WTA Odds N' Ends: Cibulkova Crowned
Published July 29, 2013 12:00
Just over a year after Dominika Cibulkova captured her second WTA title in Carlsbad, she picked up her third in Stanford on Sunday.
- After a relatively smooth path to the final, Cibulkova was pushed big time against Agnieszka Radwanska, rallying from a 63 32 deficit and again from a 4-2, 40-15 deficit in the third set before eventually pulling out a 36 64 64 victory.
- Cibulkova had been 0-4 against Radwanska, including a 60 60 loss in their most recent encounter in the Sydney final in January.
- Cibulkova became the first Slovakian champion in Stanford's history, which dates back to 1971.
- Cibulkova surpassed the $4 million mark in career prize money.
- Cibulkova moved into first place in the 2013 Emirates Airline US Open Series standings after the first event of the series:
Svitolina Secures Maiden Title
A week after reaching her first WTA semifinal in Bad Gastein, Elina Svitolina did two matches better in netting her first WTA title in Baku with a defeat of Shahar Peer in Sunday's final.
- The 18-year-old Svitolina is the first teen to win a WTA title since Timea Babos was triumphant in Monterrey in February 2012.
- Svitolina is the first WTA titlist from the Ukraine since Alona Bondarenko at Hobart in January 2010.
Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears collected their first WTA title of the season and seventh of their partnership in Stanford by beating Julia Goerges and Darija Jurak in the final. They also recorded their 100th WTA match win as a duo in the semifinals. Kops-Jones now has nine WTA doubles titles, and Spears has 11.
Meanwhile, in Baku, Irina Buryachok and and Oksana Kalashnikova captured their first WTA doubles title together in their first WTA outing. They were also victorious in their lone ITF Women's Circuit outing in 2008. Baku was Buryachok's second WTA doubles title, with her first having come in Baku in 2012 alongside Valeria Solovieva. This was Kalashnikova's first WTA doubles title.
- Madison Keys went up four spots to No.40 in making her Top 40 debut.
- Baku champ Elina Svitolina soared 22 spots to No.49 in making her Top 50 debut and becoming Ukrainian No.1. She also is now one of four teens in the Top 50:
- The only Brazilian in the Top 250, Teliana Pereira, went up four spots to No.100 in making her Top 100 debut.