WTA Diary: Books, B'days & Bouncing Back
Published February 25, 2014 12:12
Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers, even a few tweets... catch up on it all in this week's WTA Diary.
Venus Back On Top
Everything came together for Venus Williams last week in Dubai, where she cruised to the 45th title of her brilliant career without dropping a set. Victory ended a 17-month trophyless spell for the American and sent her skyrocketing up the Road To Singapore standings.
Been There, Done That
Dubai was Venus' first Premier title since 2010, but despite this barren spell she's not one for dwelling on past glories.
"Winning all those Grand Slam titles, playing deep and getting to the final so many times, those are amazing accomplishments," Williams said after her Dubai triumph. "It takes a lot of nerve and mental prowess. I'd like to think I'm on that path. But I'm not looking to do anything I did in the past, because I already did that. I'm looking to improve and be a better, smarter Venus. This week is obviously a step - every week for me is a step."
Kurumi Nara continued her upward career trajectory, upsetting top seed Klara Zakopalova in Rio to pick up her maiden WTA title, while on the ITF Circuit Jovana Jaksic won an early contender for 2014's most dramatic match, saving 14 match points against Tamira Paszek in the final of the $25,000 event in the wonderfully named city of Surprise, Arizona.
I saved 14 match points and won my 14th title! Thanks everyone in Phoenix for this amazing week @itfprocircuit #happy
Hanging With The Stars
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It's a bumper week for birthdays, with Li, Eugenie Bouchard, Jelena Jankovic, Flavia Pennetta and Klara Zakopalova celebrating. Find out everything else happening over the next seven days here.