WTA Odds N' Ends: Serena Sizzles
Published August 12, 2013 12:00
Serena Williams is having arguably the best season of her career, the latest evidence of that being securing the title in Toronto without dropping a set. Most noteworthy was that it was her 54th WTA title, breaking a tie with Monica Seles for ninth most of the Open Era:
1. Martina Navratilova: 167
2. Chris Evert: 154
3. Steffi Graf: 107
4. Margaret Court: 92
5. Evonne Goolagong Cawley: 68
6. Billie Jean King: 67
7t. Virginia Wade: 55
7t. Lindsay Davenport: 55
9. Serena Williams: 54
10. Monica Seles: 53
- Williams' rout of Sorana Cirstea was tied for the third most lopsided win in a final in her career:
1t. '12 Charleston: d. Safarova 60 61
1t. '12 Olympics: d. Sharapova 60 61
3t. '00 Hannover: d. Chladkova 61 61
3t. '04 Miami: d. Dementieva 61 61
3t. '13 Toronto: d. Cirstea 62 60
- Williams moved into second place in the Emirates Airline US Open Series standings:
1. Agnieszka Radwanska: 105 points
2. Serena Williams: 100 points
3t. Dominika Cibulkova: 95 points
3t. Sorana Cirstea: 95 points
5. Samantha Stosur: 85 points
- Williams has played more pre-US Open matches than in any other season in her career, a total she will add to this week in Cincinnati:
1. 2013: 59 (56-3)
2. 2012: 50 (46-4)
3. 2009: 48 (38-10)
4t. 2002: 42 (38-4)
4t. 2008: 42 (36-6)
- This was Williams' third time winning the Rogers Cup, tied with Martina Navratilova for third most in tournament history. Chris Evert and Monica Seles share the record with four titles each.
- Williams tied her personal-best for most WTA titles won in a season with eight, having also won that many in 2002. This is also the most WTA titles a player has won in a season since Justine Henin won 10 in 2007.
- Williams passed $5 million in prize money for a season for the third time, having also done so in 2009 and 2012.
Peerless In Suzhou
A couple of weeks after reaching her first WTA final in two years, five-time WTA champion Shahar Peer picked up her first WTA 125K Series title at the CAOXIJIU Suzhou Ladies Open. Her week included a 61 63 defeat of No.1 seed Timea Babos in the semifinals and a 62 26 63 triumph over Zheng Saisai in the final for her ninth win in her last 10 matches.
Jelena Jankovic and Katarina Srebotnik secured their first WTA doubles title together in their second outing in Toronto. And while it was just the second WTA doubles title for Jankovic, Srebotnik now has 34. Here is where she stands among the active players with the most WTA doubles titles:
On top of that, Srebotnik moved into a tie with Kristina Mladenovic for most WTA doubles titles so far this season with four.
- Toronto quarterfinalist Magdalena Rybarikova climbed nine spots to a career-high No.33.
- Ranked as low as No.179 last month, Suzhou champion Shahar Peer jumped 30 spots to No.83.
- Sharon Fichman ascended eight spots to No.96 in making her Top 100 debut.
- Elena Vesnina went up a spot to No.5 in making her doubles Top 5 debut.