WTA Diary: Titles, Tour Guides & Oyster Cards
Published November 14, 2012 03:41
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.
One To Watch
The transition from junior success to senior stardom is never an easy one. But Elina Svitolina, who won the French Open juniors in 2010, looks to be on the right track after her run to the title in Pune last week.
Now 18, Svitolina produced the best weekend's tennis of her fledgling senior career to see off a resurgent Andrea Petkovic in the semis and then the evergreen Kimiko Date-Krumm in the final to walk away with the WTA $125 tournament.
While Svitolina, Date-Krumm and co. have been duking it out for the final few ranking points of 2012, Zhang Yuxuan already has one eye on January; Zhang came through six matches to win the inaugural Asia-Pacific Australian Open Australian Open play-off" href="http://www.wtatennis.com/news/20121113/zhang-wins-wildcard-play-off-in-nanjing_2256076_2979750" target=_self>Wildcard Play-off and book her spot in 2013's first major.
Quote Of The Week
You'd think that after Serena Williams provided unequivocal proof that there is indeed life on the WTA after 30, some of the more ageist members of the media would cut Li Na a bit of slack. Apparently not:
"So even after I played Beijing they were always asking me when I was going to retire," Li said at the recent WTA Championships. "I was like, 'Hey guys, I'm not old. I can still play. I'm feeling healthy and I can still run on the court, even a little bit faster than before.' And I'm also still in the Top 10. I really don't want to stop anytime soon."
Down In The Tube Station…
Tennis fans heading to the Statoil Masters this December will be greeted by Heather Watson smiling, beguiling. The high-flying Brit, who won her first WTA title recently and has been in high demand ever since, will feature on special edition Oyster card wallets distributed in the lead up to the annual event at London's Royal Albert Hall.
Any Londoners need a new Oyster Card holder? #tennis @HeatherWatson92 #Heroesoftomorrow pic.twitter.com/e2ZM8jeo
I will keep you updated on when and where you can get the Oyster Card Holder ! X
Talking of Heather, alongside fellow Brit Laura Robson, she was named by the UK's ever-diplomatic Sunday Times as the UK's young sportswoman of the year.
Unfortunately, Alizé Cornet didn't get the chance to strut her stuff on court at the recent Qatar Airways Tournament Of Champions Sofia, but this did free up a little time to make a whistle-stop tour around the Bulgarian capital.