WTA Odds N' Ends... Li Back In Winner's Circle
Published August 20, 2012 11:20
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A Long Time Coming For Li
Just six days after falling in the Montréal final, Li Na netted her first title since her 2011 French Open triumph. It wasn't easy, though, as three of her five matches at the Western & Southern Open went three sets. One of those was the final, where she rallied from a 61 31 deficit against Angelique Kerber, whom she is now 5-1 against. Among Li's feats in Cincinnati:
- She is the first woman to make the Rogers Cup and Western & Southern Open finals in the same year
- The 30-year-old is the third-oldest titlist of 2012 after Francesca Schiavone and Serena Williams.
As for Kerber, she snapped Serena Williams' 19-match win streak in the quarterfinals en route to reaching her fourth final of the year - two of which she won. She is atop the 2012 match wins leaderboard:
1. Angelique Kerber: 53 wins
T2. Victoria Azarenka: 48 wins
T2. Agnieszka Radwanska: 48 wins
4. Serena Williams: 46 wins
T5. Sara Errani: 44 wins
T5. Maria Sharapova: 44 wins
Czechs Conquer Cincinnati
At the Western & Southern Open, Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka prevailed over a loaded field that included the Top 3 teams in the Race to the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012. Though they netted a couple of International-level titles earlier this year, their 2012 season had been highlighted by two runner-up finishes - at Wimbledon and the Olympics.
However, in Cincinnati the Czechs survived three match tie-breaks en route to the final - where they had their most lopsided scoreline of the week, 61 63, over Katarina Srebotnik and Zheng Jie for their 18th win in their past 21 matches. It was their ninth title as a duo - Hlavackova's 11th WTA doubles title and Hradecka's 14th.
- Agnieszka Radwanska tied her career-high she first established in early July by moving up a spot to No.2.
- After a runner-up showing in Cincinnati, Angelique Kerber climbed one spot to a new career-high of No.6.
- Kaia Kanepi went up a spot to a career-high No.15.
- Lucie Safarova went up two spots to a career-high No.17.
- Klara Zakopalova ascended four spots to No.27 to match her career-high that she first set in March 2006.
- Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka each rose to career-highs on the doubles rankings after capturing Cincinnati together. Hlavackova moved up to No.6 and Hradecka to No.5. Interestingly enough, Hlavackova also jumped from No.97 to a career-high No.81 on the singles rankings.
Emirates Airline US Open Series Update
Li Na surged to the top of the Emirates Airline US Open Series standings with her triumph in Cincinnati. She is followed by Montréal champ Petra Kvitova in second place, Stanford champ Serena Williams in third place, and Cincinnati runner-up Angelique Kerber and Carlsbad champ Dominika Cibulkova in a tie for fourth. This week's event in New Haven is the last in the series, with Kvitova and Cibulkova among those in the field. The Top 3 finishers will get bonus payouts at the US Open, with the leader getting a $1 million bonus if they win the US Open.
1. Li Na: 170 points
2. Petra Kvitova: 145 points
3. Serena Williams: 95 points
T4. Angelique Kerber: 85 points
T4. Dominika Cibulkova: 85 points