2014 WTA Kuala Lumpur BMW Malaysian Open Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)        


  WTA Apr 14-20: Kuala Lumpur

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BMW Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur
INTL $250,000
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n10 Dominika Cibulkova SVK
n46 Shuai Zhang CHN
n67 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n81 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT
n83 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN
n93 Zarina Diyas KAZ
n95 Donna Vekic CRO
n106 Jovana Jaksic SRB
n112 Ayumi Morita JPN
n118 Timea Babos HUN
n121 Magda Linette POL
n126 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE

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Kuala Lumpur:

#10 Dominika Cibulkova
5'3" 121lb RH 2H-BH
Kuala Lumpur:

#95 Donna Vekic
5'10" 141lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Kuala Lumpur, in the final of the BMW Malaysia Open, the 2013 finalist at Birmingham, 17 year old 7th seeded #95 (career high: #62) Donna Vekic from Osijek, Croatia, won her first WTA singles title by defeating the 2014 Acapulco champion (and Australian Open finalist), 24 year old top seeded #10 (career high: #10) Dominika Cibulkova from Bratislava, Slovakia, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(4) (Dominika is shown during the match; Donna is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Donna's prize is $43,000; Dominika's prize is $21,400.

    Donna took a 5-1 lead in the 3rd set—then Domi won the next four games to level the score.

    Donna said: "It was a very tough match. [Dominika] played very well throughout the whole match. I was up 5-1 in the third set and she came back out playing insane. So I'm happy I was able to get through in the end." WTA story

    Dominika said: "[Donna] played really well today. In the second set I was really close to winning, but she played really well, really strong, and it was just about a few balls out there, really. It was really close. It was such a good match."

    Donna and Dominika had met only once before, last month on a Plexipave hardcourt in the 2nd round at Indian Wells, when Dominika defeated Donna 6-3, 6-2.

    Donna is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals, and has a 11-7 singles match record in 2014.
    Dominika is now 4-7 in WTA singles finals, and has a 24-9 singles match record this season.


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Malaysia Open,  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

tourney time:
       = GMT +8 hours
       = US ET +13 hours
       = US PT +16 hours

Malaysia News

    Kuala Lumpur: The 32-player main draw for Kuala Lumpur 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.

Mslaysia Open venue address: Bukit Kiara Resort Bhd. Jalan Bukit Kiara, Off Jalan Damansara, 60000 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    2010 was the first year of the Kuala Lumpur tourney. New Straits Times story

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2014: Darned good looking healthy young ladies at the Kuala Lumpur players party included top seed Dominika Cibulkova, and Chan Hao-Ching...
Kuala Lumpur, 1st Rd, Mon 1pm, Tue 10am
loser's prize: $2,100 US; points: 1
Monday: rain stopped play
n10 s1 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n214 q Pemra Ozgen TUR 6-1, 6-3 Wed

Domi following a forehand

    Dominika said: "I didn't let [Pemra] play at all in the first set and was feeling quite good. But in the second set, I changed my racquet for the new balls and that was a mistake as the tension was not right. I was back on track after I changed my racquet again. I was really aggressive and didn't give her any chance to play." tourney story

n46 s2 Shuai Zhang CHN d n140 Saisai Zheng CHN 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 ppd-Tue
n67 s3 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n158 Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-2, 6-2 ppd-Tue
n81 s4 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT d n167 q Eri Hozumi JPN 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 ppd-Tue
*n162 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR d n83 s5 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 5-3 retired—left calf injury ppd-Tue
n93 s6 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n287 wc Eleni Daniilidou GRE 6-2, 6-2 Tue
n95 s7 Donna Vekic CRO d n297 sr Yung-Jan Chan TPE 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 ppd-Tue

Donna driving a backhand

*n192 q Lyudmyla Kichenok UKR d n112 s8 Ayumi Morita JPN 6-4, 6-2 Mon-rain-Tue
*n137 Kristyna Pliskova CZE d n118 Timea Babos HUN 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-4 ppd-Tue
n121 Magda Linette POL d n142 Alize Lim FRA 6-3, 6-0 ppd-Tue
n126 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE d n300 wc Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 ppd-Tue

Su-Wei's backhand drive

    Rain interrupted play, but the schedule was completed. 2012 KL champ Su-Wei said: "The win brings back memories of my first tour title in Kuala Lumpur two years ago. Every time it rains, I play better so I hope for good results here... I was making a lot of mistakes in the first set. I could not hit proper balls while Jarmila was doing so well. The rain, however, threw me a lifeline." tourney story

*n144 Danke Kovinic MNE d n127 An-Sophie Mestach BEL 6-4, 6-2 Mon

Danke driving a forehand

n133 Tadeja Majeric SLO d n725 Akgul Amanmuradova UZB 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 ppd-Tue
*n241 q Giulia Gatto-Monticone ITA d n138 Ons Jabeur TUN 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 ppd-Tue
*n320 wc Ling Zhang HKG d n183 Olga Savchuk UKR 6-3, 6-2 ppd-Tue
n189 q Ying-Ying Duan CHN d n225 q Ana Vrljic CRO 6-3, 6-2 ppd-Tue

Kuala Lumpur, 2nd Rd, Wed-Thu 2pm
loser's prize: $3,400 US; points: 30
n10 s1 Dominika Cibulkova SVK v n126 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE Thu cC m3 630pm+

Domi driving a backhand

    Dominika said: "I have to say I was playing much better today than I did yesterday. It was quite a good match from my side. I was feeling the ball well today. I didn't let [Su-Wei] take me out of my rhythm." WTA story

n46 s2 Shuai Zhang CHN v n320 wc Ling Zhang HKG Thu cC m1 2pm

Shuai driving a forehand

    Shuai said: "The humidity affected my game today. I felt very hot and had to change my attire during the rain interval. I did not play well in the first set and also did badly in the second. Zhang Ling was very aggressive, and in the third set I changed by game plan and it worked." tourney story

n67 s3 Karolina Pliskova CZE v n189 q Ying-Ying Duan CHN Thu cC m2
n81 s4 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT d n144 Danke Kovinic MNE 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 Wed
n93 s6 Zarina Diyas KAZ d n241 q Giulia Gatto-Monticone ITA 6-1, 6-4 Wed

Zarina driving a backhand

    Zarina said: "I played well today considering the tough conditions, I am happy with my game. It was difficult at the start of the second set as Giulia played more aggressive. I changed my strategy by playing more angle balls...
    "It was drizzling at the end of the second set and luckily I managed to finish the match before the heavy downpour. I am in good physical condition and ready for the next match." tourney story

n95 s7 Donna Vekic CRO v n137 Kristyna Pliskova CZE Thu c1 m2
n121 Magda Linette POL d n192 q Lyudmyla Kichenok UKR 6-1, 6-4 Wed
n133 Tadeja Majeric SLO v n162 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR Thu c1 m1 3pm

Kuala Lumpur, QFs, Fri 2pm
loser's prize: $6,175 US; points: 60
n10 s1 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n93 s6 Zarina Diyas KAZ 4-6, 6-2, 6-4

Domi's backhand drive

    Dominika said: "[Zarina] played really, really well. It was a really big test. Today was the first time it wasn't raining before the match, so it was really humid and the air was different. There was a really long game in the first set that I lost, and it really put me down physically. It made me feel really tired. It took me two or three games to get back and find my game, but I'm happy I managed to get it back." WTA story

n46 s2 Shuai Zhang CHN d n121 Magda Linette POL 6-2, 2-6, 6-1

Shuai about to swat a backhand

    Shuai said: "It was my second consecutive match in the afternoon and the heat affected my game in the second set. The short break before the third set however helped me regain energy.
    "I was emotional after winning because it was a good feeling, as after Acapulco I couldn’t train for one month due to a shoulder injury." tourney story

n67 s3 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n162 Cagla Buyukakcay TUR 6-4, 6-4
*n95 s7 Donna Vekic CRO d n81 s4 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 6-4, 7-5

    Donna said: "I think I served really well in the first set. Not so well in the second set, but it was important to keep the momentum going. I'm very happy to be in the semifinals of a WTA event again. I've been to the semis twice before and I won both times, so I hope it's going to happen again here this week. I've been getting confidence since Indian Wells and Miami and I'm happy to continue the good run."

Kuala Lumpur, SFs, Sat 3pm
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
n10 s1 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n67 s3 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6(3)-7, 6-3, 6-3

    It was Domi's 24th match victory this season, tops in the WTA.

    Dominika said: "I have to say today I wasn't feeling 100% on the court. But every day is different and every day you have to find a way to win. Today was just about fighting and finding my rhythm." WTA story

*n95 s7 Donna Vekic CRO d n46 s2 Shuai Zhang CHN 1-6, 6-3, 6-4

    Donna said: "In the first three games I think I won just one point. I was so shocked. [Shuai] played very well, but I was just a bit lost on the court... I started hitting it a little bit harder and attacking her forehand a little more, and she started making some mistakes out there."

Kuala Lumpur, Final, Sun 6pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n95 s7 Donna Vekic CRO d n10 s1 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(4)

Domi and Donna driving forehands, and Donna after match point

Kuala Lumpur, Doubles Final
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
s1 Hao-Ching Chan & Timea Babos d Yung-Jan Chan & Saisai Zheng 6-3, 6-4

Kuala Lumpur, Qual Finals, Mon Feb 25 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $600 1pts; q2 $1,020 12pts; qualifier 18 points
n167 Eri Hozumi JPN d n342 Rika Fujiwara JPN 6-1, 1-6, 7-5
*n241 Giulia Gatto-Monticone ITA d n185 Erika Sema JPN 6-3, 2-6, 6-3
n189 Ying-Ying Duan CHN d n257 Miharu Imanishi JPN 6-0, 6-1
n192 Lyudmyla Kichenok UKR d n235 Qiang Wang CHN 6-2, 6-2
n214 Pemra Ozgen TUR d n323 Mika Miyamura JPN 6-0, 7-5
n225 Ana Vrljic CRO d n256 Arina Rodionova AUS 6-3, 6(6)-7, 6-0

Kuala Lumpur, Withdrawals
n32 Venus Williams USA illness
n106 Jovana Jaksic SRB
n107 Luksika Kumkhum THA
n113 Andrea Hlavackova CZE
n143 Vera Dushevina RUS right elbow injury
n424 sr Melinda Czink HUN low back injury

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