WTA Odds N' Ends... Middle Eastern Swing
Published February 25, 2013 10:18
The WTA's 2013 Middle Eastern swing is in the books, with Victoria Azarenka victorious in Doha and Petra Kvitova in Dubai. Here are some notable stats about the events, which both launched in 2001:
- The only players to win both tournaments in the same year are Martina Hingis  and Justine Henin .
- The lowest-ranked player to win either title were ranked No.11 at the time - Anastasia Myskina at Doha in 2003 and Elena Dementieva at Dubai in 2008.
- Jelena Jankovic and Svetlana Kuznetsova have the most combined semifinal appearances in Doha and Dubai with seven each.
- Justine Henin and Svetlana Kuznetsova have the most combined finals appearances in Doha and Dubai with five each.
- Justine Henin has the most combined titles in Doha and Dubai with five (one in Doha, four in Dubai).
Svetlana Kuznetsova leads a list of six players with at least 20 wins in Doha and Dubai:
1. Svetlana Kuznetsova: 33 wins
2. Jelena Jankovic: 24 wins
3. Justine Henin: 23 wins
4. Daniela Hantuchova: 22 wins
5t. Agnieszka Radwanska: 20 wins
5t. Caroline Wozniacki: 20 wins
Justine Henin leads a list of four players with at least an 80% winning percentage in Doha and Dubai:
1. Justine Henin: 23-2, .920
2. Maria Sharapova: 15-2, .882
3. Lindsay Davenport: 6-1, .857
4. Victoria Azarenka: 15-3, .833
Jankovic Conquers Bogotá
Almost exactly three years after her most recent title at Indian Wells in March 2010, Jelena Jankovic collected her 13th WTA title at the Copa Claro Colsanitas. In the process, she improved to 13-16 in WTA finals, snapped a five-match losing streak in WTA finals.
Jankovic's victim in the final, Paula Ormaechea, has enjoyed her best success in Bogotá. Her previous best showing at a WTA event was a quarterfinal appearance there last year.
Also in Bogotá, Teliana Pereira become the first Brazilian to reach the semifinals of a WTA event since Luciana Corsato at Sao Paolo in 1990.
Erakovic Masters Memphis
A year after being runner-up in Memphis, Marina Erakovic downed Sabine Lisicki there for her first WTA title. She is the first player from New Zealand to win a WTA title since Belinda Cordwell captured Kallang in 1989. She is also the first player this year to save match point en route to a WTA title, as she saved one in her first round victory over Annika Beck.
- Venus Williams moved up a spot to No.20, returning to the Top 20 for the first time since May 2011.
- Memphis semifinalist Stefanie Voegele had the greatest ascension within the Top 100 in going from No.89 to No.71.