WTA Odds N' Ends: Serena Up To 56 Titles
Published October 07, 2013 12:02
- Williams passed Virginia Wade and Lindsay Davenport for seventh-most WTA titles in 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
7. Serena Williams: 56
8t. Virginia Wade: 55
8t. Lindsay Davenport: 55
- Williams became the 10th player in the Open Era to capture at least 10 WTA titles in a season and the first since Justine Henin won 10 in 2007.
- Williams' 12 WTA finals reached this year is the most since Kim Clijsters made 15 WTA finals in 2003.
- Williams' defeat of Jelena Jankovic in the final was her 73rd match win of the year, the most any player has recorded in a season since 2003.
- Beijing was the fifth WTA title Williams won this year without dropping a set the entire event, having previously done so in Brisbane, Rome, Bastad and Toronto.
- Having also won the inaugural China Open in 2004, Williams' became Beijing's second two-time champion after Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Back-To-Back Titles For Black & Mirza
It was a memorable week for Cara Black and Sania Mirza, as a week after teaming up for the first time and being crowned in Tokyo, the duo did not drop a set en route to the Beijing title. Their semifinal victory was especially memorable, as they upset doubles World No.1s Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
Beijing was Mirza's WTA-leading fifth doubles title of the season and 19th of her career. It was Black's third of the season and 57th of her career, 13th-most of the Open Era:
1. Martina Navratilova: 177
2. Rosie Casals: 112
3. Pam Shriver: 106
4. Billie Jean King: 101
5. Natasha Zvereva: 80
6. Lisa Raymond: 79
7. Jana Novotna: 76
8. Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario: 69
9t. Gigi Fernández: 68
9t. Helena Sukova: 68
11. Larisa Neiland: 66
12. Rennae Stubbs: 60
13. Cara Black: 57
- Beijing runner-up Jelena Jankovic climbed back into the Top 10 at No.8, her highest ranking since May 2011.
- Sloane Stephens inched up one spot to a career-high No.12.
- Hsieh Su-Wei and her doubles partner, Peng Shuai, each improved two spots to new career-highs on the doubles rankings, Hsieh to No.6 and Peng to No.7.