Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open
Wuhan Open Women's Singles Final Saturday Sept 26
3-Petra Kvitova beat 6-Eugenie Bouchard 6-3 6-4
Kvitova Wins Wuhan Crown, Repeats Against Bouchard in Final
wtatennis.com: September 27 2014 Wuhan, China - - It was all on the line on Saturday - not just the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open title, but a spot in the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. And it was Petra Kvitova who rose to the occasion, storming past WTA Rising Star Eugenie Bouchard for the double payday.
The No.3-seeded Kvitova had won the pair's only two previous meetings handily in straight sets, including a 55-minute, 6-3, 6-0 drubbing in the Wimbledon final this summer, and she did it again this time, breaking early in both sets and hanging onto those breaks to win in straights, 6-3, 6-4.
Kvitova originally led by a double break in the second set, 5-2, and had a match point in that game, but missed a backhand into the net. She lost that second break but still rode the first one to victory. The match stats weighed heavily in Kvitova's favor, as she put together an impressive +12 differential of winners to unforced errors (30 to 18), while Bouchard finished with a -4 differential (12 to 16).
Kvitova also converted on three of her five break point opportunities, Bouchard one of eight. This was Kvitova's third WTA title of the year, having already won Wimbledon and New Haven. It was the 14th WTA title of her career - 11 of those 14 WTA titles are at the Premier level or higher.
And the Czech is now the fourth player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore, following Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. Four spots remain in the elite eight singles field.
Kvitova, Bouchard to Vie for Wuhan Title
wtatennis.com: September 26 2014 Wuhan, China - Petra Kvitova powered into the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Friday and is now just one win away from the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Kvitova had lost her only previous meeting against Elina Svitolina at Cincinnati in the summertime, but there would be no repeat of that this time as the No.3-seeded Czech stormed through the first set and, after letting an early break go in the second, closed the WTA Rising Star out in straights, 6-3, 7-5.
If Kvitova wins the Premier-level title on Saturday, she will become the fourth player to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore, following Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep.
WTA Rising Star Eugenie Bouchard outdid Caroline Wozniacki to not only reach the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open final, but to set up a Wimbledon final rematch against Petra Kvitova where the winner will qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
The No.6-seeded Bouchard put on a masterclass against the No.8-seeded Wozniacki in the night session, needing just an hour and 18 minutes to storm into the final, 6-2, 6-3. Wozniacki actually played very well - she finished the match with an even differential of winners to unforced errors (18 to 18). But Bouchard was an impressive +8 against one of the most solid players in the game (28 to 20).
Bouchard's other secret weapon was her sharpness on the biggest points - she managed to convert on five of her nine break point chances, while Wozniacki converted just one of seven break points.
Wuhan Open Women's Singles Semifinal Friday Sept 26
6-Eugenie Bouchard beat 8-Caroline Wozniacki 6-2 6-3
3-Petra Kvitova beat Elina Svitolina 6-3 7-5
Kvitova Halts Garcia Run; Svitolina Upsets Kerber; Bouchard, Wozniacki in Semis
wtatennis.com: September 25, 2014 Wuhan, China - - Petra Kvitova beat Caroline Garcia to reach the semifinals of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.
Kvitova, who had gone to three tough sets the day before against the red-hot Karolina Pliskova, had another surging WTA Rising Star across the net from her this time. Garcia had taken out a pair of all-time greats en route to the quarterfinals here in Venus Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska.
But the No.3-seeded Kvitova was just too efficient this time around, holding all 10 of her service games and getting one break per set to put Garcia away in just an hour and 21 minutes, 6-3, 6-4. She was also just too solid in the stats, putting together a -1 differential of winners to unforced errors (23 to 24). Meanwhile, Garcia was a little too erratic on the day with a -9 differential (13 to 22).
But in the bigger picture, Kvitova is now just two wins from becoming the fourth player to qualify for the WTA Finals. Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep are already set in stone.
Another player with a shot at the WTA Finals this week - Eugenie Bouchard - was also among the daytime winners on Thursday. The No.6-seeded Canadian survived a second set fightback against Alizé Cornet, originally leading 6-3, 5-2 but finally closing her out by a much tighter score, 6-3, 7-5. Bouchard could qualify for Singapore if she wins the title - it depends on other results, too.
Wuhan Open Women's Singles Quarterfinal Thursday Sept 25
Elina Svitolina beat 7-Angelique Kerber 6-4 7-6(3)
6-Eugenie Bouchard beat Alize Cornet 6-3 7-5
3-Petra Kvitova beat Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-4
8-Caroline Wozniacki beat Timea Bacsinszky 4-6 6-2 6-3
Bacsinszky Ousts Sharapova; Kvitova, Bouchard, Kerber, Wozniacki Advances to QF
wtatennis.com: September 24, 2014 Wuhan, China - Maria Sharapova became the latest favorite to fall at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, succumbing to Swiss qualifier Timea Bacsinszky - and with Serena Williams and Simona Halep out as well, the Singapore hopefuls are hoping to snatch up the points those three won't be winning.
But first there's the matter of the biggest win of Bacsinszky's career, a 7-6(3), 7-5 stunner over the No.4-seeded Sharapova. It has been a long road back for Bacsinszky, who peaked at No.37 in the world back in 2010 but who went as low as No.578 in 2012 after a series of nagging injuries.
Angelique Kerber, who was also one of the early winners on Wednesday. Kerber, currently No.10 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard and the No.7 seed this week, needed just 64 minutes to beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova over on Court 1, 6-1, 6-1.
Other early winners were Alizé Cornet, who rallied from 3-1 down in the third set to beat Belgian wildcard Kirsten Flipkens in two hours and 46 minutes, 7-6(4), 1-6, 6-3, Caroline Garcia, who outserved CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-3, 6-2, blasting 11 aces to the American's eight, and Elina Svitolina, who advanced past Garbiñe Muguruza via walkover when the Spaniard withdrew due to gastritis.
No.8 seed Caroline Wozniacki continued her recent superb form with a third round defeat of Casey Dellacqua at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Wednesday. After cruising through the first set, Wozniacki went down a double break at 3-0 in the second set but quickly regained the momentum and reeled off six straight games for a 6-0, 6-3 triumph. Wozniacki has won 24 of 29 matches dating back to the start of her summer hardcourt season.
Another red-hot player was beaten but by a narrow margin, as third-seeded Petra Kvitova was a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 winner over Karolina Pliskova. Pliskova was victorious in Sunday's Seoul final, beat Samantha Stosur in her Wuhan opener on Monday and defeated Andrea Petkovic in the second round on Tuesday for her 11th win in 12 matches before finally falling short in her maiden encounter against her fellow Czech.
Making her first WTA quarterfinal since her runner-up showing at Wimbledon was No.6 seed and WTA Rising Star Eugenie Bouchard, whose 6-2, 6-3 victory over Alison Riske was her third straight win over the American. Next up for Bouchard is Alizé Cornet, who continued her memorable Wuhan campaign by beating Kirsten Flipkens 7-6(4) 1-6 6-3
Wuhan Open Women's Singles Third Round Wednesday Sept 24
6-Eugenie Bouchard beat Alison Riske 6-2 6-3
8-Caroline Wozniacki beat Casey Dellacqua 6-0 6-3
3-Petra Kvitova beat Karolina Pliskova 6-3 2-6 6-4
Timea Bacsinszky beat 4-Maria Sharapova 7-6(3) 7-5
7-Angelique Kerber beat Barbora Strycova 6-1 6-1
Alize Cornet beat Kirsten Flipkens 7-6(4) 1-6 6-3
Elina Svitolina beat Garbine Muguruza w.o.
Caroline Garcia beat Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-2
Serena Exits; Muguruza Upsets Halep; Riske Ousts Errani; Makarova, Lisicki Out
wtatennis.com: September 23, 2014 Wuhan, China - A very aggressive Garbiñe Muguruza pulled off the biggest upset of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Tuesday, rallying from a set down to stun No.2 seed Simona Halep in her opener.
The two WTA Rising Stars had never played before and early on it looked like the favorite was going to move through smoothly, winning the first set in just 35 minutes, 6-2. But the match turned on a dime from there, as Muguruza stormed out to a 4-0 lead in the second set and, after tucking that one away, 6-2, winning another four games in a row to take the third set and the match, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3.
The match numbers showed just how in the zone Muguruza was. Facing one of the best defenders in the game she managed a positive winners to unforced errors differential in the match, 34 to 33, while Halep was clearly rattled, finishing with a -17 differential - 21 winners to 38 unforced errors.
At the end of it all Muguruza had the second-best win of her career over the World No.2. Her best came at Roland Garros earlier this year, beating Serena Williams - the World No.1 then, and now.
American Alison Riske also score an upset victory knocking out No.11 seed Sara Errani 6-4 6-4 to reach the third round where she will meet either Eugenie Bouchard or Mona Barthel. Swiss Timea Bacsinsky, last week's Guangzhou semifinalist, followed up with another shocker taking out No.13 seed Ekaterina Makarova 6-4 6-1.
In other matches on Tuesday, Elina Svitolina knocked off Hong Kong Open champion Sabine Lisicki 7-6(3) 6-3.
Caroline Wozniacki, the No.8 seed at the Premier-level event, needed more than two hours to make it past Suárez Navarro, dropping the second set and facing a point for a 5-3 deficit in the third set but clawing back and eventually making it past the Spanish No.1 in a third set tie-break, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6(4).
Suárez Navarro had almost three times as many winners as Wozniacki during the match, 46 to 16, but the usually-rock solid Spaniard also had more than twice as many unforced errors, 51 to 24.
The No.1-seeded Serena Williams followed and had a similarly grueling battle, building an early 3-1 lead but watching on as Cornet just wouldn't let go, breaking back and neither player leading by more than a game again. But after a marathon 11th game, where Williams finally converted on her fourth break point to go up 6-5, the World No.1 had to retire from the match because of a viral illness.
Though it may not have come the way she wanted, Cornet - who beat Williams at Dubai and Wimbledon this year - is the first player to beat her three times in a season since Justine Henin in 2007.
Two of the other seeds in action weren't so lucky either, both of them falling to WTA Rising Stars. Andrea Petkovic, the No.16 seed, fell to Karolina Pliskova, 6-4, 6-4, and No.10 seed Jelena Jankovic was forced to retire down 4-1 in the first set against CoCo Vandeweghe due to a back injury.
Wuhan Open Women's Singles Second Round Tuesday Sept 23
Garbine Muguruza Blanco beat 2-Simona Halep 2-6 6-2 6-3
Alison Riske beat 11-Sara Errani 6-4 6-4
Elina Svitolina beat Sabine Lisicki 7-6(3) 6-3
Timea Bacsinszky beat 13-Ekaterina Makarova 6-4 6-1
Alize Cornet beat 1-Serena Williams 5-6 (S. Williams retired)
3-Petra Kvitova beat Karin Knapp 6-3 6-0
6-Eugenie Bouchard beat Mona Barthel 4-6 6-3 6-4
7-Angelique Kerber beat Zarina Diyas 4-6 6-2 6-4
8-Caroline Wozniacki beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1 3-6 7-6(4)
Coco Vandeweghe beat 10-Jelena Jankovic 4-1 (Jankovic retired)
Casey Dellacqua beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6(7) 6-7(5) 6-1
Barbora Strycova beat Madison Keys 3-6 6-2 6-2
Kirsten Flipkens beat Jarmila Gajdosova 6-3 3-6 6-3
Karolina Pliskova beat 16-Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-4
Radwanska Stunned by Garcia; Sharapova Rallies Past Kuznetsova; Ivanovic Exits
wtatennis.com: September 22, 2014 Wuhan, China - She looked out of sorts in the first set but like she has done so many times in her career - and more times than any other player this year, too - Maria Sharapova toughed it out in three sets, beating countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova in her Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open opener 3-6, 6-2, 6-2.
After having eight winners and 20 unforced errors in the first set, Sharapova tightened the screws in a big way in the second and third sets. She had 25 winners and 13 unforced in those two sets. It was Sharapova's WTA-leading 18th three set win of the year. No one else has more than 15.
Agnieszka Radwanska could have qualified for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global by reaching the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open this week, but those hopes were dashed as she was stunned in her opening match by Caroline Garcia.
The No.5-seeded Radwanska had her chances in the match - she was two games away leading 6-3, 4-3, she led 4-2 in the third set and even served for it at 6-5 in the decider - but at the end of it all Garcia, who had saved a match point to beat Venus Williams the day before, was just too tough, eventually closing the center court thriller out after two hours and 42 minutes, 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(7).
Radwanska wasn't the only player to see their WTA Finals bids go on hold - Ana Ivanovic, fresh off her fourth WTA title of the year in Tokyo and the No.9 seed here, was trailing Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in their first round match, 7-5, 6-5, when she had to retire from the match due to a thigh injury. Other winners included No.10 seed Jelena Jankovic, who got by Christina McHale 6-4 6-4.
In earlier action, a second set surge led Sara Errani to victory against Heather Watson, but three of her fellow seeds were ousted. After toughing out a marathon 47-minute first set Errani fell way behind, as Watson won the first 12 points of the second set - and 19 of the first 22 - en route to a 4-0, 40-15 lead. But the No.11-seeded Erani never stopped grinding, toughing out six games in a row to sneak the win out, 7-5, 6-4.
The first wave of matches at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center produced a pair of upsets too, with WTA Rising Star Madison Keys scoring a 4-6, 6-3 retirement win over No.12 seed Dominika Cibulkova, when the Slovak had to stop due to a left ankle injury, and Australian qualifier Jarmila Gajdosova dropping 10 aces en route to a 6-1, 6-4 victory against No.15 seed Flavia Pennetta.
Wuhan Open Women's Singles Second Round Monday Sept 22
Caroline Garcia beat 5-Agnieszka Radwanska 3-6 7-6(4) 7-6(7)
4-Maria Sharapova beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6 6-2 6-2
Wuhan Open Women's Singles First Round Monday Sept 22
Mona Barthel beat Peng Shuai 6-2 7-6(1)
Karolina Pliskova beat Samantha Stosur 6-4 6-4
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat 9-Ana Ivanovic 7-5 6-5 (Ivanovic retired)
10-Jelena Jankovic beat Christina Mchale 6-4 6-4
Garbine Muguruza Blanco beat Maria Teresa Torro 4-6 6-4 6-4
Casey Dellacqua beat Roberta Vinci 7-5 7-5
Sabine Lisicki beat 14-Lucie Safarova 7-5 2-6 6-3
Carla Suarez Navarro beat Zhang Kailin 7-5 6-4
Alize Cornet beat Romina Oprandi 6-2 6-1
Jarmila Gajdosova beat 15-Flavia Pennetta 6-1 6-4
Timea Bacsinszky beat Stefanie Voegele 6-1 7-5
11-Sara Errani beat Heather Watson 7-5 6-4
Madison Keys beat 12-Dominika Cibulkova 4-6 6-3 0-0 (Cibulkova retired)
Coco Vandeweghe beat Annika Beck 6-3 6-2
Garcia Edges Venus in Wuhan Opener
wtatennis.com: September 21, 2014 Wuhan, China - It didn't take long for the inaugural Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open to have its first upset, as Caroline Garcia beat Venus Williams in a thriller in first round play on Sunday.
After splitting the first two sets, Williams raced out to a 5-2 lead in the third. Garcia then held at love, and Williams tried to serve it out, even holding a match point at 40-30.
But the Frenchwoman was resilient and eventually forced a deciding tie-break, which like the rest of the match was tight, Garcia going on to a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(6) triumph. Just how close was it? Each player won 115 points.
Though her defeat of World No.18 Williams certainly qualifies as a surprise, WTA Rising Star Garcia is no stranger to big wins. She now has seven against Top 20 foes, all of them coming in 2014. She will go for an eighth in the second round against No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska.
Others advancing included WTA Rising Star Elina Svitolina, Svetlana Kuznetsova, 13th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova and 16th-seeded Andrea Petkovic. Svitolina beat Camila Giorgi, 6-2, 6-3, and Kuznetsova topped Kurumi Nara, 6-3, 6-2, to set up a showdown with fellow Russian and No.4 seed Maria Sharapova. Makarova was a 6-2, 6-2 winner over Bojana Jovanovski, and Petkovic was a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victor over Donna Vekic.
Wuhan Open Women’s Singles First Round Sunday Sept 21
16-Andrea Petkovic beat Donna Vekic 5-7 6-1 6-2
Caroline Garcia beat Venus Williams 6-4 4-6 7-6(6)
Kirsten Flipkens beat Francesca Schiavone 2-6 7-6(2) 6-4
Karin Knapp beat Marina Erakovic 6-4 2-6 6-1
Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Kurumi Nara 6-3 6-2
13-Ekaterina Makarova beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-2 6-2
Zarina Diyas beat Klara Koukalova 6-4 6-7(1) 6-2
Alison Riske beat Xu Shilin 4-6 6-4 6-6 (Xu S L retired)
Barbora Strycova beat Daniela Hantuchova 7-6(5) 7-6(2)
Elina Svitolina beat Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-3