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Robson Makes News In Guangzhou
It was a memorable week at the GRC Bank Guangzhou International Women's Open for rising star Laura Robson. She became the first Brit to reach a WTA final since Jo Durie was runner-up at Newport in 1990 and was a few games away from being Great Britain's first titlist since Sara Gomer at Aptos in 1988. However, she let a 3-0 third set lead slip away and fell a bit short against Hsieh Su-Wei. Nevertheless, she has plenty to be proud of.
- She knocked off China's Top 2 players, and has now has beaten the Top 3 in her last two events:
No.1 Li Na: US Open 3r
No.2 Zheng Jie: Guangzhou 2r
No.3 Peng Shuai: Guangzhou QF
- She soared 17 spots to a career-high No.57, and continues to be not only Great Britain's No.1 player, but the youngest of the four teens in the Top 100:
No.38 Sloane Stephens: 19 years, 6 months
No.57 Laura Robson: 18 years, 8 months
No.61 Timea Babos: 19 years, 4 months
No.94 Kristina Mladenovic: 19 years, 4 months
Hsieh Nets Title No.2
Despite entering the week on a four-match WTA losing streak, Hsieh Su-Wei collected her second career title with a 63 57 64 triumph over Laura Robson in the Guangzhou final. She is the second titlist from Chinese Taipei, the other being six-time titlist Wang Shi-Ting. On top of that, Hsieh jumped 14 spots on the rankings to No.39 to make her Top 50 and Top 40 debuts.
Caroline Wozniacki was victorious in Seoul for her first title in since New Haven in August 2011, the longest duration between titles of her career. She is in fourth place for titles amongst active players:
Serena Williams: 45 titles
Venus Williams: 43 titles
Maria Sharapova: 27 titles
Caroline Wozniacki: 19 titles
Svetlana Kuznetsova: 13 titles
Wozniacki had her most lopsided win of the tournament in the final, 61 60, over Kaia Kanepi. It was also the most lopsided victory in a final of her career:
'12 Seoul vs. Kaia Kanepi: lost 1 game
'08 Stockholm vs. Vera Dushevina: lost 2 games
'09 Ponte Vedra Beach vs. Wozniak: lost 3 games
'11 Dubai vs. Kuznetsova: lost 4 games
- After making her first career WTA semifinal at the KDB Korea Open, Varvara Lepchenko ascended a spot to No.20 - her Top 20 debut. She is the first American other than Serena or Venus Williams to rank in the Top 20 since Lindsay Davenport in November 2006.
- Seoul semifinalist Ekaterina Makarova rose six spots to a career-high No.22.
- Urszula Radwanska, who also was a semifinalist last week in Tashkent, reached the final four in Guangzhou - prompting a climb to a career-high No.36.
Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears captured their fourth doubles title together in Seoul to rise to sixth place in the race to qualify for one of the four spots in the draw at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul 2012. However, the Americans trail Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko and Nuria Llagostera Vives and María José Martínez Sánchez for the fourth and final berth. Kops-Jones now has six WTA doubles titles to her name, while Spears has eight, including two in Seoul - with her previous championship there coming in 2009 alongside Chan Yung-Jan.
Meanwhile, Tamarine Tanasugarn and Zhang Shuai were victorious in Guangzhou in their first outing as a duo. Their week included a quarterfinal defeat of Hsieh Shu-Ying and Hsieh Su-Wei in which they survived a match point. It was Tanasugarn's eighth WTA doubles title and Zhang's third.