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Bojana Jovanovski had not been beyond a final four prior to last week at the Baku Cup, where she became the first Serb titlist in 2012 and the eighth first-time titlist this season:
Mona Barthel: Hobart
Angelique Kerber: Paris [Indoors]
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino: Bogotá
Timea Babos: Monterrey
Hsieh Su-Wei: Kuala Lumpur
Kiki Bertens: Fès
Melanie Oudin: Birmingham
Bojana Jovanovski: Baku
There have been quite a few three-hour-plus matches lately. In fact, three of the five longest main draw matches of the year have occurred in July:
1. Cadantu d. Cornet; 2r Palermo; 3 hours, 17 minutes
2. Jovanovski d. Krunic; QF Baku; 3 hours, 16 minutes
3t. Zvonareva d. Duglheru; 1r Australian Open; 3 hours, 15 minutes
3t. Zahlavova Strycova d. Cohen; 2r Palermo; 3 hours, 15 minutes
5. Hantuchova d. Kirilenko; Final Pattaya City; 3 hours, 14 minutes
- After reaching her first WTA final in just her third WTA main draw event at Baku, Julia Cohen skyrocketed from No.134 to No.97 and make her Top 100 debut. That also gave the United States nine players in the Top 100, just two short of Russia for most of any country:
No.4 Serena Williams
No.26 Christina McHale
No.40 Varvara Lepchenko
No.50 Sloane Stephens
No.55 Vania King
No.72 Venus Williams
No.73 Coco Vandeweghe
No.85 Jamie Hampton
No.97 Julia Cohen
- After a runner-up showing at an ITF Women's Circuit event in Olomouc, Czech Republic, Alexandra Cadantu rose five spots for the second straight week in establishing a new career-high of No.65.
- After taking the title in Baku, Bojana Jovanovski rose from No.98 to No.67 - her highest ranking since last December.
- Mandy Minella ascended six spots to a career-high No.76 after a quarterfinal appearance in Baku.
- Nina Bratchikova climbed from No.101 to a career-high No.87 after making the quarterfinals in Baku.
Ukrainian-Russian duo Irina Buryachok and Valeria Solovieva did not drop a set at the Baku Cup for the first WTA doubles titles of each of their respective careers. They were pairing up for the first time, making them the eighth team this year to be victorious in their initial outing:
Mirza/An.Rodionova: Pattaya City