WTA Odds N' Ends: Simona Sizzling
Published June 24, 2013 12:00
Simona Halep's superb form continued in 's-Hertogenbosch last week, as a week after she won her first WTA title in Nürnberg, she secured her second WTA title and first on grass with a defeat of Kirsten Flipkens in Saturday's final. Among her noteworthy stats of late:
- Dating back to qualifying in Rome, where she reached her first Premier-level semifinal, she has won 16 of her last 18 matches - including 10 straight.
- She recorded three Top 20 wins in 's-Hertogenbosch and has won six of her last seven matches against Top 20 opponents.
- She is the fifth Romanian to win multiple WTA titles after 11-time winner Virginia Ruzici, four-time winner Ruxanda Dragomir-Ilie, four-time winner Irina Spirlea and two-time winner Alexandra Dulgheru.
- She became 's-Hertogenbosch's second Romanian winner after Dragomir-Ilie in 1997.
- She became the fifth player to capture WTA titles on multiple surfaces so far this season:
Simona Halep: clay, grass
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: clay, hard
Maria Sharapova: clay, hard
Elena Vesnina: grass, hard
Serena Williams: clay, grass hard
Vesnina Victorious In Eastbourne
Elena Vesnina picked up her second WTA title, both of which have come this year, at the Aegon International with a victory over Jamie Hampton in Saturday's final. Among her feats in Eastbourne:
- She collected her fifth Top 10 win over No.6 Li Na in the quarterfinals.
- She became the third Russian to win Eastbourne after Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2004 and Ekaterina Makarova in 2010.
- Eastbourne was the seventh WTA title won by a Russian so far this season, more than any other country. Here are the Russian winners:
Maria Kirilenko: Pattaya City
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: Monterrey, Oeiras
Maria Sharapova: Indian Wells, Stuttgart
Elena Vesnina: Hobart, Eastbourne
Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik netted their fourth WTA title as a pairing and third this year in Eastbourne, in the process tying Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci for most by a duo in 2013. Petrova now has 24 WTA doubles titles to her name, while Srebotnik has 33 - fourth-most among active players.
At the Topshelf Open, Irina-Camelia Begu and Anabel Medina Garrigues were victorious in match tie-breaks in all four of their matches. In the last of those, Friday's final against Dominika Cibulkova and Arantxa Parra Santonja, they overcame a match point in the match tie-break. The last time a title-winning duo was extended to match tie-breaks in each of their matches was at Acapulco in 2011 when Mariya Koryttseva and Raluca Olaru did so.
's-Hertogenbosch was Begu's second WTA doubles title and Medina Garrigues' 20th - two of which have come in 's-Hertogenbosch. The Spaniard joined a list of 11 active players with at least 20 WTA doubles titles:
1. Lisa Raymond: 79
2. Cara Black: 55
3. Liezel Huber: 53
4. Katarina Srebotnik: 33
5t. Janette Husarova: 25
5t. Kveta Peschke: 25
7. Nadia Petrova: 24
8. Samantha Stosur: 23
9. Serena Williams: 22
10. Venus Williams: 21
11. Anabel Medina Garrigues: 20
- Eastbourne champion Elena Vesnina jumped 14 spots to No.22, matching her career-high.
- Eastbourne runner-up Jamie Hampton was the Top 100's biggest climber in going from No.41 to No.25. In so doing, she made her Top 40 and Top 30 debuts two weeks after making her Top 50 debut.
- 's-Hertogenbosch champ Simona Halep ascended 13 spots to a career-high No.32.
- 's-Hertogenbosch semifinalist Garbiñe Muguruza went up 11 spots to a career-high No.59.