WTA Odds N' Ends... 43 & Counting For Serena
Published July 16, 2012 09:04
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It has been quite a month for Serena Williams, as just a week after capturing her 14th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, she was victorious at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford without dropping a set - giving her 28 wins in her past 29 matches. In netting her 43rd career title, she tied sister Venus for the most among active players and moved into a tie for 10th in the Open Era:
1. Martina Navratilova: 167
2. Chris Evert: 154
3. Steffi Graf: 107
4. Margaret Court: 92
5. Evonne Goolagong Cawley: 68
6. Billie Jean King: 67
7t. Virginia Wade: 55
7t. Lindsay Davenport: 55
9. Monica Seles: 53
10t. Justine Henin: 43
10t. Martina Hingis: 43
10t. Serena Williams: 43
10t. Venus Williams: 43
Loco For Coco
It was also quite a week for Coco Vandeweghe, Williams' victim in the first all-American final since she beat Venus Williams at the WTA Championships in 2009. Vandeweghe had not even been beyond a quarterfinal prior to Stanford, where she became the first lucky loser to make a WTA final since Melinda Czink at Canberra in 2005. Interestingly enough, Vandeweghe beat Czink in the first round of Stanford. Her dream week resulted in her soaring up the rankings, from No.120 to No.69 - 20 spots better than her previous career-high.
Superb Week For Sara
Sara Errani's career year continued with a dominant showing at the XXV Italiacom Open in Palermo. She surrendered just 20 games and never more than four in a set en route to improving her clay court record this year to 29-4. She also became the first Italian to secure four titles in a season and is tied with two other players for most titles in 2012:
Victoria Azarenka: Sydney, Australian Open, Doha, Indian Wells
Sara Errani: Acapulco, Barcelona, Budapest, Palermo
Serena Williams: Charleston, Madrid, Wimbledon, Stanford
Errani's five match wins in Palermo put her over 40 for the year along with three other players, tightening up the race for most in 2012:
Angelique Kerber: 45
Agnieszka Radwanska: 44
Victoria Azarenka: 43
Sara Errani: 42
Palermo featured the year's longest main draw match so far and what tied for the third-longest, on consecutive days no less. In second round action on Wednesday, Alexandra Cadantu's 63 57 62 defeat of Alizé Cornet went three hours, 17 minutes to surpass Vera Zvonareva's win over Alexandra Dulgheru in the first round of the Australian Open by two minutes. Then in another second round match on Thursday, Barbora Zahlavova Strycova edged Julia Cohen, 36 63 75, in three hours, 14 minutes - tied with the length of Daniela Hantuchova's win over Maria Kirilenko in the Pattaya City final.
- Urszula Radwanska made her Top 50 debut by going from No.57 to No.48 after a quarterfinal appearance in Stanford.
- Laura Robson rose to a career-high No.91 after her first WTA semifinal showing at Palermo. With new British No.1 Heather Watson at No.71, Anne Keothavong at No.76 and Elena Baltacha at No.100, there are four British women in the Top 100 for the first time since March 1991 - when Jo Durie, Sara Gomer, Sarah Loosemore and Monique Javer occupied the Top 100.
- Stanford semifinalist Yanina Wickmayer rose six spots to No.31, passing No.36 Kim Clijsters as the Belgian No.1.
- They were pushed to match tie-breaks in three of their four matches, but unseeded Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson were victorious in Stanford in their first outing as a duo. It was Erakovic's sixth WTA doubles title and Watson's first WTA title of any kind. In fact, she was the first Brit to win a WTA title since Belinda Borneo and Clare Wood captured Wellington in 1992.
- Renata Voracova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova netted their second title together in Palermo, their first coming in Linz in 2010. It was Voracova's eighth career doubles title and Zahlavova Strycova's 17th.