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29
Mar
12

Victoria Azarenka’s winning start to the year finally came to an end as she was beaten 6-3 6-3 by Marion Bartoli.

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Bartoli was on top for nearly the whole match, but Azarenka had a chance to assert herself when she led 3-1 in the second set. That was as good as it got for her though and, with her early-season exertions perhaps catching up with her, she surrendered five games in a row, losing 14 of the last 16 games. It meant Azarenka’s winning run was snapped at 26 matches, but she told the tournament’s official website: “What I’ve done in the last couple of months, I have to be really proud of myself. “I could have maybe played better today, that’s for sure, but I gave it all I had. But Marion played really well today, and she deserves the win.”

Venus Williams’ revival came to a crashing halt at the hands of Polish fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who needed just 80 minutes to polish off the American 6-4 6-1. Williams had no answer to her younger, in-form opponent who broke her three times in the opening set and proved even more dominant in the next, blazing into a last-four showdown with Bartoli.

15
Mar
12

Ana Ivanovic secured her place in the semi-finals with a 6-3 6-4 victory over seventh seed Marion Bartoli at Indian Wells.

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The 15th-seeded Serb, who had eliminated defending champion Caroline Wozniacki in the previous round, maintained her excellent form at the event she won back in 2008 with a strong all-round display. Ivanovic broke Bartoli, who was runner-up last year to Wozniacki, three times before wrapping up the win in 77 minutes when her opponent pushed a forehand service return wide.

“I’m definitely very happy to be through and get my revenge for last year in the quarters,” a smiling Ivanovic, who was beaten by Bartoli in straight-sets at the same stage 12 months ago, said in a courtside interview. “It was a tough match but I served well. When I broke her (leading 4-3) in the first set, I think that was the turning point.”

14
Mar
12

Ivanovic wins the battle of the golfer’s girlfriends to advance to the quarters.

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Ana Ivanovic scored one of her best victories of recent years as she swept aside defending champion Caroline Wozniacki 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open. In beating the world No.4 in just 70 minutes, Ana reaches the last eight in Indian Wells for the fifth time in seven appearances. Both former world No.1s struggled with their serve in the early stages of the match. The first four games all went against the serve and a fifth break looked likely as Ana faced four break points, but she cleared them all away expertly. It proved to be a turning point in the match and the beginning of a superb performance by the 24-year-old, who overpowered her opponent in the first set, hitting cleanly off both wings. Ana took full advantage of the momentum she had, while across the net Wozniacki looked forlorn. The Dane managed to get rid of two break points in the first game of the second set, but she was unable to cope with the crushing groundstrokes from the 15th seed. Ana broke the Wozniacki serve twice more, the last time with a fabulous drop shot to seize a long rally. She served out the match to love to score a morale-boosting victory.

“I’m really happy the way I played tonight,” enthused Ana during her on-court interview. “We had a tough match a few weeks ago and I tried to learn from that. Asked what the win will do for her confidence, Ana said: “It’s huge, especially after last night, having a tough match and coming back today and going on a high level.”

The 24-year-old will face French world No.7 Marion Bartoli on Thursday in a re-match of their 2011 quarter-final. The Frenchwoman advanced to last eight by brushing aside Lucia Safarova from the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-4.

 

21
Jan
12

Zvonareva & Kuznetsova & Kirilenko & Bartoli ousted.

Petra Kvitova and Maria Kirilenko

Petra Kvitova advanced to the Australian Open last 16 after Maria Kirilenko retired injured from their match at 6-0 1-0 down. Russian world number 29 Kirilenko had her thigh strapped before conceding defeat with 38 minutes on the clock. Fourth seed Maria Sharapova had to work harder for her place in the fourth round than the 6-1 6-2 scoreline from her win over Angelique Kerber suggests. Seventh seed Vera Zvonareva lost to fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova. Kvitova, who could unseat Caroline Wozniacki as world number one by the end of the tournament will take on Ana Ivanovic, who held top spot in the rankings for 12 weeks in 2008, in the next round.

“I’m a little disappointed. I played the first set very well but it was unfortunate it was like this,” said Kvitova of her win over Kirilenko. The Czech second seed had been taken to three sets in the previous round by Carla Suarez Navarro, but her powerful groundstrokes looked too much for Kirilenko even before her opponent called for medical attention at 5-0 adrift in the opening set.

Sharapova had dropped just two games in swift wins over Gisela Dulko and Jamie Hampton in her first two matches and looked set to progress in similar style as she broke early in the second set against Kerber. But the 2008 champion was pegged back as Kerber wrestled the third and fourth games of the set her way. Sharapova responded with steely determination though, edging back in front at 4-2 before securing her passage to the next stage with another break. There will be more German opposition for her in the last 16 where she will meet 14th seed Sabine Lisicki in a repeat of the pair’s 2011 Wimbledon meeting. Lisicki overcame 18th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6 6-4 6-2 in a see-sawing match that lasted a shade under two hours. Zvonareva was out-fought 7-6 (9-7) 6-1 by Makarova as she became the highest-seeded player to exit the event since Sam Stosur’s first-round exit. The 24-year-old, who lost to eventual winner Kim Clijsters in the semi-finals last year, has had a slow start to 2012, losing in the first round of the Sydney International.

Ninth seed Marion Bartoli also fell victim to an upset as Chinese world number 38 Zheng Jie won their match 6-3 6-3. Zheng will play Italy’s Sara Errani who followed up her victory over 29th seed Nadia Petrova last time out with a 6-7 (6-8) 6-0 6-2 win over Romania’s Sorana Cirstea to make a Grand Slam fourth round for the first time. Ivanovic saw off American Vania King 6-3 6-4 to book her place in the same stage.

 

19
Jan
12

Top ladies all advance to the next round with little trouble.

Serena Williams

Five-time champion Serena outclassed Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-0 6-4 to set up a meeting Greta Arn. Sharapova was even more convincing in a 6-0 6-1 thrashing of Jamie Hampton and she will next play Angelique Kerber. Petra Kvitova, Vera Zvonareva and Ana Ivanovic also went through on Thursday.

Wimbledon champion Kvitova was out of sorts and needed one hour and 47 minutes to complete a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory over Spain’s Suarez Navarro. “It was okay at the beginning but then I made many, many mistakes,” said the second seed, who fell behind in the third set before bouncing back.

Seventh seed Zvonareva, a semi-finalist in 2009 and 2011, beat Lucie Hradecka 6-1 7-6 (7-3) and faces compatriot Ekaterina Makarova for a place in the last 16 after Makarova upset 25th seed Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 6-2 7-5.

Sharapova opened play on Rod Laver Arena but needed only 64 minutes to dispatch her American opponent. “I didn’t know too much about my opponent so I just focused on myself and tried to improve on my first round,” said the three-time Grand Slam champion. She takes on Kerber on Saturday after the 30th seed from Germany overcame Canada’s Stephanie Dubois 7-5 6-1. Sharapova was followed on court by Serena and the 12th seed snapped up the first set against a forlorn Strycova in 22 minutes. The Czech gave a better account of herself in the second, breaking Serena’s serve in game nine to make it 4-5. But the US number one hit straight back to secure a 68-minute triumph, the 500th win of her career. Serena, who pulled out of the recent Brisbane International after rolling her ankle on court, fell awkwardly in the final game against Strycova but later said: “It’s fine, I just have really wobbly ankles. I wasn’t meant to be a ballerina.”

Meanwhile, a resurgent Ivanovic – now coached by former British Fed Cup captain Nigel Sears – made serene progress. The 21st seed beat Michaella Krajicek 6-2 6-3 and next up is Vania King, who beat 15th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-5 3-6 4-6.

Marion Bartoli was another seed to comfortably progress, the 9th seed beating Jelena Dokic 6-3 6-2, while 14th seed Sabine Lisickie saw off Shahar Peer 6-1 6-2.

 

31
Dec
11

France defeats China on day one of the Hopman Cup.

Li Na did her bit but it wasn’t enough to lift China to victory in their Hopman Cup teams tennis clash with France in Perth on Saturday. Li came from a set down to defeat world No.9 Marion Bartoli 2-6 6-2 6-4 in the women’s singles but was forced to watch on helplessly as compatriot Wu Di was crushed 6-1 6-3 by Richard Gasquet in the men’s singles. France then romped to victory in the deciding mixed doubles, with Bartoli and Gasquet needing just 42 minutes to sweep to the 6-1 6-1 triumph. Earlier, Bartoli appeared on track for a straight-sets win in the women’s singles after taking the first set in 44 minutes before setting up two break points early in the second set. But Li, who has struggled to recapture top form since winning the French Open earlier this year, showed far more urgency from that point on, winning the last four games of the second set before grinding down Bartoli in the decider.

“At the beginning of the match she was playing so fast. I was like ‘what’s going on’,” Li said. “But after three or four games I got used to it.” Li said her French Open success in May had changed her life in so many ways, but may have also adversely affected her performances. “If I go somewhere to play a tournament, more people know who I am. I lose concentration on the court. I’m only focusing on the photo shooting,” she said with a laugh. “It’s tough after winning a big title, (maintaining) the concentration.”

Australia’s unseeded pairing of Lleyton Hewitt and Jarmila Gajdosova kick off their campaign on Sunday against third-seeded Spaniards Fernando Verdasco and Anabel Medina Garrigues.

26
Oct
11

Eight ladies head to Bali for the year ending tournament.

Marion Bartoli

The line-up for the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions has been finalised. The event takes place in Bali, Indonesia, during 3-6 November. Ana Ivanovic is the defending champion. She is one of two wild card entrants into the event – the other being China’s Shuai Peng. The six women that gained entry by virtue of being the highest ranked players to have won International Series tournaments this year are Marion Bartoli, Sabine Lisicki, Roberta Vinci, Daniela Hantuchova, Anabel Medina Garrigues and Nadia Petrova. Ana won’t be seeded, thus she will face Bartoli, Lisicki, Vinci or Hantuchova in the opening round of the knock-out event.

“We are delighted to have such a strong player field in what will be the final year of operating the Tournament of Champions in Bali. We look forward to welcoming them and I know that everyone in Bali is looking forward to an exciting event,” said Kevin Livesey, tournament director of the Commonwealth Bank Tournament of Champions.

16
Oct
11

Bartoli defeats Stosur for her 7th WTA title.

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Marion Bartoli claimed her second tournament of the season after playing twice on the final day of the Japan Open. Second seed Bartoli beat US Open champion Sam Stosur 6-3 6-4 in the final at the Utsubo Tennis Centre in Osaka, taking an hour and 14 minutes to clinch the final. Frenchwoman Bartoli added to the Eastbourne tournament in the summer to make it two victories on the WTA Tour this season after a busy Sunday in Japan. Rain delays in Japan had forced Saturday’s semi-final to be held over to Sunday meaning both Bartoli and Stosur had to play their semi-finals first before facing each other in the final later in the day. Bartoli broke top seeded Stosur twice in the first set and was dominant on her own serve, not being broken once in the match, to help her to sweep through the second set to victory. Bartoli had earlier beaten third-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-1 7-6 in one semi-final while Stosur knocked out unseeded Zie Jheng of China 7-6 3-6 6-3. It was a third defeat in four finals for Stosur this season, with the world number six losing in Rome and Toronto but saving her one win for Flushing Meadows in the US Open. Bartoli, ranked world number 11, now has seven WTA Tour titles to her name after her energetic victory.

26
Sep
11

Sharapova, Bartoli and Jankovic advance in Tokyo.

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Maria Sharapova cruised into the third round of the Pan Pacific Open today with a straight-sets defeat of Thai veteran Tamarine Tanasugarn. The world number two, who lost in the third round of the US Open earlier this month, ran through the first set before struggling to close it out in the second. After relinquishing an early break she regained the upper hand to complete a 6-2 7-5 win in one hour and 31 minutes.

“I served really well today. I had a good percentage and a few aces. It is definitely important for me to serve well because she reads the ball very well,” said Sharapova, the winner of this event in 2005 and 2009. “I played a good match. I had a little bit of a letdown in the second set and she started playing very well. It was much tougher in the second set.”

Seventh seed Marion Bartoli overcame stubborn resistance from Ayumi Morita and a partisan Tokyo crowd to advance 6-3 0-6 6-3. “It was exactly the same as our match in Miami earlier this year, with almost exactly the same scoreline,” said Bartoli, who was alluding to a 6-3 2-6 6-1 win. “Remembering that match helped me keep fighting until the end, even after losing that second set. She played very well though and really deserved that set. “We have the same game – she’s obviously very young but I think she’s improving all the time. Playing in your home country can be a lot of pressure.”

Jelena Jankovic, seeded eight, is also through following a 6-4 6-2 victory over Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

 

 

21
Sep
11

Vania King ousts Marion Bartoli to reach the quarters in Korea.

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American Vania King knocked out French second seed Marion Bartoli to reach the quarter-finals of the Hansol Korea Open in Seoul. Unseeded 22-year-old King defeated Bartoli 6-3 7-5 to set up a match against Czech Klara Zakopalova who defeated Romania’s Irina-Camellia Begu 6-1 6-1.

Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova secured her place in the last eight following the retirement through injury of her opponent, Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova. Cibulkova had taken the opening set on a tie-break when Shevdova pulled out. Slovenian fifth seed Polona Hercog overcame Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 7-5 and will play Cibulkova next.




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