But after that she just didn't really give me a chance. I tried everything, and she was hitting lines, moving well, coming to the net, serving unbelievably well. I thought I was always going to have chances on her serve, but today just everything went her way."

n36 s9 Shuai Zhang CHN d n59 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-0, 7-6(6)
n63 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n101 LL Timea Babos HUN 6-2, 0-6, 6-3

Birmingham, QFs, Fri 11am
loser's prize: $16,200 US; points: 100
n12 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n30 s6 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-1, 6-4

Klara following a backhand, and Ana driving a forehand

    Ana said: "I really tried to do my thing, because I know [Klara] can be dangerous, and last time we played, in Doha, I lost. She's won on grass in past and is a great competitor as she showed in her matches this week.

    "I'm serving well, which I'm happy about. Each match is a new challenge and I'm happy I improve with each one." WTA story

*n36 s9 Shuai Zhang CHN d n19 s3 Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 6-1

Shuai watching her backhand fly

    Shuai said: "A few days ago, I said to my coach that I never played well on grass and found it difficult to move. But I'm learning every day how to play on grass a little bit more and hopefully I will get a few more matches to improve." WTA story

*n63 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n22 s4 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-4, 6-2
n48 s16 Casey Dellacqua AUS d n82 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-1, 6-0

Birmingham, SFs, Sat noon
loser's prize: $31,510 US; points: 185
n12 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n36 s9 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-2, 6-2

Shuai serving, Ana ready to swat a forehand, and after match point

    Shuai led 2-0 in the 1st set. Ana said: "On grass it can slip away really fast, so I was a little worried at the start. [Shuai is] a great player and I'm sure we'll see plenty more of her in the future. I played myself into the match slowly. I could have served better but I also did a lot of things well and didn't give her many chances, which is important as she's a dangerous player. I'm just happy to play here. It's great preparation for Wimbledon and I'm glad to have got so many matches in on the grass." WTA story

    Ana also said: "It would mean a lot for me to have title on grass... Ten years on tour and I have never won a title on grass. That would definitely be something special." tourney story

*n63 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n48 s16 Casey Dellacqua AUS 7-6(5), 6-1

Barbora serving

    Barbora trailed 1-5 in the 1st set tiebreaker, then won the next 6 points, and 6 of the next 7 games, to take the match.

Birmingham, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $64,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 US; points: 470
n12 s1 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n63 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 6-2

Ana serving, driving a forehand, and after match point

Birmingham, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US
s3 Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears d s2 Ashleigh Barty & Casey Dellacqua 7-6(1), 6-1

Birmingham, Qualifying Finals, Sun Jun 9 11am
losers' prizes: q1 $600 1pt; q2 $1,000 13pts; qualifier 25 points
*n483 Katy Dunne GBR d n101 Timea Babos HUN 6-2, 7-6(4)
n115 Nadiya Kichenok UKR d n130 Grace Min USA 6-3, 3-6, 6-2
*n155 Tamira Paszek AUT d n121 Vesna Dolonc SRB 7-5, 6-4
n126 Victoria Duval USA d n210 Gabriela Dabrowski CAN 6-0, 6-3
*n177 Lyudmyla Kichenok UKR d n136 Maryna Zanevska UKR 5-7, 6-3, 7-5
n149 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN d n193 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 5-7, 6-3, 6-2
*n292 Eleni Daniilidou GRE d n138 Shelby Rogers USA 6-3, 6-2
n158 Irina Falconi USA d n281 Shuko Aoyama JPN 6-2, 6-2

Birmingham, Withdrawals
n7 Jelena Jankovic SRB right leg injury
n16 Eugenie Bouchard CAN right knee injury
n17 Sabine Lisicki GER right wrist injury
n26 Sorana Cirstea ROU right shoulder injury
n35 Garbine Muguruza ESP right leg injury
n38 Yvonne Meusburger AUT illness
n42 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL right shoulder injury
n49 Karin Knapp ITA left wrist injury
n57 Shuai Peng CHN
n158 q Irina Falconi USA illness

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