2014 WTA Cincinnati Western & Southern Open Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    


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n1 Serena Williams USA
n3 Simona Halep ROU
n4 Petra Kvitova CZE
n5 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n6 Maria Sharapova RUS
n7 Angelique Kerber GER
n8 Eugenie Bouchard CAN
n9 Jelena Jankovic SRB
n10 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n11 Victoria Azarenka BLR
n12 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
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#10 Ana Ivanovic
6' 1" 152lb RH 2H-BH

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 155lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Cincinnati, in the final of the Western & Southern Open, the 2014 champion at Stanford, Rome, Miami & Brisbane, 32 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2014 champ at Birmingham, Auckland & Monterrey (and the 2008 French Open champion), 26 year old 9th seeded #10 (and former #1) Ana Ivanovic of Serbia (residence: Basel, SUI), 6-4, 6-1 (Ana is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Serena's prize is $467,300; Ana's prize is $227,000.

    Ana broke Serena's serve in the opening game of the match, but Serena broke back to level the 1st set at 3-3, and broke Ana again when she serving to stay in the 1st set at 4-5. Serena took control from then on. For the match, Serena struck 26 winners (including 12 aces) with 13 unforced errors (including 3 double faults).

    It was Serena's first title at Cincinnati. Serena said: "Congratulations to Ana [for reaching the final]. She's such a great champion and such a wonderful, wonderful young lady. It's so good to see wonderful women like her leading our tour right now. It's just amazing to finally win here. The fans were amazing and it's so wonderful to be here." WTA story

    Ana said: "I really want to congratulate Serena. I think I got a lesson on how to serve today. Maybe after you retire you can give me some tips!"

    Serena now leads Ana 7-1 in career matches. Their previous meeting was two weeks ago on a Deco-Turf hardcourt in the quarterfinals at Stanford, when Serena defeated Ana 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.

    Ana's only win over Serena came in January of this year, on a Plexicushion hardcourt in the 4th round of the Australian Open, when Ana defeated Serena 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

    Serena is now 62-17 in WTA singles finals, and has a 38-6 singles match record in 2014.

    Ana is now 14-7 in WTA singles finals, and has a 47-13 singles match record this year.

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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    Cincinnati: The 56-player main draw for Cincinnati has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 12 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying finals are on Sunday.

    W&S Financial Open venue address: Lindner Family Tennis Center, 5460 Courseview Dr., Mason, OH 45040

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Cincinnati, 1st Round, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $7,215 US; points: 1
n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n36 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-1, 7-5 Mon

Ana about to swat a backhand

*n24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n12 s11 D Cibulkova SVK 6-3, 6-3 Mon
n13 s12 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n44 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-2, 6-3 Mon

Caro volleying a backhand

n14 s13 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n75 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA 6-3, 6(3)-7, 6-2 Mon
n15 s14 Sara Errani ITA d n65 q Yanina Wickmayer BEL 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(2) Tue
n16 s15 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n55 Tsvetana Pironkova BUL 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 Tue
n17 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE d n26 Venus Williams USA 2(6)-7, 6-3, 6-4 Tue

Lucie launching a forehand

    Lucie said: "Venus is a great player. She has performed really well lately. I knew I had to be sharp and fight hard. I think it was a great match, and I'm happy to get my first win over her." WTA story

    Venus said: "[Lucie] just played so well. No matter what shot I hit, she hit a winner, or if I hit it really deep, she somehow managed to control it down the line. I think she got a little tight at 5-1, so I had some chances to come back, but that's a deep hole. Sometimes it's just tough to play opponents who are hitting everything off every shot. She managed to do that today."

*n20 Sloane Stephens USA d n18 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-3, 6-3 Tue
n19 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n34 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n21 Samantha Stosur AUS d n46 q Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-2, 7-5 Mon
*n28 Madison Keys USA d n22 Alize Cornet FRA 6-2, 6-4 Mon

    Madison said: "I don't have many complaints about today. I definitely played pretty well and stayed in my game for the most part. There are obviously a couple of things that I still want to work on and do better in the next round, but I'm pretty happy with today." WTA story

n23 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS v n38 Camila Giorgi ITA 6-4, 6(4)-7, 6-3 Tue
*n29 Sabine Lisicki GER d n25 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 Tue
*n68 q Annika Beck GER d n27 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Tue

Annika driving a backhand

n30 Shuai Zhang CHN d n57 q Heather Watson GBR 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 Mon
*n85 q Pauline Parmentier FRA d n31 Casey Dellacqua AUS 7-6(4), 6-2 Mon
n33 Kurumi Nara JPN d n157 sr Romina Oprandi SUI 6-0, 6-2 Tue
*n127 q Taylor Townsend USA d n35 Klara Koukalova CZE 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 Mon
n37 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE d n42 Mona Barthel GER 7-5, 6-0 Tue

Barbora fielding a backhand

n39 Elina Svitolina UKR d n43 wc Lauren Davis USA 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n47 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n71 q Polona Hercog SLO 6-3, 6-2 Mon
n50 Christina McHale USA d n142 q Nicole Gibbs USA 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 Tue
*n77 q Karin Knapp ITA d n60 Belinda Bencic SUI 6-2, 7-6(1) Mon
n53 q Zarina Diyas KAZ d n63 q Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 7-6(4), 7-6(5) Tue

Cincinnati, 2nd Round, Tue-Wed 11am
losers' prize: $13,370 US; points: 60
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n21 Samantha Stosur AUS 7-6(7), 7-6(7) Wed

Serena serving

    Serena said: "[Samantha] was up in both of the breakers. I think it was just a great match. She served unbelievably, and I was like, 'I can't lose serve because she's just serving great.' It was really intense. She was extremely aggressive today. She made very few unforced errors. She just did everything really well. This is why she was able to win a Grand Slam." WTA story

    Samantha had been demolished by Serena last week in the 2nd round at Montreal, 6-0, 6-2. Samantha said: "I actually followed through with all of the things I wanted to do last week. It was a huge improvement, and I'm really pleased with the way I played. I'm disappointed I had a couple of set points and didn't at least win that set to take it to a third. But I gave myself every chance to try to get through that one. She came up with some really great stuff when it really counted."

n3 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n47 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-4, 6-2 Tue

Simona fielding a drop shot

*n39 Elina Svitolina UKR d n4 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-2, 7-6(2) Wed

Elina following a backhand

n5 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n33 Kurumi Nara JPN 6-2, 6-2 Wed

Aga running down a forehand

n6 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d n28 Madison Keys USA 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 Tue

Maria serving

    Maria said: "I didn't have a great week last week [losing in the 3rd round at Montreal]. No matter who is across the net, it's never easy going out in the first round because you want to change that result around. You want to change your attitude and your performance and obviously the result." AP story

n7 s6 Angelique Kerber GER d n19 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-4, 6-1 Wed

Angelique driving a backhand

*n23 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n8 s7 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 Wed
n9 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n68 q Annika Beck GER 6-1, 7-6(0) Wed
n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n50 Christina McHale USA 6-4, 6-0 Wed

Ana's forehand drive

n13 s12 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n30 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Caro driving a forehand

n14 s13 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n127 q Taylor Townsend USA 6-4, 6-3 Wed
*n29 Sabine Lisicki GER d n15 s14 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 2-6, 7-6(2) Wed

Sabine's backhand drive

n16 s15 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n85 q Pauline Parmentier FRA 6-3, 7-5 Wed
n17 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE d n53 q Zarina Diyas KAZ 6-4, 6-2 Wed

Lucie driving a backhand

n20 Sloane Stephens USA d n37 B Zahlavova Strycova CZE 7-5, 6-1 Wed
n24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n77 q Karin Knapp ITA 6-1, 6-3 Wed

Cincinnati, 3rd Round, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $26,090 US; points: 105
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n14 s13 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-2, 6-2

Serena driving a forehand

    Serena said: "I got an early break and just didn't let go. That's what I wanted to do because [Flavia] has the ability to come back. Even in the end she tried to make a comeback, but I just stayed focused." WTA story

    About playing Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals, Serena said: "Playing Jelena is always a challenge. She plays really well and gets a lot of balls back. She's an intense player. It will be interesting."

n3 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n17 s16 Lucie Safarova CZE 6-4, 7-5

Simona driving a backhand

    Simona said: "I feel good, because today was much better than my first match here. I'm happy that I could win the second set also, because she was up 5-4. It's always a great feeling when you win a tight match.
    "In the important moments I served well. She's playing really well and because she's left-handed she's so amazing at opening up the angles very well. And on the other side she has good topspin, so it's difficult to return. But I think I played aggressive. I used the angles well, too. So I tried to play my game to do the best, and I think I did." WTA story

n5 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n29 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-1, 6-1
n6 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d n24 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-4, 7-6(2)

Maria's backhand drive

    Maria said: "We know each other's games very well because we played quite recently in the middle of the season. [Simona is] having one of her best seasons. Obviously being #2 in the world is a really big achievement. It will be a tough match."

n13 s12 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n7 s6 Angelique Kerber GER 7-5, 6-2
n9 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n20 Sloane Stephens USA 7-6(4), 6-4

Jelena driving a backhand

n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n23 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-2, 2-6, 6-3

Ana watching her forehand fly

*n39 Elina Svitolina UKR d n16 s15 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 4-6, 6-4, 6-4

Elina after match point

Cincinnati, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $54,170 US; points: 190
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n9 s8 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-1, 6-3

JJ and Serena driving forehand and backhand

    Serena said: "I felt pretty good. I felt better. I was just getting consistent. My unforced errors are lower than they've been this year, so it's definitely continuing to go in the right direction. I don't think [Jelena] played her best today but she definitely fought well." WTA story

    Jelena said: "Obviously it was a bad day in the office. I just felt a little bit slow out there. For some reason I was really late on my shots and I did not serve well. I didn't do anything well. [Serena] was obviously the way better player today on the court."

*n6 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS d n3 s2 Simona Halep ROU 3-6, 6-4, 6-4

Maria serving

*n13 s12 Caroline Wozniacki DEN d n5 s4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-4, 7-6(5)

    Caroline said: "We know each other's games so well. I know where [Agnieszka] likes to serve. Whenever it gets close, I kind of know her favorite spots. I know obviously that we're going to have long rallies out there. So I just kept grinding and going for it as well. And in the end she tried to be more aggressive and go more for the lines, so it was important for me to keep my head and keep cool out there." WTA story

n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n39 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-2, 6-3

Ana's service toss

Cincinnati, SFs, Sat 1pm & 7pm
loser's prize: $113,770 US; points: 350
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n13 s12 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 2-6, 6-2, 6-4

Serena following a forehand

    Serena said: "I got off to a little bit of a slow start, but I was definitely in it... [Caroline is] a really good returner and she was getting everything back, and making some good shots." WTA story

    Caroline said: "I didn't get many first serves in. When I did, they weren't placed very well. It's frustrating, because you lose a match 6-4 in the third and you only hold serve once in the third set. I actually broke Serena three times in the set, too. I don't think that really happens very often to her."

*n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n6 s5 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-2, 5-7, 7-5

Maria fielding a forehand, and Ana driving a backhand

Cincinnati, Final, Sun 2pm
loser's prize: $227,000 US; points: 585
winner's prize: $467,300 US; points: 900
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n10 s9 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 6-1

Serena serving, Ana driving a forehand, Serena about to swat a backhand, and after match point

Cincinnati, Doubles Final, Sun 2:45pm
losers' prize: $67,530 US
winners' prize: $133,700 US
s7 Raquel Kops-Jones & Abigail Spears d s6 Timea Babos & Kristina Mladenovic 6-1, 2-0 retired

Cincinnati, Qual Finals, Sun Aug 11 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,620 1pt; q2 $2,670 20pts; qualifier 30 points
*n68 Annika Beck GER d n42 Mona Barthel GER 6-2, 6-3
n46 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n105 Anna Tatishvili GEO 7-5, 7-6(1)
*n63 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU d n49 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-4, 4-0 retired
n53 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n64 Monica Niculescu ROU 6-2, 6-2
n57 Heather Watson GBR d n116 Shahar Peer ISR 6-3, 6-0
*n85 Pauline Parmentier FRA d n62 Maria Teresa Torro Flor ESP 7-6(6), 7-6(4)
n65 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n88 Julia Goerges GER 6-4, 3-6, 7-5
*n77 Karin Knapp ITA d n67 Monica Puig PUR 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(5)
n71 Polona Hercog SLO d n99 Julia Glushko ISR 6-3, 6-1
*n142 Nicole Gibbs USA d n73 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
*n127 Taylor Townsend USA d n74 Silvia Soler-Espinosa ESP 6-4, 6-3
n75 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n102 Timea Babos HUN 6-0, 6-4

Cincinnati, Withdrawals
n2 Na Li CHN right knee injury
n11 s10 Victoria Azarenka BLR right knee injury
n59 Yvonne Meusburger AUT right shoulder injury

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