Vera Stays On Top in Thailand
Published Feburary 14, 2010 12:00
PATTAYA CITY, Thailand - Vera Zvonareva hit double digits in the titles column in Pattaya City on Sunday, capturing her 10th Sony Ericsson WTA Tour singles crown at the PTT Pattaya Open. In the final she edged Thai tennis icon Tamarine Tanasugarn, still going strong after all these years.
Given the contrast in Saturday's semifinals, No.1 seed Zvonareva looked ripe for the picking Sunday, as she had to labor through a three-setter to get past No.4 seed Yaroslava Shvedova while Tanasugarn handily won an all-unseeded battle against Sesil Karatantcheva, losing just two games. Tanasugarn had also won her only previous meeting against Zvonareva.
But with the title on the line it was Zvonareva who had the edge, avenging that loss - at Wimbledon in 2008 - with a 64 64 win in front of a packed house.
Check out photos from on and off the court in Pattaya right now!"I'd like to congratulate Tammy for coming back here and playing so well this week. The Thai people are so proud of her," Zvonareva said. "For me, I'm very happy to come back and defend my title this year. I also hope to come to Pattaya next year. Thanks to all of the sponsors and Mr. Geoffrey Rowe, the Tournament Director, for making the tournament such a success."
"Thank you very much to all the fans here - especially the Thai fans - for cheering me on during the week. Also thanks to the Russian fans for cheering Vera on, she played so well today," Tanasugarn said. "Thanks to all the sponsors who host this tournament every year and give me a chance to play here. I'll try to play my best with my partner in the doubles final now!"
Zvonareva is almost on par in career finals now, going 10-11. She has won her last three finals since finishing runner-up at the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in 2008 - she won here and Indian Wells last year, and now here again this year. It was also Zvonareva's second successful title defense, having won back-to-back Memphis crowns back in 2004 and 2005.
Tanasugarn fell to 3-7 in career finals, but the 32-year-old Thai still salvaged a trophy - she and Marina Erakovic captured the doubles title with a 75 61 win over Anna Chakvetadze and Ksenia Pervak. Tanasugarn won the doubles title here last year with Shvedova - now she and Erakovic win for the first time. Tanasugarn now has seven Tour doubles titles while Erakovic has four.