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#61 Posted : Tuesday, October 22, 2013 12:46:30 AM(UTC)
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5PM ISTANBUL TIME...

Agnieszka Radwanska ISTANBUL, Turkey - Every day we will bring you 10 things to look for on the court in Istanbul - stats, nuggets, upcoming milestones, head-to-heads - starting today with Day 1 of the round robin... read on. (play begins at 5pm Istanbul time - watch live here) (2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR #2) vs (6) Sara Errani (ITA #7)Head-To Head: Azarenka leads Errani, 6-1. Azarenka is looking for her first match win since the US Open.~ Since reaching her fourth Grand Slam final at the US Open, Azarenka has lost her opening match at both tournaments she has played - Tokyo (to Venus) and Beijing (to Petkovic). If you include her loss in that US Open final to Serena, Azarenka comes into Istanbul on a three-match losing streak. Azarenka is one of the best frontrunners in the game right now.~ Since the start of 2012, Azarenka is 98-1 when winning the first set (the only loss came in the second round of Madrid this year to Makarova, 16 62 63 - her second match back after two months out). Errani would get the biggest win of her career if she wins today.~ The best win of Errani's career came against a No.4-ranked Radwanska at this year's French Open. She is 0-19 in her career against Top 3 players (she has pushed three of those matches to three sets). (1) Serena Williams (USA #1) vs (8) Angelique Kerber (GER #9)Head-To-Head: Serena leads Kerber, 2-1. Serena could completely obliterate the single season prize money record here.~ Azarenka set the previous single season prize money record last year - $7,923,920. Serena comes into Istanbul with $9,940,572 this year - by just taking the court today she is guaranteed to surpass $10 million, and if she goes undefeated all week and wins the title she will pass the $12 million mark. Kerber is the only player to beat Serena in straight sets in almost 19 months.~ Kerber's 64 64 win over Serena at Cincinnati last summer was the American's only straight set loss since Tuesday, March 27th, 2012 (when she lost to Wozniacki in Miami by the same score - 64 64). Kerber would get the biggest win of her career if she wins today.~ Kerber's best career win came against a No.3-ranked Sharapova at Paris [Indoors] last year. She is 0-8 in her career against Top 2 players (she has pushed the last two of those to three sets though, including holding two match points against a No.1-ranked Azarenka in the round robin here last year). Kerber is trying to become only the third lefty ever to have multiple wins over Serena.~ The only two lefties who have had multiple wins over Serena are Schnyder, who beat her four times, and Bammer, who beat her twice. Four others - Serna, Seles, Makarova and Kerber - have one win. (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL #4) vs (5) Petra Kvitova (CZE #6)Head-To-Head: Kvitova leads Radwanska, 4-1. Radwanska has won two titles in Istanbul before.~ Radwanska conquered the Istanbul Cup - a smaller clay court event - twice, in doubles in 2007 (with her sister Urszula) and in singles in 2008 (beating Dementieva in the final - the trophy pic is above). Kvitova is looking for her 50th WTA-level match win of the year.~ Kvitova is currently 49-21 on the year and would strike 50 with a win today (only two other players have hit 50 this year - Serena, who has 73 wins coming into Istanbul, and Radwanska, who has 56). Kvitova has almost halved her ranking in the last few weeks.~ Kvitova dipped to No.11 after the US Open, her first time out of the Top 10 since first breaking it 122 weeks before - but after three weeks at No.11, she got back into the elite and is No.6 this week.


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#62 Posted : Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:45:13 AM(UTC)
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CHINAGIRL TODAY !!!



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#63 Posted : Wednesday, October 23, 2013 1:47:01 AM(UTC)
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DAY TWO...

(4) Li Na (CHN #5) vs (6) Sara Errani (ITA #7)
Head-To-Head: Li leads Errani, 5-0.

Li lost the first set she ever played against Errani, but has won all 10 since.
~ Errani scored a 6-4 first set against Li in the second round of the 2008 US Open, but Li has won 10 sets in a row against her now, losing a total of 17 games in those 10 sets (1.7 games per set).

Errani is 1-30 against Top 5 players.
~ Errani's only Top 5 win came against a No.4-ranked Radwanska at the French Open this year.

(2) Victoria Azarenka (BLR #2) vs (7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB #8)
Head-To-Head: Azarenka leads Jankovic, 5-3.

The last time these two played, there were 23 breaks in 27 games.
~ In Azarenka and Jankovic's only meeting in the last 21 months, Azarenka defeated Jankovic in the semifinals of Cincinnati this summer, 46 62 63 - and 23 of those 27 games were breaks of serve.

Azarenka is 110-10 against everyone except Serena since the start of 2012.
~ Since the start of 2012, Azarenka has had trouble against Serena, going 2-7 against her - but she has an incredible 110-10 record against everyone else since the start of 2012 (an 11:1 ratio).

Jankovic has four career wins over Top 2 players.
~ Jankovic's four Top 2 wins came at 2007 Birmingham (No.2 Sharapova), 2009 Cincinnati (No.1 Safina), 2009 WTA Championships (No.1 Safina - by retirement) and 2010 Rome (No.1 Serena).

Jankovic has lost her last 17 matches against Top 4 players.
~ Since beating a No.1-ranked Serena at Rome in 2010, Jankovic has lost 17 straight matches against Top 4 players. It was quite the turnaround - before that she had won 10 in a row against the Top 4.

(1) Serena Williams (USA #1) vs (3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL #4)
Head-To-Head: Serena leads Radwanska, 7-0.

Serena's head-to-head against Radwanska is her most lopsided against anyone in the Top 17.
~ Serena has a perfect head-to-head against a lot of players, but she hasn't had more wins without a loss against anyone else in the Top 17 than No.4 Radwanska (she is 8-0 against No.18 Kirilenko).

Serena was winning the only set she ever lost to Radwanska.
~ Serena isn't just 7-0 against Radwanska, she's 14-1 in sets. Their only three-setter came in the 2012 Wimbledon final, which Serena won, 61 57 62 (she was leading 4-2 in that second set though).

Radwanska has the second-most match wins in 2013 - after Serena.
~ Radwanska has 56 match wins on the year, Serena 74 now - Kvitova is in third place with 50.

Radwanska has beaten a No.1 before - she is the only Polish woman ever to beat a No.1.
~ Radwanska beat a No.1-ranked Wozniacki in the quarterfinals of Sydney last year, 36 75 62. It was Wozniacki's second-last tournament as No.1 - she lost the top ranking after the Australian Open.


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#64 Posted : Wednesday, October 23, 2013 3:29:42 AM(UTC)
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F**k the WTA Champs. We all know the stupid,motherf**king big brick sh*thouse will be winning again...
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#66 Posted : Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:30:11 AM(UTC)
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LOL...my friend Midaso, u can say FUCK, MOTHERFUCKING & SHIT in all it's

variations here...don't be shy LOLOL...would u say the same if MASHA was there?....mmmmhhhh:)


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#67 Posted : Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:06:36 AM(UTC)
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CHINAGIRL WON IN TWO STRAIGHTS SETS AND THAT MAKES ME


DAMN HAPPY


63 76(5)


Congratulations to SARA ERRANI who put up a great fight and came VERY CLOSE



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#65 Posted : Wednesday, October 23, 2013 4:47:07 PM(UTC)
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F**k the WTA Champs. We all know the stupid,motherf**king big brick sh*thouse will be winning again...


U R AGAIN Fucking right! SO FUCKING BORING!!!!

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for Eugine Bouchard's fan:


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#69 Posted : Thursday, October 24, 2013 12:59:10 AM(UTC)
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Watch out for the "spinach"-woman...

(4) Li Na (CHN #5) vs. (7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB #8)
Head-To-Head: Li leads Jankovic, 5-4.

In their last meeting, Li lost only three games and won 15 points in a row at one point.
~ Li and Jankovic have a close head-to-head but their last meeting was anything but close, as Li beat Jankovic in the fourth round of the US Open this year in 57 minutes, 63 60. She won 15 points in a row from 5-3 first set to 2-0, 40-0 in the second set - Jankovic won the next point but no more games.

These two have a WTA doubles title together.
~ Li and Jankovic won Birmingham together in 2006. They each only have two WTA doubles titles, Li winning Tashkent in 2000 with Li Ting and Jankovic in Toronto this year with Katarina Srebotnik.

(3) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL #4) vs. (8) Angelique Kerber (GER #9)
Head-To-Head: Radwanska leads Kerber, 5-3.

These two just played in back-to-back weeks in the Asian swing - and split them 1-1.
~ Kerber beat Radwanska in the Tokyo quarters; Radwanska beat Kerber in the Beijing quarters.

Radwanska has a losing record against lefties this year.
~ Radwanska is 53-12 against righties this year but 3-5 against lefties (all five losses in straight sets).

Radwanska can secure the year-end No.3 ranking by winning this match.
~ If Radwanska wins today, regardless of whatever else happens this week, she will be No.3 on the year-end rankings after Serena (who is locked in as year-end No.1) and Azarenka (locked in at year-end No.2). It would be the former World No.2's first time finishing a season in the world's Top 3.

(1) Serena Williams (USA #1) vs. (5) Petra Kvitova (CZE #6)
Head-To-Head: Serena leads Kvitova, 4-0.

The last match these two played was a thriller AND historic.
~ Serena won their first three meetings in straight sets but barely escaped in the quarterfinals of Doha earlier this year, rallying from 4-1 down in the third set to win, 36 63 75. By virtue of that win she became the oldest No.1 in WTA history - watch the highlights and her emotional on-court interview.


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Bad start for Victoria :(
Jankovic Too Solid For Azarenka
Jelena Jankovic turned back the clock at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul on Wednesday, beating World No.2 Victoria Azarenka for her best win in three and a half years.
Though she had some major struggles on break points - she converted just four of 17 - the No.7-seeded Jankovic was just too solid for the No.2-seeded Azarenka throughout the match. She fired 14 winners and gave away only 13 unforced errors, a +1 differential - meanwhile, Azarenka had a -10 differential of 30 winners to 40 unforced errors. At the end of the day Jankovic moved on, 6-4 6-3.

After a few hellos to her family back home into the camera, Jankovic was interviewed on court.

"It feels incredible to beat Azarenka here in Istanbul," she said. "First of all I was so excited to qualify here and give myself a chance to play against the best players in the world once again, and to win today is amazing. Every match in the round robin format counts, and every match is difficult too.

"I'm really happy. Beating Vika will give me a lot of confidence going into the next matches."

Jankovic, a former No.1, had lost her last 17 matches against Top 4 players - the last time she had beaten anyone in the Top 2 was at Rome in 2010 (where she beat a No.1-ranked Serena Williams).

The Serb's win over the No.2-ranked Azarenka was also her fifth career win over a Top 2 player. The first four came at Birmingham in 2007 (No.2 Maria Sharapova), Cincinnati in 2009 (No.1 Dinara Safina), the WTA Championships in Doha in 2009 (again No.1 Safina, though it was via retirement after just two games) and the aforementioned win at Rome in 2010 (No.1 Williams, saving match point).

Azarenka has now lost four of her last five matches, starting with the US Open final (to Williams), then opening round losses at Tokyo (to Venus Williams) and Beijing (to Andrea Petkovic), and she is now 1-1 this week (beating Sara Errani in her first round robin match, then falling to Jankovic today).

Azarenka will have a day off on Thursday - Jankovic will play her second round robin match against No.4 seed Li Na (Li leads the head-to-head series, 5-4 .
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#71 Posted : Thursday, October 24, 2013 11:36:33 AM(UTC)
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CHINAGIRL won again


63 26 63...if that's enough to get into the quarters


(won from "spinach"-OLIVE)



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#72 Posted : Friday, October 25, 2013 12:25:24 AM(UTC)
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LI NA NEEDS JUST ONE SET !!!

Victoria Azarenka (BLR #2) vs (4) Li Na (CHN #5)Head-To-Head: Azarenka leads Li, 6-4. Azarenka has beaten Li five times in a row.Azarenka has turned a 1-4 head-to-head record against Li into 6-4 with five wins in a row, which includes two wins in the round robin stage here the last two years - 62 62 in 2011, 76(4) 63 in 2012. Azarenka will be the year-end World No.2.Serena and Azarenka have secured the year-end No.1 and No.2 rankings, respectively. Li could be the year-end World No.3.If Li loses today, she would still rise to No.3 if she goes on to win the title. If she wins today, she would rise to No.3 just by getting to the final (she wouldn't even need to win the title). If she gets to No.3, it would not only be her new career-high, she would be the highest-ranked Asian player ever. Li has five career wins over Top 2 players.Two wins over No.1s (Serena at 2008 Stuttgart, Wozniacki at 2011 Australian Open) and three wins over No.2s (Sharapova at 2011 WTA Championships, Kvitova at 2012 Sydney, Sharapova at 2013 Australian Open). (5) Petra Kvitova (CZE #6) vs (8) Angelique Kerber (GER #9)Head-To-Head: Kvitova is tied with Kerber, 2-2. These are by far the Top 2 left-handers in the world.At No.6 and No.9, Kvitova and Kerber are the two highest-ranked lefties. Next is No.24 Makarova. Kvitova has done much better than Kerber against fellow lefties this year.Kvitova is 7-1 against lefties this year; Kerber is 2-3 against lefties this year. This will be just the third time since 1992 that a lefty will be in the semifinals at this event.Since Navratilova was runner-up at this event in 1992, this will only be the third time a lefty will be in the semifinals: 2000 (Seles - runner-up), 2011 (Kvitova - champion) and 2013 (one of these two). Both Kvitova and Kerber love playing on indoor hardcourts.Kvitova is 30-4 on indoor hardcourts since the start of 2011, while all three of Kerber's WTA titles have come on indoor hardcourts (Paris [Indoors] and Copenhagen in 2012, Linz just a few weeks ago). (6) Sara Errani (ITA #7) vs (7) Jelena Jankovic (SRB #8)Head-To-Head: Jankovic leads Errani, 1-0. The only time these two met, it was about as close as you can get.A No.9-ranked Jankovic beat a No.49-ranked Errani in the third round of Indian Wells in 2010, 26 76(6) 64. Jankovic was two points from losing at 6-all in the second set tie-break, and she was also in deep trouble in the third set - she was on the verge of going down a double break, serving at 2-4, 0-40. Errani has done much better against Top 10 players in the last 17 months than before.Errani went into the 2012 French Open with an 0-28 record against Top 10 players, and while she doesn't have a winning record against Top 10 players since then, it's still a much better 6-17 (26.1%).


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NA DID IT !!!

Li Na booked her place in the semifinals of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul with a straight set victory over Victoria Azarenka on Friday.

Victory sees Li advance to the knockout stage with a perfect 3-0 win-loss record. There she will face either Petra Kvitova or Angelique Kerber.

After an early exchange of breaks, Azarenka's hopes were dealt a double blow in the sixth game, suffering a back injury as she dropped serve for a second time.

Li took full advantage of her opponent's plight, reeling off the next seven games and wrapping up a 62 61 victory after one hour and 17 minutes.

"This is not the best way to win the match," Li said. "I saw she had a little bit of a problem with the back and in my mind I thought she would retire, but she kept on trying, which made it tough mentally."


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SINGLES SEMIFINALS

(4) Li Na (CHN #5) vs (5) Petra Kvitova (CZE #6)
Head-To-Head: Li and Kvitova are tied, 3-3.

Li will be World No.3, and the highest-ranked Asian player ever, if she wins today.
~ Li will go from No.5 to No.3 if she wins today, surpassing her previous career-high of No.4, where she is tied with Kimiko Date-Krumm for the highest ranking ever for an Asian player, male or female.

Li is better against lefties than righties.
~ This year, Li is 5-1 against lefties (5:1) and 38-12 against righties (about 3:1). Since coming back from a six-month rib injury lay-off at the start of 2008, so over the last six years, this trend is even stronger, with Li going 39-6 against lefties (6.5:1) and 178-92 against righties (about 2:1).

This is just the third time since 1992 that a lefty will be in the semifinals at this event.
~ Since Navratilova was runner-up at this event in 1992, this is only the third time a lefty is in the semifinals: 2000 (Seles - runner-up), 2011 (Kvitova - champion) and 2013 (Kvitova again).

Kvitova loves playing on indoor hardcourts.
~ Kvitova is 31-4 on indoor hardcourts since the start of 2011. Two of those four losses came in 2012 (to Radwanska and Ivanovic) and two have come this year (to Mladenovic and Serena - this week).


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DOUBLES SEMIFINALS....DAVAI RUSSIA !!!!

(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) vs Makarova/Vesnina (RUS/RUS)
Head-To-Head: Errani/Vinci lead Makarova/Vesnina, 4-1.

(2) Hsieh/Peng (TPE/CHN) vs Petrova/Srebotnik (RUS/SLO)
Head-To-Head: Hsieh/Peng and Petrova/Srebotnik are tied, 1-1.

These teams represent three of this year's four Grand Slam doubles champions.
~ Errani and Vinci won the Australian Open, Makarova and Vesnina won the French Open and Hsieh and Peng won Wimbledon. The only Grand Slam doubles champions missing are Hlavackova and Hradecka, who won the US Open (they finished No.6 in the race - Barty/Dellacqua finished No.5).

Hsieh and Peng have won the most WTA doubles titles together this year of the four teams.
~ Hsieh and Peng four, Errani and Vinci and Petrova and Srebotnik three, Makarova and Vesnina two.

None of these eight players have the most individual WTA doubles titles this year.
~ The most individual WTA doubles titles any of these players has is four. There are two players who have five WTA doubles titles this year - Mirza (with three partners) and Mladenovic (with five partners).

One of them does have the most individual WTA doubles match wins this year, though.
~ Srebotnik has the most WTA doubles match wins this year with 54 (Mirza is next with 43).


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Russians Triumph In Doubles Final

Fabulous double-duo MAKAROVA/VESNINA play strong Italians ERRANI/VINCI...



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Russians Triumph In Doubles Final

Fabulous double-duo MAKAROVA/VESNINA play strong Italians ERRANI/VINCI...



Italy Supertennis will stream @ 18:00 CEST!  davaiii!!!

"That's the way the world works... right now." --Maria Sharapova at 17
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CHINAGIRLS ALL OVER THE FINALS (NA LI WON HER TICKET TOAngel

Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai won a marathon first set then cruised in the second set to beat Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik in the first doubles semifinal on Saturday.

Watch highlights, interviews and much more video from Istanbul all week, right here!

With ad scoring back in the mix, the first set lasted over an hour - an hour and five minutes to be exact - and it was Hsieh and Peng who squeaked it out, fighting off a set point with Hsieh serving at 5-6 and eventually taking the set in a tie-break as Petrova double faulted on their own first set point.

After trading breaks early in the second set it was all Hsieh and Peng, who reeled off four games in a row from 2-all to close it out. The No.2-seeded Taiwanese-Chinese duo moved on through, 76(5) 62.

"It's very special for us," Hsieh said. "We're best friends and we've been playing together since 10 years ago. I'm very happy we've been doing well together and that we could win our first match here."

"We're not sure who are next opponents are yet, but we'll see later, and then we'll start preparing for tomorrow," Peng said. "We're really looking forward to it and hopefully we'll be ready for them."

Regardless of which team they will face in the final on Sunday, Hsieh and Peng have to feel good about their chances - not only have they won eight WTA doubles titles together, but they are actually a perfect 8-0 in WTA doubles finals together. They won one title in 2008 (Bali), three titles in 2009 (Sydney, Rome and Beijing) and four so far this year (Rome, Wimbledon, Cincinnati and Guangzhou).

By contrast, they are far from perfect in WTA doubles finals with other partners - Hsieh is 5-5 in WTA doubles finals with other partners, while Peng is 3-3 in WTA doubles finals with other partners.

Peng and Hsieh are looking for the second-biggest title of their careers, together and individually, after both of them captured their first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon this year. That win was historic for Hsieh - she was the first player from Chinese Taipei ever to win a Grand Slam title of any kind.

And now both Hsieh and Peng are the first players from Chinese Taipei and China ever to reach the doubles final of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships - Istanbul. They are only the second and third Asian players to do it - Japan's Ai Sugiyama was a runner-up here twice (in 2003 and 2007).


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