WTA Odds N' Ends: Jovanovski Crowned
Published September 16, 2013 12:00
When Bojana Jovanovski wins WTA titles, she really earns them. En route to her first in Baku in July 2012, she endured a three-hour and 16-minute quarterfinal marathon that was the third-longest WTA main draw match of the year. Then en route to her second last week in Tashkent, she was two points from defeat in her quarterfinal defeat of Galina Voskoboeva and rallied from a 4-2 third set deficit in her win over Olga Govortsova in the final. Jovanovski accomplished several other feats in Tashkent as well:
- Her win in the final was four minutes shy of three hours, making it the WTA's longest final of the year.
- Having missed the main draw cut-off date, she had to come through qualifying, eventually becoming the first qualifier to win a WTA title since Melanie Oudin at Birmingham in June 2012.
- She was the first Serbian champion in Tashkent's 15-year history.
Safarova Breaks Title Drought At Challenge Bell
Lucie Safarova secured her fifth WTA title in Québec City, her first since August 2008. She also added a couple other items to her résumé:
- She became the second Czech to win Québec City after Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in 2011.
- She became the second lefty WTA titlist in 2013 after Petra Kvitova in Dubai.
Timea Babos and Yaroslava Shvedova were victorious in impressive fashion in their first WTA outing together in Tashkent. They did not drop more than three games in a set in any of their four matches as Babos picked up her fifth WTA doubles title and Shvedova her eighth. Four of Babos' WTA titles have come this year, tying her with Kristina Mladenovic and Katarina Srebotnik for the WTA lead.
Québec City's champs were Alla Kudryavtseva and Anastasia Rodionova, who recorded a surprise triumph over No.1 seeds and newly crowned US Open winners Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the final. It was Kudryavtseva and Rodionova's second WTA doubles title as a duo. Kudryavtseva now has five WTA doubles title, and Rodionova has six, two of which have come in Québec City.
- Québec City semifinalist Eugenie Bouchard went up seven spots to No.46 in making her Top 50 debut. There are now five teens in the Top 50:
No.35 Laura Robson
No.40 Elina Svitolina
No.44 Madison Keys
No.46 Eugenie Bouchard
No.48 Monica Puig
- Elina Svitolina inched up one spot to No.40 in making her Top 40 debut.
- Tashkent champ Bojana Jovanovski jumped 17 spots to No.41 in achieving her highest ranking in exactly a year.
- Tashkent runner-up Olga Govortsova was the Top 100's biggest climber in going from No.113 to No.84.
- Ajla Tomljanovic ascended 13 spots to No.88 in making her Top 100 debut and in becoming the second highest ranked Croatian after No.79 Donna Vekic.
- Former singles No.1 Jelena Jankovic went up one spot on the doubles rankings to No.20, her doubles Top 20 debut.