WTA Odds N' Ends: Simona's Sofia Feats
Published November 04, 2013 12:00
By beating Samantha Stosur for the third straight time in the final of the Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of Champions on Sunday, Simona Halep put an exclamation point on her breakout season. Among her accomplishments in Sofia:
- Halep finished her season second to just Serena Williams for most WTA titles in 2013 and with twice as many titles as the third-place finishers:
1. Serena Williams: 11
2. Simona Halep: 6
3t. Victoria Azarenka: 3
3t. Agnieszka Radwanska: 3
- Halep also became the second Romanian with at least six WTA titles after 11-time WTA titlist Virginia Ruzici.
- With three-set triumphs in the semifinals and final in Sofia, Halep improved to 18-5 in three set matches in 2013.
Italy Crowned In Fed Cup
Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci led Italy to its fourth Fed Cup title with a 4-0 defeat of Russia in the final, thus tying Russia for fifth-most Fed Cup titles in history.
1. USA: 17
2t. Australia: 7
2t. Czech Republic: 7
4. Spain: 5
5t. Italy: 4
5t. Russia: 4
Italy and Russia have really put their stamp on the Fed Cup in recent years, as this was the ninth final in the last 10 years involving at least one of the countries. Also, either Italy or Russia has been victorious in eight of the past 10 years:
2004: Russia d. France
2005: Russia d. France
2006: Italy d. Belgium
2007: Russia d. Italy
2008: Russia d. Spain
2009: Italy d. USA
2010: Italy d. USA
2011: Czech Republic d. Russia
2012: Czech Republic d. Serbia
2013: Italy d. Russia
Zhang has been in especially good form of late, having won 16 of 19 matches dating back to her run to her first WTA title in Guangzhou in September.
- Sofia champion Simona Halep climbed three spots to a career-high No.11 and one spot away from becoming Romania's third Top 10 player in history after former No.7 Irina Spirlea and former No.8 Virginia Ruzici.
- Nanjing winner Zhang Shuai was the Top 100's biggest riser in going from No.62 to No.51 and within one spot of her Top 50 debut.