WTA Odds N' Ends... In Charge Of Charleston
Published April 08, 2013 11:59
Though Serena Williams has played the Family Circle Cup sporadically throughout her career, she has had her greatest clay court success there, with three of her six clay court titles coming in Charleston - the latest of which she collected Sunday with a three set victory over Jelena Jankovic.
- Her straight set defeat of sister Venus in the semifinals was Williams' fifth straight win in the series, which she now leads, 14-10. It was their first meeting on green clay.
- Going back to the beginning of the 2012 clay court season, Williams has now won 22 of her past 23 matches on the dirt, with her lone loss coming in the first round of the 2012 French Open.
- This is the second time that Williams followed up a title in Miami with a title in Charleston, the other instance occurring in 2008.
- Williams has now won 15 straight matches in Charleston to raise her record to 22-3 at the event.
- While Chris Evert's record of eight Family Circle Cup titles appears safe, Williams has the most titles at the tournament since it moved from Hilton Head to Charleston in 2001. Here is where she stands on the overall Family Circle Cup titles list:
1. Chris Evert: 8 titles
2t. Martina Navratilova: 4 titles
2t. Steffi Graf: 4 titles
4. Serena Williams: 3 titles
- Williams is off to a 23-2 start in 2013, one win short of the best start of her career through 25 matches. Here are her best starts:
1. 2003: 24-1
2t. 2008: 23-2
2t. 2011: 23-2
2t. 2012: 23-2
2t. 2013: 23-2
- The triumph allowed Williams to pass Pete Sampras at the top American prize money winner of all-time, man or woman:
1. Serena Williams: $43,304,272
2. Pete Sampras: $43,280,489
3. Andre Agassi: $31,152,975
4. Venus Williams: $28,668,243
5. Lindsay Davenport: $22,166,338
Pavlyuchenkova's Monterrey Dominance
Though she was pushed, especially in three set victories over Monica Niculescu in the semifinals and Angelique Kerber in the final, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova emerged with the Monterrey Open title. She is now 15-0 in Monterrey, with three of her four WTA titles having come there - the others occurring in 2010 and 2011.
Pavlyuchenkova's victory gave Russian players a WTA-leading four titles so far this season, breaking a tie with the USA. Here are the Russian winners:
Elena Vesnina in Hobart
Maria Kirilenko in Pattaya City
Maria Sharapova in Indian Wells
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Monterrey
- Monterrey champion Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova rose six spots to No.20, making this her first week in the Top 20 since last September. Russia's four players in the Top 20 is more than any other country:
No.2 Maria Sharapova
No.11 Nadia Petrova
No.12 Maria Kirilenko
No.20 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
- After making the quarterfinals in Charleston, Canadian 19-year-old Eugenie Bouchard jumped 19 spots to No.95 in making her Top 100 debut. She was the Top 100's biggest climber followed by Americans Madison Keys and Mallory Burdette. Keys went up 15 spots to a career-high No.62 and Burdette ascended 10 spots to a career-high No.89.