Guangzhou (Tues): Zheng & Cirstea Through, Illness Forces Bartoli Out

GRC BANK GUANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S OPEN
Guangzhou, China
September 17-22, 2012
$220,000/International
Hard/Outdoors

Results – Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Singles – First Round
(LL) Chang Kai-Chen (TPE) d. (1) Marion Bartoli (FRA) 43 ret. (gastrointestinal illness)
(2) Zheng Jie (CHN) d. Chan Yung-Jan (TPE) 53 ret. (dizziness)
(3) Sorana Cirstea (ROU) d. (Q) Hu Yue-Yue (CHN) 62 75
(4) Urszula Radwanska (POL) d. Melinda Czink (HUN) 76(1) 62
Mathilde Johansson (FRA) d. (6) Monica Niculescu (ROU) 75 62
(7) Peng Shuai (CHN) d. Ayumi Morita (JPN) 76(3) 60
(8) Alizé Cornet (FRA) d. Alexandra Panova (RUS) 63 11 ret. (heat illness)
Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE) d. Nina Bratchikova (RUS) 75 63
Olga Govortsova (BLR) d. (Q) Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 75 62
(Q) Nudnina Luangnam (THA) d. Jarmila Gajdosova (AUS) 67(5) 64 62
(WC) Zheng Saisai (CHN) d. Julia Cohen (USA) 76(1) 75
(WC) Duan Ying-Ying (CHN) d. (Q) Luksika Kumkhum (THA) 62 61

Doubles – First Round
(1) Gajdosova/Niculescu (AUS/ROU) d. Savinykh/Xu (RUS/CHN) 61 75
(3) Tanasugarn/Zhang (THA/CHN) d. Sema/Sema (JPN/JPN) 61 62

Order Of Play – Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Centre Court (from 15.00hrs)
1. Bojana Jovanovski vs. Chanelle Scheepers
2. Peng Shuai vs. Nudnina Luangnam
3. Laura Robson vs. Zheng Jie (NB 18.00hrs)
4. Babos/Minella vs. Yan/Zhang (NB 19.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 2 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Alizé Cornet vs. Olga Govortsova
2. Duan Ying-Ying vs. Sorana Cirstea (NB 16.30hrs)
3. Cornet/Parmentier vs. Luzhanska/Zheng (NB 17.30hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 3 (from 15.00hrs)
1. Chang Kai-Chen vs. Hsieh Su-Wei
2. Urszula Radwanska vs. Mandy Minella
3. Hsieh/Hsieh vs. Kumkhum/Wongteanchai (NB 17.00hrs; after suitable rest)

Court 4 (from 16.00hrs)
1. Zheng Saisai vs. Mathilde Johansson
2. Liang/Tian vs. Han/Liu

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New WTA Rankings

1 1 Williams, Serena 26/09/81 USA 6995 14
2 2 Wozniacki, Caroline 11/07/90 DEN 5910 24
3 3 Williams, Venus 17/06/80 USA 5796 16
4 4 Zvonareva, Vera 07/09/84 RUS 5550 20
5 5 Clijsters, Kim 08/06/83 BEL 5325 13
6 6 Jankovic, Jelena 28/02/85 SRB 5205 21
7 7 Stosur, Samantha 30/03/84 AUS 4950 19
8 8 Schiavone, Francesca 23/06/80 ITA 4670 24
9 9 Radwanska, Agnieszka 06/03/89 POL 3995 21
10 10 Dementieva, Elena 15/10/81 RUS 3945 20
11 11 Azarenka, Victoria 31/07/89 BLR 3715 20
12 12 Li, Na 26/02/82 CHN 3520 20
13 13 Kuznetsova, Svetlana 27/06/85 RUS 3516 18
14 14 Bartoli, Marion 02/10/84 FRA 3455 22
15 15 Sharapova, Maria 19/04/87 RUS 3450 14
16 16 Henin, Justine 01/06/82 BEL 3415 10
17 17 Peer, Shahar 01/05/87 ISR 3140 23
18 18 Rezai, Aravane 14/03/87 FRA 3100 27
19 19 Petrova, Nadia 08/06/82 RUS 3001 20
20 20 Pavlyuchenkova, Anastasia 03/07/91 RUS 2780 23
21 21 Wickmayer, Yanina 20/10/89 BEL 2690 23
22 22 Pennetta, Flavia 25/02/82 ITA 2565 25
23 23 Zheng, Jie 05/07/83 CHN 2291 20
24 24 Kirilenko, Maria 25/01/87 RUS 2275 22
25 25 Martinez Sanchez, Maria Jose 12/08/82 ESP 2225 18
26 26 Kanepi, Kaia 10/06/85 EST 2220 22
27 27 Dulgheru, Alexandra 30/05/89 ROU 2080 29
28 29 Kleybanova, Alisa 15/07/89 RUS 1935 24
29 30 Hantuchova, Daniela 23/04/83 SVK 1925 23
30 28 Safarova, Lucie 04/02/87 CZE 1905 26
31 32 Bondarenko, Alona 13/08/84 UKR 1783 19
32 31 Pironkova, Tsvetana 13/09/87 BUL 1775 24
33 33 Cibulkova, Dominika 06/05/89 SVK 1765 23
34 34 Kvitova, Petra 08/03/90 CZE 1749 20
35 35 Petkovic, Andrea 09/09/87 GER 1725 25
36 36 Shvedova, Yaroslava 12/09/87 KAZ 1615 25
37 37 Ivanovic, Ana 06/11/87 SRB 1588 16
38 38 Szavay, Agnes 29/12/88 HUN 1570 22
39 39 Zakopalova, Klara 24/02/82 CZE 1490 27
40 40 Errani, Sara 29/04/87 ITA 1460 29
41 55 Groth, Jarmila 26/04/87 AUS 1377 19
42 41 Goerges, Julia 02/11/88 GER 1261 24
43 43 Hercog, Polona 20/01/91 SLO 1225 26
44 44 Schnyder, Patty 14/12/78 SUI 1220 20
45 48 Arvidsson, Sofia 16/02/84 SWE 1214 24
46 45 Bacsinszky, Timea 08/06/89 SUI 1210 24
47 42 Govortsova, Olga 23/08/88 BLR 1206 29
48 46 Dulko, Gisela 30/01/85 ARG 1192 19
49 47 Makarova, Ekaterina 07/06/88 RUS 1176 25
50 49 Baltacha, Elena 14/08/83 GBR 1174 25
51 50 Date Krumm, Kimiko 28/09/70 JPN 1165 20
52 51 Zahlavova Strycova, Barbora 28/03/86 CZE 1163 29
53 53 Medina Garrigues, Anabel 31/07/82 ESP 1155 27
54 56 Kerber, Angelique 18/01/88 GER 1086 22
55 57 Benesova, Iveta 01/02/83 CZE 1080 26
56 58 Parra Santonja, Arantxa 09/11/82 ESP 1078 26
57 54 Sevastova, Anastasija 13/04/90 LAT 1075 23
58 63 Suarez Navarro, Carla 03/09/88 ESP 1065 20
59 59 Safina, Dinara 27/04/86 RUS 1061 19
60 60 Amanmuradova, Akgul 23/06/84 UZB 1031 27
61 52 Peng, Shuai 08/01/86 CHN 1026 15
62 61 Vinci, Roberta 18/02/83 ITA 1026 24
63 71 Mattek-Sands, Bethanie 23/03/85 USA 1017 16
64 62 Dushevina, Vera 06/10/86 RUS 1010 23
65 66 Rodionova, Anastasia 12/05/82 AUS 975 29
66 67 Larsson, Johanna 17/08/88 SWE 961 24
67 73 Oudin, Melanie 23/09/91 USA 941 23
68 64 Chan, Yung-Jan 17/08/89 TPE 939 26
69 68 Chakvetadze, Anna 05/03/87 RUS 907 18
70 69 Bammer, Sybille 27/04/80 AUT 895 23
71 65 Wozniak, Aleksandra 07/09/87 CAN 885 22
72 72 Vesnina, Elena 01/08/86 RUS 885 22
73 70 Kulikova, Regina 30/01/89 RUS 866 16
74 75 Oprandi, Romina 29/03/86 ITA 847 25
75 74 Garbin, Tathiana 30/06/77 ITA 836 24
76 76 King, Vania 03/02/89 USA 825 23
77 77 Flipkens, Kirsten 10/01/86 BEL 825 20
78 78 Voracova, Renata 06/10/83 CZE 822 35
79 79 Barrois, Kristina 30/09/81 GER 814 24
80 100 Gallovits, Edina 10/12/84 ROU 806 24
81 81 Niculescu, Monica 25/09/87 ROU 801 27
82 103 Kudryavtseva, Alla 03/11/87 RUS 796 27
83 101 Zhang, Shuai 21/01/89 CHN 796 20
84 88 Cornet, Alize 22/01/90 FRA 785 28
85 82 Dokic, Jelena 12/04/83 AUS 782 17
86 83 Zahlavova, Sandra 10/10/85 CZE 765 39
87 86 Chang, Kai-Chen 13/01/91 TPE 760 28
88 85 Rybarikova, Magdalena 04/10/88 SVK 750 25
89 89 Molik, Alicia 27/01/81 AUS 741 27
90 90 Lisicki, Sabine 22/09/89 GER 738 17
91 94 Ondraskova, Zuzana 03/05/80 CZE 734 21
92 151 Paszek, Tamira 06/12/90 AUT 728 21
93 92 Bondarenko, Kateryna 08/08/86 UKR 719 17
94 87 Meusburger, Yvonne 03/10/83 AUT 717 26
95 91 Jovanovski, Bojana 31/12/91 SRB 715 26
96 80 Morita, Ayumi 11/03/90 JPN 707 27
97 111 Tanasugarn, Tamarine 24/05/77 THA 706 18
98 93 Scheepers, Chanelle 13/03/84 RSA 704 25
99 107 Pervak, Ksenia 27/05/91 RUS 693 27
100 96 Halep, Simona 27/09/91 ROU 693 24

Ana On The Move Again

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Tennis is a numbers game, but Ana Ivanovic refuses to be defined by the digits next to her name. The former World No. 1 is not seeded in this US Open, but that hasn’t stopped her from surging into the third round for the first time in three years. Ivanovic stomped 21st-seeded Zheng Jie, 6-3, 6-0, in a commanding conquest and has a shot to go deeper in the draw with the departure of 13th-seeded Marion Bartoli.

In a match of French women, 157th-ranked wild card Virginie Razzano surprised former Wimbledon finalist Bartoli, 7-5, 6-4. It’s a break for Ivanovic, who will face Razzano rather than Bartoli. Two-handed terror Bartoli beat Ivanovic in straight sets in Stanford last month.

The 40th-ranked Ivanovic has surrendered just eight games in reaching the third round and is playing with much more confidence than she was two years ago when as World No. 1 she fell to 188th-ranked qualifier Julie Coin in Flushing Meadows.

“I think rankings obviously tell a lot about the player, but I think just the way you feel about your game at the time,” Ivanovic said. “I remember a couple years ago when I was here and I was saying, ‘Even though I’m No. 1, I don’t feel I’m playing as No. 1.’  Now I’m ranked,  I really don’t know what. But I feel like I’m playing like a top 10 player, you know, and I have confidence that I can beat these players.  That’s huge for me.”

She looked particularly pumped up for today’s rematch with Zheng and with good reason. Two years ago, the then 133rd-ranked Zheng became the third lowes-tranked player to defeat a World No. 1 when she pounded out a 6-1, 6-4 win over Ivanovic at Wimbledon.

This time around, Ivanovic played first-strike tennis in firing her forehand with ambition and accuracy.

The tennis treadmill seemed stuck in reverse for Ivanovic, who had won back-to-back matches at just three of the first 11 tournaments she played this season, reaching the semifinals at Brisbane in her first event of the season and advancing to the Rome semifinals in May.

With her confidence in tatters and game leaking errors, Ivanovic watched her ranking fall to No. 63 and was denied a Rogers Cup wild card as the tournament director publicly suggested she was not worthy of a wild card. That rebuke seemed to fire up Ivanovic and she surged to the Cincinnati semifinals last month.

Ivanovic played with a fearlessness on her ascent to the top of the tennis rankings and admits she played with the apprehension of a woman bearing the burden of trying to defend ranking points.

“I see myself also as two different persons,” Ivanovic said. “Once you’re actually coming up and you have no expectations, you are hungry for success, and you really don’t know what the stakes are.  You just go for it.  You have no fear.  You play freely against anyone you come up against.”

The pressure constricted Ivanovic’s competitive instincts and she broke down in tears after losses earlier this season.

“Once you actually get in a position to defend some points and there is more outside pressure coming in, it is a lot different story,” Ivanovic said. “Because even though you perceive yourself the same or maybe even better, if you’re improving, still there is a lot of outside effect. That creates some doubts and obviously pressure.  Everyone deals with it differently.  That’s what I feel it was the biggest change with me, is that I managed to sort of let go of this.”
Winning six of her last seven matches has been emotionally liberating for Ivanovic, who looks like a player no longer afraid of losing.

“Now I feel, you know, as I am just coming up again, and I have really nothing to lose.  I got that joy of competing again,” Ivanovic said.

Rich Pagliaro is the editor of TennisNow.com.