WTA Odds N' Ends... Cibulkova Shows Skills
Published July 23, 2012 08:52
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Dominika Cibulkova earned her second WTA title in fashion, not dropping a set en route to a triumph in Carlsbad. Her win over World No.10 Marion Bartoli in the final was her 14th over a Top 10 player. It also continued a recent trend, as No.2 seeds have beaten No.1 seeds seven of the eight times they have played in the last two seasons:
2011 Doha: (2) Zvonareva d. (1) Wozniacki
2011 Monterrey: (2) Pavlyuchenkova d. (1) Jankovic
2011 Strasbourg: (2) Petkovic d. (1) Bartoli
2011 College Park: (2) Petrova d. (1) Peer
2011 Osaka: (2) Bartoli d. (1) Stosur
2012 Indian Wells: (1) Azarenka d. (2) Sharapova
2012 Copenhagen: (2) Kerber d. (1) Wozniacki
2012 Stuttgart: (2) Sharapova d. (1) Azarenka
2012 Carlsbad: (2) Cibulkova d. (1) Bartoli
Hercog Holds Fort Down In Bastad
While just 59-77 in WTA main draw matches everywhere else, Polona Hercog is now 10-0 in Bastad after capturing her second career title there. She became the fourth player this year to successfully defend a title:
Daniela Hantuchova: Pattaya City
Maria Sharapova: Rome
Serena Williams: Stanford
Polona Hercog: Bastad
Hercog's 06 64 75 defeat of Mathilde Johansson in the final was the first time a player was bageled in a final and went on to win the match since Agnieszka Radwanska did so against Andrea Petkovic last October in Beijing.
- Garbiñe Muguruza made her Top 100 debut and became the second-youngest player in the Top 100 after Laura Robson by going from No.106 to No.95. Four teenagers are now in the Top 100:
No.52: 19-year-old Sloane Stephens
No.66: 19-year-old Timea Babos
No.95: 19-year-old Garbiñe Muguruza
No.96: 18-year-old Laura Robson
- After a semifinal showing in Carlsbad, Nadia Petrova ascended to No.19 - her highest rank since January 2011. She was also runner-up in doubles alongside Vania King, resulting in her rising to No.9 on the doubles rankings - her highest rank since September 2011.
- After a quarterfinal appearance in Bastad, Klara Zakopalova climbed to No.30 - her highest rank since April 2006.
- Runners-up in Carlsbad last year, Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears became the first all-American duo to take the title there since Lindsay Davenport and Corina Morariu in 1999. They were pushed throughout the week, though, especially in their 75 46 1412 semifinal triumph over top-seeded Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond in which they overcame a match point in the match tie-break. It was their third doubles title together and Kops-Jones' fifth as an individual and Spears' seventh.
- Catalina Castaño and Mariana Duque-Mariño rallied from 64 54 down in the Bastad final to beat Eva Hrdinova and Mervana Jugic-Salkic, 46 75 105. It was their fourth WTA event together and their first title. It was also their first doubles title as individuals and 33-year-old Castaño's first WTA title of any kind.
Emirates Airline US Open Series Update
Two of the five Emirates Airline US Open Series events are in the books, with Carlsbad winner Dominika Cibulkova leading the standings followed by Stanford champion and 2011 US Open series winner Serena Williams. Montréal, Cincinnati and New Haven are the three remaining tournaments. The Top 3 finishers will all be going for bonus payouts at the US Open, and the winner of the Emirates Airline US Open Series will take home a $1 million bonus if they capture the US Open.
1. Dominika Cibulkova: 85 points
2. Serena Williams: 70 points
3. Marion Bartoli: 60 points
4. Coco Vandeweghe: 45 points
5. Urszula Radwanska: 30 points