WTA Odds N' Ends... Vika Victorious Again
Published January 28, 2013 08:24
- She is the eighth player to have defended an Australian Open title in the Open Era:
Margaret Court in 1970 and 1971
Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1975 and 1976
Steffi Graf in 1989 and 1990
Monica Seles in 1992 and 1993
Martina Hingis in 1998 and 1999
Jennifer Capriati in 2002
Serena Williams in 2010
Victoria Azarenka in 2013
Interestingly enough, with Novak Djokovic also defending his title on the men's side, this is just the third time the men's and women's Australian Open champions defended their titles in the same year:
Steffi Graf and Ivan Lendl in 1990
Monica Seles and Jim Courier in 1993
Victoria Azarenka and Novak Djokovic in 2013
With two Grand Slams to her name, she is the fifth active player with multiple Grand Slams titles:
1. Serena Williams: 15
2. Venus Williams: 7
3. Maria Sharapova: 4
4t. Svetlana Kuznetsova: 2
4t. Victoria Azarenka: 2
- She has now won her last 21 matches in Australia, her last defeat coming against Li in the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open.
- Her triumph, along with Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci's in doubles, was the first time since the 2004 Australian Open that the singles and doubles No.1 seeds were victorious at a major. With the men's No.1 seeds winning both of their events as well, this is just the fifth time that has occurred:
1979 Wimbledon: Navratilova in singles, King & Navratilova in doubles; Borg in singles, McEnroe & Fleming in doubles
1984 Wimbledon: Navratilova in singles, Navratilova & Shriver in doubles; McEnroe in singles, McEnroe & Fleming in doubles
1993 Wimbledon: Graf in singles, Fernández & Zvereva in doubles; Sampras in singles, Woodforde & Woodbridge in doubles
1997 Wimbledon: Hingis in singles, Fernández & Zvereva in doubles; Sampras in singles, Woodforde & Woodbridge in doubles
2013 Australian Open: Azarenka in singles, Errani & Vinci in doubles; Djokovic in singles, Bryan & Bryan in doubles
Another Slam For Roberta & Sara
Already triumphant at the 2012 French Open and US Open, Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci picked up their third doubles major and 14th WTA title as a duo.
- They are the first duo to win consecutive majors since Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova were victorious at Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010.
- They are the first all-Italian team to capture the Australian Open.
- They have now won 12 straight Grand Slam matches and are 25-2 at majors dating back to the 2012 Australian Open.
- In the quarterfinals, they edged Serena and Venus Williams, sending the sisters to just their 10th Grand Slam loss in doubles.
Australian Duo Masters Mixed
Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden beat Frantisek Cermak and Lucie Hradecka for the Australian Open mixed doubles title.
- In so doing, they became the third all-Australian pair to win the Australian Open mixed doubles title after Nicole Provis and Mark Woodforde in 1992 and Samantha Stosur and Scott Draper in 2005.
- Serena Williams went up a spot to No.2 to enter the Top 2 for the first time since October 2010.
- Australian Open runner-up Li Na climbed a spot to No.5 and is now back in the Top 5 for the first time since January 2012.
- Australian Open semifinalist Sloane Stephens ascended eight spots to No.17, making her Top 20 debut and passing Varvara Lepchenko as the second-highest ranked American.
- Kirsten Flipkens went from No.43 to No.32 in making her Top 40 debut.
- Bojana Jovanovski jumped 18 spots to No.38 and made her Top 40 debut.
- Heather Watson went from No.50 to No.40 in making her Top 40 debut. She is the first Brit in the Top 40 since Jo Durie in August 1992.
- Madison Keys skyrocketed 24 spots to No.81 in making her Top 100 debut.
- Kristyna Pliskova soared 20 spots to No.86 in making her Top 100 debut.
- Donna Vekic jumped 18 spots to No.93 to crack the Top 100. She is the youngest player in the Top 100 since Michelle Larcher de Brito in August 2009.
- Jana Cepelova climbed from No.115 to No.97 in making her Top 100 debut. She is one of 10 teens in the Top 100, the most since March 2010. Here are all the teens in this week's Top 100:
No.17 Sloane Stephens
No.43 Laura Robson
No.68 Annika Beck
No.79 Timea Babos
No.81 Madison Keys
No.87 Kristina Mladenovic
No.91 Lauren Davis
No.93 Donna Vekic
No.95 Garbiñe Muguruza
No.97 Jana Cepelova
- On the doubles rankings, Ekaterina Makarova went up a spot to No.10 to make her Top 10 debut.