WTA Odds N' Ends: Cornet Crowned
Published May 26, 2013 12:00
A year after coming one match short of the title at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, Alizé Cornet delighted the French fans by securing her sixth WTA title there with a triumph over Lucie Hradecka in the final. Here are some more of her noteworthy feats:
- Strasbourg was Cornet's sixth WTA final - all of them coming on clay. She has been victorious in three of those finals, the previous titles coming in Budapest in 2008 and Bad Gastein in 2012.
- After not making a WTA final for all of 2009, 2010 and 2011, Cornet has now made three of them in the last year - winning two.
- Cornet was Strasbourg's second French champion in its 27-year history, the first being Aravane Rezai in 2009.
Kanepi Conquers Brussels
Kaia Kanepi captured her fourth WTA title and third since the start of 2012 at the Brussels Open. Her memorable week included rallying from a 5-3 third set deficit in her quarterfinal defeat of Varvara Lepchenko and having to win two matches on both Friday and Saturday because of rain playing havoc with the schedule.
Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke did not surrender a set en route to the Brussels Open doubles title. It was their second WTA title as a duo, the previous one coming in Linz last October. It was Groenefeld's 13th WTA doubles title as an individual and Peschke's 25th. That moved the Czech into a tie for fifth place for most WTA doubles titles among active players:
1. Lisa Raymond: 79
2. Cara Black: 55
3. Liezel Huber: 53
4. Katarina Srebotnik: 32
5t. Janette Husarova: 25
5t. Kveta Peschke: 25
Meanwhile in Strasbourg, Kimiko Date-Krumm and Chanelle Scheepers saved one match point in the quarters and two in the final en route to the title in their first WTA event together. It was Scheepers' first WTA doubles title and Date-Krumm's sixth, all of those coming with different partners and three of them coming this year. That put her into a tie with four other players for most WTA doubles titles in 2013:
Timea Babos: 3
Kimiko Date-Krumm: 3
Sara Errani: 3
Kristina Mladenovic: 3
Roberta Vinci: 3
It was also Date-Krumm's fifth WTA doubles title since turning 40:
2011 Osaka with Zhang
2012 Copenhagen with Fujiwara
2013 Pattaya City with Dellacqua
2013 Monterrey with Babos
2013 Strasbourg with Scheepers
- Brussels semifinalist Romina Oprandi moved up nine spots to No.36 in making her Top 40 debut.
- Brussels semifinalist Jamie Hampton ascended 14 spots to a career-high No.54.
- Strasbourg semifinalist Eugenie Bouchard jumped 16 spots to a career-high No.77 and surpassed Aleksandra Wozniak as Canada's top-ranked player.
- Strasbourg runner-up Lucie Hradecka was the Top 100's biggest climber in going from No.112 to No.87.