WTA Odds N' Ends... Pavlyuchenkova Rules

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Published May 05, 2013 11:59

WTA Odds N' Ends... Pavlyuchenkova Rules
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova withstood some major challenges en route to her fifth WTA title in Oeiras. Quarterfinal foe Elena Vesnina served for the match at 6-5 in the third set before Pavlyuchenkova was eventually victorious in a tie-break. And in the semifinals against Romina Oprandi, Pavlyuchenkova lost the first set 6-0 before turning the match around and making her first WTA clay court final. She had lost in each of the six previous instances in which she lost the first set 6-0.

- With her 75 62 defeat of Carla Suárez Navarro in the final, Pavlyuchenkova improved to 5-2 in WTA finals and 5-0 against Suárez Navarro. The Spaniard fell to 0-5 in WTA finals, all on clay courts, including Oeiras in 2012.

- Pavlyuchenkova became the second Russian to win the Portugal Open after Maria Kirilenko in 2008.

- Pavlyuchenkova became the fifth player with multiple WTA titles in 2013, both of which came after she went under the tutelage of Martina Hingis:
Serena Williams: Brisbane, Miami, Charleston
Agnieszka Radwanska: Auckland, Sydney
Victoria Azarenka: Australian Open, Doha
Maria Sharapova: Indian Wells, Stuttgart
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Monterrey, Oeiras

- Russians have now won twice as many titles in 2013 as players from any other country. Here are the six WTA titles captured by Russians:
Hobart: Elena Vesnina
Pattaya City: Maria Kirilenko
Indian Wells: Maria Sharapova
Monterrey: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Stuttgart: Maria Sharapova
Oeiras: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Ranking News
- Oeiras semifinalist Romina Oprandi climbed seven spots to match her career-high of No.46, first achieved in November 2006. This is also the first week she has been in the Top 50 since that month.
- Oeiras quarterfinalist Monica Puig made the Top 100's biggest jump in going from No.102 to No.88. It was her Top 100 debut and made her the first Puerto Rican in the Top 100 since Kristina Brandi in March 1997.

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