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WTA Odds N' Ends... Maria's Clay Prowess

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Published April 29, 2013 05:57

WTA Odds N' Ends... Maria's Clay Prowess
Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova has come a long way from the player who didn't win a clay court title her first six years on tour. Her latest triumph in Stuttgart was her seventh title on the dirt since 2008 and fifth in the last two years. She also now has 29 WTA titles overall.

Here is where Sharapova stands among active players with the most WTA clay court titles:
1. Anabel Medina Garrigues: 10
2. Venus Williams: 9
3t. Flavia Pennetta: 7
3t. Maria Sharapova: 7
5t. Sara Errani: 6
5t. Serena Williams: 6

Sharapova is first in winning percentage on clay among active players:
1. Maria Sharapova: .811 (86-20)
2. Serena Williams: .782 (111-31)
3. Venus Williams: .772 (146-43)
4. Li Na: .719 (69-27)
5. Svetlana Kuznetsova: .706 (113-47)

Sharapova is in the midst of a 16-match clay court winning streak, putting her in third place for longest such streaks among active players:
1. Venus Williams: 19 (2004)
2. Serena Williams: 17 (2012)
3t. Sara Errani: 16 (2012)
3t. Maria Sharapova: 16 (2012-13)
3t. Serena Williams: 16 (2002-03)

Sharapova became the first player to successfully defend the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix title since Lindsay Davenport did so in 2005. It was also the fifth successful title defense of her career:
2012-2013: Stuttgart
2011-2012: Rome
2006-2007: San Diego
2004-2005: Birmingham
2003-2004: Tokyo [Japan Open]

Schiavone Masters Marrakech
Francesca Schiavone beat fellow 32-year-old Lourdes Domínguez Lino in Marrakech in a final featuring the greatest combined age of WTA finalists since Osaka in October 2010, when 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm and 33-year-old Tamarine Tanasugarn played the oldest-known final in WTA history.

Schiavone became the second player after Gisela Dulko in 2008 to win this tournament without surrendering a set. It was her sixth WTA title, five of which have come on clay - Bad Gastein in 2007, Barcelona and Roland Garros in 2010, Strasbourg in 2012 and Marrakech in 2013. 

The Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem now has 13 different champions in its 13 years of existence, with Italians leading the way with three of those titles - Rita Grande in 2003, Alberta Brianti in 2011 and Schiavone in 2013.

Ranking News

- Marrakech champion Francesca Schiavone ascended 11 spots to No.37
- Marrakech runner-up Lourdes Domínguez Lino jumped 12 spots to No.47
- Stuttgart semifinalist Bethanie Mattek-Sands had the Top 100's greatest jump in going from No.104 to No.72, re-entering the Top 100 exactly a year after she last resided there. There are now 12 Americans in the Top 100, the most since June 2007:
No.1 Serena Williams
No.17 Sloane Stephens
No.21 Venus Williams
No.27 Varvara Lepchenko
No.55 Christina McHale
No.63 Madison Keys
No.67 Lauren Davis
No.72 Bethanie Mattek-Sands
No.73 Jamie Hampton
No.85 Mallory Burdette
No.96 Melanie Oudin
No.97 Coco Vandeweghe
- Sara Errani went up one spot on the doubles rankings to return to World No.1 alongside doubles partner and fellow World No.1 Roberta Vinci.

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