viernes, 30 de septiembre de 2016
In stark contrast to dominka Cibulkova, the winner of Friday's first semifinal, Kvitova kept her time on court to a minimum, requiring only 67 minutes to wrap up a 6-1, 6-2 victory and move within touching distance of reclaiming the title she won in 2014.
"It's amazing. I came to this tournament and really didn't expect this kind of performance," Kvitova said. "Physically I'm still so-so - I'm really happy that I'm not falling apart. But I played a really great match today in spite of everything, which really put the pressure on her."
After over two and half hours of thrilling tennis, Cibulkova added the finishing touch to a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory by thumping a backhand onto the baseline. In the final she will face the winner of the evening match, Petra kvitova.
"It feels great. I'm really tired right now, but the feeling to be in the final is unbelievable, and that's why I love it," Cibulkova said. "It's just a great win for me today."
Cibulkova's path to the final has been far from straightforward. Rain earlier in the week forced the Slovak to play both her last 16 and quarterfinal matches on Thursday, making the level of play against Kuznetsova all the more remarkable.
"I would say that nothing has been easy here. I've had really tough matches from the first round so you don't expect anything easy from this tournament. I'm really looking forward to another final and I want to keep going, keep playing like this," Cibulkova added.
miércoles, 28 de septiembre de 2016
"I'm just very glad to win this match in two sets," she said during her on-court interview. "Obviously, it's never easy against Caroline and, well, I was just playing very good tennis tonight and I'm very happy for the win."
Radwanska and Wozniacki had met 13 times coming into Wednesday night's encounter, and played a thrilling three-setter just last week at the toray pan pacific open, which Wozniacki won from a set down en route to the title.
But the Pole made no mistake tonight, skillfully converting on her one-set lead and recovering from a break down to win the final five games of the match. In all, the former World No.2 played flawless tennis, hitting 23 winners to just 12 unforced errors, while Wozniacki, who appeared to be dealing with physical issues in her eighth match in 10 days, hit 18 winners to 24 unforced.
After three hours and 20 minutes on court, an exhausted Kvitova closed out a 6-7(10), 7-5, 6-4 win on her seventh match point.
"At the end I think there's no loser. I did everything today. I was fighting until the end."
Under the roof at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center, Kerber set the tone early on and broke Kvitova's serve in a 21-point marathon game, and kept the Czech firmly under pressure. But Kvitova pushed right back and wrestled a break back with the help of a pair of Kerber's unforced backhand errors.
Kerber dug herself out of a 2-4 deficit and saved set point at 6-5 to keep the pair on pace and send the opening set into the tiebreaker. Both players held a handful of set points during the decider, but it was Kvitova who blinked first, sending a pair of tired forehands long to let the World No.1 slip away with the set after an hour and twenty minutes.
martes, 27 de septiembre de 2016
Makarova's powerful game proved potent early on but was ultimately trumped by Radwanska's consistency and court craft. The Pole, who ended with just five unforced errors, won eight of the last nine games to close out a 6-4, 6-1 victory.
As the Russian pressed the action, Radwanska seemed content to soak up the pressure and bide her time before striking with typical elan. After snatching the first set with a break in the ninth game, Radwanska took complete control by breaking to love at the start of the second.
Displaying all the qualities that have taken her to the pinnacle of the women's game, Kerber completed a 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4 victory in style, firing a forehand down the line to set up a meeting with fellow Grand Slam champion kvitova
"Kiki was playing very well today, especially in the first set. I was trying to come back in the second," Kerber said. "The first match is always tough. But I'm happy to be back in China and to have won my first match here.
"I was trying to play more aggressive, more my tennis, moving a little bit better."
Kuznetsova use iphone take picture with fans after she won the match against Madison Brengle in Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open at Optics Valley International Tennis Center
27 sept, Wuhan, China
lunes, 26 de septiembre de 2016
PRIZE MONEY: $226,750
DIRECTOR: Valera Lim
Rich in museums and Soviet-era monuments, Tashkent is one of central Asia's oldest cities. The capital of Uzbekistan welcomed a WTA stop in 1999 with the debut of the Tashkent Open.
The tournament has featured a different singles champion every year since its inception, the locals especially delighting in Tashkent native and resident Iroda Tulyaganova's triumph in 2000. Belarusian Tatiana Poutchek has dominated in doubles, netting five titles - each with a different partner.
Stars to have graced the courts at the Tashkent Open include Victoria Azarenka, Marion Bartoli, Elena Dementieva, Anastasia Myskina, Li Na, Dinara Safina and Francesca Schiavone.
PRIZE MONEY: $2,288,250
DIRECTOR: Zhu Jianbin / Fabric
The Wuhan Open was one of three WTA events in China new to the calendar in 2014. It is also one of two Premier-level stops in China.
Sandwiched in between Premier events in Tokyo and Beijing during the WTA's Asian swing, the Wuhan Open takes place at the Optics Valley International Tennis Center.
Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province and the most populous city in Central China, is often referred to as the country's economic and geographical center. It is also the hometown of two-time Grand Slam champion Li Na.
"I'm so proud that my city is staging such a prestigious tournament," Li said.
domingo, 25 de septiembre de 2016
wozniacki win's over Naomi Osaka, 7-5, 6-3 to win her first title of 2016.
"It's the last match of the tournament, and I just wanted to go out and enjoy it," Wozniacki said in her on-court interview. "It's the final and both of us had great weeks. We both wanted to go out there and play well."
Osaka was playing in the biggest final of her career, but acquitted herself well in the early stages of the match, twice leading the former No.1 by a break of serve.
"She's going to be a great player, already rising in the rankings so fast. I've no doubt we'll see her in many, many more finals."