Kristina Mladenovic's spectacular doubles season continued in Osaka last week. She and Flavia Pennetta did not surrender a set all week in picking up their first WTA title as a duo. It was Mladenovic's fifth WTA doubles title of 2013, tying Sania Mirza for the WTA lead. Also of note:
- It was Pennetta's 15th WTA doubles title but first since the 2011 Australian Open.
- It was Mladenovic's seventh WTA doubles title, each of them coming with different partners. And four of those titles came with first-time partners:
'12 Montréal with Klaudia Jans-Ignacik: 3rd WTA outing
'12 Québec City with Tatjana Maria: 1st WTA outing
'13 Memphis with Galina Voskoboeva: 1st WTA outing
'13 Charleston with Lucie Safarova: 1st WTA outing
'13 Oeiras with Chan Hao-Ching: 1st WTA outing
'13 Palermo with Katarzyna Piter: 3rd WTA outing
'13 Osaka with Flavia Pennetta: 3rd WTA outing
- Mladenovic moved into a tie for sixth place for most WTA doubles match wins in 2013:
1. Katarina Srebotnik: 52
2. Sania Mirza: 43
3t. Sara Errani: 39
3t. Roberta Vinci: 39
5. Cara Black: 38
6t. Anna-Lena Groenefeld: 37
6t. Hsieh Su-Wei: 37
6t. Kristina Mladenovic: 37
6t. Nadia Petrova: 37
Last week's other doubles tournament saw Karolina Pliskova and Kristyna Pliskova capture their first WTA doubles title as a duo and as individuals at the Generali Ladies Linz. They were the ninth pair of sisters to secure a WTA doubles title and the first twins.
Stosur Crowned In Osaka
Samantha Stosur picked up the fifth WTA title of her career at the HP Open. Having also won Carlsbad in August, this is the first time she has won multiple WTA titles in a season.
Stosur also improved to 19-3 in Osaka and became the event's first two-time champion, having also been victorious there in 2009.
Kerber Conquers Linz
It was a memorable week for Angelique Kerber, who two days after clinching a TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul berth for the second straight year, won her third WTA title and first of this season at the Generali Ladies Linz.
Interestingly enough, all three of Kerber's WTA titles have occurred indoors, which bodes well for her chances at the Sinan Erdem Dome in Istanbul next week.
- After reaching her first WTA final in Osaka, Eugenie Bouchard ascended three spots to a new career-high of No.32.
- After making her first WTA semifinal in Osaka, Madison Keys went up three spots to a new career-high of No.36. The 18-year-old is the youngest player in the Top 50 and the second highest-ranked teen behind the 19-year-old Bouchard.
- Kurumi Nara, who advanced to her first WTA semifinal in Osaka, was the Top 100's biggest climber in going from No.87 to a career-high No.73.