The WTA's short grass court season is in full swing, with one event in the books, two going on this week and Wimbledon kicking off next week. Thus, it's an opportune time to showcase the active leaders in grass court statistics, and it's no surprise who leads the way.
Active Players With Best Grass Court Win Percentage:
1. Serena Williams: .884 (76-10)
2. Venus Williams: .835 (76-15)
3. Maria Sharapova: .826 (71-15)
4. Sabine Lisicki: .724 (21-8)
5. Victoria Azarenka: .721 (31-12)
In so doing, Halep became the eighth Romanian WTA titlist after Virginia Ruzici, Irina Spirlea, Ruxandra Dragomir Ilie, Sorana Cirstea, Alexandra Dulgheru, Irina-Camelia Begu and Monica Niculescu. She also joined Niculescu as one of five first-time WTA titlists this year:
Elena Vesnina: Hobart
Marina Erakovic: Memphis
Karolina Pliskova: Kuala Lumpur
Monica Niculescu: Florianopolis
Simona Halep: Nürnberg
Hantuchova Nets Birmingham Title
Appearing in her third WTA grass court final, Daniela Hantuchova picked up her first title on the surface and sixth overall by defeating 16-year-old Donna Vekic in Sunday's final.
It was a tough road to the title, as Hantuchova came back from a set down in the third round, quarterfinals and semifinals. In fact, in the third round against Kristina Mladenovic, the Slovakian was two points from defeat in the second set, and in the quarterfinals against Francesca Schiavone rallied from a 4-1 second set deficit and 3-0 third set deficit.
Birmingham was Hantuchova's first title since turning 30 in April and added her to the list of 30+ players to capture a WTA title this year:
Serena Williams: Brisbane, Miami, Charleston, Madrid, Rome, Roland Garros
Li Na: Shenzhen
Roberta Vinci: Katowice
Francesca Schiavone: Marrakech
Daniela Hantuchova: Birmingham
- The Top 100's youngest player and Croatia's highest-ranked player, 16-year-old Birmingham runner-up Donna Vekic, skyrocketed 25 spots to a career-high No.64.
- Nürnberg runner-up Andrea Petkovic was the Top 100's biggest climber in going from No.103 to No.75, returning to the Top 100 for the first time since last October - the same month she fell to No.192.
- Daniela Hantuchova ascended 12 spots to No.48 in returning to the Top 50 for the first time since January.