2014 WTA Paris Indoor GDF Suez Open & Pattaya Women's Open Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)


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GDF Suez Open, Paris, FRA
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n3 M Sharapova, n7 S Errani
n9 A Kerber, n11 S Halep
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n15 S Lisicki, n20 S Kuznetsova
n21 S Cirstea, n22 E Makarova
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#24 Ekaterina Makarova
5' 10" 127lb LH 2H-BH

#30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
5'10" 159lb RH 2H-BH

    On Sunday at Paris, in the final of the GDF Suez Open, the 2013 Monterrey champion, 22 year old #30 (career high: #13) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Moscow, Russia, defeated the 2013 Paris Indoor finalist (and champion at Acapulco), 26 year old 3rd seeded #7 (career high: #5) Sara Errani from Bologna, Italy, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 (photo shown).

    After leading 3-1 in the 1st set, Anastasia lost the next seven games.

    Anastasia said: "When I lost seven games in a row I don't really know what happened. Maybe I was a little stressed because I was missing some shots and [Sara] was so solid. Also, I was serving so well throughout the tournament and there were times today where I was really struggling on serve. But I knew it was from my side, so if I just focused and kept fighting I could get it back." WTA story

    Sara played a 3-hour semifinal on Saturday. Sara said: "I'm still very happy I could make the final. I had very good matches from the first round, from Knapp to Svitolina to Cornet, but I was a little bit more tired than normal in the match today because of yesterday. It was very tough to recover. But it was still a very good week."

    Sara and Anastasia had met only once before, in 2011 on an indoor hardcourt in the Fed Cup semifinals at Moscow, when Anastasia defeated Sara 7-6(5), 7-6(4).

    Anastasia is now 6-3 in WTA singles finals. She has a 8-3 singles match record this season.

    Sara is now 7-8 in WTA singles finals. She has a 6-4 singles match record in 2014.

    On Sunday at Pattaya City, Thailand, in the final of the Pattaya Women's Open, the 2010 Eastbourne champ, 25 year old #24 (career high: #19) Ekaterina Makarova from Moscow, Russia, defeated the 2013 champion at Kuala Lumpur, 21 year old #70 (career high: #63) Karolina Pliskova from Louny, Czech Republic, 6-3, 7-6(7) (Ekaterina is shown with the ceramicware after the match).

    Ekaterina said: "I was a little bit angry in the tie-break because [Karolina] served really well twice and then returned one just on the line, and then it was 5-all again. Then I missed an easy ball, and it was set point. Luckily she hit her first double fault of the match then. But she had another set point after that and I just tried to keep playing everything in the court and be aggressive at the same time.

    "Of course, I'm really happy I could win today. It was a nervous ending and a really tough match, and she was playing really great tennis today. She was serving especially well. I needed to be very focused on my returns to make the points. This is my second WTA title, so I'm really happy about it." WTA story

    Karolina said: "I think [Ekaterina] played better than me the whole match. The last two matches I won from two match points down and from 0-3 in the third, so I just tried to stay in the match in the second set and just tried to fight, because I thought it might happen again. But in the end it didn't. I was really close to getting it to a third set but she was playing too well today."

    Kate & Karolina had never before met on the field of combat.

    Ekaterina is now 2-2 in WTA singles finals. She has a 9-2 singles match record this year.

    Karolina is now 1-1 in WTA singles finals. Her 2013 singles match record is 6-3.

WTA SCOREBOARD: Paris Indoor & Pattaya

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GDF Suez Open,  Paris, France

tourney time:
       = GMT +1 hour
       = US EDT +6 hours
       = US PDT +9 hours

Paris News - France News

    Paris: The main draw for Paris has 8 seeds, with 4 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.

click for broader view    Pierre de Coubertin Stadium (at left)
Latitude: 48.835275 Longitude: 2.258849

2013: French #1 Marion Bartoli met the press in Paris on Tuesday
Paris, 1st Rd Mon-Wed 11am
losers' prize: $6,290 US; points: 1
*n55 Kristen Mladenovic FRA d n11 s5 Simona Halep ROU 7-6(1), 6-4 Wed
*n47 Elina Svitolina UKR d n12 s6 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 0-6, 7-5 Wed

Elina after match point

n16 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n91 q Johanna Larsson SWE 6-1, 6-4 Tue
n19 s8 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n39 Mona Barthel GER 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 Wed
n25 Alize Cornet FRA d n35 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 Tue

Alize following a backhand

    Alize said: "Playing in front of a French crowd is always amazing. It doesn't happen so often during the year so I'm really happy to play with my friends and family watching. During the tournament, I'm just trying to stay focused and taking each match as it comes." WTA story

n30 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n42 Francesca Schiavone ITA 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 Mon
n32 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n76 wc Caroline Garcia FRA 7-6(4), 6-2 Mon
n33 Daniela Hantuchova SVK d n52 Marina Erakovic NZL 6-3, 3-0 retired Tue
*n40 Andrea Petkovic GER d n34 Bojana Jovanovski SRB 6-2, 6-3 Tue

Petko after match point

n44 Karin Knapp ITA d n102 q Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-4, 6-1 Tue
*n77 q Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n46 Stefanie Voegele SUI 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(3) Wed
n49 Yvonne Meusburger AUT d n116 q Anna-Lena Friedsam GER 7-5, 6-1 Tue

Paris, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu 11am
losers' prize: $9,900 US; points: 55
n3 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n33 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 6-0, 6-1 Wed

Maria after match point

    Maria said: "I had a tough first opponent who can play extremely good tennis. I wanted to start the match off well. It was extremely important to put that pressure on her from the beginning. I think I did that really well today." WTA story

n7 s3 Sara Errani ITA d n44 Karin Knapp ITA 6-4, 6-3 Thu
n9 s4 Angelique Kerber GER d n32 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-2, 7-5 Wed
*n30 A Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n16 s7 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 Wed
n19 s8 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n49 Yvonne Meusburger AUT 6-1, 6-3 Thu
n25 Alize Cornet FRA d n84 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-3 Thu
n40 Andrea Petkovic GER d n55 Kristen Mladenovic FRA 6-4, 6-2 Thu

Andrea driving a forehand

    Andrea said: "I practice a lot with [Kristina], and we are actually quite good friends because we are both originally from Serbia... I was really aware of her aggressive play and her great first serve... so I was kind of on my toes... I felt like I needed to step up my game and play my best to be able to go through." interview video

n47 Elina Svitolina UKR d n77 q Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 6-1, 6-2 Thu

Paris, QFs Fri noon
losers' prize: $18,460 US; points: 100
n3 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS d n19 s8 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-2, 6-2

Maria about to swat a backhand

    About playing Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the semifinals, Maria said: "We haven't played against each other in quite a bit of time. [Anastasia] playing really well this year and had a great win today, so I'm sure she'll be really confident going into tomorrow. It's always tough to play another Russian but it's good to know one of us will be in the finals." WTA story

n7 s3 Sara Errani ITA d n47 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-2, 6-3
*n30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n9 s4 Angelique Kerber GER 5-7, 6-3, 7-6(3)
n25 Alize Cornet FRA d n40 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-6(6), 5-7, 6-3

Alize after match point

Paris, SFs Sat 3:30pm
losers' prize: $34,350 US; points: 185
*n30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n3 s1 Maria Sharapova RUS 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Anastasia and Maria driving forehand and backhand

    Anastasia said: "I'm very happy with my performance today. Maria's so tough and she's always fighting until the end, so I'm happy I stuck with my game and kept fighting out there as well.
    "I had to serve well. I had no choice today, because Maria has one of the best returns on the tour. We played a few years ago and she broke me a lot of times so that was a key for her to win again today, and I just tried to serve the best I could today. It was working well, so I'm very happy with it." WTA story

    Maria said: "I started the match really well, but as the match continued I wasn't doing the things that really helped me in the first set. I wasn't being aggressive, I wasn't in the court. [Anastasia] was playing with a lot of confidence in the match and I gave her that opportunity to step in and play her game. She was serving really well out there. She just played a really good match today."

    The match ended with two double faults by Maria. Maria said: "They obviously came at the wrong time. When I was down in games in the first couple of sets I felt my serve really helped me, but in the third set I didn't keep that level up. I definitely need to improve that percentage going forward."

    Maria will leave on Sunday for Sochi, where she will work for NBC Sports as a commentator at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

n7 s3 Sara Errani ITA d n25 Alize Cornet FRA 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(5)

Sara volleying a backhand, and Alize driving one

Paris, Final Sun 3:30pm
loser's prize: $64,000 US; points: 305
winner's prize: $120,000 US; points: 470
n30 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n7 s3 Sara Errani ITA 3-6, 6-2, 6-3

Anastasia and Sara driving backhands

Paris, Doubles Final Sun
losers' prize: $20,000 US
winners' prize: $38,000 US
s3 Kveta Peschke & Anna-Lena Groenefeld
    d s4 Timea Babos & Kristen Mladenovic 6(7)-7, 6-4, (10-5)

Paris, Qual Finals, Mon Jan 27 noon
losers' prizes: q1 $850 1pt; q2 $1,500 13pts; q3 $2,850 18pts; qualifier 25 points
n77 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ d n123 Kristyna Pliskova CZE 5-7, 6-4, 7-6(2)
*n102 Lara Arruabarrena ESP d n84 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova CZE 6-1, 7-5
n91 Johanna Larsson SWE d n92 Dinah Pfizenmaier GER 7-5, 6-3
n116 Anna-Lena Friedsam GER d n138 Petra Cetkovska CZE 6-2, 6-2

Paris, Withdrawals
n6 s2 wc Petra Kvitova CZE respiratory illness
n14 Ana Ivanovic SRB left hip injury
n23 Kaia Kanepi EST low back injury
n24 Dominika Cibulkova SVK Australian Open final
n26 Lucie Safarova CZE right shoulder injury

Pattaya Women's Open,  Pattaya City, Thailand

tourney time:
       = GMT +7 hours
       = US EDT +12 hours
       = US PDT +15 hours

Thailand News

    Pattaya: The main draw for Pattaya has 8 seeds, with no 1st-round byes.
    There are 4 qualifiers in the main draw.
    Qualifying (3 rounds) starts on Saturday, qualifying finals are on Monday.

click for broader view     Dusit Resort (courts at upper left)
Latitude: 12.950763 Longitude: 100.8842 - Pattaya Beach Road Area Map

    Pattaya is about 50 kilometers south of Chonburi (Chon Buri), or a 2 hour drive from Bangkok.

2013: Ana Ivanovic, Maria Kirilenko and Sorana Cirstea posed for a pic at the Pattaya draw ceremony... Darned good looking healthy young ladies at the Pattaya player party included Ana, Sabine Lisicki,   row 2: Heather Watson,
Chan Hao-Ching and sister Chan Yung-Jan, and Hsieh Shu-Ying with the 2012 Pattaya champ, her sister Hsieh Su-Wei...

Pattaya, 1st Rd Mon 3pm, Tue 2pm
loser's prize: $2,220 US; points: 1
n15 s1 Sabine Lisicki GER d n94 Donna Vekic CRO 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 Mon
n20 s2 wc Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS d n51 Shuai Zhang CHN 6-0, 7-6(3) Mon
n21 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n81 Anna Schmiedlova SVK 6-1, 6-3 Tue

Sorana serving

n22 s4 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n184 q Olga Savchuk UKR 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Tue
n28 s5 Elena Vesnina RUS d n71 Vania King USA 7-6(6), 6(5)-7, 6-1 Tue

    Elena said: "It was a very difficult match. I was a little bit nervous, maybe still a little bit tired from Melbourne, as I arrived at the last moment and didn't have a chance to get used to the different conditions. It's humid here and the ball flies differently, so I'm really happy that I won today." WTA story

*n80 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n38 s6 Garbine Muguruza ESP 6(2)-7, 7-5, 7-6(6) Tue
*n70 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n41 s7 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 6-2, 6-4 Mon
n43 s8 Shuai Peng CHN d n85 Patricia Mayr-Achleitner AUT 6-1, 7-6(1) Mon
n53 Alison Riske USA d n101 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-0, 6-0 Mon
*n162 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d n67 Ajla Tomljanovic SRB 6-4, 7-5 Tue
n73 Julia Goerges GER d n88 Luksika Kumkhum THA 6-4, 6-4 Tue
*n117 Tadeja Majeric SLO d n86 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-2, 7-6(4) Tue
*n131 Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n95 Estrella Cabeza Candela ESP 6-2, 6-4 Mon
*n163 q Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n112 Yuliana Putintseva KAZ 6-1, 6(6)-7, 6-4Tue
*n353 wc Nicha Lertpitaksinchai THA d n148 q Aleksandra Krunic SRB 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*nNR wc Vera Zvonareva RUS d n363 wc Peangtam Plipuech THA 6-3, 6-2 Tue

Pattaya, 2nd Rd Wed-Thu 3pm
loser's prize: $3,420 US; points: 30
*n131 Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n15 s1 Sabine Lisicki GER walkover—shoulder injury

    Sabine said: "I hurt my shoulder yesterday during the match. It was pretty obvious that I wasn't able to serve in the second and third sets. I love this tournament so much, especially after playing in the final last year. My goal was to win it this year. I tried everything. I was hoping it would get better overnight, but unfortunately it didn't... I look forward to coming back again next time."

*n73 Julia Goerges GER d n20 s2 wc Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS walkover—hip injury

    Svetlana said: "I am sorry I had to pull out of this event. This is a very nice event with good weather. I would love to play more but unfortunately my injury got worse last night. I like this tournament and look forward to coming back again."

n21 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n53 Alison Riske USA 6-3, 6-4 Wed
n22 s4 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d nNR wc Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-0, 6-2 Wed

    Ekaterina said: "I served pretty well and tried to be as aggressive as I could. I was really focused and maintained a high level the whole match. I'm really happy that I came through.
    "[Vera is] a great player and a great person. We've spent a lot of time together on the Fed Cup team. I learned from her and want to wish her good luck in her comeback." WTA story

    Vera said: "I had too many unforced errors and was not aggressive enough. But overall it went better than the Australian Open. I feel like I'm improving a little bit every day. I wish I could make bigger strides, but I have to keep working hard to be able to play the tennis that I want to play.
    "After you haven't competed for a year and a half and have surgery, it's a difficult challenge to come back. Shoulder surgery for a tennis player is quite a dangerous thing. There are a lot of players who weren't able to come back and ever play tennis again, so for me it was a challenge to see what it takes to come back. I have energy and a desire to work, and tennis had given me so much in my life, so I just wanted to give it a try."

n28 s5 Elena Vesnina RUS d n353 wc Nicha Lertpitaksinchai THA 6-3, 6-3 Thu
n43 s8 Shuai Peng CHN d n163 q Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-3, 6-4 Thu
n70 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n162 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 Wed
n80 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN d n117 Tadeja Majeric SLO 7-6(4), 6-3 Thu

Pattaya, QFs Fri 3pm
loser's prize: $6,200 US; points: 60
*n70 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n21 s3 Sorana Cirstea ROU 1-6, 7-6(3), 6-0

    Karolina said: "I didn't expect to win. [Sorana] was playing amazing in the first set and I didn't have any chance to play my game. She was playing fast and she was killing all my second serves. In the second set I was just trying to hold my serves and hoped that in the tiebreak anything could happen." AP story

n22 s4 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n80 Kimiko Date-Krumm JPN 6-2, 4-6, 6-4
*n73 Julia Goerges GER d n28 s5 Elena Vesnina RUS 5-7, 6-3, 6-3
*n131 Andrea Hlavackova CZE d n43 s8 Shuai Peng CHN 6-2, 7-5

Pattaya, SFs Sat 4pm
loser's prize: $11,500 US; points: 110
n22 s4 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n131 Andrea Hlavackova CZE 6-3, 0-6, 6-4

    Ekaterina said: "The best part of my game is that I was fighting. [Andrea was] playing so aggressive, so flat. It was difficult to return because she was serving so good today.
    "At the end of the second set I was so angry because here I'd already played two matches in three sets and I really wanted to finish it in two sets. But she played amazing all that set and it was difficult to do anything." WTA story

n70 Karolina Pliskova CZE d n73 Julia Goerges GER 6-3, 4-6, 6-3

    Karolina said: "There weren't any rallies because we were both serving well and we have similar games, so it was tough. In the second set [Julia] was serving really well. I almost couldn't do anything. I tried to stay calm and play my game and wait for my chance."

Pattaya, Final Sun 4pm
loser's prize: $21,400 US; points: 180
winner's prize: $43,000 US; points: 280
n22 s4 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n70 Karolina Pliskova CZE 6-3, 7-6(7)

Pattaya, Doubles Final Sun
loser's prize: $6,400 US
winner's prize: $12,300 US
*s4 Shuai Peng & Shuai Zhang d s3 Anastasia Rodionova & Alla Kudryavtseva 3-6, 7-6(5), (10-6)

Pattaya, Qual Finals, Mon Jan 27 3pm
losers' prizes: q1 $750 1pt; q2 $1,285 12pts; qualifier 18 points
n148 Aleksandra Krunic SRB d n193 Ying-Ying Duan CHN 6-2, 7-5
n162 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d n187 Belinda Bencic SUI 6-3, 6-3
*n184 Olga Savchuk UKR d n165 Sachie Ishizu JPN 6-0, 6-2
*n163 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n158 Anastasia Rodionova AUS 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(2)

Pattaya, Withdrawals
n50 Varvara Lepchenko USA left shoulder injury
n61 Ayumi Morita JPN left shoulder injury
n74 Kurumi Nara JPN right shoulder injury
n89 Misaki Doi JPN

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