WTA Odds N' Ends... Petrova's Tokyo Triumph
Published October 01, 2012 08:09
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Nadia Nets Tokyo Title
Nadia Petrova picked up her 12th and biggest WTA title to date at the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Saturday, overcoming a world class field in the process. Her accomplishments in Tokyo were plentiful.
- For the first time, she recorded three Top 10 wins at the same event: over World No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska in the final, No.7 Sara Errani in the quarterfinals and No.9 Samantha Stosur in the semifinals.
- She was extended to three sets three times during the tournament, coming the closest to defeat during her 36 75 63 victory over Errani in which she was a point from going down, 63 51.
- She rose four spots to No.14 in the world, her highest ranking since July 2010, and in the process became the second-highest-ranked Russian behind World No.2 Maria Sharapova.
Kops-Jones & Spears Keep Rolling
Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears secured the Tokyo doubles title without dropping a set.
- It was their second straight title, having won Seoul the week before. They are now 16-3 in their past 19 matches.
- It was their fifth title as a duo and their second at the Premier level, having also won Carlsbad earlier this year. It was Kops-Jones' seventh WTA doubles title and Spears' ninth.
- Kops-Jones moved up to a career-high No.16 on the doubles rankings and Spears to a career-high No.17.
- They pulled to within striking distance of Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova for the fourth and final spot in the draw remaining at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012. Both teams are in the field this week in Beijing and are the only pairings with a chance to qualify for Istanbul's last berth.
- Ekaterina Makarova made her Top 20 debut in ascending two spots to a career-high No.20.
- Tamira Paszek climbed five spots to a career-high No.27, her Top 30 debut.
- Lauren Davis jumped 11 spots to a career-high No.91, her Top 100 debut. The USA is now tied with Russia for the most players in the Top 100 with 10. One of four teens in the Top 100, Davis is the second-youngest player in that ranking class:
No.60 Laura Robson: 18 years, 8 months
No.91 Lauren Davis: 18 years, 11 months
No.96 Kristina Mladenovic: 19 years, 4 months
No.59 Timea Babos: 19 years, 4 months
No.37 Sloane Stephens: 19 years, 6 months
WTA Championships Update
With four of the singles berths at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012 already booked by Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska, only four spots remain. These seven players are the only ones with a mathematical chance at securing one of them: Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani, Li Na, Samantha Stosur, Marion Bartoli and Caroline Wozniacki.