WTA Linz, Osaka, Tianjin 2014
Linz Open Women's Singles Final Sunday Oct.12
7-Karolina Pliskova beat Camila Giorgi 6-7(4) 6-3 7-6(4)
Osaka Open Women’s Singles Final Sunday Oct 12
1-Samantha Stosur beat 5-Zarina Diyas 7-6(7) 6-3
Tianjin Open Women’s Singles Final Sunday Oct 12
6-Alison Riske beat 3-Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-4
Riske Claims First WTA Title in Tianjin Open
wtatennis.com: October 12, 2014 Tianjin, China - Alison Riske captured the first WTA title of her career on Sunday, holding off a late surge from WTA Rising Star Belinda Bencic to win the inaugural edition of the Tianjin Open.
The No.6-seeded Riske - who had dropped just one game in her semifinal match against another WTA Rising Star, Zheng Saisai - came out swinging again a day later, her big serve and even bigger ground game launching her to a 6-3, 4-1 lead. The No.3-seeded Bencic wasn't about to go away, running off the next three games to even the second set, 4-all, and even getting to break point in the next game.
But Riske regrouped just in time, holding serve then breaking once more to close it out, 6-3, 6-4. The 17-year-old Bencic was playing the first WTA final of her career and was trying to become the youngest player to win a WTA title since a 15-year-old Tamira Paszek won in Portoroz in 2006.
Stosur Wins 3rd Straight Japan Open Crown
wtatennis.com: October 12 2014 Osaka, Japan - - Last year Samantha Stosur made the Japan Women's Open Tennis the first tournament she's ever won twice, and she continued to make it her favorite stomping grounds this year, edging Zarina Diyas in the final on Sunday to lift her third career title at the International event.
A day after grinding out a tight two-setter against Elina Svitolina in the semifinals, Stosur had to do it all over again against another WTA Rising Star in Diyas, who broke serve in the first game of the match and rode it to leads of 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3 in the first set - and after Stosur got the break back and battled her way to a tie-break, Diyas even brought up two set points, first at 6-5 and another at 7-6.
But the No.5-seeded Diyas just couldn't get over the finish line and the No.1-seeded Stosur staved them both off, eventually sneaking out the set and breaking in the first game of the second set. She would never lose serve again and broke one last time in the final game to close it out, 7-6(7), 6-3.
Stosur's serve may have been the shot of the match - after getting broken in the opening game of the match she held all nine of her other service games, fighting off all three break points she faced.
At the end of the day, Stosur collected her first WTA title of the year, and the sixth of her career after Osaka in 2009, Charleston in 2010, the US Open in 2011 and Carlsbad and Osaka in 2013.
It was a dream week at the Japan Women's Open Tennis for Diyas too, though - before this week she had never been to a WTA semifinal, let alone a WTA final. Also this week, the Kazakhstani was named as one of the four players competing at the WTA Rising Stars Invitational, which is set to take place in Singapore in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Pliskova Edges Giorgi in Linz 3-Set Final
wtatennis.com: October 2014 Linz, Austria – - In a final pitting WTA Rising Star against WTA Rising Star, it was Karolina Pliskova who came out on top against Camila Giorgi for the Generali Ladies Linz title - but just barely.
After letting a 5-3 lead go en route to dropping the first set in a tie-break, Pliskova came out firing from the beginning of the second set, storming ahead 4-0 and eventually taking the set, 6-3, and then again storming out to a 5-1 lead in the third set, seemingly on her merry way to a runaway victory.
Giorgi found her game again - game by game she started building a comeback, winning five games in a row to go up 6-5 and even holding a match point in the third with Pliskova serving 5-6, ad-out.
But the No.7-seeded Pliskova got her mojo back just in time, hanging on to that service game and from 4-all in the tie-break sneaking out three straight points to close the match out, 6-7(4), 6-3, 7-6(4).
Pliskova now has three WTA titles, having won Kuala Lumpur last year and Seoul just a few weeks ago. She's one of the hottest players of the fall - she's won 16 of 19 matches since the US Open.
The big-serving Czech is also the third player to win a WTA title from match point down this year, after Li Na (who saved one against Lucie Safarova in the third round of the Australian Open) and Alizé Cornet (who saved a match point in the final of Katowice against - coincidentally - Giorgi). Giorgi is now 0-2 in her career in WTA finals - though clearly she's on the verge of a breakthrough.
Stosur Back in Osaka Final; Benici vs Riske in Tianjin; Giorgi Sets Linz Final vs Pliskova
wtatennis.com: October 11 2014 Osaka, Japan - Sam Stosur rebounded after an inspired start from WTA Rising Star Elina Svitolina to get within one win of capturing the Japan Women's Open Tennis for the third time in her career.
The No.3-seeded Svitolina looked like a woman on a mission early on in the match, building leads of 4-1 and 5-3 and, after letting those slip, even getting to double set point at 6-4 in the tie-break. But the No.1-seeded Stosur saved both set points and ended up running off four points in a row for the set, breaking in the opening game of the second set and never looking back to win, 7-6(6), 6-2.
The Japan Women's Open Tennis is the only tournament Stosur has won more than once in her career - she's won it twice, in 2009 and 2013 - and now she's a win away from upping that to three times. Standing between Stosur and the title will be the No.5 seed, Zarina Diyas, who hung on to win an all-WTA Rising Star semi against Luksika Kumkhum, 6-2, 7-5. Diyas originally led 6-2, 4-1 before Kumkhum started hitting the targets on her two-fisted groundies - but Diyas managed to close it out.
In Tianjin, China - Hopes for an all-Chinese final were dashed in Tianjin on Saturday, as Belinda Bencic and Alison Riske got past a pair of home players in the semifinals of the inaugural Tianjin Open.
The No.6-seeded Riske was the first to advance to the final, putting an abrupt end to the breakthrough run of Zheng Saisai, 6-0, 6-1. After falling behind 6-0, 3-0, Zheng mustered up a love hold to get on the board - but Riske reeled off three more games after that to move on in an hour and one minute.
Riske is in her first WTA final, her best previous results being two semifinals at the grass court stop in Birmingham in 2010 (falling to Maria Sharapova) and 2013 (falling to Daniela Hantuchova).
Bencic, the No.3 seed, followed Riske into the final, winning 3-1 retired after No.2 seed Peng Shuai had to stop due to a low back injury. Peng was hoping to finally get the WTA title monkey off her back - she has been to six WTA finals before without taking that one last step and lifting the trophy.
Like Riske, Bencic is now into her first WTA final. Her previous best result came at the Premier-level clay court event in Charleston this year, reaching the semifinals (falling to Jana Cepelova). If Bencic wins the title, at 17 years, seven months and two days, she will be the youngest player to win a WTA title since a 15-year-old Tamira Paszek of Austria conquered Portoroz, Slovenia in 2006. Bencic and Riske will be playing against each other for the first time.
Over in Linz, Austria, the Generali Ladies Linz final will be a clash of two 22-year-old WTA Rising Stars, as Karolina Pliskova and Camila Giorgi each were victorious in semifinal play on Saturday.
The seventh-seeded Pliskova won five straight games from 3-1 down in the third set of her 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 defeat of German qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam. It was her 15th win in her last 18 matches and she is now into her third WTA final in her last five events.
As for Giorgi, she won the first set and was broken for the only time all day to go down 2-0 in the second, but from there did not drop another game en route to a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Karin Knapp. Though she went into Linz on a four-match skid, Giorgi has not surrendered a set all week.
Pliskova beat Giorgi in straight sets in their lone previous match in Dubai qualifying in February. Pliskova takes a 2-3 record in WTA finals into Sunday's encounter, including 1-3 this year. Giorgi lost her one previous WTA final at Katowice in April.
Linz Open Women's Singles Semifinal Saturday Oct 11
7-Karolina Pliskova beat Anna-Lena Friedsam 2-6 6-3 6-3
Camila Giorgi beat Karin Knapp 6-4 6-2
Japan Open Women's Singles Semifinal Saturday Oct 11
1-Samantha Stosur beat 3-Elina Svitolina 7-6(6) 6-2
5-Zarina Diyas beat Luksika Kumkhum 6-2 7-5
Tianjin Open Women's Singles Semifinal Saturday Oct 11
6-Alison Riske beat Zheng Saisai 6-0 6-1
3-Belinda Bencic beat Shuai Peng 3-1 ret.
Stosur Cruises; Kumkhum into Osaka Semis; Peng, Bencic Reach Tianjin Final Four
wtatennis.com: October 10 2014 Osaka, Japan – Samantha Stosur stayed on course to successfully defend her Japan Women's Open Tennis title with a straight set win over Yulia Putntseva in Friday's quarterfinals.
Putntseva held her own in a tight opening set, however, Stosur eventually managed to douse her opponent's competitive spirits to run out a 6-4, 6-1 winner in a little over an hour. Meeting Stosur for a place in the final will be WTA Rising Star Elina Svitolina, who continued her fine form in Asia with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Lauren Davis. A few weeks ago, Svitolina upset a string of higher-ranked players to reach her first Premier semifinal in Wuhan, and Stosur is well aware of the challenge in front of her.
In the other semifinal, the tournament's surprise package, Luksika Kumkhum takes on No.5 seed Zarina Diyas. World No.93 Kumkhum's unlikely run continued when No.2 seed Madison Keys retired with a rib injury. Before arriving in Osaka, Kumkhum, who was leading 6-2, 4-3 at the time of the retirement, had never been beyond the quarterfinals of a WTA event and was without a main draw win since March. Diyas, meanwhile, fought back to end the run of Ana Konjuh 6-7(4) 6-4 6-2.
In Tianjin, China, in a dramatic quarterfinal action, second-seed Peng Shuai survived inspired No.8 seed Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6(5), 2-6, 7-5 in two hours and 45 minutes. Peng rallied from 5-1 down and saved two set points to take the first set, then eventually won it on her sixth match point in a marathon 71-minute third set.
The other three quarterfinals saw No.3 seed Belinda Bencic outdo Hsieh Su-Wei, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, No.6 seed Alison Riske recover from a 5-1 first set deficit to upset No.4 seed Varvara Lepchenko, 7-6(5), 6-3, and Zheng Saisai reach her first WTA semifinal with a 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win over Sorana Cirstea.
Linz Open Women's Singles Quarterfinals Friday Oct 10
7-Karolina Pliskova vs Madison Brengle
Stefanie Voegele vs. Anna-Lena Friedsam
Karin Knapp beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-4 4-6 6-4
Camila Giorgi beat Marina Erakovic 6-3 7-5
Tianjin Open Women's Singles Quarterfinals Friday Oct 10
2-Peng Shuai beat 8-Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6(5) 2-6 7-5
3-Belinda Bencic beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4 4-6 6-2
Zheng Saisai beat Sorana Cirstea 6-4 2-6 6-1
6-Alison Riske beat 4-Varvara Lepchenko 7-6(5) 6-3
Osaka Open Women's Singles Quarterfinals Friday Oct 10
1-Samantha Stosur beat Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-1
3-Elina Svitolina beat 8-Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-4
5-Zarina Diyas beat Ana Konjuh 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-2
Luksika Kumkhum beat 2-Madison Keys 6-2 4-3 ret
Zheng Saisai Upsets Jankovic in Tianjin; Injured Bouchard Pulls-Out of Linz
wtatennis.com: October 9 2014 Tianjin, China - China's Zheng Saisai scored the first Top 20 win of her career on Thursday afternoon, taking out Jelena Jankovic in straight sets in the second round of the inaugural Tianjin Open.
With some rock solid baseline play and deft touch at the net she changed all that, outfoxing the No.14-ranked, No.1-seeded Jankovic for the better part of an hour and 27 minutes, her most dominant stretch being winning nine of 10 games from 3-2 down in the first set to build a massive 6-3, 5-1 lead.
Jankovic staged a late rally, winning two games to close to 6-3, 5-3 and even holding break point in the next game to get it back on serve - but Zheng held her nerve and her serve to end it, 6-3, 6-3. Zheng's first Top 20 win also brought her the first WTA quarterfinal of her career.
Hsieh Su-Wei rallied from a set down and, after letting a 5-2 lead slip in the third set, closed out No.5-seeded Tianjin native Zhang Shuai, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(5). The only other match produced the opposite of an upset. Peng Shuai, now the highest seed left at the tournament at No.2, completely dominated Russian qualifier Elizaveta Kulichkova, 6-1, 6-2, reeling off six games from 1-0 down in the first set and another six games from 2-0 down in the second set.
In Linz, Austria, WTA Rising Star Karolina Pliskova restored a sense of order at the Generali Ladies Linz with a straight set win over Mona Barthel.
Pliskova, the No.7 seed, took charge of proceedings immediately, breaking her German opponent three times to build a 5-2 lead. While the Czech needed two bites to serve out the set, it failed to halt her momentum, a run of four straight games at the start of the second helping her to a 6-4, 6-2 victory.
There was better news for the other German left in the draw, Anna-Lena Friedsam, who reached her first WTA quarterfinal with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Jana Cepelova. Friedsam was imperious on serve throughout and did not face a break point until serving for the match at 5-3. Cepelova snapped up this chance to briefly raise the possibility of a comeback, but Friedsam was not to be denied, breaking for a fifth time to close out the match.
In the top half of the draw, the event's injury jinx claimed two more victims, Magdalena Rybarikova and top seed Eugenie Bouchard. Rybarikova retired with a recurrence of a nagging hip injury after dropping the opening set against Karin Knapp, 6-3. Bouchard, meanwhile, did not even make it onto court, a left thigh injury forcing her to withdraw from the tournament before her encounter with Tsvetana Pironkova. Bouchard had her thigh taped during Wednesday's win over Patricia Mayr-Achleitner and said the injury worsened overnight.
Stosur, Diyas Reach Osaka Quarterfinals; Konjuh, 16, Ousts No.4 seed Vandeweghe
wtatennis.com: October 9 2014 Osaka, Japan - Defending champion Samantha Stosur moved into the quarterfinals of the Japan Women's Open Tennis in unfortunate circumstances after an ankle sprain brought her entertaining encounter with Jarmila Gajdosova to an abrupt end.
Gajdosova sustained the injury at 2-2 in the first set tie-break and despite gallantly battling on, it was clear that the end was near. A few minutes later with Stosur leading 7-6(4), 1-0, she admitted defeat. Stosur has struggled with Gajdosova in the past, losing their two previous encounters in straight sets. And Gajdosova's flat baseline attack posed plenty of problems for her more celebrated colleague once again before injury intervened.
WTA Rising Star Zarina Diyas also had a briefer-than-expected passage through to the quarterfinals, outclassing Lara Arruabarrena, 6-0, 6-1, in just 53 minutes. Next, the No.5 seed faces Ana Konjuh, who upset CoCo Vandeweghe.
Konjuh, 16, enjoyed a glittering junior career, winning the Australian Open, Eddie Herr International and the Orange Bowl before turning her attentions to the seniors.
So far the transition has been a smooth one. Having started the year ranked No.259, promising performances on the ITF Circuit and a WTA semifinal in Istanbul have taken her to the verge of the Top 100. She produced a nerveless finish against No.4 seed Vandeweghe, breaking the American's fearsome serve in the penultimate game to close out a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 victory.
On a rain-affected day, the only other match saw No.8 seed Lauren Davis end home hopes with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Shuko Aoyama.
Linz Open Women's Singles Second Round Thursday Oct 9
Tsvetana Pironkova beat 1-Eugenie Bouchard walkover
7-Karolina Pliskova beat Mona Barthel 6-4 6-2
Karin Knapp beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 0-0 ret.
Anna-Lena Friedsam beat Jana Cepelova 6-0 6-4
Osaka Open Women's Singles Second Round Thursday Oct 9
8-Lauren Davis beat Shuko Aoyama 6-1, 6-1
1-Samantha Stosur beat Jarmila Gajdosova 7-6(4) 1-0 ret.
Ana Konjuh beat 4-CoCo Vandeweghe 6-2 3-6 6-3
Zarina Diyas beat Lara Arruabarrena 6-0 6-1
Tianjin Open Women's Singles Second Round Thursday Oct 9
Saisai Zheng beat 1-Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-3
Su-Wei Hsieh beat 5-Shuai Zhang 3-6 6-3 7-6(5)
2-Shuai Peng beat Elizaveta Kulichkova 6-1, 6-2
Bouchard Wins Linz Opener; Cibulkova, Lisicki Falls, Injured Ivanovic Withdraws
wtatennis.com: October 8 2014 Linz, Austria - Two days after setting a new career-high of No.6 in the world, WTA Rising Star Eugenie Bouchard powered through her first match of the week at the Generali Ladies Linz.
The No.1-seeded Bouchard dropped serve in the opening game of the match and ended up needing 45 minutes to make it through the first set, but once that was tucked away she opened her shoulders and began running Austrian wildcard Patricia Mayr-Achleitner all over the court, winning, 6-4, 6-1.
By reaching No.6, Bouchard doesn't just raise the bar on her own record for highest-ranked Canadian in WTA history - Carling Bassett-Seguso held the previous record of No.8 - but she's actually the equal-highest ranked Canadian in tennis history now, male or female - Milos Raonic has been to No.6 too.
The other two first round matches on the Wednesday schedule both ended up in dramatic upsets, with No.3 seed Dominika Cibulkova falling to German qualifier Anna-Lena Friedsam, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, and No.5 seed Sabine Lisicki just getting edged against Karin Knapp in a third set tie-break, 7-5, 2-6, 7-6(1).
The first second round matches also took place, with Camila Giorgi beating Tunisian qualifier Ons Jabeur, 6-3, 6-2, and Marina Erakovic storming past Klara Koukalova in 58 minutes, 6-0, 6-2.
Ana Ivanovic, the No.2 seed, was forced to withdraw prior to her second round match against American qualifier Madison Brengle due to a hip injury. Having made her Top 100 debut just last week after almost a decade of playing the tour, Brengle's breakthrough year has now hit another milestone - though it may not have come the way she wanted it, she's now through to her first WTA quarterfinal
In Osaka, Japan, It was a successful day at the Japan Women's Open Tennis on Wednesday for WTA Rising Stars Elina Svitolina and Madison Keys. The third-seeded Svitolina rallied from a 4-1 third set deficit in her 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat of 16-year-old Japanese wildcard and Osaka native Naomi Osaka.
Svitolina went into this week ranked a career-high No.31, having recently won her second WTA title in Baku and having reached her first Premier-level semifinal in Wuhan. As for the second-seeded Keys, she raced through the first set against Misaki Doi and then from 3-1 down in the second won five of six games for a 6-0, 6-4 victory - her third straight in their head-to-head.
Keys is no stranger to success in Osaka, having made her first WTA semifinal here last year. In her first WTA quarterfinal since she won Eastbourne in June, she will take on Thai No.1 Luksika Kumkhum. Advancing to her second WTA quarterfinal was Yulia Putintseva, who converted on all four of her break points en route to a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over No.6 seed Heather Watson.
In Tianjin, China, No.6 seed Alison Riske rallying from 3-0 down in the second set to edge Olga Govortsova, 6-4, 7-6(3), No.8 seed Ajla Tomljanovic outslugging Duan Ying-Ying, 6-4, 6-4, and Sorana Cirstea defeating Andrea Hlavackova, 6-3, 6-0. The night match saw No.4 seed Varvara Lepchenko edge Chinese wildcard Liu Fangzhou, 7-6(3), 7-5.
Also, No.3 seed Belinda Bencic made the quarterfinals via walkover when Romina Oprandi had to pull out of their second round match with a viral illness. The match was originally scheduled for Thursday.
Linz Open Women’s Singles Wed Oct 8
R2: Stefanie Voegele vs. Anna Schmiedlova
R2: Camila Giorgi beat Ons Jabeur 6-3, 6-2
R2: Marina Erakovic beat Klara Zakopalova 6-0 6-2
R1: 1-Eugenie Bouchard beat Patricia Mayr-Achleitner 6-3 6-2
R1: Anna-Lena Friedsam beat 3-Dominika Cibulkova 2-6 6-3 6-4
R1: Karin Knapp beat 5-Sabine Lisicki 7-5 2-6 7-6(1)
Osaka Open Women’s Singles Second Round Wed Oct 8
2-Madison Keys beat Misaki Doi 6-0, 6-4
3-Elina Svitolina beat Naomi Osaka 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
5-Zarina Diyas vs. Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino
4-Coco Vandeweghe vs. Ana Konjuh
Tianjin Open Women’s Singles Second Round Wed Oct 8
6-Alison Riske beat Olga Govortsova 6-4 7-6(3)
4-Varvara Lepchenko beat Fangzhou Liu 7-6(3), 7-5
Sorana Cirstea beat Andrea Hlavackova 6-3, 6-0
8-Ajla Tomljanovic beat Ying-Ying Duan 6-4, 6-4
3-Belinda Bencic beat Romina Oprandi w.o.
Ivanovic Opens in Linz, Giorgi def. Petkovic; Stosur, Vandeweghe Advance in Osaka
wtatennis.com October 7 2014 Linz, Austria - No.2 seed Ana Ivanovic continued her run of success at the Generali Ladies Linz with an emphatic first round victory on Tuesday. From 3-3 in the first set against Pauline Parmentier, Ivanovic won the next three games to take the set, and from 2-1 down in the second set she reeled off five straight games to finish off her 6-3, 6-2 triumph. Ivanovic, champion in Osaka in 2008 and 2010 and runner-up in 2013, is now 21-4 here.
Securing her 50th match win of 2014 was seventh-seeded Karolina Pliskova. The Czech lost just two points on her first serve in her 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Kirsten Flipkens, who had beaten Pliskova twice this year. There was an upset on paper, as Camila Giorgi was a 6-1, 6-2 winner over No.4 seed Andrea Petkovic. However, it was not a huge surprise, in that the Italian is now 3-0 in their head-to-head.
In Osaka , Japan, fourth-seeded Samantha Stosur and sixth-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe were among the winners on a perfect day for seeds at the Japan Women's Open Tennis on Tuesday. Stosur dropped her serve just once and won all but six points on her first serve in her 6-4, 7-5 defeat of Japan's Misa Eguchi.
In the process, Stosur improved to 20-3 here, where she has never failed to reach the quarters and where she captured the title in 2009 and 2013. In fact, this is the only WTA event where she has multiple titles. Next up for Stosur is fellow Australian Jarmila Gajdosova, whom she has lost to in both of their previous meetings.
As for WTA Rising Star Vandeweghe, she was four of five on break points and never faced one on her own serve in her 57-minute, 62, 6-3 victory over Kristina Mladenovic. Two more seeded WTA Rising Stars also advanced. No.5 seed Zarina Diyas was a 7-6(3), 6-1 winner over Taiwanese qualifier Chan Yung-Jan. No.8 seed Lauren Davis overcame a match point at 5-4 in the third set of her 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(3) triumph over Japanese qualifier Hiroko Kuwata.
Linz Open Women's Singles First Round Tuesday Oct 7
Madison Brengle beat Irina Begu 7-5 3-1 ret.
2-Ana Ivanovic beat Pauline Parmentier 6-3 6-2
Ons Jabeur beat Donna Vekic 7-5 6-1
Camila Giorgi beat 4-Andrea Petkovic 6-1 6-2
Tsvetana Pironkova beat Lisa-Maria Moser 6-2 6-3
Klara Koukalova beat Katerina Siniakova 7-5 3-6 7-6(3)
Mona Barthel beat Kiki Bertens 6-3 6-1
7-Karolina Pliskova beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-2 6-4
Jana Cepelova beat Timea Bacsinszky 7-6(3) 1-6 6-4
Tianjin Open Women’s Singles First Round Tuesday Oct 7
1-Jelena Jankovic beat Alla Kudryavtseva 6-2, 0-6, 6-0
2-Shuai Peng beat Shahar Peer 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
4-Varvara Lepchenko beat Lyudmyla Kichenok 6-1, 6-0
5-Shuai Zhang beat Danka Kovinic 6-2, 6-1
Su-Wei Hsieh beat Anastasia Rodionova 6-1 6-1
Elizaveta Kulichkova beat Silvia Soler-Espinosa 7-6(6) 4-6 6-1
Osaka Open Women’s Singles Tuesday Oct 7
1-Samantha Stosur beat Misa Eguchi 6-4, 7-5
4-Coco Vandeweghe beat Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-3
Bencic, Riske Win Openers in Tianjin
wtatennis.com: October 6, 2014 Tianjin, China - WTA Rising Star Belinda Bencic was among the winners as the first round of the Tianjin Open, which is celebrating its inaugural year on the WTA calendar, got underway on Monday.
Bencic, the No.3 seed at the International-level event, was tested by Zhu Lin - after going up 5-3, she watched on as the Chinese wildcard fought off two set points and evened the score at 5-all. But Bencic gathered herself together and closed out the set, and then rolled to victory from there, 7-5, 6-2.
The only other seed in action on Day 1 was No.6 seed Alison Riske, who held off a late surge from Turkish No.1 Cagla Buyukakcay to win, 6-2, 7-5. Riske originally led 6-2, 3-0 when Buyukakcay came alive, winning eight points in a row and eventually five of the next six games to go up 5-4. But Riske bounced back just in time to close the match out after an hour and 31 minutes.
Other marquee names in action included Sorana Cirstea, who outdid Magda Linette, 6-4, 6-2, and Francesca Schiavone, who actually ended up falling to the hard-hitting Olga Govortsova, 7-5, 6-4. Romina Oprandi, Duan Ying-Ying and Chinese wildcard Liu Fangzhou were also winners. Shahar Peer, Lyudmyla Kichenok, Nadiia Kichenok and Elizaveta Kulichkova booked spots in the main draw with wins in the final round of qualifying. Peer drew No.2 seed Peng Shuai in the first round.
Linz Open Women's Singles First Round Monday Oct 6
Stefanie Voegele beat 6-Barbora Strycova 7-6(4) 7-5
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova beat Annika Beck 7-6(6) 6-4
Marina Erakovic beat 8-Caroline Garcia 6-2 4-6 6-4
Osaka Women’s Open First Round Monday Oct 6
Jie Zheng vs. Ana Konjuh
Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino beat Tatjana Malek 6-2 6-1
Jarmila Gajdosova beat Miharu Imanishi 6-4 6-0
8-Lauren Davis beat Hiroko Kuwata 1-6 6-4 7-6(3)
Yulia Putintseva beat Risa Ozaki 7-6(3), 6-3
Eri Hozumi beat Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs. 7-6(4) 3-6 6-1
Misaki Doi beat Ana Bogdan 6-7(4) 6-2 6-2
Shuko Aoyama beat Renata Voracova 6-1 6-3
5-Zarina Diyas beat Yung-Jan Chan 7-6(3) 6-1
2-Madison Keys vs. Sachia Vickery 6-3, 6-3
Tianjin Women’s Open First Round Monday Oct 6
Olga Govortsova beat Francesca Schiavone 7-5, 6-4
Andrea Hlavackova beat 7-Monica Puig 7-5 6-1
3-Belinda Bencic vs. Lin Zhu 7-5, 6-2
6-Alison Riske beat Cagla Buyukakcay 6-2, 7-5
Ying-Ying Duan beat Ling Zhang 6-3, 6-1
Saisai Zheng beat Timea Babos 7-5 6-4
Romina Oprandi beat Ho Ching Wu 6-0 6-0
8-Ajla Tomljanovic beat Nadiya Kichenok 5-7 6-1 6-2
Fangzhou Liu beat Qiang Wang 6-3, 6-0
Sorana Cirstea beat Magda Linette 6-4, 6-2