WTA Odds N' Ends: Movers & Shakers
Published September 09, 2013 12:00
- Williams' 17th Grand Slam title put her one short of a tie for second place in the Open Era:
1. Steffi Graf: 22
2t. Chris Evert: 18
2t. Martina Navratilova: 18
4. Serena Williams: 17
5. Margaret Court: 11
Other Stats From The Fortnight
- With 31-year-olds Li Na, Flavia Pennetta and Serena Williams all part of the final four, this was only the second Grand Slam in the Open Era in which three of the semifinalists were 30 or older, the other instance being at Wimbledon in 1994. Also, with Daniela Hantuchova and Roberta Vinci joining them in the quarterfinals, this was the first Grand Slam in the Open Era with five players 30 and older to have reached that round.
- Pennetta was the fourth unseeded US Open semifinalist since it became a 32-seed tournament in 2001. The first three were Kim Clijsters and Yanina Wickmayer in 2009 and Angelique Kerber in 2011.
- With Pennetta a semifinalist, this was just the sixth time in the Open Era in which an Italian made a Grand Slam semifinal. Also, with Roberta Vinci joining her in the quarterfinals, it was just the second time two Italians made the quarters of a Grand Slam.
Czechs Capture Doubles
- Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka had a dream tournament that included a semifinal defeat of the Williams sisters and a victory over Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the final for their second Grand Slam title and 11th WTA title. That also made them the first all-Czech duo to win the US Open. The triumph over the Williamses was just the second time the sisters had been beaten beyond the quarterfinal round at a Grand Slam.
And to make the fortnight even sweeter, Hlavackova also secured the mixed doubles title alongside Max Mirnyi. That made her the first player to win both the women's and mixed doubles titles at the same Grand Slam since Cara Black at the 2008 US Open and the eighth player to do so at the US Open in the Open Era:
1970: Margaret Court
1977: Betty Stove
1981: Anne Smith
1987: Martina Navratilova
1993: Helena Sukova
2001: Rennae Stubbs
2008: Cara Black
2013: Andrea Hlavackova
- Jelena Jankovic rose two spots to No.10, returning to the Top 10 for the first time since June 2011.
- Sloane Stephens climbed three spots to a career-high No.13, putting her within three spots of becoming the first new American Top 10 player since Serena Williams in 1999.
- US Open quarterfinalist Carla Suárez Navarro ascended five spots to a career-high No.15.
- US Open quarterfinalist Daniela Hantuchova soared 18 spots to No.30 in returning to the Top 30 for the first time since July 2012.
- US Open semifinalist Flavia Pennetta skyrocketed 52 spots to No.31. However, fellow Italian Camila Giorgi was the Top 100's biggest climber in going from No.136 to No.79.
- Bethanie Mattek-Sands went up seven spots to No.46 in returning to the Top 50 for the first time since September 2011.
- Karin Knapp rose six spots to No.49, returning to the Top 50 for the first time since July 2008.
- Kurumi Nara soared 29 spots to No.78 in making her Top 100 debut.
- Julia Glushko went up 29 spots to No.99 in making her Top 100 debut.