WTA Odds N' Ends... Petrova's Sofia Success
Published November 05, 2012 08:33
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Nice Finish For Nadia
Nadia Petrova completed her season in glorious fashion at the Qatar Airways Tournament of Champions Sofia, going undefeated in round robin action then winning her semifinal and final matches to secure her third WTA title of 2012.
- She finished the week with 24 straight holds of serve.
- She tied Svetlana Kuznetsova for sixth place on the list of active players with the most WTA titles:
1. Serena Williams: 46
2. Venus Williams: 44
3. Maria Sharapova: 27
4. Caroline Wozniacki: 20
5. Victoria Azarenka: 14
6t. Svetlana Kuznetsova: 13
6t. Nadia Petrova: 13
Wozniacki also had some significant accomplishments.
-She won her 50th WTA main draw match of 2012 in the semifinals, the fifth straight year she has won at least that many - the longest such active streak.
- She finished 2012 with 12 indoor hardcourt match wins, the most on the WTA.
- She went up a spot to No.10 on the new rankings, and will be spending her 174th week in the Top 10 - sixth-most among active players:
1. Venus Williams: 554
2. Serena Williams: 548
3. Maria Sharapova: 323
4. Svetlana Kuznetsova: 284
5. Jelena Jankovic: 226
6. Caroline Wozniacki: 174
Mladenovic Takes Taipei
Kristina Mladenovic was victorious at the first-ever WTA $125 event - the OEC Taipei WTA Ladies Open. She was pushed to three sets in three of her five matches en route to the title, including coming back from 3-0 down in the third set of her semifinal match. It was her biggest title to date, having previously captured four ITF Women's Circuit titles. Her best WTA outing is a semifinal showing at Québec City in September. Consequentially, Mladenovic skyrocketed 22 spots to a career-high No.76 on the rakings.
Mladenovic also took the doubles title in Taipei alongside Chan Hao-Ching. It was their first outing together. Mladenovic also has two WTA doubles titles, each of them coming this year. This was the first doubles title beyond the ITF level for Chan.
- After reaching the final four in Taipei, Misaki Doi climbed seven spots to No.97 and made her Top 100 debut.
- Angelique Kerber finished at No.5, making her the highest-ranked German on the year-end rankings since Steffi Graf was first in 1996.
- Sara Errani finished at No.6, making her the highest-ranked Italian ever on the year-end rankings.
- Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams each finished the season with over $7 million in prize money. No player had ever gone over the $7 million mark prior to this year.