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Svitolina Picks Up Pune Title
Having previously been victorious at four ITF Women's Circuit tournaments, Ukrainian Elina Svitolina secured the biggest title of her career on Sunday at the Royal Indian Open in Pune - the last of the two WTA $125 events in 2012.
- Her week included wins over former World No.9 Andrea Petkovic in the semifinals and former World No.4 Kimiko Date-Krumm in the final.
- The 18-year-old was less than half the age of her victim in the final, 42-year-old Date-Krumm, who was No.7 in the world the day Svitolina was born (September 12, 1994).
- She had 25 aces in five matches en route to the title, including 10 against Petkovic.
- She went from No.156 to a new career-high No.114 on the rankings and is now the Ukraine's second-highest-ranked player after No.107 Lesia Tsurenko.
Nina Bratchikova and Oksana Kalashnikova took the doubles title in Pune. The Russian-Georgian pair is now 7-0 in matches together, having won an ITF Women's Circuit event in Napoli in 2009 in their only previous tournament.
Year-End Ranking Notes
- The United States and Russia led the way with 10 players each on the season-ending Top 100. Next was the Czech Republic with eight, France and Spain with six each and Italy, Germany and Romania with five each.
- Six teens were in the season-ending Top 100 - 19-year-old Sloane Stephens at No.38, 18-year-old Laura Robson at No.53, 19-year-old Timea Babos at No.64, 19-year-old Kristina Mladenovic at No.76, 18-year-old Annika Beck at No.78 and 19-year-old Lauren Davis at No.94.
- Five players finished in the Top 20 in both singles and doubles - Sara Errani (No.6 in singles, No.2 in doubles), Nadia Petrova (No.12 in singles, No.5 in doubles), Maria Kirilenko (No.14 in singles, No.7 in doubles), Roberta Vinci (No.16 in singles, No.1 in doubles) and Ekaterina Makarova (No.20 in singles, No.11 in doubles).
- The three players who were not in the 2011 year-end Top 10 but were in the 2012 year-end Top 10 were Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Sara Errani. The three players who were in the 2011 year-end Top 10 but were not in the 2012 year-end Top 10 were Vera Zvonareva, Marion Bartoli and Andrea Petkovic.
- During the off-season, Victoria Azarenka will pass Amélie Mauresmo for most weeks spent at No.1 and will start 2013 with 45 weeks at the top spot.