Tashkent (Sat): Begu Nets First Title By Ending Teen’s Run

TASHKENT OPEN
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
September 10-15, 2012
$220,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Saturday, September 15, 2012
Singles – Final
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) d. (Q) Donna Vekic (CRO) 64 64

Doubles – Final
Kania/Pekhova (POL/BLR) d. Chakvetadze/Dolonc (RUS/SRB) 62 ret. (Chakvetadze: back injury)

Final Facts
- Begu wins her first WTA title in her third final, having previously been runner-up at Marbella and Budapest in 2011.
– The only set Begu lost all week was in her 36 76(1) 75 quarterfinal win over Galina Voskoboeva in which she rallied from 5-2 down in the third set.
– Begu’s previous best results this year were semifinal showings in Acapulco and Palermo.
– Begu is the ninth first-time titlist this year after Barthel in Hobart, Kerber in Paris [Indoors], Arruabarrena-Vecino in Bogotá, Babos in Monterrey, Hsieh in Kuala Lumpur, Bertens in Fès, Oudin in Birmingham and Jovanovski in Baku.
– Vekic was playing her first career WTA main draw after winning three qualifying matches.
– Vekic recorded her first three Top 100 wins this week – over No.54 Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round, over No.91 Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino in the second round and over No.64 Bojana Jovanovski in the quarterfinals.
– The 16-year-old Vekic was the youngest WTA finalist since 15-year-old Tamira Paszek won Portoroz in September 2006.
– Vekic started the week ranked a career-high No.183 and is projected to rise to a new career-high of about No.135.
– Kania and Pekhova teamed up for the first time this week.
– This was the first WTA title of any kind for both Kania and Pekhova, each of whom was playing in their second WTA doubles events.

Final Quotes
Irina-Camelia Begu:
“It feels great to win a title. I’ll take back sweet memories from the Tashkent Open. I’m glad I made the last minute decision to play here, and I will surely come back to defend my title next year.”

Donna Vekic: “I’m happy I had a good week, but a little disappointed of not being able to win the title after coming close. But I will come back. And the event has brought me a lot of experience and will surely help me in the WTA events I play now – this week will be great for my future on the tour.”

Paula Kania & Polina Pekhova: “We are thrilled and speechless. We were the last pair to get in and to win the tournament is amazing. We have always seen the winners here wearing the Uzbek Chapans, and we never imaged we would ever wear them, but we are proud to wear them today!”

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Serena’s Antics Will Get Her In Trouble

Flushing Meadows, NY – When we last saw Serena Williams step foot in the Borough of Queens, she threatened a line judge with her racket after committing a foot fault, ultimately forfeiting her Semifinal Match against Kim Clijsters in 2009.

The incident cost her around $95,000 in fines and also put her on probation for the 2010 and 2011 US Opens.

She didn’t play last year due to a foot injury, so that made her first round matchup last night against Bojana Jovanowski her first appearance in the 718 area code since the foot fault heard around the world.

Even though she is a low seed (28th due to injuries), this is still Serena Williams so of course she cruised to a 6-1 6-1 victory.

But it’s not a Serena match without some controversy. Last night the Open set her match as the late start, so she had to wait three hours for Rafael Nadal to win his round. And of course Williams couldn’t hold her tongue about it.

“No, I think the guys should play second,” she said. “They’re guys. We’re ladies. We’re ladies. They should totally play second all the time. Ladies, you open the door for ladies. They should go second. It’s ridiculous.”

Before last year’s Open, the ladies always went first, but then in 2010 the Open decided to mix up the matches with some nights having the men in the leadoff spot.

It’s pretty obvious why this is done – money. With the Open taking ESPN’s money, they have become slaves to what the networks want to see in primetime. ESPN’s ratings are dictated by the Eastern Time Zone, which is the most populous part of the United States. Prime time is 8 pm to 10 pm, so you can understand why the network will want the biggest ratings grabber for its first match.

So when it came down to the defending US Open Men’s champion and international star, or Serena, whose first round matchup was a mockery then you can understand what would go first.

Frankly, Serena will be more than glad to take all the prize money from the Open – equal prize money with the men for that matter – so she should sometimes bite the bullet for the bigger and better matches.

With the spotlight on her this year and the zero tolerance policy she has with the Open after two years ago, Serena should just keep her head down and play the game.

The bottom line is this Serena got off easy two years ago, but if anything happens this year then she will probably face harsher sanctions from tennis’s governing bodies.

China Open Women’s Redults Wednesday

CHINA OPEN
Beijing-CHN
October 2-10, 2010
$4,500,000/Premier
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Singles – Third Round
(2) Vera Zvonareva (RUS) d. Maria Kirilenko (RUS) 57 64 62
(5) Francesca Schiavone (ITA) d. (Q) Vera Dushevina (RUS) 46 63 61
(15) Shahar Peer (ISR) d. (Q) Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 61 62
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) d. Elena Vesnina (RUS) 62 63

Singles – Second Round
(1) Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) d. Sara Errani (ITA) 64 62
Angelique Kerber (GER) d. Alexandra Dulgheru (ROU) 62 61

Doubles – Second Round
(2) Peschke/Srebotnik (CZE/SLO) d. Niculescu/Peer (ROU/ISR) 63 64
Szavay/Zahlavova Strycova (HUN/CZE) d. (3) Chan/Huber (TPE/USA) 64 75
(4) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. Date Krumm/Peng (JPN/CHN) 64 63
(6) Kirilenko/Petrova (RUS/RUS) d. (WC) Azarenka/Safina (BLR/RUS) w/o (Azarenka: left thigh strain)
Chuang/Govortsova (TPE/BLR) d. Bacsinszky/Garbin (SUI/ITA) 46 63 103 (Match TB)

Order of Play – Thursday, October 7, 2010
Lotus Court (from 12.30hrs)
1. Angelique Kerber vs. Li Na
2. ATP: Almagro vs. Soderling (NB 15.00hrs)
3. ATP: Montañés vs. Murray
4. Caroline Wozniacki vs. Petra Kvitova (NB 19.30hrs)
5. Bryan/Bryan vs. Erlich/Ram

Moon Court (from 13.00hrs)
1. ATP: Ferrer vs. Lu
2. Nadia Petrova vs. Anastasija Sevastova (NB 15.00hrs)
3. Ana Ivanovic vs. Elena Dementieva
4. ATP: Ljubicic vs. Dolgopolov (NB 19.30hrs)

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Dulko/Pennetta vs. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez
2. Chuang/Govortsova vs. Peschke/Srebotnik (NB 13.30hrs)
3. ATP: Gong/Li vs. Lu/Mayer (after suitable rest)
4. Kirilenko/Petrova vs. King/Shvedova (NB 16.30hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 3 (from 15.00hrs)

1. Szavay/Zahlavova Strycova vs. Dushevina/Parra Santonja

Seoul (Wed): Defending Champ Date Krumm Wins Opener

HANSOL KOREA OPEN
Seoul-KOR
September 20-26, 2010
$220,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Singles – First Round
(1) Nadia Petrova (RUS) d. Jarmila Groth (AUS) 63 62
(2) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) d. Anastasia Rodionova (AUS) 76(6) 61
(3) Maria Kirilenko (RUS) d. Urszula Radwanska (POL) 63 61
(4) María José Martínez Sánchez (ESP) d. (Q) Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) 76(3) 64
(6) Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) d. Anabel Medina Garrigues (ESP) 64 75
Vera Dushevina (RUS) d. (7/WC) Ana Ivanovic (SRB) 26 64 62
(8) Agnes Szavay (HUN) d. Polona Hercog (SLO) 61 62
Klara Zakopalova (CZE) d. Julia Goerges (GER) 75 26 75
Kimiko Date Krumm (JPN) d. (Q) Junri Namigata (JPN) 62 75
Vania King (USA) d. Alberta Brianti (ITA) 64 75
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d. (Q) Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 26 63 64
(WC) Dinara Safina (RUS) d. (Q) Simona Halep (ROU) 64 64

Doubles – First Round
(1) King/Shvedova (USA/KAZ) d. Lu/Xu (CHN/CHN) 64 75
Goerges/Hercog (GER/SLO) d. (3) Kleybanova/Yan (RUS/CHN) 64 62
(4) Grandin/Uhlirova (RSA/CZE) d. Pelletier/Rosolska (CAN/POL) 63 63

Order of Play – Thursday, September 23, 2010
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Maria Kirilenko vs. Dinara Safina
2. Kimiko Date Krumm vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (NB 13.30hrs)
3. Nadia Petrova vs. Vania King
4. Sun/Zhang vs. Kim/Lee
5. Grandin/Uhlirova vs. Chang/Lee

Court 2 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Ekaterina Makarova vs. María José Martínez Sánchez
2. Klara Zakopalova vs. Vera Dushevina (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Alisa Kleybanova vs. Ksenia Pervak
4. Brianti/Gallovits vs. Groth/Zakopalova

Court 13 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Agnes Szavay vs. Elena Baltacha
2. Kirsten Flipkens vs. Yaroslava Shvedova (NB 13.00hrs)
3. Jans/Peers vs. Llagostera Vives/Martínez Sánchez

Court TBA (NB 15.00hrs)
1. King/Shvedova vs. Date Krumm/Morita