WTA Diary: Friday, February 24, 2012
Published February 24, 2012 01:47
Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers, even a few tweets... catch up on it all in the WTA Diary.
When Julia Goerges saw her draw for the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, she could have been forgiven for cursing her luck. However, when potential second round opponent Victoria Azarenka withdrew on Wednesday, a window of opportunity was opened and Goerges jumped through; defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, Casey Dellacqua, Daniela Hantuchova and Caroline Wozniacki to reach her first final for 10 months.
Particularly impressive was her come-from-behind win over Hantuchova on Thursday night. And if you want to relive the drama of Goerges' 46 63 64 win, click here.
Eye Of The Tiger
Just what was playing from Vika's headphones as she walked onto the court in Doha last week? Judging by the Rocky Balboa-sized heart on display during her gutsy semifinal win over Agnieszka Radwanska, it can only have been Eye Of The Tiger. After shrugging off a nasty-looking ankle injury to triumph over Radwanska, the World No.1 returned a day later to defeat Samantha Stosur, picking up her third title of the season in the process.
Stat Of The Week
Vika's five wins on Doha also took her win-loss record for 2012 to 17-0 - the best start to a season since Maria Sharapova went 18-0 four years ago. She probably won't be thinking about the all-time record just yet, though. That's held by Martina Navratilova, who went a mind-boggling 74 matches unbeaten in 1984.
300 And Counting
Although Radwanska was unable to derail the Vika juggernaut in Doha, her final four appearance did edge her ever closer to a significant milestone. And in Dubai on Tuesday the high-flying Pole notched up her 300th career win after rallying from 5-3 down in the third set to defeat Aleksandra Wozniak.
Don't say it too loudly, but Agnieszka wasn't the only WTA player to reach a significant milestone in the past seven days. Li Na, Flavia Pennetta and Klara Zakopalova all celebrated their 30th birthday this week.
Olympic fever has hit the WTA early… and it's catching. First it was Vika dreaming of the 'Golden Slam' (all four majors and Olympic gold in a calendar year) and now Jelena Jankovic is talking up her London 2012 medal hopes.
"I would like to come back and be one of those top players and be really successful again," Jankovic said in Dubai. "I could make a list of the tournaments I want to win, but first of all I want is an Olympic Games medal. To wear it around my neck, shining, that would be special."
Tweet Of The Week
Gisela Dulko dedicated her first win with new partner Paola Suárez to the families affected by the tragedy in their native Argentina this week, which saw 49 killed and a further 600 injured when a commuter train derailed at a station during rush hour in Buenos Aires.
Paola and me want to dedicate our first win together, to all the victims and relatives of the #ONCE train tragedy in our country today.