Sony Ericsson WTA Tour – Linz preview information

October 11-17, 2010

Order of Play – Monday, October 11, 2010
Centre Court (from 12.00hrs)
1. Polona Hercog vs. Anais Laurendon (Singles Q Final)
2. Sorana Cirstea vs. Eleni Daniilidou (Singles Q Final)
3. Yvonne Meusburger vs. Sofia Arvidsson (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Andrea Petkovic vs. Angelique Kerber
5. Klara Zakopalova vs. Elena Vesnina

Court 1 (from 12.00hrs)
1. Kristina Kucova vs. Sesil Karatantcheva (Singles Q Final)
2. Renata Voracova vs. Tatiana Poutchek (Singles Q Final)
3. Anne Keothavong vs. Jarmila Groth (NB 14.00hrs)
4. Errani/Vinci vs. Bondarenko/Bondarenko

Tashkent (Sat): Alla On Top In Tashkent

September 20-26, 2010

Results – Saturday, September 25, 2010
Singles – Final
(7) Alla Kudryavtseva (RUS) d. (4) Elena Vesnina (RUS) 64 64

Doubles – Final
Panova/Poutchek (RUS/BLR) d. Dulgheru/Rybarikova (ROU/SVK) 63 64

Final Facts
– Kudryavtseva wins her first career Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title; last week she reached her first career final in Guangzhou (l. to Groth); before last week she had never been beyond the quarterfinals of a Tour event.
– Vesnina fell to 0-4 in career finals (2009 Auckland, 2009 New Haven, 2010 Istanbul, 2010 Tashkent).
– Panova and Poutchek win their first Tour doubles title together; Poutchek wins her seventh Tour doubles title, Panova wins her first Tour title of any kind.

Final Quotes
Alla Kudryavtseva, 2010 Tashkent Open singles champion:
“I was nervous today. I didn’t expect to win. It was a high pressure situation. My serve helped me more than anything else. I got it in big and it helped a lot. The score line made it look like an easy final, but it wasn’t.”

“I will be back to defend my title. I’d prefer to go to a place where I feel at home, and here there are so many people who speak Russian. Moreover, one must go back to tournaments they win, as it brings back the happy memories from the year before. So even if I’m ranked higher next year, I will return to defend my title.”

Elena Vesnina, 2010 Tashkent Open singles runner-up:
“I didn’t play as well as I did the whole week but I congratulate Alla on winning her first title. Alla played amazing tennis today.”