WTA Odds N' Ends: Sam's Special Week
Published August 05, 2013 12:00
It was quite a week for Samantha Stosur at the Southern California Open, a tournament she just found out she gained entry to as a wildcard a few days before it started but ended up winning. Among her accomplishments in Carlsbad were:
- It was her fourth WTA title, but just her first since her 2011 US Open triumph. Her last three WTA titles have all come on American soil.
- She recorded two Top 5 wins, over World No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarterfinals and over then-World No.3 Victoria Azarenka in the final.
- Her win over Azarenka was her first in nine tries against the Belarusian.
- She became the first Australian champion in Carlsbad's history, which dates back to 1984.
- She moved into a tie for first place in the Emirates Airline US Open Series standings:
1t. Dominika Cibulkova: 70 points
1t. Samantha Stosur: 70 points
3. Agnieszka Radwanska: 60 points
4. Victoria Azarenka: 45 points
5. Urszula Radwanska: 30 points
Rybarikova Wins Washington DC
Magdalena Rybarikova's fourth WTA title in Washington DC included her second Top 10 win, over World No.9 Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinals, and allowed her to join the list of those who have successfully defended titles so far in 2013:
Victoria Azarenka: Australian Open, Doha
Sara Errani: Acapulco
Serena Williams: Charleston
Maria Sharapova: Stuttgart
Serena Williams: Madrid
Magdalena Rybarikova: Washington DC
A week after securing the seventh WTA title of their partnership, Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears collected their eighth at the Southern California Open. Not only that, but having won Carlsbad last year too, they are the first duo to successfully defend a WTA doubles title in 2013.
And at the Citi Open, Shuko Aoyama and Vera Dushevina were triumphant in their first outing together without dropping a set. It was Aoyama's third WTA doubles title and Dushevina's second. Aoyama also won Washington DC last year with Chang Kai-Chen.
- Dinah Pfizenmaier ascended 10 spots to No.98 in making her Top 100 debut. There are now seven Germans in the Top 100:
No.9 Angelique Kerber
No.18 Sabine Lisicki
No.33 Mona Barthel
No.46 Julia Goerges
No.47 Annika Beck
No.50 Andrea Petkovic
No.98 Dinah Pfizenmaier
- Andrea Petkovic jumped 14 spots to No.50 in returning to the Top 50 for the first time since last September. Since then, her ranking had fallen as low as No.192.
- After making her first WTA semifinal in over four years in Carlsbad, Virginie Razzano was the Top 100's biggest climber in going from No.131 to No.92, and back into the Top 100 for the first time since July 2012.