WTA Odds N' Ends: Aga's Seoul Heroics
Published September 23, 2013 12:00
After kicking off 2013 by securing titles in consecutive weeks at Auckland and Sydney, Agnieszka Radwanska went through a title drought by her standards - going more than eight months without one. However, Radwanska ended that drought with a three set triumph over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final of the KDB Korea Open on Sunday. She also accomplished a few other feats:
- Radwanska moved onto the list of active players with double-digit WTA hardcourt titles:
1. Serena Williams: 34
2. Venus Williams: 26
3. Maria Sharapova: 17
4. Victoria Azarenka: 16
5. Caroline Wozniacki: 15
6. Agnieszka Radwanska: 10
- Radwanska improved to 13-5 in WTA finals.
Zhang Conquers Guangzhou
Zhang Shuai had her best WTA outing at a tournament where she already had some fond memories. Prior to last week, Zhang's best WTA showing had been a semifinal appearance at Guangzhou in 2010, and she also was a doubles titlist there in 2012.
Zhang did not surrender a set en route to becoming Guangzhou's third Chinese champion and first since Yan Zi in 2005.
Asians Victorious In Doubles
Last week's WTA events both had Taiwanese-Chinese duos securing the titles, with Chan Chin-Wei and Xu Yi-Fan triumphant in Seoul and Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai winning Guangzhou.
Paired up for the third time at a WTA event, Chan and Xu captured their first WTA title with an upset of No.1 seeds and defending champions Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears in the final. It was the first WTA title of any kind for both players.
As for Hsieh and Peng, they edged Vania King and Galina Voskoboeva in the final for their WTA-leading fourth title of the season and eighth of their partnership. They also improved to 8-0 in WTA finals. It was Hsieh's 13th WTA doubles title and Peng's 11th. Interestingly enough, this was the third straight year a Taiwanese-Chinese duo was crowned in Guangzhou, with Hsieh and Zheng Saisai having been victorious in 2011 and Tamarine Tanasugarn and Zhang Shuai in 2012.
- Guangzhou champion Zhang Shuai was the Top 100's biggest climber in going from No.112 to No.74, one spot short of her career-high. In spending her first week in the Top 100 since September 2011, the list of Chinese players in the Top 100 grew to four:
No.5 Li Na
No.37 Peng Shuai
No.51 Zheng Jie
No.74 Zhang Shuai
- Guangzhou runner-up Vania King skyrocketed 30 spots to No.94, returning to the Top 100 for the first time since January.