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WTA Odds N' Ends... Maria's Many Feats

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Published March 18, 2013 08:04

WTA Odds N' Ends... Maria's Many Feats
Maria Sharapova

In securing her first WTA title of the year, the 28th of her career and her second in Indian Wells, Maria Sharapova joined all kinds of lists.

- Sharapova has now won at least one WTA title for 11 consecutive seasons. She is one of six players with at least that many:
Navratilova: 21 straight years (1974-1994)
Evert: 18 straight years (1971-1988)
Graf: 14 straight years (1986-1999)
Wade: 11 straight years (1968-1978)
Goolagong: 11 straight years (1970-1980)
Sharapova: 11 straight years (2003-2013)

- Sharapova is the eighth Indian Wells champion not to lose a set en route to the title:
1991: Navratilova
1992: Seles
1994: Graf
1998: Hingis
2004: Henin
2006: Sharapova
2009: Zvonareva
2013: Sharapova

- Indian Wells has now had at least one Russian finalist six of the last eight years:
2006: Sharapova (Champion), Dementieva (R-Up)
2007: Kuznetsova (R-Up)
2008: Kuznetsova (R-Up)
2009: Zvonareva (Champion)
2012: Sharapova (R-Up)
2013: Sharapova (Champion)

Russians Crowned In Doubles
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina were extended to match tie-breaks four times, including in the final against Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik, but emerged with their third WTA title as a duo at the BNP Paribas Open. They are now 18-1 dating back to last September, and since that time have also collected Premier-level titles at Beijing and Moscow.

Makarova now has four WTA doubles titles to her name, while Vesnina has nine - three of which have come at Indian Wells. Those previous titles came with Dinara Safina in 2008 and Sania Mirza in 2011.

- On top of this being the first time Russians swept the singles and doubles titles at Indian Wells, this was the sixth straight year at least one Russian appeared in the Indian Wells doubles final:
2008: Safina & Vesnina (Champions)
2009: Zvonareva (Champion)
2010: Petrova (R-Up)
2011: Vesnina (Champion)
2012: Vesnina (R-Up)
2013: Makarova & Vesnina (Champions)

Ranking News
- Mona Barthel went up five spots to a career-high No.23.
- Kirsten Flipkens climbed three spots to No.28 in making her Top 30 debut and passing Yanina Wickmayer as the top-ranked Belgian.
- Kristina Mladenovic inched up three spots to No.48 in making her Top 50 debut.
- Magdalena Rybarikova ascended six spots to No.49, returning to the Top 50 for the first time since October 2011.
- Garbiñe Muguruza soared 22 spots, the greatest rise in the Top 100, to a career-high No.73.

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