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Sharapova Nets Title No.25
After losing her first three finals of 2012, Maria Sharapova defeated World No.5 Samantha Stosur, No.3 Petra Kvitova (whose 27-match indoor winning streak Sharapova snapped in the semifinals) and No.1 Victoria Azarenka en route to her first triumph of the season in Stuttgart. Here are some accolades the Russian can now add to her résumé...
- She is in fourth place amongst active players with 25 career titles, trailing only Venus Williams with 43, Kim Clijsters with 41 and Serena Williams with 40. She is tied with Amélie Mauresmo at 20th for most titles in the Open Era.
- This is her 10th straight year with a title, sixth-most all-time. Martina Navratilova leads with 21 straight years, then Chris Evert with 18, Steffi Graf with 14 and Evonne Goolagong Cawley and Virginia Wade with 11 each.
- She survived a match point in her quarterfinal win over Samantha Stosur, the first time in her career she saved match point en route to a title. The only other player in 2012 to accomplish this feat is Angelique Kerber in Copenhagen.
Top 4 Makes Final Four
Stuttgart featured the rare occurrence of the Top 4 players in the world reaching the semifinals - No.1 Victoria Azarenka, No.2 Maria Sharapova, No.3 Petra Kvitova and No.4 Agnieszka Radwanska. That has happened three other times this decade, interestingly enough each time at Wimbledon...
2009 Wimbledon: No.1 Dinara Safina, No.2 Serena Williams, No.3 Venus Williams, No.4 Elena Dementieva
2006 Wimbledon: No.1 Amélie Mauresmo, No.2 Kim Clijsters, No.3 Justine Henin, No.4 Maria Sharapova
2003 Wimbledon: No.1 Serena Williams, No.2 Kim Clijsters, No.3 Justine Henin, No.4 Venus Williams
Also, with Sharapova topping Azarenka in the final, this was the second time this year No.1 played No.2, with No.1 Azarenka victorious over No.2 Sharapova in the Indian Wells final.
Bertens By The Numbers
Kiki Bertens emerged from obscurity to stardom in capturing Fès in just her second main draw appearance. In fact, she had not even won a main draw match prior to the event, having lost in the first round of 's-Hertogenbosch in 2011. After taking down fellow first-time finalist Laura Pous-Tio in the final, her accomplishments now include...
- Becoming the first Dutchwoman to win a WTA title since Michaella Krajicek at 's-Hertogenbosch in 2006.
- Becoming the third qualifier to win a WTA title in 2012 after Mona Barthel in Hobart and Hsieh Su-Wei in Kuala Lumpur.
- Becoming the sixth player this year to notch their first career WTA title after Barthel in Hobart, Angelique Kerber in Paris [Indoors]), Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino in Bogotá, Timea Babos in Monterrey and Hsieh in Kuala Lumpur.
- In going from No.149 to No.92 on the new rankings, Bertens not only established a new career-high, but had the week's biggest ascension within the Top 200. With Krajicek at No.67 and Arantxa Rus at No.91, the Netherlands now has three players in the Top 100 for the first time since February 2001.
Iveta Benesova and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova won Stuttgart for their 10th title as a duo. Only seven active teams have more. It was Benesova's 14th doubles title as an individual and Zahlavova Strycova's 16th.
Meanwhile, in their first outing together, Petra Cetkovska and Alexandra Panova were victorious in Fès, overcoming five match points in the final against Irina-Camelia Begu and Alexandra Cadantu. It was Cetkovska's second doubles title as an individual and Panova's third.