WTA Odds N' Ends... Praise For Petra
Published August 27, 2012 11:47
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Kvitova Conquers New Haven
Petra Kvitova accomplished quite a few feats in taking the title at the New Haven Open at Yale:
- She rallied from 5-2 down in the second set and saved a set point in both sets of her 76(9) 75 triumph in the final against Maria Kirilenko.
- She did not lose a set en route to the title.
- She improved her record in finals to 9-2.
- In winning Montréal, getting to the semifinals of Cincinnati and winning New Haven, she has been victorious in 12 of her last 13 matches.
- She clinched the Emirates Airline US Open Series, in which the Top 3 finishers get bonus payouts at the US Open, with the leader collecting a $1 million bonus if they win it:
1. Petra Kvitova: 190 points
2. Li Na: 170 points
3. Dominika Cibulkova: 100 points
Roberta Vinci won the second edition of the Texas Tennis Open by beating Jelena Jankovic in Friday's final for her first title of the year. Among the Italian's accomplishments in Dallas:
- She did not lose a set all week, which was also accomplished last year by Dallas' inaugural champion - Sabine Lisicki.
- She improved her record in finals to 7-1.
- She had her second double bagel in three weeks and the third of her career:
'07 Toronto 1r vs. Llagostera Vives
'12 Montréal 2r vs. Ivanovic
'12 Dallas SF vs. Jovanovski
Liezel & Lisa End Title Drought
After capturing four titles the first few months of the year, Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond had their version of a drought in failing to return to the winner's circle the next five months. That drought finally ended with a defeat of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the New Haven final. It was the Americans' ninth title as a duo - No.53 overall for Huber and No.79 for Raymond, who is now one short of having the fifth-most doubles titles in the Open Era:
1. Martina Navratilova: 177
2. Rosie Casals: 112
3. Pam Shriver: 106
4. Billie Jean King: 101
5. Natasha Zvereva: 80
In other doubles news, Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson teamed up for the second time in Dallas and for the second time were triumphant. Having previously taken the title in Stanford earlier this summer, the duo improved their match record to 8-0. Erakovic now has seven WTA doubles titles to her name, while Watson has two.
- New Haven runner-up Maria Kirilenko moved up two spots from her previous career-high of No.14 to a new career-high of No.12.
- Varvara Lepchenko ascended three spots to a career-high No.32.
- The WTA's highest-ranked teen, 19-year-old Sloane Stephens, went up two spots to a career-high No.44.
- New Haven quarterfinalist Olga Govortsova jumped 15 spots to No.67, her highest ranking since October 2010.
- Dallas semifinalist Casey Dellacqua went from No.106 to No.92, her highest ranking since March 2009.