WTA Diary: Sunday, September 23, 2012
Published September 23, 2012 10:06
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 this week's WTA Diary.
In Guangzhou this week, Laura Robson continued where she left off at the US Open, defeating three of the Top 50 en route to becoming the first Briton in a WTA final since Jo Durie way back in 1990.
There was to be no fairytale ending for the 18-year-old, though, who, despite saving five match points in the second set and taking a 3-0 lead in the decider, was eventually outfoxed by an inspired Hsieh Su-Wei, 63 57 64.
Tweet Of The Week
While, aside from that pesky Hsieh, Robson was having things all her own on the court, not everything was going to plan in China…
@laurarobson5 (Laura Robson)
20 minute drive to the hotel taking 2 hours. Driver is spitting into the bowl next to him like it's his job. #chinesetraffic
Laura Robson is not the only upwardly mobile teenager at the moment. Donna Vekic may not be a household name just yet, but, judging by recent results, that may not be the case for much longer. Last week in Tashkent, she became the youngest WTA finalist in six years and with Tim Henman's former coach David Felgate guiding the way the future looks bright for the 16-year-old Croatian.
The WTA welcomed back a familiar face in Seoul. After four months on the sidelines with an Achilles injury, Kaia Kanepi came oh so close to a comeback story worthy of Hollywood, making it all the way to the final before running out of gas against Caroline Wozniacki.
Away from the court, the Czech Republic's Iveta Bensova has taken advantage of the post-US Open lull to tie the knot with former ATP Top 10er Jurgen Melzer. Meanwhile, in other WTA-ATP couple news, Karolina Sprem and Marcos Baghdatis, who got hitched earlier this summer, are expecting their first child next month.
Venus Williams will make her Hopman Cup debut next January as part of her preparation for the Australian Open. In what is sure to be the tallest team in the event's 23-year history, 6'1'' Venus will partner 6'9'' John Isner at the newly built Perth Arena.
Maria Sharapova is a busy girl. If she's not honing her game on the practice courts or racking up the wins all over the globe then she's fulfilling the myriad of other demands that come with being one of the world's leading tennis players, like, erm, making sweets.
However, Maria's never too busy to help out a good cause, as she showed in Tokyo when she took time out of her hectic schedule to hit a few balls with some of the children affected by last year's Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.