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05
Oct
10

Sharapova ousted in the 2nd round…..

Maria Sharapova suffered a second successive early exit after she was beaten in straight sets by fellow Russian Elena Vesnina at the Beijing Open. Sharapova, the 12th seed, could only reach the second round before her 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 loss to the 63rd-ranked Vesnina, a week after she was beaten by 40-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm in the opening round in Tokyo.

Eighth seed Victoria Azarenka followed Sharapova out of the tournament after retiring due to a thigh injury when leading Timea Bacsinszky 6-4 2-3. It was the second time in three tournaments the Belorussian has retired after she collapsed on court during her second round match with Gisela Dulko at the US Open.

Second seed Vera Zvonareva beat Andrea Petkovic 6-4 6-1 while French Open champion Francesca Schiavone easily ousted Polona Hercog 6-3 6-3. Local hopeful and ninth seed Li Na beat Alisa Kleybanova 6-1 6-4 while Shahar Peer (15) was too good for Patty Schnyder, winning 6-4 6-2.

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02
Aug
10

This Russian teenager has nowhere to go but up!

Russian third seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova overcame compatriot Elena Vesnina 5-7 7-5 6-4 to capture the Istanbul WTA title on Sunday.

The 19-year-old, who is the highest-ranked teenager in the world at present, has now won two WTA Tour titles after victory in Monterrey earlier this season.

But she had to do it the hard way, battling back from one set down and 4-0 behind in the second to triumph in three hours and 10 minutes.

Vesnina, who was celebrating her 24th birthday on Sunday, came into Istanbul on a seven-match losing streak, having not won a match on the Tour since Charleston in April.

She claimed an early break in the decider to lead 3-1, however Pavlyuchenkova hit back to edge an epic encounter.

“Elena played really well and aggressively and didn’t let me play my game. I knew if I won the second set I had a good chance of winning the match,” said Pavlyuchenkova.

“It was so hot, my legs were dead.”

03
Jul
10

Vera Zvonareva is in two finals today….she should win one!

Vera Zvonareva and Elena Vesnina, playing their first event together since 2008, showed that their stunning defeat of the Williams sisters on Wednesday was no fluke, as they eased past fourth-seeded Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta, 63 61. Vesnina is seeking her fourth Sony Ericsson WTA Tour doubles title and Zvonareva her sixth (she has one major among her doubles titles – the 2006 US Open), although it would be their first as a duo

Zvonareva, who will play in Saturday’s singles final against Serena Williams before taking the court again later in the day for doubles, is looking to capture the singles and doubles titles at the same event for the second time, having done so at Indian Wells in 2009.

Standing in the Russians’ way will be another team seeking their first title together, Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova, who topped No.5 seeds Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 64 64. Making the result all the more surprising is the fact that in the only previous match-up between the teams, just a few weeks ago in the semifinals of Birmingham, King and Shvedova managed just four games.

03
May
10

A solid win for Ana Ivanovic is reason enough to celebrate.

For Ana Ivanovic May 3rd. might be the day she’ll remember as the day her climb back up the rankings began. She was draw against a player outside of the top ten, a player who doesn’t have an overpowering serve or hard groundstrokes, but neverless Elena Vesnina ranked at #32 is a consistent all rounder.

The stands were empty, there was no crowd to impress or patrons to please, as Ivanovic went about her business in a workmanlike fashion. She served 2 aces and no double faults, and only had two retosses. She won in under an hour 6-1, 6-3.

She was far from her old self, but a win is a win when the confidence is lacking. Unfortunately for Ana she will meet Victoria Azarenka in the next round.

It was the first career meeting between Ivanovic and Vesnina. Vesnina was a semifinalist in Ponte Vedra four weeks ago, and had won five of her last seven matches before losing to Ivanovic.

In other first-round action, No. 11 Yanina Wickmayer overcame a mid-match lapse to beat Karolina Sprem of Croatia 6-3, 1-6, 6-4; No. 12 Flavia Pennetta of Italy— the top local hope—advanced past Akgul Amanmuradova of Uzbekistan 6-2, 6-3;

09
Apr
10

Melanie Oudin struggles past Shuai Peng.

The day’s longest game of the day saw Melanie Oudin oust China’s Shuai Peng 2-6 7-5 7-5 in two hours, 27 minutes.

Peng had three break points in the 11th game of the second set to set up the chance to serve out for a two-set success.

However Oudin won the set and took control of the game in the closing stages of the decider.

Fourth-seed Elena Vesnina moved into the quarter-finals of the MPS Group Championships at Ponte Vedra Beach.

The Russian saw off Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-3 6-2, rallying strongly in blustery conditions at the Florida venue after slipping 3-2 behind early in the contest.

Belorussian Olga Govortsova was too strong for Georgian qualifier Anna Tatishvili, winning 6-2 6-2 to set up a clash against America’s Varvara Lepchenko.

Lepchenko, competing as a lucky loser after seventh-seed Virginie Razzano withdrew with a foot injury, was a convincing 6-1 6-1 conqueror of Germany’s Angelique Kerber.

29
Aug
09

Pilot Pen moved indoors.

Caroline-Wozniacki-Wimbledon-2009-Day-Six_2322535Caroline Wozniacki will be the hot favourite to retain her title at the Pilot Pen tournament after easing into the final on a rain-affected day in New Haven.

Heavy rain brought by Tropical Storm Danny meant no play was possible outdoors, prompting the WTA Tour to relocate to an indoor college court.

Second seed Wozniacki wasted little time sealing her passage with a 6-4 6-1 victory over third seed Flavia Pennetta.

The Dane will face unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina in Saturday’s showpiece after she defeated eighth seed Amelie Mauresmo.

The Frenchwoman had knocked out top seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals and she began well but Vesnina hit back strongly to triumph 5-7 6-1 6-2.

Wozniacki is bidding for her third title of the year after winning in Ponte Vedra Beach and Eastbourne while Vesnina lost her only previous WTA Tour final in Auckland earlier this season.

Wozniacki has won two of their three previous meetings, the last of which came in the semi-finals on the Dane’s way to victory in Ponte Vedra Beach.

The men’s semi-finals – with second seed Fernando Verdasco taking on Igor Andreev and in-form Sam Querrey facing Jose Acasuso – were postponed because of the weather.

Organisers may again have to look indoors with more bad weather forecast and little leeway ahead of the US Open, which starts on Monday in New York.

12
Mar
09

sharapova on court today.

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After seven months away from competitive tennis, Maria Sharapova makes her return today at about 4pm at Indian Wells. She is paired with fellow Russian Fed Cup team mate Elena Vesnina as a wild card entry in the doubles competition. They have never played as a doubles pair before, but were both members of Russia’s winning team. Much is resting on the outcome of Maria’s return, and depending how her shoulder holds up will decide where she will play her next tournament.

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10
Jan
09

Dementieva wins her 12th. title in NZ.

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Elena Dementieva beat fellow Russian Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-1 in the ASB Classic on Saturday to win her 12th WTA singles title.

Dementieva, ranked No. 4 and the tournament’s top seed, cruised past 76th-ranked Vesnina in an 88-minute final, overcoming a slow start to dominate the match with consistent power and accuracy.

The match was the 17th all-Russian final in WTA tournaments since 2003, nine of which have featured Dementieva, who will go for her first Grand Slam title in this month’s Australian Open.

The first set lasted 50 minutes and featured five service breaks. Vesnina played aggressively early on, attacking Dementieva’s second serve and rushing to the net behind deep forehand approaches.

Dementieva worked her way into the match near the middle of the opening set, and broke Vesnina in the 10th game to close it out. Dementieva bolted to a 5-0 lead in the second set.

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