Women's ITF recap 1st April 2013
Posted by Nathii on April 01 2013 16:31:11
anne keothavongAnne Keothavong (photo) and Mariana Duque Marino won the 50K tournaments of the week. 25K events went to younger players - Viktorija Rajicic and Aliaksandra Sasnovich.
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$50,000 CROISSY-BEAUBOURG (France) - Indoor Hard

Anne Keothavong (GBR) def. Sandra Zahlavova (CZE) 7-6(3) 6-3

Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) / Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) def. (1) Stephanie Foretz-Gacon (FRA) / Eva Hrdinova (CZE) 6-3 6-4

29-year-old Brit Anne Keothavong is now ranked at #209 WTA (ex #48). Her last year was one big slump. She lacked success except Nottingham 75K semifinal. The last weeks of 2013 were easier on her, with Florianopolis WTA doubles final, Irapuato 25K quarters and now the win in France. The only three sets she played was against Akgul Ammanmuradova in the quarterfinal.

It was the tournament of the veterans: finalist Sandra Zahlavova is 27; semifinalists are even older - Julie Coin at 30 and Stephanie Foretz-Gacon 31 years of age.

Although Zahlavova (#229 WTA) lost, her previous results are very encouraging: 15K win in Vendryne, 25K win in Grenoble and now the 50K final.

Anne Keothavong

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Photo: Marta/TA

$50,000 OSPREY (FL, USA) - Clay

(Q) Mariana Duque-Marino (COL) def. Estrella Cabeza-Candela (ESP) 7-6(2) 6-1

(2) Raquel Kops-Jones / Abigail Spears (USA) def. Veronica Cepede Royg (PAR) / Ines Ferrer-Suarez (ESP) 6-1 6-3

Impressive efforts by 23-year-old Mariana Duque-Marino (#159 WTA). The Colombian won the event without losing the set in the main draw. On her way for the title she gave a lot of bagels and breadsticks, even one in the final. It's one of her best results of the year, along with doubles successes: final in Acapulco WTA and win in Cali WTA125.

Estrella Cabeza-Candela tried to qualify for main tour events this year so far, without success. Maybe this result will give her boost.

The sensational 16-year-old Katerina Siniakova lost in the semifinal to Duque-Marino.

$25,000 TALLINN (Estonia) - Indoor Hard

(Q) Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) def. (4) Nadiya Kichenok (UKR) 7-6(3) 6-2

(WC) Anett Kontaveit (EST) / Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) def. (2) Lyudmyla Kichenok / Nadiya Kichenok (UKR) 2-6 7-5 10-0

New Vika Azarenka? Aliaksandra Sasnovich (#352 WTA = career high) is 19 years old and she won her 3rd tournament in a row, after two 10Ks in Israel. She passed quallies in Talinn with all double bagels, and already in the first round she knocked out top seeded Kateryna Kozlova (#190 WTA). For Sasnovich it's the second 25K tournament victory, after her home Minsk last fall.

Nadiya Kichenok (#202 WTA) had a good week with singles and doubles finals, though it surely leaves some bitter taste to go home without a title. It's her second good result after 50K Quanzhou final.

$25,000 BUNDABERG (Australia) - Clay

(Q) Viktorija Rajicic (AUS) def. (5) Yurika Sema (JPN) 6-4 6-3

(Q) Su Jeong Jang / So-Ra Lee (KOR) def. (1) Miki Miyamura / Varatchaya Wongteanchai (THA) 7-6(4) 4-6 10-8

18-year-old Viktorija Rajicic (#406 WTA) keeps progressing: her counting results this season were 10K Sydney win, 25K Mildura and Launceston quarterfinals, until she won her first 25K tournament in Bundaberg.

Last year she lost to Yurika Sema (#208 WTA) in the second round of this event. The Japanese can't complain - she defeated top seeded Olivia Rogowska and 3rd seeded Sacha Jones on the way.

Viktorija Rajicic

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Photo: zimbio.com

$10,000 SHARM EL SHEIKH (Egypt) - Hard

(1) Melanie Klaffner (AUT) def. Natela Dzalamidze (RUS) 6-1 6-0

Rebecca Peterson / Malin Ulvefeldt (SWE) def. Alina Mikheeva (RUS) / Jillian O'Neill (CAN) 6-3 6-4

Third tournament in a row won by Melanie Klaffner (#308 WTA). The most games she lost in one set was 2. Clearly time to play better tournaments.

$10,000 NISHI-TAMA (Japan) - Hard

Mi Yoo (KOR) def. Jin-A Lee (KOR) 1-6 6-1 6-2

(Q) Na-Lae Han / Seo-Kuyng Kang (KOR) def. (1) Eri Hozumi / Makoto Ninomiya (JPN) 6-4 6-7(4) 10-6

26-year-old Mi Yoo (#547 WTA) doesn't play that much tennis, but when she does in the Far East, she often has results, and it was one of these weeks. 28-year-old Jin-A Lee (#688 WTA, ex #158) is similar, except her season is better: last week she played semis in Kofu 10K and earlier she won Antalya 10K.

$10,000 ANTALYA (Turkey) - Hard

(Q) Ellen Allgurin (SWE) def. (8) Chantal Skamlova (SVK) 6-0 3-6 6-2

(1) Oksana Kalashnikova (GEO) / Ksenia Palkina (KGZ) def. (4) Basak Eraydin (TUR) / Abbie Myers (AUS) 6-4 4-6 10-8

18-year-old Ellen Allgurin (#734 WTA) was a junior top 20 last year. This season she reached already one 10K final, but it's her first senior title ever.

$10,000 RIBEIRAO PRETO (Brazil) - Clay

(3) Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) def. (Q) Andrea Benitez (ARG) 7-6(2) 6-2

(2) Andrea Benitez (ARG) / Carla Forte (BRA) def. (3) Eduarda Piai / Karina Venditti (BRA) 7-6(2) 6-1

16-year-old Beatriz Haddad Maia (#479 WTA - almost CH) is coached by Larri Passos. She is still under severe age limits for senior tournaments, but this is already her 3rd 10K title. Ten years older Andrea Benitez (#691 WTA) is a known journeywoman, who was ranked at #251 in the past.

Beatriz Haddad Maia

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Photo: mylessoncost70k.blogspot.com