WTA Odds N' Ends... Victory For Venus
Published October 22, 2012 10:58
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Williams Back In Winner's Circle
After the longest duration between titles of her career, Venus Williams was victorious at the BGL BNP Paribas Luxembourg Open. She had missed a lot of time with injury and illness since her most recent title at Acapulco in February 2010, but showed she still can produce championship form with wins over top seed Roberta Vinci and former World No.9 Andrea Petkovic, as well as a routine defeat of Monica Niculescu in the final.
- In securing her 44th WTA title, Williams broke a tie with Justine Henin and Martina Hingis for 11th-most in the Open Era and got to within one title of sister Serena for most amongst active players:
1. Martina Navratilova: 167
2. Chris Evert: 154
3. Steffi Graf: 107
4. Margaret Court: 92
5. Evonne Goolagong Cawley: 68
6. Billie Jean King: 67
7t. Virginia Wade: 55
7t. Lindsay Davenport: 55
9. Monica Seles: 53
10. Serena Williams: 45
11. Venus Williams: 44
- As a result of her victory, Williams jumped 17 spots to No.24 in the world - her highest ranking since May 2011.
Wozniacki Masters Moscow
A month after capturing her first title in more than a year, Caroline Wozniacki finished her season on a high note with a triumph at the Kremlin Cup. In so doing, she became one of just four active players with at least 20 WTA titles:
1. Serena Williams: 45
2. Venus Williams: 44
3. Maria Sharapova: 27
4. Caroline Wozniacki: 20
The battle for the last spot in the doubles draw at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012 came down to a winner-take-all semifinal match at the Kremlin Cup, with Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova prevailing over Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears. Though they clinched the spot in Istanbul, Kirilenko and Petrova fell the next day in the Moscow final to fellow Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. Makarova and Vesnina went titleless in their first seven WTA events together, but now have won two straight - Beijing and Moscow.
Also headed to Istanbul are Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, who secured their fourth title of the season and ninth of their partnership in Luxembourg. On top of that:
- They recorded their 100th WTA match win as a duo with their semifinal defeat of Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Andrea Petkovic.
- They have now made the final of six straight events, winning two of them.
- They both rose to career-highs on the doubles rankings, Hlavackova to No.3 and Hradecka to No.4.
- By ascending one spot, Angelique Kerber made her Top 5 debut. She is the fifth German to make the Top 5 after former No.1 Steffi Graf, No.4s Claudia Kohde-Kilsch and Anke Huber and No.5 Sylvia Hanika.
- By going up six spots to No.48, Lourdes Domínguez Lino returned to the Top 50 for the first time since September 2011.
- By climbing eight spots to No.95, Spanish 20-year-old María-Teresa Torró-Flor made her Top 100 debut.